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ments and even gifts of the masters, and infected with the fatal poison of depraved doctrines. It is further stated, that the directors of the Schools are, generally speaking, Methodists, who introduce Bibles, translated into English by the Bible Society,' and abounding in errors, with the sole view of seducing the youth, and entirely eradicating from their minds the truths of the orthodox faith.
“Under these circumstances, your Lordship already perceives with what solicitude and attention pastors are bound to watch and carefully protect their flock from the snares of wolves, who came in the clothing of sheep.' If the pastors sleep, the enemy will quickly creep in by stealth, and sow the tares ; soon will the tares be seen growing among the wheat and choke it.
“Every possible exertion must, therefore, be made to keep the youth away from these destructive schools; and to warn parents against suffering their children, on any account whatever, to be led into error.
But for the purpose of escaping the 'snares' of the adversaries, no plan seems more appropriate than that of establishing Schools, wherein salutary instructions may be imparted to paupers and illiterate country persons.
“In the name, then of the bowels (of the mercy) of our Lord Jesus Christ, we exhort and beseech your Lordship to guard your flock with diligence, and all due discretion, from those who are in the habit of thrusting themselves insidiously into the fold of Christ, in order thereby to lead the unwary sheep astray and mindful of the forewarning of Peter the Apostle, given in these words, viz. 'There shall also be lying masters among you, who shall bring in sects of perdition,' (2 Pet. ii. 8,) do you labour with all your might to keep the orthodox youth from being corrupted by them, -an object which will, I hope, be easily effected by the establishing of Catholic Schools throughout your diocese. And confidently trusting, that in a matter of such vast importance, your Lordship will, with unbounded zeal, endeavour to prevent the wheat from being choked by the tares, I pray the all-good and omnipotent God to guard and preserve you safe many years. Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant,
“F. CARDINAL FONTANA, Prefect. “C. M. PEDICINI, Secretary.”
ANECDOTE. A godly minister of the gospel occasionally visiting a gay person, was introduced to a room near to that wherein she dressed. After waiting some hours the lady came in, and found him in tears. She inquired the reason of his weeping. He replied, “Madam, I weep on reflecting that you can spend so many hours before your glass, and in adorning your person, while I spend so few hours before my God, and in adorning my soul.” The rebuke struck her conscience. She lived and died a monument of grace.
Religious and Missionary Intelligence.
REVIVAL IN ELIZABETH-TOWN, NEW JERSEY.
Elizabeth-Town, February 15, 1824. DEAR BRETHREN,
If you think the following narrative of the state of religion in the Methodist Episcopal Church in this place, would subserve the interests of the Redeemer's Kingdom in any degree, it is at your disposal.
SAMUEL S. KENNARD. At the Conference last May I receive On the return of bealth we did not ed my appointment to this place; and perceive the deep seriousness which had from a recollection of past occurren- formerly characterized our meetings. sies in the Society, I came with extreme We again resorted to the covenant, and reluctance. The Society was small; the about the close of the old year, it was Classes by no means in a good state ;- evident days of prosperity were at po and it could not with propriety be said, great distance; and with the commencethat a prayer meeting existed among us. ment of the new year, again the awaThe attention of the Society was imme. kening influence of the Holy Spirit was diately called, and in a pointed exhorta- felt in many hearts. In a class meeting tion, the importance and necessity of an about the middle of January, the power immediate revival of religion was insis- of the Lord was mightily manifested, ted on. It produced the desired effect, and souls oonverted. Since that time and in all the classes a covenant was about thirty have professed to be new entered into, to pray for an out pouring creatures, nearly all of whom have been of the Holy Spirit. Immediately the admitted on trial, and the work is rapword preached was beard with deep idly and orderly progressing. Our inand earnest regard, and some were una. crease since the last Conference to this ble to resist the divine influence with date, is about fifty, forty-five of whom which it was attended; and not unfre- have been admitted as probationers. I quently would two or three be set at do not know that I ever have seen liberty' in one meeting. This visitation convictions more pungent, conversions had presented us an increase of about clearer, or order more strictly preserved. twenty, and was progressing in a plea- May the Lord at this time restore the sing manner until all our meetings were kingdom to his spiritual Israel. interrupted by the commencement of sickness which prevailed to a great extent.
