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AUSTRALASIA AND POLYNESIA. EXTRACT FROJ THE JOURNAL OF A SECOND VOYAGE FROM
HOBART-TOWN, VAN-DIEJEN'S-LAND, TO NEW-ZEALAND, THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS, AND FEEJEE, COMMENCED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 1810, BY THE REV. JOHN WATER
HOUSE." Having taken an affecting leave of them, was cheerfully complied with. I my family and friends, I went on board was induced especially to do this as an the - Triton." At six p.M. we weighed example to our Missionaries on such oce anchor, and arrived at Port-Arthur next casions, they being the only Pastors of morning at ten.
At ten o'clock we took leave 29th.-1 availed myself of the kind of our hospitable friends, and were condess of Captain Booth, the Commandant, ducted to the vessel, accompanied by a and Jr. Lempriere, the officer next in soldier under arms, according to the cuscharge, and visited all the places. This tom of the place. penal-ettlement is delightfully situated, 30th.--At day-dawn the wind became and the natural scenery varied and ro a little more favourable than it had been ; mantle ; ornamented with a beautiful and, having weighed anchor, in a few church, where our Missionary officiates. hours the wide ocean was our tossing. Captain Booth is a man possessing qua- place; and most of the party soon became lifications of a high order for such a situ- unwell. ation. He was very anxious that I should Nov. 6th-We arrived at Sydney, met see the abole department, both there and with a hearty welcome at the Missionat Point-Puer; and accompanied me, house from Mr. and Mrs. Schofield, and explaining, as we went, the whole sys- proceeded immediately to make prepatem; than which I can conceive nothing rations for our voyage to the islands. (subordinate to the Gospel) better cal 10th.---The Rev. Mr. Cowper, Chapculated to reform the vicious, especially lain, of St. Philip's church, waiied on under the judicious management of Cap- me, to converse on the subject of Christaia Booth. The two officers above- tiau Missions ; and especially to know nared, with the ladies, visited the whether we allowed our Missionaries to “Triton," and expressed themselves engage in land or commercial speculamuch pleased with the accommodations, tions. I told him, that they were imfittings-up, &c. ; but Mrs. Booth seemed peratively prohibited. I reminded him most interested in the portraits of the of the time when I sat under his ministry Ministers which hang in the cabin, and at Rawden, in my native land. He said, especially in that of the Rev. John “Well, I trust you see me the saine Fleteher. I took occasion, from this cir- man, only nearer heaven, I hope, in currstance, to recommend a perusal of his prospect and foretaste : and as for you, life ; Mr. Manton engaging to supply you have reached the highest point of her with it. At seven P.m. I dined with ecclesiastical dignity.”. I availed myself the Commandant and officers at bis house; of the opportunity of hearing him ; and and at half-past nine, proposed, respect- seldom have I heard a more faithful, fully, the reading of the Scriptures and heart-stirring sermon. It was a feast, to prayer, which, though a new thing to hear a Minister venerable through age,
preach with all the zeal and energy of a . The entire Missionary Notices for the pre
young man. 20t month contain two sheets, while our 16th.--We held a Missionary Meetarrangements only allow us to give one. But ing, H. H. M'Arthur, Esq., Member of while we have endeavoured to retain the most Council, being in the chair. The chapel fmo portant portions, we earnestly recommend our readers to procure the Notice in its complete
was crowded, and intense interest was forta; and carefully to read the whole. They manifested. The collections amounted *i!l tind the omitted portions, to be only a lillle
to £30. lm interesting than those whirh we have in
18th.-- We held a valedictory service Serie.--EDIT.
in Macquarie-street chapel, Sydney. The Vol. XXIII. Third Scries. FEBRUARY, 1844.
Rev. D. Ross, Independent, and the sionaries. This station is one of great Rev. M. Saunders, Baptist, took part in importance. the service with our own Ministers.
