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18. St. Christophers, 1787. J. Smith, W. Gilgrass, W. White, J. Colmar. Members-Whites, 35; Blacks, 2552. Great at tention has been paid to education, and with the usual success. The number of members is diminished, many having died witnessing a good confession. The power of religion is felt among the survivors.
19. St. Eustatius, 1787. W. Shrewsbury. Members-Whites, 6; Blacks, 324.
20. Nevis, 1789. J. Dace, J. Fowler. Members-Whites, 19; Blacks, 1183.
21. St. Bartholomew, 1797. J. Whitworth. Members-Whites, 14; Blacks, 447.
22. Tortola and the Virgin Islands, 1789. J. Raby, J. Rayner, J. Maddocks. Members-Whites, 67; Blacks, 1664. Education is much attended to. Upwards of 120 children are taught on Sundays. Considerable numbers of negroes, liberated from the slave ships, have been landed at Tortola, and have received religious instruction. The Societies are in a good state, and the Sunday School on the increase.
23. Dominica, 1788. W. Goy Members-Whites, 4; Blacks, 633. In two successive years, the Missionaries appointed to Dominica have been called away by death, and the people left as sheep without a shepherd! Mr. Boothby has been thus quickly follow. ed by Mr. Beacock. His Excellency Governor Maxwell, who distinguished himself while Governor of Sierra Leone by his benevolence, grants here also his countenance and support to the attempts to benefit the population under his authority. 24. St. Vincents, 1787 T. Morgan, J. Smedley, G. Jackson, D. Jones. The Legislature of the island avowed its intention to embarrass the Mission by restrictive enactments; but the last session passed without the adoption of the measures which the Council had recommended to the House of Assembly. Members-Whites, 16; Blacks, 2760.
25 Tobago, 1818. M. Raynar. Members-Whites, 10; Blacks, 140.
26. Barbadoes, 1789. W. Westerman. Members-Whites, 10; Blacks, 44.
F 27. Grenada. D. Hillier. A new attempt has just been made in this island, which has hitherto been very ungrateful in its returns to Missionary labours. Several respectable persons have encouraged this new attempt, and have offered subscriptions for a new chapel.
28. Trinidad, 1809. A. Whitehouse. Members-Whites, 9; Blacks, 267. Opposition to Missionary efforts in this island has considerably counteracted their success. The preaching is limited to three times a week, including Sunday; and other restrictions have been for some time imposed of an injurious tendency. It is hoped, however, that the unfounded prejudices which have led to these limitations are giving way, and that full liberty will be afforded for extending the blessings of Christianity to the negroes.
29. Demarara, 1815. J. Mortier, M. M. Thackray. Members -Whites, 9; Blacks, 956; and are increasing in piety. A Mis< sionary Society has been formed, in aid of the General Fund, which soon promised upwards of 100% per annum. Several of the slaves subscribe. When one of the Missionaries asked them whether they could afford to give any thing, they replied, "Sir, we ought, of all persons, to help our poor fellow-creatures. Once we had not the gospel; but the people of England have sent it to us, and we ought to help in sending it all over the world." A female slave said, "God has given it to me, and his gospel beside; and, as it is my own, I have a right to give it to help to carry de gospel to my fellow-creatures, for I sure de gospel have done much for my soul, and I wish all de world to feel de same."
30. Jamaica, 1791. Kingston-G. Johnstone, W. Ratcliffe. Spanish Town-J. Hudson. Morant Buy-J. Wiggins, J. Underhill. Grateful Hill-J. Horne. Montego Bay and Falmouth -J. Shipman, W. Binning. The work rapidly advances, both where societies have been long formed, and in new places to which the Missionaries have been invited to extend their labours: the increase of members at Kingston alone, has, within the last six
months, been 300: but, notwithstanding the facts which have, from time to time, been exhibited in proof of the excellent effects resulting from the instruction of the Negroes, and the increased number of friends which the Mission has been acquiring among the respectable white inhabitants of the colonies, laws have been passed by the Legislature of the island, against which it has been thought necessary to petition the government at home. Members-Whites,
25; Blacks, 4122.
