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and influential persons in the town en- and accordingly remained the day fol. tertain the conviction that Christianity lowing, on the afternoon of which I will effectually accomplish its great de- preached from Rom. v. 6_8, “ For sign; and eventually, surmounting all when ye were yet without strength," opposition, become the religion of the &c., to a large and attentive congregaland. Again and again have I heard tion. The questions proposed by many this opinion expressed. But a few days were such as plainly evinced that they ago, at the close of a custom held at not only heard the word, but that a deBantama, a respectable old Chief called sire had been created in them more fully upon me.
He stated, in confidence, to understand its saving power. During that, while at Bantama, much had been my stay here, I experienced every kindsaid by the King and others respecting ness ; not a day passing without an abunthe object of the Mission ; and that, after dant supply of food, &c., being sent in inuch conversation on this subject, they for myself and people. gave it as their decided opinion that our Upon leaving the town, the people motive and object is really good, and urgently requested a speedy revisit. that it will be to their interest and be- “ The word you speak to us is good : nefit to give every encouragement. The let us hear it again,” was the argument old man continued, “Much more was used by them. “We have not heard said ; but I may not tell you now. Wait these things before : we believe you a little, and do not be discouraged. I speak the truth, and we wish for inam old and grey-headed; but I hope to struction. Come to us again; but come live to see you successful.”
These and many similar ex. During the past month, I have visited pressions fell from the lips of these poor Jabin, my object being to preach the benighted people. Never did I feel Gospel there also. Previous to leaving more fully resolved “to spend and be Kumasi, the King sent a messenger, to spent" for those who as yet know not inform Sarvi, the Queen, that I was the Saviour ; but, amidst tens of thouabout to visit her. The venerable old sands, may it not be said, “What am I lady was much pleased to find that her.
among so many " self and her people were not forgotten by Jabin is not the only important town us. As a proof of good-will and friendly near Kumasi to which we may now feeling, she assembled all her people, to carry the message of mercy. A general the number of from nine to twelve thou. desire prevails among the people all sand, and insisted upon giving me a around to be visited by a Missionary. public reception. On the morning after When this can be accomplished, mighty my arrival I called upon the Queen, for results must follow. In the capital, a the purpose of stating the object of my strong restraint is felt by all who desire visit, and also to request permission to to forsake the customs of their forefathers. preach to her people. This was readily This would not be the case in any of the granted ; and at three P.M. I preached provincial towns,-a far greater degree beneath the branches of a beautiful ban- of liberty being experienced at a distance yan, to about fourteen hundred persons, from the seat of government.
When most of whom listened with deep atten- the time shall come, and the Almighty tion to the great truths of the Gospel. grant it may not be far distant !) when On the day but one following, I again two Missionaries shall be employed in preached in the same place, and again Kumasi, a wide and important field may on the morning and afternoon of the be cultivated. Within a day's journey, Sabbath. On each occasion there were or even less, are many large and popufrom six to eight hundred persons pre- lous towns, to most of which we might, sent. My intention being to leave Jabin even now, have access, and where the for Kumasi early on the Monday morn- Gospel might be preached without the ing, I had at the close of the Sabbath- least opposition. To some of these I afternoon service just announced this to have been often invited ; but such has the people, when a messenger arrived been the nature of my duties in Kumasi, from Sarvi, stating that Sarvi greatly that though I would most gladly have regretted her inability to attend the ser- visited these places, where unbroken vices held during the past few days; darkness reigns, I have not been able to but that if I would consent to remain do so; and the people, while asking, until the following day, she with her “ What is it the Missionary teaches ? " attendants and Chiefs would assemble to are left to perish for lack of knowledge. hear the word of the great God. Though O, land of my birth, Christian England ! anxious to return to Kumasi, I could shall these things continue ? not but comply with such a request, The statements made respecting the
greater healthiness of the climate, as we penetrate further into the interior, are certainly founded on truth. This is not only the opinion of Europeans who have occasionally journeyed to some distance from the Coast, but the natives themselves uniformly acknowledge the same thing. It is common
even for the Ashantis to complain of the sickness to which they are subject when visiting the Coast; but the contrary is the case when they journey inland. This, to every friend of Missions, cannot but be a cheering fact, as warranting the hope, that, in the prosecution of the great work of Africa's salvation, there will not be that fearful sacrifice of life which the brief but sad history of Missions on the Coast presents. I may be permitted to refer to my own case in confirmation of the above, I left a bed of sickness to commence my journey here; for near fourteen weeks I had not been able to preach more than once; and such was the state of extreme weakness to which I was reduced, that during the first two
days of my journey I was unable to walk even a few steps to relieve my hammock-men. I had occasional sick. ness during the first two months after my arrival at Kumasi; but this was not matter of surprise, considering circum.
