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will, doubtless, have heard a full account fire to dry me, and much rain. The Lord of the devastation which the hurricanes was better to me than my fears. I had bave made in different parts of the Ba- suffered much during the sittings of the hamas. Of their effects in other places I District-Meeting ; and stayed at Nassau have no authentic account; but here they nearly ten weeks, partly in consequence were tremendous. The first began late on of weakness, and partly from other cir. Saturday evening, July 29th, and con- cumstances. Once I was about to return tinued till Monday morning, the 31st. to my Circuit, and had sent my luggage I was from home, having left on Friday, on board; the weather detained us a day, the 28th, for Pear-Key ; which place I and the next day I was seized by the attempted to leave for Tarpum-Bay in a fever again. About a fortnight after, boat; but the weather obliged us to re- another opportunity offered; but I was turn, and reinain at Pear-Key till Tues- suddenly afflicted a third time. A fourth day, August 1st, when I had a rough opportunity offered for ine to return; but and dangerous passage to Rock-Sound. Mrs. Lofthouse was in dying circumI rejoiced to find my wife and child safe. stances, and Mr. Lofthouse unequal to She had thoughtfully packed up all my his work. A few days after Mrs. Loftbooks. All was confusion within doors house died, Mrs. Eacott was confined and without; but the joy we felt on see- four days ; after which I returned to my ing each other, after such fearful fore- Circuit by way of Harbour-Island, being bodings, cannot easily be described. anxious to get back to my work, and
On Friday evening, August 4th, ano- no vessel going direct for some time. ther gale commenced, and continued un- Through mercy, I now feel as well and til Sunday morning, the 6th. The na- as strong to labour as ever I did. Mrs. tives mention the gales in 1813 and 1824, Eacott has suffered much: we wonder but the oldest agree that they have never not, as most of the natives have been witnessed such a gale before ; and that the much afflicted since the gales. Thank houses must all have been blown away, God, her health is in a much better state had they not been much stronger than they than it has been. were a few years ago. The destruction I hope the late visitation has been the in the plantations has been great ; nearly means of awakening some to a more all the provision is destroyed. Many of serious concern for their souls. Many the people are, consequently, in great of our old members profess to see and distress and poverty : but we have too feel what they never felt before. I have much complaining, and too little thanks- been obliged to reprove, yea, to rebuke, giving and prayer; for there are some and in some instances to expel; but think Telieving circumstances. We are prone I see some improvement, and have some to look at the darkest side ; yet one thing hope. I must now stimulate the people especially should be spoken of with gra- to build. At Savannah-Sound the titude: most of the Indian corn was chapel is blown quite down; and the ripe, or nearly so; therefore, though chapels at Tarpum-Bay and Palmettoblown down, it could be gathered up and Point are unsafe and unfit to worship used, except where the plantations were in; they were in a very dilapidated very low and filled with water.
state before the gale. The chapels Being much exposed in going from at Governor's Harbour, Pear-Key, and one settlement to another, I have taken Rock-Sound need repair. I hope, by several severe colds during, and since, the assistance of the Chairman, Mr. Corthe gales. In the month of June I was lett, -- who, I rejoice to hear, has arrived driven into the sea by a large dog : the at Nassau,—to secure the chapel-lots to horse ran back so far, that a heavy wave the Connexion. I feel I have a formi. washed him down, so that we were both dable work before me ; but I hope the buried in the water. I had miles to ride people will make an effort, and that in wet clothes, a miserable place to lodge the Lord will own my labours among in, had not sufficient change of raiment, no them.
BAHAMAS: New-PROVIDENCE.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John
Corlett, dated Nassau, Nov. 7th, 1837. Having arrived here before the Sep- esting occasions.
I found that very tember quarterly visitation, I had an many of the male members were absent, opportunity of knowing how the mem. either at sea, or at the out-islands, bers attend their Ministers on these inter- pursuing some avocations ashore. I
thought that the circumstances of our usually are found among such promiscuoss members, our hearers, and the colony, assemblages of persons of different ages required it: and I therefore determined, and sexes, where there is not any person of as soon as possible, to spend one or two acknowledged superiority, of religious and weeks in this quarter in visiting some of moral character, to exercise a religious the most neglected parts of the colony ; influence over them. There are, too, a and I have ascertained the following few respectable individuals who would, facts, and arrived at the following con- I am sure, readily co-operate with a Miss clusions, from what I have seen and sionary, in carrying on an efficient Sun. heard during my excursion :
day-school. Vessels from different parts 1. The population of Great and Little of the world are constantly coming here, Exuma and Hog-Island was, when the and a great number of persons are emlast census was taken, 1,360; but is, in ployed in shipping salt nearly throughout my opinion, more at present, as children the year; but should there be any period are numerous, and many of the captured of the year when a Missionary would not Africans are apprenticed on these is find his hands full at this place, the adlands.
