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admitted on trial in this Circuit, about revolting state of immorality and bartwo hundred and thirty penitent seekers barisın in our community. And if God of salvation. And we have most de- be pleased to remove the scourge which lightful and satisfactory evidence that has been brought down upon us by the awakening-and, I am happy to add, “the wickedness of the wicked,” and the conversion of some of the awakened our lukewarmness as professing Chris. -is really the work of the Spirit of tians, may He in mercy grant a continuGod, and not merely the effect of terrorance of His Spirit's awakening and conproduced by the awful character and verting power, that we may be favoured progress of the pestilential disease. with a general revival of pure and unde

I have also married nine couples, all filed religion; and may the good wrought young people, and all, with the excep- be permanent and lasting as eternity! tion of one couple, previously living I desire also to record my devout together in sin. The bans of eight or acknowledgments of gratitude to Alnine more couples were published yes. mighty God, for having, of His boundterday : with them I believe there is no less mercy, hitherto preserved me and exception, but that they were all forni. my dear family. May our spared lives cators. This will give you some idea, be more fully consecrated to His blessed but by no means an adequate one, of the service!

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mark B. Börd, dated Port-au-Prince,

January 4th, 1851. NOTWITHSTANDING the dark clouds The Sabbath that I spent at Cayes which have lately hung threateningly was to me a truly heart-rejoicing day. over the cause of God and truth in this I had been to Cayes some few years land, and although they still are more or before, when there was neither sheep por less dark and lowering, yet we are not shepherd known to us; and my soul cast down; nor is the cause which we then yearned over a thickly.populated love, and to which we are devoted, stand. town lying in the arms of the wicked ing still. We are, indeed, not making one, and for whom no one ever seemed the progress we could wish; for who to have cared : but on this occasion 1 would not wish to see thousands flocking found some sixteen souls united in the to Him who alone is the hope of the bonds of Christian fellowship, and living world ? Alas! we do not see either in the fear and love of God,-a little thousands or even hundreds rushing at band which had been brought together once into the fold of Christ ; yet there by the instrumentality of our worthy are who are turning from darkness to brother Bauduy, whom God had thus light; yea, there are those who are begin rendered useful, in a comparatively short ning to open their eyes upon the truth as time, in a place remarkable for sin and it is in Jesus; and we are, in the midst unhappiness. The congregations, too, of all our fears, sustained by a well at this place are encouraging, being tolewarranted hope of better things than rably numerous and deeply attentive. we have ever yet seen.

It is also a great pleasure to be able to Since my last, it has been my lot to state, that, notwithstanding the diffivisit the city of Cayes, a part of the culty we bad in introducing the Gospel Haytian empire which has long been into that place, we here now preach in remarkable for a restless and turbulent the open air in the streets,-a proof that spirit, and which has lately been the toleration at Cayes is of a practical theatre of dreadful strife. This import- kind. ant place is situated about one hundred I left Cayes after a few days, and was and fifty miles from Port-au-Prince; truly grateful to God for what I had and in Hayti we never think of travel- seen and felt with regard to what had ling otherwise than on horseback, which, been done, and for the decided hope even to those who are most accustomed there now is, at that place, of future and to it, is sufficiently fatiguing involvm ore extended good. ing, as it necessarily does, a great expo At sterile Gonaïves, also, we are now sure to a burning sun. We, however, encouraged to hope for great good. The arrived at our journey's end after three seed long sown there, and thought to be days and a half of laborious travelling, lost, is beginning to take root. Our and were heartily welcomed by our kind Society, school, and congregations at that friends of tha

place now afford the hope of permanent

future good. In fact, there is nothing in proportion as Satan feels his kingreally discouraging at any of our sta- dom shaking, so in proportion he will tions. But our prosperity, it must be growl, and gather over us threatenremembered, has been the cause of the ing storms : we know, however, who little suffering that has lately fallen to “rides upon the storm, and calms the our lot; and we may espect, that, roaring seas."

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NEWFOUNDLAND. WHILE the whole of the following communication from Mr. Brewster is interesting, we deem it right to invite a particular perusal of the concluding paragraph, which contains the emphatic answer of a beloved Missionary brother to the wicked and heartless cry of “Stop the supplies."—We have reason to know that Mr. Brewster truly and correctly expresses, on this point, the general and deep feeling of onr Missionaries every where. The generous supporters of our Missionary Society may be quite satisfied, that among the actual labourers in this great field of evangelical duty, there is not, and will not be, any unworthy faint-heartedness or shrinking, or cowardly distrust of the continued care of God, and of our churches and friends at home, for their temporal well-being and comfort. Privations, if such were their lot, they would be willing to encounter, and to “ labour on at God's command.” But as they do not fear, so we are persuaded they have no need to fear. The cheerful and undaunted courage of the Missionaries abroad will stimulate a corresponding response on the part of the great body of our friends at home; and God, even our own God, shall continue to bless and to sustain them in their work. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Brewster, dated Twillingate, Green-Bay,

September 4th, 1850.

bour." “ And herein is that saying
true, One soweth, and another reapeth.'

