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

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having performed the ceremony of touching noses, spoke a language which was unintelligible to us at that time.”—­G.F.
[3] “They made a great deal of noise about us, every one shewing what he had to sell, and calling to some one of us, who happened to look towards them.  Their language was not unpleasing, and whatever they said, was in a singing kind of tone.  Many were bold enough to come on board, without expressing the least hesitation, and one of these seemed to be a chief, or a man of some quality, and was accordingly treated with a number of presents, which he severally laid on his head, when he received them, saying fagafetei every time.  Our English cloth and linen he admired most, and iron wares in the next degree.  His behaviour was very free and unconcerned; for he went down into the cabin, and wherever we thought fit to conduct him.”—­G.F.
[4] “The cordial reception which we met with, was such as might have been expected from a people well acquainted with our good intentions, and accustomed to the transitory visits of European ships.  But these kind islanders had never seen Europeans among them, and could only have heard of Tasman, who visited the adjacent island, by imperfect tradition.  Nothing was therefore more conspicuous in their whole behaviour than an open, generous disposition, free from any mean distrust.  This was confirmed by the appearance of a great number of women in the crowd, covered from the waist downwards, whose smiles and looks welcomed us to the shore.”—­G.F.
[5] “They beat time to the music by snapping the second finger and thumb, and holding the three remaining fingers upright.  Their voices were very sweet and mellow, and they sung in parts.  When they had gone, they were relieved by others, who sung the same tune, and at last they joined together in chorus.”—­G.F.
[6] “The inhabitants seemed to be of a more active and industrious disposition than those of Otaheite and instead of following us in great crowds wherever we went, left us entirely by ourselves, unless we entreated them to accompany us.  In that case we could venture to go with our pockets open, unless we had nails in them, upon which they set so great a value, that they could not always resist the temptation.  We passed through more than ten adjacent plantations or gardens, separated by inclosures, communicating with each other by means of doors.  In each of them we commonly met with a house, of which the inhabitants were absent.  Their attention to separate their property seemed to argue a higher degree of civilization than we had expected.  Their arts, manufactures, and music, were all more cultivated, complicated, and elegant, than at the Society Isles.  But, in return, the opulence, or rather luxury, of the Otaheiteans seemed to be much greater.  We saw but few hogs and fowls here; and that great support of life, the bread-tree, appeared to be very scarce. 
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