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performed or not: one part of the tribe why does he not give Dushani corn ?" was against it, saying, “We have a (that is, “Why does he not plunder some Teacher. The word of God is with us. rich man, and give him the cattle ? ") We cannot do it.” Another part (with “ There has been a long contention bewhom, I believe, was Dushani's mother) tween the spirits of his father, uncle, said, “ We must perform it.
and brother: but they determined to go done to Madikan, who lived to be an to him. He must first kill two large old man, and was a great warrior. It oxen at two great kraals; and then, at was not done to Sonyanga: he was his great kraal, kill the fattest ox." killed young, and did nothing. Now Ncapai was lying on the floor, and we love Dushani, and do not wish him would listen to no more of this nonto die young; and his mother's father sense; but cried out, “ The Doctor is and relatives are with us." On hearing
a liar !
I will kill the ox when Duthis, they fled, the father to a distant shani visits me, but not for the Doctor's part of the tribe, and the next male lies !” His great men began to exposrelative came to this station. I spoke tulate with him, saying, “ If you do not to Ncapai about it several times : he kill it now, you will die.” He called said, “They have nothing to fear. I out, “Do not talk any more! I will am his father, and will never agree to not listen to his lies. I will take Garit. My word is, We are to sit still. ner's medicine: that will make me well.” All the petty Chiefs must make him Afterwards they came to me, and begged great by giving him cattle, according to I would try to help him, and pray to their ability.” This has been done; God to make him well. I spoke a few the relatives have returned, and nearly words, and rode home after praying ; two hundred osen, of various ages, have and then sent him more medicine, and been given to him. Another circum- visited him again ; and, by the blessing stance I will notice, and conclude. of God on these means, he was restored. Some time ago, Ncapai had a violent When he saw me again, he said, “ That bilious attack, which caused great alarm. fellow” (the Doctor) “wanted meat ; All the councillors were assembled, but he lied : I would not believe him.” and two oxen killed. Ncapai's mother Now, whenever Ncapai is unwell, he and one of his wives sent to the Doctor, says, “I will go to Garner for medito know what was killing Ncapai; but cine;" or else he sends ; but refuses the Ncapai sent to inform me he was ill, native drugs, except such as are applied and wished me to visit him and give externally. him medicine. After the morning- I trust that this event will not be in service on the Sabbath, I rode off to vain, but will be overruled for the down. his place. Whilst I was giving him fal of their superstitions ; and that medicine, the messengers returned, and many, ere long, will acknowledge Him said, “ Ncapai is killed by the spirits “ in whom we live, and move, and have of his friends. They are contending : our being.”
MISSIONARY MEETING IN KAFFRARIA.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. J. Smith, dated Bathurst,
March 12th, 1844. Having just closed our Missionary sions in every part of the world. We anniversay in this place, I feel it to be had a good Meeting: several very powmy duty to send you a few particulars erful speeches were made, which were respecting it. Preparatory sermons were listened to attentively, and with much preached on Sunday, February 25th, by interest. We were favoured with the the Rev. W. Davis, and the Rev. H. H. assistance of the Rev. Mr. Chalmers, Dugmore. A public Meeting was held one of the Ministers in connexion with at Bathurst on the following day in the the Glasgow Missionary Society, who afternoon, when the chair was taken by enumerated many facts, which had come William Cock, Esq., who opened the under his own observation, of the conMeeting with some appropriate remarks version of Kaffers to the faith and expeon the important nature of Christian rience of the Gospel. One very striking Missions generally, and the duty of all case was mentioned, tending to show the to support them to the utmost of their power of divine truth, when applied to ability. A Report was then read, the heart by the agency of the Holy containing a brief notice of all the Spirit, to enlighten the darkest mind, great branches of the Society's Mis- to soften the hardest heart, and to con
vert the most degraded, and the most opportunity of reminding them of what depraved, of the human race.
