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PERIODICAL ACCOUNTS



RELATING TO THE



MISSIONS OF THE CHURCH



OF THE



UNITED BRETHREN^



ESTABLISHED AMONG TH£



HEATHEN,



VOL. IIL



LONDON:

PRINT£D FOR THE BRETHREN'S SOCIETY FOR TH*
EURTHERANCE- Of THE GOSPEL,

BY JOHN MARSHAI-Lj NO. 4, A L D E RMyfTT^CH U RC H- Y AR D,
JSOW-LANC, CfiZAPSlJe.



PERIODICAL ACCOUNTS



RELATING TO TH



MISSIONS OF THE CHURCH



OF THE



UNITED BRETHRENy



ESTABLISHED AMONG THE



HEATHEN,




LONDON:

PRINTED rOR THE BRETHREN'S SOCIETY FOR THl
FURTHERANCE- Of THE GOSPEL,

ay JOHN MARSHALLj NO. 4, ALDERMA«T*^C H U RC H-Y AR D,
JSOW-LANfi, CHJCAPSiJe,



N. B» The Brethren's Society for the Furtherance oF
the Gospel among the heathen, (which meets monthly
at No. lo, Kevirs Courts Fetter -Lane,) befides doing as
much as possible toassift all the Missions of the Brethren,
have from the beginning undertaken the whole charge of
the Mission among the Esquim.aux in Labrador, which,
on accouLt of circumftances, is rendered an expensive con_
cern. There are at present three settlements eftablifhed
on the coaft, Hopedale^ Kain, and Okkak, and as the absent
miCmbers of the liocieiy and other friends to' the cause have
always felt particularly interested in the welfare of that
Mission, the letters annually received by the return of the
ship, are ini:erted at length, especially as they contain a
brief account of aM the remarkable occurrences in the
Mission. Those received in 180 s, begin the presenC-
Volume of the Periodical Accounts.



PREFACE,



I

WHENEVER we take a view of tnat great
work, in which it has pleased God to dis-
tinguish the ministry of the Church of the Brethren,
in making it instrumental to the conversion of many
souls from heathen nations in various parts of the
earth, our hearts are filled with gratitude and asto-
nishment.

Far be it from ws in the least degree to attribute
that success, which has hitherto attended the Bre^
thren's Missions, to our own contrivance, wisdom,
or exertion. A^very slight acquaintance with their
history and situation muft convince the moil self-
sufficient, that neither the origin nor the efFe6ts of
the Missionary labors of the Brethren, can at all be
attributed to human powers. In whatever view we
consider them, we humbly and gladly exclaim i
" Not unto us, O Lord ! not unto us, but unto
*« Thy name give Glory ;" yea, we attribute all to
His sacred purpose, in choosing " the weak things
*^ of this world to confound the things which are
^* mighty : and base things ^f this world, and things
«' which are despised, yea, things which are not, to

Vo^. HI. A « bring



H PRE FA C E.

'* bring to naught things that are ; that no flesh
•'should glory in His presence."

The progress of the Brethren's Missions for these
seventy years past has not, in general, been rapid,
or attended with that addition of numbers to the
Christian Church, which men are apt, in prospecl, to
pronounce as a certain fruit of the zeal and perseve-
rance of so many Missionaries, whose only aim in
life is the promotion of Christ's Kingdom on earth.
Nevertheless, it has been marked with such peculiar
proofs of the blessing and favor of God our Saviour,
and such unequivocal evidences of the benefits
thereby bestowed upon mankind, that it excites the
most lively sensations of gratitude in all, who wish
well to the human race.

We, on our part, are encouraged confidently to
believe, that the gracious aim of God, in admitting
the Brethren's Church to so confiderable a share in
the Missionary work will be yet more fully obtained,
and His name yet more glorified, by His continued
blessing upon our feeble exertions, to spread the
gospel in foreign parts.

* At present, there are twerjty-nine Mission- settle-
ments establised by the Brethren, and about 24,000
souls*, residing in, or belonging to them, who have
been brought to the knowledge of the truth, among



* See the concise account of the Brethren's MissIonSj
printed January 1, i8ou

som»



PREFACE.



