Jan. 1st. Arthur Quintal, sen., re-elected magistrate. George Adams and Arthur Quintal, jun., elected councillors.
“ 19th. A Sunday-school commenced.
Feb. 8th. Mrs. Nobbs received a severe contusion on the shoulder by the falling of a cocoa-nut from the tree.
“ 13th. Moses Young fell from a cocoa-nut tree, at least forty feet high, and was but slightly injured.
April 18th & 19th. Experienced a severe gale from N.N.W., which did considerable damage to the breadfruit plantations and orange-trees. Considerable fears were entertained by some of the islanders for the safety of their houses; but, through the mercy of Him who “rideth upon the storm,” no accident occurred. At daylight the gale broke. In consequence of the ill health of the teacher, no school was kept for some time. Mr. Buffett officiated on Sundays.
May 2nd. A serious altercation took place between Edward Quintal, sen., and John Evans, Sen. The latter received several bruises on his head, back, and throat, and several scratches on the throat.
“ 10th. Harriet Augusta Quintal baptized.
June 7th. Wm. Quintal married to Maria Quintal, widow.
July 23rd. Julia Christian born.
Nov. 9th. Arrived the missionary packet, Camden, Capt. Morgan. Several of the boats went on board. 9 A.M. the captain landed, along with the Rev. Mr. Heath of the London Missionary Society, who brought with him several valuable presents from the Governor of New South Wales, from the Lord Bishop, and the Rev. Dr. Ross. In the afternoon Mr. Heath preached a most impressive sermon, which was listened to with much breathless attention. May the effect which it then produced be abiding! Capt. Morgan then addressed the congregation on that most important subject—the care of the soul. In the evening several persons met at Mr. Nobbs’s house for religious conversation. Mr. Heath presided.
" 10th. Early this morning the school was visited by Messrs. Heath and Morgan, and the scholars, individually and collectively, examined. The result was very satisfactory, and both teacher and pupils commended. At noon another exhortation was given by Mr. Heath. In the evening our friends went on board, and the Camden sailed for the Marquesas Islands, carrying with them our best wishes.
Dec. 13th. Margaret M’Coy confined, but the child soon died.
51 scholars attended school. 58, the Sunday-school. Number of inhabitants: 53 males, 55 females. 17 males and 16 females eligible to vote at the magisterial election.
Jan. 1st. Arthur Quintal, sen., elected magistrate. Fletcher Christian and Arthur Quintal, jun., councillors. John Quintal born.
June 17th. Andrew Christian born.
Aug. 18th. Arrived H.M.S. Curaçoa, Capt. Jenkin Jones, twenty-one days from Callao; and a most opportune arrival it was, for there were at least twenty cases of influenza among us. Immediately after arriving at the settlement, Capt. Jones, with the Surgeon of the ship (Dr. Gunn), visited the sick. Fortunately there had been a small medicine-chest fitted up for this island on board the ship, and there being also one on shore, the surgeon was able to prescribe freely and beneficially.
" 19th. Capt. Jones met as many of the inhabitants at the school-house as were able to attend, and addressed them upon several subjects connected with their welfare; after which he read a letter to them from Admiral Ross, and caused a variety of very useful articles, the gifts of the Admiral, Capt. Jones, and Mr. Miller of Valparaiso, for general distribution, to be distributed among them in the school house. Captain Jones then went on board, and most humanely allowed Dr. Gunn to remain on share all night.
“ 20th. The surgeon of the Curaçoa has been most indefatigable in his attention to the sick; and the result is, that many are beginning to mend, and all have experienced relief. There is not one resident upon the island who is not under weighty obligations to Dr. Gunn. At 4 P.M. the Curaçoa sailed. May Almighty God preserve the worthy captain, officers, and crew, from every untoward circumstance!
“ 31st. The number of sick began to increase. There are more than fifty cases. There is not a sufficient number of persons to dig the yams, this being the harvest season. Edward Quintal is not expected to survive many days, neither is his wife. The school-house is shut up, and nearly every house is like a hospital. Truly the hand of God is upon us. O Lord, in wrath remember mercy!
Sept. 5th. Sunday, but one service. This day the number of sick increase, although there are few convalescent. The epidemic is fever, attended with a distressing cough.
“ 8th. Edward Quintal, Sen., died. His disease was influenza and dysentery combined. Three fresh cases of influenza.
“ 9th. Just in the height of preparing for the funeral of the deceased, a ship was reported, and shortly after the boat landed; it proved to be the ship Mechanic, of Rhode Island, Capt. Wates. Peggy Christian confined with a male child.
“ 10th. The woman delivered yesterday is attacked with dysentery.
“ 19th. Died, Isabella, a native of Tahiti, relict of Fletcher Christian of the Bounty. Her age was not known; but she frequently said she remembered Capt. Cook arriving at Tahiti. Some individuals are much better; others are in a precarious state.
“ 26th. Stephen Christian baptized.
“ 28th. School recommenced.
Oct. 2nd. Joseph Napoleon Quintal died, aged two years.
" 6th. Agnes Christian born.
“ 11th. Mary M’Coy born.
“ 17th. Matilda Quintal born.
Births this year, 7; deaths, 3; marriages, 0. During the latter part of the year, the inhabitants have been much afflicted with bodily sickness. Ships holding communication with the island 19, and 1 passed. Inhabitants: males, 54; females, 57. 21 males and 17 females eligible to vote at the magisterial election. 50 scholars attend the Sunday-school.