Rev. John Williams (1796-1839) went to Tahiti as a missionary in 1816 and was active in the Society, Hervey, Southern Cook and Samoan Islands. In 1839, he moved to Fasitoouta, Upolu, in Samoa and began a station there. On November 20th of that year, he was killed at Erromanga, New Hebrides. Rev. Robert Bourne (18??-1871) went to the Society Islands as a missionary in 1817. In 1822, he began the mission at Tahaa. He left Tahiti in 1827 and retired to England in 1829.
The principal item on the microfilm is a journal describing a voyage made by the Revs John Williams and Robert Bourne from Raiatea to Aitutaki, Mangaia, Atiu, Mitiaro, Mauke and Rarotonga in July-August 1823, to propagate the Gospel. The journal appears to have been written, or written up, by Bourne. There is a subscription in ink by Williams on the last page. Some passages in the journal are the same or similar to those in William's <I>A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands</I>, London, 1837.<BR><BR>Other items on the microfilm are:<BR><BR> A letter from Williams to his family from Raiatea, dated November 9, 1822.<BR> A copy of a letter from Tamatoa, chief of Raiatea, to the President of the United States, dated Raiatea, September 10, 1829.<BR> A letter from Williams to A. Birnie, dated Raiatea, February 27, 1830.<BR> A letter from Williams to his sister Mary, dated Portsea, June 17, 1836.<BR> A letter from Williams to his sister, dated Cape Town, July 14, 1838.<BR> Copy of an extract from the minutes of a meeting of the London Missionary Society in Samoa on March 30, 1840, concerning news of the murder of Williams in the New Hebrides and his associate James Harris.