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EDINBURGH ROYAL DAYS ENTERTAINMENTS. [The knowledge we had of our friend Omai keeping a journal of the occurrences at Edinburgh during the King's Visit, induced us to ask his permission to make part of it public. To this he cheerfully consented, and perhaps the more readily, that by this means his countrymen will have the pleasure of seeing it a year earlier, than if he had carried it home, and printed it at Otaheite. The only freedom we permitted ourselves to take with it, was to lighten the uniformity of the narrative, by the addition of titles to mark the beginning of the different days, and the suggestion of the general title, with which last Omai seemed much pleased, and is accordingly to retain it when the work is reprinted in his own country.]-C. N.

THE SECOND VOYAGE OF OMAI, THE TRAVELLER. I, Omar, the son of the son of Omai, ock ; and it was not Edinburgh ; but the traveller, who was the friend of Glasgow is between, and that is a city the great Cook, and beloved by the of a great people, who spin cotton King of the great island of Britain, clothes for all the world. But I, Omai, having related in a book what I saw did not stay at Glasgow, but came in my former voyage, and printed it through a river, in a boat drawn by for the use of my countrymen, to make horses, which sails to the island of them wise. Also, the powerful King Edinburgh, for all the people were Pouree, chief of all the chiefs of the hastening to Edinburgh, to see the island of Otaheite, having read my great King of all the world, the King book, for he was learned by the mis- who lives at London island, and makes sionary men to read printed books, as the laws of Parliament. And though if they spoke, he was fond of me, I, Omai, knew the great city of EdinOmai; gave me, Omai, though only burgh, it was no more the same, for a chief, a cap with seventeen scarlet the people were all rejoiced to see so feathers of the Papaw, and conferred great a King; they looked also so hapon me, Omai, the honour of command- py, that Omai was glad at heart ; and ing his royal Majesty's great double every person, both young and old, had gun canoe, with the ball cannons. Al heath in their hats, by way of ornaso the great Pouree said to me, that I, ment. If Omai be asked what this is, Omai, must go again to the island of he will tell. It is a kind of grass, Edinburgh, to bring from the illustri- called heather, with red purple flowers, ous Morton more of his plough instru. and that is heath. And all this people, ments for the cultivation of the land, who are the sons of chiefs, wore stars and a waggon cart painted with red on their breasts, as the great Erees of paint, for the use of his royal household; the King do: and this star is of silk and cannon.guns to kill the Dutch, and silver, curiously stitched, and it is when they are enemies, for they are like two fingers put across one another, bad men, because their ships steal, and because it was the cross of St Andrew. they live at the island of Amsterdam Who St Andrew is, I, Omai, have also and Java. And because the good Cap- read, because his name is in the Bible tain Fraser and his ship was not at book; and he was the first missionary Otaheite, therefore Captain Smith, who came to teach the islanders of even from Greenock, which is au Edinburgh the true religion, and to island beyond Edinburgh, he was my say questions out of Catechism. They captain. He was a great man, because that wore this cross were very numehe was from Argyle, and slept in a ca- rous, because all this people are noble, bin-room by himself, and had no equal and the great King of London or Briin the ship ; and he was good and taip he is their father. How this is, kind to me, Omai, because I was the I, Omai, cannot understand ; but I favourite of the king, and wise, even saw it in a newspaper book, printed in among the missionary men of Ota- black letters, that his name is George heite.

Fourth, the Father of his People, thereAnd after a very long sail, the great fore it must be true. ship of Captain Smith came to Green- And I, Omai, the son of the son of Vol. XII.

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the great Omai, who was known to That I, Omai, might not forget the this King's father, I took off my sail- wonderful things which I now saw, I, ing dress of trowsers; and the tailor Omai, resolved to write it all in a book inan on the shore of Leith, his name to learn my own people how to receive is Kirkgate-what nimble fingers that their King; and I therefore went with man has She sewed me a blue coat, my captain to buy a white book for with buttons of gold, and the image of writing. And the man that sold it to a crown upon them, unlike cloth but- me, his name is Tomson, and he tons, or those of the sailor-men, and makes all the maps of the country at put St Andrew's star on my coat. I, the post-office, behind the Church of Omai, also put the heather of broom Tron; and the book contained 150 in

my hat; and the vest, that is for leaves of paper for writing, and was the belly, it was white, with coverings covered with red skin. for my legs of yellow, called nankeen ; And Captain Smith, he took me to and then I, Omai, was like a chief of see the great King's palace, which is a many, and the friend of the King. stone house, near a mountain called

And many pieces were made with Salisbury Craigs, and at the bottom the King's head upon them, for joy of the Calton mountain, where is the that the King was to come. And they round house of Nelson and the priwere white and silver, their name be- sons. How fine a house is a palace ! ing medals.

