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fair proficients; and this must give them, rian People, with the intention of draw. hereafter, with God's blessing, access to ing up a minute statement of their state the Heathen.
and condition; and I hope that shortly I Preaching in Syrian Churches. may be able to effect this very desirable Some time since I commenced the im- object. We have now formed a Tract Soportant work of preaching in the Syrian ciety, and hope we shall shortly be able Churches. I was most kindly received to send through the length and breadth and attentively heard by the people. I of the land some silent but efficient mesconfess I felt that I never before acted
sengers of Truth. In reference to this, so much the part of a Missionary in this we mean to solicit funds in our neighland as when I raised up my voice within bourhood. Having a Press to work, the walls of these venerable Churches. heads to translate, and a reading popuIt is my intention, with God's help, to lation, our great desideratum will be continue this practice; and, on such money. occasions, to take with me one or two of About nine months ago, I employed the the Deacons, in order to familiarize their Catanar Marcus, of whom the Committee minds to the preaching of the Gospel. have often heard, as General SuperintenCirculation of Soriptures, and Formation dant of the College. In this, certainly, of a Tract Societg.
he is very useful to me. He keeps his I cannot tell from personal observa eye steadily fixed on every thing that goes tion; but, from what I have heard, I be on in my absence, and reports to me aclieve the Translation made and circulated cordingly. I have a great regard for him. by my excellent friend and brother, Bai
I think, enter fully into one's ley, is beginning to be a blessing to the feelings; and this, in such a land, is no people. I have been long desirous of small matter. He occasionally writes making a tour throughout the whole Sy- for me a little English.
there, and live at Tahiti, but that their A GENERAL View of the Proceedings own Island would never leave off its of the Society in New Zealand, to present customs. gether with many interesting parti May 23-Went to Waiomio, distant culars, was given at pp. 179—186 of four miles from Kauakaua. A Niece our Volume. We now present our
of Christian Ranghi has lately left my Readers with some Extracts from her father at this place. The family
house in a dying state, and is with the Journals of the Rev. William is in a pleasing state, and have geneWilliams and the Rev.William Yate, rally paid more attention to us than Extracts from the Rev. W. Williams's other Natives. The father made a strikJournal
ing remark to the child, when calling May 22, 1829-Went to Kauakaua, her to come to me.
He said, This is with Mr. Davis, for the purpose of your parent, who is come to see you, examining some land, which we have who has taken care of you so long.” She thought of purchasing for the benefit of has lived in our house about a-year-andthe Society. It did not answer our ex a-half, and I hope has not been with us pectation, and the people are unwilling in vain: she has never been very comto part with that which is of better qua- municative ; and the most I have been lity. We spoke to as many Natives as able to obtain from her, relative to her the time would allow, and retired to our Saviour, is, that she prays to Him in her tent. In the evening, we were much heart. interested by an account given by a May 27-Set out with my Brother Chief, who has lately visited Tahiti. on an inland expedition, He simply confirmed the testimony given ceeded on our way about two hours, by others before, that the Natives of when the weather became bad ; and, that Island have undergone a very great after being wet through, we resolved to change. I asked if they never fought return. The rain afterwards blowing over, now?
Fight !” said he, “they are all we retraced our steps, and reached the become Missionaries.” The Natives, who Aute in the evening, just in time to put listened to him, said they should like to go up our tent before the weather assumed
an unfavourable aspect. We took no ters iii. iv. of 1 Cor. were examined, and harm, and were much refreshed for our passed. On our return, we found that a journey in the morning.
party of 70 Natives had been, during the May 28, 1829—Spoke to two parties day, to take away a large canoe, which at the Aute. The people were very we had bought a few days before : the civil, but for our message to them they canoe was stolen by the party from manifest as much indifference as any whom we purchased it. Natives we know: this we attribute, July 5 : Sunday-We have occasional in part, to the frequent intercourse causes of difference with the Natives, which this Tribe has had with the ships. in consequence of thefts committed in We afterwards proceeded to Taiamai, our Settlement. I met with a party and returned to our old quarters in the to-day at Waitangi, which has been often evening. Some of the people of the troublesome; and some of the Slaves latter place have behaved very ill to us committed considerable depredation last on various occasions, and we went into week. It is not unworthy of remark, their neighbourhood with the expecta- that the Chiefs expressed their disaption of meeting with some insult : but probation of the conduct of the Slaves, we did not fall in with the party in and treated me with civility. question ; and in that district they were July 14-Went to Kauakaua with Mr. restrained, as they have been on many Davis : one of the principal Chiefs has other occasions.
