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12 July, 1769

 

On 12 July, 1769, James Cook wrote “The Carpenters Empd stocking the Anchors and the Seamen in geting the Ship ready for sea; this morning we found the Staves of the Cask the Natives stole from us some time ago laying at the Watering place, but they had been sencible enough to keep the Iron Hoops, and only return what to them was of no use”.

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn Tupia came on board, he had renewd his resolves of going with us to England, a circumstance which gives me much satisfaction. He is certainly a most proper man, well born, cheif Tahowa or preist of this Island, consequently skilld in the mysteries of their religion; but what makes him more than any thing else desireable is his experience in the navigation of these people and knowledge of the Islands in these seas; he has told us the names of above 70, the most of which he has himself been at. The Captn refuses to take him on his own account in my opinion sensibly enough, the goverment will never in all human probability take any notice of him; I therefore have resolvd to take him. Thank heaven I have a sufficiency and I do not know why I may not keep him as a curiosity, as well as some of my neighbours do lions and tygers at a larger expence than he will probably ever put me to; the amusement I shall have in his future conversation and the benefit he will be of to this ship, as well as what he may be if another should be sent into these seas, will I think fully repay me”.

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