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Transcriber's Note

Footnotes are located at the end of the text, before the index.

In general, geographical references, spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization have been retained as in the original publication.

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note.

Significant typographical errors have been corrected. A full list of these corrections is available in the Transcriber's Corrections section at the end of the book.

Hawaiian Historical Society Reprints, (No. 2) (1779)

A Narrative of the Death OF Captain James Cook

By DAVID SAMWELL Surgeon of The Discovery

LONDON: Printed for G. C. J. and J. Robinson, Pater Noster Row MDCCLXXXVI

(The Edition of this Reprint is Limited to 500 Copies)

[Illustration: CAPTAIN JAMES COOK ]

A

N A R R A T I V E

OF THE

D E A T H

OF

C A P T A I N J A M E S C O O K.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED SOME

P A R T I C U L A R S,

CONCERNING HIS

L I F E A N D C H A R A C T E R.

AND

O B S E R V A T I O N S

RESPECTING THE

I N T R O D U C T I O N

OF THE

V E N E R E A L D I S E A S E

INTO THE

S A N D W I C H I S L A N D S.

BY D A V I D S A M W E L L, SURGEON OF THE DISCOVERY.

L O N D O N: PRINTED FOR G. C. J. AND J. ROBINSON, PATER NOSTER ROW, MDCCLXXXVI.

[Photographic reproduction of the original title page.]

Foreword

In presenting this reprint to our members the editor wishes to express his thanks to Professor W. T. Brigham of the Bishop Museum for furnishing him with a photograph of Captain Cook, from which the cut in this reprint was made; to Mr. John F. G. Stokes of the Bishop Museum for his assistance in identifying the Hawaiian names, and to Mr. J. W. Waldron for furnishing a typewritten copy of the book of which this is a reprint.

The modern Hawaiian names are inserted in brackets following those given in the text.

This reprint was edited and indexed for the Hawaiian Historical Society by Bruce Cartwright, Jr.

Preface

To those who have perused the account of the last voyage to the Pacific Ocean, the following sheets may, at first sight, appear superfluous. The author, however, being of the opinion, that the event of Captain Cook's death has not yet been so explicitly related as the importance of it required, trusts that this Narrative will not be found altogether a repetition of what is already known. At the same time, he wishes to add his humble testimony to the merit of the account given of this transaction by Captain King. Its brevity alone can afford an excuse for this publication, the object of which is to give a more particular relation of that unfortunate affair, which he finds is in general but imperfectly understood. He thinks himself warranted in saying this, from having frequently observed, that the public opinion seemed to attribute the loss of Captain Cook's life, in some measure, to rashness or too much confidence on his side; whereas nothing can be more ill founded or unjust. It is, therefore, a duty which his friends owe to his character, to have the whole affair candidly and fully related, whatever facts it may involve, that may appear of a disagreeable nature to individuals. The author is confident, that if Captain King could have foreseen, that any wrong opinion respecting Captain Cook, would have been the consequence of omitting some circumstances relative to his death; the goodnatured motive that induced him to be silent, would not have stood a moment in competition with the superior call of justice to the memory of his friend... Continue reading book >>




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