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there are only 20 in the whole island: a nuna her which we find nearly equalled in the limits of some small country towns; 'tor instance, Colchester, where, I believe, there are 15. The absurdity of a clergyman waiting for the arrival of 15,000 Catechumens, some of whom, with the utmost expedition, could not perform in three days the journey they would have to iake, is too glaring to need being pointed out. Why do not our colonists take the example of the Catholics? for instance, the Spaniards in South America. Every district of Indians has a protector and clergy to instruet them. The blacks should have Missionaries; and the proprietors of contiguous estates might be bound to provide a good house, and some acres of land for the Missionary's use, and a decent maintenance made by them, or by Government. The expence could not be great; and should not be named, when the benefits are considered. The duties of a Missionary, I presume not to state ; but certainly the nearer he approached the character of his Divine Master, the more hope there would be of success. Bis being a married man, xo far from being an objection, would be a recommendation. Celibacy cloined with parily, is 100 sublime to be otherwise than rare.
I am too well acquainted with the West Indies to think, that a bachelor would be a better Missionary than a married man. Besides, an example of marriage is an important object. Placed in the centre of a district, to which he could extend his care with ease, what effect might not he hoped from a good man, sincere and zealous ! Besides disseininating the principles of our blessed religion, he might be a check on the conduct of those who disregard the regulations in favour of negroes: to him the council of protection might look as a spring of energy, and he might enable them to give efficiency to the law. The great, perhaps only obstacle to this plan, is the jealousy of the planters. It should be well understood in the outset, and confirmed by the conduct of the Missionary, that no part of his duty will lead him to any temporal interference in the plantations ; and that the very reverse of idleness and discontent is to be the result of his mission. When men, thus employed to propagate our holy faith, shall feel the apostolic glow for the salvation of souls, then may we hope to see societies of Christian Negroes impressed with a just sense, and living in the practice of the duties they owe io God, to their masters, to their fellowlabourers, and to themselves. Doubi; expence, distaste for innovation, and lukewarmness on sacred subjects, not to say irreligion, will cause such a scheme to be long postponed, and perhaps uitimately rejected; yet the johabitants of Jamaica cannot contemplate the struggle in St. Domingo but with anxiety. DISTRESS IN FINLAND.
land; some with three or four,
others with six, seven, eight, or Copy of a Telter from the Rev. S.
more Children, without their having Largus, of Stockholin, to the Rev.
been able to bring with them subG. Brunnmark, Chaplain to the
sistence for a single day, or the least Swedish Legution at the Court of change of clothes ; but, God be St. James's, dated Stockholm, Dec. praised, the generosity of tke good 5, 1808.
people of this city has placed me in • Dear Brother,
a siluation, now and then, to furnish I RETE RN you many thanks; the inost hungry with bread. The both in my own name and in that joy I have felt in doing this, cannot of the Committee, of which I am a be expressed by words ; and you member, for your exertions in be- may suppose how glad I am that a half of my afilicted countrymen. It channel has been opened in London, needs but to have a heari, in order for the more effectual relief of the to bless every one who endeavours miserable. to alleviate their sufferings, which • Dear Brother, do not slacken are indescribable.
I am sure, you • We have here, in Stockholm, se- cannot plead the cause of humanity veral kundred fugitives from Fin- in vain, before a walina ro generous and so truly respectable as the Eng: made; but what bu been rem Bisn.
ceived is as yet very insufficient to We have already purchased a con- discharge the sum expended for siderable' quantity of fire - wood, seed-corn, purchased by the Comwhich, you know, is an article of millée. It remairs with the public great moment at tbis time: hut we to determine, whether that corn can have been obliged to pay 13 rix-dol- be sent for gratuitous distribution Jars for a fathom; which, last year, among the yoor Swedes or not. only cost three *. We have also
*** The sinallest donations are been distributing ready money, in thankfully received by Mess. Har la small sums.'
castle and Reyner, Treasurers, Old In consequence of a Circular Let: Swan Stairs; J. Butterworth, 43, ter sent to inany ministers and gen Fleet Street;'and Mess, Coutts and tlemen, several collections have been Co. Bankers, Strand.
