Historical Records of New Zealand
At the Earl of Buchan’s, Dryburgh Abbey, By St. Boswell’s, N.B., June 22d, 1822
I hope you will forgive a very humble indeviduel presuming to suggest any measure to Your Lordship, but as I understand page 582 New Zealand is intended to be the destination of future (14 years) convicts and those for longer periods, as that island (or rather two islands very close together) was particularly paid attention to in exploring by Capt. Cook, I think some one colony of the British dominions should bear his name, one of the greatest circumnavigators this country ever produced. The one island, with submission to Your Lordship’s better judgement, ought to be called Cook’s Island and the other lesser one James’s Island, the chief town Cooksborough, and the same in the lesser island Martinville, from Martin,* in Cleveland, the place where Capt. Cook was born. This would be a proper compliment to the memory of the discoverer of the great South Sea Archipeligo, and so great an honor as he was to his country.
My Lord, &c.,
Dav. Erskine(A former schoolfellow of Your Ldp. while Lord Apsley at Rebonvilles, 17 Cav. Str.)