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Canada, under the care of Mt. Gibb, late of (Scotch kirk), an American Presbyterian, 2 Banff, in Scotland, but now of Stansted, in Baptist, and a Methodist chapel. this country, an eastern township in the lower
(Signed) RICHARD MILFs. province. I rominenced preaching the first Any communications towards this impor. Sabbath after I arrived, in a school-room, tant object may be addressed to Rev. J. hired for this purpose, and have continued to Aruodel, Mission-house, London; or to do so down to the present time. The attend Mr. Richard Miles, at James Connell and ance is very good, and if we could procure a Co., Montreal, Canada, care of Alessrs. C. larger and more commodious place, we should Humberston and Co., Liverpool. have a larger attendance, especially on the Sabbaih evening. We also commenced a
WEST INDIFS. Sunday school, and have nearly forty chil BAPTIST MISSIONARIES IN JAMAICA. dren, with the prospect of many more. We noticed in our last an attempt which have also had a meeting on the Friday even
on the Friday even had been made, by the enemies of the gospel ings with the coloured people who reside in in Jamaica, to implicate certain Baptist mis. this town, many of whom have now begun to sionaries in the insurrectionary movements of attend our Sabbath-day services. There are, that island. Since we penned the article in from what I can learn, about 100 coloured question, we are happy to intorm our readers people dwelling in this place, but who have that our good opinion of the said missionaries been hitherto neglected, no one caring for · has been fully verified ; though, alas! the their souls There is, indeed, a wide field conduct of those who first aspersed them, for useful labour in this part of God's vine- and then sought to infringe their liberties, but yard, and I hope He will bless my endeavours too plainly evinces the temper of mind which to promote the spiritual welfare of the people. obtains among the proprietors of a slave
We intend, without delay, to endeavour to colony. It appears, from recent intelligence, obtain the erection of a suitable place of that Messrs. Knibb, Whitehorne, and Abbot, worship, and for this purpose nearly £200 who were conducted to the head-quarters, at are already subscribed, which sum, I hope, Montego Bay, on the 3rd of January, on a will soon be increased ; but we must appeal charge of declining (doubtless under mistake) to the benevolence of the churches at home to perform military dury, have since been set to render us assistance, sor without their aid at liberty, have had their papers, which were I am fearful we shall be unable to effect our seized, restored to them, and have all three object; and certainly no object of a similar been enrolled in the militia --Mr. Whiteborne kind can be presented to their attention more as a captain, Mr. Knibb as a private, and worthy of their countenance and support. I Mr. Abbot as an artilleryman. As it respects have come hither as a pioneer in this good Mr. Burchell, who was represented in the work, and I trust that my feeble efforts will Jamaica Courant--that vehicle of enmity be successful, under the Divine blessing, for against missionaries--as confined in double preparing the way for many valuable labour. irons, it appears from the latest accounts ers to follow. I have sacrificed a consider that he has been treated by Sir Willoughby able portion of what little personal property Cotton with as much leniency as could weil I possessed; but I shall feel the highest be extended to a party accused ; and it is satisfaction if, by doing this, I am made in. confidently believed that the seizure of his strumental in efficiently promoting the good papers, though in itself a painful measure, cause. Can you, my dear Sir, by your re will lead, with other circumstances, to his presentations and recommendation of our entire and honourable exculpation. The infant cause, do any thing for us? What. Baptist missionaries are not the only sufever may be done to promote pure Chris. ferers in these horrible scenes. Mr. Box, a tianity in Canada will be ultimately repaid Wesleyan missionary, was imprisoned, in in assistance to aid the cause of missions Spanish Town, without any charge whatever through the world. I have established a having been preferred against him, and after monthly missionary prayer meeting, and be having been confined in a filthy dungeon for gun to direct the atiention of the people to five days, was liberated because his enemies the progress of the work, and I hope ia due dared not attempt to accuse him! Some of time to be able to assist the Society by our the Moravian and Church Missionary agents, coquibutions. You would be renderiog ser too, have been treated as if guilty of insurvice if you would forward missionary publi rectionary practices. In fact, it cannot be cations regularly to this city, which I shall concealed, that the white population are debe ready to distribute, and will endeavour to termined to charge the whole affair upon the excite an interest in the objects of the So. gospel. Could ihey get rid of the gospel it ciety. Many individuals have expressed is all they want. They see that if light their gladness at my coming amongst them; spreads slavery is at an end; and in this and present appearances of prosperity are they are perfectly right. But it is base in even beyond what could reasonably have the extreme to accuse innocent men of crimes been expected. There is in this city, beside which they never dreamed of committing, the Roman Catholic places of worship, an and to blame the gospel for doing that which Episcopalian church, two Presbyterian only the vices of slavery have produced
The following testimony on behalf of the missionaries, which appeared in one of the Jamaica newspapers, will be highly satisfactory to our friends --—" It is notorious, that the charges brought against the missionaries are a tissue of wilful, wanton, and malicious falsehood; and are intended not to hurt them only, but to injure the cause of Christianity, and to arrest the progress of religion in the island.” This testimony, combined as it is with the fact that multitudes of the Christian
slaves came forward, with the utmost deler. mination, to rescue their masters' property, must put to shame the interested calumniators of the gospel. Surely, surely professing Christians in Great Britain can no longer defile their characters by taking part in a system so fearfully opposed to the spirit and precepts of Christianity, and upon which the retributions of Divine Providence seem ready to fall with alarming force !
