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“To do something to instruct, but more to undeceive, the timid and admiring student;--
to excite him to place more confidence in his own strength, and less in the infallibility
ef great names;--to help him to emancipate his judgment from the shackles of authority;
--to teach him to distinguish between shewy language and sound sense;—-to warn hin
not to pay himself with words;–to shew him, that what may tickle the ear or dazzle
the imnagination, will not always inform the judgment;--to dispose him rather to fast on

ignorance than to feed himself with error.”
Fragment on Gorernment.

JANUARY TO DECEMBER INCLUSIVE.

1816.

VOLUME XI.

HACKNEY :
Printed for the Editor, by Ann Stower,
PUBLISHED BY she RwooD, NEELY AND Jo N Es,
PATERNOSTER ROW.
1816.

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Account of the Mutineers in the Boum-
ty, 1789.
(From the Quarterly Review.)
is well known that in the year
1789 his Majesty's armed vessel
the Bounty, while employed in con-
veying the bread fruit tree from Ota-
heite to the British colonies in the
West Indies, was taken from her cont-
mander, Lieutenant William Bligh,
by a part of the crew, who, headed
by Fletcher Christian, a master's
mate, mutinied off the island of To-
foa, put the lieutenant, with the re-
mainder of the crew, consisting of .
eighteen persons, into the launch,
which after a passage of 1200 leagues,
providentially arrived at a Dutch set-
tlement on the Island of Timor. The
mutineers, twenty-five in number,
were supposed, from some expres-
sions which escaped them, when the
launch was turned a-drift, to have
made sail towards Otaheite. As soon
as this circumstauce was known to
the Admiralty, Captain Edwards was
ordered to proceed in the Pandora to
that Island, and endeavour to discover
and bring to England the Bounty,
with such of the crew as he might
be able to secure. On his arrival in
March, 1791, at Matavai Bay, in
Otaheite, four of the mutineers came
voluntarily on board the Pandora to
surrender themselves ; and from in-
formation given by them, ten others
(the whole number alive upon the
island) were, in the course of a few
days taken; and with the exception
of four, who perished in the wreck of
the Pandora, near Endeavour Strait,
conveyed to England for trial before
a court martial, which adjudged six
of them to suffer death, and acquitted
the other four.
From the accounts given by these
men, as well as from some documents
that were o: it appeared that
as soon as Lieutenant Bligh had been

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driven from the ship, the twenty-five mutineers proceeded with her to Toobouai, where they proposed to settle; but the place being found to hold out little encouragement, they returned to Otaheite, and having there laid in a large supply of stock, they once more took their departure for Toobouai, carrying with them eight men, nine women and seven boys, natives of Otaheite. They commenced, on their second arrival, the building of a fort, but by divisions among themselves and quarrels with the natives, the design was abandoned. Christian, the leader, also very soon dis

covered that his authority over his

accomplices was at an end ; he there-
fore proposed that they should return
to Otaheite ; that as many as chose
it should be put on shore at that
island, and that the rest should pro-
ceed in the ship to any other place
they might think proper. Accord-
ingly they once more put to sea, and
reached Matavai on the 20th of Sep-
tember, 1789.
Here sixteen of the five and twenty
desired to be landed, fourteen of
whom, as already mentioned, were
taken on board the Pandora ; of the
other two, as reported by Coleman,
(the first who surrendered himself to
Captain Edwards) one had been made
a chief, killed his companion, and
was shortly afterwards murdered him-
self by the natives.
Christian, with the remaining eight
of the mutineers, having taken on
board several of the natives of Ota-
heite, the greater part women, put
to sea on the night between 21st and
22d September, 1789; in the morn-
ing the ship was discovered from
Point Venus, steering in a north-wes-
terly direction; and here terminate
the accounts given by the mutineers
who were either taken or surrendered
themselves at Matavai Bay. They

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