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i letter; and shall, in the strength of the Lord, take upon ine the important charge, till be shall be pleased further to make kaowa bis will and pleasure
phop Tubi, who had been much cast down the wbole night; and when we Here about to part, he wept bitterly, begging me to solicit the landrost to permit him to come, now and then, a day or two to our institution. We passed a kraal where about 200 Caffres, including men and women, were assembled to dance, occasioned by the marriage of a young chief. We hasted ; and came at dusk near the kraal of Hak kabanna, one of Conga's chief men, and an old acquaintance of ours. We could have reached sunday's River ; but should have to go through the woods in the dark, and consequently have been in danger of the elephants. After we had unsaddled eur horses, &c. we visited the Kraal; and found several of the Gona people, formerly belonging to Bethelsdorp, whose joy at seeing us was inexpressible. The next morning, one of them, a young woman, was very much affected under the word, which gave occasion to a very pleasing conversation between her, myself, and brother Cupido, after service. We rode away pretty early; and on going through the woods, found a number of elephants had passed a little before us; and, from the track, we concluded that they were still on the banks of the river. A dreadful circumstance took place with these animals some time back, not far from hence. Two farmers, who had been to the drosdy, and were returning home, fiad tasaddled their horses by a fountain, and fallen asleep, the elephants cane, caught the one, and tore and trampled him to pieces; so that only a bone or two of him was found. This same man had been appointed Heemraad of our district, and had threatened total destruction to our institution. Near this spot brother H. Boerak had shot five of those animals a little time before. We halted at the ford of the Sunday's River, to refresh our horses, &e.
We had not been long here, before several Caftres caine out of the busbes from different directions, very much enraged ; having, as they said, been driven from the opposite side of the river by 30 boors, and with such haste, that they had been obliged to leave cows, calves, milk, bags, &c.: they became very insolent; and our people bere in great anxiety, expecting an attack at our departure ; but we rode away unnolested, and arrived safe at Bethelsdorp, with my two young Cafées, Jan and Bill, towards evening: * The Caffres, in general, expressed a strong desire for instruction ; but the present crisis seems to present insurmountable difficulties, and at once shuts the door against Missionary exertions. I believe, however, honest Missionaries would effect more than all the hostile operations that may be undertaken ; but to tbis, government seems averse. * Not many days after my arrival froin the Catties
, the long-expected answer from Lord Caledon was received; by which the different propositions of brother Vanderkemp to labour in Africa, were rejceted ; and all expectations of being useful anong the Caffres, Tambookies, or may nation beyond the boundaries of the colony, were cut off; and the only alternative was to undertake something to the westward, within the colony, or to visit Madagascar. In the last case, his Lordship offered to recomiend brother Vanderkemp to Admiral Bertie, probably to procure passage. After some deliberation and prayer, my dear brothers Vanderkemp and Ulbricht resolved upon the latter; and are actually taking meaares for the accomplishment of this important undertaking. How I wish for the spread of Christ's kingdom! and how ought I to rejoice at the expectation of that long-neglected island being at last visited with the light of the gospel; yet the thought of my dear brothers leaving Bothelsdorp, and our being separated, is to me a thick
cloud, and insurmountable trial. bhope, however, not to fight against God, with whom all things are posable
. I know he has said, . Fear not, thou worm Jacob; as thy day is, shall thy strength be;' and other such promises, which, if I can act
upon, are suficient to afford great encouragement. * Respecting my remaining at Bethelsdorp, 1° wrote to you in my last
towards me. Whether brother Vanderkemp should leave Bethelsdorp or not, I should like to know your ideas respecting Zak River, or some place in that direction, having in view the gathering of that scattered tlock together, and the more so, as the Governor gives permission to undertake something in that field. If the Caffres should be permitted to remain on this side of the Fish River, I shall not neglect to propose again to Lord Caledon, an undertaking something among that people, if ji were only at first to itinerate.
• Brother Smith is as yet undetermined respecting accompanying brother Vanderkemp. &c. to Madagascar: if he should resolve, and perhaps one or more of the two brothers now on the road, I shall be left aloue. It will, therefore, be necessary that some should remain, even if one or two should continue.
