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October 21st, 1850. THOUGH dating Graham's-Town, my their quarterly tickets. The following present communication will refer chiefly extracts may serve, in some degree, to to D'Urban, Fort-Peddie, at which indicate to you the state of the classes, place, in consequence of the removal to and also the progress of the work of God town for a season of the Minister sta- in the Circuit. tioned there, I have spent the last three Fort-Peddie, Sunday, September 29th. months.
-At the morning service our preachWith the general character of our ing-room was crowded to excess, owing work at the D'Urban station you are chiefly to the fact of all the European fully acquainted. I may, however, prior soldiers stationed here being present. to laying before you a few extracts from The present company has been here but my journal, remark, that at the “ Post," a few days. Their Captain was our felas Fort-Peddie itself is termed, we have low-passenger to this country. He is, I an European congregation, consisting trust, a real Christian, and is evidently partly of soldiers stationed there, and desirous of promoting the spiritual partly of English residents, with their welfare of the men under his command. families. At present we have no chapel At his own expense he has opened a there, but conduet service in a building select and suitable library for the use of lent for the occasion, meeting the con- the soldiers, and has also commenced a gregation twice on the Sabbath-day, and day-school for their children, and an attending other services in the course of evening-school for the men themselves, the week. At the station our congrega- several of whom appear to have derived tions are exclusively native, being a benefit from the attention paid to their mixture of Fingoes and Kaffirs : the for. moral and spiritual welfare. In the mer, however, greatly preponderate. On afternoon I preached at D'Urban, from the Sabbath the chapel is opened with Matt. xviii. 15–17: a lengthy dispute the first dawn of the day, at which time among the native Christians was the a goodly number assemble to hear God's immediate cause for the selection of this word : the morning is then filled up by text. In the evening I preached again prayer-meetings and school duties. In at the Post : the Divine Presence was the afternoon the people again assemble felt at all the services. to hear from the lips of the Missionary October 1st.--I visited the Ggora, a the word of life : this is followed again native location, at which place we have by the school, and the day is closed a Teacher, an active and useful man : with prayer and praise. On each morn- there are two classes here, one met by ing of the week, as the day dawns, the the Teacher, the other by his wife; that chapel-bell is heard calling together of the former numbers nine full memeither those who meet in class, or who bers, and thirteen on trial ; that of the meet for prayer, or to hear God's word. other, six, all on trial. I was much To a stranger the effect is pleasing in the pleased, on meeting them for the renewal extreme, and on the mind of the native of their quarterly tickets, with their state Christians is evidently attended with of religious experience : several bore beneficial results. They see the propri- delightful testimony to their enjoyment ety, ere the frame is wearied by labour, of that peace which passeth understandthat the soul should be free; and feel ing; the others, one and all, seemed in that, prior to encountering the trials of real earnest for salvation. After meeting the day, it is well to fortify the mind by the classes, I spent some time in hearing the word of God and by prayer. To and deciding a case which, but for the us who labour in this part of our Lord's Christian conduct of the Teacher, might vineyard, it is a source of higher gratifi. have led to much evil, and been the 'cation than can be expressed, to see so means of great discord in the peaceful many of these once benighted and igno- little Society. rant ones now walking in the light, and This location is about fourteen miles evidently striving to grow in grace, and from the station, the road to it being of in the knowledge and love of Christ the most wretched description : loose Jesus our Lord.
stones, rugged rocks, and a redundancy Before leaving the station, I met the of the mimosa-thorn, with its prickles of classes both at D'Urban and at the sub- from three to five inches in length, renstations, for the purpose of renewing der the journey extremely tedious.
