Letter from Jane Williams to Catherine Heathcote, September 23, 1836
MS-1991-75-717 (Reference Number)
Box 3 - Folder 99
Regarding the conflict between Rotorua and Waikato and the perceived isolation of William Williams friends amongst the old chiefs - following the attacks on Tauranga Pa, and the conflict with Mr Yates. The conflict was spurred on by the appointment of multiple clergymen to one mission station, Mr Yates intention to re-embark for England rather than face his accusers, and his publication of "exaggerated and falsely-coloured statements." Jane then writes of the arrival of Mrs Clarkes sister, Miss Bloomfield. She writes of Mr Bobart who, though he had proven himself to be an "infatigable instructor to the English Boys," was returning to England following the death of his wife. The charge of the school had thus returned to William Williams, who was also working as translator, on the printing press, and as the station doctor. Jane mentions the sudden death of Mr Hill and that Mr Marsden was not expected to remain much longer. Finally, Jane invites Catherine to join their family in New Zealand.
4pp on 1 leaf ; 335mm x 420mm Folded to 335mm x 210mm
Williams, Algar Temple. Williams family papers, 1783 - 1963. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-1991-75-717.
- [Further reading: Faith and Farming: The legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams. pg. 275]
- Jane Williams (nee Nelson, 1801-1896) was the wife of William Williams, and a force for Missionary work in her own right. Trained as a school teacher, she taught Maori women and girls the art of domestic 'English' life. During her husbands frequent absences, Jane managed the day to day running of their mission. She is remembered as a bright, intelligent, courageous and cheerful soul.
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