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there was no collection ; for they who some mea ofa for the New Zealand were to use the chapel had built it at Bazaar, consisting of shells, tortoisetheir own cost. A lovely edifice it shells, pearls, combs, native axes, native really is, large, strong, and elegant. fish-hooks, clubs, spears, and wooden But by far the most singular thing, to pillows. Their dresses were very fine; us who form our tastes in England, and as one party returned through the was, that the friends who attended from lawn, from the summer-house where we other places were not only not asked for were sitting, and another entered singa collection, but were regaled by a ing a hymn, the effect was all but enfeast, which consisted of thirteen fat chanting. hogs, and about twenty baskets of fowls, 28th. -We paddled fifteen miles, turkeys, yams, and cocoa-nuts. Such against a strong wind, to Nukualofa. a chapel-opening may be very useful, On this day, as on the former, we started and I believe this was; and it did by the light of Jupiter, Saturn, and not need a Dr. Newton to make it popu. Mars, and were many miles on our way lar. To this occasion the Rev, Matthew before the sun had risen. I record, with Wilson has reference in the following great satisfaction, my full approbation of extract:

what I saw at Hihifo, under the control “When I returned this morning from of Mr. Wilson, both in his domestic the place where I saw you in the boat, I circle and in the church of God. met several Local Preachers who were Sunday, 29th.-A large congregation wishful to have seen you again, but were attended the morning prayer-meeting at deprived of that pleasure by your starting day-break, in the large chapel at Nukuaso early. Among them was Apollos, the lofa. I preached at nine o'clock : the Local Preacher from Haafeva, where the chapel was crowded, and many remained chapel was opened yesterday. He com- outside. At eleven o'clock, we had municated to me the following informa. English preaching, at which twentytion :-After you left us yesterday, we seven persons were present. At three spent much time in conversing with our o'clock, we had native preaching again, Heathen relatives who had come to the which was well attended. At five P.M., opening of the chapel. One Heathen we had another English service, and Chief said, 'There was only one thing many prayer-meetings were held. The that was bad to me in Mr. Lawry's ser- people all go one way here. The mon; and that was, it was too short, Sabbath is fully observed, and God's We wanted to hear him.' Another Hea house is thronged. At this place we then Chief went to Apollos and Bunou, have a population of about two thousand, in the middle of the night, and said, I of whom five hundred and forty are am come to lotu : let us kneel down and members of our society. The two Misworship God; for the first words which sionaries visit twenty-eight places, of Mr. Lawry spoke to-day darted light which Eooa is one, distant, in the open and conviction through my mind, and I sea, some fifteen miles. They have no believed that there is a God.' -Per- boat fit for such a voyage, and their lives haps, Sir, you will remember that the are often in peril in the frail native sentence to which he refers, is this, canoes. A boat must be provided at being the first which you spoke : One Auckland for this station; and if the only is great, and he fills the universe. same were done for Hapai and Vavau, it This is our God who is here to-day; would be a great security against the and if you saw Jesus Christ walking on risk to which our brethren are now exthis side, and on that side, through the posed in their frequent voyages from congregation, he would not be more cer. island to island in the open sea. tainly present, reading our thoughts, 31st.-I went again to the Mua, and and watching all the desires of our fully delivered my soul in the midst of minds, than he is now, though we see this people. This was the place where him not. Lo! God is here ! Apollos I opened my commission a quarter of a believes that the man's wife, children, century ago. It has always been the and relations, will all soon follow in his stronghold of Pagan superstition in the steps, and embrace the truth. Notwith Friendly Islands. We have now again standing the toil and danger which must entered this colo; and Mr. Miller's resi. have attended your return this morning, dence is on the very beautiful spot which I trust that you have sustained no I formerly occupied. The Chief with injury."

whom I lived as my protector died calling At Hihifo the schools, composed of upon the Saviour, and professing to trust the entire population, came to us in a only in Him. His wife lived and died procession, and made me a very hand- a steady believer in Christ. The present

