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she began to mend, and at length became of the girls as were members of the church, so well, as to induce in us the hope that she or desirous of being so. On these occasions had got quite over her complaint; but in he went through with them carefully the whole August last she was taken with fever which of the Acts of the Apostles, and also several ended in her dissolution in about eight days. exercises on religious subjects, in which She seemed during her illness to feel that they were required to furnish scripture she should not recover, and spoke of her proofs. These instructions have been, withend with composure and pleasure. Once out doubt, of much benefit to the children. or twice on our visiting her she spoke of The children continue to learn to sew, as " going to her Father," and of “going formerly reported, and some of them have home.” On one occasion she told some of attained to a very ready use of the needle, the children that were with her, that angels and work very neatly. had been to her, and said, “Why do you The adult school consists of nearly the stay longer? Come, come away with us.” same individuals as mentioned in my former Thus in her dreams or the wanderings of reports-their progress is pretty good. I her mind, her thoughts seemed fixed on have reason to believe that those of them heaven. We felt her loss much, but we who have attained to read with ease, are so sorrowed not as those who have no hope. pleased with the acquisition that they spend

"In proceeding to speak of the other chil- generally an hour or two every day at home, dren, the committee will be happy to learn in perusing the books which they have obthat we have much that is pleasing to report, tained, particularly the holy scriptures. affording additional evidence of the goodness Such, then, is the success with which it has of God towards the institution, The in, pleased God to bless this seminary. May structions given, and the hopes indulged in it prove as encouraging to the committee former years have through the divine bless- and the friends of the poor native females as ing ripened into fruit in this. About three it is exhilarating to our minds, and may the months since, we had the privilege to wit- blessing of our heavenly Father continue to ness the reception by baptism of seven girls descend upon it, to whom be all the praise !” of the school, into the fellowship of the church : these young persons had been candidates for baptism for several months previously. The evidence of their concern for

CEYLON. salvation, of their love to Christ, and of their

Extract of a letter from Rev. E. Datrust in him, became at length so satisfactory niel to the Secretary dated January 6. that Mr. Pearce felt it would not be right to detain them from the ordinance any longer.

1838:Their baptism took place at Sibpur in ! In reviewing the labours of the past year, August last, in the presence of a large num- I have to regret that so little fruit has reber of natives, and several European friends, sulted to the Divine glory. When shall who appeared much interested on the occa we see the Spirit of God poured out on sion. Prior to their baptism, they underwent these churches of the East? Our friends in a public examination of their knowledge of England should sojourn among us for a the truths of Christianity, its influence on time to perceive the discouragements, the their hearts and conduct, &c.; their answers almost heart-breaking discouragements that to the questions put to them were readily often attend us. We hope the good Lord given, and much to the purpose. It is will preserve both you and us from fainting, greatly satisfactory to me to add that no-1 till we realize the “joy of harvest.” We thing has occurred in the conduct of any of have, during the past year, been compelled them, since their baptism to cause us to to the painful exercise of discipline on severegret its administration to them; on the ral of our members in the Singhalese and contrary, their conduct has always been Portuguese churches. In one or two insuch as to manifest their continued fear of stances the good effects of it have been God, and desire to serve and please him. realized, not only on the other members,

“With respect to the progress of the chil. but in the repentance of the separated, who, dren generally in their learning, it is, I am on their restoration, will, we hope, not turn happy to say, as satisfactory as it has hither- again to folly. We have likewise lost by to been. The elder girls are acquiring, I death, in the above period, four Singhalese trust, an extensive and solid acquaintance members, who have given us pleasing ground with the holy scriptures, as well as of to hope that they have been removed to a various kinds of useful knowledge. Till | better church in glory. Seventeen persons Mr. Pearce was laid aside by his late severe have, during the past year, been baptized affliction, he continued to meet every Lord's and added to the church-one English per. day, a bible-class of upwards of twenty chil-son, four Portuguese, and twelve natives. dren and women, and also twice a week such May the Lord deliver them from every evil

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work, and bring them to his heavenly king- The Popish Controversy is still continued. dom! One person, formerly excluded, has I have published 15 numbers of The been restored.

