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INDIA. MR. Hands continues at Bellary: and is favoured with good healii. He performs divine service regularly among the Europeans resident there, by whom he is treated with respect. ile is diligently emploved in learning the language of the natives, called The comarre ; which is spoken from the borders of the Mahratta, nearly to the hottoin of My: sure. He has collected several thousands of words, which he has formed into a Vocabulary; and is also preparing a Grainmar, probably the first that was ever attempted there. The language approaches nearer to the Telinga than any other. He is assisted in acquiring the language by a Monshee, who is deemed a very learned man. The bramins are comparatively few in that quarter: and scem to have less influence than in many other places. Some of them have visited him in a friendly inanner. There are a good many country-born,' or • half-cast people there, some of whom attend his ministry; and he has reason to hope that his labours have already been blessed ainong them. One man iuformed hiin, that lie bad commenced family-worship, morning and evening, which he bad adopted almost without a hint from Mr. Hands on the subject. Some genilemen are very desirous of establishing a school for the iostruction of the poor children. In a word, his hands are full of business; and be earnestly longs for assistance in his work. His desirc, we trust, will cre long be gratified. Death of the Rev. Augustus Desgranges, Missionary at liigapatu.17.
By Letters from Mess. Gordon and Lee, dated July 17, and August 10, 1810; and from Mr. Loveless, Madras, Sept. 10, 1810, the Directors hare received the most afflicting intelligence of the death of that excellent and useful Missionary Mr. Desgranges, who had been five years in India; and had, with much diligence, acquired the language of the country in which he had begun to preach, and into which he had translated the gospels of st. Matthew, st. dark, and St. Luke. The removal of this truly valuable servant of Christ whose labours promised such extensive usefulness, is a severe stroke, but a stroke froin that boly Hand which requires mute submission. The will of the Lord be done! But let Christians pray that it may please God to raise up other able mento carry on the goud work which bis servant had begun,
Mr. Desgranges was taken ill on the 4th of July; and died on the 12th. His disorder, which was extremely violent, was of a bilious nature. He suffered much pain, especially in his bead'; complained of extreme heat and thirst, and was troubled with frequent vonuiting of bile. He had the advice of physicians; but every reniedy proved insufficient. He departed about six o'clock in the evening, aged 30. Mrs. Desgranges was lying very ill at the same tine, in the next roon.
The physicians desired she might be removed to another house. A few hours icfore the death of ner buyband, she was carried through liis chamber; when, being devisous of seeing cach other once more, they took their last farewell, till they shall incetagain beyond the grave. The dear children also were, at his request, brulight to his bed side. The scene was affectiog beyond dc. scription.
iu regard to the state of our brother's mind, during his affliction (say bis serüving collragnicy, it was calin and serenc, irom dirst to last. His kord: Here irvi, oninto his great pain and weakness. When asked ibalbe was most annivus abuu?, c toplied. The concerns of the list
sion, - more particularly the translation of the Scriptures ;' but added, *God can carry that on, with or without means; so that my life is not Decessary on that account.'
On the day he died he was asked many questions; to which he could only answer, Yes, or No, or by lifting up his hand. The kind providence of God, however, preserved to him the use of his senses, so that be knew every person distinctly, and understood all that was said to him, till within an hour or two of his death.
Brother Gordon was so ill at the same time, that he was prerented from being with him after the 8th of July, the Doctor absolutely forbidding it; which deprivation greatly distressed his mind. He was not, however, on this account deseried, nor were his last expressions suffered to be eutirely lost.
He particularly desired that we would take care of Anandarayer, the Christian Bramin who assisted him in translating tlic Scriptures, and his wife; and wished that he should continue at that work. He expresscd also his desire that his brethren Gordon and Lec should continue at that station; and write immediately to the Directors to send more Missionaries. He wished that great attention might be paid to Aukupillai, à village about 30 miles distant, from which several persons had lately come to make inquiries about the Christian religion ; that the bramin inight often be sent to preach at that place ; and that, if possible, a school might be established there. He desired also particularly, that the native school in Vizagapatam should be nourished; and that care should be taken of his wife and children, until an opportunity offered for her return to Eugland, which he desired for the better education of the children.
