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dear land, and filling us with hopes as to the well employed; four meetings leave our people future, enables us to go on our way rejoicing. little time for worldly conversation, and tend Early on Sunday mornings our people meet to improve them in knowledge. During the for prayer, immediately after which we have week we have two prayer meetings, one on morning service. Again at one o'clock I hold Monday evenings, and the other on Satur. an inquirers' meeting in the form of a bible days, besides a regular preaching on Wednes. class : at the same time Mrs. Smith has the days, and the remaining evenings our people females' prayer meeting, and in the evening attend family prayer in the chapel. we have service again: thus our sabbaths are
From two letters from Mr. PARRY we extract the following particulars :June 29th, 1848.-I returned home last man, upwards of ninety years old; be seems week after an absence of upwards of three to be a simple and happy believer. The weeks. I visited Bákuspul, Sátberiyá, in other is the wife of one of the members, and both which places native Christians reside, formerly belonged to Diguliya. I and Káliand Kesabpur. You will rejoice with me mohan have been preaching in the market of that I had the satisfaction of baptizing five Phultalá, which is situated at some distance converts at Sátberiya. During my stay of from this place. We also visited Nihálpur, nearly ten days, two or three Mohammedans Sulpur, and Khálispur, which is occasionally expressed a desire to embrace Christianity. visited by Kálimohan. I am happy to say I hope and pray that ere long we shall be that he labours diligently, and that the heathens encouraged greatly in our work, by being in these parts listen with attention to the blessed with an abundant success towards the gospel. Yesterday, at the inarket of Sulpur, sopih. Pray for us that we may have the our auditors from first to last were attentive, influences of the Holy Spirit.
and no one offered any objection. One of my Khalispur, 27th August, 1848. Instead of auditors remarked that some one ought to going to Sátberiyá, as I intended, I had occa. dispute with me, but another replied, “ What sion to visit this quarter, and I am happy to can we say against such just words as we are say that to the church in this place two mem- hearing ?" He seemed to approve of my inbers have been added, who were baptized the structions, and listened with great attention to sabbath before last. One of them is an aged them for soine time.
In a letter from Mr. SMYLIE, dated the 1st of June, he says :Generally speaking there has been a great ruin. I will however teach any Hindu sameness between the labours of the past and shástra or the Qurán, or any other book, but former month. The work at home in the not these.” The schoolmaster requested him mission house on the Lord's day and week to look over one of the books, and point out pights has been as formerly; the bazar has what he found untruthful; this he would not been daily attended, and we have had nightly do. They know not whether the books are worship, while the school has had the fore-part good or bad, yet condemn them. of every day. Twenty or thirty boys were withdrawn from the school, whose places are
Hopeful appearances. again filled up. A gentleman in this station, A very promising youth from Rangpur on learning something of the state of our threw off caste and joined us some months school, sent me ten rupees, with a promise of ago ; during last month his brother came over support for another school, as soon as another to this zilla, and while residing in the bazar sirkár could be found to undertake the duties. met with the youth, Cuddoo, who has joined Numbers bave offered their services, but after us. His brother used every argument he attending once or twice at the school, seeing could contrive to prevail on him to return the duties to be performed, the books to be home with him, but in vain. Having failed taught, and the pay offered," have refused to persuade Cuddoo to leave this, he left to engage. One such attended to-day, a without him. A few evenings 'after the broMusalman, when he had seen what was to be ther's departure Cuddoo was missing, and we done, very plainly said, “No; to teach the have not been able to learn what
has become faith and books of the Kafir, would be my of him. For some nights previous to his
being missed, he spent a great part of each in I asked him, if any one should bring an order reading and praying, from which I entertained purporting to be from the magistrate to put a hope he would become useful, but how him in gaol, yet without the seal of the court, vain! At present the school munsbi con- which every one knows must be at the head tinues to read the scriptures with me; when of every such order, would he obey? "Cerany one of the Hindus or Musalmans speak tainly not,” was his reply; "Well, your Mu. against the word of God he always takes the hammad and Qurán have no seal, why obey side of Christianity, and fails not to refute them ?". I then showed him what seals were them. The other day a bold but ignorant attached to the word of God, and to our fakir came into the school, and sat down at Lord; the munshi called out with much joy, my side, and began to declare that there was “ The Qurán has no seal.” no salvation but in believing on Muhammad.
