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This expedition it seems consumed all their ammunition.  Peace was soon after established, but I did not understand that Omai had increased his possessions or his rank.  Nevertheless I have reason to conclude that he was in some degree of favour with his countrymen from the general good character which they give of him.  It appears that he always remembered England with kindness; for his accounts to his countrymen have been such as to give them not only a great idea of our power and consequence but of our friendship and goodwill towards him.

Tyvarooah, the eldest of the New Zealand boys that were left with him, died a short time after Omai:  about Coah, the youngest, I had always doubtful accounts till I came to Huaheine, where I learnt that he likewise was dead.


Expedition to Tettaba after a Heifer.  Extraordinary domestic Arrangements.  Tinah’s Mother visits the Ship.  A Sheep brought from Ulietea.  Heavy Storm.  Death of the Surgeon.  Taowne and Toahroah Harbours examined.

1788.  November.

After dinner I went on shore and, while I was at the tents, from having exposed myself too much in the sun, I was taken ill and continued in much pain for near an hour.  This was soon known among the natives and I was exceedingly surprised to see Tinah and all the principal people, both men and women, collecting round me and offering their assistance.  For this short illness I was made ample amends by the pleasure I received from the attention and appearance of affection in these kind people.

Friday 14.

This morning I had numberless enquiries after my health.  The weather being fine I invited Tinah, Oreepyah, and Poeeno, to accompany me to Tettaha in order to enquire after the cow; and soon after sunrise we set off in the launch.  Tettaha is nearly four leagues from Point Venus.  On our arrival Tinah sent a man to give notice of our visit.  The chief of the district, whose name was Teppahoo, did not appear, but sent a messenger to demand if I came only to see the cow or to take it away with me.  In answer to this I sent assurances that I only desired to see it, and the chiefs who were with me spoke to the same effect.  I was then desired to proceed in the boat farther along shore to the westward.  In our way Tinah made me stop among some fishing canoes to purchase fish for him, which he eat raw with salt water for sauce.  When we arrived at the landing-place a great number of people had collected, and soon after Teppahoo arrived.  Oreepyah and I went with him about a quarter of a mile, when I was shown one of the most beautiful heifers I ever saw.  I asked if they had any more but they all said there was no other than a bull at Itteah, as before mentioned.  I could not refrain from expressing my displeasure at the destruction and the foolish separation of these fine animals.  I had shared with Captain Cook in the trouble of this business and had been equally anxious for the success.

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