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To the Rev W Jowitt 
Mission House, Wellington Valley, 21 May 1835.
I received several letters from you full of X'n sympathy and advice for which I return you my most cordial thanks. It comforts our souls in this moral wild to receive such evidences of X'n affection. As our Diaries contain all the information we have generally to communicate, I have not thought it necessary to trouble you with any letters. But I am unwilling that you should deem me guilty of ingratitude, therefore I just write a line by a friend who is going to Sydney. It will afford you comfort to learn that through Divine goodness we are preserved in health and not weary of our appointment. We are far from being destitute of hope that the glorious Redeemer will gather home to himself some of these so long neglected and so deeply degraded natives. We have no conversions to the faith of our Immanuel to record, but I rejoice to say we have many instances of moral feeling among them when we are speaking of the great things of God. Our children frequently shed tears while receiving religious instruction and more elderly natives have voluntarily acknowledged that they were very wicked. Hitherto we have had but little prospect of being useful to them, being able to address them only through the medium of a broken and mixed up language. I admire the maxim of the Greenland missionaries, not to speak on the subject of religion before they could address the natives in the vernacular tongue, but I confess that however plausible the theory I have found it impracticable. To see them sunk in moral wretchedness and be silent I felt impossible, though it is very probable no real good has been done under such circumstances. Now our way seems opening as we advance in the knowledge of the language we shall have reason to hope for brighter scenes. Not indeed that we imagine the word of God will then act as a charm, but because we trust that the Lord according to His promise will bless it to the conversion of some. May it be of multitudes. We have lately had 70 natives here, now only about 20. I preach to them every Sabbath in their own language as well as teaching them morning and evening prayers. And it would cheer your mind to see as I have done 40 or 50 (nearly naked) savages running up at the sound of the bell that summoned them to worship. Last Sabbath I preached in the morning to the natives here and after the English service rode 20 miles and preached to another company of about 20. The idea of my going so far to preach to them seemed to affect them. Our girls continue to improve in religious knowledge but as yet have not given sufficient evidence of