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of the brethren's choice of Watsford she has to perform. The stores, amount. and Hazlewood; and doubt if two young ing to thirty tons, are sent via Tahiti, men better suited to the work which lies to be landed at Vavau and Feejee, before them could be found in any part at L3 per ton, under the advice of the world. I hope we shall find that of such persons here as understand the the hand of the Lord has been in this matter. I do not see how it could have arrangement. They and their excellent been otherwise arranged, as the “ Triton wives are proceeding at once to the could not take them; and they would Feejees in the “ Triton.”
lie here at a heavy expense, and must And now that I have named the “ Tri- have been sent some time or other, by ton," I may say a few words about her. I another vessel, as the “ Triton " does not found her here waiting my arrival, having come to Sydney again. These things, just been to Hobart-Town, taking thence however, are done by Mr. M'Kenny and the Mission-stores which had long lain his colleagues, but certainly not without there. She has brought the whole of them my fully weighing the matter and conhere. The first question put to me, on my curring therein. I enclose several papers arrival here, was, “ Have you brought from Captain Buck and the Surveyor on out any copper for the “Triton ?: She
this subject, which, I hope, will be cannot go to sea until she is newly cop thought of sufficient importance to juspered.” We then consulted three nau tify postage, and to be laid before those tical men on the subject, who were all concerned. Captain Buck, the Com. decidedly of opinion, that the vessel should mandant of the “ Triton," is very highly be taken on the patent slip and exam spoken of here, and, I think, not without ined : as there are no docks here, she good reason. He seems to me just the was placed on the slip; and after due man for his post, and he likes the Miss examination, Lloyd's Surveyor pro- sionary work with which he is connected. nounced it necessary for her to have a His piety, good sense, and practical thorough coat of new copper. We found knowledge of the vessel, and the ground that her insurance would be affected if she has to go over, render him a most we omitted to comply. The thing was valuable man to the Society ; his crew done accordingly: we got the copper also are, for the most part, pious and ex. reduced from Is. 2d. to Is. per pound in cellent men, All agree, first, that the Misprice; the old copper paid for the slip sions are most essentially served by the expenses, stripping, putting on the cop coming to and fro of the “ Triton," so far per, &c. ; while the new copper cost as regularity is concerned, and the coniabout £170, which will not be much fort of the Missionaries; and, secondly, more than the cost would have been, had heavy as the expense has been, it would the copper been sent out; at least, so I have been much heavier, had the work am informed. The ship is now just been done by line or charter, ready to sail for the Friendly and Feejee Thank God, I am well and happy, Isles, with two Mission families, and and so are the whole of my family: only about one hundred tons of Mission I feel the burden of the Lord, and the stores. About thirty tons remained weight of my responsibility both to the here at an expense in stores, which Great Master and to the Committee. I the “ Triton” could not take, because shall write again early from New-Zea. she is too small a vessel for the work land.
DISTRIBUTION OF TESTAMENTS IN NEW ZEALAND.
The following statement from Mr. Whiteley, the Chairman of the southern division of the New Zealand District, describes the distribution of the munificent grant of New Testaments in the language of New Zealand, placed at the disposal of the Missionaries by the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society. The account will be read with the deepest emotions of thankfulness and joy:thankfulness to God for that noble and truly catholic institution, the honour of our age and country, to which New Zealand is indebted for so great a boon; and joy in the widely-extended comfort and advantage of which the natives of that country have been made partakers.
