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23 January, 1770

 

On 23 January, 1770, James Cook wrote “After dinner I employ'd my self in carrying on the Survey of the place and upon one of the Islands where I landed were a number of houses but no inhabitants neither had any been there lately”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Disagreable day squally with rain so we all staid at home. Mr Monkhouse told me today that the day before yesterday he was ashore in a place where were many Indian houses deserted: here he saw several things tied up to the branches of trees, particularly hair of a man which he brought away with him, enough to have made a sizeable wig. This inducd him to think the place he had seen was a place consecrated to religious purposes. Possibly it was as they certainly have such places among them tho I have not yet been lucky enough to meet with them”.

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