« VorigeDoorgaan »
points out plainly the nature of those sube jects with which her thoughts were familiar. Ah, little did she think-little did any one think--that “God would call” her so soon!
“ In dust I lie, as you must all;
The whole of the evening, after the arrival of their friend, was spent by the party in enjoyments the most cheerful. None so delighted---none so happy--none so gay and frolicsome as Maria. But the following morning found her unwell. The complaint was considering trilling, such as a few simple medicines would remove. These calculations were nistaken. It advanced in virulence. Medical men of the first skill in the neighbourhood were called in: their skill was baffled the disease advanced. For days and weeks she lay between life and death. Her parents were almost distracted with the frequent and painful alternations of hope and fear. At last, after about four weeks' illness, she expired. She died in peace she awoke in glory.
Some months before, she had been heard to say, “ I am not afraid to die; I should not be afraid to die now.” And during her illness, although her sufferings were sometimes most intense, there was the same composure. Once she called her mamma to kiss her, saying, “ I am going to sleep now, though, perhaps, I may awake again ; per. haps I may.” When asked if she was happy, she said, “ Yes, I am happy ; not comfortable, but I am happy.” She never replied to this question, when it was put to her, otherwise than by saying, “ Yes, I am happy ;" or, “ Yes.” She still felt the value of prayer, and often sought the prayers of her friends. At such times her peaceful countenance was truly lovely; such meek resignation--such perfect serenity. Its language evidently was, “ Not my will, O Lord, but thine be done." Once, when asked if the petitions offered up had been those she wished, she meekly an. swered, “Yes.” Again, it was asked, “ Were you able to attend ?” She replied, “ Yes; I could desire.” Through the acuteness of her sufferings she was incapacitated for much speaking. Her answers and observations were short, but accompanied by every mark of sincerity. When asked if she felt that she had really given herself to Christ, she answered, with a countenance expressing gratitude and humble confidence, “I hope I have.” Once, when under the influence of great pain and weakness, she expressed a desire that prayer might be offered for her recovery, she was asked, “If it be the will of God to continue your sufferings, are you willing to bear them longer ?" "Yes," was her reply. “ Do you wish to be resigned to the will of God, whether it be for life or death ?” “ Yes.” Just before she became insensible, she said, “Oh, mamma, what
shall I do? Pray for me." She was asked if she could still pray and think of Jesus, she replied, “ Oh, yes !” And, in a fow hours, she was beholding him whom hør soul loved and trusted.
“ This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Cut off by early doom,
In Paradise could bloom.” She died on Wednesday, the 6th of July, 1831. On Monday, the 11th, we carried her to the tomb--we committed her body to the dust. There it now lies till the morning of the resurrection. It will then rise up a glorious body, fit for angels to behold with admiration, and for perfected spirits to associate with them in their most exalted services.
Yes, she is gone! Parents, weep not for her-give thanks on her behalf; she has been taken from a world where the storms that rage would have been too rough for her tender frame; she has been taken by One who loved her far more tenderly even than you loved her. He has given her a portion infinitely more precious than any you could have left her. “He has introduced her into the mansions of eternal joy. There she sits and sings among the redeemed of the Lord; and there shall the Lamb that is in the midst of the throne feed her and lead her by foun. tains of living water ; she shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, and all tears are for ever wiped from her eyes. Even now, could she address you, her language would
« Could you but see the happy spot
Where perfect peace I find,
But that you're left behind.” Parents, trust in the same Saviour-be washed in the same precious blood- and by the same path travel to the possession of the same exceeding weight of glory.
Sisters — brothers—weep not for her ;strive to imitate her examplembe anxious to gain as bright a crown--become the lambs of the same kind and tender Shepherd-and he will conduct you, ere long, to the same happy Paradise where she now rejoices.
My dear young readers, do you calculate upon a long life ?-look at Maria, and be taught that you may die soon. Do you shrink from the gloom and the coldness of the grave ?-look at Maria, and learn how to smile upon it. Do you wish to die peacefully ?--apply to thať Jesus who took the sting out of her death, and he will take it out of yours. “I love them that love me, and they that seek me early shall find me;' Prov. viii 17. Such is the gracious declaration of the word of God ;--such the text from which, to the children of my congregation, I attempted, on the Sabbaih after her funeral, to improve her death. Believe it act upon it--and none will be so happy as you.
