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gree, without regard to personal character and excellence, is, as far as I can see, an act that must always appear to us arbitrary, ca. pricious, and unjust; and since success is, in no measure or degree, a man's personal character or excellence, it can, in no mea. sure or degree, be the subject of reward.
BUNYAN'S COMMENDATION OF WOMES.
“ I will now speak on the behalf of Women to take away their reproach. For as death and the curse came into the world by a woman so did also life and health. God sent forth his son made of a woman.' Yea, to shew how much those that came after did abhor the act of the mother, this sex in the old Testament coveted children, if haply, this or that woman might be the mother of the Saviour of the world. I will say again, that when the Saviour was come women rejoiced in him before either man or angel. I READ NOT, EVER MAN DID GIVE UNTO CHRIST SO MUCH AS ONE GROAT; but the women « followed him and ministered unto him of their substance.' It was a woman that washed his feet with her tears and a women that anointed his body to the burial. They were women that wept when he was going to the cross, and woman that followed him from the cross, and sat by the sepulchre when he was buried. They were women that were first with him at his resurrection morn, and women that brought tidings first to his disciples that he was risen from the dead; women therefore are highly favoured and are sharers with us in the grace of life.”
ANECDOTE OF THE REV. JOAN ELIOT. The ardent zeal, and heroic fortitude, so commendable in a missionary, are finely illustrated in the character of the Rev. John Eliot, the apostle of the American Indians. In his attempts to christianize the Indians, soon after the first settlement of New. England, he met with great opposition from the sachems, who feared that the christian religion would deprive them of that tyranny they exercised over their people. Mr. Eliot, in the wilderness, remote from the society or aid of the white people, was often treated in a very rough and threatening manner by the sachems. But he boldly told them, “ I am about the work of the great God; and my God is with me; so that I fear neither you, nor all the sachems in the country? I'll go on, and do you touch me if you dare!" Upon this, says the historian, the stoutest of them have shrunk before him.
Report of the Directors to the twelfth gene. able reception among them; nor do the
ral Meeting of the London Missionary missionaries perceive that there is any Society.
very pleasing prospect that it soon will. > The directors of the missionary society Otoo, since the death of Pomarre, has welcome, with unabated pleasure, the re- maintained his authority without oppositurn of that period, which renews their tion, and his treatment of our brethren intercourse with their christian brethren bas been affable and kind; but they confrom various parts of the kingdom: they ceive his favour to be precarious, and liarejoice in the conviction that to such as ble to be soon turned away from them. feel, with suitable gratitude, their im. They suggest the desirableness of being mense obligations to their adorable Re- reinforced by two or three times their deemer, no occasions can be so exhilara- present number, recommending the far ting as those which connect the honour of greater part to be mechanics rather than his name, and the enlargement of his king- missionaries; of the latter they, conceive, dom, with the highest interests of the hu- that on account of the small population man race. May his presence and blessing of the islands, a large body is not necesa eminently distinguish this anniversary, sary. They speak with concern and apthat the springs of zeal and of love may prehension of the great increase of fire be abundantly replenished, and every arms, and the avidity of the natives to heart be consecrated anew to him! procure them, even on very high terms.
In pursuance of their duty to the society, Otoo, who had been seven months at the directors will lay before them a sum. Eimeo, had, by gifts or force, got into his mary account of the occurrences which possession the greater part of the mushave taken place since they were last quets which were in the hands of the comconvened together; and they trust that mon people. It is rumoured that he init will excite the spirit both of supplica- tends to do the same at Otaheite; but it tion and of thanksgiving to that gracious is also said, that those who have them Being, on whose influence and blessing are determined not to part with them but all our hopes of success are founded, and with loss of life. who has condescended to favour our un. By the Harrington, which touched dertaking with so many proofs of his ap- there about June, 1804, they received a probation.
supply of necessary articles, amounting OTAHEITE.
