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Brethren had a numerous and zand, Mrs. Meyer, & widow, well regulated congregation of having lent us her waggon, and Tame Hottentots, for by this name some of the neighboring Farm. they are distinguished, who do ers their servants to drive the not run away at the sight of the oxen. Our object was now to White people, and who are some- | proceed as far as Florus Fis. what more civilized than the cher's, who possesses the last wild Hottentots or Boschemen. farm in the Karroo. This is a These latter, when approaching vast tract of land, of many days a white man for the first time, journey, so dry in the Summer for some urgent motive, such as as not to produce a blade of their ardent desire of obtaining grass; but, happily for us, it afa little Tobacco, appear in an forded, when we passed it, sufagony of fear, which discovers ficient pasture for our cattle, and itself by the trembling of every for those of the surrounding inlimb ; yet so vehement is their habitants, who hearing of our love of this narcotic, that they journey came from all parts to will venture anything to procure hear the Gospel. We travelled it ; and had it not been for the but slowly, our waggon being powerful attraction of this favor- overloaded with the numerous ite herb, which we liberally dis presents of these open-hearted tributed among them, I am per- colonists. We had, however, suaded we could not have pre- / frequentopportunities of preachvailed upon them to venture nearing to small congregations of
the Farmers from the adjacent On our way to Bavian's Kloof, I countries. near Broad River, the Lord was After a fortnight's journey pleased to bless my poor labors through the mountainous Buckamong the people in an abundant field, and the level Karroo, we degree. Some of the hearers arrived safely at Florus Fisexpressed their gratitude with cher's, where we received a cortears of joy, and by a very wel. | dial welcome. Mr. Fischer is gome present of eleven draught the person already mentioned, oxen for our intended journey who was employed by Governnorthwards. Upon our return | ment, (under whom he was a to Rodezand, Brothers Edmond Field-Cornet) to negociate a and Edwards were solemnly set peace with the Boschemen, and apart to the work of the Minis- in which he happily succeeded ; try, in Mr. Vos' church; and and to his family devotions it the next day Dr. Vanderkemp seems chiefly owing, that his and Mr. Edmond proceeded to heathen neighbors conceived the wards Caffraria. 3
desire of receiving religious inOn the 25th of June* we took struction. This desire Mr. Fisleave of our kind friends at Rode- cher was sincerely desirous of
gratifying, but by what means, * Some of these dates are supplied from a former Journal, sent to the cuse the repetition of some particulars Society by Mr. Kicherer, when in which appear therein, as it is the Africa ; an extract from which ap. wish of the Society to present to the pears in Vol. I. of The Transactions public in this Narrative, a complete of the Missionary Society, No. VIII. account of Mr. Kicherer's Mission, The readers of that Volume will ex- land settlement at Zak River,
he was utterly at a loss to con- | number of about fifty, having in ceive, especially as a dread of our train six waggons full of thèse savage people universally provisions, sixty oxen, and near prevailed, and it seemed improb- two hundred sheep, the kind able that any teacher would ven- presents of the Dutch settlers. ture into such a wilderness, sep The first night we slept at the arated from all christian society. | foot of the Rockfield mountain, But, how marvellous are the | and our sheep-fold was threatenways of God! for at this very ed by a Tiger. About that time time we were influenced to come we were often beset in the night from a far country to comply by Lions and Panthers, but I with their unknown desire. cannot say I felt so much alarm • Here we continued three then as I should probably feel weeks, in order to prepare for now; my mind was stayed on our further journey, during the Lord, who kept me in per. which we enjoyed many a crowd- fect peace. On the 29th we pased and happy meeting with the sed the last inhabited house in neighboring Cultivators, particu- Rockfield, and found the counlarly on the Sabbath-days, when try a perfect desert, without a we have had twenty-two wag. blade of grass. Wild Horses, gons full of people, besides ma Lions, and Ostriches abound init. ny on horseback, some of whom | The eggs of the latter afforded came four days journey to hear us an agreeable repast. Here the word of God, and to partake we halted one day to refresh the of the Lord's Supper; for many cattle and bake some bread. of these people have no church Two of our company who went that they can attend nearer than to shoot Antelopes, saw two LiRodezand, which, though eightons, and another Lion at night days journey distant, they some-approached our encampment, times attend.* I feel myself un- but was kept off by the fires able to express our own happi- which we kindled for that pur. ness in those days, or to speak pose. After travelling seven properly of the wonderful bles- days without meeting a human sing the Lord gave to his word | being, on the 3d of August we at that time, both among Chris- / arrived at a spot where a few tians and Heathens.
