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sides of the Winterberg ; so that in the tion, from Job xxxi, 14. Thus ended evening they could not be found : the my usual Sabbath-day's labour. O that wolves discovered them, and gave them the seed sown may bring forth fruit to chase : one of the foals was seriously the glory of God, and the good of imbitten by the wolves.
mortal souls ! 13th.-I left Lieuw-Fountain, and 20th.--I left home this morning for crossed the Winterberg by the waggon the settlements of Zibi and Umgala, and road. The wind was blowing hard from the small new town of Alice. I find the the north-west, and most piercingly cold. natives of these two Chiefs getting setI felt, for the first time in my life, con tled, and anxious for more Missionary siderable pain in my limbs, in descend. assistance. I could only hope and proing the mountain on the south side. I mise that, when this Circuit should again arrived, in the close of the day, at the have a second Preacher, more attention residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stapels, should be paid to their wants. In the thankful for a shelter and a resting evening I arrived at Alice, and preached place. I spent the evening with com to a small, but attentive, congregation of fort to myself, and, I trust, with profit English hearers. to this interesting Wesleyan family.
23d.-I went to one of the settlements, 14th._I left the family of Mr. Stapels, to bury a child of one of our members. and proceeded on my way to Fort-Beau. It was encouraging to see the effects of fort. I turned aside into a valley called the Gospel in civilising these people. A Kaal-Hoek, to visit and baptize the child very decent coffin had been bought by of one of our congregation; and in the the parents, and the family followed in evening arrived at home all well, having suitable mourning-apparel. How differbeen from home ten days; during which ent this from their former state! The custime I have travelled over upwards of tom was then, in the time of their hea. two hundred miles of heavy mountain then darkness, not to allow the sick to country, visited a brother Missionary die in the house ; but, dying, they were in affliction, preached to two large con taken to a neighbouring thicket, and gregations of natives, and visited some there left to die alone : should they, of our people who are scattered over the however, die in the house, the body was country.
hurried away to the bush, and there lett Sunday morning, at nine o'clock, I as food for beasts and birds of prey. attended the English Sabbath-school : But now a coffin is provided, when dead, the attendance was good ; but, from the and a grave dug to receive the remains depressed state of trade, many families of the departed, besides the great attephave been compelled to leave this town tion given when sick and dying. in search of employment, and the num. 26th.--This morning I went out to the ber in our English schools and congrega nearest native settlement. The business tions has become less. At a quarter be. was twofold : one was, to point out the fore eleven I preached on the subject of ground for some new comers, on which morning prayer, from Psalm v. 3. At to build, and make their cattle-kraals; two P.M. I visited the Kaffir Sunday. and the other was, to meet one of the school : this department of our labour is native classes, and to divide it, the numin a most encouraging state. The late bers having grown too many for one Government arrangement, in forming na- Class-Leader to meet at one time. This tive villages around this town, has brought class of people give me great encouragea large native population, speaking the ment. In the evening I preached to the Kaffir language, under our care: the English congregation. people of the following Fingoe Chiefs Sunday, July 1st.–This has been a have placed themselves under our teach- day of full and delightful labour. At ing; namely, Zazela, Zibi, Nonbanda, nine A,m. I visited and assisted in the and Umgala. At each of these settle- English Sabbath-school. At eleven I ments we wish to place native Teachers : preached to an attentive English congrewe have already two established, and gation, from Isai. Ixiii. I, the close of have promised the Government and the the verse ; discoursing on the might of Chiefs to establish others as soon as our Jesus to save. As it regards my own means will allow : this class of natives experience, I felt it delightful to disbrought into this Circuit number at least course on the might of the Saviour. At three thousand souls. At half-past three two P.M. I addressed a small company P.M. I preached to the Kaffir congrega. in a private house, in Dutch, from the tion : I have great encouragement in this same text. There being in this town a part of my labour. At six P.M. I few persons who cannot understand Engpreached again to the English congrega- lish sufficiently to profit by an English
sermon, for the service of these I have the devotion of the congregation, the proposed to preach in Dutch on the first reading of 2 Chron. vi, and John xvii., Sabbath in the month : they appeared with our beautiful and scriptural Liturgy, attentive. I trust that this addition to and the hearty and correct singing of our my labour will prove a blessing to this fine and suitable hymns.all tended class of the inhabitants of the place. At profitably to affect the mind. The text three P,m. I went to the Kaffir service, from which I addressed the congregation and found the place of meeting crowded was Isai. Ixiii. 1. In the afternoon our with adults and children. It being the day long-tried friend, the Rev. John Taylor, for receiving the approved catechumens preached in Dutch, from Prov. iv. 18. into the church by the rite of baptism, In the evening, at six, I preached again, numbers had come in from the various in English, from Psalm xliv. )_4. settlements to be present on the occasion. 9ih.