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especially that of the indefatigable and a member. When we again visited Capetalented individual, Rev. T. B. Freeman, Coast in March, 1842, I had ample who has the superintendence of the Mis opportunity of ascertaining the truth of sion on the Gold-Coast, I deem it fortunate this

statement from Missionaries and for the cause of truth, that I have it in others, and found it to be substantially my power to give an unqualified contra correct. diction to that part of “Omega's” state Knowing that your paper is read on the ment, wherein he says, “ that concubinage Gold-Coast, I have refrained from publishis tolerated by the Wesleyan Missionaries, ing the name of this individual, from no and practised by the members of their other motive than that I should be equally societies; and that both males and females, loath to give offence to an African Negro cohabiting together unmarried, are ad or a polished European. The name, howmitted to the sacrament of the Lord's

ever, can be given privately to those who supper, and duly and formally recognised require it. as members of the Wesleyan society on It also gives me pleasure to bear testithe Gold-Coast, Western Africa.” The mony to the zeal and ability with which following fact will show that the very the Wesleyan Sunday and day schools reverse of this is the truth.

were at that time conducted by the Rev. When the expedition to the Niger Mr. Freeman and his brother Missionaries. touched at Cape-Coast in 1841, it was And I have no hesitation in saying, that joined by a number of natives of that the pupils—adults and children-displayed place, among whom was an intelligent as great an amount of knowledge, secular native Negro, named

and scriptural, as could be found in any had for some years been employed in a similar school in England. I heard one of responsible situation by a mercantile house the trained Agents of the Society on the as clerk or agent at one of their establish Sabbath translate and deliver a sermon in ments or factories on the Coast. As I the Fanti language, paragraph by parafound that this man had seen a great deal graph, as it was delivered by the Rev. Mr. of the country, and was well acquainted Freeman in English ; and he did it with as with the native character, I had frequently much ease and grace of attitude, as the most long and, to me, interesting conversations finished pulpit orator in this country; and, with him about the places be had visited judging from the appearance of the conin the interior, &c. In the course of gregation, with as much effect. The conthese conversations I found out that for gregation was partly composed of natives some years, while at Cape-Coast, he was and English, and their respectable appeara regular attendant at the Wesleyan ance and devout demeanour would have chapel. I naturally inquired if he was done credit to any congregation in Enga member of the Wesleyan body. After land, some hesitation, he said he was not. I I could give other proofs of the incorasked him, Why? He reluctantly confessed rectness of “ Omega's” statements, but I that he had been refused admittance, in trust these will suffice. consequence of his having been living in I am, Sir, your obedient Servant, a state of concubinage (or fornication) at

(Signed) W. Cook, the time he made the application : he Lately one of H. M. Commissioners to the added, however, that it was his intention,

Chiefs on the Niger. when he returned, to get married, conform 41, Myddleton-Square, Nov. 13th, 1844. to the rules of the society, and become

IX. LETTERS OF SIR THOMAS FOWELL BUXTON, BARONET. To this list of witnesses it is our high privilege to add another, who may be almost said to have lived for Africa and her injured race; and whose name, surrounded by a halo of purest lustre, will go down, in the history of regenerated Africa, to latest posterity. Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Baronet, who has paid an unbroken attention to the Society's Missions in Guinea from the period of their commencement, thus expresses himself in a letter to the Rev.-John Beecham, dated “Northrepps-Hall, November 6th, 1844.”

Pray, also, be kind enough to tell Mr. cation, now published, will have the effect Freeman, that we sympathize with him of raising him still higher in the esteem of very sincerely, in the annoyance resulting those who before yielded him their entire from the slanderous attacks made upon his confidence. character ; while we believe that his vindi

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In a second letter to the same, dated “November 16th," Sir Fowell adds,

You are quite at liberty to publislı any with regard to all the charges brought portion of my letter referring to Mr. Free against him. I am happy to hear be beans man, as I wrote that which is contained up so well against the slanders promulin it with a full conviction of his innocence gated respecting him.

The value of this testimony may be further estimated from the fact, that the writer has, in answer to the appeal contained in the Statement which commences this Number of our “ Notices,” headed the list of special subscriptions towards meeting the excess of expenditure at the Mission-stations in Guinea, with the munificent donation of £200; to which his excellent son, Edward N. Buxton, Esg., has added another donation of £50.

