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system. And as to the Sabbath-school, success from them. Our appointments that blessed and invaluable nursery of the through the Circuit prevent the Sabbathchurch, with all our efforts, it can hardly morning class from prospering; and the preserve an existence among us, as the number of estates prevents our visiting necessities of the pulpit oblige us to each oftener than once a month. We draft the Teachers from the school to the want better Teachers and more Ministers. Plan almost without intermission. I That we have made any progress at all have endeavoured, in a measure, to make through the year, is matter of astonishup the great deficiency by holding Bi. ment and gratitude; especially in the ble-classes on Sabbath-mornings, and face of so many difficulties, and with such when I visit the estates through the inadequate machinery. But the work is week. These, however, are unavoidably the Lord's : the success also is His; and too irregular to warrant the hope of much to Him be all the praise.
HONDURAS-Bay.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Joseph Webster,
dated Belise, November 13th, 1847. I INFORMED you in my last of my Mr. Edney engaged to represent their intention to visit the island of Ruatan destitute state to the Committee, on his I sailed from Belize in the schooner arrival in England, and to recommend “ Vigilant” on August 20th, and, after that a Missionary should be sent them. a tedious passage of three days, arrived Should the Committee not be able to at the island. Ruatan is a fine island comply with their request, I would subsituated about one hundred and twenty mit that Ruatan should take the place in miles south-east of Belize, about forty this Circuit which Charib-Town now miles in length from east to west, and occupies. In the latter place there is about ten miles in the broadest part, much to discourage us. The greater very hilly, and from the sea-beach to the part of the male adults are absent from tops of the high hills one beautiful mass the settlement seven or eight months in of evergreen. There are residing on the the year, being employed in the maboisland about twelve hundred inhabitants, gany-works, and the females understand the greater part of whom are black ; but but very little of the English language; there are also several English and Scotch consequently, after all the labour and families settled among them. Many expense which have been employed there, more are expected to leave the impove but little visible good has been done. I rished soil of the Grand Cayman's Island would not by any means wish to give the to settle there; and as a trade is now Charibs up. They are an interesting opened between this island and New- race, and existing in a lamentable state of Orleans, there is reason to suppose it will ignorance and superstition. We cannot soon be in a flourishing condition. We but feel a peculiar interest for this people, have a society of fifty members on the remembering that they are the abori. island : they have succeeded in erecting gines of the West-India islands. A few a neat little chapel, which is nearly com- of them have embraced the Gospel, and pleted. Our day-school, which has been highly value it. In addressing them a established about twelve months, is in a short time since, I was led to offer some prosperous state. The progress made by remarks on the possibility of the Gospel the children in writing, arithmetic, geo being removed from them, if they congraphy, and English grammar, is very tinued to harden their hearts against its gratifying, and reflects great credit on influence; for God might not always Mrs. Westley, our Teacher there. I re- bear with them, but leave them to mained on the island three weeks, and themselves. After the service, a young had several opportunities of proclaiming man came to the Mission-house, and the word of life. My heart was truly with a full heart said to me, “Sir, I hope gladdened to witness the intense desire the Gospel will not be taken from us. I manifested to hear the Gospel preached; was brought up in sin; but I do not wish our congregations were overflowing, many to die in sin. I hope you will not leave of the people coming from a distance of us.” I would heartily join with this six and seven miles to attend the worship poor Charib in the hope that the of God. The friends are earnestly at Gospel may not be taken from them;" work felling the trees, and clearing the but I think it right to direct the attedbush from the Mission-land, in the hope tion of the Committee to the two stations, that a Mission-house will be built, and a and to the fact that at Ruatan we seem Missionary stationed among them, as to have a people prepared by the Lord,
a field already white for the harvest, a bour, or whether it shall be visited as people earnestly crying, “Come over and often as it is practicable from Belize, help us.” I would say, By all means, and Ruatan made a resident station. I if it is possible, let a third man be sent. shall be glad to receive a line on this There is plenty of work in this Circuit subject at your earliest convenience. for three Missionaries, and I do not see At Belize, we have much to encourage how it can be successfully worked with- us. Our chapel, which has been recently out three.
