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grappling, upon which he instantly let it go, with marks 1767-
An account of the Discovery of King George the Third's
AT two o'clock, the fame clay, we bore away, and Thursd. ig.
1767- gether, there could not be less than eight hundred* June- people. When they came within pistol shot of the ship, they lay by, gazing at us with great astonishment, and by turns conferring with each other. In the mean time we shewed them trinkets of various kinds, and invited them on board. Soon aster, they drew together, and held a kind of council to determine what mould be done: then they all paddled round the ship, making signs of friendship, and one of them holding up a branch of the plantain tree, made a speech that lasted near a quarter of an hour, and then threw it into the sea. Soon aster as we continued to make signs vof invitation, a fine, stout lively young man ventured on board: he came up by the mizen chains, and jumped out of the shrouds upon the top of the awning. We made signs to him lo come down upon the quarter-deck, and handed up some trinkets to him: he looked pleased, but would accept of nothing till some of the Indians came along-side, and aster much talk, threw a few branches of plantain-tree on board the (hip. He then accepted our presents, and several others very soon came on board, at different parts of the ship, not knowing the proper entrance. As one of these Indians was standing near the gang-way, on the larboard side of the quarter-deck, one of our goats butted him upon the haunches: being surprized at the blow, he hastily turned about, and saw the goat raised upon his hind legs, ready to repeat the blow. The appearance of this animal, so different from any he had ever seen, struck him with such terror thai he instantly leaped over-board; and all the rest, upon seeing what had happened, followed his example with the utmost precipitation: they recovered however, in a short time, from their fright, and returned on board. After having a little reconciled them to our goats and sheep, I shewed them our hogs and poultry, and they immediately made signs that they had such animals as these. I then distributed trinkets and nails among them, and made signs that they should go on shore and bring us some of their hogs, fowls and fruit, but they did not seem to understand my meaning: they were in the mean time watching an opportunity to steal some of the things that happened to lie in their way, but we gene"v. rally
rally detected them in the attempt. At last, however, f767
one of the midshipmen happened to come where they were standing with a new laced hat upon his head, and began to talk to one of them by signs: while he was thus engaged, another of them came behind him, and suddenly snatching off the hat, leapt over the taffarel into the sea, and swam away with it.
As we had no anchorage here, we stood along the shore, sending the boats at the fame time to found at a less distance. As none of these canoes had fails, they could not keep up with us, and therefore soon paddled back towards the shore. The country has the most delightful and romantic appearance that can be imagined: towards the sea it is level, and is covered with fruit trees of various kinds, particularly the cocoa-nut. Among these are the houses of the inhabitants, consisting only of a roof, and at a distance having greatly the appearance of a long barn. The country within, at about the distance of three miles, rises into lofty hills, that are crowned with wood, and terminate in peaks, from which large rivers are precipitated into the sea. We saw no shoals, but found the island skirted by a reef •lof rocks, through which there are several openings into deep water. About three o'clock in the asternoonwe brought to, a-breast of a large bay, where there -was an appearance of anchorage. The boats were immediately sent to sound it, and while they were thus employed, I observed a great number of canoes gather round them. I suspected that the Indians had a design to attack them, and as I was very desirous to prevent mischief, I made a signal for the boats to come a-board, and at the fame time, to intimidate the Indians, I fired a nine-pounder over their heads. As soon as the cutter began to stand toward the ship, the Indians in their canoes, though they had been startled by the thunder of our nine-pounder, endeavoured tocut her off. The boat, however, sailing faster than the canoes could paddle, soon got clear of those that were about her; but some others, that were full of men, way-laid her in her course, and threw several stones into her, which wounded some of the people. Upon this the Officer on •board fired a musquet, loaded with buck-ffiot, at the man