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young men have thus been carried off forcibly from their land, their wives, and families. This number includes twenty church members, one deacon, and three assistant-teachers. The above number does not at all represent our loss. Those taken were the strength, flower, and hope of their land. It is supposed they are taken to work in the Guano Islands, where a few months terminate their life. Many of the particulars of the visits of these vessels are most painful. One came here last January, and a number of canoes went off with pigs, fowls, yams, &c., to sell. They were told that nothing would be bought on deck, but they would sell everything if they went below. The unsuspecting natives took their things belor, and immediately the hatchways were fastened, and the ship stood out to sea with forty stolen men on board. In March another paid us a visit. The natives were afraid to go off; only one canoe went, and that one with two assistant-teachers, taking a letter to the captain. It afterwards transpired that these were seized upon reaching the ship, and put in irons. In the meantime a boat came and a man landed. He said they were bound to Sydney with a cargo of oil, bat came here to beg some medicine for the captain, who was very ill with dysentery. This disarmed suspicion, and several canoes went off,
-some to look for the canoe that had not returned, and others to trade. These no sooner reached the ship than some were seized and others fired upon. Unarmed and unsuspecting, the poor natives were fired upon many times by the white wretches. One young man, a church member, was shot through the head and fell dead in his canoe. Nearly two hundred have been left widows or orphans. The three assistant-teachers were very hopeful young men, daily growing in light and strength. They were very useful in the schools and ont-stations, and relieved me of many of those things which would interfere with the more important work of preaching and translation.
“These things have tried the faith of our people; but they have come off victo rious, purified, and strengthened, we hope, by the trial. On the morning after the murder of the young man, we held a prayer meeting, and an old warrior, who in old times would have been the first to retaliate, prayed for the murderers and kidnappers, that they may obtain mercy lest they die in their sins. How gloriously changed from the spirit which, in former days, would have prompted them to revenge on one ship the evils perpetrated by a previous one.
WONDERFUL PROGRESS OF THE MISSION. “As it regards our work generally, we have every reason for gratitude and praise to the great Master of the vineyard, who has so abundantly blessed His own word in this once dark land. The people continue to evince a deep interest in spiritual things. The novelty of our residence amongst them has passed away, but not so their feelings. We are persuaded that it is not mere excitement, or love of novelty. We have daily proofs of the Holy Spirit's work. It has not been by might nor by power that the work has been accomplished, but by the Holy Spirit. To Him be all the glory. Not that the enemy is totally vanquished and has fled; far from it. Satan does not so soon quit his ground and forsake a stronghold. Though many have received the truth in the love of it, many are still ignorant of its vital power. Still we think the form of godliness better than the power heathenism. The number of inquirers continues to increase, and, what is still better, the candidates themselves increase in light and knowledge. We have now some 600 inquirers ; 240 have been admitted to the church during the past year. These are all tried candidates, and
and have been inquirers for one, two, and some three years. Our Church-members now number 600; during the past year, two only have been expelled for immorality. Their conduct is worthy of their profession. We have just had our first Missionary Meeting ; it was a glorious gathering ; not less than 3000 were present. The natives are poor ; they have no staple article for exportation. Their contribution has been in cocoa-nut fibre, arrowroot, &c. At a low estimate, I think they will fetch, in Sydney, £45. In addition to this, they have paid for their books in arrowroot, and we have now shipped, per 'John Williams,' about six tons of arrowroot, for sale in Sydney.
“I have been progressing slowly with the work of translation. I have now completed the Hebrews, James, Ephesians, and Titus. These we send to Sydney, per * John Williams,' to the agent of the L. M. S.
“ While we are full of gratitude for all the success which has attended the feeble efforts of God's servants, at the same time we rejoice with trembling. We feel to need much, very much grace, for from us these natives will receive their first real impressions of Christian life. We need all the sympathy and prayers of our friends in England. We would make the apostle's request ours, and most urgently plead with our brethren at home to remember us : ‘Brethren, pray for us.'
