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INTELLIGENCE.

NEW ZEALAND. The following extracts of a letter from a abandon and leave her to her fate, by settler at Marsden's Vale, Bay of Islands, taking to their boat in a heavy swell, and dated April 11, 1825, will be read with a near 20 miles from land. Through mercy painful degree of interest by the friends of they reached the land in safety. But here Missions to that country. The situation fresh trials awaited them : 'the natives in which the missionaries and settlers are robbed their boat, and, had not the Lord placed is attended with considerable diffi- sent a friendly chief to their protection, culty and perplexity, though they do not it is very probable they would have been appear to be exposed to any immediate murdered. The place where they landed personal danger. The leading chiefs are was at the North Cape; the next day they fully aware it is for their interest to en-, reached Wangaroa in safety. After concourage the missionaries to settle among sulting us, our Wesleyan friends have them, and we trust that in due season the come to the determination to give up their labours of those missionaries will not be station, as, from the reports they have in vain.

made to us, we consider, with them, that, “ Of late we have had many things to should they stay, their lives would be in try us, many battles to fight, and, through danger. Mrs. Turner and family are Christ, as many victories to win. On the at Kidde-Kidde. Messrs. Turner, White, 6th of March the natives of Wangaroa, Stack, and Hobbs, are going backward the place where our Wesleyan brethren and forward, and getting away a few of were stationed, took the brig Mercury, a their most valuable articles. They are whaler, , belonging to Sydney, from the hourly expecting the natives to make a captain and crew. Through mercy, no rush upon them, to take their property, lives were lost: the captain and crew &c. may the Lord preserve their lives! made their escape in the boats to the Bay Mr. White is at present with us, quite of Islands. Had not Mr. White, one of worn down : it is impossible for me to the Wesleyan missionaries, been in the tell

you how much these dear people have Bay at the time, it is very probable they suffered. The natives of Wangaroa have would not have made their escape so easy.

often threatened what they would do, as The natives, after stripping the ship of have many times the natives of the Bay, every valuable article, and of part of her but of late, they have put their threats in cargo of oil, gave her up to Mr. White ; execution. The above-mentioned affair buč, not content with robbing her, cut her has had a great tendency to cast a gloom sails and rigging all to pieces; so much so over all our minds. What will become of that she was quite unmanageable. On the us God only knows, but I believe we have 7th Mr, White, with the assistance of nothing to fear in the Bay. The battle is three of the seamen, who were left be- the Lord's; and if we fight valiantly, we hind, succeeded in getting the brig out of caunot but conquer. Pray for us. the harbour, with the hope of being able “ Ah! my dear sir, it is the preached to take her to the Bay of Islands, which Gospel that is wanted in New Zealand : the was about 30 miles distant. But it seems people are willing to hear, if people were that this unfortunate vessel was devoted to so willing to preach. I have no doubt destruction; for, after having sailed with a but better days are near at hand for New fair wind, within a few miles of the Heads Zealand : the hand of God is very visible the wind turned against them, and came here. Oh! pray that a missionary spirit on to blow hard; so that, after having may be poured out on this mission. My passed a dreadful night on board, without dear friend and brother, Mr. Wm. Hall, a compass, quadrant, or any nautical in- is just embarked for the colony, on acstrument whatever; without dead-lights, count of ill health. I believe the time is without covered hatchways, without a not far distant when the Lord will take pump, so completely had 'the savages him to himself.” stripped the ship; they were obliged to

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

WESTERN AFRICA.

The Church Missionary Society have recently sustained the loss of one of their earliest missionaries at Sierra Leone, by the removal of the Rev. G. R. Nylander, who died on the 23d of May. Mr. N. had long suffered from an asthmatic complaint, and his strength was materially reduced by a severe illness in 1824. His

departure appears to have been quite unexpected at the time: he was sitting upon the sofa, and conversing with those about him very cheerfully, but a short time before the hour of his departure. He appears to have been very mercifully favoured with a sense of the Divine presence; so that he enjoyed great calmness

and serenity of mind, and regulated with fever, but is now well. Mr. Pierce is the utmost care every circumstance rela- well, and so are all the rest of us, with tive to the disposal of his property and the exception of Mrs. Pope and myself: his children. His last end was peace, and Mrs. Pope has been dangerously ill, but his remains were committed to the grave is recovering.” on the following day, in a spot of the In addition to the loss of Mr. Nylander churchyard of Kissey chosen by himself and the persons mentioned in the above for the purpose.

extract, Mrs. Gerber has also been taken The following extract of his last letter, away, and Mr. Coney has returned to this dated May 5, will be read with peculiar country. Mr. Raban writes, with referinterest.

