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here, that not only was he ardent in his at. Logie that he had purchased.* The day was tention to the school, but was unremitting in rainy; being on horseback, he was thoroughly the duties of the station, whether they rela- wet, the distance being, I think, about eight ted to pulpit labours, attendance on the miles. When he arrived at the place he felt classes (of which some were formed by him his complaint return. Having changed his self), his pastoral visits, or his necessary clothes, and made the arrangements he superintendence of the enlargement of Pro- thought necessary, he hastened back, but vidence Chapel. Strong as was his consti- did not apprehend danger. That was on tution, and capable as he had been of en Thursday. On Friday morning he became during fatigues, these labours were too much very ill. On Lord's-day morning he was for him to bear without sustaining injury. pronounced beyond hope; at eleven o'clock, By frequent attacks of fever, and incessant mortification having taken place, he seemed application to his engagements, his strength free from pain. The people were flocking to began to decline, and his constitution, at chapel, ignorant of his perilous situation, length, gave way. This more particularly and many of the people went to see him. manifested itself about the end of December, He requested they would sing. He chose when affliction made it necessary to desist the hymn_“Salvation ! O the joyful sound !” from labour, at which time I received a very &c., and sang the last verse by himself, with pressing invitation to go to Berbice. Hearing surprising emphasis, and then repeatedly exthat his life had been despaired of, I went claimed, “ Let it fly!” dwelling on the word thither the first week in January, and re- “salvation." He then exhorted the people mained about a fortnight, during which time standing by, with great earnestness, to seek he seemed to be fast recovering.
salvation in Christ, in the midst of which he In conversation, he made some observations gave signs of a momentary aberration, of a on the Directors' last report, particularly as pleasing character, which soon passed away. related to the circumstance of no intelligence Salvation was still bis theme to be with having been received, the preceding year, of Christ, and like Christ, was his expressed the death of any of the Society's missionaries. desire. He requested that the people might The Monthly. Chronicle, containing informa be told that he died in the faith of the gostion of the death of our mutual friend, Mr. pel he had preached. In the midst of exJennings, also of Mr. Adam, and three horting, charging, rejoicing, and longing to others, coming to hand at that time, pro- depart and to be with Christ, his voice beduced deep feeling, and he made some re came faint. One present engaged in prayer. marks on the mysterious ways of Providence. As the “ Amen” was about to be proHe then said he had expected to have been nounced, another near him bent the ear to himself added to the number of those whose catch his dying accents, and heard the last death the Directors might have to record words he could articulate in a whisper, during the present year. He also said, that “ Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!” And in the prospect of dying he had not those thus, as they were rising from their knees, at raptures with which some appear to have exactly twelve o'clock, on Lord's-day, 22nd been privileged, but felt a calm, settled, January, his happy spirit, in triumphant peaceful com posure of mind. He also told victory through faith in his dying and risen me that, previous to his severe illness, he Lord, entered into the “ rest that remaineth had taken for his text, “Ye are not yet come for the people of God.” “Blessed are the to the rest and the inheritance which the dead that die in the Lord; yea, saith the Lord your God giveth you.” And, during Spirit, for they rest from their labours, and his dying prospects, thought what a fine text their works do follow them.” his brother Ketley would have, to improve I improved his death on the following his decease—“There remaineth, therefore, a Lord's-day morning at Berbice, and in the rest to the people of God," and which he evening gave a consolatory address to the himself had designed taking next in course; people. On the following Sabbath, also, at this, however, he was not permitted to do. George Town, to my own congregation,
As he now appeared convalescent, I re- morning and evening. He was followed to turned to Demerara ; but, to our utter as his grave on the day after his decease (the tonishment and grief, not a week had elapsed usual time of keeping a corpse in Berbice) before I received information of my dear by a long retinue. The peculiar attachment brother's happy exit, and an urgent request of the children manifested itself in lamentafor me to return to Berbice. My brother's tions; and at the grave they sang a hynn, conversation, mentioned above, fashed on taught them by Mr. Lewis in the intant my mind, and I determined on improving school. Long will he be remembered at his death the following Sabbath, from the Berbice. Nor will he soon be forgotten in text he had mentioned.
