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Title: Sketches of the Wesleyan mission in British Honduras, to commemorate the jubilee of Wesley Church, Belize
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    Frontispiece
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I




Sketclht's of

The Wesleyan Mission

In British Hnmiduri-.


T'o commemorate the


JUBILEE


of Wesu-y Church. lelize.




HYV

R -\. J. B. 1KIND I.Y.




Tllhe (l.itiso Pirevs.
HWli/,-. iitishr I HondI uras. INlll










































Wesley 'hlinr,.-, Belize, B. H.,
. i HI;4- i; Opened December 23rd. 1866.




Chapter 1.


T['l1 m1
Go ye i/to all the 'no'rli, nudl pr'aeh/i the tgospel
to~ every'/ nrvatrle Ilar/l. XVI. I rse 15.


The work of the Wesleyan M,.t11,,it C(imI.Ili in
British Honduras began in the year 1825 when the Rev.
Thomas Wilkinson arrived in Belize. At that time
there was only one place of worship in the town, viz,
St. John's, which dates buck to the year 1.i12 Mr.
Wilkinson fell a victim to the climate within a few
months of his reia'hing Belize. His successor, the Rev.
R. T. JlI-tihin. also died with less than a year's ser-
vice. In 1s. the Rev. William Wn.tlli-k took up the
work and from that time until the Ipr-..-ni it has been
carried on by a succession of ministers and laymen.
It does seem strange that prior to the year 1812
there was no place of worship in the '*ttrlrnii.nt, though
it had been frequented for over two hundred years and
inhabited for over a century. It is but right to state
that a Buptaist missionary, the Rev. Mr. BournI-. was at
work in Belize when Mr. Wilkinson arrived. He had
begun to work three years previously.
Is it any wonder that a place so utterly neglected
should have a reputation in those days for licentiousness
and every kind of excess? One writer of the period




2 '1 IIF. \ EI.F i% MISSION IN BRUTISH HIONDI) RAS

says: "Tl, Sabbath day could not be di- tinuIii'lil. from
the other days of the week by any outward tokens of re-
spect, though. perhaps. it might te by visl.l\ increased
dlls.ipaini The market was in full swing, the stores
were unclosed, the wharfs and l.ircII.-.i ir were covered
with labourers beating off and <'ll'iinl mahogany, or
chipping logwood: the shipping in the harbour were
Il,:-,,..; and discharging their .cargoes. The grog-shops
were filled with sailors and negroes; and the government
chaplain, after reading the Liturgy to a few more or
less sedate hearers, might-le seen delillrately super-
inW r dilini~ his own slaves at work by the waterside. In
short, ignorance. Iit..,i. atn. profanity, and the lust
of gain openly triumphed over decorum as well as re-
ligion. MLI 1i.1;-- was the -s[rti..ii. and concubinage
the rule in all ranks of the community. One of the
Creole rhymes ran, "Few married men, yet each a wife."
It is a dark picture, but one must not forget that
slavery then existed and the nature of their occupation
dpriv.-d the majority of the inhabitants of the more
refining influences falling to the lot of earlyy settlers in
others colonies. TIh.-r. were no schools; books of any
kind were for the Iliiivil.-g.-1 few whose time and atten-
tion werenot wholly absorbed in the rnam.,.ig.ii-nent or their
estates. It is often asserted that slavery in British
Honduras never reduced its victims to that state of
cringing servility so common in other places where it
existed. There is wilthlut. d(iubt, some truth in this as-
sertion. Tlh- matters were obliged to treat their slaves




THE BuEINNINT OF THE MISSION


with leniency and consideration. A ,'-uding merchant in
li,.h1,,. himself a slave owner, George Hyde, E'q. in a
letter on slave labour dated March 4th, 1825, says :
"As for punishment or ill-usage. you are aware. we
dare not inflict it, so easy is their retreat to the Spani-
ards; in fact, we have just to put up with what work they
choose to do." The neighboring republics had just
thrown off the yoke of Spain. and, in their new-found
liberty, were always ready to shelter the I I I.Lt.U. slave.
Mr. Hyde tells us that there were between three and
four thousand slaves in the Colony at that time. It was
not all loss to the slave owners, however. They turned
their attention to counmmerce. The trade of the Colony
advanced by leaps and bounds. The inhabitants of
11ililzt grew rich as traders in general merchandise with
-hr new republics. The exclusive commerce of Spain
with her Colonies was transferred elsewhere and the near-
ness of Belize brought purchasers which mudi, the mer-
chants princes in a few years. We sigh as weithink of the
present high frlnrlit rates prevailing on account of this
great w.ir-- li are trivial compared with freight rates
in 1825. In the memoir of James Wilson it is stated
that, "The carriu'g- of goods from Belize to Guatemala
costs about 30 i'l linii a ton, this is rather under than
over stated."
The iriillor t in the year 1830 amounted to nearly
li.]f-a-miillion sh rling of British manufactures, and Brit-
ish Honduras was then "second only to JatiaiJn the




4 TIu WV MiSYAvN MiiSSION IN IS ITISHl HONDlVIRAS

imllprt'nce of its conl nert e aimnl g the \\ *-.-li Colo-

One can rest assured thatt whilst lizer was spoken
of 'li-'i..ai.il I,.d in many lVquarters-the wealth so easily
.n-li'il*., insured aIt onlstant supplyof settleris.
It was aillid shell suiiroindings and Londitions that
the lirst \\'i-I, %.ii \li--l .irn:rlii- Itl)Onured. There was no
hope of ..I Ili. gain for tlein. The moral and spiritual
welfare of the people was what tlhy aimed to iiiplin.'.
Triavelling in the primitive fashion of those days. Ih.l
visited l.1Si.nl ('Iii I,. Mullins Rivet and the various set-
tlemnents along thel banks of IBelize and Sibun rivers.
Active ieasurIes of opposition were resorted to bothl
by il.1..li. and slave owners. .N .ih and ERstalilisled
t'lini.Ih looked askanee at dissenters, it took years of
faithful work to break Il% nii the prejudice.
In the year I :32 the Rev. James l-t lini y joined \lr.
W\'edliK i and is. I ilrh th-, laid the foundations of Me-
thodism in the ( n. iii broad and strong.
The story of the extlensionl of thle .1 .liii canl never
lie told in 1. I.il There never were religious and social
problems of the iir'. order to lb faeed. No idols were
worsi'hipie'd no heathen fetishes crushed the pi Ipll to
the earth. Thl. people spoke a language, at least under-
stood. Yet discouragements and iullI:inlliln diflitliilllltl
hindered the work at its outset, and very many remain.
n I lie early days i I. r', was an I iiioIph.'r. of religious
indilleris.n als iierv''itiIn 11n tli. spirit. Is the tropical
heat is to U body. There was the gross animalism




TIIE BIE(HNNINO OF TILE MISSION


gendered by years of bondage, u11ilh-il to th, relies of
African superstition that distorted the religious notions
of the people. Slavery is essentially debasing. In every
country which it has cursed it has left behind a heritage
of enfeebled intellect and a laxity in moral conduct.
Thl-., things had to be faced and fought against.
In the great agitation which resulted in the eman-
cipation of the slaves in British Colonies the W\l.*l.yan
missionaries took a prominent part throughout the
W\'-t Indies. Th''l,. who laboured in Belize at that time
took the side of justice and humanity. To the credit of
the ('Il,, bhe it said that they were not called upon to
suffer for their pains, a lot which befell many of their
brethren in the West Indies. They took their part in
helping to adjust matters under the new conditions.
,ili.,taLti.l, social status, pinvidinu employment and
settling on the land inguaged their attention.
A piece of land was purchased in 1829 and the fol-
lowing year a place of worship was erected.
As il oirtiiit. offered the work spread and grew.
In the year 1844 Mr. l.dlre-y visited the island of Ruatan
at the request of a number of the inhabitants. It was
til. however, iin il 1.j52 that Ruatan became a Circuit,
and had the benefit of a resident minister. During the
first twenty years of the Mission ten ministers laboured
in this lilid A third missionary was added to the etafl
in l.S19. when the Rev. Herbert W\', si, Haime joined Mr.
W\i'.itL and Mr. Collier. Mr. Haime proved to be a
most valuable i-es.uisition His labours to enligliti-n and