A further letter has been received from Mr. Smylie, dated the 22nd of September, in which he details an excursion he had made, visiting various indigo plantations and preaching to the people, being in each case cordially received by the proprietor, and forwarded by him on his elephant to the next plantation, and ultimately to his home; and lest our friends should fear that the humble missionary has been thereby so much exalted as to be unfitted for common life, we extract one line, “ Elephant travelling is almost as bad as travelling on foot; the roll and jolt of the great beast are very tiresome.” He adds,
Some of the natives allow that they are be- I and read them, for he said, " They are good, ginning, to comprehend something of the and they will prevail.” We want the Holy gospel, but millions have not even heard of it Spirit, without him we are perfectly poweras yet. An old, respectable brahman who less; what is all we can do of ourselves for stood looking and listening the other day, the millions of India ? advised the young people to take the books
He then gives an account of the Lesschas, a tribe who inhabit the hills in and near Darjeeling, one of the government Sanitoriums, eighty or ninety miles from Dinajpur. He says,
As far as I have seen, they appear a simple, they know nothing, as far as I have been able rude people. As their hills produce carda- to learn. Some of them say they have a mons and other medicinal plants, they come saviour who died for them, but not to atone down to Dinajpur at certain periods to dispose for their sins, nor to sanctify their souls. of the fruits of their mountains, I have, there. They are a fine, stout-made people, and in no fore, had many opportunities of seeing them. wise resemble those of the plain. They are Though more than one devoted missionary much fairer, and their features resemble those has long laboured among them, they have not of the Chinese, but their eyes are not so small. As yet been cheered with one convert. Their They are not encumbered with caste like the language is mixed with the Tibetan, and the Hindu and Mussalman. I invited some of priests who wander among them came from them to take food at our house. An old man, that country. The priests carry with them a who appeared to be the chief, sat down, thing like an umbrella, with a cloth over it; mumbled something, and began to sprinkle on the shaft is a small round board, and on the rice in the air about and over his head, at this board stand the little gods, but the people the same time blowing with his mouth. Each do not appear to be very zealous either for has a short dirk, eighteen inches long, which priests or gods. They have one goddess of is ever at his side ; this is their plough, their whom they talk, and whom they extol much; every thing; with it they cut down trees, her name is Rampunday. They say that á make their houses, and do all their work. man has eight souls, but a woman only seven; When the harvest comes round, the neighthat when a man dies a small spark of one of bours and friends of a family assist, and the his souls remains, and from that all the others crop belonging to that family is reaped in one will be kindled at the resurrection, How this day, and brought home. The night of the spark, remains alive they cannot tell, but kim, or harvest home, is spent in great mirth, they believe it remains somehow, and that drinking home-made beer, which is kept, not all will rekindle again just like so many in bottles, for they have none, or ever heard candles. They believe that when the flood of such things, but in bamboos of a prodi. took place, one little spot was left uncovered gious size, so that a single joint will' hold by the water, and that on this spot man took more than a gallon. The people are seated refuge, and was saved. Of the ark and Noah round on the ground, each with a long tube or reed, by which they suck at pleasure, and contend with, conversion has not been heard talk or sing according as it may be.
of. They cast in the seed, but cannot produce Here, though missionaries have no caste to one drop of rain or even dew.
