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with company through the Deserts. ever inflamed with love to souls, and I felt a little cast down this evening the wilderness was turned into a in consequence of some new and dif. heaven! ficult circumstances, but was much Thursday, 15. I arose this moru. comforted and strengthened by the ing betwixt five and six o'clock, with soothing counsel of my dear wife. a heavy and aching head. How frail
Wed. 7. We unyoked our oxen is this earthly tabernacle! O LORD, last night at a place called Phesante, prepare me for the better house above, or Pheasant's Kraal; after which, our eternal in the heavens. My dear Hottentot servants, who drive the wife suffers much from the scorching waggons, and take care of our cattle, heat of the sun, having exposed bermade a large fire, around which we self in washing some linen at the all assembled, composing a group of side of a small rivulet. We sung De: eighteen or nineteen souls, when a Watts's “ Saint's Pilgrimage," this chapter was read, and we concluded evening, after reading a portion of the day with prayer. I arose this Scripture, and then bad prayer; morning about six o'clock, and took during the service we were abunbreakfast about half past eight, hav- dantly blessed and strengthened. ing the ground for our table, a mat How manifold are thy mercjes, 0 for our cloth, and the canopy of God: they are new every morning, heaven for our covering. Attwo P.M. and fresh every evening! the thermometer was at 108" in the Friday, 16. We came to the place shade. We are now waiting for the of one JACOBUS De Toit, a Dutch rising of the breeze in order that we farmer of very extensive possessions, may be able to proceed.
of liberal sentiments, and a generous D'hursday, 8. After travelling be. heart. At half past twelve P. M. the twixt four and five hours this morn- thermometer 101° in the shade. At ing, we arrived at Paarl about half this place we found an old slare bepast eight. Mr. Evans, a Mission- longing to MR. D. T. who lived till ary belonging to the London Society, he was fifty-one years of age without resides here. Paarl is one of the knowing any more of God than the prettiest villages in South Africa. beasts that perish ; neither did ke MR. E, treated us very affectionately know a single letter of the alphabet. during our stay. When the shades MR. De Voss, (a Missionary res! of the evening drew on, we put dent at Tulberg,) having visited this our bullocks to the yoke again, and place, amongst others, three or four began to proceed. The moon shining years ago, this poor old man was brightly, we travelled along very brought under the sound of the pleasantly under her guidance. O gospel, heard it with gladness, that I may be as faithful in giving ceived it by faith, and now is sop light to a benighted world! "What ported by its consolations. Erens! shall we render unto the LORD for this advanced age he began to learn all his benefits towards us?" Our to read, and is now able to peruse friends are kind, our health is good, the New Testament with considerable our cattle are good, -but the best of ease: he carries it about with him all is “God is with us,” from whom daily, hung over his shoulder in a all good comes !
small bag suspended by a leathert Monday, 12. We arrived early this belt, of which he appears more care morning at Tulberg, the residence of ful than if it was filled with gold, Mr. Kicherer. Our Sabbath yester. He is now become the spiritual day was spent in the great temple, teacher of all the slaves upon the whose roof is the heavens. The rocks place, which amount to sixty er on every hand reverberated with the seventy souls. praises of IMMANUEL. Blessed be Saturday, 17. My dear wife fell Gop, I feel my duty to be my delight this morning from the front of ou And while I heard even the poor waggon, and sustained a very seven Ilottentots singing to the glory of shock, but has not received mac 'our God, my heart was more than injury. How gracious is that I'T
vidence which hourly watches over forth in acclamations of praise, deus !
claring the goodness of God towards Sunday, 18. After a week of many her. “I formerly a slave be, but mercies, and many deliverances from now I free. But this not all: I once dangers scen and unseen, we feel slave to sin was; bad, bad, very bad. again called to prepare for the sacred But blessed Jesus me made free induties of the Sabbath, which is a day deed by his blood. I not yet good, of rest indeed to the poor African but I very happy, 0 very happy. traveller. I visited a neighbouring Me once loved bad very much: but Boor pretty early this morning. I not love it now; I love good very Seeing many Hoitentots employed much, and want much better to be.” around his house, we asked permis. We then collected all the people tosion to preach there. He offered his gether, sang a hymn, and prayed, house, and promised to collect all bis after which I spoke to them from the servants and slaves, which with his former part of the tenth chapter of family, and our own people, amount. St. John's gospel. A Farmer, having ed to between sixty and seventy unyoked his oxen near us, attended souls, to whom I preached from the service, and appeared much surJohn ji. 16.
