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Transcriber's Notes: The lone Greek word is transliterated and surrounded with 's The original images were of very poor quality, some punctuation has been inferred. This document was originally published in 1822 and contains archaic spelling, as well as a number of obvious typographical errors which have been corrected. For a complete list of corrected words, please see the end of this document.




From Greenland's icy mountains The joyful sound proclaim, Till each remotest nation Has learnt the Saviour's name. Waft, waft, ye winds, his story, And you, ye waters, roll, Till like a sea of glory, It spreads from pole to pole. HEBER.

Edinburgh: Printed by J. Ritchie. Sold by W. Whyte & Co., W. Oliphant, Waugh & Innes, and J. Lindsay & Co., Edinburgh; M. Ogle, and W. Collins, Glasgow; Hamilton, Adams & Co., and J. Nisbet, London. M.DCCC.XXXIII.


The present small volume which, in some measure, owes its origin to the suggestion of that long tried, excellent, and first friend of the Moravians in Scotland, R. Plenderleath, Esq., and being cordially approved of by the Rev P. Latrobe, London, though connected with considerable labour, great part of it having been translated from the German, has been cheerfully executed, and is intended to promote a purpose similar to that of the first edition of the Moravians in Greenland to aid the subscriptions of some private friends who wish to communicate occasionally with the Missionaries in Labrador, and send them a few articles of comfort which the general funds do not supply. In allusion to this, the following extract from a letter, addressed to a friend in this city, from one of these devoted men, will be pleasant to the friends of the missions "Dear Sister A , You kindly mention that a Society of Christian Ladies was formed in Edinburgh in aid of the missions in Greenland and Labrador, and had sent a gift of clothes, for which I beg you will accept of our united thanks. There are many poor widows and orphans in our Esquimaux congregations who are in the greatest necessity, to whom any little article of clothing will be most welcome. When our dear friends send us any thing of this kind, we always keep it till Christmas, and then divide them, that they may appear clothed on Christmas night. The dividing scene is often very affecting, their sobbing and weeping prevents their expressing their gratitude in words, but one may easily perceive how deeply they feel their kindness."


Introduction. Page vii

CHAPTER I. Hudson's Bay Company first settle among the Esquimaux. J.C. Erhardt suggests a mission his letter to the Moravian Bishop. M. Stach consulted. London merchants undertake the scheme engage Erhardt its fatal conclusion. Jans Haven employed by the Brethren encouraged by the British Government, sets out on a voyage of discovery his providential arrival at Quirpont first meeting with the Esquimaux his interesting intercourse returns to England. His second expedition, accompanied by Drachart and other missionaries their proceedings... Continue reading book >>

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