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“ The Malay Bible, in the Arabic charac ter, had been carried on as far as the Book of Job, and is probably nearly completed : every opportunity for conveying the New Testament of this Version to the coasts of Sumatra, and other parts, has been improved. The whole remaining stock of your Malay Bible with Roman characters, formerly in the Depository of your Society, has been transferred, by sale, to the Netherlands Bible Society; as the Moluccas and other Islands, for the use of which it was designed, are included in the sphere of that Institution : among the reasons for instant compliance with the wish expressed by the Netherlands Society, to obtain possession of this Version, one was furnished by the gra: _tifying intelligence communicated by the Rev. Mr. Kam of Amboyna, that the distribution of the New Testament had excited a great desire for the whole Bible: in the mean time the Amsterdam Committee are engaged in printing an edition of the wbole Bible in this character; and the utmost care is taken to secure its correctness.
“ The Sumatra Auxiliary has presented to the Baptist Missionaries at Bencoolen the sum of 800 rupees, to enable them to print the Gospel of St. John in the Malay. The Rev. Mr. Robinson bad previously translated the Gospel of St. Mat. thew, "many copies of which,” writes the Secretary, “have been distributed among the Natives in this neighbourhood. They are readily received ; and by some, I have reason to believe, are read with considerable attention.”
“ We have lately had applications from some of the people of Moco-Moco, to the vorthward, and other distant parts of the coast, for copies of the New Testament, which are also read in our Native Schools, at tbe request of the scholars.”
“We add an extract relative to Amboyna, from the Report of the Netherlands Bible Society.
“ The Malay New Testament, in the Roman character, is so widely circulating in the islands of Amboyna, that although 10,000 copies had been forwarded thither by the British and Foreign Bible Society, and afterward a considerable number of copies of the whole Bible had been transmitted from the same source, yet the want is so great, and the applications so urgent, that a new edition is now preparing at Haerlem, of which the Netherlands Bible Society bas pledged itself for 5000 copies, and the British and Foreigo Bible Society for 1000 copies of the New Testament and 500 of the whole Bible, when printed.
“ Letters from the Rev. Joseph Kam, of Amboyna, state that the eight Missionaries, mentioned in the last Survey as sent out by the Netherlands Missionary Society, had proceeded to their respective destinations. No Missionary remained at Am. boyna but Mr. Kam: seven or eight more were wanted for other islands.
“Amboyna being favourably situated for intercourse with many groupes of islands around it, a Missionary Society has been formed there, in order to afford assistance in the support of the Missionaries of the Netherlands Society, and to aid the printing of School Books and Tracts."
Sumatra, Java, and Amboyna, are the islands included in this division. In Sumatra there are three stations, Bencoolen, Padang, and Sebolga, occupied by four missionaries of the Baptist Missionary Society. In Java there are two stations, Batavia and Salatiga, with four missionaries, two from the Baptist, and two from the London Missionary Society. In Amboyna the London Missionary Society has one missionary. In all, six stations, and nine missionaries. .
AUSTRALASIA AND POLYNESIA.-" A full and accurate account of the principal object in this Division of the Survey, the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependencies, has been made public in the Reports of the Commissioner of Inquiry, John Thomas Biggs, Esq. who was sent out by Government to investigate the condition of that Colony. The First Report, on the state and management of the Convicts, was ordered, in June 1822, by the House of Commons, to be printed : it forms a folio volume of 186 pages. A Second Report, of 90 pages, on the Judicial Establishments of New South-Wales, and a Third, of 112 pages, on its Agriculture and Trade, its Ecclesiastical and Medical Establishments, the state and character of its Population, and the amount of its Revenue and Expenditure, were printed by order of the house in the subsequent session.
"These Reports furnish a fund of important information and evince great sagacity and diligence. The Commissioner may not have acquired, in every instance, as we shall in one case point ont, the means of forming an exact and discriminating judgement of things ; but, every where, there appears to us to be a vigilant endeavour to do justice to all parties, in travel. ling through a complicated and difficult inquiry, intimately blended with the passions and interests of individuals. A most honourable testimony is borne by the Commissioner to the character and conduct of the First Chaplain of the Colony, Australasia and Polynesid,
the Rov. Samuel Marsden; and the following remarks on the intercourse of the Colony with the Islands will shew that he entered, with interest, into the great subjects which have occupied so much of Mr. Marsden's attention and care.
“A few successful attempts were made at one period in the colonial vessels, to supply the China and Batavia Market with sandal-wood, pearl shells, and beche la mer, from the Fejee and Marquesas Islands, and to import cargoes of tea in return. The outrages committed by the crews of these vessels upon the Natives of the South-Sea Islands, and the spirit of vengeance that these outrages excited, as well as the subsequent and successful competition of the Americans in this branch of commerce, have been the causes of its decline in the hands of the inhabitants of New South-Wales; and the trade that they now carry on with the South-Sea Islands is restricted to that wbich was first opened by the Missionaries, consisting of the exchange of cocoa-nut oil and salt poik, for coarse cottons and iron-ware.
«The desire of the inhabitants of all the South-Sea Islands to obtain fire-arms and gunpowder, bas much impeded the attempts of the Missionaries to introdoce among them a knowledge of Christianity; and, as the intercourse of the vessels engaged in the South-Sea Fisheries has not been found susceptible of any effectu. al restraint, many instances have occurred on one side of violent and unpunished outrage, and on the other savage and indiscriminate revenge.