“The first week of this year was a week of prayer throughout the whole island. One day was set apart as a day of prayer for England, and many fervent prayers were offered by these once 'Savage Islanders' for their Christian brethren in England and other Gospel lands. Everything is now most promising on Savage Island. • The harvest trnly is great, but the labourers are few. We have been praying as a church and people that the Lord of the harvest would send us another labourer to this corner of the harvest field. If we do not soon have help, I am afraid Popish priests will be here to mar the work of God, and lead the inquiring natives into their crooked paths.
“I am happy to say myself, Mrs. Lawes, and our two little boys are all well. God bas mercifully given us health and strength.
“Mrs. L. unites with me iu kiud regards to yourself, Mr. Prout, and the Directors.
“I remain, dear Sir,
"Yours very truly, “Rev. A. TIDMAN, D.D.”
“ W. G. LAWES. STATISTICS OF SAVAGE ISLAND FOR YEAR ENDING MAY 31st, 1863. Population (August, 1862)
5021 Church Members
600 Samoan Teachers
4 Assistant do.
8 Children's School
2500 Adult do...
1250 Contributions (estimated)
£45 Arrowroot, for books (estimated value)
We have much pleasure in inserting a letter from our newly-appointed friend and brother, the Rev, J. C. Vivian, written soon after his arrival in the distant scene of his destination. The facts connected with his voyage, which he states with much interest, serve to show the intense anxiety cherished by the people, in Islands hitherto unblessed with a European Missionary, for the inestimable advantages which they anticipate from his residence among them. The friends of the Society will hence learn that there are still in the South Pacific many fields white to the harvest, for which faithful labourers are required. May the Lord of the harvest raise up many, and send them forth speedily!
Raiatea, May 4th, 1863. "REV. AND DEAR SIR,- It is our happiness at last, after a voyage of thirteen months, to find ourselves comfortably located in our home in the South Seas.
"On our way here, from Tahiti, we called at Huahine, and took on board the Rev. Charles Barff. We went on shore about two hours, and then proceeded to Raiatea, where we arrived on Sunday the 26th of April. The day following, a meeting of the Brethren was held at the Rev. George Platt's house, when the Brethren of the group gave me a very warm-hearted and affectionate welcome among them as their future fellow-labourer. On Tuesday there was also a meeting held in the chapel, of the members and deacons of the church.
“On Friday morning, the deacons, members, and also the children of the schools. came to our house and brought us a large present of food, according to their custom, Several long speeches followed, which chiefly consisted of a statement of their great love to Miti Viviani tone, and Miti Viviani vohine, their new Teachers.
“On Sunday I gave out the hymns and read the lesson, and Mr. Platt preached I can nearly understand all the natives say, and hope, in a very short time, to preach to them in their own tongue.
"Our long voyage from Sydney. though occupying nearly nine months, has been full of interest, and has contributed greatly to my experience. We have visited upwards of thirty islands, and I have seen the Mission field in these seas in all its length and breadth. You will not be surprised when I tell you that, on several of the islands to the west, the people are so anxious to receive Missionaries that I had literally to drag myself away almost by force from them.
“At Uea, one of the Loyalty Islands, the natives were so anxious for me to remain, that they were ready to give up their lands, or anything they possessed if I would stay and be their Missionary.
“At Fate, as soon as they knew I was a new Missionary, they determined, if possible to secure me. At first they tried persuasion; on finding this to fail, they next tried what brute force would do they designed to carry me off. For this purpose, six strong fellows came on board before daylight, and took their stand near the cabin stairs. Judge my surprise on ascending the ladder. I had scarcely reached the top, before I was caught in the close embrace of these sis naked black men. They looked very resolved at first ; but by a little coaxing I got my release and when they found their case was hopeless, they desisted and made no fartber further effort. Every one of these poor fellows carried marks in his countenance of
deep desire for further instruction in the Word of God. It was truly painful in the extreme, to witness these things, and have no means of assistance at haud. Oh, that more labourers were sent forth. Truly, 'the harvest is great, and the labourers are few.'
