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FIRST REPORT OF THE MISSION AT

HUAHINE.-.DECEMBER 1819.

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First Report of the Mission of Huahine.

732 some months before, for the benefit of religious instruction, and had form

ed themselves into a society, to be We doubt not that the following ar- united with the society at Huahine. ticle will prove highly interesting to | The several services at the meeting, a large proportion of our numerous excited unusual attention and interest readers. It cannot but afford pleasure among the people, both on account of to all who rejoice at the prosperity of their novelty, and the perfect harmony Zion:

which pervaded the whole. From the It is nearly eighteen months since, report then read by the Secretary, the with a view to more extensive useful- total amount of subscriptions for ness, that the brethren Barff, Davies, Huahine and Tabuaemanu was 3985 Ellis, Nott, Orsmond, Threlkeld, and bamboos of cocoa-nut oil, 98 pigs, and Williams, who were to form a Mis- 95 balls of arrow-root, (a bamboo of sionary station or stations among the oil containing on an average 2 quarts, Society Islands, removed from Aimeo and a ball of arrow-root 6lbs.) We to Huahine, accompanied by many rejoice in being able to say, that their of the chiefs and people, who, for the zeal has not abated; as a proof of purpose of receiving religious instruc- which, many have already paid in tion, and attending the stated preach their subscriptions, although not due ing of the word, had been several till next May. No doubt, many among years residing there.

them subscribe from the influence of Shortly after the establishment of example, or a desire to gain the good the mission at Huahine, Tapa and opinion of their superiors, but with other chiefs from Raiatea came up to some it is certainly otherwise. Their invite some of our number down to missionary spirit springs from their their island, to instruct them and their attachment to the word of God; and it people in the word of God. After a will, we trust, on that account conshort stay with us, they returned with tinue so long as they feel a love to the the brethren Threlkeld and Williams, Saviour, or appreciate the blessing of with their families accompanying them his salvation. to Raiatea. For the benefit of me- At Fare, the district where we redical assistance, they were soon after side, the preaching of the word has followed by brother and sister Ors- been regularly attended ever since our mond; the latter of whom was in a arrival. For several months past, we few months called to her eternal rest, have also had the pleasure of seeing followed by her infant daughter, our congregation considerably increaswhose birth she survived but å fewed: two of our number have itinehours. On the 6th of October 1818, rated every Sabbath (with few excepwe had the pleasure to witness and tions) to Maeva, Parea, and Mahapu, assist in the formation of an Auxiliary three of the most populous districts in Missionary Society at Huahine, in the island. A congregation of 3 or 400 aid of the Missionary Society in Lon- usually assemble at each of these don. The people in general, and es- places. Brethren Davies and Barff pecially the chiefs, appeared to enter have different districts: we trust their fully into its design, and esteemed it journey has awakened some to desire an honour to their island to have a the things which make for their everMissionary Society connected with it. lasting peace. They were vigilant in preparing their During the past year, our number subscriptions, and had most of them of scholars at this place has been concollected before the time appointed siderably augmented ; besides which for the general meeting.

we have a school at Maeva, and anIn May last, we held the first meet- other at Mahapu, under the care of ing of our Society; the principal native teachers, and superintended by Chiefs of Raiatea, Taha, and Bora- those who visit them.

We have also bora, were present to witness our pro- a Sunday School at each of the aboveceedings. Contrary winds alone pre- mentioned places, as well as at our vented some of our brethren at Raiatea residence, which we think calculated from uniting with us on this interest to produce much good among the ing occasion. Most of the natives of children. The improvements in spellTabaaemanu (Sir Charles Sanders ing, reading, and knowledge of the Island) had removed to this island catechism, &c, have been encouraging;

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734 considerable attention has also been considerable progress has also been paid to writing and arithmetic. The made in cultivation. Many acres number of scholars at present, is, at around us are enclosed, and stocked Fare, about 560, and 100 in the Sunday with food of various kinds. Useful school; at Maeva 300, and 80 children; tools, pit-saws, &c. together with paper at Mahapu 250, and 50 children. We and writing utensils, are in great dehave also been enabled to put another mand among them. The females esportion of the word of God into the pecially are much improved in their hands of the people, an edition of 2000 habits and appearance; when they copies of the gospel of Matthew, which procure a few yards of foreign cloth, we finished printing in October last; it is not, as formerly, carelessly bound they were sought with avidity, and round their loins, but made up into a received with gratitude by all. The gown, which gives them a much more editions of elementary books have decent appearance.

