An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands
T. DAVISON, LOMBARD-STREET, WHITEFRIARS, LONDON.
IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN.
AN ORIGINAL GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY
COMPILED AND ARRANGED FROM THE EXTENSIVE COMMUNICATIONS OF
MR. WILLIAM MARINER,
SEVERAL YEARS RESIDENT IN THOSE ISLANDS.
BY JOHN MARTIN, M. D.
"The savages of America inspire less interest. . . .since celebrated navigators
have made known to us the inhabitants of the islands of the South Sea. . . .The
state of half-civilization in which those islanders are found gives a peculiar
charm to the description of their manners. . . .Such pictures, no doubt, have
more attraction than those which pourtray the solemn gravity of the inhabitant
of the banks of the Missouri or the Maranon." Prerface to Humboldt's Personal Narrative.
IN TWO VOLUMES. VOL. I. SECOND EDITION, WITH ADDITIONS
LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART.G.C.B.
PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY
&c. &c. &c.
THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT
NATIVES OF THE TONGA ISLANDS,
IN WHICH IT IS ATTEMPTED PARTICULARLY TO SET FORTH
THEIR MANNERS, CUSTOMS, RELIGION,
FROM THE ORAL DESCRIPTIONS OF AN ENGLISHMAN
LONG RESIDENT THERE,
IS MOST WILLINGLY INSCRIBED
AS A SMALL, YET APPROPRIATE TRIBUTE
HIS VERY OBEDIENT AND
DEVOTED HUMBLE SERVANT,