Our sincere thanks to Allan Dodson for the following transcriptions.

Nelson Evening Mail August 10th & 11th 1874

Nelson Evening Mail
10th August 1874
The barque Adamant, Captain Grant, arrived off the Boulder Bank on Saturday morning last, after a good passage of 93 days, and was towed into harbour by the steamer Wallace shortly after 4 p.m. the same day.

She left Plymouth on May 7th, with a fine breeze from the N.W., discharging the pilot the same day. Crossed the equator on Tuesday the 2nd June, in longitude 16 West. Fine weather prevailed until Wednesday June 10, when it blew hard from the eastward. At about 11 am a very heavy squall struck the ship carrying away the bowsprit and all attached to it, and splitting the jibs to ribbons. Between Cape of Good Hope and Tasmania experienced occasional gales. Sighted Tasmania on Thursday July 23, from thence experienced light northerly winds, sighted Cape Farewell at daylight Friday, arriving as above. The longest distance logged in one day was 250 miles.

Nelson Evening Mail
10th August 1874
The Adamant hauled alongside the Government wharf this morning, and the passengers were allowed to land and a number of them have been about the town all day enjoying the bright sunlight. The single men will take up their quarters to-night at the new Asylum, which has been temporally converted into barracks, and the remainder will follow to-morrow. Taken as a whole they are a smart looking lot of people, and we trust that they provide a useful class of colonists. They hail from all parts of England, but especially from the southern counties, and a few are from Ireland. They speak in very high terms of the treatment and attention the received at the hands of the captain and doctor, and it is satisfactory to learn that those offices give excellent characters to those who have been under their charge for the last three months. There was a good deal of sickness on the voyage, no less than fifth cases of measles having occurred. There were twelve deaths, all of children, two from measles, and the remainder from bronchitis and diarrhoea. The complement is made up as follows - 52 married couples, 42 single women and 83 single men. They will be open for engagement at the Asylum on Wednesday. Divine service was conducted on board the ship yesterday morning by the Bishop of Nelson.

Nelson Evening Mail
10th August 1874
Testimonial to Captain Grant - August 7, 1874
We, the undersigned Emigrants by the ship Adamant, from Plymouth to Nelson, New Zealand, have much pleasure in presenting to Captain Grant this small testimonial of our high esteem and respect held for him, and beg to tender our sincere thanks for his uniform kindness and solicitude for our comfort throughout the voyage.

Trusting you will accept this small mark of our esteem and gratitude, and with many sincere wishes for your future health and happiness, we beg to subscribe ourselves as a committee for the passengers:

For the Married Compartment - Henry Johnson, Frederick Liley, Wm Tibbs.

For the Single Men's Compartment - Walter Wm Lane, Walter Langdon

For the single Women's Compartment - Jane Chapman, M.E. Young

Testimonial to Mr J Neumerat, Surgeon
From the Emigrants on board the Adamant - 7 August 1874
Sir - We beg to present you our sincere thanks for the kindness and attention you have shown to us throughout the voyage to New Zealand. Trusting you will accept this small tribute of our resect and gratitude, and wishing you every joy and happiness, we subscribe ourselves as a Committee for the whole of the Emigrants.
Robert H Judbope and 105 others.

Nelson Evening Mail
11th August 1874
A long string of conveyances, some fourteen or fifteen in number, conveyed the women and children this morning from the Adamant to their temporary home. Judging from the strains of vocal music that reached our ears as they drove past we should say they were a right merry lot.

Nelson Evening Mail
17th January 1876
An immigrant named Mercer, who arrived in the Adamant in August, 1874, appeared before the Resident Magistrate this morning, on the summons of the Immigration Officer to recover 7 pounds, balance of promissory note given for his family's outfit previous to embarkation. Mr Elliott stated that only 10 shillings had been paid on account of the note, and although Government was unwilling to press harshly on immigrants, he had been instructed to sue when he considered they were in a position to pay and made no effort to liquidate their debts. Mercer admitted the claim but pleaded sickness in his family. He offered to pay at the rate of 5 shillings a week. The Resident Magistrate asked the Immigration Officer if he would be satisfied to recover the amount at a rate of 10 shillings a week. This Mr Elliott at once agreed to. The Judgement for plaintiff with costs. This was the first case brought into court in Nelson and should serve as a warning to other debtors for their passages to the colony.