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Within the past year, the Rev. John confidence that this plan, in connexion Seys, Superintendent of the Liberia Mis with other agencies, will afford us a persion, Rev. George S. Brown, Missionary manent and systematic source of revenue, from Africa, together with Simon Peter, adequate to the wants of our treasury. a converted native Exhorter, have been But still we must look to our ministry engaged in travelling extensively, for the and membership for their zealous copurpose of replenishing our funds. operation in multiplying Auxiliary SoThey have been thus employed sepa cieties, and in sustaining those now in rately, and in accompanying our Secreta. operation, especially in all populous ries, with encouraging success. Brother places. And we take pleasure in testi. Seys will continue to labour in this ser- fying to the timely and efficient aid we vice as his health will allow ; and the have received from Sunday-school and Board affectionately commend him to other Juvenile Auxiliaries, who have, in the attention and liberality of all the many places, excelled their seniors in friends of the cause.
zeal and success. Upon our Bishops, presiding Elders, The periodicals belonging to our and Itinerant Preachers we
Church are among our most important strained to rely, more than upon all the agencies; and it is fit that we should re. other agencies in the field. Their num. cognise and appreciate the constant facibers, their relations to the people, their lities they afford us, for spreading abroad facilities for soliciting and collecting our Missionary intelligence, and circulat. contributions to our treasury, all combine ing the appeals which our necessities to devolve upon them a large share of have compelled us to make upon the the responsibility for the Missionary exertions and liberality of the Church. action of the churches. Many of these, In the “ Christian Advocate and Jourve rejoice to testify, are heartily engaged nal,” of January 5th, 1842, will be in the work; and if all were as active as found an Address to our ministry and a few have been, our treasury would be membership, from the venerable Bishop ample to meet the increasing demands Hedding, from which we make the fol. upon our Missionary Board. We trust lowing extract :that our present extremity may be their “ To carry the above-named plan into chosen opportunity; and that, upon every
effect will depend, to a great degree, on District, Circuit, and station, a simulta- the Preachers. Dear brethren in the neous effort will be made to raise money ministry, though you have not the mofor our exhausted treasury.
ney, you have the influence with the To our Local Preachers, numerous people. They have the money, and, if and efficient as they are in the service of they will, they can do all that is neces. the church, an appeal is now made by sary in the present distress, and all that some of their own number, from which shall be necessary, from time to time, to we hope for an example which will pro carry on this glorious work of God. I voke others to love and good works. It pray you, then, call their attention to it; is proposed, that each of them should lay the plan before them; and urge give ten dollars, or beg that sum for our them, for Christ's sake, to adopt it. treasury; and we are glad to learn, that And if any of the societies shall decline many of them have a mind to the work. adopting this plan, beseech them, for the In their noble project, thus to pay off sake of the souls of the Heathen, to help, our debt, we wish them God speed. by some other mode, in this glorious
Upon our Class-Leaders much, very enterprise. How can you pray, “Thy much, will depend, for the success of the kingdom come,' and neglect this importpenny-a-week collections, which the ant part of your duty ? How can you Board have so earnestly recommended, see your brethren return in tears from and which they hope to see introduced Oregon, and from Africa, for lack of in every part of our work, without bread, when it is in your power to per. delay.
suade our people to feed them? By If the presiding Elders will see that everything sacred in the holy religion every Quarterly Conference is organized you preach, I entreat you, one and all, into a Missionary Society, auxiliary to come out in good earnest, make one that of the Annual Conference; and mighty and simultaneous effort to arouse every Preacher, with the aid of the
* We are not to understand the Bishop as Leaders, will organize the classes within
intimating, that the Preachers are backward in his charge into Branch Societies, appoint
the support of the Missionary cause, as he very suitable persons to receive a penny a well knows that many of them are among its week from all who are willing to sub most liberal supporters, their poverty notwithscribe this small sum ; we have strong standing,
all our people to a more vigorous and versation, manifesting a great deal of general action in this blessed cause!” docility and contrition, and promising to
devote their whole lives to the service of In this first Number of our periodical, God, and the working out their own sal. we have deemed it needful to occupy so vation ; and one of the number, at least, much space with a general summary of promised solemnly, in addition to all the condition and wants of the Mission this, to hold prayers regularly with his ary Society, that we have no room for crew every day. Who can calculate the details such as we design hereafter to extent of the good that may be done furnish.