And nobody went out -how many windows it has—and the without these medals, and they hung crowns for light, and the boxes for round the neck by a ribbon ; the ladies the soldiers, how curiously formed are also wore them, for they were pretty; they !—it would take me, Omai, all and I, Omai, had four of different sizes, my life to describe them ; for the all at one ribbon, because the King's Kings of this great island are true father was the friend of the father of Kings of the world, and the Kings of the father of me, Omai.

India are their servants. And I, Omai, The number of coach houses that saw the chiefs of the King's palace ; came with the chiefs who could not and they had black and red dresses, walk to see the King, was very great and had round black sticks in their who could count them! and many had hands, and gold names on them. And four horses, like the coaches of mail ; other chiefs had petticoats of different red and yellow men were on their backs colours in spots, rolled round them, to keep them steady, with long sticks which did not cover them all, because in their hands to shew their dignity, part of them was naked, and their legs and hats with corners called in English were bare. And these were proud cocks. These were very great men in- men, and wore not a hat like me, deed, and much grander than those in Omai, nor red soldiers' caps, but only the inside of the coaches, and there is bonnets, which is cloth, like a turban, none like them in Otaheite, for their and a goose feather stood out before, breeches are red and black, and they to shew they were learned men and are stout people, whose name could write. And some of them carfunkies, in the language of the people ried round tables in their hands to of this island, as Captain Smith told write upon when the King ordered, me, Omai. And every great chief, and and swords were fixed under their every great chief's wife, keeps some of arms, and no guns but pistols, which these grand men who are of a pecu- are small guns. Another piece of coliar race, for they cannot want them; loured cloth was rolled round their and John Haulyard, the captain's bodies like the men of Otaheite ; but mate of the ship, he called them they wore little aprons of hairy skins, beefeaters, because they are fed on to show that they were Celts, and not beef to make them fat, and they can men of the island of Edinburgh. They eat nothing else. And their heads are are also called clans or tribes, because covered with the white meal of flour, they follow different chiefs ; only the and grease ; and it is the same with the King is the chief of all. The music men of Hottentot, at the Cape, only of the clans also, it is not true music, Hottentot men use the black powder for it is loud, and drones without any of soot. But I, Omai, do not admire tune at all, and this is called pipes, either, because the colour is red powder which are skins blown up by wind in Otaheite.

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squeezed out through reeds by a strong man's arm; and it resembled the moaning and crying of a hog when it is going to be killed ; and the man

The Grand entry and Fire-works. who blows is named Piper, because he And next day all the people got up pipes and walks proud.

very early and crowded to the sea-side And when the day came for the to see the King land, as a king had not King's ship to appear on the sea, all been seen in the island of Edinburgh the people of the island ran to the for many great ages. At mid-day, theretops of the hills. And the other ships fore, the King, who was waiting till all on the sea that were waiting were all his people had come, was brought to covered with flags and ribbons, to be the pier of Leith where the ships come, beautiful in the King's sight, and to in a grand canoe rowed by chiefs. And please him, for the King must not see all the chief Erees of the island were things as they really are, only his mi- waiting to receive the King, and cloth nisters and viziers. And I, Omai, was was spread for him to walk on. Then on the Calton, where the cannon were, there was another sea-battle ; and the and the blue soldiers ; and the mo ships fired, and the great Castle, and ment the King's ships appeared, they all the people shouted for the King ; knew he would be pleased to see how and he was very glad, and took his they could fight his enemies : and Erees by the hand, and looked kind they all fired off their cannons at one upon them, and went into his coach another; it was a sea-fight, and the to ride through the great city of Edinsea was covered with smoke, so that burgh._And the great Eree who is I, Omai, could see nothing, though I called Thane, that is, little King, of had the telescope glass of Eree Jar- the island of Fife, he was there, for I, dine, that brings ships near the Ob- Omai, knew him, and he is the friend servatory house.

