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for with all its powers of production, if teresting subjects for instruction, a few well directed, this country has a look of in particular, whom I have selected as great barrenness and wildness when com- monitors, and teach them a little in my pared with England.

own room, or in the Piazza apart from the “ There is a great lack of foresight, rest. It is deeply interesting to find that and also intelligence, in the cultivation of they now receive many things which I the land, so that a person with one or two tell them in easy English from Scripture farms, as they are called, will yet be at history, and some important trnthis in one season of the year destitute of any Scripture sentences, which they repeat food from them, although with care they with me to keep up their attention. I might have produce every month.

have had, since writing last, very comfort. * 6th Month, 17th, 1831. I am now, ing evidence of the advancement of my through divine favour, quite restored to children in their school instruction, and I health, and though we have rain every am anxious to complete for them, as soon day more or less, I do not suffer from the as I can, all that I have had in prospect state of the weather; indeed, a great in undertaking this charge. Our first or part of the day is sometimes fair, and the highest scholars read very nicely several mornings especially, not unfrequently of the Scripture card lessons, both from beautifully fine for a few hours; at other the very large and smaller type ; they times the morning dawn is accompanied can read, I think, the whole of the large, by so heavy a fog that the mountains are and several of the smaller, and can write completely covered, at other times fog their lessons on slates, either from the does not come on till nine or ten o'clock, printed sheets or from dictation. and then, after remaining some time, dis- 66 The children repeat, every morning perses. We consider the Tornado season before school commences, the simple yet as now over, and have had very little expressive lines of A. Gilbert's hymn, high wind this month, but to-day, since Lord I would own thy tender care, noon, the wind has risen so much, that I (the whole hymn) in one voice, this they have shut all the doors in the house but do quite well, and have nearly learned one, and if that was shut, I should want a several others in the way of repeating lamp or candle by which to write. This after a monitor, until they can repeat it is really a Tornado, though accompanied alone. We have some children with very with but little thunder, but the wind is fine countenances, at least so they appear very strong, and the rain falls fast. In

to me, affectionate, intelligent, and susthe middle of the rainy season we had not ceptible of improvement. any beat, that, to me felt more than “ Every day they hear some simple pleasant, nor any of that relaxing effect and impressive passages of Scripture which is often experienced from the lead, and sometimes they answer a few heat of the dry season, so that here, as in questions upon what they have heard ; England, there are some things to enjoy I am very glad to have had the opporas well as some to suffer in every season. tunity which this school gives me, to try

a simple and practical plan of instruction State of the Native School in Charlotte.

in teaching to read, and write, and “ The school-house is detached from think; I should much like to see the our dwelling, and on the opposite side same plan acted upon in a school in Engof the yard, but near enough for me to land or Ireland, where the language of speak to the children at the door from our the lessons is the native language of the Piazza, and as they have no clock or pupils. I am now prepared to give to watch, I have to give the signal of a bell, these children some farther opportunities when they should sit down to write or than they have yet bad, for learning to work, when they should rise to read, and know the meaning of what they read, when break

the school.

through their own native words.
My time is very fully occupied ; and
I wish to give attention to the teachers

Appeal for more Labourers in Africa. and monitors by having them here apart, “ I cannot even yet withhold the dein two classes to instruct, one of teachers sire, that when divine wisdom and goodand one of monitors; I try to do a little ness shall put it into the hearts of any of when I can, and feel great interest in it. the sincere disciples of our Lord, to come

“ I have felt very little difficulty with to Africa, to the help of the people, regard to the training of my dear flock of whether for a longer or a shorter time, liberated African children, yet had I the that attraction may not be repressed, constant care of them out of school, the either by themselves or by others. The difficulty would, I doubt not, have been Spirit of Him, who seeing the multifelt.

tudes, had compassion on them, because “ The girls first received are very in they fainted, and were scattered abroad, N. S. NO. 91.

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as sheep having no shepherd.' That spirit contravening any good design to which is greatly needed in this land ; let it not duty may lead individuals to enter upon be quenched by any cold and worldly on the coast of Africa, considerations; what is life-what is climate-when compared with service claim

Usefulness of the Wesleyan Missionaries. ed towards immortal beings ?

