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“It is high time to apprize you of my arrival in Dacca, and of other circumstances, in which I am aware you will feel interested, that have taken place since I had the pleasure of seeing you. You will call to remembrance that I complained of indisposition of Lody when at Serampore, but entertained a hope of relief by means of the river breeze, on my way to Dacca. This however, was not exactly the case ; and to add to my distress, I was overtaken by a severe storm at a place called Jaffergunge, just as I entered the great Purda, which could scarcely, be less than four miles broad. had timely notice of the storm, as it advanced with a thick mist, and eventually a heavy shower; but unfortunately we were driven with, violence upon the leeward shore, under a high bank, against which, notwithstanding our most strenuous efforts, there was the ute most danger of our being dashed. Little if any hope remained of our boat's riding out the storm, for, to add to our anxiety, a boat went down not above ten yards a-head of us. At this critical moment, almost at my wit's end, I sat down upon the bamboo platform, or deck, along side of the old Ameen, (the brahmun to whom you delivered the books for Dacca) to consult him relative to an attempt to get up the steep bank, in time, as the waves ran so high, and dashed so füriously against it, that'there would be little hope of our ese caping if the boat went down. We were then in a line, with my right knee touching his left, seated within about sixteen inches of the foot of the mast, when I became instantly insensible and fell backward.. However I recovered before I reached the deck, and cast my eyes towards the right, where the poor old man sat, who appeared in the act of rising, (having been knocked on the broad of his back,) in a most frightful condition, with his whole frame convulsed, and his body scarified in almost every part, as if performed with a knife, the web between the fore-finger and thumb cut to the bone, and the thumb turned down upon the wrist, a severe wound upon the breast, and the leaders of bis hams slirunk up, which totally deprived him of the use of his legs. Happy indeed was I'when he accosted me, although in a tone something like that which proceeds from a man about to breathe his last, 6 O! Sir what has befallen me ?” when instantly a clap of thunder struck us dumb for some seconds, and at once accounted for the fearful disaster, as we perceived no lightning when struck. However it pleased God to restore my wind, and afford me strength to offer a word of consolation to my
fellow-sufferer, to whom I had talked much, on the preceding night, of the glorious plan of salvation, and the boundless love of the Fa. ther towards perishing sinners, in delivering up the Son of his eternal love to die for them. Taking him by the arm, I told him, the Lord Jesus had saved his life, and entreated him to look up to him with his whole soul, and render him due praise for so signal a mercy-indeed I every moment (from his fearfully distorted coun'tenance, and convulsed frame) expected his end. On hearing the name of Jesus, tears gushed copiously from his eyes, and it drew forth this hearty prayer, “ O Lord Jesus, thou hast saved the vilest of sinners ; a rebel worthy of a thousand deaths, acknowledges with a heart full of gratitude, that thou, and thou alone, hast snatched me, vile wretch, from the very jaws of death!” This fervent, and, from all I then witnessed I am constrained to believe, sincere prayer, thanksgiving, and humble confession, drew forth tears of gratitude from me, and urged me to press the Saviour's love home to his soul, with redoubled energy ; when he extended his bleeding arms, and eyes as if fixed for death, towards heaven, and with a loud voice in the ears of nine persons then in the boat, appealed to heaven for the sincerity of his prayer ; adding in the most solemn, and indeed awful, manner, “ If I do not believe in and love the Lord Jesus, and acknowledge with my whole heart that his arm saved me from instant death and destruction, may another thunderbolt be hurled upon my head, and destroy me finally !!” I must acknowledge that this solemn appeal filled me with awe.
“The storm still raged, through which I made an attempt to spring towards the bank, after having arranged matters so as to have the Ameen either dragged or carried out, when I discovered that I had. lost the power of both legs, especially the left; but by striking and friction, 1 recovered the use of the right, and made a desperate ef- , fort, trusting in that merciful arm that had just preserved me from immediate death, and succeeded in getting up the bank ; on which I experienced fresh cause for thankfulness, as there was a very old man, one of the boatmen, crying out most piteously for help, with half of his body under the boat, which seemed as if pressing him to death, as he also, poor old man, was deprived of the use of his legs ; however I succeeded in dragging him out to a place of safe. ty, when the cry became universal that the boat was on fire in every direction within side. I therefore found it necessary to make
an attempt to get on board again, and as I began to feel the use of my legs, I happily succeeded ; when I discovered the whole of the fore part smoking. We soon succeeded, however, in getting the fire under, and I made once more for the shore to seek for help; and in a short time reached an Indigo factory at Jaffergunge Creek, from whence I despatched a party, who assisted in saving the boat, and in two days after, we reached Dacca.
