The 15 manuscript items on this microfilm were bought by the Territory of French Polynesia at an auction of Pacific manuscripts in Paris in June, 1969. They were formerly part of the Ropiteau-O'Reilly collection.
The 15 items are:<BR>1. A six-page account of Tahiti by Chenard de la Giraudais, commander of <I>l'Etoile</I>, the consort of Bougainville's ship<I>La Boudeuse</I>, which visited Tahiti in April, 1768.<BR>2. Letter written in Tahiti on February 6, 1799, by the L.M.S. missionary John Harris.<BR>3. Journal of the missionaries Henry Nott and James Elder describing a preaching tour, Tahiti in 1802.<BR>4. Letter from King Pomare II to the L.M.S., London, dated January 1, 1807.<BR>5. Journal kept by the missionaries William Henry and John Davies during a preaching tour on the island of Huahine in 1809.<BR>6. Letter from Pomare II dated September 25, 1812, to the missionaries on Moorea informing them of his determination to abandon false gods and ancient rites against evil spirits.<BR>7. Letter from the missionaries John Williams, L.E. Threlkeld and J.M. Orsmond from Raiatea to the L.M.S. in London, dated September 5, 1819. Collective report on affairs at the missions on Raiatea and Tahaa.<BR>8. Letter from the missionary George Platt from Bora Bora, dated May 28, 1828, describing a visit to the island of Maupiti.<BR>9. Letter from Queen Pomare IV and her second husband Ariifaaite to the missionary Henry Nott dated February 4, 1836, asking to be readmitted to church membership.<BR>10. Letterbook (pp71) copies of 19 letters by George Pritchard, British Consul in Tahiti - November 26 1836 to February 15 1837.<BR>11. May 11, 1846 letter from Queen Pomare IV at Raiatea to the directors, L.M.S., stating she would never live under the French protectorate.<BR>12. 94-page report, <I>Look Again, or a few observations on the affairs of Tahiti from 1845 to 1849 by an eye-witness</I> by Rev. J.M. Orsmond to President of France.<BR>13. & 14. Letters from Queen Pomare IV to President of France (August 26, 1851) re government of her country and French Governor (September 18, 1872) re funeral of her small daughter.<BR>15. Account book 1877-1882 by Pomare V Tahiti's last king, d.1891