zation and Christianization of Africa. In fact, some¬
thing akin to this is the ultimate hope of all for¬
eign missions. It is not expected that mission¬
aries will ever directly Christianize any country.
Their aim is to form Christian nuclei in the shape
of little native communities, whose influence will be
the means of enlightening and converting the rest.
African colonization differs from this in only one
respect, which gives a great advantage. Instead of
awaiting the slow process of teaching and elevating
a portion of the savage nations, in order that they
may become teachers and civilizers of others, coloni¬
zation begins where the missionary leaves off, with a
Christianized community, not strictly of natives, but
of people of the same race, who will naturally exert
as potent and favourable an influence on their
African brethren as if they were all born on the soil.
There are some pregnant indications in recent evo¬
lutions of the providence of God, w^hich seem to in¬
dicate that the efficacious principle of colonization
is to be largely applied in the world's conversion.
California and Australia, as well as Liberia, are just
now fields in which these remarkable indications are
displayed. Had the discoveries of gold in these
countries been made in the last century, no such
sensations could have agitated the world as is now
agitating1 it. Nations were then too isolated, and
ignorant of each other. No such commingling of
races and nations could then have taken place as we
now behold in the gold regions, and more than this,
the countries containing the hidden treasure were