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but I can soon learn. I believe in Jesus not God. Fishes were our gods ; a Christ.”
great house was our god ; a stone in the Ko-te-naiki (“the Knife”) said: “I Jand, our god ; and whales' teeth, our am from darkness ; but I have begun to gods. The Missionary proclaimed the think about God; and, though I am true God, and called us to turn to him. from darkness and from sin, my heart is Some yielded, others said, 'No; we will turning, and my thoughts are fixed on serve our former gods. But I have beGod. I believe in Jesus Christ,” &c. lieved on the true God, and the payment
Ko-Kaitoke, (“Worm-eater,") the son paid by Jesus Christ for my sins ; and it of a most powerful Chief, who is now gives me great joy to see you embrace dead, and a remarkably intelligent-look this Gospel. When I was at Feejee, I ing man, neat and clean, who afterwards lived with a Missionary, the Rev. David took the name of “ John Waterhouse,” Cargill. His wife died, and I went with was also questioned by me through Mr. him to Hobart-Town to take care of his Whiteley. After we had begun tea, children. I do not go wandering as the Mr. Whiteley wished to continue his wind blows the dust. I have an object inquiries. Ko-Kaitoke, thinking equal before me; and my wish now is, to go attention could not be given to two sub back and preach the Gospel. Great is my jects at the same time, especially as the sorrow for my cannibal friends ; but I New-Zealanders never eat and talk toge- fear not them that can kill the body only. ther, asked, “ Mr. Whi-te-ley, do you By and by you shall see God's goodness know what I say?" The answer showed more fully. If you serve him with your that he was not very attentive at that lips only, great will be your condemnation. moment. The Chief said, “Will you You are baptized: cleave to Jesus Christ, repeat what I said ? and if you cannot, lest the devil come and spoil the work of we will defer the business till you can God.” hear my speech.” We were not a little In the afternoon I endeavoured to imamused with his shrewdness, evidently prove the painful bereavement we had coupled with great modesty. After tea, experienced in the death of the Rev. John he said: “I am here, which is a proof Bumby. Nearly sixty Europeans were of alteration of mind ; I am a stranger
present, to you, and you to me. I have long In the course of the day I held a conbeen wandering about from place to versation with Moses Tawhai from place; and wherever I went, I saw no Waima. I asked him what he thought thing but evil. But now I have begun about having a school for the children of to think about religion. It is for you to his tribe. He said, “ It is very good. consider; and if you turn me aside, I We have been taught to worship, and to must go.
It is my desire to be led meet in class ; and our children must be aright. I believe in one God, and his taught in school." He then asked me Son Jesus Christ. I am determined to if I intended to retum again to them. serve God.
I have only lately run away On my saying, “ Perhaps not immedi. to you.
I can read in the word of God, ately; but I shall always feel interested and desire salvation.” Many other things in your welfare, and shall be glad to hear were said by them and to them ; from of you and your tribe, and of your prowhich, and the testimony of the three gress in religious knowledge, experience, Christian Chiefs, I was led to ask, “ Can and practice,”—he said to Mr. Buller, any forbid water that these should not be my interpreter, “ It is very good. Mr. baptized ? ” &c.
Waterhouse has been here, and planted 27th, Sunday.-A vast concourse of his good seed in this garden, that garden, natives had come from every direction, so and the other garden; but my thoughts that we had the chapel filled in a most tell me, that when he is gone, the seeds uncomfortable manner, and many were will be blown away with the wind. For outside. I had advised that the entire when a man has planted a field, and does of the morning should be taken up with not stay to look after it, but goes away the sacrament of baptism. Addresses and leaves it, the army of pigs and fowls, were given both before and after adminis. and other things, gets in, and devours tering the ritc. Several seemed affected. his seed, and spoils the work. When a I wished Joshua, our Feejeean Teacher, man has sown a field of wheat, he is to address them; and, as he is eloquent in careful to visit it often, and drive away the Feejeean and Tonguese languages, I the pigs, &c., even until he has secured wished him to speak Tonguese, Mr.
