Abbildungen der Seite


FEEJEE.- Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Thomas J. Jaggar, dated Vewa,

October 7th, 1846. THE “ Triton” is paying us her an- to slaughter the people. They were nual visit: I therefore sit down to give therefore chagrined and disappointed. you a glance at

our present circum- From communications from our brestances.

thren at Somosomo, we learn that hostiSince I last wrote, the Lord has con- lities between the districts of Somosomo tinued to visit us, and to give us and Natawa still exist. peated evidences of his love. The pub

The affairs of Rawa remain in a prelic services are very refreshing seasons

carious and unsettled state. Qaranigio to our souls. Much hallowed feeling and his brother Thokonaute have not characterizes our waiting upon God: yet been reconciled to each other. The many of our people hear instruction to former resides at a town in the mounprofit, and are growing in good things. tains, and the latter at Nakue. ThokoOver some of them we can with con- nauto is called King of Rawa. But it fidence rejoice. We praise the grace of is nearly nominal, for Rawa is not reGod in them, and are much encouraged

built. Tanoa is said to favour Qaranito devote ourselves more fully to his gio, but Thakombau Thokonauto. It blessed service, who has condescended to is very difficult at present to judge as to use us as instruments of good in these the result. Qaranigio has a pretty ends of the earth.

strong party with him, and has made an You will become acquainted with our

attack on a small town near the former increase during the year, in the District- site of Rawa, and killed several people. documents now forwarded. Our num

There has been a serious disturbance at bers are continually increasing. A Sab- the island of Ovalau, by which many bath seldom passes away without some were cut off. A populous district, called bowing the knee to Jehovah, and thus Lovoni, has been attacking the towns on becoming professing Christians; for, the coast, and several towns have been however long the Feejeeans may hear burnt down by them, and the inhabit. instruction, they do not renounce their ants killed or scattered. They seem to false gods until they bow themselves in have carried everything before them, a religious act before the Lord. They and to have spread consternation over the thus publicly are initiated, and from

whole island. They are, in reality, possuch time regularly attend the ordi- sessors of the whole island; for no force nances of worship, and are reckoned as on the spot can stand against them. lotu. They directly make application The towns cut off belonged to Bau : it for a Spelling-Book, and take their place is not, however, known whether the Bau in the school.

people will attempt anything. Most, We are thankful to be able to say, if not all, of the white men who were that there is at present an apparent good residing there, were compelled to flee. feeling on behalf of the Bau Chiefs to. They had much property plundered wards the Vewa Christians.

from them by the natives ; and, in some spirit of persecution has ceased. The instances, escaped with only the clothes Chief Thakobau speaks very favourably they had on. of Christianity; and, in fact, has for War is desolating some other parts some time past paid some regard to the of that group. At Rakiraki, a district Christian Sabbath. During his late visit on the north-west coast of the island of to Somosomo, with his warriors, to assist Navetelavoo, they are at war with each Tuiilaila, the King of Somosomo, against other. We have lately sent a Teacher the district of Natawa, he would take to that part; and now he is in the midst no steps in the war on the Sunday. He of war, which will hinder the progress of also behaved himself very consistently his work. In addition to war, there is during the whole of his stay at that great scarcity of food ; yet, notwithstand. place.

ing, the people delight in war; and a The Natawa war is settled. A few man's foes are literally those of his own persons were killed on both sides. The household. Natawa people begged pardon of the Bau Since my last letters to you, the Chiefs ; and the pardon being granted, Queen of Rawa and three of her chilthe war ceased.

It appears, however, dren, and Tuidreketi's mother, renounced that the Somosomo Chief and people were Heathenism : they were joined by one anything but pleased at the way in of Qaranigio's wives and child, who are which it terminated. They wished Tha. residing at Bau, having been taken prikombau to concede the pardon, and then soners in the war, and by several of

The open

their attendants, and one or two other wielded, will turn the enemy to the gate. ladies from Rawa. They had been living Give us, British Christians,give us, here some time, in consequence of the English Methodists, your assistance in illness of the late King of Rawa's little this important, yea, all-important, part boy, for the purpose of being on the of our work. The assistance we ask is spot, where English medicine and at- your fervent, and ceaseless, and betendance could be given. After the lieving intercessions at a throne of grace Chief of Bau returned to Bau from So- for the preservation of our lives, necessary mosomo, the Queen of Rawa and her gifts for our work, and, above all, grace party returned to Bau. The child, how- “ to walk worthy of the high vocation ever, got weaker, and a few days since where with we are called.” died; but it is very gratifying to me to « The word of the Lord abideth for be able to state that no one was strangled ever :" in this we can trust. Methodon the occasion,

ism is certainly in every way calculated We are happy in our work, as well as to oppose the erroneous system of Poin each other. We are stimulated afresh

