The Works of

Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee

The Christian Foundations of Australia

Now not just Governor Hunter and Reverend Marsden but also the fledgling Sydney Gazette taught its readers to detect the divine plan in all human events. There, Marsden reminded them in a sermon that while in the sight of the unwise the decision to found a settlement at Botany Bay in Australia was motivated by the need to find a receptacle for the criminal population of Britain — He Who governed the Universe had had another object in view. God had provoked the Americans against the English in 1776, because the time had drawn near for the poor Heathen Nations of the South Seas to be favoured with the knowledge of Divine Revelation. Thus Manning Clark.25

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