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signs of the great destroyer of men, by this is his place. May the Lord bless preventing hostilities in this case, and him and his ! inducing the people to return peaceably I am thankful to say, the good work to their homes, we may hope the Prince is going on in this neighbourhood. of peace shall make war to cease through Great is the outcry for books; great is the length and breadth of the land. the thirst for religious instruction; and Moreover, I am persuaded that much great is the need of help. Their spilasting good will resnlt from this visit, as ritual, physical, and temporal condition many who had been indifferent to the calls loudly for assistance, and presses grand truths of Christianity before, will heavily on the heart and hands of the thus be aroused to consider their import- solitary Missionary. There is much ance. On our return, we spent a profit- sickness now prevailing among the naable Sabbath at one of the out-places tives, and the winter season is trying connected with this station, where Mr. them much. May the great Friend of Bumby baptized nearly one hundred the human family send us help out of adults and children, and twenty-one cou- Zion, and save us! ples were united in wedlock. About the P.S. If England can and will do any. same number were also baptized and thing for New Zealand as a nation, her married on this station by the brethren; charity would be well bestowed ; and, and, since then, many others have come unless it be taken under her fostering forward, wishing thus to enrol themselves care, I fear this people will yet fall a on the Lord's side. I accompanied the prey to the conflicting influences which brethren to Waingaroa, Mr. Wallis's sta- are pervading the earth. I hear, the tion; which place they left three weeks Popish Missionaries are increasing in ago, and I trust they have by this time number; and it is said the Romish almost reached Hokianga. The Lord be Bishop is going to the colony to fetch with them, preserve, and prosper them! more for the western coast, in addition to
I have just received a letter from Mr. five who have just arrived for the eastern. Turner, from which I learn that he is on What do these things mean? May He the point of leaving for the colony. We who doeth according to his will in the are sorry to part with him; and though armies of heaven, and among the inhabitwe are happy in the prospect of his place ants of the earth, arise and maintain his being so ably and so satisfactorily filled own cause! A deputation from Taraby Mr. Bumby, yet we should have been nake has lately arrived at this place : glad for him also to have remained their object is to get books and Teachers. amongst us. He has been a great bless. I gave them what books I could muster; ing to this Mission. His appointment and two baptized natives have gone with was most providential and opportune; them as Teachers. But they seem to and though he has had to contend with a regard themselves as sheep appointed to great fight of afflictions, and a great share the slaughter, and expect the Waikato of toil and reproach and sorrow has fallen tribes will give them no rest until they to his lot, yet the effects of his labours have made a full end of them. O that will be seen after many days, and he will we had Missionaries for that part, before live in the grateful remembrance both of Popery, or the desolations of war, make Preachers and people, when he is gone. it too late! I beg an interest in your Were it not for his family, I should say, prayers.
ROYAL MARRIAGE AT TONGA. We doubt not that the following communication from Mr. Tucker will be interesting to many of our readers ; and we the more readily give it insertion, because the account which it contains of a royal mar, riage in the Friendly Islands furnishes matter of more than mere entertainment. The public recognition of marriage as a divine institution, and its connexion with the solemnities and sanctions of Christian worship and ordinances, is one proof, among many others, of the beneficial results of Missionary labours, among a population but lately reclaimed from the licentious habits of Heathenism.
: TONGATABOO :-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Charles Tucker, dated
Nukualofa, May 22d, 1839. I REGRET that po opportunity has to us. The numbers of people on board occurred, for several months past, for were immense : there were one hundred forwarding communications from this and thirty persons in one canoe. As soon place to England, or to any other part of as the principal part of the Chiefs and the civilized world. On this account, I men came on shore, they proceeded with bave not written sooner, and, even now, King George to Tubou's residence, to know not when I shall be able to send drink kava, The ladies formed another the letters I am preparing. You will be party. The old King sat in the centre informed, by the extracts from my jour- of his house ; and the Chiefs, according nal, and those of my colleague, of various to their name of office, took their stations particulars connected with our work in on each side of him ; while the bulk of the vineyard of the Lord, and of the state the people sat opposite. In the evening, of things on this island.
