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the Vaishnavas, extracted from numerous Part VII. gives an account of the Hindoo works.
Saviour as the great Teacher, of his perPart II. describes the ten incarna. fections, miracles, and doctrines. tions of Vishnu, detailed in their assumed Part VIII. contains a description of causes, design, &c.
his atoning sufferings and death, and an Part III. exhibits the gross contra- application of the whole subject to the dictions and absurdities found in the reader. records of these incarnations.
Part IV. shows that Vishnu, as mani. fested in the various incarnations, far from being a destroyer of evil, is, according to their own showing, a patron of I am sorry to inform you, that Mr. every vice that can disgrace human George has been very much worse than nature.
usual in health within the last month. Part V. states the great cause of the He has been so seriously affected that his Incarnation of the Son of God, as found medical adviser recommended his imme. in the principles of God's moral Govern- diate departure. At Mr. George's ment, violated by man's transgression. request, I wrote to Mr. Crowther, and
Part VI. details the Incarnation as also to Mr. Carver, about a passage for promised, predicted by Prophets, and him and his family, about eight or ten finally accomplished by the Son of God, days ago. in the reign of Augustus.
WEST INDIAN MISSIONS.
We have judged it expedient to put on record in this Number an authentic Copy of the Circular which has been recently sent to the Wesleyan Missionaries stationed in our West Indian Colonies. The reference made to this Document in the House of Commons, by Her Majesty's Under-Secretary of State for the Colonial Department, may probably have excited in some of our friends a desire to be fully acquainted with its contents, which we are happy thus to gratify.
Wesleyan Mission. House, and peaceable submission to their cir.
77, Hatton Garden, cumstances, As a decision has taken
April 14th, 1838. place in the House of Commons, after DEAR BROTHER,
long deliberation, unfavourable to the As the liberation of a portion of the immediate and compulsory abolition of apprenticed negroes in August next may the apprenticeship, while a Bill has been probably have an unsettling effect upon passed to prevent those abuses and perthose who are appointed by the Abolition versions of the system of which comAct to remain in the condition of ap- plaint has justly been made, we think prentices for two years longer, and as the that the real friends of the apprentices, efforts which have been made to procure whatever may be their opinion of the an immediate and universal extinction of system, or of the refusal of Parliament the apprenticeship system may also tend forcibly to abolish it, will display the to produce still greater excitement, we greatest kindness to the apprentices by deem it proper to give you a word of ad. endeavouring to restrain them from any tu. vice upon the subject. On the question multuous or dis«rderly expression of their of the immediate and forcible termination disstisfaction. Such conduct could only of the apprenticeship by the Imperial prove injurious to themselves ;-it would Parliament, it is foreign to our purpose probably be made the occasion for im. to enlarge : our object is to enjoin you to posing upon them new restrictions ;-and use your influence to allay any excitement it would tend to check any disposition on which may exist among the negroes, and to the part of the local legislatures, or of ininculcate upon them the duty of a quiet dividual planters, to introduce them to the enjoyment of entire freedom before
be adopted by the Imperial Parliament the period fixed for the termination of the for the benefit of the apprentices, we reApprenticeship by the Abolition Act.
spectfully urged upon the Right HonourThe character which you sustain im. able Lord Glenelg to insert, in his Bill, poses upon you an additional obligation
a clause recognising the validity of the to employ your influence to keep the ap- past marriages which you have solemnized, prentices in a state of quiet. You are and empowering you legally to solemnize not mere worldly philanthropists. You marriage for the future. Although his are Ministers of that Gospel which, while Lordship, for reasons which appear to us providing for the highest, because impe- to be cogent, could not in that form meet rishable, interests of man, as well as our wishes, we have good reason to bethose that are only temporal, solemnly lieve that a separate measure will shortly enjoins, “ Servants, be obedient to them be prepared, which will set the question, that are your masters according to the in all the West India Colonies, at once flesh, with fear and trembling, in single and for ever at rest. Such a result cannot ness of heart, as unto Christ; not with fail to have a most important bearing eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the
upon the cause of religion and public servants of Christ doing the will of God morals, and will powerfully tend to profrom the heart; with good-will doing mote the comfort and welfare of the Neservice as to the Lord, and not to men : groes and their children.
