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become of late more united in heart, Mission. You may expect shortly to as well as in effort. We have, for se. hear from him, in reference to our great veral weeks past, had special prayer- work. He is now at Tangiers. meetings, for the outpouring of the Holy The present circumstances of this staSpirit, and for a revival of the work tion demand our zeal, as well as our best of God. Our congregations, in conse- judgment and prudence. The time is quence, have increased : therefore I think come when more vigorous attempts must we have room for encouragement as to be made, or we shall not maintain our the future. Our Spanish congregations, ground. The emissaries of infidelity, and also, are becoming large and attentive. abettors of a false Christianity, are on the I much regret that our school-room, alert, and meet us in hostile array at every at which our Spanish congregation point. Here we witness the strongholds meet, is not more spacious, and better of Popery, which for ages has exerted an situated.
influence the most pernicious and deadly, Our much-esteemed friend, Dr. James and which doubtless is, in part, the cause Thomson, one of the Agents employed of the present disturbed state of things by the British and Foreign Bible Soci. in Spain, as well as other parts of Europe ety, has of late spent several days with more or less under the domination and us, at the Mission-house. He has been tyranny of the “ Man of Sin." May the much gratified with the state of things, Lord succeed our united efforts with his as regards both our English and Spanish blessing !
NEW ZEALAND. AFTER all the interruptions and perplexities connected with these Missions, the blessing of God continues to rest upon them. This is eminently “the Lord's doing.” The excellent General Superintendent, it will be seen with pleasure, has sailed for the more distant parts of the Polynesian district, with the much-needed re-inforcement of Missionaries and stores, in the new Missionary ship, “ John Wesley." Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Walter Lawry, dated Auckland,
April 30th, 1847. We all feel our hearts full of gratis price ; for, reckoning at a moderate vatude to God and to yourselves for send. lue the articles which we retain of that ing us the “ John Wesley,” and so vessel, her net proceeds, after doing good many valuable helpers in the Lord's service to our Mission cause for nine vineyard ; and our old and well-tried years, or nearly so, among the coral frier.d, Captain Buck, also. The Cap. reefs of the South-Sea Islands, will tain of the “ Triton," and the Mate, amount to one thousand pounds. Things (liessts. Lilewall and Dockery,) stili are brisk in New Zealand, and every SETTE in the “ Triton ;” they have secular interest thrives, especially that of served as well and faithfully; and both shipping. have found “the way to the kingdom ” An old friend, writing from Sydney, on board the Missionary vessel. We says, “I cannot allow this opportunity thank you and our many friends for to pass by without my offering a hearty such articles of apparel, hardware, and congratulation on your receiving so acother things as have been sent out. Had complished a servant as the good brig you all seen a little girl who had entered John Wesley,' and still more on your my premises almost nude, just when I accession of living labourers in your exwas opening one of the cases, and over tepsive field. And it is not an accession wbose shoulders 1 slipped on a new of numbers only,--a finer set of young frock ; had you seen how the brown men in point of talent, piety, and zeal, I child was astonished, and delighted, and firmly believe, were never landed either improved by this sudden and unexpected upon your shores or ours. They would change in her circumstances, it would do credit to any church. They (at least, have been the richest payment that be- such of them as I have heard) would de volence could receive. The girl's shine in any pulpit. May you be blessed pame was Mary; and her friends love in them, and may they be a blessing to praver and the holy Scriptures.
tens of thousands !" The " Triton” is sold for a good But I pray you to set your hearts upon a young m n for Wanganui, and one for shall also try to have one near it for me. Waikato. I am obliged to strengthen chanical purposes, where your young men our force at the Institution for training can be assisted in the useful arts.” our Christian young men. His Excel- A master on the training system we lency Governor Grey was there a few must have, if you can send him out to days ago, and urged our applying more us. We are starting to build a new power in that direction ; and when told chapel in Auckland, seventy feet by fifty that we could only lay out funds as we feet, and are collecting money in full received them, he said no more for the earnest for the same. About £480 are time, but quickly after sent us and our promised ; but the completion will refamilies an invitation to dine with him quire a vigorous effort in this infant, but and his Lady, and then said, “I have rapidly rising, colony. The Governor made up my mind to subscribe ten shil- has given handsomely. I sail for the lings weekly to your Institution, and islands in about twenty days.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Thomas Buddle, dated Auckland,
July 5th, 1847.
