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already assembled, some of whom had and obtain a small grant of ground, on come the distance of eight or ten miles to which she and her husband laboured hear. At the time for commencement I hard for many years, till it pleased God took my stand under a large spreading oak, to remove her husband, and she was left and the people delightfully united in sing. to struggle with a large family of child. ing, “ Hallelujah, lof zy den Heer;" ren. She is, however, quite cheerful or, “Hallelujah, praise ye the Lord.” and happy, serving God with all her The shade of the royal oak on the banks house. Her cottage stands in the midst of the river, and the stream running over- of the Cape Flats, about half-way to the rocks beneath, were favourable to de- Stellenbosch. On my arrival I found votional feelings, so that every succeed. about fourteen children and young per. ing verse of the hymn seemed to create sons busily engaged in repeating hymns, a new interest, and swell the song of passages of Scripture, &c. When they praise. After reading the tenth chapter of had finished, Diana engaged in prayer Romans, and engaging in prayer, I gave for them in the Dutch language; and a out the text as appropriate for the occa- more fervent, scriptural, and appropriate sisn, “Go ye into all the world, and prayer I never heard. It was soon agreed preach the Gospel to every creature." that I should preach to-morrow morning,
The deepest attention was manifested by and she sent to inform her neighbours. all the Heathen till the conclusion of the 5th.-) preached at Diana's in a house service. The Field-Cornet stood at a full of people, and then set off to the distance a great part of the time, and, Eerste Rivier, to preach, according to with several other Christians, so called, appointment, in the open air. On my came up to me, and charged me not to way thither it began to rain, and, while come to that place again without his crossing the wilderness, thus solitary permission. I informed him that it was and alone, I was greatly cast down with not requisite for me to ask his permission, the idea that I could have no congregaor that of any other man, seeing that I tion, and that our enemies would trihad the authority of the Bible, and the umph over us. On my arrival at the sanction of the Government, for what I place there was one aged black man walk. did. He was exceedingly angry, and ing up and down beneath the trees, but se. threatened the apprentices. So, to end veral others soon arrived. The Fieldthe matter, I published that, on the first Cornet, who had behaved so unkindly Sabbath in April, my life being spared, the last time I was here, now sent a I should preach there again. I rode off messenger with an order that we should to Stellenbosch, and preached in the go on the other side of the river. I told evening.
the messenger to give my compliments 8th. (Somerset.)-I went and preach- to his master, and to inform him, that, ed under the kloof of Sir Lowry's Pass. as we should not trespass on any priThe congregation consisted of about twen. vate property, but keep our service on ty-eight persons, who were very attentive. the King's highway, we did not need his At the chapel in the afternoon the con- interference on the occasion, but should gregation was large, embracing persons choose our own place. The Field-Cornet of all colours, and of almost every age. soon arrived, when the following converThere were faces fair as the whitest Eu. sation took place :ropean, and sable as the blackest son of Field-Cornet.-What kind of message Mosambique; children, also, of three or was that you sent me ? four years of age, and men bending under Missionary.—I sent my compliments, the weight of sixty or seventy. How en and desired the messenger to inform you couraging is that promise of Jehovah: that we should choose our own place. “ It shall come to pass that I will gather F.-C. The other side of the river is all nations and tongues, and they shall the proper outspanning or halting-place, behold my glory!”
and there you ought to go. 10th.-A number of the apprentices M.-The last time I was here I encame to be catechised this evening, and gaged to preach beneath this tree, under several had learned most of the answers the shade of which I am now standing. to the questions in our little book. They F.-C.-But why not go on the other appeared to be mightily pleased with the side of the river? attention paid to them, and went away M.-Because myself and the people rejoicing.
here assembled have equally as much April 4th.--I left Cape Town this af- right here as you have. These appren. ternoon, and reached Diana's a little after tices have as much right, being His Masunset. Diana was formerly a slave, but jesty's subjects, to walk, or stand, or sit was so happy as to procure her freedom, here, as you or any other person.
