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Trinidad.—The recent migrations of Negroes to Trinidad from other islands of the West Indies, and from Sierra-Leone, have rendered it one of the most populous and important islands in the Western hemisphere. Most gladly would the Committee increase the number of Wesleyan Missionaries in Trinidad, had they the means of doing so: meantime, they are happy to record the efforts made by the inhabitants for their own spiritual advantage. A considerable addition to our schools in this island has become absolutely necessary, to meet the case of the rapidly-increasing population. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Henry Hurd, dated San-Fernando, Trinidad,
August 2d, 1841. The painful circumstances of finan. of attending our chapel. Twenty-two of cial deficiency in which the Committee these emigrants (besides children) are set. are placed, have not escaped our notice tled at Woodford-Dale, where we have and consideration, or that of the dear a small native chapel and a society; and people committed to our charge. On are, I am happy to say, doing well. Soon receiving your circular, I mentioned at after their arrival, I visited them, and, the Leaders’-Meeting the embarrassed in a conversation which I had with state of the Society's funds ; and was them, detected the fact that several delighted with the kind and mpathizing were of late living together unmarried. spirit which was evinced by the Leaders I pointed out the wickedness of such on the occasion. As a proof that they conduct, and the consequences which feel for the millions of wretched Ilea would follow, if they persisted in purthens, I will mention the efforts of one suing it; when three couples gave in class : it is the small class on the Paltheir names, and wished to have their miste estate. This class, which consists of banns published ; two of which I have thirty persons, has subscribed towards the since married. Last Sabbath, I preached funds of the Wesleyan Missionary Society there in the afternoon, when eight adults upwards of eighty dollars, being about £16 came forward, whom I admitted into our sterling. Now, these persons are Negroes, society as probationers. who were formerly slaves, and are at pre
The Governor is about to send back to sent employed in the cultivation of the Sierra-Leone two of these Africans, with sugar-cane. In addition to this, they sub the view of their inducing others to emi. scribe on the average 2}d. per week as grate; and as several of them state that class-money, and ls. O}d. per quarter at they were members of our society at the renewal of their society-tickets, besides Sierra-Leone, I am induced to furnish pew-rent, and miscellaneous collections, the Committee with a few particulars When these several items are taken into which will enable them to judge of the the account, you will, I think, readily ac- circumstances of the emigrants. knowledge, that they have done what they Each family is provided with a neat and could. Indeed, our people give to the ut. comfortable boarded and shingled cottage, most of their ability; and when the annual to which a small garden is attached. Each Missionary collection is male, it is not person is paid 2s. Id. sterling per task, from a mere sprinkling of the society, which can be executed in five hours ; so but from one and all; all, from the that if he be industrions, he can perform youngest to the oldest, cast in their mite. two tasks a day, and earn 4s. 2d. I have
Since I last wrote to you, a large num- known persons do three tasks per day. ber of emigrants have arrived from Sierra To each task there is an allowance of Leone, many of whom were members of salt-fish, rice, Aour, &c. Medicine and our society there, and others in the habit medical attendance are procured at the
cipense of the colony, or of the estate on sulted the proprietor of the estate ; and it shich they reside. They have also as was agreed that they should be brought mach provision-ground as they choose, to church on the following Sabbath for to cultivate.
In the mean time, the By this statement you will see, that the Romish Priest called to see them; and pecuniary circumstances of the Africans on the Sunday succeeded in getting them will probably be benefited by emigrating to to his church, where he baptized them ; Trinidad ; and their religious advantages, and they are now called Catholics. you are aware, will be the same. The emis My dear wife has commenced a daytaries of Rome are always on the alert, of school for the children, which will, I think, which I can give an instance. Many of be well attended. She has also two classes, the Africans were located on an estate which meet on Sunday and Tuesday; so ozar Coura, and were visited by the Cler- that her time will be well occupied. May guman on their arrival, who ascertained our labours be successful in bringing sin. that several were not baptized. He con- ners to Jesus Christ !
