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Mortimer, mis Faucli accia

THE

NIGHT OF TOIL;

OR

A FAMILIAR ACCOUNT OF THE LABOURS OF
THE FIRST MISSIONARIES IN THE SOUTH

SEA ISLANDS.

BY THE AUTHOR OF THE “PEEP OF DAY."

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“Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing ; never.

theless at thy word I will let down the net.” LUKE V. 5.

LONDON :
J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY;
JOHN HARRIS, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1838.

K) 53327

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY
APR 20 1955

Jackson

LONDON :
PRINTED BY IBOTSON AND PALMER,

SAVOY STREET.

PREFACE.

THE moral change that has lately taken place in the South Sea Islands has attracted general attention. As it appeared desirable to present the history of this change in a form acceptable to youth, the particulars have been carefully collected from various sources—especially from the journals and letters of the missionaries, published in the seven volumes of “ Missionary Transactions,” and “ The Quarterly Chronicle.” Several more widely circulated works have also been consulted *

*“ Ellis's Polynesia,” and “ Bennet and Tyerman's Voyage round the World.” The former is elaborate, and calculated to satisfy the curiosity of the mature inquirer; the latter is more desultory, and suited to afford entertainment to the young. Williams's Missionary Enterprises” treat chiefly of a period, and of places, only slightly adverted to in these pages, and would be read with much advantage after this history.

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