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REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN HINSDALE, PITTSFIELD CIRCUIT.

Extract of a Letter communicated by the Rev. B. HIBBARD. This work commenced in the hearts to his troubled soul. He immediately of a few professors of religion, who went to his parents, and told them what agreed to meet every Wednesday even. God had done for him. ing for prayer. After continuing their The succeeding Wednesday evening, meetings through the principal part of the congregation was still larger, and the summer, they began to witness an. the meeting was enlivened by the preswers to their intercessions, by a gradual sence, and the pointed testimonies of increase in their number, a more en- those recently converted. « The word gagedness of mind, and an increasing of God mightily prevailed” at this meet. solemnity among the people generally. ing. Sighs and tears were witnessed in On Sabbath a sermon was preached on every direction, and some praised the Luke xiv. 17, “Come, for all things are Lord for the wonders of redeeming love. ready.” On the following Wednesday This, indeed, was a glorious season. evening, at a general prayer meeting, Sinners trembled, and saints rejoiced. many appeared under conviction for sin, To particularize all the instances of con. and six or seven young people gave evi- version would require more time than I dence of having obtained pardon in the have to spare, and, perhaps, would not blood of Jesus.

be interesting to readers in general, From this time the gracious work of though to those who are immediately conviction and conversion, mightily pre- concerned it might be desirable. Sufvailed. I will mention one instance, as fice it, therefnre, to say, that in this part being somewhat extraordinary. A young of the town more than forty bave, as we man being absent from homė, was seized humbly hope, obtained an interest in the with such borror of mind, that on his Redeemer, twenty-five of whom have return to his home, he could not sleep. united themselves to the Methodist EpisThe family was much alarmed. A Bible copal Church, and six to other denomi. was carried into his chamber, and a nations. Thus far, those who have profriend read to him the gracious promises fessed religion, have manifested a conmade to penitent sinners; after strug- sistency of character and conduct. May gling in extreme agony of soul for some they endure to the end ! time, the Friend of sinners spoke peace Hinsdale, Nov. 1822.

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WORK OF GOD ON NOLACHUCKY CIRCUIT. I will give you a short account of the and D. CUMMINGS. We enlarged the work of God on Nolachucky circuit. circuit to six weeks; and the work of

Two years ago I was appointed to this God still continued to revive through circuit. It was large, and some very the year and still goes on with great difficult cases occurred. In general, re

We had about eight hundred ligion was rather low, but through the members when I was appointed to the mercy of God things took a favourable circuit; we now number more than turn in the spring, the old members be- eighteen hundred. The Lord indeed is gan to stir up; and the neighbouring doing wonders for Nolachucky circuit. people began to attend our meetings in There is also a good work in some the summer and fall. We had three parts of the Holston district. I attended Camp-meetings, which the Lord made iwo or three Camp-Meetings in that disa blessing to hundreds At these three trict this fall. At the Camp-meeting meetings two hundred and sixty-three near Jonesborough, there were two hunwere added to our society. At the dred and two joined society; and at the Camp-meeting near Newport, we had one held near Rutledge, seventy-four the pleasure of seeing upwards of eighty were united to the society. In this rein the altar at once, who professed con- vival there has been a number of the version at the meeting. Upwards of five respectable and wealthy, from the Gene. hundred and fifty members have been tal down to the poor African. This is added to the societies in this circuit for the work of the Lord, and it is marvel

year,--and the most of them in the lous in our eyes; and our hearts will possession of the direct witness of the say, "Not unto us, but unto thy name, Spirit.

O Lord be the glory.”
Last fall I was again appointed to the

Yours, &c.

GEORGE EKIN. same circuit, with two others, J. Rice Greene County, Ten. Nov.5, 1823.

Bridgetown, Dec. 9, 1823. attention and deep solemnity; and not DEAR BRETHREN,

unfrequently, does their heart-felt anI rejoice to inform you that the Lord guish and sorrow for sin, show itself by is favouring this part of our Zion with showers of tears, mental groanings, and an out-pouring of his Holy Spirit. Since earnest cries for mercy and salvationour last Conference we have received not long since for the first time, I gave about thirty-five probationers, most of an invitation to mourners to surround' whom are young men, of good standing the altar, to implore the Divine mercy in in society, and who promise fair to be the forgiveness of their sins; and to my both the ornament and strength of our astonishment, in less than one minute Church. Our increase has been gradual, the altar was crowded, while the congreaveraging about five every month. We gation generally seemed to experience have a general class-meeting the first something like an electric shock. The sabbath in every month, at which time next time I invited the mourners forward, only we receive probationers, and admit I had the two front benches cleared, and members.

