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29th. Went to visit Mr. Marquat, at accursed death of Jesus. Afterwards Allan Willem ; he lives with Mr. Berg, the Lord's supper was administered to the the Landdrost, and speaks both to Chris- society. Though these poor Namacquas tians and Heathens; he likewise visits are excluded from the tables of the people some of the farmers' places, and teaches called Christians, yet the Lord invites their slaves.
them to his table, and feeds their youls Aug. 2d. We had service in the house with heavenly food. of Mr. Van Aarde: they were so delighted 10. Shewed our people this morning with the singing of the Hottentots, that that sin is a most dreadful malady, and they were at different times called into the very worst of plagues—that a healing the house to sing our hymns.
balm has been provided as an effectual 9th. Attended the Dutch church at remedy-that a Physician of infinite Twartland; the Rev.Mr. Scholz preached skill may be applied to, who administers a plain sermon on justiñcation; after this balm, and restores health and vigour which, I had the pleasure of dining with to the soul. him: so we reached Cape Town, where Met the children aster dinner, in order we experienced the kindness of Mr. and to speak with them on spiritual subjects. Mrs. West, and many others.
One said, " I remember wliat Mr. Ed.
wards said to us on Sunday. He told Berg Rivier, Sept. 6, 1818.
us that the pharisees were angry when Having again left the hurry and bustle the publicans and sinners came to Jesus of Cape Town, and being now four days to be taught. The pharisees, I think, journey therefrom, I have a little leisure thought themselves better than others, to transcribe a few extracts from my which was not good. They prayed, and journal
. It is true I have but little of did many things, only that people might importance to commonicate, yet from the
see them; they even despised poor sinoccasional extracts sent to the Committee, ners, as I recollect what the pharisee they will obtain a more perfect knowledge said, spoken of by Jesus; he said, I am of our situation, our labours, and the not like that publican. whole of our proceedings.
Another little girl said, “When I pray, May I. The easterly winds have begun it is almost as if some one spoke to me, to blow with violence: though in some and said, you must continue in prayer so parts of the colony they are accompanied long as you live. When I
Í find with a degree of heat almost insupport- something very sweet, especially when able, yet with us the reverse is experi- I think of the heathenisli woman who enced. The winds with us blow strong called after Jesus: if I can only go to and cold, and seldom fail in producing him as she went, I doubt not but he will great lassitude in the European constitu- hear me,” tien. On the ceasing of those winds, we
A little boy, about six years of age, are then generally attacked from the said, with great simplicity, "I often feel west, by heavy mists brought from the a desire to pray, but wlien I am about to ocean: 'these thick mists bury our moun- go, (amongst the bushes) I feel afraid lest tains, and the poor natives, with their the tigers should come and catch me. I skin clothing, are almost paralyzed with never prayed but once, and that is now the cold.
sone time since. I don't mind the jackals, · Sore pierc'd brwintry winds, they sink but I fear the tigers.” Some of the little Into the sordid hut of cheerless po- girls complained, and said they were
afraid that they had not been sufficiently The cattle of the natives, during these convinced of sin, and had not truly remisty seasons, are allowed to roam where- pented. They should like to be bapever their instinct may lead them. The Na- tised, and give themselves to the Lord, macquas, (unlike the hardy English shep- but said one, about nine years of age, “i herd, wading through the snow) are either think wherefore shall I be baptised? if too idle, or 100 much affected with the my heart is not changed, and I should cold, to go in pursuit of them. The profess to believe in Jesus, &c. I should cattle generally resort to the huge moun- only be as the pharisees were.” They tains, where they find a temporary shel- said they feared that their hearts were ter from the driving storm; many of them, not right, and when they came to think however, are often found stiffened with the of Jesus
mof what he had done and sutpiercing cold, and others fall a prey to fered for them, and how much he had the wolf or the tiger.
