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MAY 16th-On Sunday last I preached at Clumber, and was much refreshed in spirit by the marked attention paid to the truths delivered. The members hold on their way, and are, I trust, growing in grace, and in the knowledge and love of Christ Jesus. The children in the Sunday-School make progress in their learning, and one or two evidence a work of grace on their minds. After preaching, I rode to Wesley-Mount, and addressed the people. The congregation here is small, nor have we any prospect of its becoming larger at present, as the people have removed from their locations round the neighbourhood of the chapel. At six, P.M., I reached PortFrances, and found a good congregation waiting to hear the word of life. The number of hearers increases, and the cause is gradually rising in importance: the friends are active in promoting the interest of the SundaySchool, which is well conducted, and the children are diligent in learning, and *} improve in reading.
26th.—On Thursday the 18th inst. I left Graham's Town for Somerset, (which in distance is nearly a hundred miles,) accompanied by a Local Preacher. After riding five hours we came to the house of a Dutch Boor, (farmer,) where we unsaddled our horses and rested a short time. We again mounted our horses, and rode until the shades of night overtook us, when we reached the house of another Boor, where we halted for the might: this family professed a regard for the religion of their ancestors. We read a portion of the Word of God, and prayed with them before we retired to rest. An hour before sunrise on the following morning we recommenced our journey, and rode until eleven, A.M., when we reached a Dutch Boor's, and partook of a repast.
On our arrival at Somerset we found much company gathered together on occasion of the approaching NachtMaal, or quarterly Sacrament. With difficulty we procured a resting-place for the night. At ten o'clock on the following morning we were gladdened by the sound of a bell summoning the people to the house of prayer; we attended, and heard the Gospel preached to many (Dutch) who i. come from different places to be present on the occasion. The resident Minister is a
pious, active, and zealous young man,"
and labours to bring the people to
God. He was assisted by the Rev. A. Murry, of Graaf-Reinet, and my poor services were requested. On the Sabbath, public service commenced at ten, A.M., and closed at three, P.M. About one hundred persons sat down at the Lord's table; two other services were observed before the evening closed. On Monday morning I visited the Landdrost, and several other families, and in the afternoon rode up the mountain to the hospitable mansion of Robert Hart, Esq., who feels a great interest in the spread of the Gospel among all ranks and colours of men. With him I had a free conversation on the practicability of commencing a Mission at Somerset and its neighbourhood; he was of opinion that this would do much good, especially to the English and Hottentots, besides adding a link in the chain of Stations, which it would be desirable to connect from Albany to the Boschuanas; and he promises, should such a Mission be commenced, to give it his support and assistance. In Somerset othere are between twenty and thirty English families, and between two and three hundred Hottentots and Slaves, and in its neighbourhood many hundreds more living with the Boors. On my return from the mountain, I was requested to preach to the English in a place which they had provided. I willingly consented; and when the hour of service arrived, I had the pleasure of seeing about fifty grown persons present, who paid great attention to the truths delivered. In the evening a person was deputed to wait on me, to request I would take Somerset into consideration, and endeavour to get a Missionary appointed to labour among them. I promised to make a report of their case to the Chairman of the District. Two pieces of land were offered, gratis, to build a chapel on, and a sufficiency of bricks for that purpose. On Wednesday morning, at five, A.M., we left Somerset, and rode until the going down of the sun, when we reached a Boor's place, and there rested for the might; and yesterday evening, at five, P.M., we reached home, thankful for the past, and with a full determination to devote ourselves to "our great work. 29th.-Westerday I preached twice in Graham's Town, to very large congre
gations. Our people say, the chapel here
was never so well filled as it is at this
time, and as attention is excited among The Auxiliary Missionary Society for the hearers, we hope to see good doue, this District promises well for this year; and many turned from darkness to we bave a hope of exceeding the inlight, and from the power of Satan" come of the past year, notwithstanding unto God.
