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The Bengal Auxiliary Missionary Society.—This Society has erected a new Bungalow Chapel on Mr. Lindeman's premises, and ano, ther on the main road of Bhobaneepore, and continues to maintain the preaching of the gospel in the chapel at Mirzapore. In each of its chapels, a Christian school is conducted. Tallygunge was occupied as a missionary station for about ten months, and was then resigned to the Calcutta Diocesan Committee. Whilst the station was occupied, an eager attention was given to the preaching of the gospel, tracts obtained an extensive circulation, and the schools were well attended. Kidderpore has been the fixed residence of one of the missionaries, during the past year, and from it has come the first native convert the Society has had the privi. lege of introducing into the Christian Church. (See Friend of India, vol. vi. p. 159.) His conduct has been very satisfactory; and his wife, from being an opposer, has become a candidate for baptism. The deportment of others, too, is such as to warrant the hope that the work of conversion will proceed, Good attention is given to the preaching of the gospel, and the schools afford pleasing evidence of their utility. “ One boy receiving the Pentateuch as a loan, read 22 chapters in about two days, the principal events were so impressed upon his memory, that he recited nearly the whole of them as they stand recorded.” Last cold season, Messrs. Trawin, Hill, and Warden, went on a missionary tour as far as Gour, and at some places were welcomed by those whom they had addressed the year before. Missionaries were requested to be sent amongst them. At Chinsurab, missionary labour is still carried on, and the schools are peculiarly prosperous; beside those supported by Government, there are three mission schools, in which christianity is taught : the number on Sabbath morning is from 200 to 250. At Benares, Mr. Adam is doing all he can in preaching, distributing tracts, and conducting schools, though hitherto with but little marked effect. The Society appears to be upwards of 5,000 Rs. in debt.
Calcutta Baptist Missionary Suciety.-During the year reported, two persons have been received into Church membership; one a convert from Mussulmanism, whose attention was first directed to the Gospel by Bagchee the native preacher ; and the other a man who had been many years excluded from the Church at Serampore, and who has, it is hoped, been gradually restored to the feelings of personal piety. The native church, connected with this Society, now For the Extension of Christianity:
consists of ten members, of whom 5 or 6 have been converted through its instrumentality. Worship has been maintained in the four na. tive chapels belonging to the Society, in Calcutta ; and in doing this, considerable assistance bas been received from two of the members of the Calcutta Juvenile Society-an institution of much promise. The native chapel in Bow-Bazar has been devoted to the regular performance of Christian worship, as to a Christian rather than a heathen congregation, with the hope that it may become the resort of such as wish to know the way of the Lord more perfectly, and yet may not have obtained courage to apply · for personal instruction ; and also, that the heathen may have a better opportunity of witnessing the impressive solemnity of the ordinances and services of Christianity. The Missionary labours at Doorgapore have been somewhat relaxed through the frequent indisposition of Mr. E. Carey, the Missionary who has resided there ; and we are sorry to add, that he has been compelled to seek restoration to health by recourse to a change of olimate. Still the work is carried on, and though no decided conversion can be recorded, there have been pleasing instances of respect and at. tention. At Howrah, the gospel is preached to the natives on two days of the week, by the Society's preachers, Paunchoo and Bagchee : one Bungalow chapel has been opened, and another is in preparation, behind the English chapel, for the accommodation of those persons whose ignorance of the English language prevents their mixing with an English congregation. Traets, and portions of Scriptures, have been largely distributed : and amongst the members of the English congregation has been excited a concern for the spiritual necessities of the people, and especially the children, vale and female, around them.
At the close of last year, Messrs. Yates and Penney, accompanied by Paunchoo, proceeded down the river, as far as Ghatal, on a Missionary excursion, and were much interested by the anxiety, expressed by the numerous inhabitants of the villages in their route, to hear the gospel. At Chinsurah, Mr. Fenwick has been actively, and, we believe, gratuitously, engaged in disseminating the knowledge of the gospel, in connection with the Society. The Harmony of the Gospels in Hindoostanee, has been published during the year, but the care of printing tracts has been committed to the Calcutta Religious
Tract Society Two boys' Schools, containing nearly one hun. dręd pupils, have been conducted so as to secure the commụnica. tion of religious as well as common instruction. The Society has enjoyed the co-operation of Branch Societies amongst the Milita. ry at Nagpore, Cawnpore, Meerut, and Allahabad. The funds arę nearly equal to the expenditure, the receipts amounting to Rs. 3980 14.
CHINSURAH.-We turn to this Missionary station, not with the pleasing design of noticing the faithful labours of our Brethren there, but with the melancholy one of sympathizing in their sorrows. It has not been in our power till now, to notice, with the fullness which we thought becoming, the death of Mrs. Mundy, a christian indeed, who enjoyed the highest esteem of ourselves as well as all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. It is with sorrowful pleasure we now look back to a visit she paid us but a short time before her unexpected decease. She was indeed an ornament to religion, adorning the gospel of God ber Saviour, and recommending it to all who were witnesses of her godly conversation. Such was the feeling continually present to us, when she was in the midst of us. But she is gone to glorify her God in a superior sphere. She died on the 30th of July last.
