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Y67" and put them on board. The old man, who had a large l-i_>. white beard, then embarked with them alone, and brought them to the ship: when he came along-side, he made a set speech, and asterwards handed in several green plantain leaves, one by one, uttering a sentence, in a solemn slow tone, with each of them as he delivered it; after this he sent on board the two hogs, and then turning round, pointed to the land, I ordered some presents to be given him, but he would accept of nothing; and soon after put off his canoe, and went on shore. _ .. - At night, soon aster it was dark, we heard the noise of many drums, with conchs, and other wind instruments, and saw a multitude of lights all along the coast. At six in the morning, seeing none of the natives on shore, and observing that the pennant was taken away,which probably they had learned to despise, as the frogs in the fable did King Log, I ordered the Lieutenant to take a guard on shore, and if all was well, to fend off, that we might begin watering : in a short time I had the satisfaction to find that he had sent off for water casks, and by eight o'clock, we had four tons of water on board. While our people were employed in filling the casks, several of the natives appeared on the opposite side of the river, with the old man whom the officer had seen the day before; and soon aster he came over, and brought with him a little fruit, and a few fowls, which were also sent off to the ship. At this time, having been very ill for near a fortnight, I was so weak that I could scarcely crawl about; however, I employed my glasses to fee what was doing on shore. At near half an hour aster eight o'clock, I perceived a multitude of the natives coming over a hill at about the distance of a mile, and at the fame time a great number of canoes making round the western point, and keeping clofe along the shore. I then looked at the watering-place, and saw at the back of it, where it was clear, a very numerous party of the natives creeping along behind the bushes; I saw also many thousands in the woods, pushing along towards the watering-place, and canoes coming very fast round the other point of the bay to the eastward. Being alarmed at these appearances, I dispatched a "v boat, boat, to acquaint the officer on shore with what I had '767seen, and order him immediately to come on board ^__1. -with his men, and leave the casks behind him: he had however, discovered his danger, and embarked before the boat reached him. Having perceived the Indians that were creeping towards him under shelter of the wood, he immediately dispatched the old man to them, making signs that they should keep at a distance, and that he wanted nothing but water. As soon as they perceived that they were discovered, they began to shout, and advanced with greater speed. The officer immediately repaired to the boats with his people ; and the Indians, in the mean time having crossed the river, took possession of the water casks, with great appearance of exultation and joy. The canoes now pulled along the shore, towards the place, with the' utmost expedition, all the people on land keeping pace with them, except a multitude of women and children, who seated themselves upon a hill which overlooked the bay and the beach. The canoes from each point of the bay, as they drew nearer to that part of it where the ship was at anchor, put on shore and took in more men, who had great bags in their hands, which afterwards appeared to be filled with stones. All the canoes that had come round the points, and many others that had put off from the shore within the bay, now made towards the ship, so that I had no doubt but that they intended to try their fortune in a second attack. As to shorten the contest would certainly lessen the mischief, I determined to make this action decisive, and puc an end to hostilities at once ; I therefore orr dered the people, who were all at their quarters, to fire first upon the canoes, which were drawn together in groups: this was immediately done so effectually, that those which were to the westward made towards the shore as fast as possible, and those to the eastward, getting round the reef, were soon beyond the reach of our guna. I then directed the fire into the wood in different parts, which soon drove the Indians out of it, who ran up the hill where the women and children had seated themselves to see the battle. Upon this hill there were now several thoufands who thought themselves in persect security; but to convince them
1767- of the contrary, and hoping that when they saw the ii^ »shot fall much farther than they could think possible, they would suppose it could reach them at any distance, I ordered some of the guns to be let down as low as they would admit, and fired four shot towards them. Two of the balls fell clofe by a tree where a great number of these people were sitting, and struck them with such terror and consternation, than in less than two minutes not one of them was lo be seen. Having thus cleared the coast, I manned and armed the boats, and putting a strong guard on board, I sent all the carpenters with their axes, and ordered them to destroy every canoe that had been run a-shore. Before noon, this service was effectually performed, and more than fifty canoes, many of which were sixty feet long, and three broad, and lashed together, were cut to pieces. Nothing was found in them but stones and slings, except a little fruit, and a few fowls and hogs, which were on board two or three canoes of a much smaller size.
