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brought froin England, is reserved. We pray for nothing else? No, Sir, I did adi hope then to print the Gospel of Mat- then know that I wanted any thing else. FUEW; more than two-thirds of which is Did not you know then that you had an im. translated; but this must depend on our mortal soul? 'Oh, no; the farmers used receiving an adequate supply of paper." always to say that Hottentots had no souls,
and that they were made by the devil, and not by the God of the Christians.* They
tvould never allow us to go to Church; I AFRICA.
was never in a Church till I came to Bethels. Conversation with a Converted Hottentot, dorp, nor ever heard one word out of the
on his former state of Ignorance.-Er- book (the Bible.) Before I came there, I tracted from the Journal of Mr. Evan was as ignorant as these oxen, and knew Evans, July 15, 1817.
nothing. Whenever I used to see this inJuly 15.—Experienced much pleasure sect, holding the creature still in his hand, this morning in conversing with the driver 'I used sometimes to fall down immediately of our wagon, concerning the state of igno- before it; but if it was in the wagba-road, rance in which his nation was plunged pre- or in a foot-path, I used to take it up as viously to the time in which Missionaries gently as I could, to place it behind a bushe came among them. He showed me a small for fear a wagon, or some men or beasts insect, which the farmers call the Hotlentots should tread it to death.' If a Hottentot by god; and which, in fact, they used to wor. some accident killed or injured this creature, ship. This man said to me, “Oh! Sir, it is he was sure to be unlucky all his lifetime, impossible for me to say how thankful I am and could never shoot an elephant or a to the good men over the great waters, be- buffalo afterward. cause they have sent you, his servants, to It is impossible to describe the thankful. teach poor Hottentots. But it is God, the ness which this poor man manifested, beAlmighty God, who put this in the hearts of cause the Lord had remembered his wretchthe good men in England. He said to ed and despised nation, and had sent his them. The poor Hottentots in Africa know servants to teach them the knowledge of the nothing of me, the true God; they worship true God, and the way of salvation through a poor insect that even they themselves can Jesus Christ, instead of worshipping this tread to death with their naked foot. Yes, poor creature, which, as he observed, he bere he is !-here he is! This was our god, could squeeze to death between his fingers, before God's servants came among us. and which could not deliver itself out of his Yes, the farmers told us before you came, hands. How true are the Apostle's words! that we were nothing but baboons or mon- " For ye see your calling, brethren, hore keys; and if they saw us listening when that not many wise men after the flesh, not they were reading the book, (the Bible,) many mighty, not many noble, are called : they would immediately cry out, What do but God hath chosen the foolish things of the you want, you baboons? begone, you have world to confound the wise ; and God hath no business to look in our houses !
chosen the weak things of the world to con: I asked, Did you ever worship this insect found the things which are mighty: and then? He answered, “Oh! yes, a thou- base things of the world, and things which are sand times; always before I came to Beth- despised hath God chosen; yea, and things elsdorp; whenever I saw this little creature, I would fall down on my knees before him * This, however, is by no means the and pray.' What did you pray to him for? character of all the farmers; many of them * I asked him to give me a good master, and are pious and worthy men, who promote the plenty of thick milk and flesh.' Did you religious instruction of their servants.
which are not, to bring to nought things that gentlemen : Mr. Hawtrey, Dr. Clarke, ate: that no fesh should glory in his pre- Rev. Mr. Moore, of Birmingham, Joseph sence." Who more foolish, who more weak, Brindley, Esq. of Manchester, Rev. Mr. who more base, and who more despised than Gaulter, Mr. Davies, and Mr. Griffiths. In the poor Hottentots were? Yet I have no course of the morning some very important doubt that they would be able to confound letters had been received from their Mismany wise philosophers, princes, and war- sionaries, which they had not had time to riors, if they were set to converse with examine; and also a letter stating, that Sir them respecting the things of God. Al-Alexander Johnstone, the Chief Justice of though they are poor, and as 'the offscour. Ceylon, had just arrived in England, and ing of all things'-yea, though they are would probably be in town the next day : not,' as it were, yet I doubt not there are on these accounts, and because the business laundreds of them rich in grace and faith, was not more than half gone through, Mr. heirs of everlasting glory, who shall be for Bunting proposed an adjournment to Thursover rich, even when the riches of this day evening, which was the more readily world shall be consumed. I never saw the agreed to, as Dr. Clarke stated the hope he beauty of this passage so much as since I entertained, that at that time they might be came to South Africa.
