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eight, out of the twelve Missionaries requested, would immediately receive their entire support from the stations to which they should be appointed, without any charge, on that account, on the funds of the Parent Society. The Committee were at that time, as at the present, under the necessity of refusing many such applications: the expenditure of the year had far exceeded the income, and a compliance with the request for additional Missionaries would have occasioned an addition to the debt of the Society, and to the amount of money to be borrowed on interest : the application for twelve additional Missionaries was therefore not granted, although refused with great pain and reluctance. The following is an extract from the proceedings of the Committee on that occasion :
“RESOLVED, -That the Committee never more deeply regretted their straitened circumstances than at the present moment, with the urgent and affecting appeal from the Jamaica District before them for additional Missionaries. Most gladly would they send out the twelve Missionaries requested, in confidence that the Missionaries and Circuit-officers of the District would redeem their pledge of not allowing the expense of the support of more than four to come on the funds of the Society ; but the Committee are under the necessity of declining to comply with this request, as they would have to borrow the whole amount required for passages and outfits; and would also have before them the prospect of an accumulation of debt from year to year for the whole cost of those Missionaries whose support was not provided on the island."
Subsequently to the date of the above Resolution, the Jamaica District experienced a reduction in the number of its Missionaries, by the death of Messrs. Greenwood and Redfern, as announced in the “ Notices” of last year; and we regret that it is now our duty to place upon record the fact of a further diminution of their number, by the lamented removal of the Rev. Wilson Lofthouse, who died at Savannah-la-Mar, on the 10th of October. Up to the Sabbath before his death, on which day he preached three times to large congregations, he was in labours more abundant; and, as the following letters testify, his labours were rendered very useful.
To supply the vacancies thus occasioned by death, and to fulfil the reasonable request which met with a negative in October, 1810, fifteen Missionaries would be required for Jamaica alone! The Committee wait the result of their appeals for extraordinary and additional exertions, on the part of the friends of Missions, at the close of 1841, with great anxiety They are also equally anxious to ascertain what may be their prospect for 1842, and for following years, in the way of regular and stated income; as they must necessarily, for the future, regulate their expenditure for the outfit and passages of Missionaries, as well as for their support, by the probable income for the year. The following letters will strongly confirm the views of the Committee as to the great and growing usefulness of the Jamaica Mission, and the undeniable necessity for a large and prompt supply of labourers to that large and populous island. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Jonathan Edmondson, dated Beechamville,
Jamaica, October 26th, 1841. I HOPE the Committee will not think bills reported above are presented at the me unmindful of their Circular, when the Mission-House. I am anxious, and so
is the District-Treasurer, as much as sented to give up Mr. Hann; and we possible to avoid drawing; but, though have finally determined, that he shall the Missionaries can be put off until the come to this Circuit, and Mr. Bleby District-Meeting, the School-Teachers shall be sent to Savannah-la-Mar. cannot be managed in the same way. What to say to the Committee, I know Mr. Armstrong is therefore drawing bills not, If the printed Plan is to be reindispensable to the continuance of the garded as decisive of their intentions, schools.
Kingston has but three men for the city, You will learn from other brethren hy and one for the mountains. Spanishthis mail, that death has again thrown its Town, has only two, instead of three; gloomy shades around us. On Monday, and Stoney-Hill, Lucca, and Yallahs are the 4th inst., Mr. Lofthouse, of Savannah- unsupplied. Black-River has lost its la. Mar, began to feel unwell; on Tuesday Preacher; Savannah-la-Mar has been the fever came on; and on Sunday, 10th, deprived in the same way ; Mr. Lewis is he died, in the steadfast hope of eternal unable to do his work, and will probably bliss. The town of Savannah-la-Mar is have to return home immediately. regarded as unhealthy; the Circuit is Considering the encouraging state of about thirty miles in extent ; and, in the this District, with respect to numbers, wet seasons, the Missionary has to travel and income, and prospects, and, I may over wet and bad roads, exposed to the add, the willingness of your agents to alternate influence of heavy showers and enter the doors opened by Providence, the burning sun. In this Circuit, espe. we do not think you treat us in the best cially, Mr. Lofthouse has laboured hard way. For years we have been refused both in building and Circuit duties ; and the least aid in building-grants; every a new chapel, and a cuinber of souls prospect of increasing the Circuits has savingly converted to God, are among been closed upon us; and when our brethe happy fruits of his toil. His mourn thren fall in the field, their places are not ing widow (who is far advanced in preg- supplied. nancy) and their little girl have returned I look forward to the approaching to Kingston, their native place, where District-Meeting with painful apprehenthey will have all the aitention of pious sion. At present we have no prospect relatives and friends, and where, above of being able to pay the brethren's defiall, we hope they will receive the bless- ciencies : as our numbers now stand, we ing of Ilim who has said, “ Leave thy cannot continue the present stations, fatherless children, and let thy widows and must abandon to other persons, or to trust in me,”
the prince of darkness, Circuits on which In the present state of the Mission I money, and health, and life have been have been almost at my wit's end about largely spent; and this must be followed a supply for the vacant Circuit. To again by a great falling off in the ordileave it until the District-Meeting, ap
nary income. peared very improper ; and to get a suit. But perhaps I am doing wrong to able man, or a man who could barely trouble you with these remarks.
