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wish the Scriptures had been read to me to leare my two books with the woman of long before now, to convert me from my the house, that if any of my pupils should bad habits !" He is now earnestly implor. come io, while they kept the corpse uning mercy. I read to him from the Book of buried, they might read, instead of any Common Prayer; and he begged of me to other amusement, which she said she would call on him daily, that I might teach him not suffer to be carried on in future." how to pray."
The result of these circumstances is thus “Dec. 29th.--At a house where they stated in another extract from the same were waking a dead body, one of my diary, dated Tuesday, December 31st: pupils stood up and said, that, if it was 6 In the evening I called for my books; agreeable to the company, instead of the but was refused them, unless I would stop fables they were to make use of, and tell.
and read to the friends who came to pass ing what never had been, and never would that night at the house. Though I had be, I should read to thein books in the been up all Sunday night, I consented to Irish language, which would draw us to re- remain; and read the books as before, at pentance, and lead us to seek the end for the company's pleasure. There were about which we were created.' To this they all thirty people present; and not so much as consented; in number about forty people. one word was said in opposition. Fourteen I then read to them many passages from
out of the thirty desired to become pupils, the Bible, together with a great part of On Wednesday morning I left them and the Book of Common Prayer; which 60 came home, but without my books.-Pp. highly delighted them, that was obliged 69-71.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. WEST AFRICA.SIERRA LEONE. from inward conflict, she had nothing to fear, In addition to the melancholy list of because her blessed Saviour, whose sufferdeaths in our Number for August, we have ings were far greater than erer hers' bad now to record the removal of Mrs. Palmer, been, had not only delivered her from the widow of the Rev. Henry Palmer, late power of Satan, but would deliver ber in chaplain to the colony; of the Rev. C. W. the hour of death and in the day of judgBeckauer; Mrs. Beniger and Mrs. Vaughan, ment: it was, therefore, with the greatest of the Church Missionary Society; and the joy that she looked forward to the immeRev. Jobn Huddlestone, of the Wesleyan diate presence of God, who had lored her Society. The latest accounts also add, that with an ererlasting love, and would never the Rev. Mr. During appeared to be at the leave her nor forsake her. point of death.
“ On Sunday morning, June the ist, Amidst this afflicting intelligence, we re- Mrs. Vaughan and I called to see her : she joice to find, that, while those who are re- had violent fever, and was therefore not moved witness a good confession, the work able to say much. As she reached out her of God is still manifestly proceeding in the hand and pressed ours, she said, “ The will conversion and edification of our African of the Lord be done! I am quite resigned brethren ; and we therefore trust the fol. to it.' I then quoted some of the most aplowing extracts will be read with interest. plicable promises I could think of; direct
Mr. Vaughan writes concerning Mrs. Pal- ing her to look to Jesus, and to consider mer,
what He suffered for the joy that was set “ On Saturday, May the 81st, I spent before Him. She said, I do: ob, I do! much time with her, in assisting her to He is my all! He is my all, and in all! I 'settle her accounts. We had much profit- have none other to look to. The promises able conversation. She appeared to have that you have mentioned, witb the smiles strong impressions and indeed said so) of Jesus, will sweeten the bitter waters of upon her mind, that her time on earth Marah. I then asked her, if Christ was as would be but short. Eternity seemed pre- precious as in former times. • O yes, yes! sent to her view. Her conversation was if possible, more so. O, my dear Saviour, principally on deatb, judgment, and eter- in Thee is all my hope my stay-my nity. She told me that she had no desire trust! I long to see Thee face to face: of abiding any longer in this vain world, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be which was now nothing to her; but, like done! We then took our leave of her; the Apostle, she had a great desire to de commending her to the care of Him who part and be with Christ: nevertheless, she is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble, wished to lie submissive in the hands of her and who knoweth them that trust in Him. God, and was entirely resigned to His sove- Mr. During writes, reign will: agd all her wish was, that the “ The ravages of this fever have been will of God might be done. She said, 80 great, that there are only three leading death had no terrors, as Jesus had taken members now left; on whom, in the abaway the sting; and, though she felt much sence of the Governor, the direction of the
colony devolves. But, notwithstanding me in my distress, but you only increase this awful dispensation, our stations are in my pain when I see you so: for which reaa thriving state. The work of Almighty son I wish you would stand in the piazza, Grace seems daily increasing. The nume- where I cannot see you. But, as some rous applications of people to speak to me went out, others came in: I thereabout the distress of their minds, often fore, obliged to give way to them. One make me doubt whether the concern ma- man, who seemed to have been thinking of nifested is real: but, on examining them, what I had said, came close to tbe bed, and I find, that all right to withhold from them said very feelingly, “ Massa, don't drive us the means of grace is cut off. Thirty are away.