* Sweden used to be supplied with suel from Finland.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY The following is the Arrangement of the next General Annual
Meeting : WEDNESDAY Morning, May 10, Surry Chapel, the Rev. JAMES Peddie, of Edinburgh, will preach.
Wednesday Evening, Tabernacle, the Rev. J. Clayton, jun. will preach.
Thursday Morning, at the Rev. Mr. Wall's Meeting-House, Pavement, Moorfields, the Members of the Society will meet to elect Officers and Directors for the ensuing Year, - to hear the Report of the Directors, and transact the General Business of the Institution.
Thursday Evening, Tottenham Court Chapel, the Rev. Josfaa R. RICHARDS, late of Hull, will preach.
Friday Morning, St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, the Rev. JOAN KING MARTYN, juo. M. A. Curate of Pertenhall, near Kimbolton, will preach.
Friday Afternoon, at Four o'clock, the Members of the Society will meet for Business, at the School-Room of Sion Chapel.
Friday Evening, Sion Chapel, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be administered to those Members and Friends of the Society who are Stated Communicants. No others can be admitted.-Tickets for Admission may be had of their respective Ministers.
6 Morning-Services to begin at Half past Ten, and the Evening at Six o'clock. - A Collection will be made at each of the Places.
We are desired to say, That the front seats of the galleries being reserved for the ministers, it is respectfully requested, that other gentlemen will not on cupy them.
The Annual Meeting of the BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIELE SOCIety will be held at the New Londoa Tavern, Cheapside, on Wedocsday, the 3d of May, instant, at Eleven o'clock.'-- The President will take the Chair
precisely at Twelve.
The Annual Meetiag of the RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY will be held on Thursday, May 11, at Seven in the Morning, at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, opposite Threadncedie Street, the Room at the New London having been found too small.
The Annual Meeting of Subscribers and Friends to the HIBERNIA V Suciety, for the Diffusion of Religious Knowle:lge in licla.id, will be held
at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, London, on Féday, the 12th of May, at Seven in the Morning.
GENERAL CONGREGATIONAL UNION. Wednesday, the 17th, a Sermon will be preached by the Rev. Ma Bogué, of Gosport, before ihe Members and Friends of the Union, at the Rev. Mr. Wall's, Moorfields ; after which, the Committee's Report will be read, and the business of the Society trans. acted. The Friends of the Union are respectfully requested to breakfast together, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, at Seren o'clock in the Morning of the same day. MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
L. d. W: N. Tweedmouth, Il. - R. S. G. 17. Iš.
2 1 0 Rev. Mt. Stodhart and Congregation, Mulberry Gardeus 50 I 6 Rev. Mr. Bogue aud Congregation, Gosport
72 17 10 W.
5 0 0 Tutors of Children of the late Mr. T. Cuthbertson, Lyon Cross, Neilson, North Britain
1 0 0 W. K. H. A Lady in Edinburgh, by the Rev. Dr. Buchanan, in Aid of the Plans carrying on for the Conversion of the Jews
50 0 Fetler Lane, Auxiliary Society, by J. Bunnell, Esq. Treasurer 32 29
We have the pleasure of communicating to our seaders further ipfor'mation, of a very pleasing nature, from this colony. It canpot fail to afford to all Christians who peruse it, and especially to the Members of the Missionary Society, the greatest salisfaction to find that our sable brethren are thus happily visited with the great salvation; and, we doubt pot, it will give a new zest to the enjoyment of the Missionary Ammiver. gårý which is at hand;
- it will excite praise, enliven prayer, and animate to fresh exertions.
} Extract of a Letter from Mr. W'riy, dated Feb. 14, 1809.
I have reason to believe, that 150 negroes are earnestly seeking the salvation of their souls, - most of whom never heard of a Saviour belore mý arrival; and many of them were nearly as ignorant of God as the bedsts of the field.
