1843, HENRY T. CHEEVER: “THE SPORT IS SO ATTRACTIVE AND FULL OF WILD EXCITEMENT”

Henry Cheever of Maine is best known as the author of The Whale and His Captors (1850), written a few years after Cheever voyaged the Pacific on a whaler; Captors was an important source for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Cheever’s Life in the Sandwich Islands, his follow-up book, was published in 1851 later and includes this…