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• At Meerut, the Rev. Mr. Fisher continues to co-operate with the Committee. He has received several native converts during the past year, and is surrounded by an interesting company of pious soldiers.
The school at Lucknow no longer exists, as it has pleased God to remove Mr. Hare, its superintendent, by death.
During the past year 17,150 Tracts and School books have issied from the Committee's press for the use of schools, and for distribution by the Missionaries. The Report concludes with a notice of the formation of the Church Missionary Association, which we mentioned in our last number.
Since the date of the above Report, (it reaches to the end of August, 1823), the Corresponding Committee has been changed into “The Calcutta Auxiliary Church Missionary Society.” This change was effected at a meeting held, in the Old Church Room, on Monday, the 1st of December, 1823; when the Lord Bishop of Calcutta took the chair, and was elected President of the Society,
MYMUNSING.-Our friend Mr. Reily has experienced a severe loss in the death of his wife, which occurred on Christmas-day. He is left with six interesting children. It has given us much pleasure to know, from several sources, that Mrs. Reily was fully prepared to meet her end. For some time previous to her confinement(sixteen days after which she expired) her mind had been deeply affected by a sense of her sinfulness. But she was graciously enabled to commit herself to the mercy of God in Christ Jesus, and to depart in the joyful hope of a glorious resurrection.
Our friends at Mymunsing continue their exertions to spread abroad the knowledge of the gospel around them, for which they have many favourable opportunities. Many resort to them for religious tracts, and for conversation, and they are pleased thus to sow the seed, the fruit of which they hope will be reaped at a future time. Some of those with whom they associate at the station, afford pleasing evidence of a divine change in their souls. Those who were accustomed to do evil, have learned to do well.
CUTTACK.-We have lately received several letters from our friends at this station. Mr. and Mrs. Lacey arrived there on the 18th Dec. after rather an unpleasant passage from Calcutta. Mr. Peggs met them at Patamoonday, and the remainder of their passage was a sort of missionary excursion up the river to Cuttack. They met
with great attention from the Natives, and distributed many gospels and tracts. The schools under the care of our friends are highly prosperous.
“You would have been pleased,” says Mrs. Peggs, “ to have seen sixty girls at our last examination :” and the boys? schools also succeed exceedingly well. The school books of Bengal are in course of translation for their use, by our friends.
ALLAHABAD.-Mr. Mackintosh writes, Dec. 31st, 1823:—“I am sorry that I have no increase by baptisms, although many still attend the preaching of the Word of Life, at my house, from my Hindoo neighbours. There are three of us of the family who are men bers, and three of the brethren in the fortwhere I have aşsisted in carrying on the means of grace for some months past, twice in the week: I have also dispensed the word of God at the Serjeant Major’s in the two sepoy lines, once in the week, amongst a few who have attended the meetings. At these stated places I have been greatly and kindly assisted by my friend, Mr. T. C.who is so good as to take me in his buggy to them, and bears an active part in conducting worship alternately with me. My regular course round the neighbourhood is commonly in the mornings and evenings, endeavouring to excite concern in the minds of my fellow mortals for the salvation of their souls, and pointing out the absurdity of idol worship, by visiting the ghauts, temples, bazars,
the chouk, and at times near the Collector's court, or at the sepoy guard. At evening prayers I have the pleasure of three of my Christian neighbours joining me regularly. Since my last to you, a few natives have called for conversation and books. I have had as many as twelve little girls learning the alphabet; but only ten regularly attend at present for a few hours at my house. They are taught by me and Mrs. M. and, being poor people's children, they are greatly stimulated by a few pice we give them at times. At present there is plenty of employment for the boys and girls of the poor classes, on the new embankment of the Jumna, opposite or near to where I reside. The fonr Hindoo boys are getting on well in reading the New Testament in Hindee. I am sorry to say that the parents of the Mahommedan children learning Persian, have take en alarm by the introduction of the New Testament among them, not willing that the children should read it. Our meeting in the fort will be thip now, as the company is just going to march to Benares for the practice. I am in expectation of brother Smith from
Benares, and brother Bowley from Chunar, for the annual melah, which will commence in about twelve days hence.”