The rains fell almost daily with great violence; and such was the unfinished state of the Mission-house at that time, that, more than once, while stretched upon a sick bed, I was compelled to protect myself by my umbrella. But, under circumstances certainly not favourable, my strength returned ; and, during the past five months, I have enjoyed as good health, or nearly so, as that with which I was favoured when in England.
I long to see the saving power of God more fully displayed among his people. There is the promise of a shower.” A ready assent is given to the truths of the Gospel ; but this is not sufficient when eternal life depends upon the reception of Jesus Christ as the only Saviour.
AKRAH INSTITUTION. FEMALE SCHOOL.
dated British Akra, May 10th, 1844. I am happy to acquaint you with my age might be of great service to me, as I safe arrival at this station. You will, I was only just recovering from the fever. doubt not, have received the painful On February 18th, while I was preintelligence that our very excellent bro- paring to preach, I was suddenly apther Watkins, who occupied this station, prized that the “ Roderick Dhu” would is no more in this world. I had the sail at four P. m. for Akrah. I packed pleasure of being acquainted with him up my things, and at the time appointed for a few weeks during the sittings of went to the beach, accompanied by Mír. the District-Meeting ; and I can assure Freeman, went on board, arrived here on you that I cannot speak too highly of the 22d, at four o'clock, P. M. ; and by him. The church of Christ in this land the society and young men of the Insti. has sustained a great loss by his removal tution I was received with great joy. I from this field of labour. The society was not able to enter upon my duties until and Institution of young men were left the second Sunday after my arrival, on without a Pastor, and were called to account of a little indisposition. mourn over him, who had often instructed On March 3d, at six A. M., I read and comforted them in the great and prayers, and preached from 2 Cor. iv. 5, sublime truths of the Gospel; but they “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ tell me that their hearts were cheered, Jesus the Lord ; and ourselves your serand they were led to wipe away their vants for Jesus' sake.” In the afternoon tears of sorrow for joy, by a letter which at three o'clock P. M., I again preached they received from Mr. Freeman, in- from 1 Cor. xi. 26, “For as often as ye forming them that I was going down to eat this bread and drink this cup, ye supply the place; and I am thankful to do show the Lord's death till he come;" God that I was here, ready to go and fill and in the evening I administered the up the gap which death had made. The sacrament of the Lord's supper to the language of my heart was, “ Here am I: members of the society. Thus did I Lord, send me.”
spend my first Sabbath at this place. I was now waiting for an opportunity It was a day which I shall never forget to go down by sea, as Mr. Freeman as long as I live.
God was with us thought that it would be much better for in a very remarkable manner, and did me than going by land; and that the voy- indeed manifest himself to us in the
breaking of bread. I was much pleased acquainted with it, and that they should to know that all the members of the send their children, that they might be society were present, with the exception taught the great truths of the Gospel, of one.
“ This is the Lord's doing, and they many times called me Ouipa, that it is marvellous in our eyes."
is, “Great man,” and again Brumpora, The young men in the Institution are that is, “Gentleman,” or “ Rich man.' getting on exceedingly well: they are I endeavoured to show them the advanmaking great proficiency in the different tage which they would derive from it; branches of literature and theology. This and one and all exclaimed, Ojeba, that is, Institution is the greatest ornament to “ Very good.” the place ; and ere long there will be sent On Monday, 15th, we commenced the forth both far and wide, those who shall school ; and was much pleased with become instructers of their own country- the number : we had, the first day, thirmen, and, through the blessing of God, teen ; and they continue to attend ; and, become the instrument of good to thou. to encourage them, I have given them a sands.
frock each. I find they need such things I was sorry to find that there was not to be given them; and I am sure there any provision made for the females, and are many of our friends who would be that there had not been any since Mrs. kind enough to help us here in this way, Shipman left. The people have again and we shall be most happy to receive and again been invited to send their any common prints, pins, needles, and children to school, but in every case they cotton, for the use of this school. I objected ; and their objection was, that believe this is the first-fruits of a great there was no schoolmistress to take care and glorious harvest. of them. Finding this to be the case, This Mission is in a most prosperous I wrote to Mr. Freeman on the subject, state, and we have every thing to encourequesting him to send a mistress down; rage us in this work of faith and labour and it gives me great pleasure to inform of love; and if we are only faithful, we you, that Mr. Freeman arrived here on shall even see better days than these. It the 11th of April, on his way to Bada- is true, that we have to contend with diffi
with Miss De Graft, sister to Mr. culties, such as domestic slavery and the W. De Graft, in order to commence a pawn-system, which it will be a work of school at once.
