Pertaining to Levi Chamberlain, 1865.

[Found under: “Ka Anesona Moolelo No Hawaii nei.”]

Pertaining to Levi Kamalena.

Chamberlain is a man famous for his work, and as someone who did not think much of the pleasures of this world. In 1821, he was a young merchant in Boston, and it is true, he gained prosperity as did the other young merchants. But he did not waiver in his belief in the Holy Ghost and to join in missionary work; as if it was his calling from God, and he left his pursuit of wealth. When I came from Andover Seminary, in the early days of 1822 to spend some months in the missionary rooms [? rumi misionari], I met with Mr. Chamberlain, because Mr. Evarts [Mika Evate], the Corresponding Secretary of the Treasury was away. When I went again during the days of autumn [makalii], I found him again, as he was staying there for a long time, and we labored together in the early days of 1823. During that time he met with the first missionaries going to the Hawaiian Islands. Due to his sickness, he was  decided by the Committee that they did not want him to go as a missionary. Yet he indeed went, managing matters dealing with the missionary business. I know of no better story than of Mr. Chamberlain, and his personal affairs were in accordance with the kingdom of Christ. He was therefore greatly trusted by his brethren in his work for them, and to him only under the protection of God; the Missionary Board is greatly indebted to him for his guidance between rocks and quicksand of finances and and things given him to care for. He died on the 29th of July, 1849. During the last month we were living in those islands, we were pleased to become guests of the family of Mrs. Chamberlain. There we met with some of his children and grandchildren. While there, I baptized two of his grandchildren.

[This is part of a translation of Rufus Anderson’s “The Hawaiian Islands: Their Progress and Condition Under Missionary Labors.” It runs in the Kuokoa a year after it was first published, from 1/19/1865 to 6/8/1865.]

(Kuokoa, 3/11/1865, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IV, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Maraki 11, 1865.


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