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prevented the insubordinate dispositions Haweis, it appears, was on the look of these people from breaking out into out for Mr.Bicknell for several years, open violence during the voyage; and but without success ; till the Missie no sooner were they landed at Otaheite, but they gave the most striking evi
onary, weary of his single state, dence of Their entire want of wisdom,
thought proper to sail for England, by declaring, that all the properly sent as Mr. Fox expresses !t, on a ma. out by the society, was to be consider- trimonial expedition, for himself and ed as common stock, aed even that the four other Missionaries at Otaheite." medicine chest was to be as much under - Our author makes the following their individual controul as that of the observations by way of apology for burgeon! ** In conformity with this equalizing
these four men, whose Missionary
zeal was not sufficient to keep up system, the surgeon was directed to take his turn to act as cook; and as be their spirits in their cheerless state could not exercise the art of the black of celibacy. smith, he was ordered to blow the bel- « As was stated in the Appeal, the lows. Ou demurring at this, the missi. Directors had promised to the single onary Vulcan took the law into his own men, who had gone out on the Otabeihands, and imipediately inflicted blows tan mission, that they would look out or this gentleman for non-compliance for young women, who might be animated with his orders! Conduct of this descrip- with a missionary spirit, and send them tion could not but convince a man of out as soon as they had received acsense and reflection, that he would be counts of the settlement of the mission, sacrificing his talents to no purpose, that the single might have suitable wives. by remaining with such persons, and "At length some young women offerhe consequently resolved to leave the ed themselves to join the mission'; and Island on the return of the ship.
if report be true, they sat for their mi" The following anecdote is the most niatures, which were to have been sent 'striking proof of ihe extreme ignorance out as their precursors, that the missiof these men. This gentleman took onaries might be thus made acquainted with him from England an anatomical with their brides previous to their arripreparation, exbibiting the blood-vessels val. But, whatever might be the maof the human body. This he had made tive, the young women, after having himself, whilst he was studying anato- been kept in suspense for a considerable my in London, and held it in great esti- time, were informed, that the Directors mation. But when his cases were une would not send them out; and the mipacked at Otaheite, no sooner did these niatures, probably, are still in the posmissionaries see it, but they insisted on session of the cbairman of the Otabeitan bis digging a hole and burying it in the committee. sand; alleging as a reason, that if the « The Directors, who perhaps were patives saw it, they might take it for a all married men, or if widowers, had the god, and make it an object of religious opportunity of paying their court to worship!!.!"
every widow of property in their coaAnother circumstance proves how nection, could write to these poor outlittle qualified were some of the bre. cast individuals, continually exposed to ibren “ ordained by the imposition the trial of yielding to the tempting soliof hands” for their work. Several of
of citations of the native women, and there
by disgracing their profession; exhorting the missionaries at Otaheite, being
being them to be patient, to mortify the affecsingle men, appear nol to have been tions of the flesh, &c. and thus suffered josensible of the charms of the Ola. these expatriated men to linger out more heitan females; but as the ladies, in than twelve years, in this state of distheir heathenish, savage state, were appointed expectation. It was to renot the most suitable help-mates for present the state of the mission that Mr.
Bicknell left Otaheite, and took his voythe solemnly ordained brethren, the
age to England; during which, in obelatter wrote home to their ordainers,
15, dience to the Directors, he offered to requesting them to choose, that is, work his passage. The subscribers must correctly speaking, ordain some perceive, that Mr. Bicknell came to young ladies for their wives. Dr. England on the business of the society, Therefore every step of ground which he onaries, and of the unfeeling con, travelled, while the directors were pre- duct of the Directors; who refused paring for his departure, ought to have permission to their ordained brothron been considered by them as connected
to come to England, unless they with their business.”
