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the interests of our own souls, and proposed that we should join together those of the church in the hands of the in prayer and praise, which was read. great God, even our Saviour Jesus ily agreed to, although the Jews had Christ.
not heretofore seen such a thing, and
perhaps such a thing had not taken We are happy to learn, that the place since the time of the apostles. College in Middlebury is in a prosper. I led in the exercise, the missionary ous state for an infant seminary in a followed, and the Jew minister connewly settled country. The present cluded. When the exercise was number of students, we understand, over, the Jews took us by our hands is about sixty, of whom a greater pro- with such expressions of love and portion than is usual in colleges are brotherly affection, as was truly gratserious. The religious interests of ifying."
Assemb. Mag. Vermont are thought to be intimately connected with the success of this.In- MISSIONS IN INDIA. stitution, which is accordingly patro. THE Rev. Charles Bichanan, X. M. nized by the body of the clergy in Vice Provost of the college of Fort the western division of the State, William, has lately published a me who yet faithfully adhere to the doce moir concerning ecclesiastical estabtrines of the reformation.
lishments in India, which contains
much curious and valuable informaIn Northampton, (Mass.) a very tion. The subject is no less than that pleasing and general attention to re- of giving 'Christianity, and with it ligion prevails, and is extending to civilization, to myriads of human beseveral of the neighbouring towns. ings, now sunk in the grossest ignoNumbers in these towns, particularly rance, and abased by the most atro. in Northampton, have been added cious superstitions. For the promotion to the church, we hope of such as of this object, Mr. B. divides his shall be saved.
tract into three principal parts; the
first relates to the care and preservaExtract of a Letter from Capt. Benja
tion of the Christian faith among his min Wickes, dated
own countrymen settled in India: the
second treats of the practicability of LONDON, April 2, 1806. civilizing and converting the natives ; “We are going from London to and the third states the progress alCalcutta ; two missionaries with their ready made in that civilization, and wives are going with us from the Bap- in the planting of Christianity. Un. tist Society, and a young woman es. der each of these heads is contained poused to a missionary already in many articles which descrve the atten. Bengal, from the London society, and tion of every person anxious to pro there to be married.
mote the progress of the Redeemer's One evening last week, I went with kingdom; and which furnish motives one of the missionaries who is going for encouragement for missionaries with me, with two or three others, to to proceed in their labours. drink tea with the Jew minister, (Mr. The following facts are stated in the Frey.] While we were at tea, there dedication: came in two Jews that were awaken “New sources of information on all ed under that sermon, which you Oriental subjects, have been opened heard me speak of hearing him preach by the college of Fort William in last fall, which was the first-fruit of Bengal. Those persons who have his labours. Those took tea with held official situations in that instituus, and after tea was over, there tion during the last four years, have came in three other Jews, the fruit had constant opportunities of observa of his ministry. When they had ing the conduct, and of learning the sat down, I counted our number, opinions, of the most intelligent nad and found there were an equal num. tives. There are attached to the col. ber of Jews and Gentiles, six of each; lege, at this time, upwards of one on which I observed, that there was a hundred learned men, who have arrivremarkable instance before our eyes, ed from different parts of India, Per. of the partition wall between the Jews sia, and Arabia. In such an assenje and Gentiles being broken down, and blage, the manners and customs of remote regions are distinctly describ. of Hindostan, will be read with ined; and their varying sentiments, re. creasing interest. The following are ligious and political, may be accu- some of his observations on the subject. rately investigated and compared. "To civilize the Hindoos will be
"Of the learned Hindoos who considered by most men our duty; but have been employed as teachers, is it practicable ? and if practicable, there were lately two from the De. would it be consistent with a wise can, who profess the Christian faith; policy? It has been alleged by some, and comport themselves according to that no direct means ought to be used Christian manners. Two Protestant for the moral improvement of the namissionaries have also been attached tives ; and it is not considered liberal to the institution; one of whom is or politic to disturb their superstilecturer in the Bengalee and Shan- tions. scrit departmentand has been for '“Whether we use direct means or many years employed in preaching in not, their superstitions will be disthe Bengalee language to the natives turbed under the influence of British in the North of Hindoostan. The civilization. But we ought first to Obner is a teacher of the Tamul or observe, that there are multitudes, Malabar language; and has been long who have no faith at all. Neither attached to a mission in the South of Hindoos nor Mussulmans, outcasts the Peninsula.