OBITUARY. THE REV, JOHN BROWN, or WHITBURN. of sorrow, which none but those who have
It is our painful duty to announce the passed through them can adequately underdeath of the Rev. John Brown, minister of stand; and yet there are few parents but the United Associate Congregation, White what have passed through them. How perburn, Scotland, and one of our old and steady sons destitute of the knowledge of salvation contributors. The afflictive event took place by Jesus Christ our Lord, can bear up under at Lonridge Manse, on the 10th Feb., in the such an affliction it is difficult to conceive; 78th year of his age, and fifty-fifth of his but it is a pleasing fact, that in the gospel of ministry. He was one of the sons of the late the grace of God there are to be found conRev.John Brown, of Haddington, and father solations, not merely to cheer the mourning of Dr. John Brown, of Edinburgh. His parent, but to support the dying child; conmind and personal habits were characterised solations which, while they dispose the father by a measure of simplicity strictly patriarchal; and the mother to say, "Not my will, o his life was active and useful; his end was Lord, but thine be done,” and wipe away the peace; and his memory will be blessed by tears from their eyes, and calm the agitation multitudes in and out of his own religious of their souls ; at the same time draw from connexion.
the couch of death, in infant tones, the
sweet exclamation, “I am happy- yes, I THE REV. JOHN PRIMROSE, WHITEHILL. am happy.”
This eminently holy and devoted servant Thus would I introduce to your notice the of the Lord Jesus entered upon his rest on brief history of an interesting little girl, with the 28th Feb., in the 81st year of his age, whom I had the pleasure of being well acand in the forty-third of his ministry. He quainted, who was indeed one of the lambs was pastor of the United Secession Church, of my own flock. She was the beloved child Whitehill, parish of Grange, North of Scot of most affectionate parents ; but before she land; and he maintained, during a long mi had reached the age of eight years they were nistry, a character for zeal, integrity, and obliged to part with her; to consign her body devotedness to the great duties of his calling, to the cold mansions of the grave, where it which will associate his name with all that is now lies; while her happy spirit, I trust, devout towards God, and benevolent towards rejoices in the presence of God and the Lamb. his fellow-creatures. We remember him a Her name was Isabella Maria L. She had highly popular preacher.
two sisters, older than herself, and two bro
thers, who were younger; all of them the MEMOIR OF ISABELLA MARIA L.
