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NOTES TO CANTO XI. ing Plutarch, spelling oddly, and writing paintly,

and what is strange after all, his is the best Iho on a lork, with black-eyed Sal (his blowing), modern history of Greece in any language, and So prime, 80 swell, 80 nutty, and 80 knowing?

he is perhaps the best of all modern kisterian

(p. 282. st. 19. whatsoever. Having named his sins, it is bet The advance of science and of language has fair to state his virtues-learning, labour, tr rendered it unnecessary to translate the above search, wrath, and partiality. I call the latter good and true English, spoken in its original virtues in a writer, because they make his wris

in earnest. purity by the select nobility and their patrons. 'The Yollowing is a stanza of a song which was very popular, at least in my early days :

A hazy widower turn'd of forty'ı ter

(p. 292. & 12 "On the high toby-spice flash the muzzle,

This line may puzzle the commentaten ne In spite of each gallows old scout;

than the present generation. If you at the spellken can't hustle,

You'll be hobbled in making a Clout. Like Russians rushing from hot baths to a Then your Blowing will wax gallows haughty,

(p. 29. & 1 When she hears of your scaly mistake,

The Russians, as is well known, rua rathe She'll surely turn snitch for the forty, their hot baths to plunge into the Neva; a pa

That her Jack may be regular weight." sant practical antithesis, which it seems las If there be any gem'man 80 ignorant as to

them no harm. require a traduction, refer him to my old friend and corporeal pastor and master, John Jackson,

The world to gese upon those northern lights Esq., Professor of Pugilism; who I trust still

(p. 296.2 retains the strength and symmetry of his model of the polar region and native country of the

For e description and print of this inhabitas of a form, together with his good humour, and Aurora borealis, see PABBY's Vogoge in repreh athletic as well as mental accomplishments.

of a North-West Passage. St. James's Palace and St. James's Hells.

[p. 283. St. 29.
As Philip's son proposed to do sůh

Atbet “Hells, gaming-houses. What their number may now'be in this life, I know not. Before I a statue of Alexander, with a city in ose band

A sculptor projected to hew Mount Athos isto was of age I knew them pretty accurately, both and, I believe, a river in his pocket, "gold" and "silver." I was once nearly called various other similar devices. But Alexander > out by an acquaintance, because when he asked me, where I thought that his soul would be found look 'over a nation of freemen.

gone, and Athos remains, I trust ere lang sa hereafter, I answered, “In Silver Hell."

And therefore even I won't anent
This subject quote.

[p. 284. St. 43. NOTES TO CANTO XIII. “Anent" was a Scotch phrase, meaning “concerning"-"with regard to." It has been made Also there bin another pious regaen. English by the Scotch Novels; and, as the Frenchman said"If it be not, ought to be English."

With every thing that pretty bin,

My Lady sweet arise.-SHAKSPEARE The milliners who furnish "drapery misses.".

[p. 284. St. 49. “Drapery misses"-This term is probably any

His bell-mouth'd goblet makes me feel gate

Danish. thing now bat a mystery. It was however almost 80 to me when I first returned from the East in Catalogue of Nations sexquisite in their drinking."

If I err not, "Your Dane" is one of laga! 1811–1812. It means a pretty, a highborn, a fashionable young female, well instructed by her friends, and furnished by her milliner with a Even Nimrod's self might leave the plains wardrobe upon credit, to be repaid, when married,

Dura. by the husband. The riddle" was first read to

In Assyria. me by a young and pretty heiress, on my praising the "drapery of an “untochered" but pretty That Scriptures out of church are blasphemian virginities" (like Mrs. Anne Page) of the then day, which has now been some years yesterday:

“Mrs. Adams answered Mr. Adams, that -she assured me that the thing was common in was blasphemous to talk of Scripture et de London; and as her own thousands, and bloom- church." This dogma was broached to ber box ing looks, and rich simplicity of' array, put band the best Christian in any book. See It any suspicion in her own case out of the ques- seph Andrews, in the latter chapters. tion, I confess I gave some credit to the allegation. If necessary, authorities might be cited, The quaint, old, cruel corcomb, in his gallet in which case I could quote both “drapery" and Should have a hook, and a small trout le palt the wearers. Let us hope, however, that it is now obsolete.

