Narrative of a voyage of discovery to Africa and Arabia: performed in His Majesty's ships, Leven and Baracouta from l821 to l826, under the command of Capt. F.W. Owen, Volume 2

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Richard Bentley, 1835 - Africa, East
 

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Page 194 - Caillaud nearly in the same state in which they had been left by the engineers of the Ptolemies. He penetrated into a vast number of excavations and subterraneous canals, some of which are so deep that 400 men may work in them at once.
Page 441 - Georges . . . send warship look um what water bar ab got, dat good, me let um dat. Brudder send boat chopum slave, dat good. E no send warship, for cappen no peake me, no lookee me face. No, No, No; me tell you, No; Suppose you come all you mont full palaver, give e reason whye do it, me tell you, you peake lie, you peake lie, you peakeed-n lie.
Page 11 - ... to take charge of, and to forward by the first opportunity, any letters to that effect which they might wish to send either to the Cape, Bombay, the Isle of France, or to Commodore Nourse. So many were the arguments they used, and so urgent were they in their importunities that I would grant their request, that at last I almost thought they would make me hoist the English flag, whether I would or not...
Page 311 - On the 21st of November, a heavy south-east gale set in; we scudded before it at a great rate, and in the afternoon saw the cross erected by Bartholomew Diaz at the south entrance of Angra Pequena We passed it and anchored in the bay, and, though the wind there was directly off the shore, such was the fury of the blasts, that the surface of the water exhibited nearly one continued sheet of foam. I accompanied Captain Vidal on shore, for the purpose of examining the cross, and obtaining the latitude...
Page 315 - On arriving at Cape Negro, in latitude 15 45' south, and longitude 11 49' east, it seemed as if we were in a quite different climate. The Desert ended, the first tree (of the palm kind) seen for many hundred miles made its appearance, together with a hut and a native; and the heavy sea, and the boisterous and cold raw weather, which had before prevailed, subsided into smooth water, and a mild pleasant temperature. Cape Negro is formed by a precipitous mass rising at the extremity of a low projecting...
Page 3 - Vidal to authorize them to hoist the English flag, and to place their town and territory in the hands of his Britannic Majesty. This offer required consideration, and it was agreed that the answer should be deferred until the next day, when, as Captain Vidal was indisposed, I was sent on shore to deliver it. On landing near the castle, I was completely hemmed in by a number of men and boys, who seemed determined to set no bounds to their curiosity. My sword, my hat, and every article of my apparel...
Page 122 - Madagascar, must feel deeply interested. Independently of the pleasing novelty of a nation overcoming the prejudices and customs engendered by superstition and ignorance from time immemorial, suddenly grasping, as it were, the highest attributes of civilization, and surmounting every difficulty in the attainment of its object, he finds himself surrounded by a people emulous to imitate his habits, solicitous of his acquaintance, and gratefully attached to his country. The more he communicates with...
Page 106 - ... Mary, an extent of ten degrees of latitude, presents a long-continued rocky or sandy shore (with the exception of St. Augustin Bay), bound with reefs and islands of coral : — ' The coast from St. Augustin's to Boyauna Bay is almost an unvaried, low, marshy plain, irrigated by barred rivers, bounded by a line of sharp-pointed coral masses, uncovered when the tide is out, and in two or three places a complete archipelago of rocky islets, assuming a variety of whimsical shapes, among which that...
Page 185 - Mombas, he expired in a most awful state of raving delirium. For the interment of the remains of this much-lamented officer, the interior of the ancient Portuguese cathedral was chosen. A grave seven feet in depth was dug near a ruinous piece of masonry, which alone indicated where the altar had once stood. The corpse, decently arrayed in fine cambric, was conveyed to the cathedral, followed by a procession of the first people in the town, and accompanied by the greater portion of the lower order.
Page 343 - The great body of water discharged by the Congo has scooped out for itself a channel, narrow but immensely deep.

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