“ The extensive and beautiful Islands of New Zealand have been the most frequent theatres of these afflicting occurrences; as they are more resorted to than the other islands, on account of the excellence of the harbours, and the facility of obtaining supplies. The warlike and hostile spirit of the native tribes towards each other has been fed by the instruments of destruction, that their intercourse with Europeans has placed in their hands. The Missionaries themselves have incurred some danger from the same cause ; and such is now the value attached to the possession of fire-arms among the New Zealanders, that no supplies of food can be obtained from them, even by the Missionaries, withont some concession to their prevailing love of war and revenge. Several of these islanders have visited New South-Wales ; and a few of them have been taught the art of spinning flax, and have learnt to read and write, in a School established by the Rev. Mr. Marsden at Paramatta. Their attainments, however, have not corresponded to the sanguine expectations which he had formed of them. If the Missionaries at New Zealand should bereafter pay more attention to the cultivation of their land, and to place before the eyes of the Natives the practical benefits of the arts of civilization and commerce, they will be more likely to obtain influence over the New Zealanders, and to detach them from the pursuits of war and plunder in which they now so obstinately engage. At present, the trade between New Zealand and the other Islands of Soath-Seas, from one or other of the causes before mentioned, is very inconsiderable.
“ In the Society Islands, however, the efforts of the Missionaries have been more successful, both in the diffusion of a knowledge of Christianity, and in exciting a disposition to coltivate intercourse with the subjects of the Crown of Great Britain. The trade that has hitherto existed has been altogether in the hands of the Missionaries, directed by the Reverend Mr. Marsden, their agent at Sydney; the articles exported from thence having cousisted of cotton goods and
supplies for the Missionaries, who, in return, have sent cocoa-nut oil and salted pork to Sydney. An attempt was lately made, at that port, to engage in a di. rect trade with the King of Taheite ; and it appears that the coltivation both of sugar, cotton, and coffee, may be expected to increase in that and the other Is. lands, and enable the Natives to carry ou an extensive trade in those articles with New South-Wales.
6. It is but right to remark on this passage, that more full information, in reference to the proceedings in New Zealand, would have led the Commissioner to qualify his remarks on the Missionaries, by stating that though some of them had made concessions to the love of war among the Natives, by supply. ing them with the means of carrying it on, yet others have resisted all such concessions and have diligently devoted them. selves to every pursuit whereby they might wean the people from rapine and plunder to the arts of cultivation and peace.”
This Division is subdivided into New South Wales, New Zealand, the Friendly, the Georgian, the Society, the Raivaivai, and the Sandwich Islands. In New South Wales there is only one missionary to the Natives, supported by the Wes. leyan Missionary Society; another, from the Church Missionary Society, was resident there till he should be enabled to proceed to New Zealand. In New Zealand, are the stations Rangheehoo, Kiddeekiddee, and Wangaree, occupied by five missionaries, and eight teachers and settlers, in connection with the Church Missionary Society, and the Wesleyan Missionary Society. Tongataboo in the Friendly Islands, is occupied by one missionary and two mechanics, from the Wesleyan Missionary Society. The Georgian Islands include Otaheite, and Eimeo, and connected with them are the Paumotu Islands. In Otabeite are seven missionaries and two artisans; in Eimeo, are two missionaries; and in the Paumotu Islands are two native teachers; all being under the patronage of the London Missi onary Society. The Society Islands comprehend Huaheine, Raiatea, Taba, Borabora, and Maupiti, in which there are five missionaries, and two native teachers, from the London Missionary Society. The Raivaivai Islands contain Raivaivai, Tabuai, Rurutu, and Rimatara, which are occupied by eleven West Indies - Wesleyan Missions.
native teachers from the Georgian and Society Islands. These sta:ions, also, are connected with the London Missionary Society. In the Sandwich Islands are two stations in Woahoo, and Atooi. At the time of the Survey there were four missionaries, two assistant missionaries, and two native assistants : but a strong reinforcement sailed from New Haven, in November 1822. The American Board of Missions and the London Missionary Society harmoniously co-operate in this field of missionary labour.
In the whole Division, then, there are twenty-six missionaries, tuo assistant missionaries, twelve teachers or settlers, and seventeen Native Assistants,
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WESLEYAN MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES. The Wesleyan Missionary Society have missions in the is. lands of Jamaica, Antigua, Dominica, Nevis, St. Christopher's, Montserrat, St. Eustatius, St. Martin's, Tortala, St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbadoes, Tobago, Trinidad, St. Bartholomew, and the Bahamas, and in Demerara; in which places upwards of fifty regular missionaries are employed, beside catechists and other agents iy the instruction of the Slaves and free People of Colour, in the principles and morals of Christianity. Out of their congregations, which in most of these stations are very numerous, 25,176 persons of these classes, of whom upwards of 20 000 are Slaves, have been admitted as members of their societies; who, having been brought from pagan darkness and habits under the influence of religion, are, with their families, under the constant care of the Missionaries, regularly attend Divine Worship, and have afforded, in their general conduct, the most convincing proofs of the beneficial influence of Christian instruction upon social order and happiness. The Black and Coloured children instructed in the Mission Schools, or regularly catechised by the personal exertions of the Mis. sionaries, is about 8,000. Of the good and peaceable conduct of the Society's Missionaries, and the excellent effects