Mr Harper (Wesleyan) is sent to labour at Richmond

After failure at Wellington and Twofold Bay, Mr Harper (Wesleyan) is sent to labour at Richmond in connection with the Windsor Circuit, with “instructions to consider it a special and important part of his duty at Richmond to attend to the Aborigines, and to instruct such of the boys and girls as he can procure”. In January he reported to the District Meeting: “I have endeavoured to adhere to the order. But on account of the vagrant and indocile state of the Aborigines…I have failed…Nothing, in my opinion, will be a means of bringing these wretched and depraved creatures into order, but compulsion to some fixed residence…” He later resigned his office as a Wesleyan Missionary on the grounds that he could see no possible means of prosecuting the Mission. (Colwell 184).