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Mr. Irwin adds, That his Excellency 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.
JAMAICA. To the Editor.
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 Gentle. men, 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 obeah from your estate, which is one of the found from his attendance at F——. many good consequences I have 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 morality; 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 resisting 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 reladies; and am, dear Sir, sidence comfortable to any good man. At all events, I will insure you a salary, and ground to cultivate. Waiting your success,
your faithful humble Servant,
To Mr. Baker.
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
I am, Sir,
your Friend and Servant,
To Mr. Baker.
Sept. 5, 1802
I AM SO well pleased with the manner you this day used to instruct my negroes in the principles of religion, that I must request you to continue your pious endea vours to convert them to Christianity. In conformity to this my request, I desire that my overseer, and all the white people employed on my estate, shall countenance your proceedings therein; and by no means attempt to hinder or molest you, or by any means whatattending you, ever, keep back my negroes from
Yours, R. H.
Collected at the Monthly Prayer-Meeting, Miles's Lane £. 1 13
Collected at the Rev. C. F. Steinkopfft's church
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Handsome Collections have lately been made at several places of worship in London, the particulars of which have not been received.
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, previoudy 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 being quoted. texts referred to, instantly on their
When this servicnic
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.
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 dif ferent 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 prayermeeting 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 po pulous and trading towns!
of August last, a Meeting was held ON the 9th, 10th, and 11th days promoting the Spread of the Gos at Reeth, of a Society formed for at-pel, by Itinerant preaching, in the Four northern Counties of England. Messrs. Graham, Ruston, Kay, Whitefield, and other Ministers, vices of those days. The next were engaged in the several serMeeting 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.
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 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 become truly serious; and after sing ing and prayer, enquires respecting their progress in religion, and how
of ministers, and others, assembled, September 15, for the purpose of imploring the divine benediction there. Mr. Craig, of Barking, be'gan 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 in. tercessory prayers; Mr. Frost, of Dunmow, delivered a discourse from Gal. vi. 14; Mr. Corbisley, of Abbot's Roothing, concluded.
SEPT. 20. The Protestant Dis. senting 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 candidate; 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 1 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
THE Tenth General Meeting of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Association, was held at 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 consequence of which it was opened on the preceding evening, when twe Sermons were preached, by Mr. Lane, from Psalin 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 ReIn deemer were commemorated, the afternoon, Mr. Newman, of Sleaford, prayed; Mr. White, of Mablethorpe, preached from Ps. xxxiv. 10; and Mr. Smelle con
In the evening, Mr. Lane prayed; Messrs. Bean and Griffiths preached from Ps. cxxii. 1, and Gal. i. 8; and Mr. Thompson of Guyhern, concluded. 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.
OCT. 6- The Union of Christians, 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 Evangelical 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 unfavourable. ness 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 itinerant, under the direction of the Bedford Union.
Nov. 9, was opened at Leicester, a commodious chapel, intended for the use of the Independent congregation, 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 Warwick, who also preached in the evening. Notwithstanding the extreme unfavourableness of the weather, a considerable number of hearers attended the solemn services.