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Previous to eating, one of the oldest and stockings, and chip bonnets, but Chiefs said grace. Their appetites were looked awkwardly in them, and appeared good ; none of the food appeared to come more like boys in girl's clothes than amiss. They seemed heartily to enjoy women. Some of the men wore full themselves, and conducted themselves suits, coats, vests, and pantaloons-of with a propriety that surprised us all. a variety of colours ; others had sailor's
They were cautious in partaking of the round jackets; others, again, had only wine which was set before them, and shirts and pantaloons, all too small both seemed evidently upon their good beha in breadth and length. Some had black viour. This was the case with the high felt hats, of all possible fashions, and Chiefs, who, to the number of about fif others wore them of straw ; some had teen, had been invited ; but, besides these, shoes on their feet, others had none. about an equal number of others con Paofai's son attracted attention by his trived to get on board without invitation : ridiculous appearance: he wore a red the latter thrust themselves forward with check shirt, light white pantaloons, that eagerness to occupy places at the table, reached only half-way down his legs, but were compelled to give place to those coarse shoes without stockings, and a of higher rank. A second table was, short-skirted drummer's coat of blue, however, prepared for them, at which plentifully faced with scarlet. The they took their seats, and did ample jus. latter was so small for him, that no force tice to what was set before them. The would make it button upon him. To variety of costume which was exhibited finish all, he had a high-crowned conical at this banquet was amusing. The Prin- felt hat stuck upon the top of his head.” cesses were dressed in white frocks, shoes
WESLEYAN MISSIONS :
OR, INTELLIGENCE ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE WES
LEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY, AND ALSO OF THE STATE AND
SOUTHERN EUROPE. It will be seen, by the following communication, that our Mission at Gibraltar, notwithstanding the opposing influences with which it has to contend, is increasing in importance and usefulness. The handful of seed sown upon the Rock is producing, under the influence of the Lord the Spirit, gracious and abiding fruits. The Committee and officers of the Society have long regarded with feelings of the deepest interest, the religious movements and changes which have for some time been in progress on the Continent of Europe ; and have deeply regretted that the financial state of the Society has prevented them from extending its operations there. Encouraged, however, by the continued and increasing liberality of the friends of Missions, it is in
* Our readers are earnestly requested to avail themselves of the opportunity to procure the entire copy of the “ Wesleyan Missionary Notices,” published by the Secretaries of the Society, and sold at the Centenary-Hall, Bishopsgate-street, and at 66, Paternoster-row, London. Our selections from this invaluable record of the progress of the Gospel in heathen lands must, of necessity, be brief: we are therefore very desirous that the “ Notices” should receive an extensive circulation among all classes of the religious public.
tended to adopt measures for rendering the Mission at Gibraltar more efficient, especially with respect to the Spanish department of the work, and with a view to the spread of scriptural truth in Spain itself. The Rev. Dr. Baird, of New-York, who returned very recently from another extensive tour on the Continent, at a Meeting of several friends of evangelical truth, convened at Exeter Hall, for the express purpose of receiving a communication from that gentleman, and afterwards to a smaller company, which met him at the Centenary Hall, bore a most willing and gratifying testimony to the importance and usefulness of our European Missions generally, and especially to the present prospects of our Mission at Gibraltar. “Never,” testified our honoured and beloved friend and brother, Dr. Baird, “ had I my heart so touched in my life, as when, staying at Gibraltar, I attended a service of one hundred and forty boys and youths connected with the Wesleyan School, to whom a young man was preaching in Spanish.” This school was established in 1833, but still exerts considerable influence. The only conditions required of the pupils are, that they should attend a Bible-class every Sunday morning, and this service in the evening; the week-days being devoted to general instruction. The Priests have tried hard to prevent the people sending their children to it; but they have not succeeded. The parents reply, “Let them make our children Protestants, if they can. We see enough of the effects of the school upon them to believe it is for their good.” GIBRALTAR.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Thomas T. N. Hull,
dated January 8th, 1847. I FORWARD, at as early a period as fellowship of effort in the common salpracticable, the annual financial state, vation" as is possible. Thus men's ment and the nominal list for the Mis. hearts have been hardened by the sionary Report of 1846–47. I trust deceitfulness of sin," and their attention these will prove satisfactory to you. drawn off from the demonstrations of the This year has been one of much depres Spirit, to the externals of ecclesiastision in the mercantile community of cism, which, under the thin veil of Gibraltar, and provisions generally have religion, reconciles its victims to an advanced in price ; so that, under all the unregenerate heart and worldliness of circumstances, our friends have done spirit. When we contemplate the proswell, and in some cases to their utter pects of the present generation of twenty most, for the maintenance of our institu thousand souls on our little Rock, in the tions.
