Kōrero: Missions and missionaries

A Methodist missionary writes

Samuel Leigh arrived in the Bay of Islands in 1822 to head the country's first Methodist mission at Kaeo, Northland. In this letter, dated 5 April 1822, he describes witnessing the funeral of a child in a tribe of 'heathen' (non-Christian) Māori:

'The parents of the deceased appeared to be very sorrowfull. The Mother had cut herself all over the face, hands and legs to such a degree that she was covered with blood: she sat opposite the intered body with her head bowed down supported with her hands and covered with a matt, and a piece of cloth over her head. Her father said to me that he was very sorry in his heart for the life of his child.'

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library, Samuel Leigh Collection
Reference: MS-Papers-0335

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - Methodist, Catholic and other missions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/28008/a-methodist-missionary-writes (accessed 7 July 2022)

He kōrero nā Peter J. Lineham, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018