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no sort of books be printed, or used by any of 66 the Missionaries, but such as shall be approyed “ and recommended by the Society.
« That the itinerant Missionaries, Catechists, “ &c. may not be molested nor interrupted in e their work, they must be powerfully recom
mended to the favour and protection of the governors at Fort St. George and Tranque
bar; who by their letters testimonial and “ recommendatory, may procure not only pro“ tection from the governors of the inland so
provinces; but likewise their favour and good « will to the Missionaries and their assistants.
Seeing the whole success of the Mission “ must depend upon the abilities and good con• duct of the persons to be employed in it, the
greatest care must be taken in choosing them; “ that so none may be sent out but such as are “ not only learned and laborious, but likewise “ remarkable for their prudence, good temper, " and Christian zeal.
“ It will be necessary for the Missionaries to “ hold a punctual correspondence, and frequent « conferences with one another, on any par“ ticular emergency: and that the itinerant “ Missionaries keep exact journals of their
progress, and transmit copies of them from “ time to time, both to Fort St. George, and
Tranquebar; to be thence forwarded to the Society in Europe.
* One of the most cffectual ways the Mis“sionaries can take to propagate the Gospel
among the natives, and procure their good will; is to begin charity-schools in their villages, and to stay several days at one place among them, in teaching and instructing the
more advanced in age; they must leave a “ Schoolmaster in every considerable place, to " teach their children to read, write, and cast " accompts after their own way: to which
villages the Missionaries ought to return again and again, to visit, instruct, and en
courage, such as seen inclined to embrace the “ Christian Religion; and may leave a Catechist
among them when they make converts; or " ordain him a Minister, and settle a Church, " in any place where they meet with sufficient
“ It being absolutely necessary, that they who “ undertake the conversion of the Heathen live
strictly according to that pure and holy Reli
gion they teach and profess, the Missionaries of inust not only set a shining example of piety " and all heroiek' virtue, but they must keep up “ the strietest order and discipline among those " that assist them; lest any disorder in their “ lives should give offence and scandal to the « natives, and obstruct their conversion. And “ therefore none ought to be employed as “ Catechists or Schoolmasters, till they give
sufficient proofs of their sincerity and stedç fastness,
“ Thus, Sir, I have freely communicated to you my thoughts, concerning the most effectual
way of propagating the Gospel in this part of $ the world; which I freely submit to the judg“ment of the Honorable Society. I am sensible " that the proposals I have made, are too general, " and defective in many particulars; for I de“ signed only to mention such things as to me
seem essential and necessary.
No further mention of the Missions is put forward until A. D. 1734, when a more distinct and particular account of the Society's bounty in these respects occurs. Thus, it bis stated that " in the year 1710, the Society undertook the management of such charities, as were or
should be put into their hands, for the support " and enlargement of the Protestant Alission,
" then maintained by the King of Denmark, at
Tranquebar, in the East Indies, for the conis version of the Heathen in those parts. Accord
ingly they from time to time assisted the is Missionaries there with money, a printing
press, paper, and other necessaries, (as they " were enabled) till the year 1728, when upon a
proposal made by the Rev. Mr. Schultze, one “ of the Danish Missionaries, to remove to Fort " St. George, and there begin a new Mission, ~ for the conversion of the Heathen at Madras, “ the Society engaged for the support of that
new Mission, though at an expence that did " then far exceed their ability, and which has “ been considerably encreased since by the addi“tion of two Missionaries, and such other " extraordinary charges, as have necessarily “ arisen from the enlargement and prosperity of
the Mission. Their casual benefactions to it “ have hitherto fallen very short of the expence, « amounting one year with another to little more " than one hundred and forty six pounds, whereas "their disbursements have, communibus annis, “ exceeded two hundred and eighty pounds. “These disbursements must have run the Society " into a great debt, had they not been enabled to
discharge them, by the rents and sale of an " estate that was left by will many years ago to
propagate tlie Gospel in the East Indies, as “ likewise by annual remittances sent thither by
“ Professor Franck, from Halle, and by a “ charitable gentleman from England, who “ desires to be unknown. But all these were “ not suflicient, so that the Society have been “ obliged to apply £ 233 to this use, out of the “ interest due on Mrs. Eliz. Palmer's most “ generous legacy of £ 4,000, left by her to the “ General Designs of the Society, in 1728.
“ It is thought requisite to be so particular " in this account, that the world may know the “ real necessities of this Mission for the present, “ and be excited to relieve them. Besides the " expence of it will be growing every year, and “ there will soon be need of a larger place of “ divine worship, and for more school-houses. ". However the Society chearfully rely upon that “ good Providence which has hitherto prospered " this and all other their undertakings, to raise “: up such a true Christian spirit in this rich' “ and trading nation, as will abundantly supply " whatever money shall be wanting to carry on “ so charitable and glorious. a design,' as that of “ enlarging the kingdom of God and of his " Christ upon earth.” And most true to its own good wishes and benevolent intentions has the Society been, having continued, down to the present day, the constant, and in a manner the sole patrons of this Mission. ...il cuiso di dada
The Appendix for this year of 1734, in the Society's Reports, contains a more detailed account