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N. What were some of the visible effects, Sir, produced upon their lives and conduct ? What alteration?

K. What alteration? O Sir, that is great! should it not be great when you see what they was be. fore; they was scarcely

N. Please to state the difference, Sir.


now in

K. I will try if I can : · Before they was naked. - now dressed almost as that people (pointing to the Hottentots); before dirty, vile, now washed; before they know not what was book, now many could read Bibles; before they lived in huts, some in fields, houses; before they eat like animals (beasts) - now like man, like Christians; before they know not what love for one another, - know now what love is; before, love quarrelling, now live in peace, I could say many things. You know when power of Christ come on soul, then what alteration! I wish I could say more; but I tell you as I can: before they would not work, but now Hottentot work two hours a day; and we must be very thankful for that, though I hope next year they work three hours; and so after, four hours.

vant was to speak to them. Great many come, though I could say some don't like it much; but the

most come.

N. When the Lord first began to bless your labours, was there any considerable number brought under the influence of the Spirit 2 or only

one or two?

K. No, Sir; I can say a number. There was one old man that we speak of before, first; but numbers soon after. There were many con vinced; but there were many pull off their hair, and cry, OT pe rish What is that? I live so many years as the beast, and perish for ever!" I can't say whether they were all true Christians, that I leave to God; but many be lieve Jesus Christ. Many, not only speak much, but alteration in be haviour,

N. What were some of the leading things which set their hearts at rest, when brought under the influence of the Gospel, Sir?

K. That I don't understand. N. What truths did you use when they were in distress?

K. I think, Sir, that text" Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." That first old man was the first who received comfort. There was some Boschemans, before who, I believe, the Lord work upon their heart; but not to me clear. That first was old man, who wrote letter to the Missionary Society, about three years ago. He lived near the farms. He have great desire to hear the word; because Hottentot tell him, that they happy to hear of Christ: but the farmers tell him he must not go there, he would be killed. He was so anxious, he came; and in few days he begin to cry to God. I see him go to the field, fall down, and cry. K. Yes, Sir; they do most come tell me he go to the field. every morning, soon as sun come Let him go I am glad. I hope he up. They reckon from sun, know will soon come, and tell to me what not hours. Then sing hymn, read is the matter. After he come, cry a chapter, pray together; then to me, I say, "What make you children to school. Then every day, cry?" O Sir,' he say, 'should I meeting, twice a week catechism; not cry! What a guilty sinner I and Sabbath day preach three have been in eyes of God! What times, morning they come nine a sinner! Live so many year in o'clock. Before Hottentot come adultery with four wives. Now I from their own home, they pray see the gospel clear as day!' God bless the means that his serWhen preach Christ," I tell

N. Did they attend your ministrations regularly?

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him, "the must go to Jesus, he come into the world to save sinner." But I say, I never see such example as that man! He not long to live, only five months. After he hear the gospel, when he would come on business,' he would not speak of that. When I begin to speak of business, he say, "O Sir! I have speak too much of the world, let me now speak of Christ. All the corns of sand in the world, not so many as my sins! O for Christ! that Christ would take away my sins!" Now, Sir, that man came to me often, to speak of love of Christ: that man speak to me in manner he never hear of me, - in manner he hear of no man. God must teach him that. He make me ashamed before him, he know so much of experience; he talk to me of what I never did know:-God must teach him that! He came to me one day, and say, He must put away his two wives: he once had four. "Why?" I say. Because,' he say, when I go to God in prayer, my heart tell me Pris bad; and Christ more near to me than 10,000 wives. I will'support them, I will give them what I get, I will work for them, and I will stay till God change their heart; then I will marry the first whose heart be changed.' When he died, I came to his bed: he say, He would be carried in his bed to hear dear word of God, When I a-k him how he was, "I low spirited," he said; "I have nothing; give all to Christ, soul and body, but now I a little afraid. I like to know if Lord Jesus has taken away my sin; and if he will take me." But next day he told me, "O Sir! now I see Lord Jesus love me with everlasting love, and now, through his blood and righteousness, I go with him to eternal life; and there I wait for you." So he go sing into Heaven.


N. Did he oppose at first, Sir? K. No, Sir; he did not seem to oppose; but he knew nothing of power.

N. How did they feel when you left them, Sir?

. K. Sir, not very comfortable; but it was expected that I stay only one year. There is a man, 2n experimental man, who had been

about one year with me, that man stay there: they love him very much. He once was farmer; but sell all his goods, and come preach Christ. He is there. When I go away, they cry so; they hold my hand, they would not let me go away. They say, they should die if I not came back so soon as pos sible; they would pray God I come back soon. Now they say, it was for their guilt that I go away; and because they love not enough minister of gospel, God would take him away that God would let them now see what 'tis to have no gospel. They suppose God take me away one year to learn them to use gospel better. A gentleman, from the Cape, one day tell, they dare not now speak my name to them, nor tell of me, then they fall down and cry, they are so affected.


