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hear the gospel. Arriving at Mr. Fis- but when they cannot procure these, cher's, who had negotiated the peace they make shift to live upon snakes, mentioned, they tarried three weeks, mice, and the most detestable creaduring which time they often preached tures they can find. There are some to full congregations of Farmers, who spontaneous productions of the earth came sometimes four, and sometimes of the bulbous kind which they also eight days journey to hear the gospel. eat, particularly the Cameron, which Proceeding on their journey, the 22d is as large as a child's head, and the of July, they, on the 6th of August, Baroo, about the size of an apple ; arrived among the Boschemen, and there are also some little berries which fixed on a place of settlement ; on their are eatable, and which the women go knees devoting the place and them- out to gather, but the men are too idle selves to the service of the Lord. to do this. The following account of these mís
“They are total strangers to domeserable people, by Mr. Kicherer, can
tick happiness. The men have sevenot fail to interest the feelings of our
ral wives, but conjugal affection is litreaders.
tle known. They take no great care “ These wild people have no idea of their children, and never correct whatever of the Supreme Being, con.
them except in a fit of rage, when they sequently they practise no kind of wor
almost kill them by severe usage. In ship. They have however a supersti
å quarrel between father and mother, tious reverence for a little insect known
or the several wives of a husband, the by the name of the Creeping-leaf, a
defeated party wreaks his or her resight of which, they conceive, indi. venge on the child of the conqueror, cates something fortunate, and to kill
which in general loses its life. Tamo it, they suppose, will bring a curse
up spring, except in a fit of passion, but
Hottentots seldom destroy their offnotion of an evil spirit which they
im- the Boschemen will kill their chilagine produces mischief, particularly dren without remorse on various occathe diseases which they endure, and sions, as when they are ill shaped, to counteract his evil purposes, a sort
when they are in, want of food, when of men are employed to blow, and
the father of a child has forsaken its make a humming noise over the sick, mother, or when obliged to flee from which they sometimes continue for
the farmers or others ; in which casa many hours together.
they will strangle them, smother them, “ Their manner of life is extremely them alive. There are instances of
cast them away in the desert, or bury wretched and disgusting. They de. parents throwing theirtender offspring light to smear their bodies with the fat of animals, mingled with a powder before their cavern, refusing to depart
to the hungry lion, who stands roaring which makes it shine. They are utter strangers to cleanliness, as they never
till some peace offering be made to wash their bodies, but suffer the dirt
him. In general, their children cease to accumulate, so that it will hang a
to be the objects of a mother's care, considerable length from their elbows. in the field. They go out every mom"The Boschemen frequently forsake though matters were not so amicably their aged relations, when removing settled as to leave the missionarie's from place to place for the sake of without fear ; that the shocking prac.bunting. In this case they leave the tices of murdering infants, and offering ald person with a piece of meat and an human sacrifices were continued, estrich egg shell full of water; as soon which, together with fatal diseases. as this httle stock is exhausted, the were fast depopulating the island, the por deserted creature must perish by inhabitants of which do not nowexceed inger, or become the prey of the wild 6000, or 7000 at most. It appears also. beasts. Many of these wild Hotten- that the natives view the missionaries tots live by plunder and murder, and with a jealous eye. Capt. McLennan are guilty of the most horrid and atro- of the ship Dart, by whom the above cious actions.
as soon as they are able to crawl about Their huts are formed by digging a hole in the earth about three feet deep,
ing, and when they return in the evenand then making a roof of reeds, which
ing, an old sheep's skin to lie upon,
and a little milk or piece of meat, if is however insufficient to keep off the rains. Here they lie close together
they have it, is all they have to expect.
In some few instances, however, you like pigs in a stye. They are extreme. ly lazy, so that nothing will rouse
meet with a spark of natural affection, them to action, but excessive hunger.
which places them on a level with the
brute creation. They will continue several days together without food, rather than be at of the dart or harping iron. They then creep the pains to procure it. When con
behind the small bushes, where they conceal
themselves, and attack the beast when about „strained to sally forth for prey, they the distance of an hundred steps. If the dart are dexterous in destroying the various wounds him in the slightest degree, the Hotbeasts which abound in the country ;*
tentot is sure of his prey ; sometimes, the wounded beast falls down dead immediately, in
other cases he pursues it for a time, and at • " The wild beasts are always shot with poi. length succeeds. They then take out the soneti darts. They take the poison out of the wounded part, and eat the rest without injurk Jawbone of the sei print, and put it on the point They can rundust as well as a horse."
