Letter from Samuel Marsden to Joseph Butterworth, July 21st, 1823
July 21st, 1821.
I have learned that it is the intention of the Committee of the Wesleyan Missionary Society to send one missionary to New Zealand…
As there are three great Missionary Societies in London, the C.M. Society, The London, and the Wesleyan Societies, it appears to me that it would be a wise and prudent measure for each Society to select their separate fields for their missionaries to labour in…. . New Zealand for the C.M.S.; the Friendly Islands for the Wesleyans; and the Society Islands for the London M.S.”