or else they will be de. Hobbs acting as interpreter. Joshua voured.” In this manner he urged the naid: “When the Missionaries came first propriety of my coming again to see to our land, we were ignorant, we knew them,
28th-It was announced yesterday sions to all lands. You shall be rethat a native Missionary Meeting would warded in your own hearts ; and, if faithbe held this morning. Accordingly, at ful, on the day of judgment.” half-past eight, we went to the chapel. When the brethren had finished, as I Very few but Chiefs came. I explained understood the people were not prepared to them the manner in which moneys with money, (having explained our were raised in England for the spread plans,) I said that we would defer the colof the Gospel; and told them what the lection. Immediately, Thomas Walker, Lord was doing in the islands of the sea, a leading Chief, rose and said: “I do and what yet remained to be done. Í not wish any one to understand that we then called upon Titus, our Tonguese, are a poor people. No; we have great who said: " Although small may be the riches in this river; but we did not know contributions of your land, it is good to that we should have to pay for our relido what you can. In our land, Vavau, gion. Had that been stated to us when we have had an assembly, and the King the Missionaries first came, it would have said that he would do something to send been for us to consider whether we would the Gospel to Feejee, the land of savages bave their religion on such terms ; ” and cannibals ; for if they do not em with other similar remarks. We exbrace Christianity, and receive the grace plained to them the whole matter, and of God in this world, where can they urged the scriptural principle of endeareceive it? It is your duty also to pray vouring to benefit others as we had been for Mr. Waterhouse, on his voyaging to blessed. On this Edward Marsh, Tho. different places. We must all strive to mas Walker's brother, and a leading see which land will be first in the work Chief, rose, and with warmth said: “We of God.”
will never give any thing. If we had Joshua, the Feejeean, said : “ I will tell sent for the Missionaries, they might you how I was brought to God. When have asked us; but if any thing is taken Í first heard the word, I understood not, from the people, I will leave the chapel.” because I had no desire to learn. 1 Hereupon Thomas Walker rose, and adheard from the Missionaries of the true dressed to his brother a most keen and God, one God true, through whom I sarcastic speech. He then showed that saw the wickedness of my heart. I felt his own first speech was the language of as fire, conviction, and pain. Great was some ; but whoever left the chapel, he my grief; but I heard of the love of was determined to give, and it should God, believed in Jesus Christ, and re now go on. Directly one and another joiced in that love. Great is my love to hastened to the table, and threw down God, and my hatred to sin. And in that their silver to the amount of £11. day I said, “Shall I seek after the things January 8th, 1841. About ten P. M. of this world ? No; the things of God I crossed the bar at the Hokianga, after shall be my riches.' And when I had having for two or three days suffered thus obtained favour of God, I began much from sea-sickness, which, after the to work for God. I learned to read. fatigues of a lengthened District-Meeting, Missionaries gave me books, out of which debilitated me considerably. to teach the children and schools. This 13th. We were south of Mount Egwas at Tonga. When I went to my mont; at the sight of which a native, own land, two Missionaries went to Fee. whom we had taken from Mangungu, jee, where the people murder one ano wept. It was the land of his ancestors. cher. But the Missionaries feared not ; His father was killed by an invading and for the Scripture saith, Fear not them hostile tribe, and he was taken captive, that kill the body.' Good is our God, and made á slave, when a little boy. one is our soul, and one our work. If His looks were very interesting, while he our work were trifling, we might fear; said, “I am indebted to the Gospel for but it is the work of God. When I this sight. Sin is that evil thing, which went to Hobart-Town, and saw the as a fire was devouring us. We were dwellings and chapels of the Teachers, almost consumed; but the Gospel I loved them greatly for the sacrifices brought the news of Christ Jesus, and they had made. Do not say that the that has saved us, and brought me Missionaries come to seek your riches. hither.” Mount Egmont is said to be No; they come to seek your souls, and fourteen thousand feet above the level of to save them from the curse of God, and the sea. It is a sublime object, capped the wrath to come. Do not say that all with snow, and stretching its base for your things will be wasted by the work. twenty or thirty miles, until on the north Mr. Waterhouse will not say that this is and south the level, fertile land of TaraFasting work. No; it is to carry Mis- naki seems to extend as far as the cye can
reach. I had intended placing Mr. and the water, and soon emptied it. On their Mrs. Creed at Patca, above thirty miles return, an European, who had come from south of the mountain ; but, how to ac Port-Nicholson a few days before, but complish this, was the perplexing ques. had lived ten or twelve years in different tion, especially as there is no anchorage, parts of New-Zealand, asked us to go and it is altogether inaccessible, unless to his house. Thither we took our cold the wind be from the land. While I potatoes, and he gave 118 a little cold was in this state perplexity, a strong boiled cel, which enployed our fingers, breeze from the south-west sprang up,
and met the demands of nature most and we made for Ngamotu, which is the delightfully. He also urged us to take western key to Taranaki, and the only a little beer; so that we abounded in place of anchorage ; but that only in very good things. I told him, we were land. fine weather.
