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country, mentioned both by Mr. Padfield in the September number, and truth of His Word, which shall not return to Him void, by the wonderful by Mr. Cain in the August number, the latter in the very same article tokens of His presence, and His blessing which Ho is vouchsafing to which tells the story of the Rev. I. V. Razu-which, to judge by these bestow on His own work in so many parts of the world. papers, was by far the most popular thing in the GLEANER of 1881. Oply And now for a few words as to the Examination itself. We were two give the correct explanation. One says, “a people in Ceylon”; kindly invited by our local secretary to a social cup of tea previous to the another, “ low-caste Japanese”; a third, “a language"; and several Examination, which took place at his house from seven to nine on the confuse the word with "mela," and explain it as a Hindu festival. evening of the 10th. We were very kindly received by himself and his Among other odd mistakes in the answers to this Question are- wife, and after a pleasant half hour, chatting of Missions and Mission "oolikan, a vessel of the Esquimaux”; "guru, another name for juju”; work, and the work of the evening in particular, we were conducted to "egugu, name of a tribe in Afghanistan”; “ Shango, a house in China"; the dining-room, where everything was in readiness, and business began. " Mzungu, Satan or the god of money worshipped by Eg has.”
I beard a sigh or two as the question papers were given out, and those In answering Question 4, the Rev. 1. V. Razu has been chosen by ladies who had previously competed afterwards agreed that the questions eighteen writers, Archdeacon Johnson by eleven, Archdeacon Crowther were far more difficult tban last time. However, we set to work, and for and the Rev. H. Gunasekara by nine each, the Rev. O Kwong-Yiao by some time nothing was heard but the scratching of pens on paper. Never, six, the Rev. J. Quaker by two, and Bishop Crowther, the Rev. Madho surely, did two hours pass so quickly, and when I had still five or six Ram, and the Rev. S. Vores, by one each. One selects Bao, the Chinese questions to answer, I was horrified to hear our secretary say, "Now, catechist, who was not ordained. All these brethren, however, turn up ladies, you have just a quarter of an hour more.” My wits fled, and how many times in the answers to Questions 9 and 12–Razu especially, whose I answered the remaining questions I know not; I fear I made many. story is told in some form in almost every paper. One curious statement mistakes. However, I did succeed in answering all the questions somehow, about Archdeacon Crowther is that he had the living of Bonny pre- but may I make a suggestion, and that is, that on future occasions a little sented to him.”
longer period may be allowed to those who answer all the questions, as I Of the five pictures named'in Question 8, that of the church at Hong- feel sure a little time for thinking would prevent many mistakes. Kong is described in twelve papers, the Diagram in eleven, Abeokuta I hope that all the candidates may have derived as much benefit and in seven, and the Dhow and Metlakahtla in six each. In answering this blessing as I have done from this Examination, and that it will stir up Question several candidates threw away precious time. Not noticing the the hearts of God's people to more warmth and zeal in fulfilling His words “any one of,” they described four or five. Of course no extra marks last command.
A. O. could be allowed them. The winners of the first and fourth prizes in Standard A, and of the first in Standard B, were among those who fell into this mistake. It is much to their credit that the time spent on their IBADAN: THE REV. DANIEL OLUBI'S REPORT. superfluous answers did not injure their position.
The answers to Question 10 adduce more testimonies than we had (BADAN is the great heathen town in the Yoruba country, where thougbt of when we framed the Question. Those of the following are Mr. and Mrs. Hinderer laboured so long. For some years no mentioned :-Captain Brownrigg (named by almost all), Lord and Lady English missionary has been able to visit it, owing to the country Ripon, Lord Dufferin, Miss Clay, Colonel Stewart, the Maharajah of Travancore, Miss Bird, Admiral Prevost, the Duke of Buckingham, the
being closed by war. But the Native Pastor, the Rev. Daniel Olubi, Governor of Lagos, the Chaplain to the Bishop of Madras, General Haig,
faithfully works on in the midst of his flock of some 540 African Christians. Dr. Kirk, Lieutenant Cutfield, Bishop Sargent, and the Parliamentary In tịmes of peace, letters ought to reach us from Ibadan in about a month; Committee on West Africa in 1842. Almost the only mistakes in the but Mr. Olubi's last report, dated March 18th, only arrived at the end of references are a confusion in one or two cases between Miss Bird and September :Miss Clay.