would act the part of common sailMr. B. it further appears, was ors" work iheir passage home; successful in pitching upon, “a- and bind themselves to go back to mongst a number of persons recom• Otaheite;" conditions, which, as mended to him, a Miss Adams, who 'Mr. Fox remarks,“ would have shortly became his wise," and cer placed them in a worse situation tain other ladies discovering a Mis. ihan the convicts at Botany Bay, sionary spirit, volunteered their ser- those who were transported to that vices. Whether the directors paired settlement for life, could obtain all them by contract before they set out the conveniences of domestic society, on their voyage, or whether, like and those whose sentence was limisome of our lasses of scanty fortune ted, would return to England by who make a matimonial venture to working their passage, and were not the East Indies, they meant first to bound to return thither again." try the foreign Missionary market; The Brief Statement of Facts pub. or whether their miniatures were to lished by the Directors in reply, is precede them, we are not informed. very unsatisfactory, and passes over Our readers may be apt to smile at
some of the most material points. the relation of these foilies ; but it is Indeed they seem to have taken a impossible to repress feelings of in- less troublesome mode than that of dignation at perceiving how much impartial investigation; for, enraged the benevolence of the religious pub- at Mr. Fox's exposure of their ille
ic has been misapplied; in sending management and unfair proceedings, out men so unqualified for the im- they entered into a resolution “ to portant, self-denying office of a abstain from any further communi. Christian Missionary, and the still cation with him.” Will the religious greater misapplication of sending public, however, to whom they are women who have so little female de- so seriously responsible, be satisfied licacy, as, under the pretence of with this evasive conduct? possessing a Missionary spirit, to sail One of the most important charges on matrimonial speculations to Ota- brought against the directors is the beite! The ladies must have been a arts practised upon the public in little perplexed respecting the place order to raise money. Of this ihere of their destination, as that most ill. are evident proofs before the public, judged mission, has, after the many exclusive of Mr. Fox's pamphlets, Thousands wasted in its expenditure, Let any person attentively peruse the most unsuccessfully terminated, and Evangelical Magazine, and there see, the disappointed, harrassed and disc from month to monih, the contribu. tressed missionaries, have been com- tions levied on the congregations pelled to seek some other place of throughout the kingdom, the pas. residence.
tors of many of which are in almost Mr. Fox adduces several serious a starving condition ; let them atcharges against the acting Directors tend to the enormous sums collected of the Society. He charges them annually. By donations and subwith gross neglect of their duty in scriptions the society bave received some instances, and of cruel oppres. upwards of ONE HUNDRED THOUsion in others. He presents his SAND POUNDS! Not knowing what readers with some most affecting de- to do with a considerable part of the fails of the sufferings of the Missie money, they have hoarded up bez
tween TWENTY AND THIRTY THOU. much distress to be alleviated, in SAŅD pounds in the public funds! various parishes in this kingdom. Is it fair—is it honest for the reve- and which more imperiously call rend gentlemen in the direction, or for the assistance of the religious in connection with the society, to world. We do not deny that parmake their pathetic appeals to the tial good may have been done by mispublic respecting the glory of God sionary societies; but should their exand the conversion of the heathen; ertions as hitherto displayed, be proand on the absolute necessity of con- ductive of success to any consideraIributing still more largely for this ble degree, it will afford proof that purpose, to encourage their mis. the Almighty does, in the most literal sionaries to “ curse Meroz; to curse sense, make use of the foolish things those bitterly who do not come to the help of the world to confound the wise, and of the Lord," that is, who do not help the weak things of the world to conto swell the funds of the society is found the things which are mighty! it honest for those ministers who are We are, after all, inclined to betravelling far and wide for the pur- lieve, that those societies which have pose of collecting money, to keep made the least bustle, noise, and pa. those to whom they apply in ignoe rade, have done the most good rance of the real state of their funds? amongst the heathen: we mean the If they were to read the annual ac- Moravians and the Quakers ; those count of receipts, disbursements, and who with respect to men in a sabalances in hand; if they were to vage state, have endeavoured to set close their earnest solicitations by about the rational work of civilizing declaring—The glory of God, and them, previously to christianizing the conversion of the heathen require them.* When men can read, then that we should increase our present put a bible into their hands : transfund of 20,000l. t$ 30,0001. or lating the scriptures into foreign 40,0001. the collections we suspect languages constitutes but a small would not be quite so liberal as they part of the labours of missionary sohave usually been.
cieties: this most important work We cannot but recommend it to appears to bave been reserved for a the contributors to examine the Re- society of infinitely greater imporports and the accounts of the so; tance than all the missionary socieciety: they would perceive how ties united; a society which has al. meągre are the statements of the ready produced at home and abroad missionaries, how little good has the happiest effects, and which, when been done considering the sums peace shall be restored, promises raised; how enormous the expences fruit still more abundant: - THL attending the jaunts of ministers BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE sothroughout the kingdom, for the CIETY. Such an institution, suppurpose of making collections ; ported by all sects and parties, a and of educating, fitting out, and few of the established clergy ex. sending men as missionaries to fo- Copted, who appear to deprecate the reign parts; how vast the means, too extensive diffusion of the scrip. and how disproportionate the end! tures, must be productive of the We are persuaded that the money most important consequences, alspent by this society might have pro- though bibles may unt be accompaduced infinitely greater effecis nearer nied by Curse Meruz commentators! home, in evangelizing Europe, and The Second Appeal of Mr. Fox indeed our own country: there is
* See some excellent papers on this yet much ignorance to be removed, subject in the 1st and 2d numbers of The many families to be taught to read Philanthropist ; a useful works published and to be provided with bibles, and quarterly.