Twenty-four have heen solemnly received into the church of Christ by baptism ; and are, as far as I know, ornaments of that religion which they profess. I have opportunity to watch over them daily. Indeed, their ma. nagers bear witness of their good conversation in Christ. I have received
more as candidates for baptisni ; and, as far as I ain able to judge, they are truly devoted to God. Believe me, I will not baptize one who does not appear to give sufficient proof that he is a sincere believer in Christ, and who has not for a considerable time manifested his sincerity by an upright walk and conversation.
The number of people whom I have an opportunity to instruct, is nearly 68n. They are not all able to attend at once ; but the number that generally bear at Bethel Chapel is about 400, or sometimes 500. Perhaps, a more attentive congregation was never seen ; - every individual seems anxious to understand every word. Many of these poor people are not only desirous to obtain their own salvation, but they are saying to others, • Come ye with us, and we will do you good for the Lord hath spoken good concerning his people. They willingly teach others what they
I am informed, that some, at the distance of 20 miles, who never saw our chapèl, have learned Dr. Watts's First Catechisin. Teu of our men, who best understand; have taken eight each under their care to insiruct them, to walch over the:n, ayd settle disputes among them. Theina. pager, who attends the chapel, says he is astonished at the change wrought among thein
Before they heard the gospel they were indolent, noisy,
and rebellious; but now they are industrious, quiet, and obedient. A few days ago they saw that the manager was anxious to have the cotton picked, and brought home; on wbich account the invalids and old people, who had not been asked to do any thing for a long time, went, of their own accord, into the field and worked. Even the sick nurse and two free Wimen, who live on the estale, went; and one of them took her two slaves with her: and on the next day, they were 80 anxious to get the cotton home, that they would scarcely allow themselves time to eat or drink. Without doubt, this was the effect of the gospel. It is well known, that, in many cases, it is almost irupossible to make the slaves work without the use of the whip; but now they work willingly. A few days ago, a gen tleman askeil a manager under his direction, whether the people had not been
very disohedient since they heard the gospel? He replied, Quite tite contrary. I seldom have occasion to use the whip now!'
A gentleman, who formerly prohibited his people from attending, now permits half of them to come every night ; and they take much pains to learn the Catechisin. This gentleman's lady one day asked a woman, who attended our chapel, Whether she understood what she heard? She an: swered, “ Yes; me an English neger, and de minister' an English gentle min; me understand.' After relatiog what she had heard, she added, We all come good now, no thieves now: before, all our fowls were stolen, but now we can keep dem,'&e. The same woman said to me, • Tank you fır bringing the gospel to dis country. Ah! Massa, I wish you had come sooner, when I was younger !' I bid her thank God, not me. She replied, " I know we should not bave seen, nor known, nor heard you, if God had not sent you.' We were then led to say something about England. • England,' said she, is a good country, but buckra men come a Demarary a get money!'
I then said, “ I have not come to get-money.". Ah, Magsa,' she said, you will be rich,' pointing to Heaven ; and then added, “ The riches of Heaven are far better than a house full of money!”
Another gentleman, who had formerly forbidden his people to attend preaching, heard, the other day, one of the little creole children repeating a prayer, and teaching it to soine others. He was so much affected wita it, that he made the child a present; and promised that they should come to the chapel when they are bigger. All his people have now liberty to attend. One of them asked him if he would permit him to be baptized. He answered, “ Yes, when the minister thinks you fit; and I will give you à note to him.'
A third gentleman has permitted some of his people to be baptized This was the occasion of greal joy to us, for I was long afraid that I should not be allowed to baptize any; which was the source of muchagrief to me. This is another display of God's great goodness !
Sociely for Missions to Africa and the East. On Whit-Tuesday, the 23d of May, being the Ninth Anniversary of this Society, a Sermon will be preached at the Parish - Church of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, and St. Anne, Blackfriars, by the Rev. Leigh Richmond, M. A. Rector of Turvey, Bedfordshire. Service will begin at U o'clock. A Collection will be made, for the benefit of the Institution.
