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Though this increase of Auxiliary and Missionary operations thus far, affords Branch Societies, is by no means in pro- the surest pledge of future prosperity portion to the increased demand of la- and the strongest motive to continbour and the extent of influence which ued exertions. Though the number of might be exerted in behalf of a cause of sinners actually brought from darkness such vast and vital importance, yet the to light has not been in proportion to Managers rejoice in the smallest acces- the amount of labour bestowed, yet a sion of strength to the main body, and hope of brighter days, in this respect, is multiplication of branches on the origi- founded on the fact, that prejudice has nal stock. It is hoped that the stimulus been gradually weakening, objections will be more and more felt through every have been obviated by actual experilimb and member of the Church, and ments, and impediments removed by that a simultaneous action will defeat the persevering efforts of those employ. the purposes of the enemies of the cross ed in this great work. « One soweth of Christ, by giving a more diffusive and another reapeth. Other men laspread to evangelical truth and holiness. boured, and ye are entered into their
Much might be said respecting the ef- labours." Those who now clear the fects and success of other Missionary ground and sow the seed, may not have Societies, both in our own country, and the happiness to reap the harvest. While in Europe. But we can only just glance they are enjoying the reward of their at these, referring to their respective Re- arduous labours in a better world, others ports for full information of their pro- will enter into their labours, and “return gress and prospects. It is certainly no rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with small gratification to perceive so much them," that finally, “both he that sowof harmonious co-operation among the eth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice several sects of Christians, in endeavour. together." ing to widen and lengthen the bounds While we encourage ourselves to perof the Redeemer's kingdom. And more severance from what has been already especially do the Managers view with done, we derive an increased stimulus pleasure the brightening prospects open- from what is yet to be achieved. By ing among the aborigines of our own casting our eye over the map of the country, many of whom have already world, we shall be convinced that much, abandoned their heathenish worship to very much remains to be 'accomplished, embrace the self-denying doctrines of ere the knowledge of the Lord shall Christ.
cover the whole earth. While PaganIn addition to other Societies in Eu- ism and Mahometanism overspread the rope which are directing their energies greater proportion of the moral world, to evangelize the inbabitants of Asia and a merely nominal Christianity, possessAfrica, and of the Islands of the sea, the ing neither spiritual life nor moral beauty, WESLEYAN METHODISTS are nobly per- produces a heartless indifference in a severing in their Missionary enterprizes, great proportion of the remainder for both at home and abroad. They now the salvation of men. This superstition employ no less than one hundred and and false religion on the one hand, and fifty-nine Missionaries, chiefly on foreign this cold indifference on the other, are Missions, in Asia, Africa, the West-In- to be overcome by " patient continudies, Novascotia, and in the isles of the ance in well doing.” While the strong South Seas; and recently they have castles of the former are to be vigourplanned a Mission to the land of Pales- ously assaulted in the name of the Lord tine, two Missionaries being destined to Jesus, the apathy of the latter must be that once highly favoured, but now de- removed, and they must be roused to graded, place. By the latest accounts action, and persuaded to join the ranks from Asia and Africa, it appears that of those already engaged in this noble 'these important Missionary stations are work.. 6 Who is sufficient for these in a prosperous state, continually en- things ?” “ Through Christ strengthenlarging their borders, and demanding ing me I can do all things.” The comadditional labourers. May the good wil bined onset of the Christian world, aidof Him who dwelt in the bush, direct ed and headed by the captain of their all their efforts, and multiply their seed salvation, will yet make these crooked sown an hundred fold.
places straight, these rough places plain ; From a general review of the Mis- the mountains shall fall, and the valleys sionary field, and of the means employ- shall rise, and a “highway shall be ed to cultivate it, we have much to en- opened for our God" in all places of the courage us to persevere. The success earth, and “ all desh shall see the salwhich has marked the progress of the vation of Gov."