Protestant Vindicator," which makes its In my last I gave you an account of the appearance monthly. The horrid system of different stations here belonging to our So- Popery appears to have received a shock ciety. I am now thinking of forming a here, the effects of which will, I trust, ere fifth station, at a village called Kottigha- long become more visible. Several of the watta, about five miles from Colombo. It more intelligent Papists are beginning to is a place in the centre of a considerable, examine their system, and to be alive to and, till recently, almost neglected popula- many of its errors, though they have not as tion; but the gospel, having been introduced yet the courage publicly to renounce them. among them, in some cases appears to have They and their priests have been at open war. become the power of God to salvation. A few months since they presented a meFour persons have been baptized, and some morial to their Padres, signed by 1700 perothers are candidates for the ordinances of sons, complaining of the negligence of their Christ. We began last week to build a pastors, stating their grievances, and intreatplace of worship there; and a gifted mem- ing that they might be removed. This so ber of our church here, a native, who has incensed the Padres, that they declared they preached among them with great acceptance, would neither confess, nor admit to the will (D. v.) go and dwell with his family Lord's supper, any persons who received among them, and regularly preach the word interest for money they had lent to their to them and many villages around. The neighbours. great difficulty is to obtain a house for his Better days are, I think, dawning upon residence. As there is no house to be. this island. We have a new Governor, rented there, one must be built for him. I who, with his lady, appear to be persons of think we can manage it for about £40. How decided piety, and seem determined to use I shall be able to obtain the money, I do the influence of their example and exertions not know. Persons around us, who can to advance true religion. Mrs. Stewart give, are so indifferent to those things, that Mackenzie has brought with her, from a I dare not make too many applications ; society in England, a female to superintend and having obtained lately about £50 to- the education of natives of her own sex, wards our missionary operations, I can chiefly from the families of the native headscarcely again apply to them. But I trust Befriended by such high patronage, that He, who has all power in heaven and she has met with much encouragement, and earth, will aid us in what is requisite to ad- has opened a school of the above descripvance his glory. He has helped unexpect- tion, under the most favourable auspices. I edly before, and can do it again.

think how different this reception to that of We are proceeding with our revised edi- my dear predecessor, brother Chater, who tion of the Singhalese Scriptures, and have was obliged to wait for some time before he printed from Joshua to the end of the Book could obtain permission to preach here. of Psalms, and are now going on with But the sufferings, as well as the labours of Genesis and Exodus. Several interesting the faithful servants of Christ, all bear on new tracts have lately issued from the press. | the great event of his universal reign.

men.

JAMAICA.

With feelings of no ordinary delight, blended, we trust, with devout thankfulness to the Father of mercies, we record that on the day on which our present publication is dated, the whole population of Jamaica is absolutely free. Acting on instructions from the Home Government, Sir Lionel Smith convoked the House of Assembly on the 5th of June, laid before them the recent Act of Parliament introduced by Lord Glenelg, and stated, with much frankness, his own conviction that, as the law now stood, it was impossible that the apprenticeship could go In this opinion both Houses of the Le slature appear to have concu

curred, and, consequently, a bill was brought in, and passed without a dissentient voice, for the total abolition of the system on the 1st of August, 1838 !

Surely we may say, This is the Lord's doing, and marvellous in our eyes. To Him be all the glory!

on.

The following letter from Mr. Tinson, being widely felt! How solemn the warning dated Kingston, May 9th, conveys the to those of us who are left! Pray for us, affecting and unexpected intelligence that living and dying we may have but one of the decease of our valuable brother single aim—the glory of Christ in the salGardner, the pastor of the church in vation of sinners. What infinite condescenEast Queen-street :

sion that he should employ us at all! But

he will have us learn that he can do without Kingston, Jamaica, 9th May. 1838. us; and that whatever he may permit us to My dear Friend,-I am just returned convey to others, the treasure is in earthen from the house of mourning, from a scene vessels, that the excellency of the power of sorrow as unexpected as it is afflictive. may be seen to be his. It is somewhat reYesterday morning, a little before ten markable that our brother had selected the o'clock, our esteemed brother Gardner passage in Psalm xcvii. 2, and actually finished his course ! We have now com- prepared a discourse upon it for Sabbath mitted his remains to the tomb, and the evening, in reference to the death of two or mourners go about the streets. O that three members of the church, which had many might lay it to heart, and thus, though recently happened; and do we not see in being dead, may he yet speak! His funeral his death a practical illustration of the lanwas numerously attended, many merchants guage, more striking and impressive than and others unconnected with the church any studied arrangement of words could were present; the pall was borne by six impart? Until within a few hours of his ministers of different denominations; the death, before the disease reached the brain, large chapel was full to overflowing; and he was perfectly collected, and spoke of his many appeared to feel deeply.

