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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain† Cook to Secretary Stephens

Captain Cook to Secretary Stephens.

9 September, 1771.


I found it necessary in the course of my late voyage to order the company of his Majesty's bark the Endeavour, under my command, to have wheat or oatmeal boil'd with vegetables for breakfast on beef days, as well as on banyan days, at all times whenever any of the latter were to be got, which is certified by the signing officers on board. Please to move my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to order the wheat or oatmeal so expended to be allow'd me on my account which is now passing in the offices.

I am, &c.,

Jam's Cook.

page 78

At the conclusion of his first voyage round the world, Cook was promoted to be a Commander in the Royal Navy, by commission bearing date the 29th August, 1771.—Kippis's Life of Captain Cook, p. 182.