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MISSIONS IN NEWFOUNDLAND.
Newfoundland, February 15th, 1850. By the mail which conveys this letter dressed by the Ministers on the Station, you will receive the sad intelligence of and by James J. Rogerson, Esq., and the destruction, by fire, of our chapel at Messrs. Rogers, Creed, Marsh, and Harbour-Grace, early on Thursday morn- Woods. The greatest interest was exing, the 7th instant. The usual week. cited throughout a large congregation, night service had been held on the pre- and the collection at the close of the vious evening. It seems the fire origin- Meeting realised the cheering sum of ated near the stove; burning embers pro- £13. After the regular proceedings of bably coming in contact with the floor: the Meeting had terminated, an interestthe fire smouldered until about half-pasting and animated conversation ensued, four A.M., when it was perceived that relating to the destitution of religious orthere was a glimmering light in the cha- dinances which still exists in this island, pel. The alarm was at once given ; but particularly on its northern and western the flames shortly afterwards burst forth, coasts ; and the sum of £60 was at once and, notwithstanding the exertion em- subscribed to enable the parent Commitployed to save the building, in less than tee to send one Travelling Missionary, an hour and a half that “ holy and beau- without delay. Since then various meet. tiful house" was consumed to ashes. It ings of the office-bearers, with several was the neatest, best-proportioned, and other leading friends of our Society here, best-conditioned chapel belonging to this have been held; and the result is, that Mission at the present time. There was they now send to you a guarantee for the not a farthing insured upon it, and there entire support of one such Missionary for is a debt of £100 due upon it. What four years. The persons whose names are our poor people there will do, who can attached to it, are men of good and intell ? Between seven and eight hundred creasing means. And their desire is that in number, without a chapel, without a the Missionary may labour, under the school-room, or any suitable place in direction of the District-Meeting, on the which to worship God! With the ex. northern part of the coast. By the next ception of a few, the people are poor, and mail it is intended to send a memorancan do but little towards the restoration dum, to assure you that his passage to of the chapel. Our noble friend, John the island shall be without cost to the Munn, Esq., has given £100 himself, and Society. Then, again, the guarantees are his lady £100. Several others have come well acquainted with the spiritual destiforward with liberal offers, according to tution which they thus seek to relieve, their means. And we purpose holding a being connected, by business transacpublic meeting in our chapel here, to tions, with the people in Bonavista and express our sympathy, and give our aid Green Bays. It will be remembered, to meet this distressing emergency. But that last year our Circuit-Steward, James with all that can be done there must be J. Rogerson, Esq., sent to you a donaaid from other quarters, or the chapel tion of £20 toward this same object. cannot be rebuilt on a scale suited to the Mr. Rogerson, who is a merchant of importance of the place, and the wants influence and growing means, has taken of the people. The former building was the lead in the present movement. His fifty feet long, by forty feet in width, had intelligent and earnest piety gives promise front and side galleries, and was finished of his becoming a great blessing to our throughout. Last year, the roof was cause in St. John's, and throughout the newly shingled, and the chapel painted island. It is also suitable to be men. without and within. The cost of a simi- tioned here, that for the last two years lar erection would be from £700 to petitions have been forwarded to the £800. May the Lord undertake for this District-Meeting from the inhabitants of distressed portion of his heritage ! Green-Bay, in places which the Twillin
I must now advert to matters pertain- gate Missionary cannot reach, earnestly ing more immediately to this Circuit; praying for the appointment of a Missionand I am glad to have little but what is ary to them, and promising to give as cheering to cornmunicate. On the even- much as is in their power toward his suping of the 23ů ult., a Missionary Meet- port; wbich affords nearly a double guaing was held at Portugal Cove, in this rantee that the Missionary now sought Circuit, the first that ever took place in will be supported without charge to the that settlement. The Meeting was ad. General Funds of the Society. While
this is being done, I am glad to say that it is my pleasing duty to bring under the proceeds of our Auxiliary Missionary your notice. Dear Fathers and Brea Society for the town and Circuit are thren, on both parts of our coasts there likely to be in advance of last year. are hundreds and thousands who are But our people cannot feel it right that wholly destitute of the means of religious while caring for the Heathen of other instruction; many of them uttering imlands, they should neglect the Heathen ploringly the Macedonian cry, “ Come of their own. They believe also, that over and help us." Do send them a the Funds of the Wesleyan Missionary suitable Missionary, and the parties Society ought not to be made chargeable, whose names are affixed to the guaranon account of Newfoundland, with any tee will pay over to the Chairman of the amount beyond what they at present District the amount required for his bear; and hence the noble effort which support,
