TO MY MOTHERLAND.
general term for money. The value of the dollar and
its fractions, as well as English currency, is well under.
stood and appreciated: it is fast getting to be the
same at Abbeokuta.
The present King of Lagos is called Docemo. He
was placed in the position by the late Consul Campbell,
after his brother Kosoko was deposed for warring
against the English, and for his participation in the
slave-trade. Kosoko has still a few adherents, particu¬
larly among the Europeans: only the guns of H. M.
gun-boat " Brune," lying always in the river, preserve
the present King his position. Kosoko lives not far
from Lagos : he is said to be cruel and tyrannical, and
still claims to be the legitimate King of the place.
On the morning of the first of August I made a
visit to his Majesty King Docemo. Lieut. Lodder, the
acting Consul, sent a messenger to his Majesty, inform¬
ing him of the intended visit, and asking his permis¬
sion, which being obtained, a party, consisting of the
Commander of the " Brune," the Paymaster of H. M.
S. S. " Medusa," the acting Consul and myself, pro¬
ceeded. We were received in the reception-room, and
some chairs, intended solely for such occasions, (for
neither the King nor the members of his household sit
on chairs,) were offered us. After waiting a few min¬
utes, his Majesty, tastefully arrayed in a cloth of plaid