Voyage of H. M. S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the Years 1824-1825

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John Murray, 1826 - Hawaii - 260 pages
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George Anson Byron, the 7th Lord Byron, was chosen to command the H.M.S. Blonde and return the bodies of King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu to Hawaii; both died of measles while visiting London in 1824.

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Page 56 - The King, in the midst of this deep sorrow, manifests a firmness of mind which has penetrated every body around him with a feeling of respect. Though very anxious to express his grief in the manner of his country, and to show the marks of deference which are usually paid to the dead there, he submits, with good sense and patience, to every suggestion which our habits dictate.
Page 177 - At the edge of the first precipice that bounds the sunken plain, many of her followers and companions lost courage and turned back : at the second, the rest earnestly entreated her to desist from her dangerous enterprise, and forbear to tempt the powerful gods of the fires.
Page 192 - ... inscription ; 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 198 - ... wine. As soon as their curiosity was satisfied, we determined to avail ourselves of their local knowledge as guides, and to go on shore. We embarked in two boats, taking one of the missionaries in each ; but we found the surf on the beach so violent, that we got into the natives...
Page 198 - Venetian shutters, rendered the apartments cool and agreeable. The rooms were divided from each other by screens of tapa; in one there was a bed of white tapa, and the floor was covered with coloured varnished tapa resembling oil-cloth. We were exceedingly struck with the appearance of elegance and cleanliness of all around us, as well as with the modest and decorous behaviour of the people, especially the women; all of which formed a strong contrast with the habits of the common people of the Sandwich...
Page 199 - It stands on rising ground, about four hundred "yards from the cottages. A fence, composed of the trunks of cocoa-nut trees, surrounds the area in which it stands. Its form is oval, and the roof is supported by four pillars, which bear up the ridge. It is capable of containing two hundred persons. Two doors and twelve windows give it light and air : the pulpit and reading-desk are neatly carved and painted with a variety of pretty designs, and the benches for the people are arranged neatly round....
Page 198 - Two persons, who, by their dress and appearance, seemed to be of some importance, now Stepped on board, and, to our great surprise, produced a written document from that branch of the London Missionary Society settled at Otaheite, qualifying them to act as teachers in the island of Mauke. They were very fine looking men, dressed in cotton shirts, cloth jackets, and a sort of petticoat of very fine mat, instead of trowsers.
Page 79 - The place is like a new creation : the birds and beasts do not get out of our way ; the pelicans and sea-lions look in our faces as if we had no right to intrude on their solitude ; the small birds are so tame that they hop upon our feet ; and all this amidst volcanoes which are burning around us on either hand. Altogether it is as wild and desolate a scene as imagination can picture.
Page 8 - O Kaikiranee-Aree-Opuna, your lover salutes you: keep this — remove that: one will still remain.' " 5. Rono overhearing this artful speech, killed his wife with a hasty stroke. " 6. Sorry for this rash deed, he carried to a moral the lifeless body of his wife, and made great wail over it.
Page 200 - ... us. As we retraced our steps through the wood, the warbling of the birds, whose plumage was as rich as it was new to us, — the...

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