Excerpt from Rovings in the Pacific, From 1837-1849, Vol. 1 of 2: With a Glance at California
The notes in the following pages have been copied, during the monotony of a protractal voyage, from the original entries, extending, as will be seen, over a series of years. The author has often been without sailing directions, and for the most part without charts, other than general ones of the Pacific; and as the results of his experience might save delay and doubt, to others similarly circumstanced, he has been recommended to submit them to the public. Wherever he could obtain the native names of Islands he has done so; they are spelt after the orthography of dialects in Polynesia; the vowels being accentuated as in France and other Conti neutal nations. The notes have undergone little alteration, addition, or subtraction, and but few rc marks have been interpolated. They are entirely without claim to literary merit but for the sake of easy reference, they have been divided into chapters, and furnished with such mottoes, more or less appli cable to the subject in hand, as the author's memory could supply. The interest which has more recentlyvi preface.
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