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thirty years old. His mother, wife, and « Tool conducted himself with great children, were seated before him; and propriety: he soppressed all the wild the skulls and bones of his family and feelings of an uncaltivated mind, and ancestors were placed in a row on his yet shewed all the soft and tendet feel. Jeft hand. I inquired where he died, ings of nature toward his sister. I could and was told that he was killed in battle, not but view his conduct with admira. beyond the River Thames, some months tion; and told him to indulge bis affecago.
tion for his sister, without any respect “ This chief was called the Atna, of to my being present. I saw that he was whom we had heard so much the pre- anxious, lest the warmth of his sister's teding day. The New Zealanders ap- affection, and the strong manner in preat to entertain an idea that the Deity which she manifested it, should overresides in the head of a chief; as they come his manly fortitude, and canse him always pay the most sacred veneration to imitate her example ; as he had done to the bead. If they worship any idol, on a former occasion, when I first visited it is the head of their chief, so far as New Zealand. I am able to form au opinion of their * At day-break this mornivg, we worship,
heard the lamentations of a poor wiYet, amidst all these superstitions dow, on the summit of the hill, weepand barbarities, there are varions traces ing for her children. Her affliction of of better feelings among them; and the mind was very heavy. She was left mission has not been unsaccessful in wholly to the feelings of nature, which creating many favourable impressions, appeared to be intolerable. The conwhich, it may be confidently hoped, solations of religion could not pout the will eventually lead to important bene- oil of joy into her wounded spirit. She fits. The education of the children of knew not God, and evidently had no the natives, which has been the chief refuge to fly to for relief. In the fullest imtrediate object of the missionary sense of the Apostle's meaning, she was settlers, though attended with many withont hope, and without God in the difficulties, has not been norewarded; world; and this is the sitaation of the and to this quarter must we chiefly whole of her countrymen, when inder look, in the ordinary course of Dividc affliction. They will sit for months, Providence, for the ultimate success of might and day, mourning in a similar their benevolent labours. That we may manner, for the loss of their dearest renot leave the foregoing extracts wholly latives. unrelieved, we subjoin the following, " It was very gratifying to our feelin which the natives appear under a ings, and afforded us a pleasing profairer aspect.
spect, to be able to perform the WOT“ We told them, tliat Pomare, King of ship of the True God in the open ait, Otaheite, thonght, some time ago, as without any sensations of fear or danger, they did. He tabooed his houses and though surrounded by cannibals with provisions, and was constantly under their spears stuck in the ground, and fear lest his god should kill him and his their pattoo-pattoos and daggers conpeople: bat, since the Missionaries have cealed under their mats. We could not lived at Otaheite, and he and his people doubt but that the time was at hand, for had been taught the ineaping of God's gathering to the fold of Christ this noble Book, he had abolished all tabooing; race of men, whose temporal and spiriand had eaten any proper food, and liad tual wants are incotceivably great, and slept any where, like the Europeans ; call loudly on the Christian world for and was under no fear of being killed relief. Their misery is extreme. by his former gods. They were much " When I have conversed with the pasurprised at this information, and in- rents of our deceased youths, I have been quired how long it was since Pomare much struck with the patient resigna. had ceased to taboo. We told them tion of some of them to the afflictive disthat it was more than three years ago pensation. One of the principal chiefs, since Pomare had embraced our reli- when he heard that his son was dead at gion. The chiefs then replied, that if Parramatta, came on board the Dromewe would send missionaries to instruct dary with his wife. They both wept them, and to convince them that their much. He was a fiue youth, and their religion was wrong, and to prevent their only son. He requested me not to fret gods from killing them, they would for his son, obrerving that, as he was think and act as 'we did.
dead, he was happy that he had died at Parramatta; for he was sure that he me-me bad too much-I sorry for my. would want for nothing in his sickness self. that would do him good. His wife said
Q. Do you pray? that she was childless now; that they A. Yes, I pray; but I am afraid God bad large possessions of land, but vo
no hear my prayer. beir; and requested me to send them Q. Do not you feel glad sometimes one of my children, whom they wonld when you pray? adopt as their owy, and who should A. Yes, sir : I feel sometimes glad sacceed to their lauds. They both ar
and sometimes sorry. dently wished to have their son's bones Q. Do you believe that the Lord conveyed to New Zealand, that they Jesns Christ is able to save you? might be deposited in their family se. A. Sometimes I am afraid, because pulchre; and requested that one or my sips too much; but He is God, both of them might be allowed to go to and can do all things: that make me New South Wales for them.
