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Thursday Morning, April 27th, at Eleven o'clock, in the Large Room of
the Centenary-Hall, Bishopsgate-Street.Within,
The Rev. John Scott, President of the Conference ;
Great Queen-Street} at Three,
The following are the Arrangements made, in connexion with this
Annicersary, for Sunday, April 28th. City-Road Chapel, at half-past Ten, The Rev. Dr. Newton. at Six,
The Rev. George B. Macdonald. at a quarter before Eleven, The Rev. Dr. Dixon. ,
The Rev. William Fox. Chapel, at Six,
The Rev. Peter M'Owan. Spitalfields Chapel, at half-past Ten, The Rev. William Fox. at Six,
The Rev. Frederick J. Jobson. Southwark Chapel, | at half-past Ten, The Rev. George B. Macdonald. Long-Lane, Borough,) at Six,
The Rev. Philip C. Turner.
The Rev. Thomas Jackson.
The Rev. William M. Bunting. Liverpool-Road Chapel, | at half-past Ten, The Rev. Peter M'Owan. Islington,
s at Six,
The Rev. Dr. Newton.
THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Society will be held in Exeter-Hall, Strand, on Monday, April 29th, at Eleven o'clock precisely; when
The Right HONOURABLE SIR GEORGE ROSE, G.C.H., has kindly promised to preside.
A Collection, in aid of the Society's funds, will be made after each sermon, and in the course of the public Meeting.
Our friends who may intend to visit London from the country, in order to participate in the approaching Missionary services, are respectfully informed, that an Address-Book will be opened early in April, at the Wesleyan Centenary-Hall and Mission-House, in Bishopsgate-street, under the care of the hall-keeper, in order to receive and record their London address, whilst they shall remain in town, and thus to facilitate any desirable communication between them and the Missionary Committee and Secretaries, or other friends.
MISSIONS IN CEYLON. We have much pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to the two following communications from Mr. Stott, under whose active and faithful superintendence, the good work of evangelization at Batticaloa, and among the Veddahs, appears to be making a sure and steady progress. BATTICALOA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Ralph Slott, dated Batticaloa,
August 5th, 1843. I am thankful to say, that the work lage, as soon as I can find a suitable of the Lord still prospers in Batticaloa. Teacher. Nearly every week two or three are I would again remind you of the neadded to our number, either from among cessity of sending us additional help. the Heathens or Roman Catholics; and Fifty thousand souls, preparing to receive the impression in favour of Christianity the truth, ought not to be neglected ! becomes deeper and deeper. Very few They are not neglected in one sense ; the now attempt to defend Heathenism, and Gospel is partially preached to them, and many laugh at the gods they worship, the word of life is distributed amongst and say they only do it because their those who can read it; but we want Engforefathers did it. When we ask, “Do lish Missionaries to superintend the work. you believe that your gods can save you, I am truly thankful to God for the help or do any thing for you?” the general which we have ; and I believe, that, as reply is, “ No : we believe they can do the work increases, help to carry it out nothing for us: they are devils. We will also increase : but there is a kind of believe in one God." On the other assistance wanted which this country hand, they nearly all acknowledge that will not be able to afford for years to Christianity is good, both for time and come ; and if you do not send us that for eternity. I went round my Circuit aid, the work must suffer.
