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it respects them, we do feel grateful to seat to spare ; they are all occupied, God that we have“ neither run in vain, Judge ye what our feelings are, when we nor laboured in vain.” It has .pleased often hear of many who say, We should God also lately to bless the word to the be glad to attend the chapel, but we canawakening of a few souls; though such not find any room, We appeal, now, instances have not been numerous. Some respected brethren, unto you: ought we who have joined us in the last quarter, not to enlarge our barders? If the place are crying out in the bitterness of their is too strait for us, should we not make souls, " What must I do to be saved?' it more roomy and commodious ? and from what we can discover, they We now wish to state what has been seem to be not far from the kingdom of our success, and what are our principal God. If our members, generally speak- hinderances to more extensive usefulness ing, are remarkable for any thing that amongst the slave population of this ismay be considered as worihy of imita- land. Nearly all the estates on which tion, it is, for their love to the means of we preach are under the direction of Mr. grace. Our early meetings every morn- R-, whose friendly disposition towards ing are exceedingly well attended: all the Missionaries is now well known in seem desirous of getting a blessing in Grenada. When we visit the country to the sanctuary, before they engage in the preach to the negroes, we generally have worldly business of the day. There are a good number to hear the word of God, very few of them who lounge in bed till On some estates we preach to thirty, seven or eight o'clock in the morning. forty, or fifty; and on others that are It is also the custom of several of them to larger, to nearly 200: and on each of meet in class two or even three times in the largest estates Mr. R. designs grathe week: that is, they sit in the chapel tuitously to build us a chapel for the peowhile other classes are meeting, be. ple to assemble in to worship God. Con. sides those to which they belong, that sidering the extreme ignorance of the they may hear some advice though not poor slaves in this colony, we should given directly to them. We had, how. have hardly thought it advisable, had ever, to exclude three members the last any of them desired it, to have admitted quarter for neglect; for no member who them immediately into society. The most is absent from class three times, without serious of them, who were desirous of a sufficient reason, is suffered any longer saving their souls, and of being farther to reniain amongst us.
instructed in the principles of the Chris. Since the appointment of brother Goy tian religion, we have formed into classes for this island, great have been the ex. of catechumens, and each time we visit ertions of our people to meet all the ex- the estates after preaching, we instruct pences occasioned by the stationing of a them by the means of a short and easy second missionary amongst them. The catechism, suited to their capacities. Hon. John R-, at whose request an We also generally require all the grown additional preacher was appointed, has children to be present, that these inay in been very liberal, and is still disposed to their youth be made acquainted with aid to the uttermost the designs of our those truths which are able to make them mission. He has given us a horse, for wise unto salvation, The number of which he paid 891. currency:
adult catechumens is sixty; some of these Our congregation in St. George's still we hope will in time become members of continues to be very large. Every sab- society: the number of children perhaps bath evening we have many more than about 100 or 120. When we behold the the chapel can contain; and almost cvery marked attention that is paid to the week, applications are made for pews, or word, especially by some individuals, we at least sittings in the chapel; but we are are encouraged to hope that in due sea, obliged to reply, we have not got a single son we shall reap, if we faint not.
St. Kiti's.-By a letter from Mr. GILGRASS, dated Oct. 26, 1818, it appears that a malignant fever was prevalent in that island. Mr. G. lias had the affliction to lose one of his chillren by this disease, an only son. The account of the work of God is favourable.
Republic of Hayti.—A recent letter from Mr. Brown gives favourable accounts of the Mission. Both he and his colleague continue their visits to the mountains, and find the people attentive to the word. They continue their attentions to the School at Port au Prince.
Kingdom of Hayti. We have great pleasure in stating, that, after some delays and disappointments, the Committee have obtained two Missionaries, with suitable qualifications, for this important station; where it is hoped a mission may be estabJished, and, under the Divine blessing, be the means of extending the influence of religion and morals in that rising colony.
BRITISH AMERICAN COLONIES. Newfoundland. Mr. CubIt has returned to England for want of health. The following is an extract of a communication from him, a little prior to his leaving the island.
Herewith are copies of an address we to the diffusion of religious and moral have recently presented to Sir Charles knowledge, and the consequent estaHamilton, our new Governor, and of the blishment of those Protestant principles answer which we have received fron, bis which form some of the most prominent Excellency.
features of the constitution of our country, ADDRESS.
and are so carefully guarded by its laws.
