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ignorance in which they, their parents, The whole of the good which has and their ancestors have been so long in- resulted from the distribution among the volved. The old notions concerning the people of Catavelly of religious tracts, Deity and the transmigration of souls which are messengers of glad tidings, they have for a considerable period set and silent monitors, cannot be estimated aside. In short, the Priests of the from present appearances. With the exfavourite idols are complaining that ception of the north part of Alvay, these many of their devotees neglect to render are sent throughout the whole parish. the homage they carefully paid them in With unfeigned and heartfelt thanks former times. The rites and ceremonies for the tracts you were pleased to send which numbers of these persons once were
me, accustomed to celebrate, are already Í remain, well-esteemed Pastor, fallen, or will be permitted to fall, into
Your most obedient and disuse. So, although with a slow pro
humble servant, gress in appearance, Christianity is
John WHITE. eclipsing Hinduism.
Rev. Edward Robinson, Jaffna.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Charles Knight, Native Missionary,
dated Wellington, Sierra-Leone, March 21st, 1850. HAVING just heard that a vessel will The general hearty reception we met, sail for England to-morrow, I embrace and the great affection exemplified tothe opportunity, with mournful heart wards us by the people, so fired our zeal and heaving breast, to write you these and increased our resolutions, that, before few lines, which a short time ago I we were quite settled, she commenced thought of writing with pleasing coun. teaching the girls needlework, and other tenance and cheerful heart.
useful arts, which I deeply regret she You are fully aware that, after spend. was not permitted long to do. In addi. ing the past year in the Native Institu- tion to my numerous other engagements, tion at King Tom's, I removed therefrom I, too, soon commenced an evening school, to the Hastings and Wellington Circuit, under my own tuition, for a Bible-class according to the appointment of Confer- of adults, which is now doing remarkence. The people were exceedingly de- ably well, with eighteen scholars ; some Jighted that I am again appointed to of whom, I trust, will soon be qualified labour among them, especially those at to exhort their fellow-countrymen to fee Wellington, where I fixed upon to re- from the wrath to come. This is one of side; a great many of whom, hearing my principal objects in thus devoting that my things were coming by a large a portion of that scanty time I can boat, came down into the wharf to bring spare, from the ministerial duties of them up gratis ; but unfortunately the this large and extensive Circuit. I boat, through adverse wind and tide, did have also introduced special services not reach in time : so, after a long wait- here. We began the first week of special ing, they retired.
services on the first Sunday in February When I and my family got to Wel- last; during which many were deeply lington, we were most heartily welcomed convinced of sin, and upwards of sevenby the people; and for more than one teen persons professed to have obtained week we have had constant visiting a sense of the divine favour. On Sunfrom them; not only our own people, day morning, February 17th, I preached, but many Church men and women ho- and baptized nine adults and eight chilnoured us with their visits. The pre- dren, in the presence of an imposing sents they gave us consist of eatable congregation, at Hastings; and in the things, such as beef, fish, yams, plan- evening, the chapel was more than filled tains, cassada, &c.
with attentive hearers. After addressWhen I and my dear late wife left ing them from Prov. iii. 33, I comKing Tom's, it was with a full determi- menced a short prayer-meeting for those nation to lay ourselves out afresh to the that were pricked in their hearts, and benefit of those among whom we are are seeking for mercy. Before we con. sent, and more than ever to spend a life cluded, eight of them professed to find of usefulness in that part of the Lord's peace with God through our Lord Jesus vineyard to which He has appointed us. Christ.
