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glory of this happy child. Faithful and numerous are their promises, that they will visit them again on the day when his ears are to be graced with the ponderous rings, and when the barber is, for the first time, to perform his important function. And so sure as they are in the land of the living, will they go to the same place, and talk over all the events to that period of the young man's life. They have, however, another romise to make; they will be with him on his ridal day; they will then come to celebrate his o Absent on such a day! they will never so ungrateful as that! When that period has arrived, again these squalid and clamorous ests hi: their appearance. “Bridegroom, ive for ever, May your strength never, wither May your bride be like Lechimy!" May she bear you numerous sons!” A person would sup|. they had now done with their benefactor: t not so; they have another wretched hope; they may live till the time when his bones shall be carried to the place of burning; and on the eighth day after that event takes place, they may be found again in groups around the same door. And as long as there is a wife, a son, a daughter, or a friend, to perform the annual rites to the manes of the deceased, will they yearly resort to the same place. In soliciting charity, or on receiving it, their sayings are so numerous, it is impossible to give more than a few of them. “Charity, charity, O charity, my bowels are withered, they burn, my life flies! O king of the palanquin, for the belly there is nothing! My numerous years say to you, ‘I shall not come here many more times.’ My eyes are dim; my teeth are gone; and my limbs tremble. O, y lord, let me sec the light of your countenance! A blind man, a blind man, is at your door. A child without a father-f Q relieve my wants, and great will be your so. licity. The virgin charity, the virgin charity! My children are dying * want of food; only place your hands upon their heads, and you will §. though you give them ever so little, it will be seen again in your own family. Will you not preserve my life? O father, I have come under your roof. God is indeed the greatest, but you are the next. I am so weak, # cannot return to my hut: food, food: let me sleep beneath your shade. A widow, a widow, my thali is torn off| My husband has fallen; but I must bear another child. Give me a little rice water: the people have all turned me from their doors; but, ah! you will not do so. Delay not, for that will take away the reward. Charity is of itself a victory. Is a good spring made less by taking away the water? The more you give the more you will have. O lady, Q mother, if you relieve my wants, your thali will ever remain. May the feet and hands of your husband be ever kept from evil. May you have a male chill. O queen, let me see your lotus-like face. If you turn me away, whither shall I go? Give me a piece of old cloth, and I will praise you in every place; yes, your name shall spread abroad, and great will be your fame. O man of the great family, Q the amiable gentleman, give to the or: phan: what profit is there in giving to others? Give to the orphan. Look at one of the most miserable. ere are my fields, my house, my children, and my wise? They are gone, and

* The beautiful wife of Vishnoo. f Many children never know their fathers. The Kanneyatharam, which consists in giving a *::::: . . a poor virgin. ) * marriage jewel, (equivalent to the ring which is takenoriter the husband's death.”

