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The Chairman, J. C. Gotch, Esq., of Kettering, remarked, that both on account of the inability he felt adequately to discharge the duties of the chairman of such a meeting, and because they were favoured with the presence of an excellent and able senator, whose important engagements would not permit him to continue very long, he should at once proceed to request the Secretary to read the Report, which was done by the Rev. John Deer.
Of the interesting speeches delivered on this occasion, we can find room but for the two following:
Thomas FOWELL Buxton, Esq., M. P., expressed the high gratification he felt in attending such a meeting, and his sincere gratitude for the help which the Society had afforded him in the object to which he had long been devoted. He considered that there was nothing more awful in the whole records of history than the neglect of imparting instruction to the African negroes. It was acknowledged by the bishop of Jamaica himself, that till the year 1826, there was not even the form of education for the slave ; while another defender of slavery admitted, that a deliberate plan was formed to expel those from the island who should attempt to teach them. He rejoiced that this Society had sent out men who had stood in the very front of the battle which had been recently fought. He confessed that he did not lament the persecutions to which they had been exposed; for though he had felt his full share of anxiety as to their sufferings, he had ever trusted that the arm of Omnipotence would protect them, and knew, that they resembled the ancient prophet, who said, “More are they that are for us, than those who are against us.” Even had they fallen, they would have died in a noble cause. No men had ever borne more reproach than the Missionaries of this Society. Their grief, too, must have been great, when they saw their chapels destroyed, and their congregations scattered. But still he had not, on the whole, lamented it; because he felt that their sufferings and the spirit they had displayed, roused the sympathy and the prayers of Christians in this country, and this had done the work. The holy indignation cherished by all good men had produced a great effect on the government, and animated their measures. He had hoped to have announced to the meeting that the first money voted to the holy cause of emancipation had been given to re-erect their chapels; but the extreme pressure of public business a little delayed the act of justice which must shortly be done. He had felt much pleasure in proposing the words “on liberal and comprehensive principles" to the government resolution to educate the negroes, because he thought that in this field all classes of Christians should labor; and he was much gratified to hear from the Secretary for the Colonial Department, that all should be encouraged to do so.
The speaker remarked, that he was unwilling to retire without reminding the meeting, that when the present measures of emancipation were completed, a vastly extended field would be opened to its operations. It was not merely the slaves in the West Indies with whom they had to do ; but on the result of Christian instruction, which must be given, would depend the answer to the inquiry, Shall six millions of slaves be blessed with their freedom? Of all influence on the minds of slaves, every where, Christian principle was proved to be most powerful. In illustration of this remark, he read extracts of letters from the Rev. Dr. Philip, of the Cape of Good Hope, in one of which, dated in March last, he states that he was residing with 4000 Hottentots, whose former condition had been worse than that of West Indian slaves, but whose present conduct and enjoyments led him to exclaim, “Oh, this is Scotland in its best state !"
As then, Christian truth so admirably prepared man to enjoy the blessings of civil freedom, he should close by entreating the meet to persevere in their holy labour.
The Rev. THOMAS PRICE, of Devonshire Square, submitted the first resolution.
The Rev. W. KKIBB rose to second the resolution, and to take his farewell of the meeting. When he stood before them last year, he was most deeply affected, because he felt that if he did not take the high and firm ground which he then took, he should be unhappy on his death-bed. He had never been influenced by the desire of fame, nor by any motives, but those which he had avowed. He had seen the sufferings, and heard the groans, of the oppressed ; he was satisfied that the Christian world alone would relieve them; he had come to ask that relief ; and now, having obtained his object, and come with the meeting to the tomb of colonial slavery, he was desirous of burying every grain of animosity to the planter, in the same grave with the system itself. He now committed “ashes to ashes, and dust to dust," without a single wish or hope of a resurrection. The note from the Secretary, which requested him to second this resolution, also called upon him to take his leave of the Society. He apprehended that the meaning was, so far as England was concerned, because he had no wish to leave their service, as long as they were willing to give him a very
moderate support. Nothing could afford him so much pleasure as the letter he soon hoped to receive from the Secretary, saying that his passage was taken, and that he must forthwith return to his labours. Before he went, however, he had a word or two to say about their chapels. He trusted they should soon have better chapels than they had before ; and that the Government would let the planters distinctly understand, that when they touched the Missionary property, they did violence to Britain. But long before those chapels could be erected, they would need something to protect them from the rays of a vertical sun. He hoped that for this purpose tents would be furnished. These could be raised in the morning, and taken down in the evening. No scene could be more delightful to him than that of seeing his beloved people, when he landed, raising their tent in which they should unitedly adore their God. He no more expected to see them as slares, for Africa should be free! The mother should clasp her own babe in her arms as she sat under the tamarind tree, and teach it at once to pronounce the name of the country which gave it civil freedom, and His adorable name who could make it free indeed?
