« AnteriorContinuar »
make more gods than one. He in
CHUNAR. stanced a case of the Prophet Hoshia, or Extracts from the Journal of the Rev. some such name; but could not give any
Charles Friend. authority, on my requiring it. The next A MEMOIR of this devoted Missiopoint was, to establish the Prophetical Character of Mahomed, in reply to Mr. nary
was given (pp. 34–44) in our
last Number. We have before us his Bowley's “Rusalu,” which he had read; the persons who copied it having taken it Journal, during the short period of to him. One point was, to prove that he his residence at Chunar; from which was foretold; for which reference was we extract the following particulars, to the celebrated promise of the Holy For information relative to the NaSpirit. (He brought with him an Arabic tive Assistants mentioned by Mr. copy of the New Testament.) To esta- Friend, we refer our Readers to the blish the power of the Prophet to work Missionary Register for 1828 (p.462), miracles, he alluded to the instance of the and to that of last year (pp.320, 321); moon being cut in two. about to enter on the subject of the Pro- which give an account of their adphet's many wives, when the time sum mission into the Church, by the moned him to Prayers: he took his leave, blessing which was granted to Mr. promising to come again to-morrow. At Bowley's labours. 8 o'clock, the Pundits came to me again,
Jan. 1, 1829 - Understanding that it and remained till nearly 10 o'clock. was usual to have Divine Service on NewFeb. 8, 1829: Sunday -To-day, the
Year's Day, I preached this morning, Residents assembled for Divine Ser- from the words, Consider your ways : the vice at the house of the Judge. The Church was better attended than I exCongregation was large: among them pected. In the afternoon we had Hinwere 10 Christian Drummers. After doostanee Service. Service, baptized a Boy about ten years Jan. 2 — After studying some time, I old, the son of an Indigo Planter in visited the Hospital; and had some converthe vicinity. Occasional visits will, I
sation with several poor sick creatures, hope, in future, prevent such delay in diseased in mind and body. Went to the matters of this kind. In the afternoon, English School ; and afterward heard had a Hindostanee Service for the Drum- Charles Doss read in English. The Archmers and their Wives. They wish to
deacon wished me to assist this Youth in have a Christian Schoolmaster or Catechist pursuing those studies which may fit him among them, for whom they are willing
to be a Herald of Salvation. His time is to subscribe a small sum. I spent the
so much taken up at present by his charge evening with Mr. Blackbourn, the Judge. of a School, by his attendance at the Mr. B. has kindly offered to erect a small Bazaar, by writing out Mr. Bowley's SerChapel, for the purpose of Divine Service
mons which he reads in the Congregaand Administration of the Sacraments in
tion, and by other things, that he cannot future; and to read the Service every Sun do much at present: by-and-bye, I hope day publicly at his own house, till the that he will be able to commence the ruChapel shall be ready. I purpose, there- diments of the Arabic and Hebrew Lanfore, going over once in three months;
guages. and hope that Br. Eteson will occasionally
Jan. 8~-Evening Service in English : visit there also.
attendance very small — 12 or 15; yet Feb. 9 — Arrived at Azeemghur. The I trust that the Lord was amongst Collector, to whom I was known, not
us. Visited the Schools in the Bazaar, being in the Station, I could do nothing with Mr. Bowley. It was very interrespecting a School; but hope to be able esting to hear the Children of the Hinto pay another visit soon. Feb. 10 — The Gosaen and his friend the Creation and Attributes of God,
dee School repeat the Poem describing here appear to continue stedfast in the
after the manner of the National Schools profession of Christianity among the peo in England: went afterward to the Enple. He is called the Christian Devotee. glish School, and had Charles Doss as I hope he will see it his duty to be bap- usual. In the evening we had Hindootized, ere long. Arrangements are in stanee Service : at the Bazaar we had progress for the establishment of a School: quite a crowd. we only want funds.
