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what I never saw before. Oh,' he continued, what would not our friends in London give for such a sight!' Turning to me, said, God has blessed your labours beyond description. I had heard of your success, but I could not have believed that it was so great.""
We deeply regret to add, that since this Report was read, Western Africa has lost by death some of - its most valuable missionaries and settlers.
The progress of education through out the West Indies and the shores of the neighbouring continents, cannot but awaken hopes of much ultimate good.
At Antigua, Mr. Charles Thwaites has been appointed superintendent of schools and assistant catechist. There are three stations. The greater part of the funds has been supplied by this Society: the remainder has been contributed by benevolent persons, in the island and in this country. Mr. Dawes has applied the bounty of various friends, in the most effectual manner, to the relief of distressed females; and has directed the schoolplans of the Society.
Lieutenant Robert Lugger, of the royal artillery, proceeding to Barbadoes, having offered his services to promote the objects of the Society, a quantity of the National Society's school books was, in consequence, placed at his disposal, and he was requested to act as the correspondent of the Society.
The Committee notice with pleasure the transmission, from Mrs. Wilhelmina Worrell, of Barbadoes, of a box of various West-India seeds and plants, to be sent to Africa, with the hope of benefiting that mission. They have been accordingly forwarded.
We mentioned some time since the appointment of the Rev. Mr. Morton to a post of considerable influence and usefulness at Hayti; and indeed many other circum
stances interwoven with this Report have already appeared before our readers in other shapes.
A correspondence has been opened on the subject of a mission to the Mosquito Indians near Honduras, both with the commandant, Lieut.-Colonel Arthur, and with the chaplain, the Rev. John Armstrong; both of whom are anxious to promote the good of the settlement itself, and the extension of Christianity among the native tribes.
In reference to missionaries and students, the offers of service have been very considerable, while the demand for labourers is every year increasing.
In the Mediterranean mission, there are openings for exertion in the Barbary States, in Egypt, in Abyssinia, in Palestine, in Syria, on the shores of the Black Sea, and in other quarters. In the North of India, in the South, in Ceylon, in Australasia, in West Africa, and in the West Indies-in all the missions of the Society-opportunities for doing good are far greater than the Society's means of embracing them; while at the Cape of Good Hope, at Madagascar, and in otber places, the Society have been invited and urged to establish new missions.
Under circumstances like these, we are glad to perceive that the Society are adhering to the most cautious measures in their selection of missionaries. Some young Lutherans of piety and talents have been placed at the institution in Basle; but the Society look with increasing hope and desire to our own universities for their missionaries.
We have already alluded to some of the Society's Biblical plans; in addition to these, Mr. Lee has caried through the press, the compendium of the Liturgy in Hindoostanee prepared by Mr. Corrie. It has been printed by the Prayer book and Homily Society. This edition will be very acceptable in India. The Committee have caused a set of stereotype plates to be cast, as this edition passed through the
press, which will be forwarded to Calcutta.
An abridgment of the Church Litany in Bengalee is much required. The Society will be able, it is hoped, before long,in conjunction with the Prayer-book and Homily Society, to answer this demand.
Dr. Macbride, Lord Almoner's Professor of Arabic at Oxford, has presented the Society with several MS. Arabic tracts; one of which has been stereotyped, and is in the course of circulation as opportunities offer. It is a familiar explanation, particularly to Mahomedans, of the national system of education, written by the Professor,and revised by Michael Sabbagh, one of the Arab Christians who returned with the French army from Egypt. A second tract is an Arabic translation of the Heidelberg Catechism, copied from a MS. in the Bodleian library. A third is a MS. Catechism, which seems to be the translation into Arabic of a Protestant Formulary, and avoids controversial matter. Professor Macbride has also presented to the Society a copy of the translation into Arabic of the Trent Catechism, printed by the Society de Propaganda Fide; and in which there appear to be many valuable chapters, which may be printed and circulated with advantage. Of the Arabic tract on education, above mentioned, a Jarge number have been sent to Malta for circulation among Mahomedans. Mr. Ritchie also, appointed British consul at Fezzan, was furnished
"The Way of Truth and Life," translated by Mr. Lee into Persian -a tract mentioned in former Reports-has been stereotyped: 2000 copies have been printed, 500 of which have been forwarded to Astrachan, for circulation by the missionaries of the Edinburgh Missionary Society. The Committee having learned, that those active labourers had found much benefit from the copies of Grotius and Ostervald in Arabic, which the Society had sent to them, a further quantity of each has been forwarded to Astrachan.
