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of the distinguished respect with which I prayers, and preached twice : they all have the honour to salute you.
heard very attentively, and many of ihern (Signed)
B. INGINACE, appeared to feel the word. The next day, Secretary to the Government. after being in an open boat, exposed to Mr. Reynolds,
the scorching sun, about nine hours, we Commander (or Master) of
arrived at another isle, where I found the Ship Hebe.
many persons who had never heard a
I conversed with a number of Letter from Mr. M. Head to Mr. James them, and proposed preaching; they Woop.
unanimously agreed to attend, and asNew Providence, Aug. 9, 1816. sembled under a large tree, where they REV. AND DEAR SIR,
heard with deep attention. I believe I left Abaco Saturday morning, July that some of them felt the force of the 27th. On my taking leave of the people divine truths which I was enabled to dethere we sang and wept together, and liver upon the occasion. A poor man commended each other to God by fervent requested me to accept of a supper and prayer. It was truly affecting to see so lodging at his house that night, which many of the inhabitants following me at invitation I readily accepted. The next the boat side, and to hear their ardent day, after encountering the danger arisdesires for another preacher as soon as ing from a heavy thunder storm at sea, I possible.
arrived in another isle, where I preached They have a very neat little chapel, in the evening. During the last quarter and two rooms for ihe preacher, with a I visited almost all the settlements both convenient kitchen, all which bave been north and southward of our chapel at built since I came among them. The Abaco, to the distance of about 80 miles. seats in the chapel are all let. Were a My time being so much taken up with preacher among the people there, I doubt the affairs of the chapel, prevenied me not that much good would be done, for from paying another visit to those parts. their hearts seem prepared to receive the Through mercy, notwithstanding hard word of truth. The people at Abaco are labour, &c. my health is good. I feel în general very poor, and hence cannot great delight in my Divine Master's work; do much towards the support of a and the inore hardships I am called to preacher, but they are willing to do all endure, I experience the more spiritual in their power:
consolation. When I left the District in the month I have received some letters from broof April, I went by way of Harbour thers Moore and Ward, the former of Island, (as no direct opportunity offered whom has been unwell, but is now much for Abaco) and after remaining there a recovered. The work of the Lord prosfew days, I proceeded towards my desti- pers in the hands of those brethren. nation. When, after we had been out at Brothers Rutledge and Dowson are well, sea four days, we drew near to a small isle and going on prosperously in bringing on the coast of Abaco, about 64 miles sinners to God, and in building up from my appointed place; the Captain, at believers. my request, ordered the boat to be let
I am, dear Sir, your's, &c. down, and some of the crew to low me
MICHAEL HEAD. on shore; as I had proposed to let the vessel go on with my luggage, and in- Extract of a Letter from Mr. M. HEAD, tended to prosecute the remainder of my
to a Friend in Jersey. journey in boats, and visit the small isles
Bahamas, August 18, 1810. as I went along. After rowing about a DEAR FRIEND, mile from the vessel I had left, we came This is Lord's day, about 5 o'clock, up with some fishermen, who at my re- here, your bed-time in Jersey; for our quest readily gave me a passage to their time is four hours and a half later than isle. On my arrival there I was conducted with you. We have just come to an anto one of the most respectable cottages in chor for the night; we have been endur. the place, the owner of which bade me ing a tremendous storm; I am on my sit down, and told me I was welcome to voyage to Long Island, my new circuit. remain at his house as long as I chose. I lefi Abaco about a fortnight ago :-We After having expressed my gratitude to have a neat little chapel there. After to him for his kind invitation, I went and being out about a week, we landed at conversed with the people from cottage New Providence. The Bahama Islands to cottage, and inforined them that I in. are computed to be about 500 in number, tended to preach to them the next morn- large and small; but I can venture to say ing, which was the Lord's day. I read there are many more, some of them inere Pocks. At this season of the year it is and it is my grief that I do not love him very dangerous to go out of harhour, for more than I do. I feel my mind drawn be barricanes are expected every hour. to covenant afresh with him from this Det New Providence, and am no further hour, and to be more zealous in his videsban a hundred miles from it this evening. yard, and to give my soul more fully to