V O Y A G E S
Made in the Years 1788 and 1789,
CHINA TO THE NORTH WEST COAST OF AMERICA
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
AN INTRODUCTORY NARRATIVE
A Voyage performed in 1786, from Bengal, in the Ship Nootka
OBSERVATIONS ON THE PROBABLE EXISTENCE
A NORTH WEST PASSAGE ;
AND SOME ACCOUNT OF
THE TRADE BETWEEN THE NORTH WEST COAST OF AMERICA AND CHINA;
AND THE LATTER COUNTRY AND GREAT BRITAIN.
By JOHN M E A R E S, Esq.
PRINTED AT THE Geographic Press
AMD SOLD BY WALTER, N* 169, PICCADILLT, OPPOSITE OLD BOND STREET
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At five o'clock they dropped the bower anchor in twenty-five fathoms water, about four miles from the fhore, and two from a fmall barren, rocky ifland, which happened to prove the refidence of a chief, named Blakow-Coneehaw (Gannyaa), whom Captain Douglas had feen on the coaft in his laft voyage. —He came immediately on board, and welcomed the arrival of the fhip with a fong, to which two hundred of his people formed a chorus of the moft pleafing melody—When the voices ceafed, he paid Captain Douglas the compliment of exchanging names with him, after the manner of the chiefs of the Sandwich Iflands.
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In the afternoon Captain Douglas took the long-boat and ran acrofs the channel, to an ifland which lay between the fhip and the village of Tatanee, and invited the chief to be of the party ; who, having feen him pull up the wild parfley and eat it, he was fo attentive as to order a large quantity of it, with fome falmon, to be fent on board every morning.
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. . . Captain Douglas himself planted fome beans, and gave the natives a quantity for the fame ufeful purpofe ; and there is little doubt but that excellent and wholefome vegetable, at this time, forms an article of luxury in the village of Tatanee. This people, indeed, were fo fond of the cookery practifed on board the Iphigenia, that they very frequently refufed to traffic with their fkins, till they had been taken down to the cabin, and regaled with a previous entertainment.