Society Islands, 1852

Scope and Content

Includes letters from:

John Barff, Tautira [Taiarapu peninsula]

George Platt, Raiatea

William Howe, Papeete

Alexander Simpson, Moorea

Alexander Chisholm (secretary), Papara applies to visit Sydney (wife's health)

Ernest Krause, Borabora

William Howe, Papeete - his coming trial

Alexander Chisholm, Papeete

Louisa Thomson [née Barff]

Aaron Buzacott

William Lind, Papara

George Spencer, Tautira

Charles Barff, Huahine

George Charter, Raiatea

David Darling, Hobart Town [Tasmania]

John Davies, Papara

From 1848 French government of Tahiti altered the constitution of the Congregational churches merging them with the island's political Districts. The new law allotted appointment of ministers to landed proprietors and if non-Tahitians appointments must be approved by the Governor. Subsequently (by 1852) Governor laid down further regulations: Missionaries replaced by Tahitians as pastors (chosen by chiefs, not members) for churches on Tahiti

Alexander Simpson employed by French Government to have charge of Eimeo [Moorea]. Shall missionaries migrate to the Leeward islands (i.e. Western group of Society Islands)?

Alexander Chisholm and John Barff resign their mission stations rather than hold them under new law

Unable to place William Lind and George Spencer, newly arrived missionaries due to French restrictions.

Admiral Moresby shows interest in missionaries' plight and writes to Earl of Northumberland on their behalf.

New Testament translation corrected and 7000 to 10,000 copies requested

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