« 前へ次へ »
the necessity of enlarging the chapel; preached an admirable sermon on the but we had not funds. After due deli. occasion from Psalm ciii. 2. On the beration with the Trustees, the matter Sunday following, the Rev. Edward was brought before the whole congrega Fraser appealed to the benevolence of the tion : they were given to understand that people, founding his remarks on 2 Kings no help in future could be afforded them iv. 13 : “I dwell among mine own peoout of the General Missionary Fund, by ple.” The collections and donations the Committee, for chapel-building pur amount to the very handsome sum of poses, and that it was their duty to take £200 currency, which is above sufficient care of and enlarge their own places of to meet one half of the expense incurred worship. Having obtained a promise on the erection. We have a good subfrom the congregation, that they would stantial chapel, fifty-seven feet by fortydo what they could, the foundation-stone All the pews are let, and more are for the enlargement (forty-two feet by in requisition. The premises are in easy fifteen feet) was laid on the 30th of April, circumstances ; a provision being made by Samuel Rogers, jun., Esq. ; and suit for the speedy liquidation of the small able addresses and sermons were preached debt still remaining, on the occasion by the Rev. Edward There has been in this place alone a Fraser and the Rev. Samuel Simmons. net increase of one hundred members The collections far exceeded our most during the last eighteen months. The sanguine expectations. The hearts of financial affairs of the Circuit were never the people were stirred up, and their spi. so good as they are now: the income, we rits made willing; and we were greatly hope, will meet the expenditure, indeencouraged to proceed with the work. pendent of pew-rents, which, of course, The building advanced very rapidly, and will be available for the liquidation of the on Friday last, July 23d, the chapel was chapel-debt, and the necessary repairs, re-opened for divine worship by the Rev. on a large scale. Myself and family are Robert Inglis, of Spanish-Town, who enjoying excellent health.
The following communication exhibits, in a clear and striking light, the great zeal and liberality of other Negro congregations in Jamaica :Extract of a Communication from the Rev. Lewis Lewis, recently returned from
Jamaica. THE appeals in behalf of Jamaica, and another is in the course of erection for an additional number of Mission at Red-Hills. Both these will contain aries, found in the “ Wesleyan Mission about a thousand. ary Notices” for January, excited, as Morant-Bay. A new chapel at Prothey ought, a lively interest in behalf of vidence. that lovely field of Missionary labour Grateful-Hill. The chapel enlarged. and Christian philanthropy. I have, Falmouth. A new school-house is therefore, thought that a letter of mine built, and the chapel at Duncan's rewould not be considered out of place, as paired, and rendered more commodious. I have so recently arrived from thence. St. Ann's. There is a new chapel
What I wish particularly to place be and Mission-premises at Beechamville, fore our friends is, a statement of the The chapel contains near two thousand ; great amount and importance of the and is scarcely large enough for the conlocal efforts made in Jamaica, during gregation. little more than one year before I left Bath. A new chapel, said to be the the island. I take the Circuits in the largest country chapel of ours in the isorder in which they stand in the Minutes land; built without any grant from home, of the Conference.
as are many of the others. The chapels Kingston. A new chapel has been at Manchioneal and Rocky-Point are opened on the site of the old Coke cha enlarged, so as to contain Dear eight pel, seats about two thousand, and is hundred each. This also has been crowded every Lord's day.
done by the liberality of the societies There is a new chapel in the course of there. erection at Port-Royal mountains, to Stony-Hill. Mr. Greenwood had just seat about six hundred.
commenced efforts to build a new chapel Moniego-Bay. A new chapel has been here, when called to his reward. opened at Mount-Edmondson.
Port-Antonio. Here a most beautiful Spanish-Town. A new chapel has chapel was opened on the glorious Ist of beca opened at St. Thoinas-in-the-Vale, August last.
chapel, recently Savannah-la-Mar. Here the late la. opened.
borious Missionary Lofthouse succeeded Oracabessa. A new chapel at Guy's- in the erection of an excellent chapel, a Hill.
short time before his triumphant death. Clarendon. The chapel under repair Stewart's-Town. A new chapel, and at Lime Savannah, and a large new one several improvements made in the Cir. in the course of erection at Watsonton in cuit. Vere.
DEATH OF THE REV. C. BATES,
AND APPEAL FOR MORE MISSIONARIES IN THE ANTIGUA DISTRICT.
LETTERS lately received from the Rev. James Cox and the Rev. Thomas Pearson, bring the mournful intelligence of the recent removal of another valuable labourer in the West-India field, the Rev. Charles Bates. He died in Tortola, on the tenth day from the commencement of his illness, which was a bilious fever. It seems that the early symptoms were so flattering and favourable, that his medical attendant apprehended no danger, until two days before his decease. He was, we believe, in the eighteenth year of his Missionary ministry, which was exclusively exercised in Newfoundland, and in the West Indies. He died greatly respected by all classes of the community in Tortola. His “end was peace.” His language was, “I am on the Rock Christ Jesus. I cleave to God;" and he frequently repeated those lines :
“ Lord, I believe thy precious blood,
Which, at the mercy-seat of God,
For me, even for my soul, was shed.” Thus another case of urgent necessity for an additional and immediate supply of Missionary labourers has providentially arisen. On this subject we recommend to the serious attention of our friends the following touching extracts from the letter of Mr. Pearson :TORTOLA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Thomas Pearson, dated Road.