3d.-We set out early through the 20th.–At six A. M. we weighed an. bush to Waingaroa. Some of the na. chor, and set sail with the Rev. Mr. and tives had gone before, to light a fire about Mrs. Webb for Tonga, viá New-Zea- half-way, and boil us some potatoes. On land. I have received the greatest kind- reaching the spot we threw ourselves on ness from the brethren and friends in nature's carpet, wiping the perspiration Sydney and Paramatta; but am espe from our brows. They brought what cially pleased with the interest they take they call a “go-ashore” (an iron pot) in Missions so dear to me.
filled with hot potatoes; and, having a 25th.--I have had incessant sickness, little salt, each man made free, by putwith violent head-ache, from the time ting his hand into the pot and helping when we left Sydney till this morning, himself. Having had a hearty meal, we owing, in part, to the uncomfortable mo returned thanks, and again girt our loins. tion of our vessel ; which is sadly out of But such bush-work as now presented trim, in consequence of every nook and itself I had never seen before. Now we corner being filled with stores, Nearly climbed the steep, catching at any thing all the sailors have been ill. I am much to prevent a fall; then we descended enfeebled; but it is all well.
precipices frightful to the eye ;-jump29th. We arrived in safety at Kawia, ing over fallen trees, leaping over bogs, New Zealand, after a short but uncom entangled by shrubs, calculating on torn fortable passage ; about four o'clock clothes, thankful for a cap instead of a P. M. we were welcomed at the Mission- hat;-until at last all the muscles and station ; at five o'clock I preached to joints of our bodies called for rest. Thus, the Europeans.
after eight hours' hard travelling, we December 1st.–About four o'clock reached the Mission-station, and were this morning we had a slight shock of an comforted with a pleasing welcome and earthquake, similar to what I felt on my wholesome food, sharing with the lalast visit. Last Friday there were two bouring man at night refreshing sleep. powerful shocks, extending to Aotea and 4th and 5th. -I met the brethren in Waingaroa; on which occasion the the District-Committee; and on the houses shook, and nature seemed con evening of the latter day I held several vulsed in such a manner as our Mission- interesting conversations with the naaries had never before witnessed. The tives. A poro, (Apollos,) a native Teachentire aspect of this part of the land is er, said: “ In our heathen state we sat that of former eruptions.
like beasts in ignorance ; and as dogs, 20.-—The wind being unfavourable for seeing others with something good in getting out, I determined to go with the their mouths, snatch it from them and brethren overland to Waingaroa, and to fight, so we fought and killed each other. meet them in the District-Committee, When a woman was found guilty of leaving the “Triton” till the wind should adultery, the tribes to which the parties be favourable. We finished the first concerned belonged made war and killed day's journey to Aotea, the Rev. Mr. the innocent as well as the guilty. When Turton's station, where a hearty welcome any one broke the tapu, murder was comwas given us. Having taken some re mitted ; when our women were confined, freshment, we spent half an hour in sur we put up a sort of tapu, and if any veying the country; and were much man approached, we allowed him to come pleased with the manner in which their near, and when he retired, we pursued sands had been cultivated, the promising and killed him. In our wars in former crops of potatoes and kumeras, &c. Å times, we were not satisfied with the greater display of industry I had not death of a few of our enemies, but seen in this land. The shades of even- sought for the entire destruction of the ing coming upon us, we retired to the tribe to which they belonged, that we chapel, and by a rude drum or bell called might take possession of their land. the natives together, when I gave a short If murder was committed, we sought reaccount of my visit to other islands, told venge for generations on the children and them what God had done at Vavau, &c., children's children of the murderers. If and urged them to embrace the Gospel, our friends and children died, we consiand give their hearts to God; telling dered them as gods, and looked to them them we wanted to see them happy in for support in war, and supposed they their souls, clean in their persons, indus came and whistled to us. Our Priests trious in their habits, comfortable in their said they could see these gods, and from houses, and showing love to their Mis their appearance could tell whether fe
