THE HOTTENTOT’S GIFT

Written by, Rev. J. Campbell.
In the year 1813

hottentotAfter I had visited several nations in the interior of Africa…

…beyond the colony of the Cape of Good Hope, I halted at the town of Paarl, which was within thirty-six miles of Cape Town. Here I was requested by friends to relate publicly the state of the nations in the interior of Africa. About one hundred free persons, with some slaves, attended. At the close, several hundred rix dollars were contributed by the white friends present for the Missionary Society.

After the whites had all left the house, a slave woman and her daughter called upon me, and said, “Sir, will you take anything from a poor slave, to help to send the gospel to the poor things beyond us?” On my assurance, saying, “Most certainly I will,” she gave me eight pence, and her daughter four pence.

Having done so, they hastily went out, clapping their hands, and ran to some slave men who were waiting to hear the result. On hearing from her that I cheerfully took subscriptions from slaves, they rushed into my room, and every one threw down all that he had, to send the gospel to “the poor things- beyond them!”

The immediate cause of this was their masters had lately built a place of worship for them, where missionaries, when they happened to be in the town, preached to them; and some of their masters would at times read a sermon to them. These tastes of instruction made them desirous that the nations beyond should be favored with the same “advantage.”

“Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in than all they that have cast into the treasury; for they all cast in of their
abundance, 
but she of her want cast in all that she had,
even all her living.”

–Mark 12:43-44