6 TUa WESLEYAM MISSIOn IN BRITISH HONDITRAS

awaken sinners and to lead them to ('Ii ri were emin-
ently successful. A few old people -I 1! survive who
shared the benefit of his pulpit and pastoral min-
istrations; his character, example, and services
are held to this ,l. v in affectionate remembrance.
It was during his term of service in Belize, that a
fire ',.aiti.ll v destroyed the town In a letter
home dated August 18th, 1854, Mr. Haime gave a vivid
description of the fire. He says, "It was on the Sabbath
*morning, at twenty minutes to two, that I was awoke
by the sound of the fire bell. I hastened at once to where
I saw the light of the fire, and found a store on fire. 'h.-
engines were already engaged in trying to extinguish
the fire; but in spite of all, the Scotch Kirk took fire,
then an opposite store, this ', 1;; very .i:gli. served as a
torch to ignite the rest. On the fire ran, despite the
hundreds that were sl riivinr to subdue the flames. ThI.
town of Belize lies North and South. NI. at the time
the large store took fire the wind was direct from the
N,1 tli, and if it had continued I cannot see how the en-
tire part, this side the bridge, could have escaped being
entirely destroyed. Had the north wind continued, in-
stead of eighty houses being ,1,.-I r,,.v,.l there must have
been hundreds. But at the moment, almost, that the
danger became immiment, He that holdeth the winds in
His fist caused the wind to blow from the East. This
changed the direction of the flames. The Hand of God
we are happy to say, is 'revogni~Ld by the Council in
-l'dorinr-- a special Tl,.nik. iiiil to I.- i'l,--]rl.d to Al-




Tll; BEOINNIN( OE THI MISSION 7

iiL'lilvt Godon Sunday next, hdurii' D] in service in all
the churches."
In the year 1.]1 the. Rev. Harmon Mason arrived
to take the place of one of the men who had been trans-
ferred to another field. He was a most devoted servant
of Christ. To him belongs the honour of b.'ing the first
resident minister in Ruatan. He was also instrumental
in forming a Society in Utilla. His sun went down while
it was yet day, tlhiuiI, the result of his tull remains.
He I; -l....1 away in Belize in 1853.







(.;ROIWTH AND liIVI-'.IOP1TMENT.


" The 1/1 d,,i. ild thr .. 'i ,,,t q ,a I ( 'hr,, XI. r 1v I


The following year, 1854, two men were appointed
to the District whose inirlJ i. and power are felt tc
this day. The Rev, Richaid Fletcher was one, the Rev.
rEd'w.a.l Daniel Webb, the other. 'I ,i years later they
were joined by a remarkable man. the Rev. (-eo.
Sykes. His saintly character. together with his cheer-
ful disposition, is a precious memory to many p)I.pl,.
Richard Fletcher had already seen active service on 1,11
West Coast of Africa, the other two were new recruits.
No, words of mine can bear ample testimony to the worth
of these three men. In labours more abundant they ex-
tended and consolidated the work.
Richard Fletcher spent twenty six years in the Dis-
trict. l' ir over twenty years he laloured at Coro7al:
this was the great work of his life. He diligently studied
the l;-'ingiia.rs of the p-.oph,1 anmcorl whom he toiled and
translated the gospels of Mal:ttihiw. Mark and Luke, a
catechism, and a book ,-F Ilr;i.-ri into Maya for the use
of his flock. It is thirty five years since he left Corozal
but the fruit of his work is still evident,


I 'hi.t1,':-r 2.




10 TIHE WTITLEYAN MISSION IN TRltITIn T-ToJNDTTRA

out to one or another of the estates Idi preach in Mayu
or Spanish. On Sundays he would often ride thirty or
forty miles and preach four t.iliis. At the call of thi
sick or needy lie would travel into il,- country
regardless of his own personal convenience or safety.
One feels sorry that twe have only a few fragmlentary
notes of the stirring times in which he lived: lint his re-
cord is on High; atnd the value of those labours will
dolnutless be fully rt'vognis-ed ill the ra when they that
"iturn Imany to r ii.''im..- shall shine as the stars for
ever and ever." In the meantiell his relmelmbrance
lives deepest in the heaIrts of those lhe taught and iihpii cd
with his own loving zeal The hcention of his name to
many a man-t- '. -. Spanish or Maya-in the North v Ill
kindle a warmth in the heart and inspire a flow of words
which indicates the place this \\W.l i..i Missionary holds
in their rft,., lin ..
In the year 14iii Mr. Fletchlr was appointed the
first Ih.iiin. m and General Superintendent of the hi.-
triet. ',I il that time tie Mission formed part of li,
Jamaica District. A second disastrous fire took place
on the North side of the town on July 17th. 1-.".4
,VWiliiln to E:.nIgl.id the day after the fire Mr. Sykes
says : "'ITI fire broke out on the North side of the river
albot 11:30 p.m., and by 4 a.m., nearly lhi -whole of
that part of the town was in flames. I lilJI it ipiPrl,.1,-
to describe the scene which I saw on going to the spot a
few minutes only after the alarm vav given. ThI. i-ili-
ings here ;)'ing almost .nlirlv :ll consir.tlled of wood,




GROWTH AND DE VELOFMENT. 11

dried, and :_rl'.LI'\ heated by the rays of a tropical sun,
you many -lipp .-. the fiery element would make swift
destruction. It seemed literally to i.ll along like a
mighty deluge. ,laiiir- house after house in an ocean
of Iii. The loss of property is enormous h ut, of courseO.
I cannot give\ the amount. I bave heard of three stores
which have lost iiniii ll.' upwards of t20,000 sterling,
and I believe I shall be within compass when I say. that
hundreds of buildings have been destroyed. I have only
1,i :ili. that, by God's miercy, for the second tiue within
two years. our Mission premises have ben preserved
from destruction hy ii "
Mr. Webb and Mr. Sykes .I'Ipi. to have spent alter-
nate years at Belize and Iuatan. A gracious revival of
God's work took place in,the year 1861. God iN.r -.;i,!i,.1
His word. Th,. direct preaching of the gospel under
Mr, .',\l; was tihe instrument used for awakening and
n-l'ln rl.tii ll the souls of unl ly. It *l.rll in I{ii.I1,ti
where a course of special services was held. One of the
services, we are told. lasted six hours, even then t the
people ]reluctantly left the place which had been to them
as 'the very gate of heaven
It has been the Writer's privilege to talk with a
number of people who were present at the i..I;in .s,
among them. 'Father Brooks,' who took an active part
in the work. Fifty years after the exciting times Father
Brooks would talk of the scenes he then beheld and
count the experiences .I,,.-i, the most blessed in his
life.




12 Tai WESLZEYAS MISSIoN IN BRrITSH HoNDrIRAs

The revival -p l..d1 and reached Belize. 1Thir.vi is no
denying the beneficial results of this season of refreshing.
"I'l o'Chuli 1 grew, more than a hundred were added to
the membership that year, willingly 'in i ilg themselves
to the people of God. As to the lasting good I may
mention that .,I..Ig those who joined th. (Chu'I h that
year was the Rev. H Thl-'if.i. one of our ministers.
It was durltlrg the time 1Mr Sykes resided at Ruatan
that the Bay Islands were transferred to the Republic
of Honduras. Th'l Trru al was signed in 1859, hut the
actual transfer was intl-linilil postponed at the request
of the President of the Republic. on account of the dis-
turbances created by General W.1lk,.r and his filibuster-
inru pI.Arty. The hindrance being r. ni.!,l, the cession
took place on the first of June 1861.
Mr. Webb travelled from Belize to Ruatan and join-
ed Mr. Sykes to be irerwrnt on the occasion. The cere-
mony was a very inl-rr-tinii ilh.iih somewhat melan-
choly one. His Ixr.,,elli-m., Thomas Price ESi the Lieut.
Governor of the Bay Islands, was present as representa-
tive of the British Crown, and His I:x-..-l n,.y Don R. Pad-
ilia Duran, as commissioner, from the Honduranian Gov-
ernment. Thri was the formal exchange of 11iu'- and
addresses. It was quite natural that a people who hlia
so long 'niIovi.d the sovereignty of the British Crown
should regret the transfer of thal sovereignty to a gov-
ernment like that of rti Republic of Honduras. Vir v
liberal proposals were imade, voluntarily, by the Presi-
ilhnr, securing to the inhabulants of thr islands their




GROWTH Am) DEVLOPENT. 13

former rights and customs, with full religious lil.-rclv.
public and private. Looking back over the past one
hardly can say that these promises have been kept to the
letter; more than once the work of the Mis-i.,i has come
into collision with republican Irtik; i.lllhm It is oli1l
fair to state, however, that very often some petty otfli. li.,
armed with a brief authority, has been the cause of the
friction. No more loyal subjects to the British Empire
could be found than the residents of the Bay Islands in
the year 1861. It is a matter of profound regret that a
people who found the islands a wild waste, and suffered
'r. it privations by living on wild fruits and fish until
they could obtain the results of their labours, were
abandoned to the tender mercies of the new E,-pl!iili..
Mr. Sykes spent over twenty years in the District.
Few men have left such a deep impression for good in
the Colony. There is a pleasure in ..i-ailling his name to
many of a gy:nrat.tiun that is Ip1i.ll. di;illpa .l'irii His
natural dil,-poition was mild and kind. His piety was
genuine, rILtijuJl atnl deep. The love of Christ to fallen
man was the constant tth rni- of his ministrations. As a
faithful minister of C('1 i.t he declared the whole counsel
of God, warning sinners to 'flee from the wrath to come'
encouraging seekersof salvation, and .-.iifmying believers
from his own rich store of spiritual life. Nor did his
labours end with his retirement from this District; ha
spent his whole active ministerial life in this Western
World and at one time was elec ted Pre..lidlt of one of
the West Indian Conf-neriic,.