Demerara. On my arrival again at Berbice, I learned Mrs. Lewis has been surprisingly supthat he had considered it to be an imperative duty to go into the country, if possible to * With a view to convert it into a place remove à difficulty which existed as to a of worship.
ported both under and since the trying event. ing) I have the class of candidates, and at God has glorified himself as “the God of all the close hold the usual conversations, relagrace and consolation,” which he has caused tive to the Sabbath morning discourse, with to abound in her soul. And while she feels the members in a body. The persons above her afflictions, she considers that “the righte referred to, selected as teachers in the memous is taken away from the evil to come ;" bers' classes, meet with me, every Monday and remembers that God has said, “I will at noon, as a separate class. The Friday never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
classes, consisting chiefly of town slaves, (Signed) Josepi KeTLEY. members of the congregation, are well at
tended. The Sabbath classes are very fluc
tuating, partly owing, I fear, to my conExtracts of a Letter from the Rev. Joseph tinual leaving them to supply the West
Kelley, Missionary at George Town, Deme Coast. The sight, however, of a large rara, dated 27th December, 1831 ; addressed body of slaves and free people, divided to the Directors.
into companies all over the chapel, is very Honoured FATHERS AND BRETHREN,
pleasing after the morning's service : the
nearest description of which that I can give Another year of my feeble efforts in the is a testament class, consisting of almost work of Christ in this place having already thirty or forty men in one place-two other expired, it has become a duty to place before goodly companies of men, learning the alyou a general view of what has been done by phabet or other reading, in other places-the good hand of God upon us.
five or six goodly companies of women, in George Town.
other directions, either reading or being ca
techised--together form a cheering aspect, For the increase of such as have, we trust, and which, I trust, will soon be not fluctuaa saving acquaintance with the gospel, we ting, but constant. are constrained to be grateful to Him who The plan which I have lately adopted of alone giveth the increase. A care and scru- visiting my people in town, so as to see tiny are exercised toward such as propose every family at least four times in every themselves for admission to the Lord's table, year at their own houses, as well as at the which, while I trust it may never form a bar- chapel, and in their classes, will, I trust, be rier to any humble believer in Jesus, is cal. highly beneficial under the divine blessing; culated to narrow up the way, and close the it will bring me more intimately acquainted gate against such as are strangers to the with every individual not in the church only, power of godliness.
but in the congregation also. I was not a In respect to candidates for that sacred little encouraged the other day on hearing ordinance, it is pleasing to consider that that family worship was set up in a house, eighteen or twenty, who profess to have and by a master of a family, where I should lately been awakened to serious solicitude have least expected : may it prove a token about their souls' salvation, are brought for good! under a course of special instruction relative The Sabbath schools afford much encouto the doctrines, &c., of the gospel, which ragement. The attendance and attention of also affords me very frequent opportunities the teachers leads me to hope that the genefor intercourse with them preparatory to rality of them feel interested in the work. their final admission to the church. There They have their weekly prayer-meeting, as are also a few others on whom my mind is well as their monthly meeting, for business fixed, and of whom Mrs. Ketley furnishes and prayer. About from fifty to seventy me with very pleasing inforınation, but scholars attend on the Tuesday and Friday whose backwardness will require them to mornings early, as well as on Lord's-days, be gently led.
some of whom have a gratifying acquaint· Respecting the classes in George Town, ance with the summary of Christian doctrine. the attendance both of the church and con Of one child, who is also a servant in our gregation is very encouraging. The men's family, we have such pleasing proofs of her classes, on the Monday evenings, are con- conversion to God, that I shall not long feel tinually on the increase. The few young it my duty to keep her from the privileges of men, called the Young Men's Society, which church-fellowship. Of another, also (likemeet on the Tuesday, are, one after another, wise in our family), we entertain hopes that becoming members of the church. The a work of grace is begun. Oh, that it Young Women's Society, under the care might not end in disappointment ! of Mrs. Ketley, I am happy to believe, will. The Sunday-school Auxiliary Missionary soon furnish three members, two of whom Society, which has been formed during the have long been exceedingly exemplary. The past year, is at present in a prosperous state. female members are now arranged in four The books, voted by the Directors for the classes, each having suitable individuals, Reading Society, have just come to hand; selected from amongst themselves, to instructas, also, the box of books kindly furnished them ; during which time (Thursday even by our friends at Norwich, per the Rev. Mr.
