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Thus, prizing the religion of Jesus, and hoping to participate its promised joys in heaven, she continued, by her feelings and by her word, te impress on every considerate mind a persuasion that, “ Christ is gain' to the believer, both in life and in death ;” till at length, in the 37th year of her age, the obtained a peaceful admiffion into the abodes of the bleffed.

Mrs. H. by her own particular desire, was interred in a piece of ground, then for the first time used as a burying-place, near the Meeting, house at Afwood, where an evening leciure has been preached for several years past by the minister of Alcester ; and, on this folemn occasion, a crowded auditory was addressed from Prov. xiv. 32. “ The righteous hath hope in his death.”

J. S.

A Short Account of HANNAH EVERIT, who died suddenly, while attending

the Public Worship of God, at Stathern, in the Vale of Belvoir, LeicesterShire, on Lord's Day, August 3, 1800.

How often is the Lord reminding us, in the most folemn manner, that no circumstance of life, age, time, or place, is any security from the attack of death! Blessed and happy are they, who, like the subject of this Memoir, so attend to our Lord's exhortation, “ Be ye ready,” as to stand with oil in their vefsels, their lamps trimmed and bright, their loins girded, and themselves ready at a moment's warning, to obey the solemn fummons, and attend the pale messenger, with cheerfulness, isto the world of spirits. Come when, and in what form foever he will, “ precious in the right of the Lord is the death of his saints.” And, with respect to the present circumstance, one may, with singular propriety, adope Balaam's with ; “ Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."

Hannah Everit bore a relpectable character upwards of fixty years, but remained destitute of the saving knowledge of Christ till about two or three years ago, when the Lord was pleased to convince her of her true ftate, while the attended the preaching of his word by the Methodists. She then became, and continued, till the time of her death, a conftant and unwearied follower of the Lord in all the means of grace, watching daily at the gates of his house, and waiting at the posts of his doors. And the general tenor of her conduct evidenced the sincerity of her profession, for The persevered in adorning the doctrine of God'her Saviour in all things. A deep sense of her unworthiness in the light of God, and an insatiable thirst after the knowledge of Him, whom to know is life eternal, appeared to be the most prominent features in her Christian character. A few weeks previous to her death, she discovered a much greater degree of faith and joy in God. Under two sermons especially, the Lord enabled her greatly to rejoice, by giving her to experience the Spirit's feal, as described from Ephef. iv. 30; and the liberty of God's children, as reprefented from 2 Cor. iji. 17.

On the afternoon of the day which landed her in the haven where the wished to be, the attended a love-feast at the adjoining village : here lhe was exceedingly happy, which she expressed twice during the delightful season. At the close of it, she returned home with some neighbours who had accompanied her thither, and, at seven o'clock, attended preaching at the village where the lived. The subject was an encouragement to weak bclievers, from Isaiah xxxv. 3, 4. When service was over, while the congregation were preparing to depart, it was proposed that those who were disposed, should stay a quarter of an hour to pray. Accordingly, about twenty persons kept their places, among whom was the deceafed.

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After about twenty minutes had been spent in prayer, the began to express herself in the following manner: “O my God, what have I felt to-day! I cannot find words to express the comfort and joy that I do experience ; how little do I know of Christianity! My soul does thirst to know more. O my God, do teach me to know more of thee! My soul does thirst, I thirst, I thirft !” With these words she funk down on the floor, and, without a struggle or a sigh, breathed her soul into the hands of that Jesus whom the loved, as the effect of his having first loved her.

Thus did our gracious God honour his handmaid, by giving her soul a dismission from the body, without any of those convulsions or pains which usually attend the parting stroke; without any cloud to obscure her bright prospects, or intercept the rays of the Sun of righteousnefs which beamed upon her soul; and, by permitting her to give her dying testimony to the truth and importance of the Gospel, before many witnesses, in the place which had often been to her a Bethel.

Herein God pleased to render the place dreadful, by making it the house of God and the gate of Heaven, in the most folcmn manner. Thus did he accompany the word of his grace by the voice of so striking a providende. O that it may not be vain! may ministers and peop e learn henceforth to speak and hear as creatures on the verge of eternity ; aud, by a timely regard to the voice of God, and application to Jesus, lose its terrors in the animating profpect of being for ever with the Lord.

D. A.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

THE. Rev. Mr. Johnson, Chaplain to the British Colony in New Hol

land, has recently arrived, and been most affectionately received by his numerous friends; but his constitution appears to be much debilitated by anxiety of mind, and the necessary fatigues of his office. By him, letvers have been received from the Millionaries Hafsall, Shelley, and Puckey, who were all well, and labouring to be useful in their respective spheres. The Rev. Mr. Harris was gone to Norfolk Illand, having been strongly recommended to persons in command, a spiritual instructor being there much wanted.

