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 -  Nothing is more
    probable than, that on every new track other islands of this kind will
    still be met with - Page 540
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Nothing Is More Probable Than, That On Every New Track Other Islands Of This Kind Will Still Be Met With, And Particularly Between The 16th And 17th Degree Of S. Latitude, No Navigator Having Hitherto Run Down On That Parallel Towards The Society Islands.

It remains a subject worthy the investigation of philosophers, to consider from what probable principles these islands are so extremely numerous, and form so great an archipelago to windward of the Society Islands, whilst they are only scattered at considerable distances beyond that group of mountainous islands?

It is true, there is another archipelago of coral ledges far to the westward, I mean the Friendly Islands; but these are of a different nature, and appear to be of a much older date; they occupy more space, and have a greater quantity of soil, on which all the vegetable productions of the higher lands may be raised." - G.F.

How far the opinions here stated are supported by subsequent investigation, will be afterwards considered. - E.

[3] "The lagoon within this island was very spacious, and several canoes sailed about upon it. It appears to me, that the most elevated and richest spots on the coral ledges, are generally to leeward, sheltered from the violence of the surf. In this sea, however, there are seldom such violent storms, as might make these isles uncomfortable places of abode; and when the weather is fair, it must be very pleasant sailing on the smooth water in the lagoon, whilst the ocean without is disagreeably agitated." - G.F.

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