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honoured, by those who have come of this year's balance-sheet and that of from the “land of light,” and who the last. therefore “know all about it," they will Secondly. We have been disappointed feel themselves far stronger and far hap- about the “ Triton ;” and that disappier in such company, than in the pos- pointment has been an expensive one in session of arguments by thousands.

It was generally underMy decided opinion is, that if our stood, that when she bad been out four English cause go down, in the neigh- years, she was to return to England : we, bourhood of the English settlements, at therefore, last year, thinking that her least, the native cause will go down too; next trip to New Zealand would be her and therefore, in helping the English, last one for some time to come, ordered we are helping the natives. I love the goods from the colony to a larger native work; and have now been so long amount than we otherwise should have in it, that I have almost become a native done, with the hope of saving shipping myself, and am forgetting my mother. expenses. Mr. M.Kenny, having heard tongue so fast, that to talk or to preach nothing of the “ Triton,” after long in English is becoming more and more waiting, sent the goods by other vessels formidable: yet such were my impres- to Port-Nicholson ; from whence they sions of the importance of this two-fold had to be re-shipped at a dear rate to the kind of Missionary labour, that, could I other stations. Many of the brethren, have left this place without endangering understanding that the “ Triton ” had the interests of the Kawhia people, I returned to the Islands with Mr. would freely have sacrificed my prefer. Cargill, were obliged, though at a dearer ence for the native work, and have rate, to get supplies in the land ; and gladly succeeded Mr. Creed at Nga- thus a large outlay was occasioned. motu. I trust, therefore, that our dear Moreover, in the case of Kawhia and Mofathers and brethren will not take a kau, a mistake was made by our Agent in circumscribed view of this question, but Sydney sending a duplicate of the order, that they will consider that what we supposing that they were two distinct have done has been for the general good Circuits : he sent one lot of goods directed of the New-Zealand Mission, and there- to Kawhia, and the other to Mokau. Thus fore allow the grants we have ventured a larger amount of goods on hand appears to make. I have already said, that to in the account than was necessary for us help this department of the work, from a to have by us. But we shall have less conviction of its importance to the occasion to order this year. The shipwhole, some of us have already emptied ping expenses also, by the failure of the our pockets; and if our Committee « Triton,” have been increased very require us to do more, I can only say, materially. Freight in New Zealand is that as in New Zealand we have very excessively high. But some of the little chance (though we

Circuit-deficiencies are especially heavy: “ ashamed”) “ to beg,” and as this has engaged much of our serious are not allowed “to dig,” therefore attention at the Meeting, and has been insolvency is likely to be our lot as well a source of much pain and depression of as that of others, and so we must share mind; and it will be seen from the the common fate of our neighbours. Minutes, that we are determined, if But this leads me to another subject possible, to bring our expenses into a of oppressive importance to my mind; smaller compass. And yet, I confess, namely,

I fear that, in some respects, we shall FINANCES. On this subject, I fear, find our expenses coming upon us I can say but little either to my own more and more heavily ; but in others I comfort or to your satisfaction.

indulge the hope that we shall be able three observations, however, must be to do with less, and we would also submitted.

entertain the expectation that something First. The expenditure of the Port- in the shape of income from our people Nicholson and Waikowaiti Circuits for will, by and by, be realized. 1842 come into the District Balance- AUCKLAND, it will be seen from the sheet for 1843 ; and I may also Minutes, has engaged our attention. observe, that some portion of Port- As Mr. Buller had to attend the Court Nicholson and other Circuits for this there, respecting the wreck of the year properly belong to the last.

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“ Sophia Pati," at Kaipara, he fell in aware, that this does not lessen the with some Methodist friends, and comburden on your funds ; but it will in menced the work. Mr. Buttle is still some measure account for that unex- there, not because we have no work pected discrepancy between the amount for him here, (for indeed we can badly

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spare him,) but because we feel for the our cause as Wesleyans may be sup honour of our

A chapel is ported and honoured, in such places raised; but there is yet no one to take especially, before the eyes and in the charge of the society, or to officiate in estimation of the people of our special the chapel. Our great concern is, that charge.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Buller, dated Wairoa, Kaipara,

