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Direction of the Methodist CONFERENCE.
AUSTRALASIA AND POLYNESIA.
THE REV. JOHN WATERHOUSE'S SECOND JOURNAL.
(Concluded from page 175.) MAY 21st, 1841.-Wind favourable stored to the office of Class-Leader and At dawn we weighed anchor and sailed Local Preacher. for Niua Tobu-tobu, commonly called 23d.-At dawn of day three females Keppel's Island, distant one hundred came to be examined preparatory to bapand sixty miles north.
tism. At eight o'clock the lali (drum) 22d.- In the morning we sighted the beat, calling us to worship. The chapel island to which our course had been di. is a beautiful place, and will contain six rected. There is no anchorage ; but, the or seven hundred people : it is inclosed weather being fine, we succeeded in in a manner superior to any I have seen reaching the shore about noon without in these islands. The chapel was soon much difficulty. Two or three natives filled : all the adult population of the had come to our assistance, swimming land was there. I preached, and Mr. about a mile. When the boat could not Tucker interpreted. We then married a proceed farther for want of water, two of couple ; and, as all the adults had been them carried Mrs. Tucker; and Mr. baptized except three, I published for Tucker and myself were each carried on those three and the children to be bapthe back of a native. At last we reached tized in the afternoon. I then met the the village, and were introduced to the Leaders and Local Preachers, while the wife of the principal Chief: her husband parents of the children went to the had gone to Samoa. The house was Chief's house, that Mrs. Tucker might large and remarkably clean : we seated write down their names, and answer the ourselves on a mat in the latoa (or enclo many important questions they had to sure in the front of the house). Kava ask on scriptural subjects. was immediately served, and the deputy At two o'clock the drum beat for pubChief made a speech, bidding us wel. lic worship : the chapel was soon filled. come to their land. After this I met the I addressed them on the important subTeachers, (the senior Teacher being ject of Christian baptism ; and, having dead,) the Local Preachers, and Class- baptized the adults, the names of the Leaders. They have fourteen male and children were called over, and I baptized thirteen female Class-Leaders, with three one hundred and one, closing the whole bandred and fifteen church-members, with an address. I then met the Local eleven Local Preachers, and two schools. Preachers and Teachers for a short time. One or two cases of delinquency had Just as we finished, the Captain came, been inquired into; the judgment on and said he was apprehensive that the which, after hearing, I confirmed. It wind was about to change, and we must was also considered important that some be on board as quickly as possible. I addition should be made to the number left Bartimeus Vea, a native Teacher of Class-Leaders, as several were remov whom we had taken from Vavau, with his ing to other lands. I ascertained who wife and three children ; and we went to were most likely, as to ability, piety, and the ship, accompanied by vast numbers, uniforin good conduct ; and nominated weeping and shaking hands when we left thero
, subject to my approval on exami- the shore. We got safely on board, and nation. Six presented themselves, four set sail for Niua-fo-ou, one hundred of whom I approved, and appointed them miles distant. accordingly: the other two I considered 24th.–We sighted the land early in defective at present in Christian experi- the morning. On nearing it, our minds ence, though worthy members of the soci. were impressed with the bold, iron-bound Ety. I also allowed one, who had been de coast, which seemed to bid defiance to posed from office two years ago, and of our landing. At length we were somewhom all gave a good report, to be re what relieved by seeing a small bobau, Vol. XXIII. Third Series. March, 1844.
