A general history and collection of voyages and travels, arranged in systematic order by R. Kerr. Vol.12 (ch.3, sect.5) -vol.17

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Page 420 - To this disappointment we owed our having it in our power to revisit the Sandwich Islands, and to enrich our voyage with a discovery which, though the last, seemed in many respects to be the most important that had hitherto been made by Europeans, throughout the extent of the Pacific Ocean.
Page 179 - It was a pleasure to observe with how much affection the women managed their infants, and how readily the men lent their assistance to such a tender office; thus sufficiently distinguishing themselves from those savages, who esteem a wife and child as things rather necessary, than desirable or worthy of their notice.
Page 467 - ... the lieutenant who commanded in the launch, instead of pulling in, to the assistance of Captain Cook, withdrew his boat farther off, at the moment that every thing seems to have depended upon the timely exertions of those in the boats. By his own account, he mistook the signal ; but be that as it may, this circumstance appears to me, to have decided the fatal turn of the affair, and to have removed every chance which remained with Captain Cook, of escaping with his life. The...
Page 464 - Clerke lost no time in waiting upon Captain Cook to acquaint him with the accident : he returned on board with orders for the launch and small cutter to go, under the command of the second lieutenant, and lie off the east point of the bay, in order to intercept all canoes that might attempt to get out ; and, if he found it necessary, to fire upon them. At the same time the third lieutenant of the Resolution...
Page 75 - The carpenters of both ships were also . set to work to build a small house for Omai, in which he might secure the European commodities that were his property. At the same time, some hands were employed in making a garden for his use, planting shaddocks, vines, pine-apples, melons, and the seeds of several other vegetable articles; all of which 1 had the satisfaction of observing to be in a flourishing state before I left the island.
Page 83 - Omai, from being much caressed in England, lost sight of his original condition, and never considered in what manner his acquisitions, either of knowledge or of riches, would be estimated by his countrymen at his return ; which were the only things he could have to recommend him to them now more than before, and on which he could build either his future greatness or happiness.
Page 401 - When any of them chooses to wrestle, he gets up from one side of the ring, and crosses the ground in a sort of measured pace, clapping smartly on the elbow joint of one arm, which is bent, and produces a hollow sound ; that is reckoned the challenge. If no person comes out from the opposite side to engage him, he returns in the same manner, and sits down ; but sometimes stands clapping in the midst of the ground, to provoke some one to come out. If an opponent...
Page 465 - The dress of both men and women is the same ; and consists of a piece of cloth or matting (but mostly the former), about two yards wide, and two and a half long; at least, so long as to go once and a half round the waist, to which it is confined by a girdle or cord. It is double before, and hangs down like a petticoat, as low as the middle of the leg. The upper part of...
Page 359 - In justice to the memory of Beering, I must say, that he has delineated the coast very well, and fixed the latitude and longitude of the points better than could be expected from the methods he had to go by.
Page 233 - ... elbows, and the body as far as the waist. Their head is covered with a cap, of the figure of a truncated cone, or like a flower-pot, made of fine matting, having the top frequently ornamented with a round or pointed knob, or bunch of leather tassels, and there is a string that passes under the chin, to prevent its blowing off.

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