New Zealand, Norember 21st, 1843. My last was dated at Auckland, July give you more particular information 6th,(written conjointly with Mr. Warren,) with regard to its necessity than is congiving you some account of the services tained in the Minutes. connected with the opening of our new I am not sure that you are in posseschapel at that place. On my return

sion of an entire view of the geogra. home, I found my dear wife in a very phical character of this District. It dangerous state of illness. She had been contains a great extent of territory; but contined to her bed for a fortnight, and the people are very thinly scattered over was reduced to a very low and emaciated it. The term “ Kaipara” gives name condition. As the symptoms were of a to a very extensive district, including very alarming character, I lost no time four large rivers ; namely, the Wairoa, in dispatching messengers to our kind Otamatea, Oruawaro, and Kaipara. The and excellent friend, Dr. Day, who is at mouth of each of these rivers opens present living at Mangungu, with Mr. into a large basin with a spacious eriHobbs, requesting his valuable aid in trance from the sea. On the Kaipara our pressing emergency; for there is no river, which is about fifty miles in length, medical assistance to be obtained at any running in a southerly direction parallel nearer place. On the receipt of my with the coast, there are, I suppose, letter, the Doctor, through ill health, about four hundred natives, including was unable to take so long a journey the Ngatiwatua and Ngatimoe tribes, through the bush, and Mr. Hobbs most among whom we have two small socie. promptly and kindly engaged the ser- ties, beside whom a great many are well

. vices of Mr. Matthews, a Surgeon, at disposed towards Christianity. The Hokianga; to whose instrumentality, Oruawaro is accessible by land, lying under the divine blessing, I am indebted within a short distance from a small for the preservation of my dear wife's branch of the Kaipara ; and here also life. Never shall I forget the feelings we have a few members of society. with which I knelt by the bed-side of There are no natives statedly resident on my nearly expiring wife, and commended the Otamatea at present; but, not far her case to our most gracious Lord. from its mouth, there is a settlement There was no Christian friend at hand where a considerable tribe generally live, to soothe or sympathize ; but the Lord the Uriohau, who, though yet in their was with us, and, blessed be his holy heathen state, will welcome the visits name, He heard our prayers. She is not of a Missionary. The Otamatea is s yet perfectly re-instated in health ; but, general resort for the natives in their I am happy to state, that she is gradually fishing season. On the northern side of recovering from the effects of so severe a the Heads, just opposite the Oruawaro, shock, and I trust this chastening of the there lives another tribe, the Ngatiapı, Lord, though for the present not joyous among whom we have a considerable but grievous, will be for our spiritual society. These places would form the profit.

Circuit of the Kaipara Missionary, who In the latter end of September, I was would also have the privilege of frequent enabled to attend our annual District. communication with the Auckland MisMeeting at Mangungu, which had been sionary. These natives cannot at prepostponed until that time on account of sent have that attention which they remy inability, through Mrs. Buller's quire. They are so distantly situated affliction, to leave home before. The from the Mission station, which is at the Minutes of our Meeting will have reach- extreme end of the Circuit, that my ed you before this letter ; and, among

of necessity, few,— rarely other things recommended your exceeding three times in the year ; and, attention, you will find that a Mission

except on those visits, I have scarcely ary is asked for Kaipara, that is, for the any opportunity of seeing or hearing Heads of Kaipara ; and, as I am particu- from any of them, there being little or larly interested in this subject, it forming

no communication between those settleat present a part of my Circuit, I beg to ments and this neighbourhood. They

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have been long waiting for a Missionary in the habit of visiting this quarter once to reside among them; and one has been or twice a year ; but now a Priest has several times appointed; but circum- arrived, permanently to settle on the stances have led to his removal else- river, and I feared that Tirarau would be where, and the promise long since made induced, for the sake of worldly gain, to to them is yet to be redeemed. The receive him at his own settlement within Mission station is full one hundred a mile of our house. But I remonstrated miles from the Heads, and more than with him on the subject, and told him eighty miles from the nearest of those the probable consequence of his so doing; settlements.

and he seems to have abandoned the As it is, the time and attention of the idea, and not only so, but to give a more Missionary is so much divided among direct sanction to our instructions. This the different places, that he cannot do Priest is at present living but a few justice to either; and though a Mission- miles up the river. In the course of niy ary be provided for Kaipara, so that I duties, I have several times come in could devote my entire attention to contact with him: indeed, not many days Kailui and the upper part of the Wairoa, after his arrival, he paid me a visit, and with the adjacent hamlets, I should have wished to form an acquaintance with me. ample employment.

