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in the Lord's vineyard; and to seek the spiri- Brixton Hill the measles have prevailed very tual welfare of the people of our charge. extensively. Daily the school lost eight or
“Of course, twelve months did not pass ten children, who had been attacked, till it away without some change having been was emptied; and nearly every house in the wrought. Some whom I left here are now locality had some one suffering from fever or numbered with the dead; and, of course, their measles, although there is not, perhaps, a places kuow them no more. And two faces more lealthful place in this district. One of which were always present and very dear to the members of the church here came to me us, were now absent, being separated from us last Sabbath day for relief, and stated that he by oceans, and removed five thousand miles. had no fewer than seven of his family proBut though far from us, they are near to strated with small-pox. God, and, I trust, the great purposes for which “ You will be sorry to learn that, though they were left at Walthamstow will be an- we have returned so recently, affliction has swered, and the devout wishes of the com- been laid upon us already. About a week mittee be fully realized.
ago our dear boy was taken ill, his sickness “ After the duties of the day, which con- pronounced to be a combination of small-pox sisted of three public services and two classes, and measles. This morning our little girl has besides riding twelve miles, I was completely shown symptoms of the same disease. One worn out, and my arm literally ached with of our servants is also ill, and Mrs. Clark has shaking hands, for nearly all of both congre- a severe cold, and fears it may issue in somegations, young and old, came crowding round thing similar to the attack from which the to shake hands with us and express their children are suffering. But we are in God's joy at our return.
hands, as well as engaged in his work, and I “During the week many came, and some trust he will be better to us than our fears. from considerable distances, some bringing I ain glad to add that I am quite rell. fowls, others fruit, and others eggs, as tokens "On Wednesday morning last, ie were of their regard, and expressive of their much alarmed by a very severe and longpleasure.
continued shock of an earthquake. I never * Since my return the congregations have felt anything like it, although I have expebeen good at each place, though somewhat rienced several. To give you an idea of its smaller than when I left. Their condition, severity, I would observe that, although there however, reflects great credit-and I feel
was not a breath of air, the trees shook as if pleasure in testifying to it-upon the bre- agitated by a strong wiud. Vessels conthren who kindly supplied, as far as their taining water in our house were so affected other duties would allow, my lack of service; that their contents were thrown away. The upon the native teachers at the stations, who weights of our clock were set in motion like appear to have conducted themselves with a pendulum ; books were hurled from the great propriety; and upon the people, who shelves in my study to the ground. Our have kept together well, though deprived of house was cracked by it, and I feared it the benefit of a resident Missionary. The would come down. Mrs. Clark and myself two schools were well attended, there being had the children in our arms at the door, and one hundred children at Four Paths school were ready to run out as soon as the buildand seventy at Brixton Hill.
ing should give signs of falling. The fur“ Through mercy the cholera appears to niture shook as if it would be thrown over. to have left the island for a time, but the The water in the tank was so disturbed that small-pox and measles are spreading their it had to remain a considerable time before it influence fearfully. In the neighbourhood of could be used.”
In the preceding letter, allusion was made by the writer to the ravages of small-pox and measles throughout the island. Concerning the progress of the former dreadful malady, some additional particulars of later date are given by another of our Missionary brethren. Under date 9th Sep
tember, the Rev. William Alloway, of Whitefield Station, makes the following affecting statement:
“ You have no doubt already learned, young man, who had recently joined my through the public papers and other channels, bath class, but was now very ill of con. of the dreadful ravages made in various parts fluent small-pox. I was grieved to find that of this island by small-pox. I am sorry to he had lost the sight of one eye; but, on the inform you that, during the last month, it has whole, I thought him better. The next day prevailed to a dreadful extent, and is still he begged his mother to let all be still whilst raging in this village. I took pains to vac he commended his soul to God. He then cinate a great number of the children, on the offered a most fervent and suitable
prayer, approach of small-pox some months since, grew suddenly worse, and, in the course of and others were vaccinated at the expense of the night, died. The next day, on my way the parish, so that the children are, to a great from his funeral, I called to see another whom extent, safe from the disease, or have it in a I had frequently visited before: I saw that li's mild form. But many are its victims among days were numbered. I spoke to him, but the middle-aged. The disease, loathsome in he was unable to reply; and while I was a temperate climate, and under the most thinking for a moment what I would give favourable circumstances, is especially so here him, and while his eyes were fixed on mine, on account of the heat of the cliinate, the and, as if anxious to speak, he breathed his habits of the people, the want of medical at last. In a moment his dear wife, fearing the tendance, and (in this place) the crowded worst, stepped quickly to his side, laid bat state of the population. No language can band on his chest, and exclaimed: “He is describe the scenes of misery which I have gone;' and then, without another word to her witnessed during the last few weeks. The friends, she clasped her hands, and looking people, although so heavily taxed, are almost upwards, addressed the Saviour whom they entirely destitute of medical attendance; and both served, saying: Blessed Jesus! me co the parochial arrangements for the relief of find fault with you. It good for hiu), though the distressed are, that they send to the rector it bad for me. Poor me!' In visiting another, or custos, both of whom are resident ten miles a female member of our church, seeing her distant from this. The receipt of €5 from a dreadfully ill, and unable to take a moment's friend, has enabled me to supply medicines rest, I remarked, that she had need of much and nourishment in more than 150 cases of grace to enable her to bear her sufferings distress, but every penny of that fund will patiently. She thought, that I feared she soon be exhausted, and the disease is still was impatient, and immediately replied, raging.
