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produce alarm and uncertainty at the setile- and judgment; all his commandments are ments. The mission among the Cherokees sure.' Ps. cxi. 7 ;-concluding with fervent had proceeded without disturbance. In prayer. The attention and devotion of the transmitting these reports from Bethlehem, auditory was great. in Pennsylvania, one of the Missionaries “ The great church of Bridgetown was, observes :-" O low much do we wish that on this awful day, so much crowded, that it peace may be soon restored between Great could hardly contain the people, who, at Britain and the United States, as also be- eleven o'clock in the forenoon, with lan(ween the belligerent powers in Europe ! thorns in their hands, took refuge in the And how consoling it is tliat we feel aud en house of prayer; so great was the consterjoy, amidst the present calamities on earth, nation of all the inhabitants." true spiritual union with all children of God,

2. Surinam.-An attempı has been made of every nation and party, and that prace, to renew the mission among the Arawack which ihe world can neither give nor take Indians, on the river Corentyn. The Misaway!"

sionaries employed on this service, reached IV. WEST-INDIES.

their destination in June, 1812. In the fold 1. Barbadoes. A letter from Sbaron, in lowing September they were well in health, that island, dated May 30, 1812, states as and occupied with forming their settlements. follows:

The baptized Indians were diligent in their “ Amidst all causes for complaint which aliendance on Divine Worship. The spirit of might be mentioned, we have also great the men who have hazarded their lives in season to be humbly thankful to the Lord this perilous undertaking, will be seen from fur many mercies, and we yet perceive, that the following extract of one of their lele the Gospel is not preached in vain. As a proof of this assertion, I may quote, that " We have settled in the midst of a thick on Sunday service is in general well at forest, which cannot be converted into a tended by a serious congregation of Ne. fruitful field, without persevering and great groes, both belonging to us, and strangers. exertions. Yet, by the Lord's blessing, we It is true, that in the week-days our own hope, that in a reasonable time, we shall people do not come to church as much as reap the fruits of our labour with thankful we could wish; but when we consider the hearts, earned truly by the sweat of the great distance of some, and the peculiar sin brow, in this exir hot climate. You luation of others, we should not bastily would, indeed, nut guess, that we were arpronounce this seeming neglect to arise from pointed and ordained 10 a clerical office, if indifference to their souls' concerns. I as. you were to see us in our daily work, digging sure you, that I have frequently conversed and delving, felling trees, and cutting our with some of our Negrocs concerning the way through bushes. The underwood is exo state of their souls, when they bave spoken ceedingly thick and interwoven, but paas freely and experimentally of the Lord's tience and perseverance will work through it dealings with them, and their desire to live in time. This is all made easy to us by that for Hip in this world, as I have ever heard reflection, ihat whatsocver we do, we do in the most truly converted persons in Europe the name of our Saviour, whom we delight do; and their life and conversation prove, to serve. 0! if our nouths were but soon that it is not mere talk."

opened, and our tongues loosened, to doIt then gives an account of the alarm clare the word of His cross and all-sufficient caused throughout the island, by the extra atonement to these brown heathen, why now ordinary darkness which occurred on the appear so listless, and indifferent towards it, 30th of April, 1812, in consequence of the that by its power they might be renewed in volcanic eruption of Mount Soutfrier, in St. spirit, and give themselves up to Him, who Vincent's. The darkness continued from has also for them suffered the bitter agony of six in the morning till past noon, attended an ignominious death, to redeem them froin will showers of dust.

the slavery of sin." “ About one, a little light from the sun's The mission among the free Negroes at rays appeared, to the great comfort of every Bambey seems to languish for want of aid human being he island. About three from Europe. The Negroes, also, are said o'clock many Negroes, from far and near, to be adverse to restraint and good counsel. assembled together in our church, forming Some encouraging hopes, however, were af* large congregation, to whom a discourse forded, by several of tnem owuing their dewas delivered on the Scripture text for the fection, shewing contrition, and desiring to day : • The works of His hands are verity be again restored to spiritual lite.

