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Recent Letter of the Honourable Court of only description of pile which will be al.
Directors of the East India Company, re- lowed, and that if she escape from it she specting the Suttee.
will be an outcast. The commissioner con
siders the impediments thus imposed to the To our Governor in Council at Bombay. practice of Suttee, to be more efficacious
1. Oar last letter to you in this depart-than any he could suggest, and he says that ment was dated the 5th inst,
it is the opinion, not only of the collector, 2. We now reply to paragraphs 139 to but of the natives in general, that by con146 of letter dated June 23, 1823; also structing the pile after a manner which paragraphs 6 to 15 of letter dated May 22 ; leaves to a female, who should not have and paragraph 4 of letter dated Nov. 29, resolution to go through the sacrifice, the 1824, relative to Suttees,
power of escaping, very few will have cou3. You have here brought to our notice rage to undertake it. the occurrence of a Sattee in the southern 7. There is one part of the arrangement, Concan, under circumstances wbich, by the however, upon the effect of which we obstanding orders of governinent, rendered it serve much difference of opinion had been illegal. Mr. Sparrow, the magistrate of the expressed, and to which we can by no means district, adverting to the peculiar nature of extend our sanction. We cannot admit of the case, and considering that the act, al. any sort of declaration of forfeitare of caste though contrary to the written Hindoo law, being issued by our public officers, or under was in accordance with the custom of the the authority of our government, in any case Concan, applied to you for instructions, and whatever. abstained from bringing to punishment any
8. A minute interference in the details of of the parties who assisted on the occasion. Sattee, such as it is the purpose of the new We concur with you, in thinking Mr. Spar- rules to assume, is likewise liable to the row shewed great judgment and prudence, obvious objection of virtually extending the in forbearing to punish the offenders. sanction of the British government to the
4. You have also referred as to an ac- performance of the rite, wben conducted in count of a Suttee at Poonah, in September, the prescribed form, We are aware, how1823, which was attended with circum ever, that as long as the burning of widows stances of peculiar horror and cruelty.
shall be tolerated under some circumstances, 5. Three of the principal offenders were and prohibited in others, interference of brought to trial; two of them were found some kind or other cannot be altogether guilty of endeavouring forcibly to retain the avoided. With the exception, therefore, woman in the fire when attempting to come which we have already adverted to, we do from it, and of attempting to drowo ber; not feel that we should be justified in prohibut the Sbastrees declared, that the acts of biting the adoption of the rale, as an expewhich they were found guilty, were not men- riment for cliecking the practice of Sattee, tioned in the Shaster as crimes, so that there as every measure tending to the unfrequency could be no punishment: the accused were of the custom most necessarily afford intherefore discharged. It is deeply to be creased facilities towards its oltimate supregretted that under a British government pression. deeds of such atrocity should have been 9. It is very satisfactory to observe, that perpretrated with impunity. We observe, in little more than two months after their however, that while the former customs, or introduction at Poonah, six widows were a belief in the existence of such a custom, induced to give up their intentio. of sacriwas admitted by you to be a ground of ex: lieing themselves; and that wben ten months culpation, in this instance, it was distinctly bad elapsed, your government said it was stated to the Brahmins, and proclaimed by understood that no Suttee had taken place the authority of goverument, that in future at Poonah since their adoption. every person concerned in forcing a woman 10. The zeal and humanity displayed by to burn, should be punished as a murderer. Captain Robertson, in his persevering en
6. In connection with the proceedings deavours to diminish the practice of selfabove noticed, the collector of the district, immolation among Hindoo widows, are enafter consulting the principal Brahmins, titled to our full approhation. framed new rules for regulating the act of 11. We take this opportunity of forSuttee, which your government sanctioned, warding to you a copy of our dispatch of on a clear understanding that they were made July 25, 1827, to the supreme government, with the free consent of the Brahmins. Ac- on the subject of Suttee. cording to these rules, the pile is to be made We are your loving friends, chiefly of grass, and in such a form that the
(Signed by sixteen Directors.) possibility of escape from it shall not be cut London, Dec. 13, 1827. off, so long as there remains strength to attempt it. The woman proposing to sacrifice At the anniversary of the Baptist bersels, is to be informeri, that this is the Irish Society, held at the City of Lon
don tavern on Friday, June 19,* the take their advice. He would read extracts Rev. Gentleman whose name is affixed from two letters, une written by Randall to the above article was called upon to Jackson, Esq. and the other by T. Poynder, second one of the resolutions.
