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Spirit of Inquiry among the Natives at the things which he had heard from us. Pyhea.
Shortly after their return, Mary, was You will rejoice to hear, that there taken very ill, and was not expected to has been, for some time, serious inquiry live. ' It was on this occasion that she after Divine Truth among the Natives first shewed any signs of a change for the in this Settlement; though those without better; for before her departure to the remain, as they were, insensible to the Southward she had been living in Mr. DaGospel Call. Two men and one woman vis's family, and was so exceedingly have been baptized : they are living in troublesome that she was turned away the Settlement. Within these few weeks from the house. She now spoke in a several others have expressed much most distinct manner of her trust in Jeconcern as to their eternal state ; and, sus Christ for the pardon of her sins, and though they have only now made their of the hope of soon being with Him in profession, yet an entire change of con heaven. Since her recovery, a watchful duct has been observable, for many eye has been kept over her, and both months, in several of them. This has she and her Husband have walked with brought us much important and interest great consistency. ing work: we meet all who are disposed, Taiwanga is a man of a very different every evening, for Religious Conversation disposition. He lived first at Kiddeeand Prayer. This being contrary to the kiddee with Mr. Butler; and afterwards. natural habits of the Natives, must went to Port Jackson, where he was put their sincerity to the test; as they staying with Mr. Clarke at Black Town. early retire to rest, or spend their even Hearing there that some of his friends ings in dancing, singing, or talking : but had been killed in battle, and that Shunthis appears altogether laid aside; and ghee was going to fight with the enemy, now they assemble, in each other's houses, he determined to join him, and accom-, for Prayer; and I trust that the Lord is panied Mr. Clarke to New Zealand for with them. [Reo. H. Williams, March 1830. the purpose. He was with Shunghee in
Baptism of Three Converts. ten different fighting expeditions: on this Feb. 7, 1830': Sunday — This' morning
occasion, he particularly distinguished my Brother baptized Peter and his Wife himself by killing a principal Chief of Mary, and Taiwanga. It will not be the opposite party. On his return, he uninteresting to hear some account of
came to live with Mr. Davis at this Setthese persons, who have now been living
tlement, where he has continued ever with us some years. Peter, who joined
since; not, however, without repeated this Settlement at the time of my arrival, temptations from his relations to join them is a Native of a quiet disposition, and in their fighting expeditions. A little more rather inclined to indolence. It is now than two years ago he had a strong conflict nearly three years since he shewed a dis with his evil passions, which threatened position to attend to the truths which it to withdraw him entirely from us. He is our part to inculcate; but some cir has a Female Slave, a relation to his cumstances occurred, which occasioned
Wife, whom he was minded to take as us to doubt the sincerity of his professions.
a Second Wife. He was told that he His Wife is a Slave, whom he took cap
must either break off all connection with tive at the Southward some years ago.
her, or leave the Settlement. After waverThe last trip which the "Herald” made ing some little time, he decided on the to Tauranga, Mary embarked, with her former, and sent the Slave away inland ; Husband's consent, to see her friends, and
ever since which time a change in his was to return at a future opportunity; mind seems gradually to have been taking but, in the mean time, the “Herald place.
[Rev. W. Williams. was lost, and Peter was glad to avail Beneficial Effects on the other Natives at himself of the departure of some Natives
Pyhea. from our Bay for the Southward, and The Lord was pleased to make this an joined the party in order to fetch' home awakening season to the souls of others : his Wifes On this occasion, he was absent they soon began to wish for instruction, about twelve months; and we were appre and to inquire what they should do to be hensive that he would gain nothing by saved. This necessarily led to private his absence from us. We heard, howa meetings, which I trust have been a ers, that he was in the habit of talking poor créatures several evenings with demuch to the Natives in that quarter about light, and I trust, profit to my own soul. (RECORD, August, 1830.]
