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a large ship, full rigged, quite new, cut strength, a very present help in trouble." away to save, if possible, the hull and The chapel was crowded ; and may we cargo. A bark also, after cutting away not hope that some will “hear the rod all her spars, just outrode the gale, and and who hath appointed it?” I endea. escaped with heavy damage. The two voured in the evening to interpret the brigs were completely wrecked. They voice of the storm to the young, as nearly were all vessels that came for salt. Å all those taken away were in the prime sloop belonging to this port was driven of life, from Eccles. xi. 9 : “Rejoice, O out to sea with two men, and has not yet young man, in thy youth ; and let thy been heard of. A boat was put off to heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, her assistance, when the breakers threat- and walk in the ways of thine heart, ened destruction of everything afloat, and in the sight of thine eyes : but manned by seven men, who heroically know thou, that for all these things God volunteered for this dangerous service : will bring thee into judgment." it was soon lost sight of and overset; and I have heard from Anguilla since the although they succeeded in putting a hurricane : it appears that its ravages man on board of the sloop, only four got among the frail houses of the poor are to land, two others having been washed off awful. The distress of the inhabitants after she had capsized. This loss of life of that island will be great indeed. has thrown our little community into the Our chapels are mercifully preserved. gloom of mourning. One, especially, You will be hearing from the other of those lost was a young man well con- islands. I learn that St. Eustatius and nected, who has left a widow and three St. Bartholomew's have suffered much; children in much distress.
but I do not know the particulars. DisLast Sunday was distinguished as a aster and complaint seem to be endless in day of special religious service, by recom- this part of the world. How blessed to mendation of the Government, when the know that the Gospel, whose message of Chief, attended by the Commandant and mercy we deliver, is calculated to assuage the other officers of Government, and grief and distress, however poignant; the military, bowed themselves before and that it is actually binding up broken Ilim who is our only “refuge and hearts, and healing wounds of sorrow !
HAYTI. The two letters from the Rev. Mark B. Bird, of Hayti, dated March 7th and May 7th, inserted in our Number for August, p. 889, et seq., will have painfully prepared our readers for the intelligence, that the influence of Romish intolerance has for a while succeeded in throwing a dark cloud over some portions of our interesting Mission in this island, in obstructing considerably our evangelistic operations, and in exciting a spirit of persecution against our faithful agents and people. The letter which we now publish of the date of August 7th, places our affairs, in one respect at least, in a somewhat more cheering and hopeful view. In consequence principally of the kind and zealous interference of the British Consul, the Emperor has, at length, given permission, or rather has issued an order, to complete the new chapel at Jérémie. This is, we trust, a token for good. In the mean time, our suffering Schoolmaster and other friends demand our sympathy and our prayers.
Mr. Hartwell's letter from Cape-Haytien will be found cheering and interesting ; but we regret to find that his health is far from satisfactory. May it please God to grant him speedy recovery, and to prolong his valuable life and labours !
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mark B. Bird, dated Port-au-Prince,
August 7th, 1850. You will, I am sure, learn with great of our chapel at Jérémie begin now to pleasure and satisfaction, that our anxie- abate. You will already have learnt, ties and fears with regard to the building from my former communications, that my own efforts with the Government, to Not long sioce, we were imploring and obtain permission to build our chapel at entreating more help, because the whole Jérémie, having entirely failed, -my country seemed to be thrown wide open letters to this Government on that sub- to us, and seemed to invite the messenject never having even been replied to, gers of peace from every land. Nor can I found myself under the absolute and the Haytian Missionary look upon that very painful necessity of placing all my time without the deepest anguish, that letters on that question in the hands of the golden opportunity should have been the British Consul, Captain C. L. Wyke, seemingly neglected, for want of more who is for the present acting as Consul- men, and a little more means. It is General in this capital, and of request. true, Divine Providence cannot be said ing him to demand, officially, the reply to lose opportunities ; still it is quite to my letters, which