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field of action. Sandilla, the chief of the Gaiki tribes, had been deposed by the Governor, who had deemed it necessary to send a military force, with the view of arresting him. This, combined with some other circumstances, brought affairs with the Kaffirs and the Government to a crisis. The Kaffirs obtained some advantages over the British troops. The Governor himself had been exposed to danger, but had effected his escape to King William's Town, where, when the last despatches had been sent off, he was waiting for re-inforcements. These were collecting in great strength, and it is probable that Sir Harry would soon be in a position to strike a decisive blow, and, though perhaps with much loss of blood on both sides, close the tragedy for the present.
Meantime the Missions of our Society, and those of other Societies in British Kaffraria, must suffer great damage, or possibly be entirely ruined. The Colonial press states that Mr. Birt's Station at Peelton has been totally destroyed, in the presence of the Missionary. Mr. Birt and his family were safe. Mr. Kayser and his family have been obliged to remove from Knapp's Hope, and that station it is also feared is laid in ruins. Of Mr. Brownlee, of King William's Town, no information has been received, nor of Mr. Gill, of Fort Beaufort; though the latter place has suffered somewhat from the attack of the Kaffirs. Mr. Niven (Scotch Mission) has been compelled to leave his station, and was robbed on his way towards the Colony. Fresh disturbances appear to have existed also in the neighbourhood of Blinkwater or Tidmanton. The Kaffir chief Hermanus, residing there, has been killed, his people rou and his lands, with some exceptions, forfeited. The Hottentots generally are displaying their usual loyalty, fidelity, and courage, for the protection of the Colony. Some uneasiness prevailed among them, not without serious causes, which, if impartially examined, may go far to account for their dissatisfaction, though not to justify any measures of disloyalty. The whole affair, which is extremely calamitous, will demand prompt attention on the part of all the friends of the native tribes, and especially of the devoted friends of Christian Missions. While appeals may become necessary to statesmen and governments, urging them to investi. gate the causes of these disasters, it is to Him who supremely rules over the affairs of men and nations that we must look, with fervent prayer and devout confidence. “ He maketh the wrath of man to praise Him, and the remainder thereof he restrains."
JOS. JOHN FREEMAN.
CONVERSIONS IN KAFFIRLAND. There had at one time been too much reason to apprehend that the war of 1816, which inflicted such disasters upon the Kaffir nation, would also, in its consequences, have brought irretrievable ruin upon the Missions established among that people. It was indeed a season of great anxiety and severe suffering to our devoted brethren; but it has been so ordered, in the gracious providence of God, that, on the resumption of their labours, the preaching of the word has in not a few instances been attended with more powerful effect in impressing the hearts and consciences of sinners, than at any former period. The statements in the following Letter, written shortly before the fresh outbreak of hostilities, afford proof that, among Kaffirs as well as Hottentots, the Lord was bearing testimony to the power and efficacy of his word.
Under date King William's Town, 21st October, 1850, the Rev. Wm. Brownlee writes :
“I am happy to say there has been in the "Themen who have been admitted to churchcourse of the year an advance in the cause of fellowship are heads of families. The first is God, and an extension of religious influence a brother of one of our church-members; and greater than at any former period of the though often in contact with his brother, and Mission. I will first refer to our Kaffir con- at times in attendance on public worship, yet gregation.
when I visited him there was evidently no * The place of worship, on Sabbath, is interest in hearing about the great salvation. generally filled with attentive hearers. Of At a subsequent period, on my remonstrating the thirteen individuals, most of whom are with him on his general conduct, and the acyoung persons, received into church-fellow- count he must give to God for all his actions, ship, we have cause for thankfulness that their he allowed the truth of what I said, and conduct has been consistent with their Chris- evinced a seriousness that engaged my attentian profession. Some information respecting tion; and from that time till now he has been, them may prove acceptable. The first, a I may say, clothed and in his right mind. widow, and mother of a young man received He used formerly to be naked, witlı his body in the former year, has been long connected painted ; he is now a constant worshipper, with us, but showed little regard to the word and a Sunday-school scholar ; and being of God, and was in every respect a rude a headman at the kraal, he will exert an heathen ; but she was struck by lightning, influence on those living with him. Another and for a length of time suffered severe pain man belonging to the same kraal came for. from the effects of the stroke. Yet, amidst ward shortly afterwards, but he belonging to pain and weakness, she began to inquire aster another tribe, I had little knowledge of his God; and since my return here, she has been former character. Yet, from his former a constant worshipper, and has made a credible ignorance, the change in his whole deportprofession of her faith in Christ.
