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ST. DOMINGO. they worship images, or believe in a plu- [Our readers will recollect that, several rality of gods. I asked my teacher a few months ago, two Missionaries, Messrs. days ago, " Why do you pray to images=” Brown and Catts, sailed for St. DoHe answered, “ We do not pray to them.” mingo. In a letter from Mr. Brown, “ Why do you use them ?" " To assist

published in our Number for April, inus in our devotion ; we know there is but formation was given of their arrival at one God; you worship him (said he) under

Tobago and St. Thomas's, on their no particular shape, which is not a good way, and of what occurred at those way; we make some visible representation islands. The following letters, which of him, the sight of which brings him to have lately come to hand, give a more our remembrance, and helps us to wor- particular account of their voyage, ship bim in a better manner than we their arrival at the place of their desticould without it.” He intimated that we

nation, the reception they have met could not properly kuow God, without with, and what prospects of usefulness some helps of the kind : “ If (continucd are opening before them.] he) I want to find the root of a tree, do I noi follow the branches and trunk'till i Extract of a letter from Mr. J. Brown to

Mr. R. WHEELER. eome to it? So if I want to find out God, the only way is to begin with things Port au Prince, March 11, 1817. which I can see and understand, and go

I take it for granted that you have long on by degrees."—How I wished that I since heard of our daparture from Brishad known enough of the language to ex- tol, the 22d of November, 1816. The evenplain to him thai worshipping of God in ing prior to my going on board, I was inspirit and in truth, which he requires in sensibly led to ruminate on my situation. all who approach him.

I felt my relations gather round my heart; It will be seen by this single instance I saw ihe affectionate friends, smiling that they are not wanting in plausible ar- sabbaths, crowded audiences, and swelling guments for maintaining their own su- choirs, which I was about to leave, perperstitions, to the neglect of the pure doc- haps for ever; I looked forward to a land trines of the Bible. Another great ob- unknown, without friends, assemblies, or stacle is, the immoral lives of many who smiling sabbaths ; where Christianity is profess the Christian name. The native unknown, save through the disguise of Portuguese are said to exceed the Hin- Popery, and where no cheering sound of doos in vice and immorality ; I should þe salvation breaks the horrid silence.—But glad to say the Catholies only act incon- I was checked by the recollection that sistently with their profession. There these thoughts came too late. I had begins, however, to be some curiosity ex- counted the cost, my place was fixed; it cited among the natives by so many now became my business to execute and not Pádres (priests), as they call us, coming to weigh consequences; that promise, “ As to Bombay, (viz. three Americans and thy day is,so shall thy strength be," wasap: myself); and it is but justice to say that plied to my mind; I believed it, I could the upright deportment of two, who have rest upon it, and my soul was calm. We been some years on the island, has given had a passage of five weeks and three some a much better opinion of religion days, to Tobago: my sickness, though vio. than they had betore. I trust we shall lent, was short; and the greater part of live the gospel as well as preach it. We the time I was enabled to pursue my are all on the most friendly terms, and studies to advantage. prayer meetings are held at each of our each day; two sermons on Sunday. We houses, alternately. I hope another mis- also formed a Missionary Society. At sionary will be sent to this station : there is Tobago, where we expected no friends, work enough for twenty in the island we found some warm friends, especially alone.

the gentleman to whom the cargo of the The climate agrees with us very well; vessel was consigned. In a small chapel, and, what is still

better, our souls prosper the only place of worship on the island, in religion. Frequently do I experience we preached four times, and fornied a little “ The overwhelming power of saving class. From Tobago we shaped our grace," and can look forward with a joy- course to St. Thomas's, which we'reached ful anticipation to the time, when this in four days and a half. Here we found mortal shall put on immortality, and my our society in a situation which made our soul, redeemed by the blood of Christ, and hearts bleed. Preaching, prayer-meetcleansed by the Spirit of God, shall be a ings, and class-meetings, are all prohibited habitation of God, through the Spirit, for by law. The appearance of two misever and ever. JOIN HORNER, sionaries seemed to excite a mixture of

