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DECEASE OF REV. W. NEWBEGIN. Our chronicle of missionary intelligence for this month is again afflictive. It has pleased the All-merciful to summon from his labours our esteemed brother, Mr. Newbegin. Recent letters from him had led us to the hope that he had well nigh surmounted the debilitating effects of the climate, and that there were before him some years of exertion in the cause of the Redeemer. Our hope is destroyed. Western Africa again mourns. The promising field is deprived of its husbandman. And our faith is again summoned to submission, and to say, The Lord's will be done. Our readers will look on the sketch of Bimbia with mournful interest as they read the details which are below.
It is with feelings of gratitude we refer to the kindness evinced to the bereaved widow by Governor Becroft and Mr. Lynslager, and to the prompt assistance rendered, both to Mrs. Newbegin and the church at Clarence, by the Rev. H. M. and Mrs. Waddell, of the United Presbyterian Church Mission at Calabar. The following letter from Mr. WADDELL, dated 4th of May, will put our readers in possession of what is known to us of this sorrowful event.
It is with feelings of poignant grief that I her safe keeping, comfort, and welfare. Mr. address you, as secretary of the Baptist Mis- Lynslager's house being necessarily too sionary Society, being here most unexpect- much frequented to admit of her having the edly and unhappily on the business of your quiet and retirement which was indispensable Society. On the 26th ult. I received, at for her recovery, though no attention had Old Calabar, by the “ Dove," two notes, one been wanting on his part or that of his exfrom Governor Becroft, who had just re- cellent wife, which it was possible for friend. turned to this island, and the other from Mr. ship, and respect, and benevolence to gire, McShane, surgeon of H. M. S. Phoenix, our first care was to have our widowed sister both dated 21st ult., and both on the same up to the mission house, where we were insubject--namely, informing me of the death formed accommodation had been provided of your missionary, Dr. Newbegin, in cir- for us. This without much trouble we cumstances of the most painful description, effected, and to our great satisfaction she and of the very unhappy state of Mrs. New-enjoyed that night more repose than she had begin in consequence of her heavy affliction ; done for ten days or a fortnight before. and requesting, in urgent terms, that some Our hopes of her speedy recovery have not, of the ladies of our mission at Calabar might however, been sustained by subsequent imreturn with the “ Dove," and aid in affording provement, and I fear that her distressing to our bereaved sister that Christian sympathy malady cannot be effectually removed till and aid which only those of her own sex and she enjoys that care at home which in this station could bestow. There being unhap-country it is quite impossible to secure for pily no missionary of either sex, nor any | her. It will be absolutely necessary to send white lady remaining on the island, nor any | her home to England by the first oppornearer than our families, who could render tunity, which we hope will not be more disthe necessary assistance in this extremity, tant than a month hence, when a ship from Mrs. Waddell and I did not hesitate to Calabar will be going home, having an exanswer the call made on us, and on the day cellent surgeon and master on board, and following left Calabar in the “Dove," and one of the ladies of our mission, Mrs. Ed. reached Clarence three days afterwards. Igerley, as a passenger, or by an earlier vessel shall not describe the condition in which we if possible. found our dear unhappy sister. It was The following are the particulars that I sufficiently deplorable. I must, however, have learned concerning the sickness and state that every possible care had been taken death of our late brother Newbegin. On the of her, and every possible attention paid to 21st March, ten days after Mr. and Mrs. her by Mr. Becroft, Mr. McShane, Mr. and Saker and Miss Vitou left this place for Mrs. Lynslager, in whose house she was for England in our Calabar mission schooner, the time staying, Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, as Mr. Newbegin came over from Bimbia to well as by the members of the church, all of Clarence to minister to the church here. On whom showed the most lively concern for 2nd