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of this Circuit are beginning to assume voured with several instances of sound a more favourable aspect. In turning to conversion. We have here a simple, the spiritual state of the Circuit, your lively, zealous people, who enjoy much Missionary lias had pleasing evidence of the power of godliness : the major that his labours have not been in vain; part are poor in this world, but possessed -several have given themselves to the of the true riches; and even out of their Lord and to His church, according to worldly poverty they do, I believe, His will. A men's class has been com their utmost towards the support of the menced here, which promises to be a Gospel among them. The public serblessing; the other classes have been vices have generally been favoured with regularly met, and there is an improved the Divine presence, and have been as attendance on the means of grace; the wells of salvation to many thirsty souls. prayer-meetings have been well attended : Several other places have been visited in our people also show a love to the house the course of the year by your Missionof God, and listen with deep seriousness ary, in all of which the people appear to the word preached. O'that it may anxious for the word of life. Our Sunprove the power of God unto salvation day-schools, and also the Wesleyan to all who hear it! In the Bay-Robert day-school, are in a state of increasing part of the Circuit we have been fa- efficiency.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William E. Shenstone, dated Harbour-Grace,

July 15th, 1850. In my last communication, informing We shall endeavour to economise our you of the destruction of our chapel by means, and accomplish as much as we fire, I mentioned our intention of peti. possibly can. tioning the Legislature for aid to erect Our congregations are large, and another place of worship. This has been attentive to the preached word. Our done; and His Excellency, Sir John Sabbath-school is in operation, and Gaspard Le Merchant, was graciously questionless good is done; but, alas, pleased to endorse the application for how little, compared with what is £200 sterling, which sum has been grant- desirable! The unsettled condition of ed by the Government of the colony. our people, they being so much from

I waited the other day upon the house home; so many of them, at one time, at of Messrs. Ridley and Sons; and they the Labrador, at another at the seal. most readily and handsomely gave me a fishery; this, and all the accompanying donation of £50. Our subscription-list evils, throw an obstacle in the way of has upon it somewhere about £600; their spiritual advancement, which all and the friends in St. John's will also our care, in too many instances, fails to give us some aid. The frame of our counteract. new chapel is up, and the roof will be We have had a very trying spring; on in a few days.

and, at this moment, an iceberg rears its Attached to the chapel will be a head in sight of our Mission-bouse. I room, twenty-six feet long, eighteen am sorry that complaints are being made wide, for the conducting of our Sabbath of the shore-fishery. The potatoes are school; the building will be a substan largely planted this year, and at present tial one, and handsome in its appear. promise well. The poverty and wretchance; the windows will be of the Gothic edness which I have witnessed in this kind. I will endeavour to furnish you island will never be obliterated from my with a sketch of it when all is com- memory. pleted. Materials for building are I trust that I shall be enabled to higher in this island than in the pro “Labour on at God's command, vinces; and labour is also expensive.

And offer all my works to Him."

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Ephraim Evans, dated Halifax,

March 22d, 1850. It affords me most unfeigned delight, rious parts of this District, and that and excites devout gratitude to Almighty Our Missions are in a highly promising God, to be enabled to inform the Com. and improving state, both in their spiritmittee, that, amidst the painful excite- ual and financial departments. ments of these times, the work of salvation Our schedule at the March Quarterly is most encouragingly progressing in va- Meeting of the Halifax Circuit exhibits an increase of about forty members, not presents the same causes for thanksgiving withstanding considerable losses by emis to God. The labours of the Missionary, gration. The doctrine of the neces- the Rev. James Narraway, bave been sity and privilege of entire sanctifica. prosecuted amidst much opposition, with tion has been prominently presented in indefatigable and almost self-consuming pulpit ministrations, and in the classes, zeal, and they have been crowned with and the attention of our membership great success. Several new places have much drawn to it. By the blessing of been entered, and the truths of the God, several of our Leaders, and a Gospel explained and enforced with goodly number of our members, are simplicity, ardour, and effect. At bearing a consistent and scriptural tes. New-Annan, visited by request, a gratimony to the truth of this doctrine cious revival of religion has taken place. by a profession of the enjoyment of About fifty members, I believe, are now “perfect love." Many others are ear under pastoral charge, converted from nestly seeking this pearl of great price. sin to righteousness, at that settlement To God alone be the glory! Our late and vicinity. Steps are in progress for Missionary Anniversary services were the erection of a chapel, which I have no more than ordinarily interesting and pro- doubt will be accomplished without any ductive, and an impression was made embarrassing debt. which I am persuaded will tell bene. Lunenburg Circuit. -The Missionary ficially upon the work of Christian ex. writes :-" The Circuit is in a state of tension.