It would have taught him humanity at least

This sentimental savage, whom it is i mode to 'Tis strange the mind, that very fiery particle, quote (amongst the novelists) to show their Fyn Should let itself be onuf'd out by an article.

pathy for innocent sports and old songs, trache

(p. 285. St. 60. how to sew ap frogs, and break their legs “Divino particolam auræ."

way of experiment, in addition to the art angling, the crnellest, the coldest, and the sto

pidest of pretended sports. They may talk about NOTES TO CANTO XII.

ihe beauties of nature, but the angler merely

thinks of his dish of fish; he has no leisure to Giver, with Greek truth, the good old Greek Bite is worth to him more than all the keeper

take his eyes from off the streams, and a singt the lie.

(p. 290. St. 19. around. Besides, some fish bite best or a roll! See MITFORD'S Greece. “Græcia Verar." His day. The whale, the shark, and the tona

(p. 299. & 3

(p. 306. &t.

[p. 307. &N

bem; eren net-fishing, trawling, are more hu- tain quantum of births within a certain number nane and useful—but angling :-No angler can of

years ; which births (as Mr. Hulme observes) e a good man.

generally arrive “in a little flock like those of “One of the best men I ever knew-as humane, a farmer's lambs, all within the same month perelicate-minded, generous, and excellent a crea- haps." These Harmonists (80 called from the ure as any in the world-was an angler: true, name of their settlement) are represented as a e angled with painted flies, and would have remarkably flourishing, pious, and quiet peoplo. een incapable of the extravagances of I. Walton." See the various recent writers on America

The above addition was made by a friend in eading over the MS.—“Audi alteram partem"leare it to counterbalance my own observation.

Nor canvass what "80 eminent a hand" meant.

(p. 320. St. 88 Jacob Tonson, according to Pope, was an

customed to call his writers “able pens"-"perNOTES TO CANTO XIV. sons of honour," and especially “eminent hande."

While great Lucullus' (robe triomphale) muffles, And never craned, and made, but few (There's Fame)-young Partridge-fillets, deck'd "aux pas." [p. 310. St. 33.

with truffles. [p. 323. St. 66 Craning.-"To crane" is, or was, an expreg- A dish "à la Lucullus." This hero, who conion used to denote a gentleman's stretching out quered the East, has left his more extended celis neck over a hedge, “to look before he leap: Tebrity to the transplantation of cherries (which d:"-a pause in his "vaulting ambition , he first brought into Europe) and the nomenrhich in the field doth occasion some delay and clature of some very good dishes ;-and I am secration in those who may be immediately be- not sure that (barring indigestion) he has not ind the equestrian sceptic. “Sir, if you don't done more service to mankind by his cookery hoose to take the leap, let me"-was a phrase than by his conquests. A cherry-tree may weigh vhich generally sent the aspirant on again; and against a bloody laurel: besides, he has con

good purpose : for though the horse and trived to earn celebrity from both.
ider" might fall, they made a gap, through
Fhich, and over him and his steed, the field
night follow.

But even sans "confitures," it no less true 18,
There's pretty picking in those "petits puits.".

(p. 323." St. 68. Go to the coffee-house, and take another.

(p. 312. St. 48. classical and well-known dish for part of the

“Petits puits d'amour garnis de confitures,". a In Swift's or HORACE WALPOLE'S Letters I

flank of a second course. hink it is mentioned that somebody regretting he loss of a friend, was answered by an uniersal Pylades: “When I lose one, I go to the

For that with me's a "sine qua." (p. 324. St. 86. aint James's Coffee-house, and take another."

Subauditur “Non;“ omitted for the sake of I recollect having heard an anecdote of the

euphony. ame kind. Sir W. D. was a great gamester. 'oming in one day to the club of which he was

In short, upon that subject I've some qualms very | member, he was observed to look melancholy.

Like those of the Philosopher of Malmsbury. What is the matter, Sir William ?" cried Hare,

[p. 325. St. 96. f facetions memory: “Ah! replied Sir W. "I that compliment to the souls of other people as

Hobbes : who; doubting of his own soul, paid jave just lost poor Lady D." Lost! What atquinze or Hazard ?" was the consolatory rejoin-apprehension.

to decline their visits, of which he had some er of the querist. And I refer you to wise Oxenstiern.

[p. 313. St. 59. NOTES TO CANTO XVI. The famous Chancellor Oxenstiern said to his on, on the latter expressing his surprise upon he great effects arising from petty causes in the If from a shell-fish or from cochineal. resumed mystery of politics : "You see by this,

(p. 326. St. 10. uy son, with how little wisdom the kingdoms whether from a shell-fish, or from cochineal, or

The composition of the old Tyrian purple, f the world are governed."

from kermes, is still an article of dispate; and even its colour-some say purple, others scarlet:

I say nothing. NOTES TO CANTO X V.

