On Reading the Missionary Notices
W G, Leeds
Exploration, Scientific Practitioners, Natural History, Ethnography
Reflecting on the missionary notices in the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine, the correspondent observes that many of the places mentioned in them are not in any atlas. He continues: 'and with reference to Africa especially, I am of opinion, with Mr. Wilberforce, that Missionaries will be the explorers of that quarter of the globe'. The correspondent notes that the missionary reports provide information about 'the true condition of the heathen nations, concerning which we had long been misled by the falsehoods of travellers, and the misrepresentations of men who call each other philosophers'. The reports also frequently contain 'interesting information respecting the natural productions, soil, and climate of different countries, as well as correct descriptions of the manners, customs, and superstitions of the people'.
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