Letter suggesting membership of James Cook in The Royal Society

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Captain James Cook ^of Mile-end, a gentleman skilfull in astronomy, & the successful conductor of two important voyages for the discovery of unknown countries, by which geography & natural history have been greatly advantaged & improved, being desirous of the honour of becoming a member of this Society, we whose names are underwritten, do from our personal knowledge testify, that we believe him deserving of such honour, and that he will become a worthy & useful member.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.