April he returned to Bimbia. On sabbath, 7th, he was sick, and could conduct | into their affairs, and give them such instruconly part of the public services. During the tions and consolations as their circumstances ensuing week his sickness increased. Tues-required, for they seemed as sheep without a day, 16th, he was carried on board the shepherd, and looked to me as to an elder " Dove," with the design of seeking medical | brother or father, for sympathy and direction advice. Accompanied by Mrs. Newbegin in their sadly bereaved condition. The and the assistants Trusty, Williams, and minutes of our meeting, and another to be Johnson, he reached Clarence Cove, bnt held to-night, will be copied out and sent to finding not the aid there which he required, you. the schooner, without coming to anchor, put l' In conclusion, my dear sir, I beg to exto sea again, and directed its course towards press my earnest desires that your Society Old Calabar, in the hope of obtaining the may very speedily be able to repair the assistance which his case required from the desolations which have been made in your ship surgeons there. In this hope all on mission. It cannot long subsist in its preboard were doomed to the saddest disap-sent state. Every month's delay inflicts an pointment. Scarcely had the “Dove" | injury which many months will hardly repair. reached the mouth of the Calabar river, I hope that Mr. and Mrs. Saker may soon when our brother breathed his last. Of return, and with them at least one or two course the idea of proceeding up the river to more well prepared and well proved men, the shipping station was abandoned, and who, not alarmed by the ravages of sickness once more the mission vessel was put to sea, and death hitherto among your brethren in and steered back again to Clarence. The this field, will come out prepared for the second day thereafter, namely Friday, 19th worst yet hopeful of the best, and willing to ult, it was off the Cove, having the corpse live or die as may please God, if they may on board, but being unable to get in, made a contribute in any degree to advance the insignal of distress to a steamer, which hove in terests of Messiah's kingdom in these regions sight, and approached the cove. This was of Satanic delusion and utter darkness. H. M. S. Phønix, having on board H. M. It is not likely that Mrs. Waddell and consul-general for these coasts, Mr. Becroft, myself can remain here over a week or two. which took the “Dove" in tow, and brought The attention due to our own family and her into harbour. The same evening the mission duties at Calabar require our return body was respectably interred amidst the un- so soon as the state of Mrs. Newbegin and of feigned sorrows of the whole population. your mission affairs admit thereof. Every The exact nature of our late brother's com- aid in our power to both we shall gladly plaint I have not ascertained. There was render, as an incumbent Christian duty. not much fever, but he vomited unceasingly, and his bowels could not be effectually
I remain, my dear sir, moved by any means employed. He was! Most sincerely yours in Christian bonds, sensible, however, to the last, and during the
HOPE M. WADDELL. day before his death gave instructions to the assistants with him for the performance of P.S. May 4th. I am happy to state betheir duties after his death, which he knew fore closing this letter, that a great improveto be approaching.
ment has taken place in Mrs. Newbegin's Yesterday I held a meeting with the mind in the course of the last twenty-four deacons of the church here and the teachers hours. She has slept, and awoke refreshed from Bimbia and Cameroons, to act as one and calm, though bewildered at the horrid of your own missionaries would do were there dreams of the last two weeks. Her perfect one spared in this emergency--to inquire recovery seems now certain and near.
Some few additional facts are presented in the minutes of the church meeting.
Minutes of a meeting of teachers and dea- | United Presbyterian Church at Old Calabar,
cons of the Baptist Mission on the west president.
This meeting has been held for the purpose of considering the present state of the mission
on this coast, which it has pleased God to Present the following :
Jafflict by sundry painful providences. Joseph Wilson, Dencons of the church Mr. Saker, missionary here, together with William Smith, ļ at Clarence, Fer- his wife and child, and accompanied by Miss Thomas Richard, nando Po.
