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BOUNTY BAY, PITCAIRN . . . . . . . Frontispiece
. . . . . . . . . 111 CHURCH AND SCHOOL HOUSE ........ 131 FISHING BY TORCHLIGHT .......... PORTRAIT OF THE REV. G. H. NOBBS ..... 156 CHART OF PORTION OF THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC . . 220 JOHN ADAMS'S GRAVE . . . . . . . . . . 229 PREFACE.
Much has been written about Pitcairn's Island; but the subject is a very fruitful one; and recent events have added greatly to the interest felt in the condition of the islanders. The arrival of their Pastor in England; his admission soon afterwards into holy orders; his desire to return, as speedily as possible, to the place of his choice; and, lastly, his interview with the Queen, and Prince Albert, to which he was graciously admitted two days previous to his quitting our shores; these things have brought to our minds the circumstances of Pitcairn, and its inhabitants, in a very striking manner.
The following letter addressed to the author of this work by Rear-Admiral Moresby, Commander-in-chief of her Majesty's naval
forces in the Southern Pacific, will explain the circumstances of Mr. Nobbs's visit to England :
“Valparaiso, August, 1852. “Dear Sir,—This will be conveyed to you by Mr. Nobbs, the pastor of Pitcairn's Island. It was not until after our departure from thence, that I found he had received a letter from you, dated the 29th of November, 1850, which, I confess, has relieved me of much anxiety on the responsibility I have taken upon myself of sending Mr. Nobbs to England.
“I can most conscientiously assure you, that the state of society at Pitcairn has not been too highly described. The Bible and Prayer Book of the Bounty,' as handed to Mr. Nobbs from John Adams, have been, and continue to be, the objects of their study, and have enabled them to withstand the innovations that too fervid imaginations, in America and elsewhere, have thought, by their correspondence, it was their calling to effect.
“The affectionate attachment of the islanders to Mr. Nobbs (who, in the triple capacity of pastor, surgeon, and teacher, is as neces