Town, December 17th, 1841. AND now I am left alone on this bered with the silent dead. We shall island, without any hope of help until not be able to endure such labour long. the District-Meeting. I must travel over
No less than three of our number have these mountains, and contend with the died within the last twelve months. O waves of the sea, preach, administer the may I be ready to sacraments, renew the tickets, marry,
" Clap my glad wings and soar away, bury, draw up the Society and School
And mingle with the blaze of day!" Reports, and make out all the accounts for the year, which will soon close. While our life is continued, we cannot Well, thank God for health of body, and give up stations on which our sanctuaries a desire to act, and think, and speak for stand, and our societies are formed. But him ! I wish my short day (for I know help we must have, and that soon, or it it is but short) to be spent in doing good, will be too late. “O Lord, arise, and “my night in prayer and praise.” I am maintain thine own cause.'
" I shall conendeavouring to live with death continu. tinue to do all I can on this important ally in view ; for I am quite convinced station until the District-Meeting. 1 that, if more Missionaries are not soon hope that you will soon be enabled to appointed to this District, (the Antigua send out more labourers. We beg an inDistrict,] many of us will soon be num terest in your prayers.
From Mr. Cox's letter, also, we extract a few sentences of similar import :
St. Kitt's.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Cox, dated St. Kitt's,
December 24th, 1841. It has pleased God again to visit us Be merciful to those of us who remain ! with his rod ! We have stroke upon How soon may we be called hence !stroke. [This refers to the death of If the expense of outfit is your hinderMr. Bates.] May the good Lord stay ance, I will agree to pay the amount of his hand, and show mercy to this Dis- outfit for a single man for St. Kitt's, trict ! I have already urged so ear Do, Sirs, send one; and let me know, nestly our plea for three Missionaries, on receipt of this, that you will do so. that I trust I have only to give you thé We have only local brethren just suffiabove melancholy statement, to induce a cient to supply our places ; and if one compliance with our request.
be sick, one place must be without a cannot send us three, send us Preacher.
RECENT MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.
KUMASI. None of the Missions of this Society, we believe, is regarded with more intense interest and anxiety,-an interest and anxiety evinced, we trust, not only by special and liberal contributions on its behalf, but by fervent and continual prayer to God,—than that recently undertaken to Ashantee. We therefore hasten to communicate the following intelligence :Extract of a Letter from the Rev. S. A. Shipman, dated Cape-Coast Castle,
November 9th, 1841. Having but a very short notice of the Kumási in a fortnight from the time of sailing of the “New Times," I simply leaving Cape-Coast. write to state, that Messrs. Freeman and You will be aware that the societies on Brooking left this for Kumási on Satur the Coast are now left under the care of day last, the 6th instant, accompanied Mr. Watson and myself. We have by the two Ashantee Princes. They both, especially of late, been the subjects were all in the enjoyment of good health of much affliction, and are not yet able and spirits, and are daily commended by to undertake
work fully. Qur us all to the blessing and protection of health, however, is improving daily, as God our heavenly Father. As the sus the latter rains have ceased, and the fine picions and jealousies of the King appear weather is setting in. Mrs. Shipman greatly removed, no delay is expected continues also to enjoy better health. from him, such as Mr. Freeman expe We expect and are looking for a reinrienced before ; but they hope to arrive in forcement soon.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Watson, dated December 24th, 1841.
The Rev. Messrs. Freeman and Brook- and it will probably be three weeks or a ing entered Kumási, the capital of month before another vessel leaves the Ashantee, on Monday, the 13th in. Coast for England. Mr. and Mrs. Shipstant; though no letters have been re man, and myself, are all quite well, and ceived from them since their arrival. I enjoying excellent health and spirits. saw an Ashantee at Elmina on the 21st The former are intended to remain here, instant, who was in Kumási when they and the latter is expected to become the arrived, and left it on the evening of the colleague of Mr. Brooking when Mr. same day for the Coast. The “ African Freeman returns, which will probably be Queen” sails this day at four o'clock;
very shortly. We surely need not urge upon the friends of Africa the duty of solemn and unceasing supplication for the preservation and success of these devoted servants of Christ.
ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES IN WESTERN AFRICA.
