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them with his company, and seemed to have en- | that in a short time I got rid of all I had brought tirely forgotten that he had already dined.

on shore. Provisions were brought off to the ship in the In my return I called on Poeeno and an elderly greatest plenty; and, to prevent as much as pos- chief, a relation of his, called Moannah, the prinsible anything which might occasion disputes, I cipal men of this district, and with whom I judged desired Mr. Peckover, the gunner, to undertake it my interest to be on good terms. I gave them the management of our traffic with the natives. several valuable articles; and as the situation here Some of the hogs brought to-day weighed 200 lbs., was eligible for a garden, I planted melon, cucumand we purchased several for salting. Goats were ber, and salad-seeds. I told them many other likewise brought off for sale, and I bought a she things should be sown for their use ; and they goat and kid for less than would have purchased a appeared much pleased when they understood I small hog. Our friends here expressed much dis- | intended to plant such things as would grow to be appointment that there was no portrait painter on trees and produce fruit. I saw large patches of board ; Tinah in particular, who wished to have tobacco growing without culture, and many pumphad pictures of his father and family.

kin vines. The bread-fruit trees and cocoa-nut An intimacy between the natives and our people trees at this time were full of fruit. was already so general, that there was scarce a I went on board to dinner, and Moannah acman in the ship who had not his tyo or friend. companied me. In the afternoon I returned to Tinah continued with me the whole afternoon, in Poeeno's, with some additional seeds to improve the course of which he ate four times of roast pork, the little garden I had begun to make in the forebesides his dinner. When he left the ship, he noon. While I was giving directions, I received a requested I would keep for him all the presents I message from Tinah, inviting me to come to him had given to him, as he had not, at Matavai, a at his brother Oreepyah's house, which was near place sufficiently safe to secure them from being the beach. At this place I found a great number stolen; I therefore showed him a locker in my of people collected, who, on my appearance, immecabin for his use, and gave him a key to it. This diately made way for me to sit down by Tinah. is perhaps not so much a proof of his want of The crowd being ordered to draw back, a piece of power, as of the estimation in which they hold cloth about two yards wide and forty-one yards in European commodities, and which makes more length was spread on the ground; and another than the common means of security necessary to piece of cloth was brought by Oreepyah, which he prevent theft.

put over my shoulders and round my waist, in the I had sent Nelson and his assistant to look for manner the chiefs are clothed. Two large hogs, plants, and it was no small pleasure to me to find, weighing each above two hundred pounds, and a by their report, that, according to appearances, quantity of baked bread-fruit and cocoa-nuts, were the object of my mission would probably be ac then laid before me, as a present, and I was desired complished with ease. I had given directions to to walk from one end of the cloth spread on the every one on board not to make known to the ground to the other, in the course of which, Tyo islanders the purpose of our coming, lest it might and Ehoah * were repeated with loud acclamations. enhance the value of the bread-fruit plants, or This ceremony being ended, Tinah desired I would occasion other difficulties. Perhaps so much cau send the things on board, which completely loaded tion was not necessary; but at all events I wished the boat; we therefore waited till she came back, to reserve to myself the time and manner of com and then I took them on board with me; for I munication. Nelson met with two fine shaddock knew they expected some return. The present trees, which he had planted in 1777: they were which I made on this occasion was equal to any full of fruit, but not ripe.

that I had made before ; but I discovered that Wednesday, 29th. In the morning I returned | Tinah was not the sole proprietor of what he had Tinah's visit, for I found he expected it. He was given to me, for the present I gave was divided in a small shed about a quarter of a mile to the among those who I guessed had contributed to eastward of Matavai Point, with his wife and three support his dignity; among whom were Moannah, children, not their own, but who they said were | Poeeno, and Oreepyah ; Tinah, however, kept the relations. In my walk I had picked up a numer- greatest part of what I had given, and every one ous attendance, for every one I met followed me ; seemed satisfied with the proportion he allotted them. so that I had collected such a crowd that the heat The Otaheite breed of hogs seems to be supwas scarce bearable, every one endeavouring to planted by the European. Originally they were get a look to satisfy their curiosity: they, however, of the China sort, short, and very thick-necked; but carefully avoided pressing against me, and wel- the superior size of the European has made them comed me with cheerful countenances, and great encou

