The English Circumnavigators: The Most Remarkable Voyages Round the World by English Sailors

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David Laing Purves
William P. Nimmo, 1874 - Explorers - 831 pages

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Page 321 - ... first, and afterwards Lord Anson, deserves to be held forth as a model to British seamen of what may be accomplished by industry, by courage, by love of their profession. He was born of a family at that period new and obscure, nor had he the advantage of distinguished talents. After his expedition, it used to be said of him that he had been round the world but never in it : he was dull and unready on land ; slow in business, and sparing of speech.
Page 73 - Generall, but much more happy when they sawe that he would receiue at their hands those things which they so willingly had presented: and no doubt they thought themselues neerest vnto God when they sate or stood next to him. In the meane...
Page 678 - Their behaviour on all occasions seems to indicate a great openness and generosity of disposition. Omai, indeed, who as their countryman should be supposed rather willing to conceal any of their defects, has often said that they are sometimes cruel in punishing their enemies. According to his representation they torment them very deliberately ; at one time tearing out small pieces of flesh from different parts, at another taking out the eyes, then cutting off the nose, and lastly killing them by...
Page 621 - In their great haivas, or entertainments, they have various dresses made for the purpose ; but the form is always the same ; and the richest dresses are covered, more or less, with red feathers. On what particular occasion their chiefs wear their large red feather-caps, I could not learn. Both men and women sometimes shade their faces from the sun with little bonnets, made of various materials.
Page 360 - ... who died in the boats, on their being exposed to the fresh air. The greatest part of our sick were so infirm, that we were obliged to carry them out of the ship in their hammocks, and to convey them afterwards in the same manner from the water-side to their tents, over a stony beach.
Page 32 - ... besought Almighty God of His goodness to give him life and leave to sail once in an English ship in that sea.
Page 154 - And when we Landed, a Moskito Indian named Eobin, first leapt ashore, and running to his brother Moskito man, threw himself flat on his face at his feet ; who helping him up and embracing him, fell flat with his face on the ground at Robin's feet, and was by him taken up also. We stood...
Page 581 - ... at the same time, making constantly a step forward, and then back again, with one foot, while the other was fixed. They then turned their faces to the assembly, sung some time, and retreated slowly in a body, to that part of the circle which was opposite the hut where the principal spectators sat. After this, one of them advanced from each side, meeting and passing each other in the front, and continuing their progress round, till they came to the rest. On which...
Page 687 - I did not think proper to sail till next morning. We got at this island, to both ships, about three hundred turtle, weighing, one with another, about ninety or a hundred pounds. They were all of the green kind ; and perhaps as good as any in the world. We also caught, with hook and line, as much fish as we could consume, during our stay. They consisted principally of cavallies, of different sizes ; large and small snappers ; and a few of two sorts of rock-fish ; one with numerous spots of blue, and...
Page 278 - The inhabitants of this country are the miserablest people in the world. The Hodmadods of Monomatapa,* though a nasty people, yet for wealth are gentlemen to these; who have no houses and skin garments, sheep, poultry, and fruits of the earth, ostrich eggs, etc. as the Hodmadods have: and setting aside their human shape, they differ but little from brutes.

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