The keep things in order until the end of the Committee have doubtless their diffiyear, (if peace and the well-being of culties, as well as the Missionaries ; and, other Circuits were to be considered,) perhaps, very many more than we have seemed next to impossible. But last an idea of. I hope they will speedily week I had an interview with Mr. Kerr disappear, and that a brighter day will and Mr. Bleby; and, after talking the soon dawn on Jamaica, and on your subject over, Mr. Kerr generously con other Missions.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Richard Sergeant, dated Kingston,
Jamaica, October 29th, 1841. The station lately commenced in of its Pastor by the death of Mr. GreenPort-Royal Mountains has greatly ex wood. Now, when you consider that ceeded our highest expectations. Mr. three of us have Red-Hills in addi. Harding, who is stationed there, has tion to what four had last year, one of organized a society, now numbering near these corollaries must necessarily follow, seven hundred members. His labours, either, that your Missionaries had not a however, are almost exclusively confined sufficiency of work before, or, that we to that region ; in consequence of which have now a great deal more than we the town of Port-Royal is deprived of its can properly attend to. But, your Mis. accustomed Missionary. We have also sionaries last year were worn down taken up Red-Hills, which was deprived with their labours. Then, how is it
ser rith us? We are utterly unable in their sins, or you must send out more ta d the work. We are pressed above Missionaries, or a native agency must be mere. The tension to which our employed. With respect to native persical and mental energies are pere agency, it does not become me to offer petually subjected must, sooner or later, an opinion. Your funds are exhausted. deprive both body and mind of that Then, shall the people be left to perish ? natural elasticity so essential our These sons of Africa, torn from home to existence, if that existence is to be pre- enrich the pockets, or furnish the luxuserved, for our comfort and efficient ser- ries, of the English ; liberated by Eng. rice to Christ's church, from premature land's penitence ; who, when released Eberration. Some would kindly advise from slavery, instead of retaliating for is not to make injurious draughts upon wrongs received, kissed the hand that
We accept the advice was wont to oppress ; who have become with gatitude, somewhat, trust, the most docile and obedient subjects of carinersurate with the friendship which Her Majesty's laws; who are, when farsuggested it. But those who advise ther instructed, to carry back to their tazmat sympathize with the feelings fatherland the blessings of civilization, excited on occasions not of unfrequent and the securities of religion :-shall this KECHITENICE, when a messenger presents people, just emerging from darkness, himself at the door, and the salutation superstition, and sin, be neglected, and Issime the form of a petition addressed allowed to retrograde in morals and relito the exhausted Missionary's most sen- gion? Surely not! Friends of Mis. sitiie susceptibilities :-“ massa, me sions! Lovers of souls ! Methodists! sweet massa, please come pray for my Philanthropists ! Christians ! cannot
Him sick. Him dying.” The you double your subscriptions ? Will un may be pouring doon from his ver.
you not ?
Will you not send us more tical Leight rays of fire. And some- Missionaries to Jamaica ? O, calculate, time we are ready to sink in the streets, if you can, the value of one soul. Estifaint and exhausted. Our frequent ex- mate, if you can, the glory, the triumph, pares to a tropical sun, and constantly the joy, which will augment through ishaling an atmosphere so intensely rare- immeasurable ages, if we perform what tet, peculiarly prepare us for bilious, our Lord requires at our hands. When brain, and yellow fevers. A short time no fields of usefulness were stretched out back Mrs. Armstrong died of yel- before the church ; when there were no
A few weeks after, Mr. labourers for the work; then there was Redfern died of yellow fever. A few not the same demand on our liberality, reeks more, and Mrs. Bleby and Mrs. But now the fields are white unto the Simmons's child died of fever. And harvest; the labourers appear ready for 09€ we have to inform you, that Mr. the work. If the Christian church send Lefthouse is no more ! The fevers them forth, a harvest of precious souls which are now raging through the island will be gathered. If the Christian church are quite alarming. Whose turn will it do not send them forth, no harvest will be next ? May we be prepared when- be reaped, no souls will be saved, and Efer our change cometh! Amen. The our money which we withhold will all same principles which induced us to offer be stained with the blood of souls. ourselva as Missionaries, sustain us May He who says, “ Occupy till I amidst danger and death.