ence to these losses, “ I received your letter, of March the “ And now, honoured Sirs, I need not 2d, yesterday; and, as we do not know say, that we are in an afflicted condition. at what hour we may be summoned from Since the day we landed, we have lost six the field of labour, I thought it best to of our number by death, and four are now send you a few lines in return imme- about to return. The ways of God are in diately:

the deep, and His footsteps are not known. " I have been severely afflicted with Yet we know that He changeth not; and great debilities of my poor frame; and am we firmly believe, though sometimes still so weak, that I am not able to attend strongly tempted to doubt and dismay, to any duty. I just manage to walk about that all the paths of the Lord are merey my room, which has been the case now and truth,' toward every one of His serabout three weeks: however, I live in vants. hopes of getting round again. But how “ We feel most deeply these numerous astonishing and mysterious are God's deal- and painful losses; and have no resource ings with our mission with respect to whatever, but in his wisdom, power, and others ! Mr. Knight died a few nights faithfulness. It is cheering to our hearts after his arrival : Mrs. Coney departed a to receive repeated assurances that you few weeks after him: and, in a day or two, bear us in constant remembrance at the to the great_surprise and disappointment Throne of Grace: and we trust that He, of all, Mr. Brooks was conveyed to the who inspires prayer, will also condescend

to answer it; if not in the way which we “ Mr. Coney, I understand, speaks of desire, yet in such a way as shall conduce returning to Europe; and we cannot say to the glory of His own name. much against it, though we cannot exactly “ I would earnestly pray, that the hoapprove of it. And, now, what is all the

noured members of the committee may be assistance which you speak of in your endued with much patience, under the last? All our expectations and hopes with repeated and heavy trials with which they respect to Regent, Gloucester, and the are exercised in this mission-that they Institution, are again thrown to the may be peculiarly directed, by wisdom ground; and we must, as heretofore, cry from above, in all their deliberations with out again, Send us help and that, the respect to it and that they may, at length, sooner the better!

notwithstanding all the threatening ap“ Mr. Raban seems to keep up health pearances which now present themselves, and spirits-May the Lord preserve him see a rich harvest arising, as the fruit of in them! Mr. Weeks has had attacks of their long-continued labours in this colony.

grave!

INDIA.

The intelligence from the Indian Mis- Mr. Thomason writes, with reference sions is highly encouraging. Christian to an examination of these schools, education appears to be proceeding with “ The first class performed uncommonly great rapidity. A large addition has been well. They were examined, chiefly, in lately made to the number of schools and Ellerton's Dialogues and the Acts of the scholars, particularly in the female de- Apostles ; and their answers satisfactorily partment. The Calcutta Committee re- shewed that they had not learned them port that the schools were 29 in number, by rote: for the most part, they shewed and the scholars 1917: of these, the En- a good acquaintance with the subjects; glish school and four Bengalee schools, and were particularly at home in the parswith 420 scholars, were under Mr. Pe- ing of the language "I must not omit rowne—fourteen Bengalee schools, with to mention their repetition of Watts's 1254 scholars, were under Messrs. Deerr Hymns for Children. We had examined and Maisch-and ten female schools were them in this excellent book on the Sunday under Mrs. Perowne : by the last advices, evening, and were all much gratified with it appears that the female scholars had in- their knowledge and improvement. Giving creased to 350. The Calcutta Committee them their choice of the hymns, we heard remark—" At Burdwan, as in Calcutta, each boy repeat a whole hymn: one chose no limit but that of means needs be set to the hymn, · Praise to God for the blessthe education of children of both sexes.” ings of Redemption;' another, •The all

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seeing God;' another, • The Advantages « On the whole, these youths are of early Instruction.'' I had never heard making admirable progress: they are prea Bengalee repeat these hymns, and was pared for any thing which put

bemuch delighted. The verses were de- fore them. They begin to taste the plealiberately spoken: and when they were sures of learning; and have a value for examined in the meaning of the words, knowledge, as such. At the last examinaand requested to explain the ideas, they tion but one, when I proposed to give the were very seldom at a loss; much less so head boys a well-bound book as a prize, than at any examination which I have be- the Pundits intimated that they would fore witnessed.

set no value upon it, for which reason we “ One thing struck us forcibly, that the rewarded them with rupees: but one of Christian youths were decidedly superior the boys of this English class, on being to the rest, in their knowledge and ap- asked what reward he would choose, anprehension of what they had learned : in swered, “ Any thing by which I may gain cases of difficulty, their hearts suggested knowledge.' the true answers; and they were thus We regret to add, that Mr. Baily has guided through new questions in a manner been obliged to leave Cotym, and return very different from the heathen youths. to this country, on account of Mrs. Baily's On each day, a Christian boy stood at the health : we hope he will soon be able to head of the school.

resume his valuable labours.