The following detail of the state of things at this station is contained in a letter from Mr. Smitul, dated the 4th of November :
It is now more than four months since I pearanceumong them, and especially the despatched my last letter to you, in which I curiosity excited by our addressing them on mentioned our having been favoured with a religious subjects, has long since, in a great small increase to our church of three persons, measure, passed away, we are still often heard by baptism. Since then, I regret to say that with a pleasing degree of serious attention by we have not been increased, but rather di- considerable numbers, who are desirous, as minished, by the death of one member and much as ever, of obtaining our books, which the exclusion of two others one of whom was are doubtless perused to some extent, though long employed as a preacher of the gospel; far less than is desirable, there being, with so that in regard to numerical strength, we rare exceptions, no apparent intention on their have not advanced since last year, though I part, either on hearing us, or in reading our sincerely trust, through the blessing of God publications, to embrace the gospel of their on our feeble efforts, to promote our spiritual salvation. improvement, some progress has been made in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord
Gratifying state of the schools. and Saviour Jesus Christ an object so de- The annual examination of our schools, sirable in itself, but hitherto so little realized which took place lately, presented, as usual, a amongst us. The peace of the church, thanks gratifying spectacle to all who were present be to God, has not been disturbed this year, on the occasion, and especially to our much and, we hope in God, will not be so again, respected Judge, F. Cardew, Esq., who takes though experience has taught us the necessity a lively interest in them, and who is one of of continual watchfulness and prayer to God, our best subscribers. Along with the imparthat we may be enabled to resist steadfastly tation of elementary tuition, instructors, gram. in the faith the great enemy of our souls, lest mars, geographies, histories, introductions of we should be tempted again to dishonour that science, and the bible and other religious sacred name by which we are called, to injure books, are read and studied in them, so that our own souls, and to impede instead of pro- the scholars generally, and especially those moting the salvation of our fellow men. who remain till the completion of their educa
It may appear to some not a little surprising tion, must carry away with them a valuable that our number now is not much greater fund both of secular and religious knowledge, than it was some years ago ; this discouraging that cannot fail to be highly useful to them in fact, however, is not so much to be accounted after life, and may, we may not unreasonably for by the few additions that have been made hope, through the blessing of God, dispose at to the church during that period, nor by the least some of them to embrace the Christian exclusions that have also taken place from its religion, to which many are already favourcommunion, most of whom having been again ably disposed. restored, but chiefly to the dismissions to other churches that have occurred to a very con
Aid of Auxiliary Society. siderable extent, owing to the great difficulty It is now about three years since the formaof obtaining employment here beyond a very tion of our auxiliary society, which, though limited number. It is gratifying to reflect, feeble from its cominencement, has hitherto however, that those who have left us for other been upheld by the good hand of God, and stations, have been generally usefully employed we hope, through his continued aid, will not in the cause of God, being esteemed on ac- only be supported, but acquire increase of count of their intelligence and steady Christian strength with increase of age. Our Orphan deportment.
School, native preachers, and poor, have been
maintained by it, aided by the monthly colLabours among the heathen,
lections at the ordinance of the Lord's supper; Since the commencement of the hot weather and though the Parent Society may vot from and during the subsequent rains, which have it derive much efficient nid, we trust notwithjust closed, our labours among the heathen standing that that aid, however litile, will not have been chiefly confined to the bazar of this by unacceptable. Our funds being nearly place, and neighbouring villages and markets exhausted, I was lately under the necessity of around, and although the novelty of our ap. I applying to the public for further support, who have responded to the call beyond my We entreat your prayers that a more expectations, so that we are again provided abundant blessing thân hitherto may be for by a kind Providence for at least one year vouchsafed to this and to all our stations, nay
Our subscriptions are chiefly from the to every part of God's vineyard, that the members of our church, and donations from heathen may be speedily given to his Son for others. The amount of both will be found in his inheritance, and the uttermost part of the tabular statement enclosed in this letter. earth for his possession.
From the Calcutta Oriental Baptist we extract the following gratifying information of additions to some of the churches.
A lady, formerly connected with the Church of England, was baptized on a profession of faith in Christ on the last sabbath in September, and on the following Babbath received to the communion of the church.
KALINGA. Three converted natives were baptized by the Rev. J. WENGER, and added to the church under his care, on the first Lord's day in October.