F..C.-But this was my father's “ Can we not sing a psalm, Sir, and put ground: he only allowed Government a stop to him ?" I answered that our the use of this road.
people were not acquainted with the M.-Your father either gave it or sold Dutch psalms, so as to sing them; but, it to Government, according to your ac- as soon as they should be collected togecount. I care not whether of the two. ther, we should commence by singing a It is now the King's highway: I have hymn. The woman now sat down with measured it, and there is room enough the rest ; but it was not long before she for our congregation; so here we shall re. rose up and said, “Hy beloved sisters main ; and it will be at the peril of any and brothers, by your permission, I will man to molest us. I have permission sing a psalm suitable to the occasion ;" from His Excellency the Governor to and, after giving out a verse, she began preach through this whole country. and sung, with a loud voice, the ninth
F.-C.--I know it; but the horses are psalm, from the twelfth verse to the end. standing on my ground. If they are not This psalm, for a time, drove the immediately taken away, they will be sent Field-Cornet from us ; and the weather to the pound.
having cleared up, we commenced our M. - Place all the horses in the middle service, while he sat on his horse at the of the road, and some one of you (to the distance of about forty yards. Had apprentices) stand by, and take care of this been a fine day, we should have them.
had a large audience, as it was known A woman of colour now came through all around. There were, however, many the river well mounted, and rode up be more than I had expected. I suppose neath the trees, where the other horses about two hundred were present, while I had been standing.
proclaimed, “ Behold, now is the day Field-Cornet. If you do not take that of salvation.” I returned to Cape Town horse away, he shall be sent to the after service. I have rode to-day about pound.
thirty-five miles ; was three or four hours Woman.--You send my horse to the in the rain; and have preached twice. pound! He cost me the sum of two hun, had a cup of coffee and a bit of bread dred rix-dollars, and I have come all this about six o'clock in the morning; from distance (about fifteen miles) to hear the that time I had neither breakfast nor dinGospel, which you wish to prevent being ner, nor even a drink of water, till preached!
reached home about eight o'clock; yet! Addressing herself to me, she said, am quite hearty and strong.
MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES. ANTIGUA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. 11. Banks, dated St. John's,
August 13th, 1835. You will be sorry to hear that this twenty minutes to half an hour's conisland was visited last night with a verytinuance. It then conimenced from the destructive hurricane. The appearance southward, veered to the south-east, and of the heavens, and the falling of the blew with almost irresistible power for barometer, led the people generally to nearly an hour, accompanied with treanticipate a gale, and to make the usual mendous rains. Its strength then grapreparations. The noise of hammers dually abated till near midnight, when was as general throughout every street its noise was entirely hushed. Had it of the town as in Sheffield or Birming continued in the height of its power for å ham. During the afternoon we had few hours longer, every building in the blustering winds from the north ward, country must have been prostrated before with frequent showers of rain. The sea it. I have just seen a respectable family, rose tremendously, and several vessels whose dwelling is unroofed : they told were cast ashore before sunset. The me that they were in Barbadoes during winds gradually increased in strength the destructive gale there, and that this until about half-past six o'clock, when was, for a season, far more terrible. the work of destruction became general. The destruction of property is im. Fences, houses, and trees were borne mense : large houses and stores are la down by its fury, and some lives were in heaps of ruins; and many of the lost. From that hour till about half. cottages of the poor are blown away, past seven it continued to blow from the some into the sea. Numbers are in north-west with terrific violence. We state of destitution; their houses, their had then a very suspicious calm, of from furniture, their all, are swept away by the
furious blast. Some houses, after being the God of Jacob is our refuge.” We blown from their foundations, and broken continued in prayer until the fury of the into fragments, were carried by torrents of winds had abated. I then spent nearly water down our streets into the harbour. two hours in the streets, in gathering up Most of the ships are stranded, some the wreck of our fence, &c. broken to pieces, and others much in. The palisades all round the chapel are jured. Some were laden with sugar, and broken to pieces, so that very little of nearly ready to sail for England. The them will serve in rebuilding the fences. Coroner had notice of thirteen deaths by The composition which covered the por. twelve o'clock tu-day.
