to Rama —Three years' residence at this place.
.six years of missionary work at Garden River,
father was appointed by Conference to Rama, an old
mission, one that had been very much run down by the
dereliction to duty of its former incumbent Here
there was not the paganism and crudeness of the
previous mission to contend with, but there were as
great difficulties in the way of the missionary;
these consisting in the fact that very many of the
people had backslidden, that very many of the
surrounding whites were irreligious and intemperate,
and that the facilities for obtaining the
intoxicating liquors were more abundant.
missionary went to work to face these evils. Not
only was his own mission very much quickened and
strengthened, very many of the Indians being
reclaimed, and a strong temperance sentiment
cultivated ; but also work among the whites was
engaged in by him, resulting, during his three
years' term at this mission, in the establishing of
two large circuits.
the meanwhile the Church began to appreciate him as
a missionary advocate, and during the winter months
they called him out into the large centres to plead
before immense congregations the cause which lay so
near to his own heart. At the end of his term at
Rama, in the June of 18ti0, to his great surprise,
the Conference appointed him to Rossville, Norway
House, in the Hudson Bay Territory, and also making
him Chairman of the Missions in that distant land.