| Boschemen resided, three of Here we were strongly solicit. whom came to us. When crossed to prolong our stay, but being ing the Zak River on the next eager to commence our labors day, one of our waggons was among the Boschemen, we fixed overturned, but without much the time of our departure for damage. Some of our people the 22d of July, on which day shot five Antelopes, two wild we left the Karroo, accompanied Horses, and a Steinbock. The by our generous host Mr. Fis- next day we halted, and were cher, with several other farm- visited by about twenty Boscheors and their servants, to the men. On the 6th we fixed on a
spot where we agreed to settle, * What reason have British Chris- |
and called it Happy Prospect tians to rejoice in their superior priv
Fountain. It is near two fine ileges, and to take care that they im- springs of water, with a good prove them!
- 1 piece of ground for cultivation, but the surrounding country is from all I loved in this world, barren, and the inhabitants few. had not urgent business dispersHere we fell on our knees, de-ed my gloomy reflections, and voting this place, as well as our- had not the Lord, whom I servselves, to the service of the Lord, ed, condescended to pacify my requesting his continual pres-troubled heart, when I spread ence with us while we dwell in my complaint before him. This the wilderness, and imploring was especially the case one eve. his blessing on our future labors. ning, when sitting on a stone, in We also began immediately to a circle of Boschemen, I attemptprepare a plot for a garden, anded to convey the first instructo build a hut of reeds, no other tions to their untutored minds. materials offering themselves for It may not be improper here that purpose, not a tree growing to introduce some account of in that country. In these neces- these wild people. They have sary labors we were assisted by no idea whatever of the Supreme our kind friends the Farmers. Being, consequently they pracOur people shot two Antelopes, tice no kind of worship. They but when our Hottentots went to have however a superstitious fetch them, they found that one reverence for a little insect had been claimed by the Lions, known by the name of the the sovereigns of this region. Creeping-leaf, a sight of which, In the evening we distinctly they conceive, indicates someheard their dreadful roar. thing fortunate, and to kill it,
On the 12th of August, Mr. they suppose, will bring a curse Fischer and our other kind upon the perpetrator. They friends were obliged to leave us, have some notion of an evil spirand return home. This was a it which they imagine produces time of severe trial. I felt inex- mischief, particularly the dis.pressibly dejected at first, but eases which they endure, and to the Lord comforted me. We counteract his evil purposes, a soon began to have more compa- sort of men are employed to ny, a party of about thirty Bos- | blow, and make a humming .chemen arriving to enquire into noise over the sick, which they the reason of our coming. They sometimes continue for many were at first exceedingly shy, | hours together. but small presents of the irre- Their manner of life is exsistible herb presently rendered tremely wretched and disgustthem more familiar. Soon after ing. They delight to smear this our Reed-Hut tumbled their bodies with the fat of anidown, in consequence of our at-mals, mingled with a powder tempt to make it tighter by a which makes it shine. They covering of clay which it could are utter strangers to cleanliness, not support, and we set about as they never wash their bodies, building a more suitable dwell- but suffer the dirt to accumulate, ing.
so that it will hang a consideraI well remember how deeply | ble length from their elbows. my spirits were depressed about Their liuts are formed by digthis time, and how insupportable ging a hole in the earth about, my situation would have proved, three feet deep, and then making ,, separated, as I found myself, l a roof of reeds, which is hower
er insufficient to keep off the children, and never correct them raits. Here they lie close to- except in a fit of rage, when they grether like pigs in a stve. They | almost kill them by severe usarr. e. tremely lazy, so that noth- / age. In a quarrel between fa. in will rouse them to action, ther and mother, or the several by : excessive hunger. They wives of a husband, the defeated will continue several days to- party wreaks his or her revenge gether without food, rather than on the child of the conqueror, be at the pains to procure it. / which in general loses its life. When constrained to sally forth Tame Hottentots seldom destroy for prey, they are dexterous in their offspring, except in a fit of destroying the various beasts passion, but the Boschemen will which abound in the country ; * kill their children without re. but when they cannot procure morse on various oceasions, as these, they make shift to live when they are iH-shaped, when upon Snakes, Mice, and the most they are in want of food, when the detestable creatures they can father of a child has forsaken its find. There are some sponta- mother, or when obliged to flee neous productions of the earth from the Farmers or others; of the bulbous kind which they in which case they will strangle also eat, particularly the Came-them, smother them, cast them ron, which is as large as a child's away in the desert, or bury them head, and the Baroo, about the alive. There are instances of size of an apple ; there are also parents' throwing their tender some little berries which are offspring to the hungry Lion, eatable, and which the women who stands roaring before their go out to gather, but the men cavern, refusing to depart till are too idle to do this. I some peace-offering he made to · They are total strangers to do- him. In general, their children mestic happiness. The men cease to be the objects of a mohave several wives, but conju thers's care, as soon as they are gal affection is little known. able to crawl about in the field. They take no great care of their | They go out every morning,
and when they return in the .. The wild beasts are always evening, an old sheep's skin to “ shot with poisoned darts. They lie upon, and a little milk or " take the poison out of the jaw-bone 1 " of the serpent, and put it on the
piece of meat, if they have it, is “ point of the dart or harping iron.
