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have made every effort in my power to have sound '7*6these unhappy wretches, and taken them from a place e ua'T

where now, in all probability, they must miserably perish.

The Cape is certainly a most excellent place forships to touch at; it is a healthy climate, a fine country, and abounds with refreshments of every kind. The Company's garden, is a delightsul spot, and at theend of it there is a paddock belonging to the Governor, in which are kept a great number of rare and curious animals, and among others, when I was there, were three fine ostriches, and four /.ebras of an uncommon fize. I gave all the people leave to go on shore by turns, and they always contrived to get very drunk with Cape wine before they came back. Many ships came in while we lay here; some were Dutch, some French, some Danes, but all were outward bound.

Having continued here three weeks, and during that time refreshed our men, and completed our water, I took leave of the good old Governor, on the 6th of T1^sg* March, and on. the 7th, failed out of the bay with a Friday 7. fine breeze at S. E.

On Sunday the 16th, at six in the morning we faw Sand. 16. the island of Saint Helena, bearing W. by N. at the distance of about sixteen leagues, and about noon, a large ship which shewed French colours. We pursued our course, and a sew days afterwards, as we were failing with a fine gale, and at a great distance from land, the ship suddenly received a rude shock, as if she had struck the ground: this instantly brought all who were below upon the deck in great consternation, and upon looking out we faw the water, to a very large extent, tinged with blood; this put an end to our sears, and we concluded that we must have struck either a whale or a grampus from which the ship was not likely to receive much damage, nor in fact did she receive any. About this time allo we had the misfortune to bury our carpenter's mate, a very ingenious and diligent young man, who had never been well after our leaving Batavia.

On the 25th, we crossed the equator, in longitude Tuesi! . 17° 10' W. and the next morning, Captain Gumming came on board, and informed me that the Tamar's

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three lower rudder braces on the stern were broken off, which rendered the rudder unserviceable. I immediately sent the carpenter on board, who found the condition of the braces even worse than had been reported, so that the rudder could not possibly be newhung; he therefore went to work upon a machine like that which had been fixed to the Ipswich, and by which she was steered home: this machine in about five days he completed, and with some little alterations of his own, it was an excellent piece of work. The Tamar steered very well with it, but thinking that it might not be sufficient to secure her in bad weather, or upon a lee shore, I ordered Captain Cumming to run down to Antigua, that he might there heave the ship down, and get the rudder new hung, with a fresh set of braces which he had with him for that purpose; for the braces with which the ship went out, being of iron, were not expected to last as long as ours, the lower ones, with the sheathing, being of copper.

Pursuant to these orders, the Tamar parted company with us on the 1st of April, and steered for the Caribbee Islands. When we came into latitude 340 N. longitude 35° W. we had strong gales from W. S. W. to W. N. W. with a great sea, which broke over us continually for six days successively, and run us into latitude 480 N. longitude 140 W. On the 7th of May, at seven o'clock in the morning, we made the Islands of Scilly, having been just nine weeks coming from the Cape of Good Hope, and somewhat more than two and twenty months upon the voyage; the 9th, the ship came to an anchor in the Downs, and on the fame day I landed at Deal, and set out for London.

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VOYAGE round the WORLD, In the Years 1766, 1767, and 1769,

By SAMUEL WALLIS, Esq; Commander of his Malesty's Ship the Dolphin

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CHAP. I.

The Passage to the Coast of Patagonia, with some Account of the Natives.

[The longitude in this voyage is reckoned from the meridian of London.]

HAVING received my commission, which was 1766 dated the 19th of June 1 766, I went on board June 19. the fame day; hoisted the pendant, and began ^*-**** to enter feamen, but, according to my orders, took no boys either for myself or any of the officers.

The ship was fitted for the sea with all possible expedition, during which the articles of war, and the act of parliament were read to the ship's company: on the Saturday 26th of July we sailed down the river, and on the 16th July »6. of August, at eight o'clock in the morning, anchored Aaug„stayl6. in Plymouth Sound.

On the 19th I received my sailing orders, with di-Tuesday 19. sections to take the Swallow (loop, and the Prince Frederick store-ship under my command: and this day I took on board, among other things, three thousand weight of portable soup, and a bale of cork jackets. Every part of the ship was filled with stores and necessaries of various kinds, even to the steerage and stateroom, which were allotted to the slops and portable soup. The surgeon offered to purchase an extraordinary quantity of medicines, and medical necessaries,

Vol. I. I which,

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