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and spent the evening in talking on find them not only well acquainted with Tonga affairs. I then learned that Mr. the Catechism and Christian doctrines, Thomas had been at Tongatabu, and but also conversant with the outlines of had visited the heathen fortresses, and geography and astronomy, and able to succeeded in obtaining a promise that answer with accuracy the various queshostilities should cease; but as no inter tions proposed. Mrs. Tucker has taken view had taken place between the rebel great pains in instructing them in these Chief and the King, all the parties were elementary principles, which, I was exliving in their fortresses, and durst not ceedingly gratified to find, have given go to cultivate their lands, lest an invad. much enlargement to their views. They ing foe should come upon them. They
also showed me some maps they had also told me that Mr, and Mrs. Tucker drawn under Mrs. Tucker's guidance. were at Nukualofa, and that they had Those who have learned a little geoexperienced a blessed revival of religion graphy, read Scripture history with douthere. We immediately directed our ble interest. course for Tongatabu.
In the afternoon I preached in the 230.-The wind being unfavourable, second chapel. A Local Preacher praywe attempted in vain to reach Tonga- ed, and thanked God that these were the tabu; but, a small canoe coming off very truths which they had been accuswith a native pilot, and as I found they tomed to hear, and, what was better, had could take me within four miles of Mr. experienced. In the evening King Tucker's, I got into the canoe, and Josiah Tubou sent me a large turtle and reached the land in safety. Accom some fowls, as a present. panied by the afore-named Local 26tb.-I visited Hihifo, a large forPreachers, I succeeded (though bathed tress, occupied by the Christians. The with perspiration, and almost exhausted) old King accompanied us in his canoe. in reaching “home," as the cordial wel We went twelve miles by water, and come of my excellent friends, the Rev. three by land, up a lovely walk, shaded Mr. Tucker and Mrs. Tucker, gave me by trees, and admitting of about three at once to feel that I had a home in a abreast. On entering the fortress, we strange land. My pleasure in seeing found the watch in arms, as though it them was, however, much abated, by were a besieged city. There is a spalearning their infirm state of health. cious square in the middle, with a few Mr. Tucker had been “in labours more very fine large trees, (toa, or iron-wood,) abundant,” which, with great mental on the boughs of which the vampyre anxiety, had brought him very low; bats were hanging by the claws in imand the tropical heats had so far pros mense clusters. The noise and squealtrated the strength of Mrs. Tucker, that, ing of so many thousands were intolerain the opinion of a medical man, nothing ble. The head is shaped like that of would benefit her but a return to her the fox ; the nose is sharp and black ; native country.
the ears are naked and pointed; the hair 24th.-Mr. Tucker took me to see is short and smooth, of a mouse-colour, King George and his Queen. He was inclining to red; the wings are similar sitting with the skeleton of a sermon in in colour to the common bat, but on the his hand, preparing for his Sabbath- joint of each wing is a sharp, crooked duties. I was greatly delighted at see claw. At sun-set they take their flight ing this Christian King. He is a tall, in swarms, and remind one of the Engfine-looking, well-made man, with a re lish crows on their return to roost. At markably penetrating eye, and dignified day-break they come back to their forcarriage, Christian benignity beaming mer retreat, hanging in clusters, and are from his countenance, His words were noisy beyond endurance. The smell few, but well-chosen. He does not proceeding from them is exceedingly think aloud, but deliberates, and then disagreeable. They live mainly on fruit, speaks. I gazed upon this miracle of and are eaten by the natives. Two or mercy with wonder and delight.
three were shot for me, the skins of which At three o'clock I preached to a thou. I preserved. During the reign of heasand people. Mr. Tucker interpreted. thenism, they were held sacred, and reThe King and all the people were re garded by many as gods : so that, to have markably attentive ; and, on the King's shot at one at that time would have been return home, he took a Local Preacher an unpardonable offence. The sight to with him to assist in writing down the me was very interesting, I having seen sermon they had heard.
many on the wing after sun-set, while 25th.--I had the schools assembled in passing the numerous islands of Feejee, the chapel. About a thousand were in June, 1840. present ; and I was much pleased to 28th, Sunday. At Nukualofa I heard
King George preach at eight o'clock him into our boat, he having refused to A, M., to a large and deeply-interested go any other way. At last we succongregation. He looked remarkably ceeded, and rowed off.
