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of Dikco's men were returning from a the first persons who came to reside in hunt, they had to cross the same plain ; this village ; and, together with her husin doing which, it being a cold day, band, has been a member for several years. three of them died.
Her conduct, upon the whole, has been 16th.—We left Tingwani's immedi. good, except that at times I thought her ately after breakfast, and arrived at Bunt too worldly-minded; and I often exingville about four o'clock.
pressed to her a fear that it would prove I should think the distance from the a snare to her soul. However, in her last new station to Bunting ville by Tingwa. sickness, she was fully delivered from it ; ni's is about seventy miles ; but, in con she seemed to have no thought about the sequence of crossing both the Tina and world, or even any anxiety about her husTsitsa near their junction with the Um band and child ; and so completely did zimvubu, the road is dreadful; some grace triumph in her, that she seemed to of the hills are at an angle of from have but one desire, namely, to depart forty-five to fifty degrees, and of the and be with Christ. On one occasion, whole seventy miles we could not ride when Mrs. Palmer went to see her, she more than thirty. The waggon-road will found her full of thankfulness for what be much better, though somewhat longer; God had done for her, for the comfort but as this is the road by which the
peo she received in her affliction, and for the ple will generally travel with the post, superiority of the consolation afforded by and the only one in which they can find the Holy Spirit to any that could be inhabitants, I preferred taking it, so as derived from the things of this world ; to connect Buntingville and the new and, in reply to the question, “ Have station, taking Tingwani as the con you hope ? ” she answered, “ Yes, great, necting link. Though the journey was great hope !
Mrs. Palmer says, her the most tiresome one I ever took, yet feeling seemed to be that of the poet, I do not regret it. The boldness of the when he said, mountain-scenery is grand beyond de.
“ Tears of joy mine eyes o'erflow, scription; and the general appearance of
That I have any hope of heaven." the country is so beautiful, that it fully compensates for the additional labour At another time, when I asked her how connected with travelling through it. she felt in her heart, she replied, “I see
To give you some idea of the locality no path before me but one ; that is, to of the new station, I would observe, that, my Father in heaven.” I then inquired, by the waggon-road, it will be about “Have you a good hope that if death eighty or eighty-five miles north-east takes you, you shall be received into heafrom Bunting ville, and about one hun ven?” and received for answer, “ Yes; dred miles from Morley.
that is what I mean, when I say, 'I see 17th.-We arrived at home, and found but one path.' I know I shall die ; but, all well.
through Christ Jesus, I have hope, and These various journeys have necessarily see my path to heaven : I am not afraid." taken me much from home, which I the After this, on hearing that she was worse, more regret, as the late Catechist of this I went to see her again; but it was too late, station has removed during the year ; her speech had failed, and she was just and, his successor not having arrived, about to leave this vale of tears. Her ate this station has been left without any Eu. tendants informed me that she had spent ropean upon it except Mrs. Palmer. I the greater part of the night in prayer. made the best arrangement I could: the Her death was so different from that of the Native Schoolmaster conducted the Heathen, who have nothing to comfort school under the superintendence of Mrs. them in that solemn hour, that I trust it Palmer ; and from her I learn, that the will produce an impression on the minds persons I had appointed to preach to the of some who are strangers to religion. people did it in a very acceptable man I heard one intelligent native say,
“ Though people may say that God's During the last month, one of the service is nothing, when they are in members of our society, Mary Thomas, health ; yet in death we see that it is died happy in God. She was one of something."
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Impey, dated D'Urban, Kafferland,
August 16th, 1841. We were favoured with a more than ago, on the occasion of the administration ordinarily impressive season a little time of both sacraments, baptism and the
Lord's supper. We had twelve candi.
opposers of the Gospel. “ Now," said dates for baptism : two of these were they, “you are no longer men : you have (greatly to their disappointment, I be ruined yourselves this day :”. a very lieve) unavoidably absent, and therefore general notion prevailing, (from what wait for another opportunity. Kama, cause arising, I cannot tell,) that they the converted Chief, arrived the previous who unite themselves to the society of evening to spend the Sabbath with us ; Christians will die much earlier than and I was exceedingly glad of his pre- they otherwise would have done. sence on our “ high occasion,” judging In our catechumen-class, I am glad to truly that it would prove to him a time observe an increasing concern among its of great and hallowed enjoyment, on wit members for the knowledge of salvation nessing in so many others a confession of by the remission of sins; and, instead of that faith and doctrine which he himself (what is so frequently the case) the expreshas so long and so brightly adorned. Be. sion of vague desires after the “right sides this, I was anxions to avail my path," many are beginning the earnest self of his services as a Preacher of the inquiry, “ W'hat must I do to be saved ?' Gospel ; and visiting us on the sta One of them told me that he had been tion, as he occasionally does, I never al thinking of the love of God on this wise : low him to do so without employing “God gave his only Son : men did not ask him in that capacity. Could you but this Son. God freely gave Him.” O how hear him, though understanding not a this infinite love commends itself to the word, from his countenance beaming heart of man, the wide world over ! God with affection towards his yet benighted gave his Son; and will he not with him brethren, and his voice trembling with also freely give us all things ? Shall emotion, you would feel that he spoke we not yet see the day when it shall no with power, and that his ministration of longer be said, “ One of a tribe, and two the truth was attended with an
of a city ; ” but when the “ little one tion from the Holy One.”
