« AnteriorContinuar »
Congo-town chapel. The people fested ; that they are hungry and were much and graciously affected. thirsty” for the bread and water of Many came to the love-feast without life. And in every public assembly. tickets; but not belonging to us, we there are some who are mourning were obliged to deny them adınittance. over and lamenting their spiritual But though they were denied admit. poverty. Examples to illustrate this tance, they continued round the chapel disposition in the people might be all the time. On Thursday evening I multiplied with ease, if I were not preached to a very serious congre- confined to finish the letter in a few gation in Soldier's-town; after which minutes. In reference to the discipline two soldiers of colour were brought of the Church, all things are done to me by one of the brethren, who in- with decency and in order; and I may, formed me that they wanted to find add, with impartiality and strictness. peace with God, and to be admitted This maintenance of discipline prunes into society. After some conversation the evil from the Church, and prewith them, I was convinced of their serves the good. I cannot close these having a sincere desire to flee from observations without expressing the the wrath to come. This day two wish of my heart in the following other persons from the same town lines :came to inform Brother Baker that Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, they had received much good since Thursday last. Indeed, in every place See a long race thy spacious courts adorn,
Exalt thy towering bead, and lift thy eyes! where our people meet for public See future sons, ain daughters yet unbora, worship, I have noticed what is a crowding ranks on every side rrise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies ! worthy of the attention of all who Sce barbarous nations
at thy gates attend, love to see the grace of God mani- Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend.
Sept. 11, 1820. Our congregation at Bridgetown is to the work of the ministry which we on the increase, in point of number: have received of the LORD Jesus, it and as it regards their outward beha- will please that God, who sends by viour, we rejoice to witness a very whom he will send, to make us the considerable and pleasing change : honoured instruments of turning many from being triAing, careless, and irre. from darkness to light, and from the verent, the generality are become power of Satan to God. However, serious, attentive, and devout: 0 that to labour without weariness or faintwe could add penitent and believing. ing is ours ; success belongs to God, We are persuaded nothing short of an alone. Since our last, a few have entire change of heart will prepare joined our little society, and set out in fallen man for eternal felicity; we good earnest for the kingdom of heaven. therefore labour to describe the nature, À fortnight ago, one of these, whilst in and enforce the necessity, "of a private prayer, obtained a clear sense death unto sin, and a new-birth unto of God's forgiving love, and is now. righteousness.” Nor would we ever walking in the light of his counteforget to exbort our hearers to pray nance. We think there is an increasa, for God's Holy Spirit, who alone ing desire for the prosperity of our can effect this great change, and Zion evident among the members. work in them both to will and to do. Surely their intercessions are accordBlessed be God! our feeble efforts ing to the will of God, and he will are not altogether without effect : al- hear them. though there is no general shaking In our private visits to the people, among the dry bones, yet here and we endeavour to promote their relithere, one and another hear the voice gious improvement, We are conof the Son of God, and live; and vinced that visiting from house to we fain would hope, that if we give house is ap important duty; a part of qurselves continually to prayer, and the great business of our lives. Jesus,
