Page images

Act of walking from one part of the ruins of the houses from both sides—to house to the other. At the moment I the sea-side ; but we had no sooner got felt the shock, I started from my chair, there than we were terrified with the and soon became confounded, not know. idea, that we should be overwhelmed by ing whether to run backward or forward; the sea, which, for a few moments, and in this moment of inconceivable agi- rushed towards the town ; but our heatation, the entire wall, from which the venly Father saved us from this. As balcony was projected where I was sit soon as it was possible, I got into one of ting, sell, and I was precipitated with it the boats in the harbour, and, with many into the general ruin : the height from more, went off to a German brig, the which I was thrown might have been Active, commanded by Mr. J. Beckman, eighteen or twenty feet ; but I scarcely whose unbounded hospitality and kindfelt the fall; and, when down, was asto ness have rendered him worthy of our nished to find myself in existence, sincerest gratitude. Thank God, whose although almost suffocated with the dust mercy has thus found an asylumn for my which arose from this fearful and general dear wife, who had not been confined crash. In this condition I remained for three weeks when this overwhelming some seconds; during which time the event took place, and who had not venearth continued to tremble, and, having tured out of the house since her confineno idea but that a beam, or some falling ment, until she had to climb over the wall, would soon send me into eternity, I ruins of this fallen city; but hitherto, commended my spirit to God my Savi. neither she nor the dear infant has been our; but his great mercy suffered me to at all the worse. live. When the dense cloud of dust To give you anything like an adehad passed over, I arose ; and beheld quate description of this awful calamity, nothing but one vast scene of ruin, which would be utterly impossible. It is one extended to the utmost limits of the fine of those events which overwhelm the city of Cape-Hlaytien, with here and imagination, and baffle all description. there one emerging from the ruins, which I Picture to yourselves, dear Sirs, the sudcould compare to nothing but a resurrec. denness of the visitation, literally, “as a tion. But an intense anxiety soon seized thief in the night,”-the groans of the me for my wife and children ; and dying, the cries of those who were imknowing that my beloved wife was in ploring help from under the ruins, withthe upper room previous to the event, I out any possibility of being rescued, the rushed to the place, and on my way continuance of the shocks, the rush of met our servant at the kitchen-door with the sea towards the ruined city ; in fine, our second child in her arms quite safe. think of one of the finest and most My ascent to my dear wife and children strongly built cities in the West Indies, was partly over the ruins of our house, with a population of about nine and partly up two staircases which had thousand, cast down in moment been dreadfully shaken, and were quite by Omnipotence, and two-thirds of the unsafe; but my intense anxiety over population buried in an instant, in one came all sense of danger, and I soon common grave, and you will have some reached the room, where I found Mrs. faint idea of a scene, which it wrings my Bird and the two children on the floor, heart with anguish to think of. In the having been violently thrown from their ght which succeeded the earthquake, the seats by the shock. My joy at finding fallen timbers among the ruins took fire, them safe was such as no language could caused, no doubt, by the fire of the differexpress. My next anxiety was for the ent kitchens, which must have been an young person who was living with us, awful addition to the agonies of those and who was in the act of walking from whose death was not instantaneous. one part of the house to the other at the But, as though this guilty people had time the house fell. Not seeing her, I not filled up the measure of their iniquiconcluded she must be dead; but I ties, this awful judgment of God had no afterwards found her alive and unhurt. sooner taken place, than the work of Thus, by divine goodness and mercy, plunder commenced by the people who our whole household has been suffered to soon came in from the interior; so that escape from one of the most awful visita. each one who souglit his own amongst tions of God, that has ever been recorded the ruins, considered it necessary to arm on the page of history.

himself with pistol and sword; and thus Having got my family together, we every man's hand seemed to be turned hastened over the ruins—for there were against his fellow. This can the more no longer any streets, no, not even one easily be imagined as taking place, when street that was not filled up with the it is considered that so many of the au

thorities had fallen victims; and that, Port-au-Prince is in existence, it is my consequently, all rule and order were intention to proceed thither by the first necessarily suspended.

opportunity. Or, if it should prove that The towns and villages in the neigh Port-au-Plaât is standing, I shall perhaps bourhood of the Cape are all prostrate; make my way thither. In fact, I have no but we have not yet heard what the fate idea of leaving Port-Hayti, if it be at all of the capital is.

