A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872: Including an Account of Its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of All Classes of Its Inhabitants; and a Narrative of the Progress of Religion and Education in the Island

A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872: Including an Account of Its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of All Classes of Its Inhabitants; and a Narrative of the Progress of Religion and Education in the Island

A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872: Including an Account of Its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of All Classes of Its Inhabitants; and a Narrative of the Progress of Religion and Education in the Island

A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872: Including an Account of Its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of All Classes of Its Inhabitants; and a Narrative of the Progress of Religion and Education in the Island

Synopsis

This systematic history of Jamaica was written after the abolition of slavery by a man imbued with a sense of 18th-century liberalism. It is based on public records and archives, and the mass of pamphlet literature which had been published over the years.

Excerpt

In connection with this new edition of Rev. W.J. Gardner's "History of Jamaica," it will probably interest readers to know something of his life and work.

The Rev. W.J. Gardner was born November 21, 1825, at Cheltenham, England, was trained for missionary work at Bedford, and after his ordination, which took place at Lower Street Chapel, Islington, sailed with his young wife on November 24, 1849, for Jamaica, where he was appointed to take charge of the Mission station at Chapelton. He removed from thence to Kingston on January 8, 1856, where he became pastor of the North Street Congregational Church. Here he took an important share in promoting the social and religious improvement of the island, the history of which he has told so ably in the volume which he prepared and carried through the press when visiting England in 1873.

Mr. Gardner founded the first building society in Jamaica, also the Society for Promotion of Pure Literature. He was an earnest missionary, and his object was, from the first, to educate his people in the duty and privilege of providing from their own resources for the maintenance of the gospel in their midst. His efforts were not in vain, for at the time of his death he presided over a large and influential Church which had attained the honourable position of self-support.

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