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SERAMPORE. Home Proceedings.
Extract of a Letter from Mrs. Marsh
man to Mr. Dyer, dated BOSTON,
Serampore, 9th June, 1824. LINCOLNSHIRE.
Before the last distressing inundation we had seventeen schools, in and about Serampore; but since that pe
riod we have had only thirteen. We On Thursday, September 23, 1824, are now about to erect a new one, a meeting was held in the Baptist wbich is to be called the Chathain Chapel, Liquorpond-street, Boston, for i Union School. We assembled eleven the purpose of forming an Auxiliary little girls upon the spot early this Society, in aid of the parent institu. morning, where we intend erecting the tion. An introductory discourse was school. It is to us one of the most astonpreached the preceding evening, hy ishing circumstances we have ever met Mr. S. Sutton, Missionary from the with in this country, that the children East Indies, from Psalm lxxiv. 20; are so willing to learn, and their pa “ Hare respect in the Covenant, for the rents so willing to let them. What we dark places of the earth are full of the ha- had been striving at, (but in vain) for hitations of cruelty.” He gave an affect twenty-two years, is now effected with ing description of the degraded state of but little trouble. Surely, it is the the heathen. The public meeting | Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in commenced at two o'clock on Thurs
our eyes; and He shall have all the day, when appropriate and interesting praise, for it is due to Him alone. addresses were given, by the Rev. You will be happy to hear that Dr.** Messrs. Wilbourn and Ratcliff, Metho- Carey is quite recovered, and preaches dists; Rev. Messrs. Taylor, Bissell, just as delightfully as he did before Everett, and Yeats, General Baptists; his long and severe illness. and Messrs. Sutton and Macpherson; in moving and seconding the resolu. tions connected with the object of the meeting, which were unanimously
CALCUTTA. adopted. Mr. Macpherson, of Hull, preached in the evening an impressive sermon from Luke xiv, 23; “Go into We are happy to find, by rethe highways and hedges, and compel cent arrivals from this slation, them to come in, that my house may be that Mr. and Mrs. Leslie reached filled.”
Much Christian feeling seemed to Bengal in safety, after a voyage pervade our assemblies on this occa- of nearly seven months' duration, sion; and an elevated tone of pious in the latter end of May. They feeling greatly promoted. The collec
were received with great kindness, tion amounted to £10, and nearly the same sum was obtained by sub both at Calcutta and Serampore; scriptions.
but it appeared doubtful, at the J. H.
date of these letters, whether Mr.
Leslie should be fixed at Mong. Jiuterest in favour of this important hyr, or at Digah, as it appeared work. It is, indeed, a most important
and delightful feature in the present that the latter station, which, our
state of Missionary works in Bengal, readers will recollect, became va. It is a demonstration that the labours cant by the death of Mr. Rowe, of these past thirty years have not in Ociober, 1823, required his been in vain; but that, over and above
the actual conversion of the natives, services yet more urgently than much is doing; yea, much has already the former.
been achieved in favour of the great We are grieved to add, that object for which Mission Societies the health, both of Mr. and Mrs. exist. The way of the Lord is proEustace Carey has been so much dices are levelling, and valleys of is.
paring, mountains and hills of preju. impaired, that the physicians have norance are filling up with speed. We recommeuded a return to Europe, need, dear Sir, to reflect upon these as the only probable means of things, that we may take heart. their restoration. At the very period of this decision, and after, at Mr. Carey's request, bis bre.