The Report, after reciting a few miscellaneous facts, concludes with some remarks relative to the late opposition to the Society, which we have already printed in our No. for June, p. 409.
The Appendix to the Report is very copious, and contains a number of interesting documents; particularly aflistoryof the Church of Abyssinia compiled by the Rev. Mr. Lee.
To these, as well as to the excellent Sermon of Professor Farish prefixed to this Report, we refer our readers, as it would be impracticable for us to give even an outline of their contents.
REV. H. ROBERT WHYTEHEAD.
HENRY ROBERT WHYTEHEAD, second son of the Rev. William Whytehead, many years vicar of Atwick, was born at Hornsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the 13th of July, 1773. Both his parents being persons of piety,their most earnest wish was to bring up their children in the fear of God; and in the CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.
end they were permitted to see that their labour had not been in vain in the Lord.
Mrs. Whytehead died many years before her husband; who, as a reward for his parental care, was permitted to taste the sweets of those ripened virtues which he had early endeavoured to implant in his children, and which God had mercifully watered and matured; especially, he had the satisfaction to 5 X
witness his son Henry's zeal and activity in the ministry. Full of years, and venerable for genuine simplicity of manners and holiness of life, he died, after a few days' illness, at the house of his eldest daughter, Miss Whytehead, at Easingwold; where he had many years before removed, and where he had eminently shared with his two daughters the luxury of doing good" in that town and neighbourhood. In the exercise of real benevolence, this happy family heartily promoted, by their influ ence and fortune, every thing that had for its end the glory of God, and the spiritual and temporal welfare of man. This aged minister was greatly delighted at the success of the various religious institutions which brightened his latter days.
Under the religious care of this good man, the subject of our memoir received the rudiments of knowledge. At the nsual age he was sent to Beverly school, then superintended by Mr. Jackson, who was esteemed for classical abilities and success in his profession. No great indications of piety distinguished him there, though he was free from the vi cious habits that are sometimes difficult to be controuled or eradicated at school. Thence he was removed to the university, and was admitted a student of Jesus college, Cambridge, and in 1795 took his degree of A. B. It does not appear that he felt any ardent desire for the ministry, or had those views of a clergyman's responsibility, which he afterwards obtained. But feeling no disinclination to the wishes of his friends, and rather biassed by veneration for the sacred office, he prepared to take holy orders, and was ordained deacon, and the year following priest, by Dr. Markham, Archbishop of York, being licensed at the same time to the curacy of Hornsea.
He entered upon the duties of his new profession with spirit and ardour, though, perhaps, relying too much on himself, and reposing too little upon Him, without whose special blessing our strength and exertions are but perfect weakness. His exemplary conduct and attention to his parochial duties drew the respect and esteem of all about him, and he was consequently nominated to the perpetual curacy of Nun Keeling, by Robert Dixon, Esq., in 1797. After continuing his ministry for seven years at Hornsea, he quitted it for the curacy of North Cave, which he shortly relinquished upon his marriage, in 1803, with Hannah Diana Bowman, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Bowman, rector of Craike in the county of Durham, and a preben dary of Lincoln. Shortly after, he resigned his church engagements at Cave, and undertook the curacy of Thorman
by, near Easingwold and Craike, wish-
He was a man of lively temper and cheerful disposition, frank and open in his address, frequently animated, and
always pleasant in company; though a declared enemy to frivolity and coarseness, and every thing inconsistent with the decorum of the Christian character. Austere and morose manners found no place in his view of religion. His habits were social, though he judged it expedient not to associate intimately with irreligious persons. He was a domestic man; many of his pleasantest hours were composed of the short seasons employed by him for prayer and expounding the Scriptures to his assembled family, morning and evening-a salutary custom which he had learned from his father. His abilities were respectable, though not eminent; and he excelled in good sense, clear percep tion, and sound judgment. In his public teaching, both in the pulpit and in catechising, he was serious and earnest; and the morality of his parishes bore witness that his discourses were weighty and scriptural. In works of benevolence he was a shining example. He greatly benefited his little flock by his knowledge of medicine. He was a steady friend to the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, the Bible Society, and still more especially the Church Missionary Society.
