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Being on this topic, I cannot help re. children attend the school : 154 read the lating an anecdote connected with it. Bible, some of whom can repeat the sub- few days ago, when the river Zonderend stance of the Scripture History quite was at its bighest level, a farmer, who fluently.
had just passed the bridge, met a Hotten. We grieve to hear of the illness of tot standing close by it. He began, as some, and departure of others, of our usual, to rail at the poor man, and at the valuable brethren, who are called to rest laziness of the Hottentots of Gnadentbal. from their labours; and pray, that the The Hottentot, pointing to the bridge, Lord may prepare successors, equally de- answered to this effect-- Baas! (master) voted and faithful in his service. It is in. I do not choose to answer"; let that bridge deed a favour to be employed in his speak for us. If Baas had built it for me, work; and I thank him daily for favouring and I could too maar (only so, without me to labour in this part of his vineyard. trouble) walk and ride over it, I should Though the Hottentots, like all other men, not venture to complain of Baas's . lazi. have their faults, yet I cannot but love ness; for I should think that it required them with my whole heart, and I am wila. more diligence and labour, to build a
to it is to' me, and to us all, a great comfort, mer was inute, and rode off. that we enjoy their love and confidence; We have been favoured, throughout the and perceive, that they are truly thank. whole of July, with very seasonable weaful to the Lord for the privileges which ther, which has enabled our Hottentots to they enjoy as a Christian community go on with their agricultural labours, They know no greater punishment than to without any intermission. They have also be deprived of any of those privileges. exerted themselves to a degree 'never
From the renewal of the Mission in known before, in cultivating every spot 1792, 1054 adults, and 843 children have that was at all likely to repay their labour, been baptized ; 112 persons baptized as There is a want of manure, and therefore children, received into the congregation; the land must be left to rest after two or and 691 admitted as communicants. At three years culture. The Hottentots present we count about 500 communi: have, however, endeavoured to remedy cants, and the number of inhabitants, the evil, by putting straw into the beastwhich has increased this year exceeds kraal, and otherwise taking better care to 1400. If we had but the means of pur.' collect manure, to which, in former chasing another place in the neighbour times, they could never be brought to at.. hood of Gnadenthal, as an appendage to tend. In this, as in many other instances, this, the number of inhabitants might be they are in a course of gradual improve diminished, and the Hottentots find the ment. means of supporting themselves more You will have Beard, that the five cases easily.
of new and old clothing, which you sent Such a scene as the valley of Gnaden. to Enon, have arrived, safe; and, on the thal presents at this time of the year, when 26th of August, we had the satisfaction almost every tree is in blossom, is well to receive the case which you sent to us. worth a flight from England to barren Af. As our people, owing to the scarcity of rica. I cannot resist the temptation, daily the two preceding years, were in great to mount one of the lower hills overlook want of clothing, we immediately set ing this charming orchard, where I stand about the distribution. This pleasing duty amazed at the external change wrought in was committed to me and my wife. After this wilderness by the introduction of distributing many articles, gratis, to the Christianity:
poor, the remaining were sold, though for To give encouragement to our Hotten- & meré triffe, to such as could afford to tots, i lately took a walk to the plough- pay something, and yet
were in want; and fand; and what a charming sight! Se- the money, thus collected put into the venteen -ploughs, belonging to the Hot. poor's box, Pore the purpose of giving, tentots, were in motion. Surely this one bread to the hungry. Many were the fers circumstance alone is undeniable evi- vent expressions of gratitude which we dencé, that this once so idle nation is im- heard on this occasion; and numberless -proving in industry. We are, indeed, in the salutations that we were commissioned great straits at present for arable land.- to transmit to their benefactors. Some Every little patch left,' of that description, observed, that they could not comprehend was distributed among our people about what sort of people our friends in Eng. a fortnight ago; and several of those who land rost be, that they took such share applied, could not be gratified. One of in the weal and woe of a nation so far off, our Hottentots (and this is another encou. and of so little significance as the Hóttenraging phenomenon) has rented a consi. tots were : they must be quite another derable piece of ground of a neighbouring sort of Europeans, and not like those that farmer, un which fifteen muids of wheat came hither. “I don't mean Mynheer," may be sown.
exclaimed Eva Wittboy, thinking she had
offended me, and grasping my hand, " for It pleased the Lord, however, to restor de Heers en Juffrows." (the brethren and our venerable father to us i and he is now, sisters) “have done enough for us, and as usual, walking aboùt in the grove, more than even those kind friends. They with his grey head uncovered. During have forsaken friends and relations, and his illness, I had much conversation with taught us where to find food and clothing bim, which will never be forgotten by me. for our souls."
