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Effect of the Gospel on the Female Na- his own son was among its supporters. tives.
Now, however, he seems to sit at the feet After sunset, I was closely occupied for
of Jesus as a little child. Of course the some hours, listening to, and conversing
struggle in his mind will be great, and may with, candidates for the inquirers' meeting
require considerable time to decide in and baptism. They were in number nearly
favour of the Gospel ; but our hopes are 30. The greater number were females. It
excited, and our prayers increased in his
behalf. is surprising to see the impression the
During my stay, he visited me Gospel makes upon the native women,
three or four times every day, to con. when once their attention to it is awakened. verse entirely upon religious subjects. They are the last to come and listen, but
When at any time the conversation, either when they have heard, they act the most
by accident or in the course of business, decisively. This was remarked at Griqua
turned upon temporal matters, he was the Town, when first the revival began among
first to complain, and bring it back to its the Bashutos there. Heathenism every
scripture bearings. where seems to have depressed the female sex to a state very little above that of the Preference of the Natives for Pictorial beasts of burden. Among the poorer
Instruction. classes of heathens, the dog fares much Another circumstance which I remarked, better. Their total exclusion from all ra- was the style or manner of the subjects tional conversation, seemed almost to have which 80 universally attract attention eradicated their ability and courage to among the Bechuanas. They were almost
But the Gospel comes and ad- exclusively historical, drawn principally dresses all, without distinction, on subjects from the parables of our Saviour. I freof the highest importance, and it also re- quently felt disappointed, though much presents women as amongst its admirers and instructed, by observing how little they zealous supporters : when the heathen seemed to benefit by an effort of the woman hears this, she is astonished;
speaker upon any doctrinal text didactically hopes, she desires, she believes ; she comes treated. While among the Bechuanas, I and takes hold of the hope set before her, was impressed more than ever with the and fills her rank in the church and in wisdom with which the Bible has been society.
compiled. Its mingling of doctrine with
history, and thus illustrating its principles Aged Converts to the Truth.
by facts, meets the native mind at once. A second thing I could not but remark
The parables upon which their minds among the inquirers, was the presence of dwelt with apparent edification and delight, some very aged persons. The Missionary were principally those of the sower, the wisely looks to the youth of his sphere for talents, the fig-tree, the publican, the great a general harvest, and for efficient agents to
supper, the ten virgins, the tares, the deextend his labours and to carry out his scription of the last judgment, the rich man plans, so as to penetrate and embrace the and Lazarus, with the history of the patri. whole of society. But then he seldom ob- archs and some of the prophets, and of our tains access to the children, before some Saviour. impression be made upon the parents and upon the heads of the nation. Hence my
Bechuana Preacher. joy in being able to point out these as July 17.-I committed the morning ser. among the trophies of the Gospel within vice to the native teacher Makame, who our district. Among the old men inquiring took for his subject the rich man and the way to Zion, was one named Mot- Lazarus. He seemed particularly expert langke, well known formerly as a deter- in answering the various objections started mined enemy to the Gospel among the by Bechuanas against the Gospel. To exBechuanas. I could not but muse over the patiate, also, upon the folly and worthless. tale of sinful degradation, heathenish error, ness of their heathenish views and customs, Satanic deeeption, Gospel wonders, and seemed to be his familiar work. He would gracious power, upon which he will here- frequently burst forth in questions like the after expatiate amidst the company of following :-"What had their forefathers heaven; if, indeed, he perseveres, and goes been doing, that they had not handed down on unto perfection. His age is nearly 70 to them, their children, the records of years, and almost to the present time he former times and things, like those handed has lived unto himself, and devoted to the down to us in the Bible? Was not that a cause of heathenism. When Makame and proof that they had gone astray from the his associates brought the Gospel to their first fountain of knowledge? and having homes, the said Motlangke was a resolute thus strayed, their present errors opposer of the truth. His mockery and easily accounted for. Adam, Noah, and persecution knew no bounds, particularly as Abraham, all had the knowledge of the
true God, and way to happiness, and those of their children who followed in their foot. steps were now the mighty nations of the earth.”
At 10 o'clock the day-school commenced, under the superintendence of Makame. I counted about 120 children and about 40 adults present. The adults were mostly in spelling, but some of them, and several of the children, were reading in Luke's gospel. In the afternoon the inquirers' meeting was held, which was attended by about 120 of the church-members. The whole
number in church-fellowship is 188. To these may be added 30 or 40 persons, who form the class of inquirers,* many of whom, I hope, are sincerely seeking the way to Zion. Some of these have since been baptised, so that now our native brother Makame has more than 200 under his care, at Moruanitown, Vaal River.