We ought about a fortnight ago; and, from all I by all means to have three English Miscan see and hear, I am convinced that sionaries as soon as possible on this stathe Lord is preparing the way very tion; and while we ask for men, we also rapidly for the coming of his spiritual entreat you to pray for us. Our trust is kingdom among the people of this Dis- in God; for except he pour out his trict. I have not been in Bintenne since Spirit, “ vain is the help of man.” Pray I had my jungle-fever : however, I hope that he may make bare his arm, and it is leaving me, and that I shall soon be overturn the powers of darkness. We again able to go amongst the Veddahs. had a revival of religion nearly three John Hannah, one of our native Exhort- years ago, and the work has been steadily ers, has lately been, and gives very going on ever since. Several then expefavourable accounts; and the School- rienced the pardoning love of God, and masters have just been down, and state, they still enjoy the comfortable assurance that all is going on well. Those stand of their “acceptance in the Beloved ;" fast who have previously come over to but I fear that many of those who have us, and several women and children are outwardly connected themselves with our Faiting to be baptized. The two schools, society since, have no experimental knowsupported by our late Governor Mac- ledge of salvation, and some are probably kenzie, are now thrown upon us; as his not even thoroughly awakened to a sense agent states, that, with his reduced in. of their danger. We therefore see the come, he will not be able longer to sup- necessity of a more copious out-pouring port them. They cost twenty-four of the Holy Spirit, that both these and pounds per annum. I intend to estab the surrounding Heathen may be brought lish a school in the third Veddah vil. to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Extract of a Letter from the Same, dated Batticaloa, October 23d, 1843. I HAVE just received your letter, con. the Heathen. I will give him every taining the welcome news of the appoint- possible assistance in learning Tamul ; ment of Mr. Pargiter to this station. I for I am more than ever convinced, that hope he will have a speedy and safe pas a man can do very little good, on a purely sage, and be long spared to labour among native station like this, without a know
ledge of the language of the people : his deeds, and thus prevent the pospreaching through the medium of inter sibility of any interference on the part preters loses much of its energy, and is of Government. I have no doubt that apt to injure the spirituality of the the temple stands on the man's own Preacher. I think Mr. Pargiter should property, and that the god will be remain at Puliangteeroo with me, until thrown into the river in a day or two. he obtains some knowledge of Tamul, and They intend to build a preaching bungathen be stationed at the head of the river, lo on the spot. at a place called Kalmunai. There are The Veddahs are doing very well. several thousands of inhabitants in this The Schoolmasters are at their posts, and neighbourhood, who are nearly all favour. hold meetings on the Sabbath. Mr. able to Christianity : between twenty and Philips has lately been a month among thirty have already been baptized; so that them : his account is satisfactory; they he will have two classes at once. It is were attentive to his preaching; they about twenty-four miles distant. We wished to have their children baptized ; have another place, half way to Kalmii: and, though several of them were sick, nai, which ought to have a Missionary. they manifested no desire to use devil. About twenty have already renounced dancing or charms, as formerly, to drive Heathenism, and many more are on the the sickness away. The former was oni. point of doing so. We cannot enter versally practised among them in cases into the openings before us without at of sickness, previously to their embracleast three efficient men to superintend, ing Christianity. and a number of native helpers, The With regard to the work in general latter the Lord is raising up on the spot, in Batticaloa, we thank God and take for which we are truly thankful. Our courage. The people are evidently prework nearer home still prospers : the paring for the Lord. We have little difchapel and other preaching-places are ficulties and drawbacks now and then ; well attended, and almost every day we but the work still goes on. May the hear of persons who have made up their Lord hasten the time when all the people minds to renounce the gods of their fa shall believe on Christ to the saving of thers, and embrace Christianity. The their souls! The general impression work prospers most, at present, at Ama among the people is, that Christiandagalle, a village about three miles hence. ity must prevail; and many of them Not less than seventy persons, men, wo ashamed of their gods. For inmen, and children, have embraced Chris. stance : within the last few months, five tianity there, and several more have de. temples have been robbed of brass, silver, termined to do so : we have one large and golden articles belonging to the temclass, which we are about to divide. A ple-service ; but not one complaint has few days ago, a man who has lately re been made to the Court ; and the reason nounced Heathenism, came to me, say- given by the persons concerned is, “We ing he wished to pull down a Pulliar shall only be laughed at, if we go to temple, standing in his cocoa-nut garden. Court.” Out of two of those temples, I advised him to do so immediately ; the gods were also stolen ; but the cir. and told him, if he would appoint a time, cumstance seems to create nothing but I would go and give an exhortation on amusement, except to the Priests, whose the spot as soon as the image was re craft is in danger. Some of the Heamoved. He did so; and I accordingly thens say that their temples have been went ; but on my arrival, I found that going down ever since our chapel reared an old Priest was trying to prevent the its head. Mrs. Stott asked a woman destruction of the god and his house, by one day why the gods could not take declaring that the land on which the care of themselves and their goods; when temple stood belonged to Government. she replied, “ They are now old and deI therefore advised the man to defer crepit, and are worth nothing." pulling down the temple, and to produce
MISSIONS IN NEW-ZEALAND.
