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Union, in the hope that, “standing,” as our sable friends express themselves to do, on conspicuous and important ground, the independence of their feeble Republic having been recognized by our noble and great country, and feeling their obligations both on religious and political grounds to improve the condition of the people,” those benevolent Societies would feel it a privilege to assist them, and the result will convince them that they were not mistaken in attributing “to their English brethren generosity, benevolence, philanthropy, and an extensive desire to promote the interest of the coloured race,” the British and Foreign Bible Society having made them a grant of 100 Bibles and Testaments, the Religious Tract Society of £20 worth of books for Libraries, and the Sunday School Union of £10 worth of elementary books for schools.
WESTERN COAST OF AFRICA. been encouraging, and we can truly say that
the Lord has not forsaken us. By the moving Februry 13th, 1849. of His Spirit many of the natives have been
brought into the fold of Jesus, and now they The Liberia Baptist Association to the Baptist sing and praise, and even weep and mourn
Missionary Society, London, England, when we do. This is a lively stimulant to Sendeth Christian Salutation.
us, and sometimes we are carried away by a Dearly beloved, respected, and honourable pressure of thoughts when we see the won. Brethren,
derful working of the Lord among us, being It has been a long time that we have been such a handful of weak, prayerless, unfaithful, wishing to open a friendly correspondence and pennyless people; but though we very with your very zealous and philanthropic often bave such feelings, yet upon the whole Body; but want of confidence in ourselves, we remember the notable words," One shall and of a knowledge of the proper way to pro- chase a thousand, and two shall put ten ceed, have been our preventatives. At our thousand to flight.” We deem it right to say Jast Annual Meeting we came to the conclu- that the prospect of doing good is flattering; sion to open an intercourse, if it will for- new fields are opening every day, and we tunately meet your approbation, as we hope believe that if we had the means much good to receive from you, by sympathies and in- might be done. The fields are ripe for structions, that advice which we are deeply harvest, and by proper and judicious managein need of in this country.
ment great will be the harvesting. It is hoped that you will excuse the liberty In this course of making known our motives we have assumed before we had become we feel ourselves conscientious. We wish to better acquainted. We, as a people situated know from which quarter the most sympathy in a country like this, have a great many will How and prayers will ascend to the throne difficulties to encounter, while having the of Grace on our behalf. We should be pleased name of Jesus to bear, and so many of the if we could hear from you, and have your aborigines to teach and lead in the path of advice. It would be a source of great civilization.
pleasure to us to receive from you an epistle The cause in this country requires much setting forth, if possible, the plans best calcuenergy, and also means, to accomplish any lated to assist us in our field of labour. We thing. The natives must have a clear under have thought of the expediency and necessity standing, in their way, of our purposes; and of your kind Body establishing a Mission in order to this our interest must be enlarged, here. There is room enough for each and in some way adapted to the sure and ultimate for all. consummation of it. We have been en. Education, the primary object in a country deavouring for some time to devise a plan to like ours, is much needed. There are not carry out our views in this respect, but have many Schools among us from the want of failed in every attempt; and, on consideration, means to put more into operation. The have thought it best to conser with you, and majority of them are supported by benevolent to implore your prayers and your aid to assist Bodies in America, who have done much, but us in carrying out the work of the Lord. have given very little to us as an independent We in this part of Africa, without scruple, Body. have had and now have a commanding in- The circulation of books is much required Huence over the native tribes, and the country here. Bibles, tracts, and those periodicals is open to us to work if we will, and we, not- best adapted to improve the morals. Scientific withstanding all our embarrassments, have works would much benefit our young, feeble made signal and sure progress by the aid of Republic; but alas, the youths, very many of the Holy Spirit.
them, are growing up without the means of The openings of the Providence of God education. have been obvious, and its bright rays have We now find ourselves considerably put to
3 4 5 2 10
none, none. none. none.
none. none. none.
the test in consequence of the movement of Monterado County,
Scholars. Teachers. Library. nizing our independence; we are brought to Town of Louisanna stand upon a very conspicuous and important Town of New Virginia 36 ground in reference to both religious and Town of New Georgia.. 40
Town of Monravia ......
scattered. political duties. We feel that we are now called upon to work to improve our own con
24 dition and that of our neighbours, and how Grand Bassa County. we shall do it, and with what, and who will Town Bassa Cove ......
Town Edina............... help us, are matters of vital importance to us,
37 and could we believe that there were not generosity, benevolence, philanthropy, and an
14 extensive desire to promote the interest of the Sinoe County. coloured race in the hearts of our English Town of Garnville Brethren, we should despond in our under
very destitute. taking. But we cannot believe this, we
There are other towns in this county, but cherish stronger and livelier hopes—much completely destitute. brighter anticipations.