Jan. 9 - In the afternoon we went, according to engagement, to a neigh
bouring Village; where a learned Brah- lagers seated themselves opposite to us ; min and Devotee resided, who wished and, our Native Readers not having arto converse with Mr. Bowley. We found rived, Mr, Bowley began conversing with him dwelling within the precincts of a them. It appeared that they were mostly temple near the river, attended by some Sectarians, followers of Cuveer. They other Brahmins, and by some wealthy produced a small book, containing the men, who wished to hear the discussions. principles of their faith : part of this was After arguing for some time, the chief read and commented on by Mr. Bowley, Brahmin retired, on pretence of perform- who pointed out the True Way of salvation. ing his ablutions. The conversation was The chief speaker, after a long conversacontinued with another old Brahmin ; who tion, was not only silenced as an objector, contended, that the man who did not but was turned into an inquirer, requestworship the Gunga must be an unrighteous ing to be informed who Jesus was, that man, and could not know the truth. We he might worship Him. Our interview were plainly and coarsely told, that we was very pleasing: we were not received, were gross deceivers, who were about to as we sometimes are, as suspicious persons ensnare the people. Anxious that we and deceivers, but with frankness and should not leave this band of Idolaters kindness. The Villagers appeared to be without reading to them some portion of simple-hearted people, in a great measure Truth, I proposed that a Tract should be devoid of prejudice: many of them reread. No sooner, however, was that pro- ceived our books; and we obtained the posed, than the old man rose, and said, consent of the owner of the building, in
Nay; excuse me; I must make my which we assembled, to commence a salam : that may do for the Bazaar, but it School there: this we shall endeavour to will not do here: we are not to be taken do; as it will furnish, we hope, the means in your net: you will not make converts of extending the knowledge of Christ in of us." Probably, superstition, as well as this place. About two hours were occufear, prompted this conduct; for the Na- pied in this village: and as another was tives declare, that there is a spell in our in sight, we proceeded thither, accompabooks. True, the Gospel is the power of nied by our Native Brethren. Observing God unto salvation to every one that be several persons seated on an eminence, lieveth : but, alas for those who refuse we approached them: they immediately to hear its message ! These poor creatures rose to receive us : we requested them to were sad examples of those whom the be seated; when they brought us out god of this world hath blinded, lest the one of the common country bedsteads; light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who upon which we sat, under a small shed. is the image of God, should shine unto them. We soon had a number of people round
Jan. 10, 1829 -We had an interesting us, many of whom appeared very intelafternoon at the Bazaar. Perceiving a ligent: I counted no less than 10 or 12 man performing poojah (worship) to a small Brahmins among them. Mr. Bowley and lamp, I requested Mr. Bowley to take the Christian Tryloke had some conversation opportunity of speaking to him. Mr. Bow. with them; and the latter read “Sin no ley pointed out the absurdity of worshipping Trifle.” Here, also, we found some who a light of his own forming, and the sinful accepted our books; but some declined. Bess of neglecting the light which God had One man went so far as to say, “ If we furnished. The man worshipped the lamp are ignorant, let us be willing to be inbecause it gave him light; and yet, in the structed.” inconsistency of Heathenism, affirmed that Jan. 16–Rode, before breakfast, with God was speaking in him.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Bowley, to TurnJan, 13-A man called the other day at bull Gunge. Here we found several PilMr. Bowley's, from a village about three grims returning home: they had been carmiles off, which he had formerly visited. rying water from Allahabad to Baijnaught From the account which the man gave of and other places, in order to pour it on the the disposition of his brother-villagers, we indecent emblems of Mahadeo. The were induced to appoint a day for visiting water had been in small glass goblets, them. According to agreement, we went containing nearly a quart; which were to the village this morning; and found se placed in round baskets, and carried on veral persons collected together, to hear bamboos : rich individuals sometimes emthe Message of the Lord. We retired ploy persons to perform for them this from the sun, into a narrow mud verandah; meritorious act. Mr. Smith stood under and, being seated at one end, the Vil a tree and addressed them, but not at
