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work would be a training for valuable In preparing very large drums to beat service hereafter at our Circuit training for worship, Thangi Levu cut down a schools, and for their work in large dis very sacred vesi tree. He was requested tricts and islands that may be committed not to venture ; but he said, “ If the god to their care.
is in the tree, the axe will be spoiled ; The tutor and students render valuable but if the axe cuts it, that will be proof help by preaching in the Circuit on the that the tree is only wood.” One atSabbath ; and, by being so near to the tached to his god made an offering of Mission-station, the loneliness is re food to conciliate him. On the followlieved.
ing day this devotee died. Nine young men who were this year On our way home we anchored at received on trial as native ministers, are Yali, and slept at Paul Vea's. He has now sent to this Institution; and one been here ten years. His house is young man who has been in the work for large, and very good, with doors which one year, and on trial.
he made himself. He and Lydia have a 18th.—The Missionary Meeting was sofa, tables, chairs, and many little comcommenced to-day at Tavuki, by the forts. We had a regular set out at tea, teachers from several towns, and the stu- and Mrs. Vea gracefully presided. We dents. They presented fifty-seven cans had cups and saucers, knives and forks, of oil, of five gallons each. The teachers glass sugar-basin, and cream-jug with took the ead, as an example, and in order goat's milk. On going to bed we were that the cans may be at liberty for the amused to find our own large vesi bedpeople. Afterwards, the school children stead, which I had made when in Fiji. and others brought yams, fowls, sugar It will be likely to last two hundred cane, currants, native cloth, and two turtles, years longer. Paul cheerfully apolosinging with high glee as they came and gized for defects in his house, saying, laid down these live offerings to my wife “ It is only a half-caste."-- Rev. James and self. At the close I addressed the Calvert, Ovalau, June 24th, 1863. people. Among the number present were Paul and Lydia Vea, Tongans who bave served in Christ's cause for twenty
WEST INDIES. years. Paul has been a successful pio
ST. DOMINGO. neer, and is quite a revivalist, Mr. Nettleton has got well hold of the
You will, I am sure, be grieved to language, and has gone at his work with
learn that Puerto-Plata is in ashes. all his heart. At Tavuki he has a Cir
The conduct of the Spanish troops garcuit Institution of very promising men,
risoned there has been disgraceful in the who are Local preachers. Near to Yali
extreme. On Sunday the 4th instant, he has another training school, of which after having pillage the town, they tired Paul Vta is president. Philip, the it, by throwing shells and grenades from tutor, is very successful in the manage
the fort : the result is, that the whole of ment of his twenty young men. These
the inhabitants are plunged into the utestablishments will prove of vast service
most distress, and have had the mortifiin our work. The schools are conducted
cation to see the fruit of many years of with vigour, and the Societies on this toil swept away at a stroke. Of the perlarge island are well visited, and on the
sons who have fled, six hundred and islands adjoining.
There are about sixty-seven have taken refuge here thirteen thousand souls in the Circuit.
(Grand-Turk); of these a few Germans On the 19th we went to the excellent have gone tó New-York; the rest reisland of Ngalou, on the south side of main here, and some of them, having Kandavu, to open a chapel, which was
lost their all, are dependent on charity oppressively crowded with an earnest con
for the means of subsistence. The Misgregation. I enjoyed the service. What sion-premises, and a few huts, were a glorious work has been wrought !
standing when the last vessel left; but Thangi Levti, the chief, is a man of it is feared they have, ere this, been renown, but still a polygamist. I asked destroyed.-- Rev. Francis Moon, Grandhim to be married to the woman of his
Turk, October 17th, 1863. choice ; but he wished to delay that for a short time, so that he may not make any mistake when he finally decides. THE amount of contributions and We crossed a narrow part of the island remittances announced on the Cover of over which canoes and boats are pulled. the Notices this month is £8,920, 5s. 84.
The following extract from the speech the chapel will be filled.
The day of the Rev. Dr. Dixos, at the Manchester produced £104 to the Building-Fund. Jubilee Mating, November, 1863, is a The erection of this chapel calls for fitting preface to this Correspondence, one or two remarks. For fifty years at the commencement of another year. the Wesleyans, under an incubus of " The great glory of Methodism was its debt, and surrounded by vigorous Missionary spirit; but he would beg of churches, have struggled for an existther not to transfer it all to distant ence in Eastbourne. At one time, so stations. The Missionary spirit began feeble had they become, that a dissoluto glow in their Home Societies among tion was resolved upon, and the chapel was their poorer brethren here ; and those condemned to be sold. In 1860 a Home. persons whom the Society sent forth to Missionary minister was appointed ; and, America, and elsewhere, were culled in the short period of three years, from this country.