A few hours before we took what we sup. We are very thankful that, by this lis posed to be our final leave of bim, le deberal donation, we have been enabled to sired me to give his kind love to you, and pay off the arrears of the poor's box, and to the members of your Society, and of have sormething in hand, so as not to be the Eldera' Conference of the Unity, and under the necessity of running into debt to tell them, that whenever he thought of for some months to come.
the great favour conferred on him to be a Father Marsveld is still, as you hope, servant of the Lord, and of the blessing alive among us;
and your kind inquiries with which his feeble ministry had been about him, affected the venerable old man crowned, he was quite bowed down with so much, that he shed tears. But, about shame and amazement. “ Never," added the middle of August, our hopes to see he, while the tears rolled down his cheeks, him much longer with us, were very
* could the Lord have chosen a more unfaint. On the 13th, he was so weak, that profitable servant. But I believe that he he was not able to partake of the Lord's has forgiven all my faults and short-com. Supper with the congregation; and I had ings' in his service.” Alluding to the the favour to administer it to him in his peace which now so happily prevaila own room, in presence of our whole fami: among us, he said "It was not always ly. It was an hour of unspeakable bless.
now we live, as it were, in hea. ing and edification to us all: the peace of ven." This illness weakened him sa God filled the bearts of the dear patient much, that he found himself obliged to and of all present. On the 15th, he grew give up those things that had hitherto so much worse, that we hourly expected been committed to him. his dissolution. He took a most affections ate leave of all and each of us; and, at his own request, a prayer was offered up, and (From the British Critic, for May, 1821:) the blessing of the Lord pronounced upon Origin and Efects of a Third or Evening him. He humbly rejoiced in the of his departure into the realms of bliss.
Service on Sundays. Never shall I forget what I felt on this oc- NOTHING, we are persuaded, would tend casion, when our whole family, as one more directly to the amelioration of the heart and soul, were engaged in prayer general character of society, than a restoaround his bed.
ration of the almost forgotten practice of As soon as the news of his dangerous family devotion." Within our own recolillness spread through the village, the lection, families, who preserved even the Hottentots crowded on our werft, in outward marks of attention to their reanxious expectation of the issue. It was a ligious duties, retained the decent and edi. most affecting scene, *• There," said one, fying custom of assembling in the morn.
under that large oak, then a young plant, ing and evening of eyery day for the pur. he spoke to me the first words that pierced poses of common prayer; and, on the my hard heart; and, from that moment, i evening of the Lord's Day, after the pub. always revered him as my spiritual fac lic services of the Church were over, and ther. Alas, I shall lose more than a fa. a fitting time had been allowed for needful ther !" Here a flood of tears stopped his refreshment and social intercourse, the speech. “That is now the last,” said ano. heads of the family summoned their chilther, “ of our first three Teachers, who dren, their inmates, and domestics, to is on the point of leaving us. Oh, what listen to some plain and practical disdo I owe to our Saviour, that their places course, selected from the almost inex. have been supplied by others, who preach haustible stores of theological literature the same words unto us. I was always which the divines of our Church have acthankful when new teachers came : but cumulated,' and to conclude the sacred never did I so deeply feel,"as at this mom day by prayer. Did we attempt to set ment of sorrow, how great reason we forth the value of such a practice, we have to be thankful." " He told us the should be led into too wide a field. All truth," said a third, "plainly, and somer who have a proper sense of religion an times sharply; but though we were per their minds will perceive ita tendency, by haps displeased for a moment, we felt this 'interesting communion in its exerthat he loved us poor Hottentots with his cises, to promote the peace and union of whole soul.". These, and similar expreso families, the quiet and orderly discharge sions, were heard from many of them, of domestic duties, and the general wel. while they were standing in the grove or fare of society. The decay of this prace in the kraal, during these days of anxious tice may perhaps be ascribed to many coSidspense.
operating causes; but the most fatal blow had been turned towards a public service was aimed at it, when the leaders of the at that hour; when they knew that heads Methodists, in their hasty zeal to restore of households had, in many instances, the influence of religion, adopted the given up the wholesome custom of the fa. measure of holding their meetings on the mily sermon; and that in others their do. evening of Sunday. The pretext appeared mestics had been seduced from attendance plausible enough to those who took only a upon the family reading, by the superior partial view of the subject. For it was attractions of the public barangue, they notorious then, and we fear it is not less were then compelled to resort to the al. 80 now, that many of the lower orders teration as a measure of defence. They were in the habits of passing the Sunday knew that many, who were thus allured evening in listless idieness, if not in de unwarily into schismatical practices, bauchery and profaneness. But these re. would still prefer the Church, was it open formers did not consider that their mea. at the same hour to receive them; and sure would operate with more force on they felt it a duty, by so simple an expes those who were already in the habit of de- dient, to rescue them from the danger. voting this portion of their time to devo- The success which has generally attional purposes, than on persons whom tended the adoption of an evening service, Jong habit had seared to its neglect or may be allowed to plead in its justificaabuse. They did not, perhaps, calculate tion :.but still it will be allowed that, on that, while a few only might be tempo many accounts, it is highly desirable, rarily attracted from the alehouse or the wherever it is practicable, to revive and streets, to listen to the exhortations of encourage the former practice; to re-unite their preachers; very many of a different families by these effectual words, which character would be led to believe, that an they will feel when- they once more ac. additional public service was at least as knowledge themselves to be religious so edifying as their former family devotions; cieties; and to furnish them with serand would prefer the excitements which mons, which may be read with advantage their meetings offered, to the calmer and by plain men to the circle of young or un more unpretending exercises which had educated persons, by whom, in such as occupied them at kome. Many a domes- semblages of households, they will; for the tic circle of worshippers was thus broken most part, be surrounded.