GRAND-RIVER MISSION, UPPER-CANADA. Letter from the Rev. William CASĖ, dated Sall-Fleet, U. C. March 17, 1824. PERSUADED that every encouraging this awakening among the Indian chil: intelligence of Missionary exertions is dren here follows. read with delight and profit by the nu- “The spirit of awakening and reviving merous subscribers of your Magazine among our Indian friends, had seemed and Guardian, we forward you an ac- for a season to abate, which occasioned count of the school for Indian children some fears that some of them might relately established on the Grand-River. turn to their former sinful ways. i menIn our last letters, (see Magazine for tioned my fears to brother TORRY. He rejoiced (for Indian mothers feel for the these people provided with a place of welfare of their children) and she pray- worship, which may contain all who ed for the blessing of God's mercy on may be likely to attend the preaching. her penitent son. The next morning, The same room will serve for the school, the motber said, what were your feel where we hope the youth from year to ings, last evening, my son ? 'In the year, may learn to read the Bible, shewmeeting, said he, I was standing up, ing them the comfort and happiness to looking on while the people were pray- be found in this world, and in that ing. At first I thought them foolish. which is to come. Then again may be they getting ready
24, page 35,) we reported that a said, “Visit them from house to house,Sabbath School was commenced, and instructing and praying with them.” i Chat we were not without bope of see- did so immediately, and found the Spirit ing a common school in operation for of the Lord with us. From this time the ensuing winter. At first we knew the work revived afresh, both among not what to do for a room, but we were the adult converts and their children. soon provided for in this respect, for an One afternoon a lad came to me, saying, Indian chief, who had been made a will you go to our house ? my sister is happy subject of the late religious awak- very bad, they prayed much for her toening, kindly offered his own house for day, but she is no better. On coming the school, and retired to bis cabin in the to the place, I found her sitting, very woods. The school commenced the sorrowful; I asked if she was sick, she 17th of November, and has continued said not, but pointing to her heart, faithfully attended by twenty, some- said mournfully, Yogh tagh yo ya ne times twenty-five children, till the pre- re gant ho,' which is, that her heart was sent time The following is extracted not good and she felt in trouble. After from the Report of the trustees for the encouraging her to look to the Lord, we present quarter, ending Feb. 17, 1824.
kneeled in prayer; when I had conclu" The trustees of the Indian School ded, she began praying with much conbeg leave to Report that, GEORG JOHN- trition. But her mourning, was soon son being teacher, the school com- turned into joy, and she shouted and mences at 9 o'clock, A. M. and continues praised the Lord for the comfort and till 4 o'clock, P. M., allowing one hour peace she received. This wrought on for refreshment and recreation. Com- the mind of her young brother of nine mences and concludes with singing and years, who fell on his knees and prayed prayer
2nd. Decency of manners and aloud for mercy. Such a season of cleanliness are insisted on. 3d. Impro- blessing we shall long remember. Perper language and conduct, forbidden on ceiving that the good work was reviving pain of punishment.
again among us, the shell was blown for “ The Trustees further Report, that a general meeting. Numbers collected; the school consists of more than twenty several prayed with fervour and faith; scholars, that most of these commenced several awakenings took place from this with the alphabet. Seven of them now time At the next meeting one soul was spell in words of three syllabes, and six set at liberty. Brother TORRY's visit of them have commenced reading in the ensuing Sabbath was made a great easy words. The children are quite at- blessing; the word was with power, and tentive to the school,-very obedient to the brethren were , strengthened, and their teacher, and most of them tractable praised the Lord for his mercy and in learning. The trustees are much gra- love. tified with the improvement the scholars “We are not a little encouraged that are making, both in reading and man- one of the Indian youth, a Chippaway,
begins to exercise his gifts profitably. “Respectfully submitted. Peter (for that is his name) lately A. Jones,
opened the meeting by a few words, and J. JONES,
then prayed. His words were with J. PARKER.
trembling, but the blessing of the Lord The Lord seems already to have own- attended. Among others who were ed this infant establishment: several of awakened at this time was a lad of ele. the youth having come under the influ. ven years, who began to tremble and ence of divine impressions. An extract weep, and kneeled by his mother for from brother CRAWFORD's account of her prayers. The mother was much
Niagara, March 18, 1824. to die; I am not ready; I have sinned against the Lord ; I am wicked. Then
P. S. În the Report of Rev. J. B. I began to tremble and came to my FINLEY (See Meth. Magazine for 1822, mother for her prayers.” Several chil. page 29.) of the Sandusky Mission, dated dren have found 'peace Others are Nov. 1821, mention is made of the Wy. seeking. Considerable piety is manifest andott Indians in Canada. These inin the deportment of the children, and dians reside on the River Canara, near they are often seen retiring to the thick- Fort Malden. We have to communi. ets, for prayer and praise.
