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Tortola. We are happy to find, that the Schools which had been brokeb up in consequence of the ravages of the Hurricane, have been resumed. MR. GILGRASS writes in his Journal
APRIL 15, 1821. We opened our school, exhibiting in their faces all School at six A. M. The principal colours from jet black up to white. time for teaching the Children of all The Adult Female Class consists colours is Sunday, from four to six of girls and old women, from the P.M. At this time the number of age of eighteen to one hundred years Adults and Children is near 500. On old. She who is said to be one hunTuesday, Thursday, and Saturday dred years of age showed much mornings, from six to eight o'clock, greater concern to learn the Child's we also teach many of the Scholars Catechism than the younger ones. the Catechism.
Two recaptured negroes wept while Saturday, 19. I felt great plea- they repeated the Catechism. sure at seeing so many children at
Tue Work of God in the Virgin-ISLANDS is generally in a hopeful and prosperous state. It will, however, sustain some loss until the place of the late MR. CHAPMAN can be supplied.
BRITISH AMERICA. New BRUNSWICK.-Extract of a Letter from MR. TEMPLE, Fredericton,
. dated July 17, 1821. On Sunday the 10th of June, I BURT has been labouring to obtain a returned to this Circuit from Horton, new chapel at Horton, and has suc. Nova Scotia, where our District- ceeded beyond our expectations. Meeting was held, a distance of up. The wants of the people in these wards of 200 miles from this place, provinces increase. Numbers of our after an absence of nearly four weeks. fellow-subjects are emigrating to this Our meeting was accompanied with country. Many of them were once the divine blessing, and sincere bro- favoured with the gospel ministry at therly affection prevailed among us. home; but here they sit down in the The various services were well at- wilderness, far removed from a tended, and, we trust, the labours of preached gospel-far removed from the Brethren on that occasion will not the people of God, remembering the be found altogether in vain. The advantages they once enjoyed, only ordination of Brother MILLER, an to lament their loss, whilst their chilexcellent, pious, and able young man, dren are growing up in almost heawas especially interesting. Brother then darkness.
Extracts from the recent Publications of different Missionary Societies.
LONDON MISSIONARY Society.—The Quarterly Chronicle of the Transactions of this Society announces the completion of that important Work, the Translation of the Sacred Scriptures into the Chinese Language, by the labours of Dr. Morrison and MR. MILNE. May it be the means of couvering the light of truth into that vast empire!
DR. Morrison writes from Canton, under the date of Nov. 25, 1819:
By the mercy of God, an entire mother tongue. Our version is the version of the books of the Old and work of two persons, or at most at New Testaments, into the Chinese three, (including the author of the language, was this day brought to a MS.) performed in a remote coupy, conclusion.
and into a foreigo and newly acKING JAMES's translators were quired language, one of the most fifty-four in number, in their native difficult in the world, and the least country, under the patronage of their cultivated in Europe. Prince, and rendered into their The candid judge of mcu's work
will not forget these circumstances, induce me to despair. I remember when he decides on the character of Britain, what she was, and what she the present translation.
now is, in respect of religion. It is To have Moses, David, and the not 300 years since national authority Prophets, Jesus CHRIST and his said, that “the Bible should not be Apostles, using their own words, and read openly in any church, (by the thereby declaring to the inhabitants people,) nor privately by the poor ;" of this land the wonderful works of that only “noblemen and gentlemen, God, indicates, I hope, the speedy and noble ladies and gentlewomen, introduction of a happier era in these might have the Bible in their own parts of the world, and I trust that houses.” I remember this, and ihe gloomy darkness of Pagan scep- cherish hope for China. ticism will be dispelled by the day. Tyndale, while he was tying to spring from on, high, and that the the stake, said, with a fervent and gilded idols of Budh, and the num- Joud voice, in reference to the VIIIth berless images which fill this land, Henry, “LORD, open the King of will one day assuredly fall to the England's eyes ;” and his prayer ground, before the force of God's seems to have been heard and anWord, as the idol Dagon fell before swered. Let us be as fervent in a the Ark
similar petition in reference to the These are my anticipations, al- Sovereign of this empire. though there appears not the least In the Apostle's words I conclude opening at present. A bitter aversion this long letter : “ Finally, brethren, to the name of our blessed Saviour, pray for us, that the Word of the and to any book which contains bis Lord may have free course and be name or his doctrine, is felt and glorified, even as it is with you." cherished. However, that does not
HEATIEN SUPERSTITIONS.—The following is a Chinese description of a festival in Pulo Penang, or Prince Edward's Island, from the Journal of MR. INCE:
AFTER school we went to witness scene was illuminated by a profusion the great idolatrous feast of Shaou of lanterns and candles. Behind the and Tseaou. When we arrived at the great idol was a large quantity of temple it was surrounded by a vast pieces of paper ; the most valuable concourse of people, whose appear- of which were covered with gold leaf. ance was very like that of a fair in These papers the idolaters burn, and England. Opposite the temple was most firmly believe they become a stage erected for play-actors. On money in the world of spirits! one side of the temple there was a This feast is considered as one of large paper idol called Ta sze yay, I pure benevolence, being celebrated suppose fourteen feet in height, a in behalf of those poor bereaved most distorted figure, painted various spirits, who have no relations to colours, with uncommonly large mourn for them ; to supply them glass eyes. Immediately before this with clothes, money, &c.; to rescue idol was a long table, set out with all them from Tartarus, and exalt them kinds of provisions, interspersed with to higher and brighter regions. small paper idols. At the end of the I told some who stood around me, table, 'furthest from the idol, were a that there was one true God, who was number of carpets spread on the not pleased, but angry at such thing's ground, on which sat half a dozen as these. I asked what their god was priests, worshipping the god, chant- made of? They replied, “paper." ing an unintelligible jargon, and I expressed surprise at the folly of bowing themselves to the ground. worshipping a piece of painted paper, There were many other smaller paper adding, that the god they were wordols, represented as riding on ani- shipping had eyes indeed, but could nals, also made of paper. The whole it see? ears, but could it hear ? hands, but could it handle ? feet, finite in every perfection. Truly but could it walk? They replied, “darkness bath covered the earth, “ Certainly not.” I then inquirer, and gross darkness the people." what they would do with their god Satan hath indeed possession of the when the feast was over ? They minds of men. 0, God, make bare answered, “ Burn him.” I rejoined, thy holy arm, and may the REDEEMER he was surely a god of no strength, ride forth gloriously, conquering and or he would not suffer that; but the to conquer. true God was almighty and in
From the following extract it appears that the Budhists of China, like those of Ceylon, ascribe diseases to the agency of devils:
Mfy Chinese teacher informed me brating in order to appease the devils, to-day that the Chinese ascribe the were themselves sinful, and therefore Cholera Morbus to the resentment of among the causes of the diseases devils, who are ill supplied with food, which afflict mankind, which are all clothing, &c. I told him, and many the punishment of sin, inflicted by a in the temple, in the presence of their just and holy God. Ibid. idols, that the feasts they were cele
Like the Ceylonese also, it appears that the Chinese abandon their sick to the jungle, and afford another proof that cruelty is the effect of lagaum every where, and under all its forms. Mr. Ince obserres,
After catechising the Chinese boys persons with whom he lived tur in the schools this morning, I asked hiin out of their house lest they should respecting a poor man who had died catch the disease ; that being thus the day before in a jungle behind the unprotected, he had retired to dits temple, and requested the teacher to spot, where, during the day, he cuta point out to me the place where the little fire-wood for his subsistence, poor man expired. It was amidst and slept as he could at night; the the ruins of a house which formerly yesterday he was seized with the stood in the jungle, in the midst of Cholera and died, no one knowing in trees which have grown to a consi. was dead until his corpse was seen in derable thickness. I inquired if the the jungle! O the miserable loi man had no home, that he should die soine of our fellow-creatures, and in such a miserable place? He an- how destitute are others of the c04swered, with the greatest unconcern, mon feelings of humanity! that the man was sick, and that the
MISSIONARY MEETINGS, Extract of a Letter from the Rev. R. WADDY, Wednesbury. On Tuesday, the 18th of Septem. proposed by the Rev, Messrs. ED. ber, a Branch Wesleyan Missionary WARDS, TAFT, COOPER, NEWTON Society was formed at Wednesbury. BICKNELL, Waddy, Banks, and INGLL, The services were highly interesting. amil seconded by Messrs. Booni On Monday evening, the preparatory ADAMS, BAGNALL, BATTELEY, .COM, sermon was preached by the Rev. STABLE, UPTON, &c. &c. The Chaft ROBERT NEWTON. On Tuesday morn. was crowded to excess, an unsur ing, the Rev. JOSEPH TAVLOR, one of degree of interest was excitel, the General Secretaries, preached in Aame of Missionary zeal was kunder the place of the Rev. Richard WAT in many breasts, and, at the close Son, who was prevented from attend the Meeling, the numerous asseny ing in consequence of indisposition. separated with feelings indicative At half past two the Rev. John Riles, the pleasure with which they. of Birmingham, was called to the hail its annual return. The Colk Chair. The various Resolutions were tion amounted to sixty-SCTEN pound,
The following Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Thomas Rogers, Haverford
West, ought to have had an earlier insertion. Tue Rev. Robert Smith, Governor deplorable condition of the heathen of Kingswood-School, having kindly world, the success which had attended complied with a request to visit us at the Missions of various denominathe formation of our Missionary tions, and the obligations we were Sóciety, came, accompanied by Mr, under to send the Gospel to all the JAMES BROOKE, of Swansea.
inhabitants of the earth. They preached both at Haverford. The Meeting was addressed by the West and Milford, on the Sunday. Rev, Messrs. R. SMITH, BROOKE, TUR
On Monday evening, May 21st, NER, LUKE, WARR, Grimes, and others, we held our Missionary Meeting at who entered into the subject with Milford, RICHARD Recs, Esq. of much ability and zeal. Much interest Hilton, in the Chair. Several Minis. was excited, and the Collections on ters and Gentlemen addressed the the occasion were upwards of 511. assembly, in a pious and affecting None of the Resolutions were carmanner, the influence of which was ried with more decided approbation sensibly felt by the people.
than that by which we stand pledged On Tuesday evening, we held a to have an annual Missionary Meetmeeting at Haverford-West, George ing in the month of May. Should HARRIES, Esq. M. D. Mayor of this the brethren in the neighbouring town, having kindly consented to circuits arrange a plan to have Mistake the Chair, to the high gratifica. sionary Meetings in the same week, tion of a crowded assembly. He the Preachers who visit us on the opened the business of the meeting occasion would accomplish an imin a most appropriate address, in portant object with very little exwhich he dwelt particularly on the pense.
In the course of the last month, many of the Preachers and Friends, Anniversary Meetings of the Societies in the respective neighbourhoods, atof Leeds and Doncaster, Yorkshire; tended the meetings, which were of Spilsby, Alford, Wainfleet, Slea- highly gratifying on account of the ford, and Navenby, Lincolnshire; and increased interest and exertions of of Retford, Notts, have been held. The the Friends of Missions, and the Rev. R. Watson, one of the Gene- prosperous state of the Funds of ral Secretaries, visited these places, these local Institutions. Sleaford and Navenby excepted ; and
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the General
Treasurers since the Account published last Month.
£'. s. d. £. $. d.
From Friends in Dublin, for the New Zealand Mission
Brought up .201 15 10
363 19 9 From the Treasurer of the
Auxiliary Society for the
Circuits . . . . . 13 G5
Treasurer of the Auxi.
201 15 10
£. $. it. £. 8. d.
£. 8. d. £. 6. 4, From Mr. Hunt, Trea
From Benjainin Sadler, surer of the Auxiliary So
Esq. Treasurer of the ciety for the Birmingham
Auxiliary Society for the District
Leeds District... Biriningham Cirauit . So 0 0
Leeds Circuit • · 117 7 5
Selby ditto. . '. 2176
Pontefract ditto - 5500
Knaresborough ditto 3000 From Thos. Roberts, Esq.
Pateley-Bridge ditto 15 50 Treasurer of the Aux
Cleckheaton ditto . 10 50 ilinry Society for the
Wakefield ditto • 16 17 0 Bristol District . . . . 91 18 0 Bramley ditto • 35 13 10 Froun Mr. George Osborn,
Birstal ditto . . 4 5 6 Treasurer of the Auxiliary
Otley ditto . . 81 13 6 Society for the Canter
J. Crowther, Esq. Mor. bury District...
ley, Birstal Circuit, Rye Circuit • - 900
(Donation) . 2000 Margate ditto . - 47 19 10
- 357 14 8 Seven Oaks ditto '. 4 14 7
From Jeremiah Cozens, Faversham Branch
. q.Treasurer of the AusSociety - • • 16 18 6
iliary Society for the Nor.
78 11 11 | wich District... From Mr. Joseph Davy,
Yarınouth Circuit 500 Treasurer of the Auxili.
New Buckenhain Branch ary Society for the Exeter
14 0 District...
Repłam ditto • • 74 0 Tiverton Circuit • 13 15 0
North Walshamn Circuit 16 10 Dunster ditto • . 3 15 0
Norwich ditto . . 27 to 0 South Petherton ditto 10 10 0
Lowestoft ditto . . 95 90 Morton-Hamstead ditto 5 0 0
Bungay ditto . . 3 12 6 Taanton ditto . 10 IS 10
Framlingham ditto • 23 01 Ashburton ditto . 9 00
Holt ditto . , . 49 11 6
52 18 10 Jeremiah Cozens, Esq. From Jobn Ashworth, Esq.
(Donation) Treasurer of the Auxiliary Society for the Halifax
From Thos. Husband, Esq. District...
Treasurer of the Auxiliary Colne Circuit
24 9 9
Society for the Plymouth Burnley ditto . 19 19.9
Dock District, (which
44 9 6 should have been ac. From Themas Allen, Esq.
knowledged in May) Treasurer of the Auxiliary
Froin T. Holy, Esq. Trea. Society for the Maccles.
surer of the Auxiliary field District...
Society for the Sheffield Namptwich Circuit
District . . . . . 1100 From Francis Marris, Esq.
From Mr. Robert Spence, Treasurer of the Auxili
Treasurer of the Auxili ary Society for the Man
ary Society for the York chester District.
District . . . . . 400 0 Manchester Circuit . 49 16 0
From Thomas Thompson, Salford ditto • : 20 197
Esq. Treasurer of the Rochdale ditto . . 36 0 0
Auxiliary Society for the Hasliugden ditto . 18 10 0
Hull District-.. New Mills ditto...
50 3 0 Marple Branch • 10 10 0
Driftield ditto . . 30 0 0
134 15 71 Hall ditto . . . 15 19 0 From Mr. T. Broadheat, Treasurer of the Auxili
From H. Holland and Wm. ary Society for the Lynn
Mawer, Esqs. Trensurers District
of the Auxiliary Society Lynn Circuit . . 27 00
for the Lincoln District.. Walsing ham ditto - 3 0 0
Spalding Circuit . 61 10 il
Ditto Domington Asso-
ciation - - - 9 11 6 From Mr. Simon, Treasurer
Market Raisin Circuit 36 111 of the Guernsey Mission
Lincoln ditto . . 13 S 6 ary Society • - - . 9 9 0 1 Spilsby ditto . . 65 0 -16916
The Committee present their thanks for the following acceptable Presents to the Society
To Mr. Johnson, Almondbary, near Huddersfield, for nine vols. of the Methodist Magazine, bound; to a few young people at Boston, for a spinning-wheel, and sundry presents, for Mission Schools at Newfoundland; to Miss Pearce, Lidney, for eight vols. of the Metros Magazine, three sols. of the Evangelical Magazine, one dozen Testaments, one de Sunday-scbool Hymo-books, two vols. of the Missionary Register, and sundry other areas for the West India Missions; to various friends in Stockport, viz. Mr. J. Leach, jan
M. Hub work-people of Mr. A. Howard, Messrs. T. and J. Fernley, Mrs. and Miss Rostron, Mr. worth, Mrs. Stopford, Mr. Arinitage, Mr. H. Davis, Mr. Holebouse, Mr. Uawin, Mr. Lue Mr. J. Hobson, Mr. and Mrs, Staley, Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Alcock, Mr. R. Qurban Dehville, Miss Taylor, Misy Wrights, the pupils of T.R. Smith, and tbe Methodist Subur scholars, for tbeir valuable services and preseuts, consisting of made-up bed govis, ings, shoes, caps, thread, scissors, thimbles, pins, waistcoat pieces, writing paper. To planes, saws, hammery, pincers, nails, screws, gimlety, knives, forks, spoons, tad
-world backles, &c. for the South-Sea Missions : to the Rev. G. Douglas, Stanford, for third his " Facts and Anecdotes," and thirteen "Siacular Conversions," for the Misras
» for Madrau Vin to Mr. Scott, Canterbury, for a piece of worsted cord, for the South African Nissione
Printed by 'T. Curdeux, 1+, City-Road, Loudon.