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not be closed at all, an arrangement which he "When I remember," writes Mr. Sturgeon, would sanction, if our brethren would consent “ that twelve months since I did not underto give up the teaching of the bible! The stand anything about the language, that we only ground, indeed, of this proceeding is had no house at Cameroons to contain us staled by the Consul to be, “ that the consti- beyond the single room, that during the time tution of Spain forbids the promulgation of we had been absent on account of health (not protestantism."
less than two months), that while at lubour Throughout all the interview our brethren, often afflicted and hindered in a variety of of course, declined to recognize any right upon ways, but that now we can look upon things the part of the Spanish authorities to prohibit, as before stated, and know that we have a or grace in tolerating, the preaching of the substantial storehouse for boxes, barrels, and gospel. They acknowledged that while they provisions, which has occupied me one month liver under Spanish law, they must be ready this year, and that now we are in health, to obey it, or to suffer its penalties : and that better health than when we commenced the for one of these alternatives they were pre- year, surely I ought to be grateful! If we pared.
cease to speak of His mercy, the stones and In all the communications which the Com- trees around would reprove us. May our mittee have had with the Spanish authorities, hearts be ever alive to his mercy, and that they have contented themselves with explain mercy assist us to go on with our work, till ing the object of their mission. The recogni. we shall rejoice over sinners converted to tion of their title to the property they have God. This is the result for which we hope claimed, not as Christians, or as a missionary and pray, and it will be with unspeukable society, but as British subjects having pur- pleasure that we inform you of such success; chased property in a Spanish colony : and but we need your prayers, and the prayers of this claim they have presented through the all our friends.” medium of the British government. To do “On a review of our mission history," less than this, their regard for the interest of writes Mr. Clarke, “ I think there is ground the Society, and their brethren, forbade. To to hope that the day of success is not far do more, and ask from the Spanish or English distant. Look we at the inen employed-wo crown aid or patronage, as Christians, was will all admit, with grief, our unworthiness ; forbidden by their principles.
but, with the painful exceptions from Jamaica, Since Mr. Sturgeon's death, Dr. Prince has all are heartily engaged to promote the work been invited to take the pastorate of the of God. Our imperfections, in knowledge church temporarily; and seven persons have and grace, which have led to occasional disbeen baptized. Some of the members have union, are seen and lamented, and at the removed to Bimbia; and nearly all are pre-school of experience we learn daily lessons of pared to leave the island, if measures are wisdom and circumspection-of mutual fortaken to close the chapel, and prevent their bearance and sympathy. worsbip. The total number of members is “ If we look at the amount of labour beabout eighty.
stowed, in regular and casual visits to many While these painful events were transpiring places,' at stated residences and frequented at Clarence, the providence of God was open- stations, in schools, in regular instruction of ing other doors at Rimbia and Cameroons. the patives, in example before them, and the The former station is now the residence of steady profession made to them, in the scris: most of our brethren, and as it is comparatively cures read and explained, prayer offered in healthy, and surrounded by many important their own tongue on their behalf, addresses villages and districts – 140 in all--it is the and regular discourses in the native language, most eligible site that could be obtained. argument with them without the aid of an Several houses have been erected, and our interpreter ; all is as seed sown.
We gently brethren are auxious to build a chapel. pull up some weeds, and seek to destroy all; Schools have also been commenced; and Mr and look on each clear spot, yea, among the Merrick has advanced in the translation of grass and noxious herbs, to see if no wheat is the New Testament into the Isubu tongue, as yet appearing to allow us to hope for a speedy far as the end of Mark. One native from harvest. If we consider the change made in Cape Lopez has been baptized. The total the minds of the heathen, it will also encournumber of members being twenty-three. An age us to hope and to trust in the Lord. anti-slavery society has also been formed. Mr. “Slave-dealing is now unknown between Clarke and Mr. Merrick are co-pastors of the Africans and Europeans at those places where church.
we have stations. We dare speak outright During the last fifteen months, Mr. and against slavery itself, and can tell King Wile Mrs. Saker bave been labouring amid many liam that we will pay his slaves to the full to changes at Cameroons. A school has been themselves, and himself nothing, if he allows begun, and premises erected. Mr. Saker has them to work for us. He allows them note also made some progress in the Dewalla withstanding; and now for any particular language, and has made a first and second work to do for himself they dare ask him for class-book for the use of the young.
