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taid the harvest is not only great, but the field ripe ; though labourers are few.
It is to me no small evidence, that there is a great work to do in this land, because the old dragon begins to move; but as Jesus lives and reigns, his kingdom must decrease, and, like Saul's, grow weaker and weaker, do what he will.
And now, my dear Sir, I must conclude, hoping to be interested in your continual and earnest fupplications at a throne of grace; there is a sufficiency in Christ, do not be afraid to ask too much; for be allured that I ftand in need of as much and more than you can ask for; but not more than Christ can give. I am now about to enter on the great work. Our path is infested with lions and tygers; but there is not a lion or tyger in Africa that I fear so much as my own depraved heart. O that I may neither be ashamed, nor prove a shame to the cause of Jesus ! that I may neither bring a dishonour upon the church from which I came, the Society with which I am connected, or the precious name of a precious Jefus, to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Please to remember me most affectionately to all my dear friends and well-wishers to the house of the blessed Jesus. I remain theirs and yours most affectionately in Him,
EXTRACTS from the Report of the South African Misionary Society, being
the Result of Personal Enquiries of the Miljonaries Kicherer, &c.
MR. KICHERER, accompanied by Mr. Kramer, has laboured on the borders of the Sack River, about twenty days journey from the Cape, residing in a small hut built by Mr. Edwards and himself. Ther e pro; visions are scarce and dear. Wheat must be purchased at a high price, and fetched from Roggeveld : a distance of about fix days journey. "The people among whom Mr. K. has lived are chiefly Boschemen; but there are some professing Christians at Roggeveld, and a few experienced believers; though the greater part are indifferent or inimical. Their prejudices, however, lesen;, and several are under serious concern, both for their own fouls, and those of their Heathen neighbours.
Mr. K. has laboured about a year and a half among the Heathen, chiefly Boschemen ; and, when he resided at Carro, a good number of nominal Christians also attended his ministry. But it is among the Bastard Hot tentots that he has found the most acceptance, and been made most useful; these sheiving the greatest readiness to be instructed. The whole number of Heathen under his ministry, was at one time 140, but very fluctuating i and when he left his station, not more than eighty.
The Boschemen understand very little Dutch, which obliged Mr. K. to address them by an interpreter, named Carolus, whom it has pleased God to convert; and Mr. K. is endeavouring to learn their language, though he finds it very difficult to imitate their curious way of clacking with the tongue.
Among the children, eight were advanced so far in spelling as to be on the point of reading, at the same time learning numeration, and singing tolerably well. Some were so fond of instruction, as to continue late at night at it, while others were wholly indifferent and unconcerned.
Eight or ten of the Heathen discovered signs of converting grace; and pne, who was called Old John, died in December last, with the fullest evidence that he was going to glory. A few hours before his death, he expressed himself as follows: “Dear Sir, I will supplicate at the feet of Jesus till the last minute, Yol. IX.
I will not leave him, and he will not leave me, Oh! Jesus Sticks like pitch to my heart !"
Something, however, according to his opinion, remained unaccomplished. “ Ir is true (said he) I have long since pledged my soul and body to Jesus. Nothing of either belongs any more to me : but, that word Yes, I have not;" ineaning that he had not full assurance. But, fortly after, he not only was fatisfied that he had given himself to Jesus, but also that Jesus had received him; and now he desired to eternity as a poor miserable finner, faved only through the propitiation of Jesus ;!! in which happy frame of mind he departed a few minutes after.
This man was a Bastard Hottentot, whose name was John de Vriefs. He came first among the Missionaries about five months before his death, and the word of God had, almost immediately, a powerfui influence upon his conscience ; so that every one, who knew him before, was greatly Astonished to hear him express himself as he did. He compared his fins to the grains of fand upon the sea-shore; but Jesus and his aroning blood was the subject of his conversation the whole day long.
MISSION TO NEWFOUNDLAND.
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The following is the interesting LETTER from Mr. R. MORRIS, referred
to in our Magazine for May, p. 215; and which was hitherto deferred, for want of room. - Mr. M. failed again soon after this Letter was
received. Letter from the Rev. R. Morris to the Rev. W. BULL, Newport Pagnell,
Reverend and Honoured Sir, ON Thursday, the 26th of March, we left Bristol in the brig William, to go round to join the convoy at Torbay. On Tuesday evening, be zween nine and ten o'clock, we were under considerable alarm, it being quite calm, and the tide, very strong, we were nearly driven on Mort Point, We let go both anchors, and they succeeded in holding us; but we were very apprehensive they would not, as the tide ran at the rate of five or fix knots an hour. In the midst of security we were terrified with the roaring of the tide over the rocks, which were very near.