through their instrumentality ? May The following letter will interest the our merciful Saviour attend them in all friends of our German Missions :
their voyages over sea and land, and
make them the ministers of vital godli. “ To the Corresponding Secretary of the
ness to thousands of their own countryMissionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
men, as well as to others whom they
may meet ! Among the converts were “ DEAR BROTHER,_Having spent a also some Papists, who appeared unfew weeks in your city, (New-York,) in speakably happy in having found a reliassisting in the German Mission, at a' pro- gion which filled their souls with 'peace tracted meeting,' which has just closed, and joy in believing;' and their happiI cannot deny myself the pleasure of re ness seemed greatly heightened by the presenting to you some features in this fact, that, in their conversion, they had interesting field of Missionary enterprise. been delivered from a religion which And, first, I was inost agreeably sur consisted in a mere drudgery and form. prised to find the little society in con And I shall never forget the thrilling nexion with the Mission, about twelve in emotions produced in one of our prayernumber, so hearty in the cause, and so meetings by two lads, who, having exhappy and clear in their religious expe- perienced religion a few days before, rience; and I may add, that I have now broke out in strains of praise and
a company of professing thanksgiving to the Lord, for the unChristians who evinced more of the spirit measured streams of light and consolaand power of the Gospel than they. tion he had so lately poured into their From the commencement of our meet hearts; adding to all this their most fering, to its close, there was an evident in vent prayers for the more general spread crease of interest evinced in the preach of this kind of religion among their ing of the word; and the power of God, countrymen. to wound and to heal, was manifested in “ The Mission, in all its various aspects, an eminent degree ; eighteen were ad.
presents a most important field of useful. mitted to church-fellowship; and at al ness, and commends itself to the affecmost every successive meeting were seen tions and fostering care of every true phinew hearers, who gave the most striking lanthropist and lover of Jesus Christ; evidence of entire satisfaction with our and, so far from any need, on our part, doctrines and manner of worship, and, I to fear a disappointment of success, we doubt not, were also greatly profited in may rest entirely satistied in the assur. their own souls.
ance, that that form of godliness known “ Several cases of peculiar interest by the name of Methodism will find a occurred, which I must not forget to most congenial soil in the German chamention, as they may prove, by the racter ; and, to illustrate the ardour with blessing of God, the germs of signal which they are wont to cleave to a people good to others. At an early stage of through whose instrumentality they are our meeting, a Danish sea-Captain was brought to the knowledge of salvation attracted to our place of worship, who, by the remission of sin,' I need but renot satisfied to eat his morsel alone, in- late a fact which occurred in your city duced a Holland Captain to share with but a short time before the commencehim in this privilege ; and they together ment of your Mission here. A family soon after brought with them also a which had been happily converted to Hamburgh Captain, who continued to God, in our German Mission in Cincinattend our worship to the last, our watch. nati, removed to this city, with a view of meeting not excepted, with the exercises settling here ; but, being disappointed in of which, especially, they expressed not finding any German society conge. themselves as greatly pleased and pro nial with their own religious views and fited. I visited them, also, on board of feelings, they returned to Cincinnati their respective vessels, and found them again. I would also add, that the Sab. quite ready to engage in religious con. bath-school is large and flourishing, and
numbers with its scholars some heads of many white people are very bad ? No, families. John C. Lyon.” I will not tell them that; but this I
shall tell them,--that all the people here The following is the substance of a have been very kind to me; yes, very speech made at a Missionary Meeting, kind. And now let me thank you for all by Lizette, a native of Oregon, who was your kindness in sending us the Missionamong the first-fruits of the Gospel aries : this was the greatest good you among the Indians in that Mission. could do for us. Had it not been for We learn, that she is about to return the Missionaries, where would I be now? shortly to her home.