ticoes is stripped off and torn. The fluted It now becomes my painful task to boards which covered the pillars are ripdescribe the damage done to Mission ped off and broken; and the window. property. We have not suffered in the shutters were driven open with such vio. town so much as we had reason to fear. lence as to break them to pieces. The Every effort that prudence could sug- study, a small turret, standing in a corgest was vigorously made to save the ner of the chapel yard, had the doors house and chapel ; and we have reason blown off, with one pair of window-shutto believe that we owe it, by the mercy ters, and one of its sides so broken as to of God, to this means, that they are render it necessary to reframe it immedi. not mingled with the general ruin. I ately. Some of my papers and books was in the chapel during the time that were blown away, others torn to pieces the south-east wind blew the most furi and saturated with rain. The books ously. It rocked almost like a cradle ; belonging to the Mission-library are and the timbers bent backward and
spoiled. The new fences around the forward, and cracked, both from the Mission-yard were scattered by the winds. sides and roof, so as to threaten inmedi. but nearly all was gathered up as soon ate destruction to the building. The as the wind ceased. The spouting was noise was as though a perpetual fire of blown down and partly broken, and musketry was kept up within the chapel. many of the shingles were stripped from Every minute I expected it to fall about the roof of the Mission-house. I trust my ears; but I determined not to quit to repair this for about £30 sterling. it whilst any thing could be done for its Parham school-room is a heap of ruins. preservation; and it is well that I did The lumber was bought, and the carpennot, for the large doors at the south end ters at work, preparing it for the proposed (which were secured by lock, and bolts, enlargement. I am glad that they had and by boards nailed across them, for I proceeded no further, or the whole would had broken a bench to pieces for the have been broken to pieces. We cannot purpose) were burst open with tremend- conscientiously attempt to rebuild it, as ous violence. Five minutes would have all the old timbers are, and were, much completed the destruction of the house of too feeble for such a building in this God, had I not been there to make a country ; most of them are now broken. passage for the wind on the leeward side. I would advise the building of a brick Brother Pilcher, who has been some time school-room about fifty feet square, as in town in consequence of a diseased soon as possible. The walls need not finger, was very active in the Mission- be more than eight feet in height. Some house, although he had only the use of of the doors and windows of Parham one hand.
chapel are broken. The stable, outAfter my work was done in the chapel, buildings, and fences are broken down. I endeavoured to make my way through The old house is not injured. At Wil. the wind, and up to the middle in water, loughby-Bay, brother Box informs me to the Mission-house. This was effected that the principal damage done is to with great difficulty, and my heart was the fences. From five to ten pounds cheered by finding brother Pilcher and will repair the whole. English-Harmy family all safe. When we had done bour chapel has lost a few clap-boards. all we could, with hammers, boards, and Bolands chapel has lost about onenails, we betook ourselves to prayer, and third of its roof; one side of which the Lord gave us an abundant blessing; was carried over a dwelling-house so that, from the fulness of our hearts, at the distance of about one hundred we cried, “God is our refuge and yards, and broken to pieces against strength, a very present help in trouble, a large tamarind-tree, a little beyond it. Therefore will not we fear, though the The new stone chapel at Thibon-Creek, earth be removed, and though the moun- which was built at the expense of two tains be carried into the midst of the pious young men, is destroyed. Some sea." “ The Lord of hosts is with us, of the principals of the roof were carried
by the winds over the hill to the distancesion have not been rare ; but the night of nearly a mile from the site of the before the gale six persons professed to chapel.
obtain peace with God through faith in Postscript.-Aug. 24th.- For some our Lord Jesus Christ, and some nearly time we have had indications of prosper. every day afterward. Within the la ity in the church of God in St. John's, few days, we have received similar testias I have stated in my former commu. monies from about eighty persons. nications. Instances of genuine conver
CONTRIBUTIONS, Tuk amount of Contributions received by the General Treasurers of the Wesleyan Metbedu
Missionary Society, since the 13th of September is £2,165. 78. 2d.
Died, March 12th, 1833, at Re tion, he appeared greatly encouraged, merton, in the Gloucester Circuit, Mr. and said, “I do, I will believe. Frederick Mumford, in the twenty-seventh year of his age. At a very early My soal breaks out in strong desire, period of his life he was a subject of re.