On Monday evening, commenced reading and prayer in the cabin, having got rid of 4 profligate pilot. Tuesday, 31st, near the Land's End, we were pursued by a cutter; but she proved to be English. Wednesday, April ift, off the Mannacles, we were chaced by a French privateer. She foon came up to us, and fired a gun for us to bring to, which we were obliged to do. Her name is Le Renaird, Captain Niguet. The Frenchmen foon camç on board, and commanded us to go into their frigate : but addressing the prize-master in French, I prevailed with him to permit Mr. Knight, his nephew; and myself, to continue on board our own vessel. However, the Caprain and crew, with seven passengers (who were going out for the Newfoundland. fishery) were obliged to go. At eleven o'clock, P. M. we were left under the care of Mons. Guilbeau, the prize-master, ard fix sailors. Mons. G. behaved with the greatest civility, and assured us we hould have all our private property, if we arrived safe in France: and we had so much confidence in him, that at one o'clock we went to będ, and had a good night. My mind, as well as Mr. Knight's, was much composed during the bustle; and I did not doubt all was doing for the best. The next day was very pleasant and we spent it, as usual
, in reading
in to А.
Feading and walking the deck: and through the whole day, we only saw one vessel, which was also a prize to the fame privateer, taken by her the faine evening off the Eddystone. The next morning, Friday, we rose by five o'clock, and we were then not inore than half a league from the French shore, near Mount Klarmeal, betsveen L'Isle de Bas and Anse de Goulven.
The Frenchmen shewed us an English frigate, full two leagues behind us, which we had passed before day-break; but heing so near the fhore, they seemed under no apprehensions of lofing their prize. Indeed, the frigate appeared to take no notice of us : and, as we fully expected to land in France, we dressed ourselves accordingly. However, a calm came on immediately, and the frigate which had been preparing her hoats, foon fent them after us : but then, neither the Frenchmen, nor ourselves thought it possible for them to retake the brig, for we were now so near the shore, that, by calling for assistance, boats might have been sent to help to tow her in. Yet, this they neglected to do; and the frigate's boats came fo astonishingly fait, that the Frenchmen soon began to fear. They then all flew to the oars, and began to tow the brig in. One man, however, got the boat ready, and filled it with all he could lay hold of, in case they should be at least obliged to leave their prize. In the mean time, a small battery, under which we now were, fired two cannon-balls at the frigate's boat, but missed its aim. The Frenchmen desired us to keep below, left we should receive injury. They foon found themfelves obliged to leave us ; and our gallant tars came on board in a few minutes after. Fearless of danger, they began directly to tow her out from among the rocks, though the battery fired fixteen balls at the vessel; but though so near, none of the shot hit her. Captain Tobin, the commander of the frigate, which is named Dalher, observing the enemy, and fearing they would send out boats to rescue the brig again, fent another boat well-armed to our aid ; while they transported a field-piece to another corner of land, by which we were to pass; but they were fo long in doing it, that our brave failors conveyed us out of their reach before they could use it; and about nine o'clock we were brought alongside of the Dalher. Before the French left us, they cut one of the cables, and many ropes ; so that the Dasher was obliged to take us in tow till four o'clock the next morning. We were then left under the care of a midshipman and fix Sailors. All day on Saturday it was nearly calm, and what little wind there was, being contrary, we made but little progress. On Sunday morning it blew hard, and still contrary. On Monday it was calm; and, in the morning an English frigate pursued us, and fired two balls to oblige us to bring to; and the Lieutenant who came on board to see what we were, proved to be an acquaintance of Mr. Knight. About twelve the wind changed to S. W. which was just what we wanted. In the evening it blew fresh ; and at one o'clock this morning we were obliged to lie to till five, when we set sail, and arrived at Plymouth about eight. After breakfast we came on shore, to do all we could to get the vessel liberated as soon as possible; and we are in great hopes the falvage will be settled, and all prepared to fail by the Quebec convoy, appointed for the roth, though it may be a few days longer.
I shall esteem it a particular favour, dear Sir, to receive a letter froin you, if you can spare time for it. Every advice will be thankfully acknowledged, and I hope diligently attended to. May the Lori give me grace to improve those already received, and those you may till afford me from time to time. The little difficulties I have endured, do not in the least discourage me, but increale my desire to go to the place of my destination; yet, I am fearful these occurrences should RI
bring unworthy self too much into notice. Dear Sir, still remember me at a throne of grace. I am sensible I am but just entering on the conflict, and often fear, from a lense of my insufficiency. Sin stains all I attempt to do; and never do I serve the Lord but I seem, in one way or other, to be serving self. But, blessed be God, he gave me the defire for the work in which I am engaged ; and, I hope, through his grace, to comply with his whole will. I only beg for needful assistance, and then I can say,
Fain would I found his name abroad,
That heav'n and earth may hear! And, I hope, he who “ perfects praise out of the mouths of babes and fucklings,” will also open my mouth, that I may sheiv forth his praise! O that I may always keep a single eye to the glory of God!
