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The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine for October. We earnestly invite the attention of our friends to the details there recorded.

Mr. De Wolfe, appointed for Nova Scotia, Mr. George M. Barrett, appointed for New Brunswick, and Mr. William Marshall, appointed for Newfoundland, have left London, in order to embark at Liverpool for their respective destinations.

The Rev. Peter Jones, and Mrs. Jones, have taken their departure for the Indian Station at the River Credit in Upper Canada. Mr Jones, as an Indian Chief, deputed by his Tribe to make some important applications to the Government respecting the settlement of their lands, was honoured by a command to wait on the Queen at Windsor Castle on the 14th instant. He was introduced to Her Majesty, in the kindest manner, by the Right Hon. Lord Glenelg, Secretary of State for the Colonies, and was most graciously received. There is good reason to believe that his representations on behalf of his red Brethren have been successful. He has departed for the distant scene of his Missionary labours with the warm and increased esteem of the Committee, and with the best wishes of thousands, who in this country have listened with delight and thankfulness to his sermons and addresses, for himself, his people, and his fellow-labourers among the Indian tribes of North America.

On the 19th instant, Messrs. Waterhouse, Bumby, Eggleston, Warren, Ironside, and Creed took a solemn and affecting leave of the Committee. They were suitably addressed by the President of the Conference, by Thomas Farmer, Esq., and by Dr. Sandwith, and most affectionately commended to the divine protection and blessing by the Rev. Messrs. Atherton and John Davis. On the 20th, they were attended to Gravesend by various Ministers and Friends, and there embarked on board of the Ship James, for their appointed Station. This Missionary Party, including Wives and Relatives, consists of twenty-three individuals. A short but most affecting devotional service was held on the deck of the vessel, in the presence of all the passengers and crew; after which the Missionaries and their families were addressed privately in their cabin by Dr. Bunting, and by the Rev. Messrs. Scott, Beecham, and Hoole. Before this last solemn farewell was quite concluded, the ship was under weigh; and they proceeded on their voyage, full, as was to be expected, of tender feeling, but also, we are happy to say, of faith in God, and in a spirit of admirable and unflinching devotedness to their Missionary calling, and of humble gratitude for the arrival of the period of their actual engagement in the noblest of all Christian enterprises, that of preaching among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” We earnestly commend them and their work to the special and continuous prayers of all our Readers. A more precious or more interesting band of Missionaries never left the shores of England.

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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. They have done so; and at my last visit I

had the pleasure of hearing six Bengalee

boys read a portion of the New Testament. EAST INDIES.

This village is about seven miles east of

Dum Dum. After considerable delay, we have received letters from Calcutta, conveying had been working powerfully in the minds

I stated in my last letter, that the Lord a variety of intelligence from that and of many here, and that we had ten of whom the surrounding stations. A brief note from Mr. Thomas, annexed, informs us increase, and much of my time has been

we hoped well; this work has been on the that death and disease had been making taken up in conversing with persons under fresh inroads on our little missionary serious impressions. So great is the spirit circle there. Mrs. Yates, the affection of inquiry at present, that no less than six ate and valuable partner of the Rev. individuals have been with me this morning, William Yates, died at sea on the 22nd for the purpose of obtaining spiritual instrucof August; and Mr. George Pearce bas tion. I have baptized two this month. been under the painful necessity of em- One of them is a European, and the other barking for England, his late voyage to an East Indian. We have at present seven Bombay having proved ineffectual for candidates. the restoration of his health. Mr. Wil- 31st May, 1838. liamson, of Beerbhoom, has been invited to visit the stations left destitute, we

CALCUTTA. hope but for a season, by the departure Rev. W. Robinson's account for May, of Mr. Pearce.

1838. The first station from which intelligence is conveyed, in the sheet narrating Of my labours, under existing circum. these afflicting particulars, is

stances, I can say but little; but I can tell

you what death has done. DUM DUM.

