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would compel me to set out a Sunday offered my service to call the papers.
der well, and preached in his stead at
Sunday, 14th.—As our horses would per. After the morning service I gave have better pasturage a little further on, some account of the state of our Jamaica at Beechamville, the whole party had Missions generally, and appealed earn. agreed to rise and proceed before the estly to the people on behalf of our soci. dawn, so as to avoid Sunday-travelling ety's funds, for maintaining the work of as much as possible. I, however, kept a God in the earth. pony, and stayed behind the rest, for the 13th.-I rode with Mr. Taylder to purpose of offering my service, and re Blue-Hole Estate. It was crop-time, deeming a Sabbath for preaching where and we could only expect the members it might be acceptable. I found the to come at intervals during the day, that opportunity I sought, and was thankful we might speak to them individually, for it. In the way onward, after service, and renew their society-tickets. Some I discovered the house where lay a sick gave us satisfaction; but others had friend and fellow-Christian, whom I shown a quarrelsome spirit, which seems greatly desired to visit. Thus attention to be the evil of the place. to one duty put me in the way of ano 18th.-I preached at Beecham to a ther. I should have shot over this house, good congregation, from, “ I fear lest by if I had proceeded this morning without any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve preaching
through his subtilty, so your minds 17th. -We reached Kingston. Fright- should be corrupted from the simplicity ful ravages of the late fire are to be seen that is in Christ." This passage occur. here ; and, what is distressing, little or red to me because of a report that the no rebuilding going on. It is painful to simple people of one estate in this neighlook at people smitten down. To see bourhood had been troubled by a visit them unable to rise, is more painful. from some Myal men. But the people
18th.–Our District-Meeting began; of this quarter generally have shown the Rev. Robert Young, a Visiter from themselves, again and again, proof the Committee, presiding. We had a against the progress of Myalism. good prayer-meeting for a commence 20th.—I began renewing tickets to ment.
the society in Montego-Bay, and expe. 21st.-Sunday being come, I had to rienced a blessing in the spirit of faith stand where I had often stood before, in and charity excited by our mutual con. Coke-chapel pulpit. “I was with you versation. in weakness and fear and much trem 25th. I went to Mount Edmondson. bling.” At night I preached for one of the chapel was filled at an early hour: the London Missionary Society's Minis- the Sunday-school met twice, and the ters.
attendance was large. After the moro. 28th.-Having no call this Sabbath, I ing preaching, about ten persons came to rested, desiring that God would teach be admitted into the society on trial: me by his Ministers whom I should two or three military men were among hear that day, how to improve my active the number. But that scripture is too Sabbaths.
applicable here, “ As yet He (the Holy February 4th.-On my way from Spirit) was fallen upon none of them." Kingston back to my own Circuit, I We do not get to the mark of plain, preached at Watsonville for Mr. Savery. palpable conversions of heart; and We had a good congregation and a the demon of drunkenness is hardly pleasing people. Their behaviour in the kept at bay. O God, make bare thine chapel, and after the service, was re
arm ! markably proper. A number of classes 27th.-1 was greatly comforted this were met under the trees around the morning on a visit to an old African chapel, to some of which I went and
Leader, and by the discovery of " the
wisdom and the spirit” with which she 2811..I went up to Mount Ward, guides her class. I had met this class which is now included in the Nontego. while the Leader was absent, being sick Bay Circuit. And so I am likely to at bome, and passed some laudatory have more care and not less labour remarks on their punctuality in making this year with colleagues, than I had little penny contributions towards the last year without any. Mr. Mansie's maintenance of their church. They left health is indifferent; yet he is very me silently, and repaired in a body to commendably resolved to do his best their Leader's house. The following is in public labours, and there is good her account of the conversation which hope that with this more healthy stathen occurred:-“ Dem no get in house tion and judicious self-treatment he will before dem shout, « Leadah, Minisa gi become stronger. Mount Reece and we praise !' Directly me top dem, and Coke's View are the two secondary stasay, “Sit down till we praise God fuss ; tions with Mount Ward. The chapels den me hear what you hab to say. All at both these places are in poor condiyou walk upright! So Minisa praise tion. That at Coke's View, especially, you, so God praise you : no tivk you get is falling down; but the people are into heaben 'cause Minisa praise you : get tending to build another like it, of rods God's praise.""