we had a great many visiters; and, the On Tuesday, the 14th instant, there next day being Sabbath, we divided was a royal wedding celebrated here. the congregations, which were immense. The bridegroom is a Chief of the very King George preached in the large highest rank: his Christian name is chapel, in the evening, a very useful CICERO,* and his title Tujbelehaki. He and excellent sermon. On Monday the is a Local Preacher. He spent several preparations were made on a magnificent years of his life at Feejee, and returned scale : we reckoned sixty-two baked pigs, to this place near four months ago. But, besides two hundred baskets of other prior to his coming, he had heard of the kinds of food. Tuesday was the day charms of the Princess Charlotte, of fixed for performing the grand ceremony, Vavou, King George's only daughter; The reeding, which formed the sides of and no sooner did he see her than he de the chapel, and the outside fence, were termined to pay his addresses to her. He taken away, in order to accommodate, in wrote, and, according to the custom of the some measure, the multitude who would Friendly Isles, soon obtained a direct assemble to witness the scene. Soon answer; which was in the affirmative. after day-light, the people began to col. No sooner was the affair made known, lect in great numbers, Christian and Heathan Josiah Tubou, and the other Chiefs then. The chief women were engaged, in here, requested King George to bring his the meantime, in adorning the bride and daughter to Tonga to be married. He bridegroom ; and a little before ten acceded to their request, and they imme o'clock the lali, or « drum,” was struck, diately began to make preparations for to give notice that all was ready. We the event on an extensive scale. All the went to the chapel; where there was heathen Chiefs, as well as Christian, such a mixed multitude assembled, contributed to it. Great quantities of inside and outside, as I never saw yams and of native cloth were brought before there,--every one dressed in his from the different fortresses to Nukualofa; best apparel. After waiting a short and on the 11th instant, about noon, the time, the bride and bridegroom made fleet from Haabai and Vavou was dis. their appearance; the former walking covered off this place. It consisted of first, as is the custom here on such occatwenty-six double canoes. A sort of sions, both in going to and returning drum was immediately beat, to collect from the place of worship on the day of our people together, to prepare kava and marriage. We began the service by food for the reception of the guests. The singiog and prayer; the congregation place was soon in a bustle --men, wo. then chanted the Te Deum ; after which men, and children running to see the Mr. Rabone delivered a short address on canoes, some of which were drawing near the duties of husbands and wives. I to shore. The King's canne, in which then performed the office of marriage, were the Queen and the bride, was first, spoke a few words of exhortation, and she having outsailed the rest. The scene concluded with singing and prayer. was lively, and interesting in the extreme Thus ended one of the most interesting
marriage-ceremonies I have ever wita With all due respect for the great Roman
nessed in the Friendly Islands. There Orator, we cannot but think that, if this con
were two Kings and two Queens present, verted Chief must, on his baptism, change his name at all, he ought to have been advised to
the Tamaha, all the Chiefs of Haabai substitute a name more " Christian," and, as it
and Vavou, with many belonging to seems to us, more suitable in every way, than
Tongataboo. The bride is a very fine that of ** Cicero."-EDIT.
person, quite the image of her father.. They are devotedly attached to each other. of the principal heathen Chiefs, as well as On Thursday, King George and Queen several others of minor importance, have Charlotte, and the newly-married pair, been here near a fortnight, at the katoaga, dined with us. The King preached in or “ feast.” This is a very pleasing the evening, and again on Sunday. We indication, that Satan's kingdom is dihad an abundance of religious services. vided against itself here. O that it may I should think, there were upwards of speedily fall, and the kingdom of the one hundred Local Preachers here from Redeemer every where prevail ! I have Haabai and Vavou. The visiters con received a model of a Tonga canoe from ducted themselves with the greatest pro. King George, which he wishes me to priety ; and, I believe, great good will present, with his best wishes, to the iesult from this marriage having taken Missionary Committee. place at Tonga. Fatu and Maafu, two
WE publish, with sincere regret, the statement contained in the following letter, respecting the apparently entire failure of the health of Mr. Spinney, one of our Missionaries to the Feejee Islands. His afflicted family, we are sure, will have the sympathy and prayers of all our readers.
The latter portion of Mr. Thomas's letter evinces the warm and grateful feelings with which our brethren in “ the ends of the earth". have received the tidings of our Centenary proceedings at home, and of Mr. Waterhouse's appointment to the general Superintendency of our Missions in Australasia and Polynesia.. Vavou.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Thomas, duted Neiafu,
June 20th, 1839.. I WROTE you last by a whaler ; (the Spinney has written to you; and you will Harriet, of London ;) but as she was not know, from what he has said of himself, going direct to any port, I think it possie that we are deeply distressed at parting öle you will receive this, which I send by with our dear brother and sister Spinney, the Lætitia, before that which I have both of whom have earned to themselves forwarded by the whaler. I am happy to a place in the affection of their brethren inform you, that the brethren Peter Turner and sisters here, as well as of the people and Wilson arrived here in safety, about to whose present and eternal interest they a fortnight ago, in the Camden, Captain have devoted their lives. Morgan, from Samoa, together with the We have just now received the Minutes native Teachers we had sent to that sta. of the Conference for 1838, and a few Petios. The brethren are now about to riodicals, and also the Watchman from embark on board the Lætitia for Haabai; June to November inclusive. We rejoice from thence she is proceeding to Feejee, to find, that the Committee has appointed having Mr. and Mrs. Lyth on board for another