to 1131. 3s. Id. which came very conveAs the first measures of the society niently, as those which from time to time were directed to the islands of the South had been supplied by the directors, still sea, they have usually placed the mission- remained at New South Wales, for want ary station at Otaheite as the first article of an opportunity of forwarding them. of their report. They have occasion to re- From the measures which the directors gret that the intercourse with this island, have taken, they have reason to expect through the medium of New South that these articles, as well as their letters, Wales, is much less frequent than here. would reach them ere long. tofore, when the state of that colony re- They have lately been favoured with a quired supplies of provisions from the letter from the Rev. Mr. Marsden, for southern islands; so that our brethren, whose numerous and important services when they last wrote, had not received to this mission, they are under the greatthe various letters which had been ad. est obligations. The intelligence it coudressed to them since the year 1801, as tains is of a more encouraging nature they were detained at Port Jackson for than they have received from the missionWant of the means of conveyance; the aries themselves, and is in substance as only letter from them which has reached follows: The foundation for the introducus, is dated the 12th of December, 1804; tion of the gospel amongst the natives of the substance of which is as follows. the South sea islands will eventually be
The population of the island continues laid in New South Wales. The natives to decrease every year, ibrough the still embrace every opportunity of visiting prevailing causes frequently noticed in this country, * I have used,” says Mr. former letters. Civilization is making but M. “my interest to bave them treated a slow progress. The chiefs are dissolute; well. They seem very anxious to learn the common people indolent; and both our trades. I have stated their situation insensible of the value of improvement. to the governor, who has been kind The gospel has not yet met with a favour- eifough to interest himself about them. I VOL. II.
think much bas already been done, if the prominent parts of the system of missietdifńculty of the undertaking be consider- ary exertions; yet the directors have aned. When I have conversed with the na- nually noticed these stations, and the tives of Otaheite who are now in this preaching of the gospel which is there colony, I have been much gratified at the continued, under the patronage of this knowledge they have acquired. It ap- Society. pears to me that the missionaries, from The latest accounts from Mr. Hillyard their letters, are not sensible what im. are very satisfactory to the directors, as pression they have already made on the they evince his diligence and activity in minds of the natives. I have already said the good work in which he is engaged. much has been done, and I think so." Mr. H's. principal station was at Twilin
Mr. Marsden suggests a plan for in- gate ; but the Rev. Mr. Morris having creasing the intercourse between New left the church over which be presided South Wales and Otaheite, by means of at St. John's, Mr. H. at the particular rea small vessel, of about seventy tons, questof its members has removed thither, which he thinks would soon be navigated and probably has resided there during the principally by Otaheitans, at a small ex. last winter, at which season of the year, pense; and which would tend to acceler- his labours are necessarily stationary. I ate their civilization, and so prepare them the summer, however, Mr. H. itinerates for a more attentive reception of the gos- to various places, at a distance from his pel. He purposes to give this subject a residence, such as Green Pond, an island anore particular consideration, and write in Bonavista Bay, Fogo, Trinity, &c. As the directors futher thereon.
these places are not favoured with the These worthy missionaries are much stated ministry of the gospel, Mr. H's. entitled to our sympathy, and our prayers. services are very acceptable, and, it is Excluded, for years together, from all hoped, are productive of much good. Oa communication orintercourse with friends these accounts, and the directors judging and greatly wearied by disheartening cir- very highly of his christian character, and cumstances, they yet persevere with una. ministerial labours they have agreed to bated zeal in their important work; and extend their engagement with him from it appears from various testimonies, that three to four years : which additional term they exhibit that excellency of principle they are persuaded will be faithfully imand conduct which do honour to the proved. christian missionary. May their faithful The directors have received two letters labours be soon rewarded with success! from Mr. Pidgeon, since the last annual When their reply to the letter written to meeting. They give information that he them in June, 1805, shall be received, the generally resides and preaches at News directors will, in all probability, be ena- Carlisle during the winter, and at Resti bled to form a better judgment respecting gouche in the summer: that at both these this missionary station, than they can at places his ministry is acceptable; and present: it is also probable, that some of that he occasionally extends his services the brethren may be inclined to return to to various villages in the vicinity of thase England, as the period for this event, (as places. As his exertions are necessarily it respects those who went out by the circumscribed in the winter, he employs Royal Admiral) approaches. This would hisleisure in the acquisition of the French enable the directors to enter on a discus- and Indian languages, in order that be sion of several important matters suggests may be able to preach to the French ed by the brethren; and to regulate the catholics and Indians; the former being future concerns of this mission, by a more very numerous, and many of the latter comprehensive and accurate view of cir- also residing in the vicinity of those sta. cumstances than can at present be taken. tions. The directors are bappy to receive In the mean time, they bear these much- this intelligence, as it tends to assimilate tried brethren most affectionately or their his views, and to direct his future everhearts, and will continue to administer to tions to objects which are directly suited their convenience and comfort as opportu. to the patronage of this society. And as nities may occur.