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY

IN CANADA. A Society has recently been formed forry, in the year 1813, for promoting educapromoting Education and Industry in 'tion among the destitute poor in Canada, Canada; the object of which is to train amc iting to 8001., have paid over the up teachers and assist in the establishment same to the treasurer of this society, in of schools of education and industry among trust, for the purposes of the institution. the Indians and settlers, in such parts of the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada We are happy in observing, that atas are destitute of the means of instruc- tempts are now making for the education tion. The following are among its regu- and improvement of our fellow-subjects lations.

in Canada: at the same time, we could “ The plan proposed shall sacredly have wished that such efforts had been guard the rights of conscience, and extend made rather by enlarging the plan of some equal advantages to all denominations of institution now in existence, than by formChristians. The mode of instruction shall ing a new society. For instance, we see be such as the Committee may approve, no sufficient reason why the Newfoundaccording to circumstances. In every land School Society might not have been school that may receive assistance from enlarged, so as to extend its benefits, bethis society, the rending of the Scriptures, yond the narrow sphere to which its labours and some useful manual labour, shall con- are at present confined, to embrace the stitute parts of the daily exercise of the whole of the British possessions in North pupils : all shall be required to be strict America. The expense of management in their moral conduct, and duly to observe in these small societies amounts to a very the Sabbath ; attending to such religious heavy per centage on their annual income. exercises, and at such places, as their re- Thus, the rent, salaries, travelling exspective parents and guardians may direct. penses, printing, &c. &c. of the Society But should this be impracticable, on ac- just mentioned, amounts to very nearly count of the distance of any place of wor- half the gross sum obtained from subscripship, then all such scholars shall, upon tions, donations, associations, and colleceach Lord's day, read and recite those tions at public meetings ; and yet it would portions of Scripture which are calculated be difficult to point out any article in which to enforce all the relative and social duties that expenditure could be materially dimiof the present life, and point the way to nished, without producing a proportionate a happy eternity."

diminution of income. We deem it imJohn Scott, Esq. is treasurer, and the portant also to hint, with reference to the Rev. Thomas Mortimer and Thomas Canada Society, that, if some of those who Pellatt, Esq. are secretaries.

have been active in its promotion are alThe Committee for the management of lowed to take the lead in its management, the unapplied part of a fund collected by it must necessarily assume a sectarian the Rev. Thaddeus Osgood in this coun- aspect.

Notices and Acknowledgments.

We are requested, by the Secretary of the London Hibernian Society, to acknowledge the receipt of Five Pounds for the use of that valuable Institution.

J. R.'s communication arrived too late for this month. If he will favour us with the sequel at an carly period, we will endeavour to include the whole in our next Number.

The long and able Letter of Mr. GORHAM on the Apocryphal Question has anticipated many of the remarks which have been suggested by other Correspondents, or called for by their communications. We observe with great satisfaction, that the cause of the Inspired Volume, as opposed to all human additions, is rapidly gaining ground; that many, who in the first instance were led, by considerations of expediency, to advocate the circulation of the Apocrypha, have, on mature deliberation, and after clearer information, retraced their steps, and are now supporting the Inspired Volume in its purity.

One Correspondent indeed informs us, that “the Apocryphal portions, partly of Chaldee and partly of Alexandrine origir » re introduced from the Jewish into the Christian Church, at the very same junctu with the Canonical Scriptures themselves, being intimately combined with them, the only form in which the Scriptures were generally current at the first propagan of the Gospel ; and that, from that form, or from their originals, they were trar to ired into whatever versions were made use of by the ancient Christians, whether Aquila's, Theodotion's, Symmachus's, &c."-We doubt the correctness of this statement." It is universally allowed,” says Dr. Gray, “ that these books were not in the canon of the Jews.” Mr. Townley remarks, that“ Theodotion has been supposed to be the first person who collected the books of the Apocrypha together," and that “the Apocryphal books were rejected by the Jews, whose particular glory it was, that unto them were committed the Oracles of God.” Theodotion's version of the Scriptures was published A.D. 184; and, with reference to some of the Apocryphal books, we are not aware of any satisfactory evidence which can be adduced of their existence at a much earlier period.

The question, however, of their antiquity, or of their excellence, or of their usefulness, is a minor question. The one point is, are they inspired or not? Our Correspondent must concede, or rather will unquestionably maintain, that the Apocrypha is not inspired. It is, therefore, no part of the Holy Scriptures; and the employing of the funds of the Bible Society in its circulation .violates the fundamental laws of the institution: this is still our decided and deliberate opinion, and we cannot therefore listen to either concession or compromise. The Commentary to which D. J. refers, contains in our judgment abundance of

We may perhaps notice his communication at a future period, but it is scarcely expedient at present.

Mr. Scott is by no means singular in considering Samson as in a measure a type of Christ. We do not, however, desire Theognis to bow to his decision, but must at the same time enter our protest against the rash assertion that “a more exceptionable character is not to be found in the sacred oracles, than that of Samson.". This position is clearly inconsistent with the Apostle's commendation, Heb. xi. 32. Theognis will do well to read Joseph Milner's Sermon on the character of Samson.

We are happy to find that D** considers us as having treated with more leniency than he deserves. It is a great consolation to discover at any time that

Our failings lean to virtue's side; but we shall not be at all surprised if, on the very day when this Number appears, the Christian Guardian should be assailed in good round set terms for the self-same article which D** thinks too gentle. At the same time we agree with all D**'s subsequent observations, and, especially with his concluding quotation which is most appropriate. . Its publication, however, would be painful to the individual and irritating to his friends, and it therefore seems advisable to postpone, if not finally to suppress it.

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