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by them; so that, as we at first found Good Hope having reverted into the them, they seem to remain gross possession of the British government, idolaters, enemies to God by wicked a more direct and powerful sanction works, without God, without Christ, would be given to the exertions of and without hope : yet it must be con. our missionaries among the African fessed, that very many of them have heathen ; and that our intercourse obtained a very considerable, though, as with them would be facilitated. The yet, unsanctified, knowledge of the doc. hopes of the Directors have been tultrines of Christianity."
ly realized ; and the information froia From this observation, connected the several missionary stations in that with that which our judicious friend country have been very ample and Mr. Marsden made, when he convers satisfactory. ed with some of the natives who occa It will be recollected, that just be. sionally visited New South Wales, fore the recapture of the Cape by our and which was mentioned in the last brave countrymen, the opposition of annual report, we cannot but think a many ill disposed persons to the mis. pleasing ray of light penetrates the sious had risen to a great height; gloom which has long covered Ota and the brethren Vanderkemp and heite. We cannot but hope, that Read were apprehensive that they when a number of poor heathens, should be obliged to relinquisid their born and educated in total ignorance work, and withdraw from the colony. of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ They had been summoned to the our Saviour, “obtain a considerable Cape, where they had vindicated knowledge of the doctrines of Chris their conduct to the satisfaction of the tianity,” the seed of life may be con Dutch governor; yet so malignant sidered as already sown, and a just were their enemies, that be recomexpectation indulged, that the har. mended it to the missionaries to susvest will one day bless the eyes of the pead their return to Bethelsdorp to a labourers and of the Society.
more favourable opportunity. Mr. Marsden's observation derives That opportunity was unexpectedly additional confirmation from another afforded by the capture of Cape Town, circumstance. In the course of the which was no sooner effected, than last year, two young men, one a na the general, Sir David Baird, sent tive of Owhyhee, and the other a na. for Dr. Vanderkemp, whom he re. tive of Otaheite, were brought to
ceived in the most cordial manner, England by the captain of a ship, for and even consulted him upon the the purpose of assisting to navigate proper treatment of the Hottentot it, but who were, soon after their ar prisoners of war. Shortly after, full rival, totally deserted by the captain permission was granted to resume and owners of the vessel, By the the care of the congregation at Bethhumane interference of Sir Joseph elsdorp, where the doctor arrived on Banks, they were rescued from de. the 21st of March, 1806. Brother struction, and recommended to the Read, who was desired by Sir David care of the Directors, who instantly Baird to return by sea, was preserv, took thein under their protection. ed from the most imminent danger of By such conversation as various per- being shipwrecked on the coast of Sons were enabled to hold with them, Castrarja ; but had the happiness of it was plainly perceived that the na reaching the settlement in safety, and tive of Otaheite, who well knew the finding it in a flourishing state ; the missionaries there, and had worked Lord having blessed the labours of for them as a labourer, had received the brethren Ullbricht, Tromp, and some knowledge of the great subjects Erasmus Smith, in their absence ; of revelation, and expressed, in a Mrs. Smith also, who formerly lived forcible manner, what we doubt not is at Rodezand, and who bad devoted the common sentiment of the inhabit. herself to the instruction of the ants, “that they were very good heathen, having become a very great men-men of Goci."
blessing to the institution. Brother Read was received by the congrega
tion with universal joy and thankful. It was suggested in the last; Re. ness, the poor Hottentots expressing, port, that the colony of the Cape of by their acclamations and caresses,
how much they prized the word of to leave it on account of the exces. Gfe, and this beloved minister of it.* sire drought which had prevailed for
In addition to the protection and a long time ; and which rendered sanction now afforded to this mission the support of their cattle impossiby the English government, their ble. On the eighth of October, he privileges have been augmented by and his companions reached the setthe spontaneous permission of the tlement, and immediately repaired to Landrost to plough and sow, for the their little church, to offer up their present year, an excellent piece of devout acknowledgments. In a few ground belonging to government. days, they had another occasion of
Such was the pleasing state of thanksgiving, on account of the coBethelsdorp, according to the last pious showers which renewed the accounts received ; and such was the face of the earth; a blessing which attacbment of our worthy brother they had not experienced during Vanderkemp to the people, that when three preceding years. They susbe received a proposal from the di- tained, however, a heavy loss, a great rectors to remove from thence, in number of sheep being stolen by the case his further services in Africa Boschemen. At the close of the should be prevented by the violence year the settlement consisted but of of opposition, and to devote his tal. about one hundred persons ; in the ents to the establishment of a mis. school were thirty one children, and sion in China, he replied, “ I am eleven adults. con vinced that God has called me to do bis work in the place of my pres.