During the year the Dove has been em- the annual meeting. In the meantime, the ployed, as usual, in visiting the different Committee have much pleasure in stating stations, and the greater part of her expense that the deputation was every where met with has been met hy ibe contributions of the cordiality, and that it received the written young These have fallen short a little of assurance of the pastors in Jamaica, that the the amount raised last year, but there is yet visit had removed misapprebensions, relieved time to supply the deficiency.
pecuniary embarrassments, and proved an The expense of the mission to Africa has extensive blessing to their flocks. amounted during the year to a larger sum It is but just to add, that all the expenses than the Committee had expected. Upwards incurred by the visit of their brethren, and an of twenty families have been supported; and additional sum of about £2000 to aid stations heavy expense has been incurred in removing absolutely requiring relief, have been guaran. the houses to Bimbia, and erecting them teed by one of the treasurers of the Society, there.
and that no part of the funds of the Society “ It is evident,” says Mr. Clarke, in reply will be devoted to this object. The contributo the letter of the Commitee urging the tions of the churches in Jamaica to the ulmost economy,
our income does not in- Society, given at missionary meetings, con crease with our labours. We must, it would vened at each station to meet the deputation, seem, stand at one line of action, without the have amounted to upwards of £260. They immediate means to go forward. I can only describe this gilt as an expression of their mourn over this circular. What is £1000 hope that such visits from this country may per annum to the increased operatious of the be again and again renewed. Society? In our present state, what are we In the numerical results of the last year to do? I see only one thing at present for there is something to discourage, though there me to do, to cease building, to store up the are signs of revival and improvement. In wood until your funds will allow us to go on, churches superintended by twenty ministers, and begin no new station that involves ex- the total number of members is 22,994; and pense. "I can pay off all my workmen, and of inquirers, 2985. The total number of starecommend my brethren to do the same. 1 tions is about seventy five, of ministers thirty, hoped an'appeal would have been made as and of members about 30,000. The additions soon as our trials were known, and I hope so by baptism during the year have amounted to still. If I am disappointed, I shall regret about 600. that through necessity our labours are cur. The number of schools is thirty-five, and tailed, and our spirits are ssed down in this of scholars 3016. At Sunday-schools there land of trials, which must be felt to be un- is an attendance of not less than 10,000 derstood. From twenty to thirty families to persons. support, besides common labourers, land to The Committee hope to be enabled in future purchase, &c., &c., will easily show you that years to report more frequently, in the pein a will land like the continent of Africa riodical publications of the Society, on the the sum on which we live is comparatively state of ihe churches in Jamaica ; it is only small."
necessary to remember that such reports are
not intended to excite groundless expectations
on the part of their brethren abroad, or to
at home. They are intended rather to create
have contributed towards the support of the After many efforts to secure a deputation to students during the year. Jamaica, the Committee have, during the year, at length obtained one. Beioved brethren
11.-BAHAMA ISLANDS. have gone forth in the name of the Committee, ! Fifteen Stations, and about Thirty Sub-stations and have visited the churches. Their report Three Missionaries-Fourteen Teachers and on various lopics of business has already been Preachers--One hundred unpaid Teachers and laid before the Committee, and some general
Helpers information it is expected will be supplied at The labours of our brethren in the Bahamas
have been continued without any further in- | Mr. Eastman teaches a school, and has about terruption than has been caused by Mr. Lit- ninety scholars. This school is very well tlewood's illoess. He was compelled to leave managed, and does him much credit. The his station at Turks' Island, and to spend chapel is on freehold ground (large enough to some time at Nassau. Finding that his health allow of a residence being added), and cost was not improved, he took a voyage to New about £100, of which the Society has given York, and it is hoped that he has now re- £50. Friends on the spot have raised the somed his labours. "Mr. Rycroft has, in the rest. meantime, taken charge of the stations at The other chapel is at Cocorite, about three Turks’ Island, &c., and it is probable that he miles from Port of Spain, close to the sea, will continue to labour there, Mr. Littlewood and in the midst of a considerable population. residing at Nassau, and visiting the out-islands. The place is just finished, at a cost of £65.
