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loving. kindness! In the midst of all the men, and make various preparations my acute trials, thou cheerest my droop to facilitate our journey to Kumási, ing spirits, and comfortest my heart. O through the more thinly populated and let me daily see thee in thy splendid less cultivated parts of Fanti. works around me; let me feel thy love Mr. Brooking's few months' residence in my heart; let thy blessing attend me at Mansu has had a very salutary effect ; in this and every enterprise which may and the people are now very much have thy glory in the welfare of perish- pleased at the idea of an European Mising men for its object; and let me daily sionary residing among them. Our little rejoice in thine abundant mercy, through school, which has cost us some trouble my blessed Redeemer! Amen.
to establish, on account of the prejudices 9th.—About eight A.M. we started, of the people, contains eleven children, having first put the carriage on the several of whom are beginning to make wheels. About noon we reached Dun a pleasing progress in their learning. quah, rested the people for half an hour, When I passed through Mansu to Kuand then proceeded to Yankumasi. On mási in 1839, nothing had been done the way we were overtaken by a tornado : here, and no Missionary had ever visited the rains and thunder were very heavy. it before ; but now my ears are saluted, Keeping behind with the carriage, I got and my heart gladdened, by the sweet very wet, and did not reach Yankumasi melody of the children, who have learned until half-past five P. M.
to sing the praises of God. Small as the Chibbu (the Asin Chief) was seated number of children may appear, this is a under his umbrella, with his Captains, great change in so short a time. &c., ready to receive us. Finding that Another source of encouragement is, I was on the way with the carriage, he that we shall soon have a large and conhad sent a party of men to remove the venient Mission-house here, for the use fallen trees, &c., out of the way. He of any brethren passing up to Kumási, received us very kindly, and seemed and at which stores, &c., may be kept glad to see us.
and forwarded to Kumási whenever re10th.-We started at half-past six quired. This will be a great advantage A. M. for Mansu, accompanied by Chib to us. bu, and a party of his men; who assisted in removing the obstacles out of our way,
RIVER PRAH. in passing through the forest with the carriage. The day was very fine ; and 13th.--At nine A. M, we proceeded on the beautiful scenery around us, the
our journey. In about two hours afterappearance of so large a party of men, wards we were overtaken by very heavy loaded with packages, shouting as they rain, which continued more or less nearly wound their way among the gigantic the whole of the afternoon. Gabri came forest-trees, over hill and vale, the sound on after us to Inkwirasu, the first croom of Chibbu's rustic band, drums, &c.,
after leaving Mansu, and there bade us which were played nearly the whole day, farewell, sending on before us a company and the well-known sound of the axe and of men, in charge of a Captain, to clear bill-hook, clearing some of the smaller the road more effectually, that we might trees out of our way, combined altogether pass with the carriage. Though Chibbu to form a scene of a very romantic and
had handsomely assisted us along from exciting description. At half-past six Dunquah to Mansu, he also sent a CapP. M. we reached Akiási, having left the tain with a company of men on before us, carriage about two miles behind us in to assist Gabri's people in clearing the the forest, on account of the darkness of road up to the Prah. The heavy rains, the evening.
and the large stumps and roots of trees,
made the road so bad, that we were
* While preaching at Mansu, on my return from Kumási, I adverted to the wonderful
change which had taken place in a few years, 1lth.–At half-past five A. M. we went and reminded the people, that, a few years back, to bring up the carriage to Akiási, no European would have thought of visiting took breakfast, and proceeded to Mansu,
Mansu, much less of residing there. I adverted where we arrived about noon. Gabri,
to the scenes of bloodshed and desolation which the Chief, received us kindly, and ap
had taken place in the neighbourhood, and the
want of confidence among all parties, Europepeared very glad to see me. I had not
ans, Fantis, Ashantis, aud Asins; and compared seen him before since my return from
such a state of things with our peaceful and England.
