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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Premature Rejoicings

Premature Rejoicings.

Some Rewa towns at once wished to turn to Bau; but the Vunivalu objected, as he would not, by a partial arrangement, be the cause of continued warfare. He felt that he had done wrong in the long and destructive war with Rewa; and he resolved to use every means to bring about peace. He sent a message to that effect, and the Rewa page 7 Chiefs consented. Things were going on well generally; yet many disliked peace, and were against the Missionaries who actively promoted it. Moreover, so dark and evil were the minds of the people, that many believed that Mr. Moore had given medicine which caused the death of the Chief. It was greatly feared that the Mission-premises would be burnt, and perhaps some of the Mission family killed, as had been threatened. However, danger and opposition appeared to subside; and it was hoped that peace would, in spite of opposing influences, be established, and that the Mission-premises, Missionary, and his family, would be safe. On the 7th of February, I returned from Rewa. On the following day the offering for peace from Rewa arrived at Bau, and the drums beat merrily next day. We hoisted our flags at Bau and Vewa. It was a day of exultation! At our family-worship we heartily praised the Lord for this lessening of Feejee's evils. But, alas! shortly after our praises had been offered, while our hearts were yet warm, a messenger from Bau arrived with painful intelligence, which he abruptly delivered: "Mr. Moore is at Bau. Mrs. Moore without a bonnet or shoes. The children in their night-clothes. The Mission-house and every thing is burnt at Rewa." What a proof that determined enemies to the peace and Christianity were active and daring! and how necessary our most strenuous exertions! How thankful were we that no life was lost!