A number of persons being round his bed, he was asked whether ho wished to meet them in heaven. •0, Yes,' he answered ; . and, if I could, I would now tell them how good the Lord has been to me.' Being asked if he was happy in the prospect of death and eternity; not being able to speak, he iminediately lifted up his right hand. Indeed, he rejoiced much in the hope of being with Christ, and also of meeting in heaven his much-beloved brother Cran.
Poor Anandarayer, the converted bramin, was much afected. He wished to be assured that the same care should be tahen of him by the surviving brethren, as by Mr. Desgranges, - and, being assured of this, be burst into tears, and pressing the hands of his dying father (as he called bim) to his lips, he kissed them, and asked if his inind was fixed ou Christ; to which he replied in the affirmative. “Will you pray to Jesus, said tie,' to give us his blessing?". Mr. Desgranges then closed his hands, and prayed for him. The bramin then said, I will not go from this place, but will go on, translating the Old and New Testainents, as long as God will give me power. In the place where you die, I will die, and will not leave this compound (or garden) to go anywhere else. Mr. Desgranges then put his hands on the brainin's head, and prayed some time. Many natives surrounded his bed, and wept: they were all constrained to say he was a good man!
His remains were conveyed to the European burial-place in the townia attended by nearly all the gentlemen in the settlement, and a vast number of natives of every cast. The boarders, charity-boys, and servants followed, weeping as they went, in testimony of their affection. The corpse was carried in a palanquin, and his little son Jugustus, with Mr. Lee followed in another. After the funeral service had been perfoi mcii, a public and honourable testimony was given to the excellence oter. Dergranges's character by a gentleman present. Indeed, he was a truly pious and devoted servi Crist. Bis disposition was remarkably mild and gentle; and in ois ci, te was modest, upright, and exact. He was an affecticii ?d, 200 a tender father. As it friend,
promole peace; — as a Christian, lic
fitliful and since.)
followed the Lord fully: he was a man of prayer; much acquainted with his own heart; and one that abhorred sin in all its forms. As a mis sionary and a minister, hie determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified; he insisted, and depended much, on the influences of the Holy Spirit. His soul longed for the conversion of the heathen who surrounded him. In pursuit of this object, he attained their language mder great disadvantages; reasoned with their bramins, and collected terether the villagers, speaking to them of the great things of God. In the most indefatigable manner he laboured at the translation of the scriptures; and used his utmost exertions to disperse copies of them through. out the country. During the months of May and Juue, 1810, he laboured very hard, with much anxiety of mind, to tinish the gospel of St. Luke, in order that he might send a copy of it to Bengal, against the meeting of the Corresponding Committee of the British and foreign Bible Society. He just accomplished his desire in that respect: but was soon obliged for evir to abandon that good work in which his whole soul had been most actively engaged.
He had also a strong desire to see a church of Christ formed in the Mission. lu this also he was gratified; for just three months before bis death, he administered the Lord's Supper, in English, for the first time, and in a manner peculiarly impressive. This was, alas! the last public service in which he was permitted to engage.
The affliction of this event is much enhanced by thic severe illness of brother Gordon, who labours under a liver complaint. The medical gentlemen are of opinion that he cannot endure the climate, and must remove from India. The whole burden of the mission is therefore likely to develse upon Ur. Lee, who carnestly desires that help may as soon as possible, he seni to him. To this request the Directors inumediately accecoed ; and iheir utmost endeavours will be used to strengthen the proinising mission at Vizag palam. The breihren Sprall, May, and Thomp302 are now intended tor that work.
BURMAN EMPIRE. We hare alreally meationed that Messrs. Pritcheit and Brain had safely arrived at Rangoon. Letters have lately been received from them, by which it appears that they are preserved in safety and liealth. They continued to reside in the inission-house, with the Baptist brethren, Chader and Cary. jun. at Kangoon). A great part of that city, as before poticed, liad been l'urnt down, January 12, 1810. Its population, before the fire, is said to have been 60,000; the number of its inhabitants is thought to be lessened one-third.
