The New Zealand Evangelist
For some months past the weather has been very inclement, as matters go with us; the wind has blown from the south-east, and there has been more frost and snow than has been seen for several years. Upon the young, the aged, and the delicate in health, the cold, freezing, paralyzing hand of Winter has pressed with more than usual severity. Sickness has been prevailing to a considerable extent. Death has been going his rounds, especially among the natives. The average mortality has been greater than for several months. But when we compare the average of sickness and mortality here, with the average of the corresponding period in Britain and Ireland, we have abundant cause for gratitude and thankfulness. Owing to the heavy storms, several of the small coasting vessels have been wrecked, and we regret to say, that in some cases all on board have perished.