Life of James Mursell Phillippo: Missionary in Jamaica

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Edward Bean Underhill (1813–1901), the energetic and much-travelled secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society, was active throughout his life in publishing and researching Baptist history. This 1881 biography of his recently-deceased friend James Phillippo (1798–1879) is based on diaries, a manuscript autobiography and papers made available to Underhill by Phillippo's family. Phillippo devoted over fifty years to Baptist missionary work in Jamaica and was a fierce advocate for the abolition of slavery. He ...

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Life of James Mursell Phillippo, missionary in Jamaica

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Edward Bean Underhill (1813–1901), the energetic and much-travelled secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society, was active throughout his life in publishing and researching Baptist history. This 1881 biography of his recently-deceased friend James Phillippo (1798–1879) is based on diaries, a manuscript autobiography and papers made available to Underhill by Phillippo's family. Phillippo devoted over fifty years to Baptist missionary work in Jamaica and was a fierce advocate for the abolition of slavery. He landed in Jamaica in 1823, and developed a strong following, despite being banned from preaching to slaves on several occasions. In the 1830s he helped to establish free villages where newly emancipated (and now homeless) slaves could settle. Underhill's thorough account of Phillippo's eventful life focuses specially on the missionary's hard-won victories over his wealthy and powerful opponents. The book includes a list of the many schools and churches established by Phillippo in Jamaica.

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CHAPTER III. THE STUDENT—182o To 1821. Mr. Phillippo found three associates in his student-life at Chipping Norton, afterwards increased to seven, two of whom, like himself, were destined to missionary service. He began his studies in a very hopeful spirit. " Now," he says, " I can look forward with a hope, full of animation, to that day on which, if spared, I shall embark on the great and wide sea to impart to the infatuated slaves of sin and Satan 'the glorious Gospel of the blessed God.' Henceforward let my motto be, Knergy, Prudence, Economy, Temperance, Perseverance, with ardent love to God and man." In an interesting letter, written about a month after his arrival in Chipping Norton, to the Rev. J. Denham, he thus speaks of the feelings with which he girded himself for his task. " I arrived here the evening after my departure from town. . . . The days and weeks that have passed away since my coming may be numbered among the happiest of my life. . . . There are several dark villages around us, to which we go alternately to break the bread of life. Last Sabbath I preached at Middleton Cheney, a village in Northamptonshire. I felt more comfortable than I expected, and I trust that my one great aim was, and I hope ever will be so, to preach the truth earnestly, faithfully, and simply, that when called away I may leave the pulpit and the world clear of the blood of all men. Ihave commenced my studies. I find them difficult, of course, but I am determined, by grace given me from above, to surmount them all, in view of the great object of my heart, to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. I do feel, as the holy Pearce says, ' a glowing satisfaction in thethought of spending my life in something nobler than the locality of this island will permit....
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Preface; 1. Early days; 2. The consecration; 3. The student; 4. His designation; 5. The voyage; 6. Settlement at Spanish Town; 7. Commencement of regular labours; 8. Opening of the new chapel; 9. The slave code; 10. The gospel of salvation; 11. Persecution - voyage to the United States; 12. Successful labour - illness - departure from Jamaica; 13. First visit to England; 14. Renewal of missionary labours; 15. The apprenticeship; 16. Educational labours; 17. White unto harvest; 18. The apprenticeship abandoned; 19. Celebration of freedom; 20. Progress under difficulties; 21. Origin and formation of townships; 22. Visit to Windward Islands; 23. Independence assumed by the churches; 24. Residence in England; 25. Deputation to the West India Islands; 26. The law suit; 27. State of the mission; 28. State of the Island - the cholera; 29. Times of refreshing; 30. The work of faith; 31. Public affairs; 32. Visit to the United States and England; 33. Resumption of labour; 34. The revival; 35. Patient toil; 36. The disturbances; 37. Hartlands; 38. Education and disestablishment; 39. The aged pastor; 40. Retirement from the pastorate; 41. The jubilee of his ministry; 42. Decease of his wife; 43. The aged Christian; 44. Final visit to England; 45. His last days; Appendix.

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