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tional employment of his attention. He resides at No. 5, Edwards-place, Hackney-road.

In regard to my own labour in the present work I shall say but little. I am sensible there are many faults, and though I am by no means disposed to trouble the reader with unseasonble apologies, I beg leave to state, that the following pages were not written in the order they were destined to assume, but at very uncertain and irregular periods, as the result of various conversations; that sometimes the vocabulary, at other times the narrative matter; at one period the grammar of the language, and at another the descriptions of ceremonies, formed the subject of discourse, indiscriminately, as opportunity offered : consequently, many phrases may have been used which the judicious critic will perhaps think too familiar and conversational, and which, under other circumstances, would easily have been avoided. In short, it is the excellence of the materials, tolerably well arranged, not

any supposed merit in the composition, which is here offered as a subject of claim to the honour of public attention.

In respect to natural history, not much has been inserted, and that with little or no attempt at scientific distinctions. of terms; for this being a branch of knowledge with which Mr. Mariner was but little acquainted, such distinctions might only lead to error and confusion; besides, this subject has been in some degree handled by other travellers, whilst the topics with which Mr. Mariner is intimately conversant are those


which we have hitherto had least information, and to such we have accordingly thought it best to confine our subject. It is hoped, therefore, that all deficiencies in regard to botany, zoology, and mineralogy, will be thought amply compensated by abundance of information in respect of the religious and political, moral and domestic habits of an interesting portion of the human species, in whose character there is undoubtedly much to be admired, and a

vast deal that lays a just claim to our attentive observation.

The piece of music which is noted down in the second volume, p. 338, I am indebted for to an intelligent friend, who did me the favour to express it upon paper,

from Mr. Mariner's voice.- A note ought to have been inserted in Vol. I.

p. 68, referring to the “ transactions of the missionary society,” from

society,” from which it appears that only a few of the missionaries were killed, and not the whole, as stated by the king to Mr. Mariner.

J. M.


Dec. 1816.

after certain richly laden vessels—Remarks-Arrives at Ce-

ros Island - Illness of Captain Duck-Information respect-

ing a Spanish sloop of war, laden with tribute money

Death of Captain Duck-The command of the vessel falls

to Mr. Brown-Funeral of Captain Duck-Ship sails from

Ceros—Takes a fresh departure from Guadaloupe-Ar-

rives at the Island of Owyhee-Sails again, and arrives in

Anahooroo Bay, at Woahoo-The chief refuses permis-

sion to enter the close harbour-Sails for Otaheite-Gets

too much to the westward, and makes for the Friendly

Islands Anchors for the last time at the Island of Le-

fooga-Mutiny and desertion of four men-Farther deser-

tion of fifteen others-Suspicious appearance of the na-

tives—Their first plan to take the vessel unsuccessful-

Natives assemble on deck in great numbers-Signal of

attack-Mr. Mariner runs into the gun-room, and, meet-

ing with the cooper, they determine to blow up the vessel

-Their intention accidentally prevented--In the mean

time general massacre upon deck-Mr. Mariner and the

cooper brought before the chief --Mr. Mariner is sent on

shore-The state of his mind at this period—Finds Mr.

Brown on the beach murdered-He expects to be killed

and eaten-Is brought before the king-The ship is run

aground by the king's orders.

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CHAP. III.-- The ship plundered by Finow's orders-Acci-

dents on board—The ship burned-Guns hauled on shore

- Visit to the Island of Whiha-Surprise of the natives

at the sight of a watch-Mr. Mariner deprived of his

books and papers, as being considered instruments of

witchcraft-Anecdote of the missionaries--Remarks on

the present state of the islands, compared with that when

Captain Cook visited them-Political history of the islands

during the foregoing twelve or fifteen years, viz. Expedi-

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