children of A. L., Esq. Her birth-place was To an affectionate parent there are few the town of K., in the county of W., where trials more severe than the death of a beloved she was born, on the 29th of November, child, especially if that child be beautiful of 1823, and where, with the occasional change countenancc, and amiable in disposition, and of a summer residence in the vicinity, the have arrived at such years as to be able to whole of her short life was spent. From the give the promise of much future excellency first dawning of reason there was something of character. To see disease lay its rude uncommonly pleasing in this lovely child. hand upon the tender frame, and in spite of a She, at a very early period, began to exhibit mother's tears and a father's prayers, refuse to a considerable thirst for knowledge, and great let go its hold ; to witness the pain which it application in the attainment of it. With an inflicts, and the sighs and the exclamations industry beyond her years, and with a paof agony which it calls forth; and then, the tience of perseverance seldom displayed by way having been thus prepared, to mark the one so young, she was constantly adding to slow but persevering advance of the King of her stores of general and scriptural informaTerrors, who, steeled against all the emotions tion. For instance, she would frequently of pity, tears from their embrace the darling beg to be allowed to commit to memory the object of their affections : these are scenes lessons which were required of her sisters ;
and if, because considered unsuitable to her years, her request was refused, she would take an opportunity of learning them by herself. The 29th of Nov. 1830, was kept as the anniversary of her birth. I spent the day with the family. The morning was occupied in examining the children as to the progress they had made in the various branches of their education, and in distributing rewards according to the proficiency of each. Maria carried off by far the greatest number of prizes, although the youngest; in fact, she had not only made up to, but outstripped the others. There are few parties happier than ours was on that day. "Ah! little did we then think she would never see another! Even then her months were numbered. Shortly after, her education for eternity was completed; and, unwilling that she should dwell longer amid scenes of sin and suffering, her heavenly Father took her to himself. As an illustration of her thirst for knowledge, her governess has sent me the following interesting statement :
“In my system of education I attempted to provide employment or recreation for every half hour in the day; and it has been some. times difficult, and a matter of discussion, how to find time for due attention to something new which has claimed it. On one such occasion dear Maria said, “ You need not think about it, Miss G.; I will learn it in scraps of time; I know I can. This led me more particularly to observe in what manner she employed her scraps of time gene. rally; and though they seldom exceeded five minutes, I think I never saw them lost or trified with. Indeed, I have no doubt, that often whilst the family was simply preparing to partake of their meals, she had in the meantime been treasuring up some useful, perhaps saving knowledge.” Oh, how much precious time is lost by the old as well as the young, in consequence of their taking no care of its scraps ; and how deserving the imitation of both is the conduct of this child! And here I must mention, what, indeed, by this time, you must have perceived, that Maria and her sisters were blessed with the superintendence and instruction of a pious governess, who resided in the family; one who watched over their souls; who felt that her duty was not discharged when she had merely gone through the routine of their daily lessons; but who, under a deep sense of her responsibility to God, made it her object that they might become wise unto salvation. While anxious to qualify them for discharging their duties according to the station which they should occupy in after-life, she was still more anxious to prepare them for the services and the enjoyments of that happy world where there is no death : and, in the case of Maria, she has the unspeakable happiness of knowing that her labours were not in vain. Would that all families
knew the value of a pious governess, and that in selecting a teacher for their children, deep and earnest piety were made an indispensable qualification more frequently than it is!
At an early period Maria's mind exhibited evident symptoms of its being impressed with the importance of religion. Naturally her conscience was very tender; and during the last two years of her life the Spirit of God had obviously begun to operate that divine change upon her which he has since perfected among the spirits of the blessed. This tenderness of conscience, especially after it had been brought under the influence and control of divine grace, was manifested in a variety of ways, and resulted in an habitual watchfulness and circumspection of conduct rarely to be found even among those who are much farther advanced in years. It is believed, that for many months before she died, she did not give an unqualified promise to any person, lestcircumstances should occur which would prevent her from keeping it; in which case she thought she should offend her God. One day, before leaving her other sisters for a few hours, the governess requested a promise of attention to her wishes from each of them. The sisters gave it cheerfully and without hesitation ; but Maria only said, “I will try to be good ; I don't promise you, because you know God may see something in me which he thinks is wrong, and I may not know it; and then, you know, it would be sin. I don't say it because I shall not try - you may trust me~ I will try to be good. Such a declaration from her was sufficient-more was unnecessary, the mind could not refuse to her the most unbounded confidence. The same tenderness of conscience prevented her from ever being gratified by commendations which she thought she had not deserved. Her governess was once expressing how entirely she relied upon her word, observing, that she had never known her to tell an untruth. She crept to her side, hung her head, and with conscious shame said, “I told you one once.” She then mentioned the circumstance to which she referred; when with pleasure it was found that it could not bear the name of a falsehood. It was simply the neglect of some trilling assent she had given; but she had thought of it for weeks. This occurred, perhaps, two years ago, since which time she has been scrupulously exact to perform her word.
