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Great attention has been paid to education, and with the usual success. Many of the adult slaves have learned to read, and there is a general desire for education. The societies, which, some time ago, had in some degree diminished, are increasing.
24 St. Eustatius, P. French. Numbers--Whites 8; Blacks 274. A strong desire for acquaintance with the Scriptures, and a disposition to hear the word, at present prevailihroughout the island.
25 Nevis, 1789.-J. Bace, J. Marshall. Numbers-Whites 18; Blacks 977. This island has now its full supply of Missionaries. The declension in the Society, arising from the want of Missionaries, has been arrested; and the work is extending to every part of the island; some districts of which were not till lately visited.
26 St. Bartholomew's, 1797.—Daniel Hillier. Numbers-Whites 12 ; Blacks
338. A Missionary Society has been lately formed in this island, which promises to send a considerable sum annually to the Mission. They have experienced there the value of the gospel, and have liberally contributed to send it to others. Several of the leading persons in the island are among the subscribers.
27 Toriola and the Virgin Islands, James Whitworth, George Jackson. An
other to be sent. NumbersWhites 64; Blacks 1679. Education is much attended to, Upwards of 120 children are taught on Sundays. A considerable number of Negrocs, liberated from slave-ships, who were landed at Tortola, have received religious instruction. The societies are in a good state, and the Sunday school on the increase.
28 Dominica. Numbers-Whites 4; Blacks 639. In two successive years, the Missionaries appointed to Dominica have been called away by death, and the people left as sheep without a shepherd. Mr. D. Jones, appointed to that station, also died lately at Antigua, and it is at present vacant.
His Excellency Governor Maxwell, who distinguished himself, while Governor of Sierra Leone, by his benevolence, grants here also his countenance and support to the attempts to benefit the population under his authority.
29 Anguilla, J. Hodge: Numbers-Whites 9; Blacks 160. A prosperous society has been ruired up at this place, by the exertions of Mr. Hodge; who has extended his labours to the neighbouring French island of St. Martin. 30 St. Vincent, J. Mortier, S. Swinyard, S. Brown, W. Ames. Numbers
Whites 10; Blacks 2585. 31 Tobago, J. Rayner. Numbers---Whites 10; Blacks 140. This is a new and hopeful Mission.
32 Barbadoes, M. Raynar. Numbers-Whites 10, Blacks 44. This Mission has been revived after a considerable suspension. A new chapel hus been begun, towards the erection of which a very handsome subscription has been made. In the list of subscribers are the names of some of the principal persons in the island.
33 Grenada, W. Shrewsbury, W. Goy. At the request of a principal person, and proprietor of slaves in this island, an additional Missionary was lately appointed. Beside St. George's, the Missionarios visit not less than sixteen estates; and by curechising, reading the Scriptures, and preaching, have already produced a favourable change in the views and habits of many of the before neglected Negroes. A new and larger chapel in the town of St. George is now erecting
34 Trinidad, S.P. Woolley. Numbers-Whites 7; Blacks 241. Opposition to Missionary efforts in this island has considerably counteracted their success; and we regret to state that several injurious restrictions still continue.
35 Demerara, G. Bellamy, M. M. Thackrah. Numbers-Blacks 1170 A Missionary Society has been formed, in aid of the General Fund, which soon promised upwards of 100l. per annum. Several of the slaves subscribe. When one of the Missionaries asked them whether they could afford to give any thing, they replied, “ Sir, we ought, of all persons, to help our poor fellow-creatures. Once we had not the gospel; but the people of England have sent it to us, and we ought to help in sending it all over the world.” A female slave said, "God has given it to me, and his gospel besides ; and, as it is my own, I have a right to give it to help to carry de gospel io my fellow-creatures; for I sure de gospel have done much for my soul, and I wish all de world to feel de same."
Mahaica,' a new station, we8 lately visited, and a society of 40 nembers has been
formed. A chapel has also been erected in this place ; where, before the visits of the
W. Binning. 38 Morant Bay, W Ratcliffe, J. Hartley. 39 Grateful Hill,
41 Port Antonio, u. Horne. The work rapidly advances, both where societies have been long formed, and in Dew places, to which the Missionaries have been invited to extend their labours, The increase of members of society in Jamaica for the last two years is 1028. An additional new chapel is erecting in the town of Kingston; and the Mission, generally, is establishing itself in the good opinion of many, who formerly, under mistaken views, were unfriendly to it.