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. CRADOCK, SOUTH AFRICA.—It is meeting; and a considerable sum with pleasure that I transmit to you a collected or promised during the evening short account of the opening of our new towards the object named by Mr. Taychapel in this place, on the 8th of July. lor. The sum's collected at the various Excellent and appropriate sermons were services connected with the opening preached on the occasion ; in the fore- amounted to £108. 2s. Od. The chapel noon and evening, by the Rev. John is built in the old Gothic style of archiAyliff, of Fort-Beaufort ; and in the tecture, after a design (slightly altered) afternoon, in the Dutch language, by the by the Rev. John Wilson, of Port-ElizaRev. John Taylor, Minister of the beth. It is not profusely, but tastefully Dutch Reformed Church. The services and neatly, decorated. The Weswere numerously attended, not only by leyan Methodists of Cradock have made the inhabitants of the village, but also by noble efforts to raise and complete this the English farmers residing in the “house of prayer," and have been kindly neighbourhood. Liberal collections were assisted by their Christian friends of other made at the close of each service. On denominations, to whom their best thanks Monday evening, July 9th, the friends are due,
Nearly all the sittings are sat down to tea, which had been gra- already taken; and the congregation tuitously provided by the ladies of the is considerably increased. It is hoped congregation. After tea, the meeting the Lord will further bless us with an was addressed by the Rev. John Ayliff, increase of church members, and revive who gave a sketch of the history of his work. For this we pray.-Rev. our Mission in Cradock, from 1839 to George H. Green, Cradock, Albany the present period ; and also by Mr. M. District, Cape of Good llope, August R. Every, from Graham's Town, James 9th, 1849. Collett, Esq., J. B., Dr. Armstrong, PORT-ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRIRev. R. B. Taylor, and Rev. John Tay- CA.-In my last communication to you lor. The latter gentleman, whose Chris. I s'ated, that there were signs of a hopetian and catholic spirit is well known, ful character in this Circuit; and I am alluded, in the course of his remarks, to happy to be able to inform you now, the amount of debt yet remaining on the that we have continued to improve in a chapel, and observed, that a strenuous very delightful manner. The attendance effort should be made to reduce it as on the Sabbath-day services is much inmuch as possible. This he practically creased ; and in the evenings, especially, enforced by a donation of a sovereign the congregations are large.--Rev. John towards that object. This example w 88 Wilson, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, immediately followed by others in the October 24th, 1849.
DEATH. It is our painful duty to announce the death of the beloved wife of the Rev. H. Hanson Turton, Wesleyan Missionary in New Zealan Mrs. Turton died in great peace, at the Mission-house, New-Plymouth, on the 21st of October last.
LONDON :--PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, AOXTON-SQUARE.
MEMOIR OF MR. JAMES ALSOP,
BY THE REV. JOSEPH FOWLER. Our deceased friend was born at Wensley, near Matlock, in the year 1783. His parents strictly attended the services of the Established Church, and taught their son to observe the form of godliness; a practice to which he adhered, after he became an apprentice in a family in which his religious observances exposed him to ridicule. Soon after the expiration of his apprenticeship he removed to Hull, and entered an establishment which employed a considerable number of young men, few of whom possessed the knowledge or fear of God. Consequently, the reproach which he had already endured, on account of the singularity of his character, was not in the least degree abated. But his spiritual privileges were greatly multiplied. Under the ministry of the late Rev. Thomas Dykes he was fully awakened. He felt and confessed his need of a Saviour ; and, at a subsequent period, when receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper from the hands of the same faithful Minister, he was greatly edified and comforted. In this state of mind he retired to his closet, and, while engaged in prayer, obtained a knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins ; the Spirit of adoption being sent into his heart, crying, “Abba, Father.” From this time he walked in the light and liberty of the children of God. Though strongly attached to the ministry of Mr. Dykes, and regular in attendance at church, Mr. Alsop was also accustomed to frequent George-yard chapel in the evening of the Lord's day; and he often acknowledged the instruction and profit which he derived from sermons heard in that hallowed place. His devout spirit, as indicated by his demeanour in the house of God, soon attracted attention ; and, at the invitation of a friend, he gladly availed himself of a privilege of which he had long felt his need, united himself to that section of the church known by the name of Methodists, and received his first token of membership from the Rev. Samuel Taylor in the year 1805. Soon after this public confession of Christ, he wrote to his parents, informing them that he had been made a partaker of experimental religion, and that he had joined the Wesleyan Society. He hoped to gladden their hearts by this communication : but, alas ! such was their ignorance of spiritual things, that
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