light of God's truth, and form our judgIn reference to our spiritual interests, ment as extensively charitable as is conI have not much to say that is highly sistent with the smallest regard to its gratifying. We have not enjoyed those purity and requirements, we sometimes rich effusions of God's Holy Spirit upon shrink from the conclusion to which we our community we had desired at the are driven. How long, Lord ? When commencement of the year, and for or how shall the face, the heart, of this which we continue still to plead, and yet society be changed? When shall the our population never more needed such renewing Spirit descend on this chaos, or gracious visitations : the spirit of slum. breathe on these dry bones ? Arise, o ber still holds thousands in false se Lord, and work, in pity to souls ! Blessed curity; profligacy and infidelity drive be God, he has not left us without some their thousands in the broad road that instances of the unabated efficacy of the leadeth to destruction; while a revived Gospel to enlighten the ignorant, to and mistaken zeal for established in bring peace to the guilty, and to sanctify terests has busily employed every influ. the unholy. We have had given to us ence to withdraw souls from evangelical a few such living epistles during the influences, and to build up the partition. year, who are our crown and our rewalls which divide the sections of the joicing. Christian church so high, that there From the influence of some of the cirmay be as little mutual sympathy and cumstances already alluded to, and the VOL. III.-FOURTH SERIES.
fluctuation arising from change of regi. Allen interested those present by the ments, our averaged congregational at appropriate address wbich he delivered : tendance has not been as uniformly and our good old friend Mi. Caulfield nuinerous this year as in the previous reminded us of the favourable circumone. We do not, however, feel discou- stances under which we met, as conraged ; on the contrary, when we take trasted with former times ; and he into account the purely spiritual objects sought especially to quicken the grati. for which a Christian church and minis- tude of the few military friends present, try are perpetuated, and that their value by telling them of the days of yore, when, will be estimated in the last day, and in in 1803, before the arrival of the first the grateful records of saved souls, not Missionary at the Rock, an order was by the numbers brought together by issued from the highest local authority subordinate prepossessions and worldly to prohibit the attendance of all soldiers social influences, but by the number on Methodist meetings ; and when their and genuineness of conversions from sin social worship was sometimes disturbed to holiness and the amount of spiritual by persons sent to ascertain the fact influence brought to bear upon the pub whether ang had ventured to obey God Jic conscience, we feel assured that our rather than man. But now military and little church in Gibraltar has much civilian can worship God under their cause for gratitude, and none whatever own vine and fig-tree, none daring to for faint-heartedness and weariness in the disturb; and this the old disciple urged work of the Lord. The attendance on on them as a reason for increased exerour schools in the Spanish department tion on behalf of their comrades. In has improved during the year: forty- the concluding address of the evening, eight have been added to them, making reference was made to Wesley's portrait, a total of three hundred and thirty-one. which afforded an opportunity of introIn addition to the attendance on the ducing a summary of Wesleyan doctrine Sabbath-evening religious services, which on the subjects of, 1. Infallibility ; 2. is required of the adult scholars, amount Justification by faith ; 3. Regeneration ing to eighty-nine above fourteen years by the Holy Spirit ; and, 4. The suof age, (which is the most juvenile ad preme authority of the word of God, missible to the week-evening school,) and the unqualified deference which seven or eight young persons have volun- these scriptural and apostolic views tarily met on Friday evenings for the required from us. At the same time, purpose of reading the Scriptures, and Wesleyans now felt, as they had been receiving instruction on any point of taught in the dying words of their inquiry as it regards Christian doctrine human founder, that “the best of all and practice. Tracts and the Scriptures is, God is with us ;” and of this truth continue to be circulated among the illustrations were furnished in the his. Spaniards as opportunities are found; tory of the Mission cause for which and in various ways the bread-seed is we were met, and by the contrast which cast on the waters, and we wait the the extent and efficiency of the Missions intenser rays of the Sun of Righteousness now present to those of the period of for the remunerating harvest. Lord, Wesley's decease. This being the first send now prosperity! Amen.
