Memories of New Zealand Life

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byEdwin Hodder

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1862 Excerpt: ... FOUB MONTHS AT SEA. Most people who go abroad seem to start with the fixed determination to bore themselves and the world at large with unreadable and prolix details of their voyages, just as if anybody cared to know that the steam-tug " William" or "Mary" took the vessel out of dock, or that on a certain day, at a given hour, the pilot went ashore. Then they will persist in recording the exact latitude and longitude in which events happened, as if the whole world had resolved to doubt the accuracy of any statement unless backed by figures which they were determined in every instance to prove. It is not a matter of deep moment to the general reader whether a ship travelled at eight or eleven knots an hour, or whether the wind blew from the N.E. or S. W. Ask one of these travellers, a month after he has beea B ashore, if he can recollect what he was doing, or what was being done, in latitude this and longitude that, what rate the ship was going, and how the wind blew, and he will wonder that such a question should be asked. "He couldn't tax his memory with such things," nevertheless supposing, as a matter of course, his readers would; therefore, I shall try and steer clear of all such details, and merely generalize, save only when an incident occurs which I shall feel morally bound to give with exactness. I went on board the "John Blank," a very Gershom, knowing nobody, and nobody knowing me. It was one of the most miserable days within my recollection when the vessel left England. A nasty drizzling sleet was falling, a north-east wind was searching with a deadly vengeance among the very marrow of one's bones, and a dense fog, of that jaundice-looking kind which seems as if it were disease in form, was hanging over the Thames. It is nothing to anybody what m...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1862 Excerpt: ... FOUB MONTHS AT SEA. Most people who go abroad seem to start with the fixed determination to bore themselves and the world at lar...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217235816

ISBN - 13:9780217235815

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