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Slander may be associated with false- since been given to it, a more calumhood, and it may have an independ- nious falsehood was never published. ent existence. When circumstances We again say, that we regret thus require the truth to be told, that it to have been compelled to animadmay wound, that it may injure, will vert on a book which we should have furnish no reason for its suppression; been glad to praise and recommend. but where its publication was not It might have been equally instrucrequired, where the intention was so tive and interesting.

There was to wound and injure, then is the much in Mr. Drew's personal history guilt of slander incurred, even though to commend; no aitack was made the guilt of lying should have been upon his character, and no defensive avoided. In what light would the recrimination, therefore, was necesman who should collect and publish sary. His talents and excellencies all the unwise or harsh sayings of might have been described, without Mr. Drew be regarded by the sur- denying the talents or shadowing the viving members of his family? Their excellencies of others. The aspersions minds would be painfully wounded upon other men, and the attempts by such iniquitous conduct, and they to throw discredit upon the doctrine might justly complain of it. And is and discipline which the Wesleyan no regard due to the feelings of body have received from their veneothers? Are there no other children rated Founder, are perfectly gratuiwhose minds may be wounded by tous and uncalled for. Should the ausuch attacks on ihe character of a thor be offended with the freedom of father, dear to them, honoured by our remarks, he will remember they all who know him, and vituperated have been occasioned by the latitude only by those who know him not ? he has given to his own. We have Even were the incidents correctly engaged reluctantly in the task of stated, yet is their present publica- animadversion. Had it been a pleation a breach of the honourable con- sant one, we should have found no fidence of private life, and an act of difficulty in prolonging it by bringing meanness, treachery, and slander. forward a number of delinquencies All that we have hitherto said is on which we have offered no remark without reference to the correctness at all, but on which we might have or incorrectness of the statement. remarked severely. The author may On that point, as the anecdote stands rely upon it, that though a work, in the book, it is impossible for us presented at the shrine of favouri:ism to form an opinion. It may be true, and faction, may secure a limited and it may not. But, as it has been, and temporary popularity, it is one, in print, applied to an individual, (tó to have gained which will afford po say nothing of conversational re- satisfaction on a death-bed; one mark,) we take the opportunity of de- which, sooner or later, must utterly nying, unequivocally and distinctly, fade before the combined influences so far as that individual is concerned, of Truth and Charity. To Methodthe correctness of the anecdote itself, ism Mr. Drew was indebted, under and of that description of character God, for his religious impressions, with which it is introduced. We for the field of useful labour in say not that the conversation never which he toiled as a Christian occurred; but we deny that it oc- Preacher, and for the principal encurred with the respected individual couragement which he experienced whose name has been connected with in the cultivation of his talents; and it. And as to the phrase "strenuous that his son should have made the defender of ecclesiastical domina- biography of such a man a medium tion,” we tell Mr. Jacob Drew, that of unprovoked attack upon the tenets it is utterly inapplicable, as he would and order of the Wesleyan body, and have known, had he known that indi. upon the character of some of its vidual as well as we do ; we tell him, most pious, gifted, and useful Ministhat if he really intended the phrase ters, the best friends of Mr. Drew to bear the application which has cannot but sincerely lament.

Relating principally to the Foreign Missions carried on under the

direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.

MISSIONS IN THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS. The following extracts contain some further information received from the prosperous Missions in the Friendly Islands. The conversion of the Tamaha, the bloodless conquest of the rebels of Uiha, their subsequent desire to be instructed in the principles of Christianity, the gracious preservation of the Missionaries and their families amidst the ravages of a fearful storm, and the details connected with the progress of the translation of the Scriptures into Tonguese, and with the general advance of the work, are particulars which will be read with interest, and will call forth the devout acknowledgments of those who have been holding up the hands of the Missionaries, by unceasing prayer, for the universal triumph of the Gospel of Christ in those distant parts of the earth. Vavou.-Extract of a Letler from Mr. P. Turner, dated January 26th, 1833.

AUGUST 11th, 1832.-A canoe came bread.” Our congregation in the mornto-day from Haabai, to inquire after our ing was not less than three thousand. Chief's health. Some letters came by it The chapel is the best already erected, from Tonga and Haabai. The Lord is but very much 100 small. It will seat doing wonders in the Haabai group: more about eight hundred ; which is not more than one thousand four hundred meet in than half of the number who regularly class, in which number are included all assemble : thus it is necessary to have the inhabitants of one of the islands. two Missionaries, and two chapels, as Twenty-two persons have been admitted hundreds of the people cannot otherwise as probationers to-day. I meet two classes hear. I commenced a new class this each day.

