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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. A LONG and interesting official Letter has been just received from Otina
heite, which we have the pleasure to subjoin; by which our readers will be happy to learn, that the Missionaries, through“ in deaths oft,” are still preserved, and have begun to preach the gospel in the Otaheitan language. Several private Letters are also come to hand; but our Limits confine us to an extract from one only in the present Number..
Missionary Residenil, salt pork for the colony also ; while Capt. Matlamai, Oiabuite, July 8, 1802. Bass proceeded on to Owhyee, to do the Honoured Fathers and Brethren,
like there; and, at the end of four months, The Nautilus, Capt. Simpson, an- to return andiake on board Capt. B. &c. chored in our pon the 26ih of June : she In the latter end of March a great is bound to Ovhyce for pork, for the co- meeting was held in Attahooroo district lony of New South Wales ; which is not (the long expected one taken notice of in only suffering for want of provisions, but some of our foriner letters and journals); is also in some danger of a mutiny among at which Otoo, aiter formally demanding, ahe convicts. At Owhyee, we understand, and being denied, forcibly took from the certain vessels are sure to be met with at this natives of that land a billet of wood, which season, from the north-west coast of Ainc- these'poor Heathens call their Great God; zica, bound to China ; at which last place, and which has been the occasion of a great by the time they arrive, others are on the rebellion, and much bloodshed. point of sailing for Europe. We are in- At the time of the meeting in Atra. formed, by Captains Bishop and Simpson,
a galę of wind from the NNW. that the couveyance of letters through this prevailed, that occasioned the loss of the channel, is as safe as can be expected, from Norfolk : she being forced on shore 011 the casualties of the sea and the length of the beach, a little to the southward of the the voyage :
we, therefore, embrace the British house. By the dispensation of opportunity of communicating to you some Providence, seventeen more of our countrynecessary intelligence concerning singular men were unexpectedly brought to sojour, events that have lately occurred in Ota- with us in Mattavai. Only the hull of Seite, cheerfully resigning to the will of the Nortolk is lost; her crew, guns, stures God your receiving or non-recciving this cargo, &c. were safely landed. our epistle. As ihe loss of our journal A few days after this event, 0:00, Powould be of more importance than a letter, marre, &c. who were in Papparra district, we think it best to transinit that in the in their way to Towtcera, in Tyaraboo, same manner we did our former, through where they were going to celebrate some the medium of Governor King.
heathepish rites, and deposit the idol that About eight days after the date of our they had plunderd the Ati ahoorooans of, Jast (Jan. 8, 1802) a small armed colonial sent us word that we should be upon our brig, called the Nortolli, arrived from guard, for there was a probability of our Port Jackson, dispatched by the Governor; being attacked by the Attahoorooans. But and on the same sesvice as his Majesty's ten days had elapsed, from the time of our ship Porpoise. By the Norfolk, brother receiving this intelligence, when the At. Shelley and wife joined us ; and a natu- tahoorooans did, in a powerful body, break ralist came to make his abode sometime on in:o the adjoining districtof Fuhaa*; killed the island. Brother Sheiley delivered us some diseased persons that were not able certain letters from England, by favour of to make their escape, plundered and burnt Messrs Bass and Bishop, of the Venus; the houses of the inhabitants, and pursued which he met with at Port Jackson. To their conquest into Oparre, where also those we cannot now speak particularly. they expelled the natives and fired
a few A week after ihe Norfolk, the Venus dwellings ; which done, they withdrew to anchored in Mattavai Bay. Capt. Bishop their own land. The fugitives of Pwhaa and six inon remained here to procure and ad Oparre took refuge near our babuan
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· RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
915 ting. The report was, that we likewise this, that if at this crisis, only the Society were to be assaulied, our persons destroved, had been residing in this districi, the Aio ad property plundered. Capt. House, of talcorooans would, doubtless, have pure the Norfolk, and Capt. Bishop (to whom, sued their advantages, and we must have onder God, we are indented for our preser hastily retreated, or fallen a sacrifice to vation) exerted themselves much opon the their savage fury, which regards neither occasion, Four small brass cannon, saved age, sex, nor condition at such times: from the Norfolk, were planted in the Here then we saw the lighting dow of the most advantageous manner then judged ; arm of the Lord in our devence, - his em. all the seamen and brethren that could, or nisciency in the knowledge of futurity, could not, handle a musquet, were imme- his wisdom in providing fit means for efdiately embodied, as far as the musquets fecting the purpose of his goodness and would go, and taught so much the use of his tender mercy towards us, that we, une arms as to be able to load and fire, &c.; Würthy as we are, should be subjects of guards were posted; and every precaution so much providence, care, and love. taken agaiost a surprize.