You will unknowing that whatsoever good thing any derstand how to apply this argument, as inan doeth, the same shall he receive of
well as others, to the minds of the New the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
groes; and we have the confident hope You are the Missionaries of a Society, that you will so exert yourselves in the which, while seeking to impart liberty in discharge of your important duties, that its purest and noblest form, requires, in you will be enabled, by the blessing of its “ standing instructions,” that its
God, to preserve that large portion of the agents manifest a religious regard to good negro population which is placed under order, and submission “ to the powers your pastoral care, from such disorder that be."
and excess as would be disgraceful 10 The leading arguments to be employed their Christian character, and would rein reconciling the Negroes to the circum. tard, instead of accelerating, the public stances of their condition_such as that
measures calculated to promote their temthe apprenticeship must end in two years, poral welfare. and that, in the mean time, the Govern- We shall expect to receive from you ment stands pledged that the most wake. early information relative to the present ful care shall be employed in protecting state of things among the apprentices; them from oppression—will naturally pre- and praying that the Divine blessing sent themselves to your minds ; but there
may rest upon your endeavours to do are additional topics of great importance them good, and preserve them in quiet. with which we are enabled to furnish you.
ness and peace, We have good reason to hope that, if
We remain, quietness and good order be maintained,
Yours very affectionately, some at least of the local legislatures will be
EDMUND GRINDROT, induced to shorten the terni of the appren.
President of the Conference. ticeship, and, of their own accord, raise the
JABEZ BUNTING, Negroes to unrestricted freedom before the first of August, 1840; which would, in
John BEECHAM, the nature of things, be productive of a
ROBERT ALDER, much happier feeling than could possibly
ELIJAH HOOLE, exist, were a sudden and forcible termi. Secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary nation of the present relation between the
Society. Planters and Negroes to be effected by the interposition of the Imperial Parlia- P.S. You will not fail to forward,
And we have the great pleasure without delay, information respecting to inform you that there exists ground any recent proceedings in your Colony for hope, that satisfactory settlement for the settlement of the Negro Marriage of the important Negro Marriage Ques- Question, with a copy of any local Bill tion will speedily take place. We have which may at any time have been prebeen alive to this subject; and finding pared upon the subject, whether it were that a protective measure was likely to adopted or rejected.
LONDON:-Printed by James Nichols, 46, Hoxton-Square.
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of this Society will be thankfully received at the Baptist Mission House, No. 6, Fen Court, Fenchurch Street, London; or by any of the Ministers or Friends whose names are inserted in the Cover of the Annual Report.
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. England were so timed as not to risk
health and life by the arrival of our brethren CALCUTTA.
in either the hot weather or the rains. Yet The following letter, from Mr. Thomas with delight. But what shall I say about
come when they may, we shall receive them to Mr. W. H. Pearce, will gratify our the transfer? We were prepared to receive readers, as it furnishes proof that the news and instructions of some kind, but recent steps taken in this country to little anticipated what has taken place, effect a combination of missionary effort, though we most heartily rejoice in it, and by our denomination, in India, have most cordially approve of the manner in been as acceptable to friends on the which it has been brought about. spot as they have been to those at You may assure Mr. Dyer and the Com. home:
mittee that we shall, every one of us, be Calcutta, March 14th, 1838. ready to do every thing in our power to My dear Brother,—After long waiting, render the working of the measure here as with a bitter taste of what the sacred writer pleasant to all parties, as the making the meant, when he said, “ Hope deferred arrangements has been to them; and really maketh the heart sick," I had the unspeak- such is the position of affairs, such the able satisfaction of receiving your letters of apparent temper, feelings, desires, and inNovember and December, on Friday even
tentions of the parties concerned, so far as ing last, March 9th. Great delay took place
we can see and judge of them, that I conceive in the transmission of the mail from Bombay. very little difficulty will be met with. Be. We had Bombay newspaper intelligence
fore now you have received intelligence of of its arrival there on Tuesday, though the of the death of Dr. Marshman.* express did not reach Calcutta before Friday. be done even in the case of the Lal Bazar,
I am in great hopes that something will Having been disappointed in getting your if the place can be honourably obtained and letters for September and October, I was
held. *The congregations at all, or nearly exceedingly anxious. I leave you to conjecture the relief the mere sight of the letters all, the places in Calcutta are increasing, the brought to my mind; their contents were shut up, the Circular-road Chapel could not
Lal Bazar among the rest. Were that place joy and gladness; we were all ready to
contain the congregation, were the people break forth aloud, and, with David, to "call upon our souls and all within us to bless to attend, but many could not, and another and praise the holy name of Jehovah." place would be necessary. We all think it From this time it shall be said, “What tinue. He has been here to consult with us
quite desirable Mr. Robinson should conhath God wrought!” Thanks, a thousand