But with all this tenderness of conscience, this regard to truth, this fear of offending God, she was cheerful; there was no anxious thought betrayed -- no repelling reserve--no gloom; her happy countenance exhibited the peace and joy that reigned within, and confirmed the frequent expression of her lips, “I am so very happy!" In her recreations she was playful ; often the gayest of the
gay. One day, when skipping about, full of "Why do you wish to be alone? She remirth and cheerfulness, she was asked why plied, I want to pray-I often want to she did so ; she replied, “ Oh, papa! I feel pray. I pointed out to her the retirement such joy all over me; I feel joy in my toes.” of the walks as suited for meditation and Indeed nothing made her sad, but when she prayer. She looked pleased, and said, thought she had lost the favour of those she 'Well, then, when you see me going, you loved, or had committed sin. In the former will understand why I go; you need not case she would weep abundantly; but it was ask me-you will know I don't go for any when she feared she had offended her God other purpose. I felt that I could trust her that she was most deeply concerned, and ma- wholly. She had made the same complaint nifested the most subdued and appropriate to her mamma, adding, I want to pray for feelings; such feelings, in fact, as could a new heart.' Once, when a hymn was read only have sprung from a deep conviction of before her, it was observed that it spoke the the extent of religious obligation.
language of prayer, she exclaimed, “Oh, that Her love of prayer was as remarkable as is what I want to ask you !—will God be dis. her tenderness of conscience. This seemed pleased if I say hymns when I cannot say to be a chief source of her joy. She held my own words when I want to pray ?' It communion with God, and was replenished was answered, that they constitute prayer, by the gifts of his heavenly grace. She was when they speak the language of desire. I in the habit of disclosing to the governess thought so,' said she, and I have often and her mamma the secret workings of her said, when I wanted to pray and could not, heart ; and in this, too, was discovered her - here she hesitated - it was added, and integrity. Defects and frailties were alike you could not express your wishes in your unreservedly communicated with her happy own words. “Yes,' she replied eagerly, experience. Referring to this subject, Miss that is it; I often say, when I cannot find G. writes: “Some of these seasons are im- my own words, “Oh, for a heart to praise pressed, with deep interest, upon my recollec. my God,"' and repeating the whole verse of tion ; but I cannot describe them. How did that beautiful hymn.” In connexion with 1 then gaze with fond affection, gratitude, this view of her character, it may be inte. and delight upon the tender lamb I had been resting to mention the following circumtold to feed-upon an immortal snatched stance, as still more beautifully illustrating from the grasp of the god of this world it. It occurred about two years before her upon a spirit sweetly reflecting its Saviour's death. An aged minister of Christ was on a image! "These were hallowed moments : visit to the family, to whom, indeed, he was upon her their effects were visible, and the related. Interested in the children, he geneenjoyments felt, when the hour had passed rally had them with him in his apartment away. One morning she came to me, with a before breakfast, and made them read the countenance expressive of holy serenity, and Scriptures to him. On one of these occasaid, “Miss G., I was so happy last night sions, supposing that they had not previously after I left you; I felt as if I could have said their prayers, he requested each of them prayed all night; I kept praying and think to engage in their devotions before leaving ing so long, and I felt so happy you don't the chamber. The two others complied; know !' I asked if she had often felt so, and Maria refused. He was surprisedhe urged really loved prayer. She replied, "Yes, her-she hung down her head in silence-he often; I often go to prayer, and keep awake was hurt and grieved, and attributed her contill brothers are gone to sleep, because I duct to pure obstinacy. Upon appearing in want to pray.' I enquired, * Are you as the breakfast-room, Dr. H. complained of it happy now as you were last night ?' She re to Miss G. She took Maria apart-enquired plied, “Not quite; but I am happy now.' into the reasons of her refusal. The tears A month or two ago she asked permission to started into her eyes, and opening her heart follow me into my room. When there, she to the friend she loved, said, “ Oh, Miss G., said, “I want to tell you that I have been I had prayed, and I thought God would be concealing something from you, and I think displeased if I repeated words before him ;" it is wrong.' She then, with her own pecu. and then added, “you remember you said liar artless simplicity, confessed her neglect so," alluding to a conversation that had of some duties. I asked the cause. She passed some little time before upon the subobserved, that she had put off to another ject of vain repetitions. The governess was day that which should have been done in its delighted, and the good old minister was own time. I then asked if there were no highly gratified with the explanation--an exother cause. She said, “I think I have not planation that discovered, at the early age of watched and prayed so much as I ought.' five years, no ordinary degree of serious and 'Do you make your common engagements intelligent impression. the subject of prayer ? · Yes, every day.' Perhaps it will be interesting to the young Last summer she complained to me of the readers to peruse extracts from one or iwo o house at B- (the summer residence of the her short letters; for she did write letter family), stating that she had no room in occasionally, although so young. In one o which she could be alone. I asked her, these, addressed to her governess, she write
thus : " I have not found inbred sin so busy these last two or three days, but more prone to think of God and good things.” In another, after reading the account of a slave, she says, “In pleasure I address you. I think poor Zanté loved Jesus : he must be his best friend if he loved him with all his heart. Oh, if pity would enter the heart of a man who is so hard-hearted to steal a poor African from his home, I should think he must repent. I often think of plucking up the weeds. Ah, farewell !” The last she wrote I will give entire. It was addressed to her papa, and is dated the 23d Dec. 1830. “My dear papa, it gives me great delight to write you a letter. I hope, that while God spares your life, you will sing to his praise ; and when you die, think of Jesus and his kind angels. There is a verse alluding to the subject I am about to say; it is,
• There we shall better praises bring,
And raise our voices higher;
And we shall never tire.' Give my love to mamma and grandma'. I am your dutiful daughter,
“ISABELLA Maria L.”. Her loveliness of character naturally at. tracted the admiration of her friends; and though she valued their esteem, her humble spirit dreaded the effects which commendation might have produced. Once, when reading in course the 12th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, she was much impressed at the 22d verse with the language of the people to Herod, anxiously enquiring if God was displeased with fattery. She was referred to the 23d verse ; she read it; her eyes were instantly suffused with tears, and she said, “Will you ask papa not to flatter me ?” “ Ask him yourself, my love,” was answered. She blushed, and, in an undertone, “Will you? I should be ashamed.”