favoured with the company of Sir Alex. Johnstone. The Meeting was therefore
closed as it commenced, about five o'clock;
and at seven the same evening, and in the DIETHODIST MISSIONS.
same Chapel, the Rev. R. Newton preached THE Anniversary of this Society com- a missionary sermon. menced on Friday, May 1, by two sermons; On Thursday evening the large Chape! the one in the forenoon, at Queen-street in the City Road was again thronged, when Chapel, by Dr. A. Clarke ; the other at the remaining business was gone through. Hinde-street Chapel, in the evening, by the The meeting was indeed disappointed at not Rev. T. Roberts, A. M. of Bath. The an being favoured with the company of Sie nual meeting for business was held on Mon- Alex. Johnstone, who apologized in a polite day forenoon, at the City-Road Chapel. At and friendly note, stating his being obliged 11 o'clock the Rev. Mr. Benson opened the immediately to accompany Lady Johnstone meeting with singing and prayer, when to Cheltenham, on account of her alarming Thomas Thompson, Esq. M. P. of Hull, state of illness. The chief speakers on this cook the chair, and after a few words to in- occasion were Mr. Watson, who gave a iroduce the business, called upon the Rev. very interesting account of the deplorable Alr. Watson, one of the Secretaries, to read state of the heathen world; Mr. Banting, the Report. This stated, that they had re- who electrified the meeting by a most ani. cently received very encouraging letters mated and energetic address in favour of from some parts of France, from Ceylon, missions; and Mr. R. Newton, who strik: from India, from West and South Africa, ingly exhibited the simple and easy manner from the West-Indies, particularly the re- in which all rạnks, and females in particupublican part of St. Domingo, from British lar, might aid the cause by missionary boxes America, and from Ireland; and that the and baskets, and by little presents calcu. income of the Society last year amounted to lated to excite and reward the attention of 17,2271. to which the expenses would pro- children and young persons among the bably be nearly equal. The usual motions heathen. relative to receiving the Report, thanking the Mr. Bepson read very interesting extracts Auxiliary Societies, were then moved and from some of the letters just received from seconded by the following ministers and the Missionaries abroad. Dr. Clarke moy:
ed, and Mr. Hastope seconded, a vote of) and Foreign Bible Society, he could act let grateful acknowledg nent to Sir Alexan- regard it as the work of God. The simplider and Lady Johnstone, for their libera city of its nature strongly indicated the divipatronage of the mission to Ceylon, and fornity of its original. Pious and benevolent their kind attention to the Missionaries, men had, in different ages and countries, dewhich was passed with unanimity and envised various methods of doing good; but thusiasm. Several lay gentlemen support their plans had been fettered by party preed the interest of the Meeting by their ar judices, and encumbered by insuperable dent and liberal pledges of support.
difficulties. Different bodies of Christians In the close of this Meeting Mr. Davies could not unite without violating some con. came forward, br request, confirming the viction, or sacrificing some principle. At melaucioly fact which he had mentioned at last, an Institution had been formed, which the former Meeting, that soine of the Afri- proposed the greatest possible good, by can nations practise cannibalism from the means the most simple, and therefore the most gross and sensual motives—a circum- most unexceptionable : an Institution whose stance which he strongly urged as an argu- specific and exclusive object was the circument for attempting their instruction and lation of the Holy Scriptures, at home and conversion.
abroad, without Note or Comment; and which, therefore, afforded a common ground on which all denominations of Chris
tians could consistently mect, and find FOURTEENTH ANNIVERSARY
scope for co-operation without compromise.
