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as a part of the Negombo Circuit, me, I hasted to see him, and to asabout which I had been anxious on certain the truth of the report ; he many accounts; but particularly, as assured me, with death fully before it was one of the reasons for the ad- him, Hiat it was as follows: that he ditional help afforded to this station was taken there by ignorant and heaNot that the occupation of Chilaw was then relatives while he was in a deessential to our full employment; for lirium, in which he continued a long the Circuit already extends as far into time. When he recovered, and found the interior of the country, as Chilaw where he was, he insisted on being would extend it on the coast: but my carried back, which was complied hopes were very sanguine relative to with; and he declared to me, that bis that place, as you well know from only hope and reliance was on JESUS what 1 stated at the Conference. I Christ the Saviour of the world. He am therefore sorry to add that, for the suffered dreadfully from the disorder, present, we are quite prevented from to which he was a complete martyr; carrying our intended arrangements and lived only two days after my inrespecting Chilaw into execution, by terview with him. His last words the awful visitation of the small-pox, were, Magey Dewiyannahansey lanwhich rages there, as well as at Ne- gata dan mama yanowaya-Now I gombo, with uncommon violence. Our am going to my God. kind friend there, however, does not My young colleague, I am happy forget our engagement; nor does he to say, continues to grow, both in intend to relax his efforts in the cause, knowledge and grace; and to secure when divine Providence shall please my best regards by a deportinent to remove the existing obstacle; than every way worthy of his holy vocawhich we can hardly. conceive one tion; embracing every opportunity more powerful, from the trembling either of acquiring or of communialarm of the poor people in every cating instruction, with a zeal which direction.
will, I trust, make him instrumental I have also had, since I wrote last, of much good. Our assistant brother many anxious fears relative to our im- and his wife are also comfortably situportant little station in the Kandian ated; and, I hope, will be very useful, provinces. Our assistant visited the conducting their little household in school the other day, and found it the fear of the Lord.--I am happy to in as encouraging a state as we had add, that the chapel is now just finishany reason to expect ; and thinks with ed, and is both a credit to the workme that it ought to be continued. men who have built it, and an ornaShooks suffer through the premalence of ment to the town. It is pleasing to the small pox, fc.
observe, by the way, that Sir Edward Our schools have all suffered more
Barnes, Lieut.-Governor, Sir Haror less from the dreadful prevalence dinge Ginard;
dinge Giffard, our Chief Justice, and of the small pox; and two of them,
Mr. Justice Byrne, visited the chapel I regret to say, were obliged to be as they lately passed through Negomdiscontinued for a season on that ac. bo; and expressed their high satiscount. One of them is re-openedl;
faction at the erection of such a buildbui the other continues closed still, as ing in this place, and at its handsome no one will come near it for fear of the appearance. The latter gentleman, with contagion; and what auds to our af. whom we were invited to dine, came fliction, we have had the misfortune up to the bungaloe, and took some reto lose the head-master by that fatal freshment. After inspecting our disease. This is the man whose pub. school, which was appointed to meet lic baptism is recorded in the Negom. them there, they declared themselves bo letter, April, 1818. Of his final surprised and delighted with the prosalvation I hope very fervently. ficiency which the boys had made in though in his last illness he was car- the different departments of educaried to a dewalla, and offerings were cation. made for his recovery. As soon as Advantage of Missionary Prayer the report of his affliction, and of his Meetings at our Mission Stations. being carried to the dewella, reached Our little missionary prayer-meet. ings have continued to be a source of larged our sphere of exertion, and real enjoyment to us, and I doubt not we hope not without success. Most will be a lasting benefit. They of the serious men are now gone; but have been well attended since the several more fill up their places, who Conference, by the pious soldiers begin to inquire the way to heaven. who are occasionally here, who, with At the last renewal of the quarterly about 60 others, are marched to tickets, our numbers were (including preaching every sabbath. Their offi- the seven non-residents) 50; and 15 cers also all attend. At our last sacra- on trial,- for which the Lord be mental opportunity, our number was praised! They meet in general very increased to 23, including the Com- regularly, and encourage our exermandant and six of the pious soldiers. tions by a deportment becoming the Their short residence here has en- gospel.
