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persons belonging to this settlement have, by compulsion and seduction, been induced to join a rebel band, under a Kaffir named Hermanus Matroos, residing at Lower Blinkwater.
“It is not the time to enter into particulars; what we earnestly wish to communicate to you is, that the great body of the Kat River people in no wise participate in this rebellious and treacherous proceeding against the Queen's supremacy in this country.
“We wish by these presents to make known to you, that the respectable people of Kat River are quiet and loyal; and lest the rebels endeavour to work on the feelings of the unwary in the colony, by telling them that the whole population in this settlement are in rebellion, or that they are contending for a great and just cause, and thereby either work on the sympathies of the coloured classes in the colony, or strike a panic into others, or cause others to feel a disinclination to come forward in defence of the Queen's authority; we therefore declare, hereby, that the proceeding of Hermanus Matroos and his adherents is a rebellious and treacherous act, and advise all our fellow-subjects to come willingly forward to suppress it; as also to repel and subdue the Kaffirs who are engaged in war against the colony. Let the Hottentots remember the blessings they have enjoyed under the British Government, and what is now in jeopardy, viz., the elements which constitute social and political happiness, Christianity, civilization, and
“We have thought it right to publish this, to counteract the efforts of the rebellious and misguided, as well as to inspire you with, and confirm you in, your loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign Lady the Queen of England; and we beg all Missionaries and persons of influence to read, and translate, if necessary, this to all the people in the colony.
(Signed) “J. READ, sen.
The rebels having advanced on Fort Armstrong, the Missionaries and other English, with their families, who had sought an asylum there, were compelled, on the 23rd January, to evacuate the place, which was subsequently pillaged.
From the foregoing statement it appears:—
1st. That previous to the breaking out of the present war, the Hottentots of the Kat River Settlement felt deeply that they had grounds for complaint of neglect and ill usage on the part of the Government.
2nd. That notwithstanding these alleged grounds of complaint, they evinced no symptoms of disaffection, until they were exposed, unarmed and hopeless of relief, to the arts and violence of Hermanus.
3rd. That the actual number of those who joined the standard of revolt formed only a small portion of the Kat River settlers; and
4th. That the Missionaries, instead of being lukewarm and unconcerned spectators of what was going on, as their enemies have alleged, displayed a zeal and an energy in the support of the Government and social order, which, had their example been generally imitated by the colonists, might have brought the war to a speedy issue.
APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE SUFFERERS BY THE
It affords the Directors much gratification to state, that their appeal, through the medium of last month's Magazine, on behalf of the natives of South Africa, and others, who are suffering innocently, but severely, in consequence of the present Kaffir war, has met with a prompt and liberal response. The subseriptions already received are as per subjoined list:—
The Directors, with a view to corroborate the statements contained in their late appeal on behalf of the sufferers by the Kaffir war, and to show the extent of the calamity as affecting the Mission Stations, invite the particular attention of their friends and the Christian public to the following extract of a letter just received from the Rev. James Read, sen. :
Writing, under date 19th July, from Alice, on the Kaffir frontier, where the
Mission families have found a temporary refuge, Mr. Read observes:— “We have had several wars, but none so ruinous as this; particularly as it respects the Kat River Settlement, which has suffered greatly from the commando of General Somerset. Much spoil, cattle, &c., were taken, and part of the settle ment burnt to the ground, and what was then left has been taken and destroyed by the Kaffirs; so that, at present, there is scarcely a house or hut standing in the whole settlement: all burnt. The same has happened to the other Societies, the stations destroyed, and the Missionaries scattered,—so that darkness pervades this part of the country, and the Prince of darkness reigns almost unrestrained, and, as yet, little prospect of a change. War and devastation are spreading wider and wider, and the reports coming in are more and more alarming and distressing. Since the troops attacked the Ammatola, the Kaffirs have been spreading in the colony, in the districts of Albany, Cradock, Burgensdorp, Albert, Somerset, &c., where many colonists have been killed, and vast herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and horses, are being swept away. Dutch and English farmers are flying before the enemy in every direction; so that we seem as far, or farther, from peace now, with the re-inforcements from England, than we were six months ago. The time bf service for most of the Hottentot levies, consisting of about fifteen hundred froth the western districts, George, Zwellendam, Graff Reinet, &c., has expired, and they are all leaving; and few or no others coming in their places. This is known to the Kaffirs, and no doubt strengthens their determination not to