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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Officers of the various Auxiliary Societies, formed in aid of the Missionary Society, are respectfully reminded, That the Treasurer's Accounts for the Year will be closed on the 31st day of the present month (March); they are therefore requested to remit their Contributions on (or, if convenient, before) that day, addressed to Joseph Hardcastle, Esq. Old Swan Stairs, or at the Missionary Rooms, No. 8, Old Jewry, Cheapside.
· The Officers, &c. of the Auxiliary Societies in and near London, will meet on Wednesday, March 27 ; of which due notice will be given to each Society.
The Anniversary of this Society will be held, by divine. permission, in London, on Wednesday, Tbursday, and Friday, the 8th, 9th, and 10th of May. The Rev. Joseph JULIAN, Rector of Hatcheson, near Woodbridge, and Curate of Trimley, near Ipswich; the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, of Black burn; and the Rev. Mr. BROWN, of Cheltenham, are already engaged to preach on that occasion.
It is known to the Directors of the Extract of a Letter to the Directors,
Missionary Society, that we have from the Missionary Society at Stek long endeavoured to lighten their burlenbosch, in South Africa.
den, in giving a salary to our brother
Bakker, notwithstanding he remained Stellenbosch, Feb. 14, 1815. · your Missionary. The consequence Dear Brethren in our Lord Jesus Christ, was, that we have been able to do it
TRUSTING that Mr. Campbell almost to the whole extent. We now will have informed you of our pro. promise anew that we shall not only coedings in this place, we sball only continue it, but endeavour to remit mention, that we have been happy every new year to Cape Town, for enough to pursue our labours, and to your account, whatever surplus 'may experience in them the divine appro- remain in our bands; by which you bation,-visible not only in the greater will also see the state of our finances. interest the heathen take in the word which increase as the subscribers conof life, as from time to time their tinue to increase: and we have learned number increases who attend our from the Report of your 20th General place of worship, but also in the Meeting,' what the brethren at the blessed frirts and effects in several of Paarl have done. This has excited them. We doubt not but joy has many amongst us to follow their exbeen already expressed in Heaven, ample. as well as on earth, for the convers! We hope we shall soon be favored sion of many heathen, through the with a letter from you, and accounts labours of our brother Bakker; and of the further extension of the kingcordially wish and pray their number dom of God; and trust that wbat we may increase more and more. They have communicated to you will not be have put yet been formed into a considered as void of interest. He church, from obstructions thrown in that can assist and protect those that the way by the minister of this dis- labour in a small circle, is also powtrict.
erful and willing to assist them whose
labours are in a much more extensive sion upon some of them, and the way;-which, we sincerely pray, may principal excuse for not attending was be experienced by you in the greatest now removed. degree.
On last New Year's Day, when I We arc, dear brethren, in our Lord should have made up my accounts Jesus Christ, the Directors of the with them, I was, through a severe Stellenbosch Missionary - Society, indisposition, confined to my bed ; and in their name,
- but on the 22nd of January, I was so H. A. COMBRINCK, Directors.
far recovered, as to be able to speak to I. S. SCHOLTZ,
them in the place of worship. I then
told them that I now expected every Extract of a Letter from Mr. Bukker, one would come forward to mention
a Missionary at Stellenbosch. his losses, and that I wished to make :: : Stellenbosch, Feb. 14, 1815.
them up. All seemed quite asto
nished, and were silent. At last, a Dear and beloved brethren,
few got up and said, 'Sir, you de The Directors of the Missionary not owe us any thing at all. The Society of this place, intending to Lord has taken care of us;-we have inform you of some particulars, I no want whatever; and are richer shall only mention a few others, to than we were last year.' I told them avoid repetition.
