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Historical Records of New Zealand

Revd. Josiah Pratt to Earl Bathurst

Revd. Josiah Pratt to Earl Bathurst.

Church Missionary House, Salisbury Square, June 4, 1823.

My Lord,—

I am directed by the Committee of the Church Missionary Society respectfully to solicit that Your Lordship will have the kindness to grant a passage to Mr. Richard Davis, his wife, and five children, and to Charles Davis, to New South Wales, in one of the ships which the Committee are informed His Majesty’s Government have recently taken up to convey convicts to that colony.

All the parties are to be employed in the Society’s mission in New Zealand (Mr. Richard Davis as a farmer, and Charles as a carpenter), though the services of both will at the same time be rendered subservient to the instruction of the New Zealanders in the principles of Christianity.

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I am further directed to request Your Lordship to grant permission to the Committee to ship about ten tons of stores, principally ironmongery, for the use of the same mission.

I have, &c.,

Josiah Pratt, Secretary.

The Right Hon. Earl Bathurst.