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of God, and wished that he might have grace to hold fast what he had received.

Sigliki (a Fingu) had been burnt by the Caf

fres, and was considered dead for a time; lie had ENGLISH WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

been brought out of the fire, and from amongst

wolves, and saved in the wars with the FiicaNotice of Concerts in Caffraria, South Africa. 1) which leads to God, and that God had saved

nies, and now he begins to see that there is a path

him through all bis dangers and trials; and al[From the Missionary Notices of the Society.]

though he fails every day, yet his desire is to

serve God. "Is not this a brand plucked out of The following account of a love-feast on this the fire!” (Zech. ii, 2.) station will prove to you, much better than a let Leah Nonyama had been guilty of all sorts of ter, that the labors of your missionaries in this wickedness, and was fond of smearing herself land of darkness have not been in "vain in the with red clay, (for ornament.) but God's word Lord."

had turned her about, and the things which she Jantiji Nookoa (the interpreter) said that he once loved now she hates with all her heart; and first felt the power of God in the colony, and was God had pardoned her sins, although they were constrained by the influence of the Spirit to many. come to Carreland to talk with the missionaries; Elizabeth Nomantu first laughed when she saw in doing which, he had received much light, and the people coming together to bear the word of he hoped to hold on to the end.

God, and she smeared herself with red clay Yosif Wesley first heard the word of God in some time after her husband turned to God, althe colony, but did not begin to seek the Lord I though he often reproved her; but she paid no until he came to Wesleyville; and here he had attention to what he said, until she fell the power obtained merey and was now happy in the en of God, which constrained her to leave oil tightjoyment of God's favor; and he hoped that he ing against her husband, and against God's should never cast away his confidence,

people. David Busak left his garden, and all its con Alice Nonthlonya was first sent for to come to lents, as soon as he heard that a missionary had the class, but did not know what to say; she, come to Wesleyville, with the word of God; and however, trembled much; and afterwards God now be thanked God, and the great people in showed her that she was a great sinner; and now England, for sending the missionaries; and he her strongest desire was to serve God. thanked the missionaries for coming. He could Sarah Nokyelo first heard the word of God at not express his gratitude for what he had heard | Bethelsdorp, but did not receive it into her and felt; and he wished that his voice could heart; but now she had obtained mercy, and reach to all mankind, and tell of the great mercy felt that if she could fly, she would go home to of God to him a sinner,

God. William Kama (a chies) first contended against Catharine Newala thanked God, and the misthe word of God, but atierwards the word over sionaries, and all the people who had helped to came him; and now he had not language to send them the gospel; for by that means she had describe his feelings, he was so very happy in received light and life in her old days. the love of God.

Margaret Nonibi stood first at a distance from George Morley was first awakened by hearing the word, hut was afterwards overcome by it; of the day of judgment at the saw-pit, and went and she could not express how much she felt immediately to the bush to pray, feeling for the every day for those of her relations who had first time that he was a sinner. He prayed often died without hearing God's word. She was before he made known his feelings to any per- happy, and hoped that she should continue so son; and although he had fallen several times, unto the end yet his only proper desire was to serve God; and Maria Nomali first lieard the word of God in he never was so happy as at this moment. He the colony, but did not turn to God; but upon also adveried in an atjecting speech to his late hearing Mr. W. Shaw, she was constrained to recovery from his fall.

break off her sins, and now she did not know
Titus Dubulo had been stripped of his cattle how to express her thankfulness to God, for the
by a commando, and afterwards came to the great care which he had taken of her; for she
station to seek beads; and when he was in the had once fallen from the top of a rock, but was
path to Graham's Town, with brother W.Shaw's not killed; and she had also been bitten by a
wagon, his heart was much affected by hearing snake when she was expected to die in conse.
the word of God: and while praying for pardon quence; hut God had wonderfully preserved her
in the bush, all at once his heart was filled with life, and she was also happy in his love.
peace and joy; so that he could neither cat nor Lydia Midi first heard the gospel in the col-
drink that day. His time was spent in prajsing ony, but without effect; afterwards she had been
God; and he was now sometimes ready to wish guilty of all sorts of wickedness in Caffroland,
that God would take him to heaven, lest he and when she was supposed to be dying of sick
should after all fall from his steadfastness. ness, she began to think about her soul; and now

Peter Spokter bad lived in sin until he was an she was happy in the enjoyment of peace.

and now in his old days new light had Ghlebekazi (a catechumen) was a thing forshined upon hiin, and he wanied words to ex saken by every hody, and driven from all the press his joy.

