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Narrative of Four Voyages (extract), 1823
a North American adventurer meets the canoe people of the Strait of Magellan
Journal -- May 1823:    10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18 

May 15th. — At 3, A. M., the tent was struck, the remainder of our game put on board the boats, and every thing in readiness for a start. We passed down the north shore with a gentle breeze from the westward, frequently landing in some charming valley or waving forest, to enjoy the scene and search for die-woods, but always without success. We reached the Wasp at 9, P. M., finding every thing in the same order as when we left it. I kept our friend Cheleule and his companions on board during the night; and the next morning, after giving them a good breakfast, and many little presents of high value in their estimation, I set them on shore at 8, A. M., where Cheleule was received by his people with the strongest demonstrations of joy. On taking leave of the old chief I expressed a wish to take one of his sons with me to the United States, promising to bring him back again in about two years. The father consented without hesitation, and presented me one of his boys on the spot, who seemed much rejoiced on the occasion, and after receiving the farewell embraces of his parents, went on board with the most cheerful alacrity. I immediately had him clothed, and he expressed much satisfaction in being placed under my care and protection.

It being now calm, we could not get under way, and the consequence was that we had a great number of visitors to see and take leave of my young savage protégé. This appeared to affect him, and he evinced more sensibility on the occasion than I had anticipated, as the savage character has never been distinguished for a vivid expression of feeling.

Source: "Narrative of Four Voyages", Capt. Benjamin Morrell Jr., New York, 1832
Transcribed: April 2007