tea-meeting held in immediate connexion We held a society tea-meeting on with the Mission cause, our friends were New-Year's evening. Seventy persons greatly delighted, and joined heartily, as were assembled, and nine ladies gratui. well as vocally, in the words of the contously furnished the tables; the spacious cluding hymn of the evening's devotional and well-adapted room at the South was exercises :tastefully decorated with flowers and
“Father, thy mercies past we own, evergreens by our Sunday and day
Thy still continued care; school Teachers; the Union and Bethel
To Thee presenting through thy Son flags ornamented each end of the room ;
Whate'er we have or are. while Wesley's portrait, encircled in
Our residue of days and hours, orange leaves, blossoms, and roses, was
Thine, wholly thine shall be, suspended over the presidential chair.
And all our consecrated powers The spirit of Christian unity and cheer
A sacrifice to Thee.” fulness was pleasingly exemplified on It was intended to have held the teathe occasion, and the whole subordinated meeting of our juvenile Collectors on the to the end never to be lost sight of, our following evening in the same room ; personal instruction in righteousness, and but the very unfavourable state of the the extension of the Redeemer's king- weather obliged us to postpone it until dom on the earth. Our friend Mr. Monday, January 4th. On that evening, with a clear sky and bright sun, £12. Os. 3d. sterling. It was found diffithey all assembled. After singing and cult on this occasion to apply the princi. prayer, an address was given, founded ple of exclusivism ; and no fewer than on the 697th hymn, which they had so one hundred and five children and young sweetly and generally sung. The name people sat down to tea-cake and bread of Jesus, and the promises that
and butter, to the excellence of which “ To Him shall endless prayer be made,
they did full justice. At the conclusion
they were again urged, from the uncerAnd praises throng to crown his head,"
tain issue of the year on which we had furnished ample materials for observa- entered, with regard to all there, and tions, which were listened to with great from gratitude for the many special merattention. Sixty-three Collectors then cies they had received during the year came forward, on their names being just concluded, to give their hearts to called over, and presented their little Jesus, of whom they had heard, and bags, made expressly for the purpose by earnestly to seek his favour and a new our Spanish girls at the Mission-school, heart; and then, if we lived, we should and with which each Collector was pro- all be useful and happy, and if God were vided when the collecting-cards were pleased to take any of us from his issued. Great interest was excited to church on earth, we should sit down in know the sum-total, as some fears were the kingdom of our Father above, and · entertained in consequence of the unusu- enjoy for ever the pleasures at his right ally inclement weather of the Christmas hand. They were then commended to week; but our young people seemed God in earnest prayer, and we all parted greatly relieved and gratified to find that thankful for the gratifications and profit they had nearly equalled themselves on a which our Christmas and New Year's former occasion, and that they had rem festivities and services had afforded us. plenished our treasury with the sum of
dated Sydney, June 18th, 1846. I do myself the pleasure of reporting and I intended doing so some time since, on the state of this Circuit, and of my but was prevented. own employments since I wrote last. I About six months since a person who stated that it was my intention to visit had been a Local Preacher, went to reGoulbourn, a town about one hundred side in the neighbourhood, and began and thirty miles south-west from Syd- to preach. A considerable number of ney, at an early period. This I have persons identified themselves with the now done, and am highly gratified by infant cause ; and although there have the appearance of things there. Consi. been some irregularities, yet, on the dered geographically, the town is of great whole, good has been done. Their reimportance, as being the centre of seve. quests for a visit having become more ral small towns or villages, all of which urgent, I determined to delay no longer. will assuredly increase in population Previously to my going, we applied to every year. There are six or seven of the Government for some land in the these at various distances from Goul- township, which was granted ; and I had bourn, say from twelve to forty miles, the pleasure, when in Goulbourn, of seat several of which some Methodists lecting a fine spot in the town containing reside. It is also on the high road from two acres ; namely, one acre for a chapel, Sydney to Port. Philip, and is