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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. LETTERS and Journals have jusi been received by the Buffalo, from the Missionary Brethren at Otaheite, dated Mirch 8, 18.76 ; which contain little that is new or interesting. The brethren continue to labour among the natives ; but complain of the same inaitention and disregard as before.

An unknown writer, under the signature of Amicus, has circulated, in some of the periodical prints, a false report, injurious to the character of the Directors of the Missionary Society. It is expected that the publishers of those papers will be candid enough to insert a full refulation of the charge, which, we understand, has been transmitted to them. It may, however, he necessary to state the case briefly in this Magazine.

It has been pretended, in the papers alludded to, that 'l'apice, a native of Ołaheite, was commissioned by Domarre, the kile chief of that country, to come over to England, that he might be instructed in the Christian religion; and then return to preach the gospel to his countrymen; and that, on application having been made to i he officers of the Missionary Society, they refused to take any care of him; and that he must have perished, unless he had been taken under the protection of an individual, who has supported and instructed him ; and now solicits the aid of the public in his behalf.

The fact is this: South Sea whalers frequently touch at Otaheite and olber islands; and when they want hands to work their ships, induce some of the natives to go with them; and when they have thus answered their purposo, turn them adrift in London. The Missionary Society have helped several such persons, and sent them back to their own country, or at least to New Souih Wales; for it has generally been found, that they cannot sipport the cold of our climale.

The person in question appears to liave come in this manner. He left Otaheite on board the Betsy, was afterwards shipwrecker, and was several years before he reached England, about a year ago. On his arrival by the Warley, Capt. H. Wilson, he wać mentioned to the Treasurer, who applied to Capt. W. Wilson, formerly of the Duff, who kindly took him into his house, clothed and fed him, and gave him inoney, designing shortly to send hiin back to Port Jackson by his ship, the Spring Grove; but the destiny of that vessel being altered for South America, he continued at Mr. W. Wilson's about nine months, till another conveyance should offer. In the mean time Mr. ke. who now entertains him, calied, and frequently took him abroad with him ; and in a little time, he manifesied dissatisfac. tion with his situation, behaved improperly, and left the house. During all this time, he never once said that he had been sent over by Pomarre to learn and teach religion. This story appears to have been afterwards irvented for some interested purpose. It is allowe!, that he was well. known to the Missionaries at Otaheite, that he worked for then as a sawyer, and behaved himself in a friendly manner. Testimonies to this effect were given him by various persons, some of which have been made public for a purpose never intended by the writers, and without their knowledge. uch was a paper given him by Mr. Gililiam, the surgeou, which has been published without any auihority from him. Mr. Gillham corroborates the truth of the above statement, in the papers intende as

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an angwer to the charge against the Directors; and declares, that during the nine months Tapige was at Mr. Wilson's, be never heard him once speak of being sent by Pomarre to become a teacher of religion, though he conversed with him almost every week. Indeed, whoever considers for a moment the dislike which Pomarre discovered to the gospel, can never believe he would send one of his people to England to learn it. Alas! he and his subjects have constantly shewn for several years, tbat they " care for none of these things.” We trust, therefore, that no friend of the Missionary Society will judge the Directors to have been deficient in their duty in this affair.

CEYLON By Letters received from the island of Ceylon, the aspect of affairs, as they relate to the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Vos, appears to be far more encouraging than before.

By information from this island, we learn that the Rev. Mr. Vos, by a strict, faithful, and zealous attention to the important duties of his office, had created himself such powerful enemies at Columbo, that he has been deprived of his seat in the Consistory, and also of his Church, This is scarcely a matter of surprize, when it is recollected that the greater part of the Christians there have nothing more of Christianity than the name; and, consequently, live in the violation of all the holy precepts of Christ

. The scandalous lives of many of the clergy have contributed greatly to this evil. When the people have been reproved for their lewd conduct, and reminded of such passages of Scripture as 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10, some of them have holdly replied, “ If our teachers, who are learned men, allow them. selves in these things, why should not we be indulged in the same ?”