GAMBIA. With much thankfulness to Almighty God, we learn, by letters from Mr. Fox and Mr. Symons, that the Missionaries Symons, Roston, and Annear, arrived, safe and well, at St. Mary's on the Gambia, on the 20th of December, after a passage of thirty-nine days from London. Mr. Symons remains at the Gambia Mission. Messrs. Roston and Annear, with Mr. May, a native Schoolmaster, sailed for Sierra-Leone, on the 1st of January
Great disappointment and regret are very naturally expressed by Mr. Fox, on finding that, on account of the Society's want of funds, only one Missionary, instead of the three desired and expected, had been for the present sent to the Gambia stations. We deem it an act of justice to give his own words :Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Fox, dated Gambia,
January 13th, 1842. I HOPE that poor Gambia will not be maintain that it is one of the most imforgotten by the Committee amidst their portant, direct, and safe entrances into very numerous applications for help. I the interior of this vast and as yet comknow that Sierra-Leone and Cape-Coast paratively unknown continent. Send us need assistance, and I deeply sympa sufficient help, and, ere many years have thize with Mr. Freeman in all his be- elapsed, you will, I trust, have a Misreavements and trials. But the River sionary station at the great emporium of Gambia too is in Africa ; and I still Africa, TIMBUCTOO.
SAFE RETURN OF THE REV. JOHN WATERHOUSE FROM
POLYNESIA TO HOBART-TOWN, At length we have the grateful task of stating, that highly-interesting communications have arrived from this truly apostolical Missionary, dated Hobart-Town, Van-Diemen's Land, September 24th, September 30th, October 9th, and October 12th, 1841. We have also received fifty-three pages of a closely-written Journal of Mr. Waterhouse's second voyage to the Polynesian Islands; and about thirty more pages are promised by the next vessel. When the whole shall have arrived, they will furnish large materials for publication, of which we shall avail ourselves as soon as possible, and which will be found to be of the most heart-stirring character. We have now room only to state, that Mr. Waterhouse reached his home and family about the middle of September last, after an absence of eighteen months, with the exception of six weeks in the months of September and October, 1840, during which he was engaged in holding the District-Meeting in VanDiemen's Land. His second hazardous series of Polynesian voyages and visitations commenced October 28th, 1840, when he went on board of the Wesleyan Missionary ship “ Triton,”and visited, successively, New South Wales, New Zealand,-Eua, Tonga, Haabai, Vavou, and other stations in the Friendly Islands,—Nina Tobu-tabu, (Keppel's Island,) Nina-fo-ou, Uvca, (Wallis's Ísland,) and Rotumah,-and, lastly, the Feejee group, where he landed on the 14th of June. His reports of the state
of the work of God at these several stations are, on the whole, very satisfactory; though, of course, in places so many, and whose circumstances are so various, and yet peculiar, a General Superintendent of Mr. Waterhouse's experience and discrimination
could not fail to discover, occasionally, some cause for efforts at improvement, while he found much and frequent reason for exclaiming, with wonder and thankfulness, “What hath God wrought !” The Tonga Mission was soon resumed, after the calamitous interruption occasioned by the open and furious hostilities of the heathen Chiefs, described in the “ Notices” for January, 1841. A sort of armed truce has been maintained ; and, among the Christian part of the population, under the rule of King Josiah Tubou, and the powerful protection and active co-operation of King George of Vavou, the ordinances of divine worship, and the preaching of the Gospel, bave been duly observed, a signal religious revival has taken place, and the very island for which we had feared the worst, appears now to present some of the most hopeful prospects of great eventual success. We regret to state, that the excellent Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were in such bad and failing health, that they were under the necessity of returning with Mr. Waterhouse, by way of Feejee, to Hobart-Town; where, however, they had very considerably improved, at the date of the last accounts. Their loss will be seriously felt in the Friendly Islands. Mr. Waterhouse's own health has been, on the whole, tolerably good, though he has had several temporary illnesses,--the natural result of the severe labours and frequent privations and perils to which he was exposed. That his visits to the several Missions will, by God's blessing, be productive of incalculable and permanent good, we feel quite persuaded. He states himself to be, though much fatigued, “ well and hearty ;” and his letters evince an admirable spirit of Christian heroism, zeal, and devotedness. The Missionary ship “ Triton” has been found to be of essential service in every point of view. Mr. Waterhouse strongly urges the utility, and indeed the absolute necessity, if this great work is to be properly carried on and extended, of a provision for instructing and training some of the best of the Native Teachers, on whom so much depends; and we are happy to learn, that some steps have been already taken to secure this indispensable means of permanent success at Feejee, under the direction of Mr. Hunt, and in the Friendly Islands, under that of Mr. Francis Wilson : both of whom were formerly Students in the Wesleyan Theological Institution.
CHRISTMAS JUVENILE OFFERINGS FOR 1841. On this subject, we re-call the special attention of our friends to an article at pages 259–261 of the “Notices” for March ; and respectfully request that the whole of it should be publicly read by the Ministers in every chapel where this noble effort was made, as a just tribute of grateful acknowledgment, on the part of the Committee, to the Collectors and contributors. The amount, it will be seen, was £4,721, 7s. 4d.; and additions have recently been made to that sum.
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS OF THE SOCIETY FOR 1841. We invite attention also to the article with this heading, published at pages 261 and 262 of the “ Notices” for March. We are unspeakably delighted and thankful to be able to announce that, since the printing of that article, its best anticipations have been more than realized. It is now ascertained,