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by Mrs. Post, whether by night or day. Jr. Poft indeed obliged them to work, and in this he set thein an example; for he was undoubtedly one of the most laborious planters in the colony. It is true that Mr. Post was somewhat hasty in his temper; but he did not suffer it to overcome him so as even to induce him to inflict severe punishment.
In his dealings with others he was honest, upright, and faithful to all his engagements. His word, among those who were acquainted with him, was as good as his bond. None disputed what Mr. Post said, if it were in his power to fulfil it; and he was careful not to promise more. · Dislionesty and imposition appeared to have no place in him ; but lie was easily imposed on by others; and, in two or three instances, he suffered greatly on account of this.
For benevolence and humanity he was eminent. He was a father to the fatherless, and took care of many poor children, who were not able to take care of themselves. He not only brought them up in his house, and provided food and raiment for them, but also gave them an education useful both for time and eternity. For several years he kept a schoolmaster on his estate, to instruct them; who also, on the Sabbath morning, read the Liturgy of the Church of England to them, and to any of his domestics who would attend. He likewise instructed them bimself. Often have I heard him catecbize and speak to them in the most affectionate manner; and joy appeared to fill his soul when they attended to bis fatherly instruction : nor was he backward to reward those who did well. At my arrival he had no less than eight or nine orphans, or children as destitute as orphans, under his roof and paternal care, and who still continue with his widow. Many who formerly were as olive-branches around their table, have now tables of their own; and several have been removed to the eternal world.
Mr. Post was not only a father to the fatherless, but a protector and supporter of the widow,-the guide of her who had Jost the guide of her youth. He advised her in all her affairs, and assisted in the management of them. Indeed, he was kind to all who stood in need of, and applied to him for help, in whatever station or circumstances of life he found them, whether bond or free. Thus, like Job, he delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that bad none to help hiin. The blessing of him that was rcady to perish came upon him; and he caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.'
Among the many acts of benevolence which Mr. Post per, forned, his character stands deservedly high for one which tended much to the public good. Froni March 1803, to July 1804, there was scarcely any rain in the colony; and numbers of people were dying for want of water. Mr. Post went into
the Bush, with 150 negroes (some of whom were sent from other estates) and carried a small canal, which he had for. merly begun, five miles and a half farther into the interior than the cultivation of his estate, to bring fresh water down to the coast; which was the happy means of saving hundreds of negroes, and a great number of cattle*. He also placed a puncheon of water on the side of the public road, and a boy. or two, to supply the people who passed, with water for their horses. The negroes, I am told, came five or six miles each way for water; and cattle were supplied from almost every neighbouring estate. He was four days and four niglits in the Bush, and slept in a hammock suspended on two stakes, and the negroes on the swamp, sometimes with a part of their bodies in the water. For this act of benevolence he will long be remembered and highly beloved by numbers of people of every colour; hence, the people call him The God of Courabanna t. In dry seasons, the negroes from many estates are supplied with fresh water from Le Resouvenir. In the evening, when they come to the meeting, many of them bring their jugs with them, and so take them full of water when they return. Many also come to wash their clothes. Much cattle is likewise supplied with water.
Many other acts of benevolence might be mentioned ; for he was always ready to assist his neighbours, and sometimes even to his own disadvantage. In assisting one neighbour to repair bis back dam, which was much injured by the heavy rains, and the water from the Bush, he undoubtedly shortened his life. He, and many of his negroes, wrought very late at it one night, and resumed their labours at half past three the next morning; continuing in the rain and cold till ten o'clock. He was not an idle spectator, but the principal person in carrying on the work and directing the people; and, by his superior skill, was the means of saving the estate from ruin. The gentleman knew not how to be thankful enough to him, and offered hiin any remuneration in his power';
but Mr. Post replied, that all tlie reward he desired was, that he Hould permit bis negroes to attend the preaching of the gospel; which he promised to do. From the tatigue and badness of the weather, he was soon after confined, for a time, to his Toom.
* Plantains were also extremely scarce at this timc. If it had not been for the Americans, the country must have perished ; but, after all, nun, bers died for want of food and water. One gentleman, with whom I am acquainted, lost 50 on one estate ; and I am certain his would not have perished, had it been possible to prevent it! I have heard a gentleman say, who bad 2000 negroes under his care, that he never could procure more provisions at once than would last ten or twelve days.
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I shall only mention one thing more, and one for which his name will be had in ererlasting remembrance,-one for which many of the poor begroes will praise God to all eternity; namely, for the Introduction of the glorious Gospel into the colony. This had been his desire for inore than 23 years. He wrote several times to his friends in Holland on the subject; and, when he left North America, 13 years ago, he wished to have brought a suitable person with him; but could not obtain one. He also had written two or three letters to England, which were lost, about two years before the Missionary Society was applied to. From these disappointments, be was ready io think it was not the will of Heaven he should have one. Long (he says in a letter) did I endeavour to procure a person qualified for the task in Holland, in North America, and in England; however, doubts and fears rendered me lukewarm; but, at last, a merciful God has remembered his promises, and has graciously sent a blessing to the colony, We rejoice to see a church already crected in the hearts of the people, which the gates of Hell shall never prevail against. The Builder is the Almighty.' On the 6th of February, 1908, his long and earnest desire was fulfilled, by the arrival of a Missionary at his honse, froin the Society in London; whom he received with the greatest cordiality, and to whom, till the day ot his death, he manifested the most sincere friendship and paternal affection. Numbers of people came froin the neighbouring estates; for whose accomuiodation he devoted one of his buildings, and prepared seats for them, according to their station in lite. After which, when it became necessary, he erected a suitable building at his own expense, excepting £ 100, which the Society contributed towards it. lự is called Bethel Chapel, and will contain 600 people. On the 11th of September, 1808, it was opened; and he had the bappiness to see it crowded with people of various colours. The building, besides a small house, cost him about £ 1000.