Cattre kraals; and had been nearly burnt to Mephibosheth Bata was very happy while death, for some supposed crime. She afterhearing his brethren and sisters speak of the love wards came to the station, but was afraid to go

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into the chapel, because she heard some persons rious other parts of the world, must be appreciatweeping, and wondered what was going to be led, rather than by the number of heathens who done with them; but now she weeps over her bad aciually turn from their idols, and openly profess heart, and sees that it is the land of the Lord that themseves disciples of Christ. A system of wellhath saved her from the Fiicauies, and that hath adaplod means and instruments is brought into brought her lo this plaes; and she hoped that operation, which, with the divine blessing, is calGou wouki pardon all her sis.

culated to awaken a userul curiosity-10 shed a The above observations were delivered in the l portion of light into the windo soten antipaCaflre language: there were also others who ities-lo dissolve prejudice--10 produce coutispoke in English, Dutch and Hottentoi, all of Idence in the missionary-to open between him whom seemed to be of "one heart, and ot one and the beatles a more friendly and beneficial

intercourse--10 secure, on the part of the hea-
then, a more serious attention to his addresses,
and a more candid perusal of thie books which

he may put into their hands. All thismas bear. Summary View of the Mission in the Islanding in its results on the great object in view of Jara.

cannot but be regarded as a highly important

preparatory process; while we are warranted to The Directors give the following view of this cherish the most unshaken confidence and exmission, the seat of which is at Batavia, the shall reap the spiritual fruits to which we look

pectation, thai, in due time, if we faint not, we capital of the island, and on its northern shore. torwarı), and reap them abundantly.

The means which have been brought into acThe mission at Batavia was commenced in tive operation, in connection with the mission at 1811; the immediate object being the dissemina. Batavia, are, the preaching of the gospel to the tion of the knowledge of Christianity among the Malays, Chinese, and English the distribution Malays and Chinese-inore particularly the Chi of the scriptures, magazines, tracts--the insu. nese settlers in Jaya, whose number was at that tution of schoolsiscussions with the beltertime, calculated to be about 100,000. The Chi- linormed among the leather--conversations with, nese New Testament, translated by Dr. (then and occasionally addresses to, the people in the Mr.) Morrison, furnished the means of forthwith bazaars, in their shops, in the streets, and by the making the proposed attempt among the Chinese, way-side; the patients in the hospitals, and the while the excellent character of governor Rajies, I convicts in the jails; in a dispensary, connected and the liberal spirit of his government, were a

with the inission, where medicine for the body pledge that he would afford protection to the

and instruction for the mind are both gratuitously missionaries, and, to the utmost of his power, imparted; and, lastly, English and American promote their benevolent etiorts. We scarcely seamen on board vessels in the harbor. need to add, that this expectation was afterward Great reluetance has generally been manifesto fully realised.

ed by the people, by the Chinese particularly, to The restoration, however, of Batavia to the asseinble, as a congregation, in a place of wor. Dutch, by the treaty of 1815, allowed Gov. Raf- ship. The missionary has, therefore, endeavored fes but a comparatively brief opportunity of 10 make up for the want of opportunities to manifesting, on the spot, his favorable disposition preach to large and stated assemblies, by free toward the mission; but while the missionaries, quently addressing small and casual auditories; on the return of the Dutch authorities, had to la while experience and observation have led to the ment his departure, their regret was alleviated il conclusion, that the disinclination of the Chinese by the promise of his successor, Baron Van der to attend Christian worship, arises less from a Capellen, of countenance and aid to the mission, bigoted attachment to their own superstitions, which he subsequently fulfilled. It may not be than from an indifference to all religion whatimproper to add, thal Sir Stamford Rafles, after his appointment as governor of Bencoolen, which Beside a very extensive dispersion of the scripsubsequently took place, bad many opportunities lures, in Chinese and Malavan, between 100,000 of shewing favor to the missionaries, and pro and 200.000 books and tracis, in various lanmoting their object; which he did with the en guages, the larger number printed at the mission lightened zeal of one who felt, that, independently press ai Batavia, have been dispersed abroad in of the sublime hopes which it inspires and the various regions, embracing China, the Malayan eternal benefits which it confers, Christianity Peninsula, and many of the islauds of the Indian was, as to its political and civil results, the best Archipelago. The books circulated among the boon that he could impart to mankind.

