The Logbooks Of The Lady Nelson, By Ida Lee










































































 -  I presented him with
a small tomahawk which pleased him very much and he pronounced with much
earnestness the word - Page 80
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I Presented Him With A Small Tomahawk Which Pleased Him Very Much And He Pronounced With Much Earnestness The Word...'Mogo.' He Readily Ate Of Whatever Was Set Before Him; Spirits He Would Not Touch, But Sugar He Took Freely.

He endeavoured to repeat our words after us; and was infinitely more tractable than the native last described.

He was an elderly man, short in stature but well made; his arms and legs were long in proportion to his body which was slender and straight. Having occasion to despatch my first mate in a boat to Colonel Paterson I took that opportunity of sending off my New Hollander with directions that he should be landed on the precise spot from whence he was taken...When the first mate was returning he was surprised to find his passenger of the day before on the banks, who begged to be permitted to return to the vessel with him; he had a young lad with him whom he desired might accompany him and they were both brought on board. This lad made me understand that he wished to have a mogo and I soon found that I could not make a more acceptable present to a native...

"On the 19th we were rejoined by Colonel Paterson with the whole of his party. The Colonel had explored a branch of the river on the banks of which he found a species of flax growing which he thought was valuable. He had collected specimens of many rare and uncommon plants particularly some varieties of fern, but unfortunately was deprived of the fruits of his industry.

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