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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE,

MISSIONS OF THE UNITED BRE- The present Address is occasioned by THREN,

a similar necessity, and is in like manWe have been requested, and with ner encouraged by friends pot of the that request we very readily comply, to Society, who are acquainted with the insert the following appeal to the pub- proceedings of their missions, and with lic in behalf of the Missions of the Uni- the great difficulty of maintaining them. ted Brethren. Did we suppose that any

This indeed amounts almost to an imthing we could say would strengthen possibility, unless it shall please the their claims to the benevolent regard of Lord to incline the hearts of those to our readers, we should certainly have whom He has imparted the power, enlarged on the subject. But, fearful again to afford their generous assistance. of weakening the force of Mr. Latrobe's The effects of that dreadful war, by statement by any addition of our own,

which the Continent was wholly impowe shall content ourselves with express- verished, trade annihilated, and even ing a hope that his confidence in the the common necessaries of life in many liberality of Christian Britain, will not instances withdrawn, are still felt by prove to have been misplaced.

most classes, so as to render them un

able, as formerly, to direct their attenADDRESS, &c.

tion to subjects beyond their own personIn the year 1814, it is well known that al existence; while the settlements of the accumulated distresses of the Con- the Brethren, though by God's mercy tinent affected all classes and descrip- spared from total destruction by fire tions of persons. The same calamities and sword, were so much exhausted, were severely felt in all the settlements from being continually made the headof the United Brethren in Germany, quarters of different armies, that they Holland, Denmark, and Russia, and were plunged into debt, and their usual considerably diminished the contribu- sources of income, for some time, nearly tions both of the Brethren's congrega- dried up. The exertions of individuals, tions, and of friends participating in however, and of the congregations colthe welfare and support of their mis lectively, have not been wanting ; and, sions among the heathen. Under these though greatly reduced in means, they circumstances, an appeal was made to have done what they could to assist in the religious public, by some very re- preventing any relaxation in the pro. spectable persons in England, who be- secution of the work. Yet, with every came acquainted with the embarrass- exertion, it is impossible to meet the ments under which this important con- great and accumulated expenditure of cern laboured. That appeal was not the past years. The sum of about 4.0001. made in vain, and the Committee, to which, by the unexpected liberality of whom the general management of the our '

brethren and friends in England, Brethren's missions is intrusted by their was collected in 1814 and 1815, was insynods, feel how much they owe to the deed a relief for which we cannot suffikindness and liberality of the numerous ciently thank the Lord, who thus diswell-wishers to the spread of Christi- posed the hearts of so many benefactors anity among the heathen, who very to favour the Brethren's missions ; but pohly stepped forward on this occasion,

as the circumstances which then occaand, by their generous donations, con- sioned the deficiency remain unaltered, tributed in a great measure to remove the Committee is again under the nethe existing difficulty. In this work of cessity of making their case known, cbarity, benefactors of various deno- and expressing a hope that their peminations were united, exhibiting a most tition for help will not pass unreencouraging proof of the power of that garded. Christian love which binds together the To show how extensively the church hearts of the people of God in support of the United Brethren is employed in ing the cause of their Redeemer, how. attempts to propagate the Gospel in the ever distinguished by various names and heathen world, and how long they have forms,

maintained their numerous missions in

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different countries, the following state- The communication with the three ment is subjoined :*

settlements in Labrador, which can In St. Thomas.

only be maintained by a vessel of their St. Croix. 1732. 3 33 own annually sent to the settlements, St. Jan.

proves a great expense; but the Lord Greenland

1733. 3 19 has hitherto enabled the Brethren's North America . 1734. 2 ng Society for the furtherance of the GosSouth America , 1738. 3 15 pel, established in London, to persevere South Africa, re

their exertions, notwithstanding the 1736. 2 21 newed in 1792

smallness of their means, and the unJamaica

1754. 4 10 certainty of a return equal to the exAntigua

1756. 3 12 pense of the outfit. Nor would it be Labrador. 1764. 3 28 consistent with that gratitude which we Barbadoes

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4 feel to God our Saviour, did we not here Astrachan, re

observe how graciously He has pre1765. 1. 2 newed in 1815 )

gerved the communication with the St. Kitts ..

