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In another letter, dated Dee. 26, Letter from J. Rowe to J. Saffery. 1813, Mr. Carey mentions the labours

Digah, June 2, 1814. of the Native Itinerants : he says, Things relating to the kingdom of “Kangalee, in his journal for Nov. God in India wear a more pleasing assays, 5th, Set off for Beerbhoom ; ar- pect than they ever did. It is only rived at a village at night, where num- now and then that we meet with men bers heard the word. Sth. Got to who avowedly oppose the truth. They Bhuri, where I enquired into the dis- often acknowledge that the spread of tress of the brethren; from thence I christianity is a good thing, yet these went to Bankoora. On my way had concessions are so made as to shew conversation with great numbers. that the reverse is the desire of their foth. Arrived at Bankoora, and, after hearts. Men of this description are waiting soine time, had a good deal of but little acquainted with the views of conversation with the people of the the natives, the greater part of whom court. Some contended a great deal; acknowledge the excellency of divine but all confessed that this was the truth, but apologize for not embracing right way to God. I gave them a de- it, by saying they cannot forsake the scription of the spread of the gospel ; ways of their forefathers unless their told them of the glorious death of countrymen in general would do it

. Christ, and of the purifying nature of Their frequent visits to converse about this way, of salvation. 19th. Set off the gospel, their applications for books, from Bankoora, and arrived at Ram- and many other circumstances, prove krisna-poora, where I conversed with that they are not in that state of alarm some about the gospel; from hence I which has been represented. There went to Bhuri again, and remained are several natives around us, who about ten days, speaking of the things have not embraced christianity, that of the kingdom.”

constantly read the scriptures, not

only for their own information, but to From Mr. Chamberlain to Dr. Carey. recommend them to others. One of

* Sirdhana, Dec. 10, 1813. these, a native school-master, has lateMy dear brother Carey,

ly been married according to their The weather here is now very usual form, and entreated brother cold. In the morning, before the sun Brindabund' to go on one of the prinrises, the ground is covered with frost cipal days of the wedding, when all as white as in Europe, and the water his relatives were assembled together, which stands in any vessel, or confined to read and explain the scriptures to place, is covered with ice. Yesterday them. God has not left us altogether morning my seryants brought a quan- without hope. Two or three seem to tity to show me, which was much have their hearts favourably inclined "thicker than a rupee. Twenty-five towards the gospel, but they have not years ago, the Begum informs me, yet had sufficient courage publicly to there was a very hard frost in these own Christ. We hope God will give parts, in which the pools were frozen them grace to do this. Most of our up, and the people and cattle suffered native school-masters give us pleasure. much from it.

We cannot say that any of them have I feel my mind much out of its ele- undergone a change of heart, but they ment, in not having any preaching have undergone a change of sentiment. campaigns. "I know that it becomes They are forward to read, explain, me to occupy where I am, ull Provi- distribute, and recommend the scripdence order it otherwise. I wish I was tures to their countrymen. We hope where I could try the translation, and they will not all remain here. If God preach in ihe Erig Bhasa ; but for this should turn them to himself we shall I must wait. I hope to visit Agra, on obtain a number of valuable native the approach of the hot season, and preachers. The Rev. Mr. Corrie has then, it possible, I will visit Muntra received a number of natives into comand Vrinda-yuna with the word of munion at Agra. All who love our life. I wish you would make a gram- Lord Jesus Christ in India, and the mar of the Fiindee in its various dia- number is not small, compared with lects. Pray for us.

what it was a few years ago, are unitJ. CHAMBERLAIN. ing their endeavows in the great work, and I hope we shall ever feel a oneness 18 years of age, a native of Arabia, of heart in this glorious cause.

returned to us, having escaped from We hope shortly to increase the the hands of those who souglit his denumber of our native schools. These struction. are of great importance, especially Lieutenant Buck was baptized a when combined with other missionary few days ago, by brother Carey. He efforts. They are repositories for the is now gone to join his regiinent. I scriptures, places for enquirers, abodes think it is at Futtyghur. for itinerant preachers, and must be Leters from the Rev. Eustace Carey considered in every respect calculated and Mrs. Carey had been received at to promote the great cause.

