Accounts of Captain Cook's Voyage to Hawaii and the American Revolution in the Edinburgh Advertiser July 1-4, 1777. James Cook, Hawaii, American Revolutionary War.
Accounts of Captain Cook's Voyage to Hawaii and the American Revolution in the Edinburgh Advertiser July 1-4, 1777.

Accounts of Captain Cook's Voyage to Hawaii and the American Revolution in the Edinburgh Advertiser July 1-4, 1777.

Edinburgh: 1777. Pamphlet. Complete original 8pp issue of the Edinburgh Advertiser. Detailed description of the inhabitants of Ea-Oowhe (the island of Eua, now part of the Kingdom of Tonga) and life of the O-Taheitians (Tahiti), extracts from 'A Voyage Round the World in His Majesty's Sloop, Resolution, commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the Years 1772, 3, 4, 5' by George Foster. The VISITORS WELCOMED BY THE PEOPLE OF EA--OOWHE who demonstrated "...an open, generous disposition, free from any mean distrust. This was confirmed by the appearance of a great number of women in the crowd, covered from the waist downwards, whose looks and smiles welcome us to the shore. The ladies, everywhere, seem to have been remarkably indulgent to our British adventurers; who indeed appeared to have returned with the equal ardor, the kindness of their fair friends.... we were seated in the house, surrounded by a considerable number of natives, not less than 100, and two or three of the women welcomed us with a song, which though exceedingly simple had a very pleasing effect and was highly musical when compared to the O-Tahetian songs.... The kindness of the people was expressed in every look and gesture, and they freely offered us some cocoa-nuts, which we found the liquor very palatable...." Additional description of LIFE ON O-TAHEITI where one is sustained by "... two three breadfruit trees which grow almost without any culture, which flourish as long as he himself can live, supply him with abundant food during three force of the year.... Those plants which require the greatest attention...the cloth trees and eddo roots, are cultivated with much less trouble than our cabbages and kitchen herbs..., The whole process necessary to plant a bread tree, is to break off it a found branch and stick it in the ground. The banana, whose rich clusters seem too great a weight for its herbaceous stem, annually shoots afresh from the root.... A kindo f happy uniformity runs throughout he whole life of the O-Taheitians; they rise with the sun, and hasten to rivers and fountains, to perform an ablution equally reviving and cleanly. They pass the morning at work or walkabout till the heat of the day increases, when they retreat to their dwellings or repose under some tufted tree. There they amuse themselves with smoothing their hair and anointing it with fragrant oils; or they blow the flute and sing to it, or listen to the songs of the birds...." Much detail, including 3/4 of the front page. This issue also includes much news of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Naval news including list of American vessels captured by his majesty ships in a report from Vice Admiral Young, commander-in-chief of his Majesty ships and vessels at the Leeward Islands. Landing of American prisoners at Plymouth; "I suppose we now have near 500 prisoners onshore and afloat, if they increase on our hands we must fit up another prison. Yesterday a number of the American prisoners in confinement at Mill prison attempted to make their escape... They were scaling the wall and when by accident they were overheard and immediately properly secured." mention of the BATTLE OF PRINCETON: "This day a vessel from New York...the master says that on the 25th of May he sailed from thence, when Lord and General Howe remained there, LORD CORNWALLIS, HE SAYS, WITH 4000 MEN HAD MARCHED TO PRINCE-TOWN AND ATTACKED THE REBELS, KILLED 1200, AND SENT 700 PRISONERS TO NEW YORK; he adds the rebels are flying out of all the Jersies, and daily deserting to our army..." Additional news from America: Report that "the Congress have built 13 36 gun frigates out of the proceeds of prizes that they have taken...." News from Boston: "...the prison here is filled with English seamen taken by our privateers and a great number have ventured on board of our ships of war; 39 captains and mates are admitted on their parole and allowed the liberty of walking about the city...." "Authentic accounts are received from New York that the river Delaware is entirely blocked by our shipping. They also mentioned that the congress and committees continue to commit the greatest cruelties upon these people they call Tories, and who do not join them in rebellion..." Fine 8pp issue with tax stamp on the last page. Vol. XXVIII No. 1410. A very nice copy. Item #26379

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