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SERAMPORE.-Suttee.-On the 3d of February about 11 A. M. another of these horrid immolations took place in Serampore, in which two deluded victinus perished. On the preceding evening the husband, Jugunnat'ha Sein, of the writer caste, died at the age of seventy. Notice was given to J. S. Hohlenberg, Esq. the truly benevolent magistrate of Serampore, that the two wives intended to burn. He delayed giving permission as long as possible, and early in the morning requested the missionaries to accompany him to the house of the deceased, to endeavour to shake the purpose of the poor women. But it was in vain. They exbibited a must determined resolution; and if they had not, the crowd of relatives and neighbours who surrounded them, seemed sufficiently prepared to supply their lack of firmness. Nothing could be more disgusting than the impudence and levity with which they laboured to turn aside every argument used to dissuade the unhappy women from self-murder. At first considerable hope had been excited, by the grief expressed by the relatives, when the application was made to the magistrate. But it appeared that all this grief was merely assumed, in order, if possible, to escape the odium of asking death-and such a death—for those whom it was their duty to protect and support. When the attempt was made to rescue their kinswomen, their grief entirely vanished, and they earnestly implored, that they might be left to their own inclinations, else, said they our family honour will be destroyed, and the sins of ourselves and our forefathers to fourteen generations, will remain unexpiated, whereas they will be all removed at once by this suttee.” It was easy to perceive, that only the first part of this argument in reality weighed with them. Hindoo men, especially in their rank, and in this part of Bengal, are now too much enlightened to believe in the false expectations of their deluded women : of this we have had daily and very decided proof. But the deceitful honour from men, their respect and approbation, which after all is scarcely any thing more than the expression of the lips belying the feelings of the heart—this is their strong reason, and against it the shrieks, the blood, the death of their sisters and their mothers, merely weigh as a feather. After much vain labour we left the afflicting scene. A friend, who witnessed the dreadful consum. mation, informed us, that the women, the one nearly seventy and the other about fifty years of age, maintained their resolution to the last, and came singing from their house to the pile. Care was taken to prevent all-violence being used.
Extracts from the Journal of the Native Brethren, who accompanied Mr. Williamson on his missionary excursion.--Friday, January 8th, 1824. At Vyddabatty we read a tract, and spoke of Di. vine thing's 10 more than a hundred persons, shewing them the fall of mankind, their ruined state, and that man, being under the condemnation of God, could by no means free himself from his just anger. We related the manner in which God bad shewn his dis. pleasure because of sin, by destroying the world with a flood, in the time of Noah, when he preserved Noah by commanding him to build an ark, for building which, upon the dry land, the people mocked him. “ Yet Noah," we remarked, “continued to testify that the earth would be overflowed with water; and we in like manner preach to you the gospel, that the world is now being overflowed; but if you will take refuge in Christ, as Noah did in the ark, you shall be saved from eternal ruin. Beside this, there is no way for sinners to be saved; Believe, Širs, God is eternal, almighty, and righteous.” Many of the people heard the word attentively; only a few opposed, saying, that God is the author of both good and evil; to which we replied that," though we are sinful men, yet we do not teach our children to do evil : then how could God, being pure, holy, and just, lead us to do bad actions?--We distributed tracts there, and then went down to the boat.
Saturday. On our way, went up to Bungdahbazar, where Mr. Willianison entered into conversation with a brahmun, and we sung a verse or two of a hymn. About sixty persons then collected together. We read to them a portion from a tract, concerning the religion of Christians. Two or three persons en. quired respecting the nature of sin, to whom we shewed, that the breaking of the commandments of God, is sin. The people heard the gospel very attentively, acknowledging that it was the word of God; and looking in the speaker's face, said, “all that you say is very true.” After that we prayed, beyging God to bless the people and their households, and 10 grant them serious minds. One of the bearers, comprehending the petition, said, "you prayed God
to grant us serious minds; it is the principal thing indeed, and only God can grant it.” Before leaving that place, some of the people desired us to sing a hymn, after which we distributed tracts,
Lord's-day. We arrived at Nursingpore ghaut, where there was a number of people waiting for the ferry boat. They were talks ing about the death of Rajah Pureek heet, wbich was caused by the sting of Tukhuk, the snake. A young man having said that the snake, Tukhuk, does not sting any man except he be holy, when we had an opportunity, we asked him, whether he was holy? He said that he could not do any good actions whereby he should be made holy, and acknowledged that he was a sinful man. We replied,
brother you know that we are all destroyed by the poison of sin, which like a serpent is stinging us daily; therefore we need a Physician.” We then declared to them that Great Physician, the Lord Jesus Christ; and informed them, that whosoever shall beJieve in his death, shall be saved from the poison of sin. When they were gone, we had some further conversation with a brah. mun, some mussulmans, and others.