Our sisters have likewise been of essential service by every means in their power conin the schools and remote districts. tributed to their improvement, and The gospel of Mark is translated, and continually at their respective houses the Psalms are in hand ; several they instruct in needle-work so many other tracts are also ready for the as they can get to attend, several of press.

whom have made very considerable Brother Nott having translated the proficiency. gospel of John and the Acts of the We cannot conclude our report, Apostles, in order to avail himself of without testifying our gratitude to the the assistance of Pomare in the revis- divine Author of all good, for the ing it, removed to Tahité in July last, mercies we have received since the where he is still residing. Since commencement of the mission here; brother Nott left us, brethren Barff and we earnestly intreat an interest and Ellis have been under the neces- in the prayers of all who long for the sity of removing with their families extension of the Redeemer's kingdom for several months to Raiatea. The among men, that our feeble hands inconvenience of leaving their sta- may be strengthened by the mighty tions so long, was only overcome by God of Jacob, and we enabled, with a the reluctance felt to relinquish brother single eye to his glory, and a love for Threlkeld's attention at the time of do- immortal souls, perseveringly to hold mestic solicitude. On account of the on till he shall call us from the fields local circumstances of the Mission of labour to the abodes of rest. That aries and people, previous to their he may make us increasingly diligent, settlement at their respective stations, and, if consistent with his will, increanone of the natives were baptized: singly successful, is our most earnest we have, however, had several under desire. (Signed) preparatory instruction since our es

CHARLES BARFF. tablishment here; and on September

John Davies. 12th, we had the happiness to baptize

WILLIAM ELLIS. 15 who were considered proper subjects, among whom were Mahine and

MR. EDITOR. Hautia, the principal chiefs of the Sir, You will much oblige a constant island." There are also several candidates now under instructions, whom

reader and admirer of your excellent we intend soon to baptize.

Magazine, if you will insert in it the We have observed with peculiar

following article: pleasure the improvement in the out

Petersfield, July 16, 1821. ward condition of the, people, and I am a henpecked husband, which I their progress in civilization. Seve- should not mind, but for one thing ; ral of them have finished very neatly my wife does not pay that attention plastered dwelling-houses, with doors to economy which I could wish, and and windows, and are boarding their which is indeed necessary in every bed-rooms; many others on the same situation of life, according to a perplan are now building. They have son's circumstances. also erected a very strong and capa- By living in a gentleman's family, cious place of worship, 90 feet by 60; she has unhappily acquired habits of it is plastered within and without, and extravagance incompatible with her they are sawing boards for the floor. I present situation as a tradesman

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wife. I am not so rich as Cræsus, , but I hope, in future, I shall be more on nor am I stingy with what I have, but my guard, as it had nearly cosť me the I wish to have things managed rightly, semblance of authority which I had so as in some measure to make both endeavoured to retain. Unfortunately, ends meet, as they call it.

she discovered the risible muscles of I will just give you an idea of my my countenance gathering into a beloved's management. First, when smile; but whether from a consciouswe were married, she made a padding ness that she had merited what she that lasted (from its enormous size) condemned, or from a design to adnearly a week ; although ourselves and monish me that I was deficient in the the maid constituted the whole of the rules of politeness and good breeding, family. It would take an acre of I know not; but I well recollect, that ground, I believe, to supply her with I received from her such a frown as vegetables, every thing is upon such will not hastily be forgotten, and such a large scale ; and to her variety in an one as I hope never more to raise. nick-knacks there is scarcely any end. From the observations which I have It puts one in mind of what history made, I presume, Mr. Editor, that you says of Mark Antony's kitchen when can easily guess my situation, and in Egypt, where a person saw six wild enter into my feelings; and should I boars roasting at one time, and that be so happy as to excite your sympaonly for a repast for himself and Cleo-thy, I hope one great end of my writpatra. But these articles I should ing will be answered. I wish to live have deemed unworthy of notice, were in peace with one whom I sincerely they not connected with others of a love ; and yet, the price at which I more serious aspect, which drain my have hitherto been doomed to purpurse, and threaten us with ruin. We chase it, is more than my purse can llave a large house, of which we make well afford. In this dilemma, my only little further use than to employ ser- hopes lie in an appeal to you. vants to keep it clean. Every room, I do not attribute the evils of which however, must have its due proportion I complain to any bad disposition in of furniture ; and throughout the week my wife, but to the manner in which the sound of the scrubbing-brush is she received her domestic education. constantly to be heard. We have Were servants perhaps to attend to beds, in which no one ever slept; and economy more than they do, in their carpets, on which none besides the masters' concerns, they would ultiservants scarcely ever tread. With mately benefit themselves, in gaining constant polishing, several of our tables or keeping good habits. and chairs have caught the rickets. Our As my wife is a constant reader of fire-irons are polished too highly to be the Imperial Magazine, I am not withtouched; and the shining gridiron is out hopes that something of this kind suspended in a large kitchen, to con- may do her good; but then, I must not vince spectators that it was never laid let her know that I had any hand in it. upon the coals.

