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was very low and sandy, and something like the mouth
of a river which discharged itself into the sea, and which
had been taken no notice of by us before, as it was so shallow that the Indians were obliged to take every thing out of their
carry it over land. We rowed up
the river four or five leagues, and then took into a branch
of it that ran first to the eastward and then to the north
ward : here it became much narrower, and the stream ex
cessively rapid, so that we gained but little way, though
we wrought very hard. At night we landed upon its
banks, and had a most uncomfortable lodging, it being a
perfect swamp; and we had nothing to cover us, though
it rained excessively. The Indians were little better off than we, as there was no wood here to make their wig
wams; fo that all they could do was to prop up the bark, which they carry in the bottom of their canoes, and shelter themselves as well as they could to the leeward of it.
Knowing the difficulties they had to encounter here, they had provided themselves with some feal; but we had not
a morsel to eat, after the heavy fatigues of the day, ex
cepting a sort of root we saw the Indians make use of,
which was very disagreeable to the taste. We laboured
all next day against the stream, and fared as we had done the day before. The next day brought us to the carrying place. Here was plenty of wood, but nothing to be got for fuftenance. We passed this night as we had frequently done, under a tree; but what we suffered at
this time is not easy to be expressed. I had been three days at the oar without any kind of nourishment ex
the wretched root above mentioned. I had no shirt, for
it had rotted off by bits. All my clothes consisted of a
short grieko (something like a bear-skin), a piece of red cloth which had once been a waistcoat, and a raggedpair of trowsers, without shoes or stockings."
Note 2. A Briton and a friend.] Don Patricio Gedd,
a Scotch physician in one of the Spanish setilements, hof
pitably relieved Byron and his wretched associates, of
which the Commodore speaks in the warmest terms of
Note 3. Or yield the lyre of Heav'n another string.
The seven strings of Apollo's harp were the symbolical representation of the seven planets. Herschel, by discovering an eighth, might be said to add another string
to the instrument.
Note 4. The Swedish fage.] Linnæus.
Note 5. Deep from his vaults the Loxian murmurs
Loxias is a name frequently given to Apollo by Greek
writers : it is met with more than once in the Chæphoræ
Note 6. Unlocks a generous store at thy command,
Like Horeb's rocks beneath the prophet's
See Exodus, chap. xvii. 3, 5,6.
Note 7. Wild Obi fies.] Among the negroes of the West Indies, Obi, or Obiah, is the name of a magical power, which is believed by them to affect the object of its malignity with dismal calamities. Such a belief muft
undoubtedly have been deduced from the superstitious mythology of their kinsmen on the coast of Africa. I have
therefore personified Obi as the evil spirit of the African,
although the history of the African tribes mentions the
evil spirits of their religious creed by a different appella
Note 8. Sibir's dreary mines.] Mr. Bell of Anter
mony, in his Travels through Siberia, informs us that the
name of the country is universally pronounced Sibir by
Note 9. Presaging wrath to Poland--and to man The history of the partition of Poland, of the massa
cre in the suburbs of Warsaw, and on the bridge of Prague,
the triumphant entry of Suwarrow into the Polish capi
tal, and the insult offered to human nature, by the blaf