Letter from Jane Williams to Catherine Heathcote, December 7, 1837
MS-1991-75-719 (Reference Number)
Box 3 - Folder 99
Reporting that William Williams translation of the First Testament had been completed and was ready to be printed. The arrival of Baron De Thierry is briefly mentioned, however, Jane states that she must leave it to others to describe him and the event. In this letter Jane thanks Mrs Heathcote [Kate] and other contributors such as Miss Cooper, Miss Bernard, Miss Culshaw, Miss Pigott, and Mrs Lawson for the box of gifts, including garments, books, and newspapers. Janes goes on to write of the arrival and departure of various family members to and from New Zealand; Marianne Junior had gone with Mr and Mrs Marsden "to the Colony" and Edward Williams had arrived back safely, despite his ongoing illness following a fall at Waimate. The former teacher at the English boys school, Mr Bobart and his new wife Miss Marsden, are also mentioned. Finally, a note is added from Thomas Sydney Williams, thanking his aunt for the gift of the book The Peep of Day.
4pp on 1 leaf ; 250mm x 406mm Folded to 250mm x 204mm.
Williams, Algar Temple. Williams family papers, 1783 - 1963. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-1991-75-719.
- [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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