—This evening a public tea-meetOne young man and six women wit. ing was held in the Government schoolnessed a good confession before many room. Several persons addressed the witnesses: these were admitted into company present. The results of the church-fellowship in the usual way, while opening-services exceeded £100. three of our native Local Preachers com. Ten years ago this month, Mr. Green mended them to God in very fervent visited, for the first time, Cradock. He prayer. It was a season of great spirit was then kindly received by the Rev. ual interest and profit. At six P.M. I Mr. Taylor, the district Clergyman. preached on the delightful subject of The following month the Haslope-Hills God's gracious invitation to sinners, station was formed ; and this town, sixty Isai. i. 18. Thus closed a day of full miles distant, was brought into my Cirlabour and toil. O that good may result cuit-plan of labour. From my first enfrom the same! Altogether, the services trance amongst this people, and for the have been well attended, and the atten. long period of six years that I was per. tion of the hearers most encouraging. mitted to labour, I have invariably found
July 5th.-I left home for Cradock, Mr. Taylor, and the influential and leadto take part in the opening services of ing persons of the Dutch Reformed the new Wesleyan chapel ; at which Church, kind and constant friends. I place I arrived in safety on the third day have reason to know that our labours at noon,
were blessed to some of the members of Sunday, 8th.—This morning the new that Church. From very small beginchapel was opened for the public wore nings the work has branched out, as our ship of Almighty God. The morning statistical returns will show. service was well attended : the appear. Hitherto the Lord hath helped us : to ance of the place, (a beautiful building,) Him be all the glory.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Smith, dated Bathurst,
November 20th, 1849. It affords me pleasure that I am mercy, O Lord, and grant us Thy salable to inform you of the measure of vation !” God has answered our prayer : success with which it has pleased the the Circuit has been visited with a very great Head of the church to crown our gracious outpouring of the Holy Spirit ; feeble efforts in this Circuit.
and an extensive revival has taken place, The earlier portion of the year was one especially at Clumber. The Holy Spirit of considerable anxiety : spiritual mat- bas graciously accompanied the preachters were at a very low ebb amongst us; ing of the truth, and the stout-hearted a spirit of indifference seemed to be fast have in consequence trembled and bowed pervading the majority of our commu before the Lord. Heads of families, nity; and our church-members partook, some few very aged persons, and a large alas! too largely of its pernicious in- number of young persons of both sexes, fluence. The means of grace were de have been seen weeping and praying ficient in unction, and the word preached together in deep distress on account of seemed to have little “power." Under sin, have been made the happy partakers circumstances thus painful, we were of the grace of God, and have experienced frequently constrained to exclaim,“ Who that peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, hath believed our report ? and to whom which is the result of saving faith in the is the arm of the Lord revealed ?" and Lord Jesus Christ. Many backsliders with deep humility to plend, “ Wilt have also been reclaimed, and the memThou not revive us again, that Thy peo. bers generally have been greatly cheered ple may rejoice in Thee? Show us Thy and quickened in their souls. The congregations are increasingly large ; and lic worship, and also in their classes. We the deep and solemn attention that is have also lately had a more numerous given to the preaching of God's word, attendance of the Heathen on the SabSabbath after Sabbath, encourages us to bath; and several have expressed a wish hope that many will yet be “ added to to meet in class; some of whom, we the church, such as shall be saved.” For hope, are “not far from the kingdom several months past we have had addi. of God.” We are thus encouraged to tional prayer-meetings, established in the labour on at God's command, knowing neighbourhood of Clumber, which have that our “labour is not in vain in the been regularly crowded, and have been Lord." marked by a very subduing influence At Bathurst, our chapel has lately from above. Many have found peace undergone considerable repairs and alterawith God; others have been awakened tions. The Revs, W. Shaw and Pearse to a sense of their guilt and danger as kindly rendered us their assistance at the sinners, and induced to flee for refuge to re-opening services ; and I am happy to the Lord Jesus Christ, and lay hold inform you that, notwithstanding the upon the hope set before them; and we very unfavourable state of the weatber have every prospect of a continuance of at the time, our collections and subscripthis gracious work. Our week-night tions far exceeded our most sanguine congregations are nearly as large as those expectations, leaving only a small debt on the Sabbath-day, among which it is on the chapel of about £30, which our very cheering to see a great number of friends pledged themselves to pay off young persons. Our last love-feast was before the next chapel anniversary. The the most numerously attended, and the ladies have their monthly work-meeting most deeply-interesting one, I have ever and annual bazaar, the proceeds of which witnessed in this Circuit. The great are given towards liquidating the debts Head of the church was with us; and I on the chapels in the Circuit. Much has believe every one present could say, “ It been done in this way; and we hope that is good to be here.” Several of our soon no debt will remain on any of the young converts were constrained to con- chapels. The friends in James's Party fess “ the overwhelming power of saving are anxious to have their little chapel grace." Those who spoke did so with rebuilt, which was destroyed during the deep feelings. It was impossible to late Kaffir war; and they are doing what look upon these lambs of the flock, and they can to get subscriptions for this to listen to their simple tale, without purpose. We do hope that the maniunutterable gratitude to God. Many of festations of God's presence and love these young persons were scholars in our with which we have been lately favoured day-school ; and many more, who now are but the prelude to a more extensive and attend the school, are meeting in class, permanent revival of the work of God, and give clear evidence that they sin. We plead the promise in faith, “ Thou cerely desire the salvation of God. In shalt see greater things than these." the Native department of our work we I am happy to state to you that my are not left without some visible result of health is better than when I last wrote our labours, though it is far below the to you. My family are also in good extent we desire. Our members are very health at present; for which we are thankconstant in their attendance upon pub- ful to our heavenly Father.