MISSIONS IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA. The publication of the following letter from Mr. Knight has been delayed for some months by the press of other matter. The Missions among the colonists of North America maintain their efficiency and usefulness; and, it will be seen, are diligently providing the means for relieving the funds of the Parent Society from a considerable part of the cost of their support. The Society will thus be at liberty to “ turn” their attention more exclusively “to the” (heathen) “Gentiles.” Nov A-Scotia.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Richard Knight, dated Horton,
June 14th, 1841. THANKFUL to the Great Head of the been compelled to employ as temporary church for the blessings bestowed upon
Assistants for the present. u daring the past year, and the special We feel thankful to God, that the manifestations of his presence vouch. past year has been, as was the former, sied to us, while met together at one of considerable success. Above our Annual District-Meeting, we take three hundred have been added to us in this occasion of addressing you on mat full membership, and above one hundred 273 connected with the Mission in more are yet on trial for that privilege. which we have the honour and responsi. We trust the next year will also be one bility of being engaged. Our meetings of great good. Mr. Strong has been for praise, prayer, and the preaching of labouring among us for the last six the word during the time of our assem months with much acceptance. Our bling, have been well attended, and a having no supply for the Bedeque Cir. hallowing influence was generally felt. cuit put us to much inconvenience, and, The Lord be praised, that, for another financially, (connecting the expense inTear, we and our families have been pre curred by the Chairman's visit to Newserved in life and health. There has Brunswick, on that business, with the beeth, however, one exception ;—but for lessening of receipts in that Circuit,) this we were prepared ;-that is, the re- proved to us a loss of from £70 to £80. moral of Mr. Wheelock, the excellent The Committee's remarks upon the young man whom we took out as an Assist- embarrassed state of the funds have ant Missionary on trial, some few years produced in our minds feelings of ago, but who was compelled, amidst the sympathy and pain. We are sorry to regrets of his brethren, and of the people find, that our drafts on the Committee to whom he was known, to desist from are so large; but we are conscious of ministerial labour, owing to ill health. this, that we have pursued the strictest He died, as he lived from the time of economy; and it affords us gratification his conversion, giving glory to the God to find, that for this the Financial Subci all grace. There are two young men Committee give us credit. The receipts ho hare offered themselves for our of the Circuits would be more above work, whom, from the urgency of our those of last year than they are, but for cas: as regards a further supply, we have two causes,--the dreadful storm which
ravaged the coast during the last fall, extraordinaries shall be resorted to: such and the unpropitious state of the weather as, obtaining furniture and fuel from with regard to the lumber-trade. During our people, as distinct from the ordi. the autumn, the mills could but seldom nary contributions to our Circuit in. work, for want of water; and in the fall come. The expense of removals is and spring they were hindered, from an unavoidably heavy. The facilities for excessive How. The Committee will per removal are not, by far, so favourable ceive an increase in the Missionary con with us as in New-Brunswick, owing to tributions; and we hope, that the next their better roads, and steam-communi. year's proceeds will be still better.
cation. W'ith regard to your grant for the en. And now we must, in conclusion, presuing year, the brethren clearly see, that, sent to the Father of mercies our ardent unless there be considerable increase in supplication, that he, as the God of all the Circuit local receipts, there will be a grace, may direct and sustain you in the deficiency of means to meet the claims performance of your very weighty duties, of the Mission. We need not labour for soon relieve you from the financial diffi. arguments to convince the Committee, culties in which you are at present that all shall be done on our parts that placed, render the Missions under your the nature of our circumstances will ad. charge increasingly successful, and, finalmit. Any reduction in the ordinaries ly, crown you with the triumphs of endless we conceive to be impracticable. Much glory. In the meantime, we claim an management is necessary to enable us to interest in your prayers, and shall ever meet our wants, as it is. All possible feel ourselves bound to submit to your means to diminish the amount of our instructions,
RECENT MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. NEW ZEALAND. “ Having safe am anxious to pay them a visit as soon ly arrived at our destination, I write as possible. a few lines to you, acknowledging the * About three weeks after our arrival goodness of God towards us.