Four years ago
I know not. Now I can read the word she could not speak a word of English. of God, and feel happy in trying to do
“ I did not wish to speak to-night, as his holy commandments. I am some bashful to speak before you, “ Yes, poor orphan girl as I am, far 'specially as some may think it not exact from my country, yet I am not unhappy ; ly proper for females to speak in Meet no, not at all; for though I have no ings of this kind ; but I cannot see it father here, I have a very good Father very improper, though I do not know in heaven, and he is more to me than much of the customs of your country everything else; yes, he is very good to yet. But 0, who would have thought, me, and all of us, too; for he gave his five years ago, that I would to-night own beloved Son to die for us, that we stand before you here, poor little orphan might not go down to that everlasting girl as I was,-no father, no mother, no hell; but he has gone up, to prepare brothers, no friends, only two little sis. mansions for us in heaven : there is my ters, and they all the same as myself, home; yes, heaven is my home. I do poor, dark, blind children of the woods, not want to live here. This world ! not understanding one word in the Eng. what is it? all pride, and fashion, and lish, nor able to speak at all except in foolishness. No, I do not want to live Indian? My father was very kind to here. I would rejoice if God should me, very indeed ; and I loved my father. call me home to-night. I know I should But O! where is my father now ? I go home to my Father in heaven; yes, know not : perhaps down to that ever he will take care of my soul. O young lasting place where there is no peace for ladies, are you prepared to die ? No ever;"(then she paused, and wept ;) matter how white, nor red, nor handsome “ for though my father was very kind to we are, nor how we dress, nor how we us all, he did not mind the Sabbath, nor look; if we are not converted, what shall keep God's holy commandments. But become of our souls ? But, surely, I yet he was not so bad as many I see in am not a Missionary. I wish I was fit this country, where the Missionaries for a Missionary : I would talk more to come from, to tell us what is good. you about your souls. But now I must No; in New-York, and along on the stop : only I would say to you all, when canal, I was surprised, and very much you have anything to give, give it'; if it ashamed, to hear what I did in this be only a sixpence, or half-dollar, or Christian land ; and here, too, in this dollar, give it ; and the Lord will reward congregation, I see some young people you all. Poor Indians ! they know nowhisper and laugh in time of this Meet- thing as they ought to know, only what ing; and I have thought, some of you they are told by the Missionaries. I need to have a Missionary sent you from thank you very much for sending us the Oregon : shall I send you one when I Missionaries; yes, I thank you all; and go home ? No, I did not expect to see may God bless you, too! And now, such things here. And what shall I say farewell: : you shall see my face no more when I get home? Shall I tell my peo in this world ; but perhaps we shall meet ple, that, in the Missionary's country, in heaven. Farewell.”
The next Quarterly Day of Fasting and Prayer for the Methodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connexion, will be Friday, April 1st, 1842.
1. Died, January 29th, 1838, at 2. Died, February 23d, 1840, in the Walsall, in the seventy-fifth year of her Third Manchester Circuit, aged sixtyage, Mrs. Lees, widow of the late Mr.
four, Mr. Charles Johnson.
He was Andrew Lees, of Wednesbury. She had born at Broughton, near Manchester, in been a member of the Wesleyan society the year 1776. In his youth, the cultimore than half a century. In early life, vation of his mind was neglected ; and the instructions of a pious mother, and though he was preserved from immoral her attendance on the Wesleyan ministry, habits, the best interests of his soul were were very useful to her ; but it was not forgotten. His parents having removed till she had reached her twentieth year to Longsight, he here became acquainted that she so far yielded to the lessons of with a religious family, in whose godly truth and the influences of grace as to demeanour he saw the beauty of Chrisreceive the conviction of her own per tian holiness ; and was induced to attend sonal guilt and sinfulness. For three the Wesleyan-Methodist ministry. He long years she sought sorrowingly for a soon perceived, that religion was not a sense of her acceptance with God, and was mere name ; but that it implied a renunat length enabled to believe on Christ as ciation of the world, a turning to God, her Saviour, and to enter into the rest of and the establishment of that kingdom faith, Thenceforward her profession of God in the soul, which consisteth in was steady and consistent. She had put “righteousness, peace, and joy in the her hand to the plough, and she did not Holy Ghost." These discoveries filled look back. Naturally timid and retiring, him with dismay; for his past life apshe was little known beyond the circle of peared a scene of childish folly ; but, her own friends ; but she was guided by the ministrations of the pulbeloved and valued by those who knew pit, and encouraged by the counsels and her best. Her faith was strong and sim prayers of his religious neighbours, he ple, and she delighted in prayer. To sought, and soon obtained, the forgivethe ordinances of God's house she was ness of his sins, through faith in the diligently attentive, she carefully read Lord Jesus Christ. He joined the Mehis word, and was charitable from princi- thodist society in the twentieth year of ple, as well as from kindness of feeling: his age; and, prompted by a desire to About a month before she died, she had glorify God, to save his own soul, and to a slight attack of apoplexy, when she benefit his perishing fellow-creatures, he fell, and broke her thigh. She was con. diligently used the means of grace, and vinced that this affliction would remove laboured to improve his mind by reading her from the world, and looked forward and meditation. His first systematic to the solemn change with perfect com essay at usefulness was made in the posure. She felt that she was in the Longsight Sunday-school ; where, by Lord's hands; and here she rested. his diligence, punctuality, and consistent There was no impatience ; no struggling piety, he acquired an influence which with pain : she was grateful for all the was as salutary as it was strong. In attentions she received, and was plainly 1805 he was appointed to be the Leader a witness of the Saviour's kindness to of a class, in which office he continued to his suffering saints. Like the sun at his serve the church till his mortal affliction setting, her religion seemed as though laid him aside. A recollection of the it were most bright and beautiful at the great benefits he had derived from the close of life. It was truly encouraging fellowship of saints at the commenceto behold her triumph over the last ene ment of his Christian course, and a my. “ The Lord of hosts,” she said, knowledge of the ensnaring temptations “is with me; the God of Jacob is my to which young men are exposed in a refuge.” On the morning of the day on large manufacturing town like Manches. which she died, she said to her sister, ter, induced him to use great diligence “Jesus is the fairest among ten thou in bringing in, and in training up, sand; he is altogether lovely.” She young disciples. For this department passed away very quietly. She had just of holy service, his great simplicity of before been heard to say, “ Lord, save character, his prudence, and fatherly me ; Lord, prepare me; Lord, receive kindness, peculiarly qualified him. In me:” and these were her last words on 1808 he became a Local Preacher. In earth.