pery ; for it is

a system of truth, by the serious consideration of the zeal eminently so. The Lord make us faithand exertions of the emissaries of the ful in publishing “the truth, the whole Romish Church, who have already truth, and nothing but the truth,” that planted their footsteps on Feejeean soil, Heathenism and Popery may fall! We and are endeavouring, by a system of are not afraid for the truth; and we deceit and lies, to gain converts. They believe that if we are faithful Methodist use every artifice, and shrink at nothing, Preachers and Pastors, we shall ultiif they can thereby further their designs. mately prevail. The fact of the Papists residing in Feejee, The Priests do not attempt to teach and commencing their operations in one their converts in any way, neither do of the strong-holds of Protestantism, is a they preach. They go to mass, &c. loud call for our exertion and redoubled Some few Tonguese, who perhaps think zeal, and for the awakening efforts of Popery is most in accordance with their the church at home to bestir herself, loose manner of living, and that it is an and come forward to the help of easier way to heaven, and more congethe Lord, to the help of the Lord nial to their carnal views, have thrown against the mighty." I am, notwith- off Christianity, and embraced Popery, standing, encouraged ; for we have the a more covert kind of Heathenism. With truth on our side, and my heart beats regard to the Feejeeans, not an individual with joy when I anticipate the not-far- has joined them. The King of Lakemba distant period when the Christians in often visits them for the purpose of Feejee shall have the whole New Testa- drinking cava, with which they supply ment in their own tongue put into their him most plentifully. He has evidently hands. This is the weapon which, no other motive. FEEJEE.Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Watsford, dated Ono,

October 6th, 1846. DURING the past year, we have seen at Bau, they being on a visit at that much of the goodness of the Lord, and time ; and some of the Chiefs of other our hearts have rejoiced in the prosperity towns, when bringing their food, carried of his blessed cause ; but we have also a cooked human being on one shoulder, had deeply to mourn over the wickedness and a pig on the other ; but they always and cruelty of the thousands around us. preferred the “long pig,” as they call The war between Bau and Rewa has

a man, when baked. One woman who terminated, and we cannot tell you how had been clubbed, was left upon the many have been slain. Hundreds of beach in front of our houses at Vewa. wretched beings have been sent to their The poor creature's head was smashed to account, with all their sins upon their pieces, and the body was quite naked. heads. Dead bodies were thrown upon Whether it was done by the Heathen to the beach at Vewa, having drifted from insult us or not, we do not know. One Bau where they were thrown into the Christian man was clubbed at Rewa, sea, there being too many in Bau to be and part of his body was eaten by the eaten. Bau literally stank for many Vewa people, and his bones thrown days, human flesh having been cooked near my door : my lad gathered them up, in every house, and the entrails thrown and buried them; and he afterwards outside as food for pigs, or left to putrefy learnt that they were the bones of one of in the sun. The Somosomo people were his friends. After Rewa was destroyed, fed with human flesh during their stay heaps of dead bodies lay in all directions ;

On every

and there their bones still lie bleaching some could not wait until the ovens were in the sun.

heated, but pulled the ears off the wretched There has lately been some dreadful beings, and ate them raw. When the work at Ovalau. The Savone people, ovens were ready, they cut them up very living in the mountains, have risen up carefully, placing dishes under every part in arms against those living on the shore, to catch the blood ; and if a drop fell, and have slain many hundreds of them, they licked it up off the ground with the and are still carrying on the work of greatest greediness. While the poor blood.

It is probable that this will wretches were being cut in pieces, they involve them in war with Bau, and many pleaded hard for life; but all was of no hundreds more must fall.

avail, all were devoured by the cruel hand we hear of war and blood, and cannibals. But time would fail to tell a thousands are perishing around us. part of what we could relate; but the

We do not, and we cannot, tell you worst will yet remain concealed : enough what we know of Feejeean cruelty and is known to make every heart feel and crime. You have heard much ; but, deeply mourn. after all, you have not been told one- Amid all the darkness, the cruelty, the half : every day we hear of murder and cannibalism, by which we are surrounded, bloodshed, and every fresh act seems to our hearts are cheered by the conversion rise above the last. There have been of some to the Lord; and it is a pleasing some great monsters in Feejee. A Chief and cheering fact, that those who forat Rakeraki had a box, in which he kept merly were the worst of the Feejeeans, human flesh. Legs and arms were salted have been among the first to embrace the for him, and preserved in this box. If Gospel of Christ, and many of these he saw any one of his friends who was have been converted to God. I allude to fatter than the rest, he had him or her the people of Vewa. The Chief, Elijah, killed at once, and part roasted and part is a good man. He is one of the best preserved. The people say that he eats men I have met with in these islands. human flesh every day. At Bau, the He is a determined man, and will be very people keep human flesh, and chew it useful. He was formerly a cruel canni. as some do tobacco. They carry it about bal; but the lion has become a lamb, with them in their clothes, and use it in and a little child may lead him. He has the same way as tobacco. I heard of an suffered the loss of all things for Christ. instance of cruelty the other day, from He has literally given up all, and he one of our Teachers, that surpassed seems willing to do anything or suffer everything I have heard of the kind. anything for Jesus Christ. What bas A canoe was wrecked near Natawar, been done encourages us in our work. and many of the people swam to the Jesus shall reign. Our full hearts are shore. They were taken by the Natawar crying out, “ O Jesus, ride on, till all are people, and ovens were at once prepared subdued.' Glory be to God for what in which to cook them.