give in. “It is a consolation to Mr. Thomson, of Balfour, to my son James, and to myself, that we were able to save many of our people from taking ah active part in the rebellion. We have here, at Alice, about one hundred and thirty of our Philipton church members, men and women; and there are about the same number at Eiland's Post, who have taken no share, nor had any sympathy with the rebels, besides many who were absent from the settlement, and this escaped being compelled to join the disaffected. There are also many who fled into the bush from fear of the attack at Fort Armstrong and the visit of General Somerset to Philipton, who are now here, and have not taken part with the rebels. It is also matter of thankfulness, that few or none of our people have joined them during the last four months. On the contrary, from three hundred to four hundred have joined the levy companies, and are doing good serviee under General Somerset; besides those who are doing duty as free burghers. There are also a number of others belonging to the settlement doing duty at various places, viz., Fort Beaufort, &c. I yet hope God will overrule this dark dispensation, for his glory, and the eventual good of the people and the country.” To the foregoing statement Mr. Read subjoins a mournful list of the variotis Mission Stations, belonging to our own and other Societies, which have been abandoned, and, for the most part, entirely destroyed. The list comprises six principal stations, belonging to the London Missionary Society, viz.:1. Philipton, with its 13 out-stations. 2. Tidmanton. 3. Freemanton. 4. Theopolis. 5. Peelton. 6. Knapp's Hope. The whole of the above stations have been burnt, or otherwise destroyed, and abandoned, excepting that at one of them, Tidmanton, the chapel alone has been left standing. In addition to the foregoing, the work of devastation has also extended over fourteen principal stations belonging to five other different Societies.
DEATH OF THE REV. JOSEPH JOHN FREEMAN. The Christian public in general, and the friends of the London Missionary Society in particular, have, during the past month, learned with the deepest regret that the Rev. Joseph John Freeman, the Society's laborious and devoted Home Secretary, is no more. This solemn event occurred at Homburg, in Germany, on the 8th inst., whither Mr. Freeman had gone, under medical direction, for the purpose of drinking the celebrated medical waters of that place. Although he had suffered much for some weeks, from a succession of severe boils, which had compelled him to forego some important Missionary engagements, yet, at the time of his departure from England, his health was so much improved, that sanguine expectations were entertained that-after using the Homburg waters for a short time-his strength would be completely reestablished ; and, in this expectation, he had engaged to attend the Annual Missionary Meeting at Birmingham, on the 16th ult. But these cheering prospects were suddenly overcast, and before the appointed time of labour had arrived, he was laid in the grave. His final illness was severe and short. On the 23rd of August he commenced the use of the Homburg waters. Four days afterwards he was attacked by rheumatic fever, which reduced his strength so rapidly, that, prior to his departure, he had scarcely power to articulate a sound. Still his kind and assiduous medical attendant encouraged the hope that, as the fever was subdued, the exhausted sufferer might yet be restored. But this hope proved fallacious, and in the afternoon of the Sth ult. he gently breathed his last. Our de. parted friend enjoyed, in his last hours, the affectionate sympathy and assiduous attention of Mrs. Freeman and his two daughters, and their anguish in realizing this unexpected and most solemn event may be easily conceived. His mortal remains were interred in the English section of the Cemetery at Homburg, on the morning of the 10th ult., and his desolate widow and children have since returned to England.
By the removal of Mr. Freeman the Society has sustained a severe and heavy loss, especially at the present moment, when the cause of Christian Missions in South Africa, and the interests of the coloured races of that country, so much required his earnest and powerful advocacy; but in the volume which he was so recently permitted to send from the press, “he being dead yet speaketh," and by arguments the most forcible, and in terms the most affecting, pleads for the much-injured natives of that Colony. May his sudden departure give an irresistible power to his claims on their behalf!
MR. E. J. Evans, B.A., late Student of Cheshunt College, was ordained at Abney Chapel, Stoke Newington, on Thursday, August 28th, as a Missionary to Mirzapore. The Rev. John Hall commenced the service by reading the Scriptures and prayer. The introductory address was delivered by Rev. W. Campbell, late Missionary to India. The usual questions were put, and the ordination prayer offered by Rev. Robert Philip, and the charge was delivered by Rev. John Jefferson.
Mr. Charles C. Leitch, late Student of Glasgow University, was ordained at Greyfriars, Church (Rev. Dr. King's), in that city, on Thursday, September 4th, as a Missionary to Neyoor. The service was opened with devotional exercises by Rev. Mr. Taylor, of Hutchinsontown. The introductory discourse, from 2nd Ephesians, and John 8th, was delivered by Rev. Dr. King, who also put the usual questions, and offered the ordination prayer. The charge, in the unavoidable absence of Dr. Wardlaw, was delivered by Rev. Mr. Blyth, Missionary from Jamaica.