much length; as the sun was getting the assistance of my Brethren, the outline high, and they wanted to be proceeding of a Missionary Association for this place, on their journey. We next went to ano which I greatly desire. The Church Misther part, where we found three Devo- sionary Society has done much, very much, tees in a small Temple : one of them has for Chunar; the least return for which will been long known to Mr. Bowley, and is be, to assist in the general objects of the much attached to him: he wished, on this Society: this I hope to urge in a Missiooccasion, to bring him out some sugar or nary Sermon to-morrow, if the Lord will, other small presents. This poor man is to the best of my ability. acting against his conscience, in remaining Jan. 25—Three Villagers came in from a Devotee; for he is aware that Hin a village about four miles off: one or two dooism is false, and will acknowledge it; of them were Brahmins. They had forbut says, that his ancestors gained their merly received a copy of the Catechism, living in that way; and that if he should and now came to make some further ingive it up, he should have nothing to live quiries into our Holy Religion. They sat upon. These Devotees are so much re down; and after some exhortation from verenced, or feared, that abundance of Mr. Bowley, Thakoor read to them “The things are given them. One of the other Evil of Sin ;" the truth of which they acmen, who had a very sanctified counte- knowledged. They were furnished with nance, turned out to be half an ideot; copies of a Gospel, and took their leave, yet, incoherently, he asserted that he promising to come again. Oh may the was God. How do you expect to be Lord, who has, I trust, sent them, cause saved ?" he was asked. By having them to receive the Truth, and glorify put you in possession of the country," Himself in them! was his reply. After further conversa Jan. 30—Visited the Hospital. There tion, we left them, and returned home. are some interesting cases : one an awful
Jan, 17, 1829 — This morning early, The poor man was evidently in Messrs. Smith, Bowley, and myself,walked much mental perturbation : his lip quito the Bazaar; and had an opportunity of vered as he spoke, and his whole countespeaking to some Mahomedans and Hin nance displayed the agony of his mind. doos, who gathered round. In the evening He told me, that he was now in such a we saw again the Nannukshites: they state, that he hardly knew if there were were assembled in one of the shops: the sa a heaven or a hell. I referred him to cred book was before them, with its splen- what was then passing in his mind, as an did covering, to which they kept bowing evidence of the latter. Poor soul ! May while they'repeated some words. I was God have mercy upon him ! not near enough to hear the words; but I Feb. 3—I almost hesitated this afternoon expect they were the same as those which about going to the Bazaar: my own BreWard mentions : Wah! Gooroo jeeda thren were away; and our NativeReaders, khalsa ! Wah! Gooroo jeekee phủlé! Thakoor and Tryloke, were not herethe It seemed to be more of a show than any former was unwell: Charles Doss was thing else, for the purpose of obtaining the only one left. But not at all liking to money. We had many hearers when the slacken our efforts, calling a Heathen Lala Tracts were read, but not many at the or Schoolmaster to assist, off we sallied. Chapel. Some young hot-headed Mus At first, we had scarcely any one to hear; sulmans wished to disturb us; but our Na but getting one or two hearers, Charles tive friend Bakhtower would not allow Doss read and explained the Poem, them, and compelled them to go away:
and we soon had a number of listeners. but before doing so he invited them to lis When he had gone through the Poem, the ten to the Word: to which one replied, Lala read “The Evil of Sin;" and then, that he cursed us and all our doings.- the people still remaining, Charles read Poor man! he knew not that we were his a short Discourse, in Hindee. When he best friends,
had finished, an intelligent-looking man Jan. 23—A very interesting young Sol. asked Bakhtower, whether Jesus Christ dier came to me this morning, to speak on could save from hell. This led to a long spiritual things. He has had some very and, apparently, very serious and interalarming work on his conscience; and is, I esting conversation. The man (he was a trust, under deep spiritual impres ns. Brahmin) listened with the greatest atJan. 24–I have been preparing, with tention, and accepted one of our books.
When we left the Bazaar, I thanked our * Teacher, excellent deliverance! O Teacher, excellent victory!
