By John Williams
In line with John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 quantity deals an perception into the perilous lifetime of a missionary within the early 19th century. the writer, an ironmonger by means of exchange, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the goal of spreading the gospel and introducing smooth expertise to the zone. in addition to recounting the common threats to his defense from indignant natives, struggle, typical catastrophe and illness, Williams presents special surveys of the peoples, languages and usual setting he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the impact made upon barbarous humans by way of their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant by means of the author's loss of life by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's booklet, this can be a rare account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who turned a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary stream.
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D 34 ON CORALS. nature employs to mould and fashion this material into the various and beauteous forms which the God of nature has designed it should assume. " I would venture also to suggest, whether the same theory might not be applicable to the formation of shells; and instead of saying that the animals secrete the calcareous coverings which they inhabit, that they emit or secrete a gluten, to which the calcareous particles adhere, and thus the shells are formed. While I believe in the agency of insects in the formation of the branching, the brain, and other corals, and also in that of roundish masses of various size, which, when broken, have much the appearance of coarse lump sugar, and may be the work of the saxigenous polypes, yet for two or three apparently conclusive reasons, I think the rock of which the reefs and islands are composed, is not the production of insects.
306. ON CORALS. 31 those of Mangaia; and only that portion of them which appears above water ! In addition to this, I have traditions of the natives upon almost every subject, especially of their former navigators, wherein every island, which has subsequently been discovered, within two thousand miles, is named; but in no one of them is there any mention of, or reference to, a newlyformed island. I am familiar with one tradition, in which there is a genealogical account of the reigning family for thirty generations, which is also equally silent upon the subject of new formations.
But things impossible to man are possible with God; for at length, by a series of most interesting incidents, he was induced to abandon his infidel principles, and became an eminent and devoted Christian. 12 CAPTURE OF THE SHIP DUFF. After some years of uninterrupted enjoyment of the comforts around him, a number of the Evangelical Magazine, communicating some embryo views of the mission to the South Seas, fell into his hands, which immediately gave rise to the suggestion, that if his services were either needful or acceptable, he would sacrifice his comforts, and without any prospect of worldly advantage, would embark once more upon the stormy ocean.
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