Cook, Edward

Cook, Edward an English Wesleyan missionary, was born at Long Whatton, Leicestershire, November 4, 1806. He was converted in 1828, ordained in London for the missionary work in 1831, and on January 14, 1832, sailed with Rev. Messrs. Edwards and Satchel in the Caledoniac, for the Cape of Good Hope. His field was the Great Namaqua land. His work was interesting, successful, pursued with great love and enthusiasm, often amid dangers. His health finally giving way under his toils, he commenced a journey to Cape Town, but before he reached the station of his wished-for rest he died, on the banks of the Great Orange River, March 7, 1843. His remains were carried back over fifty miles to Nisbet Bath, and interred in the land of his labor. Besides establishing a church of more than four hundred members, and schools of more than one thousand children at Nisbet Bath, he made frequent journeys to the Damaras and more distant tribes. See Minutes of the British Conference, 1843; John Cook, The Life of Edward Cook (Liverpool, 1849, 12mo); Christian Watchman Magazine (Cape Town), March 1843.

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