On going to chapel on the first sabbath

of last month, I was informed that an aged Rev. W. B. SYMES's account for May,

man, one of our members, was very ill; I 1838.

suspected he had the cholera. After preach. The only villages in which I have laing, and administering the Lord's Supper, boured during the month are Gourypore, I received a message from him, expressing Taditty, Rajahhaut, and Barassat.

a wish to see me. I went and found him tive preacher has accompanied me on each very with the cholera, dangerously so, as occasion, and, as usual, we have read the it appeared to me. I talked to him about Scriptures, prayed, preached, conversed, and his hope in Christ, and prayed with him. distributed tracts. Nothing, however, has He spoke chiefly of his own state as a sinoccurred worthy of notice, except at Bera ner, and his trust in Christ as the Almighty Bery. There are two brothers at this place Saviour. Though he was an old man of with whom I have often conversed, and of eighty-four, he was but a young Christian, whom I entertain hopes. They are Hindoos and his acquaintance with the doctrines of of high caste, and both exceedingly wealthy. Christianity was elementary; but he had A school-room has been built, and a teacher felt the power of divine truth on his heart. employed at their expense. As I believed He was born in the neighbourhood of Ket. them to have felt the force of truth, I per- tering; he had followed the sea the greater suaded them to introduce the Scriptures. I part of his life, and when I first knew him,

The na

two or three years ago, he seemed a con- became a regular attendant to the day of his firmed self-righteous character.

He soon

death. He was baptized in August last applied for admission into the church, but year. fearing him to be in a dangerous error, I On the following Sabbath morning, I gave him no encouragement. I tried to preached a funeral sermon for them both, to make him understand the insufficiency of a very attentive and serious audience. We his own self-righteousness, the efficacy of had lost two members and two hearers by the Saviour's atonement, and the necessity death in less than a month; and wishing to of depending entirely on him; this I did impress upon those who then heard me the often, both in conversation with him, and uncertainty of life, and the probable sud. from the pulpit. He perceived that many denness of death, I reverted to this circumof my remarks from the pulpit were directed stance in my introduction, and said, “ Both to his case, but he did not, like many, take these friends were in health till last Sabbath, offence; no, he thanked me for taking so and now I have to preach a funeral sermon much pains with him, and labouring so for both; who can tell whose funeral sermuch to make things plain to him. Thus mon will be preached here next Sabbath ?” by degrees he was brought, as I have no Words which now appear to have been doubt, to see his lost and helpless condition, awfully ominous, and almost prophetic. I and to feel his need of Christ. After re- could not have preached on that day, had I peated applications, he was at last admitted known whose funeral sermon would be into the church; he was baptized with his preached there on the next Sabbath. The wife in September, last year. From that event, alas! soon showed whose it was to time to his death he gave me great satisfac- be; it was to be that of one who was there tion; he seemed to be a humble Christian, and heard me, and marked my words; it deeply sensible of his own unworthiness, was to be that of my own beloved and most and clinging to Christ as his only hope. Of affectionate wife. The next Wednesday, his affection for me as his pastor, he gave about one in the morning, the fatal cholera many proofs. I could see that I lived in attacked her, and before one at noon she the poor old man's heart; he also showed

was a corpse. Thus was the desire of my great love to his fellow Christians, and they eyes taken away with a stroke. I left her, loved him much in return. Though we in her usual health, about four on Tuesday were for a long time afraid to admit him afternoon, to go to Serampore, where I had into the church, yet, after his admission, we a little business to transact. The infant rejoiced over him, and said, “Is not this a was hanging on her breast, when my lips brand plucked out of the fire !” I said to met hers in a parting kiss, hoping to see her him, when I was about to leave him on the again on Thursday morning, as well as I morning above mentioned, “ Brother J., I had left her. I was sitting at the breakfast. must leave you, as I have a hard day's table the next morning, when a servant apwork to-day." He looked at me, and said, peared at my side, despatched on purpose “Oh, I love you very much.”

to bring the mournful tidings, who told me About seven on the same evening, just that my dear wife was ill of the cholera, before the commencement of the evening and that I was requested to return immediservice, I was informed that another of our ately. I obeyed, and was instantly on my members had the cholera, and wished to see way home. I cannot describe the state of

