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THE NATIVES

OF THE

TON GA ISLA NDS,

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 tl.e
" Missouri or the Maranon."

Preface to Humbolde's Personal Narrative,

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LONDON:

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

1817.

T. Davison, Lombard-street,

Whitefriars, London,

CHAP. XV.

The king annihilates the divine chiefdom of Tooitonga, and

the ceremony of inachi--Mr. Mariner's adopted mother departs for Hapai-The stratagem used to prevent her female attendants from accompanying her-Spirited speech of Talo on this occasion-All communication with the Hapai islands shut up—The king's extraordinary attention to the cultivation and defence of the country—Interesting anecdote' respecting two chiefs, Hála A'pi A'pi and Tálo_Attempt from the people of Hapai--Mr. Mariner discovers an European vessel whilst on a fishing excursion: his men refusing to take him on board, he wounds one mortally, and threatens the others, upon which they paddle towards the ship-Anecdote of the wounded man-Mr. Mariner's arrival on board, and reception froin the captain-The king visits him in the ship: his behaviour on board: his earnest wish to go to England–Mr. Mariner sends on shore for the journal of the Port au Prince, and procures the escape of two of his countrymen-Further transactions on board-He takes a final leave of the king-The ship sails for the Hapai islands.

IN consequence of Tooitonga's death, the great obstacle to shutting up the communication with Hapai was, for a time at least, re

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