Imágenes de páginas

dead, I cannot relinquish the hope that the It is less numerous than the population of
testimony he has given for God, and his Sidon; but the people would probably be
truth, and which he has in effect sealed more favorable to our schools and books.
with his blood, will yet be heard and believ- Tripoli has some natural advantages. It
ed by many in this country, and be the is pleasanter as a summer residence, more
means of turning many to righteousness. abundant in good water, and nearer to the
This hope is greatly strengthened by the mountains, than Sidon. Mr. Farren, the
fact, that prayer has been made, almost British consul, has had thoughts of taking
without ceasing, by many Christians in up his residence there, in case he should not
America and elsewhere for this very object, be able to establish himself at Damascus
ever since his sufferings began. God is a thing which, to say the least, would be
faithful, and how can we doubt that he will very hazardous at present.
remember the prayers of his people, though
they be mixed with unbelief and sin. We Is Providence permit, it is expected that at
may have to wait with long patience, before least two missionaries will embark for Syria
we see the answers to our prayers and the

sometime during the next four or five months,
fruit of our labors. Nevertheless the gra-
cious promise cannot fail. in due season

who may probably occupy one or both of these we shall reap, if we faint not.

promising fields.

[ocr errors]

Openings for Missionaries at Sidon and


On this subject Mr. Whiting, under date of

November 9th, remarks

WHEN Mr. Goodell removed to Constantinople
There is no reason, so far as we know, to

it was with a view to devoting his altention prinprevent the establishment of a mission at Sidon; with prospects as hopeful as at Beyroot;cipally to the Armenian part of the population, with the exception, that, perhaps, we should for which he had qualified himself by the acquinot be able immediately to establish a school sition of a knowledge of their language. He there. The people are principally Catholics, also carried with him the New Testament and and they probably would not be allowed to send their children to our schools; also, it is religious tracts which he had translated with the

aid of Carabet and Worlabet, and which had very likely that we should meet more opposition than we do at Beyroot: but even

becn printed during his temporary residence at opposition might do a great deal of good, as

Malta. Under date of November 21, he gives it evidently has done in this country before, the following though of course we should not court it. Still we cannot but think there are some

Reasons for opening Schools first among encouraging circumstances at Sidon. Wor

the Greeks. tabet's intiuence and example have certainly done something, we trust not a little, You may perhaps wonder that I have towards removing the prejudices of the done so much comparatively for the Greeks, more observing and sensible people against and so little for the Armenians. The reathe

way which is called heresy. His sons are, first, That, in the various plagues prayers, too, we cannot but think, have in with which the country has been afflicted, I some instances been answered and his ef have by the overruling providence of God forts blessed to the conversion of souls. been brought inlo much more contact with The establishment of a mission family or the Greeks than with the Armenians: and two there would greatly strengthen his secondly, That, as regards Lancasterian hands, and give respectability to the cause schools, i had absolutely nothing to begin he advocates. Wore it not for his poverty, with among the Armenians-no lessons, no he tells me, be might even now have a great suitable books, no master; nor could I well deal of respectable company, which he can give them an idea of the system without a not at present invite to his house. He living model, such a model as these Greek thinks, though we must make some allow- schools do actually present. In an interance for the sanguineness of his disposition, view, which I had with the Armenian pathat an evangelical church would soon be triarch, soon after my arrival at Constantigathered at Sidon, if a missionary were nople, he spoke favorably of such schools, established there.

and wished us to take some Armenian 1

regret exceedingly that W.'s blindness priests or schoolmasters, and instruct them (for he is almost blind) prevents his keeping in the system. Those terrible dispensations a journal. I have no doubt he might have of heaven, which sron followed, interrupted written much during the past year or two

the plans we were maturing for their good, that would have been interesiing to the and for a season cut off, in a great measure, reader of missionary intelligence.

all intercourse with them. Indeed since Tripoli, also, might be occupied. The the burning of Pera, and the consequent population consists principally of Greeks. Il dispersion of its inhabitants, I have not seen


[ocr errors]

one of the Armenians with whom I had || there, can be obtained at a reasonable com-
previously formed an acquaintance. And pensation for this good work.
it was not till very recently, that I found