should be successful. We used to make down between the tribes; then two of as many mounds of earth as we wished the principal men lay their hands on to represent tribes, over which the Priests them, and peace is made. My peace is prayed ; and at night they said the gods of the same kind; but it is liable to incame, and so marked them as to inform terruptions. If old things come upon us what would be the fate of each tribe. me and throw me down, my peace will Those who were slain in battle were cut be broken ; but if they do not, my peace up, as we cut up pigs; to each man was will not be broken, and I shall get to given his share: we then made a fire, heaven." burned off the skin, and when the flesh Hoani Piha (John Fisher) said: “I was cooked, beat it with a stick to make was first led to the house of God by two it soft, and ate it with potatoes. The native Teachers, who were left at Waipa heads we stuck upon posts.” I asked by Mr. W. When I heard them preach, him if he had eaten any. He replied, it deeply affected my heart, and made me “ Yes; and we used to think it sweet, like weep much. I heard a great deal about pork." Pursuing his narrative, he said, repentance. My heart was very dark, “Our attention was first drawn from these and I was very unhappy. I wept, and things by European articles. This com prayed to God to forgive me my sins, for menced at the north, and afterwards the sake of Jesus Christ. After I had found its way down here. The articles prayed a long time, I felt joy spring up vere axes, guns, spades, and pipes. We in my heart, and it was all light. By supposed the musket to be a god, and the living word of God I first found pain were much delighted when we got one. of mind and darkness of heart, and then We thought it would go off by blowing the Spirit of God came to my heart, and into the touch-hole; but when we found gave me peace and joy. By the living ic would not, we applied a piece of burn word of Christ I was born again.” ing stick. It went off immediately; and we Hori Mori (George Morley) said : were sure it was a god. When the mus. “ Formerly I was in another road, and kets came, we began fighting with them bore another likeness. When the new from this place to Kawia and Taranaki, road was pointed out to us by the Miskilling all we met with. As the thing sionaries, I paid no attention to it. But just named came from the north, so did after these stations were broken up, I bethe good things. We heard that wbile gan to think about it, and my sins were we were fighting, Missionaries and their discovered to me about four thousand” followers were praying. By and by Mr. (meaning an immense number). “ They W'. came here, went to Kawia, and re. were like an army come against me to turned by way of Waipa, leaving two kill me, to slay me, to murder me; they native Teachers. Another Teacher came fought against me, and caused me great from Mangungu. Through their in- pain, as two men fight against and beat structions a young Chief embraced each other, and cause pain. I then beChristianity; and at length a number of gan to think of taking to the new reliothers. Afterwards Mr. Woon came, gion, and feeing to Christ. In doing and then Mr. Whiteley and Mr. Wallis; so, I found relief. The Spirit the Comand by their means a great number em furter came to my heart, and I felt love, braced the Gospel. Then the Mission- goodness, joy, and peace. I now love aries left. I did not turn Christian when Christ. I cannot say that the outside they were here ; but I went to look on, man loves Jesus Christ; but the man while a native Teacher was addressing inside loves him.” the people. I saw myself a sinner, and December 6th, Sunday.--I held native thought I should be left behind, as many service in the morning and afternoon. were turning to God. I felt sorry on The number was so great that the chapel account of my sins, and had great dis would not hold them ; consequently they tress of mind. I thought of my friends assembled in the spacious yard connected long since dead, and prayed to God, and with the Mission-house. They were said, “Though my friends are hidden or very serious and attentive, while, through lost, God shall be my friend.' I found Mr. Whiteley, I called on them to rerelief, not by going back to my old prac pent of their sins, to believe on Christ tices, but by looking constantly to God, Jesus, to show their faith by a becoming and remembering that Christ, the Son of conduct, and to cultivate habits of inGod, made the payment for my sins. dustry and cleanliness, which, with at. Then peace was made between God and tention to their houses, would greatly my heart, as peace is made between two add to their comfort. tribes who have been at war. They 8th. -- After the sittings of the Disbreak a stick in two pieces, and lay them trict-Meeting this day, William Naylor,