who, when on earth went about doing succeed our efforts among these poor, good, and the Apostles, who so emi- ignorant, and wretched outcasts of nently trod in the footsteps of their men. The instruction of the rising divine Master, have set us the ex- generation, we are sensible, is no unample; and the most holy ministers important part of our ministerial duty : of modern times have been remark- fruin among the young are to be trainably diligent in this labour of love; ed up those who shall constitute the perhaps none so than the future members of the Church of pious Baxter, whose conduct we Christ; and, before sinful propensities would humbly attempt to imitate. are matured into inveterate habits, we As our society is small, we generally may certainly inore reasonably expect visit our members once a week, and success in our endeavours to lead it is our endeavour to speak a few them in the ways of righteousness. words to each individualio the family. Before the heart becomes callous Sometimes it happens that none of and unfeeling, we may the more them can read : in that case, as there confidently hope it will yield to the are no words like the words of God, impressions of the sacred word; hence wegenerally read and explain to them, it is with pleasure we inform you, that in a familiar manner, some plain por- our Sunday-School is gradually intions of the Sacred Scriptures. In creasing. Our teachers are regular these delightful exercises we often and diligent, and the scholars attenprove the truth of that word, “The live and well-behaved—they now liberal soul shall be made fat: and he amount to fifty-two. In the garrison that watereth sball be watered also also, we have a prospect of usefulhimselt.” In order that we may, in ness, and from among the soldiers some, small degree, supply the want of our earthly' sovereign, we hope to of general access to the slaves, we enlist many into the army of our hea embrace every favourable and proper venly King. A respectable serjeant of opportunity of pointing individuals the Royal Miners, a short time since, whom we meet to the LAMB of willingly offered his house to preach God. On the three estates where in, provided permission could be obwe preach, our prospects are some- tained from the commanding officers; what encouraging; some of the seed we waited upon the commandant, who sown, we think, will prosper. On kindly received us, and after some one estate we have formed a class of conversation, freely gave us leate, adult catechumens, thirteen in num- adding, that " he had known several ber, who we think are promising; of our missionaries in the different and when they are sufficiently ac- stations he had had the honour to quainted with the first principles of command, and he never knew a bad our holy religion, repentance toward man among them." God, and faith in our LORD JESUS Thus have we endeavoured to give Christ, we intend solemnly and pub- you a plain statement of our prosa lickly to baptize them, and receive pects, xc. and shall only add, with them into the pale of the Christian gratitude to the God of Missions, Church : such an event will be novel that, upon the whole, 'we feel 'our. in Barbadoes, and calculated to draw selves somewhat encouraged to go the attention of the public to the spe. forward in our Missionary career, cial object of our mission. On these humbly looking unto Jesus for wisestates we also constantly catechize dom to direct, and strength to persethe children, whose number on the vere in the heavenly path, conscious whole is from 90 to 100. () that God that, in due time, we shall reap, if may realize our expectations, and we faint not.
Extrart of a Letter from Mr. Mortier, dated St. Vincent's, Dec. 5, 1820.
In the leeward part of the circuit, a few days ago very happy, one of especially at Chateaubelair, the so. whom a young woman) I'visited; cieties are in a good state. Two of but being exceedingly weak, she could our members, who were slaves, died not speak much. She died, as I am informed, the next day after I was to which gave me great satisfaction. with her on the estate, in great peace. Among other things he said, “Master, The other died triumphantly. When for me to speak about trials would be his fellow-slaves, or the doctor, or to no purpose, only, that I always any one, went to him, he ceased not find grace sufficient for me; I look lo praise God, and exhort them to for them as my daily bread, because seek the LORD. 0! I think sometimes, my Master has said, “In this world how will the friends and supporters ye shall have tribulation.'” Since I of Missions exult in the great day, to have been here, I have formed the see these sable converts to Christ at leaders into two classes : the women the right-hand of him who shall say I meet on Monday afternoon, and the unto them, “ Come, ye blessed,” &c. men on Friday evening; hereby I I was conversing with one a few days have a better opportunity of ascerago about the things of God, and taining their state, and of giving them asked several qnestions, the answers suitable advice.