• Minister! the Saviour is with me, and kejs “ In the course of my visits I have occa. me from fretting and complaining; and when sionally met with some cheering proofs of the pain is not too severe, enables me to sing the power of the gospel to sustain the afflicted, his praise; yes, to sing his praise. I never comfort the dying, and console tho mourner. thought he could be so good to me.' I need It is, indeed, 'the best relief that mourners not comment these incidents. They have.' A few evenings ago I called to see a greatly encourage me in this hour of trial."
DEATH OF THE REV. JOHN MELVILL. The excellent subject of this notice closed a life of devotedness to the cause of Christ on the 6th of August, at George Town, Cape of Good Hope, at which station he had latterly been associated in Missionary labour with the Rev. William Elliott.
The following interesting account of our departed friend and brother is taken from the Cape Town Mail of the 17th August.
“ The Rev. John Melvill was born in London, June 10, 1787. At an early age he accompanied his father, who had the command of a vessel, to sea, and in the
year 1799 arrived at the Cape, where he took up his abode. Having enjoyed a good mathematical education, and being an excellent draughtsman, he was able at once to enter into lucrative employment as landmeasurer, and had soon the pleasure of seeing himself at the head of his profession,-being appointed in the year 1811, in consequence of his professional skill and excellent conduct, with ample emoluments, to the office of Surveyor-General. The duties of this office he discharged with great credit to himself, and advantage to the public service, till the year 1822. In the year 1812, he was received as a member of the Lutheran Church, but entertaining some scruples in reference to church government, he joined the Presbyterian Church, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Dr. Thom, of which church he became an elder; and when, on the secession of Dr. Thom, that community united itself with the Independents, he became a member and deacon of that united church. During this time his 'hospitable house was the home of ministers and missionaries of every denomination, and the resort of such as feared the Lord, more especially military officers and civilians from India. In the year 1822, the failure of his health rendered it necessary that Mr. Melvill should remove to a more salubrious climate. At this time the regions to the north of the colony were in an exceedingly disturbed state, and it was judged expedient by government to appoint some suitable person as government agent in those parts. Mr. Melvill was immediately fixed upon as the best qualified by his extensive experience and well-known prudence to engage in this important mission : he was therefore invested with the needful authority, and despatched to Griqua Town as government agent. His views however, at this time, were by no means exclusively of a political character. He was ardently desirous of communicating to the heathen those unsearchable riches of Christ which he had found so precious to his own soul. For two years, ho faithfully and efficiently discharged the duties devolving upon him as representative of the colonial government, and it was his privilege to be the instrument in the hand of God of preventing much bloodshed, and alleviating much suffering in those dark regions. But he soon discovered that the political relations in which he stood were altogether inconipatille with the principal object he had in view in taking up his residence among the beathen; he therefore relinquished his connection with government, and entered into the service of the London Missionary Society. He remained five years at Griqua Town as a missionary of the gospel of Christ, testifying to the truth as it is in Jesus, and persuading men to abandon their evil ways and cleave to the Lord with full purpose of heart. From Griqua Town Mr. Melvill removed to Philippolis, where, under discouraging circumstances, he continued five years diligently dispensing the word of life. From thence he removed to the missionary institution at Hankey, where, during another term of five years, he laboured in the vineyard of the Lord, in company with a man of kindred spirit, the late Mr. J Kitchingman, and where he was solemnly ordained to the work of the ministry in which he had already laboured so many years. The failure of his health again rendered it necessary that he should remove to a more salubrious climate. He went to Dysel's Dorp, on the Olifant's River, where he succeeded in establishing a missionary institution, which has been eminently blessed by the great Head of the church. Here he laboured with great comfort and manifest success for the space of eight years, but his eye-sight failing him, he removed to Matje's Drift, where for two years, in partial blindness, he held forth the light of life, and established another missionary station, which has proved a great blessing to the neighbourhood. Having now become perfectly blind, he went to Wellington, in
