The cabinet of biography; comprising memoirs and characteristic anecdotes

9781150974908: The cabinet of biography; comprising memoirs and characteristic anecdotes
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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. 183? edition. Excerpt: ...bear, but they never have yet had power to turn me from my purpose."-In the humble situation of a corporal of marines, to which he submitted rather than forego an opportunity of rare occurrence, he made with Captain Cook the voyage of the world; and feeling on his return an anxions desire of penetrating from the northwestern coast of America, which Cook had partly explored, to the eastern coast, he determined to traverse the vast continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. With no more than ten guineas in his purse, he departed from England on this arduous enterprise towards the close of the year 1786; and after more than a year's hard travel, he had reached the coast of the Kamtschatkan sea; when, for reasons never explained, he was seized by order of the Empress of Russia; stripped of his clothes, money, and papers; conveyed in a sledge through the deserts of Northern Tartary to Moscow; and thence to the town of Toloehin, on the frontiers of the Polish dominions; where, at parting with his conductors, he was advised to make the hest of his way home to England, if he wished f o escape hanging in Russia. On his arrival in England, he immediately waited on Sir Joseph Banks, on whose generosity he had repeatedly drawn in the course of his travels, for his means of subsistence. Sir Joseph, knowing his disposition, and conceiving that he would be gratified hy the information, told him that he could recommend him, he believed, to an adventure almost as perilous as that from which he had just returned. He then communicated to Ledyard the wishes of the Association for discovering the inland countries of Africa. Mr. Ledyard replied, that it had always been his determination to traverse the continent of Africa as soon as he had explored the interior...

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