I took care, however, to deliver my own Hitherto we have been labouring with soul. He is very zealous and indefacomparatively little success among the tigable in his exertions ; like his protopeople in immediate connexion with this type of old, ready to “ compass sea and station. Tirarau, the leading Chief, land to make one proselyte.” But, I although very friendly with the Mission- trust that the pernicious tares which ary, has never shown himself very he so diligently endeavours to sow will favourably disposed towards Christianity, not take deep root in this soil. The and, as he possesses great influence over Roman Catholic Bishop, in order, I his people and the subordinate Chiefs, suppose, to meet the demand of the he has been the means of keeping them New-Zealanders for books, has published back also. He is a shrewd, discerning a pamphlet, (of which an English transman, and knows that Christianity cannot lation is also printed, for the benefit, exist in connexion with polygamy, and imagine, of the European Romanists,) other vices to which he is addicted ; and which he styles, “ Instructions on the thus he has generally been averse to it. luminous Doctrines of the Roman Like many others, he hath loved dark- Catholic Church, the Pillar and Founness rather than light, because his deeds dation of the Truth.” The following are evil. But I do hope that our pros- paragraph is a specimen of this propects begin to brighten : and, if the duction : Lord will now give us this people, I “ Do not allow yourselves to be seshall feel amply rewarded for the years duced by the separated Churches. They of toil and discouragement, disappoint- have stolen the sacred volume from the ment and grief, which I have endured on mother Church : they have omitted cer. this station. My excellent predecessor tain matters of the word of God, they laboured among them for the space of have retained certain others, and have three years, with little or no apparent added many novelties of their own ineffect. It is now nearly five years since vention. Therefore there is a medley I came among them; and yet little, of things true and false, of things comparatively, has been done. Some- ancient and things new, in their doctimes, indeed, the attendance of a few trine and religion. But the true and of the Heathen at our services, and ancient tenets of the separated Churches their willingness to be instructed, have are matters which belong to the mother awakened a cheering hope that they were Church, and to her sacred book stolen about to receive the truth; but such by them ; but the new and false things hopes were of short continuance. Last are of their own invention. Let every year I succeeded in effecting the erection one, therefore, be prudent ; let every one of a new chapel; at the opening of interrogate the mother Church in the which, Tirarau and his people at- person of her Pastors, and inquire what tended ; and, for a few Sundays, our is true and what is false, in so many congregations

large and different doctrines that are heard. Then couraging; but this did not last very this Church will reply by the mouth of long. A short time since, we had her Pastor.” additional cause of discouragement by This book concludes with “the Litany the settlement of a Popish Priest in the of Mary,” “ Directions for making the neighbourhood. One of them had been Sign of the Cross," &c. Hitherto the

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efforts of the Priest, so far from having and I do earnestly pray, that the Lord injured our cause, have produced a con- will graciously incline the heart of this trary effect; for, for the last five weeks heathen Chief to embrace the truth as Tirarau and many of his people have it is in Jesus, and then shall I be happy regularly attended the Mission-chapel, in the midst of a people who will so that it has been filled. I have re- enter His gates with thanksgivings ceived many applications for books from and His courts with praise, who will be the Heathen, and even Tirarau mani- thankful unto Him, and speak good of fests some desire to be instructed. I His name." am not willing to be too sanguine, and And now, reverend and dear fathers, do not consider that I can place any I humbly entreat a continued interest in dependence on the constancy of Tirarau's

your prayers, that I may be “an able apparently good disposition until he Minister of the New Testament, rightly more openly declares it.

But I cer- dividing the word of truth,” and may tainly have at present a better ground long “ preach among the Gentiles the for hope than at any former period; unsearchable riches of Christ."

MISSIONS IN THE FEEJEE ISLANDS. Our holy religion has still to combat with the darkest and most sanguinary superstitions in the Feejee Islands. Well may the Missionaries exclaim, “Pity poor Feejee ! “Send more Missionaries to Feejee!” “

“O Lord, enlighten dark Feejee !” “Send forth thy light and truth!” Extract of a Letter from the Rev. T. J. Jaggar, dated Rewa, Feejee Islands,

March 27th, 1843. DURING our visit at Viwa, a circum- those present, we had no doubt whatever stance came under my own observation of our being intruders. Mr. Hunt then which may not prove uninteresting. publicly stated the object of our visit ;

The Chiefs and most of the men of namely, to prevent any female or other Viwa, after an absence of some months, individual from being strangled. He returned on the Sabbath which I spent remonstrated with them on the folly in that island. As the canoes neared and sin of such practices ; and endeathe land, the people on shore became voured to make them sensible of the very much concerned, in consequence of advantage of life, and the good to be some white native cloth, which they derived from the lotu in making known perceived flying from the masts of one to them the true and only God, and or two of the canoes,-a signal that some in leading them to an acquaintance one of their party had fallen. On their with the truths and hopes of the Gospel arrival we ascertained that one of their of Christ, who discountenances and party had been shot. We walked down prohibits such wicked practices. On to the beach to welcome the Chief; and hearing this, a female who was present, had been there but a few minutes, when and who seemed to be chief manager, one of Mr. Hunt's domestics and others said, that the ceremony should proceed came to us, begging earnestly that we no further; that what had been said would not delay, but repair instantly to by Mr. Hunt was true; and that their the house of the man who had been customs were foolish. killed, as they were just about to strangle This speech, however, did not seem at one of his wives.