Vitou, sailed from this port on the 12th William Trusty, Teachers of Bimbia March last, in the mission schooner « Jane," George Williams, į stations.
belonging to the Presbyterian Mission at Thomas Horton Johnson, of Cameroons Old Calabar, bound for England, the mission station.
here being then left in charge of Dr. NewHope M, Waddell, missionary of the begin, missionary, who took up. abode at Bimbia. On the 21st of said month Doctor the Rev. Mr. Waddell, at Old Calabar, Newbegin visited Clarence, where he re-making known the bereaved and most mained, conducting the affairs of the church, afflicted state of Mrs. Newbegin, and desiring till Tuesday, the 2nd day of the April, when that some members of the mission there, he went back to Bimbia in the mission especially one or two of the ladies, would schooner “ Dove," which he reached the day come to Clarence, and afford the aid their following. On sabbath thereafter, the 7th of Christian sympathy and advice to their disthe said month, at Bimbia he conducted part tressed sister, and to the mission, so heavily of the public services, but complained of afflicted. On Friday, 26th, the “ Dove" being unwell. The “ Dove," which had got to Calabar. On Saturday following sailed been sent on to Cameroons, was recalled on again, having on board Mrs. Waddell, and the sabbath of the 14th to Bimbia.
on Tuesday, 30th, got back to Clarence. Doctor Newbegin continued so sick that The meeting now held in consequence of he required to remove from Bimbia, in order the events narrated, is designed to consider to seek medical advice. For this purpose what is best to be done for carrying on the he, on the Tuesday following, was carried on affairs of the mission here, and at Cameroons board the “ Dove," by the assistance of and Bimbia, in present circumstances, and Messrs. W. Trusty, G. Williams, and Thos. for the welfare of the dear and afflicted sister Horton Johnson, being then unable to move Mrs. Newbegin. himself. Mrs. Newbegin and the above- 1st. At Clarence the deacons will keep mentioned assistants accompanied him to the church meetings as they were directed by Clarence Cove, which they arrived on Wed- Dr. Newbegin, but not administer the sacranesday morning. No medical man being on ment unless one of the missionaries from the island, nor in any of the vessels in the Calabar, or Mr. Wilson from the Gaboon, Cove at the time, the party proceeded to should be present. The infant and sabbath Old Calabar to seek medical advice from schools will be kept as heretofore. At prethe ship surgeons in those vessels. The sent there are no teachers for day schools. schooner came to anchor off the mouth of the 2nd. At Bimbia, Mr. Trusty and Mr. river same night at eleven o'clock. In one Fuller will continue to keep the school and hour thereafter Doctor Newbegin died. His attend to the other duties at the mission, as complaint was accompanied by slight fever they have been used to do in time past. and very much vomiting, with continued Mr. Williams will take care of the stores and costiveness, the enema being used with but mission property, and of Dr. Newbegin's little effect. He was sensible to the last. As things, in the best manner, and will also pack soon as he died, the vessel weighed anchor to up and send over to Clarence all the clothes return to Clarence. On the Friday follow- and other things of Mrs. Newbegin as soon ing, the 19th instant, the “Dove " was off as possible. Mr. Christian, who is also there, the Cove, but being unable to get in, made will be expected to attend to the affairs of signal of distress to H. M. steam vessel Phæ- the mission there, and also to give assistance nix, which was making the Cove, and which, when it is required at Cameroons station. on learning the circumstances of the party on 3rd. At Cameroons, Mr. J. H. Johnson board, took the “ Dove" in tow, and brought and Samuel Johnson, his assistant, will conher into harbour. The captain and officers tinue to keep the school and meetings as of the steamer, and Captain Becroft, H. M. heretofore, and if either should be sick, or consul-general for the coast, paid every require more help in any way, Mr. Johnson attention which the distressed circumstances can send for J. W. Christian from Bimbia to of the party on board the mission schooner Cameroons, to come and help them. required, and had the corpse respectably 4th. The mission schooner “Dove" will interred on shore the same evening at five for the present continue under the charge of o'clock, the funeral being attended by all the Mr. Hardur, who will employ the vessel in inhabitants of Clarence, deeply sorrowing. procuring mats and bamboos at Cameroons, During this time, and all the following day, and conveying them to Bimbia and Clarence the bereaved lady, Mrs. Newbegin, though for the roofing of the mission houses at these greatly afflicted, was composed, and able to places, and in rendering such other services see the members of the church and other as the different stations may require ; always friends, who visited to condole with her, but making known to the governor, Mr. Becroft, on sabbath morning, before day, she awoke or in his absence to the deputy-governor, groaning heavily, and delirious. Surgeon Mr. Lynslager, when and where he is about McShane, of the steamer Phænix, being to sail, and in any other matter not here immediately sent for, who attended and paid provided, for receiving instructions from them. every attention which her distressed condition. These rules and regulations are of a tenadmitted of to alleviate her malady, but porary description, and hold good only for without success. It continued and increased the present emergency, and will necessarily
That same day, sabbath, 21st April, the be superseded when a duly authorized mis« Dove” was sent off with urgent letters sionary or missionaries come out with the from Governor Becroft and Dr. McShane to orders or instructions of the Baptist Missionary Society. With respect to Mrs. Newbegin, return to England, it is deemed advisable the deacons and members of the church at that she return thither, as essential when Clarence will continue to pay every attention complete recovery from her present most in their power to her for her safety and afflictive condition. comfort, and as soon as she may be able to!