The Rev. Mr. Bentom, stationed at Quebec, has communicated to the Society his Journal up to January last; his hearers increase, and his miniftry appears to be acceptable and useful.

By intelligence from the Cape, it is evident that the several Missions are in a flourishing state, and the prospcets of the Society very encouraging. By Dr. Vanderkemp's letter, the fears of the religious public for his safety will be relieved ; and they will see great reason to admire the grace and power of God, not only in his primitive persevering zeal, but also in the success with which, at length, he has been favoured. Mr. Kicherer and his companion Mr. Kramer, appear to have been made inftrumental to the conversion of eight or ten of the poor Heathen. They about to visit a more numerous people, as mentioned in our Magazine for May; and, most of those who have been under their instruction, having neither house per land, nor any fixed habitation, wili accompany them, while the rest remain under the care of Mr. Edwards. Mr. Anderson, contrary to his. firft intention, goes with Mr. Kicherer We fhall here fubjoin the leto ters of Dr. Vanderkemp and Mr. Read, with fome extracts from another part of the difpatches.

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Extra& from a Letter of Dr. Vanderkenip to Mr. and Mrs. Schonken. ,

Dearly beloved Brother and Sister in the Lord ! I RECEIVED yesterday three of your pleafing letters, dated the 28th

of June, the ift and irth of November last; together with twentynine others from different places.

O that I had a heart to feel the value of the continual care of our gracious Redeemer for my support, and gratefully to acknowledge it ! Your letter of the 5th of May, being the fifth I received from you, is safely came to hand.

With the new chapel, I heartily wish you, and all those who have an interest in the welfare of Sion, happiness, praying, that many may be made living stones of God's house.

Dear Brother! inexperience caufed me to load myself with a great many unnecessary things; but I afterwards repented fo using ; and if I had to undertake this journey again, I would take nothing with me but a fmall Bible, a few school-books, and a knapsack with apparel ; I hould make an agreement to go with fomebody's waggon to the farthest farm of Graaf Reines, and proceed from thence, by a hired waggon, or on horseback. I dare safely give this advice to the brethren that may

fol. but, pould the baggage be too bulky, and no possibility of making an advantageous bargain, then there remains nothing better than to take oxen on the account of the London Society,

Refpecting the plan of my abode, circumstances will not permit me to mention it in future with any degree of certainty.

Till the present time, I have not been able to do any thing among the Caffrees; but I have great hopes of three female Heathens, belonging to the families of fome emigrants, that God has looked in mercy on them. One of those I have already baptized with much fatisfaction.

As thefe people are continually roving from place to place, in great fear and anxiety, and have every day new plans, I find myfelf pressed to take a share in their fate, as I neither can nor dare remain by myfelf without fume method of maintenance, till the Lord fhall be pleased to discover to me fome other way. For this reason, I should not advise any of the brethren (however much I may wish for them) to join me in Caffraria; besides, I think it rather dangerous; but if they are inclinable to go to Graaf Reinet, where there is a vacancy to labour (with the approbation of M. Mainiers) among Heathens and Chriftians, or to go Behind the Snow Mountains, to Johannes van de Wald, or to the Rhinoceros Mountain, or the Bofcliemens River, then they may be of much uft, and would be nearer to me to wait the result of my present wanderings.

I authorize you herewith to sell the waygon and oxen for the benefit of the London Society, unless you think they may be wanting for other Missionary Brethren.

Norv, to say fonething refpe&ting myfelf. The Lord teaches me more and more, tha He must rule, and not I, that his designs, and not mine, must

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be fulfilled ; that, through great tribulation, we must enter the kingdom of Heaven; that I judge improperly, when I conclude that the Lord doth nothing, because I lee nothing. I have no other call to the Missionary work than through faith in Him; for He has told me, that I am called to every thing that I can undertake in the faith ; but He now teaches me what it is for the fles to persevere in the accomplishment of what we began in the faith, whenever that faith is put to the trial. He compels me (if I may express myself in this manner) to remain faithful to Him (if I can call it faithfulness) and to persevere in the race I am running, because by walling up my way, He renders it utterly iinpofsible for me to escape. Where he will conduct me, I know not; that he evidently takes care of me, has been proved in many hair-breadth escapes, when my life was in the utmost danger. Satan rages violently, and tempts me on the moft trifling occasions. Pray for me, that I may always experience divine af. listance. My way lies in darkness. It is very remarkable, that the two brethren I expected to my assistance, are again detained at the Cape. Just as I received your letter, I had a visit of the baptized female Heathen, in company with another friend, in order to conduct me to their habita. tion, which is a considerable way off ; for which reason it is not in ing power to answer the other letters at present. Dear brother, therefore, excuse my writing this in such hafte. Greet for me all my dear friends, and thank them for their love and affection to me. Pray all of

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for me. My way is cloudy; but I am comforted by the words of Isaiah, in the 48th chapter, verse 17. I am the Lord thy God which teacherh thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go." Amen. The Lord do so to your loving brother and servant in Jesus Christ,

(Signed) Quakoube, 28th Dec 1800.