The perfect Lliss to prove;
My longing heart is all on fire, ligious convictiors; and at the age of To be dissolved in love.' twelve he joined the Methodist society, of which he continued an upright and I shall be pure in heart; I shall see useful member, until removed to the
ber. until removed to the God.” On his father entering his roon, church triumphant. Of the precise man, much affected, he exclaimed, “O father, ner in which he was brought to a saving I am very happy! I shall soon leave knowledge of Christ, no particular record you; but the Lord will be your support." is left; but the reality of the change was He continued to speak in a most animatmost satisfactorily evinced in his subse ing manner of his happiness, and prosquent life. His religion was experimen pects of blessedness, until his strength tal and practical. From the commence was exhausted. About two hours before ment of his Christian course, until the his departure, he was again favoured period of his dissolution, it might be with a delightful view of the joys that truly said, that he adorned the doctrine of awaited him. He observed, “I am dying; God his Saviour in all things. He was but the enemy is disarmed of his terrors. remarkable for his diligent attention to While passing through the dark valley, the word of God; it“ dwelt in him richly the Lord is with me. The Lord is my in all wisdom.” He not only made him. portion, saith my soul; therefore will I self acquainted with the contents of the hope in him.' I am going to possess an sacred volume, but he proved his love to inheritance, a mansion, a crown!” Many its Author by keeping all his command. other sentences, descriptive of his complete ments. He possessed a filial fear in a victory over death, and his unclouded very high degree, which often led him to prospects of eternal glory, fell from examine the state of his mind, and to his lips. After some minutes of silence take heed to his ways, that he might not he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, without a grieve the Holy Spirit, and dishonour his struggle or a sigh. Among the many excelheavenly Father. His humility, spi. lencies that adorned the character of this rituality, love to God, and his ardent exemplary servant of God was his hu. breathings after more of the mind of mility: it manifested itself in every part Christ, are strikingly displayed in his of his conduct; he entertained the meanost diary. Early in the year 1833 his health opinion of his own abilities and attain. began rapidly to decline; and it became ments, and considered himself as less than apparent to all his friends that his life the least of all saints, so that on all ocwas drawing to a close. On Saturday, casions he was ready to prefer others to March 9th, having given up all hope of himself, and to sit at the feet of the recovery, he earnestly desired a fuller poorest follower of Christ, to receive inmanifestation of the love of God. On struction. His diligence and perseverbeing told that it was thought that his ance were not less conspicuous, than bis sufferings would soon end ; after a short humility. Whatever his hand found to pause, he replied, “ Then my joys will do, he did it with his might. He lacommence." On being exhorted by his boured in season and out of season, until brother to look to Christ for a full salva. weakness and disease laid him aside;
neither was he ever found weary in well. favoured with many manifestations of the good
ness of God, and was enabled to meet her last doing, but steadily persevered in the
enemy without dismay; longing to depart, that path of duty, regardless of opposition she might be with Jesus. She frequently made
inquiries of her attendants, whether they did not or difficulties. He possessed, in a very
think she was dying; and about two hours before
her departure, being informed that the last meswas the delight of his soul; and he dili. senger was probably arrived, she joyfully ex
claimed, “Glory be to Gud !"
J. S. gently embraced every opportunity of
July 20th.-At Manchester, aged thirty-five engaging in this blessed exercise. It
years, Demeredy, the wife of Mr. William Read. was his constant practice, when health She was a native of Bradwell, Derbyshire, where
her excellent father, the late Mr. James Kay, permitted, to rise early, in order that he
resided many years, and where he is still gratemight enjoy uninterrupted communion fully remembered as having established long with God; and often has he been heard,
ago a Sunday-school, which has been a great
and extensive blessing to that neighbourhood. by different members of the family, pour When about twelve years of age, she removed ing out his soul in the most ardent sup with her father to Manchester, and became a
regular attendant on the services of the Wesplication to God for his blessing on him.