OKE KUDETI, IBADAN, March 18th, 1881. On Question 9, the following instances are given of the enlightening We are still amid the war difficulties, disappointments, and discouragepower of the Word
God :- The “Two Converts through a Bible ments. Things are growing worse and worse through the continuation of it. Society's Gift," the Chiefs of Okrika, D'Alrew, Abe Ngoa, Abe Gonja, It brings daily its diverse evils, and cannot be averted; and there is no Legaic, Quthray, Razu, Nunda Sirdar, Ngoi Kaik-Ki, Naomi Sukbli,
prophet nowadays to predict the period of its termination. It is a great comLi-Mio, Ahmed Tewfik, Bao, B. Cameron, Cow-hoe, Bishop Sargent's
fort to believe that our Jesus still reigns, that He is the Governor of the whole Bible Class, the Giriama Christians, the Metlakahtla Christians, Brass
universe ; directs and controls all events to serve his own blessed purpose. and Bonny.
Although the Mission cannot extend or lengthen its cords as it was expected,
yet it is preserved and protected in the midst of this trying time. On Question 12, the following instances are given of cheerfulness in Christians are not forced to go to war, or take any unlawful steps; but they trial :-Li-Vin, the Maoris of Ngawhakarana, Naomi Sukhli, O Kwong are graciously kept within the blessed fold. Yiao, Ahmed Tewfik, Bishops Horden and Ridley, and Messrs. Mackay, The pecuniary difficulty is still great. But I am truly happy to report that Pearson, and Lichfield. And the following instances of peace and hope the converts generally have done what they can in the way of subscription for in prospect of death :-Ram Ruttan, Legaic, Quthray, B. Cameron,
religious purposes. Bao, Ting Ing-Soi, Ko (Ito's grandmother), D'Alrew, A. Gunasekara,
On the 30th of April last year the church of the Oke Ogunpa station was Abe Gonja, Nunda Sirdar, Tang Tang-Pieng. Li-Min's touching story
blown down by the usual tornado. It was to be got up again by the end of is noticed by twenty-one competitors. We trust they all pray for ber,
the year. On the 21st ultimo, my fellow-workers and myself set to work at the and for the other Christians of Great Valley. Iudeed, one result of the
repairs of that church. On the 26th we had completed the roofing or fixing
up the materials. On the 28th the three congregations came, as they were study which has produced these excellent papers should be to deepen the told, with their subscriprions in food of all descriptions, cowries, and their interest of our friends in particular Missions and individual souls, and to own personal labour. On the 4th inst. the whole work was completed, to the give them many topics for thanksgiving and prayer. If this is so, even cost of abont £40, when carefully clculated. But, alas ! that very day at so humble an effort as the GLEANER Examination may be blessed of God
evening, a heavy rain came with tornado which blew down the Aremo church, beyond our utmost thought.
It is a trial sent in love from our kind Father to try the faith of the Ibadan
Christians. We hope by His great goodness to raise it up again.