BAHAMAS, 1800.-12 Ner Providence, R. Moore, 43 Eleuthera, J. Turtle. 44 Harbour Island, W. Wilson. 45 Abaco, J. Davis. Numbers-Whites 539;
Black 317. A Missionary Society has been formed in aid of the general fund. The restrictions imposed by the legislature upon religious assemblies have greatly counteracted the usefulness of the Missionaries, and injured, for the time, the societies. We hope, however, that as one of those acts has bren disallowed by the government at home, the remaining restrictions will be speedily abolished. HAYTI, 1817.-46 Port au Prince, J Brown, sen. J. Catts, 47. Cape Henry,
W.W.Harvey, E. Jones. 48 Bermuda, 1199.-W. Sutcliffe. Numbers_Wbites 26 ; Blacks 62.
BRITISH AMERICAN COLONIES. CANADAS.- 49 Quebec, J. Hick. 50 Montreal, R. L. Lusher. 51 Kingston, va.
cant. 52 Fori Wellington, T, Caiterick; J. de Putron, French Missionary, 53 Melburne, R Williams. 54 St. Armands, R. Pope. 55 Bay of Quinte,
J. Booih. 56 York, H. Pope.
Supernumerary. 58 Liverpool, W. Crosscombe. 59 Shelburne, J. Knowlan;
Bedique, John Strong 73 Murray Harbour, vacant. In the British Colonies of North America, the additional Missionaries who have been appointed, have enabled the District Meetings to enlarge the number of stations, and to supply the want of religious ordinances to many living in siluations where they were entirely destitute of them. They have been very gladly received by the inhabitants, and have entered on their work with the best appearances of success. From the late appointment of a Missionary to preach in the French language in Canada, (the language of a large portion of the inhabitants,)ihe Committee anticiprte much good. The ignorance of ihe Catholic population in that province is truly deplorable They are not only without the Scriptures, but ignorant of their contents,-in some instances, even of their most important facts. Mr. De Putron not only preaches in French, but diligently circulates the Scriptures; and has, in many places where he has itinerated, been heard with great attention, and with some success NEWFOUNDLAND, 1786.-74 St John's, J. Bell; G. Cubit, Supernumerary. 75
Carbonear, J. Pickavant. 76 Blackhead and Western Bay, J. Walsh. 77
83 Burin, J. Lewis The increase of the Missionaries in Newfoundland has also been fo:lowed by the opening of new places; and religious instruction, and the ordinances of divine worship, have been supplied to many of the coves and harbours in that extensive settlement, which were before but occasionally visited, or wholly destitute of the ministry. The distresses of that island have been very severe. The failure of their fishery, the depression of commerce, and seasons unusually severe, have produced great sufferings among the inhabitants in general; but, in the midst of trouble, they have sought and found relief in the consolations of religion. The spirituality of the Societies appears to have advanced, and their numbers have increased,
The total number of Missionary stations, occupied by the Wesleyan Missionary Society, is 81; and the number of Missionaries, exclusive of the four Catechists, employed in Ceylon, 122 Of there, the greater part are employed in the most difficult part of Missionary labour, administering to the Pagans in our West Indian Colonies, in Africa, and India. This extended Missionary Institution is again commended to the consideration and support of the Christian public. Already have effects the most interesting to humanity and piety been realized amoug the slaves of our Western colonies. Their minds have been enlightened, their morals improved, and their sufferings consequently mitigated; marriage has been introduced, and the hut of the slave raised into a home, where the relations of life are acknow. ledged, and sobriety, order, neatness, and comfort, exhibited. More than 20,000 negroes and people of colour have been united in the islands, co'lectively, into religious societies, where they enjoy the constant care, instruction, and superintendance of the Missionaries, and other persons of experience and piety; and from the increasing encouragement of the proprietors and others in the West Indies, there is now reason to expect, that if the work be liberally suppor:ed at home, the light and the blessings of Christianity will annually diffuse themselves to a greater extent through the negro population of the West Indies; and that the many thousands who yet remain sealed up in African ignorance, superstition, and vice, will be recovered, and united with their Christian brethren in the enjoyments of the knowledge and felicity of the true religion. Prosperous and extensive as the West India Mission is, it must, however, be considered as still in its infancy, when, probably, considerably inore than half a million og slaves remain in their Pagan darkness; and it still therefore depends upon continued zeal and liberality to render it commensurate with so great # want. Equally interesting are the Missions to West and South Africa; though with them, as well as other Christian Missions on that continent, it is vet the day of small and feeble things." From the Christian colony of Sierra Leone in the West, and the various Missionary establishments in the South, the improvements of civilization must ultimately be diffused through the various tribes of the now degraded descendants of Ham; biit it belongs to Missionary exertions alone to diffuse along with them the knowledge of Christianity, which only can sanctify improvements in the civil condition of Africa, and render thein truly beneficial.
