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the door will be opened to his people, and that the Lord who reigneth over all, will overrule these events for the advance.
ment of his glory and the salvation of this people.
New ZEALAND.--Extract of a I.etter from the Rev. Nathanael Turner,
dated Mangungu, July 26th, 1837. THERE have been very serious disturb- ago there was scarcely a man among ances amongst the natives for some them who would not have joined one or months past, not only at a distance to the other of the contending parties, and the southward, but amongst our imme. clamoured for his brother's blood. The diate neighbours in the Bay of Islands, latest accounts we have received from the and the adjacent tribes ; but I am happy southward state, that peace is restored to say that their differences are there also, where war had been raging adjusted, and that peace is again restored. dreadfully for many months. It is also gratifying to me to inform you We were much gratified last week by that, in effecting this restoration, the the arrival of a Chief belonging to Christian natives under our immediate Patuone's party, near the river Thames, care have been the principal instruments. bearing a letter from that Chief (namely, We were successful in using our influence Patuone who was the principal Chief of to prevent their joining either party, to this place, but has gone to reside there) to destroy each other; and in this they our now leading Chief, Thomas Walker nobly withstood every temptation. But or Nene, requesting him to interest when a favourable opportunity offered himself with us in behalf of himself and for successful mediation, the principal people, who, in considerable numbers, Chiefs came to us, and expressed a wish had just turned from their evil ways to to go over in a body as peace-makers, at worship Jehovah, the true God; and the same time requesting myself and stating further that, as he and his people brother Whiteley to accompany them ;- were of this place, they wanted counsel assigning as a reason, that we should not and help from us. only assist them in accomplishing their I am thankful to say that our cause object, but be the instruments of with here is still gradually though not very holding themselves from evil. Wecould rapidly progressing. I cannot state at not but approve of their proposition, and present our exact increase during the last accompanied them accordingly; and quarter, owing to having been driven full though it kept us ten days from our a month later in renewing the Tickets, families and regular engagements at home, through our people having been over at we returned thankful to the Giver of all the Bay, but I think we shall be but few good that the demon of discord was if any under six hundred in Society, again banished from our neighbours, and including those on trial ; and have no peace and harmony restored.
doubt, through the blessing of God, we In the affair alluded to, the Christian shall go on to prosper. It affords me natives have given us and the world pleasure to say that our general health, decisive proof that Christianity has as families, is somewhat improved since effected a considerable change ainongst my last communication. hem ; for, had this occurred a few years
NEW ZEALAND.- Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Woon, dated Mana
gungu, August 30th, 1837. We have lately witnessed one of the of Satan, and were baptized by Mr. most interesting scenes in Mangungu; Turner and myself, in the presence of a and, »otwithstanding all our privations, crowded congregation. Mangungu, I are led to "thank God, and take cou. should think, was never so full before ; rage.” For some time, several of our some of the most influential Chiefs of people, who attend the means of grace in Hokianga, &c., were present, and several our class-meetings, &c., have been under strangers also, whom we had never seen a course of training for Christian bapa at this place on any former occasion. tism ; and, on Sunday last, upwards of More attentive congregations I have selone hundred and twenty adults, of both dom witnessed, and many, we believe, sexes, made a public profession of their received the truth in the love thereof. faith in the Triune God, and of their re- The earnest and awakening appeals made nunciation of Heathenism and the service to their consciences by Mr. Turner, ap. peared to rivet their attention ; and, from Chiefs, now named Thomas Walker, the questions they propose to us, we are (after Thomas Walker, Esq. of Stocktonpersuaded that the Holy Spirit is con. v pon-Tees, a well-known friend of our vincing them “ of sin, of righteousness, Missions,) has been ill for some time, and of judgment." Notwithstanding and we fear that she will not recover. their natural ignorance, selfishness, &c., She was a fine, healthy, robust young we believe that a great change has been woman, and lately married to an interest. effected among them; and, when we coin- ing young Chief named William Barton. pare past with present times, we are led to Her illness was induced by sleeping in exclaim, " What hath God wrought !” damp clothes upon the ground, and we There is also an increasing inquiry after fear that consumption will be the consetruth among them; and we hope we shall quence of her imprudence. Chiefs and soon be visited with a copious shower of people will often remain in their wet heavenly influence, similar to that which clothes for some time; and we have to was poured out upon the Friendly intreat them to change, in order to avoid Islanders, our neighbours, and that the sickness and death. Coughs are very comtime will come when every heart of the mon at this time, broughton by cold and exNew Zealanders shall feel the power of posure. We have to supply them frequentsaving grace, and when an altar for God ly with our tea and sugar, to warm their shall be erected in every house.
