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affording them protection. Since of the Society's Labourers, which, the commencement of the Mission, under other circumstances, would other Stations, in addition to that at have been appropriated to the inRangheehoo, have been formed, at struction of their ignorant neighKiddeekiddee and Pyhea: a fourth bours: this circumstance, however, was contemplated some time ago; has afforded them daily opportunibut the intention was, on fuller con ties of intercourse with the Natives sideration, abandoned; and it has in their employ, and many facilities subsequently been deemed advisable of becoming acquainted with their to give up Rangheehoo, in order to character and language. The chief strengthen the other Stations. The objects to which their labours have original Settlers have been followed, , been directed, are, the instruction at various times, by other persons, of the Natives collected at the vawho, in various capacities, have gone rious Stations-visits to the Neighout to engage in the instruction of bouring Tribes—the fixing the Lanthe Natives; and the total number guage; and the preparation of a of Missionaries, Catechists, and Set- Grammar and Vocabulary, with Eletlers, thus sent forth, is 32; and there · mentary Books for Schools and the are at present connected with the Translation of the Scriptures and Mission, 4 Missionaries, 3 of whom Liturgy into the Native Tongue. In are married; 10 Male Lay-Instruc- the Schools which have 'been estators, and 13 Female.

blished, there are about 200 perThe means of regularly conveying sons, Adults and Children, under stores from New South Wales, for the Christian Instruction; the generality support of those who were engaged of whom have made a satisfactory in the Mission, the want of which proficiency. Portions of the Books had been much felt at the commence of Genesis and Exodus, and of the ment of the Settlement--the obtain- Gospels of St. Maithew and St.John; ing provisions from various parts of the Lord's Prayer; a part of the the Islands, for the maintenance of Liturgy; and some Hymns, have the Native Scholars and the facillbeen translated and printed for the ty of access to the inhabitants along use of the Natives: the Missionaries the coast, strongly suggested the im, are proceeding in the work of portance of a Vessel which might be Translation. The beneficial influthus employed in the service of the ence of the Gospel of Christ is visiMission. Under the direction of ble, in the general declension of the one of the Missionaries, whose pro-, native superstitions, in the ascenfessional skill enabled him to super- dancy which the Missionaries have intend the undertaking with consi- , obtained over the minds of the peoderable advantage, a Vessel of about ple, and in the readiness with which 100 tons, the “Herald," was com their instructions are listened to; menced: it was completed and and, though they have had to wait launched in 1826, and, soon after, in faith for a full blessing on their made a voyage to the Colony; but, labours, some seals to their Ministry in the following year, was driven on have been given them in this land the rocks on the coast of New Zea- of darkness and blood; and the

re land, and became a wreck. It has cent spirit of inquiry, which is nosince been replaced by another Ves- ticed in some of the subjoined acsel, the "Active;" which, it is hoped, counts, encourages them to hope has ere this reached its destination. that God will shortly fulfil His pro

The erection of Buildings for the mises in a more abundant measure, purposes of the Mission, and other and glorify His Name in the consecular matters, have necessarily version of many more of these savage occupied a large portion of the time people to the Faith of Christ.

RANGHEEHOO.

While, in every part of the So or, what is still worse, have been taken ciety's extensive operations, new

by the prisoners who may have secreted opportunities for Missionary · La- themselves in her. We received Letters

two days since from Port Jackson : no-, bours arise, and new demands are made on the faith and zeal of the thing had been heard. Our only hopo

appears in news from Tahiti. Church, the state of the Society's The Rev. S. Marsden arrived in Finances has for some time forbade New Zealand on the 8th of March: it to engage in any undertaking the Rev. W. Yate, who had gone to which involves additional expense; the Colony for the purpose of carand it is the peremptory, though rying through the Press some of the painful duty of the Committee, to Translations which had been comcontinue this restriction. But the pleted, and on other matters conSecretary of State for the Colonies' nected with the Mission, supplied having made known to the Com- his place during his absence. From mittee the desire of His Majesty's the various communications before Government to take measures for us we collect the following accounts the Religious Instruction and So- of the state and prospects of the cial Improvement of the Aborigines Mission :of New Holland -and having proposed that the Society should fur

1 nish two Religious Teachers to la During the last three months I have, bour among them for the prosecu

with Mr. Shepherd, attended to the School. tion of this object, for whose support Natives with the Hooping Cough, and of

On account of the indisposition of our 500l. per annum would be set apart our own Families, the School has not been out of the Colonial Funds--the