14 1'Ti WESLi P TN NIlI-\ IN IBaITISH1 HONxDURA

Edward Daniel Webbl was no less remarkable than
Richard Fletcher. and George Sykes, though his term of
service here was shorter. I unwearied zeal and ae-
tivity deserve to he held in rememrilance. He was
emphatically a practical man. This is seen in his bring-
ing to a successful issue the building of Wesley Chmrch.
''h.* 'love of Christ constrained him.' Be was faithful
to his ministry, having tasted of the love of I'Ihr. i him-
self, he was anxious that Il r., should share in
the joy which filled his own soul. This is in no
sense a biography of Mr. \VW.l,. or of any other min-
ister who has laboured here, The imaterials to hand
are limited. To recall these nan; s to many who
knew the men personally, is the -i-i- .*i. with the hope of
arousing a more loyal devotion to the Master and
Church they served so filithfiill\ and, perhaps, awakcn-
inga .i irill of emulation in others of their splendid ex-
ample in ifljhNw]iig (.'lris!
In 1856 a small house at Freetown was given to the
Mission by one Mrs. Parker, widow of the late HWi-hal
Parker. who was a native of Africa, of the. Mm1iim-, 'na-
tion. This was opened by Mr. Webb for preaching and
prayer-meetings. Situated in a part of the town where
there was no place of worship a number of people were
attracted' and soon a viszi ,ui Society was founded which
eventually grew into the present Ehenezer ('inr ih.
In the year 1863 a grr'.it fire .wi p1l a li;r portion
of the Southern part of the town uway. In tile WI-1s \ -




S.itntn 'i AN) DEVELOPMENT. 15

an Methodist Magazine for the month of May I>.; I ',,i
the following account of the disaster:-

"DEiTiI 'i't 'IN i.' THE MISSi 1N CHAPEL.
l-.'lOOL, AND TEA('ill.I HOt'.SI'
AT HI.I.IE BY FIRE.
"The last month's mail rings tidings of a most
serious calamity which has fallen on the town of Belize
in Honduras Bay. A portion of the town has been
destroyed by fire. More than four hundred houses
were destroyed in the course of a few hours, during the
morning of the 10th of March. the wind unhappily fan-
ning the flames of the burning mass, and driving them
on the timber-built town. -, far as had been ascertained
no lives were lost.*
"We are thankful to announce that the ?.1,iu.lii.,i,-
and Teachers are safe. and that the .\li-.iii House es-
caped destruction. But the chapel. with all its furniture,
and the school underneath the chapel, for which a
Teacher had been sent out by the Ladies' Committee,
with its valuable outfit of maps, books, and school
materials, and the residence of Mr. C'l.II;-, the Teacher,
have been entirely dstr. '. d1. A great number of the
inhabitants of the town are thus cast out of house and
home; a id. while they are ,i]-riv.l, of shelter, are also.
for the time, without means of subsistence .\A,,in
them are more than one hundred members of our

A I ,I.T: life was lost, one William Godfrey.




16 THIF WESLEYAN Mi--i.-0N IN B1TRITH HONDURAS

Society, and others, members of the uongr-l-gationl, and(
,I.i1n of the School children. It is hardly to be i-x l( irld,
under the circumstances, that means will be foiiujin in
Belize for the immediate restoration of the Mi.siiii
niiiii -g The Committee have therefore pr]uirptl?]
sent a grant of money to commence the restoration of
the .Mi .tiin 'iiil-rr. with instructions to employ
more durable materials for the purpose, if they can
be obtained."






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Chapter 3.


THE BUILDING; OF \\W:SLIEY CHURCH.


"TlTe people had a miwl to workk' Nehermiah IV, ver. 6.


Many families were plunged into the deepest pover-
ty by this great fire and not a few of them were obliged
to leave the town for the various settlements on the
banks of the rivers in order to obtain a means of liveli-
hood.
Wesley congregation was to a great extent scatter-
ed, and for a time the whole work, as it were, thrown in-
to a state of dli.-,'i.r and confusion. Forliiln.-lv rfo the
.11s-i.n there were men and women Janonu thb-in whose
faith never wavered and who could write in a hopeful
strain. We read in one report: "The calamity has
seriously uri-i.L-i the interests of our Mission here. But
while for the present ti- Irt--.tI is injurious, we do not
doubt that it will ultimately be over-ruled for the fur-
therance of the Gospel and the success of our work."
It is but natural t h.it many should yield to the
depression and discouragement occasioned by their loss.
Many lost their (uIthini with their houses and this pre-
vented their appL-',rL.Ae .It. ['i.1li, worship. From com-
fortable circumstances to poverty is a crushijil. blow-




18 TiE WxBTALYAN MISSION IN BRITISTI HONDURAS


it fell on inany lhtini,. that memorable Tenth of March

It demanded great faith to begin such a work as the
erection of \WshI Ch'Irch amid the ruins and poverty
A..iL.sd by the fire. Before the close of the same year,
pl;n, spr ii, ationN and forms of contract were in Be-
lize for the new building.
Ioor il'.lii t six mnnlth after the 'fire, by the kind-
ness and courtesy of the Presbyterian minister, the Rev.
David Arthur, it was .arliinf l I for Wesley (ongrau tiio
to unite withhisin liheii new Ci-iihl on Sunday iv.'nings.
Ilrh ministers of each alternately 4 ,,iipy"ing, the pulpit.
The Siynrd Minutie of'. .1i4 r.*I'.riiing to this says,
'"Dm-rlin this period we realized how good and how
pleasant it is for brethern to dwell together in unity."
I may be pa'rdlnld frr diTri.in-'invr here to remark on
the friendly relations which have ixiipd between the
W\,,iryan missionaries and the ministers of other
Chimrch.- That saving of John W\h-ly "The friends of
all and the enemies of none" has been the .',M-rial atti-
tude; x.- niiplif.yiun tht catholic spirit of Methodism. As
a further illustration of this I may cite a handILL ll in my
possession adivlrtising the annual Anniversary of 1845.
This states- "Thi' .s.rmon will be preached by the Rev.
John Kinrgdni" (A BIpptisl minister) "'thl M1i-i.ting
Sill be addressed by the Revs. Hende-rson. Kingdon,
Eidniy, Green and otthc'r-. Chair to be taken by the
Honourable W. H. Coffin Esq."




TRE BUILDING OF WESLEY CHImOac 19

To return to -Iw soi-Lly stricken (Chiii, l and com-
munity. A room was hired in Ilt.-.,rit Str.,t fur School
purposes. At tii. end of the six months mentioned
above, this was tittiti up for the puilli, services. The
vi.r.n-r.-utii oi.s were small on account of the lack of ac-
.,rijlillaj-till, but tlii miinitit.rs were greatly cheered by
the r-t.iltfaitu-si of many people who, in the midst of
their severe trials, manifested their fervent love to God
and attachment to Methodism, by their clt-il-nvi'ig and
Slir ll contributions to the new Church. It was an.
unld.-rtaklu-' in which they had a deep interest and for
its ii usp.' i tb they Il 'iLj.-nii tl and fervently 1;ray. d.
It was found necessary to return the architect's plan
to F.nUlJiid and ,'..~'ill miir.ritl. pI.sst away before the
new and improved pl;n, I ai,,hed Belize. A b-, gaining was
made, however, in 1864. O( the 3rd ofNov. 1864 tli.- Memo-
rial SMtu. was laid by His E:-,llerncy J. Gardine.r Austin
Esq., Lieut. Governor. Hopes were than expressed that
the new biildilng would be ripdy for opflning by the end
of the year ltS65. (n,. can understand the .a ixi-ty which
rested upon the c'li.iakl of the Mission. The temporary
rooms used for School and Church were small and incon-
venient, and, more important still, they were costing
the Society over 80 a year in rent. In addition to this
the Rev, E. D. W'el- was anxious to return to England as
his furlough was long overdue and the state of his health
uncertain. He frit that lie could not leave until the
Church was corii pll-tj us the .ontracts were all made
in his. name and his experience as a builder was neces-