Nagpoor, stating their safe arrival at I am affectionately yours, Madras, the 24th of June, where they

J. ROWE. would remain 15 days,

Istract of a Letter from the Rev. W. CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

Ward to Lieutenant Moxon, dated The difficulties and dangers of the June 19, 1814.

missionaries of this Society in Western Yesterday our friend Malammed Africa, arising from the infamous Slave Bahar came into my room with a let- Trade, are fully and faithfully related in ter from Mr. Loveless of Madras; be the “ Missionary Register for Decr. bad been wonderfully delivered out of 1814. The missionaries, have been the hands of the mussuilmen. He greatly distressed by the war between went down to Calcutta to get a few thcFoulals and Susoos, which seemed. rupees that were owing to him by a for a time, to threaten the existence of mussulman; this man was going off their settlements; but at the date of , in a ship, and he was induced to go to the last dispatches, these fcars had the house of a Mussulman to seek him; been happily removed. They have here they offered him the Hooka, bad great difficulty in conducting which they had prepared with an in- themselves in such a manker, as to toxicating drug, and by which lie was avoid the consequences of the ill will laid senseless. In this state he was of persons whose interest it is to misreput into a palanqueen and carried in a present them to the natives. Mr. twelve-oared boat, to an Arab ship jast Weuzel, one of the missionaries, about to sail. As soon as he came to speaking of the summer of 1813, deephimself, to his surprize, he was in the ly regrets the renewal of the Slaid bold; and endeavouring to come up Trade in the Rio Ponzas:--" With on deck, to complaiu to the English much reluctance and grief I have to pilot, they knocked bim down, and mention the reviving of the felonious beat him so unmcrcifully that the scars Slave Trade. Alore than 1000 persons are yet in his body. They also put were carried off from this river in the him in fetters, and kept him in this course of the last six months; and state until the pilot had left them, many more will be carried off in a when they made him work in the short time. The Slave Traders take ship; kept bim upon three biscuits advantage of the war with America, and some water a day, and once or and enter the river cron with Ameritwice tied bim up to compel him to re- - can privateers as thcir convoy. The bounce Christ! They were thus pro slave vessels come in, deliver their ceeding, when a violent storm com- cargo; and in the course of 24 hours pelled ihem to cast anchor at Goa ; are filled with slaves and depart again. there, in the night, he slipped down If this abominable trade should so corby the side of the ship, and fled to the tinue, in what a miserable condition city, where a Portuguese man took shall we be placed ! The traders irri. him in, and hid him for seven days, tate the head-men against us?" Speak: till the ship had left the place. From ing of these traders, it is added, “They. hence he travelled to Bombay, and got are a disgrace to our nature, and a a passage to Madras. On his arrival curse to the country which harbours at Madras be made himself known to them.". Much affliction has ; revailed Mr. Loveless, who, with the assist in this mission. The layinen and their ance of the “ Friend-in-need Society," wives, six in number, who accompapaid bis passage in a vessel to Bengal; nied Mr. Lutscher from England to and thus our poor friend, a young man · Africa, are reduced to one within Vol. VII.

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FRANCE.

eighteen months, The missionaries founded by the late Dr. Vanderkemp. have been divinely strengthened to At the latter place two of the Hottenpersevere in their Master's work, in tot brethren were set apart as Elders, the midst of trials, heavy, and, of late, and instead of two deacops, and unparalleled

two deaconnesses: all of them con,

verts from among the Hottentots. EDINBURGH MISSIONARY Society. Mr. Reed speaks of numbers under

Crimea. By a letter which the se- conviction ; and of oihers they expect cretary has received from Mr. Pinker- to receive into communion, among ton, at Petersburgh, the grateful in- whom is a Caffre woman, who caunot telligence is received, that the teu co- speak a word of Dutch ; but, he says, pies of the Tartar New Testament, “the Lord has made her understand which the Missionaries at Karass had, him, and slie is seeking him very earin compliance with the request of the nestly.” Mr. Thom bas began preachPetersburgh Bible Society, sent to Mr. ing in Dutch, and on a journey bad Bellugin, for distribution in the Cri- collected upwards of 300 Rix Dollars mea, bad reached that gentleman; for the Society. who, in his letter of acknowledgement to bis excellency Mr. Popoff, one of the secretaries of the Petersburgh So State of Religion among the Protesciety, communicates the following most tants in the South of France. Exinteresting intelligence concerning the tracts of a letter from a French promanner and effects of their reception. testant Minister. (Translation.)