Weat a sabbath hath this been! nothing him. I believe it is my duty to work for to be seen but water and rocks, and a God while I have it in my power. I inbeasy storm almost all day. Oh! what tend to spare no time or strength, but to courage, faith, patience, zeal, and pru- devote the whole to him on Long Island, dence are necessary for a poor Missionary come what may. I am inclined to think in this part of the world! This is our I shall not stand it long, but let God bottest time of the year ; many officers, look to that ; and his will be done. as well as inhabitants, have observed to Friday, 23d. I expect to land to-more re they never remembered such a hot row, if the breeze continue; we have had summer in their lives. After preaching a long passage ever since Snnday mornWe are obliged to change all our clothes. ing the 14th, but the will of the Lord be Our hours for divine service on the Lord's done in all things. day are, five in the morning, when a I remain, your's, in the best of bonds, prayer meeting is held ; nine, for preach
MICHAEL HEAD. ing, and at four in the afternoon ; we bave also preaching three times on the NEW SOUTH WALES. week evenings. This is in Providence, INTELLIGENCE has at length been rebut we preach more on the neighbouring ceived of the arrival of Mr. Leigh at this bles, so called. Through mercy I have distant colony. He landed there in July, enjoyed good health, and thanks be to 1815, and commenced preaching at Side the Lord, he has preserved me hitherto ney, and some other places. The vessel in the midst of fevers and contagious in which he sailed left New South Wales disorders of various kinds, which are in. in September, 1815, but Mr. Leigh postcident to a country like this. I can as- poned writing until the Packet sailed. By sure you, no person has any business that conveyance he sent his letters and here except he is prepared for death every journal, but as the Packet met with some moment.
accident at sea, they have not yet been reThursday, 22d. The Captain offered ceived. After so long a delay, it is how. to take any letter which I might have to ever very satisfactory to hear of the ar. forward to England, for he has charge of rival and the commencement of the the mail, and is going to land me, and labours of this Brother; and also a pleasing then go on to the furthest isle in the Ba- account of his diligence in religious duties kamas to meet the British Packet. The during the voyage, from the person who Packet never comes further than the first made this communication. island towards Jamaica ; the coast is so dangerous that a vessel is kept on pur- The Missionaries, Messrs. Foz, pose, with a good pilot. I waited on His OSBORNE, and NewsTEAD, for Ceylon, Excellency the Governor, to get per- after being driven back by the dreadful mission to go in her, and to be at Long gales of November 10th, 11th, and 12th, Island. He very readily granted my re- finally sailed from Portsmouth on the 22d. quest, and gave the Captain orders; Their past preservation calls for gratitude, therefore it is one consulation, I am fa- and we trust their future preservation in voured with a good vessel, and good pi- the hands of Him whom winds and seas lots; one on board, and the best of all, obey. in heaven. We have had tremendous The following extract from Mr. Fox's storms: the storms here are not as at journal, will be read with great interest. bome, for in a moment, when all appears Nov.g. It blows a furious gale. The fair, the thunder, lightning, and wind, sea runs literally mountains high; the come and knock the vessel on her beam- vessel pitches very much. We have run ends, except all sails are let go in a mo- all day under a single sail, (fore-top-sail), ment. Through mercy I can sit up in and that reduced to the smallest size, the cabin and read, and walk the deck a been close reefed. Brothers 0. and N. little; but it is oppressively hot, so that very sick, all the rest well. there is no showing on deck by day: Nov. 10. This morning I awoke very poor black men chiefly steer by the di- early by a considerable thumping some rection of a white man below, in the where aft in the ship. We were running cabin stairs. When I consider how the with a strong breeze, and ours was the Lord has preserved me amongst conta- lee side, which was considerably in the gious fevers, and the effects of the sun, water. The noise seemed to come from I am quite astonished at his goodness; the rudder Jackling. I was a little alarm ed, knowing, that if the weather tackling arrow through the air. Having death gave way, we should be laid on the just before us, I asked each of the combeam ends at once. I arose, and with pany, if they did not now repent having difficulty thrust my cabin door open, and embarked in the great cause, and if they down fell sheaves, blocks, &c. with such did not wish they were in some other a noise that alarmed the whole ship, none place? They all answered, No, we wish knowing what was the matter. I