1 4 Brethren's Missionaries in that inhosIn the three Danish West-India pitable region, so that since the comIslands, of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and mencement of the mission, now fisty St. Jan, the Brethren's congregations three years ago, no interruption has amount to about 12,200 souls ; in Green- occurred in transmitting the annual land to 1,100; in Antigua to 12,000; in supplies. During the last year, howSt. Kitts to 2,000. The congregations ever, 1816, the vessel was for the first of Christian Indians in North America time prevented by the ice, and by the suffered much both before and during fury of repeated storms, from toucbing the first American war. Great loss has at Hopedale, till at length, after sutierbeen sustained by the burning of Fair. ing a most violent tempest, which she field in Upper Canada, the principal was not expected to survive, the Capsettlement among the Indians, which it tain was obliged to abandon all hopes will cost no small sum to repair. of reaching that settlement, and to re

God has been pleased to bless the turn to England, having four mission mission at the Cape of Good Hope with aries on board, who were passing from mucb success. The forming of a third Nain to Hopedale. This event has subsettlement is in contemplation, when jected the Society to great additional means can be found to support it. About expense. The anxiety which will un1,600 Hottentots constitute the two con- doubtedly fill the minds of our Brethren gregations at Gnadenthal and Gruene- in Labrador, respecting the fate of the kloof; many more attend public wor- vessel and of their fellow-labourers, ship; and in the interior there is a great must be keenly felt. Yet, amidst ali desire among the heathen to receive more trouble, the Society has much cause to teachers. As the rooms used as a chapel thank the Lord that He beard the in Gruenekloof have for some time prayers of those on board, delivered been too small to accommodate the them from the raging of the sea, and congregation and other hearers, and brought them safe to shore. Government have kindly granted per- May the above statement and call mission to build, the erection of a new for help find acceptance and favour chapel has been undertaken, though at with all who consider the greatness and present the state of the finances scarcely importance of the work, and the comwarrants the undertaking.t.

parative weakness of those immedia

ately employed in it, and who, without * The first column of figures shows the

their aid, are wholly unable at present year in which the mission commenced;

to support it. Even now, many invithe second the number of settlements

tations to commence new missions must belonging to each ; and the third, the

be declined, from a full conviction that number of Missionaries employed in

it far exceeds the power of the Comthem.

mittee to accept them. † The Rer. Mr. Latrobe arrived in England in December last year, from his return from one of the principal a visit to the above settlements at the settlements of the Brethren in Germany, Cape, from which he has derived pecu- lay some interesting particulars before liar pleasure ; and may possibly, after the public.

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At the period when the former ap- near Manchester; Okbrook,near Derby; peal was submitted to the public, the Tytherton, near Chippenham, Wilts ; debt incurred by the missions, owing to Ayr; and Dublin. the circumstances already specified, was Those who are inclined to become estimated, according to the accounts annual subscribers towards the support received, terminating December, 1812, of the Brethren's Missions, are respectat 4,0001. In the year 1813, there was fully requested to affix the word " Suba further increase of debt, amounting to scriber" to their names, and also to 1,7001. And in the years 1814, and state their place of residence. 1815, which are the latest accounts at The Reports containing accounts present arrived, there was a still further from the different Missions, published addition, constituting a total debt of from time to time, may be had upon ap6,0001. notwithstanding the liberal do- plication to the Secretary, the Treanations contributed in consequence of surer, or any of the Brethren's Minisa the first appeal. To liquidate so large ters. a debt they feel to be utterly impos- Lists of the donations will be pubsible, dependent, as they principally are, lished. for the support of their missions, on the voluntary aid and liberality of their SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPORT OF congregations and friends on the Con

GAELIC SCHOOLS. tinent, who are still suffering from the In our Number for December last, desolating effects of the late war. p. 830, we laid before our readers an

Under these circumstances, they sin- Abstract of this Society's Fifth Report. cerely trust they will appear justified A Sixth, namely, that for 1816, has since in again respectfully appealing to that appeared. It was read at a General British benevolence of which they have Meeting of the Subscribers, held at already experienced so generous a Edinburgh, on the 12th December, 1816. proof, and which is at all times so con- Charles Grant, Esq. M. P. was in the spicuously manifested in every thing chair, and took an opportunity of reconnected with the spread of the Re- marking, that having recently witnessed, deemer's kingdom, that they may still while in the Highlands, the great utility be enabled to make the saving name of of the Society's schools, and being conJesus known to the heathen world. The vinced of the urgent necessity which assistance thus afforded will surely not existed for their institution, he should be unrewarded by Him to whom the be happy to use all his influence in promite of the poor but cheerful giver is as moting their interests. acceptable as the offerings of the more The Report states, that the success of opulent, for “ the Lord looketh on the the Society's undertaking has far surheart.” C. I. LATROBE.