glad." Sierra Leone,
The following remarks of one of the From these scenes of barbarism and Christian Negroes form a simple but temporary disappointment, we turn with forcible illustration of the Apostle's humble thanksgiving to God, to the con- words—“I was alive, without the law, 1rast presented by the progress of Chris. once; but, when the commandment tianily, and its attendant blessings, came, sin revived, and I died :"among the liberated Negroes in the “Yesterday morning, when you preach, colony of Sierra Leone. We offer no you shew we that the Law be our apology for the simplicity of some of schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. You the following particulars, which ap- talk abont the Ten Commandments. peal to the heart far more powerfully You begin at the first, and me say to than more elaborate statements.
myself, 'Me guilty !'--the second, Me In examining some candidates for guilty!'--the third, "Me guilty !-the baptism, Mr. Johnston was so much fourth, "Me guilty!'-the fifth, Me struck by the intelligent piety of one guilty !’ — Then you say the sixth, of the women, that he wrote down the " Thou shalt not kill. Me say, 'Ah! examination. The following is part of me no guilty! me never kill some per. the conclusion : the whole was equally son. You say, 'I suppose plenty peosatisfactory.
ple live here, who say-Me no guilty of “Q. What does God the Holy Ghost that! Me say again in my heart, Ah! teach you?
me no guilty.' Then you say, ' Did you A. He shew me my sin.
never hate any person? Did you never Q. Does he teach any thing else? wish that such a person, such a man, or
A. Yes : He shew people that they such a woman, was dead?' Massa, you can be saved by Jesus Christ.
talk plenty about that; and what I feel Q. When He has shewu them that, that time I can't tell you. I talk in my does He'teach them any thing else? heart, and say, 'Me the same person!'
A. He make them heart feel glad: My heart begin to beat-me want to He give them peace.
cry-my heart heave so much me don't Q. You said that the Son of God re- know what to do. Massa, me think me deemed you ; what did He redeem or kill ten people before breakfast! I save you with?
never think I so bad. Afterward you A. He pay His own blood for sinners. talk about the Lord Jesus Christ, how Q. Why don't you say for me? He take all our sin. I think I stand the
A. Me 'fraid, Massa : me so bad, me same like a person that have a big stone can't say 'for me'yet.
upon bim bead, and can't walk-want Q. Tell me, did not you know any
10 fall down. O Massa! I have trouble thing before you felt your sins?
too much--I no sleep all night. (Wept A. No, Massa ; me know nothing be much.) I bope the Lord Jesus Christ fore: me careless : me po hear: but will take my sins from me! Suppose when I see all the bad things I do before, He no save me, I shall go to hell for then I glad to hear something.
ever." Q. Do you think you shall do good The liberated Negroes continue to now?
subscribe with great promptitude and A. O Massa ! if God belp me, I want affection, to the Church Missionary As. to do good; but I cannot do any thing Sociations established in Sierra Leone, by myself. I hope the Lord will help We extract a passage or two from their CHRIST. OBSERY. No. 252. 5 M
addresses at the anniversary meetings, 'What White man tell us, and give oor indicative of their zeal for the salvation coppers that our couptry-people may of their countrymen. One of them ibus hear about Jesus Christ. appealed to the meeting :
“ The change in the character of “ I am very anxious that my country- those men is testified by many impartial people niay hear the Gospel. I heard witnesses. The captain, in whose vessel wheu my brother came to this country, the governor went out, was struck with that my father was still alive : this astouishment. He had seen much of made me glad very much; but still I Negroes in Jamaica, and asked how long am sorry for them, that they never this settlement had been formed. When heard the Gospel of the Lord Jesus told at the end of 1816, he smiled, and Christ. I pray that the happy time said to the govervor, Sir Charles, if I may soon come, when the knowledge of knew not your Excellency to be a man the Redeemer shall cover the earth, as of honour, I should think myself greatly the waters do the mighty deep. I hope imposed upon; and I mnst candidly that you will do all that yon can; and confess, I can hardly believe it now. those of you wlio cannot give coppers, I But,' said he, what sort of people hope you will give your prayers, and do were they, with whom it was comall with a willing mind."
merced? I pointed out some to bim Another Negro thus took up the sub. who were sent here in the begivning of ject:
November last, that, looking at their “ Now, my dear friends, whatever emaciated condition, he might form you give, give all with your heart, and some idea of those with whom I began with a willing heart. If you done give all, this settlement. He then inquired what and grudge it, you better keep it: no method we had pursued to bring them one will take it from you. Now, do you to such a state, in so short a time. No think that Missionary can go to our other,' said his Excellency,' than teachcouutry-people, suppose you no give ing them the truths of Cbristianity; them soinething to eat and something which these gentlemen were sent to for drink. All these thiugs cost plenty propagate by the Church Missionary money: therefore you must giye all the Society: by this alone they liave ruled coppers you can 'spare, and give them them, and have raised them to a comwith a praying heart for God to bless
mon level with other civilized nations: them and make them useful.
and, believe me,' added his Exceliency, suppose one man die for anothier man, ' if yon admit Christian teachers into don't you think that man what die love your island, you will find your Negroes t'other one ? Well-God send Him soon become affectionate and faithful dear Son to die for we sinners: now servants.'" God Almighty love we dearly!”