Several other practical expressions of sympathy with the Society, in the painful circumstances in which it has been so undeservedly placed, have been received. The donation of £21, and annual subscription of £2. 2s., from W. B. IIutton, Esq., and Sons; the subscription of £26. 5s. from Matthew Forster, Esq., M.P.; and the donation of £20 from George Smith, Esq., and Sons, Glasgow; have been noticed in preceding pages. To these we may add,-a donation of £10. 10s. from the Right Honourable Stephen Lushington, D.C.L. ; another of £10, for the schools, from John Joseph Gurney, Esq., of Norwich ; £10 from Miss Anna Gurney, of Northrepps-Cottage, Norfolk; £10 from Mr. William Craven, of Cullingworth, near Bingley, by the Rer. G. B. Macdonald; £5 from Mr. Thomas Morgan, of London ; £5 from Mr. Monkhouse, of Barnard-Castle ; £1 from Member of the Church of England,” at Carnarvon, who begs it to be understood that he gives it from a high sense of Mr. Freeman's holy exertions on behalf of Africa, and that he earnestly prays that Mr. Freeman may have “grace to continue faithful unto the end, through evil report

and good report ;" £25 from William Shippery, Esq.; and £100 from Thomas Farmer, Esq., Treasurer of the Wesleyan Missionary Society. We must reserve other donations for publication in the special list

, which is in preparation; and have only room further to add, in this place, two letters from the Rev. Messrs. Hesk and Mycock, now in this country,--forming a valuable addition to the testimony borne to Mr. Freeman by his brethren in Africa, which was given in his first reply to “Omega."

X. LETTER OF THE REV. THOMPSON HESK. To the Editors of the Leeds Mercury.

appeared chiefly directed against the Rer.

T. B. Freeman; but it was plainly aimed GENTLEMEN,-Grieved as I had been by “Omega" against all Wesleyan Misby the letter of “Omega," in the “ Times" sionaries, and those on the Gold-Coast in of a few days past, I was the more pleased particular. In this view I found myself to observe, in your columns of last week, personally involved, in common with all the substance of the Rev. T. B. Freeman's who, under the direction of the Committee reply, extracted from the same paper a of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, have few days subsequent to the attack. sought to establish Christianity in that

Doubtless all good men will agree that part of Western Africa, Why, if “Omethe Rev. gentleman has triumphantly re ga” speaks the truth, did he not speak pelled the villanous slander upon his cha before now?

Why did he not some racter and proceedings, as the General months ago, on his return home, apply to Superintendent of the Wesleyan Missions the Rev. Josiab Mycock, myself, and on the Gold-Coast, contained in the letter others, and Christianly urge us to take to which I have referred. The calumny steps for removing, or exposing, sach

abominable iniquity ? We also, as well as most false. When my attention was first himself, had been on the Gold-Coast. Is drawn to this wicked and perfidious attack he, then, the only man of truthful con. of “ Omega' on the Rev. Mr. Freeman, duct ? Are righteous men grown so scarce his colleagues, and their Missions, I felt among those who risk their lives in the indignant, and resolved immediately to defence and promulgation of our common reply. But when I recollected that Mr. Christianity ? The Rev. J. Mycock, it is Freeman was himself now in England, I true, returned home a few days after the waited till he should bave an opportunity Missionary-party, which included “Ome of opposing truth to untruth. This he has ga” and myself, had landed at Cape now successfully done. I rejoice to see Coast-Castle. But to “Omega's" charge him more than victorious ; and feel horespecting concubinage,--the gravest of noured to stand by his side, and support the three, -we could both have borne wit over him, as another witness, the banner ness if it had been true, or near the truth. of truth. I, however, who went out with “ Omega," I am, Gentlemen, in the love of the truth, under Mr. Freeman, in 1840, am able to

THOMPSON HESK. say that the first charge is not true, the Cleckheaton, November 7th, 1844, second is utterly groundless, the third is

XI. LETTER OF THE REV. JOSIAH MYCOCK.
To the Editors of the Watchman. was prudent for Mr. Thackwray to leave

Thetford, Nov. 11th, 1844. Cape-Coast Castle, he would proceed to GENTLEMEN,– You are at liberty to in Domonasi, for the twofold purposes of sert, in your forthcoming paper, or reject, preaching Christ, and establishing a modelas seems meet to you, the following brief farm. remarks on the letter of “Omega.”

