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place from the surrounding Circuits will effect this with comparatively little (none of them nearer than one hundred labour ; and then there will be a place miles) for some time past; and about which will afford the means of comfort. a year ago, I sent Mr. Dennison to act able subsistence to a very large number as Local Preacher and Catechist. of people, who will thus be able to re has collected a very good congregation of side together, and cnjoy the means of coloured people, for whom service is held grace and instruction. The spot selected in the Dutch language. After Mr. is below the confluence of the three prin. Edwards is settled at Cradock, I shall be cipal branches of the Kei river ; and thus able to remove Mr. Dennison to some there will be an abundant supply of the other field of usefulness. From Cradock best water for all purposes of irrigation, we proceeded to Fort-Beaufort, to assis &c., in the most dry seasons : a point of at the Missionary Meeting there. The great importance, as ensuring a supply of congregations were large and respectable
, food to the people. The Moravian sta and the kind feeling of the inhabitants, tion, called Shiloh, is higher up, on civil and military, towards our Mission
was never more apparent. The collec. Branch Societies, that the total receipts tions were very liberal. We had the of this Auxiliary for the past year will assistance of two of the Missionaries not be less than £635, being an increase from Kaffraria, belonging to the Glasgow on the former year of about £120. Our (Church of Scotland) Missionary So young ladies, who manage the Missionciety.
ary Repository, presented us with anoYou will see by the account in the ther handsome donation this year of Graham's-Town Journal sent off last £60. This Auxiliary goes on increasweek, that our Missionary Anniversary, ing in its contributions, held on the 20th and 22d of March, ago, on my return from England, I was unusually interesting. The attend found its income hardly £300 for the ance was, as usual, numerous and re year: we have now more than doubled spectable. The weather proved unfa. that amount, and I see reason to believe vourable on the Sunday ; but the collec- that our friends will yet increase the tions at this Anniversary, in the town gross amount of their contributions, only, exceeded £50; and it appeared by and that considerably. the statements received from the various
ALBANY.--Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Richards, dated Salem,
May 17th, 1812. The people that still remain in this week evening. I need not tell you that neighbourhood, with but very few ex the people residing at this place belong ceptions, attend divine worship on the to various native tribes ; many of whom, Sabbath with praise worthy regularity. but a very short time since, were imOn the morning of that day our congre. mersed in the grossest ignorance and gation is usually good, although many barbarism. Now, on the Sabbath, some of its regular members come from a three or four hundred of them are seen, distance of from three to nine miles, clad in decent apparel, repairing to the These services I have much enjoyed. house of God, to
« offer unto him They have generally been to myself, and thanksgiving,” to make their “requests I trust to the people also, “times of known to him by prayer and supplicarefreshing from the presence of the tion,” and to hear “ words whereby Lord.” Our native service, which takes they may be saved.” The number of place immediately after the English, members in the society is constantly is well attended. The congregation has increasing. The acquaintance of many considerably enlarged during the last of these persons with experimental two or three months. I am much en religion las both delighted and astocouraged by its general appearance.
nished me. A mighty work is going The native members of the society at on among this people ; a work which, tend their class very regularly. Their I trust, will have its influence upon conduct is in accordance with their pro- numbers not residing in the Institution, fessions. Three adults have recently but with whom the Institution-people been baptized, and two more have just frequently come into contact. It is a begun to meet in class. Our Sunday happy circumstance for this people that evening and week-night services are not they have such a judicious, pious, and well attended, in consequence of the laborious person to reside among them, distance at which most of our people and to take the oversight of them, as live from the chapel.
Mr. Roberts. His knowledge of the We are about to build a little chapel native character, his tact in managing at Norman's Party, where we have a them, his manly firmness, mingled with small society. Of these members I genuine Cliristian kindness and forbearmay say, that, “in simplicity and godly ance, pre-eminently qualify him for the sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but station he now occupies. To his instru by the grace of God, they have their mentality chiefly is owing the present conversation in the world.” I doubt prosperous condition of the Farmerfield not but most or all the families residing Institution. I deem it but an act of near this place will attend divine ser justice, from personal observation, to vice when the chapel is ready to receive bear this testimony to his industry and them. Farmerfield adds greatly to the usefulness. interest and importance of my Circuit. This has been rather a trying season At this place the congregations are large, to the people, with regard to their tem both on the Sabbath-day and on the poral circumstances. We have had a
very long drought, in consequence of blessing of God on industrious habits, which, crops, to a very considerable ex we apprehend no lack of the necessaries tent, have failed. Providence has, how. of life. We enjoy spiritual, and we ever, again smiled upon us; and we are enjoy temporal, blessings ; for all which now visited with the long-wished-for and we are thankful. long-prayed-for rains. Through the
ALBANY.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William J. Davis, daled D'Urban,
May 2d, 1842. You will, ere this, have received the their behalf, as one who, in the sight of Minutes of our District-Meeting ; where God, is responsible for their instruction by you will have been apprized of my in righteousness. removal from Butterworth, and my ap But that which affords the greatest pointment to this station. I think it encouragement, as connected with the may be both interesting and encouraging work of God at Butterworth, is, the es. to the friends of Missions, if, in taking tablishment of two out-posts in the tribe, leave of my old station, I state a few under the care of two pative Preachers, circumstances connected with that Mis- both the fruit of Missionary labours on sion, that call for gratitude to the Giver that station. One of these is with a of all good.