am left alome. I never go to the low castes to ask for charity: I would no even drink of their water. No; no. I am of high descent, and therefore come to four door. Give me a little of the rice which you give to the dogs, or that which has been left upon your plate. My lord, I went to the house of the great one, but he filled my hand with the burnt rice of the chattee. Yes: terday only my thirst was queuched, and last night I ate nothing. When you die, my lord, charities only will accompany you.” When several beggars are together, they begin to praise the person whose liberality they wish to excite, in such a way as he can bear; or they begin to abuse those whom they know to be his enemies. “Why did that Pariar"try to injure this excellent gentleman? Is not our lord of a great family Well did I know his father; what an age did he live to sce!” “Yes, yes,” says another, “that was his charity; and flow much the son resembles him! only let him follow the same course, and he will attain the same number of years. How great is his learning, and his gait is like the stately swan. What a disposition! Ah, he is the man for the multitude. He is the chief man amongst the noble, the generous prime minister, the finest gold, the ruby in his birth, the bearer of the symbol of the plough, and the king of the vellalahs. Like unto him there will never be another. May he ever be sixteen years of age.” Sir, we must cat of your rice this day.” Should they succeed, they will, when the meal is finished, put their hands on their bodies, and say, “May your belly always be refreshed as mine has now been.” Ö. the first day of the Tamul new year, “Sir, I came here last year, and how many have been your blessings! How fortunate for myself, that you had all this prosperity! Some beggars carry nothin but ill-fortune wherever they go; but see what bring. This will be the best year you have ever seen. I must see you again the next year, and then I will remind you of these things.” The religious mendicants feel no pleasure in seeing those of the other fraternity come to the same place for relief; and sometimes they deal out to them a most plentiful share of abuse. “Why has that fellow a hunch back? What is the cause of that elephant leg? From what did that leprosy proceed? Why has that woman eaten her husband?? Have not all these things come upon them through the sins of a former birth? Such wretches therefore ought not to be relieved.” Should the dispenser of charity not relieve them, or dole out a very scanty supply, they will immediately vent their imprecations on his head: “That low fellow shows what he sprang from. The ignoble slave will not even give the husks of his grain. The upstart must carry his umbrella at midnight.t e low caste wished us to ask for the night charity. He will soon be ruined.” And just as they are going away they will ask with a sneer, “What, is there not rice for the mouth of the corpse?")

* In allusion to a youth, who, by virtue of his offering to Sivan, always retained the age of sixteen years. f widows are said to have eaten their husbands. t He is not nice to defend himself from the sun when o is lo. to o him. This is the lowest of all, as the al. what has o: y y must then § In allusion to the custom of putting ri mouth of a person after death. | is o: o: also that there will be none for the mouth of the individual after his death; so great will be his poverty.

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According to the appointment of a wise and sovereign Providence, the Board is again called to mourn the death of its Corresponding Secretary. The Rev. ELIAS CORNELIUS, D. D. died at Hartford, Connecticut, on the twelfth of February, in the thirtyninth year of his age. After the most diligent and prayerful consideration of the subject, attended with much anxiety lest he should mistake the path of duty, Dr. Cornelius decided, early in December, to accept the office to which he was appointed at the last annual meeting of the Board, and early in the following month he arrived in Boston, to enter upon the duties of it. His health was not then good. While in Boston his mind was much occupied in making arrangements with his associates for conducting the labors at the Missionary Rooms, and by various plans and measures adapted to give increased efficiency and extent to the operations of the Board, with other cares incident to the commencement of a new course of duties. Besides these, he was almost daily engaged in preaching or making addresses on missions in Boston and the vicinity, and preparing for an agency of four or five months, which he contemplated in the Middle States. During this time he often spoke of being ill. He left Boston on Saturday, the fourth of February. On Monday he arrived at Hartford, quite exhausted and in much pain. He, however, attended the Monthly Concert for Prayer, according to a previous appointment, and addressed the audience, which was the last of his public labors. He was immediately confined to his bed; and notwithstanding all that medical skill and the kindest attentions of friends could effect, his disease, an inflammation on the brain, hastened rapidly to its fatal termination, and his soul took its departure on the following Sabbath morning. During his sickness he was exercised with much pain, and at intervals, during the last twenty-four hours of his life, his mind was affected. The pain he bore with exemplary patience, and resting firmly in Christ and his atonement, he spoke of his death, and met it when it arrived, with perfect composure. The funeral of Dr. Cornelius was attended at Hartford, Feb. 15th. An appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Hawes, from John xvii. 24.

At a meeting of the Prudential Committee, held on Monday, the 20th of February, the following minute was ordered to be entered on their records; which, although it has not been customary in similar cases heretofore, it is thought expedient to publish.

