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Sisters all by surprise, as they knew nothing of my intention to visit and make remarks on the state of their households, therefore they made no preparations whatever, and I found them as they were. By the time I went around to all the houses, they got wind of what I was doing, and I observed some immediately set to work in cleaning their houses. The object of my going around and making remarks, was to stir the Indian sisters in cleanliness and in industry. The brothers on this Island have also improved in the arts of civilized life to a considerable degree, and much to the credit of the Grape Island Mission. Most of the men handle the axe equal to any white man, and some are becoming acquainted with the use of joiners' tools, &c. The Indians on this Island have every advantage for improvement, as this Mission is the general depository of all the donations for the Indian Missions, and all the other stations in general receive their supplies from this place.
Saturday 4th. — Engaged part of the day in writing, and part in assisting sister Barnes in preparing boxes of clothing to be forwarded to York by the steamboats. I was much under the weather and felt as if my time here was running to waste.
Sunday 5th. — In the morning the Indian brethren had their prayer meeting. At 9 o'clock, Sabbath school; public service at 11. Brother Case preached from Romans xii. 10, 11. When he got through, I gave the substance of the discourse to the Indian brethren. About 1 o'clock, p. m., the brethren assembled for an enquiry meeting. At half past 3 p. m., we again met for public worship. I took this opportunity to explain to the Indian friends the rise and progress of Methodism, and the general rules of the United Societies. The Brethren paid groat attention and appeared to be highly delighted to hear of the labours of the Rev. John Wesley, Foun-