According to arrangement, we held the she was forced to bed by a most violent Auxiliary Meeting of the Wesleyan Mis- head-ache, which soon brought on the sionary Society on Tuesday, Feb. 26th, fatal yellow fever, by which she was soon 1850. Many of our respectable and in- carried off, after some restless days and fluential friends from Freetown attended. sleepless nights. I herewith enclose a It was indeed a very interesting one; copy of the brief memoir that I have hastand the proceeds were about three or four ily sketched out for her funeral. She died pounds more than those of last year. on Saturday morning, March 9th, ai
0, how true it is that all our enjoy- balf-past four o'clock, at Wellington. ments in this life are mixed up with On the news reaching Freetown, many sorrow, and that in the midst of life we of our respectable friends there came up, are in death! While we were, a few and took her mortal remains to Freetown, days ago, rejoicing together for the glo where they were buried in the new burialrious manner in which the Lord is pleased ground on Sunday morning, March 10th, to carry on His own work in our hands, in the presence of a very large and rehow little did we think He would só spectable assembly; and on the followsoon mingle our joys with sorrow, and ing Sunday evening, the 17th instant, separate us from each other!
her funeral sermon was preached in three And now, very dear Sirs, it becomes chapels in Freetown; namely, at Bathmy painful duty to communicate to you urst-street, Ebenezer, and New-Townthe distressing news of the lamentable West chapels; all of which were so death of my dear wife, the partner of my much crowded, that many persons stood joys, toils, and trials, for the last fifteen outside during the service. Next morn. years and three months. Now she has ing, I returned to my Circuit with my left me to toil and suffer alone ; but I children, and resumed my duties. I comfort myself in this, that she is gone do indeed feel the loss of my dear wife to rest with Jesus. When the Mis- here in everything : it requires grace to sionary Meeting to which I referred was bear it. So I am looking up to our held, she exerted herself so much in heavenly Father for His supporting and attending and providing for the friends comforting grace in this my afflictive that came from different parts to help us, bereavement. I beg an interest in your that, before they had all returned home, faithful prayers.
WEST INDIES. ANTIGUA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Fidler, dated Antigua,
July 22d, 1850. As no doubt you will have heard, duals, a high wind or a smart thunderbefore this can reach you, that this island storm is no small blessing in these latihas been visited, as well as others, with tudes in purifying the atmosphere, and rather a severe storm, improperly desig. making the islands more healthy,—the nated in one of the newspapers here a towns particularly. hurricane, I hasten to apprize you, that In the great work in which myself and there is not much damage done ashore, colleagues are engaged, we have encouwhere people exerted themselves to pro- ragement as to spiritual results in the vide against destructive consequences by edification of believers, and additions to refastening shutters and doors, which our numbers. We shall have to be very fly open at such times. The Mission- indulgent to many of our members in premises in this island have suffered these times, as to the cause of their very little, and the expense of repairs absence from class-meeting, and the parwill augment the general chapel and tial, or indeed entire, suspension of payhouse account for the year by only a few ment of class money. The gradual depounds. We are thankful to God that cline of receipts, which commenced last we have escaped so well. Owners of year, continues, so far, during the prevessels have suffered more in proportion, sent; and may justly be expected to as the sea was high, and the wind ad- become worse, rather than better. verse to their getting away in some I am glad to see that you are alive to cases, as we learn from the papers. Only these matters, and have introduced them ove large vessel was materially injured to public notice on certain fitting occahere. Several small ones went ashore, sions, no doubt with good effect in some and one was seriously injured. Great, quarters. We owe this much of interhowever, as the loss may be to indivi- ference in West India affairs to the tens of thousands of our people here who are but all engaged in the good work of the suffering, and to the Missionary Society Lord, in a way which must prove bene. itself, in reference to its obligations and ficial to the souls of men, and promotive interests in this part of the world. May of the truth among such as are living in our adversities be sanctified, that evil error and sin. may be overruled for good in the sup- You will be gratified, I am sure, to port and extension of our Redeemer's learn that I feel myself at home in this kingdom ! In St. John's we have no new station, with its various important diminution of numbers during the last and engrossing duties and interests. My quarter, though several removals, and health is sufficient, as is also my strength deaths, &c., had occurred. Thirty-three proportioned to my day. Thank God were found on trial, and more in other for His loving-kindness to me, and to parts of the Circuit; making, in all, over mine also! As the time of my probable seventy. Yet it is not likely that we removal from the West Indies seems to shall have an aggregate increase in An- draw near, my twenty years having ex. tigua this year, as I now judge, borne pired last November, I feel as if I could down as our cause inevitably must be for