By John Williams
In keeping 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 way of exchange, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the purpose of spreading the gospel and introducing glossy know-how to the area. in addition to recounting the common threats to his security from indignant natives, struggle, usual catastrophe and illness, Williams offers precise surveys of the peoples, languages and traditional setting he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the effect made upon barbarous humans via their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant through the author's loss of life by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's ebook, 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 stream.
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As to where this material comes from, is not of any importance to the theory I would suggest. " * Where, however, are there rivers of sufficient magnitude to impregnate such a body of water as that of which the Pacific Ocean is composed ? But, as in tropical climates, the process of evaporation is so much more rapid than in higher latitudes, and as this calcareous matter is separated by evaporation, may we not conclude that the innumerable myriads of these minute calcareous particles which are always floating about in the sea are thus produced ?
Williams's health being much impaired, and suffering myself from the effects of a disease prevalent in the islands, it was deemed desirable to avail ourselves of an opportunity, which was then afforded, of visiting New South Wales. Desirous of making the affliction subservient to the one great object to which our lives were devoted, we determined to take with us two native Christians, and place them as teachers in the Island of Aitutaki. 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.
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A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands: With Remarks Upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Traditions, and Usages of the Inhabitants by John Williams