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THE

MARTYR OF ERROMANGA,

LETTER I.

ON THE CULTIVATION OF THE MISSIONARY SPIRIT AS A

BRANCH OF EDUCATION, AND THE PREFERENCE DUE
TO MISSIONARY WORK.

To the Teachers of British and other Day Schools. BENEFACTORS of your country and of mankind ! to the Christian pastor, the true patriot, the statesman, and the philosopher, your system and labours present a spectacle of the deepest interest. The edifices in which you exercise your functions, are centres of influence of which it is difficult to describe the limits.

The economy of our world supplies no standard by which to measure the importance of your services. Like the true ministers of religion, the utility of your labours is not to be estimated by their earthly reward. The rude millions of which society is composed, cannot yet appreciate them. Be not discouraged, however, but, with the faithful missionaries of the cross, labour on for the good of mankind, in the hope of better times. The day is near in which your work will be its own witness, and will assert its own claims ; go on to awaken, enlighten, and elevate the spirit of man, and to impart benefits which gold cannot compensate! Your work happily carries with it its own reward. How vast and

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