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Moses Rayner, dated St. Vincent's,
Dec. 7, 1820. I have been prevented from writing, we have endeavoured to enforce, will, by the sickness and death of our first by the blessing of God, be productive and only child, which took place in of much good to the societies in St. July last; and by my many engage. Vincent. "We lament to see so much ments this year in building a dwelling- unconcern in the people about spirihouse at this place, and enlarging our tual and eternal matters ; and it is not chapel, both of which are just finish- an easy task to prevent them from ed. The chapel is a good framed trusting for salvation in being bapbuilding, very suitable to the congre- tized, and having a Christian burial. gazion, and it is well attended ; and Butmany are of a different description; the dwelling-house is comfortable, they live by faith in the Son of God, and stands in a situation not to be and die happy in his salvation. May excelled by any mission station that I God in his mercy increase the nunknow of, for pleasantness and health. ber of such! The gentlemen in this It is situated about half way between part of the Island are favourKingston and our society most to able to our mission. They are very windward, so that I am not more than kind to the Missionaries in general, about twelve miles from them; but and I do not know that they throw before a missionary resided here, we any obstacles in the way of our people were not less distant than twenty-four attending the chapels, but such as miles. This measure will be of great are occasioned by their regular duties use to this mission. There are now upon the plantations: and I am perthree societies more immediately un- suaded that many of the gentlemen der my care, which consist of about planters would rather urge their thirteen hundred members, and we ple to attend chapel than prevent lavesix hundred negro children under them. So far our prospects are encatechetical instruction. Our chapels couraging in this part of the Island, are crowded; and although we have I have been happy in being assisted been under the necessity of expelling this year by our good brother Morsome members for immoral conduct, tier, and we have laboured with that or neglect, and many have died, yet affection that might be expected from I have good reason to conclude that our being the only two in your serour number increases, and there can be vice, out of six who came out six no doubt but that the regulations we years ago. have made, and the rigid discipline Extract of a Letter from Mr. CHAPMAN, dated Parham, Antigua,
Dec, 18, 1820. Our congregations in Antigua are bers are gradually growing in grace ; large and aitentive; I think our mem. seriousness and stability distinguish
them in general. My work in Par. class. The two sebools in St. Jobn’s ham is great, in preaching, baptiz- are also in a prosperous state. I being, and visiting the sick. I have lieve we have between five and six to ride several miles nearly every hundred scholars, and in the whole of night, and to preach in some crowded the Sunday Schools on the Island, place or other, and then return home. upwards of a thousand. However, I have five country places, where I we expect to have our report ready in regularly preach, besides Parham. February, and shall forward it by the In Parham and its neighbourhood we first opportunity: have upwards of one thousand mem- I am sorry to inform you that our bers, and, thauk God, they are weekly dear brother Whitworth bas, of late, increasing. I have lately taken on been called to pass through scenes of trial as many as 12 or 14 in one day. Sorrow; on the 29th of November, We have lately completed our Sun- sfter a lingering sickness, his dear day School in this place, and it is an wife departed this life, happy in the excellent building, 60 feet by 25. It faith, and rejoicing in prospect of the has cost us about five hundred pounds, glory of God. A little before she the greater part of which we have died, I asked her the state of her collected from the respectable inha- mind, to which she replied, “ All is bitants of the Island. We have now well; I have peace with God. I am four hundred scholars in our new going to be for ever with CARIST.” school at Parham, white, black, and The Sunday following, I preached a coloured ; indeed, the school is crowd- sermon on the occasion. The congreed nearly every Sunday: and we have gation was large, serious, and attenan excellent superintendent, whose tive, and we have reason to believe heart is in the work, and who glories that impressions were then made that in the cause. We have a number of will not be easily effaced. Now God good teachers both white and colour- has, by death, taken away after the ed, who are very attentive, and every mother, the dear little child. To-day prospect of much good is presenteil we have committed its remains to the by this institution. Already there are dust. Mr. W. bears his affliction several of the teachers who are very with patience and fortitude, and desirous of joining the society, and resigns himself to the will of God. for whom we intend shortly to form a
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Smedley, dated Searborough, Tobago,