enlarged, is well filled with attentive I would remind the Committee of our bearers, a gracious feeling pervades the local position : first, there is Belize, congregation, and many are giving themwhich can never be left without a Minis- selves to the Lord. ter; Charib-Town, thirty-miles distant on the coast; Boom, thirty miles up the
“Lo, the promise of a shower Belize river; and Ruatan, one hundred
Drops already from above." and twenty miles distant. To each of “He that winneth souls is wise.” For these places we have to travel by water, this I preach, for this I pray, and for and we have but little Local help. Í this I am trying to wait in believing would also remind the Committee that expectation. We are making arrangethe greater part of the inhabitants of ments for our Missionary Anniversary Ruatan formerly resided at the Grand services, which will be held at ChristCayman's Island, where a Wesleyan mas, an account of the proceeds of Missionary was stationed, but in conse, which will be duly forwarded. I am quence of their removal the station has bappy to say our health continues good. been relinquished. If the Committee We have now laboured seven months cannot accede to our request, I trust they beneath a tropical sun, and our health will instruct me how to act : whether has been as good or better than when we shall continue to give Charib-Town we were in England. To God be all the greater share of a Missionary's la- the praise. HONDURAS-BAY.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Edward Collier,
dated Belize, December 11th, 1847. AFTER some delay, I now embrace In our passage across the Atlantic, an opportunity of writing to you. Mr. from Madeira to Barbadoes, we lost one Webster informed you of our safe ar of the crew : he fell overboard at midrival, and since then he has written to the day; and, notwithstanding every exerCommittee. This, however, is the first tion, he sank to rise no more. On the letter I have had the pleasure of address- Sunday following, Archdeacon Trew ing to you from Honduras.
spoke affectionately, at the close of his Our passage from Southampton to sermon, on this unhappy occurrence. Belize was quick and pleasant. The At Barbadoes we were kindly received company on board the steamer were by the Rev. Messrs. Ranyell and Hurd, highly respectable, and very agreeable. and their families. Here I had the pleaThe Venerable Archdeacon Trew, to sure of preaching to a black and coloured whom you introduced us at Southamp congregation for the first time. At Greton, was very kind and interesting. He nada we went ashore, and saw Mr. and afforded us much information respecting Mrs. Bickford. At Kingston, Jamaica, Mission-work; and I trust his counsel we stayed three days with the Rev. H. will not be in vain. We were sorry to Bleby. On Good-Friday we were enleave his company at Havannah, from gaged in preaching; and, during our whence he proceeded to the Bahamas. Stay, I had the happiness of preaching in
On our route we called at Madeira, each of their chapels, two of which are and at the different West-India islands. large, fine buildings. At Madeira my colleague and myself At Havannah we first saw slaves. were much impressed with the ignorance After some difficulty with the Spanish and wretchedness of the Portuguese peo- authorities respecting passports, we went ple: they appeared to be in thick dark- ashore, in company with Archdeacon ness, void of spiritual, intellectual, and Trew, and visited the town: a place of moral light; and in this state they will grandeur, and many worldly amusecontinue until the word of God is sent ments. We were sorry that we were not among them. You have heard, no doubt, allowed to give any Protestant tracts on of the persecutions which Dr. Kalley this Popish island. endured lately in that place, and of his We arrived at Belize on Saturday evenhaving to flee for safety therefrom. ing, the 17th of April last; and a more foreign-looking place I had never seen ten thousand, black, white, and coloured ; before. On the Sunday following we com- and almost from every nation, being menced our great and important work of Americans, Spaniards, French, Dutch, preaching the Gospel to this people. English, Africans, Asiatics, Indians, &c. The seed which has already been sown On one side we have the Mosquito-Shore, has brought forth some fruit; but we which contains many thousands of inhatrust that a more abundant harvest will bitants, and on the other side we have soon be reaped. Our congregations at Mexico. With the latter place Belize all the stations are good; but the Circuit has no communication such as it has with being so extensive, we cannot pay that the Mosquito country. The Shore was attention to each place which we desire. once the residence of one of our MissionThe island of Ruatan is about one hun aries, but now it has no Minister. It dred and forty miles distant from Belize; certainly deserves the attention of the Charib-Town is about thirty miles, the Committee. My colleague and myself Boom twenty miles, and Mullins-River thought of visiting the Shore next year, fifteen miles from us ; and to each place to see if any good could be done, if this we go by water, which makes the travel. should be approved of by the Com. ling expensive.
mittee. But I must not forget the reception we Our progress in the Spanish language met with from the Rev. James Edney is not rapid. We intend, however, comand family, which was very kind. I was mencing a Spanish service next week, glad to associate with Mr. Edney, who with the assistance of one of our Leaders, had spent so many years in the Mission- who can speak the language well. work, and whose name in this place is as We are now busy preparing for our “ ointment poured forth.” He will long Missionary Anniversary at Christmas. be remembered by the people of Belize We hope not to fall short in the funds, for his faithful ministrations, and perse, though the people have given freely durverance amidst great difficulties.
ing the year toward the enlargement of The population of this place is about the chapel.
