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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens

Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens.

Admiralty Office,1 June, 1776.



Please to acquaint their Lordships that, as I did not think it safe to stop at Galleons Reach with his Majesty's sloop the Resolution, under my command, to take in her guns and gunner's stores, I proceeded to Long Reach to take them in there. When this is done, I am directed by their Lordships' order of the 14th of Febr'y to proceed to the Nore for further orders; but if the only intention for the sloop's stoping at the Nore is to pay the crews their advance wages, I am humbly of opinion this had page 134 better be done in Plymouth Sound, as it will give us an oppertunity to take on board some port wine, which the Victualling Board have ordered to be reserved for us.

I am, &c.


Jam's Cook