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But about ten o'clock he was taken larly when the pains of death were opoe worse; and at midnight, after giving him, he manifested the warmest affection several signals of victory, he beckoned to to all about him, but especially to his dear the family and friends present, to draw wife. Perceiving her to weep over his near and kiss him, and in the most affec- suffering body, he, with his own trembling cionate manner, he pressed as to his lips: hand, wiped away the lears from her after which he said with a faltering eyes. About ten o'clock in the nordiog voice, “Thank the Lord.”-“Now Lord he exchanged mortality for eternal buss. come, Amen." The next day, though “ Precious in the sight of the Lord is the in the agonies of death, he was perfectly death of his saints.” sensible and recollected, and frequently

Your's affectionately, joined his hands in prayers. During the

WILLIAY TOASE. whole time of his affliction, and particu- Guernsey, Oct. 5th, 1819.

Some months ago we received a letter from a person, who styles himself " A Candid Inquirer,” suggesting some doubts of the accuracy of the statement given by Mr. John Brown, in a paragraph of his speech delivered at the Missionary Meeting held in the City-Road Chapel in May last, concerning the state of the negroe popu. lation in the Republican part of the island of St. Domingo; and putting a variety of questions respecting the information contained in that paragraph. We took ibe earliest opportunity of laying, “ Candid Inquirer's" letter before Mr. Brown, and have lately been favoured with the following reply to it, which we here insert.

“ TO THE EDITOR. “ I thank you for transmittiog me the letter signed “ Candid laquirer," to which I reply. At the commencement of the speech which has given rise to his inquiries, I explicitly stated, that my remarks were to be considered as applying only to the Republican part of the island of St. Domingo. Consequently, it never entered into my mind to attempt to give a description of the state of the Catholic Church in general. And it is manifest, that all I designed was merely, by detailing a few facts which fell under my own observation, to shew the moral and religious situation of the Haytians, in the city and neighbourhood of Port au Prince. Of the correctness of my statements I myself am conscious, as far as I am capable of judging; and “ Candid Inquirer" is at liberty to believe them or disbelieve them, as he may think proper. Doubtless he himself can best explain wherein he discovers such a resemblance between the religion and morals of the Haytians and those of Catholics in general, as leads him to give my words so wide an application, and to conclude that I spoke of the Catholic religion and Catholic morals in every part of the world,

Should “ Candid Inquirer” wish for farther information, if in his next communication he will favour me with his name, and place of residence, I shall be happy to correspond with him, either publickly or privately; and answer, as far as I am able, any question relative to my speech, which he shall think fit to propose.

“ I am, dear Sir, your's respectfully, 77, Hatton Garden, London, Sept. 14, 1819.

J. BROWN."

To the Editor of the Methodist Magazine. As I am inclined to think there are numerous instances of persons letting out Carriages for hire on the Lord's day, among whom may be found professors of serious religion, I humbly request your opinion how far they may be justified in so doing; more than one or two have come within my own observation, by those who not only profess religion, but whose moral and religious character is in every other respect uniinpeachable. I hope, Sir, your observations on the subject may be the means of checking such conduct, which appears to license Sabbath. breaking, and is in itself an open violation of the law of God. London, August 30, 1819.

DISCIPULUS. As it frequently happens, that a minister wants a gig, to convey him to the place where he has to preach and perform other parts of Divine service; and as it is sometimes expedient for a person to go to some distance to visit a sick friend, letting carriages out for hire cannot absolutely be prohibited. But when no reason of that kind occurs, it is an evil which ought to be checked as much as possible ; for hiring carriages to go journeys of pleasure, or for worldly basiness, is doubtless a profanation of the Lord's day.

MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.

CEYLON.

CALTURA.- In following our excellent brethren who are labouring in the foreign work through the various scenes of their labours, those who love them for their work and their Master's sake, will neither refuse to share with them in the joys of their successes, nor to sympathize with them in the sorrows to which they are called, either by the peculiar circumstances of their condition, or in the ordinary changes and sufferings of this life. The exercises from which no place or sphere of action is exempt, and which might have been experienced by them had they remained in their own country, have often to Missionaries a peculiar bitterness, and require for them a peculiar support. Such is the loss of Christian friends, and such especially is the bereavement of a pious wife. This affliction our respected brother Fox has been called to sustain, and whilst the manner of Mrs. Fox's death gives additional proof of the reality of that religion she went forth so readily with her husband to make knowu to the heathen, and will be edifying to our readers to peruse; the circumstance will, we doubt not, give our afflicted brother an especial interest in the prayers of the friends of Missions, and of Missionaries.

are no more.