cate the pleasing intelligence that a Seth CRAWFORD." gracious work is now going on among
that people, which seems to promise a A few weeks after the commencement great reformation among them. It apof the school, I called to visit them. pears to have commenced among a few The parents and children being present, individuals, by means of reports from I spoke to them by an Interpreter on Sandusky; some young men bad been several subjects necessary to be attend to school there and returning to their ed to for their worldly comfort as well friends with accounts of the great chanas for their future welfare. In conclud- ges wrought at Sandusky, it occasioned ing I directed the Interpreter to inform serious reflections. About christmas the Chief, that we had been much obli. Brother Finley, and some Indian Brethged in the grant of his house for the use ren came on from that station, to hold of the school and meetings, and that we a quarterly Meeting at Detroit. While thanked him for his kind indulgence.- Brother FINLEY proceeded on to Detroit, He replied, that he was fully paid for Between-the-logs, and Mononque crossed what he had done, he had prayed for the River, and declared to the Indians two years, for religion to take place at Canara, what great grace was beamong them. The Lord had answered stowed on the people at Sandusky, and prayer and blessed the people with the 'assuring them that they might obtain gift of his Spirit. I have told our people, the same blessing, and that Jesus Christ said be, that they must set good exam
was now ready to bless and save them. ple for their children, and learn them to The sparks which had been kindling read, pray and work, for it is a great now burst into a flame. They began sin to bring up their children in idleness. to tremble, weep and pray; meetings He said he was glad we had come among were almost incessant, and in a few them, and believed the Lord had sent days about twelve were brought to exus to help them, --he hoped we would perience a saving change. Brother continue to preach to them and teach FINLEY afterwards made them a visit their children to read.
and made arrangements to have them At the opening rf the spring this no- formed into society. When I was there ble Chief will need his house again, but about the 10th February, the society he will not require it till the new build. consisted of about twenty, and others ing shall be completed. A house is were under concern. Brothers JACKSON now building for the double purpose of and Griffis preach to them statedly, meetings and school, and subscriptions and are much delighted with their Indian are opened for defraying the expense, society. The change which has taken and from the spirit of liberality already place with these Indians is manifestly manifested, we hope to see it completed great. Among the converts is an excel. by the first of June. While I am writing, lent Interpreter, whose whole soul is filllittle Mary is making a collection in ed with desire and concern for the salvaher father's house : she brings four dol- tion of his brethren. Another of some lars to me saying, “ This is to help build consequence, particularly in his feelings, the school house for the Indian children.” is among the converts. The following
We anticipate much delight in seeing relation will show the change which
has taken place in his feelings and views. Other tribes of Indians. May this long The news had scarcely reached Detroit neglected and abused people be rememof the conversions at Canara, when this bered in the promises, and in the pray. once consequential native of the Foresters of God's people. appeared at Lovefeast at the Council Brother TORRY'S Misssion on the House. He at length arose to acknow. Grand-River continues to prosper. Reledge the Saviour of the Gentiles, and vivals are going on in several parts of among other things observed, “ Once his circuit, and several of his society, me great man,-Big- -Captain,-- both whites and Indians, are an bonBut all gune now!"
our to Religion, and begin to be useful as Encouraging prospects are noticed in Exhorters, and Leaders of societies.
WESLEYAN-METHODIST MISSIONS, From the February Number of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magasine, we collect the following particulars respecting the success of some of their Missionary stations.
SOUTH-AFRICA:- In the April number we inserted some extracts of a Letter from Messrs. Hongson and BROADBENT of the Boschuana Mission. Since the date of that letter, it apppears that " considerable alarm had been excited 'in that part of the country through which they travelled, by the irruption of a great body of savages from the north.” The war, however, has subsided, and tranquility restored, so that the Missionaries are left to prosecute their labours in peace.