cold frames, and like the importunate In consequence of the severity of the widow, in begging they will not be denied. winter, we have not been able to visit the If the friends of Missions could send us surrounding tribes so often as we could a supply of cotton and check shirts, and wish ; but as summer is approaching, other articles of clothing, they would we have resolved to see, if possible, all confer a great blessing upon the poorer within our reach. There has been much classes. Several natives are here from sickness also among the people this sea. Waikato, who appear to have settled down son; and medicines have been in con. in the neighbourhood, some of whom are stant request. My soul has been grieved almost naked, and must suffer much iq to witness the poverty of the people, and
this inclement season. They remain here especially their want of clothing; for in order that they may hear the word of although some of the principal Chiefs are God, and many, we believe, are sincere employed in procuring timber for Euro. seekers of salvation. I meet a class peans, and are remunerated by clothing, every week, composed nearly altogether &c.,the poorer part of the community ob- of Waikato natives; and their religious tain but a small share of such remuneration experience is encouraging. It is deeply for their labours; and I believe the peo- affecting to hear those natives pray for ple will find the timber trade an unprofit. their friends and relations whom they able speculation. They cannot attend have left behind in Waikato, and to to their plantations, and get timber, at
witness their desire that their countrymen the same time; and in consequence of should be brought into the fold of Christ. neglecting the former, they have suffered We have heard two Chiefs from that part many privations. From my own person. of the land pray of late, and, in propriety al observation last year, I believe that of expression, they would not be surmany died for want of suitable nourish- passed by those who take a part in our ment, having had to subsist upon fern- prayer-meetings at home. They intro. root, and that of an indifferent kind. duce into their prayers their own and We have, of late, been trying to get the their fellows' wants,-the Missionaries in Chiefs to pay more attention to the build. this and in all lands, -and the salvation ing of their houses, so that they may be of the whole world. Some of the Class. more comfortable in the winter season. Leaders who reside in this neighbourhood, Some have attended to our instructions, frequently take part in our prayer-ineet. and we now witness a change for the ings, especially in the mornings of the better in one or two places near Lord's day, and they are particularly Station. Mr. Turner, like another Felix devout in their petitions. The several Neff, has been giving them line upon leaders who were once wedded to Heathenline, and precept upon precept ; but like ism, are now, with their respective the people under the charge of that ex- charges, travelling, we trust, to the kingcellent pastor, they appear in general dom of heaven ; they call upon God in unwilling to carry his plans into opera- public and in private ; and in family tion. But we must persevere, and per- worship are especially strict and attentive. haps we shall see the time when they will The children of our people, too, are generally yield to our persuasions. The brought under a course of instruction on daughter of one of our most respectable the Sabbath; and Mr. Buller, who caine
from Sydney with Mr. Turner, is very must watch over their interests, and hold diligent in assembling them together. them up continually “in the arms of He has been recommended to the Com- faith and prayer; '
80 shall we save mittee for our work, and we believe he ourselves and them that hear us. O that will make a useful Missionary, We our all-conquering Saviour may subdue want more help. “ The harvest uuly is all the New Zealanders to his sway, and great, and the labourers are few.” Waima may sin and superstition soon be swept and Mangamuka, where hundreds of from the land ! Amen and amen. natives reside, demand our affection and We are thankful to God that all of us sympathy; the former especially, where on this Station enjoy tolerable health. the prospects are very encouraging. I am We have suffered from the inclemency of more than ever convinced that we must the weather ; but genial spring begins to live more among the people, in order to appear, and we look forward to a summer meet their various wants, and in order also which will compensate for the severity of to bring them under that Christian disci. winter. Let me intreat a continued pline which will train and prepare thein,by interest in your prayers for myself and the grace of God, to be useful members of family, and my brethren and their fami. society, and to make them “ meet for the lies. inheritance of the saints in light.” We
