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pathy on your part, as well as on that of in wheat. It was truly a gloomy mornothers connected with our invaluable ing: the whole of the vegetable world Institution. God's mysterious providence drooped and blackened, as the sun grew has deprived me of my dearly beloved warm; and the air was filled with a most wife, in the flower of her age, in the unpleasant odour. There will, however, midst of her usefulness, and under cir be a good deal of fine barley, and some cumstances the most distressing to the potatoes of an inferior quality. Among minds of those she has left behind. On the Canadian freemen and Half-breeds, the 13th instant, according to expec there will be great distress ; more partation, she was brought to bed; and, after ticularly as the hunters of buffalo a time of trial not unusually severe, are now returning with empty carriages. became the mother of a daughter, whom, All garden-seeds have been destroyed ; in twelve hours-on the morning of Oc so that our prospects for next summer tober 14–she left motherless in a strange are most desolate, as we have no access land-a land, too, of but few resources. to any other more fortunate countries. The syncope under which she laboured, Last August, I forwarded, to your adduring the last ten hours of her life, af dress, copious extracts from Journals &c., forded her but very little opportunity for by our Autumn boats to Hudson's Bay, conversation ; but she left enough, re which used to bring our supplies from specting her state, to satisfy us all that the ships of the season ; but, to our condeath had no terror to her, and that she sternation, they have just returned was willing to depart; and that, to her, empty, having waited at York Fort unthe hour was one of eternal gain.
til the 24th of September, and no vessel When I tell you, my dear friend, that had then appeared: and they had had to I am now alone, with five children on my cut their way through solid ice, in lakes hands, in a country where no adequate and smooth rivers, for scores of miles, on assistance is to be had, I am sure that, their return. Thus are we shut up for as a Christian, you will feel for me ; as a whole winter, without letters; without a Brother, you will pray for me ; and as publications ; without School-books; and a Missionary, you will deeply sympathize various other supplies ; on which much with me.
Your expression in St. An of our comfort depended. drew's Hall, in Norwich, fifteen years ago, rings this moment in my ears—“One
Lower urch. faithful friend !” My dearest wife was Buch, indeed, to me: but I submit;-the
From a Letter by the Rev. W. Christian is resigned, but the man is
Cockran, dated Grand Rapids, Ocweak.
tober 25, 1836, we shall present to My lamented partner, with a manage our Readers somewhat full extracts; ment peculiar to herself, went on easily
as he describes, graphically, the state and silently with the concerns of an esta of the Mission, and enters on one blishment of eighty individuals, without in the least interfering with my Chaplain his afflicted Brother Missionary.
or two particulars not touched by and Missionary duties; and thus I now find myself precipitated into a vortex of
He first alludes to the feelings cares and anxieties, of which I know nei excited by various adverse circumther the nature nor extent.
stances, and especially the Dark indeed are the dealings of God!
Non-Arrival of the Annual Ship from Clouds and darkness are round about
England. Him. But I bless His holy name: I can
The ship of the Honourable Company trust Him; and say still, Good is the
not arriving in the Bay as usual, we have Lord.
been deprived of the pleasure of receivirg In reference to other circum
your communications, which are stances of trial, Mr. Jones then
deeply interesting and highly useful to us. adds —
When the days begin to shorten, the Other calamities, which are almost lost leaves to fall, and the tender grass crouchsight of in this overwhelming one, must es to the earth ; when the sun loses his now be mentioned. On the 19th of Au- dazzling splendor, and sheds his fainter gust last we were visited by a most de rays through the leafless forest; when the structive frost, which destroyed the re moon acquires a brighter hue ; when the ward of the farmer, as to agricultural toil, stern blast of the north bursts forth, and RECORD, April 1837.]
