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Margaret Paton: Letters From the South Sea (Paton)

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John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides is a missionary classic. In this companion volume, Margaret Whitecross Paton gives an enthralling account of missionary life in the New Hebrides from the 1860s to the 1890s. The steady advance of the gospel in the islands is vividly described, and the whole account is set against the background of the joys and sorrows of family life. Margaret Paton writes with rare grace, humour and pathos. Letters from the South Seas is an inspiring story, full of the triumphs of Christian faith and love, and a missionary classic in its own right- a book to prize.

Margaret Whitecross Paton was the second wife of the pioneer missionary to the New Hebrides, John G. Paton. She was the daughter of the Rev. John Whitecross whose work The Shorter Catechism Illustrated was republished by the Trust. A gifted writer, musician and artist, she died in 1905.

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Table of Contents:  

  1. Bound for the Islands
  2. First Impressions of the New Hebrides
  3. Settling Down on Aniwa
  4. Glimpses of the Aniwans
  5. Early Mission Days
  6. The Church of God on Aniwa
  7. Death and the Dayspring
  8. To the Children of the Dayspring
  9. A Trip to the Colonies
  10. Family Life and Church Life
  11. The Shipwreck and the Angel-Child
  12. Home, Sweet Home, on Aniwa
  13. The Mission Forces at Work
  14. The Year of the Hurricane
  15. The Madness of Mungaw
  16.  Slavers and Friends
  17. To Her Dear Sister-in-Law
  18. Days of Sunlight and Shadow
  19. A Tour Round the Islands in 1889
  20. To Her Husband
  21. The Passing of Margaret Whitecross Paton