shall become a thousand, and the small On this Sabbath, at our early morn one a strong nation ; ” when “the raning service, Kama preached ; and at our somed of the Lord shall return, and Monday service, I endeavoured to explain come to Zion with songs ; " and when the nature and obligation of baptism and they for whom the Lord, “unasked," the Lord's supper, and to enforce the gave his only Son, shall, with bounding duties connected with them. Ten adults hearts, receive Him as their Saviour were then baptized in the presence of and their Lord, and, experiencing his the congregation; the usual questions saving grace and power, shall exclaim, contained in the baptismal service be. “ Thanks be to God for his unspeakable ing put to them, and satisfactorily an. gift ? ” swered. All seemed deeply affected, se I am sorry to say, that the small-pox Feral to tears; and at the close of the has broken out in the Fingoe settlement. service, including the ten just baptized, We have had upwards of forty cases, and we numbered twenty-two communicants five deaths. All we can do is, to introat the table of the Lord. Thus, in the
duce vaccination as extensively as possiregions of heathen darkness, do the fol. ble ; and, happily, virus, procured from lowers of the Lord Jesus“ show forth his the Mauritius, a fortnight ago, has sucdeath until he come.” These services gave ceeded. rise to some railing on the part of the
Wesleyan Mission-House, Bishopsgate Street-Within,
London, February 15th, 1842. CHRISTMAS JUVENILE OFFERINGS,
FOR TIE YEAR 1841. With the liveliest emotions of gratitude to Almighty God, and to the children and young people of the Wesleyan congregations, we announce the cheering fact, that the request, addressed to our juvenile
by all prac
friends for some special pecuniary assistance to the cause of Mis. sions, during the late Christmas festival, has been nobly and munificently fulfilled, not only in all the metropolitan Circuits, but in the greater portion of those in the country ; and that, much to their honour, several Circuits in Ireland have, unasked, contributed liberal
The aggregate amount thus raised (including the liberal contributions of two English Circuits, in which it was thought that the particular methods elsewhere adopted could not well be carried into operation, but in which other means were kindly devised for the same general object) very much exceeds the original calculation, being £4,721. 78. 4d. This truly noble contribution will materially aid the accomplishment of a purpose, which the Committee felt to be of great importance, and which they were most anxious to secure, ticable and proper means,—that of making the income of 1841, as nearly as possible, equal to the expenditure of that year, so that little or no addition might be made to the heavy debt, accumulated in the three preceding years. Without the Christmas donations, this object could not have been att ed. With them, in conjunction with various other operations, (also very successful,) there is reason to hope, that the balance-sheet, when completed, will exhibit an encouraging improvement in the Society's financial condition, during the year lately terminated. Scarcely less gratifying than the pecuniary result of the Christmas effort, are the spirit and tone of many of the communications by which the remittances were accompanied. The anticipation of the Committee, that this movement “would be found, on a fair trial, to be both pleasing and, in various ways, profitable and beneficial, to the young contributors and collectors themselves,” has been fully realized by the fact. Never, probably, was so handsome a sum, under all the circumstances, raised with greater cheerfulness, or with stronger feelings and acknowledgments of the honour and pleasure conferred on the parties who were employed to raise it, by the service which they kindly undertook. In various quarters, a hope has been expressed, that they may be permitted again to
crown the year” by similar proofs of pious benevolence, when God shall again
crown it with his goodness.” Whatever may hereafter be deemed necessary or expedient in that respect, “it is well that it was in the hearts" of our juvenile fellow-labourers. To them,—to the Ministers, the local Committees and officers, and to all who have taken any part in this effort,—but most of all to Him“ from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed,"—the Committee return their heartfelt thanks.
And they conclude this article, by the expression of their earnest request, that the young friends, who have so essentially aided them in a time of special need, will further evince their good-will to our great cause, by enrolling themselves, if they have not already done so, as stated and regular Collectors, during the whole remainder of the current year, in connexion with the Juvenile or Branch Societies which exist, or shall yet be formed, in their several localities. They will thus render it the best and steadiest kind of support; and may God graciously accept and succeed their labours, and greatly “bless them and make them a blessing!”
The lists of some of those Circuits from which Christmas offerings have been received, and of the amounts of their several contributions, were entered on the covers of the “ Notices” for February. The
semainder, for which we greatly regret that, on account of the large list of regular District remittances, we cannot now find room, will be published on the cover of the “ Missionary Notices” for April.