approaching dissolution with composure. The disease of which he died was what After requesting me to make various memothe medical men term congestive fever, randa relative to his secular affairs, he enoccasioned, in all probability, by exposure deavoured to comfort and encourage his to a heavy fall of rain, such as those who deeply-afflicted companion, from whom, as have never visited a tropical climate can her earthly stay and support, he was so hardly conceive of, and that immediately soon to be removed; directing her mind to after travelling several hours beneath the that all-sufficient Saviour, who is a Father unmitigated rays of a very hot sun. A day of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows. or two after he complained of pains in dif- I said to him, “Brother, I hope Jesus, whom ferent parts of his body, and felt quite un- you have preached to others, is now prewell during his evening service on Thursday cious.” He replied, Yes, he is ; his grace last. He retired from the pulpit to his bed, is sufficient for me.” In this solemn disand left it no more till he was carried to the pensation the church has lost an active and house appointed for all living. How in devoted pastor; the widow, a kind and scrutable are the ways of God! Here is affectionate husband; the helpless orphans, one of his servants in the vigour of youth, a tender and indulgent parent; and the only 31 years of age, removed from an ex- community, a useful member. tensive sphere of labour and of usefulness, Mrs. Gardner will probably send you with which he was just become thoroughly more particulars as soon as she is able to acquainted, and in which his influence was write,

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CONTRIBUTIONS Received on account of the Baptist Missionary Society, from June 8, to July 15,

1838, not including individual subscriptions : Bethlehem, Pembrokeshire, collection at

Watford, Collection by Mr. Smith ........ 34 14 7 Association, by W. Rees, Esq.. 10 4 0 Market-street do., by Mr. Carey

6 6 6 Crayford Female Association 5 0 0 Collected by Mrs. Ricketts, Cutsdean

4 Great Brickhill, by Mr. Theobald

Leighton Buzzard, by Rev. F. Adey.. 28 17 4 (1 168. 4d., for schools.) 3 0 4 Do., by Rev. R. Clarke...

3 14 2 Collection at Northampton Street, St.

Newcastle Ch. in Weavers' Tower, by Pancras 2 0 0 Mr. Banks.....

1 5 0 Haddington, Ladies M. S. for F. E....... 1 10 0 Hemel Hempstead, by Mr. Brice .......... 40 17 6 Rayleigh, by Mr. Pilkington.. 6 1 0 Uxbridge, by Mr. Wilkinson..

1 0 0 Norfolk Auxiliary, by Rev. J. Puntis.

Waddesden Hill, by Mr. Grainger....... 4 0 0 Worstead ......

13 10 0

Manchester, George-street Auxiliary, by
Salehouse....

4 7 9
Mr. White

27 0 0 Bacton

1 16 2
Paington, by Mr. Troward

3 Martham

Amlwch, by Mr. Palmer.. ............... 6 13 Neatishead.................

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3 7 3

6 2 2

Wokingham, by Mr. Heelas ............. 12 17 Ingham

0 10 0

Leamington, by Mr. Cox .................. 28 0 0 29 13 4

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For additional Missionaries to India. Myles Ariel, Esq., Bristol ................ 5 00 A Lady, do... s. Cary, Esq., do. ......

5 0 0 Miss Berkeley, Leicester J. C. Hughes, Esq., do, ...

Mr. Pechey, Biggleswade. W, Pollard, Esq., do.....

110 Mr. Joshua Malden, do... Mrs. Holland, do..........

Mrs. Cale: Malden, do..... Mrs. Bonville, do......

Mrs. Meen, do...... J, G. Mansford, Esq., Bath.....

0 John N. Foster, Esq., do. Mr. E. Hancock, do............

Rev. S. Kent, do... John Smith, Esq., do.......