from every faith ; they are of them. * More desirable means of obtain. selves fit objects for our beneficence. ing accurate and original intelligence Subjects of the British empire, they could not have been presented to any seek a cast and a religion, and claiin one, who wished to investigate the from a just government the franchise state of the natives of India, with a of a human creature. view, to their moral and religious im- " And as to those, who have a provement.
faith, that faith, we ayer, will be “ Under the auspices of Marquis disturbed, whether we wish it or not, Wellesley, who, by favour of Provi. under the influence of British princi. dence, now presides in the govern. ples : this is a truth confirmed by exment of India, a version of the holy perience. Their prejudices weaken Scriptures may be expected, not in daily in every European settlement. one language alone, but in 'sev. Their sanguinary crites cannot now en of the Oriental tongues ;. in the bear the noonday of English observa Hindoostanee, Persian, Chinese, and tion; and the intelligent among them Malay, Orissa, Mahratta, and Ben- are ashamed to confess the absurd galese , of which the four former are principles of their own casts. As for the primary and popular languages extreme delicacy towards the super. of the continent and isles of Asia. stitions of the Hindoos, they under
In the centre of the pagan world, stand it not. Their ignorance and & at the chief seat of superstition and apathy are so extreme, that no means idolatry, these works are carried on; of instruction will give them serious and the unconverted natives assist in offence, except positive violence.* the translations. The Gospels have “The moral state of the Hindoos alread; been translated into the Per. is represented as being still worse sian, Hindoostanee, Mahratta, Orissa, than that of the Mahometans. Those, and Malay languages; and the whole who have had the best opportunities Scriptures have been translated into the Bengalce language. One edition of the Bengalee Bible has been distributed amongst the natives, and a The Christian missionary is always second is in the press for their use. followed by crowds of the common peoA version of the Scriptures in the ple, who listen with great pleasure to the Chinese language (the language of disputation between him and the Brahthree hundred millions of men) has mins; and are not a little amused when also been undertaken ; and a portion the Brahmins depart, and appoint of the work is already printed off.” another day for the discussion. The
The second division of this memoir, people sometimes bring back the BrahHeating of the practicability of civil- mins by constraint, and urge them to
ting and christianizing the natives the contest again." Vol. II. No. 4.
of knowing them, and who have civilized quarter of Bengal.s Bue? known thein for the longest time, independently of their supersti. concur in declaring that neither truth, tious practices, they are described nor honesty, honour, gratitude, nor by competent judges as being of a charity, is to be found pure in the spirit vindictive and merciless; exbreast of a Hindoo. How can it be hibiting itself at times in a rage and otherwise ? The Hindoo children infatuation, which is without examhave no moral instruction. If the in. ple among any other people.TV habitants of the British isles had no moral instruction, would they be mor. From April to October, 1804. al? The Hindoos have no mural books. What branch of their mythology has
1 " Lord Teignmouth, while Presinot more of falsehood and vice in it,
dent of the Asiatic Society in Bengal, than of truth and virtue? They have
delivered a discourse, in which he illusTo moral gods. The robber and the
trated the revengeful and pitiless spirit prostitute lift up their hands with the of the Hindoos, by instances which had infant and the priest, before a hor. come within his own knowledge while rible idol of clay painted red. de resident at Benares.
« In 1791, Soodichter Meer, a Brah. formed and disgusting as the vices, which are practised before it.com
min, having refused to obey a summone You will sometimes hear it said,
W h at issued by a civil officer, a force was sent that the Hindoos are a mild and pass
dos to compel obedience. To intimidate
Pin them, or to satiate a spirit of revenge sive people. They have apathy rath er than mildness their habitude of in himself, he sacrificed one of his own Inind is, perhaps, their chief negative family. On their approaching his virtue. They are a race of men of
house, he cut off the head of his deceasweak bodily frame, and they have a
ed son's widow and threw it out.
dread mind conformed to it, timid and ,
" In 1793, a Brahmin, named Bal.
loo, had a quarrel with a man about a abject in the extremne. They are
e field, and by way of revenging himself passive enough to receive any vicious impression. The English
lish on this man, he killed his own daugh. government found it necessary latestero. I became angry, said he, and ly to enact al law against par.
enraged at his forbidding me to plough ents sacrificing their own children.
