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lace, was appointed as a Settler at New Zealand. }. will be able, like his townsman, Mr. James Kemp, to further the work of the Mission in that department, which is so acceptable to the Natives. At the Monthly Meeting of the Committee on the 8th of this month, the Rev. Basil Woodd addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Clarke a few words of Advice and Encouragement, on dismissing them to their labours: they had both qualified themselves, at the Central School in Baldwin’s Gardens, to assist in the Education of the NewZealand Children. On the 20th instant, they embarked at Gravesend, on board the Heroine, Captain Ostler, for Port Jackson ; Government having granted them, with its accustomed kindness, a passage in that vessel. The Committee regret to state, in closing this report of the Society's Missionaries and Students, that Mr. and Mrs. Dawson, having returned from the south of England to Yorkshire, continue still unable to resume any active employment: little expectation, indeed, remains of Mr. Dawson's surviving long.


To the Eight Missions of the Society which had been for some time formed, a Ninth was added, at a Meeting of the Committee held on the 28th of January, among the Indians of North-West America. On these Missions the Committee will now report, in the usual order—beginning with Africa, and passing by the Mediterranean, India, Ceylon, and Australasia, to America.

Before the Committee enter on a survey of these Missions, they wish to call the attention of the Members to the subject of the African School Fund. They are now enabled, by Lists lately received from Sierra Leone, to apprize the Contributors to this Fund, that, at the time when these Lists were formed, that is in

December last, the whole number of 444 names ap-.

pointed by the Benefactors of the Children (with the exception of a few errrors) were borne by African Children and Youth, under the care of the Society's Missionaries in the Colony of Sierra Leone.

This Fund, so far as Sierra Leone is concerned, no longer exists on its original plan ; the maintenance and education of all the Children of the Colony being otherwise secured : but, on the plan mentioned in former Reports, of receiving from Benefactors who may wish to name an African Child the sum of 30l. to be appropriated to its future benefit, various Young Persons have been named at their baptism. Mr. Johnson, after enumerating Five Children whom he had thus named, and taken under his care, adds— I hope my friends will give me many more similar duties, I need not observe that the §ion whom I have named are the most promising. It will be a pleasing task to Mr. Johnson or his fellow-labourers, to appropriate to the benefit of Young Persons so circumstanced, the respective sums of 30l. assigned to them by their Benefactors; and the Committee cannot but hope that this plan of benefitting Young Africans, and of cherishing an interest in their improvement, will commend itself to many benevolent persons. While, however, circumstances have led to the closing of the African School Fund on its original plan, the Committee have been led to open a School Fund on that plan, for the benefit of Ceylonese Children; and, as opportunities may occur, for the advantage of other Children in that part of the world. Their attention was called to this object, by the measures pursued, at Bombay and in Ceylon, by the Missionaries of the American Board of Missions at Boston. The Board had adopted the Society's first plan: and had received the names of a number of Children, to be maintained and educated by its Missionaries; but had fixed the annual payment at Twelve Dollars for each child. Your Committee were apprehensive, from the Society’s experience on the subject, that this sum had been settled with reference only to the personal expenses of each Scholar, without including the various contingent expenses inseparable from the plan ; and having been urged by one of the Society's Missionaries in Ceylon, to open a similar Fund for the benefit of the Native Children of that Island, they stated their views to the

Board, in order that both Societies might proceed on the same plan. The Board very readily acted on the suggestion; and have fixed the sum to be paid in future for each child at Twenty Dollars per annum *.

The Committee are prepared, in conformity with this principle, to receive the names of Children, to be maintained and educated in Ceylon, at 5l. per annum. each, for Six Years. A number of Names have been sent for this purpose, by some zealous friends con nected with the Bristol Association.



The Members who assembled at the last Anniversary, had the satisfaction to hear from Sir Charles Mac Carthy, the unwearied friend of Africa, a confirmation of the statements which His Excellency had previously made to the Committee; and a repetition of his most satisfactory testimony to the value of that assistance, which he had received from the Society's Missionaries, in his endeavours, as Governor of Sierra Leone, to benefit the Negroes, liberated from captured Slave Vessels, and committed to His Excellency's care. They had even the high gratification to hear from his Excellency's mouth, that he felt himself under great obligation to the Society, as he could have made but little progress without its assistance, in the improvement of the Liberated Negroes.