Chief, Tungi, is their son, and has had powerful convictions and loud calls ; but, though he is friendly towards us, he has not yet yielded himself to the Lord. One higher in rank than he, is Eliza Ann, the eldest daughter of the late Chief. She tells me in one of her letters that the good seed sowed in her mind, when I was there at first, has sprung up. She is now one of our steady Leaders, and a powerful Chief as to rank, character, and influence. I delivered a dis. course to a full house : most that were present were our people ; but many Heathen also were there. The power of the Gospel, which was “present to heal,” will yet overcome all opposition at poor, superstitious Mua. I trust the labours of Mr. Miller will be greatly owned of God in this place. His prospects are fair; and, being a medical man, he will be able to win some who would otherwise stand aloof. A Popish Priest has settled here, by consent of the Tui Tonga, for the purpose, he says, of dispensing me dicine: we shall see. At the Bea, a Chief, named Lavaka, has, I am told, embraced Popery; but he retains his wives as before. Is not this a great privilege? Who beside Antichrist can reconcile sin with safety ?

While passing up between the islands and reefs on the way to the Mua, and while there, what a succession of recol. lections and emotions passed through my mind! Many a time bave I sat and heard the Chiefs discuss the question, whether we should be killed and our boxes taken, or whether it might not be better to await the coming of our vessel, by which means they would have greater gain. Almost every new spot recall. ed some instance of injustice, insult, or menace, practised upon us in those times of their ignorance. But, enough! Tonga has heard the Gospel, and that has leavened all Vavau, all Hapai, and by far the greater part of Tonga ; and still the leaven works, until the whole lump shall be leavened. Was it to be expected that such a triumph could be won without a struggle ?

It was not a little gratifying to see the young people, whose dwelling was under my roof at the Mua in days gone by, coming with their mea ofa (offerings of love). Among them was Malungahu, now called Malachi, who accompanied me to Sydney, but is now a Leader and Local Preacher. There was Watson Now, who went to London with me: he is also a Local Preacher. And Eliza Ann was there, a dignified female Chief, and a Christian Class-Leader.

September 1st.-I examined our schooloperations here, as I have done those in every other place. The children were few in comparison with every other that I have witnessed, and the system adopted did not seem to interest the people generally. Mrs. Thoinas has exerted herself to the utmost; but, from various circumstances, our school-operations languish at Nukualofa, while they prosper in other places. The arrival of Mr. Amos at this time may be considered as most providential; and hopes are entertained that in due time his efforts will be crowned with success, and that a better state of things will be seen among the youth of Tonga At Hihifo the schools are already yielding a rich harvest; and why should we despair of any other part of the island ? I think the Glasgow system will go far to meet the taste of this romantic and showy people. They must and will have varied evolutions and processions, displays and changes, which, as they are capable of being kept within the bounds of innocence, may very well subserve the ends of the schoolmaster, and prove the handmaids of instruction. No one can deny that where these have been admitted, and properly regulated, the schools have succeeded : and where they have not been adopted, but the old sombre plan of village schools in England adhered to, the trial has proved a complete failure. Our difficulty is to get the natives to put up suitable erections and fences, for the purposes of our training-school here. They are unwilling to labour, and extravagant in their demands for payment. They have before their eyes the ruins of the old school, but say they should like to see what Mr. Amos will do, before they expend their time and labour on large and troublesome buildings. They do not seem well to comprehend our meaning when we urge that he must have a suitable building before he can bring his system to bear upon them. This doc. trine is not easily grasped by a people who can perform all their deeds on the sand of the sea-shore, or under the ample shade of their forest-trees.

20.-The King has just now announced his intention to quit Tonga, and live at Hapai; but he intends first to visit Samoa, and to carry the Teachers thither. This has operated all at once as a thunderbolt. On the part of the congregated Chiefs there is consternation. Yesterday I delivered a lecture to them and the King, on various public matters, connected with education, laws, government, and public morals; all of which ought

to be in accordance with Christianity. for this people. We have there one of About five hundred persons listened with the most pure and prosperous churches I marked attention for an hour and a-half. have seen in any land, at home or abroad.