they filled the altar, the two seats, and This plan I have found profitable both required more room. Upon the whole, here and elsewhere. It is admirably I think, I am safe in saying that the calculated in my opinion to promote a Lord is working powerfully in many spirit of union amongst the different hearts. classes, and to give interest and solem. I shall conclude this by requesting nity to the reception of members.

your prayers for our prosperity, hoping Our prospects lately have become that the God of love will add to our more flattering than they have been.- numbers and to our graces, and bless Our congregations evidence their attach- you with all spiritual blessings. ment to the word preached, by fixed

C, PITMAN.

MISSIONS IN WESTERN AFRICA.

RIVER GAMBIA.—MR. MORGAN has lately been up the River Gambia with MAJOR GRANT, whose object was to form a settlement considerably in the interior. The following are extracts from his Journal.

On March 15th, 1823, we passed the attention of the sailors, and some Lemon-Island, which is recommended natives coming on board with palm: by the King of Calubah for our settle- wine. The Thermometer, in the cabin, ment. (Thermometer 76.) The river was 84; but held in the sun, on the deck, here appears beautiful. The trees on it rose to 103. The King of Codiger the banks are more various in their came on board with palm-wine. foilage, and are interspersed with shrubs 18th-We came to anchor at Finde. in full bloom ; and the ground behind fulle, in the King of Barda's dominions. appears, by its natural produce, to be of A messenger was sent to invite the King an excellent quality. The land is beau- to meet MAJOR GRANT, but he was afraid tifully diversified with mountains, and to come. His General, bowever, a great large majestic trees. The river here is warrior, and two other men, came, and about two hundred yards over: its surface said that the King was engaged with a is as glass; and its course between this great Marraboo, endeavouring to settle and Yannemuroo is frequently interrupt- the war. The Major told them that his ed by islands, which enliven the scene. object in coming up the river was, to The banks are thinly peopled; and show them his wish to maintain friend thousands of acres of land, which would ship with them ; and having made them pay the husbandman a thousand fold of a present, he appointed to meet their this country's grain for his labour, are King on our return. We then went unoccupied, except by reptiles and ashore at Findefulle; which consists of beasts of prey.

a factory, belonging to Mr. JOWER, and 16th.-- At eleven o'clock we held two or three huts. Here, we found divine service on the deck, but I was many gold-merchants, who gave the much interrupted while preaching; the Major much information concerning the Fessel being under way, which engaged country and the river. They seemed

particularly guarded in giving their opin- happy change in the circumstances of ion as to an English settlement being the Foollahs. An old Marraboo said, formed in the King of Woolly's land. that when he used to trade up and down An old man, in reference to the King, the river a few years ago, if a Foollah said, That it was possible, by a gift, to was then caught by the river-side, it was, get a surly dog to come to you, but a considered by a Mandingo a sufficient small thing would make bim bite the transgression to warrant his selling him hand that feeds him. I asked them, if I for a slave; but now they come and go should come to live in that part, if they where they please, without fear. They would consent to have their children bear a nearer resemblance to Europeans instructed by me. The Tillibo men re- in the form of their features, than any plied, that they sbould be glad of it, if I I have yet seen in Africa. The nearest would teach them to weigh gold, which to them, in this respect, are the Loobies, I promised them I would do. The King a distinct race of people, who see in tó of Bardar, who yesterday refused to have no settlement, but are constantly come to us, when he saw the present wandering from place to place, and which the Major had sent him,concluded make bowls and calabashes. I inquired, he was on friendly terms; and travelled if the Foollahs were related to the after the vessel on the bank of the river, Loobies, and was informed that they till he overtook us. He had brought had a tradition, that the chiefs of these two bullocks as a present, and came on tribes were originally white; two sons board with his suite. The Major told of one father. The Father of the Fool. him that he was come up to secure the lahs having always shown himself infriendship of the Kings, and to take no- dustrious in cultivating the land, and tice of the manner in which the Traders taking care of the cattle, his father, at were treated by them; and that he de- his death, left all he had to him : but signed to form a settlement as far up as Looby being idle, had nothing given he could, and asked him concerning him but an axe, with which he went into different places. He seemed of opinion the woods to work for his living; and that no situation further on was so eligi- both tribes have continued in their reble as Findefulle.

spective occupations ever since. 20th. This morning, the thermometer At three, P. M., we set off for the was at 80; it was very pleasant on deck King's Town, with Cah Munsong, or before the sun rose. We all have abundant the River Alcaide, who was our guide. reason to be thankful to God, that we We found a great part of the town have so far enjoyed uninterrupted health. burned, as had been reported to us, I was informed by a man who is much The women and children fled from us, up the river, that it is more healthy here as though we were monsters, they havthan nearer the coast. The people were ing never seen a white man before. One sitting on the banks of the river, some young woman, however, distinguished of whom were much astonished at the herself from the rest by running for a appearance of the schooner, having calabash of water, and falling on her never before seen any thing but small knees, she presented it to the Major on craft or canoes.

