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endeavouring, on several preceding with sin." We leave the directors, Sabbaths, to convince the people of and, all our friends, to make their rethe wickedness of their practices. marks. We have given the simple

The circumstances of the murder facts. We believe the greater part to which allusion has just been made, of those whom the chiefs re-united were of a very aggravated description, are now living very comfortably toand are related as follows:-A little gether. daughter of one of the principal. We have lately received a supply chiefs of Borabora was struck by a of elementary books, which Brother poor blind man, bereaved of his senses, Ellis bas printed, as well as the with a small stick, on the side of her Mission press. They were sought neck. She was more affrighted than after with great eagerness, and rehurt, and apparently fainied. The ceived with delight. We hope soon poor man was instantly seized by the to receive a further supply, when we friends of the chief, and treated with hope not a single native will be withmuch cruelty. In the interim, a out a book. Out of the 800 copies of messenger was sent to her father, St. Luke's Gospel which we rewho was then out, fishing. When he ceived, we sent to the inhabitants of arrived, without asking a single ques. Taha, Borabora, and Moupihi, * as tion about his daughter, he ran imme, many as we could spare. diately to bis chest, and, taking out Our station consists of about 1000 his musket, returned to the poor man, people; but they seldoin are all here who was tied hand and foot, and very together, as they have occasionally much bruised, from the cruel usage to visit their respective lands for food. he had received, and deliberately The natives are constantly coming placing the muzzle of the musket from Taha, Barabora, and frequently within about a foot of the poor man's also from Moupihi; and thus our head, blew out his brains. He then congregations have, for several weeks re-loaded his gun, and said, if there past, consisted of from 1400 to 1800 were another man like the deceased, persons ; but the usual number does he should be served in the same man- not exceed 700 or 800, some of whom Der. The crime was the more aggra- are very attentive, and earnestly de. vated, inasmuch as the chief was sire and pray that the word of God told, by several of the natives stand. may reach their hearts. When our ing by, that the child had received no new chapel is built, we intend bapinjury.]

tizing the most consistent characters The day after the meeting at which among them, of which number, we we were invited to be present, the are happy to say, is Tapa, the king. chiefs assembled by themselves, when He attends the school very regularly, they summoned nearly twenty females and is generally one of the first there. to appear, who had lately cast away Both he and his wife read very well, their husbands, and constrained them and frequently give very appropriate to re-unite, saying, “ If you will not, answers to the questions proposed give back the word of God which upon the verses which they read. you learn ; you cannot want that; A cluster of low islets, about 30 leagues to you had better go and serve the devil the westward of Raiatea. again. Let not this land be stained

MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES. In the course of the month of April, the Annual Meetings of Auriliary or Branch Societies have been held at YORK,' Hull, DERBY, BELPER, LOUGHBOROUGH, CRESTER, LIVERPOOL, MANCHESTER, BURSLEM, WAKEFIELD, HALIFAX, WolVERHAMPTON, and various other places. Most of those now mentioned were at. tended by one or more of the GENERAL SECRETARIES, and by other Preachers, who have kindly afforded, with the greatest cheerfulness, their valuable help on these occasions. Some further particulars of several of these Meetings may probably be given in a future Number of these NOTICES. In the mean time, we feel it our duty

and pleasure to state, generally, that the accounts received of these Spring-Anniversaries, in different parts of the country, ate of the most encouraging nature The Meetings have been numerously attended; the Collections have almost universally exceeded those of former years, and that, in some cases, to a very considerable amount; a truly religious and devotional feeling has appeared to be greatly on the increase, sanctifying the public services, and affording the best grounds to hope for the stability and perpetuity of the present system of benevolent exertion in favour of the Heathen World; and, in a word, there never was more reason to say, with humble and adoring gratitude, as far as the Cause of Missions in the neighbourhoods in which these Meetings have been held is concerned, “ The best of all is, Gop is with us." We hope to be able, in our next Number, to make an equally cheeriog Report in reference to the Meetings about to be held in London, and to those which are appointed in other Districts during the month of May.

April 25."

Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the General Trea.

surers, since the Account published last Month.

Monies received at the Mission House. From Mrs. Hog'sflesh, and other Ladies at Hungerford, including a 2. s. d. £. s. d. Missionary Box from Mr. Purdue

1 17 0 W. Wilberforce, Esq. M.P.

5 5 0 Zachary Macauley, Esq.

10 10 0 T. U. V. (Donation)

65 00 Mr. Lane

10 0 0 Sundries .

7 6 0

109 IS 0 From Joseph Buliner, Esq. £. 9. d. £. *.d. From F. Marris, Esq. Trea. Treasurer of the Auxi.

surer of the Auxiliary liary Society for the

Society for the Manches. London District

ter District Stoke - Newington

Manchester Circuit 160 12
Branch-Society 41 12 10

Salford ditto . 64 5 6
Tottenhain Ditto • 13 14 1

Stockport ditto

B3 1 - -055 611 Bolton ditto.

17 1b From Mr.W. Hant, Trea.

