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Addresses, Sermons, etc.
REV. EDWARD W. BLYD EN.
JOHN A. GRAY, PRINTER, STEREOTYPER, AND BINDER,
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HOPE FOR AFRICA:
DELIVERED IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SEVENTH AVENUE, NEW-YORK,
JULY 21, 1861.
The contents of this volume will have nothing of the interest connected with travels or descriptive scenery. They are chiefly essays prepared for special occasions, expressive of the Author's views of the rights, duties, and hopes of the African race.
This small contribution to the literary wealth of Liberia, has been made in the hope of thus attracting to the Liberia College, in which the Author is a Professor, the favor of some who may have leisure and curiosity to examine it.
The prospect of Africa's future civilization, and of her taking rank among the advanced countries of the world, thus vindicating the oneness of origin from the first Adam, and of interest in the second Adam, may well stimulate all her children to the boldest efforts.
The Author in putting forth this small volume, feels assured that he has been actuated more by a desire to contribute something to the credit of the African race, to which he entirely belongs, and of. the Republic of Liberia, with which, from choice, after twelve years' residence, he is fully identified, than by any vanity of appearing as an author. At the earnest suggestion of friends, to whose judgment he reluctantly defers, he introduces “LIBERIA'S OFFERING ” with the following brief
Biographical Sketch. My native place is St. Thomas, one of the Danish West-India Islands, where I was born August 3, 1832. I was blest with the care of pious parents. To the influence of my excellent and devoted mother, who is still alive, more than to any other earthly cause, can I trace whatever literary tastes and religious aspirations I possess.
In 1842, my father removed his family to Porto Cabello, Venezuela, and remained two years, returning to St. Thomas, in 1844. While residing in Venezuela, I learned to speak the Spanish language.