24 April 1843 - Father Petit-Jean to Father Colin, Auckland
He begins by opening his conscience –says he has been pretty slack in keeping the Rule. Sad at having had to leave the Maori at Whangaroa.
Describes the situation in Auckland. Irish very loyal Catholics, but impoverished. School seems to be attracting a good number of pupils, but collection of fees can be hard. Economic depression widespread – government has to provide work, a half-crown a day for married men. Sees the hard times as possibly God’s punishment for human pride.
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