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Letter from William Williams to Edward G. Marsh, February 11, 1846

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  • Description

    Williams begins this letter by writing of Samuel Williams, who was the first of the missionaries sons to offer his services to the Church Missionary Society. His application was however declined on the basis that the Society did not wish to increase their establishment in New Zealand. Williams was worried this would cause his own son Leonard to form a connection with the Propagation Society. Next, Williams writes of the circumstances that caused the Bishop to leave Waimate.

    He writes that a letter from Mr Coates had prompted the necessity to go to Auckland to confer with the Governor and communicatthe matter to Judge Martin (The subject of the matter is not given in this letter). Furthermore, at this appointment with the Governor, he had informed the Bishop of his intent to form a Lay Committee, afterwhich Captain fitzroy proposed a Corressponding Committee to consist of the Governor, the Bishop, three Archdeacons, and two laymen. A suggestion that Williams considered would not be accepted, leaving the Church Missionary Society cosiderably powerless to act with any unity of purpose with the Government. He then goes on to speak of the circumstance of Mr Taylor, Mr Mason, Mr Mathews and Mr Coates, which would benefit from the oversight of a Committee. Williams then moves to write on the Bishops intentions for the Mission, including his proposition for Central Infant Schools - one in each Archdeaconary. He writes that there was also an intention for boarding schools, however, the Society could not afford the associated expense. In the East Cape however, Williams found that the cost of living was much less than in Waimate. He states that he could clothe and feed 100 children for 180 pounds a year, and was therefore inclined to write to the society proposing schools in that district. Williams finishes his letter with extraordinary news, that Jane gave birth to their sixth daughter, Emma Caroline Williams.

  • Other Id

    14972 (Presto content ID)

    MS-1991-75-915 (Reference Number)

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    Letter from William Williams to Edward G. Marsh, February 11, 1846
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    4pp on 1 leaf ; 247 x 404mm Folded to 247 x 202mm

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  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Turanga, Native Schools, Missionary Schools]

  • Last Update
    04 Nov 2022
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