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The Diary of James Brogden, August 1871 – December 1872

25 September 1871

25 September 1871

We made on horseback, on Monday to the wonderful pass and precipice about 7 miles distant, and there saw an unequalled scene viewing the other side of the island, and the grant facade of a wonderful chain of volcanic rocks which are perpendicular for some miles. Below were some sugar plantations on the plains. In the evening we dined with Prince David who is supposed to be the most likely to succeed the present King Kamehamra Vth. He speaks English quite well. The little town is a curiosity, and it a mixture between English and Chinese, which made it interesting, but it is soon seen. The climate is very warm and does not vary more than 20° between summer and winter. The residents say it is charming. The society is a reading and intellectual one. It was evident Queen Emma reads is fond of reading from her library. Civilisation is advanced here, and I believe that religious matters have more attention than at home, for you will find all sects here. The King enforces the observance of the Sabbath. We sailed away on Monday night being one day longer than expected now on board the “Nevada”, having the best accommodation we have yet met with. It became so hot, we cannot bear page 19 to sit below, our only resource is to read. I have to read up some important matters.