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giving out the hymn, a slip of paper was anxiety, as Mr. and Mrs. Curtis were to handed up to me. It contained few remain with Mrs. Thompson. But the words, but they were of awful import scene in the chapel, as I passed, baffles “ [ fear you have delayed too long in all description. The people had behaved coming up to see dear Mr. Thompson, with great decorum in repressing their He is dead. Do come up to-night, if feelings hitherto, in obedience to a repossible." Under all circumstances this quest of mine, on Mrs. Thompson's was impracticable, and would have been account. But now, and while they were imprudent, Mrs. Kerr so ill, the cho- singing, the difficulty was, to determine lera raging all around us, the horse out which was the loudest, the voice of weepat pasture a distance of four miles ; and, ing, or the voice of devotion, besides, four miles at the beginning of As I had not the privilege of being the journey are over a road in the centre present with Mr. Thompson, I tranof a morass, the effluvia and damps scribe the notes of our excellent Circuitfrom which, after night-fall, are very Steward, who was by him until he injurious in any case, much more so to a reached the brink of the river. They person heated and drenched as I was show the happy state of his mind in after the Sabbath evening service. By connexion with life's closing scenes. three o'clock on Monday morning, and Mr. Thompson had very naturally felt after a sleepless night, I was astir, and anxious about his dear afflicted wife, and hastened with all speed to console, as their two infant children ; and, having much as possible, our dear afflicted sis- expressed his anxiety on the subject, he ter, and to make arrangements for the feelingly said, “Jesus, wilt Thou not funeral. I found Mrs. Thompson bear hear prayer on my behalt? I should ing her severe affliction with Christian like to live ; but, if it be Thy will, take fortitude and resignation, very gra- me.” After a pause, he said, “ Jesus, ciously supported. Nature felt, but my Saviour, I cry to Thee with all my grace triumphed. All that remain-d of heart! Thou, who hast delivered me in our dear brother, was lying on the bed, a thousand instances, wilt not now leave in a neat, clean under-dress, awaiting me. the shroud, which was being prepared
Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, by a few weeping female friends in the
And looks to that alone; hall. This is one of the many Mission
Laughs at impossibilities, aries' shrouds that have been bedewed
And cries, It shall be done.'” with the tears of their affectionate people
Embracing Mrs. Thompson, who was in foreign lands,-far from kindred,
by the bed-side, he said, “ All His ways friends, and home. What a precious tribute of affection, “ than cloth of gold
are judgment and truth, to such as keep
His commandments. He knoweth the more precious far !” The Circuit-Stew.
way that I take; and when He hath tried ard had given direction for the coffin,
me, I shall come forth as gold.” With and the grave was also being prepared;
great depth of feeling, at intervals, he it appearing necessary that the interment
would exclaim, “ Blessed Jesus, blessed should take place as early as possible,
Jesus !” On one occasion, as if in conthe countenance having already given indication of speedy decay. Mr. and
flict with the enemy of his soul, he said, Mrs. Curtis arrived just as we were
with great earnestness, “ Jesus, blessed
Jesus, thou knowest that I have been about to move the body; and as the
converted to thee from fifteen years of grave was within sight of the windows, and the chapel at some distance beyond,
age. I have loved thee, I have served
thee; but I might have served thee betwe reversed the order of the service; and, having committed all that was mor
ter. I would pray, like Hezekiah, that I tal of our dear brother to its resting.
might live to be more useful. Lord place, “not to awake, or be raised out of
f Jesus, hear me, hear me; Lord Jesus, its sleep, till the heavens be no more,"
" hear me." He then distinctly and heartthe sorrowing company retired to the ily repeated those precious lines, the first chapel, where Mr. Curtis delivered an
four of the 346th hymn :appropriate address. By this arrange * For ever here my rest shall be, ment we spared the feelings of the
Close to Thy bleeding side ; afflicted widow the pain of a second
This all my hope and all my plea, exhibition of the coffin, and secured an
For me the Saviour died." earlier interment. Owing to the domes. And again : “ But He shall sit as a tic affliction already referred to, I was refiner and purifier of silver; and He obliged to leave immediately after the shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge funeral. This I could do with less them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." At a quarter before six o'clock the celestial convoy arrived, who were to convey the redeemed spirit of our highly valued brother to that region, where he might, at once and for ever, “ see and praise his Lord.” Thus peacefully and confidently in the Lord, as his righteousness, he entered into his
rest, in the thirty-third year of his age, and in the ninth of his ministry. Every attention will be paid to Mrs. Thompson and the infant children until they can embark for England, if, indeed, she is spared to embark: I think that is questionable, such is her state of health. But the Lord is able to keep her alive. May it please Him to do so !
