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Religious Denominations, &c.
tween the English, Dutch, and French, were partly protestant and partly catholic-but of late have been all under the British flag: Guadaloupe and Dominique (two of the most populous) are restored to France. Population, 250,000.
Present State of Religion, &c. ary stations in most of these islands, particularly at Eustasius, Antigua, and Dominique, where they are rapidly on the increase. The United Brethren have also an established and growing interest at Antigua.
WINDWARD ISLES. Of these Barbadoes, which is The most considerable of these an English and a protestant set-is Barbadoes, which has a poptlement, is far the most populous. ulation of more than 120,000, Under this group I also include but ill provided for religious inTrinidad, the farthest of these struction. The Methodists and Islands towards South America. United Brethren have, however, Population; half a million. each a small society upon the island. The Missionary Society, and the Methodists, have each attempted to introduce the gospel at Trinidad, and at Tobago, but with no remarkable success,
The existence of slavery in all the West-India Islands is almost an insuperable obstacle to the progress of education. As the labour is performed almost wholly by slaves, the children of their masters are often brought up in idleness, and they are not often willing that their slaves should receive any instruction. In some instances, slaves have been instructed, prudently, in the religion of the Bible, much to their own comfort and the benefit of their owners. The present government of Hayti is a novel and very interesting experiment. At present, civilization, Christianity and education are making a rapid progress in that empire, and a rational hope is indulged that the experiment will issue in elevating people of colour to an equal rank among civilized nations, and afford a new proof that God hath made of one blood all nations of men.
Christians of St. Thomas,
Covenanters, (or Kirk of Scotland,)
Episcopalians, or Church of England,
Friends, or Quakers,
A VIEW OF THE
IDOLATRY OF THE HINDOOS,
Their History, Literature, Religion, Manners and Customs, &c.
BY WILLIAM WARD, D. D.
ABRIDGED FROM THE ORIGINAL WORK IN TWO VOLS. 4to.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
Religion and Cexemoules