20 TH WVKFL.EI.\X MIi.'J1. IN B3R ITII HWON)RA

sary. Tt ought not to be forgotten th:il Mr. Webb
stayed on two years beyond the usual term of service
solely in II.. interest of W\.-l.y Church.
Many unavoidable .iri~lnisi~Anin*.. dl.l.iy. the work.
The workmen had to wait from time to time for bricks,
from IK'ngll.iml. failure of contractors for some portion of
the work not only hindered the building going forward
but involved the promoters in griv. tr exli.,ndilriir, than
they .uitirilIP.Iatt and the impoverished condition of the
people restricted their giving to the extent of their
desires.
In "The Buihling, News" of March I 'iE, there is a
picture of Wesley taken from the architect's plans and
a short description of the I iiliiE Perhaps a I,'e ti l,
of this article will not be out of place here, as it gives
some inti-n ltinT details. "In NManr 1863 the town of
R.li/.r was lbartilIl.l di-slroy.d by fire .................
.\Amnlg the Iuil.1ling ,1,-sl"try,.l was theWesleyan CliaI|,il
The ;withl!inliis of Hlindll i very judiciou.ly d'-.il'd that
I.hli,. should not be ri liulr. in materials liable to a
similar calamity to the one from which it has .inithft.l.
and all the '~uiildlin-i therefore, are to be of brick or
stone, with tiles or slated roofs. As no building
materials of this kind are to he found in the C~lt,nrv it was
necessary to export evrvl.thing, except timber, for the
new chapel from this country.
lTie, irii..iIpnl part of the iuildiii~ faces the east, and
the rInirrgrtioin look in lhe sum. diri-ction. And this
not from ri-gard to flih olld lutlom of orientatiou, but




T m BUILDING OF WXEV i.E',l C'IHr'i


because dirin- the most sultry season the sea breeze
from the east is iiliprn~ii';.llb for comfort if not for ex-
istence. A.-.i J.dingilv it was necessary to have as many
windows as po, il-i in the eastern front, and these, a:
well a .1 ll the .,thr windows in the building, had to, be
iinui, to open. During another part of the year, storms
of wind and r.iin are pr. \rlnl. and this ciredmstance
necessitated the covering of the flights of steps, four in
number, which lead to the chapel, iq.-ip) v iv the first
floor of the t1uildiLu;. The chapel is 80 feet by 50feet;
and with the western gallery will seat 700 p, rrin It is
roofed in one span by four wrought iron principals,
carrying purlins of the same metal, which are hoarded,
felted, and slated with blue and green Countess slates.
Int.riaI.ll.'y ti. principals are in tr-'r.-* ti.d by arched timber
ribs, '*ipip.rtin'. a v',vrd.-l ivilij., and thus l-wtiilg an
air space between this and the slath boarding to mode-
rate the heat. A portion of the iron-work of the prin-
cipals is vioil,,, from the interior of the chapel, and is
painted in appropriate colours and partly g.il'li-d The
roof was manufactured by the Tweedale Co. from de-
,iii-' by the architect.
The ii!khd tnag is of paviorbricks, which were stupplfitd.
tog-tlh-r with the lime and cement, by ?lessrs Whit.-.
The door and window -I v.,.~sings are of white brick, moul-
ded for the piriwnj' by Messrs. Eatwuiod. The Portland
stone :opingi[ and York steps were supplied by Messrs.
FrieLmian. and the uail.h crosses were carved by T.
Sharp, Es.i.




22 Tua WESLEYAN MISSION IN IllTiTA.l HONDURAS

The lower storey contains Boys and (; rlk Schools,
entered by two doors from the front. All the windows
are tittvd with cast iron sashes, made from d'siigni by
tli- architect by Messrs. Grissell & Co. As before stated
every window will open. The cost of the buildings and
fittings will be 6000. A foundation stone sent out fio
the puirlsetis was laid about a year ago by the Governor
of 11th Coloini, and tl, building is now ipiroacliing com-
pletiin Mr. Hoole, of Craven Street, "i. the architect."
The *architect was the son of one of tih General
Secretaries of the W'sl.'-yn Mi. sirlnDry Society, Dr.
Elijah Hoole, an old Indian missionary. Hi, residence
in India gave him some i'i a1 of the kind of )'iilfling sui-
table for :.iw tropics, and he succeeded in d.signing a
('huirIch that has not been 1-i lip-,.i in Belize by any mod-
ern architect for lbui.ty.;c.,nv.n .r., or ventilation.
The, b Tniling cv.tcellt the architect's estimate of
cost ib nr'aly a Thouand Poulndi. The funds of the
Purr.nt, Society were gi niero):lv giv\i-n towards thi cost
and a debt of gri.titludc is due to them firsi of all. The
Logi-litv' Assembly contributed 300, and lis Excel-
lency the Governor, besides giving 20 himself, made a
grant 50 from ihe Crown 'Fndk. TIir'v legacies pro-
duced t29.- and the proceeds of three Lectures by S.
Cockburn Esq. brought in a sum of :19.
Nilarly two thousand pounds was raised by donations
li I -sripi ins. ba.mr, and ti ht 'h ujingip services. If one
person ought to ie singlt'd out by name among_ the many
v'neruii givers. it is the late Mr. John Jex. He gaiv',




Tlrir B3Vl.LDIN or WESLEY CHURCH. 23

freely and willingly and was d, -.ply in t, rv4,t-d ij zetiing the
hiildliij finished. The liuandt-liri-s. the organ, and all
li,. Cum~IInIuIjun silver were iprir.ntl- by him.
In the airports of the ilrcuit work it is stated that
our M'-ntjt.rs. with few i:;cptiuu. have taken great
interest in the work. The ministers were grL:i1l.v
cheered by witns the Mission uimrife tt'd by the members and the general
public in tle large and libIJ'aI aiirnmIits (contrilbut d in
the .support of the work of God and the building of the
new Church.
The correspondence with thli arihit,.-t. and Ml.1i.ur
House in London, together with the I'lht.,. _p,.i iticantionI
and forms of contract, have been carefully .:,r-)rv,.d;
and from :tlw-st much of t.hr intormatiun here givei- is
obtained. Three t.lou-..nd. one0 hundred and fifty two
piiuids was spent 'in ll..aour loj.lly, the balance on
materials, frt-ight and du.inti. The Government was
petitioned to remit th.- dlht.i,-s on the building ImLtt. ials.
This they were not able iu dui.winu. to commercial de.
pression: Mr. Blakely, the Colonial krI.zni1 rt.: -r.v.y .ably
superintended the work and the building is a witness to
the thoroughness with'which he performed his tau-k.
Few of the men who actually worked on thie Itihl-
ing are now alive. Mr. Rinhard Thomas, "in age uad
feebleness extreme," atnd Mr.; MIttlth-w Stephens are
still with us. It is satuh t.r say thlit thei workmen took a
pride in their task and mani3 w ho were boys at the time




24 TuB W T.ArYAN MIssIoN IN BRITISHI HIONtWRAS

are delighted to recall their youthful experiences during
the erection of NW..'-*y.
On the first Sund.iy in July .18(i6, the Schoolroms be-
ing finished, the congregation removed into one of them,
and services were continued in it until the end the year.
On Sunday, December 23rd, 1866, W,'I,.y Churihi
was opened for Public WII.-hii, The Rev. E D. Webb
was the first preacher. The sermons in connection with
the op|winuv services were all excellent iand appropriate
we are told The sum of t(67 was ollhi-t.il at th-tI ser-
vices. It was a time of thanksgiving and Ir.joui.ill,. But
it was not all joy and -,;Nll, ti. In the report of the
opening we read :-"The war in which we are at present
1iinll.ppil-y .ril. g:ii:..d with the Indians, greatly interfered
with our opling services, so that the coingr~g.itions and
ciillectliCon, were such smaller than they otherwise would
have been." The entire garrison of Bnli.:,. consisting
of over one huindrcd und forty men, ,.'iii,~. officers, and
a number of Volunteers, were away on this expoditii'n.
One cannot help thiikiing of -ho... from Wslcy who are
at present away on active service in this greater conflict.
Some: oif the number would certainly be I;i-ting us to
worthily celebrate this jubilee but for the call of duty.
They are not friiittren however, and as mention was
made fifty years ago of thase who pro)In tl our colony
Iromr Indian raids, so we would pay tribute to the men
from British Hondirlors. who. at (all of King and K.rrpire
have responded in a minnni worthy of the b-st tradi-
tions of the Colony. May such a victury be lwhir- as
nothing in the past onn rival.




Chapter 4.


LAY-WI K IK EHR.


ThI-e have loron the blitrdeni and ihat qf the day,"
Matthewr XX. erswe 12.


