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]

Nov. 15th : . . Rose in the morning much refreshed by a night's rest, free from that distressing pain arising from asthma. Oh, how forgetful am I of the manifold blessings I receive and how much the days of health have hitherto exceeded my days of sickness. Some natives who accompanied us having gone in the evening to Mangarautawiri, a Pa opposite the Island of Mana, early in the morning some natives arrived from there with food and page 157 a message from the chief Rangitakaroro requesting us to go over to see him and his people. We went there after breakfast passing through a wood for about 3 miles. It lies on a small point on the shore. After speeches from the chief and others, in the evening we had prayers and Mr. Williams addressed them. They have for some time been in the habit of having prayers (since the arrival of Richard). I was much pleased with the disposition of the natives to attend at least externally to Divine things.