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A Voyage Round the World, Volume I by James Holman

VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD, VOLUME I

Including Travels in Africa, Asia, Australasia, America, etc. etc. from MDCCCXXVII to MDCCCXXXII

BY

JAMES HOLMAN, R.N. F.R.S. ETC. ETC.

1834

"Man loves knowledge: and the beams of truth More welcome touch his understanding's eye, Than all the blandishments of sounds his ear, Than all of taste his tongue."

--Akenside.

ADVERTISEMENT.

It is necessary to observe that this Work is designed to extend to 4 vols., to be published in regular succession; each Volume to embrace a distinct portion of the whole, and to be complete in itself. The entire publication will form a consecutive series of the Author's Voyages and Travels Round the World.

The present Volume contains:--Madeira--Teneriffe--St. Jago--Sierra Leone--Cape Coast--Accra--Fernando Po--Bonny, Calabar, and other Rivers in the Bight of Biafra--Prince's Island--Ascension--Rio Janeiro--and Journey to the Gold Mines.

[Note: The beginning of this dedication was missing from the text.]

...that your Majesty may long be spared to a nation that is so sensible of the influence of your Majesty's exalted character.

With the most profound feelings of gratitude and devotion,

I have the honor to subscribe myself,

Your Majesty's Most faithful Servant,

JAMES HOLMAN.

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

CHAP. I.

Passion for Travelling--Author's peculiar Situation--Motives for going Abroad--Resources for the Blind--Embark in the Eden, Capt. Owen, for Sierra Leone--Lord High Admiral at Plymouth--Cape Finisterre--Arrival at Madeira--Town of Funchal--Wines of Madeira--Cultivation of the Grape--Table of Exports--Seizure of Gin--Fruits and Vegetables--Climate --Coffee, Tea, and Sugar Cultivation--Palanquin Travelling--Departure from Madeira

CHAP. II.

Teneriffe--Town of Santa Cruz--Female Costume--Incident at a Ball--Bad Roads--Climate--Productions--Population of the Canary Islands--Imports and Exports--Various Qualities of the Wines--Fishery--Leave Santa Cruz--Crossing the Tropic of Cancer--Shaving and Ducking--General Remarks--Make St. Jago--Anchor at Porto Praya--Sickly Season--Death of the Consul and his Wife--Consul's Sister--Governor's Garden and Watering-place--Population of the Island--Produce--The Orchilla Weed, its growth, uses, and varieties--Cause of Fever--Departure for Sierra Leone

CHAP. III.

Arrival at Sierra Leone--Mr. Lewis--Black Washerwomen.--Visitors on board--Capture of Leopards--Mortality--Funeral of Mr. Lewis--Education of Native Children--Regimental Mess--Curious Trials at a Quarter Sessions--Depredations of the Kroomen--Causes of Unhealthiness--The Boollam Territory--Lieutenant George Maclean's Mission--Election of a King--Regent's Speech--Macaulay Wilson--Ceremonies of the Coronation--Character of the Boollams--Christian and Mahommedan Missionaries--Aspect of the Country--Cession of Boollam to Great Britain--Extraordinary Trial for Crim. Con.--News of the Death of Mr. Canning


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