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the native population, and Gunganarayun Missionaries – Mr. S. BAREIRO, and Mr.
does the same to a greater extent. Mr. J. SMITH.
Johannes has also an English congregation,
to whom he ministers the word of life. The Native Preachers—VISHWANATH, GORA
church consists of nine members; and, at CHAND, and PANCHOO.
the date of the last report, there were three Burisaul is the civil station of the district | inquirers, and two candidates for baptism. of Backergunge, which is a great rice country, lying to the south-east of Jessore, and
The stations above named are all in having a population of about a million of the province of Bengal; the three folsouls. It is also one of the districts in lowing are found in large and populous which there is no missionary, except those cities in north-west Hindoosthan. placed there by the brethren at Serampore. Considerable success has attended the la
BENARES. bours of the brethren, which are very abun
Missionary—Mr. W. Smith. dant, and a small church is under their
Native Preacher -SIVA-DAS. care.
Benares, it is generally known, is reputed
among the Hindoos to be a place of peculiar DACCA.
sanctity. Hence it is resorted to multiMissionary--Mr. 0. LEONARD. tudes from all parts of India, and great
numbers of Brahmins reside there. Mr. The district of Dacca, lying on the east Smith has been engaged in the work of the side of Bengal, has also a population of gospel here for a considerable time. The about a million of souls, amongst whom following incident respecting him is menthere are no other missionaries. The city tioned in the report of the Serampore misin which Mr. Leonard resides was once the sion for 1836: “During the year Mr. Smith seat of a great Mohammedan viceroyalty, has baptized two persons, one at Chunar and is still a place of much commercial im- and the other at Benares; the latter is a portance. The attention of Mr. Leonard is
case of much interest. He was a Hindoo. divided between an extensive system of Fourteen years ago he was under the care schools, attended by more than 900 boys of brother Smith, but left him; and during and 250 girls, the proclamation of the gospel all these years he has been wandering to the Hindoo and Moosoolman population, about, seeking rest to his guilty conscience and the instruction of a small church and from the Hindoo gods, but, of course, was congregation in the English language. In unable to find it; he therefore returned to 1836, three members were added to the brother Smith, and avowed his determinachurch by baptism, none of whom were tion to give himself to Christ. After being natives. One native member had died satisfied with his sincerity and piety, he peacefully in the faith of the gospel ; and Mr. Leonard, at the close of the year, was
was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Several members of the church have been cheered by the decision of a Brahmin, who removed to other places, but there are still has heard the word of God for a series of thirteen members in full communion.” years, and studied the Scriptures daily, to cast away
his idols, abandon caste, and give himself to the Lord Jesus Christ. A few
ALLAHABAD. more also appeared to be inquiring the way to Sion.
Missionary-Mr. L. MACKINTOSH.
The brethren at this station have conti
nued faithful in their labours, but heavy Missionary—Mr. J. JOHANNES. Native Preacher-GUNGANARAYUN, Jun.
domestic affliction has prevented Mr. Mack
intosh from furnishing any very recent acThe district of Chittagong forms the counts of them. south-eastern extremity of Bengal, and is separated from Dacca by the intervening district of Tipera. It also has no mission
DELHI. aries except from Serampore, although its Missionary—Mr. J. T. THOMPSON. population is calculated to be about a mil
Native Preacher-DEVIGIR. lion and a quarter. The time of Mr. Johannes is very much devoted to an English In this imperial city, Mr. Thompson has school, containing about 100 boys, chiefly laboured for many years, and has been much of Portuguese extraction, and partly also in the habit of making extensive journeys native; but he likewise preaches abroad to in various directions, for the purpose of
preaching the gospel, and distributing por- of the Brumhapootra, from its issuing from tions of the holy Scriptures and tracts. the distant mountains to its appearance on Recently, he has been, and now is at Se- the plain of Bengal at Goalpara. It was rampore, engaged in carrying through the also cruelly devastated by the Burmans, press a new edition of the Scriptures in the but its population has again risen to full Hindee, and in supplying the place of 600,000 souls. Messrs. Mack and Leechman, now in this The principal station occupied by the country. Hence, for the present, the la- mission in Assam is Gowhattee, the probours of the station at Delhi have devolved vincial capital, where six individuals were entirely on the native preacher, Devigir. baptized in 1836, and a little church was
formed of twelve members. For some time
much prosperity was enjoyed by the church; We now turn to those branches of but at the close of the year two of the the Mission which lie on the eastern members were suspended from communion, frontier of the British dominions in and the prospects of the mission were India.