1. F. VANDERKEMP,

Waggon Makers Valley, Feb. 24th, 1801, Honoured and very Dear Sir, HAVING an opportunity of sending to England by the Rev. Mr. Johnson from Port Jackson, I can but give you a line or two by him.

I wrote to you by the Hilsborough, on her return to England, dated the ,220 of December, 1800, which, I hope you have received: fince which time many things have taken place, which may be encouraging to both the Directors and the public at large, who have at heart the interest and prosperity of the Redeemer's kingdom, and who rejoice to hear of its being likely to prosper among the blind and benighted Heatben, who have been so long fitting in the regions of the fhadows of death, quite deftitute of the knowledge that Christ Jesus came into the world to fave finners.

On Saturday, the 3d of January, it was published in the Cape Gazette, that a number of Chiefs from among the Caffrees, Bofchemen, and Hotrena tots, had expressed a willingnels to eftablish peace, and to live under the English government. This we thought gave us liberty to make application to the Governor for permission to go to Caffra-land; which I did on the Tuesday following. His Excellency told me, he expected Mynheer Mynheer, Shiriff of Graaf Reinet at the Cape every day; and that till he had seen hiin, he could not give me an answer.

On the arrival of this gentleman, we received a letter from our honoured Father, Dr. Vanderkemp, in which we found, that, on the day before he wrote; he received 29 letters, with cloaths ; 'which, he says,

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came just in the time of need ; by' which he found there were four Brethren arrived at the Cape from Europe, and that two were waiting to come to him; but says, he did not with that for the present; but that there were four places near Caffra-land, at each of which there was a great field for usefulness, and we should be able to correspond with him.

On Saturday next, if the Lord will, we leave the Cape with Dr. Vander. kemp's waggon ; the Directors judging it far the best, as well as the cheapest way, as there are oxen bought by a worthy friend at the Cape, and that all is ready, with very little expence to the Society; but of cloaths, &c. we intend to take but little. The waggon and oxen are at present at Rodezand ; but a good friend there is to fetch us from the Cape with his own oxen, that ours may be fresh to set off from thence. When we arrive, I expect to go to the Cape with Brother Trump, who has been labouring at this place. I came from Rodezand on Saturday from accompanying my much beloved Brethren Kicherer and Anderson, who have been at the Cape for purpofes you will hear of in their letters. They, wich Brother Kramer, are now going to the Great River (if the Lord will) to the Corannas, of whom I wrote in my laft to you, where, I trust, the Lord Jesus has a work for them to do.

We have reason for abundant thanksgiving for what the Lord has done among the Boschemen and Bastard Hottentots t, one of whom has larely, we have little reason to doubt, gone to glory. He was with the Brethren only five months; but the word seemed to have powerful effects on his first hearing it; and in his last moments he could triumph in Christ as the Friend of finners.

Many others there is little reason to doubt of; but it is well not to draw too hasty conclusions, as conviction is not conversion.

At this place the work is profpering. On Sabbath our Meeting was full, besides a number standing at the window, who could not come in, nearly all of them Heathen ; but it is lamentable, that this people must be Jeft destitute for the present, as on the account of Brother Vanderlingen leaving the Cape, Brother Trump must return, except the Lord raises up a person for this purpose; but you will gather from this that the voice is, « Come over and help us.” Brother Van Sulk who has laboured here with such success, is near his end; we scarce expect his life one hour after another; it is but feldom he can speak. This morning, he being a little krengthened, told me that, through the intense weakness of his body and the distraction of his mind, he could seldom pray to or think on Chrift; but, faid he, “ that is nothing, he is the Rock on which I have built, and salvation is all out of me in Chrift, so that I am fafe.”

I cannot help mentioning that I have just been with Brother Trump to the Meeting, where my soul was filled with praise, in hearing of the declarations of many of the Heathen of what the Lord had done, and was doing for their souls ! A Hottentot maid, who had been sometime in darkness of foul, when asked how she had acted in that {tate, said, “ that this had been her determination, that if she must perish, it should be at the feet of Jefus;" and many other things, which would take too much time to mention. After we came out, we were surrounded with them, intreating that they might not be left destitute of some one to help them on the way, &c. ; ' which request I hope the Lord will grant. With truth it may

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+ To the term “ Bastard Hottentot,” we sho not attach the mate; but nierely a mixt breed of the different tribes or nations.

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