The beaten party that surrounded us, In a few days more, a party, consisting filled our cars with repeated assurances, of 2 or 300 nen, with incir wives and that the rebels only meant to deceive us; children, arrived from Eimeo, being sent and that their real design was to lull us for by Pomarre, to come and fight ihe At- into a security, that they might obtain a taboorooans. They formed their encamp- more casy conquest over us : 50 that we ment in the bay, where the long-house, were kept in continual anxiety, and some called Nannoo (now burnt) stood. Here times so alarmed, that we were obliged to they were reinforced by those of Fwhaa, sleep ojon our arms all night; and, at Darre, Matiavai, and sundries, that came others, to rise suddenly from our beds from I omarre. The Attahoorooans met and prepare for action, as if the foe were them, fought them, and drove them to the already at the door. Nor were the refufoot of One Tree Hill. All now was con- gers less barrassed; for what awakened tusion and fear among the narives : they our fears, kept theirs awake: terrified with asserted that their god fought for the re- the aprehensions of the invaders approach bels, and that they were irresistible. All (whom they deenied unconquerable) they around appeared confident that the Ing- stole off by degrees in their canoes, &c. te dishmen should next feel the weight of the eastward. The greater part of the Eitheir arın, whom they would rush upp meoans, with their families, had died for at once, and overpower with numbers. shelccr to the small island that stands in Capt. Bishop, and a strong party of mus. Nannoo Bay, where the foe, who had 10" quereers, on the day of action, had taken canoes, could not follow then. There spossession of the western pass, on the top they remained, fear-bound, several days of the hill, in order to resist the rebels, after the Attahoorooans had evacuated should they prevail over the king's friends, Oparre, not daring to move, and sending and attempt to enter this district. Howe to the Englishmen to go down and escort ever, instead of that, they dispatched a
them up to Mattavai: which, however, messenger with the following terms :- was not considered as expedient to be done.
Intelligence of what had transpired we 1. They offered the Englishmen the
sent ott to Pomarre, who remained at lowpeace (or government) of the districts of
teera, busily employed in the mysteries of Mattavai, Oparro, and Fwhaa.
Satan, and shedding the blood of his sub. 2. If refused, they demanded a passage jects in sacrifice to his god; so infatuated through Mattavai, to go to ibe eastward.
with his abominable superstition, that he 3. Ii denied, that they would fight their
durst not stir a step towards checking the way.
rebellion, which was growics stooger Our path of duty was plain. To have and stronger every day. The rebels took admitted them into Mattavai, would have advaniage of his folly, and executed that been the certain destruction of many help in this country may very well be ternica less persons, who had ak<ady been com- a bold and daring plan. pelled to tìy for their lives, and who had Having expeditiously finished certain placed themselves under the shadow of our religious ceremonies over the dead bodies #ings for prot' ction. To engage in war they had taken in the last action, and beo with then, was what all were aveise to. ing joined by ihe districts of Paparra, We hesitated not in acceding to the first Pumpe, Oureede *, and Panpe-are, they proposal. The Attahooronans ratified the crossed the isthmus, marched up to Towe treaty, and retired to their own territories. teera, and attacked Pamarre and all his Whether or no they would really have force. This was done with so much seveasured to attack us, if the first term had crecy and alertness, that Pomarre had but beca relased, and the second denied, we juse time to collect his scattered prople EZBROI tell; but we think we may be sure of together, and prepare for their recepcion,
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On the king's side wer: about forty muse ravaging Tyaraboo, and then returned qucts and a swivel; the rebels had about to their own lands. Prior to their returns fourteen. In point of men, it is thought Pomarre took the advantage of their abthat the superiority was on the king's scoce, and sent a strong party lo fall, in part also. In the evening the two par. the dead of night, upon the men, women, tjes met; å slight skirinish ensued, in and children that they had left at home. which, it is said by some, that the rebels This enterprize succeeded; and, in two received a check; but in a night-assault or three hours, near 200 of them, it is rethey made, they killed a great chiet, rclaported, were slain. This, instead of incion and friend of Pomarre. This threw timidating the rebels, iniamed them the the king's forces into confusion : with the more. They professed their determination ulinost precipitation they took to their to be the utter extirpation of the present canoes, fied, and left the rebels masters of governors; and we fear much slaughter Tyaraboo.
will be the result of this dreadful comumo. 'Pomarre, with his routed army, bore tion, down for Maitavai. Capt. Bishop received After the rebels had exercised their bara him and his son under arms, as a coken barity sometime in Tyaraboo, chey re• of respect.
