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Look Inside A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands

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

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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108008327

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  • Based on John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 volume offers an insight into the perilous life of a missionary in the early nineteenth century. The author, an ironmonger by trade, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the intention of spreading the gospel and introducing modern technology to the region. As well as recounting the frequent threats to his safety from angry natives, war, natural disaster and disease, Williams provides detailed surveys of the peoples, languages and natural environment he encountered and describes with great exuberance and humour 'the impression made upon barbarous people by their first intercourse with civilised man'. Made more poignant by the author's death at the hands of cannibals just two years after the book's publication, this is an extraordinary account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a man who became a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary movement.

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108008327
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 1 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A mission to the isles of the Pacific resolved upon
    2. Geographical description of the Hervey Island
    3. Voyage to New South Wales
    4. Mission to Aitutaki
    5. Papeiha's narrative continued
    6. Voyage to Atiu
    7. Rorotonga discovered
    8. Mr Bourne's voyage
    9. The adoption of a code of laws
    10. Mrs Williams's illness
    11. Mr Buzacott's arrival
    12. Papeiha's narrative
    13. Tradition
    14. Mr Platt's voyage
    15. Sail for the Navigators Islands
    16. Atiu
    17. Leave Aitutaki
    18. Hapai Islands
    19. Sail for the Navigators
    20. An interesting meeting
    21. Compelled by a contrary wind to leave Savage Island
    22. Distresses at Raiatea
    23. The Messenger of Peace driven on shore
    24. Second visit to the Navigators
    25. Arrival at Manono
    26. Visit to Amos
    27. Runaway convicts, etc.
    28. Discovery of the Samoa Group
    29. Distinct races of Polynesians
    30. The two languages of the South Sea Islanders
    31. Religion of the Polynesians
    32. Providential interposition of the Samoans.

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    John Williams

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