Mr. P. has requested, and will certainly
need an assistant, when he shall have NORTH AMERICA.
entered on his labours among the French Although the labours of the brethren, catholics and the Indians, the directors the Rev. Mr. Hillyard at Newfoundland, think it will be expedient to look out fr and the Rev. Mr. Pidgeon at New-Car- a suitable person, to take a part of the lisle and Restigouche, in New-Brunswick, ministerial duties at Carlisle, and a inay not be considered as essential or Restigouche.
The connexion which subsisted be. Dr. Vanderkemp and Mr. Read, whom tween the religious society at Quebec, he highly praised, would suspend their ted by the return of Mr. Bentom
to this vourable circumstances should render it country. But the directors have the plea- advisable. sure to state, that at their recommenda- Their journals for 1804, contains setion, and on application from the friends veral pleasing instances of the success at Quebec, the Rev. Mr. Dick has been of their ministry among these poor heasent out by some religious societies in then, one of which is the following: “A Scotland, to succeed Mr. Bentom in that man named Hannes Trompetten was, even city.
so lately as the present year, captain of a AFRICA.
horde of plundering Hottentots. One of In the last report of the directors, it his sisters, belonging to the same gang, was mentioned that, in consequence of came last year to our institution. In the political circumstances, it became neces. present year her example has been sary that the missionary stations in South followed by another sister, and also his Africa should be placed under the care aged father. At last, Hannes himself reof the Netherland society; the directors solved to give up his fagitious employwhereof had kindly agreed to become the ment, and endeavoured with four of his medium through which the correspond. brethren to join us. In this attempt his ence with them was to be conducted. brethren were killed, and he alone esDuring the last year, the information re. capel. In both of his sisers the almighty ceived has not been so extensive as could power of God is glorified: the first was be wished; and although, in some re- baptized in March, the other in April.
spects, it is of a very acceptable nature, In that month the Lord displayed his edhe vetit is mingled with circumstances which power in the conversion of our people
occasion regret. These lave arisen from in a singular manner, and we saw therein, the opposition made by the Boors to the eleven, being all women, added to the instruction of the Hottentots, prompted assembly of those who shall be saved. by their malignant hatred to the cause of the whole number baptized in that year Christ; but covered and enforced by pre- appears to be five brethren, seventeen tences of necessary prudence and caution sisters, and fourteen children; in all thirty in respect to institutions connected with six.” One they had been obliged to exand supported by English societies. The clude from their communion for immoral respectable governor Janssens, although conduct, and to dismiss from the instituconvinced of the utility of missionary ex- tion the associate of her guilt. ertions, and that they were entirely separ. Notwithstanding the opposition made ated from all national views, yet found it to the labours of these faithful men, the expedient to subject our stations both at power of God continued to attend their Zak River, and Bethelsdorp, to some in. ministry to the period when they were convenient restrictions; and afterwards obliged to leave this settlement, which to summon our brethren Dr. Vander. was in the month of May last. Mr. Read kemp, and Mr. James Read to Cape writes on the subject as follows: “ Our Town, to vindicate themselves against spiritual work continued till our departure some charges brought against them by in a prosperous state; and there were the Landrost a kind of sheriff, and the added to the church daily such as we Boors, the bitterenemies of their mission. trust will be saved. The number of baptiary work.