Extract of a Lelter from Mr. Fox, dated Point de Galle. It is with great difficulty I write to you

I was but ill prepared for my present quarterly communication, this alllictive stroke, though I had had the from the peculiar trials with which it has most painful fears for some time; yet pleased the Lord to afflict nie. I have having succeeded before in raising her up, now lost iny mo-t valuable earthly stay, I trusted, aided by a milder clime, Procounsellor and friend. My dear wife has vidence would again graciously turn aside been removed froin me, and though once the stroke. The complaint which brought doubtful the race, she has gained the lia- lier to the grave was of a long standing, ven of rest before me. I could not mur- a consumption. mur at this painful dispensation of him She often repealed her favourite hymn, who cannot err; but I submitted with a beginning with “ Shrinking from the cold broken heart. While she was with me! hand of death ;” and so partial was she fainted under nothing, and scarcely any to that hymn, that she gou an old hymn thing but her affliction filled my heart book bound and clasped with silver, be. with sorrow.

She lamented that she cause in that edition, the hymu was unacould personally do so little, compara. bridyed, and her favourite verse was tively, in the great work: but she en. therecouraged me in all my labours and diffi.

" Walk with me through the dreadful shade, culties, though she soinetimes told me I

Anul, certified that thou art mine, was frustrating the end I designed, by My spirit, calın and undisınayed, atlempting labours beyond my power to I shall into thy hanels resign." accomplish.

On giving the ground of her hope, she Wherever the cause of God demanded

repeated the lines, my presence, she not only gave me up', but urged me to go,with only one caution,

* Because thou didst for sinners die,

Jesus in death remember me." “Do not mistake murder for sacrifice." Indeed she was so associated with all my Her complaint was variable, sometimes plans, that I find it yet too much for ny she was but little affected by her cough, feelings, lo attempt to finish works begun her appetite remained, and she comwhile she was with me. There is how. plained but little of a decrease of strength. ever, one consolation that mingles itself In July, the lamented Sir William Coke, with all my sorrows, I shall soon meet her on his last journey, kindly called 10 see again, in climes where death and parting Us, and on his departure she remarked VOL. XLII. NOVEMBER, 1819.

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how well he looked; observing that length set out; I was far from being well health, however, was no security against when I left Galle, and when I had been death. At this time her mind was quite in Colombo three days, I was seized with calin and composed, and the adversary, so obstinate a bowel complaint, that I who had firrcely assaulted her, was not was given up. My brethren, with brcken permitted to allict her soul. She was bearts, told me the doctor's opinion, very urgent with me to send our dear which I hearid unmoved, and my soul, little girl to England, considering this within a few hours (apparently) of the one of the worst places in the world 10 eternal world, stood unmored on the bring up girls, where an alllicred mother Rock of ages. My dear wife and little could not attend to them. I was not very ones were on my heart, but I had ccnfi. willing to part with my children; but dence in him who said, “Leave thy thinking it would lessen her anxiety fatherless children, and let thy widows consented to it, when we had a good trust in me." opportunity. Our dear little boy, she

On my recovery I set out for Galle, added, Uhope will ever be with his father, filled with a thousand pleasing ideas of where lie will be well educated, and seeing my dear wife; but a few hours brought up in the fear of the Lord. You before I could reach, she had, without a will conceive how dificult it was to com- sigh, entered into the rest that remains mand my feelings under such conversa- for the people of God. When the breath. tions, which seemed like the language of less messenger met me with the news, 1 one ready to die, and one for whom, had was overwhelmed with sorrow that could heaven permitted, I could gladly have not relieve itself by tears, and I came given my life to save. She was particu- only to see the remains of all that was larly gratified with the Psalms, according dear to me, on whose countenance death to the version in the book of Common had fixed the most placid smile. I locked Prayer; these I read to her in the order on my little ones, and wept; but for them they are appointed to be read in churches. perhaps I had murmured to be brought

We then occupied a wing of the go- back from the grave, when to live was to vernment house, and at first the air ap- be separated from her I loved. She did peared to be of great advantage. From not apprehend herself to be so near death J. Atkinson, Esq. and his musi excellent till the day before, and then, in giving lady, we received every comfort which an account of her hope to her affectionate could be found in the four quarters of the friend Mrs. Griffiths, she repeated two globe. Their kindness and attention to lives of her favourite hymn, my dear Katharise, exceeds all that can be written, but it is written on my heart,

