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of David, have mercy upon us.”. Jesus thing to please God, we have done nothing shall hear us, and ask, what shall I do for but sin against him, yet Jesus died for us: you? Let us say, Lord open our eyes; and if we come to him with sorrow for Lord, let our sins be forgiven. Jesus shall our sins, believing on his nume, the Lord pity us, he is full of mercy, he will help says we shall not be lost.
He says we us from our sins If we coufess our sins, shall be made free through failli, free he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, from our sins, and obtain eternal life. lle and to cleunse us from all unrighteousness. that believeth on Jesus is not condemned, If a good man ;-romises to us any thing he is made tree thorough faich; but he that that is for our comfort, we believe that be believeth not is already condemned, he is will fulfil his promise and help us. The condemned now while he lives, he is conLord is more good than any man, and demned if he dies, the wraih of God promises to forgive our sins.
But a man abideth upon him. This language (the, that we think is good may deceive us, Dutch) in hard for me, and I cannot say yet the Lord will never deceive us, he therein what I feel I wish to say; yet cerwill do all that he lias promised. But we tainly the way of salvation is through faith. must call upon him as the blind men Do you doubt of the power of God; look called, and though some people should upon these large monntains, and the world try to hinder us, (as illey have often tried which God has made: these prove to us to hinder me, * ) we must not be hindered, the power of God, Yes, God has power but call so much the more, “ Jesus, thou to save us, he has also power to destioy Son of David, have mercy on us.” impenitent sinners. Paul said, “ Being
III. The same day that those blind men justified by faith we have peace with God," called upon Jesus, were their eyes &c. We shall tind this peace through opened, and they saw the light. And faith and prayer. Then, like the blind their eyes being opened, they did not con- men, we must follow Jesus, that is, we tinue sitting on the road, nor did they go must obey him, and live as the book says. another way, but followed Jesus. When- Here he complained of the difficulry he ever we call upon the Lord in faith, he found to express his meaning in the Duich, will fulfil his promise, and forgive our and on being told to conclude in his own sins-for God so loved the world, that he language, his countenance was immediate. gave his enly begotten Son, &c. O how ly changed, and with great fluency of great is the pity and compassion of God speech, and fervency of expressioli, he over us poor sinners. We never did any continued his discourse in the Namacquaas
language. • When Jacob first began to pray, Chris
As some of our people are abou! to retiang (so called) and Hottentot, did all in their power to binder him. They said he niove with their cattle to the Bushman was going to lose his reason and bring himself land, I shall send Jacob also to assist to the grave, &c. His answer was," If I lose them in holding service, to teach their to hang on the word of God, and continue in children to read, &c. prayer to the last.
WEST INDIES. Mr. Shrewsbury, in a letter from GRENADA, dated November 12, 1818, communicates extracts from his Journal, of which we give the following: Later accounts from Mr. Shrewsbury and his colleague present much more eocouraging prospects in that island.
March 8. Arrived at Grenada, to in the morning from Isaiah xl. 1: it was which island I was appointed by our dis- truly a pleasing occasion; the people had trict meeting, and was received in the been so long without the word of life, most cordial manner by the people, who that they were almost overcome with joy began to apprehend they should be left at being favoured with that blessing once without a preacher another year. This In the evening our chapel was is in general a very healthy island; but crowded to excese, many standing withlast year it was visited with that common out in the open air for want of room. scourge of the West Indies, a malignant This has been the case almost every fever, which hurried many into eternity, Sabbath evening since. and, amongst the rest, my predecessor, 9. This evening was requested to atMr. William Lili. His ministry seems to
tend - mate of a merchant ship, have been peculiarly acceptable, as well who was lying dangerously ill of a fever. as profitable to the people in general. I His heart was remarkably tender; and feel satisfied with my appointment, be. when the necessity of being prepared for lieving it to be the will of God. Preached eternity was virged, he wept exceedingly.
On leaving hin, the tract “ Serious them from producing their desired effect. Thonghits on Eternity,” was put into his But is it possible io preach the gospel hand, which he asterwards read with faithfully without giving offence? great attention. (It has pleased God 24. After preaching this morning. I since to raise him up, and the good he met the society; and, as the erection of a received in that affliction remajus to the new and larger chapel has long occupied present day.) Coming up the street, a my attention, I laid before them a plan soldier that was sitting on a bank with to accomplish it. two of his companions made use of ex- June 2. Preached my first sermon on tremely profane language. I stepped up, Caliving estate, from Acts iv. 33, 10 a and gave him the iraci “ A Word to a congregation of about 250 souls, who Swearer," when he began reading to his came dressed remarkably neat and cleau, astonished comrades, " Swear not at all, and listened with deep attention to the saith the Lord God of heaven and truths delivered. My audience presented earth."