the leading Chief of this place, a Chris time to grow. He showed me the protian, came to inform me that he had libe cess ; but I have no inclination to adopt rated all his slaves, and wished to know his plan. if I thought it good. I told him that it While we were sitting, an interesting pleased me much ; that God's book re man came with his Testament, and read quired them to let the oppressed go free; St. Paul's words to Timothy : “ This is and that in this instance I should set a true saying, Jf a man desire the office him as an example to the other Chiefs. of a Bishop, he desireth a good work." I also told him, how much it had Then, pointing to me, he said that I had delighted me to see his land so well cul desired a good work ; and my office was tivated ; and, using a few words in the to teach the Missionaries, that they New-Zealand language, expressed my might teach the natives. thanks for the potatoes which we had Another, as he carried my cloak eaten at his village. He expressed his through the bush, said that he was now pleasure at this, coupled with a hope doing as Paul directed Timothy to do, that by the time I came again I should when he said, “ The cloak that I left at be able to preach in their language. Troas with Carpus, when thou comest,
9th.-- Wind still unfavourable. I vi- bring with thee.” Another gathered a sited another native settlement, where few wild berries, and gave them to me, the grounds were well cultivated, and saying, “Do you think them like the crops promising. The natives all accost food which John ate in the wilderness?" me by name, and are anxious to shake These remarks led me
to say to Mr. hands.
Wallis, “ They seem to make them10th.--I went with the brethren and selves conversant with what they read." their families by boat, thinking that a He replied, in the language of all the little excursion up one of the rivers Missionaries on these stations, “ They would do them good. At length, we love to read, and make what they read landed at the foot of a high hill, and their own; but we cannot get books for climbed up to two or three native huts them." on the summit. On entering one of 13th, Sunday. I went with Mr. them, we found a solitary female reading Wallis to Horea. As we approached the Scriptures. After a little conversa the village, we heard the sound of two tion, she hastened to boil us some pota- boes, instead of a bell, calling the natives toes, which, with the cold meat we had together. Their responses at prayer, taken, were eaten with relish.
and their great attention while I adIlth._ Wind still unfavourable. I dressed them on the necessity of experiurged the same Missionary party to mental and practical religion, were very accompany me to the village of William pleasing. On retiring, each vied with Naylor, the liberator of the slaves, who the other to shake hands with me. We had been led to that act by a sermon returned to the station to dine, and at preached by our Missionary, the Rev. J. three o'clock went to the chapel, where Wallis, on restitution for wrong done. Mr. Wallis catechised the adults for two Here we enjoyed our dinners, which hours,
an interesting sight. were provided as on the former days. I They answered with great readiness, and expressed to this Chief my pleasure in evidently understood what they said. At eating their excellent potatoes, and see six o'clock I preached to the Europeans, ing him and his people so comfortable. and at eight o'clock I went to the native I addressed the tribe, and urged them to servire. A young Chief commenced by give themselves to God, and serve him, reading the Confession and the Lord's believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Prayer: he then prayed with great ease making the Scriptures their study ; for and fervour. After a few verses had then they would be happy and useful. been sung, and a chapter read, William He replied, that they were much obliged Naylor, the principal Chief, read and by our sending Missionaries to them. commented on St. Peter's words : « As Before, they delighted in war; but the new-born babes, desire the sincere milk Missionaries had taught them better, the of the word,” &c. He showed, that as good book taught them better, and they their babes had the mothers' milk, and were endeavouring to live as it directed were a long time before they could eat them, and were now happy. I gave him kumeras and potatoes ; so the babes in
He said, it was not of much Clirist could not do with strong meat at use to him : when he shaved, the beard first. They had been babes at one time, grew again ; he therefore preferred pull. when they could only do with promises, ing his beard up by the roots with pippy &c. ; but now they could bear a little (cockle) shells, and then it took a long stronger meat, and it might be con
sidered in part their duty to do some Christian Chief, and his people. Moses thing towards the support of their Minis sat on this mount, and, with a counteters. The service closed at ten.