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How it would have rejoiced those who have These poor creatures meet together themlong prayed for the conversion of the New selves, for prayer and conversation, in Zealanders, to have witnessed the pleas- their respective houses alternately; and I ing scene! My meetings with the Natives trust their meetings are profitable. Last commenced in the following manner. On night I heard Peter deliver a most suitWednesday the 25th of last month, it able address to our little audience; and, being my turn to address them, and having at the close, Taiwanga engaged in prayer observed their attention, at the close of my in a very impressive manner. My Eldest discourse I told them that those who were Daughter meets our Girls and our Men's particularly desirous for the salvation of Wives every evening: their prayers are their souls should come to my house, very affecting. Thus is the Lord, in where I should feel a peculiar pleasure in mercy, blessing this benighted Country. conversing with them on the nature of Peter has often been out on a Missionary those things which belong to their ever- Excursion among the Natives: a few evenlasting peace. In consequence of this invi- ings ago, he came home highly satisfied vitation, about 30 Men and Boys followed with what he had heard from the people me home, and I had the pleasure of spend- whom he had visited ; and said, It is ing a delightful evening with them. I re well for me to give my heart entirely to quested them to be free in their conversa God.” I also heard Taiwanga, yestertion, and make me acquainted with the day, address a fighting-party of Natives state of their minds, in order that I might in a very bold pleasing, manner. be enabled to give them a suitable word of
(R. Davis, March 1830. advice. After we had prayed for a bless
Hostilities among the Native Tribes. ing, one of the newly-awakened Natives In the midst of these encouragestood up and spoke in a very affecting man
ments, there is melancholy proof of He requested all present to be se
the dominion which Satan continues riously attentive to the things which were told them by us, whom he styled Messen
to exercise over the mass of this ungers of God; to leave off and forsake all happy people; though the events sin ; and to go to God continually, by detailed in the following accounts prayer, for grace, to enable them so to be abundantly shew how God is pleased lieve that their souls might be everlastingly to use His Servants for restraining saved. Another said: Yes, let us all their ferocious passions, and endo as you say ; let us live to God, and then we shall be happy.” Peter spoke courage the hope that these shall be next, in a very pleasing way; and said: ultimately overruled for the good “Yes, it is a happy thing indeed to be of the Mission. On the 5th March, lieve in God; for I have found it so: it is the Rev. W. Williams writes:the only good thing in the world.” An The Natives around us have been other said: Since I have continued to assembling for some days at Kororarika, pray, and to think on God, my heart has on the opposite shore of the Bay, about been full of light; consequently, I am two miles distant from our Settlement, happy.” Another said: “I am very much expecting an attack from the Natives of afraid of everlasting fire: at times it Wangaroa, Rangheehoo, and Kiddeeseems as though I were near to it.” An- kiddee. Hearing this morning that Uruother said: “My heart is hard; and it has roa, the Chief of the party that had been been so for a long time. Some time ago sent for, had arrived, we thought it would my heart was not dark, but light; this be well to go over to the contending parwas when I used the Means of Grace: but ties, to endeavour to restrain them from having been home for a time she being a mischief. Landing at Kororarika, we Native from Tauranga], and having also passed over the hill, and found the asneglected the Means of Grace, my heart sailants feasting on the kumera, or sweethas become hard, like a stone.” Some potatoes, which they had just pulled up said that they had a great desire: others, from the garden at which they had landed. that they had a little desire to believe in Tohitapu, our neighbour, was in the act God. At the close of their several con of holding an harangue, the purport of vérsations, I endeavoured to give each which was to restrain Ururoa from going person a suitable word of advice: and,
to any greater length, and to content himfrom what I have heard from them since, self with having plundered the kumeraat recent meetings, I have reason to garden, as a satisfaction for the bad hope that my labour has not been in vain. language used by the other party; while
Ururoa seemed to be as resolutely bent madness by Satan. In a short time the on going to Kororarika the following day. people in the boats landed from the ship
Of their interview with the Chiefs ping, to witness the distressing scene : the Rev. Henry Williams gives the many were dead, others dying, and the following account:-
wounded no one knew. I here observed, We found Tohitapu in the midst of the
with great wonder, the conduct of this Council, making an harangue. As soon
people. Within a quarter-of-an-hour as we came in sight, they received us in
after the firing ceased, very many of each a most gracious manner, and prepared the party were dispersed indiscriminately way for us. We took our station for the amongst their opponents; and we found purpose of speaking to them, which they that parents, children, and brothers had desired us to do; and commanded silence been fighting against one another. that all might hear : we communicated On a review of the melancholy as freely with them as ever we had done, proceedings of the day, Mr. R. Davis and nothing was more satisfactory than writes :the attention which they paid. They afterwards turned out their forces, that
Alas! what a day of horror and distress we might see their strength. Tohitapu, this has been ! Last night we left the who is on the opposite side, greatly ad- contending parties, apparently desirous mired them, and, with feeling of great
of making peace; but this morning, pride, pointing to the different tribes, hearing the firing, and concluding that exclaimed, “Those are mine!-and those they were fighting, we launched our are mine!” We returned after two
boat, and went over to the shipping. As hours, and I did not apprehend any mis
the “Royal Sovereign,” Captain King, chief.
