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man, Henry Cochrane departed this the little Negro Children, wbich first life. The week before his death, struck us so forcibly, as caused us at when Mrs. Thwaites visited bim, he once to embark in the work of coltold her that he had been looking lecting and teaching
the Young back, and calling to mind seasons Slaves; and we now look back with when he had been surrounded with pleasure to the time, when we comtemptations to sin ; and how he had menced with the hearty co-operation been enabled, by the grace of God, of this good old man. Henry was to resist and overcome—so that, from also the most active in raising up the time when he had begun to serve Bethesda School-House, when first God, which was from his youth, he built with wattles and mud, and cohad been kept to old age; and that vered with thatch: at every opporall his trials, which were not a few tunity, he would go into the woods, toward the close of his life, had been and cut materials for the purpose, made the means of bringing him to and bring them home: he became a cleave more to God. He was brought Teacher in this School, and
gave to the knowledge of the truth, by the attendance as long as be was able. blessing of God on the care of Mr. He was remarkable for Patience Nathaniel Gilbert, who devoted hiin- under sufferings, and Forbearance self to the instruction of his Negroes; and readiness to forgive injuries. many of whom, he was the means of On one occasion, when he had suf. turning from darkness to light: on fered wrongfully, he met his Daughthe death of Mr. Gilbert, these were ter-in-law, who wept on his account: as sheep without a Shepherd, till he bade ber not to weep—that his Missionaries arrived. A pious old Saviour had suffered the same for man, named Quacou, belonging to him; and declared he felt nothing the same Owner, but living on an
but pity toward his injurer, and sinother estate, became the friend and cerely prayed that the Lord would counsellor of Henry, and offered to have mercy on bim. teach him to read : he was rejoiced Another striking trait in his chaat the offer; and, though he had very racter was Charity. He was induslittle time, he learned to read well trious aod frugal; and always had a enough to enjoy his Bible and little, wherewith to help the disPrayer-Book: one of his aged Sisters, tressed: when any of the Slaves, who set out in the good way with
on his or other estates near, were in him, says, that so great was his love trouble or want, he would visit for his book, that he used to carry it them, and administer comfort to their to the field in his bosom, and look minds; and, at the same time, put into it at every opportunity :* when some small money into their bands. he had no candle, he would make a Since his death, some of the Slaves fire on purpose to read by; and his to windward have told Mrs. Thwaites, profiting soon appeared to all. that, though they lived at a distance, Henry laid himself out to be use
they used to go to him to settle their ful to his fellow-slaves ; icaching disputes, and ask his counsel. several to read, as far as he was hiin June 17, 1831. Sunday.- As soon as self able: when Mr. Gordon sent out the children were dismissed at Bea Schoolmaster to teach the Young thesda, two Coloured Young Women Slaves on his estates, Henry was in- (Slaves), who had been excluded for duced to undertake the like work forming illicit connections, came to among the children on the estate on Mrs. Thwaites, bewailing their dewhich he lived. It was his care of parture from the paths of virtue, and
expressing a sincere desire to save
their souls. The instructions which • This is very common, in the present day amode Nie children of the Sunday Schools,
they had received, had been lik.
· bread cast upon the waters: they we trust, will be a seed to serve Him,
June 18, 1821.-Another of our poor 37 New Scholars, making about 80 outcasts (Coloured) from Bethesda Adults. The house becoming too School, came to us early in the small, we found it necessary to remorning, deeply convinced of her move the men to another place. sin. She shed many tears. She was When the children were dismissed, encouraged to bring her load of guilt many of them came in search of and trouble to a compassionate Sa- their mothers and grandmothers, who viour, who would have mercy on seemed delighted at the idea of being her. She was a very interesting girl; taught in their leisure hours by their and was oncc much attached to us own little ones. The meeting was and to the School, and was very very pleasing: the women appeared promising: but, alas! she was situ in earnest to learn to read ; and join. aled as a lamb among tigers, who ed heartily in singing, and in prayer had absolute power over her. for God's blessing upon the under
June 19. — Mrs. Thwaites and I taking. went to see the relations of the None arc admitted to the Adult Young Woman mentioned on Suoday School, but those who are moral and last. On assembling them, they all married. Some of the men think the were shameless enough to avow their terms of admission hard ; but we are wish that the girl should continue determined not to relax.: We see with the man, who had said he would and feel the necessity of discounpurchase her freedom when it should tenancing, in every possible way, the be in his power. The young woman reigning vices of the country: even had mentioned this to Mrs. Thwaites; at Lynch's, where the Slaves are in adding, that though liberty was sweet, general more enlightened, are men she did not wish to have her's upon living in polygamy. such terms. We took such steps as July 14.-Had a meeting, in the we trust will help her effectually out evening, with those of our Young of her present embarrassments. People, whom we have reason to be
