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NEW ZEALAND.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Walter Lawry,
dated Auckland, April 10th, 1844. By God's mercy, we arrived here in indeed those who sow bad seed; but in sa!ety and health on the 21st of March, due time God shall destroy the “ man of having been nearly six months from sin." Our purpose is to preach the London ; but thirty-two days were spent Gospel of the kingdom with all zeal and in New South Wales. Here we found a love to those who will hear : « and the few friends glad enough to see us : they shower shall come down in its season ; had partly built a chapel, and a society there shall be showers of blessing." of fourteen persons had been formed On my arrival here, I found that an under the care of Mr. Buller, of Kaipara. unfinished house had been taken for us, Mr. Buttle was supplying the congrega at the rate of fifty-two pounds a year. It tion. There is a tribe of natives not many is admirably suited to our purposes; and miles distant, nearly a hundred of whom as the Governor has given me for the have been baptized; but they have no Mission a fine large adjoining allotment, Preacher, save one named Jabez Bunting, I purchased the premises. I grieve that their Chief. He is certainly by far the finest the affairs of my family will not justify and most intelligent man I have yet seen my saying to you, what my heart would among the aborigines. I suppose the say; namely, that the place shall cost natives consider him in the same light; the Mission nothing. for a great feast is now preparing to be In Auckland, our English congrega. given by one large tribe to another, all tion is very good, and the greatest har. under the direction of two persons, of mony prevails on religious subjects. It whom Jabez is one. Among the de- is my intention to seize the first opporlicacies already prepared are a thousand tunity to form an Auxiliary Missionary sharks, hung up a few weeks in the sun! Society. Money is scarce, the natives The English who pass by the place, are covetous and poor, and many of the keep well to windward.
colonists are sadly depressed ; but the I have so far received great kindness Lord liveth, and his cause will live, and from His Excellency Governor Fitzroy, we intend to sow in hope, and to “ and from all the respectable inhabitants beside all waters." The Governor has of the place. As the colony is at present given to the Mission a fine water-frontage in a very depressed state, for want of piece of land for the “ Triton” stores money, there is no cheer on the counte
and other purposes. nances of those who merely came hither to The “ Triton ” would sail in a few make a rapid fortune ; but the rest are days after we left Sydney ; and I trust she healthy and happy almost to a man. will return safely hither in nine or ten hope New Zealand will one day become months, after visiting nine-and-twenty great, although for the present there is ports in the Friendly Isles and Feejee. little doing, and many are in want and I bless God for all his mercy to me penury. But the productions of the soil and my family. We are all well, busy, are truly astonishing.
and happy. Our thoughts of you are So far, all that I hear and see of our always with pure affection, and we shall Missions is satisfactory: they are in hope to hear from you with all due good repute everywhere. There are
DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF NEW TESTAMENTS AT WAIKOWAITI.
for it myself.” She went, but soon necessary, have reached; but this, this returned with a perforated half-crown, is the good thing, the better, the best, which she had long prized and worn as an thing, that any ship has yet, or can possi. ear-pendant, and which, I dare say, four bly bring them,-ihe word of life. On times its value in money would hardly Wednesday my English service was have tempted her to part with. Already better attended; on Thursday my native I have had applicants from seven, ten, and one pretty well; this evening I have thirty miles' distance; and the cry, “ Let held an interesting conversation upua me have a book ! let me have a book !” Scripture facts, characters, and doctrines. has almost stunned me, and seriously Later in the evening, I examined sonce annoyed my poor sick wife. Some who candidates for baptism, to whom, God had one, wanted to purchase a second as willing, I shall to-morrow administer that a reserve, when the one in use shall have rite. Thankful am I to record the arrival become old or illegible. “Let me have of a few Magazines, and other periodicals, one for my wife, my sister, my brother, 18th. I had good congregations yes. my girl, my boy,” as the case might be, terday, of both races, for this place. Io has often been urged. Some who can. the morning I baptized nine persons. not read have applied ; and upon my May they have grace to be faithful ! intimating that a book in such cases We want two more Missionaries for this would be of little use, I am met with the coast, and then the New Zealanders reply, “We will learn, we will learn ; might be properly attended to ; one at and I believe they will. Never did such Port-Levy, another at Ruapuke: but a precious case reach this place before. how are they to be afforded? I nerer Cases of muskets have arrived; and casks wished to be rich but with a desire to and cases of an article equally, if not so send the Gospel to the Heathen; but I immediately, fatal in its result have been am poor ; all I can do is to pray, brought; cases of clothing, useful and forth more labourers into thy vineyard."