At Nassau the addition to the churches The friends here will probably contribute have not been quite so numerous as in about £30, and our brethren will provide for previous years; but in other respects, the the rest out of the grant allowed by the Society church seems to be in a healthy siale. Mr. for Trinidad. Capero speaks with especial pleasure of the In Port of Spain there are two schools; one consistent and devoted labours of the native on the mission premises, with about thirty teachers, in connection with his station. children, and the other at Garcia's Barracks, The total number of persons baptized at a destitute district, with thirty-six children. Nassau and the out-islands, not including The labours of Mr. Law in these stations are Turks Island, is 201, and the total number of very abundant. Every Sunday he preaches members, in all the islands, 271; an increase at Dry River at six, at Cocorite at half-past of about 200 members. The day-scholars eight, in the mission chapel at eleven, at Dry are in all 750, and the Sunday-scholars 1601. River at three, and again in the mission
The sums raised by the churches are en chapel at seven in the evening. The first couraging indications of their healthy and four evenings of the week are similarly occuvigorous state. The sum of £355 195. 4d. pied, and the day in school visiting and other bas been contributed by the people towards labours. The number of members under his the repairing of premises and incidental ex. care is now fifteen, several having gone to penses, and £52 for the Auxiliary Missionary America. Society.
At Indian Walk, The Mission, and MontDuring the greater part of the year Mr. serrat, Mr. Cowen has been labouring with Rycroft has devoted himself to the out-islands, much self.denial for the last twelve months. where he has had the pleasure of baptizing These stations are about twenty miles south 147 converts. The dangerous navigation of of Port of Spain, and are four in all, each the seas in which these islands lie, and the several miles distant from the other. In this insecurity and discomfort of the vessels that district we have two chapels, and two preachsail on them, make this work one of much ing stations. At Montserrat (ebout twelve self-denial. He has had his reward, however, miles from San Fernando) Mr. Cowen has in the attachment of the people, and in the obtained a gift of land from the people, has baptism of 147 converts. Eleven islands cleared it, and with their help erected a chapel bave been regularly visited, containing forty- of cedar, with a missionary's residence, that five stations. His Excellency the Governor, is, a small room and shed for cooking attached and the Surveyor genera), have both taken to it. It is worth about £100, and he needs occasion to notice the devotedness of our about £20 or £30 to pay for nails and such brethren to the religious and moral improve other things as the people cannot supply. ment of the people, and the marked success Twelve milts distant is Indian Walk, a of their labours.
considerable settlement of Americans, many of whom wcre slaves in the southern stales,
and carried off by the British in the American TRINIDAD
Mr. Hamilton, an in'elligent black Four Stations-Four Sub-stations-Two Mission- man, is engaged as a preacher and teacher. aries-Six Teachers.
Under his care the people have built a very
neat cedar chopel, at a cost of more than The Society have two groups of stations in £100, and are about placing it in trust for Trinidad. One group in and around Port of the Society. The whole setilement is in the Spain, the other about twenty miles to the midst of the bush, and contains some hundreds south, in and around the Savanna Grande. of people, most of whom are favourably disAt Port of Spain the labours of the Society posed to our views. Mr. Hamilton teaches were begun in 1843. They then purchased his school in the chapel, and has (during the the Mico School - an excellent house, of wet season) about fifteen children. He also stone, the partitions and flooring of cedar. preaches on Sunday, and in the week at a
Since 1843 two small chapels of wood bave neighbouring station. Mr. Cowen visits all been built near Port of Spain; one at Dry these stations, and a fourth near “ The MisRiver, a destitute quarter of the town. Here sion," as often as the weather will allow.
