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Mr. Irwin adds, That his ExcelJency Governor Jansens (the Dutch Governor of the Cape) assures him, That the Missionaries may depend on his esteem and assistance.
Mr. Kicherer is employed in preparing a detailed account of his proceedings in Africa, with which we hope to be favoured; and which, we trust, we shall have the pleasure of presenting to our readers in the first Number of our Magazine for the new year.
I have lately received Letters from Moses Baker, in Jamaica (some account of whom appeared in your Magazine for September) and find he was going on with an increasing prospect of success, till he, and all the other Christian negroes, were silenced by the late act, ever since last Christmas. He has sent me Letters, or copies, from several Gentlemen, proprietors of estates, in his neighbourhood, which I have transcribed and inclosed, to shew the prospects he had before the act passed.
I remain yours, &c.
-"In compliance with the last invitation," ," he says, "I went down to Kingston, and got a good man to come up and instruct that gentleman's slaves; but all is stopped. From Christmas-day, I have been prevented preaching, or saying a word to any part of my congregation. From this we can expect nothing but a great falling away of the weaker Christians. The poor destitute flock is left to go astray without a shepherd. Yet, as the Lord has promised he will not forsake us, nor leave us, we have reason to believe, that if God is for us, though all the world be against, us, we will endeavour, by the power of his grace, to hold our profession unto the end; therefore, we cry and crave to God, night and day, for his great mercy and assistance! We trust God will put it in your power to send us assistance, for the
THIS will be presented by Mr. Baker, whom I send in consequence of your request. You will find he will soon eradicate all obeak from your estate, which is one of the many good consequences I have found from his attendance at F
I know of no inconvenience he has been to our property, to counterbalance the substantial benefits we have received.
On his first coming, he shewed me his book, which is an exposition of his principles, and of the doctrines he teaches; which I approved of, as containing sound mo rality; and as I have never found bad customs introduced. I have left Mr. Baker and the negroes entirely to themselves, without any interference, except in the case of matrimony; to which I now require my assent to be given: tho', in this respect, I have never refused it but once. The too great disparagement of ages, and the interference of property, are with me the only reasons of refusing my assent. There are about 100 couple married at F―― and C――
Many of my friends in the outset, as well as the people under me, used their endeavours to persuade me of mischiefs that arose, or were likely to arise from it; and I have to thank my own firmness in resist ing their fears or insinuations. It has been established near eight years, viz. from the 15th of Oct. 1794; and with increasing advantages to the property and the ne
groes. I beg my respects to the enable us to join in making the re
ladies; and am, dear Sir,
your faithful humble Servant,
sidence comfortable to any good man. At all events, I will insure you a salary, and ground to culti vate. Waiting your success,
I am, Sir,
your Friend and Servant,
I FEEL myself much obliged to Mr. for sending you to this estate, to begin your system of instructing my negroes in the Christian religion. Such is my opinion of the use and benefit it will be to the happiness of them, and as well to my interest, that I authorize you to look out for some well qualified person of your persuasion, and to employ him to come and reside here, and teach my negroes the Christian faith: I mean the person to be subject to your doctrine. I shall encourage and support him in pursuing your mode and precepts as I have seen and heard. J. R. of C-estate, will unite with me in this undertaking, so as to
Collected at the Monthly Prayer-Meeting, Miles's Lane . 1 13
Rev. J. Clark and Congregation, at Brigg
Collected at the Rev. C. F. Steinkopfft's church
Handsome Collections have lately been made at several places of worship in London, the particulars of which have not been received.
To the Editor.
SIR, BEING lately present at the exercises of a charity-school, in the west of England, I was much pleased with the method made use of in teaching the children the Holy Scriptures, by the Plan adopted in Dr. Hawker's "Poor Man's Commentary on the Bible;" and, as I conceive, if the same method was more generally practised, it might be useful, I beg leave to communicate it to the religious Public, through the channel of your Magazine. OBSERVER,
The Plan of using Dr. Hawker's "Poor Man's Commentary on the Bible," in Schools or Families.
Three, four, or more of the children are employed at one and the same time, in attention to one chapter. The third and fourth, or more of the children, previously to reading the chapter, look out the references; and either fold down the leaves at the several places, or, (which is far better) put into each place a short piece of paper, for the more readily turning to the texts referred to, instantly on their being quoted.
When this service is finished, the
eldest child gives out the chapter intended to be read; reads the contents of it, as in the Commentary; and then the chapter itself, as it stands in the Bible, all thro'. This being done, the second child then reads the first verse; and if there be any notes or observations upon it, the first child reads what they are, and also tells the chapter and verse referred to at the end of the verse. The third, fourth, and fifth children, according as they have found out the Scriptures referred to, read those Scriptures. When the first verse is finished in this manner, the eldest child gives out the second; and so on the same plan is observed until the whole chapter is finished. After which, the eldest child reads the Reflections on the chapter.