On the 5th November last year I visited our stations in the interior, Oyo, DEAR MR. EDITOR,
Ogbomoso, and Iseyin, and on December 8th returned home in safety. "I am Having seen in last year's GLEANER a candidate's experience
happy to report that the agents at each locality, to the best of their abilities,
were doing well. I bad eight children baptized at Ogbomoso. One of the of the Competitive Examination, I thought you might like to hear another most hard-hearted mothers was present, and gave remarkable attention candidate's experience of the Examination that has just taken place this throughout the service. She seemed convinced. We pray that it may please year. And first let me say that whatever may be the result, the benefit
God to open her heart to receive the good message. to the candidates themselves is incalculable, as it increases their know
The next was Iseyin. I baptized two men and two infants. A backslider ledge of the world they are living in to a remarkable extent, and gives
was reclaimed through the long patience of the catechist in charge, Mr. A. F. them an intelligent interest in God's work in the world. Before bad
Foster. I was glad to see him
kneel before the holy table to partake of the thought of entering my name as a candidate, I had read the GLEANER
emblems of the dying love of Christ. He was one of the teachers in Abeo. monthly, but in a very different way from what I have read it since I made
kuta before my conversion in 1847, and taught me the alphabet. His father
was a native of Iseyin, but he was born in Sierra Leone. up my mind to go in for the Examination ; for previously I read it for In the royal city (Oyo) I baptized a man of about thirty years, who was long recreation, but now I read it with a real desire to know what is going | tried and prepared for the same rite: on in the various parts of the world, and how Christ's kingdom is really The Kudeti church is composed of old people, chiefly women, and is thinner progressing, through the efforts of the Church Missionary Society, and
and thinner by marriages, removals to other churches, and by deaths. the result has been that my own stock
of information has largely increased, Happily, we have not been visited by the latter as in others of our churches ; not only as regards Mission work, but also in geography and the domestic
but as a mother church she continually cherishes her sons with brides, which economy of the nations of the world, many of which I only knew by
reduced the number in statistics to 126 for 1880. The Aremo congregation name before-just that such people did exist, and nothing more.
is 208, and at Oke Ogunpa the congregation is 110. The number at Oyo is 40; But
at Ogbomoso, 19; and at Iseyin, 43. The whole amount of money raised is above all, my faith has been strengthened in God's promises and in the £22 173, 54d.
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THE LATE REV. JAMES VAUGHAN.
wisdom and zeal and love for souls, and devotion to his Saviour, and such
power in coping with Romanism, Socinianism, Atheism, and all the EW missionaries will be more mourned and more missed varied forms of ungodliness that are found in towns like this, that I never
than the Rev. James Vaughan of Krishnagar. He was met with his equal. He spared no pains to win souls to Christ, e.g., emphatically a man to love, and at the same time a man learning the Irish tongue, that he might gain access to the numbers of whose great ability struck every one who came in contact low Irish who lived in the parish.”
with him. The telegram announcing his death on Jan. Then arose the desire to go forth as a missionary, and with a view to 22nd arrived in the middle of a very full committee meeting, and was this Mr. Deck taught him Greek. He and his friend Dibb were together received with the deepest concern. We hope hereafter to give our at Islington College, and were ordained together at Christmas, 1854. In readers some account of his missionary work. Our space this month only June, 1855, Mr. Vaughan, then twenty-eight years old, sailed for Calcutta, allows of a very brief notice.
and for nineteen years, without once returning home, he laboured devotedly James Vaughan was a native of Hull, and was the only child of a godly among all classes of Hindus, from the higbest educated Brahmins to the and praying mother. The Rev.
poor lepers; and he built up the J. E. Sampson writes :
Native congregation of Trinity boy he was inclined to be heed
Church so that it became nearly less of her holy counsels, and
self-supporting. Then he came she was very anxious for his
to England for a while, and his conversion to God. One night,
speeches at missionary meetings as he lay asleep upon his bed,
all over the country were most his mother came and poured out
interesting and powerful. At her soul before God by his bed
this time he published his valuside, and pleaded for his salva
able work, The Trident, the tion. The next morning, when
Crescent, and the Cross, which he awoke, he was conscious of a
formed the basis of the series of feeling of awe and of an awak
articles with that title in the ening conviction of sin. This,
GLEANER of 1878. In 1877 he he told me, was the beginning
went back to India, and took of the life of God in his soul.
