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for carrying its object into execution —but that the committee be open to any subscribers who may attend. , “4. That the committee shall lay their proceedings annually before a meeting of the subscribers. “5. That the plans of this society be supported by subscriptions and donations; that every subscriber of 10s. 6d. be considered a member of this society; and that every subscriber and contributor be entitled to half the amount of his subscription or donation in tracts at the society's prices; and that it be at the discretion of the committee, in proportion to their funds, to make a donation of

the society's tracts for the purpose of distribution. - o “6. That a circular letter be drawn up by the committee for the purpose of inviting support to the society.” N. B. Subscriptions and donations are received by J. S. Harford, jun. Esq. treasurer; the Rev. I. T. Sangar, secretary; at the bankinghouse of Messrs. Harford, Davis, and Co.; and at Mr. Richardson's, bookseller, Clare Street.

We trust that this society will receive that support which it so well merits, and that its example will be extensively imitated.

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years at Otaheite, fully determined their minds as to removing. The missionaries interested themselves greatly to promote an accommodation between Pomarre and the powerful chiefs who opposed him; but there appears to have existed such a deeply rooted animosity between them that all attempts at conciliation proved abortive. The reception which the missionaries met with at Huaheine was of such a friendly nature, as to encourage them to resume their missionary labours. Messrs. Henry and Dayies made a tour of the island, and preached at every convenient opportunity. After they had resided about four months at this island, three of the four missionaries that were at Eimeo arrived. They reported that toe state of affairs at Otaheite was as bad as ever; that Pomarre had been defeated in several attempts to subdue the insurgents; that the whole island was in their possession, and that Pomarre, with Mr. Nott. the only remaining missionary, had removed to Eimeo. The missionaries at the same time received a letter from Pomarre, requesting them to return to Otaheite, when the war should be over. But there being in their opinion, no prospect of such an event, on a consideration of all the circumstances which had occurred, it was agreed that the missionaries should embrace, the first oppos" tunity of reunoving to Port Jackson, In October, 1809, two vessels arrived at Huaheine, and the missionaries having's".

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the colony, from England, and renewed those active and benevolent exertions, on behalf of the nissionaries and the society, to which he had been accustomed. By his means the married brethren particularly, ** agreeably accommodated, and the ingle men were put into a way of support"g themselves in useful and respectable situations. The Directors indulge a hope, that the removal of the missionaries to New South Wales, will be productive of much moral and religious benefit to that colony, especi*lly as it espects the instruction of youth; *nd that by their instrumentality, many of the rising generation may be trained up in the good ways of God. Notwithstanding the unsuccessful issue of the mission to Otaheite, the Directors do not consider their efforts as entirely lost. The “d of diviue truth has been copiously sown, “Pecially among the younger part of the illiabitants; and other happy and honoured instruments may hereafter reap a joyful harvest. Of the progress in civilization, ude by various individuals among the na"*, the society has had an opportunity of "ging from the letter addressed to them the chief at present deposed, and this ght not to be considered as a solitary in* The desire of knowledge which has * excited, cannot lie dormant; their *t for improvement will naturally attach ” to the persons of those who prod it, and will prepare the way either *ir return, or for the arrival of others. - Marsden is of opinion that the Otamission may be renewed with a pro'y of ultimate success, if a vessel of * 200 tons were sent out from Engwith a suitable investment for Port " and the islands of the South Sea; *", by trading among thein, and pro

curing their produce, would soon cover the whole expense of the equipment, and provide for the support of the mission, while it would secure the means of intercourse with the missionaries. The greater part of the missionaries now at Port Jackson have signified, by letters to the Directors, their readiness to

resume the mission, if this plan can be adopt

ed either by the society or by individuals, and a suitable opportunity should be presented by the restoration of tranquility at Otaheite,

South Africa.

The Directors report, that the work of God among the Hottentets, at the different missionary stations, continues to be carried on, and to increase in a very encouraging manner. Dr. Wanderkemp states, that the public services of religion at Bethelsdorp are well attended, and that the power of Divine Grace has been displayed in several instances. The number of persons generally resident there, and considered as belonging to the institution, amounted to 979, including men, women, and children. The increase during the year 1809, was 269, of whom forty-two had been born at Bethelsdorp during that period.