That he did go,“Omega" himself must On the return of Mr. Freeman, to the know; and, with the early removal by coast of Africa, with the implements in death of that excellent Missionary, your trusted to his care by the African Anti readers are well acquainted. Slave-Trade Society, accompanied by Touching Mr. Freeman's personal cha“ Omega,” the lamented Mr. Thackwray, racter, I can most cordially unite with the and others, I was on the station.

brethren Messrs. Brooking and Allen, in I had also the pleasure of residing, for testifying, “That the interests of the several weeks, in the same dwelling with Mission, and the comfort and welfare of Mr. Freeman and the rest of the Mission his brethren, lay near his heart; and that, party; and I distinctly remember that, as far as has been possible, he has endeaalmost immediately on his arrival, Mr. voured to give satisfaction to all those over Freeman began to make arrangements for whom he has been placed.” carrying out the benevolent intentions of

I remain, Gentlemen, Mr. Forster, and the Committee of the

Yours respectfully, above Society. And I can further testify,

JOSIAH MYCOCK. that very few of the numerous visiters, who P.S. It was not until your paper of came from every part of that extensive Wednesday last cane to hand, that I was station, to look once more on their beloved aware of the nature of the charges preTeacher, and welcome his return among ferred by “ Omega” against Mr. Freeman, them, departed to their homes

or I would have replied earlier. quainted with the fact, that, so soon as

This collection of letters may well be deemed invaluable. That such a number of highly-respectable individuals--all, except the Missionaries, unconnected with our own religious communion, and who, from their various professions and pursuits, have been led to contemplate Africa under a diversity of aspects—should spontaneously combine to bear their decided and unequivocal testimony to the beneficial effects of the Society's Missions in Guinea, and to the worth and integrity of Mr. Freeman, under whose general superintendence those Missions have been placed, is cause of devout thankfulness to Almighty God, who can so overrule the most untoward events, as to make even the wrath of man to praise Him.

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V. The preceding documents have occupied more than our ordinary space; but we should deem the present Number of the “Notices” very

incomplete, if we did not add two letters which have been recently received.

The first of these letters is from the Rev. Samuel Annear, our Missionary at Badagry, which contains a full and gratifying account of the state and prospects of that important Mission, and a forcible appeal in favour of Abokuta, whose King, Sodaka, offers to prepare a house for the Missionary, if one may only be sent to instruct himself and his people.

The second letter possesses peculiar interest, from the fact that a well-trained native ministry is, in the order of means, the hope of Africa. The perusal of Mr. Wharton's letter, from St. Vincent's, cannot fail to call forth from our friends the warm expressions of their gratitude, that the great Head of the church is beginning to raise up in the West Indies well-qualified coloured Missionaries, burning with ardour to go and labour in their fatherland.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. S. Annear, dated Badagry, August 23d, 1844.

As a vessel is just on the eve of leaving pot be neglected. This appears to be the this place for England, I avail myself of only way in which the “good tidings" can the opportunity thus offered, to furnish be made to reach them all. The attention you with a few particulars respecting our which many of the heathen natives pay is Mission in this part of the world; being very cheering. My heart has often been assured of the interest which you always the seat of delightful emotions while befeel in the great Mission-cause. I hope holding the athletic warrior from the enmy last communication (per “Deslandes") campment, with his destructive “warreached you in safety. Since my forward. hatchet” over his shoulder, kneeling in the ing that, nothing of very great importance presence of God with the congregation. has taken place. In consequence of re We often have persons present from the peated attacks of sickness, up to that time, far-distant towns of the interior. O that I had not been able to perform the services they may soon become worshippers of the in the chapel with any degree of regu true God, “in spirit and in truth !" larity ; but since then, my health becom About a month since I baptized an aged ing considerably better, I have generally Dative, who has been a probationer of our been sufficiently well, and have felt great society from its commencement, to whom, delight in the performance of this sacred in accordance with his wish, I gare the and pleasurable duty. And my health is name of Simeon. Preparatory to this pubnow so established, that I calculate on lic initiation into the church, I privately being able to extend my labours, and to examined him, when the answers which he devote myself more fully to the great gave to the questions put to him respecting object which has called me bither.

his religious experience, were most clear During the last two months I have per and satisfactory. Up to the time of the ceived a gradual increase in our congrega introduction of Christianity into this place, tions. We have sometimes as many as a he was a rigid Mahometan; but he no hundred and fifty persons to hear the sooner heard of the name of Jesus, and preached word, one-third of whom are that he, and not Mahomet, elaimed his Heathens from the town; the other part obedience, than the light of the Holy being composed of emigrants from Sierra Ghost broke in upon his understanding ; Leone, and our own labourers and canoe and although he tried to shake off the men from Cape-Coast. As our congrega misgiving and uneasiness which were fastion thus consists of persons belonging to tened on his mind, he was compelled to three different nations, but few of whom yield to his convictions; which were fearknow any language except their own, it fully heightened by a remarkable dream requires a peculiar arrangement in the which he had, in which he was threatened mode of preaching in order to meet their with immediate destruction, if he did not expectations, and “ appoint to each a por- go to the Mission-chapel, and ask direction tion of meat in due season.” The plan of God's Missionary. He held out no lonwhich I have adopted is, to have the Sun ger, but followed the leadings of the Spirit, day-morning sermon interpreted into the and was admitted as a probationer into our Popo language : this meets the wants of society, of which he has ever since been a the natives of the town. In the afternoon worthy ornament. In the conversion of I preach in English, and on Wednesday this aged follower of the "false Prophet," evenings the service is conducted in the how strikingly does the divinity of ChrisFanti language, that our own people may