VAN DIEMAN'S LAND. The following extract of a Letter from Mr. Carvosso, giving sonte account of the moral and religious state of this infant colony, will (we are persuadedy be read with interest and commiseration by all those whose hearts are overflowing with love to God and his creatures.
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Carvosso, dated May 10, 1820... We are now on our passage from the laast manure. In short, every Van Dieman's Land to Port Jackson. necessary and every comfort of life My mind being impressed with the may soon be obtained from the moral condition of the colonies on the island in the greatest abundance. island from which we have just de- Happy should I be, if I could give parted, I seize the first opportunity to so pleasing an account of the religious lay their state before you, not doubt-- state ofthe colonists. But, alas, geneing but you will send the bread of life rally speaking, theirs is a state of igto a land where there is truly a famine norance, misery, and sin. If ever of it.
there was a people carried captive Extent, &c. of the Island
and "lying in the bonds of ini. As the island is so remote, and so quity," surely we may safely affirm it little known, it may not be improper of most of the Colonists of this island. first to remark, that its mean extent If there be some individuals conis, according to the best information cerned about eternal things, they I have, about 130 miles long, and 70 cannot but take up the language of broad; Tying between 400.42 and 439, the Psalmist, “No man careth for 43 of South latitude, and between my soul.” According to the last 1459 31 and 1480 22 of East longitude. muster, there are about 5300 prisoners The climate is very moderate, and and free people on the island. These perfectly congenial to the constitution are scattered over a considerable porof the English. And as the Southern tion of it. Two of the largest towns latitudes are colder than the Northern, are Hobart-town on the Derwent the temperature is much the same as river, and Launceston on the Tarnar, that of England. The island bas about 120 miles distant from each several very excellent harbours, and other. Both these places, from their contains two or three good navigable eligible situations, are likely to berivers. Most parts of the island near the come important sea-ports. The numsea shore are hilly, and thickly covered ber of inhabitants on the Launceston with trees; but there are many inland side of the island, is about 2000 : of districts, of great extent, that have these, 500 are in the town, and the but few trees on them, and contain the rest on the settlements in the neighrichest soil imaginable. In some parts bourhood. Hobart-town contains the settlers have had abundant crops about 1500 inbabitants, and has of the finest wheat from ten to fifteen several populous settlements within years successively, without applying 20 or 30 miles of it.
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The destitute state of the Colony as to Governor Lovell, and kindly offered religious instruction, &c.
to introduce me. His Honour was
very polite and open, conversing faA chaplain has resided in this town
miliarly about missions. When I for several years. Biit he is so far
mentioned my desire to preach in the advanced in life, and labours under so
town, he very readily assented; but many bodily infirmities, as to be able
wished me before I attempted it, to to do but little for the good ot' souls.
consult the Rev. Mr. Knopwood. I On the Dalıymple side there has
did so, and found Mr. K. quite ready been no minister at all, till about three
to forward my intention. He wrote months ago; although the settlement
a note to the chief constable, directing has been formed many years. And at
him to be present on the occasion, a settlement, about 15 miles from
and to keep those who might attend Hobart-town, in the Pitwater Dis. from
from making any disturbance. I then trict, containing about 400 souls, pub
sent the-bellinan round the town, to
publish that a missionary from Engbut once! Witbin about 20 miles is
land would preach at four o'clock the Norfolk seltlement, containing in the Court - House yard. At the some hundreds of souls, but equally
time appointed, many came togedestitute of any opportunity of hear
ther. I took my stand on the steps ing the word of God. A settler from of the door, having my congregation this department told me that the gene
ne- partly within and partly without ral occupation on the settlement is With the help of Mrs. Č., I comKangaroo hunting. In many other menced the worship by singing a part small settlements they are literally of one of our horni
of one of our hymns. I preached as sheep having no shepherd. When from Ephesians ‘v. 14, and had a we consider the former character of
very orderly and attentive audience. the greater part of the colonists, and As circumstances appeared so favour. their present destitution of the means able, I ventured to publish for preacbof grace; wliat can we expect but in
ing again the following evening, when a conduct most offensive in the sight of
nearly the same number attended, Gop? May the Head of the Church and behaved well. The next mornspeedily send some one to preach de- ing, being the Sabbath. I applied for liverance to these captives, and to tiese captives, and to perinission to preach to the prisoners
perimise open the prison-doors to these inha- in the gaol. This was readily grantbitants of the far country.
