Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

length of the whale-bone kind came in, which (as I was informed), besides a vast quantity of oil, did afford 500 weight of baleen. The jaws of it stand for a gate in the garden of Pitferren.” – SIBBALD’S FIFE AND KINROSS.

“Myself have agreed to try whether I can master and kill this Sperma-ceti whale, for I could never hear of any of that sort that was killed by any man, such is his fierceness and swiftness.” -RICHARD STRAFFORD’S LETTER FROM THE BERMUDAS. PHIL. TRANS. A.D. 1668

“Whales in the sea God’s voice obey.” – N. E. PRIMER.

“We saw also abundance of large whales, there being more in those southern seas, as I may say, by a hundred to one; than we have to the northward of us.” – CAPTAIN COWLEY’S VOYAGE ROUND THE GLOBE, A.D. 1729

“… and the breath of the whale is frequently

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