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. WHANGANUI, New-ZEALAND. we heard from Mr. Whiteley, (who had At the last Auckland District. Meeting, been to Taupo to establish a station,) it was resolved to transfer the Newark that he feared the prospects for a station station. In consequence of this resolu- in Whanganui were anything but cheer tion, I, who had lived at Newark for a ing. This, added to our former trials, few months, was removed to Whanganui. was most disheartening. At length we On our arrival here we were much dis. resolved to fix the station at Ohinemutu, couraged. Many difficulties had pre- This place is near Pipiriki, which was sented themselves in getting here. We thought a proper place for a station by had been exposed to several very severe the District-Meeting. Few natives live gales of wind in Cook's-Straits, and at on the spot; but it is near our people, length were driven ashore near the Heads and does not subject us to any collision of the river. When we reached Petre, with the natives of the Church Mission. Though our prospects are not so bright, December. It is a neat building, capable nor our numbers so large, as had been of seating two hundred persons; and anticipated by the brethren, yet things during the opening services was well are much better than we expected on our filled. On Sunday, December 9th, arrival. Upwards of one hundred per. Mr. Shaw, our General Superintendent, sons are meeting in class in this Circuit, preached in English, and Mr. Dugmore and others are shortly to be baptized. in Kaffir, when collections were made, Several chapels are in course of erection amounting to more than £15. During by the natives. The Circuit is a labori- the morning service our youngest child ous one. The river is some one hundred was dedicated to God, and introduced and sixty miles in length, and full of into the church of Christ, by the sacra. rapids, which makes travelling upon it ment of baptism. On Sunday, Decemdifficult.- Rev. William Kirk, Ohine. ber 16th, Mr. Pearse preached in Kaffir; mutu, Whanganui, June 18th, 1849. and in the evening the Rev. J. P. Ber
COLESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA.- tram was ordained to the work of the Since I last wrote, I have been requested ministry; and afterwards the sacrament to take under my care the eldest son of of the Lord's supper was administered, Moroko, the Chief of the Barolong na. Thus, by the preaching of the word of tion, together with three of the sons of God and by prayer, by the sacraments of chief men of his tribe. These youths baptism and the Lord's supper, and the had previously been some three or four ordination of a brother to the work of the years at the Watson Institution, near ministry, and by the assembly of the Salem ; but, a strong wish being ex- Elders, our little chapel has been hopressed by their parents, and also by the noured by such a consecration as few General Superintendent, the Rev. Wil- Missions can announce, or even our liam Shaw, supported by the Rev. James chapels situate in a more favoured land Cameron, the honoured Missionary of have enjoyed. Henceforth may it yet be their tribe, that they should be further more fully consecrated by the conversion instructed, I made the best arrangements of many who are as yet sitting in the I could to receive them into my family darkness of Heathenism, and in the They have now been seven months under region of the shadow of death! We take instruction, and, although the full influ. the unction which attended our late serence of their previous habits has been vices as the carnest of further blessings, felt to their disadvantage, they have and look to Him, whose we are, and made encouraging progress. The main whom we serve, and to whose glory alone design of three of the parents was, the we would dedicate all our works, for that acquisition of secular learning; but I grace and favour which shall indeed humbly hope, that they will return home cause the work of our hands to prosper. with a strong desire after the wisdom - Rev. William Impey, Mount-Coke, from above. One of them has given Kaffraria, January 30, 1850. very satisfactory evidence of a work of grace upon his heart, and has been ad
NEW KAFFIR GRAMMAR. mitted a probationer for church member. We have great pleasure in placing ship. Shortly after his admission, the before our readers the following interother three earnestly solicited also to be esting extract from the Minutes of the admitted to meet in class, and have ex. Annual Meeting of the Albany and hibited cheering indications of the draw. Kaffraria District, commenced at ings of the Spirit of God. Their wel. Mount-Coke, December 6th, 1849:fare, both spiritual and temporal, bas “Resolved,—That we have seen with called forth ihe warmest wishes and in great satisfaction the completion and tercession of the members of the church issue of Mr. Appleyard's New Grammar here.-Rev. Purdon Smailes, Colesberg, of the Kaffir language ;-a publication Cape of Good Hope, July 12th, 1849. highly creditable to the learning and
research of the author, and which must OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL IN
become the standard Grammar of the KAFFRARIA.
