Te Indian and Pacifc Correspondence o Sir Joseph Banks, Volume 6
1. Elizabeth Cook (née Batts) (1740/1–1835) was the widow o James Cook (1728–79). Banksassisted in arranging a pension rom government to support her. He also ensured that the largestshare o profts rom the publication o Cook’s voyages was assigned to Elizabeth and her children. James Cook’s sister, Margaret Fleck (1742–1804), was not included in these provisions, and whenshe and her husband, James (1739–1817), ell on hard times Bartholomew Rudd (d. 1829), a localbarrister, intervened on their behal. He approached Banks or help and Banks donated £10 to theFlecks. Banks advised Rudd to contact Elizabeth Cook or assistance and himsel approached the Admiralty to request fnancial aid or the amily. Te Admiralty reused to help, however, on thebasis that giving money to wider amily in such cases might set an undesirable precedent.Te son o the Flecks, James (1765–1828), was introduced by Rudd to Banks. James was themaster o a ship in which he purchased a share or £225, the money having been loaned to him orthis purpose by Elizabeth Cook. Rudd later approached Banks regarding James when the Fleckamily’s ortunes once again deteriorated ollowing Margaret’s death. James and his partners wereat this point orced to sell their ship. Rudd asked Banks to help James obtain a post in the navy orpossibly as a revenue o cer. See Rudd to Banks, 22 April 1805, this edition, vol. 7, letter 14.
From Rev. Tomas Haweis
]Brighton19 September 1801Dear Sir,Your avor o Augt 22
reached me only this morning, having lain at Spa-felds, till a Packet rom thence brought it with other Letters.
As a Subject, & riend to my Country, I eel mysel bound to any Service itmay require o me. I am too incompetent on the Subject, to trouble his Lordship with any Suggestions, ready only to do any thing, & Every thing in my Power, which the Commander o the District where invasion might be made or appre-hended should judge necessary.
Tere are not many Miles rom Newcastle tothe Land’s End, & indeed round the whole Coast where there are not Some Per-sons, many, /in connection with us,/ who would probably be Excited to Activity in any Service, which might be recommended by the Commander in chei, i aMan in whom they had Confdence were among them, and I know many o my Brethren in Wales as well as England, who would as readily as mysel come or- ward to promote any Service, that might conduce to national Deence in Caseo Emergency. I need not perhaps repeat that I am ready at an hour’s notice togo to any Part o the Coast, and under the Direction o the Commander o theDistrict, to Suggest or Execute whatever may be within the Sphere o my Inu-ence and Activity. I shrink rom the Idea o Intrusion, or o appearing o any Importance, where I merely ulfll the Calls o Duty. mine can be but small, butEvery little adds to the Mass. I shall rejoice to fnd there is no Call or such exer-tions, but i there should, conscious o my motives & only regretting that I hadnot greater Ability to Serve my Country, in Willingness your humble Servant would approve himsel.