1836: “PEOPLE, TO ENJOY LIFE, WANT AMUSEUMENT.” A MISSIONARY CRITIQUE BY WILLIAM RUSCHENBERGER

William Ruschenberger was an American doctor, botanist, writer, and naval officer. From 1835 to 1837 he was fleet surgeon for the East India Squadron, which for a period was stationed in Hawaii. This 1836 entry, written in Honolulu, was published in Ruschenberger’s book A Voyage Round the World, and was likely among the first pieces…