Alexander, together with the very neat and valuable box of presents sent by Miss Fisher. We feel grateful for them all, and trust that their arrival will tend to excite a fresh feeling of interest. Perhaps I might mention, as a guide in the event of future grants of this nature, that we have a superabundance of old Evangelical Magazines, and, moreover, that unbound books, whether periodicals or others, are very inconvenient; and book-binding here is very expensive, as well as indifferently performed.
I should have mentioned, in its proper place, that Mrs. Kelley's daily adult class, which had fallen off, and become almost extinct, has begun to revive ; and I have no doubt that the plan of regularly visiting the people will occasion its rapid increase. And as formerly it has been a means of good, so may it still be instrumental in the further increase of the church.
Fort Island. Concerning this out-station, it may be proper to state that the church members, resident in the Essequebo, formed into a separate church, at the opening of their newly-erected chapel, on the 10th of February, 1830, amounted to twenty-two in number; during the same year seventeen were added ; in the same period one was excluded, and two others withdrew and joined the Dutch church ; at the close of 1830, therefore, the number of church members amounted to thirty-six.
During the past year five or six more have been added ; one has departed, we trust, to be with Christ, leaving the number, at the close of the year, either forty or forty-one, which I am not certain, not having a copy of the church-book with me later than the end of 1830. The prosperity of that station, especially in respect to the unanimity of the church, and the apparent eagerness of the people, fills me with gladness.
During the past year they have been under the necessity of enlarging their chapel, to which they have added two galleries, the expense of which, though two-thirds as much as the first erection of the building, they have engaged to defray by themselves. Nor are they a little encouraged by the governor's kindness in the grant of land on which their place is built; they feel themselves to be in their own place, and they have a teacher of their own choice, whom they evidently love, and of their love he is well worthy; for nothing but love to Jesus prompts him to devote the whole of his time to them without remuneration, and even to devote a portion of the product of his little school to their welfare. Were all Christians, and all Christian teachers, thus actuated, the world would not want for Chrissian instructors: surely the kingdoms would be the Lord's! Respecting the church we might further say, that their watchfulness and jea
lousies over each other, combined with that unanimity which reigns amongst them, are truly delightful. Were I alone in this feeling I should hesitate, “but in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word is established.” But for the length it would necessarily make my communications, I could furnish two most gratifying instances illustrative of the above statement.
Not having been able to see the people here on the Sabbath days, for want of some one to supply my pulpit, I have not, of late, had an opportunity of judging concerning their Sabbath-school ; they have, however, besides Mr. Peter himself, three teachers who have lately become acquainted with the Lord Jesus, one of whom formerly assisted us in George Town, but was expelled for attending a dance, which discipline was overruled of God to her conversion ; the other two are daughters of Mrs. Peter, one of whom is not more than sixteen years, and both were admitted to the church together, to the great joy of their mother, and the no less delight of Mr. Peter, and those whose labours had been instrumental to their salvation.
I add the following pleasing circumstance relative to the Essequebo out-station. A lady, who owns a number of slaves (upwards of twenty, I believe), some time ago sent over to Mr. Peter, requesting he would instruct them. As she and her slaves together reside on Hog Island, though near to Fort Island, it would have too much interfered with his duties there for him to have gone himself. One of the most intelligent of the members (in free condition), whose walk is exemplary as a Christian, offered his services, which he continues as frequently as the weather, or other circumstances, permit. This instance furnishes another gratifying evidence that the people are not living to themselves.