called to be no where but where we are; we out up the fore hatch-way, "The lee tackle are willing to die, and go to be with God of the rudder is unshipped;" the captain forever. My heart was sensibly touched. when he saw it, said, “ Thank God, it is I saw a scene which I have heard orators not the weather tackling". In about an attempt to paint : a little tribe of the serhour, things were put right without fur- vants of Jesus Christ, looking over the ther mischief. It has been so stormy and bounds of time without an anxious thought, equally, that we have not been able to amid the most awful war of contending have public worship to-day. We have elements. The dreadful storm continued consecrated my cabin for a temple. with unabated fury till day-light, and the
Nov. 11. This last night I have returning light invited one of the most scarcely slept; it has been blowing hard appalling scenes I ever witnessed. Those all night. 'Ours has been the weather who had been at sea twenty years, deside, and our feet have been higher than clared, they had seen nothing like it. our heads. I was afraid of the rudder Towards mid-day, the weather moderated, tackling failing again. About five this and the moderated state was a storm, and evening, it began to blow one of the most we unitedly gave thanks to our God, tremendous gales I ever witnessed; by whose kind hand had screened us in the my account we were about lat. 49 deg. storm. We now steered N. E. endea30 min. north ; lon. 4 deg. 30 min. weste vouring to run into some bay or harbour About five, P. M. I was on deck, assisting till the wind changed. We are all thankin hauling in the sails. When I went ful for this kind interposition of Provie below, I left the fore-stay-sail up, and the dence in our favour, which has excited fore-top-sail close reefed. I had not been feelings that cannot be described, and can many minutes absent from the deck, when never be forgot. one of the seamen came into my cabin, saying, “ I know not what will become The following is an Extract from a joint of us all; the wind has just carried away, Letter, from Messrs. OSBORNE, Fox, our fore-top-sail as clean as possible.' and NewsTEAD, dated Portsmouth, The main top-sail was then hoisted and November 18. close reefed, and in a few minutes it shared Since we last wrote, our exercises have the fate of the fore-top-sail, and the wind furnished a few particulars. After we Chreatened to carry our masts also. I now left the Downs, on Monday, Nov. 4, with daw the wise providence of God in causing much tacking, in a few days, we had the rudder tackling to fail the day before ; nearly got out of the English Channel ; had it failed now, we had gone to the when last Monday, the 11th, about four bottom at once. The sea raged and waved o'clock, P. M. a very heavy storm came dreadfully, and the wind made a terrific on ; about six we lost our fore-top-sail howling in the masts and rigging. The about nine our main-top-sail; both were ship was laid nearly on its side to save the clearly carried away, and we fully, exmasts, and it was a perpetual effort to pected to have been driven of the wind; keep her there. The pumps were man- if we had, in all probability we had been ned, but we had no leak. Brother 0. wrecked. Much consternation appeared was sick in his cot. Brother N. was laid in most on board; but we were graciously on our sofa till he was thrown off upon supported; we knew the ways of the deck; it was difficult to hold fast in any Lord were mysterious ; yet we had a sort place. Mrs. O. was with us. I believe, of confidence that we should be saved. not one of our little troop expected to see We had two ports in view Heaven and the morning, myself excepted. While Ceylon, and which to choose we knew the masts remained, the vessel water- not. We felt happy in our circunstances, tight, and the helm manageable, I had rejoicing that we were on such an errand, but little fear. The seaman performed and had not the slightest wish to be any wonders; they did all that men could do, where else. We must acknowledge we and providentially none were washed felt much affection, at that time, for our overboard. The whip was tossed about good friends in London, and different like a straw, and from the amazing agita. parts of England; but much more for the tion of the sea, the few stars that ap- heathen. This storm continued till the peared, and the soudding clouds, appeared next evening, since then we have been to have a motion equal to the dighi of an sailing back, and the captain intende
bring at anchor till the wind is favour• my mind has been occasionally relieved
from painful feeling by such effusions as We bare had a little trial of our faith, the following. I take the liberty of transd! doubt not but it will teach us its mitting this to you, submitting it to your
better judgment. If it be worthy a corner
in the Magazine, it may stir up our izz from Mr. NEWSTEAD to Mr. friends to pray for us. But, Sir, whether BENSON.