quiet visits among them. They reflected on the 12th-We stopped at Mansu, to rest change, and seemed filled with astonishment. Vol. XXI. Third Series. NOVEMBER, 1842. 3 S
JOURNEY FROM MANSU TO THE
ARRIVAL AT MANSU:
OF THE THAT PLACE.
obliged to leave the carriage about three laden with acorns. We reached Danss. miles behind us. We reached Ernebirim misu at six P. M., and stopped for the about five P. M.
night. Sunday, 14th. -At eleven a. M. I con 19th.–At ten minutes to five A. m. I ducted divine service under the shade of started for the Prah, which splendid some splendid plantain-trees. Many of river I reached in safety about half-past the people were present, and paid steady eleven A. M. I am truly thankful for attention to the word of life.
journeying mercies. I found Jr. Brook. Fifteen men had been left behind with ing poorly; but my other travelling the carriage, and we had decided on companions in good health. I feel it to starting back very early to-morrow morn. be a cause of humble gratitude to Al. ing, to get it up to the croom, which mighty God, that no serious accident work we hoped to accomplish by noon, has occurred during a journey of from or one P. M., as we intended taking eighty to ninety miles through the Fanti above one hundred men with us, to assist country; while the carriage has been in clearing the road. About one P. M., taken through the most rugged and diffi. when we had just finished our conversa cult paths, over steep banks and rocks, tion about the carriage, to our utter sur down ravines, and over rivers. My own prise, the men made their appearance
sound health is to me extraordinary, with it in the croom. They were, I amidst so much labour, care, and anx. think, stimulated to accomplish this iety, added to my many sorrows: but extraordinary task, first, from a wish to why do I speak of them? please and astonish us, not considering
"“ 'Tis magnanimity to hide the wound.“ the conscientious veneration in which we held the Sabbath ; and, secondly, from O my full heart! an objection to spending another cold,
“Heaven gives us friends to bless the present damp night in the forest. Rain felí early in the afternoon, preceded by
Removes them to prepare us for the next.“ intense sultry heat.
15th. At six A. M. we proceeded on Since we left Cape-Coast, on Saturday, our journey. The roads were very wet the 6th ult., I have not rode more than and heavy. We stopped to breakfast at ten miles ; the remainder of the journey Kwatua-Kuma, a very small croom. I have performed on foot, in company sith After breakfast, the Princes, and Messrs. the men who are taking up the carriage ; Smith and Brooking, left me behind at and, on account of the heavy rain, which Kwatua-Kuma with the carriage, at my we had nearly every day, the roads were particular request, and proceeded onwards so wet, that I was wet in my legs and towards the Prah. I made this request, feet nearly the whole of each succeeding because it was necessary for me to travel day. The only inconvenience I have as slowly as the carriage, which I feared suffered from this exposure has been would be irksome to my companions, as incessant and violent attacks of toothmy attention was too much engaged to ache,-a thorn in the flesh to remind admit of my having much intercourse me, in the midst of my otherwise good with them. I stopped for the night at health and arduous labours, that my Bansu.
deathless spirit is still inhabiting a frał 16th.–At half-past five A. M. I re tenement of clay. newed my journey.
The roads were On Thursday morning last, while better, and I made greater progress. I busily engaged in starting the men with reached Fasuwia at a quarter to five the carriage, in the twilight, about five P. m., and halted for the night. Very A. M., I nearly met with an accident heavy rain in the evening, with thunder which would have, perhaps, deprived me and lightning. I saw some splendid of the use of, at least, one of my fingers butterflies, with colours of the richest on my left hand, by the knuckle coming hue.
in contact with the edge of a sharp fail 17th.–At half.past five A. M. we pro. ing axe, which cut some way into the ceeded on our way through a beautiful bone. country, full of luxuriant vegetation. 20th.—The heat is very intense. In The heat was very intense.
We halted the afternoon I went up the river, for a for the night at Apunsi.
short distance, in a canoe. The weather 18th. At five A. M, we resumed our was fine, and the scene indescribably journey. The country is beautiful, and beautiful. From the very great quanuity the heat very great. There are splendid of rain which has recently fallen, the insects in great abundance.