80 regularly attended as usual. Committee gladly availed themselves The Sundays have been spent in Die of this opening, and two individuals vine Service, and in visiting the Natives are under preparation for this scene at their own dwellings ; and they have, of labour.

in general, behaved orderly, and paid at

tention to what has been said. We have NEW ZEALAND.

met together occasionally, to improve in The Rev. Alfred N. Brown, with the Language. The numbers in our Mrs. Brown, left New South Wales

Schools are, 16 Men and Boys, and 12

Girls. on the 10th of November, and arrived

Makohia, a Chief's Son, who was the in New Zealand on the 29th. It is forwardest Youth in the School, and had intended that Mr. Brown should take lived with us about five years, died in charge of the education of the Euro- October last: he was a truly promising pean Children connected with the young man, and was evidently seeking Mission; and, with that view, it has, salvation through Jesus Christ. Preafter much deliberation, been de- viously to his illness, he joined in prayer cided by the Missionaries that his satisfaction, to the Truths of God, to the

and singing; and listened, with apparent residence, for the present, should be end of his life. (T. King, Jan.6, 18:19. at Pyhea. Serious apprehensions are Through the kind Providence of God, entertained for the safety of Mr. we enjoy tolerably good health, and have, and Mrs. Charles Davis and Mrs. till the last month, been enabled to go

on in our work with some satisfaction. Hart: they left Port Jackson, in the

Haweis," on the 18th of October, The number of our School is, however, since which time no 'tidings have greatly diminished; owing, perhaps, partly

to the unsettled state of the various Tribes been received. In reference to this, in the Bay of Islands, and partly to the the Rev. Henry, Williams.writes on Ships which have lain opposite our Settlethe 23d of March :

ment for a week or two past. We buried It is now nearly five months since the a Young Man last week who had been “Haweis" sailed, and has not yet been with me ever since I came to Rangheehoo: heard of: many are our conjectures. ' the last words which I heard him utter She might have been dismasted or upset, were in prayer to God that he might be

KIDDEEKIDDEE.

prepared to dwell happy with Jesús lation of the Scriptures, and in occaChrist in heaven. [J. Shepherd, Marck 1829. sionally visiting the Natives in the in,

The Natives have regularly attended terior. With the assistance of Messrs. the Means of Grace: those at Matatri Kemp and Hamlin and the Natives, I and the neighbouring Villages have not have erected a commodious School Room been visited as often as in the last Quar 38 feet by 18, which I hope we shall be ter, on account of our other engagements. able to use in about a month. We have had in the Settlement 29 Men

[Q. Clarke, April 1829. and Boys, and 12 Girls. (J. King, July 1829. We have had, during the Quarter, 50

Men and Boys, and 29 Girls, under inDuring the last Quarter I was em struction: most of them seem desirous of ployed as usual, excepting that I some improving. I have spent 15 days amongst times visited the Natives down the river. the Natives : the weather prevented me The Translation of St. Paul's Epistles to from being out more. (Rev. W.Yate, July 1829. the Corinthians has continued to engage I am happy to say that our School Room, our attention, in the hours usually devoted and another small Room, 12 feet by 11, for to the study of the Native Language. the convenience of a fire, are so far comThe number of Natives living in our Fa- plete as to enable us to use them. We feel milies and attending School are, Boys 38, thankful that we have now a convenient Girls 24.

(Red. W.Yate, Jan. 1829. place where we can assemble our Natives, My time, for the last three months, has to instruct them in Reading, Writing, &c., been chiefly occupied in attending to the and for the still more important part of general instruction of the Natives, to the our work--the instructing them in the Language Meetings, and the instruction Gospel of Christ. [ 0.Clarke, July 1829. of the European Children belonging to the The Natives that live with us are, I Settlement: I have also visited the Na hope, on the whole, gaining knowledge tives on the banks of the Kiddeekiddee in temporal and spiritual things. Several River on Sundays, and at Waimate and

of our Lads have made considerable imother places occasionally. [J. Kemp, Jan. 1829.

provement in Carpentry and other useful My occupations during the Quarter branches of trade; but we find, that, in have been little different from those of order to bring them on in the knowledge the preceding: the Native and European of those useful Irts, we must devote most Schools have occupied a part of every of our time to them: this we find we day; visiting the Natives, and the study cannot do, and visit the Natives at their of the Language, have, as opportunity residences also, which appears to us to be offered, been attended to; the remaining of the first and greatest importance. We part has been devoted to the Natives in find, that, for want of a better principle the secular employ of the Settlement than their natural one, whatever they The Girls' School has been attended by have learned of the Arts, we are never Mrs. Kemp, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Hamlin, sure of them; for on occasions which we and Mrs. Baker. [G. Clarke, Jan. 1829. have lately been called to witness, when