Or the ten thousand New Testaments
are informed by our Committee's in the New Zealand language, so ho letter that our Report is anxiously nourably supplied to our Mission by that looked for, we forward the above, to noble institution, the British and Foreign show that attention has been paid to the Bible Society, the first portion (six proper distribution of the invaluable thousand) reached us in January, 1842. treasure throughout the length and We bad long been anxiously expecting breadth of our interesting field of labour. them, and many of our people, in various The mode of distribution has been regu. parts of the island, had gone long dis- lated partly by the differing circumtances to the Church Missionaries, or to stances of the people, and partly by the their friends residing in the neighbour. inclination of the Missionary. hood of the Church Mission stations, in Where a brother has been long in order to procure copies of the taonga nui, connexion with his people, and where, “great treasure.” The Church brethren, consequently, he has been more famihaving received theirs much sooner than liarly acquainted with them, made himwe, realized some advantages in price, self one with them, and become more conand readiness in payment, which we did fident in his influence over them, he has not. This fact, together with the cir exercised more freedom in the simple act cumstance of the natives in the neigh- of distribution than his younger brethren bourhood of some of their stations hav. have ventured upon ; and thus all have ing a considerable supply of money, will been made to feel that the gift is a treaaccount for the greater amount of pro sure which lays them under obligations ceeds which they have been able to re to the liberality of Christians at home, Curn, and also for that return being made and these obligations they have re80 much sooner than ours. The whole sponded to according to their ability. of theirs was received at once; whereas, The following method has, in some inthe remaining four thousand of o'irs have stances, been acted upon. The Missiononly just come to hand, and have not, in ary has gone round his Circuit, and at every case, as yet reached their destina every village taken down the names of tion,
all whom he considered to Iave a claim The six thousand were contained in to a Testament. These claims have been thirteen large cases, and these were disc ranged into three classes, the good, the tributed by our late General Superin- middling, the doubtful; and the people tendent, and taken by the Mission vessel, have been told, that when the books according to the following arrangement; arrive, all shall be supplied, according to namely, one to Cloudy-Bay, one to the merit of their claim, as far as the Port-Nicholson, one to Taranaki, two to books will go. Thus the Missionary has Kawhia and Mokau, one to Aotea, one been prepared with a statement of the to Waingaroa, one to Waipa, one to number of books required in his Circuit. Kaipara, one to Newark, two to Man This, at least in this section of the Disgungn, and one to Waima. Of the trict, has in every instance exceeded the remaining four thousand, about two number which could be allowed him. thousand four hundred and sixty-one Immediately on the arrival of the books have been sent to this section of the Dis a general assembly of the natives, from trict; and, on their arrival, were imme the different villages, has taken place at diately distributed as follows ; namely, the Mission station; and, after their Waingaroa, 184; Waipa, 184; Aotea, national fashion of presenting an enter184; Kawhia, 184; Mokau, 148; Ta tainment to their friends, the books ranaki, North, 180; Taranaki, South, have been piled up in order, in a conspi. 300; Port-Nicholson, 194; Nelson, cuous place, (a glorious sight !) in front of 200; Cloudy. Bay, 343; Waikowaiti, the people. This has been called the 360: total, 2,461. Those for the south- Missionary's hakari, “ feast ;” a “ feast erly stations have only just arrived ; and of fat things " indeed ! The number of Waikowaiti, the place farthest south, has books has been announced, as also the far not yet realized the blessed boon.
greater number of applicants; and the We had purposed delaying our formal number actually disposable for each of Report until the whole had been distri the different villages and sections of tribes buted ; and, consequently, we are not in has been stated. They have been informed possession of those particulars, of an in of the manner in which the books have teresting character, which we are per been provided by the Bible Society, the suaded might be furnished from the origin and object of that Society, and respective stations. We shall, however, the obligations under which they, by reendeavour to collect and forward them as ceiving this welcome boon, will be laid early as possible. In the mean time, as to love and support that Society. They
have been reminded of their national are now attached to the ordinances of custom, of returning feast for feast, pre. Christianity, and seeking the salvation sent for present, and love for love; and of that Gospel which has thus been this has been responded to and acted providentially put into their hands. upon. The people of the respective The case of Puaha, as connected with villages have then been called to come the melancholy tragedy at Wairau, de. forward, the number of books respect serves to be noticed. He is a respectable ively apportioned have been distributed, Chief, baptized by one of our brethren, and the interesting business, as it was and called David King;(Rawiri Kingi ;) begun, has been concluded with singing and when he found that the Europeans and prayer:
After-claims, as might be were disposed to resort to arms, he ran expected, have been urged, and the forward with his New Testament in his Missionary, having previously secured a hand, and exclaimed, “See, see! this is reserve for himself, has sometimes found
my weapon-the white man's book! it advantageous to meet such individual You sent us this book, and it tells us not claims in an isolated way. The following to fight. You have got other weapons, is an interesting case. A powerful weapons of blood : use them not; fight Chief, who had long halted between not, or my heathen relatives will fight the two opinions of Protestantism and too : remember your book; remember Popery, and who had been in company