heathen at Batavia are ascertained to be freAt an early period of the mission, many pleas- quently read, and to form topics of conversation ing evidences were afforded of its beneficial in- || and discussion among themselves when the misAuence. The preaching of the gospel by thesionaries are not present; and there is ground to missionaries was made useful to many of the hope that the moral leaven has begun to work Dutch residents: an auxiliary missionary society among the heathen population there: the Malays, was formed at Batavia; while the Chinese New-l in particular, now manifest an eagerness to obTestament, and Milne's Chinese magazine and tain books and tracts. Those only who are aware tracts in that language, were circulated, with of the great repugnance of this people to hold much benefit to the Chinese, some of whom were intercourse with Europeans-their

deadly preja; induced to tear down from the walls of their dices, as Mohammedans, against Christians-and houses the symbols of their idolatry:

the determined mind with which they turn a deai The mission has been subsequently prosecuted car to religious instruction, rejecting a tract as with various measures of success, particularly as they would avoid infection-can appreciate fully to the preparation and practical application of the extent and importance of this change. The means. Indeed, it is in this latter point of view change itself is attributable, in part, to the relaxed in which, for some considerable time, the effec- pre udices and more liberal views of the natives tiveness of missions, in these regions, and in va-ll themselves; but the missionary who announces


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the change, “would fain hope that it has been at that interesting out-station. At noon we had brought about by the poweriul interference of the a tine view of the island. It chiefly consists of Almighty Savior in their behalf, working by his high land, clothed with the most luxuriant verProvidence and Spirit.”

dure, to the very tops of the bighest peaks which "The Chinese schools, in which the number of now began to be distinctly visible through the scholars has fluctuated between 50 and 100, have gray haze by which distant objects at sea are exhibited evidence of improvement in the attain usually obscured. There appeared no exception ment of Christian knowledge, and of its effect in to the general glow of green. Soon after Mr. impressing their minds with the folly of idolatry. | Pilman's station rose up to our view as from the Aller many abortive efforts, a Malay school has bosom of the decp, and the brown thatch of the been, at length, established, under ihe superin-houses which studded the horizon, as they began tendence of the mission.

to appear, formed a beautiful contrast with the Latterly the desire among the people to obtain general verdure; a most pleasing sight to us, asChristian instructiou has much increased. The sociaied with many recollections, and, on various distribution of tracts among the Malays is repre accounts, peculiar sensations. About four o'clock sented as unprecedented; and the attendance, we lowered a boat and pulled ashore to Mr. Buboth of Malay and Chinese, on public worship', zacott's station. A vast concourse of people has been more encouraging than at any antece bad assembled on the beach, and some had put dent period since the commencement of the mis- ofl' in their canoes to see us. As we approached siou.' The Malay congregation, in particular, the shore we perceived Mr. Buzacou in the front has greatly increased: so that, including the of the crowd ready to receive and welcome us. children in the schools, and the people resident We passed through the crowd whose peculiar in two or three more or less distant and populous || note of admiration amused me much, the convillages, the number of natives now regularly ducted us along a road lined on each side with brought under Christian instruction amounts to bananas, till we arrived at his neat and comabout 500; exclusive of those who are occasion modious house, just finished, at the door of which ally addressed in the bazaars, in the shops, and we met Mrs. B., who also greeted us with a by the way-side; among bou Chinese and Malay, hearty welcome. We had never before met. a few insiances have occurred of decided con 27. Sabbath. In the morning went with Mr. version to God.

Buzacort 10 see the children's school assembled The missionaries at Batavia have not confined previously to their going to worship--a great contheis labors to that city and its vicinity, but have course-perhaps upwards of 500.' They walked repeatedly visited distant parts, embracing other in good order to chapel, whither we accompanied large towns in the island of Java; sometimes them. On our arrival the sight was almost overextending their tours to places more remote, powering, but it was also pleasing: an immense including the western coast of the Malayan place filled and overflowing with interesting peninsula, Borneo, and Bali--preaching the hearers. I addressed them in the forenoon in gospel and distributing the scriptures, and in Tahitian from John iii. 8. Afier service they many places never before visited by a mis- brought me the texts in their own language and sionary

asked such questions as convinced me they unSuch are some of the particulars connected derstood a great portion of what I had said. with the history of the Society's mission in Java, 28. According to the custom of the country, which call for the gratitude of the society; and the chiefs brought us a present of food, which we encourage its directors to prosecute its undertak

gave to the crew of the vessel. Alter this Mr. ings there, in the firm hope, thai, notwithstanding

