Immediately after my return from Africa, the acting Committee of the Association,* taking notice of the time it would require to prepare an account in detail, as it now appears; and being desirous of gratifying, as speedily as possible, the curiosity which many of the Members were pleased to express concerning my discoveries, determined that an epitome, or abridgement of my travels, should be forthwith prepared from such materials and oral communications as I could furnish, and printed for the use of the Association; and also that an engraved Map of my route should accompany it. A memoir, thus supplied and improved, was accordingly drawn up in two parts, by members of the Association, and distributed among the Society: the first, consisting of a narrative, in abstract, of my travels,

* This Committee consists of the following Noblemen and Gentlemen : Earl of Moira, Lord Bishop of Landaff, Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society; Andrew Stewart, Esq. F. R. S. and Bryan Edwards, Esq. F. R.S. Concerning the original institution of the Society itself, and the progress of discovery, previous to my expedition, the fullest informa. tion has already been given in the various publications which the Societyhave caused to be made.

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by Bryan Edwards, Esq. ; the second, of Geographical illustrations of my progress, by Major James Rennell, F. R. S. Major Rennell was pleased also to add a Map of my route, constructed in conformity to my own observations, and sketches, freed from those errors, which the Major's superior knowledge, and distinguished accuracy in geographical researches, enabled him to discover and correct.

Availing myself therefore on the present occasion, of assistance like this, it is impossible that I can present myself before the Public, with out expressing how deeply and gratefully sensible I am of the honour and advantage which I derive from the labours of those Gentlemen; for Mr. Edwards has kindly permitted me to incorporate, as occasion offered, the whole of his narrative into different parts of my work; and Major Rennell, with equal good will, allows me to embellish and elucidate my Travels, with the Map beforementioned.

Thus aided and encouraged, I should deliver this volume to the world, with that confidence of a favourable reception, which no merits of my own could authorize me to claim; 'were I not apprehensive that expectations have been formed by some of my subscribers, of discoveries to be unfolded, which I have not made, and of wonders to be related, of which Iam utterly ignorant. There is danger that those who feel a disappointment of this nature, finding less to astonish and amuse in my book, than they had promised to themselves beforehand, will not even allow me the little merit which I really possess. Painful as this circumstance may prove to my feelings, I shall console myself under it, is the distinguished persons, under whose auspices I entered on my mission, shall allow that I have executed the duties of it to their satisfaction ; and that they consider the Journal, which I have now the honourto present to them to be, what I have endeavoured to make it, an honest and faithful report of my proceedings and observations in their service, from the outset of my journey to its termination.

M. P.


Mandingoes.-Some Account of the Trade between

the Nations of Europe, and the Natives of Africa

by the way of the Gambia, and between the Native

Inhabitants of the Coast and the Nations of the inte-

rior Countriestheir mode of selling and buying, &c.

p. 21


The Author sets out from Pisaniahis Attendants-rea-

ches Jindey.-Story related by a Mandingo Negro.-

Proceeds to Medina, the Capital of Woolli.—


view with the King.Saphies or Charms.Proceeds

to Kolor.- Description of Mumbo Jumbo-arrides

at Koojarwrestling Match.-Crosses the Wilder-

ness, and arrives at Tallika, in the Kingdom of Bon-


P. 42

King's Brother-the Author's detention at Teesee-

some Account of that Place and its Inhabitants

Incidents which occurred there.-Rapucious Conduct

of Tiggity Sego towards the Author on his Depar-

ture.— Sets out for Kooniakary, the Capital of the

Kingdom.-Incidents on the Road, and Arrival at


p. 110

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