I find the people very zealous in general.
I HAVE visited a number of out-posts I have been called to exercise discipline
the last fortnight, and have found, upon in a few painful cases. But among two
the whole, a lively and interesting peo- hundred young converts, who have just
ple. Surely God has done great things emerged out of darkness into light, bow
for this part of Newfoundland. Seven much cause there is for gratitude to
years ago we had not seven members in God in His keeping “ the pipety and nine
Society. Darkness covered the land, and just persons” from straying! All glory
gross darkness the face of the people. be to our great Shepherd, that the few
Mr. Addy was requested, about eight lost ones are restored !
years ago, to visit these shores, and
report to the District the best opening

REMARKABLE CONVERSION OF for a Missionary. He wisely fixed upon

FISHERMAN. Twillingate. The result of his visit was I recently held a lovefeast in the appointment of Mr. Marshall, who the chapel, and was confirmed in was a workman indeed. After breaking a conviction previously formed, when up the fallow-ground, and sowing the listening to the several relations of seed, he fell upon the field, and was Christian experience, during the reburied amid the tears of many who had newal of the Society's tickets, that the been brought to God by his ministry. Spirit of God, by secret operations on Mr. Peach succeeded him, and was very the previously unenlightened mind, presuccessful. God blessed his labours pares the people for the reception of a during his four years' sojourn among Christian Missionary. How many testithem; and now I am as one “ sent to fied that, long before Mr. Addy or Mr. reap that whereon I bestowed no la. Marshall visited them, they were con




vinced of sin, and their danger of eter- book, exclaiming, 'God be merciful to nal death, but knew not where to flee

These words in Isaiah were a for refuge ! To these awakened souls means of keeping me from slighting “how beautiful upon the mountains" my convictions. From that time I bewere “the feet of” them that brought gan to read my Bible more, hoping to “glad tidings !" O that the friends of get a little comfort. But the more I Missions in England could bave heard studied the word of God, the more my their statements ! Being struck with sorrow increased. For I saw new evils some observations uttered by one man, in me every day. Bad as drunkenness I asked him, yesterday, to relate to was, I saw many sins in my heart as me the particulars of his conversion bad as it ; and there were times when to God. The following is the sub. my soul was so distressed, that I could stance :-“There was no Gospel in those scarcely eat or drink. How often did I days. I sometimes heard a sermon from wish, in those days, that the Lord would a Clergymar who lived in these parts; send into these parts some of · Molly's' and, though he rebuked us for our sins, folks! She used to write to me such good he left us there. We saw not the Scrip- letters, and did all she could to persuade ture plan of justification by faith. [ fell me to turn to the Lord. In my disinto the prevailing sin of the place, tress I often wished to have instruction drunkenness, and lived in sinful igno- from her ; but she died, and I wandered rance until the death of my first-born in darkness for years, no man caring for child; for though I had a Bible given me my soul. At length Mr. Addy came by my sister · Molly,' before I left Eng into these parts. Now,' said I, 'here land, I never reall it until God took away is one of the men I have longed to see. my child. He was very young when he I will go and hear him.' He preached died; and if my love could have been about the doom of the careless, prayerweighed, his share was the heaviest. I less sinner. While I listened, the tears stood over his dying bed as one dis. flowed thick and fast from my eyes. tracted; and, while watching him, he When Mr. Addy left, we seemed as a appeared to die. But while we were all people abandoned to darkness. At length weeping and wailing in suspense, he Mr. Marshall came. Now,' said I, is revived. I put my arm round him to salvation come.' And I made haste to kiss him, when he looked up so sweetly, hear him. He preached about a sinner and said, with a smile, 'O father! I have being justified by faith only." I said to had a view of such a heavenly place; and myself, ' This will do for little sinners ; it was full of such heavenly persons. And but it is too easy for such as 1.' I went there was one in the midst of them all again : it was the same thing over again, that was so glorious, that I could scarcely – justified by faith,' I felt rather anlook upon Him. But He seemed to look at gry this time, because I was sure faith me and smile. But father,' said he, with only would not save me. So I detersuch a solemn look, you are not fit to mined not to hear him, but that I would be there yet.' O Sir, this cut me to the set myself to the task of reading the heart. I knew I was not ready to die. Bible through, from Genesis to RevelaI felt the burden of my sins, and cried tion. I did it, except those very hard out for anguish. After the death of my chapters in the middle of the Bible; and, child, I was enabled to abstain from as I knew God knew I was but a poor intoxicating liquors, and was so far saved scholar, I thought He would excuse me from the sin of drunkenness. My good slipping by them. I now fancied I was resolutions were confirmed by an alarm. a good man,—very few better; and, dur. ing dream I had then. I awoke in ing Mr. Marshall's visit, I rested in this great fear. I had recourse immediately confidence. But soon after his death my to "Molly's' Bible. But, Sir, when í convictions returned with double force. opened it, you might have knocked me My vain confidence broke down under down with a feather. I felt such a me, and I felt as a man sinking into the trembling come over me, when the first In this state of sonl I went to hear words that met my eye were the eleventh Mr. Peach preach. He preached about verse of the fifih chapter of Isaiah : the day of small and feeble things, how Woe unto them that rise up early in God would not despise it. From de. the morning, that they may follow strong spair I rose to hope that God might not drink; that continue until night, till despise me. And while the congregawine inflame them!' But when I tion was singing the 365th hymn,read the fourteenth verse :