was lying not more than 200 or 300 yards
from the scene of action, we went to his In this anticipation Mr. Williams ship. I went on board: but Mr. Wilwas disappointed; for on the follow- liams went on shore, and landed; and ing day he writes :
endeavoured to stop the fighting, but March 6,1830—About nine o'clock much was obliged to retreat to his boat, as a firing at Kororarika : by our glasses we very brisk fire was kept up by both could observe persons running in all di- parties. This was a hazardous attempt rections; and the canoes pulling off to the on the part of Mr. Williams, as he was shipping, filled with people. Mr. Davis in much danger of being shot. The deck and I immediately went over in the boat; of the “Royal Sovereign” presented a and, after communicating with Capt. King, woeful spectacle of horror and despair: on board the Royal Sovereign, went on many of the wounded men had been shore, to endeavour to put a stop to the brought on board, and were lying on the firing. Landed at the scene of action; deck in a mangled state: the surgeon was but could not see any one of any rank, as employed dressing their wounds, assisted all were concealed by fences and screens. by as many of the people as could be The parties were about twenty yards apart. spared. Besides the wounded, there I made as much noise as I could, but to was a great number of women and no immediate effect. Passed on to our children, who had fled on board, from old friend Tohitapu, who was resting on the village, for protection. I stayed on his arms, at the extremity of the beach. board, at the urgent request of the CapI endeavoured to persuade him to accom tain, to assist him in the management pany me to the opposite party, to draw of the Natives, &c. As the village was them off ; but he would not move. Tuai- expected to give way, and the Natives angi, a young Chief, was deputed to ac to fly to the shipping for protection, and company me.
We had not proceeded as they were likely to be followed there far before the firing ceased. Rewa came by the victors, the ships were put in a forward, and waved to the parties to de- posture of defence, and the worst presist. As we drew near to the spot, we learnt pared for. But I had not been long on that many were killed and wounded. I board, before the assailants gave way, was conducted to Ururoa, who was scarce and fled in all directions.
On seeing ly able to speak : however, numbers sur this, I went on shore, accompanied by rounded me, and all attention was given Captains King and Dean.
The sight to what I had to say. They acknowledge was dreadful, as nearly 100 people the correctness of our arguments with were killed and wounded. Soon after them, and that they were urged to this we had landed, the assailants were
permitted to come and carry away agitation : the Natives were up in arms their dead and wounded Chiefs, but the against one another, in great numbers. bodies of their dead slaves they left be- On the 6th instant they had a battle on hind. As one of the bodies left behind the opposite beach, in which it appears was that of a Chief, but one of little 70 were killed or wounded : their bodies note, a Chief of the village ran out, and were then lying on the beach. My arwith a hatchet cut the body open, and rival at this trying moment afforded the took out a small piece of the liver: this greatest relief to the Missionaries, as they told me was for the New Zealand
they were in hopes that I should have god. After having visited both parties, fluence with the contending Tribes, to and remained with them till near mid- make peace between them. Messengers night, we returned home.
had been despatched to different parts, to The proceedings of the next day their respective friends and allies; and it are thus noticed by Mr. Williams : was expected that some thousands would
March 7,1830 : Sunday—At the dawn be in the Bay in a few days. Some of of day I was awoke by the firing of mus
the Chiefs immediately waited on me, ketry at Kororarika : before sun-rise and requested that I would interfere beit ceased. About seven o'clock, observed
tween them. Both parties were equally Ururoa's canoes crossing the Bay for
our friends, and I was well acquainted Maturoa. Canoes from Kororarika ar
with the leading Chiefs on both sides. I rived all day, with men, women, and
promised that I would, with the Rev. H. children, bringing with them all their Williams, visit both their camps the folpossessions : our Service delayed on ac lowing morning, and hear what each had count of the wounded: the Natives out to say. Accordingly, early on the 9th, side making a great noise, but quiet in
we proceeded to the camp of those who their behaviour. At three in the after
had obtained the victory: they received noon observed the houses on fire at Ko us with the greatest cordiality. We imrorarika; and all the canoes leaving the mediately entered on the subject of our beach, and pulling in various directions. mission; and, after a long discussion, At sun-set, Ururoa, with Tohitapu, came
which was maintained by the Chiefs with to our beach to take up their quar
much ardour and warmth, it was agreed ters with us; and shortly after, Rewa,
that we should proceed to the camp of with his family. All was commotion, their enemies, and state to them the suband various reports as to the intention of stance of what had taken place. Their the Napui.
camps were about four miles apart. On On the following day, Mr. W.
our arrival, we were received with much Williams writes
respect by the Chiefs; and they were March 8-A number of our Natives willing to hear any thing which we had
to advance. The Rev. H. Williams returned from their Pa at the Kauakaua, opened the business; and, after many to observe the movements of the enemy. arguments, it was determined that we We told them, that we should endeavour to make peace, if possible ; at which they Chiefs to the Island of Maturoa, about
should proceed with one of the principal seemed well satisfied, doubting at the five miles off, where a large body of their same time whether the opposite party friends were encamped, and learn their would be likely to agree to terms. In
sentiments; which we consented to do, the mean time a vessel hove in sight; and immediately set off for the island. which proved to be from Port Jackson, When we arrived, we found the beach having on board our old friend Mr. covered with war-canoes, and Natives preMarsden, with one of his Daughters.