JAMAICA. ---Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Alkins, dated Port-Morant,
St. Thomas in the East, May 17th, 1844. We are, I am happy to report, mak outside. This place is one of considering some progress in our Circuit. On able importance, and will of itself very Good-Friday we laid the foundation soon support a Missionary. The society stone of a new chapel at Airy Castle. has been composed chiefly by a division This place is situated about half-way of the Rocky-Point society. Sixty or between Bath and Port-Morant; it is a eighty belonged to Bath, and from one to township of considerable extent, and two hundred have been reclaimed from continues rapidly to increase. We have the world and sin. “ Not unto us, 0 secured two acres of the best land in the ord, not unto us. most central situation, and as it is thickly covered with cocoa-nut trees, we shall
"Thou only, Lord, the work hast done,
And bared thine arm in all our sight, have an abundant supply of oil for our
Hast made the reprobates thine own, evening services there. We have up
And claim'd the outcasts as thy right.” wards of a hundred members living close round the chapel; but they will continue The society now consists of about five to meet in class for the present at Bath hundred members; and if we had but or Port-Morant, as we are not anxious the means to set about an immediate to form the society until the chapel is enlargement of the chapel, it would, finished.
there is no doubt, greatly increase, as At Dalvey our new chapel, fifty feet many are kept away because we have not by thirty, with a vestry seventeen feet sufficient room. square, was opened for divine service on As to the piety of our old members, I Good-Friday; and on Easter Sunday the hope it is becoming more and more scripsociety was formed, which continues tural and solid. Our attendants on sacrarapidly to increase. Every Lord's day mental occasions are more numerous than the chapel and vestry are crowded to they have been ; which I regard as a good excess, and yet there are scores standing sign.
George-Town, June 3d, 1844.
Hudson, with their families, whom I boured in vain, and convinced that if the found quite well, and actively engaged in friends of Missions could just see the their Master's work. I arrived under beneficial results of Missionary operacircumstances the most pleasing and in tions in George-Town, they would be teresting, as it was the day fixed upon supplied with powerful motives to give for holding a tea-meeting, to raise the to the uttermost of their ability for the means for building a new chapel, which extension of the Redeemer's kingdom, is much needed. It was indeed pleas- and to do so where it is especially needed. ing to witness the simplicity of the You will know from Mr. Hudson, who, people, and their union of heart and I believe, intends writing by this packet, effort; for they all appeared to feel the the arrangements which have been made, greatest interest on the occasion. It --that I remain in George Town with would be vain to attempt a description Mr. Hudson, and that Mr. Biggs will of my feelings : I was delighted to see go to Mahaica. hundreds of persons who were once in Soon after my arrival, Mr. Hudson the depth of degradation and destitution, and I went to see His Excellency the met together as members of one family to Governor, Henry Light, Esq. He re. promote the interest of that Saviour who ceived us very kindly ; and from the had delivered them from the bondage of remarks made during our interview, we sin. I looked upon these as the fruit of believe that he is a sincere friend of Missionary toil, and was satisfied that the Wesleyan Missionaries in this God's servants had neither run nor la colony.
Wesleyan Mission-House, Bishopsgate-Street. Within,
London, September 20th, 1844. MISSION TO TIE SLAVE.COAST AND YARIBA; AND VISIT OF
THE REV. T. B. FREEMAN TO THIS COUNTRY. BadaGRY.-The latest accounts received from Mr. Annear, are dated Badagry, June 2d, 1844. At that time the Mission was advancing in influence among the people, and enjoyed the good will of the native Chiefs. Mr. Annear was then about to proceed into the interior, on a visit to Sodaka, the King of Abokuto: he did not expect to accomplish his journey without considerable peril, from the contentions existing among the different tribes through whose country he would have to pass, nor without risk to his health from the prevalence of the rains which had then set in. Notwithstanding these unfavourable circumstances, he considered it his duty to undertake the journey in compliance with repeated and very earnest entreaties from King Sodaka that he would no longer delay his visit, and that he might commence his pastoral care over those converted Akus, who had returned to their own country from Sierra-Leone. Missionaries to heathen nations, and inhospitable countries, should be specially and constantly remembered by us at the throne of
grace. The establishment of the Mission at Badagry, and the general extension of the Mission in Guinea, bave proved the occasion of large · demands on the funds of the Society, far beyond any estimate or calcu
lation of the Committee, or of the Missionaries themselves. The necessity of a revision of the Society's plans, with reference to expenditure, has been the occasion of a visit to this country by Mr. Freeman, the General Superintendent. We take this opportunity of stating, that the paramount urgency of the affairs immediately connected with his visit, will detain Mr. Freeman chiefly in London, during his limited stay
in this country; and that he can accept no invitations to attend Missionary Anniversaries, except as in a very few instances they may fall in with the plans which the Committee are laying down for the accomplishment of the particular object of his visit. This general announcement will spare our friends the trouble of applications for Mr. Freeman's services, as in the very few exceptions which can occur, the local officers will have due notice from the Mission-House. Meantime we can assure our friends, that the promising commencement which has been made at several points of Western Africa, cannot be followed up by the Society, without augmented means to a very considerable extent; and our present fear is, that some of the Missions must be discontinued, and the Missionaries withdrawn, for want of adequate support. Whatever it may be in the hearts and hands of our friends to do, in order to avoid such a calamity to the natives of Africa, and to the cause of Christ, should be done promptly and without delay.