charge of the large and imporFrom that time onward he was
tant district of Krishnagar, with a seeker after and servant of the
its 6,000 Native hereditary Lord.” While still engaged in
Christians, most of them poor trade, he became superintendent
cultivators, and many of them of the Sunday-school attached
ignorant and still manifesting to the Mariners' Church at
much caste feeling. He laboured Hull, and was also one of a band
with untiring earnestness and of earnest young men who on
some success to raise them to a Sundays visited the sailors in
higher spiritual life; and now the docks. One of his com
he has died at his post, leaving panions was the late Rev. Ashton
five motherless children. Dibb, of Tinnevelly. At the
Let us thank God for his exage of twenty-one, he gave up
ample and his work. Such men his secular calling, and became
are the apostles of the nineteenth a Scripture reader under the
century. But James Vaughan Rev. J. Deck at St. Stephen's,
would have been the first to say, THE LATE REV. JAMES VAUGHAN, Hull. Mr. Deck writes : “He
“ Yet not I, but the grace of
of Calcutta and Krishnagar. combined such wonderful
God which was with me."
BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD.
When I in turn must pass the Banner on
To other hands."-B. M.
Bear up the colours for your gallant band !
No pause for warrior leal ; the sword in hand,
Fill up the ranks with warriors true and brave;
Shall speed Love's heralds o'er the ocean wave.
Love's sweet Evangel silent on his tongue.
Who, bid the islands sing the sweet new Song ?
earth—the spot of deepest interest to him, spiritually
It was from the Mount of Olives that the apostolic commission was given by the great Head ere He left the Church Militant and joined the Church Triumphant in the skies—that commission which is still the key-note of our Church Missionary work: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Then in Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey
* Our picture was sketched in Jerusalem on the Thursday in Holy Week. The Greek patriarch and twelve bishops enact scenes in the history of the Passion, including the Agony in the Garden. A huge olive branch from Gethsemane is used in the ceremony, and after the service is over the crowd scramble for its sprays. It is indeed humiliating to see Mohammedan Turkisa soldiers keeping order among these so-called Christians. Our Mission strives to set before the Moslems a truer Christianity.
from that sacred Mount, came the blessed gift to the waiting ground. Here, under Mr. Zeller's able guidance, promising disciples, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and the gift of tongues. young men are trained to be pastors, catechists, and schoolSt. Luke, the medical missionary, tells us that their labours were masters for their countrymen. They live together in a simple to begin at Jerusalem (Luke xxiv. 47).
family way, a Native teacher, Mr. Ibraham Baz, being in charge We approached Jerusalem, not by the road usually taken by of the students when the English missionaries are not there. It travellers from Jaffa, but from the south from Bethlehem, along is hoped that soon there may be a resident English tutor, as the the same road by which Joseph and Mary took the infant work grows too much for the present staff to manage as well as Saviour to present Him in the Temple. We had stayed to rest they wish. It is so very much better that the natives should under some olive-trees on the summit of the hill, Mar Elias, always be trained and educated in their own country than be where we had our first sight of the Holy City, when our old sent to England, where the living and climate are so different, friends Mr. Zeller and Mr. Wolters rode up to welcome us to and sometimes seriously impair their usefulness, when they the scene of their labours. It was a day of brilliant sunshine, return to work in their own land. Sierra Leone has its own and the brightly coloured domes of church and mosque glittered Native College at Fourah Bay, with an English Principal, and the before us as we approached. Truly “beautiful for situation, degrees conferred are given by the same rules and scholarship and the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, the city of the as in England. Why should not the Jerusalem Preparandi Class Great King." It is rather difficult to refrain from a more full become in time a sister college ? description of Jerusalem than it is the purpose of these lines to In the Diocesan school sixty-four boys are boarded and give; from other sources you must look for that. I want now taught. Many of them are orphans, and destitute but for the to tell you a ltttle of what our Church Missionary Society is home provided for them here. The boys are taught trades, and doing there.
