A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17 eBook

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no new matter, and has been already republished, and very satisfactorily animadverted upon by Mr Muller.—­ Voyages from Asia to America, &c.  English Translation, p. 78.

[97] The only authentic survey of the eastern coast of Japan, with which I
    am acquainted, is that published by Jansen in his Atlas, and compiled
    with great accuracy from the charts and journals of the Castricom and
    Breskes.  I have therefore adopted, wherever the identity of the
    situations could be nearly ascertained, the names given in that map to
    the corresponding points and head-lands seen by us along the coast.

    Jansen places the northern extremity of Japan in latitude 40 deg. 15’.  The
    point seen by us was in latitude 40 deg. 27’.

[98] This town is called by Jansen, Nabo.

[99] Vide Muller, Fr. ed. page 215.

[100] Lage Hoeck, or Low Point, is placed by Jansen in latitude
    36 deg. 40’.

[101] Witte Hoeck, placed by Jansen in latitude 35 deg. 24’.

[102] Sanduynege Hoeck, in latitude 35 deg. 55’.  Jansen.

[103] See Kaempfer’s Hist. of Japan, vol. i. p 92, 93, 94, and 102.


Working up to Macao.—­A Chinese Comprador.—­Sent on Shore to visit the Portugueze Governor.—­Effects of the Intelligence we received from Europe.—­Anchor in the Typa.—­Passage up to Canton.—­Bocca Tygris.—­ Wampu.—­Description of a Sampane.—­Reception at the English Factory.—­ Instance of the suspicious Character of the Chinese.—­Of their Mode of trading.—­Of the City of Canton.—­Its Size.—­Population.—­Number of Sampanes.—­Military Force.—­Of the Streets and Houses.—­Visit to a Chinese.—­Return to Macao.—­Great Demand for the Sea-Otter Skins.—­Plan of a Voyage for opening a Fur-Trade on the Western Coast of America, and prosecuting further Discoveries in the Neighbourhood of Japan.—­Departure from Macao.—­Price of Provisions in China.

We kept working to windward till six in the evening, when we came to anchor, by the direction of the Chinese pilot on board the Resolution, who imagined the tide was setting against us.  In this, however, he was much deceived; as we found, upon making the experiment, that it set to the northward till ten o’clock.  The next morning he fell into a similar mistake; for, at five, on the appearance of slack water, he gave orders to get under weigh; but the ignorance he had discovered, having put us on our guard, we chose to be convinced, by our own observations, before we weighed; and, on trying the tide, we found a strong under-tow, which obliged us to keep fast till eleven o’clock.  From these circumstances, it appears that the tide had run down twelve hours.

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