31. Bahamas, 1800. New Providence-W. Wilson, sen. Elu thera-M. Head Harbour Island-J. Ward, W. Turton, J. Turtle. Abaco R. Moore. Laws have been passsed by the Legislature of these islands restrictive of the Mission, against which the British Government has been petitioned by the Committee. Among these laws is one prohibiting all Religious Meetings after the setting of the sun, which, of course, subjects the Missionaries to continual inconvenience. A Missionary Society has been formed in aid of the General Mission Fund. Members-Whites, 562;
32. St. Domingo, 1817. Port au Prince, J. Brown, sen. J. Catts. Messrs. Brown and Catts reached the island Feb. 7, of last year and were well received by the President Petion, being settled in that part which is under his authority. The President informed them that all religions were tolerated, and that they might build churches in any part of the Republic. They preach both in the town and in country villages, and distribute tracts. Their con gregations are increasing, and behave with reverence and deep attention. Several real conversions appear to have recently taken place. Cape Henry-To that part of the island, which is under the authority of king Henry, two Missionaries are to be sent by the Committee.
41. Bermuda, 1799. W. Sutcliffe, W. Wilson, jun. Members -Whites, 26; Black, 62.
BRITISH AMERICAN COLONIES.
42. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 1786. Halifax-J. Priestley; W. Black, J. Knowlan, supernumeraries. Liverpool
W. Crosscombe. Shelbourne-A. C. Avard; J. Mann, supernumerary. St. Stephen-D. M'Coll. Yarmouth-Vacant. St. John's-S. Bamford. Fredericton-W. Birt. Annapolis-S. Bushby. Cumberland-J. Dunbar. Ramshay-T. Payne. Horton-W. Bennett, R. Alder. Newport-G. Miller. Bay Chaleure-Vacant. Lunenburg, Petit Reviere, and Broad Cove-G. Orth, German Missionary. Charlotte Town, Prince Edward's Island--J. Strong. Foyou and Bedeque-J. Fishpool.
43. Canadas.-Quebec-J. Hick. Montreal-J. Booth, R. Lusher. Kingston-T. Catterick, and another to be sent by the Committee, if necessary. Cornwall-H. Pope. Melburn-R. Williams, R. Pope. William Henry-J. de Putron, French Missionary. Fort Wellington-E. Johnston. In the British Colonies of North America, the additional Missionaries which have been appointed, have enabled the District Meetings to enlarge the number of stations, and to supply the want of religious ordinances to many living in situations where they were entirely destitute of them. They have been very gladly received by the inhabitants, and have entered on their work with the best appear;ances of success. From the late appointment of a Missionary to preach in the French language, in Canada, the language of a large proportion of the inhabitants, the Committee anticipate much good. The ignorance of the Catholic population in that province is truly deplorable. They are not only without the Scriptures, but ignorant of their contents; in some instances even of their most important facts. Mr. De Putron not only preaches in French, but diligently circulates the Scriptures; and has, in many places where he has itinerated, been heard with great attention and with some success.
44. Newfoundland, 1786. St. John's-G. Cubit. CarbonearJ. Walsh. Harbour Grace-N. Barr. Black Head-J. Pickavant. Western Bay -J. Haigh. Island Cove and Perlican-J. Bell. Port-de-Grave-J. Hickson. Bonavista-T. Hickson. Trinity Harbour-W. Ellis. Fortune Bay-R. Knight. Hant's Harbour -J. Lewis. The increase of the Missionaries in Newfoundland,
has also been followed by the opening of new places; and religious instruction, and the ordinances of Divine worship have been supplied to many of the coves and harbours in that extensive settlement, which were before but occasionally visited, or wholly destitute of the ministry. The distresses of that island have indeed been very severe. The failure of their fishery, the depression of commerce, and a season unusually severe, have produced great sufferings among the inhabitants in general; but in the midst of trouble they have sought and found relief in the consolations of religion. The spirituality of the societies appears to have advanced, and their numbers have increased.
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IX. The Dig-durshuna.
It has been suggested that certain articles in the Monthly Dig-durshuna, might not be wholly uninteresting to our youth in general. As it appears reasonable, therefore, that nothing should be withheld from our Indian Youth from which they can derive the slightest information, it is proposed in future to publish separately an English translation of each Number; and for the use of such youth as may wish to read it in both languages, a few copies in both, so as to make the English agree page for page with the Bengalee. An English Translation of the Numbers already published having been requested, the publishing of the original work will in consequence be suspended for a short season till this can be completed.