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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens

Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens.

29 April, 1776.



Judging from experience that fifty half-barrels of powder which his Majesty's sloop the Resolution, under my command, is to be supplyed with will not be sufficient for so long a voyage as her intended one may be, I applyed to the principal officers of the Ordnance for ten additional half-barrels of corn'd powder and two of glazed; the latter not cloging or fouling the muskets so much as the former, may be of great use to us on many occasions. Finding by the inclosed that they cannot comply with my request without an order from the Lords Commissr's of the Admiralty, please to move their Lordships to order her this additional supply.

I am, &c.


Jam's Cook


P.S.—It will be equally necessary for the Discovery to have some glazed powder.