I WROTE you, via China, a fortnight dimensions, towards which we have ago; but the “Castor," now sailing raised already upwards of £500 in prodirect for England, presents too good an mises, and cash actually received. The opportunity to be neglected.
foundation-stone was laid the day before I informed you in my last of the sail. the “ Wesley” sailed, by our respected ing of the “John Wesley ; ” she left General Superintendent ; after which we here on the 29th of May; we have not held a social tea-meeting, and laid our heard of her since, but have no doubt plans for raising the ways and means. she is safely prosecuting her voyage I hope it will be nearly ready for opening among the islands of the sea. She had on the return of the “ W'esley." We fair winds and fine weather for several have had a very delightful work among days after she left New Zealand, which the young people of our congregation would take her into the trade-winds : so and Sabbath-school. Several of the we concluded that hier passage to the teachers were maile partakers of saving Friendly Isles would be short. The grace, and went to their work in the General Superintendent went by her to school full of love and zeal; the scholars visit the islands, and expected to be caught the influence, and the general absent about six months.
routine of teaching had to be suspended Through the mediation of Tamati and give place to prayer, when several of Walker and Tewherowhero, Te Raupa. the children were able to testify of the raha has been liberated : they have grace and mercy of God. The influence brought him to Auckland. I preached of this has been felt by the church to him and his friends yesterday : the generally, and the members have been old warrior listened attentively, but gave quickened, and several added. We are no signs of much concern about spiritual looking and labouring for greater things : matters, though he seemed pleased that our congregations are excellent, and I had visited him, and wished me to do would be still larger, had we more acso again, which I promised. Rawiri commodation. Mr. Kirk is here assistPuahá is with him. The war at Wan- ing me till the General Superintendent ganui is not yet ended. We are all returns : he is a pious, zealous young quiet in this neighbourhood, so far as the man, and an acceptable Preacher. natives are concerned ; and likely to re- The Native Institution is in active main so, providing the same line of policy operation : the young men generally be pursued towards them as Governor give us great satisfaction: they retain Grey has hitherto acted upon
their piety, and increase in the knowAs regards the work of God in Auck. ledge and love of God. If you could land, we have great cause to be en- hear some of them speak and pray, you couraged. Our European chapel, which would say that your Missionaries have we enlarged about eighteen months ago, not "run in vain, neither laboured in is again too strait for us, and we have vain.” I beg a continued interest in commenced a brick building of larger your prayers.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Henry H. Lawry, dated Auckland,
July 6th, 1847. On the 15th ultimo I wrote you, via In the native work I feel an unabated Hong-Kong, to acquaint you with the interest, and an increasing measure of departure of my father, and the newly- power from on high. The better I un. arrived band of Missionaries, in the derstand their language, the more light “ John Wesley," on the 29th of May. I obtain on the necessity and blessedness They had fine weather and favourable of the Missionary work ; and so much prospects at starting. Since that period, the more ardently does my zeal burn for all things here have been going on in the extension of the Redeemer's king. their regular course. We have had our dom, and the deepening of his work in usual quantum of excitement, and of the the hearts of these perishing thousands. rumours of various kinds, to be expected The Lord is laying their souls on my in the present infant state of such a co. conscience, and making me mourn my lony; but, by the good hand of our God inefficiency in his service. But he helps upon us for good, we are preserved from me to pray and believe for an increase of desolation, and war and bloodshed are his Spirit's influences, to render me a kept at a distance from us. May God vessel meet for the Master's use, a workgrant wisdom to our rulers, and crown man that needeth not to be ashamed. with success the efforts which are being The Sabbath is generally my happiest made for the restoration and permanent day, when my hours are all fully occu. establishment of peace! His blessing pied with preaching or conducting rests upon his church in this place. schools. The Sabbath before last I The word is quick and powerful, the spent among my own people, at Ihu congregations numerous and attentive, Matao; and it was to me a blessed day. and many are earnestly striving to make I saw the travail of the Redeemer's soul, their “calling and election sure.”
and was glad. Since my father left, the greater part In the English work I do not feel quite of my time has been occupied with the so happy ; but I hope for the Almighty's Institution, and other parts of the native blessing in this respect likewise. work. This was my father's direction, I am driven later to-day with this and is my own choice; and moreover is, than I like, by the death of Jabez Bun. I think, approved and blessed by the ting's (native convert] eldest son, John great Lord of the harvest. His smile Beecham, a very fine lad. The parents rests upon our Institution. The young are of considerable rank, and are conmen are growing in grace, and increas. verted to God. They bear the bereaveing in knowledge. Their minds are ex- ment nobly ; but I mourn over the flower panding to receive and seek instruction, of the tribe swiftly passing away. O pray much beyond my expectation ; and their the Lord of the harvest to hasten his ready zeal in the cause of Christ has work, and cut it short in righteousness ! often afforded me encouragement.