intelligence was received, gave infor"Such are the people to whom the mation to the Directors of his converprovidence of God has directed our sation with the missionaries there, and course; and among them, blessed be of the death of the chief Pomarre, up-, his name, he has been pleased to call on whose decease they desired the capLany to the fellowship of the gospel, tain to stay until they could ascertain and to under them the distinguished whether they were likely to be secure trophies of his almighty grace." under the new governours ; when hav
Ån abstract of the remainder of this in- ing made some inquiries, it appeared teresting Narrative, with the latest intel- to them that they night venture to rely ligence respecting the Missions in this
on the promises of Otoo and Edea, that parter shall appear in our next number. they should remain unmolested on the
island, whatever changes might take EAST INDIES.
place. The London Missionary Society have The society have missionary stations several missionaries lately sent to the at Otaheite, where they have 15 misCoromandelcoast, to Ceylon and to Su- sionaries ; at eight places in South Af. rat. Among other reasons for sending rica, where they have 17 missionaries ;
Surat, were the following ; “ The at Ceylon, Serampore, Surat, and other great population of the city, supposed places in the East In es, where they to be more than 100,000 souls ; the fer. have 9 missionaries ; at Quebec, Bay tility and population of the surrounding of Chaleur, Twillingate, and New country, the complete toleration of re- foundland, where are 3 missionaries. ligion; the independence and security ci British subjects, and the free access From a periodical account of the his. to every description of the heathen, tory and progress of this mission, pubmany of whom are acquainted with the lished last September, it appears, that English language ;, that it does not ap- the number of baptized natives had inpear any missionary efforts have been creased to twenty three, two of whom made in that neighbourhood ; and that were Brahmins, three were of the write its situation and commercial connec- er cast, and four were Musselmen, the tions are remarkably favourable to ren- others of the inferior casts of the Hina der it a suitable station from whence doos. The following extracts from the the gospel may be diffused through all journals and letters of the missionaries the northwestern parts of India, Cabul
will doubtless be acceptable to our Candahar, Persia, and Arabia." readers.
The same society contemplate a “ From our journals and letters you mission to the Prince of Wales' Island, will get a pretty correct idea of the inhabited and visited by great numbers work of God amongst us. No doubt you. of Chinese and other people, and are ready to say, He hath done great. where protection and encouragement things for us whereof we are glad : yet, would be offered to the Missionaries. my dear brother, could you see the They also propose a translation of the thousands assembled before a wooden scriptures into the Chinese language. god; could you see as our brother
Kristno saw this day, a quarter of a. OTAHEITE.
mile from our house, three women COMMUNICATIONS from this place mount the funeral pile of a dead husband * æceived July, 1804, inform, that the you would be ready to say, who hath beisland remained in a state of peace, lieved our report,” &c.(p. 425.) “It will
BAPTIST MISSION IN BENGAL.
be in vain to expect that the gospel will about fifteen years, to have the word ever widely spread in this country, till of God translated and printed in all the : God so blesses the means as that native languages of the east. Our situation men shall be raised up, who will carry is such as to furnish us with the best the despised doctrine, brought into the assistance from natives of the different country by the Mleeches, into the very countries. We can have types of all teeth of the brahmins, and prove from the different characters cast here ; and the scriptures, that this is indeed the about 700 rupees per month, (part of Christ that should come into the world. which I hope we shall be able to furWe hope we see the dawn of this.” (p. nish,) would complete the work. The 426.) “ The mighty argument that si- languages are, the Hindoostanee, Mah. lences every opposer is, that Jesus arastia, Oreea, Telingua, Bhotan, BurChrist has done what no man else ever mah, Chinese, Corkin-Chinese, Tondid, or had compassion enough to do. quinese, and Malay. On this great He bore our sorrows, and made his work we have fixed our eyes. Whethsoul an offering for sin. In all the ex- er God will enable us to accomplish amples of their gods, they find nothing it, or any considerable part of it, is uflike this. Although their ideas of sin certain.” (p. 456.) are extremely deficient, yet this amaz- The periodical accounts given by the ing instance of Almighty love strikes Baptist Missionary Society, (No. 12.) them at once, as fitted above every of the superstitions and abominable ithing for the helplessness of man, and dolatries of the Hindoos, are very afworthy of all acceptation. You can have fecting. On the 18th of April, 1804, but little idea of the impression which three women were burnt with the this one truth has begun to make on this corpses of their husbands, on one pile, heathen country. It does not strike a near the house of the missionaries. converted person in England with such This horrid act is considered by the novelty and fitness, as it does here, natives, as a strong proof of the truth where the wits have been racked for of their religion !! The British governso many centuries, to find a way of life our, to prevent this dreadful mischief that should be accompanied with its in the districts subject to the English leading to God and heaven ; and government, has issued his proclamawhere, for so long a time, the guilty tion prohibiting the practice. It is conscience has sought in vain for some notwithstanding continued ; and 30000 solid ground to rest upon.” (p. 427.) women, at least, perish annually by