On every

Ar Paramaribo, the prospect was much of the poor Negroes are then given, and more encouraging.

they are accompanied by the following ro“ The number of new people has in- mark on the part of the Missionaries :creased this year, more than at any former “ We were greatly affected by the willing period; and our hearts are filled with hum. spirit prevailing in our congregation, and ble joy and thankfulness, wlienever we meet had encouraging proofs of the truth of the in the presence of our Saviour, and receive frequent declaration of the Negroes, that tlie renewed assurances, that the word of His word of God, preached in this place, is to cross, which we preach in weakness, is ac them a most precious treasure, and their ascompanied with power and the demonstra- sembling themselves together to hear it and tion of His Spirit in the hearts of our enjoy Christian instruction and fellowship, hearers."

their chief delight." Again :

The church has since been so far ad. “ We have much cause to extol the saving vanced, that it was used for public worsliip name of our God and Saviour, He is with in the Passion Week of 1813. Though enus, and blesses our ministry. More Negroes larged by one-third, throughout the whole are awakened from the sleep of sin by the week the anditory was so numerous that power of the Gospel, and the new people many were obliged to stand before ibe doors amount now to thirty-eight.

and windows. On Good Friday evening, monthly prayer-day, some are added to the 2000 Negroes were present. church by holy baptisin, and others are ad "Our prayers were fervent to the Lord: mitted partakers of the Lord's Supper on that, by His Spirit, He might cause the word communion-days. Since the beginning of of the Cross to be the power of God unto this year, thirty-eiglit adults and twelve salvation to many of their souls, ad graut children have been baptized, and forty-five them faith in their crucified Redeemer. persons added to the communicants. Nine “ On Maunday Thursday, 111 brethren were excluded, but we had the satisfaction and 175 sisters were present at the celebrato re-adinit fourteen, who returned and tiwn of the Lord's Supper. showed sincere repentance. Seventeen have “ Three adules were baptized on Easter departed this life, rejoicing in hope of the Monday, and 18 were added to the class of salvation of their souls, through the merits new people, who seemed to have been of our Saviour. We are now under the awakened uring the Passion-Week, and pressing necessity of enlarging our church, led to serious concern for the salvation of which for these inany years has needed re their souls." pair, and is much too small for the increas " At the close of the year 1812, our ing number, both of the congregation and congregation of Christian Negroes at Paraother hearers, who constantly attend Divine maribo, consisted of 400 communicants ; worship."

42 baptized adults, not yet admitted to the “ We look with confidence to the wil. Lord's Supper; 65 baptized children: in lingness of our brethren and friends in Ea all, 507 persons, besides candidates and tope, and (since we are now British sub catechumens." jects) in England, to help us, and request 3. Jamaica.-The following are extracts them herewith most carnestly to consider

of leliers received from the Missionaries in le work of our Lord in this country also,

this island: and to assist us by such donations as they Bogue, April 5, 1812.-Being Sunday, muay have ability and willingness to bestow I went, in the morning, as usual, to Elim, upon us. We shall hardly be able to com where I had an attentive auditory. In the plete it under 3001. sterling, or near 10,000 evening, the meetings were well attended guilders paper currency.

at the Bugue. Since the last baptism at " You will rejoice to hear, with what Easter, we have the satisfaction to see many cheerfulness our chapel-servants and negro Negroes coming to inquire when they may assistants proposed to lend a helping hand be baptized; which gives us a good oppor. in this work. They offered to encourage tuniny to speak with them of the necessity the whole congregation to take share not of conversion, and a total change of heart, only in bringing the building materials, &c. to be wrought by the Lord and His Spirit, to the spot, but in giving their mile towato's before baptism can be of any avail to it. We have lately had several instances of them." their willingness to do all in their power to “ June 13 --The ricetings both at Elim support the mission."

and here (the Boque), continued to be well acveral striking instances of the liberality attended by botb the members of the con

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Bregation and strange Negroes. Both in the much in price, planted plenty of a certain classes, and when we spoke with the indi. fruit, growing in the ground, which a storm viduals, we felt much encouraged by the cannot carry away, the poor people would proofs we had of a work of the Holy Spirit absolutely be in danger of starving." in their souls."

