2.5 Reverend Watson’s Reply to the Charges of Reverend Günther, 1840


  1. Note Watson’s comments on his first arriving at Wellington Valley eight years earlier. “I never anticipated having such a house as this in the Bush. I always expected to have no house but what would be raised by my own hands.” (Watson Journal, 3 October 1832). [Return to page 390]
  2. Lydia Günther, in her letter to Reverend Jowett, 12 January 1837 (Günther Letter 5), noted that while in Sydney, with the Handts, they heard much about “the unhappy state of the Mission” and were “frequently urged not to proceed”. [Return to page 390]
  3. The settlers John Maughan and William O’Dell Raymond (see WellPro Directory). The arrangements between the missionaries and these settlers were examined during the NSW Executive Council’s 1839 inquiry. John Maughan was called to give his views on the state of the mission. [Return to page 391]
  4. ‘she’ in manuscript [Return to page 393]
  5. Watson’s last Diary was for the period January-March 1837. Left wondering why it had ceased receiving instalments from Watson, the Sydney CMS assumed he may have been sending them directly to London. Cowper’s evidence, 17 April 1839, Executive Council Minutes, HRA 1, 20: 615-6. [Return to page 396]
  6. The convict William Piggins, employed by William O’Dell Raymond. At the time Watson wrote this `Reply’, Piggins had returned to Wellington Valley a free man with his newly wed wife, Mary Ann Davis, to work at Burrendong on the Macquarie see WellPro Directory). [Return to page 400]
  7. Gunther to Cowper, 20 December 1839, CMS CN/O5(a). [Return to page 401]
  8. William Warre Barrow, Wellington Police Magistrate, April 1839-August (see WellPro Directory). [Return to page 403]
  9. Reverend Richard Taylor visited the mission from 3-7 November 1838 (see WellPro Directory). His report to the Sydney Committee is contained in the Appendices. [Return to page 405]
  10. Watson’s ‘Reply’ ends here, seemingly incomplete. The last sentence, with the signature, appears to have been written later. [Return to page 414]
  11. This is the only time Watson ever signs himself thus. [Return to page 414]