“ Because thou didst thr sinners die, and time cannot erase it. After a few

Jesus in derth remember me. weeks her cough was worse than before, O may 1 labour more diligently in that and I was recommended from all quare cause, which, above all others she loved, ters, to try another air. The sympathis. till the great Head of the church shall ing affection of my brethren and friends, say, well done, good and faithful servant, was a consolation to us under these trying enter and share with thy partner, the joy circumstances. Having by the help of of your Lord. brother M.Kenny made due arrangements, I am grateful for the sympathies of my we set out for Point de Galle, where we brethren, and the kinduess of my nemer arrived without the usual inconveniences ous friends. The Rev. Mr. Mayor and in travelling. For a fortnight she seemed his kind partner took my little girl is their 10 receive no advantage from the change; own house some weeks before my Kathabut alterwards symptoms were more rine died; and sister M.Kenny has kindly favourable, and in the beginning of and voluntarily taken charge of my little November I had little doubt of her reco- boy. My little Katharine will return to very. As it was necessary for us to hold Europe under charge of brother Harvard, a District Meeting, I said to her, my and 'hus my de:ir little girl, if all be well. dear, I will write to the brethren to meet will twice have crossed the Atlantic and at Galle, as it will make but little differ. Indian oceans, before she will have conence to them; at all events my presence pleted the third year of her age. I can is not particularly necessary at this meet- scarcely support myself under the pros: ing. She answered, no, you may leave pect of losing my little girl, though! me very safely, it is proper for you to go. know the Lord will take care of her, and I hesitated, and she wept, saying she was she will never want a friend. A few the cause of my neglecting a duty. As months ago I was surrounded by my little she continued tú improve in health I at family, a happier family lived not; naw

I am stripped, and left alone; but it is prospers greatly, under the indefatigable the Lord's hand that hath done this, I labours of Mr. Anthoniez; the congre. must not murmur, he knows what is best. gations greatly increase, and the schools “Good when he gives, supremely good,

are in a very prosperous state. On these Nor less when he denies:

I shall not enlarge, as the particu'ar deEven trials from his blessed hand, tails will be found in our school report, Are blessings in disguise.”

now in the press. I am happy to say that my station

We have had by us for some time, a journal of Mr. Newstead's, from the time of his arrival, to April, 1818. As it contains many particulars which will interest our readers, we shall give extracts from it as our limits will allow.

From the Journal of Robert Newstead, from the period of landing in Ceylon.

April 25, 1817. Brother Erskine came tastic attitudes. Biit description fails, it to the ship, and accompanied us on shore cannot be described so as to convey an (Point de Galle,) where we found bro- adequate idea of the scene. My inind ther and sister M'Kenny, who received was wholly absorbed in reflecting on us joyfully and affectionately. We have the degraded state of the poor creatures, here a most delightful station; the house and on the unmeaning glare,and senseless is very large and convenient, having pomp before me, contrasted with the within it a very neat chapel 60 feet long, beautiful simplicity of the religion of Jesus. which in the evening was partly filled, 1 silently adored the Lord ibai I was born while brother Fox preached. My heart in a Christian land, and implored that his was much affected at being present in light might visit these people. But, I public worship on Asiatic ground, and it could not help thinking, how little pros. was peculiarly sweet 10 my soul to hear pict, humanly speaking, there appeared them sing, “ For ever here my rest shall of their conversion, from all the empty be," &c.

show, so calculated to attract ignorant April 27. Our first Sabbath in Ceylon; and heathen minds, to a religion, which, we attended the church. Mr. Glennie, though pre-eminently glorious, presents (the Colonial chaplain) being now here, nothing alluring to the senses, and whose our brethren do not supply otficially as chief glories are out of sight, cxcept inheretofore, but service is performed in the deed, the beauties of a holy life, which Mission-house in Englislı and Portuguese, they cannot appreciate. But Jesus where many attend. My soul was very reigns, and to him all power belongs; sweetly led out while I prayed with the “ He can, out of these stones, raise up English congregation. I long to be made children unto Abraham.” useful in any way.

At night we wit. 28. Brother Osborne and I walked nessed a Mahomedan ceremony, which into the bazar; much wished we could caused my heart to siglo deeply for the ig- talk to the people; but at present we can norance and blindness of that deludedpeo- only pray for them, as thousands are ple. It was uncommonly splendid in their doing in England. way; a long procession formed of various 29. We breakfasted with brother Ergrotesque figures, the most prominent of skine,who resides where the native school which was a priest, fantastically dressed is kept, in a house belonging to the Guard with a very long white beard, preceded Modeliar, whose sons are taught there. It an immense machine formed of great and is a lovely situation,quite embowered in a small pagodas, tinselled and illuminated coroa-nut grove, in a long valley between all over, and constantly turning about; two very high hills, which are covered a great number of tom toms followed, to the top with trees and jungle; it ut with an immense drum, or something once affords deep retirement and a pure like it, making a hideous noise: the whole air, and is well adapted for study: The was lighted up by hundreds of fire balls native school here is in a good state, suspended on sticks on men's shoulders; many of the lads read and write English two or three men were twisting large well. canes or bamboos on fire at both ends, May 1. Last night there was a dread. with astonishing rapidity and dexterity. sul thunder-storm; such amazing peals of A number of fire works were let off at thunder I never heard ; being between intervals, and the whole attended by, I sleeping and waking it quite terrified suppose thousands of men, women, and me; it seemed so hear, that I thought it children, making a dreadful noise, and would rend the rocks on either side, and twisting themselves into all sorts of fan. bury the house; the lightning gleamed

