December 1838: Wesleyan reinforcements from Britain came to Lakeba

Wesleyan reinforcements from Britain came to Lakeba in December 1838, bringing supplies sufficient to compensate Cargill, Gross and their families for the loss of their household goods. The three new missionaries, John Hunt, James Calvert and Thomas Jaggar, all came direct to Fiji in response to appeals in the English religious press. Jaggar, a printer, soon transferred his machinery from Lakeba to Rewa, and later to the

Scandal: The mission was deprived of his skill following a sexual encounter with a young Fiji girl on Viwa in 1848. Calvert manned Lakeba for ten years at the beginning of his long service to Fiji; he became an expert on the islands and lived to be present at the celebrations of the mission’s first quarter century and half century. Hunt, the other member of the gifted trio, ranks with the most able and dedicated Christian missionaries of any period.

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