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Llanbrynmair ; the charges were very serious and appropriate. The hearers were addressed very strikingly by the Rev. E. Davies, of Trawsfynydd, who concluded the service by prayer.

Sermons were delivered by Revs. Messrs. Davies, of Berea; Edwards of Ebenezer ; Hughes, of Llangollen ; Parry, of Wern; Roberts, of Penyberet; James, of Llansaintfraid ; Evans, of Barmouth.

that place. The Rev. J. Wills, of Bridport, read the Scriptures and prayed ; the Rev. G. Jones, of Lyme-Regis, delivered the intro. ductory discourse; the Rev. J. Hargraves, of Morcomblake, asked the questions and received the confession of faith; the Rev. T. Clark, of Bridport, offered the ordination prayer, with the imposition of the hands of the ministers present; the Rev. A. Bishop, of Beaminster, delivered the charge from 2 Tim. ii. 15; and the Rev. S. Pearse, of Crewkerne, closed the service with prayer.

In the evening the Rev. J. Prior, of Weytown, read the Scriptures, and prayed ; and the Rev. W. H. Griffiths, B. A., of Chard, preached to the people ; Mr. Treffrey, of Bridport, closed the services of the day by prayer.

The very crowded attendance on these delightfully solemn services, gave proof of the deep interest felt by the neighbouring ministers and friends in them, and in the cause at Broadwinsor, which has much improved during the last six months.

Rev. J. E. Judson. The ordination of the Rev. J. E. Judson, late of Hackney College, to the pastorate of the Congregational church assembling in Lindfield, Sussex, took place on Wednesday Oct. the 4th. The Rev. S. Ransom, Hebrew and Classical Tutor of Hackney College, preached a luminous introductory discourse; the Rev. E. Jones, of Lewes, asked the usual questions ; the Rev. J. Edwards, of Brighton, offered the ordination prayer ; the Rev. J. Leifchild, D.D., of London, delivered a very impressive and affectionate charge to the young minister ; the Rev. J. N. Goulty, of Brighton, preached an effective sermon to the people.

The chapel was crowded with a deeply interested audience, in which were many neighbouring ministers, of whom the Revs. Messrs. Hall, Roberts, Kidgell, Gravett, and Hunter, took part in the services.

Rev. Dr. Jackson. On Wednesday, October 4, 1843, the Rev. Dr. Jackson, late of Highbury Col. lege, was ordained pastor of the church assembling at Trinity Chapel, Sudbury. The Rev. E. Prout, of Halsted, commenced the solemn services of the day, with reading appropriate portions of Scripture and with prayer; the principles of nonconformity were very fully and forcibly set forth by the Rev. J. Carter, of Braintree; the Rev. R. Skinner, of Hadleigh, proposed the usual questions, which being satisfactorily answered, the Rev. T. Craig, of Bocking, offered the ordination prayer; the charge was then delivered by the Rev. Dr. Henderson, President of Highbury College, founded on 1 Timothy iii. 15, in which the duties of a pastor, in and out of “the house of God," were clearly explained, and affectionately enforced.

In the evening, the Rev. J. Whitby, of Ipswich, preached a very excellent sermon to the people, from 1 Thess. v. 12, 13.

Besides the above-named ministers, there were present, the Rev. Messrs. Anderson (Baptist), Colman, Clements (Baptist), Elliott, Frazer (of Edinburgh), Harris, Hollis, Higgs (Baptist), Humphreys (Baptist), Johnson (of Stokes), Millis, Moore, Butler, Steer, Watkinson, and J. D. Williams (of Highbury College), most of whom took some part in the service.

The chapel was crowded on both occasions with a highly respectable and very attentive congregation.

Rev. J. Thomas. Rev. John Thomas, late of Windsor Academy, Liverpool, was publicly ordained to the work of the Christian ministry at Dinas, Merionethshire, Sept. the 29th, 1843. The public services were introduced by the Rev. T. Edwards, of Ebenezer, Carnarvonshire; the true church of Christ was des cribed very satisfactorily by the Rev. C. Jones, of Dolgelly; the questions were asked by the Rev. H. Morgans, of Sammah ; the ordination prayer was offered by Rev. J. Williams, of Aberhosaas ; the charge to the young minister was given by the Rev. H. Lloyd, of Towyn (his late pastor); and to the church by the Rev. S. Roberts, of