It * pleased the wise and sovereign Disposer of events to remove from his earthly labors the Rev. Dr. Cornelius, a member of this Committee, and Corresponding Secretary of the Board, who died at Hartford, Connecticut, on the 12th instant,

Resolved, That the Committee desire to be solemnly affected by the repeated strokes of God's afflictive providence, with which they have been visited during the past year, and o to notice with humility and submission the recent death of the Rev. Elias Cornelius, ix. D., lately a member of this Committee, and of Secretary of the Board; who, immediately after entering on the duties of his office, has been suddenly removed, in the vigor of life and in the height of his usefulness; and while the Committee mourn their own personal loss, and the loss which the Board and the cause of Christian benevolence so have sustained by this event, they w acknowledge with unseigned gratitude to God, the piety, the unwearied zeal and public spirit the enlarged views, the sound judgment, the industry, the amiable and affectionate disposition, an other qualifications for his office, possessed by their late beloved associate and brother, by which he secured universally the confidence and affection of the Christian community, was highly successful in labors in behalf of the Board and other benevolent institutions, and promised eminent and continued usefulness to the missionary cause.

Resolved, That the Committee affectionately tender their condolence to the bereaved widow and family of the late beloved Corresponding Secretary, and pray that this heavy affliction may |. mote their spiritual good, and that the consolations of the gospel, which abounded to him in his life, o sustained him in death, may be their comfort and support under this and every other earthly trial. o

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1832.

Donation FROM THE AMERICAN BIBLE soci ETY. A REsolution adopted at the last annual meeting of the Board was inserted on p. 363 of the last volume, instructing the Prudential Committee, to make a respectful application to the American Bible Society for aid in printing the holy scriptures and parts thereof in Greece, Bombay, Ceylon, and the Sandwich Islands. The application was made, accompanied with a statement of the amount of aid which was desired and could be advantageously employed during the ensuing year. At a meeting of the managers of the Society Nov. 10 the following resolution was adopted— Resolved, That, relying on the continuance of the divine favor to this institution, and on adequate means being furnished for the purpose by auxiliaries and friends, in addition to our ordinary operations, the managers will endeavor to render in the course of the year the aid requested by the Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions; viz. The sum of five thousand dollars to be em#. red by the mission at Bombay in printing the oly Scriptures in the Mahratta language; and the further sum of five thousand dollars to be employed ino: an edition of twenty thousand copies of the New Testament in the native language of the Sandwich Islands, either by the missionaries there, or at our press, as on future consultation may be deemed expedient. It is also understood that the Board of Managers, at the same meeting resolved to appropriate five thousand dollars for printing the Scriptures in Burmese, under the direction of the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions; and also to print themselves an edition of 30,000 of the Modern Greek Testament. The New Jersey Bible Society have offered to furnish the funds requisite for printing the New Testament in the Hawaiian language.

GENERAL AGENT For NEw ENGLAND.

The Rev. Horatio Bardwell, of Holden, Massachusetts, formerly a missionary for six years at Bombay, has recently been appointed General Agent of the Board in the New England States, and has signified his acceptance of the appointment. He is expected to enter on the duties of his office after a few weeks. His attention will be wholly devoted to organizing and visiting auxiliaries and associations, and prosecuting other measures for promoting the objects of the Board.

ANNIVERSARIES OF AUx11, IA RIES.

MAssachusetts. The Auriliary of Frank

in County, held its 19th annual meeting at Rev. Mr. jo. meeting-house in Montague, Wednesday Oct. 12. The usual reports were read, and other business transacted, and the audience addressed by Rev. H. Bardwell, and Rev. E. Pond, who attended as a deputation from the Board—Gen. Asa Howland, Conway, Secretary; Franklin Ripley, Esq., Greenfield, Treasurer.