your book !” Alas, this advice was with a Popish party of natives, to settle rejected, and the consequences were most some of their differences with a distant disastrous to those who thus despised tribe, returned in time to witness the the Gospel as urged by a poor Nexo interesting scene. He took his seat just Zealander. He had this Testament from in front of the pile of books, and full the British and Foreign Bible Society; in the face of the Missionary. Common and this fact, while it speaks volumes in civility seemed to require that the Mis favour of that Society, shows that the sionary should notice him, and pay the Bible has furnished the New-Zealander usual compliment of “welcome home" with an argument and a motive for peace, after his journey : but he felt that it was of which our countrymen, however ignoa critical time, a moment too important rant of it they may be, or however indis. for compliments ; he carefully avoided posed to appreciate and acknowledge it, his eye, and went through the whole will realize the benefit in a degree and to an business of distributing the books extent not to be estimated or expressed. without noticing him. But his bowels Our schools and Bible classes are yearned over him, and his heart went enjoying the benefit of this noble boon ; up to God in his behalf. The plan and the widely-extended circles of succeeded, and to God be all the praise ! Testament-readers, the fluency and rigid The business was concluded, the people correctness with which the blessed book were dispersing, and the humbled Chief is read, and the remarkable instances of felt that he was justly regarded as having retentiveness of memory in treasuring “neither part nor lot in the matter. up its precious truths, are so many proofs He saw every one happy but himself, that the benefit is appreciated ; and if and every tribe honoured but his own; these could be witnessed by the friends and he knew that no one would have been of the Bible Society in England, they made more welcome than himself to those would amply reward them for their privileges which now were passing by Christian liberality. Those friends may him, but given to others. He sent for not reap their reward in this world, yet, the Missionary; said that it was right as the Gospel is the power of God unto that we should thus suppose that he salvation, and will therefore be the means wanted no Testaments, for he had long of saving many souls from death, and been despising the pukapuka, "book; raising many saints to glory, doubtless but now he was decided for Christianity in the scenes they shall witness at the and for us. He wished for books for resurrection of the just, they shall realize himself and for his people : he said he and enjoy their glorious recompence. had returned from his former scenes of But we are still disposed to cry, "Give, war and blood, everything was settled give.” Some of our stations are already amicably, and he should now give himself without further supply. Every book of to us and to the cause of God. The those sent last is bespoken, and the wants, Missionary furnished him with Testa urgent, pressing, increasing wants, will ments from his reserve. His son, who in some places be only half supplied. had long been hindered by the example After every book on one of our stations and influence of his father, was shortly had been distributed, four copies were afterwards baptized, and his whole tribe received privately from another station.
Adam, a Christian native, found out the bracing Popery !” “O no; the Priest secret by some means. He thought of comes sometimes, but we do not care his own wants, and he thought of his much about him : we have got mother in friends' wants; and, after consulting with the box." O, may they not only have them on the subject, Adam determined “ mother" in the box, but may they to be the first man; and, coming with two feel “mother's ” influence upon their fine hogs, worth £2, he urged that, for his hearts, and prove it to be the power of proffered payment, all the books should God unto their salvation ! be given to him.
We conclude with the hope that our At one village, where the Romish remittance of £152. 138., as the part rePriests have endeavoured to gain a foot ceived of the proceeds of the Testaments, ing, the visiting Missionary was together with our hearty and unfeigned quested to give them a Testament. He thanks, with those of our people, will be told them he had only one in the world, received by the Committee and friends of and that he had borrowed from mata, the British and Foreigu Bible Society, (“ mother,") the appellation given to and that they will be induced, from a all the Missionaries' wives. “Well, he knowledge of our wants, again to favour must leave that ;” he could not resist : us with their charitable assistance. And he left it; and they gave it the name our prayer shall be that they may go of “mother.” Some months after, the on increasing in their prosperity and two Chiefs of the village visited the success, until every inhabitant of our Mission station : they wished for more world shall possess the word of God, and books, and the Missionary said, “Why all shall know him from the least unto do you want our books ? you are em. the greatest.
From our numerous recent communications from this most interesting and successful Mission, we have selected two for immediate publication; one from Mr. Whiteley in the south of the island, and one from Mr. Buller in the north. They both contain most important details; and it will be seen that many of their suggestions have been anticipated by the appointment of Mr. Lawry, the selection of Auckland as his residence, and an additional printing establishment which Mr. Lawry's son is prepared to commence on their arrival. The Missionaries who, by God's blessing, are accomplishing so much good, and are at the same time enduring the opposition of intolerant bigotry, and of Romish and heathen superstition, ought to be remembered, as they most earnestly request, in the prayers of God's people. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Whiteley, dated Kawhia, New-Zealand,
October, 1843. Our District-Meeting having closed, to expedite the business there as much it devolves upon me to write to you as possible ; and, a vessel offering, the briefly on one or two subjects connected brethren Aldred and Smales returned by with our general work.
