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GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF HIE
ZEALOUS SERVICES IN THE AROTIC SEAS IN 1850-51, WHEN COMMANDING H.M. BRIQS“ LADY FRASRLIN" AND "SOPHIA," EN PLOYED ON THE BEARCH FOR "BIR JOHN FRANKLIN," "CROZIER," AND "FITZJAMEE,'
AND THE LOST CREWS OF H. M. SHIPS EREBUS" AND TERROR;
AND IN ADMIRATION OF HIM AS ONE OF THE BRAVEST
AND MOST SKILFUL NAVIGATORS
OF THE PRESENT AGE.
17 Ragover Terrace, Regert's Park.
28th June 1880.
The Editor of this little book is desirous of availing hiniself of the opportunity of expressing to the Right Hononrable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty his thanks for the kind and most ready perinission granted to him to inspect the documents in office relating to Cook's Voyages, as well as his Correspondence, and to inake any extracts therefrom which he might think desirable. By this liberality he is enabled to present to the world many interesting letters not hitherto published, and which will be found to be remarkable for their perspicuity. His thanks are also due to Mr. Nelson Houghton, Keeper of the Records, for the facilities kindly afforded to him.
The Editor having had occasion repeatedly to refer to Captain Cook's Log Books, cannot forbear a passing tribute of admiration at the beautiful manner in which they have been kept, in his own handwriting, amidst the multifarious duties, anxiety, and toil inseparable upon voyages of discovery in unknown seas,equalled, perhaps—but not surpassed by those of Sir Edward Parry, also in the Records of the Admiralty.