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In person Josiah was tall and well- Early this morning, notice having been made, and stout withal : he was good given, we held a prayer meeting at day. looking, rather pleasing than otherwise, light, in order to intercede with God on and a very agreeable man in conversa- behalf of the King. Many were present, tion. Generally he enjoyed an excellent and the King had a good day ; but tostate of health, and for the most part wards evening his complaint began to was always employed at something : the rage again, and now others beside our. platting of sinnet was what he selves began to fear the consequences usually engaged at. He read the Scrip. would be fatal. Tuesday, 18th, I called tures diligently ; I think no native upon bim again, and found him very ill; here read so much as the King: in this and in the evening he sent for me. I he is an example worthy of imitation. prayed with him, and encouraged him to He began again to meet in class some look to the Lord Jesus. He informed time before bis last illness, and his me he was doing so. Mrs. Thomas and attendance on this means of grace was I were with him from about seven good.
o'clock. For three hours he suffered Being invited by his grandson, the intensely ; but the Lord wonderfully Chief of Eua, to be present at the open- supported him.
He called upon me ing of their new chapel, the King at- several times to pray, and he continued tended with his wife and all the family. much engaged himself in prayer. He This took place, August 13th of last was speaking up to the last minute, year. In returning from Eua, the King which was about ten o'clock at night, found himself unwell, and took some when, with the name of Jesus on his medicine. He soon went about as usual, lips, he breathed his last, in the presence and we did not know that he was at all of the Tuitonga, Baba, his only sister, unwell, only that he occasionally would (now baptized Caroline,) Abraham, his send his daughter for some medicine brother, his wife, and all his children, about once a week or so. In Novem- and many other friends and relatives, ber, it was evident his affliction, which who sincerely mourned before the Lord was dysentery, was now assuming a se- at their loss. I endeavoured to comfort rious aspect. On the 13th I called upon them before I left; and, having prayed, him, talked with him, and prayed for and commended them to God, the merci. him. Afterwards Mr. Miller was sent ful Disposer of all events in this lower for to the King. On the 15th I saw world, we returned home, and could him again, when I asked him pointedly almost have wished to have died with the state of his soul, and received from him, that we might have gone away and him a good account of his experience. been at rest. The 16th, being Sabbath, as I did not On the 20th, the remains of Tubou see the King in his place, I judged he were deposited in a vault at this place, was too ill to attend chapel; which proved which was according to his own to be the case. In the evening Mrs. pressed wish. Many natives were preThomas and I visited him. We found sent to do him honour at his burial, him in niuch pain; but he was com- most or all of whom felt as though they posed in his mind. Monday, 17th. had lost a friend. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Stephen Rabone, dated Lifuka, Haabai,
June, 1845. At our late District-Meeting, it was in a gale of wind, and their friends agreed that I and Mr. Miller should knew not where they were. Our visit make the annual visit to the out-islands to them was so much the more wel. of this District. We left this place on come, as we had heard their Chief and the 22d of April, and returned on the friends were all alive and well at Fee17th of May, being not quite four weeks jee. We spent three nights at this from home. We called on our way at place ; employed our time in preaching, Vavau, and were glad to find Mr. F. meeting Local Preachers, Leaders; in Wilson something better than we left dispensing medicines, &c. Our next place him a fortnight earlier. The day after was Niuafoou, about one hundred and we left Vavau, we arrived at Keppel's thirty miles from Niuatobutabu, a cinder Island, or Niuatobutabu. Here we found island, every portion bearing indubitable the people in only a poor state : their marks of the action of fire : an awful Chief, with the majority of the steady place to land ; might be called Inacmembers, one hundred and forty in all, cessible Island the Second ; for it is only had been away from the island about accessible at the risk of boats, and the twelve months. They had been drifted lives of all on board. The surf was
very high when we landed ; and so dan. Tahiti.” Then to make all right, his gerous was it, that though we succeeded Lordship_said, “French no want take in getting on shore, they could not land Tahiti : Tahiti break treaty. French no our box.