STATE OF RELIGION ON THE MISSISSIPPI DISTRICT. Extract of a letter from the Rev. William WiNaNS, Presiding Elder of the Missis
sippi District * Twere has seldom occurred any in- meetings we have flattered ourselves of stance of a revival of such a marked a plentiful effusion of the Holy Spirit, character in this country as to be deem- as from twenty to fifty, and even ed worthy of public record. The pro- seventy, have professed to receive jusgress of religion has been noiseless, grad- tification by faith in Christ, at these ual, and in some instances impercepti- peculiarly favoured seasons, and even a ble. Prejudices of a very stubborn greater number have attached themcharacter have been slowly undermined selves to our church. and weakened, and religious impress- In the service of the sacrament of the ions have insinuated themselves into the Lord's Supper, which we have adminisminds of the people like the evening dew, tered generally on these occasions, we though they have been productive of have witnessed distinguished displays of much spiritual fruit. Latterly, however, the grace of God in awakening sinners. the showers of grace have been more sud- Hundreds wbo bad continued unmoved den and powerful, particularly at some through all the other exercises, I have of our camp-meetings. At some of these seen melted to tenderness while beholde
ing this solemn ordinance administered. ety of causes, which we hope will have The doctrine of holiness, or of the ne- but a temporary existence, the work has cessity of perfect love, which we have somewhat declined. Temporal calami. Jately insisted upon as the privilege of ties, embarrassments in pecuniary affairs, God's people more than formerly, has seem to irritate the minds of the people, tended, we believe, to revive the work instead of leading them to adore the of God. This, together with a more Hand which smites them. But I humbly strict enforcement of discipline, we trust that these things will subside, or hope, will greatly advance the cause of ultimately subserve the interests of relipure religion among us.
gion.” " In consequence, however, of a vari
REVIVAL IN TRENTON, NEW-JERSEY.
Long-Branch, Feb. 13, 1824.
ual, but gracious work, for more than When I communicated to you an two months. Some have been convertaccount of the revival of the work of ed, and many seem to be under awakenGod, on West-Jersey District, I did not ings. God's people are built up, and know what were the prospects in Tren- there appears to be an increasing atten. ton station, consequently it was not tion to the word. More than a score mentioned Since then I attended a have been added to the society on trial. quarterly meeting there, and found that
I am yours in haste, the Lord had been carrying on a grad
WESLEYAN METHODIST MISSIONS. SOUTHERN AFRICA. It must be matter of joy to every friend of humanity, to learn that the gospel tidings are received by the inhabitants of this portion of the globe: In addition to other stations on this extensive continent, accounts of which we bave nccasionally given, another has been lately commenced under very favour: able circumstances, in South Africa, which embraces a very extensive and populous part of the country.
From the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, we select the following extracts of a letter, dated July 1, 1823, from Messrs. HODGSON and BROADBENT, of the Boschuana Mission.
It will give you pleasure, while it is BUNEL, the name of the chief with whom to us a cause of much rejoicing, that the we are, is the person mentioned by Mr. Lord has enabled us to form a Mission: CAMPBELL, (see his Travels, vol. ii. p. ary Station, which, after three months' 357,) whose former residence was Kwatexperience, promises to be a permanent taba, or, as Mr. C. names it, Yattaba, one; and with a Chief and people, by from which he retired upon the approach whom we were received with open arms, of a Commando out of Caffraria. At and whose conduct uniformly denotes a present, he and his people are here in desire for our continued residence among temporary houses; but we have the them.