prised at seeing white people assemTuesday, 20. We last night were bled with slaves. The poor female obliged to ascend a very steep and just mentioned rejoiced in this privirugged precipice, and not less dan- lege, saying, “ I not hear such good gerous than difficult. I alighted things now long time, as no minister from my waggon, taking my little here came, and this make me weak.” boy in my arms, and with my wife What would such poor creatures give ascended on foot. We were nearly for the enjoyment of a regular three hours in gaining the sum- ministry! There is neither Church, mit, every moment expecting to see Minister, or Missionary, within seour waggons overturned and pre- veral days' journey. But how encipitated several hundred feet. How- couraging, as we pass along, to find ever, by the good Providence of even the “ handful of corn” springGod, we arrived safely at the top ing on the tops of the African mounwithout any accident to man, beast, tains. Haste, happy day, when the or burthen, about ten o'clock : after “ fruit thereof shall shake like Lebawhich we had to travel four hours non, and they of the city shall before we could obtain water either flourish like the grass of the earth!” for ourselves or cattle. We are now Sat. 24. Last evening a large tiger surrounded with a barren waste in- came pretty near our waggon, but deed, uninhabited by either man or went away without doing any harm. beast.
This morning we found that two of Wednesday, 21. We rested last our poor sheep were lacking, and a night upon a barren heath, on third had only just escaped with its which are two or three clay houses, life, its tail being torn entirely off by in construction about a degree above the jackals. Whilst at breakfast a huts. I visited one of them pretty large serpent made its approach, early this inorning, and found the which we destroyed. A large taranfamily to consist of an aged widow tula likewise was just about fixing and a few slaves. She permitted us itself to my leg, but was discovered to bring in our provisions, and take and killed before it bad pointed its breakfast under her roof. · While sting. Thus God is ever mindful sitting, I espied a Dutch Bible and of us." Hymn-Book lying in one corner, Sunday, 25. 1 arose this morning of this wretched-looking hovel, the about an hour before the sun, and latter being open as if recently pe- we were obliged to travel, though rerused. This led me to inquire of luctantly, and contrary to our custhe sable group, whether any of them tom, (it being the Sabbath,) five hours, had heard of Christ, or knew him in order to obtain water for the cattle. as their SAVIOUR. One of them broke The season being unusually dry, the
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drought is extreme. Our poor oxen CHRIST, and another world, as the are often almost dying with 'thirst, beasts they tended. They lie down We have crossed several very exten- with the herds, and are half buried sive river-beds: but, alas! they in filth. Is there nothing in these afford nothing but burning sands. We miserable caskets? No gem which came to a small pool about half past may glitter in the regions of blessedten o'clock, for wbich we had to ness? Nothing for which CHRIST search; even as for hidden treasure. died? Yea, verily, I believe there We loosed the poor beasts from their is.. O that I may be able to persuade burden, and sent them to quench them of the truth of these things! their thirst while we ourselves drew I collected a congregation, consisting near to a Throne of Grace, in order of Dutch, Hottentots, and Bushmen, to drink of that river, the “streams to whom I preached the Word of whereof make glad the city of God." Life: they listened with great earn