and are now,
MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES. JAMAICA.- Extract of a Letter from the Rev. T. Curtis, dated Hermitage, near
Black River, November 30, 1837. Is the work of the Lord standing this year, without any, or a very trifling, still ? Thank God it is not. During expense to the Society ; but I have been this year some of our members have unhappily disappointed of the land which been brought into the enjoyment of a had been promised, and have also enclear sense of God's pardoning love, tirely failed hitherto in procuring any
I believe, walking in the other. I do not, however, despair of fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of finally succeeding in this important point, the Holy Ghost. Our congregations and that soon. Our people here are continue quite as good as they have ever willing to do any thing and every thing been since I came to the Circuit. Our they can in the way of labour; and small place at Black River is, in gene- many of them have long been anxious to ral, uncomfortably crowded, especially on begin the business. If I am allowed to a Sunday evening. I preach there every remain in the Circuit another year, I Sunday and Wednesday evening. Our shall, if it be within the range of possismall place here also is tolerably well bility, get up a place. It must, of course, filled, out of the way as it is, every other be of a very humble description, and I Sunday morning. I feel bound to say, sball have to get most of the work done however, that tiil we have better chapel- by our own people for nothing, or accommodation both here and at Black nearly so. River, we can hardly expect to have any As to a chapel at Black River, I am thing like a flourishing cause at either quite certain I could obtain a very liberal place. Without regular places of wor- amount of subscriptions in the town and ship, the people, though they may, as parish towards the erection of one, but indeed they do, come occasionally, and cannot say at present what the erection of many of them regularly, to hear, will yet a suitable one might cost. We had not connect themselves with us as n.em. recently a very pleasing Missionary bers, because they fear that by and bye Meeting there, for which his Honour we niay leave them.
the Custos granted the use of the Court It was my fixed purpose to erect a House in a very obliging manr.er. chapel at Mountain Side in the course of
JAMAICA.-Extract of a Leller from the Rev. J. Gregory, dated Manchioneal,
December 5th, 1837. During the last two or three months, There are but few Europeans residing in sickness and death have prevailed to an the District of Manchioneal, probably alarming extent around the neighbour. not more than thirty ; and out of these, hood in which I reside, both among in the course of one month, six have died whites and the coloured population. of the bilious fever. For some time I
was the only Minister in the place capa- Rocky Point was laid, in the name of ble of doing duty, and was called upon to the Holy Trinity; and I pray that it bury members of the Established and may be made a blessing to the young Baptist Churches, the officiating Clergy. and rising, generation. A collection was man and Baptist Minister being both made, which amounted to between three sick of fever. Throughout the sickly and four pounds currency. season I was mercifully preserved in You will be happy to learn that health.
with our prosperity in other respects Our society and congregations through- we have grea' peace in our borders. out the Circuit are rapidly increasing. The demon spirit of faction has not Weekly many are added to the church, spread its soul destroying influence in and I trust such as are saved from the our society here ; nor from present world and sin. At our Quarterly Meet- appearances is it likely to do,-every ing, held at Bath, on the 10ch of October, Leader, Steward, and member being we found that, besides filling up all vacan- satisfied with Methodism as it is. Certain cies occasioned by deaths, removals, &c., Resolutions were passed at our Quarterlyfor the past quarter, we had a net increase Meeting, expressive of their confidence of eighty-eight, and the same number re. in our Conference, &c. At our Leaders' maining yet on trial; and, during the pre. Meeting, held at Manchioneal, on Tuessent year, for the three past quarters our day evening, November 28th, I read to total increase is one hundred and twenty- them the Committee's kind address to the three. To God be all the praise !