One of them inquired if our entering the town. I learned afterthe masts of the vessel were trees which wards that the women present nothing grew up from the bottom.

to their friends, nor even to their husThe Foollahs seem to be a scattered bands, but in the same humble and reverace of people, and are found in every rential posture. The Alcaide conducted direction. They reside among different us first to bis own house, and thence to nations, by permission of their Kings. the palace, where the King sits under a They employ themselves in keeping tree to hold his councils and administer cattle and growing corn, of which the justice. A man who is at all acquainted Mandingoes demand of them as much with the Bible, cannot observe the manas they please, being, as I am informed, ners and customs of these people withalmost entirely dependant for these out remarking many things which remind articles upon the Foollahs, as they are him of the Patriarchs and ancient Jews; themselves too indolent to cultivate the the primitive simplicity, together with land. The act for the Abolition of the many ancient customs, being retained Slave-Trade seems to bave made a among them.Wesleyan Meth. Mag.

Obituary

To the Editors of the Methodist Magasine.

Philadelplia, Nov. 17, 1823, DEAR BRETHREN,

By an early insertion of the following letter in the Magazine, you will oblige your friend and brother in Christ,

S. SHARP.
DEATH OF MRS. M'ARTHUR.
Philadelphia, Feb. 6th, 1809.

you will never leave me." I told her I MY DEAR FRIEND,

would not. In the evening her spirits I again resume my pen to assure seemed better, and she conversed freely: you of my continued friendship, to ex. While sitting alone with her I mentioned press the most tender sympathy, and to the satisfaction it must afford her that alleviate as far as possible the grief your her babe was gone. She said she had loss must have occasioned; by making reflected on it with pleasure, and began you more fully acquainted with the kap- telling me two dreams she had while at py circumstances of your sister's death. New-Mills last summer. She said, “in I am urged to this melancholy and joyful part I can explain one: my Margaretta task by her request, and will make it and little Jemima* are gone, what do known in her own words, being more you think of the other part ? can you expressive than any I can use. Sister explain it?" My answer was, " I know B. when I am dead write to my sister of no other interpretation than that you Jemima and tell her I have gone to will soon get your feet fixed upon the glory.” Even this assurance is replete 'Rock of Ages.' "O!” said she,"you with satisfaction; yet as you had not the are a most flattering interpreter, how privilege of being with her, I am sensible happy would I be if this should be the it will afford you great consolation to case.' She then began talking of the have the particulars of her exercises other dream. I said little, fearing she through the last of her il{ness. I am was too weak to converse so much. deeply conscious of my inability to do She told me she felt strange. I made justice to this subject, and feel a diffi. no answer. O! said she, “ come here." dence that almost urges me to silence: I hastened to her bed-side and she rebut her request ar:d the satisfaction it peated again,“ Oh how I feel.” In vain will afford you induces me to proceed. I attempted to compose her by telling

I will begin from the night I wrote you her she was only a little fatigued by conlast. I mentioned that she had received versing too much. “ No," said she, "I the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, was am dying and that without hope. I pot very comfortable, much tempted and stood a moment reflecting she may be barassed with the "fear of death,” com- going, shall I call the family? a second plained of an unbelieving heart, consci- thought occurred, not the family now, ous she was not prepared for Heaven, and involuntarily she broke out into and that she said ber afflictions rendered prayer, and called, " Jesus ! Jesus ! Je ber incapable of being as much engaged sus!” and before she had three times · as she desired. When reminded that she called on the all-prevailing name of Jehad been a follower of the Lord in sus the cloud burst and her theme was health, and that He would not forsake changed to “Glory! Glory! Glory! ! her in the "trying hour" of sickness, am going to glory.” She shouted and her usual answer was, “I have been a clapped her hands, those feeble bands, feeble follower indeed "

which for several days she could scarceOn Friday at noon she was very ill ly raise, she would clap, and with them and inquired with visible alarm, if we clasped me in her arms, " with strength did not think her dying: we assured renewed.” She seemed as if she would her she was not. In about an hour she be out bed, and continued shouting, was better, and I concluded to go home “Glory! I am oing to glory. O! that to get some sleep. When making rea. dy she called me, and said, “I have

* Jemima was the daughter of Rey. Solomon one request to make, and that is, that Sharp.