Icyan Methodists in the Oldham-street chapel. She self and others. He also delighted in was soon deeply convinced of sin; and being the public means of grace; and could noticed as one who was earnestly seeking salva
tion, was invited to meet in class, and to unite say, with David, “ Lord, I have loved herself to the society. To this' proposal she the habitation of thy house, and the thankfully assented ; _and_soon afterwards, under
a discourse by the Rev. Richard Reece, she was place where thine honour dwelleth.” The
enabled to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with prosperity of Zion lay near his heart; that faith which brings salvation, and to enter he laboured and prayed for the conver
into solemn covenant with God, not merely with
the humble reverence of a servant, but with the sion of sinners; and an increase in the rejoicing confidence of an adopted child. Her church of Christ rejoiced him far more
disposition, which, from her earliest infancy, was
singularly sweet and amiable, connected as it was than the possession of any earthly good. with an irreproachable propriety and purity of His desire and efforts to do good were outward conduct, had already won the esteem not confined to the souls of mankind :
of all who were acquainted with her. And to
this natural loveliness, there being now superas far as he had the means, he was ever added the elements of those richer graces which ready to distribute to their temporal ne
constitute “the fruit of the Spirit," she was en
abled, in conformity with her own most earnest cessities. The poor and the sick were
desire, to adorn the doctrine of God her Saviour objects of his solicitude ; his delight was in all things. In particular, though not blessed at to visit the afflicted, to arouse the careless,
that time with any extraordinary facilities for
work of that description, she made it her concern to direct the weeping penitent to the frequently to visit the poor and the distressed, to Friend of sinners, and to pour into the many of whom, in spiritual not less than in tem
poral things, she was, by the blessing of God, heart of the weak believer the oil and
The instrument of valuable aid and consolation. wine of heavenly consolation. Nor were The last thirteen years of her life were spent his efforts in this work unaccompanied
in the marriage state, the various duties of which
she fulblled with exemplary propriety and wisby the divine blessing. Some will be the dom; her conduct ever exhibiting, in a most
happy combination, all those graces which con
stitute the truest ornament and glory of the Lord, and many, doubtless, rise up and
female character. She was the lively and encall him blessed. John CROWE. gaging companion ; the tender and affectionate
wife; the diligent and judicious parent; the
prudent and sagacious counsellor; the faithful RECENT DEATHS.
and ready friend; the patient sufferer ; the MARCH 4th, 1835.-At Hull, Elizabeth, the be- humble, self-denying, and holy Christian; and loved wife of Mr. Simeon Malleys, and eldest daugh her path, in all these respects, was that of the ter of the late Mr. Thomas Vasey, of Grimston. just, which shipeth more and more unto the She had been a member of the Wesleyan society perfect day. She was latterly a subject of freforty years, bore a protracted and painful quent bodily affliction; and had many strong illness with great resignation, and died relying presentiments of her approaching dissolution, solely on the merits of her Redeemer for salva of which she often spoke with great checrfulness tion.
C. T. M. and confidence. Her last illness was only of a April 24th. At Belper, Amy Margaret, wife of
few hours' duration; and it was of such a nature Mr. Isaac Bennett, and eldest daughter of Mr.
as to prevent her from thinking or conversing John Smith, of that place. Although early in
very freely; but her lamp was trimmed, and her structed in the way of salvation, being from her
light burning; and she received the summons infancy conducted to the house of God, and to eternity, comparatively sudden as it was, as prevented from following the customs of the
one who knew that being absent from the body, world, it was not until about her sixteenth year
she would be present with the Lord ; leaving on that she made a full surroder of herself to God,
the minds of her bereared family and numerous and chose the Lord for her portion. She was
friends, an impression of her worth, which no then at school, under the care of Miss Ward,
circumstances, nor lapse of time, can ever efface. now wife of the Rev. Thomas Edwards. At this
J. C. time she was deeply humbled on account of her August 15th.-At Woolwich, Mrs. Ann Buskin, depravity and guilt, enabled to “believe with in the sixty-fifth year of her age. In early life ter heart unto righteousness, and to make con she sought and found redemption in the blood fession with her mouth unto salvation." From of Christ, the forgiveness of sin; and for more that period, to the time of her death, she than half a century was a steady, upright memadorned the Gospel of God her Saviour, by a ber of the Wesleyan society. Before she had holy and blameless life, showing forth the arrived at the age of fourteen, she became a “ praises of Him who had called her out of member of the late Hester Ann Rogers's class, darkness into light, and from the power of Satan in London ; and had the privilege of hearing the unto God." The affliction which terminated her late Rev, John Wesley preach ; from whom she life was consumptior, ; during which she was received the sacrament of the Lord's supper, and