As I could not go at that hour, I re- my mind during the journey. I hoped and quested my son John to visit him, while I feared, and prayed, and turned over the went to chapel. After service I received a pages of my Bible, to find something to very pleasing account of him. He was in comfort me; but nothing had any great a very comfortable state of mind, and had a effect. I was in a kind of stupor. When great desire to depart and be with Christ. I arrived, the sorrowful countenances and "If ever,” said he, “the Saviour loved a flowing tears of my children and friends poor sinner, he loves me.” He, too, ex- might have told me the fatal truth; but as pressed great affection for me as his pastor, no one spoke in plain terms of the extreme and sent his love to me. He thought, I danger, I at first indulged hope. She knew suppose, and I trust it was so, that I had

me, and I might have spoken a few parting been the instrument of bringing him to trust words to her, though she was unable to on the blessed Saviour. He was, I believe, converse ; but not suspecting her end to be about thirty years of age, but he had been so very near, I only made an inquiry or two blind from the age of six. He was a ward about the pain she felt. I assisted to turn of the lower orphan-school. The hearing her, and then, to my inexpressible grief, I of a book read first awakened his attention saw her sinking into the arms of death ; she to divine things; and no sooner did he spoke no more, and in a few minutes she begin to think about his soul, than he in. was gone. She had spoken about the state quired for the Loll Bazar Chapel, where he of her mind before my arrival, so as to give



great satisfaction. About four in the morning, | On meeting and sabbath days, those who when she began to fear a fatal result, she understand attend, and many love the word felt a little alarmed, but afterwards looking of God. to the great atonement, her mind became Friday, 4th May. Attended to my school composed, and she seemed willing to depart. till three. In the evening was pressed by She was heard to pray several times, and a scholar to have worship in her house. I her last petition was, “ Lord Jesus, receive accepted her invitation, There were about my spirit.

twelve persons present. After service the About ten days subsequently to my own family requested me always to call, and hold severe loss, I was called to visit the dying forth the word of life. Here I saw an old bed of another very amiable wife, who, woman upwards of one hundred years old. with her husband, had been baptized in Her knowledge of Christ and salvation apDecember last. The scene renewed my peared extremely imperfect. It is a pity to sorrows; I was neither fit to converse with observe the deplorable ignorance under the dying saint, nor to administer consola. which the Roman Catholics are sunk. For tion to the mourning husband. A steady these twenty years that I have laboured at faith in Christ showed that she was prepared Chittagong, I have not seen one priest who to depart. On the following morning she I could conscientiously say, cared for the closed her earthly career, and in the evening, souls of these people. The present man is Sabbath evening, I had to officiate at her a Frenchman, preacher in English and Ben. grave, standing close to that of my departed galee, but imperfectly in both. He is, wife. It was a painful service, but the Lord however, a far superior man, considering carried me through it.

the character of his predecessors. He is Thus the mortal remains of four members going to establish a school. Already he of the Loll Bazar church have, within the eyes my school rather invidiously. He has short space of one month, been deposited prevailed upon the people to send their in the grave yard; and four happy souls children to him, and in this he may suc. have, within the same short period, been ceed; but I doubt whether my boys will taken to join the spirits of the just made leave me, notwithstanding the exertion of perfect.

parental authority. Such is their love to Calcutta, June 5th, 1838.

Tuesday, 8th. After school, went over to

my Puckah chapel building. Its dimensions CHITTAGONG.

are 68 by 38 feet. It is intended both for Rev. Mr. JOHANNES' account of the Bene

a place of worship and school-room. It volent Institution.

was commenced five years ago, by public

subscriptions raised at this place, the conMost of the lads once attached to this tributions being principally made by the Institution are enjoying respectable salaries. civil and military gentlemen of the station. They are mostly employed as writers in the It was begun at the suggestion of a few government offices in this district. A great friends who thought a public place of wormany are engaged as writers at Akyab and ship necessary, the religious services being other Mug stations. The salaries they enjoy now performed in my private house, where are from sixteen to two hundred rupees per many object to attend. It has already cost mensem. Many are respectable command- upwards of 2,000 rupees, and before it is ers of vessels belonging to this sea-port. finished it requires 500 rupees more. The Others there are who are farmers and mer. Serampore mission promised me this sum a chants. These young men, once educated few months ago. When this place is finishin Biblical knowledge, have been observed ed, it will be worth 3,000 rupees, if not to be extremely lax in the Romish faith, in It is built in an eligible situation, which they have been brought up. With and is perfectly dry, and elevated from the the knowledge they have received, they ground." Ever since I begun this building, cannot rest in the trumperies of their religion I have not done my duty as I should do. for salvation. Idolatry they abominate. I have only tried how to finish it, for when They have learned the gospel. They know I have a place of worship, I think I can go repentance and faith constitute salvation, on more successfully in my work. Hitherto faith in that Saviour “ who is the way, the I have held the school in my house, and truth, and the life.” Some have been con- this has put me and my family to no small verted to God; their memoirs have been inconvenience. The workmen being empublished. If few, compared to the numployed monthly, require my superintendbers who have left the schools, have turned ence; and when I attend to this, I find to God, all I can add is, that he has wrought preaching abroad is not properly attended what it has pleased him. I exercise the to. However, in all my work I feel a satisa utmost confidence that he will yet appear, faction that I am not labouring for private and bless the instruction afforded to them. 'ends. The ambition of my life is that I


may finish my course with joy, and the trust in the Lord that he will witness with ministry which I have received of the Lord his truth in many a heart of the natives Jesus Christ.