It is proper to state that we have not corrected the style of the foregoing most touching and simple narrative. The orthography only has been put right. This will account for the peculiarities of expression which now and then occur.
The Committee are anxiously seeking for a passage for Mr. and Mrs. SAKER, as well as for another servant of Christ, to resume the work thus in God's providence so painfully interrupted. It is expected that Mr. Saker will be able to sail in a few days to his destination, and he will doubtless bear with him many fervent prayers that his life may be spared, and that a work which has borne hitherto decisive marks of divine approbation in the conversion of many of Africa's degraded children, may be permitted to go on even in the midst of great afflictions and death. The views of our brother SAKER respecting the mission, and his devotion to this perilous service in the cause of our Redeemer, are expressed in the following passages from a letter addressed to the Committee on hearing of the decease of Mr. Newbegin.
I have a fear that some of you who wish ing to result in the glorious and happy well to Africa will be discouraged, and I change you long to behold. On the conthink you ought not to be. Let us review tinent it is difficult to say what has been some of the facts. Ten years since you done. Souls have been brought to God, commenced the work. You sent many churches formed, and actually now the willabourers, and expended much treasure. Of derness is being transformed into the garden those sent out, God has gathered to himself of the Lord. Thompson, Sturgeon, Fuller, Merrick, and And let me refer to the fact, that although Newbegin ; Prince, and Clake have been the field is without an European, the work driven from the field, and a small company of the Lord goes on. H. Johnson, for two of West Indians have fled, terrified with the years alone has laboured at Cameroons. toil and suffering. This suffering and loss of Fuller nobly stands at Bimbia, and at Clalife shows that the sacrifice you have made rence the natives maintain the ground we is large. But ought we to have expected occupied. less! Bloodless victories are not common. All this stands against so much suffering In common life we do not expect results and so many deaths; and will any say that without corresponding labour and expense. the sacrifice equals the results ! Sometimes we have to wait long for the And we must not forget that all who die results we seek, but in this mission God in his are self-devoted, and God has accepted their providence permits us to look at something offering, and by it wrought all that we see accomplished before this last affliction falls / accomplished. on us. Let me refer to these results. There Brethren, I think you will 'feel with me are now living in Africa about one hundred that we must not be discouraged. God souls hopefully converted to God. In nine afflicts us; let us humble ourselves before years past forty may have died, leaving the him, and try to bring to his service purer pleasing testimony that they are gone to a and more devoted sacrifices. better land. They are saved, instrumentally I think that the past all tends to show us through you and your agents.
that we must not rely on European agency. There are eight native teachers now en- At present it is impossible to do without it ; gaged, more or less, in efforts for the salva- but as you have sanctioned the principle of tion of souls. They are not all supported by sustaining the mission by native agents, I you, but they are what they are through shall go to Africa, and devote my remaining you.
