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been made, and, indeed, would not have ness in the evening. Chair to be taken at been necessary.
half.past six o'clock. Donations will be thankfully received and The annual meeting of the Kent Union acknowledged by the Rev. H. Toller, Mr. Society, for the relief of aged and infirm Heygate, or Mr. Nunneley, Market Har. ministers, and widows and orphans of de. borough.
ceased ministers, will be held on Tuesday
afternoon at four o'clock.
REMOVAL held at Sheerness, on Tuesday and 'Wednes The Rev. R. Robinson, of Chatteris, has day, July 4th and 5th. Preachers, the Rev. removed to Luton, Beds, having accepted Messrs. Foster, of Westerham, and Verrall, a cordial invitation to succeed the Rev. J. of Bromley. There will be an open com Bright, (now of Woolwich,) and has enmittee of ministers and delegates on Wed. tered on his stated labours with encouraging nesday afternoon, and the meeting for busi prospects of usefulness.
A WEEK AT CHAPELTON, IN JAMAICA.
MR. EDITOR, -I have thought that a brief sketch of a week which I passed at the above station, in company with all the mis. sionaries of the London Missionary Society, at the close of my late tour in the west, might not be unacceptable to your numerous readers, nor, I hope, altogether unprofitable. It afforded me the opportunity of enjoying intercourse with “ brethren dwelling toge ther in unity," and of observing within só brief a space numerous incidents of an instructive and encouraging character, both as to the improving condition of the people generally, and the gratifying aspect of some of the churches of Jamaica in particular.
After passing a very delightful Sunday in the congregation at Four Paths, and it's out-station, Brixton Hill, under the active pastoral oversight of the Rev. W. G. Bar. rett, witnessing the energy, affection, and liberality of that people, the hopeful state of their growing intelligence, and the pleasing indications of their piety, I set off on the Monday, 6th March, for Chapelton, in the parish of Clarendon. Some portions of the road led amidst rich and beautiful scenery, and presented to view, within a small dis. tance, some of the magnificent mountain scenery of this splendid island. It was im. possible to pass without vivid enjoyment among the rich and varied vegetation of the landscape, where abounded the sugar-cane and bamboo, sweet and bitter orange, limes, acacias, mangoes, pimentos, mahogany, and logwood, with every now and then the fantastic cactus arresting notice by the road side, and the beautiful “ Pride of Barbadoes
the attention of the traveller The missionary under whose hospitable VOL. XXI.
roof I was to take up my abode and meet the brethren, resides at “ Mount Providence," an elevated spot, commanding an extensive prospect, distant rather more than two miles from Chapelton. On his premises a valuable school for young children is sustained by the benevolence of some private friends; a promising man of colour is the teacher. Mount Providence is a location of much interest. A considerable number of negroes (now, more properly called the peasantry, or labouring population,) were desirous of obtaining allotments of land on which they might build their cottages, cultivate their gardens, and breathe their freedom. An unwillingness existed among some of the proprietors to dispose of land for that purpose, partly from the desire to retain them on the estates in the “Negro walks," in the cottages allotted to them during slavery, where their services might be always within reach, and partly from an ungenerous suspicion, that if settled on allotments of their own, where they would rear produce for their families, they would be too idle to work on estates. Under these circumstances, the missionary purchased a large piece of unoccupied land, divided it into small and convenient shares, which were taken by an industrious and sober class of people, and this now constitutes one of the free and flourishing settlements of Jamaica. Happily, many of these are springing up (as they are also in British Guiana,) where may be seen a cheerful and active population, the little ones as free and as merry as those in Old England, and though perhaps less clotbed, are better fed, than thousands in the mother country. As there are not less than thirty estates in the neighbourhood, the people can easily ob. tain employment. On the Tuesday morning we all felt the
