May God bless my feeble endeavours to His own glory! Rode to Darlington in the afternoon, and heard the Rev. J. Wilson preach from Prov. xxviii. 13. I endeavoured to exhort after him. Mr. Wilson and I slept at Mr. Cryderman's. Felt much revived in spirit this day.
Monday 7th. — Rode from Mr. Cryderman's to Mr. McCarty's in Cobourg, where I remained for the night. On my way I called for a few minutes on Mr. Smith, the Indian trader, to enquire about the Indians. He informed me that they were encamped at Rice Lake, near Captain Anderson's; that they were all steady and drank no more whisky; were very strict in keeping the Sabbath day, and were preaching and praying everywhere. Mr. S. seemed much delighted with the conduct of these Indians.
Tuesday 8th.— Left Mr. McCarty's for Mr. Williams', at Rice Lake, where I was wind-bound all day, the Indians being encamped on the opposite shore of the Lake. Passed through hard struggles of mind this day.
Wednesday 9th. — Crossed Rice Lake this morning for Capt. Anderson's, where I saw a few Indian women and some boys. Conversed with Mr. Anderson about the affairs of the Indians; he appeared much interested for their welfare. Got two Indian lads with a birch canoe to take me where the Indian camps were, about three miles down the lake. On landing, the women, children, and few men at home, hastened to the shore and welcomed my arrival by shaking hands, some weeping and some shouting. As most of the men were off hunting about the lake, the next consideration was how to get them home. They said that by firing guns one after the other they would return, if within hearing; so three men began and fired about twenty. In an hour's time all returned. They appeared very glad to see me. I immediately collected them for Divine worship, and gave them some general instructions on the plan of redemption