FOR APRIL, 1832.
ANNIVERSARY IN MAY.
(Further Arrangements.) The Public Meeting for business will be held in the large room in Exeter Hall, STRAND, on Thursday, May the 10th.
The Rev. William Bolland, M.A., Vicar of Swineshead and Frampton, Lincolnshire, Domestic Chaplain to the Right Hon. Lord Teignmouth, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, has been engaged to preach.
SALEM, Extract of a Letter from the Rev. H. Crisp,
dated Salem, August 18, 1831, addressed to the Foreign Secretary. MY DEAR SIR,
New Mission Chapel finished, &c. The mission chapel is finished, and was opened for public worship on Lord's-day, July 31st. My brother was kind enough to come hither, so as to take the first services of that day. It was, as you may suppose, a day of much interest and joy to my spirit. The congregations were all good ; and I trust that those services, and our regular services, in that building, of which they were the commencement, will prove to have been for good. The money expended in the erection has already exceeded the sum contributed, though more work remains to be done. This makes me most thankful for the kind consideration of the Directors in voting £25 to the object, should that measure have the approval of the District Committee. The width of the whole floor (built of brick and chunam*) is 44 feet; and the extreme length, including the porch, 54 feet. The roof is built with palmyra, and double-tiled. The whole, including pulpit, blinds, gates, &c., will cost about 1400 rupees. I will subjoin a list of contributors for the information of the Directors.
Our Sabbath congregations are encou raging, sometimes large. The English service has been renewed during the present year, and is well attended. Daily engagements of a missionary character among the native population increase in interest.
Encouraging Results of School Education.
The schools contain a larger number of chil. dren now than at any former period. Their promise of usefulness appears clearer and clearer. Some months since, a lad, the son of heathen parents, was removed from one of the schools by death. His comfort through his dying day was the Bible ; and the subjects contained in the Bible were his theme till he sunk in death! Another was removed by his parents from the same school, for with standing idolatry, and reproving them for the
* Hindoo name for lime. VOL. X.
practice of it. And upon the minds of many more, truth is evidently gaining a hold which shall not soon be lost.
Enquirers. Enquirers respecting the truth and nature of Christianity are numerous. One man, who sustained that character amongst us some months since, had occasion to remove to Madura. We now hear, through his relatives, who are not a little displeased with the change, that “he is constantly reading Christian books--steady in the observance of the Christian Sabbath-daily engaged in prayer, calling upon the Lord Jesus—and inflexible in his determination not to join with them in their heathenism." Praise to God for even such a pledge of his presence among us! Another individual has been led to discard the lingum which he wore as a badge of his former idolatry, and now regu. larly attends Christian worship with his family, conducts worship in his own house, and appears only to wait for a full satisfaction of mind, as to his own state, before he receives the initiatory rite and share in the privileges of the Christian church. In the village of Wamaloor, there are three persons whose enquiries and convictions have gone so far as to lead to a rejection of the popular idolatry. There are several others from among the heathen, Mohammedans, and Roman Catholics, who, by continuing attentively to read the sacred Scriptures, have become so far enlightened as to see the insufficiency of their own respective systems, and unto whom, I trust, it will be granted to know the true God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent. Among the people generally, the feeling of friendliness, confidence, and enquiry, appears to strengthen and spread ; and, although my mind is conti. nually grieved by some who are way-side, and others who are stony-ground, hearers. and I am disappointed by those among whom the word falls as seed among thorns; yet it is believed, that, in some, it has met with good ground, and will yet “prosper in the thing whereto God hath sent it.” Sacred Spirit, cause it to grow and bring forth abundantly!
