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I was tasked to do the translation of this paragraph in my native language, but the particular highlighted word "charges" is bothering me. Any help will be appreciated.

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From dictionary.com:

charge

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noun

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  1. anything or anybody committed to one's care or management

It's referring to the "Tahitian converts" as charges because they are "in the care" of the missionaries. In fact, there's a more specific definition when someone is under the spiritual care of a religious leader:

  1. Ecclesiastical. a parish or congregation committed to the spiritual care of a pastor.
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  • Thank you, I got it. First I thought the word was a misfit but on other hand had this feeling that it was something much finer. Jun 7 '18 at 4:26
  • But, that's GR!
    – Kris
    Jun 7 '18 at 13:31

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