In 1817, a few months after Charles had married Maria Lees, the couple travelled to the Bay of Islan…

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In 1817, a few months after Charles had married Maria Lees, the couple travelled to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand with the Carlisles to a settlement at Rangihoua. Samuel Mrsden had appointed Charles for a three year term as agriculturalist to grow cereal crops for feeding the Maoris and missionaries.
Unfortunately Marsden's ideology obscured the reality of the situation. Because of the infertile soil, food was scarce and the warring Maori tribes had an overwhelming desire for firearms. Guns were the only acceptable form of barter. After two and a half years, Charles' despair at the physical hardships and the Maori's contempt for the settlers, the situation came to a climax.
During a seige of the settlement by maoris, the pregnant Maria was grabbed by a native. The ensuing shock caused her second child to miscarry, a traumatic experience from which maria never recovered.

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