FUTTYGHUR.-Mr. Richards writes, Dec. 30, 1823:-“ Your affectionate letter came to hand yesterday as I was conversing with a Hindoo man, with whom I have had conversations for this year past at different times, but the word seems to have become effectual at last, for he confessed that this is the way of salvation, and he has promised that he would come and join us with his wife ; and he is therefore gone, to bring her. Let me send you another piece of good news, that God has turned the heart of another Hindoo, named Thakoor-dass. After he heard the word, he broke the chain of his cast, and threw away the beads he had on his neck. Now he is living with us, and says, that the Lord has looked on bim at last, for he has been seeking him for these nine years, and now seems to be quite happy.--This morning as I went ont towards the river, I conversed with a brahmun who was making earthen images; and as I was talking with him, a Mussulman from behind, an old man, came and saluted me, and began to converse with me; saying, “ I have been seeking God for these many years, in my own religion ; and in the Hindoo religion; but I cannot find bim; therefore I would wish to know your religion.” I answered, “I am very happy that you are seeking the true God, and if you are seeking him with a true heart you will find him, as he says in the gospel “ seek and. you shall find.” So we conversed for a long time. At last he took leave, and went home, saying, that he would come to me to my house, and hear me more on this point. After I came home, as I was worshipping with my family in Hindee, he came in and seated himself and heard with great attention; after worship we had a very long conversation. He seems to see his errors and has promised to come again, and hear more on this subject. May the Lord turn the hearts of all those people, so that they may see the want of a Saviour, and flee to that Lamb who taketh away the sins of the world. Pray for this Church, as this is one of the least and poorest of the churches of Christ, I again intreat you, pray for it, my dear brother."
DELHI.- Mr. Thompson, we are happy to say, has been 'enabled to make a small beginning relative to Native Female Education, in this large city. Although it is small, we have no doubt it will inevitably prepare the way for better things. Mr. T. writes, “I have
mentioned to Dr. Marshman, that a Brahminee had undertaken the tuition of adult females, but gave no hope as to children, that being a delicate subject. About seven females, widows and married women, read books I have through my pundit furnished them with ; and two have sent specimens of their writing.”
BURMAH.-By letters dated 8th December, 1823, we understand that Mrs. Judson, with Mr. and Mrs. Wade, arrived safely at Rangoon on the 5th of that month. Every thing was then quiet, and there was no apprehension of danger. Mr. and Mrs. Judson were to proceed on their journey to Ava, on the 9th December.
BENCOOLEN.-Our letters from this increasingly important station are not of later date than the 26th September last. At that time, Sir Stamford Raffles was busily laying plans for the better admi. nistration of justice, and the diffusion of knowledge amongst the subjects of his government, in which he had engaged the assistance of our missionary brethren. He has directed a Report to be made on the practicability of establishing schools in every district under the Company's influence, including an extent of 250 miles. Mr. N. Ward has been appointed Secretary of the Bible Society, which is extending its efforts so as to print all the versions of the Scriptures that may be required in the Island. It has already undertaken two, the Malay, and the Javanese ; the former of which is now in the press, and the latter completely ready, (to be put to press, we suppose.) Mr. Burton has also commenced a version in the Batta, which will be ready as soon as the Society is prepared to undertake it.
PADANG. We have had the pleasure of receiving from Mr. Evans a letter as late as the 8th December, 1823. At that time bis health was still indifferent; but he proceeds with his work, and finds his opportunities of usefulness increased, and his hindrances removed or diminished. He frequently has large and attentive audiences amongst the natives ; and about twenty or thirty persons regularly attend English worship. Of some of these, he has reason to hope that they have felt the power of divine truth. We are happy to say, that Mrs. Evans and her little children enjoy excellent health.
MADRAS.-By a letter from a friend at Madras, dated 27th Dec. 1823, we are grieved to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Loveless were expected to embark this month for England, on account of their extremely ill health.
THE FRIEND OF INDIA.
THE LIFE OP JOHN AMOS COMENIUS.
(Concluded.) MOREOVER by the will of God I have been drawn also in to another labyrinth by publishing the divine revelations which have been made in our days, with the title, ‘ Lux in tenebris, or The light in darkness. But thereby I have not only been involv, ed in much labour, trouble, and anxiety, but I have also incurred much envy
and risk. I will commit the whole matter unto God, and be satisfied, like Jeremiah, to have written and sent to Babylon the predictions of the judgments which shall be executed upon Babylon; I have bound a stone to the book and cast it into the Euphrates, (Jeremial li. 63.)
What shall I do now after wearying myself all my life time with so many useless labours and by pursuing so many devious ways ?-Shall I say with Elijah, . It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers,'(1 Kings xix. 4.) or with David, · Now when I am old and grey-beaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.' (Psalm lxxi. 18.) I say ueither the one, nor the other, in order that I may no longer be disquieted by anxious wishes ; I commit all things into the hands of God, whether he chuse for me life or death, rest or labour; I will follow him with closed eyes whithersoever he may lead me, praying humbly and full of confi'dence with David: Guide me, O Lord, by thy holy counsel, and at last receive me to glory. (Psalm lxxiii. 24. German trans"lation) Or if I should still be permitted to undertake any thing