But inquired the speaker, Would none go with them? Men must be had. Ten or twenty more, at least, should be obtained. Besides which, school-masters would be wanted ; some of whom could be found on the spot. Africa would be free, and their work would greatly extend. He must be permitted now to thank his countrymen for their great kindness. In company with his valued brother Carey, who was elo. quent in the praise of every one but himself, he had travelled during the past year not less than 6000 miles in the feeble advocacy of his cause, and he had triumphed. He remembered the fears some of the meeting entertained a year ago on the subject; but now, though he was far younger than many by whom he was surrounded, he would say that when we “ do justly and love mercy," we may expect the blessing of our God. He was now ready to go. He and his brethren should leave England with regret, for they greatly loved it; but they loved Jamaica far more ; and with their churches there they hoped to live and to die. Before, however, he finally closed, he hoped he might be permitted to hint that some testimonial of the kind feelings of the Society towards those who had lost their property and risked their lives in the defence of their Missionaries should be sent to Jamaica. One of these, a worthy churchman, had lost £10,000 currency in this benevolent work. And now, again thanking them for the kind interest in his object, hoping they would have still better meetings than even this, and casting himself on their prayers, he would return to preach to his beloved charge the liberty with which Christ has made his people free.
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. (Where the place is not mentioned, Calcutta is to be understood.) Dec. 1833.
MARRIAGES. 8. At Sholapore, Lieut. Fitz Herbert Williams, 2nd Grenadier Regiment, to Harriet, 3rd daughter of the late Captain Mathews, Madras Army.
30. Lieut. S. B. Goad, 1st Regt. Light Cavalry, to Emma Gordon, second daughter of L. A. Davidson, Esq.
Mr. C. St. Leger Kierman, Assistant in the General Post Office, to Miss Susan Hedden. JAN. 1834.
1. Mr. W. Trotter, Assistant Military Board, to Mrs. Julia Eliza Tresham.
2. At Bombay, Capt. B. N. Ogle, H. M. 4th Light Dragoons, third son of the Reverend J. Saville Ogle, of Kirkby, Northumberland, to Maria Jane, eldest daughter of George Simpson, Esq. of Ogle, in the county of Angus, and formerly of Thornton, in Aberdeenshire, now Naval Store-keeper in Bombay.
4. Ensign A. F. H. Evans, H. M. 26th Foot, to Miss Sarah Evans. 6. Mr. Joakim D'Souza, to Mrs. Anna John Turner. 16. R. Wooldrige, Indigo Planter, to Miss Emma Garden. Dec. 1833.
BIRTHS. 10. At Chirra Poonjee, the lady of Lieut. R. Angelo, 34th N. I., of a daughter. 17. The lady of Capt. E. H. Wisebam, of a son. 18. At Kurnal, the lady of Capt. J. H. Mathews, H. M. 31st Regt., of a daughter. 23. At Bareilly, the lady of C. Finch, Esq. M. D., 13th N. I., of a son. 29. At Shahjehanpore, the lady of Lieut. J. V. Forbes, 15th N. I., of a son.
At Cawnpore, Mrs. Sarah Mosely, of a daughter. 30. At Cuttack, the lady of D. Pringle, Esq. of a daughter. 31. At Meerut, the lady of Major Assistant Commissary General J. Taylor, of a
At Neemuch, the lady of Lieut. G. St. P. Lawrence, 2nd Light Cavalry, of a daughter.
3. Mrs. Peter Victor, of a daughter. 4. Mrs. J. P. Maillard, of a son. 5. Mrs. J. R. Hayes, of a son. 7. At Chunar, the lady of Officiating Garrison Surgeon A. K. Lindsav, of a son. 9. At Cawnpore, the lady of Capt. W. Burlton, Deputy Commissary General, of 12. The lady of C. Stuart, Esq. of Hurripaul, of a son.
At Bankipore, near Patna, the lady of A. Mathews, Esq. of a son.