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Thursday, 30th.—At break of day, Tinah and I made Tinah understand that my visit was par- his wife came again to the ship, and as their ticularly to him, and gave him a second present, attendants were numerous, I provided a breakfast equal to the first, which he received with great for them of broiled and roasted pork, which they pleasure; and to the people of consequence that preferred to tea. Our arrival being known all were about him I also presented some article or over the island, we had this day a great number of other. There were great nunbers of children ; strangers on board, who came from the most and, as I took notice of the little ones that were in remote parts, and in the forenoon some hooks and arms, and gave them beads, both small and great, thimbles were cut out from the blocks. This induced

t with much drollery and good-humour, endea- | me to order all the natives out of the ship, except voured to benefit by the occasion. Boys of ten and twelve years old were caught up in arms and * Tyo and Ehoah are words of the same signification ; brought to me, which created much laughter ; so I i. e. friend.

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threw a piece of cloth round my shoulders, which is a high projecting headland, half way bee went on. About a quarter of a mile farther tween Matavai and Oparre, called by us One-tree as the hills, through a delightful shade of | Hill. Tinah much wished that one of these large -fruit trees, we stopped at the side of a small | ships should be sent to Otaheite, and that myself ntine river : here I was in view of a house should come in her, and bring him a number of

ne other side, at about fifty yards distance. | things that he wanted ; among which he particu- I this house the young king was brought out larly desired beds and high-backed elbow chairs

man's shoulders, clothed in a piece of fine might not be forgotten : a request perfectly ac- a cloth, and I was desired by Tinah to salute cording with the indolent character of Tinah.

by the name of Too Earee Rahie. The pre Saturday, November 1st.-As we had occasion to which I had prepared was divided into three | fix a tent on Point Venus, this morning we moved

s, and two other children made their appear the ship nearer to it, and moored again in six - in the same manner. The first present I fathoms, the point bearing N.N.E. - to a messenger who attended for that purpose; Tinah and several other chiefs dined on board

I was instructed by Tinah to say, that it was with me. After dinner I went on siiore with Ti... the Earee Rahie ; that I was his friend ; that nah, and made a visit to his father Otow. I like

ated thieves ; and that I came from Britannia. wise went to the garden which I had made near e second present was sent in the same manner, Poeeno's house, and found every thing had been h a similar message, to one of the other children; taken care of. After this, I was invited to an d likewise the third.

entertainment called Heiva, which Tinah had orAs I could not see the Earee Rahie distinctly, dered, and which consisted of singing and dancing desired to be permitted to go over the river to by three men and a young girl. When this per

m; but this, it seems, could not be complied formance was finished I returned to the ship. w ith : therefore, after seeing the presents delivered, Sunday, 2nd.–At daylight I sent Mr. Christian - returned with Tinah towards Oreepyah's house. with a party to erect our tent, and soon after

- was informed that Tinah had four children by followed myself with Tinah, Moannah, and Poeeno. - is wife, Iddeah. Otoo, or Too, the Earee Rahie, With their consent I fixed a boundary, within

ppeared to be about six years old : the second is which the natives were not to enter without leave, - 7 girl, named Terrenah Oroah : the third, a boy, and the chiefs cautioned them against it.

Terreetappanooai ; and a fourth, an infant girl, The principal use of the tents on shore was for whom I did not see, named Tahamydooah.

a lodgment for the plants; and I had now, instead

When we came to the place where we had first of appearing to receive a favour, brought the chiefs 22 stopped, Tinah took the cloth from my shoulders, to believe that I was doing them a kindness in carry- -- and desired me to put my hat on; I expressed a ing the plants as a present from them to the Earee 3 . desire to see more of the place, and he took me Rahie nio Britanee. The party at the tent consisted

s back by a different way. On passing a trunk of a of nine persons, including Nelson and his assistant. 3: tree, rudely carved, I was desired again to pull my | Tinah dined with me on board, and was to-day IIhat off, and all uncovered their shoulders. This my only visitor : nevertheless, the ceremony of

I discovered to be nothing more than the boundary being fed he so scrupulously observed, that, even

of the king's land ; on which, whoever set their after all the attendants were sent away, and we 17 feet, uncovered themselves out of respect.

