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11 pressed us more favourably than these schools. About the first of November we formed a If they are supported and continued, then union and co-operation in our field of labour, indeed is the redemption of the coloured race with the American Missionary Association,
and the South together a certain thing." and have been labouring jointly together since that time, having but one office and one JOSEPH E. Davis, brother of Jefferson, set of Agents, thus saving much expense. having received from the President his old The receipts of goods and clothing, received possessions on the Mississippi, has just let the and distributed by the joint Commissions, are “ Hurricane” and “Briarfield” plantations, not included in the above report. We have in Warren County, to B. T. Montgomery, for received from our home field, 137 boxes and a term of years. Mr. Montgemery, who is a barrels of clothing and other good since the colored man, and “one of the business manaunion of the Commissions, which have been gers” of the aforesaid Joseph, has projected forwarded and distributed among the freed a community of his own people, whom he men, without opening and counting the arti- expects, “ by the pursuit of agriculture, cles at this office. This would largely swell horticulture, and manufacturing and mechanithe report, both in the number of articles and cal arts, as well as the raising of stock, to estimated value.
attain as much prosperity and happiness as The goods have mostly been distributed are consistent with human nature." We by our teachers and Agents, in the States of quote from the advertisement, in a paper in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and which coloured people used to figure cheifly Mississippi to the most destitute. We feel as head peices, and rarely enough as "the comforted in believing that the Lord has undersigned” or as original contributors. It blessed our labors, and that much suffering probably pays much better to advertise col. has been relieved.
LEVI Corfix. oured enterprise in agriculture than coloured
enterprise in running away.–Nation
FREED-MEN'S SCHOOLS AT CHARLESTON.- SOUTHERN PRESBYTERIANS AND THE NE. Mr. Rand, Publisher of Zion's Herald, Boston, GROES.—The vote of the late General Ashaving attended the late meeting of the South sembly, held at Memphis, is resolutely Carolina Mission Conference of the Methodist justified at the south. Dr. John H. Rue says, Church, gives the following account of the “We honestly believe that the true policy of schools for Freed-men:-“The Freed-men's the Church, having in view the true elevation schools are a marvel to behold. The · Military as well as the salvation of the coloured race, Hall,' a large building directly opposite the is, so far as their ecclesiastical relations arə Wentworth Street Methodist Episcopal Church, concerned, to keep them as nearly in their is now occupied exclusively by a dozen or former position towards us as their changed twenty of these schools, of all grades from social condition will admit. Therefore, in• Letters' to Latin. The teachers are in part stead of repelling the charge made against coloured, but mostly ladies from the North, our General Assembly of trying to hold the and all are capable and enthusiastic; the coloured man in the Church just as he was scholars are bright and docile; the recitations before his emancipation, we confess it and encouraging, and the singing enchanting. glory in it.” The average daily attendance in this single building is seven or eight hundred. The Printed by ARLISS ANDREWS, of No. 7, Duke whole is under the superintendence of a
Street, Bloomsbury, W.C.
THE LATE HON. G W. GORDON.
II. The time is come when many are prepared to look more dispassionately into the case of Mr. Gordon than they were able to do during the excitement of the Eyre prosecution. Epithets, however strong and bitter, cannot be accepted in the place of facts. Malignant scandals having no shadow of foundation only shew the weakness and the wickedness of the case they are intended to support. The “Personal recollections" of Mr. Gordon just published by the Rev. Duncan Fletcher,* supply some important data by which to estimate his character. avail ourselves of them in the continuation of the sketch commenced in a former number of the FREED-MAN. Mr. Fletcher has unconsciously given a picture of himself and of Mr. Gordon that will suggest to many of his readers an idea of their religious course in Jamica more vivid and complete than that of the formal record. Mr. Gordon seems to have been an intense, active, and most sanguine “Revivalist.” “On one occasion being visiting his estates in St. Thomas-in-the East, and staying over Sabbath at a town called Bath, he was sorry to find the people there had no early prayer meetings, such as he was accustomed to attend on the morning of the Lord's day, so getting up at break of day' and standing in the centre of the town, Mr. Gordon shouted • Fire ! fire !! fire !!!' at the highest pitch of his voice; the inhabitants were startled from their slumbers, and in great alarm sprang from their beds, and rushed to the street eagerly scanning their own premises first, and next glancing wildly around the houses of their neighbours, with buckets and cans ready to pour water on the devonring element; but neither flame nor smoke could be seen in Bath or anywhere in the vicinity; yet Mr. Gordon continued crying • Fire ! fire! fire!' until an immense assembly had gathered around him, some of whom ventured to ask the question ;' Where is the fire, Mr. Gordon ? Laying his broad brawny hand on his swelling bosom, and accommodating the words of the
* Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, p. 195.