We here found a compact take plenty land, all the same England; loving society of three hundred members, England take Hobart-Town, Sydney, a splendid chapel, all built from the New-Zealand. O, England take many mei, or “bread-fruit tree.” There not lands, French no take land :" here he being any anchorage or shelter here for was eloquent, evidently feeling his sub, the vessel, and the weather having be- ject. After this we had an interview come bad, we could spend but two nights with the King, who has been forced to with them. In getting on board, the sea embrace the system of idolatry and lies, ran fearfully; and though within two He was very kind to us, (being no miles of the Triton,” we frequently Romanist at heart,) and was quite will. lost sight of her in the hollows of the ing we should visit our few people. He
We were glad to get on board. It said he was grieved about the island was evening ere we could get away. It being at war, but that he was tired in now blew a gale, but fair ; so we looked endeavouring to put an end to it. We towards our farthest station, Wallis's found our few people pent up in a small Island, or Uvea : we came up with it filthy fort, all disorder and confusion : the following Sabbath, but it was not till they soon began to read us the character the Tuesday that we saw a living crea. and doings of the Papists, and that in ture on the island. We then learnt from no measured terms: we had to make an European, that all the people were allowance for their excited feelings to: gathered together on the opposite side of wards the Pope. After hearing all we the island, that he only was living on could hear on both sides, our conviction this side. We bore away for the other was, that the Papists are here what they side, and in about twenty-four hours are at Madeira, and all the world over, had made the anchorage on the weather- where they are the majority,~"cruel side. In entering, we experienced a persecutors.” Yet, truth obliges us to most merciful deliverance from ship- say, and we say it with grief, that our wreck : it is a niost dangerous passage, people have set them an example, the and very narrow. When we were at opposite of patiently suffering and will. anchor, Mr. Miller and I paid a visit to ingly forgiving injuries. We had, therethe Chief, who first received the Romish fore, to deliver our own souls to them, heresy ; a very quick, intelligent native; by reproving and exhorting them, with speaks the best English I have heard a all kindness, to forgive their enemies. native of these seas. He was very
We thought they would rather shoot agreeable, and sorry we should find them them. The head Teacher has fallen in in a state of war. The natives were the war: he was a Tonga man (John civil, only a few children so far forgot Mahe). About ten of each party had their manners as to call us heletiki, “he fallen, when we were there. We sucretics :” so they had soon learnt some- ceeded in getting a Chief of each party thing. Next morning we set off to visit on board the “ Triton," and did all we the King : ere we could see him, we fell could to effect a peace: they promised to in with the Bishop, two Priests, and an live in peace. Time alone will deterold Friar. With the Bishops and Priests mine, whether or not they meant what we had a long conversation, principally they said. We have not quite forty in reference to the war: the Bishop de- members in the island : excepting these, nied its being a religious war, as was the whole island is given up to believe a rumoured, but said it was the war of lie, and to worship the Beast. No quescertain disappointed Chiefs. We could tion as to who governs at Wallis's Is. only hear, as we had not yet visited our land,—the Bikopo; the Bikopo is all and people; neither was it an occasion for us in all at poor Wallis's Island. O what to say much; for, as his Lordship ob- a curse to this fine island ! Is it in righserved, “ Me no say much to you ; this teous judgment for the shedding of the no time to say ; all very good ; you make blood of God's servants, who were sent me one visit. However, his Lordship unto thee,-a land of murderers ? At was not a little annoyed at certain reports length thou art visited, visited with a which he said had been brought from scourge, a curse.
From such a curse, Tonga ; “ all bad things.” Also, that God of love, save Haabai and Vavau ! it was said that France would come and Amen and amen. take their lands, “all the same
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MEMOIR OF MRS. THORLEY,
OF MACCLESFIELD :
BY THE REV. ALEXANDER STRACHAN.
Religious biography has been, in many ages, a rich source of encouragement to the church and people of God. In the Scriptures, we have a beautiful developement of the theory and spirit of true religion, together with ample directions as to the commencement, progress, and completion of the work; and in the recorded lives of genuine Chris tians, we see the whole as embodied in living examples, at once illustrating the nature of the character, and proving that its formation is practicable. They who saw the foundation of the temple laid, but who understood not the scheme and object, would scarcely be able to form an idea of what would be the magnificence of the completed building; but when the top-stone was brought on with shouting, the scaffolding cleared away, and the entire erection exposed to view, all the spectators would be made aware of the excellence both of the plan and the workmanship. So it is in Christianity. Many, who could not be induced to investigate the question of its divine origin, or to examine its well-adjusted system of truth, have had their attention arrested by its affecting narrations, whether given in the form of biographical sketches or of parables : sometimes even the forcible reasonings of a Paul have been passed over as too recondite or difficult; while the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Pharisee and Publican, have melted their hearts, and brought them into the way of salvation and peace.
And these narratives are the more valuable, because they not only discover the general nature of religion, but often present its particular aspects. We have thus set before us the faith of Abraham as manifesting itself in active and unquestioning obedience; the patience of Job, the unflinching courage of the three Hebrew youths, the devoted zeal of St. Paul, and the affectionate holiness of St. John. And the same circumstance is frequently observable in religious biography. In drawing up the memoir which I now furnish to the readers of the “Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine,” I have thought that the chief excellence of the character which I have endeavoured to describe, is to be found in the proportion and harmony of its several parts. Such an
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