on the subject, and on our engaging to retimes over, for the news you have conveyed about the transfer-a transfer made commend his remaining, should he be able in such a manner! Surely it is the Lord's said he would endeavour to obtain them. I
to secure the chapel deeds for the church, doing, and marvellous in our eyes! But I must restrain my feelings for the present, suades from giving up the place, says he
spoke to Mr. Boaz about it, he strongly disand notice the business-part of
and his brethren will gladly sign any docuWe are exceedingly gratified by the account you give of the success of your appeal, it, and that Mr. Charles, Chaplain of the
ment we may wish renouncing all claim to and begin to anticipate the speedy realization of the object, and that ere long we shall
* About a fortnight before his death (writes Mr. hail the arrival of more than one to labour George Pearce, Dec. 7), brethren Yates and Penney with us, as the result of your exertions; but went up to visit him, as he expressed a wish to see
them. He seemed very glad, and, among other though, in one sense, help cannot come too soon, I almost wish the departure from things said, “You have all been blessed, and
Scotch Kirk, and others, would do the Through mercy my health continues good,
also the children's; Mrs. T. is often ailing, Should anything of this kind occur, I though better than she was a week or two think we could honourably retain the place, ago. A letter was received about a fortnight if we can as honourably obtain it; how far ago from brother George Pearce from Bomthis may be practicable, I cannot say. Mr. bay. He was better, but not fully restored. Boaz told me that Mr. Marshman had ex- He had taken his passage to Madras, whence pressed an earnest desire to get it off his he would come by the first opportunity to hands. I am in considerable hopes that the Calcutta. We hope they may be able to Benevolent Institution also will be made return to their accustomed duties. Brother over to us, so as once more to belong to our Ellis soon expects to baptize several of the Society. Time will show how far my hopes youths in his school. All go on there as to are likely to be realized. From all that I afford great satisfaction and encouragement. have seen and heard of Mr. Robinson for We shall anxiously look out for more intelsome time past, I do not see any reason to ligence both by ship and overland despatch. apprehend difficulty from his remaining With united and ardent affection to you where he is. He is willing to give up the and your dear Martha, and hopes of seeing villages to the south. His people are anxious you before another year has elapsed, to keep him, and would gladly support him
I remain, yours truly, if they had the means. I think you may
J. THOMAS. strongly throw in your influence with ours in favour of his non-removal, if he should succeed in his endeavours to secure the
A subsequent letter, from Mr. Ellis, building. We have recommended him to dated in March, contains some pleasing remain if he can—to get possession of the intelligence respecting the seminary deeds if he can--and have promised, should under his care. he succeed in this, to recommend to the Committee that they sanction his remaining. "The boarding-school, or rather the Baptist
Mr. Thompson was down from Serampore Missionary Institution, as the brethren this a few days ago; he is desirous of returning year have named it, is succeeding very well, to Delhi. We think he should do so. He and was never more prosperous than at says the Sanscrit Gospels and Testaments present. The advancement of the youths would be most acceptable in those parts, is most gratifying, and several of the boys and find readers. He was particularly de- are under serious religious impressions. I lighted with the prospect of this version have not room to enter into a detail of its being procurable. He says he shall be progress and condition, but must refer you thankful to have as large a supply of Scrip- to a letter to Mr. Joseph Gurney, which I tures for distribution as we can give him. hope to send off by this despatch. I have written requesting him to let us “We have eceived into the institution an know what success he has had, and what East Indian named Pascal, who went with are the prospects of usefulness at Delhi. Mr. Le Gros to the Mauritius, and was bapHow wonderful are the several coincidences tized by brother Yates. He is a truly pious in the late events! The formation of the young man, and with some education will, American and Foreign Bible Society, and I hope, prove a valuable assistant. At the the efficient aid rendered us by it, and this beginning of the year, it was found desirable at the moment when we were just prepared and needful to have a theological class, in to turn it to account—the transfer of the connexion with the institution, consisting other stations to our Society; thus provid- of none but those who are pious, and likely ing vastly large facilities for the wide circu- to prove useful agents in the work of evanlation of the Scriptures, so soon as they gelization. This class contains six, who shall be ready, the success of your ap- meet three days a week, and, in addition to peal, and the consequent addition to our their school duties, go on with a regular number, we trust, of several efficient mis. course of theological reading and study. sionaries, and the union of the Baptist de- Pray, my dear brother, that God would nomination in England in missionary enter- smile on and prosper it. I know, however, prize, who will now be both better disposed that you do this, and most sincerely do I and better able to aid us in carrying forward thank you for all your efforts on its behalf. our various labours, and among the rest, “ There are now here, one native preacher, this of giving to the millions of India the Bishonath, and three catechists, Ramkisla, word of God. I cannot help feeling a strong Pascal, and Shem. They all improve much persuasion that God is about to do great in their preaching, and, I trust, in their things by us, as he has done great things piety. for us.
