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they were deisrous, by their day we celebrated the Lord's walk and conversation, to show Supper, when I discoursed on forth the power of Jesus Christ, Rom. viii. 31-34, and there was in whom they believed ; deter- | much life perceivable among us. mined, henceforth, not to live Our new brethren and sisters unto sin, but unto him.
from among the heathen, parThe solemn service vas be: | took of the sacred emblems gun by reading the 52d, 53d, with us, and we, through grace, 54th, and 55th chapters of Isa- felt perfectly united with them. iah. We then sang the 3d part | The hymn was Psalm lxviii. 10. of Psalm cxviii. The Sermon, During the celebration of the which was on Rom. vi. 1-4, ordinance, the High-Priestlyconcluded with a short address. prayer of our Lord, in John xvii. After which Psal. Ixxii. ver. 7 to with part of John vi. and Isaiah the end, was sung. When the lv. assisted our devotion. first of these candidates for holy The conversion of these poor Baptism kneeled down, we sang heathen was scarcely so surprisPsal. lxxii. ver. 5. At the kneel. ing to us, as the cordial union of ing down of the second, we joined so many Christians with us in in that verse of the, Evening these exercises, though so con Hymn--" Were we found sprink, trary to their former customs led with thy blood," &c. The and prejudices. But he who third kneeled down under the has the hearts of all men in his last verse of the same Hymn: hand, convinced us that nothing and the fourth under the words is too hard for him, and caused - Come Jesus make my sins them not only not to oppose our 6 to vanish." These verses were proceedings, but to manifest the sung while they were on their spirit of brotherly love.* knees, in order to receive the covenant seal of Baptism, the Minister laying his hands on Dutch Colonists differ much in their
* Mr. K. informs us, that the their heads. The Ordinance
moral character, and in their dispohaving been administered, the sition towards the Missionary cause. Apostolic benediction was pro-" The more moral and serious,” said nounced over each of them, | he, “ gave me every assistance in singly. The following Chris
“ their power, and I can never be
“ sufficiently thankful for it. Those tians were witnesses of the sa
« who opposed us were generally cred transaction : J. Scholtz, C. « uncivilized and ungodly men, who Botma, Stephen Botma, Gerrit - were led astray, by our enemies, Maritz, and John Van de Wer “ and pretended to suspect me of huisen. Service being over, we
os political views. The better sort of had a Love-Feast together with “ the Settlers instruct their Hotten
"tots and their Slaves, and through our new brethren and sisters, be
" their instrumentality, some have ing desirous to intimate that all « been savingly converted. But the distinction which had before “ those Farmers who are notoriously subsisted between them and us « wicked, are afraid that the heathen was now at an end, and that we
" will become too wise by instrucshould consider one another as
« tion, and so reprove them for their
16 wicked works." members of Christ, supported
It may here be observed, that the by the same spiritual food. Hottentots are not slaves; they receive
In the evening of the same wages for their labor, more or less,
After the Baptismal service, s among these people, by me, his I went round, and shook hands poor unprofitable servant; and with each of them, in the name how my eyes now beheld that of Jesus, to bid them welcome happy time for which I had into his Church, as my dearly longed so mạch, for which I had beloved friends. All the Chris- so repeatedly and fervently praytians present, joined in expres- ed. Things that once seemed sions congratulatory, and full of to me next to impossible, were tender affection ; the women now realized. I was overwhel, embracing their sisters, and cry- med with wonder and gratitude ing out“ God is performing while we were singing Psalm 6 wonders, in these days, in this lxxii. 5. “ The desolate nation “ dry desart! Ah! what times “ shall kneel before thee." “ do we live in ! How great is (Dutch Version) I was constrain“ the Lord's loving-kindness, ed to cry—“ Yes, thou God of « who reveals himself to such “ truth, this thou hast shewn to “ poor blind creatures !” Every“ us, and art still shewing to us. one present was strongly affect-“ Here are the desolate people ed ; and the Lord himself was before thee, to make a tender surely in the midst of us. As“ of their hearts, surrendering to my own feelings I cannot “ themselves for ever to thee, express them. My thoughts, on“ O King Jesus, who hast shed this occasion, were too many to be counted. I could do nothing
| The Boschemen are rarely without but weep, or speak broken words
a Chief, who is generally the most of love and praise, when I con- cunning or the most daring among sidered what the Lord had done his Banditti. His merit lies in being
the most bloody murderer among as they live near the Cape or farther his gang, whom he never punishes distant, or as laborers happen to be for their crimes; but if a man has scárce, or the work heavy. Near let slip a favorable opportunity of the Cape, they get from five to eight killing a Farmer or a Hortentot, the Rix dollars for one journey to Cape Chief is sure to call him to an acTown ; in the back Settlements, from count. In support of his authority, six to eight sheep per year. Most he is sometimes obliged to fight with Hottentots hire themselves out for a his own people ; who kill him withyear ; but the Colonists, under vari- out being punished, except by the re. ous pretences, attempt to keep them lations of the deceased, who are strict. beyond their time, if they stand in ly “ the avengers of blood,” and who need of them. Severe floggings are pursue the murderer through rivers given on such occasions by unjust and over mountains till they find masters; but, on the other hand, him. some of the Hottentots are so rude A circumstance, descriptive of their and refractory, that they deserve very cruelty to their children, which was severe correction.