The contrast ment, and his growing acquaintance with þetween her present and former character is
Divine truth, are strikingly manifest. This very great.
man's mother is also in a promising state, and "The second case is that of a woman about has been for some time among the inquirers. the same age. Previous to the war she had The next person to be referred to is a young been among the inquirers, but for some time
His mother and two of his brothers are was absent from the neighbourhood. Since church-members. He was formerly careless, her return she has been a constant and atten. living like other Kaffir youth. When I spoke tive hearer. Her conduct has given general to him, he allowed that his conduct was witssatisfaction to the church-members. She is
At length, under convictions of pow the eighth person connected with a
sin, he came forward as an inquirer, has since family who are church-members. While the learnt to read the Scriptures; and, his brothers aged father still remains in ignorance, and being in the habit of instructing him at their attached to heathen customs, the young kraal, he is now making progress in writing. women have been brought under religious The next and last person to be named had instruction, and taught to read.
been living for a time at the Birkland's Sta
tion; and since his return liere, more than three years ago, he came forward as an inquirer. His attainments in divine knowledge have been considerable. I may say he is able to give a reason of the hope he possesses. He is a sensible, judicious, and industrious man. He is the owner of a wagon, and has made an attempt at improvement in building a house, the largest I have seen erected by a native.
"I may now refer to the Hottentot congregation, mostly composed of persons belonging to the Cape Mounted Rifles. The two companies formerly here have left ; one company has gone to Fort Beaufort, and the other is stationed at Fort Grey. The last is still connected with us, although twenty-seven miles distant; no other missionary visiting them.
" There has been for some time past a gradual increase of religious feeling among this class; and its moral influence has extended over the entire community, with but few exceptions; so that our religious meetings on the Sunday and week evenings are well attended ; the soldiers being marched to worship on Sunday mornings. I may give you some idea of their former character, showing that prayers long offered have been heard, and that religious instruction and parental admonitions have not been in vain. A number of these admitted to the privileges of the church are children of pious parents, connected with missionary stations, and, in most cases, left their families to get rid of moral restraint. Some left when young, and afterwards entered the service. The first case is that of a sergeant, nearly twenty years in the service, who in his youth had received religious instruction; yet, from his own confession, he lived so unconcerned, that he thought when man died there was an end to him, or he was like the inferior animals. The next, also a sergeant, though he felt at times a transient conviction that he was an accountable creature, yet felt no desire to abandon his sinful courses. He at length began to apprehend the truth, and both he and the former are now giving evidence of a delight in the service of God, and are calculated to be useful among their companions. The next are those of two men formerly belonging to Theopolis, where they had received pious instruction in their youth. After leaving that station they followed their
own pleasure, and neglected to hear the Gospel. The one who had enjoyed the best instruction appeared the most hopeless, being a confirmed drunkard, and, except when marched in company on Sunday, never attended worship ; yet he is now temperate, and an attentive hearer of the Gospel. His companion did not go to the same extent of evil, being at times alarmed and uneasy on account of sin. He had sometimes endeavoured to pray, yet he never sought the Lord earnestly till he came here. When he prayed formerly, he did not want to forsake all his sins.
“ The last example I shall give is that of a young man connected with the wagon department. He was brought up under the hearing of the Gospel, and better instructed in youth than any of the preceding. His convictions gave him great uneasiness. He wished to live in sin, and out of the reach of the Gospel ; but wherever he went some pious person met him—he got no rest; and while here, he at length made a surrender of himself to God, no more to flee from him, but humbly to rest upon him.
“Some of the women have not gone to the same excess as others, yet they were nearly all drunkards, living in malice, and without God ; and some who had been taught in youth had nearly forgotten the art of reading. As to the character of the females, it has been in most cases more depraved than that of the men. There are a few exceptions, of which I give you the following cases :- A married woman, about thirty years of age ; her parents are both pious, and she was able to see something in their character that commended itself to her judgment. Their admonitions had so great an effect upon her, that she was deterred from entering on a course of sin, and her outward character had been correct; yet from her own confession she never felt her guilt as a sinner before God, and need of a Saviour.
“There are two or three young persons who have been correct in their outward conduct, although never till lately gave evidence of repentance, or a delight in the service of God. I give two cases of former character. The first, A., belonging to Kat River, well instructed, yet left her parents when young ; she was a drunkard, profane, swearer, hated and persecuted those who feared God, took pleasure
in exciting discord ; a married woman, yet having no regard to the marriage covenant. Her companion, B., had enjoyed similar ad. vantages in youth ; and in a course of sinning they seemed to be united. They were prominent as the most bold in the ranks of Satan. They are now both attentive hearers, and we hope devout worshippers of God. They are now humble, and peacemakers ; in them the world has seen the change, and this has produced an influence on the minds of others.
