Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

for that country.

I ought not to omit to mention that well instructions. The meeting was opened have just received here “An English and with prayer. Kralinhonui then made a Japanese, and Japanese and English Voc spíriud address to them, contrasting the cabulary, compiled from native works by stiperiority of their state under the ChrisW. M. Medhurst, Batavia; printed by Litli- tian religion over their former ignorant and ography, 1830. Considering the circuit degraded situatian; by adverting to the time stances, the book must be a rare pro- when there was so wide a difference beduction, and though it bears the modest tween chiefs and people, when it was death title of Vocabulary, the second part, i. e. for them to wear the same kind of clothes the Japanese and English, “contains nearly with the chiets, while now they were inore seven thousand words, and might have been nearly equal. He also enjoined upon them increased to double that number, had many to give heed to the instructions of the inisternis of Chinese origin been introduced, orsionaries, since the missionaries were seekothers about which some doubt existed." | ing their good, &c. Kekauonohe then for The Japanese language is alphabetic. "and lowed, also comparing the present happiness contains forty-cight letters, and is written of the common people with that when they in two different ways, something analogous were obliged to fear and dread the chiefs; to the printed and written form of our own when it was death iferenthe shadow of any characters.” The book makes 350 closely one lampened by chance to be cast upon the printed pages.*

chiefs, it being a crime so great that nothIn a letter dated June 13, 1851, Mr. Bridgman I those who turned from their evil ways, and

ing but drathi vould atone for it: but now slates the substance of a communication he had | persevered in doing that which was lawful received from Mr. Gutzlast, the acuve Dutch and rivht, those, she said, should be conmissionary in Siam. Exercising his skill as a sidered as their brethren, and hold an intiphysician while he performed his duties as a

mate relation with them: and with many

other words she exherted them to persevere minister of the gospel, Mr. G. had free access io

in well doing. all classes of the people. He had come to the determination to take his life in his hand, and

Feb. 7, 1829. About two o'clock P. M.

commenced one of the most severe thunder enter China, and in July had actually embarked

stories that I have witnessed at this place.

It seemed almost as if the elements would Mr. Abeel, in pursuance of instructions for- dissolve. It continued for about two hours warded to him by the Prudential Committee, with the most vivid flashes of lightning and embarked at Sincapore for Siam, in an Arabian tremendous peals of thunder. In the very ship, ahout the 20th of June, and arrived at Ban

midst of the storm, Kcaliialonui and his

wife and some other chiefs came running cock, the principal place of Siamese commerce,

to our aid, fearing that our house would in July. Mr. Abeel was accompanied by Mr. Wow over. They said they thought nothing Tomlin, an English missionary, and they carried of their own houses; their thoughts were with them large quantities of books for distribu- only for our salety. Many houses and tion. The visit of Mr. Abee! to Siam is prepar. house was struck by lightning and entirely

bread-fruit trees were blown down. One atory to the establishment of a mission in that

consumed, but no harm happened to any kingdom by the Board, which has been, for some

Alter the shower was over, the Mistime, in contemplation.

sionary Packet was seen standing into the

bay, and about eight o'clock we had the Sandwich Islands.

pleasure of welcoming the brethren Chamberlain and Clark to our fire, which we

found very acceptable; therniometer at 58 GOODRICH AT WAIAKEA, ON ILAWAII.

in the evening. Thunder storms are not

very frequent here. The greater part genFriendly attentions and Assistance recciced erally happen in the months of February, from the Rulers.

March, and April; occasionally also at other Dec. 22. 1828. We had the pleasure of

seasons of the year. witnessing the arrival of Kekauonohe and 15. Sabbath. The king having arrived her husband Kealiinhonui. They have during the past week, desired me to request taken a bold and decided stand on the side the people to be seated after the regular of virtue and religion. Their principal rea

services were over, in order that he might son for coming here at this time, is to cheer speak his mind to them; which being done, our hearts and strengthen our hands in

he made a short and appropriate address to propagating the gospel of peace among

his subjects. He enjoined upon them to their people. A few days after their arrival. I give heed and observe the laws that were they sent out word for all the people of established, prohibiting murder, theft, and Hilo to come together and hear what they adultery, and particularly to regard the in

On the day appointed, 4.000 structions of the missionaries, as they taught or 5,000 assembled together to receive their only what was for the good of the people.

