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be more easily conceived than described. When the mournful tidings reached the vil lage, the deepest anxiety and regret were manifested. All classes vied, in an expression of sorrow, and in the use of means for restoring what, it was fondly hoped, might only prove suspended animation; but in vain, for the spirit had fled.
It would be vain, as it is unnecessary, to attempt to describe the sensation produced when letters from Mr. Cecil and his brother brought the mournful news to Whitehaven. Prompted by parental affection, his father, Mr. Muncaster, immediately proceeded to Turvey, accompanied by his pastor, the writer of the present memoir. They arrived there on the morning of Saturday.
On the next day (the Lord's-day), Mr. Cecil being from home, the pastor of the church in Whitehaven preached twice to large and deeply interested congregations, from Romans xiv. 7, 8, 9:-“ For none of us liveth to himself,” &c. On the Monday the body was conveyed to the chapel, accompanied by a great concourse of people, many of them from a great distance, and deposited in a vault prepared within the walls for its reception. The assembled crowd were ad. dressed on the occasion from Rev. xiv. 13:" I heard a voice from heaven,” &c. The impression made by the mysterious dispensation of divine providence was evidently deep, and many showed it by their tears. May the impression prove salutary and lasting!
How mysterious are the ways of God! How short-sighted is man! Many had looked to John Muncaster as likely to turn out a valuable labourer in the missionary cause. Their expectations were warranted by his deep piety, devotedness, and more than ordinary talent. But the hope is disappointed. The Lord of the harvest designed it otherwise. The wisdom of this dispensation will hereafter be seen. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord !”.
He was a young man of a sweet temper, an affectionate son and brother, a warm and steady friend. Naturally, he was of a playful disposition ; but he had learned to temper this disposition with Christian seriousness. His chief ornament was his humble piety. He will be long remembered by his own bereaved family, and by a large circle of Christian brethren who had realized his worth, and marked the grace of the Saviour as abounding toward him and in him. It remains for them to gird up the loins of their minds, and be followers of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. His fellow-students will, no doubt, retain the recollection of the sorrowful event which separated from them one so endeared to them all. May they profit by it, and, under the impression of the shortness and
uncertainty of time, put forth all their energies in the cause of the Redeemer, working while it is called to-day. Their present duties demand the most assiduous and persevering attention. Time is precious ; and for the honourable and arduous work to which they have devoted themselves, they will find that no degree of attainment in any department of useful knowledge will be useless. But (will they suffer the word of exhortation from one who loves them, and will never forget their kindness to his and their dear departed friend?) let them especially study the mysteries of the kingdom, that they may be able to unfold the riches of redeeming love to perishing men; and, at the same time, “ be ready always for defence, with meekness and reverence, to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in them.” To feel the power of the truth is an indispensable qualification for the profitable exhibition of it. Deep, serious, personal godliness is the element in which missionaries, especially, should live. Without this every other attainment will prove sadly inefficient. It will be too late to discover this when the difficulties of their work press upon them. It must be cultivated now. It must be carried with them to the scene of their labours, and there it will prove the living soul of exertion, and the only efficient support under trials and afflictions. May the Great Head of the church spare them, and enrich them with every needful gift and grace, and honour them to be useful in his cause, and to his name be all the glory!
ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES OUTWARDS.
Letter from the Rev. John Hands, Missionary
at Bellary, dated 31st March, 1832; addressed to the Directors.
