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Late Missionary at the Sandwich Islands.
ENTERED, according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by
C. S. STEWART,
MARDEN & KIMBALL, PRINTERS,
No. 3 School Street.
DEAR SIR :
You are one of the few friends for whose perusal the manuscript, now committed to the press, was originally written ; and I avail myself, with great pleasure, of its publication, to acknowledge the kindness of your friendship at a period of life when the guardianship of the wise is most essential. Το the affectionate and parental counsels received from you, in early youth, I attribute benefits which must ever make your name dear to the best feelings of
Your attached friend,
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE FIFTH EDITION.
In placing before the public a revised and enlarged edition of the following work, the author would gratefully acknowledge the kindness of the patronage which has long made a fourth American reprint of it necessary. He is happy, too, in believing that the appearance of the volume will be peculiarly welcome at the present moment, when the lively interest, so long and so justly cherished by the Christian community for the Sandwich islands, is receiving, in the providence of God, a new and heightened impulse, by tidings of unprecedented displays of His mercy and grace, in the hopeful conversion of multitudes of sinners on those distant shores.
It is yet scarce twenty years since the American churches first projected the enterprise of introducing the blessings of Christianity and civilization to that people then a nation of open and gross idolators, degraded, not only by all the pollutions of paganism, but doubly cursed with vices and scourges of destruction, imported and widely spread through the population by dissolute and reckless visiters from Europe and America. That the enterprise was of God, seemed clearly demonstrated at its very commencement, by events at the islands, in prep