It is the people have had to contend with June 7th.-Reports from Mr. Shaw's many difficulties, and to make many saStation in Caffreland are pleasing and crifices. The great scarcity of corn cucouraging. In a letter of last week - now experienced is a serious thing lo Mr. Shaw writes, “ We intend bap. the settlers, as, in consequence thereof, tizing three more of our people on Sun. meal and fiour have risen to Dearly day next, and our prospects continue double the price of last year. Thank very encouraging;" Mr. Shepstone, on God, however, religion is extending its his return from the colony, where he influence, and producing a change on had been three weeks, writes, “I am many who formerly neglected their surprised at the expertness of the Car- salvation, and lived without God, and fres in the erection of the wall. I as-, without hope in the world. The folsure you I have never seen any thing lowing is an extract of a note sent by a better built in the colony, and only respectable settler to one of our Circuit wish we had begun with it much sooner. Stewards. "Mr. B.'s respects to Mr. I am now quite encouraged with the Weeks, and has sent him eight dollars' prospect of success in this uew attempt, worth of beautiful lemons, gathered this as not only the appearance of a Station morning, from trees planted since his may be much improved by this sort of arrival in the colony. Mr. B. wishes building, but its permanency secured. five dollars of this to be placed to tbe Experience has taught me not to be Wesleyan Mission-fund, which Mr. W. very sanguine as to what is to be ex- will be kind enough to do for him. pected from the untaught savage; bat Mr. B. will willingly give this much now, I venture to give my opinion, annually, in the same way, if that and really think good houses will be would be agreeable, and though it may built, even in Caffreland, by the Caffres be considered a sour gift, Mr. B. hopes themselves."
it may assist ju ameliorating and tem17th.-le meeting the Classes for the pering the minds of many." renewing of their quarterly tickets, iny 29th. Our Quarterly Meeting ou spirit has been much refreshed, and Tuesilay last, was a day of edification my gratitude to God increased. A and profit: the inembers of the meetmanifest growth in grace is apparenting seemed deeply impressed with the in many of the old members, and the value of souls, and more determined to new ones are growing in the know. lay themselves out for the glory of God, ledge and love of Christ. Several of the and the salvation of their fellow-men. latter have, during the past quarter, The Love-seast lield in the evening was been brought into the liberty of the a very solemn season, the power of Gospel, and are running with diligence divine grace was present, and all the race set before them; we have, seemed to say, “Surely God is in this however, 'been called to exercise the place.” A member stated, he had been discipliuc of the church, and suspend led to seek God, through the good contwo or three who have been drawn duct of a Hottentot, whom he had folaside by vanity, and overcome by the lowed in the busb, and found at prayer. love of the world; but they mourn their After prayer he spoke to the Hottentnt, departure from God's ways, and, feeling who exhorted him to save his soul, and sensible of their loss, are desirous to his ex bortation proved successful. return to Christ and to the Church. ? ? *** 99 7!!) milt ol 5000 to plurgiat
C WEST INDIAN MISSIONS.
.. -, BARBADOES. We have the pleasure to state, from a Letter just received from Mr. Rayner, that on his application to Sir Henry Warde, the Governor, who had returned from England, the Mission had been promised all tlie legal protection in Iris Excellency's power. An additional Missionary is about to be sent, to assist Mr. Rayner in his work in the country, where access is given to some plantations, on one of which the excellent proprietor is building a Chapel for the instruction of his people. The re-erection of the Mission-Chapel at Bridgetown must nowy be shortly proceeded in'; Hut as all the attempts made by the Committee to obtain remuneration for the loss
sustained by the Society by the destruction of the former premises have failed, the cost of the Chapel and dwelling-house, to be erected in their place, must fall upon the Mission Fund. This is now wholly inadequate to this expen. diture, which, with all economy, must be considerable; and the Committee earnestly and respectfully, solicit from the friends of Missions, and of religious liberty, the aid of their kind subscriptions for this purpose. The enormity of the outrage, the stability and meek behaviour of the Society under persecutions, and the present favourable openings for usefulness in that colony, all afford powerful motives for a special exertion being made in favour of the re-establishment of this Mission, and for providing a place of worship for the congregation who were so wantonly deprived of their former “house of prayer.” Subscriptions for this purpose will be received by the General Treasurers; by the Secretaries at the Mission House; and by any
of the Treasurers and Secretaries of the Auxiliary and Branch Societies.