all in accordance with the views of an We accordingly lost no time in find. old blind woman sitting near her, who ing out the house. It lay at the top seemed to be on the verge of the grave; of the village; and no noise or bustle for she began to mutter out her discould we hear by which to ascertain the pleasure, and her mouth appeared filled place in which so revolting a deed was with something no better than anathemas. about to be perpetrated. At length we The female first mentioned quickly rewere directed to the house. We quickly plied to the old sinner, " True, true; entered: there was no time for delay. but why do you speak The English On our entering, everything for a time Chiefs are here, and therefore we are appeared blighted : those who were inside ashamed to speak.” well knew the design of our coming ; The house was literally filled with and, by reading the countenances of women and children, who had congre

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gated together to witness the murderous in reply to their questions. The Teacher,

The poor infatuated woman, to and some of the lotu people, who were whose existence an end was about to present with us, soon informed us for be put, was sitting in a very respectful what purpose these two men came,—to and humble posture on the native cloth be her executioners; and, truly, their which was to form her shroud, while looks did not belie their occupation : before her lay some other masi, (native their ferocious countenances declared cloth,) which was to form her strangling- them to be well qualified for such deeds cord. Her body had been oiled, and of cruelty. Mr. IIunt tried to enlighten she was dressed in a new lekoo, (a na- their dark minds, but they remained tive female dress,) and when we entered, silent ; not a word could be drawn from was, I should think, from appearances,

them. receiving the parting kisses of her friends It was then suggested that the preand children; for she was a mother. sentation of some article to the two men “Can a mother forget her sucking child, might be the means of turning the scale that she should not have compassion on in favour of humanity. A man the fruit of her womb ? Yea, she may

therefore sent down with all speed to forget.” The two young children were the Mission-house to procure a whale's standing near their mother. Indepen- tooth, The key of the box which condently of some tears which had fallen, tained it having been mislaid, the mesthe preparations for this awful tragedy senger returned without it, when Mr. appeared to be made with calmness and Hunt had himself to run to procure it. unconcern.

Soon after he had left the house, the Mr. Hunt then directed his conver- women began to disperse. The two sation to the woman, and told her it men then took up the piece of native would be a very foolish and wicked cloth, and, standing up, began to twist thing to throw away her life; and it together like a rope. I now perceived begged that she would show her love to what was about to take place; and, him by believing his words ; that her going up to them, I begged hard for the husband, could he come back again, woman's life, and desired them to wait would advise her to live ; and that he the return of Mr. Hunt. They made did not wish her to follow him. He no reply to my entreaties. One of the entreated her also to love her own life, two then went out; and in an instant and to love her children, and live to the poor woman was carried out of her attend and take care of them. At all house, gnatoo and all, by one or two this she was very much annoyed and

At this juncture I hardly knew angry; and frequently asked, “Why what was best to be done ; but at length should I live? Of what use is it? My resolved to keep close to the other man. husband is dead : for what then should He stood up and walked to the door. I I live?" “ No," she added, “I will followed him : he soon, however, slipped not live. If you will not strangle me, I into an adjoining house, whither, I soon will be buried alive, or jump over the learnt, they had carried the woman. I cliffs.” I could have wept over her pursued him to the house which he had delusion and blind infatuation ; but she entered, thrust my head in at the door, was determined not to live, and resolved and was proceeding fully to enter, when to die.

the shutter was suddenly closed upon Notwithstanding this repulse, we re- me by some one inside. I then ran to mained in the house, and but little was another door at the back of the house ; said for some time, when Mr. Hunt but they had taken the precaution to again broke the silence by inquiring of shut themselves in, and all others out; the woman, whether she remained re- notwithstanding, I was quick enough to gardless of our entreaties. To this see the poor woman struggling in the query she would not for some time reply. agonies of death. In one corner of the At length she passionately said, “ Yes ; room the two murderers were executing I will die.” We were unwilling to their bloody commission. They looked leave the spot, fearing how the matter very hard at me. I retired from the would end. After the lapse of a short scene quite overwhelmed. Mr. Hunt time, two men, her relatives, entered, had returned with all possible speed ; and took their seats in one corner of but he was too late. The infatuated the house at a short distance from the woman had taken a leap in the dark, woman, with their backs partially turned and life was quite extinct. The mes. from us. They sat in perfect silence, sengers of mercy were unheeded. The broken only by a brief remark occa- deluded people knew not the merciful sionally made to the women, sometiines day of their visitation.

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