a very pleasing appearance: they sat on 21. Met this evening the public bands. benches placed on a grass plat in the There are a few very simple humble open air, and shaded by large trees; souls in this society, who can set to their while I stood in the open area, and proseal that God is true. Their piety is ge- claimed the word of life. The stillness of nuine, and the whole tenor of their lives the evening, the light of the moon peeping every way consistent with their profes. through the branches, the harmony of sion: they truly shine as lights in the their voices in singing the praises of God, midst of a crooked and perverse genera- and the deep silence that prevailed during tion.
the preaching of the word, greatly tended April 14. Waited this morning on the to raise in every breast the spirit of deHonourable John Ross, and obtained per- votion; and excited much interest mission to preach on his estate the next amongst several white gentlemen who Monday evening.
were present on the occasion, that 19. Began my labours in the country they may not only be pleased but proat Clark's Court estate, from those encou- fited. raging words of the apostle, “ Christ 25. Preached this evening on Mount Jesus came into the world to save sin. Gay estate, under very discouraging cir.
I received great kindness both cumstances. In the first place, bad from Mr. and Mrs. Ross, wlio expressed but few to hear me, and those few came a great desire that the slaves should be with great reluctance. These poor creainstructed, and a hope that our endea- tures are extremely ignorant, and seem to vours would be crowned with success.
have no desire for any thing besides a few May 1. This day I have been much lighted candles and wooden gods: in the blessed, particularly in visiting the peo- next place, one-half of my congregation ple from house to house. I wish never to was asleep nearly the whole time; and gossip; nerer to stay at any one place one actually laid himself on the floor to any longer than is strictly necessary; and take his nap comfortably; so little ideas only to speak to the edification of all. O have they of the nature of that worship for more of the love of Jesus, that I may which God requires! My soul often spread abroad in every place the savour sinks under discouragement: however, I of his name!
must still labour on, while there is only 4. Preached to-night in the country to a bare possibility of doing good. a very serious and attentive audience, July 5. We held our quarterly lovefrom Luke xiii. 5. I see the necessity of feast in town to-day: many were able to blending the meekness of wisdom with set to their seal that God is true; but it the fervour of zeal in the ministerial cha
was not a very lively meeting. I think, racter; that we may neither soften the upon the whole, my ministry has been truths of God, either to obtain or retain useful to the society, though but little the esteem of man; nor yet, on the other good has been done amongst our outward hand, by an improper harshness, prevent hearers.
With respect to the Mission in GRENADA, the Hon. Judge Otley writes thus, in a letter to the Committee of the date of Dec. 10, 1818.
I believe you are already informed of mited, and who are generally of the the exertions we have made, and are still poorer classes, are now providing for two continuing to make, for promoting the ministers; and that, in addition to the Christian religion in this colony; that burden usually borne by them, they have the very few members who compose the nearly doubled their subscription for the society, whose means are extremely lic purpose of erecting a chapel. We have
not often found it necessary to demand of society may receive benefit. Methodassistance from abroad; but at the pre- ism, which formerly was the theme of seot moment we truly stand in need of invective, and the subject of scurility and fiipport; for, after all our exertions, we abuse, is now much more respected. are unable to meet the present exi. The two preachers are pious and amiable gency.
men, and have become generally reWe have delayed to rebuild the cha- spected. Mr. Ross has invited them to pel as long as it was possible; and such preach on about twelve estates. Reli. is the state of the present edifice, that we gion is more esteemed than I ever recol. cannot expect it will stand much longer. lect it to have been in Grenada. The Perhaps some accident may happen be. chapel is frequentiy attended by the fore we have an opportunity of prevent- higher orders, who submit to miserable ing it,
accommodations; and I am inclined to Our prospects are very encouraging: think that our hearers would be much and we bave every rational ground to more numerous were we enabled to afanticipate a considerable extension of ford them a tolerably convenient place in Christianity amongst the poor slaves, and which to sit down. some reason to hope that the other ranks
ST. BARTHOLOMEW.–To our foreign Auxiliary Missionary Societies we have now the pleasure to add one at this station, of the formation of which the following is a very pleasing account.