Esq. upon the subject. One of these genThis
tlemen said, “With regard to the Suttee was just what Mr. Peggs wished for, question, believe I expressed to you my and he gladly availed himself of the despair of any material alterations in that opportunity it afforded, of introducing horrid practice for many ycurs to come, unto that large and respectable assembly a less the religious part of the public shall subject on which he felt so deep an induce atiention from his Majesty's govern
come forward, in a manner so decided as to interest. Mr. P. spoke with consider- ment and from the House of Commons. able feeling; and the object of his ad. They seem ignorant, notwithstanding the dress was, to arouse the dormant sen- papers printed by Parliament, ibat the aresibilities of the Christian public, in rage of these murders bas been for many relation to those horrid inimolations and years from 40 to 50 per month! I fear
little more can be done in the General Court.' destructive rites, of which he had been The other gentleman said, 'I bope much a painful spectator.+ He observed- from congregational supplications at the
throne of grace, as likely to bring down the “ The bearing of these things upon their promised blessing on united prayer, and as missionary exertions was obvious, as be presenting an open recognition of national thought, and imperatively called upon us to sin for past negligence, and a stimulant to stand forward for the purpose of procaring the dormant apathy, as well as a reproach to their suppression. If much were not done the infidel opposition of multitudes who call by the religious part of the British public, themselves Christians.' This shewed tbe the blood of their fellow-subjects in India imperious duty of Christians with reference would lie at the doors of their churches and to this matter. But he would read another chapels, and would be seen mpon their plat- letter, of a most encouraging character, with forms. He firmly believed that it was in 'reference to this crying evil. It was from consequence of the indifference which we the private secretary of Lord William Benhad shown to the prevalence of these prac tinck, and was dated Government House, tices, that God had withheld those special Calcutta, Dec. 22, 1827. It was as folblessings for wbich we had been looking, upon lows :- Sir, I am directed to acknowledge our missionary undertakings. When we the receipt of your letter to the Governor, approached bim in prayer to seek this, were dated the 7th of April last. His Lordship we not reminded that our hands were full desires me at the same time to present to of blood, and that therefore all our offerings you his best tbanks, for the copies of your were vain ? Bat it was said, What can we pamphlets which accompanied it, and to asdo? We could do much. Two highly re- sure you that the one on the Suttee question spectable East India proprietors had told us relates to a subject which has engaged his what we could do, and he hoped we should particular attention. He (Mr.P.) would only
add a very few remarks. He had been much * For the particulars of this meeting, struck with the great difficulty of arousing and those of the Baptist Missionary Society, the London public upon this subject. He whose Report was read at Spa Fields Cha- bad written and applied personally, again pel the preceding day, we reser our readers and again, but no progress had been made. to the Irish Chronicle and Missionary He- In Coveatry they bad got an infant Society, rald of our present Number; only observ- and he would be most happy to transfer his ing, that the accounts of the lively interest infant to London, if the friends of humanity excited on those occasions, and of the 00- there would adopt it, and bring it up, and paralleled contributions which were poured endow it. He requested, however--nay, he into the funds of our Foreign Mission, to begged that something might be done, if it meet the pecuniary necessities of the So. were ouly half a dozen or balf a score of ciety, will, we doubt not, be read with un- iudividuals, and sorely that number might usual interest, and we trust stimulate others be found in London, who were suficiently to similar acts of Christian zeal and munifi- impressed with the nalare of the subject to cence. A full report of the public meetings come forward to the work. Tbeir religious of our denomination will be found in “ The Societies, he repeated, would never prosper, World” Newspaper for Monday, June 22. while innocent blood was crying against
+ Mr. Peggs was formerly a missionary them. Let a Society be formed, and next in the East Indies, and for some time occu- year, instead of sending into Parliament 50 pied a station at Orissa, in the immediate petitions on the subject, they would sevd vicinity of one of the temples of Jugger- in 500, and if that were uot suflicient, they naut.