you think it most fit to print or lay aside, Portsmouth, Nov. 21, 1816. I shall be perfectly satisfied, as it is quite LIT. AND DEAR SIR,
at your service.
R. N. COSSIDERING it as I do, an honour and • privilege to address a line to you, I padly devote a short time to the grateIz task of again thanking you for your bodness and attention, (together with
FAREWELL TO ENGLAND. the rest of our excellent Committee), to- ENGLAND, farewell! a happier land than thee ruds us while in London. This has I have not seen, nor e'er expect to see ; made an impression upon my heart which So fair thy beauties, and thy faults so few, I trest will bever be forgotten. I remem- So sweet ihy comforts, and thy sons so true. ber, with feelings of the most pleasing “O bless my country, heaven!" a Patriote ood, the interesting occasions on which
cried, se bave received proofs of your kindness; “O bless my country !” Christian hearts rethe happy season we had at breakfast
plied; with you, with our invaluable friend Mr. But heaven had answered ere that prayer was Bestag also; the solemn time of our orLastica the no less solemn and interest. And blest her with his own Eternal Word. ng time, when we publicly declared Though Art and Nature strove to make her car experience, and our views; and re
blest, Beired that impressive charge from you, 'Twas God's peculiar smile conferr'd the rest! Sir, which so deeply affected me with o who can live within thy ample bound, be importance of the vast undertaking And not admire, and own'tis favour'd ground! in wich I was about to engage. These Sweet roll the seasons round the circling year, things are remembered now with peculiar Dispensing beauty, health, and friendly cheers interest, under the anxious feelings in- Enchanting prospects streich before the sight, enced by our present circumstances. The deep’ning valley,or the mountain's heights Detained by the operations of a Divine Here cultur'd fields—there blooming meado Providence, which cannot err, we are still at this place, where the Friends have In all the sweet variety of green. treeted us with uncommon attention and Here wreathing hedges--mighty forests there, kindness. I am hosp tably entertained The fattening flocks, the herds, the peaceful at the house of a liberal and pious friend,
lair. Ms. Josiah Webb. Most of the passen- Here mighty rivers roll their ample tide, ees are on shore, but the captain has there fruitful rills, adorn the green vale side. aled to inform me he expects the wind Majestic rocks for ornament and shield,
jl be fair for him, so that we may em- And graceful furrows, which full plenty yield. berk again at eight to-morrow morning, How sweet the view! how varied all the ve 30 instant. I have suffered exceed
scene, ingly from sea-sickness, but I am mercie Like beauteous silver net-work spread on bay restored by having been several days
green! cstore. I feel great anxiety to be Thou fairest land of my nativity, agzis actually engaged in my blessed I bless the hand which cast my lot in thee ; Vaster's work, and ere long to be at my I love thy Temples, and the God adore, poctment. We shall, I trust, be re. Who made my cup of bliss in them run o'er. thered in your prayers continnally: I love thy happy myriads, who embrace es I lope we shall labour to be all we The joyful tidings of a Saviour's grace : be ere you would wish us to be. May And thou hast those who twine around my te Lord assist and direct us ! Brothers
heart, ks and Osborne join in affectionate love From whom’twas only less than death to part, Red respects to yourself, and all the But God has call’d, and I must speed away, Cemittee.
In other lands to point the living way, Tam, your affectionate Servant
Which leads to fairer climes, to heaven's in the Gospel of Christ,
eternal day ROBERT NEWSTEAD.
ROBERT NEWSTEAD. P. S. While detained here, and hinBend from my usual and regular pursuits, Portsmouth, Nov. 20, 1816.