" It would give you great pleasure, this diabolical superstition. could you drop suddenly among us, on
GREAT BRITAIN. an ordinance day, and see the lively af. The Sunday School Society, from its fection with which such a number of institution in 1785, to Sep. 1804, it appersons of different colours and nations pears from their report, had establish! unite in commemorating the dying ed or assisted 2232 schools, in which, love of Christ. You must not suppose 200,787 scholars have been instructed; however that our brethren are without and they have distributed, beside spello faults, or that their knowledge and ing books,42,680 testaments, and 6,583 steadiness are equal to that of the same
bibles, beside donations of more than number of christians in England. We 64000 sterling in money. have to contend with the versatility of
On the 31st of May, 1804, according their minds; to bear with their pre- to annual custom, upward of six thou. cipitancy; to nurse them like children sand charity children, attended by their in the ways of knowledge ; sometimes patrons, masters, and matrons, weut to rebuke sharply, sometimes to re- in procession to St. Paul's church, frain for the present, sometimes to er. where excellent sermon was postulate, sometimes to entreat, and preached by the Bishop of Lincoln, often to carry all to the throne of grace, from Matt. xi. 5. " And the poor hove and pour out our complaints to God. the gospel preached unto them.” They have however never showed any METHODIST CONFERENCE. propensity to go back to idolatry, and The annual conference of the preachwe have, on the whole, reason to re- ers in Mr. Wesley's connection, was joice in them all.” (p: 438.)
helů in London, 30th of July last. In “ We have it in our power, if our the minutes of their proceedings, the Beans were equal to it, in the space of numbers in the society are thus stated:
in Europe, viz. Great Britain, preaching of the gospel and the adIreland, the Norman Isle,
ministration of its ordinances in a stat* and Gibraltar,
120,222 ed manner, there is generally manifestIn the British dominions in A. ed a growing attention to the things of merica,
1,410 religion. A more than usual anxiety, In the West Indies,
and more vigorous exertions bave also Whites,
been manifested by vacant congrega. Coloured people and 14,164
tions to have the institutions of relig. Blacks,
15,796 ion statedly among them. In several In the United States,
places the highly important duty of Whites,
catechising has been more attended to Coloured people and 22,650 than formerly, and has produced those Blacks,
109,670 salutary effects, which we have reason
to expect will always flow from it.
247,098 The prospects with respect to the The number in Europe is somewhat Indians are highly encouraging. A less this year than the last ; owing, it school has been established among the seems, to a considerable falling away in Cherokees, in the state of Tenessee, Ireland. Yet there is an increase in under the care of the Rev. Mr. Blackthe whole amount of between 11,000 burn, with flattering prospects. Some and 12,000, since the last conference. of the Indian tribes to the westward
seem also favourably disposed to reUNITED STATES.
ceive the gospel, and have expressed Report of the committee on the general an earnest desire to have schools es.
state of religion exhibited to the Gener- tablished among them. The school aal Assembly of the Presbyterian Church mong the Catabaws, established by the in the United States of America, May, synod of the Carolinas, is also continu. 1805.
ed ; and several young men of differThe information, which has been re- ent tribes have received, and are now ceived, respecting the state of religion receiving, their education under the within the bounds of the General As. care of the synod of Pittsburg: sembly during the last year, exhibits a Whilst there is very satisfactory ev. variegated scene. Whilst, on the one idence to believe, that there has been band, it presents many things which a great and glorious work of God carare just cause of gratitude and rejoic. ried on throughout a widely extended ing; on the other, it brings into view, portion of country to the south and some, caleulated to produce bumiliation west, within the bounds of the General and regret. In several congregations, Assembly, and that many souls have particularly on Long Island, in the been savingly brought home to God ; bounds of the synod of Albany, and in it is proper to observe, that in general the westem parts of the Presbytery of this has been accompanied with very New Brunswick, there have been con- uncommon and extraordinary effects siderable revivals of religion. The on the body. There appears also reanumber of adults who have been re- son to believe, that, in certain places, ceived into the church in different some instances of these bodily affecparts, by baptism, as well as those who tions have been of such a nature, and have been admitted to the sacrament proceeded to such lengths, as greatly of the Lord's Supper, has been consid. tended to impede the progress, and to erable. Such as have been added to tarnish the glory, of what, in its first the church, during the revivals which stages, was so highly promising. That have taken place in times past, have God has all the powers both of our generally, and indeed almost universal. mortal and immortal part absolutely ly, proved steadfast in the faith, been under his direction, and subject to his progressive in their christian course, control, and can influence and affect and evidenced the sincerity of their them according to his sovereign pleasprofession by the holiness of their lives ure, will not be doubted by any who and conversation ; whilst instances of acknowledge Him as the framer of our postasy have been very rare. Praying bodies, and the father of our spirits ; societies have been established in ma- and that in him we live, and move, and ny places, and generally well attended. have our being: Experience and the In those congregations which enjoy the very reason and nature of things alse
Vot. I. No. 1.