If any thing be' wanting to render Another native spoke as follows:-- these details (to which a multitude of
“ My good friends, I thank the Lord similar passages might be added) more Jesus Christ, he brought me to this deeply affecting, it would be the concountry. My country-people sold me sideration of what these now couverted, for slave. That time they sell me, I civilized, and contented natives were don't think I could come to this place. on their arrival at the colony. The I been walk from my country, to an. following passage, from a communicaother, without any clothes. My couu. tion by Mr. Johnston, describes a scene try, the people make big cap with por. which will not, we are persoaded, be cupine's quills and polly's feathers : read without deep emotion, especially they then cut stick in bush, and make when contrasted with the past, and we him head and eyes and inouth; but he must add the present, wrongs of Africa, can't speak ;-and they say he god, he and the brighter prospects that we can save them; and they make woman trust are opening on her yet clouded fool very much. That headman say hemisphere. every body must bring one copper to " I received a note a few days since that god, and kneel down and pray to from Joseph Reffell, Esq. chief superhim to save them. Every man when he intendant of captured Negroes, in which is going to eat, be goes there to eat in I was informed that a slave vessel had presence of the idol.
been bronght in, with 233 of our unfriends, let us hear what Wbité mau tell fortunate fellow.creatures, and that he
He come sit down in this bush to and the acting governor had agreed to teach us. Let us, my countrymen, hear send them all to Regent's Town; and
Biit now, my
begged me therefore to go down to Free. and lifting up our hearts in prayer and town the following morning, with some praise to the wonder-working God, confidential people, to receive them. who e ways are in the deep. Our people soon heard the news; and “ The school boys and girls brought great joy was expressed every where, the victuals which they bad prepared : from the hopes that some of their rela: and all the people, following their ex. tives might be among the liberated, ample, rau to their houses and brought
“ The next morning I went, with some what they had got ready; and, in a of my people, down to Freetown. short time, their unfortunate conntry. Those who remained at home prepared people were overpowered with messes food for their poor country.people. We of every description, and made such a were, however, all disappointed, as the dinner as they had not been accustomed Court of Mixed Commission had not to for a long time. Pine apples, ground condemned the vessel. Mr. Reffell nuts, and oranges, were also brought in (whose liumanity deserves grateful men- great abundance. tion) had disembarked the Negroes, and “ After all had been gratified, as it had, no doubt, thereby saved many was getting late, I begged the people to lives; as the vessel was a small schooner, withdraw, in order that their weary and many of the poor creatares were ill country-people miglit have rest : which and reduced to skeletons. As the court being done, I lodged the men and boys sat that day, I sent the people home in the boys school, and the women and again; and stayed in Freetown, to wait girls in the girls' school. The two perthe result.
manent school-houses which we have “ I was informed, the next morning, built I now find of great service; as tlrat the slaves and vessel had been con- each of them, being seventy-three feet demoed by the conrt. Of these people, by thirty, and having two floors, will 217 were delivered to me; the rest, contain a great vumber. being sick, were carried to Leicester “Tbe next morning, at family prayer, Mountain to the hospital. I was ob. the church was crowded. After prayer liged to have them surrounded by our the people visited the schools with many people, and so march them out of Free.
messes. I then picked out sixty-eight town, as the soldiers of the fort were on, boys and sixty-one girls for the schools : the look-out to get some of them for the remainder, men and women, I diswives. Mr. Reffell accompanied us tributed among the people. Several some distance, to prevent any intrusion; had the joy to take a brother or a sister and when we bad reached the moun.
bome. One boy, who is in the semitains in safety, lie returned.
nary, found a sister, younger than him. “ I cannot describe the scene which selt, among them: she remains in the occurred when we arrived at Regent's girls' school. Town. I liave seen many landed, but “ Iu the evening, the church was never beheld such an affecting sight as crowded again. A school girl put some I now witnessed. As soon as we came of her owu clothing on one of the new in view, all the people ran out of their girls, in order to take her to church. houses toward the road, to meet us, When the poor girl came before the with loud acclamations. When they church, and saw the quantity of people bebeld the new people, weak and faint, she ran back crying: on being asked they caught hold of them, carried them her reason, she said that she had been on their backs, and led them up toward sold too much, and did not want to be my house. As they lay there exhansted sold any more. The poor creature on the ground, many of our people re- thought she was going to a market to be cognised their friends and relatives; sold again. The girls had some trouble and there was a general cry of 0 to persnade her otherwise. Massa! my Sister!'-—' My Brother!'
