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London, June 16th, 1842. EARTHQUAKE IN ST. DOMINGO, AND REPORTED DESTRUCTION
OF CAPE-HAYTIEN. Our readers will have generally heard that a dreadful and destructive earthquake is reported to have occurred in St. Domingo, now commonly called Hayti: and they will naturally feel anxious concerning the safety of our excellent Missionaries who were stationed in that island. We shall feel it our duty to publish, at the earliest possible opportunity, any information we may receive, for the satisfaction of the relatives of our brethren and their families, and of our friends at large. Meantime, some hope may be indulged, that the calamity has not been so sweeping and destructive as has been stated in the American papers : although there is too much reason to conclude, that an earthquake of a very dreadful character has taken place.
By the following letter from Mr. Eacott, it will be seen, that a severe shock of an earthquake was felt at Turk's-Island, on the 7th of May. On the same day, it is stated, an earthquake was experienced in Louisiana, on the continent of America. Two shocks were also felt at Port-au-Prince, in Hayti, at the saine time; and it is said that there is neither house nor wall in that city which has not been damaged in a greater or less degree. Cape-Haytien, however, has been the chief sufferer from this awful visitation. It is reported, that, on the 7th of May, about two-thirds of the town, with ten thousand of its inhabitants, were destroyed. The families that could escape fled to Fossette, whither the President of Hayti bad directed succours to be forwarded for their relief.
It is added, that, after the earthquake, a fire broke out in the ruined city, (Cape-Haytien,) which on Monday, the 9th, destroyed the powdermagazine, and with it the miserable remnant of the inhabitants who had survived the earthquake. Should this report prove to be correct
, we still hope that our excellent Missionary, Mr. Bird, with his family, may be found among those who made their escape to Fossette.
To Mr. Eacott's letter we append the two letters last received from Mr. Bird, and the latest Report of the state of the Mission and School
, as forwarded by him in January. The Mission-family in Cape-Haytien consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Bird and their three children. They had changed their place of residence in the course of the past year.
May this most awful visitation lead the people of Hayti to begin, at length, to care for their spiritual and eternal interests ! The general apathy of that people on the subject of religion, and their almost universal immorality, have long been continual subjects of sorrowful remark in the correspondence of the Missionaries with the Secretaries of the Society. TURK's-ISLAND.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Eacott, dated Grand
Cuy, Turk's-Island, May 1st, and May 14th, 1842. The brethren at Hayti, though look. among whom they live and labour seem ing lean, are all in good health : they to be infidels ; a few females are perhaps labour hard, with, at present, but little conscientious devotees; but the people apparent success. A few of the people
generally are perfectly indifferent. Nor
is it to be expected that they will feel “ If such a worm as I can spread
The common Saviour's praise,
And lengthen out my days! or about their future safety, if an half This day week we were visited with a-dollar mass will immediately help an earthquake, which shook the whole them out of purgatory. But though island, stopped several clocks, set housethere is only a little visible success, the bells on ringing, and caused many persons good leaven is working. At Cape-Hay to run out of their houses, fearing they tien, the pious example and instructions were falling. Some, though unconscious of Mr. Bird, and of his active and dili of any movement in the earth, swooned gent wife, are not lost on the inhabit.
away; some were led to think that death ants. They evidently are beginning to was suddenly coming upon them, their think, to compare Popery with Proteste feelings being so peculiar. I had gone antism, and to speak of the superiority to the chapel which we are enlarging, a of the latter to the former. The hopes wooden building, between four and five of all the other brethren seem to bright o'clock, and, sitting down by the side of en ; and, though some part of the island the communion-table, I soon heard a is in a state of great excitement, which noise above, as if several persons had may end in a civil war, yet I hope that been tripping about on the ceiling. Imthey will not be obliged to leave their mediately the side shook on which I stations, and that good will be made to leaned. I rose, and felt a kind of spring out of evil. Though I felt for nausea almost similar to sea-sickness. them, they were more disposed to pity Walking towards the door, the men me, on our poor sand-bank. It is well cried out, “What is the matter ? How that we all think our own Circuits the the chapel shakes !” I said, “ It is an best : the love of Christ and of souls earthquake.” Though it was a perfect more than reconciles us to our lot.
calm, the glass-shades shook as if In this Circuit our cause is somewhat shaken by a violent wind. It was equal. advancing. One proof of the spiritual ly felt at Salt-Key, nine miles distant. improvement of our poor people at It is said that the steamer, coming from Turk's-Island is, I think, their liberality Jamaica, felt it also. Thus in order to during the last year. They have raised arouse our souls, the Lord shakes our in subscriptions, towards repairing the ground. Our congregations were unMission-house, the support of the minis- usually large the next day, and deeply try, and the enlargement of the chapel attentive. In the morning I took occanow in hand, about £300 sterling. May sion to refer to the sin of the sons of they be still more “zealous of good Eliab, in refusing to come up to the works!'
tabernacle, and their punishment for thus May 14th. - Since the above was provoking the Lord. (Num. xvi. 12.) written, I have been much afflicted. That fine steamer, the “Medina," was On Wednesday last I was unable to wrecked on the northern end of this preach; and I am still very weak. The island, on Wednesday night last. One weather is exceedingly warm and sultry. member of our society, who came out in May the Lord enable me to preach on her, has called upon us. the morrow!
