Excerpt from The Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World, Vol. 5 of 7: Printed Verbatim From the Original Editions, and Embellished With a Selection of the Engravings; Being the First of the Third Voyage
When plans, calculated to be of general utility, are car ried into... execution with partial views, and upon interested motives, it is natural to attempt to confine, within some narrow circle, the advantages which might have been de rived to the world at large, by an unreserved disclosure of all that had been effected. And, upon this principle, it has too frequently been considered as sound policy, perhaps, in this country, as well as amongst some of our neighbours, to affect to draw a veil of secrecy over the result of enter prises to discover and explore unknown quarters of the globe. It is to the honour of the present reign, that more liberal views have been now adopted. Our late voyages, from the very extensive objects proposed by them, could not but convey useful information to every European nation.
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