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tion. The Chief and his wife are mar- months ago, had so much as heard the ried ; and two other persons are prepar- name of “the true God,” or of “ Jesus ing for baptism.
Christ whom he hath sent. O that I Ovalau is about thirty miles from could make every British Christian feel Viwa, and we have about one hundred the full meaning of St. Paul's question : and forty-seven Christians at Levuka nay, is it not the question of the Holy and other places, consisting of white men, Ghost put to us all ? _“ How can they and their Feejeean wives and children. believe in Him of whom they have not Here we have two Teachers; and I heard ? how can they hear without a have paid them several visits during the Preacher ? and how shall they preach year. They are, taking them altogether, except they be sent ? " O Christians, decidedly the most orderly and moral do not talk as if you pitied the Heathen set of white men in these islands. of Feejee, while you keep from them Their wives and children are making that which alone can make their salva. rapid progress in reading, and several of tion possible! How can you think of them have been baptized. I trust the dying, until you have done your utmost children at Levuka will become a bless- to place the means of salvation within ing to these islands. A Missionary the reach of every soul of man? You should, by all means, reside at Levuka. pray for the conversion of the world. There is a population of coloured people What do you mean? Do you not know rising up, which may be of immense use that, according to the present constituted to the cause of God, if they are wisely government of God, if the world is trained: their parents are desirous to to be saved, Christians must put into instruct them aright. I can do very operation the means by which it is little for them. I must add, (though I to be effected ? « Whosoever shall call almost fear to do so, as I know you are upon the name of the Lord shall be straitened for means,) that we can do saved." Here is the rule of governnothing for them, unless we have more ment. “ How then," God asks you, Missionaries.
“ sball they call on Him in whom they Bua is about one hundred miles from have not believed ? and how shall they Viwa, where we have now three Teach- believe in Him of whom they have not
I have just returned from Bua, heard ? and how shall they hear without having taken a tour round Navitilevu, a Preacher ? and how shall they preach and visited Deumba, Beugka, Nadrogo, except they be sent ?" and who shall Ba, &c. The whole of these places are send them but the Christians of Engentirely heathen, and have never before land ? and who to Feejee but the Wesbeen visited by a Missionary, and some leyan Methodists? You have adopted of them but little by the natives them. Feejee as your field of labour. I beseech selves in this part of Feejee. I went in you, in the name of perishing thousands, a small, worn-out schooner, belonging to send us labourers. a Rewa man; and we were exactly six weeks from leaving Rewa to reaching
our return. We should not I found things at Bua much as I exhave been more than a month, if we had pected. I had received a letter from bad favourable winds. I may, probably, Joshua, our principal Teacher there, introuble you with an abstract of my jour. forming me that they were at war, but nal; but I may say here, that I found giving satisfactory evidence that the the people willing to listen to instruction lotu (or Christian) Chiefs had nothing in almost every instance ; and one Mis- to do with originating the war.
This I sionary, with ten native Teachers, would found to be the case. The war is bebe an abundant blessing among them. I tween Zuibua and Zuimoro, two broonly say, one Missionary, though it thers, the former the real King of Bua. would be a shame to send one. What This is the second time the pretender could a Missionary do by himself, has raised a war at Bua; and he is not among such a population, and so far re- likely to gain his point at present. The moved from any of his brethren? I Christian Chief aid not join in the war counted one hundred towns belonging to until he was obliged to do so : his name Nadrogo itself; and there are many is Raitono : he is a man of great influothers dependent on them. There are also ence at Bua, being the Matanivanua of Deumba, Vidrogo, Tabua, Ba, Votua, the old King, as well as a Chief of conRakiraki, all having powerful and inde- siderable rank ; in fact, he has more to pendent tribes, and all the westerly do with the management of affairs than islands, without a single Teacher among the King himself. There are two mors them; and scarcely any of them, three men of distinction who have become
Christians, and about eighty-three peo- Ovalau, if not on Viwa, on my way home. ple: there are also thirty-four of the I need not say that I had to endure people of Zuibua and Zuimoro who still many things which would be called profess Christianity.