Rev. R. Bowman. On Wednesday, October 18, 1843, Mr. R. Bowman, late of Airedale College, was publicly set apart to the pastoral office over the church and congregation assembling in Bethel Chapel, Bishopwearmouth, as successor to the Rev. Mr. Richardson, recently removed to London. The Rev. S. Goodall, of Durham, introduced the service by reading the Scriptures and prayer; the introductory discourse was delivered by the Rev. J. Glendening, of Huddersfield : the questions were proposed by the Rev. A. Reid, of Newcastle; the Rev. S. Watkinson, of Monkwearmouth, offered the ordination

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prayer; and the charge to the minister was and overflowing congregation. It is to be delivered by the Rev. Walter Scott, Presi- hoped that the settlement of the above highly dent and Theological Tutor of Airedale promising young minister of Jesus Christ at College.

Barnsley, will eminently conduce to the inIn the evening, the Rev. A. Jack, of crease and spiritual prosperity of the church North Shields, preached to the people. of which he has the oversight, and to the

The Revs. C. Bingley, of Middleborough; spread of evangelical truth generally in the W. Campbell, of Newcastle ; R. Penman, town and neighbourhood. of Chester-le-street; J. Anderson, of Easington-lane; W. Day, of Sunderland ; and T. Bowman, of North Shields; also took

Rev. J. Jones. part on the occasion.

On Thursday, Oct. the 19th, 1843, serThe congregations were numerous and vices were held at Rook lane chapel, Frome, respectable, and the services highly inter- Somerset, for the recognition of the Rev. J. esting.

Jones, late of Newport, Monmouthshire, as the pastor of the Independent church

assembling there. The nature of a Chris. RECOGNITIONS.

tian church was clearly stated by the Rer.

D. R. Stephen, of Newport, MonmouthRev. Benjamin Beddow.

shire; the usual questions were proposed On Thursday, Oct. 5th, the Rev. Benja. by the Rev. B. D. Evans, of Trudoxhill, min Beddow, late of Burley, was publicly Frome; the Divine blessing, on the union recognised as pastor of the Congregational was fervently implored by the Rev. W. church assembling in Salem Chapel, Barns. Fernie, of Zion chapel, Frome; the Rer. ley. The Rev. J. D. Lorraine, of Wake- H. Jones, of Tredegar, preached on the nafield, introduced the service by reading the ture of the union between a church and its Scriptures, and prayer; the Rev. J. G. minister ; and the Rev. T. Parry, of NewMiall, of Bradford, delivered the introduc. port, preached on the general duties of the tory discourse ; the Rev. Thomas Scales, church. The Rev. Messrs. Middleditch, of Leeds, proposed the questions, and Jones, Griffith, Cuzner, Evans, of Westprayed ; the Rev. W. H. Stowell, pre- bury, and Garrett, also took part in the sident of Rotherham College, gave the services. charge to the minister ; and the Rev. J. Mr. Jones enters on the above charge with Ely, of Leeds, preached the sermon to the the most encouraging prospect of usefulness, people.

the larger chapel being crowded with attenThe service was of a deeply interesting cha- tive and deeply impressed hearers. racter, and was listened to by an attentive

General Chronicle.

SUCCESS OF WESLEYAN MISSION ON THE

COAST OF GUINEA. (From the October Misionary Register.) We take the earliest opportunity of laying before our readers extracts from the Journal of the Rev. Thomas B. Freeman, in which he gives an account of his visit to several places in the interior. The account, in respect of Badagry and Abbekuta, is si. milar to that given by Mr. Townsend, who visited these places a very short time afterward. Badagry, only known previously as the seat of the most sanguinary superstition and the scene of the worst atrocities and cruelties of the slave-trade-where, through the jealousy with which Europeans were regarded, our countryman, Lander, was compelled to drink the poisonous Fetish draught-has welcomed back the emigrants from Sierra Leone, who have returned to

these shores whence they had been forcibly dragged ; and Christian missionaries, hailed there as friends and benefactors, have made an encouraging commencement of their work.

