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Extracts from a Journal of a Voyage of Visitation in the "Hawk," 1859   By: (1801-1876)

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Edward Feild’s "Extracts from a Journal of a Voyage of Visitation in the 'Hawk,' 1859" offers readers a captivating and detailed account of his time spent aboard the HMS Hawk. As the ship embarks on a voyage across the Pacific, Feild documents his experiences, observations, and encounters with various cultures, making this journal an enlightening and educational read.

From the outset, Feild’s writing style draws readers in with its descriptive and engaging narrative. His ability to vividly portray the sights, sounds, and emotions of his surroundings allows readers to truly immerse themselves in the journey. It is evident that Feild possesses a keen eye for detail and a genuine curiosity about the world, as he takes great care in describing every aspect of his interactions with both the crew and the people they encounter along the way.

What stands out about Feild’s journal is his commitment to documenting the customs, traditions, and daily lives of the diverse cultures he encounters during his voyage. His empathy and respect for the people he encounters shines through, as he seeks to understand and appreciate their unique ways of life. Whether describing a bustling market in Hong Kong, conversing with locals in Tahiti, or witnessing a traditional ceremony in Samoa, Feild's descriptions bring these experiences to life and allow readers to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural nuances that he encounters.

Furthermore, Feild’s journal is not limited to the description of his experiences alone. He also uses his platform to discuss broader issues such as the effects of colonization, the impact of European influence on indigenous cultures, and the implications of missionary work in the Pacific. By including these reflections, Feild fosters a thought-provoking narrative that sparks contemplation and invites readers to reflect on the complexities of historical events and their consequences.

While "Extracts from a Journal of a Voyage of Visitation in the 'Hawk,' 1859" is certainly a captivating read, it may not appeal to all readers due to its specialized subject matter. Those with a specific interest in maritime history, exploration, or cultural encounters from the 19th century will find this book particularly compelling. However, readers seeking a fast-paced narrative or extensive character development may find themselves wanting more.

In conclusion, Edward Feild’s "Extracts from a Journal of a Voyage of Visitation in the 'Hawk,' 1859" offers a fascinating account of a significant historical journey. Through his descriptive and empathetic writing, Feild paints a vivid picture of the people, places, and events he encounters during his voyage across the Pacific. This journal is a valuable resource for history enthusiasts, providing insight into the cultural encounters and experiences that shaped the world during this time period.

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March 15, 1860.


"You are aware that I have ceased for some years to forward to the Society the Journals of my Voyages of Visitation.[1] It did not appear to me that the cause of the Society, or of my diocese, would be much advanced, or individuals much interested or edified by detailed reports of visits and services with which those who had read the former Journals would be familiar.

"The sad state of religious destitution in many settlements in Newfoundland and Labrador had been, I thought, sufficiently shown; and the benefits and blessing conferred, and to be conferred, by the Society, thankfully stated and fully demonstrated. I have, therefore, considered it better and more becoming to confine myself to a bare and brief newspaper statement of the places visited, and the services performed, without any particular mention of the condition of the inhabitants, and other incidents of the voyage.

"In my late visitation, however, I have been enabled to reach a portion of the island, in which, though several hundred members of our Church have long resided, no clergyman had ever before been seen. I refer to White Bay, a remote district on the so called French Shore of Newfoundland. A large portion, nearly one half of the coast of Newfoundland (from Cape St... Continue reading book >>

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