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I have recently been much engaged, ledge and grace of Christ. It is no rare in addition to my usual arduous duties, thing, during public worship, to in holding special services in commemo streams of penitence and love running ration of the glorious Ist of August. I down the cheeks of members. held six public services in different parts Often, indeed, does the deep sigh, and of the Circuit, all of which were well the loud groan, indicate, that God is attended ; and of this you may judge, pricking the heart. O, my dear Sirs, when I tell you that I took up more God is with us of a truth ! Proofs than £100 sterling as thank-offerings, thicken around us, that the great Head which we are going to apply to the of the church is using even us to feed, liquidation of the debts on our chapels. guide, and enlarge his church ; and, thus Let who will speak against the lately. encouraged, by God's good help,“ we emancipated population of this island, will give ourselves continually to prayer, surely we cannot. They are coming for. and to the ministry of the word.” Let ward every year with increasing support me entreat you, with the earnestness of to their own Ministers, towards the en one who feels for the souls of the people largement and erection of chapels, and committed to his charge, to exert all towards the sending the agents of the your influence with the Committee to cross far hence to the Gentiles.

induce them at once to comply with our But, wliat is far better than any thing urgent request : so shall you make the I have yet mentioned, I believe our peo- hearts of many glad, ple generally are growing in the know,

LIBERALITY OF THE WEST-INDIAN SOCIETIES: GRATEFUL COMMEMO

RATION OF THE FIRST OF AUGUST.
JAMAICA.-Extract of a Leller from the Rev. William Hodgson, dated

Bryan's Pen, Lime-Savanna, Clarendon, August 10th, 1842. In my last communication I gave you nation of our day-school there. His an account of the laying of the founda. address to parents produced a good effect : tion-stone of our new chapel in Vere. many have sent their children to school You will, I doubt not, be pleased to who formerly neglected that duty. learn, that the building is proceeding In other matters, I am happy to say, rapidly. We hope to finish the shing we are doing well. Should we be spared ling next week. By the last packet we until our annual District-Meeting, we received (in answer to a letter written hope to be able to report an increase in some time since) the liberal and kind do. the piety, number, and liberality of our nation of £25 sterling, from John Mo- people. My new colleague, Mr. Thomprant, Esq., Lyndhurst. The members son, preaches five times a week, besides of our society have contributed £140. travelling about sixty miles. If the £60 were collected on laying the founda Committee could send out a third man tion-stone : thus the total amount col for this Circuit, there are four stations lected to the present time is £325 ster we could cultivate which, under present ling. We hope to increase it to the sum circumstances, it is quite impossible to of £600 sterling. The chapel, I suppose, attend to as they require, Vere is bewill cost about £900.

coming very important; we have about We have repaired and beautified our four hundred members in society, who chapel at Lime-Savanna. The repairs contribute very liberally according to the have cost £100 sterling. We have means they possess; and could we but also cleared off upwards of £80 of the attend to the people every Lord's day, debt upon the chapel ; all of which our we should very soon have a large in, people intend to raise in addition to their crease. Some time since we had thoughts ordinary subscriptions.

of taking up a station at Milk-River, On the 1st of August we had a very but found it utterly impossible to do so happy day. I preached at James-Place ; with our present strength. I have no after which I received from the members hesitation in saying, we could soon cole their “August offering,” (by “ August lect a very large society there if we had a offering," we mean a thank-offering for Missionary located in the parish, The the blessings of freedom,) amounting to Committee would see from the Minutes upwards of £30 sterling." As Mr. Arm of our last District-Meeting, that there strong happened to be in this Circuit, he was no grant made to this Circuit ; and preached at Watsonton in the morning, we now pledge ourselves not to ask for and in the afternoon held a public exami. any next year, if you will send us out a

man for Vere. In conclusion, allow me into the Christian church; and now we to urge upon you to send out at once a look to you to assist us, that they may man, as above requested. England has receive regular Christian instruction and made the Negroes free men; your Mis- pastoral care. sionaries have assisted to gather them

St. Vincent's.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. George Ranyell, dited

