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

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so well as it had been before, but whether this was really so, or only suggested by imagination, I know not.  He was afterwards as if nothing had been done to him, and lived to be brought home to England.  However, I have no doubt of this stuff being of a poisonous quality, as it could answer no other purpose.  The people seemed not unacquainted with the nature of poison, for when they brought us water on shore, they first tasted it, and then gave us to understand we might with safety drink it.

This harbour, which is situated on the N.E. side of Mallicollo, not far from the S.E. end, in latitude 16 deg. 25’ 20” S., longitude 167 deg. 57’ 23” E., I named Port Sandwich.  It lies in S.W. by S. about one league, and is one-third of a league broad.  A reef of rocks extends out a little way from each point, but the channel is of a good breadth, and hath in it from forty to twenty-four fathoms water.  In the port, the depth of water is from twenty to four fathoms; and it is so sheltered that no winds can disturb a ship at anchor there.  Another great advantage is, you can lie so near the shore, as to cover your people, who may be at work upon it.

[1] Some large single rocks of coral, we are told by Mr G.F., near fifteen feet above the surface of the water, narrow at the base, and spreading out at the top, were observed, on standing along the reef of this island.  That gentleman, however, does not venture to assign any cause for so curious a fact—­E.
[2] “On approaching the Isle of Aurora, we observed a fine beach, and the most luxuriant vegetation that can be conceived.  The whole country was woody; numberless climbers ran up the highest trees, and, forming garlands and festoons between them, embellished the scene.  A neat plantation fenced with reeds, stood on the slope of the bill; and a beautiful cascade poured down through the adjacent forest.”—­G.F.

    [3] Or Mallicolla.  Some of our people pronounced it Manicolo or
    Manicola, and thus it is also writ in Quiros’ Memorial, as printed by
    Dalrymple, vol. ii. p. 146.

[4] The particular manner of applying the wrapper may be seen in Wafer’s voyage, who mentions this singular custom as existing, though with some little variation, amongst the Indians of the Isthmus of Darien.  See Wafer’s Voyage, p. 140.
Mr G.F. tells us that these people increased their disagreeable appearance, by painting their faces and breasts with a black colour.  A few of them, he says, had a small cap on the head, made of matted work.  This gentleman speaks highly of the extensive faculties and quick apprehension of these people, low enough as they must be ranked in the scale of personal beauty; he admits, however, that their skill in the arts is inconsiderable, and their civilization very imperfect.—­E.
[5] “The productions of Mallicollo are less remarkable and striking at first sight
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