been much afflicted with bad eyes, and is May 29-At the Aute we spoke to strongly impressed with the idea that he other Natives, who have had no connec is bewitched : several others are sick. tion with the ships, and were as atten I was most interested by two Natives tive as those yesterday were careless. from Waikato, just arrived, with a large Passing through several villages in the party, to trade with the Bay of Islanders. course of the day, at each of which we I gave them an outline of our Message, spoke, we returned in the rain, and of a part of which they seemed to have were completely drenched by the time some idea. They said, that a woman we reached home.
of Waikato had been up to heaven lately, June 1-Prayer-Meeting at Pyhea, and reported it to be a very good place: which was attended by three of the there were great multitudes of people, Brethren from Kiddeekiddee. The greater who lived peaceably : that when they had part of three days was spent in revising any slight quarrel, they had rushes to Chapters iii. iv. v. of St. Matthew. fight with instead of guns, and leaves of
June 2-I was obliged to leave the flax instead of the stone“ meris" (mayree). Meeting; and go to Kiddeekiddee, to July 19 : Sunday-The day was wet, see Rewa, who had seriously injured his and I was unable to leave the Settlehand by the bursting of a gun. It was ment. I had a cheering conversation necessary to amputate three of his with Pita, one of our Natives. He and fingers, which I proposed to do; but the his Wife have lived with Mr. Davis more superstition of the people was so great, than four years, and for some time past that every one was opposed to it: and I have manifested much attention to inwas also given to understand, that if I struction. From the nature of Pita's rehad cut his hand, a party of strange marks to-day, I think him a proper subNatives, who had just arrived from the ject for Baptism : every question on masouthward, would probably have been terial points he answered most properly. cut off by Rewa's Tribe, as a payment I particularly questioned him on the last for his accident.
subject from which I had spoken—that of June 21 : Sunday -The Wicked One Baptism. The Natives have a baptism is now especially on the alert, to preju for their children; but, as Pita observed, dice the Natives against us, in the mat. their baptism is intended to make them ter of their temporal diseases. They wicked, while ours makes them holy. say, that before we came to the land, Of Prayer, he said, that, after our daily few persons died before they were old; Evening Service, he and his wife were and that we have imported sickness among in the habit of praying to Jesus Christ; them, to which all ages fall victims. and that, if at any time they neglected it, This was the principal subject of con they felt very uncomfortable. I had spokversation with two parties to-day.
en a short time previously on the words June 22, 23— Attended a Meeting for Give us this day our daily bread: the Language at Kiddeekiddee, when Chap- spiritual meaning of them he received,
I believe, in his heart-that Christ was after the Native Priest had exercised his the salvation of his soul, as bread is that of priestcraft over it; and, that if it had the body. His wife was not present; but been left entirely to me, or entirely to she is in a similar frame of mind.
the Priest, it would have done well. July 20-22, 1829–Meeting for the Aug. 16 : Sunday-Spoke to a party Language at Pyhea, when Chapters vi. of Natives at Waitangi. It is reported vii. viii. of St. Matthew were examined that a Slave has been shot, on account of for printing.
the Chief. July 26 : Sunday - We received a Aug. 17, 18 — Attended a Language public application from Taiwanga last Meeting at Ranghehoo, when Chap. iv. night, in behalf of his children, whom he of St. John was examined, and passed wishes to have baptized. His Letter is for printing. short, and, being much to the purpose, Aug. 22—After attending to the inwill not be uninteresting :
struction of the European Children in Here am I thinking of the day when the morning, engaged, during the rest of my Son shall be baptized. You are Mes. the day, in translating the Baptismal Sersengers from God; therefore, I wish that vice for Infants into the Native Language. he should be baptized according to your Aug. 23—It having been considered ways. I have cast off my native ideas of
that the application made by Taiwanga rectitude, and my native thoughts. Here I sit thinking, and untying the rope of the
in behalf of his children should be atDevil ; and it is shaken, that it may fall off. tended to, I baptized his four children, Jesus Christ, perhaps, is near, to see my evils, together with my own little Boy, after and to look into the hearts of men. It is well, the Second Lesson. The names given to perhaps, that the heart should grieve in the
them were, Richard Hill, Samuel Marsmorning, in the evening, and at night, that
den, Mary Anne Davis, and James Davis. every sin may be blotted out.