"On reaching Samoa, the same cry was heard from the Bretiren and people, 'Do stay here; we need help.' At the meeting of the Brethren, no less than seven of the high chiefs came and made a formal request that I might be detained. Oh, if the Christian people of England could for one moment bave witnessed the anxiety, or heard the pleadings of these men, I am persuaded they would think no sacrifice too great to make, in order to supply their want. They said with tears, if a Missionary did not come with them, the priest would, and the people would be lost. If by gathering the whole population before me, to plead their own case, they could succeed, they would do it, and 5000 people should come and present themselves as destitute of a pastor and going to ruin. These things, dear sir, deeply wrought upon my feelings, and my heart melted in me for their sakes.
" During the whole of our voyage we have enjoyed uninterrupted good health. Our worthy captain and Mrs. Williams have contributed to our comfort and bappiness in every possible way; and the officers and men were kind and obliging. On my leaving the ship yesterday, the 1st of May, as she started for Sydney, all hands gave three cheers for us each, and we really felt keenly our leaving the Messenger of Peace. Three of the crew have given their hearts to God since our leaving Sydney.
“I remain, my dear Sir, your sincerely, “Rev. DR. TIDMAN.”
(Signed) “JAMES C. VIVIAN.
From October 19th to November 17th, 1863.
Wardour Chapel. Ju. Woodyer, Esq.,
Travers Buxton, Esq. 2 2 0 Three per Cent.
Rev. W. Roberts, B.A. Mrs. Hansler
1 00 Mrs. D. S. Dykes
2 2 0 Reduced
1000 Miss Buxton C. E. Mudie, Esq.... 52 10 0
2 % v On account
27 0 0 1 1 0 Sunday School chil
A Friend... E. S. P., A Thank
Per Rev. T. H. Clark. offering for the
351, 178. 4d.
Additional contributions for
ris's School, TiraJamaica Mission. 4 0 0 Church Road, Islington.
Trinity Chapel, Breadnut A Friend
poor 2 0 0
Bottom. S. P. iš Sunday School 1 9 2
811. 68, 6d.
Rev. J. Bull, M.A.... 1 0 0 J. E. W. 08 3
S. S. Mander, Esq... 1 0 0 J.P. Thank Offer
Rev. T. Adkins 0 10 0 ingfor Madagascar 500
City Road Juvenile
Auxiliary Society, H. Buchan, Esq. 1 0 0 W.J. Hare, Esq., for
G. Tidcombe, Esg... 1 0 0 ditto. 0 10 0 For Rev.G.O. New
8 0 0 A.W., a Thank-offerThe Society of Friends, port, Parey chaley 10 0 0
ing, for the purper J.Forster, Esq.,
Middleton Road Chapel. Mrs. Sturge
chase of a Beli Madagascar i for Clapton,
and Schools 180 0 0
Anxiliary, per Mr.
10 20 ham, for a Bell for Bethnal Green Meeting. Madagascar Ne
Mile End Ner Toron,
9 1 1 South Bucks Auriliary, per Miss Hanson
The Misses Burn, for 0 10 0
Mr. W. Butler.
1 11 3 Bishopsgate Chapel. Finsbury Chapel. J. La Lacheur, Esq. 1 0 0 On account, per Mrs.
Boys' Sunday School,
High Wycombe. Mannering 10 13 5 Missionary A880
Crendon Lane Chapel. ciation for a Native Juvenile Association,
at Cuddapah.. 4 0 0 Teacher at Madras,
Rev. T, H. Browne. per W. Mannering
to be called AlexNative Teacher ander Fletcher ... 15 00
9 18 0
Robert Street, Neto Cut, General
Sunday School 0 10 6
Rev. J. Hayden,
Surrey Chapel. Per Miss Edwards school, per Mr.