2d.- In the afternoon I baptized all in the Beloved. Mr. Kidd, the Cate. the members (save one, who was absent) chist, is labouring zealously and with of an European family; the service was considerable encouragement. With the deeply interesting: the elder branches of assistance of the native members, he has the family were greatly affected, includ- nearly completed a nice little chapel, ing those of the rising generation who conveniently situated both for himself had attained to an age to understand the and the people on the station : persona nature of the solemn service in which ally he has laboured hard in the erecthey were engaged; and each, from those tion, beside having to superintend the of twelve years old and upwards, seemed labour of those who have wrought with fully resolved to consecrate themselves him. The building, when finished, will to the Lord. After the service, we sang afford accommodation to all at present a hymn, but most of the young persons, on the station, and will do credit both to eleven in number, found it difficult to the Catechist and his charge. It will be find utterance ; yet, amidst many tears, completed without assistance from the they occasionally joined in offering them- Society's funds. selves to the Lord. The sentiment of Hlth. At a quarter before six a.m. I each heart seemed to be, “My Father, met a class for tickets ; in the afternoon, wilt Thou not from this time be the the Native Teachers; and afterwards, at Guide of my youth ? "
the Post, the English class. The mem3d.--I preached at six A.M., to a good bers recently added seem to be pressing congregation. At eight A.m. I left for towards the mark for the prize of their Cesina, where I met the class for high calling. A poor backslider, also a tickets, and was much refreshed in spirit soldier, came this evening. He seems by the state of mind of the members, truly penitent, and in earnest. about half of whom enjoy a clear sense Sunday, 13th.—This has been a day of God's pardoning mercy, and all the of joy and wonder. In consequence of others seem in real earnest. The Native the long-continued and extremely severe Teacher stationed here is a sensible drought, from the effects of which much man, and seems to find delight in his cattle had already died, and famine began Master's service. At noon I returned to look the people in the face, the grass to the station, the day being excessively being burnt up, the springs most of them oppressive, a hot wind blowing over the dry, and the corn failing to spring up, parched land.
or, if springing up, withering in a day, 4th.I was engaged all the after. -we agreed, at the Teachers' Meeting noon with Native Class-Leaders. In the on Friday last, to set apart this day as a evening I met the English class at the day of humiliation and prayer, and that, military post, and was cheered to find at all the out-stations connected with the that one who met last week, for the first Circuit, united supplications should be time, has since last Sabbath found peace made for rain. At five A.M. many of with God : he is a private belonging to the people assembled in the chapel. The the 91st regiment. Another of his com- morning was cloudy, and a light mist rades met this evening, an humble moistened the atmosphere. At a quarter seeker of mercy.
before eleven A.M. I conducted service at 6th.-In the morning and evening I the Post. At noon, the day was clear and preached at the Post, in the afternoon hot; the natives had spent the whole at the station : it pleased God to cause morning in prayer,
At half-past one the word to take deep hold upon many, P.M. we met in the chapel. A large who retired from the house of God in company had assembled, exclusively distress, saying, “If these things are so, natives. I addressed them on God's what must we do to be saved ?'" promise to Israel, (Deut. xi. 13-15,) Many who hitherto have been but nomi- and directed them to consider the multinal Christians were in great bitterness plied sins of their fellow-countrymen, of spirit, and cried loudly for mercy; together with their own unfaithful. while those who had believed were filled ness and offences; and then referred with joy.
them to Jer. v. 23-25, and pointed 10th.— I rose at dawn of day, and in out, that as then, so now, iniquity the cool of the morning started for News on their part would turn away God's tondale, where I met the people, and blessing from them. Many wept, and gave tickets to the Society. Most of the were bowed down greatly. I then remembers at this place are among the quested two of the Leaders to pray; and number of those who feel their sins to be while they called upon God, the Divine a burden: a few, however, could bear Presence overshadowed the assembly : testimony to the fact of their acceptance the men trembled, the women wept
aloud, until at length the cry of all rose but joyous, occasion, anew to dedicate as the voice of one, drowning the voice themselves to God. At half-past four of him who in prayer was then telling the meeting broke up, in order that those to Him who reads the heart the sins and who had come from a distance might misery, the wants and woes, of the con- have the opportunity of returning home gregation. Amidst the cries and groans by daylight. At five, the meeting of humbled souls, God answered from was re-opened, and God was again above ; for, while some were beginning present to bless. Spiritual benefits to rejoice, the sound of not distant thun- were conferred ; while much rain also der mingled strangely with the wailings continued to fall in the course of the and supplications of the humbled mul evening. titude. We sang and prayed, confessing The people, both Christian and Heasins, pleading for personal mercy, and then, see and acknowledge the hand asking for providential interposition ; of God in this day's mercies. May the the deep feeling of the people seeming impressions produced be lastingly benemomentarily to increase in intensity : ficial ! some on their knees, many prostrate, My extracts must close here. On calling upon God; and others, with the 18th we left Peddie; and on the streaming eyes, and uplifted hands, look evening of the following day reached ing up to Him who only could answer. Graham's-Town, thankful to God for all The deep-toned thunder again rolled His mercies. The whole country bears over us, and in a moment the “ clouds sad evidence of want of rain. Even the poured down fatness." The voice of Great Fish-River has ceased to be a ihe congregation was all but lost in the running stream : its fine flow of waters sound of the abundant rain, which now has given place to stagnant pools. Much fell heavily on the slated roof of our prayer is being offered that God may sanctuary. Our prayers were turned remember the land in mercy; and there into praise ; but many still wept over are appearances which indicate that He their sins, and seemed, on this solemn, is about to answer,
MISSIONS IN WESTERN AFRICA.