If he understood despondency has vanished; the Society properly the genius of Methodism, it has doubled ; and a new erection comwas a Missionary church, both for home menced, which, when completed, will and distant populations. Let them ever place Methodism in a creditable position remember that the Foreign Missionary in this popular watering-place. department was an outgrowth of their unexpected has been this success, that Home Missionary work.'
to the aged Wesleyans, dispirited with
long years of lonely and hopeless effort, 1. COPHAM.-December 4th, 1863.- it appears like the picture of a dream. The first Foreign Missionary Meeting has T'wo contiguous villages, East Dean and just been held at this Home Missionary Hailsham, have also been occupied as station, where a good chapel has been preaching-stations. Congregations have erected. The attendance was large ; been gathered; the word has been the meeting was most interesting ; and attended with power; and now clas-es the contributions amounted to £8. 168.
We are attempting to In addition, several annual subscriptions organize a band of Local preachers out were announced. Thus, as might be of our Sabbath-school teachers. Ultierpected Home Missions aid Foreign mately it is our hope to see in each of
Our work at Ripley is most these villages a neat chapel instead of bopeful. More than one hundred and one of the inconvenient rooms in which t*énty have collected within and without we at present hold our services. East. the preaching house, to hear the word; bourne may be taken as a fair specimen and the place is now filled on a Sunday of Home-Mission operations : not only morning. A large class has been formed, in our large cities, amongst the outlying to which additions are made every week. masses, but in numbers of our country This place receives special attention and seaside towns and villages, the from some of the students at Richmond. Mission is doing a great work in rescuing
from decay, and invigorating with new 2. EASTBOURNE.- Proma Letter of Rev. life, --services which are urgently needed. Jeepk Whiteside.- December 1st, 1863. Our new chapel was the first to -The foun-lation-stone of our new benefit by the establishment of the chapel has been laid. The services of Fund in favour of watering-places. At the day, long anticipated, surpassed our their first meeting the Committee made expectations. The liberality of Mr. us the liberal grant of £400 toward a Lycett, who laid the stone, and the total expenditure of nearly £1,900. impressive speeches of the ex-President This was promised on condition the and other friends, fell with great in. chapel should be free of debt, with the Auence upon the hearts of our people. exception of the cost of the site, which Many consecrated themselves afresh the trustees guarantee to purchase that day to God, and to Methodism. within a few years of the Duke of The chapel will occupy a commanding Devonshire, who has shown great position in the centre of the town, at a liberality. But for this grant, which point where two roads meet, and will we gratefully acknowledge, we must form an attractive and striking object. have postponed an erection which was The evening meeting was crowded, and needed at once. We have yet £500 to many were unable to gain admittance. raise, but expect that by the aid of our This is a proof of the sympathy of friends, we shall be able to fulfil the the inhabitants, and
a pledge that conditions of the Committee. VOL. X. -FIFTH SERIES.
3. BRADFORD EAST.--- From the Journal have of late been soundly converted ;of the Rev. H. E. Gregg.-A man died one, who though formerly a Methodist, who has been plucked as a brand from had not been into a Methodist chapel the burning by the Mission-labour here. for sixteen years; and two others who When first taken ill, nine months since, have been among the worst in the he was hardened in his sins, and met neighbourhood. We have established the attentions of the Home-Missionary regular cottage-services at Doycott, a minister with abuse. After a while he manufacturing village with 1,300 inhalistened in sullen silence;
and, at length, bitants. We have a good chapel here, persevering, prayerful effort to benefit and a fine field for Home-Missionary him was rewarded. He yielded to the work. We go from house to house, work of the Holy Spirit
on his mind and
never holding two meetings in the heart, with the simplicity of a little same place in succession. Several child. After a struggle with his con persons not connected with us have victions he found peace with God, voluntarily requested us to hold meetings through faith ; and for the last seven in their houses. The conversion of months of his life he has shown con souls at our Sunday-evening services sistent godliness. The great change of has become as frequent as the services his spirit and behaviour was manifest themselves. Our week-evening congreto all about him, and he died in the gations at Doycott are now doubled. I assurance of faith.-November 26th. am preaching or speaking every night We have on our Mission-Plan this