The Auxiliary of Northampton and the Neigh

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boring Towns held its 19th annual meeting at Northampton, Oct. 13. The usual reports were resented, and addresses were delivered by Rev. . Bardwell and Rev. E. Pond, a deputation from the Board.—Mr. Daniel Stebbins, Northampton, Secretary, M. J. D. Whitney, Treasurer. #. Auxiliary of Hampden County held its 7th annual meeting at Springfield, Oct. 14th. After the transaction of the ordinary business, the audience was addressed by R. A. Chapman, Esq., Rev. H. Bardwell, Rev. E. Pond, and Rev. Ornan Eastman, a deputation from the Board. The audience were convened again in the evening, when Messrs. Bardwell and Eastman made further statements—Rev. Dorus Clarke, Blanford; Secretary, S.Warriner, Springfield, Treasurer. The Auriliary s Brookfield and . Vicinity held its 8th annual meeting at Brimfield, Oct. 18th. The report of the executive committee was read, and addresses delivered by Rev. Dr. Snell, Mr. Joseph S. Clark, Rev. Mr. Packard, Hon. W. B. Bannister, and Rev. O. Eastman, who was present as a deputation from the Board. —Rev. M. Stone, Brookfield, Secretary; Allen Newell, Esq., West Brookfield, Treasurer. The Central Auxiliary of Worcester County held its 7th annual meeting at Worcester, Oct. 19th. The reports of the Sceretary and Treasurer were read, and the audience was addressed by Rev. Mr. Boardman, and Rev. O. Eastman, the latter of whom attend as a deputation from the Board.—Rev. Horatio Bardwell, Holden, Secretary; Mr. Henry Wheeler, Worcester, Treasurer. The Northern Auriliary of Worcester County held its 8th annual meeting at Fitchburg, Oct. 20th. After the reading of the usual reports, addresses were made by the Rev. Sumner Lincoln, Rev. O. Eastman, and Rev. J. Todd; Mr. Eastman attended as a deputation from the Board. The Auriliary of Middlesex County held its third annual meeting at Sudbury, Nov. 2d, at which the usual reports of the secretary and treasurer were presented, and the other business transacted.—Rev. Elijah Demond, Lincoln, Secretary; Mr. Cyrus Davis, Concord, Treasurer. CoNNEcticut. The Auxiliary of Tolland County held its 7th annual meeting at Tolland, Sept. §. The usual reports were read by the secretary and treasurer, and the audience was addressed by Rev. S. Holmes and Rev. J. S. Emerson, who were present as a deputation from the Board. The receipts of this year exceeded those of the last by about $250; and a collection amounting to $84 was taken at the meeting.— Elisha Stearns, Esq. Tolland, Secretary; Jonathan R. Flint, Tolland, Treasurer. The Auriliary of Farmington and Vicinity held its 8th annual meeting at Burlington, Sept. 20th, 1831. The report of the executive committee was read and accepted, the officers chosen, and the audience addressed by Rev. Sylvester Holmes and Rev. John S. Emerson, who were present as a deputation, from the Board.—

| Horace Cowles, Esq., Farmington, Secretary;

Martin Cowles, Esq., Farmington, Treasurer. The Auriliary of Hartford and Vicinity held its 8th annual meeting at Hartford, Sept. 21. Rev. S. Holmes and Rev. J. S. Emerson addressed the "... a deputation from the Board.—D. P. Hopkins, Esq., Secretary; J. R. Woodbridge, Esq., Treasurer. The Southern Auriliary of Windham County held its 7th annual meeting at Westminster, Sept. 28th, Rev. S. Holmes, and Rev. J. S. Em.

erson, were present as a deputation.—Rev. Den94 nis Platt, Canterbury, Secretary; Zalmon Storrs,

