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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain Cook to Captain Furneaux. — By Capt. James Cook, &c

Captain Cook to Captain Furneaux.
By Capt. James Cook, &c.

Whereas you have represented to me by letter of this date that John Rayside, an English seaman, late belong'g to a Portuguse vessel at Madeira, came unperceived on board the sloop you command last evening in a shore boat, and secreted himself till this morning, and you desire to know how he is to be disposed of, as your complement of men is full. As it is now impossible to put him on shore, and highly probable that one or the other of the two sloops may want a man in a short time, you are hereby required and directed to bear the said John Rayside on a supernumerary list for wages and victuals untill further orders, or untill there is a vacancy on the sloop's books, when you are to discharge him from the said list and bear him as one of your complement.

Given under my hand, on board his Majesty's sloop Resolution, at sea, this 2nd of Aug'st, 1772.