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very high when we landed ; and so dan- Tahiti.” Then to make all right, his gerous was it, that though we succeeded Lordship said, “French no want take in getting on shore, they could not land Tahiti : Tahiti break treaty. French no our box, We here found a compact take plenty land, all the same England ; loving society of three hundred members, England take Hobart-Town, Sydney, a splendid chapel, all built from the New Zealand. O, England take many mei, or “bread-fruit tree." There not lands, French no take land :" here he being any anchorage or shelter here for was eloquent, evidently feeling his sub, the vessel, and the weather having be- ject. After this we had an interview come bad, we could spend but two nights with the King, who has been forced to with them. In getting on board, the sea embrace the system of idolatry and lies, ran fearfully ; and though within two He was very kind to us, (being no miles of the “ Triton,' we frequently Romanist at heart,) and was quite will. lost sight of her in the hollows of the ing we should visit our few people. He sea. We were glad to get on board. It said he was grieved about the island was evening ere we could get away. It being at war, but that he was tired in now blew a gale, but fair ; so we looked endeavouring to put an end to it. We towards our farthest station, Wallis's found our few people pent up in a small Island, or Uvea : we came up with it filthy fort, all disorder and confusion : the following Sabbath, but it was not till they soon began to read us the character the Tuesday that we saw a living crea- and doings of the Papists, and that in ture on the island. We then learnt from no measured terms : we had to make an European, that all the people were allowance for their excited feelings to gathered together on the opposite side of wards the Pope. After hearing all we the island, that he only was living on could hear on both sides, our conviction this side. We bore away for the other was, that the Papists are here what they side, and in about twenty-four hours are at Madeira, and all the world over, had made the anchorage on the weather- where they are the majority,—"cruel side. In entering, we experienced a persecutors." Yet, truth obliges us to most merciful deliverance from ship- say, and we say it with grief, that our wreck : it is a niost dangerous passage, people have set them an example, the and very narrow. When we were at opposite of patiently suffering and will. anchor, Mr. Miller and I paid a visit to ingly forgiving injuries. We had, therethe Chief, who first received the Romish fore, to deliver our own souls to them, heresy ; a very quick, intelligent native; by reproving and exhorting them, with speaks the best English I have heard a all kindness, to forgive their enemies. native of these seas.

He was very

We thought they would rather shoot agreeable, and sorry we should find them them. The head Teacher has fallen in in a state of war. The natives were the war: he was a Tonga man (John civil, only a few children so far forgot Mahe). About ten of each party had their manners as to call us heletiki, “he- fallen, when we were there. We sucretics :” so they had soon learnt some- ceeded in getting a Chief of each party thing. Next morning we set off to visit on board the “ Triton," and did all we the King : ere we could see him, we fell could to effect a peace: they promised to in with the Bishop, two Priests, and an live in peace. Time alone will deterold Friar. With the Bishops and Priests mine, whether or not they meant what we had a long conversation, principally they said. We have not quite forty in reference to the war: the Bishop de- members in the island : excepting these, nied its being a religious war, as was the whole island is given up to believe a rumoured, but said it was the war of lie, and to worship the Beast. certain disappointed Chiefs. We could tion as to who governs at Wallis's Is. only hear, as we had not yet visited our land,—the Bikopo; the Bikopo is all and people ; neither was it an occasion for us in all at poor Wallis's Island. O what to say much; for, as his Lordship ob- a curse to this fine island ! Is it in righserved, “ Me no say much to you ; this teous judgment for the shedding of the no time to say; all very good ; you make blood of God's servants, who were sent me one visit.” However, his Lordship unto thee,-a land of murderers ? At was not a little annoyed at certain reports length thou art visited, visited with a which he said had been brought from scourge, a curse.

From such a curse, Tonga ; « all bad things.

Also, that God of love, save Haabai and Vavau ! it was said that France would come and Amen and amen. take their lands, “all the same

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Religious biography has been, in many ages, a rich source of encouragement to the church and people of God. In the Scriptures, we have a beautiful developement of the theory and spirit of true religion, together with ample directions as to the commencement, progress, and completion of the work; and in the recorded lives of genuine Christians, we see the whole as embodied in living examples, at once illustrating the nature of the character, and proving that its formation is practicable. They who saw the foundation of the temple laid, but who understood not the scheme and object, would scarcely be able to form an idea of what would be the magnificence of the completed building ; but when the top-stone was brought on with shouting, the scaffolding cleared away, and the entire erection exposed to view, all the spectators would be made aware of the excellence both of the plan and the workmanship. So it is in Christianity. Many, who could not be induced to investigate the question of its divine origin, or to examine its well-adjusted system of truth, have had their attention arrested by its affecting narrations, whether given in the form of biographical sketches or of parables : sometimes even the forcible reasonings of a Paul have been passed over as too recondite or difficult; while the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Pharisee and Publican, have melted their hearts, and brought them into the way of salvation and peace.

And these narratives are the more valuable, because they not only discover the general nature of religion, but often present its particular aspects. We have thus set before us the faith of Abraham as manifesting itself in active and unquestioning obedience; the patience of Job, the unflinching courage of the three Hebrew youths, the devoted zeal of St. Paul, and the affectionate holiness of St. John. And the same circumstance is frequently observable in religious biography. In drawing up the memoir which I now furnish to the readers of the “Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine,” I have thought that the chief excellence of the character which I have endeavoured to describe, is to be found in the proportion and harmony of its several parts. Such an



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