返利"Why, then, sir," says he, "I will take the liberty you give me;and there are three things, which, if I am right, must stand in theway of Gods blessing upon your endeavours here, and which I shouldrejoice, for your sake and their own, to see removed. And, sir, Ipromise myself that you will fully agree with me in them all, assoon as I name them; especially because I shall convince you, thatevery one of them may, with great ease, and very much to yoursatisfaction, be remedied. First, sir," says he, "you have herefour Englishmen, who have fetched women from among the savages, andhave taken them as their wives, and have had many children by themall, and yet are not married to them after any stated legal manner,as the laws of God and man require. To this, sir, I know, you willobject that there was no clergyman or priest of any kind to performthe ceremony; nor any pen and ink, or paper, to write down acontract of marriage, and have it signed between them. And I knowalso, sir, what the Spaniard governor has told you, I mean of theagreement that he obliged them to make when they took those women,viz. that they should choose them out by consent, and keepseparately to them; which, by the way, is nothing of a marriage, noagreement with the women as wives, but only an agreement amongthemselves, to keep them from quarrelling. But, sir, the essenceof the sacrament of matrimony" (so he called it, being a Roman)"consists not only in the mutual consent of the parties to take oneanother as man and wife, but in the formal and legal obligationthat there is in the contract to compel the man and woman, at alltimes, to own and acknowledge each other; obliging the man toabstain from all other women, to engage in no other contract whilethese subsist; and, on all occasions, as ability allows, to providehonestly for them and their children; and to oblige the women tothe same or like conditions, on their side. Now, sir," says he,"these men may, when they please, or when occasion presents,abandon these women, disown their children, leave them to perish,and take other women, and marry them while these are living;" andhere he added, with some warmth, "How, sir, is God honoured in thisunlawful liberty? And how shall a blessing succeed your endeavoursin this place, however good in themselves, and however sincere inyour design, while these men, who at present are your subjects,under your absolute government and dominion, are allowed by you tolive in open adultery?"1331返利返利
返利I confess I was struck with the thing itself, but much more withthe convincing arguments he supported it with; but I thought tohave got off my young priest by telling him that all that part wasdone when I was not there: and that they had lived so many yearswith them now, that if it was adultery, it was past remedy; nothingcould be done in it now.返利1331返利返利"Sir," says he, "asking your pardon for such freedom, you are rightin this, that, it being done in your absence, you could not becharged with that part of the crime; but, I beseech you, flatternot yourself that you are not, therefore, under an obligation to doyour utmost now to put an end to it. You should legally andeffectually marry them; and as, sir, my way of marrying may not beeasy to reconcile them to, though it will be effectual, even byyour own laws, so your way may be as well before God, and as validamong men. I mean by a written contract signed by both man andwoman, and by all the witnesses present, which all the laws ofEurope would decree to be valid."返利返利I was amazed to see so much true piety, and so much sincerity ofzeal, besides the unusual impartiality in his discourse as to hisown party or church, and such true warmth for preserving peoplethat he had no knowledge of or relation to from transgressing thelaws of God. But recollecting what he had said of marrying them bya written contract, which I knew he would stand to, I returned itback upon him, and told him I granted all that he had said to bejust, and on his part very kind; that I would discourse with themen upon the point now, when I came to them; and I knew no reasonwhy they should scruple to let him marry them all, which I knewwell enough would be granted to be as authentic and valid inEngland as if they were married by one of our own clergymen.
返利返利I then pressed him to tell me what was the second complaint whichhe had to make, acknowledging that I was very much his debtor forthe first, and thanking him heartily for it. He told me he woulduse the same freedom and plainness in the second, and hoped I wouldtake it as well; and this was, that notwithstanding these Englishsubjects of mine, as he called them, had lived with these womenalmost seven years, had taught them to speak English, and even toread it, and that they were, as he perceived, women of tolerableunderstanding, and capable of instruction, yet they had not, tothis hour, taught them anything of the Christian religion - no, notso much as to know there was a God, or a worship, or in what mannerGod was to be served, or that their own idolatry, and worshippingthey knew not whom, was false and absurd. This he said was anunaccountable neglect, and what God would certainly call them toaccount for, and perhaps at last take the work out of their hands.He spoke this very affectionately and warmly.返利We did not come to the other port (the wind being contrary) forfive days; but it was very much to our satisfaction, and I wasthankful when I set my foot on shore, resolving, and my partnertoo, that if it was possible to dispose of ourselves and effectsany other way, though not profitably, we would never more set footon board that unhappy vessel. Indeed, I must acknowledge, that ofall the circumstances of life that ever I had any experience of,nothing makes mankind so completely miserable as that of being inconstant fear. Well does the Scripture say, "The fear of manbrings a snare"; it is a life of death, and the mind is so entirelyoppressed by it, that it is capable of no relief.详情