ADAM FLETCHER. exercising the duties of this office he
of his age.
chose plain texts, used plain language, cast my anchor within the veil, and I and sought the profit, rather than the shall be brought at last to the haven applause, of his hearers. He frequently where I would be.” A few hours before made his knowledge of the affairs of this he died, he said, “ All is well. I have life to bear with happy effect on the peace. Christ is precious.” He had illustration of the Scriptures, and the set his house in order ; and he met the consciences of his hearers. Being per last enemy, confidently reposing on the sonally acquainted with the power of merits of his Redeemer. godliness, well versed in the Scriptures,
PETER M'Owan. and animated with a tender pity for the souls of men, his unpretending dis. 3. Died, March 10th, at Fennycourses were both acceptable and useful Bridges, in the Axminster Circuit, Mr. to the congregations he addressed. As Edward Coombe, in the forty-fifth year he advanced in life, he acquired the cha
His earliest religious imracter and influence of a father in the pressions appear to have been received society, and among his brethren the during his tenth year; but it was not Local Preachers. To defraud, or to till he was about thirty-eight years of take advantage of the ignorance or neces age that he determined to give his sity of, his neighbour, was, in his esti heart fully to the Lord. Previous to mation, as inconsistent with the spirit that period he was considered an agreeof Christianity, as highway robbery. able companion, almost invariably disWhen not occupied in preaching, he was posed to engage in the diversions of life; invariably found in his pew on the but even in the midst of those amuse. Lord's day, with his family around ments, he was often revisited by those him; and, from the interest which he convictions of sin that first led him to look in the worship, it was evident that think seriously of death and judgment. he waited on God not in the spirit of For several years he attended divine self-denial, but of holy delight. In his service in the Church of England ; but dress he was simple, without negli- being unsettled in his views as to the gence; in his speech, guarded, yet can extent of human redemption, he resolved did and sensible ; and in his spirit, seri to hear the Wesleyan Methodists, whose ous, devotional, and somewhat inclined ministry, under God, was successful to melancholy. He was always at his convincing him that God had loved the post, though
never in a hurry; and world, and sent his Son to be the Saviour while he disliked parade, he was perse thereof. He was speedily led to examine vering and practical. In adhering to himself, as in the sight of God, and truth and righteousness he was inflexi. inquire after the only refuge in distress ; ble ; but his firmness, joined to his habi. but on account of the indistinctness of tual taciturnity on some occasions, gave his notions of divine things, he did not an air of severity to his character, and instantly receive Christ Jesus the Lord. rendered his manner repulsive His views of the possibility of obtaining strangers. His word was as his bond ; forgiveness on earth seemed to be oba and, in giving his opinion of men and scured, till one Sabbath evening, while things, be studiously avoided exaggerate attending a prayer-meeting, he was ena. ing on the one hand, and underrating on bled to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ the other. He lived like a man who with the heart unto righteousness, and knew that he was responsible for the realize his acceptance in the Beloved. deeds done in the body, that his days Peace and joy, as the fruits of justifying were numbered, and that he had a great faith, sprang up in his heart, evincing work to accomplish, on the faithful per the reality of his conversion to God. formance of which his eternal destiny From that day he walked consistently, depended. His last illness was of a frequently reproving the ungodly for very painful and depressing character; their sin, and faithfully testifying, “ Ye but in patience he possessed his soul. deed not one be left behind.” He There was but little of the triumph of shunned not the yoke of Christ, but faith in his closing scene ; but there was fearlessly exhibited in his deportment no wavering, no despondency. He was an example worthy of imitation; being the same man in health and in sickness, truly hospitable and unassuming, ever in life and in death. The religion he regarding himself as an unprofitable had so often recommended to others, servant. He was cheerful without levity, supported himself while passing through and serious without melancholy. His the valley and shadow of death. On liberality to the cause of God was clearly one occasion he said, “ It is true, I am at shown in the fact, that in 1839 he consea, and the storm is high ; but I have tributed largely, and exerted himself