The cannon guns of the King and me, Omai. on the Calton also fired at the Castle, And this is a procession, when the and made a louder noise than the sea King goes with his nobles and his cannons, and the Castle fired at the guards in the midst of his subjects, cannons of the Calton. The noise in- that they may see him. And all the deed was terrible, and the ladies were streets were filled with people more afraid. And the men that lighted the than could be counted without a slate cannons were soldiers of the King, and marking; and all the windows of with blue coats, who live in round the streets were filled with beautiful tents, that is cloth fixed to the ground. ladies, young and old, looking glad; They are brave men with swords, and scaffolds also of wood like the seats of not afraid to touch the cannon. And a church were along all the road where it rained heavily though the great the King was to go. And they were King's ship was there ; and the ladies, full of Erees, the chiefs of the people, that is women, ran down from the the wise unen of the country and their bill to go home, for their clothes are children. And all the King's people not made for keeping out rain, but were clothed in white breeches, with only for ornament. And the strcets stars of St Andrew on their blue were full of the King's red soldiers, crown coats ; and all had the grass of who ride upon war horses—some were heath in their hats. And the multiblue, some were red, but all looked tude stood quiet, for they respected brave, with long swords for cutting off the King, and are not like the people their enemies' heads when the King of any other country; and there was bids. But I, Omai, was not afraid of no bustle, for the Britons of Edinthe rain, though the Captain said it burgh are men of great consideration. would spoil my gold buttons with the Then the procession came in rows, and crown ; therefore I went home with even the horse soldiers who came first the Captain, to eat and drink for joy their horses kept the rows, because that the King's ship was there. they were sensible horses, and they

And this day there was no more of knew the King was looking at them. the King; for he would not leave his And I, Omai, stood among the people, ship in the rain, and so he told his and looked, and then came the pettichief Erees ; but it was given out and coat-men, who are the King's scribes, printed, that the King would come out with their little tables and pens in of his ship next day.

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rows; and they carried drawn swords, and my captain beside me; and I, Omai two of the King's generals going be- bowed three times very low in the fafore them to let them see how to walk. shion of this people, and the King saw After that came he that I, Omai, took I was a chief, for he smiled and bowfor the King; but it was not the true ed his head even to me, Omai, though King, only a King of Arms, that is the a stranger. Seeing this, I, Omai, cried heralds ; notwithstanding they were as others this prayer aloud, “God save very grand men on horses, and their the King !" and Captain Smith said, trumpeters before them. Then other “Bless your jolly face!" which is the great Erees came, on beautiful horses seamen's way of saying the same praywith long tails ; but none of them was er; and the good King was ready to cry the King ; only one of them carried a for joy, and took off his hat which was ruler in his hand to signify that he one of cocks. And a woman who was ruled all the people for the King. Then behind me, Omai, with small earthen came other great men, all shining in pitchers of water, she was so happy gold and silver, with cloaks, and I, to see “ her ain Geordie,” as she callOmai, said to my captain, surely this ed the King in Scots English, that is the King at last ; but Captain Smith she clapped the pitchers to pieces, forsaid it was only an usher, that is a getting she had them in the joy of the door-keeper, for he carried a white rod King's appearance.

And the crowd to keep the people and dogs from the laughed though the King was passing; King's door. Next came a grand coach but the woman minded not, only she with many horses, but stiil the King sung a loud song, the words of which was not there.

are in the same language, Carle, And I, Omai, thought the King would now the King's come." —And the song never come, and that if he was a grand- is in a printed book of two leaves, er man than those which had gone be- which i, Omai, have seen, though fore, I should not be able to look up- it is not to be understood but by the on him. At last all the people took learned. off their hats and shouted at grand And when the King came to the men walking all in gold with gold axes city gate, which was of wood, and put in their hands ; great men were they, up in a night, then my Lord of Proand each of them might be a King in vosts came with the chiefs of the city, Otaheite. These were the King's ser- to deliver up the keys of the city to vants, who walked before his coach. the King ; for the city had formerly Then there was the King himself sit- doors and gates, and these were the ting in a coach which was split open keys. And I, Omai, saw them, and at the top, and not like a common they were big keys of silver. And the coach; and the horses were led by gen- King stopped and took them, and looktlemen. And the King was not dress- ed at them and gave them back to my ed so rich as his Erees; but he was Lord, and bid him take care to let no plainly dressed, and sat looking with bad men into the island of Edinburgh, pleasure on the people. And next the or he would be angry. And when the King's coach-house were the archer King said this, there was a great noise, men who fight with bows and arrows, and shouting, and praying for the King, for they are the King's guard in his and waving of white cloths from winpalace, where the Grey Scots cannot dow houses.

