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to give metwo, I urged him to take one. to go to war with the rest of the It was some days before he would people: I was taken prisoner, and sold. receive it. He brougbt me a manu. I do not like this in my religion, and script prayer written in Arabic, which two other things I do not like;" but he was sent from one Mahomedan negro did not tell me what they were. to another when any were sick, as "Ah," said I," PEREGRINE, here my having some charm. He told me I religion is the best. My Master is the might keep it a week or two, so I Prince of Peace. He reproved PETER kept it to encourage bim to take my for drawing his sword to defend him. book, which at last he received. When Christians want to bring people After this, for some time, be shunned to think as they do about religion, me. He appeared occasionally greatly they send them Missionaries, and agitated, and at that time had a wo- Bibles, and clothes, and implements man living with him of a bad charac. of husbandry. They teach them to ter. Mr. GILBERT had a long con- read, and to wear clothes, to work versation with him, endeavouring, by their lands, to love one another, to Scripture, to expose the fallacy of love even their enemies. He said, Mahomedanism, and shew him the “ Yes, that is very good ;” however, excellency of the Christian Religion. he seemed not to like the contrast, He was invulnerable; and the con- and the conversation ended. versation wound up by his saying, His misery of mind at last brought “ That the Christian Religion was him to pray, which he had never very much like his own, and that done before, that God would show he believed Jesus Christ was a very him what was right; his prayers good man, but that he could not pray were heard, and he called Jesus his to him, and did not consider him as LORD and his God. He was publicly God; nor did he like to hear any baptized in our chapel, by Mr. Wutebody speak against Mahomet.” HOUSE, renouncing all the delusions of
For some tiine after, we had no the False Prophet. It was an affectconversation with him, but he con- ing season, and peculiarly so to me. tinued to attend the chapel. His He chose the name of Peter himself. countenance frequently showed great At the love-feast, he spoke in a manwretchedness of mind, and he tells ner that affected the whole house. us now, that at that time he fre. He said, “I come to Antigua, J quently told his Mahomedan friends no know the true God; I say MĄ(three in nujnber) that his mind was HOMET my God, I go to chapel, I wretched, having some doubts re- go away, I laugh at it. Such and specting the validity of their religion. such people (mentioning their names) They did all they could to frighten talk about Jesus; I say, No, Jesus no him; and have renounced all com. God; MAHOMET my God. My heart munion with him, and, in their opi- then hard; but now I know Jesus nion, consigned him over to present God, Jesus my God; I have him in and eternal ruin. One day, business my heart;” and he clasped his arms brought him to our house; I said across his breast.-This is indeed one to him, “ PEREGRINE, how was it among many other remarkable inand that you, who were of so good stances, that Jesus is hastening his and respectable a family, came to be kingdom, and bringing along with sold as a slave?” “I was taken pri- him millennial grace and glory in the soner in war,” said he. “What were West, as well as in the East. We are you figbting for?” “ Our Kings daily crying, “Thy kingdom come, fight about their religion; they send thy will be done in earth, as it is in messages to say, that if you do not heaven : For thine is the kingdom, believe, and do such and such things the power, and the glory, for ever in religion, as they do, they will come and ever." and fight with you; and I was obliged
St. BARTHOLOMEW's.-We have the affliction to lay before our readers the following extract of' a Letter from Mr. Gilgrass, dated Toriola, Sept. 15, 1821, containing intelligence of the death of our excellent Missionary Mr. Dace.
Mr. Dace first went to the West ludies in the year 1806, and remained ten years. He returned to England in 1816, but preferring the work of God among the Heathen, he went out a second time in 1817. lo every island in which he laboured he was much esteemed. His last appointment was St. Bartholomew's, where he died.
“I am called,” says Mr. Gilgrass, you of the public respect mapisested " by a painful Providence, to inform to your late worthy Missionary in the Committee of the lamented death St. Bartholomew's, an Island beof our Brother Dace. Three weeks longiog to a foreign power. On the before his death, I am informed, he day after Mr. Dace's death, Mr. had a slight fever, yet not so bad as HIRST arrived at St. Bartholomew's to prevent him from attending to his from St. Martin's in time to perform duties. The Wednesday before his the last cererpony over his mortal departure, bé preached from these remains. The concourse of people words, 'He that endureth to the end, was unusually great and respectable. the same shall be saved.' The day The Governor and Council, several after, he took his bed, alas ! to rise Merchants, and two Clergydren, were no more to work or to suffer. The present. The colours were hoisted Jast words he was heard 10 articulate half-mast high at the forts, also et were expressive of his soon joining board some of the vessels Iving in
the Church of the first-born above, the harbour, and even at the public From this time he remained speech- luns. Brother Dace is and will be Jess for sixteen bours, and then fell much lamented by many, but by none asleep in Jesus, at eleven, A.M., on more than myself. He was a good the 'ad inst. It is my duty to inform man, and loved this Mission."
By a Letter froin Mr. Hirst, it appears that, a few days after Mr. Daa's death, St. Bartholomew's was visited by a dreadful hurricane, which, among other devastations, contpletely destroyed our Chapel and the Preachers' dwelling-house in that Island. "Such a scene of ruin,” says MR. HIEST, “I never witnessed, as the next morning presented. The buildings were not merely blown down, but every part entirely separated, and blowa from the foundations."
· MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. ANNIVERSARIES AND FORMATION OF MissioNART SOCIETIES. High-Wycombe---On Tuesday, October 23, a numerous and respectable Meeting was held in the Town Hall, at High-Wycombe, for the purpose of forming a Brancb Society in that neighbourhood, in aid of the funds of the Wesleyan-Methodist Missionary Society. The Hon. ROBERT Smrto (son of LORD CARRINGTON, and one of the Members of Parliament for the County.) obligingly louk the Chair, which he filled in a most able and satisfactory manner. Iu his introductory speech, wbile he avowed his own decided predilections in favour of the Established Church, he at the same time expressed the most friendly feelings towards the efforts now making by Christians of other denominations, for the spread of knowledge and religion, both at home and abroad ; and especially testified his approbation of the Mission ary undertakings of the Wesleyan Methodists, in behalf of which the Net ing was assembled. The resolutions usual on such occasions were the proposed, and adopted with evident indications of the most cordial and after
tionate unanimity. In the course of the proceedings, the Rev. Jos&PH Taylor and the Rev. JABEZ BUNTING, two of the Secretaries of the Parent Society, laid before the Meeting a general view of the extensive and successful Missions of the Wesleyan Society in the West Indies, in Western and Southern Africa, in Ceylon and Continental India, in New South Wales, and other places. Resolutions were moved and seconded by Joseph BUTTERWORTH, Esq. M, P., John Rose, Esq. (The Mayor of High-Wycombe,) JOHN SYMONDS, Esq. of Oxford, JonN AIREY, Esq. of Wycombe, LAUNCELOT IIaslope and THOMAS MARRIOTT, EsQRS. of London, DR. SLATER, of Wycombe; and by the Rev. WALTER GRIFFITH and the Rev. J. Scort, of London, the Rev. S. LEAR, of Reading, the Rev. MR. JUDSON, Independent Minister of Wycombe, the Rev. MR. DRAKE, Independent Minister of Cambridge, and the Rev. G. DERMOTT, of Wycombe. Thanks were very cordially voted to the Worshipful the Mayor, for the use of the Hall; and to the Honourable Chairman, for his presence on the occasion, and for his able conduct in the chair. These votes were severally acknowledged by those Gentlemen in terms strongly expressive of their good will to the object, and of their high satisfaction with the proceedings of the day. The Hall was most kindly granted in the evening for Divine Service, having been judged more convenient, under all circumstances, than the Wesleyan Chapel; and the Rev. JABEZ BUNTING preached to a crowded and attentive auilience. The collections at the doors amounted to £34 8s. 6d. We trust that this Meeting will be followed by immediate and successful endeavours, on the part of the Committee and Collectors, to obtain regular subscriptions, from the friends of Christianit. in the town and neighbourhood, in aid of the exhausted funds of the Wesleyan Missions.
Liverpool.--- The first public meeting of the Juvenile Missionary Society was held in Pitt-Street Chapel, September 29, and was very numerously attended. Dr. CLARKE filled the chair with his usual ability. The Rev. Owen Davis, Tuomas CROOK, Esq. of Lancaster, the Rev. JAMES Wood, the Rev. W. NAYLOR. MR. HENRY GARDINER, the Rev. ROBERT NEWTON, MR. WILLIAM COMER, and the Rev. ROBERT Wood, severally addressed the Meeting ; about £35 were collected, Upwards of £11 were collected at Mount Pleasant Chapel the following evening, after the sermon. The sum of £10 per month has already been the fruit of the exertions of the Juvenile Collectors ; so that, by public collections and private subscriptions, something considerable will be done for the great cause of Missions, by this promising Institution. ·
Colchester.-On Tuesday, October 16th, a Missionary-Meeting was held in the Methodist Chapel, Great Bentley, for the purpose of forming an Association in union with the Colchester Branch Society. W.W. FRANCIS, Esq., who had politely accepted the invitation to take the Chair, being unavoidably absent on official business at Chelinsford, the duties of that office devolved on the Rev. W. M. ILARVARD, late Missionary at Ceylon. The Rev. MR. CRATHERN, a venerable Independent Minister, took an extended view of the superstitions and consequent misery of the inhabitants of the East, and his statements were corroborated and enlarged by the Chairman, who had been himself an eye-witness of these abominations.
London.---The Anniversaries of the Hinde Street, Lambeth, and Spitalfields Branch-Societies have recently been held; and from the numerous attendance, and the impression produced by the excellent Addresses delivered, a new inypulse has been given to the exertions of these important branches of the District Society.
Brighton Circuit.-The Anniversaries of the Lewes, Brighton, and Grooms. bridge Societies were held on the 12th, 13th, and 14th ult. The chapels were crowded; and both the public collections, and the sums raised by subscriptions throughout the year, were highly creditable to the pious zeal and liberality of our friends iu those places. From the first, they engaged in this blessed work in the spirit of those who fully felt their obligation to advance to the utmost of their power the kingdom of Christ; and they have persevered with undaunted constancy and diligence.
Ordination and Departure of Missionaries. On Thursday, Oct. 25th, at the Chapel of St. George's in the East, Mr. THRELFALL and Mr. Gick, the former appointed for South Africa, and the latter to the Bahamas, were solemnly set apart by imposition of hands and prayer for the Christian Ministry, and the work of God among the Heathen; and on Tuesday, Nov. 5, MR. Crofts and MR. PARKINSON, appointed for Ja. maica, and Mr. Bell for the River Gambia, in Western Africa, also received ordination at the chapel in Hinde-street, Manchester-square.
Mr. and Mrs. Gick sailed on Saturday, Nov. 8th, from Gravesend, for the Bahamas, and MR. BELL on Saturday, Nov. 171h, for Western Africa. We commend them to the earnest prayers of the friends of Missions.
TO THE FRIENDS OF THE WESLEYAN MISSIONS. The extent to which our Missions have been already carried, and the commencement of new Stations, at Negapatam in India, in West Africa on the River Gambia, among the Botchuanas in South Africa, and in New Zealand, (commencements of great importance, both from the condition of the beathen in those places, and the great probable results of success, should Almighty God deign to bless the efforts of our brethren,) render it necessary to make a new appeal to the zeal and charity of the friends of our Missists at home in aid of our funds, which are now suffering considerable pressure. We are happy to report, that through a great part of the Kingdom, our Missionary Societies are conducted with great activity and regularity, and that most of them promise an increase rather than a diminution in their contributions. Of the attention of the Secretaries of most of our Auxiliary and Branch Societies, and the patient persevering labour of the Collectors, we cannot speak too highly; and very greatly is the Society indebted to them. We rejoice also in the evidences which have been given of the firm hold which this great cause has taken, both on the principles and feelings of the great body of the Subscribers ; so that it is no longer a question, whether these efforts will vanish with the feelings which novelty excites, as was predicted by some. On the contrary, the serious and religious character of the Missionary Anniversaries generally,—the solemn sympathy excited for perisha ing millions on those occasions,—and the steady ardour which has been wanifested for the extension of the Kingdom of our LORD, are pledges, that the cause of Missions has been embraeed, not as the work of a day, but as that which is to establish itself in the feelings, prayers, contributions, and exertimas of true Christians throughout life ; as a part of the regular service they die to CHRIST ; a part of the work he has given them to do, and of whick, as " stewards of the manifold grace of God," they must give accons at his second coming. The consequence of the interest in favour of missionary enterprizes, which has thus been excited and established in the hearts wbich christian charity has expanded, and christian principle ennobled, we doubt not will be, that the contributions to the General Fund, this year, will at least equal those of any former year, and perhaps exceed the most productive. Liberal as this is, it will not be adequate to the demands of the Missions already commenced, in compliance with the earnest desires of our friends, and undertaken amidst the expressions of their most ardent wishes and prayers. To what sources then can we look for supplies to maintain the work begun, and now in so many places glowing with promise, and to meet calls which we bave long heard, and to which we have returned promises of help as soon as it can possibly be afforded? "
In the first place, it has happened to us, as to all other Societies, that this work of eminent charity has not been undertaken 'or persevered in with equal zeal every where. Had that been the case, and had the regularity with which the business of the Auxiliary and Branch Committees has generally been conducted, and the constancy which the Collectors have generally manifested, been in all places imitated, a much larger supply would have been obtained for the wants of a wretched world. Here, then, is a source of increase to our funds, to which we may look with hope and confidence; persuaded as we are that the subject needs only to be intimated, to engage the kind endeavours of our friends in those places where Auxiliary or Branch Societies have been languid and comparatively inefficient, to reanimate the Societies with which they are respectively connected. .
To the affectionate care of the Ministers of those places, we, in the first instance, commend this work; being assured that their counsel, and their attention to the various meetings of the Committees and Collectors, will have the effect of stimulating the efforts of all, and that the influence they possess cannot be exerted in vain. - We respectfully solicit the constant attendance of the Gentlemen composing the Committees at their Monthly and Quarterly Meetings, in order to watch over the operations of their respective Societies, and to call forth, by their sanction and advice, the diligence of those who have undertaken the more laborious part of the service. - On the local Secretaries much depènds, in regularly summoning and attending the various meetings; in obtaining Collectors, and encouraging them in their work; and in regularly furnishing them with our publications.
Jf all be done in order, under a solemn sense of obligation, and of the connection of every part of the work with the glory of the Saviour and the sal vation of his creatures, the best religious effects, upon those who earnestly engage in this sacred cause, and upon the productiveness of the Societies, will follow. It is the work of God, and prayer and efforts will secure his special blessing upon it.
Another source from which we may also look for increased supplies, is the formation of Missionary Societies in those parts of the country where none at present exist. Some instances have recently occurred of the accession of VOL. XLIV. December, 1821.
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