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the elevation of Africa shall then be pursued by the nations of the earth. May that day soon arrive. Surely the present failures of all efforts save Colonization ought not longer to be allowed. Africa has bled long enough. Her sons have gone into captivity long and deep enough! When shall the time of her release come? O that all our friends would feel that this question may be answered in a good degree by themselves.

A very venerable clergymen in New Jersey, inclosing $10 to aid in carrying on the operations of the Society, adds :

“I view the Colony of Liberia as founded on the most noble and benevolent principles of any since the days of Joshua. And, like him, we have not destroved the nations, nor taken their land without pay. . It has been my uniform desire and prayer that the Colony may prosper, and be a tlessing to the citizens and to all Africa."

The age, the wisdom, the experience, all add force and power to the language of this gentleman. The contributions of such men have a double value. . And the prayers offered up for this cause by such men are the ones which reach and move the hand of Omnipotence.


THE MENDIANS. THE remarks made on another page in regard to these people will not fail to attract attention. It seems at last that the great mystery which some o their friends tried to throw around the place of their nativity is now cleared up. Our colonist, James Brown, Esq., visited them, and very soon found in conversation with them, that he knew the region of country from which they came. Indeed he knew some of their acquaintances in Africa, and was thus able to afford trem much satisfaction.

It is very amusing to witness the manner in which those persons who have special charge of these Africans treat them, and the whole subject of their return to their own country. One thing strikes us as supremely ridiculous, and that is, their idea that they cannot carry them home without landing first at Sierra Leone, and their efforts thus to draw around them the sympathies of the British nation! Let them court the favor and friendship of that mighty people. Their power is every where, and it may be thought wise to consult it. But they may find at last that the touch of English sympathy is like the tender embrace of a lion.

À MONG the many letters of encouragement which we receive, the following one is not the least unimportant, accompanying as it did a ten dollar note:

«« Permit me to assure you that my heart is with you in your labors for our poor brethren of color. From the first inception of the American Colonization Society. I have been its ardent well-wisher; and it is a matter of unseigned regret that I have little else to give it beside good words, kind wishes and earnest prayers.

“That the blessing of the Almighty may be abundantly bestowed on your labors and those of all connected with this work of mercy, is the fervent

Yours, very respectfully.”. We trust many of our friends will remember us in this same way. It encourages us much to find such friends increasing daily.

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AFRICA. Journal of Rev. J. PAYNE:--Cavally, Sunday, September 27th. The congregation to-day very large. When the boys, who had been sent to ring the bell, arrived in town, the public drum had it:st been beaten to summon the people to hear an imporiant message from the interior. As soon, however, as the message was delivered, the people agreed to obey the summons to hear the word of God, before considering the subject propused to them.

G. has related to me a conversation which he has had since service this morning, that affords most gra ilying proof also of the existence of a religious principle amongst this people. He was urging upon the son of one of the leading head-men to learn to read ; amongsiother reasons in favor of this he said it would enable him to read for himself the word of God, and thus enable him to secure that salvation which he reveals. Here he was interrupted by the father, who said, “ G., have you been 10 God that you speak so confidently of the state of those who have died ? or has any one ever returned from the state of the deparied to erlighten us in regard to it?" "No," replied G., " but I have heard it in such a way that I cannot but believe it." Another old man sitting by, addressing the one just mentionedi, says, • Wah, what we lear I believe to be true. · Could you lose or do good to your son if he did noi obey you? How they can we expect that (iod will love, or do us good, if we do noi regard his word? I wish we couid agree together to attend to this matter.” "But," savs Wall, it is not the custom of our country. We cannot do this." “And do we never,” replied (i.,' " change the customs of our fathers ? They formerly had nothing but grass clothes to wear; why do we wear better ones? Your father, 100, was a poor man-had no name; why have you riches and glory in your name? We can change ; and let me tell you, W191, unless you do, neither your riches por your name call avail you any thing when you die." What is the matter with you, G.?" says W., "did P. semi you here to talk in this way?" "No, I speak the feelings of my heart; PAYNE did not send me," replied G.

Monlaj, Otí. !2.-Returned to-day from Mount Vaughan, where I was suddenly called to witness, as was expected, the last moments of Mrs. Mixor. She was represented as dying when the note was sent to me; a merciful God, however, had ordered it otherwise. Soon after the note was sent, when the attendant physician had given hier up, and her husband was communicating to her their fears in regard to her state, a favorable change took place, and she continued to improve until this morning, when I left her. Thus, hy the goodness of our Ileavenly Father, the cloud which looked so dark has been caused to "burst in blessings on our heads.”' I say blessings, because the dispensation was felt to have nearly all the effect upon the mission that could have been produced by death, so confidently expected, admonishing us to be also ready ; and impressing upon us the important lesson that the ways of the holy, wise, and pertici Being cannot be like those of sinful, foolist and short-sighted creatures like onrselves. And trying as would have been the expected stroke, I trust that all were prepared to say, “Not my will but thire be done."


