19 October 1769
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19 October 1769

Thursday, 19th The first part had gentle breezes at East and ENE. In the night fresh gales between the South and SW, dark Clowdy weather, with Lightning and rain. At 1/2 past 5 PM Tacked, and stood to the SE. the Isle of Portland bore SE distt 3 Leags Soon after we tacked a boat or Canoe came off from the Shore wherein was were five people,   they came on board without shewing the least sign of fear and ^insisted upon staying with us the whole night for indeed there was no geting them away without turning them out of the ship by force and that I did not care to do.    but to prevent them playing us any tricks I hoisted thier Canoe up along side: two appear'd to be chiefs, and the other three their servants, one of the chiefs appear'd seem'd to be of a free open and gentle disposission.   they both took great notice of every thing they saw and was very thankfull for what was given them; the two chiefs would neither eat nor drink with us, but the other three eat whatever was offer'd them. Notwithstanding that these people had heard of the treatment the others had met with who had been on board before. yet it appear'd a little strange that they should place so much confidence in us as to put themselves wholy in our power wether we would or no, especi^ally as the others we had meet with in this Bay had upon every occation beheaved in a quite a different manner — At 11 brought too untill daylight / the night being dark and rainy / then made sail, at 7 AM brought too under Cape Table and set away the Indian Canoe; at this time some others were puting off from the shore, but we did not wait their coming but made sail to the Northward - At Noon the northermost land in sight No 20° Et, and Young Nicks head or the South point of Poverty Bay, West northerly near 4 Leags Lat. Observ'd 38°..44' 30' South —

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