In the evening we again had service, and read some extracts from the Missionary Magazines, which much interested the people.
SCHOOLS AT NEW AMSTERDAM, BERBICE. In the course of the past year, the Missionaries of the Society in the colony of Berbice have opened several school-houses and places of worship at the stations and out-stations which constitute the field of their labours; other school-houses are in progress of erection, and at no former period has the work of education in this quarter of the Society's operations worn a more cheering aspect, or presented more distinct grounds for the exercise of hope in reference to its future advancement. In April, 1837, a spacious school-house, for a school on the British system, was opened at New Amsterdam, by our venerable and lamented brother, the Rev. John Wray, assisted by Mr. W. Parish, whose death occurred a few days after that of Mr. Wray. Mr. P. had been pursuing his labours, as an educational agent, with more than ordinary zeal and efficiency, and his death was deeply regretted among the negroes, and by numerous friends of negro education both at home and abroad.
The occasion of the opening of the school, as noticed by Mr. Parish, under date of June 15, 1837, will be read with peculiar interest. At that period he thus addressed the Foreign Secretary :
Knowing that at all times you are desir- upon inquiry that we had made no arrangeous to hear of the success experienced by ments for receiving their contributions, your agents, it is with pleasure I send you a showed such marks of sorrow at being defew particulars respecting the opening of prived of the opportunity of making the the new British school at this place. The humble offerings they had intended, that on school-house, which is a good building, sixty consideration we felt unwilling not to comfeet by thirty, and twelve feet high, was so ply with their wishes. A collection was far finished as to admit of a service being therefore made, which amounted to over held in it on Sunday afternoon, April 16; 30 guilders, and we received a donation of about six hundred adults and children at. 22 guilders with several promises. The tended, when Mr. Wray and myself ex- following day we opened the school, when plained to them the nature of those prin- we admitted seventy scholars, and the numciples upon which the instruction of the ber has continued to increase every week children would be based. It was not our since, indeed the number has exceeded our intention to make a collection, but many most sanguine anticipations. came to give of their penury, who finding
The death of Mr. Parish having occasioned a suspension of the school which had been thus favourably commenced, the Directors, immediately endeavoured to procure another suitable agent to undertake this department of duty, and in December last, they had the satisfaction to send out Mr. and Mrs. Morris, schoolmaster and schoolmistress, to succeed Mr. and Mrs. Parish in the important office now referred to. Mr. and Mrs. Morris arrived at New Amsterdam on the 31st of January of the present year, and after some necessary alterations had been made in the school-house, commenced their interesting labours. From Mr. Morris we have received a pleasing communication, dated April 24, on the subject of the school now under notice. Under the above date, Mr. Morris thus writes to the Foreign Secretary :
Rev. AND DEAR SIR,—I feel great plea- with it, which I beg leave to state, as I had sure in being able to write to you of the it from the person engaged in raising the promising state of our school, and of the room. He said, "The parents of the happiness we feel in being once more at children follow me wherever I go, to urge our beloved work of teaching the youthful on the work at the British school, that mind. We re-opened the school on the 2nd their children may be taught, and I am instant; the first week we admitted 80 obliged to do it, to get free of them." I scholars, the second week our number was think there is a very good feeling among the 90, and this, our third week, we have 110 people of New Amsterdam; they are exchildren under instruction, with whom we ceedingly kind to us. Many parents have are very much pleased, and we see reason paid me two and three, and several six, and to hope that soon our large school-room will one nine, months' schooling in advance. be full. Our sincere prayer is, that God Our experience is as yet limited, but we may strengthen us to carry out the British have much reason for gratitude to the system of instruction, as both parents and merciful Disposer of events, to whom we children seem delighted with it. Some look in all our labours, trials, consolations, delay has arisen in finishing the school- and success. room, but there is a pleasivg fact connected
RETURN OF THE REV. G. GOGERLY TO INDIA. MR. GOGERLY intending to embark for Cal. Calcutta for the benefit of that Mission. cutta in a few weeks, will be glad to receive Two or three communion services, of a small from his numerous friends in the country, kind, for the use of the native churches, the paintings, drawings, and other articles would be very acceptable. kindly promised him, to be disposed of in
EMBARKATION OF MISSIONARIES.
