PRIVATE LETTERS OP
must try to write to dear Margaret this time, though my time is cruelly taken up by publie affairs. She will delight to hear of so fine a field for the spread of Christianityaa finer field cannot be imagined ; a people so ignorant and so illused with no religion of their own, and hardly any prejudices, offer the best opportunity for conversion to the truth. If I hold here a year, I propose entering into communication with some intelligent missionary, and taking his opinion on the best and most feasible means of establishing some of his brethren. I am inclined to believe the American missionaries, in general, superior to the English, not in religious qualification, but in their general system. They aim almost solely at the education of the young, and ingratiate themselves with the older people by the practice of physicasome knowledge of which they almost all acquire. My little Dyak is a charming fellow, and has quite lost all the subservient timidity of the native. I have likewise a Bugis, somewhat older, a very intelligent boy, but very passionate, and these two are taught daily to read English, and haw. progressed to ba-be-bi. The former of these boy I will, when he acquires a little more knowledge, ha?e baptised at Singaporeathe latter is already a Ma-homedan.
Your domestic news I know not whether to regret or rejoice at.
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