The last voyage of Capt. Sir John Ross to the Arctic regions; for the discovery of a north west passage, performed in the years 1829-30-31-32 and 33 ... Captns. Ross, Parry & other celebrated navi

 
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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. 1835 Excerpt: ...their physiognomy, might be supposed tu be as deficient in those virtues as an English bishop in humility--a courtier in sincerity--a nun in chastity--or an author in riches. It might have been supposed that, from the time when Capt. Ross left "the heath-covered mountains of Scotia," to that most auspicious moment of his life, when he found himself Commander of the Victory in Felix Harbour, the experience must, at some particular period of that time, have burst upon him, that a more fallacious criterion of the intrinsic goodness and virtue of,an individual cannot be consulted, than the form of visage, with which it has pleased nature to endow him; but notwithstanding, that the truth of that position amounts to al most proverbial validity, yet there are very few, who are not regulated by it in their estimation of the character of the individual, with whom he is suddenly thrown into contact, and who does not in some measure regulate his conduct according to the opinion, which he may then have prematurely, and unjustly formed. The four ill-favoured Esquimaux had no sooner presented themselves before Capt. Ross, than in his own mind, he determined them to be consummate thieves, and that they had like the gypsies, pitched their dwelling in his vicinity, as holding out the greatest prospect of carrying on their buccaneering exploits to the utmost profit and advantage. It was in vain to tell him that their peculiar physiognomy was as natural to them, as red hair and high cheek bones were to the natives of his own country; it was a direct loss of time, to expostulate with him on the injustice and impropriety of holding a man to be a thief, before he had given some distinct proofs that the character really belonged to him; and further, that as he professed...

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