4 10 2 On account 11 14 Dakin
2 10 0 Collections............. 55 1 7 Rev.J. & Mrs. Hay: JuvenileAssociation 16 16
den.................. (4) 2 100
2 1 0 Box
Mr. P. Weston ...(A) 1 1 0 Col. by Miss Kirkland- Mrs. Drabble!
0 1 4
T. Grundy, Esq.
Miss Tancock 0 11 6
Bus, Ss. ; 82.
Rev. E. Miller, B.A.
1 4 3
Collected by Miss Wright- Mr.T.Windeatt, Treasurer.
Mr. Wheatcroft ...... 1 0 0
0 10 €
10 13 6
Sermons & Meeting 7 11
Por Native Teacher,
0 10 €
Miss Denston, for
William Booker 10 @ O
Juvenile Association 0 18 6
sionary Box 0 11 0
Missionary Boxes... IS
0 5 Collected by George
Exs. 218.; 702. 148. 11d.-
from Sunday School
tribution for the
Mem. Churches in
A Friend of Brook
Madagascar ......... 5 0 0 Mrs. W. Tomlinson 0 4 1
Mrs. E. Johnson.
5 0 0 Miss Hunt.
28 2 7 Mr.D. Wheatcroft... 007
1111. 78. 3d. Mr. W. Tomlinson... Oi Collection
Mr. J. W. Hall.
Mr. T. W. Hunt
4 Mr. Smith
0 11 6
0 02 Mrs. C. Partridge
Mr. H. Goodale, Secretary.
Miss M.D.Wheatcroft 9 9 4
0 6 8
Mrs. F. J. Forman. 48 S. A. Walker...
6 3 0 Sarah A. Shenton ...
0 1 0 RAV. G. E. Penney.
0 10 Mary Ann Kniveton 0 9 8
0 1 9 Mr.J. White, sen... 1 0
0 1 11
Missionary Sermon i 12 6
5 5 11 Missionary Meeting 230
Rev. A. Perkins.
Anonymous, in the
1 B 9
0 0 0
Mr. Wm. Thomas ...
17 3 G. R., Devon.......... 50 0 0 Mr. Hitt
Rev. W. Hill.
0 10 0
munion Service for
Missionary Boxes, etc.
6 0 0
Rev. S. Goodall.
Miss B. B....
Misses A. and M. Contributions....... 9 18 1
1 0 0
0 10 0 Ex8.102.78.;1781.14.3d. Miss E. Procter. 1 0 0
Mr. W. Langman 0 10 0
Mrs. J. Matters.... 0 7 0
Mrs. J. Jasper...... 0 5 0 Auxiliary Society, per
T. Daniell, Esq.
1 1 0
Master J. Kerswell. 0 5 0
08 itham, per G. Tho-
4 10 Miss E. Coram
masin, Esg....... 91
Public Meeting ......
6 14 S
Abbott's Rootking. 5 S
3 2 0
Sunday School Classes.
Mr. George Borley. 14 Roydon. Mr.J. Browat 19
Mr. S. Robins
1 1 6
0 10 0
Matlock Bath, Capt. Thomas Foot 1 1 8
0 10 0
Rev. W. Tiler.
Mr, M. Roberts
Mr.J. Kerslake... 046
Mr. J. Jackman.. 0 8 8Mr. J. Smith, for
08 Madagascar and
Miss M. Peak
Mr. R. Mutters 0 3 6
5 6 0 Miss M. Ball
Exs. 108.; 192. 108.
Legacy of late Miss
1 0 0
Rev. W. Clarkson.
per Henry Cras-
Sermons and Public
mer March Phil-
0 19 4
9 18 10
lips, Esq., less duty.co.
Collected by Miss Dyall -
0 5 0 Rev. N. Hellings (A) 1 0 0
1 0 0 Miss Turner..
Sunday School, for
the Natire Teacher,
0 10 0 Mrs. Woodhead 03 Per Mr. Adams 3 10 0 Andrew Fuller.