morning, and shall conimence another 10. September 9th.—My mind has been morrow, which will make fifteen classes. variously exercised this day :-About October 2d.–We held our Quarterly noon news was brought that three canoes Meeting on the 28th of September, and were in sight. They proved to be tliree found all things going on comfortably. We canoes from Nivafoou, an island about ascertained that more than six hundred and the distance of three hundred miles from sixty meet in class,—six hundred have been this place. They informed us that all added in the last two months; and that the persons on the island bad turned from our schools contain one thousand two hun the worship of the devil, and that in con- dred and twenty, being an increase of sequence of their urgent entreaty one some hundreds in the last quarter. Vavou man had been left to instruct them December 15th.-Brother Watkin into read and pray. Thus are all these forms me by letter, that two thousand islands turning to God: “He is found of meet in class in Haabai : praise God for them who sought not for him.”

an increase of one thousand five hundred of these poor captive sinners is reiterated during this year! I was much pleased in our ears, “Come over and help us." with the information brought by the sail. O for some Pauls, sent out by the God ors of the canoe, that the Tamaha, the of Paul, to preach unto these inquiring chief woman in all these islands, (and who souls “the words of life!” We could find was formerly worshipped as a goddess,) work for many Missionaries: the walls had begun to worship God. All her perof opposition are already fallen.

ple had forsaken her, in order to attend 17th.-Yesterday our new chapel was the lotu of God, and she yielded to convicopened. For some time the people have tion. The people now know that those been preparing for the opening of their whom they formerly esteemed as gods are chapel, so that all had neat dresses on, but human, and must die. well plaited. We were surprised, at our Sunday, 16th.– This has been one of the going to the chapel, to find the people days of the Son of man. I read and endea sitting outside the fence; and we were voured to explain Mat. iii.; after which I told that none durst enter until we or the baptized forty-three males and fifty-six Chief had first entered. We also admin- women: we had a blessed influence, and istered the Lord's supper to the Chief many could say it was good to be there. and others who had been baptized. And Our number daily increases. May the Jesus was manifested “in the breaking of fruits of righteousness abound in all !

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January 21st, 1833.— I was blessed in had to rise ; our fences were all blown my endeavours to preach Jesus yesterday. down; the kitchen and my study were

The congregations are very large here, almost down. In a short time the house much more than at Haabai or Tonga, as began to give way; one of the main posts the island is large, and the people mostly broke close to the ground, another at the dwell on this island. It is impossible to top. It was with much difficulty we got be heard correctly by all : many have to out with our lives. I seized Mrs. Turreturn home from worship without hear- ner, and hastened her out just as the ing words by which they may be saved. house was falling. We expected to be We very much want another chapel and exposed to the rain all night, not knowanother Missionary. O for help in this ing but some falling tree, or part of important field of labour, where the soil the house, might hurry us into eternity. is fully prepared, softened, broken up by We made our way to a small house, the Holy Spirit! Praise God ! he has where found a partial shelter. assisted my feeble endeavours to speak in It was made only of the leaves of the his name.

When we came with brother cocoa-nut tree: many of them Cross from Haabai, we found

fifty in class ; carried away, and the rain poured upon when brother Cross left for Tonga, which us in torrents. Several Leaders came to was three months after, the Lord had assist us, who, by holding the house all added more than seven hundred to our night, saved us from great peril. In the classes. From November, in which month morning we ventured to come out, though he left, to January, 1833, a space of three the storm still raged: the house was commonths, nearly twelve hundred have pletely demolished, beyond restoration ; united in class ; so that we have now an many of our goods were destroyed, many almost incredible number in so short a spoiled, and I have also lost some of time. In our classes we have more than my books; not one fence was standing, two thousand; twenty-two Leaders; seven every house was down, or nearly so, and Exhorters ; six places in which we hold our fine bread-fruit trees, cocoa-nut trees, service. Three hundred have been bap- bananas, &c. All the leaves of those tized, and two hundred married; and in our trees which stood seemed as though they schools we have one thousand five hundred. had been scorched with fire. One half

I must not omit to mention the storm of the houses on the island were blown with which we have been visited: very down, some lifted entirely out of their few are living who can tell of one that place. The effects of this storm will be was half so destructive. It took place felt for many months, perhaps years. The on Sunday, January 24th, 1833, about people have scarcely any thing to eat. I iwelve o'clock at night. It was with have got my study put up, a house for difficulty we could hold our services on the boys, a kitchen, and a house to meet the Sabbath, for rain, wind, &c. We classes in ; but we cannot expect to have returned from chapel, and the wind still a suitable house for many months, as the increased until midnight, when it became Chief is near death, and the people busy tremendous. We had retired to rest, but in planting, clearing their grounds, &c.