- that I was very happy to hear it from I doubt not, you have received my themselves, though I knew it very Jast letter by Mr. Campbell, by which well before hand. I asked the same you will bave seen, that the place of question to several others, who anworship for the slaves being too small, swered in the same manner, adding, a larger was built, the foundation of No, Sir; you do not owe us any which had been laid previous to Mr. thing, but we all owe you a great Campbell's return. The new build- deal.' ing was used for the first time on. On the ilth. inst. I received the Whitsunday, the 10th of April last. Report of the Directors, on the 20th My text was Luke xxiv.34. Since Annual Meeting, of the 12th of May, that time we bave continually seen 1814. Among many interesting parthe great 'nccessity for this larger ticulars, I was much struck with place; for the numbers that attend, what had happened at the Paarl (a particularly on the Lord's Days, iy: town about eight miles from us) crease very much, and I have no where so many slaves contribute to donbt that many of the slaves are real the funds of the Society. I took the Christians. One of them, named resolution to communitate this to my Ernst, officiates in our public service hearers on the next Sunday, and to as clerk : he reads and sings uncom. try what I could do with them. After monly well. In case of need, many the service, I requested my audience others might be found to succeed him. to sit dowo again, as I had something
"On the 23d of August last, I hapo to add. I then read the Report to pened to say, that I had observed that them, and said, “You see what your many slaves did not attend so well on fellow-slaves and Hottentots have the Lord's Days as I could wish ; the done at the Paarl: they shew by their reason of which was, that many actions how much they take the work worked on those days, in order to of the Lord among the heathen to carn something for themselves. I told heart. I will now give you an oppor. them that the Lord would not bless tunity to follow their example. I do such labour, because he had solemnly not expect much from you; I know probibited it. I therefore advised none of you is rich; but I do assura them not to continue this practice, you, that the smallest donation will adding, that every one, knowing how be rewarded by our Lord with his rich he was at the end of the last foar, blessing.' Many now requested to should have his losses made up by have their pames written down as ine at the end of the next year, if he contributors; their number was 41, would come faithfully on the Lord's and their contributions will be 33 rix: Days to our place of worsbip. What- dollars and 7 shillings. Many females ever they lost hy not working on the wished also to sign their names; but I Sundays, should be paid by me. told them their husbands had already This seemed to make great impres- subscribed ; and knowipg their situa
FOR MARCH, 1816.
115 tion, I declined taking down theirW hen enjoying so many civilities names. I am persuaded that among from the poor converted Heathen, I the 4i subscribers there are many feel hearty thankful to the Father of true Christians; and I expect many all mercies, and cannot but admire more subscribers from those that live the glorious gospel of the blessed at a greater distance. It seemed as if God,' which has produced such & many rejoiced cordially, that they wonderful change in them. were looked upon as worthy to con- Sept. 30. In the church of Bethtribute their money for the prirpose of elsılorp, had the honour, for the first extending the kingdom of Christ time, of addressing the natives. It among their fellow-slaves and heathen. affords no small pleasure to behold I am almost fearful that some will so many of them, with parching thirst, give rather too much than too little. bastening to the living water. After If I had seen such liberality in a a hearty draught early in the morni. congregation of affluent Christians, ing, in the evening they are as thirsty I am sure an immense sum would as ever. have been brought together; but I Sometimes the preaching of the rest satisfied that the mite of the poor widow is acceptable in the eyes that they cannot but unite in the pro.
He word is so greatly blessed to them, of the Lord. . Joufnlly I also observed in the Re- canopy of Heaven, in singing praises
found silence of the night, under the port, that many Christians at the *
ne to God and the Lamb; and the melody Paarl had given handsome donations of their voices cannot easily be coli. to the Society, and I have the same
e ceived. reason to be joyful at the conduct of many Christians in this place, who
Almost every Sabbath since our. continue to give liberally, though
och arrival, several persons have been their names have not been forwarded baptized. I bless God I have becu to you.
" permitted to see so much already P.S. The number of Subscribers ellected ; and '. be
heerilere effected; and I believe that many has already increased to 73. and the young ministers in my country (Wales) amount of their Subscriptions to 59 bad they wings, would fly to behold rix-dollars and two shillings, which it; and if the triei
in it; and if the friends of man knew proves how inuch interest they take
that they waited for wings, doubtless in the extension of the kingdom of wings would be g
nodom of wings would be given them. , our Lord. I remain, &c.
I am glad to hear that the Caffres Stellenbosch, M.J, BAKKER.
have been petitioning, more than March 8, 1815.
once, for Missionaries to visit them.
Should his Excellency the Governor Extract of a Letter from the Rev. judge it proper to permit them to go,
John Evans (one of the Missionaries I think the inhabitants of Wales in to Latakoo ) dated Bethelsdorp, Oct. a body would not be too many for 30, 1815.
such a field of labour..
