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fresbing from the presence of the Lord, our own souls, and upon all our helpespecially at the sacrament of the Lord's ers in the truth, as well as upon our supper. Last Sabbath, many of us were members and congregations ; and we, constrained to say, “It is good for us to as well as many of our people, are crybe bere." But we want a more copious ing, “ () that it now from heaven might outpouring of the Spirit of God upon fall !"
RECENT MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. New SOUTH WALES.-On this sta- sow the seed of eternal life !-Rev. Wiltion the cause of God seems to be in a liam Lightbody, Assistant-Missionary, state of gradual improvement. In the town Goulburn, July 9th, 1847. of Goulburn, within the last month or South Africa.- The Chief Umtitwo, several persons have joined our infant rara has made a grant of land to our Sosociety, some of whom have obtained the ciety, for the purpose of forming a Tempardon of their sins, and are now walk bookie Missionary settlement, to coning in the fear of the Lord and in the sist principally of Tembookies, who, comfort of the Holy Ghost; whilst others from having resided in the colony as are earnestly inquiring what they must servants, for longer or shorter periods, do to be saved. The temporary chapel are partially civilized; and many of in which we preach, is thronged to ex whom also, from having visited our cess by a serious and attentive people, stations, or resided on them, have been who, not twelve months ago, cared not brought, through our instrumentality, for these thiogs, but, on the contrary, under the influence of the Gospel. These were slaves of sin, haters of God, and people will form an excellent foundation haters of each other. Many others, who on which to build a community for this are not regular in their attendance on our settlement, as they are a very interesting ministry, are brought under the influence people. I am very anxious to commence of moral restraint, and are now aiming this settlement immediately. In the at a more correct course of living. Ar. midst of many discouraging events, I rangements have been made for the erec- am thankful, very thankful, to be able tion of a new brick chapel in this town, to say that the work of the Lord is proto be forty feet by twenty-five in the gressing on this station. A gracious clear: we hope it will be ready for ser- influence attends all the means of grace, vice in the course of six months, and and sinners are being converted to God. contribute much to the strengthening of The week-night services are well atour cause. A Sabbath-school has been tended ; and on Sundays, the chapel formed here, which at present is in an (which is not a small one) is crowded. improving state.
O, this is worth living for,—to save At Gunning, (thirty-five miles from souls, to pluck brands from the eternal Goulburn,) the members of our society burning! May I be faithful even unto are much alive to God, I preach at death! Amen.-- Rev. J. C. Warner, six other places in different parts of the Haslope-Hills, April 28th, 1847. country, from eight to fifty miles distant ST. MARTIN'S.-Having found it from Goulburn. In all of these places necessary to our health to remove from the attendance is good; and, although I our residence, we are now in the mansion have not yet been able to form classes, of the Honourable George Illidge, a name the falling tear under the word, and the well known at the Mission-House in Lonimportunate solicitations for more fre- don. It had become evident to the quent visits, prove that they are disposed friends, that something must be done to to receive the truth in the love thereof. improve the Mission premises ; and, There are several other places of import- under the auspices of the Governor, the ance that invite our attention ; but, for ex-Governor, and the principal gentlemen want of ministerial assistance, they can- of the colony, a meeting took place on not be taken up. Many of the people of the premises, the result of which was the those places have not been in a place of following circular :worship for the last ten, fifteen, twenty, or “ The Mission families resident from twenty-five years, except on matrimonial time to time, having experienced much or baptismal occasions. The harvest is discomfort, and sustained injury to their truly great, but the labourers are few. O health, from the low and confined situa. that God may send forth more labourers to tion of the Mission-house, it is deemed necessary to elevate the building, say HAYTI.-With regard to Hayti gefive or six feet. Considerable repairs nerally, I am happy that all is at prewill also be indispensable. To effect sent peace, without any particular reason these alterations and repairs, will involve to doubt of its continuance. For this we an expense of nearly (if not quite) one are truly thankful; and the more so, bethousand dollars; and we must rely prin- cause of the agitations which have lately cipally on the correct thinking and en disturbed the general tranquillity, and to lightened liberality of the friends of which reference was made in my two Missions for the accomplishment of this last communications. object by a special effort, without our Our Mission throughout the republic being driven to the unprofitable expedient is, upon the whole, still encouraging. At of borrowing on interest.
the capital we continue to receive now “An appeal is therefore candidly and and then candidates for membership, respectfully made, with the confidence and are still encouraged with the hope that our friends will respond in such a that there are some in the congregation manner as to warrant the immediate who are not far from the kingdom of commencement of the work.