possible to remain at it. I may, however, We are, as you will necessarily sup be necessitated, for the time being, to go pose, in a state of destitution; having to Turk's Island, and remain there until only escaped with our lives, and simply I can ascertain what is the real condition the clothes we had on. My library, of Hayti. But I have unbounded confi. clothes for myself and family, together dence in the Providence of God; and be. with a considerablesum of the Committee's lieve that our path will be made plain. money, are lost; and whether I shall ever My dear fathers and brethren, how be able to recover them is exceedingly shall I ever be able sufficiently to praise doubtful; for as our house did not com God for this remarkable, this wonderful pletely fall, its ruins are very dangerous deliverance from such a danger, as one to approach. But a slight shock would be cannot think of without shuddering! Ever required, to bring the whole down upon since it has been my honour to be a Miswhoever might attempt to rescue any sionary, I have been enabled to say, “I thing; and these shocks have been repeat count not my life dear unto me; ed many times since the fall of the town. now, I am dumb with astonishment. I am, at present, at a loss to know

“ Take my body, spirit, soul; which way to turn; but if I hear that

Only thvu possess the whole."

but ,ܪ


Wesleyan Mission-House,

London, August 22d, 1842. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW. The Annual Meeting of the Committee of Review of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, which was this year held at the Centenary-Hall and Mission-House, London, on Tuesday, the 26th of July, was very numerously attended by the Wesleyan Ministers who were in London on the occasion of the Annual Conference, and by many respectable and zealous friends and officers of the Society.

The Review of the proceedings of the past year afforded occasion of devout thanksgiving to Almighty God, on account of the general prosperity of the Missions, and the liberality with which they had been supported: not unmingled, however, with deep regret and humiliation, that, although the income of the Society for 1841 had exceeded that of all preceding years, many vacancies on the Missions necessarily continued without the required supply; and, consequently, many valuable and providential opportunities of extending the knowledge of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, among the Heathen, remained unimproved. It appeared, that out of fifty-six urgent applications for Missionaries, selected from a greater number, recently forwarded to the Committee from all parts of the world, the Society had consented to twelve only, under the conviction, that even the present enlarged liberality of the friends of Missions would not enable them to support a further extension in addition to the numerous, and important, and growing Missions now under the care of the Society.

The Meeting very deeply felt the necessity of maintaining in full and vigorous operation the whole plan as at present existing, for raising Missionary contributions; and it is much to be desired, that

all the local officers and Committees, and particularly our valuable Collectors, male and female, adult and juvenile, should be more than ever impressed, as was the Committee, with the magnitude, importance, and responsibility of the great work in which, by the providence and grace of God, the Society is engaged.

The Meeting was cheered by the announcement that, by means of an enlarged grant from the Centenary Fund, and by private contributions of a most liberal character, promised or received, two thirds of the debt of the Society was now liquidated ; and it was recommended that the remaining debt of somewhat more than ten thousand pounds, and the accumulated interest, should, if possible, be paid off, by means of private contributions from our liberal and willing friends, without any general and public application to the society at large; the maintenance of the annual income of the Society for the support of the Missions, by the regular and uninterrupted working of our system, and the avoidance, if possible, of all debt, in future, being of equal importance with the liquidation of the debt now owing.

Among the various topics of interest presented to the attention of the Meeting was the position of India, and of the East generally, with respect to the facilities now existing for the prosecution of Missions in. that part of the world. Thomas Allan, Esq., an old friend of the Society, and an ex-member of the General Committee, addressed the Meeting on this subject with a detail of facts, and an eloquence and fervour of manner, equally honourable to his intelligence, ability, and Christian feeling. He enforced his views by a handsome donation to the funds of the Society. Donations towards the debt were handed in by Thomas Farmer, Esq., and several other gentlemen, a list of which is preparing for publication.



