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be blessed, but that they will be blessed. the Colonial Chaplain. The church was I therefore wish to give myself wholly to crowded to excess, and the sermon, which this work.--Rev. Ralph Stott, Batti was founded on part of the 24th verse of caloa, April 15th, 1844.
1 Sam. xii., and occupied an hour and SOUTH AFRICA.–We have just a half in the delivery, was listened 10 held our Missionary Anniversary in with profound attention. It is to be Graham's Town; which was one of published shortly. The fact that a the very best we have ever known, Wesleyan Minister occupied the pulpit and, with respect to the proceeds, was of the church, shows that here we are beyond all precedent. The contribu. endeavouring to “keep the unity of the tions exceeded those of last year by Spirit in the bond of peace.” After the about £80. This large increase has service, the children of the Sabbathbeen obtained, first, from the native schools walked in procession, with bancongregations, among whom Branch ners and music, to Oatlands Park, the Societies were formed about the middle property of Colonel Somerset, where they of last year, and who have raised by sang the national anthem, and then had monthly contributions and collections at cakes, &c., given to them. It was a day public Meetings the sum of £45. Many which will long be remembered. This individuals have given one, two, and colony has prospered within the last three shillings per month; so that in our four-and-twenty years to an extent which next Report, we shall have the names of no one could possibly have supposed; Fingoes, Bechuanas, &c., as annual sub and much of its prosperity is owing to scribers of more than one guinea. Simi the moral and religious influence which lar Branch Societies have been formed has been brought to bear upon the peramongst the natives at Farmerfield, ple.-Rev. Thornley Smith, Graham's. D•Urban, Clumber, and other places. Town, April 1st, 1844. Another portion of the increase has been Still the hand of the Lord is with obtained by the formation of a Juvenile us for good. Still he condescends to Branch Society in connexion with the bless, in some small measure, the work Sunday-school. Several young persons of our hands in building up the church have become Collectors of weekly and of God, and making addition to the monthly subscriptions; and they have
A new opening for more ex. raised in eight months the sum of £27. tended usefulness has been presented Mr. Cameron, the Chairman of the within the last few months, at a place Bechuana District, is now on a visit to called Würtemberg, on the banks of the the colony; and he informs us that two Orange River, seventy miles from Coles. of the brethren in that District are about berg, about the same distance from to take a journey to the Barapatu, a Kamastone, and one hundred and twenty large nation living considerably further from this station. This opening has in the interior of Africa than our Bech resulted from our Superintendent's last uana stations, who have never yet heard journey to the Bechuana District. It the Gospel of Christ. They fully expect appears, that as Mr. Shaw was proceedto find an open field in which to scatter ing to visit the new station at Kama. the seed of the word ; and, O, if it should stone, near the Witte Bergen, on his be so, and the Committee be unable to way from Colesberg, he called at the answer the call which will be made upon residence of Mr. Kolbe, who, in the them on behalf of that people, then they course of conversation, pressed upon Mr. must remain in heathen darkness for Shaw that his place might be taken on years longer, and perhaps the door to our District Plan of labour, that himself them may be closed against us for ever. and family might have the advantage of O, I sometimes wish I could fy across the public ordinances of religion, and the the mighty deep, stand on some of your privilege of the communion of saints
. Missionary platforms, and plead on Mr. Shaw approved of his proposal, and behalf of Africa ! But, surely, our his Plan was made accordingly. My voices will be heard through the medium appointment was there on Sunday, 24th of our letters, and the Christian public of last month ; and thankful I am that of Great Britain will be excited to another opportunity has been presented greater liberality. On Wednesday last, of adding several persons to the church the settlers of Albany commemorated of the living God." I left home on Wedtheir arrival in this country twenty-four nesday, 20th, in company with W. years ago. On this occasion my esteemed Wright, Esq., of Prospect, and one of Superintendent delivered a discourse in my sons ; and arrived at Würtemberg on St. George's episcopal church, prayers Saturday, 23d. The journey was made being read by the Rev. J. Heavyside, across the Stormberg, the highest moun
tain-range in this part of South Africa, he acknowledged his backsliding: himbeing considerably higher than the Wür- self, wife, and son have joined the class. tenberg at the highest point. This moun. -Rev. John Ayliffe, dated Haslopetain-range divides the waters of this part Hills, April 1st, 1844. of the continent: the one part sends its With regard to the Beka, the fol. streams to the Indian Ocean ; and on lowing extracts from my journal contain the other side, the waters fall into the the chief points of interest, during the Orange River, by many small streams, December quarter.
