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Rev. J. B. Warden, G. Money, Esq. and the Rev. J. Wilson. The vote of thanks to the president, officers and members of the Committee, was acknowledged by the Rev. J. Statham. The meeting proved exceedingly gratifying to all present, amounting, we believe, to nearly three hundred persons.
“ On Monday, January 5, and the two following days, was held the Bengal Annual Association of Missionaries and Ministers of various denominations, the public services of which were as follows: At Lall-Bazar Chapel, on Monday evening, a sermon was preached by the Rev. M. Hill, from Matt. vi. 10, and the devotional services conducted by the Rev. Messrs. J. Hill and D. Schmid.
“On Tuesday, two services were conducted in the Bengalee language, one in the morning, at the Bhowaneepore Native Chapel, when Mr. C. C. Aratoon prayed, Mr. Ray read the Scriptures, and Bagchee, (a converted brahmun,) and Rev. E. Carey, preached. The other service in the afternoon at Bow-Bazar Native Chapel, where the Rev. Messrs. Lacroix (of Chinsurah) and Trawin preached, and the brethren C. C. Aratoon and Bagchee engaged in pray
The native congregations at both places were numerous and attentive.
“On Wednesday morning, a conference for the discussion of missionary subjects was held at Mr. Lindeman's house, Dhurrumtol
and in the evening, a public service in English at Union Chapel, when the Rev. J. Statham prayed, and Dr. Marshman preached from Ezekiel xxxvi. 37. Thus terminated this interesting association for the present year, the services of which, we doubt not, will be recollected with pleasure by all who attended them.”—As. Obs.
On Thursday evening, Jan. 8th, the Anniversary of the Serampore and Calcutta Baptist Missionary Society, was held in Lall-Bazar Chapel. The Rev. Jas. Hill preached an excellent sermon from James v. 20. for the benefit of the ety, after which the Report was read by the Rev. J. Mack, the Secretary. It will be published in a few days, and we shall then lay the substance of it before our readers. Several resolutions were briefly proposed by the Rev. Dr. Marshman, which were unanimously adopted.. At the close of the service a liberal collection was made.
On Wednesday evening, Jan. 28, the Anniversary of the Bengal Auxiliary Missionary Society was held in Union Chapel. The Rey. S. Trawin was called to the chair ; the Report was read by.
Native Female Schools-Benevolent Institution.
the Rev. Jas. Hill, and the several motions made and seconded by the Rev. W. Yates, the Rev. M. Hill, the Rev. J. Statham, the Rev. J. Lawson, Mr. Edmonds, Mr. Thomas, and the Rev. J. B. Warden. · We hope, hereafter, to have an opportunity of noticing the Report of the Society, the meeting we were unavoidably prevented from attending
Intimately connected with these Anniversaries were several School examinations at the close of the year.' On Friday, Dec. 12, 1823, at the Old Church Rooms, there was an examination of the Native Female Schools under the superintendence of Mrs. Wilson, which was honoured by the presence of Lady Amherst: and on the follow ing Friday, at the school at Gowree Ber, near Calcutta, the schools superintended by Mrs. Colman were examined.
On Tuesday, the 230 December, the children educated by the Benevolent Institution were examined by Dr. Marshman, the Secretary, in the presence of a numerous and highly respectable company. After the Boys had been examined in reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar, and geography; some of the eldest of them recited various pieces which they had committed to memory; and read a chapter in Bengalee in a manner highly pleasing. A number of them then gave an account of the books they had, in the course of the year, taķen for perusal ont of the small Juvenile Library provided for the use of the school. Pleased with the improvement made by these youths and the prospect it presented of their future usefulness in life, the company then proceeded to the Girl's School Room. Here the table was covered with specimens of their needle-work, which the ladies present appeared to contemplate with peculiar delight, as affording to these poor girls, not only the means of rendering them useful in their family circles, but of saving them from destruction by enabling them to support themselves, should they be left destitute, Their progress in reading and writing, was afterwards examined; and appeared to augment the general satisfaction. Afterwards all the children having assembled in the large school room, they sung the Eighth of “Watts's Songs for Children;" and the Reverend James Hill offered up a highly appropriate prayer for the children, their instructors, 'and the patrons and supporters of the Institution.
The general appearance of these poor children, about Two Hundred and Fifty in number, of whom between eighty and ninety were,
girls, was such as highly to gratify the mind. Although they could merely be said to be clothed, their cleanly appearance, particularly that of the Girls, which exceeded that of any former year, and the cheerfulness and animation visible in their countenances, seemed almost insensibly to fill the company with pleasure and delight. The Lady to whom the children have been indebted this, as well as so many preceding years, for supplies of clothing, honored the Examination with her company, and manifested a deep interest in the improvement of the children.
On Christmas-day the children were assembled in Lall-Bazar Chapel, when the Rev. J. Statham affectionately addressed them in a sermon suited to the occasion. After sermon, a liberal collection was made on behalf of the Institution.