Wednesday, 28. We travelled lastestness. May it be as bread cast night till it was dark, when we halted upon the waters, to be seen many days in the midst of the desert. I lighted hence! My soul was much led out a fire behind a large bush, spread in prayer for the salvation of the our mat upon the ground, and boiled Heathen. I want more zeal for a little coffee, which, with a little God-more love for poor souls. Indian corn, constituted our simple Tuesday, 6. Wearrived at Chamgay, repast. Of this we were enabled to or Lion's River, about six o'clock partake with thankfulness, and felt last evening, and traced a pretty large peculiarly at home even in the wilder- lion for nearly half a mile. We retired ness. When we had taken a little re- to rest in our waggons, after having freshment, we endeavoured to chase solicited the protection of Him, who away the Desert's gloom, by singing "holds the stars in his right-hand." a bymn, in which we all joined A large wolf came close to our wagheartily. After thanksgiving and gon repeatedly during the night, praise, we concluded the day by. howling most tremendously : but he committing the keeping of ourselves was not permitted to do any harm, into the hands of a “ faithful Crea- though he came once within about tor, the Shepherd and Bishop of our five yards of two of my oxen, which souls.” And who can harm us, while were made fast to the waggon. he protects us? While at prayer My dear wife has suffered a little with the people this morning, a indisposition, the last few days, in farmer halted to listen to our de consequence of cold, having been votional exercises. When they exposed, unavoidably, to the night were over he asked the usual ques. air. But, by the goodness of God, tions, viz. “Who are you? Whence and the indefatigable attention of our come you? Whither go ye?” Re. kind friend Mrs. MELVILL, she is ceiving information that I was a now restored. Missionary, and that I was on my Friday, 9. I felt my mind much way to the tribes of Botschuanas, strengthened and comforted while Matchapas, and Corannas, resident travelling along to-day, by pernsbeyond the Great or Orange River, ing the Memoirs of Mr. H. MARTYN. he shook his head, and said, “It is My very soul longs, yea, burns with far: the people are savage: It is ardent desire for a larger measure of not worth your life's hazard to go that blessed man's spirit ;-for a amongst such beings.” But he con- greater portion of that zeal for the sidered not that such beings were im. LORD of hosts, with which he was mortal men.
constantly inflamed! His indefatigMarch 4. Hail, blessed day of able exertions make me blush, and the LORD! I left the waggon early fill my languid soul with shame before this morning in search of souls. I God. O that I may learn from, and had not gone far, before I found a be stimulated by, such examples of few poor wretched beings who ap- faith, patience, perseverance, and peared as ignorant of GOD, JESUS holy love!
Friday, 16. When we arose this doing every thing in her power to morning, the centipedes were crawl. promote our personal comfort while ing around in immense numbers, so with them. that we could scarcely set down a After sermon this morning, MR. F. foot without treading upon them. One published to the congregation in his of my bullocks laid down and died; Church, that I should preach to and others are materially affected them in his hall at three o'clock in by the recent and sudden changes of the afternoon; which spacious apartthe weather. The transitions from ment, previous to the hour appointed, heat to cold, and from cold to heat, was well and respectably filled, have been very numerous and rapid. while he himself condescended to sit
Saturday, 17. We are now got be at my right hand. · The audience yond the precincts of the Colony was remarkably attentive while I We yoked our bullocks early to- feebly endeavoured to exhibit to their day, intending to finish our stage view the glorious object of our most in time to prepare for the approaching holy faith, from Hebrews iv. 2, in Sabbath. At ten P.M, we arrived which duty my own soul was abunat the channel of a narrow, but very dantly blessed. deep river, which we must of neces- By the pious and zealous efforts of sity cross. No sooner had we de- this young Evangelist, God appears scended, than my waggon sunk to a to be carrying on a blessed and considerable depth in the sand, and we powerful work in the minds of many. were set completely fast. We yoked In addition to his parochial duties, he eighteen oxen, which only served to superintends, on the Sabbath, the indrag us out of one deep place into struction of nearly 150 slaves, some another, but left us in our gloomy of whom speak in a very satisfactory situation still.