During the four years that have elapsed mittee have been anxiously looking for a since this station was begun, five chapels and successor, and at length they have been guided school houses have been obtained. Four to the choice of Mr. Webley, who landed at schools have been established, and now con- Jacmel at the commencement of this year. tain 180 children. Four churches have also He enters upon his work under very peculiar been formed. During the year, nineteen circumstances. "So deep is the impression," persons have been baptized, and the churches writes Mr. Birrell, “which Mr. Francies' consist of seventy-six members.
character and premature death have made on The illness of Mrs, Cowen, and the uncer- the people, that it is difficult to say whether tainty of her return to Trinidad (the fear more has not been accomplished by his reexpressed in the last report having been moval in preparing the field for future labourrealized) has induced Mr. Cowen to propose ers than might have been realized by his life. re-visiting this country, and it is hoped that He was borne to his early grave by young his presence may have the effect of calling men employed in various mercantile situations special attention to the claims of this important in the town, whom he had attached to his and destitute island.
instructions and to his person, and to whom he During the year several of the followers of looked as the future instructors of their Dr. Kalley have been compelled to leave countrymen. Wherever I have gone I hear Madeira, and have settled in Trinidad. Their the language of the warmest affection for his poverty and their faithfulness gave them a memory, and of earnest desire for another strong claim upon the sympathy of our preacher.” breibren, and Mr. Law has allowed several Both Mr. Abbott and Mr. Birrell, who of them to occupy part of the mission pre. have recently visited Haiti, speak most favour. mises at Port of Spain. Having found it ably of the location our brethreu have chosen, necessary to afford them relief, any donations and of the importance and prospects of this towards this object will be very acceptable. mission. He has already, out of his own scanty salary, given more than he can afford.
Mr. and Mrs. Kingdon,
Mr. and Mrs. Battfeld. Mr. and Mrs. Webley, Miss Harris, Mrs. Francies.
Two Native Teachers.
Sub-stations......... Tilleton, Bakers. The commencement of this mission, like chat of most of our missions, has been clouded.
The Committee regret that they are not Of the two missionaries sent out fifteen months able to give at present a very satisfactory ago, one, with his family, returned in ill account of their station at Belize. Early last health. The remaining one, a labourer of year they were constrained, by various painful peculiar qualifications, with a good knowledge considerations, to dissolve their connexion of the language, intimate acquaintance with with Mr. Henderson, who had requested the the negro character, and singular versatility Committee either to withdraw their sanction of talent, over-stimulated to labour by the from the other brethren there, or to arcept bis opening fields of usefulness, in the course of resignation, and enable him to remove to eight months sank under yellow fever, and America. They adopted the latter alternative, left his widow and the female teacher alone and signified their willingness to aid his reon the field.
moval. He then resolved to remain at Belize, In the absence of any missionary, the lady and has broken up and divided the church. who came out as a teacher, with great firm Nr. Kingdon has baptized three persons ness, although with considerable expense of during the year, and has made considerable personal feeling, has continued the public progress in Mayu and Spanish. He and Mr. services, both on the Lord's day and on the Bultfield labour with much assiduity both at week-day evenings, not without success. Belize and in the neighbourhood of that settle
Some are waiting to be baptized ; and the prospects of the female boarding-school under Miss Harris's care are very encouraging. For the sake of about £100 per annum for the
Twelve Stations-Twelve Ministers, educated or first year or two, I feel persuaded (says Mr.
aided-- About 650 members. Birrell) that friends at home will not permit this lady and her assistant, a coloured female The diversified labours of the Society in teacher from Jamaica, well trained in the Canada have been continued throughout the British system, to fail in their enterprise, to year without interruption. The tutor of the which they have given themselves, I may cay, college at Montreal' has been supported by after having witnessed their privations, in the the Society, and nineteen students have been spirit of martyrs.
educated in it during the year. Our brethren Since the death of Mr. Francies, the Com- have felt great dificulty, owing to a heavy
debt, in carrying on their various operations, to the sympathy of English and American bat as yet these operations have not been cur-Christians. tailed, and they have enjoyed a considerable amount of success. At Paris, Mr. Bosworth labours with much assiduity, and his ministry is attended by a numerous congregation. At
With the view of encouraging our brethren BRANTFORD, the church under Mr. Winter in Nova Scotia to commence à class for the botham's care is in a prosperous siate, with training of pious young men for the ministry, efficient Sunday-schools and agency.