Heathen friend, if it still be right to call
many such !
one a Heathen who is a Christian in men, with whom he had much conversa. every thing but the name-for the as tion; but he found them vain reasoners. sistance he had rendered.
“Oh” he re
I was much pleased by hearing old Niplied, “I am not worthy of your thanks ; codemus give his testimony to the Truth, but give me your prayers."
again, this afternoon. This delightful old Feb. 12, 1829—– This morning, Mr. Bow. disciple said to an inquirer, “If I could ley having breakfasted with me, we crossed have found any other Religion in which I the river, and drove to a village formerly could have BREATHED, I would not have mentioned, where the people seemed so embraced Christianity. Do you think I well disposed toward us. It turned out would have sacrificed my friends and a wet morning ; but several of the Vilc relations, my children and my wife, for lagers assembled, and we went into an nothing ?” He spoke more to the same upper-room, or loft, belonging to the chief purpose, with much emphasis and feel. of them. The ascent was from the out- ing. How forcible is the testimony of side, by some mud steps ; which led, first such a man! how valuable such a living to a narrow, low verandah, in which, at witness to the Truth! May God raise up this time, were the Boys who form the School which we have commenced. This Feb. 23-In the evening, the Missionary verandah led into a comfortable room, Collectors met at my house for the first arched with two crooked branches of time, and brought their Monthly Collectrees, which supported the tiles and bam- tions: we are going on steadily. boos of the roof. Here we held our con Feb. 24—Mr. Bowley went to Benares vocation. After waiting a short time, this morning : his health is very indifthe sharpest of the village wits having ferent: he thinks of going to Gorruckpore arrived, a long conversation ensued, for a short time: we had not many at the which I hope Mr. Bowley will give in Bazaar this afternoon: the time of the full. The chief speaker appeared to be great Festival of the Holee is at hand; more a caviller than an inquirer; but and many, indeed, have commenced it. others possessed a more honest and fa. To-day a party of Sipahee went through vourable mind. The conversation lasted the Bazaar, making many gestures, and between two and three hours: the num singing indecent songs. The Holee is the ber present was about 30. The Chris. great Festival held at the approach of the tian Schoolmaster is frequently engaged Vernal Equinox, when the greatest licentill late at night, in reading and explain. tiousness is said to prevail: a woman ing the Gospel : what the result will be can scarcely walk the streets without we know not, but we leave the event being insulted. Amid all, we still sound to God.
the Gospel Trumpet, and warn the sinner Feb, 18-An intelligent-looking young of the error of his ways. Gosaen, who had been with us some time Feb. 25–Went to the Bazaar Schools. and had learned to read our books, left The First Class Boys of the Oordoo us this day: he had recently given many read the 11th of St. Matthew ; the Semarks of an unstable mind; which pre cond Class, the 3d chapter: both Classes vented his being baptized, as he desired. read well: the first evidently understood Another Young Man left with him, who its meaning, generally. In the Hindee recently came over to us from Benares to School, a few Boys were able to read in be baptized; but he never shewed any St. Matthew: the rest repeated part of real concern for his soul.
the Tract in verse. Feb. 20_-We were forcibly reminded Feb.-26—Went early to the English at the Bazaar, this afternoon, of the School in the Church Compound, and strong Scriptural declarations of the state heard the Boys read in the English Tesof man, as dead in trespasses and sins : tament: each Boy, after reading a few and when we looked on the vacant gaze words, turned the English into Hindooof the poor Idolaters while the Tracts stanee. From thence, I proceeded to were reading, we were almost led to say, the Military Schools, and catechized the Can these dry bones live But we remem Children. hered the power of the Lord, and con March 2--We held our usual Monthly fided in His word - The Gospel is the power Missionary Prayer-Meeting. I thought, of God unto salvation. While we sat in when Thakoor, a Converted Brahmin, the little shop which we have hired for rose from praying that his Countrythat purpose, Tryloke sat in the opposite men might be brought to the knowledge shop, surrounded by some intelligent of the Truth, how many thousands of
the Children of God, in my beloved na- listening, an aged man, whose trembling tive land, would have rejoiced to have limbs proclaimed his near approach to seen what I saw, and to hear what I death, and whose whole appearance was heard.