daled Kawhia, February 11th, 1843. I REGRET my inability, on the pre My time is short, and the vessel is on sent occasion, to write so fully as I could the point of sailing. wish, respecting my work and prospects. I thank God I can say, “My duty is
my delight;" and the encouraging proof ties, for which time was given us to that I do not spend my strength for prepare, appeared to make a serious im. nought, and in vain, stimulates me to pression on the minds of the people ; “Labour on at God's command,
and I trust that the Lord will graciously And offer all my works to him.”
teach them by his Spirit, that they may
so number their days as to apply their It would have done the hearts of British
hearts unto wisdom. O, this people Christians good, could they have been
want “line upon line, and precept upon with us on Christmas-day last. It was the anniversary of our chapel-opening, and mark the revolving seasons with re
precept !” They can count the moons, and we had a love-feast. The people gard to their cultivations and their crops ; of this Circuit are very widely scattered ;
but they consider not that these seasons bat we had a sort of general muster
are hurrying them to the eternal world. from all parts, many coming from vil
“O that they were wise, that they unlages two and three days' journey dis, derstood this, that they would consider tant ; so that the station for several
their latter end !” days was a busy and animating scene.
I have lately paid a visit to Mr. BudThe morning was ushered in by the dle's station at Waipa, and was greatly ringing of the bell for worship, at five delighted to find him going on so well o'clock; and, while calling the attention
in every respect. His people, like mine, of the people to the fact, in memory of
are scattered over an extensive range of which this day was kept, I was forci
country ; but on the Sabbath we had a bly reminded of those very interesting chapel well filled with very serious and services which I once had the privilege attentive hearers ; and it is long since I of enjoying with Christians in England; addressed congregations with more pleawhen, amid the frost, and snow, and chilling cold of a Christmas morning, the morning and evening of that day.
sure and liberty than I experienced on our bearts were warmed and animated
In the afternoon the people were ques. by singing and hearing of His love, who tioned as to the morning sermon ; and came to save a fallen world. And, proved by their answers, that they had blessed be God, we had something of the acquired the habit of retaining as well feeling here at the antipodes-of the warmth, at least, without the cold; and preached profit them! Their progress in
as hearing sermons. May the word 0! to see a little holy fire among the
the Conference Catechism was also very New-Zealanders, does one's heart good. pleasing and encouraging; and indeed, We mourn to see so little of it; but altogether, I was persuaded that Mr. "kindled in some hearts it is,” and our
Buddle was in his place, in his work, prayer is,
and doing it well. May he have many “O that all might catch the flame,
souls for his hire ! All partake the glorious bliss!”
Last Sunday was a high day with The services of the day were interesting us here. It was our quarterly-sacraand profitable: the love-feast was crowded ment Sunday. Many from our distant and animated, and the people spoke with villages assembled during the week, to a pleasing readiness and ardour,
be present with us at the Lord's table; On New-Year's eve, also, we had a and several, from a tribe who have long watch-night; and, though the New-Zea- stood out against Christianity, were landers know little, and perhaps care joined to the church of Christ by bap. less, about the value of time, yet the tism. Thus we are from time to time solemn consideration that we were met encouraged by fresh conquests and fresh together to spend the last moments proofs, that the Gospel we were sent to of an expiring year, which had proved preach to this benighted people, is inthe year of death to thousands, and deed the “ power of God." o, may it the contemplation of our near approach have free course and be glorified in the to that eternity, and its awful reali- salvation of this people !
