The Edinburgh gazetteer, or, Geographical dictionary

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Page 379 - It is chiefly built on a tongue of land, formed by two inlets from the sea, called North and South rivers ; over the former of which is a bridge, upwards of 1500 feet long, connecting Salem with Beverly, and the latter forms the harbour.
Page 419 - Human sacrifices are more frequent here, according to the account of the natives themselves, than in any other islands we visited. These horrid rites are not only had recourse to upon the commencement of war, and preceding great battles and other signal enterprises, but the death of any considerable chief calls for a sacrifice of one or more Towtows, according to his rank ; and we were told, that ten men were destined to suffer on the death of Terreeoboo.
Page 123 - The inner parts of the country were not less savage and .horrible. The wild rocks raised their lofty summits till they were lost in the clouds, and the valleys lay covered with everlasting snow. Not a tree was to be seen, nor a shrub even big enough to make a toothpick.
Page 411 - Soon after the explosion commenced a number of meteorites fell to the ground over an area a mile and a half in length and half a mile in breadth.
Page 418 - Morais, their Whattas, their idols, their sacrifices, and their sacred songs, all of which they have in common with each other, are convincing proofs, that their religious notions are derived from the same source.
Page 465 - VI. under which the government is constituted of a mayor, recorder, ten aldermen, ten common-councilmen, a town-clerk, and two sergeants-at-mace. The borough sends two members to Parliament, and has done so since the 23d of Edward I. The right of election is in the mayor, aldermen, and resident burgesses, not receiving parochial relief. The sons of burgesses, and those who have served apprentice seven years in the borough, have a right (upon the demand thereof) to be made burgesses. Though the electors...
Page 491 - Southern division we find every variety — verdant plains, well watered, and covered with cattle ; gently-rising hills and bending vales, fertile in corn, waving with wood, and interspersed with meadows ; lofty mountains, craggy rocks, deep narrow dells and tumbling torrents ; nor are there wanting, as a contrast, barren moors and wild, uncultivated heaths. In this district...
Page 103 - S., and in the longitude of 169 44' 35" E. It is no more than a little creek running in S. by W. 1 /2 W three quarters of a mile, and is about half that in breadth. A shoal of sand and rocks, lying on the east side, makes it still narrower. The depth of water in the harbour is from six to three fathoms, and the bottom is sand and mud. No place can be more convenient for taking in wood and water; for both are close to the shore. The water stunk a little after it had been a few days on board, but...
Page 303 - It is a spacious building, in the form of a cross, with a low tower rising from the intersection of the nave and transept. It...
Page 418 - The custom of tattooing the body they have in common with the rest of the natives of the South Sea islands, but it is only at New Zealand and the Sandwich Islands that they tattoo the face. They have a singular custom amongst them, the meaning of which we could never learn — that of tattooing the tip of the tongues of the females.

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