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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Descent upon Kambah

Descent upon Kambah.

On the 3d of April the whole fleet passed Kambah, on their way to Kiuva where the Vunivalu had ordered his Feejeean army to join them. There they remained till the 7th, when the united forces proceeded to Kambah. It is probable that there were upwards of a thousand Feejeeans, and about two thousand Tongans. The Feejeeans went inland to attack a long fence which was made across a neck of land at some distance from the town. King George and his party, with the Vunivalu, went with their canoes to effect a landing to the north of Kambah within the long fence, opposite to the small town of Koroi page 11 Thumu. Their landing was announced to us by a terrible volley of musketry, which we heard at Vewa, a distance of about ten miles. Knowing the King's purpose to invest the town, and the strength of the well-provisioned party in the town, we expected a long siege. In a short time, however, we were aroused by shouts stating that the smaller town was in flames. We passed over the island to see, and found that Kambah also was burning.