Buzacolt accompanied me to Gnatagnia, Mr. the formidable character of the difficulties which

Pitman's stavion, where we arrived a little before stand in the way of missionary operations in this

dark; but Mr. Buzacott returned home the same part of the world, the gospel will, at length, ex

night. We found Mr. and Mrs. Pitman in toleratend its triumphs and dispense its blessings, not only in Java, but in all the islands and regions and promising siate. I sincerely rejoiced to see

bly good health, and their station in a forward round about.

them so comfortably situated in so good a house,

though it was not quite finished. They were exProgress of the Society's Missions in the ceedingly glad to see us, especially as their soSouth Seas.

ciety with whom they could converse with ease,

has been so very limited. They have had abuna The following account is from the journal of the dance of society, who spoke a language which, Rev. George Platt, kept during a voyage of in

for a time, they did not well understand. They

can, however, converse with the natives with spection to the Hervey islands, &c. in the

tolerable ease and accuracy. As our arrival neighborhood of the Society islands, in the years was immediately known throughout the station, 1629 and 1830.

the house was soon filled with people. All the

avenues and passages were completely blocked Rarotogna.

up with those who wished to gaze at the stranger.

As soon as the general surprise was over, and Dec. 18, 1829. Went on board the vessel with each bad made his remarks, or expressed his the captain, and immediately weighed anchor, I wonder, or asked his question on general topics, and put to sea. It had been very rainy and they began to ask questions relative to the scrip squally; the rain, however, ceased, but the wind lures, or on subjects they had heard discoursed becoming light, our progress was slow. After upon from the pulpit

: they would scarcely allow alternately contending with squalls, calms, &c. us time for a little social conversation among till December 26, in the morning of that day Raro- | ourselves. The principal chief appears to be of togna appeared in the borizon, 30 or 40 miles an amiable disposition. It was pleasing to find distant. Pleasing anticipations arose, not only the people so settled, and the breihren and their in the minds of our fellow passengers

, who be- wives so comfortable and content among them; long to the islands, but also in our own, as to though they have

not been without their trials, or what we might sec of the progress of the gospel ll the people their troubles. Mr. Pitman's schoo.

10 pieces.

has been twice burned down by incendiaries, ll brethren and their wives have their hearts and and as often built up again by the people, and hands in the good work; for there is sufficient the large chapel once burned down and rebuilt. room for the exertion of all their powers. These have been great labors, for they are large 2. Took leave of our affectionate friends, and places. Mr. Buzacori's school has been once re-embarked, after first getting very wel, and burned down, and the chapel was tired, but the with difficulty finding the vessel. In fact, we flames were discovered in time 10 prevent its de- || had once put about to return to the shore. struction: the incendiary was taken and punished. 3. Sabbath. At sea, and uoubled with sickThese events much troubled and discouraged dess. We had two prayer-meetings, when those the people, who were then busily engaged in who were beller sailors than l engaged. building their own places. There was also very nearly an open rupture between the districts, on

Mauti. account of some lands retained in consequence of former wars; but the chief who retained them | Mauti, (or Marki.) The next morning, as soon

Jan. 5. In the evening made the Island of came forward and honorably gave them up, when all strife immediately ceased, and now they

as it was daylight, we looked out for a landing seem quite at peace,

but found none. At length, perceiving there was

little surf at the southern end, we etiecied a land29. In the morning went with Mr. Pitman to visit his school. It would be a task to count the

ing on the reef and walked to the settlement. children every morning, much more to teach

Though there was little surf, yet when the swell them all one by one, lleis endeavoring to qual

came up, it was such as to require four strong ily a number of them for engaging in the instruc

men to hold the boats, to prevent them from betion of the others. They had few books vill our

ing dashed against the sharp coral-socks and cut

One of the teachers who had met arrival; but supplied the place as well as they could with tlat stones (not slate.) which they had

us, attempted to carry me to the beach. He got from the mountains, or in the courses of the

mounted on a lump of coral to get firm footing; brooks; on which they wrote with the spine of a

but the next wave would have plunged us both shell-fish. Thic children secmed much pleased tially balanced himself by a violent exertion, and

ficadlong into the current, had he not providenwhen I noticed their performances, and I was

had not another native been at hand to lend us equally so 10 sec their proficiency. As we passed along, they stretched out their live hands.