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you could go with me." I now thought as I did. Again, she said, “ 'tis made of the family and opened the door to known unto me, Thou shalt die and call them to witness ber joy. Scarcely not live;' and she repeated over and was the door opened before they heard over, “Thou shalt die and not live,' her in the store and kitchen. They saying, “it is a solemn sound.” After were so astonished that they were hardly laying calm awhile she began praising able to get up the stairs.

and repeating, “ Glory!” and requested Now you may imagine your happy the family might be called to see her sister surrounded by her weeping and go. I asked her if this was delusion. yet rejoicing friends. The scene sur “O! no,” she said, “it is a reality and passes all description. After these trans- I am going to glory.” Scarcely had the ports had in a measure abated she re- family entered the room when she turnquested us to pray. We kneeled down ed to me with a most disappointod look, by her bed, and she broke out in prayer, and said, “0! I thought I was going to but such a prayer I never heard. She glory, but my spirit has come back. 0! plead the promises with such an holy that I may be resigned and willing to boldness as is indescribable ; she con- wait.” versed with her adorable Deliverer as a On Saturday she continued composed man with a friend, often saying, “how until night, when she was a little fighty. good thou art!” “none ever sought Thy She told me she supposed this was occaface in vain.” Her bodily pain now re- sioned by not sleeping after taking a turned, she seemed to suffer more than dose of laudanum. On Sunday she conever, and again broke out in prayer for tinued much the same. All the followresignation, patience and suffering grace. ing week she was delivered from her About an hour after, she again broke bodily sufferings, so that I almost flatterout in praises, “a miracle ! a miracle !” ed myself with hopes of her recovery. she uow began to cry," I am a miracle, She appeared as if her work was done, my soul and body both healed, I have and with lamb-like patience she only not a single pain, here is glory in my waited for the coming of her Lord. No soul.” She then repeated,

fears, no doubts, all tranquil, all serene. " When Satan appears to stop up our path,

The language of the Poet forcibly ocAnd fills us with fears, we triumph by faith:

curred to my mind ;He cannot take from us (tho' oft he has tried), The heart-cheering promise, The Lord will

“ Then ask the monster where's thy sting? provide."

And wbere's thy victory boasting grave ?" She then repeated the third verse of the For my own satisfaction I inquired if first hymn," Jesus the name that charms she remembered Friday evening ? Her our fears,” &c. She called her sister, answer was, yes, and when I called and said, “O! my dear Theodosia will you to my bed and told you I was dying you seek the Lord ? will you promise to without hope, you stood silent a moget religion ? 0! do get it now, I want ment; I thought you had no hope of you to begin to pray, you must my dear me; but when you broke out in prayer sister, I want you to help me praise the I felt encouraged and began to call on Lord.” To her brother-in-law she said, Jesus. How soon the answer came! it

you too my dear Malchom must get was like lightning. Are you not pleased religion. O! do begin now.' She kissed that you stayed with me to witness the him, saying, “I love you, you must goodness of God to one of His most feeseek the Lord: 0! I want you all to ble followers ? 0! none ever sought His go to glory.” She then called the young face in vain." On Tuesday evening she woman and exhorted her to be faithful, was evidently dying, and lay composed saying, "you Nancy have got religion, about an hour and I thought her speechO! help me to praise the Lord.” Em- less. She then began to repeat, “Glory! bracing her mourning husband, she said, Glory? I am going to Glory." She con. “O! that you could go to glory with tinued in this way until a few minutes me." To her esteemed friend, the Rev. before she expired, which was on SaturMr. Bartine, she said, “Don't you want day morning at five o'clock. During all to go to glory too?" After this she was this time she did not sleep, to my knowtempted to fear it might be a delusion, ledge, but continued day and night and it was suggested to her that Satan praising God and repeating, Glory!" had transformed himself into an angel of and Amen. “ Behold the Lamb of God light. She mentioned this, but said, that taketh away the sin of the world.” "he could not have given me the “Behold the Saviour of mankind, Nailed strength I had to praise the Lord; he to the shameful tree,” &c. but changed would not bave made me call on Jesus the words to “ Bebold the glory of

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