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Duhaut-Cilly's Account of California in the Years 1827 to 1828 : From the California Historical Society Quarterly

Duhaut Cilly, Auguste Bernard 1790 to 1849 / Translated from the French By Charles Franklin Carter

Published by California Historical Society Quarterly 1827 / Reprint / FBRE Ltd., A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT, 1827

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Modern archival reprint of original edition, no other publication date marked. 109 pages. Paper / Soft cover reprint edition in very good or better condition, slight wear to edges. Overall good copy of this scarce title. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Excerpt from the author's preface/introduction: In 1824, Rio-Rio,-1 king of the Sandwich Islands, moved by an impulse of curiosity, and also, perhaps, by some thought of interest, went to England in a whaling vessel which had put into a harbor of one of his islands. He was accompanied by his wife, his ministers Karimakou and Boki, and a Frenchman named R. who served him as interpreter and secretary. Arrived at London, he became an object of curiosity and ridicule. The great invited him in order to amuse themselves at his expense, and to show him off like a rare animal; reviewers took cognizance of his presence to fill their sheets with smart and laughable articles; capitalists rested on his ignorance hopes which were not realised; and the government paid, to a great extent, his expenses, with the object of profiting by the circumstance, and obtaining from him privileges and advantages for English commerce, to which the fertility of the archipelago of the Sandwich Islands might offer a fine prospect. But before any negotiations were entered upon Rio-Rio and his wife were taken ill with the small-pox and died of the malady? The retinue of the king, with his embalmed body and that of the queen, were sent back to the Sandwich Islands, on H. B. M. frigate, Blonde, and a consul was accredited there with the title of consul general of all the islands of the Pacific Ocean. M. R having remained in London, sought to profit by his position to his personal advantage, and spread the report that, before dying, King Rio-Rio had bestowed upon him the power to contract, in his name or in that of his successor, an exclusive treaty of commerce with any government or company which might wish to undertake this business; but although the moment was the most favorable possible, since at that time a great number of enterprises of this kind were being formed in London, and upon foundations much more foolish, he was unsuccessful in his intrigues. Thwarted in his hopes, he came to Paris where were his family, and there began anew to speak of his powers, and of the splendid profits which were to be obtained from an expedition to the Sandwich Islands, to the coast of California and that of the northwest of America. The owner of a privateer, without credit and business standing, was the first to take up this project, but as he would have been obliged to apply to others, in order to obtain the necessary funds, and as they did not wish his name to appear among their own more worthy ones, he grew disgusted on account of this hard condition, and was removed definitely and took no part in it. The expedition which I shall relate was undertaken by the Messrs. Javal, bankers, Martin Lafitte, of Le Hiivre, and Jacques Lafitte,3 whose love for the general good, rather than the desire to increase his own great wealth, led him to furnish the capital, in the expectation of establishing a new branch of industry and a new opening to French commerce. A treaty in which M. R granted, in the name of the government of the Sandwich Islands, immense advantages to those interested, was signed at Paris, near the close of 1825. He promised, among other things, a share in the profits on the merchandise which should be exported; the improving of vast reaches of land which he said he owned in the islands; the monopoly of sandalwood which was the main source of wealth of those lands; and many other dazzling proffers. Without lending entire faith to these brilliant prospects, these gentlemen believed, nevertheless, they saw a possibility of being able to establish relations with this archipelago which might become of great importance to our commerce in g. Bookseller Inventory # 5022048

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Title: Duhaut-Cilly's Account of California in the ...

Publisher: California Historical Society Quarterly 1827 / Reprint / FBRE Ltd., A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT

Publication Date: 1827

Binding: Scarce Title.

Illustrator: Some b/w Illustrations

Edition: C: clean and unmarked Text.

Book Type: California Culture / History

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