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detain Finow Fiji (the king's uncle) on board till the journal was brought to him; and accordingly two natives were dispatched, with directions where to find it: they had orders, at the same time, to bring back with them three Englishmen that were on shore, viz. James Waters, Thomas Brown, and Thomas Dawson. In the mean while Finow. Fiji, on understanding that he was detained a prisoner, turned very pale, and was evidently greatly alarmed: and even when Mr. Mariner explained to him the cause, he seemed still to think every thing was not right; and expressed his apprehension that they were going to take him to England to answer for the crime of the Hapai people, in taking the Port au Prince, and murdering the crew: the other assured him that his fears were groundless ; for, as he was not a party concerned in that sad affair, the English people would never think of punishing the innocent for the guilty: “ True!” he replied, “ and you know that I have always befriended “ you, and that I am not a treacherous charac“ ter; and that rather than assist in taking a " Papalangi ship, I would do all that lay in “ my power to prevent such an outrage.” To this Mr. Mariner cordially gave his assent, and the chief seemed quite satisfied: his people in the canoes were, however, far from being so, they raised great clamours, and loudly demanded his liberation ; and even his own assurances could scarcely remove their apprehensions. Finow Fiji told Mr. Mariner that he should have been particularly sorry to have been taken away, when his nephew was just in the infancy of his reign, and might want his counsel and advice, and thus be deprived of the pleasure of seeing him govern prosperously, and making his people happy, which, from his ability and excellent disposition, he had no doubt would be the case. At length the canoe returned with the journal and the Englishmen. Thomas Waters was not disposed, however, to return to England: he was an old man, and had become infirm, and he reflected that it would be a difficult matter for him to get his bread at home; and as he enjoyed at Vavaoo every convenience that he could desire, he chose to end his days there.
Finow's sister, a girl of about fifteen years of age, went on shore, and brought on board several other women of rank, who were all greatly pleased that they were allowed to come into the ship and satisfy their curiosity. Finow's sister, who was a very beautiful, lively girl, proposed, in joke, to go to England, and
see the white women: she asked if they wouldallow her to wear the Tonga dress, “though: perhaps,” she said, “ that would not do in such a cold country in the winter season. I don't know what I should do at that time: but Togi: tells me that you have hot-houses for plants: from warm climates, so I should like to live all winter in a hot-house. Could I bathe there two or three times a day without being seen? I wonder whether I should stand a chance of yet. ting a husband ; but my skin is so brown, I suppose none of the young papalangi men would have me; and it would be a great pity to leave so many handsome young chiefs at Vavaoo, and go to England to live a single life.- If I were to go to England I would amass a great quantity of beads, and then I should like to return to Tonga, because in England beads are so conimon that nobody would admire me for wear. ing them, and I should not bave the pleasure of being envied.”-She said, laughing, that either the white men must make very kind and good tempered husbands, or else the white women must have very little spirit, for them to live so long together without parting. She thought the custom of having only one wife a very good one, provided the husband loved her; if not, it was a very bad ore, because he would
tyrannize over her the more, whereas if his ara tention was divided between five or six, and he did not behave kindly towards them, it would. be very easy to deceive him.---These observations, of which Mr. Mariner was interpreter, afforded very great amusement. Finow, the late. Tooitonga's son (about 12 years of age, and the females, now commenced dancing and singing, at the request of the captain, and which gave the ship's company much entertainment. · Before the ship's departure, Mr. Mariner was charged with several messages from the chiefs of Vavaoo to those of Hapai. Among others, Finow sent his strong recommendations to Toobo Toa to be contented with the Hapai islands, and not to think of invading Vavaoo ; to stay and look to the prosperity of his owu dominions, for that was the way to preserve peace and happiness : “Tell him again,” said he, Si that the best way to make a country powerful and strong against all enemies is to cultivate it well, for then the people have something worth fighting for, and will defend it with invincible bravery; I have adopted this plan, and His attempts upon Vavaoo will be in vain!"Several warriors sent insulting messages to the Hlapai people, saying "We shall be very happy
to see them at Vavaoo, and will take care to entertain them well, and give them plenty of bearded spears to eat, and besides, we have got some excellent Toa wood (clubs) of which we shall be glad to give them an additional treat! We hope they will come and see us before they shall hare worn out the fine Vavabo gnatoo of which they took away so much when they visited us last ;” (alluding to their late unsuccessful expedition.)-Hala Api Api had considerable property at the island of Foa, and he sent a meg: sage to an old mataboole residing there, (who had been a faithful servant of his father,) to gather all his moveable property, consisting of some whale's teeth and a considerable quantity of Hamoa mats, and deposit it in a house of his upon the beach, that he might come some time under cover of the night, and secure it. • Some of the Vavaoo warriors proposed a plan, if the captain would lend them the use of theship, to kill Toobo Toa and his greatest fighting men, in revenge for bis murder of their lamented chief, the brave Toobo Neuha. The plan was for about two hundred of the choicest Vavaoo warriors to conceal themselves below on board the Favourite, and when she arrived at the Hapai islands, Toobo Toa and many other considerable cbiefs and warriors were to be invited on