jacent islands, before mentioned, will re2. The people are absolutely “ as sheep quire that he go over to them, and help having no shepherd;" and they have been them. in this awful state thirty-four or thirty- 5. There is, in my opinion, another five years.
very important reason why a Mission 3. Long-Island is only about three should be commenced without delay at hours' sail, with a fair wind, from Little. this place. There is an increasing thirst Exuma; and has, I am credibly informed, for knowledge abroad; the ability to read a population equally numerous and desti- is becoming more general; periodicals, tute. St. Salvador, famed as being the containing the most pernicious views of first land discovered by the immortalized religion, are brought here in the vessels Columbus in the western world, is only which arrive from time to time; they are thirty-six or forty miles distant from read first by the master, then by his chil. Little-Exuma, and contains a considerable dren, then sometimes in fragments, or as although scattered population, without a whole, to the servants : and though the religious teaching and religious ordi- tares may not spring up immediately, nances, without that which is next to the nothing will preserve this now-uncultivated redemption of the world in the catalogue moral soil from becoming one vast field of the believer's chief mercies from hea of tares throughout the entire length and ven, “ the means of grace," and, I fear, breadth of the land, but the presence of too generally without “the hope of a skilful and good husbandman, who will glory."
break up the fallow ground, who will sow 4. To me it appears highly desirable in righteousness, who will sow good seed; to open a Mission at Little-Exuma ; -one who, by vigilance, will betimes where, I am informed, on unexception- prevent the enemy from sowing his tares; able testimony, there are from five hun. one who will laboriously toil, in the morndred to seven hundred persons residing ing sow his seed, and in the evening not during the salt-raking season. If we withhold his hand; who will sow Leside could provide means whereby these people, all waters ; one who will wait for the while so concentrated, may “ be brought precious fruit of the earth, and have long to the knowledge of the truth,” they would, patience for it, until he receive the early in some instances, it may be hoped in and latter rain ; one who will not observe many, carry along with them, on their the wind nor regard the clouds when they return to their respective places of abode, are apparently unfavourable, but will, if the seed of the kingdom. A Missionary needs be, go forth sowing in tears, that residing here would have an opportunity he may reap in joy, and return again, of preaching the Gospel to hundreds of bringing his sheaves with him. That the souls every Sabbath during the salt-raking Lord of the harvest may send forth into season, and could, on the week evenings, this corner of his vast field such a la. hold catechetical and other services. He bourer, through your instrumentality, would also have it in his power to prevent
shall be my constant prayer, as it is my the profanation of the Sabbath, and check ardent desire. and restrain those evil practices which
ST. VINCENT,Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Cullingford, dured
Biabou, November 16th, 1837. Our Missionary Anniversaries for the lic Meeting, I found that nineteen appren year having ended, I embrace the earliest tices had subscribed 4s. 4d, each; three, opportunity of forwarding the account,
8s. 8d. each; two, 6s. 6d. each ; one, requesting, at the same time, that it may 5s. 6d.; and the children of the even. have a place in your next Report. . The ing school, 8s. 10d. These amounts Meetings, three in number, were well are sterling value. After the public attended, and the spirit of liberality, es- Meeting, one of the old Leaders came pecially of the apprenticed labourers, was and said, “ Massa, I give ten dog and such as evinced no ordinary interest in five dog at the Meeting ; I feel I no been the holy cause of furnishing means to give enough ; I bring you this dollar for send the Gospel to the Heathen. I must me and my wife.” The following day not omit mentioning a circumstance which another member came with two dollars will be interesting to you: About a fort- for himself and wife; and several others night before the Meeting was held at since have brought their dollars. The Biabou, I spoke to the people on the subscription-list for the District Report subject of Missions generally, but parti- has the names of twenty-seven apprencalarly respecting Africa, and their duty tices, who have given to the Mission Fund to help, by their subscriptions, to send from 4s. 4d. to 8s. 8d., sterling, each. the Gospel to the land of their forefathers. Consider, dear Sir, the circumstances of They entered very pleasingly into the the apprentices, and you will not say that spirit which I wished to see; Collectors they are deficient in a spirit of benevowere appointed for the different estates; lence. A very considerable amount has and, when preparing the list for the pub. also been raised in smaller sums.
