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serve that in those places where the taste done, and seek all your pleasure in your and good sense of the Missionary permit duties ; in serving God and His servants; them to enjoy this innocent preference, and great will be your reward in heaven. there everything flourishes, and success I may also say a word to my junior attends the Mission ; and that the con brethren who may have thoughts of entrary is equally true where a cold and tering upon the Mission work. There merely northern taste prevails. Our are two classes of men who should never excellent and promising Chief, Elijah dream of entering upon the South-Sea Varani, was very conspicuous and happy Mission work. The first is, those who in the proceedings of this delightful feel a thirst for popularity, and who
would like to shine before the people. 7th.-Captain Buck attempted to get Be it known to all such persons that water at a Heathen place, where there is they will never get one particle of apa fine water-fall; but the miserable na. plause from any one in these seas, and tives demanded such large payment for that the whole cargo of such desires the water, that he was obliged to come must be thrown overboard at the very away without it. This, considering the entrance, or disappointment will attend very great difficulty of obtaining any on this popularity-man to the end of his water at the places we visit, is a heavy days. A second class of persons who disappointment. Feejee is generally should never come to these Stations are high land; but the shores are surrounded those who have been bred and cooped up by reefs and mud flats, so that few all their days in artificial society, who places are accessible to boats. In the have everything to learn concerning the low and flat islands the difficulties are common affairs of life: they are stranstill greater. Water is very precious gers to travelling by sea or land, they here.
cannot build the house, or contrive its 8th. We are now six-and-thirty per. simple furniture ; whereas many of our sons at Vewa, belonging to the Mission. best Missionaries can do these things families of Feejee, met at the District. with ease and expedition, and many such Meeting ; and for these there are three like things they actually do; the consesmall houses, just sufficient for a small quence is, that they are happy at home, and family in each. How the ladies contrive they are at home anywhere, where duty their part of the business, I am at a loss calls them. They are willing to live anyto know; but the families have been long how, and die anywhere.” Their conduct since they saw one another, especially has the best effect on the natives, who Messrs. Williams and Hazlewood, from are keen observers of external matters. Somosomo, and they seem never to know They go in and out before their people. anything about inconvenience or trouble. They have time to learn the language They are met together with Christian and to teach religion, and are happy and views and feelings, delighted once more useful in their labours : while the mere to see each other, and to indulge the artificially-trained man is always busy in social principle so long shut up in soli. preparing to learn the alphabet of comtude, to talk over past events, escapes, mon life; he is ever learning, and never and mercies, to project new plans of use. able to come to an adequate degree of ful enterprise, and to “edify one ano- practical knowledge: he soon becomes ther, as also they do."
miserable and discouraged. His home I observe that each wife has her hands is in confusion, and he spends his strength full from morning till night, attending for nought, and in vain. The poor man to the children, superintending the native has no resources in himself; for he does nurses, the native cooks, the native not understand how to begin to work washerwomen, and many things beside, with the mere raw material, and there is among which is the doling out medicine none to prepare it to his hand. Such a to the sick, and carrying on the market. man is not qualified to be an Apostle to ing with the natives who come to sell the Gentiles of the Southern isles. yams, fowls, and other food needed for I have cases and facts before me at this the house. I would, therefore, earnestly moment, which, were it proper to record advise all the young females, who may them, would illustrate and establish these hereafter enter upon the Mission work, views, beyond all doubt; but I prefer to to give up at once all thought of a piano, conceal the particulars, lest I might wound or other heavy instrument intended for the church of Christ, and give pain to amusement. Forsake all such things, living men. Be assured, it requires rare which will be worse than useless in such qualities to be a happy and efficient MisStations as Tonga or Feejee; forsake sionary in these islands. A man and his them utterly, as those now here have wife set down in a wood on the island, VOL. IV.-FOURTH SERIES.
having none to communicate with, but ings of a mother! The child was injured, the staring, pilfering, idle, nude, and but not seriously. Good nerves, and deceitful barbarians, must have patience, full confidence in divine Providence, are courage, wisdom, and resources within necessary here. God has hitherto kept them, of no ordinary kind and degree. His servants, and all belonging to them, “And who is sufficient for these things?” in Feejee ; so that they have not yet reThe answer is, All those whom the Mas. ceived any fatal injury from the warlike ter calls to this great work ; and by His eaters of one another. mercy and gracious providence we have 10th.— The Sabbath-day. The fleet many such in the work; and other angels of Thakombau sailed out this morning, are no doubt preparing to sound their with not less than two hundred warriors trumpets in every part of the earth. Let on board each canoe. They are bound us more and more pray the Lord of the for Natewa, a part of Somosomo; their harvest that He will send forth labourers object is not clearly knowo, into His vineyard ; for the harvest truly Our services closed with the Lord's is great, and the labourers few.
