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Saturday, September 28, 1816.
MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE. The following interesting information was enclosed in a letter from the Rev. J. A. Haldane of Edinburgh, to the Rev. Mr. Maclay, a Baptist Minister of this city.
56 A letter was received this day from Mr. W. P. Brook, dated Sidney, New-South Wales, Nov. 20, 1815, from which the following important information is extracted.
“ I have just received a packet from Otaheite, the contents of which are of the most satisfactory and delightful nature. If the question now be asked, Hath a nation changed their Gods ? I think before you receive this it may be answered, Yes. The Taheitan nation hath changed their false Gods for JEHOVAH the true God. The majority of the people of Eimeo, near a thousand, have renounced idols and professed themselves the worshippers of the true God, and they are daily increasing. Brother Davies has six hundred and sixty in his school, whom he catechises and instructs ; he is ready to sink under his labours. I long to be with him, as he and all his brethren say I may be immediately useful. Brother Scott was taken to his eternal rest in February last, leaving a young wife and two children. The brethren Davies and Nott, amidst their active labours, are frequently very ill, yet blessed be God the Gospel flourishes and gains ground rapidly. I am called upon for this letter, therefore must conclude, and have only time to add, that the triumphs of the Gospel in Eimeo will be considered as the most glorious that have been witnessed for many ages --Priests publicly burning their Gods---Chiefs destroying their Morais---pulling down their sacred altars, and cooking their victuals with the materials---men and women eating together---and group after group flocking to the Missionaries, and giving themselves to the Lord, The triumphs of the Gospel will be proclaimed through the world, and our Immanuel will be praised by thousands and tens of thousands for what he has done in Eimeo."
Extracts from the Report of the 22d General Mecling of
the (London) Missionary Society.
(Continued from page 395.)
STELLENBOSCH, (TWENTY-SIX MILES NORTH EAST FROM CAPE TOWN.) At Stellenbosch, Mr. B: kker continuçs to proach to the slaves and Hottentots, for whose accommodation a larger place has lately been erected. He is well attended, and many have reason to be thankful for his labours.
An auxiliary Society has been formed here, by whose liberality Mr. Bakker is wholly supported, and the overplus of the subscriptions amounting to 400 Rix dollars, (£100,) is devoted to the further extension of the Gospel by our Society*.
The slaves also, on hearing a part of our Report for the year 1814, determined to devote their mite to the Missionary treasury, and have already contributed about 60 Rix dollars, (£ 15.)
Mr. Kramer also preaches to the Hottentots and slaves, residing among the Boors in the extensive Drosdy, (or district,) of Tulbagh, and we believe is useful among them.
CALEDON, (ABOUT 120 MILES EAST OF CAPE TOWN.) Mr. Seidenfaden, and Mr. Wimmer are joint labourers at this place, to which about 400 Hottentots are attached. We rejoice to hear that the affairs of this seulement are in a prosperous state, Twenty adults have been baptized in the course of the past year, and twenty'more aré candidates for that ordinance. Mr. Wimmer assured Mr. Read that he ne. ver saw the work flourish so much, even at Bethelsdorp. It was formerly the wish of Mr. Wimmer to return to Bethelsdorp, and Mr. Read sent a waggon to convey him thither ; but so strong was the attachment of the people to his ministry, that they would not suffer him to depart, unless they also might go with him,
Åt the recommendation of Government, the British system of education has been introduced here, and a school room has been erected. There are about fifty children in the school, many of whom can read the Bible, and have learned many hymns, which they sing in every evening service. Some of the people have begun to build themselves brick houses, They are also erecting a cattle krall of brick, 120 feet long and 60 wide. Thus we perceive that religion and civilization are advancing hand in hand.
HIGH KRALL, (Usually called Hooge Krall, in the Drosdy, or District
of George, about 300 miles east of the Cape.) Mr. Pacalt continues to labour at this place, and not without good effect. His ministry is attended by two or three
* A gentleman in Africa has lately bequeathed the sum of 10,000 forins to the Stellenbosch Society, the interest of which, is to be applied by them to Missionary purposes.
kundred people; bul many of them, being either slaves, or servants to the farmers, cannot altend regularly. He has nearly 100 in the school, many of whom are adults, and who are able to read the Bible; and several of them can write, as well as repeat hymns and portions of Scripture. He has a large garden, and a field, which the people assist him lo cultivate; and they are rewarded for their labour by partaking of its produce. We are glad to find that corn and vegetables flourish in this settlement; and that Mr. Pacalt enjoys the good-will of the Landrost, who sometimes attends his church. This gentleman has always been friendly to our Missionaries, and deserves the warmesi thanks of this Society.
Mr. Pacalt performed a very useful service to our brethren intended for Lattakkoo, by travelling to the Cape, (about 300 miles,) to meet them on their arrival, and by conducting them to the place of his residence, where they were kindly received, and hospitably entertained; after which, suitable oxen and guides being sent from Bethelsdorp, they proceeded to that place.
The brethren who continued at High Krall about three weeks, express the high degree of delight they enjoyed, in witnessing the power of religion on the hearts of the poor Hottentots; and in hearing them, in their social meetings, pour out their souls in prayer for this Society " for their good friends in the far land, who thought of them, and sent a teacher of his word among them." * I think,” says one of the brethren who gives us this account, that the Hottentots may indeed be said to “strive to enter in at the strait gate ;" and though you, my venerable fathers in England, often speak of the blessed effect of the Gospel among the Heathen, yet, to form an adequate idea of it, you must come hither and see it.
THEOPOLIS, (In Albany, formerly called Zuurland, about sixty miles
beyond Bethelsdorp, N. E.) Ilere Mr. Ulbricht, who was several years at Bethelsdorp, now labours, and with considerable success. A concern about religion, similar to that noticed at Bethelsdorp, has appeared here. This settlement was threatened by a Jate insurrection in the neighbourhood, but which was soon happily suppressed. Mr. Bead informs us, that the report of the proceedings at this station is very interesting, but it is plot yet come to hand. (THORNBERG, OR VANDERWALT'S FOUNTAIN.)
E BUSHMEN'S COUNTRY, About five days' journey north of Graaff Reinet. This Mission, recently commenced by Mr. Smit, has la