VERY DEAR BRETHREN, It does, indeed, afford me pleasure to be able once more to address you from Bellary. Oh ! how gracious has the Lord been to me and mine, in bringing us back again to our dear friends and station, and in such comfortable circumstances ! May past mercies never be forgotten, and all my future days be consecrated to his service! Of my deten. tion at Madras till the close of the monsoon, and at Bangalore, to allow of Mr. Campbell accompanying his family to Madras, you have, I doubt not, heard from Mr. Arundel, to whom I have written several times since my arrival in India. Both at Madras and Bangalore I found as much labour as I could perform, and I have reason to hope my labours at these places were not altogether in vain. We reached Bellary in health and comfort on the 28th of February, where our dear brethren, and a good number of our friends, came some distance to meet us, and
welcome us back again. Our feelings on
Madras, 18th May, 1832. beholding ourselves once more in our old
From the Rev. John Bilderbeck to the Rev. abode, and surrounded by many dear old friends, you may better conceive of than I
John Arundel. can describe. I am now set down to my MY DEAR AND MUCH ESTEEMED SIR, work as before, and my visit home seems I ought to have written to you by the but as a dream that has passed away. We Orontes, but it unaccountably escaped my are busily engaged in revising the New notice. Another opportunity offers itself Testament for a new edition, the old being now by the Warrior, which I gladly avail nearly all expended. The new type, we myself of, and hope this letter will reach you hope, will soon arrive, as we cannot begin safe, and find yourself, and others who are printing the new edition of the Testament similarly employed in the cause of Christ, in till it comes. I have great comfort in the the enjoyment of health, and every other dear brethren who have been associated with blessing which enricheth and added no sorme in the mission; they are men of God, row. You will, no doubt, learn by this of beloved by his people, and esteemed by all. my safe arrival in this land of Pagan idola. A delightful spirit of Christian love and har try, of Popish superstition, and of Mahomemony at present reigns amongst us, and, I tan licentiousness.* This, as you are aware, hope, will ever remain. Oh ! pray that no is the land that gave me birth. Satan has root of bitterness may ever spring up to here long erected his kingdom, and he has trouble us! Dear brother Reid, considering still a strong hold on the minds of too many his manifold labours, has made good progress of my countrymen. If you had not sent in the language, and can now converse and your missionaries and your Bibles here I preach in it with tolerable facility. Since might, for aught I know, have still remained my return he has been from home a week, a miserable subject of his kingdom; but, by itinerating and attending two Hindoo fes the grace of God, and through the instru. tivals in the vicinity. He bears the climate mentality of your Bibles and your missionexceeding well, and bids fair to be one of aries, I am what I am. Being made free our most active and useful missionaries, from Satan's yoke, I am now constrained, should life and health be spared. We both by gratitude and love to Christ, to seek the purpose attending the great festival at Hum freedom of my fellow sinners. This land, pee, which takes place the week after next. the spiritual interests of which I once overThe weather is now very warm here—ther looked, is now become the chosen sphere of mometer 94° in the shade; but, as my health my missionary labours. Oh! what an unis pretty good, we get through the labours of speakable honour is it to be employed in the day comfortably. Mrs. Reid and Mrs. communicating the riches of that grace to Hands are, I am happy to say, in tolerable my fellow mortals, which, I trust, I myself health, but suffer considerable debility from have experienced!“Uuto me, who am less the heat; another month will, we hope, than the least of all saints, is this grace given, bring us rain and cooler weather. I am that I should preach among the Gentiles the happy to say our native services are, in unsearchable riches of Christ.” general, well attended, and there appears to As I was approaching these shores, inbe an increasing attention to the important stead of seeing the steeples of Christian things spoken. We have reason to believe churches erected to the glory of the only there are many around us who are almost living and true God (as they are in England), ready to burst the bands which at present the chief objects that caught my eye, soon restrain them from making an open profes- after the discovery of land, were, heathen sion. Oh! for the Spirit's infuences to temples erected in great numbers, almost in inspire them with courage and love! Our every direction, for idol worship, and other English services at the Fort Church in the abominations. The contrast between England morning of the Sabbath, and at the chapel and my poor country, in this respect, was so in the evening, were never so well attended very great, that I felt as if I could have wept before ; both places are generally crowded, tears of blood. England was at once deand we have reason to believe the word is picted to my mind as standing like Capernot preached in vain.
naum, as high as heaven itself in privileges; As we purpose soon to send you a joint while India seemed to sink, as it were, as letter, you must excuse the brevity of this. low as hell. And who, with such an awful My dear wife unites with me, and Mr. and contrast, can command his feelings! Oh! Mrs. Reid, and Mr. and Mrs. Paine, and when will all these idolatrous temples be the children, in affectionate regards.
converted into Christian churches ? My dear Yours, very affectionately,
Sir, the work is great; much, certainly, has
already been done, and we must feel thank. (Signed) John Hands.
* Mr. Bilderbeck arrived at Madras on May 1, 1832.
ful, and give glory to God. But we cannot prayers, and in that of my worthy Directors, form any adequate idea of what still remains
I remain, with every due respect, to be done. No; Satan is not yet dethroned,
Yours most affectionately, and the strong holds of idolatry, superstition,
(Signed) Joun BilderBECK, and delusion, are not yet brought to its foun, dation; and it is my firm impression that it never will, or can be, brought down, till means are increased, more prayer is offered up, and more missionaries are sent out.
