Excerpt from Some Recollections: With Illustrations In this book it has been my endeavour to recall the circumstances of life in the Navy in the middle of the nineteenth century, and also to tell the reader something about the islands of the Western Pacific as they were before they attracted the attention of distinguished men of letters. In both cases the conditions dealt with in the following pages have more or less completely passed away. They have, as far as I am aware, been rarely recorded in detail by those who could speak from personal kwledge of them; and it is hoped that this book will supplement such accounts as are already in existence. An early portion of the work is devoted to what is purely family history, which, it is believed, will be considered suitable and becoming in a book that is meant to be an autobiographical narrative. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.