An Obituary has appeared in the Bengal Auxiliary Missionary Chronicle, from which we shall extract what appears to us the most interesting of its contents, Mrs. Mundy had the invaluable adyantage of being the child of a pious mother, who used every means of prayer, tender ipstruction, and example, to make her acquainted with God. The happy consequence was, that she was very early the subject of religious feeling-remembering her Creator in the days of her youth. It was when she was in her 13th year that religion seemed to acquire stability and decision in her; and it was remarkable that reaďing the religious experience of a Missionary (her brother-in-law, the Rev. W. Reeve,) very much contributed to this. When she was about 18 years of age, she joined the family of her brother and sister, Missionaries at Bellary under the patronage of the London Missionary Society. Here she distinguished herself by assiduous attention to the domestic concerns of the family, rendered necessary by the illness of her sister and the death of Mrs. Hands ; by her endeavours to support the native schools, from the
Memoir of Mrs. Mundy.
profits of a small boarding school ; by her attention to the native language, and to the cultivation of her own mind both as it regards religion and general knowledge; by her firmness in refusing every matrimonial connection, however advantageous and even religiously proper, that would separate ber from missionary labour; and by the habitual circumspection and piety of her deportment.
“ She arrived at Chinsurah in March, 1821, and immediately commenced, by close application, the study of the Bengalee lan-, guage, which she acquired to a considerable extent. The deplorable state of the native females affected her heart, and caused her to adopt such measures as appeared most likely to benefit their condition. She therefore, in connection with Mrs. Townley, opened a school for the instruction of native female children, in which there are some w can now read tolerably well; and to this school three others have lately been added, one of which contains upwards of 60 girls; and frequently has her heart bounded with love and gratitude to God, when she has heard these neglected infants singing the Saviour's praise, and repeating those lessons which were able to make them wise unto salvation. She also directed her attention to the education of a few young Ladies in the settlement, who can bear testimony with how much affection and concern she sought their welfare."
“ On the 25th of July, she was attacked with the epidemic fever, which had raged throughout Calcutta, and had now penetrated the districts round about. This brought on, it is supposed, a premature bịrth; and on the evening of the 29th, she was safely delivered of a little boy, who still survives its Mother, and who, though deprived of the affectionate regard of such a parent, experiences maternal attention from a Lady in the same Mission. Soon after this event, the hearts of her family and friends were filled with joy in the prospect of her speedy recovery—They united in their thanksgivings to God, and fondly anticipated a continuanco of their joy. But alas ! soon they had to exclaim, ' Verily thou art a God that hideth thyself.' Within two hours after her delivery, death spread its awful gloom over the house ; and the dear de. parted calmly announced her hour to be at hand.”.
She suffered severely, but in the midst of her pains, she gave unequivocal testimony that her faith and hope did not fail her in the hour of trial. Her life and her deatḥ corresponded; and now she is in peace. At her interment, an appropriate address was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Lacroix ; and on the following sabbath, the Rev. J. Hill preached a funeral sermon on 2 Cor. v. 1. in the Church at Chinsurah, which was repeated, on the subsequent sab. bath, in Union Chapel, Calcutta.
Chittagong.-Extract of a letter from Mr. Johannes, dated 29th September, 1824:—“Sunday before last, four Europeans and three Mugs were baptized. Their experience was pleasing, and satisfac, tory to the church. There are other candidates for baptism, but I ; am not very well satisfied as to their walk as yet. I trust our cords here will be lengthened and stakes strengthened, and that by an ato , tendance of many every Sunday the Lord will turn many hearts unto himself. The men are well pleased with my labours, and would wish to stop here altogether, after the expedition; but it is uncertain whether they will be alive till then, and if spared in mercy, whether they will be allowed to be stationed here, although there is every probability of a company of Artillery remaining for the defence of the place.
“ A few days ago I visited one of the Female Schools. Thirty-one girls read before me, and the Teacher said he had forty in num- , ber. The girls read well, and gave me inexpressible pleasure in the examination. The other school contains sixteen now: so you see we have already fifty-six girls, and what may we not expect from · such a happy beginning ? The cause is the Lord's, and He will establish the works of our hands.
“ In the Benevolent Institution, I have the same number in attendance as last month. In a month or two I shall call an examinati. on, and then I have no doubt I shall do well, as many officers and gentlemen bave visited the school, and promised to do something for the work. The Itinerants are busily employed in preaching the gospel.
“ From the dearness of provisions here, the Mug brethren and widows have again applied for relief. I really see no change for the better, but things are getting dearer every day. native school teachers, has left the school, because I would not increase his pay. I am now endeavoring to get another, but if I do succeed, it must be with the greatest difficulty.
“I think if brother Fink was here, he might do much good among
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