December 13th, 1850. I HAVE the pleasure of informing sea-breeze, that continued to favour us you of our safe arrival in this colony. till we had safely cast our anchor in the We arrived in Free-Town harbour on harbour of Free-Town. During the Sunday, the 1st instant, and early the half-hour that it lasted, many hearts following morning the brethren, Messrs. were lifted to God in earnest prayer for Raston and Hart, came on board the deliverance. We felt, however, that we “ Dale Park,” and conducted us to the were safe; being fully persuaded that we Mission-house at Free Town, in which were in our providential way, and that I and Messrs. Gilbert and Fletcher are the winds, the waves, and the seas were still residing.
all under the Divine control. We were highly favoured as to the While at sea, I was much pleased weather during the whole of our voyage; with the conduct of my two worthy colbut, early on Sunday morning, the 1st leagues. They were both very diligent instant, we experienced one of those in the improvement of their minds, and alarming tornadoes, which so frequently persevering in their efforts to benefit the prevail in this part of the globe, and sailors. When the weather permitted, which are so dreadful in their effects. we held Divine service every Lord's day, It was the most severe tornado that was and had prayer and the reading of the ever witnessed by any person on board Scriptures every evening in the cabin. the “ Dale Park." The Captain was The Rev. Mr. Bultman, of the Church evidently somewhat alarmed, and feared Missionary Society, was very friendly that he would have had to cut off the and affable. He, my colleagues, and mainmast, to save the vessel. It came myself, conducted the religious services on quite suddenly, and almost as sud. in turn, and most of the passengers denly passed away; and was immedi gladly united with us. ately followed by a fine, gentle, cheering On Thursday, the 5th instant, Mr.
Gilbert commenced his Mission me forcibly of chose happy seasons I Sierra-Leone, by preaching at Zion eha- enjoyed while labouring in the West pel, Free-Town, to a crowded and lodies; and I felt truly grateful to the deeply-attentive congregation. The last God of my mercies, that I was brought Sabbath was one of the most happy f@ this colony, and again permitted to Sabbaths which I have spent for many labour in promoting the instruction and years. I preached at Zion chapel in the salvation of the nations of Africa. This morning, and at Grassfield in the ever- is the work in which my heart rejoices, ing. A very gracious and heavenly and in which I am willing to live, and influence prevailed at both services : labour, and die. May the great Head the simplicity, earuestness, and deep of the church condescend to crown my attention which were evinced, teminded feeble efforts with success !
MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES
JAMAICA. We have still to regret our want of more full and detailed information respecting the awful visitation of malignant cholera in Jamaica, as affecting our Missions in that colony. We devoutly thank God, however, that in some places the calamity has been abated or arrested; and that none of our beloved Missionaries, as far as we yet know, have been among the sufferers. The subjoined letter from the Rev. Henry B. Foster contains, in the former portion of it, painful but instructive particulars; and in the latter part of it, conveys most delightful intelligence of a revival of religion in the St. Ann's Bay station, which authorises the hope that the late heavy chastening will be sanctified, by the mercy and grace of God, to the spiritual benefit
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Henry B. Foster, dated St. Ann's Bay,
December 27th and 30th, 1850. You have undoubtedly received intel- after coming from the midst of the dead ligence, from the brethren on the south and the dyiog. The cases on the Bay side of the island, of the awful judgment soon increased : death after seizure was from God which has fallen upon our fearfully sudden,-in many instances land, and by which so many thousands only a few hours; and on Sunday, No. of our population have been rapidly vember 24th, the mortality for that day swept into eternity. That fearful dis. alone was twenty-five. During the last ease, malignant Asiatic cholera, broke fortnight there has been, through God's out first at Port-Royal, early in October, mercy, a gradual abatement of the pestiand in its desolating progress cut down lenee. Yesterday there were two deaths. one-third of the inhabitants of that sea. The loss in the population of St. Ann's port. After spreading to Kingston and Bay is estimated' at fully one-third. Spanish-Town, and carrying off thou. Some houses are almost emptied of their sands of victims in each of those large occupants; and clusters of graves are towns, it continued to spread, with ap- now the visible and mournful trophies palling virulence, from town to town, of death's conquests. from village to village, and from pro- The lamentable necessity, if one may perty to property, with such insidious- speak plainly, that existed for such a ness and deadly effect, as to leave even manifestation of the Divine displeasure the most distant places hardly a hope of against this demoralised land, has been ultimate escape. The sword of the