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OF

THE NATIVES

OF THE

TONGA ISLANDS,

IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN.

WITH

AN ORIGINAL GRAMMAR AND, VOCABULARY

OF

THEIR LANGUAGE.

COMPILED AND ARRANGED FROM THE EXTENSIVE COMMUNICATIONS OF

MR. WILLIAM MARINER,

SEVERAL YEARS RESIDENT IN THOSE ISLANDS.

BY JOHN MARTIN, M. D.

“ The savages of America inspire less interest .... since celebrated navigators have
" made known to us the inhabitants of the islands of the South Sea .... The state of
“ half-civilization in which those islanders are found gives a peculiar charm to the
“ description of their manners .... Such pictures, no doubt, have more attraction than
“ those which pourtray the solemn gravity of the inhabitant of the banks of the
“ Missouri or the Maranon."

Preface to Humboldt's Personal Narrarive.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,
AND SOLD BY JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.

1817.

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