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the assurance of her personal interest in the Atonement, she passed from time to a blissful immortality,

J. M. May 20th.-At Suffield, in the North-Walsham Circuit, aged fifty-eight, Mr. William Wilde. About twenty years ago he became a member of the Society, to which he evinced strong attachment. It was his study “to be quiet, and to do " his “ own business." His last affliction was borne with exemplary patience. He was happy; for he felt that Christ was precious. Having a bright hope of being with Him, he calmly fell asleep.

C. P. May 26th.-At Abingdon, Mrs. Mary Warren, in her eighty-third year; having been a Wesleyan Methodist fifty-three years. Her first deep impressions were received at a prayer-meeting. She became regular in attendance at the Wesleyan chapel, and was led to class, where she was taught " the way of the Lord more perfectly." About two years after this she married, and removed to Stony-Stratford. In this place there were no Wesleyans, and often did she and her husband walk four miles and a half to hear preaching. But they took a lease of a large room, fitted it up at their own expense, and invited the Wesleyan Preachers. For this they willingly encountered toil and persecution. -The later years of Mrs. Warren's life were spent at Abingdon. Those who conversed with her saw a ripening for heaven. The “hoary head " was “a crown of glory," being “found in the way of righteousness." Her last illness was very painful; but she displayed the most cheerful resignation. Often she said, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." And once, “ I shall be made perfect through sufferings. It will soon be over.

until Thou call me to Thyself, to see and praise Thee for ever! Amen and amen." After this time his strength failed, and the last months of his life were marked by feebleness extreme. His sufferings were great ; and his prayer was, that God would grant him patience, and in His own good pleasure receive him to glory. Some of his last words were,

“Take my body, spirit, soul;

Only Thou possess the whole." He was a man of good sense, quick perception, and much constitutional energy. In the decline of life he sometimes manifested great excitability, and his habits became more retiring. But his views of himself were at all times humbling; while yet he failed not to manifest a just and intense concern for the glory of God, and the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom. Possessing considerable wealth, he obeyed the sacred injunction, “To do good and to communicate forget not." He contributed largely to wellregulated plans for the stability and prosperity of the work of God in the Circuit in which he resided; presented to the Wesleyan Missionary Society many thousands of pounds; and, loving all the institutions of Methodism, supported them with a munificence rarely exceeded.

W. P.

• There I shall bathe my weary soul

In seas of endless rest;
And not a wave of trouble roll

Across my peaceful breast.'"

June 1st.-At Nercark, Mr. George Scales, in the eighty-sixth year of his age; having been a member of Society nearly seventy years. Through a firm and judicious exercise of parental authority, he was led to hear the Gospel; and, under a sermon preached by the Rev. John Valton, he was awakened to a sense of his guilt and danger. He sought the Lord with all his heart, and soon rejoiced in the knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins. Decision and energy strongly marked his character; and, from the time of his conversion to the close of his life, he was steadily attached to the Ministers and people of God with whom he was connected. About eight months ago his beloved wife, to whom he had been happily united up. wards of fifty-six years, was called to her reward. From that time he seemed as one who had “trimmed his lamp," and waited for the bridegroom. A few days before his death he was seized with paralysis, and lost the power of speech; but he was calm and composed. Le had set his house in order, and his end was peace.

W. B. S.

Z. J.

May 31st.–At Croft-House, Morley, in the eighty-second year of his age, Isaac Crowther, Esq. He became a member of the Methodist Society in the year 1806 ; when, according to his own recorded testimony, be sought the Lord with all his heart, and was blessed with peace and joy in believing. From this time he cherished a tixed “determination, by the help and grace of the Lord Jesus, to serve Him in spirit and in truth,"-a resolution to which he steadily adhered during a period of more than forty years. May 7th, 1846, (the last time he committed his religious feelings to paper,) he wrote, -"This blessed portion of holy Scripture was applied to my mind by the Holy Spirit, 'All things work together for good to them that love God.' My faith rested on it: temptation disappeared, and my soul went on its way rejoicing. Lord, continue these feelings while life shall last! May they grow stronger and stronger,

June 9th.-At Milborne Saint Andrew, in the Dorchester Circuit, the Rev. John Lesson, Wesleyan Minister, of Sherborne. In his sixteenth year he joined the Wesleyan branch of the Christian church, and became a candidate for its ministry at the Conference of 1846. Being appointed to a Circuit, he discharged its important duties with great diligence, and some success. Ris truly Christian spirit, pastoral habits, and useful talents, greatly endeared him to the people; and by them his early death (which was very triumphant) is deeply regretted.

J. S.

MISSIONARY NOTICES.