time to remove. Still, I say, that better On the 14th instant, I, together with days for this place are coming : they are F. Grant, the Schoolmaster, and Mr. sure. It is the subject of covenant beHanson, canvassed the British and tween the Father, Son, and Spirit. It Dutch towns. I entered the humble is ratified and sealed by the blood of dwellings of the natives, and was much Christ. This is the promise to the Son : pleased to find them all engaged in habits “Ask of me, and I will give thee the of industry. They appeared surprised Heathen for thine inheritance." It is at my going into their huts : they did made to him as the anointed “Mediator not expect it of " white man.” After between God and man.” On his throne I had some conversation with them, and he sits : he holds the sceptre, and shall had told them, my object in calling upon break his enemies with a rod of iron. them was to inform them that we were The cause of our Jesus must prevail, and going to commence a girls' school, and every tongue shall call him LORD. My that I was very anxious they should be prayer is, “ Lord, hasten the time!”
COMMENDA. SECCONDI. DIX-COVE.
May 1st, 1844. It is with unspeakable pleasure I Anamabu were better felt than announce the safe arrival of our much. described, when they knew they had got esteemed brother, Mr. Brooking, and his a Missionary to reside with them. partner, on the 20th of March. They Since my last communication I have stayed at Cape-Coast a fortnight; and been up to Dix-Cove, and was much on the 3d of April they proceeded to delighted with my visit. I stayed the Anamabu, their destination ; where I first night at Commenda, where we have hope they both will be made the honoured an interesting society. In this place we instruments, in the hands of Almighty have met with much opposition, on acGod, in winning many of the sable sons count of its being a great fetish place; and daughters of Ham to Jesus. The and many times we have been afraid we feelings of our long-neglected friends should be obliged to give it up altogether. We could neither succeed in proved of, so that they might do it no convincing the people of the error of more ; and what he approved of, that their ways, nor obtain children for the they would endeavour to do.
I was schools; but that God who can make much affected to hear Heathens asking our enemies be at peace with us, has questions of this kind. I trust the conbeen pouring out his convincing Spirit, versation I had with them will prove and many have been constrained to cry profitable. They requested me to form out, “ What must I do to be saved ? a society, and to let them have regular A revival has been the result. We have services. I hope this request will soon now in this place (although it is the seat be attended to. We have no preaching of idolatry) nineteen members, and four in this place at present. on trial, and upwards of thirty children The next day I reached Dix-Cove, in the school. “ Not unto us, not unto and was equally gratified with the state us, O Lord, but unto thee would we of things I found there.
During my ascribe all honour and praise.” In the stay, which was only three days, I evening I preached to the people. Al. preached twice, and administered the sathough there was a fetish-play going on crament of the Lord's supper to the memin the town at the time when I was bers of the society. Here also I bapholding divine service, there were hun- tized two adults. Before I left this dreds assembled together to hear words place I met the society for the renewal whereby they might be saved. After of their tickets, and was much pleased the service I baptized fifteen adults, to find that they could testify that God whom I had previously examined, and had power upon earth to forgive sins. I eighteen children. The people appeared embraced the opportunity of showing to be much affected : the event I leave them the importance of giving, to the with Him who alone can give the in- utmost of their abilities, toward the crease. The next night I reached Sec- spread of the Gospel among their councondi : here, you are aware, we have a trymen. I have the happiness to know school which was commenced about that the hints I gave were not lost upon eighteen months since under very pleas- them; for, in a few days after I reached ing circumstances. We have now up
Cape-Coast, I received £5. 158., curwards of thirty boys and girls in the rency, which they had collected among school, who manifest great aptitude for themselves for the furtherance of the learning. While I was staying in this Gospel. Who will despise the day of krume, which was only one night, eight small things ? or ten men came to visit me, to inquire On the 10th of April, Mr. Freeman, of me about the religion of Jesus: they Mr. and Mrs. Annear, Mr. Martin, and thought it superior to their own. They Mr. De Graft, sailed from Anamabu were evidently convinced of sin, and for Badagry, in a Sierra-Leone vessel asked me to tell them what God disap- called the “Little Grace.”
