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necessities the French Christians, during and the boundaries as marked by sea or the past year, have subscribed fully as by land cannot prevent its expression.' much to the cause of God as in the most And truly we can set our seal to the truthprosperous years which preceded it. This fulness of this remark : ever since we have one fact shows the vitality and power of been separated from those who are dear in the Gospel under the most unfavourable Christian love at home, we have received circumstances. Whilst the Committee re the most kind assurances that that love joices at it, it learns with regret that the cannot indeed be circumscribed by the whole falling off in the funds of the Paris | boundaries of land or sea. In no instance, Society has taken place in the foreign con | however, has this love so much abounded tributions. For two years the Noncon | as in the sympathy, liberality, and prayer forming Christians of Great Britain have of the churches on our behalf, while under given scarcely any assistance to the cause the trying dispensation of Providence in of Christ on the Continent. The Committee 1846. Our hearts were rejoiced to witness earnestly trusts that this reproach will be the solicitude you speak of; and as far as speedily removed by an increased liberality, we are able we are desirous to reply to the and to this end offers its organization and inquiries of the friends respecting our services to all denominations who may present state. The box of articles you and desire to aid in this important movement. the kind friends at Devizes sent us has The work is great and hopeful; the la been received, and with many others disbourers devoted and energetic; the smile tributed to the people. On the 1st of and blessing of God are upon them : all | January, I had the pleasure of giving out things invite us to go up and possess the | to our schools more than 800 garments. land for Christ!
Since brother Buzzacott has left for EngThe Committee is happy to state that it land we have the cares and duties of has secured the valuable services of the the two stations ; in both we find the vast Rev. M. A. Garvey, LL.B., as Secretary to majority of the children are orphans. the Society, and that all communications | “ Since the hurricane of 1831, narrated in addressed to him at 7, Blomfield-street, • Williams' Enterprizes,' the population of Finsbury Circus, will receive immediate the island has been gradually decreasing; attention.
this has been more the case here than in (Signed) ARTHUR TIDMAN, any other island of the groupe, conse
Chairman, quently our youthful population are in April 2nd, 1819.
numberless instances left to grow up without friend or protector, Multitudes have
died rejoicing in Christ. A goodly harvest SOUTH SEAS.
has already been gathered; but still we
look with deep anxiety towards the future. RARATONGA.
In most heathen lands where the Gospel
has been received so generally, and the MR. EDITOR, -I forward you some copi
first-fruits so abundant as those on these ous extracts from a letter of the Rev. Wm.
islands, we have been taught by experience Gill, dated from Raratonga, South Seas,
to expect a reaction, and in many instances May 12, 1848, addressed to my esteemed
we have seen a sad declension. Such repastor ; the letter is of a most animating
sults, in many cases, have doubtless been and encouraging nature. I read in my
brought about by a premature withdrawBible, " what ye hear in the ear in closets,
ment of foreign aid. At the period of twenty proclaim on the house tops." Thousands
or thirty years after the introduction of of our British Israel will be rejoiced to hear
the Gospel, just when the missionary and such “good tidings from a far country.”
the churches at home are reaping a reward You will much oblige if you can give it
for past labour. just then is the time that insertion in the May Magazine, if you ac
the people require more instruction, more cord in opinion with the writer of the ex
culture, more foreign aid than at any pretreme desirableness of giving it publicity
vious period. While we do well to use through the medium of your interesting
every endeavour to make our missions pages. Most fervently praying that we
self-supporting, by contributions and native may hear of “greater things than these,”
agency, nothing can be more fatal than a and that Heaven's best blessings may de
premature withdrawment of our interest scend in a still greater abundance on the
and assistance. We have no reason for united efforts of Christian Missionary So
complaint, as far as this mission is concieties,
cerned; up to the present time both the I remain yours, very sincerely,
churches and the directors have manifested GEORGE EDGAR SLOPER,
the deepest sympathy towards us, and have Devises, April 15th, 1849.