We very much regret losing the opportunity of itinerating to Stuir: man's kraal, where we often bad refreshing seasons for our souls, and we trust for others : it is not only a loss to the people who reside there, but to the poor Hottentots and slaves residing with farmers in the neighbourhood, who are not able to come so far as our Institution. 0, when will the Lord appear, and provide for the thousands of starving souls of this country!
• Tie rejoice in the fourishing state of the Society, and the indefatigable labours of the Directors: I hope they will not be in want of pecuniary aid to accomplish their extending plans, and defray the increasing expences; and may the Lord reward an hundredfold, those dear friecas who crert themselves for our support in our labours for the poor Heathen, eren in this life, and give a rich entrance into his glorious kingdom.
"I hope to enjoy a continuance of your earnest prayer for me and my poor Bethelsdorp; and remain, dear brethren, with the utmost esteem, 'your very unworthy son in Christ,
• J. READS
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. The Directors have been inforined, by a letter from the Society at the Cape, that Mr. Christian Albricht, one of the Missionaries among the Great Namaquas, was married on the 5th of August, to Miss Burgman, from Holland, who had been engaged to himn for some years. There is much reason to hope, as it was expressed in the last Report, • That she will become a distinguished instrumeni in promoting the interests of Christianity and of civilization, in this distant and almost unknown region. On the 2d day of August, Mr. C. Allricht was ordained at Cape Town, by the breilren l'ande:lingen, Anderson, and Behkar, in the presence of the Directors of the South African Society, and on the 16th of the same month, Mr. and Mrs. C. Aibricht set out on their long journey to the Namaquas.
About the same time, the melancholy information was received, that Nr. Abraham Albricht, brother of the above, who had been bis colleague and a very valual, le Missionary among thc Namaquas, had, after a lingering illness, a consumption, departed this life, at koningberg, the estate of Mr. Bolia. In him the Socieiy bas lost a faithful, laborious, and use ful man of God. It affords, however, much consolation, that severa brethren from the seininary at Berlin, now in London, and who have latels been ordained, will soon depart, with a view to strengthen this Mission where inany more labourers are wanted. They are now employed in learning the art of printing, &c. The expence of this mission is indeed very great; but no doubt can be entertained that suflicient means will be found for supporting and exter.ding this good work.
The afflicted widow of Mr. Abraham Albricht returned with her brothe and sister-in-law, to resume the station which she formerly occupied so use
fully among the Namaquas, in teaching the women and girls to knit, &c.The Missionary B. Tromp has been for some time past assisting Mr. Albricht in that Mission; but it is said that his wife is in a decp decline. She bas been very useful amoog the female natives, and even on her sickbed, endeavours to instruct them.
It appears from the last Journal of the Albrichts, that, about the begiming of February, 1810, two shocks of an earthquake were felt at a place where some Kaminquas reside, which is several hundred iniles worth of the Cape, where so many shocks were experienced. Some of these people had formerly shewn a regard to the gospel; but had returned to Heathenism. When they expressed great aların on the occasion, one of their chiefs told them, that God was now rebuking thein, on account of their unbelief, and their return to their Pagau superstitions; which he exhorted them totally to abandon.
When the people learned that Mr. Abraham Albricht was about to depart to the Cape for medical advice, &c. they expressed great fears lest the Missionaries should all leave them ; but they were pacified on being assured of the contrary. A man being there, who had acted as an interpreter in another place, was not permitted by them to remove, as they judged his assistance was necessary among themselves. Captain Kagap paid them a visit with his sons and other Namaquas; and expressed their wish that some of the Missionaries would return with them to teach their people ; but they cannot comply with their request till they obtain more labourers. This captain informed them, that another nation, called Fieldshoebearers, had become peaceable ; and, together with another people who reside at Karrashill, had e: pressed a wish to hear the word of God.
In the month of April some of the natives suffered a loss : - Four lions having killed three of their oxen and wounded several others; one of these lions bas since been shot. At another time, four lions approached very near the habitation of the Missionaries, and devoured one of their sittle. Some men pursued them on horseback; but in vain.
an introductory discourse, &c.; Mr,
Forster, of Maldon, prayed; Mr. ORDINATIONS, &c.
