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it was killed, supplied themselves by pulling down 1767.

December some of the pallisadoes of the fort. When this was reported to me, I thought it so extraordinary, that I went on shore to see the breach, and found the poor black people repairing it.

On the 26th a floop laden with rice was sent out Saturd. 26. from this place in order to land her cargo at Macassar ; but after having attempted three days she was forced to return. The weather was now exceedingly tempestuous, and all navigation at an end from east to west till the return of the eastern monsoon. On the fame day two large floops that were bound to the eastward anchored here, and the next morning also a large Sund. 27. thip from Batavia, with troops on board for the Banda Illands; but none of the crew of any of these vessels were suffered to speak to any of our people, our boats being restrained from going on board them, and theirs from coming on board us. As this was a mortifying restriction, we requested Mr. Swellingrabel to buy us some falt meat from the large ship; and he was so obliging as to procure us four casks of very good European meat, two of pork and two of beef.

On the 28th a fleet of more than a hundred fail Mond. 18. of the small country vessels called Proas, anchored here; their burthen is from twelve to eighteen and twenty tons, and they carry from sixteen tọ twenty

I was told that they carried on a fishery round the island, going out with one monsoon, and coming back with the other, so as always to keep under the lee of the land ; the fish was sent to the China market, and I observed that all these vessels carried Dutch colours.

No event worthy of notice happened till the 18th of January, and then I learnt by a letter from Macassar that the Dolphin had been at Batavia. On the 28th the Secretary of the Council, who had been sent hither with Le Cerf, as we supposed to be a check upon the Resident, was recalled to Macassar. By this time our Carpenter, having in a great degree recovered his health, examined the state of our vessel, and to our great regret the appeared to be very leaky ; our main yard also was found not only to be sprung, but to be rotten and un serviceable. We got it down and patch



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ed it up as well as we could, without either iron or å January, forge, so that we hoped it would serve us till we got to

Batavia, for no wood was to be procured here of which
a new one could be made. To our leaks very little

could be done, and we were therefore reduced to an
February. intire dependence on our pumps.
Friday 19.

On Friday the 19th of February Le Cerf, the mili

tary officer who commanded the soldiers on share, was March. recalled, as it was faid, to fit out an expedition for the Monday 7. island of Bally ; on the 7th of March, the largest of

our guard-boats, a floop about forty-five tons, was
ordered back to Macassar with part of the soldiers ;-and
on the oth the Resident, Mr. Swellingrabel, received
a letter from the Governor of that place, enquiring
when I should fail for Batavia. I must confess that I
was surprised at the recal of the officer and the guard-
boat; but I was much more surprised at the contents
of the Governor's letter, because he knew that it was
impossible I should fail till May, as the eastern monsoon
would not sooner set in.. All matters however remain-
ed in the same situation till near the end of the month,
when some of my people took notice, that for a short
time pasta fmall canoe had gone round us several times
at different hours of the night, and had disappeared as

foon as those on board perceived any body stirring in Tuesd. 29. the ship. On the 29th, while these things were the

fubje&ts of speculation, one of my officers who came from the shore brought me a letter, which he said had been delivered to him by a black man: it was directed, “ to the commander of the English fhip at Bonthyn. That the Reader may understand this letter, it is necessary to acquaint him, that the island of Celebes is divided into several districts, which are distinat sovereignties of the native princes. The town of Macaflar is in a diftri& called allo Macassar, or Bony, the King of which is in alliance with the Dutch, who have been many times repulsed in an attempt to reduce other parts of the island, one of which is inhabited by a people called Buggueses, and another is callen Waggs or Tofora. The town of Tosora is fortified with cannon ; for the natives had been long furnished with fire-arms



from Europe, before the Dutch settled themselves at 768. Macassar in the room of the Portuguese.

The letter acquainted me, that a design had been formed by the Dutch, in conjun&tion with the King of Bony, to cut us off; that the Dutch however were not to appear in it ; that the business was to be done by a son of the King of Bony, who was, besides a gratuity from the Dutch, to receive the plunder of the vessel for his reward, and who, with eight hundred men, was then at Bonthain for that purpose ; that the motive was jealousy of our forming a connection with the Buggueses, and other people of the country, who were at enmity with the Dutch and their allies, and driving them out of the island; or at least a fufpicion that, if we got back to England, some project of that kind might be founded upon the intelligence we should give, no English man of war, as I have already observed, having ever been known to have visited the island before.