Thus lta very little has been said of the valuable
assistance given to the M ission by other persons than
ministers. One has to admit a difficulty in making a
selection of names where so many can be found who
laboured fIithfullv as Local Preachers, (' lus-l UIa'rs.-
Day and Sunday School teachers, etc., to maintain and
advance the work of the Wesleyan Missiun. It would be
ungenerous to omit reference to them ,ntirely. If names
that are familiar to the older gen'eratlin now livin'i are
not mentioned, it is because there is little or no data
concerning ihiu available. It is obviously impossible
to do justice to all. Many, ilih*t-d most of the members
worked ilh-,tly, but not less .-tnl.i.ilvly. by their christ-
ian characters and conduct. I am anxious to avoid
inakiin comparisons which are invidious and mischiev-
ous. Each CiriHit;il, has -sontlhlng to do in the
Lord's vineyard, for this the Master has qualified him.
The best can lay no claim to merit; Ihry did that which
was their duty to do




26 THE WESLEYAN l' iWbN IN BRITISH HONDURAS

Among the Officers of the Wesleyan Mission none
have rendered more signal service than the Class-Lead-
ers. It is an office of ritiriponriiity ivith great oppor-
tunities for good if the work is faithfully done. Class
Leaders are co-pastors of the flock and many can bear
witness to the good done by their worthy leaders in days
past and gone. Just as soon as it was practicable after
the Mission began, Class Leaders were appoint,., The
honour of being the first Leaders in Wesley is shared by
two women,-Ann Hendy and Catherine White. The
former passed away in 1874. The comment in the Regis-
ter of Buriels is,-"one of the first female Leaders
in Honduras, an exemplary Christian woman."
Catherine White lived four years longer, axd is
de.scribh-d, as-"One of the first, most laborious
aid. successful Leaders in the Belize Circuit. As a
visitor of the sick. and of her members in particular,
p'-rhaps unequalled. Good Sister White will not soon
be forgotten." This good lady is well remembered in
Belize. On one occasion whilst speaking at a Meeting
in the Church she convulsed her hearers by referring to
an incident as taking-place on 'De fust time White did
come to court me'.
Among the old Africans whose names are worthy of
perpetuation in connection with Wi-h-.y one must men-
tion Ann Clare. Shr dih- two days before Wesley
Church was opened in 1866. Formerly a slave, soon
after her liberation by i Briti;shi Mlan of War, in which
slih waI, bing carried from her native land, sbe joined llih




LAY-WoaKRas.


Mlothoi.i Som ihtv. receiving her first Ticket in lthi your
1827. At the time of her ilhilth she had a class of foriv
members, over whom she watched with remarkable
fidelity and to whom she was made a great blessing.
Richard Hare was one of the oldest male Leaders,
and wielded a great influence for good in his day and
generation. .MAr'iu Armstrong, an old member and
Leader, lived to the great age of 90 years, and, when
able for the work, was regarded as the best missionary
collector. Another name familiar to many is Eliza
.Cotin, a much respected and valued Leader. "A great
friend to the ministers and to the poor."
And so one might multiply the number of names of
those goudly men and woman who rendered cheerful and
efficient service to the Mis to say that the goodly succession has been kept up. We
have a price-less lh'ilhtagg in the example of those who
have taken their part in helping to make the world better
pur'er and more wholesome, by their love to Christ Uind
hIlpfuliess to their fellow-creatures.
The ir st Missionaries soon realized the need for
Schools. As teachers were not available they took
charge thi.miiilvs., and were often assisted by their
wives and members of their families. The Rev. Herbert
We-slov Haime was a most successful teacher. On his
removal reprei-.ltation was un do to the Missionary
Committee in Londun ul tlw need for properly qualiited
teachers. In response to this appiul Mr. John Sanders
was s~ent out from Englind in 1i56i to takel charge of




28 THE WESLEYAN MISSION IN BRITISH HONDURAS

Wesley Boys School. The School prospered under his
care and in 1859 the Ladies' Committee sent out Miss
Susannah Beal as Head Teacher for the Girls School.
It looked as though a long period of prosperity for
the "chii lh lay ahead with two such workers in them.
Alasl if any such hopes existed they were doomed to dis-
appointment. After only eight months in the Colony
Miss Beal passed away on July 12th 1860, and two days
later Mr. Sanders died. It was a severe blow to lose
both Teachers at the same time. Under Mr. SuJllvr-s
the School made great progress; whilst the cliil.ld-n in
the ('irl.- -i IlnI had become greatly attached to Miss
Beal. Mrs. Lewis, who had previously had charge of
the School, kept open the Girls School. but the Boys
School was closed for a short time.
Mr. (lark'. was the next Teacher sent out for Wesley
School. He arrived in Belize in February 1861 and for
five years was in charge of W. < I.y Boys School. At the
same time the Ladies' Committee sent out Miss Smith
to succeed Miss Beal. Her career as a Tiar:litir in Belize
was a short one. Within a few months of her arrival
she married one of the ministers, the Rev. E. D. Webh,
but continued to carry on the School until Miss Ward
arrived to take her place.
So far as one can gather from the records the above
mentioned are the only Teaclhcr. sent out from EuKniilail
for \tVi.l.\-Schools. In additionn to their work in the
School they laboured with the ministers as helpers in
!Mission Worlk. Mr. Sanders was a very acceptable




LA -WORKERS.


preacher, the lady Teachers proved their worth as Visi-
tors, ('Li.-. Leaders and workers in the Sunday School.
The next Head-Master of Wesley Boys Schoel was
Mr. George Alrx.ilidr Fl'a.i..r; a native of Nw.--;aii His
aplintrllieniit was not an experiment. F VI- several years
prior to coming to W,-I.y e he lld been employed as
School Ma.l t.r at Ruatan and Stann Creek, and proved
himself a very efficient and successful teacher. He was
a strict disciplinarian; his upright character, added to
his aullity as a teacher, brought Wesley Boys School to
a standard of Iprut;llnct never excelled.
Th.I Girls School made equal proigre-v during the
same period under the care of Miss M. F. Hewlett, who
was given charge after Miss \Wa '. returned to l:lngiiiii
on account of ill-lhaltlh. Year after year the report of
the two Schools is an unbroken record of success. Hap-
pily Miss Hewlett is still with us; nidl tlouglh no longer
able to take an active part in the work of the Mission.
she is de.i-ply interested in its welfare.
Mr. Frazer threw himself into all the activities of-
the Mission. He often took the services li-i.ng the ab-
sence of the ministers. His taste and talent for music
found an outlet as Choir master at Wesley. In the vari-
ous departments to which he gave his time, he failed not
to g;,e entire satisfaction. In the year 1881 he was ac-
cepted into the ranks of the miniistry and sent to take
charge of the Mission work at Ruatan. Into the new
work he was then pulledd upon to engage in, he turned all
his energies. His labours were w armnl uplreciaited




30 THE WEBSLYAN MISSION TN BRITISH HONu-DiaA

wherever he went and by all parties. His career as a
minister was cut short in 1883 by death, to the great re-
grt, of every member of the staff and lover of the Mis-
sion, A.posthumous article from his pen on the work in
Ruatan can be found in the W~slll .in Mlss.Iiinry Notices
for the month of January 1884.
Stann Creek and Mullins River were at one time
part of the Belize Circuit, and were visited p-riodiioally
from Belize. A school was begun at Stann Creek, at
that time inhabited almost entirely by Caribs. Two
names among the Teachers who have .lbiourVcd there
stand out pi rriinnirly above all others, Mr. Hunt and
Mr. J E. Brooks. Amidst many *lii. or.'i..iiinrts and
much app) -; ltion these two men 1< i ,i l-1i d in School and
Church.. Nor did they labour in vain, they were instru-
mental in Ililling up a thriving Society and a good
school.
Boom, on the Old River, is the oldest station out-
side B, liz.* It is over ninety years since the first
Wesleyan Mi k-,-i.nry visited the settlement and very
soon after this regular services and a school were es-
tablished. The sparsely popnilaite- character of the
country has prevented a large increase in numbers;
s oiit. ii that a place of Worship, a School and a Teach-
er have borne witness for nearly a century to the
interest the Wesleyan Mission hau in small communi-
ties, who need tht- Christian religorn aind ediic~tion no
less than the larger fentr ,rf population in the Colony.
This cimpter -wold reach an inordinate length if




