Historical Records of New Zealand
Instructions for our trusty and well-beloved John Hunter. Esquire, our Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief in and over our Territory of New South Wales and its Dependencies, or to the Lieutenant-Governor or Commander-in-Chief of the said Territory for the time being. Given at our Court at Saint James’s, the twenty-third day of June, 1794, in the thirty-fourth year of our Reign.
6. And whereas it has been humbly represented unto us that advantages may be derived from the flax-plant, which is found in the islands not far distant from the intended settlement, not only as means of acquiring clothing for the convicts and other persons who are and may become settlers, but from its superior excellence for a variety of maritime purposes, and as it may ultimately become an article of export: It is therefore our will and pleasure that you do particularly attend to its cultivation, and that you do send home by every opportunity which may offer samples of that article, in order that a judgment may be formed whether it may not be necessary to instruct you further upon this subject.