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Hassai Islands.—Extracts from the Journal of Mr. Watkin, dated Lifuka,

April 10th, 1833. OCTOBER 25th, 1832.-Among my derable art on the part of its uninstructed other engagements, I have been employed architects. It is a parallelogram, comfor a few days past in writing short expo- posed of stones of considerable magnisitions of some important passages, to

tude. It stands in a venerable grove of serve as a sort of circulating library; for trees; and we shudder when we recollect although the people have five printed books, the purposes to which this sepulchral yet their applications are so frequent and spot has been sacred. Scenes very simi. pressing, that I am constrained to do what lar to those transacted in the sylvan I can to gratify their thirst for information. temples of our druidical ancestors have This is a pleasing circumstance, though it been witnessed here : the cries of the involves considerable labour. I purpose human victim have resounded through translating short memoirs, &c. In my walk this shady spot, his blood has stained this evening to see the sick, I was led to its earth during the “reign of terror,” turn aside from the path and visit a place and here the “high praises " of him who of interment; it has been, too, a place was “a murderer from the beginning" rendered sacred by superstition : it must have been vociferated. But that Gospel have been raised at an immense expense which brings peace and good-will to man of time and labour, and displays consi. has been preached here also; and its legitimate effects appear. The people “ first commandment with promise." My here look with horror on the past; and present life is a very busy one, and my their minds being now freed from a cruel duties various, but I trust not useless. superstition, they rejoice in the know, Dec. Ist.- On Wednesday, instead of a ledge of the true God. This sacred spot sermon, I read a short catechism which I is now abandoned; no pilgrimages are had previously written, and which demade to it, no offerings are paid at it, scribes, in a nov

manner, some of the grass and brushwood bave overrun it, and evils formerly practised and now existing po superstitions hand lends itself to clear

among some of them, with their conseaway the weeds; no worshipper is now

quences. It excited great interest, and seen to bend there to pray, or stand to I hope will be productive of good. The praise, and the sounds now heard are the following is a sample of its style and subhoot of the owl and chatter of the jikota. jects :

Who are they that love war ? 27th.—This evening I visited a young The true sons of the devil.- What are man whose life is fast ebbing out in a con- they that seek war? Wild beasts thirst. sumption : his circumstances to the out, ing for blood..Who are they that have ward eye appeared wretched, but there was more wives than one ? Thieves who rob peace within. He was lying on the ground other men, sinners against God, and in with only a mat, and his head rested on a the highway to destruction.” block of wood. He was almost worn to a 6th. I have held our Missionary skeleton. I addressed him in the usual prayer-meeting, and read a short account style, “ My love to you, Isaiah!” to which of the attempts to introduce Christianity he responded with all the emphasis of into Tonga, with the successful issue of which his now tremulous voice was capable. the last one.

It excited considerable inI asked him the state of his body : “0," terest. I took occasion to remind them said he, “that is very weak," I then of the many and great advantages accruinquired into the state of his mind; and ing to them from Christianity. An ophe replied, “I love Jesus : my mind is poser of “this way ” a short time ago, pained with love to him.” (This is a mode stated to me as his conviction, that, if of speaking, denoting the intensity of the Christianity had not been introduced, the affection.) I said, “Then you think about whole race would have been almost extinct Him, Isaiah ?” “O yes," said he, “I through war and its concomitant evils. think much about him, and pray much to Surely we may believe an enemy when him.” “And you are not afraid to die ?” he speaks well of what he opposes. “ O no! I desire to die and go to Jesus," Ilth.-Yesterday was a glad day to was his reply. And I was assured by the people and myself, from the fact of those about him that he often says he the Tamaha first attending the chapel, has no fear of death, but desires it, that which is here the evidence of having rehe may be at rest with Jesus, whom he nounced idolatry. She is a female Chief loves.

of the highest grade, most noble among November 1st..I held our monthly the great of these islands. She has been Missionary prayer-meeting. I delivers treated like a goddess, and was one of the ed a short address on the excellence of chief pillars of the system of lies that obChristianity; and we had some delight- tained in these islands. Numbers who ful prayers for all Christian people, had been waiting for her decision accomand all Ministers and Missionaries, panied her ; perhaps not fewer than one and for the world that lieth in wická hundred: they came from their own edness.” The individuals who engaged, island in thirteen canoes. This event were Hezekiah, Joseph, Isaac, Aaron, will, I trust, have its influence on many, Joshua, and Peter.

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who, if they do not resist the truth, yet thousand five hundred, at least, pray- are indisposed to the reception of Chrising for this blessed consummation, on tianity. this station alone, who were three years 25th. I commemorated the advent of ago rank idolaters. This evening I our Lord; and in the afternoon held a visited a number of the sick, and among love-feast, at which not fewer than nine them poor Isaiah, The sand of his hundred were present.