Begging your indulgence, and imploring all blessings for yourself and our honoured Society, I am, my dear Sir,
Yours in the service of the gospel, (Signed) Henry Crisp.
ever, that when the new chapel is built, which will be twice the size of the present,
there will be sufficient accommodation for all LATTAKOO.
who may attend. We shall, of course, reExtract of a Letter from the Rev. John Baillie, joice to witness it also overcrowded. We dated New Lattakoo, Aug. 25, 1831; ad
are much indebted to the liberality of our dressed to the Directors.
dear friends at Cape Town, from whom bro
ther Moffat received several contributions HONOURED FATHERS AND BRETHREN,
and donations to aid in its erection. I trust my journal from Bethelsdorp to this place, dated October, 1830, came safe to
Revival. hand. From it you would learn that I had Since the beginning of this year there has commenced the study of the Sichuan, and been again an apparent revival. Previously, also my missionary labours amongst the indeed, the place of worship was tolerably Bechuanas here, and in the neighbouring vil well attended; but the effects of the former lages; from that period till the present I awakening seemed forgotten, and the church have been occupied in the same glorious and appeared sunk into coldness and indifference, delightful work. The Lord grant me more so that I began to wonder if they were ingrace and strength to exert every effort, of deed the same people of whom I had heard which my mental and corporeal powers are such favourable accounts in my native land. capable, in the prosecution of the arduous In the month of March two old members, yet heavenly enterprise in which he has gra who had been ejected for immorality, were, ciously permitted me, his unworthy servant, after evident proofs of repentance and reforto embark. I desire to express heartfelt gra. mation, again admitted into the church, and titude to my heavenly Father that, in his all with them a new member--an aged female wise providence, he has seen fit to appoint about fifty years of age. On the occasion I me to labour among the Bechuanas. With preached from Acts xvi. 25-35, on the con. them, indeed, we are not called to contend version and baptism of the jailor at Philippi ; with the same power of idolatrous superstition after which I baptized the old woman and as in India; but superstitions we do find, and two of her children: many seemed impressed those also of a deeply rooted nature, which with the solemnity of the service. In the all the eloquence of an Apollos could not afternoon, at the close of the sermon, we sat overcome. The heart of a Bechuana is as down with our infant church at the table of steeled against the reception of the truth as our Lord, in company with the three newly that of a Hindoo; to the one as well as the admitted, who, as well as all the members, other « the preaching of the cross is foolish were deeply affected. ness; ;” but by the influence of the Holy Previously to the reception of these perSpirit “it is the power of God unto salva sons, the number of inquirers amounted to tion to every one that believeth.”.
about thirty, but afterwards it was so much
increased that for days successively many, of Encouraging Attention to the Means of Grace.
whom we had little or no hope, flocked to us, I am happy to inform you that spiritual asking what they should “ do to be saved ;" things still continue very encouraging. The many of them were so wrought upon by conprayer-meeting, conducted by Aaron Josephs, viction, that when they came to us, and were and held in his house on Friday evenings, questioned regarding the state of their souls, is generally crowded to excess, and many they frequently burst into tears, and screamed retire from it, as well as from the house of aloud, and rendered themselves unfit to ana God, and repair to the bushes, where, I trust, swer a single question ; others could speak they pour out their hearts to God in earnest of nothing but their wretchedness, and others supplications. The place of worship on the only of the love of Christ. Lord's-day still continues to be well attended. March 21st. This morning several persons The people collect in numbers around the called upon me, evidently labouring under door, before the bell is rung, eager to gain much distress of mind. One old man, named admittance ; and but a few minutes elapse Younker Swartboy, a Hottentot, an ejected after the door is opened when almost every member, was much agitated, and obviously inch of ground is occupied (the most, it is to burdened with strong convictions of his be understood, sit upon the ground), besides hopeless and miserable condition. He said, a considerable number who cannot obtain that in discoursing, on the past Sabbath, admittance. One of us, however, in this from the Acts of the Apostles on the convercase, holds a second meeting in one of the sion of the jailor, he thought I addressed mission houses. To prevent this inconve. him particularly, and exactly described his nience, as it will be fully two years before feelings. He complained that for several the new building is finished, we in the mean- nights past the consciousness that he had time intend to annex a back wing to the old forsaken God, and abandoned himself to one, so as to render it capable of containing drunkenness and pleasure, had entirely dethe whole congregation. We hope, how. prived him of sleep; that he was convinced
he could obtain no peace of mind till he re- under considerable disadvantages for want of turned to the fold of the Redeemer. He proper school lessons, according to the Briwished to arise, like the prodigal son, and tish system of education. We are under go to his Father, but was afraid that he had great obligations to you, respected fathers abused his mercies so long that he would and brethren, for the very excellent printingnot receive him ;-he could only exclaim press which you formerly sent to Cape Town, with the jailor, “ What shall I do to be which is now in our possession. We hope, saved ?" 'I exhorted him to strive against in a short time, to be able to put into the the sin which had led him astray, and to hands of the natives several valuable little persevere steadfastly in prayer.
