With Lord Byron at the Sandwich Islands in 1825: Being Extracts from the MS Diary of James Macrae, Scottish Botanist

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W.F. Wilson, 1922 - Botanists - 75 pages
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Page 42 - I noticed a young woman walking along the street, and at the same time suckling several puppies that were wrapped up in a piece of tapa cloth hanging round her shoulder and breasts.
Page 1 - the practised collector of botanical specimens, who went in the Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, should not have furnished any account of the plants which he collected for the horticultural society,' particularly as it is said that 'the collection made during the Blonde's voyage is one of the most curious in Europe.
Page 73 - In memory of Captain James Cook, RN, Who discovered these Islands, in the year of our Lord, 1778. This humble monument is erected by his fellow countrymen, in the year of our Lord, 1825.
Page 2 - Blonde having carried out the bodies of the late king and queen of the Sandwich Islands, and the surviving part of their suite.
Page 17 - ... its chief was Honolulu, one of the high chiefs of the time of Kakuhihewa. [The name Honolulu is said to mean] "abundance of peace" or "sheltered hollow." After the discovery of the excellence of Honolulu's harbor the town rapidly increased. In 1825 Macrae (59, pp. 16, 17) found: The town of Hanaruru contains about five or six hundred houses, and if the number of its inhabitants is taken at about ten to a hut, where they generally live together in families of two or three generations, they will...
Page 42 - ... shoulders and breasts. The custom of suckling dogs and pigs is common to the natives of the Sandwich Islands. These animals are held by them in great estimation, little inferior to their own offspring, and my journeys to the woods in search of plants often afforded me an opportunity of being an eye witness to this habit. I often saw them feeding the young pigs and dogs with the poi made from the taro root, in the same way as a mother would her child.
Page 5 - ... If it were at the side or below either eye it meant death. If it were above the eyes it was an omen that the person would lie smitten with leprosy or with contracted muscles.* The Maoris in the olden times worshipped lo, whom they regarded as the Supreme God, the creator of heaven and earth, whose name was held to be so sacred that none but the priest might utter it at certain times and places.f We presume that he communicated with the faithful by means of these involuntary twitchings, thus warning...
Page 28 - ... helmet, the crest of which is often stained with lime, so as to be of a light whitish colour. The women esteem it cut short, with a rim over the forehead bleached white and standing up in front like bristles. Sometimes a long curl is preserved in the middle of the forehead, which is combed backwards. Some suffer their hair to grow and tie it up behind in a bunch. Many of the females, different from any of the other sex, have a tatooed line about two inches broad inside the thigh down as low as....
Page 56 - I saw many skeletons of some kind of animal, devoid of all flesh, but apparently not long dead, and on rejoining our guide, was informed that the wild dogs had almost exterminated the sheep that Vancouver had brought with the cattle, pursuing them beyond the line of vegetation, where they became bewildered and died for want of food.
Page 33 - Mantle went down the cliff (Leahi) to retrieve it. It was nearly dark and he called out to myself and the native guide not to leave him behind. Afterwards he told me that in picking up the hat, he had picked up a large human skull. At first he had not noticed what he picked up till he saw the hollow part of the eyes, and had called out in fright and thrown the skull away. On my expostulating he said he could get plenty more, as there were a lot there. This was explained to me by the American I had...

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