omitted in its proper place, may be Few, among the smaller hordes of here inserted. Mr. Kicherer says, Hottentots, have any Chief. If there " A little while before I left the Great be a Captain, his power is regulated « River, I saved the life of a boy, by his personal strength. He may “ fifteen years old, whom the Coranfog a man who is weaker than him." nas were going to drown." But he self ; but he is content merely to adds—“ Enough of this ; my soul scowl at a stronger rebel or malefac- “ shudders at the recollection of all tor. They have no laws, but every " these scenes of inhumanity, owing Chief follows the dictates of his owo" to the ignorance of these wretched will.
« thy blood for them, as a ran- | ing to behold the whole congres « som for their sins. O my God, gation, immediately after ser“ who didst say to me, Go out vice, dispersing over the fields « from thy country and thy fam- and hills, in order to meditate « ily into a land which I shall and pray over what they had « shew thee, eternal thanks be heard and enjoyed. I give them " to thee from the bottom of the example, and they all follow € my heart. Thou hast shewn me. Wherever I go, I meet « great faithfulness to me thy with stragglers, engaged in soli« servant, and my eyes have seen tary meditation, or lying on the « thy salvation. Thou hast trans- ground, behind the bushes, or < formed the wilderness into a between the clefts of rocks, pour
fruitful field, and the dry placing out their souls to God in « es into pools of water. Ac- prayer. « complish thy promises, that On the Lord's day no attention “ the enemies of thy cross may is paid to worldly business: from “ see, that Jehovah's wonder- morning to evening, the whole « working hand hath done this. time is employed in religious " Gird'me and all thy servants exercises, public or private. No 16 with strength to combat the old | victuals is dressed till after the « Dragon and his power, to take last public service; nor are any 66 the spoil from the strong, prov- persons seen loitering about ; cing more than conquerors. the people of the settlement have « O thou great Fore-runner, but one business on that day, and « bless our poor services, and ex- that business is the service of “ ert thy power still more and God. " more, for we expect greater On the 25th of December, « things than these; Come Lord 1802, we had another Baptismal « Jesus, Amen."
Solemnity. On the 22d, a numWhen leaving the Chapel, it ber of Christians and Heathens was pleasing to observe, how the arrived from various parts, to poor Hottentots congratulated witness the pleasing transaction ; the new brethren and sisters ; and we rejoiced together under and how they encouraged them the influence of Divine Grace to live henceforth entirely to the and Christian affection. Lord Jesus Christ. One, in par- On the 24th all the Adults, ticular, embracing his newly who were to be baptized, namely, baptized friend, exclaimed, four men and twelve women, “ Ah! my dear brother, let go made their confession of faith, “ the world and its allurements ;) to the astonishment and confu“ they are crucified to thee by sion of many Christians, as they " the death of Christ ; live and frankly owned. After this, some o suffer henceforth for him, questions were put to the chil“ keeping in remembrance your dren, which they answered ex“ vows, and the holy Tri-une ceedingly well. Among others 6 God will make good his prom- a little girl, between eight and "s ises to you ; now you have nine years old, spoke for half an 6s nothing to do but to ask, and hour, without intermission, and 65 he will give you all you want.” | with great propriety. This con
At the close of this, as on all | fession took up eight hours and sacred days, it was truly affect- a half. It was introduced by
singing the 98th Psalm ; and ( London, on the best means to be the attention of the congregation adopted in future. But the was relieved by verses, inter- greater part of the people who spersed, of the Hymn—“O Zi-| had continued with me from the “on's King, God's only Son,” | beginning, came to me daily, ex&c.*
pressing their earnest desire of On the next day, at ten o'clock, receiving this token of the Covethe solemn service began. The nant, for, they said, they also Christians vied with each other, wished to be the servants of Je. in offering to stand witnesses to sus, declaring that they saw no the Baptism of the children of other way of escaping from the this new congregation. I preach- wrath to come, but by the vicaed on Rom. v. 1, 2, concluding rious sacrifice of the Son of God. with an appropriate address, in Having selected from among which I called on the adults to them such as appeared to me put off the old man, or the cor- | most fit to receive this seal of rupt principles of their sinful na- Covenant love, I baptized, on the ture, and to put on the Lord Je- 15th of January, 1803, three sus. The sacrament of Baptism men, seven women, and twentywas then administered, first to four of their children. The joy the adults, and next to the chil- / was great and sincere. Those dren, (twenty-seven in number) | who had formerly been baptized, the fathers holding them on their were exhorted to reconsider knees, and the mothers bringing their obligations, as well as their their babes in their arms. We privileges. This took place only then sang our favorite Hymn- two days before my departure “ O Zion's King, &c.” In the from Zak River, so that we had evening we sat down to a Love- not opportunity of rendering it feast, and afterwards to the Ho- so public, or so solemn, as in ly Communion. I concluded the the former instances ; nevertheday by preaching on Rom. viii. less, the impression it left on all 1, 2. It was a blessed season, minds was very deep and desirour young Christians joining able. Thus I left eighty-three with us in brotherly fellowship, baptized Heathen at the Settleand partaking in our blessings. ment, the whole population beI was much fatigued, but the ing about six hundred.So far Lord strengthened me.