assistancc. We at length got safe to shore. with their fat stones for me to inspect. Some

We had a difficult and paintül walk of about four

miles to the settlement. It appeared as if the contained a short letter addressed to myseli, and others a list of proper names, and others words together in the wildest order imaginable, rast

ocean, in frantic rage, had broken up and thrown of three or four syllables; others again exhibited reels of coral in immense masses and in small words of {wo syllables' down to two letters. There was a number of bigger boys, in faci fragments. Perhaps one foot would tread on a

coral whose upper edge was sharp as a knife, or young men, who had only lately attended the

on a number of protuberances sharp as the school, and who were of course much inferior to the smaller boys. The adult school was equally would plunge one up to the knee between two

pointed spincs of the sea egg; and the next step encouraging. Preached in the afternoon to a vast concourse of people who were apparently concealed by a few roots and dry leaves now

stones rough as graters, the chasm having been interested; and to me the occasion was exceed. || climbing a large mass thrown across as if to disingly pleasing, contemplating them as I did, just emerging from heathenism-slightly acquainted | large blocks higher than one's head, and having

pute the passage; thien descending between 10 with the grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, under foot the same sharp coral.' I was afraid as revealed in the scriptures, and anxious 10 know more of those blessed truths wlich are able || pal chiers, should tire. 'I had much the advan

lest my fellow traveller, Omai, one of our princito make us wise unto salvation. They have had ) age of him in having shoes. He at length of no portion of the scriptures in their own language in their hands till now. We brought them the

some native ones made of the bark of the Fau,

and then got on pretiy well. Gospel of John and the Epistle to the Galatians, with a few hymns trauseribed by Mr. Williams,

into the interior, the ground began to be covered

with soil, and, as we proceeded, with a good red and printed by Mr. Barti. It was affecting to see the marked attention which they manifested clay. On approaching the village the soil wore

a very dark' hue, and had every appearance of The place was more crowded, if possible, than

great fertility. The villagers were soon apprized the other, though on a week day evening. After

of our arrival, though we came upon them the service returned to Mr. Buzacott's. It became

| back way, or out of the bush. Numbers flocked dark before we arrived, but the road was

to salute us. good. I would attempt to describe the beautiful

We were immediately conducted

to the house of one of the native teachers, where scenery on either hand, were it not probable

a number of the chiefs had collected before us. that it has been described already by some of the

It was fitted up as elegantly as their ideas of brethren. 30. Intended to visit the other station to-day, the European style, so far as their means would

elegance could suggest. They entertained us in where the missionaries have stationed Papeiha allow. It wonld have forced a smile from the as native teacher, but my feet were so much blis

most grave to have seen how awkwardly the tered with last night's walk, that I have been very officious attendants acted their part, in adobliged to keep within doors.

ministering to our accommodation. The room, 31. The captain getting ready for sea, and during our evening repast and conversation, was keeping us in attendance near ai hand, I could lighted up with candle-nuts, strung upon the midnot go to the third station.

dle fibre of the cocoa-nut leaf, and reclined, 10 Jan. 1, 1830. The weather so boisterous, we

prevent litter or dirt, on a couch of the outsides could have no communication with the vessel. Mr. and Mrs. Pitman came down to take leave old style of Tahiti. They make no oil.

of the banana stalk, fresh and white, in the true of us and see us depart. They are all extremely loath to part with us so soon. I trust both the the inhabitants of the island, who are professedly

Preached in the evening 10 a great majority of

As we advanced

Christian, and was much pleased with their ap- 1 claimed, O Tubu teie, no Aitutake"mai (this is pearance and order. The singing was rather Tula, from Hituke), and like oue frantic, jumpdiscordant, but they apparently sung with all ed on the side of the vessel, and ran and skipped their heart, and that made a few odd strains from place to place, as if he would have flown more tolerable. After service a number of per into the canoe while at a distance. We could sons came to make inquiries on the scriptures, not account for his strange conduct till the canoe and on what they heard from their instructors arrived, which we found it was the young chief of After which I aitempted to teach them a tune Aliutake, and the people who had drifted as which they were very desirous to learn. This mentioned above. They informed us of their night I slept on shore.