has been done ; and glory be to God, wretches were bound ready for the ovens, says faith, for what he will shortly do. and their enemies were anxiously waiting Lord, increase our faith! We want great to devour them. They did not club faith for Feejee. Pray for us. them, lest any blood should be lost :

The poor


MARCH 7th, 1847.-At Nottingham, very suddenly, Mrs. Carver, the beloved wife of Mr. Edward Carver, aged thirty-five. From the earliest period of dawning intellect and moral consciousness, she was the subject of divine influence. The fear of God was deeply seated in her heart, restraining her from the pursuits of evil, and drawing her towards religion and virtue. She attended a lovefeast in the Halifax-place chapel, September 27th, 1829, being the eighteenth anniversary of her birth, and obtained peace with God through believing. She was possessed of an

amiable disposition, and her piety was genuine. For three weeks she had been held in painful suspense, between alternate hope and fear in reference to her only child, which was dangerously ill ; for, like the patriarch Jacob, her life seemed to be bound up in that of her offspring. She thought she discovered unfavourable symptoms on the evening of the 7th of March : this brought back a full tide of anxiety. Debilitated by nursing, watching, and solicitude, the shock was overpowering. She expressed her fears to her husband, turned round, took a step or two in the

room, and instantly became an inhabitant of that world in which pain and parting, grief and death, are unknown.

B. S.

March 7th. At Kemerton, in the Tewkesbury Circuit, John Finch, a man of upright conduct and unblemished reputation.

For thirty years he was a faithful member of the Wesleyan society; and though the affliction which terminated his career was protracted and tedious, he endured it with the utmost patience and resignation to the will of God. The Sabbath previous to his death he said, “I am quite ready to depart and be with Christ, which is far better ; " exclaiming,

twenty years his business engagements, as a railway contractor, led him to reside in various parts of the country; but in every place (excepting one in Cheshire, where there was no Methodist society) he was a zealous, active, and useful member of the Wesleyan society. For the last five years he resided at Leeds, where he was a Leader of two classes, a Trustee of our principal chapel, and Circuit-Steward. Mr. Harding was a man of ardent piety and great simplicity. He was firmly attached to the doctrines, discipline, and polity of Wesleyan Methodism, and a liberal supporter of its institutions. In his profession he was a man of considerable skill, and was acknowledged by all who knew him to be a person of ability, energy, and integrity. By his death the church, the poor, and especially his family, have sustained a severe loss.

W. B.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

March 3th.-Ballyleany, in the Moira Circuit, aged seventy-nine, Mr. William Gilleland. He had been a member of the Wesleyan society for more than fifty years. He witnessed various secessions from Methodism in this country; and though strongly urged to a similar course, he remained firm in his attachment to its institutions. For some time past he was gradually becoming more prepared for his great change. His death was very sudden. His last words were, I know that my Redeemer lives, And ever prays for me," &c.

R. B.

March 10th.--At Billingborough, in the Bourn Circuit, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Joseph Jackson. She was a truly consistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society for the last nineteen years, during which time she employed her talents and her influence in various ways to spread the savour of the Redeemer's name. She particularly excelled as a Sabbath-school Teacher; and by her diligence and earnestness in the duties devolving on her, as such, greatly contributed to the prosperity of that institution in her village. After an illness of fourteen weeks' duration, she was called to her reward by the great Head of the church, in the thirtyeighth year of her age.

J. M. B.

March 11th.–At Grantham, aged twenty-one, Ann Peverell, the beloved wife of Mr. John Parkinson. Through faith in Christ she had obtained “the remission of sins." Her religion was wellprincipled. With much Christian patience and fortitude she endured a severe “fight of affliction.” Her end was sudden; but her “ lamp was trimmed.” Her last words were, “The Lord is with me!”

W. L.

March 8th.--At Tiverton, aged twenty-four, Robert Blake. He had led a very dissolute life until within the last eighteen months, when he was graciously wrought upon by the Holy Spirit, and saw his state as a sinner; and shortly afterwards joined the Methodist society, of which he continued a devoted member till his death, which was occasioned by the falling of a mass of earth he was employed in excavating on the line of railroad in course of construction near this town. By those who knew him best, no doubt is entertained of his constant and complete preparation for such a sudden transition from earth to heaven.

