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sitting, and it may be, sleeping out the having paid the debt, he said, " Come life. hours, and returning home as they came ! come death, I will depend on his merits and Surely, surely even a degree, yea, a great mercies;" resolving to be with Christ hencedeal of enthusiasm, is better than death- forward. On receiving his token, he said, like insensibility.
“I used to run from you, but am now Such godly fear has come upon the peo- happy to meet. I served Satan fifty years: ple, that scarcely a single instance of intoxi. I am now the Lord's." His two compan. cation, or any approach to it, has been ob- ions, J. S. and T. A., gave very satisfactory served in the whole multitude assembled, accounts of their change of heart, and are whereas formerly the prevalence of this and also communicants. The accounts of other the quarrels it engendered brought dishonour cases more detailed and interesting must on tent-preaching, and in fact extinguished be deferred. it.
I add a very few words in the way of inSpecial instances of good done are natu
ference. rally called for. Many memorable cases 1st, Prayer united, as well as secret, for can be produced. Selection is difficult. A the bestowal of the Spirit's influence, is woman from Airdrie was observed by a few most important, and will sooner or later be around her to be much impressed while heard. Mr. W. C. Burns preached. She at length 2nd, Extra means should be used to left the field and retired for prayer. After bring those without the pale of any church a little she was followed by some praying to hear the Gospel. The preaching the people, who conversed with her. She seems former summer in the church-yard once to have undergone a complete change, and and again, and the late frequent addresses went away in a composed frame. A young in the market and field, have most certainly gentleman from Glasgow, with whom I and brought the word near to many who might Mr. Brown conversed, who had come with have remained to their dying day without some indefinite notion of good or of being hearing it. Assuredly these means must be pleased, went home a new man in Christ used, otherwise our newly provided churches Jesus. I know several cases of whole houses will remain unoccupied, and in a great debeing really converted. Mrs. H. has been
gree useless. converted in a very wonderful way. She 3rd, There is a close connexion betwist had been a very passionate regardless cha- Missionary work and revivals. Our newly racter, who with her husband and family organized Missionary Society, in January spent the Sabbath day in drinking, and this year, has been marked by several peoother similar enormities; two pious women, ple as an era. No church can be in a lively unknown to each other, had called upon state when nothing is done for the heathen. her, telling her that they could get no rest 4th, The social nature of man is an im. till they came to warn her of her sin and portant element in his constitution, and es. danger. The poor woman thought with erts a powerful influence on the state of the herself, if these two are so concerned about church and of the world. There are those me that they cannot get rest, what should who view the weavers' shops as objects of be my concernment about myself? She unmingled aversion, as hotbeds of anarchy; attended a prayer meeting, came home at but when a good influence is made to bear midnight, and roused her family to tell upon the minds of the operatives, the facili. them of her change of mind. There seems ties for good are proportional to those for a very remarkable work of grace with the evil, the reviving interest spreads much husband, and other branches of the family. quicker than in a rural district. Let every
A. B., collier, aged fifty, a month ago, minister of the gospel, and every Christian was upon the road side on the way from patriot keep this steadily in view, and ply the church in great agony of mind when I the workshops with every good and generous passed homewards, I at first thought he had influence. Never let us cease in good times been in drink: but it turned out that he and bad, to essay to do good, in the mornhad been, Hannah-like, pouring out his ing sowing seed, and in the evening withheart before the Lord, having got a sight of holding not our hand : thus are we to som his sinfulness; he went to his Bible and beside all waters. God give the increase ! prayed; got heartening, as he expressed it, from the thought that had come to him,
W.B. “ Shall I be a castaway?" Enabled to lay
Kilsyth, hold on Christ as the Ransomer, and as
September 30, 1839.
THE AFRICAN WITNESSES.* It will be in the recollection of the friends of the Society, that the Rey. Dr. Philip returned to this country in the spring of 1836, for the purpose of attending a committee of the House of Commons, appointed “to consider what measures ought to be adopted with regard to the native inhabitants of countries where British settlements are made, and to the neighbouring tribes, in order to secure to them the due observance of justice, and the protection of their rights, to promote the spread of civilisation, and to lead them to the peaceful, voluntary reception of the Christian religion.” Dr. Philip was accompanied by two natives of South Africa, both intelligent and Christian men, who had for many years enjoyed the benefit of instruction by Dr. Vanderkemp and other Missionaries in their native country. These intelligent Africans availed themselves of the retum of Dr. Philip to visit England, for the purpose of making kugwn the state of the nations to which they respectively belonged, and exeiting greater interest in their behalf.
