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Historical Records of New Zealand

Captain Raven’s Instructions

Captain Raven’s Instructions.

Whereas I think it expedient for the good of his Majestie’s service to proceed to Knuckle Point, on New Zealand, to land two natives of that country taken from that place by the Dædalus, storeship, in April last, and to make such observations on the country and inhabitants as I may be enabled to do in one or two days after my arrival there (provided the wind and weather should be favourable); and as the Britannia, transport, is hired into his Majestie’s service by Lieut.-Governor Grose to proceed to Calcutta, and it being your intention to take the eastern rout, ten days or a fortnight will make no material difference in your voyage, as the monsoon will be but young by the time you arrive in the Eastern seas:

You are therefore required and directed to receive and victual myself and twenty other persons (as p’r margin)* on board the Britannia, and to follow such directions for your further proceedings (until the above service is performed) as I may find it necessary to give you for the good of his Majestie’s service.

Given under my hand, at Government House, at Sydney, on Norfolk Island, this seventh day of November, 1793.

Philip Gidley King.

* Rev. Jas. Bain, Mr. Thomas Jamison, Mr. W. N. Chapman, the two New Zealanders, two non-commissioned officers, twelve privates, and one convict.