“ At Matura,” says Mr. Erhardt, “ where I reside, matters are much in the same state as at Point de Galle and Columbo. The congregation is very small, consisting only of about 50 or 60 people, of whom not more than 13 or 14 attend on a Sunday; and most of these are children: but I must patiently wait till the Lord's time shall arrive, and till I have made sufficient proficiency in the Cingalese language, to be able to preach in it to the Heathen. I intend to solicit Government for a piece of ground; on which to erect a Cingalese school. Many of the Cingalese, formerly baptized by the Dutch clergy, openly attend the Heathen temples; and even offer sacrifices there, which formerly was done only by stealth. It is really astonishing to see the crowds which throng the temples when there is a sacrifice ! I lately happened to be a spectator of one of these festivals

, The offerings consisted chiefly of flowers, linen, and oil. Fireworks were afterwards displayed, which attracted great numbers of people, at least 5000 persons were presenl; 3-fourths of whom had been baptized. It may be easily inferred from hence, what hard work it will be for a Missionary to la. hour among a people who expect, by the offering of a few flowers, to obtain from their idols eternal happiness ! 'To convince them of their errors must be the the work of God, and not of man: He alone can furaish us with those gifts and graces which are necessary for our work; and, therefore, we greatly need the fervent intercessions of all those who are interested in the spread of the gospel."

The Rev. Mr. Vos writes as follows: -"O how would you pity us, if you could form a just idea of the people here ! Yet, if i compare the number of the Dutch congregation at present, with what it was at my

first coming hither, I have abundant reason to be thankful ; and probably they would have been far more numerous, had not the Dutch clergy opposed nie as much as they possibly could. Within these few weeks, however, the people have discovered a great hunger for the word of God; so that the member of my hearers is very much increased; and, therefore, although I had determiued to leave the island, I have resolved, in consequence of my

having received many petitions from the people, to continue longer with them. The Consistory finding that they cannot prevent my administering the Sacraments, have determined to punish the people for receiving them in any place except the church ; and yesterday a paper to that effect was read from the pnlpit.

“ However, I begin to rejoice in all this; for it appears to me that the Lord our God is about to establish on this barren island a little church for himself ; and that Dagon is beginning to fall before the ark. My hearers are now endeavouring to purchase a large house for mo to preach in : but as they are very poor, I hope the Society will allow a sum of money for this purpose. Some of the people have assured me, that if the Society would send out another ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church to supply my place, should I return to the Cape, they would support him, -- separate themselves from the dead church, and build a place of worship for him Do as much as you can, my dear Sir, to assist me; for this seems to be the appointed time to do some good in Ceylon." Columbo, March 12, 1807. To J. Hardcastle, Esq.

The Directors are also informed, that Mr. Erhardt was about to remove to Columbo, in order to perfect himself in the knowledge of the Cin. galese language, under an abler teacher than could be obtained at Matura . so that it may be expected he will soou be qualified to preach the gospel to the native heathen.

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ASSOCIATIONS.

ORDAINED.

Oct. 14, at Mr. Atkinson's, MarAy Association has been lately gate, a Meeting of the East Kent formed, denominated “ The Middle Association.

Mr. Morris preached sex and Hertfordshire Union of Pro- in the morning, from Heb. xiii. 8 testant Dissenting Ministers.” Their Mr. Chapman in the evening, froni

first meeting is to be at Hertford, Rom. i. 16; Mr. Dawson the preon the Wednesday after the first ceding evening, from 1 Thess. i. 10. Sabbath in April, 1808. Mr.White

- The next Meeting at Ramsgate fuot, of Enfield, to preach, on the (Mr. G. Townsend's) on the WedNalure, Advantages, and best Me- besday nearest the full moon, in thods of conducting Religious As- April next: Mr. Mather, Mr. Tomsociations.

lin, and Mr. Giles to preach. Sept. 23. At Brigs, the Eighteenth General Meeting of the Line colnshire Association, Mr. Blir Sept 30, at Wiveliscombc, Somerkoin, of Walcot, preached in the

set, vr. Joseph Buck (Independent) morning; after which the Lord's Late student at Axminster.