CAPE-HAYTIEN, HAYTI.- Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mark B. Bird,
dated Cape-Haylien, Hayti, April 9th, 1842. Our District-Meeting commenced on District are improving; and we hope the the 7th instant, and was closed on the time is not far distant when even be. following day. All, I am happy to say, nighted Hayti shall “comprehend the was most harmonious; and although we light that shines so clear." have not to rejoice in abounding prospe The brethren, I am happy to say, are rity, we have at least to be thankful that all in health. our general prospects throughout the
Extract of a Letter from the Same, dated Cape-Haytien, Hayti, April 19th, 1842.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, I am informed, is but I do not think there is much reason still in a state of excitement, and many to fear that the agitation will extend far tears are entertained as to the result; beyond the capital.
Since my last, nothing remarkable has and English services; and I am som occurred with regard to the work of God. almost ready to hope for good days at On Sunday last our congregations were Cape-Haytien. better than usual, both at the French
THE DISTRICT-REPORT OF THE HAYTI MISSION, DATED
Rev. JAMES HARTWELL,
Rev. W. T. CARDY,
REV. ST. DENIS BAUDUY. PORT-AU-PRINCE.-The last imagined that our difficulties are neither counts from this Circuit, with regard to few nor small. In God alone is our the general work of God, are of an trust and hope ; and we know that his encouraging nature. The Missionary truth shall ultimately prevail. there is extending his sphere of labour, PORT-AU-PLAAT. In this Circuit in the neighbourhood of the capital, and our English society is tolerably healthy, has commenced preaching in the streets and our Sunday-school is kept up. of this populous city. A new chapel is As it respects the native work, much also in progress ; and with regard to cannot at present be said. Every effort, Sunday and other schools, there is no however, is made amongst the Spanish reason to believe that they have at all people. Services are regularly held decreased. On the whole, it is evident amongst them; and they very gladly re. that the good cause is gaining ground in ceive the tracts which are given to them this part of the island, and we only want in their own language. more Missionaries, to avail ourselves of SAMANA.–The general state of things the openings which now present them in this Circuit is encouraging. The selves in this Circuit.
American emigrants are rousing them. We have, indeed, to mourn over the selves, and have lately, in one part of death of our beloved sister Iartwell, the Circuit, erected a small chapel. who, having won the esteem and affec
Amongst the natives our hearts have tion of many in the capital, was bidding been delighted, by the cheering fact, fair to be made very useful. But we that one Roman Catholic has openly bow to unerring wisdom. Her end was abandoned the errors and absurdities of peace.
Popery, and has united himself to our CAPE-Haytien.-In this Circuit society. This individual, although not there is indeed but little to encourage; properly a Haytien, is a citizen of this but still there is no ground for despair. republic, and was a thorough Roman In the city of Cape-Haytien, Protestant Catholic. He is an intelligent man; ism is doubtless extending its influence ; and, understanding English, Spanish, and there is no question but that if many and French, it is hoped he may become a yielded to their own convictions, they useful member of our society. would cast away their idols, and begin JEREMIE.It is truly gratifying to to serve the living God. In the neigh- report, with regard to this new Circuit, bourhood of the Cape, our ministry is that our prospects are of a most encou. • listened to; and in one place, called raging kind. Our Missionary at this Gonaives, we have hitherto been favoured place is already favoured with pretty with numerous and attentive congrega numerous congregations; and there is tions. But among a people under the some reason to hope that a French soci. enchantment of Popery, it can be easily ety will be formed there before long.
DEPARTURE OF MR. AND MRS. CRYER FOR INDIA. The Rev. Thomas Cryer, who two years ago returned from India for the recovery of his health, re-embarked for Madras, with Mrs. Cryer, by the “General Kyd,” on the 7th of June. This ship carries a considerable number of troops to India, and it should be an object of desire
and prayer, that the presence and example of a Christian Missionary among them may prove advantageous to their best interests.
ARRIVAL OF MR. PICKAVANT IN NEWFOUNDLAND. We are happy to announce the safe arrival of Mr. Pickavant and his family in Newfoundland, after encountering considerable peril. When they had accomplished one-half of their voyage, they fell in with a continent of ice, and were surrounded by ice-islands, so as to be placed in imminent danger. In order to escape this hazardous locality, they were under the necessity of sailing far south, which greatly protracted their voyage. They at length arrived in safety, on the 9th of May, and were most kindly welcomed by their friends.