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Mausfield Centre, Treasurer. ... The Auriliari, of Norwich and Vicinity held its 8th annual meeting at Norwich, Sept. 29th. Rev. S. Holmes,and Rev. J. S. Emerson addressed the meeting as a deputation from the Board.— Jabez Huntington, Esq. Secretary, F. A. Perkins, Esq. Treasurer. The Auriliary of Middletorn and Vicinity held its annual meeting at Middletown, Oct. 10th. Rev. O. Eastman preached on the preceding day (the Sabbath) and attended the meeting as a deputation from the Board.—Richard Rand, Esq. Secretary, Richard Hubbard, Esq. Treasturer. The Eastern Auxiliary of New Haren County held its 7th annual meeting at Cheshire, Oct. 11th. Rev. O. Eastman attended, and addressed the audience as a deputation from the Board.— Rev. Zalva Whitmore, North Guilford, Secretary; S. Frisbie, Branford, Treasurer. The twentieth annual meeting of the Auriliary of Litchfield Countu was held February 8th, at itchfield. The audience was unusually large. After the customary introductory exercises, addresses were made by William Smith, Esq., of Sharon, Rev. L. E. Lathrop, of Salisbury, and Rev. Luther Hart, of Plymouth, on the part of the auxiliary, and by Rev. H. G. Ludlow, of New York city, who was present as a deputation from the Board. A collection amounting to $120 was taken at the close.—Rev. Epaphras Goodman, Torringford, Secretary; Mr. Frederick Deming, Litchfield, Treasurer. New York. The Auriliary of New York City and Brooklin, held its fifth annual meeting February 15th. The reports of the treasurer and executive committee were read ; from which it appeared that the receipts for the year were 13,724. Resolutions were moved and addresses made by Holden, Esq., Rev. H. G. Ludlow, Rev. Dr. Spring, Rev. Mr. Brigham, and Rev. Dr.Cox. Remarks were also made by the Rev. Mr. Rice, while papers for subscription were circulating. The subscription mo to $4,150. The Rev. Calvin Hitchcock attended and addressed the following auxiliaries at their annual

meetings, as a deputation from the Board.

VERMont. The Auriliary of Windham County at its 6th annual meeting, at Brattleboro’, Sept. 28th-Rev. Jonathan Magee, Brattleboro’, Secretary. The Auxiliary of Windsor County, at its 6th annual meeting, in Norwich Plains, Oct. 1– Rev. John Richards, Windsor, Secretary; David Pierce, Woodstock, Treasurer. The Auxiliary of Orange County, at its 6th annual meeting, in Bradford, Oct. 4th–Rev. Calvin Noble, Chelsea, Secretary; J. W. Smith, Chelsea, Treasurer. New HAMP shire. The Auriliary of Cheshire County, at its 4th annual meeting at Rindge -Rev. Z. S. Barstow, Keene, Secretary; C. H. Jaquith, Keene, Treasurer.

IBomatson 5. FRom JANUARY 16th, to FEBRUARY 15th, inclusive.

I. AUXILIARY SOCIETIES. Addison co, Vt. E. Brewster, Tr. Bristol, La. 14,87; chil. in Miss A.’s sch. 1: Cornwall, Gent. Middlebury, Gent. 80; la. 78;

15 87

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New Ipswich, Gent. 71,86; *ia 1,ng; Pelham, Gent. 32,94; la. 35,47; mon. con. 30,85; coll. 1st sab. in the year, 20,42: 11 Peterboro’, Miss F. S. 1,50; B. F. Spaulding, decod, 3; Temple, Gent. 14; la. 17,05; Wilton, La. Lincoln, co. Me. W. Rice, Tr. Edgecomb, Gent. 5; E. C. 3; Phipsburg, Mon. con. Wiscasset, Gent, 9; la. 23; Litchfield co. Ct. F. Deming, Tr. (of which, fr. New Preston, to constitute the Rev. Rob Ert B. CAM per ll an Honorary Member of the Board, 50: fr. South Cornwall, to constitute the Rev. Fredrrick Gripley of Flsworth an Honorary Member of the Board, 50: fr. Bethlem, to constitute the Rev. Paul Couch an Honorary Member of the Board, 50; fr. Winsted, to constitute the Rev. JAMrs Brach an Honorary Member of the Board, 50: fr. Dorcas so. Watertown, 9th pay, for Uriel Gridley in Ceylon, 20;) wo, Haven city, Ct. C. J. Salter, r