we saw some at work in the shoemaking department. In every The girls' school is in the very heart of the city, and is held way they are taught to be vigorous and useful : indeed all the in a part of the Native pastor's house We had to pick our way work required on the premises is done by these lads. The only through many narrow dirty streets before we reached it, and the pity is, that lack of funds keeps it on so small a scale. The brightness and cleanliness of all within was as usual in striking comparative expense would be lessened, and the usefulness contrast to the outer surroundings. The children looked happy, infinitely widened, were there one hundred instead of little more and are well taught. There are a good many Moslems and than half that number there. I ought to say that this school is Greeks in attendance, as well as the children of the adult also a nursery for the Preparandi College, and the education given converts. The difference in creed does not cause so much is of a higher class than that in the ordinary day-schools, so the fighting among the children in Jerusalem as in other more boys who are fitted for it easily pass from the one to the other. remote places, and therefore they can be taught together. The Among the villages within easy distance of Jerusalem are teachers, like most of our schoolmistresses in Syria, have been many mission schools under the care of the missionaries at headtrained in the British Syrian schools at Beyrout.
quarters. Ramallah is one of the most interesting of these Most of the converts live outside the city, in what is called mission stations. Here a little church has just been built at the Protestant quarter, where the nice clean houses and neat the very moderate cost of £180, and Mr. Nyland, a catechist, gardens tell their own tale. The Mission church (St. Paul's) is labours most devotedly and successfully. There is a good boys' here also ; a handsome building, though the style is rather more and girls' school, with master and mistress, and the average suited to England than Palestine. The congregations are good and congregation is one hundred. Taiyibeh, the ancient Ophrah, is regular. All the services are in Arabic, as the English community another of these outposts where a good work is going on through go to Christ Church (within the city), where the service is the medium of schools. From many other villages come appeals English in the morning and evening, and German in the for help, for teachers and schools, and it is to be ardently hoped afternoon. The German deaconesses have a delightful girls' that soon we may be able to respond to the call
. orphanage in the Protestant quarter, and all these girls come to Some may think that the agencies at work in Jerusalem itself the Mission church. Besides the usual services, there are are few and small, but it must be remembered that others are prayer meetings every week in the house of one or other of the working in this field and thus relieving our hands. The Jews' Native converts. Close to the church is a printing press, which Society, the German Deaconesses, and others, strengthen and is doing valuable work, and all over the country we met with the help in the work, though not officially connected with us in any results of this institution, which supplies the needs of the way. And the medical work is not by any means the least scattered schools. Mr. Zeller manages this branch of the work important. entirely, and it is quite wonderful how little it costs.
Jerusalem, now trodden under foot of the Gentiles, degraded, The last day of our stay in Jerusalem arrived, and there was and practically heathen, is a depressing and saddening sight. still very much to be seen and done. It was a hot, tiring day, But what was it in our Lord’s day? Though with much but we must have one more walk through the ancient streets outward prosperity and magnificence, the Temple still standing, before saying good-bye. Every one seemed excited, and the was it not then the scene of the bitterest and cruelest persecution? story-loving natives were gathered in groups in the streets Treachery, false witness, baseness unparalleled were rife, and the discussing the latest news, which told of the assassination of the blackest criine the world ever saw found its completion here. Czar. So many Russians live in and around Jerusalem, that it. Yet for this place a time of glory is promised, far surpassing was a matter of deeper personal interest there than might have that of the days of David or Solomon, when the despised been supposed. Russian pilgrims were flocking to the Church Nazarene shall return as its King, and reign for ever and ever. of the Holy Sepulchre with little wax tapers in their hands, as “Even so, come, Lord Jesus." we passed for the last time down the Via Dolorosa.
NOTE.—I should like to take this opportunity, if I may, of alluding to We had yet to see the most important part of our Society's a work which was undertaken in Gaza nearly ten years ago by Mr. D. D. work—the Diocesan boys' school. This is situated on Mount Pritchett. He, as a volunteer missionary, travelled in various parts of Zion, outside the city, and thither we were to go under Mr. the Holy Land, and was the first to open the schools and dispensary in Zeller's kind escort. Very thankful were we that donkeys had
Gaza. These were supported by Mr. Pritchett and his friends until the
C.M.S. felt able to extend its work so far. We must all gladly acknowbeen provided for us after our long walk through the town, and
ledge the debt we owe to Mr. Pritchett's pioneer works for though not thus mounted, we wound round the brow of the Mount till we
directly under the auspices of the C.M.S., it was strengthening our hands reached the schools, which are near the Protestant burying- in a weak spot, and preparing the way for us.