“Forgive me,' says he,“ that I have I exceedingly rejoice to see the not written to you sooner, on account zeal of so many servants of God in ofmy not having bad an interview with England, for the advancement of the the Mufti. But now I have had the Kingdom of our dear Saviour; a phehovour of seeing him, and of present- pomenon the more remarkable, being him with a copy of the Tartar cause, as it seems to me, it has apNew Testament, which he accepted peared at a time, when Satan enterwith exultation and many expressions of tained expectations of destroying gratitude. After we had much con- christianity in France, and perhaps, versation and many explanations, he throughout the whole world. How expressed a desire to become a member delightful would it be, were we to of the St. Petersburgh Bible Society, and behold a similar zeal animate our subscribes annually fifty rubles.

France; but alas, the number of

trưe Israelites is still very small, or, LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. at least, little known. Yet, after the

Asia. The missionaries in the ser- seasou of sifting and apostacy, through vice of this society, who left England which we have passed, one is astoin January 1814, have safely arrived in nished to see that the number of evanBatavia. Mr. Kass, Mr. Supper, and gelical ministers is greater than beMr. Brackuer were received with forc, though, unhappily, not sufficient, great kindness by Dr. Ross, the only ly great.

The spirit of the world surviving Dutch minister. Alr. Kass, reigns in our churches, the essential at the direction of Mr. Ross, is gone truths of christianity have been obscarto Amboyna, Mr. Bruckner is ap- ed, particularly the doctrine of justifipointed to Samarang. and Mr. Sapper cation by faith, which is the fuudawas desired to remain at Batavia, as mental and distinguishing truth of the the colleagne of Dr. Ross. Mr. Le Reformation. It is amazing that the Brun has arrived safely at the Isle of doctrine of the Reformation has beFrance. The governors of the respec

come unknown in the very bosom of tive islands have shewn a friendly dis- the reformed church, and that people position towards the missionaries debate with a dry and barren mora

lity, after the example of pagan philoAfrica. Mr. Recd has sent a very sophers, without attending to Him circumstantial account of the esta- who has said, “Come unto me, and I blishment of a new settlement called, will give you'rest.” “ He that abideth Thcopolis, and of the state of the mis- in me, and I in him, the same bringeth sionary settlement at Bethelsdorp, forth much frait, for without me ye can

do nothing.". I think we have reason have passed, it has, fallen to the to believe that the decayed state of ground. I commend myself and my the congregations originates with the congregations to the affectiouate inuniversities, or that, at least, they very tercessions and kind remembrance of much contribute thereto.

the disciples of Jesus iu lingland. I Arianism has made great efforts to beg you to assure them, that I çordiintroduce itself there, and several of ally love them iỹ our common Lord the students have imbibed it. The and Saviour, and that I wish them the spirit of the world, which is the spirit happiness of bringing unto himn many of philosophy, falsely so called, infects souls, wbo may be able to declare, even ecclesiastical assemblies and the “ Thou hast loved us-thou hast pulpit. A sensible and pious man rc- washed us from our sins in thine own marked to me, a short time back, that blood.” so much immorality has never been TOLERATION IN FRANCE, seen amugg protestants, as since the Op the restoration of the Bourbons period that morality alone is preached to the throne of France, a spirit of There are still among us, God be persecution was manifested by the praised, persons possessed of genuine Catholics at Nismes, one of thic priusimplicity, sheep of the good Shep. cipal Protestant cities. Expecting a berd; and it is observed here, and I general massacre, 300 men, armed in believe elsewhere, that when the gos- self-defence, watched night after night, pel is preached in its purity, and with for some time. The Government being unction, the bearers are respectful and informed of this circumstance, sent attentive ; but the dead have need to down a Commissioner, who having hear the voice of the Son of God, that ascertained that the Protestants were they may live; we see it expedient well affected towards the new order of that the Holy Spirit should come and things, a Royal proclamation was breathe upon our souls, and reanimate, issued, and affixed to the churches, our dry bones, in order that we may declaring the determination of the form a living church of Christ. King to protect all his subjects in

