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attend Public Worship on the Sabbath Morning, and 40 in the Afternoon; who, with very few exceptions, appear very careless and unconcerned. At Michaelmas, William Davis writes— Divine Service is kept once on Sunday; but on the weekday, no Service is kept, as nobody will attend. On Sunday they attend tolerably well; but they go too much in their own Way. Since Mr. Davey has had charge of the District, he, or David Noah, attend once on the Sunday, for the purpose of conducting the Service at this Station. At Christmas, there had been 22 Infants baptized, and 5 Couples married: there were 3 Communicants, and 2 Candidates for Baptism.
This is a newly-formed Village, about three miles and a half from Charlotte, on the Hastings road, containing about 175 Inhabitants, chiefly deserted from the Mountain Villages: houses are building for them; but they live at present much in their country fashion. Mr. Davey gives the following account of them at Christmas:—
I cannot say that I have seen at present those indications of an anxiety for the means of Grace, which are so much to be wished. They have not any regular Divine Service, without going either to Hastings or Charlotte; which I have reason to believe they never do. If I have been correctly informed, some of them go to work in their farms on Sundays. With the present slender means, and many calls for them, in this District, this Village has not had that attention from us which it so much needs. I have visited it twice during the Quarter; but at neither time was I able to collect any people together, to speak to them the word of God.
The loss of Mr. Gatesman's services in this District has been severely felt; and may in some degree be appreciated, from the following testimony borne by Mr. Betts to his character and labours— I have lately had an opportunity of witnessing what has been lost to the objects of our Society, by our Brethren having had their hands tied by the duties of the Superintendency; and what may yet be done, by a man of judgment and devotedness of heart, who shall give his whole attention to the Missionary Work. I refer to the extensive plans of usefulness, which our lamented brother Gatesman was enabled to devise; and, in a great measure, to carry into effect. With Five Villages under his charge, he, with the assistance of William Davis and David Noah, held Divine Service at each of these Villages on the Sabbath; besides occasionally inspecting a Sunday School which he, had established at Bathurst. During the other days of the week, he himself performed Divine Service at three of these villages—weekly inspected the Schools of four villages—on one day in the week, imparted instruction in reading and arithmetic to such adults as attended for that purpose—on another day, gave instruction in composition and grammar to the Native Teachers Davis and Noah, and to such of the Schoolmasters of his Villages as could attend. While it pleased God to favour him with health, his time was fully employed in that work, for which he left his native land, and sought the shores of Africa: and now that he is called home to his etermal rest, I venture to speak thus freely respecting him, and I say that he is an example to those who may succeed him. At the same time, all was done in such a quiet and unostentatious manner, that I believe few, even of his fellow-labourers in the Colony, knew the value or extent of his services.
The general state of this District was thus noticed by Mr. Gatesman, in his Report of it at Lady-Day—
Although, at each of the Villages in my District, there are, as may be expected under existing circumstances, numerous discouragements, I must say that I think the encouragements counterbalance them; so that I am more and more convinced of the importance of perseverance, in the great work of instructing the people and children in those things which make for their present and everlasting peace. Those who can read or understand English tolerably well, are the persons who compose our Congregations; while those, who have had no advantages of instruction, keep away from the House of God: and those children, who have become more forward than others in learning, are by far the most willing and desirous to be taught.
The Rev. John Gerber left in the early part of the year; when the Rev. J. G. Wilhelm removed to this District from Waterloo, and was assisted for some time by William Tamba. During the rains, Mr. Wilhelm had a severe attack of ague and fever, which brought him very low; but it pleased God subsequently to restore him. In consequence of his age and increasing infirmities, it was determined, at one of the Meetings of the Missionaries, that he should reside at Freetown, and take charge of Gibraltar Chapel, which would occasion him less fatigue than the care of a District. He has been succeeded in this District by Mr. Betts.
Mr. Wilhelm gave the following account of this
Station in September:The people who attend Divine Worship, seem to become more and more attached to me; though most of them were led to a religious disposition, agreeably to the Wesleyan System. They have never invited me to their Meetings in their own Chapel; which, I think, is all the better both for me and for them; for I might, perhaps, prove offensive to some, in not instructing them THERE agreeably to their own regulations: but they attend Public Worship with me, once, at least, on the Lord's Day; and also receive the Lord's Supper at my hands; as well as bring their Infants to me to be baptized; and also such Adults as they take into their fellowship, to be examined, and, if necessary, instructed by me for baptism: of these people I have now 21 men (Discharged Soldiers) and 39 women on the lists as Communicants. Besides these, I have baptized 6 men and about 20 women (not of the Wesleyan Connection), after instructing them for the space of three months. The Holy Communion, however, is very irregularly attended: on Easter-Day, I had 58 Communicants; in June, only 27; and in August, 32. The progress of religion is much hindered, by the people being left at perfect liberty, whether they will keep the Sabbath, or choose to work in their farms and bring burdens home. • At Christmas, Mr.Wilhelm reported, that during the Quarter, though he had not been prevented from having Service every Sunday, he had been unable, from
general ill health, to visit either Kent or the Bananas.
The Rev. John Gerber's visit to England, and his subsequent return to the Colony with Mrs. Gerber, have been noticed. He greatly regretted that it was rendered necessary for him to leave his Station at a time when the influence of religion began to be powerfully manifested among the people. On the eve of his departure he reported—
The attendants on Divine Service have considerably increased: 28 males and females have been baptized and admitted to the Lord's Table: four others, baptized before, have been added: the present number of Communicants is 43, all of whom I believe to be sincere. -
After Mr. Gerber's departure, W. Tamba visited. Kent till the end of May, and made the following Report of this Station:— The people are in the same state as when the Rev. John Gerber left them : one Communicant is dead : Mornin Prayer is kept regularly. On Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, our Church is quite full: on Monday, I walk about the town, to visit the sick: on Thursday forenoon I examine the School; and, in the afternoon, I meet the Communicants. . The Communicants were reduced to 30, some having left Kent, after Mr. Gerber's departure.
While the Mountain District has been deprived of the valuable services of a devoted servant of Christ, this District has sustained a similar loss by the death. . of Mr. Thomas Heighway. He reached the Colony on the 9th of last December, and on the 28th proceeded to his Station at York: on the following §. he was a good deal exposed to the sun, in an attempt, before Public Service, to enforce the due observance of the Sabbath; and when he afterwards addressed the people who were assembled for Public Worship, he over-exerted himself to a degree which could not fail to excite the apprehensions of his European Friends. In the afternoon he complained of headache, and found it necessary to take some medicine: his indisposition however increasing, he removed to Freetown for medical advice on the following Thursday; but his case, it was soon ascertained, was beyond the efforts of human skill.
Though Satan was permitted to harass him at the beginning of his illness, the temptation remained but a short time; and, afterwards, his mind was sweetly composed, and resigned to the will of God: he remained in a peaceful frame until Monday, Jan. 7; when, about four o'clock in the afternoon, he quietly fell asleep in Jesus.
Mr. Davey thus speaks of his departed friend—
He was a man of strong faith, ardent zeal, and fervent prayer. I had the privilege to see much of him at Islington: and, after his arrival, he remained with me a few days at Bathurst, and assisted me in various ways, in the Schools, and addressing the people of this District. His whole soul seemed to be drawn out in a peculiar manner for the eternal welfare
of those, for whom he had left his native country and came out hither to labour.
Mr. Davey adds—
I am aware that you need a large share of faith, under all the dispensations .# God's providence, with which your Mission in this Colony is exercised, to enable you still to go on, in the great work of sending the Gospel to the miserable children of Ham. Some would have said, long ago, “Give up the post, and labour elsewhere:” but you jave been enabled, hitherto, to go on, in humble dependence on an Almighty Arm; and have sent out one Labourer after another, into this unhealthy place. Many of these Labourers have been summoned, at an early period of their residence here, to their eternal home: and some have been ready to say, Joseph is not, and Simeon is not / all these things are against me / yet you, my Dear Sirs, have been upheld under all trials; and, I doubt not, will still be upheld by Him who hath said, Be still, and know that I am God / I will be exalted among the Heathen: I will be exalted in the earth.
SHER BRO COUNTIRY.
Stephen Caulker, who conducts the School at the Plantains, reported, in June, that he had then 25 Scholars. Of the business of the School, Mr. Haensel
gives the following account:
The School opens at six in the morning, and continues till eight. It commences with Prayers, at which the grown-up Boys attend with the younger: the former say a lesson immediately after Prayers, which has been given them the day before ; and then get a lesson again to learn in their leisure time, and to say the following morning : after which they go to their work. The smallest Boys are nine in number: they attend with the older Boys in the morning from 6 to 8, and again from 10 to 4.
The number of Schools in the Colony under the charge of the Government, as before noticed, is 21; that is, 12 for Boys, and 9 for Girls. In these are instructed 659 Boys and 445 Girls; making a total of 1104 Scholars. Thirty-six persons, 22 Males and 14 Females, are employed as Teachers in these Schools. Many of the Scholars are children born in the Colony, of parents long since located.
The very inadequate manner in which the Society has been enabled to provide for the spiritual necessities of the Africans calls for the exercise of much faith. The devoted Servants of God who have given