There are two things in regard to the
among them a teacher in whom I felt suf- schools which call for our especial grati-
ficient confidence to employ him, and whom tude.
I wished to instruct in and appoint over this First, Some evil minded persons having
business, This individual was no other carried an unfriendly report of them to the
than Boghus, of whom Mr. Smith has at

seraskiar pasha, he sent immediately to the different times made mention, as being the Greek patriarch for information as to their intelligent master of a large school at

nature and tendency; fearing, as we supSmyrna. He has since instructed at Brusa; posed, that some revolutionary measure and he is now here for the recovery of his might be connected with them. The pahealth, which from his over exertion, and triarch, who knew scarcely more of the his want of suitable support, was seriously subject than the seruskiar pasha himself

, impaired. He seems to be "of a ready referred him to one of the principal agents mind," and should it please God to

I have employed; or rather called for him, strengthen his body, he will, I trust, be a

and despatched him to the seraskiar to give valuable coadjutor in this good work.

the necessary explanations. The seraskiar One of the Papal Armenian youth, men received him kindly, and proposed that forty tioned in my journal, attends our Greek boys should, after having been perfected in school in this village, every day, in order to make himself master of the system; after he would have a room fitted up for them in

the system, be brought to his palace, where which he will open a school among his own sect, if their bigotry do not throw insupera- and the other officers of government would

a manner suited to their exercises, and he ble obstacles in the way. He is also assist

then be able to form some judgment of the ing in preparing school books in ArmenoTurkish.

new system. Some of the schools were

suspended, while the teachers assembled at In another letter of the same date Mr. Goodell selected for the purpose of this exhibition;

Constantinople were preparing the boys makes the following very encouraging remarks and were also translating some portions of respecting the

the Lancasterian system into Turkish, to be

read on the occasion, in order to assist in Number and Prospects of the Schools.

giving an idea of the philosophy and excel

lency of the system. When all was ready, In order to lose as little time as possible him to appoint a day for the examination,

and the agent waited on his excellency for in regard to schools, ļ commenced by searching out and securing schoolmasters, he said it had become unnecessary. He then at an early period, and by having them gave the agent full permission to go on and properly instructed in the Lancasterian sys

establish as many schools among the Chris. tem, and thus ready for active service, as tians, as he pleased; and said, that he would soon as the health and tranquillity of the some day call and see one or more of them city and villages should justify it. The in the houses appropriated to them. The schools now established among ihe Greeks impression which the agent received, wns, on the Lancasterian system are four, at the

that the seraskiar even wished to introduce following places, viz. Constantinople, Ta- the system among the Moslems, but that yola, Yeni-Keni, and Buyuk-Dere; and some of the more bigoted were not yet prethere is a prospect, that several others will pared for it. We had much anxiety for the immediately go into operation. To the

result of this notice from government, but school at Tavola I have not been under the we are now saved from all our fears; and necessity of affording any pecuniary assis- indeed we are confident that the whole has tance, and it is only small sums that I have been overruled for good. given to those at Yeni-Keni and Constanti The other'thing, for which we are spenople. In this village the Greeks are com cially bound to be thankful, is, that the paratively poor and few in number, and Greek patriarch has now, in a written they declared themselves able to do no instrument under his own hand and seal, more for a school than simply to provide the appointed this agent of mine, knowing him house. The master is a very meek and to be such, and to be entirely in my views, worthy man, and is disposed to teach the sole director and superintendent of all the best things; and with his school he con Lancasterian schools, which have already nects also a Sabbath school. I trust that been, or may hereafter be, established. In we shall soon have Sabbath schools in other


way, I have ready access to all such places; and who knows, but that at no dis- schools, as well as to those under my own tant period we shall have them also among more inmediate direction, and I hope I the Turks.

shall have grace to exert the influence thus Some of the people are desirous of female given me in the wisest and best manner. schools, and I have already written to More or less of the books, the prayers, Athens and other places to ascertain and the catechisms used in all these schools, whether suitable female teachers or assist are from our own and the other missionary ants, instructed in the missionary schools i presses at Malta,





[ocr errors][ocr errors]

I have been very anxious to have a large tions, we rejoice that we came when we
normal school among the numerous Greeks did. The churches will surely pray much
at Galata-a place very central and public, 1 for us.
and in other respects very important; and
where also many of the children are beg-

ging for a school. But on account of the
conflagrations at Pera and Constantinople,

and the consequent great influx of families
into Galata, a suitable house cannot be ob-
tained, except at an extravagant price. I at