FEEJEE MISSION,

ere.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Calvert, dated Vewa, Feejee,

June 28th, 1849. I have just returned from a short carried on aright without this help. We visit to the town on Ovalav, where seve, have a press : the New Testament and ral foreigners reside; a company of the best books are already printed. whom have just finished a small craft, of The people are now desirous to learn. seventeen tons, in which I sailed. I The Hea:hen are becoming enlightened, preached to their native wives and chil. and feeling after religion. The fields dren in the Feejeean language, met those are white unto the harvest. An abun. of them who are members of our church, dant harvest would be reaped, if we could and preached in English to the foreign- have proper workmen at the proper time.

All were very attentive and kind. If you let the acceptable and abundantly. They have many children belonging 10 productive scason pass by, as in the themselves, and many orphans whom Friendly Islands, immense good will be they provide for, belonging to some who prevented ; and our successors will have have visited Feejee, and others who have hard toil io produce a desire to learn died here. They are very industrious, after the first-fruits of our labours have and their conduct good. Yet they need passed away untaughty--that is, without religion; and, in order to that, they education, which they must have in order need a Missionary. As we shall not be that they may become and continue enlikely to be able to supply them with lightened and useful Christians. We canone, it is desirable that something should not be evangelists, pastors, printers, doc. be done for them. Their children are tors, builders,&c., and efficient schoolmasgrowing up, and sail about Feejee with ters, without system. Ultimately niuch their parents. Some of them are able to more real and lasting good would be read a little ; some of the larger having effected, at less expense to the Mission been taught by Mr. Hunt. Their pa- funds, by the immediate supply of a rents are very desirous that they should Glasgow-system man, who would labour be educated, and would cheerfully contri. hard and patiently. Many more natives bute what they could for their education. would be raised up, who would render us If these children of foreigners are not efficient help. educated, they will grow up in ignorance Formerly we had preaching in Bau. and sin, and will produce great evil in Three years ago we were not allowed, various parts of Feejee. Should they be though the people were permitted to educated, instructed in religion, and con- lotu ; and they have been preached to verted, they would be the means of great once every Sunday on the mainland. I good in the various places where they have always telt much for Bau, a most reside, and in the many parts of Feejee populous and most influential place. which they visit. Unless you help them, Since my arrival here I have made evil results may be anticipated.

special efforts for that place. Generally, If you would benefit Feejee effectually when I have preached at Semby, where and permanenily, we inust have the the ladies of Bau mect for worship, I means to educate the children ; we must have gone over to Bau, and spent several have the Glasgow system ; we must have hours there. I have always been well a man fully qualified to introduce it from received, and listened to. I have labour. you. Could you not send one who is, at ed, more particularly, for the salvation of leart, a Local Preacher ? who would in- “ Lord Feejee,(Tha ko Mbau,) for his troduce the system into all Feejee ; re- own sake and for Feejee's sake. He is side where he could have most of these so influential and persevering, that I half-breed and native children, and preach doubt not but his conversion would be to natives and foreigners ?

followed, in a very short space of time, We rejoice that you have supplied the by fitty ihousand persons nominally emFriendly Islands and New Zealand. bracing Christianity. I have spent hours Our case is equally necessitous and im- with him on the Sabbaths. He has also mediately urgent. Our work cannot be returned the visits, and frequently reVOL. VI.-FOURTH SERIER.

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mains in the Mission-house for a length I hope the time is not distant when we of time together. He is a man of mind ; shall have a Mission-house in Bau. The and is evidently under powerful im- place is full of people ; and the Bauans pressions. I trust the time is not far are not only the most influential, having distant when he will become decided. very extensive dominions, but they are A few Sundays ago he postponed a feast by far the most intelligent. They are until the Monday, which was to have decidedly superior in mind, activity, and taken place on the Sabbath. When firmness of purpose. I doubt not but all religious people are about him, he directs Feejee will become subject to them. them to ask a blessing on the food. He We print books in the Bau dialect only, has, on several occasions lately, bowed and expect that this dialect will become down his head when blessings have been universal in Feejee. asked on food. Once, I hear, he shut Joumal. On the 21st of January, his eyes, and on another occasion re- after preaching at Semby, I went to Bau, sponded “ Amen." He does not jest as and spent the day. There are very many formerly; but talks very soberly about souls in Bau. They are not likely to the truth and superlative excellency of come to us, so we must go to them. religion. He has several times lately We have come to take possession of the reproveil the heathen Chiefs for speak whole of the islands in Feejee, in the ing disparagingly of religion, saying, name of the Lord. If we could first get “Christianity is the one true thing in this fortified and populous city, they the world." He warns the Priests of would materially help us with the rest. their approaching abandonment. He I visited several houses, was well reencourages some of his women to per. ceived, and they evinced a desire to hear severe in religion, and reproves those about religion. Hearing that a woman who are nominal, but inconsistent, pro- was near death,—having, as the people fessors.