Instruction of Young Men. ABOUT fourteen years ago, Mr. J. T. of Hull, was providentially led to direct his attention to that class of young men who have not been taught to write or read; and are above the age of those who at tend Sunday-Schools. He opened a room for their reception. Their rapid progress in learning gave him great satisfaction; and he was not without proof that his religious in structions had a blessed effect upon their general conduct. They are chiefly from the age of sixteen to twenty-one. Many of them are apprentices; and others are poor labouring youths, who have not had the opportunity of being instructed in early life; but embrace it now with thankfulness. The school is conducted as follows: At nine o'clock, on the Lord's Day morning, the school is opened with singing and prayer; and an hour employed in reading, the young men being divided into classes. At ten the school is closed, that each person may go to what place of worship he chooses. At one o'clock, Mr.T. meets about thirty-five of them, who are be. come truly serious; and after sing ing and prayer, enquires respecting their progress in religion, and how
far they have been enabled to live in the fear of God during the past week. By his speaking to each individual, he has an opportunity of giving advice suitable to their different states. This generally con. tinues an hour, and is concluded as it began. At six in the evening the school is re-opened, and the young men read till seven: some part of the Scriptures are then explained to them, in an easy fami liar manner: after which, a prayer. meeting is held for about half an hour. Four evenings in the week, during winter, they are taught writing and arithmetic, from six to nine o'clock; and on the Wednesday evening, some minister frequently gives them a lecture. There are at present 135 youths in the school; and such is the general plan on which it is conducted. May similar attempts be made in other populous and trading towns!
On the 9th, 10th, and 11th days of August last, a Meeting was held at Reeth, of a Society formed for promoting the Spread of the Gos pel, by Itinerant preaching, in the Four northern Counties of England. Messrs. Graham, Ruston, Kay, Whitefield, and other Ministers, were engaged in the several services of those days. The next Meeting is to be held at Kendal, on the second Wednesday of Aug. 1804. Donations, &c. are received in London, by Mr. Fell, Tavistock Street; and J.Neal, Esq. St. Paul's Church-yard.
A Society for the Distribution of Religious Tracts among the Poor, has been instituted at Kendal: 4000 Tracts have been distributed -A similar Soin the first year. ciety is formed at Haddington, in Scotland.
The labours of the Rev. S. Doug. las, of Chelmsford, Essex, having been blessed in the conversion of several persons in Little Waltham, and its vicinity, there being a pros pect of a serious congregation from some villages adjacent, the people were encouraged to erect a Chapel; and upon its completion, a number
of ministers, and others, assembled, September 15, for the purpose of imploring the divine benediction there. Mr. Craig, of Barking, began the service with prayer; Mr. Stevenson, of Castle Hedingham, delivered the introductory discourse, and then preached to the people from Acts xi. 23; Mr. Morell, of Little Baddow, presented the intercessory prayers; Mr. Frost, of Dunmow, delivered a discourse from Gal. vi. 14; Mr. Corbisley, of Abbot's Roothing, concluded.
SEPT. 20. The Protestant Dissenting Ministers of the Independent denomination, held their Half-yearly Meeting at the Rev. Mr. Mark's, at Weathersfield. Mr. Pritchard, of Braintre:, began the service; Mr. Taylor, of Colchester, prayed; Mr. Frost, of Dunmow, preached from Heb. ii. 10, "It became him," &c.; Mr. Craig, of Bocking, concluded. The next Meeting of the Association is appointed to be holden in May, 1804, at Mr. Pritchard's, Braintree. Mr. Taylor to preach..
SEP. 28. The Rev. T. Roome, late Student of the Rotherham Independent Academy, was ordained to the pastoral charge over the Independent church at Sutton-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, lately under the care of Rev. Mr Kirkpatrick. Mr. Hinkliffe, of Alfreton, introduced the service by reading and prayer ; Mr. Phillips delivered the introductory discourse, and proposed .questions to the church and candi-. date; Mr. Burgess, of Chesterfield, prayed the ordination prayer, which was accompanied with imposition of hands; Dr. Williams gave the charge from Matt. iv. 19; and Mr. Boden, of Sheffield, preached to the people, from I Cor. xvi. 10. There was a respectable and numerous assemblage of ministers and people; the congregation was peculiarly attentive; and it is hoped the impressions then made will be indelible.
