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of his allotment and buildings thereon as soon The following is the petition referred to in the as the above regulations are conformed to. foregoing :
20th. That all who may feel inclined to take
D’Urban, Port Natal.
We, the undersigned British subjects, inhabi-
We hold in our possession extensive tracts of 22nd. That a voluntary subscription be enter. excellent land, a considerable portion of which ed into this day, for the purpose of establishing a has long been under cultivation : many of us are town fund; and tenders be received by commit- occupied in conducting a valuable trade in hides tee for performing by contract the cleaning of the and ivory, the former of which is almost exclustreets and squares of the town; that the lowest sively obtained within the limits, which by mutual tender be accepted, and that F. Berkin, Esq., be consent of surrounding chieftains have been consolicited to fill the office of treasurer.
ceded to us. 23rd. That two auditors be elected every six
In consequence of the exterminating wars of months to examine and report the treasurer's ac- Charka, late king of the Zoolus, and other causes, counts, and that they be authorised to call a meets the whole country included between the Umziming to receive their report and approve of the coolu and Tugăla rivers is now unoccupied by its
original possessors; and, with a very few except and transmitted to his Excellency. the governor tered this settlement for protection; the amount 24th. That a petition be forthwith prepared, tions, is totally uninhabited.
Numbers of natives from time to time have enof the Cape, praying him to transmit it to his ma- of whom at this present moment cannot be less jesty's government, soliciting the protection of the British flag in favor of the infant colony of Vic- than three thousand. toria.
These all acknowledge us as their chiefs, and 25th. That the thanks of the inhabitants of look to us for protection, notwithstanding which Port Natal are justly due to Messrs. Berkin, Collis, we are living in the neighborhood of powerful and Hogle, for the readincss evinced by them in native states, without the shadow of a law, or a conceding their respective claims to lands consi- recognised authority among us.
We, therefore, humbly pray your Excellency, dered essential for the comfort of their fellow-citi
for the sake of humanity—for the upholding of the Resolved. That a copy of the above resolu- British character in the eyes of the natives-for tions and petition be forwarded to the editor of the the well-being of this increasing community-for "Graham's Town Journal,” who is requested to the cause of morality and religion, to transmit this strike off one hundred copies of the regulations our petition to his majesty's government, praying for the use of the inhabitants of D'Urban, and to that it may please his majesty to recognise the insert a copy of the same in the “Graham's Town country intervening between the Umzimcoolu and Journal,” with the list of subscriptions.
Tugăla rivers, which we have named “ · Victoria,”
in honour of our august princess, as a colony of C. J. PICKMAN, Sec. and Act. Treasurer. the British empire, and to appoint a governor and
council, with power to enact such laws and reguList of Subscriptions for the purpose of clearing lations as may be deemed expedient by them, in
the Bush, and other necessary Improvements concert with a body of representatives chosen by in the Town and Township of D'Urban. ourselves, to constitute a house of assembly.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will over Capt. Gardiner
£300 pray. J. Collis, Esq.
100 H. Hogle
5 0 C. Pickman
CHURCH AT “D'URBAN."
A meeting of the Inhabitants of Port Natal was T. Carden
I held this day, 23rd June, 1835, when it was unaniG. Cyrus
1 O mously resolved, J. Pierce
That a subscription, for the erection of a church, C. Adams
0 5 be commenced, and that the building shall, on the H. F. Fynn
2 10 amount of subscription reaching 5007. sterling, be R. King, one week's work
immediately commenced. J. Mouncy, do. do.
That the aid of the religious public be requestJ. Francis, do. do.
ed, and that subscription lists for that purpose be R. Wood, do. do.
opened at the stores of D. Snelder
2 0 B. Biggar
1 10 Messrs. B. NORDEN and MAYNARD, Graham's John Jones
1 0 Town.
Messrs. Dixon and BURNIES, Cape Town ; and stroying their communications with the interior, Messrs. DRUMMOND's, Charing Cross, London. the difficulty of conveying away and secreting
stolen cattle would be so great, that, independent The following sums were immediately subscrib- of the check they would doubtless meet with in ed :
front, their whole system of warfare would at Capt. Gardiner, R. N.
£50 0 once be frustrated; and it is evident, under such J. Collis, Esq.
