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the Dutch government, but where Paganism and Mahometanisin have again occupied much of the ground, which in that day was wrested from them, is in itself sufficient to stir up the zeal of those who love the name of the Lord Jesus, to efforts far more vigorous than any which have yet been made. And the Committee, moved by the representations of Sir ALEXANDER JOHNSTON respecting the condition of the lower castes in that province, have endeavoured to meet that gentleman's benevolent wishes as far as they were able, by directing as large a proportion of the labours of the Missionaries to be devoted to that province, as could be spared from other stations. By the conquest of the kingdom of Candy, an opportunity is now afforded for the introduction of Christianity into the interior, and though of the fourteen Missionaries at presmint employed in Ceylon, none can at present be spared for that enterprize ; yet, indirectly, the effects of their labours on the coast, are beginning to be felt among the Candians in the interior. “There are,” says Mr. Clough in a receat letter, "a number of young men, country born, acting as Government clerks; who previous to their going up received good under our ministry, and took with them Cingalese Testaments, Tracts, &c. They speak to the natives when they can, and we receive pleasing letters from them occasionally, Some of the natives in the capital have expressed a strong desire to have an English school established there, that their children may be instructed. There are also several soldiers, who met in class with us before they went away, and they are speaking to the natives as well as they can, when they cao get a few words of advice interpreted."

The Wesleyan Mission House and Printing Office, at Columbo, are nearly completed. The Chapel is opened for Dirine worship; and the presses are already employed in giving the Scriptures and useful tracts to the inhabitants so the Cingalese tongue, and other languages spoken in the island. The first conserted priest, Petrus, is usefully employed in revisiog the translations, and occasionally, in preaching ; whilst other priests are under the instruction of the Missionaries; two of whom have been baptized, and occasionally go out with them in their preaching excursions into the country, and exhort their idola.. trous countrymen to turn froin dumb idols to serve the living God. Among the fruits of the Mission is a young man of Dutch descent, master of several of the languages spoken in the island, and who burns with zeal for the cause of Cbrist. He was received as an assistant at the Ceylon Conference, and his case warrants the expectation that a supply of Missionaries may, under God, be raised up from the descendants of Europeans in the island, many of whom are well educated, for the diffusioa of Christianity among the natives.

Nothing in the experience of Missionaries has been found so useful an aux. iliary to the preaching of the Gospel among the heathen as schools, and their efficiency has do wbere been more fully experienced than in Ceylop. By them, the Dutch greatly promoted Christianity in that island; and when they were neglected, its influence declined. The Wesleyan Missionaries have been so convinced of the importance of these institutions, as not only to inerease their labour by undertaking the superintendence or reformation of some of the Government schools, but to press upon the Committce in the most earnest manner for the means of establi-bing others in various places to which they have access, and where a large and constant supply of scholars can be obtained. Among the nominal and half pagan Christians of Ceylon, the education of children will be the means of reviving the knowledge and influence of true Christianity, both of which, among those natives who still process the Christian name, are almost entirely lost; and great advantages will be obtained for communicating the knowledge of true religion to the children of the pagan part of the population, froin the readiness with which many of their parents suffer them to be instructed by the Missionaries, and the school-was. ters they appoint. All the Missionaries agree in their opinion on this subject. "I have been,” says Mr. Carver, “reforming the school at Galle. It contaios about forty fine boys, many of them the sons of Modeliers, or Head-men. We have a good day school here attached to the Mission, which promises much. Many of the Head-men's children come to learn English. We preach to them every Saturday.” Mr. Erskine speaking of the saine scbool, observes, “ There are more than seventy children under our care, to whom we preach every Saturday. Some of them on their coming to our school, although sixteen or seventeen years of age, I have found so ignorant as not to know the difference between good and evil. Nothing of God! nothing of eternity, or of the soul!” “I believe,” says Mr. M'Kenny, “that all the brethren are deeply impressed with the great importance of schools. If we can get schools established through the island, the greatest good will arise from it. But to England we must look for the means of establishing and supplying them.”

The Managing Committee have fully entered into these views, and voted the sum of 300.!. per annum, for the support of schools exclusively; and the Committee for the London District Society beg leave to recommend this object to the special liberality of the friends of religion, and the active zeal of the collectors, whose applications for such a charity they are persuaded cannot be made in vain.