We had prayers

emotions in the minds of the few remain- an effort also twice. This you perceive in ing Methodists You would have been but the dawn of our labours, and as to affected as well as we, had you seen them our prospects, it would be imprudent to gather round us, gaze upon us, squeeze say much. There is one church in this our hands, shake their heads, whilst the place. Popery is the religion of ihe state, big tear rolied down their sable faces. I and its superstitions have taken a deep cannot tell how I felt in such a horrid hold on the minds of those with whom place, where liberty of conscience is de- we have conversed. Every thing about nied ; but O, my Christian friends, let this religion seems associated in their minds lead you more fully to prize your privi- with Popery. We have had a great de leges! After waiung eight days, we took mand for religious tracts, chiefly among our passage in a small schooner for Port young perple. We have not disposed of au Prince. The hold and cabin being many Bibles and Teutaments; 1 published full of merchandise and lumber, we were them after preaching this evening. We obliged to be on deck both night and day. rode out to the President ye-terday, he is Whilst stretched on the deck the first remarkably plain in his dress, and smple night, my coat buttoned, a small blanket in his manners, and as east of acces as a wrapped round my feet, and my head re- child.We presented him with a Mi4-101clined on a log of firewood, I thought of ary Report, the last Bible Society Re Mr. Wesley and J. Nelson, in Cornwall; port. He told us all kinds of religious but when I compare the privations and worship are tolerated here, and that we sufferings which Missionaries undergo for were at liberty to visit any part of the Christ, with those that common sailors republic, and to form churches. Hence perpertually endure for a morsel of your perceive our way is open so far: bitter bread, and without a better hope, The island of St. Domingo is divided I lay my hand on my mouth.

into ihree parts. The east end is in pos. The Lord preserved us both, and after session of the Spaniards, Domingo being a passage of eight days, we landed at its capital ; the north-wext end is the Port au Prince, February 7, 1817, as kingdom of Hayti, Christophe, king; Cape well in health as when we left England, Henry (formerly Cape François) capital

; having been exactly eleven weeks from the south-west end is the republic of Hay. the time of our going on board the ti, Port au Prince, capital : there is also Philip, to our reaching the place of our another chief, Gomond, a renegado from destination. Our first business was to Petion, who heads a band of marauders, present our letters of introduction. The that insest the country, near to Jeremie

. respective gemlemen to whom they were Christophe has troops stationed on the addressed, received us politely. The Se- neutral ground, about seven or eight cretary of State, Iaginace,' especially leagues from this place; yet nobody seems welcomed us to the place, and promised to fear an attack, and every thing here is to take the earliest opportunity of presente perfectly tranquil. ing us to the President. The President Port au Prince is situated on the edge and family were out in the country, sick. of a plain, at the end of a large bay. At We waited 8 or 10 days without doing the entrance of the bay is the island any thing in public, not being able during Gonaivis. On each side, the mountains that time to see the President, and judg swell to a great height, their tops being ing it improper to begin our public labours frequently hid in clouds. The city covers till we had his special permissich. We a vast extend of ground; the streets are therefore drew up an address stating our wide, straight, and cross each other at motives, intentions, &c. and requesting right angles ; the houses are built of leave to begin our worship without delay; wood: in the middle of the place they in four days we received His Excellency's are in tolerable repair, but at the outfavourable answer. Painful as I felt it to skirts especially, full one half are in ruins, be silent in a place which had been so The long staie of warfare, a dreadful long in contemplation, and which had hurricane and earthquake last September, cost me so much thought, it pleased God, have produced these devastations. The however, to impose a longer silence upon side next the plain is defended by a ram. me. Thursday gone a fortnight, I was part which stretches from sea to sea, with seized with a fever, from which I am re- batteries at convenient distancer. The covering, but it has left me exceedingly appearance and manners of the people are weak. It was not, therefore, till Sunday quite frenchified. The climate at prevent gone a week that my colleague opened is horrid ; disease and death prevail on his commission

in the house of a lady who every hand, among natives as well con preached several times, and I have made ships