manifest, that human nature may be these wild extravagances, or considerdeeply affected and even overpowered ed any bodily exercises as a criterion by particular views and impressions of by which to form a judgment of a perspiritual and divine things. But it is son's character or state ; but have equally manifest, that these effects may formed their opinion in this case from be, in a considerable degree, produced the conformity of their views and exby natural causes, or by the agency of ercises to the word of God. The As. spiritual and subordinate beings. Sa. sembly are happy to find, that the per. tan may transform himself now, as well nicious and destructive principles of as formerly, into an angel of light. It infidelity and philosophy, falsely so is enjoined upon us not to believe every called, continue to lese their influence spirit, but to try the spirits whether or are less avowed. Whilst, at the they be of God. As the magicians en. same time, they have cause to lament, deavoured by their enchantments to that formality and lukewarmness in imitate and discredit the miracles per religion seem to prevail in some of our formed by Moses, so has it been an ar churches ; and that the sacred insti. tifice of Satan, in every period of the tutions of the gospel are attended with church to endeavour to obstruct and
so little power.
Multitudes continue bring a reproach upon a revival of re. careless and secure, perishing in ignoligion, by counterfeiting the operations rance and in sin, whilst the love of ma. of the spirit of God, and exciting those ny waxes cold. A respectful and se. who were concerned in such revival, rious attention, however, to the insti. to extravagant and disorderly pro- tutions of religion, seems pretty gen. ceedings. True religion is a most ra- erally to have prevailed, and an intional and scriptural thing. One of the creasing union and harmony in societies unhappy circumstances usually attenda which are composed of presbyterians ing a revival of religion is, that some and congregationalists. who are engaged in it, are prone to We are also happy to learn by the consider all its concomitants, and eve. delegates from our sister churches of ry thing connected with it, as sacred. Connecticut, that the highly useful This affords the adversary an opportu. practice of catechising has been more nity, unsuspected, of sowing tares a- than commonly attendedto amongthem, mong the wheat, to the great preju- that their churches are in peace, and dice of the approaching harvest. In that there is a generally increased attimes of the revival of religion, it high- tention to the things of religion aly concerns us carefully to guard a
mong them, gainst grieving the holy spirit of God, Upon the whole, the Assembly find and provoking him to suspend or with. no inconsiderable cause to bless and draw his gracious influence, either by praise God for the tokens of his good. resisting, or not duly improving his op- ness. They find also many things which erations ; or by yielding to the sug- are cause of humiliation before him. gestions and influences of Satan. All They feel themselves called upon, from religious experience is to be brought the circumstances in which they are to the test of divine truth, to the lant, placed, to renewed and vigorous exer. and to the testimony ; if it be not con- tions in the cause of their God and Re. formable to these, it is because it is deemer, in hope that their labours shall spurious. God is a God of order, and not be in vain in the Lord. And do not of confusion ; and whatever tends earnestly exhort all the people under to destroy the comely order of his wor. their care to activity and perseverance ship is not from him, for he is consist in the christian course, looking to the ent with himself. Whilst, then, the mercy of God unto eternal life, through General Assembly mourn over, and la- Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom be ment, those irregular and disorderly glory in the churches, world without proceedings which have taken place end. Amen.
Ass. Miss. Mag in some parts, and which have tended to obscure and tarnish the glory of this Extract of a letter from Virginia, Sept. rool work of God; they rejoice, that
1804. in general they appear to subside ; “ It gives me much pleasure to be that the minds of the people are re- able to inform you that the revival of verting to more rational and scriptu- religion, of which I have formerly ral views and exercises ; that but few spoken, continues to extend. There of the ministers in their connection is every reason to hope that its effects have countenanced or encouraged will not be transitory: for in many