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16 October, 1770


On 16 October, 1770, James Cook wrote “Finding by a strict inquiry that there were no private person or persons in this place that could at this time advance me a sufficient sum of Mony to defray the Charge I might be at in repairing and refiting the Ship, at least if there were any they would be afraid to do it without leave from the Governor: Wherefore I had nothing left but to apply to the Governor himself and accordingly drew up a request which I laid before the Governor and Counc[e]l this Morning in concequence of which the Shapbander had orders to supply me with what mony I wanted out of the Companys Treasure.  In the PM I waited upon the Superintendant of Unrust with an order from the Shabander to receive us at that Island, but this order the Superintendant told me was not sufficient to impower him to give me the conveniences and assistance I wanted; and when I came to call upon the Shabander I found this mistake was owing to the word, heave down, being wrong translated, this circumstance trifling as it is will cause a delay of some days as it cannot be set to rights untill next Councel day which is not till Friday”.


It was possibly this day that Joseph Banks wrote “I also hird 2 Carriages which are a kind of open Chaises made to hold two people and drove by a man setting on a Coachbox”.

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