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voyage. Mr. Gerber and Mr. Betts have since returned to the Colony. * . . In the North-1NDIA Mission, the Committee have to deplore the loss of the Rev. Abdool Messeeh, who died at Lucknow on the 4th of March of last year, after labouring fourteen years in the Society's service, with considerable success. Mrs. Wilkinson (of Gorruckpore) being obliged to leave India, in consequence of repeated indisposition, sailed from Calcutta December 22, 1826, and landed, in improved health, with her three children, at Gravesend, on the 27th of May. The health of the Rev. John Perowne (of Burdwan) also sailing, he embarked, with Mrs. Perowne and their three children, on the 8th of April 1827, and arrived at Plymouth, September the 5th, much benefited by the voyage. The Rev. William Greenwood (of Chunar) has, with the concurrence of the Calcutta Committee, accepted a Mastership in the Calcutta Grammar School.
Mrs. Taylor, wife of Mr. Henry Clarke Taylor, of Jamaica, departed this life on the 10th of August; and was followed, on the 19th, by Mr. Thomas Jones, who laboured at Papine in the same Island. The alteration of circumstances in the Society's Schools in Antigua has led to the separation from them of Mr. Charles Thwaites, Mr. Patrick Skirrett, and some subordinate Teachers.
The health of the Rev. John Raban is not yet sufficiently restored to allow of his re-joining the African Mission; and the Rev. J. Fenn remains, for the present, in this Country.
IDEPARTURES AND A R R.I.V.A LS OF MISSION AIRIES.
The Rev. Paul Pacifique Schaffter, a Lutheran Clergyman from the Bâsle Institution, embarked on board the “Clyde,” Captain Munro, on the 29th of May 1827, for Madras, where he arrived on the 30th of September, and shortly after proceeded to Mayaveram. On the 16th of June, the Rev. John Latham and Mrs. Latham embarked for Calcutta, on board the “Marquess Wellington,” Captain Alfred Chapman, and landed at that Presidency, October
the 26th. June the 20th, the Rev. Christian Lewis Korck, M.D. and Mr. John Kitto, a Printer, sailed for Malta, in the “Wilberforce,” Captain Dench : they arrived there on the 30th of July: Dr. Korck subsequently proceeded to Smyrna; and from thence, on the 2d of January last, to Greece. The Rev. William Yate, and Mr. Charles Baker and his Wife, embarked at Woolwich on the 14th of July, by the grant of Government, on board the “Sovereign” Convict Ship, Captain M'Kellar, for New SouthWales, on their way to New Zealand: they sailed from Deal on the 22d of July; reached Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, November 19th ; and resumed the voyage to Sydney, December the 12th. The Rev. Thomas Davey and Mrs. Davey sailed from Plymouth, on their return to Sierra Leone, in H. M. S. Eden, Captain W. F.W. Owen, who generously granted them a passage, as he had done on their visit home. The Committee wish to aeknowledge the high sense which they entertain of the very great kindness and attention shewn to them by Captain Owen on these occasions. Mr. and Mrs. Davey landed at Freetown on the 2d of September.
Mr. Ebenezer Collins sailed from Deal on the 14th of October, in the “Golden Spring,” Capt. Pritchard; and landed in Jamaica on the 1st of December. He was followed by Mr. William Manning, who embarked at Gravesend, Dec. 9th, on board the “John Shand,” Capt. Innes, and landed at Kingston in the latter end of February, after a very stormy passage. Two other Catechists, Mr. John Armstrong and Mr. Charles Carter, embarked on the 24th of October for Demerara, on board the “Lady Dunmore,” Captain .Owen, and reached their destination on the 5th of December: Mr. Armstrong is to labour in Essequibo, and Mr. Carter in Demerara. Mr. Thomas Heighway and Mr. Edmund Boston, with Mrs. Heighway, sailed from Plymouth, for Sierra Leone, in the “ St. Andrew,” Captain Deiper, on the 18th of November, in company with the Rev. W. K. Betts and the Rev. John Gerber, who were returning to their labours in that Colony, and Mrs. Gerber: they all arrived in
safety at Freetown Dec. the 9th; but Mr. Heighway soon finished his earthly course, as before stated. The Rev. Charles Friend and the Rev. Ralph Eteson, and Mrs. Eteson, destined to Benares, sailed from Gravesend, for Calcutta, on board the “Ganges," Capt. Lloyd, on the llth of April; and on the next day, Mr. Peter Brenner embarked for Malta, on board the “Charlotte Wylie,” Capt. Jeeb.
All the Missionaries, whose departures were stated in the last Report, have arrived at their respective destinations.
