By John Williams
In line with John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 quantity deals an perception into the perilous lifetime of a missionary within the early 19th century. the writer, an ironmonger through exchange, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the goal of spreading the gospel and introducing smooth expertise to the quarter. in addition to recounting the widespread threats to his protection from offended natives, struggle, ordinary catastrophe and illness, Williams offers distinct surveys of the peoples, languages and normal setting he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the influence made upon barbarous humans via their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant through the author's dying by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's ebook, this is often a rare account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who grew to become a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary stream.
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The wild and romantic appearance of the rocks—their broken, abrupt, and irregular forms—also indicate that, at some remote period, they have been subject to the disruption of an earthquake, to 22 CHARACTER OF THE SECOND AND THIRD CLASS. volcanic explosion, or to some other equally mighty and equally capricious agent. The islands of the second class are rather hilly than mountainous, averaging from 100 to 500 feet in height. They are, generally speaking, equally beautiful in their appearance, and luxuriant in their foliage, with those of the first class; but, being less sublime in their character, from having neither pyramidal rocks nor spiring heights, they do not impress the mind with that wonder and delight which must seize the breast of every lover of nature, when mountains of so much grandeur, richness, and sublimity, first present themselves to his view.
Now this kind of marine rubble, I think, is invariably in strata from three to nine inches in thickness; and the solid masses composing the islands and reefs, to which I have alluded, are pure and unmixed. A third objection I have to allowing the reefs and islands to be the work of * See Captain Beechy's Account of Henderson's Island. D2 36 SUGGESTIONS ON CORAL REEFS, &C. insects, is the amazing length of time, as I have already shown, that would be required to produce them. May not these structures have been produced by the chemical precipitation of the minute calcareous particles of which I have spoken ?
A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands: With Remarks Upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Traditions, and Usages of the Inhabitants by John Williams