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By John Williams

In line with John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 quantity deals an perception into the perilous lifetime of a missionary within the early 19th century. the writer, an ironmonger by means of alternate, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the purpose of spreading the gospel and introducing smooth expertise to the sector. in addition to recounting the widespread threats to his security from offended natives, warfare, common catastrophe and sickness, Williams offers particular surveys of the peoples, languages and typical atmosphere he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the influence made upon barbarous humans by way of their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant via the author's dying by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's book, this is often a unprecedented account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who grew to become a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary flow.

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It has several good boat harbours, is about thirty miles in circumference, and is surrounded by a reef. The population is about 6,000 or 7,000. CLASSIFICATION OF THE ISLANDS. 19 The seventh and last island is Aitutaki, which was discovered by Captain Cook. Like most of its companions in the group, its landscapes are rich and variegated; it is hilly rather than mountainous, and surrounded by a reef, which extends a very considerable distance from the shore. There is a good entrance for a boat on the west side of the island.

The captain of the vessel having kindly consented to convey them, without expense either to ourselves or the Society, we mentioned the circumstance to the members of the church, who were delighted with the proposition, and selected Papeiha, and Vahapata, two of their number, for the work. Of Papeiha much will be said hereafter, for he has been exceedingly useful, and, to the present moment, has preserved an unsullied reputation. These two brethren were set apart to their office in an interesting service, held on the day of 38 EPIDEMIC AT RURUTU.

If this be correct, how can we accountfor the solid rock eighty feet above the surface ofthe water, of which Henderson's Island, visited by Captain Beechy, is composed; for the rocks of Rurutu, 150 feet; and for those of Mangaia, 300 feet in height? * The inference to be drawn from this is, that the insects do exist in greater depths than are now assigned to them, or that these solid masses are not the effect of their labour; the one or the other must be the case. To the latter opinion I entirely yield.

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