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EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS:
AND EXPLAINED FROM A MISSIONARY POINT OF VIEW.
RIGHT REV. J. W. COLENSO, D.D.,
BISHOP OF NATAL.
443 & 445 BROADWAY.
TO THE HONOURABLE
THE SECRETARY FOR NATIVE AFFAIRS
TO THE NATAL GOVERNMENT,
THEOPHILUS SHEPSTONE, Esq.
MY DEAR FRIEND
This book contains the substance of many conversations, which I have had with you from time to time, upon the subject of teaching the truths of Christianity to the natives of this colony, and those of other heathen countries. The teaching of the great Apostle to the Gentiles is here applied to some questions, which daily arise in Missionary labours among the heathen, more directly than is usual with those commentators, who have not been engaged personally in such work, but have written from a very different point of view, in the midst of a state of advanced civilisation and settled Christianity. Hence they have usually passed by altogether, or only touched very lightly upon, many points, which are of great importance to Missionaries, but which seemed to be of no immediate practical interest for themselves or their readers.
The views, which I have here advanced, are the results of seven years of Missionary experience, as well