L. H. H. T.
THE STORY OF THE LIFE OF DR. KRAPF, the senior of the mission, had begun to build a new house which he The Pioneer-Missionary of East Africa.
thought necessary. In digging for the foundation and for building
materials a deep excavation was made, and the enemies of the Mission TOLD BY HIMSELF.
asserted that we were making a subterranean passage, through which II.-LIFE IN ABYSSINIA.
English soldiers and guns were to be brought for the conquest of Y ultimate destination was Adowa, the capital of Tigre, and Abyssinia. But the ultimate cause of our expulsion was the arrival of
seat of the Abyssinian Mission conducted by my friends two Frenchmen, the brothers D’Abbadie, accompanied by two Roman Isenberg and Blumhardt. Reaching Malta from Marseilles Catholic priests. The hostility of the latter strengthened the hands of I embarked in an Austrian sailing vessel for Alexandria, the chief priest of Adowa, who requested from Ubie the expulsion of
and when off Candia a storm arose of greater violence than the Protestant missionaries, and the retention of the Roman Catholics, our captain declared he had experienced for forty years. Unaccustomed these having asserted that they were of the same family of Christians as as I was to the sea I consoled myself with the thought that the greatest | the Abyssinians themselves. We might have remained had we chosen to of all missionaries, the apostle Paul, had been exposed to similar peril in offer the priest a present greater than that which he had received from those waters and had been preserved by the mercy of God. I cast myself the Roman Catholics; but such a course we deemed an unworthy one, on His protecting power with child-like and trusting prayer, which so and after a residence of scarcely two months, I had to quit the land in strengthened me that I was enabled to sustain my terrified fellow-voyagers, which I would so willingly have striven to spread the Gospel. among whom was a French actress, greatly, by reading aloud the narrative It was in the March of 1838 that we quitted Adowa, reaching Massowa of the prophet Jonah, and of the disciples of our Lord when they were in in safety. There we took counsel as to our future movements, and danger on the Sea of Galilee. The impression produced by the Word of Isenberg and Blumhardt resolved on returning to Cairo to await the God in the hour of need on one of my fellow-voyagers was first made decision of the Committee in London. I determined on penetrating to known to me thirteen years afterwards. When I was residing in London the Christian kingdom of Shoa, whose friendly ruler, Sahela Selassie, had in 1850 after my first return from Africa, a gentleman one day entered formerly sent a messenger to Isenberg inviting him to visit his my room and, addressing me, said : “Do you remember that storm on our dominions. Proceeding with my friends to Jidda, I sailed thence in a way to Alexandria, and your reading out of the Word of God to your Persian ship to Mokha. Severe illness, however, compelled my return fellow-voyagers ?" I answered in the affirmative, and the stranger, who to Cairo, and it was not until the early spring of 1839 that I reached, in had been a doctor of laws at Malta, then told me that after his return the company of my fellow-labourer, Isenberg, my new starting-point, from Egypt he had procured a Bible, and feeling the power of the gospel Tajurra, which lies in a great plain on the shore of a beautiful bay on his heart, he had been impelled to hold prayer-meetings in Malta, stretching inward from the village itself, and separating the countries of which had brought upon him persecution at the hands of the Romish the Somali and the Adal. priests, and forced him to leave that island, from whence he had come to I was detained nearly four weeks at Tajurra, negotiating the cost of England.