ANNIVERSARIES, &c. "The harvest truly is great, but the labour. ers are few.” It would be base ingratitude in me, after all that I have personally ex
TOUR IN CUMBERLAND, &c. perienced, through the benevolent exertions of England, to say that she has done very “On the other half of this sheet you have little for my countrymen. I acknowledge the particulars of the collections made by she has done much; but I dare not, I will G. Bennet, Esq., and myself, in the month not take upon myself to say that she has of July last. The amount (altogether about done all she could. A great deal is still in £200) should have been transmitted long her power, and I know that she can stillere now, but for reasons which I could not heap coals of fire on our head. “Come control. I trust the account will be found over, then, and help us."
correct. It is only proper for me to say, Pardon the digression, if, indeed, it be that Mr. Bennet and I met with the utone. I must now proceed to tell you about most kindness, and found the missionary my voyage, which, I am glad to inform spirit generally on the increase. Most of you, my beloved Sir, was pleasant and pros- the brethren lamented the inability of the perous. My attempts to do good are very friends of the cause to contribute to it, acpoor. Oh! that I could serve my God cording to their wishes, owing to the debetter! I am an unprofitable servant; and pressed state of the times. But, upon the I very much fear I shall be so to the very whole, I believe the collections will be end of my life. But one consolation I have, found greater than in the preceding year. and that is, from the fact that “God will
“Å. J.” not cause his word to return unto him void, but that he will accomplish that whereunto he sent it.” My efforts on board ship, how
DURHAM. ever, were not without indications of the divine approbation, and I must leave the George Bennet, Esq., writes from Darrest for eternity to disclose. I bless God lington :-" Thus far, my much respected for the protection which I have experienced friend, has our gracious and heavenly Faduring the voyage, and for the favour which ther condescended to make my way prosperI have found in the eyes of my fellow pas. ous, and to give his own cause favour in the sengers and friends. All these things fur sight of his children, and of the Christian nish me with additional motives to love and public. I have enjoyed much satisfaction, serve my dear Redeemer.
and profitable Christian intercourse with miSince my arrival here I have taken regu. nisters and people (and with very many of larly a share in the labours of the Rev. the Society of Friends) in these two counties. William Taylor, &c., and I never feel so They have required a good deal of labour much in my proper element as when I break from me; but, health being granted, that has the bread of life to my countrymen. It is not been irksome. I herewith hastily send to the interests of the heathen that I have the pecuniary result of these visits, £236, consecrated myself, and it is to them that I since my friend Mr. Chaplin left me. am anxious exclusively to devote my time,
“ G. B.” my talent (if I have any), and my all. I wish to spend, and to be spent, in the service of my God. Oh! that the Lord would
NORTHUMBERLAND DISTRICT. fit and qualify me with the gifts and graces of his Spirit for this most responsible work— "I am happy to be able to inform you that he would make me feel my personal that the missionary meetings, which have weakness, and that he would enable me to just taken place in this district, have been, live and move under the sanctifying influe in general, very well attended; that the ence of those truths which I am so desirous statements of our friend, Mr. Bennet, have to recommend to others! My appointment excited considerable interest; and that, in to a particular station in this presidency is the county of Northumberland, a larger sum
now under the consideration of the District has been contributed to the Society than has : Committee. And now, dear Sir, I must been realized for several years. The collec
conclude. Soliciting an interest in your tions in Newcastle amounted to £42. At
North Shields, Alnwick, Wooler, and Hexham, the collections have been very handsome. At Warkworth, Morpeth, Glanton, Branton, Blyth, and Horsley, which are smaller places, the collections have been quite as good as could have been expected. I had much pleasure in accompanying Mr. Bennet to several of the places he visited. Hexham and Horsley being out of Mr. Bennet's route, I visited myself. At the former place I attended a public meeting, and preached.
"I hope we shall be able to follow up what has been done this year, by continuing to send the Deputation annually to the different Presbyterian congregations in the northern part of this county. The interests of the Society may thus be considerable promoted. It is gratifying to know that at some places, where missionary collections had not been made for many years, great interest in the Society was evidently felt, and a willingness to aid it, as far as circumstances would permit, expressed.
