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“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

* inhabitants of the banks of the Missouri or the Maranon.”
o Preface to Humboldt's Personal Narrative.

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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART. G. C. B. PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY, &c. &c. &c. THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT of THE NATIVES OF THE TONGA ISLANDS, IN WHICH IT IS ATTEMPTED PARTICULARLY TO SET FORTH THEIR MANNERS, CUSTOMS, AND RELIGION, raow THE ORAL DESCRIPTIONS OF AN ENGLISHMAN LONG RESIDENT THERE, IS MOST WILLINGLY INSCRIBED As A SMALL, YET APPROPRIATE TRIBUTE of RESPECT,

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