Letter from the Rev. Robert d. Johnson, dated Spanish- Town,
December 12th, 1850.
DETAILS RESPECTING THE VISITATION OF CHOLERA—AND ITS EFFECTS.
ERE this reaches you, you will have for weeks together, averaged between received from other sources the painful forty and fitty daily. Every man felt intelligence that we have been at length that he was in the midst of danger the visited in this island by that fearful and most imminent. Death stared us in the mysterious scourge of our race, malig- face at almost every turn. The ordinary pant Asiatic cholera. It is now about avocations of life were either forgotten or two months since the disease first made neglected. There was an almost entire its appearance amongst us, and during suspension of all business and labour, that time its ravages have been truly and every counienance bore the traces of fearful. In the town of Port-Royal one. intense anxiety, apprehension, and woe. third of the population has been swept To add to our misfortunes and misery, away; in Kingston it has carried off the utmost difficulty was experienced in between four and five thousand, out of a getting graves and pits prepared in suffipopulation of forty thousand; and in cient time for the interment of the dead ; this place, containing seven thousand and the consequence was, that at the souls, it has cut off about twelve hun- several public burial.places, there was, dred. In the country parishes, in many for some days, a frightful accumulation of which it is still raging, the mortality of unburied corpses, which, putrefying has been equally great; and it is to be beneath the fervent rays of a tropical feared that, ere it finishes its sad and sun, impregnated and poisoned the atmodistressing work, immense numbers of sphere with the most noisome exhalations. our prædial and labouring population Upon the medical men, and Clergymen, will fall victims to its malignity. I be- and Ministers of all denominations, a lieve that in no part of the world where large amount of labour devolved in this fearful malady bas appeared, not ministering to the bodily and spiritual excepting even India itself, the fountain- necessities of the sick and dying. “ From head of the disease, has it taken off such morn till noon,-from noon till dewy large numbers, in proportion to the eve," the calls were incessant; and even extent of the population, as in this ill- at midnight I was more than once sumfated island. Here, too, it has not con- moned from my bed to hasten to the fined its attacks to the hovels of the couch of the dying, and soothe, by the poor, and expended its strength chiefly consolations of religion, the last moupon the sickly, the infirm, or the intem- ments of the departing soul. For the perate; but it has entered the dwellings first three weeks of the visitation, my of many of the most wealthy and respect health was remarkably good, and í able members of the community, and got through my multiplied labours found its victims in every rank and without any inconvenience; but then condition in life. In Spanish-Town, as some slight premonitory symptoms of you may judge from the foregoing state- cholera made their appearance, and I ment, it has reaped a plentiful harvest, was obliged to resort to medical adand produced a vast amount of destitu- vice. The symptoms soon yielded to tion and sorrow. I feel myself incapable medicine; but after some days they of conveying to you an adequate idea of began to manifest themselves again, and, our deplorable situation during the pre- although they were kept in check, I valence of the epidemic. You may ima- suffered from them, more or less, for gine how severe must have been the nearly three weeks. I am happy to say, pressure of the calamity, when, in a that I am now convalescent, and hope small town containing only seven thou. to be soon quite well and strong again. sand inhabitants, the number of deaths, As soon as possible after the pestilence had broken out, a day for humiliation well as in Kingston, and other places, and prayer was appointed by His Excel. have exerted themselves most nobly in lency the Governor for the whole island. the cause of suffering humanity,- some The weather, however, proved very un- of them with a disinterestedness and zeal favourable in this and two or three of the that could not anywhere be surpassed. adjoining parishes. The churches and Money has been liberally contributed, chapels were opened, but incessant and and time and strength cheerfully devoted heavy rain prevented the attendance of to the claims of benevolence and mercy, the people upon the services of the sanc. and every attention paid to the condition tuary. A request was therefore made to and wants of the indigent sick and dying. the Governor to sanction the appoint. The conduct of the medical gentlemen ment of another day for these parishes in the several places in wbich cholera has He most readily complied; and at a appeared, has been beyond all praise ; conference of Ministers of various deno. but it is with deep regret I inform you, minations, held in Kingston, another that it has already laid seven of their season was set apart for the aforesaid number low in death. purposes. The second day was most You will naturally desire to learn what devourly observed in this part of the effects of a spiritual kind this heavy island. Spanish-Town wore the still and judgment has had upon the minds of the solemn air of a Sabbath-day. The places people. For other places I cannot speak of worship were all well attended, als with confidence; but I can safely say, though not crowded, as at the