Ápril 10. A seriousness has evidently * See Missionary llerald for 1829, p. 193.

commenced here. Numbers are inquiring VOL. XXVIII.

6

one.

EXTRACTS

FROM

THE

JOURNAL

OF

MR.

bad to say

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

Males.

1

[ocr errors]

Females.

1672
6:27

Total.

319

827

[ocr errors]

116

2013

4904

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

with a good degree of earnestness-We hope she now knows to be no god. She says in answer to the prayers of the church, a she once thought it to be a reality. The feeble band, and few in number; they hav- people used to think that her power was ing set apart a day, for several successive irresistible, and trembled at her presence. weeks past, for humiliation, fisting, and I They used to pray to her, and also to Pele prayer. While we are speaking, the Most; to take care of her, that thereby she might High scems abundantly ready to grant our be propitious to them. They were required requests.

i to prostrate themselves when she passed, May 3. Sabbath. Gov. Adams coming upon pain of death. But now, she takes into the harbor this day, and seeing the her place at the footstool of sovereign people collecting for publie worship. he put'; inerey, anxiously inquiring, with hundreds up his helm and run down this side of the pict others, the way ot' life. bay. A canoe was sent for him to come on shore, after which the schooner repaired An examination of the schools belonging to to the opposite side of the bay to anchor. the districts of lilo and Puna, of four days' conThe governor went directly to the meeting. tinuance, was completed on the 25th of Septemhouse, where we were assembled for our morning service. His repairing to church

ber. t'pwards of 6,000 people attended meeting was rather surprising to the people, as the

on the Sabbath preceding. A list of the schools usual manner for a chief is, in the first which were examinel, is suhjoined. place, to repair to the principal man of the place, and partake of a sumptuous feast. The day fojlowing being the monthly concert, the governor was invited to take a pari on the occasion, which he readily consined to do, and made an appropriate address,

2551 urging the people to give need to the mes. There are 5 schools and the same numsages of mercy, that were proclaimed to them throngh the torbearance of God. He legible hand on slates. The whole number

ber of teachers. About 300 write quite a afterwards made an appropriate prayer. may not be anviss here to say, that the spell readily, and read and recite lessons.

The church was constantly crowded to main object of the gorernor's visit is to superintend the building of a new church, which is a season highly enjoyed by all

,

overflowing during the whole examination; for which he freely volunteered his services. similar to holidays in America. My time He also brought his own men to prform is wholly occupied upwards of a week the work. The length is to le 147 feet, the

While not engaged in examination, they breadth 60, and the height 32 feet. 8. Happy were we again to hail the

are constantly crowding our house, asking arrival of the Packet, especially as it questions-Is it lawful to do this? Is it brought to our aid Mr. and Mrs. Clark, expedient to do that? and a great number who came to unite with us in labering for appear anxious to find the way of life. the good of these poor heathen, while there are so nany pressing into the kingdom. Extraordinary Attention to Religion. The natives are coming every day, and almost every huur in the day, with anxious April, 1830. About a year has now inquiries respecting their souls. They come

elapsed since the attention to religion conin such numbers, that we deemed it best to

menced here; and the spirit of inquiry has Bet apart one day in each week to attend to

extended more than sixty miles. Very their inquiries. Monday afternoon and eve many natives have left their lands, and ning is wholly occupied in giving thein in come and asked permission to settle where struction on the all-important subject of they can enjoy religious instruction. Four their salvation. The meeting is conducted head-men, residing from six to eighteen something in the manner of meetings of in

miles distant, have come and settled down quiry at home.

near us in order to partake in the worship
of the Sabbath and enjoy other sanctuary

privileges. Many say that they have ob-
High Priestess of Pele-Schools.

tained joyful hearts, so much so that they

cannot sleep at night. One and another July 13. I have lately received informa

come 'o us with the inquiry, Is it right to ticn ihat the chief priestess of Pele (the weep and shed tears? Sometimes, say they, goddess of volcanos] has left her residence our tears run down our cheeks while thinkin Hamakua to take up her abode here ing of God's goodness; sometimes at home, where she can enjoy the preaching of the :ut other times by the way, and when in the gospel, being fully convinced of bir folly in house of prayer, and also in private devoofficiating as high priestess to that which was itions. They inquire, What can be the the most terrible of all their gods. When I meaning of the tears running have questioned her respecting her belief in Can it be right to weep so much? They their former terrible deity, her feelings seem freely own, that Paul's description of the to revolt at the idea of saying any thing Ivices of the heathen, in the first chapter of respecting her former belief in that which I Romans, is a correct delineation of their

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

so freely?