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N. I am now, Sir, to put a very few questions to these three good people now present'; and as they do not understand our language, I must put them to you. You will be so good as to give me their answers, and I will give them to the people; and the first question I would beg leave to put, Sir, is this: Do they hope to inherit eternal blessedness in Heaven? (Put to Martha)

K. She say, Yes, Sir; so sure as she stand there in the pulpit, she hope that. She say, therefore, she trust upon it Christ has died for her; and that she know it, because Spirit of Christ is now working in her heart and she say that Christ is her only foundation. She say, as she find by experience, how happy to live near Christ, so happy to have Christ for her portion! She say, that she know that Christ, not only her portion now, but she trust upon him that he will never let her go: he has put his hand upow

Kor soul, and no Satan, no, no, nothing shall put his hand away! She give herself to Christ, - he her guide to eternity!

N. Please to ask her, Sir, How she felt when first brought under the influence of the gospel? What state her mind was in when the truth first began to take effect?

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K. She say, Sir, when she first hear the gospel, she don't like it. She say, not mind, never mind. What has the gentleman to do with me? He Christian, I Hottentot ; he nothing to do with me, But she say, I go to her, I talk to her. She hear afterward something from one John Cock (another Mis sionary). She. go away; - then she come again. I told to her, You But say she, "Christ in Heaven, I upon earth, how could he work upon my heart?" I tell her, Go pray to Christ: - - ask of him, Whether the truths I preach be his truths, or not? Then she go try. She fall down in the field; she cry, "() God! what your servant say to me I don't believe it. O tell me if it be your truth !"

must try.

N. Does she now take pleasure In secret prayer, and in reading the word of God?


K. O, she says, Sir! O yes, so happy! never so happy as when sho could say all to God, what she 'never could say to man. To God she could pour out all her heart; but not so in England as in Africa. Here not place enough for her; in Africa, she go in the field. Here, and in Holland, she say, "O I can't find place to be with God! I don't like that man should hear what I would say to God alone."

K. All her comfort was, she might go to Christ, tell him all She had no other com

her wants. fort than that. N. I would beg leave to ask, How they feel towards the people of God, and towards their unconverted Countrymen?

K. She say, that she love people of God very much: she love all man, but chiefly people of God; because we have one Redeemer, one head, and saved through one blood. that she find great union with people of God. She love her

countrymen not converted; but not that degree people of God.

N. Now, Sir, I would just ask, How they express their concern for their fellow - sinners? and what means they employ, in their way, to bring their relations and others to the knowledge of Christ?

K. What, Sir? What they shall tell their relations? O, I understand you, Sir!

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K. He say, he shall tell them that he had heard here that same way that I preach there: that he heard here from people of God, that I speak the same with them. Shall tell them, so happy that we have Christ that how they may go to him to be saved; and chiefly, that he hear here that same that Ipreach there.

N. Please to ask, Sir, How they expect to be supported in the trying hour of death?

K. He say, Sir, that is different; sometime he have desire to be dead; - death could do him nothing, but to bring him eternal life: but, sometime, when he look upon him self, see what great sinner, then he say not so comfortable when think of death. He think many time, should I well be in Christ, know that saved, then death shall go good with me. Do you understand me, Sir? When he near Christ, he desirous of death; death shall not be death for him, but just door to go in Heaven. [Martha spoke for a considerable time.]

K. I wish I could say all she tell to me, but it impossible. She say, she trust there shall be many here who have pity for themselves, and for others, compassion for own soul and soul of others; but wish it was all, but perhaps it was not all; perhaps some here now not have compassion on own soul. O, that they would take counsel of poor Hottentot, she say! but Lord Jesus show them compassion. from such people as poor Hottentot, -see if such people, when they go to Jesus Christ, be saved, he will save them too, when they come like poor sinner: if they know not how to come like poor sinner, Christ will learn them; if they ask him, and not wait till to-morrow.

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time some hear dear gospel, Tell to them, that no people go to Christ, but Christ save them when they like to be saved: that Christ never say, I won't save them." This is part of what she say, but not so goud.



K. She say, Sir, what a pity 'tis Christ has shed his blood, if nevertheless sinners won't come to him! All that come to him shail hind fulness in him when they come, they shail sce enough in his blood to save them. But she say, that dear gos. pel will testify against them in last day; that same gospel, that same word which have all needful for sinner: therefore, if we go to Hell, 'tis our own fault, but not fault of God. He has given gospel to save sinner and help all men. And she hope, people here who have children, she feel what is parent; she hope they would bring children to fect of Christ, then God give us our children, hope we bring up our children, not for world but for Christ, not go for ourselves only to Christ, but for our children, for their children, that we and our children be saved. She say, she feel it on her heart; O, what it is, she go to Heaven and her children go to Hell. She say, man say "I don't know Christ die for me:" we have nothing to do with that ; we must go to Christ, and we shall find that he will save.

