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18 February 1770

Sunday 18th Gentle breezes at North and fair weather. PM stood ESE in search of Mr Gores imaginary land untill 7 oClock at which time we had run 28 Miles sence noon, but seeing no land but that we had left, or signs of any, we bore away SBW and continued upon that Course untill noon, when we found our Selves in the Latitude of 45°..16', our course and distance saild sence yesterday is So 8° East 70 Miles. the South point of Banks's Island N 6°..30' Wt distant 28 Leagues. Variation pr Ampd this morning 15°.30' E   Seeing no signs of land, I thought it to no purpose standing any farther to the Southward, and therefore hauled to the Westward in order to prove whether the land we had left was an island or no thinking that we were far enough to the Southward to weather all the land we had left, but this opinion was only founded on the information we had had from the natives of Queen Charlottes Sound which we soon to be false


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