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

Robert Kerr (writer)
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house, which stood close to the shore, five young plaintain trees, which are their emblems of peace, were brought on board separately, and with some ceremony.  Three young pigs, with their ears ornamented with cocoa-nut fibres, accompanied the first three; and a dog, the fourth.  Each had its particular name and purpose, rather too mysterious for us to understand.  Lastly, the chief sent to me the inscription engraved on a small piece of pewter, which I left with him in July 1769.  It was in the same bag I had made for it, together with a piece of counterfeit English coin, and a few beads, put in at the same time; which shews how well he had taken care of the whole.  When they had made an end of putting into the boat the things just mentioned, our guide, who still remained with us, desired us to decorate the young plaintain trees with looking-glasses, nails, medals, beads, &c. &c.  This being accordingly done, we landed with these in our hands, and were conducted towards the chief, through the multitude; they making a lane, as it were, for us to pass through.  We were made to sit down a few paces short of the chief, and our plantains were then taken from us, and, one by one, laid before him, as the others had been laid before us.  One was for Eatoua (or God), the second for the Earee (or king), and the third for Tiyo (or friendship).  This being done, I wanted to go to the king, but was told that he would come to me; which he accordingly did, fell upon my neck, and embraced me.  This was by no means ceremonious; the tears which trickled plentifully down his venerable old cheeks, sufficiently bespoke the language of his heart.  The whole ceremony being over, all his friends were introduced to us, to whom we made presents.  Mine to the chief consisted of the most valuable articles I had; for I regarded this man as a father.  In return he gave me a hog, and a quantity of cloth, promising that all our wants should be supplied; and it will soon appear how well he kept his word.  At length we took leave, and returned on board; and, some time after, Mr Pickersgill returned also with fourteen hogs.  Many more were got by exchanges on shore, and along-side the ships; besides fowls and fruit in abundance.[1]

This good old chief made me a visit early in the morning on the 5th, together with some of his friends, bringing me a hog and some fruit, for which I made him a suitable return.  He carried his kindness so far, as not to fail to send me every day, for my table, the very best of ready dressed fruit and roots, and in great plenty.  Lieutenant Pickersgill being again sent with the two boats, in search of hogs, returned in the evening with twenty-eight; and about four times that number were purchased on shore, and along-side the ships.

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