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Domingo, when these means prove in. volcano, escaping amid the shower of effectual, elected a saint, by lot, to clay which it had cast from its tomb. defend them against their ravages ! - Humboldt. Humboldt.

AUSTRALIAN FARMERS AND THE CROCODILES OF THE URITUCU COCKATOOS.-While on the subject of RIVER.-After quitting Calobozo, our the settlers' troubles, I may mention that travellers forded the Uritucu, a river the cockatoos annoy the farmer in Ausfilled with a breed of crocodiles, so tralia, as much as the crows do in Engremarkable for their ferocity, that they land. They attack his wheat and maize, often come out of the water to pursue when the grain is ripening, by hundreds; dogs upon the shore. They were here indeed, I may say, by thousands; and shown a tent, in which their host of it requires a very active watchman to Calobozo, Don Miguel Cousin, had wito keep them from doing serious injury to nessed a most extraordinary scene. the crop, not so much from the quantity While sleeping along with a friend, he they eat, as from what they destroy and was aroused by a horrible noise of vio- scatter. These birds, which, by the lent shakings, by which clods of earth by, furnish an excellent dish, that occawere thrown into the middle of the tent. sionally formed part of our dinner, are A young crocodile, two or three feet remarkably cunning. While the flock long, instantly darted from under the are busily feeding on the farmer's wheat, bed, flew at a dog near the door, and, two of their number are left on some missing him, ran towards the river. neighbouring tree to keep watch : these, Upon examining the spot, it was found on the approach of danger, give a loud, that the crocodile, in a state of lethargy shrill scream, which at once puts the under the dried mud, (which it had thieves to flight, and renders it very diffientered when in a soft state,) had been cult for the sportsman to get a shot at awakened by the noise, or by the smell one of them.--Trade and Travels in the of the dog, and burst forth like a mud Far East.

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MISSIONS IN CEYLON. BATTICALOA.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Ralph Stott, dated Batticaloa,

October 7th, 1846. I HAVE delayed writing for a consi- rived in Colombo March 25th, left on derable time, that I might be able to say the 2d of April, reached Jaffna on the Mr. Wallace has arrived. I am happy 4th, and remained there until May to say at last, he is with us. He came 25th, being detained by the change of on the 3d instant. It will be unneces- the monsoon. He sailed from Pointsary for me to give you an account of Pedro, in a small square-rigged vessel, his journeyings and trials : you will for Batticaloa ; and after lying at anhave heard them from himself. He ar- chor some days off Mulliteevo, on

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account of strong unfavourable winds, liver. Dr. Sortam thought the organ the vessel proceeded on her voyage, and was affected, and urged her going to sea. on the night of the 6th of June was I took her to Trincomalee, and remained driven out to sea in a squall. Mr. Wal- there a fortnight; and I am happy to lace's trials for the next six days you say she is much better. She has suffered have heard of. On the 13th they reached much the last two hot seasons, and reland ten miles north of Madras, and he quires removing to a colder climate. I reached Mr. Roberts the next day. must leave before hot weather sets in He remained in Madras till July 13th, again. partly on account of indisposition from I should like to hear of your making severe privation; and then started by suitable provision for the station before land for Negapatam. At Negapatam he we leave. The men you have sent us had a severe attack of dysentery, which will be giants in their day ; but are yet detained him a month. He then started young and inexperienced. You ought, for Jaffna, where he was kept until Sept. if possible, to send a man of experience. 24th, by repeated attacks of the same The Circuit wants a man who will complaint. On the 25th he sailed from labour as an Evangelist and Pastor ; and Kayts to Trincomalee, remained there will unsheath his sword against Puseya few days, and arrived here on Satur ism, as well as the other errors by which day, apparently well. During the night, we are surrounded. however, he had a rather severe attack of While I am on the spot, I shall opdiarrhea, which was succeeded by fever. pose it as I have opposed Popery, which I am happy to say he is now consider. is a more honest system. I hope you ably better; and hope, that as his wan. will keep Puseyism in view, in sending derings are now over, he will soon regain a man for this station. Our work is not his wented health, and be long spared to making much progress at present ; but labour in the Lord's vineyard.