was due both by possible for man to lose them; and one courtesy and right: nor did our worthy is almost tempted to think that they Consul hesitate, but very kindly and have been lost with regard to Hayti: very promptly undertook the matter, doubtless they were lost for want of ability and wrote, without delay, to the Govern- to seize them ; be this, however, as it ment on the subject, which also with lit- may, we now find ourselves under a tle delay replied ; but the reply was alto cloud, which seems to chill and darken gether unsatisfactory; and, being found for the moment all our hopes of good. ed on error, the Consul felt it his duty to Many who once came regularly to our write again, giving such explanations as public services, have felt it unsafe to he deemed necessary; and, in fact, a come since some of our members have correspondence ensued between the been put on board the men-of-war. Our Haytian Government and the Consul, congregations, however, at the capital, which proved to be entirely ineffectual. keep up better than we might have exOne only resource now remained,--that pected ; and now and then one is heard of applying personally to the Emperor inquiring his way to heaven : so that, himself for the desired permission ; and though we may be cast down, we are far I am thankful to say, that the Consul, from despair. viewing the subject in its broad bearing The Christian observer cannot be surupon the question of general toleration prised at the present state of Hayti, and religious liberty, felt himself justi- except, indeed, that it is wonderful that fied in making a personal appeal to His things are not far worse than they are. Majesty on the subject. The Consul Let it be remembered that for near half was listened to respectfully and patiently a century past, during the independence by the Emperor, as he pleaded the im- of this nation, Popery, in its worst and portance of religious liberty to the inter- lowest form, has sat brooding over this nal welfare and general reputation of the unhappy land. In the French part we empire ; and before he left the imperial have upwards of half a million of souls ; presence, His Majesty informed him that and who has ever looked after those that his request should be granted, and that swarm in the mountains and the plains ? orders should be sent to the authorities Out of this half million or more, some at Jérémie, directing them to allow the six or seven thousand children only are completion of the Wesleyan chapel at now under instruction ; and it is prethat place. This promise has since been sumed that there never, at any former confirmed; and although no news has period, were many more than at present. yet arrived from Jérémie, yet I cannot And then, what is the education given ? doubt but that the order has been sent. What national institution ever dreamt of
Our Consul, I am thankful to say, has cultivating the heart and conscience of fully entered into all our views in this à Haytian child ? And those who latmatter, and entirely carried out all our terly were attempting to train up some wishes. This has been the first check in the fear of God, in some of our instithat any religious body has received in tutions, have been sent on board men-ofthis country, to the erection of a public war, under the specious pretext of seryplace of worship : had it succeeded, ing their country: yea, I regret to say, Rome would have gained a precedent that our Schoolmaster of the Croix des that might have proved fatal to religious Bouquets is still serving his country, as liberty in Hayti. The English Consul, it is called, as a sailor; while he might therefore, in this matter, deserves the have rendered it a far greater service in warmest thanks of his country, and of all that higher and more useful sphere, from the friends of religious freedom.
which he was so suddenly wrenched The mystery of Providence with re.
away. I am happy to say, that those of gard to this country is indeed great. our members who have been thus called
to suffer, have conducted themselves in the painful intelligence of Mr. Hartwell's every way worthy of their Christian cha. distressing attack of sickness, from which racter, in their new and painful circum- he now slowly recovering. My young stances.
colleague Heureaux is now gone to the You will doubtless receive by this post Cape to assist Mr. Hartwell for a time.
HAYTI.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James T. Hartwell,
dated Cape-Haylien, July 31st, 1850. The pleasing prospects with which say, that not a breath of persecution or we commenced the year at this station, opposition has been heard here. The and which I had the satisfaction of com authorities are uniformly kind, and ready municating to you in my last, have not to offer any assistance to the Mission been so fully realised as could have been when necessary; and the people, not exwished; neither have they been altoge- cepting the lowest orders, are always ther disappointed.