clouded. A second station has lately been
formed at the principal town of one of the ARRACAN.
great districts of the province, Nougong,
where Mr. Robinson has been urgently soMissionary—Mr. J. C. Fink.
licited to establish an English school. Native Preachers-KHEPOONG, KULLAFREE, ONG-GEE-JYING, and Kyo-JO-RHEE. On the north-eastern frontier of India,
the Himalaya mountains bend round to the Arracan is a maritime province, forming south, and break into several important the eastern shore of the bay of Bengal, ranges, which are inhabited by a number of which was added to the British dominions
very interesting tribes, which have only at the close of the Burmese war. . During lately been brought to our knowledge. No its subjection to the Burmans, their tyran- fewer than thirty such tribes have been nical oppression drove multitudes of the enumerated, varying in extent from 20,000 people from the country, and the population to 500,000 each. Amongst one of these now is said to be only about 200,000. The tribes, the Khassias, has been established inhabitants speak the Burmese language, the station of with some provincial peculiarities in their
CHERRAPOONJEE. pronunciation; and the scriptures and tracts translated by Dr. Judson and his colleagues Missionary—Mr. A. LISH. serve equally well for Arracan as for the
Mr. Lish (son of Mrs. Robinson, of CalBurman empire.
cutta) makes the following statement in his Mr. Fink resides at the provincial capital, report for 1836
: “In the course of the past Acyab, a sea-port; and the three subordi- year the schools, translations, and village nate stations of the mission are all within preaching have occupied the greater portion about forty miles of his residence. For of my time, whilst, during the latter part of many years there was no other missionary it, I have been called to the pleasing duty in the province; but of late the American of resuming English preaching twice on the missionaries have been able to establish an- Sabbath, in consequence of an increase in other station, to the south of those occu
our congregation. A boarding-school has pied by Mr. Fink and his fellow-labourers.
been established for the support and inThe prospects, both as to the extension struction of indigent children. A small of the gospel in this province, and the pro- bungalow, adjoining the mission premises, gress of education, are stated to have been
was purchased by the school-funds here for very gratifying; but we apprehend the un forty rupees, and appropriated to the resisettled state of political affairs between the dence of the boys, and the school-room on British government and the Burmese empire the ground has been enlarged for their acmay interpose some difficulties in the way commodation, in consequence of the addiof Mr. Fink and his native assistants.
tion made to the original numbers by the boarders. There are fourteen boarders,
three of whom provide their own food and ASSAM.
clothing, being of wealthy connexions, and the remaining eleven are supported entirely
by our local funds. The object of the Missionary~Mr. W. ROBINSON, Jun. school is to remove these poor children Native Preacher-Nundu.
from mixing in the bad company, and wit
nessing the immoral conduct of the people, The province of Assam was likewise and to place them entirely under religious added to the British dominions by the Bur- instruction.
It consists of the great valley Village preaching has been continued
regularly on the Sabbath, and on market | distant preaching excursions, the word of days throughout the year, except when the God has been taken to different parts of the heavy rains or my own illness has prevented country by those who have heard it here. my going out. The attention which the Within the last few weeks I have gone out gospel has received by the people of Mus- once a week to some distant villages, and mai, and strangers who have come to the preached to the people with much encoumarket at Cherra, has been very pleasing ; ragement; and as long as the fine weather so that, though I have been prevented by lasts, I hope to continue these visits, bemy engagements at home from making any sides preaching as usual at the markets.”
