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habits and customs. The Gospel has, through the neglect or apathy of the however, already proved itself to be “the masters; and thus the difficulties of the power of God unto salvation,” even to Christian teacher are increased. On such as have grown grey before they the other hand, there are to be found heard it; and it has lost none of its those who are really concerned for the efficacy. Every year, too, is gradually spiritual welfare of their servants, and lessening the power of the strictly hea. who endeavour, by instruction and exthen associations over the minds of such ample, to set before them the claims and as are mingled with the white population the advantages of Christianity. In the of the colony. Were professing Chris- mean time, the Gospel is slowly, but tians, indeed, faithful to their calling, steadily, extending its influence, and and attentive to the moral and religious gradually inducing a state of knowledge instruction of the heathen natives, em- and feeling that will accelerate its own ployed so extensively amongst them, future triumphs. Heathenism would die out much more May the great Head of the church rapidly than it is doing. In too many hasten the time, when the knowledge cases, however, the vices of civilization which is life eternal shall be diffused are superadded to those of barbarism, through the whole land!
PORT-NATAL.–Extract of a Letter from the Rev. W. C. Holden,
dated Port-Natal, November 4th, 1847. My last was addressed to you from ing the gun, &c., overboard ; and in a Cradock, in which I informed you of my short time we were again in deep water, appointment to Port-Natal.
and arrived in safety at our destination, Our journey from Cradock to Algoa. thankful to the God of our lives, and all Bay was a long and fatiguing one; our our mercies. voyage from the latter place to Port- This is, without exception, the finest Natal, a rough and dangerous one. We country I have seen since I left my nawere only three days after leaving Algoa- tive land. The natural scenery is very Bay before anchoring in the roads of rich, whilst the winter is so mild as not Natal; but the wind which had wafted to divest the land of its luxuriance and us so quickly to the place, had made the verdure, or the trees of their green foli. bar so rough as to render it impossible age. There are here no tracts of burnto cross, and we were detained a whole ing sands or barren rocks, no vast porweek outside, waiting for a fair wind and tions without water or unfit for cultivaa moderated surf.
tion ; but the whole is full of life, and Whilst waiting, the vessel was struck full of beauty, and, to a devout mind, with a sea so violent, that it at once full of God. This will bear a much broke in the bulwarks and the side of more dense population than the old cothe companion over the cabin, carrying lony can. Cotton and indigo flourish; away whatever was lying about the deck, and I think the sugar-cane will, when immersing the ship in water, and plac- cultivated. I judge that all tropical ing the lives of all on board in jeopardy. plants may be cultivated with success. For a short time we waited in awful. But the great object of concern to me, silence, (with the exception of the chil. as a Christian Missionary, was the moral dren screaming,) to see whether a few and spiritual state of the inhabitants; and minutes were to usher us into the solemn O how painful was the contrast! With presence of God, or whether we were to the exception of a few pious Europeans, be allowed a longer space on earth. Hap- darkness that might be felt overspread pily, this painful suspense did not last the land, and spiritual death reigned. long : the ship was able to right herself, I found an English congregation of and, having her anchor slipped, again got about thirty or forty persons, with a Sunout to sea. Through the mercy of God, day-school containing about twelve schono lives were lost, the Captain and crew lars; whilst the native work had been saving themselves in the rigging. After abandoned, and the Teacher removed; our long delay, when attempting to enter Mr. Davis thinking that when the nathe Bay, the vessel struck on the bar; tives were removed to the locations, done and the surf was so strong, that each would be left to make a congregation : roller, as it came over us, broke and car but at the earliest opportunity, on his ried away portions of the other side of coming down with Mr. Richards, I rethe bulwarks which had been left by the presented that there were not only hun. former sea. They now lightened the dreds, but thousands, in and near the ship of such things as they could, throw- place; and that as they passed by me each spoke, in language that might be tures packed closely together, presenting felt, and said, “No man careth for my the appearance of a large mass of human soul!" I quickly got the native Teacher flesh, diversified with heads and bands and Preacher back again, and a congre- and arms, &c., whilst the men exhibit gation of some two hundred collected on the wildest forms imaginable. the Lord's day; but as many of these Our English congregation has been came six or ten miles, I found it desira- increasing ever since I came, until our ble to establish a native service and little chapel is now filled with devout school about ten miles distant, where hearers of God's holy word: the Sabbath there has been an attendance of about scholars have also increased to forty, five hundred people ; and my prayer is, But, honoured fathers and brethren, we "O that God would remember and visit need the outpouring of the Spirit, so that this vide !” The state of this people God's word may be eminently the power is very low : not only are the men in a of God to salvation. We are rejoiced in state of nudity, but the unmarried fe. this distant land to hear of the Mission males are all but in a similar state; zeal and liberality which are being disand in a congregation there will be played in our father. land ; but we would more than two hundred of these crea- reiterate, “ Brethren, pray for us !”
