Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.
When Volume i of these Records was being prepared, pages 1 to 35 were devoted to those documents relating to Cook which contained some distinct reference to New Zealand. Since the publication of that volume, however, it has been felt that Cook's five visits to this country are of such importance that all official papers relating to his Expeditions merit a place in the Dominion's Records. Hence the recurrence here of Cook material.
In addition to letters, the editor has been able to secure a copy of one of the logs which were kept on board the “Endeavour” while she was on the New Zealand coast. Mr. A. H. Turnbull, of Wellington, in whose library this log is, kindly consented to its reproduction by photo-engravure, which adds greatly to its interest and to its value as a record. In addition to the log of the “Endeavour,” Lieutenant Pickersgill's log on board the “Resolution,” and Lieutenant Burney's on board the “Adventure” during her last visit to Queen Charlotte's Sound, are also reproduced.