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their industry, and untaught as they are, and with human depravity to mislead them, they live by the robbery of other men's farms. O, that those who have the power would feel for those who have little, and do their part in the prevention of so much crime and misery as in the unrenewed state of man is often so grievously witnessed.
“ It is very pleasant that our three mountain schools for liberated Africans are all on one line of road. We are all on such terms of Christian friendship as gladly to communicate and consult together on successful modes of teaching, and so far as there is liberty from those with whom each is connected, to adopt any plans conducive to the good of the dear children.
“8th mo. 13th. Let me, before the bright and peaceful sun has shed its departing beams, acknowledge Thy mercy and goodness, O my God, who hast abundantly shed Thy favours and blessings on thine unworthy servant, hast given me peace of mind, love to Thee, and to Thine everblessed cause, and hast favoured me with peace toward all around. How shall I show that Thy favours and mercies are indeed felt and remembered? Thou knowest my heart, but Thou also knowest how frail I am, and that without Thy continual leadings my heart will betray instability, and be one day in Thy love, and another absorbed in minor cares, or hard and insensible to Thy surrounding mercies, and ready to be irritated by every little untoward event or disappointment from those around me. Make me humble, patient, and watchful. O, teach me to serve this people among whom I dwell, and help me in that to which Thou shalt be pleased to guide my steps.
How often has our beneficent Heavenly Father shown me that His goodness was beyond all my hopes, and how unbecoming were all my fears. And so I am led to believe will it be eventually with those who are enabled to maintain the Christian warfare to the end. The unseen state to which death will introduce them will display more fully than they are capable of receiving whilst here, the glories of that Redeemer whom not having seen they love, and in whom, though now they see Him not, yet believing, they do still rejoice amidst
“The state of the apprentices in this colony does indeed call loudly for attention. In many, many cases, it is only another name for slavery and hard bondage, from whence there is little opportunity for the oppressions of those who suffer to be fully heard or attended to. Many take a number beyond what they are able to support, and keep them in great poverty and destitution, not only in nakedness, but in want of necessary food, and exact from them hard labour. The indentures engage the masters to a degree of care and attention, and even of remuneration beyond what is at all looked for, but there is no oversight to observe that these conditions are fulfilled. Some, it is said, become the helpless victims of sin from the base conduct of their masters. There is often great difficulty in receiving complaints of this kind from what is called insufficiency of evidence. I cannot see how the cause of the apprentices can be effectually helped, but by some obligation laid on the masters to have the children instructed in the schools, and thus they would be kept in view. Some account should be kept of all who are ap
prenticed, and there should be stated reviews of them by government authority.
“ 16th. How sweet is the feeling of peace and good-will, and how kindly has our heavenly Father ordered that in all which He appoints for us our bappiness consists. "Hateful and hating one another, is the state furthest from Him, and furthest from happiness; whilst every approach to the pure love of God and man brings its proportionate degree of enjoyment.
A missionary station wherein much power is given to the labourers has great dangers and temptations, therefore the memento of, “Keep thy heart,' should be every day before him.
“I have just paid a second visit to the school. room to-day, and had the pleasure of seeing my kind-hearted matron seated with her flock all around her; the children were occupied in needlework, and were in quiet order. The young people who help were standing about among the girls. It was a pleasant and refreshing sight; and I ought thankfully to acknowledge how great a comfort this dear matron has been, and is to me. She is so friendly and steady a helper; so willing, and so much a peace-maker among the young ones, as well as sincerely desirous of the best interests of the flock. It was, I cannot doubt, the hand of Providence that led me to ber as a helper in this concern : what could I have done without such an one ?
“ One of the most prominent ideas in my mind to-day, is the wish to see people divide themselves into little companies for mutual help. This mom. ing I read to my family the account given by Moses of divisions into fifties, and tens, &c., and
the settling smaller matters amongst each other, whilst the larger only were carried to the Governor. Was it from this example that the Institutions of Alfred were taken, or did it arise from correspondent feeling ? There is a seed of much good in the principle of small associations for friendly oversight and mutual help.
“ 28th. My mind has been affected by the description given in the Missionary Register of March 1831, of the first Chinese convert, Leangafa, 'one in whom appeared so distinctly the image of the Saviour.' Also with the command of our Redeemer, as cited by H. T. in the Trial of Christianity;' Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate
for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.' How opposed is this doctrine to the feeling of human nature, which would justify its resentments by the plea of having much to resent that is wrong and unreasonable. Could anything be more wrong and unreasonable than enmity, cursing, hatred, despiteful usage, and persecution; and yet, on the high ground of true Christian feeling, all these are to be met with magnanimity, forbearance, and returning and overcoming the evil with good. It is the want of feeling and magnanimity in the parties, that can ever make way for discord and contention. Let the first offending party be what he may, there is no unavoidable need of discord if the other party be preserved under right influence; and surely this would be the most effectual means of instructing him who opposes, and of bringing him to the acknowledgment of the truth.
“I am ready to believe there is not any people on the earth, toward whom the spirit of meekness
and Christian patience is more necessary for their improvement than towards the Africans. In some of these people there is a frightful violence at times, uncontrollable resentment, and extreme obstinacy, which I do think cannot be effectually combated by anything so assimilated to its own nature as resentment, force, or a determination to exhibit power in punishing offenders. Such conduct may indeed have a transitory effect, but it will not reach the cause, so as to prove a lasting remedy. Such a remedy can only be found in Christian principle on the part of those who have to complain of offence, and in seeking by Divine help to draw the offender into a desire for the same heavenly influence. If it could be said of all who profess to teach Christianity, and especially of those who come out in a missionary character, that they are persons in whom appear distinctly the image of the Saviour, there would be true and effectual preaching by example and by the savour of life in performing the duties of each day. In order to attain to this, there should be in the missionary occupation what would be favourable to that true calmness of life, in which the light of life can freely prevail and increase. J. Woolman describes a state in which, by seeking after the accommodations of this world's wealth, the true calmness of life was changed into hurry.
“ The language of the Psalmist presents before my mind — But Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive !—and shall not we, who have so niuch to be forgiven, seek to follow, even at an awful distance, this
of the Lord ? He who is perfect in purity, and cannot look on iniquity with pleasure, has yet provided means for the salvation and restor