the neighbourhood of which he remained two years, not ceasing earnestly to testify to the grace of God. In the year 1848, Mr. Melvill removed to George Town, where, in renewed health and invigorated strength, though in perleri blindness, it was his privilege to preach the gospel of Christ with great acceptance, and with evident tokens of the Divine blessing, almost to the day of his death. On Thursday evening, the 29th ult., he preached from 2 Cor, v. 1-1 He appeared to enjoy the most realizing views of the heavenly state, and was overwhelmed by the intensity of his feelings, which almost choked his utter
All were struck with the earnestness and solemnity of his manner, and more than one remarked, Mr. Melvill has preached his own funeral sermon ianight. Sabbath morning, he preached a powerful sermon from Isa. v. 3–5, ki favourite subject; and the following evening, at the missionary prayer meeting, he offered a prayer of remarkable comprehensiveness and earnestness. His public work was done. On Wednesday afternoon, the 4th inst., he retired to his room, after remarking to one of his daughters that he had nerer felt himself better in his life. He was observed to spend an unusually long time in private prayer. He came into the parlour, calling some of his children to read to him He sat on the sofa, recliving his head on the table. Continuing in this posture some time, Mrs. Melvill became uneasy, and spoke to him. With difficulty be twice uttered the name Elliott, and became speechless. He was immediately carried to bed, where he remained in a state of apparent unconsciousness till 15 o'clock on Friday morning, when his happy spirit gently departed, without the slightest symptom of pain or distress,-thus realizing his often expressed wish that it might please his Heavenly Father to indulge him with a sudden death!"
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES.
Mrs. Johnston, wife of Rev. R. D. Johnston, of Vizagapatam; Rev. L. Valett and Nr. Valett, embarked at Portsmouth in the Trafalgar, for Madras, September 14.
Mrs. Dalgliesh, wife of the Rev. J. Dalgliesh, of Berbice, and two children, embarked so London, per Lady Tilda, for that colony, Sept. 14.
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Rev. J. Ilarper.
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Craren Chapel, W. Ditto, after Sermons 5 19 4 Messrs. P. Dixca
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40 Mrs. Partington 0 12 0 Priest ............ 1 1 0
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Per J. Mather, Esq. Tamar Builey 0 2 11 06 | Eliza Foulds, from
Anniversary Collections. Miss Bell 0 10 0 Master S. Whit
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1.6 West Clayton-street Mary Brisco.. 0 16 Mrs. Graham 0 10 0 Master Thornber ... 0 10 0
15 17 11 Elizabeth Fewcett.. 0 5 6 Mrs. Greensides. 0 4 0 Miss Thornber 0 15 Public Meeting ...
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13 17 10 Mrs. Robert Nichol.
J6 12 6 Less Expenses...... 0 10 0
North Shields. 0 5 2 Lees Expenses.. 0 12 6
St. Andrew's Chapel. Miss Rattray .... 070
13 7 If Collections ......... 55 16 8 Misses Jane, Ann,
16 0 0 and Margaret Robinson 2 70 ESSEX.
Hall Fold, near Rochdale. Mis Mary Robinson 2 2 2 Auxiliary Society,
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bath-school Ann Rohgon.
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SOMERSETSNIRI. 431. 118.1d.
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Per Mr. W. Shelley. 161 10 3 Hine, on account. 50 0 0 Hamilton
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0 10 0 Juvenile Missionary Boscs. Hereford, per Mr. E.
Missionary Boxes. Abley, on account 5 0 0 William Ball Youlgrare, T. Bate
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0 3 0 Robert and Herbert
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Rev. S. Evans.
India, to be called Naomi Mary Thomas...... 0190
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44 7 6 Mr. A. T. Fordham
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Mary Ann Walker.. 0 9 7 Collected by
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090 Quart rly CollecMary For tham ... 0 4 2 Elizabeth Wright ..
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Mrs. Poingdestre 0 10 6 Less Expenses.. 0 10 U
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Johnston, for the
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Master H. Horn.... 0 3 0 Missionary Boxes .. 6 16 0
Trevandrum,called Master Poingdestre. 0 2 0 Collection ........ 2 13 0
500 Sarah Johnston .. 3 00 Collected by Mrs. 91. 98.