hardships at hone; but it was much The present war and other things have more safe going in this schooner, though prevented those who have embraced a miserable craft, than in a canoe. Christianity from making much progress. Thursday, April 6th, 1843.- This In fact, they cannot advance as they morning we left Rewa for Nukulau, an should do, without the direct superin- island about six miles from Rewa, which tendence of a Missionary. The native we reached in a short time. We had Teachers are excellent men ; but there intended to remain there for the night; niust be, for some time to come, one but as the sun was four or five hours Missionary, at least, on each principal high, we thought it would be well to go station ; and I believe the Lord Jesus on as far as we could ; and, having a would send two, if he had the manage- fine breeze, we reached an island called ment of the affair. We can visit but Namuka before sun-set. We went ashore, little the persons who are one hundred or and found a pretty little island with. more miles distant; and even when we out an inhabitant. The natives are do visit them, we cannot remain long; often afraid of residing on small islands, whereas these people are like children, as they are so much exposed in time of and require “line upon line, and precept
I had a long conversation with upon precept," or they will only become some of the ship's company, and I trust Christians to disgrace the Christian succeeded, by the blessing of God, in name, and hinder the universal diffusion making some impression on their minds. of Christianity in these islands of the I believe we shall not have so much
The mode of calculating the num- swearing again on board as we have had ber of Missionaries needed for a certain to-day. field of labour is not the same as in 7th. We had a full view of poor Sura England. It is not fair to say, “ There is this morning, where we once had a few a population of three hundred thousand, Christians. Yesterday the town was and they have five Missionaries, and about reduced to ashes, and many of its inha. thirty native Teachers.” We should bitants killed and eaten by the Rewa rather say, “Here are three hundred people. We saw several canoes which thousand children to be taught, (for that had gone in search of the miserable is what they all are,) and they are scat- remnant. The Christian Chief is still tered over a large group of islands, some alive. of them far distant from each other; and We reached Deuba, a chief town in these have to be taught the first elements Navitilevu, about noon. We went ashore of letters and truth by five Missionaries, immediately, and found a small town a (one of whom has to attend to print- short space up the river ; but, finding no ing nearly half his time,) assisted by Chiefs there, we proceeded to the place a number of natives, who can only be where the Chiefs reside. This is a large, compared to boys at the head of a class, well-built town, and has a fine buri. and who are not at all prepared to take They are at war with an inland tribe, and a part in the regular work of conducting are making the best preparations they a school." What can they do among so can for the security of the place. The many, and these many of such a charac- third Chief took me round the town, and ter?
we had a long conversation about the I now proceed to give you some ac- evils of war and the blessedness of religion. count of my voyage round the island He said it was all good, and it was quite called Navitilevu. It is about three according to his mind to have some one hundred miles in circumference, and to reside at Deuba to teach them all contains, I suppose, nearly a third of the about the lotu. I and the owner of the whole population of Feejee. Very few schooner conversed for some time with places on it have been visited before by a an elder brother of this Chief in the Missionary, except those in the imme- evening, and he seemed of the same diate vicinity of Bau and Rewa. I had mind; but they could say nothing deci. for some time felt a desire to make a dedly, as the King was not at home. tour round it; and hearing that an old They agreed, however, to tell him all schooner was going to the western part that I had said on his return; and when of it, for the purpose of trading, I asked they had all talked together on the subthe owner to take me to the principal jeci, they would send me word, as to places, and then to Bau. This he en- whether they would have a Teacher at gaged to do, and also to land me on once, or not.
We were detained at Deuba until the of Rukua. He did not seen much dis12th, so that I had many opportunities posed to listen to instruction, his whole of conversing with the Chiefs and peo- mind being taken up with the attainment ple. The Lord gave me great liberty in of riches. speaking to thein, so that this has been Noah, one of my young men whom I to them a time of visitation. I was glad had with me, went ashore to sleep, and also to find a young Chief from Nadroga, con versed almost all night with the who seemed very willing to receive in- second Chief, a fine old man, who was struction. I may observe that, although much pleased with what he heard ; so the dialect of Deuba is very different that there is a little seed thrown here also. from that of Bau, or Rewa, yet the The Lord water it ! Chiefs both of Deuba and Nadroga Bega is a pretty island : it has twelve understood the Bau dialect, so that I was or fourteen towns on it, and the greater able to converse with them.
part of it is subject to Rewa.
