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the door, but could get no farther; all the floor beyond it being in a blaze. I then climbed up on a chest, which stood near the window. One in the yard saw me and proposed running to fetch a ladder, another answered, there will be no time, but I have thought of another expedient. Here I will fix myself against the wall. Lift a light man and set him on my shoulders; they did so and took me out of the window. Just then the whole roof fell in, but it fell inward, or we had all been crushed at once. When they brought me into the house where my father was, he cried out, come neighbours, let us kneel down, let us give thanks to God; he has given me all my eight children, let the house go I am rich enough. The next day as he was walking in the garden, and surveying the ruins of the house, he picked up part of a leaf of his polyglott Bible, on which just those words were legible: " Vade, vende omnia quæ habes, et attolle crucem et sequere me!" " Go, sell all thou hast, and take up the cross and follow me.”

The memory of Mr. Wesley's escape is still preserved in one of Mr. Wesley's early prints; under his portrait there is a house in flames with this inscription:



The above recited anecdote of Mr. Wesley is but one of a thousand illustrations of the great truth, “ that when God has a work for a creature to effect, that creature is immortal till the work is accomplished. The renowned Columbus was once saved from death, by swimming, with the aid of an oar, six miles from his sinking ship. The author of the Pilgrim's Progress, in his early life was twice saved from drowning. When, being a soldier in the parliamentry army at the seige of Leicester (in the year 1645) he was drawn out to stand centinel, a comrade, at his own pressing request, took Bunyan's place. The comrade, shortly after assuming the post, was shot through the head, and fell to the ground lifeless.

A man, once given to intoxication, but afterwards savingly converted to God, happening to fall in company with his former associates; they begged of him to cast away religious impressions and drink with them; at least, they said, a draught of liquor could do him no harm. The good man answered, “ I am as a brand plucked from the burning; but as a brand that has once been in the flame, may easily take fire again, I will keep myself, in God's name, from the danger.

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in the south of Africa. . an acquaintance with the Brethren Rose [Continueil from page 544.)

and Kuehnel in Mr. von Mist's house at ON their return, we entered into a Cape-town, and declared his great regard consultation, how to make it practicable for us and our mission. to comply with the wishes of government In the middle of July, our friend Peter in the best manner. We felt it our duty D. and his brother Daniel, spent a day not to refuse, especially as we are ex- with us, and gave us some instruction in pressly called, to improve every oppor- the manner of treating our vineyard. The tunity of instructing the Hottentots, and latter called upon one of our oldest Hotpreaching the gospel to them. The text tentots, and addressed bim thus: “ I reof scripture appointed for that day was member having been brought up by you, also deeply impressed upon our minds: and therefore still respect you; but I Thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, could not have supposed, that you would and whatsoever I command thee, thou shalt attain to such an age.” The Hottentot speak. Jeremiah, i. 7. We were thereby was much affected by this friendly speech, greatly encouraged to place our whole and answered: “ Yes, Baas, this God has trust in the Lord, and to commit this im. done for me, out of love and mercy. He portant matter to Him, assured that He spared my life, that I might become sav. would help us in all difficulties. Brother ingly acquainted with his son Jesus Rose, therefore, was commissioned to Christ, and be baptized and washed from write to the commissary-general, and ex- my sins in His precious blood. Nothing press our willingness to comply with the but the power of His blood could change desire of government, and to appoint a my bad heart. But Baas must not sup. missionary to attend the Hottentot soldi. pose, that now all is complete;: O no, sin ery, and preach the gospel to them. We lurks on the outside, and sometimes derequested, however, that the name of mands entrance; and old as I am, I feel chaplain might not be given him, but that that much is wanting to make me what I he might be considered only as a missi. should be.” Daniel D. listened attentively onary of the Unitas Fratrum, with per to the venerable old Hottentot's account mission to regulate his pastoral labours of himself, and could not refrain from according to the manner usual in our tears. church, and to be subject to our own July 22d, four adults were baptized rules, so as to be called home, in case the into the death of Jesus. It was a solemi plan did not answer the proposed end. A transaction, accompanied with a powermessengerwas dispatched with the letter, ful sense of our Lord's presence with us, and by the answer we meant to be di- of which, in the following days, the newrected in our future deliberations. ly baptized testified with great gladness.