For a spoild carpet-but the Attic Bee." And thou Diviner still, Was much consoled by his own repartee. Whose lot it is by man to be mistaken.

[p. 330. St. 43. (p. 318. St. 18. I think that it was a carpet on which Diogenes As it is necessary in these times to avoid am- trod, with—"Thus I trample on the pride of iguity, I say, that I mean, by “Diviner still," Plato!"_“With greater pride," as the other FRIST. If ever God was Man-or Man God- replied. But as carpets are meant to be trodden e was both. I never arraigned his creed, but upon, uy memory probably misgives me, and it he use-or abuse-made of it. Mr. Canning might be a robe, or tapestry, or a table-cloth, ne day quoted Christianity to sanction Negro- or some other expensive and oncynical piece of lavery, and Mr. Wilberforce had little to say furniture. I reply. And was Christ crucified, that black sen might be scourged ? If so, he had better With Tu mi chamas's" from Portingale, een born a Mulatto, to give both colours an To soothe our ears, lest Ítaly should fail. qual chance of freedom, or at least salvation.

[p. 330. St. 45.

I remember that the mayoress of a provincial When Rapp the Harmoniat embargoed marriage town, somewhat surfeited with a similar display In his harmonious settlement. (p. 320. St. 35. from forcigu parts, did rather indecorously break This extraordinary and flourishing German through the applauses of an intelligent aadience olony in America does not entirely exclude ma-1-intelligent, I mean, as to inusic,- for the words, rimony, as the “Shakers" do ; but lays such besides being in recondite languages (it was estrictions upon it as present more than a cer- some years before the peace, ere all the world had travelled, and while I was a collegian). They err-'tis merely what to call d mobility. were sorely disguised by the performers ;-this

[p. 335. St. si. mayoress, I say, broke out with, “Rot your Ita- In French "mobilité." I am not sure that lianos! for my part, I love a simple ballad!" mobility is Euglish ; but it is expressive of a Rossini will go a good way to bring most people quality which rather belongs to other climates, to the same opinion, some day. Who would though it is sometimes seen to a great extent in imagine that he was to be the successor of Mo- our own. It may be defined as an excessive zart? However, I state this with diffidence, as susceptibility of immediate impressions the a liege and loyal admirer of Italian music in same time without losing the past; and is, though general, and of much of Rossini's: but we may sometimes apparently useful to the possesser, 1 say, as the connoisseur did of painting, in the most painful and unhappy attribute. Vicar of Wakefield, "that the picture would be better painted if the painter had taken more Draperied her form with curious felicih. pains."

(p. 336. & 12

“Curiosa felicitas."—PETRONICE, For Gothic daring shown in English money.

[p. 331. St. 59.

A noise like to wet fingers drawn on gian. "Ausu Romano, are Veneto " is the inscription

[p. 337. St. IK (and well inscribed in this instance) on the sea

See the account of the ghost of the socied walls between the Adriatic and Venice. The Prince Charles of Saxony raised by Schroepferwalls were a republican work of the Venetians;

“Karl-Karl-was-wolt mich ?" the inscription, I believe, Imperial; and inscribed by Napoleon.

How odd, a single hobgoblin's non-entity, Should cause more fear than a whole haut identity!

[P. 337. & IN Untying" squires to fight against the churches." [p. 332. St. 60.

"Shadows to-night

Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard Though ye untie the winds and bid them fight Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers Against the churches.-Macbeth

Richard III.

NOTES TO THE ISLAND.

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The foundation of the Story will be found | 1 was removed by medical advice into the partly in the account of the Mutiny of the lands. Here I passed occasionally some susmert

, Bounty in the South Seas (in 1789), and partly and from this period I date my love of Houstat in “Mariner's Account of the Tonga Islands." ous countries. I can never forget the efecto

few years afterwards in England, of the call How pleasant were the songs of Toobonai. thing I had long seen, even in miniature, ali

[p. 341. mountain, in the Malvern Hills. After I retardThe first three sections are taken from an ed to Cheltenham, I used to watch then every actual song of the Tonga Islanders, of which a afternoon at sunset, with a sensation which prose translation is given in MABINER'S Account cannot describe. This was boyish enough; but of the Tonga Islands. Toobanai is not, however, I was then only thirteen years of age, and i one of them; but was one of those where Chris- was in the holidays. tian and the mutineers took refuge. 1 have al. tered and added, but have retained as much as Than breathes his mimic murmurer in the shel possible of the original.

