A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 15 eBook

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Quadne,               A woman.
Everai,               The eye.
Muidje,               The nose.
Kamy,                 The teeth, mouth, or tongue. 
Laerenne,             A small bird, a native of the woods here. 
Koygee,               The ear. 
Noonga,               Elevated scars on the body. 
Teegera,              To eat. 
Togarago,             I must begone, or, I will go.

“Their pronunciation is not disagreeable; but rather quick; though not more so than is that of other nations of the South Sea; and, if we may depend upon the affinity of languages as a clue to guide us in discovering the origin of nations, I have no doubt but we shall find, on a diligent enquiry, and when opportunities offer to collect accurately a sufficient number of these words, and to compare them, that all the people from New Holland, eastward to Easter Island, have been derived from the same common root."[141]

[Footnote 141:  We find Mr Anderson’s notions on this subject conformable to those of Mr Marsden, who has remarked, “that one general language prevailed (however mutilated and changed in the course of time) throughout all this portion of the world, from Madagascar to the most distant discoveries eastward; of which the Malay is a dialect, much corrupted or refined by a mixture of other tongues.  This very extensive similarity of language indicates a common origin of the inhabitants; but the circumstances and progress of their separation are wrapped in the darkest veil of obscurity.”—­History of Sumatra, p. 35.

See also his very curious paper, read before the Society of Antiquaries, and published in their Archaeologia, vol. vi, p. 155; where his sentiments on this subject are explained more at large, and illustrated by two Tables of corresponding Words.—­D.]


The Passage from Van Diemen’s Land to New Zealand.—­Employments in Queen Charlotte’s Sound.—­Transactions with the Natives there.—­Intelligence about the Massacre of the Adventure’s Boat’s Crew.—­Account of the Chief who headed the Party on that occasion.—­Of the two young Men who embark to attend Omai.—­Various Remarks on the Inhabitants.—­Astronomical and Nautical Observations.

At eight o’clock in the morning of the 30th of January, a light breeze springing up at W., we weighed anchor, and put to sea from Adventure Bay.  Soon after, the wind veered to the southward, and increased to a perfect storm.  Its fury abated in the evening, when it veered to the E, and N.E.

This gale was indicated by the barometer, for the wind no sooner began to blow, than the mercury in the tube began to fall.  Another remarkable thing attended the coming on of this wind, which was very faint at first.  It brought with it a degree of heat that was almost intolerable.  The mercury in the thermometer rose, as it were instantaneously, from about 70 deg. to near 90 deg..  This heat was of so short a continuance, that it seemed to be wafted away before the breeze that brought it; so that some on board did not perceive it.

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