general prosperity, and special tokens of Liverpool Circuit, which for some time good present themselves in some parts of past had not been as flourishing as at it. Arrangements are in progress for some former periods, has been recently building a chapel in New-Germany. A favoured with a special outpouring of the Baptist friend has given half an acre of Holy Spirit. In the town, and at Huni's ground in the centre of the place, and Point, a very gracious influence has been deeded it on the Model Connexional felt, and considerable accessions made to plan. The diinensions will be thirty by our Society. At my last advices, the forty feet, Gothic style, with tower, built work of conversion was spreading, and to admit galleries when required. The the Missionary was much encouraged. materials and workmanship are so far I expect shortly to be in possession of a pledged, that our only cash outlay will more particular statement.

be for window-franes, sashes, and glass, Wallace Circuit has been similarly with paint and oil; the greater part of favoured during the present, as well as which I expect to obtain by the subthe past year. The persons benefited by scriptions of friends." the revivals of last year, generally From Horton and Cornwallis, New“stand fast in the Lord ;” and the la- port and Maitland, and Amherst Cirbours of the Missionary are still attended cuits, as also from Charlo'te-town, I learn with special blessing in the conversion of that the work of God is prospering in sinners, and the establishment of be- the hands of His servants; and I anticilievers. A new chapel has been opened, pate, upon the whole, an improved state of and another is in course of erection. the District generally at our approaching

Truro and River-John Circuit also District. Meeting.



Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Richard Knight, dated St. John's,

November 12th, 1850. I AM sorry to be the agent of commu- cannot say if anything is insured, or nicating to you the painful news which otherwise, on that property. I hope the reached me from Fredericton this morn- Trustees have been sufficiently prudent ing. The city bas been visited with an to do so. And what makes the case awful fire. Among the buildings con- more calamitous is, so inany of our prinsumed, are our large and commodious cipal friends have been burnt out: this, chapel, and a Mission-house for which for our cause, is a heavy stroke indeed. the Trustees paid, some few months I must proceed, as soon as practicable, since, the sum of £450. On the chapel to the scene of this disastrous providence. there is the sum of £600 insured. The I have not received any particulars, as house having been recently purchased, I yet, from Mr. Temple. The beautiful organ, in the providing of which Mrs. one hundred and fifty buildings have Alder took an active part, has been been consumed. saved : on that there was insured the On my return, I shall be able to lay sum of £100; so that, though it is before you the circumstances of this doubtless damaged in the removal, it will awful providence more particularly. The be repaired by the underwriters. Their fire originated, it is said, in a barn not fine-toned bell is a silent melted mass. far from our Mission-premises, and broke The furniture of the Mission-house has out about mid-day. Our only trust is, been saved, and the windows of the that God will open up our way to prochapel, and some other things in part. vide a place for our large congregation Rumour says, that from one hundred to again to worship in.

MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.--You during the last two years. He frequently will be glad to hear that the Seminary visits it, and evidently feels a lively interfor our Alissionaries' children is doing est in its welfare. He is a sincere friend well under Mr. Fletcher: we are much to the aborigines, and always willing to pleased with him as a very suitable man promote their civilisation to the best of his for the position, and he appears happy ability. The means he has adopted for in his work. Du

there has providing education for the natives, or been a good work among the children: rather assisting the Missionary Societies several of them have professed to find in that work, do not please some ; but I peace with God. For Mr. Marsden's believe it was a wise measure. He devaluable present of a patent washing ma- serves both your thanks and ours.- Rev. chine, for the use of the school, we are Thomas Buddle, Auckland, New-Zea. very thankful. We need many articles, land, July 17th, 1850. for domestic and school purposes, not to GRAHAM'S-Town.-Allow me again be got here but at great cost, which, I to appeal to you on behalf of Africa. A doubt not, some of our friends at home vast field remains to be cultivated. O could easily supply if they had a gentle for more Missionaries ! O that you hint on the subject. The Native Insti- had the means to multiply Gospel latu.ion at the Three Kings is also pro- bourers in this land! The Ileathen are mising to be very useful. Mr. Reid is perishing for “lack of knowledge;" yet a very efficient man, and, under his able they are bought with blood Divine. management, I expect great things. He But "how shall they believe in Him of has in all about one hundred and fifty whom they have not heard ? and how souls under his care. To Governor Grey shall they hear without a preacher ? and We are highly indebted : he has supplied how shall they preach, except they be us with funds for building, and much sent?"_Rev. George Smith, Graham'sassisted in the support of the Institution Town, October 12th, 1849.


