By John Williams
In response to 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 exchange, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the purpose of spreading the gospel and introducing glossy know-how to the quarter. in addition to recounting the common threats to his defense from offended natives, struggle, average catastrophe and ailment, Williams offers specified surveys of the peoples, languages and traditional atmosphere he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the impact made upon barbarous humans by way of their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant by way of the author's dying by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's e-book, this is often a rare 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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12 CAPTURE OF THE SHIP DUFF. After some years of uninterrupted enjoyment of the comforts around him, a number of the Evangelical Magazine, communicating some embryo views of the mission to the South Seas, fell into his hands, which immediately gave rise to the suggestion, that if his services were either needful or acceptable, he would sacrifice his comforts, and without any prospect of worldly advantage, would embark once more upon the stormy ocean. Thus was this wonderful man raised up, and thus prepared to take command of this novel and important undertaking.
Mangaia was also discovered by Captain Cook, and is situated lat. , 158° T long. , being about 120 miles south of Atiu-. Mangaia is about twenty or five-and-twenty miles in circumference, and moderately high. The island is rather singular in its form and appearance ; a broad ridge girting the hills, at about 100 feet from their base. The foliage is rich; the population between 2,000 and 3,000. These four islands differ from the Society Islands in the very important feature, that the surrounding reef joins the shore: there is consequently neither passage for boats, nor any safe anchorage for vessels.
These four islands differ from the Society Islands in the very important feature, that the surrounding reef joins the shore: there is consequently neither passage for boats, nor any safe anchorage for vessels. The sixth and most important island of the group is Rarotonga. This splendid island escaped the untiring researches of Captain Cook, and was discovered by myself, in 1823. It is a mass of mountains, which are high, and present a remarkably romantic appearance. It is situated lat. , 160° W.