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returning, but several Ngapuhi Chiefs, knowledge, and the great attention with who bave married wives from the south, which they receive instruction. You have returned thither with them, with all will have heard from Mr. Lawry of the their families ; induced, I suppose, by financial assistance obtained from Governthe greater number of Europeans to the ment for the education of natives. £120 southward, and consequent greater faci- was allowed for building a school-house lities for disposing of native produce. at Waima, capable of boarding and And,
lodging thirty children. The building, 2. By reason of the very great mortal- which is now nearly complete, is very ity among the natives. I am not aware substantial, sixty feet by twenty feet,-a whether the people are decreasing so great addition to our Station,- and will, rapidly in other parts of the island, but I trust, by the blessing of God, be a great I am convinced that the natives in the advantage to the people. I have had Waima Circuit are not now half the twelve lads living in part of it for the number they were nine years ago, when last four months, whom I have clothed I came to the country. Many have and fed, hoping to be allowed for it by gone to the south ; but the great decrease the Government. I have spent at least is from mortality. I understand it is three hours with them every day, when the saine at the Bay, and, indeed, at home; and am highly gratified with through all the northern end of the their attention to all my rules and reguisland. The births in this neighbour- lations, and with the very encouraging hood, for the last four years, have not progress they have made. They can all been more than one to three as compared now read the Scriptures in their own with the deaths. There are about two language, and are well acquainted with hundred people living in this valley, and the first part of the Conference Cateall of them have not fifty children. A chism ; in addition to which they have contemplation of this melancholy subject ma le considerable progress in writing does not, I trust, in any degree damp and figures, and are trying hard to acmy zeal, nor prevent my exerting myself quire the English language. Some of to the uitermost for the spiritual interest them are already reading in the English of the people ; but, I thank God, rather Testament, and are rapidly mastering acts as a stimulus, for I believe that the difficulties of the pronunciation. The what is done for the New.Zealanders acquiring the English language must, of must be done at once, or we shall be too course, be a work of time; but provided late. Our congregations continue good, we can obtain the means of keeping and the people generally hear the word the lads together, they will be sure to with great attention; and although of master it, as their desire is very great many it is evident that “the word and their application untiring. Conpreached does not profit them, not being sidering the absolute absence of all remixed with faith in those who hear it,” straint over children at the native places, yet many receive the truth in the love I have been surprised at the orderly conthereof, and find it to be the power of duct of the boys. To all the means of God and the wisdom of God.
grace they attend with great punctuality, I am often greatly refreshed in wit. and their behaviour at worship is all that nessing the influence of Christianity on we can wish ; so that I hope, by the the sick and dying. The New Zea. grace of God, our school may be the lander has not many temporal comforts means of weaning them from many of on a sick bed, and in a dying hour. those pernicious native habits which Often stretched on the ground, with little are so detrimental to the work of God to cover him, and nothing which he is able among their parents ; and that they to eat, with little or no attention from his will imbibe a taste for the comforts of friends,-it is then he finds the blessed civilisation, and obtain vital religion in book a companion indeed, and is often early life. enabled joyfully to contemplate the hour As a family, we are, thank God, in which shall set him free from this world good health ; and I believe I was never of suffering and woe, and admit him more desirous than at present of being into the rest which remains for the peo- fully devoted to God, and to his work. ple of God. The rising generation con- Thank God, I am not aware that I have tinue to give me much satisfaction, by any other object in life, than to please the general desire they manifest for him, and advance his cause,
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Woon, dated Waimate, Taranaki South,
September 30th, 1849.
I SEND you the following extracts Send the Gospel! It is good to send from my journal:
the Gospel !” May 14th, 1849. My time lately has 27th.–To-day there were large and been taken up in visiting the sick. Seve- overwhelming congregations the ral of the people are in a declining state schools and public services. I preached of health. On the 12th instant I went to the people from the first part of to Keteonetea, catechised in the school, Acts ii., this being Whit-Sunday; and I and preached twice. The Church and my felt liberty in speaking of the operations own natives were present. I baptized of the Holy Spirit, and exhorted all to two children. On my way home I called seek his saving and sanctifying influat Tukekau, and preached to the people ences. After the sermon ten children there.
were baptized. In the evening I admi21st.-Yesterday, Lord's day, I was nistered the Lord's supper to the memat Ketemarae, and preached twice to the bers, which was a solemn and profitable people of that place and neighbourhood. I was much interested with the conver. 28th.--The weather, during the assemsation of a Native Class-Leader of this bling and departure of the people, was place named David, whose knowledge most severe. The rivers were swollen, of Scripture and its doctrines excited my and none could cross to return to their surprise ; and I believe that he is taught homes. This day a meeting was held of God.