slight shock of an earthquake at half-past ters, or the building of the chapels. When three. I accompanied Mr. Jones to Salem the latter are completed, there is little doubt chapel, Chapelton, for so they have desig. of the competency of the people to pay their nated their new place of worship, and long own experses by voluntary efforts. Yet so may they realize all the “ peace its name expensive is it for Europeans to reside in imports. It is a good, plain, substantial, the West Indies, and so little capable are stone building, capable of accommodating, they of much walking, that the income of without galleries, six hundred people. The the resident missionaries or pastors must be walls, though not marble, are yet limestone liberal. Hence it is obvious that small confound in the immediate neighbourhood, and gregations cannot sustain their own ministers. though not fit to bear comparison with Solo. The resources would be too limited. Con. mon's Temple, it is yet " lined with cedar;" gregations must be large; in this case, how. for this is the cheap and durable wood fur ever, they are spread over a large extent of nished most readily for pews, &c., on the country, and from this arises the difficulty of spot. The interior of the chapel is not yet pastoral superintendence, and the necessity finished. The outlay has been already great, of well-qualified assistants. To this point, and the more so from the “unprincipled it is most obvious to me, that the missionfailure" of a house in Jamaica, where mo aries of all denominations must direct their nies had been deposited that had been ad- most serious attention. vanced towards the building. Hence the On the Friday evening we had a public “finishing' of the interior is postponed till missionary meeting held in the chapel. It further means are forthcoming. Pulpit there was well attended, and great interest was is not, but the ingenuity of the missionary awakened; the effects, it may be confidently provides, as a substitute, a platform, on hoped, will long continue. We drank tea which a seraphine and music-stand are in the large school.room under the chapel, placed. Fond of music himself, he leads quite reminding us of customs on similar octhe singing of the people by the seraphine ; casions in our own land. It is cheering to and that part of the service being closed, the see so much of what is useful and excellent instrument is shut up, the music-stand sup. in our home institutions, so rapidly trans. plied with the Bible, and the arrangement is planted to colonial soil, and flourishing complete.
amidst a people who so lately were slaves, There is an excellent school-room under and so far from all such freedom and delight. the chapel, superintended by a very intelli The following Sunday was a day of deep gent and valuable agent of the society, Mr. interest. After an early prayer-meeting, James Milne, brother to Mr. Wm. Milne at held in the school-room on the premises, we Four Paths, both from a good missionary all proceeded from Mount Providence to quarter, Huntley.
Chapelton. Large schools were in attend. The London Missionary Society has eleven ance. Some of our number addressed them. missionaries in Jamaica. It was pleasant Others of us attended the setting apart of to find, that without any serious inconveni. seven deacons. The Rev. Mr. Vine and ence or difficulty, all could be accom. myself addressed them on the occasion, modated under the roof at Mount Provi. others of the brethren commended them to dence. From Wednesday till Saturday, we God in prayer. The congregation for the were all engaged in mutual conversation and public service was largely attended ; it added arrangements and prayer connected with the much to the interest and solemnity of the interests of the mission, reviewing the past, occasion, that all our missionaries were preand digesting plans for the future. One sent, and some of their families. I preached feeling was predominant, that of humble from Paul's language, “The love of Christ thankfulness to God, who had crowned the constraineth us," and afterwards administered Society's labours in the island with so many the Lord's supper to the members of the tokens of his favour. In less than nine church and my missionary brethren. It was years from the commencement of the mis. a season long to be remembered. We all sion, six thousand people were regularly felt that God was in the midst of us, and brought under the means of grace, including confiding in his grace, we cherished the reso. seven hundred who have become members of lution to go forward in his service, rejoicing the churches, and of the sincerity of whose that we were permitted to behold sinners piety, scarcely more doubt could be enter. converted to the Saviour, and believers grow. tained than would be as to churches of equal ing in grace, and in the knowledge of Him numbers, by their pastors in England. that loved them, and gave himself for them. Nearly eighteen hundred children are taught It was evening by the time we reached in the mission schools. Several good places home. Family worship was largely attended of worship are already built, and others are by many of the villagers residing in the in progress, adapted to the state of the neighbourhood. We retired to rest, and people. The congregations are contributing early the next morning were on our way to liberally towards the support of their minis our respective destinations, my brethren to resume their fields of labour ; and I, after whole human family, on the admission into passing a few more days in Kingston, to its brotherhood of a multitude, which is as proceed to England, which I have been per the sand by the sea-shore, or as the stars in mitted to reach in safety, in answer to the the firmament, for number? May we not prayers of many, and grateful, I hope, for congratulate the church of Christ on the the good I have seen, and the mercies with wide, the many openings now made for her which I have been crowned.