POLYNESIA. This much-lamented event took place at Hobart-Town, VanDiemen's Land, on March 30th, 1842. As announced in our Number for April, Mr. Waterhouse safely returned from his second series of Polynesian voyages and visitations, in September, 1811. The business which awaited him on his arrival, especially his correspondence, and the public speaking he deemed it right to undertake for the purpose of stating the condition and progress of the Polynesian Missions, made large demands upon his strength, before he had taken time to recover the exhaustion arising from his long voyages. Yet, under the date of November 22, Miss Waterhouse, now Mrs. Butters, says, “ That my father's health should continue so good beneath the pressure of perpetual excitement, intense anxiety, and labours yet more abundant,' is matter of devout gratitude and wonder.” Within a few days after the last-mentioned date Mr. Waterhouse was exposed to heavy rain, while proceeding on horseback to fulfil an appointment; and from this circumstance proceeded the illness which has deprived the church of God of a much-respected Minister, and the Wesleyan Missions of an invaluable Agent and Superintendent.

This afflictive dispensation of divine Providence is felt as a severe loss to the large and important Missions under the care of Mr. Water

house, which had already derived great benefit from his prudent management, and wise and Christian counsel. It becomes us, however, to bow with submission, and to acknowledge the unerring wisdom, and the undoubted goodness, of God. “ Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” It is worthy of remark, that, notwithıstanding the extensive range of the labours of our lamented friend, and his frequent exposure to danger and death, he should have ended his course at his own peaceful home, and amidst the soothing and affectionate attentions of his numerous family. It is a still higher instance of the goodness of God, that his servant should have been graciously supported throughout his painful affliction, and in his last moments should have been honoured with the full assurance of faith and hope. “ He knew in whom he had believed," and “ did not fear, though he passed through the valley of the shadow of death.” The following particulars of this mournful event cannot but be deeply interesting to all our readers, as well as to the personal friends of Mr. Waterhouse.

On the 18th of December, 1841, Mr. Waterhouse, by the handwriting of his daughter, thus addressed the Committee:

I FORWARDED, by the “ May Flow On Tuesday noon, I left the Districter,” October 9ih, the District Minutes Meeting to assist at a Missionary Jiee:from the Friendly and Feejee Islands, ing at Longford, to which place (a diswith a part of my journal, and other tance of fourteen miles) I rode through documents. The duplicates, with the drenching rain, and then walked a mile remaining sheets of my journal, were and a half through long wet grass, the forwarded, in my absence from home, by rain still pouring down. I found the my eldest daughter, who sent them per chapel tolerably filled; some persons had “Joanna,” November 2d.

come more than twenty miles to hear On the 26th of October, in compli- me; and, having spoken an hour and a ance with the urgent wish of Mr. Tur. half, though wet and weary, I returned ner, and of other friends, I left Hobart to our excellent friend, Mr. Ball's, sup. Town, though greatly fatigued, in order ported by the arm of Dr. Butters; but to proceed to Launceston, to hold the in such an exhausted state, that I free District-Neeting, and assist at their quently feared I should have to sit down, Missionary Meeting. My travelling was, unable to proceed. At length we reached on an average, from thirty to forty miles Mountford at ten P. M., when I took a a day ; speaking in the afternoon or cup of tea, had my feet put into warm evening, for an hour and a half or two water, and retired to rest. Next morning, hours, on the subject of the South-Sea in a state of almost entire mental and Missions. The appeal was generally re- physical prostration, I rode to Ross, where sponded to in a very liberal manner. I I was compelled to remain a day in bed, reached Launceston on the evening of under the hospitable roof of our esteemed the 4th of November, and had to preach friend, Captain Horton ; but disease still immediately. On Thursday morning, we increasing, I was anxious to be at home, commenced the business of the District. fearing what the result might be. Oa Meeting, which was continued by ad- Saturday afternoon, I reached my own journment from six o'clock A. m., till house, and had medical advice: Dr. seven or nine o'clock P. M., daily. On Officer resorted to prompt measures, and Sunday, the Missionary sermons forbad me seeing anyone, while, for preached: we had large congregations, several days, I was principally confined and good collections. At the close of to my bed. For a fortnight I have been our sittings on Monday, the Missionary somewhat convalescent : being unable to Meeting was held, and we had a very walk, and exercise being considered numerous attendance ; when it took me essential, I have purchased a small horse, more than two hours to give a narrative and have availed myself of the loan of a of my recent visitation. The interest friend's gig, and Mr. Tucker has kindly awakened was practically manifested, driven me out an hour or two every notwithstanding the prevalence of great morning. The Doctor now says there commercial depression.