November 17th, called “sprouts,” and from thence pass 1843. I returned from a short itinerat. through the continent till they fall into ing excursion to the Sea. I preached the South Atlantic. Through the at Kobus's place yesterday morning, whole of the journey, I found the Boers and at the Sea this morning ; but most very civil.
Thank God, the irritating of the people were away at the dancsubject of the Natal question has subsided. ing, which is now going on throughout With one circumstance I was struck and the country, on account of the indivigreatly pleased : it was this, that the duals and places which were proscribed Dutch farmers, living near the Orange during the time of the small-pox. It is River, had passed out of the colony, with said, that they have never yet been rewaggons, into the Bechuana country, to instated officially in their former pripurchase wheat of the Bechuanas. vileges ; and this, therefore, is designed Christianity and civilization are steadily to do it. Of course, slaughtering is the pacing through the land. At present, principal means employed in cleansing there is peace.
Schools and churches the country; and several cattle have are prospering, the land is in a course of been killed already in this neighbeing highly cultivated; and all this bourhood. 26th.-Hearing that Pato amongst a people who, prior to the intro was going to race cattle and have a duction of Christianity, were ruined and dance to-day, (the Sabbath,) I went to destroyed by intestine wars. Of the see for myself, as soon as our morning Bechuanas, I heard but one statement service was over at the station, As I amongst the Boers ; namely, that they approached the great place, I saw that were civil, industrious, and honest. On the report was too true. I went up to the Sabbath, I preached twice, once in the Chief, and reproved him. He English and once in Dutch : both ser. pleaded ignorance of the day ; and, at vices were well attended. A class of my request, immediately stopped the nine members was formed, placed under dancing. I then assembled the people, the care of Mr. Kolbe, and subscriptions and had a large congregation of Kaffers given and promised to the Missionary from all parts; and, having read all cause, amounting in all to a little more the Commandments, preached from the than £10. A chapel was proposed to be fourth, as being particularly applicable built, Mr. Kolbe giving the ground, and to their circumstances. They were very one-tenth of the expense of the entire attentive ; and I trust this event will building. This gentleman is a German have a good effect. 28th.-Pato called by birth and education ; was educated to-day; and I had a long conversation by, and became a member of the church with him on the subject of his Sabbathof, the venerable Dr. Steinpkoff, of Lon- law. He promised to send word to his don. At present Mr. Kolbe is the most people again, as also to attend the church popular medical practitioner in this part better than he had done lately. From of South Africa: the Dutch Boers resort this time to the District-Meeting in the to him from all parts of the Cape colony. middle of January last, the Sabbath conAt this time there were twenty-four gregation was much better than before, waggons and tents on his place, with and Pato was generally there himself. persons afflicted with almost all the The circumstances connected with the maladies common in this part of the Gwanga were not of an encouraging naworld. Hitherto he has been most suc ture.
In consequence of the sickness of cessful ; and as his custom is always to the Chief, and its attendant evils, the labour for the good of the soul as well as congregation had much fallen off. The of the body, there is reason to believe power of witchcraft was, as usual, called that he has been made a blessing to many. into requisition, and the Doctor fixed At this place I found a poor wandering upon an individual as the guilty party. sheep, a person of the name of John He, however, contrived to effect his Watkins. Twenty-six years ago he was escape; but another, who was supposed a companion of mine in attending the to be his comrade, was immediately means of grace, prayer-meetings, &c., at seized, and put to the torture, and ultiCity-road chapel, London. With tears mately died in the most horrible manner.
