April 15, 1820 “Renewed our researches on shore but could not do much business, in consequence of the continued absence of the Governor, the Brig Neo, from Owhyhee, the King’s vessel, arrived with a messenger, bringing the general orders of government with respect to us. Tamoree, also, who left the Thaddeus at Owhyhee, arrived on the Neo with his newly set ‘Rib’ . We are told that a native who had stolen a piece of calico from the King was put on board the neo in irons, and then thrown overboard on her passage and drowned. Death is the penalty for stealing the King’s property. (Thaddeus Journal)
April 16, 1820 “Lord. Day. – Enjoyed the privileges of public worship probably for the 1st time on board the Thaddeus. Boka [Boki] arrived in port this afternoon but we shall not seek an interview with him till tomorrow.” (Thaddeus Journal)
April 17, 1820 “Obtained permission to enter the harbor, the Governor came on board. He is a young chief and apparently mild and easy in his disposition, less sprightly than some of his countrymen and distinguished for his moderation, says but little and appears by no means unfriendly to us or our object but somewhat indifferent to the message from Owhyhee; but, as the people are naturally and habitually slow in their movements we hope that he may yet bestir himself with more efficiency to promote our design. (Thaddeus Journal)
April 18, 1820 “Entered the harbor in safety and anchored within a few yards of the shore. We have concluded to occupy one or two houses belonging to Capt. Winship, who by letter to Mr. Marin has kindly favored us with the refusal of them. Mr. Scovill, an officer of Capt. Louis has also very politely offered us the use of Capt. L’s house which we shall occupy for a season, Capt. Adams and Mr. Nevano have each offered us a house.
Capt. Balcock and Mr. Oliver also, have both offered us the temporary use of their store rooms for our effects. Thus the Lord raises up friends for as at the moment when most we feel the need of them. The sisters went on shore to see the houses which we intend to occupy, – were surrounded with crowds of natives, and they walked along the plain upon which the village is built and excited great curiosity and returned.” (Thaddeus Journal)
April 19, 1820 “Having at length succeeded in making the necessary arrangements casting ourselves again on the oars of divine providence, and putting ourselves in the power and possession of uncivilized pagans and strangers, on this Interesting day we disembarked from the board that had borne us in safety across the mighty waters, from our dear native land, and here took up our abode in this dark heathen land, which will be the scene of our labors and sufferings, and probably the resting place of our bones when our toils are over and our pilgrimage is ended.
“Capt. C. and his family take their lodgings in Capt. Winship’s house. Bros. B. R. and L. with their wives, in Capt. Louis’s, about 40 rods distant from the other, and Bro. W and his wife in a house between belonging to Mr. Novano. As a specimen of the slyness of our new neighbors the key of Capt. Louis’ house was stolen from the door immediately after we entered it this afternoon, probably by some of the natives who crowded around to gratify their curiosity.”
“Capt. Pigot and Mr. Green, with their usual kindness, anticipating our wants, provided for us a supper in the American style, which we were unable to do for ourselves. As soon as the bustle of landing was over, and our belongings in our straw-thatched cottages, comfortably fitted up, we built an altar to the Lord our God, and agreeably to a previous engagement with our brethren at Owhyhee who landed a week before, presented our united offerings of thanksgiving and praise to Jehovah, that he had preserved our lives and graciously delivered us from the ‘perils in the sea,’ given us so prosperous a passage and ministered to us so propitious an entrance among the heathen, that in answer to the prayers of his people, of our friends and patrons, he had wonderfully prepared the way before us, by destroying the temples of idols and the institutions of Idol worship, abolishing the priesthood of superstition, overturning the altars of abomination, and bringing their idle Taboos and sacrifices into general contempt. The Lord be praised forever for his goodness and for his wonderful works unto the children of men.” (Thaddeus Journal)
“April 19, 1820 – By the friendly exertions of Capt. Picket and several other American gentlemen, we have obtained three of the most convenient houses in the village, and today left the Thaddeus, and taken us our residence on land. I hardly know how it will seem to sleep on a bed and not be obliged to brace myself, to keep from rolling out.” (Nancy Ruggles)
“19th, ‘the ladies belonging to the mission all landed to see the houses which have been provided for them. I went on shore to try to procure a house to store our goods in, but did not succeed in getting one to my mind.’” (James Hunnewell)