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of the “meek and lowly Jesus!' How unless the arm of the Lord be made blessed to turn from such a sight, and bare.' It fills our hearts with heaviness find repose in Him! Would that British to know that you are in financial difficulChristians would reflect, and reflect to ties : it damps the energies of our souls purpose, upon their numberless privi. to hear that we are not to have any help: leges, upon their high and distinguished then these poor Hindoos go to destrucadvantages, and upon their consequent tion unwarned, unheeded, unwept, by a responsibilities ! Send more Mission- church that has the power to save, if she aries ; deluge the land with the light of would put it forth. God grant an outtruth ; and these scenes of darkness and pouring of his Spirit, and give his people woe will cease. Many have been en- hearts irresistibly touched with love for lightened, and turned to the Redeemer; souls : then will' His kingdom come."and the light is spreading, the morning Rev. Joseph Litlle, Manargoody, May cometh.' That morning will be distant 18th, 1844.
Wesleyan Mission-House, Bishopsgate-Street-Within,
London, October 19th, 1844. VISITERS AT THE MISSION-HOUSE. T. L. INGRAM, Esq., late Acting-Governor of the Gambia, has favoured the Society with a call at the Mission-House. He gave an encouraging report of the state of the Mission, both at St. Mary's, and Macarthy's Island, up to the date of his departure, the 24th of August. He spoke in the highest terms of the character and operations of the Mission. He mentioned the late Mr. Symons, whose lamented death he considered an event not to have been expected, froin the apparent suitableness of his constitution to the climate of Western Africa. He considered it most desirable that the Rev. W. Fox should resume the superintendence of the Mission; his long-established reputation giving him an advantage possessed by no other man in those regions.
James Nebbs Brown, Esq., Member of Council in Grenada, has also called, and reported on the state and progress of the Mission, and on the general interests of humanity and civilisation, in that island.
The Rev. Mr. Nast, German Missionary, of the Methodist Episcopal Church of North America, has also been introduced to the Committee. This respected Minister has proceeded to his native country, Germany, for a few months, with the express object of printing and publishing translations, into the German language, of large selections from the invaluable Works of the Rev. Messrs. Wesley, Fletcher, Watson, &c.; and from the writings of some of the most approved living authors among the Wesleyan Methodists. The Committee have authorized, on their own account, a small edition of Mr. Nast's translation of the Rev. John Fletcher's “ Appeal to Matter of Fact and Common Sense," and his “ Earnest Address to Seekers of Salvation,” to be placed at the disposal of Mr. Müller, at Winnenden, in Wirtemberg.
DAILY SCHOOLS IN THE WEST INDIES. The General Treasurers of the Wesleyan Missionary Society have received from Her Majesty's Treasury £436. 14s. ; being the Parliamentary Grant towards the support of the schools for the education of the labouring population in the West Indies, for the year 1844. By a
reference to the Report of the Society for 1844, it will be seen that the annual cost of these very useful establishments is nearly £4,000. The Parliamentary Grant is to be reduced next year to one-balf the sum granted this year, and is afterwards entirely to cease. The system of payments for education has been very successfully introduced into the Jamaica and other West-India schools, many of which have thus been rendered self-supporting, to a considerable extent. The cessation of all help from the Government, and the present exigencies of the Society, show the necessity of a general and diligent application of a system which, while it is helpful to the funds, is also of advantage to the parties who contribute.
MUNIFICENT GRANTS OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY. The Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society have granted fifty-four reams of paper for the edition of the New Testament in the Kaffer language, now at press in Graham's Town, South Africa. The application for this Grant led to a correspondence on the subject of the translation itself, and the manner in which it has been executed. The information contained in the letter of the Rev. W. B. Boyce, published in the “Missionary Notices" for September, 1833, and in a recent letter on the same subject, from the same Missionary, now in this country,--and the further evidence, on the subject of the translation, furnished in Mr. Boyce's Introduction to Mr. Archbell's Grammar of the Bechuana Language, and in the Grammar of the Kaffer Language, by the Rev. Messrs. Boyce and Davis,-have proved so satisfactory, that the Committee of the Bible Society have it under consideration to make a liberal grant toward the expense which the Wesleyan Missionary Society has sustained, for the past fourteen years, in the accomplishment of this truly great work,—the translation of the entire Scriptures of the Old and New Testament into the Kaffer language.
