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30 March 1843 - Father Reignier to his parents (an extract only), New Zealand


Complains about no news from them, but insists that his regard for them is the same.

He reports an incident of cannibalism, but tries to soothe his parents’ evident fears that he might be the next victim. Insists he is as safe as he would be in France.

Reports travelling through a hot springs area - no doubt near Rotorua. (Reignier was at Opotiki at this time). Springs have curative powers – useful also for cooking. (Footnote indicates he saw the Pink and White terraces). Brief account of missionary work.

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