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[BLENKINSOP (Adam)]. A Transport Voyage to the Mauritius and back; touching at the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena. By the Author of "Paddiana;" "A Hot-Water Cure," etc.1851

London: John Murray, First Edition, frontispiece of the ship on the fifteenth morning, vii, [1], 303, [1] pp., original cloth, gilt, hinges a little frayed, all edges gilt, a nice bright copy. The author set sail from Cork to Port Louis in Mauritius. On the homeward journey he sailed for Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and hr gives a short account of what existed in the town at this period. He considered that the old name of Algoa Bat was far more suitable; and depreciated the custom of renaming places in Africa, which was so prevalent at this time. Dr. Blenkinsop made a stay of some duration at Cape Town, and gives a description of the town and its inhabitants, making some facetious remarks on what is termed the "posterial luxuriance" of some of the females of the country. Continuing the journey home he called at St. Helena, describing James Town, and steered for Ascension Island, which he calls "a desolate island". The small British settlement there, "exhibits the striking contrast of a green patch on the burnt soil, with a few neat white houses." Mendelssohn, p.136; Toussaint and Adolphe, Bibliography of Mauritius, D165.

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