[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

character, and say, How could he have! On the next day Mr. Elsworth records another known it so well? Oor house has been

bereavement which tiese parents were made to thronged from morning till night, and from experience. night till morning. We have frequently been called up at midnight to converse Mr. and Mrs. Vaill have again been callwith those who are anxious, and then again led to mourn. Their only son, who was at daylight; so that we have little or no

sick at Candy's Creek, died on the 2:38 time of our own.

instant, having been sick three weeks. He Our labors are numerous and much

was bronght to acknowledge the justice of varied. We have public worship twice on God and to beg for mercy. the Sabbath. Mrs. G. has a large Sabbath school between meetings, and also a bible The daughter, Mary Ann Vaill, died Sept. class in the afternoon, and she also meets a

16th, at the age of 17. The son, Noah, was 2 praying circle of females in the evening, and a school likewise in the week of about

years old, and died on the 234 of October. In 30 scholars. The above, and the continued April last the youngest son of these parents was calls of the natives, occupy most of our

accidentally drowned. time. Monday from two o'clock P. M. till nine in the evening, our house is thronged! EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OF MR. THUMPwith natives who attend our meeting for religious inquiry. Wednesday afternoon we have a public lecture.

Seizure of the Mission Premises at High

touer.

SON.

[ocr errors]

EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OF MR. ELS

WORTH, DATED AT BRAINERD.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

Cherokces.

Since Mr. Thompson was driven from High

tower by the Georgia guard his family have resided principally at Brainerd, while he has spent his time, as far as his circumstances would per

mit, in visiting Cherokee families and preaching Sickness at the Station.

in their villages, il ditterent parts of the 112

tion. On these tours for preaching he has freOn the 26th of October, Mr. Elsworth gave the quently visited Hightower, the scene of his forfollowing painful account of the dealings of the

mer labors, Lord with that station.

It was stated at

p.

953 of the last volume, in a

letter of Miss Fuller, that the commander of the For the last five weeks our Heavenly guard had threatened to seize the buildings at Father has laid his hand heavenly upon us.

that station and convert them into barracks for He has visited us with such sickness as we the soldiers. This was actually done very have not had for nine years past. We have shortly after. Since that time the buildings had eight cases of the bilious and four of the intermittent fever: generally two have have been in possession of the guard, who reluse been sick at the same time, and have been 1o give them up. On this sulijeci, under date of confined from six to eight days. Here was September 29th, Mr. Thompson writes-mercy mingled with the afiliction, for had all been sick at the same time, some must I lave just returned from Hightower. It have suffered. Only one case has been appears that the guard came to the missionvery severe and fatal; that of Mr. Vaill's house about three or four weeks ago, while daughter. She was sick only five days. the Cherokee man whose family occupied By her death we have lost a very affection. It was absent. The woman fled, and they ate helper in our family, and the afflicted took possession of the house. In the place parents a beloved and affectionate child. where I left sweet potatoes, I found turnips She was dear to us all, and had her life sown. My fowls, too, if I am not misinbeen spared we believe she would have forined, have fallen before the arms of the been a very useful member of our society, I guard, and my swine are threatened to and an ornament in the church. Although share the same fate. When Miss Fuller laboring as a private individual in her was removed, the furniture was left in two father's family, still, she seemed to possess rooms an upper and a lower one. The the feelings of a missionary. She took a lower room was fastened and no one could lively interest in the concerns of the family get into the upper one unless he passed and of the mission. Long shall we remem through the former. But bolts and nails ber her laborious and faithful services, par- | form not a sufficient security against the ticularly for the last two years.

officers of the guard. The doors were opendaughter she was remarkably affectionate led and the furniture removed from the and dutiful. She united with the church lower to the upper room.