The Chief did not recover ; but, having was granted, and the Chief is now under dismissed his Doctor, he applied for per that gentleman's care.—Rev. John W. mission to have the attendance of the Appleyard, dated Colesberg, March medical officer at Fort Peddie. This 30th, 1844.
London, August 15th, 1844. SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW OF THE
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY, HELD IN CONNEXION WITH THE LATE CONFERENCE, AT BIRMINGHAM, TUES. DAY, JULY 30TH, 1844: THE REV. JOHN SCOTT, LATE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE, IN THE CHAIR. AFTER the usual devotional services at the commencement, the General Secretaries read an outline of the proceedings of the General Missionary Committee, and Finance Committee, as recorded in their Minutes, during the year just closed ; and, in conclusion, a condensed view of the Society's financial state and prospects, as contained in the Minutes of the General Committee of the 17th of July, 1844.
A conversation of some hours ensued on the statement thus submitted, in which part was taken by G. R. Chappell, Esq., of Manchester ; John IIoward, Esq., of Leeds; Thomas Walker, Esq., of Stockton; Thomas Crook, Esq, of Liverpool ; John Burton, Esq., of Leeds ; Robinson Kaye, Esq., of Bury; Mr. Beynon, of Birmingham; and the Rev. Messrs. Jacob Stanley, S. D. Waddy, John Maclean, Alerander Bell, Robert Newstead, and the General Treasurers and General Secretaries of the Society.
In the course of the conversation very grateful mention was made of the important aid which the Missions had derived, towards liquidating the accumulated debt of past years, from the Centenary Fund; of the liberal response which was given, to so large an extent, to the special appeal made in December last, in behalf of the income of 1843; and of the large and seasonable addition to the income of the year, which the Society had derived from the Christmas and New-Year's Juvenile Offering, which has now become an acknowledged and efficient source of regular income to the Society. The liberality of many individual friends of the Society, and the continuance of the ordinary subscriptions and contributions, during a year of unexampled depression of trade, and the cheerful diligence of the Collectors at large, were had in grateful recollection.
Still it was clearly and painfully evident that the present income of the Society is inadequate to the support of the Missions at their present rate of expenditure, or even at the rate to which it is contemplated they may be reduced by the restrictive regulations of the Committee now to be carried into effect. And yet the Committee were unwilling to entertain any proposal for withdrawing our useful and benevolent Missions from any quarter where they are established, or for materially reducing their strength.
Many valuable suggestions for avoiding so painful an alternative were offered and warmly supported by the Ministers and gentlemen
present, which we now place before our readers in a condensed form, in the hope that they may meet their approbation and adoption.
One of the most weighty suggestions, and on which the Committee chiefly dwelt, was, the importance of increasing the sympathy and compassion of all Christian men for the many tribes and nations of the heathen world, who are now easily accessible by Christian Missions, and are either open to their instructions, or earnestly desiring them. These poor outcasts are, by the providence—and, we may say, by the grace-of God, laid at our doors, miserable and perishing, without any hope or help but that which we may afford them; and it does not appear that the household of Christ's church have yet made sufficient provision for their relief. It was the prevailing opinion of the Meeting, that there were sufficient means for this purpose, if they could be called into requisition ; and the only reason of the deficiency, it was argued, was, that the extent of the necessity and the urgency of the case were not generally known or felt. In order to awaken this sympathy, it was considered desirable that more frequent and earnest mention should be made of the condition of the Heathen in public prayer, and that even special meetings should be held, when their case should be made the chief subject of prayer and supplication.
In further reference to the augmentation of means for carrying on the Missions, it was suggested that more pains should be taken to secure the attendance of persons at Missionary Meetings, to whom God has intrusted wealth, in the hope that they may be induced to the exercise of larger liberality; and that, in the final arrangement of their property, they may bequeath some of it for the support of Missions. It was also strongly recommended that the business of Missionary Meetings should not be wholly undertaken by Ministers, but that other gentlemen should have an opportunity of expressing their sentiments, and pledging themselves to the support of the Missionary cause. For the information and encouragement of Local Committees, and of the Collectors at large, it was stated, that, in one principal town in Yorkshire, a re-canvass of the town had twice doubled the amount of subscriptions towards the support of Missions.
