Original letter to Commissioner Rogers from Navy Board Officials.

Letter. 4 August 1768.

Letter dealing with two months’ advance wages for Endeavour’s crew, signed Williams and Mason.

Of particular note is that Cook is explicitly named in this letter: “desire you will send to her Commander, Lieutenant Cook, on his arrival at your Port, to make out and deliver to you proper a Pay Lists…”.

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The expedition actually sailed shortly after. At the time of this note the ship was on her way to Plymouth for final fitting out and provisioning. Beaglehole’s ‘Calendar of Documents’ for the voyage records (Journals, vol.1, p. 623) on 3 August the corresponding note from the Admiralty Secretary to the Navy Board with the minute, “desire Commissioner Rogers to control payment of two months advance and direct Plymouth Officers to supply him…”. This manuscript is the instruction required by the minute, directed to Rogers and docket titled by him on the verso, “desiring me to pay two Months Advance to the Endeavour Bark’s Crew”.

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Williams and Mason


Ink (iron gall ink), Paper