With the benighted millions of India, the religious public of our country have wympathized so deeply, that Christian Missions, which are the only means of bring. ing io an end the “ abominable idolatries" of that quarter of the globe, must experience a constant and enlarging support. So many miseries of outward life, as well as spiritual darkness and deprivation, present themselves there; and vices so gross and disgusting are so uuiformly seen in the train of the idolatries of our Eastern empire, that whilst those who profess the name of Christ at home retain any concern for the honour of God, and compassion for man, they must feel that a most powerful appeal is made to those principles, in behalf of Missionary exertions, by the disclosures which are constantly making of the real character and effects of Indian superstitions. The Wesleyan Missions in the East form a port of the general Mir sionary system now in operation for accomplishing the great purpose of Christian. izing India. Their continental stations are, at present, but iwo, Madras and Bombay; but they have regarded their Missionary establishment in Ceylon as deriving udditional importance from its connexion with the spread of religion in India. The language of the north part of Ceylon is the language of many millions in the maritime provinces of the opposite continent; and as the intercourse is coustant, the progress of Christianity in this part of Ceylon will train up the agents for dispensing, in the same tongue, the knowledge of Christ ; besides the advantage which the neighbouring coast may derive from the Wesleyan establishment now in progress at Jaffna, for the printing of the Scriptures and other books in the Tamal language.
But Ceylon is, in itself, and independent of any such ultimate effect, of very great importance as a Missionary station. The Paganism of that island, whether Hindu, or 'Budhu, or mixed, is of the same character as that of India--equally gloomy, oppressive, sanguinary, and demoralizing; with the painful addition of a fact calculated to rouse the puy and zeal of every Christian, that the numerous natives professing Christianity are-in point of fact, with scarcely any exceptions but those recently recovered by Missionary labours,-not only the worshippers of Budhu and Vishnu, but addicted to the awful system of Devil worship, which there universally prevails. The Missionaries now employed there have organized a most extensive school establishment, with which the natives most readily concur; and have now vader constant tuition, in useful knowledge and Christian principles, near four thousand native children
For the support of these extended exertions this appeal is now made to the public. To provide means for the supply of the Christian ministry to the destitute nations of the word, is one of the special duties which Providence, by affording so many opportunities for is, has devolved upon Christians of the present day. This is their vocation. The conversion of the world is the end to which they are steadily to look; and every exertion by which that great result can be forwarded is vow to be regarded as entering into our imperative duties, and as a main branch of the work by which we are " to glorify God." And who is there who can' contemplate these cheering prospects, and behold these ** signs of the Son of Man" accomplishing his porposes of mercy in the recocery of a dark, alienated, and wretched world, without exultation and thankfulners? And who is there who will not give his personal aid to swell the tide of that glorious and sliccessful agency which is now, in so many directions, transmitting blessings to the nations of the earth, which, in their influence, shall be felt through every future period of time, and reach into eteruity itself?
DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. Messrs. Hume and Allen, appointed for Ceylon, and Mr. Fletcher, appointed for Bombay, took leave of the Committee, on Monday, March 22d, when they were solem'y commended to God in prayer. They have since sailed. These three Missionaries had been detained some months in town, for the purpose of being fully qualified to teach on the plan of the British and Foreign School system, which they go out to introduce into all our flourishing Mission-schools on the island of Ceylon, and, as circumstances will admit, into those established by Mr. Horner, at Bombay.
The Committee have sent out by them every thing needful to carry the system into full operation; and they are most earnestly recommended to the prayers of the thousands whose hearts ardently desire the instruction and salvation of the rising generation among the hegthen.
Break in upon that holy calm,
To the Editor of the Methodist Magazine.
Rey. SIR, Please to preserve the following BEAUTIFUL verses ou “ Day Break,” by inserting them in the Methodist Magazine.
Ou Ceylon's shores, or India's sultry plains, We long to see their midnight Ay,
Guard thou our sons, who leave their Swift to obey your risen Lord's coinnands.
home, Go, sonnd his hallow'd name from pole to pole,
And all their earthly joys behind ; Till the glad echo round creation roll!
O screen them, Lord! the torrid zone!And when ye quit each social tender tie,
Bid even its furious rays be kind : Earla fondly cherish'd scelle of infancy ;
Say, “ Breezes soft, their rage controll;" All unsupported nature holds most dear,
Thou guid'st the winds from pole to pole! Without one murmuring, one repentant tear; And far from every dear delight of hoine,
Thou rulest all the orbs of light, lo stranger climes, and unknown countries
The rolling deep obeys thy power,
The trembling earthquake shows thy might, roam; On think, for you what thousand vows arise,
And at thy word volcanoes roar; With you what British bosoms syinpathize ;
Volcanoes, earthquakes, seas, and skies, Each well remember'd name they oft will bear,
Are calm as death, if thou arise. Before his throne, who hears and anwsers Nature is but the work of Gord, prayer:
He gave and he can change her laws; And while his earth you tread, where'er you The sea, once cleft before his rod, rove,
Shall still assist to spread his cause !
Go then, dear brother, at the call
Of Him who bade thy spirit live ; dare, And fear no evil while your God is there!
Thy freedom, friends, thy wealth, thy all, And when the last, the closing hour draws
Thou shalt, and more, in heaven receive;
Thy erown awaits thee in the skies, nigh, And the soul hovers o'er eternity,
Conquer and seize the glorious prize ; Your Saviour shall watch o'er your dying bed, Thy task, how great! what skill divine His arms of love support your sinking head; Is needful to perform it right; With tender care, chace every fear away, To found a church, and niake it shine Unveil the dawning of eternal day:
With all the beams of heavenly light; Till nature's latest Agony be o'er,
Than Indian gems more precious far,
And brighter than the morning star.
So foanded that the gates of night,
Against it never may prevail;
To those unborn a source of light, Lines written on the departure of W. A.".
Till earth, and seas, and skies shall fail,
And Jesus in the clouds shall come,
To take us all triumphant home.
We cannot mourn from thee to part, “ The nations to iny Son sha!l bow ;" Now place the crown upon his head,
Aud yet to part from thee we mourn ;
Our kindred spirits feel the smart,
Of kindred souls asuinder torn:
Yet still--to save the lost from woe, Remember, Lord, the rons of Ham:
We gladly let thee, BROTHER, go! Were they not purchas'd by thy blood ? With thine, our spirits shall abide: Reveal to theni tay glorious name,
Our prayers atiend ihy journey through, The mercies of their dying God:
Shall bear thee up above the tide, Their dire captivity o'erthrow,
And help in all thou hast to do: And let them all thy goodness know.. Shall keep, when rocks of pride are near, We thank thee for thy faithful word,
And fence the whirlpools of despair. For what thou hast already done :
May heaven propitious on thee shine, But still we pray our conquering Lord, And give thy labpurs great success: To more extensive sway ride on; ,,
Open, ye floods of grace divine,
On Afric's dreary wilderness: • William Ames, wbo left homne Nov. 18th, for
Let Zion's fruits and flowers abound,
And spread their sweetness all around. West Indies.
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