me !

; 'Therefore

O God of my salvation, hear, hell hath enlarged herself, and opened And help a sinner to draw near, her mouth without measure,' I shut the

With boldness, to the throne of grace,'





suddenly my heart was lightened of its the means, providing you can send the load; the Spirit of God filled me with I have heard of the appointment joy and gladness. I felt it next to an of Mr. Wells for our District, and hope impossibility to withhold myself from to have the pleasure of his company declaring, “I do believe in Jesus! I do with me next spring. But what if the believe His blood cleanses me!' 0, District should require his services elseSir, that light and joy of the Spirit were where? Cannot you send me a compaas the morning-star to my soul! I have nion for this Circuit ? been exposed to death in stormy nights at sea; I have known the sorrows of


CRY OF “STOP THE SUPPLIES." men expecting to see their vessel founder in the dead of night; I have lashed up True, a great cry from England is my helm, lain-to with reefed sail, and heard by us,—" Stop the supplies ! " cast myself on deck, anxiously waiting Yes, the roar of this mutinous cry falls the morning-light to shine ; and I have heavily on our shores. But, my dear sprung up with joy the moment I saw fathers and brethren, it is not for you to the morning-star, confident that we should be alarmed at this cry, except that you soon make the harbour. But the joy of are alarmed for the sons and brothers pardoning grace was unspeakably greater, you have equipped for the work, and when the light of the Spirit of God was sent into the field. If any party be as the morning-star to my soul."

alarmed, it is we- the Missionaries

who ought to be startled. But are we NEED OF AN ADDITIONAL MIS

frightened ? No! Take, at least, the SIONARY.-LABRADOR.

testimony of a single Missionary, I must conclude my present commu. I am

not frightened. When God pication by stating the opening which “ counted me faithful, putting me into presents itself in Green-Bay for a second the ministry,” all I asked of the church Missionary. Had I a brother with me, was, “ Send me to the Heather.” They I could pay some attention to Labrador, committed me to “faithful men," who on the coast of which hundreds of our were set apart to “teach others.” And people are engaged in the summer fish- you are witnesses I never asked for supery. Here, also, we have access to the plies. You fulfilled my joy in sending few remaining Indians. In Newfound- me to labour on the field of Missions, Jand, as elsewhere, the red man's place and you have kindly attended to my is taken by the white man : the only wants. Nor am I afraid that you will remnant of the Indian tribe resides be unable to assist me : for the true and within forty miles of my house. I am literal interpretation of the cry, “Stop placed in a most interesting position to the supplies," is “MISSIONARIES, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ ; but COME HOME! LEAVE YOUR WORK, to visit the thousands scattered on the AND ABANDON THE FIELD !” My thousand islands of this beautiful bay,– answer is, “I will not leave my work. the Bay of Notre Dame,—is impossible God employs me, and God will supply without a fellow-labourer. And I think me." Courage, my dear fathers and the Wesleyan friends in St. John's and brethren! your Missionaries are not other parts of the District would furnish alarmed, and why should you fear


Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Enoch Wood, dated Toronto, Canada West,

December 10th, 1850. As our modes of travelling are vari- it was three o'clock on the following ous, sometimes by steam-boats and morning before we reached the steamer canoes, sometimes by stage, cutter, and “ Gore,” which was waiting for the waggon, so are our companions of varied mails.