Bury ditto • . 0 0 0 sarer of the Auxiliary

Rochdale ditto . 3 0 0 Society for the Bir

New Mills ditto - 29 8 6 iningham District - 800!

959 36 From T. Holy, Esq. Trea

From W. Carne, Esq.Treasurer of the Auxiliary

surer of the Auxiliary Society, for the Sheffield

Society for the Cornwall -
District . . - 10000. District
From T. Roberts, Esq. Bris.

Penzance Circuit 116 0 0 tol, Treasurer of the Aux.

Helstone ditto - 25 0 0 iliary Society for the Bristol District

- 150 o ol

of the Bris.

The Committee return their Thanks for various acceptable Presents to the Society ;-viz.

To Mr. Flintoft, Wardour-Street, London, for a chart of the West Indies; to Sunday School Teachery and friends at Syston, Leicestershire, for twelve pairs of stockings for South-Sea Missions ; to Mr. Siinpson, Providence-Row, Plynouth-Dock, for soine volumes of the Methodist Magazine: to Mrs. Kittle, for sundry Articles for South-Sea Missions : to sundry friends at North-Shields, per Mr. Wears, for a variety of articles for South-Sea Missions ; to the Rev. John Bryant, Plymouth-dock, for ten Sermons on the Mystery of Godliness; to dr. Clive, Birmingham, for a pair of large blacksmiths' bellows; to Masters and Miss T. Gabriel, for sundry articles for Sonth-Sea Missions; to the Rev. J. Haghes, Kington, for a copy of Horte Brittanicae, for the Mission Library ; to Mr. John Gorle, Droitwich, for sandry articles for South-Sen Missions ; to Mr. Hill, Ipswich, for writing paper, slates, lead pencils and anills : to Sophia Ellwood, Stoke-Newington, for a basket of presents for Children at NewZealand: to friends at Bristol, for a variety of articles for South-Sea Missions; to Mr. H. Smith and friends, South-Ockendon and Horndon, for a variety of articles for South-Sea Missions: to Amicus, for a present to the Mission, consisting of Benson's Cominentary, 5 volomes : Scott's Christian Life, b volumes; Dodd's Discourses, 4 volunes; Edmondson's Short Sermons ; Addison's Evidences: Bunyan's Select Works, 3 volumes; Bennet's Christian Oratory, 2 volumes; Hunter's Sacred Biography, 5 volumes; and Fuller on Genesis, 2 vols.; to Mr.J. West, Plymouth, for various articles for South-Sea Missions; to a friend, anonymous, for sundry volumes of the Methodist Magazine, Massionary Notices and Tracts; to a friend, anonymous, for 2 voluines of the Methodist Magazine ; to a friend, anonymous, for a piece of print, tin mugs, tobacco boxes, &c. ; to a female friend, Gainsborough, for 12 volumes of the Methodist Nagazine, bound, for South-African Mission; to sundry friends at Sandburst, for a number of gowns, caps, and other articles, for South-Sea Missions; to sundry Ladies and Friends at Oldham, for a variety of articles for South-Sea Missions ; to the Committee of the Juvenile Methodist Missionary Society, Leeds, for a Hand Corn-Mill, and other articles for the South African Mission; to Mrs. Turry, Clapham, for one volume of the Methodist Magazine, and presents for Children of New Zealand.

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METHODIST MAGAZINE,

FOR JUNE, 182).

BIOGRAPHY.

Memoir of the late Mr. THOMAS CHARLES RUSHFORTH.

. (Concluded from page 326.) In the month of May, 1816, after having sought divine direction, and implored the divine blessing, Mr. Rushforth entered into the marriage-state with the subsequent sharer of his more than ordinary trials and afflictions.

On the 22d of July, in the same year, he thus writes from Frome, to his friend in Swansea :-There is a dignity in genuine piety which at times appears to border on severity, and easily repels a dissipated, trifling spirit. The presence of a con: sistent religious person is sufficient, in many parties, to command respect, and even to excite an involuntary seriousness and decorum through the company. Even a small degree of eminence in relia gion must appear singular, because it differs from the mass; but how honourable is the distinction! The most pious in all ages have been peculiarly distinguished from other men. It is a remarkable fact, that propriety of conduct in religious life is sure to be stigmatized as uncommonly precise. The infinite SPIRIT who governs the universe expects from his subjects obedience to his laws: this obedience, to be acceptable, must spring from right principles, and be universal in its extent. Our obedience may be universal as to its extent, and yet be infinitely short of absolute perfection. A constant endeavour to please God, connected with a lively faith in Jesus, is what heaven requires of us.

Happy in himself, comfortable in domestic life, and useful and beloved in the discharge of his ministerial duties, he continued to labour in this Circuit, till the CONFERENCE of 1816 removed him from Frome to Dursley; which was the last Circuit in which he was able to attend to the ordinary work of an Itinerant Preacher. To his highly-esteemed friend, above-mentioned, he thus writes from Dursley, 19th Feb. 1817: The account you gave me of your religious conduct affords me a high degree VOL. XLIV. JUNE, 1621.

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