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of Popish Priests, and all the Rage and Malice of such Indians, as are in the French Interest.  If the Power of France was to prevail in the Country where you now live, you have Nothing to expect but the most terrible Increase of your Sufferings.  Your Slavery would then, not merely extend to Body, but also to the Soul; not merely run thro’ your Days of Labour, but even thro’ your Lord’s Days.  Your Bibles would then become like a sealed Book, and your Consciences would be fettered with worse than Iron-Chains.  Therefore be patient, be submissive and obedient, be faithful and true, even when some of your Masters are most unkind.  This is the only way for you to have Consciences void of Offense towards God and Man.  This will really be taking the most effectual Measures, to secure for yourselves a Share in the invaluable Blessings and Privileges of the glorious Gospel of the Blessed God, which you have already received thro’ the Channel of the British Government, and which no other Government upon the Face of the Earth is so calculated to support and preserve.

“The Lord Jesus Christ is now saying to you, as he did to Peter, when thou art converted strengthen thy Brethren....

“Therefore let me entreat you to look upon your Country-men around you, and pity them, not so much for their being Fellow-Captives with you in a strange Land; as for this, that they are not yet, like you, delivered from the Power of Darkness....

“Invite them to learn to read, and direct them where they may apply for Assistance, especially to those faithful Ministers, who have been your Instructors and Fathers in Christ....”—­Fawcett’s Address to the Negroes in Virginia, etc., pp. 8, 17, 18, 24, 25.

EXTRACT FROM THE APPENDIX OF BENJAMIN FAWCETT’S “ADDRESS TO THE CHRISTIAN NEGROES IN VIRGINIA”

“The first Account, I ever met with, of any considerable Number of Negroes embracing the Gospel, is in a letter written by Mr. Davies, Minister at Hanover in Virginia, to Mr. Bellamy of Bethlehem in New England, dated June 28, 1751.  It appears that the Letter was designed for Publication; and I suppose, was accordingly printed at Boston in New England.  It is to be seen in vol. ii., pages 330-338, of the Historical Collections relating to remarkable Periods of the Success of the Gospel, and eminent Instruments employed in promoting it; Compiled by Mr. John Gillies, one of the Ministers of Glasgow:  Printed by Foulis in 1754.  Mr. Davies fills the greatest part of his Letter, with an Account of the declining State of Religion in Virginia, and the remarkable Means used by Providence to revive it, for a few Years before his Settlement there, which was in 1747; not in the character of a Missionary, but that of a dissenting Minister, invited by a particular People, and fixed with them.  Such, he observes, was the scattered State of his Congregation, that he soon found it necessary

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