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Letter from Marianne Williams to Jane Williams July 31, 1845

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    Marianne writes of the arrival of the H.M.S North Star, which was headed straight for "K - K", and of the H.M.S Hazard, which was about to sail for Auckland. The Hazard was transporting Hone Hekes last letter to Governor Fitzroy. The letter is described as secret, it was brought by Mr Burrows to Henry Williams, and a copy was also sent by Marianne to Jane Williams.

    Marianne goes on to write that two Colonels [William Hulme and Henry Despard?] had returned to Auckland to attend a council, while the Major remained in command of the troops at Waimate. She pens her dislike for Colonel Despard, who she describes as "...a crass old man" who "... turns upon the missionaries, the sailors, and everybody for blame but himself." Marianne goes on to write of the blame directed at Henry Williams for his part in Captain Grants body being held inside Ohaeawai Pa. Finally, Marianne briefly writes of their school, which had thirty six boarders and nine day scholars, and of her children Edward and Jane, who had taken possession of the Stone House.

  • Other Id

    14467 (Presto content ID)

    MS-1991-75-779 (Reference Number)

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    Letter from Marianne Williams to Jane Williams July 31, 1845
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    4p on 1 leaf ;

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    [Keywords: Correspondence, Colonialism, The Northern War, First Maori War, Missionary schools]

  • Subject Notes
    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.
    [Further reading: Faith and Farming: The legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams. pg. 275]
  • Last Update
    07 Jul 2023
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