AGRA. Two Europeans 'publicly professed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by baptism on the 1st of October.
CHITAURA, NEAR AGRA.
An African'female was baptized on the 14th of August, and one aged Hindu con vert followed her example on the first sabbath in October.
CUTTACK. Four young men were baptized at Chugar on the 27th of August, on the 3rd of September a female convert was immersed on a profession of her faith in Christ at Cuttack, and two young men made a similar avowal of their love to Christ on the first day in October.
In September Mr. Parry had the pleasure of immersing three believers, two of whom were young females belonging to Mrs. Parry's school.
In the Herald for October last reference was made to the serious illness of Mr. Davies, which had compelled him to leave his station, and it was stated that
FOR FEBRUARY, 1849.
121 he was about to avail himself of the kindness of the Queen's Advocate, Mr. Selby, who had offered him the free use of his cottage at Newera Ellia, the highest and coldest district in the island. In a letter dated Newera Ellia, 13th November, we have the gratifying intelligence,
My health is gradually improving, and we In consequence of the great difficulty in obpurpose leaving this place for Colombo about taining accommodation here, had it not been the end of the next month. We have been for Mr. Selby's kindness we should have had accommodated here by the kindness of the to pay, in all probability, not less than £50 Hon. H. C. Selby, Queen's Advocate, free of for the time we have been here. In addition rent. I inclose his note to me, not only to to this, Mr. Selby has given £5 to the mission show our personal obligations, but to acquaint this year, and Mrs. Selby supports a girl in you with the saving it has been to the Society. Mrs. Davies's school.
We cannot deny ourselves the pleasure of inserting an extract from Mr. Selby's letter. It is highly honourable to himself, and not less so to our missionary, showing the estimation in which he is held by one whose good opinion is worth possessing. The letter is dated Colombo, 17th September.
We were very glad to bear of the improve that your residence under my roof has prement of your health, and trust that a further vented the necessity of your departure from the residence at Newera Ellia will permanently island, for “ the harvest truly is great and the restore it. It affords me much pleasure to labourers are few.” I hope you will not have it in my power to give you the occupa- refuse me this gratification. 'I trust you find tion of the cottage during the period of your things tolerably comfortable. Mrs. Selby proposed stay at Newera Ellia, and it will be joins me in kind regards to Mrs. Davies. quite a sufficient recompence to me to know
Mr. Allen, in a letter received from him, dated Nov. 14, 1848, gives a pleasing account of the stations with which he is immediately connected.
Since my return from Colombo things have allowed to go amongst them in the barracks ; assumed a more cheerful aspect. I preach in so I meet them in the chapel on Wednesday the morning and afternoon to the Singhalese, evening. I hope before long to tell you of and in the evening to English, and others who some putting on Christ. The truth is evi. understand it. There has certainly been an dently at work, and I assure you it is cheering Awakening amongst all. The congregations, to one in this land of apathy and indifference. especially the native, are larger than I have On the whole it appears to me that the claims ever seen them. The chapel is filled to the Kandy has to importance are rather on the extent of its seats. There seems to be a spirit increase than otherwise. A larger sphere of of bearing, and in the Eaglish congregation labour might be found, but something surely there is evidently an awakening, especially may be done here. Indeed, I can find plenty amongst the soldiers who attend. Many have to do. All that is wanted is the outpouring been to me of late expressing their anxiety of the Spirit, without which nothing will be about salvation, and have asked me to meet effectual." them privately for instruction. I am not
Matelle is likely to become a more impor. In consequence of the court, more people tant place than it has been. The rebellion will resort to Matelle as residents, and there has injured us, but still I hope good will come is probability of a better congregation. It out of it. Thomas Garnier lost about £150, is perhaps one of the best locations for a and the chapel £15 or £20. He is gone back missionary to the Kandians, being surrounded again. I was there last week. The people with villages and more densely populated are more tractable. A district court is esta. than other districts about Kandy. blished there. It is now a military station.