THE CORANNAS, ent residence, and that it is my duty
At the Great Orange River. to continue in that station till it shall
In the last report of the directors please him to call me out of it as evi. it was noticed that no letter had then dently as he called me into it.”
been received from the brethren An
derson and Kramer, respecting their ZAK RIVER.
mission among the Corannas on the Communications have been receiv. Orange River; but that from doctor ed during the past year from Mr. Vanderkemp's letter, it was underKicherer, concerning the settlement stood that' “ their labours were at Zak River. When upon his jour. blessed in an extraordinary degree.” ney to it from the Cape, in the month Since that period, however, very full of September, 1805, he was met by and pleasing information has arrived brother Botma, to whom the care of from Mr. Anderson, who was sum. the congregation had been committed moned to the Cape by the late Dutch when Mr. Kicherer left it to visit government, with the other missionEurope ; and who informed him that aries. Many of the people had been obliged It appears from the journal, that
these brethren, finding the ill effects • "We found, to our joy, the work of of removing from place to place, de. converting grace going on prosperousty; termined on fixing themselves, with and we admired the success with which as many of the natives as were dis. that exemplary sister, Smith, had set posed to abide with them, in a stated up a school, in which Hottentot children residence. This, with some difficul. are instræcted to knit stockings, &c. She ty was effected in the year 1804. In is universally respected and beloved by the months of March and April the all our people. Besides her conversation people were severely visited with the with the females, who seem to be con. small pox; and Mr. Anderson him. cerned about their souls, she keeps self was dangerously ill with a bilious weekly meeting with our baptized sis. fever, without any person at hand to ters; and instructs them, by way of afford him medical assistance. He Satechising, in the practical, as well as determined to send some messengers doctrinal, truths of the religion of to the brethren who were labouring Christ.”
among the Briquas ; some of whom [Letter from Dr. Vanderkemp, were, at that very instant, on the July 10, 1806.
road to visit him, and were met by
the messengers balf way. When school room, which is about a third they arrived they found him delirious, of their whole number, most of wbom and in a very dangerous state ; but attend in rotation ; about 84 of those by the blessing of God on the meth- who dwell sufficiently near them re. oils used by brother Koster, who is ceive daily instruction, and are possessed of some medical skill, and taught to read; but the missionaries the kind attention of the brethren were forbidden by government to Jansen and Vanderlingen, with their teach them to write, without special wives, he was speedily restored. orders. It was their intention, 25 Soon after which, the Landrost of soon as possible, to form those, who Tulbary paid him a visit, and treated appear to be truly converted, into a him with such respect, that from that church, baving reason to hope that time the people behated far better more than 30 persons were fit for that than before, and the settlement as
purpose. sumed a far more promising aspect. The general support of the people, They now proceeded to build a house, it seems, is scanty, their principal de forty six feet by sixteen, and after- pendence being on the chase ; but, wards another. The number of by the laudable efforts of the mispersons collected at this place is 784 ; sionaries among them, they will now and as they are about 31 days' jour- have an opportunity of further supney from the Cape, though but about plies from their gardens, corn fields, five from the Briquas, they would and tobacco, which they may cultihave no means of grace were it not vate, if they are but industrious, and for this station. The brethren be- exchange them among the Briquas gan, about September, 1805, to form and Namacquas for cattle and sheep. them into a state of order, and to in They had occasionally been an. troduce among them the arts of ag- noved by a destructive insect called riculture, in which they succeeded a Tortoise, whose bite poisons every beyond their expectation, but by no plant it touches. At one time, a means equal to their wishes; for the vast body of locusts passed near their situation is, on many accounts, un settlement about noon, by which the friendly to such pursuits, as there is sky was rendered as dark for about but little rain, except thunder show an hour as if the sun bad been eclips. ers at the latter end of the summer, ed, and the noise of their wings rewhich are generally partial. They sembled that of a mighty wind. are obliged therefore 10 ccntent They shot, in the course of a single themselves with the production of a year, fourteen lions, four tigers, and few vegetables and corn for their several wolves. For the sake of les. own use, relying chiefly on their cat. Sening the expense of the Society, tle and sheep.