By the last Annual Report of the Executive Committee, it will appear, that at the close of the accounts in June last, the sum of 12,565l. had been contributed by the friends of the Methodist Missions in the preceding eleven months, including the balance of the former year; and it will also appear that the balance in favour of the General Treasurers was 2,705l. 18s. Od. ; but it is now necessary to state, that the outfits of so great a number of Missionaries sent out since that period, and the current expenses of the Missions in general, including considerable grants towards the expenses of the Wesleyan Mission House, Printing Office, and Chapel, in Colombo, and a House and Schoo' in Jaffna, in the island of Ceylon, have not only exhausted this balance, but left the funds jo very considerable arrears.

The Committee having made these statements, now beg leave, with an earnestness for which the importance and pressing nature of the cause of Missions will be a sufficient apology, to urge upon the society, and its friends, the necessity not only of constancy, but of increased activity in a work so eminently and immediately “the work of the Lord.” They acknowledge, with joy and gratitude, the sums above stated, as highly creditable to the pious zeal and benevolence of many places in the London District, and to the activity of the local Committees, Secretaries, and Collectors. They acknowledge with the liveliest feelings, the subscriptions and donations of many persons of other religious denominatio's, whose love to the common cause of Christianity is the only motive which could influence their co-operation and assistance. They wish to pay a just tribute to the unwearied exertions of the Ladies, who in London and other places have so successfully pleaded the cause of the heathen, and so largely aided the Mission Fund; and they hail with joy the Juvenile so ciety for the London East Circuit, as their coadjutors in the work of Christ, and see in the spirit with which the Missionary cause has animated them, ap cncouraging pledge of the permanency of those plans which have been devised for providing those resources without which Missior:aries to the heathen cannot be sent. The Missionary spirit thus excited, bound up with early associations, and connected with the ardent feelings of y:uth, will give its character to the man, and animate and cheer the winter of age. But, with all these causes of gratulation, the Committee conceive that there are places in the District where the plans of the Society might be carried into further operation, and the subscriptions greatly enlarged; and to such places, and to those persons residing in them, by whose iofluence and activity only the measure can be promoted, the Committee would commend the subject to serious attention. Every com-sideration which can excite a mind which loves Christ, which burns with

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For his immortal praise,” is furnished both by the state of the world, and by the state of Missions in general, and of Methodist Missions in particular, to induce those who have actively engaged in the cause already, to perseverance; and fully to win over to their help, those whose aid has hitherto been but partial and occasional.: The prosperous or bopeful state of almost every Mission we have attempted; the abundant opportunities of extending the work in various directions; the premature deaths of Missionaries, martyrs in the cause of benevolence and piety; the new stations in the West India islands, which cannot be filled up until the fund receives new supplies, and where many of the children of E'biopia are stretching out their hands to God and to Briti-b Christians, imploring the light and comforts of the gospel; the important call to minister to the wants of four millions of pagans in the island of Madagascar ; the necessity of sending another Missionary to cheer the solitude, and aid the labours, of Mr. Shaw, now alone among the savages of South Africa ; and finally, the important Mission in Ceylon, where fourteen Missionaries, by preacbing, catechiz-. ing, conducting native schools, and printing the scriptures and useful books, are laying the foundations of a work, which if zealously supported, promises, under the blessing of the God of Missions, to re-erect the temples of Christ, now in ruins through the neglect of Christians, to arrest the devastating progress of Paganism and Mahometanism, now almost triumphant over the feeble remains of Christianity, to re-assert the honour and victories of the cross, and convey the knowledge of God and salvation through an island, the essential principle of whose religion is to deny God, and the almost universal practice to worship devils ;-these are the subjects which the Commitee wish to leave on the minds of the Society; and they pray, that their love to the work of Christ “may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all wisdom, that they may approve the things which are excellent, that they may be sincere and wilhout ojfence to the day of Christ;" when it will appear that they “hare not run in vain, neither laboured in vain."