BAHAMAS.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. W. F. Turtle, dated Nassau,
New-Providence, November 29th, 1847. My respected Superintendent and I Wesley chapel, Grant's Town, affords have been both blessed with a sufficient much satisfaction. Mr. Ingraham, the measure of health to enable us to dis- Superintendent, is very zealous in his charge, with but an occasional and trivial Master's service, and I have been pleased exception, the regular duties of the Cir. to see his hands recently strengthened cuit; and in the discharge of them we by an additional, supply of Teachers. have not been without the divine blessing. An increase of scholars has resulted in We have been favoured with peace, and consequence; and I do trust that this I hope, a little prosperity.
institution will be prospered of Heaven. Many of the families of our members A marked improvement in piety, as well residing in the eastern district have suf- as in knowledge, has taken place in se fered much from affliction; fever having veral of the female scholars, so that it prevailed very generally in that part of cannot be hid. the island. Happily, few fatal cases Ms. Annear and family arrived safely have occurred, the fever not being of a in the steamer of the 12th current. His very dangerous character ; but our con- babe is in very delicate health : the other gregations have, of course, been some members of the family are well. In conwhat smaller than they would otherwise sequence of the destitute state of the have been. I have been much gratified Abaco Circuit, he has proceeded thither. to notice in several of the members of He left on the afternoon of Tuesday, the this society, during the present quarterly 23d, with a favourable wind; and, it is visitation, an evident growth in grace. likely, arrived on the following day. The religious experience of some of them, I will now venture to speak of myself. to whom I gave tickets during the past I notice my appointment by the Conferweek, gladdened my heart. Three of ence to the Antigua District. The pethe members have recently gone the way riod of my departure will not be before of all the earth. All of them were con- the District-Meeting, I conclude. I am siderably advanced in years. We have ready, in dependence upon the grace of a good hope concerning them.
God, to “follow the cloud” when it sball The adult school in connexion with move. I trust that my mind is becoming
more and more deeply impressed with the “beauty of holiness," and the desirthe sacred and responsible nature of the ableness of being fully put in possession ministerial vocation ; and with the ne- of it; and I pray that much of the mind cessity of becoming more holy, would which was in Christ Jesus may be I be more useful. I think I see more of bestowed upon me.
DEMERARA.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William English,
dated Abram-Zuil, December 3d, 1847. I am thankful in being able to inform destroyed, and thus the greatest obstacle you that the work of God continues, on to their conversion has been removed. the whole, to retain a promising aspect in Could a Minister address them in their this Circuit. There has not been any large own dear language, I am persuaded his ingathering of members into the church, influence among them for good would be nor any extensive awakening among the immense. members of our several congregations; Can you not send a Missionary to us but there has been, and still continues to here able to speak the languages of India ? be, a gracious work steadily progressing, You have such, I know, at home. Will which promises to issue in results most not one among them volunteer to labour satisfactory to every true lover of our for the good of these strangers from ConSaviour. We have witnessed several tinental India, under circumstances more instances of genuine conversion; and favourable than anything they had prethere are several members of our congre- viously met with ? Do try and send us gation-principally young people, chil. help. I had several of these Coolies dren of members of our church-who are attending our Sunday service ; but latunder deep convictions on account of terly they have desisted. I tried to get sin. This is most encouraging to us: them to attend the Sabbath-school, but we receive it as a token that God is with did not succeed. us, and that we are in our providential Our Missionary Amiversaries passed path. Yet we are not satisfied. We off very happily, and, I trust, very probelieve that conversions might be more fitably. The Rev. W. Cleeve, B.A., general, were we more holy, and had we preached two of our sermons; and hima larger measure of the Holy Spirit; self and Mr. Padgham assisted at our and we ardently pray both that the Holy public meetings. His Honour, M. L. Ghost may more abundantly be poured Fowler, Sheriff of Essequibo, presided, out upon our congregations and churches, both at Abram-Zuil and at Torg; and and that we may more entirely and un- by his presence and advocacy did us esreservedly be consecrated to the service sential service. Last year the Missionary of the Lord our God.
contributions for the Circuit were unCannot something be done by you, usually large; but I hope this year to dear Sirs, to meet a case of necessity exceed the former amount by several which exists in this colony ? I refer to pounds. I have found the gentlemen the thousands of Coolies who are being around me very ready to assist in this brought here from India. It is piteous blessed work. Lit is heart-rending--to see them on the Our schools continue in a very pros. different plantations,-half-naked, idola. perous condition, both as it respects ters,unable to speak five words to you numbers in attendance and the quality in English, yet evidently prepared to re- of the instruction imparted. I think I ceive with thankfulness any instruction mentioned to you that I had established you could impart to them. Brought to a third school at our third chapel at a strange country, the fascinating power Queen's-Town. I am happy to say it of caste must to a great extent have been now promises well.