For ourselves, and those of our brethren To lis Excellency Sir Charles Hamilton, who are engaged with us in the work of Bart. Vice Admiral of the Blue, Go the ministry in Newfoundland, we can Fernor and Commander in Chief in and affirm with confidence, that it is not less over the island of Newfoundland and from our own inclination than from a sense its dependeneies.
of duty, that we attend to the injunctions
of those under whose directions we la. May it please your Excellency, bour. We are expressly prohibited from We, the under signed, in the name interfering in political disputes, and it is and on the behalf of the Missionaries from principle that wy carefully avoid in Newfoundland, acting under the di. them.' In fact, we are enjoined, and it rection of the British Conference of is thus that we wish ever to labour, the people called Methodists, of the simply and steadily to pursue the sole connection established by the late Rev. end' for which we were sent to this Jobo Wesley, beg leave to congratu- island, the advancement of the best inlate your Excellency on your safe ar.
terests of our fellow-creatures, in the rival in the island, to the government of promotion of truth and morality. In which you have been appointed by his pursuance of this end, we continually Majesty; and to express our sincere de impress on the minds of those who are sires, that your Excellency's administra- connected with us, the indispensable netion may be no less pleasing to yourself, cessity of evincing the sincerity of their than, we trust, it will be generally be religious profession, by a quiet and orneticial to the inhabitants of this settle- derly demeanour, by a uniform attention meat.' of the Society with which we are to the duties of their station, “ fearing connected, it is a fundamental rule, that the Lord and the King, and not meddling in conformity to the apostolic injunction, with those who are given to change." we should submit ourselves to every We cannot doubı but, that, under the ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, auspices of your Excellency, we shall whether it be the King as supreme, or fully enjoy all that liberty of conscience, to governors as unto those that are sent which, as it is our unalienable birth-right by him, for the punishment of evil doers, as men, so is amply guaranteed to us, as and for the praise of them that do well;" we'l by the express laws of our country, that we should " honour the King,” as as by the firm and consistent declarations well as " fear God." If we might be of our gracious and revered Sovereign. Inpermitted to indulge in the foolishness of deed, when we consider the extent
of the boasting, we would say, that our conduct scattered population of this island, and bas with steady uniformity corresponded the comparative scarcity of the means of with our profession. The character of Protestant instruction ; when, added to the Methodist preachers has long been this, we recollect that the doctrines which before the publick; nor have occasions we preach are the fundamental doctrines been wanting in which it has been ex. of the Church of England, and that we posed to severe scrutiny, but the result. preach them because we believe them to has been always the same; and though he scriptural, and calculated, by the perhaps there may have been some who Divine blessing, to make those who prachave maligned us, yet our loyalty has tically receive them, good subjects, and ever been found unimpeachable. In tiseful members of society—and that in most of the British colonies, the Me- most of our chapels, we use either the thodist Missionaries have long and as- justly admired liturgy of the Church, or an siduously laboured, we trust, not unsuc- abridgment of it, - we feel assured, that cessfully': and for a considerable num- weshallexperience yourExcellency's prober of years, some of them have been tection. We trust, we shall never be employed in different parts of this island. found undeserving of it. We shall not We are willing to hope that our la- cease to pray for your Excellency, that bouna have, in some measure, conduced God may“ endue you plenteously with
heavenly gifts;” that he would bless of congratulation on my arrival in Newyour administration to the advancement foundland. of liis glory, and the good of his Church; I conceive that all persons residing that under your government,“ peace and under a British government are allowed happiness, truth and justice, religion and full liberty of conscience, and the free piety, may be established among us;” exercise of all such modes of religious and that during your residence in this worship as are consistent with law, proisland, you may enjoy uninterrupted vided they be contented with a quiet and health and tranquillity,
peaceable enjoyment of the sume; and We remain, with much respect, while the Methodist Missionaries continue Your Excellency's most obedient servants, to guide themselves by the principles John Bell,
avowed in your letter, they will meet Chairman of the District. every due and proper encouragement in
GEORGE Cubit, their ministry from,
Your very humble servant,
C. HAMILTON, Governor.
Mr.John Bell, and Mr. George Cubit. inst, and thank you for your expression
CANADA. E.xtract of a Letter from Mr. HENRY POPE, to the COMMITTEE, dated Fort George,
Upper Canada, May 28, 1818. Rev. AND DEAR FATHERS,
preaches there once, and a Presbyterian ALTHOUGH I cannot transmit to you minister twice every sabbath day. It is so pleasing and interesting an account also supplied once a fortnight by Methoof the work of God bere as I could wish, dist Ministers from the United States. and as some of my brethren can from After spending a few days at York, I different parts of the missionary field, yet directed my course towards Fort George, I feel it my duty to inform you of my which is by land about 500 miles from proceedings and prospects in ihis part of Montreal, being obliged to travel round our Lord's vineyard. And I feel a pecu- the head of Lake Ontario. This is a liar pleasure in the performance of this very fine country, and susceptible of great duty, from a conviction that while you improvement. The population is great, feel a lively interest in the general pros, and in general in good temporal circumperity of Zion, the welfare and prospe- stances; though inany of the inhabitants rity of that branch of the missionary suffered severely from the enemy during work which is under your immediate the late hostilities between England and direction lie nearest your hearts.