in the week, and visiting from house to quarter, nine new places ; making the house in the daytime. God is blessing number twenty-eight. We are enabled us, and we are much encouraged. to hold eight cottage-services each week. We have nineteen exhorters engaged 5. BISHOP-AUCKLAND.— Spennymoor. in this good work, and have just had - From the Rev. W. s. Caldecott. to mourn the death of one of our most December 5th, 1863.—This is one of the energetic labourers in this department. Home-Mission stations which were newly These services have been blessed to occupied after the last Conference. From the sound conversion of many ; whilst the peculiar nature of the population, numbers, who neglected worship, are as well as from local and temporary now regular in their attendance. Two obstructions, a great deal of foundationpersons, who were in no way connected work had to be done. This, though with the Methodists, consented, at our not visible, is absolutely necessary; request, to allow us the use of their and, in the doing of it, the Missionhouses for worship. Both have since ary has been cheered by immediate been brought under deep religious results. concern, to the promotion of which the
Spennymoor is a colliery and iron. circumstance of worship held in their works town, about equi-distant (five habitations has powerfully contributed. miles) from Durham, Bishop-Auckland,
and Ferry-Hill Junction. One village, 4. DERBY.-- From the Journal of the with three adjoining hamlets, numbers Rev. G. Latham.-August 11th, 1863. between five and six thousand inhabit. -I have held numerous cottage-services, ants : but, as the situation is a very and, when the weather has permitted, exposed one, the climate wild, and the have preached in the open air. The chief features of the surrounding scenery out-door services have been very suc iron-furnaces and coke-ovens, most of cessful. At some of them as many as the dwellers here are influenced by six hundred people have been drawn necessity, not by choice. With the together.-August 16th, Sunday. At exception of a few shopkeepers and the close of the evening service, a little railway officials, nearly all the families girl requested me to visit a dying boy. live in rows of well-built stone cottages, I did so, and found a family, (if it could belonging to the different companies be so called,) none of whom attended who have their works either above the any place of worship: one female there surface of the earth or below it. These had left her husband, and was living with houses are undoubtedly larger and another man; some had been repeatedly better than if built by mere speculators, committed to prison ; and the father of or than the men, by Building clubs, the dying boy was then undergoing a would have put up for themselves. But sentence of imprisonment with hard while the exterior advantages of this labour. I spoke earnestly to this system are to be seen in regular streets wretched assembly. They appeared and well-kept roofs, some sad consedeeply affected. --Sept. 20th. Several quences have been brought before the
public in the late unhappy strike, and their reviving. Several afternoons of the consequent evictions.
each week I have engaged in house-toThe "strike" extends for miles house visiting. Setting out with a around; and everywhere may be wit- bundle of the British Workman "under Dested pitiable sights of the miseries my arm, and a note-book in my left hand, endured by the misled and infatuated I entered some end-house and introsufferers. Children especially suffer; duced myself. Having gained the partheir pinched cheeks, and the dark rims ticulars of information I desired, as to round their eyes, added to a normal worship, school, family-prayer, &c., I condition of dirt and shamelessness, inquired, “Who lives next ?” and, making them very pictures of helpless entering at the back-door, (the usual
mode of ingress,) would take off my hat, It was in such a place, and among shake hands warmly, and perhaps clear such a people, that three months ago I & chair for myself next the fire. I coinmenced my labours. I found that would then, as before, state my errand, though we have a chapel here, and a and make straightforward inquiries as cause with some seventy-five members,
to the religious condition of husband me kad no hold upon the pit-population and wife, attendance at worship, daily To gain this has been, and will be, my engagement in private prayer, and primary endeavour. I cannot yet report reading the Scriptures, with any other much success in this department, as
kindred topics which the course of conpitmen are a very shy and peculiar class; versation elicited. While thus engaged, and, until confidence and sympathy have I have seen the tear of penitence and been established between us, no good
remorse flow down the cheek, as some can be done by my visits. But, when told of “better days," when the candle once this point is gained, good results of the Lord shone upon them; and will be accelerated by the very causes
others promised to yield to the strivings which now delay them.
of the Holy Spirit. At such times I I will now narrate some of the means
would use warning, argument, and tined for the Christianization of this mass entreaty, and conclude my visit with a of human beings.