not leave at all. The climate I never some time to come. What part of the liked; but the Missionary work is my trials we have, in these islands generally, highest gratification and delight. Family may arise from the unrepented sins of considerations may justify a change; past and present generations, is not for and I can only say, that when the time any of us to determine ; but certainly comes to re-enter upon the work at home, Divine judgments may be feared in all if spared, it shall be my study there, as the earth on this ground; and, if so, it always has been in this part of the what may we not fear, “ where sin has world, to spread scriptural holiness abounded ?” This is to me the most through the length and breadth of my agreeable island of all I know in the sphere of labour, in conjunction with West Indies. Its religious, and, in re- you and the Conference, being equally spect to many of its inhabitants, iis high- bound, in my degree, with yourselves, to toned moral, character, is deserving of uphold the essentials of " Methodism as notice; as also the catholicity manifest- it is." I wish my humble name could ed by the several churches of Christ; have been in the late Declaration of the neither eavying nor vexing one anvther, Ministers.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. CHINA._Herewith you have an order language. How apparent are the signs on the agents of the regiment (59th) for of His coming, who is the “ Alpha and the amount specified opposite to each the Omega, "" the brightness of His man's name in the margin, for a Wesleyan Father's glory, and the express image Missionary for China. Please to accept of His person !" of it as a thank-offering for being pre- I find in no Society such an economy served from cholera on board H.M.S. as our class, prayer, and fellowship meet“Apollo," on her way out for this ings. Lord, grant they may soon apcolony, during a period of eight months. pear in China, to help forward the ark Some give as a thank-offering for long- of the Lord ! suffering mercies. There is a good work There arrived here from America, going on here. On the 5th instant, within the last three months, a considerbeing the Lord's day, I witnessed a most able number of Baptist and Independent pleasing sight in the Chinese chapel, Missionaries, nearly all of whom I heard three Chinese baptized by the Rev. Dr. preach in Dr. Legge's chapel, “ Union," Legge, of the London Missionary Soci- previous to their departure for their apety. Service commenced at seven o'clock, pointment. This appears to be the head. P.M. Dr. Legge gave out the hymn, a quarters for the different Societies. Chinese read it, then the whole congre- The Bishop, with his staff, arrived garion (about one hundred and thirty) here last month; and our esteemed joined in singing, led by a Chinese who Colonial Chaplain took his departure for leads at the English service in Union England. His Tuesday evening prayerChapel. A good number of Chinese meetings did me good. attend even there, mostly youths. Dr. There are some native agents, both Legge then prayed, and preached on under the Church and connected with Christian baptism, all in the Chinese Dr. Legge. He (Dr. Legge) is a hardworking, truly evangelical Missionary. send you a full account of the whole. Mr. When he preaches in his Chinese cha- Sanderson writes to me in his last note, pel, one of the other Missionaries offici. “Nobody could have been with us ates in the Union chapel.
yesterday and to-day without remem. A few of the soldiers meet in my bering it to the last hour of his life. room, on Friday evenings, for prayer. The interest is sometimes overpowering. We attend Union chapel regularly when I cannot attempt a description of it by duty permits.
letter. I wish I had time to write a full If you can let me have the “ Notices” journal of all our doings; but I can only in which this money is mentioned, you snatch a moment now and then for will very much oblige; not for my in- dottings." formation, but for the sake of others, and I should be glad to hear that we were to stimulate them at another time.- soon to have some additions to our num. Colour-Sergeant John Ross, 59th Regi- ber, which would enable us more frement, Hong-Kong, May 18th, 1850. quently to engage in such tours, and
BANGALORE.—The brethren Sander- carry the Gospel to the many thousands son and Hardy are out on a Missionary in this province, who, I fear, are not tour to the extreme limits of the Mysore likely for a long period to have a MisTerritory. They appear to have met with sionary settled among them.--Rev. John much to encourage them, and will, I hope, Garrett, Bangalore, July 1st, 1850,
BALANCE-SHEET OF THE WESLEYAN MISSIONARY
SOCIETY FOR 1849. Among other important details connected with the general proceedings of the Society, during the past year, this Balance-Sheet came under the consideration of a very large and highly-respectable Meeting of its friends, assembled, according to annual usage, from almost all parts of the kingdom, in the Centenary-Hall of the Mission-House, on Tuesday, July 30th, 1850. To this Meeting the grossly false and calumnious misrepresentations and insinuations which had been circulated in certain quarters, respecting the financial management of the Society's affairs, gave a more than wonted interest ; and with a view to these circumstances the Report of the Auditors had been prepared with special care and minuteness. It was presented and largely explained to the recent Meeting; and was received with all but unanimous manifestations of satisfaction and confidence. From a more extended narrative of the proceedings which we find in the “Watchman” newspaper of that week, we deem it right to publish here a brief extract.