We come to see what we can do for on trial, and have received daily instruc- you ; suppose you tell us to fetch doctor tion for baptism since the first of April. from town, we can go and carry him up
Thus, my dear Sirs, we see every trial quick, suppose he no have horse to ride.'sanctified; as plainly as if the fact were Ah,' said I, 'no earthly doctor can help written with a sun-beam! No sooner has me, if the Lord Jesus Christ does not. The the violence of the storm passed over our only thing that is left for me and you, is to heads, but the Sun of Righteousness bursts fly to Him in our trouble. I should be through the remaining clouds with re- obliged to you, if you would pray with me!' doubled splendour and glory, to revive the No sooner had I uttered these words, than half-slain, and to 'cause us still to go on all were instantly on their knees; like solour way rejoicing, though that way is but diers well exercised in the use of their rugged.”
arms! Many times bave I felt the power « But while I have hinted at my per- of prayer; but to a season like this I had sonal affliction, I must not forget the con- been a stranger until now; and I believe duct of our people; as it will throw far- all the people, too, were very deeply imther light on their progress. During the pressed as well as myself.”, whole time of my sickness, which all knew The following view of Gloucester, by the was of a serious nature, the whole under late Rev. W. Johnson, will be read with my care were particularly distressed about deep interest : it; and all the communicants of Regent's “ My beart rejoiced' in God my Saviour, Town both sympathized with those here and when I beheld such goodly numbers. It is felt for me; and their joint prayers and now little more than six years since I took supplications for me were almost incessant. the first people to this place; and, with the
“When my disease had come to a cri. assistance of a young man, built a shed sis, wbich was on the 2d of June toward for their accommodation. The brook which evening, I was seized with agonizing pain flows here induced me to recommend the in the bowels, and a strong palpitation of spot to the Governor. His Excellency the heart, which made me breatbe with agreed to the proposal, named the place extreme difficulty. This was very soon
Gloucester, and appointed Brother During known; and, in a little time, the bed. Superintendant. It was then a thick foroom and piazza were filled chiefly with rest, but is now a neat village. "The the communicants, all viewing me as cer- church, the parsonage house, and the tainly dying. No distressing howling noise, girls' school, present an interesting scene: as practised by their brethren in their na- but what is far more gratifying, is a church tural state, was heard; but silent tears full of attentive and cleanly dressed were seen running down their cheeks in people; who are advancing in Christian great abundance, while the more hardy knowledge and experience; about one bunvented their grief in sighs and groans. The dred of them having been made acquainted, sight was too much for me: I desired through the teaching of the Holy Spirit, tbem to remove, at least so far that I could with the Saviour of sinners, to whom they not see them; and said to those near me, have Aed for refuge. What has God • I take it very kind of you that you feel for wrought! Praise and glory be to bim!"
