Society Islands, 1869

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Includes letters from:

James Green (of Tahaa), 12 Portland Square, Plymouth [Devon, UK] - willing to go to Tahiti

George Morris, Tahiti - protests against Directors decision to relinquish Tahiti mission 'the metropolis of Eastern Polynesia'

J Brander (businessman), Tahiti - acts as LMS's agent, hopes LMS will not sever connection with Tahiti mission after termination of George Morris's appointment.

Alfred Saville, Huahine - unsettled political condition; has vacated dilapidated mission house; birth of a daughter

Thomas Powell, on board John Williams (Papeete Harbour, Tahiti) - as member of committee enquiring into George Morris feels he does little for the LMS and brings the LMS disrepute through his farm/dairy business . George Morris refuses transfer to any other station - Papeete already staffed by French; LMS missionaries would have free access to Tahitians throughout the island.

James Vivian, Raiatea - the Austral islands [Iles Tubuaï] are the LMS's sphere but the Tuamotus [Archipel des Tuamotu] are not and should be left to the French brethren. Borabora and Maupiti mourn Vahine, wife of the late king. Hiomai of Maupiti and Maratai of Borabora in great poverty. Tour of Austral isands, reports on Raivavae (1868 flood - incursion of sea/tsunami), Tupuai [Tubuaï], teacher Sirahau; Rurutu, teachers

Alfred Saville, Huahine - schools satisfactory, congregations improving; recalled Maiaoiti pastor; no need to re-start Institution on Tahaa; difficulty of acquiring legal title to mission land.

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