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Feb. 1773 - Amsterdam

not Long after Tasmans return it was very natural that his discoveries should be enterd upon the map laid down on its pavement without either of the aforesaid reasons or any other than that of making the map as perfect as possible.

in the chamber is a square table of Basaltes here very much valued on account of its size which is

Dind today with Mr Cross where I was set next to Mr Bourse advocate to the East India Company his business I found was to examine into what knowledge I had of the dutch settlements in India & whether or no we had visited any of them in the Endeavour he asked innumerable questions which I answerd with the utmost clearness & precision in my turn putting as strong ones as I could devise concerning the states of the very Islands he enquird of me after as he had no method of keeping up the conversation but by answering me I got a good deal of knowledge from him for which in reality I had none to

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