most solemn assurances that their perThe Maquasse Mountains, in the neigh- manent ones will be built here, as soon bourhood of which we reside, and which as the country is relieved from the congive the name to this Boschuana town, fusion in which it yet remains, from the are situated, we believe, about three de terror excited by the operations of their grees east of the junction of the Crad- enemies. dock, and one day's journey north of the SIBBUNEL is of considerable conseGreat or Yellow River. Our houses stand quence among the different tribes near a small fountain ; and the cattle, around us, and, from the attentions we are informed, will always bave a sup- shown by the small parties who have ply of water from two small rivers near occasionally visited him, apparently us, and abundance of grass from an ex. respected. Though a heathen, he is tensive plain, by which the mountains shrewd and sensible ; rules his people are surrou ed. The air is most salu- with authority ; possesses abundance of brious, and the soil evidently capable of cattle; and shows friendship for us, and improvement by cultivation. In respect confidence in us, on all occasions. We to situation, we are where we wish. SIB- cannot give a correct estimate of the
people attached to him, as they are scat- aid by Mr. Sass, the Missionary at Camp tered at the different cattle-posts ; but bell, where, as well as at Griqua, we on one occasion we found his village to were received with the greatest affecconsist of five hundred houses. The tion. After leaving Campbell, all oar population around us is, as far as we people, dissatisfied without cause, and have seen and heard, considerable ;~ accrediting the idle rumours spread by several villages may be visited on horse- the Corannas, who wished to detain us back; and all, from whom inquiries amongst them on account of our guns, have been made, state the population, &c., resolved to return, and actually left east of us, to be immense. We are, thank us a whole night. At the next village God, in the Boschuana country, amongst the same insubordinate spirit appeared; those whose language is spoken by many and even till we had our oxen yoked, tribes, and where a door is opened to a and ready to travel, we had much realarge field of usefulness for missionary son to fear that we must drive our own exertion, among a people, who will, wagons, or desist from our purpose. when the Gospel prevails amongst them, The Lord, however, at the time of our greatly excite the interests of the reli- extremity, interfered, and enabled us to gious world. The people are absolute influence one of the men, which led to heathens; for though some of them ad- success with a second ; and as we could, mit the existence of both a good and a under these circumstances, command bad being, superior to themselves, yet the interpreter and sheep-watcher, who they candidly confess that they know attempted to conceal themselves, we nothing relative to the soul, or a future gladly left a third, who had been the state of existence: but the Gospel has chief promoter of the disaffection that not the rubbish of idolatry to remove appeared. Soon after this the interprebefore its foundation can be laid, for we ter fled, influenced to do so by some have not seen the smallest vestige of reli- wicked Corannas, who were envious at gious worship amongst them. It must the preference we gave to the Boschuanot, however, be expected, for some nas; and we were obliged to retrace time, that the Gospel can be made known our steps in order to recover him. Afto them; for although Brother B. can ter getting back the interpreter, and converse upon common subjects, we journeying eastward a few days, we have not one interpreter who can be narrowly escaped the main body of the employed in explaining the Gospel to Caffrees, being met by a small party of them; and indeed we fear the language observation, as we supposed, by which is yet to form, as far as it respects the circumstance we were cautioned to introduction of terms to convey to their alter our course. Meeting with two minds, the simplest spiritual truths. Our Boschuanas, whom we engaged as interpreter is only a boy, of about four- guides, we determined upon another at. teen years of age, sadly depraved in his tempt; and proceeding in a north-west disposition, and manifesting much aver. direction, we travelled on the banks of sion to any subject connected with reli- the River No, until the night of the 31st gion. He was, however the best, and of January, when all our oxen and cows indeed the only one we could obtain. were stolen by some natives residing in We have built two comfortable houses, the bushes not far from us.