Ill



some of the most ignorant and barbarous lieathen-na^
tions; besides some thousands, who attend the public
preaching of the gospel in all the settlements, and
request farther instruftion. Thousands also, v/ho
have died in the faith of Christ, stand now around
the throne of thel^amb. and join in the song of the
Blessed, in fellowfhip with many of their beloved
teachers, who having not loved their lives unto the
death, have, through the mercy of our Saviour, re-
ceived an eternal reward of grace.

The general Synod of the Church of Brethren, as-
sembled at Herrnhut in Upper Lusatia, in 1801,
among many other important deliberations, directed
its attention particularly to the Missions among the
heathen, and the report of their internal and external
state, given in by the Committee appointed by for-
mer Synods to superintend that extensive concern,
filled the hearts of all present, with joy and grati-
tude, and with renewed humble confidence in God
our Saviour. During a war, in which not only the
common calamities, attendant upon hostilities, op-
pressed almost every part of the globe in an extraor-
dinary degree, but which seemed to threaten an al-
moft total subversion of every thing hitherto held
sacred among men, He has preserved all our Mis-
sion-setttlements in perfed peace, and establifhed
and extended His work in many of them, without
the least opposition. He averted impending dan-
gers, protefted His servants both on their voyages

A 2 and



IV



PREFACE.



and in their several stations, and opposed to that,
delusive spirit of licentiousness, which, alas, has
made such bold advances in Christendom in this
our day, a spirit of humility and a deep sense of
thankfulness for the priveledges enjoyed by the
children of God, so that its baneful influence has
been happily checked in all our Missions. Not that
there has been no cause for mourning, and no ad-
mixture of painful occurrences to fhow the necessity
of constant watchfulness and prayer, lest we enter
into temptation, and lest the enemy of souls obtain
an advantage over us; but yet we can declare,
that, amidst all our imperfections and mistakes, and
outward and inward dangers, Christ has approved
Himself as the Saviour and Almighty Prote6lor of his
people. The preaching of the word of the Cross has
approved itself everywhere, among nations the moft
different in charafter, and under every curcurnftance,
as the power of God unto salvation, and we have
therefore determined anew to know nothing amongst
men, but Jesus and Him crucified.

We rejoice also, that, though differing in names
and forms, we are herein united with all the true
followers of the Lord Jesus in every denomination,
for the success of whose labors in the same cause,
-we most fervently address our supplications to God ;
yea, may Grace and Peace be with all them, that
love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, in every
place.

But



PRE FACE. V

But whilst unto Him alone, whose strength is
tnade perfed in our weakness, we give all the honor
land ail the praise, yet we cannot omit making grate-
ful mention of the inftruments he uses, both at home
and abroad, for the promotion and support of this
great work. Many, both in our own congregations
and amongst His people in other denominations^
have felt themselves excited to take the moft adive
share in it, by furnishing, according to their ability^
the means of its outward subsistence, or by their ad-
vice, their labors and their prayers, cordially co-
operating with those, who are immediately engaged
in bringing the gospel to the heathen. They de-
serve and receive our warmest thanks, and though
we still attend to the general wish, in not publishing
their names to the world, yet we are sure, that He,
to whom they are *' known by name," will graci-
ously remember and reward them, even on that
day, when they themselves " will not remember to
" have ministered in the least unto him and his bre-
*' thren." Matthew xxv. 37.

For the favorable reception, which the Periodical
Accounts of the Brethren's Missions have met with
from all, who have become acquainted with them,
we are likewise thankful. They were printed with
no other view, than to furnifh to our friends and be-
nefaQors such communications concerning the dif-
ferent Missions, as are due to those who assist in
supporting them. The manner, in which they ap-
pear,



Ti PREFACE.

pear, seems likewise to meet with the approbation
of moft of our friends, viz. as extrads of letters and
diaries, in the plain language of the Missionaries,
without any additional observations, unless where
absolutely necessary for the sake of explanation. We
shall therefore adhere to this mode in the third Vo-
lume also, and pray the Lord to lay His Blessing upon
it. May he also in future graciously accept of our
poor services, and grant, that the Spirit of a true and
faithful Witness of Jesus, may ever rest upon every
member^f the Church of the Brethren, and upon all
His people everywhere.