If the reader will apply to his ear the sea Beyond itself, and must retrace its way. (p. 342. shell on his chimney-piece, he will be aware of Lucullus, when frugality could charm,

what is alluded to. If the text should app Had wasted turnips in his Sabine farm. Pope. obscure, he will find in "Gebir" the same idet

better expressed in two lines. The poen Had form’d his glorious namesake's counterpart. never read, but have heard the lines quated by

[p. 342. a more recondite reader-who seems to be fi The Consul Nero, who made the unequalled different opinion from the Editor of the paar march which deceived Hannibal, and defeated terly Review, who qualified it, in his answers Asdrubal; thereby accomplishing'an achievement the Critical Reviewer of his Juvenal, as trash almost unrivalled in military annals. The first of the worst and most insane description. It is intelligence of his return, to Hannibal, was the to Mr. Landor, the author of Gebir, so qualified. sight of Asdrubal's head 'thrown into his camp. and of some Latin poems, which vie with Mar. sigh, that “Rome would now be the mistress of culate Mr. Sonthey addresses his declamativa the world." And yet to this victory of Nero's against impurity! it might be owing that his imperial nainesake reigned at all! But the infamy of the one has But deem him sailor or philosopher. {P. 34 eclipsed the glory of the other. When the name Hobbes, the father of Locke's and other paiof "Nero" is heard, who thinks of the Consul?losophy, was

an inveterate spoker,-eren to But such are human things.

pipes beyond computation. And Loch-na-gar with Ida look d o'er Troy. Right," quoth Ben, "hat vil de fer like

(p. 343.

marines." When very youug, about eight years of age, after an attack of the scarlet-fever at Aberdeen, I won't believe it, is an old saying, and sweet

“That will do for the Marines, but the silent

(R 34

men

e few fragments of former jealousies whichance of bread to two-thirds, and caused the water ill survive (in jest only) between these gallant for drinking to be filtered through drip-stones, ervices.

bought at Teneriffe for that purpose. I now

acquainted the ship's company of the object of No less of human bravery than the brave. the voyage, and gave assurances of certain pro

(p. 347. motion to every one whose endeavours should Archidamus, King of Sparta, and son of Age- merit it. On Tuesday the 26th of February, we ilaus, when he saw a machine invented for the bent new sails, and made other necessary preisting of stones and darts, exclaimed that it parations for encountering the weather that was as the “Grave of Valour." The same story to be expected in a high latitude. Our distance as been told of some knights on the first ap- from the coast of Brazil was about 100 leagues. lication of gunpowder; but the original anec- On the forenoon of Sunday the 2d of March, Dte is in Plutarch.

after seeing that every person was clean, divine

service was performed, according to my usual Whose only portal was the keyless wave. (p. 350. custom on this day : gave to Mr. Fletcher of this cave (which is no fiction) the original Christian, whom I had before directed to take ill be found in the 9th chapter of MARINER'S charge of the third watch, a written order to ccount of the Tonga Islande. I have taken the act as lieutenant. The change of temperature petical liberty to transplant it to Toobonai, the soon began to be sensibly felt, and, that the ist island where any distinct account is left of people might not suffer from their own neglihristian and his comrades.

gence, I supplied them with thicker clothing, as

better suited to the climate. On a complaint The fretted pinnacle, the aisle, the nave. (p. 350. made to me by the Master, I found it necessary This may seem too minute for the general lo punish Matthew Quintal, one of the seamen, otline (in MARINER'S Account) from which it is with two dozen of lashes, for insolence and muken. But few have travelled without tinous behaviour, which was the first time that being something of the kind-on land, that is. there was any occasion for punishment on board. Vithout adverting to Ellora, in Mungo PARK'S We were off Cape St. Diego, the eastern part ist journal (if my memory do not err, for there of the Terra de Fuego, and, the wind being unre eight years since I read the book) he men- favourable, I thought it more advisable to go ons having met with a rock or mountain so round to the eastward of Staaten-land than to xactly resembling a Gothic cathedral, that only attempt passing through Straits le Maire. Storms, tinute inspection could convince him that it attended with a great sea, prevailed until the as a work of nature.

