An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean: With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language, Bind 1

John Murray, Albemarle-Street., 1818

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Side 117 - He thought a little within himself; but his thoughts reflected no light upon the subject. At length he sent for Mr Mariner, and desired him to write down something : The latter asked what he would choose to have written ; he replied, put down me.
Side 242 - I was getting on board, quitted it, and ran up the beach to cast the stern fast off, notwithstanding the master and others called to him to return, while they were hauling me out of the water. I was no sooner in the boat than the attack began by about...
Side 218 - Two men then tightened the cord by pulling at each end, and the guiltless and unsuspecting victim was quickly relieved of its painful struggles. The body was then placed upon a sort of hand-barrow, supported upon the shoulders of four men, and carried in a procession of priests, chiefs, and matabooles clothed in mats, with wreaths of green leaves round their necks. In this manner it was conveyed to various houses consecrated to different gods, before each of which it was placed on the ground, all...
Side 256 - and I will take you *' where you have never been before ; and " where Finow, and his chiefs and matabooles,
Side 251 - ... of a man, and it ought to be, as being both the most useful and the most necessary, he could not store it up, for it would spoil, and so he would be obliged either to exchange it away for something else useful, or share it out to his neighbours, and inferior chiefs and dependents, for nothing.
Side 293 - Whilst we were talking of Vavaoo tooa Lico,7 the women said to us, let us repair to the back of the island to contemplate the setting sun: there let us listen to the warbling of the birds and the cooing of the wood-pigeon. We will gather flowers from the burying-place at Matawto...
Side 139 - in ease and luxury ; thou murderer of my " father! I would have declared my sentiments " long ago, if I could have depended upon '•' others to second me ; not that I feared death " by making thee my enemy, but the vengeance " of my chief, Toobo Toa, was first to be satis...
Side 119 - Tarkey, blind in his left eye," which was done and read by the other man to the increased astonishment of every body. Mr. Mariner then told him that, in several parts of the world, messages were sent to great distances through the same medium ; and, being folded and fastened up, the bearer could know nothing of the contents : and that the histories of whole nations were thus handed down to posterity, without spoiling by being kept, as he chose to express himself.
Side 132 - Finow, with a little more ferocity, but not quite such depth of policy. It will be recollected that Toobo Neuha was the chief that assassinated Toogoo Ahoo ; ever since which period Toobo Toa's desire of revenge was most implacable; and he had made a vow never to drink the milk of the cocoa-nut out of the shell till he had fully accomplished it. He had indeed all along espoused the cause of Finow against the adherents of his father, which may seem strange, as Finow himself was a principal accomplice...
Side 293 - And now as we stand motionless on the eminence over Anoo Mttnoo, the whistling of the wind among the branches of the lofty toa shall fill us with a pleasing melancholy ; or our minds shall be seized with astonishment as we behold the roaring surf below, endeavouring but in vain to tear away the firm rocks. Oh ! how much happier shall we be thus employed, than when engaged in the troublesome and insipid cares of life ! " Now as night comes on, we must return to the Mo6a.

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