the United States. The town of Niagara From Christmas-day, 1816, till Feb- (or Fort George, as it is sometimes called, ruary 13th, 1818, I laboured in the Corn- because of the contiguity of the Forı,) wall, (now Fort Wellington,) circuit; was entirely burned by the enemy; and during which time the gracious influ- frequently I have to ride over and among ences of heaven attended the word, and the ruins of houses, orchards, and garrendered it effectual to many souls. I dens, which now only remain as so many joined 104 into societies, most of whom monuments of the desolating ravages seem the hopeful subjects of a genuine of war; and those fields and lanes which work of grace; many of them indeed were as many aceldamas, places of blood, could frequently bear a noble testimony during the unhappy war, are now as in behalf of vital religion, and rejoice with many golgothas, places of scuils. I comjoy unspeakable and full of glory. monly see the fences of the fields cut with
At our District meeting, held in Mon- balls, and the graves of the unhappy vice treal, last February, my brethren were tims adjoining them. unanimonsly of opinion that I ought to As it respects spiritual subjects, little visit York, and the Niagara country, the attention has been paid to them since latter of which I now occupy. York the commencement of the war: and the lies in the way 10 Niagara : it is a good seed which was sown in this part considerable village, containing about many years ago, by Methodist Ministers 600 inliabitants, situated about 400 from the United States and others, seems miles from Montreal, and is at present to have nearly all perished in the general the seat of government for this
province. scene of confusion. How much war is I found it pretty well supplied with spiri-. to be deprecated! How destructive is it, tual instruction: an Episcopal minister' not only to the property and bodies of
zen, but also to their morals and their mencement of the late war, and by the souls! How zealous and persevering lamented fall of General Brock, who fell eaght we missionaries especially 10 be, here while bravely disputing the landing iu diffesing the knowledge of that gose of the daring invaders. This place conpel, the uniform characteristics of which tains many friendly inhabitants, most of are lere, and peace, and good-will towards whom are from Scotland, who seem
be in good temporal circumstances. But loare already formed a circuit, consist- in a religious point of view they are very inz of nine preaching places; several of poor, having neither priest, altar, nor wich are respectable villages, or little sacrifice. The above-mentioned Prestowns, situated from five to eight miles byterian minister, I am informed, has distant from each other. Some of these preached here occasionally; but eviplaces were deplorably deficient, and dently without much good effect : for on cabers entirely destitute of any preach. my first visiting this place on the Sabing, or other means of grace whatever. bath day, I fouud niany devoted to sinful Under such circumstances, what the pursuits : some were playing with the prevaising moral conduct of the people ball, and others were shooting at wildis, may be easily inferred.
fowl. I preach here every other SabThe principal town in this quarter, is bath morning, to large and attentive that of Niagara, or Fort George, which congregations, who express great satis. is reared upon the scite of that destroyed faction at my arrival, and strongly solicit by the enemy. It is very advantageously my continuance with them.
There are situated for provincial commerce; it being seven other places in which I preach a promontory always accessible to vessels once a fortnight ; which were almost or of the largest size, that sail from King. entirely destitute of any means of grace. sico, or from any part of Lake Ontario: There are only three Episcopal, about and is therefore considered as the empo- the same number of Pre-byterian, and rium of the southern side of the vast a few Methodist ministers from the United range of Upper Canada. Its present po- States, to supply a country pretty well pulation does not exceed 600; but it is inhabited, to the extent of several hun. continually increasing both in magnitude dreds of miles. Surely this extensive and importance. An aged Episcopal mi- and increasingly important country, afnister preaches generally on the sabbath fords a scene for labour for at least ten morning in a very inferior building, additional missionaries. But if only half which is substituted for a church: but of that number can be sent us, we shall being so infirm as scarcely to be heard, feel very thankful; and there is not the fex attend the service except the mili- least room to doubt of their being instrutary. A Presbyterian minister keeps a mental in saving many precious souls. school here, and preaches in his school. The Methodist Brethren from the United hoose once a fortnight, and once a month States scarcely make an attempt in many goes a few miles into the country 10 of the most populous and important preach. I preach once a fortnight here places on the frontier; as the resentment on the Sabbath-day, to about two hune which was kindled in our people by the dred hearers, who regularly attend, and injuries received from the enemy, was Evince a feeling interest in what is ad. not extinguished by the termination of vanced. Many of them are from Europe, war. Neither is it likely that ministers and are well educated and intelligent from the United States will be acceptapeople. I have already formed a little ble on the frontier, as long as there are society here, consisting of seven persons, so many mementos of the extreme sufferwho express an ardent desire to devote ings that many of our people endured themselves to God, and to enjoy a mean from repeated invasions. But in the inof grace so highly beneficial to their terior of the country they are more acyouls.