Upon the whole, we live very happily In the laying in of provisions, my together, but there is a point, beyond dearest is equally profuse. In these which, it would not be prudent, perarticles, quantity and variety strive for haps, for me (though ever so indalmastery, and I am at a loss to know to gent) to give way. To give the reins which I should assign the pre-emi-entirely out of my own hands, will not nence. I have occasionally ventured do. Masters in their own houses, to hint that this mode of conduct is all men ought to be; but then, susceptible of some amendment; but their sovereignty should be used in I am instantly silenced with this re- such an agreeable manner, that while mark, that I know nothing about house- bringing about their own designs, keeping, and that she is sorry to find whatever they may be, their partners I have no better taste.

shall appear to reform 'themselves. The dress of my good lady corresponds Far be it from me to intimate, that any with her other extravagances.

To harshness should be used with the bonnets, caps, furbelows, flounces, and ladies ; I consider them in the light ribands, there is scarcely any end. rather of good watches, 'which only I one day happened to smile, when the want the regulator to be altered a litmilliner's girl brought home her box, tle, to put all to rights. and began to unload her gaudy cargo; It 'must be obvious to every one,

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788 that unless a person regulate his ex- | studding sails, and all her stay-sails, penditure by his income, so as to live and the sea was running very high. In within it, ruin, or something equally this situation I saw your son going bad, must ensue. What would be ex- astern. I immediately wore the ship travagance, perhaps, in a person of on the other tack, while the men took limited means, would be but just ex- in all our light sails, and reefed the penditure with a person of a larger top-sails, for it was blowing too heavy property

to bring the ship on a wind but with What I wish is, that my beloved double-reefed top-sails. In a few mirib may see that there are others who nutes we lost sight of him; but as soon appear at least to think on these sub as possible I tacked the ship and jects the same as I do, which will stood on a wind, and in about forty have no inconsiderable effect in bring- minutes I saw him again from our ing about a reformation in her con- main top-mast head a long way to duct.

windward. We made every signal By inserting this, with any correc- possible, but it appeared that he saw tions you may think necessary, you none. He was sitting on the thaught, will do me a real service ; but should a little above the middle in water. We your endeavours to serve me fail of passed under his lee about one mile. success, I am afraid I must be content He said, that when he saw this, he beto be what I have styled myself, gan to think we had not seen him. We A Henpecked Husband. stood on until we lost sight of him a

second time, in order to make sure of AN AFFECTING INCIDENT. his being drifted under our lee against

we returned. The following extract is from a letter

" In about fifteen minutes we saw written by Mr. William Coomb, cap- him from the mast head. I then came tain of an American ship called the down, keeping him in sight, until by Felicity, to Mr. B. Banks, captain of degrees I got on deck, when we got an English trading brig; giving an ac- all our lee side manned with running count of the narrow escape of Mr. bowlines. I then put my second mate William Banks, son of Captain Baker at the helm, with orders to mind no Banks, who, in the summer of 1806, further instructions than what I was sailed with Captain Coomb from Li- then going to deliver, not even of your verpool to Charleston. The letter is son himself. I saw plainly, that if we dated, Glasgow, October 19th, 1807. missed him that time, it would all be “ DEAR SIR,

“ The sea was still continuing to “Yours of the 16th inst. I have this run very high; but when I found that moment received, and I will with plea- I could fetch him, I ordered the mate sure give you every information rela- to bear down on him, and take the tive to your amiable son.

