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of every material occurrence which happens, we
wifli no fpccious accounts to meetpublic curiofity,
but fnnple narratives of fa6ls and obfcrvatiorls.

This diary fliould contain remarks on the coun-
try, extent, divifion, foil, climate^ produce, reli-
gious obfervances, government, focial manners,
common employments, &c. of the iflanders : each
from time to time iliould read thefe, and add any
farther obfervations they have made. Something
of this kind fliould be done every day, and the ma-
terials arranged once a week for tranfmitting home.
Thefe obfervations, formed into a body, would
exceedingly gratify the public, and probably greatly
advance the purpofc of the Mifsion, by exciting a
mifsionary fpirit, and producing a considerable pe-
cuniary afsifirnce towards the furtherance of the

Whilil: every brother poflefTcs the property he
choofes to carry with him, as an individual — as a
Chriftian Society they fhould have a community of
all the goods provided by the Society's funds, of
the produce of their lands, and of their fcveral la-
bours, all this fliould come into a common ftock
for the equal ufe and benefit of the whole : This
is primitive, and, in the prefent ftate of things,
moft conducive to the great o1 je6l.

Whim every office of kindnefs individually
fliould be fhown to- the natives, no traffic, on any
account, fhould be carried on, but by the perfon
the Prelident chooles to be the medium of com-
munication in every jnu'chafe" or exchange; nor
Ihould any brother prefume to infringe this regu-
lation. i3y this means you ^^ ill be prevented from



cxhaufting vour ilores, which by all wife methods
YOU muft huiband to the beft advantage.

Great caution fhould be ufed as to aflfummg a
iuperiority over any of the natives by making fer-
vaiits of them, even though they may feem wilhng
to fubmit to the yoke, excepting m fuch things afS
fifhing that cannot be well done without the af-
fiftance of their fervices. The great and powerful
among the natives fhould be taught by example to
reward and do good to the lowell.

Till the fhip returns, do not feparate from each
other, but endeavour to perfeA youriblves in the
iano-uage of the country. Let your excurfions al-
ways be in company two or three together, fent
by the brethren, limiting the time of abfence, and
returning according to order.

We recommend great diligence m providing
an abundant culture of native vegetables and roots-,
as well as raifmg fuch new ones as may be carried
out, and will be found congenial with the climate.
A prolific foil will probably abundantly repay their
efforts, and plenty will enable us to afsilt the m.ore
indigent cf the natives, and conciliate by a^s of
kindnefs their regard ; remembering always that
the fouls of the mcaneft are as precious as the
fouls of the greatefl, and fuch kindnefs to their
bodies will mark our friendfhip to them, and we
hope enable us by every means to gain fome.

Whatever European commodities may be left,
medicines, liquors, articles of drefs or food, fliould
be carefally preferved for exigencies, all ftrong
and fpirituous liquors fliould be wholly abftained
from, but as medicine and on fpecial occafions,
and the natives iliould never be fuffered to tafte


The natives are difpofed to ileal our iron
and toil, and as the temptation to them is fo
o-reat, we fliould be very careful, when ufmg tools
m their company, to lay them near us and m



fight, and hcver leave them with fuch tcmptatlonB
before them.

The books belonging to the MifTion fhould be
under the care and refponfibihty of a particular
perfon, who fhall take a note from thofc brethren
who may defireto borrow any of them, and none
be removed without fuch a note occupying a place.

Though we hope our condud^ will convince the
natives that they will get more by our inftrudions
and affiHance than by any robbery they may com-
mit, and that the King and Chiefs will probably
pledge themfelves for our fecurity under that con-
vi6lion, yet we advife that the houfe be never left
without fome perfon in it, as our attention will
difcournge any temptation.

On fhore, probably, the fettlement itfelf fhould
be formed, with fome view of fituation, eafy of
defence, and difficult of accefs, and the houfes fo
lituated, as to be furrounded with a ditch and
pallifadoCvS, which, if no other purpofe was an-
Iwered, would render all noclurnal depredations
from the natives more difficult ; make it fecure as
the lituation will admit, without appearing to ere6^
a fortrcfs, or to defend it by arms, which might
alarm the jealoufy, and alienate the affi^(5lion of
the Chiefs. Our own peaceable and unaffiiming
behaviour will foon convince them, that they have
nothing to apprehend from us of danger, and every
thing to expect of kindnefs and affiftance.


Publiflied by T. CHAPMAN, Fleet-Street,

Price 'Two Shillings and Sixpence^


Preached in London at the Formation of the


September 22, 23, 24, 1795,


Rev, Dr, Haweis, Aldvvinckle.

Rev. George Burder, Coventry.

Rev. Samuel Greaiheed, Woburn,

Rev. John Hey, Briftol.

Rev. Rowland Hill, M.A. Surry Chapel.

Rev. David Boaue, Gofport.

TTo which are prefixed Memorials refpeding the Efta=5
blifjiment and firfl Attempts of that Society,


Price Two Shillings and Sixpencgy


Preached in London at the Secopd General Meeting
of the


May II, 12, 13, 1796,


Rev. Mr. Lambert, Hull,

Rev. Mr. Pentycrofs, Wailingford,

Rev. Mr. Jay, Bath, and

Rev. Mr. Jones, Llangan.

To which are prefixed, the Proceedings of the Meeting,
and the Report of the Directors,

With a Portrait of Captain Wilfon.




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