The lady of Dr. A. R. Jackson, of a son. 14. The lady of R. O'Dowda, Esq. of a son.
At Baitool, the lady of Lieut. Brown, 18th N. I., of a son. 17. Mrs. J. C. Thompson, of a daughter. 20. Mrs. M. E. Grant, wife of Mr. H. N. P. Grant, of a son.
The lady of H. Hughes, Esq. of a daughter.
At Berhampore, the lady of Col. Piper, H. M. 38th Regiment, of a daughter, DEC. 1833.
DEATHS. 10. George Sym, Esq. aged 21 years. 22. Mrs. E. Berkely, aged 70 years.
24. At Cossimbazar, Sophia Isabella, aged 17 years, eldest daughter of T. Main. waring, Esq. C. S.
R. McFarlane Ronald, Esq. Attorney, aged 40 years. 25. At Masulipam, Capt. A. Ē. Spicer, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General in the Northern Division, aged 44 years.
26. At Digah, near Dinapore, C. S. Stratford, infant son of Lieut. G. P. Thomas, Interpreter and Quarter Master, 64th N. I., aged one month and 25 days. 27. Mr. J. Cavoil, of the H. C. C. S. Duke of Argyle, aged 28 years.
Mr. J. Creighotn, Assistant to the Harbour Master, aged 35 years.
F. B. Otto, Commissariat Department, aged 37 years. 28. Mr. J. Hull, aged 27 years.
29. Mrs. R. B. Dormieux, wife of Mr. F. Dormieux, Junior, aged 21 years and six days.
At Chinsurah, Mrs. M. Hearly, aged 78 years, four months, and 13 days. Jan. 1834. 1. Serjeant H. Carr, aged 36 years.
At Mhow, in Malwa, Frances Maria, the beloved wife of Capt. F. E. Man. ning, 16th N. I., aged 28 years.
Miss Caroline Mack, aged two months and 16 days. 2. Mr. G. G. V. S. Schraut, Indigo Planter, aged 27 years, 11 months, and 26 days.
Master W. A. Francis, son of Mr. C. Francis, Register of the Revenue De. partment, aged 13 years and 10 months.
3. E. Henrietta, the beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Lowrie, aged nine years
4. At Futtehghur, the infant daughter of Serjeant-Major P. Lockhart, 15th N. I., aged 15 days.
5. Master J. P. Capstack, son of Serjeant Capstack, aged one month.
6. Catherine, the infant daughter of F. Millet, Esq. C. S., aged three months and three days.
16. Mrs. E. M. Twentyman, wife of W. H. Twentyman, Esq. aged 37 years, five months, and two days.
J. Penrose, the infant son of C. B. Frances, Esq. aged 13 months and 10 days. - Miss E. D'Costa Pinto, aged 21 years. 17. Miss Amelia Ward, aged eight years. 18. Mr. H. Gowan, H. C. Marine, aged 30 years.
Shipping #ntelligence. Dec. 1833.
ARRIVALS. 19. Resolution, (Bk.) G. Jellicoe, from Madras, no date, and Covelong 17th Nov. Passenger – Mrs. Jellicoe.
Ganges, (Bark,) J. Burgess, from Covelong 21st Nov.
Passengers :-W. Gibson, Esq. and H. Spooner, Esq.
Warwick, (Brig, J. Gibson, from Liverpool 3rd July and Rio de Janeiro 17th Sept. - Thalia, W. H. Biden, from Madras 20th Nov.
Nerbudda, F. Patrick, from Covelong 17th Nov. 24. Jane, (H. C. B. V.) J. Royce, from Chittagong 18th Dec.
Shawool Hamed, É. Dumont, from Bombay 20th Oct. Passenger : Mrs. S. Ley. 28. Navarino, (Brig,) Guerin, from Coringa, no date.
Diadem, (Bark,) Thomas Croft, from London 10th June, Cork 7th July, and Colombo 14th Nov.
Passengers from Colombo :-Miss Gamble ; Mr. J. Tonham, Assistant Surgeon ; and M. A. Gastion.
Argyle, J. McDonald, from Maracannan 5th Dec.
Spartan, J. Webb, from Covelong 6th Dec. 29. Trinculo, (Brig,) J. Hesse, from Liverpool 25th Aug. and Madeira 22nd Sept.