My object is still more distant. I It appears, that on the voyage to
have sustained the fatigue of travelling the Cape, March 20, a vessel, sup
for many months, and in the course of posed to be an American privateer,
*T: a few more, hope to arrive at Latafired a broadside upon the ship, but
koo. I go only in the strength of the she nevertheless, sheered off. On the
Lord: and as to my safety, I place 4th of May, in consequence of severe
more confidence in the earnest prayers gales, and taking heavy seas, they
of the godly, than in any eartbly had several feet of water in the hold,
means. My grand asylum, in prosand were obliged to throw overboard
pect of every danger, is prayer; and some of their guns and cargo. On
should the Lord call me hence, before the 20th of May they landed safely I should have the honour of dropping at the Cape.
you a line again, I pray that my name Respecting the state of the road to
may be so far in your remembrance, Bethelsdorp, and the difficulties, dan
that you may destine my successor to gers, and fatigue of those who trave! it, I refer you to Mr. Campbell's
Latakoa. I remain, &c. journal.
Account of the Loss of 24 French Of. was one of those to whom the gospel ficers (prisoners) in a Letter from
bad not been preached in vain, as · Mr. Duvell, dated Plymouth, Jan.
one of the seals of my ministry. I
was assured he discovered the most 16, 1816.
magnanimous spirit in the storni. FRIDAY, the 15th instant, being When the vessel struck, they were the day appointed for the departure in the most deplorable condition. of the French officers from Ashbur- This good old man cried out, “ There ton, I thought it would be proper to is no resource, let us cast onrselves preach to them the night before, to into the arms of God, and die as commend them to God, and take leave Christians. In an instaut they all of each other as Christians, by once knelt down, calling upon God our more publicly adoring the Supreme Saviour. They had scarcely finished together. My project met with their so short a prayer, when another wave entire satisfaction.--I preached on struck the vessel. They shook hands âcts xx. 32, • And now, my brethren, -enabraced each other, saying, Adieu. I commend you to God, and to the In the space of a few moments, a seword of bis grace,' &c, Extraordinary cond wave swept them into the sea. attention reigned throughout the ser. Is there not reason to believe their vice,-a great number of the inhabito prayer was heard, and their souls are ants of Ashburton were present,
at rest ? Not a murmir at the will I accompanied them on Saturday of God, but perfect resignation. And to Plymouth, where I distributed to what is more, as one of the survivors them the Bibles; which, for several told me, not a single act of superreasons, I had reserved till then, stition, though most of them had been which were received with gratitude. Catholics. No invocation of saints, Sunday morning at seven, we took or ángels, or the virgin ; but all their leave; the officers from Oakhampton, prayers addressed to God, throngb having arrived at the same place. his Son, the only Mediator for mercy We experienced the most touching and salvation. Blessed be God, that sensations at parting, to see each they had so recently been fully taught other, in all probability, no more in the doctrine and merits of the Saviour. this world. The most disasterous Those aniong them, who were more event has destroyed all hope as to profane, have seen the manifest folly some of them. I heard, in the course of infidelity, and the importance of of the following week, there was a having that to support them in the ship wrecked on the coast; but I was day of trial, as one of them told me far from supposing it to be either of to-day. the sloops in which my friends had To this may be added the testimony embarked. To my great surprise, as of one whom God had before called well as grief, on Saturday one of the by his grace to the knowledge of the officers arrived at Plymouth, and truth, who,thank God,has been spared. brought me the mournful news of l am pleased to hear how much he is the wreck, wbich happened on the confirmed in the truth and excellence Thursilay, at one in the morning, of his religious sentiments. when 24 of his companions perished. On Sunday, all that were saved, This I felt to be a heavy stroke, as amoanting to 41, wbo had arrived at they had formed a part of my auditory; Mill prison, had service togetber. and particularly when I found that Then we sought to improve the they were the most regular and atten- event, and draw the most useful lestive, and the most intimate aud affec- sons from it. I preached on Isaiah tionate of my friends; especially one xxvi. 9, When ihy judgments are of the most aged, who had walked abroad, the inhabitants will learn with me arm in arm to the shijy, en righteousness. After discoursing on treating me to go with him to France. the nature, design, and lessons, which Of him I cannot speak "oo highly.' divine judgments should teach, we His eagerness for the salvation of his enquired if they had learnt these soul, and for perusing the Scriptures, lessons wben so mercifully spared. and bis profound attention wbile wait. I pray God to bless the word to many, ing on the ordinances of God's house, Having a few Bibles left, I distributed from wbich he was never once absent, them among them, and took leave of gave me ground to believe that he them as they embarked with mingled
· FOR MARCH, 1816.