they purchased, when at the Cape, a The brethren Anderson and Kra- quantity of beads, to be exchanged mer have now been labouring among for elephants' teeth ; but they are the poor Africans in that quarter, for aware of the danger of losing sight of about 6 years ; and have practised their great object by engaging in much self denial in that course of concerns of a worldly nature, and time. They have apologized to the therefore crave such assistance from directors for not writing more fre- the Society as may be necessary. In quently, by saying, that they were a word, they appear to be much own. not willing, on uncertain grounds, to ed of the Lord in their work ; "I do, elevate the hopes of the Society tno not think,” says Mr. Anderson, “I much; but they now rejoice that have laboured in vain : many cir. they have not waited in vain. They cumstances have occurred to estab. have laboured to correct the impo. lish my mind that I am in the place ralities practised among the Coran. where the Lord Jesus would have me nas, particularly their polygamy, and to be. I preach the gospel with more to introduce among them such regu- deliglit and liberty, although in a for. lations as to marriage as are adopted eign language, than ever I did in my in Christian countries. They have native tongue, and would not exsometimes about 250 persons at a change my mission for any in Africa." time, to bear the gospel, in the
To be continued.
Mar. 21. We are much concern. The following Extracts are from No. ed respecting the state of the mission. XŅI. of the
Periodical Accounts rela. Every inquirer that we have had for tive to the Baptist Missionary Socie some time past has left us in a clan. ty, published May, 1807, from the destine manne:.
M. Fournals of Messrs. Marshman, Mar. 28. The 'extensive premises Ward, and Mardon.
to the east of ours have been on sale
some time. They are walled round, Dec. 1, 1804. We learn that Sa. and have many buildings upon them. dutsa, brother to Boodwysa, is gone The mission consists now of ten dis. to live in the Sunderbunds, amidst the tinct families, including in the whole tigers, as a kind of ascetic, pretend. eighteen adults, and fourteen child. ing that he is proof against all the ren. Looking forward seven or ten attacks of wild beasts. Poor deludecl, years, we shall probably be much unhappy mortal! He will probably more numerous, and require more soon fall a prey to his own deception. room. On these considerations we To what will not pride urge a man! have consulted about purchasing Amidst these distressing circum- these premises. Several friends have stances we hear from Futteck, who strongly advised it ; but we have not has been treated with much severity a rupee to spare. After consulting by the little tyrant of the village however with all our brethren, who where he lives. I hear he has tied are unanimous on the subject, one of bim :-p, and fed him with cow dung: us went to the auction, and purchasRamkanta and Kanaee, who brought ed the whole for 14,200 rupees. It the intelligence, say, that had not a seems strange for missionaries to domestic misfortune thrown their have so many secular affairs to trans. persecutors into confusion, they act. How different is our employwould probably have been treated ment from that of Brainerd and oth. much worse.
M. ers! Yet is it not necessary to the At the close of 1804, they speak of object we have in view ? I somehaving baptised seventeen during the times examine myselt on this head. Fear; and though several had given Ah, were it neglected, how soon them pain, yet Mr. Carey, in a letter would the name of God be blasphemdated Dec. 12, conceives the church, ed! How soon would all our missionnotwithstanding their various disap- ary efforts, printing, schools, &c. &c. · pointments from individuals, to be be stopped! How soon should we upon the whole in a more promising with our families be compelled to restate than it had been at any former turn to England; unless indeed a period.
few of us were detained in prison as Jan. 1, 1805. A plan for a new place hostages for debt! These consideraof worship at Calcutta having been ag. tions convince me that in pouring in. itated, a meeting was this day held on structions on the mind of a child, or the subject, and subscriptions began. balancing an account, I am as really We do not wish to contine it to our employed in the cause of God, as selves. The cause of God ought to when assisting in the translation of be, and I trust is, oar grand object. the word, or preaching to the heathen 4800 rupees were subscribed at this the unsearchable riches of Christ. meeting. M.