(Continued from p. 18.)
first thought it would be best to wait, till
the people there should be willing to do Voyage from Athens to Samos.
more, or till the rent of houses should be
less; but it is so very desirable to have a The following extracts commence with a daie
school there, that I have just given direc- 11 immediately preceding Mr. King's embarkation
tions to my agent to engage a suitable house
for it, if one can be found. To this school, the laiest communications from him, when he

for Smyrna, where he remained till the date of when properly organized, I shall devote my principal attention, with the view of mak was on the eve of returning to Athens. The boat ing it the model for all others, and with the was bound to Samos. view also of having all the masters instructed there in the system, and thus pre

Sept. 11, 1831. Sabbath. In the mornpared to extend, under our direction, itsing, at Mr. Hill's request, I addressed the advantages.

scholars in his female school, on the subFor the establishment of Lancasterianject of the young man who came to Christ schools among the Armenians, I have re

and inquired what he should do to inherit cently made partial arrangements, which I eternal life. There were sixty or eighty hope soon to complete.

present, who appeared quite attentive. I For at least some of these schools, but then went to my own school, and expoundespecially for the one to be established at ed a part of the 7th chapter of Matthew. Galata, we wish much for globes, maps, an

This was to me truly a day of rejoicing. orrery, &c.; and we trust, that some friends

12. I was busily occupied nearly the of the cause in different parts of the coun

whole day in getting ready for my voyage try, to whom God has given the means,

to Sinyrna. At about sunset I left Athens, will have a heart to aid us in this respect! || and arrived at the Pyreus at eight or nine It would be very pleasant also to have some

o'clock, where we found Mr. Hill, who had trifling rewards to give the children of all

arrived about an hour before us, and had the schools, both boys and girls, on occa

taken a passage in the same boat with us sions of public annual or semi-annual ex to go to Smyrna. It had been our intenaminations; and if such rewards should tion to set sail immediately on our arrival come directly from associations of children

at the Pyreus; but as the wind was ahead and youth at school in America, they would and very strong, we did not sail till the be doubly interesting.

next morning.

13. At seven or eight o'clock, we sailed In another communication, one week later, boat, called a sacolera, manned with five or

from the Pyreus in a small vessel, or rather Mr. Goodell proceeds

six men, including the captain. The wind

was fair for Samos, but as the boat's papers I am happy to say that we have now ob were at Egina, we were obliged to go tained a house at Gálata for a school of the thither, and to beat against the wind nearly kind mentioned in my former letter. The the whole day. chief man at Therapia, (the next village 15. In the morning we were close by below Buyuk-Dere] 'has made application Syra. During the day we had but little for a school there, and has given orders that wind, and at night we were close by Tenos. a house be appropriated for it. Every In the evening, a little boy, a nephew of thing in regard to schools seems to be going the captain was called upon to amuse us by on better and better, and my intluence relating a tale something like the Arabian seems to be widening and strengthening || nights entertainments. every day. The schools, as might be ex 16. We had a calm most of the day. pected, are exciting a desire and creating a About five P. M. we spoke an Italian brig, market for the Holy Scriptures and relig: from Alexandria, bound to Constantinople! ious tracts. These angels have stroubled By her we were informed that the cholera the waters of the pool;" and I hope that all morbus was raging dreadfully in Egypt, the first ones who step in will be healed. and that Alexandria was almost deserted of I am glad that I am here to help some of its Frank inhabitants. Near sunset, we the poor “impotent folk” in, who would saw the isle of Patmos. In the evening we otherwise, I fear, lie "a long time” in their had a little breeze, which carried us along diseased state. indeed we evidently came

near the island called Nicaria. The even to Constantinople in the very right time; ing was pleasant, and the moon shone and notwithstanding our losses and priva- Il beautifully upon us. So I proposed to the VOL. XXVIII.