loved them, they could not help weeping Sunday 3. Endeavoured to explain, in on that account. a plain manner, the cause of the amaz- 12. We have actually for the two day! ing agony-the bloody sweat-and the last past been buried in the clouds, ana
the cold is almost insupportable. The and their children were constrained, in wind has raged most tremendously, and the midst of teeming foods of rain, to the raiu fell almost in torrents.
seek shelter in the corn houses, chapel, 14. The waggon which had been sent or wherever they could find a place suffor the iron, forge, &c. returned. Our ticiently dry to lay their heads. On our thanks are certainly due to Mr. Peter Van looking out early in the morning, we Aarde, and his son Mr. David, for their were sorry to find that the winds and great kindness in assisting us with their the rain had sported 'hemselves with the waggon and oxen. Likewise to Mrs. Smith's shop, and every thing appeared Van Aarde, in sending my wife potatoes, in the mosi deplorable state. Our first onions, and many little necessaries. business was to call for the people to as
15. All our people were anxious to see sist in removing the forge and appendages the forge, &c. and were ready to assist into the chapel; but alas, poor creatures, in conveying them to the house appointed being so starved during the night, they for their reception. When the bellows were helpless as children. were put in action, and brotirer Edwards 28. Begun to cast our seed into the begun to exercise bis hammer, they stood ground, hoping that the Lord will give with astonishment: and as the Greeks us the increase. The service of brother. bemoaned the unhappy lot of their an- Edwards to tbis station, and the forge and cestors, who by death had been deprived iron sent by the Committee, have been of the sight of Alexander on the ihrone exceedingly great. Six ploughs are now of Darius, so our people seem-d to nearly ready for action, and we hope mourn the fate of those Namacquas, who that the natives, having reaped the fruit had not lived to see a forge erected in of their last year's labours, will not be the midst of their camp.
backward in putting their hands to them. 17. Our people were reminded of some I have often been much tried with some of the promises made respecting the of the natives, who are amazingly idle, heathen, from Zech. ix. 10, 11, 12," He though many have certainly improved shall speak peace to the heathen, his do- much in labouring for theinselves and minion shall be from rea even unto sea," their families.- am often tempted and &c. &c. How encouraging are these harassed by satanı, yet I am by far the promises to the Missionary in a solitary most tried with myself. I am quite satisregion, surrounded with people who are fied with respect to my providential stasitting in darkness. He believes, is com- tion-quite satisfied with respect to the forted, and expects their fulfilment. conrersion of some of the natives--quite
18. The weather is now niore severe satistied to submit to the many little prithan I have ever seen before. 'We have vations that a Missionary in this remote not only had mist and pain, but the most region must experience-but when I conbitter storms of hail and snow; the wind sider the numberless privileges that I has also increased to such a degree that have enjoyed, and the privileges that I we have now a complete hurricane. This still enjoy above many others, I am quite storm has had such an effect on the house dissatisfied with myself, and must say, of Brother Edwards (being in an unfinished "I am an unprofitable servant." state,) that it has found its way to the We cannot but be grateful for the very ground, where it must lie till the rainy valuable present sent by Mr. Irving, viz. season shall be over before it can be re a bell: we wish that the same gentleman built.
could enjoy the sight of our litle Namac19. The wind continued to increase quas running to school or to chapel at the during the night of yesterday, and blew sound thereot: or that he could see the with so much violence, that we feared old creeping out of their huts, on a sabour dwelling-house would fall upon us : bath's morning, in the months of summer, but we have cause to thank him whose to the place where his bell is fixed. providence is over all, that it stood the Mr. West, haberdasher, who has refury of the storm, and has suffered no membered us in our high station, (on material injury. We felt the cold much the mountains far above the level of the during the night, but our poor people felt sea) has done kindly; we shall find his it much more than ourselves.' Many of present useful. I hope you will return their houses were upset by the wind, and him our hearty thanks. in the silent watches of the night, they
WESTERN AFRICA. Messrs. BAKER and Gillisos, appointed 10 Sierra Leone, to succeed Mr. Brown, who, having been two y«ars on that station, is to be removed to the West Indies, sçiled from Gravesend ou December 16. They were, with Mr. Davies, appointed' to the Bahamas, solemnly set apart for the work, on the Saturday evening previous to their sailing, in the Spitalfields Chapel; and commended by ihe prayers of the congregation to the blessing of God. May they have a prosperous voyage by the will of God, and be preserved in that insalubrious climate, for the benefit of the important inission committed to their charge.