said, been struck by an offended god, For many months I have urged him and that her husband was prepared for earnestly to give up the war which he being strangled, I proposed to a Chief of has carried on for several years with rank, in whose house I was, and to a Rawa, in which it is said two thousand Priest, that we should go to see her. have perished. He has listened atten. They cheerfully complied. We found a tively to my arguments; and, I believe, house full of people. She had not spoken he is now willing to end the war. Í for eighteen hours; but was quite warm, lately went to the brother of the late and her pulsation good. I ascertained King of Rawa, who is in the mountains. that her bowels were confined. Not He had been sent for by his brother who having any medicine with me, I admi. is in Rawa, and who is supported by nistered cocoa-nut oil. I desired them “ Lord Feejee ;” but refused to come. to send for her husband. He came in The brother at Rawa had reported to Bau full dress. One large piece of white that his brother desired to continue the native cloth was his dress; a piece of cowar. I believed it was false, and went loured cloth was loosely tied round his to the mountains. The Chief was will- body, which I suppose was designed for ing to accompany me to an island in the strangling him; on his head he haul a red vicinity of Rawa. I then went for the comforter, and in his hand a pine-apple other brother. They met together, made club. I asked him why he was thus offerings of peace, and each returned to decked out. He replied, “In order to his town. I then went to Bau. “Lord die with my wife, Sir." I said, “ The Feejee " and his father were glad to hear age for such gross deeds of darkness is that the brothers had had an interview; past here. You must not be so foolish; and they said that, had I brought the nor yet so faint-hearted, as to refuse to Chief to Bau, he should have lived, and remember and mourn for your wife, and the war should have ended. Hostilities attend to her grave.” He replied, “Yes, have ceased ; but I hear that the Chief Sir, I shall die. If I live, I shall be a in the mountains is afraid to come down ruined man; not having any friend, or as yet. I have offered to “ Lord Feejee” any person who will provide me food. that I would fetch him, to which he con- Now that the report has gone forth to sented. If his coming down should be you gentlemen that I have resolved to delayed, and should his being brought die, die I must; and, should no one condown appear perfectly safe, it is probable sent to strangle me, I shall leap from a I shall again go for him. This war has precipice.” While I was administering much hindered the progress of Christi- the oil, he held his wife up, and said, aniry, and been the cause of innumerable " Ay; you perhaps think you will die evils.

alone. No, no! we will both die together." He is a Priest. I asked him and she recovered. I am well pleased whether he, as a Priest, had reported in having such opportunities to sow, by that a god had struck her; or that he, as the side of all waters, the seed of etera mere man, had said so. He said he nal truth ; not knowing which shall had merely supposed that that was the prosper, this or that, or whether both

She was relieved by the medicine, shall be alike good.

case.

MISSIONS IN THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS.

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MISSION-SCHOOLS IN TONGA.
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Amos, dated Nukualofa, Tonga,

October 23d, 1849. The arrival of H.M.S. “ Daphne," ant banana-trees that are planted in rows. with our kind friend G. Pritchard, Esq., On either side of this broad path lie the affords me another opportunity of writing farms, or rather vegetable-gardens, of the to you a few lines concerning our schools Teachers, at the top of which stand the in these islands. The gloomy clouds cottages of the married students. А which hung over our training-school narrow path leading from the door of öperations last year have now passed each cottage communicates with the long away, and bright prospects of complete avenue that runs down the centre of the success open up before us. The resolu- farm to its southern extremity. tions of the last District-Meeting have On the left stands the large building been promptly acted upon, and our Nor- where the children's school is held ; at mal School is progressing delightfully. its north end is the play-ground, over

We have twenty-four Local Preachers grown with the green wiry grass which in training as resident students : eight are was introduced into Tonga by Mr. from Vavau, six from Haabai, ten are Lawry. This grass serves for the chilbelonging to Tonga. John Faubula, a dren to sit down upon and play. We Feejeean Chief, is intended for Feejee. have upwards of two hundred children Twelve females are learning the system, every school day. eight of whom are the wives of the stu. These arrangements have cost dents. Shadrach Mumui, the son of a much anxiety and trouble, as I have been late Tuikanamabolu, whom King George obliged to inspect and direct the whole has recently appointed Chief Justice of myself. The Tonguese have never this island, is permitted to attend the worked by rule before; and at first they seminary, although he is not a resident, thought me a little tedious, but are now on account of his office.