Andries Stofles was a Hottentot nearly 60 years of age, about the middle stature, stout but active, with a countenance remarkably intelligent and expres sive. He was admitted to the fellowship of the church in 1815, and for six years previously to his leaving for England had sustained, with great benefit to the people, the office of a deacon in the community of Hottentot Christians at the Kat River. His family had been among the first settlers at the Kat River, and for the prosperity of that settlement, his experience, influence, and efforts had been constantly employed, especially in promoting education, and extending to every location the advantages of religious instruction.
Jan Tzatzoe is one of the chiefs of the Amakosa Caffres, who amount to about 230,000 souls. Their country borders on that formerly belonging to the lattentots. In early youth Tzatzoe was placed by his father under the care of Dt. Vanderkemp, by whom he was ever regarded with peculiar affeetion and solicitude. At twenty-four years of age there is reason to believe he became a decided Christian. In 1816 he accompanied the Bey, Joseph Williams, the Missionary, to Caffreland. For the last eleven years he has been associated with Mr. Brownlee, at the Buffalo River, and has proved an able assistant in the Mission.
In the late disastrous war between the Colony and the Caffres, Tzatzoe espoused the cause of the English, and led forth his men to their aids yet when hostilities ceased, and he returned, he found his house and the cultivated grounds which he had stocked with fruit-trees, taken possession of by the Government, and he was directed to fix his dwelling in another and an uneultivated part of his own hereditary land. To obtain the restoration of these, or some compensation, and to solieit further assistance in promoting the moral and spiritual improvement of his countrymen, he was induced to accompany Dr, Philip to this country.
Early in the summer of 1836, Dr, Philip and his companions were repeatedly called to appear before the Committee of the House of Commons. The engraving which accompanies this account, represents the appearance of the African Witnesses before the committee, The scene is in one of the rooms where the committee, of which T. F. Buxton, Esq. was chairman, held its sittings. Tzatzoe is in the act of giving his evidence. At the opposite end of the table is the Rev, James Read, jun., who acted as interpreter of the chief, who spoke and wrote before the committee in the Dutch language. Dr. Philip is seated in the foreground, on the right, and Stoffles occupies a chair behind the table at the end of which Tzatzoe is standing. The Rev. James Read, sen., is standing behind the chair on which Stoffiles is seated. Andries Stoffles delivered his testi
• Abridged from an article in the Christian Keepsake," for 1838.
mony with great animation and feeling, but evident sincerity, and the Chief gave his evidence with that simple dignity and frankness which a consciousness of the truth of his own statements, and a confidence in the integrity and justice of his auditors could not fail to inspire.
But the testimony of Tzatzoe and Stoffles before a section of the British Senate was not the only important object accomplished. Besides the incalculable advantage to the native tribes of Africa, of their appearing before a committee of the British Parliament as witnesses for their countrymen of the wrongs they had endured, their visit to England and Scotland afforded to multitudes satisfaction of the highest order, and will be attended by the most lasting benefit to the * cause of Christian Missions throughout the world. The impassioned eloquence of the Hottentot, in particular, produced impressions on the minds of many whọ listened to his addresses, that will probably never be forgotten.
In the autumn of 1836, it became evident that the health of Stoffles would not allow of his continuance in England, and he embarked for his native country, in company with the Rev. James Read, jun., on the 7th of November, age was beneficial, but he suffered a relapse while at Cape Town, and died on the 18th of March, 1837, at Green Point, on his way to the Kat River. His end was peace, A “brief memoir of Andries Stoffles” appeared in the Missionary Magazine for April, 1838. Dr. Philip, the Rev. James Read, sen., Tzatzoe, and other friends, embarked on the 25th of November, 1837, for the Cape, where they arrived on the 6th of February, 1838, and in the course of the summer the Chief rejoined his family and tribe, who had long and anxiously expected his return,
INCREASING LIBERALITY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE SOCIETY. The Directors continue to receive the most gratifying accounts from the numerous friends of the Society, of their efforts to contribute their respective proportions towards realising the proposed annual income of 100,0001. The committee of the Bath Auxiliary report as follows
The total receipts of the Auxiliary dur- crease in those of the friends present had ing the year have been 5581. 4s. 6d., one of been suggested, and the consequence was the most striking items of which is a con- that all in the room immediately doubled tribution of 857. from a Juvenile Associa. their annual contributions ; he had no tion, which was formed only a year since. doubt, when other friends in the Committee The annual remittance to the parent So- heard of this fact, they would follow the ciety had been 5311. Mr. Owen stated example, and he would suggest, to the an. that while the local committee were deter- nual subscribers present, to double their mining on that passage of the Report which contributions; if, however, they could not had reference to an increase in the amount do this, he was sure they would all assist of individual annual Subscriptions, an in- to the extent of their power.