zed consisted of forty-six grown persons, Some steps which Dr. Vanderkemp besides a great many others, of whose had thought himself bound to take in be. conversion we have little doubt. One of half of the Hottentots, most cruelly op- the baptized named Kruisman, seems pressed by the Boors, had inflamed their likely to be useful in the Lord's work. resentment, and produced this measure ; He lived with a farmer near us, who treatand after our brethren had convinced the ed him with cruelty, on account of the governor of the innocence of their con- wish he expressed to come to our instituduct, the Boor's threatened, that if he tion to hear the word of God. He had Should permit them to return, they were for several years been concerned about determined to take away their lives; at his soul, and could get no one to tell him the same time representing them as who, or what God is. He conceived, howe friends to the English, and enemies to the ever, that what he saw and heard daily,
utch government. Although the gover- such as murder, drunkenness, adultery, r perceived the falshood of these char' and swearing, could not be pleasing to
the expresseed the wish that both him. His treatment became so intolera
ble, that he was compelled to contplain to cause of Christ have long been very conthe magistrate, who released him from spicuous, and she appears now to have his oppressor, and allowed him to come devoted herself, in a more explicit and to our institution. It was striking to see entire manner to his service among the him while hearing the word of God, with heathen. The brother and sister Bekker his ears, eyes, and mouth open. He how- of Stellenbosch, must have fallen within ever was soon convinced, that the evils the operation of the ordinance just menwhich he had seen in others, were his own tioned, but no certain information has yet and he began to be almost in despair that been received concerning them. The d such a monster could be saved. The Lord rectors do not see any reason to regret Jesus howerer manifested himself to his this part of the regulation, which necessoul, and filled it with joy and peace in sarily fixes the labours of the missionary believing. No sooner was this the case, more directly among the heathen, their than he returned to his fellow-servants, to proper object, than in places occupied tell them what the Lord had done for his principally by nominal christians. soul. This was attended with a blessing The station of brother Anderson and to one of them, and he, as a spiritual Kramer, on the Orange river, among the father, goes daily to visit this child of Corannas, had been considered as be. grace, and encourage him to go on in the yond the limits of the colony, but they good way. He is indeed very zealous, were ordered to appear at Cape Town, and we should not be surprised if the and were there with Dr Vanderkemp Lord should ao great things by him and Read. No letters have been received among his countrymen. These instances from them; it appears however, from of divine mercy are our glory and our brother Read and Dr. Vanderkemp's joy."
letter, that their labours among the Los To another friend he writes. “The annas are blessed in an extraordinary Lord has favoured me greatly, in giving degree. me to see his work flourish among the The directors have received the inter. poor heathen; many have I seen called esting journal of the voyage of Mr. Ki. out of darkness into light, and many of cherer, the Hottentots, and the rest of these favoured with strong assurance of the missionaries from Holland to the their interest in Christ, their new Lord, Cape; where they arrived in the month so that they often express their longing of January, 1805; for the occurrences desire to see him, and be with him. Others of which they refer to the 13th number have great gifts to recommend them to of the missionary transactions. Since their their fellow sinners, and the Lord crowns arrival, they have received no letters their work with an astonishing blessing, from them, but are informed through the to the surprise of all around.”
medium of Dr. Vanderkemp, and of the Through the kind providence of God, society at Rotterdam, that Mr. Kicherer, this missionary station, though for the Mr. and Mrs. Vos, and the Hottentots, present deprived of the superintendance were returned to their station at Zak river, of Dr. Vanderkemp and Mr. Read, is and that there were very favourable not left destitute of the means of grace. prospects of much good being done to These are supplied by the brother Al. the contiguous heathens. Bother Sydenbrecht, (sent over by the society from faden, and the two brethren Albrecht, Holland, in company with brother Ki. who accompanied Kicherer and the Hot. cherer and the Hottentots,) of whom Mr. tentots from Holland, had taken their Read speaks highly, an:1 by the mission. departure for the country of Namacquas, ary Tromp, who was formerly at Wag- in order to introduce the word of life gonmaker's Valley, but has been obliged among those distant and untutored tribes. to leave it by the ordinance of the Dutch As the Cape of Good Hope is now, guvernment, which forbids missionaries through the providerce of God, in the in general from giving instruction to possession of the English government, christians or heathens within the limits of there is the strongest ground to expect the parishes in the colony, and enjoins that a more direct and powerful sanction them to remove to a distance of three will be given to the peaceful and zealous days journey from every established endeavours of our brethern to spread the church. These are joined by Mr. Smith, savour of our dear Redeemer's name most probably a pious and zealous colon- among the heathen nations. The bre. ist, of whom however no particular ac- thern Vanderkemp and Read were turncount has reached us, and also by Mrs. ing their attention to the important is. Smith, a widow of Rodésand, whose hos- land of Madagascar, or to the kingdom of pitality to our bretliren, and zeal for the Mozambique. One of the natives of the