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OF THE

REV. RICHARD DAVIS

FOR THIRTY-NINE YEARS A MISSIONARY IN NEW ZEALAND.

BY THE

REV. JOHN NOBLE COLEMAN, MA.

LATE INCUMBENT OF VENTNOR.

LONDON:
JAMES NISBET AND CO:, BERNERS STREET.

1865.

210. f. 43

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TO THE CHILDREN

AND TO THE CHILDREN'S CHILDREN

OF THE

REV. RICHARD DAVIS

THIS MEMOIR

WHEREIN THOUGH DEAD HE YET SPEAKETH

IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED

BY THEIR FATHER'S FRIEND

AND THEIR SINCERE WELL-WISHER

THE AUTHOR.

PRE FACE.

TAE following are the documents from which this Memoir is extracted :Two hundred and sixty-four letters from Mr. Davis to

me and mine, from 1816 to 1862, the greater part closely written on foolscap paper, and some on two

or more sheets. Sixty-three letters from Mr. Davis to his family, trans

mitted by them from New Zealand. Six hundred and eighty-five pages, extracted and copied

by one of his daughters from his daily journal, filling ten volumes—a most laborious proof of filial devo

tion to her father's memory. Eighty-nine letters from the family of Mr. Davis to me

and mine, besides miscellaneous communications

from New Zealand. All the above were written in confidence, and never designed for the press. Hence it was requisite to exclude all that was private and confidential, as well as whatever was inappropriate to this Memoir. Consequently they are not printed verbatim et literatim as originally written, but they have been revised, and orthographical errors have

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