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creative influences of the Gospel, should be matter of deepest interest, even to the mere philosopher.
Witness, also, the following from six native female converts at the Sandwich Islands, accompanying a bedquilt by them made and sent to the New York Home for the Friendless:
Kaluaalao, October 29th, 1849 Our love to you, good people, who live in the great city of New York. This is our writing and request unto you, that you give unto those persons dwelling in the House of the Friendless, and orphans, this small gift, which we send unto you.
This is our gift, that we give unto you, one bed-quilt. This is our gift, and with it, we send the love of our hearts unto you, in whose hearts such love has sprung up, for the friendless ones and the orphan children. We are but few who have joined in this work, but having heard from our teacher what you were doing, we met together, and made a quilt for you to help you in your good work for the Friendless and the Orphans.
No one prompted us to do this thing, we did it of our own accord. It was not the rich, it was not our chiefs, it was not our teachers, that commanded us to do this; no, it was from the overflowing love of God in our hearts that compelled us to do it; it was of our own free will. We are not rich who do this, in this world's riches, but have been made rich by the Holy Spirit of God, as we hope, and therefore we wish to aid you in your good work.
Yours truly in behalf of the others,
Of a later date is the following, acknowledging the gift of a Communion Service, consisting of four flagons, twelve plates, twelve goblets, aad two baptismal fonts, for the two churches in Hilo and Puna, under the pastoral charge of Rev. Titus Ooan.
Kupanea's LETTER FROM HILO. 24:1
Hilo, Hawaii, July 29th, 1850. Salutations to S. T. Cheever, our friend in the Lord, and servant of the Most High God:
We remember you on account of our associating with you at the time you abode with our minister, viz., T. Coan. You were one who desired to lead the children of God at Hilo, to wit, the church of Hilo, island of Hawaii.
Express thou our love to thy disciples, viz., the brethren in the Lord Jesus. Their love and beneficence have come to us. Like your seeing our faces, so is your giving to us the articles necessary for the Supper of the Lord, in your true love to us from the heart.
The love of God first flowed from his people dwelling in America, in the year 1820. They conceived their thought and labor without doubting, in seeking to pluck us out of the raging heat of death. They endured patiently, that wandering spirits might return to the place of rest. Their work has been great from the time of the arrival of the first American missionaries, Bingham, and others, until the present time, the year 1850. 'At the time of the arrival of the missionaries, we were living in the blackness of hearts, and in sina so exceeding great that they cannot be expressed on this paper for shame and pollution.
The exceeding love and benevolence of American brethren towards us is now most manifest, according to the words of Paul, 1st Cor. xiii. 8-13.
Of the life-declaring Apostles whom they sent, first in the year 1820, one, Whitney, nearly perished in the ocean. He fell into the sea; one threw him a board from the ship, by which he escaped, and obtained the vessel.
They have been patient, that their mission might be fulfilled. Two of them, Bingham and Richards, were greatly cursed by opposing foreigners, not for the evil of their works—they labored correctly—the wicked opposed them for righteousness' sake, lest their mischievousness should be known.
Through their patience we are now living in peace. Some taught by them, have taken up labors to benefit the kingdom. Some have been governors, magistrates, collectors, school-superintendents, school-trustees, sheriffs, lawyers^ Some regulate their own affairs. Every tree produces its own specific fruit, according to the words of Jesus Christ.
That stranger and this stranger have brought hither the things which are for his own profit to bring, and these little Islands are now replenished with things useful to man's body. But this company (missionaries) have brought hither an everlasting treasure, a good thing which excels all good things which our eyes have seen.
Previous to the year 1820, our houses were dark for want of oil. Then we obtained oil without wick, the thing to ignite the lamp; but through the kindness of God which was made to spring up within these true friends, they sent us some wicks to kindle our lamps, and they now burn, and thus until 1850 their burning has increased.*
As the abundance of your love for the souls of the wild goats upon the mountains of the Hawaiian kingdom, so will be the greatness of God's love and blessing on you. As your thought is on this church, so, indeed, is our pastor and true friend—not slothful— patient amidst all the evils of the way: and this his unslothfulness will be a capillary attraction to draw the souls of this people to v - everlasting life.
Through the constant care of all your friends in this Hawaiian kingdom for us, the nation is good, truly dwelling in blessedness, and peace.
In the name of the church at Hilo, I am your affectionate brother,
* This figure may seem obscure. The idea is this: The oil brought in 1820, was the grace or love of God in the hearts of the missionaries. The wicks which came afterwards, were books, preaching, schools, eto^ which helped the oil to shed light "through all the dwellings of Hawaii
Other parts of the Island World of the Pacific have furnished the materials out of which it were easy to compile another chapter of Polynesian Literature; but the following must suffice as a specimen of their direct and clear way of expressing themselves in letters, in groups of islands further south than the Sandwich.
It will be seen that their rhetoric comes to the point very soon, turns corners Very sharply, and stops short when they have done. The communication is from a New Zealand Chief, and occasioned by the death of a governor who had been sent out there by the British Crown.
NEW Zealander's LETTER TO VICTORIA.
Good Lady Victoria, how farest thou? Great is my love to you, who are residing in your country. My subject is, A governor for us and the foreigners of this island. Let him be a good man. Look out for a good man, a man of judgment. Let not a troubler come here. Let not a boy come here, or one puffed up with pride. We, the New Zealanders, shall be afraid. Let him be as good as this governor who has just died. Mother Victoria, let your instructions to the foreigner be good. Let him be kind. Let him not come here to kill us, seeing that we are peaceable. Formerly we were a bad people, a murdering people; now we are sitting peaceably. We have left off the evil. It was you appointed this line of
conduct, and therefore it is good to us. Mother, be kind.
RIDE AROUND THE ISLAND OF OAHU, AND# NOTES BY THE WAY.
Portia.—Good sentences, and well pronounced.
Nerissa.—They would be better, if well followed.
Portia.—If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree.
Merchant of Venice.
We return to Honolulu—Festivities of the anniversary of Independence—Effect upon public morals—Natural hankering after the leeks and flesh-pots of heathenism— Converts from paganism now and in the apostles' day, one and the same—Comparison instituted—We mount for Kaneohe—Visit by the way to the country villa of the king and chiefs—Work, trial, and reward of the pastor at Kaneohe—Mistaken timidity in admitting to the church—Arguments for and against—Corroborative views of Isaac Taylor—Practical working of an open church polity and a close one contrasted—Going to Egypt for the corn of scandal—Much ado about nothing—Leonato to Antonio—We halt at Waialua—Contrasts of natural scenery—Kaneohe the supposed pit of an old volcano—Toilsome descent—Picturesque view from its brink— Face of the country between the two stations—Hospitality of a teacher at Hauula— Deportment of natives met with on the way—The stale charge of hypocrisy considered—No new thing for religion to be pressed into the service of selfishness— Examples of double dealing in the Pacific, by foreigners—Prevalent forms of selfdeception among the natives—Causes assigned—Treatment of cases when discovered —Rigor of church discipline—The usages of the church an education for Republicanism—The future Republic of the Pacific—A prophecy ventured.
One night's sail of seventy miles in the little government schooner Victoria, transfers ns from the college of Hawaiian youth at Lahainaluna, Maui, to the island of Oahu; where we find the king and his court keeping the annual feast on the anniversary of the giving back