LAY-WoRKlKK. 31

one touched, even li.slitly, on each T'rltU I'r who has
laboured in the interests of the MiNion Their names
have not been inscribed on the "Roll of Fame." Some
of them possessed gift- and gruL.-, which, had they
been exercised in other lands, would probably have
achieved greater notoriety and praise. A few have
launched out into the wider world and reached positions
of honour and trust which revealed their talents. The
late Mr. J. E. 'Tui k.-r, at one time a Teacher and Local
Preacher at Boom and Northern Riv, r, became a Ih-lrgy-
man in the Protestant Episcopal Church of America,
and, not content with that honour, quahilied as a doctor.
The present pastor of the John Wesley Memorial Church
in Baltimore, U. S. A., is Dr. K.rnest, Lyon, an old
scholar and Teacher of Wesley. For several years Dr.
Lyon was the chief riepresn t.ati of the United States
of America to the Republic of Liberia. It may be of
interest to somiij to say in pIa~ini., that this versatile old
scholar of Ws. t.-y has recently written a book on the
"Nugro's View of Or,,inic Union."
Twco sons of the late Mr. C. B. Ottley, AIfri-. and
Chalrlh -, after sr ,.ing as Teachers and Preachers in the
Colony, entered the ministry in the United Stuia i.
The Rev. Hezekiah AMli'ilhI, one of the present staff
of ministers, is an old land successful teacher. P.rhapsi no
man in the Coklny is tbt.ter known in the mahogany and
logwood cuuips lo t,. North tian Mr. MeField. His
labours for th' welfare of thi- spiritually uigleltei- in
remote place-. 'rev highly alpprcia tdl by both -unploye,




32 THE WESRL'YAx MAIl-l4Ii IN BRITID.H HONDUIRAS

and *.mphiih.v'. and best of all. are owned of God and
blessed with fruit.
It is necessary to go back to earlier days in order to
mention a few of the r l.l number of laymen who
"have xorne the burden and heat of the day as Sunday
School workers, Trustees and .Stl.wr,.-.I
In the year I.Sii the Rev. E. D. W.Idb published a
little hook containing a ii i'graphical sketch of the life of
Samuel Erskin. Forbes, and a sermon preached at a
Memorial service. Mr. Forbes a:iplars to have lived for
several years with Mr. Haime and Mr. Webb in Belize
and at Ruatan. Tliinks to his training, he became a
most useful member of WV.-h.v Church. The little book
hears eloquent testimony to the deep and genuine piety
of Mr. Forbes. He died on board the Schooner "Louisa"
whilst on a voyage from Yucatan to Belize and his re-
mains were buried in the new Cemetery on the Island of
Cozumel.
Mr. Stewart Carter. who died as recently as l-140,
was the first Society Steward at Wesley.
In due course after the completion of Wesley Church,
Deeds were prepared and a Tri.,t formed. Th.' first Trus-
tees were Peter L. Audinett, George Dennis, Isaac
Smith, Benjamin Reneau, Israel M.-ihr:mn. Charles B.
Ottley, Robert T. E:lg;n. Charles H. Locke, George
Richmond, John LaCass, Simuin Lamb, George F.
Arthurs, Thomas Belisle ani Jilmen Meighan.
In addition to their ra.,insiLliti,. as Trustet-. many
of these men rendered conspicuous .rirvkics to W.-slev




LA Y-WoRKIEIRs.


('Chi. 1 in other ways. I('hi lienjiunii O tl'y. whose
Memorial Tablet is on tile walls of the ('hur'i, was a
ullleI beor for fifly three years andi'eld every oflieo a lay-
man can hold in the (Chiur.h. A carpenter' and builder by
trade, his experieiiinc was invaluahbl alnd freely given
from timli to tinl His .,i1lI ', and charmcter won for
hill a wide Vcirleh of friends, and these qu alities were
'recognised by IhK authorities irl making him a, .lustice
of tith Peace.
John La Css. Simon Lmani, Israel Meighlan and
I.,iu.ir.I ('ourtney all served as i'li .-I-, in the l Suil.Ly
1'.. TI l'l, is a pathetic note, in one of the I' i-tr .
about IKdward Courtiney-"He died'on the day lith had
aplpoinled as his wedding t day,'" Jan. i(th S17T.3
Uombert T'. 1I..i-.i] was one of til ..iii -i of the
original Trlustec s and only passed away this last Septoli-
her. H.is zoal for 1lie House of God and int'orest in
tll work of the Mission rreinained unabated to tlh end.
Israel \ 1,i-1. ii was notliher' of the hard workers at
Wesley. He was inst'ruiltnitai in starting the work at
.Munatee. His business as a ship-wrightl took him
thither. Tihe neglected condition of the people at (tdes
Point moved hiin to hold services for them and to ie-
present in Belize thlc iippl.''i. ;t for doing good at
Maunatee. Mr. Small, aft.i *.ird- Bishop inial. well
known in H, i :. was sent to .MI.in ii.' as first teahier
and i .it.. hli.t.
rIf un. writes in ilore general tenrIts of the I'.l-l
wr.it r-. it 1(hose whose na mines alre mentioned above-it




34 TnE WESLEYAN MISSION iN BRITISn HONIIURAS

does not mean that the writer thinks they were one whit
behind in their loyalty and devotion to the work of God.
One is tempted to inquire more intimately into the
secret of their strength and power. From hints gath-
ered while r. ;iil;. the old reports it seems certain that
these workers had the root of the matter in themselves.
Their conviction of sin was deep; and from the moment
the curse was felt, 'Ih,' rested not till the assurance of
salvation, so freely kil. i, i. by the Gospel, was obtained.
Sin was abandoned; ungodly companions were given up,
they made diligent use of the means of grace and took
an active part in the !l'nrI- to awaken others to a
sense of their need of Christ and to aid them on their
journey to heaven.
Not all the (.i.ll, 6 were chosen, neither remained
faithful unto death. Some hardened their hearts against
the grace of God and forsook the 'fountain of living
waters,' for the muddy stream of worldly pleasure. Yet,
to God be the Glory, good has been done and when the
sealed book shall be opened, many names will doubtless
be found there, who owe their allegiance to the Saviour
to the lay workers of the Wesleyan Mission.








LATER WORKERS AND GROWTH.


"' ellow-workers whose names are in the Book of aLife"
Plh,'I,,,..... IV. verse 3.



It is but right that something should be said of the
later development of the work, and due acknowledge-
ment made to those who have handed it on to the pre-
sent ,.rnilatin. Some seventy ministers in all have
laboured in the 1)i-.tr'i; A few of them have had but
remote t.mi.I. li;.i. with Wesley C'lhur.L Nearly all
have lr u'aclhi.- in it, and some of them have wielded
great influence as it pastors. The Rev. Edia*ri Spratt
was a most devoted worker with Mr. Sykes and Mr.
Fletcher. During his term of service in Belize the pre-
sent Mission House was built. Under his ministry many
were added unto the Church. His stay in the District
was comparatively short, but his ministry was reward-
ed with much fruit. His widow is still actively engaged
in the work at Wesley as a Leader of one of the largest
classes.
The Revs. Ow(ald Wt-l.-h. Willi.'ii 1I. Atkin, Ed-
ward R. Gibbens, Joel Peters, William Tyson, Owen
Jones, Thomas N. Robert, J. B. Nowell, Thomas, B.


Cl,ptl.-r 5.




:i;6 Till, WESLEYA: MIONMISSION IN 11ITl I lom(NITRAS

Angiold and Paul Ellis. stand out us *men of mark.' Thyl
conlrihl lllid mlllci under tlih Divine hllssing, to stl'iengrih-
ein urd sustain the work of the Mission. ()wen Jonis
Ispenlt eight yrcars in the Distri(t. As Hradl Muistitr of
the HIoys' High Scllool ulnd pionecr of the Missioln ai
Sun I'drol Slllla in HonIdu'rs. he won most jstly liih
admitiration, esteem. ind love of innlllros friends.
Tli Revs. F. iH. H. Iabeli t arnd Henry \V .Ill .,.
successors to Mr. Jonr s at tnhe thlrJl Schlool oanitatiined
the good work begun.
Mr. Nowell's name will ever hb assoria.ted with our
\1I,.i.,, at Sta.tn (i'lC k. 'I' I fTailthful work as pastor
and his IJI 'riii '' in s crli'i suiilta;l pl'rlmises are held
in grateful rmnliory by those who knew him and iamen
under his inflIuenio, The news of his death a short
limle ago was there occasion of gr-cnt sorrow to a large
Ilillnluber of people.
T'lir..- ministers front til .haliiica District rendered
very .-ri, 1. S rvie. for a nnlbeir of yoalrs. viz. the
Revs. .Nathan A. inlquie. T'eence 11 ,Sl.rli. 1, and J.
I;--n, I. Braham. Bn..
Thomas B. Angold spent seven frmitfu l years as
Chlirrman and (G'ent'al Superinte.ndont, his wife most
ably assisting him in every good work. He was in
Belize during l hose -ilinr [Tl times known as "when the
money was hi;,.II I" iR~ihIl nobly did he strive as a
minister of the hi,.lsp to be a ]p.*t ,i-nimkr.r.
Henry Tregoning spent almost IIh. whole ol In terni




LATER WORKERS AND (I ROWTH.


(of service in tih IBay Islalnds. lbt as one t fimins author
says. 'lhat is another story.'
One nmme worthy of remiinhering aiong the tmior
recent ministers who have labored here is 1hat of T.
Herbert Kidd. IUnuted with strong Piotestant priei-
plis, Ihe lhaipioned its 1 ruths s s editor of the lo~lisled
('hC.I l Ii l .. r His tlorouighily % ii;:. ii. I sermons
were muih a pevniiated and are often spoken of to dayby
those wlho were then his hearers. IHlis ministry was
lnt in vain.
The inan to whom the Mission owes most of all in
miodl'r tinws is thie Rev. Jai n W. oirdl. Quiet. unas-
sumiing in mtuu'r. wilh a business rnualmity thai would
probably have Imade Ihim a rich man if the ('Ihristian
ministry had not claimed hiln, le served tihe MJission
faithfully for nearly twenty years. In the year 1H(I0,
after a pi.in1l ofi service in Spain and England:
he was appointed t'l.,i;,.i.1I of the District. He
found the work at a low ehb ; nlll, ... straitened,
the work .i..r.ii-'i.1 and the people discouraged.
The bost testimony to his ability is to bw found
in the fact that he luFt it ten years later in splendid
order.
In the early part of thel year 41900 ihe District was
honourm-d by a visit from our of tie Gene(ral Secretaries
of the Wesleyan .Mi--iirrnry oSir;-1,, the Rev. William
Perkbi2 ''lTiiIugh IWi stay was a brief one. and of nees-
sity I nllinell 1I lr-h/,. he was favourally ;uipir'-i 1
with Ii,- work. If,. rendered the ('Cmrch a great service




3S THE WESLEYAN ilI-I,,N IN BRITISH HONDURAS

and his visit is looked back upon as a time of refreshing.
The ties which bind the Mli--ni to the home-land were
strengthened. One. is frequently asked. When shall we
be favoured with another visit ?
In still more recent times the Rev. Thomas H.
Caddy. Henry Scott. F. J. Bomford, W. H. Harvey,
Walter J. Gadsby, R. Coburn Kellie, R. T. M., .n,. B.
A.. Benjamin ('li ki- and H. Donald Spencer have all
served the Mission I.ltln ll, v iii Belize. The Rev. Thniu.is
Peers laboured in the Southern part of the Colony,
whilst the Revs. T. N. Phillip-.rn and Willi.i n Rider de-
voted their time mostly to Corozal in the North. The
mere mention of these names will bring back pleasant
memories to many of the worshippers at Wesley. F. J.
Bomford was a great favourite with the whole commu-
nity. '1'l., death of Mr. Spencer in 1912, followed a
month later by that of Mr. Chicken, was a severe blow to
the Mi-i,,rn. Nor must we forget Herbert W. Bunting
and his sister who gave their lives for the work at San
Pedro Sula in 1892. Arthur Hall and W. Spencer Hodg-
son both died after only one year of service here. It is
a notable fact that the men who have died in the work
in the District, all did so within two years of their ar-
rival, and most of them during the first year.
It would be presumptuous for me to speak of the
work of the men who have only returned home during
the last few years. It is well-known to most people
who will read this. Side by side with the ministers,
lay-helpers have taken their place. One can -er at once






how impossible it is for the small staff of ministers to
carry on all the work. 'Thle IN lf-d>1.l illg toil of (C'hl-s
Leaders, Truste..s, Day and Siirv.lu. School Teachers
and Stewards has been r,-.il.t'l through the years. TIi-
('ILur h has been blessed with men and women of sound
r'ligiIullI princip e and go Itdl. zeal, Advancement has
not been i'\ leaps and bounds. '1i. population of the
Colony has barely been maintained. N,, great opportu
nity for ,LSr-l' .ls. evangelistic effort has presented it,
self. such as exists in the lo.Iur colonies like Canada and
A,\trI. li.. with their nrill'. stream of immigrants.
Still the work has het'in maintained and some progress
made. Th. credit for this is due no less to the lay-helpers
than the ministers.
Again one faces the dilli. ulty of s.it-il-ing names
and the d,trwi r of leaving out such as many deem worthy
of a place here. It is hilp--il1.'l to make a complete list.
The original Trit,'.-> of Wesley have all passed the
"'lourin of time and place and of their immediate suc-
cessors fo less than five have d; I. John A. Ml.Di),m.lI.
J. A. Hylton, T. Robert Leslie. Samuel Leslie and Louis
1:,itlub-. Mr. Mh I) great worker at \\.-II.+. He filled nearly all the offices
in the Church open to him as a layman. Thlmirl he served
as Local Preacher, L.-aderr. Sli*a l and Trii.1.', per-
haps the great work ol his life was done in the Sunday
School. Mr. T. R. Leslii will be best remembered by
the poor. His d.Ihght was to help people l-r.e fortunate
than hli ims '-l he proved his real interest in their welfare


LATER WORKERS AUND t(llM*'TilI




40 THE WVFSLTEYA .i\Al--] IN BIRTriu TIONDI)RAS

by making a small provision for such as are in real need
in his will. Louis Rabloteali in his quiet way found a
slpbhre of usefulness in the Sunday School. It was not my
good fortunate to know personally either iii. I Leslie
or J. A. AHylton: the latter served the Cihurch s a Class
Leader.
Nor must one forget the labors of Mr. Henry S.
Selhnar as Stewaid and Superintenden t of the Sunday
School. In these offices he served faithfully and with
marked .AiniI;,. He was a living lhIl-'.trim It of that
injunction of King Solomon. "Whatsoever thy hand
findeth to do. do it with thy mightt"
One of the oldest members ol' Wesley ( Ini.-I now
living is Mr. 0. C.( Gardiner. of East Canal Street. He
served as sexton of the old ('Iji. 1 I burnt down in 1860-
and, so far as I know. is tih only living official of those
times.
\l-- Sartah Kennedy, Mrs. Mary Card, Mrs. Arnold,
Mrs. Parkes and Mrs. Thompson all worked successfully
as LeadersJ. A.. Grant, (C ,.'._',. Pitts .II J. C. C. Mur-
ray lhld similar responsible positions.
Last January the \\. -.I y.11 \lmi-.,,n lost a staunch
supporter and friend by the tragic death of Lt.-Colonel
W. J. Slaek. His ll 11ii .. to the Church, of which his
father is an honoured minister, never wavered. Ili-
work or t'othe \li~i..i was iniii I.. .. but none the less
valuable on that account. ie , .,- freely towards its
support and was ever ready when called ilpoi will his
presence and advice to further .inv ol' it ..i.li'vi .'i Th.'




LAThR WORKEnR AND GROWTH. 41

value of his us.i-t.An.-L is bestknown to those who have
been responsible for (driryIVngon the work during the
past twenty years.
To the present l tlf of ministers and workers one
must not refer, except in general terms.
*Many of the lav- worik.r.- have grown up from
childhood under the influence of Wesley Schools and
Church. Narll. which rigkirtd in the records fifty years
ago re-appear in our Registers .i-di.Ly: thlsli~ who bear
them are guarding lie pri'.less inheritance handed
down to them by their forefathers.
It is to be regretted, however, that a readiness ,to
participate in the distinctly pl..'il'iil d -'tivli.ic of the
Church is not a more conspicuous feature. There ,can
be no doiiut that a large number are poss.,sL-d ofgifts
for this kind of service-a service which invariably
i,.irngi its own reward.
From t.L- year 189 .to the *present day Registers
have bIeen kept in accordance with the usage of oui'
Chuirh. In additiun to the bald statement of fact,
comments are often appended of events that appeared
worthy of note at the time. An instance of this is found
in the R.gi.itlr of Burials. "Joseph Cain, buried on
A pril 6th 1870, by the Rev. Edward Spratt. Mr. Spratt
adds, "Age uncertain, but as near as can be ascertained,
not less tiin 125 v..Irs old." This remarkable man was
a slave in Hayti and fought undi-r Tousas.int in the stir-
ing times vwhtnl the sltaves won their fri.:dout by confli.t.
R-iahiug a British possession hii- joined a WV-st Indian




42 TIIE VWE~rSLY iN MISSION N BRrITIBH HoND)i.AS

Rr 'im,-nt aInd an un- to this Colony as a soldier r. Descen-
dants of the foIirli generation of this patriarch are
found to-day taking an active part in the work at WT- sly.
Other E1ntrit-s read:-'-Willim Jessemba, murdered
by a runaway prisoner, April 25th 1863."
"L,-relia Flow-.'r, aged 81, received her first Tiikpt,
from the Rv. John Gri Cirnwuul. 1836."
"Libly Neal and Joseph Evr-.it, died on heir
padssay~'f rum Nwv River."
"Rob.:rt Nile-, 5-d 62, avery consitirnt and highly
e"teenime member of Society for many years, and an
t-xamplary Suntday S: hol Teacher."
One has often heard discussions as to whether a
shark will attack a living person in the water or not.
TheRevs. Gturi'g Sykes and Oswuld W-,l:th giv- the foillow-
ing testimony. "Patricik Russell a member of So-iity.wlho
whilst living logwood in the harbour his IlAr t;ikwn oft by a
shark, causing almost instantaneous death.
Trilh'itn is paid to those in hiumbl,- wajlks of life such
as the following: "Jane Burns, for many years Mr.
Sykes' servant. A much (-st...-nmed and valued one"
The foregoing will tlutli.i.int.ly indirent.I ti'h interest
taken to keep a record of the more notable events. It is
not my 'ntpntionr to deal with the work of the Mission bo.
yond the limits of the Colony; nor can one claim to have
dealt with this ;n anything hut a -iir'si'y manner Re-
ferncie nmust i- miad,. ho~.ver. to t.o th Wesleyanri Mission
in thb. Bay Islands and North Coast of Honduras, as th;s
has proven in many respects the most fruitful field. Here,




