Reference numberCB/1/1/203
Alternative reference numberBLA.B.114
TitleLetter from Daines Barrington to Charles Blagden at Mrs Nelmes, St James Churchyard
Date26 June 1775
DescriptionReports arrival of Captain Cook at the Cape on 22 March, in a voyage of 28 months has not lost a single person by sickness and this is attributed by Forster to sower-crowt [sic] and wort from malt. They have discovered many new islands and Forster has collected 260 new plants and 200 new animals. The landscape painter [William Hodges] has sent over many views of the newly discovered islands which he is told are masterly. "The Oataheitee [Tahitian] man was put on shore again and proved incorrigably stupid which Captain Cook says he is the more sorry for as Omai is a very great blackguard". Advises Blagden not to tell this to "his patient" as he may call Captain Cook out to duel behind Buckingham House [St James' Park]. In a postscript adds that Captain Cook found Kendal's watch together with the Lunar Tables a most faithful guide.
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6141Barrington; Daines (1727 - 1800)1727 - 1800
NA8183Cook; James (1728 - 1779)1728 - 1779
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