12th of April. The ship began to leak, and re

quired pumping every hour, which was no more He tore the topmost button of his vest. (p. 352. than we had reason to expect from such a conin THIBAULT'S Account of Frederic II. of tinuance of gales of wind and high seas. The 'Tussia, there is a singular relation of a young decks also became so leaky that it was necessary 'renchman, who, with his mistress, appeared to to allot the great cabin, of which I made little e of some 'rank. He enlisted and deserted at use except in fine weather, to those people who chweidnitz; and, after a desperate resistance, had not births to hang their hammocks in, and as retaken, having killed an officer, who at by this means the space between decks was less empted to seize him after he was wounded, by crowded. With all this bad weather, we had ne discharge of his musket loaded with a button the additional mortification to find, at the end f his uniform. Some circumstances on his court of every day, that we were losing ground; for, artial raised a great interest amongst his jud- notwithstanding our utmost excrtions, and keepes, who wished to discover his real situation ing on the most advantageous tacks, we did little

life, which he offered to disclose, but to the better than drift before the wind. On Tuesday (ing only, to whom he requested permission to the 22d of April, we had eight down on the sick rrite. This was refused, and Frederic was filled list, and the rest of the people, though in good ith the greatest indignation, from baffled cu- health, were greatly fatigued ; but

saw, with iosity or some other motive, when he under- much concern, that it was impossible to make a tood that his request had been denied.--See passage this way to the Society-Islands, for we HIBAULT's work, vol. 11.-(1 quote from memory.) had now been thirty days in a tempestuous

ocean. Thu's the season was too far advanced

for us to expect better weather to enable us to EXTRACT FROM THE VOY GE BY

double Cape Horn; and, from these and other CAPTAIN BLIGH.

considerations, I ordered the helm to be put a

weather, and bore away for the Cape of Good On the 27th of December 1787 it blew a se- Hope, to the great joy of every one on board. ere storn of wind from the eastward, in the We came to an anchor on Friday the 23d of ourse of which we suffered greatly; it was not May, in Simon's Bay, at the Cape, after a toithout great risk and difficulty that we were lerable run. The ship required complete caulkble to secure the boats from being washed ing, for she had becoinc so leaky, that we were way. A great quantity of our bread was also obliged to pump hourly in our passage from amaged and rendered useless, for the sea had Cape Horn. The sails and rigging also required love in our stern, and filled the cabin with repair, and, on examining the provisions, a conater. On the 5th of January, 1788, we saw the siderable quantity was found damaged. land of Teneriffe about twelve leagues distant, Having remained thirty-eight days at this place, nd next day, being Sunday, came to an anchor and my people having received all the advantage 1 the road of Santa-Cruz. There we took in that could be derived from refreshments of every he necessary supplies, and, having finished our kind that could be met with, we sailed on the usiness, sailed on the 10th. I now divided the 18t of July. eople into three watches, and gave the charge A gale of wind blew on the 20th, with a high rihe third watch to Mr. Fletcher Christian, sea ; it increased after noon with such violence, be of the mates. I have always considered this that the ship was driven almost forecastle under,

desirable regulation when circumstances will before we could get the sails clewed up. The dmit of it, and I am persuaded that unbroken lower yards were lowered, and the top-gallantest not only contributes much towards the mast got down upon deck, which relieved her ealth of the ship's company, but enables them much. We lay to all night, and in the morning nore readily to exert themselves in cases of bore away under a reefed foresail. The sea still udden emergency. As I wished to proceed to running high, in the afternoon it became very taheite without stopping, I reduced the allow - unsafe to stand on; we therefore lay to

night, without any accident, excepting that a 80 avergo to exercise, that he would berer man at the steerage was thrown over the wheel prevailed on to take half a dozen turns ended and much bruised. Towards noon the violence at a time, during all the course of the voyat of the storm abated, and we again bore away He was buried on shore. under the reefed foresail.

On Monday, the 5th of January, the ama In a few days we passed the Islands of St. cutter was missed, of which I was immediately Paul, where there is good fresh water, as I was apprized. The ship's company being mastered informed by a Dutch captain, and also a lot we found three men absent, who had earned i spring, which boils fish as completely as if done off. They had taken with them eight stand at by a fire. Approaching to Van Diemen's land, arms and ammunition ; but with regard to their we had much bad weather, with snow and hail, plan, every one on board seemed to be gauza but nothing was seen to indicate our vicinity, ignorant. I therefore went ou shore, ale on the 13th of August, except a seal, which ap-gaged all the chiefs to assist in recovering the peared at the distance of twenty leagues froin the boat and the deserters. According the it. We anchored in Adventure Bay on Wed- former was brought back in the course de nesday the 20th.