passed every anticipation, and has been

so marked as to produce a growing harDonations will be thankfully received mony of sentiment on the subject. The by the Secretary, the Rev. C. I. La. prejudice at first entertained by many trobe, No.10, Nevil's-court, Fetter-lane ; persons against Gaelic schools, has been the Treasurer, Mr.J. L. Wollin, No.5, triumphantly overborne by the evidence St. Andrew's-court, Holborn ;-and also of facts, and the conviction increases by the Rev. Basil Woodd; the Rev. Da daily, that the plan of the Society is the niel Wilson; the Rev. Legh Richmond; best that could be adopted for convey. the Rev. T. S. Grimshawe; the Rev. ing to the poor Highlanders that know. I. K. Martyn; Messrs. Hoares, Bankers, ledge which alone can make them wise Fleet-street; Mr. J. Hatchard, 190, Pic- unto salvation. A few extracts from cadilly; Mr. L. B. Seeley, 169, Fleet the Report will abundantly confirm this street; Messrs. Williamas and Co. Sta. view of the case. tioners!-court; Messrs. Ridgway and 1. Torraston, Island of Coll.-The Sons, 170, Piccadilly: M. T. Lamb, clergyman's report states, that on an Bristol: Mr. James Montgomery, Shel- examination be found the number of field ; Mr. Robert Plenderleath, Edin. scholars to be 68; that the upper classes burgh; Mr. George Gibson, Leith; Mr.. read with ease and promptitude; and Hugh Muir, Glasgow ;-and by all the that all of them, by their progress and Ministers of the Brethren's congrega- attention, afforded convincing proofs of tions in London; Bath; Bristol, Bed. the fidelity and diligence of their ford; Leominster; Haterford-west; Ply- teachers. In fine," he adds, mouth; Fulneck, near Leeds ; Fairfield, whole of this day's transactions exhi. CHRIST. OBSERY, No. 183.

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15 the bited a pleasant prospect, demanding large congregation were filled, to bear, our fervent and humble thanks to the at the close of the service, 40 children of God and Father of our Lord Jesus both schools read the sacred Scriptures Christ, and gratitude to you, the instru- as perfectly as ever I heard them read, ments in his Divine hand, of doing such and in the most plain and impressive good to the poor and needy. With much manner, none of whom could read them pleasure I observed a girl, seventeen a short time before! I cannot express years

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age, reading the Epistle of Paul the interest about divine things wbich to the Galatians, who had not kpown a appeared to be excited, and the enjoy. letter at the beginning of the session. ment which it gave to the people to bear The people in this district seem grateful them, and to see many copies of the for the liberal sbare of your bounty they word of God where hardly one was to have already enjoyed, and eagerly solicit be seen before. I hope that you will that your school may be continued take it as a sufficient proof of the among them."

teacher's success and diligence, that 2. Arinagower, Island of Coll.—The about 20 who never knew a letter before his report of this school states as follows :- arrival amongst them, can now read the $ Of 78 scholars attending your school New Testament as well as I could wish here, 22 are reading the Bible. This to hear it read. His school, as you will class read with ease and accuracy. The see by bis report to you, is very numeother classes acquitted themselves much rous, and thrives beyond all expectation. to the minister's satisfaction, and the There is a visible change to the better examination of the wbole afforded me

upon young and old all around it. The great pleasure. Of the above number, Scriptures read by the teacher and scho 16 are married persons, who, notwith- lars are, by the blessing of God, diffusing standing the disadvantage they laboured their benign and sanctifying influence; under during the last session, are in a and thus the blessing of those that were fair way of doing well should they per ready to perish for lack of knowledge is severe."

coming upon the Society." 3. Bracadale, Isle of Skye.-The Rev. 5. Greenyard, Kincardine, Ross-shire. John Shaw writes of this school, “What I "I found there,” says the Rev.A.Macam anxious that you should know is, the bean, " a crowded school, of all agesgood that has been done by the school, 79 in number. The progress they have and the interest that it has excited. The made, during the winter session, is very children themselves seem to have a plea- great, indeed surprising. Their teacher sure in attending it: they pressed me seems to have been at pure pains with to hear from them more Psalms and them; as many who, four months beportions of Scripture than I had time fore, could not read a word in Gaelic, for: every face seemed to be animated, now read the Old and New Testament and every heart to beat with desire to with ease and propriety. Some who excel in the various exercises to which have fought the batlles of their country, they were called by their teacher. In spilt their blood and lost their limbs in its course of visiting, and being called upon service, attended this school, Retired on a by the people, I also found that much pension, they are now devoting their good was likely to accrue from the pa- leisure hours to learn to read the Gospel rents employing the children ją reading of peace, and have made very great prothe Scriptures at home. And when in ficiency. In short, the schools have been the school-house on Saturday, one of the a blessing of inestimable magnitude to inhabitants informed me, that he had the parish : the seed has been sown in been deputed by the rest to beg me to part, the fruits begin to appear; and, I tell the Society, on my arrival in Edin- trust, the harvest will be abundant, and burgh, how deeply they felt their obli, greatly conduce to the glory of God!!! gations to them for the important benefit 6. Dingwall. The Rev. Alexander of teaching their children to read the Stewart thus writes: “It is with much Scriptures, and thus bringing the know- satisfaction that I find myself called ledge of salvation within the reach of upon, at the end of another session of their parents, who are unable to read our Gaelic school, to repeat the testifor themselves.”