“A second missionary from the Wes. “ () when we see the state of these leyan Society, arrived here a few days poor children, and the lack of agents for since, to the great joy of his colleague, Their education, how can one but earnest- who has been alone more than twelve ly desire that more Christian labourers, months; one also, with his wife, came out both male and female, may be sent into at the same time to the Gambia, to take this harvest, for truly it is great, and the the place of the late estimable missionary, Jabourers very few. I cannot think that Richard Marshall. I am truly glad that I do wrong in desiring an increase of a companion has arrived for the Missionlabourers. I cannot say I will just fulfil ary Keightly here; he was nearly overwhat appears to be my own duty, and powered with labour, and is now well, leave others without attempting to dis- and cheerful, and rejoicing in the com. turb their rest in more inviting scenes. I fort of having society at home, and feeldo not point out the duty of individuals, ing much united to his fellow labourer. but yet see and deeply feel that more The Wesleyan Missionaries here, whom labourers are wanted here, and I long I have seen, have had the strength and greatly to hear that many are willing to consolation of unity and affection with go wherever divine wisdom be pleased to one another, and have displayed before lead them, without regarding whether the the people an example of humility and path be rough or smooth, hazardous or Christian devotedness, that has spoken easy, painful to nature, or inviting as to in strong language to the hearts of obpleasurable feelings. Christ is all in all, servers, even among those who walked strength to the weak, riches to the poor, not with them. They are about to comand the soul's delighting consolation and mence a school in their chapel in Free rest, even to the solitary. Still I believe Town, on first day afternoons, and have that to follow our beneficent Redeemer's applied to me for lessons; the boards example in sending out labourers from they give themselves from their own indiamong His disciples two and two, would vidual resources; there is no other Sabbe generally better than for one to stand bath school in Free Town, and they hope alone in a state of so much variety of thus to provide for the instruction of the change and engagement as a missionary apprentices, as well as others, of various station. Pray ye the Lord of the har- ages, who have not other opportunity for vest that he will send forth more la- instruction: their predecessors had a first bourers into his harvest,' and my heart is day school, but when only one was here, still bound to the belief that our heavenly it could not be continued; they rejoice Father would not have incited so much now in the thought of resuming it. The desire for the good of this land, if there Wesleyans have six chapels in the colony, were not a harvest to his eternal praise three stone and three grass houses." finally to be reaped here.

GRATITUDE FOR THE REFORM BILL. May my heart be directed to God, in the humble trust that He may be pleased To the Editors. There are but few of to carry on, by such agents as His provi- your readers, I apprehend, who will not dence shall appoint to the work of Chris- agree with me in thinking, that the fortian instruction in the native languages bearance and kindness of God towards of Africa, whatever may be in his own our country of late, have been peculiarly will and permission, as to the feeble and great. unworthy instrument, now attempting Some months ago, when I entreated the very lowest rudiments of the work in them, through the medium of one of this little African family, for little indeed your numbers, to observe religiously a even a family of fifty may seem, in com- day of humiliation and prayer, we were parison of the very wide sphere through apparently in danger of being subjected which this cause may be promoted; and to the two great scourges of pestilence should my life not be much prolonged, and civil discord. How lightly has the and the esire of my heart not be per- former of these been felt; and from the mitted, during that little remaining span, latter, although we would not forget our I will yet hope that in other hands this constant dependance upon God, we do sacred cause of Christian instruction, trust we are in less danger than ever, in through the native languages of Africa, consequence of that great measure of may one day be encouraged and carried Reform, which has at length become law. forward in England, without omitting or Our gratitude to divine providence is


deepened both by observing the havoc dred pounds ? And will our rich brethren which pestilence and civil war have lately grudge even a much larger grant, if it be made in France, and by remembering necessary? How easily might God have the circumstances of extreme peril into permitted events to occur which would which the peace of our own country was

have taken from us, at a stroke, half or brought a very few weeks ago.

the whole, pot of our income only, but of The people at large will manifest their our property! And if we and our fellowjoy by illuminations and feasts; but are Christians generally in Britain shall perthere not some other more perinanent and sist in allowing thousands of our neighbeneficial actions within our power, by bours to grow up in pagan ignorance, or which we may evince our gratitude to in infidel error, God may still, in just re. God, who has so wonderfully answered tribution for our criminal negligence, our prayers and interposed for our help? allow “the floods of ungodly men” to Let us look round our respective locali. break down our ramparts of law and justies, and consider in what way we can tice, strengthened though they now are most effectually promote the best interests by what we may fondly deem the imof our neighbours. Nothing is compar

moveable battresses of constitutional reable to instruction, moral and religious form. instruction ; and the larger the measure June 11, 1832.

J. B. S. G. of civil liberty which a nation enjoys, the more important it becomes that the popu- DECREASE OF THE SLAVE POPULATION. lation should have their minds imbued with those principles of justice, truth, be.

