A Voyage Round the World: In the Years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804, in which the Author Visited the Principal Islands in the Pacific Ocean and the English Settlements of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, Volume 3

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Page 174 - THE circumstances under which the colony was settled, and the very purpose of the settlement, has had a very visible effect upon the general manners, or what may be called the national character, of Botany Bay.
Page 13 - ... if their land is fertile and their sky serene, their physical temperament is so indolent as to render these natural advantages totally unproductive. The missionaries, he remarks, possess a public garden, very well stocked and cultivated, and the greater part of them a private one not much inferior. It seems natural to imagine that its beauty and utility would have acted as a stimulus to the natives to imitate their exertions ; " the indolence of the Otaheitans is beyond the cure of any common...
Page 168 - ... of which the magistrates and courts of justice are to take notice that their value be not admitted in evidence or demand after the above date. And that the inhabitants may not lose their claim on each other, and for their accommodation, blank printed forms...
Page 94 - H 2 is off his guard, knocks him down and kills him on the spot. An instance of this treachery and murder occurred whilst I resided amongst them. One of the confidants of Otoo, upon our return from the Sandwich Islands, a fellow who visited us daily previous to our voyage thither, was advanced to the command of a district at some distance from Matavai. This man had been often importuned for a human victim, and as often excused himself by the difficulty of finding any suitable object within his district....
Page 168 - Promissory arisen, but also that it has occasioned the numerous forgeries that " have been committed, for which some have suffered, and others remain under sentence of death, and many have been transported anew, the Governor, therefore, feels himself called on to put a stop to this ruinous practice. No written promissory notes of...
Page 94 - The wretch, now put to his shifts, and apprehensive of losing the smiles of his benefactor, found he could defer it no longer. He therefore sent a message requesting the immediate visit of a near relation. The unsuspicious man obeyed, and was received with the greatest friendship and cordiality by the treacherous chief, so that he departed enraptured with his reception. But he had no sooner left the house than the villain gave...
Page 5 - ... demanded of me where Jehovah lived ; I pointed to the Heavens, — he said he did not believe it.
Page 13 - ... spontaneous fruit among the islanders of the South Sea. Turnbull, who knew their characters well, remarked long ago that, if their land is fertile and their sky serene, their physical temperament is so indolent as to render these natural advantages totally unproductive. The missionaries, he remarks, possess a public garden, very well stocked and cultivated, and the greater part of them a private one not much inferior. It seems natural to imagine that its beauty and utility would have acted as...
Page 95 - This was accordingly done, when the unsuspicious man was walking down to the beach. The body was then laid out in a long basket, made of cocoa-nut leaves, and conveyed past our door. The natives in our yard beheld it with the most perfect apathy, and...
Page 125 - Every one enquired of the other their opinion of this wonderful phenomenon. They concluded that it must be a travelling house ; but they could find no names for the horses, having in their country no larger animals than hogs. Some of these indeed were uncommonly large. The Otaheitans therefore called them by the name of mighty hogs. A short time after this, the coach setting off at a good round trot, they exclaimed in extacy to each other, Oh ! liow they fly.

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