Savill, of Colchester, preached an Oct. 16, 1810, Mr. Nathaniel Row appropriate sermon to a crowded ton was set apart to the pastoral of
and attentive audience, from Gen. fice over the church formerly an
xii. 9; and Mr. Merchant, of Layer der the care of Mr. Jonathan Evans,
Bretton, concluded the service by at Foleshill, near Coventry. Mr.
prayer. – The people in this vil. Gill, of Hinckley, began by prayer
Jage have, for the last six or seven and reading; Mr.James, of Birming
years, met for religious worship in haur, delivered the introductory
a licensed room, which was found discourse, and received the confes
too small for the increasing congres sion, &c.; Mr. Jerard offered up
gation. the ordination-prayer; Mr. Burder
Nov. 1, a neat and commodiou delivered the charge, from 2'zim. place of worship was opened at iv. 1-5; Mr. Smith, of Manches
Market Decping, Lincolnshire. In ter, preached to the people, from I Thess. y. 12, 13; and Mr. Burkitt,
the morning, Mr. Keyworth, of Slea
ford, read suitable portions of Scripof Kenilworth, concluded with
ture and prayed ; Mr. Arrow, of prayer.
Godianchester, preached from the Oct. 31. . A neat little chapel, was
I Chron. xxix. 5 ; and Mr. Cave, of opened at the village of Kelvedon, Peterborough, concluded. In the between Chelmsford and Colches afternoon Mr. Morell, of St. Neot's, ter, Mr. Crathera, of Dedham, preached from 1 Thess. iv. 10; Mr opened the service of the day by Woodward, of Piachbeck, and Ms.
Green, of Uppingham, engaged in lands, which have been made by the the devotional parts of the service. Society for Propagating Christian In the evening Mr. Morell prayed Knowledge, specifying, at the same before the sermon, which was de- time, the deplorable ignorance of livered by Mr. Foster, of Oakham, those parts which they have been from 2 Cor. viii. 9; and Mr. Jeanes, unable to embrace (many large dislate of Peterborough, who has ac tricts being still unprovided with cepted an invitation to the charge the means of instruction) and pointof this infant interest, closed the ing out, finally, the steps necessary pleasing solemnities of the day. to be taken in such a state of things. In June, 1807, a small chapel was
Some gentlemen then stated various opened at Nuncalon Common, since very painful circumstances relative which, such has becn the increase of
to the different parts of the Highhearers under the ministry of Mr.
lands and Hebrides, when the meetDagley, that it was found necessary ing (before adopting the resoluto enlarge it. On this occasion, Nor tions) unanimously appointed a com27th, 1810, a double lecture was
mittee of their number, amounting preached, by Mr. Jerard, of Co- to 24; which, in addition to the ventry, from 2 Cor. vi. 10, and by knowledge they already possess, Mr. Hartley, of Lutterworth, from shall be open to the reception of Isa. Ixv. l; Messrs. Eagleton and
further information, and shall emBrackstone, of Coventry, engaged body the evidence on this important in prayer. The inhabitants of this subject, in a report to the next place and Badgeley, another vil. general meeting, which is to be held lage where Mr. Dagley labours, are
in the same cofce-honse, on Wed, principally poor people, and many
nesday, the 16th proximo, at 12 of thein colliers.
o'clock. Dec. 13. A commodious chapel was opened at Cpway, near Wey
LONDON. mouth. Mr. Keynes, of Blaudford, preached in the inorning, froin Ps. To the Ministers, Deacons, and xxxiv.4; and Dr. Cracknell in the Members of the Congregational evening, from Matt. xvi. 26. The Churches in Englund. gospel was first preached in a private konse, when finding it was accept
Christian Friends, able, an opulent individual erected
Tue Circular Letter which I this chapel at his own expenice.
took the liberty of addressing to
you, on the subject of a CongrŁOAHighlands and Islands of Scoiland.
