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 -  Having taken a view of
the bay, and found that fresh water, which we most wanted, was to be had - Page 510
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Having Taken A View Of The Bay, And Found That Fresh Water, Which We Most Wanted, Was To Be Had, I Returned On Board, And Carried Out A Kedge-Anchor With Three Hawsers Upon An End, To Warp The Ship In By, And Hove Short On The Bower.

One would have thought that the natives, by this time, would have been so sensible of the effect of

Our fire-arms, as not to have provoked us to fire upon them any more, but the event proved otherwise; for the boat had no sooner left the kedge-anchor, than two men in a canoe put off from the shore, took hold of the buoy rope, and attempted to drag it ashore, little considering what was fast to it. Lest, after discovering their mistake, they should take away the buoy, I ordered a musket to be fired at them; the ball fell short, and they took not the least notice of it; but a second having passed over them, they let go the buoy, and made for the shore. This was the last shot we had occasion to fire at any of them, while we lay at this place. It probably had more effect than killing the man, by shewing them that they were not safe at any distance; at least we had reason to think so, for they afterwards stood in great dread of the musket. Nevertheless, they would very often be exercising their talent of thieving upon us, which I thought proper to put up with, as our stay was not likely to be long amongst them. The trouble these people gave us retarded us so long, that, before we were ready to heave the anchor, the wind began to increase, and blew in squalls out of the bay, so that we were obliged to lie fast.

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