ceptable, and in many places very useThe little town of Queenston is the ful. Dext place in point of importance, to Through the abundant mercy and which I direct my attention. It is si- goodness of God, I enjoy good health of toated on the frontier, seven miles from body, and peace of mind. I feel deter. the town of Niagara, at the edge of the mined, the Lord being my helper, to water communication from Lake Erie, pursue more vigorously personal holiness, and is about eight miles from the awfully and unremittingly persevere in the great grand, and justly celebrated Falls of the work in which I am engaged. Niagara. Queenston is memorable by Any communication from England will the severe battle fought in it, at the com- be highly welcome, and prove as a cordial
to the spirit. I hope my dear Fathers and praying that the Lord may continue to will favour me with a letter. Any letter bless you, and grant that wisdom which is will probably come safe, if directed to profitable to direct, I remain, your's, &c. me at Fort George, Upper Canada. Re
HENRY Pope, questing a remembrance in your prayers,
We think it necessary to remind our friends, that at this season of the year, when the Missionaries appointed by the Conference are sent off to their respective stations, the expenses of their passage and outfit are to be provided, and that of course a peculiar pressure is made upon the fund; and that it is necessary that all monies paid into the hands of the Treasurers of Branch Societies, should be immediately forwarded to the District Treasurers, who will of course transmit them to the General Treasurers in London. The fund is now in considerable arrear, and the Treasurers are under acceptances to a large amount, which will speedily become due. We have no doubt but that the exertions of our friends, this year, will be adequate to the expenditure of the ycar, if the same zealous endeavours which are making jo many places are adopted every where. For this the great and encouraging openings in different stations afford the best and most pressing mo tives. The Committee have considered them calls from God, and have therefore resolved to meet the most important of them. Suitable persons having at length offered for the kingdom of Hayti, specifically impressed in spirit to go to this station, the Committee could not delay the appointment to such a mission. The schools in Ceylon having become so numerous, and so intimately connected with the spiritual objects of the mission, it has been found necessary to introduce into them the mechanical iniprovements of the new systems of instruction, in order the more effectuaily to communicate knowledge to the natives of that island ; and two additional Missionaries have therefore been appointed, who are to be first previously instructed in London, to qualify them 10 introduce these improvements into the Ceylon schools, and afterwards io pass into the regular work of the mission. Recent letters from the West Indies, announcing the death of one Missionary, and the retirement of another from want of health, have also reudered it necessary to look out for two additional Missionaries to keep up the complement in the West Indies. These are circumstances which we hope will be powerfully felt as reasons for stead. fastly conducting the plans of Missionary Societies, and enlarging number of subscriptions. There is a benevolence in the public mind, specially interested, too, by Missionary objects, which only needs an application and opportunity, in order to engage it in support of the work of Christ abroad. In this case, a few sacrifices in labour and time are all that is necessary to obtain for our Missionary Fund a supply, not only equal to these extended engagements, but which will encourage future efforts for the salvation of a world, yet but very partially visited, and which yet exhibits its unhappy millions perishing for lack of knowledge. We commend these consider: ations to the attention of all who love the Lord Jesus. A calculation has been made, that if every member of the Methodist Societies, in England and Scotland only, were to subscribe or collect for the Missionary cause but one penny per week, a sum of upwards 40,0001. a year would be raised for the support of our Missionaries And surely this is not an extraordinary exertion in any, place, when the larger sums of so many of our generous subscribers are taken into the estimate. Surely such an effort can bear little proportion to our personal obligations to Christ, to our obligations to make the savour of his name manifest in every place!" Much more than this is already done in many districts, and an equality of exertion through the whole Connexion, appears to be demanded by equal obligations, equal ability, and an equal and laudable desire to share the honours of the zeal and devotion of the churches to the cause of the common Saviour.
The General Treasurers particularly desire that all monies in the hands of the Treasurers of Branch or Auxiliary Societies, may be transmitted as soon as possible.
Contributions to the Missionary Fund.
T. E. Dicey, Esq. Sunning Hill, donation, by J. H. Butterworth, Esq.
£. 9. d.
5 5 0 150 0