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COMPENDIOUS HISTORY

OF THE

PRINCIPAL PROTESTANT MISSIONS

TO

The Heathen,

- SELECTED AND COMPILED FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES,

By E. LORD.

IN TWO VOLUMES_VOL. I.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG,

No. 50, Cornhill....... 1813.
Where a large assortment of GOOD BOOKS are kept for sale cheap as

at any other store, and every favor gladly received and respectfully no.
ticed. A credit will be allowed. Printing in all its variety done here.

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT. Be it remembered, that on the twenty-fourth day of April A. D. 1813, and in the thirty seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, Samuel T. ARMSTRONG, of the said district, has deposited in this office; the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following: to wit:

A Compendious History of the principal Protestant Missions to the Heathen, selected and compiled from the best Authorities, by E. Lord. In two volumes.

In conformity to the act of Congress of the United States, intitled, “An act for thc encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;” and also an act, intitled. “An act supplementary to act intitled, an act for the encourage. ment of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books; to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.

W. S. SHAW, Clerk of the District of Masschusetts,

PREFACE.

THE attention of the religious public in this counry, has been directed of late in an unusual degree, to the subject of Missions to the Heathen. The ra. pidity with which this attention has increased particularly in New England, and the effects which it has produced, present in some measure what ought to be expected where knowledge is so generally dif. fused, the institutions of Christianity so much regard. ed, and its influence so extensively felt. Whether the attention which has been manifested is of such a nature as the subject requires and approves—such a nature as will secure its continuance and increase or otherwise, that attention has been accompanied by what is highly honorable to it-a desire to obtain information on the subject of Missions. That the want of such information has been deeply and very generally felt, is sufficiently evident from the avidity with which every work relating to the subject of Missions, has been seized and read. And among the salutary effects which have resulted from the perusal of such works, the excitement of a more ardent wish for missionary information is not the least obvious or important. On no subject of a religious nature, is information more important and beneficial, than on this, whether with regard to the interests of Christianity at home or abroad. Such information is peculiarly promotive of vital and active piety. It is calculated to enlarge the believer's views of the nature and design of Christianity, while it interests his feelings, makes him conscious of his advantages, and of his obligations. It exhibits instances of prim.

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