Barrowullie, St. Vincent's, August 2d, 1842. We have just closed the highly in. shall make you free, ye shall be free interesting anniversary services of the ever deed.” (John viii. 36.) A gracious iomemorable 1st of August, 1838, when fluence and a powerful feeling pervaded the invaluable boon of freedom was con. the assembly, which we believe will not ferred upon all the slaves in these British soon be forgotten; and a tangible proof colonies. The Sunday evening preceding of their gratitude was manifested by a that day was terrific, being accompanied collection for the chapel, which amounted with vivid lightning, and tremendous to £14. lls. &d. sterling. Immediately peals of thunder, succeeded by heavy after the service, the congregation repairfalls of rain. The morning, 100, was ed to the chapel-yard, where refreshments quite unfavourable ; so much so, that we were provided ; and here another collec. were apprehensive our people would be tion was made, which amounted to Ill. unable to assemble in God's house to 08. 10d. sterling ; the overplus of which, return him thanks for their emancipa- after defraying the expenses, will be aption : but Providence caused the threat. propriated for the same purpose as the ening clouds to disperse, and the sun to former. We then concluded by singing burst forth with splendour. Our enlarged the praises of God; and the surrounding chapel was densely crowded, with deeply country re-echoed from the joyful voices devout and attentive hearers. The words of a free and happy people. “What of our Lord selected for meditation and hath God wrought!” discussion were,

“ If the Son therefore

St. Vincent's.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Banfield, dated Bialou,

St. Vincent's, July 12th, 1842. It is with feelings of gratitude to the great things for the inhabitants of this Giver of all good, for his sparing mercy, island, whereof we are glad. To Him and for the general prosperity of his be all the glory! work in this Circuit, that I write at this A divine influence continues to per. time. Since my last communication, we vade our means of grace, both social and have had indications of good; and public ; and at various times our meetthough we cannot report any great in ings have been so fraught with spiritual crease, as it regards our numbers, dur. blessings, and God has been so eminenting the past quarter, yet we rejoice to ly present among us, that we have been witness, in many of our members, a deep- constrained to exclaim, “ It is good for ening of the work of grace, and a more us to be here! “ This is none other uniforin consistency of conduct.

than the house of God; this is the gate Our congregations throughout the Cir of heaven." cuit continue to be large, and our cha You will be glad to learn, that our pels are well filled. It is pleasing, on a most sanguine expectations have been Sabbath morning, to witness hundreds realized at Colonore and the Marriaqua from all quarters flocking to the houses Valley, the places at which we comof God, “as doves to their windows ;” menced preaching last quarter. At Conumbers of whom, we have no doubt, lonore, the Attorney and Manager of worship God in spirit and in truth, and the estate has fitted up a large room are refreshed and strengthened by wait. for us, as a chapel, capable of holding ing upon him. I am frequently thank. about three hundred persons, which ful to witness the decent exterior, and is generally filled on

an afternoon the smiling countenances, of those who The attendance has been so good, that attend our places of worship; and while we intend preaching every Sunday afterthe usual salutation of “ Morrow, noon, instead of every alternate one. Massa,” has been uttered as they passed. At this place a number of persons assemI have often exclaimed, “What hath ble, who seldom or never appeared in God wrought!” Surely God has done any place of worship previously; whilst

others, old and sickly members of our last quarter, we met as many of the suciety, who cannot attend our ministry classes as practicable on the different either at Union or George-Town, have Estates, on the week evenings : this the bread of life taken to them. O that has considerably lessened our Sabbaththe seed sown here may be productive of labours, and given us an opportunity of much good ; and, in due time, may an speaking to nearly the whole of our abundant harvest be reaped !

members. We anticipate much spiritual In the Marriaqua Valley our congre benefit resulting to the Society from this gations are not so large as at Colonore; plan. but this is owing to the want of proper Our Sunday and week-day schools are accommodations : the room we preach in in much the same state as when I wrote is far too small to accommodate those last : we have great encouragement to who attend, and many are obliged to persevere in this work of faith and labour remain outside. A piece of land has of love, and every reason to expect that been offered to us by G, Griffin, Esq., the care and expense which are now bewhich we shall accept if we can raise the stowed upon the rising generation, will necessary funds for the erection of a be amply repaid by an abundant harvest chapel, if it be only a temporary one. at a future period. The people in this Valley are very poor ; By the blessing of God, my health and, as it respects their spiritual condi- continues very good, and I am endeation, many of them in a most destitute vouring and ignorant state.

“ To labour on at His command, During the renewal of the tickets the And offer all my works to Him."

APPEAL IN BEUALF OF THE ISLAND OF ST. LUCIA.

amusement.