MISSION IN TONGA.
OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL
AT HIHIFO. POPISII AGGRESSIONS. Extracts from the Journal of the Rev. Matthew Wilson, dated Hihifo, Tongataku.
APRIL 18th, 1843.-I preached at any other person. This is my first ope Teekiu, and gave society-tickets to two portunity of conversing with him, and small classes. The people at this place perhaps it will be the last : hence I hare contributed more than any other in the tried to improve it by preaching Christ Circuit, considering their number. At to him. Matahau I preached and gave tickets to July 11th.-The great Tuitoga came two small classes. Here they also did to Hihifo to see the opening of the well in contributing, and are prospering chapel. He supped with us; and God in their souls. After this I went up to enabled me to speak respectfully, aficeHouma, and preached, and gave tickets tionately, and faithfully, to him concertito two classes. I arrived at Nukunuku ing the salvation of his immortal soul
. just after sunset. Mrs. Wilson was May the Lord seal instruction on his sitting in the Chief's house, with a large heart ! number of native children round her, 13th.-Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, with teaching them to sing.
Mr. Miller and King Josiah Tubou, 21st.–Tuitoga, a heathen Chief from breakfasted with us this morning; and the Mua Fortress, has paid us a visit at at half-past nine the bell was struck Hihifo, with about one hundred of his for divine worship, when Mr. Thomas people. He is the greatest personage preached an appropriate serinon from in all Tonga : the King may be con Isaiah xxv. 6, to a very large concourse sidered as his acting man, having the of people, some hundreds of whom were power to rule; while he lives retired, and from the heathen forts. After this, adored by the people. No one can leave thirty-one adults and a number of chilhis presence without first kneeling and dren were baptized, many of whom have touching the soles of his feet; then they been brought over from Heathenisim durare at liberty to withdraw : several per. ing the last year. sons did this when he was at our house. The chapel is seventy-eight feet by The language addressed to him is al. forty, and is the most elegant building together difierent from that addressed to ever erected in the Tonga Islands. Kay
George's architect was sent for to build sermon, and we found it good to be it, and I attribute its superiority to his there. The Lord was near to bless us. I being fully at liberty to follow his own then gave tickets to two small classes, plans. All the people took an active after which I went on to Houma, and part in the work, and rewarded him preached. This done, I came down into handsomely for his very great pains. It the heathen fortress, and had some talk is clear of debt. A Priestess from one with the old Chiefs, who are very friendly, of the heathen forts went and looked but still continue to reject the truth. into the chapel ; but when she saw its September 18th.–The Romish Priests elegancy she ran away as in a panic, have visited us again at Hihifo : this and said it was full of devils. The rea is the third time of their coming. The son of her saying so, was, because the first time they came, the Chiefs treated Heathen think that no one else is wor them very kindly, but told them that they thy of a fine building but the devil; did not wish them to come again ; there and some of the old devil-houses, which was no need for it, as they all had emare now among the Heathen, prove that braced Christianity. They came again this is their notion, as they are far more in a fortnight after, when the Chiefs elegant than any other houses.
treated them with a degree of shyness, 16th.-1 preached twice to-day in our and reminded them of what had been new chapel. The congregations were told them on their first visit,—that they Crowded.
did not want them to come again. The August 3d.—Two Roman Catholic following conversation ensued :Priests came for the first time from the Priests.-It is our duty to go and Bea to Hihifo. They called upon us; preach the Gospel to every creature. but, as it wanted only a few minutes to Chiefs.- We have the Gospel preachour preaching time, I had but little con ed to us, and the word of God to read. versation with them. We had the bell Priests.-No, you have not. These struck for worship as they were going men who preach to you are leading you down the garden. They slept in the astray : they are of Mr. Wesley's relifort, and tried to propagate the doctrines gion, which took its rise only about one of Popery: they told the people that hundred years ago; and Mr. Wesley theirs was the only true Church, and himself was no better man than Jovili, that we possessed but a part of the an impostor who was in the Navigators' Scriptures, inasmuch as our Scriptures Islands a few years since, and who deonly speak of two states beyond the ceived many, grave, but theirs speak of three; namely, Chiefs.-Our religion is the religion heaven, hell, and purgatory.
