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The following statistical details will show the state and progress of the work from Christmas, 1836, to Christmas, 1837, inclusive :
Communicants increased from 142 to 205; children at boys' school, increased from 41 to 62 ; ditto at girls' school, 38 to 45; ditto at Sunday-school, 25 ; scholars at men's adult school, 24 ; ditto at women's adult ditto, increased from 12 to 20 ; child. ren at infant-school, established August, 1837, 40.
Weekly catechetical instruction, attended by nearly the entire number of scholars belonging to the boys' and girls' schools, and by a good number of other young persons besides. 250 families and housekeepers have been visited, and received Christian instruction at their own homes.
The Archbishop of Amasie, a Roman Catholic prelate, in order to impress the priests in the diocese of Lyons (over which he exercises episcopal jurisdiction) with a sense of the necessity of making fresh efforts to oppose the progress of the Gos. pel, has circulated among his clergy a letter, in which the following passages occur:
" The labours of Protestants to spread among the people their pretended reforma. tion, and the various means they employ to ensnare, seduce, and pervert the souls of the simple and the unsuspecting, ought na. turally to excite the zeal and vigilance of the clergy. You know, Sir, as well as our. selves, the manoeuvres of heresy at Lyons, and in several other parts of our diocese, where emissaries, for the most part foreigners, rush into the sheepfold like wolves, devouring the flock. For it is no longer clandestinely that this sect labour to make proselytes, or to shake the belief of the faithful, but pub licly in our city they hold their meetings, and in the streets, on the bridges, and even at the very portals of our churches, exhibit and distribute defamatory libels against the clergy, and impious pamphlets, under the most innocent titles, and Bibles translated after their own manner.* They hawk about these bad books in the shops, in the hos. pitals, and even in private houses. Improving every opportunity, they set no limit to their projects of aggression, and seem to aim at the conquest of all the youth of France. All kinds of institutions are formed by them, from the infant asylum to the adult school.
" These pretended reformers have their Bible Societies, their Philanthropic So.
It is almost needless to remark, that by the pamphlets and Bibles thus stigmatised, are meant the doctrinal and controversial publications issued by the Tract and Evangelical Societies of France, and the received Protestant, and even Catholic French versions of the sacred Scriptures circulated by the Bible Society.
cieties, their Elementary and Matual Instruction Establishments," &c.
It may not be unimportant to state, that by a recent decision pronounced in the Cour de Cassation at Paris, the formation of any new Protestant congregation in France stands surrounded by very serious difficulties; a circumstance which, whilst it must be lamented by every heart friendly to the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom in France, cannot fail to add weight to an appeal, which, like the present, calls for aid to enlarge a congregation happily established under the protection of the public authorities now for upwards of six years. London, 8, Paternoster-row,
June 2, 1838. This case is recommended by—The Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel, St. John's, Bedfordrow; the Rev. A. Brandràm, A.M., Earl. street; the Rev. Dr. Steinkopff, Savoy; the Rev. Dr. Burder, Hackney; the Rev. George Clayton, Hackney ; the Rev. Dr. Morison, Hans-place, Chelsea; and by the Committee of Management in London, John Bockett, Esq.; Thomas Farmer, Esq.; Thomas H. Graham, Esq.; John Paynter, Esq. ; John Radley, Esq.; Josiah Roberts, Esq. ; and Percival White, Esq.
Donations will be thankfully received At Toulouse, by Messrs. Courtois and Co., Bankers ; at Montauban, by the Rev. A. Monod, Professor at the Theological Facul. ty; at Lyons, by the Deacons as above; or by the Rev. C. A. Cordes, now in London, at No. 8, Paternoster-row; in London, by Messrs. Hankey, Bankers, Fenchurchstreet; Hatchard and Son, Booksellers, Piccadilly; Seeley, Booksellers, Fleet-street; Nisbet and Co., Booksellers, Berners-street; and by the Committee of Management, as above.
James Evans, Esq...........
B. W. Noel ..............
£ 8. d. E. N. Thornton, Esq. ........ John Bridges, Esq. ........... 0 Miss Hoare ................. 5 0 Thomas H. Graham, Esq. ..... 10 0 0 Mrs. T. H. Graham .......... 5 0 0 Collected by Miss Hall and
Friends at Walthamstow .... 20 0 A. Hamilton, Esq. ........... 10 10 H. Hope, Esq., by Messrs. Hat
chard .................... 15 0 0 W. A. H., by Messrs. Hankeys 2 Anonymous, 101. and 108. ..... 10 J. H...........
......... 2 Hon. and Rev. Lord A. Hervey 30 Rev. R. Anderson, Brighton ... 10 0 0
In addition to the 571. 138. already no. ticed in the Evangelical Magazine, the following sums have been received :Relief Church, Lanark........ 5 0 0 Two Friends................. 2 100 For the Belgium Case, two Friends 2 100
SCOTTISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY The friends of Missions will read with much delight the following passages from the last interesting Report, just published, of the above society, which exhibit pleasing exemplifications of the practical effects of missionary labours. The negro in our West India colonies is now an object of peculiar interest, and it is gratifying to mark his mental, moral, and spiritual capa. bilities, when improved and brought under the power of Christian principle.
