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15 August, 1769


On 15 August, 1769, James Cook wrote “Sence we have left Ulietea [Raiatea] Tupia hath been very disireous for us to steer to the westward and tells us if we will but go that way we shall meet with plenty of Islands, the most of them he himself hath been at and from the description he gives of two of them they must be those discover'd by Captain Wallice [Wallis in 1767]... If we meet with the Islands to the southward he speaks off it[s] well, if not I shall spend no more time searching for them, being now fully resolved to Stand directly to the Southward in search of the Continent”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Crossd the tropick this morn, wind North and weather very pleasant; at night wind rather variable”.

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