come,” enable us rightly to fulfil our You will also receive information, by stewardship! this packet, that it is necessary Mr. Lewis I am happy to say, that the general should leave the island. In a short time, health of my wife and myself continues I suppose, one or two more must leave. good. May we be wise to spend it to What
, then, is to be done with the Cir- the glory of Ilim to whom our more caits deprived of their Missionaries ? than all is due ! The people must either be left to perish
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Lewis Lewis, dated Kingston, Jamaica,
October 27th, 1841. THREE months have now passed, and suffering I have endured has led some of I have not had one day's health ; and it my brethren to entreat Mr. Edmondson is to be feared that repeated attacks of to send me home. Several medical genfeser have either produced hydro-thorax, tlemen have also spoken and written on e something akin to it. The constant the subject. I have tried everything I
can command in Jamaica, to restore my I know you do pity it; but with tears health, especially change of air ; but Í I beseech you to take care of the souls have received nothing like permanent you have gathered. Dear Mr. Loft. good. The Chairman has now written house, too, is gone!-strong, zealous, to inform me, that I am at liberty to and efficient, but one week before his
But what a serious affair to death! And who can be astonished at leave the Clarendon Circuit, with four it? The Sunday before he died he societies scattered over a hundred miles preached thrice, beside other duties, in in circumference, to one Missionary! This burning clime. Do we call bim I have so pitied Ms. Hodgson and the imprudent? His love for souls, for pepeople, that I have several times rode rishing souls, led to the imprudence. In in the rain, and endangered my life, Jamaica the faithful Missionary must to assist him. But do our English friends work or die. To sit idle, with thouallow this ? Must we go to our appoint- sands perishing on all hands, is impos. ments, when ill of fever, and so weak as sible. Your Missionaries have been so to be obliged to preach sitting? I am useful, that they cannot be spared. I fully persuaded, that if our dear friends leave Jamaica with unfeigned regret, and knew our labours and sufferings, they could I have health I would not desire would do more than they have ever it. I am still, however, your servant ; done to send others to assist us. My and wherever you think proper to send dear Sirs, pity the Jamaica Mission ! me, I shall readily go.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. David Kerr, dated St. Anne's Bay, Jamaica,
October 26th, 1841. This packet will convey to you the last year, in the £4,291 less expenses to melancholy tidings of the death of ano. the fund than the year preceding. Nor ther of your Missionaries,—our dear will this year be behind either of the two brother Lofthouse. Thus have three former ; nay, it will be as the former, excellent and laborious men been re and, at least, more abundant, from all I moved from the field, in the vigour of can learn. life, in the midst of usefulness, and at a I wish the Committee to look, not at time, when, (humanly speaking,) above the probable, but at the certain, result of all others, we could ill spare them. But an enlargement of their Missionary these afflictive chastenings, as well as the agency in this District; (I cannot enter great prosperity with which your Mis. into the merits of others ;) and the cersion in this country is still favoured, are tain result of an enlarged ministerial all the Lord's doing, and leave us to agency here, will be an enlarged income adore with “ speechless wonder at his of souls and of funds. Our Annual Dis. feet.” With him is the residue of the trict-Meeting is again very near; and Spirit; and having also all power in his what is to be done, unless you send us possession, he “doeth according to his own an immediate supply, it is impossible to will in the armies of heaven, and among conjecture. We cannot reckon upon the inhabitants of the earth;” neither more than twenty-six Missionaries, and must “we say to him, What doest thou ?” one Assistant, even should death make But, O, these are inscrutable dispensations no more inroads among us. Mr. Whiteof Providence, far above our ability to scan. house, who has kindly stayed to supply Three Circuits in this District are left Black-River, cannot be expected to take .o be supplied fully, while every other another Circuit. Mr. Lewis is, by three Circuit is crying out for help ; and at a Physicians, ordered out of the country imtime, too, when application after applimediately, if his life is to be preserved. cation to the Committee is met with si. Mr. Lofthouse, there can be no doubt, lence, or with (no doubt the painful, yet) fell a martyr to his work; and, unless positive refusal. As a District we feel our numbers are increased speedily, you for you, and we are willing, to the ut may expect to hear of more ; for, how. most of our ability, nay, and beyond our ever unworthy I may be to apply the ability, to help you, not only by pressing passage to myself, yet I will say of my as lightly on the funds as possible; but, brethren, that they “count not their lives as soon as may be, if you will increase dear unto themselves.” But this will be your agents, by clearing our own way, a most afflictive way of having your and ministering to the necessities of agents withdrawn from the field ; nor is others. Of this you have ample proof, it the most likely way of adding to the in the financial state of the District for finances, to keep those places without an the last two years ; and especially the immediate supply of labourers,