Mr. Yate, Mr. Clark, and all at this Aug. 6
- Went to see one of our Station, were Sponsors; the nature of this neighbouring Chiefs, who has had his hand office having been previously explained blown to pieces by the bursting of a gun. to Taiwanga. The Service was very I had an opportunity of speaking to some affecting, and the attention of the Natives Natives from the southward, who are on marked; and I think this public celethe eve of their return: they have heard bration of the Rite, in their own language, a few important truths while here, which will not fail, under the Divine Blessing, may not be without effect.
of making some of them thoughtful on Aug. 8-The Chief whose hand is in
this point. Pita observed, afterwards, jured was removed to this Settlement, that he wished to be “wakatapu,” that for the purpose of being attended to. is, consecrated by this ordinance to God, The Natives are exceedingly supersti as soon as possible. In the afternoon, in tious ; but we oblige them to break addressing the Natives, I explained to through many of their practices, at these them, that, by Baptism, a Believer is adtimes.
mitted into the visible Church, and that Aug. 11–Went up the River Kaua- without it none could be considered memkaua. The people were as attentive as bers of the same; while, unless the outward I ever found them; but they are still, I sign was accompanied by inward grace, believe, without exception, in a state of it would be of no avail. I endeavoured darkness.
also to shew the reasons why Infants are Aug. 14—The Chief with the wounded received. hand was removed from our Settlement Aug. 24-Went up the River Waikari, this morning. In consequence of exces accompanied by Mr. Yate; but found sive irritation from the mangled parts very few Natives, the body of people -which, when I first went to see him, he being absent, planting potatoes. Old would not by any means have removed Toru, the principal Chief, was lying sick. lock-jaw came on, and there is now little He observed, as many others have done, hope of his recovery. He could not un that he was sick because he did not atderstand at all how his back and jaw tend properly to our “karakia," and could be affected by the hand, and at- asked, with apparent sincerity, what he tributed this new affection to some neglect must do. of the “tapu” in the erection of a little Aug. 25, 26—Engaged in School, and house which his relations have constructed translating the Catechism. This morning, here to shelter him. Others, again, think a Priest of some celebrity made a comit is owing to my applications to his hand, motion among our Natives. He was er
hibiting the vocal powers of the native very precarious state, and frequently degod “Witi;” which was nothing more lirious : when her mind is collected, she than a whistling sound, which he made to appears to be in a pleasing frame. proceed from his head by a trick of ven On Sunday, the 20th, I went; with Mr. triloquism. We told him that, in England, Shepherd, to visit some of the neighbour. people would make an oyster or even a ing Natives, who were, for the most part, dead man talk, but they were not called busily employed about their nets. Waigods on that account. I then asked, kato, who went to England with Shun
Why, if this is a god, does he not cure ghee, is as superstitious as any of the your sick people ?", "The Native God," Natives, and would not, on any account, said the man, "is dead since you are come neglect one of his tapus. With a new to the land, and can do nothing.". This net there is very much ceremony; and is something like the Oracle of Delphi the whole of the sea in the immediate ceasing to prophesy on the first promul- neighbourhood of Rangheehoo is now sagation of the Gospel.
cred in consequence, and no canoe allowAug. 27, 28,1829-We all went to work ed to pass under any pretence. Waikato atour Fortification behind the Settlement; would fain have prevented my boat from which we hope to finish so far this season, returning on the morrow; and I was only as to afford us a place of retreat in case allowed to pass on the promise of steerof danger. It is currently reported, as ing as far from the net as possible. Mr. on a former occasion, that the Natives of Yate's boat, from Kiddeekidee, was the the River Thames are thinking of paying same day obliged to return, without reacha hostile visit to the Bay in the summer. ing Rangheehoo; and the day following,
Sept. 6: Sunday—Last night, à party on going there to see Mrs. Shepherd in of Natives were in the Settlement, one spite of their tapu, he and Mr. Kemp of whom has been a cause of much and the crew were treated with great trouble to us. I expected to meet this violence. Waikato justifies himself, by party at Waitangi'to-day, but found only saying that we have our sacred days, and one of the Chiefs. He is a quiet old man, are angry if they are violated; and that and Chief of the Tribe. He spoke more they have a right to do the same. rationally than most of the Natives, in re Sept. 24-In the evening, we had a ference to our instruction; and seems dis merciful deliverance from fire. Taiwanposed to be friendly. Conversing with ga’s house, which is very near to Mr. another party, whose faces I did not re Davis's, caught fire, together with other collect, my Brother, who was with me, Native Dwellings built of rushes, and preasked whether they had heard before of sented a most awful spectacle. The our God.
A woman replied, that she wind was high, and blowing direct on Mr. had heard from me; and that I had told Davis's house, which is built of the same her father to pray for a new heart, which material. Particles of fire were alighthe had continued to do ever since. ing on the house in showers; and one
Sept. 7-The Monthly Prayer-Meeting spark, if left, would have kindled the at Pyhea, when Messrs. Yate, Kemp, whole. Great exertions were used, by Baker, and King were present. On this Natives and Europeans who were staand the following day we examined a tioned all over the roof, to beat out the Translation of the Catechism for the use fire as fast as it came down : but that of the Natives, and the 9th Chapter of the house was preserved from danger I Matthew.
can only attribute to the merciful interSept. 14-Went to Rangheehoo, to see ference of our Heavenly Father. It was Mrs. Shepherd, who has been ill for the also a providential circumstance that no past week from an attack of influenza. strange Natives came near us.