The matters then discussed have since In it the Gospel leaven has done more been fully canvassed, and pronounced to be than in any place I have yet seen, to"the truth, and just what they required," wards leavening the whole mass of the Some Chiefs have just called upon Mr. population. A Missionary might guide Thomas to say, that if I will step in at them into all truth, no man gainsaying. this critical juncture, and say, i King These people, without a Pastor, will find George, you should not leave Tonga at weeds and tares growing up amongst this time, but stay where you are for the them; and upon us lies the solemn regood of your people,” he will hearken sponsibility of caring for this little flock to my voice, and do as I say. In this surrounded by the ocean. opinion Mr. Thomas concurs : both he K ing George has committed to me a and I feel extremely anxious, and are letter to bis Excellency Governor Grey, looking up to God for His aid and direc- of New Zealand, desiring to be under tions in this important and delicate the shadow of British power, and asking matter.

the Governor to inquire respecting a The King has not been treated by his letter which had been sent by a former people while at Tonga, as he has been King of Tonga to the Queen, but to accustomed to be treated while at Va. which no answer had been received. The vau and Hapai ; and he very naturally King renews the proposal therein made, feels it. At the same time he is most that he and his people become not merely needed here. The prospects of Tonga the allies, but the subjects, of the British brighten daily under his Christian reign; crown. This is done because they fear Heathenism everywhere nods to its the French, whose base conduct towards fall, and Popery, its first cousin, is any. the people of Tahiti is fully known here. thing but prosperous. As the King will I am glad the King has taken this step; dine with us to-day, I shall reason the inasmuch as I am satisfied Governor matter over with him, and pray that right Grey is just the kind-hearted and farwords and right views may be given seeing man that will befriend a fine me. Every eye is now turned this way, people who seek to be kept from the and the issue is waited for with sleepless spoiler. anxiety.

A man called on Mr. Thomas to mend 3d.-I have learned from the King a pair of spectacles, supplied from the that he only intends to turn his back on Mission-store some time ago, but which, this offending colo for a season, till they he said, did not answer very well, though become penitent, and sue for his return. he had taken the greatest care of them,

There are also reasons which may not be covering them all over with cocoa-nut oil. named, but which weigh upon his mind; Another had come for some medicine and I cannot say another word to him which was carefully wrapped up in a about

pretty substantial piece of brown paper, Mr. Thomas has this morning signified and accompanied with this verbal directo me his wish to return with Mrs. tion, “ Take this when you get home.” Thomas to England; and I have con. The man accordingly did so; but comsented to his doing so the next time the plained to one of his neighbours, that the brig shall visit the islands.

medicine (a small portion of calomel) was 4th.-The King of Niua came to pray very difficult to take. The other said, for a Missionary, and promised how that, as to the difficulty, he, for his part, many things they would do for his sup. had taken the same kind of medicine, port. I urged him to come away with and found no difficulty whatever. To all his people to Vavau, where there was which the first replied, that he should land enough, and where they could have not have minded the mere medicine, but all that they desired respecting the holy he found it very hard to swallow such a ordinances of religion ; for there we had lump of brown paper. This poor Tonsent a good supply of Missionaries. He gan seems to have reasoned very much replied, that “such a thing might be like those who are able to swallow the very good, only it could never be done. dogma of transubstantiation. Was it ever heard that a people had 5th.-Respecting the cannibalism of abandoned their country, where they and these people, I have long had abundant their fathers had lived happily ever evidence; but the testimony of one of our since the land was drawn up out of the most holy and useful Chiefs, called David,

who was one of the Tui-vakano family, I wish we could spare a Missionary and in his early days a mighty man in

sea ?