ACCOUNTS OF THE SOCIETY FOR 1841. WE
E are concerned to state that, owing to the lamentably late period at which some of the balances and accounts of the District Auxiliaries were received, it is not yet in our power to announce, with perfect accuracy and confidence, the amount of income for 1841. We have reason, however, to believe, that even in a period of extraordinary commercial distress, it will be found to have very considerably exceeded that of 1840, or of any preceding year ;-that the large increase has been occasioned, very principally, by an augmentation of the regular contributions from the Auxiliary Societies, both in Great Britain, in Ireland, and in the foreign stations ;—that the expenditure has been materially reduced, partly by the temporary retrenchments occasioned by the almost general postponement of the necessary re-inforcements to the Missionary stations, but also very considerably, and, it is hoped, more permanently, by the increased efforts of the older Missions to make a larger local provision towards their own support ;-and that, by the combined operation of these causes, aided by the Christmas offerings, the probability is, that no material addition will be made for 1841 to the previously-existing and embarrassing debt of the Society. All this is very cheering to the Committee ; and excites their wonder and devout gratitude. But we cannot even thus generally announce the pleasing fact, without reminding our friends,
1. That the OLD DEBT, as it stood at the close of 1840, yet greatly impoverishes us, and impedes our operations. It must now be vigorously encountered, by some simultaneous and genera! exertion for that specific purpose ; and the Committee intend speedily to prepare, and submit to their friends, at home and abroad, a plan for the accomplishment of an object so great and indispensable. Such an application, they know, has not only been authorized by the General Annual Meeting, and by the Conference, but is generally and kindly expected by the public. In the meantime, the Committee are encouraged by the fact, that some generous persons have anticipated the formal application, by voluntarily forwarding their contributions towards the extinction of the debt, and that, in this way, an encouraging commencement has been made, as announced from time to time in our monthly reports.
2. That, however thankful for the results of the efforts of every kind made during the last year, we must not on any account relax in our exertions for the year 1842, and for each successive year. The augmentation of our income, absolutely required for the continuance, and much more for any enlargement, of our Missions, is obviously a claim, not of occasional or temporary character, but continuous and permanent. Not only the same efforts which have been made during the past successful year, but still greater and more extended exertions will be necessary, if we are to maintain and improve our present position. As many of the Missions must now be reinforced, in order to supply Vacancies occasioned by sickness and death, the regular expenditure of
1842 will almost inevitably be larger than that of 1841, and will require to be met by a larger income. If any plan be adopted for obtaining and properly preparing a greater number of native agents, (which it is now the prevalent conviction of all reflective persons that we ought soon to attempt,) such a plan, though eventually most beneficial, and even economical and saving, will, for a considerable time, involve additional expense ; for it can be carried out, and brought into operation, only by degrees. The late Administration judged it necessary, on public grounds, to give official notice to our Society, and to all other similar institutions, that the Parliamentary Grant for Negro Education will be this year partially reduced, and will gradually but finally terminate in but a few years hence; so that our external aids from that quarter will soon cease, and for them we must substitute new resources of our own for maintaining our educational department in due efficiency. On these and other grounds we conclude, that the process of obtaining a sufficient addition to our former income, though most auspiciously commenced, is as yet far from complete, and must be zealously and indefatigably prosecuted.
On the whole, however, we once more “thank God, and take courage." The religious community to which we belong, and for which we have the honour to act, aided by the kind contributions of liberal friends in other Christian denominations, have furnished delightful indications of their attachment to the Missionary cause, which amply prove that their principles and consciences will not allow them to consent, as far as our Society is concerned, that “the ignominious and unwonted note of retreat shall be sounded,” and “many places, already nobly won and occupied for Christ,” be wholly or partially abandoned, -“ to the dishonour of our holy religion, and at the expense of the best interests of our perishing fellow-men.” Instead of “retreat,” the general voice of an approving church, in unison with that of imperative duty to God our Saviour, and with the loud and piercing entreaty from various regions of a yet almost unevangelized world, plainly speaks to us that we should and must persevere, and“
DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. JAMAICA Mission. The Committee have despatched to Jamaica such a partial reinforcement of Missionaries as the circumstances of the Society appeared to warrant at the present time. Messrs. Thompson and Savory sailed by the West-India mail-steamer Medway, which left Falmouth on the 3d of February; and Mr. Sinclair has embarked at Southampton, by the steamer Tiviot, this day (Feb. 15th). By this improved mode of conveyance, it is expected that the Missionaries will arrive in Jamaica within a month after the date of their embarkation ; and, while they may thus afford earlier help to the Mission, they will also have the advantage of the healthy season, before the commencement of the rains.
We record with much pleasure the powerful effect produced by the letters from Jamaica, contained in our Notices for January; and have especial gratification in calling attention to the liberal contributions of £78. Is. Od., from Sir T. Fowell Buxton, Bart., E. N. Buxton, Esq., and other members of that honoured family ;=of £50 from