Results of the Mission at Badagry. The formation of this mission has opened the way into the Aku or Yoruba country. On his arrival at Badagry, Mr. Freeman found that the greater number of the emigrants, for whose benefit the mission was primarily intended, had proceeded into the interior, and had settled at a town called in the Aku language, Abbekuta, which was represented as the chief town of the Eba or Egba tribe. To this place, as soon as he had made the necessary arrangements for settling Mr. and Mrs. De Graft, he determined to repair ; and was surprised to find, at a distance of about ninety geographical

miles N.N.E. or N.E. by n. from Badagry, a course with this country, and on the subselarge town, covering twice as much ground quent arrangements which were made, we as the capital of Ashantee, and containing, are not at liberty at present to enter. We according to his calculation, from 40,000 to shall await the result with much solicitude. 50,000 inhabitants ; though Mr. Townsend Should Great Britain renew its friendly recomputed them at 30,000. At this place, lations with the king of Dabomi ; adopt the of which Clapperton makes no mention, and recommendation of the late parliamentary which does not appear to have been previ- committee on Western Africa to re-establish ously visited by any European, he met with the factory at Whydah, (which, it will be many emigrants who had been united with seen, is now desired by the king of Dahomi the Wesleyan mission at Sierra Leone, as himself,) together with the one at Badagry ; well as some others who had been attached and give such protection to the emigrants to the Church Missionary Society. Their from Sierra Leone as would be afforded by Christian conduct had produced such a a decisive announcement on the coast that favourable impression on Sodeke, the king, she would not allow them to be molested or that he encouraged them to cultivate the oppressed; the accursed traffic in human civilized habits which they had acquired ; beings would soon be brought to an end in and was prepared, by the good impression the bight of Benin, and the emigrants might which they had made on his mind, to re- be made the pioneers of Christianity and ceive Mr. Freeman with the greatest cor- civilization in the countries extending from diality.

the coast to the Niger. The importance of this opening can Having given this connected view of his scarcely be overrated. Already, commer- proceedings, we now select the principal cial intercourse with the coast is establish- details the ed; and, on the other hand, amicable intercourse is maintained between Abbekuta, or

Rev. Thomas B. Freeman's Journal. Understone, and Haussa, the southern Mr. Freeman, with Mr. and Mrs. De boundary of which is distant only about Graft, left Cape Coast on the 19th, and seven days' journey, and to whose king Mr. landed at Badagry on the 24th of SeptemFreeman had the opportunity of sending a ber, 1842. friendly message, by an embassy which arrived at Understone, while he was there.

Proceedings at Badagry.

Sept. 24. Having reached the shore, we Important Communications with the King proceeded from the beach over a sandy plain, of Dahomi.

about a mile in width, covered with a thin The commencement of the mission at Ba. sward of grass. We then came to the dagry has led to friendly intercourse with banks of the Lagoon, which communicates Dahomi, and has afforded an opportunity with the sea at Lagos, and stretches westfor introducing the gospel into that king- ward, with few interruptions, as far as Cape dom. Knowing the character of its sove- St. Paul's. At Badagry the Lagoon asreign, and apprehensive that his proceedings sumes more the appearance of a fine broad at Badagry might probably be interrupted river with a current setting down toward by his interference, Mr. Freeman deter- Lagos. Directly opposite that part of mined, if possible, to see him, and endeavour Badagry, called “the English Town," the to secure his acquiescence in his plans. He breadth of the Lagoon is from a half to accordingly, on his return from Abbekuta, three quarters of a mile. We crossed the proceeded by way of Whydah, to the royal Lagoon in a large canoe ; and, between two residence at Kanna; where he contradicted and three o'clock in the afternoon, had the the report which had been circulated, that unspeakable satisfaction of placing our feet the missionary was building a fort at Ba- on shore at Badagry, where we were kindly dagry, and explained to the king the na- received by Warru, the chief or headman ture and objects of the mission. A very of the English town. favourable impression was evidently made Sept. 25, Lord's day.-Mr. and Mrs. on the mind of this influential monarch ; De Graft occupy part of one of Mr. Hutand he intrusted to Mr. Freeman's care, for ton's bamboo-stores, and I live in my little education, four children selected from the tent. No place is to be obtained in which royal household ; and requested that Why- we can hold Divine worship; this is a sedah as well as Badagry, might be favoured rious inconvenience; but I hope that we with a missionary, who should go up once shall soon do better. a year to visit the capital.

