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Chapter XV (continued)
August 13, 1812, and kept up a correspondence with the missionaries at Eimeo, who sent the letters home to be published. One of these letters, written October 1, 1812, six weeks after his arrival, contained an allusion to Opuhara, whom he seems to have known then as Ariitapoea:
"Dear Friends, War will perhaps soon commence in the district of Papara. We are listening to the reports to find out whether they are true or not. Should war not take place, it will be through fear of us. Enometua is at the head of one party, and Ariitapoea and his brother Tate at the head of the other. Should Enometua be banished from Papara, all Taheite will be involved in war. In this case I shall take Enometua’s part, and the Porionuce, which includes all the districts from the isthmus to Tepaerue [Pare Arue?], will join me. Papara and part of Attaharu are for banishing Enometua; but Tacarabei [Ahurai?] and Faa, and part of Attahuru wish to be neuter. We are aware that this war is on our account, and designed to involve us. Perhaps you do not know Enometua, nor Ariitapoea, the brother of Tate who came from Raiatea with Tapoa and party."
This sudden reappearance of Enometua and the old Aromaiterai feud, more than twenty years after it had led to the betrayal of Ariifaa-taia to Pomare (Table VII), rather surprises me, but it led to no harm that I know of. War did not break out. The missionaries returned, and carried on their conversions freely. On the 17th February 1813, Pomare wrote: "Matavai has been delivered up to me. When I am perfectly assured of the sincerity of this surrender, I will write you another letter". The missionaries made a tour of the island; many conversions took place; in Eimeo several idols were publicly burned; there could be no doubt that the Christians were pursuing an active propaganda, and that their success would bring back the authority of Pomare over the whole island; but neither Opuhara nor Tati interfered, and the peace was unbroken.
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