| all they have to expect. In some "They then creep behind the small | few instances, however, you “ busnes, where they conceal them- meet with a spark of natural af• selves, and attack the beast when fection, which places them on a " about the distance of an hundred level with the brute creation. “ steps. If the dart wounds him in “the slightest degree, the Hottentot
The Boschemen frequently “ is sure of his prey ; sometimes the
| forsake their aged relations, "wounded beast falls down dead im- when removing from place to " inediately, in other cases he pursues place for the sake of hunting, "' it for a time, and at length suc. In this case they leave the old ' ceeds. They then take out the “ wounded part, and eat the rest
person with a piece of meat " without injury. They can run al
and an ostrich egg-shell full of 's most as well as a horse." See Vol. water; as soon as this little I. p. 332.
| stock is exhausted, the poor deserted creature must perish by and in relying upon his faithíulhunger, or become the prey of ness to fulfil them. I shall never the wild beasts. Many of these forget this remarkable season. wild Hottentots live by plunder It was admirable to me to observe and murder, and are guilty of that frequently the more dark the most horrid and atrocious and gloomy my prospect was, actions.
the more abundantly the spirit · Such are the people to whom of prayer was given to me, so the Providence of God has di- that I was enabled to shelter myrected our course ; and among self in Jesus, to lay fast hold on them, blessed be his name, he him by faith, and to commend has been pleased to call many to these savages to his free love the fellowship of the Gospel, and and grace. to render them the distinguish- From this time the number ed trophies of his almighty of our Boschemen considerably grace. But to return to our nar- increased, and I began to find rative.
some encouragement in my Our days are spent in the fol-work. Often did I feel inexpreslowing manner. About the time sibly happy when setting forth of Sun-rising we collect together to these poor perishing creafor Prayer, when we read the tures the infinite grace of our Scriptures and sing a Hymn ; Redeemer. Frequently have I then the elderly people depart, begun my work sighing, and and the business of the School | concluded it exulting with joy commences. · We teach the and gladness of heart. It was younger people to spell and read very affecting to observe how Dutch. In the mean time our amazed they were, when I told provision is prepared by a Bos-them of a God, and of the resurcheman girl. School being over rection of the dead. They knew we proceed to our manual labor, not how to express their aston-' such as gardening, building, &c. ishment in terms sufficiently About noon we dine; and the strong, that they should have afternoon passes away in the lived so long without ever having same. occupations as the fore- thought of the Divine Being. noon. Evening arriving, we con- | Ever after this, they would call clude our day by Prayer, sing me their Ebo, or Father. Someing Hymns, and communicating, times the impression which the in the plainest manner we can, word made upon the people was the knowledge of divine things. ' so great, that it appeared as if
At this time I deeply felt the we had got above all disappointgreat need and importance of ment ; but at other times, the prayer. I was enabled often to natural inconstancy of the Bosbend my knees, jointly with my chemen, seemed to reverse evelittle flock, before Him, who had ry promising sign. It is imposa promised that he would take the sible to express what extraordinHeathen for his inheritance. ary supplies of patience, pruProstrate at his feet, I was pe-dence and fortitude, we needed culiarly assisted in wrestling ear-1 at the beginning of this work. nestly for the blessing; and felt However, some of the people a happy freedom in pleading now began to pray. “() Lord Christ's own words in this case, Jesus Christ,” they would say,
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