of the Ngatiruanui Chiefs, about selling 24th.—This day I left home to open land. Nearly all were opposed to sell. the new chapel, and to administer the There was much innocent amusement in sacrament to our people, at Turangarere. the speeches delivered. One referred to On my way I stopped at Wareroa, and a Whanganui Chief who had sold his preached to a large congregation out of land, and said that it was characteristic doors ; but it was a noisy assembly: of him, as he hungered for white men, children crying, dogs barking, parties In the evening I preached again, and preparing food, &c., all in the open air, spoke from David's experience, Psalm made it difficult to engage the attention cxxv. 2. I met the Leaders, Exhorters, of the people with effect.
&c., and was engaged again till late at 25th. I arrived at Turangarere, after night. climbing precipices, crossing rivers, &c., 29th.—This day I left the people to with my faithful companion, Thomas journey home. When I got to the Rayner, one of the Native Local Preach- swollen river, from the heavy rains, my
The rain fell heavily, and I was faithful conipanion, Thomas Rayper, wet to the skin. I preached to a large and four others, stripped, and bore me congregation in the evening, consisting across safe to the other side. I had to of Churchmen and Wesleyans, from Acts ascend and descend deep ravines, extraxvii. 30. After the public service, my ordinary fissures from some convulsions attention was engaged till late at night of nature, and was liable to accident answering questions. It is impossible to every moment; but I got out of danger describe the excitement which prevails by the help of the natives and the blesson these occasions.
ing of God. When I got home, I found 26th.-To-day we held the Missionary Mrs. Woon in distress, fearing someMeeting, which was a very crowded and thing had befallen me. This place is not peculiar one, on account of the singular safe to visit in the winter months. addresses of the speakers. Some related 31st.--I went to Mawhitiwhiti to see their former degradation, darkness, pre- one of the members, a steady, upright sent experience, &c. ; but all urged the man, named Luke, who is in dying cir. propriety of sending the Gospel to the cumstances. I conversed and prayed dark places of the earth. The collec- with him, and left him in a good state of tion amounted to £8. Os. 67d. One Chief mind. was powerfully affected on this occasion. June 13th.--I lately visited Katotauru His name is Thomas Walker, of Patea. and other places, and found much sick. He was clad in a large dog-skin, with a ness among the people. I went to Manative weapon in his hand. He jumped, whitiwhiti to-day, and buried poor Luke, flourished the stick, shook his hair, who, when dying, told his friends that rolled his eyes, &c., and shouted, in a he knew in whom he had believed, and screaming tone, “Send the Gospel ! that he was going to heaven. The peo
ple from all parts were present to weep the usual prayer-meeting. After breakover bis remains.
a perfect fast, I visited the school. I was much Bochim. They came in groups, with pleased with the Superintendent's instructheir heads covered with the leaves of tions, after catechising the people. Isaiah trees, their dress of mourning for the superintended the school. The Eighth dead. Luke, when dying, exhorted his Section of the Conference Catechism, on friends not to forget our kindness to him prayer, was the part which engaged their in supplying him with medicine, &c., attention. His remarks, in the course of and to make a suitable return. Grati- catechising, were both judicious and tude in a New Zealander used to be of scriptural. I delivered an address 10 rare occurrence.
them. In the morning and evening ser19ch.-On the 16th I left for Mana- vices, I enforced the important truths in wapou and Taumaha. I was overtaken 1 Thess. v., and all listened with deep with heavy rain, and I was obliged to attention. There were a few reckless remain at Manawapou. I preached three young Chiefs present, who resist all cines to the people, and returned on the reinonstrance from their parents and 18.h, in dreadful weather,—wind, hail, friends, and whom I exhorted to “fee and rain, and I was stiff with the cold. from the wrath to come." I was glad when I reached home in 10th. On the 6th instant, I went safety. The roads on the coast are to Manawapou, and returned last evenbroken and very dangerous. I often ng. The people of that place, and wonder at my escapes. Notwithstanding from other seitlements, mei to make my frequent visits to preach to, and take arrangements to get a mill erected, and the oversight of, the people, not one will I embraced the opportunity to spend a stir to repair a broken place without pay. little time with them for religious purment. The greatest danger, however, is poses. I held several services with connected with crossing rivers, being them, conducted the school on the Sabnear the sea. They are flooded at this bath, conversed with the Teachers, and tiine with the heavy rains. The solitari- felt the necessity of being “instant in ness of my journeys, too, is indescrib- season and out of season,” in order to able. I travel sometimes twelve or fif- lead them in the way to heaven. I was teen miles, and do not see a human much gratified with the knowledge of being. However, oftentimes, “in the the Scriptures evinced by the Teachers, multitude of my thoughts within me, and with their ardent desire to add to His comforts delight my soul;” and, in their stock of knowledge; but grieved the solitude of the bush, I feel it good to with some of the people on account of pour out my soul 10 God. How sweet is their apathy and lukewarmness. Two a throne of grace in the desert !