At Nişmes and St. Hypolite, there are the undisturbed exercise of their reprivate assemblies for christian edifica-. ligious principles. tion. At St. Hypolite there is no temple, though there are near 4000 protes- Dreadful Ravages of War. tants ; divine Worship takes place in The German journals contain a the open air when the weather is fine. particular account of the loss of inen, The number of persons of buth sexcs, owing to the Wars of Buonaparte, who can ncither read nor write, is con- since 1802. The aggregate amount siderable, in all our churches; and that is 5,800,000 men in ten years, which is is, because the protestants have no more than half a million apnually. This Charity schools, with the exceptiop of calculation does not include a great a very small number of churches, and number of premature deaths, caused because the poor are not suficiently by the accidents of war, by fright, deencouraged to seek instruction. We spair, &c. bad foriged a little establishment in How delightful the prospect of this town, for the instruction of six Messiah's predicted universal reign, poor children, but, in consequence of when“ Wars shall cease to the ends the severe times, through which we of the earth."

DOMESTIC RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

IRELAND.

the religious public. The Baptist BAPTIST SOCIETY. This Society, denomination being reduced very low established in London, during the last in Ireland, it was not to be expected year, is, as yet, but little known to that any considerable exertions could be made in so short a period. We are December 21st, 1814, furnishes the happy to find, however, that the “Cor- following encouraging Account. “I responding Committee” in Dublin, find such an opening in the houses have been very active, and that a and hearts of the poor people in Irecommencement has been made both land, for me to read and explain the as to Itinerant preaching, and the Irish testament, that exceeds all my establishment of schools for teaching expectations. If I could make twentythe native Irish to read the scriptures four parts of myself, I could not, even in their own language.

in a small gree, fulfil their or my The following particulars will shew wishes. Such is the ardent desire of the utility of this institution, and will the Irish, 10 be instructed in the native doubtless gratify those who have con- language." tributed to its support.

Mr, N. a Pædobaptist minister in Mr. M. was strongly recommended the County of Sligo, has assisted the to the Committee, by several respect Committee by distributing thirty Irish able persons, as

a pious man, who testaments; all, excepting two, being could speak the Irish language fluent given to Catholics. They not only ly; and, who had, through a divine read them, in their cabbins, but to their blessing, been the instrument of the neighbours. They take great pleasure conversion of about thirty catholics. in perusing them, kaving never seen He was, accordingly, engaged by the an Trish testament before !". Committee to go from house to house, Mr. D. employed as an Itinerant at or, rather, from cabbin to cabbin, to read Slign, and its vicinity, has preached and explain the Irish testarnent. He twice on a Lord's day to a small conhas been thus employed for some time gregation of baptists, since the bepast, in the dark county of Counaught, ginning of November. During the and gets easy access to the lowest week he preaches at several villages: order of the catholics; a privilege he informs the Committee, that there which could not be obtained by any is a large field for usefulness, for many one in the character of a preacher; miles round, which he should occupy, or, as they would denominate him, a if he were provided with a horse to “ swaddler." *

enable him to extend his labours. He We understand that Mr. M. has indulges hopes that one poor woman twenty lads placed under his care, to who wishes to unite with the cburch learn Irish; their parents having at Sligo, has been converted by his charged them to attend to what M. ministry. says to then, let their priests do what Mr: M‘C. still labours incessantly in they will.

the county of Westmeath; he'preachAnother person, a Catholic School. es either statedly or occasionally, at master in a Village in the West of 15 different places. A neat place of Ireland, engaged by the Secretary, worship, that will scat about 200 peolast June to read the Irish testament to ple, has been hired, since June 1814, his neighbours, for a triling remunera- at Port-Arlington, at the annual rent tion, has, on account of his faithful of six guineas. This laborious Itineservices, bad a further sum granted rant, who is a very acceptable preachhim to extend his labours.

er, and a native of Ireland, preaches derstand people go with their rush- almost every day, and sometimes two light candles for half a mile round to or three times in the same day, at difbear him read: and F. is so pleased ferent places. He preaches in the with his employment, that he says, morning before poor people go to if he received no money, he would their labour, and in the evening after not give it up. His hearers say, that, they have done. The following are “whatever opposition the priest may extracts from his quarterly journal. make, they will go to hear the new will Wednesday, July 13. Went to read !"

Roserea to preach to the soldiers and A subsequent letter from Mr. M. inhabitants in the barracks at 8 o'clock

We on

* Mr. Cennick, it is said, preached in Ireland, from “You shall find the babe wrapped io swaddling clothes, &c.” From this time the diesenting ministers in Ireland have been called “ $waddlers."

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