Here is a We have to use curious proofs and large cave, which is sometimes used as a illustrations in talking to such natives burying-place for Chiefs, and a tree which, about religion. I do not think that the it is said, always flowers when the westFeejeeans are at all acute in the art of erly wind is likely to blow : it was true reasoning; and it is somewhat difficult yesterday, as it was in full flower, and to convince them of the truth of any- the westerly wind blows to-day. The thing by arguments. They will never natives say the tree will not grow any use an argument to prove the truth of where but at Bega; that the god of their own religion : they know nothing Beya can only make it take root and of abstract reasoning. You cannot con- grow. vince them that it is impossible that 16th, Sunday.-While we were hold. there should be two Gods, from consider- ing our service on deck, a strong wind ing the Divine nature or government: from the westward sprang up; but it was the only way in which I could succeed, directly contrary. We, however, made was, by showing them that, if we men all the sail we could, and ran over to an had two makers, it would have been im- island called Vatulele, about fifteen miles possible that we should have all been out of our course. We came to anchor made alike. I said,
“See, that man before sun-set, I and Noah went ashore. has two eyes, two ears, two hands, two We found the principal Chief ill, to feet, the same as I have ; his nose is whom we preached the good Physician above his chin, the same as mine; we of body and soul. I left Noah to spend are exactly alike, except the colour of the evening with them, as he has now our skin, and that is only the outside got fully into the way of declaring the skin. Now, how is it possible that good tidings when he has an opporDeorgei could imitate Jehovah ?" They tunity. all said, " True; there is but one who We lay off Vatulele till the 19th ; so made us, and that is Jehovah.” “Yes,” that I had many opportunities of going I replied, “it must be so, or we could ashore to instruct the natives, who not be so much alike. How is it that seemed willing to learn. your canoes are so different from our On the 18th one of the Chiefs accomships ; and that you cannot make houses, panied me to see a celebrated place, the or knives, or anything like ours ? residence of the goddess of Vatulele, Do you not see that the works of men about seven miles from our anchorage. are different ? but all the works of God The objects of the superstitious veneare the same in every land; because there ration of these poor creatures are nothing are many men, but only one God.” more than a number of red crustaceous " Edina Zine," was the only reply ; and fishes, larger than a shrimp. There are then they talked about it among them- abundance of them in Feejee ; but there selves. They were much pleased with our they are generally of a dark brown colour accounts of the creation and the fall of when alive, and become red when cooked : man, of the destruction of the old world the living fish being red here, is no and the deliverance of Noah, of the doubt the reason why they are condestruction of Sodom, of the love and sidered as supernatural. The mother of work of Jesus Christ, and of heaven and the fish is said to be of an immense hell, &c.
size, and to reside in a large cave by her13th.–This morning the wind was self; and her children leave her when favourable; but we were only able to they are called by their name, which in reach the island of Benka, about twelve Feejeean is Ura. The path to the cave miles from Deuba. I went on shore, and lies through a part of the island, which had a long conversation with the Chief for two miles is a perfect garden; nothing
is to be seen but bread-fruit and cocoa. possible. Mr. Wilson, a Lincolnshire nut trees, with banaan plantations, the man, who is living here, was in good best cultivated I ever saw. About half health, and very glad to see me.
We way we found a small town, where they waited on the Chiefs that night, and provided food for us, to the inhabitants found them disposed to receive a Teachof which I had a good opportunity of er as soon as the present war is over. recommending the bread of life.
There are two principal Chiefs at NaWe reached the sacred spot soon after droga, and two important towns, near
The first part we visited consists each other. The Chiefs are of one mind of a large cave, perhaps twenty feet high with respect to religion; and their sons, by fifteen wide, and twenty yards long. who now take an active part in the This communicates with another, about affairs of government, seem quite agreethe same width and much longer. The able to its introduction among them. bottom of both these places is lower than The white man living there, Mr. Wil. the beach, so that the water remains in son, has already persuaded them so far to them when the tide has retired. The observe the Sabbath as not to go to war Chief stood at the mouth of the cave, on that day. I counted the names of and called out with all his might, “ Ura, one hundred towns which belong to Ura, come, that the Chief from England them, or are dependent on them. may see you." There was no answer, Nadroga is a place of great importhowever, and only a very few of the fish
A Missionary there would have appeared, which were all there before he direct access to one hundred and fifty began to call. We then went to the other towns, and our way would also be opened place, I by land, and they by means of a to the whole of this part of the group. passage under ground, a kind of natural The Chief of Nadroga ranks with the tunnel, which has some depth of water Kings of Feejee ; and I consider it, in it. I expected the mother would therefore, a good sign, that he is dis. make her appearance now; but neither posed to receive a native Teacher until she nor many of her children seemed he can have a Missionary. I must in. willing to show themselves. I now be- form the Committee, that I gave this gan to encourage him to call aloud, and people every reason to expect an English make them come; but it was all to no Missionary. I hope you will not allow purpose : a few of them moved about at me to mislead them. the bottom of the water, but took no no- 22d.—This morning we left Nadroga tice of their worshipper.
for Ba, sixty or seventy miles distant : a I tried to convince him of the folly of place of bad report in Feejee. considering such things as these to be We did not reach Ba till the 27th, in gods, and he was much interested with consequence of the wind being light and my remarks. Sometimes he seemed all often contrary. I did not think it prue but determined to become a Christian at dent to go ashore at once, till we had once; and I believe this was to him a seen some of the natives, and gained a day of visitation.
little of their confidence. Several of the This people are subject to Rewa, and Chiefs came off, and seemed much disthey are too much afraid of becoming posed to trade ; so that I saw we were Christians to be at once decided. If likely to be here some time, in order to Rewa would take the lead, we should make preparations for getting a cargo of soon have one hundred thousand pro- beech-le-mar. fessed Christians in Feejee. There are The second Chief of the place told me, four towns on the island of Vatulele; that he wished to have me for his friend, and it is, altogether, a lovely spot : almost as soon as he saw me. I gladly “only man is vile.” I left the island, accepted the challenge, and always after grateful to God for the many precious called him Noquitau, “My friend : opportunities I had of preaching Jesus to and he did the same to me, and acted its ignorant inhabitants.
accordingly. 19th.—This morning we had a favour- 29th. I went ashore this morning, able wind, which took us nearly to and my friend Zogabale took me up : Nadroga : it then became a perfect calm, fine river, to see his town.
