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 via alternate, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the goal of spreading the gospel and introducing sleek know-how to the quarter. in addition to recounting the widespread threats to his security from offended natives, warfare, average catastrophe and illness, Williams presents designated surveys of the peoples, languages and ordinary surroundings 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 via the author's loss of life by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's ebook, this can be a rare account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who turned a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary circulate.
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Scarcely had they lost sight of the mountains of Tubuai, when they AUURA COMES TO MAURUA. 39 were overtaken with a violent storm, which drove them out of their course. Of the crew of one of the canoes the greater part perished at sea. The chief Auura, to whom the other belonged and his party, were driven about they knew not whither, and for three weeks did they traverse the trackless deep, during which time they suffered exceedingly from the want of food and water. At length, He, who holds the winds in his fists, and the waters in the hollow of his hands, to whose merciful designs the elements are subservient, guided them to the Society Islands.
Very little was known of them until they were visited by myself and colleague, Mr. Bourne, in 1823. To prevent the interruption of the narrative, and to render the sequel more intelligible, I shall give a short description of each island, with its position, size, and population. DESCRIPTION OF THE ISLANDS. , 158° 54' W. long. It was discovered by Captain Cook, and by him named, in honour of Captain Hervey, R. , one of the Lords of the Admiralty, and afterwards Earl of Bristol. It is surrounded by a reef, into which there is no entrance.
The wild and romantic appearance of the rocks—their broken, abrupt, and irregular forms—also indicate that, at some remote period, they have been subject to the disruption of an earthquake, to 22 CHARACTER OF THE SECOND AND THIRD CLASS. volcanic explosion, or to some other equally mighty and equally capricious agent. The islands of the second class are rather hilly than mountainous, averaging from 100 to 500 feet in height. They are, generally speaking, equally beautiful in their appearance, and luxuriant in their foliage, with those of the first class; but, being less sublime in their character, from having neither pyramidal rocks nor spiring heights, they do not impress the mind with that wonder and delight which must seize the breast of every lover of nature, when mountains of so much grandeur, richness, and sublimity, first present themselves to his view.