M. Feb. 12. Mohun, Golook's hus. Apr. 7. Mohun, Golook's hus. band, who has been a good deal at band, has been some months with Serampore lately, has proposed him. Krishno, and has appeared to lend a self for baptism, and talks much of favourable eat to the gospel. Indeed bis sin in opposing the religion of he has publicly declared among Mr. Christ. He says he did not know Rolt's workmen (whose servant he that there was any thing really good has been for many years) that he will in the gospel; but having been here renounce hindooism, and embrace some time, he is convinced there is the gospel. His father-in-law, and a reality and an excellency in it. our other brethren, whom we consult
ry occasion of this nature, hava Vol. III, No. 6.
a favourable opinion of him. We ernor he was a worthy character. had a meeting before breakfast this His mind had been cultivated by • morning for humbling ourselves be. liberal education, and his sentiments fore God, on account of the deadness were noble and enlarged. He rever. of the cause amongst us. After this, ed a good man, and despised modern Muhun, having previously made pro- infidelity.
M. fession of his faith in Christ, was May 19. About eight o'clock this baptized in the river. He acknowle morning Governor Bie was buried by edged his sin in his former violent brother Carey. We all attended, and opposition to the gospel, but said he so did almost all the Europeans in did it in ignorance. His account of the settlement. Minule guns were, a change of mind was, upon the fired, and several vollies discharged whole, pleasing and satisfactory; and over the grave. All the poor natives if it be what it at present appears to lament his death, and say, “Never be, it is amongst the wonders of shall we see another such a master !" grace. Instead of his compelling
W. Golook to be an idolater, he himself June 1. This evening Caleb Hi. is constrained to become a Christian! rons and Kangalee gave in their
exAfter Bengalee worship, a native perience, and were accepted. Poor came to one of us, and with tears Kangalee spoke with many tears. talked of what he had been hearing. He lives at Cutwa, where another or This day has been a kind of refreshe two gave brother Chamberlain some ing after the many disappointments hope. They seem to be the fruit of we have lately experienced. Oh that Bydenaut's labours in that neighwe may walk worthy ! W. & M. bourhood.
W. Apr. 11.
We have had consider Kangalee has been very earnest able difficulty in obtaining the mon for baptism. All our friends think ey for our late purchase : we are favourably of him. In giving in his through , mercy, however carried experience, I think I never through it. A friend has generous. native more affected. By his account ly lent us 14,000 rupees at less than it appears that he had heard of the the usual interest. We have also let
new way a long time ago, and had a warehouse belonging to it, for been seeking in vain for some one to which at present we had no use, for give him farther information about a rent which will go far towards pay- it. At last he met with Bydenaut, ing the interest.
M. & W. who told him all he wished to know, May 13.
Three native sisters and brought him to Serampore. called at our house this evening, and when we asked him whether he re. began to converse with a woman ser nounced his former hopes in his go. vant about the sufferings and death roo, and in the debtas, and depended of Christ. I knew the subject, though alone upon Christ, he wept abunI could understand but few of their dantly, and answered in terms which words. One of them, looking on die, implied that he made him his all. said, in broken English, “ It is Jesus Caleb Hirons has been six months at Christ that makes us brothers and our school, and we hope that a work sisters.” It affected me to observe of grace is begun in him. M. that they were not only concerned to obtain an interest in Christ them. selves, but to recommend him to their fellow sinners as they go from house to house. O that this were more the Çase in our native land,
CTETY. May 18. This day, after a short
Aug. 6, 1805, illness, our dear and highly esteemed Very dear brethren, governor died, aged seventy five. A We are aware that many missions ray of hope beamed forth at the last have been established for a time, and hour. His relations say that they then given up; and that others have heard him almost the whole night, been conti::oed, which yet have never preceding his disease, praying most made a powerful impression on the fervently to the Saviour. As a gove body of the people. We pray God
GENERAL LETTER TO TIE SO.