Chapel, Clifton. On the following morning (the 17th) the Rev. D. Jones, of Westerleigh, preached at St. Philip's Church; and, on the same evening, the Rev. J. E. Good at Zion Chapel, and also, on Tuesday morning (the 18th), at Lady Huntingdon's Chapel. On the evening of the same day, the Rev. R. W. Hamilton, of Leeds, preached at Bridge Street Chapel, and again on Wednesday morning (the 19th) at Castle Green Chapel, at which place the sacrament was administered in the evening, when the Rev. R. W. Hamilton presided; and, at the same time, the Rev. A. Fletcher, of London, preached at Bridge Street Chapel, to the young people connected with the different Branch Societies. On Thursday morning (the 20th) the annual meeting was held at the Wesleyan Chapel, King Street, S. Prust, Esq., in the chair ; on which occasion an interesting report was read by the Rev. G. Legg, A.M., and appropriate addresses de. livered by the Rev. Messrs. Wait, Hamilton, Fletcher, Good, Ramfler, Winter, Osborne, Macdonald, Lucy, and Gregory. In the evening the Rev. A. Fletcher preached at the Tabernacle, and again, on the following evening, at the Rev. S. Brown's Chapel, Ashton. Throughout the services, generally, there appeared to be a lively feeling of interest, in the great object of missionary exertions, excited and sustained ; and the collections were, on the whole, as good as, under the peculiar circumstances of the times and the city, could have been reasonably expected.
The twentieth anniversary of the Bristol Missionary Society was held in that city on the 16th of September, and following days. The services commenced on Sunday morning (the 16th), by a public prayer-meeting at Lady Huntingdon's Chapel, at seven o'clock, on which day the Rev. J. E. Good (who has since settled at Zion Chapel, Bedminster,) preached morning and evening, at Hope
*** The Officers of Auxiliary Societies are earnestly requested to accompany
their Remittances with correct Lists, having the Names of Places and Persons alphabetically arranged, as in the Society's Annual Report.
Collections, Anonymous Donations, and all other Donations of £5, and upwards, received
from 1st to 31st August, 1832, inclusive.]
Mr. S. Cadley ..................(L. s.).... 10 0 0 Kent-Blackheath-Legacy by the late Mrs.
0 10 2 Susannah Wilkinson -- John Kennard, G. F. E...................
0 Esq., Execator-(Less Duty) .......... 50 00 S. S. .................................... R. C...........................
2 0 Canterbury-Rev. S. Gorteen-Collection 10 4 1 W . B. ................................... 1 1 0
Rev. Mr. Coort-
Bookless - Collection after
10 0 11
10 12 7 Less Expenses.... 011 8
Westmoreland-Wigton-Rev. E. Leighton
Ladies' Association Collected by
0 12 7 Mrs. Smith...
.... 1 17 4 Miss Pearson...
... 1 8 2 Miss Fisher
.... 0 14 1 Miss Berrill ........
0 16 2 Miss Bolton........
0 7 6 Miss Graves ................. 1 0 Missionary Box ......
0 2 2 Collections ...............
... 3 15 3
Temple Sowerby ..........
Aspatria-Rev. W. Selbie
Collection after Public Meeting........ Bionghton-Baptist Church
Rev. S. Ruston ...................... Cockermonth-Rev. J. MatherSubscriptions ....
2 12 6 Collected by Mrs. Muscult................ 2 9 9 Sabbath Scholars ... Mrs. Russell ....... Mr. H. Allison..
0 13 0 Mr. J. Thornburn............
0 10 0 10
6 Miss Stainton...
... 011 0 Mr. T. and Miss H. Robinson.. 2 3 6 Balance from Missionary Basket 3 8 3 Collections after Sermons .... 4 11 5
Public Meeting 5 9 8
Keswick - Rev. J. Johnson
Collected by Miss Crosthwaite. 1 6 0 Subscriptions ...
... 3 0 0 Collection at Public Meeting.. 3 16 8
Portsea--Rev.J. Griffin and Rev.T. Cousins
Collection ........ ....... 15 8 2
.. 1 5 6 Mrs. Green....
.. 1 13 2 Mr. G. Kemp, Jun........... 3 8 2 Mrs. Moxon
1 1 0
Gamblesby-Rev. J. Scott...... 0 17 8 Park head-Ditto .............. 1 9 8
Penrith-Rev. G. Nettleship
Ladies' Association .......... 7 12 2
- Public Meeting 4 2 8
Lancashire East Auxiliary Society
J. H. Heron, Esq., TreasurerBamford Chapel - Rev. T. Jackson ...... 50 18 4 Cooper Street-Welsh Calvinistic Metho.
dists-Youth's Society-Per Mr. Morris 35 0 0 Ashfield-Donation ..................... 2 0 0
Aldston-Rev. J. Harper
Ann and Elizabeth Dickinson. 0 10 2 Small Sums ......... ....... 1 0 Collections after Sermons .... 4 2 6 Aldston - Ditto after Public
Meeting ................... 5 14 5 Ladies' Association .......... 8 0 0 Garrigile--Coll. afier Sermon.. 0 12 11
2000 Less Expenses..., 1 5 0
0 13 0