After the usual religious exercises, The PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE, THE Rev. TAOMAS JACKSON, said,- We are brought nearly to the close of the meetings of our Connexional Committees, which are usually held preparatory to the commencement of our Annual Conference. I have been accustomed to attend the Conference, and many of these Committees, for nearly fifty years, and I believe on no former occasion was such a spirit of unanimity manifested as has been experienced in all the Committees that bave now been held. (Applause.) There has not only been amongst us a oneness of mind and oneness of judgment, but a remarkable oneness of heart. (Applause.) Now, if there be any department of our work which is calculated, eminently calculated, to unite all hearts, it is our Mission work. (Hear, hear.) There is something connected with that work that is peculiarly adapted to inspire Christian people with a fixedness of purpose, and an ardent zeal, that nothing can move. I have no doubt that the same spirit of harmony, and holy love, and godly zenl, will characterize our present Meeting. (Applause.) In order that you may have some adequate conception
of the present state of our Mission-work, and what has been done by the Managing Committee in the course of the past year, I will now call on the Secretaries, as usual, to read the Minutes of the Committees that have been held since the last Conference, from which you will be able to judge what further efforts are requisite for the maintenance and extension of that work to the end of the earth. (Loud applause.)
The Minutes of the General and Finance Committees to the end of December, 1849, were read by the Rev. Dr. BEECHAM and the Rev. E. Hoole. Most of the subjects to which they related have been made known to the public.
JAMES HEALD, Esq, M.P., who was greeted with loud cheers, rose before the reading of the accounts had been concluded, and, after some general observations, addressed the Meeting to the following effect :I come at once to a subject in which I have taken some humble part, and in which we all feel a deep interest, and by a careful consideration of which I venture to express my belief that the interests of this great Society will be considerably advanced. (Applause.) You will anticipate that I allude to the annual Balance Sheet of the Society's accounts for the past year, and especially to the audit of the accounts which has taken place under the careful and able superintendence and investigation of gentlemen who were appointed to the especial office in this important year of our history. (Ilear.) I had the honour of being requested to associate myself with these Auditors, in the first instance, in a careful consideration and determination what should be the principle and extent of the audit, and I felt a little anxious to be present when they made their Report; and I shall be prepared to join them in giving any explanation which may be considered necessary by the Meeting ; and I have no doubt on my own mind, that the more ample the explanation shall be, the more unmixed will be the satisfaction of all present. (Ilear, hear.) I am not aware what will be the best form of entering into this portion of our proceedings; but perhaps I may at once proceed without any formality or ceremony to make a few prefatory observations. (Ifear.) The Auditors are present. Mr. Smith, of Sheffield, who came up purposely to meet them before they took a single step in the prosecution of their duties, is also present. I am prepared to say, that the result of the audit will prove to every man of business, that it has been conducted on such a principle that it will bear comparison with the most careful and judicious audit of any accounts of similar magnitude in connexion with any other kindred Society. (Cheers.) I will venture to say, that the Auditors—both the gentlemen officially appointed, and those who were called in to concert with them the best plan of an audit-ultimately agreed upon a plan to be observed with respect to the investigation of the accounts of the Society for 1849. (Ilear, hear.) This Balance Sheet, as you will find in the first place, is made up of two sides-debtor and creditor. Now, as to the income of the Society, I don't think we need spend much