This year was distinguished by an ex. One of the communicant sisters, related, traordinary drought. The country was that, on the evening previous to its being so parched, that it could not be plough. announced, that the above-mentioned ed, and large tracts remained uncultivat. four persons should be baptized, she went ed. There was consequently a rise in into her garden, and prayed unto the the price of corn, and frequently not a Lord: “ O gracious Saviour! though I grain was to be had at the farmers. The and my family are such ungrateful beings, grass in the meadow-lands withered, and do not let others in the congregation rethe poor cattle, in many places, died with main behind. Now," added she, “ I perhunger.

ceive, that He does not despise the prayOn the 9th and 10th of June, we had ers of a poor sinner!" a terrible storm, which rose to such a July 5th, we received a letter from Mr. pitch, that our roofs suffered damage. von Mist, in answer to our above-menWe were obliged to stop short during the tioned proposals, all of which he agreed sermon on the 10th, and the Hottentots to, and again urged the sending of a mishad enough to do to secure the roof of sionary to the Hottentot camp as soon as our church against the violence of the possible, for whose maintenance provision wind. In this, however, they succeeded, was made. Brother Kohrhammer, having and in the following days diligently ex- received and accepted this call, comerted themselves to repair the damage mitted the school to the care of Brother done to the dwellings.

Kuehnel. This was made known to the June 12th, Mr. Alberti called upon us. children, by brother Rose, on the 27th, He has lately been appointed Landdrots and it is impossible to describe how they


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were affected. They came and expressed me, a miserable creature, encourages se their thinks to Brother Kohrhammer for to hope, that you have not forgotten the his love, and the pains he had taken to but still remember the distressed state of teach them, in strong language and with my soul. I can only send up siglis and many tears, and promised anew to use cries of anguish, with bitters tears, to all diligence, in future, to learn their our Saviour, and this alone seems to lessons.

afford my wretched mind some rebel. Brother Kohrhammer and his wife But, alas! I am often alınost diren ta could not set out as soon as was expect despair. Pray for me to Him, from hom ed, on account of great inundations, oc- all help cometh, and who knows our ne casioned by torrents from the mountains, cessity. O that I had always continued in in this rainy season.

the way of His gracious purposes with August 24th, the waters having abated me, then I should not have been plunged a little, they left us in two waggons, two into this dismal state. I beseech rou, redraughts of oxen having been sent half. ceive these open-hearted confessions in way to relieve the first, as the poor crea- love, for I find some comfort in complain. tures are at present so weakened by bad ing of my distress to others, especially to food, that one draught could not travel such, who live in communion with God, from heuce to the Cape. We commend. and are His servants. ed our dear fellow-labourers in fervent September 5th, captain Paravicini de praver to God, and Brother Rose gave Capella, adjutant to governor Jansen, the ilem letters of recommendation to Mr. the gorernor's son, and some other offivon Mist, Governor Jansen, and Captain cers, called upon us. They are travelling Lesueur.

through the country to make everywhere September 3d, the waggons returned, the needful arrangements for defence, in and brought is very agreeable accounts case of an attack. At their request, of their sale arrival at the camp, and the several of our school.children sang himins friendly reception they had met with from during dinner, which gave great satisfacall i anks. Brother Kohrhammer inform- tion. At taking leave, the gentlemen ed us, that, shortly before his arrival at gave us ten dollars, to be spent in some Cape-town, nine missionaries had arriv. rewards to the children. We therefore ed there from Copenhagen, on their voy- distributed a quantity of dried peaches age to the East-Indies. Among them to above eighty children, which were were Messrs. Ringeltaube and Voss, the particularly acceptable at this time of latter having been formerly stationed general scarcity. here at Rodesand as minister. This cir. Some days after, captain Paravicini cumstance had given rise to a report, sent us an order from government, to sent us express by a farmer's wife, that keep some of our most intelligent and two teachers had arrived from Herrnhut, trusty Hottentots in readiness to be sent, who were already engaged in the camp, at the shortest possible notice, to Zoete and that Brother Kohrhammer, there. Melks valley, where they were to be emfore, need not go thither.

