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have been assembling at Eimeo, November 8,1811, when Pomare wrote to the missionaries in New South Wales describing his situation.

"Taheite is in peace", he said; "it is not a very good peace; perhaps it will not be good until there is war again; however there is peace, and we remain in quietness. I came here to Eimeo July the 8th to get timber for canoes, and dwell at Eimeo... Tapoa and party are here at Eimeo, and also the chiefs of Ulitea [Raiatea]. Tamatoa and Pomare vahene are at Huaheine; they only remain of the chiefs. They are to come in Captain Walker’s vessel; perhaps they will not come for some time yet. Tapoa and party came in Captain Campbell’s vessel. They arrived here at Eimeo September 27th. They brought a good number of men with them, 288."

Tati was one of Tapoa’s party, which arrived on September 27th, and numbered nearly three hundred. Other parties from the leeward numbered 461 more, so that Pomare had at Eimeo a formidable army.

"They also are come", he continued, "to engage in the war. I shall send them back again; there shall be no war; there is peace and not war." His reasons for sending them home, he did not give; but he was certainly not yet ready for another war. He had still to work out his plan of carrying over his whole party to open Christianity; a plan which, as his letters show, must have been in his mind for years. Tamatoa arrived soon afterwards, and Pomare then tried to persuade him and the other chiefs from the leeward islands to declare themselves Christians. He came on the 18th July, 1812, to announce his own decision to the missionaries, and shortly afterwards, on invitation from his old district of Pare Arue, he returned to Tahiti, where he was allowed to remain for two years, as an avowed Christian, unmolested by his old enemies.

At the same time, Tati came home and was received again at Papara. Pomare set up his residence at Pare Arue as a Christian chief


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