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sons sat down to tea; the tables being pious servant, a young woman, a member furnished by the liberality of several of our little church, also felt it to be her friends in the congregation. After tea, duty and privilege to do something for a sermon was preached by the Rev. B. S this interesting mission. She has colHollis, of London, in the unavoidable lected from among our poor people the absence of the Rev. T. Thoresby. An sum of 9s. 8d. Our brother Trotter's excellent spirit pervaded the congrega- sermon, therefore, was not in vain ; at tion; and the collections, amounting to least in some small degree. £17 13s., were larger than on any previ The above pious young woman has been ous occasion. With grateful hearts, the a faithful servant for more than twenty friends here raise their Ebenezer, for years to her much afflicted mistress, now “ Hitherto the Lord hath helped us." a widow, but a most useful member in
our little church, and a mother in Israel. Bath.
T. N. WESTON, BATH. Before our brother, the Rev. J. Trotter, left England to superintend our churches
WORCESTER. and schools in Western Africa, he preach. ed in this village an excellent sermon The Eighty-Sixth Anniversay of the from Numbers xi. 29. We had no col. Countess' Chapel in this city, was held lection for our African Mission when this on Sunday, November 2, when two very excellent sermon was preached, but it impressive discourses were preached by was not without some good effect. One the Rev. Dr. Morton Brown, of Chelindividual felt it to be his duty to become tenham, to a large and attentive congrean annual subscriber of £1, which sum gation. The collection amounted to has already been remitted ; another, al about thirty pounds on the occasion.
Foreign Department. SAFE ARRIVAL OF THE REV. J. beloved country and its sacred associati
TROTTER AND MRS. TROTTER, ns with mingled feelings of sorrow and AT SIERRA LEONE.
joy-sorrow at leaving a land and friends It is with sincere thankfulness to God, so dear to our hearts, and joy, that we that we inform our readers of the safe
are counted worthy to assist in the salvaarrival of the Rev. J. Trotter, and Mrs. tion of down-trodden Africa. We had a Trotter, in Sierra Leone. We insert the fearful tossing in the Bay of Biscay, and subjoined letter to the Secretary of the
were ill for two or three days, On ThursMissionary Society, giving full details of day, Oct. 1st, we reached Madeira, where his voyage and hearty reception by our
we went on shore and had breakfast. friends in Africa.
This place is over-run with popery, and “Freetown, Sierra Leone. its general appearance is that of poverty, Oct. 19, 1857.
beggary, bondage, and ignorance. “My dear Brother,
“ We next came to Teneriffe. On “It gives me sincere pleasure to Sunday, the 4th October, I read prayers send you a few hasty lines from this far and preached on board. On the 9th we off place. You will be glad to know that
came into the river Gambia, where we Mrs. Trotter and myself arrived here,
went on shore, and spent a day and night quite well, after a pleasant and prosperous
at the Wesleyan Mission house. In the voyage. On Thursday, Sept. 24th, we evening I preached in the Wesleyan embarked on board the “Gambia," about chapel, to about five hundred Africans ; 2 o'clock, p.m. The Rev. G. 'Osborn, it was a refreshing season to our souls. one of the Secretaries of the Wesleyan The following morning, we went on Missionary Society, was on board; he board again, leaving behind us the Rev. placed under my care two coloured young Mr. Cooper, who was appointed for the ladies, who had been educated in Eng- Gambia. On Sunday I again read the Land; there were also two of their own
Liturgy and preached, my text was, "So u.issionaries, one of whom was appointed he bringeth them unto their desired to Gambia, the other to Freetown. We haven." On Tuesday, as soon as daysailed from Plymouth at 5p.m. and were light appeared, we saw Sierra Leone. soon out of sight of land. We left our
The pilotcame on board about 6 o'clock,
a.m.: he came to me and said, “Is Mr. | see us ; they are fine boys, and manifest Trotter on board? I told him that was deep interest for their brother in Engmy name. He shook my hand most land. I hope soon to visit the other heartily, and said, “I have brought the Stations, and send you further particulars Mission boat off to take you on shore." in my next report. This good pilot is Mr. R. R. Elliott, son “Mrs. Trotter joins me in christian of our late revered superintendent, the love to all our friends in England. Grace, Rev. A. Elliott; and brother to our mercy, and peace, be with you. excellent friend and fellow labourer, Mr.
