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lands, but a continent that joins them. The friends with whom I have been sojourning, are eminently continental in their make and their maimers. With the great Continent of Humanity, and every member of it, they are closely allied, and nothing human is foreign to them. Though their range be but an island, their sympathies embrace the world; and the sweep of their prayers and their charities is as wide as that of the glorious ocean that laves their shores.

A man that lives to do good, (the only life worth living,) may think himself well off to have his lot cast among the missionary band of Hawaii. Assured of a steady living, and delivered from so much that is artificial and hollow in society, they have only to devote themselves to their families and to their proper missionary work. Theirs is not the bread of idleness. And if they labor hard, and have some discouragements and trials, not easily appreciated by men that live in America, they have the solace, too, that their toil is not unblessed, and that the sympathy and prayers of many are with them. Some of them realize to a rare degree Bishop Ken's portraiture of "A Good Priest:"

Give me the Priest these graces shall possess:—

Of an ambassador the just address;

A father's tenderness, a shepherd's care,

A leader's courage, which the cross can bear;

A ruler's awe, a watchman's wakeful eye,

A pilot's skill, the helm in storms to ply;

A fisher's patience, and a laborer's toil,

A guide's dexterity to disembroil;

A prophet's inspiration from above,

A teacher's knowledge, and a Saviour's love.

They are a united and affectionate body, that have eminently the confidence and love one of another, and they have the confidence and love of the Hawaiians to the utmost. May it be so always, and may every fresh accession to their forces be an accession of executive and moral strength! May peace be on them and mercy, and upon the Israel of G6d of which they have the charge! Peace be within her walls. May they prosper that love thee. For my brethren and companions' sake I will now say, Peace be within you.

The disability of bodily indisposition prevented my making the tour of Hilo and Puna with the pastor, Rev. Mr. Coan, and afterwards going across Mauna Kea to "Waimea, the station occupied by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons. I wished, also, to be near at hand to this port in the shipping season, in order to take advantage of any good opportunity that might occur for America. Taking passage, therefore, in a whale-ship that touched at Hilo for supplies, I am here, after an easy run of two days.

The roadstead of Lahaina, as usual in spring and fall, is anchored in all over by large whale-ships, that have come in from the different cruising-grounds of thi Pacific to recruit, where supplies of all kinds can be obtained on more advantageous terms, and with less • detriment to the men, than at any other place in this ocean. It has been visited the last two seasons, fall and spring, by about four hundred ships, that spend on an average, at a very moderate estimate, three hundred dollars each, making the sum-total of $120,000 yearly disbursements at this port. The estimated value of the

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whale-ships and cargoes entered at Lahaina and Honolulu, between 1844 and 1845, was $17,733,411; of disbursements there, $150,000.

The supplies furnished by the natives are goats, hogs, poultry, fruit, and vegetables, especially Irish potatoes, for which they get money and cloth, or other articles of exchange. Fresh beef, also, is supplied by foreigners. Other supplies, as of salt provisions, bread, cordage, and ship-chandlery in general, are furnished almost exclusively by one American house, that take bills drawn upon ship-owners in America and Europe, at a rate of twenty per cent, for exchange.

The concurrence here of such large whaling fleets makes Lahaina a most desirable place of labor for a seamen's chaplain. Estimating twenty-five seamen only to a ship, the port will be visited by ten thousand annually: not, indeed, ten thousand different seamen, but that number in two different times.

From the first year, 1823, in which this was made a missionary station, to the present time, more or less of a chaplain's work has been done for them by the resident missionaries. Until he left, in 1825, it was Mr. Stewart's special department; in whose time were perpetrated the atrocious outrages upon government and the mission by disappointed sailors and their infamous captains.

Rev. Mr. Spalding, the lamented associate of Mr. Richards, labored some years after among them with great acceptableness. On his failure, the work fell upon Mr. Baldwin, who had at the same time the

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