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The Ninth General Meeting of the Missionary Society,
MAY 11, 12, AND 13, 1803. SOLOMON describes the return of On Wednesday evening, Mr. spring in terms equilly applicable to Young, of Canterbury (1.00 : the present sea: on, both in a literal merly mentioned by mistaku, oi tiand spiritual sense : “The winter ley) preached at the '1 abernet, is past, the rain is over and gone ; from Rom. XV, 20, 21. So havel the flowers appear on the earth, the strived 10 preached the posiel, not time of the singing of birds is come, where Christ was named, let I and the voice of the turtle is heard should build on another man's fona. in our land.” The pleasures of dation; but as it is written, To spring naturally lead us to anticipate whom he was nor spoken of, they the joys of harvest; and it is doubly shall see ; ünd they that have not pleasing to the Christian mind ió beard shall understand." Mr. Ful. look forward, not only to a harvest ler, of Kettering, prayed before in the world, but aricher harvest in serinon; and Mr. Mantell, of Westthe church. This is a pleasure now bury, after it. annually enjoyed by the nenibers On Thursday evening, at Tottenand friends of the Missionary So. ham court Chapel, after tlic prayers ciety; for may we not apply to of the Church, Mr. Gr. Ewins, of them the animating words of our Glasgow, preached on Acts xvii. adorable Saviour -..“ Lift up your 30, 31." And the times of this igeyes and look on the fields; for they norance, God winked at; but now are white already to harvest?” We commandeth all mer, everywhere, cannot but indulge the cheering to repent; because he hath aphope, that the seed of the word, pointed a day, in the which he will which this Society, and other reli- judge the world in righteousness, gious bodies, are sowing in various by that man whom he hath ordaincountries, will produce, by the in- ed; whereof he hath given assurfluence of the Holy Spirit, a glori- ance unto all mes, in that he hath olls harvest of converted Heathens. raised him from the dead." Mr. Possessed of this hope, it is always Williams, of Birmingham, prayed with pleasure we present to
before sermon; and Mr. Wigton, readers a detailed account of the from Scotland, after it. anniversary Meetings of the Society. On Friday morning the public
The first public Meeting was at service was at St. Paul's Church, Surry Chapel, on Wednesday, the Shadwell. After prayers, which uth of May. The prayers of the were read by the Rev. Mr. WinkEstablished Church vere rend by worth, the Rev. Jeremiah Nevell, the Rev. Mr. Hill, Mr. Weaver, Visar of Great Missenden, and Pere of Shrewsbury, prayed before ser- petual Curate of Lee, Bucks, mon; Mr. Bottomley, of Scarboro', preached from Acts xxii. 21. preached on Rom. ii. 7. "Tothen he said unto me, Depait; for I will nho, by patient continuance in well. send thee far hence wto the Gene doing, seck for glory, and honour, tiks." and immortality, eternal life.” Af. We have the pleasure to say, ter the sermon, an extract from the that these Sermons will be pubAnnual Report of the Directors lished at as early a period as possia was read by Dr. Burder, for the ble, together with the Report at general information of ihe Reli- large, which will be found peces gious Public
vtz, Humphries, liarly interesting. of Itanncrsmith, concluded with Appropriate Hymns, from the prayer.
Missionary Collection, were sung
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. at the various places of worsrip; bank's, in Staining Lune. - The and were given out by Messrs. Paul, Thanks of the body were voted to Leggel, Thornton, Dunn, Sabine, the Directors, to the Preachers, and Mall, Kent, Philip, Arnold, Mo.' to the Treasurer (Mr. Hardcastle rell, Tracy, Frome, Lowell, and who was requested to continue his Hinriman.