He could not but trace the same divine of the British and Foreign Bible Society. agency, in the manner in which the opera.
tions of the Society had been conducted. (Continued from page 277.) When persons united together in any secu
lar enterprise, how frequently was the harTHE Rev. Robert Newton, (of the Me- mony broken by clashing interests and conthodist Connexion,) in moving the Resolu- Alicting passions ! Even religious communi. tion of thanks to the Committee, observed, ties were not free from those whose object
“ That the Anniversaries of Public Insti- it was to sow discord, and cause divisions. tutions were occasions of no ordinary inter- But, though the British and Foreign bible est : the friends of each Institution were so- Society numbered among its members and licitous to know what had been done, in the friends persons of every gradation in society, course of the year, towards realizing the and every diversity of profession in religion, proposed object; the report of success was the harmony of the Institution had never hailed with feelings of joy and exultation; been disturbed. The high and heavenly and mutual congratulation followed by mu- employment which it prescribed, rose far tual pledges of renewed and continued es. above the minor distinctions by which reliertion. But among all the Anniversaries gious bodies are characterized; and when celebrated in this metropolis, or elsewhere, any of the peculiarities of party pleaded for that of the British and Foreign Bible Society a little more notice, the answer returned stood unrivalled in the estimation of tie re- was 'I am doing a great work, I cannot lig ous public. It was an anniversary cele- come down. If there were any strife, it brated not by one party only, but by all was the glorious strife of doing good; if parties; exciting a lively interest, present any rivalry, it was the noble rivalry of ing an imposing spectacle, and providing a Christian charity. Even in vindicating the zich repast.
Society from those charges which miscon" In whatever light he Hewed the British ception or prejudice had preferred, its adró.
cates and not dipped their pens in the gall, he saw the hand of God, in disposing the of resentment : in contending for the Bible British public to support an Institution in the spirit of the Bible, they had exempli- whose object was to send the word of God fied the great precept of our common Mas. to the extremities of the earth. To aid ter, “I say unto you, love your enemies. this generous undertaking, the humble meIn fact, opposition had defeated its own de- chanic was coming forward with his pence, sign; it had done so by the attention to the and the wealthy merchant with his pounds. Society which it had awakened, the Chris- Females, to the honour of their sex, were tian spirit with which it had been encoun- consecrating their powerful influence to this tered, and the able viodications which it had holy cause; and he was happy to bear his drawn forth ; and if for a moment a dark testinony to the prudence, as well as the shade had been cast over the Institution, it zeal, which marked the conduct of the Laonly occasioned a brighter burst of splen- dies of Liverpool in this great work. The dour as it advanced towards the zenith of brave defenders of their country were leadits glory.
ing the van in this rapid, but bloodless “ Nor could he forbear remarking a simi- march of the Gospel of Peace. Senators lar providential agency, when be viewed were employing their powerful talents in adthe Society in connexion with the country vocating the cause of revealed truth. Nowhich
gave it birth. The Institution might bles were adding brilliancy to their coro. have been formed in some other country ; nets, by patronizing the work of Him who is but what country on the face of the earth King of kings, and Lord of lords. Right could have furnished those facilities for ex- Reverend Prelates, in conformity with their tensive and successful operations which Bri- dignified and sacred character, were laying tain afforded? Britain had at once the op- their mitres at the foot of the cross; and portunity and the ability for doing good on Princes of the Blood were doing homage to a grand and extensive scale. Her opportu. Him who is the Prince of the kings of the nity was furnished by the intercourse which, earth. If a reason for all this were dethrough her commercial transactions, her manded, it would be found in the language maritime connexions, and her military sta- of the prophet :
:-Thy people shall be wil. tions, she maintains with almost every part ling in the day of thy power.' Nor would of the world It were grovelling, indeed, this work be overthrown: the winds might to presume that the opportunity afforded by blow, the rains descend, and the storms such intercourse, was designed to promote heat, against this temple of charity; but it her secular gain, and not rather to enable would stand; for it had been raised by a her to communicate to nations the most re- Divine Architect : it would stand; for it mote, the inestimable and imperishable was a building fitly framed, and compacted blessings of our common Christianity. Her together: it would stand; for it was found: ability, also, arising from the same sources, ed upon a rock." had obviously the same design. Why was
The Rev. Dr. Henderson. she so eminently distinguished on the scale of nations? Was it that she might appear “My Lord, in rising to second this Resoin the stern and commanding aspect of a lution, I sincerely rejoice in the opportunity conqueror? Was it not that she might be which it affords me of redeeming the pledge seen in the lovely and imposing attitude of which I have given to various Bible Sociea Benefactress?