(“canoe,”) paddled by three men. They growing old. Here we wanted to alight, came near; but the sea was so rough but they would not allow it: so over the that they were afraid of their canoe being stile we rode, and were carried into the swamped. The first question was, “Is house, where we were lowered to the it a Missionary ship? Have you got ground, and took our seats on the chairs. any Teachers ? ” As soon as they found King George, Queen Charlotte, Melchiit was even so, we could detain them no sedec the Chief, and his wife, all Classlonger, either to give us news, or show us Leaders, with the Teachers, Local a landing-place. Respect to their Chief Preachers, Chiefs, and people, surcompelled them to hasten back with the rounded us in the lawn fronting the intelligence, that he might prepare for house, pronouncing us welcome, while our reception. They went, overjoyed many wept aloud for joy, some of them with the glad tidings, leaving us to find exclaiming, Fakafetai kia Jesu. Faka. a landing-place. As they approached the fetai lwo mou noui. (“We give praise shore, one of them twirled his paddle in to Jesus. We are thankful you are the air, as if frantic with joy : the feeling alive.") Many of them kissed our was reciprocated by those on land, when hands, as a mark of respect. we saw the natives jumping like rabbits 25th. At day-dawn we found the na. from rock to rock. We gazed on the tive Teachers waiting to receive instrucspot where they had begun to congregate, tion. At eight o'clock the lali beat to clothed in their best gnatu, (native cloth,) call them to service. The chapel is and beautifully-plaited white mats: still ninety feet by thirty-seven; one of the we saw no possibility of getting ashore. most beautiful places I have seen, the Soon we heard the lali beat, calling the roof being made of the bread-fruit tree, people together ; and then, discovering the pulpit strong and rather high, with that we must land where the natives about seven steps at the entrance. The were assembled, the boat was lowered, chapel was filled with an interesting and we passed securely the rolling waves, congregation, to whom I preached from until we were within fifty yards of the Acts ii. 26. I afterwards met the huge rocks against which the foaming Teachers, Local Preachers, and Leaders, billows were frightfully sporting. While while Mrs. Tucker went to the house to pondering, tò perplexity, how we were arrange with the parents for the baptism to effect a landing, there was a sudden of their children, and to write their rush, from a rock, of forty or fifty na
The report at the different tives into the water, who surrounded our meetings was very encouraging. There boat, each determined to shake hands, are ten Local Preachers, twenty-eight while they were yet swimming. Our male Class-Leaders, twenty-one female second Mate, who had charge of the Class-Leaders, five hundred and sixtyboat, vociferated against it, but all in one church members, and six chapels
. vain. We threw out our anchor, to pre At noon we went to take refreshment; vent being dashed against the rocks ; but they had been so interested in our and, when we were sufficiently near, I sayings and doings, that we were in jumped out, the natives catching me danger of having only “angels' fare." in their arms, to prevent my falling into At last, however, a little yam was the sea. Mrs. Tucker gave a bold brought, which we ate with relish. spring, with a native, before I could be Ai two o'clock the lali beat again : in a position to give her my hand ; and the chapel was crowded, the same plan they secured her and Mr. Tucker in a being adopted as at Niua Tobu-Tobu. similar manner. Immediately, each of One hundred children were baptized; us was placed on a mat, fastened to two after which I examined thirteen young long poles, and supported by native men, recommended as Local Preachers cords. It was at once raised to the I was pleased with their answers, and shoulders of eight or ten men, who ran authorized their being employed, proup the rocks with perfect safety and vided their talent for preaching was amazing dexterity, while hundreds sur approved their being regularly rounded our palanquins (as we called heard. them by way of distinction). They ran We conversed with three men, from with us also through the bush, where Wallis's Island, who a few days ago vast numbers had been employed in pre had been drifted thither in a small paring the way, breaking off large canoe, after five days' tossing branches of trees, &c. At last we came water, in all but a hopeless state. From to the enclosed ground round the house them I learned, that the Papists had of the leading Chief, who is appointed taken possession of that part of the land by the King to govern for him, as he is where the anchorage is; and that the
leading Chief there, who is pilot, was speak better English than any native I zealous in their cause ; but that the have met with in these seas. I said, King, who lived in another part of the that my object was, to visit the King, land, was opposed to them; and that his and, if possible, obtain leave for two of son was gone somewhere, and rumour our Teachers to instruct his people. He said, it was to get Tonga Teachers. On said, “This is my ground; but I shall hearing this, I appealed to the native not object to your visiting the King, Teachers, who had been three years on though we are not friendly, as he will this island, if they were willing to go, not lotu to the Pope.” From this I inwith their wives and children, to suffer ferred, that the vessel would be in and, should it be the will of God, to die safety; and, therefore, taking four men for their Master. One of them said, to manage the boat, we went with Mr. “ The time is gone by for me to seek Tucker about ten miles to His Majesty's my own will : you have only to say it is residence. The King was taking kava your mind, and I will go." His wife with his Chiefs when we arrived. He is expressing herself in a similar way; and a fine-looking man, between thirty and the others being equally willing, orders forty years of age, with remarkably black were given for them, their wives, and hair nearly a foot long, and a keen, children, to be ready by the dawn of the penetrating eye. We were kindly renext morning.
