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woman did not for a moment regard addressed his friends, by saying, “ You, us as her benefactors or friends. Our my relatives, attend ! I am going first, feelings it is difficult to conceive or de- but continue you to be brave in war. scribe. But though we did not on this He then requested to have a second occasion succeed, yet we have the pleas- draught of water.
An old man preinz reflection that we attempted all that vented him from receiving it. He said, was in our power.
“ What need is there for you to drink? Such still is Feejee ! Many, ny Are you not just now about to be widows are every year unexpectedly hur- buried ? Come, be quick." They ried, by such a custom, into another then tied hiin up in mats, and laid him world! Heart-revolting thought! How in his grave, which proved to be too closely are they enwrapped in their abo- narrow : this, however, they soon reme. minable superstitions ! O Lord, en- died, by getting upon him and stamping lighten dark Feejee ! O Lord, “send him down with their feet. On their forth thy light and thy truth!”
doing so, he cried out, “ You need not Burying their sick alive is very fre- stamp me in ! do not do so!” They quently practised by the Feejeeans. I proceeded to cover him in ; and the poor have known of two instances since the creature continued crying out from his “ Triton ” left : for the truth of them I grave ; but all to no purpose. can vouch. It was by accident that I The other case occurred but a few heard of them; and how many cases weeks since. A young man, (a Heamust occur known only by the parties then,) who has been staying on immediately concerned !
premises for some time past for the beThe first of which I heard, was that nefit of surgical advice and attention, of a man who was buried alive at Suva. in consequence of having an ulcer in He was a middle-aged man, and had his leg, went one day to visit his relabeen troubled for some time with asthma tives, and to view his plantations. He and cough. He was not reduced, nor was absent some days; and, on his at all likely to die soon ; and had he return, stated, that when he left us he been attended to, and received suitable had not intended to remain away for so medicine, might have lived for some long a time, but that the Chiefs of a time, or have wholly recovered. An relative prevented him from coming back. Englishman who was residing at this On my making particular inquiries about place, on hearing that a man was about the circumstance of the case, he told to be buried, wished to be a witness of me that his relation had been buried the Feejeean manner of burying their alive! He informed me that he was dead, went, and found, to his great asto- a middle-aged man, who had been ill a hishment, that the man about to be bu- long time; that he had lost his appetite; ried was living and sitting by his grave, that the bones of his legs were protrudto which he had deliberately walked. ing through the skin, through lying on The white man was greatly shocked, the mats. The poor man one day begand begged hard for the man, and at. ged his friends and relatives to be “ of a tempted to persuade him by no means to good mind toward him, and bury him." be buried alive, but to throw away his His friends said, they would, if it was false god, believe in the true God, and his particular wish ; but that, if they did try whether he could not recover; and, so, they would not see each other again, even if he should not regain his former for he would at once go hence. health, that it would be better for him said he ; “ only let it be easy for me to to live as long as he could. The man go. Go and dig my grave.” He then said, “The god has nothing at all to blackened his face and body, and tied do with it. I have been lying on my a new head-dress. He cautioned mat until my body is sore, and now I his relatives not to come near him, lest am about to be buried.”
his disease should seize them; for he who were his relatives, and waiting to and a very bad disease had met together. bury him, begged the Englishman to When thus prepared for burial accorddesist from interfering any more with ing to the Feejeean custom, they called them. They then ornamented the man him out, and seated him on the ground for his grave, by tying some strips of a few yards distant from the spot where masi on his head, blackening one half they were still employed in digging of his face, oiling his body, and attiring his grave. On looking at the men who him in a new dress. When this was
were thus engaged, he remarked that done, the sick man begged them to the hole which was being dug was bring him some water : it was brought, exceedingly small, and scarcely big and he drank heartily of it. He then enough to cover bananas; and added,
« Let it be mine only: dig away, chil- sod, until the sounds grew fainter and dren." The undertakers then laid him fainter, and at length dwindled away. back, in order to wrap him up in the These and many other things are mats and musi which they had prepared revolting to human nature. Pity poor for that purpose. On their doing this, Feejee ! The natives need the Gospel ! the sick man began to cry out in good The Gospel can, yea, does, put a stop to earnest, and asked, “What are you such unfeeling practices. May its sound going to bury me? Have you no love, of mercy and life soon be heard in every then, to me? O desist! desist! and isle and town of Feejee ; and may its let me live.” At this they derided him, beneficial, hallowing, and saving influ. charged him with cowardice, and asked ence be felt and enjoyed ! whether they were not doing thus in Heathenism is truly a system of supercompliance with his own request. They stition, jealousy, and revenge ; and it is soon tied him up, and trod him down into but too often seen here in its worst and the narrow hole. The poor man bitterly most hideous forms. The desire of my cursed them from his grave for trampling soul is, that I may live and preach to on his body; and he continued for some these Gentiles the law of love to God moments to cry out from beneath the
and to man.