transport with the natives. At last on the 27th of April, 1839, we set forth, Proceeding from Alexandria to Cairo I was hospitably received at the and I was about to become personally acquainted with the country which latter place by the missionaries Kruse and Lieder, with whom I remained I had found so barren and empty in the map in my boyhood. As we until September, preparing for my Abyssinian journey chiefly by tho penetrated the Adal desert we suffered much from heat and want of study of colloquial Arabic, in which I made such progress during those water, and saw fow human beings or habitations. Besides gazelles and few months that in the autumn I was able to continue my journey without ostriches there were few wild animals; yet once we were disturbed by an interpreter. From Cairo to Suez there was in those days neither road, elephants, of which camels are dreadfully afraid. On the 29th of May public conveyance, nor railway, and I travelled Arab fashion on a camel. we crossed the river Hawash and bivouacked in the open air on its woody
From Suez I sailed in an Arabian vessel to Jidda, one of the most bank, where there are many wild beasts. While we were all asleep, even flourishing ports of the Red Sea, with large, lofty, and solid houses, and the watchers, a hyæna glided so near our resting-places that we might many rich inhabitants, which, since the English occupation of Aden, has have grasped it with our hands. No foreigner is allowed either to enter thriven by the Arabian and Indian trade, while Mokha has declined. I or quit Shoa without the permission of the king. When the requisite was at first much struck by the Arabian practice of halting on the voyage permission had arrived we began to traverse the bill-region of Shoa on during the night, and lying-to in some haven or anchoring-place; but the 2nd of June, and on the 3rd we ascended the lofty mountain on which was soon convinced of the necessity of the step, which is caused partly by lies the capital, Ankober. the many rocks in the Red Sea, partly and chiefly by the unskilfulness of On the 7th of June we had an audience of the king, Sahela Selassie, the Arab sailors, which is, indeed, so great, that it is always hazardous to who gave us a very friendly reception, and to whom we explained the trust one's self in an Arabian veszel. I have had good reason to note that purely religious purpose of our mission. He promised to give us in fact in my many voyages during eighteen years on both shores of the accordance with our request six boys to educate; but afterwards retracted Red Sea, as well as on the south coast of Arabia, and on the east shores his word, on the pretext that he did not need spiritual teachers so much of Africa, as far as the tenth degree of southern latitude, for often have as doctors, masons, smiths, &c. On the 12th of November Isenberg left I been in danger of shipwreck and destruction.* Reaching Jidda in us with the intention of returning to Cairo and Europe, to prepare twenty-two days, I embarked thence for Massowa, an island and chief Amharic works for the press, and to superintend the printing of them in sea port of the Abyssinian coast, where I arrived in December, 1837, London. His departure made a very sad impression on me, then the only and I received an escort to conduct me to the Abyssinian frontier. surviving missionary in Shoa. I then began to learn the Galla language, The entry into Abyssinia had a singular effect on me; the bracing air in the hope of visiting as soon as possible a people so widely spread in which I was breathing on a height 6,000 feet above the sea, the noble Africa, and of founding a Mission among them. As the Romanist misprospect eastward and westward, the consciousness of being again in a sionary said, “Give us China, and Asia is ours;" so may we say, “Give country, Christian, it may be only in name, the thought that I should us the Gallas, and Central Africa is ours.” From the commencement of soon be at the end of my long and toilsome journey, and reach the place my residence in Shoa I made particular inquiries respecting everything in which I was to labour for the kingdom of God, all combined to raise
connected with the Gallas, their religious notions, manners, and customs, my spirits in an extraordinary degree.
their geographical extension, &c., and I accompanied the king on several Soon after my arrival in Adowa I accompanied my friends Isenberg military expeditions against the tribes in the South. During these and Blumhardt to pay a visit to Ubie, the Prince of Tigre, who received expeditions I became acquainted with high and low in Shoa and Efat, and me very kindly, and gave me promises of protection, which were not kept. often addressed large numbers of men touching the Word of God and The priests and chief men of Tigre disliked the Protestant mission, partly other edifying matters, besides obtaining great practice in the Amharic from bigotry, partly from unsatisfied greed. Before my arrival Isenberg, language, and being able to observe closely the ways of the Shoan During the eighteen years Dr. Krapf made no less than fifty distinct
population. Of course, my connection with the king's expeditions did voyages in vessels of various kinds.
not arise out of a hostile or martial spirit, but simply from a wish to