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make any immediate progress in the siderable value, belonging to the crown usual track of vessels bound to the of Portugal. We passed it on the S.E. West Indies, hence he determined upon side, and seldom bas any one been availing himself of the adverse breeze more delighted with the scenery of by going through the North Channel. nature, than we were, on this occasion, He succeeded, but we had hardly got with Madeira and the Desertas standing through the Channel before the wind in bold relief before us. Madeira conchanged again, and for nearly twentysists of a pile of hills, one rising above days was from the S.S. W. We had, another,-tier surmounting tier, as if during most of this period, gales of they had been thrown up by a succes. wind, and the vessel was converted into sion of volcanic efforts, whilst the a perfect dungeon. We suffered acutely, Desertas at a distance of twelve miles, our cup seemed to consist of almost stand exhibiting in the midst of the every element of misery. During the Ocean, their shaggy outlines as if they brief period of day light in these had been rent from the main land of the Northern regions (for we were drifted circumjacent island, by some other as far as 56° of North Latitude) we horrible convulsion of nature. shivered of cold, and throughout the On the Ilth we passed the Canary night, we tasted for sixteen successive Islands. The heights of Palma were hours, the bitterness of sea sickness, in view. This was nearer to us than and of hard beds most perfectly any other island of the group, but yet drenched in salt water. In two or it was nearly fifty miles distant. We, three instances we attempted to miti. however, at this distance, saw its high gate the rigour of a northern winter, by land, like the Peak of Teneriff, rising in the combustion of fuel, but then we majesty above the clouds which covered endured a still greater evil in the its base. This scene was interesting in smoke and sulphur, which, finding no the most eminent degree. While gazegress in the chimney, filled the cabin, ing upon Palma, with its low land and became to us a mephitic medium covered by impenetrable clouds and its of respiration. It was, when writhing mountain peaks refulgent with the under these combined evils,- in the rays of the rising sun, I felt the full stillness of a night when all eyes were force of these lines of the poet used, sleepless and all hearts tortured with I fancy to describe a similar scene, those awful associations which never fail to encompass the occupants of a " Like some tall cliff' it lifts its awful form, tempest-driven vessel, that God sent us Swells from the vale and midway leaves consolation by the lips of a little girl,

the storm ; wbo chaunting the missionary invoca

Though round its breast the rolling tion of the immortal Heber, reminded

clouds are spread, us at once, of our office and our helps,

Eternal sunshine settles on its head."

We had sailed from Madeira seven “ Waft, waft ye winds his story, days, when to our reminiscences of these And you, ye waters roll;

sublime scenes, was added the less stuTill like a sea of glory,

pendous, but hardly less interesting It spreads from pole to pole.”

sight of that beautiful little creature, Because of the joint operation of these the Flying Fish. This fish exists in two causes- First, our having sailed great numbers in the more Southern through the North Channel, and se Latitudes. Though in size they are condly, our having had extremely somewhat less, yet in form, colour, and stormy weather during the first three flavour they very much resemble the weeks, we did not reach Madeira before herring. When flying, they rise not the 8th of February. Having been more than fifteen or sixteen feet into deprived for almost a month of every the air, nor continue their course to the variety of incident and of object, ex length of more than eighty or a huncept that of the dark blue waters of the dred yards, for then their wings having Western Ocean, dashed by the tempest, become dry, they dive again into the and that of the luminous living creatures, water to restore their locomotive which in endless variety irradiated the powers. The Flying Fish is an object vessel's track, as if we had sailed on a of general pursuit to the carnivorous sea of phosphorus, the cry of land a- creatures which occupy the tropical head," like good news from afar, seas, and its only means of safety is awakened deep interest in every bo- in flight. som. Maderia is a possession of con. On the 27th, we were all amused

with the movements of an enormous Grampus, and also with the capture of a Shark. This voracious creature, which, however, is said never to show any thing like courage, except when prompted by the want of food, moves at all times accompanied by Pilot Fishes. The Pilot Fish is rather small, very pretty, and has its name from its being supposed to direct the sbark to his food. About a dozen of these pilots on each side of the monster directed him to the pork, which we had used as a bait. The shark soon took the bait, and the iron hook to which it was attached, and the sailors almost as readily bawled him on board. Having got him up, they cut off his tail with the object of making him bleed to death, but he seemed for a while as if be hardly would die. His tenacity of life was such, that when his entrails, his heart, his brain, his blood, bis backbone, and jaws had all been taken out, his flesh still flickered with life. In dissecting him (for the sailors, most adroitly performed the operation) his heart was found to be not much larger than a hen's egg, and his brain considerably smaller and less developed than that of

a sheep.