MISSIONARIES WANTED. CLOTHING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.
April 25th, 1844. I CANNOT conclude this letter with. Mansue, which also is fifty miles ; out entreating you to send us more help. within which space we have, as you are We are only five of us in the Gold- aware, several stations; and many Coast District, including Ashanti ; and other places are anxiously waiting to our duties are more than we can possi- have Teachers sent. Now, in order bly attend to; and as Mr. Allen will be that all these places which we already leaving for England early next year, we occupy may be visited as they ought to shall then be reduced to four. To give be, it would be necessary for me to you some idea of the extent of my spend three-fourths of my time in tra. labours, I would just say, that my Cir- velling; for although we have several cuit extends to Winnebah. This in- excellent young men in our employ, yet cludes a line of coast of fifty miles, circumstances prove that too much must embracing several large towns, which not be left to them ; and I am quite have a united population of about thirty. convinced, that if we had a sufficient five thousand. We have establishments number of European brethren to work at only a few of these places ; but, had the ground which we already occupy, a we the means, we might occupy the great deal more in every way might be whole. Then, again, I have to extend done. my visits as far into the interior as I will thank you to acknowledge in
the “Missionary Notices,” the receipt of Sunday following they all appeared at a box containing children's dresses from the chapel, dressed in their new clothes; the friends in lynn, Newbury, and and a very interesting sight it was. Dartmouth, and a parcel from Miss If our friends in England knew how Lucy Chubb; all of which were very much good they did by sending ont acceptable, and the greater part of which such things as the above, I am sure we are already distributed, and have satis- should never want them. They would fied the children. Mrs. Brooking, on our also do us great service by sending us arrival at Anamabu, brought the girls some boys' dresses, of similar materials, belonging to the school up into the large or of coarse brown Irish ; just a jacka room, and supplied each of them with a and trousers, made in a very plain man. frock, apron, and work-bag. On the ner, and of different sizes.
MISSIONS IN KAFFRARIA, In the extensive region embraced by our Missions in this part of the world, the aspect of the work will necessarily vary, in some measure, as the means of grace have been for a longer or shorter time afforded to those whom we seek to benefit. At Shawbury heathenish practices exist; but, to some extent, they have been overcome by the Gospel: at Bathurst the way of the Lord is prepared ; while at Clarkebury there are many conversions and a great enlargement of the work. Under the head of “ Miscellaneous," on a subsequent page, will be found other communications, describing the state of the Missions at Graham’s-Town, Haslope-Hills, and Colesberg. They all afford eridence that God has not been unmindful of our work of faith; and furnish motives for enlarged exertion, and the exercise of earnest prayer to God for a more copious effusion of the Holy Ghost.
DECLINE OF HEATHENISM IN KAFFRARIA.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. W. H. Garner, dated Shawbury,
January 10th, 1844. You will have seen by the District and two years, the elder of whom is now Reports, that we have a small increase declared of age, and takes the Chieftainin our numbers in this Circuit during ship. In former years, many would the past year: our Schedule for this sec- have trembled on this occasion, and tion of the District gives a total increase much blood would have been spilled. of fifty-six members, and forty-five on But, blessed be God, there is a great trial. On comparing this with other change. For the circumcision of the Missions, it will appear but small; but young Chief the custom of the tribe is, when you are acquainted with our diffi- an assagai, and cattle for his food, culties, and consider that this is larger during the months of separation, which than any former year, doubtless you will must be obtained from the enemy. This rejoice with us. Praise the Lord ! we has not been done ; but Ncapai directed trust the work is reviving. We antici- a new assagai to be made for the purpate yet greater things.
pose, on his assuming the Chieftainship.
The nearest male relative on the mo"Lo, the promise of a shower
ther's side (her father, if alive) is killed, Drops already from above."
and his skull is preserved in the house The past year has been one of no of the young Chief as a wash-bowl, to ordinary interest to this tribe. Ncapai, make him strong, and he is anointed you are aware, is the Regent for his with the blood or fat. This ceremony nephew Dushani, son of Sonyanga, who is called te gorma. In the case of Mawas killed in war by Umdingi, Chief of dikan it was performed ; but not in the the Amabele, about fourteen or fifteen case of Sonyanga, in consequence of his years ago ; which tribe was shortly after mother's relatives living with a powerful destroyed by Ncapai. Sonyanga left tribe. On Dushani coming of age, a only two children, of the ages of four question arose whether it should be