John Williams’ missionary work in the islands around Tahiti and Rarotonga was largely successful and he was the first to introduce Christianity to Samoa. His violent death in 1839 at the hands of cannibals inspired much popular literature, of which this 1843 biography is an important example.
1. From Mr. Williams's birth until his departure for the South Seas; 2. From his departure until the termination of his first year's residence at Raiatea; 3. From the commencement of his second year's labours at Raiatea until the close of 1822; 4. From his first, until his second missionary voyage to the Hervey Islands; 5. From his second voyage to the Hervey Islands until his first missionary enterprise to Samoa; 6. From his first, until his second voyage to Samoa; 7. From his second voyage to Samoa until his departure for England; 8. From his arrival in England until his return to the South Seas; 9. From his departure in the Camden until his death.