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Edward Warren, Tirdaverasingam, Parafnanthy,
Nov. 12, 1826. Joseph, Elizabeth,
Dec. 3, 1826. Chinnatamby,
Solomon Williams, Dewasagayam, A servatham, Chinnatamby, Jan. 24, 1828. Asa McFarland, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jacob Crane, Sylvester Parsee, John Adams, Joseph Champlain, Lincoln Ripley, William Hopton, Catherasen, Soova pain, Tamban, Sarah, June 8, 1828, Taman, June 22, 1828. Nathaniel, Matthew, Philip, Aug. 22, 1828. Vesoven, Chinnatamby, July 23, 1829. Neyanaperahasam, Chinerity. [fem.) Cornelius Atwood, Alarcia Hutchinson, Charlotte Burnell, Pareatamby, .Nov. 29, 1829. Nathaniel, Rachel, March 21, 1830. Philip, Japril 18, 1830. Sarah, Mary, June 6, 1830. Sangary pully, Sept. 26, 1830. Mary Dayton, Joanna Lathrop, Feb. 22, 1831. Saythe, ..April 21, 1831. Romeo Hoyt, Francis S. Key, Albert North, Thomas Golding, Francis Ashbury, Salmon Cone, Thomas Emerson, Frederic Hall, Moses Hallock, Slone McKinstry, Cotton Mather,
Charles A. Goodrich, Michael B. Latimer,
.March 11, 1827.
36 Excom. Farmer.
22 Wife of F. Malleappa.
23 Wife of Solomon.
22 Died Nov. 30, 1825.
13 Tea. of Eng., Batticalow.
26 Catechist, Tillipally.
12 Do. G. Payson.
12 Fein. central school.
16 Indefinitely suspended.
16 Do. Dec. 19, 1828.
20 Panditeripo schoolmaster
Wife of Catheraman. 17 Laborer.
19 Do. ry
22 Govt interp, Mulative.
18 Panditeripo schoolmaster.
24 Catechist, Oodooville.
22 Panditeripo schoolmaster.
28 Sup. schools, Manepy.
12 Fem. central school.
50 Died April 1, 1831.
15 Do. do.
18 Da, 12 Do. 14 Do.
1. The progress of this mission has been remarkably steady and encouraging, . The Spirit of God soon gave success to the labors of the missionaries and the fruits of these labors have been thickening from year to year since. The first native received to the church as the fruit of the mission was Gabriel Tissera, Oct. 10th, 1819; three vears after the commencement of the mission; and who, since the year 1821, has bees a icensed preacher of the gospel. Since that period two hundred and four persons have been received—in 1819, four; 1820, three: 1821, nine; 1822, eight; 1823, five; 1824, eight, 1825, fortynine; 1826, ten; 1827, twelve; 1828, twenty; 1829, eight; 1830, six; 1831, sixty-two, Besides these several have died giving hopeful evidence of a change of heart, but without making a public profession of religion; of some of whom interesting biographies have been published in the Missionary Herald; and many others, giving imilar evidence, have not yet joined the church.
...” No class of the heathen are beyond the reach of the gospel. More than half the converts have indeed been, from the young; yet a sufficient number of adults, and even of the middie aged and the aged, have been gathered in to show that the opinion commonly expressed of the hopeless state of adult heathen is not war
xperience. *"o. has been favored with seasons of special religious alon"9" and inquiry, more mearly resembling the revivals in the 'orian churches than anything else to be found in the history of modern missions. ree periods have been particularly marked; one in the beginning of the year 1824, another nea. the close of that year, and a third at the close of the 1830.