And they were dressed in And all the great road from the ship shawls like women, that went across town of Leith to the King's Palace, their shoulders, and white rufiles were was crowded by Erees, and ladies, and round their necks like ladies, for them people ; the cries and the prayers conto look sweet before the King ; only tinued with incessant noise; and the their gloves were large, and a bow in good King bowed so often, and looked their hand.

so affected, that I, Omai, the son of And the shouts and the cries grew the son of the great traveller, was glad louder and louder, for all the people when he arrived near his Palace of cried, and the ladies waved white cloths Holyrood. And when the King enfrom the windows, and nobody knew tered his palace-gate, the cannon-men what they did, they were so delighted. lighted their cannons on the hill of And I, Omai, shouted out also, and wa- Calton, and on the crag mountain of ved my hat, and the King heard the Salisbury, and fired with noise, and voice of me, Omai, among the crowd, the people shouted, and took off their

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hats, and waved their arms for joy large letters, that all the King's subthat the King had come to his palace; jects should go and see the King's firefor a king had not entered that palace works, which were to be fired out of for a hundred years and a half, because joy for the King. And the Captain he did not know, and nobody told him, said he would take me, for I would be that he had such a palace in the island delighted, there being no such thing of Edinburgh, out of London, where in Otaheite ;-90, after I, Omai, had the laws are made. And I, Omai, all eaten of the roasted flesh of cows, callthis time eat no meat, except the fruit ed steak-beef, in a tavern-house, and of vegetables, called pears and apples, drunk the wine of porter, and other which an old man gave me for money ; grog wines, till I felt brave and strong, and yet I was not hungry, for I could I, Omai, went to the place of the firenever give over looking upon the King works. and his Erees, and the people, so And this place is the house of the grand were they, and the ladies so King's effigy or representative in the beautiful, shining like the spray of the island of Edinburgh-that is the Lord sea at Bolabola.

of Provost -it is a square surrounded And the Great King, after resting by iron sticks, which are black, and himself in his palace and speaking to has trees in the centre like a garden, the great Erees, who are his effigies or and there was the wooden fire-works. representatives in the island of Edin- The name of the place is Charlotte, in burgh, went to his sleeping house to the language of the country, which eat his dinner. This house, or palace, means a woman's name. And the was at a neighbouring city, called Dal- crowd of people that were there would keith, because it is six miles from the have filled a hundred islands like Otaisland of Edinburgh. And I, Omai, heite ; for Captain Smith said they had was told, that before the good King come in fire ships of steam from all went away, he was so much surprised the neighbouring islands, to see the and delighted, and overcome with his great King and his fire-works. And reception, by a people, who my Cap- rolls of fire called squibs, which went tain said, would all die rather than a off with a noise, they were running hair of his head was hurt, that he and hissing among the people, and no burst into tears, and said that he loved man could stop them. And I, Omai, the Scots-English beyond all the other was at first afraid ; but the ladies that nations he governed, because his fa- were there were not afraid, for they thers had of old time been their own are Britons of the island of Edinburgh; kings, and he was proud of being the so I, Omai, thought that it would not kinsman of so true a people, with do for the son of the son of the great white breeches and blue coats.

Omai, the friend of Britons, to be terAnd I, Omai, waited in the Park of rified by squib fire, and I only started the King, which is at the palace, all at the noise. And Captain Smith said, this time ; for the good King looked as “ Fire away, my hearties,” which is the if he wished to speak to me, Omai, sea way of speaking to crowds, when when I saw him pass, and when I they are squibbing, said the prayer for him on the walk of At last the great men, or magicians, Leith. It was also foolish in me, who make the fire, began ; and the Omai, that I did not bring a letter rocket fires spouted high in the air, from King Pouree ; but Omai did not and, when very high, fell in little balls think of ever seeing the Great King, like stars, but more beautiful. And who lives in London island, in a palace the people shouted to see the stars fallof gold and silver. So nobody came to ing. After that there was a great blue me from the King; and he rode away fire, which was terrible to look at; in his coach carriage, with four horses, and I, Omai, prepared to run away, like a mail-coach, and his guards rode for it seemed as if the very streets and also away, and it would not have been houses were in a flame, and going to becoming in me, Omai, a stranger, to melt ; but the captain stopped me and hinder them. So I, Omai, went home bid me look, for it would soon go out with Captain Smith. And as I, Omai, of itself, it being only the blue lights. went in the streets, I read on the walls And one David or Davy Jones, he said, a proclamation, that is a printed paper, often put up such blue lights at sea tó like the leaf of a book ; and it said, in decoy ships, that he might get the men

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