Joint Letter of the Missionaries to Captain Finch.
To W.C.B. Finch,
Esquire, Commander of the U.S. Ship Vincennes
Hawaiian Islands, Nov. 14th, 1829.)
In the year 1820, the people might justly have been denominated a nation of drunkards and gamblers - without letters, without morals, without religion, and without hope; their intercourse debased, their minds stupified, their evil habits deep-rooted - forbidding almost utterly any attempt or hope of amendment.
Now no nation probably is more temperate or less addicted to gambling; their language has been reduced to writing; morals have been improved, and the Christian religion established on a firm basis; old and deep-rooted habits of evil have been, in thousands of instances, broken up; social intercourse refined; hope inspired; and, apparently, national enjoyment extensively promoted.
Industry has been
encouraged; commerce has been increased about 500 per cent.; schools have
been every where established ; and about 30,000* of the inhabitants, perhaps
more, brought under instruction ; about 500 pages of different matter have
been prepared for the press, in the language of the country, including
more than half the New Testament, and 100 Hymns.
The whole printed and published in various forms by our press, amounting to about 7,000,000 pages.
The slate, the pen, and the needle, have, in many instances, been substituted for the surf-board, the bottle, and the hula (native dance;) domestic peace for family broils; order for confusion; and decent clothing of foreign manufacture, for loathsome filth and nakedness.