supper; and it was good for the sailors 9th.-I was surprised this morning to and Mission-families to be there. learn from Mr. Williams, that he knew llth. It seems necessary that extenone white man at Somosoino, usually sive and scriptural revivals of primitive known by the name of Tom, who went Christianity should be looked for and about with nothing to cover him, save promoted among this people. They the small strip of na dve massi, which the cannot be made practically Christian Fet jeeans wear, and he ate human flesh without sound New Testament princi. as eagerly as any Feejeean cannibal would ples; but in order to this they require do. It seems that our brethren have had an impulse, which must rise in power several narrow escapes with their lives at and energy sufficient to bear on high Somosomo. Mr. Lyth, when sent for these sunken, heavy " vessels of wrath by the late Tuithekau, talked to him so fitted for destruction," but now taken up closely about the interests of his soul from their low estate, because “ His and eternity, that the savage became mercy endureth for ever." In the last enraged, and laid hold of Mr. Lyth's religious revival at Vewa, the anguish of garment, calling out for a club that he many was awfully severe, and showed the might kill him. Mr. Lyth left the skirt work of the Holy Spirit to be very deep of his calico coat in his hand, and escaped and powerful, producing such pungent away to his own house. The sick man sorrow for sin as to startle even the men relented, and sent to beg pardon, before of God who witnessed what was passing. he died. Mr. Lyth had been sent for Their cries and agony admitted of no by this Chief in the character of a me. control, and seemed incapable of restraint. dical man; but even this did not screen They said a fire was consuming their him. Another case occurred the other vitals, and their souls were filled with day, when Mr. Williams was getting his horror at the sight of their sins. Mr. baggage on board the “John Wesley." Hunt pointed out one man to me whose A Chief who had been attempting to sister had buried her husband, and steal, and was prevented, ran up to Mr. strangling was to be her lot; and this Williams, shaking his club over him, was to be executed by the hand of this and shouting that there and then he brother. Two Missionaries did their would settle him. Mr. Calvert stepped best to prevent this atrocity, in which up to the succour of our brother, and they only succeeded while they remained prevented the fall of the club; but so present with the savage; but no sconer frightful was the sight, that the ship's were they gone, than he twisted a piece crew cleared off to the brig with all of native cloth, and, placing it around convenient speed. Mr. Williams says his sister's neck, she was strangled inhe never felt any fear. The same stantly. This man was convinced of sin Chief, on a former occasion, wanted to in the time of the general religious get into Mr. Williams's house at the awakening here ; and who can wonder time of taking dinner, that he might if “the pains of hell gat hold upon assist them in eating the food ; but a him ? ” His bitter howlings could not large dog was chained in the passage to be described, and none could pacify secure the family from intrusion, at him but the Lord Jesus, against whom which this savage became so enraged he had so long rebelled. When he that he took up one of Mrs. Williams's did find peace through believing, his little boys, about two years old, and ecstasy was equal to bis former anguish, threw him with great violence at the and he did not cease for a long time dog. The mother saw it with the feels together to shout with heartfelt joy.
About seventy such cases in one small away and reported that God was in the town would create no small stir about lotu people. “this way," and many Heathens came T his people will require rousing from to see what was going on, several of their deep slumber : like Noah, they whom seemed to be solemnly impressed. must be moved with fear.” They In Tonga, they were slightly persecuted are so firmly attached to their old cusunder similar circumstances, and several toms, and so generally careless and wild young men came to the chapel with thoughtless, that ordinary means will not the intention to interrupt the praying be sufficient to gain their attention, and people, one of whom, being exceedingly keep hold of their hearts, that they may filled with the power of truth and love, be converted. Our Missionaries seem went boldly up to this band of scoffers, fully aware of this, and therefore look and commanded them with a loud voice for the promise of the Spirit, and teach to boono, that is, to kneel and pray; and their people to expect and pray that the such was the spiritual influence with Spirit may be poured out from on high ; which he spoke, that they all fell down that the valley of dry bones may have a on their knees at once. I do not know shaking among them, and that breath that they became pious, but they went may come into them.