[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

to see us.

captain, that, instead of listening to his Returning to the sea-shore, we sat down
nephew, who was called upon to relate to by the side of the magazine and eat our
us another wonderful tale, I would endeavor dinner, and in the same place we spread
tu amuse the company by relating a story. our couch, and reposed for the night in the
So he called his men together, and I sat open air. Mr. Hill, however, preferred to
down with them and related to them the lodge in the boat, in which we came, and
history of Abraham, his call to leave his which was now hauled up on the beach.
country, his faith, his offering up his only The magazine smelt so badly of pitch and tar
gon Isaac, and then gave them the history || and fish, and was so full of musquitoes, that
of Isaac and Jacob till the arrival of the lai. we could not well spend the night in it.
ter in Egypt. All seemed interested in the 3. Sabbath. We arose at an early hour,
relation, and said that my story was better and after breakfast I opened a little box of
than the one they had heard the night New Testaments and tracts and school-

books, which I had brought with me, and 17. Early in the morning a little boat began to distribute among those who came come along side of us, and informed us that

In a little time many came, and there were pirates out near that place, and I continued distributing till some time in that they had taken several boats. I was

the afternoon. When I had distributed asleep when the boat came, but my wife, nearly all the books and tracts 1 had with on hearing of pirates, awoke me, and I saw ine, there came such crowds of men, the little boat, which had just left us, pul- women, and children, that I could scarcely ling for the sliore. It contained but iso

stand before them. Several asked for the men, and belonged to a sacoleva, which lay New Testament, of which I had only one at a little distance from us, further out at copy remaining, and that I wished to keep sea. My wife told me that they said they for the governor of the island. At length I bad taken all the money they had on board announced to the multitude that I had no the sacoleva, and were going on shore, for' more books to give. Some of them, howfear of the pirau's. After having rowed ai ever, seemed loth to believe me, and when little distance towards the land, they tuned at last we went on board a boat, which we about and rowed towards us; and as I ob- 1 found going to Scala Nuova, nine boys tolserved, that the sacoleva, on the other lowed us to the shore, and at length one of side, was also rowing towards us, I began them plunged into the water and swam off to il nk that possibly they might be to us, three or four rods distant, and clingpirates, and that the little bat had been ing to the side of the boat, begged for sent out to reconnoitre us. They, however, books. After remaining some time, and mct not far froin us, and then rowed on repeatedly asking us for books, he swam together towards the land, and it was evi

back to his companions, who had been dent that they were afraid.

standing and calling to him to encourage In the afternoon we arrived safely at him, and telling him that we had still more Carlovasi, in the island of Samos, where

books. we were informed that a long boat, called a tratta, with two other small boats, manned The company proceeded to Bathee, [Badi,) by Maniots, were off Nicaria, to the south and called on Mr. Stammatiades, the father of a of it, and had taken six or seven Samian Greek young man of that name, now in this boats. At Carlovasi the captain furnished

country. us with a magazine, where we stewed all our baggage; and not finding any boat to sail that afternoon for Scult Vuova, to set sail, and having a fine breeze, we were

Sept. 19. We arose at an early hour and which place we wished to proceed, we were wafted to Scalı Nuova by two or three obliged to remain at Carlovası during the o'clock in the afternoon. Scala Nuova is

called by the inhabitants Kousidisi. It is After having placed our baggage in the about thirty miles distant from Bathee, and magazine and made arrangements for Bathee is about twelve miles from Carlopreparing some food for dinner, we walked vasi. The view, on entering or leaving the up to the village of Carlovasi, about a mile harbor of Bathee is very fine. The houses from the shore. The place appeared to me in the town are excellent, and every where beautiful, and I almost regretted that I had is an appearance of neatness. not gone there to reside two years ago, in ann able to judge from what I saw, I should stead of going to Tenus. The streets were say that Samos is by far the finest island I clean, the houses very good, and the people have seen in this region. seemed inclined to show us attention as strangers. While there we visited the

Journey to Ephesus. teacher of the Hellenic school, who informed us that he had one hundred and fifty At Kousadisi, or Scala Nuova, scholars, almost entirely destitute of books. invited to take lodgings at the French.con: There is no school of mutual instruction in sul's, where we the place. In the vicinity are several vil- politely entertained during the night

were very kindly and lages, as near as I could learn, almost desti- ) Through this gentleman we made arranger tute of instruction.

ments for pursuing our journey the next


So far as I

we were

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]