forces us to wrap our winter cloak about ing; and, while it should lead us to us; and when our imagination reaches abound in thankfulness for the con forth, and anticipates the chilling cold of tinuance of our numerous yet oftsix long months; it is then we heave a
abused mercies, it should keep us sigh for our native land, feel anxious to converse with kindred spirits, and long to
also humbly mindful of our entire and associate with men of the same habits and constant dependence on the profeelings as ourselves. This expected vidence of our forbearing God. gratification, which has often gladdened our autumnal days and beguiled away our
Loss of the Wheat-Crops, by Frost. evenings, and heightened our joys the
On the evening of the 18th of August, nearer we approached the appointed and morning of the 19th, a thick hoarperiod, has been kept from us, through frost settled on our fields, and checked the wisdom of Him who overrules all dis the progress of our corn and vegetables. pensations for His glory and for the im
The summer had by no means been faprovement of those who love Him. Though
vourable to vegetation ; the weather had we liave been deprived of the pleasure of been cold and dry; consequently, the hearing of your welfare, and making any
growth of every thing had been slow. At reply to what might be intended for our
the fatal period mentioned, the wheat of encouragement, still I could not allow many persons was in full ear, the barley the present opportunity to pass without only newly come into ear, and the potaforwarding a few particulars; which will
toes beginning to form. Thus, wbile the awaken your sympathies, and call forth husbandman was waiting patiently for the your fervent prayers on our behalf, which
return of his labour, and expecting to we doubt not that we at all times enjoy.
see the season crowned with abundance,in As the servants of God in every age
one night his hopes perished! He gazed have found the days of their pilgrimage with astonishment upon his withered treacrowded with seeming evils, we are not
sure;—the ears of wheat, losing their naastonished, neither do we feel that strange
tural bend, stood erect to the skies; the things have befallen us, when our cup is barley crouched; and the tops of the potaembittered with disease, disappointment,
toes were as dark as tobacco. The calaand death. Since our summer commu
mity was almost general: some few fanications, we have been subjected again
voured spots escaped the chilling dew, and again to the chastening rod. For my
and the plants hastened to perfection; own part, I have been seriously indis
but the hoar-frost visited us again and posed, though never kept from duty; yet again, till every point and sheltered spot I have often found it too much for me.
had withered under the chastening rod. I have often secretly wished to be removed
Those who are at a distance, who have froin the struggle, in a way that might their wants furnished from a regular marbest answer the general good. However, ket, replenished with abundance of both God's ways and thoughts are not as ours ;
home and foreign produce, cannot adetherefore I remain as a monument of sove
quately feel how severe is this calamity reign goodness. My health is conside to us. Separated from civilized society by rably improved; my spirits better; and
thousands of miles of trackless wastesmy resolution to persevere much firmer.
surrounded by savage and improvident I have no great prospect of being useful; tribes, who never think of supplying a but I think of the trust reposed in me,
want until it is felt—when the produce and therefore endeavour to act up to the
of our industry fails, whence can we rebest of my judgment. I have never been
ceive our supplies? We may put on sackso severely tried in the way of duty as
cloth; and reply to the petitions of the in the past summer, nor have I ever felt indigent in the words of the King of Jumy strength less. I may with truth say,
dah: Whence shall I help thee? out of the that, according to outward appearance,
barn-floor, or out of the wine-press? all things have been working against us.
I am not apprehensive that our preA fuller account of the Devas sent losses will subject the Indian Schools tations caused by the Frost is also
to any serious inconvenience. I hope I
have a sufficiency of grain on hand to given by Mr. Cockran, followed up
serve till the return of another year; by some very instructive reflections.
therefore, we shall be able to proceed as It is a subject full, indeed, of warn usual. The Protestant Population, from
the large quantity of cattle which they ship. The building is 53 feet by 24 ; possess, and from the large stock of old the side walls are twelve feet high; it grain which is in the hands of several, will accommodate upwards of 350 perwill be enabled to pass the winter with sons, when pewed. As I never wish to out inconvenience; with a few exceptions, worship God in a worse house than I which can easily be relieved.
