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BEFORE the reader proceeds to the perusal of the following Memoir, it may be proper to inform himthat 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-mentioned evidently were,) for his own recollection and benefit. The greater part of these papers were upon

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 him 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 picfure of his own mind.

In making a selection from a mass of such valuable matter, it has been my anxious wish and sincere 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.


Grafham, July 7, 1819.


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the University

His tour through Wales to Cornwall

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Returns to Cambridge, and resolves to preach the
Gospel to the Heathen as a Missionary

The state of his mind between the period of deter-
mining to become a Missionary and his ordination
Is appointed to the curacies of Trinity Church in Cam-
bridge and Lolworth

His difficulties and discouragements on first exercising

his ministry

Executes the office of Public Examiner in St. John's

Reviews his life

Visits London respecting a Chaplainship to the East
India Company, in consequence of pecuniary losses

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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

Visits Cornwall as it appeared for the last time

His grief on leaving Cornwall

His journey from Cornwall to Cambridge

His letter to his youngest sister


His great happiness and holy sensibility in the work of

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the ministry

His joy on the Sabbath

Chosen again examiner at St. John's

His prospects and retrospect

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A record of his feelings at this season
Leaves London for Portsmouth-sails from thence-

arrives at Falmouth

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

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

ful state of mind there-His ministry on board the


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He leaves Cork-A storm-Mr. Martyn's sensations
Journal of his voyage after the subsiding of the storm
till his arrival at Madeira

Extracts of letters from Funchal

Sailed from Funchal for the Cape of Good Hope,
after hearing that the army on board the fleet was
destined to capture it-Mr. Martyn's anxiety for
the spiritual welfare of the soldiers-His provi-
dential escape in sailing to St. Salvador

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

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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