It was

a dismal ride ; and hues of character. In my northern except the night Dr. Alder and I spent tour, among other travellers were several in the canal-boat, between Fort-William British officers. I found them most and White-Hall, in the spring of 1847, pleasant and intelligent associates. The I know not when I had a more unpleaportage between Lake-Simcoe and Stur- sant journey. The principal way is geon-Bay is about eighteen miles long. through a wilderness; and at times we Although we started a short time after were pitched about as a boat is played we landed from the steamer at Orillia, with in a short cross-sea. I was not in a light waggon, drawn by four horses, many minutes in adjusting myself on the cushions of the steamer's cabin, and tioned the Government to give a Deed secured two hours of refreshing sleep. of five acres of land to the Missionary The waggon freighted with the luggage Society, on which stand the church and did not arrive until half-past six o'clock, the house now occupied by the Missionone of the horses being thoroughly over- ary. On condition of this being accomdone. At Penetangueshene we took on plished, I agreed to recommend to the board a large number of Indians and Missionary Society the granting of some half-breeds, who were on their way to £50 to assist in building a house for the great gathering of the tribes at the David Sawyer, a Native Missionary and Manitoulin Islands. An additional Interpreter, who receives a salary, from interest pervaded this people at this the Indians' own funds, for attending to time, in consequence of a contemplated their interests. He has been of much arrangement with the Government about service to the Mission for several years, their claims to the mineral resources receiving no other compensation than of the north side of Lake-Huron, the payment of his expenses to and from and the compensation they were to Conference. After attending the closing receive. Besides the pleasures of the services on Tuesday norning amongst voyage, and the meeting with old ac- the Indians, I preached at Sydenham at quaintances and the making of new ones, night, and at ten o'clock was on my way -the enjoyment of which none enter to Beausoliel-Island. My intention was more heartily into than these children of to cross the peninsula to the Saugeeng the forest, they expected to share in settlement; but so large a number were che suin paid by the Government for with us at Nawash, accompanied by their legal title. We had quite a party their Missionary, that I deferred my from Beausoliel-Island, headed by the visit to some future period. Missionary, who were going to Nawash, From Penetangueshene to BeausolielOwen's-Sound, to attend the camp- Ísland, a distance of seven miles, we meeting. The majority of these being crossed in canoes. This people are more Indian women, the Missionary inquired inclined to habits of industry than some of Solomon, the interpreter, how this other bands; but their position is sinwas. “0,” said Solomon, “the women gularly unfit for agriculture, the whole are always the best.” Although I have island being little more than sand and rock. travelled much, I think I never met The School Teacher here goes to Sau. with such a diversity of colour, nation- geeng, and an Assistant Indian Teacher ality, and languages together, as were on and Interpreter from Snake-Island takes board of this steamer. The day was his place. Solomon James I have enbrilliant, and the run to Owen's-Sound, gaged for French-River, at the head of where we arrived about six o'clock, very che Georgian-Bay, who is to be visited pleasant ; though, with a north-wester occasionally by the Missionary from raking the whole extent of the Georgian- Beausoliel. I preached to the com. Bay, the passage is often extremely munity, and met the Chiefs, whom I rough.

addressed particularly on the subject of I attended and assisted at the camp- concentrating with other bands on the meeting, where we had about three hun- peninsula : they have still unsurrendered, dred Indians, collected from Colpoy's- between Owen's-Sound and Lake-Huron, Bay, Saugeeng, Beausoliel- Island, and a distance of eighty miles long, and Nawash. A blessed religious influence averaging twenty-five miles wide. As crowned the services, which terminated an inducement for them to fall in with on Tuesday morning by the administra. my suggestion, I held out the hope of tion of the Lord's Supper, after a warm building a Manual-Labour School at the and animating lovefeast. These extra Sound, providing the Rama and Snakemeans are beneficial to our white bre. Island bands would join in the enterthren, who, on the Sabbath-day particu. prise, move away from their present larly, gather in great numbers from the unsuitable locations, and form one large surrounding townships. During my community. stay, I made arrangements for the Having prepared to ascend the waters domestic Mission at Sydenham being of the Severn, which connect Sturgeonseparated from the Indian work. The Bay with Lake-Simcoe, we were moving river divides the two places, which are early on Friday morning, expecting to not always easy of access in the spring reach Rama by Saturday evening at the and fall; then, there being several latest. It is a difficult ihing to quicken appointments beyond Sydenham, the the steps of an Indian, if he be a little Indian work was liable to interruption. weary, or not fully decided about his I met the Chiefs in council, who peti

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