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Having occupied so much of your fact of its liberality, and the sacrifice it time already, I feel reluctant to trespass has now made as a connexional duty. I any further upon your patience; but the am sure the Committee will not lose importance of the subject, suggested by sight of this circumstance, as it regards St. the pressing necessities of the District, Ann's, West ; and on behalf of the Disnecessities that demand, at any cost, an trict generally, I beg to repeat the spiritimmediate supply,must plead my ex stirring remark of my excellent brother cuse, while I press upon the Committee Missionary, the Rev. James Atkins, one consideration more ;—and, if I mis- which appears in the Report for 1841, take not, allusion was made to the same and which is as true as it is touching : subject in the Minutes of the last Annual “ It is not the climate only, but the excesDistrict-Meeting ;-namely, that such is sive labour, that has made Jamaica such the desire of the labouring population for a grave of Missionaries.” If the friends religious instruction, that they will ra of the Mission-cause, therefore, wish us ther attach themselves to any pretender, who are already in the field, and who are than be considered as Heathens; and yet willing to remain, to struggle through a thousands of them, who profess to be few more years of toil, the Lord permitChristians, are still living openly in a ting us, they will at once put it in your state of concubinage. Had we anything power (the will you have already) To like an adequate supply of local agency SEND US HELP, IMMEDIATE HELP, in the different Circuits, we should not TO JAMAICA. The brethren may be be so pressing on the Committee, espe here by the District-Meeting in January ; cially under present
circumstances. at all events, one for St. Ann's, West. This we have not
We shall gladly pay his passage. not, however, without hope, that Jamaica It may seem strange, that while the will, ere long, not only supply a noble Committee attribute the present embarband of intelligent and efficient Local rassed state of the fund to the increase Preachers; but will consecrate her sons of evangelical labourers, as one reason, at to the God of Missions, to be sent by least ; we should be urging this very prin. Him, and with the consent of the ciple as really a necessary means of increaschurches, to the ends of the earth ; and, ing our finances. The mystery will be reif I am not mistaken, Savannah-la-Var is moved, or explained, however, by the conlikely to furnish a few such in due time. sideration, that we are here in very difter.
Now, what shall I say more? I come ent circumstances to those Missions which back again to my own Circuit, and again are still, and must be, perhaps, for some urge my appeal on behalf of my people. time to come, subject to the “ apostolic By the blessing of God, “the little one example of taking nothing of the Genhas become a thousand," and twenty-nine tiles ; ”_several Circuits in this District over : there are three societies, and only having pledged themselves to maintain, myself and one Local Preacher, with an free of all charge to the fund, one Misexcellent young man whom I am endea- sionary more than they already have. But vouring to press into the work as an we press at present especially for a supply occasional Exhorter. But I need not re to fill the places of the “honoured dead." mind you, that, in our present trying You have the men who are already “bapcircumstances, we are in danger of being tized in the room of the dead;
» and we premature in our choice, or rather in our entreat and beseech you, as you value appointments, having so little choice. the lives of the living, and the souls of However, the claim of this Circuit upon the dying, that you send them out to our the kind and immediate attention of the assistance by the first steamer that leaves Committee must be strengthened by the
The following letter, addressed to the Committee, was found among the papers of the late Rev. William Redfern, and was dated BlackRiver, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, June 15th, 1841. It is confirmatory of the general and oft-repeated statement, that much remains to be done for the freed population of Jamaica :-
You will have learned from the Dis. fact, there exists amongst the black and trict Minutes, that my appointment is coloured population generally, a strong changed from the Grand-Cayman, to the prejudice against us, in this parish; Black-River, Circuit. I find, on the south which feeling has kept many from coin. side of this island our work is much ing to hear us at all. In no part of the behind that in the north and east: in island are the plain and heart-searching
docrines which we preach more required until we can erect chapels. In Blackthan here; but when declared in the River £100 sterling might be collected ; wa say, in the preaching-house, few and if we had the loan of about £200 ce to bear. I therefore resolved to sterling, a building might be put up. przech in the open air : on several occa- In the present state of things in the sans I have done so, and some hundreds island, I see no prospect of getting such
persons attended, and listened with a loan; and if the Committee cannot great attention. I believe good has been help us, we shall be obliged to give up done in this way; and, although we all thoughts of building for the present, bare considerably enlarged the room in There is a great deal of morass in this which we worship, yet, on Sunday even neighbourhood, which makes it, in the ings, it is so full as to render it very seasons, unhealthy. I have had socorr: fortable ; being as hot as an oven. two attacks of fever since the wet season
I regret to see the tone of morality so commenced ; but, by the blessing of los in this vicinity. In the lower classes God, I am recovered, and able to attend ignorince and vice are awful; and in to my appointments. the better informed, love of the world, and pleasure, and other sins, prevent P.S. By the Rev. Isaac IV hitehouse. them from thinking about the salvation of their souls.