The Chief, and all his fa- marched back to their lands; being has. mily's countenances were strongly marked tened thereunto by the unpleasing acwith fear and dejection : he talked some. counts of the destruction of several of their thing of fiying directly io Eimeo; but families. Word was continually coming when he saw what we had done and were to Pomarre that his foes were approachdoingin fortifying our new house for self. ing. One day it was said, that they were defence, he a; peared to take heart a littie, coming up through Fwhaa and Oparre , and seemed to begin to hope that all was another day, that they were crossing the not yet lost. -- Thus the kind Providence isthmus, coming down from the eastward, that had so graciously wrought for our joined also by the Tyarabosans; while protection, took under its saving wings presently after, it was confidently asserted these poor Heathens May the day soon that they had divided their forces, and come when many of their shall know hin were coming both ways at once. Pomarre Who is the Saviour of all men !
knew not what to do : he caused some Expecting that now the rebels would works to be thrown up on the west side of certainly pursue their success (which was One Tree Hill; which would greatly asthe general opinion of all Pom.arre's ad- sist in keeping off an eneiny on that side: hereais) we laboured to make ourselves as and he made a few faint attempts, by gostrong as possible, that when they should ing down to ihe Nannoo, to draw the Ate apnear, we might have no cause to reproach' tahoorooans to an engagement. ourselves with self-considence and neglect At last the Nautilus arrived; which of necessary means for preservation, from appeared to give new life to the king's a savage enemy never provoked by us, friends. Pomarre suon prevailed with and whose only aim in warring against us Caplain Simpson, through the mediaiion of must be for the sake of shiedding blood and Captain Bishop, to grant hiin a brat mans plunder,
ned and armed, to accompany him to At. We cut down all the bread-fruit, cocoa- tahoorov, where he was very desirous of nut trees, &c. (amounting to some score) going, to offer up to his god, which the tewhich we conceived would be favour- bels had retaken in Tyaraboo, some eso able for thein, from behind, to annoy us ceedingly valuable, as he thoughi, presents. with their musquets and slings. With He went with his feet and the Naatilus's the trees we formed a strong palissade boat. The Attahoornoents, who were sound the lower apartments of our new assembled on the beach, seemed to wait house ; to which the whole of the Society for an attack ; but made nore. They conwas retired, as also Capts. House and tented themselves with keeping Pomarre Bishop, with their propriy, and sundry out of the Morai, and obliged him to make Samen. While the veranda, that runs his oblation on the sea-beach, at some the length of the front of the building, distance ort. As the rebels committed no was barricadoed; as likewise the upper act of violence, Pomarre (who is rolled up apariments, with chests, bedeling, bales of in superstition) would not permit any hosDacives cloch, &c. so as to be in general tilities to be commenced against them, musquet-ball pront. Before this, the four though the opportunity appeared favouruali cannon had been removed froin their able. Having finished his prayers, he foriner situations, and plated in two re-embarked with all his people, highly upper-end rooms, where they commanded pleased that fe had performed so great a an extensive range;-the sniall-arnis were service, and returued to Mattarai. discibuted in the other apartments. But Antecedent to his arrival, Captaice the rebels were inercitulig kept at a dis. Bishop, who now thought that Pomarie's Caece from us. They semua ned sometime 22:ain object in soliciting a party from the