Our readers, both at home and abroad, will be glad to see the information contained in Mr. Boyce's answers to the queries proposed by the Rev. Joseph Jowett, the Editorial Superintendent of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
QUERIES fer, exactly corresponding, except in the
use of a few words, to the Kaffer spoken LATIONS, &c.,
near the colony. The Sichuana language,
which extends from the Orange River 1. What is the supposed amount of northward, towards the central interior, population, for whose use this version is is a sister dialect of the Kaffer, and difprepared ?
fers from it just as Dutch differs from The population of Kafferland (inclu. German. We have reason to believe, ding the Zuln country) may be estimated that all the South-African languages, at not less than a million souls. Au from Angola, Loango, and Congo, in the these speak the Kaffer language, with west, to Mozambique, and Sofala, on the trifling dialectic differences, affecting, east coast, are very little different from however, the pronunciation of a few words the Kaffer and Sichuana dialects, spoken only. Some words are used by the tribes near the Cape colony. As far north as near the colony, which are unknown in Maubas, (about 5° south,) the Kaffer is Faku's country, or near Port Natal; but understood; for I have conversed with this is all the difference to be found. natives of that part of the east coast. Along the Caledon River, and inland as Probably all the languages spoken south far as has been explored, numerous tribes of Abyssinia, are kindred dialects with are found, whose language is pure Kaf- those of the Kaffer and Bechuanas. If
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80, good Kaffer and Sichuana transla. 5. How many revisions has the trang. tions of the Scriptures will form mother. lation undergone ? versions, for the guidance of future trans. Every part of the holy Scripture has lators into languages spoken by twenty been revised at least a dozen times, by as or thirty millions of people. We know many individuals. Considerable assistthat all these languages have a common ance has been rendered by Döbre, of the gran atical system, and are distinguish- German Mission, and by Theophilus ed by the peculiarity, which we term the Shepstone, Esq., Her Majesty's Resident euphonic or alliteral concord, unknown Agent in Kafferland. The assistance in any other languages.
and critiques of the Missionaries of the 2. What proportions of them have been Glasgow and London Societies have been taught to read ?
inviter, and in many cases rendered. I think, in Kafferland, on the various Our translations are used by the London, stations occupied by the Wesleyan, Glasgow, and German Missionaries. No London, and Glasgow Society, and Ger- other translations exist in print, (to my man Missionaries, there are at least five knowledge,) except the Gospel of Mark, or six thousand capable of reading the and the Epistle to the Thessalonians, word of God. Within the last few years, and, I think, Colossians, by the Scotch education has progressed with astonish- Missionaries, which latter, with some ing rapidity. We publish a Monthly correction, is to be adopted in the new Magazine in Kaffer, the articles mainly version of the Testament now printing. furnished by natives : and on our sta- So far as the accuracy and idiomatic tions we have several hundred subscri- purity of the Kaffer are concerned, we bers (natives). The first edition of the are highly favoured in possessing among New Testament (or rather part of it, our own Missionaries four eminent lin. including the four Gospels, Acts, James, guists,—Henry H. Dugmore, Joseph John, Peter, and Jude) of 1,000 copies, Warner, Richard Haddy, and William was out of print in a very short time. J. Davis : these men speak Kaffer as When I left in February, 1843, we were Kaffers themselves, and no Kaffer can printing an edition of 3,000 or 5,000, I detect any peculiarity in their mode of cannot exactly say which; and we had speaking which would mark them as readers and a demand for every copy as foreigners. We have also had the fast as a book could be finished.
assistance of Theophilus Shepstone, 3. During how many years has the Esq., who has spoken the language from translation been in progress ?
his childhood. From the year 1830, not a page has 6. Is it made from the Textus Recep been printed which has not undergone tus of the original languages ? or connumerous revisions, and the correctness formed to the English authorized verof which has not been tested by compe- sion ? tent European and native authorities. I think, the Hebrew Bible of Judah For the last fourteen years the Wesleyan D'Allenon, and the New Testament of Society has given up almost the entire Dr. Blomfield, have been used by our labour of one Missionary, and the cost translators. Generally we have given no of a press, (the latter amounting to £130 rendering of the original which has not annually,) to this object mainly. We been admitted either by the English have had the whole of the Old and translators, or by the German and Dutch New Testament in manuscript since versions. Our reason for thus confining 1834, and the occasional Jabours of about ourselves to abide by the authority of twelve men have been bestowed upon some standard version may be seen by : examining and improving the transla- reference to a letter from W. B. Boyce, tions since then.
in the “Wesleyan Missionary Notices 4. What portions, and to what amount for September, 1833. William Shaw, in numbers of copies, have been already William J. Davis, and Richard Haddy, printed ?
and John Richards, are respectable bibli1,000 copies of the first edition of cal scholars. Our Missionaries gene. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, rally in South Africa do not profess to Epistle of John, James, Peter, and be either elegant or profound scholars ; Jude.
but most of them can read the Scrip500 copies of Luke (first edition). tures in the original tongues with toler
2,000 copies of Matthew and Mark ; able comfort, and they all possess that new edition and re-revision.
plain good sense which enables them to About 2,000 copies of extracts from use with advantage the critical labours Genesis and Exodus, comprising about of our best biblical writers. William one-half of each.
