New PDF release: A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea
By John Williams
In keeping with John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 quantity bargains an perception into the perilous lifetime of a missionary within the early 19th century. the writer, an ironmonger via alternate, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the goal of spreading the gospel and introducing smooth know-how to the sector. in addition to recounting the common threats to his defense from offended natives, conflict, typical catastrophe and illness, Williams presents designated surveys of the peoples, languages and normal surroundings he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the effect made upon barbarous humans via their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant through the author's dying by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's booklet, this can be a unprecedented account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who grew to become a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary move.
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Beauty, grandeur, wildness, and sublimity, are so fantastically blended and contrasted, as to excite the most varied and delightful feelings. Then there is the ocean beneath you, stretching away in boundless majesty, until it appears to embrace the heavens in the distance. At their base are fertile and luxuriant valleys, intermingled with the stately bread-fruit tree, the banana, the Brazilian plum, and many other tropical productions ; some of which are trees of gigantic growth, and richest foliage,—all equally beautiful, but each having its own hue, from the darkest shade to green of the lightest tint.
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. Another error in reference to corals I find entertained, is this; many persons suppose that all coral insects work until they reach the surface of the water, which is not the case, for you seldom find a piece of branching madrepore, of brain, or any other coral, however deep in the water, above two or three feet in height.
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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