We saw a river is higher than usual for the sessen beautiful species of quercus, heavily of the year; and the increased depth of
water greatly adds to its beauty. The gaged in the preparations for crossing the foliage of the trees on its banks baffles all river, a messenger appeared on the oppoattempts at description. The gigantic site bank, with a letter from the King of bombax, covered with climbers, epiphitical Ashánti, of which the following is a ocludacca, towering high above the other
copy :trees of the forest; the numerous varie
“ Kumási, Nov. 19th, 1841. ties of mimosa, growing from fifty to “ REV. Sir, seventy feet high, and presenting to the “I am now prepared to receive you admiring eye all the gracefulness and and my nephews. I expected to see you beauty of mimosa sensitiva ; the bam here on the 22d of this month ; but am boo palm, with its beautiful leaves, from now informed that you are detained on eighteen to twenty-four feet in length; the the road longer than I expected : please, elæis gheniensis, nearly equal in beauty therefore, to let me know when you think to the former, and its interest heightened you can reach Kumási ; for I am anxious by its almost life-sufficing qualities ; the that you should proceed on as quick as plantain-tree, with its splendid foliage, you can. and beautifully nodding bunch of fruit;
“ Yours faithfully, the gaudy plumage of the birds, war
“QUAKO DUau.” bling on banks and fitting across the stream, and the ever-grateful, ever-pleas After breakfast I answered the King's ing sound of the rapidly-running waters, letter, sent the soldiers back to Cape-all combined to form a scene of the Coast Castle, with a letter for the Premost magnificent description.
sident, and then crossed the river, and Roll on, ye dark-brown waters, in obe- proceeded with the whole party to Kiki. dience to the Almighty fiat !-help to wiri, where we stopped for the night. swell the proud waves of that ocean The croom being very small, and conwhich bear the glad messengers of peace,
taining but few houses, many of the men and the glad tidings of salvation, to these were obliged to erect for themselves temdark and benighted regions ; return again porary sheds, covered with plantain-leaves, in showers to water the thirsty earth; to protect them from the rain which beautiful emblem of those showers of threatened to fall : fortunately, however, heavenly grace which will in due time for the whole party, the night was dry water the moral desert of Africa, and and fine. cause it to rejoice and blossom like the 23d.–At half-past five A. M. we pur. rose,—those showers, the droppings of sued our journey, the weather still imwhich are already felt and seen, and proving, with some indications of the apwhich are already beginning to produce proaching harmattan season; generally the blessed effects! Yes; it is no wild known by very cold nights, and a pecuenthusiasm to hope, to believe, that the liarly dry, thick, hazy atmosphere. We day is coming when the waters of the travelled through a part of the country Prah shall wander through Christian very thickly wooded, and gently undu. realms, with more minds to admire its lating; and stopped for the night at beauties, to appreciate its worth, and to Esiriman. adore the God of nature, the God of 24th.-At half-past five A. M. we again grace, who causes its streams to flow. resumed our journey, and took breakfast
Sunday, 21st.-Mr. Brooking is un. in the forest. At ten A. M. we passed well. At eleven a. M. I conducted di- through Ansah, formerly the residence of vine service, and preached to a large con one of the great Asin Chiefs, now a gregation. Many of the Ashántis who small, diminutive croom. Its former are travelling with us were present, and extent may be ascertained pretty correctgreat attention was paid to the word of ly, by some splendid banyan-trees sur. life. I intended to conduct divine ser rounding the present croom in different vice again in the cool of the evening, directions ; which, doubtless, stood in the but was hindered by the threatening ap centre of some of the largest streets, when pearance of the clouds, which gave indi. Ansah was in full prosperity. cations of a tornado.