put back to Portsmouth for repairs. The On the 8th of July, the Rev. Henry Cal
True Briton sailed, finally, on Monday the derwood, appointed by the Directors to the
16th, followed by the prayers of many Caffre Mission in South Africa, embarked deeply interested friends. with Mrs. Calderwood, at Portsmouth, in the True Briton, Captain Beach, for Cape
REV. R. BIRT. Town, to proceed thence to their station in The Rev. Richard Birt, also appointed to Caffreland. During the night, which was the Mission in Caffreland, accompanied by very foggy at sea, the ship was run foul of Mrs. Birt, embarked in the same vessel, on by a Norwegian vessel, and received consi. the day above specified. derable damage, which compelled them to
ARRIVAL OF THE REV. A. AND J. STRONACH AT SINGAPORE. UNDER date March 9, 1838, the gratifying winds, we did not reach Pinang till the 17th tidings have reached us of the arrival of of February. At Pinang the vessel remained these brethren and their wives at Singa- seven days, during which we enjoyed the pore. Writing from that island at the above society of our dear Christian friends, Mr. date, the brethren communicate the follow- and Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Beighton, and others. ing particulars of their passage thither from On the 2nd of March, we visited Malacca, Calcutta :-"At length, under the gracious where we had the pleasure of seeing Messrs. guidance of our God, we have arrived in Evans and Dyer and their wives. They perfect health at the place of our destina- were all in good health, and the Mission tion. We were detained nearly six weeks seemed to be prospering. Thus we have at Calcutta, the vessel in which our passage been favoured to enjoy a delightful Miswas taken not having received her cargo till sionary tour ; and the gratification, and, we much later than was anticipated. On the trust, improvement we have experienced in 22nd of January, we embarked in the Bri. the course of it, seems to us to compensate gand, but having been detained by contrary for the great additional time spent. We often regretted the loss of time, so far as our ments of Providence left us no alternative, station was concerned, occasioned by a and we even now feel that they have been seven months' voyage ; but the arrange- for good.”
ARRIVAL OF THE REV. C. MEAD AND FRIENDS IN SOUTH
TRAVANCORE. By a letter received from our brother, the Severn, on the 20th of October last, have Rev. J. C. Thompson, of Quilon, under been conducted in safety, through the mercy date April 3, ult., it affords us much plea- of Divine Providence, to their destination. sure to be able to state that the Rev. Charles They arrived at Quilon on the 31st of March, Mead, his son and daughter; Rev. J. T. all in good health, and proceeded without Pattison, and Mrs. Pattison; Rev. John any avoidable delay to their respective sta. Abbs and Mrs. Abbs; Rev. John Cox and tions in Tranvancore, with the exception of Mrs. Cox; Mr. A. Ramsay, Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. and Mrs. Pattison, who remain at and Miss Paul, and Rev. J. Russell, who Quilon. embarked for this part of India in the ship
ARRIVAL OF MRS. LOWNDES FROM CORFU. On the 10th of last month, Mrs. Lowndes, education in the Ionian Islands the friends the wife of our esteemed and honored bro. of the Society have long been familiar, had ther, the Rev. Isaac Lowndes of Corfu, ac- for some time past proved unequal to the companied by two daughters, arrived safely climate of Corfu, and they visit their native in London. The health of Mrs. Lowndes country with a view, under the Divine blesand Miss Lowndes, with whose arduous ex- sing, to its renovation. ertions on behalf of the cause of female