WEST INDIES. JAMAICA.—The following alterations and additions have been made in the stations in that island :- Kingston, G. Johnston, O. Adams; Spanish Town, W. Bining; Morant Bay, W. Radcliffe, J. Martley; Grateful Hill, J. Underhill; Falmouth and Montego Bay, J. Shipman, J. Hudson; Port Antonio, (a new station,) J. Horne.
lo Kingston, premises have been purchased for an additional place of worship, which when completed will be reodered capable of containing a nearly equal number of hearers with the present chapel, and thus two large congregations will find suitable accommodation. The prospects in every part of the island are such as to call for great thankfulness. Every where the objects of the Missionaries seem better understood, and the brethren meet with attentive hearers, and great encouragement in their labours.
The following is an extract from a Letter of Mr. Shipman to the COMMITTEE, dated Falmouth, September, 1819, which, with the extracts of Letters it contains, will be read with great pleasure. The new openings for the preaching the word of God in this important island call for great thankfulness; and we trust ihat we shall be able soon to announce that the doors thus opened are a great and cffectual.”
CONSIDERING myself in duty bound to will be found acceptable, as given from acquaint you and the Committee with a desire to glorify God, and with a sin. every circumstance which materially af- gle eye to his service. I present per fects the mission, especially if it be of a bearer a parcel, containing Four Doubpleasing nature, I think it right to com- loons, two of which I purpose to the aforeinunicate an account of what has recently said use, one I humbly request you will occurred. A few weeks ago I received a transmit to the honourable trustees of very affectionate and pious letter from a the Bible Society, in aid of their cause, Serjeant Waugh, of the Royal Artillery, and let the other be applied to such ocBOW stationed at Montego Bay; who has casions as you may deem most cxpedient. attempted to keep the remains of the so- “ There are not more than four or five ciety raised by Mr. Fish, together for of the old members in this place now sursome time. His letter, breathing the spi- viving, whom I was enabled to lead fof rit of genuine religious zeal, I am per. more than twelve months. But I firmly suaded you will not be displeased with believe there are many souls still, who the following extract from it.
would be led in the way of salvation, “ Having for some time been desirous were there labourers to clear away the of contributing my mite towards build- old foundation, and to dissolve the leaves ing or purchasing a new chapel in Fals of the Pharisees." magih, whenever it pleaseth God to or- Since I received the above, I have der it so; I feel happy to avail myself of been favoured with another very gratithis opportunity of communicating my fying letter from a Mr. J. Jones, a mer. intentions to you, through the agency of chant of that place; and as it shews my worthy friend, Mr. Fosbrooke, the their great anxiety for the word of life, only one I know to forward this small I shall also send you an extract from it. testimony of my sincere regard for such It runs thus: a glorious cause, which you do so ar- “ Under God's blessing, which we dently labour to defend ;-hoping the have begged upon our undertaking, we grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus have purchased the old Court House in Christ, whose power alone will enable this town, for a chapel, payable by subyou in his due time to surmount every scription, for 4001. obstacle that apparently obstructs your “'We have also to beg you to put us in progress in building again the shattered the way of getting a licence for the place. walls of Zion. And although I own We, whose names are subscribed, will be the donation to be inadequate in the ready to meet your wishes in any way in extreme, if compared with the manifold which our weak endeavours may prove blessiogs that I, the vilest of the vile, useful. As our list increases, we shall have been counted worthy to receive, inform you of it, and hope to enjoy a through the redemption that is alone portion of your labours in this place; in the blood of Jesus, I still trust it and trust, yea, we believe the Lord will make a fruitful vineyard here. Many tego Bay, for the purpose of applying wish to hear the sound of the gospel, and for a licence. This, when added to my have expressed great pleasure at the present field of labour, will make my prospect before thiem, earnestly entreat- circuit upwards of seventy miles long, ing an interest in your prayers. We beg which will be too much upon the whole leave to subscribe ourselves, affection- for my strength, and far ioo much for ately your's, &c."
