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17 October, 1770

 

On 17 October, 1770, James Cook wrote “In the PM Received on board 2 live Oxen, 150 Gallns of Arrack, or 3 barls [barrels] of Tarr and one of Pitch.”

 

It was possibly this day that Joseph Banks wrote “and now being fairly settled we sent for Tupia ashore to us who had till now remaind on board on account of his Illness which was of the Bilious kind, and for which he had all along refusd to take any medecines. On his arrival his spirits which had long been very low were instantly raisd by the sights which he saw, and his boy Tayeto who had always been perfectly well was allmost ready to run mad. Houses, Carriages, streets, in short every thing were to him sights which he had often heard describd but never well understood, so he lookd upon them all with more than wonder, almost made with the numberless novelties which diverted his attention from one to the other he danc’d about the streets examining every thing to the best of his abilities”.

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