I fear that these details, will appear, to persons in the bustle of English society, trifling and uninteresting. I confess, had I never gone a voyage to sea, 1 should have also regarded them in that light, but really there is such a monotony in life at sea; that the slightest circumstance, and most insig. nificant object, becomes a source of interest, wbicb by a tincturing of egotism which we all have, we vainly think that what was a source of interest to ourselves, must necessarily be the same to all others.

But I must resume my narrative. Having been for some time stinted in our supply of water, we hailed with delight our approach to Antigua on the morning of the first of March. On the following morning we put out the boat, and the mate, and seamen and myself went on shore at Nevis, one of the Windward Islands, for water and such other things as we wanted, Mr. Pennock baving supplied the money.

We returned again early in the after noon, set sail and proceeded on our voyage. Just before sunset we had a fine view of St. Christopher's, of the garrison and citadel, and of Mount Misery, the highest summit of the

Mount Misery having, along with the setting sun, glided away beneath our view, we saw no more land of any importance, except Monte Vela, a rock seven or eight miles south of St, Domingo, till on Monday the 8th inst, we found ourselves, after being at sea fifty-eight days, off Point Morant, in Jamaica. Early in the morning we were hailed by a pilot boat. They put us a black pilot on board. A child of ours, that is just learning to talk, now saw, for the first time, one of the sons of Ham. And such were the indications of humanity in this but lately emancipated slave, that the child at once gave the lie to the foul slander of a false science, and running to her motber exclaimed, “A man | a man!"

From the sea, the scenery of Jamaica has a most imposing aspect. No matter wbere may be yonr point of observation, the blue mountains in the midst of the island engage your eye. These are picturesque in the highest decree, and with the lowlands, present every variety of scenery, hill, dale, river and lake, mountain and valley. Here you may find the traces of beauty, but the grand characteristic which you find impressed on every scene is sublimity. Our arrival in this country was full of interest. At Port Royal on the evening of the 8th inst. we were met by the Rev. Messrs. Hyams and Kennedy, native missionaries, and on the following morning by Messrs. Jordan and Lake, members of the House of Assembly, and other friends in great numbere. It was 10 o'clock p.M. when we got up to Kingston. But there, a scene was presented, such as I had never witnessed. Thousands upon thousands of men, women, and chil. dren, standing on the quays and wharfs, closed up every avenue of egress from tbe sea to the city, as they anxiously waited to witness our debarkation, and to salute us with 'a welcome.' All was tumult, joy, and high festivity! One moment we heard thousands of devout people singing the Doxology, the next we saw them waving their handkerchiefs in the air as they rent tbe heavens with their loud 'Huzzahs.' Mr. P. was of course the hero of the day.

Iinmediately upon landing we were very speedily conveyed in two car. riages to our habitations. But what think you was our astonishment in finding our place of abode crowded almost to suffocation, while the area in front was also densely occupied by

Island.

spectators, just as you have seen the space before the hustings occupied, at a general election in England.

We proceeded without delay to the chapel, to tender our grateful acknowledgements at the throne of grace, for the mercies of the passage. The service having been concluded, the majority of this exceedingly excited people retired to their homes or went back again into the city to follow the pursuits of the day.

We are, through mercy, all well. The late epidemic, wbich has been so fruitful in mortality, is now nearly subsided. I have preached twice to exceedingly crowded congregations, and I have reason to think with acceptance. All is well at present, I trust you will hear a good account of me.

M. BAXTER.

Kingston, March 14th, 1842.

HAMBURGH.