BARBADOES.- Much excitement has been produced in the public mind, on account of the insurrection of the slave population in this island, and many very erroneous statements have been made in the public prints respecting the conduct of the Missionaries in reference to this very unhappy and melancholy affair; some affirming that the insurgents were incited to their rebellion by the exhortations of the Missionaries, who had accordingly been implicated by the government of the Island, while others have affirmed that one or more of the Missionaries was the direct instigator of the insurrection. We were soon informed that these things were so far from being true, that the Missionaries had acquitted themselves as became the ministers of God, who, while they evinced an honourable zeal for His name, proved themselves loyal subjects to their king and country.Every successive information in reference to this subject corroborated the truth of these statements; and the last news concerning this disastrous affair, together with the desperate attempt of an unruly mob to “put an end,” as the desperadoes expressed it, “to Methodism,” by demolishing the Chapel, and forcing the Missionary, Mr. SAREWSBURY, to leave the Island, is contained in a letter from him to the Mission Committee of London. After detailing the circumstances which immediately preceded and accompanied this gothic act of destroying the Methodist Chapel, parsonage, the preachers' Library, consisting of more than three kundred volumes, he concludes as follows:
To trace the causes of these hostile which I speak of the Planters' cruelties, proceedings, is next my duty. This is &c. &c. Now though I have never once, very easy : for they may all be resolved not even
to a bosom friend, mentioned into two ; Ignorance and Wickedness.- a single fact relative to the slaves being But the alledged causes are these: 1. A cruelly treated, because I know the tide letter of mine which is printed in the of prejudice against the West Indians Missionary Notices for October, 1820. on this account is unreasonably strong, They think I have given an unfavourable (for the generality of Planters are huand untrue representation of their moral mane men,) yet it only became necescharacter. 2. Falsehoods daily circulated sary for a poor drunken wretch to say to my prejudice. Many have affirmed he had seen such a letter, and every one that they have seen some of my letters in would immediately believe him. As it
regards my sermons also ; for weeks hostility against, as the Methodist Mispast, I have had lying hearers, mingled sionary, who was almost universally hawith the audience; men who have gone ted and scorned by the people? 5. The away and perverted my words, boldly Demerara Insurrection was laid to our affirming," I heard him say it myself," charge. These causes combining in the till they have worked up the people to hearts of the ignorant and the wicked, a pitch of madness against me. For in- have led to all our miseries. stance, having preached from this text ; On my arrival here I was examined " Is any thing too hard for the Lord ?" before the Governor in council. His it was immediately circulated that I had Excellency treated me with kindness said, As nothing is too hard for the and urbanity ; but he advised me not Lord, it is not too hard for the Lord to to preach till something satisfactory had make all the slaves free.” And the poor been obtained of this Government as to shallow-pated creatures, to whom this my character; for, coming as I did, cirsilly tale was told admitted it, and raised cumstances rendered me rather a sus. a fresh outcry against me as a dangerous picious character. What will be the character. 3. It is constantly affirmed end I know not : perhaps all the West that the Wesleyan Missionaries are Indian Governments will look upon me all WILBERFORCE's and Buxton's men; with suspicion. Brother Moses RAYNER there is no such thing as convincing the has gone to Barbadoes to obtain docuBarbadians that we have no connexion ments of my integrity. Political events with the African Institution, nor with, in England, I fear, will make against us any other political body. 4. Earl BA- West Indian Missionaries in every staTHURST's despatches have made them tion: never had men greater need of very angry; their ire must find vent; meekness, wisdom, and love. who so proper an object to display their
To the Editors of the Methodist Magasine. DEAR BRETHREN,—You are at liberty to publish the following memoir, if you think proper;
E. HEBARD. Hempstead, Long-Island, Jan. 22, 1824.
MARY JOHNSON, the subject of the In the former part of her afflictions, she following memoir, was the daughter of did not at all times enjoy that clear Henry and HANNAH COMBS. She, like sense of the divine presence which she too many in their juvenile days, was ardently desired; at other times the extremely fond of the gayeties of life; Sun of Righteousness shone upon her but after her marriage to Mr. STEPHEN soul, and especially towards the close Johnson, she became very serious, and of life. endeavoured to engage her husband, As all expectations of her recovery who was then not a professor of reli- were relinquished, her anticipations of gion, to lead a religious life, and pray heaven were bright and animating. On with bis little family. In this course of the 27th of March she said to her comexternal morality, she continued several panion: “O my dear! do serve the years, until at a quarterly meeting in Lord and discharge your duty faithfully, Jamaica, under an exhortation by bro. for I assure you, that I would not give Buck, it pleased the Lord to awaken up my confidence in God now for ten her to a sense of her danger. From thousand such worlds as this.” On the that time she resolved to seek the Lord 31st, her brother entering the room, with her whole heart, and continued un- she said, "Ọ THOMAS! remember and til the Lord appeared to her the fairest serve the Lord. You see bere what you among ten thousand and allogether lovely. must soon come to. You think it strange, Soon after this she became a member I suppose, that I, who am the youngest, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in should be called first; but the Lord which she continued a humble and ac- only knows how soon you may be called ceptable member until her death. to follow.” When the physician, who
İn her sickness she appeared that uni. had called to see her, was gone, she form and bumble Christian, which cha- asked her husband what he said con. racterized her in health and prosperity. cerning her case. Her husband replied,