Immediately well in his snow-white cravat and black two canoes followed, that they might coat. There are several English Minis report to King George, in the event of ters whose skin is much darker than his. any hostility being shown. On our He has not much action, but is delibe sighting the Mua, the King was evi. rate and impressive, combining in his dently much affected ; and when we had appearance the dignity of a King, the landed, be sat down on a little grass, simplicity of a Christian, and the be with Mr. Tucker on one side, and nignity of one called to preach the Gos myself on the other.
The company pel of the blessed God. At my request, froin one of the canoes surrounded us, Mr. Tucker took down in pencil the ser while the other kept at sea to carry mon as he delivered it, and translated it tidings. After a short interval, Falu into English, which gave me a fine came, and for some minutes sat weeping opportunity of judging for myself of a by the side of the king. Tubou then discourse, with the delivery of which I turned his face, and, agreeably to the had been so much pleased; nor was the Tonguese mode of kissing, touched pleasure in the least diminished by read.
Then all rose up, and we went
into the fort to the large house in which March 1st.–Finding there was the Chiefs assemble. Here we were left mere cessation of hostilities on the part by Fatu, and for some time not one of of the Heathen, without peace being his people came near At length, ratified, I determined to visit, in com however, I heard a rushing, and saw a pany with Mr. Tucker, the Mua, one of number of natives running in every the largest heathen fortresses in this direction. This I found was land. We went about twelve miles by their mats, to put over their ordinary
Fatu, the principal Chief, a dress, none being allowed to appear in very stout and highly-interesting man, the presence of Chiefs without them. trented me with the greatest politeness, After this the Chiefs came in a body, and showed the utmost readiness to each having a string of green leaves listen to my advice. I begged him and around his neck. They sat outside at a a few of his Chiefs to accompany me to distance from the King. The leaves King Josiah Tubou, and ask forgive (from the iti tree) were a token of sub
He put his arm around me, say- mission and humiliation. Fatu sat ing, “You are now my son.
the greatest distance, while an old heapeace; but I am ashamed and afraid to then Priest interceded for them in the go to Tubou. But if he will visit me name of their gods. Josiah, as a pledge with I will humble myself." of forgiveness, commanded their leaves After a lengthened conversation, we to be thrown aside, and desired them to returned to the Mission-house, passing come nearer to him. The King then on our way several large turtles sleeping made a short specch, expressing that his on the surface of the water.
turned away. 20.-Mr. Tucker and I went to ac Several Chiefs came and kissed his feet; quaint King George with what Fatu had after which the company dispersed, and said ; who observed that it was very Mr. Tucker and I left the King, and good, if Fatu was sincere, and if Tubou went to Fatu's house, who expressed would go; but he was afraid he would much pleasure at what we had done. not. We went to the old King, and re He also introduced me to a great Chief hearsed the matter of our visit to Fatu from Rotumah, who declared his earfrom the beginning. lie seemed for a nest wish that a Missionary might go to while very reserved ; at length, however, that important island, which has many he consented to send for King George more inhabitants than Vavau. After and some of the principal Chiefs, that this we returned to the old King. their opinion might be taken in this At sun-rise, about two hundred Chiefs matter. They decided that it was best and people came again, and drank kava for them to go with us. The old man with the King; after which, thankful said, “ They will kill me ; but if they for the success which had attended our do not, I shall never come back again." efforts, we returned home, where we On our reaching the sea-side, the scene were heartily welcomed. Some anxiety was quite affecting. The Queen threw for our safety had been felt, in conseher arms around the old King's neck, quence of a report being in circulation and held him, weeping bitterly, while a on the preceding night, affecting our vast crowd caught the feeling, and we security. doubted whether it was possible to get 5th. As we intended sailing to-day, I
asked King George to dine with us on ing of the lali, “ wooden drum.” When board. He accepted the invitation, and, I had concluded the service, we repaired as soon as thanks were returned, he re to the house of a Teacher, where we had tired ; and we weighed anchor about half some yam and fowl, brought on leaves, past one, and directed our
course for and placed before me. We asked a Habai. We reached the Mission-house blessing, and my host divided it with his at Lifuka, about noon, and were kindly fingers, and put it on my plate (a leaf). welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Turner. Our wants being supplied, we proceeded
10th. The “ Triton" sailed to Va. to the abi of the old Chief, who gave me vau for Mr. Thomas and the brethren, the foilowing account of Captain Cook's while I stayed to visit the societies in visit:-“ I was a little boy when Captain this Circuit. In the afternoon I preach- Cook and Caplain Clark came. I went ed to a large congregation. Mr. Tucker on board ship, and took up a nail. Man interpreted, and many expressed them- called me teef” (thief ) : “me no teef. selves as being much protired. I spent At first we went with our canoe, yams, the remaining part of the day in obtain and pigs, and seeing the fine figure-head ing all possible information about the ou the vessel, thought that Cap-pa-tin people.