(To be continued.)
MISSIONS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. The following Statement will furnish a more complete view of the Statistics of this important and prosperous Mission, than it has before been in our power to publish. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. D. J. Draper, dated Adelaide, April 19th, 1848.
WESLEYAN MISSION IN SOUTH report themselves when they arrive. AUSTRALIA:-12 chapels, 18 other Consequently we know nothing of them preaching-places, 4 Missionaries, (in- for months, until some circumstance or cluding 1 Supernumerary,) 85 Sunday- other throws them in our way. Many school Teachers, 35 Local Preachers, 30 go into the interior, where we have no Class-Leaders, 500 members, 40 on trial means, at present, of seeing them ; and for membership, 12 Sunday-schools thus for a while, at least, they are lost to which have about 800 children in them. us. Our present Circuit is one bunNot less than 2,200 persons attend our dred and thirty miles long, by forty ministry. The income of the Circuit is broad. I reside in Adelaide, Mr. Harquite sufficient to support the Mission- court at the Burra-Burra, one hundred aries now employed, and two more are miles north, and Mr. Thrum at Wilabsolutely necessary in order to reach lunga, thirty miles south. By this disthe numbers who are settling in all parts tribution of labour we save a great deal of the colony. I think there cannot be of travelling; but, even now, it is really less than five hundred persons in the more than can be well done. Considercolony, who were members of the Wes- ing the number of persons who come out leyan societies at home, and are not now from our societies and congregations in in connexion with us or any other Cornwall, and are here like sheep withchurch; and the principal reason is the out a shepherd, it would be very desirwant of Missionaries to seek and find able for the Missionary Society to supthem out in their scattered and remote port two additional Missionaries here for a localities. Many lose ground, religiously, year or two, that they may be sought, and during the voyage, and are ashamed to gathered in to God and to his church.
MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. CAPE OF Good Hope.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. G. H. Green,
dated Cradock, May 15th, 1848. OUR congregations in the Circuit to the use of the coloured congregation. town, Cradock, have so much improved, Very liberal subscriptions have been as to render it necessary to erect a new raised for this purpose, and the work chapel, so as to afford more accommoda- has been already commenced. The ceretion to our hearers, and also to enable us mony of laying the foundation-stone to appropriate the present building solely took place last week, in which W. Gil. fillan, Esq., Civil Commissioner of the usual. The total sum collected during district, and the Rev. John Taylor, Mi- this year for the Mission cause is about nister of the Dutch Reformed Church, £83, being £25 more than last year. were so kind as to take a part. The Nearly £17 of this was subscribed by new chapel, when completed, will accom- natives. modate more than twice as many hearers But while these efforts mark the good as the present one ; and we trust that feeling of our people, we do not feel by when this additional room shall have any means satisfied with the slow probeen provided, our congregation will be gress which is made in the great work of proportionably increased.
personal conversion. We feel that we The zeal of our people in this Circuit need a baptism from on high, before we for the Mission cause has suffered no can have such results as we desire to see. diminution in consequence of the disas. For this we are praying, and we trust it ters with which this country has lately will not long be withheld. “Then shall been visited. Our late Anniversary Ser. the desert rejoice, and blossom as the vices were well attended, and the sub- rose." scriptions and collections better than
MISSIONS IN WESTERN AFRICA.-THE GOLD-COAST. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Harrop, dated Anamabu, May 30th, 1848.
