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father, and all good English people do Then would you be happy; then would your people follow your example; then would Almighty God bless you; your cattle would increase, your fields be covered with houses and cultivation ; then would you bless the English through that great God Almighty who brought

them among your people. Do this, my son, and you will live to thank your father, and to hope for eternal life and happiness hereafter.

(Signed) H. G. SMITH.

I have sent Fynn back to you, as you desire.

BECHUANA MISSION.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Shaw, dated Plaatberg,

Bechuana Country, May 8th, 1848. My journey from Graham's-Town to ration ; but there are two great wants on Natal is likely to occupy much more this station : First, a large place of wortime than I had intended or calculated ship, large enough to accommodate a upon. It is now nearly eight weeks congregation of from six hundred to since I left my family, and I have yet a nine hundred people; and, Secondly, long journey before I can reach Pieter- another Missionary should reside with Mauritz Berg, to say nothing of our Mr. Cameron. It is of great importreturn-journey through Kaffraria. The ance that two Missionaries should always cause of our delay is, that the season has be stationed here ; but, hitherto, we have proved unusually unfavourable for tra- rarely been able to accomplish this, velling : there have been very frequent owing to the want of men. Do consider rains and thunder-storms, not usual at the importance of this station, and send this period of the year ; hence the larger out a Missionary without delay, married rivers have become impassable, and we or single, with express directions, that unavoidably suffered great detentions at he or another is to be placed as the and near our Kamastone station, which second Missionary at Thaba Unchu, and is situated in the forks of the great nowhere else, whatever the openings may streams which form the highest sources be. With such an instruction, our conof the Orange-River; or, as the farmers sciences would be relieved as to the suphere call it, the Great-River, par excel. ply of other places, and Thaba Unchu lence. The Orange-River, where we would be properly provided for. crossed it at last with our waggons and We left Thaba Unchu on the 4th, in oxen, was as broad as the Thames at the evening, and arrived at Plaatberg at Westminster-bridge, and perhaps thirty noon on the 5th instant. Here Mr. or forty feet deep. We crossed over on Giddy resides, and continues to labour a float or punt.

diligently to promote the welfare of the Mr. Shepstone joined us at Kama- people. This is a settlement of great stone on the journey to Natal. After capabilities of an agricultural kind. considerable detention, we reached Tha The village is greatly improved since I ba Unchu on the 2d instant, where we was last here : the people have built found Mr. Cameron and his family, all themselves very good and substantial well. Thaba Unchu is the chief settle- houses, after the colonial fashion, A ment of the Baralong tribe, with which large number of gardens and orchards Messrs. Hodgson, Broadbent, and Arch. are well enclosed ; and hundreds, if not bell established our first Bechuana Mis- thousands, of fruit-trees give the whole sion. This is now by far the largest a very interesting rural appearance. native town in British South Africa: Yesterday the chapel was well attended there cannot be less than from eight by the inhabitants, who are chiefly diathousand to ten thousand inhabitants. lattos, and speak the Dutch language. The town has a very picturesque, but There is a considerable number of memwild-African, appearance. I was much bers belonging to the society, and the pleased with the very extensive improve whole population of the village may be ments made by the people in the erection regarded as nominal Christians. I atof stone walls around various parts oftended the Sunday-school in the afterthe town, forming excellent court-yards noon, and was much pleased with the to their conical-shaped dwellings, most manner in which the Catechism was reof which are kept very neat and clean. cited, and the Scriptures read, in the Mr. Cameron's labours are efficient here. Dutch language, by a very numerous There is a considerable church of native class of young women, and another of converts, a day and Sunday school, and young men. The cross-examination all the elements of usefulness in full ope- showed that they were not merely learn

ing by rote. Mr. Giddy also has a class sionaries. However, so far, though we who are being taught the English lan. have mixed a good deal with them, I guage, they read part of two chapters, must do them the justice to say, they and gave viva voce translations of va have treated us with civility, and at two rious sentences, when required, with the or three places I had opportunities of greatest readiness and fluency. A small preaching to them. congregation of Basutos was also ad News is now spreading through the dressed by Mr. Impey, after the Dutch land, that the refractory Boors are formservice was over; and Mr. Shepstone ing a camp at a spot which lies in our preached in Dutch in the evening. direct route. We must not permit our

This morning we proposed to proceed selves to be turned aside from our puron our way through Lishuani, Umpu- pose by rumours; and therefore we will kani, and Imparani; but the weather go forward, trusting in God that we bas again become decidedly unfavour. shall be delivered from wicked and unable for travelling with ox-waggons: reasonable men; but you must not be hence I obtain time to write to you, and greatly surprised, if the next news you give some account of our proceedings up hear from this country is, that war has to this time.

broken out between the emigrant Boors You are aware that Sir H. Smith and the British Government, and that lately proclaimed the whole of the im- we are detained as prisoners. I hope we mense territory lying between the Orange- may escape that fate ; but as all the River and the Vaal-River to be placed native tribes will probably be either neuander the protection of Her Majesty the tral, or take the side of the British, the Queen: this was done with the full con- Missionaries are specially hateful to the sent of Moshesh and Moroko, the prin. Boors. We will, however, endeavour to cipal native Chiefs, whose rights and go quietly and unobtrusively on our way; interests will by this measure be secured. but we shall not be beyond the reach The Dutch farmers settled in most parts of interruption, till we reach Pieterof this country also assented to the ar- Mauritz Berg, which is a journey from rangement with apparent cordiality. this place, with waggons, of about sixteen However, these last-named people, ever or eighteen days. dissatisfied with the rule of the British, I have written two or three communi. are now stirring up a rebellion, and talk cations from this country to the Goverof resisting the authority of the Magis. nor, which I hope will be useful in securtrates appointed by the Governor. We ing the rights in the soil of the native were told, as we were on the road, that tribes in this part of South Africa, under the Boors would turn us back again, as the new arrangements which he is introthey are generally very hostile to Mis- ducing.