valuable services in that departThe Sacramental Festival, cn ment, The Rev. George Burder Friday evening, at Zion chapel, was umnimously chosen Secretary crowned the public religious ser- to the Society, in the room of the vices of the Anniversary. The late pious and userul Mr. Eyre, of ministers who engaged in prayer and Hackney, whose talents and indu. exhortation were Dr. Haweis, Mr. ence contributed much to the first Collier, Mr. Cooke, Dr. Kenap, formation and gradual progress of Mr. Ball, Mr. Bogue, and Mr. R. the institution; and whose death is Hill, who closed the solemnity. A most sincerely lamented by all who great number of ministers assisted knew his uncommon worth. in the distribution of the elements; To accommodate a number of among whom we recollect Messrs. friends who attended at Shadwell. Greatheed, Hopkins, Williams, of church on Friday morning, and who Stepney; Pickerdyke, Brooksbank, were to assemble in the afternoon Cockin, M'All, Jackson, J. A. at Zion-chapel for business, a cold Knight, Jones, Towers, Ewing, J. collation was provided at Sun. Townsend, Buck, Fowler, Platt, Tavern Fields, by the hospitality of Weston, Knight, Adams, &c. The Mr. Sims; and about seventy perscene was solemn and grand beyond sons enjoyed the social refreshineut, description, and afforded a delightful resemblance of that celestial place, where the union of all the
Religious Tract Society. followers of the Lamb shall be coin. Tuus excellent institution, like plete and everlasting.
many others, took its rise from the The number of ministers who Missionary Society, was founded in were collected from various parts of the year 1799 ; and has increased in the kingdom, was thought to be magnitude and usefulnes& every suc. greater than on any former occa- ceeding year. According to the sion; and such was the desire of the annual ciistom, the friends of the friends of the Society to enjoy the Society met at St. Paul's Coffee public services, that the large House, on Thursday morning, at chapels, in which they were held, seven o'clock, and breakiasted towere crowded long before the time gether. A very interesting Report appointed; and a great many were of the progress of the institution unable to procure admittauce. during the last year, was read by This, we trust, may be considered the Secretary, Ir. Hughes; whereas an indication that the desire of in it appeared that the funds of the communicating the word of life to Society were in an improved state, the Heathen, is a steady and in- and that about 300,000 Tracts had creasing principle in the hearts of been distributed in the course of the God's people, and will contime tu past year. Several pleasing instances produce the most energetic efforts were related, by different gentlefor the good of mankind. Already men, of the happy effect of the has the Lord vouchsated to smile on Tracts on the minds of individuals; the sacred work; and the Report which, together with those lately of the Directors affords the niost published in “ The Originand Propleasing evidence that the labours gress of the Society," satisfactorily of the Society have been far from evince the eligibility of this plan of being fruitless.
diffusing evangelical truth, and The Meetings of the Society for strongly recommend it to the more the dispatch of business were held general attention of the religious at the usual time, at Mr. Brooks. world.
ABRIDGED REPORT, read at Surry and Tottenham-Court Chapels. The Directors of the Missionary Society, apprehending that some ac.
count of their operations and prospects may be expected on these occa. sions, in order to excite a spirit of praise and prayer, offer the following Extract from the Annual Report to the Society at large.
