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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain Clerke to Secretary Stephens

Captain Clerke to Secretary Stephens.

London,13 June, 1776.



His Majestie's sloop Discovery, under my command, being in every particular equip'd for sea, I have receiv'd orders from Capt. Cook immediately to proceed for Plymouth, but some of my own private affairs of the utmost importance to me requiring my attention to them in town, I wou'd be highly oblig'd to their Lordships if I cou'd be indulg'd in attending them, and sending the ship round under the command of Lieut. Burney.

I am, &c.


Chas. Clerke