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our behalf, that we may receive grace ing, and the guidance of infinite Wisdom, of the Lord to be faithful” in the may be vouchsafed to your counsels various departments of the work allotted and measures for the extension of the to us here, and we on our part do not Redeemer's kingdom throughout the forget to implore that the divine bless world.
BECHUANA Missions. - Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Shepstone,
dated Wil-Berg Mission-Station, near Buffalo's Vleij, October 18th, 1843. The unsettled state of the country cheering to see them coming so regularly, around us for some time past, and the and from a distance of several miles, too, jealousies manifested at all communica to the means of grace. A stronger proof tions, may be reasons which will claim of their attention was shown when I for me some indulgence for not having formed my first catechumen's class, on been punctual in writing to the Commit- which occasion not less than fifty attee. But these were not my only reasons tended. Not wishing to be misunderfor not addressing you regularly. My stood, I did not form them into a class chief one was something definite about on the first day, but took about two which to write. I had hoped to have hours in explaining to them the nature seen the Chief Kawa here before this, and of the meeting, and what would be exto have been able to announce the loca- pected of them by God and his church if tion of him and his people in this the they became Christ's followers ; and, on land of their adoption; but as the winter dismissing them, I told them that I has detained them for a season on the should be glad on the following week to road, I wait no longer, but hasten to tell see as many as were determined to act you of our progress and prospects as upon what they had heard. The next they are before any accession by that meeting I had as large an attendance; clan.
and on examining them individually, I Since the 3d of March last, I have found, to my great gratification, that the been over the spot, and have chosen a work of grace was much deeper than I situation for our station; and since that had supposed. I had thought that I should period, although the land was destitute find the greater part convinced of the of inhabitants, and on that account given truth, and desirous of serving God as far by the Chief Mashesh to the Chief Kawa, as that discovery had led to the acknowI have constantly been receiving acces- ledgment of Him, which is generally the sions of natives, chiefly Tambookies, first process in the mind of a native, while Kaffres, some Basutos, emancipated being brought to God, who has grown up slaves, and Fingoes. The conditions on and lived ignorant of divine truth ; but which I have received these to live at many of these I found deeply convinced the Institution and in the neighbour- of sin, and crying for deliverance through hood, are, first, that they live honestly the blood of Jesus Christ, expressing and in peace; and, secondly, that as soon themselves in strong language, which was as our chapel is finished and school quite borne out by their half-suppressed formed, their children shall regularly feelings. attende
Our progress in building on the staThe attendance of these people on the tion is also cheering. I was enabled, means of grace is to me very encourag three months since, to leave my reeding. We have now a congregation of hut to occupy one-half of a good subabout one hundred and fifty souls, whose stantial Mission-house : the other half is decorous behaviour would not disgrace Dearly up, and, when completed, will an English congregation ; and this is the contain seven rooms, besides a kitchen, more remarkable, as the greater part Our chapel, sixty-four feet by twenty, (namely, the Tambookies) have never is in a state of equal forwardness, but before been under the preaching of the will, I believe and hope, be soon too Gospel, but have been wandering about small to contain our congregation. The for many years past, from place to place buildings we occupied at Buffalo's Vleij, in the interior, on account of some for as a dwelling and chapel, were so armer wars between themselves and the ranged, that they were no expense to the parent tribe : it is, therefore, the more Society.
WEST-INDIAN MISSIONS. To our numerous friends who have recently contributed, with such prompt and generous kindness, various sums to aid in the restoration of chapels in the West Indies, destroyed or injured by the calamitous earthquakes of February, 1843, the following letter from Dominica will be interesting. It proves that while, for those islands, which absolutely need aid from home, such aid has been to a large extent placed in the hands of the Committee, the Societies and congregations on the spot have felt the obligation of meeting the case by local exertions, wherever they were able. The liberal grant of the Dominica Colonial Legislature demands the grateful acknowledgments of the Society; and the strong testimony, so kindly borne in their Resolution, (which will be found at the close of Mr. Waymouth's letter,) to the services of the Wesleyan Missionaries, is as highly gratifying, as it is, we are persuaded, just and well-deserved. Dominica.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. W. T. Waymouth, dated
Roseau, September 22d, 1843. I SHOULD have sent you the intelli. internal pillars, which greatly assist the gence of our having opened the chapel sides in supporting the superincumbent at Mount-Wallis, near Prince Rupert's, weight; and the centre roof, projecting, by an earlier post ; but that before I admits of more diagonal bracing, which could prepare it for your use, I was in a wood erection is a first consitaken ill of fever, which was very nigh deration. I believe every precaution to putting a period to my labours. After insure strength, and furnish resistance suffering several returns of the paroxysm, to wind and earthquake, has been taken. it being of the remittent kind, I thought The chapel will seat about five hundred it right to go to Antigua, where I might persons ; and the whole cost will be, procure good medical advice in a climate when all is finished, about £500 stere which agreed well with me when I ling. I am happy to say, we have collaboured there. By God's blessing on lected within the island the cheering the means used, I was able to return to amount of £200 and upwards ; the lemy family and station in three weeks ; gislature have granted £100 sterling; but I fear it will be some time before I and the remaining £200 sterling have shall be able to undertake the more been added for the present to the debts laborious part of my duty in this island. now