! up; many a tie of religious attachment between master and servant, parent and child, severed for ever; and without tak. A Scene in Switzerland. ing into account the different nature of the doctrine inculcated, or the fatal tendency
It was on a sweet evening in the to schism which was engendered, an in
summer of 1$18, that I was summoned jury was thus inflicted on the domestic by the dear and valued friend, who character of the people, for whịch all the had been the favoured instrument of benefits resulting from the zeal and la- God to her for good, to assist him in bours of Wesley and Whitfield could not the painfully-pleasing task of comfortgreat and as permanent as their most en ing Louisa's afticted parents. Our thusiastic'admirers have conceived them path lay along the banks of a lake* to be.
which has been celebrated from age to We are aware that it will be said, that age, the picturesque beauty of which the same measure has been since adopted
was at that moment heightened by the by the Church in many instances; and that its effects have proved the wisdom of the crimson rays of the sun just sinking determination. The measure, it is true, behind the majestic range of the Jura, has been adopted, but upon a very differ and given back to the eye in the tranent principle. No alteration, we will quil mirror of the blue waters below; venture to say, has taken place in the while it was rendered still more deeply minds of reflecting members of the Church on the subject: they would still impressive by the mournful nature, recommend, did circumstances allow it, though it was not without its peculiar an undèviațing adherence to ancient prac. alleviations, of the duty we were going tices; and could they believe that the to fulfil. .. Sunday evening would now be passed as
As we approached the spot, which it formerly was, and as the Church undoubtedly intends that it should be, they one of its greatest ornaments, our
had only that morning been berest of are convinced that no advantage could be derived from an alteration of the hours of minds would necessarily be occupied public worship. But when they saw the with a variety of emotions. The peace. doors of the meeting house always invit. ful scene around us--the site of the ingly opened in the evening; when they found that the inclinations of the people
*The Lake of Geneva.
kouse, which commanded an extensive was, indeed, consolatory to witness the
A life of endless happiness to come.”
the light of his counte- pale, lovely corpse, in whose countenance," but where gloom and sorrow nance there was still a something t?iat succeed “the hidings of his face”. seemed to say to us, “Weep not for above all, the reflection that another me !" and drawing back the curtains, spirit, delivered for ever from sin and gazed on it for a few moments. The its attendant trials, had winged its way former then, as if yet unwilling to be to the city of habitation," and joined lieve that all hope had vanished, put that " innumerable company," which his hand upon her cheek; and as he ceases not day or night to sing the new did so, the tear rolled slowly from his song,
“ Thou art worthy; for thou eye, gently exclaiming, “My dear wast slain, and hast redeemed us to daughter !" The mother added, with: God by thy blood, out of every kin- out emotion, “ How changed since dred, and tongue, and people, and na- morning!" tion, and hast made us unto our God During this touching scene, my kings and priests”-was more than friend and I stood silent spectators, ad sufficient to move the most obdurate miring the wonders of thạt grace which heart.
could thus strengthen the tenderest of Praying, as we opened it, that it parents to survey, with the calmest remight be granted to us “to speak a signation, the remains of a beloved word in season,” my friend and I pass- child. Bereaved, it is true, they had ed in silence the gate that conducted to been “ of the delight of their eyes” by
“ 'This sweet abode of piety and peace.” “ stroke,” the severity of which is Scarcely had we entered it, when we known, perhaps, to none but those who perceived that the Lord was there. have been called to endure its weight: No loud lamentations! No cries of yet were they conscious that she had agony
(*that would not be comforted!” only preceded them in bidding adieu to No shrieks of despair !" True it is, in- "the changes and chances of this mor: deed, that when the inmates saw us, in tal scene;" that she had only a little the beautiful language of inspiration, earlier than themselves exchanged time
they lifted up their voices and wept;" for eternity, earth for heaven. Thereyet theirs was a sorrow which “hum- fore it was that, while they mourned bled itself under the mighty hand” that over an only daughter thus prematureafflicted, and bowed without a murmurly snatched from their embraces, they to the divine willa sorrow that had were enabled to " rejoice with joy onhope in death”-a sorrow, which speakable and full of glory." would not surely be disowned of him
We then bowed down together in who, in the days of his flesh," thought prayer; and, while my friend offered it not unbecoming his equality with up supplication with thanksgiving " God, to shed tears beside the grave of a on behalf of a family “sorrowful yet departed friend.