battle, may be worth recording. David pontolo: the latter is King of Niuadied in the Lord, after many years of foou. deep piety and eminent usefulness. Be The wind being from the north, the fore his health declined, he often related heat and musquitoes have been outright the following incident in his early career : tormenting. The children are blistered -He was engaged in a sanguinary war at by the sun; the prickly heat has broken Faahefa, where he was hotly pursued out upon them; and now the sting of the into the wood by several strong warriors, never-tiring musquitoes leaves scarcely a fell under their powerful clubs, and was sound place in their skin, where it is at left for dead. After a while, however, all exposed. This is rather a severe he found himself able to crawl away upon seasoning; but I hear no murmur: all his hands and knees into a small native hands are assured that the worst is yet to hut, where he arrived in the dark night, come in torrid Feejee. with all his swollen wounds and bruises 6th.-The Lord's day. Our large thick upon hiin. In this state he was chapel here was filled from end to end at unknown to the family whose dwelling the early dawn prayer-meeting. At nine he had reached. He was permitted to I preached, Mr. Thomas interpreting. remain for some days in quiet, and par. The chapel was not merely filled, but, took with them of a little food. But one outside, the green grass was the seat of a night he observed them preparing an multitude. These could both see and umu, (to cook food,) which is not a usual hear; for our chapels here are not encum. thing under such circumstances. His bered with walls, seats, doors, and winapprehensions being awakened, he lis. dows. There is a beautiful roof above, tened, and overheard them making and the earth is covered with clean mats arrangements to cook him in the heated below. There are no pews, nor any oved, and then to eat him. The case seats but the mats, which are all they was so clear, that mistake was out of the desire. They all seemed to hear with question. But David was a man of solemn attention, and deep interest; and great resources in himself; and while the power of the Lord was evidently they were outside preparing the oven, there. At eleven o'clock, the English supposing their victim quite safe, he service was conducted by Mr. Amos ; crept away under cover of the night, and about thirty persons were present, and ultimately made his escape to his friends, felt that it was good to be there. Several by whom he was received as one alive of these were converted seamen from the from the dead. To them he related the brig ; and others are runaways, who have affair of his escape from the cannibal become religious while living among the jaws of the native family, who were sent natives. At three o'clock our native love. for immediately. They there and then feast began : it continued till sun-down. confessed the truth of David's report, but The chapel was thinly sprinkled over excused themselves on the ground of with from five hundred to six hundred their not knowing that he was the person members, among whom there was great they now found him to be ; for it was order and solemnity. The speaking was not then their custom for poor people to without any long intervals, and no one eat a Chief. On this ground their pun seemed devoid of interest during the ishment was mitigated; but the mere time occupied by those who bore their cannibal part of the business was no testimony that Christ had saved them, matter of surprise to any party.

and that they loved him in return. Mr. We are busy to-day embarking the Thomas took down the following: families for Feejee,--with Messrs. Ford 1. Louisa Majiva, the Class-Leader and Malvern, to proceed to their field from Holouga, said, “I rise to make of labour. They are thoroughly tired known the state of my soul. I have of their Tonga sojourn of three months, been looking forward with pleasure to and sigh to reach their destination. One this love.feast, and expecting much from full year will have passed away from the it. Now I rise up, not, however, in time they left home to the period of pride, but with feelings of joy. I rise their settlement in their stations at Fee. to speak before his Ministers, and the jee. Having now completed my work friends of the Lord now assembled toin the Friendly Isles, we are getting all gether, of what He has done for me. ready to sail, with the first fair wind, My soul is now happy, and I love the for Ono, Lakemba, and Vewa. The Lord Jesus. It is he, and only he, that native fleet of six canoes, with about six I set my mind upon. There is by no hundred men on board, will sail for means any one thing in this world that Hapa about the same time, with King I trust in, or expect anything from, but George and King Melchisedec Taka- Him only. I wish to do so always; and am looking forward and trusting in Him, foou, and my heart has rejoiced. I set that I shall be in that great love-feast off, because I was directed, for Vavau, which is held in heaven above.”