time there that in Spanish-Town the rod has not was almost in every house one or more been laid upon us in vain. Many caresick, dying, or dead, and many were less souls have been awakened to a sense consequently detained at home. I of their sin and danger, and have begun preached on the occasion, and the hearts to seek the Lord. There has been of of all present seemed thoroughly melted. late a marked and most cheering improveTowards the conclusion of my discourse, ment in the number of our congregations, the people were sobbing and weeping in and the word preached is listened to with every part of the chapel; and my own an increasingly profound and solemn soul was so deeply moved, that for some attention. Within the last five or six time tears completely choked my utter- weeks I have married several persons ance. It was a season not to be for who were living in a state of concubinage, gotten ; and I trust that the gracious and a goodly number are applying to be impressions then made upon so many received on trial for church-membership. hearts, will result in extensive and last. Indeed, there seems to be good ground ing good. I am sorry to inform you for hoping that the calamity which has that our Society here has, in common overtaken us, will be the means of arouswith other churches, suffered a heavy ing the careless ones amongst our peonumerical loss from this visitation. Six ple to diligence in the Christian life, of of our Leaders have been cut off; among inducing those who have long been haltthem Mr. W. Paul, who was for more ing between two opinions to decide for than forty years a steady and consistent Christ, and of promoting geuerally a member of our Society, and for the revival of the work of God. greater part of that time an acceptable I am happy to inform you that the cho. Local Preacher, and very useful Class. lera has entirely left Spanish-Town. It Leader. I cannot yet give you an accu- began to decrease about two weeks ago; rate statement of the number of members but for several days past there has not been we have lost; but, judging from returns a single case in the town, and everything I have already received from several of is assuming once more a cheerful aspect. the Leaders, it will not fall far short of, From the country parts of the island, if it be at all below, one hundred for the however, we continue to receive the most Spanish-Town Society alone,-a loss distressing accounts. In many districts which gives an average of one in six. it is making dreadful havoc amongst the Our finances, too, are suffering severely peasantry; and, if it continue to spread from this calamity. Up to the period of and work as fatally as it has hitherto done, the visitation they were in an improving I am afraid that it will decimate the condition; but the poverty and distress population ere it leaves our shores. that now prevail on every hand, are tell- Amidst all our trials and sorrows, it ing fearfully upon our usual receipts, cheers our hearts to remember, that in and I am afraid that our accounts for the yourselves, and in all the members of year will present a serious deficiency. our churches in England who love the
I am happy to say that a great many Mission cause, we have sympathising respectable gentlemen in this town, as and steadfast friends; and it gladdens
our souls to know, as we do, that we remember, in an especial manner, at the have an interest in your prayers. Let present period, this unfortunate counme request that you will call upon our try, which has already shared so much brethren and beloved people at home, in of their holy anxiety, liberality, and their petitions at the throne of grace, to prayers. Letter from the Rev. Jonathan Edmondson, dated near Moneague,
December 11th, 1850. DEATH OF THE REV. EDWARD
Port-Royal on the 7th of October; and
in twenty-four days the deaths there S. THOMPSON.
amounted to one hundred and ninetrIt is my painful duty to inforın you, eight. From many of the parishes the that death has again invaded our ranks. reports are very imperfect ; but some About half-past six o'clock on Sunday, idea may be formed of its ravages from the 1st inst., the Rev. Edward S. the following, which have recently been Thompson, Superintendent of the Dun- published as deaths ; namely, Kingston, can's Circuit, was summoned to his end- 3,184 ; Spanish-Town, about 1,800; less reward. For a considerable period St. Thomas-in-the-East, 851; and the he had been in a delicate state of health, Lowlands of St. Ann's, 718. Kingston, arising, I believe, from anxiety about Spanish-Town, and Port. Royal, are now his wife and children, and over-exertion nearly free from it; but it is spreading in attending to them, in addition to his over almost every part of the country, Circuit duties. I saw him on the 29th and producing great consternation. and 30th of November, on my way Where it is severe, business of every home from Black-River, Montego-Bay, kind is suspended ; those that can, flee Falmouth, &c.; and conversed with to distant places, where they hope it will his medical attendant on the evening of not follow; and “marks of anxiety, the first of those days. From the state- apprehension, and grief,” are seen in ments of the Doctor, and his freedom almost every countenance. Even the from fever during the night, I was led means of grace have in some cases been to hope that he was in a fair way of reco- necessarily interrupted; many of the very ; but I suppose the fever returned schools have been shut up by authority : after my departure, or he sank from and a severe loss is likely to be sustained