The progress of civilization has been con- . siderable. The knitting-school is continued, and prospers beyond expectation. Several useful articles are produced, which are acceptable to the military in the neighbourhood, and by the profits of which, about thirty of the children have derived their daily subsistence. Matts and baskets are also made in considerable quantities, and readily sold at Fort Frederick and other parts of the country. The manufacture of salt has likewise met with much encouragement, and the salt is fetched from Bethelsdorp by the farmers, or carried to different places around, where it is bartered for wheat and other necessaries. Soap-boiling, sawing, and wood-cutting for waggons, are also carried on with diligence, and become a source of support; the people also obtain no small advantage by their journeys to Cape Town with the farmers. The good effect of Christian instruction, in thus rendering the most indolent and idle of mankind industrious and useful members of civil society, and raising them so much above the abject state in which the missionaries found then, is peculiarly pleasing, and affords much encouragement to proceed with vigour in attempts to evangelize even the most uncivilized of the human race.

The favourable harvest of 1808, has operated as a powerful stimulus to agricultural

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diligence. Some fountains have been dis-
covered in the neighbourhood, sufficient for
domestic purposes. These circumstances
have tended to render Bethelsdorp more
satisfactory as a stated settlement.
The Directors mention the safe arrival of
the missionaries Wimmer and Pacalt at
Bethelsdorp, where they were most gladly
received. Soon aster their arrival, an ar-
rangement was made, with reference to the
intended mission to Madagascar. Messrs.
Pacalt, Ulbricht, and Verhoogd, determined
to accompany Dr. Vanderkemp thither;
while Messrs. Read, Wimmer, and Smit
consented to remain at Bethelsdorp.
The missionaries made some excursions
into theinterior of the colony. Dr. Vander-
Kemp visited Stuurman's Krall, &c. and
preached many sermons to the people.
Mr. Read took a journey into the country
of the Caffres, accompanied by the native
preacher Cupido, and six others; they were
generally received in a very hospitable
manner, and the Caffres expressed a strong
desire for instruction.
2. Among the Namaquas, till lately little
known to Europeans, the two brethern Chris-
tian and Abraham Albrecht, have laboured
with success for several years. The latter was
removed by death in the month of July, 1810.
The society have lost in him a faithful and
useful labourer. His afflicted widow con-
tinues among the Namaquas, where she had
been usefully employed in the instruction of
the natives in the arts of knitting and sew-
ing.
Mr. Christian Albrecht, finding that a
place called the Warm Bath was best situat-
ed to become his stated residence, determin-
ed to abide there, inteuding, when the num-
ber of the missionaries should be increased,
to uake, from that centre, preaching excur-
sions to the surrounding tribes.
The brethren had the pleasure of baptiz-
ing nine of the Namaquas, and afterwards of
administering the ordinance of the Lord's
$upper to them, and to others who had been
baptized before. Thus a foundation has
been laid in this remote wilderness, of a
Christian church.
There is a prospect of being ably greatly
to extend the Namaqua mission, if a suffi-
cient number of labourets can be procured.
A chief, named Kagap, accompanied by his
sons and others, expressed a wish that the
missionaries would go with them to instruct
their people; they also assured them that
another nation, called Field-shoe-wearers,