The inference was, If these persons have found mercy, we may find the same ; and there must be something powerful in the word of God to produce such a change.
“ In visiting the barracks all is quiet and orderly; and the testimony of the officer in commard is, that the men are now well conducted, and that no case of drunkenness has been brought to his notice for months, connected with the Hottentots. This influence extends, and is increasing at Fort Grey."
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES.
Rev. James Scott sailed from Southampton, in the mail steamer, for Demerara, 17th Nov., arrived at George Town 26th December, having been unavoidably detained for nine days at the Island of St. Thomas.
Rev. F. Baylis and Mrs. Baylis arrived at Madras, 20th December.
Rev. W. Clarkson and Mrs. Clarkson, Rev. A. Corbold and Mrs. Corbold, arrived at Bombay, 9th January
Rev. J. F. Cleland and family arrived in London from Canton, 21st February.
SACRAMENTAL OFFERING TO THE NECESSITOUS WIDOWS AND
CHILDREN OF DECEASED MISSIONARIES.
(Continued from last month.)
£ s. d. Amount already acknow
1387 15 3 A Friend, per Rev. G. W.
1 0 0 LONDON AND ITS VICINITY.
0 2 6 Milverton
0 15 0 Abney Chapel (additional) 0 11 0
Newport, Monmouth Hanover Chapel, Peckham 14 0 0 Hope Chapel
2 7 10 Lewisham
6 0 0
1 10 0 R. T. .
1 0 0
2 0 0 Union Chapel, Islington 20 0 0 Shrewsbury-Castle Gate 1 0 0 York-street, Walworth 26 5
2 6 0 9
1 3 6 Bridgnorth.
2 5 0 West BromwichCarlisle-Lowther-street 1 5 6 Ebenezer Chapel
2 7 6 Dundee-Ward Chapel 21 10 0 Wellingborough Edinburgh
0 10 0 Albany-street 5 0 0 West End
1 3 3 Mrs. Smith
1 0 0 Elie, Fife 2 0 0
1535 5 2 Falmouth
3 14 6 Halstead-High-street
3 11 7 Harrold
0 10 0 Erratum last month.-For Pembroke Havant
2 1 0 Chapel, Hackney, read Pembury Grove Hull-Holborn-street
0 10 0 Chapel, Hackney. Lauriston, near Falkirk
N.B.- The Contribution from WolMisses M. and E. Bucha
verhampton, acknowledged last month, nan, per Rev. Dr. Bates 20 00 was from the church at Snow Hill.
FOR THE OUTFIT AND REPAIRS OF THE MISSIONARY SHIP, “JOHN WILLIAMS."
From the 13th February to the 12th March, 1851, inclusive.
£ 8. d.
...d Messrs. Wimble and . Marlborough Chapel, Miss Godwin's Chil
0 4 0 amount of their
Collection ...... 8 09 Collected in Boxes. Master Blandy 107 charges, as broNew Court Chapel. M. Renton
0 0 3 Julia Brough ... 050 kers of the Ship 6 17 7 Juvenile Offeringa.
Jane Lockley ...... 0 0 11 Miss Elliott.
0110 Collected by Master
Georgiana Sadler .. O 011 Miss Mary RobinDavis 0 3 4 Henry R. Judd 0 130 Louisa Fanlkner 0 0 10
1 0 0 Promise 100 Catherine Buchanan 0 5 0 Sarah Clements .... 0 0 10 Mr. Smith
0 5 6 Miss Gardner's Henry Johnson .... 0 6 3 Jane Hook
0 1 2 Master Elliott.. 0 1 10 School, Stanhope.
Charles Perry ......
Miss Mary Mason.. Capt. and Mrs. Mor
0 5 6 obtain Subscrip- Master Henry Ro-
0 7 0
002 Barbican Cham.ColFrom the Children
Charlotte Lloyd.... 004 Masters Thomas and
27. 88. 60.
100 Sabbath School .. ou Gravel Pit, Homerton.
0 0 5 Master Cooper 018 Sabbath School 8 16 9 Parson
2 0 0 Three little Boys,
Master Gratton 0311 Mr.Walker's Family 0 16 0 ld. each
0 0 3 John Dighton ..... 0 1 6 Craven Chapel
Sarah Needham.... 015
0 0 6 Rebecca Brown .... 0 0 7 Collected by Girls'Sabbath-School 5 4 5 Twelve little Girls,
Miss Susan Roberts 0 4 10 Miss E. Edwards .. 0 4 6 Boys' ditto 3 40 Halfpenny each.. 006
61. 9. Miss Harrison..... 10
81. 8s. 5d.
