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earth, and thus form a congeries of trunks, 1969. which being very close to each other, and all joined by a common vegetation, might easily be Monday 8. mistaken for one.
Though the market at the fort was now tole. rably supplied, provisions were brought more Nowly : a sufficient quantity used to be purchased between sun-rise and eight o'clock, but it was now become necessary to attend the greatest part of the day. Mr. Banks, therefore, fixed his little boat up before the door of the fort, which was of great use as a place to trade in : hitherto we had purchased cocoa-nuts and bread-fruit for beads; but the market becoming rather Nack in these articles, we were now, for the first time, forced to bring out our nails: one of our smallest size, which was about four inches long, procured us twenty cocoa-nuts, and bread. fruit in proportion, so that in a short time our first plenty was restored. - On the gth, soon after brea
ath roon after breakfast, we received Tuefday 9, a visit from Oberea, being the first that she had made us after the loss of our quadrant, and the unfortunate confinement of Tootahah; with her came her present favourite, Obadée, and Tupia: they brought us a hog and some bread-fruit, in return for which we gave her a hatchet. We had now afforded our Indian friends a new and interesting object' of curiosity, our forge, which having been set up some time, was almost con
1769 ftantly at work. It was now common for them Way to bring pieces of iron, which we suppose they
must have got from the Dolphin, to be made into tools of various kinds; and as I was very desirous to gratify them, they were indulged, except when the smith's time was too precious to be spared. Oberea having received her hatchet, produced as much old iron as would have made another, with a request that another might be made of it; in this, however, I could not gratify her, upon which she brought out a broken axe, and desir. ed it might be mended ; I was glad of an opportunity to compromise the difference between us : her axe was mended, and the appeared to be content. They went away at night, and took with them the canoe, which had been a considerable time at the point, but promised to re
turn in three days.
other plants into a spot of ground which had
This day we learnt the Indian name of the 1769.
May. isand, which is OTAHEITE, and by that name I shall hereafter distinguish it ; but after great Wednes.10. pains taken we found it utterly impossible to teach the Indians to pronounce our names; we had, therefore, new names, consisting of such founds as they produced in the attempt. They called me Toote; Mr. Hicks, Hete; Molineux they renounced in absolute despair, and called the Master Boba, from his Christian name Robert; Mr. Gore was Toarro; Dr. Solander, Torano ; and Mr. Banks, Tapane; Mr. Green, Eteree; Mr. Parkinson, Patini; Mr. Sporing, Polini ; Petersgill, Petrodero; and in this manner they had now formed names for almost every man in the ship: in some, however, it was not easy to find any traces of the original, and they were perhaps not mere arbitrary sounds formed upon the occasion, but significant words in their own language. Monkhouse, the Midshipman, who commanded the party that killed the man for stealing the musket, they called Matte ; not merely by an attempt to imitate in found the first syllable of Monkhouse, but because Matte signifies dead; and this probably might be the case with others.
CH A P. XII.
Some Ladies visit the Fort with very un
common Ceremonies : The Indians attend Divine Service, and in the Evening exbibit a most extraordinary Spectacle : Tubourai Tamaide falls into Temptation.
May. Friday 12.
TRIDAY, the 12th of May, was distin
I guished by a visit from some ladies whom we had never seen before, and who introduced themselves with some very singular ceremonies. Mr. Banks was trading in his boat at the gate of the fort as usual, in company with Tootahah, who had that morning paid him a visit, and some other of the natives ; between nine and ten o'clock, a double canoe came to the land. ing-place, under the awning of which sat a man and two women: the Indians that were about Mr. Banks made signs that he should go out to meet them, which he hasted to do; but by the time he could get out of the boat, they had advanced within ten yards of him : they then stopped, and made signs that he should do so too, laying down about a dozen young plantain trees, and some other small plants : he com
plied, . May
plied, and the people having made a lane be- 1769. tween them, the man, who appeared to be a fervant, brought fix of them to Mr. Banks by Friday 13. one of each at a time, paffing and repassing fix times, and always pronouncing a short sentence when he delivered them. Tupia, who, ftood by Mr. Banks, acted as his master of the cere. monies, and receiving the branches as they were brought, laid them down in the boat. When this was done, another man brought a large bundle of cloth, which having opened, he spread piece by piece upon the ground, in the space between Mr. Banks and his visitors ; there were nine pieces, and having laid three pieces one upon another, the foremost of the women, who seemed to be the principal, and who was called OORATTOOA, stepped upon them, and taking up her garments all round her to the waist, turned about, with great com. posure and deliberation, and with an air of perfect innocence and fimplicity, three times ; when this was done, the dropped the veil, and stepping off the cloth, three more pieces were said on, and she repeated the ceremony, then stepping off as before ; the last three were laid on, and the ceremony was repeated in the same manner the third time. Immediately after this the cloth was rolled up, and given to Mr. Banks as a present from the lady, who, with