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RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE,
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM MR. NEWSTEAD, METHODIST MIS
SIONARY IN CÉYLON, DATED AUGUST, 1817.
With very much pleasure I address a line to you from the shores of Ceylon, assured that you will receive it with equal pleasure. When we formerly met together I could have little thought that we should ever exchange countries, that I should leave the western for the eastern world, from whence you came ; but so has the God of Providence ordered it, and we cannot doubt it is. for the best, since both of us, I trust, have the glory of God fully in view.-It will afford you pleasure, I doubt not, to hear that friend preached from the bible which you presented to the new chapel in Colombo, for the first time, on Sunday August 3, from 1 Cor. i. 23. It was committed to my care across the great deep, and it so happened that, though I staid at Galle near three months after our landing, and brothers Osborn and Fox proceeded to Colombo before me, yet I had the pleasure to carry it to its place of rest; and after placing it in the pulpit with my own hands, in the evening I preached out of it for the first time, and I did not forget the giver. No, my dear brother, nor will our God forget this work of faith; it shall be acknowledged, I trust, in the great day, when motives are weighed, and men's actions brought to light. It was no small pleasure to our dear brethren here, to learn that I had met a long time in class with the giver of that Bible: your name is stamped on the cover, and will serve to remind every preacher who uses it, of the genuine influence of true Christianity on the heart of a native of India, and so to encourage him in his missionary work. You will rejoice to hear, that I am already engaged in preaching in a strange language-the Portuguese, (which is understood all round the coast,) and to the Cingalese through an interpreter. But you will rejoice more to hear that many are turning to the Lord.
We have an encouraging prospect in the establishment of schools, where vast numbers of native children are taught the principles of Christianity every day while learning to read; and every sabbath-day by hearing preaching, &c. At Colpetty, about a mile from the fort of Colombo, there is a good work begun in the school; the master, who was educated in our school
at Galle, is undoubtedly converted to God, and such is the blessing attending his prayers and exhortations, that five of the boys come earlier every day, that they may join the master in his prayers; and they go home in the evening and pray with and read to their parents. We have about eight classes round the coast, and I suppose nearly 2000 children under instruction. Mr. Lynch has established a mission also at Madras, to which he again proceeds.
I trust the Lord will bless us, and make us instrumental of much good. My own soul is exceedingly happy in God, and I have many most refreshing seasons from his presence. My voyage was delightful, as it respects safety and quietness, though we had many and great dangers, out of which we were delivered in answer to the prayers of our dear friends. You, my dear brother, have, I do not doubt, often prayed for me. Continue to pray, and God will hear and answer. I need your prayers, for here are many trials connected with the Missionary work. But withal I am very happy in the blessed employ of spreading abroad the Saviour's name; and I doubt not that I shall be more so when I am settled in a station, and get a circle of work assigned me. My kind love to all our dear Christian friends in Thetford.
I remain your ever affectionate
EXTRACT FROM LONDON PAPERS, We are informed, that among the various christian missions established in different parts of the world, those sent out by the Wesleyan Methodists continue to prosper abroad, and are gaining a large increase of support at home. Fifteen Missionaries have been sent out within the last twelve months, and the number now employed abroad is above one hundred. Their Missionaries in Ceylon are printing the new Testament in Cingalese for the Colombo Bible Society, and in that Island alone they have more than eleven hundred native children in their schools. Among the Namaqua Negroes of South Africa, and the slaves in most of the British West-India Islands, where thousands have been benefited by their ministry, they are successfully teaching both adults and children,
bome with symptoms more unfavour- brcak out in extatic raptures, ascrib
ing “glory and hallelujah to the Lamb He applied to those he judged most that was slain for us ;” and wber his skilful in the healing art; and they, no strength was so exhausted that he doubt, did all in their power to restore: could scarce speak to be heard abore but a lurking disease had so corrupted a whisper, being asked if he sar bis his blood, and scattered the arrows of way clear, he answered, “ Yes ! 0 death through the whole tenement, yes! perfectly clear,--all is well with that all their faithful endeavours were me, whether I live or die.” His conrendered abortire.
cluding scene was so perfectly calm I believe it was thought for near for- and serene, that those who sal by his ty days nothing passed through the bed-side could not tell the precise mosystem, in the ordinary course of di- ment when the spirit took its fight; gestion ; added to this a very large im- every feature of his countenance reposthume had collected in the hollow mained composed as in a state of bear. of his thigh, which was finally laid opeu enly contemplation. by surgical operation.
So died our valuable friend. His Through all these sufferings, wbich funeral rites were performed on the were of the most severe description, he following day, in the afternoon. I was not heard to murmur, or wish his was requested to deliver a sermon on sufferings less ; but calmly said, “ the the occasion, before the interinent; will of the Lord be done.”
and for convenience the corpse was He was often asked, in the course removed to our church; and if the of his confinemeut, the state of his number who attended, and the respect. mind, and he always gave the most ful attention paid, should be a rule by unequivocal evidence of his accept- which to form an idea of bis real worth ance with God; frequently uttering, in public estimation, our conclusion « Jesus has done all things well.” must be truly favourable ; for, could
our house have held hundreds more, it << Jesus can make a dying bed is probable they would have been there,
Feel soft as downy pillows are, for vast numbers came to the gale, While on his breast I lean my head, and could neither get in, nor bear, and And breathe my life out sweetly were obliged to be disappointed for there."
want of room.
It affords real comfort in the midst A number of times, in conversation, of bereavement, to hear it so often said, be broke forth in acclamations of “he is gone, but he was truly a good praise and glory to God that he had man, and an ornament in the house of graciously kept him so free from temp. God.” “The memory of the jast shall tation during his ill health.
be blessed." It is said “ Devout men As long as his strength would ad- carried Stephen to his burial.” The mit, it was very common whilst we devout and venerable were his pallwere at prayer with him, to hear him bearers.