“ Nov. 11.-Respecting the mission, I “Sept. 13.--Being prayer-day, four adults may truly say, that the Lord blesses our received holy baptism. An unusual number feeble endeavours to make known His naine of Negroes attended at this solemnity, and among the beathen. Since Easter last, 41 the Lord gave me grace to speak, from the persons have been baptized here and at the fulness of iny heart, of His desire, thal 1100 Bogue; and 56 have becomes candidates. any should perislı, but all come to the know A good number were admitted to the Lord's ledge of the truth, repent, and believe the Supper. New people frequently apply fur Gospel, that thus they might attain remis- baptism and church-fellowship. -sion of sins in his blood. Several came “ Among the new-comers was a Negro, afterwards, and desired their names to be who lives 12 miles from Carmel. He said: written down, expressing their determina • Massa, I would have you to know, that I tion to give their liearts to the Lord Jesus, want to come to you, and to be baptized. and become members of His cburch.

I am a Mahometan; and in my country we “ 16th.--Al the class of the new people also believe in Moses. But I think my 23 were preseut, 11 belonging to this estate, faith is not the right one. I wish to come anıl 11 to Elim. It is pleasing to see the to Jesus Christ. I have one wise, and she gagerness with which they come to this is of the same mind. We have prayers tomeeting. We are chiefly occupied in it with gether, and always pray to Jesus Christ. asking questions, and explaining texts of Did we not live so far off, we should have Scripture, which they have learnt to repeat, come before now, and begged you to baptize especially such portions as refer to holy bap- lis.'” tism. They are all anxious that they may 4. Antiguo -A letter from this island, not come behind, in giving proper answers, dated St. John's, Dec. 25, 1812, acknowand therefore never stay away, but from the ledges the receipt of seven boxes of Bibles most urgent necessity. We find, that the and Testaments, from the British and Foway here adopied makes more lasting im- 'reign Bible Society. The writer adds:pressions upon their minds, than any dis To see that worthy and benevolent Socourse delivered to them."

ciety extending its generosity so far, as to “ Dec. 51. - We met lo conclude the send such a large quantity of Bibles and year, in fellowship with our negro congre. Testaments for the use of the Negroes in this gation, when we thankfully remembered all island, is more than we could ever have exthe mercy, grace, and favour, which the pecied. We beg them to accept our warmest Lord has bestowed on us in the year past, ihanks for the same; and no doubt, the beand craved His pardon of our manifold sins nefit and blessing attending the distribution and failings. We felt His peace, and could of these precious volumes will be great, firmly trust, that He will continue to bless May ile Lord himself be their reward, and us, and to cause His work to flourish in this bless all those abundantly who contribute island also. During the past year 16 bave tu support such a highly beneficial institubeen baptized, and 6 admitted to the Lord's tion. Supper. Our congregation, reckoning all “ About a fortnight ago I visited a malethe new people who couslanıly attend and factor in gaol, who was condemned to be come to speak with us, consists of 207 per- banged, and found a fellow-prisoner with sons."

him, to whom a Testament had been given, “ Carmel, March 15, 1813.—The great reading it to him and others. This was storm, which we experienced last summer, made the blessed means of bringing the poor has nost materially affected the condition criminal to true repentance. He cried 10 of the Negroes, by destroying all their pro- ' the Lord Jesus for mercy, and died as a pevision-grounds. Whenever we go to visit nitent siuner, trusting in the merits of his them in their huts, they cry out, “ Massa, Saviour. hunger kill we;' and indeed they look so Al another time, I visited a sick man lean and emaciated, that we cannot behold wilo bad received a Testament. He said, them without piiy. It will be full two with a flood of tears, I have read in this months before the plantains and the Indian Testament, and in every page of it I read corn become fit to cat. Were it not for our my own condemnation. This gave ine a coffee planters, who, wheu cofee fell :0 desirable opportunity of making him sensi

ble, that he might also find in it that atone turn to be at home, and Brother Light's to ment for sin, by which he may be pardoned visit some distant plantations. The meeting and justified before God."

