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Account of a Voyage of Discovery by Basil Hall

ERRATA.

Page 1, line 2 from bottom, for _11th August_, read _9th August_.

Page 60, top line, for _was_, read _saw_.

APPENDIX.

Meteorological Journal.--Longitude on the 1st Sept. for 124.20, read 124.48.

The longitudes in the Met. Journ. from the 3d to the 7th of Sept. inclusive are too small by 15'.

VOCABULARY.

For _Tatesee_, read _Tatsee_. For _Teetesee_, read _Teetsee_. For _Meetesee_, read _Meetsee_. For _Eeotesee_, read _Eeotsee_. For _Eeyatesee_, read _Eeyatsee_. For _opposite_, read _under_, in the note on the word Hour.

[Transcriber's Note: a letter with a macron above it is denoted by [=x].]

VOYAGE TO THE WEST COAST OF COREA AND THE LOO-CHOO ISLANDS.

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CHAPTER I.

H.M.S. Alceste and Lyra leave the Yellow Sea on a Voyage of Discovery--Sir James Hall's Group on the Coast of Corea--Unsociable Character of the Natives--Hutton's Island--Interesting geological Structure--Anchor near the Main Land--Corean Chiefs Visit--Objections made to Strangers landing--Distress of the Chief--His Character--Departure from Basil's Bay--Clusters of Islands--Murray's Sound--Deserted Corean Village--View from the Summit of a high Peak--Interview with the Coreans--Peculiarities of their Character--Language--Erroneous geographical Position of this Coast--Leave Corea.

The embassy to China, under the Right Honourable Lord Amherst, left England in his Majesty's frigate Alceste, Captain Murray Maxwell, C.B., on the 9th of February, 1816, and landed near the mouth of the Pei-ho river, in the Yellow Sea, on the 9th of August. Shortly afterwards the Alceste and Lyra sloop of war, which had accompanied the embassy, proceeded to the coast of Corea, the eastern boundary of the Yellow Sea; for as these ships were not required in China before the return of the Embassador by land to Canton, it was determined to devote the interval to an examination of some places in those seas, of which little or no precise information then existed. The following pages give the details of this voyage.

1st of September.--This morning at daylight the land of Corea was seen in the eastern quarter. Having stood towards it, we were at nine o'clock near three high islands, differing in appearance from the country we had left, being wooded to the top, and cultivated in the lower parts, but not in horizontal terraces as at the places we had last visited in China. We proceeded to the southward of the group, and anchored in a fine bay at the distance of two or three miles from the southern island. Shortly after anchoring, a boat came from the shore with five or six natives, who stopped, when within fifty yards of the brig, and looking at us with an air of curiosity and distrust, paid no attention to the signs which were made to induce them to come alongside. They expressed no alarm when we went to them in our boat; and on our rowing towards the shore, followed


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