The uniform zeal of Sir Charles for the melioration of Africa, sufficiently satisfied the Committee that he would employ his increased power and influence on the Western Coast, for the benefit of its Natives: yet the Members could not but receive His Excellency's assurance of his future cordial co-operation with much satisfaction. They could not hear without sincere pleasure the following declaration to the Meeting of his sentiments and determination :

Witnessing, as I have done, the sufferings of our Black Brethren, and feeling that it is the influence of Christianity

* An Extract on this subject from the Proceedings of the Board will be found in Appendix IV.

alone which can make them civilized and happy in this life, and happy in a future, with those impressions. I shall shortly return to Africa; and my own exertions in this cause, such as they are, shall be continued to the end of my days. . Sir Charles MacCarthy arrived at Sierra Leone, on his return, at the end of November; and was received by all classes with the warmest affection. The manner in which the Liberated Negroes of Regent's Town, Gloucester, and the other Settlements, expressed their regard to His Excellency, was both highly gratifying to himself, and strongly indicative of their own intelligent sense of the benefits which had been conferred on them under his fostering administration”. The extension of the Government of Sierra Leone has opened a wider field for the Society's exertions. It is, indeed, an affecting consideration, that some of the European Nations, in ungrateful forgetfulness of their own deliverance from the hands of the Oppressor, and reckless of the awful consequences of provoking the retributive justice of Heaven, continue to countenance those who act the part of ruthless barbarians on these devoted shores; and your Committee, while they bless God that he has been pleased to make the Society an instrument of abundantly rewarding with the Gospel the poor victims of this barbarity, and perhaps of preparing some of them to be future enlighteners of their country, cannot but deprecate this horrid traffic as the bane of Africa: they feel, however, high satisfaction in the persuasion that His Majesty's Government is determined never to cease its exertions till this pest is destroyed, and in the assurance that the able and philanthropic men who conduct the African Institution will persevere in their patriotic efforts until they attain that success which undoubtedly awaits them. The Committee quote with pleasure the sentiments of an eye-witness, who, after bearing testimony to the influence of Religion on the Africans in the Colony,

* Some very interesting particulars of the Arrival, Reception, and Proceedings of Sir Charles Mac Carthy have appeared in the Missionary Itegister, since the Anniversary, in the Number for June, pp. 235–238.

thus apostrophizes, in reference to the Slave Trade, the friends of that oppressed and injured people—

My Christian Brethren, through whose unwearied exertions that inhuman traffic is abolished, you have great reason to rejoice and be thankful that your lives have been spared to see some fruit from your labours. You sowed in hope—your hopes are realized; and, while you have cared for the bodies of the enslaved Africans, you have not forgotten their immortal souls, more precious than ten thousand worlds. It is your honour, and will, I am assured, tend to your happiness, to patronize that Society which sent the Gospel among the Captured Negroes. You have now their prayers on your behalf; and, ere long, you will receive your reward in that world of joy and uninterrupted felicity, where you will shine as stars in the firmament of heaven: there all distinctions cease—all will be one in Christ Jesus our Lord. What we now see is only the first-fruits. The Spirit is now hovering over Africa, waiting to breathe on the dry bones. Send then your Missionaries; for the harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few.

The same Gentleman thus speaks of the character of the Africans, and the encouragements to labour among them :—

The Africans are very tractable—easily persuaded by those who manifest a concern for their welfare. Strangers to the subtle arguments used to rob the Saviour of His glory, with meekness they receive the engrafted word, which is able to make them wise unto salvation, by the preaching of faithful Missionaries. They are extremely grateful to their benefactors: often do those who have been brought to pray, offer up their fervent intercessions on behalf of those who have sent them

the bread of life.

It is not a little remarkable, however, that the Slave Trade, with all its augmented virulence, not only does not shut up this coast against the efforts of Christians to bestow on it the blessings of the Gospel, but it cannot prevent the opening of new spheres of labour. It may succeed, as this Society knows by painful experience, in driving Christian Teachers away from some parts of these shores ; , but other scenes will open, and other tribes will call for instruction. Such is now the influence of our country on this coast, that, under its protection, secure and promising scenes of labour might at once be found for a great number of Christian Teachers.

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