Heathenism is still sinking. Pray for My own health is good at present. us, that we may have the abundant outMrs. Stott has been very unwell : she pouring of the Spirit. had two attacks of fever, and symptoms Mr. Wallace will write when he is a of considerable derangement of the little better.

NEW-ZEALAND.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Samuel Ironside,

dated Wellington, May 28th, 1846. Of late it has become anything but a Poor Gillespie, a hard-working Scotchpleasure to me to write home; inasmuch man, and his son, were cut off in this as there is very little of the cheering and way; and on Saturday, the 16th instant, promising to communicate. The pro- the company of fifty soldiers stationed spect for this country is as gloomy as on the Hutt were surprised by the ever. Since I wrote last, scarcely a day natives, just before day-break, and six has passed over without rumours thick killed on the spot, and five wounded, of and fast of war and its accompaniments. whom two are since dead. The loss of Peace and quiet appear as far from the natives is only one wounded, so well being attained as they can possibly be. did they manage their daring scheme. But to come to particulars. You are They obtained the bugle belonging to aware, from former letters, that, by the the company of soldiers : on a calm, still firmness of Captain Grey, our new Go morning, the bugle may be heard upon vernor, the natives, who had intruded the bills, playing away as if to spite and themselves on the river Hutt, were taunt the soldiers. It were useless, with obliged to leave the place, and have the present amount of force, to attempt located in one of the valleys of the anything against them ; so that they Poniua harbour, within half a day's speak very contemptuously of English journey of the Hutt, where they have soldiery. Most of the natives in the strongly fortified themselves, and, it is neighbourhood are loyal. All our own reported, have been largely reinforced people are so, and are offering their serfrom the tribes in the interior. Smallvices to help to bring the rebels to reaparties of them secrete themselves in the son. Rawiri Kingi Puaha, who acted bush, in the neighbourhood of the out- 80 nobly at Wairau, on hearing of the settlements, and watch when the people attack on the soldiers, came at once to are off their guard, and fall upon them. me, requesting me to accompany him to



His Honour the Superintendent, to say, to none; 80 that, after all, we have that he was ready to take the field at chiefly ourselves to blame. And yet we once against Rangihaeata, and that he incur great obloquy if we refer to these would muster two hundred warriors to things in the pulpit. But, by the help join the soldiers immediately. This of the Lord, we will “cry aloud,” and offer is the more surprising, inasmuch as “spare not ;” we will “show his people Rawiri is a very near relation of the their transgression,” &c. rebellious Chief: he told me, “ I really in the midst of all, we labour on, am ashamed of my countrymen: Í through good and evil report, and are think I shall go right away from them cheered with several additions to the to another place.” Such, however, is society. All the pews in the chapel are the prejudice against natives in the set. let, and more are required. The native tlement, that poor Rawiri cannot be congregations are as well as we could trusted as an ally; and he feels very expect. But until peace is restored, sore on the subject. I am sorry to say, prosperity is out of the question. “Brethat many persons refer their calamities thren, pray for us!” Never was that to any cause but the right one. The needed from British Christians for NewGovernment and the Missionaries are, Zealand so much as now. I see no deliof course, blamed by some, and the verance, no way of escape, but in the Company by others; whereas the cause living God. If the natives are to be is, in my opinion, our irreligion. True, preserved from extermination, and that that, of the grosser sins, there is not through their own infatuation, urged on perhaps more than the average of other by un principled men ; if the Mission is communities. But in Sabbath-break- to be kept in efficiency ; if all the labour ing, neglect of public ordinances, con- and money and life expended here is not tempt of religion in general, and in vitu- to be thrown away; we beseech you, perating the Ministers employed in its pray to God on our behalf. dissemination, I think we yield the palm

MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES. JAMAICA.--Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Martin Young, dated Kingston,

September 7th, 1846. The seasonable arrival of Mr. Bur. however, our expectations on this head rell, as a partial reinforcement of our were suddenly dissipated, by a visitation suffering Mission in this District, is of an alarming character. A thunder. hailed by the brethren with the utmost storm passed over the city, and the gratification. He commenced his la- electric fluid struck the noble building bours on Tuesday last, the day after his in such a manner as to cause injuries arrival; and also preached yesterday to which will involve us in an additional good congregations in our two largest expense of about £40. The same flash, chapels in Kingston. He is now await. it is supposed, caused the death of one ing the decision of the Chairman pro of our old members : she was taken to tem., to ascertain his future station, to the hospital immediately after being which he will probably proceed during 3truck, and died during the night. the present week. We are gratified also O n the whole, we can, I think, report at the prospect of further help ; but we favourably respecting the spiritual confear, from what we have heard through dition of our people in this city. There our respected Treasurer, that the supply is at present much of poverty and sickof labourers about soon to arrive, will be ness among our members; the former far too small to meet the pressing wants arising chiefly from the long continued of our various Circuits.

drought which we had in the early part The re-opening of Parade chapel, of the year, and the latter from the after its undergoing a thorough repair, recent intense heat, in connexion with and being put in a state of completion, frequent and heavy rains. But notwithtook place a few weeks since. At the standing these depressing influences, public services, we collected about £75. which we have just now to contend with, With this, and the sums raised privately, we can find, among the subjects of our together with the grant of £150 allowed pastoral care, many who afford strong us by the Committee from our surplus proofs both of the sincerity of their Circuit receipts, we were hoping to attachment to Methodism, and of their cover the whole of the expense incurred, abiding love to Christ. amounting to about £500. Last week,


1843–4.-AT Farsley, in the Bradford East Circuit, Mary, the wife of Samuel Hainsworth, åged sixty-four years. She was convinced of sin under a sermon preached by the late Mr. Garnett, at the Baptist chapel, Farsley. Occasion ally attending the Methodist ministry and the class-meeting, she ascertained the agreement of their doctrines with the word of God, and joined the Wesleyan society at Farsley in 1798. Fixing, she fixed. Mrs. Hainsworth now earnestly sought the forgiveness of her sins by faith alone in Jesus Christ. She was graciously pardoned; and enabled, also, to declare the lovingkindness of the Lord to her neighbours. In the diligent use of the means of grace with which she was now favoured, her personal holiness and zeal for the salvation of souls rapidly grew. It has been often remarked, that “Methodism has work for all workmen, and workmen for all work." Mrs. Hainsworth's life verified the observation. She lived, indeed, in humble circumstances; but the Lord gave her work to do for him, and a heart to do it. In visiting the sick, in encouraging the penitent, in strengthening the feeble-minded Christian, and in persuading people to abandon their evil ways and seek the Lord, she became an useful exemplar. Some of the most devoted members of the Farsley society readily mention their obligations to the advices of this excellent woman. After serving God and his church for forty-five years, she slept in Jesus.

J. T.

plied her soul as with a well-spring of peace and power. Occasionally she “was in heaviness through manifold temptations ;" but the grace of Christ was all-sufficient. Towards the close of life, she requested her friends to read John xiv. At the conclusion, she exclaimed, “He shall change this vile body, and fashion it like unto his own glorious body.” At another time she remarked, “I rely on that word: 'Yea, though I walk through the valley and the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,'" &c. A friend observing to her, “What a happy meeting you will have of relatives and friends in glory!" she replied, "My heaven' will be to see my Jesu's face.'” Thus, blessing men, and praising God, her spirit gradually ascended to her Lord. She has left behind a husband, a son, and many friends who will long admire and love her memory.

