À propos de ce livre
of Christian names-Baptism of infants--Impression on the minds of
the parents-Interesting state of the people-Extensive prevalence of a
severe epidemic Page 242 to 269.
Former diseases in the islands comparatively few and mild-Priests the
general physicians-Native practice of physic-Its intimate connexion
with sorcery-Gods of the healing art-The tuabu, or broken back-
Insanity-Native warm-bath--Oculists-Surgery-Setting a broken
neck and back-The operation of trepan-Native remedies superseded
by European medicine-Need of a more abundant supply-Former
cruelty towards the sick-Parricide-Present treatment of invalids-
Visits to Maeva-Native fisheries-Prohibitions-Enclosures-Salmon
and other nets-Use of the spear-Various kinds of hooks and lines-
The vaa tira-Fishing by torch-light-Instance of native honesty-
Death of Messrs. Tessier and Bicknell-Dying charge to the people-
Missionary responsibility Page 270 to 301.
General view of a Christian church-Uniformity of procedure in the
different stations-Instructions from England-Preparatory instructions
Distinct nature of a Christian church-Qualifications and duties of com-
municants-The sacrament of the Lord's Supper-Formation of the first
church of Christ in the Leeward Islands-Administration of the ordi-
nance-Substitute for bread-Order of the service-Character, expe-
rience, and peculiarities of the communicants-Buaiti--Regard to the
declarations of scripture-Instances of the power of conscience-Manner
of admitting church members-Appointment of deacons-Great attention
to religion Page 302 to 339.
Government of the South Sea Islands monarchical and arbitrary-Inti-
mately connected with idolatry-Different ranks in society-Slavery-
The proprietors of land-The regal family-Sovereignty hereditary-
Abdication of the father in favour of the son-Distinctions of royalty-
Modes of travelling-Sacredness of the king's person-Homage of the
people-Singular ceremonies attending the inauguration of the king-
Language of the Tahitian court-The royal residences-Causes, &c.—
Sources of revenue-Tenure of land-Division of the country-National
councils-Forfeiture of possessions Page 340 to 364.
Power of the chiefs and proprietors of land---Banishment and confiscation
-The king's messenger-The main, an emblem of authority-Ancient
usages in reference to crime, &c.-Fatal effects of jealousy-Seizure of
property-Punishment of theft-Public works-Supplies for the king-
Despotic rapacity--Extortion of the king's servants--Unorganized state
of civil polity-Desire a code of Christian laws-Advice and conduct
of the Missionaries-Preparation of the laws-Public enactment by the
king in a national assembly at Tahiti-Capital punishments---Manner of
conducting public trials-Establishment of laws in Raiatea-Preparation
of those for Huahine
Page 365 to 390.
Pomare's proposed restrictions on barter, rejected by the chiefs of the Lee-
ward Islands-Voyage to Eimeo-Departure for Tahiti-Danger during
the night-Arrival at Burder's Point-State of the settlement-Papeete-
Mount Hope-Interview with the king-Revision of the laws-Approval
of the queen--Arrival of the Hope from England-Influence of letters, &c.
-Return to Eimeo-Embarkation for the Leeward Islands-A night at
sea-Appearance of the heavens-Astronomy of the natives-Names of
the stars-Divisions and computation of time, &c.-Tahitian numerals-
Extended calculation-Arrival in Huahine Page 391 to 425.
Promulgation of the new code of laws in Huahine-Literal translation of
the laws on Murder-Theft-Trespass-Stolen property-Lost property
-Barter-Sabbath-breaking-Rebellion-Bigamy, &c.-Divorce, &c.—
Confessions-Revenue for the king and chiefs-Tatauing-Voyaging
-Judges and magistrates-Regulations for judges, and trial by jury-
Messengers or peace-officers-Manner of conducting public trials-
Character of the Huahine code-Reasons for dissuading from capital
punishments-Omission of oaths-Remarks on the different enactments
-Subsequent amendments and enactments relative to the fisheries--
Landmarks-Land rendered freehold property-First Tahitian parlia-
ment-Regulations relating to seamen deserting their vessels--Publicity
of trials-Effects of the beneficial laws
Page 426 to 460.