JAMAICA.—Ertract of a Letter from Mr
In Kingston we have much labour at present, chiefly in the renewing of tickets. I am more than ever convinced of the vast importance of this part of our duty, and feel determined to be firm in the discharge of it. In the course of this visitation I have been pleased with the improvement of many of our Members; for in them we see that our labour is not in vain. But there are others who are a pain and grief to us. This work already takes up between seven and eight weeks of every quarter, and for most of these we are employed about 'four hours every day, two in the morning, and two in the evening; but as I am resolved to let no individual pass on these occasions without attention, I design for the time to come to allow ten weeks per quarter for going over the whole,
I am not able as yet to form an idea of our increase for the present quarter; but I do not expect much in this way. Death has of late been making great havoc among us : hardly a day has passed for some time in which we have not had to consign one, two, and sometimes three of our Members to the house appointed for all living. Since the commencement of the year we have lost four useful Leaders by death, some of whom had been Leaders of no ordinary stamp for piety and usefulness. Two, especially, were cut down in the “mid-time of their days,” who had been for some time pillars in
. Duncan, dated Kingston, June 15th, 1826.
the house of God... But respecting both
the average of the two congrega
tions, taken together, is not less than two thousand and five hundred ; and the number of hearers on the Lord's Day is also evidently on the increase.,
divine service, viz., Mahaica, Glazer's Last, and Mahaicony. Our chapel in Mahaica is attended by negroes from twenty-four estates, though the principal part of the congregation comes from about fourteen of those within a few miles' of the village. Those from the other, plantations are often unable to attend in consequence of the distance, or, at least, to reach in time to get into the chapel before every form and aisle is crowded to excess. It is pleasing to see the regularity of those who can attend. They allow no kind of weather to hinder them from coming to the house of prayer. On three Sabbath mornings, since my arrival, it has rained almost in torrents; and on the first of them I feared we should have no congregation at all; but when the time arrived we saw the people coming in groups, through the rain, and our chapel was crowded as at other times. This is always the case, and they generally bring with them a change of linen, which they manage to keep dry, and put on when they reach Mahaica. Applications for baptism are numerous. During the last quarter we received eighty under instruction; and, as they are very ignorant, a capable person has been appointed to teach and explain to them the smaller Catechism. The members of Society are generally walking circumspectly, and I hope growing in knowledge and grace. At both our places up the coast we are likely to receive an abundant reward for our toil. The congregations are still increasing, and from the surrounding population of both places, and the general desire of the negroes for religious instruction, we have reason to believe they will continue to increase abundantly. At each place several have lately given themselves to the Lord, and many have applied to be baptized, as a preparatory step to being received into Society, It has been intimated to you that two Missionaries might be well and use
fully employed on this coast, and 1 caumot but earnestly wish that a second may soon be sent. No one man can do justice to the congregations and Societies in their present state, during the time allotted for religious instruction, however willing, diligent, and laborious he may be. At present we are obliged to begin service at an earlier hour in the morning than, the people from the distant plantations can attend, in consequence of which they are often deprived of the privilege of hearing the Scriptures read and the word preached. For want of time, the Preacher is often obliged to neglect some very important duties, and can only attend to some others partially. But if another Missionary were sent, we should be able to commence the public worship at a convenient hour, and to pay that attention to the various branches of our duty which so imperiously, ou this very promising Station, demand our attention. It would then also be in our power to have divine service at Mabaica every Lord's Day. And as the slaves in this colony are fed by their masters, and have every Sunday at their own disposal, this would prove of infinite advantage to them, and bring them into the practice of regarding the day of the Lord as sacred and holy.
We are looking out for a letter from the Committee by every packet, containing their final determination respecting Mahaica chapel. Independent of the dangerous state of the present one, it is far too small to accommodate the numbers that attend. Our Society, when present, fillsit, and during preaching, all the forms, aisles, and steps are exceedingly crowded, and hundreds are frequently obliged to stand outside. Besides these I believe many more would attend if they had any chance of being accommodated, but as they are disappointed from time to time, after the long and fatiguing walks they take, they get discouraged.
. . . Domestic INTELLIGENCE,
Anniversahiks of Auxiliary AND branch. Societies.