ing a Missionary. He said, “I suppose 14th.---The weather was fine. At ten it is one of these Preacliers who are comA, M., while the ship was working into ing to naturalize them." the bay, I went in the boat, accompanied By six o'clock we got Mr. and Mrs. by Messrs. Whiteley, Wallis, and Creed, Creed and all their goods on shore; and, to see the place and the people. We as they had a tent, and there was plenty passed a sort of sugar-loaf island or of fern, they might rest themselves when rock, on the side of which were a numa the shades of evening came on.
Bid. ber of huts, placed as though they were ding them and these interesting natives never to be reached by human beings; farewell, we hastened to the “ Tritun,” the sea on every hand washing the base, which was under weigh, and a brisk and while we gazed on an almost-inaccessible fair wind wafted us onward. steepness. Here, we found, the natives At this place we left also John Leigh had taken refuge from the savage fury Tutu, a native Teacher, whom we exof the Whycato tribes, in their invasions amined at our District Meeting, and about twelve months ago. We rode in engaged to find him food and raiment. safety through surging billows, till He is to alternate with Mr. Creed in terra firma was again welcomed. The visiting every part of Taranaki within natives surrounded us; and, Mr. White, their reach. I am decidedly of opinion, ley having told them the object of our that a judicious selection of such men visit, we walked about half a mile to a will be of incalculable use. John was roupo house, put up by the direction of the instrument in the hands of God of Mr. Ironsides on his visit in last June. the conversion of William Naylor, the We now summoned the people, and fine Christian Chief of Wainyaroa, of asked them, if they wished a Missionary honourable memory. to live among them ; and if they would By a young native just arrived at Nya. build a chapel, and listen to his instruc motu, from Port-Nicholson, by sea, I tions. They spoke as follows :-“We had the great pleasure of learning, that have long expected a Missionary ; but Mr. and Mrs. Ironsides had arrived at his delay made our hearts dark; and we Cloudy-Bay, and that Mr. Ironsides had said, “The white people are buying up about six hundred natives surrounding our land, and other tribes come to destroy him. He also saw Mr. Aldred, who bad us: we may as well sell all, and fly to arrived at Port-Nicholson, and bad got the mountains, and die.' But now, if into a ronpo house, and was making himyou will give us a Missionary, he shall selt useful. be our father; we will attend to his 16th.--About six o'clock in the evencounsel, keep and cultivate our own land, ing we crossed the bar at Kawia, wel. and we shall yet be a people." We comed by our friends, who had come blessed them in the name of the Lord, down in a boat to meet us. No sooner and sent our boat to bring Mr. and Mrs. was the ship at anchor, than we entered Creed and their goods with all possible the Mission-boat, and by eight o'clock dispatch. Mr. Whiteley and I remained, took refuge in the Mission-house. This and (as we had taken no provisions on day they have experienced an earthquake. shore) requested them to boil us some This is the third time I have visited Kapotatoes. This desire was promptly at wia ; and on each occasion we have had tended to ; but, our boat coming with an earthquake. goods, we had to seek a landing-place 18ch.-To-day I had a very interestfor them ; so that our potatoes were cold ing meeting with the leading Chief, and before we could eat them. When we a numerous party of Chiefs and natives had anchored our boat, and brought a from other places, assembled to hear a rope on shore to keep her steady in the messenger from Taupo, belonging to the surf, the natives went shoulder-deep in Ngateluwaretou tribe. Messengers had