Our people and are far advanced with two smaller went in search of the cattle; but, from ones, for our people; and though we cowardice and mismanagement, they are too late in the season to attempt were unsuccessful. A second effort was sowing corn, we hope in a few months made, but when we arrived at the werf, to benefit by the productions of a garden. to which the oxen had been traced, the In accomplishing our object, we have robbers fled, leaving the skins, &c. of met with many difficulties; we have two of the oxen which they had slaughbeen exposed to a few dangers; and we tered, and the rest of the cattle were have felt most strongly the necessity of dispersed. It appeared afterwards that a patient, persevering, and resolute the natives had fled, fearing an attack spirit; especially as we approached the from us, and had suffered the oxen to seat of war, where also no Europeans roam at large. Our situation was indeed had been before us, and we were atten- trying; with a murmuring people, withded by mere hirelings uninterested in out the means of removing our wagons, our object, and whose cowardly spirit our food daily lessening, and not knowwas often difficult to manage. Nothing ing the extent of the danger to which of importance, occurred to us till we we were exposed from the Commando. reached the Great River, over which we A communication was however opened were floated by men kindly sent to our with SIBBUNEL on the 9th of February ;
and on the 17th we were visited by him, station would consent to live there, and with twelve of his attendants, bringing a act as interpreter, the Gospel might at cow for slaughter, thus kindly anticipa- once be preached to this people. At ting our want of food, and an ox, as food present, we believe the Corannas are for himself and people during his stay without the Gospel, as the London So
ciety have withdrawn their last MissionOn the following day, while we were ary in Mr. Sass: and, indeed, we are arranging to send our men to Campbell under a pledge to one of the Coranna for the oxen we had left there, those Captains, who anxiously desired our which we had lost appeared in sight, residence with him, to mention bis case driven by three of SIBBUNEL's own peo- to you: a promise which was extorted ple, who were stationed at a cattle-post, from us when bis anxiety led bim to and who had found them all wandering drive off our cattle to the place he inat large, except six, which had probably tended residing at; and when, finding been devoured by lions. On this occa- us determined to seek the Boschuanas, sion we were overpowered with grati- he followed our wagon as if determin tude to our heavenly Father, who had so ed to abide by us, and stated, that “ He wonderfully interposed in our behalf, had long had a desire for the Word, and and given sufficient proof of his appro- that if we would not remain with him, bation of our efforts by restoring our ox- he would sigh his life out.” Whatever en ; thus preventing the inconvenience motives may bave given rise to this of sending our men a tedious journey, man's conduct, it sufficiently, indicates and enabling us to join the Chief with that no difficulty then existed in remainwhom we wished to be, at the same ing with him. In apportioning out the jnncture of time.
various presents sent for the general use It is premature to solicit assistance by of the Missions, perhaps we shall be additional Brethren for this Mission'; favoured with a few axes, adzes, picks, but as we may not have an opportunity hammers, files, garden-rakes, hoes, light of writing again for many months, we blacksmith's tools, and other useful kinds shall not be accused of being too san- of cutlery; and should this mission be guine in putting in our claim to be kept extended, a small printing-press would in mind in this respect, particularly as a be of incalculable use, to provide us Missionary, when properly settled, can with elementary books for any school be supported at as little expense here as which may be established; particularly in any part where we are likely to bave as being so far from Cape-Town, it is stations in Africa. We are only one impossible, and would, if practicable, be day's journey from a party of Corannas, very undesirable, frequently to visit it. (and in a line with Caffraria,) where a The latter hint is suggested from the desirable station might be formed, and great advantage which will arise from where a Missionary will always have a the introduction of letters amongst the people, amongst whom to itinerate : natives as soon as possible. Be assured for, though the Corannas are a most un- that it is our wish to meet your appro. settled tribe, tbis situation will, we think, bation, while serving the Lord in the always attract a population, and if one great and good cause in which we are of the pious men from the Khamiesberg engaged.
MR. Shaw has long been employed as a Missionary in Africa, and has witnessed, in the midst of his labours and privations, some success among the natives. The following are extracts of receni letters received by the Mission Committee from bim, in which he states the commencement of the Caffre Mission.
“ Graham's Town, Aug. 28, 1823. "With the view of arranging with the hand of God upon me, not only my life Caffie Chiefs, and of selecting a situa. was preserved while travelling on horsetion for our first Missionary station in back among barbarous and savage men, Caffreland, I took a journey into that and wild beasts; but my health also, country, the latter end of July, and re- notwithstanding, my generally sleeping turned in the beginning of this month. on the ground, in the open air, and exOf the particulars of my journey you shall periencing very heavy rains during the hear shortly, by means of my detailed journey. These, however, are small journal for that period, and which I will mercies, compared with the more imtranscribe as soon as I can obtain a lit. portant particular of having, through tle leisure ; but I am anxious to send the blessing of God, succeeded in my this, that you may be acquainted with object far beyond my most sanguine exthe general result. Through the good pectations."