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ly aeceded to the wishes of the Directors of the Society already mentioned, in again visiting the people of St. Kilda. The man. ner in which he was received by the inhabitants, and the attention and anxiety with which they listened to his instructions, are fally explained in the following Journal, which he has transmitted.
St. Kilda, Friday, May 13, 1822.- This morning about eight o'clock, we loosed from Pabbay, and, with a fine N. E. breeze, which continued all the way, arrived here by four in the afternoon-thus making a passage of nearly sixty miles in eight hours. We had no sooner appeared in sight, than the people flew down to the shore to meet us, and stood in a body on the shelving rock on which we were to land, to receive ourselves and our little bark. We had no sooner effected a landing, (which, owing to the mild state of the weather, was not difficult,) than they all pressed around me, and grasped my hand each in his turn, when I thought they would have wrung the very blood out of it. Few words passed for a minute or two, but tears trickled from every eye. I was over. oome myself ; at last, silence was broke“ And,” says one here and there, “ This is a surprize.” “This is more than looked for." “We little expected to see his face again : (for they addressed themselves to one ano.
ther.) God bless him for this visit-He will bless him, whatever becomes of us.” After I could speak, for (God knows) my heart was full, I told them, I came once more to see them, at the request of the Society in Edinburgh, who took an interest in their welfare. “Many, many blessings on the head of the Society, for their attention to us, and for sending you among us.” “And now that I have come (said I) to la. bour for a short time among you, I trust you will endeavour to make a good use of the opportunity thus afforded you.” “Yes, yes,” said they, “As we can ; and the Lord enable us to do so." All hands were now called to unload the boat, and baul it ashore
a process which took them nearly three hours; so that it was about eight o'clock before we reached the village. We immediately entered the old barn, in which we were wont to assemble-offered prayer and praises to God for his mercies, and especial. ly his kindness, in permitting us again to meet: and so closed the scene of the day.
Before dismissing the people, I stated to them what I intended should be the plan of my future labours among them; and that, besides meeting for sermon once a-day, as formerly, we should also meet for an exer. cise, somewhat resembling family worship when I should read a chapter of Script ure, and make some observations on it, calculated to instruct them in its meaning, and to point out the improvement they should make of it. I told them that it was my wish to direct their attention as much as possible to the Scriptures ; and that, if we met in the morning, which I conceived would be the most convenient season of the day, as nierfering less with their other business, this would be a proper way of commencing the day, and the exercise might be of use to them, in carrying on their daily occupations. They gladly assented, and with one voice replied, “We can easily manage our other business; and what is every thing else to this ?” We accordingly fixed on the hours of from seven to nine in the morning for the lecture, and from six to eight at night for a sermon.
I was gratified by seeing the children assemble in school to read the Scriptures, and by hearing them sing the praises of God with their teacher; an exercise in which they have made great progress, and for which much praise is due to their instructor. Thus, “out of the mouth of babes and suck. lings has the Lord ordained praise.”
This day we had our morning exercise at seven ; from which not one was absent..
I was pleased with the state of an old man's mind. He feels that he is by nature
a lost sinner. He has no trust but in the Redeemer. His life is correct, and his views as to the Gospel are pretty clear. He lost his eye-sight since I was here before ; and upon my adverting to this, and saying, it were well for him if the eyes of his mind were opened, “I trust they are,” says he. “And what do you see ?” said l. “That I am blind,” says he. “I see that in myself I am a ruined sinner, but that Christ is an almighty Saviour.” “But what if he is not willing ?” said I. “Willing!” says he, “ would he die for sinners, if he were not willing to save them ? No, no !” He listens to the word with great earnestness, and seems often melted under it. I had much pleasure also in conversing with the chil. dren; they listened with uncommon atten. tion to whatever I spoke to them, and their tender hearts seemed at times to yield to the truth. The Lord gather these lambs with his arms, and carry them in his bosom.
Saturday, May 28.- This day Mr. M'Lel. lan and I examined the school established here by the Society for the support of Gaelic schools. There were present in all 57 ; 35 males and 22 females. Among them I was pleased to see several grown up and married persons, at least 16 or 18; and considering that they were deprived of their teacher for nearly the last twelvemonths, the appear,
ance they made was wonderful. About nine of them can read the New Testament with tolerable ease; many, besides, can read small portions of it, and upwards of 40 read considerable parts of the Psalm-book ; of which, from their musical turn, they seem to be very fond. In short, young and old acquitted themselves beyond my expecta tions. After this part of the business was over, they gave us a specimen of their singing; Coleshill, Bangor, Scarborough, Sc. George's, &c. were sung with great animam tion, and in a manner which did credit to teacher and pupils. This finished, I be gan to examine them in the principles of the Christian religion. Parents and children were present. After putting some questions to the parents and grown-up people all around, who gave me pretty satisfactory answers, I examined the children, particularly such as could read, on some parts of the chapter which they had just read (Luke vii.) and the answers they gave to several questions which were put, were most gratifying ; such, indeed, as shewed great attention to what they had read and heard, and as might have put to the blush many who enjoy greater advantages. After the examination, the teacher distributed some Bibles and Testaments among some of the best scholars; and a few Gaelic Cate