of the Bible, and took its rise with the 7th. I went to Teekiu, and preached. Bible. The Chief of this place is a Local Priests.--Your Bible is full of errors. Preacher and a Class-Leader, and is one Chiefs.—We believe our Bible to be of the most spiritual natives I have the word of God and of truth, and are ever known : he lives continually in the determined to abide by it. spirit of humble, believing prayer.
I Priests.-Well, but we love your spent some time in the evening in try- souls, and we must come to teach you ; ing to fortify the minds of the people and, if you are not willing, you may against the deep-laid scheme of Popery, prosecute us, and even kill us, if you the Priests having called upon them on please. their relurn from Hibifo, and tried to Chiefs.-It is not our intention to give poison the minds of some. May the you so much as a wrong word ; but if Lord rebuke them ! I wrapped my you are determined to come, against our blanket round me, lay down, and slept minds, we can please ourselves whether about five hours, and awoke almost stiff or no we feed you, and give you a place with cold. Proceeding to Matahau, I to sleep in. had not gone far, when, looking back, I Priests.-Very well, then let us sleep saw old David coming after me : when in the road or bush. he came up, he said he wanted to have a Chiefs.-We will give you a place to little talk about spiritual things. We sleep in to-night ; but if you come again, entered into conversation, and our hearts you must not expect so much. burned within us while we talked by the Priests.--When we came the first way. Matahau came in sight, which is time, we thought you the kindest of about three miles from the place whence people. How is it that you are so altered ? we started. Here I preached from, Chiefs.-- When you first came “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me treated you as strangers ; but, at the same clean.” Old David prayed after the time, knowing that your intention was to
come and be our Teachers, we told you down another until about nine in the then, that we had a Teacher, and that evening; and, no one offering them a there was no need for you to come ; and place to sleep in, they went of their own we wished you not to repeat your visits ; accord, and slept in an old house in the but you seem determined to force bush. The Tonga man who had come yourselves upon us : and are we obliged with them from the Bea, began to be to receive you, and give you our food, out of patience, and to contend sith against our minds ?
them: he asked if this were the way of A great many other things passed, their religion, to go wandering about ; which it would be tedious to mention : and said, that the Lord had given them they went up one part of the fortress and up to a foolish mind.
dated April 30, 1844. ON Wednesday last we held our our chapels in some places are becoming Quarterly-Meeting : a gracious influence too small. We are building a plain rested upon us while we were together; substantial stone chapel at Kroo-town. we all seemed to feel the importance Mr. Scott, the Colonial Surveyor, has of the great work in which we are en given us a large quantity of stone for the gaged. But our feelings were mingled purpose, and we are trying to do it with both with pleasure and pain ; — with plea as little expense to the Society as possi. sure, that upwards of three thousand of ble. Mr. Raston is labouring success. the sons and daughters of Ham had fully at York; and Mr. Amos, though been gathered into the fold of Christ, and greatly enfeebled, is doing all he can at were enjoying the advantages of Chris. Hastings, Wellington, &c. tian communion among us; and more We occasionally preach in the open over that there is such a spirit of inquiry air in the cool of the evening. Many in the colony, together with so many have given up their idols, and have joined doors opening before us ;-but with the society. Mr. James Will, a liberated pain, that the labourers, amid such African, preaches in the Aku language, an abundant harvest, are so few, and in the open air, to listening multitudes, that even some of the few are likely, with extraordinary effect. Mr. Crof. through sickness, brought on by exces ther, of the Church Missionary Society, sive labour, and exposure to the rays is doing the same, which greatly of a vertical sun, either to fall in astonishes the Aku people. the ranks, or to be obliged to quit the Thank the Lord, Mr. Badger, Mrs. field. Such thoughts are too painful Dove, and myself, are tolerably well in for me.
health ; but what we are to do, I knos Our Institution begins to assume a not. Mr. and Mrs. Quick dread the very pleasing aspect : the young men thought of leaving, particularly as they are soundly converted to God, except are so well fixed at our Institution at one, and he appears to be seeking the King Toms. We hope you will send same blessing with great earnestness. us some help soon, that we may prose Our societies and congregations are cute the duties connected with our great greatly on the increase ; consequently, work in this part of the world.