would have 5000,
As soon as this gentleman had sat down-- with suitable weather, the multitude re
The Rev. Mr. Grifin rose and said, that paired to a field, where from a waggon the he could not suffer a moment to transpire ministers each read a letter reporting the without answering the appeal of Mr. Pegys, state of their churches, wbich afforded amand offering himself as one towards the for- ple materials for the illastrations of that mation of a committee for effecting the heavenly precept to “ Weep with those that purpose which had just been so powerfully weep, and rejoice with those that do reurged upon their consciences.
joice.” Several other gentlemen followed Mr. In the afternoon wbile the ministers and Griffin's example, and a committee of twelve messengers were transacting the business of or fourteen persons was almost instantly the Association, the congregation again asformed.
sembled beneath the canopy of heaven, When the immediate business of the when two sermons were preached, the one morning was concluded, it was suggested by brother Corney the bighly esteemed Inthat a meeting for a few minutes might be dependent minister of Cratfield, and the other held, after that part of the audience had by brother Payne of Diss. retired who were desirous to do so, for the On the Wednesday morning, at balf-past purpose of passing some resolutions upon six, a sermon was preached by brother the subject which had been so impressively Ropet of Kencinghall; and at ten o'clock in brought before them by the Rev.Mr. Peggs. the morniug, and two in the afternoon, the In consequence of this announcement, about Associwtion sermons were preached to the 150 persons remained in the room. Dr. assembled thousands who came from various Newman having been called to the Chair, parts to witness our solemnities, and to two or three resolutions were passed, pledg- promote the important objects of our union, ing the persons present to the formation of a The sermon in the morning was preached Society; and the Committee previously ap- by brother Cole of Ottley, from Acts xvi. pointed, with some additional names, were 9, 10, and the devotional exercises conrequested to take the necessary steps for ducted by brethren, Reynolds of Wattis. convcoing a public meeting as early as pos- ham, and Collius of Grundisburgb. sible. Several of the gentlemen who took sermon in the afternoon was preached by part in the proceedings, expressed a hope brother Elven of Bury, from Isa. lii. 1. and that it woald not be conceived, that because the devotional parts of the service conducted the measure bad been accidentally originated by brethren Sprigg of Ipswich, and Harvey at the Baptist Irish Society, there was the of Horsham, and the sum of 221. was this remotest intention or wish to make it a sec-day collected in the field, which when it is tarian object. The Committee were in considered as coming chiefly from persons structed to invite the co-operation of all who in their respective congregations, had classes of persons, without distinction, it previously contributed to the fund, affords being a truly British object.
matter for thankfulness and encouragement.
From the various interesting particulars
furnished by the various letters, the followASSOCIATIONS.
ing are selected :
This associatiou embraces twenty-four churches.
The number of members in which is
2658. The meetivg of the above Association of The number of villages preached in, exBaptist Churches took place at Stradbrooke clusive of the stated places of Worship, is in the said county, op Tuesday and Wed- sixty-six. nesday the 2d and 3d of June 1829, and it The number of children under Sunday was truly delightfal to witness the intense school instruction is 2293. interest excited in the various services of The leading objects of this Association this Association, clearly indicating that the are to afford assistance to those churches Baptist churches in this county are not who are unable to support their ministers, anmoved amid the general concern which is and to extend tlie preaching of the gospel awakened among the churches of Jesus to those parts of the country that are yet Cbrist throughout the world to be the ho- destitute of the means of grace, disavownoared instruments of accelerating the tri- ing the most remote design of interfering umpbs of redeeming grace, and promoting with the labours of our beloved brethren of the universality of that " kingdom which other denominations, choosing rather after cannot be moved.”
the example of Paul, “ To preach the gosThe concourse of persons assembled on pel where Christ is not named, lest we the Tuesday morning, precluded the idea should build on another man's foundation,” of meeting in any accostomed place of wor. For those objects upwards of a hundred ship, and divine providence favouring us pounds was voted, and it is hoped from the
feeling evinced at this association, that ano- / work manufuctured by the females ! For the ther year we shall be furnished with in- remainder, the respected pastor, (the Rev. creased meaus of meeting the urgent claims J. Payne), is now appealing to public bene. which are made from poor churches, and voleuce. from destitute parts, crying, “Come over and help us."