Cook. We called to it a long time, and 14th._I preached in the morning to a it would not speak or buy yams. We large native congregation.
continued crying, “Will you buy yams, come from the islands to hear me, The hogs,' &c.; but there was no answer. So Res, P. Turner preached in the afternoon, we stood gazing and wondering, till at and in the evening I preached to the last the Captain appeared, and then we Mission families.
found out our mistake. They sent up 15th.--I had intended visiting the off- sky-rockets, and we were greatly alarmed. islands; but we found it impossible to get They went to the sky and then burst. a suitable canoe.
We all thought them gods, and were 16th. I went to Holobeka, and preach much afraid.” In giving this narrative, ed to the natives on the nature and im- the ardour of youth seemed to fire him, portance of true religion.
and every eye glistened with delight on 18th._I visited the schools, but great- witnessing the animating scene, especially ly regretted their want of efficient aid. when he alluded to the yet happier days A master, thoroughly acquainted with the when the Missionaries came, and the love best system of education, would be of he now felt to Jesus Christ. essential service in training up native 23d.-- The Missionaries from Vavau Teachers.
reached Lifuka this morning. At five 19th. I went with Mr. Turner to meet o'clock p.M. we commenced our Districtthe Class-Leaders, for the purpose of con Meeting, and arranged for its sittings by versing on Christian experience; and I adjournment. The brethren are all well, felt much encouraged by their testimony and have given me a cordial welcome. of getting so much good under my minis. April 1lth, Sunday.--I preached in the try. There are among them some choice moruing to the natives. King George men, well qualified to teach others in the and King Josiah had come down from things of God.
Tonga. The congregation was unusually 21st, Sunday. I preached at eight large, and the divine presence was felt. A.M. to the natives : the chapel was At the close of the sermon, they called crowded. Mr. Turner interpreted, and on King George to pray ; but his feelthe blessing of Him who comforteth his ings soon overpowered him, and he wept people was our portion. In the evening in silence, while hundreds of eyes were 1 preached again, by request, to the Mis suffused in tears. Mr. Thomas and sesion-families.
veral engaged in prayer : it was a time of 221.--An old Chief, named Malubo, refreshing from the presence of the Most who is supposed to be the oldest man in High. these islands, had come ten miles on In the evening I preached again, by the Saturday to hear me preach on the request, to the Missionaries and their faSabbath. He was brought to the chapel milies, on the great doctrines of Chrison a native mat, fastened to two poles, tianity ; the manner in which they should and borne by four men. This morning, be preached; the importance of a faithMessrs. P. Turner and C. Tucker accom ful and in partial exercise of discipline ; panied me in his canoe, with about fifty and the essential advantage of unity natives, to Liha, his own land. On land among themselves and families, setting ing he was taken as before, and carried a godly example to their flock. At the to their chapel, where I preached to a close of the service, the sacrament of large and deeply-interested congregation, the Lord's supper was administered, and who had been called together by the beat all proclaimed it “good to be there."
12th.-King George has been to Mrs. thanks. But I had an unaccountable Tucker to beg a sketch of all the ser depression of spirits, owing probably, in mons which I have preached in his land, part, to my having so little sleep in conexpressing, on the part of himself and his sequence of the annoyance of musquipeople, the profit they had derived from toes. The friends, however, are remarkthem. This has encouraged me
ably kind. preach to the people wherever I go.