G. H.

March 11th.-At Tiverton, aged forty-seven, Ann, wife of Mr. J. Pratt, jun. She had regularly sat under the Wesleyan ministry for some years; but did not join the society till within the last few months, during which time she evinced great earnestness in seeking a knowledge of salvation. Her affliction was short, but severe, and almost prevented any lengthened conversation; but she was favoured with the assurance she had earnestly sought, and died in peace.

G. H.

March 9th.–At Sutton-in-the-Forest, in the Easingwold Circuit, aged twenty-six, Mr. Thomas Shepherd. He was trained in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," and was converted to God in the seventeenth year of his age. His last affliction, which was continued for two years, was endured with Christian patience. A short time before his departure, he said, “ All is well : I rest on the blessed Atonement,” lifted his hands, smiled, and died on earth to live above.

P. W.

March 11th.-At Kingsbridge, aged fifty, Mr. John Hosking. He was a man of great peace ; and, by his uniform kindness, secured the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends. He was converted to God, and became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society, in the year 1821, and continued to adorn his Christian profession. He was long and usefully employed as a Class-Leader and Local Preacher; and his judgment was sound. His last affliction was protracted; but he received the trial with Christian submission, and was graciously supported. A short time before he departed, he said, “I feel

March 9th.-In the Fourth Leeds Circuit, Mr. Anthony Harding. He was converted to God, and joined the Methodist society more than forty years since, at West-Moor, near Newcastleupon Tyne ; at which place he became a Leader, and active in building the chapel. For the last

my feet are upon the Rock; the precious blood of Christ; my trust is in the blood of atonement." He died in the full experience of peace and joy. “ Mark the perfect man, and behold the up. right; for the end of that man is peace.”

H. D.

“ Yes! what a prop to recline upon ! " In this happy frame he continued, until the messenger arrived to summon him away; when his redeemed spirit gently winged its way to the paradise of God.

H. T. R.

June 17th. --At Hoxton-square, Mr. Thomas Roche, in the sixty-fifth year of his age, having been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society for more than thirty-five years. In the year 1809 he was convinced of sin, and soon after obtained a clear sense of his acceptance with God, under the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Bennett. He then united himself to the society, and received his first ticket from the hands of the late Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke. For nearly twenty years he sustained the offices of Class-Leader, Society and Poor Steward, and Missionary Secretary. He was laid aside by affliction, for three years prior to his decease; but was enabled patiently to suffer, as well as to do, his Master's will. Towards the close of his career, he was graciously prepared for the change that awaited him; and continually testified that his confidence in the Rock of Ages was firm and unshaken. In his last illness, on a friend inquiring, “You are on the foundation, Christ Jesus ?” he quickly replied,

“ Other refuge have I none !" Another remarking, “ Underneath and around you are the everlasting arms !” he rejoined,

June 27th.–At Chelmsford, aged seventy-two, Margaret, the widow of Mr. Henry Leake, formerly of that place; a woman of cultivated mind, pleasing manners, and great sweetness of disposition. She was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society during forty-two years. Her experience of the power of grace was deep and progressive, very manifest in her family, and in the more than ordinary efforts which, while health permitted, she made to extend the benefits of religion around her. Her health had long been in a declining state ; but no considerable apprehension was felt with regard to the issue of her last indisposition, until the morning of her departure. The state of her mind at the closing scene is well expressed in the few words to which she then gave utterance. Fearing, from the earnestness with which she prayed that she might be enabled to place her whole confidence on God her Saviour, that her mind was agitated by doubts, her daughter inquired if such were the case : she replied, “0, no! not in the least: I have not one doubt. I have much to be thankful for in that respect ; yet, at the best of times, we need meroy." And, again, about two hours before she" fell asleep,” she said, with emphasis, I long to exchange worlds."



THE VOYAGER.* Day on the waters divinely is breaking,

As with an angel's smile cheering the night : Bland on his brow the fresh breezes, awaking,

Thrill the sick voyager's breast with delight. Round him expands the wide plain of the ocean,

Plough'd by the vessel's impetuous keel : Swift he approaches, with joyful emotion,

The haven that soon all his sickness shall heal.

Thus, when the voyage of time shall be over,

Toss'd on whose billows heart-sicken'd we lie; 0, on eternity's morn to discover

Landscapes in paradise brightening nigh! Then all the troubles, at present so bitter,

Will but enhance the enjoyments at hand;
As the rough passage but renders the sweeter

Comforts that soothe us on reaching the land.

* From “The Lake, and Poetic Musings."


« ZurückWeiter »