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CHAPTER XIX.- A returned missionary, - his personal history, - re-

futes the objections of his brethren. - Call to missionary service, and

impediments,

107

CHAPTER XX. — A minister who had married a wife and could not go,

-objects to the above reasoning,..

118

CHAPTER XXI. — Reply of a young clergyman who had left a congrega-

tion to go. - Every indication pointing to the foreign field,.. 121

CHAPTER XXII. - Secretary of a missionary society. — Compares the

effects of the gospel in Christian and in heathen countries, ..

130

CHAPTER XXIII. - Professor of theology, - approves the most liberal

scale of missionary operations. - Futility of objections. — Great hon-

our of the service,....

139

CHAPTER XXIV. - President of a college. - Young men who have de-

termined upon this course easily distinguished. - Approves of an

early determination.- No danger of sending too many abroad, .... 146

CHAPTER XXV. - Fifth day. --The third principle adopted by the as-

sembly.- Converted Jew.- Even this principle perverted, or Chris-

tianity would have universally prevailed,...

151

CHAPTER XXVI.-The next principle. — Speech of a physician who had

renounced a lucrative practice and gone to the heathen. -- Reasons

for his course,

159

CHAPTER XXVII. - A merchant, - how brought to think and act cor-

rectly. - A new object. - Advice to others,

166

CHAPTER XXVIII. - A Christian of reduced fortune. - The duty of

giving liberally.-Motives,...

172

CHAPTER XXIX. - A ship-master.— The advantage of men of secular

pursuits engaging in missionary labour. - His own observation. -

Missionary communities. — Missionary ships.......

180

CHAPTER XXX. - A surgeon of a ship. — Female usefulness.- Letter

from missionary ladies. — His own observations,..

186

CHAPTER XXXI. — The next principle. — The principal speaker was an

aged missionary: -- Refers to apostolic rule of action. - Urges Chris-

tians to read and pray,...,

193

CHAPTER XXXII. - Sixth day. -- Miscellaneous addresses and appeals.

- First address, a young man who in quest of health had visited sev-

eral of the Polynesian and Australasian islands. - Contradictory re-

ports. Effects of the gospel in the Sandwich islands and many oth-

ers.- Necessities of many large, populous islands, New Guinea, Bo-

202

CHAPTER XXXIII. Caffree chief. - Power of the gospel among his

own people. - Pleads for oppressed Africa,....

214

CHAPTER XXXIV.- Speeches of several from different parts of the

world. - The triumphs of Christianity and the necessity of increased

exertion. - A Hindoo devotee, - his own efforts to obtain peace, and

how he found it. — Condition of India. -- Appeal to British Chris-

tians,...

215

CHAPTER XXXV.- A Chinese. -- How far China is open, and what

may be done. – Applies for young men and pleads for much prayer, 221

CHAPTER XXXVI. - A convert from a corrupt branch of the Christian

church. --The condition of many who call themselves Christians, but

know nothing of the essential doctrines of grace. – What has recently

been effected. – Call for help,.

229

CHAPTER XXXVII. – An officer of the Indian army. The collateral

influence of missions. - Conversion of many who went to India as

thoughtless as the heathen,..

235

CHAPTER XXXVIII. -- An aged minister. - Approaching millennium.-

Exhorts all to diligence. — Necessity of dependence upon the divine

spirit. — Advises them to look once more at our Lord's last com-

mand issued from this position, and then to go and fulfil it. - Hymn, 239

PREFACE.

TAE advocates of foreign missions are obliged to contend with serious obstacles when they plead with Christians to send the gospel to the heathen.

Many of those whom they address combine with a very limited knowledge of the subject, the strange belief that it stands in hostile array against their personal interests and the spiritual welfare of their countries. So long have they possessed the inestimable blessings of divine grace, that they have at least practically forgotten that these blessing were neither communicated originally to them, nor designed exclusively for them. Hence they assume as a principle of action, that they have a right to dispense the gospel in the manner and measure which their judgement and generosity

may dictate.

The following pages aim at the correction of these and similar mistakes. Those arguments which are usually advanced against foreign missions, are briefly and dispassionately considered, while those which should engage every Christian in this work are presented to the consciences of all to whom they apply.

To divest the subject of all local or extraneous associations, the writer has had recourse to an effort of imagination. He has pictured a scene for the occasion, which lies within the region of the strictest probability, and is perhaps best calculated to place the subject of missions in its true aspect.

His object is not to pamper a vitiated taste, nor to embellish truth with the trappings of imagery. The candid reader will not charge him with much attempt at dramatic effect. He will soon perceive that the characters introduced are with very few exceptions made to possess about the same amount of intelligence, and to employ the same style of address. They are represented as urging rather what might be advanced on the points they advocate, than what persons under their circumstances would be qualified to adduce.

The sole intention of the writer in this

ideal scene is to present the Christian duty of evangelizing all nations, in as pure and strong a light as he can pour upon it.

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