Excerpt from Sermon by the Rev. Canon King, Preached at the Consecration of Bishop Smythies, in St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Andrew's Day, (Nov. 30, ) 1883: To Which Is Prefixed, a Letter From the Bishop
A few words of gratitude are due from me to all those who have given me such a cordial welcome, and shewn me such great kind ness on my appointment to the Bishopric of the Central African Mission. When the post was offered me with all its solemn responsibilities, I certainly felt but little qualified for it, and the very kindness that I have received makes me fear the more lest I should sadly disappoint those who have shewn such confidence in me. If I succeed at all in the difficult work which lies before me, I am quite sure it will be because of the many prayers which are offered for the Mission, and because it pleases God sometimes to shew His power by calling and using for His glory, those who would otherwise be but little fitted for the position in which He places them. From what I have seen in different parts of the country, I think there is a widespread interest in the work to which I am going, and I have a good hope that there will not be wanting men with a true.
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