“And now, my dear brother, where shall I find words or a heart to render thanks to the sinner's Friend,“ a very present help in time of need,” for all his mercies towards me, the most unworthy of any who bear the name of Christians Nine men, out of eleven that belonged to the boat, were wounded, the mast 15 feet high, was shattered into small fibres, and not a particle of it to be found, but the parts that were carried by the Quid into our flesh, the marks of which I have still in wounds upon both legs. The boat on fire, the storm raging, the waves threatening our immediate destruction; and not a single life lost ?" Yes, my brother, we are still numbered among the living, to praise God. I should have mentioned that the event took place between 11 and 12 o'clock, p. m. on the 25th October-you will remember I left Serampore on the 18th. The Ameen had himself conveyed in a boat to hear the word of God at our place of worship last Sabbath morning, and I am happy to say, promises to do well. May the Lord strengthen his convictions, and make him such another Krishnoo to Dacca, as the former was once to Serampore.”
It may be proper to mention that this bramhun is by no means a stranger to Divine truth. He has been with Mr. Leonard several years, and has long openly declared his renunciation of Hindooism and his belief in the Gospel. Domestic circumstances bave hithera to prevented his fully acting up this declaration, and being baptized : but we trust this affecting incident will lead him to feel the danger of trifling with or hesitating in the business of his soul's salvation.
HADJIPORE.—The following are extracts from a letter which we have had the pleasure of receiving from Mr. Leslie of Monghyr: they shew the spirit with which our dear brother has entered upon his important duties as a missionary ; and will be gratifying to every one who has grieved over the bereavements sustained by the
Church in India, and has been praying for a fresh sopply of labourers in the vineyard of God. " This is the time when the great annual assemblage of pilgrims takes place here, and such a scene I never expected to witness. I have never read or heard of any thing that can bear the least comparison with it, excepting the great assembly of Juggernath. Here are thousand's and tens of thousand's of weary pilgrims flocking in around us, covering the earth as the focusts do the face of the sky. On the opposite bank of the river, they appear as numerous as its sands, and though many boats have been employed all day in conveying them over, yet the number does not appear to be, in any degree lessened.
“On Monday last, (Nov. 1st,) I arrived here, accompanied by four native brethren who have been busily employed since then, in conversing, in reasoning, in preaching, and in distributing the Scriptures. We have had our principal station only a few yards from the temple to which the pilgrims resort ; and many hundreds, if not thousands, have heard the word of God. The demand that has been made upon us for books, has been so great that we could not attend to it. All classes have either come, or sent for the Scriptures. To-day the Raja of Patna stoppeď one of our brethren in the midst of the crowd, and asked him to give him the New Testament, telling bim that he had often wished to obtain it, and had even applied to some of his friends in Calcutta to procure it for him ; but he had not as yet received it. Two or three days ago another Raja sent to us for some of our books; and when we gave them, he asked what our charge was, and when we said that we did not make any charge, he replied that hie would not take them gratis; looking amongst them he picked out two, one of which was the Gospel Messenger, and returned the rest with two rupees.
We have had applications also from several other great men amongst the natives, and to-day two or three of them came, with their attendants, and sat down amongst the brethren, and received books and heard for themselves. Many of the brale · muns, also have received the word of God, as well as the common people. But I am sorry to have to tell you that we cannot answer all the requests that are made to us for books, and
my chief object in writing to yoa, at this time, is to ask you to have pity apon us, and endeavour to relieve us from the pain of denying the word of life to these needy sinners. Books of any sort will be reo ceived with eagerness.
*A:s to the effects produced in the minds of the people I can say nothing. One man, however, has been with us for the last three days, and appears a very hopeful character. To-day two or three of his brothers, and some others of his relations, came to take him away : but he would not go. They took him aside and reasoned with him; but he was overheard by one of our native brethren to say, that they might kill him, or burn him, or do whatever they chose, but he would not leave the Christians; that they had told him of the true way of salvation, and back to idolatry he would not go. And he told our brethren, that he had examined both the Hindoo and Mussulman religion, but he never could perceive in any of them, any thing like a sufficient atonement for the demerit of sin; and that he is convinced that what they have told him of the Atonement of Christ, must be the only way of'mercy.
".On our way here, we met with a very pleasing instance in one of the villages at which we stopped. We found a brahmun, who sometime ago had been at Monghyr, and had received a gospel and some other books, reading and expounding them, as he could, to the people; and this he was in the habit of doing. Indeed that very evening that we stopped there, he had been sent for from his kome by some of the people of the village, that they might hear him read what was contained in his new books. He was very much pleased to see our native brethren and staid with them as long as ke could. As we return to Monghyr next week, they will have an opportunity of seeing him again.
“ Last Sabbath I spent at Digah, and had a good congregation, particularly consisting of soldiers. Mrs. Rowe and all her family. were well. Mr. Dyer writes me, that the Society hopes to supply that station in a few months.
“P.S.- Poor Hingham Misr died on the 26th, in the act of praye er to God. We had just used our exertions to relieve him out of his difficulties, and bring him again to Mongbyr, and in three days after his return, he was seized with fever, and died in about a week. For some time before, he had been very earnest in exhorting his fellow-countrymen to believe the gospel ; and on his return to us though he was then well, he yet looked as if earth were to be no longer his home. From the little I saw of bim, my heart was strongly knit to him, and his loss has made me very sorrowful.”