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Historical Records of New Zealand

Captain Bligh To Secretary Stephens

Captain Bligh To Secretary Stephens.

Bounty, in False Bay, Cape of Good Hope, June 28th, 1788.

Sir

You will please to acquaint the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that I am now ready for sea, with his Majesty’s ship under my command, and shall sail and execute their Lordships’ directions with the utmost dispatch. My route will be by the south part of New Holland and New Zealand. My people are in perfect health, and ship thoroughly refitted. This is the fourth letter I have had the honour to write to acquaint their Lordships of my proceedings.

I have, &c.,

Wm. Bligh.