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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 for at 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 :
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.
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.
“ Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee; ”
and, with this simple trust in the Saviour, he
March 10th.--At Billingborough, in the Bourn left the militant church below to join the triumphant church above.
Circuit, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Joseph Jackson.
leyan-Methodist society for the last nineteen March 3th.-Ballyleany, in the Moira Circuit,
years, during which time she employed her aged seventy-nine, Mr. William Gilleland. He had
talents and her influence in various ways to been a member of the Wesleyan society for more
spread the savour of the Redeemer's name. than fifty years. He witnessed various secessions
She particularly excelled as a Sabbath-school from Methodism in this country; and though
Teacher; and by her diligence and earnestness in strongly urged to a similar course, he remained
the duties devolving on her, as such, greatly firm in his attachment to its institutions. For
contributed to the prosperity of that institution some time past he was gradually becoming more
in her village. After an illness of fourteen prepared for his great change. His death was
weeks' duration, she was called to her reward by very sudden. IIis last words were,
the great Head of the church, in the thirty“ I know that my Redeemer lives,
eighth year of her age.
J. M. B. And ever
Ann Peverell, the beloved wife of Mr. John ParMarch 8th.--At Tiverton, aged twenty-four,
kinson. Through faith in Christ she had obtained Robert Blake. He had led a very dissolute life
“ the remission of sins." Her religion was welluntil within the last eighteen months, when he
principled. With much Christian patience and was graciously wrought upon by the Holy Spirit,
fortitude she endured a severe “ fight of afflicand saw his state as a sinner; and shortly after
tion.” Her end was sudden; but her “lamp was wards joined the Methodist society, of which he trimmed." Her last words were, “The Lord is continued a devoted member till his death,
W. L. which was occasioned by the falling of a mass of earth he was employed in excavating on the line March 11th.--At Tiverton, aged forty-seven, of railroad in course of construction near this Ann, wife of Mr. J. Pratt, jun. She had regutown. By those who knew him best, no doubt is larly sat under the Wesleyan ministry for some entertained of his constant and complete prepa- years; but did not join the society till within the ration for such a sudden transition from earth to last few months, during which time she evinced heaven.
G. H. great earnestness in seeking a knowledge of sal
vation. Her affliction was short, but severe, March 9th.--At Sutton-in-the-Forest, in the and almost prevented any lengthened conversaEasingwold Circuit, aged twenty-six, Mr. Tho- tion ; but she was favoured with the assurance mas Shepherd. He was trained in the nurture she had earnestly sought, and died in peace. and admonition of the Lord," and was converted
G. H. to God in the seventeenth year of his age. His last affliction, which was continued for two March 11th.-At Kingsbridge, aged fifty, Mr. years, was endured with Christian patience. A John Hosking. He was a man of great peace; short time before his departure, he said, “ All is and, by his uniform kindness, secured the confiwell : I rest on the blessed Atonement,” lifted dence and esteem of a large circle of friends. his hands, smiled, and died on earth to live He was converted to God, and became a memabove.
P. W. ber of the Wesleyan-Methodist society, in the
year 1821, and continued to adorn his Christian March 9th. In the Fourth Leeds Circuit, Mr. profession. He was long and usefully employed Anthony Harding. He was converted to God, as a Class-Leader and Local Preacher; and his and joined the Methodist society more than forty judgment was sound. His last affliction was years since, at West-Moor, near Newcastle- protracted; but he received the trial with Chrisupon-Tyne ; at which place he became a Leader, tian submission, and was graciously supported. and active in building the chapel. For the last A short time before he departed, he said, " I feel
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 upright; for the end of that man is peace.”
“ 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 niglit : 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; O, 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."
LONDON: PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.