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  • Title
    Series 06: 'Voluntiers, Instructions, Provision for 2d. Voyage', being papers concerning Banks' preparations for the second Pacific voyage in HM Ships Resolution and Adventure, James Cook, 1768, 1771-1773
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1768, 1771-1773
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    192 documents

    In 1771 planning began for James Cook's second Pacific voyage in search of a southern continent. Banks and a party of natural scientists and artists were to join the expedition. His extensive preparations for the voyage included purchasing supplies, equipment, and items for exchange with indigenous peoples, and gathering together a suite of 16 people, including himself and Daniel Solander, for the purpose of scientific discovery.

    Unhappy with the capacity of HMS Resolution to accommodate his party, Banks required extensive alterations which rendered the vessel top-heavy and likely to capsize. Cook, who had at first supported the alterations, reversed his decision and, with the agreement of the Admiralty and the Navy Board, resolved to restore the ship to its original state. This decision led to Banks' withdrawal from the expedition.

    During the preparations, a voluminous correspondence ensued between Banks and people making suggestions for areas of scientific investigation, or wishing to join Banks on the voyage. Banks kept the invoices and receipts for equipment purchased for the voyage and draft letters concerning the controversial fitting-out of HMS Resolution together with letters and invoices addressed to Daniel Solander and others in his intended party. Some documents date from before the voyage of HM Bark Endeavour and were therefore probably preparatory to that voyage. Others dated after Banks' withdrawal from the second voyage refer to his 1772 voyage to the Hebrides and Iceland, or to other rumoured voyages.
  • Collection history
    David Scott Mitchell purchased these documents from the Australian book collector Alfred Lee in 1906. Lee had acquired the volume from Sir J. Henniker Heaton who had purchased it from Quaritch. Quaritch had purchased the volume at the Sotheby's sale of 17 June 1886
  • Published Information
    Some of these documents were used by the compilers of Historical records of New South Wales, vol 1, part 1 (1893)
  • Alphanumeric designations

    Previously located at ML Safe 1/11
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    The documents include annotations in the hand of Banks
  • Conservation note

    This series was already bound into a single volume with a spine title 'Voluntiers, Instructions, Provision for 2d. Voyage', on its receipt by the State Library of New South Wales in 1907. It is unknown when the contents were bound. The volume has been disbound
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