The following summary is taken from nevolence, and peace, which the Holy Decrease of the Slave Population in th

Mr. Buxton's printed“ Statement of the Scriptures inculcate. Is there a populous Sugar Colonies, drawn up from Official village, then, or a district of a town,

Returns.” where a place of worship is urgently re

Antigua Decrease in 11 years 868 quired? Let the Christians who live near


1844 that neglected spot unite in a benevolent


12 12,037 confederation for the purpose of supplying Grenada


2597 the deficiency Or, is a school, a Sabbath



18,024 school, a British school, or an infant



131 school, still more urgently needed, let



192 neighbouring Christians resolve to supply St. Christopher's 10

100 the desideratum. Let an effort of un

St. Lucia


1942 common generosity be made, proportioned St. Vincent's


1248 to the greatness of the occasion. Has


10 such an occasion ever occurred in England Tortola

2803 10

143 since the year 1688? Nay, the present Trinidad


6168 is in one respect a more memorable occasion than was that “ glorious revolution."

Decrease in the above 13 colonies, Is it not a new thing in the history of man

the average being 11 1-13 years 48,097 kind, for a government to reform itself, Mauritius, decrease in 104 years 10,767 without external violence, or the shedding of one drop of blood ? Second causes,

58 864 grant, may be stated to account for the Deduct, Increase in the two followwonderful event; but these causes will not diminish the gratitude of the pious

ing colonies, viz. Dominica, in 9 years

11 man, knowing, as he does, how completely

Barbadoes, in 12 ditto 5966 all events are under divine controul.

5977 Nor let any one attempt to abuse our grateful joy by reminding us of the uncer- Total decrease in the slave populatainty of all human affairs. We know it; tion in the Sugar Colonies, on an but we contend, that as God has most re

average of 11 years

52,877 markably interposed to deliver us from twoimminent perils,and has apparently re- Surely these official returns supply the moved one of those perils farther from us

place of a thousand other arguments Slathan ever, it is our bounden duty loudly to praise him, and to show our gratitude very must be a murderous system, or such

a waste of human life could not be occaby some special act of pious beneficence.

sioned. Shall those of us, who spend from one hundred to one thousand pounds a year on ourselves and families, grudge on such an occasion a donation of one, or two, or It is with sincere pleasure that we exfive, or ten, or twenty, or fifty, or a hun- tract from the New York Observer the



thirteen years.


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following summary of the Comparative the other prizes, accompanied with those number of the Clergy of that State, in 1819 affectionate and instructive remarks, for and 1832, as it exhibits a very extraor- which he is always distinguished on those dinary increase in the short period of interesting occasions

The Rev. Joseph Hughes, M. A. de1819 1832 livered a short Address, and concluded

the business of the day with prayer. 328 460

A very numerous company of ladies gregationalists,

and gentlemen (about 400) then sat down Episcopalians,

83 143 in the spacious hall of the Institution, to Baptists,

139 310 a cold collation, E. Edwards, Esq in the Reformed Dutch,

105 98 chair. The assembly was briefly addresMethodists,

90 357 sed by the Rev. Messrs. W. Clayton, H. Lutherans,

16 13 L. Berry, J. Burnet, G. Clayton, and Other denominations, not ?

A. Tidman. After which, they adjourned enumerated in 1819,


to the gardens, and tea being served, they

slowly retired, taking with them many Total..716 1470 of the interesting youths who are pupils

in the establishment.

The congratulations were numerous ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISSENTERS'

and heartfelt on the very auspicious state SCHOOL, MILL HILL.

of the school, and it was unanimously The 24th Annual Day of this invaluable

acknowledged to have been the most inInstitution, was held on Wednesday the

teresting public day ibat has been seen 27th of June.

at Mill Hill for many years. The company began to assemble at an early hour, and strolled through the beau- PARLIAMENTARY tiful grounds, enjoying the lovely prospect by which they are surrounded, un. til eleven o'clock, when the bell called Mr. John Wilks, the member for Bosthem to assemble in the chapel ; amongst

ton, moved in the last Parliament, for a whom, we observed, Messrs. J. Burnet, Statement of the Monies paid for Church J. Blackburn, G. Clayton, W. Chapman, Rates, &c. and how expended, which W. Ellis, J. Gunn, J. Hughes, C. S. has been recently laid on the table of the Stewart of the United States, A. Tid.

House of Commons, and is now printed man, J. Yockney, and a large number for the use of members, under the title of of our respected Missionaries.

“Abstract of Returns,showing the amount The Rev. Wm. Clayton the Chaplain, of Monies received and expended by read the Scriptures, and the Rev. Mr. the Churchwardens and Chapelwardens, Elliot of Devizes, offered prayer. The from Easter, 1830, to Easter, 1831.” Rev. Joseph Berry occupied the chair It contains the accounts from 41 Countill the arrival of Sir J. Key, Bart. the ties in England and Wales, each county Lord Mayor, who presided during the is classed by itself. To give the respective recitations of the Greek, Latin, French, amounts under their different heads, is and English speeches, by twenty-three of for general purposes unnecessary; the

totals, however, are important, and are Prizes were then distributed, and his therefore classed together in the followLordship had the pleasure of seeing his ing table, as a species of account cur. own son Mr. J. S. Key, receive a hand- rent, by which it may be seen the amount some volume as a prize for English com

that has been received-the sources from position. Official duties requiring Sir J. which it came, and the manner in which Key to return to London, he expressed, it has been expended :before he left the chair, not only the pleasure he had felt on the occasion, but also

Receipts from his sincere gratitude to the Directors and Tutors of the Institution, for the care Church Rates

• £446,247 12 they had taken of their pupils; and he Estates, &c.

