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during Divine worship, in such a manner of duty, will, if I am at liberty, prompt as rendered it impracticable to continue me to offer them once more my services. our public assemblies. We ourselves The situation of that Island, and espewere threatened, and sound it necessary, cially of the little society there, claims, for personal safety, to appeal to the civil and I trust will have the sympathies and authority. We have no reason to suppuse prayers of the pious. Persecution is no that the government had any part in the new thing in the Christian church; human persecution ; on the contrary, a military malice, however, has always eventually force was sent to protect us; yet what been defeated by Omnipotence; this must shut up our way, and made us finally de. be the case with every attack on the work cide on leaving the island, was, the Pre- of God, whilst it stands recorded, “ On sident's declaration, that he thought it this rock will I build my church, and the expedient we should preach no more. gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The molives which induced his Excellency Circumstances often occur to exercise our to make this declaratinn, are best known to faith, such is the present event; but himself; but his opinion of our character could we draw aside the veil which covers and conduct may be fairly inferred, as the invisible world, and see it as it is, well from the complimentary letter ad- gloomy as it now appears to our limited dressed by him to the Committee, as from understandings, we should then doubtless the promise of a donation to the Society, cordially acquiesce in the words of the which promise he has since fulfilled by gospel; he hath done all things well. sending a bill of exchange for £500 sterling. Our removal from Port au Prince, the
The following is the President's Letter,
referred to above. scene of two years' labour, and the object of our hopes and wishes, has cost me
(Translation ) many tears; yet all is not lost. We left Republic of Hayti. JEAN PIERRE Borer, in society 30 approved members, and 18
President of Hayti, to the Committee of on trial, under the care of two young meni,
the Melhodist Missionary Society, Lonthe fruit of the mission, one of whom, in
GENTLEMEN, particular, has promising talents, and has occasionally given exhortations. We gave
Mr. J. Brown, your missionary in this ihem plans for meeting in class, holding part of the island, being about to return prayer-meetings, and meetings for reading to England, after a stay of nearly two and repeating ihe catechism : so that there years in this capital, procures me the exists sull in the capital of the Republic pleasure of sending you this letter, the of Hayti, a regularly organized Methodist purport of which is to entreat you to acSociety, proceeding according to the cept the assurance of my gratitude for the Methodist plan. Nor can I abandon all good will which you bear towards the hope in future, for when I consider how people of this Republic, to whom you many Bibles, New Testaments, religious have kindly sent 'Missionaries to offer tracts, and other books of piety have been them the siccours of the Christian faith, recently put into circulation; how many
in order to procure for them true happiserions we cielivered, and conversations ness by means of a pure morality. we held; how many antichristian errors
I leave Mr. Brown to report to you and absurdities have been canvassed and the way in wbich he has been reexposed, how the reigning vices of the ceived by the government, and the proplace have been attacked and condemned, gress of civilization amongst the people and what a spirit of inquiry was in con- over whose destinies I have the honour of sequence excited; I am persuaded light presiding. I regret that this worthy has gone forth, and hope we shall yet see a
minister could not be prevailed upon to greater and more effectual door opened accept any remuneration for his labours; amongst that unhappy, people, for the but! purpose to have the pleasure of publication of the gospel.
sending, without fail, to your respectable' I love my country and friends, and have Society, by a bill of exchange, a donation learned to value the privileges of England which I entreat you to accept. by having been out of it for a season ; I have the the honour to salute you, yet I cannot help turning a wishful look Gentlemen, with sentiments of the towards Hayti. And when it shall please
most perfect consideration, the great Róler of the universe to dispose
Boyer, that people again for the reception of his Port au Prince, Dec. 25,1818. ministers, inclination, as well as a sense 15th year of Independence.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The number of Methodists in the United States, the eventual fruits of a Mission sent out to that Continent, hy Mr. Wesley, in 1769, is known to be very great, and the resources of many of them abundant. It has therefore been sometimes a matter of surprise, that little was heard of their exertions in the great cause of Missions. Probably they considered their own work, in their extended itinerancy at home, as still retaining its Missionary character, wbich is indeed true of Methodism in many of the States. In others, however, and in the majority, it must be considered as sufficiently established to allow of the exercise of the charity of Christians, now in full possession of the external ordinances of their religion, to the heathen An appeal to American Christians generally, of a very animated and stirring kind, in a pamphlet called “The Conversion of the World,” we noticed and recommended in a late number. To this we have to add a very interesting appeal by M. T. F. Watson, of German Town, United States, 10 the American Methodist societies and congregations, on the subject of Missionary efforts, not only among the Indians on their own borders, but also in other parts of the world; Aating, at the same time, the operations and successes of the British Wesleyan Missionary Society, and urging an affectionate co-operation with it. This pamphlet, in connexion with the other just mentioned, we understand is about to be reprinted at the Conference Office - We have the pleasure to find, from a late communication from America, that in consequence of Mr. T. F. Watson's Appeal, a meeting was held in Philadelphia, on the 8th of March, for the organization of a General Methodist Mission Establishment, or Society, with very flattering prospects. The plan proposed was adopted, with which we hope soon to be favoured. We contemplate this as a very pleasing event; it marks the extension of the spirit of holy zeal, and will call new agents, more missionaries, more prayers, and more contributions into exercise for the “ Conversion of the world."