“ We have three native chapels-one at But you will want to hear how we are. Banda Ghat, one in Howrah, and the other
at Goladarga. In these, and in Ebenezer consequence of having married. She is gone Chapel, there are weekly eight Bengal to reside near Lakyantipur, and will, I hope, services and two English services on the be comfortably settled. She was not one sabbath. The catechists all engage in of our most advanced scholars, having been turn in the services among the heathen, in the school but two years ; she has, howas well as in those to our native chris- ever, I trust, made such progress in learning tian congregation. The sermons deli- as to be materially benefited by her resivered to the latter are all written out and dence with us. examined before they are preached. We “The other two I am sorry to say have been have one young man about to be baptized, removed by death. Their end occurred who has been three months an inquirer. nearly at the same time, which made the Some months ago we had an interesting event more solemn. One of them was convert, a well-educated brahman. He little girl of eight years of age.
She was came daily for instruction and conversation child of fine capacity, having learned to read for more than two months, when he re- very prettily in seven months, the period of nounced Hindooism, cordially embraced her abode in the school. Her death was the gospel, and, throwing off his poita, cast very sudden, of cholera. The second case in his lot among us.
Soon after this we was one of our oldest and best scholars, left Calcutta for the Straits, and I deeply Luckyee, the girl mentioned as being in a regret to say that a fortnight before our poor state of health in the report of last year. return, his brother seduced him away, and To this child this institution has been en we do not know precisely what has become nently blessed. She was without doubt a of him, although I still think he will return Christian indeed. She came from Khárí, to us, as, from all I saw, I cannot for a and was received at her own request, being moment doubt his sincerity.
at the time, through poverty and ill health, “I must now tell you of the death of our in most miserable circumstances. After her poor dear youth Mark. This event has admission into the seminary she applied herbeen to me more painful than I can express. self diligently to her lessons, and soon maniHe died of spleen and abscess about a month fested both her capacity and desire to obtain ago. On our return from the Straits, we knowledge. For the first three years her found him very ill, and continued so, not- general deportment was very good, but no withstanding every mode of treatment. For particular signs of piety appeared in her some weeks before he died, Dr. Green character. Soon afterwards her general attended him. Since his baptism, three health began to fail, and then it was that years ago, his deep piety has endeared him she began to manifest a concern for the to us very much. His end was emphati- salvation of her soul. Being, however, a cally peace, and his heart was stayed upon timid and retiring child, she did not open his God. He knew in whom he had be- her mind to us for some time, not indeed lieved, and went calmly down the vale of until she applied to Mr. Pearce for baptism death, resting on the Saviour. He has left, and admission into the church, which was in his own handwriting, several interesting probably a year and a half after her mind memorials of piety, meditations, sermons, became subject to serious impressions. At both in English and Bengalee, and a list of length the evidence of her conversion beall the verses he had made the subject of came so apparent that Mr. Pearce felt it his daily meditation for many months. I think duty to comply with her wish, and administhat there is material and personal recollec- ter to her the ordinance of baptism, which tion enough to make an interesting memoir he did with much satisfaction, in the spring of our poor boy, for such I must still call of 1836. From that period to the time of him, since
death, her conduct was very pleasing. Great • The church abore, and that below,
was her love to the word of God. The BiBut one communion make.'»
ble, it might be said, was her constant com
panion, and her progress in Christian knowSIBPUR.
ledge corresponded with her diligent perusal We have much pleasure in adding the worship of God, praying, I believe,
of the scriptures. She was also punctual in the half-yearly report of the Female regularly twice a day, and sometimes oftener; Boarding School at Sibpur, presented in she often expressed her thankfulness to God December last, assured that it will that she had been brought into the school. gratify the kind ladies who help that she was much respected by the other chilvaluable institution by their donations. dren, and exercised, there is reason to think,
“ There are at present 37 girls in the board by her conversation and deportment, a very ing school, being three less than at the date beneficial influence among them. Her end of my last report in June of the present was rather sudden and unexpected, after year. One of these left the institution in being ill with spleen for about two years,