day, by five of the natives; but the new In our passage hither from the Cape of Good not taken until nearly three weeks aftervata Hope, the winds were chiefly from the westward, Learning the place where they were, in with very boisterous weather. The approach of ferent quarter of the island of Otaheite, I rex strong sontherly winds is announced by many thither in the cutter, thinking there wouldku birds of the albatross or peterel tribe; and the great difficulty in securing them with the abatement of the gale, or a shift of wind to the sistance of the natives. However, they heart northward, by their keeping away. The ther- of my arrival; and when I was near a buise in mometer also varies five or six degrees in its which they were, they came out wanting the height, when a change of these winds may be fire-arms, and delivered themselves up. Somed expected. In the land surrounding Adventure-Bay the chiefs had formerly seized and bound these are many forest-trees one hundred and fifty feet deserters; but had been prevailed on, by fait high; we saw one which measured above thirty- promises of returning peaceably to the skip, three feet in girth. We observed several eagles, release them. But finding an opportunity again soine beautiful blue-plumaged hcrons, and par- to get possession of their arms, they set the roquets in great variety. The natives not appear-natives at defiance. ing, we went in search of them towards Cape The object of the voyage being now coapleted Frederic-Henry. Soon after, close to the shore, all the bread-fruit plants, to the number of our for it was impossible to land, we heard their thousand and fifteen, were got ou board a voices,

like the cackling of geesc, and twenty Tuesday, the 31st of March. Besides these, persons came out of the woods. We threw trin- had collected many other plants, some of texn kets ashore, tied up in parcels, which they would bearing the finest fruits in the world; and ** not open out until I made an appearance of leav- luable, from affording brilliant dyes, and the ing them: they then did so, and, taking the ar- various properties besides. At sunset of the # ticles out, put them on their heads. "On first of April, we made sail from Otaheite, bidding coming in sight, they made a prodigious clatter- farewell to an island where for twenty-three ing in their speech , and held their arms over weeks we had been treated with the stone their heads. They 'spoke so quick that it was affection and regard, and which seemed to in impossible to catch one single word they uttered. crease in proportion to our stay. That we went Their colour is of a dull black; their skin scari- not insensible to their kindness, the succeedia fied about the breast and shoulders. One was circumstances safticiently proved; for is the distinguished by his body being coloured with friendly and endearing behaviour of these people red ochre, but all the others were painted black, may be ascribed the motives inciting as ever with a kind of soot, so thickly laid over their that effected the ruin of our expedition, which faces and shoulders, that it was difficult to as- there was every reason to believe wereld bare certain what they were like. On Thursday, been attended with the most favourable intat the 4th of September, we sailed out of Adven- Next morning we got sight of the island Be ture - Bay, steering first towards the east-heine; and a double canoe soon coming almet south-east, and then to the northward

of side, containing

ten natives, 1 saw among the east, when, on the 19th, we came in sight of a a young man who recollected me, and called me cluster of small rocky islands, which named by my name. I had been here in the year lis Bounty Jeles. Soon afterwards we frequently with Captain Cook, in the Resolation. A les observed the sea, in the night-time, to be cover- days after sailing from this island, the weather ed by luminous spots , caused by amazing, quan- became squally, and a thick body of black elsado tities of small blubbers or medusæ , which emit collected in the east. A water-speat wait a light", like the blaze of a candle, from the short time seen at no great distance from strings or filaments extending from them, while which appeared to great advantage from the the rest of the body continues perfectly dark.

We discovered the island of 'Otaheite on the I could judge, the upper part was about two feel 25th, and, before casting anchor next morning in in diameter,' and the lower about eight inchen off, that, after the natives ascertained we were served that it was rapidly advancing towards friends, they came on board, and crowded the the ship. We immediately altered or cearre deck so much, that in ten minutes I could scarce and took in all the sails except the foresail : find my own 'people. The whole distance which after which it passed within ten yards of the the ship had ron, in direct and contrary courses, stern, with a rustling noise , but without

leaving England until reaching feeling the Icast effect from its being so pret Otaheite, was twenty-seven thousand and eighty it seemed to be travelling at the rate of six miles, which, on an average, was one hun- ten miles an hour, in the direction of the wind dred and eight miles cach twenty-four hours and it dispersed in a quarter of an hour afier Here we lost our surgeon on the 9th of De- passing us. cember. of late he had scarcely ever stirred we should have received, had it passed directly

us. Masts, I imagine might bare bees worse than nenal in the evening, he was remov- would have caused the loss of the ship. ed ,

Passing several islands on the way, we anchored This unfortunate man drank very hard, and was

Jame man called Tepa, whom I had known bome

from the

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