members connected with Manawapou and
Patea have died within the past few “Here it is I find my heaven, While upon the Lamb I gaze;"
days, and others appear on the brink of
the grave. I regret to find that the and to lead the New Zealanders to Him natives are decreasing in the Circuit, is my happiest employ. May I be faith- What necessity to “work while it is ful!
day! the night cometh when no man can 25th.—Yesterday, Lord's day, I was work." at Waiheke, and preached twice to the 16th.-On the 15th, I was at Ketepeople of that place and the neighbour marae, and held services with the people, hood. Nearly all the people of Waiheke Church and Wesleyan : I expounded profess to belong to the Episcopal portions of the ninth and eleventh Church, and recognise the Rev. R. Tay- chapters of John's Gospel, and enforced lor, of Wanganui, as their Minister. I the solemn docirines of repentance, generally preach to them twice a month.
prayer, salvation by faith, resurrection of (Mr. Taylor has not been this way since the dead, &c., on their attention. The June, 1848.) Some of them have proved minds of some in this settlement, espemost ungrateful. In sickness they apply cially those professedly connected with for help, but when we want anything in the Church of England, are imbued return, they are deaf to our request, or with the idea, that the souls of the want large payment for their labour, departed are confined somewhere, from though supplied with the above gratui- the old Popish tradition, introduced tously.
by some Romanising Clergymen in the July 2d.—I returned last night from land. They plead for this notion from Katotauru, having spent a profitable and the words of the Apostle, in 1 Peter iii. interesting Sabbath with the people. 19, 20. One of our
most sensible The services of the day commenced with Teachers upset this tradition, and ex
plained the Apostle's meaning. The and found a large party collected under natives are very fond of brioging for- a lawn, and the people of the place ward difficult passages for explanation ; brought the food. This consisted of and with many, I fear, the duties of whole and cut-up pigs, potatoes, flour repentance, prayer, &c., are neglected. baked into large flat cakes, almost as hard On my return home, I reached the beach as a brick-bat, with other food, which when it was quite dark, and the waves of was distributed to the different parties, the sea from the tide dashed under me and and all made a substantial meal. In the horse; but I got safe along without the evening they all met in the chaaccident. The weather of late has been pel, and I addressed them from the very severe. The natives have been eighth Psalm. I met the Leaders after painfully pinched with the cold. Many the service. On Lord's day, as soon as are ill, and we have supplied a quantity the light appeared, they were all in of medicine both to the Church-of-Eng- motion. The first ihing was the prayerland natives and to our own people. meeting. Then their food. Then the Last week a respectable Chief of Patea school. This was a most interesting died. He was a good man, and much service, catechising, &c. The subject respected.
the institution and design of 23d.-The 22d being the Sabbath, I the Lord's supper. After the usual visited the people at the two principal questions, one of the Teachers addressed settlements in this place, and preached them on its obligation, in a feeling and as usual to them. The rain poured eloquent style. After the school came the down, and I was wet to the skin. I was public service. The chapel was crowded much tried with one of the members at to excess. I spoke from 1 Peter i. 16 : Katotauru. He had neglected his duty, “ Be ye holy; for I am holy.” After and was reproved by his Leader. He preaching, I baptized a child. In took offence, and threatened to leave us, the after part of the day, I admiand join the other party. This prevails nistered the Lord's supper to the
or less throughout the Circuit. members. Several were kept back Several have left us in this way. The by the Leaders for uttering improper Church of England has been by some words, family quarrels, &c. This is termed “the Queen's,” or, " the rich always a solemn and interesting season. man's Church ;” the Wesleyan “the They have clear and correct views of poor man's church !”