been sent from that tribe, to this and ing to me, Ka-pai. We then parted, various other places, to prevail on them much pleased with our meeting and its to join in a party to go to Kapiti, and results. allenge the death of one of their friends In the evening a vast number came to by slaughtering the natives there. The Mr. Whiteley's, to shake hands with leading Chief on Mr. Whiteley's station me; and as they were sitting on the is not yet a Christian ; “but," as he ground, I placed myself among them, says, “is sitting in the middle way, and while they all begged most imploringly is a great lover of the Missionaries." for a Book (a New Testament). I told He is a fine man, much resembling in them that I had none, but we would person the Rev. Robert Newton. He sing a little, and I would hear them rerose in his neat mat, and spoke with peat the Catechism : with this they were great aniniation, stating the object of the much pleased. I got the book; and, messenger, while venerable Chiefs listen- being able with it to ask the questions ed with the greatest attention. He said, myself, they were much delighted. Sel(commenting on the message,) “They dom have 1 witnessed a more interesting have been with a Missionary to Taranaki, sight. Male and female, old and young, and some Christian Chiet's have liberated with sparkling eyes, answered the various their Taranaki slaves. It will not do questions with the greatest readiness. Dox to go and kill the people." Through Having gone through the whole CateMr. Whiteley I said: “I am much chism and the Commandments, I said, pleased with your speech. I love the Ka-pai, ka-pai. They then requested Ner-Zealanders; and the Taranaki peo me to catechise them on Scripture names, ple are now ours, having a Missionary asking them such questions as, “ Who there. My wish is, that you should all was Adam?” &c. The whole of these give up your old practices, and love God, they answered with equal readiness. love one another, and love your children; Never was there such a people for readthat you should cultivate your lands, ing: old and young acquire the ability grow potatoes, feed pork, and get com with ease. But they want the word of fortable clothing and good houses ; and God. If the Protestant churches could that you should have your children but see their privilege and their duty, in taught to work, and to read and write. fortifying the minds of this people against I also wish you to keep your lands, for the delusions of Popery, means would be Four children and children's children, provided for furnishing them with the and to continue a people. And now I Scriptures. Wherever I go, they beg should like to go home, and to have my for the word of God. It is no small wife and ten children sitting around me trial to be so much away from my fami. as you are, and to say to them, “Such ly; but, if other agents could not be emwas the messenger, and such his mes ployed, I would willingly spend une year sage; and when my friend the Chief had in going from place to place throughout told them our minds, they said, We will the length and breadth of this land, to love God, and one another; and the mes. distribute the bread of life. Could not senger shall go back to his people, and the British and Foreign Bible Society tell them, that there must be no more aid in this great work?” * fighting; but we will shake hands' 24th, Sunday.-Yesterday we attempt. (taking the Chief by the hand) “• with ed to cross the bar; but the wind beevery man, and live in peace, cultivating came unfavourable, and we were thankour lands,' &c.” And as they like ac ful to reach our old anchorage in safety. tion in a speaker, I gave them to see This morning, Mr. Whiteley sent his that it was a subject which fired my boat for me. I reached the Missionmind and body. When I had done, house in time to give a short address to they unanimously cried, ka-pai, ka-pai ; the natives at their morning-service. Mr. that is, “ Very good, very good.” I Whiteley read the baptismal service, and said, " Then let all who are of my mind, we jointly addressed them on their resignify it by lifting up the hand.” Mr. spective duties as professed disciples of Whiteley explaining, I lifted up my Christ. At half-past five I preached to hands. It took amazingly with them, the Europeans, and at seven to a crowded and up went their hands. I then went congregation of natives, from Phil. i. 27. to the messenger, and shook hands hear. Mr. Whiteley interpreted with great tily with him. They wished me to seal ease, while each paid the utmost attenthe covenant by a present. I therefore tion. borrowed something of Mr. Whiteley, and gave part to the messenger, and part The Committee of that Society have since to the Chief. The Chief immediately made two very liberal grants of the New Zealand handed his over to the messenger ; say.
Testament.--EDIT. Miss. Not.