As the mission to Otaheite was district but one. In the midst of that which first engaged the atten- darkness and perplexity," say they, tion of the Society, so it has conti- " we sometimes enjoy a gleam of pued to be the subject of their par- hope, that God is humbling the ticular care. By the arrival of the people, and preparing them for a Royal Admiral, in July last, intel general reception of his word.” ligence was received, that the nine Otoo himself had desired to hear Missionaries, sent out in that vessel, the word of Jehovah; and assemhad reached the island in good bled many of his subjects for that health, and were cordially received, purpose. He seems to have some both by the brethren and the na- idea that there is but one God; and tives. At that time a general meet- expresses no dislike to what he ing of the Chiefs was expected; and heard. The Society acknowledges painful apprehensions of its conse- the good hand of God in his proquences were entertained, as a spirit tection of the Missionaries on this of disaffection to the chiefs liad al- occasion, and anxiously hope to reready discovered itself. By a let. ceive information of the restoration ter lately received, we learn that a of tranquillity, and the progress of civil war had actually broken out, the gospel in that country. It is which exposed the brethren to im- satisfactory to reflect, that this staminent danger ; from which, low- tion has already becoine of considero ever, they were delivered by the able importance to the colony of seasonable interposition of Divine New South Wales, in supplying Providence, in the arrival of two its increasing population with salt English ships; for, by the assist. provisions; and by means of the ance of our countrymen, Pomarre, intercourse which takes place be. the king's father and principal tween the two countries, the se. chief, was enabled to obtain very curity of the brethren, as well as important advantages over the in- their estimation among the natives, surgents, after he had been twice is likely to be promotrd. defeated by them, and nearly We have two amiable young men, brought under the necessity of named Maydon and Oly, about sixabandoning the island. The imme- teen years of age, under the care of diate occasiun of this disturbance, Dr. Okeley, of Mirfield, in a Mowas the seizure of a billet of wood raviun school. They have given by the chief O too, from the inhabit. pleasing evidence of improvement ants of Attahooroo; which billet in the letters they have written, and they worshipped as their sırpreme the report received from Dr. Okedivinity. – The loss sustained by ley; and promise to be useful helpthe Missionaries in their gardens, ersto our Missionary brethren, and fences, and cultivated grounds, was a blessing to their countrymen whenconsiderable ; but they intorm 175, ever they return to their native that the work of preaching the gos- Tand; which we hope will not be pel continues; and that the Lord so very long delayed. over - ruled the disorders of the island, that several hundreds of the We proceed, in the next place, io give a natives obtained an orportunity of general ideu of the viissions in Africa. hearing the word of salvation in con- About three years ago, brother sequence of them. Onecircuit thro' Manenberg, and others, were sent the country had been taken just be- by this Society to Africa ; where fore the insurrection took place, and they were taken under the imme. the gospel was preached in every diate protection of the South Afri. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCË.
265 can Society. Brother Manenberg Graaf Reinet, where a considerable was appointed to labour among a number of the natives hear the word congregation of Christians at Cape of life from brother Vanderlingen. Town; and also to attend to the in- Here a piece of ground has been struction of the Heathen, who are given to the Society by the Commore mimerous there than at any missioner Maynier, a distinguished other place in the colony. Here his friend and protector of the Missionlabours have been abundantly bless. aries. ed, especially to the conversion of An English Missionary, of the many of the Hottentots.
nime of Anderson, has been for Our next Missionary station is at more than two years eminently zealStellenbusch, about twenty miles ous and diligent, especially near from Cape Town, and under the the Great Orange River. He has care of brother Bekkar. This de. preached to great numbers of the voted servant of Christ having for. Heathen of ditterent nations ; many merly resided in that place, and be of whom intreated that the word of ing much affected with the deplor. salvation might be declared unto able condition of the Heathen, of them. They behave in an affecfered himself for the Missionary tionate manner to brother Anderson work, and has been successfully en- and his interpreters ; and many of gaged in it. He has opened a school them had begun to learn to read. for the native children, about Some also give reason to hope that thirty of whom are instructed in it: spiritual impressions had been made and it appears that several of the on their minds. It afforded the Di. pour Heathen have joyfully em- rectors peculiar satisfaction to learn, braced the Saviour of sinners. that two commissioners, who had
Bastian Tromp, another native been appointed to survey and report of Holland, sent out by this So- the state of the colony, had visited ciety, began to exercise his minis- this station, and expressed to go. try, about two years since, at a vernment their persuasion, that the place called Waggon-makers' Val- exertions of the Missionaries would ley. Here he met with great oppo. prove the most powerful means of sition from some mistaken persons, civilizing the natives, and tranquilo who misrepresented his mission to lizing the colony. the Governor, and would gladly There are two other individuals have suppressed it; but General employed in the good work in Af. Dundas was so well convinced of its rica ; one named Vester, a native beneficial tendency, that he gave of Holland; the other a native of him protection and encouragement. Mozambique, who had been sold This faithful Missionary has con- as a slave; but being converted, tinued to labour among different under the ministry of Mr. Vos, late sorts of people the Hottentots, of Rodesand, has discovered an Boschemen, and slaves from Mo. earnest desire to be instrumental in zambique ; in some of whom he the conversion of others : he is fahopes he perceives the work of the voured with strong intellectual en• Holy Spirit.