is no organic disease, but it will take me


a length of time to rally. In the midst Tucker's recovery, and that a sea voyage of this I had, through the medium of will be of great service to him. I have my daughter, to write official communis consequently consented for them to return cations (by the “ Triton,” which sailed to England, they paying their own exNovember 25th) to New Zealand, which penses thither; and, as they have taken greatly retarded my progress. As I am their passage in the “ Tasmania,” we unable to address you now, but through expect them to sail in a month or six an amanuensis, I shall, when sufficiently weeks. recovered, write to you more fully.

I have also arranged for our invalid I am almost daily receiving accounts brethren, Longhottom and Brooks, to be from New Zealand, generally of a cheer- employed ; Mr. Longbottom at Newing nature. I cannot but regard our Norfolk, and Mr. Brooks at Hobartarrangements made last year for the Town, with Mr. Simpson. Mr. Gaud southern part as being very providential. will return to Launceston. I thought

I am happy to say, that Mr. Tucker they might work the ground; and I hope is gradually improving, and Mrs. Tucker that, in another year, they will regain is considerably better. Dr. Officer says, their strength. that time and rest are essential for Mr.

Mr. Butters thus describes the engagements of Mr. Waterhouse on his last tour through Van-Diemen's Land:

SELDOM, if ever, have you been called spectable congregation, at mid-day, with to receive intelligence so mysteriously statements in reference to New Zealand, afflictive as that which it is my painful the Friendly Islands, and Feejees ; after duty now to communicate. On Wed which we went on to Somercotes, a disnesday, March 30th, the Rev. John tance of twenty miles. On Wednesday Waterhouse, the General Superintendent he attended a Missionary Meeting at of your Missions in this part of the Ross, and occupied the principal part of world, after a severe and protracted ill. the time with a recital of the scenes ness of nearly five months, ceased “to which he had witnessed during the prework and live."

ceding eighteen months. On Thursday I cannot but advert with mournful we visited Campbell-Town, where he satisfaction and pleasure to the fact, that spoke at length in reference to the scene it was my privilege to accompany him of his late labours. Early on Friday on his last Missionary excursion through morning we started for Aovea, twentythe colony, and to take part with him in one miles through the bush, where a the last public services in which he ever similar address was given. The followengaged : and, persuaded that a circum- ing day, Saturday, we returned to Somerstantial account of the closing itinerant cotes, (thirty miles,) calling at several labours and dying expressions of a man residences, where Mr. Waterhouse read so highly, deservedly, and generally es. the Scriptures, and engaged in prayer. teemed, will not be unacceptable to you, On Sunday he preached at Ross in the I forward the following particulars : morning, met the society at Somercotes

On Monday, October 25th, not six in the afternoon, and in the evening weeks after his return from his twelve preached and made a collection for the months' voyage among the islands, (dur- support of native Teachers in the Friendly ing which interval of time he had been Islands and Feejees, in a new room, busily employed in attending to various built by Samuel Horton, Esq., to be official communications, and making ar used exclusively as a place of worship. rangements in reference to the “ Triton,") Monday, November 1st, we travelled he left Hobart-Town, with an intention twenty miles down the River Macquarie, to visit every place of importance in the where we met a large and respectable interior of the colony, in order to raise company of settlers, several of whom had an interest in behalf of your Missions in come many miles to hear from Mr. the South Seas, and to collect moneys Waterhouse what he had seen and heard for the relief of the funds of the Society in the South Seas. The day following, in their present depressed state. The Tuesday, we proceeded to Perth, (twenty first day he travelled to Green-Ponds, miles,) and Mr. Waterhouse again treat. (twenty-eight miles,) and at night gave ed us with his matters of fact. On Wed. à deeply-interesting narrative of his re- nesday afternoon we arrived in Launcescent voyaginge. On Tuesday he pro- ton; and, much as Mr. Waterhouse was ceeded to Oatlands, twenty-four miles fatigued, he preached in the evening an further; and interested a large and re- appropriate and heart-scarching sermon,

« PreviousContinue »