But as I expect a colleague I intend, God willing, to attend the next year, I shall do as well as I can, next Court of Quarter Sessions at Mon- till lam favoured with that assistance. ,
St. Vincent's. The following extract of a letter from Mr. Bellamy, will greatly interest our readers, who know how to appreciate the importance of the commite nication of Cliristian instruction to children.
Extract of a Letter from Mr. BELLAMY to Mr. Benson, dated' Kingstown, St. Vin
cent's, Oct 6, 1818. Rev. AND DEAR SIR,
he assembles them in his fine, large hall. I A gentleman of high respectability feel a peculiar attachment to the children, has recently requested me to undertake (and did the first time I saw them,) and the religious instruction of his negro chil- à pleasure in instructing them; they dren: 10 which I replied, that I would also feel an attachment to me and their willingly comply, and considered it as a teacher. As an instance : as I was ridprovidential event, in point of example, ing through the cane-field to visit one of as well as for the moral benefit of the chil. our sick members, they were all busy at dren. Consequently the next Sunday work, and a first did not see me. But after this interview, he sent about sixty one happening to turn his head and see of his children, neatly and uniformly me, he immediately cried out, smiling, dressed, according to their sex. The “ Massa, dere is Massa!” The rest children are healthy, pretty, active, and looked, and in an instant they laid down interesting. While I was there that their little hoes, and ran to me, and surmorning to breakfast, he had all assem- rounded my horse, and bowed, and curtbled before the hall door of his noble sied, saying with one voice, “ How do, house, and requested me to catechize Massa, how do, Massa ?" I talked to them, which
did, in the pre-ence of them a few moments, and told them to Mr. C. and many o:hers. Sir, the sight work well, and be kind one to another, I am persuaded, would have gratified you, and to fear the great God, as he saw apd all the real friends of missions, to them; yes, Massa, yes, Massa, was their have seen your missionary so properly reply. I told them to be good children, engaged. Sixty little negroes, formning a and said, Now all of you go, and take crescent two or three deep, about the up your hoes; they said, Yes, good bye, bottom step of the front door of their Massa, and ran immediately afier, makmaster's mansion, with their eyes spark- ing their obeisance, and took up their ling, and their bluck countenances glist- hoes, and went cheerfully to work. ening; and your missionary standing on According to expectation, ihe example the top step, instructing them in the prin- of the Hon. Mr. C. in this, has influenced ciples of our most holy and beneficent re- other honourable gentlemen to follow it. ligion ; and the Hon. Mr. C. sitting at The Hon. Mr. D. bas sent forty of his my
left side, and the Hon. Mr. D. stand- children to be instructed at our chapel ing behind me, and three or four ladies at Chateaubellain, on the leeward of ihe in the door-way, and servants and seve island. He was present while I cateral negroes standing by; and all this not chized them, and gave me an invitation far from the public road. At the con. to his house. The Hon. Mr. D-t, the clusion, Mr. C and company manifested attorney general, also sent his children their gratification ; I felt satisfied, and to be instrucied, and gave us an invitathe dear children pleased, and I hope tion to see him. So now we begin to some little protired. Mr. C. continues to have our hands full, and blessed be God send them regularly to our chapel every for it. This I regard as an important Sunday, and we have liberty to go once a door to future prosperity. week to his house to instruct them, when
Torlula.-We greally regret to state the death of an excellent young man, Mr. COLMAR, sent out in 1816; the following extract of a letter from Messrs. Wait. WORTH and Jackson, his colleagues, bears ample and just testimony to his pious life and Christian death,
Extract of a Letter from Messrs. Waitworth and Jackson, dated Tortola, Oct.
