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Historical Records of New Zealand

Rev. S. Marsden To Rev. M. Jowett

page 724

Rev. S. Marsden To Rev. M. Jowett.

Parramatta, Augt. 18th, 1837.

Revd. Sir,—

I communicated to Bishop Broughton the request of your Committee that His Lordship would visit N. Zealand. He showed his readiness to meet the wishes of your Committee to the utmost of his power. As His Lordship will write to you by this conveyance I need say no more upon the subject.

The sudden death of the Revd. R. Hill left the largest church and the most populous parish in the colony without a clergyman. I therefore detained the Revd. Mr. Taylor for the present in this colony, until the arrival of a clergyman from England. I wrote for an assistant for myself some time ago, but none has arrived. The Bishop has also written for clergy. Mr. Taylor while here will be no expense to the Society.

It would be desirable that your Committee send out a clergyman to reside at Sydney, in order that he may carry on all the correspondence between your Committee and the corresponding committee here and at N. Zealand—a good pious man. The Bishop has promised he will ensure him a salary of £200 per annum from Government and a free passage. Should one come out for the above purpose, perhaps it would be as well not to appoint him a member of the corresponding committee. Let him be a gentleman equal to the duties.

I am now upwards of 70 years old; my eyes are dim with age; it is with difficulty I can write a word; you must therefore excuse all errors.

I remain, &c.,

Samuel Marsden.

Revd. M. Jowett.