SALATIGA, (Java.) thren had met specially to pray for direction on his behalf, an Extracts from Mr. Bruckner's Journal, American vessel was in the port,
lately received. the supercargo of which being a
(Concluded from page 497.) pious man, had attended their worship at the Circular Road Chapel, bringing the Captain, two miles to a small village, in which
DECEMBER 18, 1823.-Walked about and other officers wiih bim. I had been once before, and then found When these gentlemen knew that the priest inclined towards the gospel. it was determined that Mr. Carey I met him to-day again, and found should leave India, they proposed was glad and sat up. I preached the
but when he saw me, he his taking Philadelphia in his gospel once more to him. In the mean way, and agreed to convey him time I heard him several times sigh, and Mrs. Carey for about lialf
"O God Jesus! pardon all my sins." the usual sum. It is probable, with attention, was exhorted by thə
His son, who was present, and heard therefore, that Mr. Carey has ar- old priest to mind well, and lay it in rived, by this time, in the United his heart, what he heard of me. WalkStates; and, if it should please ing after this a little about in the vil. God to grant him strength suffi lage, in search of more people, but I
found none at this time: then I entercient for the voyage, he may ed to the head-man's, whom I found at shortly be expected in England.' home. He asked me what he had to
Io the letier which communi-do, if he should be converted ? In cates this intelligence, Mr. Carey gospel to him, and enjoined on him to
answer to his question, I opened the takes occasion, alšo, to advert, in believe in, and pray to Jesus, who the following terms, to the pro- was most willing to receive sinners. gress of Female Education. He seemed as if he were willing to
receive the gospel. Finding no farther The female department of the Bene- occasion to make the gospel known to volent Christian School Society is more persons in this village, I returnprosperous. Mrs. Colman is a steady ed homeward, and in my way had to devoted superintendant, and the So- pass through another village; buf ciety has been highly favoured in be found no opportunity in it for preach. ing able to avail itself of her services. ing the gospel, as I saw no people. Ten schools are now in motion, and January 9, 1824.-I went to a vil. we hope more will be formed as soon lage, in which I spoke in four or five as funds can be realized, and suitable houses the word, until I felt my lungs places and situations found out. We sore. The people seemed to under. trust for some small portion of your stand a little more of the gospel. One said to his fellow, after I had left the might be able to read themselves, room, “ The words of that gentleman what I had been telling of the way to are excellent.” Another said to me, salvation. But I told them this was “I have been very desirous to come the only book of the kind I had. One to you to be taught farther in the ways said, “ Then copy but a few pages of God; but I have always so much from it for me. In the mean time I work, that I cannot spare an hour for recollected that I still had a copy more the good cause.” I said to him on of the Gospel of St. John at bome, this occasion what was necessary, which I promised to give them: of this which he took very well.
they were very glad. Thus, it would 13th.---Went to a village ; being en- seen, as if there would come a little tered, I perceived an old man enter hunger after the word among these his but. I followed him, and two na- people, and if this be the case, wo tives more came in after they had seen may hope that the hour of the Lord is me, probably from curiosity, wishing at hand, for his visiting this nation in to know what I had to do here. I his infinite mercy, asked the old man, what he tbought would become of him, if he died? He replied, “ Earth.” I endeavoured to make him understand that there was
BENCOOLEN. a future state of happiness and mi. sery; but he appeared as senseless as wood. The others, who had come in, January 15, 1824, has been lately
A QUARTERLY leiter, dated after they had listened a few minutes, went away, though I bid them to stay
received from our Missionaries at and listen, for they appeared as igno- this station. We can, at present, rant as the old nan. After ! had only extract that part of it which talked for some time to him, without refers to the Native Schools. apparently gaining the least on him, I went to another part of the place,
“ Our native schools are in a truly where I met a few men together, who flourishing state. Opposition has, ia seemed willing to listen to my mes- a great nieasure ceased, and people sage; then I went to the priest, who begin to suspect that educating their told me that he prayed to God for children may possibly be attended mercy, in the name of Jesus.
