Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine,  3rd ser. 1 (1822), 177–80.

[Review of Farewell Letters to a Few Friends in Britain and America, by William Ward]  [1/2]



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Ward 1821


Scientific Practitioners, Exploration, Imperialism, Physical Geography, Christianity, Ethnography

    Observes that it is only recently that people in 'this christian and inquisitive country' (177) have become fully aware of the moral and general wretchedness of the idolatrous nations. This disclosure has been made by missionaries, rather than by military men, merchants, or 'philosophers, who, though they have enriched science by their researches among the peculiar natural productions and phenomena of those distant regions, or more accurately fixed their geographical limits, or opened new fields for literary industry, have left matters of religion either untouched, or very superficially noticed'. While missionaries have contributed much to 'useful and curious knowledge', they have contributed more to 'the knowledge which to christian philanthropy is in the highest degree interesting'. (178)

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