In this Circuit our connexional sym a second Preacher re-appointed at the pathies have been touched by the late District-Meeting ?” Here the way was painful bereavement. Savannah-la-Mar opened for another conversation on the could not be left destitute until the Dis. embarrassed state of the Mission-fund. trict-Meeting. A Circuit of such extent Knowing, as I do, the circumstances of was not likely to be much benefited by the people, I scarcely could, with a good the scanty help it might receive from any conscience, ask them to do any more of the neighbouring Circuits ; besides, than they are already doing. However, there is a chapel not yet finished, which I placed the matter before them; and requires constant attention and oversight. I send you a copy of two Resolutions But what was to be done? This was the which were immediately proposed, and all-engrossing question of our excellent adopted heartily and with one consent. Chairman, on whom naturally devolves the care of the churches in such emergen
“ Wesleyan chapel, St. Ann's Bay, cies. And the only way he and I could
October 25th, 1841. devise, was to request Mr. Bleby to take “At the Leaders' Meeting, held as charge of Savannah-la-Mar until the end above. of the year, and that Mr. Hann should “ Resolved unanimously, take his place in the St. Ann's East Cir. “1. That this Meeting, having taken cuit; the Chairman affording me what help into consideration the afflicted state of he can in the mean time. By this ar the District, occasioned by the death of rangement the case is met for the present ;
several of the Missionaries in the course but it has been keenly felt by our people of the year, and especially the case of the here, that they are obliged again to sub- Savannah-la-Mar Circuit, in consequence mit to a half-supply of ministerial labour. of the recent death of the Rev. Wilson Nor do they forget to tell us, that, as they Lofthouse, feel it a connexional duty, are contributing to the full supply, they in the spirit of sacrifice, to relinquish, for have a right to expect it. This is exceed. the present, the valuable services of our ingly natural, and no more than any soci greatly-esteemed Minister, the Rev. W. ely at home would desire ; namely, main H. Hann, in order to supply the lack of tain, and receive. Moreover, the libera. service in the St. Ann's East Circuit. lity of this society is proverbial, and occasioned by the removal of the Rev. unequalled by any other society in the Henry Bleby to Savannah-la-Mar. District. Indeed, they are liberal to the “ 2. Having also heard with great confull extent of their means ; and they main cern the increasingly-embarrassed state tain their character by a spirit of sacrifice of the Mission-fund, and cordially apwhich is highly creditable to themselves. proving of the measures adopted by the This is proved by a reference to the Committee in promoting the work of Auxiliary Report for last year, with God, the members of this Meeting pledge which, doubtless, the Committee bave themselves to raise immediately (in adbeen furnished; which shows that, in dition to what may be done for ordinary addition to £96. 14s. 2d., as subscriptions Mission-purposes) the amount necessary for general Mission-purposes, they sub to pay the passage of a single Missionary scribed £73. 68. 3d, specially for Ashan to Jamaica, with the view, first, of suptee. And in closing the Circuit-account plying one of the vacancies occasioned for the September quarter, I find that by death, and that the second Preacher the average of weekly and quarterly may be re-appointed to this Circuit at the moneys amounts to something more than approaching District-Meeting; and, se38. G d. per member.
condly, in the hope that some other CirYou may be sure, therefore, that it cnits may be induced to take up this was not without some anxiety I men important subject in such a way as to tioned the above arrangement at our them shall seem most likely to contribute Leaders'-Meeting last night; the more to the immediate relief of the District by so, because Ms. Hann is greatly beloved, securing a supply of Missionaries from and deservedly so, by all. I took the the Parent Society, as also the speedy opportunity, however, of introducing a liquidation of the debt. few remarks upon the subject of our “ Signed on behalf of the Meeting, connexional character, and our conse “D. KERR, quent duty, even at the expense of in
Ministers. creased sacrifice, to help a distressed, and especially a bereaved, Circuit. This was
“ Thomas D. JEFFERSON, Leader
and Circuit-Steward. felt, and very readily granted. But the question came, “ How long are we to be “RICHARD CARTER, Leader and without our Preacher ? Shall we have