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N 24 CRITICAL REVIEW.
A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and round
the World; in which the coast of North-West America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed. Undertaken by his Majesty's Command, principally with a View to ascere tain the Existence of any navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795, in the Discovery Sloop of War, and armed Tender Chatham, under the Command of Captain George Vancouver. 3 Vols. Royal 4to. With a Volume of Maps and Charts done up separately in Folio. 61. 6s. Boards. Robinsons. 1798.
The confident assertions of some pretended navigators, the hints and suspicions of philosophers, and, above all, the great importance of the discovery of a passage from the Northern Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, induced the government of this country to send two vessels to renew the examination of the coast in different latitudes. When we investigated the subject in our review of Cook's last voyage *, we were confident that no such passage could exist. From a comparison of his easternmost longitudes with the observations in Hụd. son's Bay, it was highly probable that more than 1500 miles of land intervened between the two seas. When Mr. Meares revived, with so much apparent probability, the existence of the straits of John de Fuca, in the same parallel with lake Winnipeg, and when we again confidered Slave Lake as the poffible source of Cook's river, we expressed our doubts whether at least some inland communication might not exist. These doubts, however, vanished, and our former confidence was restored, when the members of the Hudson's Bay company published accounts of the land to the west of their factories. We not only find, from their information, that the distance between the seas is much greater than we had supposed, but that very high mountains, from north to fouth,
* See Crit. Rev. Vol. LVIII. p. 1. CRIT. Rey, Vol. XXIV, Sept.