April 14th.' Wolsingham Baneh; Mr. John Green in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. James Bromley; other speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Ingham, Thompson,T. Hickson, and Duani Messrs. Wilson and White. Collection, £12.2s. 1d.,,.." *
June 16th. Holt Branch: Lieut. Watlings R.N., in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. Samuel Hope ; other Speakers, the Rev, Messrs. Gilpin, Attersley, (Dissenting Minister,) and Messn. Saunders, Ballarchy, Cousins, and Wiseman. Collections, £10.17s. Iid,
*9th., stafford Branch : Thomas Brookes, Esq. in the Chair. !. Joshua *:::::::: **** i.other Speakers, th. #A. #o:
independent Minister, toion. e - toto r
Boulton and ty. to: 0s. 10d. ; Hughes, Esq., and M
Oct. 10th. Norwich District Auxiliary: Preachers, the Rev. Messrs. Gaulter and Bardsall;
Rev. Messrs. Welborne, Day, Beaumont, (Independent Minister,) Wigg,
(Baptist Minister,) Jackson, Towers, and Hope. Collections, £53. Oct. 16th. Portsmouth District Auxiliary. Thomas Marriott, Esq., in the Chair. Preachers, the Rev. Messrs. James, Mason, Anderson, and Toase; other Speakers, the Rev, Messrs, Secker
son, J. Stamp, jun., and White.
Oct. 18th. Evesham Branch; the Rev. F. Collier in the Chair. Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Williams, Close, Davis, Hickling, Crooks; and Mr. Turner.
e Marsden in the Chair. Preachers, the Rev. he Rev. Messrs. Turton, Garratt, Sumner, Heap, r, Crompton. Collections, £40.
Qct. 18th. Southampton Branch: Thomas Marriott, Esq., in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev.
i other. Speakers, the Rev. Messrs, James, Mason, Seçkerson, Toase, White, Kelk,
*Donald, and Draper, (Baptist Minister.) Čof
Messrs. Farrar and White ; other Speakers, the Rev.
Preachers, the Rev. essrs. Edwards, Turnbull, and Goulty,
(Independent Ministers,) Geden, Osborne; and T. Walker, Esq. Collections, £38. Oct. 23d, Ipswich Branch : the Rev. J. M., Ray, (Independent Minister,) in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. W. B. Stephenson, other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Newstead, Cox, (Independent Minister,) Dixon, Notcutt, (Independent Minister,) Fordred, Hewlett, (Independent Mimister,) J. R. Browne, Meadmore, T. Brown; and Mr. Cutting. Collections, £20. 7s. 4d.
chair. Preacher, the Rev. W. Bacon; other speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Aga, wash,
Burton Branch, Burton and Lichfield Circuit; the Rev. H. S. Hopwood in the
tist Minister,) Bromilley, (Independent Minister,) Watson, Heys, and Ingham. Collectious, £30. Oct. 24th. Lichfield Branck, Burton and Lichfield Circuit: Rev. H. S. Hopwood in the
Preacher, the Rev. A. J. Jewitt. Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Rosser, Agar, Heys,
Ingham, and Thomas Thompson, Esq., of London. Collections, £12.
Marlborough Branch : the Rev. R. Wheeler in the Chair.
Preacher, the Rev.
Ilkeston Branch: Themas Jerram, Esq., in the Chair, 8
akers, the Rev.
Messrs. Aver, Smith, Trestry, Shaw, (Independent Minister,). Percel, (Baptist Minister,) Newton,
contributions, The amount of contributions received it: General Treasurers of the Wesleyan-Methodist
Missionary Society, since the 15th of Oc
r, is, £3236.6s. 4d. Among these are the fol.
lowing items:- +. s. d. -
through faith in the Redeemer of men. He soon found in those authentic promises of mercy, which he discovered in Revelation, the grace that could save; and he was comforted with a divine
suasion of his acceptance in the BeI. and enjoyed both the witness and fruit of the Spirit. When I was stationed in the Deptford Circuit, where I found him, I soon perceived his steady activity, and the real character of his worth, in that cause which he had embraced. He was then appointed to meet a Class, which flourished under his pious and vigilant superintendence. On the reduction of the number of hands in the dock-yard, at Deptford, in consequence of the re