boat on the lee cat-head, and then In the morning, before we made clap his helm a lee; by so doing we the land of Charleston, he was on deck had time to catch him from the fore with myself, going to take a double to the mizzen shrouds, which we foraltitude, as the sun had been obscured tunately did by one of the running for several days, and our reckoning bow-lines being put over his head and was out. He went into the boat round his body. The end of this rope which was suspended over our stern, was secured ; and it broke the fishing to do something to the ropes, when, line with which he had made himself on twisting one of the bolts, it broke, fast, it being in the boat when she dragging with it some of the timbers. broke adrift.” The boat, on falling, received a sudden “ Adieu, I will send you another jerk, which carried away the stern; letter in two or three days, when, with the young man on board, “ Yours, with love, having both bow and stern torn out,

gratitude, and esteem, it fell into the water, and, instantly

“ Wm. COOMB." filling, it was left by the ship. At that time we were going away with the Mr. William Banks, at the time the wind quarterly, blowing a strong gale; above accident happened, was about the ship was under her three top-gal- sixteen years of age. He was in this ·lant sails, lower and forç-top-mast | perilous situation about two hours and

over.

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OBSERVATIONS ON COMETS.

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740 forty minues. Towards the end of the 1661, was seen before in the same orbit, year 1806, he sailed to the coast of and under the same circumstances, in Africa, on board an American ship, the year 1522, which gives its period to called the Kitty, and, after an illness be 129 years; and that very remarkof three days, died under an awning able comet (1680) is shewn to be the on the ship's deck, on the 23d of Feb. same with that which appeared in the 1807.

year 1106, its period being 575 years.

The number of comets is very much greater than that of the planets which move in the vicinity of the sun. From

the reports of former historians, as (From Nicholson's Natural Philosophy.) well as from the observations of late

years, it is ascertained that more He says, Besides the seven primary than 450 have been seen previous to planets and their moons, there are the year 1771 ; and when the attenother bodies that revolve round the tion of astronomers was called to this sun, and claim peculiar distinction on object, by the expectation of the reseveral accounts. These are called turn of the comet of 1759, no fewer Comets, and they appear occasionally than seven were seen in the course of in every part of the heavens, their mo

seven years. From this circumstance, tion being formed in very long ellipses, and the probability that all the comets whose lower focus is in or very near recorded in ancient history were of to the sun. By observations of paral- considerable magnitude, the number lax it is found, that at their first ap- is far beyond any estimation which we pearance they are nearer to us than

can make. Jupiter; whence it is concluded, that But the number of comets whose they are most commonly less than that orbits are settled with sufficient accuplanet, for if they were as large as racy to ascertain their identity when Saturn they would be seen as far off. they may appear again, is no more

When comets arrive within a cer- than 59, reckoning as late as the year tain distance of the sun, they emit a 1771. fume or vapour, which is called the Their motions in the heavens are not tail. This shows that they contain a all in the order of the signs, or direct portion of matter more rare and vola- like those of the planets; but the numtile than any on the earth; for the tail ber whose motion is retrograde, is begins to appear while they are in a nearly equal to that of those whose higher, and consequently colder region motion is direct. than Mars. The tail is always directed After what has been said, we may to that part of the heavens which is infer, that if comets are habitable, they directly opposite to the sun, and is must be possessed by creatures very greater after the comet has passed its different from any we have been used perihelium than at its approach. to behold. There may be, however,

That part of a comet's orbit which other uses, for which it is probable comes under our observation, is so they may have been formed; the matsmall in proportion to the whole, that ter which composes their tails must in most it does not differ from a para- fall in process of time to the sun, or bola by quantities that observation the nearest planet that may pass can distinguish; for which reason, the through it, where it may supply de dimensions of their orbits and periodi- fects, and answer purposes which cal times, cannot be determined from our total ignorance of its properties a single appearance with any degree scarcely allows us even to conjecture. of exactness. But from the re-appearance of comets after long intervals of time, in the same region of the hea

Egyptian Tomb. vens, and moving in the same curve,

MR. EDITOR. it is decided that they revolve about In this age of indefatigable research

, the sun in very eccentric ellipses, be- and ingenuity of invention, subsering governed throughout by the same vient to the elucidation of its object, law of describing equal areas in equal when our

imaginations are conveyed times, which is found to take place in back to the very attermost verge of the inferior part of their orbits. antiquity, by contemplating, as it The comet that appeared in the year were, amidst the silent repository of

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