When James Evans was accused of misconduct by members of the Aboriginal
community in Norway House, he was
tried by William Mason, a fellow missionary. Upon reaching
a not guilty verdict, Evans and Mason attempted to
control the damage that had been done. The following excerpt is what Evans
is reported to have said at the first assembly after the trial. In it he
defends himself and his actions:
The trouble I have been under for these few days render me unable
to say much to you. I feel grateful to God that while everything has been
said that could well be said against me, I am cleared.
There is one thing I wish to say amongst many things I have done. There
are many things true. I have played with the girls, and with the women too
when they came to my house but I never intended or thought evil, though
evil has been said of it. If I had wished to do anything I should not have
played with them before my family openly, and everywhere. I have never
done these things in secret.
After the scandal and the other disappointments of his tenure at Rossville
Mission, James Evans did not mind being sent to England:
"O happy, happy, happy day
When at last I left the Bay!
O how happy! O how happy
I shall be to get away!"
Hutchinson, Gerald. Unpublished manuscript.