“I am, my dear Brother, J. B. Elliott. As soon as we anchored,
“Yours very sincerely, Mr. J. B. Elliott came on board and
“ J. TROTTER.” gave me a hearty welcome. When we reached the landing place, and went on “East Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, shore, we were surrounded by our preach
“19th October, 1857. ers, elders, and friends, who all tried to “My Dear Sir, out-do each other in acts of kindness.
“ Your kind favour of the 14th We were obliged to parcel out our lug- ult. was duly received per Rev. J. Trotter, gage in small quantities that each one on the 13th instant. might carry something for his new min “We are highly pleased with Mr. and ister.
Mrs. T. ; they are staying with us at pre“ As soon as we were all ready we sent. Words cannot convey our thanks to all marched off in a grand procession to you and the kind friends in England for our chapel, which we found newly painted this arrangement. We hope by God's grace and cleaned for our reception ; we then your expectations and ours will be fully moved on to the hospitable home of Mr. realised by Mr. Trotter's coming out. He J. B. Elliott, where we joined in a hearty appears to be just the right man in the song of praise to God. He was in our right place. We pray that his life may midst. After breakfast, the friends be preserved to be instrumental in poured in to see us from all quarters. bringing my benighted countrymen Mr. Elliott and his very kind wife, insist to the knowledge of the truth as on our staying with them for a few days, it is in Jesus.
sure of to rest, before going to the house which your sympathies in our behalf, and therethe friends have taken for us.
fore beg your further prayers. We shall “On the day of our arrival, I waited do all we can to assist Mr. T. in his on His Excellency the Governor of the duties. May you and your dear wife Colony. I was introduced by Mr. Elliott, and countrymen be spared to see the he received me very kindly, and seems beginning of brighter days in the Convery well disposed towards our Mission. nexion Churches in Africa. My heart is Thank God my dear wife and self are overwhelmed with feelings of thankfulquite well, and quite happy; we enter ness to Almighty God for putting it into on our blessed work with ardent hopes. the hearts of British christians to rememMay our Heavenly Father employ us for ber us in our low estate. Praise the Lord His glory.
O my soul, &c. We are conscious of our “Yesterday was our first sabbath here. deep obligations to you all. We feel it, I read the Liturgy in the morning, visited -we appreciate the blessings—therefore the school in the afternoon, and preached cease not in your efforts in poor injured at night. Notwithstanding a tornado Africa's behalf. A full cargo of my poor which visited us just at service time, our brethren arrived the same day, in tow chapel was crowded with most attentive with the steamer that brought out Mr. hearers, and we had a glorious time. Trotter. The sight was too horrid to One man came a distance of 21 miles to describe. Mr. T. preached his first hear me. It was one of the most delight-sermon last evening from John 17, v. 1, ful sabbaths I ever spent. Upon the “Father, the hour is come.” It was a whole, Freetown is much better than we very interesting discourse. Our Conexpected to find it. A wide sphere of nexion day of redemption is come. By usefulness is open to our Connexion; | God's blessing “the little one shall ours is the only church that has native become a thousand." missionary labourers in the interior of
“ Yours truly, the country. This is a great honour
“J. B. ELLIOTT." which God has put upon us.
Two sons To the Secretary of Lady Huntingdon's of the late king Canray Bah have been to Connexion.
The port of rest in heaven,
That rest they all ere long shall know,
Their sorrows then shall cease;
Shall ever more increase.
O may our souls on wings of love,
And faith and hope sublime, As he who strives the shore to gain,
Mount up and view that home above, When by the tempest driven,
That 'home in heaven' divine.
A. H, MORRELL.
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