beginning to see the issue of their laThe large house which was erected bours. I have been cheered in my work for my dwelling-house is appropriated by the approving smiles of my colto the use of the school, as lecture-room, leagues, and they say that this is one sleeping-rooms, &c.; and a large tract of step in the way to civilisation. If what land adjoining the premises has been I have done meet with the approbation given by the Chiefs for gardens and of the General Superintendent upon his farms. It has been divided into lots, next visit, I shall enjoy a pleasing satisand each Teacher has received his por- faction in my own mind. tion. I am happy to say that the whole Apologising for this detail, I will now is planted with yams, bananas, maize, give you an account of our plan of sweet-potatoes, sugar-cane, &c.

working. I have been anxious to unite the in- At break of day the Teachers all go dustrial department with the Normal to their gardens, and work until ten A. M.; School, and have laid out the grounds each one stays at home in his turn to according to the best of my ability, and cook their food. At eight A. . I conduct with as much taste as I possess.

the children's school, with the assistance The house which I formerly occupied, of two of the students, who all attend in and which is now the hall, or lecture-room, turn. At the close of the children's stands at the head of the plot of land, school, the Teachers assemble and atand faces the road which leads to the tend to instruction until two P.M. The sea. · From the back entrance of this house afternoon they occupy in preparing the we have formed an avenue down the centre lessons for the morrow, bathing, bringof the yam-grounds, which is bordered ing home food, attending to the means with pine-apples, and shaded by luxuri- of grace, &c.

The weekly routine of instruction em- singing-class last evening; and the Conbraces reading and analysis, writing and sul declared that there is no such singing arithmetic, Bible training-lessons, sacred in any island of the Pacific as that to and general geography, natural history which they listened. Mr. Daniel and I and philosophy, the English language, have done our best to teach them to sing and traditions of Tonga. The latter properly. branch is conducted in the form of con- My kind Superintendent, Mr. Webb, versations, which I write down, in order meets the students in class on a Wedto collect matter for a short history of nesday morning at six A.M., which will the Friendly Isles, to be printed in Ton- do them much good, and give them an guese. Grammar and geometry I am idea of what a Class-Leader should be. preparing, but find it exceedingly diffi. I am pleased with my duties, though cult to obtain suitable terms in Tonguese they are onerous, and hope to provide for definitions, &c.

creditable Teachers for all our schools. The majority of the persons who have It was proposed last District-Meeting been sent to us by the Missionaries, easily that the term of residence at the school acquire information, and will make good be one year ; but I shall request that the and useful Teachers. They evince great period may be extended to two years, anxiety to increase in knowledge. Some inasmuch as great part of one year is of them are collecting a large stock of lost before the Vavau and Haabai men English words, and can read pretty well can arrive. in M'Culloch's Third Reading-Book. W'hen the present residents have comI have a singing-class on Tuesday after- pleted their term, it would be much betnoons, which is numerously atiended, ter to select the next students from the and is quite fascinating to both children children of our schools, who will have and Teachers. Mr. Pritchard and the had the advantage of having been under officers of the “ Daphne" attended the instruction from childhood.

MISSIONS IN NEW-ZEALAND.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Warren, dated Waima,

July 5th, 1849. Though I cannot give you any very tive, as the natives of the Heads of Hoflattering account of the saving work of kianga, for whom the Station was estabGod among the New Zealanders of this lished, are most determined Heathens, neighbourhood, yet, all things considered, who have evidently leagued together to I think we have abundant cause to thank reject the Gospel ; and the Missionary God and take courage. Many difficul. was loudly called for in other parts of ties and obstacles oppose themselves to the island, The people, however, are the work ; but, in the midst of all, God not aban(!oned, though the Missionary is graciously grants us tokens of His pre- removed. They will be visited both hy sence and favour. There is no diminu. Mr. Hobbs and myself, as often as postion of thirst for scriptural instruction sible. I have just returned from Waiamong the people, but they do not press mamaku, where I was glad to find thirty into the spiritual kingdom of God as we members meeting in class, who, though could wish them. The greater part of our greatly grieved and disconcerted at the members are but in a state of incipient giving up of the Station, are nevertheless Christianity, though there are many determined to cleave unto the Lord. among them who are “ working out their At Omapue, another place connected salvation with fear and trembling," and with Newark, I found twenty natives striving to “adorn the doctrine of God meeting in class ; but they are all Taratheir Saviour in all things ;” over whom nake people, and are expected to leave we greatly rejoice in the Lord.

for the south in the summer. The You are aware that the Missionary has number of members in the Waima part been removed from Newark. I have of the Circuit does not increase ; not arranged to spend one week in six in because members are not added to the that part of the Circuit, by which means church, but, I hope the members may be kept toge- 1. By reason of the great number of ther. The removal of a Station, after so removals to Taranake, and to the neighmany years of labour and patience, is bourhood of other English townships in indeed a painful subject; but in this the south. Not only the people who particular I think there was no alterna- originally came from the south ward are

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