51,919 1 0 could not, as a Christian parent, withhold Mortuary, or Burial Fees 18,216 0 his best thanks for their attention to the Poor Rates

the pupils.

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41,489 17 religious and moral education of their pu- Pews and Sittings

39,382 12 pils, without which, he felt that all their Any other source

66,559 16 other attainments would lose half their value.

Total.... · £663,814 18 The Rev. Dr.J.P. Smith then distributed

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his father urged bim very affectionately Repairs of Churches, &c.£248,125 16 and seriously, to begin in earnest to seek Organs, Bells, &c....... 41,710 15 0 the great salvation. The father of our Books, Wine, &c.

46,337 190 friend had indeed to rejoice that he had Salaries to Clerks, Sex

not laboured or prayed in vain; for in a tons, &c.

126,185 17 O retrospect of that event (when he was Any other purpose

183,521 2 just ten years of age) which he made long

afterwards, the following reflections were £645,883 9 found in his own writing :-" Then, I

trust sincerely and earnestly, and, as well as I can recollect, for the first time,

I poured out my soul to God, beseeching Most of our readers have learned that him to give me an interest in Christ, the above venerable man terminated his and desiring above all things to be found labours, and entered on his eternal rest, in him.” on Tuesday, the 29th of May, in the 80th Having at an early age displayed a paryear of his age. His funeral took place tiality for drawing, he was placed with at Bunhill Fields burial-grourd on Tues- an eminent engraver, and afterwards be. day, June 5, which was attended by came a student in the Royal Academy at a numerous company of ministers and Somerset House. As he advanced toother directors of the Missionary Society wards maturity, he frequently heard with and a large body of church members and deep interest the preaching of the illusprivate friends, who accompanied his sor- trious Whitefield, and the excellent Rorowing family to the grave. The previous maine. To use his own words, he beservice was conducted in the City Road came fond of that sort of preaching Chapel, which was kindly lent for the oc- which was commonly termed methocasion,

dism ; “ my judgment,” he says, The Rev. C. Morris commenced the before informed; but I found it necesfuneral service by reading the Scriptures. sary that my heart should be affected." The Rev. Dr. Winter prayed, and, after At the age of twenty-one he entered singing, delivered the address, which was on business, and the prospect of success characterized by the Doctor's accustomed which speedily opened before him was neat and judicious method; the Rev. highly encouraging; but secular pursuits George Collison offered prayer at the were not accordant with his feelings and grave. The funeral sermon was preach- his wishes. He saw at that period much ed on the following Lord's day morning, in the state of the country generally, and at Fetter Lane, by the Rev. Dr. Fletcher, even of the church of Christ of his from Jude, 21st verse, and, from the pub- own denomination particularly, to excite lished report of that service, we extract anxiety for the moral and spiritual inthe following biographical particulars. terests of men. Some of the descendants

The Rev. George Burder was born of the venerable nonconformists had dein London, on the 5th of June, 1752 ; and, clined from the faith and simplicity of by a remarkable and memorable coinci- their ancestors; and the orthodoxy of dence, the day of his burial was the others was in too many instances cold, eightieth anniversary of his birth. His formal, and unproductive. A society excellent father, Mr, Henry Burder, existed at this time, not unlike the was for many year a much-respected Home Missionary Society of our time member and deacon of the church, Fetter as to its immediate objects and plans ; Lane. His son, George, was sent at the and with this institution he became in. age of about ten years to a grammar. timately connected, and afterwards maschool, where he applied himself with terially promoted its interests. Intent diligence to classical studies. On his on doing good, he seized on all opportubirth-day, when only ten years of age, nities of promoting the best interests of

those to whom he had access. The

payments contained in this co- We now approach the period when he lumn are principally on account of Visi

became a public advocate of the name tations, Fees, and of Travelling and other

which he had long honoured and loved. expenses attendant thereon.

About the age of twenty-four he took a N. B. No balance is struck,which huw- journey into Shropshire, and spent some ever amounts to £17,931, 9s. nor is any time there on his father's estates. By account given of former balances. It is the persuasion of a friend he was induced true the order did not require it, and

to preach the gospel of Christ at the the parties concerned are not disposed to house of one of his father's tenants, in supply more information on such subjects reference to which occasion the following than they are compelled to do.

memorandum was found : “I was much

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