Societies in Jamaica; when they begged I am sorry that I cannot devote so me, in my next communication to the much of my attention to the Sunday. Committee, to assure them of their una, school at Manchioneal as I could wish; bating and increased attachment to the for, since Rocky Point chapel has been present system of onr Conuexion, and their opened, we have been obliged to take love to the Committee for so affectionately every other Sunday's preaching from regarding them, and for the zeal mani. Manchioneal and give it to Rocky Point; fested on all occasions for their spiritual and, changing regularly with Mr. Ednay, and everlasting welfare. I am only at the former place one Sabbath I connot conclude my letter to the in the month. Having no active person
Committee without expressing my own to take a part in the School, it is not feeling of gratitude for their care of my now so well attended to, as I could desire. brethren and myself in the hour of trial, I hope the time is not far distant when for the Letter expressive of their sym. Bath Circuit will have three Preachers. pathy, and for the Resolutions passed by
On Saturday Jast, the foundation-stone them in our favour. for the intended new school house at
Wesleyan Mission-House, 77, Hatton Garden, London,
April 19th, 1838. It is a painful part of our duty to make our Readers acquainted, in the present Number, with such particulars as have reached us respecting Two Distressing Shipwrecks, by which it has pleased God to exercise the faith and submission of a considerable number of our highlyvalued Missionaries. These narratives, we trust, will stimulate our friends, under a deepened sense of our entire dependence upon Divine Providence for the accomplishment of all our plans of usefulness, to be more than ever fervent and constant in supplication for the preservation of those of our Missionary Brethren and their families, who, in the course of public duty, are called to “travel by land or by water.” And with our prayers should be mingled our devout and grateful thanksgivings, that, among so large a number of Labourers as is employed by this Society, and of whom so many are often unavoidably exposed to "perils in the sea,” euch disasters as we now record have been of comparatively very rare occurrence. Nor must we omit to offer united praises to Almighty God for the cheering fact that, in the cases here reported, no loss of life has been permitted to take place; so that the calamity has been mercifully rendered as light as, under such circumstances, could well be expected. The first case, to which we have referred, is the
SHIPWRECK OF MISSIONARIES NEAR MADRAS. It will be remembered, that the Rev. they then pursued their journey on foot Jonathan Crowther and family, accom- all the way to Madras, where they arrived panied by five other Wesleyan Mission in the afternoon of Thursday, the 11th. aries, the Rev. Messrs. Best, Male, Jen. Mr. Carver, the resident Missionary, left kins, R. D. Griffith, and W. S. Fox, of Madras the same night, with palanquins whom the three first named were married, and other help, for the relief of the sailed from Bristol, in September last, distressed party. It further states, that on board the Elizabeth, a fine new vessel, a traveller, who arrived in Madras from the property of John Irving, Esq., of the south, brought intelligence that all that city.
the passengers, including the ladies and We regret to state, that intelligence has children, had been safely landed, and reached us, by the overland despatch, had been conveyed to Sadras, where which left Bombay on the 28th January, they were lodged in the bungalow, or and arrived in London on the 29th of travellers' rest-house, waiting for the March, of the probable loss of this vessel ; means of pursuing their journey to but, at the same time, we are informed, that Madras. all the passengers and crew had been It appears that there is considerable safely landed, and that there was hope, difficulty in obtaining any extraordinary also, that a considerable part of the cargo assistance on that part of the Coromandel would be saved.
coast in which our friends were overtaken The Asiatic Journal for April con. with this calamity. The land is intertains the following announcement : sected by the Pallaur, a very broad river,
“ The Elizabeth, Thomas, from Bristol and by an arm of the sea, as well as by to Madras, ran on shore on the evening narrow streams and stagnant waters: very of the 9th of January, near Linga Chetty's much of the country lies waste, and is Choultry, (fifty-seven miles south of covered with jungle, or forest ; it has few Madras,) and is lost; crew and passengers inhabitants, and those for the most part saved. The cargo expected to be landed poor, and without any means of sheltering with little damage; but from the shallow- or helping a party of Europeans in ness of the water there is no chance of our distress. Linga Chetty's choultry, near getting the vessel afloat. The weather which the vessel went aground, is a large was fine, and there was very little surf, stone building erected for the temporary at the time she ran ashore.”
shelter of native or other travellers, but No letters have been received at the affording no accommodation beyond the Mission-House from Mr, Crowther, or naked walls and roof; and is equally from the Missionaries at Madras ; but we open to all comers. The services of the have seen the Bombay Gazette, of the Madras Native, who accompanied the 26th January, which gives an extract party from this country as a servant, from the Madras United Service Gazette, would prove of value to them in these of the 13th of January, containing the circumstances, from his knowledge of the following particulars, additional to those language and the people. The Surgeon in the above extract from the Asiatic and Mr. Griffith would have many incon Journal. It states that when the Eliza- veniences and some dangers to encounter beth had run aground, on the evening in their journey or foot to Madras, the of the 9th, the Surgeon of the ship, and roads being a mere track through the the Rev. Richard D. Griffith, Missionary, sand, and many of the numerous rivers came ashore on a catamaram, a raft of having no bridges, and not having even three logs of wood lashed together, in boats to carry passengers across. order to obtain assistance ;—that they a favourable circumstance that the moon walked more than ten miles to Sadras, was at full on the 10th. We trust that an old Dutch settlement, where they these intrepid travellers will not have failed to obtain boats, or any other aid; suffered in their health from their unused