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by his delay. Perhaps he wants a little eight o'clock we were with Mr. Steer in more pay, or has failed to get bis gun the Mission-house, by whom we were and fishing-tackle ready; or his stores most cordially welcomed. Our visit to of shot and powder replenished ; or his him was the more acceptable, as he had paddles from his neighbour; or his been sick, and was only then recovering canoe “gummed,”- -a process analogous slowly. Fortunately, most of the to the caulking of a boat; or, if a little Indians were at home. The chapel was misty or cloudy, it “may be " going to crowded at both services, during which rain. You have no alternative but to very gracious and heavenly influences wait. This we did patiently for two were felt by all. It was indeed good to hours after we were ready. Then, old be there. Should the principal object I and young gathered around us to say, bad in view in visiting these tribes be “Good-bye.” When we were fairly accomplished, their concentration and afloat, they fired off a double-barrelled the erection of a Manual-Labour School gun, and gave three lusty hurrahs. Not at Owen's-Sound, I shall not regret being accustomed to such martial ho- the trouble and inconvenience which the nours, I asked the meaning of it from journey cost me. I have had two interSolomon, who told me it was “a sign of views with the Hon. Colonel Bruce, the great respect.” We threaded our way head of the Indian department, and through groups of islands, where any one brother to the Governor-General, whose but an Indian accustomed to the head- views are philanthropic and practical, lands might have rowed or paldied until and whom, as well as his Lordship, I he would have been “in wandering believe to be deeply interested in the mazes lost ;" but with the certainty of a elevation of the Indian mind. Between skilful pilot, our light and buoyant bark the bands to the north and those at was guided through channels circuitous Alderville and the vicinity, there exists and intricate. To avoid“ doubling" a but little sympathy or intercourse. point stretching out far to the west, we Then, the distance is great from Saucrossed two portages before we fairly geeng and Owen’s-Sound, which must struck the waters of the Sevem. To- always operate unfavourably to the chil. wards evening the rain fell in torrents, dren being kept at Alderville. In addiwhich stopped our progress at least three tion, these people have always been dishours earlier than we intended. During satisfied, that the school first promised the next day, we crossed five portages, to them has not been erected, You two of them long and difficult. We may judge of their anxiety to have one, finished our seventh and longest portage by their offering, since my return, to as the last glimmerings of day disap- give up for two years, at Nawash and peared ; and a laborious day it was. Saugeeng, one-half of their annuities, So thoroughly were we worn out, and it which from these two bands alone would being impossible to find the entrance to amount to between £900 and £1,000. the Lake without more light, we pitched If we can induce them to concentrate, our tent, and kindled our fires, partly to there can be no difficulty in erecting the dry our clothing, drive away the swarms school : then the work could be ma. of musquitoes which gathered in clouds naged more economically and efficiently around us, cook our supper of wild than by having to sustain Missionaries ducks shot during the voyage, and assist and schools at so many solitary stations. in making all necessary and prudent Upon the whole there are encouraging arrangements for the Sabbath. Before

signs of prosperity around us, which it was broad daylight we were on our should both excite our gratitude and way to Rama, distanı twelve miles. By increase our confidence.

DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. On February 2d, Messrs. Edman and Gregory embarked at Southampton, in the “ Clyde,” Captain Moss, for the West Indies ; and, on February 17th, Messrs. Cannell and Bishop sailed for the Bahamas and for Hayti, respectively.




APRIL, 1851.




MR. GEORGE LOMAS was born on the 22d of September, 1782, in a picturesque and secluded hamlet near Buxton, Derbyshire. His parents were eminently pious, and greatly respected. Consistent and useful members of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, they early taught their children the truths of that religion of which they themselves were living witnesses. From his earliest infancy, the subject of this memoir was solemnly dedicated to God; and he was greatly indebted to his maternal grandmother for the sacred lessons which were implanted in his mind during his childhood. This excellent woman, and her husband, John Knowles, were among the first disci. ples of the venerable Wesley, and were at that time almost the only Methodists in the neighbourhood of Buxton. They frequently travelled on horseback to Stockport, a distance of sixteen miles, to hear the sermons of the early Methodist Preachers; generally returning home the same day. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Knowles came to reside with her daughter; and to her was confided much of the charge of her infant grandchildren. The good old lady gathered these little ones around her, and poured into their tender minds, in words of gentleness and love, the holy lessons of religion. Often their tears fell fast, and their little hearts glowed with deep emotion. In tones which age had rendered tremulous, she would then lead their infant voices in the evening hymn of praise. One of that interesting group, an amiable youth, after many years of sanctified affliction, yielded his chastened spirit into the hands of God in the twenty-third year of his age. A second grew up, a sprightly, robust, and highly-gifted woman, apparently designed for a lengthened career of Christian usefulness; but she was mysteriously cut off in the flower of her age. A third, after a long life spent in the service of her Master, died triumphantly in the Lord, in the year 1838. A fourth departed in peace about nine years later; and a fifth is the subject of this memoir.

The effect early produced on the mind of George was never entirely obliterated. His youth was marked by activity, strength, and assiduity. He would not allow his fellows to surpass him either in work or play. Among his neighbours and associates he was a general favourite. During this period he developed many of the VOL. VII.FOURTH SERIES.


characteristics of his after years. His disposition was mild, generous, and forgiving ; his natural temperament, sanguine and energetic. It is a beautiful instance of his youthful generosity, that he was once found at midnight thrashing out a poor widow's corn. A principal part of his occupation was that of tending his father's sheep upon the mountains. This quiet, primitive, pastoral employment, and the bold scenery in the midst of which it was followed, could hardly fail to exercise an influence on the mind of the boy, and on the subsequent character of the man. Hence he drew illustrations which he employed in later years, with great felicity of manner, in speaking of the psalms of the sweet singer of Israel, and other portions of holy Scripture ; and it is not too much to say, that he was already in a course of preparation for that sphere of Christian labour which occupied so large a portion of his future life.

Lively and active, he became very popular among the youth of his rural neighbourhood, and generally took the lead in their sports. But all this could not satisfy him. At length, after repeated struggles, he earnestly besought the Lord that he might be directed to some more congenial position; promising that he would thenceforward lead a new life, and take counsel with sinners no longer. God graciously heard his prayer, and directed his steps.

In the year 1803, in the twenty-second year of his age, George Lomas left his father's house, and came to settle in Manchester. Leaving home for the first time, and about to enter upon scenes quite untried, he was pensive and thoughtful. He wept as he remembered the pious counsels he had neglected, and the precious privileges he had abused. He was overcome by the fear of new temptations; and, calling to mind snares he had just escaped, he knelt down upon a stone in a secluded part of the road, and, raising his streaming eyes to heaven, fervently prayed that God would pardon the past, and give strength and grace for time to come. There, on that hallowed and well-remembered spot, he devoutly covenanted from that day to consecrate his service to the Lord. He arose from his knees with a spirit soothed and refreshed, and cheerfully pursued his journey. In subsequent years Mr. Lomas often related this fact with great feeling, and especially when speaking to young persons setting out in life.

In 1804 he was married to Miss Mary Lomas, of Buxton; to whom he had been attached before leaving his native place. She was a person of cultivated mind and sterling piety; and in many respects far superior to the simple and unlettered inhabitants of the hills, among whom she had been brought up. From its commencement their intercourse had been hallowed by prayer; and in their subsequent union their heavenly Father gave them abundant tokens of His smile and approbation.

Soon after his marriage he joined the Methodist Society, of which he continued a member to the day of his death. Although at this period he walked consistently, attended diligently the means of grace, and had the fear of God before his eyes, he was yet a stranger to the

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