ANTHONY SENTER was born in Lin- be regretted they were not able to imcoln county, North-Carolina, January prove in the education or such a son. 28, 1785. Died at Georgetown, South- At eighteen years old, he was apCarolina, December 23, 1817, prenticed in the blacksmith's busi

Until eighteen years old he lived ness; and as with his parents he had with his parents, whose circumstan- been remarked for indusery and filiad ves in life necessarily occupied that duty, so with his master: indefatigatime in manual labour, which it is to ble in his business, sober and moral in

his general conduct, be merited and A strong mind, and a benevolent bad the praise of those who knew bim. heart; a single eye, and a steady pur

In our happy country, such a young pose to glorify God; an unwavering man must succeed-So did Anthony faith, fervent love, and burning zealSepter: his trade acquired, and he set these were the exalted attributes of up in business, he soon surmounted the this good man. early difficulties of life, and saw bis While able to labour in the word way direct to ease and affluences and doctrine, he was abundant and inBut wbat was gain to him, he gladly defatigable in the work ; and even counted loss for Christ.

when so impaired by the fatal conWe have do information of his early sumption as scarcely to be able to convictions; por can we say any thing preach at all, still did he travel from of his religious feelings uotil after his circuit to circuit; and as though unestablishmeot in life. The pious walk willing that any thing but death should and godly conversation of one of his separate him from his work, when his neighbours, first led him to examine strength was so exhausted as to renwith restless concern into the nature der him unable to preach, he would at of vital religion, and he became gråd- least assemble the official members of ually convinced that be yet lacked bis charge, and instruct them in their that “ One needful thing."

duty, and encourage them to their It was sometime in the year 1806, at work. a meeting in the Enoree Circuit, that At last even this was denied pleased the Lord to give him an As the veteran soldier retiring from the overwhelming conviction of sin. He field, faint and exhausted by wounds went away from that meeting weep- and fatigue, yet oply now retiring being and praying. On his way home cause he can do no more, so with our (so overwhelmed was he with the beloved brother: anable even for the sense of his lost state) be either alight- smallest labour, and almost dead, he ed or fell from bis horse, and was reluctantly gave up the toil, and refound late in the evening, lying by tired to his house in Georgetown, the road side in the utmost agony, whence, after a few weeks, he was pleading with God for mercy. From taken to the “house not made with this time he gave himself wholly to hands, eternal, in the heavens.” the great concerns of salvation; por The writer of these remarks lived was it long before he found the“ pearl his nearest neighbour, and was daily, of great price”--the forgiveness of intimately, and most affectionately sins. He joined the church--became conversant with him until dealh sepaa class leader, and soon after entered rated them. In his beloved brolber upon the all-important work of the he witnessed the faith of the gospel, ministry.

unshaken in the wreck of nature.His first appointment was to the Reduced to a living skeleton-feeble Great Pee-Dee circuit, A. D. 1809. as a child, and just falling into the In 1810, Bladen circuit. In 1811, grave, his heart could not be separaLittle Peo-Dee circuit. 1812, Bun- ted from the work of God: He still combe circuit. 1813, Sparta circuit. charged himself with its interests, and In 1814 he was stationed in George- felti, cares. Indeed, with death betown. 1815, stationed in Charleston. fore him, and the awful glories of the 1816 and 1817, Presiding Elder of the invisible world just ready to be unfoldBroad-river district.

ed, like Jacob, gathering up bis feet, Of our dear brother Senter we may composed, collected, and without dis: confidently say, that as a man he de- may or dread, he fell asleep. served the respect of all; as a chris

W. C. iian, he was without offence; and as a minister, he was blameless.



FOR JUNE, 1818.



Extracted from the new Edinburgh Encyclopædia.

(Continued from page 169.)

57. TAESE, and a few more particulars of the same kind, occur within the compass of a single page of the evangelical history. The circumstantial manner of the history affords a presumption in its favour, antecedent to all examination into the truth of the circumstances themselves. But it makes a strong addition to the evidence, when we find, that in all the subordinate parts of the main story, the evangelists maintain so great a consistency, with the testimony of other authors, and with all that we can collect from other sources of information, as to the manners and institutions of that period. It is difficult to conceive, in the first instance, how the inventor of a fabricated sto. ry would hazard such a number of circumstances, each of them supplying a point of comparison with other authors, and giving to the inquirer an additional chance of detecting the imposition. And it is still more difficult to believe, that truth should have been so artfully blended with falsehood in the composition of this narrative, particularly as we perceive nothing like a forced introduction of any one circumstance. There appears to be nothing out of place, nothing thrust in with the view of imparting an air of probability to the history. The circumstance upon which we bring the evangelists into comparison with profane authors, is often not intimated in a direct form, but in the form of a slight or distant allusion. There is not the most remote



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