[ocr errors]

day, and engaged horses to go to Smyrna furniture. Their beds are a mat and tapa; by way of Ephesus, for thirty piastres cach. and in the place where they sit, and eat, We were also to have a Turkish soldier and lounge by day, there they repose at with two servants to accompany us as a night. In order to excite the desire of imguard. The horses were to be ready at provement among such a people, a proper daylight, so that we might go to Ephesus, example must be placed before them, and remain a little time there to see the ruins, when the desire is excited, they must be and proceed from thence a part of the way taught how to work. Many of them have to Smyrna the same day.

learned the use of tools by seeing foreigners 20. Our horses were not brought till late use them; and their own native ingenuity in the morning, and at about half past nine has enabled them to make many useful ar. o'clock we were ready to set out on our ticles, when the pattern is before them. In journey. We proceeded in a northerly di- this manner, doors, chairs, chests, tables, rection over a hilly region near the sea bedsteads, and cupboards have been made shore, occasionally travelling upon the by them to some extent. The braiding and beach, and in two hours and a quarter, we sewing of hats and bonnets from the cocoacame to the mouth of the river Cayster; /' nut and palm-leaf, and the cutting and makthen turned east, and in one hour and threeing of garments have been more extensively quarters came to Ephesus, now called taught by our female helpers, and have Aveasoolook, where we stopped at a miser- already come into general use.

Those emable coffee-house, near which are two or ployed in our families have been taught to three miserable dwellings, which may be work, to wash and iron clothes, and to percalled modern Ephesus.

form all the branches of domestic labor, [To be continued.)

according to the sides of civilized life.

Nor has the knowledge of the means of

improvement been confined to those taught Sandwich Eslands.

by us, for these have in their turn taught others; so that in many families there is

now an air of neatness and comfort to which AND BISHOP, DATED they were once entire strangers. Whatever AT KAILUA, DEC. 25, 1830.

they see about our pers ns,ir in our houses,

that it is in their power to imitate, they Influence of the Mission on the Domestic endeavor to make for themsclves; and Habits and Character of the People,

though the first attempt at imitation is com.

limonly a rude one, they usually persevere Tue paragraphs which follow afford a very 'till they accomplish it, with that good sense good representation of the legitimate influence of which is not too proud to acknowledge the missionary exertions upon the domestic habits superiority of civilization over rude barand the secular affairs of a rude and heathen barisin. This people need only the exam.

ple, the motive, and the meins properly bepeople.

fue then, and they will rapidly overcome

their idle and slu yg sh hilits, and become The peculiar situation of a mission family in the midst of an uncultivated people has

a virtuous and industrious people. always rendered it necessary to devote a large portion of time to procure the daily, Dificulty of giving the Pe ple clear Views necessaries conducive to their comfort; and

of Religious Truth. we have always justified ourselves in so doing, by setting it as an example of indus In the department of missionary labor we try, and a motive to improvement in the have little that is new to communicate. A people whom we came to teach. It is not highly gratifying attention to our preaching easy to describe the extreine simplicity ex and instructions still continues, and inspireg hibited by this people in their manner of the confidence that our labors for the cause living, or their total ignorance concerning of Christ are not in vain. We continue to the arts of domestic life in use among civil

. receive daily a number of inquirers into nur ized nations. With the mass of the inhabi- ! houses, hear them talk of their sins, their tants it is literally a round of indolence, fears, their sorrows and joys. If they apwith barely sufficient labor to keep them pear penitent and desirous of seeking in from starvation, or to collect and eat the earnest after mercy, we encourage them to spontaneous productions of the earth, when persevere unto the end as they have begun, the fruits of cultivation fail. Their houses and point out to them the dangers and are mere hovels, without apartments, and temptations to which they are most exposed with only one low door for entrance. Their and how to guard against them. If they do furniture consists of a few calabashes for nut appear to f el as deeply as they ought food and water. In the middle of the house their sinfulness, we endeavor to deepen is a hole dug in the ground in which they their convictions, press upon them the bake their provisions with hot stones, alter necessity of repentance, and impart to them, which they pound their food with a smooth and to all who visit us for religious instruc! stone upon a board scooped out for the pur- tion, such advice and directions as are suitpose. These constitute the whole of their lied to their several casts. There are, prova

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »