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Waterloo. Little improvement seems to have taken place in the spiritual condition of the people at Waterloo since the last Report; and Mr. Metzger, who, with W. Tamba, occasionally visited them, remarked, that the regular Ministry of God's Word was greatly needed. Mr. Metzger writes at the end of September— I met the Communicants on the evening of the 15th; only seven were present. I understood that four had turned back to the world, whom I therefore excluded: those with whom I conversed seemed to be sincere. I was much pleased with the prayer of one of them: he, of his own accord, endeavours to edify the other Communicants, and holds Prayer Meetings with the people. I am sorry that we have no Native Teacher to station here, who might from this place attend to Calmont. The number of Communicants is 11. The want of a regular Ministry will be supplied by Mr. Gerber's appointment to this Station, as before noticed. Thirty-seven Couples were married during the Quarter ending at Christmas.
At the end of 1826, this Settlement, which is 19 miles from Wellington, consisted of only a few TNatives; but, at Michaelmas, there were 266 Liberated Africans, men, women, and children, who had been sent thither chiefly in the early part of the year. Mr. Metzger reports at Midsummer— The Headman placed here by Government, under Mr. Pierce the Manager, is John Plague, formerly a Sergeant in the late 4th W. I. Regt., and one of my most-experienced Communicants at Wellington: he calls the people together twice on Sunday, with much success. William Tamba, who attended Service there on June 17th, found the Place of Worship, which is a temporary house, full of attendants. The thing we most regret is, that they can hardly understand any English; and it can only be ascribed to the pious exertions of John Plague, that they are at least in the way of being informed, both in the language of the Word of God and of its saving Doctrines. William Tamba states at Michaelmas– At Calmont I speak to the people in the afternoon. Whenever I go, I always find the house quite full, and the people waiting for me: they are glad to hear the Word of God: about 200 persons attend, including children.
Mr. Metzger's health did not allow him to visit this Station during the Autumn; but he remarks concerning it at Christmas–
The pious Headman continues to keep the people attending Divine Service on Sundays; and although he cannot read, he tells them of that Saviour whose Grace #. experienced in his own soul, and to whom he desires to live whilst in the world.
* MOU NTAIN DISTRICT.
The Committee have the painful duty of recording the loss which the Society has sustained in this District by the death of Mr. Frederick Gatesman: he arrived in the Colony in November 1826, and soon after entered on the duties of his station; but in April was attacked by fever. He was brought from Leopold to Freetown, for the benefit of medical aid: and received the most assiduous attention from Mr. Fergusson, “who has ever been prompt,” to use the words of Mr. Betts, “to attend the Members of the Society when ill.” The fever, however, continued to increase; and terminated in his death, after an illness of about a week, near midnight of the 23d of April. He departed in the Faith. When Mr. Betts said to him, “That God, whom you have served in the time of health, will not leave you in the hour of trial,” he replied with calmness, “I know it! I thank Him that I have not now, for the first time, to seek an interest in Christ. I know whom I have believed '" . On the arrival of the Rev. Thomas Davey and Mrs. Davey, he was placed, about the middle of October, in the spiritual charge of the whole District: he resides at Bathurst; and is assisted by Mr. Edmund Boston, David Noah, and William Tamba; and by Mrs. Heighway in the Infants' School. The following arrangement for supplying, as far as the scanty means allow, the wants of the several Stations in this District, has been made by Mr. Davey: he writes— I have endeavoured to supply the various places on a Sunday in the following manner: Regent and Gloucester, alternately, at 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon; Leicester Mountain at 1 in the afternoon; and Bathurst and Charlotte, alternately, at 10 in the morning and 3 in the aftermoon: David Noah taking the former three one Sunday, and the latter two on the other Sunday: and myself doing the same, with the addition of early Prayers at Bathurst, and an exhortation in the evening. Of the Communicants, generally, Mr. Davey remarks— I am not prepared to give that favourable account of the propriety of behaviour in some of those attending that Holy Ordinance which I most devoutly wish. I was constrained lately to speak expressly to some; and I hope what was said may have the desired effect in future.
Mr. Davey makes the following Report of this Station, at Christmas—
I am much pleased with the behaviour of the people of this Village. There are about 327 inhabitants: the number of those who attend Divine Service, in a Grass-house built at the expense of the Church Missionary Society, is from 50 to 60: their attention to the Means of Grace has delighted me; although it has sometimes occurred to me, that if they really hungered more after the Word of Life, we should see more than seven or eight of them come over to Gloucester (a distance of a mile) to attend Service at that place.
There are 4 Communicants, who usually attend at some of the other Villages to receive the Lord's Supper. Mr. Davey had baptized 4 Infants, and married 1 Couple, during the Quarter.
Mr. Davey makes a favourable Report of the attention of those who frequent the Means of Grace: in the Quarter ending at Christmas there had been 29 Baptisms and 5 Marriages: there were 45 Communicants.
Of the general state of the place Mr. Davey remarks— - I feel grieved that it appears my duty to state, that the ple of this Village appear, many of them, to neglect the eans of Grace, and, I have reason to fear, are employed on the Sabbath seeking after the things of this world: the average attendance does not appear to be more than 145, including Children. I had till lately a far more favourable opinion of the state of the people of this Village, than I have at present. It appears to me that they have been left so long to themselves, that many of them have sunk into their former evil habits and country-fashions.
Of this Station David Noah reports at Michaelmas– During this Quarter, Divine Service has been regularly continued at Regent as usual: twice on the Week-day, and three times on Sunday. The attendance on Week-days is from 10 to 12 Adults, besides the School-Children; and on Sunday, from 250 to 300. There were 99 Communicants last Quarter; but one of them has been removed by death: she died happy in the Lord. Mr. Davey states at Christmas, that the average number attending Worship is 250, including Children, and about 95 Communicants: he has married 14 Couples, and baptized 22 Infants. Mr. Davey meets the Communicants at certain times; and says, with reference to these meetings— I have on these occasions been much pleased with their simple statements; their lamenting the want of more means of Grace, and the neglect of social Prayer-Meetings, which were formerly kept up among them, but have been for some time laid aside; their mourning their want of brotherly love and Christian communion; and the sin of some in not attending Church, unless the person officiating was one who pleased them, thus looking more to the creature than the Creator. The removal of the Christian Institution from this
Station has been already noticed.
Bathurst. Leopold and Bathurst, which were formerly two distinct Settlements, have been united, and are now designated Bathurst. Of this Station, Mr. Gatesman rol in the Spring Quarter—
have, at present, but little to cheer me, while endeavouring to make W. the Gospel of Salvation; yet I have not been left without some encouragement. The Communicants, ten in number, attend the means of Grace very regularly; and, so far as I can ascertain, walk consistently with their profession. The people who come to church pay great attention to the whole Service; about 160, including children, attend church in the Morning, and 60 in the Afternoon of the
Lord's Day, and 40 on Tuesday and Saturday Evenings. Mr. Davey states, at Christmas, the number of E. attending Public Worship on the Sunday to e about 250: the Congregation is attentive, and on the increase. In addition to those who attend Church on the Sunday Morning and Afternoon, he
has about 40 persons in his own house in the evening. Daily Worship is attended by about 100, including Children. The Communicants are 7 in number: 27 Infants have been baptized, and 25 Marriages solemnized. The people having of their own accord requested an Evening Adult School, and made a contribution to defray the expense of lighting it, Mr. Davey has commenced one. An Infant School was also opened on the 22d of October, of which Mr. Davey gives the following account:— It is attended by 37 Boys and 34 Girls, between the ages of 2 and 7 years: the progress made by them since the opening of the School has been not only satisfactory, but very encouraging. Those Europeans, and those of my Brethren who have visited the School, have expressed their approbation of the system of education; and have suggested the propriety of the same system being adopted generally with the children in the Colony. It is hoped that the children have not only been amused, but profited, by their attendance: they are variously engaged in their lessons, from learning the Alphabet to reading the New Testament, Writing, and the first branches of Arithmetic, as near to the system practised in England as circumstances will allow. It is found, however, that one European to a School is hardly sufficient for the constant exertion required in keeping up the attention of the scholars in this climate. I trust, however, that we may indulge the hope, that we shall soon have some of the Natives able materially to assist in carrying it on, and thereby, in a great measure, to make the exertion less. Mr. Davey adds— Within these few days, Colonel Denham has visited the School, and appeared much pleased with the system: he has ordered 10 Liberated African Boys to be sent every morning from Regent, and 16 from Charlotte: and has also sent a young man, John Thomas, to assist in teaching them, at a salary of 121 per annum.
The accounts of this Station, furnished by Mr. Gatesman and William Davis, have not been of a favourable kind. At Lady-Day, Mr. Gatesman made the following report:—
I keep Divine Service here, as at the other Stations, once every other Sabbath. The people greatly neglect and break the Sabbath; and, until lately, utterly disregarded the instruction of their children. About 90, Children included,