By John Williams
According to John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 quantity bargains an perception into the perilous lifetime of a missionary within the early 19th century. the writer, an ironmonger via exchange, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the purpose of spreading the gospel and introducing smooth expertise to the quarter. in addition to recounting the common threats to his protection from indignant natives, conflict, common catastrophe and sickness, Williams presents special surveys of the peoples, languages and average surroundings he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the effect made upon barbarous humans through their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant through the author's loss of life by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's booklet, this can be a unprecedented account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who turned a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary circulate.
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This, in a great measure, may be attributed to the skill of Captain Wilson, whom God raised up, and by a series of events, almost without a parallel in the history of man, qualified to take charge of the expedition. When in India, after having rendered invaluable services to the British army, he was unfortunately taken by the French; and, upon receiving intelligence that Suffrein had basely accepted a bribe from Hyder Ally to deliver the English prisoners into his hands, he determined to effect his escape, 10 CAPTAIN WILSON'S SUFFERINGS.
The third class is the low coralline islands, which, in most cases, rise but a few feet above the sea. They are generally small. Tongatabu, however, which is also of this class, is about 100 miles in circumference. The soil upon the coralline islands is frequently very thin, so that but little CORAL REEFS. 23 vegetation is produced upon them, beside the cocoa-nut trees, pandanus, some stunted hibiscus, and a few other trees of dwarfish growth, with a quantity of brush-wood. Tongatabu, however, and the Friendly Islands generally, may be deemed exceptions; the soil there being much deeper, every production of the islands of the first and second class grows in luxuriant profusion.
Of the crew of one of the canoes the greater part perished at sea. The chief Auura, to whom the other belonged and his party, were driven about they knew not whither, and for three weeks did they traverse the trackless deep, during which time they suffered exceedingly from the want of food and water. At length, He, who holds the winds in his fists, and the waters in the hollow of his hands, to whose merciful designs the elements are subservient, guided them to the Society Islands. They were driven on the coral reef which surrounds the island of Maurua, the farthest west of the group.
A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands: With Remarks Upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Traditions, and Usages of the Inhabitants by John Williams