To this room in June 1828.

when I arrived, any one who pleased had But the Lord has been gracious to us

access, for the door was not fastened. Soine 80 that all the family enjoy comfortable little injury had been done to the furniture health, for which we would be thankful. | by reinoving it, yet I discovered no design

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

As a

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

DE

to injure any thing in the house. In the LETTER OF MR. CHAMBERLIN, DATED presence of two witnesses I took an inven

CEMBER IST, 1831. lors of all the property left at the station, so that if any thing is injured it will be known, and may be recovered by law. The guard Visit of Jirs. Worcester and Mrs. Butler treated me with politeness while I was

to their husbands in the Penitentiary. with thein; but notwithstanding this, I could not leave them till I had told them It was mentioned at p. 20, that Mrs. Worcester freely what I thought of their proceedings; anvi Mra. Butler had been at the penitestiary of Sergeant Brooks had the command, and I therefore addressed myself to him (the Georgia on a visit to their husbands. Mr. Chamwitnesses being present) substantially as

berlin gives the particulars relative to their jourfollows.

ney and visit. What orders have been given by Col. Sanford in regard to this station?

I set out from Willstown on the 31st of Answer. He designg to hare a part of October. On account of Mrs. Chamberlin's the guard stativned here for the present. health it was thought best that she should

I then said, that I wished them to under.l, accompany me. On our way to Haweis we stand that he had no right so to do: that I stopped one night at the council ground at claimed the right to dispose of the house i Chatooga. The chiefs and people treated and property there, as I might see fit. Al us with respect, and sent much love and though it was not my own property, yet it many good wishes to the prisoners. I had been committed to my keeping by the preached in the evening to a large congresociety under whose direction I labored, I gation on the council ground. On the 3d and I therefore was determined to protect of November we set out from Haweis, takand defend it as if it were my own. I said ing with us Mrs. Butler and a daughter of further, that I did not give my conseni for Dr. Butler by his former wife. We arrived them to remain there a moment, and that I at New Echöta the same day. On our way required them to leave the station without we were overtaken by a company of Cherdelay. I told him I designed to adoptokces from the Valley Towns. They had pacific measures, to have recourse to civil been to the council, and were now on their authority; that I did not intend to excite | way home. One of them rode along with the Indians as had been reported. Ser us for some distance after his company had geant Brooks replied, that he should not

taken another road. He made many inquigo at my order.

ries about the prisoners, and seemed anxI could not feel that I had discharged my

ious to know how he could serve them. He dirty till I had thus asserted my right to

said he would go home and take up a colthe mission premises, and required the lection to enable them to purchase blankets

and other necessaries. He then bid us fareguard to leave them.

well, after sending much love to his friends

in prison, and galloped off through the In another part of his letter Mr. Thompson woods to overtake his company. After states that the corn belonging to the station had driving sorne distance we were surprised to been destroyed by the guard, and considerable

see the whole conipany in the road before damage done to fruil-trees.

us. They told us they wanted to do what

they could now. They regretted that they It is scarcely possible to add any thing, hy could do but little; that their annuity had way of remark, to this statement of facts. It is not been received, and they were obliged to so obvious a violation of law and equity, and an

return from council without their wages; outrage committed by a military force on private and still have money enough left to carry

but they thought they could spare a little, rights, in time of peace, that it must be seen by them home. They therefore gave us two every candid mind in its true eharacter. The dollars and twelve and a half cents, and buildings at the station were erected and the wished us to carry it to the prisoners. We small fields were inclosed and cultivated entirely told then those brethren would be very at the expense of the Board. The station was much pleased to hear of the spirit they established with the full consent of the Secretary manifestod, and be thankful for their donaof War and the Cherokees. The buildings and obligation to us.

tion. They replied, “They are under no

We ought to do it. They improvements on the land were the private prop are suffering for us, and this is all that we erty of the Board, and were under the imme can do for them. We will go home and diate control of their missionary. Even if the exert ourselves to get more. Cherokee nation were a part of the state of Gcorgia, the constitution of the United States Other facts which will be mentioned at the protects private dwellings from such violation, close of this letter will further show the sympawhen it declares that "no soldier shall, in time of thy which the Cherokees feel in sufferings of the peace, be quartered in any louse without the imprisoned missionaries, and their readiness to consent of the owner."

minister to their comfort.

.

