Greenland, the Adjacent Seas, and the North-west Passage to the Pacific Ocean, Illustrated in a Voyage to Davis's Strait, During the Summer of 1817

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James Eastburn and Company at the Literary rooms, Broadway. Clayton & Kingsland, printers.., 1818 - 251 strán (strany)
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Strana 8 - Greek writers,' turns out to be neither more nor less than the ' famed Ultima Thule of the ancients' ! ' and as whole valleys of dreadful soundings, and peaks of tremendous and destructive contact, buried in the ocean water, forbid an exact inquiry regarding its actual position.' (p. 12.) But if Mr. O'Reilly has perplexed us a little with this multinominal country, in return, he has set us at ease with regard to Spitzbergen, which we had supposed to be a cluster of islands, but which he has ascertained,...
Strana 10 - ... The origin is totally different, and is plainly discoverable in the language of the natives. It is called ' Succanunga,' the Land of the Sun ; but, lest we should not do justice to our author's learned and ' interesting speculation,' as he calls it, we present our readers with the passage entire. ' A classical reader, familiar with the works of Greek and Roman writers, will recollect that an epithet for the noon-day Apollo, when clad in Latin form, is Grynaeus.
Strana 11 - Succanuk — the Sun. Succanunga — Greenland. Grian — Apollo, or the Sun. Grianland — Land of the Sun. ' The Land of the Sun, or Sunny-land, as familiarly may be said, corresponds with the simple appellation which the natives give their country. The adventurers who came in aftertimes to seek the same shores, not probably understanding the meaning of the term, yet spelling the word as they could from hearing it often repeated, were inclined to write Grianland in their mode Greenland, which sounds...
Strana 65 - ... to the men, by way of cordial after their fatigue. Then, having provided the men with dry clothes, they proceed to flay and cut up the spoil. Seal's flesh forms their chief support; and they employ various modes of preserving it for future use. The most common is to cut it into thin slips, and so dry it over a line in the interior of their huts. The blubber is most carefully preserved, as being convertible to almost every domestic comfort, more precious by far to them than wine is to others....
Strana 127 - ... in pushing northward, even to the Pole.' Few people are aware that the following Custom-house onth was taken by the master and also the owner of every Greenlander before starting : 'Master of the ship maketh oath, that it is really and truly his firm purpose and determined resolution, that the said ship shall, as soon as license be granted, forthwith proceed...
Strana 68 - ... all the boats are engaged in the chase; and it is seldom possible for their prey to escape. The seal is impetuous in disposition, and having once discovered his "pursuers, he dives repeatedly, and in different directions, to confound them; but becomes at length so short breathed by his hurry, that he cannot remain long out of sight: and, as the uskees are around at various points watching the favorable moment, one of them paddles silently in his rear, using the paddle with one hand, while with...
Strana 170 - ... length, and which is humorously called a chart, the whole of these islands are unluckily placed north and south; and instead of stretching westward across the Strait, by the same unaccountable mishap, they are laid down a full degree to the eastward of any part of the west coast of Greenland ! Again: ' from my chart, which was made with the utmost accuracy, the number of these islands is eighty:' — the blots upon the thing we have mentioned, and which, we suppose, are meant to represent islands,...
Strana 59 - The Danish convicts and settlers have intermarried with the Uskee women, and a mixed generation is now remarkably predominant where the government has been fixed. Some of the children of the Europeans by the Uskee women are quite fair, but all have that remarkable attachment to their country which the genuine natives evince.
Strana 57 - ... graceful figure of the red man, accustomed to warfare, and impatient of intrusion. The Uskees, in self-defence, must have learned also how to fight, and doubtless retaliated with devastating effect, having always a sure retreat in their boats. This disposition the...
Strana 9 - of late note' is equally certain ; and that it is now named the Sunken Land of Buss cannot be called in question : — yet in the very next page he says : ' Quaere ? May not this land of Buss, so sunken, bear some probable reference to the Old or Lost Greenland, or the Atlantis of the Greek writers ? It would not be easy to disprove this.

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