Sept. 26. We have been busily engaged On the steps taken by Mr. Freeman for in landing our luggage, furniture, and timmaking the British authorities acquainted ber for our intended mission house. with the willingness of the king of Dahomi Oct. 2, Lord's day. In the afternoon, to abolish the slave-trade in his dominions, Mr. De Graft conducted Divine service in and his desire to maintain commercial inter- my tent, and preached from Psalm xcvi. 4. Our congregation was small, consisting of We have all been deeply affected at this our own little family and our workmen. painful catastrophe. May it quicken our At present we have not been able to hold souls ! a regular public service, on account of our In the afternoon our bamboo cottage was having no convenient place; and it seems forward enough to admit of our remoral too early yet to preach in the public streets. into it. My tent, with a piece of painted The Christian emigrants from Sierra Leone

canras over the top, under which I hare are nearly all residing at Abbekuta, or Un.

slept every night since our arrival, has derstone, a large town upwards of one hun. withstood several heavy showers of rain. dred miles distant from Badagry.

For several days and nights past, Mr. and Oct. 4. We went into the bush to find Mrs. De Graft have occupied a temporary timber for piles for the new mission house. tent, in preference to the store, as the The soil of Badagry is very sandy; and as latter is infested with a dangerous kind of there is no stone in the neighbourhood, we snake. must build a wooden frame-house on piles. Oct. 16, Lord's-day. At eleven A.M.

Oct. 5. We proceeded up the Lagoon Mr. De Graft read prayers and preached in to seek for timber, and found some that will our temporary cottage ; and at half-past well suit us about four miles from Badagry. three P.m. I preached. Many of the Pagan

Oct. 6. We brought up our large ca- natives were present in the afternoon, and noe from the beach to the Lagoon, for the seemed interested and attentive. purpose of transporting timber down to Oct. 21. I feel myself poorly. Mr. De Badagry. We found it very hard work to Graft went up the Lagoon for timber. My take the canoe across the plain, on account messenger, James Ferguson, an emigrant of its great weight, it being very strong from Sierra Leone, returned from Under. and so large as to require twenty-one men stone, bringing me a strong useful pony as to work it at sea. We were toiling at it in a present from Sodeke, the king, also a the heat of the day for several hours. Moorish saddle and bridle. At such an act

Oct. 8. I sent a messenger to the king of kindness on the part of a perfect stranger at Understone.

I feel agreeably surprised. Ferguson brings Oct. 9, Lord's day. I preached in the also a pressing invitation to me, from So. afternoon under an awning prepared for the deke, to visit him at Understone. The foloccasion. At the conclusion of the service, lowing copy of a note which I received from I met Warru, Akia, and Jinji, the other Sodeke, written, I suppose, by one of the chiefs of the town, to explain to them more Sierra Leone emigrants, is a gratifying proof fully my object in visiting Badagry. They of the favourable state of his mind respectappeared pleased, and, satisfied with my ex- ing a visit from a Christian missionary. planations, thanked me for my visit. Oct. 11. We commenced building a

"To the Englishman at Badagry,–1 temporary bamboo cottage for the use of the

thank you for your kind promise that you mission, until we can provide something

will visit us in this country. I shall be glad more substantial.

to receive you ; and, by the blessing of God, Oct. 13. An eventful day! About one

nothing shall harm you. P.M. we heard a report of a tremendous

" I remain, yours truly, explosion in the direction of the beach, and

“SODEKE, saw an immense volume of black smoke rise immediately over the place where the

" King of Understone. " New Times" was anchored. A party im- Understone, Oct. 1842." mediately started for the beach ; and, alas! not a vestige of the “New Times" could be On receiving these tokens of Sodeke's seen, nor any person to give the least infor- good feeling towards us, I determined on mation respecting her; whence they con. visiting Understone as soon as the work on cluded that the vessel was blown up, and that the mission premises in Badagry should be the whole of the crew had perished. Every sufficiently forward to admit of our leaving succeeding hour has tended to confirm us in it for a week or two. our fears that the captain and all the crew Oct. 24. Mr. De Graft went up the Lahad perished. How solemn, how awful the goon for more timber, while I made prereflection, that, without (in all probability) paration for putting down piles for the mis. a minute's warning, the crew, were launched sion house. into eternity! Oh, my God,

(For the remainder of this interesting " Arm me with jealous care As in thy sight to live!

Journal, see the Supplement.)
And oh thy servant, Lord, prepare

A strict account to give !

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