I remain, with the gria:est respect,
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Collections, &'c. received by the Treasurer from the 25th of May
to the 25th of June, 1801. Rev. Mr. Kingsbury's congregation, Southainpton From the Glaigow Committee of the London Missionary
Society, being a Collection made on occasion of a Sermon preached by ihe Rev. Mr. Ewing
17 10 4 Praying Society at the Rev. Mr. Easton's Mecting, Mileslane, Canon-ftreet
6 0 0 Rev. S. Bull and Congregation at Basingbourn
8 6 6
Congregational Union in Efex. APRIL 28, the meeting of the Congregational Union, for the spread of the Gospel in the county of Essex and its vicinity, was held at Coggeshall in Mr. Fielding's Chapel; when a respectable number of the friends of the best interests of mankind attended. A ferinon, ap. propriate to the occasion, was preached, by Mr. Cooper, of Chelmsford, froin Rcv. xiv. 5. Mr. Bats, of Halstead, Mr. Jennings, of Thaxtead, and Mr. Morell, of Little Baddow, conducted the devotional services.
After the service, the friends of the Institution, being requefted to stay, Mr. Jennings, the chairman, read extracts from several letters which he had received, stating the very encouraging fuccess which had attended the preaching of the Gofpel in the neighbouring villages, where it was before anknown, in the attention of many being excited to the great things of evangelical truth, and in the serious concern of others.
Mr. Taylor, of Colchester, preached a lecture in the evening.
Half Yearly Mieting of the Asociation of the Independent Ministers in Elex.
ON Tuesday May 5, the Associated Ministers, in the county of Essex, affembled at the Meetiny-house of Mr. Morell, at Little Baddow. A very respectable congregation attended. Mr. Beddow, of Stambourn, Picached froin Psalm cxix. 143. Mr: Fielding, of Coggeshall, Mr.
Chaplin, of Bishop Stortford, and Mr. Houlton, of Finchingfield, offered the leveral prayers.
On Tuesday, May 26, being Whit-Tuesday, the Annual Double Lecture was preached at Mr. Jennings's Meeting-house, at Thaxted, in the county of Essex, to a very respectable, crowded, and attentive auditory, assembled froin neighbouring congregations.
The first sermon was preached by Mr. Frost, of Dunmow, from John i. 4. The second sermon was delivered by Mr. Stevenson, of Castle Hedingham, from John xiv. 22.
ORDINATIONS. ON Thursday, May 28th, the Rev. C. DEWHURST (late student of Hoxton academy) was ordained co-pastor, with the Rev. Mr. Waldgrave, at Bury, St. Edmonds, Suffolk. Mr. Laxon, of Stowmarket, began with prayer and reading the Scriptures. Mr. Stevenson, of Castle Heddingham, asked the questions, &c. Mr. Crathern, of Dedham, prayed the ordination prayer. Mr. Cockin, of Halifax, gave the charge from Éccles. xii. 9-11. Mr. Price, of Woodbridge, prayed. Mr. Ray, of Sudbury, preached from 2 Cor. viii. 24. Mr. Atkinson, of Ipswich, concluded. In the evening, Mr. Gunn, of Hadleigh, and Mr. Gardiner, of Cambridge, prayed; and Mr. Thornton, of Bellericay, preached from Eph. iv. 3.
On Wednesday, June roth, the Rev. J. GAWTĦORN, late student of Hoxton academy) was set apart to the paltoral office at Derby. Mr. T. Gawthorne, of Belpur, began with prayer and reading: Mr. Roby, of Manchester, gave an account of a Gospel Church, and asked the questions. Mr. Scott, of Matlock, prayed the ordination prayer. Mr. Brewer, of Birmingham, gave the charge from 1 Tim. iv. 16. Mr. Alliot, of Nottingham, preached on i Theff. iv. 1. Mr. Bentliffe, of Offreton, coneluded. In the evening, Mr. Brewer preached froin Acts ix. 31.
Lately was ordained pastor of the dissenting congregation at Bridgnorth, in Shropthire, Mr. W. EVANS, late student at the academy, Wrexham. Mr. Francis, of Ludlow, began the service by prayer and reading appropriate passages of Scripture. Mr. Little, of Hanley, delivered an introductory discourse, principally on the nature and design of ordination, from Acts xiv. 23.; asked the usual questions, and received the confession of faith. Mr. Steill, of Kidderminster, offered up the ordination prayer, with which imposition of hands was used. Mr. Lewis, of Wrexham, (Mr. E's tutor) gave the charge from 1 Cor. iv. 2. Ac four in the afternoon the congregation assembled again; when Mr. Morris, of West Broomwich, prayed, and read the 13th chapter to the Hebrews. Mr. Whitridge, of Oswestry, preached a suitable fermon to the church and congregation, from Psalm xviii. 25. Mr. Webster, minister of the Baptist church at Brosely, concluded the fervices of the day with prayer. ." This settlement wears a pleasing and promising aspect of comfort and prosperity to the cause of Christ in this town.
CROCKENHILL-MEETING. May 20, 1801, was opened for Divine worship, a small placeat Crockenhill, near St. Mary's, Cray, Kent. Mr. Stanger, of Befell Green, began the service, by reading the Scriptures. Mr. Morris, of Wilmington,