ties, and to numerous individual friends of
this Institution, in different parts of the North • That, where Britain's power *Is felt, mankind may feel her mercy too. of Europe. That pledge, my Lord, consists
in a promise, that on returning to my nativo In this view of the sahject, he thought country, and especially if I should bave the
honour of addressing the Parent Society, 1 circumstances in any other part of the civi) would express to you, my Lord, as its reve. ized world. And this, my Lord, must apred President, the high sense of gratitude, pear the more surprising, when we reflect, and of obligation, with which they are pene- that there does not exist a single school for trated for the noble example which you children in that Island. But though there have set them in the establishment of Bible be not a school for the tuition of youth, yet it Societies; for the encouraging and animat- is a remarkable fact, that there is secrcely ing letters which you have exchanged with to be found a boy or a girl, who has reached them in the course of your correspondence; the age of nine or ten years, that cannot read and above all, for the liberal and munificent and write with facility. I mention this, my aid with which you have encouraged and Lord, to show how well the Icelanders were assisted their exertions; and for that rich qualified for making a due and proper apsupply of copies of the Holy Scriptures with plication of that gift which was conferred which you have provided the inhabitants of upon them by your bounty. During the those kingdoms. I regret, my Lord, that winter which I was obliged to spend among they should have chosen an interpreter so them, I found that those copies of the Scriplittle competent to convey to this assembly tures which had been brought into circulaan adequate idea of their gratitude; but if lation were perused every evening in the the smallest weight can be attached to the family circle. Passages of the Old Testaplain, unvarnished, and simple testimony of ment were read by some good reader in the an eyewitness; and if his statement of facts, family, while they were engaged at work; which have come under his own observa- and after the occupations of the evening tion, can in any measure tend to strengthen were brought to a close, the sacred volume a conviction in the minds of the friends of was then employed at their family devothis Institution, of the great good resulting tions. from the foreign operations of the British “The spirit of joy and gratitude display. and Foreign Bible Society, most cheerfully ed by the Icelanders, on receiving copies of do I come forward to furnish you with that the word of God, I have also had repeated testimony.
opportunities of witnessing in other coun“It is, I doubt not, my Lord, still fresh in tries in the North of Europe : and if it were the memory of many now present, that in necessary to add any thing to the interestthe year 1814 I proceeded, at the request ing details, that have been laid before you of the Committee of this Society, to the dis- this day, relative to Denmark and Sweden, tant island of Iceland, for the purpose of I would simply advert to one circumstance, distributing your bounty among its worthy which is, the celebration of the Third Annibut necessitous inhabitants. We had been versary of the Reformation by Luther. This accustomed to hear of the early and success- event appears to have called the attention ful application of the Icelanders to the study of thousands, and tens of thousands, in the of literature, and of the asylum which their Lutheran Church, to the importance of the Island afforded to the sciences, at a period Sacred Scriptures ; and I may mention one when the darkest gloom covered the rest of fact, which, I doubt not, will prove gratify. the European horizon. And it is a fact ing to your Lordship, and this company, that which forms a perfect anomaly in the histo- by order of the Swedish Government, a colry of our species, that, in spite of all the lection was made, on the day of the Jubilee, physical evils with which they have been in every Church throughout that kingdom, visited, the Icelanders are sull attached to for the purchase and distribution of Bibles learning, and may at present boast of a among the poorer part of the population. strength and acuteness of intellect, and a “ It is no less remarkable, my Lord, than stock of general knowledge, superior to gratifying, to be able to assert, that from what we meet with among people in similar this favoured spot, where we are now as