for reading and contemplating the account * Internally we liaye had a very blessed of the last hours of our Divine Redeemer, year, and the work of the Lord has in- previvus to His death on the cross, was apcreased, for which we bring our warmest pointed for one o'clock, as the Negroes' thanks and praise to Him alone. Many, noon-time was to last from twelve to iwo. O who had lived in cold indifference and gone I wish my dear Brother L. had been there astray, for a longer or shorter time, have re to have witnessed what I did, during those turned as penitent sinners to the good Shep- two hours. I thought I saw an almost literal herd, who came to seek and to save the lost. fulfilment of Isaiah 12. 1-11. Again a considerable number, who but lately As I sat in my room, having a good were slayes of sin and Satan, and seemed view of the roads leading from different quite unconcerned about their soul's salva- plantations, I could see the people running tien, begin to pay attention to the word of in companies, at various uistances; and as God, and ask what they must do to be it occurs with persons, when they are in easaved.

ger haste after any thing from which they “ More than 200 of our congregation expect much pleasure, one may see the bent here at St. John's have finished their course of the mind in the attitude of the body, so happily, and are now delivered from all sin, it was bere. They took every short cut, the pain, and misery. Some of them lived in young and stout passing before the lame and extreme poverty, and died for want of nou infirm, and the latter pressing on with all rishment.

their might, stretching their heads and arms " In externals, we liave had a very heavy forward, every effort bespeaking the eageryear. The oldest people say, that they never ness of iheir very souls, to be present at a Temember such distress before. If bodily place, where they might bear the marvelsufferings and famine cause the inhabitants, lous history, how Jesus, the Son of God, or at least a part of them, to turn to the gave himself a sacrifice for sinners. When Lord and receive His word, and to feel huna I considered that many, if pot all of these ger and thirst after righteousness, then the poor people, had just thrown down their gracious aim of the present afflicting dis hoes, left their nouns' morsel, and foregone pensation will be obtained."

their little rest in the epiddle and heat of “ Jone 22, 1813.--The work of the Lord the day, of which they stood so much in in this island continues to increase, and we need, for the support of their bodies under have abundant cause to be thankful for His hard labour, I broke out almost involuntarily. mercy, parience, and long-suffering towards in this ejaculation; · 0 Lord Jesus! feed as, a poor, detective people; for this we these poor hungry souls with the precious account our salvation."

word of Thy sufferings and death. O ena" From Easter 1812 to Easter 1813, ble Thy poor unworthy servant to give them there have been baptized, or received into their meat in due season!'-As I went tuthe congregation (having been baptized as wards the chapel, I beheld still many comchildren), at St. John's, 195 adults; at ing at a distance. The chapel was soon Gracehill, 97; at Gracebay, 18; total 310, filled, and the last comers had to stand beFor the first time have been adınitted to the fore the doors and windows. When I beLord's Supper, at St. John's, 152; at Grace- gan to read, the most eager attention was hill, 54; at Gracebay, 20: total 226. Ous visible in every countenance. It was, in-, fervent wish and prayer is, that they all may deed, an hour of blessing for both speaker pruve faithful followers of Jesus, and walk and hearers. — I stood afterwards at my worthy of their holy and heavenly calling." door, to see how the people returned to

“ Gracehill, April 23, 1813.-We haye their homes, and was much affected by the just had a most blessed celebration of the devout, quiet manner, in which so large a Passion-week and Easter-holidays, both liere congregation separated, the very counteand at St. Jobu's and Gracebay. Very nances of many bespeaking that humble," great numbers have again attended the read. bruken, and contrite spirit which acconpaing of the last discourses of our Lord, and nies a true conviction, that our sins have the history of His sufferiogs and death, both crucified the Lord of glory. at the chapels, and on several estates, which “ In the evening, the chapel was again we visit for that purpose.

crowded, and when at the words, He bowed * I account last Good-Friday one of the His head and gave up the glost, the con. happiest days of my ministry. It was my gregation fell on their knees, such an awful CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 147.

