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days before it had called the people together to a cannibal feast. About three hundred persons assembled in the great Strangers' House for the worship of the true God. Before them stood the king with his children and many wives, and other relatives. In front of him was his aged priest. All had assumed the Christian dress, and were well-behaved and serious. Mr. Calvert, who had so long watched and toiled for this event, conducted the service. It was a day ever to be remembered in the annals of Fiji. After worship, the people crowded about the missionaries to ask for the alphabet, and gathered in groups to learn to read. In the afternoon Mr. Waterhouse preached, and the attendance was again large. The king was evidently relieved that he had thrown off the yoke of heathenism. Ile caused the Sabbath to be strictly observed ; and summoned his household daily to prayer. His attendance at the preaching and prayer-meetings was regular and serious, and he and his favorite wife began to learn to read. His example in joining the Christian party was followed by many others, and among them the high priest at Mbau; some in sincerity, some doubtless from motives of policy.

The war between Rewa and Mbau still continued, and exposed the missionaries and their friends in each place to great dangers, but at length, in 1855, the death of the king of Rewa led to peace, and the obstacles to a free profession of the Christian faith in both places, soon, in a great degree, disappeared.

The work of the missionaries at Mbau thus after years of toil and danger was crowned with success. The great Strangers' House there was set apart for the public worship of God, and about a thousand persons generally met in it, a large proportion of whom were undoubtedly sincere worshippers, giving proof of deep repentance for sin, and bringing forth the fruits of righteousness in their lwes. The great centre being thus gained, the work went on in other places. Chapels were built and houses opened for religious services in every direction. By the help of native agents from Lakemba, and of the converts who could read and pray, most of the places were supplied with one service on the Sabbath, and the truth made rapid progress.

The gospel was introduced also in Vanua Levu, the other chief island, at Mbua and Nandi, and churches established.

In the beginning of 1859, “the work of God,” the missionaries reported, “is great, and spreads with a rapidity that outstrips our efforts to meet its calls. There are thousands just emerging from the valley of the shadow of death, having renounced heathenism and professed Christianity, who greatly need further instruction. There are multitudes of children, not unwilling to be taught, for whose education no provision is yet made.” And in July of that year, they stated at the district meeting that nearly 15,000 converts had been added to the churches in Fiji during the preceding year, that 2677 were on trial for church membership, that the total number of attendants on public worship was 54,281 —more than one-third of the whole population-and that the number under instruction in the schools was over 20,000.

The power of heathenism thus seems essentially broken in Fiji. The way is open for the introduction of the gospel into every principal town and village, and with due efforts and the continued blessing of God, the great body of the population may soon be brouglīt under its power.

The mission has been conducted with eminent skill. A nobler band of missionaries has nowhere proclaimed the gospel, than those who have labored in this field. Their strong practical sense, their indonitable resolution, their diligence, their judgment, the wisdom and fidelity with which they have taught the simple gospel, the courage with which they have uttered its testimony against the crimes of the chiefs and people, their patience, their faith, the tenderness with which they have watched over their converts, the care with which they early taught those whom they could, to read and write, and prepared translations of the Scriptures, and other books for their use, have not been surpassed in modern missions. They have had the co-operation also of an extraordinary band of native teachers. They have experienced likewise many remarkable interpositions of providence for their protection, support, and success, and above all, have enjoyed, in signal degrees, the presence and power of the Spirit, removing the blindness, awakening the interest, and conquering the enmity of their hearers, and making the word a message of life to them.

May God long continue them and those who shall join them, in their labors, and give them the joy at length of seeing that whole people turn from the darkness of heathenism to the light of the glorious gospel of Gerd.



To understand the office this great propliecy was designed to fill to the Hebrew nation, a glance is requisite at the revelations that had already been made of God's purposes in reference to that people and the other nations of the earth.

1. God had made known to our first parents, to Abraham, to Moses, and to the prophets that followed, in the most explicit and emphatic manner, that he would give a Redeemer who should make expiation for sin, deliver from its dominion and penalty, and bestow eternal life.

2. He had foretold to Abraham, Moses, and the prophets, that that Redeemer should be of Abraham's seed; and to David that he should be of his family, and should be both divine and human, and at once the monarch of Israel and the king of the earth. The advent of that Messiah had accordingly come to be looked forward to with a measure of eagerness by the nation generally, and especially by the pious.

3. God had by the lips of Moses announced to the nation, in the most explicit and impressive manner, his purpose, should they rebel and persist in revolt from his sway, to deliver them into the hand of enemies who should waste them with slaughter and oppression, make their land a desolation, and carry such of them as survived into captivity. “It shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses shall come upon thee. Thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall help thee ... Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given to

another people, and thine eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. The fruit of thy land and all thy labors shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always ... The Lord shall bring thee and thy king, which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods-wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee ..

“ All these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded; and they shall be upon thee for a sign, and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever; because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart. Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all; and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. The Lord shall bring a nation against thee froin far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flieth ; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; a nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young; and he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed; which also shall not leave thee corn, wine, or oil; the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, till he have destroyed thee. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land which the Lord thy God hath given thee ..

“ If thou wilt not (after all these judgments] observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD thy God; then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed-great plagues and of long continuance, and sore sickness and of long continuance...

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pel the night that reigned around them, and usher in a day of glory and peace. In 1839 Mr. Hunt removed to Somosomo, and in 1812, was followed by Mr. Cross, who soon atter died, and the mission at Rewa and Viwa was left for a time without efficient laborers.

In 1819, however, it was decided to remove the printingpress from Lakemba, where it had previously been stationed, to Rewa, and Messrs. Cargill and Jagger who had charge of it, reached there in July of that year. They found on their arrival a church of twenty-four members, and nine candidates for membership, besides a hundred and twelve nominal Christians, about half of whom belonged to Viwa. When the violent opposition of the heathen is considered, this hold of Christianity on even so small a number, was highly encouraging. The missionaries soon had to endure much annoyance and injnry from the natives. Their goods were boldly plundered, and even a part of the printing-press and a quantity of printing paper carried off. The chiefs and priests were vehement in their hatred of Christianity. Shots were fired at the Christians in their place of worship, and when they met in the open air, they were assailed with stones. They witnessed spectacles, too, of blood and cannibalism that filled them with dismay and horror. On one occasion they beheld the hideous sight of human bodies dragged to and fro, and subjected to the most horrible outrages. Seventeen were passed from a canoe from Mbau, as the share of Rewa, out of two hundred and sixty that had been killed in the sacking of towns belonging to Verata. After that savage abuse of them, they were cooked and devoured.

The missionaries continued to use every means to influence the large population around them by teaching, and conversation with those who visited them for the sale of food, or from cnriosity, and occasionally made excursions into the interior under the protection of a friendly chief, and preached the gospel in the villages. The mission station soon becaine the centre of a small settlement. Several Tongans built houses near, and a few Rewans came out froin among the heathen, and made their home near the station, and attended the regular services. The missionaries and teachers had constant intercourse with the chiefs and people, and impressed them with higher respect, gained a

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