ALBANY DISTRICT.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. H. Pearse,
dated Graham's-Town, November 6th, 1847. SINCE I last wrote Mr. W. Shaw has called to suffer in the Lord's service; left town for Colesberg, where he will and also to know that the native churchmeet the brethren of the Bechuana Dis. members under their care have been so trict, for the purpose of holding their an faithful through the sifting process to nual Meeting. We have heard from him which they have been so severely subsince his arrival at Somerset : he was then jected. well, and was cheered by the prosperity There is some reason to hope that the of the work of God in that Circuit. war is at length drawing to a close ; and
Since he left, Mrs. Shaw has been ill that the day is not very far distant, from influenza, which is very prevalent when the heralds of salvation will again here: she is, however, now convalescent. go forth among the Gentiles, to publish A considerable number of the population the glad tidings of the (tospel. of this town have been ill; and from the In my last letter to you, I made referunusually wet weather, which still con ence to our native congregation of Fintinues, further sickness and mortality are goes and Kaffirs. I may now briefly likely to be the results.
refer to that portion of our native memThe Ministers of the Established, In bers who speak the Dutch language. Our dependent, and Baptist churches, have congregations among these continue in been so unwell, as to be unable for one their ordinary state ; and although there or two Sabbaths to hold their regular is nothing calling for special notice, yet services. The Lord has been gracious to we have reason to thank God and take myself and colleague thus far.
courage. We have preaching among His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, them on the Sabbath mornings and evenSir H. Young, left town a few days ings; also a Sabbath-school, held in the since. It is said that he will return to morning and afternoon ; on Tuesday England before entering on his office in evening preaching; and on Thursday Australia. He leaves with the high es- evening a public prayer-meeting, besides teem of all ; and his early recall is deeply the weekly class-meetings. There are, regretted by the inhabitants of the east- besides these, a few candidates for Chrisera province. Had he remained, he tian baptism. would have efficiently promoted the best The evening-school held on Fridays, interests of the natives in this province ; for the benefit of our native congregaand on this, as well as on other grounds, tions, &c., continues to prosper : we he could ill be spared.
have a large and regular attendance, and We have this day heard from our bre. trust that much good will result therethren in Upper Kaffirland ; and are glad from, especially to the junior branches of to know that, generally, they continue our congregations. well amidst their great privations and Mrs. Pearse and our children have trials. It is truly refreshing to mark also been called to suffer from the influtheir cheerful endurance of all they are enza, but are now better.
OFFER OF MISSIONARY SERVICE IN AFRICA. We recommend the following admirable letter to the prayerful consideration of our younger Missionaries, and of young candidates for our ministry at home. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Alexander Foote, dated Manchioneal, Jamaica,
October 22d, 1847. There is a burden on my conscience, turned into a stagnant, a formal Chriswhich I hold it my duty to make known tianity. It is time, therefore, for the unto you. I was received and appointed gratitude and zeal of the Jamaica Wesby the Conference as a candidate for the leyans to appear, in devoting and preministry, in 1844; and from that period senting their young men to the Saviour, to this, though convinced of much un- for the work of the harvest; and though faithfulness, yet the Lord blesses me, I am a very poor sacrifice, yet may they and makes use of me in his church, not send me ? I am often ready to act the part of I have conversed freely and particua fearful Jonah, and hide me from the larly with my Superintendent and other presence of the Lord ; yet I feel there is experienced Ministers, and their views a “ woe unto me if I preach not the harmonize with my own; namely, that Gospel,” and it is on my mind that my duty is to disclose my feelings and I ought to preach the Gospel in Africa. wishes to you, and then leave myself in I do not mean to affirm that I believe your hands, either to be appointed to the "woe” will fall on me if I do not Africa, or continued in Jamaica. preach the Gospel in Africa. I have The Committee will perceive that I do no such exclusively private and local not pretend to press myself upon you for impression. But I may tell you that, Africa, which would be in effect to a short time after my conversion, I choose my own appointment; a province could never go to prayer, night or day, this beyond the boundary of my youth without praying and weeping for Africa, and connexional standing. But I do not and wishing I could get to them to tell shrink from telling them the secrets of them of “ Christ crucified.” The way, my soul ; lest I should grieve the Spirit perhaps, is now opened ; and though of God, and bring blasting and mildew eight years are passed away, the remem on my ministry. brance of this attaches itself to me every I leave myself in your hands, and with day.
this impression, that, should you at any Again, no native Wesleyan Missionary, time require a native of the West Indies, I believe, is gone from Jamaica to Africa; a Jamaica youth, for the African work, and in my view the waters of salvation I am at your command ; and shall feel must flow on from one land to another; happy to serve you, under Christ, in that and that people who neglect to convey it powerfully-inviting and deeply-interesting to others will soon have their Christianity part of the Mission field.
ARRIVALS OF MISSIONARIES. We are happy to announce the safe arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Simons at Antigua, on the 28th of December, after a passage which Mr. S. describes as “in every point of view exceedingly pleasant." They were to proceed to Montserrat on Tuesday, January 4th.- We have also heard with thankful pleasure of the arrival of Messrs. Herbert Wesley Haime, T. Phelps, and George Smith, in Jamaica, on Sunday, December 18th ;-all well, and happy in the prospect of soon entering on their evangelical labours.- In a letter dated Free-Town, December 8th, Mr. Hart reports the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Raston, Mr. Purslow, and himself, at Sierra-Leone, after a “ very pleasant voyage of only five weeks.” They were received by their African friends with many manifestations of joyous greeting.
LONDON :- PRINIED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.