“ On the following Sunday, when the • My Sister!— My Countryman! he bell rang at ten, I went and placed the live in the same town !!— My Country people as close as possible. The church woman!' &c.
was instantly filled, and many people The poor creatures, who were very had to remain outside. It is now again faint, having just come out of the hold far too small; and the oumber of bear. of a slave vessel, did not know whaters will continue to increase from the had befallen tlein; nor whether they new people. I have planned another should laugh or cry, when they beheld addition, which we shall begin as soon the countenances of those whom they as permission is granted, at least at tbe had supposed to bave been long dead; close of the present rains. I intend to and whom they now saw clothed, clean, take the north side out, and throw the and perbaps with healthy children ip whole into a double root, substituting their arnis.
pillars for the present north wall. It “In short, I cannot do jastice to the will then be as large again. May the scene : it was beyond description. None Lord bless all our feeble endeavours!” of us could refrain from shedding tears,
FEMALE EDUCATION IN INDIA. the now deceased and much lamented
An interesting address on the subject bishop, and other persons of distinction, of female education in India has been have contributed to the fuod.-A very lately circulated in Calcutta and its de interesting intercourse is beginning by pendencies, by the Corresponding Com. means of these schools to take place be. mittee of the Church Missionary So- tween European ladies and the native ciety. From it we extract the follow- women, which we trust will prove a ing important statements.
lasting blessing to India. “ The importance of education for the improvement of the state of society BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE among the natives of India is now very
SOCIETY. generally acknowledged; and the eager- Among the extracts from the Socie. ness of the natives themselves for in- ty's domestic documents, we had markstraction begins to exceed the opportu. ed for insertion the following testimony nities hitherto afforded them. But, to to the memory of its deceased Secretary, sender education effectaal to the im- Mr. Owen; but our limits precluded its provement of society, it must, obvio appearing in our last Number. ously, be extended to both sexes. Man * As no one,” remark the Committee, requires a .help-meet; and, in every was more deeply impressed with a country, the infant mind receives it's
sense of the great importance of the earliest impressions from the female institntion to the best interests of mansex. Wherever, therefore, this sex is kind, no one laboured more strennously left in a state of ignorance and degra. and effectually to promote its infinepce dation, the endearing and important and prosperity. To this object, which duties of wife and mother cannot be was ever near to his heart, his time, duly discharged; and no great progress his talents, and his personal labours, in civilization and morals can, in such a were unremittingly devoted. The corstate of things, be reasonably hoped for. respondence which his official sitnation Such, however, with few exceptions, imposed on him, was alone sufficient to has bitherto been the state of the fe. occupy the time which he could spare male sex in this country; but a happy from his professional duties; bat the change, in this respect, seems, at leugth, energies of a saperior mind enabled to be gradually taking place: a most him to extend his care and attention to pleasing proof of this occurred, in the every branch of the multifarious coninteresting fact, that thirty-five girls cerns of the Society, and to accomplish were among the number of scholars at
more than could have been expected the last examination of the schools of from individual efforts. His pen and the School Society, in the house of one his voice were incessantly employed in of the most respectable natives in Cal- its cause. The former was freqnently cutia. The arrival of a lady of judg. and vigorously exercised in elucidating ment and experience (Miss Cooke) at the principles of the institation, or in such a crisis, for the purpose of devoting defending its character and conduct herself to the work of native female edu. against misrepresentation or aggression. cation, could not but be regarded as a To his pen the world is indebted for a most favourable event; and the Cor. Inminons and authentic History of the responding Committee of the Church Origin of the British and Foreign Bible Missionary Society have cordially un- Society,and its Progress during the first dertaken to promote, as they may be fifteen years of its existence; in which enabled, the object of Miss Cooke's the characters of truth and impartiality mission. Miss Cooke will afford in.
are throughout conspicuous : wbile bis struction at home to the female children eloquence, so often and successfully of the higher classes of natives; and, displayed in advocating the cause of at the suggestion of an enlightened na. the institution, impressed on his anditive gentleman, a separate school will be
ences that conviction of its utility, attempted, for poor female children of which he himself 80 strongly felt, and higb caste, with a view to their becoming which the progressive experience of hereafter teachers iu the families of eighteeu years has now so amply contheir wealthy country-women. Thus firmed. three schools are already established "But his eloquence was entitled to a under Miss Cooke's immediate care, higher praise ; it was the effusion of a containing about sixty girls; and the leart in which candour and liberality disposition manifested toward these ever predominated; it was characteschools by the natives affords reason rised by that suavity of disposition, to expect that a wish to have female which had endeared him to the affec schools will, in time, become general.” tionate esteem, not only of his colleagues
lu consequence of the appeal annexed and the committee, but ot all who were to these stateinents, 3000 rupees were in in any way associated with him in transa few weeks contributed. The gover. acting the business of the Society; wbile nor-general and his lady, the lady of his great and diversitied talents com.