Jan. 6, 1821. I avail myself of the earliest op- painful event, is truly deplorable, but portunity of informing you that I mine is irreparable. " O LORD! now have been recently called to pass my soul is overwhelmed ! lead me to through the deep waters of affliction; the Rock that is higher than I.” such affliction as I once thought Brother Larcom was an exceedingmyself unable to endure. In the short ly promising missionary, and the more space of four days, I have been he was known in the colony, the more deprived both of my invaluable he was esteemed and beloved. Both wife, and of my truly excellent col- in public and private, I have ever league. Mr. Larcom left me, for a found him an example of faithfulness better world, on the 22d of Novem- and diligence, truly worthy of my imiher, after an illness of only four days; tation. From the commencement of and Mrs. Smedley on the 26th, after his short illness, he appeared strongly an illness of about eight days. Oh impressed with an idea that his siekthe mystery of Providence! How ness would “be unto death," and unsearchable are the ways of God! said, with a great degree of firmness, A stroke so unexpected and severe he was convinced he should never has almost paralyzed me; I scarcely leave his room again alive. For seseem to be the same person I was two veral hours previous to his departure, months ago. The loss the mission he became delirious, and evidently bas sustained, in this unspeakably suffered very much from his disorder
He conversed a great deal, and very reason to believe another rising sun loudly, during his delirium. And would shed his cheerless rays on the though what he said was wild and grave of my then departing wife. Mrs. incoherent, it nevertheless shewed Smedley, however, contrary to my very clearly the pious state of his expectation, lived till the following soul. On the 23d of November, the Sunday. It is to me a source of unday after his death, I committed his speakable consolation, in the midst of remains to the silent tomb, surrounded my distress, to know that my union by a weeping multitude. It was, with so holy a woman, though so soon however, with great difficulty I got dissolved, conduced much to the through the painful ceremony. My prosperity of the work of God in this grief overwhelmed me, as I had every Island.
The foregoing letters from the West Indies are highly gratifying, as they show the increasing prosperity of the good work in the stations from which they are dated. This also is the case throughout the West Indies in general, and it calls for our grateful acknowledgements to the “ Lord of the harvest.” But this feeling must be mingled with very deep regret at the losses which the Mission has lately sustained in the death of several valuable Missionaries, of wives of Missionaries, from the peculiar unbealthiness of some of the islands, and other causes. More earnestly than ever ought the friends of Missions to pray, that Almighty God in his goodness would preserve those who have gone, or are going out, to fill up the ranks broken by the fall of our dear and excellent brethren whose deaths
we have had lately to record ; and to "spare useful lives” which have been by them, without any hesitation, put to hazard, in unhealthy climes, for the sake of the Lord Jesus, and the testimony of his gospel.”
Brief View of the Proceedings of other Missionary Societies; ex
tracted from their latest publications.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Extract of a Letter from Dr. Carey to Dr. RYLAND, dated Calcutta,
April 25, 1820. I think the cause of our Redeemer Beerbhoom a good number has been is evidently on the increase; we are baptized the last year ; at Moorsheseldom a month in Calcutta without dabad, or its neighbourhood, brother additions, and the next month I ex- Sutton has baptized several, and has peet to baptize three persons, one of much encouragement.
A greater whom was a devotee at Kalee-ghaut, number has been baptized at Dinagewhere he actually kept a vow of si- pore and its vicinity than in any other lenee for four years. "A pamphlet, I place. Brother Smith has baptized think sent out by Mr. Townley, af- several at Benares; and a letter from fected his heart and opened his mouth. him received to-day informs me that When he first came to me he had the three others are soon to be added to most singular appearance imaginable, the church there. At Dacca there being covered with charms and amu. have been additions; and at Chittalets, he wore a necklace made of gong the Mug Christians have now snakes bones ; and so far were the kept together, have maintained the Hindoos of Calcutta from thinking of worship
of God, and edified one anohis conversion, that when he first ther, for three years, without a pastor walked along the street with John to reside among them. Brother PeaPeter
, several of the chief natives cock lately went to them, and his came out of their houses and pros- account of them is highly encouragtrated themselves at his feet. One of ing ; so much was he encouraged, that the others is a Telinga
Brahman, and he seems now determined to visit the other a Dane, the first of that them frequently, and do his utmost to bation we have yet baptized. In a help forward their spiritual concerns. reek or ten days more I expect to Brother Chamberlain has heen very baptize three soldiers in the Fort. At ill, but is considerably better. The