Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea and the Great Loo-Choo Island. With an Appendix Containing Charts and Various Hydrographical and Scientific Notices. And

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John Murray, Albemarle-Street., 1818 - Korea - 222 pages
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Page 105 - The examination of a coral reef, during the different stages of one tide, is particularly interesting. When the tide has left it for some time, it becomes dry, and appears to be a compact rock, exceedingly hard and...
Page 106 - ... invisible. These animals are of a great variety of shapes and sizes, and in such prodigious numbers, that, in a short time, the whole surface of the rock appears to be alive and in motion. The most common...
Page 196 - The other chiefs called alongside on their way to the frigate, but went on when I told them that I was just going to the Alceste myself. In the mean time Madera came on board, with the sextant in his hand; he was in such distress that he scarcely knew what he was about In this distracted state he sat down to breakfast with...
Page 153 - Madera is about twenty-eight years of age, of a slender figure and very active; his upper teeth project in front over the lower ones, giving his face a remarkable, but not a disagreeable expression. He is always cheerful, and often lively and playful, but his good sense prevents his ever going beyond the line of strict propriety. When required by etiquette to be grave, no one is so immoveably serious as Madera, and when mirth rules the hour, he is the gayest of the gay : such indeed is his taste...
Page 107 - The growth of coral appears to cease when the worm is no longer exposed to the washing of the sea. Thus, a reef rises in the form of a cauliflower till the top has gained the level of the highest tides, above which the animalcules have no power to advance, and the reef of course no longer extends upwards.
Page 203 - As these papers were called by the people wearing them, " hoonatee," and as " ho6nee" means ship, Mr. Clifford has , conjectured that they may have been written passes to enable them to enter the gate on the ship's business. We saw no arms of any kind, and the natives always declared that they had none.
Page 196 - My friend, my friend ! To me he gave a fan and a picture of an old man looking up at the sun, drawn, he said, by himself: he probably meant in his picture some allusion to my usual occupation at the observatory. After he had put off in his boat, he called out " Ingeree noo choo sibittee yootoosha," I shall ever remember the English people.
Page 152 - Madera has made great improvement in English, and his character is altogether more developed. He is quite at his ease in our company, and seems to take the most extraordinary, interest in every thing belonging to us ; but his ardent desire to inform himself on all subjects sometimes distresses him a good deal; he observes the facility with which we do some things, and his...
Page 20 - ... him. He ordered an attendant to pour it into several bowls, and putting the bottle away, made signs for us to drink, but would not taste it himself till all of us had been served. He was nowise discomposed at being obliged to entertain his company at their own expense; on the contrary, he carried off the whole affair with so much cheerfulness and ease, as to make...
Page 103 - It was interesting to observe, indeed, how early the gentle and engaging manners of all classes here won upon the sailors no lea* than upon the officers. The natives from the first were treated with entire confidence : no watch was ever kept over them, nor were they excluded from any part of the ships; and not only was nothing stolen, but when any thing was lost, nobody even suspected for an instant that it had been taken by them.

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