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the sea-breezes which blow oo to have altered but in a very ver it at every period of the slight degree." year, it is free from the ex. This people have been long tremes of heat and cold which tributary to the Chinese govoppress many other countries; ernment : and their interthe people seemed to enjoy course has been principally robust health ; for we obseròwith China and Japan. By the ed no diseased objects, nor writer of the Narrative it was beggars of any description a- supposed that they had never mong them."

been visited by any European “Nature has been bountiful ship prior to the arrival of the in all her gifts to Lewchew ; Alceste and Lyra. 7« On the for such is the felicity of its approach of these ships says soil and climate, that produc- Mr. M'Leod, the astonished tions of the vegetable king- natives were perched by thous dom, very distinct in their na- sands on the surrounding rocks ture, and generally found in and · heights, gazing on the regions far distant from each vessels as they entered. Soon other, grow here side by side. after, several canoes came aIt is not merely, as might be longside, contuining some peoexpected, the country of the ple in office, who wished to orange and the lime, but of the know to what country we bebanyan of India, and the Nor- longed, and the nature of our wegian fir, the tea plant and visit," Being informed that the sugar cane. In addition the ships had been with an to many good qualities, not of. Ambassador to China-that ten found combined, this isl. they needed repairs, &c. ; the and can boast its rivers and natives immediately sent car.

harbours ; and last, penters to assist, but were asthough not least, a worthy, a sured that there were carpenfriendly, and a happy people.” ters on board, “and that an asy

• The natives trace their lum was all we required durhistory back to a period long ing the time of repair, with anterior to the Christian era ; permission to take on board but their first communication some fresh provisions and wawith the rest of the world, tçr of which we stood much in when their accounts became need. fully corroborated, was about “ An immediate supply of bulthe year 605, when they were locks, pigs, goats, fowls, eggs invaded by China, who found and other articles, with abunthem at that time--a time dance of excellent sweet potawhen England and the greater toes, vegetables, fruit then in part of Europe were immers. season, and even candles and ed in barbarism-the same fire-wood followed this intimakind of people they are at the tion. Supplies of the same present day, with the excep- description being sent on board tion of a few Chinese innova. as often as was necessary for tions ; or at least they appear about six weeks, the period

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of our stay in the island-those long side, singing their usual who brought them taking a boat-song, which had a very receipt to show they had been plaintive and pleasing effect.'' delivered safely ; but the chief “ Many of these islanders authorities, who sent them, displayed a spirit of intelliobstinately refusing any pay- gence and genius, which seem'ment or remuneration what. ed the more extraordinary, ever."

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intimated to this in which they live ; such conpeople.“ that it was necessary finement being alınost univerto have a party on shore, such sally productive of narrowness as ropemakers and smiths, of mind. Our friends here where they could have more were an exception to the genroom to work, and thereby ex- eral rule. They all seemed pedite our refit. They re- to be gifted with a sort of poquested this might not be done liteness which had the faires: until they heard from their claim to be termed natural ; king, it being an unprecedents for there was nothing coned case, in which they were strained, nothing stiff or studi. incompetent to act without ed in it." orders." But after a visit 6 These islanders are repfrom one of the chiefs, several resented as being remarkable officers went on shore to an for their honesty and adher. entertainment provided for ence to truth, and to this charthem.

acter they appear to be fully 6 About this time a mutual entitled. That proud and friendship began to exist be- haughty feeling of national tween us ; confidence took superiority, so strongiy exist. place of timidity; and now, ing among the common class instead of permitting only a of British seamen, which infew to visit the shore at a time, duces them to hold all foreignthey fitted up the garden of a 'ers cheap, and to treat them temple as a general arsenal with contempt, often calling for us.

The habitations of them vutlandish lubbers in. the priests were allotted as an their own country, was, at this hospital for the sick, whilst island, completely subdued other temporary buildings of and tamed by the gentlc manbamboo were erected for the ners and kind behaviour of reception of our powder, which the most pacific people upo! required airing, and for vari. earth. Although completely ous stores wanting inspection intermixed and often working and repair. They continued together, both on shore and on their usual supplies, bringing board, not a single quarrel or us even fresh water on board complaint took place on either in their boats; and understand. side during the whole of our ing that we required some stay. On the contrary, each wood for spars, they felled succeeding day added to fir-trees,' floated them down friendship

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chew, our cases of sickness observing the order of prerhough not numerous were cedence to be inverted, without severe; and to the kinduess the least bint being given, but of the natives may, in a great with that unassuming modes. measure, be attributed their ty and delicacy which characTecovery. They were not terize them, when the proonly comfortably lodged, but cession began to move, placed the higher classes of people themselves in front of the cof. daily attended, inquiring into fin, and in this order marched their wants, giving additional slowly to the grave. The utrooges or eggs, and other most decency and silence pre. delicacies, to those whose ca- vailed whilst the funeral serses more particularly require vice was performing by the ed them, and paying a cheer- chaplain. jeg attention to the whole ; “ The day after the interfor theirs was a substantial, ment they went to the tomb not a cold

ostentatious with their priests and performcharity.

ed the funeral service accord6 A young man whose case ing to the rites of their own had long been hopeless, died religion. There is not an act Here. On that night a coffin of these excellent and interestwas made by our carpenters, ing people, which the mind mphilst the natives dug a grave has not pleasure in contemin the English manner, in a plating and recollecting. Not small burying ground under satisfied with having smoothed some trees near the landing the path of death, they carried place.