10 In conclusion, we will lay before you the
Dunks, which was left out in the Monstatistical account of our Denomination. It terado County, is included in the grand total, stands as follows :
thirty-eight scholars, eight teachers. It be
hoves us to say, that all these schools are in American settlers
1000 Natives of different tribes.........
want of those things which will render them
capable of growing. Will you allow us the 1080
privilege of soliciting your assistance in the Churches
12 work among us. Ordained Ministers................
On behalf of the Association, I remain
yours fraternally, The Sabbath Schools stand thus in the
B. J. DRAYTON, following named towns and counties :
TESTIMONY OF A ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARY.
Our highly esteemed friend, Dr. Thomson, who has lately returned from Spain, has favoured us with a translation of an extract from a work published in Madrid in 1848, entitled “Memorial respecting the Island of Fernando Po, by Jeronius M. Usera y Alarcon.” The writer appears to be “ Chief Spanish Roman Catholic Missionary in the Gulf of Guinea.” It bears an honourable testimony to the characters of our missionaries, and we feel assured our readers will be gratified in finding that the only circumstance which derogates from that character in the view of the writer, is that of their being Protestants, and being much beloved by the converts under their ministry. The writer appears to us to be too good for the system of his church, and his confidence in our excellent friend Dr. Prince, and his testimony in favour of our Mission, are equally honourable to him.
When M. Larena arrived at Fernando Po The Baptist Missionary Society has for its in 1843, the Baptist sect, whose committee, object, as they themselves say, the propagation or directing commission, is in London, had of the gospel through all the world, the only one missionary in the island, namely, translation and circulation of the holy scripMr. Sturgeon. Afterwards the chief mis- tures, and the establishment of schools. The sionary of that sect, Mr. Clarke, established directing body is composed of thirty-six indihimself in Fernando Po, accompanied by viduals who reside in London, and they have some other missionaries, and by a certain no other source of funds but donations and number of teachers and colonists. They voluntary subscriptions. All are considered fixed on Fernando Po as the most healthy members who subscribe not less than ten and suitable place for the centre and head shillings and a half annually, donors of ten quarters of the Baptist Mission station for the pounds or upwards, the pastors, as they call west of Africa
them, of their churches, and all others who render important services to the Society. In former as a physician and the latter as a surthis way they collect a considerable quantity geon. It is an act of justice that I should of money. In the year 1845 there was one seize the present opportunity of tributing to donation which alone amounted to £3622 Dr. Prince, in my own name and in that of sterling, and many that passed £200 and my companions, our heartfelt thanks for the £300 sterling. They have also annual sub- zeal and disinterestedness with which he scribers who give upwards of £100. Whether attended us in all our illnesses. His philanwe call this fanaticism, religion, or patriotism, thropy and generosity were extended, not the truth is, that with such societies the only to the rendering us his professional aid English obtain influence, and make room for gratuitously, and with the utmost attention, themselves over all the world, and propagate but also to the bestowing on us gratis meditheir language, customs, and commerce. It cines of the most costly kind from his small is no longer armed forces that conquer na- stock, and likewise in the previous compounds tions. This method has been superseded by of them with his own hands. In spite of all other means, slower perhaps in their effects, my endeavours and efforts to recompense in a but less costly, and attended with better slender degree the generosity and watchfulness results. These means are-religious missions. of Dr. Prince, I never could succeed in
Not less surprised than I was would any making him receive the smallest remuneraof my readers be, were they to see the vene- tion for his valuable services. ration and respect with which the converted Seldom do we see examples of the nature negroes of Fernando Po look upon their mis. here presented of catholic missionaries putting sionaries. One of the severest punishments themselves in the hands of a sectarian miswhich they can inflict on them is the ex- sionary, when at the same time they feel pelling them from their religious fellowship themselves compelled to force him to abandon The festival days they employ in the continual his residence from the sole circumstance of reading and exposition of the gospel, alter- being of an opposite creed. In truth, in this nating these exercises with religious songs; instance, the confidence and good faith of the and more than once in the middle of the night Spanish character and the English honour my sleep has been interrupted by these songs strove nobly with each other. Dr. Prince is being sung by a whole family in a neighbours truly worthy of being recommended to the ing house. Let us compare these customs Spanish government, and to all Spaniards. with those which daily present themselves to The aforesaid missionaries, the greater our eyes [in Madrid), and with the horrible number of whom reside on Fernando Po, blasphemies which continually grate our ears, have very good houses, well furnished, and and let us say, Which people—these negroes supplied with all necessaries.