Psalmist to the occasion, Mr. Gordon replied “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing the fire of devotion burned. The fire is here in
heart: and now, dear friends, come, let us have a prayer meeting.” A glorious prayer meeting, Mr. Fletcher says they had, and a gracious outpouring of the spirit was enjoyed, while a wonderful work of revival commenced that morning in Bath, when hundreds were converted, including one of the ministers in the neighbourhood, whom I knew well."
“I shall never forget a Sabbath which I spent with him in his own peculiar *work of faith and labour of love' accompanied by Mr. Gordon and Mr. Vinen. We started on horseback, after attending an early prayer meeting, and had nearly twenty miles to ride to the station at which I was engaged to preach, but the whole intervening range was studded with intermediate stations which required hasty visits. We galloped our horses on at almost Jehu speed, from station to station, alighting at some of them for a few minutes while Mr. Gordon inspected his Sabbath schools, &c.; and after several abrupt but kind enquiries as to attendance and other matters, he would address a few words of approbation to some, encouragement or perhaps reproof to others, and then we rode off to another and another station, till at length dear Mr. Gordon's attendants kept on “the even tenor of their way" and allowed him to canter over his by-paths alone, through rivers and rocks and mud and jungle, to his sub-stations, but he made up to us before we reached the end of our journey, for he was by habit and repute the fleetest rider in Jamaica. The day was now far spent; and oh! the terrible heat of the sun! I felt more fit for lying down to rest than for preaching to that sweltering congregation. But after having preached and dismissed the large assembly, the work of the day was not nearly finished.
“Mr. Gordon had his Bethesda pools to visit, where impotent folk, halt, withered, aged, sick, bereaved, destitute, dying ones, were anxiously awaiting his angelic visits to trouble the waters of charity, patience, resignation, and comfort. His head, his heart, his hands and his purse were there harmoniously united in the Christ-like mission of alleviating human woe,"
Mr. Gordon was as active in correspondence as in his visits and preaching. From a large number of letters Mr. Fletcher gives the following as a specimen :
“Rhine Estate, St. Thomas-in-the East. “My dear brother,
“May 23rd, 1862. “Although here, I am busy and have but a few moments to spare ; grandma' and Mr. Vinen are also with me—we all unite in kindest love and remembrances to you all, our dear brother and sister, and two dear boys. Our visit here is twofold : first, to open a mission station at Bath and Spring, both of which have been done, thanks be to God, under circumstances which call for devout thankfulness.
“On Sunday, the 18th, services were held at the Missionary Bethel, a temporary place of worship, and it was indeed a refreshing season.
o'clock on Monday morning we also had worship; on Monday evening also, and Tuesday, so it has been quite an interesting time, and we trust much good is already done. Mr. Warren, late of America, one of those seeking a rest here, is the temporary pastor, and he seems just the right man in the right place, under present circumstances. We need an assistant teacher, bibles, tracts, hymn books, and school books. . . . We have determined on three principal stations, two of which are already established in St. Thomas-in-the-East; this has been a neglected and dark part. May the Lord impart light and life, and to His name shall be great glory. The St. Andrew's Mission is doing well, you will be glad to hear.
“We have been praying for you, and for the success of missions, and for the Divine blessing on all the present meetings (the May meetings) in England, as well as for the success of truth in America. We are sure that our God hears and answers prayers, and we will call on Him continually.