MISSIONARIES ON THEIR VOYAGE TO INDIA. From our honoured brother, the Rev. John hither to repair it. We have been here two Hands, who embarked with Mr. and Mrs. days, and have happily succeeded in obtainSewell, in February last, per the Lady ing another mast. I fear it will be 8 or Raffies, for Madras, we have received a 10 days before we can proceed; but we communication, written at sea on the 28th have reason to be thankful that the injury of March, and resumed at Rio Janeiro, is not greater. Mr. and Mrs. Sewell are under date of April 26. After detailing the quite well, and they have taken lodgings on progress of the voyage to the latter period, shore, during our stay at this port." The Mr. Hands proceeds to notice the ad. next communication from our brother, Mr. verse circumstances under which the ship Hands, will, we trust, enable us to state that had entered that port, and observes: “When himself and his companions had continued I wrote the above, little did I think of for- to experience the watchful care of Him to warding it from hence, but so it is. On the whose service they are devoted, and been 16th inst., during a squall, we sprung our
favoured with a safe and speedy passage mainmast; and so great was the injury, that from Rio Janeiro to Madras. the Captain deemed it necessary to come
LETTERS RECEIVED FROM MISSIONARIES, &c. SOUTH SEAS, 1837 and 1838.—Tahiti, Rev. J. Rev. S. Dyer, Oct. 27, Feb. 1. Rev. Messrs. Evans Davies, Dec, 2. Jan. 3, Rev. C. Wilson, Oct. 2, and Dyer, Feb. 1. Singapore, Rev. A. Stronach, Nov. 20. Rev. J. Rodgerson, Nov. 1. Rev. G. March 9. Rev. Messrs. Stronach, March 9. PinPritchard, Oct. 19. Rev. Messrs. Pritchard, Dar- ang, Rev. E. Davies, Jan. 1, Jan. 8. Batavia, Mr. ling, and Wilson, Nov. 23. Rev. Messrs. Rodger- W. Young, Jan. 3. son, Wilson, and Darling, Dec. 9. Eimeo, Rev. A. EAST INDIES, 1837 and 1838.-Calcutta, Rev. Simpson, Nov. 15, Nov. 29. Huahine, Rev. C. Messrs. Boaz, and Lacroix, Jan. 27. Rev. A. F. Barff, Oct. Rarotonga, Rev. C. Pitman, Dec. Lacroix, Feb. 1 (two letters,) April 11. rat, Rev: 12. Savaii, Rev. A. Macdonald, Jan. 1, Jan. 8. A. Fyvie, April 20. Madras, Rev. W. H. Drew, Upolu, Rev. T. Heath, Jan. 6. Rev. Messrs. Heath, Jan. 17, April 8. Rev. J. Smith, Feb. 22. VizagaHardie, Macdonald, and Mills, Jan. 6 (two letters.) patam, Rev. E. Porter, Jan. 31. Bellary, Rev. J. Manono, Rev. T. Heath, Dec. 1. Tutuila, Rev. A. Reid, April 16. Bangalore, Rev. B. Rice, Jan. 29. W. Murray, Aug. 30. Sydney, Rev. WA P. Crook, Rev. Messrs. Campbell and Rice, April 14. Rev. Feb. 24.
G. Turnbull, Feb. i, April 16. Rev. J. Hands (Rio ULTRA GANGES, 1837 and 1838. - - Malacca, Janeiro) Ap. 26. Quilon, Rev.J.C. Thompson, Ap. 3. MEDITERRANEAN, 1838. - Corfu, Rev. J. Lowndes, April 12, April 27, May 20.
SOUTH AFRICA, 1838.-Cape Town, Rev. Dr. Philip, Mar. 6. Mrs. Philip, Feb. 2, Feb. 5, Feb. 24, April 21. Paarl, Rev. W. Elliott, March 30. Pacaltsdorp, Rev. J. Melvill, March 1. Graham's Town, March 8. Caffreland, Rev. F. G. Kayser, Dec. 23.
AFRICAN ISLANDS, 1838.-Mauritius, Rev.
D. Jones, Feb. 21, March 6. Rev. Messrs. Johns and Jones, Feb. 16.
WEST INDIES, 1838.-Demerara, Rev. Messrs. Watt and Rattray, May 3. Rev. S. s. Murkland, April 23. Berbice, Rev. S. Haywood, May 7. Rev. J. Edwards, (Madeira,) May 28, Mr. J. Morris, April 24. Mrs. Howe, May 2. Jamaica, Rev. J. Vine, April 30, May 26. Mr. H. Russell, April 30. Rev. J. Wooldridge, April 26. Rev. W. G. Barrett, May 10.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. The thanks of the Directors are respectfully pre- Madras; to Rev. J. N. Goulty and friends, for a sented to the following :-viz., to Mrs. Buthin, for parcel of useful articles for Mrs. Beighton, Pinang: 4000 needles for the Rev. Henry Nott; to the ladies to the Committee of the British and Foreign School of the Rev. E. Jinkings's Congregation, Maidstone, Society, for a case of school materials for the Rev. for a box of useful and fancy articles, the proceeds P. Wright, Griqua Town; to Mrs. Keith and friends to be applied to the support of a native teacher at at Brussels, for a parcel of needlework, &c., for the Calcutta, to be called “Edmund Jinkings;" to the Hottentots on the Fish River; to a lady at Hull, for ladies of Rev. J. Burnet's congregation, for a box a parcel of pincushions