the atonement, and of the obligations August 2011.—During the past three connected with the ordinance, and are weeks, I have been at Waiheke, Patea, most scrupulous in keeping back any &c., visiting the people. At Patea I one who may have walked disorderly, administered the sacrament of the Lord's &c. Not a sound was heard during the supper to the members at that place, administration, and all separated in the and at Manawapou, and Taumaha. evening in peace. But I was I was grieved to find several neglecting interested, between the services, with the the command of the Saviour, “Do this conversation of two of our Teachers, in remembrance of me." I was much Thomas Rayner and Reuben. It was interested with the inquiries of the an argument on the doctrines of the Leaders respecting the Scriptures; and resurrection and the immortality of the while here I distributed a quantity of soul. Job and Paul were adduced, Psalters for the use of the people. I especially the Apostle's masterly argureturned last night from Ketemarae, ment in I Cor. xv. The new body was preached to the natives of that place, represented as being like the butterfly and met the classes. I called at Tuke- escaped from its prison in the earth, kau on my way home, and preached to before its change an unsightly worm! the Inuawai tribe,
I was greatly delighted with what I 27th. I went to Katotauru on the heard. 25th, where the people from the sur- 31st. There is much sickness rounding settlements met to receive the throughout the Circuit. Medicine is in Lord's supper. After a quiet and pensive constant request. The natives are dying journey on the Mission-horse, I arrived, in all directions.
MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mark B. Bird, dated Port-au-Prince,
March 7th, 1850. It is matter of unspeakable gratitude We have now at Port-au-Prince an that the great work in which we are en- interesting circle of young people ; and gaged is still prospering, under the mani. although it can easily be imagined that fest blessing of God. Amongst the the storms through which they have to greatest proofs that perhaps we could pass are many, severe, and trying, yet have of this, is the fact that the friends their numbers increase. The cry is of a corrupt Christianity are showing raised against them, that they bave been strong signs of uneasiness; and in some unfaithful to and left their religion; or, places are giving evident proof of what as it is sometimes said, the religion of might have been expected, had not an their fathers. But they have learned to all-wise and good Providence thrown reply, that they are simply adhering to open wide, in this country, the door of what ought to be the teaching of their toleration. We are indeed thankful for own Church ; and that, if clinging to the this; and the more so, because up to the cross of Christ,-in the right sense of the present moment we have had the strong- word,--and treading in his steps, is abanest reasons to believe that the authorities doning their religion, then they have of the country are disposed to act up to indeed done so. the letter and spirit of their constitution But the number of youth now gathering on this subject: indeed they have always round the Redeemer's cause in this capi. shown themselves, at least on this sub- tal seems to point out a peculiar class of ject, even in advance of some of the labourers, raised up by the great Head haughty and older nations of Europe. of the church, and fitted for a special Toleration is certainly not a lifeless letter sphere of usefulness. There are some in Hayti: as may be seen from the fact, amongst these young disciples of Christ that the Gospel has often been preached who might be usefully employed in some in the streets of her capital without inter- of the small towns as schoolmasters, where ruption from any quarter whatever. Still they might occasionally act as Exhorters we have our difficulties; and we can- or Local Preachers; and thus the ground not altogether expect țhat Popery will might be broken up in many places, and always look silently upon the slow, prepared for more complete cultivation, as but sure and persevering, march of Providence might raise up men qualified truth. In fact, as has already been inti. for the entire work of the ministry. If mated, signs of fear and alarm for the such a plan could be carried out, it great “Diana” have already been given; would enable us to open a wide field of and if Satan should even roar, we need usefulness, and bring into action many not wonder. But truth is powerfully at young people whom Providence has eviwork, and many consciences have trem- dently qualified for some such work. bled, and many hearts have yielded, and This plan has already been tried at La many more are waiting the moving of Croix des Bouquets, and is still in opethe waters; yea, our hopes are great, ration there; the individual at that place and are founded upon what our eyes see, being supported from the funds raised in and what our hearts feel.
Port-au-Prince for education,
Extract of a Letter from the Same, dated Port-au-Prince, May 7th, 1850. It may be reinembered, that in my encouragements for the present, por our last I incidentally alluded to the proba. hopes of the future, are in the slightest bility, that one day our enemy might be degree diminished, yet, nevertheless, a permitted to give open utterance to his dark and threatening cloud has come long-repressed hate. This, I deplore to over us, nor is it yet entirely dissipated, fay, has been more or less the case since The little prosperity which it has pleased I last wrole, and has been chiefly the God should attend our labours, has long reason of my not writing before.
excited the jealous fears of Rome; and It has been our happy lot to announce for a long time our enemies have raged to you, for some time past, the joyful and stormed, both here and at Jérémie tidings of prosperity; and although I and elsewhere. At the capital, discourses am still happy to say that neither our and harangues have, for the last two or