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THIS little book is written in response to many requests from different friends, and I only hope it may be of some interest to those who care to read it. I send it out fully conscious that it expresses very inadequately the difficulties of early pioneer life in New Zealand.
As to my own experience I have given a true description of events as they actually occurred, and it is for this reason that I hope what I have written may be of some value to those who know New Zealand to-day under very different circumstances.
I wish it had been possible to add a picture of the Toi Farm as it looked when we first settled there, but photography was not so general in those days, and even my husband's portrait is far from what I should have wished.
I was a grandmother at forty years of age, and a great-grandmother at the age of fifty-six.
If God, in His grace and goodness, will use any portion of this little book in His service it will not have been written in vain.
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TO SECOND EDITION
MY little book has been so kindly received that I have found it necessary to bring out a Second Edition; this affords me great pleasure, and I have added a few notes in the Appendix giving some of the details overlooked.
Even now honoured names which I should have liked to mention are missing, but to have included all whose friendships have enriched my life would have been impossible without alterations involving too great an expense.
A few of the encouraging and appreciative reviews kindly given to my book by some of our leading papers have also been added.
Above all, let me say how deeply thankful I am to know that 'Looking Back' has been made of blessing to many of its readers by our loving Heavenly Father.
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I.--The Voyage Out......1
II.--A Bride of Fifteen.....9
V.--An Impromptu Ball.....28
IX.--Loss of Life.......57
XI.--Life in England......72
XII.--Work for God......77
REVIEWS OF FIRST EDITION.... 96
LIEUT. -COLONEL HEWETT
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