Fourteen little Boys,
Marple Bridge, ad-
0 2 10 Miss S. Reid
0 6 6
Fifteen little Boys
2 7 6 And Girls, in FarMiss Snow.. 016
SubscripMiss E. Snow 017 Poultry Chapel
0 1 0
0 3 1 Miss Rowe
011 6 Master E. Wilson.. 0 13 4 Mieg Bailey .. 0 10 0 Fractions
0 0 3 F. Pitcher..
0 2 1 Boys' Sabbath-School 6 1 6 Migs Fanny Board. 0 8 0
21. 188. 7d.
0 1 5 Girls' ditto ... 7 6 9 Misy Brown
0 150 Union Chapel, Brix
Adeline Woare 0 0 JO 171. A Friend 1 0 0 ton Hill, Sabbath
008 Crown Court, JuveMaster R. Gandy 0 2 6 school
2 7 6 Julia Rogers
008 nile Society, per
08 Mr. Muir 3 0 0 Miss E. Jenkins.... 0 13 0 nile Collection 6 99
006 Ebenezer Chapel, Miss Johnston U10 Westminster Chapel,
M. A. Gill
0 2 8 Bermondsey, Ju.
Migg E. Johnston .. 0 13 0 Auxiliary 34 8 8 Elizabeth Snell 0 1 10 venile Collection. 2 14 9 Miss L. Johnston 0 100
Elizabeth Payne 0 0 10
Clara Warren.. 0 1 10 Master J. J. Cross.. 14 6
Charlotte Silk.. 007 Thomas Edmonds.. 0 3 0 Master II. Lonsdale 0 13 0 school children,
009 Master A. King .... 0 3 6 Miss II. Peek
1116 less 6d. expenses.. 7 15 6 Mary Newberry.... 016 Alice May.......... 0 8 6 Miss II. Perry ..... 0 14 0
11. 98. 4d. Miss M. A. Monkton 0 9 3 Miss Read.... 0 18 6
0 12 Islington Chapel,Col.
1 0 0 Benjamin Batt 0 3 1 Ereter, Castle-street lected by Master Miss Emma Smith . 0115 Joseph and Albert
Sabbath-school .. 3 2 0 Carley...... 0 8 0 Masters S. and J.
0 10 0 Smith
11 19 0 Miss Elizabeth Bird o 6o Oakhampton, Chil-
dren of the ConSunday-School Chil. Girls' Day-School.. 1 13 8 Miss S. E. Allbon.. 0 7 0
gregational Sabdren.. 3 0 0 Sunday-School Mis
Miss H. Albon 0110
1 10 Collection after Mr. sionary Accn. ..... 3 9 3 R. Groom...
0 6 10 Bateman's Lecture 1 16 2
311. 28. 1.
21. 15s. 20.
Charmouth, Miss S. Greir
the promised gift 0 17 0
bath-school 1 1 0
0 18 3 Miss Randall
1 0 0 of id. per ton on Mis Rebecca Randall o 6 6 Coals
Martha Marshall 0 60 E. Sharp
0 18 3
Maria Miles...... 0 4 7 Miss Walter. 0 611 Ann Hooper
Jane Yeatman .... 0 1 0
0 3 6 Miss Clara Walter. 06 11 John Hooper
Edward Senior ....
09 0 Miss Jackson 0 7 0 E. Gardner
0 1 0
0 5 6 Miss Wallbride 0 4 6 A few friends.. 0 2 9 Collected by
Miss A. E. RichardMiss Clack 08 2 James Newell.. 0 i 6 Mr. J. Nicholls.... 0 5 0
0 40 Miss Harding 0 13 6 Mr. Tatum and his
Miss E. Harris
0 3 6 Miss Gaywood.. 0911 Children...
Emily Whitelock.. 0 5 6
058 Independent SabMiss Rosa Gaywood 0 3 6 Mrs. Tatum and
William Senior 0 7 11 Miss Assender.... 0 14 0 her Children 0 5
0 3 0 Miss Simmonds .... 090 E. Houlding
0 0 6
21. 128. 10d. Miss Cooper ...... 010 T. Fenwick
0 2 0 Carlisle, Lowther
ESSEX. Miss Hall .... 02 6. Misg Dando's Chil
2 7 8 Finchingfield 2 12 0 Master Poulteney .. 096 dren..
0 1 0
Saffron Walden, Master Walter 0 6 6 W. Tucker
0 0 7
Sabbath-school .. Master Finly 0 12 : Mrs. Hoare's Chil
Chesterfield. Master Talbot.. 0 5 2
0 0 6
Collected byMr. Wood, jun. .... 01 0 Miss Halford's Chil
Misecs and Masters
0 0 9
0 16 3 Newton