rejoicing," we found how true it is, When the first burst of grief, occa. that “the throne of grace" is a refuge sioned by our arrival, had in some de- 66 that the world knows not of”. gree subsided, we were shown into the fuge which all its smiles cannot purchamber, whence the happy spirit of chase, and of which all its frowns canLouisa had taken its Aght. Here it not depriye,
8. A few days after, 'I had the melan, mind musing on the prospect before us choly pleasure of following what was my heart warm with the fervent mortal of Louisa to the grave. The prayer that the good God would open place where she was laid was a sweet, some window of hope.from the heaventhough lonely spot, situated on an-emi- ly mercy-seat, to dispel the gloomy pence, which seemed as if formed to anxiety which pervaded our ecclesiastiguard the remains of those who had cal horizon. When your little note fallen asleep in Jesus," till the voice of told me what of all earthly things I the Archangel break the bands of wanted to know, viz. that our brethren death.
in the east had not forgotten us, and 'Twas not a place for grief to nourish care,
that the efforts we are now making (as It breathed of hope and moved the heart to I inferred) will not prove abortive prayer.
“We shall live, and not die,' said I to While we committed the body of our myself. God will realize his promise sister to the ground, earth to earth, even to us--in that he will never leave ashes to ashes, and dust to dust, we nor forsake those who trust in him were comforted with the assurance that that he will not break the bruised reed, corruption would one day put on in- nor quench the smoaking dax. He will corruption, and Louisa rise to the life send forth labourers even to us in the immortal.' And while we beheld her wilderness. Our small flocks, now father kneel upon the sod that covered scattered, shall yet hear the voice of her, and heard him praise that gracious faitliful shepherds, and the wild beasts Lord who had sustained him under shall not devour them." But why am I his trials, we felt that the Gospel is” thus writing to you? Our Journals of a truth" the power of God."
will explain the whole truth, and that TO THE MEMORY OF LOUIS.A.
truth will be a sufficient reason. We As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower must have missionaries sent, and supof the field, so he fourisheth; for the wind ported among us, or the Church in the pisseth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.-Ps. ciïi. 15, 16.
west will not, can not exist. Suffer,
the ministers who are now here to die, Thus have I seen where two lone rills unite Their clear, cold waters
from the Jura's heighit, perhaps of a premature death, occaGraceful and fair, the volley's vernal pride, sioned by over exertion in this world of A lily, smiling on the faithless tide. ST
wilderness, and there will be none to was very lovely, fragile, and consign'd Its tender sweetness to the waves and wind :
take their place. This is moral truth; It moved my pity; for the lightest storm, though it be agony to write it.” Methought, were heavy on so frail à form. At eve I wander'd, musing, by the spot, And sought its beauty--but, alas! 'was not. So bloom'd and past Louisa. Yet, while death
" Barclay's Security.” Chili'd the sweet current of her vital breath; Affection, weeping o'er its tarnish'd gem,
Extract of the account of the Parish A flower, though faded, lovely on the stem, and Union of Kilrush, in the DioWiped the warm tear that would be wail her
cess of Killaloe. By the Rev. John rest, Or stay her longer in a world unblest.
Graham, M. A. Drawn up for the Hush! from the distance, happy in its gloom,
second volume of Shaw Mason's StaDjdst thou not hear her call from out the
tistical Survey of Ireland, p. 461. “Weep not for me! Though death's dark vale I trod,
TRADITIONS. 'Twas but the spirit as it went to God: Weep not for me! here sin and sorrow cease;
THE vague and contradictory tradiFor here, dear Saviour, is thy reign of peace! tions of this tract of country would fill Weep not for me! life's toils and trials past, My Lord receives me to his joy at lask.??
a volume of greater size than value.-Few of them, indeed, merit to be re
corded. · Those connected with anExtract of a Letter to the Editors of cient Ecclesiastical history have been
the Christian Journal, dated Wor- already noticed, and the following may thington, Ohio, June 18th, 1821. serve as samples of those of more mo
“WHEN your note presented itself to dern date. me, I had just sent the Journals of our The Rev. John Vandeleur (an anlate Convention to the press my cestor of the present Right Honourable