The Supper was adıninisiered. Mir.Bean, following ministers engaged: of Alford, preached in the after- Prayer, &c. Mr. Heudebourck, of noon, from John vi. 12; and Mr. Bishop's Hail; introduciion, &c. White, of Mablethorp, in the even

Mr. Golding, of Pitminster; ordiing, from 1sa. Ii. 2; which was fol. nation-prayer, Mr. Tozer, of Taunlowed by another sermo:), by Mr. ton; charge, Mr. Small, of AxminGladstone, from Isa. ii. 3. Nics,l's. ster (the tutor); introductory prayHobson, of Driffield, Smelle, of er, Mr. Gardiner, . of Barnstaple; Grimsby, Collins, of Barton, and sermon, Mr. Saltren, of Bridport; Clark, of Brigg, engaged in other and Mr. Ajlen, of Stringslone, come day were conducted by Mess. Wood- the head, who fell from his horse Ward, of Pinchbeck, Griffiths, of and died immediately. While the Chatteris, and Cogett, of St. Ives. other gentlemen were attentive to

parts of the services. The next cluded. meeting at Waicot, near loking- Oct. 26, at Guyhorn, Cambridgeham, on the last Wednesday in' shire, Mr. M.538 Davis (indep.) late April, 1808.

of London. 'thic services of the

Oct. 21, at Wednesbury, Stafford- their triend, the inurderer escaped. slira, Mr. J. Pickering, pastor of

On Monday afternoon a party the Independent church. Introduc

of soldiers went in search of the tion, Mr. Hudson, of West Brom- murderer, whose footsteps had been wich; ordination-prayer, Mr.Grove,

traced by some country people toof Walsail : charge, Mr. Dagley, discovered and driven out; but

wards a wood. He was at length 1 Tim. iv. 6; serhion, Mr. Bennett, of Birminghamn; Mr. Theostosius, finding his pursuers close at his of Gomall

, begull

, and Mr. Morris, heels, he ran into a pond, where of West Bromwich, concluded with

one of the party shot him dead.

On his person was found the watch payer.

of which he had robbed Mr. Rhodes. Oct. 28, at Penzanse (Baptist

Thus “s List,” or inordinate dechureh) Mr. G. Smith was settled as

sire of
money,

"s when it was conpastor. Introduction, Mr. Grifin, ceived, brought forth Sin; and Sin," of Falmouth ; charge, Mi. Biri, of speedily after iis accomplishment, Piymouth; sermon, nr. Gray, of

brought forth Death." It must Plymouth; prayer, Mr. bagsdell; be regretted, however, that the vioof Plymouth, and liv. Rowe, of lence of reseatment should thus preRedruib.

vent the more slow and solemn proNov. 2, at Eastcoinbe, Glouces. cess of jasiice, which might have tershire, Mr. Hleury Bowkins. In- been more uscíul to the public. troduction, Mr. Flint, of Uley ;. char c, Mr. Burchell, of 'Tetbury ; sermon), Mr. Winterbottom; Mr.

LONDON Sauriders, of Frole, prayed, and in ile evening preached.

On Lord's Day, Nov. 8, a dinner was given by the lale Lord Mayor

to his successor in oilice, and other We rejoice to hear thai a com

members of the corporation, at the inodious chajel is to be erected at

City of London Tavern, in BishopsCheltenham, which is now become

gate Street.