Just before they wrote, they had received information of the destruction by tire of Umoorapoora, another large city. Many lives were lost. An insurrection also has taken place, and other public calamities were endured by the people.
The laws of this coumtry appear to be very sanguinary: A man bal been exccuted, in a terrible manner, only for using a gilt chattra (a kind vi parasol) which is considered as a treasonable action in the cominion peop!c. Two other men were executed with bim, for having accepted a bribe to screen him from punishment. Mr. Pritchett and Mr. Brain 2:fended soon to proceed to the city of Ava.
Mr. Pritchett, in a letier to a friend says, . The country about Rangoon is very pleasant, abounding with groves and woods; bui the whole is in a wiid state. The only eflects to be perceived of human industry, are the numberless edifices (praas) and images of Gaudina, which meet the pye in every direction, and cast a glooin over the mind which the beauty of the country cannot reinove. This is indeed one of the dark places of the cartii, and full of the babitations of cruelty. O that ibe Sun of Righte
easness may speedily arise, scatter this dreadful darkness, and shine into the hearts of the poor Burmans, that they may be turned from their dumb idols to serve the living God!
The Lord is pleased to favour me with a continuance of the most perfect health. This is about the hottest time of the year (March 31) it being near the conclusion of the dry season; but I feel little inconvenience, except what arises from the musquitoes, who are very formidable adversaries. I am told they will be less troublesome when we have been longer in the country; but hitherto we have been much annoyed by them.'
The following extract of a letter from a gentleman at Ava to a friend, giving an account of the conflagration at Ummerapoora, is very interesting:
* April 7. We left what was Ummerapoora on the 29th ult. (March); for on the 28th the entire town and fort, including the palace, the dwellings of all the princes, all the beautiful kyorims, and 20,000 houses, were reduced to ashes. When we came away, the number of deaths then known was 264; but probably many more have perished, as the governor of the fort ordered the gates to be shut, and reduced the inhabitants to the dreadful alternative of being burnt, or leaping down the wall. The river at Ummerapoora forms a bay; and it is difficult to imagine a more awful sight than a space comprizing four miles along the banks, and at least an equal distance in depth, in flames at the same moment. From the rapidity of the fire, and the various opposite directions in which it broke out at the same time, there can be lítile doubt of its having been applied in many places for the purpose of plunder.'
Burman Empire. Postscript. – Since the foregoing information from the Missionaries Pritchett and Brain was transcribed, the Directors have received a letter from Mr. Loveless, at Madras, dated in September last, communicating the further distressing intelligence of the death of Mr. Brain. He was removed by a violent disorder (the dysentery) which seized him on the 2d of July; and which terminated his valuable life on the 10th of the same month. Particulars are not yet received, only that he bore his painful afliction with truly Christian fortitude, and expired with a hope full of immortality.
These afflicting losses will, we trust, excite the ministers of the gospel, and other numerous friends of the Society, to the most fervent supplications to the God of all grace, for the more abundant effusion of his Holy Spirit on the Missionaries who survive ; and that others may be raised up, who shall also be burning and shining lights in the dark world of Paganism. The exertions of Christians, in behalf of the Society, were never more loudly called for since it commenced. — May a remarkable degree of holy zeal and liberality distinguish the next Anniversary!
DEMARARA. LETTERS from Demarara, dated December 26, 1811, are of an ene couraging nature. The gospel continues to spread in that country; and there is much reason to hope that it will yet take a wider course, and be glorified. An extraordinary circumstance lately occurred :
A party of native Indians, of the Caribeean nation, consisting of their chief, and several of their principal men, paid a visit to the town, from a distance of about six weeks journey in the interior. Having attended divine service, of which they could not understand a single word (but during which they bebaved with great reverence) they expressed a wish to be informed of what the minister had been speaking. They were conversed with fully on the subject, by means of an interpreter. After which the chief (who presides over eight nations, besides the Caribeean) expressed an earnest desire that soine person should be sent into his country to instruct him and bis people, whom he promised to collect together
for that purpose.