Missionary for Vavou ; and that their station, and Mr. Spinney and the Rev. John Waterhouse is said to have family on his way to Sydney. Mr. arrived at Hobart-town. These are good Spinney's complaint is that of con. tidings. But, O! the news about the sumption. He has not been able to Missionary ship for these parta,--this, alterid to any duties since October last, this is glorious news indeed! and calls and all human ground for hope is now for our warnest thanks to the Committee, taken away as to his recovery. But as and to the friends of Missions in general ;. he will be able to obtain many helps in but, especially, to the Methodists in good Sydney which these islands do not fur- old England, who have so effectively nisb; and as his afflicted wife, with her come to the help of the Lord, the help of three small children, would be in very the Lord against the mighty! Glory be destitute circumstances, in case his death to God! glory be to God! who has put should take place here; he is now about to this into your hearts, and has thus lifted make the trial, Much praise is due to Mr. up our drooping minds! We exceedLyth, who has paid the most unwearied ingly rejoice for all the good and great and affectionate attention to him from the things which you are doing, and are time, he was taken ill. I believe. Mr. about to do, in England. We bless. the Lord, who has thus inclined you, before our people, that we may seek the and our dear fathers and brethren, to divine blessing, and thus unite with you, devise such liberal things. I am not and the tens of thousands of our Israel, worthy to speak or to write on the to glorify God, the Giver of every good subject of the Centenary of Wesleyan and perfect gift. Methodism. I feel myself to be less than We are looking forward with much pleathe least of God's children, and a mere sure to the time when we shall welcome babe in the good cause; but I wish to our dear brother Waterhouse to these cast in my mite to this good work, shores. We bless the Lord, for having and to say I do most heartily approve of inclined the heart of his servant to offer what you are now doing, and most ear- bimself up, and to give up all his friends nestly do I wish you God speed. I am and fellow-labourers in England, and to very thankful that we have received the come to these ends of the earth. O may information of the approaching Cente. he be spared to visit us; and may it nary before our Annual District-Meet. prove a great blessing to us all, and to ing; as we shall be able to consult toge. ther before it takes place, and to bring it
Wesleyan Mission-House, 77, Hatton-Garden, London,
March 18th, 1840.
FOR THE YEAR 1839. We are aware that the amount of the Society's income for 1839 is a subject on which many of its friends in the country have indulged very sanguine expectations, anticipating that it might be raised at once to an aggregate of £100,000 ; and that not a few of them have, in the most generous manner, augmented their contributions, with the view of realizing that anticipation. The Committee, however, whose position enabled them to judge more correctly concerning probabilities, never dared to reckon upon so very large an increase, in one year, of their regular funds; because they could not assure themselves of that universal as well as strenuous effort, which alone could have produced so great and desirable a result; especially in a year distinguished among their Wesleyan friends by unparalleled liberality in behalf of the Centenary Fund, -a Fund from which, indirectly, the Missionary operations of the Society have received, and will yet receive, a large and most seasonable supply of pecuniary aid, in addition to what we have here to report in the form of direct contribution to the Missionary Fund, strictly and properly so called. Taking this extraordinary effort into account, as well as the interruption to the usual course and time of holding Missionary Anniversaries, caused in many places by the Religious Centenary Services held in October last, and the certain reduction of the large sums last year received for Negro School-houses, the Committee's expectations were moderate as to the general aggregate of receipts; but they have, we are truly thankful to state, been much exceeded by the actual results, which to us appear to be, on a view of the whole case, most satisfactory and cheeringThose results are as follows:
1. The Contributions, including Colonial Public Grants, sent direetly
to the Mission-house in London, and those received through
butions, from the same sources, for 1838, of
£10,217. 168. 8d.
£68,602. 13s. 6d. has been received from the Home.
2. The Legacies received in 1839 amount to ......... ............. 2,672 19 10 N. B. The Legacies received in 1838 amounted to £1,417.
4s. 4d. ; so that, under this item, there is an increase
3. Special Donations, Dividends, and other Miscellaneous Income... 1,034 10 go
N. B. This is a decrease of £393. Ils ld.
4. Donations on Annuity for Life .....
which is at once explained by the fact that last year
5. Parliamentary Grants for 1839, for Negro Schools ......
- Last year it included Parliamentary Grants for two
From the preceding statement it will be seen,
1. That the total or aggregate income of 1839, from all sources, has been £89,614. 6s. ld.; being a net increase (when the decrease on some necessarily fluctuating amounts is deducted from the augmentation in the rest) of £4,795. 13s. lld.
2. That this net increase has been mainly derived from the large increase in the regular contributions from both the Home and the Foreign Districts; proving not only the continuance, but the great and steady increase, of the Missionary spirit among the supporters of this Society, and that, as to its ordinary income, its condition is healthy and vigorous, and its prospects highly hopeful.
But it is our duty to state, as last year, that the Society's expenditure has again very greatly exceeded even its augmented income and that the added deficiencies of 1838 and 1839 constitute an actual debt
* In the analysis of last year's income, given in the Notices for April, 1839, a sum of £36. 148. was, by mistake, reckoned in the General Contributions received at the Mission-House," &c., which ought to have been put under the head of " Miscellaneous Income." The error was duly rectified in the revised Account printed in the Report of Income for 1838, pages 99 and 100. The totals were in both cases given correctly, and the comparisons here instituted are founded on the more accurate details inserted in the Report.