and experimental manner of the things Sunday, 18. It is the day of the of God. He frankly proposes to LORD! But we are far, very far from render with pleasure every assistance, the land of ordinances. No sound either to me, or our Society, which of the Gospel trumpet here! How lies in his power. would it refresh our drooping powers Monday, 2. I experienced much this morning, in the deep vale, to kindness from the Magistrate, or hear the voice of a Christian congre- Landrost, MR. STOCKENSTRUM, of this gation! But we sing alone; we pray place. We have now been nearly alone : yet we are not without God. two months upon our journey,- living
April 1. We arrived last night at a wilderness life,-secluded from the Graaf-Reynet, a village containing world and society; and we expect to nearly two thousand inhabitants. be four or five weeks more. And if We were kindly received, and hos- the Great or Orange River be full pitably entertained, by the Rev. A. of water, (as we have heard reportFAURE, a Dutch Minister at this ed,) we know not the term of our place, in whose generous soul bigotry seclusion! However, our health is seems to possess no place. His pious good; and we feel that “God is with lady treated us with equal affection, us.”
WEST INDIES. ST. VINCENT's.-Extract of a Letter from Messrs. Mortier, RAYNER, and
THACKRAH, dated St. Vincent's, June 21, 1821. The Mission in this Island is taking we have peace, and some degree of deep root. The number in our So- prosperity. Since our last, several ciety is considerable: the negroes members have departed this life, conattend the means of grace, in general, cerning whom we have had favouras regularly as we can expect, con- able accounts, especially one who sidering the disadvantages they labour had been a member a long time, and under; and in our different Societies had proved himself an “ Israclite indeed in whom there is no guile,” our Society; and that he had been re. Having a most decided and unshaken quested by the head-man upon the dependance upon the REDEEMER of estate, in the name of a majority of mankind, his end was peace, and his the gang, to call upon the Missionary memory is most precious to those who to entreat him to go and preach a ser. were best acquainted with him. At mon to them, instead of their having Mount Young we bave erected a new a dance or other amusements comChapel, much larger and more com- mon on such occasions. With this we modious than the old one, and which cheerfully complied, and the negroes is well attended. In short, our congre- were delighted with the visit of the gations are, generally speaking, good, Brother appointed to this service. throughout the Island : and we " Massa," they said, "we are too trust, that the seed of the word will, glad to see you,” ere long, spring up and bear, not At our annual District Meetings only thirty, or sixty, but a hundred: we rejoice to see each other's face fold, Last Wednesday a Gentleman, in the flesh, but we part under the who owns an estate, called at our influence of an idea that, very pro. house, and stated that he was about bably before the following meeting, to give his pegroes a dinner on the some of us will be numbered with occasion of their finishing crop: the dead; and seldom does a year (finishing crop in the West Indies elapse, but our hearts are pierced by is similar to harvest-home in Eng. the melancholy tidings that this or land : the negroes have generally that brother is taken away. Blessed some treat when they have finished be God, St. Vincent's has not, how. making sugar for the year ;)--that ever, lost a Missionary by death for most of his people were members of many years.
ANTIGUA.-In English Harbour, one of the Mission-Stations in this Island, a Branch-Missionary Association was formed on the 23d of April, with good promise of sụccess. John GILBERT, Esq. was in the Chair, and suitable resolutions were passed. In a few days 65l. currency were collected, and it was most pleasing to see on this occasion the deep interest taken by the negroes in the spread of the Gospel among their own race, and throughout the world. Two Juvenile Missionary Associations also exist in this Island, and many pleasing instances of youthful liberality in the cause of Christ are mentioned,
The following Extract of a Letter from Mr. Wuitenous E; dated Antigua, June 22, 1821, contains a testimony to the character of the late MR. MADDOCK, whose death we recently announced.
In a letter addressed to you on the West Indies. Deep seriousness and Ist inst., I informed you in the close, exalted piety appeared at that time that I had that moment heard of the the leading features in his character. death of our dear Brother MaddocK. His first station was this Island, As I was then on the point of going and here he made full proof of his into the country, time forbade my ministry. He gained no small share adding any particulars: but a favour of the affections of the people, which able opportunity now offering, I em-, was very conspicuous when his death brace it to say to you what I know was announced: all seemed to feel as of him in life and in death.
though they bad lost a father or a I first met with him in the month brother, and many appeared in of February, 1818, at the District- mourning the next day (Sunday) at Meeting, soon after his arrival in the Chapel.