Excerpt from The Princeton Review: October, 1848
In 1822 the first marriage was celebrated in the forms of Christianity, both the parties being natives, and the 'man Thomas Hopcio, the Cornwall student, and now a member of the church. In 1823 the Christian rites of burial were first witnessed at the interment Of an infant child of one of the mis sionary families. Three days afterwards, at the king's request, similar services were substituted, at the funeral of one of his relatives, for the usual sacrifices of animals, and the depositing, by night, of the uncoﬂined remains in the enclosure of the idola trous morai. Soon afterwards the royal authority of Oahu was induced - by what considerations Mr. Bingham does not fully state - to require the observance of the Lord's day, so far as to prohibit labour and amusements. Even the food for the Sabbath was prepared on Saturday. The king was, at this time, a habitual drunkard, though he I had fixed a time - five years to turn and be a good man. One of his excuses for not encouraging public worship by his presence was, I am tipsy, and it is not right to go to church drunk; when I have got through I will come. One of the courtiers said when the king attends I will attend, and another Whom the invitation found at cards, I have business and cannot go - my heart will belwith you, though my body is here - so primitive are these fashionable hypocrisies.
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