217 Nautilus, was to proceed immediately On Monday, July 5th, Capt. Bishop, against his rebellous subjects, and to en- brother Elder, and part of the Europeans, deavour to Subdue thein to obedience, returned. By Capt. Bo various expresses was disappointed at the boat's return with already received, were confirmed ; che out effecting any thing : he therefore substance of which was as follows:requested a meeting of the Society, at The fleet landed in Attalicorvo on Sa. which were present also Capt. House and turday, July 3il, at eleven A. M. a small Mr. Lewin the naturalist. He proposed, party of the rebels saw their approach, and that since Pomarre would not attack ihe retired. The enemy was withdrawn to rebels, and as they have frequently (so it their strong holds, which, on reconnoitere is declared by those arround us) threat. ing, were found to be, if not wholly im. ened the destruction of the English, the pregnable, yet the storming of them musc English 'should, with the assistance of be attended with great loss. Capt. B. and Portarre's musquetry, go and attack them. men would have made the aitempt ; but Capt. H. declined engaging with his men Pomacre and inen could not be brought to in the matter, it being contrary to his venture on so desperate an action. Seve. orders from Gov. King, to take any deci- ral shot were fired, which in general full ded part in the affairs of the country. harmless. One of Pumarre's mea Mr. Lewin assented, could a sufficient wounded in the chin and throat, by a ball party be form-d for the enterprize. The fron the enemy ; though they fired but Society reasoned some time upon the sub- few musquet., owing perhaps to theie ject, and concluded with observing, that scantiness of ammuvition ; stones they they did not see it their path of duty to slung in abundance, and rolled down sənie embark in such an undertaking; and from a great height, of several hundred recommended, that, as chro' Pomarre's ab. pounds weight. On the following mornthey at times firing upon him, and he on lively as ever. They could do no move them.
we did nüt kuow what his designs ing, a party of Papparra people, marching were, we should wait his return.
to join the rebels, was intercepted by a Two days after Pomarre arrived, and party of the royalists. The leader of the renewed his solicitations with Captains party (who was a great warrior) and his Bishop, and Simpson, for men and arms, to wife (a woman of a very goodly appearassist him in quelling the existing rebel- ance) were slain ; the rest made their Jion. Capt. B. desired another meeting; escape, and got safe to the strong holds. which was attended as before ; the sub. The bodies of the man and his wife ject of actively engaging in the present were treated in a most inhuman manner. commotions was tes uned. Capt. B. now The rest of the day passed without any informed the Society, that he did not wish particular occurrence, till evening, when
for them to take part in the business, Capt. B. wearied with the inactivity, against their inclination ; he only re- irresolution, and want of subordination, quested to know, if it would not be for the that pervaded Pomarre's cam,', had Saciety's interesi, that there should be actually re-embarked his men, to return to peace ;—and whether it would not be for Matiavai. Pomarre also, who thought it the interest of the Societv, that he should not safe to remain there without the Ene go and act against the rebels. The sense glishmen, was re-embarking bis people with of the Society was taken singly upon the all possible speed. The embarkation was subject, when only one negative was nearly completed, and most of the canoes found, who objected, through a scruple of were moving oil, when an unexpecied conscience. Soine arguments were now event took place, which gave a new turn to used by Capt. B. with Capt. H. to induce atlairs. him to permit his men (who o:ly waited A young man who has been with the his eonsento bs employed in the service. Society some years, and who had taken Capt. H. agreed, if the Society would ina to himself the nane of To-morrow.Mirne demnify him io Governor King, fir a 'ing, had sheww a most active and courabreach of orders. This the Society acce- geous spirit, and performed such stars of ded co. Capt. B. drew up a certificate for bravery, as astonished cur countrymen, the purpose, and the assenuing inembers aned excited the admiration of his own. signed it.