always rendered timely and willing aid. “MY DEAR FRIEND,—You say in your We do well to rejoice and give thanks to kind epistle, Christian love is expressive, God for all that has been done here; but we must not forget, that twenty-five years A and B ; my voice followed that of my ago Raratonga and its neighbouring islands teacher; I did not know, then, that it was were in the grossest idolatry! These to be the light of my soul.' churches still require the prayer and “ Another old man, who had been one of counsel of the parent churches at home. It the conquered party, and for many years had will be gratifying to you to know that the lived with his chief in a strong natural for. people are doing something towards the tress, rose up, and out of the fulness of his advancement of the Saviour's kingdom. heart said :- Friends and Brethren, it was Upwards of 3001. are annually collected by | well, indeed, that our fathers used to exhort the people of the groupe for the Society; | us, “ Takatakai marie, e te an potoki e, raised principally by the sale of arrow Kai Kitea tetai inapotea, Kare oki e taka i root. Thirteen native teachers are lo- teia;” '-tread softly, my son, you may yet cated at different stations on the islands ; | see moonshiny nights, our present state is twelve are already among heathen lands not fixed. Meaning, by moonshiny nights, in the distant west; and fourteen are under future days of prosperity, and exhorting daily instruction in our Institution-three of his son not to expose himself anncessarily whom are devoted to go forth on the ar- | to danger.—But who thought of seeing rival of the missionary ship from England. snch shiny days as these. It was well we How great the honour thus put on the went softly in those days of death, or we churches at home, and how great and un might now have been among the dead. Let reserved should be the amount of praise tous rejoice in Jesus. He is our King; his God. It would rejoice many a Christian's reign is a reign of love and peace. Ye heart at home to see the good old native children and young people, listen to my teacher Papehia, who first brought the word of exhortation,- I say to you, tread Word of God to these people. He and his softly, you may yet see other shiny days; native colleague, who were at the burning hold fast : go forward ; have the heart of a of all the Raratonga idols, are still in our warrior : enlist under Jesus ; and you shall midst ; both active and devoted deacons of yet see the bright day of his glory in our churches. A few days ago we held | heaven.' our May meeting. The people of our two " I did not intend to give so long a report stations met. After the sermon, 300 indi of our meeting, but I doubt not it will gladviduals united in commemorating the dying den your heart to see how these poor people love of the Saviour ; after which, some of rejoice in the glorious salvation. All who the elder members spoke. One of the engage in this enterprise shall have a sure native teachers said, “How changed is and most plentiful reward ; the spoils of your condition to-day to that which we saw victory shall be divided between those who when we first landed among you. We labour abroad and those who labour at found you wild beasts, – but Christ, the good home. shepherd, has made you lumbs of his fold. June 30.-Since I wrote the enclosed, we I well remember the day I first landed have hailed with pleasure the return of our here, Williams said, “if you find Papehia fine missionary vessel, the “ John Williams." alive join yourself to him, and as soon as She arrived off our island on the 17th of you can go to all the chief places of the land.” 1 May, and we expect is now sailing among Soon after coming on shore, we went to | the dark heathen lands to the west of us. the other side of the land. I had a coloured “ It will always rejoice our hearts to hear shirt on ; but long before we arrived every from our Christian friends over which you bit was picked off my back. Alas! how | preside; may the best blessing of the love changed is our condition this day. Jesus, of our Saviour rest on them as a people, the Son of God, of whom we have heard and your honoured labours among them be to-day, has been our Saviour !
very useful. Oh, that all the churches in " A young chief said :-'I was a little our beloved land were united and zealous lad when Papehia first came to our land; in this glorious cause. The heathen are the report of his landing soon flew round perishing,-shall we let them ? God forto all the district. We were in the moun- | bid : • Come to the help of the Lord, to the tains, where we had been driven by our help of the Lord against the mighty. The enemies; strange tidings reached us every Lord waiteth to be gracious to the nations day. Jehovah was the only God ; Jesus of the earth. When shall it be that all shall the only Saviour. Our gods are lies. The rejoice in his name. whole land was taken by surprise. Some "Praying for your prosperity and peace, said, prepare the oven and cook these
“I am, my dear Friend, foreigners. Others said, wait a little until
“Yours affectionately, another ship comes, then send them away.
“ WILLIAM GILL. Little did we think how things would end. "To the Rev. Richard Elliot, Devizes." I well remember, some little time after, the gods were burned. I was brought to the house of Papehia; there I frst learnt my
THE CONVERTED NAIK AND HIS WIFE, The following communication was addressed by Mrs. Lewis, of Nagercoil, to a Christian lady in Birmingham, who for several years has paid an annual subscription for the support of a Native Female Teacher, under the name of SARAH MANSFIELD Glover. An additional interest attaches to the teacher at present representing this name, on account of her connection by marriage with a devoted Native Evangelist now dead, and to whom the remarks of Mrs. Lewis chiefly apply :
I have the pleasure to inform you that the subscription for Şarah Mansfield Glover has been handed over to me from another part of this district; and I feel a peculiar gratifica. tion in having your representative as a co-worker with me in the Lord's vineyard. I have bestowed the name on Lydia, the young widow of my dear husband's late Moonshee, Daniel Griffiths, whose history you may perhaps have heard. He was the first-fruits of Mr. Lewis's labours in this heatben land--a young man of high Caste—the Naik; from which many of the Kings of India are chosen. He was a hardened heathen, but a clever man; and so much respected, by even the Brahmins, at Coimbatoor, at which place we were then located, that he was employed by them to teach their sons English, and was even allowed to eat in their houses. He was educated by a celebrated College Moonshee in Madras, who sent him back to bis friends a thorough Vishnooite, and assured them that he was fully qualified to argue with any Missionary who might fall in his way, being furnished by him with as many as two hundred objections to Christianity.
