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number of paddles. The natives good moon set in. He then men-, told Mr. Wedgeborough, that it tioned the death of Blanchard, but was the king's canoe; and as they frequently paused in reciting so very soon drew near, he could, by melancholy a tale, many of his own the manner with which the men family having been slain with him flourished their paddles, discover the in battle. Scarcely had the king king was in her; they therefore finished the sad conversation, bewaited his coming, and at half past fore they reached the ship; captain six in the evening, Mr. Wedgebo. M'Cluer received him at his enrough says, “ I had the unspeaka- trance, and was most tenderly emble pleasure of once more being braced by him: the king supposing embraced by the benevolent Abba him to be captain Wilson, instantly Thulle." They, then proceed. felt his wrist for the rupack's bone, ed together in the king's canoe and seemed greatly disappointed at towards the Panther; on their not finding it, eagerly inquiring. way, Mr.Wedgeborough acquainted what had been done with it. him with the death of Lee Boo: the being dark, the king, was taken manner of receiving this informa- into the cabin, when he instantly tion, I shall give in Mr. Wedgebo- found out his mistake, and earnestrough's own words. “ His coun- ly asked where captain Wilson was, tenance, which before bore the and the reason why he did not remost evident marks of joy, became turn to him? being answered that composed and thoughtful; and the captain was alive and well, and after remaining some time silent, promoted to the command of a as if wishing to recollect himself, large ship (much larger than the he exclaimed, " Weel, weel, weel a Antelope), and too large to come trwoy! (in English, Good, good, among his islands till they were very
good):” The king then paused better known, he appeared satisfied: a little, as if to gain relief; but on he was then informed, that, in conhis again entering on the melan- sideration of his great kindness and choly subject, he said, he never en- humanity to captain Wilson, and tertained a doubt of the goodness the crew of the Antelope, the Enof the English, or the captain, but glish East-India company had sent rested assured that they would che- the vessels, with the gentlemen rish and take care of his son. That whom he now saw, together with the return of the ships with his his former acquaintance and friends, friends the English, convinced him Messrs. Wedgeborough and White, his opinion was right, when he gave to explain to him and his rupacks, Lee Boo to the care of captain the cause and manner of his son's Wilson : that he had counted upon death, and to bring a variety ci the line the captain had given him, articles for him and his people ; as far as one hundred knots, or and being shortly after shown some moons, and then despairing of ever of the cattle, he was lost in anazeseeing his son or the captain again, ment. After remaining on board he had caused the line to be buried, about two hours, thinking his resupposing that the vessel which the tinue, from their number and cuEnglish had built at Englishman's riosity, tvere troublesome, he made island (Orvolong) was not large a motion to retire, nor could any enough to carry them in safety to intreaties prevail upon him to sleep China, as they had sailed before the on board; for he said if he accept
ed the kindness, his people would eight years having thus heavily
“ I beg leave here to recal to
current and unfavourable winds, spake very indifferently of his con . the vessels did not arrive at their duct while among them, saying
intended anchorage until the even- that he lived a rambling life, going eing of the 26th.
about from house to house, and “ Mr. White's account of the from pye to pye, and from 'his behaviour of the natives, and the idleness making himself of very treatment he received during the little estimation in the eyes of the absence of the vessels, was nearly rupacks; that when he wanted any as follows: soon after they left the thing he staid about the king, to ship they landed at a neighbouring whose family
he was considered as island, where a supper was dressed belonging. Soon after the sailing for them, consisting of fish and of the vessel, to which they had yams. During the repast the king given the name of Oroolong (and entered into conversation, and made which conveyed captain Wilson and many inquiries about the English, the crew of the Antelope to China), and after different people whose Blanchard left off wearing clothes, names he remembered, especially and was tatooed or marked like the the boy Cobbledick, who used other inhabitants; the arms and to sing to him. The fate of ammunition which captain Wilson Blanchard was again anxiously in- left behind, the king took care of quired into by Mr. White; but the himself, not having sufficient confi. king touched on the melancholy dence in Blanchard. subject but tenderly, and as it were “ On the afternoon of this day in half sentences, being too much the vessels being again safe within the affected to dwell on it. Blanchard reefs, having anchored near to the was killed in battle at Pellelew island of Oroolong, Mr. Wedgewhen the people of Cooroora made borough went to take a view of his a conquest of that island, about old habitation in the cove, where five months before the arrival of the Antelope's crew built their vesthe Panther and Endeavour. In sel : he found it a perfect wilderthis engagement, which seems to ness, the whole being overgrown have been valiantly fought by both with underwood, except the part parties, besides Blanchard there where the cocoa nut trees grew were killed, on the part of Abba which were planted by Raá Kook Thulle, his brother Raa Kook, and Arra Kooker, they looked very Arra Kooker, and his favourite flourishing, but had not as yet proson Qui Bill, together with Arra duced any fruit. The inscription Zook, and a great many of the old which had been cut out upon copwarriors particular friends to the per and affixed to a tree there*, crew of the Antelope. The inha- 'had been taken away by the nabitants of Pellelew suffered: se- tives of Pellelew; which was ono verely in this conflict, most of their cause of the war that had just then warriors being killed, and their terminated. women and children carried into “ At day-light the ships got uncaptivity. Blanchard had a wife, der sail, and about ten o'clock the but left no children; as a faithful king and Mr. White came on board narrator, I am sorry to state that to pilot them to the anchoring the natives, in their account of him, place; there being a fine steady
• Vide che account of the Pelew Islande, chapter IX.
