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

Robert Kerr (writer)
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In the afternoon on the 8th, we made the island of Pilstart, bearing S.W. by W. 1/2 W., distant seven or eight leagues.  This island, which was also discovered by Tasman, is situated in the latitude of 22 deg. 26’ south, longitude 175 deg. 59’ west, and lies in the direction of S. 52 deg. west, distant thirty-two leagues from the south end of Middleburg.  It is more conspicuous in height than circuit; having in it two considerable hills, seemingly disjoined from each other by a low valley.  After a few hours calm the wind came to S.W.; with which we stretched to the S.E.; but on the 10th, it veered round by the south to the S.E. and E.S.E. and then we resumed our course to the S.S.W.

At five o’clock in the morning of the 21st, we made the land of New Zealand, extending from N.W. by N. to W.S.W.; at noon, Table Cape bore west, distant eight or ten leagues.  I was very desirous of having some intercourse with the natives of this country as far to the north as possible; that is, about Poverty or Tolaga Bays, where I apprehended they were more civilized than at Queen Charlotte’s Sound; in order to give them some hogs, fowls, seeds, roots, &c. which I had provided for the purpose.  The wind veering to the N.W. and north, enabled us to fetch in with the land a little to the north of Portland, and we stood as near the shore as we could with safety.  We observed several people upon it, but none attempted to come off to us.  Seeing this, we bore away under Portland, where we lay-to some time, as well to give time for the natives to come off, as to wait for the Adventure.  There were several people on Portland, but none seemed inclined to come to us; indeed the wind, at this time, blew rather too fresh for them to make the attempt.  Therefore, as soon as the Adventure was up with us, we made sail for Cape Kidnappers, which we passed at five o’clock in the morning, and continued our course along-shore till nine, when, being about three leagues short off Black-head, we saw some canoes put off from the shore.  Upon this I brought to, in order to give them time to come on board; but ordered the Adventure, by signal, to stand on, as I was willing to lose as little time as possible.

Those in the first canoe, which came along-side, were fishers, and exchanged some fish for pieces of cloth and nails.  In the next, were two men, whom, by their dress and behaviour, I took to be chiefs.—­These two were easily prevailed on to come on board, when they were presented with nails and other articles.  They were so fond of nails, as to seize on all they could find, and with such eagerness, as plainly shewed they were the most valuable things we could give them.  To the principal of these two men I gave the pigs, fowls, seeds, and roots.  I believe, at first, he did not think I meant to give them to him; for he took but little notice of them, till he was satisfied they were for himself.  Nor was he then in such a rapture as when I gave him a spike-nail half the

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