so o divine blessing has obviously followed the labos' lowed and been proportioned " on." Mor than half of the 204 church mem: bers have been members of the seminary *
boarding schools. The missionaries from the several stations often visit these schools and it! apart whole days for exhortation and person religious conversation with the pupils. So days have in nearly all cases been followed with increased seriousness and conversions, 5. These revivals have been obviously." answer to prayer. The first was traced to aday of fasting and prayer of the missionario, second to a communion season; and the third" a general missionary prayer meeting. 6. The history of this mission shows the ho fit of concentrated action. The stated loo" of the six missionaries, with the native prat" and catechists, are principally limited too." ions district about ten miles square, who" cludes the five stations and nearly all the * free schools. 7. This church manifests a good degree of Christian activity and zeal. The youthsil con. verts do much more for the direct pro" religion among their own countrymen than ser pected from individuals of the same age no Christian country, and greatly aid the o: ries by distributing and reading Poo". o ! scriptures and religious tracts; and conduc o: religious meetings. Probably the o can accomplish twice as mooh with their o they could do without it. . They also ń." liberally, according to their means;" Bible tract societies established among o afford 3. The facts respecting this o'. much encouragement, as they o: heathed gospel may be propagate...". ! already by converted natives. his chose superio fornishes more than thirty. C. joins and teachers of native." ... and sides eight or ten who teach " the . readers boarding schools, twelve of o he and catechisis, and four or five P. who are gospel; besides a theological class preparing for the ministry.
.A.ME OF THE
No. V. August, 1832.
AMERICAN MISSION CHAPEL AT BOMBAY.
The above is a front view of the American Mission Chapel at Bombay, erected
PART of the DYING APPEAL of Gordon HALL, on E of THE FIRST AMERICAN Missiox.
This appeal was written by Mr. Hall in February, 1826, a few weeks before his death, and twelve years after the mission became established in Bombay. The facts stated in the appeal have not materially changed.
Beloved in the Lord, do you from Zion's most favored mount, turn a pitying, waiting, longing eye to this dark hemisphere, and ask, “Watchman, what of the night?” I am permitted to stand in the place of a watchman; but it is on a slender, incipient outwork, very far distant from the walls of Jerusalem. O that I may always be found vigilant and faithful at my post, and ready to give a true report. will send you tidings. In some respects they are joyous; but in others they are rievous. I see much around me that is joyous. If I turn back no farther than to the period of my own arrival on this spot, and survey but what seems to be our own neighborhood, much that is cheering greets the eye. Then from Cape Comorin through the whole range of sea coast by Cochin, Goa, Bombay, Surat, Cambay, Bussora, Mocha, and by Mosambique, including Madagascar, Mauritius and other Islands, to the Cape of Good Hope, there was not one Protestant missionary; if we except a native missionary who was for a short time, partially established at Surat. But about three months ago, delegates from five missions met in the Bombay Mission Chapel, and formed a Missionary “Union to promote Christian fellowship, and to consult on the best means of advancing the kingdom of Christ in this country.” The individual missionary who constituted one of these missions, has since gone to England not to return, and therefore, for the present, that mission is extinct. To the other four belong nine missionaries, and two European assistant missionaries. These missions have two common printing establishments, and one lithographic press, consecrated to Christ as so many powerful enines for scattering abroad the light of life. hese four missions have in operation about sixty schools, in which are more than 3,000 children, reading, or daily learning to read the word of God, and receiving catechetical instruction. The missionaries, some or all of them, are every day preaching Christ and him crucified to the heathen. The Scriptures and tracts are travelling abroad, and the word of God is working its way to immortal minds in every direction. Prayer is made, and the promises of Jehovah are laid hold on; while the means (missionaries excepted) of doing a thousand times more in similar ways for the cause of Zion here, are ready at hand. These are good things: and we rejoice in them. You
too will rejoice in them; and let us all