live in, I have spared neither labour nor As I view all the disappointments of expense to make it durable, warm, and the past season as chastisements from neat. In the erection of the new Church, Heaven, I sanguinely hope that they will we have endeavoured to avoid all our terminate in promoting the general good. former errors, and make such improveI bave often lamented the loss of that ments as experience suggested : and fervent piety which formerly glowed in what is far more gratifying to my feelseveral bosoms, when we were few in ings, is the liberal support which I have number, poor and despised; but as our met with from my Christian Brethren, wealth increased, our piety diminished, In the congregation at the Rapids, every our religion dwindled into a form ;-it was family have cast in their mite: many of bodily exercise, without the aspirations the men performed a journey of full of the soul after the favour and blessing thirty miles, to give me a week's labour, of God. Life and health greatly height- free of cost. The affluent of the upper ened our security: now and then disease part of the Settlement have contributed entered the humble cot, and the more liberally, and with a great deal of good elegant mansion ; but it only touched feeling; so much so, that I have often the infant of days, or carried off the been constrained to say, This is the work school-boy to his long home. Our fami of God. It is extraordinary, that all lies being full of children, less feel such who have been solicited, with but one a shock, so long as the heads of the fa- exception, have contributed. I hope, mily remain in the full enjoyment of through the blessing of God, we shall health. Thus God was not duly acknow have it finished by the month of Februledged as the Sovereign Disposer of our
It is a work that has cost me lives, nor did His providence teach us a great deal of anxiety, as well as toil. to be humble, pious, and obedient. We However, two or three more struggles, have erred; but we are His people ; and then I shall have a neat, warm, comtherefore He is chastening us out of fortable church, to shelter us from the compassion, that He may teach us how winter storms, when we meet to worship to live, and what to love; and where to the Author of our being, and to praise place our hopes, that we may rest in the our risen, righteous, and exalted Reday of adversity.
deemer. Nothing, of an external nature, Mr. Cockran has some interesting can so effectually chill and dissipate the and judicious remarks, which we feelings of devotion, as to assemble in a quote, in reference to an object which cold house in Rupert's Land on a winter's he has had deeply at heart, and in day, or in a leaky one during a thunder
slower in summer. which he appears to be near the at
Man, however good his intentions may tainment of his hopes; namely, the
be, is a carnal, selfish being; and is often Erection of the New Church. more influenced by what he feels, than by I am happy to state, that the Church, what he fears, or expects to enjoy. Conwhich I had in prospect at the time of sequently, when he sits down in Church, my last communication, is now in a for and finds the sly cold searching his garward state. It is a beautiful object; ments, benumbing his feet, making his and when I sometimes catch the first knees and head ache, and chilling his view of it after a long and dreary ride, heart, he anxiously wishes the Services of I never fail to feel the reality of the pro the day to be brought to a close ; and mise in Isaiah xxxv. 1: The wilderness the only object that is cheering, is a warm and the solitary place shall be glad for them; stove, or a blazing fire. I am seldom and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom cold in Church; for having to perform as the rose, The walls and roof are the offices of priest and clerk, I have full finished; the floor is laid ; the windows employment, from first to last; but it is are glazed : we have only the ceiling, different with many who assemble. Some the pews, and the pulpit to make, and young person has come to show his horse then the place will be fit for Public Wor and cariole ; another, who has got a clear
voice, to sing; a third, to see an ac arrival of the ships: seed-time and harvest quaintance; and a fourth, to hear the will come again ; a new summer may news of the day: these, having little or bring another ship; but Mrg. Jones will no interest in the House of God, need a never return!” These few simple but warm seat, to lengthen out their patience. emphatic words show how much she re
We recur to the subject with commended herself to their hearts, by a which we began; and close with the pure, pious, and useful life. account, given by Mr. Cockran, of The untutored savage, also, who has
often drifted into her kitchen in a storm, the death of Mrs. Jones. In it he
and shared of her munificence on a winhas pourtrayed, with more minute- ter's day, has shown, by his silent grief, ness than her Husband could have
that he has lost a friend; and that his ventured to do, the valuable qualities heart, though hard, can esteem and laof that excellent woman, which en ment the loss of unpretending worth. deared her character to all around Among the Catholic Population, also, there her. It is also a very instructive
was a feeling of sympathy; and some of
them would say: This must have been lesson to the wide-spread Mission
a good woman: her voice has never been Family of the Society, on the
heard." Com ort of Fraternal Sympathy in The loss to us appears irreparable: I Affliction.