When it pleased God to arrest the course of his ministry by the disease above-mentioned, he thought it would be fatal, and began seriously to set his house in order, as one about to die. He did not fear death, nor were his af fections rooted to this world; but he felt that it was an awful thing to appear before the heart-searching Judge of all the earth and this consideration, together with the debilitating effects of the fever, caused in him a temporary depression of spirits. But in a few days, these clouds dispersed, and his communications with the Father of spirits became fervent, peaceful, and reviving. "I have been bowed down," he observed to the writer of this memoir: "God has made me possess the sins of my youth-like a weighty burden, they were too heavy for me: but I have at length found peace through faith in my Saviour. It has been a hard struggle. Thank God, I can now give up every thing, even my nine children, which are a tender tie." Shortly after, his eldest son came into the room: "Henry, my dear boy," said he, in a feeble voice, "fear God,and pray that you may be kept from temptation. Love not the world, but love your Saviour." To his disconsolate wife, who entered the room, he added, "Cast your burden upon the Lord He will be your support through this affliction. He will never leave you. nor forsake you, if you trust in Him." At another interview some time after, the same friend observed, that he was
too weak to bear much reading or prayer: "not much," he just articulated," but a little refreshes me. But, thank God, my inward consolations are so abundant, I cannot express them. O how gracious the Lord is to me now!" Being too feeble for conversation, the few remaining days of his life were spent in internal prayer, or, as he could bear it, in hearing a few verses from the Scriptures; till at length, being quite worn down, unable to struggle any longer with the disease, he departed in the same happy and tranquil state, and seemed literally to sleep in Jesus. G. W.
REV. T. B. SIMPSON. Died at Brislington, near Bristol, on Wednesday the 4th of November last, the Rev. Thomas Brown Simpson, A. M., Vicar of Keynsham and of Congresbury cum Wicke in the county of Somerset, and chaplain to lord Colville. He departed this life after a few days' illness, in the vigour of his age, and in the midst of his ministerial usefulness; being in his forty-first year, and engaged in the duty of two large parishes, where his labours both in preaching and in other pastoral concerns were exemplary and incessant. His complaint was a quinsey, which though it interrupted his/ articulation, and deprived his friends of that consolation and instruction which at such an interesting period, a pious mind, richly fraught with right sentiments, so often supplies, yet the few sentences he was able to utter, together with the whole of his demeanour, manifested a lively faith, a well-founded hope, and a patient submission to the Divine will.
From some memoirs of his early life, it appears, that he had devoted himself to God in his youth, and that, as he grew up, the great desire of his heart was to be a clergyman. When a school-boy, he was remarked for his attention at church; and he voluntarily and regularly made an abstract, frequently a copious one, of the sermons which he heard. This habit, which was unintermitted till be went to college, doubtless contributed to that great accuracy of memory which appeared in his conversation and public speaking, and which, combined with still higher qualities, and especially a remarkably sound understanding, rendered him, through life, a most ready and instructive adviser in any case of doubt or difficulty. To a strict attention to his studies, and a regularity in his devotions unusual at his age, he joined a liveliness and good humour which characterized his whole life, and made him entertaining and amiable as a companion, while he was particularly instructive as a serious Christian. At the usual age, he
entered at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he proceeded Master of Arts. While at the University, the course of his reading, and the religious acquaintances he formed, led him to a thorough investigation of his own heart; and some of his letters written at that time shew an extraordinary tenderness of conscience, and contain such comprehensive views of the justice and mercy of God and of the responsibility of man, as nothing but an intimate aequaintance with Scripture, and a diligent reading of our best divines could have supplied. The writings of Hooker especially were so wrought into his mind, that in after life, on every suitable occasion, he would almost instinctively appeal to his authority, quoting his very words with remarkable accuracy.
