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ground have its proper amount of labour, from the corruptions and ignorance of and no part of the world will yield so rich Heathenism, they are now learning to a harvest.

read the Bible, and daily kneel under the The girls' school lately established on sound of prayer. May God prosper us these premises has prospered amazingly. in the interesting and important task of We have, I think, two hundred children, teaching these poor children the way of not taken from other schools, but gathered salvation, and may all our plans begin from the streets and lanes of Royapettah. and end with Him! This is encouraging: snatched, we hope,


HURRICANE IN NEVIS. The late Hurricane in the West Indies, we grieve to state, has been attended with very disastrous results to several of the Islands in which our old and time-honoured Missions in that part of the world are located. We take as a specimen the case of Nevis, described in the following communication. The Mission-Chapels and Houses, indeed, though not all unvisited by this calamity, have not suffered so extensively as on some former occasions. But many of our people have sustained sad and distressing losses of their little property; and our Funds must painfully feel the effect of their diminished ability to contribute, as here: ofore, to the support of their Ministers.—Men" of Israel, help!-in this hour of special exigency.--The state of our West-Indian Missions, generally, is one which calls very loudly not only for earnest prayer to God, but for every possible effort, on the part of our friends at home, so to increase the pecuniary means placed at the Committee's disposal, as will enable them to meet the heavy demands which in all probability will and must soon be made upon them, in consequence of the very serious and distressing changes which have taken place in the social and commercial condition of all classes in the West Indies. Missions so dear to our hearts, so eminently successful, and on which so large an expenditure of money, and of invaluable Missionary labour and life, has been bestowed, must not now be suffered to be destroyed. Let British Christians stand prepared to meet this clear call of duty. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. George Blanchflower, dated Nevis,

August 26th, 1848. On Monday night, 21st instant, we ed with water, it is not much injured. were visited by the most awful hurri- The outbuildings were most of them decane that has been experienced here for stroyed. My dear wife and myself were the last thirty years. The storm com- graciously supported. We fully expected menced about twelve at night. No per- the house would give way; and there son in the island had any idea, when seemed but a step betwixt us and death, they retired to bed, that a storm was so No one who has never witnessed a scene near, as there were none of those premo- of the kind can form any idea of the nitory signs which generally precede power of a tornado. these dreadful storms. Scarcely had In that dread hoor, we felt the value persons time to fasten up their houses of personal religion, and cried unto the before destruction commenced. At two Lord, and he delivered us out of our o'clock, our house, which is new, and a trouble; and, with the exception of getting strong wood building, writhed under the

wet, we escaped uninjured. « Othat power of the blast, and every joint we may “praise the Lord for his goodcracked, as if it would fall to pieces. ness!" But the Lord had mercy on us, and it The chapel is somewhat injured ; stood firm ; and, with the exception of a three or four windows are broken to little injury to the roof, and being flood- pieces, and a part of the wall has given way. It is more than probable there stroyed, compared with what others have was an earthquake at the same time, as suffered. May the Lord sanctify this several stone buildings have fallen down. afflictive dispensation to us all! Oar

The destruction among the houses of congregations have been good ; but we the labourers is truly distressing : on have not fully witnessed those glorious the windward side of the island very few results which we know the Gospel is able are left standing. Scores of our poor to produce. “O thou that hearest and beloved people have

their all ;

prayer,” let all flesh come unto thee ! their houses are shattered to atoms; fur- We had just concluded our Missionary niture, clothes, and every little comfort Meetings; and though we did not realize they had collected since their freedom, more than half what we got last year, had are totally destroyed. My heart bled, we to hold them now, we should not get and tears involuntarily flowed from my anything. This is a dark day for the eyes, as I went among them the next West Indies generally, but in particular day, to see them seeking the broken for those who have felt the effects of this pieces of their houses, &c., some of them storm. While we are anxious to relieve blown a quarter of a mile from the foun- the Committee, it will now be impossible dation, and to hear them in submission to carry on the work without additional saying, “ Massa, me house gone! me grants from them. Unless the Home clothes gone! but Massa Jesus spare a' Government does something to help the we life! Me pickne (children) spared! colony in this emergency, it will hardly Him too good to a’ we.” Our people recover the shock. were reduced low enough before ; what Our beloved friends in the mother they will now do I know not. Those country have much cause for thankful. who can get work only earn 6d. per day. ness, that they are secure from the hur. And were the planters ever so much dis- ricane and the earthquake. May their posed to help them, they are not able ; thankfulness be manifested in enlarged they too are great sufferers. Scarcely a contributions for the help of their needs boiling-house or mill but what the roof brethren throughout the vast Missionis in part or wholly destroyed, as well as field ! many of their dwelling-houses.

I am resolved to live only to glorify Two or three persons were killed, and God, and to “preach among the Gentiles numbers had limbs broken, and others the unsearchable riches of Christ." We very much bruised. We are thankful have need of your prayers, and those of that so little Mission property is de- Christians generally.

RECENT MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. GIBRALTAR.-On Thursday night I sign of the Romish institution, and, as my preached a special sermon, in Spanish, principal object, of as powerful a represenon “the Exaltation of the Holy Cross." tation as I could make of the true evanIt was the Romish feast-day, in celebra- gelical and apostolic view of glorying in tion of the alleged appearance of the Cross the Cross of Christ, contrasted with the to Constantine. I had a very large congre- blind, vain, and frequently idolatrous gation about one hundred outside: great reverence of Papists for the wood of the interest was excited. My discourse con- Cross.--Rev. G. Alton, Gibraltar, Sepsisted of a statement on the origin and de- tember 16th, 1848.

DEATH. It is our painful duty to announce the decease of a venerable and faithful Missionary of the Society, who for upwards of forty years laboured to promote the spread of true Religion in the Provinces of British North America. The Rev. Stephen Bamford died at Digby, Nova Scotia, on August 14th, in the seventy-eighth year of his age. He proved in death the efficacy of that Gospel which by his life and ministrations he recommended to the acceptance of those whom the Great Head of the Church had committed to his pastoral care.


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My father was born in the parish of St. Mary Church, South Devon, in the year 1770. His parents, although strangers to the enjoyment of spiritual experience, yet, according to their light, which, in those days and parts, was very obscure, feared God, and wrought righteousness. They were Nonconformists by descent, and had been accustomed to attend the Dissenting chapel; but removing into a neighbourhood favoured with the ministrations of a Clergyman more than usually faithful and evangelical, they generally attended the parish church. They were soon, however, furnished (as I and my readers will believe) with the means of becoming yet more perfectly acquainted with the way of salvation. Wesleyan Methodism was introduced into the village, and a cottage was opened in the vicinity for divine worship. Mr. and Mrs. Henley, sen., were among the first to receive the message of mercy. There was a gracious visitation connected with these earlier religious services ; it seemed as if a sacred fire were brought down on earth, and many caught the flame. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Henley, sen., together with some others, of the older branches of the family. The leaven thus cast into the domestic circle continued to diffuse its influence, till some of the younger branches began also to experience its power. My father was early convinced of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and felt, as well as saw, the absolute necessity of a change of heart. Very frequently deeply serious impressions were made on his mind, heavenly aspirations awakened, and holy resolutions were formed by him ; but it was not till he was about twenty years of age, that these buds and blossoms produced their proper fruits. Some of his juvenile days were passed on the ocean,

he had been intended for a seafaring life, a climate little congenial to the culture of piety; so that we cannot be surprised that at this period his goodness again and again passed away, as the morning cloud and the early dew. Providentially, this intention was ultimately abandoned. It was by the instrumentality of a VOL. IV.--FOURTII SERIES.

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