mony which I formerly bore to its uti4. Hustal, Isle of Skye.--Speaking of lity, and to the gratitude of the inhabit. the school at this place, the same cler- ants to the benevolent directors who gyman says: "How can I tell you the appointed it so long to this station. delightful emotions with which I and a * The returns of the teacher will show of your teaching has already demon

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the number and progress of the scho- The Society's Report closes with an Jars. From 200 to 300 persons have appeal to the public on the subject of been taught to read the word of God in its funds. The expenditure of the their native tongue; and not only to read year, owing to the extensive and sucbut to reverence the Scriptures, and to cessful efforts of the Society, has refer to them in the common duties and

amounted to nearly 2,2001. while the ordinary occurrences of the day." total receipts have not exceeded 1,250%.

“I request you will be pleased to This large deficit forms a loud call on communicate to the gentlemen of the British Christians generally, and espea Gaelic School Society, our very grateful cially on the natives of the Islands and acknowledgments for their continued Highlands of Scotland in all parts of the kindness, and our earnest prayers for world, blessed as many of them are with the farther success of their pious and affluence, to assist in rescuing their bumane scheme. We are now on a plan brethren from the depth of ignorance, of getting a school erected on a perma- and communicating to them the blessa nent foundation, which, along with otherings of Christian light. objects, shall include all the advantages thing," the Committee justly and feel connected with the Gaelic School. The ingly observe, “be mere momentous conviction of the utility of such an esta- than the salvation of our brethren? blishment, and the spirit which prompted Even the soul of a stranger ought to be its execution, certainly took their rise deemed by us of incalculable value; but from the school stationed here by your those whom you are endeavouring to in benevolent society, and I am happy to troduce to the knowledge of a Saviour have to communicate so encouraging a are they not our own blood, the memtestimony to the beneficial effects of bers of the same national family? Can their labour of love."

we think with indifference of that alMr. Stewart communicates also some most tangible darkness in which so very interesting facts to show the gene- many of them are involved ? Secluded ral improvement produced in his parish from the more enlightened portion of by means of the Society's school. No the land by those stupendous ramparts less striking are the following:

which the beams of the summer sun can 6 In two populous townships,” says scarcely overshoot, our countrymen had the Rev. Dr. Ross, " at the distance of wandered far from man, and still farther twelve miles from the parish church, and from their God. Unacquainted with in some measure detached rom the the use of language, excepting as it whole world, where, one year ago, ex- might be necessary for conducting the cept in the house of the principal tenant, limited intercourse connected with ves a siogle Bible was not to be found, now getative life, those stores of knowledge there is not a house in which a portion which expand the intellect, enlighten of the word of God is not read and his the soul, and elevate man in the scale worship performed twice every day. of being, were shut up from them by The thing is scarcely credible--but the impenetrable "bars--like the heatben, hand of God is in your labours, and the many of them ignorant of the Word of annals of time will not record the im- life, were thus deprived of the enjoy mensity of good which you have done." ment of the second best gift of God to * After an examination at Glencalvie,

Such was the desperate nature an old man in particular,” says the Rev. of the malady.“What was the nature Mr. Macbean, " thanked God, in most of the remedy applied by you? You expressive terms, for what he had spared sent teachers amongst them with the birn to see. " I remember,' said he, Bible in their hands—the treasure and • when there were only three Bibles in the key which disclosed" it were preall Strathcarron, Glencalvie, and Strath- sented together. You penetrated the cullapach-an extent of strath measur- deepest recesses of their mountains ; ing fully twenty miles in length, if taken and in those dells where the son of nain a straight line and only three men in ture 'rarely gladdens with his smiles the the vast population they then contained, 'deep-shaded hamlet, the Sun of Righte who could read the word of God! And ousness has shone forth in the splendour now every child can read it-every of his glory. You have now completely house contains one or more Bibles, and organized the establishment: your des those who cannot read themselves have pots furnish a constant supply of the daily opportunity of hearing it from Scriptures ; and the spreading influence some inmate of the family.?."

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