Title: Octavius Hadfield

Author: Barbara Macmorran

Publication details: 1969, Wellington

Digital publication kindly authorised by: G. H. Macmorran

Part of: New Zealand Texts Collection

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Octavius Hadfield

[extract from the diary of Octavius Hadfield]

Oct. 23rd . . . Felt very unwell, however the wind continued fair and I lay patiently in bed, till I was told at a quarter past three o'clock that we had anchored at Tauranga. The wind blew very fresh as we entered the harbour and in a narrow part of the entrance the vessel was nearly drifting upon rocks, but the Lord preserved us. We landed at about 7 o'clock and were met upon the shore by the Revd. A. Brown and conducted by him to his house where we passed the evening—and retired to rest at Mr. Stack's not feeling very well but rejoicing that I was on shore.