Extract of a letter from Mr. White, dated St. Bartholomew, Oct. 7, 1818. My attention was directed, at an early things than these;" and in the afterperiod, to the Missionary collection. The noon from “ The time is fulfilled, the business was opened in a leaders' meet- kingdom of God is at hand.” The Lord ing in August; we consulted on the al. appeared to be among us; and I had ternatives of merely making a public great power and liberty in speaking. collection, or of forming a society. After At seven o'clock on Monday evening, the business had been "talked over, some the 7th of September, I ascended the of them proposed to defer the matter for pulpit, sung a hymn and prayed, then a week. 'I thought then success was be delivered an address upon the nature and fore me. At the subsequent meeting it design of our missions ;-distinguishwas resolved to form a 'Missionary soci- ing their principal features; our unex. ety; and that it should take place in a ampled success; the great call for mis. public meeting to be held the first Mon- sionary exertions; the numerous invitaday evening in September. During the tions io which we are unable to attend intervening period, 'I put into pretiy ge. for want of a larger income ; and espeneral circulation all the Missionary ac- cially the want of labourers in the West counts, reports, notices, anecdotes, &c. lodian harvest. I then pleaded the nethat I could find among my books and cessity of increasing the general funds of pamphlets. A most happy feeling be- Our Missions ; noticed the great exertions came prevalent among our people; and at home, and argued for our mite here. many of them looked forward to the ex. I introduced the observation of some of pected time with real delight. One per- the committee: “ We are doing all we son, in very narrow circumstances, who can at home; our people abroad should depends on her needle for subsistence, assist us in the same glorious underdeclared she would, in imitation of the taking.”. The first resolution was now poor woman of Wakefield, mentioned by put, and immediately carried. “ If then Mr. Watson, who said she would spin an you approve of these missions," I said, additional hank of yarn which should be you will be glad to aid their funds. a penny for the society, make another The next resolution was then put, and pair of trowsers every week to obtain carried in the same manner : and so on something for our Missionary fund. all through. I read each resolution, ex. Twice I had the leaders and a few other plained its particular bearing, made a friends together to give them some ac- remark or two, and then put it to the count how we should proceed, and how vole; interspersing the whole with anecthey should act. I read over the plan, dotes applicable to each particular &c., had their opinion on it, and made point. one or two alterations to please them, At the conclusion I said I should take All things being prepared, and having a seat at the table under the pulpit, and obtained their general good will, on the be glad to receive the names of such perSundey preceding | preached in the sons as were disposed to become sub morning from “Ye 'shall see greater scribers or benefactors. They came for
ward, and crowded about me in the most The sims already broughie in, although cheerful and even eager manner; and chiefly in donations, amount to 95 dolin a few minutes I had a side and a lialf lars, or £12 15s. of the currency of this of foolscap paper filled with namen: island. When all the names from the many of the sums set down are really different lists are transcribed into the handsome.
book, we shall probably have eight or The whole business went on in the nine columns of subscribers and benelacmost pleasing manner. Every heart tors. Many of these are indeed for small seeined to beat in unison.
sims-they are widow's mitex: but the persons declared, alihough they looked offerings of these poor will be doubly acforward with very large expectations, ceptable to the Lord, because given 80 they had realized a richer enjoymeniilion cheerfully by penury itself. they had reckoned upon : indeed some The Colleciors went out on Monday, say, they never spent a happier evening 14 h Sept. The morning following 1 in their lives. The particular point of called upon one of them, who is in very interest appears to be this: they feel straitened circumstances. She related themselves identified in their feelings and her success: besides some subscribers exertions with those friends of God and na mes, she had two donations amounting man at home, who first sent the gospel to two dollars and a half. “I felt more to them, and who are still engaged in pleasure (said she) in liandling that money rending it to every land of the shadow of than ever I did in jees of my owns;* deaih
her countenance bearing at the same time The persons named for the committee with delight. I teacher of a school was are some of those who had previously en- met by a little girl who had been her gaged to act as collectors. At their first pupil." Now, I will sale all my dogs, meeling I had about tifteen more vored in. (a copper coin, value 1fd.) and instead You will observe the whole cominittee of buying cakes, will give them you, and are collectors, and all the collectors are you can put me down tiiree biits (23. 3d.) in the commitee : by which measure a quarter, and I will come to the chapel they are the more deeply interested in school. I did not know any body might the success of our object. The collectors, come. The Governor was applied 10, about twenty-four in number, were next but at fir-t refused, the business not being sent out, two and two, furnished with properly explained. The next day he sent books for the purpose, to bey all over the for ihe Collecior, who had called for him, town: and wonderful was iheir success. desiring to know distinctly to what use The Governor gave is ten dollars, the the contributions were to be applied. “Is Military Commander five, the Govern- it to send the minister to another place? ment-Serstary five, and several gentle. I will never consent to one leaving the men and merchants as well as other in. island without the promise of another." habitants, Swedish, French, Nalive, He lias been repeatedly intreated to send American, and English, are among our away the spreacher; but he says, “ No: benefactors and sub-cribers. Consider they behave very well; I have nothing able sensation was created; but all went against the Methodists; and while they on well.