CHURCH BUILDING SOCIETY. THE Society for promoting the enlarge- hundred and forty-nine poor persons in free ment and building of Churches and Cha- seats; that six of them bad been conse pels, having recently presented their third crated, and that divine service was performReport, we apprehend the following ex: ed therein; that thirty churches and chapels tracts will be perused with considerable were then building; that plans bad been appleasure :
proved for ten other churches and chapels ; “ The last Report set forth, that ten new and that, as soon as possible, the construcchurches and chapels had been completed, tion of the buildings would begin. and that the same were capable of accom- “ The said Report also stated, that modating four thousand and eighty-one plans for twenty-three other churches and persons in pews, and nine thousand nine chapels had been laid before the Commissioners; and that, in addition to the num- Moor, Dewsbury, Yorkshire; Pimlico, St. ber of churches and chapels which they George's, Hanover Square; Gateshead, Durproposed to build, according to their pre- ham; and Parks, Preston, Lancashire; the ceding Report, they deemed it expedient, preliminary measures for erecting which are owing to the very peculiar circumstances in different degrees of forwardness. attending the places, to build churches or “ His Majesty's Commissioners have rechapels at Attercliffe, Yorkshire, Bishop ceived plans, which are under consideration, Wearmouth, Durham; Greenwich, Kent; for sixteen churches or chapols, to be built Highgate, Middlesex; and St. Andrew, at Bermondsey, Surrey; Blackburn, LanHolborn.
cashire; St. Philip, Birmingham, Warwick“His Majesty's Commissioners have, since shire; St. James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex; the last Report, proceeded in the execution Farnworth, Lancashire; Earls Heaton, of the important duties confided to them, Dewsbury, Yorkshire ; Édmonton, Middlewith as much dispatch as the circumstances sex; Liverpool, Lancashire; St. Mary-leof the several cases would permit; during borne, Middlesex; Travis Street, and Hulme, which time, churches or chapels have been Manchester; Oldham, Lancashire; Portconsecrated at the following places :--St. sea, Southampton; Hoxton, and HaggerMartin, Birmingham; Walcot, Bath; stone, St. Leonard; Shoreditch, Middlesex; Christchurch, Southampton ; Stepney, Mid- and Sheffield Moor, Sheffield, Yorkshire. dlesex; Bordesley, Warwickshire; Barns- “ The plans for the twelve churches or bey, Yorkshire; Hawarden, Flint; St. chapels, proposed to be built at Bethnal Mary, Nottingham; Portsea, Southamp- Green, Middlesex ; Two 'at Blackburn, Lanton; in which divine service is perform- cashire; Birmingham, Warwickshire; St. ed. The churches or chapels already built, Luke, Chelsea ; St. George, in the East; afford accommodation for seven thousand St. George, Hanover Square ; St. Andrew, one bundred and sixteen persons in pews, Holborn; Highgate ; St. Martin in the and for fourteen thousand three hundred Fields; St. Luke, Old Street; and Keriand ninety-nine poor persons in free seats; sington, Middlesex; have not yet been reby which it will appear, that the accommo- ceived. dation for the poor is full two thirds of the “ In the last Report it was stated, that entire number of sittings.
a second new chapel was to be built at “ His Majesty's Commissioners further Blackburn, to accommodate two thơusand report, that forty-four churches or cha
persons ; but, owing to the number of pels are building at the following places :- townships within the parish of Blackburn, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancasbire; Atter- it has been deemed expedient that three cliffe, Yorkshire; Erdington, Warwick- chapels should be built instead, to accomshire; Bolton, Lancashire; St. Augustine, modate one thousand persons each, which Bristol; Chelsea, Middlesex ; Chorley, will probably be erected for less than the Lancashire ; Pudsey, Yorkshire; Camber- large church would have cost. well, Surrey; Belper, Derbyshire; Hack- “ His Majesty's Commissioners are takney, Middlesex; Kidderminster, Worces- ing measures for the purpose of obtaining tershire; Brixton, Norwood, Kennington, sites for a new chapel for Whitwick, in Waterloo Road, Surrey; Regent Street, the county of Leicester, and at Wedmore, St. George's, Hanover Square; Greenwich, in the county of Somerset. They propose Kent; Leicester, Leicestershire; Tyldesley, · to advance, by way of loan, to the town of Lancashire; Quarry Hill, Woodhouse, Brighton, the sum of fifteen thousand Meadow Lane, Yorkshire; Hooton, Lanca- pounds, for five years, without interest, to shire; Wyndhain Place, Langham Place, enable the inhabitants to erect a and Stafford Street, St. Mary-le-bonne; church, the expense of which will be Camp Field, and Salford, Manchester; borne by the parish; they have also lent Nuneaton, Warwickshire ; Suffolk Street, the sum of two thousand pounds, for four and Beckford Place, St. Mary, Newington, years, to the town of Walsall, without inSurrey; St. Luke, Middlesex ; Stand, Lan- terest, to enable the inhabitants to defray cashire; Regent Square, and Somers Town, the expense of rebuilding and enlarging St. Pancras; Fylde Road, Preston, Lanca- the parish church, in which additional acsbire; Stockport, Lancashire; Broad Lane, commodation for about one thousand poor Sheffield, Yorkshire; West Bromwich, persons, in free seats, has been provided, Staffordshire; Workington, Cumberland; “ His Majesty's Commissioners have asStanley, and Alverthorpe, Wakefield, signed an ecclesiastical district to a chapel Yorkshire.