Fingo population, the other is with a One special ground of encouragement section of the Kafir tribe. There are is, the scriptural character of the Chris. several circumstances connected with tian experience of the members of our these sub-stations which are pleasing society. They not only have a know and encouraging. The name of one of ledge of the saving truths of Christianity, the Preachers is connected with pleasing as taught in the sacred volume, but they associations. He was one of the first feel those truths in power applied to converts on the Butterworth station, and their souls; and while in the classes is the fruit of the labours of the Rev. they often mourn over the natural de. W. J. Shrewsbury, who named him in pravity of their hearts, they at the same baptism after one who was specially time profess unshaken confidence in interested in the prosperity of Missions Christ as their Saviour, know God as in Southern Africa. Be it known, then, their reconciled Father, and endeavour to that the first native Preacher employed walk in all his ordinances blameless. in taking charge of a Mission station Many have been the undoubted conver in Southern Africa, bears the honoured sions from sin to holiness which have name of Richard Watson. May be long taken place during my ministry among live to be useful to his countrymen, and them; and I confidently expect, that in forward that work which lay so near the the day “ when He shall come to be glo- heart of him after whom he is named ! rified in his saints, and to be admired in There is a population of about one hunall them that believe,” many from that dred and fifty souls connected with this society shall rise up to call Him blessed. station, who regularly attend the Sab
Their zeal for God is untiring. Some bath services. of them are engaged as Local Preachers, The other native Preacher (whose and several as Sunday-school Teachers name is Bithle) is living with a Kafir on the Sabbath-day, and are thus pre Chief of the name of Potsana. This paring for a more general outpouring of Chief, having been driven from that part the Holy Spirit on the people. It is of the country he formerly occupied by also cause of gratitude to see indications war, fixed his residence near the Mission of good presenting themselves among station at Butterworth, where he remany of the young females in the school, mained some time. During his stay who, I trust, are seeing the evil of sin, there he often attended on the means of and seeking the salvation of their souls. grace; and the truths he there heard These serious impressions on the minds produced such an effect on his mind, of the scholars I mainly attribute, under that when he removed to his former reGod, to the faithful discharge of his sidence, he earnestly requested that some duties on the part of the native Teacher, person might be appointed to reside with and his constant solicitude for the con. his section of his cribe, to teach him and version of the children. The welfare his people the way of life. This request of their souls lies near his heart; and was presented to our District-Meeting, often in his class-meetings does he refer and Bithle, who had long acted with to the anxiety he is the subject of on acceptance as a Local Preacher, was $
lected for this duty. He was received ing this Kafir Chieftain and his children by the Chief as a messenger to him for to read God's holy word,—a sight which good. He has attended regularly to all the writer has felt to be more than a the means of grace since the arrival of sufficient remuneration for all the sacrihis Teacher, and uniformly uses his fices he has made, and the labours he influence with his people to induce them has endured in the Mission field. May to accompany him. The most pleas we not expect that this commencement ing circumstance of all others connected of a native agency in South Africa, with the reception of this native Preacher shall be but the prelude to a more extenby Potsana, is, that the Preacher is a sive work of conversion among the naFingo, the Chief and his people Kafirs, tive tribes ? The saving work of conby nation. Now it is well known, that version is by no means general among the Kafirs have long looked on the Fin- the Kafir tribes, and on this account we goes as dogs, insomuch that when any mourn before our God; but we hail the act of oppression is charged on a Kafir commencement of a native agency as towards a Fingo, the former easily jus fraught with promised and coming good; tifies himself by saying, “ Cannot I do and while encouraged by the hundreds as I please with my dog ? ” But be- of converts over which we rejoice as hold here the power of divine grace ! those who have been gathered into No sooner is the Kafir brought to see Christ's fold, we earnestly expect to see the value of divine things, than this thousands. May I not request the power of caste is completely broken, prayers of all those who have power with and a Kafir Chief receives, and that God, on behalf of these infant churches cordially, a Fingo as his spiritual guide, in the wilderness, that they may shine as and listens with attention and reverence lights in the midst of a dark land ; that to his instructions ! It is indeed a here the “little one may become a thou. sight most gratifying to see this Fingo sand, and the small one a strong naPreacher and Teacher, not only preach
May the Lord hasten it in his ing to his Kafir congregation, but teach- time!
KAFFRARIA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Impey, dated Wesley
ville, April 26th, 1842.