ed; and being collected in an open A few of the Colonists are wishful for yard, to the amount of about 150, religious instruction, and the local after singing and prayer, I addressed authorities appear desirous to faci- then closely and affectionately from litate such instruction.
- the parable of the Prodigal Son. The
sight of so many persons in double There are among them a few who irons, was to me strange and truly would gladly be instructed in Divine affecting. They heard very quietly; things, and who are deeply affected at and, after preaching, I distributed their awfully destitute state. Nor is it among them many tracts, for likely that a pious minister, of any which they were apparently thankdenomination, would meet with any ful. After this we attended service at obstructions from the civilgovernment, the church, and had the mortification but, on the contrary, that he would re- to see but very few persons present, ceive every encouragement. Here it except those who were driven there may be proper to introduce my proceed- by civil authority. All the convicts ings in reference to iny preaching here, are regularly mustered on the Sabwhile the ship lay at Hobart-town. As bath-day, and compelled to attend the soon as Mrs. C. and I went ashore, church. At three in the afternoon, having a parcelf or W. H. Humpbry, I preached again at the Court-House Esq. the police-inagistrate, we called to a much larger congregation than on him, and enquired if he thought I before ; and, while they heard, the might preach in the street. Mr. H. word seemed to sink into their hearts. advised me first to wait upon Lieut. On the following evening I preached to them for the last time; when the some conversation with him ; but that company was much greater than ever. on his arrrival at his farm, he had the Some of them, we were informed, had mortification to find him profanely been present on the spot waiting for swearing in the midst of his servants. the commencement of the service for The relation of this and other circumupwards of an hour and a half. Many stances, all shewing the sinful state of expressed their sorrow that I was not the colonists in general, filled me with to remain with them. After we had grief and sorrow on their account. I parted with them, two decently-dress- could not but with sighing say. May ed men followed us to some distance, the Lord thrust forth labourers into his and then accosted us very respectfully. harvest! While I write, I cannot forWith much simplicity, and apparent bear shedding tears on account of deep concern, one of them said, he their wretched condition. May God had a large family growing up, and move the hearts of his ministers was very desirous that they should be and people in England to pity and instructed in the things of God. He relieve the moral destitution of these also stated, that they had been talking colonists. Oh could I now get among wlth some of their neighbours, the some of our pious Local Preachers evening before, about sending a pe- of any calling whatsoever, if they tition to the Governor, requesting him had å spirit of enterprize in things to interfere and get me, if possible, temporal and spiritual, if they had to remain on the Island, seeing they any ambition in saving souls, as well were so much in want of ministers. as getting the things that pertain to I told them any attempt of the kind this life, methinks I could easily perwould be useless, as my plan, from suade them to emigrate to this land. which I could not deviate, was laid Here, here, surely God would bless down to proceed to Port Jackson ; but them, and make them an abundant that I would certainly do my endea- blessing. One day as Mrs. C. and vour to get thein a minister from our I were walking a few miles into the connexion, and if, in a future day, I country, a man of decent appearance had a convenient opportunity, I would followed us a mile and a hialf from the gladly return to them. One evening, town. Coming up with us, he preafter preaching, a man of the name sented a letter of introduction written of Field made himself known to me. by himself. He was sent as a convict He had served seven years in the army to New South Wales, where he was in India, and had been converted to brought under religious conviction, God by means of brother Squance's and, for some time, was a member preacbing in Ceylon. For some time of our society in Sydney. Since he had been a member of our society he has been on this Island, he in that place; but being at length freed has married, and is doing pretty well from the army, he came hither, and in a temporal way. Finding that he now resides some miles in the inte- bad backslidden from God, and lost rior. He acknowledged that since he the power of religion, we had a had been on the Island, he