I found a moss of the most minute and
beautiful description, growing on the MESSENGER WITH
leaves of a species of acrostichum. The weather is still improving, the air is dry
and pure, the roads are well cleansed, 22d.--At five a. M. I collected the and travelling is very pleasant and interpeople together, lashed two large canoes esting. We halted for the night at alongside of each other, and took the Akrofrum. carriage across the Prah. While en 25th. --At half-past five A. M, we re
sumed our journey with an intention, if was almost terrific. The appearance of possible, to cross the Adansi hills before the carriage, winding up above the lofty night. On our arrival at Akwansirem, forest-trees, surrounded by from one to where we took breakfast, we were met by two hundred native Fantis and Ashántis another messenger from the King, accom commingled, actually shouting for jor, panied by fifty men to belp us on our as they saw the carriage steadily ascendo way. After we had travelled for about ing without accident, while all nature two hours from Akwansirem, the dryness around looked gay ; the lofty hills, rising of the road, the peculiar state of the at. in the distance on every hand; the fruitmosphere, and the gradual ascent we made, ful valleys, winding to the right and left; all proved to us that we were gaining a the immense forest stretching beyond, as considerable elevation. About noon we far as the eye could reach ; and all, as it reached the small croom where I slept on were, laughing beneath the bright sun of my former visit to Ashánti, after my de a tropical sky,-filled the reflecting mind tection of poor Korinchi's deceit, and con- with wonder and delight. But this was sequent determination to return to the not all. For where is the Christian mind Prah, if I could not immediately pass up that is familiar with the past history of to Kumási. I stopped at this little place these once-hostile tribes who were so under the influence of peculiar feelings. long engaged in mortal conflict producing The old man, who is Chief of the croom, all around a scene of almost unbroken, recognised me with a smiling countenance, both natural and mora), desolation—that and welcomed me with a present of a
does not see in the conduct of the natires pot of palm-wine. To heighten the in- of both tribes, on this interesting occaterest of the scene, one of the messengers sion, in their harmony of feeling, and whom Korinchi sent after me on that try- their unity of action, a great moral ing occasion, was present, with several change, a great moral triumph ? Gazing persons from Quisah. I trust I felt on a sight like this, the beholder is ree thankful, truly, heartily thankful, to the minded of those scenes which the evanGod of all my mercies, for favouring me gelical Isaiah's ardent and prophetic with success in his work, amidst all my mind contemplated. He hears “the trials and conflicts, and bringing me mountains and hills break forth into sing. again to gaze on these scenes rendered ing,” and sees the trees of the fields familiar by circumstances, connected with “ clap their hands." which are the most interesting associa
FOMUNAH, tions. Here memory, that invaluable
LONG ON FIRST VISIT. blessing, seems over-officious; and, in spite of all my efforts to suppress them, About a quarter before five P. M. Fe my troubled thoughts fly back to those reached Quisah, when we rested for half scenes of deep distress and anguish, an hour, and then proceeded to Fomu. through which I have been destined to nah. On our arrival at Fomunah I found pass during the last six months. O mys the same quarters provided for me which tery of Providence! God of my life! I occupied during my long detention, thou art infinitely merciful, even in thy previous to my former visit to Kurnási. darkest and most mysterious dispensa- Strange, indeed, were my feelings on tions !
entering the simple dwelling where I
had before spent so many weeks of te“ What mighty troubles hast thou shown
dious and distressing anxiety, and expeo Thy feeble, tempted followers here! We have through fire and water gone,
rienced so large a measure of divine supBut saw thee on the floods appear !
port and comfort ! But felt thee present in the flame,
Poor Korinchi, my old friend, and, I And shouted our Deliverer's name."
may almost say, companion, with whom
I spent so many interesting hours, is no At half-past one p, m. we anived at longer Chief of Adansi. By some very the foot of the great Adansi hill : we turbulent conduct in the King's presence, stopped an hour to rest and take some re during the investigations of a palaver befreshment, and then prepared to make tween himself and one of his Captains, the steep ascent. Seventy men, part of he incurred the just displeasure of his them Ashántis, drew up the carriage to the Sovereign, and has been dishonoured, and summit, without stopping. The sight another Chief placed on the stool of was extremely beautiful and interesting ; Adansi in his stead. I understand he is for, from two or three hundred yards, the now living at Bruman, a croom about ascent approaches nearest to a perpendi twelve miles from Kumási : I therefore cular of any I have ever seen ; and while hope to see him again. we were making this ascent, the scene 26th. In the afternoon, the nex Chief
A SECOND LETTER OF WELCOME
FROM THE KING.