20 O circumstances, they must from necessity abandon Mr. John Cane
5 0 the attempt. Mr. J. Francis
3 15 It surely will be unnecessary to advert to the Mr. P. Kew
2 10 policy of occupying, even at a little expense, a Mr. H. Hogle
2 10 position which an unfriendly power might at any Mr. Wood
2 0 time possess, and so materially turn to our disad. Mr. Pickman
2 0 vantage. This will doubtless occur to all who Mr. J. Pierce
2 0 have paid the slightest attention to our relations Mr. G. Cyrus
2 0 in South Africa; but it may not be out of place to Mr. T. Carden
10 go a step farther, and to assert the utter impractic Mr. H. F. Fynn
5 Ocability of defending the province of Albany, the Mr. D. Snelder
2 O fairest of our colonial possessions in that quarter Mr. R. Biggar
3 10 of the globe, unless at a most ruinous expense, in Mr. John Jones
10 the event of any rival power establishing itself at
Port Natal, with all the facilities afforded by such His Excellency Sir Benjamin D'Urban has a position to abet and tamper with the vindictive since subscribed the sum of 501.
character of the Amakosa tribes.
By instituting a local authority-by restoring
the British character to its proper standard_and CONCLUSION.
by encouraging a friendly and commercial inter
course with the Zoolu nation, a powerful diversion As in probability there will be many grave ob-) would at once be effected in favor of colonial injections on the part of his majesty's government terests, and the probability of a collision between to extend the British protection to the new territory this warlike people and their southern neighbors, of Victoria, I should not feel myself justified in or what would be far more destructive to the dismissing this part of the subject, even at the risk tranquillity of our colonial frontier, an offensive and of being mistaken for a land speculator, without defensive alliance between them and the Amakosa offering some further remarks, the substance of be entirely precluded. which has already been submitted to his Excel- With regard to expense, not the least important lency Sir Benjamin D'Urban, and received his consideration in all matters connected with coloentire approval.
nization, although it might be fairly advanced that In addition to the primary and important object ample amends would be made for a reasonable exof imparting Christian knowledge, and raising the penditure in the security of our existing frontier natives from their present degraded condition, both from aggression on predatory attack, still there are as respects their temporal and spiritual interests, some peculiarities in the state of society in the the advantages to the mother country, which country in question, which will go far to lighten would accrue from colonization, would be great the burden, should it ever be imposed. and immediate. The trade in ivory is yearly in- The natives at Port Natal are, almost to a man, creasing; and there is no doubt that the greater refugees from the Zoolu nation, goaded by a ripart, if not the whole, which now passes through gorous government to desert for protection to our the pestilential climate of De la Goa Bay, would settlement: their very existence, therefore, defind its way to the healthy shores of Port Natal ; pends upon their combining to defend the asylum a presumption founded on no less an authority than they have chosen. For some years many of them Dingarn himself, who has intimated his intention have been entrusted with fire-arms for the purof an almost exclusive barter with the English, pose of hunting the elephant and buffalo; and in should the settlement at Port Natal become suffi- consequence, out of the whole body, some very ciently organised by a local government.
tolerable marksmen can be selected. An EuroBut by far the most cogent argument, if indeed pean military force is not therefore absolutely nean additional one were wanting, is the beneficial cessary either for the support of the government bearing which such an acknowledged settlement or the defence of the settlement—a few veteran would have upon the the native states throughout soldiers, for the purpose of instituting drills, and the whole intermediate territory from Victoria to introducing an uniformity of system, would be the Cape colony. With Port Natal, as a point quite sufficient, under the inspection of one or two d'appui, to be strengthened at any time of emer- non-commissioned officers, to organize a native gency, any future hostile combination of the Ama- force adequate for every necessity that might kosa would not only be utterly hopeless, but im- arise. mediately suppressed; and that without incurring A kilt, of the commonest material, by way of the disasters of a tumultuous invasion or the one-clothing, and the loan of a cow (price about forty rous expenses of a lengthened campaign. A de- shillings) to each man, to be forfeited for miscontachment of marines acting in concert with the duct, but to become his actual property after three Amapondas, and falling upon their rear, would ef. years' faithful service, would be regarded as a fect more than ten times the same number of regu. sufficient remuneration, and comprises the whole lar forces from the opposite direction, as, by de- expense of a force, with which, after three months'
training, I should have no hesitation in combating, with whom is the residue of the spirit, that He if necessary, the whole Zoolu army.
