Journal of a Residence in the Sandwich Islands

Journal of a Residence in the Sandwich Islands

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...those of her fathers! They5 since time unknown, have been dissected in secret by their nearest friends; their flesh has been burned, and cast into the sea, with many idolatrous observances; and their bones carefully preserved and worshipped; while she calmly awaits the resurrection in the decent habiliments of a Christianas tomb. 80 anxious was Keopuolani on this subject, that, when in perfect health, she charged the king to allow of none of the former practices, at her death; stating, that they all belonged to the time " of dark hearts'1---that she had lived to see the light--had cast off all their former customs--had surrendered herself to Jesus Christ-and wished her body to be given to his people---the Missionaries--to be buried according to their direction, and wherever they might think best. In consequence of this charge, Mr, Ellis had the arrangement of the funeral, which was conducted with the greatest order and propriety. The concourse of people was very great, amounting to many thousands; but there was no greater irregularity or disturbance than there would have been among the same number in a Christian land, on a similar occasion. The bell rang at twelve o'clock for the commencement of the religious FUNERAL. 167 exercises, which were held in the grove of trees near the queen's residence, the chapel being too small even for the chiefs.--We all attended in mourning; and after a hymn, prayer, and sermon, by Mr. Ellis, the procession, led by the American consul, was formed. The Mission family walked next to the foreigners, who, to the number of thirty or forty, followed Mr. Jones. Next came the household attendants and favourite servants of Keopuolani, headed by her own steward and that of her daughter--then the corpse, covered with a rich...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666910X
  • 9781236669100