were left by ourselves, I was obliged to lift the We stopped at a house belonging to Tinah, where wine to his mouth. The wives of the Earees are - - I was treated with a concert of one drum and sometimes subject to this restriction after the

three flutes, with singing by four men. I made birth of a child, but are released after a certain
some presents to the performers, and we removed time, on performing a ceremony called Oammo.
to Oreepyah's house, where, after paying my com After dinner, Tinah invited me to accompany
pliments to him, which I found was expected, him with a present of provisions to a party of
Tinah made me a present of a large hog, and some the Arreoys, a society described in the accounts of
cocoa-nuts. He then introduced an uncle of his, the former voyages ;* in this ceremony, he made
called Mowworoah, a very old man, much tattooed, me the principal person. Our way to the place
and almost blind. To this chief I made a present; where the offering was to be made, was by the
and soon after I embarked, with Tinah, Oreepyah, side of a river, along the banks of which I had

their wives, and Poeeno. A vast number of peo- always walked before this time ; but on the present | ple were collected on the beach to see us depart; occasion a canoe was provided for me, and dragged

and as soon as the boat had put off, Tinah desired by eight men. On arriving at the landing-place, me to fire my pocket-pistol, the poopooe ete ete, as | I saw a large quantity of bread-fruit, with some he called it: the report seemed to electrify the hogs ready dressed, and a quantity of cloth. At whole crowd ; but finding no harm done, they gave | about forty yards distance sat a man, who, I was great shouts of approbation.

informed, was a principal Arreoy. A lane being Nelson, who accompanied me in this expedition, made by the crowd, he was addressed by one of had but little opportunity to search after plants, Tinah's people, standing on the canoe, in a speech

the natives having crowded so much about him : composed of short sentences, which lasted about li he saw enough, however, to assure him that they were a quarter of an hour. During this, a piece of cloth to be procured here as plentifully as at Mata vai. | was produced, one end of which I was desired to

In our passage to the ship, which we rowed in hold, and five men, one with a sucking pig, and one hour, nothing but Britannie was inquired the others having each a basket of bread-fruit, after, and of the number of ships and guns. When I told them we had ships of a hundred guns, they * A licentious society admitting both men and women, could not believe it, till I drew one on paper :) between whom the intercourse is promiscuous; all chilthey then asked me if it was not as big as Tarralı, 1 dren born in this society are immediately destroyed.

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the chiefs and their attendants. In executing these away with them. Some of the cattle were killed orders, a daring fellow attacked the sentinel, but and eaten, but the greater part were taken to escaped among the crowd. Every one knew the Eimeo. The cows, he said, had produced eight consequence of offending the sentinel, and were calves, and the ewes ten young ones. The ducks, exceedingly alarmed at the appearance of anger I among which they classed the geese, had greatly thought necessary to assume.

increased ; but the turkeys and peacocks, whatAmong those who visited us to-day were two ever was the cause, had not bred. It seemed to chiefs of great consequence, Marremarre and his give Tinah great pleasure to observe how much I son Poohaitaiah Otee, Earees of the districts of was concerned for the destruction of so many useItteeah and Attahooroo. Otee was fed at dinner | ful animals ; but the cause of his satisfaction, I in the same manner as Tinah. It was evident that found, did not proceed from any expectation that the attention which I showed to these chiefs seemed I should replace them, but from the belief that I to give uneasiness to Tinah. At sunset my visitors would take vengeance on the people who had detook leave, and were carried on shore by one of prived him of them ; for with respect to the loss the ship's boats, which has always been regarded of the cattle, he appeared so unconcerned and as a mark of distinction, and on that account pre indifferent, that I was very angry with him. There ferred by them to going in their own canoes. At is, however, sufficient excuse for his resentment their request a race was rowed between our five against the people of Eimeo ; for the large extenoared cutter and one of their double canoes with sive houses, which we had seen in this part of four paddles. Great exertions were used on both Otaheite, in the year 1777, were all destroyed, and sides, but the cutter first reached the shore. In at present they had no other habitations than light their return to the ship, Oreepyah stopped them, sheds, which might be taken by the four corners, till a large piece of cloth that he had sent for was and removed by four men ; and of the many large brought, which he tied to the boat-hook, and desired canoes which they then had, not more than three should be carried off as a trophy of their victory. remained. Tinah, understanding from my con