Before this comes to hand you will In the country our prospects are more have been informed of the unexpected encouraging than the Bay. We and lamented death of the writer. As I bave a large congregation near the Santa- suppose it was about the last thing he Cruz mountains, which continues to in- wrote, and as it gives his views of the crease ; but here, also, we are straitened state of this Circuit, I consider it right for room, many persons being obliged to to forward it. It was found amongst stand on the outside. A piece of land some other papers in his study. has been given us, and a shed is to be It is more than probable, that the erected upon it immediately, as we have Chairman will have informed you of the Dat the means to build a chapel.
circumstances under which I was in. If we had chapels in this parish, our duced to yield to his wish, that I should tuke rould soon increase, and become continue in the island until the ensuing in portant; but so long as we remain District-Meeting ; but upon this subject peat up in houses, we cannot expect to I shall write you fully before long. focrease very much. Our enemies have I came here a week ago, previous to taian advantage of this circumstance, to bringing my family, &c. I have twice prejudice the minds of the poor ignorant visited the country station, Mountainpeople against us, by telling them, we Side, and trust that a good work is going bare no foundation, as they term it, on there, and there I intend to reside. (meaning we have no chapels,) and shall I find our work very low here; and Fery soon leave them again. This feel shall be thankful to Providence if my ing has been strengthened by the cir- temporary appointment should tend, in camistance of its being left for some any degree, to an improved state of D-onths without a Preacher, in days gone things. by, when the Missionary had to leave on Mr. Redfern appears to have been account of sickness.
very much beloved by the people ; and This feeling will never be removed, his last end was peaceful.
RECENT MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. PARIS.“ Our Twenty-second An. rejoice and thank God that no inroad Dual District-Meeting began on the 25th has been made upon our numbers by of March, and terminated on the 2d of death. Our public services, during our April. We are happy to say, that we stay in Paris, have been well attended; have enjoyed much harmony and peace ;
and have been seasons of refreshment and are, we trust, preparing to return to to our own souls, and, we believe, to the car respective fields of labour with re congregations assembled with us. kewed determinations to
“The review which we have been call* Offer up our all to Him,
ed to make of the work in which we are To sbom our more than all is due.'
employed, has excited in us lively
feelings of gratitude and joy. Thirteen brethren were present; and we
reports of the brethren we find that at hase again had, as in past years, to
our last Quarterly-Mecting we had one
thousand one hundred and eleven mem. pear a large sum for so small a building, bers in society ; being an increase of one and so it is; but building at this place hundred and sixty-five on the numbers is more expensive than at any other perof last year, besides one hundred and haps in South Africa. I hope you will thirteen on trial. And we hope that this try to do something towards its erection. increase in our numbers has not been un. We have in this Circuit five preachingaccompanied by a proportionate deepen places. Uitenhage, which is abont twenty ing in many of the good work of God. miles from this, is a good-sized town;
“ From different parts of this District, but being alone, without even a Local applications have been made for an in Preacher, I cannot give to that place crease of labourers. We have noticed a more than one sermon a week. My few of these which appeared to us the regular work is to preach seven times, most urgent; and should have named and to ride between fifty and sixty miles others, if our apprehensions of your ina- every week ; besides attending class and bility to accede to these recommendations prayer meetings. in the present state of the funds had not “ Altogether, our prospects are very restrained us.”_Rev. William Toase, cheering. It is true, we cannot boast Paris, April 3d, 1841.