MISSIONS IN HAYTI. The unsettled state of the island of Hayti, or St. Domingo, has given occasion to some anxiety for the safety of the Missionaries, and the permanence of the Mission. The following letter from Mr. Bird states the most recent intelligence :Hayti.- Extract of a Letter from the Rev. M, B. Bird, dated Port-Republican,
May 7th, 1844. I HASTEN to give you, by this encountered and defeated the Spaniards packet, the latest information with re- at the town of Azaa, which was taken by gard to the unsettled state of things the President, who, up to the present in this country.
date, has remained at this port. The Since I last wrote, the affair of the Spaniards, it appears, have fortified south, of which I made mention, has themselves at St. Domingo, and are fully declared itself; and it now plainly evidently resolutely bent upon a separa. appears, that the citizens of that part of tion from the French part of the island. the republic consider that the President But the Spanish war appears to have Riviere has not adhered to the constitu- become unpopular, and the northern tion to which he had sworn fidelity. part of the republic (of which the Several regiments have been sent into fallen Cape is the chief city) has declared the south to subdue the insurgents ; its independence, and named a Proviand, within the last few days, we have sicnal Government. In the mean time bee informed that a conflict has taken the President has made every effort to place, and that many have fallen. We augment his force at Azaa ; and with had heard, previously to their contest, this view, the National Assembly that that they had been very cruel, and that drew up the new Constitution, has been they had massacred the mulattoes; but closed, the members ordered to march, this is untrue. On the contrary, we are and a military guard placed at the door now informed, that the insurgents have of their house to prevent their re-assemevery where protected life and property. bling. The municipality has also been
A few weeks since, one wing of the closed; and, in fact, everything has President's army was marched from the been done, by press-gangs, &c., to north, under the command of General empty the capital of its citizens, and to Piero, to attack the Spanish city of force them to march and join the army Santiago; where a battle took place, and in the east. The result of all this is, the President's troops were entirely that Riviere is viewed as a military routed by the Spaniards, and it is said, despot, and is now, therefore, as unpothat the victims on the French side were pular as formerly he was popular, as many.
may be seen from the following facts :A short time before this, the forces the north has declared its independence, commanded by the President hiniself and offered the Presidency to General
Guerier ; the southern citizens school of our own Committee in London, marching on the capital, and declare in order that I might consistently devote that they will treat with none but Gene- my time and labour in furthering, in ral Guerier, of pure African descent; and every possible way, the interests of the the citizens in the capital have positively school. However, the one-half of the refused to march to join the President's School-Committee consisting of the Mi. army.
nisters and members of the American It has, therefore, appeared to the citi. Church, this was not agreed to; but a zens of Port-Republican, that the only Resolution was passed, that the Comway to save the republic from destruc- mittee should dissolve. tion was, to name another President. The school is, therefore, now entirely This has actually been done; and the the school of the Parent-Committee in man who was named by the northern London. In order to keep it up, I have and southern citizens, General Guerier, been necessitated to address myself to was proclaimed by the western citizens, the friends of education in general. at Port-Republican, in the open air, My appeal has not been in vain; but with loud acclamations. This took still we need help. Cannot anything place on May 3d. What the result of be done for us? Here is a school of this measure may be, time alone can nearly two hundred scholars, most of develope. Some fear that the republic whom are the children of Catholic will be divided into states, and perhaps parents, and the number still increasing. unite under a federal government ; but I consider the institution to be vitally all is, at present, conjecture.
allied to Protestantism, and, indeed, to The change which has taken place the cause of God generally. We are seems, for the present, to have calmed greatly in want of a school-room. Do, the public mind; but how the return of I beseech you, help us, if it be possible. Riviere and his army may affect the case, It is a very weighty addition to the remains yet to be seen.
We are expect
labours of the Missionary ; but the ing their return every day.
importance of such a school in such a I am thankful to say, that, notwith- community is so incalculable, that, as standing the unhappy state of things, far as I am concerned, I should reckon our congregations keep up as well as, no labour or sacrifice too great to keep it and even better than, might be expected in operation. under such circumstances.
Mr. Hartwell is still at Port-RepubOur day-school has suffered much lican, there being no possibility of his from the closing of the municipality, by getting to Port-au-Plaat, which, as you · which it was entirely supported. This are aware, is now his Circuit. I recircumstance has so thrown the school ceived a letter the other day from Mr. upon the hands of the Missionary, that Towler, informing me that the new I have felt it necessary to propose to the Spanish authorities had formally assured School-Committee here, that the school him that Protestantism would be fully should be henceforth considered the tolerated in the Spanish part.