Having visited all few verses, and a word of prayer. our members, as my first duty I re All, of course, were not thus hopeful. organized a Tract-Society, (which had Some were insulting ; many more, inbecrane defunct,) as my most efficient different ; and not a few told with help in the Home-Mission work before smiles, how they had been Sunday. me. Seventeen names were enrolled as scholars and teachers, readers of the visiters, and 1,200
ordered. Bible, and members of our own or other Having covered and numbered these, churches. Of all the sights of sin and the secretary and I went out one evening sorrow, this was to me the most heartand divided the four locations of houses rending, -to see happy apostates ! And 0, into as many districts as we had dis. the numbers of such that I meet, whose tributers. They at once set to work,
confession and condition alike proclaim and at our first meeting, held within a
them slaves of Satan,month, each one present had some
“led captive at his will, cheering result to tell, of some serious
Captive, but happy sinners still !” and hopeful conversation held, some straggler reclaimed, or some face re If another proof be needed of the ergnised in chapel for the first time. heathenism of some parts of “Christian
As some nine hundred houses were England,” let it stand on record, that the regularly visited, I used the hours of out of forty-six families living on one my self-devoted coadjutors in distributing side of a single street, there were thirty haprl-bills of invitation to the nearest seven families of practical atheists, and cottage-meeting. Fivesuch meetings were but four who were accustomed to go to almost simultaneously commenced; and, a place of worship! as sach lasted only forty-five minutes, I
It would not be impossible to adduce was enabled to preach at one and be personal narratives of ignorance and present at another on the same evening. spiritual destitution sufficient of themFor a time all went well. They proved
selves to “ curdle the blood and stir the the most successful feeders to our chapel, hair” of any Christian man or woman. which was gradually filling, when disease, But it is enough. Let me conclude with mental and physical, overtook the popu words of hope, which have supported, and lation. While two of these meetings are
will support, amid many depressing in. still vigorous and well attended, two
fluences of unworthiness within and others languish, though there is hope of opposition without.
The first known conversion was that heap of straw, covered with a sheet, of a lady, who had been “given up” was the bed ; and upon this the poor by her married religious sisters. As girl had died. The father, a drunkard, home-influences were most untoward was cursing the corpse of his child! I she seemed destined to spend her youth seriously remonstrated, and silenced in folly and her age in regrets. him. A few days later this man and I know not when or how she was another child were prostrated by the induced to attend one of our cottage
regularly visited them, services. I saw her several times, and ministering to their temporal and spithen spoke to her. She became, in turn, ritual necessities. He promised amendserious, unhappy, miserable, and ex ment, but since his recovery, has not ceeding joyful. I went one Friday kept his promise. Visits to the poor evening, by appointment, to converse and aged are hailed with delight; and and pray with her. She met me at they say that I am the only minister the door, and, with a face radiant with who has cared for them for a long time. joy, said, “You must rejoice with me." The religious destitution of the place is Her countenance still bears the impress great, notwithstanding the existence of of the Spirit's witnessing; and, when the churches. The miners, and those she speaks of Jesus, being exceeding who are employed in the Chemical bold for His name, becomes all a-glow Works, are dissipated, and spend much with holy love and fervour.
of their time and money in the public This is not a solitary case. Other houses. The consequence is, that their members there are whose experience is families are half-naked, and plead, not as genuine and affecting. Nor is the without reason, the want of clothes fit good done by God's grace to be con to appear in at public worship. Our tained within the narrow limits of a cottage-services partly meet this case. single class. A general spirit of anxiety Though the Forbes Mackenzie Act is in appears to have fallen upon a section of force, yet on last Sabbath, in returning this little community. Without any from Blackburn, distant about three extra direct effort on the part of the miles, I met, or saw lying on the ground, church, a number of persons outside her at least half a dozen drunken men. pale, without concert or communion, Hundreds of families have but one room have had their minds drawn out, and each ; and it is common to see a man, their thoughts occupied about religion, his wife, six or more children, and a and can give no reason why it should be lodger or two, in possession of one room, so at this particular time. Surely this which is used for all purposes.
Of is none other than the Divine voice, course a large amount of immorality is calling us "to the help of the Lord, to the result. The Mission-labour, so the help of the Lord, against the much needed in such a population, mighty. “Pray for us, that the word (whose condition it is frightful to conof the Lord may have free course, and template, and who only want to be be glorified, even as it is with you.” removed some thousands of miles to
call forth the sympathy of the churches,) 6. EDINBURGH. BATHGATE.—From the has been crowned with some success. Rev. C. Pickering.–Fevers have been Several have been brought back to the prevalent. This is owing to the im- fold, and into union with the good perfect sanitary state of many dwellings. Shepherd. Souls have been converted, I have often had to attend the sick and and several of the sick have found dying. I buried a poor girl, who had eternal life through faith in Christ. died in peace. I never saw such misery Some who have been reclaimed are and poverty:
The place was partly giving proof of the reality of their under-ground; nearly all the panes of change; are aiding the Home-Misglass were broken and patched up with sionary minister at his open-air services, paper. There was not any furniture, which have been regularly held; and save three chairs, and these without are, in other ways, striving to do good backs. A box served for a table. A among their neighbours.
GENERAL RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. WEEK OF SPECIAL PRAYER THROUGH year. For four preceding years the comOUT THE WORLD.-January 3—10, 1864. mencement of each has been thus hal--Christians of all lands are again affec lowed. In almost every country, in tionately invited to observe a week of every quarter of the globe, Christians prayer at the beginning of the new have met to present one offering of