de- for some years distressingly evident, and stroying angel eut down its first victim has filled the minds of God's people with at St. Ann's Bay on the 7th of Novem- apprehension that some dreadful calamity ber. The individual had been over to would soon betoken the exhaustion of Kingston, and returned two days before the Divine forbearance, and plunge us, his seizure; and, but a few hours before as a people, in a state of lamentation, his death, had been ridiculing any fear mourning, and woe. Immorality, in of contagion, and boasting of his health almost every forun and in every grade of society, had risen to a most revolting was dying, she called me in a most and dreadful pitch. Adultery and forni- cheerful manner; saying, “Come and cation were deluging the land in an over. see how happy I am. O blessed Jesus, whelming flood of licentiousness. Sab- glory be to Thee! I am most happy : bath-breaking, among many of the higher I shall soon be in heaven. Tell every orders, was becoming the rule, and ob body how happy I am. I feel my heart servance of the hallowed day the excep- full of the love of God. I shall soon be tion. Thousands of backsliders from in glory. You see what a blessed thing our own and other churches were living religion is : 0) it makes me happy!' in open adultery or fornication; and, if She said much more in the same strain : parents, were not only sanctioning their and this delightful state of mind rechildren living in the same state, but mained until her death. Every one felt were allowing them to live in fornication it good to be in her company. under their own roof. Horse-races, “ 2. Charlotte Forsyth, a girl in our grog-shops, and dancing-booths for mid- day-school, aged thirteen years. On night revelry, and every kind of im- entering her room, she said, with a most purity, were prolific sources of the coun- cheerful countenance, and happy state of iry's demoralisation. The energies of mind, 'I am very happy : I am going the righteous few were almost paralysed to heaven. I feel the love of God in my with discouragement, because of the heart. I have no fear of death. I do abounding and increasing iniquity; and, not want to live; but die, and go to previous to the breaking out of the heaven, to go to Jesus. I hope, when cholera, this Christmas was looked for- my Teacher dies, he will have a crown ward to with dread, from a fear that its of glory placed upon his head.'
In usual festivities of dancing, masquerad- answer to questions put to her, I found ing, and “ John-Canoeing," would sweep her steadfastly looking to the Lord Jesus, off into the vortex of dissipation nearly and triumphing over sin and death. all the young people.
She died the same night. The great majority of the many thou- “ Two boys, also scholars, gave pleassands swept off by this awful visitation ing testimony, with their dying breath, has been, I believe, from the ranks of that they were going to glory ; and anothe ungodly ;-still, judgment has visited ther girl, M. A. Wilkins, I am told, “the house of God,” and our churches died very happy. have suffered, and in some places are " I visited several of our members in still suffering, a serious loss of members. their dying moments, and generally From the St. Ann's-Bay Society fifty- found them very happy in God; and six have been cut off since the cholera several who anticipated death, but recobroke out here ; a few at Ebenezer and vered, have given pleasing testimony to Pope's-Bay; making in all, as yet, the work of Divine grace in their souls. between sixty and seventy. May this One (Mrs. Smith) said, “Why should I rod of affliction be sanctified to the good be afraid to die ? ' What is religion for, of our souls !
but to prepare people for this ?' í Three of those who died at St. Ann's visited many of an opposite character ; Bay were old Leaders; one, the oldest and how great the contrast! In several on our list,—Mrs. Trusty.
cases no inclination was felt to talk about attacked in the chapel, while we were spiritual matters ; they would die as they holding a special service. I visited her bad lived : in others, a state of despair on the following day; and though her seized their minds, especially in the case case presented some hope of recovery, of one or two infidels; and some most she was perfectly willing to die or live, hardened and wicked characters were calmly and confidently resting on her crying for mercy." God and Saviour. In this peaceful and The foregoing extracts from the abovehappy state she continued until she ex- named statement will suffice to show changed mortality for life.
that we “have not run in vain, neither At this time I was seized with a severe laboured in vain." bilious attack, which confined me to the December 30th. I have now to add house above a week ; but in a statement what I am sure will cheer your hearts, furnished me by Mr. Reynolds, our ex- as it does ours. In the midst of this cellent Teacher, there are some facts awful visitation, the Lord is very graillustrative of the power of Divine grace, ciously pouring out His Holy Spirit's which I feel desirous of transcribing influences, and making this fearful calahere :
mity subservient to an extensive and “1. Rosanna Tracy, a member. On glorious revival of His work. I have entering the door of the house where she already personally conversed with, and