We are all in good health and spirits.
SOUTHERN AFRICA. Our accounts both from the Cape and Albany Districts, of which a few specimens are subjoined, are on the whole encouraging. Those more recently received from the borders of Kaffraria appear to justify the hope that the war, which has so fearfully deranged our Missionary labours, was likely to be concluded, and that the Gospel will have “ free course." CAPE OF Good Hope.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Richard Ridgill,
dated Cape-Town, July 31st, 1847. In a sphere of labour resembling, in ment and despondency, of languor and many respects, an English Circuit, a revival, to which a Preacher of the GosMissionary has nothing particularly no- pel is subject. It is pleasing to a junior vel or striking to record. Few tempta- Missionary to reflect, that many bretions happen to him but such as are com thren “rejoice with him rejoicing, and mon to his brethren in the fatherland, weep with him weeping ;" while many who know full well, from personal expe- fathers “have remembrance of him in rience, the alternations of encourage their prayers.”
It will give you pleasure to learn, that nor any that regarded. Hour after hour our minds have lately been cheered by passed, and still he prayed. The heawitnessing greater anxiety, on the part vens became dark with gathering clouds; of many, to make their “ calling and but he minded not the coming storn. election sure," and an increase of bro. Heedless of the rain which began to pour therly kindness among the members of down, he pleaded' and wrestled with the the society generally. At our English Lord : conscious only of his spiritual prayer-mcering, on Monday evening last, danger, he felt no bodily discomfort. a soldier found peace with God; and He did not pray in vain : he found, in three or four persons have this week be. the midst of the storm, the Lord whom gun to meet in class. Mr. Hodgson he sought, and “ went down to his house conducted love-feasts at Rondebosch and justified.” Henceforth he followed on Wesley chapel last week, which were to know the Lord, though his experience felt, I believe, by all present, to be sea- was of a fluctuating character, baving sons of “ refreshing from the presence of none to counsel or encourage him. His the Lord." I held one for the Dutch friends in Cape-Town, anxious for his members last night, in Sydney-street spiritual welfare, desired him to remove chapel : it was a deeply-interesting occa- from the country, and reside with them, siou ; and, as one and another rose to where he would have the benefit of the testify of the grace of God, I felt much ordinances of religion and Christian fel. encouraged to persevere in preaching re lowship. He did so a few months ago, pentance and remission of sins in the joined our society, and now rejoices in name of Jesus. One man, present at a God. love-feast for the first time, said, he I cannot forbear mentioning another must tell of the Lord's goodness. He instance of the grace of God. At the had been brought up in the Lutheran close of the meeting there stood up a doctrine, baptized and confirmed in that Scotchman, who, after forty years' resichurch ; but, for thirty-eight years after dence in this country, speaks Dutch with his confirmation, continued to be a slave the fluency of a native. of Satan. About two years ago, during
“A man whose aged step an attack of illness induced by indulg
Seem'd weary, worn with care ; ence in intoxicating liquors, he was His face was furrow'd o'er with years, brought to see the wickedness and dan
And hoary was his hair." ger of his conduct; he repented of his He said, “When I look around me, I sin, and determined to serve the Lord. see that I am the eldest in years, and By the grace of God, he has been faith- the eldest in sin. I have been a wicked ful to his vow. I remember having seen sinner, the chief of sinners ; but in my him occasionally, previous to that time, seventieth year I found salvation. Is when visiting his friends in Cape-Town; not this mercy unspeakably great ? Yes, who, having then faithfully warned him, my friends, God receives sinners at the and prayed for his conversion, now re- eleventh hour; nay, he saves after the joice over him as “ a brand plucked eleventh hour. Bless the Lord, O my from the burning.” I may venture to soul! My friends, help me, help me to add a few particulars concerning this praise the Lord !” The old man's eyes individual. He resided many years in filled with tears of grateful joy, and he the neighbourhood of the Moravian In- sat down weeping. “ Yes, brother," stitution, Groene-Kloof; when it was said I, “ we will help you to give thanks his constant practice, though enslaved unto God ;” and with one heart and by sin, to read the Bible through twice voice we sang, “Praise ye the Lord : a year. When convinced of sin, as al. Hallelujah !” The conduct of this aged luded to, he retired daily to pray amid sinner, since his conversion, has been the rocks and bushes. His anguish of most exemplary. His regular attendmind only seemed to increase, and he ance at the means of grace would put was ready to despair ; when it occurred many to shame. It is now eighteen to him, that he had heard the excellent months since he joined the society; and Missionaries at the Institution say, that though residing at a distance of four those who seek the Lord must never miles, he has only been absent from class cease to pray. The hour of his deliver once. Whether the fierce south-east or ance drew near: the pains of hell gat boisterous north-west wind blow, in sumhold upon him, and he hastened to his mer or in winter, John Smith is always accustomed place of prayer vpon the present. mountain-side. He knelt him down, and Are not these brands plucked from called upon God: there was no voice, the burning ?