of a large society ; yet that is increasing. Port-ElizabETI, ALGOA-BAY.- Some remarkable conversions have taken “ The cause of God is in an encouraging place ; and several persons are living in state in this Circuit. The place we now the enjoyment of a high degree of relioccupy is well filled ; on Sunday even gious peace and comfort. Much, very ings it is crowded nearly to suffocation much, preparatory work is required in with attentive hearers, who seem anxious this place : it has been notorious for to profit by the preached word. The wickedness of every description, among new chapel is in a state of forwardness. all classes. I hope the contractors will have it com « Our Sunday-school is very encoupleted at the time appointed, that is, at raging. We have about eighty children, the end of February. It is a substan whose attendance and progress are very tial stone building; and for its neatness cheering. it will be quite an ornament to the town. “ Tract-Society. We have just comThough it is only fifty feet by thirty feet, menced the circulation of tracts amongst inside measurement, with an end-gallery, the inhabitants of this place ; the whole and everything very plain, yet, including of the town being divided into districts.” the purchase of ground, &c., it will cost -Rev. John Edwards, Port-Elizabeth, about £1,300 sterling. This may ap South-Africa.
London, December 15th, 1841.
On Monday, the 6th of December, the Rev. John Brown embarked by the “ Ludlow” for Antigua and St. Kitt's. We commend him to the affectionate remembrance of our friends, who do not omit, we trust, in their public and private devotions, habitually to pray for all those who, in travelling by sea and by land, in the cause of Christ, may be exposed to any peculiar hardship or peril.
FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE SOCIETY, AND CLOSE OF THE
ACCOUNTS FOR 1841. The attention of our readers is respectfully directed to the two articles published on the cover of the “Missionary Notices;" namely, the “ Inquiries to be proposed at an early and special Meeting of each Branch Wesleyan Missionary Society;" and, the notice to Local Treasurers and Secretaries, on the subject of the close of the accounts for the year 1811, and on the early remittance of any remaining balance which ought to be acknowledged in the next Report.
A SUMMARY VIEW OF THE MISSIONS OF THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
EUROPE AND MEDITERRANEAN. IRELAND.-19 principal Stations ; 23 Missionaries ; 4 Scripture Readers ; 37 daily Schools, conducted by salaried Teachers ; in which, and in the Sunday-schools connected with the Missions, there are upwards of 4,800 children, Some of the Missionaries and Teachers afford instruction to the native Irish in their own language.
STOCKHOLM, in Sweden.—1 Station; 1 Missionary, who preaches in Swedish and in English. A number of native Swedes and others are under his pastoral care.
Winnenden, in Germany. -1 principal Station ; 1 Missionary Agent, sho is assisted by upwards of 33 coadjutors : he visits more than 30 different towns and villages. There are upwards of 700 members in Society.
France.-9 principal Stations, having connected with them mạny large towns and extensive districts; 20 Missionaries : 3 of the Missionaries minister chiefly in the English language; the remainder, almost exclusively in French. Number in Society, 1,111; in the Schools, 1,258.
Spain. -1 principal Station; 2 Missionaries; 2 salaried and 5 other Teachers ; 110 members of Society; in the English and Spanish Schools, 214.
MALTA.—1 Missionary; 75 members of Society; in the School, 65 children.
ASIA. CONTINENTAL India.-10 principal Stations, each embracing an extensive district; 18 Missionaries ; 2 Assistant Missionaries; and 23 salaried Teachers. The Gospel is preached in English, Tamul, Canarese, and Portuguese ; and religious instruction bas occasionally been given in Teloogoo. In Society, 447 members; in the Schools, 1,823 children, chiefly native Hindoos.
Ceylon,–12 principal Stations; 8 in the south, and 4 in the north of the island : 7 Missionaries, 13 Assistant Missionaries, and 136 salaried Catechists and Teachers. A printing-press is established at Colombo. The word of God is ministered in English, Singhalese, Tamul, and Portuguese. The Pali and Dutch languages have also been used to convey instruction. In Society, 869 members ; in the Schools, 5,424.
AUSTRALASIA AND POLYNESIA. New South Wales AND AUSTRALIA-Felix.—7 principal Stations; 9 Missionaries ; 46 gratuitous Teachers. In Society, 430; in the Schools, 753.
Sortu Australia : Adelaide.—1 principal Station; 1 Missionary; 25 gratuitous Teachers ; 160 members in Society; 360 scholars.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA : Swan-River.-1 principal Station ; 1 Missionary ; 1 salaried Teacher ; members in Society, 50 ; children in the Schools, 30.