0 R. Booth, Esq., Coventry. Mr. W. Shackleford, Oxford ......

Mr. White, do....... Mr. Butler, Somers Town ............

61 The Misses Franklin, do.... Rev. J. Medway, Melbourne..........

0 A Friend to the Cause............. Richard Foster, Esq., Cambridge ......

01 Young Ladies at Misses Franklins'Seminary R. Foster, Esq., jun., do.............

01 Mr. Robinson, do.... Eb. Foster, Esq., do... ......

01 Rev. F. Franklin, do.... W. Adams, Esq., do........

0 Rev. N. Rowton, do.. W. G. Ashton, Esq., do ....

Mrs. Astley, do............ Mrs. Cooke, do....

0 A Friend, do............ Mr, W. P. Basham, do...

Mr. G. B. Franklin, do..... E. Smith, Esq., do.....

0 Mr. W. Franklin's children and servants.. J.J. Cribb, Esq., do......

0

Mr. H. Newsome, do.... James Nutter, Esq., do...

Juvenis.... A. G. Brimley, Esq., do...

Mrs. Matherson, do... W. Elliotson, Esq., do....

0 Mrs. Butterworth, do. W, Saunders, Esq., do......

0 The Misses Newsome, do... G. E. Foster, Esq., do ......

01 Mr. James Newton.. C. F. Foster, Esq., do......

01 Mr. Thos. Newsome, do. Edmund Foster, Esq., do. ......

01 Mr. S. Dalby, do... Ebenezer Foster, Esq., jun., do.....

Mr. T. Barfoot, do... H. S. Foster, Esq., do.. ........

0

Small sums in plate ..... Mr. John Lee, do............

01 Mr. Wilcox, Birmingham...... Mr. Joshua Tripling, do.....................

0 Mr. E. Timmis, do., for first five MisJ. Ingle, Esq., do......

sionaries....... T. Bignold, Esq., Norwich, for first five

A Widow, do... Missionaries.........

A Friend, do..... E. Willet, Esq., Norwich....

Two Friends, by Mrs. Spicer, do.. William Delf, Esq., do..........

01 Mr, and Mrs. Spicer, do..... Mrs. Davey, do.. ................

0 Mr. Trapp, Birmingham, per Rev. T. James Cozens, Esq., do..........

0 Morgan. ....... John Cozens, Esq., do......

0 Mr. W. Jenkins, do.... Mr. Josiah Fletcher, do.....

0 “Of thine own have I given thee," Leeds Messrs. Gooderson and Moll, do,

Rev. T. Morgan, Birmingham, for Ist Friends at Earlham, near do..

and 2nd Missionary....

......... X. Y, Z., Norwich......

0 1 Collected by Mrs. W. Sing, Bridgnorth .. J. Wright, Esq., Buckstone ......

01

Do., Miss Thompson, do. H. Culley, Esq., Guton Hall........

O Mr. Ricketts, Worcester .. Messrs. J. and J. Colman, Stoke Mills ....

Mrs. Harwood, do... J. Taylor, Esq., Thrixton .......

0 Sundry small sums....... Mr. S, Delf, Topcroft ..............

0 A Friend, Tewkesbury ....... Mr. Jas. Burchem, Antingham ....

01 Miss M. J, Read, Bradford..... Miss Allen, Norwich ................

0 W. Stancomb, Esq., Trowbridge.... Mr. Cornell Tyson, Thetford.......

0

W. Stancomb, Esq., jun., do...... Mrs. Crane, Norwich...........

0 John Stancomb, Esq., do......... Mrs. R. Culley, do......................

0 Joseph Stancomb, Esq., do...... Mr. Newbegin, do...........

0 Miss Atwater, Boddenham ..... J. 0. Taylor, Esq., do.. ....

0 Messrs. Pearce, Bradford........ John Culley, Esq., do.. ........

Rev. J. Seymour, do........... Mr. Macro, do, .. ....................

0

Mr. Edmonds, do.............. Mr. Mackie, do.. ............ ..

01 A Friend, do...... H. Norton, Esq., do...................

01 Mrs. Ralph, do............... Friend, by Mrs. Cozens, do.......

J. Slater, Esq., do...... Canuel Dorkins, Esq., do.........

Mr. Cadby, do... ....... Rev. D. Thompson, Fakenham ..

