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land. Mr. Hillyard, whose faith- to such important stations as ful services in that island have abound in that highly civilized been reported with approbation part of the globe. The period on former occasions, having ful- for entering upon the interestfilled the term of his engagement ing service has at length arrived, with the Society, returned to and there are now on their way England early in the last year : to those countries six Brethren, but feeling an earnest desire of two of whom are accompanied further usefulness in Newfound by their wives. The Rev. Mr. land, he voluntarily offered to Vos superintends the Mission resume the scene of his former designed for Ceylon. His long labors. The Directors readily standing in the Christian minisaccepted his proposal ; and he try-his faithful and successful accordingly sailed from Liver- labors therein, both in Holland pool, for that Island, in the lat- and at the Cape of Good Hope, ter end of the summer ; and added to the experience which they have had the pleasure of he has acquired by his previous hearing of his safe arrival, with intercourse with the ignorant his wife and child at Carbonear. and uncivilized part of mankind, Mr. Hillyard's labors will not be point him out as a person reconfined to the cultivation of the markably qualified to fill this church at Twillingate, which he station. He is accompanied by had the honor of planting, but the Brethren Ehrhardt and be extended to various parts of Palm, natives of Germany, who the coast, on which there are received their education for Mismany settlements, where multi- sionary services at the seminary tudes of souls, no less ignorant at Berlin, which was instituted than the Heathen themselves, chiefly, if not solely, for this obare totally destitute of religious ject, and is under the care, as instruction, and are in danger of before-mentioned, of that valuaperishing through lack of know- ble instructor, the Rev. Mr. ledge.

Jænicke. They have also passASIA.

ed a considerable time in HolThe Directors would now so- land with a view of acquiring a licit the attention of the Society more perfect acquaintance with towards the vast and populous, the Dutch language, which is but, alas ! neglected regions of used in Ceylon; while, at the the Eastern world. These have same time, they have enjoyed Jong engaged the pity and the the advantage of further instrucprayers of the Society at large, tion in divinity, from the kind nor have the Directors ever lost and zealous attention of the Rev. sight of the stupendous object; Mr. Verster, and other pious they have repeatedly announced ministers, connec.ed with the their earnest desires to send, to Missionary Society at Rotterthe deluded millions of Asia, the dam. The favorable testimony glad tidings of the glorious gos- borne to their character and spirpel, whenever the good Provi- it, both at Berlin and Rotterdam, dence of God should open their corresponds with the impression way, and furnish them with Mis- which their conduct, . during sionaries whose talents and dis- their residence in England, could positions should appear suited l not fail to make on us. We therefore send them out with the Island of Ceylon, this being much satisfaction and cheerful the station on which the attenhope, that they will seek and tion of the Society, and of the obtain grace to be faithful to Directors, is more especially fixGod, to the Society, and to the ed, and where, we trust, they Heathen, in the course of their will actually labor : yet in the ministry. Mrs. Vos, and Mrs. first instance they are to accomPalm, have also an important pany their brethren to Tranqueservice to occupy their zeal, in bar, where they will obtain such the instruction of the female na- accurate and comprehensive intives, and in assisting in the ed- formation as will greatly assist ucation of children.

them in forming their future Those who are designed to plans; and where they will find labor on the continent of India, are some Christian friends, who will the Rev. Messrs. Ringeltaube, promote their introduction, were Desgranges, and Cran. The not this rendered almost unnefirst is a native of Prussia, who cessary, by the kindness of one has already passed a short time of his Majesty's Principal Secrein India, and has since held his taries of State, who has furnishprincipal intercourse with the ed them with a letter to his ExSociety of the United Brethren. cellency Frederick North, the "The other Missionaries have Governor of the Colony. The been about two years in the Directors have also fixed in their Seminary at Gosport ; and the own minds a particular station whole have been ordained to the for the labors of the Brethren office of the Christian Ministıy, who are to remain on the Conand recommended to the grace tinent, and in which a very exof God in the discharge of the tensive field appears ripe for the arduous and important service harvest ; this they have more to which they are called, and on particularly pointed out in their which, we believe, they enter instructions, leaving, however, with a humble sense of their the ultimate decision to themown insufficiency, a firın reli- selves, under the intimations of ance on divine influences, and Divine Providence, and the ada sincere desire to consecrate vice of those pious and well inthemselves to the glory of Christ formed friends with whom they in the salvation of the Heathen. will communicate on their arThe Society, and the Christian rival. community at large, will, no The Directors have the satis. doubt, bear these devoted ser- faction to make a favorable Revants of God in their affectionate port of the state of the Seminary remembrance; and at the throne at Gosport. The young men of grace, implore in their behalf who are under a course of inthe divine protection, counsel, struction suited to Missionary and support, that they may make labors, pursue their studies with known