FORMATION OF NEW MISSIONARY SOCIETIES. Extract of a Letter from Wigan, Lancashire, dated May 29, 1819. A Branch Missionary Society has been recently formed in the Town of Wigan, Lancashire; and in order to give extension to its operations, a public meeting was held on the 24th of May. The Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke presided on the occasion with his usual ability. The Rev. Robert Newton, the Rev. P. Garrett, and others, addressed the meeting. The speeches delivered on the occasion, and the excellent sermons preached by Dr. Clarke and Mr, Newton, will be remembered after
The Collections, including a donation of 51. from a friend, amounted to 361. Ils. 9fd. And as subscriptions have also commenced to a considerable amount, the Society promises to be productive.
Extract of a Letter from LOUGHBOROUGH, Leicestershire, dated May 29, 1819. On Wednesday, May 26, a Public Meeting was held in the Methodist Chapel
, Loughborough, for the purpose of forming a Methodist Missionary Society, for that town and circuit. Three excellent and appropriate sermous were preached on the occasion, by the Rev. J. Brownell, from Nottingham, and the Rev. R. Newton, from Liverpool. The meeting in the afternoon was numerously attended; interesting speeches were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. Bird, Newton, Brownell, Davis, Capes, Raby, and others. It was a day to be remembered, and the anniversary will be anticipated with great pleasure. The collections in behalf of the Institution, notwithstanding the pressure of the times, amounted to £75.
A Public Meeting was also held at Northampton, on the 3d of June, for the formation of an Auxiliary Society, for the Northampton and Oxford District. The collections amounted to £56.
On the same day, at the close of the Exeter district meeting, held in Taunton, Somersetshire, a Methodist Auxiliary Missionary Society was formed for the said district.-On the preceding evening, a preparatory sermon was delivered by the Rev. James Buckley, of Bath, who also presided at the public meeting. The Rev. Messrs. Collier, Simmons, Marsh, Davies, (from Africa) Sanders, Bryant, W. and
J. Radford; together with the Rev. Messra. Tozer, of the Independent interest, severally addressed the Meeting.
In the Methodist Magazine and Missionary Notices for March, a Letter was inserted, addressed by Dr. Adam Clarke to the Missionary Committee, and published at their request, That letter has greatly served, in various quarters, the cause of Missions. We are, however, concerned to find, that some parts of it have been strangely misunderstood by one of our respected brethren, the Rev. VALENTINE Ward, of Aberdeen, whose animadversions have been published in the Magazine for June. We are persuaded that the venerable Editor of that work was induced to admit Mr. Ward's letter by a desire to impress on its readers the necessity, and undiminished importance, of exertions for the further spread of religion at home, in connexion with those which are so laudably made for its propagation abroad. On that point we most heartily concur with Mr. Ward in sentiment. But we are prepared to maintain, that there is nothing in Dr. Clarke's letter, which, if fairly and candidly construed, is at all hostile to that conviction. We are therefore of opinion, that no such strictures, as those which Mr. Ward has written, were called for on this occasion ; and there are several passages in his communication, some of which relate to Dr. Clarke's letter, and others to our fellowChristians of other denominations, to which we most strongly object, and the introduction of which we exceedingly regret. We have authority to state, that the Book-Committee in London, when they first read those passages in the Magazine, fully shared with us the feeling which we now express. And they have unanimously requested us to draw up some Remarks on Mr. Ward's letter, which the Editor has readily agreed to publish in his number for August.
Joseph Taylor, Jun.
POETRY. To the Editor of the Methodist Magazine.
For very far from hence I dwell,
And therefore bid the world farewell ; SIR,
Finding, of all the joys it gives, Tae following lines, written at an Inn, are
A sad remernbrance only lives. said to be the production of the late excellent Bishop Horne. When you have room for Rough stumbling-stones my steps o'erthrow, them in your Poet's Corner, they are at your Yet still my course to heaven I steer,
And lay a wandering sinner low;
A. G.J. Though neither moon nor stars appear.
The world is like an Inn ;-for there A pensive sadgess fills my heart ;
Men call, and storm, and drink, and swear ; Past scenes my fancy wanders o'er,
While undisturb'd, a Christian waits, And sighs to think they are no more.