days to the preparation of natives for the The domestic comfort given by the gospel work of the Lord. is not small. The education imparted is an I need hardly say that I think one misimmense benefit. In the colony of Clarence sionary ought if possible to go with me. you have effected a transformation unspeak. You will doubtless conclude that I ought ably valuable, and almost unprecedented to return to Africa immediately; I can only
Among the natives of the island impres- say, I am ready. sions have been made that only need foster
In deep humility let then our trials be spread before the mercy-seat of God. Our brethren who thus give themselves over to death will surely have our warmest sympathy, our most affectionate remembrance, as well as our frequent appeals for their protection and blessing to Him who hath said, “Lo I am with you, even unto the end of the world.”
The Committee are not without hope that help will soon be on the way to Africa, and that Mr. SAKER will have one, if not more, co-workers there.
Mr. SAKER wishes the following letter to be inserted. It will be useful to our friends generally in making up parcels for Africa, to know what articles are most useful.
Foot's Cray, July 16th, 1850. nut. Also of a friend, by the Rev. B. W. MY DEAR SIR,
Nuel, for a few books to H. Johnson of
Cameroons. Also of Mr. W. L. Smith, DenI must not omit to acknowledge the kind-mark Hill, and Mr. Bossy of Woolwich, for ness of the many and dear friends who take personal favours. a deep interest in our labours and bereave- Warmest thanks to the beloved friends ments in Western Africa. Although it has who are preparing garments for the children pleased our heavenly Father to afflict us in our schools, and adult females in our conheavily, and to take to himself so many of gregations. Many friends who have sought our dear and valued brethren, he has never- information, desire me to say that the articles theless given so many and manifest indica- of clothing most valuable are shaped cotton tions of his presence and blessing, that our dresses (for Clarence), and long loose dressing friends fail not to sympathize with us in all gowns (for the continent). Neat shaped the mingled emotion of our hearts. They dresses for children, calico underclothes for weep with us in our sorrows, and rejoice in women and children, neat plain clothing for the cheering prospects which animate us. infants, caps and bonnets, boys' clothing of That the sable sons of Ham are being sub- all sorts, especially shirts. Tunic coats, and jected to the dominion of Jesus is to them pinafores made of brown holland, are much most joyous; it is the consummation for valued ; the latter formed with bands, to which they have prayed.
button round the neck and waist. Their sympathy in our suffering and be. It is preferable to make all the common reavement is to me exceedingly encouraging. garments for the continent to button round I am greatly comforted by the remembrance the neck, and not draw and tie with a tape, of their great affection and constant prayers Many friends are inquiring what articles to God for us. To all who are thus aiding will be most valuable to us in Africa. The us in our affliction and labour, I beg to offer following are much needed. the expression of warmest affection and gra- Ironmongery of all sorts, especially car. titude.
penters' tools. With a grateful heart I acknowledge the Locks, bolts, hinges, latches. kindness of the committee of the Religious Axes, adzes, saws, nails. Tract Society, in granting a donation of Knives, hoes, shovels. twenty-four reams of paper for printing our Pins and needles. scripture tracts; also for a donation of books, Paper, pens, ink. value £5, for our library.
Memorandum books. Also of Mrs. Goldsmith, for ten pounds' Books for presents and rewards to the worth of bibles, and to the British and Foreign children of our schools. Bible Society, for doubling the quantity, by Books for library, supplying the bibles at half price; the pro- | School materials. ceeds to be appropriated to the printing of Some drawing paper, pencils, crayons, and the Isubu and Dualla scriptures.
colours will be very acceptable presents for Also of friends at Boro’ Green, for book- our senior classes; also some drawings for binding materials, value £5. Also of the copies. friends and sabbath schools at Eynsford and
Remaining, dear sir, Foot's Cray, for contributions to purchase new type. Also of H, Woodfall, Esq., of
Yours affectionately, Foot's Cray, for a valuable press screw and