language. We thus express ourselves MOUNT-COKE.-During the sittings without forgetting the high merits of the of the District-Meeting (which com- Rev. W. B. Boyce's Grammar of the lan. menced on December 6th) our chapel was guage, which was the first publication that opened for public worship. By a great supplied the key to the intricacies thereof, effort we got its erection completed in by its development of the principles of time for this occasion. The foundation. whatits discoverer appropriately called the stone was laid on the 12th of July, and 'Euphonic Concord. We confidently the building was dedicated on the 9th of recommend Mr. Appleyard's Grammar as, in the main, a correct and philosophi. cal exhibition of the principles and rules which govern this ancient and interesting African language, so extensively spoken upon the continent. The manner in which the work has been printed and bound, at our printing-office, cannot fail to reflect credit upon that establishment;
and the work itself is calculated to serve the Mission, not only as forming a valu. able help to Missionaries studying the language, but also as suggesting useful hints to those on whom the duty and honour devolves of completing translations of the holy Scriptures into the Kaffir tongue.”
DEATH OF THE REV. MATTHEW LANG, CHAIRMAN
OF THE EASTERN CANADA DISTRICT. By a communication under date of Montreal, March 1st, 1850, from the Rev. John Jenkins, the Committee have received the painful intelligence of the sudden and unexpected death of the Chairman of the Eastern Canada District, the Rev. Matthew Lang, who died on Thursday, February 21st, while engaged in the performance of his ministerial work. Mr. Lang has been long known and esteemed as a faithful and useful Missionary in Canada, to which province he was sent in the year 1823, and where he has lived and laboured from that period up to the time of his lamented decease. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Jenkins, dated Montreal,
March 1st, 1850. It is my painful duty to inform you and in less than an hour was brought of the sudden and lamented death of our back to them a corpse. It is a melanexcellent and laborious Chairman, the choly and distressing event to the family. Rev. Matthew Lang, which event took Mr. Lang has left a widow and seven place at St. John's, Canada East, on children, completely unprovided for, exThursday, February 21st ; and, I need cept by our Connexional Funds. scarcely say, has cast a gloom over the The remains of our esteemed brother entire District, and plunged his widow were brought in from St. John's to Monand family into deep distress. Mr. Lang treal, and buried in the same grave with had been suffering from oppression on those of Newlove, Barry, and Lusher. the chest, more or less, for twelve Many hundreds of our friends assembled months, but not so much as to prevent to witness the funeral solemnized. By him from discharging his ordinary minis a post mortem examination, it was dis. terial duties : indeed, he has abounded covered that the disease was ossification in labours, especially since the com- of the heart. How mysterious it appears mencement of the present year.
that a Minister like Mr. Lang, of maOn the evening of Wednesday, Feb. tured experience, of growing piety, of ruary 20th, Mr. Lang preached the usual unbounded energy, and of unfailing week-night sermon in St. John's, with, fidelity, should have been thus suddenly it was even then remarked, unwonted removed from a sphere of labour and power and energy. On the Thursday influence for which he seemed more than evening, he went, accompanied by one of ever fitted, and in which we hoped to see the Leaders, to the Infantry Barracks, him move for many years, with credit to meet a class. On his way he con- to himself and with usefulness to the plained of difficulty of breathing, and church! But “my ways are not your exclaimed, “ I feel as if I were walking ways, saith the Lord, neither are your through deep snow.” When he reached thoughts my thoughts." The bereaved the barrack-room, he complained of faint. family, and the scarcely less bereaved ness, and immediately loosened his neck. District, look to you for sympathy, and kerchief; but it was the messenger of ask your counsel and direction. This death. In twenty minutes he « his body intelligence will, no doubt, add to your with his charge laid down."
anxieties, already sufficiently great. May Mrs. Lang was away from St. John's, the Lord sustain you in your conflicts, visiting an invalid daughter. The father and bring you through “more than conleft four small children happy at home, querors !"
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.