This letter was a new subject of surprise and fpeculation. It was extremely ill written with respect to the style and manner, yet it did not therefore the less deserve notice. How far the intelligence which it contajned was true or false, I was utterly unable to determine: it was poffible that the writer might be deceived himself; it was also posfible, that he might have some view in wilfully deceiving me: the falfhood might procure some little reward for the kindness and zeal which it placed to his account, or it might give him an importance which would at least be a gratifi. cation to his vanity. It behoved me however to take the same measures as if I had known it to be true; and I must confess, that I was not perfe&ly at ease when I recollected the recal of the Secretary and Le Cerf, with the large floop, and part of the soldiers who were said to have been sent hither for no other rea. son than to guard us against the insults of the country people; the assembling an armed force at Macallar, as it was said for an expedition to Bally; and the littie canoe that we had leen rowing round us in the night, not to mention the Governor's enquiry by letter, when we intended to leave the island. However,


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1768. whether either our intelligence or conje&ures were true March.

or false, we immediately went to work; we rigged the ship, bent the fails, unmoored, got springs upon our cables, loaded all our guns, and barricadoed the

deck. At night every body slept under arms, and the Wednes. 30. next day we warped the vessel farther off from the bot

tom of the bay, towards the eaitern shore, that we might have more room, fixed four (wivel guns on the fore part of the quarter-deck, and took every other measure that appeared to be necessary for our defence.

The Resident, Mr. Swellingrabel, was at this tiine absent twenty miles up the country upon the Company's business, but had told me, that he should certainly return on the ist of April, a day which I now expected with great impatience, especially as an old drunken Serjeant was the most respectable person at the fort. In the evening of the 31st, a packet of letters for him arrived here from Macallar, which I considered as a good omen, and a pledge of his return at the time appointed ; but I conceived very different fentiments when I learnt that they were sent to him. I did not suspect that he was privy to any such design as had been intimated to me by the letter; but I could not help doubting, whether he was not kept in the country that he might be out of the way when it should be executed. In this state of anxiety and suspence I sent a message to the fort, desiring that an express might be dispatched to him, to acquaint him that I wished to see him immediately upon business of great importance, wlich would admit of no delay. Whether my message

was forwarded to him or not, I cannot tell; but havApril. ing waited till the 4th of April, without having seen Monday 4. him or received any answer, I wrote him a letter, re

questing to speak with him, in the most pressing terms, Tuesd. 5. and the next day he came on board. A few minutes

convinced me that he was wholly a stranger to any such design as I had been made to apprehend; and he was clearly of opinion that no such design had been formed. He said, indeed, that one Tomilaly, a counsellor or minister of the King of Bony, had lately paid him a visit, and had not well accounted for his being in this part of the country ; and, at my request, he


very readily undertook to make farther enquiries con- 1768. cerning him and his people. The Resident and his . April. attendants took notice that the ship was put into

a state of defence, and that every thing was ready for immediate action ; and he told us, that the people on thore had acquainted him, before he came on board, with our vigilance and activity, and in particular, with our having exercised the ship's company at small arms every day. I informed him, that we should, at all events, continue upon our guard, which he seemed to approve, and we parted with mutual protestations of friendship and good faith. After a few days he sent me word, that having made a very ftri& inquiry, whether any other persons belonging to the King of Bony had been at Bonthain, he had been credibly informed, that one of the Princes of that kingdom had been there in dis.. guise ; but that of the eight hundred men who were said in my intelligence to be with him, he could find no traces ; so that, except they too, like the troops of the King of Brentford, were an army in disguise, I knew that no such people could be in that country.

On the 16th, in the morning, the Resident sent me Satur. 16. word, that M. Le Cerf was returned from Macassar with an other officer, and that they would come on board and dine with me. When dinner was over, I asked Le Cerf, among other conversation, while we were taking our wine, what was become of his expedition to Bally? To which he answered drily, that it was laid afide, without saying any thing more upon the subject. On the 23d he returned to Macassar by sea, and the other officer who was also an ensign, remained to take the command of the soldiers that were still left at this place.

The season now approached in which navigation to the westward would be again practicable, which gave us all great pleasure ; efpecially as putrid diseases had begun to make their appearance among us, and a putrid fever had carried off one of our people.

On the 7th of May the Resident gave me a long Satur. 3. letter from the Governor of Macallar, which was written in Dutch, and of which he gave me the best interpretation he was able. The general purport of it was, that he had heard a letter had been sent to me


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