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26 December 1770 - 16 January 1771

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Vocabulary of Sumatra


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Vocabulary of Sumatra (continued)

They keep their accounts at Batavia in stivers and dollars; forty-eight stivers make one rix-dollar. The current coin that passes here is made up of doits, dublekes, schillings, Surat and Bengal rupees; ducatoons, and half ducatoons, old and new; Spanish dollars, German crowns, and ducats. These all pass for their full value.

        s. d.
10 doits, 1 dubleke —— 0
3 dublekes, 1 schilling ——   0
4 schillings, 1 Surat rupee ——   2 6
10 dublekes, 8 doits, 1 Bengal rupee 2 3
2 rupees, 8 dublekes, 1 duckatoon 6 8
4 rupees, 4 dublekes, 8 doits, 1 ducat 11 0

As for the Malays and Chinese, they count with sawangs, satalees, soocoos, rupees, and reals.

8 doits, 1 awang, or sawang.      
2 awang, 4 doits, or 2 sawang, 1 arroo, 1 alee, or fatalee.
5 awang, or 2 fatalee, 4 sawang, 1 arroo, 1 socoo, or sasacoo.
3 socoo, 1 rupee; 4 soocoo, 4 awangs, 1 real.  


100 catee, or 125lb. 1 peecol.
27 peecol —— 1 coyang.

One of our midshipmen ran away from us here, and it was suspected that he was the person who cut off Ortons ears.

On the 26th of December, we weighed anchor, and sailed from the bay of Batavia; and, on the 5th of January, 1771, we arrived and anchored at Princes Island, on the east side, (the water of which was very deep close to the shore) and staid there till the 16th. Here we were plentifully supplied with turtle, and fine fish of different sorts; cocoa-nuts, plantains, mangoes, limes and lemons: also with deer about the size of a calf; and a sort of smaller deer about as large as a rabbit, which ate much like them: a great quantity of poultry, with which the island abounds; young Indian corn, Tagaree, sugar, and some ducks. Their turtles were very lean, and far inferior to those we caught on the coast of New Holland, which I supposed might be owing to their having been kept long in crawles. We had also very fine water-melons, and bread-fruit, which would have been better had it not been so young.

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