and another, residing at Karaghill, wished to lear the Gospel. ,

Mr. Albrecht states, that upwards o 1200 persons, including men, women, and children, are under missionary instruction, of whom about 300 reside at Warm Bath; the rest live at the distance of from half a day to three days’ journey; about 200 attend the service every Lord's-day. The missionaries have made a trial to grow cotton, and they find it answers very well, produces a fine sort; and promises to be of great advantage to the settlement. The Birectors are about to add six missionaries to those already employed in Africa, which, they trust, will greatly strengthen and extend the work in that country. * 3. The station at Orange River appears still to prosper. The attendance of the people at the place of worship was regular, and so numerous, that although it will hold 360 persons, exclusive of children, it was insufficient for their accommodation, especially on the Lerd's-day, when many were obliged to sit without. Mr. Janz the missionary, had in a short tims baptized nine adults and seventeen children. The situation of Mr. Janz was rendered peculiarly trying, by the painful apprehensions entertained, at one time, of a hostila attack from the Caffres in their neighbourhood. In consequence of the imminent dauger, Mr. Anderson, who was at the Cape, presented a respectful memorial to the Governor of the colony, Lord Caledon, requesting protection and other privileges. His Lordship was pleased to return a very favourable answer to the application, and furnished them with implements of busbandry and medicines. Mr. Anderson expresses avery strong desire to extend to the Briquas, a numerous people not very distant from the Great River, the blessings of the Gospel. He begs that two missionaries may be sent out for this purpose. “Our station,” he says, “is more than 300 miles distant from the utmost bounds of the colony, (that is, from Zak River) and we are separated from all intercourse; but the Briquas are only five days’ journey from us. I intend on my return to begin learning the Briqua language" The missionaries mention with much thankfulness a present of Dutch Bibles and Testaments from the British and Foreign Bible Society. They were truly welcome, and many more are still wanted. Upon the whole, the African missions st pear to the Directors to increase in their magnitude and importance. The support and enlargement of these missions have to soyle a source of very considerable “F***

Some time ago, the committee resolved, that the society's funds were competent to Imaintain five circulating schools, and three of these have been fully appointed, in very necessitous parts. One in the district of Uii, parish of Stornoway, isle of Lewes, where there is no means whatever of instruction in reading, though this and the adjoining district contain a population of 1500 souls, among whom only 34 persons are able to read English or Gaelic! Another Gaelic school has commenced at Badantarbet, in Lochbroom, the most necessitous of seven districts, into which that parish is divided; and a third has been fixed at Melivaig, in the parish of Gairloch. A fourth circulating school it is proposed to begin in the isle of Skye; and the fifth, it is desirable, should commence in Harris, Uist, or Mull".

* For an account of the nature of these circulating schools, see our number for March. We add the following extract, from the present Report, on the subject. Before the circulating Welsh schools.commenced, English charity schools had "been tried in Wales'; but all that the children could do in three, four, or five years (though few could stay so long), amounted, in general, to no more than their being able to read, very imperfectly, some easy parts of the Bible, without knowing the Welsh of it.— Welsh Bibles had also been circulated among them. Upon one occasion, in North Wales, when the circulating school began, the teacher was surprised when the children brought excellent new Bibles with them. These had been received from some charitable persons by their grandfathers! They were, however, unable to use them; nor did the Bibles see the light, till these, their grandchildren, were happily taught to read them. At these circulating schools, so anxious were the people to learn their own ancient language, that persons of all ages attended, from six years of age to above seventy. In several places, indeed, the older people formed about two-thirds of the number in attendance. Persons above sixty attended every day, and often lamented, nay, even wept, that they had not learnt forty •r fifty years sooner. Not unfrequently, the whildren actually taught their parents; and sometimes the parents and children of one family resorted to the same circulating school, during its short continuance in a district; while various individuals, who, from great age, were obliged to wear spectacles, seized the opportunity, and learnt to read he scriptures in Welsh at that advanced

In addition to the appointment of circalating schools, to be supported wholly by the society, the committee are anxious to attempt some other methods of promoting the great object in view ; and they propose various expedients for that purpose, which we cannot now notice. The committee have not been unmindful of the Gaelic population resident in Edinburgh; and in a few days", it is expected that a Gaelic school will commence in this city; and the committee entertain a hope, that it will be followed by similar schools in the other large towns, where unany of the Gaelic inhabitants stand in equal need of attention. The Appendix to the Report contains much highly interesting information. Our limits, however, oblige us to be very sparing of extracts. The following is taken from the letter of the Rev. A. Downie, minister of Lochalsh, Rosshire. “It appears to me, from a general and local acquaintance with almost every parish within the bounds of this extensive synod, that the proportion of inhabitants in each, capable of reading the Euglish language, is very small indeed: and even of the small proportion who do read that language in elementary books, few understand it sufficiently well to receive religious instruction in it with much benefit. That knowledge of English which can enable people to profit from any religious instruction communicated in it, is in this district almost exclusively confined to the sanilies of the smaller resident proprietors of land, and of the principal tacksmeu, who have generally been educated at better semiuaries than our country schools, but who are thinly planted in this extensive