books for the enlargement of their understandI next conversed with a young woman ings. Brother Moffat has three or four manamed Lice, a native of the colony, daugh nuscripts ready, which will be published as ter-in-law of Aaron Josephs. She informed early as possible. I hope, if the Lord spare me that she had felt her conviction of misery my life, and grant a continuance of health, and helplessness two Sabbaths ago, whilst to be enabled, at no far distant period, to be she heard a sermon preached on the love of of some assistance to him in the arduous task Christ, from 2 Cor. xv. 14, and that every of translation. “Brethren, pray for us," that day since her thoughts had been engaged on the Holy Spirit may graciously direct and the important subject. She said, that she strengthen us for the right performance of had once imagined she had been so great our work, and that we may persevere in it with a sinner that God would not pardon her, patience and diligence unremitting, for the but that what she had heard of the love of extension of the kingdom of our Lord in this Christ had encouraged her to hope that she dark and benighted land. We are persuaded also could obtain mercy.
that it must be a long time before the BechuAfterwards spoke with a Bechuana, who anas become a reading population, for, though had come from a far distant place in the inte many of the adults succeed pretty well, our rior. He declared that when in his own hopes are principally fixed upon the rising land he thought there was no God, but that generation. there was an evil being who sought to molest
External Improvement. him; and as to his possessing an immortal
Civilization seems here on the increase ; soul, he never once thought or heard of it, but that now he was convinced of the truth
the desire for European clothing, both among of both. He said he had long laughed and
men and women, is very general-any spare
remnants, or old clothing, of any colour or mocked at the preaching of the gospel, but
fashion, would be extremely acceptable. Mrs. now he knew that he had a soul that must
M. brought with her from Cape Town a few be saved or lost. I could mention many other conversations
gown .pieces, which her friends at Manchesof an interesting nature which I have enjoyed
ter had kindly sent her for the purpose ; these with these inquirers if my paper would per
she has distributed among those females who mit. There are many of them, I hope, in
had previously made and worn gowns made whom the work of grace has commenced, and
of leather, prepared by the men from skins of who, I trust, will one day be the ornaments
goats ; in order to encourage them to cut to the church of Christ.
and sew for themselves those of European
manufacture. The sewing.school, which is Schools.
conducted by Mrs. Moffat, Mrs. Baillie, and At present, besides the regular duties of
Mrs. Edwards, I am happy to say is exceed
ingly well attended. preaching here, and itinerating in the villages, I am occupied in the study of the Sichuan
Disturbed State of the Interior, language, with the assistance of brother Mof- Dear brethren, I am sorry to inform you fat, and in teaching the day-school, which I that the interior has been for some time past, find of essential service to me in acquiring and is at present, in a very disturbed and the Bechuana tongue. The attendance at unsettled state. When I arrived in this quar. school has, during many months past, varied ter, I heard from my dear brother Hamilton from seventy to above one hundred. Consi- the doleful tales of his past experience ; and, derable attention and eagerness is manifested whilst he sighed over them, he fondly hoped among the adults in acquiring a knowledge that those dark and gloomy days were at a of reading; many can read the gospel of close ; that “the Sun of Righteousness had Luke tolerably well in their own language. arisen with healing under his wings," and had This was put into their hands so soon as restored peace to the tumultuous tribes, and brother Moffat, arrived, as well as the new a wide and effectual door opened for the incollection of Bechuana hymns which they troduction of the gospel. With these joyful are learning to repeat.
hopes, our beloved brethren, Messrs. Rolland Ang. 23red To-day, first and second school and Lemue, of the Paris Society, came up lessons have been printed here in the native with us, intending, (D.v.) after they aclanguage; these will be a great acquisition quired a little knowledge of the language, to to the school, as hitherto we have laboured commence a station among the Baharootzee ;
but alas! a cloud has arisen, which, for the present, darkens their prospects. May the Lord, who has for his own wise purposes permitted the cloud to gather, be pleased to dispel it in his own time and way!