at present half an acre for a school-house, and half scarcely inferior to Bathurst in popula. an acre for a Minister's dwelling. This tion, whilst, in the general style of build. land will be secured to us in the usual ing and appearance of the place, it is way. superior to it. Several persons who I arrived there on Friday, the 8th of wire formerly connected with our body, May, and was glad to find that two have resided there for some time past; young men, Local Preachers from the and about eighteen months ago a few of Paramatta Circuit, had just arrired to them formed themselves into a class, establish themselves in business there. and opened a small place for prayer. This I consider most providential, as it meetings. I received several letters afforded me an opportunity of setting a from them, requesting me to visit them ; considerable part of the machinery of
Methodism in motion. I found that a Anniversary was held, and proved a very place belonging to one of our friends had interesting time. Sermons were preached been fitted up as a temporary chapel, on the Sunday in the chapels, and very and would contain about one hundred liberal collections made. The examinaand forty persons. I met the class on tion of the children was satisfactory. Sunday morning at nine, and gave On Monday morning the children of all tickets to six, and notes on trial to four. the schools assembled in York-street teen. Besides these, there are several in chapel, which they nearly filled. I ad. the neighbourhood who are really men- dressed them for a short time on the im. bers of the society, although they have portance of their being early satisfied no opportunity of meeting in class. In with the mercy of God. After the service the afternoon and evening I preached to they received some refreshments in the a “house full inside and out.” The school-room ; and at half-past five a public Lord gave me liberty to preach His tea-meeting was held, to which about three word with boldness. On Monday I hundred persons were admitted by ticket. visited the members in their houses, and The whole of the proceeds were devoted to in the evening held a prayer-meeting, at the school. The sum thus realized was which I endeavoured to explain the na- about £13. At seven o'clock a public ture and design of Methodism. I was Meeting was held in the chapel, which led to this because of the presence of was well attended. Several very intermany who knew nothing of " that way." esting addresses were delivered ; and at On Tuesday evening I preached again the close of the Meering £11. 11s. was to a large congregation. Indeed the collected; the entire proceeds of the most marked attention and respect were Anniversary being upwards of £50. paid me by all parties in the town; and The number of children in the Sydney I cannot but hope that good was done Sunday-schools is now nine hundred and by my visit. One circumstance I might seventy-five, with one hundred and six name, as showing the feeling which was Teachers. This is a large increase dur. induced. I stayed at a respectable inn ing the past year. whilst in the town, none of our friends Thank God, the state of the work having accommodation ; ar.d when I here is encouraging. We have peace in asked for my bill, received a polite note all our borders. We have commenced from my host, stating that he was happy the June quarterly visitation of the that I had come to Goulbourn, aud classes, and are highly gratified so far. nothing was charged to me, accompany. I think the “ Yearly Collection” in this ing this with an invitation to his house Circuit will be about £34, but cannot as often as I chose on the same terms. yet state the precise amount.
I have pledged myself to do all in my The Hay-street chapel is fast appower to secure them a Missionary at the proaching completion, and will be District-Meeting, and shall be deeply opened in a few weeks. Mr. Lawry is grieved if this fine opening, as well as now in Sydney, and I hope will be others, must remain without a Wesleyan detained until it is ready, that he may Missionary. O that you saw as we see help us at the opening. the importance of sending out young I trust you will send out some men to men to this colony! A few hundred assist in the work. It is a most serious pounds expended now would yield a rich matter that we have so few when we are return in every respect a few years hence. aware of the great want of ministerial There is now in Goulbourn regular help that exists. The people in almost preaching, a class, prayer-meetings, and all parts of the colony are looking to us a Sabbath-school ; and I do hope it will to supply them with the means of grace, not be long before they will have a and it is very painful to be obliged to Missionary.
refuse them. Do have compassion upon At Whitsuntide our Sunday-school us, and help us yet more!