TO THE EpiroR.- Dear Sir,

SINCE the date of my last, our little church here has been the subject of greater trial than has fallen to its lot for some time past, arising from circumstances of a very melancholy and painful character. We have been solemnly reminded, by the decease of our friend and brother G. W. Halcro, that we all “must needs die, and are as water spilt upon the ground which cannot be gathered up again." He caught a severe cold, to which he paid but little attention; it increased in virulence, and ended in typhus-fever; removing him from earth to heaven in a very short period. Our brother made a good end; during his sickness (when his mind was collected) he frequently expressed himself as being happy in the enjoyment of the Divine favour,---confiding in God his heavenly Father, and willing to submit to His will in all things. I have no hesitation in avowing my conviction, that the spirit of our deceased friend is now in the abodes of bliss.“Far from a world of grief and sin,

With God eternally shut in." By this dispensation of Providence, we have lost an efficient preacher of the Gospel, and a liberal contributor to our funds. Our numbers have been further reduced by the removal of two of our members to England; nevertheless we are determined to look up, patiently to submit, and in all things to acknowledge the hand of God: “It is the Lord; let him do what seemeth him good.” At last the honourable, the Senate of Hamburg has favoured our Consul with a reply to the application which he made

in our behalf, to open a room for divine worship in the neighbourbood of the Brook.' That august body has given a direct negative to our request, stating that no one could be permitted to exercise the functions of the Christian ministry but such as were recognised by the law of the State, that neither the Wesleyan Methodist Association, nor Mr. Walker was thus known to the law; therefore the application could not be entertained. And furtber that Mr. Walker was distinctly prohibited from holding meetings for divine worship either in the city, or any part of the territories of Hamburgh, excepting the harbour, on board British vessels, and for the exclusive benefit of British seamen. Such, in substance, was the answer returned to our petition; its character is stamped upon its face; it speaks for itself, and requires not one word of comment. Let it, however, be observed, that while these Senators were deliberating upon the the question, they were perfectly aware that I was in the habit of preaching twice every Lord's day, in our room at St. Pauli. This delightful duty I am discharging with increased pleasure, having no intention whatever to abandon it.

Other causes bave prevented me from prosecuting the matter of providing the means of religious instruction for the people of the Brook; particular cir. cumstances relating to the foundry,– the continuance of which establishment is at present doubtful. The question will, however, be determined in a few weeks, and should the concern continue, it is my full determination with God's blessing, to try again.

I am happy to report favourably in regard to our services, both on shore

and in the barbour; they are well attended, and the congregations are remarkably serious and attentive. I do trust that the word preached will be the Savour of life unto many. Our prayer meetings contiuue as attractive (if tbe word may be permitted) as ever; the greater part of the people remaining, during the prayer meeting, held after the preaching, when our souls are abundantly refreshed with the hallowing influences of the Divine Spirit. Our seafaring brethren enjoy

these means exceedingly; I would not deprive them of such privileges on any account. On Sunday last we had overflowing congregations; and yesterday evening we had two captains and six seamen at the class-meeting. The sailors alone are a sufficient reason for the continuance of this mission. Again we earnestly beg an interest in your prayers, that the work of the Lord may prosper in our hand.

May, 1842. W. H. WALKER.

HELSTON, REDRUTH, AND PENZANCE. TO THE Editor,-Dear Sir, commenced a weeks' protracted meetThis circuit has suffered materially ings in the town of Helston: we held from emigration, and is now suffering a prayer meeting at 5 o'clock in the · in more respects than one from that morning, one at noon, and another at circumstance. Even within the last 7 o'clock in the evening. That in the few weeks we have had to part with, evening was attended by a large conI suppose, not less than fifty members gregation; many were evidently under of Society, who are now far away on deep concern for salvation. After we the billows, and some of them were had delivered a short exhortation, we most pious, active and useful in the requested the penitents to come into circuit, including three of our worthy the vestry adjoining the chapel, where Local Preachers, who had each one or a few of the prayer leaders talked with more classes under their care; more and prayed for them ; before the meetintend to go before the expiration of ing closed seven souls professed to find the year. I am happy, however, to be peace with God through our Lord able to say, that through Divine Good. Jesus Christ. ness we have had some ingatherings, The meetings were continued in the which I hope will be in some measure same order during the whole of the a sett-off against our outgoings. week. On the Tuesday, eight found

