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have 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. Catis 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 Iain 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 coaibai, not only with ignorance and affliction, in a distant country, in a dane 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 sensito 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 meni 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 mournful to the soul.

but that they are, bons Chretiens, bein bons My paper fills, iny 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 bis 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, prayers, doing acts of penance ;-these though you see bim no more.

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up every spiri!ual 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. John 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 teu Fridays, ab. OUR prospects of usefulness, though far stain from flesh all other Fridays, carry from flattering, are improving; and, this book for one year, repeat five Paterthrough the mercy of God, we hope to nosters, and tive Ave Marias every Frisucceed 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 ; bither num. ever we make it. It will be pleasing to bers repair morning and evening to count you to hear 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, walk

THE MISSIONARY. ing barefoot, &c. Last Saturday was a solemn procession to the above-mentioned An mirum tibi sit, patriâ quod sede relicti, 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 suh- Trans mare militis arma tulit, quem fama, stitute these things for the worship of the

lucrumve, great God, but 10 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 ihe 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 his near mountains, causes the rays of the

stores, sun to beat fiercely upon it, and much of Himself embarks, and Aies 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 au 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 honour' 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 mouras,

And counts the hours, till her lov'd spouse reIn a joint letter from Messrs. Brown and Catts 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 proclain 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 grace. 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 monarchis 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 ever shall endure,

And in ake his oath and promise sure. Printed at the Conference-Office, 14, Sity-Regd, London: T. CORDEUX, Agent.

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THE

METHODIST MAGAZINE,

, FOR AUGUST, 1817.

BIOGRAPHY.

A SHORT MEMOIR OF MR. JOHN DIXON,

Of Bassingham, in Lincolnshire.

The celebrated Bacon, complaining of the defective taste of his age for biographical productions, subjoins as a reason for his complaint, that though kings, princes, and great personages are few, yet there are many other excellent men who deserve better than vague reports and barren eulogies. And although many, more mortal in their affections than their bodies, esteem the desire of fame and memory but as a vanity; and despise praise, whilst they do nothing that is praise-worthy; yet, as Solomon informs us, “ The memory of the just shall be with praises, but the name of the wicked shall rot.” This sentiment being founded in truth, I judge Mr. John Dixon to be one of those excellent men who deserve more than vague reports and barren eulogies. Imperishable shall his memory be, for his name deserves solid praise. I only regret that so few of these interesting incidents and documents, which his excellent life must have furnished, have come into my hands; and that some person more able than myself has not been employed to arrange and exhibit them to the public eye.

Respecting the earliest part of this excellent man's life, I am incapable of giving any other information than that he became an orphan when he was but four years old. At that time he had an uncle, a resident at Bassingham, in Lincolnshire, who was in easy worldly circumstances; to him was this orphan sent for his education, and by him, as it appears, very reluctantly received. Time, however, gave the youth an opportunity of developing his superior abilities, and Mr. Gibson (for that was the uncle's name) of outliving this unmerited coldness to so promising a relative.

Mr. Gibson, although a perfect stranger to personal piety, and destitute of any remarkable thirst for knowledge, was, notwithstanding, a man of solid sense, and had a taste for reading: VOL. XL. AUGUST, 1817.

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