Account of a Voyage of Discovery

to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island

Author: Basil Hall
Published: 1818
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,213 / 306 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.1
LoC Category: DS
Downloads: 1,789
Added to site: 2009.06.07
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Genre: History
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hed with reeds and straw, tied down by straw ropes. These huts are not disposed in streets, but are scattered about without order, and without any neatness, or cleanliness, and the spaces between them are occupied by piles of dirt and pools of muddy water. The valley in which this comfortless village is situated is, however, pretty enough, though not wooded; the hills forming it are of an irregular shape, and covered at top with grass and sweet-scented flowers; the lower parts are cultivated with millet, buckwheat, a kind of French bean, and tobacco, which last grows in great quantity; and here and there is a young oak-tree.

We saw bullocks and poultry, but the natives would not exchange them for our money, or for any thing we had to offer. They refused dollars when offered as a present, and, indeed, appeared to set no value upon any thing we shewed them, except wine glasses; but even these they were unwilling to receive. One of the head men appeared particularly pleased with a glass, which, after a go

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