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29 November 1843 and 8 December - Father Charles Mathieu to Father Jean-Claude Colin, at sea


He is aboard the “Bucephale” the French warship carrying Bishop Douarre to New Caledonia. He wants to tell Colin of his impressions of the Tongan mission. Very edified at seeing the three Marists – their witness to poverty, detachment and humility. But is dismayed at the physical condition of the Marists. Makes some suggestions as to how the introduction of missionaries to a new territory might be better handled in future. Makes some suggestions about medications and clothes to be sent, and how they could be better packed.