tianity appear, and what abundant proof

does it afford of the almighty agency of made, long, long before two years have the Holy Ghost! May his powerful influ passed away! And whose garments will ence, “ like mighty winds, or torrents be crimsoned with the blood of those fierce," sweep over this truly degraded souls ? Who will have kept the Gospel land, and subjugate its teeming myriads to from them? the mild sway of the Messiah! Last Sun But I must forbear. Our friends at home day I baptized Simeon's wife, who has also have done much ; but, could they behold for some time been a consistent proba the prospects which are continually pretioner of our Society. Her country name senting themselves before my eyes, they was Banjoho; but the Christian name would, I am sure, do more, far more. If which she has received is Hannah. These Abokuta, with its thousands, go without are our first-fruits in this place. May God the Gospel two years longer, let every add to the number daily!

Christian in England remember that it is Many of our old members who have not on account of an indisposition on their come from Sierra-Leone have removed to

part to receive it.

It is not because of Abokuta, where they are in anxious and their want of solicitude to have it, and joyful anticipation of my coming amongst urgent application for it ; nor is it on ac. them to reside. Having been appointed to count of any conviction on the minds of that part of the District, and having also those who are best able to judge, that they received from you, before my departure, are not prepared or fit to receive it; but instructions to proceed thither as soon as solely for the want of more Christian possible ; on my arrival here, my first ob denial, and Christian liberality, in the project was to make King Sodaka aware of fessed followers of Christ. What! and your intentions towards him and his coun will the highly-favoured Christians of try; and to inform him that I was only England, who have it so undeniably in remaining here until the rains should ter their power, allow those souls, for whom minate, to come up with my wife and the Redeemer shed his precious blood, to reside with him. This information highly perish through their love to this world's gratified him and the thousands around goods? They cannot; they will not. him; and the delighted Monarch has since God has evidently opened this door, and been sending messenger after messenger, they dare not shut it. Let them but beand letter after letter, stating that his hold the brightening and inviting prospect, country is open to me; that he himself and they will come forward. Here then will find a house for me to reside in when is a large town, the metropolis of a vast I come, until I can build one for myself ; and powerful country, which town alone and that when I intend leaving the Coast, contains fifty thousand precious souls. I have only to let him know, and he will Here it presents itself in a beseeching send troops all the way down to escort me attitude, begging the presence of a Misup. Indeed, every thing in his power to sionary to reside with them. Yea, and assist us, he has pledged himself to do, if I the powerful Monarch of this vast country will only live in his country and preach the places himself at the head of the entreatGospel; and since my arrival here, I have ing crowd, and is the first to send forth the been acting with constant reference to my cry, “ Come over and help us.” This cry, removal thither. Judge then of my disap- coming from the very midst of the moral pointment last week, on receiving an offi ruins of an extensive country stretching cial letter from the Chairman of the Dis into the vast interior of Africa, can but trict, in which was the following para meet with a response in the philanthropic graph :-“You should defer your journey soul of every British Christian. O God, to Abokuta, as nothing can be done there stretch out thy hand. Maintain thy cause. for the next two years. At all events you Suffer not a worldly spirit to obstruct the must not, under any circumstances, as yet flow of thy mercy to the Gentiles. Thou commence operations there." This para hast promised thy Son the “ Heathen for graph, I doubt not, gave equal pain to the an inheritance, and the nttermost parts of writer and myself. Here was a complete the earth for his possession.” When shall suspending of all the benevolent arrange the “ Fetishes" and charms of wicked ments which the Committee at home had men, and the temples of devils, be destroymade, and upon which a propitious Pro ed, and places for the worship of the true vidence has been shining with increasing God stud this vast, vast country ?

When brightness ; and a shutting of the Gospel shall its swarthy tribes universally acknowdoor against tens of thousands of precious ledge the “ Prince of Peace," and the immortal souls, who were only awaiting song of “Hosanna to God” rise from the introduction of the good news of the the lips of the countless thousands of the glorious Gospel, to receive it,--for at least dark interior, and one vast stream of glory two years !! What multitudes of them stretch from continent to continent? Thank will, long ere that, have passed into eternity! God, the day will come. Christ must What havoc will the fierce monster hare conquer : and if one people will not be

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