LATER WORKERS AND GnROWTI. 43

more th n anywhere else in the District the lay-workers
have been ready to do theit part. Williui Benjamin
Brooks, who died but a U.ot ple. of yours' ago, was a Local
Preacher fur over sixty viars. I am told ttiha he fre-
quently pret.uhetd in Ilt-lie with igrat power and a rrcp-
tlncei. His life and wu'trk i t u story in ittll. J. D.
McField, after a strenuous life of devotion to (Gotl's
work, but retenillv ent.rtI'd into rest. What 'Methodism
in Utilla owes to Mr Jiimes Coop.l' of Utilla Cay can
never be told. For more than halt a century this veteran
has Iwen preaichiig the gospel and many tributes to his
diligent. and faithfulness can be found in the Annual
Report, of the Ruatan C(i'tlt. To-day on the Ruatan
Circuit Plan there ir e nmes whiLjh are worthyof pIlrpet-
nation Men who count it a joy to work for the Master
and whose fidelity and self-dr-nial is shown in maintain-
ing the numerous pl;.ie of Worship dotted all over the
uay Islands. This is but a pu,-ing t'stimrony of one who
Lounts himself honoutred in i ling associated with ihlir
work.
Vigorous attempts have been made from time to
time to ulitnate the iUffttionls oi our people from the
Wesleyun Mission. They have been met for the most part
with the indifference which such uiiprinvipl-d conduct
deserves. Under conditions of provoIttioun ad some-
times of great hardship and loss, the people called
Methodists in the Bay Islands have sought1 to uphold the
Churel h of their choice.




44 TrE WEsr.Ey.\N MISSION IN BRITISH HONDURAS

WHAT OF THE FUTURE ?
Fifty years ago our forefathers I.ioi.rdl in the
accommodation provided by the erection of Wes lty;
after their cramped quarters it was looked upon as
ample. The Schoolrooms were i- gircrdl- as well adapted
for the purpose for which they were built. To-dayr we
find ourselves severely handicappedand ouir dj-v loiinment
crippled by lack of room. In the pre-war di, some of
us hoped to celebrate the Jubilee biy rlIcpning .the con-
templated new School-hall. Land has been secured;
a certain amount of rmone-y has been Uc.llcfted and
and we feel that the time has come when a vigorous
effort must be made to build. As yet we are not m o1mnil-
ted to any definite plan. One would like to see a 1bnIildiig
worthy of comparison with Wesley. Thbr. is a growing
needfor Social work in Bl3lilz: who.h.-lold l-r I, It tIr fittd
to direct this than the C(I iklianr ChIIuch ?
The pr,.-.cnt is evidently a momentous era in the
history of man. The world is at present har'a.s.ed h-both in
its religious and pol;tiial interests by the rreiat war,
which, unhappily, is !'rILhlIlt home to us in so many
ways. What the issue will be we can have no il-.iut:
we feel secure as to the final result being in the interests
of rilght..ln,- and liberty. The Church must prepare
itself for new work as the result of widened iutne-t.,s.
Methodism has .xo.rted a powi-rfiu andl -.ilutary influ'.n.e
on thl social lifi oi England and the Colonie.s. We do
not presume to say that this Colony is dependent upon
Us for relia'ious in.t!i action .rnd stimulus. Othl'r




LAY-WOtRKIS. 45

Chiar'he-s are at work. and none but- a churl would fail
to iL- ,. i.iii- their intiien. for good.. Nevertheless; it is
A, vust. importa'.r' to ul- that wv. stean-u'tly adhere to
tl: pri'iciplie u" OLI' r.''-rd pr-drec.sor-. In the ar-
ranIrrmeints ot Provil-n-i.. wi ar.' called to a work pecu-
lia iv ouur own. A C.elliIrdt."d rl\ ine a hundred years ago
rli-iti filedd Mlethodism als Chri-tianity in earnest Our
.aim should 1)- to jisltly caimi such a description.
StinmUilatrd by tle O-.x.mnph-' If those in the past. we
muiut seek to deserve the distinction, ivlh-thlr it- be
.awardedli in it sp;i it of tl-loe.y or' s or'n.
Tht hi titi, is joined to-day as never before; to our
own Master we stand or fall. Iniq-iit.y abounds, jnd (I..-
love of inar, waxeth cold. Tihe uhbits of the present
gc'ne-ration manifuLstly vert 1It the side of sioftn.,- and
s.lf-irlliulgt'-nlt This is not. Calc.tlated to renovate so-
ciety and is conutrarv tit the relhgion of the Cross. Thi
n10II .and woGInen 'who ihilr- urll banners and puid,'d the
coLunsels of Methodism in th,.- pust were trained t, self-
denliil. and to lbubits of holy lihrdness. To thlis creorm.
,ttiLn-c. nidt>-r thI' bhlssing of (Grd. imach of that decision
of tlrairoc ter. Christian for tituldin. d,-.p piety and useful-
nefts. for which thby wI'L'r fluujl.r-' is to be traced. It is
for ii- to be promrpt in imbiling their split and rI''olut-
in coping thiAir t l xliple. it w.v a.r "to serve tlhe pri.selit.

"Thiis snit.h thr- Lord, Stand in tinh way and see, and
nikl; f-o the old paths. where is the good way. and walk
thlrriun. and yu shall tind rest to your souls,"




A LIST OF WESLEYAN MISSIONARY IES WHO
HAVE LABINURED IN THE HONDUR.A
DISTRICT. WITH THE DATE OF THEIR
SAPP(INTM ENTS.


1827
18-27


1836
1839
1S411
1841)
1840 "
1845
1847
1847
149
IA 19
1854.
1854
1854
1858
186U
1865
168
1869
170
1871
1872


Thomas Wilkinson
Tholrnia Juhnson
Willam W' -dlo.-k
Thomat Edney
Thomrna .JlltI'iis
.John (Grvt-n wnod
S.MUIni'1 St.. ntUo
R{ul-rt Inglii,
Rich1,;rd Weddall
Johin G I ee n
Juos'pl Wl)stur t'
Edward Co.llier
Herbert W. Hairme
Harnion Mason
Richard Flktch.ir
Edward Daniel Welhi
Georsg,. Sykies
Altred Phillips
Jamns A. 13owden
Edwvurd SprLatt,
.\ lii do F. (r;ulma
John Curtis
Archiiald Taylor
D. J. Reynolds


1875
1877

1881
1881

1881
1882

1883


1886
1SS7

1888
1889


1890
1890



1890
1891
1893


Oswald Wel-h
W'illiam H. Atkinl
Ediord R. Gil'hit.ns
Joelr Pc.tt'rs
James W. Lord
Huarwonod Little
'(irgt- A.\. Franzir
T. N. Robert
Nathanr A. uquii.
Ebl.n-.zr Jollifln
Owen Jones
William Tyson
A tltur Hall
J. B. Nowell
F. H. H. Lut)b.-tt
W. S. Hodgson
Edwin Nicholsin
Honry v W\lrrslr.v
T. B Anugold
T. MN. Shrriock
J K Brahur. B.D.
Paul Ellis
H W. Bunting
Walter Bell




Lrtr, oF W'ESI.Ei.\N MISII.NAB.I.M CONTLN['E[.


Henry Trogoning
T. H. Kiidd
W. Crrahbm Bell
E J. M. Thomas
T, N. Phillipson
H. M. MeField
William Rideri
T. H Caddy
Henry Scott
F. J. Bouofprd
Joseph Pryur
Charl,- Ro.n-.
W. IT. Har F-y


1906

1906
19u7
1907
19u8
1q09
1910
1911
1913
1914
1914


Wulte-r J. Gadsby
Tho'mas Pe 'r t
Pe'try Heyworlth
J. B. Brindley
B. Coburn Ke ll;
Th,'oplhilusi MiNail
R.T. Morrison. B. A
Benjatuin Chikkeu
H Donald Spentcer
S. H. G. Saunders
A. E. Harris
George Gitlord.


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