courteous and respectful. If opposition Our regular ongregation has slowly were started, some would doubtless be increased ; and if it were to go on in- found here, as well as elsewhere, to forcreasing in the same ratio, the chapel ward it; but I am convinced that Prowould in a short time be too small. The testantism has more sympathy here than Society has also received a slight aug. in the south of the island. The Priest, mentation, and the members appear to of course, does his utmost, but I believe be growing in grace. An intelligent generally in vain. black young man, whose piety has been My health has become seriously affect. fully tried, has taken charge of a new ed during the past month. Indeed the class, and is at the same time an in- attack of sickness was so violent, that I creasingly acceptable Local Preacher. had expected ere this to have become an
A few weeks ago I rented a room inhabitant of the eternal world. The situated in an extensive suburb of the Lord has prolonged my life, for how Cape called La Fossette. This place is long I know not. A constant difficulty a low, flat common, at the south of the of breathing, becoming at times distresstown, and a part of it was used in the ing, with partial fainting, leads me to days of French rule as a slave-depôt, suspect disease of the heart. I have no where the unfortunate beings recently medical advice here sufficiently scientific arrived from Africa were exposed for to satisfy me on the subject. Bleeding sale. It was therefore called Africa. has been useful as a palliative ; and I After the earthquake, the survivers by wait in perfect peace to see how it will thousands took refuge there, and speedily please the great Head of the church constructed irregular streets of tempo to dispose of His servant. I shall feel rary houses, formed of doors, windows, it my duty, if opportunity occur, and beams, and planks, collected from the strength serve, to seek other advice. ruins of the town. Owing to the poverty The Chairman has kindly sent Mr. of the inhabitants, and the troubles that Heureaux to relieve me for a time from have arisen in the country, their frail active labour. habitations have been more permanent
I have not been able to pay my usual than was intended ; and, consequently, visit to Gonaïves this quarter; but I this suburb is still densely populated learn that the school has rapidly increasEver since the opening of the room, the ed, and that the congregations are bepreaching has been well attended : some coming more numerous than they were. times the doors, windows, and the space I feel assured that I shall enjoy a before the door, are crowded with atten share of your sympathy, and have an tive hearers. We pray that this little interest in your prayers, in my present Bethel may become the birth-place of affliction. I can commit myself with many immortal souls.
confidence into the hands of my gracious With profound gratitude I have to Redeemer, who will do all things well.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. GIBRALTAR.-I am happy to say also an increase of twenty members on that things are improving a little here. the number reported last year. This, in In the English department our congre- proportion to the whole Society, is a gations are decidedly better. We have large and rapid increase ; and, in the
peculiar circumstances of this station, four hundred and fifty persons. The exceedingly encouraging. The classes enlargement cost four hundred and seand prayer-meetings are well attended ; venty pounds, three hundred of which and, what is best of all, several of our new were raised on the spot by private submembers have lately believed in Christ scriptions. The chapel is not now half to the saving of their souls, and are now large enough, and a new one must be rejoicing in the glorious liberty of His built about three quarters of a mile children. As a little church we are at distant. W'illunga chapel has been peace among ourselves ; and, gladdened much enlarged during the past three by the manifest tokens of God's pre- months : it is now a comfortable place, sence in the midst of us, we are praying, but becoming too small again. We labouring, and looking for still better have also enlarged the chapel at Walkerdays. Mr. Alton and his lay-assistants ville, where a very large one will have to in the Spanish work are making special be erected in a short time.-- Rev. D. efforts, by means of frequent domiciliary J. Draper, Adelaide, December 17th, visitations, to promote and extend that 1849. work. The Spanish congregations have GOLD-COAST.--I rejoice in being somewhat improved, and two new mem- still able to write satisfactorily respecte bers have lately been added to the Span- ing the state of the District ; and if you ish class. The work is arduous, and could have been present in our chapel to achieve success requires much both of here yesterday, (Sunday,) and have witactive human agency and of the power nessed the fine congregations, and the of the Spirit of God. The schools are, deep-toned feeling exhibited during Dias usual, well attended, and, I trust, vine service, and listened to the sobs, very useful.-Rev. Hilton Cheesbrough, and seen the tears which were shed, at a Gibraltar, July 18th, 1850.
Society-Meeting which took place immeSouth Australia. It is in and diately after the service, in which a backabout Adelaide that the greatest field for slider stood up and told his tale of sadusefulness presents itself. Our chapelsness, and expressed his earnest desire for are all too small by half; and, as build- mercy from God and the church,- you ing is very expensive, it almost distracts would have been constrained to say, from me as to how the wants of the places are such demonstrations, “ Lo, God is here !" to be met. Five thousand pounds, at I feel a disposition to weep even while I the very least, ought to be spent in cha- am now writing, and am thus forcibly pel-building, within five miles of Ade- reminded of this recent circumstance. laide, during the next year; and a very Rev. Thomas B. Freeman, Cape-Coast, large proportion of that sum must be June 10th, 1850. spent in that period, or our work will KINGSTON, JAMAICA.–Our special suffer. It is this perpetual drain on the services during the Christmas season pockets of the people for chapels, and have been well attended, especially the the settlement of Preachers in different watchnight and covenant services, and a places, which interferes with our raising very gracious influence has been present. money for purposes beyond the co- Indeed all our congregations continue lony. Since I wrote last, the chapel at good and attentive. Rev. William Ty. Burra-Burra has been enlarged to dou- son, Kingston, Jamaica, January 19ih, ble its former size, and will now seat 1850.