The society, though small, is yet, I dwell is the remembrance of the period hope, in a prosperous state, the mem of his sojourn amongst them : they look bers walking worthy of their vocation. upon hiin as their “father," and so they Two individuals remain on trial, to call him. whom, I trust, many others, ere long, We were not a little pleased to mark will be added. Much, I believe, depends the deep feeling of some who, in the earupon the attention paid to visiting the lier days of the Mission, did run well, people at their own homes, and upon an but have turned aside from the paths of individual application of those great righteousness; and would gladly hail truths which form the subject of the their emotion as the harbinger of return Gospel ministry. The word must be to the Shepherd and Bishop of their preached in season and out of season : souls. there must be line upon line, precept Mr. Shaw gives us the welcome intelupon precept. Heedless of the coldness ligence, that a gracious work is going on and apathy with which our ministrations in our society in Graham's-Town, in are received on the part of many, we both native and European departments, would not stagger at the promise of the but more especially the latter; the par. Lord, but continue strong in faith, giv. ticulars of which you will doubiless ing glory to God; not doubting but learn from some one of the resident that in due time the word shall be Ministers. I would almost go in the accomplished,—“ The Peathen shall be hope of myself partaking of the quicken. bis inheritance, and the uttermost parts ing influence ; how much needed the of the earth his possession.”
Lord knoweth. Fathers, brethren, pray We have lately been favoured with a for your Missionaries, that the little visit from Mr. Shaw. The affection cares and anxieties to which their life, borne towards him by the people of this above that of the other Christian Minisneighbourhood, once rejoicing under his ter, is subject, may not lead them to truly pastoral care, is of no ordinary quench the Spirit; but that these, as kind : the theme on which they love to well as the more weighty' ones which
not unfrequently are their portion, may be sanctified to personal growth in
grace, and to the furtherance of the
GREAT NAMACQUALAND. Since the publication of Mr. Hodgson's journal of his visit to the Missions in the interior, a few months ago, many of our readers will have entertained a much deeper interest in the progress of divine knowledge among the widely-scattered tribes connected with the station at Nisbet-Bath. They will therefore be the more concerned to learn, that Mr. Cook, who has been the instrument of so much good, has been under the necessity, through the failure of his health, of quitting his station. A society of about four hundred members is thus temporarily left without suitable pastoral care and oversight; and schools, containing nearly eight hundred children, are left chiefly to the care of native Teachers. The financially-straitened circumstances of the Society render such occurrences doubly painful, as the Committee have it not in their power to supply at once the vacancies which are thus occasioned. The truly Missionary spirit of Mr. Tindall, as expressed in the extract of his letter, given by Mr. Cook, is very honourable to him, and will be observed with pleasure and thankful
CAPE-DISTRICT.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Edward Cook, dated Nistet.
Bath, Great-Namacqualand, May 4th, 1842. UNDER the influence of no common circumstances will permit.
We have feelings I sit down to address you. The already suffered these poor outcasts to sit present state of my health appears to in darkness too long, hoping, and in leave me no choice as to my continuing many instances longing, for the light of in this country ; and therefore we pro the Gospel. And the present favourable pose setting off in August, to try some disposition of almost every tribe inhabit. other situation, as we may be advised by ing the country, from the skirts of the the District-Meeting. Such being the desert which separates the Namacquas circumstances of the case, I am most from the Bechuanas, to the west coast, concerned lest, with our limited means, and northward to the boundary of the we should not be able to send a Mission Damara country, appears to me an irre. ary to supply the vacancy thus occa sistible indication that this is, in a pecusioned; the necessary consequence of liar degree, the time to favour them; which would be, neglect of the members and that, if our Committee intend ever collected, a disorderly scattering, and to help them, they must do it now. perhaps an entire loss of influence with We have been expecting a party of the people. I can enter into the diffi Missionaries sent expressly for the comculties of the Committee, and sympa mencement of a Mission in the Damara thize with all the kind supporters who country by the Rhenish Society; but bear a share of the present burden. But they have not yet visited us; and, rain I am overcome by excited feelings of having fallen copiously on the 2d of interest for the Mission which has been April somewhat unexpectedly, so as to established through your care and bene render the country favourable for travel. volent support ; and a fear lest the little ling, we immediately determined that enclosures formed should again become Mr. and Mrs. Tindall should set off waste, and the fields, opening bright to visit the tribes in that direction, with promise, be suffered to close against although they had just returned from us in darkness; and cannot refrain from Blyde Verwacht; and accordingly they appealing to you for such assistance as left us on the 8th ult. may be necessary to meet our case. I On the 19th Mr. Tindall thus writes again entreat you, by the neglected con from the residence of the late Derk Isaac dition of these tribes, and their frequent at Lion-River, Kamope :-“ Jan Water applications to us for assistance, to give Boer, and a number of his people, and a tbis object all the support which your few of Ameral's people, have arrived