THE Tenth General Meeting of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Association, was held Swineshead, according to appointment, Sept. 28, 1803. The chapel
at the above place being too small for the congregation, it became necessary to enlarge it: in quence of which it was opened on the preceding evening, when twe Sermons were preached, by Mr. Lane, from Psalm lxxxvii. 3; and by the Rev. Mr. Smelle, of Great Grimsby, from Sam. xvii. 29. The next day, Mr. Griffith, of Lincoln, engaged in prayer and reading; Mr. Clark, of Brigg, preached in the morning, from Ps. cxviii. 25: after which the sufferings and death of the Great Redeemer were commemorated, In the afternoon, Mr. Newman, of Sleaford, prayed; Mr. White, of Mablethorpe, preached from Ps. lxxxiv. 10; and Mr. Smelle concluded. In the evening, Mr. Lane prayed; Messrs. Bean and Grif fiths preached from Ps. cxxii. 1, and Gal. i. 8; and Mr.Thompson, of Guyhern, concluded. These services were well and seriously attended. The next Meeting is appointed to be at Lincoln, on the second Wednesday in April, 1804Messrs. M. and R. Thompson to preach on that occasion.
Ocr. 6- The Union of Christi ans, formed at Bedford, held their Autumnal Meeting at Newport Pagnel. In the public worship at Mr. Bull's meeting house, in the forenoon Mr. Sutcliff, of Olney, and Mr. Morris, of Dunstable, engaged in prayer; and Mr. Morell, of St. Neots, preached from Psalm cxxii. 7. In the afternoon, the friends who had assembled, discussed a practical subject, appointed at a former meeting of this kind. In the evening, Mr. Hennell, of Wolleston, engaged in prayer; and Mr. Hillyard, of Bedford, preached from Prov. ix. 1-6.
OCT. 12. The Rev. Dr. Patoun, late of Collinsburgh, was set apart gregation in St. Andrew's Street to the pastoral charge of the conChapel, Aberdeen. An appropriate sermon was preached by Mr. J. Hartley, of Dundee, from Jchn xviii. 36. My kingdom is not of this world ;" and a selemn charge given to Dr. Patoun, and the church.
THE Rev. William Graham, who has itinerated in Cumberland, under the patronage of the Itinerant Society, since the spring of 1802, having received an unanimous call from the Independent church at Darlington, Durham, was ordained to that charge, Oct. 26. On this occasion Mr. C. Whitefield preached the introductory discourse, from Acts xiv. 23; Mr. Kay proposed the questions'; Mr. Graham delivered his confession, and the church recognized their call; Mr. Caruson offered up the ordination prayer, with laying on of hands; Mr. Hill gave the charge, from 1 Pet, v. 2, 3, 4; and Mr. Cook concluded with prayer. The second service began at seven in the evening, when Mr. Kay prayed; Mr. Cook preached, from Rev. iii. 19. last clause; Mr. Arundel gave an exhortation to the congregation; and Mr. Whitefield concluded with prayer. The house built last year, and opened at the beginning of this, was crowded, and the congregation attentive and devout.
Nov. 8, was opened a new chapel at Godimanchester, near Huntingdon, where the gospel is not known to have ever been statedly preached. At various periods, occasional efforts had been made by Evangeli Cal Clergymen, and Dissenting and Methodist Ministers; and these were revived, within a few years past, chiefly by Members of the Union of Christians, formed at Bedford. Encouraged by their assistance, some respectable inhabitants of Godmanchester exerted them selves to erect a commodious place of worship; the foundation of which was formed from the materials of a church steeple, lately
standing in Huntingdon; and the superstructure from those of a building, originally designed for a playhouse, near Yaxley barracks. The public services, at the opening, commenced with reading the Scriptures and prayer, by Mr. Hillyard, of Bedford; Messrs. Toller and Fuller, of Kettering, preached in the forenoon; and Mr. Hall, of Cambridge, in the evening; Mess. Morell, of St. Neots; Greatheed, of Newport Pagnel; Chaplin, of Bishop's Stortford; and Fearey, of Bluntisham, engaged in prayer. Notwithstanding the unfavourableness of weather, the attendance was greatly crowded; as it was also on the following Lord's Day, when the stated ministry of the gospel at this place, was introduced by Mr. Greatheed, and Mr. Smith, a stu dent of Mr. Bull's academy, at Newport Pagnel, who has engaged to preach at Godmanchester, and several places in the neighbour. hood, till Christmas, as an itiner ant, under the direction of the Bedford Union.
Nov. 9, was opened at Leicester, a commodious chapel, intended for the use of the Independent congre. gation, under the care of the Rev. Mr. Mitchell. In the forenoon the service was introduced by suitable portions of Scripture, and a short appropriate prayer, by Mr. Jacombe, of Leicester; the general prayer was then offered by Mr. Davis, of Wigston: after which a Sermon, adapted for the occasion, was preached by Mr. Moody, of War. wick, who also preached in the even ing. Notwithstanding the extreme unfavourableness of the weather, a considerable number of hearers attended the solemn services.