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. The dext Annual Meeting of this Association to be beld at Outley, on the first The Buckinghamshire Association of BapTuesday and Wednesday in June 1830. tist Churches, held their Annual Meeting at
Amersham, May 14, 1829, wlien two ser
mons were preached in the morning by BEDFORDSHIRE.
Messrs. Clarabut and Tyler, from Col. i. 29, The Fourteenth Auniversary of the Bed and Eccles. iv. 9. first clause. Evening serfordshire Association of Baptist Churches, mon by brother Terry from Heb. vii. 25. De. was beld at Blunham, on Wednesday the votional services by Messrs. Terry, Statham, 6th of May, 1829. Brother Cuttress of and Ivimey. The subject of the Circular LetRidgmount, preacbed in the morning from ter was, The obligation of acting in religious Psa. lxxxv. 6.; and brother Hindes of matters according to our conviction. BapSharnbrook, from 2 Cor. iii, 1. In the tized in the churches, 129; clear increase, evening, brother Vorley of Carlton from ninety-seven. John xvii. I. The bretbren engaged in the other services, were Messrs. Holloway, YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE. Knight, Such, and Adey. Brother Holloway was appointed moderator. The letters
On Wednesday and Thursday, the 10th from the different churches were read. The aud 11th of June 1829, the Churches formCircular Letter by brother Hindes was then ing the Yorkshire and Lancashire Associaread, approved, and ordered to be printed. tion, held their Annual Meeting at Halifax. The Circular Letter for the next year to
Brother Thompsou (Minister of the place)
was chosen moderator. The brethren Fisher, be prepared by brother Cattress. On “the tendency of zeal for the prosperity of the Larom, Saunders, (of Liverpool) and Stecause of Christ, to promote the spiritual pliens preached. The brethren, Steadman
and S. Saunders delivered addresses on bewelfare of the individual.”
The next Association to be beld at Big- half of the Itinerant Societies for their gleswade on the first Tuesday in May 1830. counties, after which collections were made. Brethren Knight and Fordham to preacb.
The brethren, Steadman, Thompson, Stepheus, M. Saunders, Jackson, Acworu, Allison, Calcroft, Holroyd, Nichols, aud
Yeardon, conducted the devotional exerKENT AND SUSSEX.
cises, Brother Scott read the Circular The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kent and Letter, which he had prepared, and which Sassex Association, was held at Ashford, is to be printed. on Tuesday and Weduesday, May the 2014 The various services were very namerand 27th. Sermons were preached by the ously attended, and it is hoped that the brethren, Bowes of Woolwich, (Matt. iii. 7.) good feelings which were excited will have T. Cramp of St. Peters, (Col. ii. 1, 2.) and a permanent influence. There are forty-five Shirley of Sevenoaks, (2 Cor. iv. 6.) The churches in this Association, many of whom brethren, Payne of Ashford, Shirley, Gar- have beca favoured with considerable prosper of Rattle, Paine of Eythorne, Denbam perity. of Margate, Metters (Missionary in Rom- The next Association will be held at ney Marsh), Smith of Rye, Stace, Rogers Shipley in Whitsun week, 1830. of Eynsford, Hadlow (of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion), Giles of Chatham,
SOUTHERN and Crambrook of Dover, engaged in the devotional exercises. Baptized during the On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 10th year, 130; clear increase, 65. Circular and 11th of June, was held the Annual Letter by brother J. M. Cramp, On the Signs Meeting of this Association, at Whitchurch, of the Times.
