A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 14 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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old lady, the mother of the late Toutaha.  She seized me by both hands, and burst into a flood of tears, saying, Toutaha Tiyo no Toutee matty Toutaha—­(Toutaha, your friend, or the friend of Cook, is dead.) I was so much affected with her behaviour, that it would have been impossible for me to have refrained mingling my tears with hers, had not Otoo come and taken me from her.  I, with some difficulty, prevailed on him to let me see her again, when I gave her an axe and some other things.  Captain Furneaux, who was with me, presented the king with two fine goats, male and female, which if taken care of, or rather if no care at all is taken of them will no doubt multiply.  After a short stay, we look leave and returned on board.

Very early in the morning on the 28th, I sent Mr Pickersgill, with the cutter, as far as Ottahourou, to procure hogs.  A little after sun-rise, I had another visit from Otoo, who brought me more cloth, a pig, and some fruit.  His sister, who was with him, and some of his attendants, came on board; but he and others went to the Adventure with the like present to Captain Furneaux.  It was not long before he returned with Captain Furneaux on board the Resolution, when I made him a handsome return for the present he had brought me, and dressed his sister out in the best manner I could.  She, the king’s brother, and one or two more, were covered before him to-day.  When Otoo came into the cabin, Ereti and some of his friends were sitting there.  The moment they saw the king enter, they stripped themselves in great haste, being covered before.  Seeing I took notice of it, they said Earee, Earee; giving me to understand that it was on account of Otoo being present.  This was all the respect they paid him; for they never rose from their seats, nor made him any other obeisance.  When the king thought proper to depart, I carried him again to Oparree in my boat; where I entertained him and his people with the bagpipes (of which music they are very fond) and dancing by the seamen.  He then ordered some of his people to dance also, which consisted chiefly of contortions.  There were some, however, who could imitate the seamen pretty well, both in country-dances and hornpipes.  While we were here, I had a present of cloth from the late Toutaha’s mother.  This good old lady could not look upon me without shedding tears; however, she was far more composed than before.  When we took leave, the king promised to visit me again the next day; but said that I must first come to him.  In the evening Mr Pickersgill came back empty, but with a promise of having some hogs, if he would return in a few days.

Next morning after breakfast, I took a trip to Oparree, to visit Otoo as he had requested, accompanied by Captain Furneaux and some of the officers.  We made him up a present of such things as he had not seen before.  One article was a broad-sword; at the sight of which he was so intimidated, that I had much ado to persuade him to accept of it, and to have it buckled upon him; where it remained but a short time, before he desired leave to take it off, and send it out of his sight.

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