have suffered exceedingly; instances

tave occurred wherein ll out of 14 have more than doubled this last fortnight. been laid up at once. This being ob- We have distributed a great number of served, I may consider myself as gently tracts; and last night we preached to dealt with ; iny colleague has also felt a two different congregations. I took the little of the effects of the climate. I wish congregation at home, and Mr. Catts I had had strength and spirits to have that in another part of the city. We written to you as I would; but you must purpose very soon, God willing, to take however, ihis time, accept the will for the field, and publish in the open air the the deed. You did nobly for missions riches of salvation. Mr. Catts has twice last year, nor will you, I trust, relax your visited a village about eight miles distant, efforts in this. If you knew what we feel Croix des Bouquets, where he has met Ian sure you would not think much to with the most flattering reception. From forego a few little things, to increase our a pulpit or stone under the tree of liberty, comforts. In one sense I consider myself with the Commandant of the place by his happy in being called to be a missionary side, and a file of soldiers ranged round at a time when the religious world is the congregation, to the deeply attentive awake; nor is it the least source of encou- inhabitants, he proclaimed the faithful ragement to a man in a far distant coun- saying that Jesus Christ came into the try to reflect, that, though the same day's world to save sinners. We have had an sun warms not the places they inhabit, yet invitation from the Commandant of anomillions of his friends are sending up ther village, who was one of Mr. Catts's their ardent prayers to heaven on his be- auditors. half, and contributing of their property In the prosecution of our work we have to support him. Weakened as we are by to combat, not only with ignorance and affliction, in a distant country, in a dan- wickedness, common to mankind in an gerous climate, nearly without earthly unconverted state, (both of which are in friends, and surrounded by apparent dit. the extreme) but that which forms the ficulties, need we not your prayers ? And most formidable barrier in our way, is the shall we not have them? Need we not your people's superstition. Many of them are aid, and shall we not have it? The two so ignorant that they know not what a years I feebly filled that pulpit are gone New Testament is ; others, more sensi. to return no more. The events of that ble, have no idea of its being a divine period are registered in eternity; I book, and containing the words of eterpreached; you heard; I was often ashamed nal life. Sabbath-breaking, fornication, of my services. On the review this mo- and adultery, are common sins, and the ment I feel something of the memory of place is notorious for thieving; yet, in the joys that are past, which is pleasant, yet midst of ail, you cannot persuade them montraful to the soul.

but that they are, bons Chretiens, bein bons My paper fills, my strength is exhaust- Chretiens ! good Christians, very good ed; but iny heart is not empty; may the Christians. We are visited by several Eternal God pour down his richest blesse every day, who either coine for tracts, or ings on you! May he multiply you a hun- to have some conversation with us; but I dred-fold. I wish my kindest love to all, do not think we have found one who was throughout the circuit, who may be as- not resting perfectly secure under an idea sembled at your Missionary Meeting. My of their safety. Going to confession, request is, that you will not cease to pray making the sign of the cross, repeating for one who once laboured among you,

; though you see him no more.

up every spiritual malady. Great Your's, affectionately, J. BROWN. numbers carry about them a little book

(one of which I have obtained,) containing Extract of a Letter from Mr. JOAN prayers to Jesus Christ, the virgin Mary, BROWN to Mr. JAMES Wood, dated

&c. all which prayers are said to have had

some miraculous origin.On taking this book Port au Prince, March 31, 1817.

they go to confession, fast ten Fridays, abOUR prospects of usefulness, though far stain from flesh all other Fridays, carry from flattering, are improving; and, this book for one year, repeat five Pater. through the mercy of God, we hope to nosters, and five Ave Marias every Frie succeed in establishing a church here. day. The doing this secures them the From secular power, or the influence of pardon of all their sins, protection from wealth, we have little to expect to give evil, every blessing on earth, and heaven weight to our Mission. It appears, we hereafter! At the end of La Rue de la must stand alone, and work our way, if Croix a crucifix is placed ; hither num. ever we make it. It will be pleasing to bere repair morning and evening to count you to bear that our congregation has their beads, and babble over their devo.

tions. This is Passion-week, and there is

POETRY. much show ; persons in sackcloth, walking barefoot, &c. Last Saturday was a