where I saw the work of the Lord, and 2. Solomon Naa, of Nukualofa, an rejoiced. I then came to Hapai, where old Chief, spoke as follows :-" I stand also I saw the work of the Lord Jesus up before you. I am very happy. I amongst his people, and was glad. And thank the Lord Jesus. I praise him now, having reached Tonga with the much. I do this ; yet I am not wise, Tui Niua and his people, even here I but a very ignorant, uninstructed man. see the work of God and his Ministers, My mind is yet dark and foolish, and I and am happy. My soul is happy in the am nearly blind : I cannot read the Lord. I make known this work of the sacred Scriptures ; this I regret. I am Lord in my heart. I know the forgiving a poor, weak, ignorant creature ; yet I love of the Lord Jesus. He does now love the Lord Jesus. I love his Minis- save me, and I do trust in him that he ters and his people, and am very happy will save me to the end." and comfortable. It is true that there is 5. Benjamin Luani, a Chief of this evil at Nukualofa ; but it does not spring place, said, “I stand up before you to from the religion. There are many dis- make known my feelings on this occaorders here; but I love the Lord, and sion : not, however, in pride or show, look to him.”

but simply to declare the work of the 3. Mary Taukeiako, a Class-Leader Lord in my soul. When I heard of this of this place, rose and, with a strong, religion, I thought it was a good thing, clear voice, said, “I rejoice this day in and began to attend, so as to find out. the Lord. I am very happy to be at this I soon found out many things which I love-feast this day.' Praise the Lord ! did not like, and which were hard to be My Christian friends, I am very happy endured. I then said, Religion is an this day. This day is a day which causes evil thing :' but I was not happy; I was joy, not vain and worldly, but joy in the very foolish. I sought again to try to Lord, in his love. Here are his Minis. find out. Then I found that religion ters likewise, whom he has sent to us, was true. The Lord pitied me, and has I praise the Lord, and give him thanks. saved me; and I am now happy, yet I know he has saved my soul. My soul very weak and ignorant : but I wish to is very happy, and I have got up to be separated from the world, and to live speak before you all of what the Lord for the Lord only. I wish to do that has done, and is still doing. It is not which is right before the Lord, to fear on account of anything else, but on ac. God, and to act as becometh his holy count of the death of Christ, that my word at all times.” soul is saved. The death of Jesus is 6. Joel Mafileo, or Tui Hapai, rose the cause of my soul's life from the and spoke as follows :-" I had lived in dead. This is the cause of my joy. all kinds of sin; but when the true reAnd is it unbecoming in me to be joy. ligion began to be known at Tonga, and ful ? Do angels rejoice in heaven when the true God spoken about, I was afraid, a sinner is converted to God, and shall and began to seek God. Still I lived in not I rejoice when God saves me? I, who sin and wickedness, and found it hard am a sinner, a condemned slave, once in to practise that which I knew to be danger of everlasting death, shall not I good; but I sought again and again, rejoice? I will rejoice,I do rejoice in and the Lord made himself known unto the Lord, who came that I might be me, pardoned my sins, and made ine saved."

happy. Then it was I learned how easy 4. Philip Jiji, the Head Teacher, from it is to practise that which is right and Niuafoou, said, “I rise up to speak of good. As I love God, and delight my. the state of my mind. I know that God self in him, the Lord is carrying on his has saved my soul : my sins are for work in my soul. I am happy, and find given, and I am happy. It is not for it good to be here. I find it good to any works of righteousness which I have draw nigh to him in secret : the Lord is done ; for I have been a great sinner; there; he is in my soul. In voyaging but he has bad mercy on me, and saved from Hapai hither, I found him with me from my sins, and I still know his love. me. My spirit rejoiced in him. He is

I still retain this sense of the love of God near me. I am happy. The morning to me. In reference to my situation as sermon was very good to my soul. ! a Teacher, I find nothing difficult to me, love the family which was then spoken either to remain at my post of duty, or of. I am one of that family. Praise to leave it for another to take. I have the Lord! I do not wish to do my own seen what the Lord has done at Niua. mind or will, or to walk in my own way.

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