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TO CORRESPONDENTS. The Editor is obliged to his frier.dly Correspondent at Bromsgrore for his hints. The subject to which they refer bas been maturely considered, but there are greater difficulties in the way than he is aware of.

L. M., who wries from North Audley-street, will accept thanks for bis (or her)ohlig. ing communication. The Editor is of opinion, that a sincere attachment to the Missionary cause will do more than a thousand arguments to insure an attendance at the Annual Meetings; fully concurring in the sentiment of L. M., that “never will the church of Christ appear in its proper character, till its members make its interests their own."

The box of rewards and fancy articles from Lymington has been duly received, and shall be forwarded to its destination by the earliest convenient opportunity. The addition kindly directed by Mr. Millard has been made,

Şeveral friends in the country are requested to observe, that although the Committees of various public institutions, besides the Baptist Missionary Society, hold their meetings at Fen Court, the Secretary of that Society cannot undertake any other publio correspond. ence than that which relates to the Mission.

It may prevent some trouble and disappointment, to announce that the travelling engage. ments of Mr. Eustace Carey are fully arranged up to the commencement of November.

A parcel of miscellaneous books, from friends at Woolwich, by Rev. W. B. Bowes ; and some fancy articles from a young Friend at Frome, have been duly received.

Mr. Philippo, of Spanish Town, desires gratefully to notice the receipt of a parcel from Miss C. of Oxford, containing rewards for the school under bis care.

Tbe thanks of the Committee are returned to Mr. Adams, Cambridge, for a large parcel of sundry Magazines ; and to a Friend, Freeman's-lane, Horselydown, for 21 vols. ditto, and sundry Reports and Sermons.

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Littlewood & Co., Printers, Old Bailey.

BAPTIST MAGAZINE

OCTOBER, 1829.

THE ISLAND ORPUAN.

The calm retreat and silent shade, *

With prayer and praise agree ; “ Again the dismal prospect opens round

And seem by thy sweet bounty made

For those who follow thee. The wreck, the shores, ibe dying, and the drowned."

There, if thy spirit touch the soul,

And grace her mean abode : ONE delightful evening, in June,

Ob, with what peace, and joy, and love,

She commanes with her God! 1815, I landed at St. Martin's isle, near Robb's Carn (a romantic pile There, like the nightingale, she pours of granite, about a hundred feet Her solitary lays; above the level of the sea,) and

Nor asks a witness of her song,

Nor thirsts for human praise. visited every family in the wretchedly neglected village called Lower Author and guardian of my life, Town. The poor islanders receiv- Sweet source of light divine ; ed religious tracts with thankful

And (all harmonious names in one)

My Saviour, thou art mine! ness, and expressed great delight in the Sabbath school that had What thanks I owe thee, and what love, been a few weeks before establish- A boundless, endless store ed on that part of the island.

Shall echo through the realms above,

Wben time shall be no more. From Lower Town to Middle Town is a broad valley, formed by Near the hill to the north I saw a high sand bank, extending along a lad on the grass, and at a small by the sea to the south, and hav- distance from him two or three ing a high hill, which retires with a fishermen, a cow, and a few small gentle sweep on the north. The island sheep. I walked to the spot. appearance of the valley at that The lad had a religious tract in his season was truly interesting. The hand. greater part of it had been sown with rye and barley, which now

* Shade of rocks and sand banks. On waved richly in the evening breeze, the off Islands of Scilly there are no tall proclaiming the goodness of God trees. Dwarf fruit trees, gooseberries, curin the provision he makes for the rants, &c. thrive well under a proper shelchildren of men. The sun was

In the sunmer the islands are not pouring his rays of purple and destitute of beauty ; “but seen amidst the

terrors of a winter's storm--with the sky gold over the western sky; the sea frowning above, and the maddened ocean gulls were seeking their homes in bowling below, while the white foam flies the rocks; the season and the with ligbtning-like precipitancy up their place were peculiarly adapted to rugged sides, and expands in showers of assist meditation. I rested against osity gives p!ace to painful apprehension ;

spray over their moss-fringed tops--curia sand bank, and repeated a fa- the remembrance of past calamities opens vourite hymn :

the way to melancholy anticipation, and

while the eye glances over the wide sprea: Far from tbe world, O Lord, I flee, and dark rolling sea, the heart involuntarily From strife and tumult far;

ejaculates, From scenes where Satan wages still

• My God, have mercy on the mariner ! His most successful war.