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Croyden, Gent. 14,51; la. 13,72; 28 23
Goshen, Gent. and la. 10 38
Lempster, La. 15
Meriden, Gent. 36,29; Ia. 41,89;
mon. con. 22,29; 100 47
Newport, Gent. 41,20; la. 37,70;
#: which to constitute the
ev. J. Woods an Honorary
Member of the Beard, 50;)
mon. con. 17,80; av. of estate
of E. Carpenter, dec'd, 59;
Plainfield, Mon. con. in Union

146 70

Acad. 9 65–485 61
Tolland co. Ct. J. R. Flynt, Tr.
Columbia, La. 19 00

Windhan co. South, Ct. Z. Storrs,
Tr.
Ashford, 1st so. Gent. 26,73; la.
21, 18; 4

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Canterbury, Of $62.21 fr. la.
ack. in Dec. $50 constitute the
Rev. DEN N is Platt an Hon-
orary Member of the Board.
Mansfield South, Two indiv.
Westminster, Gent. 12,44; la.

7 91

8 00

12,62: windham, 1st so. Gent. 23; la.

ox. windoor co. vt. w. Tileston, Tr. Hartford, Gent. 11,50; la. 8,40; Windsor, Rev. J. Wheeler, 7; mon. con. 23,29; la. 20,42; Worcester co. Ms. Relig. char. so. H. Mills, Tr. West Millbury, Mon. con. in cong. so. 36; la. 4;

19 90

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50 71–70 61

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Total from the above Auriliary Societies, $8,891 77 ii. VARIOUS COLLECTIONS AND DONATiONs.

Acworth, N.H. Mon. con.in cong. chh...(of
which to constitute the Rev. Moses P.
Grosve Nor an Honorary Member of
the Board,50;) 55,36; a fem. friend, 5;
Albany, N. Y. 4th presb. chh.
.Amherst, Ms. La benev. so. in S. part,
..Andorer, Ms. Mon. con. in theol. sem.
.Attleboro’, ‘Ms. Hebronville miss. asso.
50; dona. 1,25;
.Auburn, N. Y. Mon; con. in 1st presb.
chh. 52; d.o. in 20 do. 32;
.Augusta, Ga. Av. of jewelry, fr. an
indiv. whose opinion in regard to wear-
ing such things is changed,
.Aurora, O. Rev. J. Seward,
Bath, N. H. Contrib. for repairing losses
by fire at Manepy and Constantinople,
Berkshire, N. Y. Mon. con. in sch. dist.
Berkshire and Columbia, Miss. so.
Boston, Ms. A lady, after hearing Dr.
Cornelius’s address, 100; mater. asso.
in Union chh.. for a hea. child in Cey-
lon, 20; O. P. 1,25;
Bradford, W. pur. Ms. Mon. con.
Brewster, Ms. A lady,
Brooklyn, N. Y. Mrs. Whitlock, 10; c.
box of a young lady, 8; a sriend, 50c.
Brooksville, Me. Fem. mite so. for ed.
hea, chil. O. A. A
protron helm . Avery
Brompris imits, ‘pa Rev. W. Annan,
Burlington, Ky. J. M. Preston,
Čuno, N.Y., Ü. F. M. so. 3,37; miss.
so. 20, 17;
Campbelltown, N. Y. Mon. con. 2; Mrs.
Smith, 1,50;
Canada, A friend,
Carlisle, O., A friend,
Columbia, S. C. Mon. con. in presb, chh.
Cumberland Coll. Ky. Rev. F. R. Cosset,
Danville, Ky. Coll. by Synod of Ken-
tucky, -
Dunbarton, N. H. Mrs. A. B. P. for
Bornbay miss.
Durham, N. Y. Mon: con.
East Genoa, N. Y. Fem. Iniss. so.
East Kiskacoquillas, Pa. Gent. asso. 60,
ded. $50 ackn' in Jan. as fr. Kiskaco.
quillas chh.

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