Mrs. Cadby, do...... Mr. Joseph Smith, Norwich..

0 Mr. E. Edmonds, do............ Mr. Hodds, do........

Mr. Dunsdon, do.... Mites of Two Widows.....

0 Paul Anstie, Esq., Devizes ..... John Foster, Esq., Biggleswade, for last

W. R. Cartwright, Esq., do.. five Missionaries......

0 B. Anstie, Esq. and Lady, do.. Mrs. Foster, do...

0 Mr, E. Anstie, do...... Mr. J. K. Hall, do....

5 00 Dr. Tomkins, do... Blyth Foster, Esq., do...

2 0 0 1 R. Waylen, Esq., do..... Mrs. Blyth Foster, do...

E. Randell, Esq., do....... Mr. Conder, do. ...

0 5 O G. E. Sloper, Esq., do. ...... Mrs. Morton, do...

G, W. Anstie, Esq., do...... Mr. Ryland, do...,

0 10 Isaac Leonard, Esq., Bristol.....

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For the Liquidation of the Debt owing to the Society.
Rev. Reynold Hogg, by Dr. Cox...........

50 0 0
Mrs. Stevenson, Clapham..

10 0
Mr. D. Olney, Tring
Rev. J. Kingsford......

2 0 0
Dr. Jephson, Leamington, by Mr. Burton

21 0 0 Messrs. Hearne and Veary.

5 0 0 Collection at St. Ives, by Rev. J. Burton

15 14 10 Do, at Bluntisham, by do..

13 16 7 Do. at Haddenham, by do...

3 0 0 Amicus, per post, 12,131 and 94,573

20 00 W. T. Beeby, Esq.

50 0 0

3 00

Donations for Miscellaneous Objects.
Of Friends at Reading, for Schools at Spanish Town, by Rev. J. M. Phillippo....
Ladies' Society, Clapham, by Mrs. Browne, for Schools at Montego Bay, by Rev.

Thomas Burchell...
Central Negroes' Friend Society, by Miss Stacey, for Schools at St. Ann's Bay,
by Rev. T. F, Abbott...

for Schools, by Rev. J. Clark, Jericho ...

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TO CORRESPONDENTS.

It is particularly desired that when our friends in the country send to Fen Court for Heralds or Quarterly Papers, they would not express themselves indefinitely, but mention the precise number wanted ; bearing in mind that the Heralds are supplied gratuitously only to Ministers, Subscribers of 10s. or upwards, and Collectors; while the Quarterly Papers are supplied to all who contribute a penny a week or upwards to the Society. The Committee do not object to furnish a few extra occasionally where they may be required for presentation to individuals thought likely to subscribe to the mission, but they are anxious to confine the expense of printing and circulation of these papers, which is of necessity considerable within its proper limits.

Our worthy friend “ Amicus” is thanked for his friendly hints, as well as for his acceptable contribution. He would probably be surprised to learn the amount of effort, in the direction to which he alludes, which has been made for years past.

Thanks are presented to Mrs. Hull and Friends, Watford, for a box of straw bonnets and another of useful articles of dress, intended for the schools at Montego Bay; to Mrs, and Miss Grey, Jersey, for a box for Mr. Phillippo, Spanish Town; and to the Church and Congregation at Reading, under the care of Dr. Perrey, another for Mr. Dendy, Salters Hill. Also, to an unknown friend at Bristol, by the Rev. T. S. Crisp, for an embossed copy of St. John's Gospel, for the use of the blind.

A box has also been received from Mrs. Barratt, Salisbury, to be forwarded to Mr. Reid, Jamaica; and a parcel of Reports, &c., from Miss Jacobson, Watford; also from Mr. Pengilly and friends, Newcastle, a box for Mr. Phillipo; from Mrs. Williams and friends, Reading, a box for ditto ; from friends at Ipswich, a case for Mr. Hutchins ; from Mr. Abbott, Bishops Hull, a box for Mr. T. F. Abbott; from Mrs. Coultart, a box for ditto; from Miss Paine, Hammersmith, sundry Magazines; from friends at Bury, a box for Mr. Quant. Two boxes have, also, been received for Mr. Burchell; and a case for Mr. Knibb.

J. Haddon, Printer, Castle Street, Finsbury.

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