The fulfilment of the purpose mentioned in a former letter, of opening a house for worship further up the river, was, from some circumstances, not practicable on my last visit.
West Coast Station. Relative to the West Coast station I have, of late, felt much encouraged. My health having been perfectly restored, the supply is now regular. I am unable to furnish particulars relative to the members, not being resident amongst them, but their eagerness for instruction is very manifest, and their outcry for a regular minister has waxed louder and louder. * To hear their blessings
* The late Rev. Michael Lewis, their minister, had gone to New Amsterdam, in Berbicc, to supply the place of the Rev. Mr. Wray, during his visit to England. The Rev. James Scott, who, after the death of Mr. Lewis, took charge of the Berbice station, on the return of Mr. Wray, resumed his own station on the West Coast.Eo.
pronounced on me, when passing them after service on horseback, has often cheered me, especially the hearty “ God bless you, Massa ! ” from some of the old Africans. I am sure the Directors would have wept with some such weeping as was witnessed at the laying of the foundation of the second temple, could they have listened to the prayers of some of them one Sabbath day, when they lamented God's dealings with them in removing their minister to Berbice ---in childlike simplicity asking God the reason-then supposing their sins, and inattention, or other reasons--then entreating forgiveness, and imploring Him to send ano ther—this was the tenor of the cry of each that engaged in prayer ; nor could I help feeling assured that God was answering them, telling them what I felt.
Nor must the great delight afforded me, on the Christmas and following day, be unnoticed. As usual I went, in the afternoon of Sabbath, which was also Christmas day, and after service told the assembly that I could not come on the next Sabbath, when one immediately rose up and said, “ Massa, we noiing to do to-morrow--we no 'lowance sarve out to-morrow---Massa no come and teach us to-morrow?” Knowing well how I should be likely to feel after preaching
four sermong on the Lord's-day, and also
(Signed) Joseph Ketley.
LETTERS RECEIVED FROM MISSIONARIES, &c.
Date. SOUTH SEAS........ Rev. Messrs. Henry & Davies..Tahiti ........ ... 4 December, 1830.
S 9 Dec., 1830, 22 and 25 April, and J. Davies ..............Ditto ....
29 October, 1831. - D. Darling ............Ditto................25 and 28 April, and 30 Oct. ditto. - D. Darling, Sec.......... Ditto......
. 7 and 28 Ditto, and 11 Nov, ditto. H. Nott......
.15 November, ditto.
..22 November (2 letters), ditto. -- G. Pritchard ..... ...Ditto ......
...24 Ditto, ditto. Alexander Simpson....
...18 Ditto (3 letters), ditto.
Si December, 1830, 25 April, and - T. Blossom .............Ditto ...........
17 May, 1831. E. Armitage...... ...Ditto ..........
.....15 November, ditio. - J. Siuith................Huahine ...
... 4 October (2 letters), ditto. J. M. Orsmond......... Eimeo
.25 May, and 11 November, ditto. ULTRA GANCES ....
--- Di. Morrison...... .... China ....... 31 May, & 22 Dec. (2 letters), ditto. - J. Kain......... ...Amboyna ...........23 June, ditto.
Ternat .............. 5 October, ditto,
No date, 8 August, and
.) 15 November, ditto.
Ditto ...............11 October, and 30 Nov., ditto. - Messrs. Kidd & Hinghes..Ditto ...............12 November, ditto.
S. Dyer.................Pinang ..... ......12 August and 11 Nov., ditto. Mrs. Beighton ..............Ditto
..... 8 December, ditto. EAST INDIES........ Rev. M. Hill ..... .. ...Berhampore ........18 August, ditto. A. Fyvie & T. Salinon.. Surat ....
1 October, and 21 Nov., ditto.
S 24 November, and 31 Dec., ditto. - W. Taylor .............Madras ........
19 January, 1832.
511 October, and 19 Dec., 1831. trict Committee..........
20 and 21 January, 1832.
