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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

[Enclosure.] — Captain Cook to Lieutenant Burney.*

Captain Cook to Lieutenant Burney.*

By Captain James Cook, comm'r of his Majesty's sloop Resolution, and senior commander of his Majesty's sloops riding in Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope.

Whereas I have appointed the second lieutenant of his Majesty's sloop Adventure to be first, in the room of Mr. Joseph Shank, who hath obtained my leave to return home for the restablishment of his health, I do hereby appoint you second lieutenant of his Majesty's said sloop Adventure, requiring and directing you forth with to take upon you the charge and command of second lieutenant in her accordingly, strictly charging all the other inferior officers and company belonging to the said sloop to behave themselves with due respect and obedience unto you as their said lieutenant, and you are likewise to be obedient to such commands as you shall from time to time receive from the commander of the said sloop, or any other your superior officer, to hold the same employment until further order, together with such allowance of wages and victuals for yourself and servant as is usual for the lieutenant of the said sloop, and for so doing this shall be your order.

Given under my hand, on board his Majesty's sloop Resolution, in Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, this 18th day of November, 1772.

Jam's Cook


* Burney, James; son of Charles Burney, musician and author; born 1750, died 1821. He entered the Navy in 1764, served in North American waters and in the Mediterranean; and joined Cook's vessel, the Resolution, as midshipman, in 1772. In 1775 he was in the Cerberus, on the North American station, but was recalled to join Captain Cook on his third and last voyage. Consequent on the death of Captains Cook and Clerke, he was appointed to the senior lieutenancy on the Resolution. He joined Sir Edward Hughes in the Bristol, and served in 1782–3, principally in the East Indies. In 1783 he retired from active service, and devoted himself to literature; his most celebrated works being A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea and Pacific Ocean, 5 vols, 4to., published in 1817; A Chronological History of North-eastern Voyages of Discovery and of the Early Eastern Navigation of the Russians, 8vo., published in 1819; and An Essay on the Game of Whist, 16mo., published in 1821. He died suddenly of apoplexy on 17 November, 1821.—Dictionary of National Biography, vol. vi, p. 419.