TRINIDAD.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. George Beard, dated Port-of-Spain,
December 21st, 1837. NEARLY two years ago, when I com- the grant of £100 sterling to complete menced a subscription to repair the the repairs; and I am truly thankful to chapel in town, I drew up a Memorial, be ab to tell you that yesterday fore. and presented it to the Governor and noon the Colonial Treasurer paid into Council, asking for such aid as to them my hands the doubloons, which I brought might seem fit. This was, I believe, read away rejoicing. and thrown aside : at least I heard no The petition was presented by the more about it. After Mr. Bilby's lec- Honourable John Losh ; but, before its ture, I found that much was still to be presentation, I waited on nearly all the done, and moreover, that I had run in members, and obtained the promise of debt above one hundred dollars. I did their support. I then wrote å letter to not like this, and thought that I would the Governor, soliciting his patronage ; try again. The beginning of last and the gentleman who laid the petition month, I drew up a “ Petition to His before the Board states to me, that we Excellency the Governor and the Ho- are under considerable obligations to His nourable Members of the Council of Excellency for the prompt manner in Government,” stating the case, and asking which he moved the Resolution.
TRINIDAD.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. George Ranyell, dated San-Fer.
nando, November 16th, 1837. LEAVING San-Fernando and South- into a chapel and school-house for the Naparemar, I shall point out our prospects estate's people. The Mistress of the dayin the Savonetta, Couva, and Caropa- school, forinerly an apprentice, has pur. chima Districts. This part of the field chased her freedom for the sum of fiftyis decidedly the most promising. On the four dollars. The proprietors will give Cedar-Hill estate we have a society of her a small salary; but she requires furmore than eighty persons, attentive to all ther assistance, having to refund the the means of grace, and whose conduct money for her manumission, which was has been much improved. The proprie advanced by a friend.
She has a strong tors have recenily given me the Overseer's claim on the benevolence of British house, a good building, to be converted philanthropy. Can you allow her a small sum annually for the day-school ? the end of the year. The residence above She is a good Christian, an excellent the chapel will be roomy, airy, and, I Leader, and an indefatigable Teacher. trust, healthy. I am happy to inform Mr. Bilby has kindly given her a month's you that the inhabitants have manifested training; and promised some books for a very kind and liberal feeling towards the school. I shall use my influence our cause; the prospects for extensive with the proprietors, and, if you will usefulness are cheering, and with Hea. allow her thirty dollars yearly, dare ven- ven's blessing we trust that a number of ture to say that a salary of one hundred immortal souls will soon be gathered into dollars will be realized for her.
the fold of Christ. May the power and In the above-named quarters I regu. presence of the Holy Ghost accompany larly visit the Carolina, the Milton, and the ministration of God's word, as in the the Providence estates ; preach in the primitive ages of the church. village of Couva, and occasionally, when The Catholics have recently com. time will admit, on other properties. menced building a church near our chaThe chapel we are building in the Savo- pel. The Protestants contemplate the netta quarter near Couva, stands in the erection of one also; so that, in all probacentre of the estates mentioned, and of a bility, we shall soon have three resident variety of others, to which doubtless we Ministers in a quarter which was only could have access. It is in a forward visited occasionally by a Methodist Mis. state, and we hope will be completed by sionary.