A horse having been purchased for my any disturbance takes place, many of use, I have been able, in the last Quar- them will join the Natives, and return to ter, to spend 18 days amongst the Natives, their former habits. We would hope and have generally found them attentive that there are some few who have felt at the moment of speaking to them. something of a principle of Grace formed There have been in the Schools, 36 Boys, in their souls, and who, we trust, will and 24 Girls. [Reo. W.Yate, April 1829. be living witnesses of the power and effi

I have, with the Brethren, attended cacy of that Grace in restraining and to the instruction of the Native and Eu- keeping under the Native Habits and ropean Children in the Settlement, and Customs.

[J. Hamlin, March 1830. in visiting the Natives at Waimate and The Schools go on.pretty well: the Ahuahu, to instruct them in the Truths Boys are getting on in Reading, Writing, of the Gospel. At present, I do not ob- and the First Rules of Arithmetic: the serve any of the Natives at all anxious

Girls are also making progress, though or desirous of being instructed in those but slowly: they are attended to by our truths which we endeavour to dissemi

Females alternately; and are instructed nate amongst them. [J. Kemp, April 1829. in Reading, Writing, and Needle-Work,

My time during the Quarter has been and some can sew. very neatly. The occupied in the European and Native greatest difficulty is in keeping them in Schools, with the Bretliren in the Trans our houses; the shipping is such a temp

PYHEA.

tation to draw them from us; and their parents encourage them in all that is My attention during the Quarter has wicked: many of the Girls from our Set been devoted to the Native and English tlements are taken by their parents on Schools, Translation, and visiting the Naship-board, so great is their thirst for tives at their Settlements, in conjunction powder. This is one of the greatest trials with the rest of the Brethren. The Nawhich we have to encounter; and nothing tives in the School at. Pyhea have less than the Grace of God can subdue amounted to nearly the same number as this eyil. Mrs. Kemp has now living last Quarter, and their behaviour and under her care 7 Girls: two others are progress have been satisfactory. The married and settled with us, both of whom number at present, in the Boys' School, have families.

[J. Kemp, March 1830. is 66 ; in the Girls' 38; total 104. The Our Schools, under the care of Mr. English Female School has been attended Baker and myself, go on much the same as

to as usual, by Mrs. H. and W.Williams. usual: our Partners attend daily to the

[Red. W. Williams, Jan. 1829.

During the past Quarter, the conduct instruction of the Native Females, and

of the Natives round us was good. My are not without encouragement in their

time was occupied in attention to the work. The Natives living in the Settlement Language, &c. I have visited the Natives

Schools European and Native, to the under our more immediate instruction

at the distant Settlements, eleven days, are especially the objects of our anxious

at various opportunities. solicitude. Many of them know the great

Rev. H.Williams, April 1829. and fundamental Principles of Christia Nothing particular has occurred among nity; and some, I trust, feel themselves the Natives. The number of Natives in condemned by that Law which is holy, the School is, 76 Men and Boys, 37 Wojust, and good: after addressing them, men and Girls; total 113. The keel of they sometimes seriously inquire how a boat was laid down a fortnight since, they may escape the impending danger, for the general purpose of transporting and how-to use their own words—they stores from the Shipping to Kiddeekiddee. may please the Father of Heaven, Many

[ The Same, July 1829. seem to go from day to day with a bur

Thus far the Lord has helped us, His dened conseience, yet not sufficiently most unworthy creatures, in this land of humbled to apply to the only Remedy. darkness and death. Our work is going May the Lord, in His own good pleasure,

on; our prospects are bright; but our soon complete what, I trust, he has begun! trials are not few. We are on the field

(G. Clarke, March 1830. of battle, and we have a powerful enemy Itinerating among the Natives has been to contend with. Pray for us: pray that especially attended to during the last two we may live personally in communion months, the weather having been so fine with God. While all is right within, all as to enable us to get out among them; will go well without, [R. Davis, Dec. 28, 1829. but we feel that we labour under great Our Schools continue to go on with disadvantages, from the unsettled state of increasing numbers, and, I trust I

may the people, who are continually wander add, with increasing improvement. Many ing from place to place : we sometimes there arewhose minds arestored with much travel forty miles to see 200 Natives, they Scriptural Knowledge, and who are occabeing so much scattered up and down the sionally employed to teach others; the country. We hope the time is not far whole of them are more or less employed distant when they will assemble them each day. There are a few set apart for selves to hear the Word of God: at pre the Carpentring Department, some of sent we are obliged to visit from family whom have made great improvement: on to family to deliver our message, but are the whole, I believe the New Zealand endeavouring to persuade them to meet Mission was never under more encoutogether at convenient places for Reli raging circumstances than at this time. gious Instruction, which some seem to