dowments, which, being now under The Missionary, Kicherer is set- a sanctified direction, are likely to tled at Zak River, about nineteen be rendered extensively useful. He days journey from the Cape (300 has been placed under the care of miles) ; where there is reason to the Missionary Society at the Cape, hope that his labours have been that he may be prepared to accom. blessed; as also in several other pany other Missionaries to the poplaces where he itinerated. He is pulous regions of Mozambique, assisted by a young man, whose Our much revered and faithful conversion to God is the fruit of brother Dr. Vanderkeimp, continues his ministry, and to whom he is his apostolic labours in the Mission. affording such instruction as may ary field. He has removed from qualify him for future usefulness his former station at Graaf Reinet, among the Heathten.
to Algoa Bay, on the eastern coast, Another Missionary station is at where a Missionary settlement seem
ed highly desirable, as likely to young persons appear to be under. bring together a great number of spiritual concern. the natives, and to accelerate both Two missions have been estatheir civilization and religious in. blished in North America. Mr. struction. Such was the probable Bentom, who is settled at Quebec, importance of this attempt, that it assures us, that there are some pregained the most cordial approbation cious souls, whose pious conduct of Governor Dundas, who was obliges him to believe that they pleased to honour Dr. Vanderkemp have been brought out of darkness with great assistance in the execu- into light by his means. Mr. Mittion of his plan. The Missionarychell, also at New Carlisle, in the Read, a very distinguished young Bay of Chaleur, informs'us, that man, is united with the Doctor in the work of the Lord continues to his labours at Algoa Bay.
prosper in the midst of opposition. We have the pleasure of stating, Two praying societies have been that the Missionary Society at the formed ainongst them; and great Çape continue to exert themselves attention paid to the rising genera. with unabating energy, in promot- tion. ing the Redeemer's kingdom among During the two past years the So. the surrounding Heathen. They ciety has manifested the commend. persevere in their prayer.meetings able desire of endeavouring to build, for this purpose, which they hold on the ruins of the papacy in France, in a large building erected for that the divine edifice of pure Christiuse; and are about to establish a anity, and as the most powerful Missionary Seminary. Asimilar mean for that purpose, within their institution is forming at Stellen- reach, was the circulation of the bosch.
holy Scriptures, they determined With heartfelt delight we to consecrate a part of their funds nounce our persuasion, that, thro' to this object. Reflecting also on the instrumentality of this Society, the awful effects of infidelity, they many thousands of the Heathen in judged it might be of great use to Africa are now listening to the joy; connect with the Scriptures a vinful sound of the gospel ; and that dication of their divine authority. more than a few, who were afar off, This important service has been at , are brought nigh by the blood of chieved in the most satisfactory Christ. A considerable number of manner, by one of their highly rethe rising generation are under be- spected members. neficial instruction, and forming for The treaty of peace between the useful stations in civil society. An tivo countries having renewed the energy, before unknown, is obser- means of personal intercourse, it vable in many of the Christian peo. was concludel, that a deputation to ple ; a desire to hear the gospel France was of great importance, not prevails among multitudes of the only in determining on the best Heathen; and our Missionaries are mode of printing anxi circulating the already engaged in preaching to New Testament and the Essay, but tribes of men, whose name had also in procuring such information scarcely reached iis.
on the state of religion in that Missionaries are about to depart country, as would enable the sofrom Holland ; inen whe hare re. ciety to form a judgmcilt on the linquished the enjoyments of civi- best means of promoting the inte, lized society tu visit Africa ; and rests of true religion there. The respread, in regions almost unknown, sult of this visit is generally known, the sweet savour of the name of and has produced a hope that the Jesus.
Protestant cause may soon rise from The faithful labours of Mr.Hill. its ruins. The Directors lave now, yard, in Newfoundland, have not the pleasure to announce, that the been in vain. Twenty-eight per. New Testament, the Essay, thesons have been formed into a reli. Assembly's Catechism, and soine gious society; and about thirty Tracts, äre printed, and now in cir.