exhaustion. Throughout his short afflic- in our finances. Happily, none of the tion, he evinced a strong desire to recover, Preachers have fallen victims to it yet; and live; nor can this be a matter of but one of our best Teachers, several surprise, as he had two small children Leaders, and a considerable number of and an afficted wife sojourning in a the members, bave been removed by it strange country, with whom he indulged to their final rewards. the expectation of returning, as soon as But the visitation is not, I hope, the seasons would permit, to the land of entirely lost upon the inhabitants. An his fathers, in the hope that native air awful state of carelessness bad crept over would prove restorative of Mrs. Thomp vast multitudes; vice, in various forms, son's health. But his soul was happy, had gained the ascendancy; true religion and his prospects clear. The raging of was scarcely cared for by the mass of the cholera in distant towns had led him, the population; and ministerial warnings while in health, to an unusual attention seemed to be of little use. In some to his state; and he died in the triumph places, such as Kingston and Spanishof faith. His character is well described Town, the inhabitants have scarcely by the “ Falmouth Post," and I copy recovered from the alarm and dread the following extract :-“Mr. Thompson which the fearful visitation produced : was a young man of great promise. He but where it has not been so se vere, and possessed sound, evangelical piety, exer. the tidings from other places have been cised a proper discretion in the perform considered, there has been an increase in ance of his pastoral duties, and was gene- che congregations; a submission to the rally esteemed by the flock placed under terms on which admission into our his care. He was an earnest, industrious, Society became possible ; and we hope and devoted Missionary.”
a general rousing of the people to seri
ous consideration and pursuit of salRAVAGES OF THE CHOLERA.
vation. The Lord grant that the issue The cholera is producing dreadful may be a revival of His work throughoat effects in this island. It broke out at the District !
PIETERMAURITZBERG, NATAL. especial grace, and should confess before For some weeks past our native Societies all men their attachment to Christ and have been greatly quickened. More His church. Our new pative chapel is recently several have found peace with progressing, and the roof will be com.. God, and very many are earnestly seek pleted in about three weeks hence. If ing the same blessing. We have lately you could send us articles of clothing for had a cheering increase to the classes for the natives, you would greatly assist us. the coloured and native Societies. Those We want them for our schools.-- Rev. who are penitenily seeking the Lord go Horatio Pearse, Pietermauritzberg, out beyond the town at night, and plead October 4th, 1850. with God for a present salvation. Seve. FRANCE.-t have good news from ral this week have done so, remaining the South. There has been a little reout all night; and, ere the morning of vival among the children in the Normal natural day had dawned, the Sun of School for female Teachers under Mr. righteousness was shining in mercy upon De Jersey's direction at Nismes, and their happy spirits. Two evenings since, another in a Sunday-school in the a Kaffir found peace with God in this Drôme. The brethren in general appear way at midnight, and returned to awake to be encouraged, and there seems to be up some of our zealous friends, that they good reason to hope, as one of them tells might hear what great things God had me, in a letter I have received this done for him. “0 Jesus, ride on, till morning, that the next year will be one all are subdued !” Our English mem of the best we have had. O that God bers are encouraged to look for the would “make us glad according to the “ times of refreshing.” Some of them, days wherein He has afflicted us, and the despite of all their trials, are living near to years wherein we have seen evil !" 0, God, and are very solicitous to be useful, “let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, Much watchful and earnest piety is and Tby glory unto their children ! needed when Christian people emigrate And let the beauty of the Lord our to a foreign land. Our hearts have bled God be upon us : and establish Thou the for many who once ran well, but who, work of our hands upon us ; yea, the during the voyage, grew weary and faint work of our hands establish Thou it!” in their minds. Entering as they all do - Rev. Dr. Cook, Paris, January 4th, on new and untried scenes, they need 1831.
DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. On Wednesday, December 18th, Messrs. Clegg and Rotherham embarked at Gravesend, in the “ Euretta," Captain Livingston, for the West Indies.
ARRIVALS. We are glad to announce the arrival at St. John's, Newfoundland, of the Rev. William P. Wells. Mr. Wells was permitted, by the good providence of God, to reach St. John's in safety and health, after a tedious and boisterous passage of thirty-nine days, on the 5th of December.
We stop the press to anncunce the safe arrival, at Sierra-Leone, of the Rev. Messrs. Edney, Gilbert, and Fletcher, on the 2d of December.
DEATII. In the letters from Jamaica which will be found in preceding pages of this Number, our readers will see the particular announcement of the lamented death of the Rev. Edward S. Thompson. It was the result, not of cholera, but we believe of some form of fever, usual in that climate.
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.