“Secondly, I have been also actively engaged in parochial and private business, we trust rendered more solid by our entire dependence on the Divine blessing. . . . You know what I have to contend with, and yet I don't grow weary nor Jose
courage. The Lord sustains his most tried pilgrim, and he must press onward, doing good in the midst of evil. The harvest is great. 0, may the Lord of the harvest send forth labourers into the harvest. At Rural Hill and Manchioneal, and Linstead, she people are left in a melancholy state; they rest much on my mind at present. . . . I have had a world of trouble to go through ; I am yet fighting. Wave after wave rolls over me, yet why should a living man complain? You know I have dealt much in faith, and I have found the Lord faithful, so I trust have you, therefore fail not. Look in what a community I move; think of the wiles and fiery darts of Satan, and then pray for me.
O, I never felt the want of prayer so much as at present. I have to implore the mercy of my offended Heavenly Father. He will correct me, and purge me, but he will not forsake me. Love to dear sister, may the Lord increase her faith.
“ With love, and affectionate remembrances to Mrs. F. and the dear little ones,
Believe me, my dear brother,
G. W. GORDON.' Mr. Gordon was a man of boundless hospitality; his house was the home and resting-place of the sick and weariel missionary. We are indebted to one who received his kind intentions for the following discriminating estimate of his character. The Rev. H: Renton, of Kelso, says,—“ The first time I met him (Mr. Gordon) was at the close of forenoon worship in the Rev. W. Watson's church, Kingston (United Presbyterian), on the first Lord's day of May, 1855, when I was introduced to him and Mrs. Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Roxburg, Mr. W. W. Anderson, and others of similar standing, who, with Mrs. Watson and her daughter, remained to conduct the Sabbath school, and I was struck with the fine spectacle of those of highest intelligence and social position in the congregation devoting themselves to that service, and led thereby to form a very favourable impression of their own Christianity. That impression was confirmed, as regarded Mr. and Mrs. Gordon, on a visit to Cherry Gardens a few days after, where I spent two nights, and where all I saw of him corresponded with what Mr. Watson had told me of his active, earnest, generous, and godly character.
“On returning to Kingston in January, 1856, I accepted his kind and pressing invitation to spend a few days and enjoy the mountain scenery, which in an excursion to Newcastle on my former visit had so enchanted me by its magnificence and beauty. But a severe illness shortly after my arrival led to my detention for several weeks and brought me into such close and confidential contact with my host and his amiable and accomplished wife, as afforded me the opportunity of knowing them more intimately than friends commonly do each other after the social intercourse of many years. When my condition was most critical he sat up with me by night, and Mrs. Gordon rarely left my bed. side by day. The bed-room had one entrance from the drawing-room, and during my confinement he every morning, before starting for Kingston, seven miles distant, conducted family worship by my bedside, no other than Mrs. Gordon being in the room, while the door stood open into the drawing-room, where the servants and others were assembled. His prayers, simple, appropriate, fervent, had to me all the charm of true devotion.
“ The sacred fellowship of that season established mutual confidence, and on on my convalescence he talked unreservedly upon all things which occupied his mind. I found that he was immersed in business as a merchant and as a planter, and thought that he had far too many things, and especially far too many Jamaica estates in hand. He had an ardent temperament and a vigorous and elastic constitution. He both undertook and overtook a vast amount of work. Nor were his interest and energy less in public, benevolent, and religious causes, than in his own secular concerns. I never knew a man who seemed to me actuated by more honourable and unselfish and pure motives. He had an enthusiastic admiration of the British Constitution, and an exalted estimate of the dignity, rights, and privileges of British citizenship. He a tributed to corrupt local administration, and to the corrupt state of a large portion of the white society in Jamaica, the counteraction and failure of the beneficial designs and legitimate fruits of British legislation, and mentioned to me various men of position whom he had to meet with courtesy in public and business affairs, but whose household thresholds he would scorn to cross, and whom he would not adinit within his own. He thought for himself on every matter, was very selfreliant, and what he judged right he did without heed of opposition or opinion.