Sunday, October 18.—Unavoidable absence from my station the last two Sundays, has affected, I fear, in no slight degree, the attendance on our religious services. Though quite a 'respectable number were present today, they were more promiscuous and less attentive than usual. The extremely busy season, it being their “time for building,” contributed to this and caused many to violate the Sabbath, though faithfully warned against it. Though it is, perhaps, too much to expect the Sabbath to be religiously observed so soon, it is most melancholy and painful to see those violating it who are known to have been instructed and have professed a desire to be influenced by these instructions.

Friday, October 23.-G.came to me to-night, much excited, to get my advice how to act in the trying circumstances in which he has been brought. It appears that in the small town in which he formerly lived he left two houses-having at that time no need of them. His younger brother having now grown however, therefore needing them, G. went this afternoon to remove his property, having previously obtained permission of this family so to do. A voung man of the town, however, not connected with his family, opposed his removing the houses, upon a plea sanctioned by custom, that when an individual had been driven from a town, such possessions became town property ; and threatened violence to G. in case he presisted in his purpose. This, the latter declared he would do, since it was inlisputably private property, and he asked what he must do in case personal violence were offered. I advised him to pray to God for direction, and promised him that I would do the same.-Spirit of Missions.


AFRICAN MISSION. Letter from the Rev. 0. K. CANFIELD :- May 13 to 28, 1841. Mr. Canfield thus notices the lamented death of Mr. ALWARD, his fellowlaborer :

God in his infinite wisdom, and to us mysterious providence, has afflicted us very sorely. We are in deep waters, and are well nigh overwhelmed. Never has any dispensation casi such a shade over my mind, and humbled mesolow in the dust before God. Brother ALWARD is dead. His work, and toil, and sufferings are over. God has nothing for him to do in Africa; though I hope he has, and will by his death, do great good for Africa. It was in his heart to do much, and his willingness has been accepted of Go:l, and he has manifested his acceptance, by taking him from this wicked world to engage in something more elevated and purc.

The suddeniness of this event has given us a shock, that we were poorly prepared to bear. He first complained of being unwell on Sabhath morning, April 17th. The physician was soon at his side. He complained of pain in the head, back, and limbs, the premonitory symptoms of an attack of the fever. The means used produced the desired effect; the head was relieved, perspiration produced, and an intermission of the fever followed. But on Tuesday night there was a decided change for the worse ; great exhaustion, and prostration of every energy, with a sinking, from which he could not be aroused; stupor followed, and he never uttered a word, but graclually sunk away until the middle of the forenoon, when without a struggle or a groan, he slept, as we confidently hope, in Jesus, to wake in his righteousness and receive a crown of glory.

All that the kindness of friends could do was done, and all that the skill of physicians could do, but without any avail. le has gone, it is true, to an early grave, but being dead he yet speaketh. I know the influence cvery death in Africa has upon the minds of the peopls 21 home; it strength.

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ens the prejudice of some, and causes others to donht of the propriety of sending the white man to these shores. It is this influence that has weighed upon my mind more than any thing else. I am left alone, and will any others come, and assist in carrying forward those operations, which require the strength and wisdom of more than one? The appeai for help comes with renewed force. Surely those whose hearts are set upon this field of labor, will not by this dispensation withdraw, and consider it an intimation that they are not to come; no, tell those brethern not to waver; to come, not as martyrs, but in the spirit of Christ, with a holy zeal, and an entire dependence upon God.

Mrs. ALWARD was quite sick at the time of his death. They were necessarily separated at the commencement of their sickness, and never saw each other again. The blow to her has been severe, but God has enabled her to manifest the power and beauty of the religion of the Lord Jesus. We all admire hier fortitude, and the cheerfulness that she manifests, the only thing in all probability that kept her from speedily following her husband. Few have been called to pass through sharper trials, than she has within a few weeks. She thinks it her duty to return to the United States as soon as an opportunity shall ofler.

Mr. Canfield afterwards gives an account of his own and his wise's illness, from which they were then almost recoverd. CECILIA VARTENE had the ferer also, though colored people sufier less from the climate. It gives us much pleasure to add a paragraph making grateful mention of the kindness which they had all received from the Rev. J. L. Wilson and wiie, of the American Board Mission.

Weowe much, very much to the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. They have done all and more than we could have asked. While we were all sick they gave up every thing, and attended to us. By day and hy night they watched over us and administered to our wants. The rapidity of our recovery depended very much upon their attention and good nursing. All the missionaries have been very kind and attentive.