“good soldiers," to enter and occupy the I am, yours, most faithfully,
empire in the name of the “ Prince of the
J. J. FREEMAN. kings of the earth ?" May we not bless the Walthamstow, 29th May, 1843.
Mediator of the new covenant, who is crowned with the glory and honour, and sways the sceptre of love and mercy, that he has so far
overturned-overturned, and made a path JOURNAL OF THE REV. W. MILNE,
plain and smooth for the advance of His Missionary to China;
kingdom of righteousness and peace? “O SENT TO HIS BROTHER, THE REV. A. G. MILNE.
sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath Tinghae, Oct. 1st, 1842. done marvellous things; his right hand and On Sunday, Sept. 4th, official news was his holy arm hath gotten him the victory !" brought from head-quarters, by two steam But, my brother, Protestant churches are ers, one bound for Hongkong, and the other not at present equal to meet the heavy refor Aden. I was not then able to write, for sponsibilities incurred by such a glorious I was labouring under diarrhea; but I had
event. The servants of the Romish church the inexpressible pleasure of receiving some are on the alert—the servants of mammon letters by them; one from Mr. Morrison, are awake—the men of the world will flock another from Mr. Tom, &c. The former "as doves to tbe windows” to China, and has been the fac-totum up at Nanking, and crowd the highways to wealth and honour; has been of essential service. All I cannot but how few are those who “ hold fast the now tell you; but he has been the most pro form of sound words” received from the minent man in drawing up the treaty, (i. e. Lord and his apostles ! how small the numin Chinese,) and other papers, as he ought ber of those who are appointed to the serto be. Sir Henry makes him his right-hand vice of the glorious gospel ! and bow tri. man.
fling the prospect that others shall hasten · After giving a hasty sketch of the treaty, out “ to the help of the Lord—the help of he adds :
the Lord against the mighty !". These are the principal points; but Surely the intelligence carried to the land there are others, all of very great import of our fathers by the present mail will rouse ance to the world, e.g., including the Ame- the adherents of the "ancient city" to every rican and the French governments in the good word and work. treaty. The French commander, ship Eri. If missionary societies are failing for gone, then in the Yangtze. Kiang, signed want of support, can the rich and wealthy the treaty with Sir Henry. What a happy professors belonging to the churches with feature this! Surely it will unite the three hold their contributions ? Is there not in great nations more than ever.
this providential movement a call loud and I am sure, my dear brother, you will be strong-“Who then is willing to consedelighted with the accompanying syllabus of crate his service this day unto the Lord ?" the great treaty, the greatest that has been The churches have desired long, and prayed concluded for many ages, the most moment. much, that China might be opened, and ous event, perhaps, that has occurred since Protestants have entreated that it might be the birth of our Saviour! It is before the their honour, their privilege, to rear a holy discovery of America, for look at the ac and a glorious temple in these vast domicess thus opened to the church of Christ to nions. Their prayer is heard, and the Lord so many myriads of people of such a cha himself has prepared the materials for this racter. I have not time to dwell on the glorious superstructure. Everything is ready points in Sir Henry's circular; but it is full on the part of the King himself, and He of matter for reflection, admiration, grati. now makes the appeal to those who profees tude.