K. The last question which I would beg leave to put, Sir, is this, What are the leading things about Heaven which make it desirable to them?

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K. She say, that make it desirable to her first, She have no more sin, all her sin go away; they all go away from her: she don't like sin. Secondly, She be near her dear Saviour; and then she glorify him in perfect manner! That is another answer; but upon same question, she say, she trust upon it, she shall be in Heaven with her dear children; because the Lord give her to pray so much for them; and when he give to pray for thing, then she trust upon it he will give it. She pray upon blood and righ teousness of Jesus Christ; he said,

He not only will be her God but God of her seed;" and she trust upon it, that not only she shall be in Heaven, but all her children!

N. We are much indebted to you, Sir, for your goodness; and to these good people: we are just going to beg a last favour.


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K. She come again upon that same, Sir. She say, that God bring Hottentot from far land, hère to the people. Wherefore that? To shew people that he save sinner, great sinner, vile, hasty, sinner, whom no man like, whom no mankind can bear." Wherefore that? That we should see that we must go to Christ; that the Lord save such ginners, and to call people off from world. Again,, we must die; we see world can do nothing for poor soul when we die; therefore, the Lord bring poor Hottentot from far land, to shew that he will savė sinner, and to shew that the world, with all in it, could not help, in that hour, must have Christ, then we shall be saved. Sir, she say, that from consequence, she pray those people, that not only pray for themselves, but be so kind pray for poor Hottentot with Missionary Society; that we see, Lord hear our prayers! and that we be so kind pray for thein, because so many know not Lord Jesus Christ.

N. She begs that we would not only pray, but use all the means in our power to bring the Heathen to the knowledge of the truth.

K. She say, we could trust upon it, the Lord shall bless it, 'tis his work! we could depend upon it, God shall bless it, because it is his work! [Mr. Kitcherer smiled and checked her, as the time was quite gone.] She say, Sir, this the last that she will say, she hope and trust upon it, we may meet one another in Heaven, so as we meet now; and say, 'twas for good to be here in our meeting, here use means to save poor Hottentot; and Lord bless what a poor Hottentot say!

N. Will they please to sing a hymn, Sir?

They then sang the 130th Psalm

SEPT. 25 was re-opened, a place of worship at Wirksworth, forHerly occupied as a Presbyterian Meeting; but for some time totally disused, and the interest completely expired. Dr. Williams, of Rotherham, and Mr. Alliot, of Nottingham, preached on the occasion, to a full congregation, con sisting of near 400 persons. Wirksworth is a considerable markettown, about fourteen miles from Derby, containing about 3000 inhabitants, who, till lately, had no place of worship but the parish. church. The above place has been refitted, under the direction of trustees, who rely on the assistance of the religious public to support them; several neighbouring ministers having promised their aid, and there being a great propect of success.

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laid before them, peculiarly in teresting to the religious public: "Whether defensive war be strictly consistent with Christianity?" which was unanimously decided in the affirmative

It was further resolved, Thatwith every sentiment of loyalty and patriotism felt by the Ministers present, that it is incumbent on them to recommend to their respective congregations, cautiously to avoid the profanation of the Sabbath, while learning the use of arms for the defence of their country, by availing themselves of an act of parliament recently made for that purpose. (signed)

R. SLOPER, Devizes, Chairman.


On Wednesday morning carly, Dec. 7, died suddenly, at his house in Hoxton Square, the Rev. John Reynolds, for many years Minister of the Independent Meeting in Ca, momile Street, London, aged 64.


SUNG BY THE HOTTENTOTS. [Translated from the Dutch.] HEKE we've no continuing city, Where we may remain and dwell;

But, like Pilgrims, on we journey, Through this dark and gloomy vale: Till to Heav'n, our habitation, We are brought to dwell above,

Where Christ leads and feeds his people, Those who cleave to him in love!

If thou art indeed a Pilgrim, Why should Earth thy soul embrace ? This becometh not a Christian, One who runs a heav'nly race.

Then consume thy time no longer, Precious Time! in worldly care;

But, all Vanities forsaking, For eternity prepare !

Seek to God, as reconciled Thro' his Son, our Saviour dear, That thy soul may be deliver'd From the world's destructive snare. Oh! consider, death awaits thee, Death which spares not rich nor poor! And whene'er he gives the summons,

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on the Death of the Rev. 7. Radford,

BY THE REV. J. A. KNIGHT. SWEET is the hour that brings the Pilgrin rest,

And calls the lab'rer to his peaceful home!

So, to the great Assembly of the blest, God's faithful servants joyfully shall come!

Affection bids this frail memorial rise;

Not to ext! the man, but sov'reign grace. To those who reign with Christ above the,

Alike's the voice of censure and of praise, Soon will the Saviour wake this sleeping dust,

By sin consign'd to greedy death a prey; Then shall the rising bodies of the just, With ceaseless rapture hail the glorious

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