THE MISSIONARY. solemn procession to the above-mentioned An mirum tibi sit, patriâ quod sede relictá, crucifix; all were covered in black. How Errem, nec mihi res sit, neque certa domus! our hearts are greived at these things, Errant atque alii ;-patriæ dulcedine spretà, not merely to reflect that human in

Mercator cupidus trans mare portat opes, tellect should be so degraded as to sub- Trans mare militis arma tulit, quem fama, stitute these things for the worship of the

lucrumve, great God, but to find that they are put Egit ut in fratrem verteret arma ferox. in the place of our Redeemer, and that by Sæpe uxor sapientis sola relicta dolevit; them the conscience is deadened, and Doctrinæ sponsum causâ abiisse querens, every avenue to the heart locked up. Hôc, ego dispar his, ut missus voce vocarem,

Port au Prince can never be a fa- “ In patris, errantes, ite, redite domum." vourable situation for health. The re- Harborough.

D. W. gular trade winds from N. E. which re

Translation. fresh the other islands, are interrupted by a Far from my country, friends, and all that here, long range of land and high mountains, and I have possessed, or hoped, to me so dear, when the wind is from the east it sweeps That I should wander, leaving British ground! the plain, and is considered very un- Does this excite surprise ?-Yet look around, healthy. All the sea-breeze we have is a How many wander! See, upon the strand, kind of re-action against the trade wind. Dead to the beauties of his native land, The situation of the town, also, being Eager for wealth, the merchant brings bis near mountains, causes the rays of the

stores, sun to beat fiercely upon it, and much of Himself embarks, and flies to other shores. the ground on which it stands is swampy. To other shores have hostile arms been borne,

Though our congregation fills the The bleeding bosom oft transfixt, and torn, house in an evening, on Sunday morning By brother's hands;-truth, piety, and all and afternoon we have not been able to The ties of nature broke, at gain or bonours raise a congregation. The three last

call! Sundays I have preached at one o'clock Nay,such are wisdom's charms, that, all alone, in English. There are very few whites in The wife laments her sapient husband gone this place.

In search of learned lore ;-she silent moures,

And counts the hours, till her lov'd spouse reIn a joint letter from Messrs. Brown and

turns. Carts to Mr. MARSDEN, dated Port au

Far other, nobler cause have I to roam ; Prince, April 21, 1817, they say,

I call the wanderers to their Father's hoine! Our congregation is now too large for

A MISSIONARY HYMN. our house. We cannot yet praise God for

By S. Woolmer. conversions, but a more reverent and

ALL hail Immanuel's name, deeply attentive congregation I never saw.

Adorn'd with richest grace ; Several of them last night at prayer, not

The music, loud proclaiin only kneeled, but actually bent forward,

To all the human race; and put their mouths in the dust. Mr.

From sea to sea, from shore to shore, Cate's affliction has prevented us from

Till the bright sun shall set no more, executing our design of preaching in the open air. Persons call upon us every day

Zephyrs that gently move, for tracts and conversation; but it grieves

And every flowing wave, us that we cannot get more Bibles into Shall spread Immanuel's love circulation. I waited on the President of

And mighty power to save, the Bible Society here; and afterwards on

Till not a dark deserted place the Treasurer. They promised to come

Be found without the light of gtace. and visit us. At length the Treasurer

He shall bear sovereign sway, came, and engaged to get a man of colour Through all the earth abroad; to go with me from house to house. But

And every land obey we depend on God alone for success. Let Their Saviour and their God. us entreat your prayers, and interest as Sheba and Seba bring their store, many congregations as you can

While monarchs prostrate and adore. behalf

. Our increasing congregations, Blessings for ever rest, and their deep attention, shed on us a ray On Israel's mighty Lord, of hope amidst our afflictions, the dan

Men shall in him be blest gerous climate, and the horrid shades of ignorance, wretchedness and superstition

According to his word ; around us.

His name for eyer shall endure,

And in ake his oath and promise sure. Printed at the Conference-Office, 14, City-Road, London; 7.09PP!!!TY, Agent.

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