can scarcely persuade myself that it is It is seven years and a few days since real: the whole melancholy appearance the late Mrs. Jones first joined us ; and presents itself to my imagination as a I can say with certainty, that she has fearful dream. supported such an unblemished character I had just got the cart sent off for the as to die without a single enemy. Yea, Indian Settlement, with the stove and I can say more: so pure, peaceable, pipes, moulding for the ceiling, and orgentle, pious, and benevolent, has her naments for the spire of the church which whole course been, that her death is uni- is in progress there, and had my horse versally lamented; every person feels as ready to follow, for the purpose of seeing if he or she had lost a dear friend. Our all fixed to my mind, when an Indian came Christian Brethren have shown a degree and put a note into my hand, conveying of sympathy and sensibility that I did the mournful intelligence. I set out at not know they possessed. I have seen once, to visit Mr. Jones. Every one I the tenderest cords of their nature met was equally disconsolate: a shake by touched and snapped asunder; but I the hand, a few faltering words, a deep never saw their grief so heavy, nor their sigh, and a flood of tears, were all that tears so abundant, as for the loss of our passed. When arrived at his house, departed friend. It may be thought we reasoned, we wept, we called to mind consistent with the nature of things, that the promises of God, and raised our souls members of the same Church should sor to heaven in devout ejaculations; but row for each other, being born of the still the stroke was heavy, the loss was same Spirit, redeemed and washed by the great: the mind was unwilling to be persame precious blood, justified through the suaded that this was among the all things same righteousness, and having in prospect which are to work together for good. And the same glories and blessings of immor- yet we are assured that our Heavenly Fatality: it is natural, from the closeness ther is infinitely wise, and cannot err : of their union, that if one member suffer being supremely good, He cannot act or rejoice, the sorrow or joy becomes uni- unkindly. But how unwilling are we versal. But the sorrow has not been to submit to His instruction. We have confined simply to the members of the been under his chastening rod for several Church the whole Protestant Population months. Had we listened with reverence have felt the chastisement; their hearts when He remonstrated; had we kissed the have throbbed with ours; they have shed rod and acknowledged Him who appointed with us the sympathetic tear, and have it, and humbled ourselves before Him, viewed her death as the heaviest of all when he touched our health, our fields, the losses of the season. They say, “Our and fraught our days with disappointment; crops have been smitten with the frost; we might have had joy instead of sorrow, our supplies are cut off by the non and gladness instead of a heary heart.
PROCEEDINGS OF ASSOCIATIONS. Berkshire - April 14: Meetings; at Faringdon, P. Pusey, Esq., M.P., Chn, Coll. 111. 68. 4d, ; at Halford, Chn. not known, Coll. 18x. 5d.
Buckinghamshire- April 2: Sermon at Gawcott, by Rev. J. H Woodward, Coll. 71. 28. 6d. - April 3: Meeting at Buckingham, B. Standford, Esq., Chn., Coll. 81.- April 4: M etings; at Wendover, Rev. S. F. Statham, Chn., Coll. 51. 138. ; at Ayles. bury, Rev. S. Piggott, Chn., Coll. 61. Os. 101.
Esser- March 5 : Sermon at Rochford, by Rev. J. Ridgway, Coll. 61. 118. – March 14: Meeting at Springfield, Rev. A. Pearson, Chn., no Coll. March 15: Meeting at Woodham Walter, Rev. G. Bryan, Chn., no Coll. - March 16: Meeting at Danbury, same Chn., no Coll. - March 17: Meeting at Purleigh, no Chn., no Coll. - March 19 : Sermons : at Danbury, by Rev. G. Bryan, and Rev. J. H. Woodward, Colls. 171. 168. 2d. ; at Purleigh, by Rev. J. H. Woodward, Coll, 21. 98. 6d.; at Woodham Walter, by the same, Coll. 41. 08. 81.-March 20: Meetings; at Chelmsford, Rev. G. Bryan, Chn., Coll. 61. 28. 6d.; at Great Badow, Coll. 198, 5d. - March 21 : Meeting at Maldon, Rev. R. L. Bridge, Chn., Coll, 51. 38. Formation of Association : Rev. R, L Bridge, Sec.
Gloucestershire - March 3: Sermons at Gloucester, by Rev. Dr. Doran -Spa Church, Coll. 101. 108. • St. Mary's, Coll. 61.–March 8: Meetings at Tolsey ; Morn., Rev. Dr. Claxson, Chn., Coll. not known; Even., Chn. and Coll. not known-March 9 : Meetings at Tewkesbury; Morn., Rev. J. Kempthorne, Chn., Coll. 301, 98. 50; Even., same Chn., Coll 141. 128. 104.- March 13: Meetings at Campden, Rev. C. Kennaway, Chn., Colls. 181. 78. 6d.