[ocr errors]

On the 4th Mrs. Worcester joined us, and || He said I could go in myself, the women we set out towards Georgia. We rode but could not be admitted, as the under-keepers fourteen miles the first day. The next day were kept much confined during the week, we rode to Philips', near the mission sta and therefore, wanted the Sabbath to themtion at Hightower. After crossing the selves. The convicts are all locked up in river Major Dawson found out who we an inner prison every night and during each were, and where we were going, and invit-|Sabbath. We therefore concluded it would ed us to go back and put up at his house.be best for Mrs. W. and Mrs. B. to attend But we chose to go on 10 Mr. Philips'. I meeting in town, and it was necessary for told him that I should probably preach there me to go with them. I, however, went into the next day, it being the Sabbath. Hell the penitentiary and carried some books and urged me to preach at the station (High- tracts to the prisoners. When I got there tower); and said he would send out and no Mr. Worcester had commenced worship. I tify the people, and also send word to major looked through the iron grates and had a Brooks to have the meeting-house in order. ( full view of the preacher and his congregaI consented, and on the Sabbath we all tion. The room in which they were conwent over to the station. My congregation fined I should think was about 18 by 20 consisted of the Georgia guard, an enrolling feet. Mr. Worcester stood at one side of agent, a number of intruders, my own com the room with a small table before him and pany, and a few Cherokees. When we ar a chair in which he had been sitting. Dr. rived at the station, we found it indeed Butler was sitting on the floor beside him. fallen into the hands of the enemy. When, | The rest of the congregation were some instead of a group of interesting children sitting on their blankets where they had and warm-hearted Cherokees, we found slept through the night, others standing, ourselves surrounded by the relentless per- || and others sitting with Dr. B. by the side secutors of our brethren, we felt like hang- l of the wall. All were clothed in their ing our harps upon the willows, and sit- prison garments, and some had the additing down to weep. But on reflection we tion of large iron ring round their ancle scorned to weep, lest we should cause these and handcuff's upon their wrists. There uncircumcised Philistines to rejoice. Re was about 30 in this apartment. Mr. W. membering, however, that they had immor would preach to those in another apartment tal souls I went in and preached to them on in the afternoon. The meeting bell rung, the nature and necessity of the new birth. and I reluctantly left my position at the We then returned to our lodgings, where we were treated with much kindness and re

The two following days we went into the spect by Mr. Philips and his family. On penitentiary and spent several hours at the Sth, we crossed the Chatahoochy into each time. We carried in blankets, books, Georgia. Night overtook us five miles and some articles of provision, all of which from Lawrenceville and we were obliged to our imprisoned brethren were allowed to put up. We soon found that our Heavenly receive. Mrs. Worcester and Mrs. Butler Father had directed us to a pious family took their husbands by the arm, and were We had much interesting conversation led by them through the different workwith them. And the black man told me shops, and were shown the different occubefore we left that they were all mighty || pations and curiosities of the place. glad we stopped with them.”

On Monday and Tuesday we had interWe arrived at the walls of the peniten- || views with Ďr. Church. He seemed less tiary at two o'clock on the 12th. We drove confident after hearing the views of the up to major Cook's (the keeper.] made our American Board. Mr. St. Clear, a Methselves known, and requested permission to odist clergy man also called on us. He has see the prisoners. He immediately walked frequently visited the prisoners and urged with us to the great gate, where we entered them to take the oath. He says he thinks and took our seats on some loose lumber they are acting conscientiousły but if he inside of the wall. Mr. Worcester and Dr.

can only get them to view things as he Butler were soon called from their work, does their conscience will lead them to take and came dressed in their coarse prison gar another course. ments and sat down with us. They looked The keepers were very friendly, and I healthy and quite cheerful. We conversed believe treat our imprisoned brethren as freely. The keeper was indeed present. kindly as they can. Tuesday about two After conversing awhile I left Mrs. Wor-o'clock we bid the prisoners farewell, and cester and Mrs. Butler with the prisoners, set out on our journey back. On our way and went out to seck lodgings. I then re home we met with several friends. We turned to the prison, where we stayed and spent the Sabbath at Lawrenceville where conversed till near sunset, when we bid the I preached twice. The last time in the prisoners good night, and retired to our court house where our brethren were tried boarding-house, and they to their work. and condemned. The congregation was

The next day, being the Sabbath, I went uncommonly large for that place. We to Major Cook, the head keeper, and re

were very much gratified with the appearquested for Mrs. W. and Mrs. B. the privi- lance of the people there. Wednesday 22d lege of spending the day in the penitentiary. If we arrived at New Echota. Thursday at

[ocr errors]

iron grate.

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »