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scriptions; and, notwithstanding the smallness of the congregation on Thursday, occasioned by incessant rain, £25 were collected at the opening, The sittings are all let. There is, therefore, on the whole, reason to believe that the Chapel will be placed in comfortable circumstances. Special tokens of the
divine presence, have accompanied and .
followed the opening.” LECKHAMPSTEAD, in the Newbury Circuit.—“On Tuesday, November 22d, a new Chapel in this village was opened for the worship of God, by the #. R. Tabraham, of Wantage. Convenience and economy are happily combined in this erection. It is about six yards by eight; and has cost about £80. The kind friend, in whose dwelling-house we had been accustomed to preach, has secured the laud and Chapel to the Methodist Counexion for 1000 years, at a nominal rent, and given a handsome Subscription. Upwards of £30 have been raised as Subscriptions, and the Collections at the opening, including two donations, amounted to £12. 8s. 4d.” ST. BLAZEY, in the St. Austell Circuit.—“A new Chapel was opened at St. Blazey, Dec. 28th, by the Rev. Messrs. Truscott, and T. Martin. It is thirty feet square, and has a gallery in front The previous Subscriptions were liberal, and the Collections at the opening amounted to £23. The Gospel
has been preached in this village by,
the Methodists, about two years, with great success. The Lord has graciously visited the people by an outf. of the Holy Spirit; so that we ave now above fifty Members in Society, and the prospect is still very encouraging.” ALSTON.—“The Methodist Chapel in this place was re-opened for divine worship on Sunday, Jan. 8th, 1826, Two sermons were preached on the occasion by the Rev. Thos. Hickson, of
Walsingham. The Collections, includ-.
ing a donation of £5 from an indivi
dual who is gone to his eternal reward,
amounted to £14. Through the enlargement of this Chapel, there is accommodation for near 200 additional
hearers. The sittings are nearly all let, and the congregations are i: and attentive. The dimensions of the building are thirty-six feet by thirtywo. The debt upon the Chapel, including the expenses incurred by the recent enlargement, is £240. The proceeds arising from the sittings, after meeting the demand for interest, are applied to the reduction of the principal, the interests of the Circuit, and to the aid of that excellent Institution, the Chapel Fund.” LEONARD-STANLEY, in the Dursley Circuit.—“Our Chapel at this place, after undergoing an enlargement, was re-opened on Tuesday the 17th, and Sunday the 22d of January, by the Rev. John Foster, of Stapleton, the Rev. John Lomas, of Bath, and the Rev. James Methley, of Oxford. The Collections amounted to upwards of £33; and previous Subscriptions had been obtained to the amount of £100. Most of the additional pews were immediately let. It is now about seventeen years since Methodism was introduced into this village, and there has been to the present time, a regular increase in the Society. Two years ago it consisted of seventy persons; and at the last Quarterly. Visitation it comprehended one hundred audforty-two, besides eight on trial. The Lord still continues to give us tokens of his presence, by the conversion of sinners.” FOLRIDGE, Lancashire. — “On Sunday, January 22, 1826, a new Wesleyan-Methodist Chapel, thirty-six feet by twenty-seven, was opened for public, worship at Folridge, in the Colne Circuit, when appropriate sermons were preached by the Rev. Joseph Brookhouse, and Rev. T. Eastwood. The Collections at the opening were upwards of £15. This is the first erection for divine service in the township; and is central and convenient for a large, necessitous, and hitherto untaught population. This Chapel will doubtless be a public blessing, and a great accommodation to this neighbourhood; as it is intended to connect with it the establishment of a Sunday-School.”
—o- *...* The next Quarterly Day of Fasting and Prayer, which it is' hoped that all the Methodist Societies in Great Britain will observe, according to the standing Rule of the Connexion, will be Friday,
Relating principally to the For EIGN Missions carried on under the direction of the Methodist ConFERENCE.
MISSIONS IN CONTINENTAL INDIA. NEGApatam, Extract of a Letter from Mr. Mowat, dated March 17th, 1825.
MADRAs.-Ertract of a Letter from Mr. Carver, dated Conjeveram, January 25th, 1825.
and which the people began to think
we had forsaken. Our assistant Missionary, Mr. Katts, was going to Negapatam, and I wished him to go by way of wallajahbad, and I would follow, the day after he set out from Madras. On Saturday we arrived, and the Commandant Lieutenant-Colonel Pereira, sent out notice to the military, (which are now few in number,) that divine service would be held on Sunday, Jan. 23d, “at the Wallajahbad Chapel.” I dined at the Commandant's on Saturday, and the next day all the military not necessarily engaged, including the Commandant #: present. The liturgy was read, and a sermondelivered to a ". attentive congregation. Mr. Katts addressed a congregation in the Taunul language in the afternoon. In the evening I had a conversation with an
excellentlady and gentleman lately come from England; and closed the day with reading to the family, and prayer. From this amiable couple I received many expressions of kindness and attention. A few periodical papers or notices were distributed to great advantage. A person kindly undertook to look after the erection of the native school; and I left the master and another Christian man to manage the business, until we can make another visit, because I durst not stay long, lest Brother Hoole should be injuring himself by taking all the work of the Station, Native and English; a labour which has been described to you in a former letter. Having made some necessary observations concerning the state, population, and circumstances of the place, which all ended in one expression of sorrow that we could pay so little attention to places where apparently the door stands wide open, for us to enter in and do good, I took leave of the people, and this morning found myself among the Brahmins at the temple of Conjeveram. Several of them knew me, and put me in mind that I had been there at the discovery of the god, and that we had rain in consequence soon afterwards ; and as aproof, they showed me the tank, (about 100 yards square, and very "...} which had in it more water than would take a man overhead. This brought on a long conversation, maintained with great animation on their part. I pointed out the folly of attempting to impose upon any but very ignorant people, by so stupid a matter as an evident log of wood; and noticed the cringing credulity of the r women and children, who waded through the mud to see this dumb idol; and appealed to their consciences and their common sense, if they were not guilty of a gross imposition. They replied to the whole by a hearty laugh, when I referred to the poor people being so grossly imposed upon A number of Brahmins followed me to the Choultry, and sat down conversing on various topics of a general nature: their principal object was, to receive some present for showing the temple. I turned the scale upon themselves, by observing, that I was now promoting charitable gifts to support schools; and I should be very happy to have their names on the list, with any subscription which they might be disposed to bestow. They declined my proposal, and did not succeed with their own. Great Conjeveram.—We reached this place early in the afternoon. I walked round the principal temple, and through several parts which appear going fast to decay. The banyan-trees have got into parts of the buildings, and they are growing and shaking down the upper works. The whole range of buildings at this place, the numerous choultries, or rest-houses, and stone-works of this
Here I found so great a call for Tracts
and Tamul books, that my stock was
soon exhausted, and I could not fill half the number of hands which were stretched out to receive them. The Brahmins came into the choultry, and sat down to converse with me, and every one of them requested Tracts, and took them away to read, with an apparent disposition with which I could not but feel pleased. Another person came to ask whether another school was not to be established, and he had brought a person with him to recommend as a master. He requested a part of the Scriptures, but I could not meet his wishes; and many poor boys were obliged to go away, very unwillingly, with a promise that when I came, or one of us came, next month, we would be mindful to supply their wants. Many persons hearing others had got books, came also; and I felt all the disappointment of a person, not having faith, when I set out, to believe that God would open a way for his own word to be distributed. I am now therefore without a Tract, without a single Gospel or Testament, and have not travelled over half the ground intended. I hope my faith will be enlarged in future, that I may not suffer again the condemnation which I now feel on finding myself destitute of the Scriptures and Tracts, which I may not have another opportunity (perhaps) of distri
assemblage of heathen temples, have buting. cost prodigious labour. -o- CEYLON MISSION. -
JAFFNA-Ertract of a Letter from Mr. Roberts, dated March 31st, 1825.
The sickness and distress of the last quarter (though uow abated) have greatly déranged our plans of usefulness, and placed us, as it respects our country work, considerably in the back ground." We are, however, in some degree, recovering, and hope soon- to acquire our former prosperity, with a considerable increase.
In the beginning of last month, I spent a fortnight on the Point Pedro part of the Circuit, and was comforted, amidst the discouragements arising from the strength of heathen prejudices, in seeing that the Lord followed his word with ablessing. In the Schoolroom. I had several interesting congreations of natives; and found real deight in publishing to them the glad tidings of salvation. In the house of the Magistrate also, I preached several times in Portuguese,
I had also the pleasure of opening as fine School-room, (built free of expense by the villagers. where there are one hundred native boys; and the people heard with great attention the words of everlasting life. '
It was with considerable surprise and regret that I found the old Dutch church had been razed to the ground; and, what is worse, that some of the stones were applied to the building of Verapetty temple... I went into the area of that place, and found the desecrated materials of the house of the Lord scattered over its surface. I also heard of the ruins of another large Christian church at Varany, (about ten miles from o and, accompanied by the Magistrate, I made a visit to that place. Through an inadvertence, we did not arrive there till the evening: but the light of the new moon assisted
Tontola-We have received a Report of the Anniversary of the Missionary Society held in this place, from which we give the following extracts.
JUNE 9th, 1825.-On the evening of the 2d of June we held the Second Anniversary of the Wesleyan Auxiliary Missionary Society for Tortola and the other Virgin Islands, of which I transmit to you the following account:— The Honourable. George R. Porter, President of the Virgin Islands, in the Chair. Present: The Hou. Mark D. French ; the Honourable J. Ross, M.D.; the Honourable Wilson Lawson; the Rev. William Chaderton, Rector; Richard King, sen., Esq.; Abraham M. Belisario, Esq.; Christian Rolefson, Esq.; and Isaac Thomas, Esq. The Hon. Wm. R. Isaacs, the Hon. Wm. Geo. Crabb, and the Hon. Wm. Gordon, were engaged to assist at the Meeting, but the former gentleman had an unexpected call from the Island two or three days before, and the two latter were prevented by bodily indisposition. The Honourable Chairman, in opening the Meeting, said, “I cannot refrain from observing, that it will appear to you, from the Report which will be immediately read, that the Missionary cause is prospering. The Almighty has evidently crowned this labour of love with great success. We have therefore encouragement to continue our efforts in aid of an Institution which the great Head of the Church has been graciously pleased to own and bless. It is true, poor as we are in this Island, we can do but little, but even that little aids the Mission. Let us not, then, be wearied in well doing, but continue to contribute all in our power to this truly Christian work. To excite us to do this, let us recollect the thousands and tens of thousands of the human race who are still left in the darkness of Paganism, or in the sensuality of the religion (if such it may
be called) of the arch impostor Mahomet; and let it be impressed on our minds, that if by our contributions we can add but one Missionary to instruct these our fellow-creatures, by the blessing of God on his ministry, many of them may be brought into the Christian fold. Under this impression, inspired with this hope, let us all contribute to the best of our ability, fully assured, that if we do this from proper motives, we shall in no wise lose our reward. When I had the honour and pleasure to address the Missionary Meeting held in this place the last year, it did not strike me, as necessary for me to add my testimony to that of several of my highly valued friends, to the worth and respectability of the Wesleyan Missionaries, who, at different times, during many years past, have been stationed among us. My friendly sentiments towards these gentlemen, and the veneration in which I have alwa held them, were known, not only in this Island, but also in England; yet, for certain reasons, unnecessary to mention, I beg leave thus publicly to avow, that that respect and veneration which I have ever felt and expressed towards them continues unabated. My feeble testimony can add but little to their well-known character; still I think it proper, on this occasion, to repeat what I have asserted an hundred—perhaps a thousand times, —that, in my opinion, this Colony would, years since, have been a scene’ of anarchy and confusion; perhaps it might have ceased to be an inhabited Colony, had it not been for the blessin of God upon the very judicious religious instruction so long and zealously imparted to our slave population by the Wesleyan Missionaries. Having said this, it is hardly necessary for me to add, that I rejoice in any opportunity afforded me of co-operating with these servants of God in any measure, and especially on the present occasion.” The Rev. William Chaderton, Rector of St. George's, moved the third Resolution, and spoke as follows:– “A deeply-roooted and increasing assurance, that the Wesleyan-Methodist Missionary Society is a chosen instrument in the hand of God for extending the knowledge and practice of our holy religion in the world, has impelled me to embrace the present opportunity of again appearing to promote, as far as any feeble abilities can avail, the interests of that truly Christian association, in whose behalf I ventured to make my first public exertions atwelvemonthago. Irejoice, Mr. Chairman, on a review of the sentiments which I then expressed, in the fulness, in the fervour, and in the integrity of a heart which hath ever abhorred the base duplicity of pretending regard for those it did not love; and which, if a judgment may be formed from past experience, no sordid motives, or temporal considerations of any kind, can ever rend or seduce from its attachments, so long as it is persuaded that they have been fixed upon objects deserving its esteem. I do, therefore, with all that warmth and devotedness of affection which genuine friendship alone could inspire, eat the substance of that solemn avowal, which must be in the memory of the majority of persons in the present meeting, and say, that I continue, without the slightest change, “an ardent admirer-and-zealous advocate of Methodism, as taught and practised by the followers of the venerable Wesley.’ In this character I now address myself to the respectable audience here assembled, and beg leave to move the following resolution, the vast importance of which must be felt and acknowledg, ed by every one who is acquainted with the nature of Christianity, and is duly concerned for its advancement, namely, “That this Meeting solemnly recognizing that great principle in our holy religion, that the success of all human endeavours in extending the kingdom of Christ in the world depends wholly on the divine blessing, earnestly recommends to all the members and friends of this Society, to be more than ever abundant in supplications for the special blessing of Heaven, and the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Missionaries themselves, and on the Heathen world in which they labour.’ Did we attempt to enter on such a discussion as would do justice to the momentous subject here proposed to our
consideration, the day would dawn upon us long ere we had attained the end of our task. We must therefore content ourselves with a few brief observations, which, however, it is hoped, will be found sufficient, at the present time, for confirming the doctrine announced, and enforcing the duty enjoined in this Resolution. It is, doubtless, a fundamental principle of the Gospel, and it is acknowledged by every Christian,-that is to say, by every one who deserves that sacred title, that the divine blessing, manifested in the gracious influences of God's Holy Spirit, is indispensable for giving efficacy to the exertions of those who are engaged in the arduous work of evangelizing the world that lieth in wickedness. It was the solemn-asseveration of our Saviour to his Apostles, the first and most successful of Christian Missionaries, “Without me ye can do nothing ;" and when he was taking his final leave of them, being about to return to his heavenly Father; at the same time that: he commanded them “to go abroad into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature,” he strictly charged them to “tarry at Jerusalem, until he should send the promise of the Father unto them, and they should be endued with power from on high.” The same office with which the disciples of our Lord were entrusted, devolves upon the Ministers of the Gospel in every age; and surely “that blessed unction from above' must be equally necessary for them as for their predecessors. The Christian Missionary, now, like his brethren in the primitive times, is sent forth as an Ambassador of the King of kings, to offer terms of reconciliation to an apostate world; to turn sinners from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God. In the faithful execution of this high commission, he has to encounter difficulties, dangers, trials, and temptations, which human nature, left to itself, could never surmount, or endure. He has not only to renounce and overcome the love of the world, in common with the rest of his fellow Christians, but he has to forego many of the comforts of life, which the ordinary Christian may continue to enjoy without interruption. He has not merely to perform the quiet duties of a stationary Pastor, who has, possibly, entered into the la
bours of others, and is reaping with
ease the rich harvest which they toiled for in vain; but he has to travel in painful pursuit of the most abandoned of the human species, who neither know nor care for God; and who, when