among the Gentiles the diligence, and evince that devoinsearchable riches of Christ, tedness of heart to the great oband at length finish their courseject in view, which encourages with joy.

their worthy Tutor and the SoIt has been observed, that some ciety to hope that they will one of our brethren are intended for day become burning and shining

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lights in the benighted regions siderably reduced ; and unless of the pagan world. Two other the exertions of the public, parpersons have nearly finished ticularly in the country, shall their medical studies, and we keep pace with the extended ophope, may be eminently quali- erations of the Society, the refied for situations in which the duction must be far greater than healing art may prove a happy the Directors conceive is comintroduction to the dispensation patible with the permanent inof the gospel, particularly in the terests of the Institution. But more highiy civilized countries they indulge a confident expectof the East.

ation, that while they pursue With cheerful confidence the with steady zeal the grand obDirectors look forward to the ject proposed—“the spread of centinued and liberal support of the gospel in Heathen and other the religious public. The So- unenlightened countries,”—and ciety will perceive, by the fore- while the Great Head of the going statement of the enlarge Church shall be pleased to sucment of the Missionary sphere, ceed, with the sacred Influences that the experiditure of the Insti- of his Holy Spirit, their feeble tution must of course be exceed- endeavors, their fellow Chrisingly increased : about two thou- tians, of every denomination, will sand pounds will be requisite for cheerfully consecrate to this serthe conveyance of the Missiona- vice a sufficient portion of their ries now on their way, or ready worldly substance, to enable the to depart; and nearly the same Society not only to support the sum may be annually necessary, Missions already established, but for several years to come, for continually to make new inroads the purposes of their several into the kingdom of darkness, Missions. The visit of the Af- and to erect the standard of the ricans to this country, and their cross in every country to which return, together with eight ad- they may have access. ditional laborers, have occasion Political reasonings are coned an unexpected and consider- fessedly remote from the sphere able demand ; but we trust that of duty belonging to Missionary this expense will not become a institutions, yet those who conmatter of regret, when the satis- duct their concerns, with mofaction which their visit has af- tives and aims which are purely forded to the Society, and the spiritual, will, nevertheless, conprobable advantage which the template the great changes which Mission may derive from their take place in Empires and Nareport in Africa, are taken into tions, as arrangements of an inconsideration. When the large finitely wise and holy Provisums which the efforts of the dence, designed to produce imlast year have occasioned, are portant moral effects, and which paid, it will be found that the ex- bear a relation to the final tripenditure has greatly exceeded umphs of the kingdom of Christ. the income. Those of our friends, Among these events, the imtherefore, who have supposed mense acquisition in territory the retention of a large capital and population made to the Britby the Society to be improper, ish Government in the Eastern will find that it will then be con- 1 part of the world, cannot but in

spire the breast of every true South African Missionary SociChristian with an earnest hope eties, have become the means that thereby a way may be pre- of bringing many savage heathpared for the spiritual dominion en to a knowledge of the gospel. of the Redeemer ; especially | A door is opened for instructing when it is considered, that while the wild Hottentots, Boschemen, these and other external dispen- and other barbarous tribes, who sations produce an interesting never before heard of the true opening for the exertions of God, the Saviour of men.

