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returned a mile and a half to the boat, ger cut off, as an offering to their gods. the tall man with his gun walking arm I saw one little boy with his arm in a in arm with me. We had some diffi sling : the little finger had just been cut culty in wading through coral reefs to off as an offering, and the poor fellow the boat, but through mercy escaped an seemed delighted with the fact. The chilentire immersion.
dren are warriors from their youth, and are There were at one time some circum- amazingly expert with the spear, the bow stances rather suspicious; such as private and arrow, &c. They usually practise signals, winking of the eye, &c. I with their weapons on the children of think it not improbable, that conse those who are taken in war. A little quences of a serious nature might have boy or girl is placed at a distance, and attended the visit of any other persons. they cast spears or arrows till he is dead. They talked freely about the Chief being For certain crimes the arm of a man taken, &c.; but regarded us as being has been cut off by the elbow-joint, then actuated by pure friendship in our visit to the shoulder ; afterwards, one leg to We reached the ship in safety, where the knee, then higher; the limbs have dry clothes, and a little food, were then been eaten in the presence of the acceptable.
living trunk and head; and finally the Monday, August 3d.-We passed the head has been cut off. New-Hebrides, where Mr. Williams About eight months ago, twenty bodies was murdered.
killed in war were taken, and, in front of 4th.-New-Caledonia in sight. We our premises at Rewa, were divided felt a great wish to visit it ; but as none among the inhabitants to be eaten : one of us know the language of the natives, was a fine young woman, in a state of and understanding that they are to be pregnancy! ranked among the worst of savages, I One of the King's brothers at Rewa thought it prudent to postpone the visit died lately. Two of his wives were for the present, especially as we had no strangled, to accompany him to the world immediate help to offer them.
of spirits! One was a very fine young Sunday, 9th.-We are not far from woman, who went to the King, and said, Norfolk Island, a penal settlement. I “ Show love to me, and let me be stranpreached in the morning, and gave an gled.” He said, “ Very well; go and exposition at night. The wind and sea wash.” She went to the river and washed rose considerably during the day. The herself, put on a new native dress, and, two following days, we had almost a with scented oil on her body, returned to hurricane, were under close-reefed sails, the King, where all her relatives were. and the passengers generally indisposed. She kissed each of them, and bade them We were incapable of thinking on farewell. Some wished to save her ; but scarcely any other subject, than old her brother said, if she did not die, he friends and old times in England.
would never own her as a sister. Imme15th.-During the week I have had diately, a large rope was put round her conversations with Mr. Cargill on vari, neck, with two knots, one on each side ous important matters relating to our the windpipe; ten strong men pulled, five Missions, and on the manners and cus on each side, while a woman closed her toms of the Feejeeans, which have fully mouth and nose to prevent breathing. confirmed the opinion I had formed of She was soon dead, and her body was them. They have certain marks of placed on a clean mat, and interred with refinement, which one could not have the Chief and his other wife, in the presupposed to exist among cannibals. sence of Messrs. Cargill and Jaggar. But the revolting scenes of cruelty are At Somosomo a few months ago, thirmany. Treachery and theft are also teen women were strangled outside the practised, but not so much among them fence where the Missionaries reside : they selves as towards strangers.
of course remonstrated, till their own lives One poor man at Rewa, while bathing, were in danger. It is thought, however, had both arms bitten off by a shark; and that, though in that instance they could thinking he was rendered useless to soci not succeed, their interference will preety, they proposed to strangle him. He vent further acts of barbarity and murder. appealed against their decision, saying, Hitherto I have been mercifully pre. “The shark has not taken my eyes, and served from all anxiety about my family : I can serve the King as a watchman.” the care of the infant churches has occuThe appeal was successful, and the pied all my leisure moments. maimed man watches the King's pre- Sunday, August 23d.-We saw Mount mises,
Dromedary and Cape Howe. I preached There are, as in the Tonga islands in the morning, and Mr. Cargill in the very few men without having a little fin- evening.