MISSIONS ON THE GAMBIA.
We have received letters from the Rev. George Parsonson, to the date of June 21st, 1844. Both at St. Mary's and M-Carthy's Island, there were tokens of increasing spiritual good in the congregations and schools ; but the Missions at both these places, and at the native stations on the banks of the river, were languishing for want of a re-inforcement of Missionaries. Any failure in the health of either of the Missionaries now at the Gambia, would occasion, at the least, a temporary suspension of the Mission, and the probable abandonment of ground so nobly won by the perseverance of former Missionaries, and at the cost of much precious life. It is painful to the Committee to mention, thus frequently, the exigencies of the Society; but it is due to the friends of Missions, that they should be acquainted with the facts as they exist.
ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES. New-ZEALAND.-The Rev. Walter Lawry, General Superintendent of the New-Zealand Mission, arrived at his destination, in Auckland, on the 21st of March. The letter announcing his arrival is given in a preceding page.
DEMERARA.—The Rev. W. L. Binks arrived at George-Town, Demerara, on the 27th of May.
CEYLON.—The Rev. James Gillings landed at Point-de-Galle, Ceylon, on his way to Jaffna, on the 15th of July.
Mr. Binks and Mr. Gillings are the only Missionaries who have been sent out by the Society since the close of the accounts of 1843. Nor would they have been sent, urgent as was the need for their services, had not the cost of their respective passages been provided by the munificence of two friends of the Society, in addition to their ordinary contributions.
DEATHS. We deeply regret to state, that two Missionaries have been called to suffer the most afflictive bereavements. Mrs. Davies, the wife the Rev. Richard Davies, died at Port-Antonio, Jamaica, on the 18th of July; and Mrs. Simpson, the wife of the Rev. William Simpson, at Launceston, Van-Diemen's Land, died in March, 1844.
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, up to the 14th
£. $. d. T. E. E., Second Donation, 1844
225 0 0 Reşiduary Legacy of Mr. E. Webster, late of Alkborough,
Lincolnshire; Mr. William Tock, Executor : less duty... 174 6 0
50 00 A. C., for the late Dr. Adam Clarke's Six Irish Schools
21 00 Ladies' Negro Education Society,
For English Harbour Sunday-school............ 100 0
5 0 0
20 0 0 Legacy of Miss Hester Smith, late of the Island of Nevis, and Camden-road Villa
15 00 Mrs. Scott, Pensford ; for Bibles to the South-Sea Missions... 10 0 0 A Friend, Salford ; by the Rev. J. Nowell...
10 0 0 J. G. Hildyard, Esq., Louth ; by Dr. Bunting
10 0 0 Mrs. Hildyard, Ditto; by Ditto
10 0 0 Samuel Mills, Esq., London
10 00 Mr. and Mrs. John Chubb, Islington
10 0 0 Lady Ellis, Donation
10 00 J. D. Paul, Esq., Donation
5 0 0 George Alexander, Esq., for the schools in Hayti
5 0 0 J. Chandlish, Esq.
5 0 0 A Servant, Aberystwith
4 4 0 Rev. John M'Owan
0 0 Thank-Offerings from Friends in the Barton.upon-Humber
Circuit, in acknowledgment of Divine Providence ; by the
3 0 0 A Friend in Cardigan ; a Wedding Gift...
2 2 0 Rev. M. C. Dixon, (1843,) towards the Debt.
1 10 0 Rev. Joseph Rayner, Ditto
100 A Friend, Stanhope-street, after reading Mr. Hamilton's Sermon on Thankfulness
1 0 0 Mr. George Summerson, towards West-India Chapels
100 A Wesleyan Methodist, in acknowledgment of the Blessing of God on a new Undertaking
LONDON FRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.