ployed in conveying powder from the new Brother Rose received, by this oppor- magazine to different places, where it tunity, a letter from a German soldier might be most wanted." belonging to the garrison at Cape-town, Towards the close of September, the a native of Suhla in Thuringia, educated whole country was thrown into great conin the brethren's school at Ebersdorf, sternation, by a communication on the and there received as a member of the part of government, that a British fleet congregation and a communicant. His was expected on the coast. Several farmstep-father, however, prevailed upon him ers in our neighbourhood received orders to quit our connexion. He afterwards to repair to Cape-town to do military went to Holland, where he fell into the duty, and our Hottentots were afraid, hands of Seclenverkaueffer (a species of that they should be obliged to follow crimps), and into the utmost wretched them. ness. He lost all his property, and layO n the 29th, we received, by express, for six weeks in a state of delirium, but a letter from governor Jansen, to the fol. having recovered a little, was shipped off lowing effect: That the present circumfor this country, after the Cape had been stances had rendered it necessary to prorestored to the Dutch by the English. vide some safe place for the women and Brother Rose being at Cape-town last children belonging to the Hottentot corps spring, this poor man made search for his now serving with the army, where they residence, and poured forth his distress might be provided for, to the satisfacof mind more by tears than words. His tion of their parents or husbands; and letter was as follows: “ The sympathizing that, in his opinion, there was not any participation, with which you attended to place so eligible as Bayianskloof. He had,

therefore, that confidence in us, that we tection of government, in cominon with would be willing to suffer these women the rest of the inhabitants, they are there. and children to remain here as long as fore obliged to take their share in its demight be required by the present state of fence, and to turn out, whenever requiraffairs, and to provide them with the ed. Several officers, therefore, called necessaries of life, on government ac- here in the following days, and took with count; which kind service done to these them the most able of the Hottentot men. forsaken people, would be gratefully ac. Thus we lost again thirty of our people, knowledged.

who marched to Cape-town towards the Though our compliance with this wish end of October, besides ten men, ap. could not but be attended with much in. pointed to the service of the powderconvenience to us, and we even feared magazines in Zoete Melks valley. They that much moral evil might ensue, by the bid us farewel with many tears, and we admission of so many people, who are dismissed them, not without some painchiefly in a wild, unconverted state, into ful apprehensions, lest the good word a missionary settlement, yet we could not they have heard in this place (which in refuse. Brother Rose, therefore, wrote the hearts of many seemed to promise in answer, that, considering it our duty good fruit), should be forgotten amidst to support government to the best of our the hurry and dissipation attending a mili. power, and pitying likewise the case of tary life. the poor people alluded to, in these cala- The place of these people was soon mitous times, we were the more willing filled, but not in the manner most agree. to take them under our care for the pre- ble to us, by the arrival of the women and sent. We only humbly requested, that children belonging to the Hottentot immediate steps might be taken to pro- corps, 187 in number. They arrived in vide a sufficient quantity of corn, as we three divisions, during the month of Ochad none of our own growth, and did not tober; and we cannot express what our know, in the present dealness of that ar- feelings were, on seeing about sixty ticle, how to procure any. Two messen. women and children in a company, all in gers were immediately sent off' with this rags, and half starved for want of food, answer to Cape-town, one of whom, at coming into our settlement. Being seated the governor's request, was appointed to in rows before our dwelling, each of accompany the said women and children them, young and old, received a good to our settlement. The other returned to slice of bread, previously baked in pro. us on the 5th of October, and brought a spect of their arrival, which they seized letter from the governor, containing or- with all the greediness of hunger. After ders to different officers of this district, this meal, and suitable exhortations, they to furnish us with the needful quantity of were distributed partly in the timpty grain. Brother Kohrhammer likewise in- houses, partly among the Hottentot fa. formed us, that the whole Hottentot milies. We felt great support, under all camp had broken up, and that the corps the inconveniencies occasioned by such was now stationed on different parts of an unusual number of guests, from the the coast. He therefore desired us, as enlivening consisleration, that, perhaps, by soon as possible, to send two waggons to the Lord's blessing, many of these poor bring him and his wife back to Bavians- people will hear the gospel in this place kloof. They were sent off on the 6th, and for their everlasting salvation. We were we had the pleasure to see him return to likewise pleased to perceive, that their us on the 12th.