the Gospel had done for them, and of the case of a Kaffer. He was a fine, urging upon them the necessity of send. tall, athletic young man, addicted to all ing the same word to their countrymen the debasing and demoralizing customs who had never heard it, and who are of his nation. One night he resolved to perishing without a knowledge of Christ go into the colony for the purpose of and his salvation. Several of them spoke stealing a horse, which is a common with great effect. One of them, when practice with them. He immediately left speaking of the word of God, said, home, came into the colony, and watched « This word which has been brought for an opportunity of accomplishing his to us by the Teachers, is an old word: purpose, which soon presented itself. it is as old as the foundation of the He found two horses grazing in a shel- world, and therefore we can trust to it; tered situation near a bush, and he in- we can make it our guide, and it will stantly seized one of them, and made off not deceive us. If it had been a new with it as fast as he could. Elated with word, that had just come into the world, his success, and rejoicing in the prospect and that no one bad ever heard of before, of securing his prize without being then it might not be true, it might dedetected, he proceeded towards Kaffer- ceive us, and lead us into a wrong path." land, when all at once the thought In another part of his speech, when de. struck him, “ Thou shalt not steal.” scribing the sweetness of the word of He could go no farther : he immediately God, he said, “You all know that honey drew up the horse, and said to himself, is sweet, and you like to eat it. But " What is this? I have frequently what is honey? I can eat honey till I heard these words before in the church ; am full, and satisfied, and sick ; but the but I never felt as I do now. This word of God is sweeter than honey, and must be the word of God.” He dis- I can never eat too much of that. I can mounted, and held the bridle in his never eat of it till I am full, and satishand, hesitating whether to go forward fied, and sick.” How forcibly was I with the horse, or to return back with reminded of the beautiful language of it, and restore it to its owner. In this the Psalmist: “O how I love thy law! position he continued for upwards of an It is sweeter to me than honey or the hour. At last he resolved to take the honey-comb." Another, when urging horse back again, which he accordingly the people to give toward the support did, and returned home a true penitent, of the cause of God, said, “Some of you determined to serve God. When he say you cannot give any money because reached his dwelling, he could not rest; you have not got any; but when you sleep had departed from him ; the arrows were in your heathen state, before the of conviction stuck fast in his conscience, word of God came to you, if you were and he could not shake them off. The sick, and the witch-doctor was sent for, next day he took an ox out of his you never told him that you had not kraal, (or cattle place,) and went to the anything to give him. You knew he nearest village to sell it, in order that would do nothing for you unless you he might buy European clothing with gave him what he asked for ; and if you the money, and attend the house of God had only one cow, you made no hesitalike a Christian, When he returned tion to give it to him, And now the with his clothes, he went to the Minis- word of God has come to you, and you ter's house, told him all that had taken are asked to give something towards place, and requested to be admitted on sending this word to those who have trial as a church member. The Minis- not heard of it, you must not say you ter, cheered with his statement, gladly cannot give ; because you have goats, received him ; and, after keeping him on and oxen, and cows; and if you have trial the appointed time, and finding not money, you can give one of them." him consistent in his conduct, a short Their subscriptions at the close of the time ago baptized him; and he is now Meeting were very good, far beyond any. a full member of the Christian church, thing I expected ; affording a proof that and adorning his Christian profession. they have not received the grace of God What a proof is this of the divinity of in vain; for wherever the religion of the Gospel of Christ ! It is the power Christ is felt and enjoyed, it destroys the of God to the salvation of the deeply- natural selfishness of the human heart. fallen and depraved Kaffir.
Our contributions in this Circuit, this The following day we held a Mis. year, exceed those of last year; although sionary Meeting, for the first time, among last year we almost doubled the amount the natives. I had previously taken the raised during the previous year. This is ground of encouragement, as it proves sinners may be pricked in their hearts, that the people feel the importance of send- and brought to true repentance and faith ing the Gospel among their heathen neigh- in Christ ; and that believers may be bours. All we want is an outpouring of quickened and built up on their most holy the Holy Spirit on our congregations, that faith. Do not cease to pray for us.
ADVANCE OF THE GOSPEL. LIBERALITY OF THE NATIVE CONVERTS. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. F. P. Gladwin, dated Clarkebury,
East-Kaffraria, February 19th, 1844. It affords me pleasure to write to you We are therefore making preparations again on matters connected with our to commence a chapel on an extensive great work. I am happy to say that scale, sufficient to hold our school-chil. the steady advance of right principles dren, as well as the congregation. This among this people affords me great will effect a saving of at least £50 satisfaction, and will, no doubt, be to the Society. This universal effort equally pleasing to you. Many on this on the part of the people must be station are beginning to “see men as ascribed to the influence of Christian trees walking.” They are awaking from principles; for, but a few months pretheir visionary dreams, and approaching viously, they were equally united in the feet of the Redeemer. Upwards of their attempts to break down one of the sixty, including catechumens, have cast most essential regulations of the station, away their refuge of lies, and joined and it seemed to be with us “the hour themselves to the Lord. Instrument- and power of darkness." But God ally, this gracious work may be attri- overruled the machinations of the buted to the baptism of ten young wicked one for his own glory; for women, which was certainly one of the in addition to the above, they have most interesting services it has fallen to begun to improve their dwellings,ma my lot to conduct. Their public exa- work which was greatly needed, and mination was very affecting, their testi- in which almost the entire population mony clear and scriptural, their deport- on the station are engaged. Six large ment pious and reverential. During the cottages are in the course of erection, service, I called on one of them to read and others are about to be commenced ; the third chapter of St. John; but, being while many are building improved Kaffer overpowered by her feelings, she could houses : these are worked like a basket, not proceed; and at that moment God with small rods, plastered and whitevouchsafed his approval of the service in washed, and are not only a great advance which we were engaged, and all present on their present habitations, but will add were deeply affected : such was the con- considerably to their comfort, while the fusion which for some time prevailed, women will be relieved of a part of their that I could not proceed with the yearly labour. service. The happy result of this visit- No one, unaccustomed to associate ation led twenty to seek admission into with Heathenism, can form a proper the catechumens' class, and they are estimate of its chilling effects on the earnestly seeking the salvation of the spirits of a Christian man. Not a ves Gospel This has indeed been as the tige of even pretended religious cereformer and the latter rain unto mony is to be found among this people, Thankfully cherishing a lively sense not a particle of civilization ; all is as of the goodness of God, we are still dark as midnight, and gloomy as death, endeavouring to bring these wanderers as far as the soul is concerned : therefore to him.
