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They expressed great surprise on seeing a cow on board the Briton , and were in doubt whether she was a great goat or a hprned sow . The two captains of his Majesty ' s ships accompanied these young men on shore : with some difficulty and
a good wetting , and with the assistance of their conductors , they accomplished a landing through the surf , and were soon after met bv John Adams , a man between fifty and sixty years of age , who conducted them to his house . His wife accompanied him , a very old lady , blind with age . He was at first alarmed lest the visit
was to apprehend him ; but on being told that they were perfectly ignorant of his existence , he was relieved from his anxiety . Being once assured that this visit was of a peaceable nature , it is impossible to describe the joy
these poor people manifested on seeing those wliom they were pleased to consider as their countrymen . Yams , cocoa-nuts , and other fruits , with fine fresh eggs , were laid before them ; and the old man would have killed
and dressed a hog for his visitors , but time would not allow them to partake of his intended feast . This interesting new colony , it seemed , now consisted of about fortysix persons , mostly grown up young people , besides a number of infants .
The young men all born on the island were very athletic and of the finest forms , their countenances open and pleasing , indicating much benevolence and goodness of heart : but the young women were objects of particular admiration , tall , robust , and
beautifully formed , their faces beaming with smiles and unruffled . good humour , but wearing a degree of modesty and bashfulness that would do honour to the most virtuous nation on earth ; their teeth like ivory , were regular and beautiful , without a single exception ; and all of them , both male and female , had the most
marked English features . The clothing of the young females consisted of a piece of linen reaching from the waist to the kness , and generally a ^ sort of mantle thrown loosely over the
shoulders , and hanging as low as the ancles ; but this covering appeared to be intended chiefly as a protection against the sun and the weather , as it was frequently laid aside , and then
y the upper part of the body was entirely exposed ; and it is not possible to conceive more beautiful forms than they exhibited . They sometimes wreath caps or bonnets for the head , in the most tasty manner , to protect
the face from the rays of the sun ; and though as Captain Pipon observes , they have only had the instruction of their Otaheitan mothers , " our dressmakers in London would be delighted with the simplicity , and yet elegant taste , of these untaught females . "
Their native modesty , assisted by a proper sense of religion and morality , instilled into their youthful minds by John Adams , has hitherto preserved these interesting people perfectly chaste and free from all kinds of debauchery . Adams assured the
visitors , that since Christian ' s death there had not been a single instance of any young woman proving unchaste ; nor any attempt at seduction on the part of the men . They all labour while young iu the cultivation of the
ground ; and when possessed of a sufficient quantity of cleared land and of stock to maintain a family , they are allowed to marry , but always with the ccfnsent of Adams , who unites them by a sort of marriage ceremony of his own .
The greatest harmony prevailed in this little society ; their only quarrels , and these rarely happened , being , according to their own expression , quarrels of the mouth : they are honest in their dealings , which consist of bartering different articles for mutual accommodation .
Their habitations are extremely neat : the little village of Pitcairn forms a pretty square , the houses at the upper end of which are occupied by the patriarch John Adams , and his family , consisting of his old blind
wife and three daughters , from fifteen to eighteen years of age , and a boy of eleven ; a daughter of his wife by a former husband , and a son-in-law . On the opposite side is the dwelling of Thursday October Christian ; and in the centre is a smooth verdant
lawn on which the poultry are let loose , fenced in so as to prevent the intrusion of the domestic quadrupeds . All that was done was obviously undertaken on a settled plan , unlike to any thing to be met with on the other islands . In their houses too .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 4, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/4/