ceived. I was directed to sit on his 26th.-We parted from our kind right, and Mr. Tucker on the left, hand; friends, who wept bitterly, kissing our the Chiefs, many of them venerable with hands, while we blessed them in the age, forming a circle,—all fine, interestname of the Lord. The sea was rough, ing persons. I made known, through and there was no access to the boat, but Mr. Tucker, my errand.
The King by jumping from a rock. We then rode said, “I have great love to my gods, and the swelling waves, with not a little toss shall not embrace Christianity at preing, until we were welcomed on board sent. I also killed some of your Teach. the “ Triton.” The boat returned for ers ; and, after such an act, should be the Teachers and their families; but, ashamed to embrace their religion.” We wind and sea ri sing, we were under the reasoned with him, having, according to necessity of leaving many of our pigs, custom, presented our gifts; but all yams, &c. We have left three Teach seemed in vain. Jotham, the oldest of ers: two of them have been there three our Teachers, made his appeal, apyears, and one we had taken with us. proaching the feet of the King, and
All being on board, and the wind begged permission to stay and teach his favourable, we directed our course to people the way to heaven. An old heaWallis's Ísland, distant one hundred then Priest was then appealed to by the and twenty miles.
King. He had long grey hairs, and an 27th. We sighted Uvea, or Wallis's almost diabolical countenance; and exIsland; and at two P. M. entered the pressed, in the strongest terms of indig. harbour, where two whaling.ships were nation, his unqualified disapprobation of at anchor. The entrance is very diffi our object. Finding that we had urged cul, and highly perilous in bad weather. the matter as strongly and as long as
seventeen islands in this prudence dictated, we left, persuaded group, many of them small and unin. that the old Priest had influenced the habited : the population of the main King's decision : he, however, shook land is about three thousand five hun- hands most heartily on our parting. dred, the greatest part being under the On reaching the ship, I sent for the influence of a powerful Chief, who has Roman Catholic Chief, and asked, wheembraced the Papal heresy. The King, ther he would allow them to stay in his who lives ten or twelve miles distant, is land, and preach “the unsearchable still heathen, and, with his people, (who riches of Christ” without let or hinderare, however, smaller in number,) is all He said, “ If you had come first, but in open war with the Chief.
I would; but now I do nothing without 28th. Just as we were going to consulting the Priest.” I said, “ The family prayer, the Chief came, with a Priest teaches things contrary to the large double canoe and about fifty men. word of God,” noticing several partiI invited him into our cabin, and asked culars; and remarked, “ The land being Mr. Tucker to pray in Tonguese. Our your own, you can do what you please ; natives began to weep; and when we unless the Priest governs you, and you rose from our knees, the eyes of the govern the people.” He wished exChief were suffused with tears. He is a planation, which was given him in very fine, tall, gentlemanly man, and can plain terms. He replied, “I am sorry ;
but I can do nothing without the Many of the natives have a smattering Priest."