Interest of the Negroes in Missions, page 12.—“On Monday evening, November 18th,” says Mr. Blyth, " when the Annual Meeting of the Bible and Missionary Society was held, a very pleasing and animating spirit burst forth among the people, exceeding any thing I have ever witnessed, even in my beloved native land. This caused us to adjourn to the 26th of December, one of the holidays; and our time being on that day restricted by the laying of the foundationstone of the new school, we were obliged to adjourn to the evening of the New Year's. day. I received valuable assistance from my brethren, Messrs. Watson and Anderson, who delivered very animating addresses; but it was among the people (the negroes) themselves that the missionary spirit broke forth, and carried us along with them. On these different occasions, nearly twenty of the members of the congregation addressed the meetings, expressing the simple, but sincere and warm feeling of their hearts, and often with such pathos and zeal, that I could not refrain from tears. It would be in vain to attempt even an outline of their speeches. Some of them said, that the duty of aiding
the missionary work by their money had been too much left behind-that the Gospel had brought great blessings to them, and they ought to send the same blessings to others who were perishing in darkness and sin. One of them illustrated his argument by an allusion to the life-boat. The lifeboat,' he said, 'had been sent to rescue them, and they must send it to save others. Se. veral of them dwelt feelingly upon the kind. ness of the Christian friends who had done so much for them, and the obligations under which they lay to act in a similar manner. One of them remarked, that Jesus died for all men, and not for one or two nations only, which pointed out the duty of sending his Gospel to all. Several of them made affecting allusions to the probable state of many of their relatives in Africa, worshipping perhaps stocks and stones, and ignorant of the Saviour."
“ The objects" (Mr. Blyth adds) " to which their attention is particularly directed, are the following :-To assist in supporting teachers and catechists for the instruction of the young and ignorant among themselves; to assist in supporting a catechist in some destitute part of this island, (Jamaica;) and ultimately to assist in support. ing a missionary in Africa, or to send and support one from among themselves. In the meantime, they are desirous of aiding the Scottish Missionary Society in what it is doing for Jamaica. Last night we took the names of 100 subscribers at various rates of contribution, amounting in all to 701. currency per annum, and I know of many more who will add their names."
Proposed Missionary Society at Lucea, page 22. -"We have,” says Mr. Watson, “our Missionary Prayer Meetings on the first Monday of every month, and on these occasions an uncommon degree of interest has lately prevailed. At our last Missionary Prayer Meeting a spirit of un. usual excitement was manifested by the people, and it was proposed to call a meeting of the whole congregation, when it should be made a matter of special prayer to God, and of serious consideration among our selves, what we could do as a congregation to aid in spreading abroad throughout the world the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope soon to lay before you the result of that meeting, when, I trust, I shall be able to report our congregation having formed an auxiliary in aid of the Scottish Missionary Society. Let the directors of our society be encouraged, and rejoice in the wonderful, the heart-stirring, and soulcheering fact, that the mission churches planted by them in a far distant island of the Atlantic Ocean are themselves becoming Missionary Churches, &c., to follow the
footsteps of the Great Captain of Salvation, with us, now lost all command of herself, and to send the Gospel onward to the re- and, supposing that she had fallen into the gions beyond them, until it has encircled hands of savages, was like to go distracted the globe.” He finely adds, “The age of for fear the infant should receive any injury; miracles is indeed past, but the age of while another band of negroes crowded Christian devotedness to the cause of the round her, and assured her of the child's Redeemer is coming on, and will, by the safety, in a language which she could not Divine blessing, do far more for the conver- comprehend. She was carried by the people sion of the world than could be done by a to the house of one of my members, where temporary suspension of the laws of nature, she found every comfort ready for her and however extraordinary.".