The speaking life is nearly run out, yet he fears was appropriate, animated, and interestnot the pang of dissolution. I com- ing. It has been a delightful day, and mended him to God, and hardly hope to will be long remembered. see him again in this world. I spent a Jan. 19th, 1833.-On the 15th instant little time in recommending to two youths, I went to Foa, accompanied by browho have been inattentive to their parents, ther Thomas, to admit a number of canthe duty of honouring and obeying didates into the church of Chuist by bapthem: and they engage to fulfil the tism : fifty-two candidates were baptized

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in the name of the Holy Trinity, besides who have described the climate of these twenty-three children ; and twenty-two islands to be that of paradise, knew as couples were married. It was a fine day, much about it as they knew about the and the services were interesting. It was climate of the moon. These are stormy the first occasion of the kind in that latitudes, and the atmosphere is sub. island, and among the baptized were the ject to the most sudden and extreme Chief and his wife. Our Teacher there changes, is a very steady, and, I believe, a holy 18th. On the 16th instant we were man: he is named Stephen. It is a tine agreeably surprised by the arrival of seveisland, but has to mourn a diminished ral canoes from Vavou, bringing a good population, from the evils connected with report from our brethren there. I was idolatry, which have been in active ope- pleased to see so many of our people who ration there, as in all the other islands of had been absent several weeks, as well this group. Some are entirely depopu. as many of our Chief's new subjects lated, others nearly so.

from Vavou. He is now in possession Feb. 11th.--Yesterday morning I com- of the united kingdoms of Haabai and menced the plan of reading Lessons from Vavou. May he make a good use of this the Old and New Testaments, in imitation accession to his political importance and of the plan pursued at home; knowing strength ! that the word of God is profitable for 21st.-Yesterday I expounded Psalm doctrine, for reproof,” &c. I am anxious Most of the men were at a distance, that my congregations should hear as some in Vavou, and others at Uiha, the much of it as possible. My desire is to hostile island of which frequent mention honour God by making known his will, has been made. Our Chief has obtained in the words the Holy Ghost teacheth. possession, without any effusion of blood,

March 10th.--On the evening of the 8th degraded the opposing Chiefs, and deinstant a storm commenced at this place, stroyed the fortress which they had erectmore violent by far than that in January. ed to provoke him to a war, arising from It carried away part of the thatch of their hatred to Christianity. None of our house near midnight; but I was them have been put to death ; for which happy enough to get it repaired, so as to they have to thank Christianity. Forprevent the rain from entering in any merly a most cruel death would bave been considerable quantity : it raged furiously inflicted for one-tenth of the provocation during the whole night. To sleep was given. They would have had their arms impossible, the wind came in such fearful tied, and stones attached to some part of gusts, the sound of it resembling the roar their bodies, and then have been cast into of artillery, or being perhaps more like the the sea. Or, after having their bodies angry dash of waves against rocks in a mangled and hacked with hatchets, they storm. We anxiously looked for morning; would have been fast bound, then put on but it brought no intermission of its board a rotten canoe, and committed to violence. Nay, it seemed to increase in the mercy of the winds and waves, with. fury. We did what we could to preserve out having it in their power to help themthe house, for the safety of which we selves. And yet there are those who began to entertain some fears. We were at affirm that Christianity is no blessing to length obliged to quit it, from the alarming the islanders of these seas ! shakes occasioned by the wind. We retreat- 26th. On the 24th instant I had a ed into an outhouse, which was secured congregation of not less than three thou. as well as circumstances would allow. sand souls, as nearly as I can guess; about There we remained the whole day, fearing twenty canoes having arrived from Vavou. to hear, at every recurring blast, the crash Yesterday I was visited by Sanlala, one of our falling house. But, through mercy, of the Chiefs of the island so long hos. we were not called to endure that trial. tile. He came, he said, to seek instrucTowards the evening of the 9th, the wind tion; and I set before him the principal shifted and slackened; but we did not truths of Christianity, which he now proventure to sleep in the house that night. nounces to be a very good thing : I In these circumstances, heightened by believe him to be sincere. I have had the extreme indisposition of my wife, as a similar visit this morning from Havenwell as her exposure to the wind with our bana, his brother, who is of the same little ones, I was kept in peace, though I mind now with him. It was he who could not but feel, and acutely too, for occasioned the cutting off of the Snapper those who are so dear to me. I ascribe some time ago at Uiha. the praise to God for this deliverance. April 1st.-Idolatry may be pronounced He is our refuge from the storm, a very to be defunct in the group of islands which present help in time of trouble. They form my station. While licentious sea

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