Var-DIEMEN'S LAND.—5 principal Stations; 8 Missionaries ; 115 gratui. tous Teachers; in Society, 591 ; in the Schools, 913.
New ZEALAND.-11 principal Stations ; 14 Missionaries ; 16 salaried Teachers. A printing-press is in full and useful operation. 1,565 members of Society; 500 under school-instruction, The Gospel is preached in English, and in the language of New Zealand.
FRIENDLY Isles AND NEIGHBOURING GROUP.—6 principal Stations ; 8 Missionaries ; 352 Catechists, &c., and 1,223 gratuitous Teachers. The Gospel is preached in the native languages; the Scriptures are in the course of translation, and are printed at the Society's printing-press on the islands. In Society, 8,366; in the Schools, 8,217.
FEEJEE ISLANDS.—5 principal Stations ; 6 Missionaries ; 59 gratuitous Teachers ; 514 in Society; 720 in the Schools. Various portions of the Scriptures have been translated, and printed at the press on the Mission.
Cape or Coop HoPE AND NAMACQUALAND.—6 principal Stations ; 6 Missionaries, who preach in English, Dutch, and Namacqua ; 7 salaried and 49 gratuitous Teachers; in Society, 413; in the Schools, 1,307.
ALBANY AND KAFFRARIA, &c.-18 principal Stations ; 20 Missionaries ; 19 salaried and 123 gratuitous Teachers ; one printing-press. The Gospel is preached in English, Dutch, and Kaffer ; translations of the Scriptures, Catechisms, &c., into the Kaffer language have been effected. In Society, 1,007; in the Schools, 3,081.
Bechuana.—11 Stations; 9 Missionaries; 10 salaried and 18 gratuitous Teachers. In Society, 443; in the Schools, 735. The Missionaries use the Sichuana and Dutch languages : several translations have been effected in the Sichuana, and many elementary books have been printed at the Mission-press.
Sierra-Leone.-3 Missionaries ; 42 Catechists; 22 salaried Teachers ; 2,077 members in Society; in the Schools, 1,561.
The River GAMBIA.—4 principal Stations ; 3 Missionaries, and 2 Assiste ant Missionaries. The languages used are the English, Jolloof, and Mandingo. In Society, 600; in the Schools, 271.
Gold-CoAST AND ASHANTEE.—7 Missionaries; 5 salaried Teachers ; 650 members of Society ; in the Schools, 310.
ANTIGUA.-5 Missionaries ; 153 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; 6 salaried and 177 gratuitous Teachers ; in Society, 2,776 ; in the Schools, 3,066 children and adults.
DOMINICA.--2 Missionaries ; 50 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; 1 salaried and 37 gratuitous Teachers ; in Society, 1,019; in the Schools, 750 children and adults.
MontserrAT.—2 Missionaries ; 27 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; 39 gratui. tous and 1 salaried Teachers; in Society, 572; in the Schools, 700 children and adults.
Nevis.—3 Missionaries; 56 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; I salaried and 53 gratuitous Teachers; in Society, 1,632; in the Schools, 1,071 children and adults.
St. Christopher's.- 4 Missionaries ; 114 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; a salaried Teacher, and 83 gratuitous ones ; in Society, 3,413; in the Schools, 1,711 children and adults.
Sr. Eustatius.—(Dutch.) i Missionary; 20 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; 16 gratuitous Teachers; in Society, 531; in the Schools, 148.
Sr. BARTHOLOMEW's.-(Swedish.) i Alissionary; 10 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; in Society, 114; in the Schools, 98.
St. Martin's.-(French and Dutch.) i Missionary ; 16 Exhorters, Lead. ers, &c.; and 13 gratuitous Teachers ; in Society, 401; in the Schools, 188.
ANGUILLA.—16 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; in Society, 296 ; in the Schools, 239.
TORTOLA AND the Virgin-ISLANDS.2 Missionaries; 63 Exhorters, Leaders, &c. ; 35 gratuitous Teachers; in Society, 1,794 ; in the Schools, 359 children.
BERMUDA.—2 Missionaries ; 3 Exhorters, Leaders, &c.; 55 gratuitous Teachers ; in Society, 467 ; in the Schools, 530.
St. Vincent's.—2 principal Stations ; 7 Missionaries ; 229 Exhorters, Leaders, &c. ; 69 gratuitous Teachers ; 6,388 members of Society; in the Schools, 1,101.