They had been, we a place of grcal resort. Theatres,

are informed, to qualify themselves ball - roonis, and card - rooms are for vifce at the Lord's Table, and prepared for the entertainment of then assembied at theconvivialboard the gay and wo:v : the lovers of

ai ibe lavein; aud at an hour, three the gospel will also, we trust, le o'clock, when their more pious felaccommodaied. The liberality of low-citizens were going to church. infow individuals has already pro- Tuch an open violation of the sacred diced soul towards this soject; but dlar,

such a gross and indecorous the aid of the religious pilie, kie action, we believe, was never before bear, will necessarily be sobeled. commilied by the magistrales of

It has certainly excited On Sunday, lor. I, about 12 at strong sensations of indignation in -noon, a robbery was conmidled on the minds of those numerous citi. the London road, aproui six miles zens of London, who are extremely from Chichester, on a Mr. Hbodesconcerned to

witness such apan attorney of that place. Then proaches as these towards the vicithe affair was reported there, three ons and profane practices of France, Gentlemen, weil-mouniei and aime which, if indulged, may be foliowCid, set out in search of the villain; cilvy the infidelity and anarchy of and, after abouě iwo hours ride, that couniry. discovered him's when, finding that On Monday, the 9th, when the ibe gentlemica gainet

! ground upon, late Lord diayor, and the Lord horis ne dark rond, add shot vir. Mayor cleci, attended in the Court of Sergeania vne of the puisuers, thro? Lxchequer as usaal, the Chici Baron

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addressed them in a very interesting spect to their true interests; and to and impressive manner, alluding, as diffuse information amongst them, we cannot but think, to the transac- respecting the means whereby they tion above rcationed. The Chief may improve the present opportuBaron justly observed, that the nity of substituting a beneficial good or evil example of those who commerce in place of the Slave fill the highest offices in the magis- Trade. tracy, was of the utmost importance “ 4. To introduce amongst them to the state ; and that when the first such of the improvements and usemagistrate of the city couducted ful arts of Europe as are suited to himself in the discharge of his du- their condition. ties in an exemplary manner, the 5. To promote the cultivation magistrates in interior places were of the African soil, not only by exnot ashamed to follow h's example. citing and directing the industry of

We sincerely hope that this ex- the natives, but by furnishing, cellent hint will be taken; and that where it may appear advantageous hereafter the sanctity of the Sai- . to do so, useful seeds and plants, bath will not be sacrific d by the and implements of husbandry. magistracy to couviviality.

“ 6.* To introduce amongst the It was very properly enguired in inhabitants beneficial medical disone of the newspapers,“ With what coveries. face could the present Lord Mayor “7. 'To obtain a knowledge of have received information the principal languages of Africa ; against the master of the bondon and, as has already becu found to Tavern, for suífering. “ tippling?" be practicable, to reduce them to in his house during divine service?" writing, with a view to facilitate the

and it was recommended to the diffusion of information among the Society for suppressing Vice, to dic natives of that country. rect their attention to the irregula- “ 8. To employ suitable agents rities of the higher ranks of people, and to establish correspondences, as whose conduet is more pregnant shall appear advisable ; and to enwith mischici ihan that of the er courage and reward individual enorders.

terprize and exertion in promoting any of the purposes of the Institu.

tion.” AFRICAN INSTITUTION.

The Report is chiefly occupied in An interesting Report from the obviating the objections which may Committee of this institution has be supposed to arise to the Plan of lately made its appearance.

the Society: 18i, From a considera“ The means which it is proposed lion of thie vastness of the object to employ for ihe purpose of pro. proposed to be effected by the efmoting civilization and improve- forts of a voluutary association of ment in Africa, are of the follow- 'individuals in this country; - 2dly, ing kind :

Froin the supposed intellectual and “1. To collect, and diffuse moral inferioriiy of the African throughout this country, accurate

3dly, from the result of the informativa respecting the natural attempt made to spread civilization productions of Africa ; and, in ge. in Africa, by means of the colony neral, respeciing the agricultural of Sierra Leone ; - and, 4th, From and commercial capacities of the the inadequacy of the means which African continent, and the intellec- the Institution can expect to possess tual, moral, and political condition and employ. On all these points, as of its inhabitants.

we think, a most satisíactory answer “2. To promoíe the instruction has been given; and we recomof the Africans io letters and in use- mend to onr readers tbe perusal of ful knowledge, and to cultivate a this Report, both as containing just friendly connexion with the nalives and ealerged views on several in. of that continent.

portant subjects, and as communi. “ 3. To endeavour to enlighien cating to the public much new and the minds of the Africans, with re interesting information.

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