At the Committee last year voted £100 towards DRUMMONDVILLE, several persons have been the support of a theological tutor at Acadia baptized by Mr. Cleghorn, and a church of College, near Halifax. The churches voted twenty-seven members has been formed. Mr. an equal amount, and a promising class was Hewson's efforts at St. CATHERINE's have formed; but the state of the Society's finances, been greatly blessed, and the church now has compelled them, though with much regret,
There is hope, contains seventy-six members, thirty-three to discontinue the grant. more than last year. In Toronto, Mr. Fyfe however, that our brethren, deeply feeling the is still cheered by the results of his efforts, need of such training, will make a special and is about to build a new and more con effort to secure it; and we wish them, none venient place of worsip. The reports from the less heartily that we cannot help them, all Kingston, Brockville, Osnabruck, Quebec, success, Eaton, Chatham, Stanbridge, and St. Armand's, are also favourable, indicating every
EUROPE. wbere much union and peace; though, in several places, our brethren deplore the little success of their ministry.
MORLAIX. Rev. J. Jenkins, J. Jones, "]f the brethren in England,” say the
Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Jones. Committee in Canada, “ to whose liberalily One Station-Two Sub-stations-Two Missionaries. this Society is much indebted, could examine The labours of our brethren in Briitany for themselves the state of the country, they have been continued throughout the year. would not only be thankful that the money The chapel recently erected has proved of sent to Canada has been so profitably ex- great service, and the attendance, principally pended, but they would resolve to place of Roman Catholics, shows much interest augmented resources at the disposal of the
upon the part of the people. In several Committee."
instances a blessing seems to have attended Through the continued opposition of in the preaching and tract distribution, though terested parties, the claims of the Tuscarora there have been no baptisms during the year. Indians to their lands, and the intentions of
Upwards of 8000 tracts in French and the government, have been frustrated. In Breton have been circulated during the year, consequence, the station has suffered during and Mr. Jenkins bas prepared and printed in the year. Mr. Landon has also been com- Breton a Sunday-school Lesson Book. The pelled through ill health to relinquish bis Religious Tract Society have kindly under: labours : but till some permanent arrange- taken the expense of it, and have supplied ment can be made, Mr. Carryer has con- funds for printing Breton tracts. sented to conduct religious service among the The New Testament in Breton is now Indians. Public worship is well attended. complete, and Mr. Jenkins has obtained from The chapel is too small, and several are the 'British and Foreign Bible Society pero about to be baptized.
mission to print it at their expense. Three The noble aod self-denying labours of our thousand copies will be printed and ready for brethren of the Grande Ligne Mission among distribution early in the year. This is itself a the French Canadians have been carried on noble work, and will place the “story of through the year amid many trials, but with peace” within the reach of a million of permuch encouragement. Twenty-four mission-sons who would otherwise have been without aries, colporteurs, and teachers are employed. the word of life. More than two hundred children are in the schools. The churches contain in all about two hundred members. One student of promise at Grande Ligne has been sent to The total number of members added to all Geneva, to study under the care of Dr. Merle the churches during the past year is 1207, D'Aubigné, and is likely to become a blessing the total number of members in all the to the Canadian churches. The Committee churches, including Jamaica, being 36,463. have sent some small special contributions to There are also 249 stations and sub-stations, this mission during tlie year, and will be 233 agents, not including Jamaica.
The bappy if the donations of their friends enable total number of day-schools is 156, of children them to send more in the coming year. The caught in day-schools, 8696, and of children labours of these brethren, and their pecuniary caught in sabbath-schools, 12,481. The total and other difficulties, strongly commend them receipts, for all purposes, are £28,223 1ls. 7d.