It is to the kindness and liberality of “ Messrs. Job, Brothers,” of Liverpool, that the Society is indebted for granting a free passage to Newfoundland, to Mr. Pickavant and his family, and not to “ Messrs. Jones," as erroneously stated in a former Number.
DEBT OF THE SOCIETY, ON ACCOUNT OF THE THREE YEARS
ENDING DEC. 31st, 1840. The general list of the numerous and liberal donations, by which more than one-half of this debt was virtually extinguished at our late Anniversary, (see our June Number, page 527,) will be prepared and circulated as early as possible. It will include, we are happy to state, several sums, of considerable aggregate amount, received since the Meeting of May 2d. We earnestly commend to our friends at home and abroad the zealous prosecution of the good work so auspiciously commenced, with a view to its speedy completion. Any further donations from individuals, or from Circuits, which may be intended for this specific object, should be addressed direct to “ the Treasurers and Secretaries at the Wesleyan Mission-House, London," and not mixed up with remittances for the current year, and for the general fund; but sent distinctly and separately “ towards the reduction of the debt."
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, up to the 15th of June, 1842.
Moneys received at the Mission-IIouse.
Legacy of Mrs. Mary Priault, Haverfordwest ; Joseph Potter,
£50 0 0
4 9 9
45 10 3 Legacy of Miss Mary Anne Brown, IIornsea ; £40; less duty 36 0 0 Swedish Missionary Society
32 10 0 Ditto for the Island of St. Bartholomew and the Feejees
A further Thank-offering from Mr. Samuel Cotton, Hull
Messrs. Tilsley and Taylor, Executrix and Executors
taking, by the Wesleyan Members of a Commercial
3 0 0
2 10 0
N.B. The Amount and Details of recent Remittances from District
Auxiliary Societies will be found on the Cover of the Missionary
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE TREASURERS OF THE
DISTRICT AUXILIARY MISSIONARY SOCIETIES.
ABERDEEN, Mr. John Smith, Post-Office, Aberdeen. Batu, John Michael Shum, Esq., Bath. Bedford AND NorthAMPTON, Mr. William Biggs, Bromham, near Bedford, and Mr. John Bliss, Northampton. BIRMINGHAN AND SHREWSBURY, Mr. Francis Heeley, Birmingham. BRISTOL, James Wood, Esq., Bristol. CarlisLE, Mr. William Wilson, Retreat, Whitehaven, and Mr. E. James, Carlisle. CORNWALL, Joseph Carne, Esq., Penzance. Devonport, Thomas Gardner, Esq., Plymouth, and Mr. William Vosper, Devonport. Evin. BURGH, Mr. Thomas Thomson, Amlwch Pottery, Glasgow. EXETER, Mr. J. C. Sercombe, Exeter. GUERNSEY, James Mac Culloch and John Rougier, Esqrs., Guernsey. HALIFAX AND BRADFORD, Alexander G. Suter, Esq., Halifat. Hull, James Henwood, Esq., Bank, Hull. Isle of Man, Mr. John Wilson, Douglas. Kent, William Crockford, Esq., St. Margaret's Bank, Rochester. LEEDS, John Burton, Esq., Leeds. LINCOLN, Henry Holland, Esq., Raithby, near Spilsby. LIVERPOOL, Thomas Sands, Esq., Liverpool. London, John Josiah Buttress, Esq., Steward-Street, Spitalfields. MACCLESFIELD, Joshua Thorley, Esq., Macclesfield. MANCHESTER AND Bolton, James Heald, Esq., District-Bank, Manchester, and Peter Rothwell, Esq., Sunning-Hill, Bollon. Norwich AND Lynn, Mr. Jeremiah Cozens, Norwich, and Mr. J. Burch, Lynn. NOTTINGHAM AND DERBY, Mr. John Shelton, Nottingham, and Mr. William Turner, Derby. NEWCASTLE-UPON-Tyne, Ralph Wilson, Esq., Greystreet, Newcastle-upon-T'yne. OXFORD, Thomas Bush, Esq., Lambourne. PORTSMOUTH, Messrs. John Cowdrey and John Keet, Portsmouth. SHEFFIELD, Thomas B. Holy, Esq., Norton-House, near Sheffield. SHETLAND, Rev. William Webb, Lerwick. First South Wales, George Bagnall, Esq., Carmarthen. North Wales, R. M. Preece, Esq., Carnarvon. WHITBY AND DARLINGTon, John Wilson, Esq., Whitby, and Thomas Walker, Esq., Stockton-upon- Tees. YORK, Joseph Agar, Esq., Micklegate, York,
LONDOX :- PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.