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and heari-neiting sense of the all-aroning affected by it. On Easter Sunday morning. death of Jesus pervaded the assembly, that not only the church, but all the space about some wept aloud,

it, was crowded with attentive learers. Nine Reflecting upon this subject, which I adults were baptized on this festival day." did with humble gratitude 10 our gracious “ June 230.--Henry departed this life Lord and Saviour, I in ught; What is it in St. John's plantation. He was baplized that makes these poor Negroes, who by via in 1773, and adnitied in the holy comture are lazy, sensual, and devilish, and by munion in 1774. In 1794, being appointed being long accustomed to walk w in sin an asistant, he approved himself, for 28 without controul, far alienated from God, years, a most faithful aud useful servant of 80 eager to hear the simple testimony of Je tie negro congregation. His character was su's sufferings and death, that they readily that of a sin,ple, hunible follower of Jesus. forego some of the first and most powerful Some days before his decease, he said to a calls of nature, such as rest and the satisfy- friend : " I will once more go to my wife ing of hunger, while the same subject is, to (who lived on another estate), and thatch one part of the civ lized world, foolishness, her house for her, for in a few days I shall and to another, a rock of offence? I was go home to our Saviour." Having finished not long left in suspence, how to resulve this the roof, le desired to return home, and question. It is the Lord and liis Spirit that immediately took to his bed. He then perhath opened their hearis! and iherefore, as suaded his wile, who had accompanied him, it was in the days of His flesh, while the to return, lest she should he blamed on his proud and self-righteous Pharisee hated and account. The day following, the overseer despised Jesus and His docuine, and the wanied to send bim to the sick-house, but worldling could spare 110 time from his earthly on the road, having desired to rest a little, pursuiis to attend to Him who came from he instantly expired without a groan. He Heaven to give us everlasting riches, we are is now in the presence of Him, whom here, repeatedly told, that the common people though unseen, he loved, and served with beard him gladly. Thus it is in this our day. his whole heart."

“ On Easter-Sunday there were as many August.--- At the Lord's Supper on the people at Gracebill, as would have twice 211, 770 communicants were present. On filled our spacious chapel."

communion days we

are engaged from 5. Danish Islands.- In the island of St. niorning vill night. Many can come only on Thomas the Brethren have two Mission that day to speak with us, for during the Settlements, with congregations containing werk days it becomes more and more the 2285 Negroes, of whom 1188 are communi fashion to keep the Negroes at work till cants. In the island of St. Croix there are very late, which prevenis many from artree Settlements, and the congregations tending the evening-service." contain 8443 Negroes, of whom upwards of September 220,- Brother Huenerbein, 2600 are communicants. In the island of being engaged in visiting the aged and St. Jan are two Set:lements: the congres sick people, called upon a married couple, gations consist of 1461 Negroes, of whvin Seth and his wife. The poor man lies in a 677 are communicants,

helpless state, and his blind wife waits upon The following Extracis are taken from the him with the wost faillisul attention, cooks Diary of the Alissiun at Friedensthall, in his victuals, and does all the work of the St. Croix :

house. Their truly Christian love towards " March, 1912. - St the Lord's Supper each other, their peace and serenity of on the 191, 737 of our comronicants were mind, and joyful expeciation of the near present. Bromber Huenerbein, after visiting' approach of that happy moment, when they the sick and agrd at Friecien-field, adwini shall be released from all earthly Ironbles, stered the cominunion 10 94 persuas and enter into the presence of their God

* The Passion-week was celebrated by us and Saviour, is remarkably edifying. To with particular blessing. On Maunriay visit such people is a real strengthening of Thursday and Good Friday our chuich our hands in our missionary lubours, and, could not contain the number of hearers; blessed be the Lord, this is only one in. and we confiden 'y crust, that the reading stance among a great many." of the history of our Lo d's bitter sufferings. " In 1812, 58 children, and 97 adults, and death for us, which ne continued every have been baptized; and 86 admitted to evening throughout the week, may have leit the holy communion. The congregation an abiding impression upon the hearts of at Friedensthall consists, at the cluse of the those present, most of whoru seemed much year, of 5161 persons."

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