He soon discovered a Missionary spirit; and became very anxious to have the gospel preached in other parts of the colony, and in the neighbouring colony of Berbice; but his bad state of health hindered him from being so active as he wished. It was his desire and intention to have travelled with me, in different parts of the colony; but sickness always prevented. Ile also freely offered ground in town to build a chapel upon, if permission could have been obtained; but an express prohibition was sent from men in power. He likewise had a school under his direction for several inonths, which had been kept in one of his buildings in town, by a person who failed. Mr. Post hired teachers to carry it on, that ihe children might have an opportunity to receive religious instruction; and when some of the children were taken away, lest Mr. Post
should teach them his religion, it cost him for a considerable time £ 16 per month more than the income. He applied to the Directors of the Missionary Society for a proper person to conduct it; and they sent Mr. Davies, one of their Missionaries, from their seminary at Gosport. He arrived in the colony in January, 1809; and was cordially received by Mr. Post. His passage and other expenses were also liberally paid. The school is now in a flourishing state., Upwards of 40 children are daily instructed in useful learning; and in those principles of Christianity which, under the divine blessing, will make them useful members both of civil and religious society. Mr. Davies also preaches three times a week in the school-room to upwards of 300 people.
The preaching of the gospel met with the greatest opposition the first year; but Mr. Post persevered, undaunted, foklowing his Master through good and through evil report.' He was looked upon by many as a fool and a madman: he. became the subject of their laughter; and was charged with introducing into the colony anarchy, disorder, and discoiitent among the enslaved negroes; and was forbidden, by authority, to hold any riotous meeting of slaves on his estate.' Many said he was going to make Denarara a second St. Domingo. Indeed, numbers dated the ruin of the colony froin the day that the Missionary arrived ; - but none of these things moved him. He was determined to persevere in the path of duty, and to leave the event with God. He studied, night and day, what method was best to be taken ; and did all in his power to remove the prejudices of the people. He wrote letters to some, conversed with others, and endeavoured to receive all the information he could concerning the success of the gospel among the negroes in the colony of Surinam * and the West India Islands. Indeed, it appeared to be his continual study, and the chief business of his life, to promote the glory of God, and the salvation of the negroes. How anxious he was for the attainment of these noble objects, will appear from his letters, written in 1808 and the beginning of 1809; froin which I shall give a few extracts.
* The most pleasing information concerning the preaching of the Moravians, was received from Surinam. The Missionaries appear to receive every encouragement from the most respectable inhabitants. Governor Ross also spake in the highest terms of those in St. Croix, and looked upon them as great blessings to the colony. Bryan Edwards likewise says, It is greatly to the honour of the inhabitants of Antigua, to encourage pious Missionaries in preaching to the negroes.
(To be concluded in our' next.)
A RHAPSODY FROM LAVATER *, MOTHER of Nature, invaluable Time! what multitudes of ideas are pressing upon my mind! and it is thou who hast engendered then.
Worthy art thou of adoration, O first great Spirit! Thou didst call forth Time into existence, when thy creative behest had thundered through the womb of chaotic night; when Nature, fraught with worlds and heavens, emerged from the illumined deep, then was it that Time, by tbee, was.linked tv Eternity!
When thy transforming decree shall thunder a second time through the universe, and, carried on the refulgent wings of Lightning, electrify all the revolving spheres; when, from dissipated stars and extinguished suns,' eternal worlds shall rise, then shall be the end of Time!
O Time, awful Mother of Nature, thou art placed in the centre of eternity! Who hath given to thee the balance? and why dost thou so scrupulously weigh the actions of man before the eye of his Creator? Why dost thou so serutinize his thoughts?
Speak, much-injured friend, and let thy voice teach me wisdom! Why? ai! why dost tliou frown on me with that deadly sternness? Why dost thou view me with the terrors of judgment in thy looks? Tears, such as á son would weep over the grave of a kind parent, start from mine eyes, while I recollect how often ! have abused thec.
Mother of Nature, when, on the day of thy final dissolution, Eternity shall burst forth from thy wornb, wilt thou rise up in judgment against me? Let me embrace thee once more! but, ah ! thou art continually flying my embraces !
Now I tremble at the idea, That every thought I conceive, every word I utter, every syllable I write, is conveyed by the rapid hand of Tine to the throne of the righteous Judge !
Friend of my heart, imprint a kiss upon every fleeting moment! Each waits to be embraced, - each would thankfully receive any thing that, on the day of revelation, may be laid betore the Scarcher of hearts, to meet the siniles of his approbation in eternal glory.
Time is valuable; and valuable are all the hours and minutes of which it is composed; because their reward is of eternal duration,-their punishment never ending, though they thenselves are Aeeter than the arrows of deaih. They are invaluable; for thousands of worlds could not indemnity me for the
See the Life of this extraordinary man (who was a Calvinist minister in Switzerland) in our Magazine for January, 1805.