[W. Fairburn, March 1830. approve. When we can accomplish this General Examination of the Schools. object we shall be able to do a vast deal An Examination of the Schools more work with far less labour : our prð took place at Kiddeekiddee in the spects are however, on the whole, cheer month of December, the particulars ing, amongst the Natives whom we visit; of which cannot fail of interesting and that day will, I trust, soon dawn, for

our readers. The Rev. W. Williams which we labour and pray. *[The same,

writes:

March 1830.

The 8th of December was the day ap a number of poor Cannibals collected pointed for our Annual Examination, from the different Tribes around us, which was to be held at Kiddeekiddee. whose fathers were so rude, so savage, At an early hour, the whole Settlement that for ten years, with much pain and was in motion ;, and a little after 7 o'clock vexation and exposure, the first Misthe European Families and Natives em sionaries lived among them often exbarked in four boats and one large canoe: pecting to be devoured by them. A Mr. Davis, and a small party of Natives, few years ago they were ignorant of remaining in charge of the Settlement. every Principle of Religion : many of In our passage, we fell in with Mr. King's them, like their fathers, had glutted in boat, and one canoe; and then proceeding human blood, and gloried in it: but, now, together, we arrived at Kiddeekiddee there is not an individual among them about 11 o'clock. The native mode of who is not, in some degree, acquainted salutation, at such times, is with a rush on with the Truths of the Christian Religion, both sides, and a sham-fight; but this was which, with the blessing of God, may be exchanged for the more sober welcome the means of his conversion. Not six of three British cheers. The numbers years ago they commenced on the very met together were about 290 ; viz. 12 rudiments of learning: now, many of European Families, amounting to 72— them can read and write their own lanNative Girls 63— Men and Boys 150. guage with propriety, and are comAs soon as we had dined, the Europeans pletely masters of the First Rules of met in the Chapel; when, after the Even Arithmetic. But very few years ago, a ing Prayers, I addressed the Brethren, chisel made out of stone, of which many and Mr. Yate administered the Lord's specimens have been sent home, was the Supper.

only tool: now, they have not only got our The following morning at 9 o'clock, aft- tools, but are learning to use them. It er Prayers, the Examination commenced; is true, that this is but the day of small first in the two Catechisms which we things : still, greater and more permanent have prepared, then in Writing and Ac- blessings await New Zealand. The Gocounts. The First Class was exercised spel is preached ; the Bible is translatin Sums, in Addition, Subtraction, Divi. ing; Scriptural Precepts are taught with sion, and Compound Addition. In the Scriptural Doctrines, and will, I hope, afternoon, the Natives dined off temporary soon be practised ; and then the whole tables : the food, which consisted of pork, train of blessings following the Preached beef, potatoes, and bread, was served Gospel must be theirs also. I do appeal up in little baskets, after the native to our friends in England, and ask them, fashion. They had not been eating more whether (taking into consideration all than five minutes, when all, with one circumstances, in the course of so few consent, left their seats, and scampered off years) the Lord has not done wonders, with the remainder of the food; it being yea, marvellous things, in this dark the native custom never to leave any thing land. which is set before them, but to carry He addsoff what they cannot consume at the time.

It may be asked, Where are the ConThe Sewing of the Native Girls was after

verts to Christianity? How many have wards examined, when some highly satis

received the Truth, in the love of it? factory specimens were shewn: and the

How many have been turned from next day we met in the Chapel, to award

darkness to light ? &c. To which I would a few Prizes to the most deserving.

answer: Some few have left the world Work by the Native Carpenters was

witnesses of the power of the Gospel, brought forward which would have done credit in a civilised country. The prin- resting all their hopes for eternity on

confessing that they were sinners, and cipal things were, a pannelled door-a

Christ the Rock: others are statedly pannelled gate-a sash-a table--and a

attending a Preached Gospel; and, in the stool. During the morning I spoke to the Lord's good time, will, we may hope, Natives from Matthew ji. 2.

become living epistles, known and read On this occasion, Mr. Clarke

of all men With such prospects, and writes

such promises, we may well lift up the During the Examination, I could not hands that hang down, having ocular debut contrast, in my own mind, the pre monstration that our labour cannot be in sent appearance of these Natives with yain in the Lord. their past situation. Here, thought I, are

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