The stations which have now been enumerated reqnire an outlay of about £2,500 per annum, to maintain them on the most economical scale. When to this is added the expenditure arising from the re-inforcement of new missionaries ately sent out, and about to proceed both to the East and the West, it must be clearly evident that a correspondent enlargement of the resources of the Society is indispensable. The Committee have felt that they were discharging a duty in thus attempting that which, viewed in connexion with their means, may well be called 'great things ;' and the warm approbation which the churches throughout the land have expressed warrants them to indulge the cheerful hope that, in the way of liberal contribution, they may expect great things.'
It has pleased God, I am happy to say, From Mr. Williamson to Mr. Dyer, Two persons have been baptized, and seve
to revive our native church a little this year. dated Sewry, 25th Oct., 1837 :
ral members, who had long been excluded, Our English school, in which I have been and whom I had little hope of ever seeing labouring for the last five years, and from in the church again, have been restored to which I have been anticipating gratifying Christian fellowship. I trust their repentresults, has afforded me very little encou- anee is sincere, and that they will prove it ragement for some time past. The youth to have been so, by a steady Christian deof the first class who, having made consider- portment to the end of their course. Two able progress in their studies, had become or three Hindoo families, amounting to an interesting class, and who had all along about twenty persons, have lately come been valuable assistants to me as monitors, amongst us. Some of the children and from various causes left the school. We youth have been received into our Christian had also two severe visitations of the cho- boarding-school, and the rest are maintainlera, which carried off some, and consider- | ing themselves by their own industry, while ably thinned the general attendance for they attend worship and receive suitable several months. Nor ought I to omit to instruction daily. mention the fact, that an unsuccessful, and perhaps rather imprudent, attempt to introduce the reading of the Scriptures, with
JAMAICA. prayer, contributed also in some degree to
SALTER'S HILL. disperse the scholars. The introduction of a class-book, too, entitled, Scripture Extracts,
From Mr. Dendy, dated 23rd April, gave offence, and still continues to do so.
1838. Notwithstanding, I do not intend to yield On Friday the 13th inst., we held the 60 far to their prejudices as to withdraw it, second anniversary of the opening of Salter's being resolved either to conduct the school Hill Chapel. In the morning of the day, in an on Christian principles, or relinquish it alto- adjoining river, eighty-two persons were gether. I hope, however, it will not be ne- baptized. Brother Dexter kindly assisted cessary to resort to this latter alternative. in the service. The spectators were numeIndeed, the school is already beginning to rous, and conducted themselves with the assume a more favourable aspect. Some greatest degree of order and decorum. At who had gone away have returned, and half-past ten o'clock our morning service others are expected, not excepting two or commenced, when the chapel was com. three of the highest class, whose loss I had pletely filled; the school-room was also most regretted. Sometime ago we had an full; even then many were obliged to reoffer of assistance from the Education Com- main outside. The estimated number premittee, which, being only on the condition
two thousand six hundred: of our excluding Christianity, was declined, Brother Dexter preached from Ps. cxlvii. of course.
12-14, Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem ;
praise thy God, o Zion; for he hath
MONTEGO BAY. strengthened the bars of thy gates, he hath
Our brethren Messrs. Burchell and Knibb blessed thy children,' &c.
have held the first anniversaries of the open• After the morning service, I availed ing of their new chapels, The following myself of the opportunity afforded to the
account of the service at Montego Bay is people of rebutting the charge that had copied from the Falmouth Post of April 25th been made against them, that they would last : not work after the 1st of August next.
