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]

Dec. 13th . . . My health a little improved, walked about noon towards Waikanae. Stopped and talked with many small parties of natives. Learnt that a man had been murdered at Otaki—he was the brother of Joseph, and was murdered by Tuatara. Continued a short time in the Pa. Saw a few preparations for my house. On account of the extreme heat of the sun, went for a few hours into a native house and was covered with vermin. Felt my soul somewhat drawn towards God in thought and prayer, feel ready to endure anything for the honour and glory of Christ in His service; though dwelling in a tent among these people with whose language I am still unacquainted I would not change my lot with any person in the world.