For many months past her Sabbath-days were her best days ; and attendance upon the worship of God in his house, and private religious instruction at home, were to her sources of high enjoyment. The intelligence and delight that beamed from her eyes at these seasons will never be forgotten.' Not a moment of time was lost : the rich mines of truth were explored with a diligence and application that would put to shame many an older Christian. Her own exposition of Scripture was spiritual and appropriate to a surprising degree ; and her ready application of, and quick reference to, passages upon any given subject, proved her astonishing ac quaintance with the Book of Life. She loved her minister, listened to his instructions in private and in public with growing interest, and brought home with pleasure such por. tions of his sermons as she could apply. But notwithstanding these proofs of the right appropriation of the sacred day, she regretted to her mamma, in her last illness, that she had not improved the Sabbath more, at the same
time expressing a hope that she should be forgiven, and a wish that every day were a Sabbath-day.
We must now approach the period of her last illness. Previous to her being seized with it, she had given the most satisfactory evidence that her affections were placed upon that gracious Saviour, who had kindly shed his blood for her redemption. One day, speaking to her sister, she said, “Oh, Mărianne, I love Jesus so, you don't know !” and some time after, she expressed the same feeling, adding, that she hoped her sisters and brothers would love him too. She marked many hymns in Burder's Supplement; and they were so frequently referred to, and repeated with such manifest feeling, that I cannot doubt they were the language of her own heart. The hymns marked were the 37th, 76th, 109th, 146th, and 148th. The 156th was a great favourite, as also the 129th and 231st, particularly that verse of the latter which begins, “Farewell, world, thy gold is dross,” &c.
The disease, which proved fatal to her, seized her very suddenly. On the day before she enjoyed the highest flow of spirits, and seemed to be in possession of the most perfect health. With her parents and sisters she had walked to a neighbouring village, there to await the approach of two friends, who were expected to arrive in a carriage by that way on a visit to the family, then at their summer-residence. The village church is beautifully situated in a delightful country, upon the top of a hill, from which is beheld a scene of loveliness, formed by the God of nature, calculated to expand every bosom susceptible of enjoyment, eiiher from the perception of beauty, or the recognition of his hand, whose benevolence has thus adorned the temporary abode of man. Whilst some of the party were gazing upon the attractive diversities of hills resting in silent majesty rocks of hoary age, projecting their sterile cliffs to the retiring rays of a summer sunor yielding their solid foundations to sustain a perishable habitation--declivities, clad with the clustering varieties of luxuriant and way. ward vegetation--meadows, smiling with the promise of a coming bounty-woods, orna. menting the proud domain, or casting their peaceful shade on many a spot of rural beauty-slope above slope, forming valleys where the husbandman found his dearest comforts in a quiet home-Maria had lingered with the slumbering dead-lingered to cull some undying flower from amidst the ruins of mortality. In the churchyard she busily employed herself in reading the epitaphs upon the tombs, and in copying some of those with which her mind was particu. larly struck. One of these epitaphs she afterwards transcribed on a sheet of paper, and folding it up playfully as a letter, sent it as she sent by post to Miss B., one of the visitors. The following is a copy of it, and