Perhaps it may not be out of place to give you a short outline of the disastrous events which have happened. I mentioned in my Journal of last year a report had just reached us that the Bazoolahs, a large and powerful tribe, had made a sudden attack upon the Wankets, and destroyed a vast number of them. This report, we afterwards learned, was literally true.
Unexpectedly one morning, at break of day, whilst the unsuspecting people were peacefully engaged in milking their cows and goats, the furious Zoolas rushed in upon them from all sides with a savage yell, and made a dreadful carnage. The affrighted people fled in every direction from the hands of their murderers, and a considerable number, together with their king, Sebegwe, es. caped to the Calligarry country. Shortly after this event, a party of Burroolongs, who had fled from this neighbourhood from the attacks of the Bergenaars to the same quarter, made an assault upon the Damaras on the west coast, and plundered them of many cattle. The second day following, the latter having closely pursued them, fell upon them, and a dreadful slaughter ensued. The Bur. roolongs, however, escaped with a part of the plunder. Following this event a quarrel arose between the Wanket refugees and these Burroolongs; the occasion of which was that the former refused to deliver up some cattle to the latter with which they had en trusted them ; a war, as usual, was the re, sult, in which Sebegwe conquered, and made himself master of all their cattle.
A report has just reached us that a party of Griquas, who had gone to the interior to hunt elephants, made an attack upon a cattle-post of the Bazoolahs, and after much slaughter plundered them of their cattle. The Bazoolahs, enraged at this conduct, immediately pursued them; and having found them the same night in the field all fast asleep, they thrust their deadly weapons in their breasts, and but few escaped, it is said, to tell the melancholy tidings.
We have heard several reports respecting this affair; but, as they are not yet sufficiently authenticated, I refrain from saying more on the subject till we learn the truth from the parties themselves, should they come in our way. We have learned, however, for a certainty from Aaron Josephs, who has returned from a hunt in the interior, that he and the traders who were with him made a narrow escape with their lives from the Bazoolabs, they suspecting them to have come with the same intent as the Griquas ; but that upon Masalakatse learning who they were, sent strict orders that they should immediately
return. They state, that in consequence of the Griqua Commandoe the whole country is in the utmost confusion. Masalakatse, king of the Bazoolahs, who is the terror of the whole country-is threatening vengeance upon all the tribes subject to his sway; alleging, as a reason, that they had invited the Griquas to deliver them from his yoke ; the poor people, therefore, abandoning every thing, are fleeing to some place of safety to escape from the cruel hands of the tyrant. Our dear brother Rolland had but a short time previous to the awful event, paid a visit to the Baharoot. ze; and, having been well received by Ma. tootle, their chief, purchased a piece of ground for a missionary station, the chief, at the same time, telling him he might have as much more ground if he required it. Brother Rolland had returned with the delightful prospect, and was busily occupied in necessary preparations, when these dismal tidings reached us. There is reason to fear that the Ba. harootze will abandon their place, and flee to the Calligarry country. This intelligence is certainly to discourage our beloved brethren, Lemue and Rolland, as well as ourselves ; but we derive consolation from the sweet re. flection that Jehovah Jesus reigneth among the heathen, and that he is only shaking these nations, to prepare the way for the es. tablishment of his peaceful kingdom among them. Brother Lemue, who is at present on a visit to Platberg, the Wesleyan missionary station, for the recovery of his health, has, Í am sorry to add, been in a very sick and weakly state, since the beginning of this year. Brother Rolland was likewise, for a considerable time, very ill; but am happy to inform you he has regained his wonted strength.
I have the happiness to say that, through the goodness of our Heavenly Father, we are all at present in a good measure of health. Joined by Mrs. Baillie in kind regards to all the Directors, and again entreating, beloved fathers and brethren, a continued interest in your prayers.
(Signed) John Baillie.
(Continued from Page 122.) Translation of Letters from Natives of Madagas
car, applying to Mr. Johns for Christian Baptism, und to be received into church fellowship. Antananarivo 16, Adizdoza
i. e. May 26th, 1831. May you, Mr. Johns, live long and be never sick. What we have to say unto you is this, namely, that we do groatly rejoice in bearing what the queen has arranged witb