Shaw, John Richards, Dugmore, Haddy,
and William J. Davis, have access to William Shaw, William J. Shrews-
Henry H. Dugmore, Joseph Warner, 7. What is the judgment of the na- Richard Haddy, William J. Davis, and tives, if any be competent to form a William Shaw, as general reviser, may judgment, on the idiomatic character of be considered as responsible for the prethis version ?
sent translation. A revising Committee All the natives confess that the Kaffer is appointed from year to year at the of our translations is such as they them- Annual District-Meeting; and this, in selves speak and write.
connexion with William Shaw, who is . 8. Who are the persons that may be our General Superintendent in South regarded as the responsible authors of Africa, is responsible for the accuracy of this translation ?
the translations. The Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society have also recently granted five hundred English Bibles for the use of the Missions on the Gambia, and one hundred English Testaments for the Feejee Mission.
MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES IN THE LONDON DISTRICT.
The Missionary Anniversaries in the London District have commenced most favourably. The collections at the little chapels at Hornsey-road, and at Harrow-on-the-Hill
, were more than double those of previous years. At City-road chapel, on Thursday, the 10th instant, Edward N. Buxton, Esq., in the chair, the assembly was deeply impressed by the statements submitted to them; and the collection was one of the largest ever obtained on a similar occasion in that chapel. The following day, the liberal Chairman sent a contribution of £50, towards the support of the Missions on the coast, and in the interior, of Guinea.
One of the Resolutions passed at the City-road Meeting, of a practical character, is capable of general application; and wherever it may be adopted, we doubt not, will be found greatly to forward the interests of the Society, by increasing its means of usefulness. The Resolution is as follows:
It was moved by the Rev. John Scott, to meet once a quarter in the first weeks one of the General Treasurers of the of January, April, July, and October, Society, seconded by J. J. Buttress, and at such other times as they shall Esq., Treasurer of the Auxiliary So- judge desirable, for consultation on the ciety for the London District, and car. means of rendering the several Branch ried unanimously,
Societies most efficient; and that the “ That, in the judgment of this Meet- following persons be the Committee for ing, great service will be rendered to the the ensuing year, with power to add to cause of Missions by the formation of a their number.” Committee in this Circuit, to be called, The Resolution then enumerates the * The Missionary Committee for the Ministers of the Circuit, the Treasurers First London Circuit,' to include the and Secretaries of the several Branches, Treasurers and Secretaries of the several and other gentlemen, as forming the Branch Missionary Societies, with such Circuit-Committee. One of the junior other friends of Missions in the Circuit Ministers and another gentleman were as it may be convenient to associate with to act as Secretaries. them; that this Committee be requested
The Meeting at Hinde-street, on the 14th, James Wild, Esq., in the chair, was also most encouraging. The intense and devotional interest excited by the statements of Mr. Freeman, and the addresses of the other speakers, has, perhaps, rarely been surpassed. The collection more than doubled that of the past year.
JUVENILE CHRISTMAS AND NEW-YEAR'S OFFERING.
The Cards and Addresses for the use of our young friends, who kindly render their services periodically, at the season of the year now approaching, by giving and collecting an “Offering" for the Missions, will very shortly be issued ; and will be in all the Circuits, we hope, before the beginning of December. The last Annual Meeting of the Society in Exeter-Hall acknowledged, “ with satisfaction and gratitude, the increased amount received, under the delightful form of Christmas and New-Year's Offerings, from the children and young people interested in Missions." (See Annual Report, page v.) We trust that this year each individual Collector will much exceed all former efforts, under the conviction that the maintenance and extension of the Missions, and, consequently, the present happiness and eternal salvation of multitudes of men, are, in the course of divine Providence, made dependent on the increased and prompt liberality of the Christian church.
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, to the 16th
£. 8. d.
292 1 3 A Friend, by the Rev. Isaac Harding (on Annuity)
50 00 A Debtor to Mercy, by Mr. John Wesley
20 00 Legacy of the late Thomas Crowther, Esq., Churwell
19,190 Mr. Mark Crauford, Drumshambo, Leitrim, Ireland; a
Thank-Offering to Almighty God, for the deliverance
10 00 John Stevens, Esq., Ware....
10 00 A Thanksgiving to the Lord; from the right hand
5 0 0 F. Barnes, Esq., by the Rev. John Corlett
5 0 0 Sir Culling Eardley Smith, Bart.
2 2 0 Mrs. Tuxford, Melton-Mowbray, for the Feejee Mission 2 0 0 A Friend, by Mr. Henry North
1 1 0 Rv J. Pye Smith, D.D.
1 1 0 Rev. H. F. Burder, D.D.
1 1 0 Mr. Player, by Mr. John Wesley..
1 1 0 Mr. John Shaw, Dublin, monthly, September..
1 0 0 Ditto, Ditto, October......
100 Mrs. Strange, Lambeth ; a Token of Gratitude ..
1 0 0 Mr. John Laugher, Studley, for Feejee, in acknowledgment of recent prosperity in the Redditch Circuit.....
1 0 0
LONDON:- PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.