Herefordshire - March 19 : Sermons; at Herefords Morn., by Rev. Dr. Doran, Coll. 241. 108. 31.; Even., by Rev. J. Venn, Coll. 231. 104. ; at Credenhill, by Rev. Dr. Doran, Coll. 31.- March 20: Meetings at Hereford; Morn., Rev. J.Venn, Chn., Coll. 131. 35. 9d.; Even. Chn. not known, Coll. 151. 98. 3d.
Lincolnshire- April 5: Meeting at Horkstow, Rev. R. G. Moore, Chn., Coll. 51. 106. 11d.-April 6: Meet. ing at Winterton, Rev. T. Smith, Chn., Coll.41.08.4d.: Sermon at same place, by Rev. W. Knight, Coll 31. 148. 91. – April 7: Meeting at Brigg, Rev. C. Cotterill, Chn., Coll. 71. Os. 1d. - April 9: Sermons at Louth, by Rev. R Simpson-St James's, Coll. 171. ; Trinity Church, Coll. 31. 148.; at Keddington, by same, Coll. 31 4s. 8d; at St. Peter's, Eastgate, by Rev. J. Whiteside, Coll. 141. 108, 21. ; at Harmston, by same, Coll. 5l. ; at Wellingore, by same, Coll. 31. 16s. 6d. ; at Great Grimsby, Preacher not known,
- April 10: Meetings ; at Louth, Rev. – O'Connor, Cbn., Coll. 131. 118. 41. ; at Lincoln, Hon. A. L. Melville, Chn., Coll. 171. 18. 91.-April 11: Meetings ; at Gainsboro', Rev. J. Dodd, Chn., Coll. 201. 12x. 41, ; at Grimsby, T. Bell, Esq., Mayor, Chn., Colls. (moiety) at Sermon and Meeting, 61. 129. 11d. April 12 : Meetings; at Navenby, Rev. J. Coning. ton, Chn., Coll. 71. 6s. 51. ; at Kirton in Lindsey, Rev. D. S. Wayland, Coll. 61. 108. – April 13: Ser. mon at Folkingham, by Rev. C. Hodgson, Coll. 9. 128. 41.- April 14 : Meeting at Sleaford, Rev. O. Davys, Chn, Coll. 101. 28.
Middlesex-April 16: Sermons; at Bedford Chapel, Bloomsbury; Morn., by Rev. J. Burrows, Coll. 201. ; Even., by Rev. J. H. Woodward, Coll. not known; at St. John's, Upper Holloway, Morn., by Rev. J. H. Woodward, Coll. 141. 03. 61.; Even., by Rev. H. Venn, Coll. 51.
Oxfordshire - Feb. 5: Sermon at Oxford, by Rev. B. Marsden, Coll. 241. 198. ld. - Feb. 6: Meeting at same place, Dr. Macbride, Chn., Coll. 321. 149. April 9 : Meeting at Banbury, Rev. J. Kushton,Chn.,
Coll. 31. 46. 101. - April 8: Meeting at Deddington, Rev. J. Risley, Chn., Coll. 4l. 118. 9d. - April 7: Meeting at Bloxham, Rev. G. Bell, Chn., Coll. 21. 58. 100.- April 9: Sermons at Witney, by Rev. J. Hough and Rev. S. Jenner, Colls. 181. 28. 100.- April 10: Meeting at Burford, Rev. F. Rice, Chn., Coll. not known.- April 11: Meeting at Witney, Rev. C. Jerram, Chn., Coll. 161. 38. 8d. - April 12: Meeting at Kiddington, Rev.J.G. Browne, Chn., Coll. 21. 148.5d. - April 13: Meeting at Woodstock, same Chn., Coll. 31. 59. 60.