The next morning, at sunrise, Moannah came versation, that I intended visiting some of the on board with a message from Tinah, to acquaint other islands in this neighbourhood, very earnestly me that he was mattow (afraid to see me) till he desired I would not think of leaving Matavai. had recovered some things that had been stolen “ Here,” said he,“ you shall be supplied plentifully from the ship, and which he had sent after. I with every thing you want. All here are your knew there was something wrong, as no canoes friends, and friends of king George : if you go to came off to us, and, on looking about, we found the other islands, you will have every thing stolen the buoy of the best bower anchor had been taken from you." I replied, that on account of their away, I imagine, for the sake of some iron hoops good-will, and from a desire to serve him and his that were on it. That this might not create any country, King George had sent out those valuable coolness, I sent a boat to Tinah, to invite him and presents to him ; « and will not you, Tinah, send his friends to come on board ; which they imme something to King George in return ??_“Yes,” he diately did, and were no longer under any appre said, “I will send him any thing I have ;" and hensions. I had made an appointment with Oree then began to enumerate the different articles in pyah, for him to go with me to Oparre this morn- his power, among which he mentioned the breading ; but the accident just mentioned caused him fruit. This was the exact point to which I wished to break his engagement, he having gone, I was to bring the conversation ; and, seizing an opporinformed, in search of what had been stolen. tunity, which had every appearance of being un

Oparre is the district next to the westward of designed and accidental, I told him the bread-fruit · Matavai. One of my reasons for going to Oparre, trees were what King George would like ; upon was to see if Nelson would be able to procure which he promised me a great many should be put plants there ; but I gave the credit of my visit to on board, and seemed much delighted to find it so young Otoo, the son of Tinah, who was the Earee easily in his power to send any thing that would Rahie, and lived with the rest of Tinah's children be well received by King George. at Oparre. I prepared a magnificent present for On landing at Oparre, an immense crowd of this youth, who was represented to me as the per- natives, as usual, immediately thronged about us. son of the greatest consequence, or rather of the I inquired for Oreepyah, whom I expected to have highest rank, in the island. At noon I left the met me here, but he was not yet returned from ship, accompanied by Tinah, his wife Iddeah, and his search after the thieves; we therefore went Poeeno. Moannah was to have been of the party, under a shed of his to wait for him, and in about but he insisted on remaining in the ship, to prevent a quarter of an hour he joined us, bringing with his countrymen from attempting to steal anything. | him an iron scraper, and one of the hoops of the

After half an hour's sailing, we arrived at buoy. I thanked him for the trouble which he had Oparre. During this time, Tinah gave me a more taken, and assured him that I was perfectly satisfied ; circumstantial account of the cattle and sheep, for he still seemed apprehensive of my displeasure. that had been left with him : he related, that after We took leave, for a short time, of Oreepyah, five years from the time of Captain Cook's depar- and I proceeded with Tinah to make my visit to ture (counting sixty-three moons) the people of the young Otoo, the Earee Rahie. When we had the island Eimeo joined with those of Attahooroo, walked about five minutes, Tinah stopped, and a district of Otaheite, and made a descenton Oparre: informed me that no person could be permitted to that after some resistance, by which many men see his son, who was covered above the shoulders. were killed, Tinah and his people fled to the moun- | He then took off his upper garments, and requested tains, leaving all their property to the mercy of | I would do the same. I replied, that I had no obthe victorious party, who destroyed almost every | jection to go as I would to my own king, who was thing which they found not convenient to take the greatest in all the world ; and pulling off my

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hat, he threw a piece of cloth round my shoulders, which is a high projecting headland, half way be-
and we went on About a quarter of a mile farther tween Matavai and Oparre, called by us One-tree
towards the hills, through a delightful shade of Hill. Tinah much wished that one of these large
bread-fruit trees, we stopped at the side of a small | ships should be sent to Otaheite, and that myself
serpentine river : here I was in view of a house / should come in her, and bring him a number of
on the other side, at about fifty yards distance. things that he wanted ; among which he particu-
From this house the young king was brought out larly desired beds and high-backed elbow chairs
on a man's shoulders, clothed in a piece of fine / might not be forgotten : a request perfectly ac-
white cloth, and I was desired by Tinah to salute cording with the indolent character of Tinah.
him by the name of Too Earee Rahie. The pre Saturday, November 1st.-As we had occasion to
sent which I had prepared was divided into three fix a tent on Point Venus, this morning we moved
parts, and two other children made their appear- | the ship nearer to it, and moored again in six
ance in the same manner. The first present I fathoms, the point bearing N.N.E.
gave to a messenger who attended for that purpose; Tinah and several other chiefs dined on board
and I was instructed by Tinah to say, that it was with me. After dinner I went on shore with Ti-
for the Earee Rahie ; that I was his friend ; that nah, and made a visit to his father Otow. I like-
I hated thieves ; and that I came from Britannia. wise went to the garden which I had made near
The second present was sent in the same manner, Poeeno's house, and found every thing had been
with a similar message, to one of the other children; taken care of. After this, I was invited to an
and likewise the third.