on the Mission-property in the isPerhaps the struggle to get the new land. If it please God to spare us from chapel in a state to be used on the 1st the greater calamities for a few years to of August may have contributed to the come, we shall find means to reduce, if dangerous character of the attack; for the not remove, all these debts; when the circumstances were particularly trying proceeds then available may be turned to The journey to the place, thirty miles the support of the regular work. Doubt. distant, is performed in an open boat, less, by God's blessing, a very few years and the rains are almost incessant. The will place Dominica among those Cirmaterials must be all taken from the cuits that are independent of the Parent town; and actual superintendence of all Society's funds. the details of building is necessary in this It may be interesting to state, that the country, in order to have the work welland land on which the chapel stands is idenfaithfully done. I rejoice, however, that tified with the first efforts of Methodism at all personal hazards the people have in the island. Before the generous now a good and substantial chapel, which owner of it, by whose name we have I hope will stand for many years. It is called the place, disposed of it to the built of wood. The corner uprights and Methodist Mission, it was occupied by a braces are all of the best hard wood, pious soldier, who had obtained his dis(bulletre,) as is all the beam-work under charge, and who, during the many interthe floor. The rest of the frame is of ruptions occasioned by the deaths of the good pitch-pine, well put together. The Missionaries, for the frequency of which sketch I send will give you an idea of this part of the island is distinguished, the plan adopted. Three roofs require kept the society together by holding meet
ings in his own little cottage on the spot. owners, and, as if in anticipation of the The old members often speak of “ Daddy earthquake, the spot on which the new Butler," and some of them have not for- chapel is erected was, in the most genegotten the floggings they have endured rous manner, transferred to the Mission for finding their way through the woods by the Honourable Dugald Stewart to his house for religious instruction. Laidlaw, to whose kindness the Mission There was indeed a burst of feeling, is laid under lasting obligation. He when, on the day of opening the chapel, fully relinquished, on the part of the a slight reference was made to the differa estate, all claims that had been made, as ence between that time and the present. soon as the true situation of the lot had Governor Prevost gave, in 1803, the been ascertained. It was then sought temporary occupancy of an acre of land, after for a Preacher's residence, as the which is still in the possession of the place is increasing in importance, and Mission, on which a chapel was built. the spot in question is a fine elevation This was razed to the ground in 1805. I out of the way of the swamp. We little believe another was built on the same thought at that time it would be so soon spot soon afterwards; and as the society wanted for the house of God; but his then numbered six hundred numbers, the providence is at once minute and station was considered of some importance. large ! But the history of the place is a record In returning to the scene of their of Missionaries' deaths. Mr. Dakin, in labours for this year, your Missionaries a letter written in 1816, says of this found the chapel entirely destroyed by place : “Considering the length of time the earthquake of February 8th ; and as the people have been without a Preacher, a spirit of liberality was manifested by it is a miracle that so many have kept the people, and there was reason to caltogether.” It appears from this letter, culate on local help, the new chapel was also, that the second chapel was blown begun in God's name, and the foundadown in 1813, and that in 1814 Mrs. tion laid on the 22d of March, by the Wallis gave a very good house, with an Honourable D. S. Laidlaw. The peoacre of land, which house was converted ple on the estates have exerted theminto a place of worship at that time. selves nobly, working gratis in the time This is the spot on which the late chapel, allowed them for marketing and rest, now demolished, was built in 1830. At and giving liberally of the wages obwhat time the site of our new chapel was tained for working on the estates. By obtained, does not appear on any record God's blessing on the undertaking, it that I can find ; but from comparing the reached a state, on the 1st of August, recollections of the people, it appears capable of allowing the hundreds of that it was purchased by Mr. Johnson grateful worshippers to assemble within about 1811, no doubt in consequence of it; and although it was not finished, the swampy character of the spot then the people realized the welcome of their possessed; but owing to the sickness, Father's house, once more open to reremoval, or death of successive Mis ceive them. There are some hopes of sionaries, the lot was never taken legal erecting a Preacher's residence on the same possession of, and, from loss of boundary spot next year. If this be accomplished, lines, fell into the possession of the such a measure will have been secured neighbouring estate, but was for the temporal improvement and spirit. cleared for cultivation. The want of ual welfare of the people, as will redound this place was not much felt, and many to the glory of God and the spread of of the Missionaries, it appears, knew no evangelical truth, and realize the anxious thing, or nothing distinctly, of its exist- hopes of God's servants, of whom many ence or circumstances.
are gone to their reward, and others chapel, built in 1830, stood on part follow hard after. of the fatal swamp, from the malaria I send the Resolution adopted by the of which fevers and agues plenti. Legislature on the occasion of the Grant fully arise. No fixed residence being made to the chapel :established there, the Preachers visiting " Whereas it hath been represented to have gone trusting in Providence for this House, that the Wesleyan-Methodist protection, and only impelled by love of chapel, situate at the town of Portssouls; and, although their visits have mouth, in the parish of St. John, has, been generally of but few hours' duration, by the late calamitous earthquake of the they have often carried away the seeds 8th of February, been so injured as to of painful, protracted, and often fatal, render necessary the erection of another ; fevers. In the course of the last year, and a portion of the inhabitants thereat the estate above alluded to changed are now deprived of the means of attend.