BARBADOES.—Extract of a Letter from the Rov. William Fidler, dated
November 17th, 1837. Our building at Scotland is of wood, two feet by twelve, and a rough bearded and not of stone ; because it was impos- kitchen, and a stable for the Circuit horse, sible to get stone sufficient within a rea- will cost not less than £290 sterling, sonable distance. The stones promised when finished. The school itself cost more to me were not too far from the land we than the £200 allowed for its erection. had first engaged, but which the owner Mr. Maudison, the Master at Scotland would not secure to us; but they were a commenced with us on the 8th of April, mile, on the other side of a mountain 1837, and Mr. Church at Speight’s-town which divided them, from the land which on the 5th of June, 1837. They are we were at last obliged to buy, or go with very useful as Local Preachers as well as out in that quarter. We were fortunate Schoolmasters. Send us more labourers, in begging part of the wall of a very old either Schoolmasters or Missionaries. windmill ; and the apprenticed labourers Can nothing be done for Nelson-street, carried stones from the bed of the river, or and other places already often named to picked them up over the cane-fields; and you ? thus we obtained as many as raised the A proprietor, and Member of the sill of the frame of the house about House of Assembly, offered me, a few one foot from the ground on the higher days ago, land and stones for a schoolside of the slope on which it is erected. chapel on his estate, about three miles Had we waited for a supply of stones, from the one we have at Scotland. If you we must have been without a building could grant £200, and guarantee the for many months beyond the present Master's salary, we should be able, I year; or spent at least about £500 ster- believe, to do great good in that part of ling. Our present school-chapel, erected Scotland; and from thence could obtain of wood, very strong, forty feet in length access into a parish we have never yet and twenty in breadth, together with a been able to visit. small residence for the Master, twenty
TORTOLA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Robert Hawkins, dated
December 28th, 1837. It will afford you pleasure to learn chapel of late. There is not an estate in that I have, within the last few weeks, the country closed against us at this re-opened our Mission on an estate not moment. We may preach ; and we may, far from town, which the Missionaries if we please, and if we can, establish have not been allowed to visit for about schools on them. thirteen years; and that the proprietor of I have lately made application to two that estate has been twice to the town. of the leading gentlemen in the island, namely, the Hon. B. Lloyd, and the our last chapel-account. I received from Hon. Isaac Thomas, for a more eligible the former a donation of eight dollars in site for our expected new chapel at the cash, and from bnth of them (for at that west end ; and have been offered a piece period they had vessels between them) of land in the most gentlemanly manner. the freight of thirty thousand shingles
Yesterday an old member of society, from St. Thomas, which was a subscripalso a Class-Leader, departed this life in tion equal to nearly sixty dollars more. peace with God, aged one hundred and The former gentleman, who resides at the four years. I have frequently visited her, east end, has kindly offered to help me and always found her ready for the Mas- again, when we can begin the erection of ter's call. She has heard that call, the chapel there; and I have no doubt obeyed it, and gone to her eternal rest but that the latter gentleman will also and enjoyment.
help considerably. I have enclosed a list The above-named gentlemen, in the of donations, &c., received by me when course of the last year, afforded me mate. repairing the chapel in Road-town in rial help in effecting the repairs of the 1836, and also faithfully accounted for large chapel in Road-town; as you will by me at the last District-Meeting. see by a reference to the cash received in
Feb. 19th, 1838. INDIAN IDOLATRY. LETTERS have been received, written by the direction of Lord Melbourne and of Sir John Hobhouse, respectively acknowledging, in the usual way, their reception of the Memorials on the subject of the practical encouragement afforded by British functionaries to idolatry in India, which had been forwarded to them by order of the Committee, as mentioned in our last Number. From the Secretary of the East India Company, the following answer has been received, addressed to Dr. Bunting :-“East India House, Feb. 8th, 1838.-Sir, I have laid before the Court of Directors your letter, dated the 26th ult., addressed to the Chairman of the East India Company, transmitting a Memorial from the Wesleyan Missionary Society, on the subject of idolatrous worship in India ; and in reply I am commanded to assure you, that the subject has for a considerable period received, and that it will continue to receive, the attentive consideration of the Court. I am, &c., James C. Melville.”—Earnestly do we pray, that the result of the “attentive consideration” of the Directors may be the speedy and effectual termination of the enormous and aggravated evils of which the Memorials of our own Society, and of other ecclesiastical or Missionary bodies, have so justly complained.
RECENT DEATHS. MR. S. S. Johnstone, formerly Assistant-Missionary in the NovaScotia District, died of pulmonary consumption, October 30th, at Harbour. Island, in the Bahamas, to which place he had been obliged to return in April last, by the failing state of his health. He died in great peace; and " has left behind him," says the Rev. W. West, a name that will live long in the affections of those who knew him, and a reputation which many greater than he might envy. He lived and died a Christian.”
With melancholy feelings we announce the decease of Mrs. Lofthouse, the excellent wife of the Rev. Wilson Lofthouse, of the Jamaica Mission, which occurred on the 17th of November last, at Montego-Bay. And we have the painful task of further reporting that the apprehensions expressed