I FEEL thankful to the God of all as the statements he made just before mercies, that he continues to manifest his death. I called upon him about himself in mercy to his church in this two days before that event. On that part of the world. By the last District. occasion he expressed himself with the Meeting I was appointed to this place, greatest clearness on points of religious where I arrived in the latter part of the experience. “My trust,” said he, “ is month of January in the present year. in Christ for all I want." His death I find that the effects of the truths of the produced great excitement amongst the Gospel upon the human mind are the people; and I hope it will have a good same here as at home. Religion is able effect, not only upon the society, but also to bear up the spirit of man in affliction, upon the Heathen who noticed the conand open to it a clear prospect beyond sistency of his conduct, and who have the grave. Of this we had a pleasing now seen his peaceful end. The Rev. proof in the experience and death of one T. B. Freeman, at the request of the of the oldest Leaders and members of Leaders, preached a sermon on the occaour society in this place, a short time sion. ago. Peter Brawn was his name. As You have no doubt heard of the expefar as I have been able to learn, he ap- dition to Appolonia, undertaken by the pears to have been a consistent member Government, for the purpose of bringing of the society at Anamabu from the the King into proper subjection. Nearly commencement of the Mission. That all the male part of our members went 10 he had experienced a saving change, the war. I was afraid that they might there can be no doubt: the whole tenor suffer spiritually. Since their return, of his life establishes the fact. His love however, I am glad to find that their to God and his people, his diligent atten- attention to all the means of grace is tion to the means of grace, his anxiety much better than I expected. for the prosperity of the work of God, The boys' school here is in a good and the willingness which he always state. Several of the first-class boys showed to do anything in his power to have of late given their hearts to God, promote that object, all go to prove the and promise fair for the kingdom. truth of his Christian profession, as well
MISSIONS IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA. INDIAN SETTLEMENTS AT ALDERVILLE AND RICE-LAKE,
August 9th, 1848. ALDERVILLE presents signs of im. do the former roaming, bouseless habits provement. Mr. Case speaks encourage of this tribe present to their now settled ingly of his Station. What a contrast and industrious pursuits! Their houses
are good and well kept. Most of the farms, small as they are, yield sufficient to supply their wants ; while several, which exhibit a superior state of cultivation, furnish an excess for market. When addressing them on different to pics, I did not fail to commend their labour and toil, as shown by their clearances. While on this subject, as many of them could read as well as speak English, I recommended to their use Johnston's “ Agricultural Catechisms." Twelve years ago this place was a wila derness, and in 1824 the whole of the tribe were untutored savages. Here are now three hundred and fifty acres of cleared land, fifty houses, forty-five fa. milies, numbering two hundred and twenty souls. In ten years before their conversion to Christianity, this tribe di. minished fifty : in eleven years after their conversion, they increased twenty. As the knowledge of domestic economy increases among the females, no doubt the prosperity of the people will be in proportion to that of other civilized communities. Can anything be more exciting to a religiously-benevolent mind, than to pause as you emerge out of the woods on the plains leading to this set. tlement of Christian Indians, and from the brow of the hill, when about to enter the cultivated vale before you, look at their gardens, their pastures, their fields of wheat and oats, their cows and oxen,
and sprinkled among them may be seen a few horses ? Look at that holy sanctuary, with its tower and bell; the neat school-house, used also for a council. chamber; and on the other side of the church is the Missionary's residence, in the vicinity of which an improved brick structure is advancing to maturity, built by the Indians' own money, by which the labours and studies of the industrial school, containing thirty boys and girls, will be conducted with greater efficiency. By what has this amazing change been wrought ? This is the work of God, who hath put this honour upon the Wesleyan ministry here, that through their instrumentality the first of the Chippeway race were brought to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus.
Rice-Lake Mission is distant from Alderville about nine miles, five or six of which are water, so agitated by a strong breeze, that crossing in a skiff or canoe is sometimes both unpleasant and dangerous. Our Indian brethren here seem quietly settled down to the improvement of their lands: the tribe is small, but doing well under Mr. Brooking's pastoral care. If the Indians at Mud-Lake and Schoogog could be induced to change their unhealthy abodes, and come to this salubrious soil, or to Alderville, it would be greatly to their secular and religious advantage.
MISCELLANEOUS. IN committing to the Press this closing Number for the present Year, we have thought that it was due to the pre-eminent and peculiar services of Two departed Friends of the Wesleyan Missionary Society to place on special and public record the grateful sense of those services which the Committee deemed it right, soon after their decease, to express in their private Minutes. Other bereavements which the Society has been called to lament, during the course of the expiring year, have occasioned deep and solemn feeling. Some of those friends who have been recently taken from us, had been very old, and, in their respective stations and localities, most active and useful, promoters of the Missionary Cause, in our section of the Christian Church. They rest from their labours, their works do follow them, and their memory is blessed and honoured. May He who gave them to us, and whose grace made them what they were, raise up many others, both at home and abroad, to fill up their vacant places, and be “ baptized for the dead;"_baptized for similar services with a similar spirit of zeal, assiduity, and abounding liberality. The two individuals particularly, though by no means exclusively, referred to in these observations, are the late Mr. Hunter of London, and Dr. Lindoe of Clifton ; and we now subjoin the Resolutions of the Committee respecting them.