whilst they are reading of his mercy and Monday, 21st. Before I dismissed my justice; although I must add with sorrow boys to-day, I read and explained a portion that I see little yet of its effects. Want of the divine word. Some of the boys of thought is a prominent feature of this were affected. I told them that, in the people ; to this must be added the prevail. course of my reading and explaining the ing habi of opium smoking, and which word of life, I wanted them to judge for appears is spreading farther like a contagious themselves,-to observe every passage of malady from year to year. It happens Scripture, and to note how far the unerring often that I fall in with people who are test of truth, the infallible word of God, addicted to smoking opium ; thus it hapwould bear out the Romish church in their pened last Sunday, while I was walking superstitious practices and tenets. That, in the compounds or villages, that I saw instead of being guided by the priest, by a man sitting before his lamp smoking. I the prejudices of their parents, if they entered his hut, telling him how sinful it would apply to God for direction, he would was to ruin his body which God had given no doubt direct them into all truth. The him, by this poison, and how necessary it children felt the truth, and some asked me was for him to leave off, and turn to the to give them Bibles.

Lord for mercy. While I was speaking, Thursday, 31st. Read the journal of the several more of the neighbours came in native preacher. He has during this month seating themselves on the ground to listen, laboured in preaching the gospel to the ex- when I expatiated on the way of repent. tent of two miles, morning and evening, in ance. Several of them approved of what all the haunts and public places. He says I said, and asked for tracts. The first man " the Hindoos hear and receive books." had laid down his pipe while I spoke, but The Mahommedans oftentimes slight him, when the company broke up, I went also reject Christianity, and are disposed to gain- away ; but a boy called behind me, saying, say his preaching.

“there! he smokes again!"

I regret that I cannot now go so much JAVA.

among the natives as I used to do, on From Mr. Bruckner to the Secretary, of my lungs, in which I feel frequently

account of bodily weakness, and especially dated,

pain when I speak long and often to them. Samarang, 2nd December, 1837. Yet I have reason to be thankful that I My dear Friend and Brother in the am not laid aside altogether. May I still Lord Jesus Christ-Several months ago, I be spared to see the Lord's kingdom come wrote you a letter and sent you a parcel of in this island ! I have sent some New Javanese books, which I hope have reached Testaments to the upper parts of the coun. you by this time.

Since that time we try. One had fallen into the hands of a have reprinted one of the Javanese tracts prince who used to read diligently in in the Arabic character, as a great many of it, and had learned the history of our the natives can read their language better Saviour from it, which he admired much. in the dress of the Arabic character, than | A friend of mine came lately here who in their own.

All those who have been informed me of the fact. Thus it would in the schools of the priests can read appear that the word of God is still free. Arabic, as all the books which they use are either in the Arabic tongue, or in the Ja. vanese with the Arabic character. Mr.

JAMAICA. Young, at Batavia, the assistant of Mr. Medhurst, has kindly assisted me in printing Port Maria.–Our readers may have the mentioned tract for me by his litho- noticed, from an article which appeared graphic press. Now he is printing the in our September number, that Mr. Day, book of Genesis for me by the same in, at the recommendation of several of his strument, which I find very well adapted brethren, had taken charge of the stafor the native languages. The natives are constantly desirous of tracts and books in vacant, more than a year ago, by the

tions at Port Maria and Oracabessa, left their language, and when I meet with any decease of our late missionary, Mr, to whom I have given some formerly, and say to them, Well, I have already given Baylis. This change of residence was, you some; what have you done with on various accounts, a self-denying one them? The general answer is, O sir, my to Mr. Day; but the following extract brother or relation saw it, and he asked from a letter, written soon after it had for it. By this means are books dissemi. occurred, will show its necessity and nated in distant villages. I should humbly probable advantage:

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