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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

The Lords of the Admiralty to The Marquis of — Granby.‡

The Lords of the Admiralty to The Marquis of

5 April, 1768.

My Lord


The Navy Board having, in consequence of our directions, purchased a cat-built bark for conveying such persons as shall be thought proper to the southward for making observations on the passage of the planet Venus over the disk of the page 47 sun, and proposed that she may be established with six fourpounder guns and eight swivels, we desire your Lordship will cause the same number and nature of guns to be established on her accordingly; and having ordered the said vessel to be registered on the lists of the Royal Navy by the name of the Endeavour, bark, we signify the same for your Lordship's information.

We are, &c.,

C. Townshend.

Py. Brett.

C. Spencer.

John Manners, eldest son of the Duke of Rutland. He distinguished himself as a military officer on the Continent, where he commanded the British forces serving under Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick. At the date of this letter he was Master-General of the Ordnance in the Grafton Administration.