that of a person in the poorest circumMarch 3, 1829–We had many hearers stances; a blind man; and a leper! To at the Bazaar, and three or four received the poor the Gospel is preached. our books : we had not, however, any in. March 20—Yesterday evening, and at quirers. In the evening, the Committee night, till I fell asleep, I heard the noise of the New Church Missionary Associaof the multitude, while celebrating the tion met at my house. Wc have taken customs of the Holee. The first thing on the Funds of the Association, from this inorning, I heard the same noise. It the Parent Society, two Hindee Schools, was a beautiful moonlight night; and had and one Persian School: we have also been spent, I had too much reason to fear, agreed to support the School in the by many thousands, in the grossest exvillage on the other side of the river, cesses.
Fires had been kindled in many recently formed; and another constant places, according to custom; but I cannot Reader. We shall also pay Tryloke, till learn that any effigies are burned in this he can be supported from the other Fund. place on the present occasion. The efWe are thus commencing operations; and figy of a Female Demon, which is called I hope we shall be able to do more than the “Holika,” is said to be burned in many we are even now doing, if the good hand places: the fire itself in Chunar bears that of our God be upon us.
Oh for a single
name. There is a short account of Holee eye to His glory!
in the 24th Volume of the Asiatic Journal, March 6—The licentious Feast of the No. 142 (Oct.) This day has been a geHolee will last, I find, about fourteen neral holiday: the boys have forsaken days longer : the people are so much their school; the labourers their work; engaged, that to-day we could scarcely the Sipahees their exercise : play, noise, obtain a hearing ; and, as the time of the and drinking, are the order of the day. hot winds is approaching, I fear we shall The Sipahees are particularly noted for not be able to do so much out of doors. their noisy rejoicings, and for the licenGood old Nicodemus is here, but he is daily tious songs which they sing. We could getting more infirm: had he the power, he not venture into the Bazaar to-day: it would doubtless be telling of the loving- would have been a folly to have interkindness of the Lord all the day long. As rupted it. I am so young in the Mission, and so im March 26–Had a few hearers in the perfectly, at present, acquainted with the Bazaar, when the first Address was Languages, the absence of Mr. Bowley read, who sat, for the most part, in the will be a great loss to me. But cease ye opposite shop. Toward the close of the from man,
whose breath is in his nostrils : Address, a Brahmin Devotee came and there is ONE who has said, Lo! I am with seated himself near me. I asked him if you always, even unto the end of the world. he could read; he answered in the nega
March 16—My mind was much im- tive; but said, that he would listen to pressed to-day with those solemn words, what was being read: subsequently, Work while it is day; from reading, in the Charles Doss had some conversation with Paper, of the death of Mr. Kindlinger. him. The poor man said, that he was in I saw him at Madras; and esteemed him the habit of visiting the different places much, as a devoted Missionary of Christ. of Pilgrimage; and that he expected, from During the short time that I have been in the repetition of the name of Ram, to obthe country, one has sailed for England, tain salvation. The Hindoos compare this and two have departed to another world, repetition of Ram, Ram
to fire;who were connected with the Society. their sins, to cotton; which, by saying
March 18—After rather a close day's * Ram, Ram,” are consumed and delabour in-doors, it was a relief to go to the stroyed. Bazaar when the sun permitted; but not April 1 - Had a few hearers at the so to observe the carelessness of the peo. Bazaar, one of whom, a Brahmin, took ple. Who hath believed our report2 and much interest in what was read. Whilst to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ? the man was listening, some of his friends, We had sometimes ten or twelve persons as we have often seen done before, tried hearing, and sometimes only two or three;
to draw him away.
What,” said they, but then the people in the opposite shops you, a Bhugut, listening to these things ? would hear. I observed, at one time, Do you mean to become a Christian ?