ARRIVAL OF THE REV. JOSEPH ORAM, AT SYDNEY. New South WALES.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Joseph Oram,
dated Sydney, March 28th, 1850. I FEEL much pleasure in acquainting she would have made the passage in two you and the Committee of our safe arri. months and a half. Mrs. Oram suffered val, after a passage of ninety-five days. much during the whole of the voyage Upon the whole, the voyage was pleasant. from sea-sickness, which sometimes was The vessel is beautifully constructed for increased by fears, arising from the leaky sailing. In one day she sailed two state of the vessel ; but any annoyance bundred and ninety miles ; and it was we experienced from it was considerably not uncommon for her with a pretty relieved by the very respectful conduct strong breeze to go twelve knots an and kind attentions of the Captain, of hour: so that if we had been favoured whom we cannot speak too highly. with fair wind from the Cape, doubtless We held Divine service every Sunday, in which I read the Church Prayers, great deal of unpleasantness in the form and, in place of a sermon, regularly gave of opposition. The Roman Catholics a short exposition of part of one of the received, before leaving England, a so. Lessons, which I found interested the lemn prohibition from the Priest not to sailors more than a set discourse.
attend any Protestant service, which, All the emigrants on board were Ro- from fear, they faithfully kept, excepting man Catholics, with the exception of six the one mentioned. Sydney and its girls, one of the Matrons, and three locality are being filled with Roman married couples, who, with the Captain, Catholics : almost every emigrant- vessel Doctor, and crew, regularly attended our that arrives brings them from one to two religious services; and at the close of hundred or more. each day we met for reading the Scrip- I begin to like my Circuit (Sydney, tures and prayer, which I have good North). Our York-street chapel, which reason to hope was, in connexion with will seat twelve hundred, is a very exthe Sabbath services, blessed to the good cellent building ; and the congregation of some. The girls I formed into a on the Sunday evening is the largest in Bible-class, and met them every Sunday the city, except the Roman Catholic. I afternoon; and it afforded me no little have just finished meeting my division pleasure on the blue sea to listen to their of the classes for the renewal of their good reading, and to the ready and cor- tickets, and was delighted with many rect answers which they generally gave cases of deep experimental religion. to questions proposed on the several por- Last week I attended some of the Mistions of Scripture they read, showing the sionary Meetings in the Parramatta Cir. care and attention which some kind Pro- cuit ; and the one held at Parramatta testant in Ireland must have expended was the most interesting I ever attended, upon them, for they were orphans; and rendered so principally by Mr. Watstheir acquaintance with some of the great ford, from Feejee, who related some of Protestant doctrines was highly pleasing. the must telling facts respecting the One of them, who received with the Mission in those islands. I thought, if others much provocation from the Roman our people in England knew them, they Catholics, was very amusing. I was de- would not rest until means were raised to siring them on the Sabbath not to resent send more help to that deeply-benighted the spirit evinced towards them, but to and cannibal portion of the human return it in acts of kindness, when she family, arose from her seat, and, with an elevated I have entered upon my work under a voice and excited feeling, which manifested sense of its great responsibility, and feel her real attachment to Protestantism as the absolute necessity of true vital god lifar as she understood it, replied, (address- ness, in order to discharge its important ing me as “your reverence,”) “ It is all functions in a manner that will issue in good you say ; but I will argue my reli- the glory of God and the increased spread gion ; I will argue my religion : for we of the Messiah's kingdom ; and it is with do not worship the Virgin Mary." very great pleasure I look back to my
During the voyage one of the Roman residence in the Institution, and grateCatholics joined us, and six more desired fully acknowledge the advantages which to do so, but were prevented by the Doc- for three years I there enjoyed. I also tor, who wished them to remain as they respectfully acknowledge the kindness were, till they got on shore, as the con- and liberality of John Lidgett, Esq., in version of the former had occasioned a giving us a free passage to this Mission.
APPROACHING DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. Before this Notice shall be in the hands of many of our readers, several parties of Missionaries will be on their voyage to their destinations; the particulars of which will be furnished in the next Number. DEATH OF THE REV. T. L. HODGSON, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
We stop the press to announce that this honoured and lamented servant of God died, in great peace, at Cape-Town, on the 21st of June, 1850.
LONDON :-PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.