the children, Display of fine Negro feeling, page 14: "On the evening of the same day, I my. “It was stated in last Report, that Mr. self reached Lucea, having left Mrs. Watson Watson, who had been obliged to leave Ja at Mr. Waddell's, and rode all the way on maica and to return to Scotland, on account horseback, a distance of upwards of thirty of the ill health of Mrs. Watson, had again miles. It was a beautiful moonlight night embarked with his family for that island. when I entered the town; and I thought After a voyage of about six weeks, they cast that, under the cover of night, I would get anchor in Montego Bay; but Mrs. Watson, into the town without being recognised, and who had been very unwell during the voyage, thus get safe to my lodgings, and meet the was so weak that it was evident she would people quietly next day; but never was a not be able to proceed to Lucea for some man more woefully disappointed. The very days, and it was therefore judged advisable second house I passed, there were some to take her in the first instance to Cornwall, people sitting outside the door, conversing the nearest of our stations. In the mean. in the cool clear moonlight, which they time,' says Mr. Watson, the children and often do in this country, and by them I was Mrs. Niven went forward in a boat, accom recognised. The hue and cry was raised, panied by the teacher and the servant. The • Parson do come! parson do come! we news of our arrival at Montego Bay had minsta ! we minsta ! we see him out of we reached Lucea, and the people in the town own eye!' I was obliged to dismount, and were all overjoyed, and anxiously looking for was carried into the house. The report our arrival amongst them. As the boat with having spread through the town, the house my children approached the land, the beach was filled with people, and in every way was covered with the negroes and towns which you can conceive did the poor negroes people, who, imagining that Mrs. Watson compliment me on my safe arrival amongst and myself were in it, had come down to them again, mingling with their compli. welcome us again amongst them. When the ments the most ludicrous expressions boat reached the beach, the utmost joy was complaining of my long absence- had doubts expressed by the crowd to see the children; of my return-and blessed God that • Him but on being told that Mrs. Watson and I bring me back,' As I was very fatigued, I had gone to Mr. Waddell's, some symptoms asked them to allow me to go forward to of disappointment were manifested. How where I intended resting for the night. The ever, they soon rallied again, and shook hands streets were crowded ; and with great diffi. with Mr. and Mrs. Niven, welcomed them culty, noise, and confusion, I reached my to the island, and wished them long life and lodgings, where I found all the children usefulness. The teacher, a young man whom well, and every thing right with our newly I had taken out with me, was next the ob- arrived friends.' ject of their attention. They wished to “While the warm and affectionate recepknow, If him parson too;' and on being tion which Mr. Watson and his family told that he had come to teach them and received from the negroes could not fail to their children to read, they expressed them- be gratifying to him, it presents to the selves quite overjoyed at his arrival, and Christian public powerful encouragements wished that I had brought two more with to increased exertions in their behalf. In me, as they want teachers very much. what country, whether Christian or heathen,
"Meanwhile, they had literally run off would the messengers of Divine mercy meet with my children. One group was running with such a hearty reception? It almost up towards the town with one of them ; reminds us of the reception of the apostle another group, with another; and, to crown
Paul by the Galatians of old — Ye re. the whole, the little infant, which they had ceived me as an angel of God, even as Christ not seen before, was taken out of the arms Jesus. I bear you record, that, if it had of the nurse, and lost in an instant amid a been possible, ye would have plucked out crowd of loquacious sable damsels. The your own eyes, and have given them to woman who had the charge of the child, me.'" and whom we had brought from Scotland
PACALTSDORP STATION, SOUTH AFRICA. PACALTSDORP,* of which a representation is given on the preceding page, is situated in the district of George, in the colony of the Cape of Good Hope ; being distant, in an easterly direction, about 300 miles from Cape Town, and three from the town of George. It stands on an elevated site, in the midst of a large and beautiful plain, near Mossel Bay, and commands a view of George. The settlement is enclosed by a strong fence, erected by the Hottentots belonging to the Institution, the number of whom, according to the latest returns, is about 828.
The large building in the centre of the drawing is the Mission Chapel; close to which, on the right, stands the adult Sabbath-school. At a short distance in the same direction is the entrance-gate of the Institution. Beyond this, on the extreme right, the village of George presents itself; in the rear of which are the Cradock Mountains. The large building next but one to the chapel, on the left, and the other which forms the last of the range in that direction, are the dwelling-houses of the Missionary and the schoolmaster, and the building between these, adjoining the former, is the Infant-school. The smaller erections in the same line are chiefly the out-offices of the Mission; and the remainder, together with those scattered in various directions over the enclosed space, are the houses of the native inhabitants.
The Mission at this place originated in a visit to the spot by Messrs. Read and Wimmer, a short time before that of the Rev. Mr. Campbell, in 1813. They remained there for a while, preaching the Gospel to the inhabitants, both bond and free, who listened to them with apparently deep interest, and earnestly entreated that a Missionary might be sent to reside among them. When Mr. Campbell afterwards visited the settlement, the people repeated their request; and in February, 1813, Mr. Charles Pacalt was appointed to the Station.
The efforts of Mr. Pacalt to promote the important object of his mission, and to advance the people in civilisation, were of an energetic and useful character; and he had the satisfaction to witness much good effected through his instrumentality. In a comparatively short period, his congregation amounted to between 200 and 300; being composed partly of the people of the Institution, partly of inhabitants of the town of George, and partly of persons in the service of the neighbouring farmers. The number of communicants was about forty. A day-school was established, consisting of about sixty scholars, who, with a number of adults, and the rest of the children of the Institution, also received catechetical instruction on the Sabbath.
On the 26th of November, 1816, it pleased Divine Providence to remove Mr. Pacalt by death, in the midst of his usefulness, and the Institution was shortly afterwards placed under the care of the Rev, J. G. Messer, whose labours in connexion with it were abundantly blessed ; the attendance on public worship increased to about 300, the number of communicants to 46, and the school to 70. Shortly after his arrival, he commenced a Sabbath-school, chiefly for the religious instruction of those who could attend on no other day; and the poor slaves and others flocked from all quarters to avail themselves of the means of instruction ; even those “who for many years," Mr. Messer said, “had appeared to possess hearts as hard as a stone, came and bowed their knees at the feet of Jesus."
In January, 1822, the Rev. William Anderson succeeded Mr. Messer in the charge of the Station, at which he still continues to labour with fidelity and zeal.
The preceding statements convey a general view of the more prominent
• Formerly called Hoege Kraal.