On all hands it was agreed that every member of the Wesleyan society, regarding Methodism at home and abroad as a special work of God, should identify himself with every thing that is Wesleyan, and particularly with the Wesleyan Missions, and should afford them his support. The Committee cheered the sentiment, that, in the most cautious minds, courage increases as difficulties increase; and that, in the estimation of our most judicious friends, there is no cause to fear for the support of our Missions, if the views expressed at this Meeting could be communicated to our friends at large throughout the Circuits, and be practically adopted. It was therefore moved by Thomas Crook, Esq., of Liverpool; and seconded by John Howard, Esq., of Leeds; and unanimously adopted,
“ That this Committee has learned, with the utmost concern, that, notwithstanding the very earnest and continued efforts which the General Committee have made to reduce the expenditure of the Foreign Missions, so as to bring it within the income of the Society, there is ground of apprehension, from the payments of the last six months, that there will be a deficiency, at the end of the current year, of little less than £10,000; that this Committee deeply sympathizes
with the General Committee in their care and anxiety for the continuance of the Foreign Missions in all their efficiency, more especially as it has pleased the
great Head of the church to make them instrumental to the accomplishment of an amount of spiritual good to heathen and other unenlightened lands, beyond any measure which might have been anticipated; and that, therefore, before the General Committee proceed to the work of reducing the Missions in foreign lands,-a measure which now appears necessary, but which is much to be deprecated, if at all avoidable,--this Meeting pledges itself that each member in his own locality shall use his utmost endeavours for the augmentation of the funds of the Society, by obtaining large and increased contributions for its support, and by endeavouring to promote the activity and efficiency of every Local Committee.”
0 0 0
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, to the 9th
£. 8. d. A Friend in the South of Ireland (on Annuity)
500 00 Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Bart., especially in aid of the Missions in Africa
100 0 0 Legacy of the Rev. N. Templeman, Cramborne, Dorset ; Peter Erle, Esq., Executor (Duty free)
100 0 Samuel Stocks, Esq., Wakefield, by Thomas Farmer, Esq. 50 A Churchman
50 Legacy of John Baker, Esq. ; Messrs. R. Hockey, Richard
Rowe, Mrs. Ann Gibbons, Executors and Executrix 45 0 0 A Friend to Missions, by the Rev. Robert Newstead
20 The Savings of several Years ; in Answer to the Appeals of the
Rev. John Beecham at a Missionary Meeting in 1837 20 00 B.
20 A Friend at Doncaster, by Mr. Isaac Marsden
20 0 0 Friends at Stockholm
19 13 3 The Society for promoting Female Education in the East, for Mrs. Shaw's School at Port Elizabeth
15 00 Rev. Robert and Mrs. Lyon, Boulogne, for the French Mission 15 0 0 Walter Griffith, Esq., for the Reduction of the Debt
10 10 0 Thomas P. Peck, Esq., Chalcol-House, Wills.
10 00 Samuel Colton, Esq., West-Hall
10 00 Legacy of Mrs. Hester Evans, Haverforduest ; Captain John Lewis, Executor
10 00 A Friend, for Feejee, by the Rev. Robert Young
0 A Friend, by H. G. Walker, Esq.
0 V. O. W... A Friend in the Dritfield Circuit
5 00 A Friend at Grimsby, by the Rev. John Beecham, towards the Debt
5 Mr. John Otter, and Mr. Lister, Stokeham, for the Understone Mission.....
0 Mr. Batchelor
2 2 0 Mr. James Stickney Ridsdale, late Mate of the “ Triton" 2 0 0 An Offering for Family Mercies, by a Friend in the Third Leeds Circuit
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