at Winlaton, in the parish of Royton, and “ His Majesty's Commissioners have also county of Durham; and applications have approved of plans for nine churches or cha- been made to them for dividing the parish of pels, to be built at Shipley and Wilsden, Walcot, in the city of Bath, into three seBradford, Yorkshire; Bishop Wearmouth, parate and distinct parishes; and the parish Durham; Netherton, Dudloy, Worcester- of St. John, Hackney, Middlesex, into three shire; Hanging Heaton, and Dewsbury separate and distinct parishes; which ap
plications His Majesty's Commissioners have or chapels are under consideration; and approved.
that plans for twelve churches or chapels “ The Exchequer Bills, which have been have not yet been obtained. issued to this day, amount to the sum of
C. CANTUAR. two hundred and fifty-seven thousand four
HARROWBY. hundred and fifty pounds.
BEXLEY. “ It will be observed by this Report,, that
STOWEL. fifteen churches or cbapels have been com
COLCHESTER. pleted; that forty-four are in progress ; that
Jos. HOLDEN POTT. plans for nine churcbes or chapels bave been
GEORGE OWEN CAMBRIDGE. approved, but the works have not been
B. C. STEPHENSON. commenced; that plans for sixteen churches
JOSHUA Watson.” CONFLAGRATION AT SAREPTA. The following melancholy intelligence than we were able to bear, but preserved from Sarepta, a settlement of the United to us our beautiful church, and so many Bretbren on the Wolga, has just been re- dwelling houses, that on the 10th of Auceived; and we cannot hesitate a moment in gust, all the inhabitants, both members of commending it to the serious attention of the congregation and strangers, could
be our benevolent readers.
provided with a place of refuge. The
single Brethren removed into the church, Circular Letter to the Congregations of the the single sisters supplying them with vic
United Brethren, and to the Friends of tuals; and all the rest of the sufferers were our Church in other Denominations. likewise furnished with food and lodging.
It has pleased the Lord our God, whose Our worthy brother Wallschlegel, master ways are often inscrutable, but always of one of the manufactories belonging to righteous and full of love, to visit our con- the shop, anxious to save as much of the gregation at Sarepta, in Russia, with a property as possible, exposed himself too very beavy disaster. On the 9th of Au- long to the flames, and was burnt to such a gust last, about one o'clock in the after- degree, that he departed this life two days noon, a fire broke out in one of the out- after. An aged single sister, Sophia houses of the Tobacco manufactory; and Frantz, a servant in the inn, escaped into as all those premises were built of wood, the street without harm, but the fright had and by the long-continued drought and such an effect upon her that she died of a heat had become like tinder, the fames fit in the street. Brother Hopf has assisted spread with such rapidity that all human us in harbouring the families of the Brehelp proved rain; and in the short space of thren Nitchman and Langerfeld; and infour hours and a half, the shops, with all deed all who have retained their houses the buildings belonging to the manufactory, bare most cheerfully accommodated the the apothecary's shop, the large distillery, poor sufferers in the best manner. That the warden's bouse, the two large houses which most of all comforts us in this state of the single Brethren, with all their shops of deep distress and affliction is, that the and farming premises, and twenty-four whole congregation, with one voice, acdwelling-houses (comprising three fourths knowledges and confesses, We have indeed of the whole settlement) were laid in ashes. deserved this severe chastisement; but the Thus twenty-eight families, all the single Lord, who has inflicted it, is our gracious Brethren, seventy in number, and about God and Saviour ; who will heal the wound, twenty families of workmen and servants, and yet make manifest kis merciful purwere bereft of their habitations. When the poses with Sarepta. In every countenance fire had reached the most dangerous place, humble cheerfulness, resignation, and thankbetween the single Brethren's house and fulness, for the marvellous help he has afthe closely adjoining out-buildings of the forded us, are depicted; and what the