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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

canoes, and

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

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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

of Æschylus.

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

the Russians.

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

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