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6 January, 1771

 

On 6 January, 1771, James Cook wrote “In the Morning sent the Gunner ashore with some hand[s] to fill water, while others were employ'd puting the hold to rights Sending on shore empty casks &ca. Served Turtle to the Ships company, Yesterday was the only salt Meat Day they have had sence our arrival at Savu which is now near 4 Months”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Ashore today trading; the Indians dropd their demands very slowly but were very civil, towards noon however they came down to the offerd price, so that before night we had bought up a large quantity of Turtle. In the Evening I went to pay my respects to his majesty the king, who I found at his house in the middle of a rice feild cooking his own supper; he receivd me however very politely”.

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