Harris, John. The Great Commission: or, The Christian Church Constituted and Charged to Convey the Gospel to the World [Association copy, John Polglase, missionary to Fiji]. London: Thomas Ward and Co, 1842.
Full check-patterned calf, raised bands to spine ruled in gilt, black leather spine title label, 5 x 8 1/4 inches, light scuffing. Marbled page edges & end papers. Gift inscription on first free end paper; recent owner's signature on second. xx., 538 clean & unmarked pp. with folding chart. Very good. Full calf. 
John Harris, D.D. (1804-1856); an English dissenter. He was professor of Theology in the Independent colleges. One of the first comprehensive practical plans for accomplishing the Great Commission. “It is a magnificent production. Comprehensive in plan; admirable in arrangement; elegant in diction; happy in illustration; cogent and conclusive in reasoning, and powerful in appeal. It is a volume which the church of Christ, if true to her interests and faithful to the responsibilities of her high vocation, never must, never can ‘willingly let die.’ It is an honour to our country, a boon to our churches, a blessing to the world.” – London Athenaeum.
Inscribed on the ffep: "To Rev. John Polglase, a parting token of affection of good will, on the departure from London on board the John Wesley, from Thomas Farmer, Sept. 25. 1851. May the Lord bless & prosper his labours in the Mission Field."
John Polglase (1823-1860), sailed for Fiji in 1851 with the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society of London. By 1853 he was a missionary at the island of Lakemba, in the southern archipelago of Fiji, and the following year he was made superintendent of the Fijian mission. "Polglase entered the work in 1851 a Cornishman, as would appear from his name. he is highly commended by Robert Young in his Deputation to the Southern World. J. S. H. Royce, a noted Australian minister for a while in Fiji, speaks of him as no ordinary man; a most perfect speaker in Fijian and a powerful preacher, beloved and respected by all his brethren. He developed a Native training institution founded by his predecessor, and on its removal to Rewa in 1859 was set apart for its direction." - Findlay & Holdsworth, The History of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (1921).
Thormley writes of the school at Rewa: "The most able scholar among the missionaries, John Polglase, became principal in 1859 but died a year later, on 9 March 1860. The extremely humid climate at Mataisuva drained him physically and he contracted fatal dysentery." - Andrew Thormley, Exodus of the I Taukei: The Wesleyan Church in Fiji, 1848-74.
Thomas Farmer, Esq., who gave Polglase this book, was the treasurer of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society