Hants. Brother Bulgin of Poole preached The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel on Tuesday evening, from Rom. v. 1, 2 was kindly lent on this occasion, as the Brother Crossinan of Anmore engaged in Baptist Meeting is now rebuilding on an prayer. At balf-past six o'clock on Wedenlarged scale, in consequence of the gra- nesday morning, a prayer-meeting was held, tifying increase of the congregation. The when the brethren, Fletcher, Clay, Blandy, church and congregation bave contributed Morris, Wiswell, and Davies, engaged. At half the expenses of the erection, one hun- nine o'clock the ministers and messengers dred pounds of which is the proceeds of fancy met to hear the Circular Letter, drawn op by brother Neave of Portsea, and to receive church. Mr. Bligh commenced with readthe letters sent from the several churches, ing and prayer ; Dr. Newman delivered a giving an account of their present state and short introductory discourse, proposed the circumstances. At balf-past ten o'clock the usual questions, and received a satisfactory public service was commenced in prayer by statement on the part of the church from brother J. Davis of Southsea, Portsea. Mr. Carter, with a very ample, comprebenBrother Tilly of Foxton read and prayed; sive, and judicious declaration of bis faith brother Birt of Portsea preached from from Mr. Hargreaves. Mr. Mann addressed Matt. vi. 6, op secret prayer, and brother both the pastor and the church from 1 Tbes. Morris of Portsea concluded. At hall-past| v. 12, 13, And we beseech you, brethren, two o'clock the ininisters and messengers to know them which labour anong you,” &c. inet for business, when several new churches Mr. Upton delivered an address prior to a were admitted into the Association. Dur-collection being made, and concluded in ing the dispatch of business, brother Jeffer prayer. son of Andover (Independent) preached from Ps, Ix. 4. In the evening an excel
FRANCE. lent sermon was preached by brother E. Davis of Newport, Isle of Wight, from
On Wednesday, the 3d of December, Gal. vi. 14. Brethren Whitewood of An. 1828, an intelligent and pious young man, dover, Welsh of Newbury, and George of a native of France, was ordained to the Romsey took part in several services, which work of the Christian Ministry in ibat intewere more than usually interesting.
resting country, at the Poultry Chapel, London. Prayer and reading the Scriptures by the Rev. Jobn Thomas; introductory dis
vourse by the Rev. Dr. Cox, who also asked ORDINATIONS, &c.
the usual questions, to which satisfactory answers were given; ordination prayer by the Rev. George Collison; charge and con
cluding prayer by the Rev. Dr. J. P. Smith. EYTHORNE, KENT.
This excellent individual, who is strongly On Thursday, June 11, the Rev. William recommended, will be employed under tlie Paine was publicly recognized pastor of the auspices of the Continental Society, in preachancient church at Eythorne, where the late ing the Gospel in a distriot where his labours Rev. John Giles laboured with such eminent are much needed. saccess upwards of thirty-five years. This
It will be gratifying to those who are interesting solemnity was witnessed by a concerned for the extension of the Redeemuvery crowded congregation, numbers of er’s kingdom to learn, that the agents of whom came from places many miles dis. this important Institution are favoured with tant. The Rev. D. Crambrook of Dover, an encouraging measure of success. In commenced by reading and prayer ; the Rev. various places an earnest desire is evinced to J. Belcher of Folkestone, delivered an in- listen to the preaching of the Gospel, and troductory discourse, and asked the usual to many it has recently been made the power questions of the church and minister. The of God anto salvation. ordination prayer was offered by the Rev.
Several additional labourers bave within A. Smith of Rye. The charge was given a sbort period been engaged by the Contiby the Rev. J. Cramp of St. Peter's, from nental Society, to dispense the word of life Acts xx. 28. The sermon to the people to multitudes who are as sheep having no was preached by the Rev. J. Payne of Ash. sbepberd, amongst whom not a few appear ford, from Deut. i. 38. “ Encourage bim.” to be hungering and thirsting after righteA serinon was preached in the evening, by ousvess.
AMICUS. the Rev.J. M. Cramp of St. Peters, from 2 Thess. iii. 1. The devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. Messrs. Gar. tem of Canterbury (Independent), Exall of The following cases of Widows approved Tenterden, Vincent of Deal (Independent), by the Committee have been relieved :and Edminson of Canterbury.
.£4) H. M. ..44 S. W. 4 M.M.
4 A. M.
3 C.S. Ou Monday, May 4, the Rev. James M. A.
4 S.I. Hargreaves, (lale of Wild Street) was pub- A.C.
4 M. B. licly recognized as the pastor of this ancient'A. E.
RELIEF OF WIDOWS.