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. 19th . . . Rose early. About 9 o'clock the chiefs began to speak. Moturoa, a very pleasing interesting chief of Port Nicholson began, and was followed by the old chief of the place Reretawhangawhanga—others spoke in succession. About 2 o'clock crossed over to Kapiti, to the place where Rauparaha lives. He was sitting in state ready to receive us. He certainly page 158 looked more like a chief than any man I have yet seen. He listened very attentively to what was said and appeared much interested in the Gospel message. He has been one of the most bloodthirsty men in the land. May the Lord have mercy upon him. We had prayers with him and the natives there and went on board the Atlas for the night, Captain Mayhew's ship, being invited by him.