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Remarks on Claims of Scotsmen Abroad
On the Christian Sympathy and Exertions of their Countrymen at home by William Rintoul (1826)


It was only lately that the writer of these pages received the first annual Report of the Glasgow Society for PROMOTING THE RELIGIOUS INTERESTS OF THE SCOTTISH SETTLRS in British North America, and not before he had almost finished them for the press: and after perusing it, he felt some hesitation as to whether he should prosecute his first design of publishing them, as that report contains a very powerful appeal to the Scottish public partly coincident with that here attempted to be made. Yet, as he is desirous that the expediency of a Society more comprehensive in its object than what either the Glasgow Society, or the -Society of a similar kind lately formed in Edinburgh is, should be seriously considered: and as he knows that no particular case of Christian benevolence can be injured by repeated advocacy, he hazards these remarks, such as they are, before the public.

It may be thought that he has indulged in a style too discursive for a mere religious appeal, and in this he may be faulty ; but the train of reflection which he prescribed for himself was something like the following: Some general views of emigration—the propensity of Scotsmen to emigrate—the character of Scottish emigrants— an estimate of the religions exertions made in their behalf—the importance of a Colonial Missionary Society—encouragements to the formation of such a society— the character of suitable missionaries. He commends these pages to the candid judgment of the Christian Public, and the blessing of his Master.

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