30. Mary, (Schr.) T. David from Rangoon 28th Nov. Jan. 1834.
3. D'Avergne, (H. C. C. S.) P. L. Huguert, from London 13th and Guernsey 26th August.
Betsey, (Barque,) Charles Noyes, from Madras 19th Nov. and Covelong 4th Dec.
4. Mermaid, P. M. Stavers, from Akyab 29th Dec. Passengers :-Mrs. Wilson and child ; C. McIntyre, Esq. C. S. ; Lieut. Wilson, 25th Regt. N. I.; Messrs. Hutchinson, Colvin, and Hotf, Writers ; Mr. Chiene, Shipbuilder; one Serjeant, his wife, and four children; one Drummer, 74 Sepoys, 25th Regt. V. I.; J. Lawrence, of the late brig Frances Ann.
5. Marion, J. Richards, from Covelong 12th Dec.
6. Isabel, T. Gornal, from Liverpool 6th August. 11. William the Fourth, E. D. 0. Eales, from Masulipatam 16th Dec. and Coringa 2nd Jan.
17. Heroine, R. McCarthy, from London (no date) and Sydney 10th Nov.
Passengers from Sydney :-Capt. Scott, H. M. 44th Regt. ; Lieut. Lonsdale, Buffs ; James Callagaham, Private 44th, and J. Kennedy, ditto, 3rd.
Drongan, J. Mackenzie, for Madras.
Bright Planet, (Brig,) for Masulipatam.
Resource, R. Smith, for Masulipatam. 5. Thetis, C. C. Black, for Singapore and China.
Durrea Dowlut, H. G. Moore, for Masulipatam.
Attaran, (Schooner,) Richardson, for Moulmein. 9. Edina, (Bark,) J. Norris, for Masulipatam.
Caledonia, (ditto,) A. Symers, for Straits. ll. Resolution, (ditto,) G. Jellicoe, for Madras.
Cecelia, (ditto,) W. Roy, for Penang and Singapore.
William Gray, (Amr.) H. H. Greene, for Boston. 16. Capricorn, (Barque,)
R. Smith, for Port Louis.
Belhaven, (Brig,) Crawford, for Madras.
Fattle Rohoman, ditto ditto, for ditto. 20. Royal Saxon, R. Renner, for Liverpool.
Fattle Moin, (Arab) Abdool, for Muscat.
Meteorological Register, kept at the Surveyor General's Office, Calcutta, for the Month of December, 1833. Minimum Temperature Maximum Pressure Observations made at Max.Temp.and Dryness
Minimum Pressure Observations made at Observed at Sunrise. observed at gh. 50m. Apparent Noon.
observed at 2h. 40m. observed at 4h. Om.
Rain, New Gauge.
30,100 63,4 60,760,5 N. ,156 70,1 75,370,2 n. ,132 72,879,675,7 n.w.1,082 75, 81,377,. w. 1,070,74,8 80,376,11 w. 1,070 73,777, 75,2 n.w.
,066 63, 60, 60,2 N. 1,128 70,275, 170,2 n. 1,09672,7 79,375,31 N. ,03274, 80,7 77,6 N. E.],024 74,1 30,378, N. 1,036 73,877,676,2, n.
E. 1,078, 72, 78,8 74,5 N. 1,05273,5 81, 77,8 s. E.,986 74,5 83,2 80, s. E. ,978175, 181,4 80,4 s. E.!,986 74,278, 77,4 s. E.
CM. 1,064 74,3 78,5 76, s. E.],008 75, 181,277,6 s. ,964 73, 73,372,4 N. E.,960 73,7 74,2 73,8 N. E. ,968 73,4 72,6 72,7 N. E.
,098 71,5 73, 170,2 N. 1,072 72,475,5 72,2 n.w.1,020 73,678,5 74,6 x.w.,01273,477, 74,2 N. 1,026 73,374,6 72,4 n. 0,32 0,28
1,98667, 70,366,8 N.
1,088 65,7 72,868,4/N.w.1,066 65,8 79,5 68,2 m. E.1,080 63,567,366,2 N.
,196 62,664,5 60,2 N. E.,170|65, 70,4 66,5 N, E.,11266,873,870, N. E.,09667,373, 70,3 N. E., 108|65,368,667,8 N. E. ,21062,463,4160,21 n. 1,180164,2167,8|63,51 N. 1,134'65,471, 167,21 N. 1,120'65,270,267,4n.w.1,116165, 167, 265,2 N.w.