nance indicating the finest feelings of a 14th.-I met William Naylor and warm heart, said, pointing with his several other Christian Chiets, at their finger, “ There I was born ; and there I own request. We went to the chapel. wish to die, and leave my children to The natives formed a semicircle, Wil inherit my land.” Ilaving surveyed liam, who was formerly a great warrior, the lovely spot, we hastened to it, when rose and addressed me, saying: “ We are men, women,
and chiliren flocked greuily indebted to the Missionaries. around us, many of them having a copy Before they came, our delight was in of the New Testament, I asked the killing and devouring one another ; but wife of Moses to read me a chapter out now we love to read the book, (New of St. Paul's Epistle to Timothy. She Testament,) and live in peace, cultivat turned to it immediately, thus showing ing our lands. We found the book to her acquaintance with the order in which be the truth, and that the Missionaries the Epistles are placed. I preached to had never deceived us; and from that them, Mr. Hobbs interpreting. We book we learn, that those who have afterwards ate a few boiled potatoes ; but received the Gospel should contribute the establishment could not supply us towards its support. From 1 Cor. xvi., with salt. We had, however, excellent I learn,” (here he read it,) “ that collec water ; and, our wants being supplier, tions were made. But we have no we returned home, where, after a ten money. We must, therefore, give of our miles' walk and other exercises, a mat. substance, kumeras and potatoes. What tress on the floor was welcomed as a we give this way must be considered bed. sucred, expecting nothing again. When 24th.-I returned early to Mangungu, crops are good, we must give plenti- and after dinner coinmenced the business fully; when poor, moderately. White of the District-Meeting, which was conmen have tried to deceive us, saying, tinued in sittings from six to eight - Missionaries are to have great riches on o'clock daily on tinancial matters ; from their return to England, according to the nine o'clock to two, and from half-past number of converts they have made;' two to eight o'clock, on general subjects. but their riches are in heaven, not on Close work in hot weather ! earth."
December 25th, Christmas Day.-In Another Chief said, that his mind and the atternoon, three Christian Chiefs, that of his people had been spoken by Class-Leaders, waited on me, and asked, Williain.
“Did the eunuch meet in class before 15th. – Accompanied by Messrs. he was baptized ?” I said, “No; he Whiteley and Wallis, we weighed an was reading the word of God, when chor; and, the day being remarkably Philip joined him, and, having instructed tine, we dropped out as the tide began to him in the will of God more fully, and ebb,
satisfied himself that he was a fit subject 19.b.-I went to the Mission-station for baptism by ascertaining his faith in at W'aima, acconipanied by the Rev. Christ, administered to him that sacraMessrs. Hobbs, Whiteley, and Wallis : ment.” They then said, that there were be found Jr. and Mrs. Warren well, three Chiefs in circumstances similar to and the place greatly improved since my those of the eunuch, and they wished to last visit. Mr. Warren promises to be be baptized, if I thought proper. I a valuable Missionary.
wished them to meet me at Mr. Woon's, 20ch, Sunday.--llaving made arrange where I was going to tea in the interval ments for this day's work on the pre of public worship. The first whom I ceding evening, and communicated them questioned was a powerful, elog'ient to the natives, we held morning Chief, about fifty years of age, called service on a hill near the station, there Ko-te-Hika, (literally, “ Fire-rubber,”) being no chapel. A large company of who said: “I was urged by the Miss Datives assembled, and were addressed sionaries in fornier times to turn to God; by Mr. Whiteley and myself. After but I was deaf to their advice, and have dinner we walked five miles through the only now begun to seek the Lord. In bush, the natives taking me on their the days of my obstinacy I refused to be backs across the rivers. It was oppres saved. I was assured God knew every sively hot. At length we came to the thing about me. I have now begun to top of a hill which gave us a command. seek the bread and water of life, and, ing view of the beautifully-situated vil. after great thought, have determined to lage belonging to Moses Tawhai, the serve God. I cannot read the good book ;