allegiance and devotion to His service. And May we not then congratulate ourselves " who then is willing to consecrate his serthat we live in such times? May we not vice this day unto the Lord ?" To resist the congratulate England on the honour con appeal will be disastrous. Or, if missionary ferred upon her of bringing about such an societies have their coffers well supplied, let issue? May we not congratulate the na them not forget the interests of this immense tives of China on the benefits, vast and empire. Surely they cannot resist the voice varied, which are likely to accrue from the that now demands justice to the spiritual wise policy which their officers have at last wants of China. It is the voice of God. adopted ? May we not congratulate the Hitherto it cannot be questioned that China has been neglected. Her claims have not present crisis, for the advancement of been attended to; and now, to open the Christ's kingdom in this land of darkness! eyes of missionary societies to their mis. My dear brother, use your influence with take, stations possessed of the highest ad. your own charge to induce a right spirit at vantages are thrown open, while they have the present time, and turn this remarkable not a single missionary to spare for more event to some good account. If your own than one or two of them. Does not this heart be suitably impressed with its import. show, that if due foresight had been exer ance, you will be more successful in arousing cised, we might now have had at least two your people's minds; and if your church at liberty for each of the ports to be occu- move in a right spirit, you may carry other pied? As it is, few of those who are in the churches in your neighbourhood along with field, or who may be given up to one or you, in the grand crusade about to open in other of the new openings, are as yet fit to this new and wide field. If you can write to enter with proper effect upon their duties. other ministers, do so without delay; and if
Again, if missionary societies are at length you think any remarks of mine may be of alive to a sense of their responsible relations service, use them as your judgment may to this empire, and if the churches of Christ dictate. Spare no means desirable or avail. have placed at their command those pecu able at this juncture; and the peace of God niary means, which are necessary to carry rest upon you, my brother. out their sacred intentions, there are hut By a line in the former part of this com. few to offer their personal services to the munication, you will learn that I have not work of evangelization, should not the pass. been very well. The attack was of short ing events stir up inquiry in the minds of duration, but left me weak for a few days. those who are entering on the sacred mi. However, within the last week I have renistry? Should they not search and see if vived under the cool refreshing temperature they ought not to devote themselves to the which is now creeping in from the north. evangelization of China ? The inquiry is I am thankful to feel myself advancing in solemn and delicate. It must rest with the colloquial of this place, and to find that every man, and must be conducted between I am gaining a hold of the affections and God and himself,
confidence of the people. May the God of My dear brother, I labour under peculiar all grace sanctify me, and make me a bless. and oppressive feelings; but they are such ing to them. I have good opportunity for as, I have no doubt, you and every one distributing tracts, have daily service in my who look for the redemption of this people, own cottage open to all that please, and on and of the world, will sympathize in. Olet the Lord's day have a few who come to me. each of us retire to the spot, consecrated by I have daily opportunities of commending the presence of the Highest, and, shut up the grace that is in Christ Jesus to my frefrom the view of profane eyes, there humble quent visitors, and also to those I visit; and every man his own heart before God! I am well received and listened to. I am Let us seek that this event of Divine Pro- looking out for orphan boys, the best nucleus vidence be sanctified to our hearts. Let for a theological academy; but I wait for us desire that it may revive pure religion in instructions from the directors respecting ourselves ; increase our longings after the our future movements. The winter is comdiffusion of it throughout the world ; and ing. I trust I shall have strength given me stimulate us to every effort for its promo. to improve it and myself, in acquiring the tion! Oh! while God is moving for us and colloquial more fully, and in communicating before us, shall we not follow Him ?-who the message of mercy to those around me. will sit still ? - who will be the sloth or the I am desirous of supplying every bouse in sluggard ?-who will look back? It cannot the city with a Testament or a tract, and of -it must not be. Our sun has arisen, and giving every one I can a statement orally or the morning-watchmen cry aloud, "Arise, in writing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of told you in my last of having given up the the Lord is risen upon thee !" What a English service in the city; I have not blessing would surely rest on the opening of opened a Bethel in the harbour, and have China, if the announcement of this peace been greatly encouraged in my ministrations. lead the members of your church, and of all To-night I was called to witness a sad spec. churches to private prayer, and personal tacle. It was that of a young officer near consecration to the service of the Redeemer; his end ; alas ! I feel in doubt; and left the and if it should lead every church by itself, vessel in thoughtful suspense, most seriously and the churches of every department or deprecating that any of my relatives should every district, in union, to public thanks. die in such a state. How awful to prepare giving, humiliation, prayer, and resolution, for a meeting with God, when it is getting that they will do something special at the late !
(To be concluded in our next.)