I think I gave you an account in a peace; on the Wednesday five; on friendly note a short time ago of what, the Thursday four; and on the Friday, in some few instances, the good Lord seven professed to be made happy in had been doing for us, and expressed the love of God. On the following a wish that they might be as drops Lord's day, four, and some few during before the shower. I can now add a the week. On the Sunday night after little more, of what both I, and my that, two I think were made happy in colleagues have seen, and which I am the enjoyment of salvation. Last sure will be gratifying to you. We Thursday evening after preaching, three have had a most glorious revival in souls professed to be made happy; on this part of the county, which has not the Lord's day evening, two; and on been confined to any one branch of the Monday evening, one. Thanks be the great Methodistic family.

to God for all his goodness and mercy. Its movements and progress have One of the cases on Lord's day evenbeen most remarkable. It seemed to ing deserves a little attention,-namely break out first in the far West, near that of a woman, who, from the first the Land's End, and swept away up week of the revival had been under Northward and Eastward, touching at the intolerable burden of a wounded many of the dwelling places of Zion, spirit. After wrestling in the vestry and resting on some of them for weeks' for upwards of an hour, the Lord spoke together,

peace to her troubled conscience, and On Monday, the 14th of March, we graciously applied the balm of par

doning love to ber wounded soul, when she rose up, and in an extacy clapped her hands, and shouted the praises of God. At that moment seeing her brother, who is a respectable member of our Society, in the vestry, she rushed towards him, when in the most affectionate manner they embraced each other, and for some moments wept upon each other's neck. It was an affecting season. At Redruth also the Lord has been pouring out his holy Spirit, particularly in the prayer meetings held in different parts of the town. In the same week in which the revival began in Helston they there had about fourteen souls brought to a knowledge of the truth; several in Easter, week and some few since; glory be to God.

At Penzance also, we have had several tokens for good. On Good Friday night after preaching, three professed to find “ Him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets did write." On Easter Sunday night many were under deep impressions; one person left the chapel in that state during the prayer meeting, and was obliged to send for one of the prayer leaders, who found her in an agony which was happily removed by her obtaining peace. On the Tuesday night following, the Lord spoke peace to her soul, whilst her servant maid was conducting family prayer. In the prayer meeting, five were enabled to rejoice in a sin pardoning God; seve ral have since obtained the blessing. “ Praise the Lord for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever."

I might mention other places of minor importance where the work has been going on, either to a greater or lesser degree; such as Ruan, Roswick, Rinsey, Tres Row, and Asbton. The two last mentioned places claim our special attention.

Tres Row is a small village about half way between Helston and Penzance, a mile from the road side. They have a neat little chapel with about lwenty members in Society, the whole of them Teetotalers. For some weeks before the revival broke out, they had established Tee-total meetings in the chapel on the Saturday nights, and the result was, that at three meetings not less than ninety persons signed the

pledge, some of whom, though far advanced in life, felt a strong desire to be able to read in their old age, and began to attend our Sabbath School to be instructed some joined our Society, and the blessed work soon followed, which was carried on in some instances almost night and day. And such have been the cries of distress, that more than once the preachers could only join with the congregation in supplicating the throne of grace in behalf of the penitent, burdened sinners.

I had the happiness of being there last Monday night, when I gave twentynine notes on trial, seven had got notes before, and some others although converted in our chapel, bave from special motives joined the Wesleyans. Well, I hope they are joined to the Lord in a perpetual covenant never to be forgotten. May he keep them till the day of eternal redemption.

At Ashton, a village four miles from Helston, on the Penzance road, the work has been going on for several weeks, and sinners have been converted almost every night in the week. There too, the preachers have been compelled to turn ihe service into a prayer meeting, to pray for those who were in distress. The friends there have been indefatigable in their labours, and have been abundantly rewarded in their own souls, and in seeing the salvation of others. Mr. Wright, a few weeks ago, in renewing their tickets, gave thirtyfour full tickets, eight more than on the previous quarter, and about seventy notes on trial. “What bath God wrought?He was there last Lord's day again, leading a love-feast, one of the best he ever attended. I was out there last Tuesday night preaching; a season I hope I shall not soon forget. The place was literally crowded with people. They are about making it a third larger. A good influence attended the word, and after the sermon, while giving out that delightful Hymn “ Lovers of Pleasure," &c., the third verse,

The God of Love to earth he came,

That you might come to heaven.”' We paused, and requested those who were happy in God and on their way

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