See Woodley's View of the Scilly Islands. VOL. IV, 3d Series,

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“ Can you read my lad ?" day schools, and when you can

“Oi* should like to read the read the second chapter of the Bible, Measter J-y. You gave Gospel written by Matthew, and oi this book. Oi is one of your the third chapter of the Gospel scholars." +

written by John, you

shall have a I am glad that you attend the Bible.” Sunday school. I hope you will A few months after this conversoon be able to read the Bible. sation, Edward received his Bible; Do you pray to Almighty God ?” and if the boat houses, sand banks,

“ Oi does try to pray, Measter and rocks about Lower Island J—y, but oi can't say the words could speak, they would testify to fittee (proper)."

his attention to the boly oracles of “ Your name, I believe, is Ed- truth. Often was he surprised by ward Webber. Do you know some islander behind a rock on his Edward that you are a sinner?" knees, with the Bible open before

“ You told we all so in your him. In 1818, the poor island sermons, and oi thinks oi is a orphan had reached his 21st year, sinner ; but we were like poor and the poor family with whom he sheep without a shepherd before had lived from his infancy, finding you comes to we.”

that they had not barley bread Did you not attend at the sufficient for themselves, desired church ?

him to seek another home. They “Sometimes oi did, but the admired his piety; his humble minister does not live on this island, prayers and conversation had been and he comes here only once in a sanctified to a poor aged woman wa', and there is only one preacher in the house, but poverty obliged at St. Mary's."

them reluctantly to part with Ed“Perhaps Edward you can re- ward. Poor boy! the islands of peat the text that I preached from Scilly were the world that was bewhen last at Lower Town ?” fore him. He knew little, perhaps

“ Part of it: “Christ Jesus came nothing, respecting any other part into the world to save sinners.'l of the earth. He had two uncles When oi can read, then oi shall on the isle of Sampson. There he know all about Jesus Christ.” was taken in a small fishing boat.

“Do your parents live on this As he stepped on the sands, he island ?”

was seen by his aunt. “ Here is No: poor father was drowned

poor

Edward ! He told George when oi was a little boy, and that he must leave Lower Town. mother died soon after; and oi Come in, poor child, thee can read am apprentice.

the Bible to us; thee shall never “Poor boy! do attend the Sun- want a bit of bread while we have

our

it.'

Sampson became Edward's home. * This peculiar prononciation (oi for I) This isle consists of two high hills, is common to all the off-islanders, and to and contains in its present state most of the poorer inhabitants of St. Mary's. about 120 acres, nine cottages,

+ Edward was not permitted to attend the and I believe 36 inhabitants. But school every Lord's day.

The Wesleyan Methodists bad built a little of this wretched rock is culmeeting house on St. ary's, and had made tivated; the greater part of it is a few converts on the isle of Tresco some covered with large stones and sand. years before I visited the islands. The number of persons in their Society on these There is no church on Sampson. two isles was about one hundred.

When I first visited the islands of

Scilly, the people of Sampson were God. An extract of a letter writbut a very small remove from the ten by him soon after he had been inost illiterate and depraved insu- buried with Christ in baptism, will lated tribe in any part of the world; shew not only his piety, but his but two persons knew the alpha- progress in education. This letter bet, and there was but one Bible was written to a member of one of on the island. Their ideas and our churches in London ; the ortheir words were almost confined thography is corrected, and a few to the sky, the sea, the rocks, and sentences omitted. the boats. By the inhabitants of St. Mary's the Sampsonians were

Sampson, Scilly Islands, regarded as a different race of

Jan. 1820. beings, but I must not attempt a

Dear Friend, full description of this people. I received a letter from you with

It will scarcely gain credence, 21. and have to return you many that persons in the state in which thanks for your kindness to me, a these islanders were could be poor island orphan. When I was found in 1814 so near the English very young my father was drownshore.