lips minister's house, it pleased God to grant utter, is confirmed by grateful tears. Consuccess to the unwearied exertions of those sidering the furious and rapid progress of who came to our assistance, and to put a the flames, it is surprising bow much has been stop to the progress of the devouring ele- saved of goods belonging to individuals, ment; otherwise, in half an hour more, the and other effects; though very much indeed whole of Sarepta woald have been convert- has been consumed. The total loss is imed into a melancholy heap of ruins, and all mense, and cannot at present be calculated. its inhabitants left without a home. “But," But the Lord has done it; be is almighty as the Bishop, Brother Benjamin Reichel, to help in time of need, and he will show expresses himself in his letter, dated Au. us by what means help is to be obtained. gust 14th, “our gracious God, who found We are sure, that on the receipt of this it needful to treat us with paternal severity, mournful intelligence, compassion and acwould yet, according to the purposes of his tive benevolence will be excited in the love, not lay a heavier burden upon us breasts of all our Brethren and sisters.
That all the inbabitants of Sarepta, not- the late dreadful conflagration at Sarepta. withstanding their extraordinary exertions, Let us, therefore, cry mightily to our and the excessive heat, are well, and con- God and Saviour, that he would refresh by tinue with unwearied courage and strength his consolations the learts of our poor sufto assist in extinguishing the fire, which fering Brethren, And the whole deeply-afstill, on the 14th, was smothering or ficted congregation in that remote region blazing up in numberless places among the on the borders of Asia, and give them faith ruins, is to be ascribed to the mercy of our and confidence in Him. Our own hearts gracious Saviour alone.
Our worthy will dictate to us, what we may' do for heighbour, Mr. Popow /of Otrade, who their assistance; and the Lord, the God of hastened to our relief with forty of his te- love, will strengthen our hands to exert nants, and gave the best orders and ma- ourselves in their behalf. In the fellowship nual assistance, was made, under God, the of Jesus, we salute you, as your faithful instrument of saving our church and the and affectionate Brethren, few houses which remain in the place. The Elders' Conference of the Unity, May God reward him for it !"
and in their name, The above is all we know as yet of this
SAMUEL CHRISTLIEB REICHEL. dreadful calamity. But as touching bra. Bethelsdorf, Sept. 20th, 1823. therly love, dear Brethren and Sisters, ye need not that we write unto you for ye We have since been informed, that on yourselves are taught of God to love one an the 17th of August, the single Brethren other. Ever since He, who is the divine having been otherwise accommodated, the Author of our Brotherly Union and Cove congregation met for the first time after the nant, on the 13th of August, 1727, bap- fire in their church, in fellowship to offer tized our first Brethren with the Spirit of up praise and prayer to God for his mercy, lore, that spirit has through his mercy which he remembers even in judgment. reigned among us, notwithstanding all our The fire was not yet quite extinguished failings and imperfections. We have felt
among a great heap of ruins. ourselves closely united together, as mem- Any contributions, for the relief of the bers of one body, of which Christ is the suffering congregation at Sarepta, will be Head; and if one member suffered, all most thankfully received by the Ministers have suffered with it. Of this, ample evi- of all the Brethren's congregations, and by dence has been afforded in the earlier pe
C. I. LATROBRE riods of our history; at the time of the Secretary of the Unity of the Brethren in emigration from Herrnbaag and the burn- England, No. 10, Nevil's Court, ing of our settlement at Neusaltz, and Fetter Lane. more recently, by occasion of the destruc- Suscriptions will also be received by tive fire at Gradenfrey, and the damage Messrs. Hoares, Bankers; Seeley and Son, done during the war at Neuwied and Gna- 169, Fleet Street; Hatchard and Son, denberg. To those great misfortunes, Piccadilly. which we bave experienced, belongs also
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