had suf- long and close conversation with him, fered great spiritual loss, principally and were enabled to deal with him in through want of Christian fellowship. a very faithful manner. We called He said he had resided nearly two on him a day or two after this, and years on the Island, and had made be appeared thankful for, our first indiligent search, but could not find one terview. He said that he had taken individual with whom he could have the advice given, and had since comreligious communion. I mentioned to menced family worship. As a further him a respectable settler, who, from token of his sincerity, when we were his conversation, as I thought, was coming away, he presented us with piously disposed. He said that he several articles for the comfort of our once was in company with him, and voyage. There is so great and awful was inclined to think him somewhat a want of the means of grace in alacquainted with divine things; and most every part of the Island,-and that he afterwards walked fifteen miles so much lewdness, profaneness, intoxifor the express purpose of having cation, and dishonesty throughout every settlement, that many of all de Apostle of the Gentiles, I felt a strong scriptions of people would, with great desire to have the honour of laying joy, hail the approach of a missionary. the foundation of a church on this Even some of those who are most Island, whose light should be seen deeply immersed in crime, seem to from far. But I must not, at prefeel a desire for instruction. When tbe sent, take up any more of your time : state of this people was fully laid Enough has been said to shew that before me, and I heard so many be- there is here a most favourable openseeching me not to leave them, it was, ing, and a loud call for, at least, one I assure you, dear Fathers and Bre- Wesleyan missionary. And my heart's thren, with great reluctance that I left desire and prayer to God is, that you the Island, and had I been at my own may have ample means supplied for disposal, I would with joy have re- sending one speedily, one full of mained, and have bestowed my labours faith and of the Holy Guost; that among them. Blessed be God för so he may establish in Van Dieman's providential an opening, and for so Land a Christian church, such as extensive a field for preaching the the powers of hell shall never overunsearchable riches of Christ. Ani- throw.
B. Carvosso. mated by the example of the great
Nov. 25, 1820. Being informed that a vessel may Mission House in perfect health. At sail for London to-morrow, I embrace seven the same evening, I preached this opportunity of mentioning a few to a very attentive congregation. circumstances in my brief missionary When divine service was over, nearly history, which, I trust, are instances of all present came to welcome us to that divine goodness which is to give to the coast of Africa. Amidst the vathe LORD Jesus CHRIST “tbe heathen rious sententious expressions of love, for his inheritance, and the utmost which flowed from the hearts both of parts of the earth for his possession,” young and old, I cannot forget the This will make the blind, polluted, following.-An aged mother in Israel and uncivilized hearts of Africans advanced to give me her hand, ller burn with divine love as ardently as eyes overflowed with tears of affectheir hills and their vales burn with tion, and, whilst the tears rolled the vertical rays of the natural sun at down ler furrowed cheeks, she feebly Sierra Leone.
uttered, “You are welcome home.
I was surprised to hear such lapMr. and Mrs. Huddlestone's departure from Liverpool.
guage here; and scarcely could be
lieve that I was two thousand miles Saturday, Sept. 30, I and my dear from home. By the next day, wife left Liverpool in the Hannah, and the news of our arrival had reached felt much at leaving our happy coun- our members in the neighbouring viltry. Miserable indeed would have lages. Their love to the LORD JESUS been our feelings, surrounded by a Christ soon brought them in little comgloomy atmosphere, and stunned with panies to see his servants ; so that we the sound of howling winds and had full employment the day after roaring waves ; if the smiles of our our arrival, in receiving the visits of LORD had not beamed on us, and our members. The people came excommunicated to our hearts light and claiming, with gratitude to God and peace.
love to us, as soon as they saw us, Mr. and Mrs. Huddlestone's arrival " Tank God, anoder Massa aud
and reception at Sierra Leone. Missy! tank God, he keep Massa On the 8th of November we arrived dat time dey live on sea!" safe in Sierra Leone river, and about Further particulars of the work of four o'clock P.M. I had the plea.
God at this station. sure of seeing Brother Baker at the Nov. 17, we held a love-feest in