relatives in the Hottentot corps rememBy a letter from captain Lesueur, re- bered them, and, as much as their cir. ceived October 5th, our Hottentots were cumstances would admit of it, afforded not a little alarmed. The captain de. them some assistance. Thus we received, manded, that all those men, who had pro- by captain Lesueur, twenty dollars, col. mised to come forward for the defence lected by the Hottentot soldiery for the of the country in case of actual danger, use of their wives, which we immediately should now make ready, and by degrees distributed among them. join the army. When our Hottentots suf. During the month of October, two fered their names to be put down in this Hottentot children departed this life very view, they understood, that they were not happily. The first was a boy, nine years to be called upon, till notice was given, old, of whom its parents used to say, that by the firing of alarm-guns, that the ene. it was the most obedient child they had. iny was really on the coast. But as it is Whenever we spoke to little Joseph (for the intention of government to be fully that was his baptismal name) about our prepared, before the appearance of the Saviour and his love to the children, he enemy, and the Hottentots enjoy the pro. not only showed great attention, b'it li'

whole soul seemed to delight in it. In his scriptions of the physicians seemed mot long and painful illness, he showed great to produce the desired effect: every nigt patience, and sometimes, when he was he experienced the came suffering, by almost worn out with pain and weakness, which be lost all sleep, and the attacks he cried simply and comfidently to the became so violent, that frequently the Lord, praving him soon to come and de. person watching with him thought his liver him from all earthly grief and trou- breath would stand still. Our distress ble. The other was a girl of the same was much heightened bs the declaratica age, and when first taken ill, had not of Dr. Temple, that he really kami ng been baptized. She now praved most means of cure for this disorder, and being fervently, that our Saviour would forgive old and infirm, he was frequenti preher all her sins, and cleanse her soul in vented from calling upon bis patient, Ilis precious blood. We could not refuse when most wanted. To send for a phr. her request to be baptized. Brother sician from Cape-town, would be attard. Rose, therefore, administered this sacra. ed with great expense and trouble. At ment to her, on her sick bed, calling her length, on the 30th, these asthmauc al Elizabeth, during a most powerful sense fections seemed, in some degree, to of the Lord's presence, by which all were abate, and bro:her Rose joined us in melted in tears. The poor girl could not thanking our gracious Lord, the phrsician find words sufficient to express her gra- of soul and bdy, for this reliet Hox. titude for the grace of God bestowed ever, we remain under great concert on upon her. When sister Rose visited her, his account, and have no hope, but in the some days after, she found her longing to mercy and help of God our Saviour. depart and be with Christ, and rejoicing greatly at the prospect of soon seeing her Redeemer face to face. Sister Rose then

ORDINATION hegan to sign verses, treating of that On the 24th Sept. the Presbiters of blessed subject, during which the child Oneida ordained Mr. George Hail, of East lav quiet, and soon after departed gently Haddam, Con. to the work of the gospel into the mansions of bliss.

ministry; and installed him in the pastoral The month of November was the most charge of the congregation of Chet distressing period we have ever known Valley. The Rev. James Southward, of since our arrival here, chiefly on account Bridgwater, made the introductory pras. of the severe illness which befel our dear er; the Rer. Samuel F. Snowden, of Brother Rose. In the night between the New Hartford, delivered the sermon; the 26th and 27th of October he was seized Rex. James Carnahan, of Hillsborough, with an uncommon difficulty of breath- made the ordaining praver; the Rev. Joing, which alarmed iis very much. Early shua Knight, of Sherburne, presided; and in the morning, we sent a messenger to gave the charge to the minister, and the Dr. Temple, who arrived with us in the charge to the people; the Rev. Mr. Southafternoon, and prescribed proper means ward gave the right hand of fellowship, of relief, by which these first symptoms and the Rev. Andrew Oliver, late of Pet. were removed, but, in the night between ham, Mass. made the concluding prayer. the 8h and 9th of November, they re. The scene was peculiarly solemn and inturned with greater violence. The pre- pressive.

OBITUARY For the Assembly's Magazine, disguise, she expressed with freedom her An account of the life and death of aversion at what appeared unworthy. In Mrs. Joanna Craig, late wife, of Mr. the various relations of daughter and Samuel Craig, merchant, who died at sister; of wife and mother; of neighbour Alexandria, 21st Oct. 1806, taken from the and acquaintance, she commanded love funeral sermon, preached after her death. and esteem; confidence and respect; good

Joanna Craig was a native of the state will and friendship of New Jersev, but bas resided many Religion, I have reason to believe, early years in Alexandria. A frank, open, cheer. impressed her mind. Receiving her first ful temper was her leading characteristic. impressions under the ministry of the She thought for herself, and spoke as she Baptists, she became familiarized to their thought. She was sincere, steady and modes of worship, and a zealous advocate warm in her attachments. Incapable of for their peculiar tenets. But as she

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