MISSIONS IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.
NEW-BRUNSWICK DISTRICT. POINT DE BUTE._I doubt not but a meeting of the Stewards and Leaders ; you have heard of the good work of God which I did on Monday evening last, in this place. Last Lord's day was the when I read the printed Circular and “great day of the feast.” All those who handwriting, recommending economy had received good during the protracted of expenditure, and pressing the grave meeting were requested to meet at three contents upon my consideration, which o'clock; and, having been assembled I endeavoured seriously to impress upon round the altar, and addressed at some the minds of the gentlemen who were length, were requested to evince their the officers of the society, and who desire of church-fellowship with us by came to the noble determination, if posa show of hands, which they did, one sible, to raise the whole of the Circuit and all, to the number of thirty-six. supplies. A new subscription-paper It was a solemn and interesting season. was headed with this object in view, and I have formed two classes. When I the Circuit and Society Siewards each received the Committee's Circular, I was subscribed £15; which, with five other roused to action, and determined to call persons present, at once amounted to the
sum of £54. 108.—Rev. S. Busby, requested as many as wished to join February 16th, 1844.
our church to raise their right hand. Since I last wrote to you, I have Most of them did so; and one woman held a protracted meeting at Cape To- raised both hands, her husband havnentine, thirty miles from our house, ing been converted, or reclaimed, durone of the most powerful and successful ing the meeting. One striking circumI ever witnessed. At the close of the
occurred : there eighth day, during the whole of which generations in one family, all standing we had meetings twice a day, when the side by side, the old lady upwards of penitents frequently filled up the space eighty-two years of age. I enjoyed such around the communion-rails, I requested a sense of the divine presence and blessall those who had received good during ing to my own soul, as well as what the meetings, to evince their gratitude I witnessed in the enjoyment of others, to God by standing up; when about that for the loss of it the wealth of forty came forward, beside a number worlds would have been no kind of who stood up in the congregation ; and, compensation.—Idem, March 30th, after an address at some length, i 1844.
DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS OF MISSIONARIES. WEST INDIES.—The Rev. H. B. Britten, who, with Mrs. Britten and two children, sailed for Jamaica early in February, safely arrived at their place of destination on Friday, the 15th of March.
The Rev. W. B. Binks sailed for Demerara, on the 2d of May. The Rev. James Cox, Chairman of the Antigua District, sailed, on his return to Dominica, on the 17th of May. The Rev. John Mearns and Mrs. Mearns proceeded to Jamaica at the same date.
WEST AFRICA.—The Rev. Robert Brooking and Mrs. Brooking, who sailed for Cape Coast in February, arrived there on the 17th of March. Mr. Joseph Wright, Native Missionary, who sailed for Sierra-Leone in April, has also reached his destination.
EAST INDIES.—The Rev. James Gillings sailed for Jaffna, in Ceylon, on the 2d of June. The Rev. Robert Pargiter arrived in Ceylon in January; and in the same month, the Rev. John Gostick and Mrs. Gostick, and the Rev. Messrs. Pinkney and Little, arrived in Madras.
DEATH OF MISSIONARIES. CAPE COAST.-We very deeply regret that we have to record the death of the Rev. Benjamin Watkins, at Akra, on the 7th of February.
JAMAICA.—Mrs. Rowden, the wife of the Rev. James Rowden, of Morant-Bay, closed her useful life on the 12th of March.
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, up lo the 181h
£. S. d. Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, Bradley (on Annuity) ·
100 0 0 Swedish Missionary Society
for St. Bartholomew's School
61 4 0
17 6 0
80 0 0
£. S. d.
Executors of the late H. Cockshott, Esq., Addingham
20 0 0
2 0 0
10 10 0
The Right Honourable Sir George Rose, Bart., G.C.H.
of Canarese Type
regard to the Wesleyan Missions (Rom. x. 3, 15)
10 0 0
3 3 0
Special Contributions to aid the Income of 1843, in Answer to the
Appeal made by the Treasurers and Secrelaries of the Wesleyan
Mr. J. Burton, Burton-upon-Trent
£. $. d.
For training a Native Agency in Western Africa.
Jacob Wakefield, Esq., Leith
£. $. d. 4 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 10 100
The following is a correction of previous announcements :
£. $.d. Mrs. Kettlewell, Fulford, near York, by Joseph Agar, Esq. 50 0 0 Mr. C. Robinson, Acomb, towards Special Effort
1 0 0 Friends at Bishop's Thorpe, ditto ....
LONDON:- PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.