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Historical Records of New Zealand

Rev. S. Marsden to Rev. D. Coates

Rev. S. Marsden to Rev. D. Coates.

Parramatta, February 18, 1838.

Dear Sir,—

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I have some intention of visiting New Zealand again, if my health will permit. I am very weak and feeble, and cannot preach now to regular congregation, but can only visit the hospital and prison gangs and the sick in their homes, My eyes are very dim with age. I have now been appointed chaplain to N. S. Wales forty-five years, and have gone through many toils and hardships, and have often to contend with unreasonable and wicked men’s power. I have gone through many dangers by land and by water, and amongst the heathens, and amongst my own countrymen in New South Wales, and have both suffered shipwreck and robbery, but the Lord in His mercy at all times delivered me.…

I remain, &c.,

Saml. Marsden.

D. Coates, Esq.