Seamen.-On Monday evening, Jan. 26, a prayer-meeting was held on board the H. C. C. Ship Potton, at the request of the Commander, Capt. Wellbank. The deck, which is very spacious for a ship of her size, was cleared, and carefully enclosed with awnings and flags, and comfortably seated. A number of friends attended from the shore, likewise several officers and seamen, and others connected with the shipping, and the whole of the Potton's officers and crew. Mr. Warden delivered an address, and the devo. tional services were conducted by Messrs. Statham, Mack, and Gogerly. It was evidently much enjoyed by all who were present, and was a pleasing novelty in Calcutta. Capt. W. earnestly requested it might be repeated, and another Commander present very cheerfully offered the use of his ship for the same purpose, but we regret to say that numerous other engagements prevented it.
CHITTAGONG.—Extracts of a letter from Mr. Johannes, dated 20th January, 1824.-" The annual examination of my school, and obtaining subscriptions for it, have so much occupied my time that I could not write to you earlier than this. I mentioned in my last that the examination was held on the 10th Dec. I must now detail other particulars. This year the school was honored with the presence of the whole English community. They came at 9, and continued till 1 o'clock. The different portions selected and repeated by the boys were generally interesting. One child, an orphan, attracted particular attention. He repeated his lines with such sen:
sibility, and they were so applicable to his destitute case, that all present manifested strong feelings of regard and affection for him. Several gentlemen gave pecuniary rewards to him, and also to one or two of his companions who most distinguished themselves.
"The gentlemen after the examination heard the boys sing and then departed highly pleased at what they had witnessed. This school has now secured the good opinion of all around. They appear convinced of its utility, and have promised to do every thing in their power to further the interest of such a laudable Institution. Within these few days I have been applied to by different persons for my four monitors.
“A short time ago Mrs. Fink visited one of the Female Schools, and from her account, and what I have seen, I have every reason to believe our Native Female Schools will flourish. She saw sixteen girls in attendance, with their parents, who were willing their children should be instructed, affirming at the same time that education was the preliminary step to happiness. No one present manifested any prejudice, but commended the course taken, and begged that it might be carried into sure effect. Since then the Mouluvee has informed me that he expects an increase, and that in addition to the girls already on the list, there are some grown up women who have expressed a wish to learn. A school has been commenced building in a commodious situation. When finished there is great likelihood of daily additions of girls to it.— The other school for this once neglected sex has had no increase. Nine only are admitted, but when a school-house is erected, many more are likely to apply.
“Respecting my own work, I can say, I feel increasing delight in it every day. Many young souls near me delight to talk of the Saviour, who has done so much for them ; and are aware of the privi. leges they enjoy, while many around them, in better condition, are destitute of them. God, I trust, has begun the good work in their souls, and will he not carry it on to perfection? Yes, my dear pastor, Jesus is the author, and He will ultimately be the finisher of faith.”
Dehli.—Mr. Thompson, in his Journal for December last, mentions with much gratitude and pleasure, that a new door of usefulness has been opened to him among several Christian families, at whose houses he has had worship, and they in return have attended the public means of grace. Eleven families have been thus visited, and his congregation has sometimes increased to about for
ty, the usual number is between twenty and thirty. He afterwards says, “ About a fortnight ago I was favoured with a visit from Capt. from Loodihana. He mentioned that among the property of the Rajah Golab-singh of Thaneswar, lately deceased, he saw the Sikh Testament I had presented him with ; and that, from the appearance of its leaves it seemed to him to have been much used. The Rajah had died rather suddenly last year. It was in my journey to Loodihana in 1818, that I had the pleasure of presenting the life-giving volume to him. Oh, that he may have profited by it! I lately also discovered a manuscript tract, of dear brother Chamberlain's, in excellent order, though ten years old. I would hope these are evidences that our books are not universally, if in any instance destroyed; and that before they cease to exist they may do good to some souls at least.”
“Some persons have calied, and stated that the distribution of our scriptures, and the Sonship and Divinity of our Lord, having become the subjects of conversation at a Persian school, this has induced them to come to me to obtain the one, and receive satisfaction respecting the other. These discussions, I have reason to believe, are not rare. A Moulvee who visits me, having been interrogated by one of His Majesty's physicians, as to my sentiments on the Divinity of Christ, and being requested to deliver a message to me containing, as a reply, a quotation from the Koran, refused to do it verbally ; on which the physician wrote it on a piece of paper, and referred me to it as the Koran's decision on the subject. Not satisfied with this he sent a Peer zadeh, privately desiring a sight of the books which advance the above doctrines. The books have nev er been returned. From these and other instances it is to be hoped that one point or other connected with the gospel becomes the subject of discussion, in not a few circles of the native's both high and low.”
The Burman DoMINIONS.--We have had the pleasure of receive ing letters from our friends at Rangoon, dated Jan. 8, 1824. They were then going on in their work without any fear of danger. They have succeeded in obtaining a school of free children which contains. sixteen scholars, nine boys and seven girls. It is kept in the little “chapel belonging to the Mission, and is so near to the mission-house that Mrs. Hough is able to visit it daily, for the purpose of teaching needle-work, and securing the attention of the schoolmaster,