Of Peter and ABRAHAM, native young men, who llave spent some time at school in this country, ABRAHAM having gone out with Jessis. C. and A., we have the following notices :

Peter and Á BRAHAM are attending Mr. Wilson's school and making good progress. They are the most forward of any of the boys on the premises.

Peter bids fair to be a useful man. As soon as I can put up a suitable building at Settra Kroo, I shall set him to teaching. ABRAHAM is cloing well, but is not so quick and active. Still he will be of much service when there is a place for him to work. . I have just heard from Settra Kroo. They have sent a message to learn what I am going to do. They are exceedingly anxious to have me come.- Foreign Missionary Chronicle.

THE MENDI PEOPLE. Thus the Africans, late of the schooner Armistad, call themselves. It is found that no such country as Mendi is known 10 geographers. The district from which the Mendians came may be known to them by some other name, but these Africans, one and all, very distinctly pronounce the word Mendi, when speaking of themselves or their native land. Its precise location is unknown to us. They cannot describe its situation. They say, however, that it is six days from Mendi to the coast. Thus they compue distances. A day's journey, we conjecture, is from 20 to 30 miles. Mendi, then, may be song 150 miles from the Atlantic coast. pose it to lie a liile north of cast of the mouth of the river Gili135.

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Sereral of these people had heard of Sierra Leone before they were kidnapped and sold io the Spaniards. They say traders from that Colony have visited Vendi with their goods. The name seemed to be familiar io them. James Corry, the interpreter now here, is a native of Mendi, but as he was sold into slavery when only six years of age, he is not able to describe the situation of his native land. Full-Wu-LU, on of the liberated Africans who lived in the Fimmani, near the Mendi country, it has been recently ascertained, lias been at Sierra Leone. He, and many of the oihers, seem to entertain no doubt but they could easily find Mendi, if they were only set down at Sierra Leone.

The Rev. Tuomas Payne, an Episcopal clergyman of London, has sent to a member of the committee acting in behalf of these Africans, a copy of a new work published in London for the benefit of those who have gone to explore Africa in the steamers fitted out for the Niger. It is entitled, “Specimens of African languages spoken at Sierra Leone, appended to African vocabularies,” by Mrs. Hannah Killam. We find by this volume, that the language or dialect which we have denominated Mendi, is called Kossa. No intimation is given in the above mentioned work, as to the native district of the Kossas. Mr. David Bacox, of New Haven, speaks of it, we learn, as being in the interior, back of Grand Cape Nount and Sierra Leone, and as being called Longobar. The name Kossa is written Korso, in the African Repository, vol. vii, page 283.

Since the act of the committee, appointing Mr. Corfin to proceed to Sierra Leone with two or three of the Africans, these distrusitul people have opened their hearts more freely than heretofore, to their instructors and friends. They have acknowledged that hitherto they had agreed among themselves to be reserved respecting their native country, because

did not know as we would save them.” FULI-WU-LU now says that his father lives in Mendi, but that he, three years before he was stolen, lived with his grandmother, in Koyeh, near Sierra Leone. It is, he says, one day's journey by land, and iwo and-a-hall by water, from Sierra Leone. FULI-WU-LU says that he has been to Sierra Leone a great many times. It is probable that some of the others have relations at or near this Colony

On meniioning to the Africans that we had a book in which their country is described as Kossa, they say, that is not its true name, but it is a term of reproach, a name that has been applied to the Mendi people, hy the English, and by those who dislike them. This accounts for their never having mentioned the word Kussa to their leit riers and friends.

So great is the desire of these people to return to their native country, to their wives, children, and friends, and so much ene!!traged are the committee in the belief that the situation of Mendi. and the route to it, can be learned at Sierra Leone, that they have resolvedo's sending a special agent to that Colony, the presentation, accompanied by Cover, inklusin among the most intelligent of the Worlars, on a tour of inmiry. ble for then they will rear' Jenli-ponvey to the relatives of Civili, and he rest, the fact, that these men an:i children, supposed to be lost, aire alive and well--that is, the survivors of the group who were born from Africa. After convering this joyful intelligence, ther, or some of them, will return to the United States, to coniluet the whole band o Africa. Joshua Corfix bas been selected as the proper individual 10 go.

The committee have just forwarded a memorial to the President of the United States, soliciiinnihe aid of Governrent 10 send back these Africans to their native land, and it is hoped that Congress, on his recommendation, will make the necessary appropriation. It will be honorable to this nation to furnish the means of restoring these men to their own country and their friends. The world will say—that is right.-N. Y. Evangelist.


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