Excerpt from Recent Expansion of the Church of England: The Ramsden Sermon for 1864, Preached Before the University of Oxford, on Trinity Sunday
But, leaving now this great Asiatic dependency, let us ask what has been the course pursued by the Church towards the various colonies of the British Crown. A short retrospect seems indis pensable. It was not till full half a century after the Reformation that England came into possession of her first colony;' G' and when Sir Walter Raleigh landed on the shores of Virginia, it was his tutor, the celebrated Oxford mathematician, Harriot, who was the first to read the \vord of God to the won dering Red Indians who ﬂocked round them. It is worth notice, as evidence of the spirit which entered into our earliest colonial enterprises, that when a charter was given by James I. To the Vir ginia Company, it contained a special provision that the true word and service of God be preached, planted, and used, not only in the colonies, but also among the savages bordering upon them.
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