breeze with smooth water, the ves-, care having himself seen the vessels. sels went at more than six miles an clear of danger, took bis leave, after hour, yet the canoes paddled at so first giving the youth Pimmoo an superior a rate, that they would affectionate admonition for his fu. shoot a-head, and run round the ture conduct, and earnestly intreatship like so many porpoises. At ing his friends the English to refive o'clock in the afternoon they turn to him as soon as their business entered a snug harbour, to which should be finished. the king directed them, in order to 6 Some other occurrences not land the cattle and presents; and, altogether unworthy of notice may while the ships were mooring, the here be mentioned, before the final king with his attendants went on departure of the ships from the shore, to prepare for their recep- islands, occurrences, which, hap. tion."
pening on coasts and seas hitherto unknown, when faithfully related,
will, I trust, at least amuse, if not “ The English continued in the instruct the reader. discharge of every friendly and “ On Saturday the 16th July good office towards the natives, they saw land, and commenced who on their part made every re- their survey on the northern part turn in their power, till the 27th of of the coast of New Guinea, which June, when the vessels sailed from they continued for the space of two the Pelew Islands, to carry into ex- months; during that time their ins ecution their orders for a survey of tercourse with the natives was the coast of New Guinea.
friendly and kind. Being rather “ Upon this occasion the good short of provisions, the vessels old king again manifested his zeal steered for Amboyna, where they and care for the benefit of his own arrived on Wednesday the 28th people, as well as his firm confi- September; they remained here dence in the friendship of the En- twelve days, completing their stock glish; for understanding from cap- of provisions and water, and expetain M'Cluer, that it was his inten. rienced every attention and accomtion, afier the business the ships modation the Dutch and the inhawere going upon should be finish. bitants could afford; the Dutch ed, to stop again at his islands on chief, Mr. Van Schilling, exerting their way to China, the king re- himself to the utmost in supplying quested that some of his people their wants, and in .doing away might go with the English ships, every idea of jealousy or rivalship and that they would leave one or between the two nations : he intwo of their countrymen with him, formed them they were theonly Eng. until the expedition was over, that lish ships that had visited that island his people might be made conver- for above a century. The ships sant with their manner, and as like left Amboyna and these friendly Englishmen as possible. Accor- Dutchmen on Monday the 10th dingly two boys were left with the October, and resumed their busi, king, and three of the natives em. ness on the coast of New Guinea barked on board the Panther, on a on Monday the 24th. voyage of instruction and disco. “ Early on the morning of very. The friendly Abba Thulle, Wednesday the 26th, they saw sewith his accustomed attention and veral canoes coming off from the
shore; about nine o'clock eleven venge them; never wishing to unof them were near the ship, and as sheath the sword, except in such the people in them made every cases as have deeply affected impossible sign of friendship, Mr. Ni-mediate security, or the honour and cholson, the surgeon, was induced prosperity of the nation. On this to go into the long boat, that was unfriendly and savage coast they towing a-stern of the Panther, judg- continued till Wednesday the 21st ing that a conversation with them, December, when having completed and a few presents, would render their survey, they stood away for them familiar, or at least well dis- the coast of New Holland, and posed. In this good, office he was from thence to the island of Ti. employed for some time; but hav- moor, where they were most hosing given to one man, who appear. pitably received. That this was ed to be a chief, a piece of chintz, not the first instance of hospitality he in return invited Mr. Nicholson, towards our countrymen, their coninto his canoe, this offer he un- duct towards captains Bligh and thinkingly accepted. They then Edwards, with the people that reendeavoured to force the boat keep- mained of the Bounty and Paner out of the long boat, which dora, will sufficiently testify. The caused an alarm ; when they im- season being sickly, all the kind asmediately discharged a flight of sistance experienced from the friend! arrows into the ship, which wound. ly Dutchmen could not arrest the ed four of the crew. Mr. Nichol. hand of death; they buried an of. son seeing his danger, attempted ficer, and one of their Pelew pasto regain the long boat, but unfor- sengers. tunately could not effect it; for « From Timoor the vessels sail. receiving a violent blow from a ed in the afternoon of Saturday the club, he fell into the water, and, 24th March, for Bencoolen, where the barbarians piercing him with they arrived on Wednesday the 27th a spear, which forced him under, April
. During this passage anhe was seen no more. The great other of the Pelew passengers died, guns and small arms were now dis- the youth Pimmoo. The ships re. charged, which soon dispersed these mained at Bencoolen till Friday the savages; and a consultation was 17th of August, when they again held on the propriety of landing to sailed for the Pelew islands, stop, demand justice from the inhabi- ping in their route at the islands of tants of the village from whence Sooloo, where they took in as much the canoes had come; but as this seed, grain, and cattle as the vessels measure would have involved the could receive; and on Monday the innocent with the guilty, not to 20th January 1793, they arrived at mention the risk of lives in the Pelew. No sooner were they anexecution, it was deemed advise- chored within the reef, than they able to give up all thoughts of re were crowded with the natives, who venge, and to proceed on the voy- brought the melancholy tidings of age. Such has been the humane the death of the hum«ne and beneconduct not only of an individual ficent Abba Thulle. This sorrowship, but of the people of England ful event took place about three at large; who have always shown months after the vessels left the themselves more studious to pacify islands; the surviving brother, or animosities than to increase or re. the ClowArra Kooker, whose name,