spots where the gospel is preached. And on a slip of white ground, I would have a note of reference to Mark xvi. 15, 16; and this I would have bound up in every Bible, so as to face the same divine charge of Christ to his disciples. It might be recommended to all church members, deacons, pastors, and teachers of theology, to add to the note on their map, Romans x. 14, 15, and Isaiah vi. 8, to the last clause; which latter clause I would have every student in theology, and every young believer of good talents and education, print on his chart in GRAND capitals; preceded by, Lord, what wilt thou hare me to do? As we must habitually set the Lord Jesus before us, or not expect his love will habitually constrain us; so must we habitually contemplate a fallen world, lying in the wicked one, or not expect that our hearts will be exercised with any proper sympathies for the perishing. But I will take a more limited view, Here are the Mahrattas. They have been estimated at 12,000,000. To preach the gospel to these 12,000,000 of heathen, there are now six missionaries, four from the Scottish Missionary Society, and two from our Society; that is, one missionary to 2,000,000 of souls. And to furnish these 12,000,000 with the Christian Scriptures, and tracts, and school books, there is one small printing establishment. It is now about twelve years since the mission here gan, in soine very small degree, to communicate the truth to some of this great multitude. Let these facts be well weighed. During those twelve years, the facilities for imparting Christian knowledge among this people, or for employing among them the appointed means of salvation, have so multiplied and improved, that I think it moderate to say, that a missionary arriving here now . in an equal period, do ten times as much for the diffusion of Christian knowledge, as could have been done by one arriving here twelve years ago. Then there was no school in which to catechise and give lectures—no chapel—no Scriptures and tracts to disperse. Now we have a chapel—more than thirty school-rooms— and the Scriptures and tracts for distribution-while hundreds of towns and villages, by all the eloquence and pathos that the most imperious want and the direst necessity can inspire, are supplicating for more mission schools—millions of people, calling or Scriptures, and tracts, * preaching— and an untold number of large towns, in Population like Boston, Cambridge, AndoYor, Providence, Dartmouth, Williamstown, o Haven, Albany, and Schenectady, calling for missionary establishments in them. If some of these places are not ‘lite open for the reception of missionaries, *hers doubtless are, and all, we believe, Will be by and by, while all are now open,
to: ww. for the reception of Chris
Under such circumstances, with such facilities, what number of Christian books might be prepared, printed, and distributed; * what number of children taught to read the word of God, and catechised; and what number of perishing sinners pointed to the Savior's cross, in one year, if there were but a supply of missionaries”. Is it not a grievous thing to witness such facilities for missionary action, lying comparatively neglected? Is not here a vast and fertile field broken up and ready for the casting in of the seed? And is not the seed already in the field waiting for the sowers to scatter it? What should we say of the farmer, who would turn away from such a field, and leave the seed in the field to perish unscattered, and go to some comparatively desolate heath, where much must be done before even that can be prepared for the seed?
Surely no one can understandingly answer the question “where is it best to send missionaries?” without first duly considering the comparative population of the places in question, and the comparative facilities for in parting Christian knowledge to that population. On this score, I plead that justice may be shown to these 12,000,000 of heathen. Here I ground my plea. Let the facts speak. Twelve millions of your race are prostrate at your feet. You can need no delineation of their moral character. It is enough to know that they are your brethren, but are heathen—that they are idolaters and in ignorance of their Maker and their Redeemer; and that you can, if you will, send them the gospel. Their untold miseries supplicate you to open your hands, and give them that salva
* The following facts, from the last report of our schools, show how extensively Christian knowledge might be diffused among a rising generation of idolaters, were there only a supply of nissionaries and funds; and if but the Spirit of God were given, in answer to prayer, to seal upon the youthful wind such Christian instructions, what would not soon be accomplished.
Our number of schools at present is thirty-two. The number of children on the teachers" iists is 1,750. Of these 75 are girls, and 133 are Jewish children.
19uring the past year, as nearly as we can calcu. late, 1,000 have left our schools, most of them. having obtained what the natives esteem a sufficiently good school education. Among these, together with those who have left in former years, are many boys and young men, who can read with a fluency and propriety that would put to shame a great majority of the catntmen brahmins. And the fact is peculiarly gratifying that, instead of having imbibed any prejudice against us, or our books, from the Christian instruction given in our schools, these very youth, and their relatives, wherever we meet with then, in the country, are of all others the oost forward to receive, and read and beg, the Christian scriptures and tracts. In not a few instances, fathers earnestly solicit them for their little sons.
During the year, about 786 children have committed to inemory the Ten Commandinents, and 376 a Catechisin, of sixteen snail pages. A inno, greater number have committed to memory parts. the same.
We continue to have numerous and urgent applications for additional schools; but shall be i. to decline them, until we are furnished with i. funds, and inore fellow-laborers, g