entertainment called Heiva, which Tinah had or-
As I could not see the Earee Rahie distinctly, dered, and which consisted of singing and dancing
I desired to be permitted to go over the river to by three men and a young girl. When this per-
him ; but this, it seems, could not be complied formance was finished I returned to the ship.
with : therefore, after seeing the presents delivered, Sunday, 2nd.-At daylight I sent Mr. Christian
I returned with Tinah towards Dreepyah's house. with a party to erect our tent, and soon after
I was informed that Tinah had four children by followed myself with Tinah, Moannah, and Poeeno.
his wife, Iddeah. Otoo, or Too, the Earee Rahie, With their consent I fixed a boundary, within
appeared to be about six years old : the second is which the natives were not to enter without leave,
a girl, named Terrenah Oroah : the third, a boy, and the chiefs cautioned them against it.
Terreetappanooai ; and a fourth, an infant girl, The principal use of the tents on shore was for
whom I did not see, named Tahamydooah.

a lodgment for the plants; and I had now, instead When we came to the place where we had first of appearing to receive a favour, brought the chiefs stopped, Tinah took the cloth from my shoulders, to believe that I was doing them a kindness in carryand desired me to put my hat on; I expressed a ing the plants as a present from them to the Earee desire to see more of the place, and he took me Rahie nio Britanee. The party at the tent consisted back by a different way. On passing a trunk of a of nine persons, including Nelson and his assistant. tree, rudely carved, I was desired again to pull my Tinah dined with me on board, and was to-day hat off, and all uncovered their shoulders. This my only visitor: nevertheless, the ceremony of I discovered to be nothing more than the boundary being fed he so scrupulously observed, that, even of the king's land ; on which, whoever set their after all the attendants were sent away, and we feet, uncovered themselves out of respect

were left by ourselves, I was obliged to lift the We stopped at a house belonging to Tinah, where wine to his mouth. The wives of the Earees are I was treated with a concert of one drum and sometimes subject to this restriction after the three flutes, with singing by four men. I made birth of a child, but are released after a certain some presents to the performers, and we removed time, on performing a ceremony called Oammo. to Oreepyah's house, where, after paying my com- | After dinner, Tinah invited me to accompany pliments to him, which I found was expected, him with a present of provisions to a party of Tinah made me a present of a large hog, and some the Arreoys, a society described in the accounts of cocoa-nuts. He then introduced an uncle of his, the former voyages ;* in this ceremony, he made called Mowworoah, a very old man, much tattooed, me the principal person. Our way to the place and almost blind. To this chief I made a present; where the offering was to be made, was by the and soon after I embarked, with Tinah, Oreepyah, side of a river, along the banks of which I had their wives, and Poeeno. A vast number of peo- always walked before this time ; but on the present ple were collected on the beach to see us depart; occasion a canoe was provided for me, and dragged and as soon as the boat had put off, Tinah desired by eight men. On arriving at the landing-place, me to fire my pocket-pistol, the poopooe ete ete, as I saw a large quantity of bread-fruit, with some he called it: the report seemed to electrify the hogs ready dressed, and a quantity of cloth. At whole crowd ; but finding no harm done, they gave about forty yards distance sat a man, who, I was great shouts of approbation.

informed, was a principal Arreoy. A lane being Nelson, who accompanied me in this expedition, made by the crowd, he was addressed by one of had but little opportunity to search after plants, | Tinah's people, standing on the canoe, in a speech the natives having crowded so much about him : composed of short sentences, which lasted about he saw enough, however, to assure him that they were a quarter of an hour. During this, a piece of cloth to be procured here as plentifully as at Matavai. was produced, one end of which I was desired to

In our passage to the ship, which we rowed in hold, and five men, one with a sucking pig, and one hour, nothing but Britannie was inquired the others having each a basket of bread-fruit, after, and of the number of ships and guns. When I told them we had ships of a hundred guns, they * A licentious society admitting both men and women, could not believe it, till I drew one on paper : between whom the intercourse is promiscuous; all chilthey then asked me if it was not as big as Tarrah, I dren born in this society are immediately destroyed.

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