ing, with regularity and comfort, the aid in the erection of a new chapel in the public worship of God and the ordinances aforesaid place : of religion, there being no other Pro “ Resolved, That the Treasurer be, testant place of worship in the quarter : and he is hereby, authorized to pay to And whereas great advantage hath ac the order of the Superintendent of the crued to this island by the operations of Wesleyan-Methodist Society in this the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and it island, the sum of one hundred pounds is desirable that encouragement should sterling, to be by him applied to aid in be afforded thereto, by means of a pecu the erection of a chapel, in connexion with niary grant from the public treasury, to that Society in the town of Portsmouth."
Wesleyan Mission-Horse, Bishopsgate-Street-Within,
London, March 20th, 1844. JAMAICA.-MR. Young's SAFE RETURN TO ENGLAND :-We are thankful to be able to announce the safe return of the Rev. Robert Young from Jamaica; and that the end of his important Mission to that interesting sphere of the Society's operations has been fully accomplished. The Annual District-Meeting at which he presided, assisted by the Rev. Jonathan Edmondson, the Chairman of the District, was characterized by great harmony, and marked by the special blessing of the Great Head of the church. On inquiring into the state and prospects of the several Circuits, it was reported that prosperity generally prevailed, and that, notwithstanding the very large addition which has been made to our religious societies in the island during the few past years, the aggregate number of church-members still continues to increase. The financial state of the District was found equally encouraging; the Missionaries entered most heartily into the Committee's views, as explained by Mr. Young, on the subject of economy; and such arrangements were made as will afford considerable relief to the home-funds of the Society. Mr. Young received a most affectionate welcome from his old friends, among whom he had formerly laboured with much success; and they and his brethren, the Missionaries, unite in presenting to the Committee their warmest acknowledgments for his very seasonable and beneficial visit.
Tue communications from the Antigua District are also very gratifying. From the District-Minutes and Reports which have just come to hand, it appears that there has been an almost unprecedented enlargement of the work during the year,—the net increase of members amounting to about two thousand, and that the financial affairs of the District are equally prosperous.
RECENT letters from Cape-Coast, Western Africa, convey the gratifying intelligence, that the Rev. Messrs. Annear, Martin, and Greaves
, and Mrs. Annear, arrived there safely on Tuesday, the 5th of December last, after a passage of fifty-four days.
In connexion with this reference to Western Africa, we give the following letter, and leave it to make its own impression :
“ BARTON-U PON-HUMPER, March 14th, 1844. "DEAR SIRS,_Believing that if ever the Gospel be preached in Africa through the length and breadth of the land, it must be chiefly by a Native Ministry, I send you the enclosed order on Barclay and Co., for ten pounds, towards the expense of training such a ministry,
Yours, &c., “ To the General Secretaries, ge.
FINANCES OF THE SOCIETY FOR 1843. We deeply regret that we are at present unable to furnish with sufficient precision our usual anticipatory outline of the balance sheet for 1843. It must of necessity be deferred till the presentation of the Annual Report at the ensuing Anniversary, or at all events till our Number for May can be prepared for the press. All that we can now state is,—that the receipts from regular and ordinary sources of income for 1843 have not fallen short of those of the preceding year ; —that the Juvenile Christmas and New-Year's Offerings exhibit a large and gratifying increase, as compared with those for 1842 ;-and that the amount of special donations, to aid the ordinary income of 1843, received in answer to the appeal made in our Circular of December 22d, is truly noble, and will considerably relieve, but not prevent, the apprehended deficiency, with which the Committee are anxiously endeavouring to grapple as well as they can. It is, at all events, cheering to find that, whatever deficiency for 1843 may finally exist, it has not arisen from a diminished income, but from an augmented annual expenditure. To the removal of this cause of distressing embarassment, the Committee are directing their careful and resolute attention.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE AUXILIARY SOCIETY FOR THE
LONDON DISTRICT. The Annual Meeting of the Auxiliary Society for the London District will be held in the Great-Queen-Street chapel, Lincoln's Inn Fields, on Monday evening, May 13th,-and sermons will be preached in various Wesleyan chapels in London on Sunday, May 12th, in connexion with that Meeting. The particulars will be announced on the cover of our Number for May.
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, up to the 14th
d. H. and B., being part of a balance at their disposal for the spread of the Gospel
105 0 0 Mr. Kettlewell, Fulford, near York
0 0 Mr. Thomas Waddingham, Greengate, near Barton.... Legacy of the late Miss Ellen Adam, of Banff.
10 Mr. and Mrs. Norwood, Newton
10 Mr. William Waddington, Barton, for the Feejee Mission..... Friends, for the Ashanti Mission, by the Rev. Dixon Naylor
0 Mrs. Highfield, Hanley, for West African Missions ..
0 0 0 0