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Society, and that the Society will enable them .to fix a Missionary in a situation so desirable “ and promising. It is the only place, they ob

serve, that the native Portuguese have to look to for deliverance from the slavery of the Po

pish Communion, and promises to be a conve“ nient place of instruction to the lower class of

Europeans who reside there; and although the « church is situated in a large town, they judge " that a Missionary on that spot, besides instruct

ing the English and Portuguese, may bave “ opportunities of addressing himself to the con“ version of the natives, and of aiding any views “ that may be entertained of that sort. They “ recommend the Rev. T. Lloyd, of King's Col

lege, Cambridge, as a person whom they verily « believe to be worthy, and well qualified to un“ dertake the charge of the Mission. They con“ clude with expressions of the happiness they “ shall receive in assisting the views of the So

ciety in the diffusion of religious knowledge in “ the East Indies; and, with that yiew, they had “ drawn up their thoughts in the form of a pro“ posal, which had been transmitted to the Society:

The circumstances of the Calcutta Mission, “ as represented in the foregoing letters, claim

ing the most serious deliberations of the So" ciety, were attended to, both by the Mission

Committee, and by the General Board, and it

" was soon judged expedient, that a new Miss "sionary should be sent to Calcutta, with all pos. “sible expedition; and in consideration of the “ kind, and very Christian part, towards the "Mission, taken by the three gentlemen before «mentioned, the very respectable clergyman,

recommended by them, was applied to, by order " of the Board, to know whether he was inclina" ble to engage in the arduous office of a Mis

sionary. His reply, in the most respectful “ terms, declined the engagement, in consequence “ of his pliysicians having pronounced, that the « climate of the East Indies would be fatal to

him, and for other reasons of a private nature. “ The Society, however, were not distressed by " this disappointment, as a clergyman of unble, “ mished reputation, and serious piety, was, at " the very juncture, recommended to them, by à right reverend prelate, viz. the Rev. Abraham « Thomas Clarke, B. A. formerly of Trinity Col

lege, in the University of Cambridge. Testi“monials in his favor, declarative of his qualifica"tions as a clergyman, and of the opinion enter«tained of his being fit for a Missionary, were

signed by several worthy clergymen in the

neighbourhood of his residence in Lincolnshire, and ratified by their diocesan. Mr. Clarke « himself having attended at a meeting of the

Mission Committee, and several of its members ...having conversed with him, much to their så.

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#tisfaction; and the evidences of his fitness bei * ing entirely satisfactory to his Grace the Lord " Archbishop of Canterbury, Mr. Clarke was " nominated the Society's Missionary for Calcutta, " in the room of Mr. Kiernander; and the Board

experienced a peculiar satisfaction in having at

length found an opportunity, through the good * Providence of Almighty God, of seeing an

English Clergyman engaged in their Missions “ to the East Indies. The Society then made " their application to the Honourable East India © Company, for leave that the Missionary might “ embark in one of their ships, free of all charge " to them; and the Directors, with their usual

indulgence, complied with this request. · Af$6. terwards, Mr. Clarke being equipped with all “ necessaries and conveniences for the voyage, • terms for his passage were made with the cap"tain of the Houghton East-Indiaman; and the * Rev. Dr. Finch, Prebendary of Westminster, " and one of the Socicty's treasurers, by the re

quest of the Board, delivered a Charge to Mr. Clarke, at a very numerous meeting of the So

ciety, on Tuesday, March 3, 1789, with a copy “ of which the doctor has been so obliging as to « furnish them, and which they account them“ selves happy in being able to communicate to " the public,

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A Charge delivered by the Rev. Dr. Finch, at

a General Meeting of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, in Conse

quence of the Appointment of the Rev. Mr. Clarke as Missionary to the East-Indies.

** Reverend Brother, beloved in the Lord, ...". That sacred and most interesting undertak“ing, in which you have embarked, cannot but

impress my mind with a fullness of sympathetic feeling

“ It is indeed impossible, if we think, under " the influence of humanity, in one view, or are

actuated in another by the power of evangeli“ cal faith, to avoid participating in that diversity *“ of effect which arises from the perils you have to encounter, and the abundant satisfaction, “ which is the natural result of your devoting "" yourself to the cause of Christ. : :,

The enlargement of his kingdom; and the “ everlasting happiness of its subjects, are the " great points, to the accomplishment of which " the aims of this Society, have long beendi" rected; and it is a reflection full of comfort and

encouragement, that the divine blessing hath " most visibly attended their diffusive exertions.

“ Contracted in its compass, as Christianity at "present seems to be, in comparison of the ex,

tent of the known world, it is, undoubtedly, “ designed that it shall, under the direction of infinite wisdom, be progressively spreading me until it becomes universal; until the earth shall “ be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the " waters cover the sea, and all the ends of it “ shall experience the salvation of God.

To take a part in this glorious work, and to " assist in opening a door of faith to the Gen\'liles, to communicate gospel light to the igno“ rant heathens, to rescue them from that dark

ness and distress, in which they are involved, “ and to instate them in the glorious liberty of

the children of God, is therefore an attempt,

not only gratifying to the best affections of the hnman heart; but it is enforced by abandant « sanction from Scripture authority, especially " from prophecies already fulfilled, now fulfill"ing, and to be fulfilled hereafter, when that " predictive declaration of our divine Redeemer « shall be comprehensively verified in its aston se nishing and delightful effects. Other sheep I « have, which are not of this fold; them also I ķs must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and " there shall be one fold and one shepherd.

Hence it was, inspired with an awful prospect “ of this grand event, that the Society, encou

raged and instigated by royal example in ano“ther protestant country *, turned their thoughts

.“ Denmark."

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