A New Zealand Chief (Google eBook)

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1835 - Maori (New Zealand people) - 26 pages
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Page 3 - SINCE I find it impossible to walk the streets without exciting the curiosity of all who see me, from my remarkable appearance, and not always having an opportunity of satisfying them...
Page 9 - ... the ship arrived was on the point of being confined. For which reason I was obliged to make a settlement with Mr. Sims, and take trade in lieu of the money due to me. The vessel soon after sailed, and I was left behind. Words cannot express in what state my feelings were : suffice it to say, it would have been better if I had been dead. The ship, which contained all my friends and countrymen, leaving me at one side, and on the other, my wife, who would not quit her native country ; and, as she...
Page 3 - ... without exciting the curiosity of all who see me, from my remarkable appearance, and not always having an opportunity of satisfying them, I have been advised by my friends to present the public with a short account of my adventures since I first left England, until my return from New Zealand, which I hope will prove acceptable to all who may feel anxious to hear something about New Zealand, as well as to those who may wish to have an account of the circumstances which led to my adoption as a...
Page 8 - Then, for the fiist time since I took my fancy to visit New Zealand, I felt frightened at my situation : I knew I was not sure of my life an hour. In the course of a few days my trading chief returned with a large quantity of flax : I traded with him by giving powder, muskets, shot, blankets, tobacco, &c. I did all in my power to please the natives, who were very soon delighted with me. I stopped here for nearly eleven months before I received any news from my employer, when at last a vessel arrived...
Page 30 - I had now to take leave of my wife and children, her friends and all my other acquaintances ; I cannot describe how the natives felt ; but, however, I will say for myself, that no man ever left a place more regretted than I did, when leaving New Zealand.
Page 4 - ... places adjacent, for nearly eight months, during which time I had an opportunity of acquiring the New Zealand language as fluently nearly as my own. "I took a great fancy to that part of the world ; in fact, so much so, that I made up my mind that on my arrival at Sydney again, I would procure a berth, if possible, as trading master, for any merchant from whom I could get employment, either to return, or settle ashore, and trade on any of the islands, or stop on board of a ship ; but the former...
Page 12 - Chief'sf particular wish for me to accompany him. I needed but very little pressing to take this step, as I thought it was better to go than stop behind by myself. I gave them all the muskets I had, also all the powder and shot belonging to me. So we set out from here for a place called JMariaatfie; I dare say nearly seven hundred of us.
Page 24 - This was the place where I enjoyed happiness ; this was the place where I was tattooed ; at least, where the remaining part of my face was marked, and not only my face but my body. I do not mean to say, I have been tattooed altogether against my will, as I submitted to have the latter part done.
Page 20 - I saw the woman gather green leaves, lay them down on the hot stones, tie both her legs together herself, and then ask one of the party to tie her hands. When this was done, she took a friendly leave of two or three persons that she knew and threw herself down on the leaves. "When she was over the fire, she begged some of the party would knock her brains out. But they would not; they kept her on the fire a few minutes, then laid potatoes over her, and covered her up with earth aye, before life...
Page 4 - I then joined the brig Elizabeth, Captain Browne, bound on a trading voyage to New Zealand, for flax. We remained on that coast, and in the different places adjacent, for nearly eight months ; during which time I had an opportunity of acquiring the New Zealand language as fluently nearly as my own.

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