At Two o'clock, the Annual Meeting of the Society will be beld at the New London Tavern ; when the Committee will make their Report, &c.
Four Lutheran Ministers are now in Africa, under the protection of the Society, as Missionaries to the Susoo Nation. Of ihese Missionaries, the Rev. Melchior Renaer went out in the spring of 1804. Since that period Mr. Renner, or one of his brethren, has had the charge of the spiritual concerns of the colony, which had been for several years destitute of a chaplain; and their services have been highly acceptable and beneficial. The Rev. G. R. Nylander, the Rev. Leopold Butscher, and the Rev. J. G. Praşse, arrived at Sierra Leone, in October, 1896. Mr. Nylander non acts
as Chaplain at Sierra Leone, and has the care of the children in the colony. The other brethren are settled at a Missionary Station, on the Bashia River; and a second station is preparing at a short distancë. I The Committee have established a Missionery Seminary in this country, the direction of which has been kindly undertaken by the Rev. Thomas Scott, Rector of Aston Sandford, Buckinghamshire. Four Lutheran ministers, who came from Berlin, soon after the peace of Tilsit, are now pre. paring for their future labours, under Mr. Scott's superintendence.
Preparations are making for the formation of a settlement at the Bay of Jslands, in the northern point of the two New Zealaud Islands. The seitlement is to consist of a few pious mechanics, who may instruct tbe natives in the arts most useful to thein, while they will labour to perfect themscires in the native language, and employ their leisure in the care of the chil. dren; and thus prepare the way for a regular mission,
: Provincial Intelligence. Society in Scotland for Propagating lized life. The remote fasinesses of
Christian Knowledge in the High- , the distant North, which were, in Jands and Islands.
former times, the retreats of hanThe Anniversary of this excellent ditli and the coverts of rebellion, Institution, will take place early this are now the venerated abodes of month. The following short ac- independent men, - the nurseries of count of it will not be uninteresting loyalty and heroism. The public, to the public:--The business of the will be delighted to hear, that Society, both in Edinburgh (the seat many of the heroes of Acre, Maida, of the Parent Board) and in Lon. Vimiera, and Corunna, were once don (where the Correspondent Board pupils in the humble seminaries of has, for many years, been establish,, the Society in Scotland for Propaed) is conducted graiuitously by gen- gatiog Christian Knowledge.' Plemen of great influence and re- But the lostitution presents itself spectability. The flourishing cir to our, view, in a light even still cumstances of the lostitution, are a more interesting than this, when it proof of the zeal, the talenís, ihe is considered as the nursery of im. discretion, by which jis interests mortal souls, and as a first step to. are conducted and promoted. The wards the enjoyment of eternal glo. purposes which, in general, it baş ry in the Kingdom of Heaven. in view, are the dissemination of Let the mind, for one moment, caluseful and religious kuowledge, and culate the hundred thousands which the instruction of poor children, ia it has snatched from ignorance and the ordinary employments of hum- error; the influence anů value of ble life. These valuable purposes those hundred thousands, when at are obtained by means of school. The head of their own families, they masters established in remote dis- are enabled to declare to their little
tricts of the country, and the addi. ones the whole counsel of God, fional assistance of catechists' and the merits of the cross, -und the missionaries, &c. Under the care felicities of Heaven! The Institu, of the Sociely, there are not less tion, on this view of iť, will not fail than two hundred and eighty schools; to assume a magnitude of proporin which there are daily educated tion, and an extent of power which pot fewer than sixteen-tkousand child will confirm it, in the high rank it dren. We koow not which to adjustly occupies, among the works of mire most, the immense number of British, benevolence. We have no interesting little creatures under its · doubt that on this, as on former octrition, or the invaluably beneficial casions, it will receive the most amconséquences, which are continual ple encouragement from a generous Ay resulting from its labours. Those aud discriminating public. This year districts which were formerly buried brings round the first centenary of in barbarity and ignorance, 'are ils existencerit being just one hunhow enjoying the day-light of Chris- red years since it was incorporated lianity, and the advantages of civi- by Royal Charter.