RECENT MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. JAMAICA. I have witnessed a few “ Nay, but I yield, I yield; blessed displays of God's power in the

I can hold out no more : sanctuary since the District-Meeting. On

I sink, by dying love compellid a moderate calculation, I think about

To own thee conqueror !" forty persons have been awakened ; and -Rev. Alexander Foote, Manchioneal, some of these professed to have found peace May 4th, 1848. with God at Manchioneal and Fair-Pros JAMAICA.-Our Circuit has sustained pect within the last three months. The a severe loss in the death of our only spirit of mourning and prayer is on the Local Preacher, Barrack-Sergeant Sturpeople, and expectation is raised high. O ridge, who died at Stoney-Hill barracks, that we may go forward in all the paths of on the 14th ultimo. He was a native duty and privilege, till the Lord shall of Bath, Somersetshire, England. His “ do for us exceeding abundantly above youth was spent in forgetfulness of God, all we can ask or think!” It has been and in his seventeenth year he enlisted in remarked by members of our society, as the army. He was brought to the well as by myself, that the conversions knowledge of the truth about eleven here, since the District-Meeting, are very years since at Gibraltar, and received deep and genuine. The fact is, a prepa. his first ticket of membership from the ratory work was going on in their minds for Rev. William H. Rule. He was a man some time, and now that a larger mea. of singular piety and usefulness. His sure of the Spirit is given, old and young, upright walk and conversation secured as if with consentaneous voices, say, him the respect and regard of the officers and men of his regiment. He rose to preached twice to the English, and once the rank of Colour-Sergeant ; and, had to the Bechuanas, of whom there are a not his education been defective, it is number employed as labourers among probable he would have obtained a Com. the tradesmen. I also named a Trustmission. His efforts to promote the Board to collect funds for the erection of spiritual welfare of his comrades were a chapel. Since then I have received eminently successful, both at Gibraltar several communications from the memand in Jamaica. His zeal for God, and bers there, all of whom are anxious for liberality to his cause, were unbounded. the establishment of regular services Himself the fruit of Missionary labour, among them. All that can be done for he ardently loved the Missionary enter them at present will be on my part prise. I may probably say that he was quarterly visits, with occasional services THE MOST LIBERAL CONTRIBUTOR from other Ministers. TO OUR MISSIONS IN THE WORLD! The state of the society in Colesberg, With a large family dependent upon him especially with reference to the natives, for support, he was accustomed sacredly is most cheering. Seven or eight new to set apart one day's pay per week, or members have been added during the one-sixth of his entire income, to the cause last quarter : and deeply affecting are of Christian Missions. May the Lord the statements which they make in the dispose others to imitate so noble an weekly class-meetings. Though the example! His end was peace.-Rev. G. number of our members in this place is Savery, Grateful-Hill, May 22d, 1848. not large, yet we can with great truth

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE: COLES. say, “ He causeth us to triumph in every BERG.–Some two months back, I visit, place, and maketh manifest by us the ed a newly-established town about ninety savour of his knowledge.” For even miles from this, (Colesberg,) whither among those who continue to resist the two of the members of the church here saving operations of the Spirit of God had removed. I found, to my gratifica upon their hearts, we have the most contion, a strong and general desire among clusive testimonies that the truth which the European population for the estab we preach is made manifest unto their lishment of our ministry in the place. conscience. Rev. P. Smailes, Colesberg, On the Sabbath which I spent there, I May 24th, 1848.

SWITZERLAND. MR. GALLIENNE has lately returned from an interesting Missionary excursion into the Canton of Neuchâtel. From his letter, dated Lausanne, July 15th, 1848, which, from unfortunate circumstances, has only just reached us, we cannot now extract more than a few sentences. They are the following :

I RETURNED last evening from a with openings which will have the effect, journey in the Canton of Neuchâtel, on the one hand, of extending our labours where I visited the Val-de-Travers, on the north towards Germany, and on Chaux-de-Fonds, Locle, Les Ponts, and the south in the Italian States; and, on other places, and was received with much the other hand, of securing to our society affection. I have been pressingly invited an important position in the centre of to repeat my visits

Europe, in case of our labours being By the following extract of a letter interrupted in the Canton de Vaud. just received from the Waldensian Valleys There is nothing new in our circumof Piedmont, you will see how touching stances here; except, however, the fact are the appeals from that quarter also : - of the petition of our Stewards to the “ We ask of God that He may so engrave Council of State for the re-opening of upon your heart the remembrance of your our Lausanne chapel, having obtained visit to us, that you may have no rest the support of the Municipal authorities until you return again. We surely have of the town. The issue we leave in the no need to say how pleasing it would be hands of our Master. We have little care to us, and how necessary also to the what men may do, nor do we desire to lean cause of God.”

on an arm of flesh. We wish to look We are thus mercifully surrounded higher, and to proclaim Jehovah-jireh !

LONDON: PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON SQUARE.

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