At a proper age, Mr. Simpson was ordained by Dr. Huntingford, then Bishop of Gloucester, whose solemn and affectionate address to him, on that occasion, he frequently acknowledged, with pious gratitude, to have produced considerable influence on his ministerial conduct, in the curacy of Newland in the Forest of Dean, to which he was ordained, and where he diligently laboured till he was preferred to the vicarage of Keynsham. He has often remarked, that the attention of the simple cottagers in that poor district, and the strong attachment which they shewed towards him, were very instrumental in deepening his impressions of the import ance of ministerial exertion in visiting the poor, and conversing with them in a kind and familiar manner respecting their spiritual concerns. He added, that he looked upon the years spent among them, as the most delightful and useful of his life. When he removed to the vicarage house of Keynsham, his parents were still living in the neighbourhood; and that filial obedience which had distinguished him as a youth adorned him as a man, for he never pass ed a day when at home without seeing them or writing to them.
Upon his marriage, he removed to the adjoining parish of Brislington, of which he was curate and lecturer, and officiated there and in his parish of Keynsham till his death, with the exception of one year, which he spent in his parish of Congresbury.
The success with which he laboured, has appeared in the general and affect ing expressions of sorrow which his death has occasioned, particularly in his own neighbourhood and county, and the tribute of respect which was paid to his memory, on the Sunday after his decease, from almost all the pulpits of Bristol. Indeed, his loss is a very serious one; for he united those excellencies of head and heart which made
him not only highly useful as a minister, but greatly beloved as a neighbour, and respected as a magistrate-an office which those who knew him can testify he undertook from the best and purest of motives.
Indeed, Mr. Simpson had formed very enlarged views of the duties of the clergy, and their opportunities of conferring benefits upon the world; and he in consequence shunned no labour which might tend, however remotely or incidentally, to bring glory to God or good to man. It was his delight to compose the differences which arose in his neighbourhood; for which important office his modest deportment and serene temper qualified him scarcely less than his minnte acquaintance with the human heart, his happy fertility in expedients, his extensive knowledge, and his truly scriptural piety. He had studied the poor both in the most affectionate and the most enlightened manner; with the discrimination of a political œconomist, and the ever wakeful charity of a Christian pastor. His influence, however, was not confined to the poor; for, in every rank of life, his society and advice were valued in proportion as he became known, and this even by many who knew little how to appreciate his religious principles. The integrity of his character and his skill in business entailed upon him numerous offices of trust and kindness, which he discharged with a diligence and patience equal to his other qualities. The extent of the benefits which he thus conferred upon society cannot easily be measured; especially when it is added, that his influence, even when more immediately operating upon concerns of a temporal nature, was silently, but not inefficaciously, employed to win over those with whom he had intercourse, to that Cospel which his own life so conspicuously adorned.
Mr. Simpson's moderation on those points in theology respecting which good men sometimes differ, was partienlarly useful among his clerical acquaintances, as his singular unobtrusiveness of manner, indicating the absence of all consciousness of superiority, was very conciliating, and their love for him as a man, and respect for him as a scholar, gave a weight to his opinions which few persons, at his age, have attained. He was, indeed, a truly scriptural divine; preaching the sovereignty of God, and the responsibility of man, in such a way as to enforce both humility and exertion, a peaceful and implicit reliance on Divine grace and mercy, with a diligent exercise of every faculty which God has conferred. Fearful of appearing "wise above what is written," he did not attempt to reconcile those truths which respect the infinite nature of God