- 117 emotions of joy and sorrow. I feit passage to these Missionaries, and a the lies of friendship drawn tighter. grantof the same favor, in another ship With many invitations to visit them (the Surry) to two others and their in France, and many thanks, we wives, who are just about to cmbark parted.
on the same Vission.
· At the Missionary Prayer Meeting, Mr. Messervy's Mission to the Fi ench held at the Rev. Mr. Harper's chapel, Prisoners, at Forton.
London Road, Monday Even, Feb. 5. All the prisoners of war, who Mr. C. Barff, one of the Missionaries were at this depot, are returned home; about to sail in the Sorry for N. South and it is with great pleasure I am Wales (and from thence to Otaheite) able to say, the greater part have was designated to his solemn office. taken with them the word of life. Mr. Jackson, of Stockwell, prayed;
I have preached to them every Mr. Wilks proposed the usual quesSabbath, and visited them as often in tions, which were briefly but satisfacthe week as I could.
torily answered by Mr Barft. A By the grace of God, I hope that Bible was put into his hand by the Sea two of them have felt the efficacy of cretary, with the following charge:the gospel; and notwithstanding their “Go, our beloved brother, and publish captivity, bave experienced the glori. the contents of this holy book among ous liberty of the children of God. the Heathen, to whom you are sent, One in particular expressed his gra- accordiog to your ability and opportu. titude to God, for that wise providence nities, in the name of the Father, and which had conducted him to England. of the Son, and of tbe. Holy Ghost.” When I pitied his lamentable con- Mr.Hill, of Surry Chapel, Mr. Barff's dition, he esclaimed, 'Ah, Sir! God pastor, gave him a solemn and affechas not punished me according to my tionate exhortation; and Mr. Inpes, sins! It is true I am in prison, but of Camberwell, caucluded with ardent it is not the prison of hell. I am a prayer to God for the Missionary. . prisoner of hope, and I pray God to Mr. Orsmond, who was ordained at be merciful to me a sinner. This Portsea in December last *, sails with man read his Bible through in six Mr. Barff in the Surry, a convict ship, weeks, and with profit. He studied which first touches at Cork.: By the the Scriptures daily. He read like- favour of government, a free passage wise Mr. Bogue's Essay, and Dod. is granted, which saves the Society dridge's Rise and Progress, with de- about one-half of the expence, the light.
board of the Missionaries being paid Tam happy to be able to say, that to the Captain by the Directors. Mr. many of these captives learned to read Orsinond and Mr. Barff are accompain prison. The progress of one of nied by their wives. them was very remarkable. When Wednesdar. Feb. 7th, the Rev. H. I first spake to him, he did not know Townley and J. Keith were solemnly a a letter; but in two months he could ordained
months he could ordained to the office of Christian read any of the religious tracts...On Missionaries at Paddington Chapel.. parting with him I gave him a Bible.
Mr. Campbell began by reading the All the books were received with Scriptures
with Scriptures An iniroductory address thankfulness; and I pray God to bless
S was given by J. Clayton, jun. The their perusal of them in their owu
We usual questions were put by Mr.Lewis. country,
* Dec. 22, 1815. Rev. J. M. Orsmond Mr. Threlkeld and Mr. Ellis, was ordained to the office ota Missionary Missionaries to Otaheite, with their
Oto heite with their to the Heathen, in King Street Chapel, wives, sailed on Tuesday, Jan. 23,
Portsea. Mr. J. Hunt, of Chichester, 1816, from Portsmouth, in the Atlas
began the service; Mr. Burder, of Lon.
don, explained the office of a Missionary; government transport, with 200 male
Mr. Scamp asked the qnestions ; Mr. convicts, for Port Jackson. They had Orin
ney bau Ormond gave an interesting account been long delayed at Portsmoutli ; of his experience and motives ; Mr. first by contrary winds, and then by Griffin ottered the ordination prayer ; the dysentery Traving broken out Mr. J. Campbell gave the charge; Dr. among the convicts. The Society is J. P. Smith delivered an address to the indebted to government for a free people; and Mr. Bogue concluded.