“On Saturday last, was the first anniver. “ It was resolved without a dissenting sary of the opening of the Montego Bay voice,
Baptist Chapel, under the pastoral care of “ That this report is a false and malicious the Rev. Thomas Burchell. Early in the
libel upon us, as we never had such morning, the various schools established by thoughts or intentions, but are willing the Rev. Mr. Burchell, assembled with their to work as usual for our masters so teachers in different parts of this town. long as the present law continues in The British, the Infant, the Sabbath schools force, although we would rather be of Montego Bay, met their teachers, Mr. free. *
Andrews and Miss Cumming, and assistant "In the afternoon of the same day the teachers, at the premises in Union-street. newly-baptized persons were received into The Mount Carey Schools, with their teachfull communion by the church, and sat er, Mr. Hayles, met at the Old Chapel predown to the ordinance of the Lord's sup- mises. The schools, at present conducted per; and thus closed the services of the at St. Andrew's, by Mr. Vaughan, met at his second anniversary of the opening of residence. The Montpelier School, under Salter's Hill Chapel. We trust we found the care of Mr. Chambers, met at the resithe day a day of refreshing from the pre- dence of that gentleman; and the Shortwood sence of the Lord.
and Bethel Hill Schools, superintended by “ The collections amounted to seventy- Miss Scott and the Miss Reids, assembled five pounds.
at the new chapel. Many of the children, “In a former letter, I mentioned that I some so young as four years, had travelled had visited the mountain district of St. a distance of twenty-five miles to be present Elizabeth's parish, bordering on the parish on this festive occasion. of St. James. I now continue to supply
“ At ten o'clock the schools, that were arthe station, in connexion with my esteemed ranged in the other places already mentioned, assistant, Mr. Pickton, once a month. The moved in processional order to the chapel ; station is to us of difficult access, being and certainly, greater decorum and propriety about twenty-five miles from Salter's Hill, could notexist in the best organized system of over bad roads and through an extensive school management than seemed to prevail forest; but it promises to be a field of much amongst the children of these schools.” usefulness. The last time I went I was in- The service of the day was commenced by formed that, in consequence of my former the children singing the hymn from Willvisits, seven couple who heard me preach cock's Selection, 393,were induced no longer to live according to
“ Beyond the glittering starry skies," &c., the custom of the country, but entered into the honorable state of matrimony."
and Mr. Andrews, of the Montego Bay schools, engaged in prayer, and read a por
tion of Scripture. • We learn from the Falmouth Post, of the 25th of April, that at this meeting the following important read from one of the Sunday Collection
Mr. Vaughan, of the school at St. Andrews, questions were put to the apprentices by Messrs. Dendy and Dexter.
hymns, 133— 1. Have you ever heard from the Baptist Missionaries that you would all be free on the 1st of August “Come, children, hail the Prince of Peace,"&c., next? (cries of no, Sir, we never did.)
2. Have they ever told you that you were to sit down and do no work after the 1st of August. (No, and read part of the 4th chapter of Proverbs. Sir, they never did.)
Mr. Hayles, of the Mount Carey schools, 3. The papers say that you will not work when en- engaged in prayer, and Mr. Chambers, of equitable wages ? (Loud cries of yes, Sir, we will.) | the Montpelier school, gave out the 12th
4. Is there any prædial apprentice here who does hymn in the Selection, sung at the opening not mean to work as usual ? If so, let him lift up his hand that we may know what we have to expect.
of the chapel last year : (A gentleman stood up, and emphatically observed, not one.)
Yes, we hope the day is nigh," &c., 5. If any one should be so wicked as to try to all up your minds with the thought that you are all to which was sung by the children to the tune be free in August next, will you take him, whether of “Hosanna," and after the 67th Psalm he be white, brown, or black, to the Special Magistrate, that he may be punished ? (Loud cries of yes,
was read by Mr. Chambers, and the children Sir, we will.)
