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Church and School House, Pitcairn.- p. 193. 9

it should be forgotten, or escape attention,

, it was read three times. The whole concluded with hymns, which were first sung by the grown people, and afterward by the children. The service thus performed was very long; but the neat and cleanly appearance of the congregation, the devotion that animated every countenance, and the innocence and simplicity of the little children, prevented the attendance from becoming wearisome. In about half an hour afterward we again assembled to prayers. They may be said to have church five times on a Sunday.

“All that remains to be said of these excellent people is, that they appear to live together in perfect harmony and contentment; to be virtuous, religious, cheerful, and hospitable beyond the limits of prudence; to be patterns of conjugal and parental affection, and to have very few vices. We remained with them many days, and their unreserved manners gave us the fullest opportunity of becoming acquainted with any faults they might have possessed.”

In March, 1829, John Adams, the patriarch of Pitcairn, was called to his rest, at the age of 65, having, as we trust, repented of his crimes and made his peace with God. He was buried in his island home.

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CHAPTER VI.

MR. NOBBS-SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE-EARL WALDE

GRAVE'S LETTER-EMIGRATION TO TAHITI-QUEEN PO-
MARÉ-RETURN

OF

THE EMIGRANTS-MANNER OF GO

VERNMENT-DRESS AND HABITS.

The arrival of Mr. George Hunn Nobbs at Pitcairn's Island, in the year 1828, may be considered a providential occurrence for the well-being of the inhabitants. The success of twenty-four years' labour is an abundant proof, that, under the blessing of God, this faithful teacher has educated in the principles of Christianity a community, whose simple and virtuous lives are so pre-eminent. A brief notice of his career, and of the circumstances which led him to the spot, cannot fail to be interesting.

Mr. Nobbs, who was born in Ireland in 1799, was in his youth a midshipman in the British navy, havi

having first

first gone to sea when

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