J. T.

June 1st, 1846.-In the Leeds Fourth Circuit, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. S. H. Moxon, druggist, Leeds, aged thirty-one. In early life she was the subject of gracious influence; and when about eighteen years of age, under a sermon by the Rev. R. Wood, she was convinced of her state as a sinner, and also of the propriety and importance of church membership, of the privileges of which she immediately availed herself. Shortly afterwards, she obtained a clear sense of the pardoning mercy of God, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. From that period, to her death, she was conscientiously careful to adorn her profession by a consistent and holy life. Her piety was marked by humility, meekness, and love. According to her means and ability, she endeavoured to make her. self useful to others. Her death was sudden and unexpected; but she was found ready. For some time previously, her experience was distinguished by great spirituality; and it was evident, to her husband and friends, that she was growing meet for heaven.

J. K.

July 4th, 1845.-At Farsley, in the Bradford East Circuit, Mrs. Ann Hainsworth. Her father (the late Mr. John Slater, of Yeadon) happily united public zeal for Christ with the inculcation of religious instruction at home. His daughter Ann was thus early made a partaker of the grace of life, and was added to the church of the living God. The secular avocation of Mrs. Hainsworth was in the manufacture of woollen cloth; but, though brought up in such an arduous calling, she found time for reading the word of God, and for prayer. She had a very strong propensity for the acquisition of knowledge. To her " faith” she added "knowledge." Considering her situation in life, her reading in doctrinal and experimental theology was extensive. Both her mind and her heart were sanctified through the truth. In varied information, in discrimination of character, and in sound judgment, she greatly excelled many of her equals. Her piety, also, was fervid. Her heart was full of holy zeal and gracious sympathy. In her attendance at the means and ordinances of God's holy house, she was exemplary. Even long after consumption had produced uniistakeable signs of her approaching decease, was she seen, weak and exhausted, in the house of the Lord. Her latter end drew nigh. She now reaped the richest consolations from her former diligence in Scripturereading. While she relied, by continuous faith, on the atonement of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the treasures of divine truth within sup

June 23d.-At Spring-Gardens, Huddersfield, Mr. Humphrey Dyson, aged forty-three. From his youth he had sat under the Wesleyan ministry, and for many years cheerfully contributed to its various institutions ; but he remained a stranger to the saving grace of God until October 5th, 1843. On the afternoon of that day, while in earnest prayer in his bed-room, the Lord chased away his guilt and sorrow, and filled him with joy unspeakable. From this time to the hour of his death, he walked worthy of his profession. He was highly esteemed as a commercial man by all who had any dealings with him ; and his memory will long live in the affectionate remembrance, not only of his excellent and deeply-affected widow, but of all his relatives and neighbours. “The mernory of the just is blessed." (Prov. x. 7.)

J. H.

August 4th.–At Redfield, in the Kingswood Circuit, aged seventy-five, Mr. Joshua Smith; who had been for more than forty years an esteemed member of the Wesleyan society, and had long sustained the offices of Class-Leader and Trustee. To the whole economy of Methodism he was sincerely attached, highly valued the means of grace, and diligently studied the word of God. The fear of death existed not; for his prospects of heaven were unclouded. “O what a disastrous thing it would be,” he said, in his last illness, “if I now had religion to seek !" When on the verge of the eternal world, he remarked that he could say, with Mr. Wesley,

notice ; yet she maintained in quiet and constant exercise her strongly-marked Christian graces. If love to God, his Ministers, his people, his word, his sanctuary, and the ordinances of his house, be an indication of elevated piety, then was it prominently shown in her. The fear of death was for many years taken away; and as she was a long time in a precarious state of health, it was pleasing and consolatory to her family to witness the power of divine grace, enabling her to advert to the putting off her earthly tabernacle with evident satisfaction and joy. When her end drew near, all was peaceful and serene. A dear friend repeated the verse,

“I the chief of sinners am,

But Jesus died for me.'

“I'll praise my Maker while I've breath,” &c.