LONDON,

January ist, i8o«.



LETTERS



[ 7 3



LETTERS

Received by the Brethren's Society for the Fur-
therance of the Gospel in the Year 1801.

From Hopedale, .a^/2/(?i July 26tb, i8ot'

DEAREST BRETHREN,

/^N the 1 6th. of July, at eleven, A.M., we had the ple^-.
^^ sure to see the Harmony come safe to an anchor, in
our harbour, being the first time since the Establishment of
the Missions, that the vessel arrived so early on this coast.
Our hearts were filled with thanksgiving and praises to God
our Saviour, for having again preserved her by his almighty
power, from all danger, both of the enemy and the seas.

At the same time we received your most welcome letter
of May 22d., for which we return you our cerdial thanks.
In reading with what earnestness and brotherly affeftion you
commend us and our Esquimaux in this Country to God in
prayer, we were deeply affefted with a sense of our own un-
worthiness, and with gratitude to you, dearest Brethren, nor
can we sufficiently describe to you, what comfort and support
it has been to us under the trying affliftions we have met with
during the year paft, to know that our dear Brethren and
Sisters in Europe offer up continual prayers for us, that the
Lord mav be with us, and give us grace to see the reward of
the travail of His soul gathered in, from among this rude
nation, for whose salvation also his precious blood was shed
•n the Cross, is a great encouragement to us.

We likewise return our most grateful acknowledg«ments
to you, for the parental care and kindness with which you
kave again provided every thing necessary for our external

support.



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support, and we have the pleasure to inform you, that every
thing sent has arrived without the smallest damage. May
our gracious heavenly Father abundantly bless and reward
you, and all who assist you by their kind contributions.

We can easily conceive, that under the pressure of the pre=
sent circumstances and the general dearness of every article of
subsistence, you may sometimes feel anxious concerning the
future support of the Missions, and when we consider, how
particularly expensive the Labrador Misson is rendered by*
the mode of supplying it with what is needful, we feel our
debt towards you doubly great, and ourselves bound by every
means in our power to lessen your burden.

We heard, with sorrow, that the war still rages, and thai
even England itself is threatened with invasion.

O that it would please the Lord, to continue to keep His
protefting hand over this country ; to ward off all hostile
attempts against it ; to give unto you wise and faithful men
in every department of state, who may counsel and aQ for
the prevention of evil with success; and to hear also our
poor prayers for England, that by its means the cause of God
in the earth may continue to be promoted far and near. We
are the more earnest in our good wishes and prayers, because
we know that He, has so many witnesses and followers in
England, who gladly spend and are spent in His service^
and for the gospel's sake.

But, dear Brethren, we muft now disclosetoyou an event,
which took place last winter and has filled us all with the
deepest and most pungent grief. It happened on the 2d of
December, last year, that our dear brother Reiman, by oc-
casion of his going out alone to procure some frefli provi-
sion by shooting, probably lost his life and has never since
%een heard of. The weather was fine and calm and the sun
^hone warm. Towards evening no^ seeing him return, we

felt



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felt much perplexed, particularly as the whole country was
covered with ice, rain having fallen the day before upon
the snow. About seven o'clock, we sent out four of our
most approved Esquimaux with muskets, to seek him and to
direft him, if in their neighborhood, by repeated firing.
The moon shone bright, and the air was calm and warm.
Towards daybreak however, they returned, without having
^een or heard any thing of him. As soon therefore as it was
light, all the Brethren set off, accompanied fey all our Ex-
quimaux, to make a general search, the weather remaining
fine. We discovered indeed in several places hi? foot-
marks upon the snow, but they were soon lost in the ice.
Thus we persevered for nine days suc



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