Wednesday, September 2d. After en- POSTSCRIPT TO THE PRECEDING countering storms, &c, we entered the Der
LETTER AND JOURNAL. went, (Van Diemen's Land, the wind fa
Hobart-Town. vouring us so that we came to anchor, and I ADD a hurried line to say, I have I reached my house before it was known met the brethren of this District in their that the Triton had arrived. I found my Annual Meeting. It has been characfamily all well; but a report was current terized by great harmony. You will that my valued friend Mr. Bumby was perceive that the numbers in society are drowned! My mind is singularly pre- more than last year, and the finances, pared for hearing of any calamity. The notwithstanding the extreme dearness of deaths of Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Cargill provisions, considerably improved, while have with more than vocal energy pro- the amount raised for the general work is claimed the uncertainty of human life, and beyond that of any former year. The taught me how difficult a thing it is to devotedness of your Missionaries to their allow nature her moderate sorrow; but great work, their faithful and affectionate FEELING must not govern in a case like regard for each other's welfare, their union mine, exposed in the way of undoubted of affection, design, and endeavour to produty to “hardships, grief, and loss." mote the work of God, have delighted me
When I look at the dangers to which exceedingly. Our beloved brethren I have been exposed, the heart-rending Egglestone and Tuckfield could not be scenes which I have witnessed, the pain with us: the former is made a great blessful sympathies which have been excited, ing at Adelaide, where he labours with the wasting heats which I have endured, untiring zeal; and the latter, with his the anxieties which I have experienced ; estimable colleague, Mr. Hirst, is emand, on the other hand, when I contem ployed at Bunting-Dale in an endeavour plate the all but overwhelming delight I to benefit the aborigines of Australia have felt on beholding so many self. Felix. I am pleased especially with the denying, laborious Missionaries, with important native school there. their invaluable wives, who greeted me The friends at Hobart-Town availed with a welcome never to be forgotten, themselves of the favourable opportunity the natural beauty displayed before my afforded by the Meeting of the District, eyes,-and the moral glory beginning to for the opening of their new chapel. burst forth upon the Heathen through The congregations were large, greatly the instrumentality of such Missionaries surpassing our expectation : they got in the islands of the sea, it makes it mat- £150, and a number of new seat-holders. ter of grateful wonder that, after such The general aspect of this important continuous excitement, I am so well as I District is encouraging. Their numefind myself to be. I am now preparing rical strength would have been much for another twelve months' absence from greater, but for the tide of emigration ; by my family; and then (if spared) I shall which, however, new colonies are beneneed a little relaxation, or the system fited. will wear out.
I am now on the eve of sailing, by way Sunday, September 20th.-Commupi- of Sydney, to see the brethren, and the cations of such a nature have been mourning sister of our late friend Bumby, received as to leave no doubt on the sub- at New Zealand. It is a great trial to be ject of dear Mr. Bumby's death; the so long from home in such dangers and occasion of which I have had to improve deaths as seemed to surround me in my to a large congregation this evening from last voyage. But I am cheerful and Psalm xcvii. 2: “ Clouds and darkness happy in my work ; and who would not, are round about him : righteousness and to see the grace of God as I have seen it? judgment are the habitation of his Pray for me. The brethren in these seas throne." This occurrence not only pray for me everywhere; but pray also touches the tenderest sympathies of for my wife and family : my absence is nature, but involves me in still greater no small trial to them. care and anxiety. O God, be thou my
Your servant in Christ, helper!
** The usual Monthly Statement of Moneys Received, including some
welcome additions to the Special Fund for the Ashantee and GoldCoast Missions, is, from want of room, unavoidably postponed.
LONDON :-Printed by James Nichols, 46, Hoxton-Square.
FOR JỤNE, 1841.
MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN FAIRBOURN :
BY HIS SON, THE REV. JAMES P. FAIRBOURN. It is a matter of regret, that my father has left behind him nó memorandums either of his early history, religious experience, or of any facts connected with his labours as a Minister of the Gospel. This brief memoir is therefore compiled from family recollections.
My father, was born at Leppington, a village in the Pocklington Circuit, in the year 1781. His parents were agriculturists. They were respectable in their character, and highly moral in their habits, but unacquainted with the nature of experimental religion. Their family was brought up in an attendance upon the worship connected with the established Church.
When very young, my father was placed at a boarding-school in the neighbourhood, where he remained until he attained his seventeenth year. In youth his disposition was volatile to a more than common degree; his spirit was exceedingly light and buoyant. He was fond of vain amusements, and indulged in them with apparent delight. But even in the midst of youthful follies, the restraining grace of God prevented him from plunging into criminal excesses, and kept him from gross immorality. He was likewise favoured with the powerful strivings of the Holy Spirit.
On one occasion; while engaged with some of his companions in diversion, his fears were more than ordinarily excited ; his conscience was aroused, and he was led to a clear discovery of his dangerous condition as a sinner in the sight of God. Various are the means which the infinitely wise God employs in order to bring sinful men to serious reflection, and admonish them to prepare for their eternal state. The instrument employed by infinite Wisdom to impress my father's mind with the importance of religion, was a thunder-storm more than usually terrific: through this awful medium God spoke to his heart; and from that moment he resolved As to change his mode of life.
That the impressions thus made on his mind were neither superficial nor transient, his subsequent life sufficiently demonstrated. He became altered in his outward deportment; his volatility was exchanged for seriousness; and so great was the change which took Vol. XX. Third Series. June, 1841.