This young inan at the time of einbarking, Preparations were now made for the up with one more, at the enerny's war. By io, P. M. the whole armament correnchments, braving them to appear was embarked, and on their way in and fight, and firing at thein, as he saw Attahooruo. The number of Europas oportunity. At this season a heavy with Capt. Bisnop, was 19 men, well shower of rain came from the mountains. armed, a boat with the first mate and four The rebels, perhaps, deeming this a mea fiom ihe Nautilus, a four poundes favourable time, se zed, as they thought, canno, and all Pomarre's forces. Bro- the golden moment, and, in great numbers ther Elder attended as surgeon. Otoo rushed out, atined with musquets, spears, and the young prince of Tvarado clubs, and slings, and chaсed ro-inoisrova remained here, in a few servants. Muming and ihe other duwa to the liesti
thav discharge several musquets upon them, The noise of the musquets, and their which could do them but little hurt; and approach, attracted the attention of the after a while, return to the fleet. A wopeople embarked, and stopped their further man, an ambassadress, was permiteed to proceedings. To-inorrow-Morning came in pass between the parties. She carried an sight, and gave notice that the enemy was account to the rebels of those who had come. In the twinkling of an eye, a few been hiiled, and how they were treated. of Pomarre's inusqueteers, not yet'in their They received the intelligence with seem. canoes, sprang forward to the combat. Aing indifference; said that they did not successful discharge of their pieces obliged know them; and as for the slain chief, they the rebels in an instant to turn their backs supposed that he had been carried away by and tly. In the mean time the seamen and the river, and not slain by the royalists. The soldiers relanded, and joined in the pur.. surviving ringleader of the rebellion, a re• suit of the ilying foe; who, in a very pe- lation of Pomarre's, named Tahta hace, culiar manner, after running some space, bade the ambassadress acquaint Pomarre, in a moment rallied, and faced their pure that when they had done io him as they suers. Some of Capt. B.'s party were suf had done to Rooa (the name of the chief ficiently near for the attack. The sight of killed) then, and not till then, there would the Europeans overpowered the rebels ; be peace in the land. their spirit failed them, and they now iled Capt. Bishop knowing that Capt. Simpe in different directions : some made for the son could not be detained longer from promountains to the right and left ; and others secuting his voyage, returned with the direally for their strong holds; to the en- boat, leaving fifteen men with Pomarre. trance of which they were chaced.
Brother Elder also returned. Pomarre has, This most unlooked-fo: dispensation of not lost in the expedition any man killed, Providence proved highly advantageous for and but four wounded: one of whom was Pomarre, as God gave into his hands se- by his own party, by misiake. One of the venteen of the rebels, who were killed upon Norfolk's men received a slight blow on the spor; all fighting men, inveteraie ene- his hip with a stone. On Tuesday Pam mies, and among them one of the principal marre sent the Europeans home, and reringleaders of the rebellion. Many others moved his fleet about twelve miles nearer were wounded, but escaped. Though we Mattavai, and there encampeda may be thankful to God for the subduing of Upon the whole, this short campaign, those who delight in war, and are averse to through the mercy of God, has tended very peace,--get, we find much cause to lanent much to destroy the strength of the prethe extreine depravity of man's nature, vailing commotion. Theiwo chiefs above which admits no bounds to revenge and named one of whom is dead) may be 'cruelty, when reseniment is roused, and considered as the life of the rebellion. Their power obtained to exccute it. Ea h of the fighting men remaining are but few. As seventeen bodies was treated in ile most for the body of the people, on both sides, wantoniy barbarous manner:- pierced with they are always spectators; and prepared Sears, beat with clubs, dashed with stones, to fiy, or plunder, and exercise creelties derided, scoficd, and oiherwise maltreated, on those wounded or slain. as if now susceptible or pain, or af led by Respecting our personal safety, while their taunts.
God is pleased to contince the means he Pomarre thought the rebellion was has afforded us, there is little probability crushed, and that he should have nothing row that we shall be assailed in our habimore io do the next inorring than to go tations. But the ļents is expected every and take possession of their strong holds, hour; on her arrival, Capt. Bishop and mea and wreak his urpitying anger on those will quit the island, if not alo Capt. House who should fall into his hands. Caitain and men. Should that occur, and the dis. Pishcp secing such a sudden change or cir. turbances of the island not be settled, what curustances for all that was done was ac- may follow, we canrot tell. The Parvoise I complished whils the rain 12:eed, which is looked for; bri her coming is dubious. was less ihan an hoor) determined to re
We have suffered considerably by the premain the night, and give the finishing blow sent distresses, through destrosing several to th: war.
inclosures of gardens, and gardens themOn Mionday morning they marched up selves, and pulling down our chapel : all totheertrenchments, which are about four which was done to dar around us, as miles and a half from the beach ; tut how much as possible, in order to prevent an Treat was their surprize, when, instead of unseen a pionch, and al o the firing of our finding tiem abandoned (ile plunder of dwelling iron the times of the chapel, "which was already seized on in their ima. should it be burt; is being close to the ginations) ihev saw every part that could dwelling.lasa. The Sesity's labour and kis seen as well manned as bcfure, and as expence ia exccling the senci, &c. and cul