25th. This morning the two princi- copy of the Scriptures. “Book-a, book-a," pal Chiefs came. Kave (one of them) is their constant cry. British Christians, and his people had been at all the ser
help in this matter!
Protestants, vices on the Sabbath, and were about to send this sovereigu antidote against Poreturn to their place, seven miles distant. Neither he nor the Chief at his station 29th.--I left Kawia at one o'clock has embraced Christianity ; but they are A. M. Taking the bar at night was atboth very friendly, and express great tended with some risk ; but as we had pleasure at their people having embraced been detained for several days by conChristianity. Kave expressed his great trary winds, I was exceedingly anxious regret that Mr. Whiteley had so few to be on our way to the Islands. copies of the New Testament; and, as February 22d. At day-dawn we they generally speak in figurative terms, came in sight of Eua, a beautiful he said, “ Your house is now very large; island, twelve miles from Tongatabu. but it will be dark, as you have so tew It is one of the sweetest spots I have lamps to put in it." By “house,” he seen in these parts, like so many fine meant the visible church of Christ ; and parks, with lawns, &c. ; having exten. by “lamps," the word of God. He fur. sive tracts covered with rich herbage, ther said, “I greatly approve of what and fine trees here and there, as if Mr. Waterhouse said last night, when nature and art had combined to give he invited young and old, male and interest to the imposing landscape. Just female, parents and children, to come to as we were approaching Tonga, the wind Christ, and to come now ; but I should changed, and we shaped our course for have liked it better, if he could have Eua, which was neared about half-past said, 'I have a lamp'” (or book) “ for five P. M. Being anxious to know the you."" He then made a speech of some state of Tongatabu, I had the boat length, with considerable action, and lowered, and we sought the passage, said: “I am a courageous man. It is which lay between hidden rocks, admite not one blow which can bring me down; ting only of a canoe or boat. The I can bear a second and a third” (strik- natives appeared ; and being eager to ing, at the same time, the back of his know whether they were Heathen or head): “but you have nearly killed me; Christian, we inquired the name of the I shall be forced to become a Christian." Chief, and found that the natives were When he had spoken thus, we shook in their fortress; but the parties presenthands very heartily, and parted; Mr. ing themselves were Local Preachers Whiteley expressing a hope that my in. and others from Tonga, who exclaimed, terview with these Chiefs would have a Mr. Ua.te-hou-si, jioloofa, jiotoofa: happy effect.
“ Love to you, love to you." With this In the afternoon I went on shore with welcome, I landed; but as it was very the Captain, as we lay off Kave's vil. wet, and night approaching, I could not lages. Kave saw us, and accompanied go to their fortress, three miles off, us to one of their huts; when he brought where the Christians were collected, exthe New Zealand Hymn-Book, and we pecting an attack from the Heathen. sang a hymn. He then desired me to Under these circumstances, we went into pray. This I did in English ; and, on a canoe-house, with about twenty Chris. rising from our knees, he seemed much tians from Tonga, who had come in pleased, and wished to accompany us to company with some Local Preachers to ihe vessel. I made him a present of an visit this infant church. Some of the English Bible, with which he was much inhabitants who were in that part joined pleased ; and said he should go to Mr. us while we sang a Tonguese hymn. I Whiteley, and get him to read and then prayed in English, and called on a explain it.
Local Preacher (an important Chief I have scarcely met with a New from Hihito) to engage in the same ex. Zealander, in any place where the Mis ercise. He had great power with God, sionaries have been, who cannot read the while engaged in prayer. Many wept: sacred Scriptures; and I never met with one great man kept kissing my hand. any people in humble life possessed of so They thanked God for bringing me in much knowledge of the New Testament safety, while every eye seemed suffused In my casual intercourse with them in with tears. Hermas, the Chief before company with the Missionaries, they named, and Samuel, another Local have asked the meaning of one text of Preacher, left their canoe to the care of Scripture after another; so that all our the natives, and accompanied me to the time has been occupied in commenting “ Triton,” to point out the reefs, &c., upon the word of God. I have been by which we were surrounded.
We wearied with their importunities for a reached the vessel a little before dark,