28th.-I preached to the natives. Mr. 13th.– We are now coming to the close Turner interpreted. A gracious feeling of one of the most laburious District was experienced, indicative of better Meetings I ever attended. So much in- days. I spent the evening in examining formation was needed on every subject, several who had offered their services as that my mental and physical powers have Teachers for Rotumah. The best of been kept on full stretch. Our hours them are yet very defective, though sinof sitting were, (after breakfasting cere and steady men. Unless special at day-dawn,) from seven to twelve; attention be paid to the training of nafrom half-past one to four; and from tive Teachers, very little permanent good half-past four to eight or nine o'clock, will be done. An efficient native agency daily, (Sundays excepted,) and that is of paramount importance. in the tropics. I was almost broiled, 29th.-I examined more minutely the perspiration finding its way through every men selected for Rotumah. Under all pore.
circumstances, they are the best we can 21st.—The wind being unfavourable get; but every step I take in this busifor Tonga, but favourable for Vavau, I ness shows the absolute necessity of im. have resolved on taking the brethren thi. mediate measures being adopted to imther, that they may enter upon their prove the native Teachers. work at once ; and as the greater part of May 5th.- Last Sunday it was pubMr. Tucker's goods is at Vavau, it will lished, that a love-feast would be held at give the invalids a little time to arrange Neiafu this day; and, although the weafor the voyage.
About two P. M. we ther was very unfavourable, the assembly weighed anchor, and set sail with a was large. Mrs. Tucker gave me in favourable breeze, All the passengers English their statements as they probecame very sick, as we left the last ceeded, so that I had not only an opporisland of the Habai group ; but we were tunity of seeing and hearing them in cheered with the prospect of reaching their own tongue, but also of judging in Vavau early in the morning. About each case. In general, they gave a very half-past eleven at midnight, I heard the clear and distinct account of their conCaptain, evidently in a tone of painful version, which was thoroughly scriptuanxiety, exclaim, “ Hard-up! reefs close ral. Frequent reference was made to a-head.” Every man was at his post. the period of Mr. Turner's former apWe were not more than two ships' length pointment as the time when they were from that which threatened immediate led to repentance for sin, and found destruction to the vessel, and all on redemption through the blood of Christ. board. As we were on the windward His love, they said, was still burning in side of the reef, it would have been im their hearts.' An interesting Feejeean possible for any boat to have lived. I spoke, saying, that he was from the land tried to quiet the minds of the females, of barbarism, and testifying what God though I had little hope of our escaping. had done for him in a most satisfactory The vessel, however, answered the helm, and pleasing manner.
Several whom I and her bows just passed the reef with had (through the Missionaries) selected out striking. Thus, as by miracle, we as Teachers for Niua, Niua-fo.ou, and were all saved from a watery grave. Rotumah, added to the statement of their May that life be thine, most merciful experience that of the call of the churclı, Father!
to leave their own land and their kin. 22d.-At ten o'clock A. M. we reached dred, in order to preach the Gospel to the Mission-station at Vavau, and united those who “ have not yet their Saviour in praising our Deliverer.
known.” They described, in a very in. 25th, Sunday.--I was very feeble in teresting and impressive manner, their body. I sometimes doubt whether I conviction, that this was the will of God. shall be able to get through the heavy One said, that some of his friends wished work every where awaiting me. I could him to stay till they were dead; but he only attend native service once, as I had applied that scripture : “Let the dead engaged to preach to the Mission fami- bury their dead; but go thou and preach lies in the evening. At sunset I preach the kingdom of God.” When he had ed from 1 Peter v. 7. It was a word in concluded, his venerable sire arose, and season, for which they returned me
gave his account of the struggle of his
mind about parting with his son ; but see much cause of gratitude to God on when he told him of God's call, he durst their behalf, and have been highly not say a word.
pleased with the Missionaries; but there At the close of the day, I met the per- is very much yet to be done. It is a sons who were going as Teachers, to painful fact, admitted by the Missiongive sundry advices. I am much pleased aries generally, that the civil state of this with them, but greatly regret that they people, and their acquaintance with usecould not have the benefit of a training- ful arts, liave not been improved in proinstitution. This I consider of more portion to the time during which they importance than any thing else in these have professed the Christian religion. lands. If they were well instructed in An attempt will be made to supply this sound theology and useful knowledge, defect. they would be most valuable auxiliaries 2011.-I took leave of our excellent in the church of Christ. Some of them friends. It was very dark when we left have a great thirst for knowledge ; and the shore ; but we reached the “ Triton" when they have acquired an acquaint- in safety. Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were ance with the English language, the key invalids going to the colony ; and five of knowledge will be in their hands, and native Teachers, with their wives and out of this trea: ry, by the blessing of families, were esigned for the islands God, they will enrich others.
we might visit. On a general view of these stations, I
(To be continued.)
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2 2 0 Mr. Lister, Ditto, by Ditto
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6 5 0 Mr. Joseph Honey, Falmouth, for the African Missions, as
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12 12 0 William Gawtress, Esq.
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