RECENTLY SAILED. The late severe storms at sea have necessarily excited much anxiety among the friends of Missions respecting the various beloved brethren who have just left our shores, on their way to their respective destinations. We rejoice to state that nothing has yet been beard of them, but what is calculated to call forth devout thanksgivings to Almighty God on their behalf; although several of them have been called to experience much temporary inconvenience, and many trials of their faith and patience. “Prayer without ceasing" ought still to be offered to the God of Providence, that the good hand of their God may be upon them for good, and conduct them in safety to their desired havens. This is obviously one of those sacred duties which the people of God at home justly owe to those servants of Christ who are called to encounter the perils of foreign travel and labour. We copy from “The Watchman" of December 4th, a paragraph containing an extract from a letter received from the Rev. William Moister, now on his way to the Cape of Good Hope.

The ship “ Emperor," by which the was dashed to pieces, three sails were Rev. Messrs. Moister and Thomas em torn to ribands, several articles were barked for the Cape of Good Hope, washed overboard, and a quantity of having passed the Isle of Wight on Sa live stock was lost. One man fell turday, 23d of November, was encoun- from the fore-top, but was caught by tered by the gale the following morning the rigging: several other men were Mr. Moister says, “The storm lasted bruised. We have six hands laid up. two days and two nights without inter. Although almost worn out with anxious mission, and our ship was driven up the watching and tossing, our courage and Channel again as far as Beachy-Head. spirits remain unaffected. We hope to During the whole of this time, the sea proceed in a few days, and to have a was breaking over our vessel with fear- propitious voyage, after all. Brethren, ful violence, and considerable apprehen- pray for us.'_ West Cowes, Isle of sions were excited as to our personal Wight, November 28th, 1850." The safety. The passengers collected in the “Emperor" resumed her voyage for the main cabin, and requested us to unite in Cape, on the morning of Saturday, the prayer to God for deliverance; which we 30th November. The “ Prima Donna,” did several times, in humble confidence [having on board the Rev. Messrs. Garthat the Lord would interpose in our diner and Richards,] for Cape-Coast, behalf. I trust the influence of these sailed from Torbay, on Tuesday, the exercises and of this visitation will be 26th; the Missionaries having been felt after many days. The tempest ul. hospitably entertained and refreshed, at timately abated; but not without some the house of Mr. and Mrs. Churchward, damage to the ship. Our rudder-wheel Turquay.

DEATHS. It is our painful duty to record the removal by death of Mrs. M‘Leod, the beloved wife of the Rev. A. W. M‘Leod, of Halifax, Nova-Scotia, on the 14th of November, 1850; and that of Mrs. Waymouth, the beloved wife of the Rev. W. T. Waymouth, of St. Martin's, West Indies, on the 29th of September, 1850;—both happy in the Lord.

FOREIGN ARRIVALS. The Rev. Joseph Rippon arrived at Point-de-Galle, in Ceylon, on the 24th of September, 1850. In a letter, dated October 16th, he states, that he hoped to begin to preach in Portuguese on the following Sunday; that their prospects are cheering; and that a candidate for baptism, a native youth, “has written a long paper, creditable alike to his intellect and to his heart, stating his reasons for renouncing Buddhism, and embracing Christianity.”

MISSIONARY SERVICE. MESSRS. Gregory, Clegg, Cannell, and Rotherham, were publicly recognised as Missionary probationers, intended for the West Indies, in the New Chapel, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, on Friday, December 6th.-Dr. Alder introduced the young brethren, and addressed the congregation; the Rev. Joseph Hargreaves suitably addressed the Missionaries; and the Rev. John Hebb concluded these hallowed exercises by solemn prayer.


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