with benefit. You have already been 15ih.-Went out, when I happened informed that all the schools in and to meet with a few men, one of whom about the town have been removed to I asked, whether he knew God?“ No, the Mission premises. Here a most (replied he,) I am very ignorant.” gratifying sight is every day exhibited, Some others more came around me. I of a hundred and fifty, or more, wild began to tell them of God's love in little fellows, subjected to the regular Christ. This seemed to arrest their discipline of a Lancasterian school, attention, and they seemed to under. | and improving in useful knowledge. stand. Having talked to them a cer- The boys are taught to read, write, and tain length in this strain, and apply- spell; they are also instructed in ing the truth more particularly to them- | Arithmetic, the principles of the orthoselves, they expressed their gratitude, graphy of theirown language, and in a mying, “ We thank you much for few of the most simple truths in AstroBoming bither, to tell us of these nomy. Geography, History, Chronothings.” Then Í entered a room where logy, and some other useful branches I heard some persons at work. I began of knowledge are still wanting, which to talk to them present of divine our utmost efforts have not yet been things; but they were very loguaci- able to supply. A large school-room, ous, so that I could do very little capable of containing two hundred and
fifty boys, is in a state of considerable February 19th.-I spent a few plea- forwardness, and when finished, will, sant hours in a village; I talked in the we hope, soon be filled with scholars. beginning but to one, but after a few Two public examinations have been minntes several of the neighbours held in the Court-house, that containcame around me, who expressed a de- ing the largest room in the settlement; sire for hearing the word. I spoke the one in August last, the other on then, and read to them from the New New-year's-day. On both occasions, Testament; and they paid proper at the scene exhibited was nearly the tention to it; they expressed a great same. The boys went through the wish for a book from me, that they manual discipline with their slates,
pencils, &c. produced specimens of and whether he will feel the same in. Their writing, repeated lessons written terest in promoting missionary objects, rom dictation, and worked sums in we cannot tell. We would be thankful Arabic hgures. It was truly amusing for the assistance and support we have to see the little monitors, with sticks in enjoyed, and look above for future their hands, walking up and down the help. ranks, with all the gravity and stern- We propose forming an Arabic class ness of drill sergeants, while the dif- in the school on the Mission premises; ferent classes under their care obeyed and a sort of Grammar, with a Malay the word of command with a prompti- translation, such as is used by the natude and correctness that were truly tives themselves, is now being copied gratifying; and to some of the specta for the purpose. Such a step will be tors not a little surprising. The Lieu- gratifying to the Malays, who are much tenant-Governor, and the gentlemen of prejudiced in favour of the Arabic lanthe settlement, were present on each guage; it will give the boys a few new occasion; and, on New-year's.day, ideas on language in general, while it Lady Raffles, and several of the ladies, will dissolve the charm that surrounds honoured the examination with their a few vain and ignorant persons, who presence. The impression on the Eu- are considered prodigies of learning, ropean inhabitants here is most favour- because they can pronounce a few able; they consider the school-system Arabic words, with the meaning of as the dawn of civilization and good, which they are commonly but little morals. Sir Stamford seemed both | acquainted. surprised and delighted to see the little A gentleman of the civil service savages, as he pleasantly terned then, bere, has lately visited the southern reduced to such regular discipline, and districts, in his official capacity, and exhibiting such unequivocal proofs of amongst other instructions received advancement in knowledge. A little from the Lieutenant-Governor, he was boy having spelt very correctly a few directed to inquire into the practicabiwords proposed to him, Sir Stamford lity of establishing native schools. He caused a petty chief to be placed by took a few of our books with bim for the side of the boy, and required him distribution, and one of the chiefs to spell the words which the poor boy there, when he saw the books, expresshad just spelt; but though a man of ed an earnest desire to send his son to nearly sixty years of age, he could not us for instruction. This gentleman, spell one of them. His fruitless at since his return, has presented a retempts to match a little boy, raised a port to government on the subject of general laughi, and taught the Malays schools; from which it appears that a to expect that the next generation will great number of schools might be far excel the present. Many of the formed, comprising a grand total of best boys were rewarded with valua
two thousand boys. As such an esble presents, at the expense of govern- tablishment would be attended with a ment; some of them receiving not less very considerable expense, the Lieute. than a complete suit of clothes. These nant-Governor has not authorized it, rewards for improvement were all deli- but will, before his departure, write to vered in the presence of Sir Stamford, the Supreme Government in Bengal, who condescended to speak to the boys recommending it. himself, and to excite them to future exertions. At the examination on New-year's-day, there were more than three hundred boys present; the num
HONDURAS. ber having been augmented since the examination in August. We regret that we are so soon to lose Sir Stam- Our last Number contained a letter ford; he has been the friend of Mis- from Mr. Fleming, acquainting us with sions in these countries, and has ma- various particulars in relation to the nifested no small degree of concern for station he expected to occupy at the the moral improvement of the Malays, Mosquito Shore, and expressing his but his state of health imperiously intention of riting, at greater length, requires his return to Europe, where by some future opportunity. This anwe most sincerely wish him every bless-ticipation, alas! will never be realiing. He will cause the allowance zed; for ere this devoted young man which we have hitherto received for could enter upon his work, he has been the support of the schools, to be con- called to quit the scenes of mortality tinued; but who his successor will be, for ever. Nor can we 'stop here: a few days after his decease, his affec
Ohrloff, on the Moltschra, tionate partner was called to follow him into the world of spirits ; and they DEAR AND BELOVED Friend,
April 27, 1824. now rest together, till the resurrection
I received your dear and important morn, in the land which, only two short months before, they had entered as the letter of March 9, through means of. messengers of salvation ! Since the my dear mother, under date of April death of Mr. Grant, who, in 1799, ex: giving be ascribed to my heavenly Fa
the 17th, old style. Praise and thankspired at Serampore, eighteen days after he landed in India, the Society has ther and our Lord Jesus Christ, who, not been called to mourn the removal out of his love and mercy, strengthens of a Missionary under circumstances riety of ways, and now again, through
me in so great and so gracious a va. 80 painfully solemn and impressive. Under bereavements so unexpected your letter, and by the lively interest and awful, our only resource is in the the dear friends in England have taken conviction of the holiness and good, lutations, much beloved, even all this
on my behalf. Receive my grateful sa. ness of the great Arbiter of life and death. May believing contemplations Tartary. So much has the Lord done
way from the High Table lands of on his character, assuage the grief of those respected friends and relatives of that my heart is full; and in answer
for me, temporally and spiritually, the deceased, who feel most tenderly interested in the sad event!
to the question, Have ye lacked any Mr. Bourn's letter, which is dated thing? I reply, with a mixture of graSeptember 14, contains only the state
titude and shame, No, Lord, nothing ! ment of Mr. Fleming's death, which and satisfied with myself, do I at
But 0, how lifeless, and thoughtless, took place the preceding day, after an illness of five days only. Mrs. Fleming self, there would be no end ; I will
times feel! But to complain of mywas then ill, but nothing serious was apprehended. From another quarter,
rather praise God on account of his however, we have since derived the fulness, which we have in Christ, cven afflicting intelligence respecting her, friends have informed me of many
grace for grace. My mother and dear which we have already, given. May things, which you have communicated wisdom be given us rightly to interpret these mysterious dispensations of been rejoiced at your faith and love.
to them; and how much they have Divine Providence !
Your address to the Mennonites (calculated to produce in them both joy and shame) has been much read, and
sought after by the settlers here. How TARTARY.
much can God bring to pass through human means ! How little have I
done as yet for my brethren, after the Our readers will recollect the flesh, which indeed are all mankind ! account given of Mr. Daniel How much have the English brethren Schlatter in our Number for No. done, and how little during twenty
years past, have the Mennonites done, vember 1823. We have now to towards extending the kingdom of present them with the translation God among the Tartars in these parts ! of a letter from that highly inte. They are at present, however, beginresting man to our much-esteem. ning to make a stir among some,
(though these are not many, God ed friend, Mr. W. H. Angas. It knows,) whilst others, opposed to the will be seen that he declines the gospel under the garb of a humble proposal made to him by the piety, lead astray the simple and inCommittee, immediately to leave experienced, who, for want of know
ing better, will hear of nothing new, his present situation, and employ and readily believe that Missionary himself solely in Missionary la efforts are opposed to the principles of bour: but, we trust, it will not their church, and, consequently, any
interest taken in such efforts are rebe long before he will have ac
garded in the same light. They imaquired that thorough knowledge gine, also, that such things would of the Tartar habits and customs, tend to produce a change of sentiment which he deems a necessary pre- among the churches, as well as en requisite for these engagements.
danger the privileges which they already hold from the emperor. But as