Thus peacefully did he “pass through death triumphant home.”

T. J.

She said, with a placid smile on her countenance, “ Those lines have just passed through my mind;” and while her head was leaning on the bosom of her friend, and her family were commending her to the God of all grace, He vouchsafed to her an almost imperceptible transition from earth to heaven.

E. W.

August 13th. At Tipton, in the Dudley Circuit, Mr. David Jevons, aged sixty-seven. He was converted to God rather early in life, and for several years filled the offices of Trustee and Class-Leader. He was a man of great firmness, sincerity, and honesty; so that he commanded general respect. He was diligent in religious duties, read his Bible much, and laboured to train up his family for heaven. Some of his children are following him to “the better land," and all of them are greatly indebted to him for both spiritual and temporal blessings. After consistently serving God for many years, he was very suddenly taken to his gracious reward.

R. L.

Sept. 4th.-At Whitchurch, Salop, Mrs. Venables ; who was brought to God during a gracious revival of religion in this place, in 1818. Being left a widow with a family, and dependent on her own exertions for subsistence, she had to contend with difficulties, which her attachment to God and his people, and her conscientious discharge of religious duty, often threatened greatly to increase. Out of all the Lord brought her, and blessed her latter end more than the beginning. In January last, she had an attack of illness, and was only able to attend the means of grace a few times afterwards. On the last opportunity she reached home with difficulty, observing, that she thought she should not be able to go again. On one occasion she was distressed with doubts respecting her acceptance with God; but, wrestling with Him in earnest prayer, she obtained a blessed manifestation of divine mercy to her soul, and afterwards went on her way rejoicing. At length the hour of departure came, and, without either struggle or groan, she exchanged mortality for life, in the seventy-third year of her age.

S. T.

Sept. 3d.-At Lower-Bebington, in the Liverpool North Circuit, Mrs. Kivell. She became a member of the Methodist society in 1816. Previously, her religion went not beyond a moderate attention to its externals: she had a form of godliness, without its saving power. From the consistent walk and conversation of some pious neighbours, her attention was awakened to the fact, that there was more in religion than she possessed. Subsequently, by means of a protracted affliction of more than three months' continuance, and the visits of a pious ClassLeader, the light which had begun to dawn upon her mind was increased, and her religious impressions were deepened. On her restoration to health, she repaired to the sanctuary of God, to pay her “ oft-repeated vows;" and, under the ministry of the word, was more deeply convinced of sin, and of her utter want of righteousness. She felt that it was indeed an evil and a bitter thing to sin against God, sought the Lord with strong cries and tears, and at the sacrament of the Lord's supper, whilst in the act of receiving the memorials of the Saviour's body and blood, she, by faith, beheld Christ crucified as for her, was enabled to trust in his infinite atonement and mediation, and there and then was filled with peace and joy in believing. The beginning of her confidence she, through grace, held fast to the end. This embraced a period of more than thirty years, during which she experienced a large share of those painful exercises common to the Christian warfare; but she endured as see ing Him who is invisible. Her heart was fixed, trusting in the Lord. To the casual observer there was little in her character to excite special

Sept. 5th.-At Ramsgate, in the eighty-third year of her age, Mrs. Frances Cunningham, relict of Mr. John Cunningham. This “old disciple” was honoured with godly parents. Her father, the Rev. Mr. Mayses, was a Baptist Minister; and his holy life, his pious counsels, and his paternal solicitudes produced a good and lasting impression on her mind. About the year 1810, this excellent woman was brought under the Wesleyan ministry, from which she derived great good ; and, feeling it to be her duty, she became a member of the Wesleyan church. Being qualified for usefulness, she was appointed to the office of Class-Leader, in which she continued to the close of her earthly career. She was of a catholic spirit; but, from a deep conviction of the excellency of Methodism, she became strongly attached to its doctrines and discipline. As her end approached, she felt the solemnity of entering into her Maker's presence; but all was right. With clasped

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