Here were the foolish ed, and since that my mother died. things of the world, and the weak I was put apprentice in the island things of the world, and the base of St. Martin, in a village called things of the world, and things Lower Town, to a fisherman. Mr. which were despised; yet there Jeffery came there, and gave me was a spirit of independence which some religious tracts, and I bless poverty, contempt, affliction God I have learned to read and which even ignorance itself could write. The Lord has been pleased not wholly subdue. Why were to bless Mr. Jeffery's preaching to this interesting people so greatly my soul, and my God has given neglected ?

me to see that I was a poor guilty On the isle of Sampson the poor sinner; I prayed to the Lord Jesus orphan greatly strengthened my Christ, and he heard my cry, and hands. He attended to the Sab- answered it. Since then my apbath school, collected the people prenticeship has been out, and I together every Lord's day and at have been speaking to poor sinners convenient seasons in the week, in my own island to flee from the and read the Bible, with prayer wrath to come, and to look to Jesus to God for his blessing on his for mercy. And from this island I most holy word. His humble go to the other off-islands to tell efforts were owned and blessed by of the unsearchable riches of Jehovah of Hosts. The congre- Christ to poor sinners like ourgation at Sampson was the world selves, and I hope that the blessin miniature. The youth, the ing of God will attend my labours. middle aged, the grey-headed, and I trust that good will be done; I infants, met in a little cottage to am willing to labour for immortal worship God. Edward was pro- souls in season and out of season ; vided with paper and slates, and I am willing to suffer hunger and though he could scarcely write his thirst, to work for the Lord. I own name legibly, he was anxious know that I am serving a blessed that others should participate in his Master, who will reward every humble advantages.

man according to his work, and In 1819 he was baptized on a all is of grace. I am willing to profession of faith in the Son of take up the cross of Christ, and follow him; and I wish to go and pheming the name of God so much. warn poor sinners of their danger. They delight in singing hymns It is my desire to make Christ all when they go in their fishing boats. and all in my addresses to poor I hope that God will please to sinners, and I hope that my prayers bless my work to their souls in the will ascend to a throne of grace small island where I reside. In for my poor neighbours, and I be- the winter the sand blows, and we lieve that God will answer. I are almost blind. It is as a wilhave been in storms of wind, cross- derness, but I feel myself so haping the islands to carry news of py to warn poor sinners of their salvation, sometimes expecting danger, and my soul is filled with every moment to be our last. I love to God, for his great mercy did not think ever to reach land towards me and poor sinners; likeagain, but the Lord delivered us, wise may the love of God be shed and after supplying one island, I abroad in our hearts, through have gone to another, and not a Christ Jesus, as the hope of glory. farthing of money until you helped I am yours truly, me a little. I have been almost

EDWARD Webber. starved; I have gone without shoes in the creek, to save them to put Deeply affected with the poon when I went to the islands on verty of the Island Orphan, I adthe Sabbath, and when the tide vised him in the spring of 1820 to was low, I had to wade through visit England, and inform the pasthe water higher than my knees to tor of the Baptist church at Penthe off islands, to preach the Gos- zance of his distresses and of his pel; and when I have got to the labours. He attended a missionother shore, I have been ready to ary prayer meeting soon after he die with the cold. Sometimes I left the packet. “I requested have not had a bit of bread, nor him,” says the respected minister, any thing else to refresh myself to engage in prayer, and was with but a little water, but I hope deeply impressed with his ideas, that praying breath will not be his humility, and his honest simspent in vain in the Lord. Some- plicity. I thought of poor Joseph, times I have been forced to keep and knowing that the Lord did not on my wet clothes, and knew not despise the day of small things, where to get any more. Sampson nor quench the smoking flax, I is a small island, where there is no sent him into some villages, with church nor chapel, the people were other young preachers, and was living without the word of God till delighted to hear a favourable acMr. Jeffery came to the islands, count of his preaching from many but now I bless God that they have poor villagers. After he had been worship every Sabbath, and the in Penzance a fortnight, he receivpeople have told me that they have ed from his friends at Sampson a reason to bless God for my being note, desiring him to return, as there. They have declared how they valued his services exceedmuch they have felt the word blest ingly.” Soon after our poor Orto their souls. All the people in phan returned to the Isle of Sampthe other islands have spoken of son, his pious conduct attracted the people of Sampson for swear- the notice of the President of theing, but now, I bless God, they Duke of Leeds' Council on the are quite changed in their blas- islands, and other respectable per

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