At our here, a vessel from Port-Nicholson last District-Meeting, as you perceive brought the Surveyor-General, and other fron official documents, I ap- Surveyors, of the Plymouth Company, pointed to Taranaki, to
with a few settlers. It is expected that new station. We left Mangungu, Ho Taranaki will be the scene of that Com. kianga, on January 7th, and, after a pany's operations. However, I hope this week's voyage in the “ Triton,” we were will not prove detrimental to our great landed at this place. Messrs. Water work of evangelizing the country, by house, Whiteley, and Wallis, accompa bringing the natives to a knowledge of the nied us on shore. The day was favour truth as it is in Jesus, and by establish. able for landing our goods, which ing a church and people here, against occupied five or six hours : our friends which the gates of hell shall never prethen returned to the vessel, and a favour vail, The field of usefulness is very able breeze soon wafted her out of our extensive in this District: I pray that I sight. Our reception among the natives may have grace to be found faithful, and was very encouraging. As soon as Mrs. that I may be enabled to execute the Creed approached the shore in the boat, various important duties devolving upon they began to cry out, E mata ! E mata! me as a Minister of the Gospel of that is, O mother! O mother !' and Christ.”_Rev. Charles Creed, Ngafive or six of the females immediately motu, Taranaki, New Zealand, Februran into the sea up to their shoulders,
ary 17th, 1841. caught her up in their arms, and car JAMAICA.—“This is the first time ried her on shore, where she was wel. a Missionary Meeting has been held at comed by all in the most expressive Dunalva, our mountain-station, which
We hastened to get our goods I call (having borrowed money and removed to the house which the natives bought it, and laid out about as much had built: it had neither doors, win as the purchase-price in making it into dows, nor floor. We found about one a chapel, and thus made it Mission prohundred natives in this neighbourhood. perty) Mount-Hannah, in affectionate The greater part of the people live at a remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Hannah, distance of from sixty to one hundred under whose instructions it was my hapmiles from this part of my station. I piness and privilege to be placed for two
years in the Theological Institution, and Duncan's the people gave most li. and whose kindness and concern for my berally towards the improvements which efficiency as a Minister of the New of late we have been effecting in our Testament made an impression upon chapel. The chapel at Duncan's, which my mind, never to be worn off.”- Rev. is now being painted, is like a new one, P. Chapman, Lucea, August 2d, 1841. and will contain about twelve or thirteen
“ You will be pleased to learn, that hundred people.”—Rev. William Secour services in this Circuit on the 1st of combe, Jamaica, August 24th, 1841. August were of an interesting kind. “All the Missions about this place Soon after day-light our chapel at this have in some way suffered from the want place was crowded, many of the people of more ministerial help. But what is most having come from a distance. We com afflicting, as it regards the future, is, menced the service by giving out the that we fear some vacant stations must hymn on page 590, Blow ye the trumpet, remain so.
An appeal to the hearts of blow,'&c.; after which I felt much com our British Christians to pity Jamaica fort in offering to the people the salvation would be perhaps regarded as of the Gospel. At the close of the service years behind its proper time. But what we made a collection for the repairing are we to do ? · If our dear brethren die, of our chapel, which, I am sorry to say, are these societies to be left ? Are all is in a very dilapidated state, and at the new stations that may present themsame time burdened with a heavy debt. selves to be neglected ? I am sure, from At nine A. M. I started for Watsontown; the conversation I heard when I attended (Vere,) and, after a hot ride of sixteen Spanish-Town Meeting a few weeks miles, found a large number of people as ago, that the brethren are quite concerned sembled together under the shade of two about the future. The British people large mango-trees, to whom I applied paid a large sum to abolish slavery ; but the invitation given by Moses, Numbers without the general diffusion of scriptuX. 29 : after which our friends gave their ral instruction, that inestimable blessing • August offering' for our contemplated will be materially lessened in permanent new chapel. On Monday, the 2d in- value. Great things have been done for stant, I visited the most destitute part and in Jamaica ; but there is yet much of the parish of Vere, known by the more to be done. Many abuse the best name of Milk-River. Here there is a gifts of Heaven; and others who have dense population. The people are in an recently joined the church are only awful state of ignorance. After preach- "babes in Christ,' and require gentleness ing, I requested all who wished to join and care.”—Rev. L. Lewis, near Man. our society to remain. I found about deville, Jamaica, August 25th, 1841. forty persons who were anxious to be GRAND CAYMANAS.-—“On Wednes. received on trial. I believe, if the Com- day, the 5th of this month, about forty mittee could send out a man to take persons met at George-Town. Some charge of this people, there are hundreds gave very satisfactory evidence that the who would gladly receive him; and, if we grace of God had renewed them in the do not take them under our care, Í fear spirit of their minds, and that they were they will soon join themselves to some now walking in the fear of the Lord, ignorant • Native Teacher.' I have and the comfort of the Holy Ghost. The heard of one man professing to be a rest seemed to be earnestly desiring this Native Teacher' who cannot read or blessing; and they expressed their grati. write." —Rev. William Hodgson, Lime tude for the establishment of a Wesleyan Saranna, August 18th, 1841.
