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for a moment listen, but answered to this effect, 'If it be not the will of God that I am to live for the natives I will die for them.' The Idolatry of these poor heathen (fifty or sixty thousand of whom are supposed to be annually carried across the atlantic as slaves, and five or six thousand to be annually rescued and landed at Sierra Leone) is thus described by one of our early Missionaries, 'How great the ignorance and superstition of the Bulloms are, struck me very much when I saw a crowd of people assembled, offering sacrifices to a cannon ball and three decanterstoppers, recommending themselves and their children to the favour of that evil spirit of whom the ball and stoppers were the representatives! They say, like the Roman Catholics of their pictures, that when they address the ball and glass stoppers they speak not to them but to the devil that lives in the bush.' Thus, as in the very language of Scriptures, they "sacrifice to devils and not to God;" so loudly does their awful state cry out to us t come over to help them to know the true God and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent. That our Missionaries have not gone over to them in vain, let the following among many many instances be a witness.
'As I think it will be interesting to you to know something of the conduct of Providence in my being brought to this Colony, where I have the happiness to enjoy the privilege of the Gospel, I give you a short account of it, hoping that I may be excused if I should prove rather tedious in some particulars. I suppose sometime about the commencement of the year 1821, I was in my native country, enjoying the comforts of father and mother, and the affectionate
love of brothers and sisters. From this period I must date the unhappy, but which I am now brought in other respects to call blessed, day, which I shall never forget in my life. I call it unhappy because it was the day in which I was violently turned out of my father's house, and separated from my relations, and in which I was made to experience what is called to be in slavery. With regard to its being called blessed, it being the day which Providence had marked out for me to set out on my journey from the land of heathenism, superstition, and vice, to a place where his gospel is preached.' After a most affecting account of his separation from his native shores, his being sold to one master after another, his final rescue from the hold of a slave-vessel by a British man of war, he thus proceeds, After about two months and a half cruising the coast, we were landing at Sierra Leone June 17th, 1822. The same day we were sent to Bathurst, where we had the pleasure of meeting many of our country people, but none were known before. They assured us of our liberty and freedom. From this period I have been under the care of the Church Missionary Society; and in about six months after our arrival at Sierra Leone I was able to read the New Testament with some degree of freedom, and was made a monitor. The Lord was pleased to open my heart to hearken to those things which were spoken by his servants, and, being convinced that I was a sinner, and desired to obtain pardon through Jesus Christ, I was baptized December 11th, 1825, by the Rev. J. Raban.' S. Crowther is now employed as an assistant in our Institution at Fourah Bay; and while he labours for others, describes his increasing delight in the word of God. (To be continued.)
THE loose ideas formed of heaven, as an exemption from suffering merely, as standing only in opposition to fatigue and weariness, as being contrasted with misery and condemnation, are most delusive. It is holiness, it is the love of God, it is the worship of the Lamb that was slain, it is the resting not day nor night in the praises of the Almighty, it is felicity derived from the completion of the divine faculties and habits acquired in this world.-Extracts from the Anthologia Sacra.
Surely I come quickly. Even so come
AND wouldst thou ask-dare I make this reply?
And canst thou deem thyself so sure of heaven ?—
That I might pass as God's own favour'd child
But think, what difficulties cloud that way!-
And wilt thou meet thy Judge quite undismay'd ?—
Comes he as my Judge,-'tis to plead my cause,
Comes He as my Judge,—then may I rejoice
Then whom shall I fear in that day of trial,
And now that he promises quickly to come,
I hail not that lov'd One's approach with delight.
REV. H. A. SIMCOE, PENHEALE-PRESS.
KING EDWARD THE SIXTH'S CATECHISM. (Continued from page 225.)
Master. Thou hast shortly set out the Ten Commandments. Now then tell me how all these things that thou hast particularly declared Christ hath in few words contained, setting forth unto us in a sum the whole pith of the law?
Scholar. Will you that I knit up in a brief abridgment all that belongeth both to God and to men? Master, Yea.
Scholar. Christ saith thus, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the greatest commandment in the law. The other is like unto this. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as