period of life! The number of persons taught by this cheap and expeditious incthod was also very remarkable. It appears, that in the course of twenty-four years only, viz. from 1737 to 1700 inclusive, there were instructed in reading the Welsh Bible, no less than one hundred and fifty thousand two hundred and twelve persons ! * Sorce the annual meeting, this school has been opened; and, in consequence of a single intination, a very considerable nuluber of persons appeared, who were desirous ol being tau <ht to read their native language. Above thirty adult persons have already eutered as scholars, who were totally ignorant, of the letters; and sorue individuals have appeared, who, though they can read Euglish, have no understanding of it in conversation, and are, at the same time, quite unable to read their vernacular twogur,

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for carrying its object into execution —but that the committee be open to any subscribers who may attend. , “4. That the committee shall lay their proceedings annually before a meeting of the subscribers. “5. That the plans of this society be supported by subscriptions and donations; that every subscriber of 10s. 6d. be considered a member of this society; and that every subscriber and contributor be entitled to half the amount of his subscription or donation in tracts at the society's prices; and that it be at the discretion of the committee, in proportion to their funds, to make a donation of

the society's tracts for the purpose of distribution. - o “6. That a circular letterbe drawn up by the committee for the purpose of inviting support to the society.” N. B. Subscriptions and donations are received by J. S. Harford, jun. Esq. treasurer; the Rev. I. T. Sangar, secretary; at the bankinghouse of Messrs. Harford, Davis. and Co.; and at Mr. Richardson's, bookseller, Clare Street.

We trust that this society will receive that support which it so well merits, and that its example will be extensively imitated.

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festnact or the repont or the din EcToks of the LoN Do N MIssion ARY soc1Ery, MAY 9, 1811. Otaheite. Is the Report of the last year, the Directors informed the society that the greater part of the unissionaries had thought it necessary to retire from Otaheite, in consequence of a war which had broken out between Pomarre and a considerable party of his subjects; that four of the single brethren had, however, continued at Otaheite, and that all the rest had been conveyed to Huabeine, a neighbouring island, where they were received and treated with kindness. This was in Nov. 1808. Those who remained with the king were soon obliged to remove to Eimeo; and on the defeat of Pomarre, in an action with the insurgents, the houses of the missionaries were burnt, their gardens and plantations demolished, their cattle seized, and all the society's property, which had not been removed by the missionaries, was carried away. The missionaries thus express their feelings on the occasion—“We unanimously ngreed, that the state of the island is such that there is no prospect of safety or usefulness. Should even the disaffected chiefs prove our friends, we dread the thought of living under a government where nothing is to be expected but constant quarrels and confusion.” The consideration of these things, together with the little success that, had hitherto attended labours of many

years at Otaheite, fully determined their minds as to removing. The missionaries interested themselves greatly to promote an accommodation between Pomarre and the powerful chiefs who opposed him; but there appears to have existed such a deeply rooted animosity between them that all attempts at conciliation proved abortive. . The reception which the missionaries met with at Huaheine was of such a friendly nature, as to encourage them to resume their missionary labouts. Messrs. Henry and Dayies made a tour of the island, and preached at every convenient opportunity. After they had resided about four months at this island, three of the four missionaries that were at Eimeo arrived. They reported that toe state of affairs at Otaheite was as bad as ever; that Pomarre had been defeated in several attempts to subdue the insurgents; that the whole islaud was in their possession, and that Pomarre, with Mr. Nott, the only remaining missionary, had removed to Eimeo. The missionaries at the same time received a letter from Pomarre, requesting them to return to Otaheite, when the war should be over. But there being, in their opinion, no prospect of such an event, on a consideration of all the circumstances which had occurred, it was agreed that the missionaries should embrace the first oppos" tunity of removing to Port Jackson, In October, 1809, two vessels arrived at Huaheine, and the missionaries havingo"

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