had sung the “Amen Chorus,” in the Surrey
Chapel Collection, the Rev. Mr. Burchell different bearings and connexions, in such a addressed the schools separately (the pupils manner, that while the admonitions roused standing while he spoke) with encouraging | the imagination and warmed the affections, and appropriate remarks upon their conduct they were of a description to carry conviction and the goodly number present, and stated to the heart, and, it is hoped, will never be the schools and their numbers to be thus: effaced from the memory of those who
Montego Bay Day-school, 167–Infant heard and were affected by them. school, 80 - Sabbath-school, 710; Mount Mr. Burchell engaged in prayer, and the Carey Day-school, 139– Infant-school, 81 children concluded with singing the two last -Sabbath-school, 750; Shortwood Day- verses of the Epistle of Jude, to the tune school, 65-Sabbath-school, 221; Bethel | “ Adoration." Hill Day-school, 75–Sabbath_school, 330; ! The different schools then repaired to the Montpelier Day-school, 73; St Andrew's places in which they had assembled in the Day-school, 81—Sabbath_school, 184; Eden morning, where each pupil was presented Estate Evening-school, 101; Bethel Hill with a book, or some other token of reward, Evening-school, 17; Catherine Hall Even by their respective teachers. ing-school, 73; and Spring Garden Evening It is worthy of remark that all the school, 137. Making in Day-schools 600. | teachers of the schools, except Miss Scott, -In Infant-schools, 161, which are also Mr. Andrews, and Mr. Hayles, are natives, Day-schools.-In Evening-schools, 328;—| trained and instructed for educational purand in Sunday-schools, 2201 ; giving a total poses, by the direction and under the espeof 3290 souls, receiving moral and religious cial patronage of Mr. Burchell. One of instruction, under the patronage and through these teachers is a black man of very prothe instrumentality of Mr. Burchell. Upon mising qualifications, and who, with piety, the subject of Evening-schools, Mr. Burchell-humility, and application, the writer of this said that the people owed a debt of grati- account hopes yet to see following in the tude to George Gordon, Esq., for the assist- steps of his esteemed and benevolent ance he rendered in the establishment of exemplar. them; and otherwise spoke in pleasing terms The next day, Sunday, Mr. Burchell of that gentleman's efforts in the cause of preached to a very numerous congregation, education, and the interest he manifested in from the 6th chap. of Zechariah, parts of the welfare of the people, from which means, the 12th and 13th verses, “Behold the man principally and efficiently, are the advantages whose name is THE BRANCH; and he of the country to be derived and secured. shall grow up out of his place, and he shall He mentioned that the children from Mont- build the temple of the Lord; even He shall pelier had been accommodated by the over- build the temple of the Lord; and he shall seer of that property with the means of bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon conveyance to bring them to the festivities his throne.” of the day; and he said he felt himself called Before Mr. Burchell began his discourse, upon to tender him his thanks publicly for he alluded at some length to rumours that this act of kindness. The Rev. gentleman had gone abroad intended to disturb the also referred to a school to be established at peace and quietude of society, which he Rose Mount, * at the request, and with the said were to the effect, that the apprenticeassistance, of Doctor Roper, and that the ship of the Prædial, as well as the Nonschool would be under the management of Prædial class, was to terminate at the first Mr. Bryan.
of August ensuing. He denied in very At the conclusion of this narration, Mr. explicit terms that these rumours were corBryan led the children with the hymn rect, and guarded the people against believ“ Joyful,” commencing,
ing them. He explained the difference,
which the abolition law meant should be for “If we the Saviour seek by prayer,” &c.,"
the advantage of those who had to serve which was sung, as well as the other hymns,
six years. He told them that the responsiwith much grace, accompanied by the chapel
ble administration of that law was placed in organ, played by Mrs. Bennett, lately from
the hands of government officers, and to England, in a tasteful manner.
them were they to look for protection, and Mr. Burchell then delivered a comprehen
from them they had a right to expect justice sive and solemn address to the children and
and support, when ill-treated or oppressed. their parents from Matthew, xi. 14, “ Suffer
He said, some persons who wished to do little children,” &c. The principles and doc.
evil to the apprentices, would endeavour to trines of pious, religious, and moral guardian
trouble their minds with false information, ship, were explained and enforced in their
| and he enjoined them therefore, that whenever they heard any report whatever, on
the question of the termination of the ap• This school is now in operation.
prenticeship, to mention it at the earliest