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REPORT BY UNITAS FRATRUM ON VISIT BY CAPTAIN MARTIN TO THE MORAVIAN SETTLEMENTS.
C.O. RECORDS 194/64.
TO HIS EXCELLENCY SIR CHARLES HAMILTON BART &C. COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S SHIPS AND VESSELS EMPLOYED AT NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR &C. &C.
With humble thankfulness, We the Brethren of the Unitas Fratrum Society, residing at Nain, Okkak and Hopedale Labrador offer up our Prayers to the Almighty Father, that he was pleased Your Excellency should take us into your kind notice, by Sending one of His Britannic Majesty's Ships (the Clinker) to visit our Settlements on this most dangerous Coast, and we cannot praise the Lord too much in preserving her through so many dangers (surrounded with rocks and shoals) which she has gone through in finding our Settlements out.
This attention to us is manifold in many circumstances, but particularly in convincing the Esquimaux Tribes, they are under the peculiar care of the British Government, and in establishing and confirming their Faith, in our Lord Jesus, which has been attempted to be shaken, by People in the South part of Labrador, acquainting the Esquimaux's (who have come from there to our Settlements for hearing of the Gospel) that the British would send Ships of War, to destroy all those, who had turned Christians as well as their teachers.
It is with the most heartfelt pleasure we have (since the arrival of His Britannic Majesty's Ship Clinker) received from the mouths of all the Christians their Prayers and thankfulness, that they as poor creatures are so much thought of; and they desire us (as their teachers) to return their boundless gratitude to Your Excellency, the friendly and fatherlike manner in which they have been treated by Willm Martin Esq. (the Commander of His Britannic Majesty's Ship Clinker) has made them with one voice, cry unto us they will ever serve the Lord, in this instance the cause of our Society has been served in a most wonderful manner.
Our thanks to Wm Martin Esqr is better felt than described, our hearts overflow with gratitude, his conduct to us, and the great care he took, that his people should not shew a bad example to our Esquimaux Christians, has attached him to us as our Father, not one in our whole congregation saw him depart without tears in his eyes.
May the Father of mercies bless and preserve Your Excellency for this
attention to his fallen creatures will be the constant prayers of our whole congregation. This being the 50th year of our forming the first settlement on the coast, which we have celebrated by a Jubilee, and it adds to our great pleasure in being honored in a visit by one of His Britannic Majesty's Ships.
N.B. [Here follows the Signatures of the Missionaries, seventeen in number.]
August 29th 1821.
P.S. We beg to enclose a Report of the Number of our congregation at the different Establishments.
Number of Esquimaux Indians who have Embraced the Christian Religion.
Nain .. .. .. .. .. ..
Okkak .. .. .. .. .. ..
Hopedale .. .. .. .. .. ..152
Endorsed: No. 8. Letter from Missionaries
of Unitas Fratrum on the Coast
Enclosure in Governor Sir C. Hamilton's
despatch No. 77. of the 4th Decr 1821.