every departure from Heathenism, even Having long felt great inconvenience in the construction of their houses, is to arising from the crowded state of our my mind cheering, presenting so many chapel during the services on the Sab- bright spots in this dark portion of bath, and as God seemed to open my God's creation ; and, if I be spared, I way by pouring out his Spirit on the hope soon to see this remnant of it swept people, I determined to embrace the away from our station. Although it opportunity by trying to induce them may be regarded as a small advance on to erect one much larger. I therefore the strong-hold, yet I hail it, with graticalled them together, and laid my tude to Almighty God, as the harbinger request before them ; when not a dis- of better and brighter days ; for, when sentient voice was raised, women as well once broken into, it will, by the conas men agreeing to perform their part. tinued application of Gospel principles,
wither and die. Heathenism, apart from a public Missionary Meeting, the object the influence of Christianity, is opposed of which, however, was but faintly comto civilization in all its parts, and looks prehended; consequently the collection with a jealous eye on its advancing but small, amounting to fifteen approximation. Its true spirit may be shillings. The following year, I held illustrated by the following anecdote :- my second Meeting, when the collection When I first came here, I engaged a boy reached £3. 16s., which shows an ad. to live in the house. After a few days, I vance on the year preceding of £3. le. gave him some old clothes. When he re- I have just held my third Meeting, the turned home, his father at once expressed collection at which amounted to eight his dissatisfaction at this new innovation
young oxen, forty goats, and £3 in on the rights of Heathenism, by exclaim- money. This, in substance, if not ing, “My child is spoiled! The Teacher in value, will surpass your Exeter. Hall has ruined my child! he has put my collection ; and, when disposed of, will child into bags !” He tried, in every show an advance of about £8 on the possible way, to induce the boy to throw year preceding. Therefore we may say away his bags, assuring him that he that an English Missionary platform would never be able to run again, and would not even bear the weight of an that he regarded it as a serious reflection African Missionary collection. With on the family. ut the boy kept his these tokens of he divine favour we bags, has become a converted character, are greatly encouraged in our work, not and has begun to exhort his benighted only on the station, but in the neighbour. countrymen to flee from the wrath to hood. come; and as he is a sensible young On Sunday last, a Chief who resides a man, I entertain great hopes that he will little way from us, made application for ere long become useful as a native a book. On asking him what he inPreacher, to which object I am endea- tended to do with it, he said, “I am vouring to lead his mind. He studies learning to read.” On further questioning, closely the Gospel of Christ; and will who was his teacher, &c., I found that a frequently rise, lay his book aside, and little girl, who had been taught on the seek a place in which to weep, saying, Morley station, had succeeded in teach“ This is too great for my heart.” This ing him his letters ; and that they were blessed change among the people has about to erect a small chapel at their orn induced a great desire for European place, in which he and his children will clothing ; which I have supplied, by assemble to be taught more perfectly the way of encouragement, to the utmost word of God. I have this day selected of my power; and I very much feel the the site. At this place I shall imme. want of some articles of clothing. If diately commence a school, and supply the Committee have any at their dis- it with Teachers from the station, preach posal, it would afford me unspeakable once during the week, and supply it on pleasure to become their almoner, as an the Sabbath with native help. I am expression of their satisfaction with this
very anxiously trying to establish such people at their attempts to raise them. places all around us; but I meet with selves out of Heathenism.
great opposition : nevertheless “the Lord I would mention another proof of reigneth.' Concerning ourselves, I am right views and feelings among them, thankful to Almighty God to be able to which may be seen in their efforts to report the continued enjoyment of good help according to their ability the good health, together with much of his divine
When I first came here, I held presence in our work.