And reads, and writes, and meditates. Along the road I musing go,
Though in the dark I oft times stray, O'er many a deep and miry slough;
The Lord shall light me on my way, The shrouded moon withdraws her light,
And to the city of the sun And leaves me to the gloom of night.
Conduct me, when my journey's done. An lon receives me, where unknown,
There, by these eyes shall he be seen, I solitary sit me down;
Who sojourned for me in an Inn ; Meny I hear, and some I see,
On Sion's hul I those shall hail, I nough to them,-ihey nought to me.
From whom I parted in the vale. Thus in the regions of the dead,
Why am I heavy then, and sad, [glad A Pilgrim's wandering life I lead,
When thoughts like these should make me And still at every step declare
Muse, then, no more, ou things below, I have no 'biding city here.
Arise, my soul, and let us go!
To the Editor of the Methodist Magazine. But just as much as tells where onee it stood.
The Prior and his train are there no more : Easby Hall, May 7th, 1819.
No more the blinded, superstitious Monk, Rev. and DEAR SIR,
Within its sacred walls his task performs. Being on a visit at this place, which stands The days in which the cloister'd life obtain'd, in the vicinity of that noted mountain, called Will never once, I hope, again return. Roseberry Topping; curiosity led me the Look all around, on this extensive plain, other day to mount its summit. The motion And see what wonders rise! How vast the produced on my mind, by the prospect pre
scene! sented to the view from that remarkable emi. Without the aid of telescopic glass nence, gave birth to the following lines; an
What towns and villages I now behold ! early insertion of which, in the larger number See ! STOKESLEY, DARLINGTON, and Stocs. of your valuable Magazine, (if you think them
TON-TEES, worthy to occupy a page in that popular And Heartle-Pool; and, as I have been work,) will oblige, Your's, &c.
told, A CONSTANT READER. Directly to the West, when clouds apart, A View from ROSEBERRY TOPPING. As far as RICAMOND rises to the view.t
A solemn awe now seizes on my mind! EXCEEDING high is tow'ring Roseberry,
What voice is that I hear! or rather what Yet higher still, is that eternal mount
The voice which enter'd now my inmost Oa which my hope of heaven is firmly built.
soul! The Rock of Ages that ! the Christian's boast. This mount, together with its neighbouring In loud and solemn accents it declares.
The final doom, of all within my view. heights,
“ The earth,” it says,
" and all the works And yon vast sea, and this extensive plain,
therein, Are but a part of his stupendous works Whoni now I would adore with all my
“ Shall be burnt up !! How awful is the
thought! powers. I hence behold yon fine majestic ships,
Yet awful more the day when this shall be!
When towns and villages, and rising woods, They glide before the wind on yonder deep; In which is found the vast Leviathan,
When flowing streams and mansions beautie
fied The wond'rous produce of amazing power. Nor does Leviathan alone display
By human art, with gold or costly stones;
(No matter then to whom they now belong :) The might, and wisdom of the God I love.
And this extensive, this delightful plain, On every species of the finney tribe, From that huge monster, 'to the smallest Together with yon high romantic hills; shrimp,
And yonder briny, restless, boiling deep,
At his command who did the world create We find the impress of Almighty Power,
Shall be dissolv'd, by raging fames destroy'd! As well as marks of wisdom all divine. Just on the sandy beach, where threatning On that important, that
Reflect ! ye visitants to Roseberry, waves, Rais'd by old Neptune from the restless deep
When rob'd in glory terrible to see !
Jehovah Jesus shall from heaven descend, Expose their pride, and break their tow'ring
And universal nature heave a groan ! heads, Stands Rencar full in view : a place to which
Where! O gay reader! wilt thou then appear!
W.S. The gay resort, in summer's lengthen'd days. Much nearer hand, a little to the right,
+ Richmond from this eminevce is upwards of Stands antiquated GUISBOROUGH, clearly seen, By those who mount the summit where I stand.
On Jacob's Pillow,
The bed was earth ; the raised pillow stores, And though the town should tumble to decay,
Whereon poor Jacob rests his head, his bodes: Ils name transcribed on historic page, *
Heaven was his canopy; the shades of night Will be remembered to the end of time.
Were his drawn curtains, to exclude the light. Lol there I now behold the last remains,
Poor state for Isaac's heir ! it seems to me
His cattle found as soft a bed as he:
Yet God appeared there, bis joy, his crown! It lies in ruins, little now remains,
God is not always seen on beds of down.
I care not wbere I rest my bones, my head: For an account of Guisborough, and especially the Priory, see Grave's History of Cleaveland, With Jacob'š pillow give me Jacob's dream.
With thee my wants can never prove extreme, and a well written History of Whitby, 8vo. in 9 vols. by the Rev. G. Young:
Printed by 7. CORDEUX, City-Road,