God. “ B. TREGASKIS, Minister.
In the school department, also, we are “A. M. Hancock, Circuit-Steward. encouraged. Our school at Jérémie is “ Oct, 8th, 1847.”
likely to succeed, notwithstanding the The Governor and his Lady headed violent efforts made to frustrate the the list with a donation of sixty dollars; attempt. At Port-au-Prince, our school the ex-Governor, twenty ; the Colonial is still a subject of great thankfulSecretary and his Lady, twenty ; our ness; and I trust that before long anofriends, Mesdames Duleloux and Gibbes, ther will be commenced in another twenty each ; three Members of Council, part of the city, which will also aff rd the Hon. Messrs. Illidge, Peterson, and us another opening for preaching the Percival, seventy-eight dollars; these, Gospel. with other subscriptions, amounting ala I sincerely hope that all our entreaties ready to between four and five hundred for pecuniary help in this important dedollars. Our canvass, of course, espe- partment of our work will not be in cially for smaller subscriptions, is not vain. A hundred pounds a year, in conyet complete ; and I have no doubt that nexion with what might be raised in the we shall secure the larger portion of the country, would enable us to do a great estimated amount. This will be gratify. deal. We have many openings of all ing to you, as evidence of the esteem and kinds for doing good, but cannot avail good feeling of all classes of the cou mu. ourselves of them for want of means.nity.--Rev. B. Tregaskis, October 25th, Rev. Mark B. Bird, Port-au-Prince, 1847.
October 23d, 1847.
DEATIIS. The distressing intelligence has been received of the death of the Rev. James R. Westley, at Kingston, Jamaica, on November 29th. He died as he had lived, testifying the sufficiency of Christ's atonement for the salvation of guilty men, and relying upon that alone for his own acceptance with God.
It is also our painful duty to announce the death of the beloved wife of the Rev. Ingham Sutcliffe, of St. John's, New Brunswick, who died happy in the Lord, on the 25th of November, 1847; and of Mrs. Miller, (wife of Mr. Miller, Assistant Missionary, Tongataboo,) who died on Sunday evening, May 2d, 1847, relying with unshaken confidence upon the atoning merits of the Lord Jesus Christ.
ARRIVAL. The Rev. Samuel Annear and family arrived at New-Providence, Bahamas, on the 12th of November.
LONDON : - PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.
MEMOIR OF THOMAS TAYLOR, ESQ.,
OF BOLTON : BY THE REV. GEORGE MARSDEN. The following account of the late Mr. Taylor is chiefly copied from his own papers. That beautiful passage, “ The memory of the just is blessed,” as it has been accomplished in multitudes of the people of God, is likewise accomplished in him ; and I feel that I am only fulfilling a public duty in furnishing this record of one who was esteemed and loved by the society of which he was a member, and whose up-: rightness of character procured him the respect of his fellow-townsmen. I shall do little more than affix a few additional observations to the statements made by himself.
“I was born at Oldham, near Manchester, on the 11th of September, 1771. My parents were poor; and my mother died when I was rather more than three years of age. I was the youngest but one of six children ; and these circumstances caused my education to be almost entirely neglected. I very well remember that the Lord often caused his Spirit to strive with me in early life ; but not knowing the nature of my own feelings, I resisted, and indeed quenched them. When I was about eleven or twelve years of age, I was particularly addicted to Sabbath-breaking. I frequently went from morning till evening in pursuit of birds'-nests ; but I often felt uneasy, and frequently had dreadful apprehensions of a coming judgment. When I was fourteen or fifteen years of age, I went one Monday night with some companions to a prayer-meeting, having no other motive than to disturb the congregation ; but it pleased the Lord seriously to impress my mind. I went home immediately, in order that I might have an opportunity to pray in secret. I went to bed before the rest of the family, and there I poured out my complaint before God, and showed him my trouble ; and I resolved at that time to lead a different course of life. But, alas ! my resolutions were like the morning cloud and the early dew; they very soon vanished away : for having no one to watch over me for good, and it being the time for Manchester races, I was again led aside by my evil companions, and accompanied them to the race-ground, where almost every kind of wickedness was committed. During nearly three years from that time, I followed the
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