Extract of a Letter from the Island of St. Lucia, addressed to the Rev. Dr. Bunting,

dated July 21st, 1842. I HAVE now to crave the liberty of not be surprised to hear that the Sabbath inviting your attention to the following is emphatically a day of pleasure and imperfectly-detailed account of the moral

On this day the fiddle and and religious state of this island. From drum are heard at all hours; the billiard. all that I have been able to learn, it ap table is well attended ; men, and even pears that this British colony has had boys, are engaged in fighting cocks, in very little of the pastoral care of Proteste open violation of the laws of the land ; ant Ministers. In one or two instances yea, on this day, gentlemen set the laud. it has been favoured with the ministry of able example to the lower classes of en. exemplary Clergymen of the Church of joying themselves, by having their fishing England ; but these gentlemen, after a and Maroon parties. Truth obliges me very short sojourn, have either been re to say, that in this work of Sabbath. moved to some other more highly-fa- desecration, many Protestants take a part. voured place, or (as in a late melancholy I sincerely wish that I could stop here ; instance) have been called to their re but if, through you, the sympathy of ward by the great Head of the church. Christians is to be engaged on the behalf It does not appear that it was ever visited of this British West-Indian colony, which by any Missionary of our body, except shared in the twenty millions paid for the the Rev. William Squire, who came emancipation of her peasantry from slafrom Grenada about eighteen years ago, very,-if the object which I contemplate but who returned immediately, on account (namely, the emancipation from the slaof the failure of his health. The only very of sin) is to be accomplished,--the Protestant church (which is even now whole truth, however delicate the task, in an unfinished state) in the island, was must be told. And I would also bring built in 1832. There is not an English under your notice the awfully-degraded school here, except the schools in con state of the women. Concubinage (the nexion with the Mico Charity, and curse of every country, but especially of which are professedly connected with no the West Indies, where, until very lately, body of Christians; but even these are, it had the countenance of the most inin consequence of the Scriptures being fluential) unblushingly holds up its hiread in them, obnoxious to the Romish deous head in every street, and bids Priests. Sensible as you are of the ac- defiance to virtue. Polygamy and progcommodating and indulging spirit of the titution are common; and to show you Romish Church to her votaries, you will in what light the latter vice is viewed by

the unfortunate women, I have only to He distributed tracts, and the New Teso assure you, that application is frequently tament in the French language ; visited made by them to the Magistrates to reco• Roman Catholics and Protestants from ver the price of their infamy. Of course house to house; travelled to distant parts these applications are not entertained: of the island to preach the word, and These wretched creatures are also the married several who were living in sin. subjects of the grossest superstitions. He was indeed “in labours more abun.

But enough has been said on these dant.” But it pleased the great Head of subjects to excite your pity. I now turn the church to call him home. On the to a relieving feature of my account. On 28th ult., being the very day which nummy arrival here six mon:hs ago, I found bered the third month of his sojourn the Protestants had been without divine amongst us, he departed this life. We service for many months previously. In have since then resumed our morning conjunction with Mr. Simpson, a young meeting ; but the whole of the work now man from Antigua, who is one of the devolves on me, as for the last six weeks Mico Teachers, we commenced holding Mr. Simpson has been very ill. I fear he is meetings at his house on the morning labouring under pulmonary consumption. and evening of the Lord's day, which He coughs, and is never free from fever. were very well attended. We also be. And now, my Rev. and dear brother, will gun a class-meeting on the Wednesday you not take up our case? Will you evening, which then consisted of five not plead our cause ? Shall we be left menibers, our wives and ourselves in destitute and unassisted ? Has not God cluded. Shortly after we had the plea- opened a way for the introduction of the sure of receiving among us five females, Wesleyan ministry in the island ? Let wlio expressed an earnest desire to flee me beseech the Committee, through you, from the wrath to come.

We are now to send a Missionary to St. Lucia Her fourteen in number, and we expect two morally-degraded state claims the syu. more will join our little band on Wed- pathy of Christians. She has long been nesday next. Hence we have abundant neglected; but it seems that the line cause to thank God for his blessing on has arrived when something must be our humble endeavours to be useful to done for her. God has been silently our fellow-creatures. Between three and preparing the way; the rising generation four months ago, the Rev. Mr. Sims, are being taught to read the Scriptures; who was in Deacon's orders, arrived many of them, through the instrumenthere ; at which time we gave up our ality of the Mico Teachers, in various morning meeting, and attended divine parts of the island, can read them fiu. service in the church. Mr. Sims was a ently, most zealous and indefatigable Minister.

