[extract from the diary of Octavius Hadfield]
Dec. 4th . . . Still unwell. Assembled in the chapel and Matahau was baptised by Mr. W. and called Joseph. He is not well instructed having been a long time from the ministry of the Gospel, but is evidently dependent entirely on die blood of Jesus for pardon and his conduct is in every respect consistent with the profession that he makes. By him undoubtedly as the instrument all the good there is here has been effected. Witnessed the purchase of some land situated beyond Port Nicholson for natives, and also Richard's at Port Nicholson for the use of the mission. Left Waikanae proposing to proceed to Wanganui as the Columbine had not yet arrived. Reached Otaki, felt very unwell. Went to bed as soon as my tent was pitched.