of English, there being a number of The Priests here are those three English, Americans, and Portuguese in whom King George sent away from Va the land, by whom their morals have vau four years ago. They are in daily been awfully corrupted. expectation of the Bishop from New. With the Christian natives, members Zealand with more Priests, when they of our religious community, whom we intend making another attempt on the had taken from Vavau, our 'Teachers and Friendly Islands.
their wives, we have already a society of I shall write to all the brethren to for twenty members, sanctioned by two tify the infant churches against the delu Chiefs. I am exceedingly pleased with sions of Popery. All who may hence our batch of native Teachers and their forth come to these islands, or to the wives, especially those whom we took colonies, should be well instructed in from Niua-fo-ou. Their piety, zeal, these matters.
good sense, and prudence will, under the 31st.-We weighed anchor, and set divine blessing, do much good. They sail for Rotumah, distant three hundred were plodding hard at the language on and ninety miles west. The weather is the voyage, being assisted by the Rotumore settled, and there is a prospect of a
mah natives. I have no doubt but some pleasant voyage.
of them will be able to converse in that June 4th.-After a pleasant passage, language in a month. They are going we anchored at Rotumah about two to translate the Lord's Prayer immedi
The Christian Chief, whom we ately, as it is usual in all our assemblies had brought from Vavau, wished us to in these seas for the whole congregation be on our guard, as some of his country to join in repeating it. Our parting men were great thieves. He said, that was affecting : they wept and when one of the first vessels came, they kissed our hands, while we commended stole the compass, and carried it to a hill them to Him whose loving-kindness is in the bush, declaring it to be a god who better than life. had brought the vessel. The Captain Tokainiua, the Chief, is exceedingly obtained it afterwards, through a leading anxious that a white Missionary should Chief. As we entered the bay, Tokai go and live amongst them. I engaged niua, one of the principal Chiefs, came in to press this matter on the attention of a canoe with the pilot. Some eighteen the Committee. First, There are the months ago he was at Tonga, and had poor natives, than whom none can more seen Mr. and Mrs. Tucker several times. need the Gospel. Secondly, The sad On his return, he called at Niua-fo-ou, intermixture of Europeans, &c. Thirdly, and professed to embrace the Christian The circumstance of so many being able religion, requesting a Teacher, whom we to speak English, so that a Missionary had now with us, to go to his land. could do much good immediately. We found him a very fine, tall, intelli Fourthly, Because the enrissaries of the gent man, about twenty-six years of age, Church of Rome have determined, if who can talk a little English. At first possible, to make that one of their stathere seemed a degree of shyness ; but
The Romanists have already, soon all reserve left him ; and he said, through some medium, given them an “ White Missionary very good man. idea that no good Missionary is married. Mr. Waterhouse, you shall now be my That “doctrine of devils” I refuted. father; and Mrs. Tucker, you shall be Isaiah, the Rotumah Chief, has been my mother,
We love you both 100 in church-fellowship seven much. You go ashore, and Mr. and
our people at Vavau. Mrs. Tucker, to see my wife and one Through Mr. Tucker I examined him ; child.” To this we readily assented. I and, being satisfied on several points, I then called our Teachers together, and have authorized him to act as a Local requested he would take them under his Preacher, which, from the circumstance care, He said, “ One should live with of his being a Chief, and knowing the him, and the other with his mother,” language, will be of vast importance. who is a very great Chief. Isaiah, the 9th.-1 conversed with an interesting Rotumah Chief, whom we had taken, youth, a Feejeean, the adopted son of said, that two of them should go to his the King of Rewa, who had lotued some part of the land, as soon as he had
time ago at Tonga. We found him at arranged with the other Chiefs. We Rotumah; and it being the wish of his then went on shore, and waited on this father, that, if we met him, we should old mother Chief, presenting, as usual in take him home, I gave him a passage. these lands, our gift,
He told us he had visited New Guinea
and New-Ireland; and that in New- sion-premises. On our way to the staIreland the men are in a state of entire tion, we passed a great number of nudity, and the women little better. He canoes; all the men having their faces says, it is a very large land, with many blackened, indicating war. On approachinhabitants; and he thinks, from their ing the Rev. Mr. Jaggar's, I was surdisposition, they would receive a Mis- prised to see that, since my last visit, a sionary. We also questioned him con native bridge had been erected over the cerning Rotumah, where he had lived river: the span is one hundred and five months. He says, that the greatest forty-seven feet, and it has thirteen difficulty in the way of the people be. arches, the centre arch being fourteen coming Christians was, that so many
feet above the water. The Mission white persons are living among them ; house I found greatly improved. It is who said, that if they became Christians, now decidedly the best house in the their women could get no more money Feejee, or the Friendly, Islands. The by going on board ships. It is a com inmates were well, and gave me such mon practice for the women, as soon as welcome as a father would receive from
vessel comes to anchor, to lend them. his family. We spent the evening in selves to the men for prints, calicoes, listening to the most horrifying accounts &c.; and our vessel was the only one he connected with their wars. About three bad seen where that was not done.