SOUTH AFRICAN MISSIONS.
Graham's-Town, August 4th, 1843. I PROCEED to give you a general As respects the society, the favourable view of the state and progress of the indications mentioned in my last have native department of the work here continued : and the result has been, that during the June quarter.
two additional native classes have been
formed, both of which are in a very ready for occupation in November, will promising state. One of them consists be large and commodious, and amply chiefly of persons who had formerly supply all present deficiencies in these belonged to the society, but had wan respects. The school and congregation dered from the “right way," in conse are composed, for the most part, of the quence of an unfortunate affair which same individuals; and the improvement had caused many to stumble. They of the one will tend to the increase of have since been brought to a better the other, as it will remove the common mind, have become sensible of their ground of complaint : " We cannot folly, and are now gladly and gratefully obtain instruction in your school; and returning to God and to his church. herefore we do not attend your serSome of the native classes under the
vices.” care of English Leaders having become The school-department in the native inconveniently large, it was thought a work being perhaps more fully identified favourable opportunity for putting a plan with Missionary labour than in the into practice which had been some time English work, I have considered it a in contemplation, that of employing part of my duty to exercise a general overseveral of the natives themselves as Class- sight of the Kaffer school. In conLeaders. These classes have according- junction with the Superintendent of that ly been divided, and the native Leaders school, I have endeavoured to introduce appointed, both male and female. There native agency more extensively than had is reason to believe that this measure heretofore been done. A number of will prove very beneficial, as the new native teachers, male and female, have Leaders are persons of sterling piety and been appointed, and the scholars more good sense ; and possess qualifications regularly classified. A considerable inin point of language of which the Euro crease of numbers has taken place in the pean Leaders are partially or wholly attendance at this school within the last destitute.
few months. Eleven individuals were baptized to The plan of monthly subscriptions for wards the close of the quarter,-adult the Missions, which I mentioned in my Fingoes, all of whom bad for some time last as about to be adopted, has hitherto given satisfactory evidence that they worked well. The people cheerfully were fit subjects for the initiatory Chris- acknowledge their obligations to the tian ordinance.
Gospel, and practically prove, by their The congregations still increase. willing contributions, that they feel as That in the Kaffer chapel is already too well as profess. large for the accommodation we
On the whole, we have great cause afford. The appointment of native for thankfulness and encouragement. out-door visiters, connected with the We need, however, a larger baptism Kaffer school, has greatly promoted at of the Spirit from on high. Deeper spi. tendance on the services of the Sabbath. rituality of mind is much to be desired These men act as Local Preachers, and on the part of the native members, and a are very active and zealous in visiting clearer experimental knowledge of the the various establishments of Kaffers privileges and blessings of religion. and Fingoes in the neighbourhood of the The nature of its precepts, as well as town. The chapel is usually crowded their obligation, are pretty well underon the Lord's day, and the week-night stood, and, I believe, conscientiously services are also well attended.
acted upon ; but many of those who are The congregation of that class of the faithful to the duties of their calling, so natives who speak the Dutch language far as they understand them, are, neveris less steady in its increase than the theless, very deficient in their views of other. It improves, however; and a its enjoyments, and are, consequently, in measure recently decided upon by the danger of resting in a low state of piety; General Committee of the Sunday. Our endeavours are, of course, directed school will, I have no doubt, much against such a state of things; and accelerate its improvement : I allude to there are not wanting those who second the erection of a new school-room for us by their personal testimony and exthe use of that branch of the union. ample ; but we require more of the light The present accommodations for the from above to clear the spiritual vision Dutch school are altogether inadequate of those who have so long dwelt in dark. to the wants of the numbers to be ness, and “the land of the shadow of instructed, and the school has greatly death." suffered in consequence.
We still need, as I know we still about to be built, and which is to be have, the continuance of your prayers on