Tuesday. Mr. D. went over with us to Rogunpore ghaut, where a melah was held for bathing in the Ganges, at which not less than five thousand people were present. We read Romans xii. 1. “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Adding, “not that by washing your bodies in the waters of the Ganges, you can be made holy: a sepulchre looks beautiful without, but within it is full of bones and corruption, so are your bodies and hearts full of iniquity; then what advantage can you expect by washing your bodies in the Gauges? But God has graciously revealed an atonement by his own Son, who became a ransom, and sacrificed himself for sinuers: whosoever is cleansed from iniquity by being washed in his blood, shall be saved.” Afterwards we prayed and distributed tracts. Brother Rottun also spoke to many in the way, and on his shewing to them the reasons of their ten Incarnations, many of them acknowledged that each of these incarnations came for the accomplishment of their own peculiar desires, and none of them did any thing for sinvers. Some of them came conversing with us, and afterwards took tracts. Mr. D. enquired of one old man, among them, whether he had gained any advantage by bathing in the Ganges: He replied, “No, nothing, it is a mere wandering."-We left some tracts at Mr. D's. factory.
Thursday.-On our return to Serampore, went up to Culnah- ' gunge, and, after reading a portion from a tract, observed that men in general are far from thinking about salvation, but for the happiness of this world they are very earnest : days are passing by, and we bave to think on what will occur at the end, and where our souls will be fixed after death. The Lord Jesus Christ will descend as a Judge, we then being sinners, how shall we appear before that holy and upright Judge? We must appear before Him, because this is fixed, and God has commanded that whosoever shall sin must be brought to judgment; therefore we ought to preparé ourselves for that day : God is full of love, and from his love towards mankind gave his own beloved Son, who was sacrificed for sinners. Whosoever shall believe upon Jesus, shall be saved, beside Him there is no remedy for sinners. The people heard the word with much attention; and none opposed: afterwards we distributed tracts.
BENARES.- Extract of a letter from Mr. Smith, dated Feb, 11, 1824:-“On the 12th ultimo I left Benares for Allahabad with brother Kassee, and on our arrival at Chunar, Mr. Bowley was kind enough to accompany us.
we addressed the Gospel, in several villages, to crowds of people, and gave away some copies of the Scriptures to those who applied for them. On the 17th, we arrived at Allahabad and laboured with brother Mackintosh, in the melalı, and several other places, until the 27th.
“ In one instance, while we were addressing the Gospel in the fair to a crowd of people, a brahmun of superior ability, after listening for a while, argued with Mr. Bowley, endeavouring to support his own system, and saying that he is a God, or a portion of the perfect being; but not being able to defend his way of thinking, he gave up his opinions, and appeared, all in a sudden, favourable to the . Christian religion, saying, that, “there is nothing in the Hindoo religion to make a person humble, all their ceremonies are to puff up persons in pride.” The brahmun has given up his caste, and is with Mr. Bowley under instruction. I was much pleased to see the chapel quite full with Hindoos and Mussulmans on Lord's-days and several persons were standing outside listening with the great
est attention. I understand they are regular attenders. May the Lord bless the means for the conversion of their souls.
“I have not seen, nor heard of any persons drowned this year. It seems this cruel practice has ceased. On the 28th we left Allahabad and safely reached my station on the 31st. I left brother Kassee at Allahabad to assist brother Mackintosh for some days. On my arrival here I received a parcel of publications, for which I beg you will accept my sincere thanks.”
Delhi. We have received a letter from Mr. Thompson, dated Jan. 8, 1824, containing a review of his labours, during the past year, from which we give the following extracts :- “ I think it ought no longer to be a question with those who have observed the course of events in this country for the last twenty years, whether the cause of Missions be deserving of patronage or not : for the cuntemplation of the great things that have taken place, in the translation and distribution of the Sacred Scriptures, in breaking the chain of caste, in planting the Church of Christ in these lands, must form the most powerful of all appeals to the minds of such as are disposed to favor the ways of Zion.
Christianity now has not only been planted, it has through divine grace taken root, and borne fruit, in the holy lives and happy deaths of many converts of Indian growth, and in the accessions its Indian converts have been the means of making to the church. To suppose, after all this, that Christianity may die away, is to suppose an impossibility. For we must then suppose that the Divine Being, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to take no interest in the spread of that gospel, by which he himself is honored and glorified in the highest degree among men, and respecting the success of which He has caused it to be solemnly recorded, When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand ; He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.' We must suppose too that the emancipated natives (increasing every year) have received no advantage of consequence, in point of character, from the superior morality of their lives, their being chaste husbands, affectionate fathers, diligent servants; and in point of wealth, themselves enjoying the fruits of their own industry without experiencing the taxation of brahmuns, the demands