Our own or ourselves, show the most signs of being humble dwelling, the meanness of our furnisavages?
ture, and the scarcity and badness of our The number of the missionaries, together provisions, were strikingly contrasted with with their names, which we found on our ihe conveniences and the well supplied tables arrival to be established in Fernando Po, and of our antagonists. But this was not what in the two immediate stations on the coast of chiefly affected us. What filled us with grief Calabar and Bimbia, are as follows :- of heart was the impossibility in which we
found ourselves from want of proper places of Missionaries John Clarke, G. K. Prince celebrating the august sacrifice of the mass,
(physician), Thomas Sturgeon, and of thus giving the benefits of religion to Joseph Merrick, Wm. New- upwards of twenty catholic families which at begin (surgeon).
that time resided on the island. We were Assistant Thos. Thompson, Alfred Saker, tormented with the feeling that, whilst we Missionaries Thos. Milbourne.
lacked the means for catechising and instructTeachers Alexander Fuller, W. Smith, ing, our adversaries had all the field to them
Mr. Bundy, Mr. Norman, selves, and abounded in all that they required
among other things, a large temple. May Women Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Prince, Mrs.
the God of goodness grant that the day may Missionaries Sturgeon, Mrs. Merrick, Mrs.
arrive when we Spaniards shall think only of Newbegin, Mrs. Thompson, nation!
promoting the interests of this unfortunate Mrs. Saker, Mrs. Bundy,
Note appended to the last sentence but one. Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Ennis,
Whilst I write these lines" [says the author], Mrs. Gallimore, Misses Stew.
“I have before me the Report published by art, Davis, Cooper, and Vitou.
the Baptist Society in London, according to Taking the whole number, therefore, to- their custom of issuing such a document every gether, there are five missionaries, three year. In the article conceruing Fernando assistant missionaries, seven teachers, and Po, it is stated, that the poor negroes already fifteen female missionaries. Prince and New- defray the expenses of one of these missionaries begin, besides being missionaries, act, the among them.
Our friends will remember the death of the devoted agent of the Society, Thomas Thompson. The church of which he was a member sometime ago resolved to erect a stone to his memory, and it was forwarded in January last by the “ Robert Heddle.” The following is the inscription, to which we are requested to give insertion :
In Memory of
A LABORIOUS AND FAITHFUL AGENT
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
AFTER A SHORT AND PROMISING CAREER,
AT BASSIPU, FERNANDO PO,
DEEPLY LAMENTED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED BY THE CHRISTIAN CHURCII OF WHICH HE WAS
A MEMBER, AT NEWCASTLE ON TYNE, ENGLAND.
APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARIES.
We have the pleasure of announcing that the Rev. FredERICK TRESTRAIL and Edward Bean UNDERHILL, Esq., who were selected to fill the office of Secretaries, have acceded to the request of the Committee. Mr. TRESTRAIL will enter upon the duties of the office on the 1st of September, and Mr. Underhill on the 1st of October. It cannot be necessary to recommend these brethren in their new and important engagements to the prayerful remembrance of our friends.
It is expected that when the arrangements contemplated by the Committee are completed, the appointment of two Sccretaries will not increase the expenditure incurred for Home Agency.
All persons who have taken any considerable interest in the juvenile department of our Mission must have felt the want of a Museum from which they could obtain objects of curiosity to illustrate their addresses, and this is now greatly felt by our young men who are trying to deepen and perpetuate the interest of Sunday school children and others in the missionary work. It is with pleasure we are able to state that the Committec of the “ Young Men's Missionary Association ” have commenced a Museum, and that a room has been set apart in the Mission House for the reception of donations, all of which will become the property of the Baptist Missionary Society; and we earnestly appeal to our friends throughout the country who may have rejected idols, and objects of curiosity, kindly to send them to the Mission House, as they will prove essentially useful in interesting our young friends at their juvenile meetings. All such donations, addressed to the Mission House, Moorgate Street, for the Museum, will be duly acknowledged in the Missionary Herald.
We have been requested to announce, that the “ Young Men's Association” have applied to each missionary to furnish them, through the Secretaries, with an account of the schools under his superintendence, its description and character, the average number under instruction, the expense attending it, and the degree of support which can be obtained on the spot. Communications, in reference to the “ Young Men's Association,” to be addressed to the Secretary of the Association, Mr. J. E. Tresidder, 33, Moorgate Street. We hope that these efforts will have the effect of increasing the general funds of the Society, as well as of aiding any specific departments of labour in which our young friends take peculiar interest.
It is respectfully requested that where it is practicable the friends in the country ordering Missionary Cards, &c., will at the same time kindly mention the name of a country bookseller, and his London agent, through whom the parcels may be sent, or such other mode of transmission as may most economise the funds of the Society.
FOREIGN LETTERS RECEIVED.
....... Merrick, J.
Newbegin, W.... March 27.
Vitou, M.......... April 5.
Gould & Co......July 2.
Cramp, J. M...... April 23.
Hearle, J. ..........June 25.
Small, G. .May 28.
Thomas, J. ......June 2.
Smylie, H.........May 21.
.Morgan, T.........June 1.
.Dawson, C. C. ...June 9.
Page, T. C......,June 15.
Allen, J. .........June 15.
Lawrence, J...... May 29.
.... Williamson, J.... May 29.
.Rycroft, W. K...May 19.
Littlewood, W....June 21.
.Jenkins, J......... August 1.
. Tinson, J..........July 5.
.Hall, A. M. ......June 2).