And, glory te to God, the cominue to behave as they have done, interest excited in our favour is not a they shall a'ways have my protection.” transient glow, but I trust a permanent His benefaction is ten dollars. A person feeling.
on being first applied to, refused, but on It would fill several pages to note all being intreated, said, “God forgive me, the anecdotes, which are perhaps worth for I don't believe there is a God; I will preserving, of the little rencontres of our give you a dollar, not for the cause, but collectors, and the observations of the to get rid of you." inhabitants. It seems to be achnow- The Collectors meet with some opposiledged generally that our mission has done tion; but so great is their zeal, instead of great good. Perhaps most of those who being discouragerl, they are the more oppose, or who are not decidedly friendly, stimulated to go forward. It is reported are among that class of gentlemen who “ the streets are full of beggars." A have not yet taken the trouble fully to respectable young lady, on her tirst outset, investigate the nature of the mission I felt great embarrassment. Her schoolam, I think, fuily borne out in this idea, master was among the first upon whom by a remark of one of the most respect- she called. I believe he gave something, able gentlemen in the island, on bis see- but put it down anonymously: she wished ing our “ Instructions:" that it is a great for his name, which he declined, and that pity our designs and proceedings are not discouraged her, as she thought his name better understood; much misapprehen- would be useful. "Take courage, (said sjon would then be obviated
He ;) if you fail, you fail in a good cause."
The same person called at the house of a Since that time he called again, and said French inhabitant. Breakfast being on he expected shortly to bring something the table, she was requested to walk up more. Another poor black man, now too stairs, and sit down, and partake Sheand old and feeble io work, subscribed four her companion were entertained in the bitts, or 36. per quarter, and says he will most friendly manner; and afterwards endeavour to raise a young fowl to pay it." several in the family subscribed. A poor Blessed be God, I have my healih, love black man (whose name by the bye is my work, and am purposed to do all in Barabbas,) brought a quarter of a dollar, my power to promote the salvation of poor and said, “I cannot let you put me sinners. I constantly endeavour to preach down a subscriber, but I will bring you a free, full, and present salvation, by faith. something whenever I can get it, little or I hope shortly to send some accouni of our much. If I had it, I would give plenty.” work in Anguilla.
DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, with Messrs. Stead, and Bott, sailed for Ceylon from Bristol, on the 28th ult. They had experienced the usual kindness shewn 10 Missionaries, for the sake of their work, and of the Saviour for whose name's sake they go forth, from our excellent friends in that city. Their letters, sent on shore by the pilot, bear testimony of their grateful feelings for the affection expressed to them by the Bristol society, and request the earnest prayers of the friends of Missions in every place.
Mr. Davies sailed for Babamas, from Gravesend, on the 27th ult. Mr. and Mrs. Archbell, sailed from Gravesend, on the 17th ult. for South Africa. An unfavonrable wind obliged them to put into Portsmouth, where they experienced great kindness from our friends there, and finally sailed about the 3d inst. They were furnished by the liberality of some friends of that port, with several articles for their personal comfort, when they should arrive at their station, and for the service of tbe Mission. We conmend all these brethren and sisters, to the special prayers of our Missionary friends," that they may have a prosperous voyage by the will of God.”
ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES. Messrs. Marshall, Adams, Pennock, Hartley, Hirst, with Sisters Adams and Hirst, arrived at Antigua, on the 12th of January, having made the voyage from Bristol in que month. They were, through the mercy of God, all well, and would proceed from Antigua, to their siations in other parts of the West Indies, with the exception of brother Pennock, who remains al Antigua.
SICKNESS AND DEATH OF MISSIONARIES. We greatly regret to state the death of Mr. David Jones, at Antigua, about the 1st of January; a very excellent young man. of great promise as a Missionary. Antigua had been unusually sickly, and Mr. Woolley had been obliged to remove froin that island to Bernuda, in consequence of sickness. We greatly fear, that the excessive labours of our brethren, Harvard und Clough, at Colombo, have considerably injured their health, The latter was much better, however, when the last accounts came away; but Mr. Harvard reinained much indisposed. The arrival of Mr. Gogerly, appointed to superintend the Prinung-office at Colombo, had relieved him from that labour.
ANNIVERSARIES OF MISSIONARY SOCIETIES. A public meeting was held at Exeter, on the 19th of February, to revive the Missionary Society for that district, whicli from various circumstances had been $ppended : the Rev. Joseph Marsh, in the chair. The assembly was numerous, and the proceedings warrunt the hope, that the plans of the society will be regularly carried into effect. Several handsome donations from individuals were presented at the meeting, in addition to the public collection.
The anniversary of the Plymouth Dock District Society, was held on Monday, the 23d of February; and the anniversary of the Plymouth Branch Society, on the day following. The annual sermons were preached on the preceding Sunday, at Dock and at Plymouth. The meelings were very numerously attended, and at Dock su great was the press, that one half of the people were unable to gain admission into the chapel at Morris-strect, and the Windmill chapel was obliged to he opened to accommodate them; two meetings being held as the same time. Joseph Carne, Esq.of.