contains much valuable information, 100,0001. when a fifth part of that sum, and is by far the most interesting. prudently managed, would have been For his veracity and the purity of sufficient to provide education for all
that class of the community who may his motives he thus solemnly ad.
be stiled the heathen at home, and indresses his readers.
troduce a work of industry for above • " It was not without mature delibera 60,000 poor female children; but I tion, that I determined to present an trust that you and I, my dear friend, Appeal to the subscribers of the London shall live to see good men of every Missionary Society, against a resolution name and denomination, more feelingly of the directors transmitted to me by alive to the importance of this subject their secretary. I was fully aware that then they are at present.” by so doing I should draw upon myself a great variety of animadversions from individuals, as well as the displeasure of In closing this part of our Misthat part of the directors against whose cellany, we beg leave to suggest to negligence of duty, the allegatioos in my our readers, one or two reflections, Appeal were directed. I felt assured, naturally arising from the review of that I ought to have very strong reasons
the articles in our present number, for calling the attention of the subscribers, and unless I was supported by the
In all inquiries after truth it is eternal principles of truth and justice, I indispensibly requisite that we think, should deservedly be consigued to per- examine, and judge for ourselves, petual contempt."
and that we be not unduly biassed Every one who knows Mr. Fox by names or parties. That we may will give him full credit for the sin- judge of the soundness or correct: cerity of this declaration.
ness of our sentiments, let us try To Mr. Fox's Appeal is subjoined them by that test which they will --Letters from various persons in most assuredly be brought to by the confirmation of the author's state-' Judge of all mankind hereafter, menis. One of these is from that From the allusions made by the safriend to the rising generation, of the cred writers to the day of judgment, luwer classes more particularly, Jo- and the concise but important ac. SEPH LANCASTER, who writes with count given by our Saviour, of the greater indignation than in his usual proceedings of that awful day, it is style against the neglect of some of evident that no one will be asked to the missionary directors of the for- what sect he belonged, or if he were lorn strangers, who were the more a Trinitarian, or an Unitarian, a Cal peculiarly entitled to their support, vinist or an Arminian, or of what and at their " base insult” offered church be was the professed member, to his " friend,” Mr. Fox, for his ta- No! The pumerous millions of the king up the cause of the destitute human race will be then divided inand friendless.--A letter from Mr. to two classes only—the RIGHTEOUS Corston concludes by a remark, and the WICKED; and the only evi. which deserves the serious attention dence admitted to demonstrate the of the supporters of the Missionary purity of our FAITH will be the pu. Society.
rity of our WORKS. Let us then “ I cannot forbear taking this oppor- judge our own character, and that tunity of remarking, that when I cou- of individuals of all sects and parties, template the plans that are now before
by the only safe and certain rule of
hos the only cafe and nortoin'rule of the public for the education and employ
so our SAVIOUR,—that rule by which ment of the children of the industrious poor, that I lament that the purses of the character of every man will be bithe religious community should have ‘nally determined-BY THEIR FRUITS been drained of sy large a sum as YE SHALL KNOW THEM!
END OF THE NINTH AND LAST YOLUME, ..
· TO THE
Cobbett, Mr. bis inconsistency and ig-
norance, relative to Lord Sidmouthi's
bill, exposed, lxvi--recommends a
state religion, lxvii-reviles the disa
Committees, their reports often rejected
by parliament, lxx
Conscience, the rights of, lxxv
Continent, a glance at the state of the, x
--the revolutions on the, have upon
the wholc, benefitted the lower orders
of people, XXXV
Copenhagen, the sufferers at, had no
subscriptions from England, xlviii..
looked for from the friends of war, the ravages of our army in Portugal,
of all administrations, lxxviii
for a libel, xviii ,
Dissenters, an instance alluded to of
depravity in a minister among the,
the foundation of their belief, lviiim
ration in favour of religious liberty, attempt of Lord Sid mouth, Ixii-their
unanimity, lxiii--advice to, lv.lvine
Donoughmore, Lord, extract from lis
feared from granting them, Ixxii tholic'clains, lxxi
taining, livi.lv--the clergy of, not re-
Eldon, Lord, panegyrizes bimself, and
encourages Sir Vicary on the subject
of libel prosecutions, XXVI
Ellenborough, Lord, alarmed at Lord