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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Chapter 26: Discussion of the progress of Christianity and the most remarkable events connected with it,   pp. 1-29

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father, and as standard-bearer of His most holy name before all, among
these savage and backwoods nations, one so close to Him as the Beloved:
Disciple was.
Such is the account of this first anniversary of the House of
Sacred Evangelist which I promised, and so it concludes.  Many baptism |
took place, to the great glory of the Lord; a hauling in of the net i
appropriate to the apostle St John, not from the Sea of Galilee but  j
the sea of infidelity. But I distinguished some from others, even thoue,
the catechumens were disturbed that I refused them baptism.  I considerz
this less a cause for scandal than the alternative, which would be  -
grant Heaven may not allow it. -   if tomorrow we were to see this new
edifice of faith cast down.  However I have great confidence in the
Lord that the blessed soul of Baltazar Barreira will speak for this cause
before the complete and Most Holy Trinity, so that it may have the
success that he, while imprisoned in this life, desired for it, a
success Your Reverence, to whose holy sacrifices and prayers I sincerelyl
commend myself, has the obligation to procure. 1 I;
Prom this Serra Leoa and from the House of St John Evangelist.   |
Manuel Alvares.
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