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27 July, 1768


On 27 July, 1768, Cook wrote to the Admiralty Secretary, “Having Passed all my accounts for His Majestys Schooner the Grenville, Please to move my Lords Commissw of the Admiralty to order me to be [given] the Pay due to me as Master of the said Schooner”.


In a second letter he wrote, “The Navy Board have been please'd to supply His Majestys Bark the Endeavour under my command with the Reflecting Telescope that was on board the Grenville Schooner for makeing Astronomical Observations at Newfoundland; in order to make it of more general use I have got made a Micrometer for measuring the apparent magnitudes of the Heavenly Bodies, which will be of great service in the observation of the Transit Vinus, the Bill for which I here inclose and beg you will lay it before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty and move them to order the Navy Board to pay it”.

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