A friend in Hampshire writes as follows :
Never have I sent you a remittance with thereabouts. Since we have had deputaso much satisfaction, as at the present time. tions, we have increased from year to year; I think that the event clearly justifies my 1837, 271.; 1838, 321. ; 1839, 511. This anxiety to have a full deputation. We used is the true criterion of Missionary zeal. to raise with difficulty 101. per annum, or
The Secretary of the Essex Auxiliary says :
I have great pleasure in forwarding to tation from the London Missionary Society, you a copy of a resolution which was unani. to visit every congregation in the county mously adopted by our committee yester- that will consent to receive him, at as early day:"That the Secretary be instructed a period as possible with a view to increase to make the necessary arrangements for ob- the amount of contributions to that So. taining the Rey. Richard Knill, as a depu. ciety."
I beg your prompt attention to this in- undertake the tour of useful agitation in teresting matter, and hope that you will Essex county. I sincerely hope that the soon favour me with a line informing me matter of the £100,000 “ will stand." when our good brother may be willing to
Several other equally interesting manifestations of zeal and liberality have been received, some of which it is intended to publish in the next number of the Missionary Magazine.
SINGAPORE,-LETTER FROM LEANG AFAH. The following translation of a letter from our Chinese brother, Leäng Afah, written to the Foreign Secretary in the beginning of March last, while it exhibits that familiar knowledge and apposite application of Scripture which may be frequently observed in intelligent converts from heathenism, shows at the same time, that those who in distant lands have been made partakers of the heavenly gift, through the instrumentality of British Christians, are not unmindful of the kindness which sent to them the everlasting Gospel of peace. It is satisfactory to be able to add, that the indisposition he mentions in his letter has been nearly removed, and that he has deferred his intention of returning to China, until Providence shall open a way for his public exertions for the spread of the Gospel there. Leäng Afah writes as follows : To the Rev. MR. Ellis.
yet the seed of the Gospel has fallen into Presented with respects.
the minds of the men of the middle coun
try; and we wait till afterwards, when our The prophet Isaiah, in the thirty-second heavenly Father will kindly confer the Holy chapter and eighth verse of his book, says, Spirit's grace, to regenerate the hearts of “ The liberal deviseth liberal things : and the Chinese ; then the seed must spring up, by liberal things shall he stand." From and bring forth much fruit. Thus, how is the preceding ten years until now, although it not true (in regard to you) as written in I have been preaching the doctrines of the 1 Thess. i. 8, “For the word of the Lord Gospel, exhorting and instructing the men from you has sounded out, not only to the of the middle country, (China) yet those nations around, but also into every place of who have been led to believe, of the com- the middle country.” mon people belonging to my country, are Two years ago I came to Singapore, and few, not more than two or three every year; lodged in the house of the American Misand of the rich, not one. Thus no man sionaries. During the week days I have has contributed towards my sustenance. been engaged in revising and correcting And had not those who “devise liberal Medhurst's and Gutzlaff's version of the things” of your country assisted me, I Scriptures; and on the Sabbath, in preachshould not have been able to preach the ing the Gospel, and instructing the ChinaGospel to the men of the middle country. men who lived with the Missionaries. Wherefore, ye men of benevolence and love, From the 15th day of the third month belonging to one of the estimable benevo- of last year, [according to our reckoning, lent Societies, to you is applicable what is that is, 15th March, 1838,] I have lived in written in the third epistle of John, fifth to Mr. Stronach's house; and have been em. eighth verses ; “ Beloved, thou doest faith. ployed in the same way as when I lived fully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren with the American Missionaries. Since the and to strangers; which have borne witness 25th day of first month of this year, [i. e. of thy charity before the church ; whom if 25th January, 1839] the two Messrs. thou bring forward on their journey after a Stronachs and I have gone, every Friday godly sort thou shalt do well : because that afternoon at five o'clock, to distribute rari. for his name's sake they went forth, taking ous kinds of religious tracts through the nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore streets of Singapore ; and at six o'clock, ought to receive such, that we might be before the gate of Mr. Tracy's house, I fellow-helpers to the truth."
have preached the Gospel, exhorting the Moreover, every year I have been engaged men of the middle country. Every Friday in printing the Holy Scriptures, and reli- evening about thirty or forty men come and gious tracts, and distributing them among listen to the preaching of the Gospel ; and the Chinese. And at present, though there we pray our Heavenly Father, widely to are but few who believe and obey them, extend mercy towards the thousands of