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Missionary Vade Mecum;
INFORMATION AND SUGGESTIONS
FOR THE USE OF MISSIONARIES,
MISSIONARY CANDIDATES, AND COMMITTEES.
REV. JAMES HOUGH, A.B.
MINISTER OF HAM, SURREY;
AND LATE CHAPLAIN TO THE HONOURABLE EAST-INDIA
HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY:
NISBET, BERNERS STREET:
AND SEELEY AND SONS, FLEET STREET.
Price Two Shillings.
THE substance of the following pages was written in India, about fourteen years ago, for the author's. own use, when engaged in missionary work. Most of the suggestions arose from the circumstances in which he was placed, and he found it advantageous occasionally to refer to them as other events occurred. When compelled, by sickness, to retire from India, his vade mecum remained in his desk untouched and forgotten, until a friend requested him to compose a work for the information of missionary candidates at home, and for the use of missionaries abroad. In compliance with this request, and knowing from experience the utility of such a compendium of missionary duty,
he did not require much persuasion to sit down to the task. On looking over the notes already in his possession, they seemed to contain an outline of such a work as was desired; and the circumstance of their having been originally composed in the midst of missionary scenes and occupations, will, perhaps, be thought to invest them with a degree of authenticity not readily conceded to observations made in retirement, and from the information of others. The author has submitted his manuscript to the perusal of two or three friends, and availed himself of some valuable observations with which they favoured him.
The work might have been considerably extended from other sources; but that would have increased it to an inconvenient size, as the primary object was to provide the missionary with a portable and useful companion in his journeys among the heathen. If it serves this purpose, the author will think himself amply rewarded for his trouble.
He trusts that missionary candidates, also, will find in it the information which they require, either to stop them, if they have proposed to enter upon so arduous and sacred an enterprize without sufficient consideration or suitable qualifications; or to encourage them to go forward, if they have reason to believe that they are called to the work by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and have deliberately counted the cost.,
He further ventures to hope, that even the individuals who compose missionary committees will derive some assistance from the description here given of the mind, abilities, and attainments which it is desirable that every missionary should possess. They are often at a loss whether to decline or accept a candidate, and painfully feel the responsibility of their situation. It is hardly possible to be too cautious in the choice of persons for the holy, the heavenly duties of a herald of salvation to an enthralled and a benighted world. This, of