At two o'clock in the asternoon, about ten of the natives came out of the wood with green boughs in their hands, which they stuck up near the water side, and retired. After a short time, they appeared again, and brought with them several hogs, with their legs tied, which they placed near the green boughs, and retired a second time. After this they brought down several more hogs, and some dogs, with their fore legs tied over their heads, and going again into the woods, brought back several bundles of the cloth which they use for apparel, and which has some resemblance to Indian paper. These they placed upon the beach, and called to us on board to fetch them away. As we were at the distance of about three cables length, we could not then perfectly discover of what this peaceoffering consisted: we guessed at the hogs and the cloth, but seeing the dogs, with their fore legs appearing over the hinder part of the neck, rife up feveral times, and run a little way in an erect posture, we took them for some strange unknown animal, and were very impatient to have a nearer view of them. The boat was therefore sent on shore with all expedition, and our wonder was soon at an end. Our people - " ^v. .. found Found nine good hogs, besides the dogs and the cloth: |767the hogs were brought off, but the dogs were turned ^^j loose, and with the cloth left behind. In return for the hogs, our people left upon the shore some hatchets, nails, and other things, making signs to some of the Indians who were in sight, to take them away with their cloth. Soon aster the boat had come on board, the Indians brought down two more hogs, and called to us to fetch them; the boat therefore returned, and fetched off the two hogs, but still left the cloth, though the Indians made signs that we should take it. Our people reported, that they had not touched any of the things which they had left upon the beach for them, and somebody suggesting that they would not take our offering because we had not accepted their cloth, I gave orders that it should be fetched away. The event proved that the conjecture was true, ,or the moment the boat had taken th« cloth on board, the Indians came down, and with every possible demonstration of joy, carried away all I had sent them into the wood. Our boats then went into the watering-place, and filled and brought off the calks, to the amount of about six tons. We found that they had suffered no injury while they had been, in the possession of the Indians, but some leathern buckets and funnels, which had been taken away with the casks, were not returned.
The next morning I sent the boats on more, with agatur. %-. guard, to fill some more casks with water, and loon aster the people were on shore, the same old man, who had come over the river to them the first day, came again to the farther fide of it, where he made a long speech, and then crossed the water. When he came up to the waterers, the officer shewed him the stones that were piled up like cannon balls upon the shore, and had been brought thither since our first landing, and some of the bags that had been taken out of the canoes which I had ordered to be destroyed, filled with stones, and endeavoured to make him understand that the - ..
Indians had been the aggressors, and that the mischief we had done them was in our own defence. The old man seemed to apprehend his meaning, but not to admit it: he immediately made a speech to the people,. pointing to the stones, slings, and bags, wiih great
lune emotion, and sometimes his looks, gestures, and voice i were so surious as to be frightful. His passions, however, subsided by degrees, and the officer, who to his great regret could not understand one word of all that he had faid, endeavoured to convince him, by all the signs he could devise, that we wished to live in friendship with them, and were disposed to shew them every mark of kindness in our power. He then shook hands with him, and embraced him, giving him at the fame time several such trinkets as he thought would be mod acceptable. He contrived also to make the old man understand that we wished to traffic for provisions, that the Indians should not come down in great numbers, and that they should keep on one side of the river and we on the other. After this the old man went away with great appearance of fatisfaction, and before noon a trade was established, which surnished us with hogs, fowls and fruit in great abundance, so that all the ship's company, whether sick or well, had as much as they could use.
The sick sent on Jhore, and a regular Trade eftablijhei with the Natives. Some account of their Character and Manners, of their Visits on hoard the Ship, awl a Variety of Incidents that happened during this Intercourse.
Satur. t7. TV /TATTERS being thus happily settled, I sent Jlvjl tne Surgeon, with the second Lieutenant, to examine the country, and fix upon some place where the sick might take up their residence on shore. When they returned, they faid, that with respect to health and convenience, all the places that they had seen upon the island seemed to be equally proper: but that with respect to fasety, they could recommend none but the watering-place, as they would be there under the protection of the ship and the guard, and would easily be prevented from straggling into the country, and -brought off to their meals. To the wateringplace therefore I sent them, with those that were employed in filling the caske, and appointed the Gunner