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of the Ministry, will be amply rewarded. It is one man's mission in this world to do; it is another's to record and perpetuate the memory of worthy deeds. And, in John Newton's judgment, it would make little difference to an angel who should visit our earth, upon which of the two he were sent by the angels' Lord.
Next, at least in our view, to the honor of being one's self a laborious and successful foreign missionary, is that of being permitted to describe and preserve the achievements of other missionaries, and to portray the benign results to society at large, which have been realized by good men and true, on the noble field of Protestant Missionary benevolence in the Pacific. Having steadily aimed to present to his readers none other than the real, which is the hopeful aspect of the missionary life and enterprise at the Sandwich Islands, the author believes that this volume will gain a grateful echo from the great Heart of Christian Philanthropy, as it is a true report from that portion of our common humanity whence it purports to issue.
But in this and three previous volumes, though pleased to minister both pleasure and profit to all our readers, we have written mainly for Seamen ; and while aiming to entertain and instruct them, have desired also to cultivate and quicken their perceptions of the true, the good, the sublime, and the beautiful in man, nature, art, and religion. We have, therefore,
felt justified in making free use of the rich treasures of English poetry,
To point a moral, and adorn a tale.
We have desired, in so doing, to enhance the value of this book to the class of readers for whom it has been
made, without lessening its interest for any
Lectorem delectando simul atque monendo.
With these remarks, while the work is honestly commended to the patronage of all classes, the author would be happy if it might find such favor with the liberal merchant and ship-owner, that they should secure it a place in THE CABIN Boy's LOCKER. The design of furnishing a suitable Literature for the sea, in a convenient, accessible, and cheap form, is one which we have for some time entertained, since observing the lamentable destitution of it on the Ocean. By leave of a gracious Providence, and with aid from others, we mean to do something to supply this deficiency, and to put it out of the power of shipmasters to plead, that they do not know where to procure a suitable LIBRARY
FOR THE SEA.
To them and to their Seamen this volume is accord
ingly dedicated, as being an humble attempt to furnish something better than the medley of Flash Literature ngually found in the Cabin-Locker and the Sailor's Chest.
The Appendix is meant to supply to business men and travellers, as well as to Seamen, those reliable statistics respecting the government, resources, commerce, growth, and prosperity of the Hawaiian Islands, which all visitors, or any persons who are seeking accurate information respecting a country, desire to have at hand. In lieu of something more perfect, it is hoped that this may answer as a guide-book and vade-mecum to tourists in the Pacific.
In connection with the tinted engravings, the author and publishers regret certain typographical errors, which were not observed till the edition was in part printed. The candid reader is therefore requested to read on the vignette title-page, Kaahumanu, for Kaahamann, and Hawaiian, for Hawanan.
NEW YORK, August 20th, 1851.