TIONAL Asylum, and a thousand coEdinburgh, Dec. 22, 1810.
piei of which I had printed and cir
culated in town and country, as fs understand that the many opportunity occurred, has not prothousands of our countryinen in the duced that general and prompt ex. Isles and Highlands, who are unable pression of zeal toward the object to read, have engaged the attention which I had reason to expect. Had of the public. A numerous and I not been savguine that it was an very respectable meeting of the io- object in all respects so desirable, habitants of this city, and also se. that it would instantly excite and veral from a considerable distance combine the talents, the influence, (called together by circular letters) and the pecuniary aid of all those was held on Wednesday last, in the who are well wishers to the poor Jew Rooms, Royal Exchange Cof- ministers of our denomination, and fee-house. The object proposed is, who could either afford a life subto teach this people to reruse the scription of teu, or an annual subGaelic Scriptures, which bave been scription of one guinea, I should translated and printed for their ex- not have ventured to propose the press use. Several resolutions were measure. ad to the neeting, expressive of Although I am a little disappointKgard for those long - contioued ed in not meetivg with that volunao laudable sucrtionss the High way and general concurrence which
I anticipated, yet, I am not at all not wound the feelings of any discouraged. Many of those who worthy brother, he will omit the have not yet expressed their inten names and substitute figures. These tion of promoting the design, are extracts will speak home to the probably waiting for the time, hearts of the truly benevolent, more when a more minute and detailed powerfully, than a thousand arguaccount shall be presented to the ments; and, he trusts, they will inpublic; or even till its operations duce a very general and permanent shall actually commence. Not liberality. J. TOWNSEND. aware how much time and how [The Extracts in our nest.) much pecuniary assistance is required to commence such a mea- British and Foreign Bible Society. sure, even upon the smallest scale
The spirit of Christian union and possible.
In answer to the letters which the consequent zeal wbich the good writer has received from his bre-excited by the Missionary Society,
providence of God caused to be thren, expressing their joy at the has extended itself, in a most emiproposed formation of the Institu- nent degree, in the formation and tion; and enquiring when its opera support of the British and Foreign tions will commence, he can only Bible Society; whose influence and say, It must depend entirely upon beneficial effects are now extensively the promptitude and liberality of felt and thankfully acknowledged those who design to befriend the in every quarter of the globe. measure. It must, howeyer, ba
Although it has existed but sis evident to all, that Midsummer is
years, it has furnished the Scriptures the earliest period which can be
of Truth to people of various na
tions, from the Brahman in the East It is the intention of the writer, to the Eskimaux Indian in the West; about the first or second week in and from the Hottentot in the South Barch, to call a general meeting of to the Polander in the North; and, such persons as have given in their by the period when the vernal sua names as the friends to the general shall next beain its enlivening rays object, from which list of names a committee will be formed, on whom New Testament will be ready to be
upon the half-frozen Laplander, the it will naturally devolve to draw delivered to himn in his vernacular up and subunit to the inspection tongue.- May the beams of the Sun and approbation of the gene- of Righteousness shine upon bis ral body, such laws and regula
own word, and accompany it will tions as are adapted to the good go- power to the hearts of those numer vernment and permanent prosperity ous readers, who have hitherto sat of the Institution.
in darkness, and in the shadow of The contributions already receive
death! ed or promised, are as follows:
We understand that the Scriptures Life Governors of ten gui- £. $. d. have been received, both by the
neas each, eleven 126 00 Hottentots and the Eskimaux, with Donations of five guineas,
the most lively emotions of gratiand under
that in the East Subscriptions of one and
Indies the translations into the vertwo guineas, per ann.
54 14 0
nacular tongues of the various na
tions are increasing in number, and 1.200 10
proceeding with vigour ;-and that To shew the imperious necessity in America the number of Bible. of such an Institution, and the plea Societies, formed on a similar prinsure with which the address con ciple of Christian uniou, amount to cerning it was received, by those 12 or upwards in the United States. ininisters who have large families several of wbom have received and small incomes, the writer will liberal donations from the British give a few extracts from a very ex- and Foreign Bible Society; aud aia tensive, and to him a truly painful institution of a similar nature band correspondence; and that be may been formod in Nova Scotia.