BRITISH NORTH AMERICA. New-Brunswick.- Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Richard Knight, the
General Superintendent of the New Brunswick District, dated Frederickton,
November 16th, 1847. As another quarter has gone by since purpose of laying before you the general I last addressed you, and as your wish is state of the District, I now sit down to that a correspondence should be kept up perform this duty. It would be to me with you, at the least quarterly, for the a pleasing duty indeed, as it would be to you cheering intelligence, amid your in the prayer-meetings. The classes many and very arduous official duties, appear to have improved, on the whole, as could I inform you that the Lord is we are reviving some that were not in a abundantly pouring out his Holy Spirit state of active operation. The gracious upon our societies and congregations, as influence of the Spirit is acknowledged on he is doing in so especial a manner in some occasions, and I hope the cause of the islands of the Pacific. But I thank our blessed Redeemer will abundantly God that, though I cannot report any prevail.” He also adds, “ I visited sosuch large or special manifestations of bieque some time ago, and expect before the divine power, still I can inform you long to go up again. Mr. Prince was that the hand of the Lord is with us for down, by way of exchange. Things good. As to my own Circuit, I am appear to be in a hopeful state, for the happy to say, that our congregations most part, in that division of the work ; are increasing, and the prayer-meet. and we feel encouraged concerning it." ings especially: these have more than From Mr. Prince, who labours in the tripled their number since I came here. Andover Circuit, I have also received Some have found rest to their souls. communications. Speaking of a preachOne found peace with God under the ing-place, fourteen miles down the river sermon on Sunday week last, and six from Sobieque, he says, “ We have a have recently joined us: two others have preaching-place, but no chapel. There are found peace of late, as the result of only five members in the society there ; visiting and praying with families. We but I am happy in being able to say, that are anxiously looking for greater things. there are indications of great good among I received, since I last wrote you, some those who do not as yet belong to us. communications from other Circuits. The inhabitants generally are favourable From the Naashwath, Mr. Allison thus to our cause, and our preaching is the only writes :
preaching they have. We do hope that “I am happy to have it in my power in this place many will yet accept the to tell you that we are witnessing good offer of life.” Mr. Prince, who seems times on the Naashwath. Our meetings to have the spirit and the hope of a Mis. are effecting much good. Eight persons sionary, proceeds to say, “At the Grandhave found peace with God, several back. Falls, twenty-three miles above Sobieque, sliders have been restored, and the people I preach once in three weeks. Our Mi. of God are rejoicing in his love. We are nisters have visited this place occasiongreatly encouraged, the chapel is filled ally for the last two or three years, with penitents, and there is every appear with little or no success. Many of ance of an extended work."
the people are Roman Catholics. It On my receipt of this communication, is very probable that in the course of I repaired to the above place, and spent years there will be a flourishing town, a week there; during which time twelve and that we shall succeed here. I bave others experienced the pardoning love of preached here three times, and not God, and many were awakened. The altogether in vain. Several have been society, too, in that place has become deeply impressed with the truths deli. much quickened. This was indeed vered ; and one, in particular, has been much needed : their state had become so much so, as 1o go with me to my lukewarm and low. Unfortunately, lodging after service for conversation and about this time the young men had to prayer. I expect to form a class soon, repair to the woods for the purpose of and admit several on trial for member. pursuing the trade of lumbering; the ship. Twenty miles from Sobieque I great bane, this, of religion, as regards have preached once in four weeks to youth especially, cut off as they are from large congregations, and hope with some the means of grace, and compelled to good effect. Twelve miles farther down mix with persons of grossly immoral I preach once in four weeks. There is a habits. The lumbering business has the small society consisting of twelve niemsame fatal effect on the professing por. bers here. At Williamstown, thirtytion of the population in this province four miles from Sobieque, I preach once as the fisheries have in Newfoundland. in four weeks. There is a very neat But the grace of God is sufficient for little chapel here being built, the outside them : that grace may they attain, and of which we hope to finish this autumn, hold fast!
so as to be able to occupy it during the Mr. Bent writes hopefully from Wood winter. In this place our prospects are stock : he informs me that there is an more encouraging than in other parts of increase in the congregation, and also the Circuit. I regret very much my