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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR. LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS R 1918

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PREFACE.

Before the reader proceeds to the perusal of the following Memoir, it may

to inform him that the first and second parts of it have been chiefly selected from various Journals, which Mr. Martyn was in the habit of keeping, for his own private use, and which, beginning with the year 1803, comprehend a period of eight years. The third part is extracted from an account which he drew up of his visit to Shiraz in Persia; in which some occasional observations on the state of his own mind and feelings are interspersed. It is termed a Narrative by Mr. Martyn; and had his life been spared, it was probably his intention to have enlarged it, for the use of the public, or perhaps to have communicated it, nearly in its original shape, to his intimate friends. From the style and manner of it, at least, it may be presumed not to have been exclusively intended (as the Journals above-inentioned evidently were,) for his own recollection and benefit.--The greater part of these papers were upon

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the point of being destroyed by the writer, upon his undertaking the voyage to Persia; but, happily, he was prevailed upon, by the Rev. D. Corrie, to confide them under a seal to his care, and by bim they were transmitted from India, to the Rev. C. Simeon, and J. Thornton, Esq. Mr. Martyn's executors, in the year 1814. The Narrative, which was sent, by Mr. Morier, from Constantinople, came into their hands in the following year. Such are the materials from which I have compiled the present Memoir,—throughout the whole of which I have endeavored, as much as possible, to let Mr. Martyn speak for himself, and thus exhibit a genuine pic fure of his own mind.

In making a selection from a mass of such valuable matter, it has been my anxious wish and sin cere prayer,

that it might prove subservient to the interests of true religion. A principal object with me has been to render it beneficial to those disinterested Ministers of the Gospel, who, “with the Bible in their hand, and their Savior in their hearts,” devote themselves to the “great cause” in which Mr. Martyn lived and died; and, truly, if the example here delineated should excite any of those servants of Christ to similar exertion, or if it should animate and encourage them, amidst the multiplied difficulties of their arduous course, my labor will receive an eminent and abundant recompence.

JOHN SARGENT, JUN. Grafham, July 7, 1819.

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Returns to Cambridge-His diligence in the ministry-

His supreme regard to personal religion-His feelings
when calumniated and ridiculed and dehorted from
his Missionary designs--His distress of mind after
metaphysical inquiries

75-84
Visits Cornwall as it appeared for the last time

85-88
His grief on leaving Cornwall

89,90
His journey from Cornwall to Cambridge

91-93

His letter to his youngest sister

94-96

His great happiness and holy sensibility in the work of

the ministry

96-99

His joy on the Sabbath

100

Chosen again examiner at St. John's

101

His prospects and retrospect

102

Ordained Priest

103

His sorrow and support at leaving Cambridge . . 104-106

Arrives in London-His occupations-trials-consola-

tions i

107-109

A record of his feelings at this season

110-115

Leaves London for Portsmouth-sails from thence-

arrives at Falmouth

115--120

His mixed emotions at unexpectedly visiting Cornwall
-his departure from Falmouth

120-124

His acute mental misery-His arrival at Cork, and joy.

ful state of mind there-His ministry on board the

ship..

125-128

He leaves Cork-A storm-Mr. Martyn's sensations 129-131

Journal of his voyage after the subsiding of the storm
till his arrival at Madeira

132-140

Extracts of letters from Funchal

141

Sailed from Funchal for the Cape of Good Hope,

after hearing that the army on board the feet was
destined to capture it-Mr. Martyn's anxiety for
the spiritual welfare of the soldiers-His provi-
dential escape in sailing to St. Salv or

142-145
A description of St. Salvador and of the events which
happened there

145-157

He leaves St. Salvador for the Cape-The army

lands-Mr. Martyn visits the field of battle-The

enemy surrenders-Mr. Martyn's reflections . . 157-166

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