will incline the hearts of many of his faithful serTo these brief remarks, far too cursory for the vants willingly to offer themselves as laborers in importance of the subject, which, I trust, will find the vineyard he has so graciously opened,” I should an abler advocate, I will only add my sincere hope then feel assured, not only that the blessing imthat, for the security and permanency (under the plored would descend in abundance upon that Divine blessing) of the missionaries about to be parched and thirsty soil, “making the wilderness sent to that country, the appeal to his majesty's to blossom as the rose,” but also that you yourgovernment, contained in the petition inserted selves would experience the refreshing dews in above, may not have been urged in vain; but con- your own souls. tribute to such a result as may conduce, not only Let us never forget the wild shouts of our foreto the well-being of that infant settlement, but to fathers who immolated their offspring at the foot the manifestation of the Gospel of grace, and the of their idols ; and, as we have so freely received, extension of the Redeemer's kingdom from the let us also freely give, not our money only, but esshores of Victoria to the very confines of Abyssi- pecially our prayers, and (when the path of duty nia.
seems clearly evident) our very selves, a living, One word to British Christians, and the patient holy, acceptable sacrifice-always bearing in mind reader who has followed me thus far is released. the injunction of an inspired apostle" Ye are
The Committee of the Church Missionary So. not your own, for ye are bought with a price; ciety, to whom application for succor was imme- therefore glorify God in your own body and your diately made on my arrival in England, have, I spirit, which are God's.”—(1 Cor. vi. 19.) am thankful to say, accepted the two stations of Berea and Culoola as they now stand, as well as
THE ZOOLU'S PRAYER. the entire management and control of the Zoolu mission in future; but from their absolute inability Hark !-a voice on Albion's shore, to supply the laborers for the work, it is very Mingling with the ocean's roar, doubtful whether they will be enabled to carry
A wild, but mournful plaint ; their purpose into execution.
. 'Twas raised on Afric's sunny strand, To appeal to you, under such circumstances, is And echoes now throughout our land, a duty which you will readily admit; and, although In accents low and faint. it should touch a string which has often been strained before, and is still vibrating to the latest
It is the blood-stained Zoolu's prayer, call of Christian philanthropy, I feel assured that The first that e'er was offered there it is only to make known the circumstances and For mercy and for peace; urgency of the case to meet with your cheerful It claims the Christian's fostering hand and warmest support.
To cheer a dark and ruined land, Let it not be said that teachers are reluctant
And bid her thraldom cease. to go when nations are willing to be taught—that injured, benighted Africa, groping through the
Haste ! haste !—to us direct your way, thick darkness, calls unheeded for your aid, and We perish if you now delaystretches out her hands to you in vain. Much as God's word we long to hear ! there is undoubtedly to be done at home, are there Gladden our hearts with that good news, none willing to spend and be spent in the cause Nor fear that we will e'er refuse of their ever-blessed Redeemer abroad? Is the What now we hold so dear! path, once so_humbly and so holily pursued by a Schwartz, a Brainard, and a Martyn, become too We love to hear the white man tell hard and too self-denying for the modern disciples How Jesus ransomed souls from hell, of Him, who, though he was rich, yet for our sake And suffered in their stead! became poor—who bore our griefs and carried And when our surf-girt shores you reach, our sorrows—who not only loved us,
but him- We 'll pray to Him of whom you preach self for us?
For blessings on your head. Melancholy, indeed, would be the condition of that people, who (calling themselves Christians) As you were once bereft of light, could calmly sit down to count the cost, while Oh, think upon our cheerless night, millions were perishing for lack of knowledge; but Without one star to guide ! far less enviable is the state of that heart, which Heed not the land you leave behindcares not to respond when the ministers of the Another home with us you 'll find, most high God point themselves to the path of Your God will all provide ! missionary labor.
It is to you, then, my fellow-Christians, that And when your day of trial 's o'er, (under the guidance and blessing of God) we look And you shall join those gone before for support; and could I but hear you reply, “ Al- In realms of light above; though we cannot of ourselves go forth, we will You will not deem your labor lost, plead the poor African's cause at the throne of Nor wish that you had weighed the cost grace, and make special supplication unto Him, Of this your work of love.