sea, whilst Mr. Ironside, in order to see It will be seen, that our Meeting has the natives along the coast, returned by been held by adjournment; and it may land. I then came to complete the busi. be necessary to state the reasons for ness of the District in this part of the this In the early part of the year it field with my brethren here; and we was considered on several accounts ad met at Waipa, Mr. Buddle's station. visable to suggest to the brethren the This arrangement has necessarily caused propriety of altering the appointment of some delay ; but as we are sending a the last District-Meeting, in reference to copy of the Minutes to Auckland, and Taranaki. After the Wairau disturb- another to Port-Nicholson, we hope that ance, it was, howerer, thought possible you will receive at least one copy by the that no brother in the South would be time you require. able to leave his station or his people, Mr. Ironside is now at Port-Nicholson, en account of the prevailing excitement. waiting to see what will be the final deOn my arrival at Ngamotu, I had the cision of his people as to their returning happiness of meeting all of them, ex to Cloudy-Bay or not. He therefore cepring brother Watkin. I endeavoured supplies that place for the present, in
connexion with Mr. Smales, who is at present, if we hear no tidings of the Porirua ; and both together have been “ Triton soon, to engage a vessel, or attending to the natives from Mr. Iron. take a passage for each of the different side's station at Cloudy-Bay, as their brethren, as opportunity may serve. We excited and unsettled condition afforded fear that considerable expense will be opportunity. We hope, however, that connected with these removals ; but it when these natives find that their con shall be our endeavour to effect them 39 duct in the Wairau affair is on the whole economically as possible. favourably viewed by the English autho ENGLISH CHAPELS.-It will be rities, and when the matter is settled, then seen that, with the hope that our last they will be induced to return to their own year's request for help would be rehome, and again settle down in the neigh sponded to, we have advanced toward bourhood of their Missionary's residence. the chapels at Ngamotu and Nelson At any rate we think he should show certain sums, as specitied in the Minutes. them that example ; and our hope is that This, I must inform you, was done al this inducement will bave its due effect. the Ngamotu Meeting before I received Moreover, we are very wishful that the the communications from Jir. Beecham. natives of Queen Charlotte's Sound Perhaps we were too basty ; but we fel: should, if possible, be induced to give for the people, and we felt for our cause. up a project which they have formed ot' We felt as fellow-Englishmen, we felt coming to Taranaki; because we greatly as Christian Ministers, and we felt as fear that such a step would lead to a Methodist Missionaries : and I am sure clashing of claims and interests among if the Methodists of England could have the different tribes, which might be pro been on the spot, they would have felt ductive of serious consequences.
Their too ; and they would not only have fell, hope has been, that their Missionary, but would have done as some of us did, Mr. Ironside, would leave Cloudy-Bay, —they would have first emptied their own and, accompanying them to Taranaki, pockets, and then, if they had any inwould become the Missionary for Nga terest with others, they would have emmotu. This, however, we think highly ployed it in order that their unfortunate objectionable ; for, though Mr. Ironside fellow-countrymen-cast as they are on would do well both for the English and this barren soil, deprived of the means the natives at Ngamotu, yet we must be of grace, and surrounded with difficul. careful for the above reasons to hold out ties, depressions, and discouragements, nothing that would serve as an induce and in prospect of ruin to their temporal ment to the natives of the Sound to interests-might have some little spiritcome to Taranaki; and our hope is that ual comfort and assistance, and the means when they find their old Teacher of securing “durable riches,” and a to have returned to his old station, title and a meetness for that "inherilthey also, as well as the Cloudy-Bay " which “ fadeth not away." We natives, will settle down with him in moreover considered, that Methodism in quietness and peace. Mrs. Ironside's other colonies had been assisted; and health is a serious consideration, and that assistance is not only no engaged the sympathizing attention of longer needed, but it is in a course of the Meeting ; but we hope that her so being repaid. And then (what was with journ at Port-Nicholson will have been us, as Missionaries to the Heathen, a beneficial, and that an occasional visit to powerful argument) a good English Nelson during the year will tend to cause is, with those natives who reside in improve and establish her health. As the neighbourhood of the English settleso much seems to depend on Mr. Iron ments, of vast importance. Puseyism, side's return to Cloudy-Bay, and as it as well as Heathenisin and Romanism, appears to be a call of duty, our hope is is in New. Zealand, and among the Newthat the Lord will graciously support Zealanders. With what arguments can our sister, and give her grace and we combat this evil? How can we strength equal to her day. Porirua, and secure the ground which we have rethe coast along to Wanganui, will be at. claimed from dark, deluding, degrading, tended to by a salaried Teacher, in whom soul-destroying Heathenism? We may we have great confidence ; and as the arguments ; but facts -- tangi. Porirua people have lately been so much ble, standing, intelligible facts dispersed, in consequence of the Wairau with the New Zealanders, as well as affair, and are so connected with the with the English, “ stubborn things ;" Cloud y-Bay natives that they will and when
our people find them. probably go with them wherever they selves, and their church, and their nay settle, arrangement is at Ministers, sanctioned, and supported, and.