Subsequently to the date of this letter, Mr. and Mrs. Quick were under the necessity of desisting from their useful labours in SierraLeone, and have returned to this country.
dated Port-Republicain, June 19th, 1844. In my last, reference was made to our culties with which it had to struggle. I French primary and Protestant school, am thankful to say, that this truly imwith regard especially to the great diffi- portant and increasingly-interesting in
stitution is daily gaining ground in the cation of their children, and they confidence of the public; so that our wish that education to have a special numbers are continually augmenting. reference to sound moral principle. My visits and applications to the inha- These parents, although not of our combitants of this city in behalf of the munion, have the utmost confidence in school, have not been in vain; about your Missionaries, who have the entire fifty have given their names
Nor is the scribers, and there is every probability confidence of the public shown by simthat the general expenses of the school ply sending children, but also by conwill be met by public liberality. The tributing willingly to its support. All municipal body, also, under whose spe. therefore that we now ask, is help in the cial patronage and encouragement the building of a school-house. I beg reschool was established, and who, in con spectfully and earnestly to urge this imsequence of circumstances over which portant subject upon the attention of the they had no control, were considerably in Committee. arrears in their noble subscription of one Our society at Port-Republicain is, I hundred dollars a month, are now begin- am thankful to say, upon the whole, enning to pay up all arrears; and in addition couraging. Some of our good old to this, the present Government has voted French Protestants bave died; several fifty dollars a month as a subscription to members of the English society have wards the support of the establishment; left the country; and our numbers have and this has been done with expressions by this means been diminished ; but two of regret that the present state of affairs or three young people have lately joined would not allow of a more liberal contri the French society, who are proinising bution. For all these encouragements in their general character : our congrewe are truly thankful, and earnestly pray gations, too, at the French services, that they may be continued.
keep up well; but we want a visitation But our success has created a want from on high, we want an outpouring which forces us to look to the land of of the Spirit. noble souls, the land of our fathers. The country is quiet ; but it cannot We are in want of a school-room, and be said to be in a settled state. I sina small one would be useless. Three cerely hope, however, that there is now bundred children in a hot climate re nothing more than a sort of subsiding quire plenty of room, and plenty of air ; effervescence of past circumstances. There and if we build, I certainly think we can be no doubt that President Guerrier ought to keep this number in view ; for means well to his country, and his influwe are now nearly two hundred, and the ence is great. May God Almighty overschool is continually increasing.
rule all things for the best ! Suffer me to remind you of the pecu
Mr. Hartwell is still with us in the liar importance of such an institution, capital, for want of an opportunity to go 'in such a community ; let me also add to his Circuit, there not being any comthat there is a remarkable desire on the munication between the French and part of parents in this city for the edu- Spanish parts of the island.
JAMAICA. Our friends will be glad to see the following communication from our respected and beloved Missionary, Mr. Fraser :JAMAICA.— Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Edward Fraser,
dated Montego-Bay, April 23d, 1844. I BEG to transmit a short extract from Mr. Hann came from a neighbouring my journal of the past quarter. Our Circuit to help me, and under his adlabours upon long-established stations, dress several of the little ones showed though immensely multiplied, and, it strong marks of real feeling. may be, important, have so little of the 12ch. I was not a little troubled at interest which attends an opening Mis- the prospect of going to Kingston, to be sion, that it requires some effort with our at the annual District-Meeting, although own minds to reconcile us to the act of personal considerations as to health, and transmitting a record of them.
cheerfulness, the sight of friends, &c., January 30, 1844.—We had a meets might make the journey agreeable. The ing for children in Montego-Bay chapel. Circuit horses are indiffirent, which