“And on the side facing
the south: ’Here rest the ashes of De Lisle
la Croyere, the astronomer attached to the expedition commanded by
Commodore Behring, in the year 1741.’
“This monument was constructed under the direction of Lieutenant Ratmanoff; and his anxiety to complete it previous to our departure, made him overcome every difficulty in the way of such an undertaking in Kamtschatka. It would have been an injustice in me not to have supported and contributed by all the means in my power to its completion; and as I gave them not only workmen, but also such materials as we had on board the ship, we had the satisfaction of seeing it entirely completed previous to our departure. A deep ditch surrounded the whole; and, in order to screen it against any accidental injury, it was inclosed in a high paling, the door of which was to be kept constantly locked, and the key to remain in the hands of the governor of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.”
Every heart that is capable of humane emotions will respect this labour infinitely beyond either the magnitude or the importance of its effects, and will gladly applaud the virtuous sentiment that prompts generous minds, in defiance of the narrow and perishable distinction of name and nation, to reverence the kindred excellence and the common lot of their fellow creatures.—E.
 Every reader will be pleased to learn, that Krusenstern
testimony to the general accuracy of Captain King’s drawings and
descriptions of the bay, &c. This intimation is probably sufficient
for most persons, without any special exemplification of the
coincidences betwixt these two writers.—F.
General Account of Kamtschatka.—Geographical Description.—Rivers.— Soil.—Climate.—Volcanoes.—Hot Springs.—Productions.—Vegetables.— Animals.—Birds.—Fish.