for the heathen children: containing 63 garments, and other useful articles, to the Ladies' Working Society, Newcastle-uponfor the schools in the S. Seas; to friends at Mere, Tyne, for a box of useful articles for Messrs. Fyvie, per Rev, S. Little, for a box containing a Commu- Surat, value 551.; to Edwin Firth, Esq., Hecknion service, and fancy articles and books, for Rev. mondwike, for a truss of blankets, value 207.; to G. Forward, Berbice; to friends in Edinburgh, per friends at Ashton-under-Line, per Rev. J. Sutcliffe, Mrs. Paterson, for a box of clothing for the Hotten- for a chest of wearing apparel, and various useful tots at the Fish River; to Miss Walker, and Miss articles, for Mr. Moffat, Lattakoo; and to Mr. Paul, Irving, Preston, for a box of clothing and useful for 80 Nos of the Evangelical Magazine. articles for Mr. Nott; to the Ladies' Association at Mr. and Mrs. Calderwood beg leave to present Paisley for Promoting Female Education in India, their thanks to their friends in Kendal, Peebles, for a box of useful articles for Mrs. Campbell, Ban- Tottenham, &c., for the useful articles which they galore; to the ladies at Tunbridge Wells, for a box have received for themselves and the Caffres. of useful and fancy articles; to Mr. Brown, Thetford, Mr. and Mrs. Birt beg to present thanks to all for a bundle of spades, bag of nails, &c., for South their friends who have so kindly provided useful Africa; to Mrs. Clement and Miss Sargeant, for a articles both for themselves and the Caffres. box of clothing and fancy articles for Mr. Drew,
From the 10th April, to 30th June, 1838, inclusive. London and its Vicinity
£ 8. d £ 8. d. Weigh House Soc. in aid
faithful services of an Old Brass, per Messrs. Ward
of Missions ...............150 0 0 Elder in the Missionand Co.
ary field should not be
2 2 0 C. D. ....
1 1 0 Mrs. Scott's Mis. Box 3 17 6 For the South Sea Ship Found in the letter-box... 0 26 T. W., per Rev. A. Tid
0 5 0 D. F. ....... 1 0 0 man, for Fish River, 11.
A Friend, per Rev. Dr. Collected by three Sisters 3 10 0 for Rev. H. Nott, 11.... 2 0 0 Reed
1 0 0 Ditto, by a little Girl...... 2 0 0 G. Bennet, Esq., for Cha
Messrs. Curling, Young, Anonymous .................... 1 0 0 pel at Mauritius ......... 5 5 0 and Co.
20 0 0 H. P. .... 0 10 0 Lady L. Smith, and a
Messrs. Young, DowJ. S., Bermonds
5 0 0 friend, for Slates at do. 1 15 0 son, and Co............ 10 10 0 Anonymous ................... 1000 Per Rev. R. Knill:
Messrs. Joad, Curling, C. R. .... 20 0 0 For a Boys' School at
12 12 0 An offering to the Mis
10 0 0 Messrs. Domett and Co. 8 8 O sionary cause 0 10 0 Half a Greek Prize by
Messrs. R. Nicoland Co. 5
0 5 0
Mr. F. Cope .......
5 5 0 A Widow's Mite
0 17 6 ter's Chapel, Neyoor 5 0 0 Messrs. C. G. White A Member of the Church Two Ladies, for Mrs.
and Co. ..........
5 0 of England, in conse
Mault's School......... 5 0 0 Messrs Barclay and quence of reading Rev,
5 5 0 W. Campbell's Sermon 1 1 0
0 0 Messrs. J. Pirie and Co. 21 15 6 J. M., per Rev. E. Crisp. 2 0 0
Mr. W. Grice
10 2 6 A Well-wisher to MissionA Friend, for the Schools
Messrs. Laing and Lee 5 0 0 ary exertions .............
5 0 0 at Malacca ................ 100 00 Mr. J. Coulthard........... 5 50 R. Lowndes, Esq. 20 0 0 Mr. G. Smith, for Chinese
Mr. J. Ross .......
5 0 0 Claremont Chapel, Meck
0 10 0 Messrs. Kennett and lenburgh Domestic Aux. Friends, for Schools at
Heaton .......... per Miss Kennion ...... 25 12 10 Calcutta...
1 10 3 Messrs. Ward and ChamCraven Chapel, for the Miss Braithwaite and
8 8 0 Nat. Tea. John Craven 10 00 friends, for the Nat.
Mrs. Chambers ..........
3 13 6 Scotch Church, River-ter. 10 00 Tea., R. Knill
10 0 0 Mr. W. H. Styles........ 11 0 0 Islington Chapel SundayMiss Baker, for Rev. H.
Messrs. W. Abbott and school...... 3 6 6 Nott 2 0 0 Son...
2 0 0 Oxendon-street Cha. Aux. 15 0 0 For Rev. H. Nott, from
Messrs. Bailey, Pegg, Ranelagh Aux. ............ 10 0 0 one who thinks that the
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