Mission amongst them."-Rer. W. Red. “ On Sabbath last, I discharged my fern, Grand-Caymanas, August 27th, full duty, preaching and giving tickets 1840. for about nine hours; after which I felt ABACO.—“Lately two of our mem80 exhausted, that I could scarcely bers have been removed from time to speak. The labours of a Circuit at eternity. One was Mrs. Curry ; a person home are not to be compared to the al. remarkable for her piety, zeal, and use. most endless ones in Jamaica. Since fulness. She died in great peace, after my return I have been obliged to resort having been an ornament to our society to the use of strong medicine. The 1st for twenty-six years. The other, also a of August was a season of great joy white female, was Miss Albury. She had and gladness. We had extra services, been afflicted almost from ber childhood. in which Mr. Samuel and I assisted each She died very suddenly. A neighbour's other, which were evidently favoured child was dying; and she went to the with the divine blessing, and which were house, where she continued till the little numerously attended. Both in Falmouth sufferer expired ; then went home, per
formed her accustomed devotions, has. of his successor. We have heard, with tened to bed, and in less than five mi. much pleasure and satisfaction, that nutes was seized with a spitting of blood, the Committee designed sending one and died instantly. She was a good wo from England; for if a Preacher from man, and had been a highly respected the English work, possessed of exmeniber in our society for fourteen years.” perience, judgment, zeal, and very
- Rev. Thomas Pearson, Abaco, August acceptable pulpit talent, 28th, 1841.
to supply Mr. Pickavant's place, the NEWFOUNDLAND. — “ The failure appointment would confer a seasonable of Mr. Pickavant's health has awak and extensive good on
our Mission ened the just and deep sorrow of the in the island particularly, and on its brethren, and of our congregations and Protestantism generally. Besides, had societies on every station. His thorough Mr. Pickavant's health been continued, knowledge of things connected with the we should this year (for the first time) moral and religious state of Newfound have been enabled to send a visiting land, his experience as a Minister of Missionary to itinerate among the thouthirty years' standing in the work, sands of destitute settlers on the northern together with his faithful and well part of the coast, which we are now un. judged maintenance of our doctrine able to do; and, unless we leave some and discipline, rendered him highly portion of the work to languish and deacceptable and useful in the office of cay, unable we shall be, until the vacan. Chairman of this District; and his de cy occasioned by the Chairman's retireparture leaves us without a brother of ment be filled up. Our present circumequal competency to discharge the duties stances reasonably require the sympathy of that important office. We have sin. and help of the Committee, which, cerely sympathized with our late Chair. we trust, may be speedily rendered.". man, and are earnestly solicitous that you Rev. William Faulkner, Carbonear, may be divinely guided in the choice June 16th, 1841.
DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES. On Thursday, December 23d, Messrs. Thomas Rowland, jun., and Henry John Wyatt, proceeded to Gravesend, to embark for CapeCoast, by the “ Governor Maclean." These two devoted young men have proceeded to Africa, in order to supply, in part, the vacancies occasioned by sickness and death in the Gold-Coast and Ashantee Mission; and are sent, not merely as a reinforcement of the existing Missions, but to enable one at least of the Missionaries, already acclimated in Guinea, to proceed at once to Badagry, where, as announced in the December Notices, so remarkable an opening has lately presented itself for evangelical labour ;-an opportunity of conveying the Gospel to that part of Africa, which the Committee, notwithstanding their embarrassments, did not feel themselves at liberty to neglect. Mr. Rowland was publicly ordained to his office and work as a Missionary, and Mr. Wyatt solemnly received on probation, in HackneyRoad chapel, on the previous Sunday, when a numerous congregation united in commending them to the providence and grace of God, by earnest prayer in their behalf. We are persuaded, that they, and their coadjutors in the African Missions, will be affectionately remembered by our friends at the throne of grace.
It affords us much pleasure to announce, that the Rev. Thompson Hesk, who recently returned from Cape-Coast, has so far recovered his health, that his medical advisers have permitted him to undertake a journey to the country, where he may enjoy the benefit of a bracing air, and of the society of his friends.