escape, and that there had been war on the island 7. Recollecting our yesterday's fatigue in the during their residence on it, between the Hoopii hot sun, we determined, if possible, io set off Peran (so those who learn are called) and the this moming before sunrise, to arrive at the heathen; themselves having taken part with the beach while it was yet cool. The kind people former. One of the party had been wounded, as would have detained us, while they baked'a bog had also the teacher Davida. The heathen had for us, and provided a little food, but we begged commenced the war, and were beaten with the to be excused and to be allowed to proceed. loss of twenty men killed; while the Haapii They, however, baked the food and brought it Parau had only lost three killed. They did not after us. Our boat not being in sight, and the pursue the variquished, as formerly, to destroy food being prepared, we breakfasted on the them, but took as many prisoners as they could, beach. The boat not arriving soon, we sheltered

and carried them to the settlement, where they from the sun under a hedge, in a cleft undermin

set them to leam their alphabet. ed by the dashing waves, and practised our last evening's inne till the boat arrived. The vessel Having landed, Mr. Platt requested the people was as far away as we could see in the horizon. There was a hčavy surf upon the reef, and I was

to meet in a general assembly, and they colanxious to see how the boat could land without lected in great numbers. dashing to pieces. Some of the people jumped out of ber into the sea, when balancing on a I went and sat down on a stone, and as the proper wave, it ihrew them on their feet on the stranger excited as much attention as the meerrect. The people on shore went as far as they ing, the people all sat themselves round me on could to meet the boat; when the men left in her the ground as close as they could. A stool was waited for a proper wave, on which they balanced brought for the Hui Ari, and at a little distance her and rode in, when the people were ready to outside stood two or three circles of natives, to seize her to support the fall, yet she came down see and bear over the heads of the others. A with such force as 10 split a plank, though they profound silence was observed. I had heard of seized and carried her ashore. We got into the a remark made by some of them, that captain boat and they carried us out of the edge of the Cook had visited them, but had not informed breakers, and waited a suitable wave. Two of them of any other religion, and that therefore our men also jumped in, and when the wave they concluded their own to be right. I comcame, the people pushed us through, and our menced my address to them. by saying, that by two men pulled with all their might, till we clear-captain Cook's discoveries the people of Enged the coming ware and breakers, when the rest land had been informed concerning them and of our men swam off to us, bringing some pro their system of worship, which bad excited the visions with them. Thus some were seen float-compassion of the good people there, and induced ing off from the shore, and others swimming to them to send the gospel, first to Tabiri and the it, sporting in the breakers like fishes. The sea Society Islands, which had all received it, and broke fearfully and roared tremendously, but all found the blessings accomoving it;' that got safely through, excepting the boat, which, those islands had compassion on them, the natives with the stroke she had received, leaked so much of Manaia, and had sent teachers, that they also as to keep iwo men fully emploved in throwing might learn and know the true God, and that out the water. With a poor crew, and the res when they knew the truth, they might receive sch about six miles off, I lclt a little disheartened; too. I exhorted the kings to live in peace, lo foryet we arrived in safcty, and sent back the boat get former animosities, and bury in oblivion all for the remainder of the provision, which the their past diilerences; to attempi a cordial reconkindness of the people had provided. In the ciliation, and to embrace and be guided by the evening made sail; wind north-west, light breczes, I truth of the gospel. when they would be happy, calms, rains and squalls.

&c. I requested the teacher to interpret, as I had

spoken in Tahitian, which he endeavored to do. Manaia.

when an intelligent locking man in the second

circle of those who stood round, said, there was Jan, 11. Found ourselves near Manaia (Man no need, they had understood what I said, and it gero). As we drew ncar, the canoes began to was all very good; that ihey were desirous it come off to us, with their little property to sell. should be so, as I had said; but they wcre nothThe first was a large one filled with natives of ing; it all rested with those two," pointing to the island of Aitutake. They had drifted to

the heathen kings: if they were agreed. all Manaia, or rather overshot their port. Mr. Wil

would be well. They had said, when a Euroliams was, at the time, residing at Rarotogna. pean teacher came, they would receive the gosThey len their own island with the wife of one pel; now that I was among them, I should hear of their teachers, to visit Mr. Williams, as he was what they said. Mai then gave an account of so near; but missed their way and landed here,

the first introduction of the gospel among the after having been seventeen dars at sea. They Tahirians and the other islands, and concluded have been residing here ever since, their coun hy urging them to peace. Several gave their trymen pot knowing whether they are dead or

opinione, all savorable. After a pause for the alise. As the canoe approached ihe vessel, an chiefs to consider, an appeal was made to the Aitutake man we had on board, suddenly ex two old hings for their decision. I ensorced a

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