30, 1818. It is in the deepest affliction that we loins were girded, and his light wag are constrained to impare to you the in- burning, and he was found waiting for telligence of the death of our dear bro- the coming of his Lord. In his affliction ther Co nar. In the prime and vigour he discovered great patience and resig. of his youth, and in the midst of his use nation to the will of the Lord. Being fulness, he has been called to his eternal asked the state of his mind, he replied,
He died on the 15th ult. of a bj. “All is well; I have great peace in God.” ious fever, after a sickness of only five Thus died our invaluable friend and feldays. Tie vay following he was buried low-labourer, Mr. Colmar, aged about in the midst of the tears and sighs of a twenty-three years. large and deeply affected congregation, We greatly mourn the loss, not on his cf ali descriptions. He was an ainiable part, for he has entered into the joy of young man; his piety was genuine, and his Lord, but on our own part, who Lis religion was that of the heart; he needed his example, exhortation, and felt it, and could describe it, not as a cun- prayers, to excite us to piety and diliTuinzly devised fuble, but as the power of gence. God to salsation. He lived in commu- This awful providence was improved cion with, and in the enjoyment of God. in a funeral sermon to a very crowded His person, time, and talents were all de- audience, on Sunday the 27th ult. from voies to God, and to the work of the mic Titus i. 2. Distry. With great fer our he has some- The state of religion among us at preund-s said, “ I want to be a man of God, sent wears different aspects. In our last a Bible Christian."
letter we mentioned the stability to which As a munisier he studied to shew him- the society had attained. The steady self approved unto God, a workman that and uniform dcportment of its members seedeh not to be ashamed, rightly divid. is a strong proof of their growth in ing the word of truth. He promised to
We trust that we can now say be an able and useful minister of the New that our people generally, not only hear, Testament. He studied hard, made con- but keep the sayings of Christ; and siderable improvement, and was accepts therefore, like a house founded upon a able and useful.
rock, they will stand unshaken, when His death was very sudden and unex- assailed by all the storms of earth and pected; but it found him ready. His hell.
Tobago -To this new and promising station Mr. RAYNER was appointed last year. He is labouring with great encouragement, but bas lately had the athliction to lose his excellent wife. In a letter Jated Oct. 18, 1818, he says,
The feelings under which I labour the females and children, who greatly while I write these lines, are indescrib- lament her loss. able; nor will you wonder that this On the morning of the 28th ult. she should be the case, when you learn what gave birth to a lovely infant; and in the has betalien me. The awful stroke of afternoon of the same day breathed her death has deprived me of a most affec- last, when her happy spirit was gathered tionate and amiable wife, who was a home to God. I sorrow, but not as those comfort to me in this land of strangers ; without hope: my dear Mury fell asleep and was exceedingly useful, both as an in Jesus, and I know my loss is her eterexample and in other respects, to the nal gain. The little innocent left with infani society in this place, particularly me is very likely to live.
Grenada. — The following very pleasing letter has been received from Messrs. SEREWBCRY and Goy, dated Oct. 7, 1818. Our readers will remember, that it was but lately that an additional Missionary was appointed.
Great is our cause of rejoicing, when ber, it may be affirmed with truth, they we behold the unity and love so gene. are“ growing in grace, and in the knowrally prevailing amongst our society. ledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Peace reigns in all our borders, and Christ.” For that unspeakable blessing, prosperity within our palaces. The great more to be desired than thousands of enemy of God and man has endeavoured gold and silver, entire holiness of heart on different occasions 10 introduce dis- and life, many are earnestly seeking; eurd and contention ; but by the grace and in humble expectation of possessing of God, every such endeavour has been what they so ardently desire, are already frustrated, and we have still maintained rejoicing, even with joy unspeakable. As " the unity of the Spirit in the bond of the servants of Jesus Christ, our ministry peace." from the distinct and intimate seems to be owned of God, chiefly in the koowledge that we have of every mem- establishment of believers; and so far as