The Western Coast of Africa: Journal of an Officer Under Captain Owen. Records of a Voyage in the Ship Dryad in 1830, 1831, and 1832

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E. C. Mielke, 1833 - Africa - 301 pages

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Page 115 - A thought, and claims the homage of a tear ; A flashing pang! of which the weary breast Would still, albeit in vain, the heavy heart divest.
Page 93 - And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him : and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils ; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way : so Esau despised his birthright.
Page 94 - Their rude ignorance," says Gibbon, "has never invented effectual weapons of defence or destruction; they appear incapable of forming any extensive plans of government or conquest, and the obvious inferiority of their mental faculties has been discovered and abused by the nations of the Temperate Zone.
Page 153 - ... and left in this manner to sink or swim, as they best could ! Men, women, and young children, were seen in great numbers, struggling in the water, by every one on board of the two tenders; and, dreadful to relate, upwards of a hundred and fifty of these wretched creatures perished in this way, without there being a hand to help them; lor they had all disappeared before the tenders reached the spot, excepting two, who were fortunately saved by our boats from the element with which they were straggling.
Page 88 - Immediately after the vessel was secured, the living weie found sitting on the heads and bodies of the dead and the dying below. Witnessing their distress, the captors poured a large quantity of water into a tub for them to drink out of; but, being unused to such generosity, they merely imagined that their usual scanty daily allowance of half a pint per man was about to be served out : and when given to understand that they might take as much of it, and as often, as they felt inclined, they seemed...
Page 123 - Records of a Voyage to the Western Coast of Africa, in his Majesty's ship Dryad ; and of the Service on that Station for the Suppression of the Slave Trade, in the Years 1830, 1831, and 1832.
Page 94 - ... and in this condition of life, a great body of the Negro inhabitants of Africa have continued from the most early period of their history, with this aggravation, that their children are born to no other inheritance.
Page 31 - Brazils," as one fellow had the impudence to tell me, without stirring a muscle of his cut-throat, Portuguese-looking countenance. I feel confident, that if but onethird of the vessels got any supply who profess being in the ivory trade, not a tooth would be left in the head of any elephant or hippopotamus upon the coast ! Several canoes came alongside with stock, which met with a ready sale at moderate prices : for an old calico shirt or pocket-handkerchief we procured a pair of large fowls, and...
Page 85 - The spot chosen is a spit of sand, into which a stake is driven at low water mark. The mother sees her innocent offspring bound to this, and, as the tide advances, left alone. Various noises are made to drown the cries of the terrified child. Its little hands are seen imploring, and its lips...
Page 55 - ... the shore, in seven fathoms water. There are, however, several patches of rock in the neighbourhood, which being slightly covered above, and surrounded by very deep water, renders them extremely dangerous, making it requisite for vessels to take every precaution when in their vicinity. The Bay of Corisco is of great extent, being thirty-five miles north and south from Cape St.

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