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4 November 1843 – Father Jean Forest to Father Maitrepierre, Bay of Islands


Gives his impressions of “la Polynesie” (NZ) – mainly unfavourable. Then moves on to “something you don’t already know about”.

Building of a chapel at Kororareka. Gives details of its size and various features. Suggests some strategies that could be used to encourage gifts for “this first Catholic church in New Zealand” from the good people of Lyons.

Maitrepierre had indicated to Forest, apparently, before Forest left for NZ, that he might well follow him. Was he still of the same attitude? Says they need a provincial, and that he could well do the job. He could stand up to the Bishop. Father Tripe could tell him about the situation in NZ. The Protestants are losing ground...