The Rev. J. Norman and his Companions (except Mr. N.'s eldest child, which died on the 31st of October) reached New South-Wales on the 12th of February of last year. On the 26th of April, the Rev. C. F. Schlienz arrived at Malta. The Rev. G. S. Faught and Mrs. Faught,with Miss Stratford, landed at Trincomalee, August the 2d.; and proceeded by sea to Colombo, where they arrived on the 24th of September, having stopped in their way to pass some days with the Brethren at Nellore. Miss Stratford has since been married to the Rev. S. Lambrick. The Rev. T. Norton, with his Family, resumed his Station at Allepie on the 20th of November, after having been detained three months in Madras, where they had landed on the 9th of August.
OR DINATION OF MISSION ARI Es.
On Trinity Sunday, the Rev. Thomas Davey and the Rev. C. L. Korck, M.D. were admitted to Priest's Orders by the Bishop of London; and Mr. Alfred Nesbit Brown to those of Deacon: and on Sunday the 23d of December, his Lordship ordained the following Students of the Society:—the Rev. Ralph Eteson and the Rev. Charles Friend, Priests; and Mr. John Dixon, Mr. Charles Pinhorn Farrar, and Mr. Joseph Marsh, Deacons.
Eleven Candidates for Missionary Service have been received in the past year. The want of suitable Missionary Labourers has long been experienced by the Society; and the circumstance that so few are found ready to enter on the fields of labour which are opening on every side, seems to call imperatively on the Members of the Church of Christ, not only to pray that, by a large effusion of the Holy Spirit, zealous and devoted men may be raised up for this important work, but to cultivate in their own hearts that deadness to the world, that entire surrender of the affections to God, and that habit of close communion with Him which will tend to the increase of Missionary zeal in the domestic and social circle.
INSTITUTION AT IS LINGTON.
The Buildings, which the last Report stated to be in progress for the reception of Missionary Students, have been completed.
The Number of those who were preparing for Missionary Labour, at the period of delivering the Report of last year, was Thirty-one : Ten have been since admitted; making a total of Forty-one. Of this number, Fifteen have proceeded to their respective destinations: Two to Sierra Leone, Three to the Mediterranean, Three to North India, One to South India, Two to New Zealand, and Four to the West Indies. Nine others have quitted the Institution; and Seventeen remain there at present.
His Excellency, Major-General Sir Neil Campbell, whose appointment to the Government of Sierra Leone was noticed in the last Report, soon followed his predecessor to the grave: he was attacked, in the month of August, by a remittent fever, which, after a few days, terminated in his death. Colonel Denham has been appointed his successor.
COLONY OF SIERRA LEON E. Soon after his arrival in the Colony, Sir Neil Campbell introduced some new Regulations, considerably affecting the Society's proceedings, as well as its relation to the Government. By one of these Regulations, the Villages of the Liberated Africans were formed into three Divisions, which received names descriptive of their locality. The Eastern, or River District, comprises Kissey, , Wellington, Allen Town, Hastings, Waterloo, and Calmont: these Villages lie in a south-east direction from Freetown, in the order in which they are here mentioned; along the eastern border of the Colony, on the Bunce River and the Timmanee Country. The Central, or MoUNTAIN District, comprises Leicester, Gloucester, Regent, Bathurst, Charlotte, and Grassfield. The Western, or sea District, comrises York, Kent, and the Bananas. Wilberforce, in the north-west part of the Colony, at present without any Teacher, will class with the Mountain Villages when it can be provided for. This division of the Colony is well adapted to its object—the efficient and economical application of the labour of Superintendants and Teachers. By another Regulation, the Society's Missionaries have been relieved from the Civil Superintendency of the Settlements. This employment was not originally sought by them, but was undertaken at the request of Sir Charles Mac Carthy, and has been continued under many instances of painful selfdenial: this arrangement will operate beneficially, in rendering a less number of European Missionaries efficient for the Spiritual charge of the Liberated Africans, than was required for the mixed charge of the Settlements. Another measure is in preparation, which will greatly relieve the Society's Labourers in their Ministry as Missionaries. The time of the Rector of Freetown having been almost entirely occupied by the merely official engagements of his situation, and a serious obstacle to the performance of his spiritual duties being thus raised, the Committee have requested His Majesty's Government to resume the charge of supplying Colonial Chaplains: this request has been acceded to; but the Society is to supply the office by its Missionaries until proper arrangements can be made by Government. In August 1826, Sir Neil Campbell, conceiving that he could place the EDucation of the LIBERATED children on a more economical footing,