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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

[Enclosure.] — Robert Anderson to Captain Cook

Robert Anderson to Captain Cook.


According to your derection, I overhaul'd every bookeller's shop in St. Paul's, till at last I came to Mr. Francis Newburry's. I fairly caught his shopman, who answer'd me (when I demand'd the Resolution's voyage), that they had not time to print it yet. I then ask'd him if it was the Captain's journal they had, on which he look'd at me and said they had no journal at all yet, but stood as fair a chance to publish the voyage as others. By this time he understood I was pumping of him, so went and brought me one of the shop bills and bid me good day, telling me that befor the voyage was publish'd it would be advertis'd. I then drove to Marra and Peckover's lodging, found the former at home; I told him I had a messuage from you, sir, to page 120 deliver to Peckover, on w'ch Marra went and found him. I told him that there would be nothing ever don' for him or me unless we could find out who it was that was publishing the voyag; this made all present very sorry. Ther was present some of your late crew. Some told me Reading wrote a journal, which Enell produc'd. I deposited five guineas if he would let me show you the acc't; he consent'd. Others told me Rolles keept a journal interlin'd in his bible. I wrote down all these information for your satisfaction; at last Marra pull'd the paper from befor me, wrote at the Angel, Angel Court, in the bourgh Southwark: “Send that to Captain Cook; if he pleases to send a line for or to me I'll clear every man that is suspected,” adding, “I'm the man that is publishing this voyage. I want no preferm't, and God forbid I should hinder those whose bread depends on the Navy, and Mr. Anderson, as you have allways been my frend, com with me, I'll convince you further that the name of Anderson was never intend'd to be perfixt to the voyage.” He order'd the coach, to drive to Newburry's, carried me into a back parlor, inform'd Mr. Newburry his frends was keept out of bread, therefor he had discover'd all now. Says he, “What name is my journal of the voyage to come out in?” “In no nam at, all,” says the bookseller. “Then,” say the other, “let it come out in the name of Jno. Marra,” at, length adding, “If Captain Cook pleases to call here, Mr. Newburry, give him all the satisfaction in your power.” Mr. Newburry said he would, after which Mr. Newburry invit'd us both to dener.

I should, sir, have waited on you last night, but I'm so lame I could not come up. If you will be pleas'd to let me know when you will send for Marra, I'll wait on you at the same time to confront him, but there is two many wittness for him to retract.

Honour'd sir, you'l pleas to observe that this is twice I inocently fell under your displeasure, which God has been please to clear me off.

I am, &c.,

Rt. Anderson.