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through the tiles, (for there are no ceile number up the articles which the difer ings here,) and made the room light as ent trees produce in support of their the day. I do not know how an infidel claims. Among the productions of the would be affected in such storms, but they cocoa nut tree, and what is made from it, generally refer me to that day, when a are numbered the fruit, toddy, artack, more awful tempest will rage, and lead vinegar, a kind of sugar, cables, olas for me afresh to examine what are my evi- roofs, &c. besides the timber, which is dences for eternal lile! and blessed be not very good : in this the palmyra has God, I feel a grateful confidence in him, a decided superiority. Although there is who rides on the whirlwind, and directs no doubt but the uncommon plenty which the storm.” Today we visited Mrs.Gib- these trees produce, is one source of the son, a lady whose example is a pattern indolence of the natives; every thing to the world; were there a few such in they really want, thus growing to their every place, there would be less occasion hands; yet the wisdom and goodness for the labours of Christian Missionaries. of Divine Providence is much displayed This lady patronizes, superintends, and in this tree rupning to an immense height, in a great measure supports a large school 60 or 70 feet generally, and upwards: of learning and industry, on an excellent and having no foliage on the trunk, it plan: it receives both sexes, who are in- does not prevent the free circulation of structed in the useful branches of English the air; yet the great tuft of uncommoa education, boarded, cloaihed, and laught large leaves (or rather branches) at the useful trades. The children are trained top, forms a perfect screen from the inup in the excellent principles of Christian ten-e heat of the sun; indeed, an open morality, regularly attend the church, umbrella is no unapt representation of and morning and evening prayers, &c. the form of this tree when one siands No wonder then that the establishment under it. The nuts which haug in pooprospers, and it will no doubt produce derous clusters round the very top, are many excellent members of society, and always filled with delicious water, than it is to be hoped, some true servants of which we can hardly conceive any thing God. At this excellent lady's own re- more grateful in a tropical clime; and quest, we regularly attend to give the they are so very plentiful, that I believe, children Christian instruction. Their two may sometinies be had for about a appearance al church is most interesting, farthing. and the whole well-conducted concern

The natives of this country are geneproves the possibility of " training, up rally very well looking; some faces are children in ile way they should go,” in very expressive, and even beautiful; I any land where proper steps are taken, have seen some of the finest countenances and judiciously pursued.

under dark shades, here, that I ever be3. Was introduced to the principal held; their manners are in general very judge here, (H. R. Sneyd, Esq.) who is a harınless, simple, and obliging; many of most amiable and excellent gentleman, them are excellent mechanics and arti and a real friend to the cause of Chrisficers. tianity and Missions. His counsel and 8. We had a conversation with a assistance is, I am informed, kiudly given Budhist priest, who came to the house on every occasion. The mode of washing richly dressed in a yellow satin robe, here is not a little curious, viz. dashing soon after my arrival. I felt those words the linen on a large stone on the bank of very forcibly:"Cast thy bread upon the a river! however, they make them beau- waters, and it shall appear after many tifully white, though, of course, they are days." Yes, I see thai the progress of not long in wearing out.

the gospel here will probably be very 5. Ii is almost astonishing to bear of slow ; yet the foundation must be laid, the many virtues and uses of the cocoa aud it must be laid in faith, watered with nut tree; it furnishes the natives with prayer, and waited for with patience: but houses, bed, food, and fire! The Mode. Jesus will assuredly give the increase to lier informs me, that they gather the fruit every well-mennt effort for his glory. O at least four times in the year, but that Lord, give nie the spirit of thy work! the trees always have young fruit upon 9. The custom of bringing presents, them, so that they bear all the year &c. here, seems io a degree to illustrate round. It is said, ihal there is a kind of the Scriprures, by showing the usages of controversy between this and the other former times. Mr. Erskine gave me an side of the island concerning which tree, anecdote this morning of the modeller, the cocoa nut or the palmyra, (which which is very characteristic of the customs chiefly grows on the other part of the of the couniry. On one occasiou, when Island) is the most productive, and they Mr. E. had been out visiting schools,

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