In the field, and bringing my orun little In the course of the last six months,
daughter Apmunya, who was only a one hundred and sixteen women
year and a half old, I killed her with were burnt alive, with the bodies of their deceased husband's within thir.
“ About the same time, an act of ty miles round Calcutta, the most matricide was perpetrated by two Brah:
mins, Beechuk and Adher. These two
men conceiving themselves to have been "The Hindoo superstition has injured by some persons in a certain been denominated lascivious and bloody. village, they brought their mother to an
That it is bloody, is manifest, from the adjacent rivulet, and calling aloud to daily instances of the female sacrifice, the people of the village, Beechuk and of the commission of sanguinary drew his scumetar, and, at one stroke, or painful rites. The ground of the form- severed his mother's head from the er epithet may be discovered in the de. body with the professed view, as scription of their religious ceremonies : avowed both by parent and son, that
There is in most sects a right-handed the mother's spirit might forever haunt or decent path ; and a left-handed or those who had injured them. Asiat. inclecent mode of worship
Res. vol. 10. ps 337. * See Esscy on the Religious Cere. "Would not the principles of the monies of the Brahmins, by H. T. Christian religion be a good substitute Colebrooke, Esq. Asiat. Res. vol. vii. p. for the principles of these Brahmins of 281. That such a principle should have the province of Benares ? been admitte.: as systematic into any "It will, perhaps, be observed, that i religion on earth, may be considered as these are but individual instances the last effort of mental dëpravity in True : but they prove all that is rethe invention of a superstition to blind quired. Is there any other barbaronul the understanding, and to corrupt the nation on earth which can exhibit such heart.
* No truth has been more clearly at school under their patronage is demonstrated than this, that the com- 7,108; that 8,360 Bibles, 11,044 New munication of Christian instruction to Testaments and Psalters, 15,418 the natives of India is easy; and that Common Prayers, 19,856 other bound the benefits of that instruction, civil as books, and 108,776 small tracts have well as moral, will be inestimable: been dispersed by the society, and whether we consider the happiness that 163 subscribing members have diffised among so many millions, or been added to their list since the their consequent attachment to our last report, making the whole numgovernment, or the advantages re- ber upwards of 2,700. Ch. Ob. sulting from the introduction of the civilized arts. Every thing that can I PRISONERS OF WAR. brighten the hope or animate the Considerable exertions are making policy of a virtnous people organiz- to improve the opportunity of coming a new empire, and seeking the municating religious knowledge to most rational means, under the favour the French, Spanish and Dutch solof Heaven, to ensure its perpetuitys diers and sailors, who are prisoners every consideration, we aver, would of war in this country, which is afpersuade us to diffuse the blessings forded by their unfortunate situation. of Christian knowledge among our A minister, well acquainted with the Indian subjects." Bob French Language, preaches on Sun. iest Assembly's Mag. day to the French on board the pris.
on ships at Portsmouth. Tracts have E GREAT BRITAIN. . been printed in French, Spanish, and GOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRIS.
Dutch, and distributed among the
prisoners of those nations; and the TIAN KNOWLEDGE.
New Testament, in Spanish, is now The annual report of this society printing with a view to the same ob, has lately been published. It thence ject. The prisoners are said to re. appears that the number of children ceive the tracts gladly. Ch. 05.
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Two Terms, each consisting of 20 The Principal is entrusted with the weeks, the first beginning Feb. 2, moral and religious instruction of the and ending June 19, and the second students, and the more immediate su- beginning August 1, and ending De. perintendence of their conduct; and cember 21. In the last week of the will preach, in conjunction with such 'Second Term public examinations Professors as are in holy orders, in will be held ; when the students will the College Chapel, and perform the be arranged in four lists according other offices of the Established to their merits; a copy of which will Church.
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Ch. Ob. body
Eleven select sermons of the late church; the: egurality of mankind Rev. James Saurin, on the following the worth of the soul the birth of subjects: the omnipresence of God. Jesus Christ : s'the resurrection the the manner of praising God; the absurdity of libertivism and infidelis sovereignty of Jesus Christ in the tý; the harmony of religion and blicit