June 24, Sunday.-- Mrs. Thwaites lieve have a work of grace begun in having heard that a Young Couple, their hearts. The mother of one of who grew up and married at Be- them, who herself 'has lately been thesda, had disagreed, requested all brought to know her Saviour, told the married people belonging to the Mrs. Thwaites, to use her own exSchool to attend, that she might give pression, “ He often counsels with them a little advice, which she hoped me about God's Word.” Most of would tend to promote conjugal af the others present appeared to be fection. She took then into the earnestly seeking the salvation of Visitor's house : some of these truly their souls. fear God : several lovely little ones Aug. 9.-We visited a sick Young were in their mothers' arms. These, Woman, belonging to the School at
Lynch's; who has, for some time, them ; but, her house being near, she been under deep concern for her soul. heard what passed that her father We found her earnestly desiring the prayed and wept, till he had fallen on pardon of her.sins; and directed her his face in the agony of his grief. She therefore to the atoning blood of could bear up no longer, but ran into Christ. She had been reading the the house, raised him up, and fell fourteenth Chapter of St. John, and upon her knees, and with many tears had derived some encouragement asked pardon of God and of him. from the first verse. As she was not Aug. 19, Sunday. After the meet expected to recover, she was asked ing at Lynch's to read the Scriptures, whether she felt any anxiety on that · I visited Judy Quack, who is very ill account: slie replied that she had no with the measles. On Friday night, trouble, but for her soul. She was she thought herself near her end ; much in earnest during the time of and, being too sick to read herself, she prayer.
seni for two of her school-fellows who We afterward called to see another lived near, to read the Testament to of our Scholars, who had been taken her. I found her very ill; but in a very ill the night before. His parents happy state of mind, and her mouth had informed us that his pains were so filled with the praises of God. Wishiviolent, that they did not expect he ing to know the ground of her rewould live till the morning; and that joicing, I asked her whether she had he had called for his Testament, and felt herself a sinner: she replied, she opened at the Third Chapter of St. had; but that God, for Christ's sake, John, which he began to read aloud, bad pardoned all her sins, and that His and when he came to these words, Jesus love was shed abroad in her heart. answered and said unto him, V'erily, She expressed much thankfulness to verily, I say unto thee, except a man God for placing her under religious be born again, he cannol see the king- instruction ; and prayed for His blessdom of God, he burst into tears, and ing upon her Teachers, and that they said Lord, am I born again? Am I might see much fruit of their labours. a Christian Make me a Christian !” She went on in such a pleasing strain, He read no more; but continued that I would have stayed longer, but praying: and begged he might be she seemed in much pain. I therefore spared till next day, when he hoped to offered up a short prayer, during obtain mercy. lie is recovering, and which she was very fervent, and took we trust his good impressions will last. my leave. Judy has been mentioned
Aug. 12, 1821, Sunday.-At Bethesda, before : see June 16, 1818*. She has Mrs. Thwaites heard an affecting ac grown up modest and chaste, and count of one of our Young Women. much esteemed by all. We cannot On Thursday last, we had visited her but rejoice over her: she has been but father, a pious old man, who told us a poor field girl. She was made a that his daughter was at variance Sub-teacher, some time ago with her husband, and that he had en Aug. 29.--Received a Letter from deavoured in vain to make peace be- St. John's, which gave us an account tween them : he was much grieved, as
of Eliza Williams's death. Eliza was his wife; and begged we would joined the Hope School about six speak to her. We did so, but she years ago; but, having been hired by seemed implacable; and we left the a Lady residing in St. John's, she replace much disappointed with respect moved to that place. As her mother to her. Last night, her father called and the rest of the family belong to a few of his praying friends (commu- Lynch's estate,
Lynch's estate, she generally visited nicants) together, to pray for this them once a fortnight, and had her daughter, that it would please God to soften her heart. She did not join
* Sep. 355 of the Proceedings of the Nineteenth
name still among our Children. She her sickness, when she thus exattended wbenever she could, and pressed herself — “I am sorry, from shewed great attachment to the the bottom of my heart, that I sufSchools, and her Teachers. She fered sin and Satan to get the better could read the Testament, which of me. I wish I bad stayed where I she greatly prized; with a few Reli was; and suffered any thing, rather gious Tracts, received on reward than sin against God. I hope God days. The writer of the Letter says— will forgive me. He only knows what
Eliza was honoured in her death, and I have undergone. I seldom awake many shed tears of affection for her. of a morning, but I relieve myself by Among her Mistress's friends and ac
a shower of tears." We directed ber quaintance, she brought honour to God and ber Christian profession: they all speak to the Lamb of God, which taketh away her praises. I look upon her as the first- the sin of the world. We rejoiced to fruit of your labours, and, without doubt, hear that her end was peace. She she will welcome you to the abode of bliss. solemnly entreated her Sister to take Let us praise God for His Grace, mani. warning by her, and to avoid falling fested in this poor girl!