...Neyoor........ ...... 5, 25, & 28 October, 10 Jan., ditto.
........3 Ditto, ditto ditto.
Date. EAST INDIES,...ii. Rev. W. B. Addis............ Coimbatoor.......... 8 October, ditto, 2 February, 1832. -- W. Buyers ........
..Calcutta ............27 Ditto, 1831.
A. F. Lacroix.......... Calcutta........... 9 November, ditto.
Ditto ............... 2 Ditto, ditto.
Vizagapatam ........31 December, 1831.
W. Howell ............Cuddapah ........... 3,7, and 30 Ditto, ditto.
J. Smith ...............Madras .............21 and 23 Ditto, ditto.
the Travancore District Quilon ..............13 Ditto, ditto.
................20 Ditto, ditto,
.25 Ditto, ditto.
... Siberia ............. 8 February, and 13 March, 1832. R. Knill ..........
St. Petersburgh...... 16-28 April, and May, ditto. MEDITERRANEAN. J. Lowndes .............Corfu .............
.....13 Ditto, 28 March, & 28 April, do. S. S. Wilson ..........Malta .............. 2 May, ditto.
521 Nov., 1831, and 2, 10, 16, 19, 21 SOUTH AFRICA..... - Dr. Philip .............Cape of Good Hope}
(2 letters), and 23 January, 1832.
2 and 4 Feb., 4 April (2 letters), Mrs. Philip............. ...Ditto ............
and 15 and 16 March, ditto. Rev. C. A. Kramer.......... Bosjeveld ........
Bosjeveld ...........No date, 7 Jan. and 21 Feb., 1831. H. Schmelen .........
....10 May, and 20 November, ditto. - G. A. Kolbe ............. Philippolis .......... 4 October, ditto.
A. Vos ................. Tulbagh .............16 Ditto, ditto.
.....Paarl ...............14 January, and 28 February, 1832. H. Helm ........
..Caledon Institution ..25 Ditto, ditto.
5 Buffalo River, Caf- F. G. Kayser ....
9 and 24 December, 1831.
.Graham's Town .....24 Ditto, ditto,
.Theopolis ........... 20 December, ditto. - A. Robson ...... . Bethelsdorp.......... 4 Febrnary, 1832.
- P. Wright......... .....Griqua Town........ 3 November, 1831.
Catechist ................... Campbell ............ 26 December, ditto. AFRICAN ISLANDS.. - J. J. Freeman..........Madagascar .........12 October, and 16 Dec., ditto.
No date-14 Aug., 12 and 14 Oct., - D. Griffiths ............Ditto
and 3 November, ditto. - E Baker ...............
.......Ditto ...... .....18 August, ditto. - D. Griffiths & D. Johns..Ditto
...20 August, ditto. -Messrs. D. Griffiths and
Ditto ............... 2 December, ditto.
- J. Le Brun ....... .....Mauritius .... .......22 Ditto, ditto. GUIANA ........... Late Rev. M. Lewis ........ Berbice ............16 January, 1832.
5 27 December, 1831, 23 January, and Rev. J. Ketley..............Demerara ........ 21 February, and 20 April, 1832. - J. Scott ................Ditto .... ..21 Ditto, ditto.
S 8 Ditto, 5 and 16 March, and _ J. Wray ............... Berbice ......... 17 April, ditto.
DOMESTIC MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.
MONTHLY MISSIONARY PRAYER-MEETING.
CHITTOOR. Chittoor is situated about 80 miles west of Madras, and, including a few villages in its immediate vicinity, contains about 10,000 inhabitants, of whom the greater part are Hindoos, and only a small proportion Mohammedans. The number of natives, resident within a circuit of about 30 miles round the town, are calculated to amount to 60,000.
A pious and highly-respectable individual, now deceased, who, for several years, had very laudably exerted himself, in concert with several other persons of similar character, resident at Chittoor, to impart the blessings of the Gospel, and the benefits of education to the native population of the place, by the institution of schools, and by affording the means of Christian