Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.
Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens
Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens.
Please to move my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to order his Majesty's sloops the Resolution and Discovery to be supply'd each of them with an apparatus for recovering drowned persons, as the same may be of great use in their present intended voyage.
I also pray that they will be pleased to order the Resolution to be supplyed with two puncheons of double-distilled spirit, in order to preserve from putrefaction such curious birds, fish, and other anemals we may happen to meet with in the course of the voyage.
I am, &c.,