Visit from the Windward Islands-Opposition to the moral restraints of
Christianity-Tatauing prohibited by the chiefs-Account of the dye,
instruments, and process of tatauing-Variety of figures or patterns-
The operation painful, and frequently fatal-Revival of the practice-
Trial and penalty of the offenders-Rebellion against the laws and
government-Public assembly-Address of Taua-Departure of the
chiefs and people from the encampment of the king's son-Singularity
of their dress and appearance-Interview between the rival parties-
Return of Hautia and the captives - Frequency of war in the South
Sea Islands-Polynesian war-god-Religious ceremonies and human
sacrifices, prior to the commencement of hostilities-National councils-
Mustering of forces-Emblems of the gods taken to the war-Strength
of their fleets or armies-The battle of Hooroto-Women engaging in
war-Martial music-Modes of attack-Single combats, challenges, &c.
-The rauti, or orators of battle-Sacrifice of the first prisoner-Use of
Page 461 to 491.
Singular custom of the chiefs in marching to battle-Sanguinary and ex-
terminating character of their engagements-Desolation of the country
-Estimation in which fighting men were held-Weapons-Dress-Or-
naments-Various kinds of helmet, &c.-Ancient arms, &c. superseded
by the introduction of fire-arms-Former ideas respecting the musket,
&c.-Divination or augury-Savage and merciless conduct of the victors
-Existence of wild men in the mountains-Account of one at Bunauïa
who had fled from the field of battle-Treatment of the captives and the
slain-Division of the spoil, and appropriation of the country-Maritime
warfare-Encampments-Fortifications-Instance of patriotism-Me-
thods of concluding peace-Religious ceremonies and festivities that fol-
lowed-Present sentiments of the people in reference to war-Triumph
of the principles of peace-Incident at Rurutu Page 492 to 520.
Arrival of the deputation at Tahiti-Visit to Huahine-Pomare's death--
Notice of his ancestry-Description of his person-His mental character
and habits-Perseverance and proficiency in writing-His letters to Eng-
land, &c.-Fac-simile of his hand-writing, and translation of his letter on
the art of drawing-Estimation in which he was held by the people—
Pomare, the first convert to Christianity-His commendable endeavours
to promote its extension-Declension during the latter part of life-His
friendship for the Missionaries uniform-His aid important-Circum-
stances connected with his death-Accession of his son Pomare III. to
the government-Coronation of the infant king-His removal to the South
Sea academy-Encouraging progress in learning-Early and lamented
death-The extensive use of letters among the islanders-Writing on
plantain leaves-Value of writing paper, &c.-The South Sea academy,
required by the state of native society-The trials peculiar to Mission
families among uncivilized nations-Advantages connected with the visits
of Missionaries' children to civilized countries ., . Page 521 to 551.
Voyage to Borabora-Appearance of the settlement-Description of the
island-Geological peculiarities of Borabora, Maurua, &c.-New settle-
ment in Raiatea—Arrival of the Dauntless-Designation of native Mis-
sionaries-Voyage to the Sandwich Islands-Marriage of Pomare and
Aimata-Former usages observed in marriage contracts-Betrothment-
Ancient usages in the celebration of marriage-Resort to the temple-
Address of the priest-Proceedings of the relatives-Prevalence of poly-
gamy-Discontinued with the abolition of idolatry-Christian marriage
-Advantageous results-Female occupations-Embarkation for England
Visit to Fare-Improvement of the settlement-Visit to Rurutu and
Raivavai-Propagation of Christianity by native converts-Final de-
parture from the South Sea Islands. Page 552 to 576.
Extended calculation-Arrival in Huahine
Page 391 to 425.
-Barter-Sabbath-breaking-Rebellion-Bigamy, &c.-Divorce, &c.-
-Confessions-Revenue for the king and chiefs-Tatauing-Voyaging
Messengers or peace-officers-Manner of conducting public trials—
of trials-Effects of the beneficial laws Page 426 to 460.
- chiefs and people from the encampment of the king's son-Singularity
Mustering of forces-Emblems of the gods taken to the war- -Strength
war-Martial music--Modes of attack-Single combats, challenges, &c.
the sling Page 461 to 491.
lowed-Present sentiments of the people in reference to war---Triumph
Arrival of the deputation at Tahiti-Visit to Huahine-Pomare's death-
the art of drawing-Estimation in which he was held by the people-
families among uncivilized nations—Advantages connected with the visits
of Missionaries' children to civilized countries Page 521 to 551.
gamy-Discontinued with the abolition of idolatry—Christian marriage
-Visit to Fare-Improvement of the settlement-Visit to Rurutu and
parture from the South Sea Islands Page 552 to 576.