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Gospel, Society for the Propagation of the. Edward Winslow (q. V.)

The third governor of the Plymouth colony, became greatly interested in the spiritual concerns of the Indians of New England; and when, in 1649, he went to England on account of the colony, he induced leading men there to join in the formation of a society for the propagation of the Gospel among the natives in America. The society soon afterwards began its work in America, and gradually extended its labors to other English colonies. In 1701 (June 16) it was incorporated under the title of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. William III. zealously promoted the operations of the society, for he perceived that in a community of religion there was security for political obedience. The society still exists, and its operations are widely extended over the East and West Indies, Southern Africa, Australia, and islands of the Southern Ocean.

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