It was under these circumstances that our brother Missionary of that place engaged him, on our arrival from England, to teach us the Tamil language; remarking at the time, that, though he was the only clever man in Coimbatoor, he had less hope of his conversion than of almost any other person he knew, so hardened did he appear,
Of his two hundred objections to Christianity, he brought forward, day by day, those which he thought unanswerable: many an hour did he and Mr. Lewis spend together in conversing on the all-important truths of Divine Revelation, and, by God's mercy, the haughty Naik was at last humbled and brought low, even to the foot of the Cross. On one occasion he was overwhelmed with a sense of his lost condition as a sinner, and prostrated himself on the floor in my husband's study, crying out in the agony of his soul, “Oh! Sir, what shall I do to be saved ?" Our feelings at that moment I shall never forget. Many were the prayers that had been offered for him, and there we beheld the answer! He was a new creature in Christ Jesus. Great indeed was the change that appeared in him; and many, many were the proofs he gave of the sincerity of his Christian profession. He renounced his Caste entirely, and ate in the houses of the poorest Chris. tians; shewing, by his conduct towards them, that he considered them in the light of brethren; and he was, in return, beloved and respected by them.
The excitement produced in the town by his conversion was very great. We often saw crowds of people congregated together, and many were the plans they formed for his de. struction ; but the Lord kept him. His worldly sacrifices for Christ's sake were great. His scholars left him, lest they should be polluted by his touch-his property was taken from him by his brother-and his monthly income, which, at that time, must have been about fifty rupees, was reduced to about eight, as the salary of a Native Teacher. But he used often to say, “Ah! Sir, I am always happy pow, but formerly I did not know what happiness was.” He feared not the threats of the people, though had he not lived under our roof from the day he made a public profession, and had not God restrained the band of the wicked, it is most probable that he would have fallen a victim to their rage.
From the time of his conversion he preached daily in their streets, beseeching the heathen to turn to the Lord. On one occasion, when he was addressing a crowd of people, a Mo. hammedan took off his slipper and struck him on the cheek with it-the greatest indignity
which can be offered to a Hindoo (page 265). Daniel immediately turned to him the other cheek, when the Mohammedan, completely ashamed, said, “What sort of religion is this which you have adopted ? At one time you would have beaten me for such a deed.”
In the year 1843 we removed to Madras, whither Daniel, at his own request, accompanied us, and on his way thither became the husband of a very interesting young woman residing at Bangalore, named Lydia, a female convert to Christianity from among the Canarese people in that place. Our dear Missionary sister, Mrs. Sewell, was the honoured instru. ment in the hands of God of her conversion. From the time of their marriage till her husband's death, they enjoyed much happiness in their union, and were blessed with three children, one of whom is now with her father in glory.
Daniel was studying in the Theological Seminary at Bangalore till a short time before his death, when it was deemed necessary to remove him to Madras, where he died. Though, for a short time before his death, his mind was affected, he still retained his love to Christ; for Mr. Sugden, his tutor, writes of him, “I never heard that, during the whole of his illness, there was anything in him unworthy of the Christian character. Love to Christ and all the people of God, and deep pity for the poor heathen, were ever the characteristics of his conversation. I have never met, either in England or in this country, a more simple-minded, intelligent, and zealous Cbristian. He came with us to Bangalore from Madras when we first landed, and I have had many opportunities of observing his lovely Christian deportment—his perseverance and industry as a Student-and his patient endurance of persecution.”
He was a very affectionate husband, and his dear young widow feels his loss most acutely: often, when speaking of his kindness to her, or his love to God, the tears of affection roll down her cheeks. After his death, at her own particular request, she left Bangalore, and, with her babes, joined us at Santhapooram, or “ The village of Peace.” She is a great come fort to me, and is employed in teaching in my school. From her influence over my forty girls, both in and out of school-hours-for she is with them almost constantly-1 anticipate the best results. She teaches by example, as well as by direct precept; and the former often makes a more lasting impression than the latter.
I am grieved to say I have been obliged to send away several of the biggest girls, because I really have not rice to give them : those who remain have been for some time entirely dependent upon ourselves, and we have contracted a large debt rather than dismiss them, hoping that relief will come. If not, we must again lessen the number. The beautiful articles so kindly sent from Birmingham have been conveyed to the Neilgherries to be sold. A child can be supported for the small sum of 21. 108. a year, and, if we had a few more special subscriptions, it would be a great relief to our minds. You would be delighted to see dear Lydia, and Leah, another good woman, visiting the poor and the afflicted. They are my two principal teachers in our adult female Sabbath-school;. and, together, conduct a prayermeeting every Wednesday with the women of our congregation. Lydia, though so lately an entire stranger to the people, takes a lively and active interest in their spiritual as well as their temporal affairs, and has already gained their affection and esteem. I do believe that the Lord will make her a great blessing among this people. Pray for her, and for us, that we may receive all needful grace from the living Fountain !
RENOVATION OF THE MISSION. The long suspension of the work of God in this extensive settlement, in consequence of the late hostilities with the Caffres, together with the serious injuries sustained in every department of the Mission during that disastrous period, have been frequently noticed in former numbers. When our Missionary brethren returned with the people to their homes they found the chapel burnt, many of the