He and one so that we were obliged to remain all of his men pulled the boat, and I steered night at sea.
her ; so that they had me completely in 20th.--We caught a large shark this their power. morning, and I obtained his teeth and We called at a small village, about a back-bone for my part of the spoil. We mile up the river, and remained a short soon after had a breeze, which took us to time : the Chief gave orders to prepare Nadroga. I went ashore as soon as food for us by the time we should r
turn, and we then proceeded on pole. Here we laid the remains of poor way.
Mary, far from her own native land, and We soon reached Votua, my friend's under circumstances of a very melantown. It is large for a Feejee town, and choly nature. It was quite dark before in a fine fat country, covered with large we finished her grave, which rendered it ivi-trees, a kind of chestnut; the houses impossible to read any part of the usual being built among them,- which makes funeral-service, as we had no lantern ; so the place beautifully shady and cool. We we kneeled down on the spot, and prayed did not remain here very long. I gave a with hearts full of sadness and sorrow. short account of the lotu to a number of The darkness of the night seemed to add people in my friend's house. All was to the solemnity of the scene : altogether, new to them ; but they seemed pleased it was one of the most touching circumas far as they understood what I said to stances of my life. them, They were delighted beyond For many successive days we had unevery thing with my unbrella, as they favourable winds; so that, although we had not seen one before : they ran after were now not more than one hundred and me in crowds as I passed along, to gaze twenty miles from Bua, we did not reach upon the wonderful thing.
it until the 11th of May. I need give you We returned to the village, where the no account of this time. It was a trying, but people were cooking our dinner; and also a profitable, season to me ; and I now we found it ready prepared, and had a began to be concerned for Mrs. Hunt, as good appetite to welcome it. After our the specified time for making the whole repast, and a short conversation about re- voyage was past, and we had no prospect ligion, we set off back again to the of reaching home for the present. I had Beech-le-mar house, where I had ano. many temptations, many blessings, and ther opportunity of conversing with a many opportunities of speaking for my people who are the most ignorant of any Master, especially to the ship's company. I have met with, but who are very This, though the most pain!ul, was to me willing to learn. We returned to the the most useful, part of the tour. schooner before dark, where I found a May 11th. We ran over from Navipatient, whom I had taken on board & tilevu yesterday, and reached a part of day or two before, much worse. She the island called Thakaundrori before was a New-Zealander, the wife of a Mr. dark. This morning we arrived at Bua. Phillips, owner of a schooner called the I went ashore, and found the “ Triton " “ Neptune.” We had spoken with the had been here but a few days before, Rchooner three days before, and had and had taken away two of my Teachers taken the poor woman on board at the as pilots. She had been to Rotuma, and request of her husband, who thought, if is on her way back to Tonga with Mr. she could be conveyed to Viwa, she Thomas and Mr. F. Wilson on board. might recover. There was, however, no One Teacher was left to take care of probability of this ; but I was willing to their house, from whom I learned somedo what I could. On Sunday morning thing further of the state of things at she became still worse, and we were Bua. There seemed to be no prospect afraid she would die before we could of doing anything at Bua, as the Teachers reach some desolate or Christian island, were away, and the people fully engaged on which to bury ber; for we dared not in war ; so I had a conversation with the bury her near Ba, knowing that the lotu Chiefs, and those of the people who natives would take her up again, for the were at home. I succeeded in persuadsake of obtaining the box in which hering the wife of Raitono, the principal budy was enclosed. We made all sail, lotu Chief, to become a Christian, and and thought we should reach a sand- then had a public service with them ; island before dark. The poor creature after which we went on board. died about noon. I made many in- 14th, Sunday.—This has been & quiries about her soul; but could learn blessed day to me. I preached to the very little of her state. Yet I believe she ship's company from,“ He that covereth feared God, and have hope in her death. his sins shall not prosper," &c.; and We could not reach the island ; and, as the Lord enabled me to be very plain. the weather was very hot, and we had I am now clear, I trust, of the blood of but a small vessel, we thought it would these men. I have taught thens, pubbe unsafe to keep her till morning. licly and privately, the things which We therefore went ashore, I and my make for their peace. I have had, in man Noah, and two of the ship's com- English, family prayer in the cabin, such pany. We had no spade ; but managed as it was, ever since I left Ba, and some to dig her grave with our hands and a of them have attended to this means of