their regards even beyond the " Next morning we were astonished to find a number " Crimes are said to be very of the principal inhabitants unfrequent among thein, and clad in deep mourning-white they seem to go perfectly unrobes with black or blue sash- armed; for we observed no es--waiting to attend the fu- warlike instruments of any neraļ. The captain came on description : Not even a bow snore with the division of the or an arrow wus to be seen ! ship's company to which the and when they observed the man belonged, and proceeded effect of fowling pieces in the to the garden where the body hands of some of the gentlelay. His messmates bore the men, they begged they might coffin, covered with the colors; not kill the birds, which they the seamen ranged themselves were always glad to see flying two and two in the rear of it; about their houses ; and if we

the midshipmen, required them to eat, they then the superior officers ; would send in their stead an and last of all the captain, as additional quantity of fowls on is usual in military ceremonies board every day.--An order of this kind. The natives was immediately issued to dewho had been watching atten

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ture being now fixed, all our interesting. It affords reason stores were embarked on the to hope that the character of evening of the 26th of October. man and the condition of soThe next morning, as the ships ciety may yet be so improved unmoored, the Lewchews, as as to change this military world a mark

of respect, arrayed into a paradise of love and", themselves in their best ap- peace. The Lewchews parel and proceeding to the regarded as Pagans, and as temple, offered up to their living “remote from the cixgods a solemn sacrifice, in- ilized world ;” but if the acvoking them to protect the count of them be correct, they Engelees, to avert every dan- have far higher claims to be ger and restore them in safety regarded as the disciples of to their native land,

the Messiah, and a truly civil. 6 In the manner of this ized people, than the majority adieu, there an air of of the inhabitants of Christensublimity and benevolence, ty dom. The people of Europe far more touching to the heart and America may look up to than the most refined compli- the Lcwchews for an example ment of a more civilized peo. worthy of imitation. Indeed, ple. It was the genuine be- in view of this wonderful and nignity of artless nature, and amiable people, the greater of primitive innocence. Im- part of those who are called mediately following this so- Christians may well “ blush lemnity, our particular friends and hang their heads !"" crowded on board to shake Here we behold a people hands, and

say, • Farewell ! who never had been blessed whilst the tears which many of with the gospel, exemplifying them shed, evinced the sin- those benign and pacific vir. cerity of their attachment. tues which were recommend: As the ships got under weighed and enjoined by the Prince they lingered alongside in of peace ; while the nations their canoes, displaying every which profess to be his followsign of affectionate regard. ers and to hope for salvation

“We stood out scaward; through him, can wade in the and the breeze being favora. blood of their fellow-beings, ble, this happy island soon make a trade of manslaughter, sunk from the view ; but it * and glory in a military reputawill be tong rerembered by tion! These Lewchew pagans the officers and crew of the appear to have no ships of Alceste and Lyra ; for the war, no military establishkindness and hospitality of its ments of any kind, no weapons, inhabitants have fixed upon ev- either offensive or defensive i ery mind a deep and lasting but the several nations calling impression of gratitude and themselves Christians, probaesteem."

bly expend annually, even in

time of peace, not less than a What is related of this new- thousand millions of dollars ira lý discovered people is truly support of their various mili

tary establishments and pre. behaviour of the most - pacific parations for war. Now which people on earth.”'

The spirit of these two classes of people of benignity and peace on the would it be rational to suppose part of the Lewchews operated had been taught by the Mes- as a shield both to themselves siah? Which of them exhib. and their British brethren. its most of his benignant spir. How much then have chris, ic? To which of them will he tian nations been mistaken in be most likely to say, “Well supposing that a'martial spirdonc, good and faithful ser- it, and warring attitude are rants ?"

the best security against acts When we take into view of violence and invasion ! the pacific character and spir- The affecting contrast beit of the Messiah, and compare tweeń warring Christians and it with the warring spirit of Pacific Pagans should lead to his professed followers, will it the most serious inquiry how not appear very probable, that, far the language of Paul, by some fatal delusion, many Rom. fi. 21-29 may

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apwho are called Christians have plicable at the present time; made themselves believe, that and whether the true spirit of " Christ suffered for us," not the passage may not be appli“ leaving us an example that cd in the following manner : we should follow his steps,”! 66 Thou therefore which but making an atonement for teachest another, teachest thou military man-slaughter, and not thyself? Thou that preachfor the very purpose of pro- ést a man should not steal, curing, for those who trust in dost thou steal ? Thou that him for salvation, a license to sayest a man should not comindulge with impunity the mit adultery, dost thou comspirit of war, and to trample mit adultery? Thou that ab. under foot, both his precepts horrest idols, dost thou comand his example! Will not mit sacrilege ? Thou that mathe people of Lewchew rise in kest thy boast of Christianity, judgment with such Chris- through breaking its precepts liaus, and condemn them? dishonourest thou God ? For

Had the Lewchews posses- the name of God is blasphem. sed " that proud and haughty ed among the Pagans through ieeling of national superiority, `you, as it is written. For so strongly existing among Christianity verily profiteth, if the common class of British thou keep its precepts ; but if seamcn," it is not improbable thou be a breaker of its prethat there would have been cepts, thy christianity is made contention and bloodshed be- un-christianity Therefore, if {ween them and the English. a Pagan keep the righteousBut so far froin this was the ness of the law of Christ, shall fact, that this spirit on the part not his paganism be counted of the British

was for christianity? And shall not 5s completely tamed and sub- paganisin which is by nature dued by the gentle and kind if it fulfil the christian law,

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