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BARBADOES.-It will be seen from the following extract, that, in two of the more recently formed out-posts of this important Mission, there are considerable proofs of success. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. W. Hudson, of Speight's-Town,

dated September 1st, 1842. I HAVE at the present time several found in the gradual removal of prejaadult candidates for baptism. Two of dice. Our principles have been ascer. these are Africans, brought hither from tained by their practical results ; and it their “father-land" by the

is now understood, that our object is " to stealer," about forty years since. One spread scriptural holiness through the of them told me that, at the time when land.” A Member of the House of As. taken away, she was washing at a stream, sembly stated the other day as his conwas caught, and hurried off without an viction, that the followers of the venerable opportunity of saying farewell to her John Wesley had done more than any friends, and was sold for an “old gun.' other section of the church for the spread But she added, “ Massa, me no com of the Gospel in the earth. The circulaplain : me too old to see me friends again ; tion of the General Report of the Parent me quite happy, me believe in Jesus Society has been useful. Several persons Christ, and me wish for be baptize and to whom they were sent, were astonished die a Christian."

to find that the Wesleyans are doing so Another proof of the progress of your great a work. Our Missionary Meeting Mission in this part of the island is was numerously and respectably attended.

It excited such interest, that scores could

Tin life's last hour my soul engage, not get in. The collection amounted to And be my chosen heritage." about £15 sterling; and this without any deduction for what are usually termed

Our school at Speight's-Town is not so “ local expenses.”

prosperous financially, not raising quite At Scotland, for the first time, a Mis

the half of the Teacher's salary. The sionary Meeting has been held in our

children are making great proficiency;

and although there is competition in the school-chapel. It was attended princi. pally by the labouring population. They neighbourhood, we have a prospect of an

increase of scholars. It appears to me were much delighted ; they felt, they

that our schools should be vigorously wept; yes, and they gave liberally. The collection was £6. 9s. sterling.

supported; and, if possible, others simi

lar to them should be established in difOur day-school at Scotland is in a flourishing state. The payments of the

ferent parts of the island. I need not children were sufficient to meet the Mas- remark, that our schools, conducted as ter's salary for the past quarter. He is

they are, will greatly tend to purify and

elevate the tone of morals. The chilanxious that the school should support all its own expenses. One of the children

dren are beginning to read the Bible to

their more ignorant parents. A father lately gave a striking proof of her love for the Bible. As death approached her,

caine to me this week, and said, “ Massa, she became unable to read, but the book

I want you to get for me a good family of God, her greatest treasure, she would Bible, for my children can read now; and have lying upon her breast. She could therefore, you will not withhold your

I want them to read to me. I hope,

grants for educational purposes. We “ May this blest volume ever lie

will do all we can, by local efforts, to Close to my heart and near mine eye,

lessen the amount of them.

indeed say,

SOUTH AFRICA.

ESCAPE OF MR. ARCHBELL AND FAMILY AT PORT-NATAL.

Since the Missionary Notices for October were put to press, we have received the most gratifying intelligence of the safety of Mr. Archbell and his family, and the particulars of his providential escape from threatened captivity. The details contained in the following letters, from Messrs. Shaw and Archbell, will be read with the deepest interest. The public thanksgivings which will be offered to God for the safety of his devoted servant, and the deliverance of himself and family from impending danger, will be suitably accompanied by very earnest and repeated prayer for the restoration of peace, and for the general comfort and prosperity of those various tribes in that part of the heathen world to which the Ministers of Christ are happily finding

access.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Shaw, dated Graham's-Town,

South Africa, July 21st, 1842. Last night I received a letter from has been disposed and able to keep his Mr. Archbell, dated at Port-Natal, on ground. The officer commanding a the 5th instant, bringing the gratifying detachment sent from this place to reintelligence of the safety of himself and inforce the troops at Natal, was good family, amidst all the perils and dangers enough to take charge of a letter which to which they have been exposed, in I forwarded to Mr. Archbell, expressing consequence of the painful conflict which my hope, that he would not leave the has been going on betwixt the British Port, so long as any of the troops retroops and the emigrant Dutch Boors at mained there, and I am glad to be able that place.

to report, that Mr. Archbell's views coAs I shall send extracts from Mr. incided with my own; so that he is Archbell's letter by this day's post, I likely to remain; and in due season the need not enter into any details. You work of the Mission will proceed in the will no doubt rejoice with us, that he usual manner.

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