Nottinghamshire - April 16: Sermons; at Eastwoood, by Rev. C. Hodgson, Coll. 111. 108.; at Len. ton, by Rev. R. Simpson, Coll. 101. 134. ; at Greasley, by Rev. C. Hodgson, Coll. 61. 108.- April 17: Meeting at Nottingham, Rev. White, Chn., Coll. 131. 98. 61 - April 18 : Meetings; at Newark, Rev. C. F. Clinton, Chn., Coll. 161. 88. 6d.; at Epperstone, Rev. – White, Chn., Coll. 21. 58. 9d. April 19: Meeting at Tuxford, Rev. E. B. Elliott, Chn., Coll. not known.
Somersetshire-April 9: Sermons, at Bath ; Box Church, by Rev. E. Tottenham, Coll. 181. 128. 90.; Laura Chapel, by Rev. J. W. Cunningham, Coll. 35l. 53. 5d.; at St. Michael's, by the same, Coll. 351. ; at Kensington Chapel, by Rev. E. Tottenham, Coll. 451. 69.; at Penitentiary Chapel, by Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel, Coll. 261. ; at Weston, by Rev. J. East, Coll. 121. 55. 91.- April 10: Meetings at Bath; Morn., Rey. H. Marriott, Chn., Coll. 801. 98. 9d. ; Even., Rev. J. Pears, Chn., Coll. 101. 19x, 81.
Warwickshire- March 12: Sermon at Coughton, by Rev. Dr. Doran, Coll. 41. 28. 9d. - March 14: Meeting at Alster, the Mayor, Chn., Coll. 51. 108. For. mation of Association. - March 15: Meetings; at Bidford, Rev. J. Boultbee, Chn., Coll. 61.; at Wol. ford, Rev. E. H. B. Estcourt, Chn., Coll. 41. 88. 30.March 16: Sermon at Bilsley, by Rev. Dr. Doran, Coll. 101. 16s. 6d. : Meeting at Stratford-on-Avon, Rev. F. F. Knottesford, Chn., Coll, 121, 12s. 60.
Worcestershire- March 10: Meetings; at Broms. grove, Rev. J. N. Harward, Chn., Coll. 61. 28. 4d.; at Evesham, Rev. J. Boultbee, Chn.,Coll. 41. 59. 40.March 17: Meeting at Worcester, Sir C. S. Smith, Bart., Chn., Coll. 321. 98. 8d.
Yorkshire- March 29: Meeting at Huggate, Rev. J. Ranchin, Chn., Coll. 21.. Sermon at same place, by Rev. C. Hodgson, Coll. 11. 58.- March 31: Meeting at Driffield, Rev. -- Allen, Chn., Coll. 74. 13s. Ild.
- April 2: Sermons, by Rev. C. A. Thurlow; at Sigglesthorne, Coll. 251. 108. 61. ; at Hornsea, Coll. 31. 12. 10.1. ; at Mapleton, Coll. 31. 108. — April 3: Meetings at Hornsea, Rev, T. Dikes, Chn., Colle 121. 38. 2d.
SOUTH WALES - March 22: Meeting at Hay, Rev. H. Allen, Chn., Coll. ; Morn., Coll. 121. 118. 81.; Even., 81. 06. 2d.
IRELAND-April 6: Meeting at Londonderry, the Dean, Chn., no Coll.- April 7: Meeting at same place, the Bishop, Chn., no Coll. — April 9: Ser. mons; at Belfast, by Rev. C. Bridges ; Morn., Coll. 221. ; Even., Coll. 91. 101; at Monkstown, by Rev. H. Stowell, Coll. 401. ; at Booterstown, by the same, Coll. 121. 18.81.- April 10: Meetings; at Kingstown, Rev. J. Grant, Chn., Coll. 41. 158. ; at Belfast, Chn. and Coll. not known. - April 14: Meeting at Ro. tunda, Dublin, Col. Phipps, Chn., Coll. 281. 118. 10.1., Sermon at Dublin, Magdalen Asylum, by Rev. C. Bridges, Col. 141. 178. 61. - April 15: Meeting at Booterstown, Rev. R. H. Nixon, Chn., Coll. 91. 58.-' April 16: Sermons by Rev. C. Bridges ; at Dublin, Bagget-StreetChapel, Coll. 1061.108. 6 1.- FreeChurch, Coll. 271. 3s. 71. - April 17: Address by Rev. C. Bridges, at the College, Dublin, Coll. not known. April 19: Meeting at Delgany, Rev. W. Cleaver, Chn., Coll. 151. 18. 2t.