Dr. Christians, the liberal principles Vanderkemp, Mr. Kicherer and of the enlightened Government sundry other faithful servants of under which we live, counten-Christ, appear to be filled with ance and encourage them. What an apostolic zeal, and are painDivine Grace has lately effected fully laboring in the work. To in the West, in the remarkable see the most degraded part of revival of religion, and conver- mankind, thus visited by light sion of multitudes of nominal from on high, is a new evidence Christians in several parts of A- of the power and riches of dimerica, affords additional ground vine grace. The liberality of the of hope, that the Saviour is about Christian Dutch inhabitants to to take unto him his great pow- the Missionaries, in supplying er, and reign in a more splendid them with provisions and other and extensive degree. There necessaries, shows that the Lord seems, however, abundant evi- hath opened their hearts to addence of the Lord's gracious ap- vance his own work.-Mr. Kichprobation of the various and zeal- erer's Narrative of his Mission ous efforts of his ministers and to Zak River, appears the best people, in different parts of the calculated of any thing the Ediworld, and, consequently, strong tors have seen, to give their reaencouragement to proceed with ders a just idea of the savage increasing diligence and vigor state of these heathen, the fortiin the Missionary work. Much, tude and danger of the Missionvery much indeed, remains to aries, the success with which the be done. We have but just be- Missions have been attended, gun our work. We have made and the manner of divine operaa beginning, and God has pros- tion on the minds of these ignopered it. Let us go forward. rant people. The Narrative, The voice of the Word is-Go which is here begun will be conforward ! The voice of an ap- tinued in succeeding numbers.] proving Providence is Go forward! Let the encouraging voice The Rev. Mr. Kicherer's Narraof the public, in their prayers live of his Mission to the Hotand in their generous contribu- tentots. tions, also be-Go forward !

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sionary Society to give a writ[THE latest accounts from ten Narrative of my proceedings South Africa inform us, the Mis- in South Africa, I have to regret sions established in that country the want of my papers, which by the London, Rotterdam and the Captain who brought me

over from Holland, advised me) is the source of every good ; to leave behind, as they might they were also told that their ig. possibly involve him in difficul- norance and neglect of this Di. ties; on this account I cannot vine Being was the real cause of be exact as to the dates of par- their comparative wretchedness, ticular occurrences, but my On this explanation, the Bosstatement of facts will, I trust, chemen expressed their earnest be found accurate.

desire that proper persons might I embarked with my mission- come and reside among them, ary brethren, Vanderkemp, Ed- who would afford them those val. wards, and Edmond, on the 5th uable instructions which would of December, 1798, and arrived enable them to become as rich at Cape Town on the last day of and happy as their neighbors. March, 1799. Our original in- For this purpose they were di'tention was to visit the Nama- rected to the Government at the quas, but learning that they were Cape, where we met with them then at war, we changed our on our arrival. We considered plan, and prepared for going into this peculiar concurrence of e. Caffraria.

vents as a providential call to A few days previous to our visit them; and having looked arrival at the Cape, three Bos- up to the Lord to point out which chemen had come thither from of us should go, we appealed to Zak River,* with a view to so- the Lot, which fell upon me : licit the Government to send Brother Edwards had previously Teachers into their country. determined to go there; and They came in the capacity of Brother Kramer, a native of the public ambassadors. Providence Cape, followed us afterwards. had opened this door in the fol. On the 22d of May, we left lowing manner. The Farmers Cape Town, accompanied by the of the back settlements, of whom brethren Vanderkemp and EdFlorus Fischer was the princi- mond, who travelled with us as

pal, had been greatly reduced far as Rodezand, in their way to by the depredations of the neigh- Caffraria. Here we met with boring Boschemen. To prevent the most welcome reception by similar calamities in future, the the Rev. Mr. Vos, who presided Landdrost advised them to pur- over a fiourishing congregation, chase a Peace, at the expense of and whose successful zeal in the several thousand Sheep. At the cause of Christ is well known to ratification of this contract, some the Society. Mrs. Smith also, of the Settiers, being religiously an eminently pious lady, treated disposed, offered up a prayer in us with great hospitality, We the presence of the Hottentots ; were detained here for some who, upon their inquiry into the time by our want of a waggon nature and design of this action, and the necessary cattle ; but were informed that it was done our time was agreeably spent with a view of imploring the among our christian friends, and blessing of Almighty God, who we enjoyed frequent opportuni

ties of preaching the word in the * Zak River is between four and neighborhood. From hence we five hundred miles North-East of the made an excursion to Bavian's Cape. .

Kloof, where the Moravian)

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