into the like shares. Oct. 16, 1821.- In the evening, Mrs. Nov. 27.- A pleasing Meeting was Thwaites and I, after previous no held at Bethesda. The place was full. tice, met a large company of our Books, and Notes of Approbation, children at Bethesda. It was alto
were given to the most worthy. We gether a religious meeting. We con- looked with heartfelt satisfaction versed, with such as wished it, indi- upon those, who had commenced with vidually : about ten of tbese seem
us near nine years ago, when they to be desirous to save their souls. A
were Children, who are now Parents Negro Girl, who has been kept, fearing God. through many temptations, from fall
[Mrs. Thwaites writes, in reference ing into unchastity, was of the to a Meeting at the Hope School--] number : her case is peculiarly af Dec. 26. - We felt our hearts fecting
warned with gratitude to God, when Oct. 20.-In the evening, we held we beheld the New School-Room, our Annual Meeting of the Parents, which is twice as large as the former, &c. at Lynch's, for the purpose of crowded. The Children had made electing new Inspectors. When great improvement during the past thanks were voted to the late Inspec. year. Little creatures, who could tors for having faithfully and dili- scarcely speak, lifted up their voices gently performed the duties of their in hymns of praise ; and others, only office, some of the Parents not only half-a-head taller than the table, reheld up both hands, but stood up, ceived the reward of a Testament, in and spoke in terms of gratitude that which they could read. Above all, such a plan had been adopted: they the hope that the greater part will be said, that the late Inspectors had done the children of God and heirs of so well for their children, that they eternal glory, was truly gratifying. did not wish for a change. The Among the hundreds who stood beMeeting concluded with singing and fore us, there were many, fronı fourprayer. The whole scene, being teen to twenty-one years of age, turnamong Slaves, was new and pleasing. ing their feet into the path of life ;
Nov. 3.- A coloured Girl, ex. beside numbers of young men, grown cluded from the School in June 1820, up in the School, who, though they died to-day. This poor girl re- do not yet come forward as religious mained but a short time in the ways characters, have been so benefitted of sin : she became truly penitent, by the discipline in which they have and continued so till the time of been brought up that their demeanour her illness. We visited her during is excellent.
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COMMUNICATIONS RELATIVE TO TIE NORTH-WEST AMERICAN INDIANS.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John West.
Red River Colony, June 4, 1891. blessings of Christianity, he must Placed, as the Europeans have been, necessarily become dependent upon in a wild range of the Hudson's Bay them for provisions; which circumCompany's Territories—an extent, not stance, however, would, I fear, lower to be measured by Millions of Square his character too much in their estiMiles, but by Degrees of Longitude mation, and operate as a bar to any and Latitude — where no Protestant usefulness among them. Canadian Church has hitberto existed, it cannot Catholic Missionaries have indeed be a matter of surprise that they should tried the experiment, with a view to generally have sunk into Heathenism propagate their Faith: they have themselves. While this is a melao- habituated themselves to savage life; choly fact, it is painful to consider but have failed in their object, though the state of the numerous Tribes of their ceremonies may be supposed Indians who wander through this vast calculated to attract the attention of territory, hitherto unheeded, and the Indians. In seeking to evanstrangers to British liberality and gelize these perishing Heathen, other British Missionary exertions. If you measures must be adopted, in the escast your eye upon the Map, you tablishment of a School and Missiowill find, that, from the borders of nary Station for the religious instructhe United States to the farthest tion of their Children; and where known point of the Hudson's Bay. they may, also, be shewn and partake Company's Territories toward the of the advantages of agriculture. North, and from the line of Upper You well know, in this benevolent Canada to the Pacific Ocean, no Pro- and religious design, how necessary testant Missionary is found, seeking it is to take the Children from an to introduce the knowledge of Chris IDLE AND WANDERING MODE OF LIFE, tianity among the Native Indians. and the licentious indulgence of their What an additional call, then, is this, Parents ; and particularly so, when for the Christian Sympathy of Bri- they are prejudiced in their ignorance tons, and for further active exertions and barbarous habits, by their interin the Cause of Missions !
course with Europeans, through that From what I have seen of the ge
common medium of barter and curse neral character of the Indians, I am to the country, the run keg.
Until not sanguine in my hopes of much this is the case, it appears to me alIMMEDIATE religious impression being most as reasonable to expect fruit made on their minds. Though wan- before the tree is planted, as to look dering through the woods and the for much religious impression among plains, with all the wretched appear- the North-American Indians. ance of Gypsies in England, there is That eminent Christian Missionary, a high spirit of independence among Brainerd, observed, that "instructing them: so much so, that if a Missio- the Indians in the English Tongue nary were found, who would zea will be more advantageous to the lously join any Tribe with a view to Christian Interest among them, than make known to them the inestimable preaching to them in their