In , he opened the first Solomon Islands mission, on Santa Cruz. In he removed St. Patteson was said to have been able to communicate in twenty-three Melanesian languages and he published thirteen grammars. He was particularly known for his rapport with his young Melanesian scholars and for regarding them as his equals. It is said he was killed at Nukapu because he was mistaken for a labour recruiter masquerading as a missionary.
Although his death was a disaster for the Mission, it helped focus the attention of the British Government on providing a form of administration in the islands, which became the Western Pacific High Commission q. Visit Seller's Storefront. We guarantee that the condition of every book is as described by Flamingo Books.
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John Patteson, father of the subject of the present memoir, was son to a clergyman of a Norfolk family, and was born at Coney Weston, on February 11, He was educated at Eton, and there formed more than one friendship, which not only lasted throughout his life, but extended beyond his own generation.
Sport and study flourished alike among such lads as these; and while they were taught by Dr. Groodall to delight in the peculiarly elegant and accurate scholarship which was the characteristic of the highest education of their day, their boyhood and youth were full of the unstained mirth that gives such radiance to recollections of the past, and often causes the loyalty of affectionate association to be handed on to succeeding generations.
The thorough Etonian impress, with all that it involved, was of no small account in his life, as well as in that of his son. The elder John Patteson was a colleger, and passed on to King's College, Cambridge, whence, in , he came to London to study law. In he opened his chambers as a special pleader, and on February 23, , was married to his cousin, Elizabeth Lee, after a long engagement.
Life of John Coleridge Patteson, Missionary Bishop of the Melanesian Islands
The next year, , he was called to the Bar, and began to go the Northern circuit. On April 3, , Mrs. Patteson died, leaving one daughter, Joanna Elizabeth. Four years later, on April 22, , Mr. This lady, whose name to all who remember her calls up a fair and sweet memory of all that was good, bright, and beloved, was the daughter of James Coleridge, of Heath's Court, Ottery St. He was the eldest of the numerous family of the Rev. John Coleridge, Master of Ottery St. Mary School, and the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was the youngest. The strong family affection that existed between all Colonel Coleridge's children, and concentrated itself upon the only sister among them, made marriage with her an adoption into a group that could not fail to exercise a strong influence on all connected with it, and the ties of kindred will be found throughout this memoir to have had peculiar force.
John Coleridge Patteson, his mother's second child and eldest son, was born at No. Besides the elder half-sister already mentioned, another sister, Frances Sophia Coleridge, a year older than, and one brother, James Henry, nearly two years younger than Coleridge, made up the family. Three years later, in , Mr. Patteson was raised to the Bench, at the unusually early age of forty.
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It is probable that there never was a period when the Judicial Bench could reckon a larger number of men distinguished not only for legal ability but for the highest culture and for the substantial qualities that command confidence and respect. The middle of the nineteenth century was a time when England might well be proud of her Judges. There was much in the habits of the Bench and Bar to lead to close and friendly intimacy, especially on the circuits.
When legal etiquette forbade the use of any public conveyance, and junior barristers shared post-chaises, while the leaders travelled in their own carriages, all spent a good deal of time together, and it was not unusual for ladies to go a great part of the circuit with their husbands, especially when it lay in the direction of their own neighbourhood. The Judges' families often accompanied them, especially at the summer assize, and thus there grew up close associations between their children, which made their intimacy almost like that of relationship. Almost all, too, lived in near neighbourhood in those parts of London that now are comparatively deserted, but which were then the especial abodes of lawyers, namely, those adjacent to Bedford Square, where the gardens were the daily resort of their children, all playing together and knowing one another with that familiarity that childhood only gives.
These were great judicial qualities, and to these he added much simplicity and geniality of temper and manners; and all these were crowned by a firm, unhesitating, devout belief in the doctrines of our faith, which issued in strictness to himself and the warmest, gentlest charity to his fellow-creatures.
The result was what you might expect. Altogether it would be hard to say whether you would characterise him as a man unusually popular or unusually respected.
Such was the character of Mr. Justice Patteson, a character built upon the deep, solid groundwork of religion, such as would now be called that of a sound Churchman of the old school, thoroughly devout and scrupulous in observance, ruling his family and household on a principle felt throughout, making a conscience of all his and their ways, though promoting to the utmost all innocent enjoyment of pleasure, mirth, or gaiety. Indeed, all who can look back on him or on his home remember an unusual amount of kindly genial cheerfulness, fun, merriment, and freedom, i.
Though this was in great part the effect of having such a head of the family, the details of management could not but chiefly depend upon the mother, and Lady Patteson was equally loved for her tenderness and respected for her firmness. Her tendency was to deal with her children fondly, but this never interfered with good training and discipline. What she felt right, she insisted on, at whatever pain to herself. She had to deal with strong characters.
- Life of John Coleridge Patteson : Missionary Bishop of the Melanesian Islands.
- Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia 1893-1978.
- The Healing.
Coleridge, or Coley, to give him the abbreviation by which he was known not only through childhood but through life, was a fair little fellow, with bright deep-blue eyes, inheriting much of his nature from her and her family, but not by any means a model boy.