Friday, August 9, 2013
18 September 1859
18th. A very fine morning and a pleasant day. The wind much abated and the sea rolling in great swells from past wind yet we are glad that steady progress is being made in the right direction. I hear the clergyman attempted to hold service but after reading prayers said we will dispense with the sermon and from what I hear his congregation are much displeased with his general conduct as a most unsocial being. Thus we see such stiff, stand off, mincing habits are highly offensive to our social nature and are not only disgusting in the character of a servant but is an effectual barrier to pastoral usefulness.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.