the Dutch Account. It was my intention not to In the course of the year 1802, baptize any more persons, till I I had an agreeable visit from should return from Europe ; for Brother John Kock, who, with I had now resolved upon going three of his Bootsuannas, (one thither, partiy for the sake of my of them a Chief, called Perry) drooping health, partly on ac and their families, had travelled count of some important domes- to Cape Town. John Kock retic concerns, and also with a lated a fact, which is certainly view of consulting the Directors remarkable. He preached to of the Missionary Society in the natives, (who are a more in
telligent race of men than the * See a Translation of this Hymn,
Hottentots) the leading doctrines from the Dutch, in the Evangelical of the Christian faith ; but, for Magazine for December, 1803. | some time, to no visible purpose. But on a certain night, which I took leave of my dear affectionwas very rainy, a Bootsuanna ate people at Zak River,* and being in the fields, and not suc. proceeded to Cape Town, in orceeding in making a fire, by the der to take my passage for Euusual method of rubbing two rope. After trying in vain, for sticks together, it came into his some time, to procure a passage mind that he would pray to, Je-l in a Dutch vessel, I was obliged, sus, whom he had heard could at last, to go on board a Dane. answer the petitions of his peo- On the south of the Equinoctial, ple; when, to his great sur-| the wind was generally favoraprise, the very next attempt pro- ble ; but after we had crossed it, ved successful. This singular we met with adverse winds circumstance impressed his which took us far out of our mind, and induced him to be- proper course. At length, we come more attentive to the spoke with a ship, which compreaching of the Gospel ; he be-municated to us the distressing gan to discover the necessity of news that the war had again experimental religion, and there broken out; in consequence of was reason to hope that the this information we steered round spark which was kindled in his Scotland, towards Norway, where mind would never be extinguish- we made a harbor, in which we ed. Oh, the condescending love were glad to find a shelter from of God to poor blind creatures! the very heavy gales. From
Perry conceived a strong affection for me, and asked a num
* Mr. K.'s parting was very affect. ber of pertinent questions, such in
s, such | ing. The poor people wept bitterly. as, Whether the baptismal wa-They laid hold on his hands and said ter differed in its nature from they could not let him go. They said that of the rivers of Caffraria ? | they would pray to God to bring him Whether Jesus was the Saviour
back soon ; they thought they should of Caffres as well as of Hotten
die if he did not return. They ex
pressed their apprehension that it was tots? How he could be God and
on account of their guilt, and because man at the same time ! He they had not sufficiently prized the pressed me hard to go with him ministry of the Gospel, that they to his own country, promising must be deprived of it. A gentleman that he would prepare every
who saw thein after Mr. K's departthing for my reception, and as
ure said that no person must now
mention his name to them, and that suring me that he should esteem
if any one happened to do so they that day the happiest of his life would be extremely affected and when he should see me arrive at weep much. his Kraal. He even offered to
Mr. K. left the congregation under go with me over the Great Wa
the care of Mr. Botman, a worthy pious man, a native who had been a
Farmer. But being determined to About the same time, I en
devote himself to the service of Christ joyed an agreeable visit from and souls, he had sold all his goods Brother Anderson, who inform- and become a preacher of the Gospel. ed me that every thing went on Mr. K. left them with the assurwell at the Great River, and that ance that he would return to them, if the work of the Lord prospered
possible, in the course of a year, or
little more. He left London, Dec. much in those parts.
21, for Holland, expecting a passage · On the 17th of January, 1803,1 from thence to the Cape very shortly. Vol. V. No, 12.