MISSIONS IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.
NEW-BRUNSWICK DISTRICT. ST. ANDREW'S.-On Sabbath, the and, almost without an exception, with 16th, I preached in the country to three much propriety.
More would have large and attentive congregations. In spoken, but we had reluctantly to come to a the afternoon I administered the ordi- close, in order to give place to the Sabbathnance of baptism.
school, which on that occasion was hin. Yesterday we commenced our service dered from two to half-past two o'clock, here at half-past ten A. M.; and, after and which is in a prosperous state, as sermon, we held our love-feast, at which you may judge from the fact that there twenty-two spoke what they deeply felt, were not less than one hundred scholars
present. There are in this town a num- of as sound conversions as I ever wit. ber of young persons who begin to think nessed. The chapel has been crowded, seriously about their souls. Last week, night after night, for upwards of a one young woman, who, since she came fortnight; and a most solemn feeling from the city, has met with us in class, seems to rest upon the whole assembly. found the blessing of pardon. To God For this we praise God, and are encoualone be all the praise ! -Rev. R. Doug raged. Indeed, the spiritual state of the las, March, 1844.
Circuit generally is assuming an encou. As to the spiritual state of this Cir- raging aspect. I feel more than ever cuit, I may say it is much the same as convinced, that, to insure success, we when I wrote before ; but as to finances, have only to use the means in a right I have my fears. Poverty continues to spirit. Rev. Henry Daniel, April 9th, drive our members away. Some have 1844. lately left, and others speak of soon ANNAPOLIS.-God has favoured us leaving. But though we have to com- in this Circuit with a powerful and plain of poverty, we do hope to keep up glorious revival. Since I wrote, we have the little number; and this hope is had a revival at the Creek where I live, founded on the fact, that the good Spin and Granville Ferry.-Rev. W. rit is manifestly at work with some who, Smithson, April 18th, 1814. we trust, will cast in their lot among us. BRIDGETOWN.-You will be glad to - Idem, April 5th, 1844.
learn, that God has graciously condeST. STEPHEN's. You will be glad scended to own and bless our dedicatory to hear that God has been favouring service at the opening of the Tuppeeus the last few weeks with a gracious Settlement chapel. Mr. Smithson came revival at the Lodge : between twenty up in the spirit of a Missionary, and and thirty profess to have found peace rendered us valuable service. Several with God through our Lord Jesus
have found the pardoning mercy of God, Christ, and appear to be very happy and many are seeking the great salvain the enjoyment of the divine favour. tion. Rev. James G. Hennigar, March I think we have had some instances 12th, 1844.
MISCELLANEOUS. CEYLON. I wrote to you in Janu- children : how much more shall your ary, giving you an account of the work heavenly Father give the Holy Spito the end of last year. Since then rit to them that ask himn ! ” I then things have been gradually going on consider that we have set apart an well. Several have renounced Heathen- hour every morning to plead for the outism, and joined our society; and two or pouring of the Holy Spirit, for nearly three have come over to us from the three years; and that again and again Catholics. Heathenism still declines ; we have had the drops, the earnest of a and a general impression prevails, that shower; and that, under the influence of Christianity will speedily effect its aboli- the divine Spirit, several have been tion. The people in general consider brought from darkness unto light, and Christianity as an invisible power at war from the power of Satan unto God. with the gods of the land ; and, from This inspires me with confidence that what they have seen, they conclude God will come down in all his power. that their gods are fleeing to other Pray for us, that our faith fail not. I places. We seem to be approaching an am daily more fully impressed with the important crisis : the people are brought necessity of the Spirit's influence upon to the birth, and now supernatural power our labours. I look upon all we do as is required to bring forth. The time entirely useless in the great work of seems to be at hand when the mighty saving souls without it. And this leads rushing of the Spirit is required to con- me carefully to examine every means we vince of sin, of righteousness, and of employ, and to ask the question, “ Have judgment; and I believe the Spirit I scriptural ground to believe that God will be given. It may not come in the will bless this means by the pouring out way we expect or wish ; but I have faith of his Spirit on the faithful preaching to believe it will come, and overturn the of the Gospel, and fervent, believing powers of darkness. I often look at prayer ? ” i know he will. I have that promise, “ If ye then, being evil, therefore implicit confidence in them, as know how to give good gifts unto your means : I not only know that they may