There Sept. 15, 16–The weather being un was a troublesome party not far off, who favourable for our expedition, we remain- would have taken great advantage if on ed at home, and examined the 5th and 6th the spot ; but they were ignorant of the Chapters of the First of Corinthians. event till the next day.
Sept. 17—Returned to Pyhea, by way Sept. 29--Mrs. Fairburn was brought of Rangheehoo; where we found Mrs. to the border of the grave, and was as Shepherd much worse, and in very con
speedily restored. In consequence of siderable danger.
exertion at the fire on the 24th, she was Sept. 19 –Went to Rangheehoo with so alarmingly ill, that I thought, for a Mrs. Williams, and remained there until time, she was actually dying, and felt the 21st. Mrs. Shepherd is still in a it necessary to apprise every one in the [RECORD, Oct. 1830.]
Settlement of what was to be expected. the Chief, was upset by one of the KidHer mind, in the mean time, was in a deekiddee Natives, and his musket and gratifying state; and it was cheering, to cartridge-box thrown into the sea. It those who beheld her, to have the evi was not until the affray was nearly dence which she was then enabled to ma over that I learned the occasion of Mr. nifest. It was as it were in a moment that Hamlin's coming. Such occurrences as she was brought back from the brink of these would a little disturb some of our eternity. Thus, in the short space of a good friends in England; but we are week, mercy on mercy has been heaped
to meet with them not unfreupon us, and our cup has overflowed with quently. On arriving at Kiddeekiddee, blessings.
I found Mrs. Kemp dangerously ill, but Oct.11,1829: Sunday, At the conclusion somewhat relieved. of our Afternoon Service, we were much Oct. 23—Went to Rangheehoo to see disturbed by the violent conduct of Tohi- Mrs. King, who is also seriously ill. tapu, a Chief who has been many times We were told that we should pass mentioned from his causing trouble in the another sacred net' in our way; and, acSettlement. He has for some time mani- cordingly, we went prepared to stand an fested himself friendly towards us; but, assault, with a crew of twelve Natives. cccasionally, he exhibits his native dis We were allowed to pass this time, withposition, and shews how little any out out being pursued. ward good conduct avails until there is a Oct. 24 - Returning to Pyhea on change of heart. His anger was caused horseback, I found our friend Marupo in this afternoon by the escape of a Girl out a very different mood, and very ready to of my house, whom he was minded to put me across the River Waitangi in his take as a wife: when he found that his canoe; and I learned, afterward, that he prey was gone, he came before our had been smartly reprimanded by a suChapel and vociferated his intentions of perior Chief. burning our houses and driving us all Oct. 26–Went to Kiddeekiddee to see away. In a little time his rage was Mrs. Kemp, who is now materially respent, and he left the Settlement quietly covered.
Oct. 21-Accompanied my Brother up Oct. 28-We have been threatened the River Waikari. The principal Chiefs for some days with a hostile party from were occupied with a new fishing-net, Taiamai, to obtain satisfaction for a triwhich was just completed. Though the fling offence committed by one of our Nawhole neighbourhood was sacred, we tives: we deemed it expedient to meet were "permitted to approach them, and them in their own territories, in a quiet had a very pleasant conversation. manner; making our journey at the same
Oct. 22- Mr. Hamlin came from Kid- time, a Missionary Expedition. My Brodeekiddee in a boat, to fetch me to see ther and I set out this morning, and Mrs. Kemp, who was taken dangerously slept at the Aute, where we found but ill. He had occasion to pass within half few Natives; and the next morning a-mile of Waitanga, where the Natives early proceeding on our way, we met are preparing a large mackarel-net. The the party in quest of which we were sea, for some distance around, is sacred; going, and settled the difference in few and a very troublesome Native being the words. They afterwards continued in person principally concerned in the
net, our immediate neighbourhood for some he determined to give us some trouble, and time, and received our visits among them brought his party, about 50 in number, at with attention. full speed towards our Settlement. Mr. Nov. 3-Went with my Brother to Hamlin's crew, in the mean time, seeing Maunganui, the fishing-ground for Macwhat was passing on shore, pulled as karel, near the south-east head of the if for their lives, and reached our beach Bay of Islands : nearly the whole of the just in time to put themselves in array Natives of this part are gone thither, and against the assailants: a rush on the this is a most convenient season for visiting boat immediately ensued, in hopes of them. At twelve o'clock at night we finding some booty there, which, accord- reached a small island about four miles ing to native custom, would have been from the place, and pitched our tent for lawfully forfeited. Not succeeding in the night. The next morning, we found this, an attack was made on the boat's ourselves in the midst of parties from crew, which occasioned many of us to in- almost every Settlement with which we terfere also: the result was, that Marupo, are connected, all brought together within