weeks ago, more than one hundred per. 14th.–At dawn of day we sighted sons were murdered at Viwa, within a Kandavu, in Feejee, the island which short distance of Mr. Cross's house. Dr. Cargill and I visited under such About twenty bodies were carried to perilous circumstances, about twelve Rewa, and a general scramble took months since, on our way to Hobart- place among the people for them. Toen. At noon we passed this large Three of the bodies had the entrails and important land, and were visited by taken out, and were washed and pre[*0 canoes, from whom we learned that pared for the oven opposite the Missionthey were at war among themselves. premises, and in the presence of Mr. and The adopted son of the King of Rewa, Mrs. Jaggar. Each party then fastened wbom we took on board at Rotumah, a cord to the body of the man they had a youth, about twenty years of age, very taken, and towed it on the river to his pleasing in person, well-informed, and respective hora, or “town.” One head able to speak a little English,—told us was thrown into Mr. Jaggar's yard, and that he had once lived on this island; partly eaten by their dog : one of the that on the high mountain there are very teeth is in my possession. As Mr. and large wild hogs, and that many natives Mrs. Jaggar were going to the service have been killed and devoured by them. on the succeeding Sabbath, they met He says, there is also a spring of hot some natives taking the roasted thigh water. The desolations of war have and ribs of a man, as a present to a been dreadful, when men, women, and Chief. While looking at it, some of children have been eaten. On being them remarked," It is not well cooked.” asked if he had eaten human flesh, his On passing one house, they heard them “Yes, often: we used to
“ What vegetables shall we have think pork sweet, but that was sweeter.” with the man's flesh to-day?" These He then showed us the part of the human accounts, together with the perilous situbody which was reserved for Chiefs, as ation of Mr. Cross and his family, made being the most delicious. More gene me determine, God willing, to visit rally, he says, they roast the bodies, and them on the morrow. But our difficulty then boil them ; as they are tenderer was, to get a canoe, as so many were when cooked in that way.
He stated, employed in the wars. further, that at Vatutu two hundred and 16th.-Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, Mr. thirty bodies were eaten at one feast. Jaggar, and myself, set out in a canoe This was corroborated by Joshua, and to Viwa, twenty miles distant. We confirmed by others. I had not a Mis reached the place before dark, and found sionary for Kandavu, or I should have Mr. and Mrs. Cross and family well, liked to visit them once more, the considering the painful circumstances in Chief having, on the former occasion, which they had been placed. After we assured me that they would be glad to had partaken of some refreshment, Mr.
The land is as large as Cross gave us the following account :Tonga and Habai. I saw a canoe, with “Many reports were in circulation that a great number of men, going to war at
the Bau Chiefs were meditating war Tausara. At two P. M. we anchored at against Viwa, and intended to murder Vite-Levu, seven miles from the Mis Namosemalua and his nephew, the