received us in due form, according to the
20.—Another messenger arrived, with here for a few days. A few days' repose
a letter from the King, of which the folwill be very grateful to my feelings, as I
lowing is a copy :have walked nearly all the way from the Coast, a distance of about a hundred and
“ Kumási, Nov. 30th, 1841. fifteen miles, often over very rough and
“ REV. Sir, heavy roads, with the daily care and “Yours of the 22d of this month I anxiety of getting the carriage along un received on the 25th ultimo. I am very beaten paths, and over rivers, &c., where
sorry that you could not reach Kumási no such thing had ever passed before.
on the 22d, as the Adai custom, which 27th.-We were busily engaged in has now commenced, will not permit me getting a large, temporary shed erected
to receive you until after the 10th instant. for divine worship, &c. Mr. Brooking “I am now making arrangements for is still rather poorly. Lord of the har. receiving you on Monday, the 13th invest, give us, I entreat thee, the strength stant; and give you this early informato labour for the eternal welfare of our
tion, that you may have plenty of time to perishing fellow-men !
make your arrangements for reaching Many of my old friends call to see me; Kumási at the time mentioned. Tell others meet me in my walks through the
Mr. Henry Smith to come with you if town and neighbourhoods, and, with he likes : 'it will afford me pleasure to smiling countenances, give me a hearty welcome. The people, in every place for me, and oblige
see him. Salute my nephews with a kiss where we stop, appear delighted at seeing
“ Yours sincerely, the Princes, returning to their native
“QUAKO Duah.” home so much improved, and under such pleasing circumstances. O that the great and important objects of their Christian
3d.-Busy preparing to resume our education may be fully and entirely an
journey to-morrow. swered! May the God of all grace keep
DUMPASI: PUBLIC WORSHIP. them and preserve them from all the
NATURAL SCENERY. dangers with which they are surrounded !
Sunday, 28th.-At half-past ten A. M. 4th.-At two P. M. we started for divine service was conducted. I read Dumpási, where we arrived about a prayers, and Mr. Brooking preached quarter before four P. M. The road was The congregation was large and atten well cleaned, and prepared for the cartive; many Ashántis were present. In riage, and the natives were much surthe afternoon I again conducted divine prised at seeing in their town a thing service. The congregation was, as in drawn upon four wheels. The weather the morning, very attentive.
was very hot and dry. 29th.—I was rather poorly. The heat Sunday, 5th.–At half-past eleven was very intense during the middle part A. M. Mr. Brooking conducted divine of the day, with a strong harmattan. service under the shade of a large
My age has this day numbered thirty- banyan-tree. The King's messengers two years; but O, how small a portion and many Ashantis attended. Mr. of my life have I spent in the service of Brooking preached from Hebrews ii. At God! and how very imperfect have been four P. M. I conducted divine service unmy best services, unprofitable servant der the same tree. The King's messenthat I am! May the God of all grace gers, with several of their people, and strengthen me, and make use of the most many of the inhabitants of the town, atunworthy of his children ip carrying out tended. I preached from Acts viii. 34, his eternal purposes of mercy to a guilty 35. During the sermon, I asked them if race!
they believed that I was speaking the “Much of my time hath run to waste,
truth; to which the chief messenger anAnd I, perhaps, am near my home : swered in the affirmative, and said they O God, forgive my follies past,
did not suppose I should come all the And give me strength for days to come!" way from England to tell them lies; and 30th. I wrote letters, and started that if they had thought so, they would messengers and carriers to the Coast. not have come to hear me. They paid
Dec. 1st.—A messenger arrived from deep attention to the word of life. May the King, informing us, that His Majesty the Lord seal the instruction on their will receive us in Kumasi on Monday, hearts ! the 13th instant.
6th.-Stopping at Dumpási, I went