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 -  Indeed, it can hardly be otherwise;
an easy freedom prevails among all ranks of people; they feel no wants
which - Page 370
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Indeed, It Can Hardly Be Otherwise; An Easy Freedom Prevails Among All Ranks Of People; They Feel No Wants Which They Do Not Enjoy The Means Of Gratifying; And They Live In A Clime Where The Painful Extremes Of Heat And Cold Are Equally Unknown.

If nature has been wanting in any thing, it is in the article of fresh water, which as it is shut up in the bowels of the earth, they are obliged to dig for.

A running stream was not seen, and but one well, at Amsterdam. At Middleburg, we saw no water but what the natives had in vessels; but as it was sweet and cool, I had no doubt of its being taken up upon the island; and probably not far from the spot where I saw it.

So little do we know of their religion, that I hardly dare mention it. The buildings called Afiatoucas, before mentioned, are undoubtedly set apart for this purpose. Some of our gentlemen were of opinion, that they were merely burying-places. I can only say, from my own knowledge, that they are places to which particular persons directed set speeches, which I understood to be prayers, as hath been already related. Joining my opinion with that of others, I was inclined to think that they are set apart to be both temples and burying-places, as at Otaheite, or even in Europe. But I have no idea of the images being idols; not only from what I saw myself, but from Mr Wales's informing me that they set one of them up, for him and others to shoot at.

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