GOD IS LOVE.
A brighter paradise than Eden's groves ; Trou, at whose touch the snow-clad moun.
His portion, when the woman's promis'd Seed tains smoke,
Should bruise the Serpent's head : amazing Eternal Wisdom! touch my lips profane! O, touch my heart! my heart, though cold, of Godhead dwelt in Aesh! high heaven
The promis'd Seed was giv'n , the fulness then shall glow ;
itself My lips breathe eloquence divine! for not Of earth, in earth-born strains, I mean to sing But down its radiant hosts impatient pour
No more contains the astonishment and joy, Advent'rous, but of Thee ! Thy love alone Thy wisdom knows, thy love, my awful theme! And peace proclaim on earih, goodwill to Let me not err, low grov'ling in the dust, Let me not fall, high tow'ring to the sky :
Oh! join the transports of th' angelic choir, O! where shall I beg n? how trace the Source 16 God be glury! But, tremendous scene !
And sing, responding to the hallow'd strain, Of all! how fathom vast immensity! Long as the God has been, who ne'er began,
Whom do I see, in yon drear waste forlorn ? Trac'd back, and backward still, but trac'd in
Whom tempted there? Who, stretch'd vain,
earth, sweats blood ? Love has so long existed ;-God is love!
What ruffian band is that?--whom do they Who name him other, know not yet his name; Betray'd, insulted, through a scoffing crowd?
drag And if they seek him, lo-t in error's gloom, Or superstition's lab'rinth, find him not.
Whom do they scourge?-whom crown with
thorns remorseless! Whate'er the glimm’ring lamp of reason show'd Of God, through payan darkness, all was
Yet, hold barbarians ! snatch me from the love;
sight Whate'er the bright effulgence of thy sun,
Ye whirlwinds! Crush me, mountains !
dreadful! Blest revelation! has display'd all still Is love! This pendent world, those rolling The Lord of Life! they rear it!-hark, he
Horrid! on the cross they strain, they nail orbs, Nature's whole system speaks its Maker kind!
praye The varied fruits and flowers, the pleasing Stupendous! whai is language! what is
Father, forgive, they know not what they do. change Of day and night, the painted landscape round
thought! of hill and cale, clear fountain, shady wood; The dend come forth! Rocks rend! The sun
Astonishid nature trembles! From their graves The glitt'ring dew of morn, the crimson'd cloud
withholds Of evening mild, the sweetly varied song,
The day!—'Tis past—The Saviour groans,
and dies! The peopled earıh, and air, and sea, all parts of one stupendous whole, and fram'd for Oli, let me, bending to the dust, dissolve bliss,
In silent admiration! let my soul Proclaim him good-Lord of this blest do- is Love! and dare I, dare a grov’ling worm
Attest, in unexpressive thoughts, that God main. Not male alone, but male and female formd,
Rejoice in scenes like these? O teach me,
thou When man receiv'd the breath of life, and took
My Saviour! teach me to divide aright The stamp divine, the image of the God!
My love, and awe; my joy, and grief; O
teach What gifts each were to each ! how lovely My soul, the trembling hope, the humble
both ! Who can their form describe, or who con
To feel in gratitude that GOD IS LOVE!
Great God! to Thee what gratitude I Transmitted fair, in strains by heaven in
The source of all that I enjoy below: These had the gloomy bigot read abash’d, Past blessings not thy gracious care suffice, And own'd that God is Love! But man, New mercies still with each new moment
alas! Fell from his perfect beauty, pure desire, Nor this the least, for which my thanks I pay, Fell to deformity, and age, and death, To live to see another New-Year's-Day! And hate, and envy, violence and guilt. With the old year, may the old man be gone, He fell ; yet unremitted goodness spoke And, with the new, may I the new put on! To man, apostate as he was, the words Oh!' to supply new time, new grace, be of peace ; gave mis'ry hope, and show'd
thine i above
New heart, new spirit, and new life be mi ne Printed at the Conference-Ofice, 14, City-Road, London, by T. CORDEUX, Agent.