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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Lieutenant Cook to Secretary Stephens

page 77

Lieutenant Cook to Secretary Stephens.

August, 1771.

The under-mentioned persons, late belonging to his Majesty's bark the Endeavour, are humbly recommended to my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty as worthy of promotion, viz.:—

Mr. Rich'd Pickersgill, master, deserving of a lieutenant's commission.

Mr. Rich'd Orton Clerk [Clerke], formerly purser of the Barbadoessloop and ship Arundel. Wishes to have some place in the custom-house or any other publick office
Mr. Fran's Wilkinson, master's mate, was with Capt. Wallis in the Dolphin. A gunner's warrant would be acceptable.

Mr. Jno. Edgcombe,* serg't of marines, a good soldier, very much of a gentleman, and well deserving of promotion in the marine service.

Rich'd Hutchins, boatswain's mate, well deserving of a boat swain's warrant; would be glad to go in the Endeavour, in case Mr. Evans, present boatswain, is removed.

Mr. Isaac Smith and Mr. Isaac Manly [Manley], both too young for the preferment, yet their behavour merits the best recommendation. The former was of great use to me in assisting to make surveys, plans, drawings, &c., in which he is very expert.

* John Edgcumbe. This recommendation was acted upon. Edgcumbe was advanced to the rank of lieutenant of marines, and in that capacity accompanied Cook on his second voyage. Cook named Edgcumbe Bay, on the Queensland coast, after him.