ALBANY.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Impey,
dated Fort-Beaufort, September 21st, 1847. SEVERAL months have elapsed since briefly to explain the nature of the I last wrote to you, and it is now high ordinance about to be administered, and time that you shonld be further informed addressed the candidates on the importas to the progress of our work in this ance of the step they were taking in the place.
making an open profession of their faith We have been making some important in Christ. I then called upon each of changes in our Mission property here, them to state the circumstances of the which will, I trust, prove much to the first religious impressions experienced, benefit of our funds, and, what is better and also the progress of the work of still, add to the prosperity of the cause of grace in the soul : and as one and anGod in this town Our chapel was in other declared the operation of the Spirit want of considerable repairs, the effecting in the work of individual conversion, of which would have caused an outlay great feeling was excited amongst all of not less than £150. It would then present, in which I also richly shared. have been still too small for our con- One young man received his first con. gregation; and, moreover, we have found victions from being witness to a fatal it, though built in a very central posi. accident in which a man was killed by a tion, yet, from peculiar circumstances, fall from his horse. Another young a very noisy one,--so much so as fre- man and his wife were led to seek God quently to interrupt our services. In by the death of a much-loved child ; consideration of these and other matters, one, by the death of her father; one, our Trustees decided upon selling the by instruction received in the schools ; chapel and land adjoining, and erecting some, under the ministry of the word ; a better and more commodious one in and one man who had previously been a more suitable site. The property has in the most complete heathen darkness, accordingly been sold, realizing the sum not knowing that he had a soul, but of £1,200. A piece of ground has been believing himself to die like the beasts bought, and a chapel intended eventually that perish, had his attention aroused by for the accommodation of our native a casual word spoken to him on the road congregation is in process of erection, by some white man. Thus amongst and will be completed by the 1st of this long-benighted people, there are not December next, on which date we are to wanting witnesses of the Redeemer's give possession of the chapel hitherto grace, and thus “there are diversities occupied. Our English congregation of gifts, but the same Spirit,-differwill then remove into the new place of ences of administrations, but the same worship, and occupy it until the English Lord,-diversities of operations, but it is chapel can be erected; the natives in the the same God which worketh all in all." meanwhile occupying the school-room In the evening of the same day, the as heretofore.
sacrament of the Lord's supper was By these arrangements, we hope in administered in the English chapel, and the course of a short time to secure a the newly-baptized converts there joined handsome and commodious English us at the table of the Lord. May the chapel, and a good chapel for the Fingo Great Head of the church answer the congregation, without any increase of prayers which were then offered, that debt upon the trust account. Of course, these members of his body may be preall these important alterations have re- served blameless unto the day of his ceived the sanction of the General appearing; and may such prove but the Superintendent.
first-fruits of a glorious harvest of like Our Mission property in this place precious souls ! will then consist of two chapels, a In our English society, I trust we school-house, and Mission-house, form are also prospering: in the town at ing altogether a very valuable and con- least ; for in consequence of the convenient establishment.
tinuance of the war our country work Our native work continues to present is almost entirely laid aside. Hostilities a very encouraging aspect. On Sunday, are now being actively recommenced ; the 12th inst., the Fingo service was and when will be the end of these things, one of more than ordinary interest. the Great Ruler of the world only knows. Fourteen candidates were admitted into Our congregations are good, and a full membership of the church of Christ few members have been added to the by the ordinance of baptism. After church. In one of the regiments staour usual morning prayers, I endeavoured tioned here, in which at the commence