pared for action. We stopped some hours Mr. Marsden's arrival was hailed with this party: many of the Chiefs spoke with joy, both by the Missionaries with much force and dignity; but yielded and Natives; and his presence to our wishes so far, that we were augreatly conduced to the accomplish- thorised to proceed to their enemy's ment of the object which they had camp and to make some friendly propo
sitions to them. After these matters in view the restoration of peace.
were arranged, we returned home about He thus describes the state of things nine o'clock in the evening. The terms of on his arrival:
peace are not yet finally settled. I have When I arrived at the Bay of Islands, been negociating for peace ever since my I found the Missionaries in considerable arrival, and I hope it will shortly be ac
complished. I am not under much con turoa. He said that it would be needcern for the Missionaries, as all parties ful to wait till all had assembled, before are most friendly towards them; but they peace was made: he appeared apprehave never had such a trial before: they hensive that the opposite party was not have lived in much peace until now. I sincere. think when this difference is settled, it March 11 - After breakfast, Rewa, will extend their influence far and wide: Mr. Marsden, and I, went up to the many of the distant Chiefs will see who Pa. We hoisted the white flag, by and what they are, and what their ob Rewa's request, as a signal that we were ject is.
come to treat for peace. On our arrival, Of the cause of these unhappy dis- all assembled ; and I told them we were turbances Mr. Marsden adds
come to receive their instructions as to The origin of this present war proceeds the message to Ururoa, whether peace from the most infamous conduct of the or war : it was now high time. Before Master of a Whaler. The Chiefs contend. the assembling of the multitude, they reed, that as the war did not originate with plied, that was very good; but that them but with an European, the Euro- Ururoa must depute some Chief to meet peans were answerable for all the conse
them in the Pa, and afterwards some one quences, as a nation : they wished to
from the Pa should go to them. This know what satisfaction we would give being concluded, we proceeded to Kothem for the loss of their friends who rorarika, and met Ururoa and other had been killed- it was their right to de
Chiefs. They appeared of one opinion ; mand satisfaction, and it was just that
but they waited the arrival of Mungo and the Europeans should give it : it was not Kakaha,the two sons of Shunghee,the Chief their own quarrel. I replied, that all
of Tako, who was killed ; as the duty of I could do was, to write to England, to seeking revenge now devolves upon them prevent the return of the Master to New
for the death of the father. I told UruZealand. They requested that I would roa we were weary of going about; but not do this: they wished to get him into
he and others replied, that we must not their possession; which they would do, be weary, but strong, and very cou. should he return; and then they would rageous ; that should these two men come take satisfaction themselves. The immo
in the course of the night, they would ral conduct of some of the Whalers is send a canoe over to us, and peace should dreadful.
be concluded in the morning.
March 13 — At breakfast, Tohitapu The efforts of the Missionaries
came, and spoke abont the necessity of towards obtaining peace are thus making peace ;-that the distant Tribes detailed by Mr. Williams :
would arrive, and then there would be March 9, 1830-Mr. Marsden and I
no restraining them. went up to the Pa, where the Kauakaua March 14: Sunday — Tohitapu and Natives were assembled: every attention Rewa very urgent that communicawas paid to what we had to say; and it tion should be held with Ururoa and was unanimously agreed, that Kororarika others at Kororarika; as several canoes should be given up to the opposite party, were observed to pull over from Maturoa. as a payment for Shunghee and for the I therefore went over by myself; and numbers who had been slain. The uni- took the opportunity of speaking to them versal word was ' Peace. We afterwards upon their present state, and offers of pulled to Kororarika ; when they ap eternal peace held out by Jesus Christ. peared desirous for peace, and it was All were inclined for peace.
In the agreed that Tarea and Titore should ac evening, Service as usual. Warenui company us to Ururoa, who was at came from the Pa, apparently under Maturoa. The wind being favourable, much concern by the delay in making we soon arrived, and had a very pleasant peace, conversation. All, with the exception of March 16—After breakfast, Mr. Da. one or two, appeared disposed for peace. vis and I went to Maturoa, to see Ka
March 10-At day-light, the Wrika kaha and Mungo, the sons of Shunghee. pana passed through the Settlement. When in the middle of the Bay, we They stopped for a short time, to hear the picked up old Kossin, who was in a small news, and to see Mr. Marsden. After skiff of a canoe, and would certainly dinner, went over to Kororarika, to see have been upset had we not gone to his Ururoa, who had just come from Ma assistance. The Natives at Maturoa