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The Rev. C. Stovel is about to deliver a children according to its custom at this season course of lectures on the nature and beginning of the year have just reached us. It will be of spiritual life, its sacred recognition, its a convenience to those of our readers who are privilege, its aim, its cultivation, its fruits, engaged in this important department of serits conflict, its resources, its fellowship, its vice, if we mention without delay the assistance present joys, its hope, and its duration. , thus provided for them. The lectures will be delivered in Little Prescot Street meeting-house, commencing The Sunday School Teacher's Class Regison Lord's-day evening, January 6th, 1850; ter and Diary for 1850. 12mo., pp. 128. and they will be continued on the following
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This very remarkable pillar stands about twelve miles south of the modern city of Delhi, and is arrived at through a dismal field of tombs, and innumerable ruins of the ancient city. Its base is a polygon of twenty-seven sides. The exterior part is fluted into twenty-seven semicircular and angular divisions. At various heights are five balconies, which are reached by a dark staircase numbering in the whole to the top 384 steps. The height of the pillar is 242 feet.
This structure is unrivalled in Hindostan for its great size, profusion of ornament, and solidity of construction. For three hundred years it has resisted storm, earthquake, and time.
The village of Cuttub itself, the ruins of which surround the pillar on every side, is famed for the possession of the shrine and relics of Cuttub ud Deen, a celebrated Mahommedan saint. The devotees of Islam resort thither in crowds, mutter their prayers at the tomb, and depart, as they think, favourites of heaven.
Cuttub ud Deen was the first of the Afghan and Patan dynasty of sovereigns, and took possession of Delhi, wresting it from the hands of the Hindoos, in the year 1193. The pillar, however, was not erected till the reign of his successor, Shum ud Deen Altumsh, about 1230, A.D. The place was the scene of very hard fighting between the Hindoo sovereigns and their Patan invaders. The Mussulmans say that 5000 martyrs to their religion lie interred in the neighbourhood.
Bishop Heber thus describes his approach: “ Our route lay over a country still rocky and barren, and still sprinkled with tombs and ruins, till on ascending a little eminence, we saw one of the most extensive and striking scenes of ruin which I have met with in any country. The Outtub Minar is really the finest tower I have ever seen, and must, when its spire was complete, have been still more beautiful. These Patans built like giants and finished their work like jewellers.”
In the neighbourhood of this remarkable monument, at Delhi, labours our aged missionary brother, Mr. THOMPSON, often embracing in his preaching tours this favourite resort of Mohammedan devotion.
In a recent number of the Oriental Baptist we have an instructive example of the missionary's labour. Availing himself of the failure of rain, our brother wisely attempted to lead the excited people to a consideration of the claims of Him who is the Ruler of heaven and earth. May the Spirit of God render permanent the feelings which were then awakened! Sufferings of the people. | out of the city to their Eedga every morning
| in clusters of from ten to twenty to pray. August 1st, 1849. Our 'rains commenced Trains of poor families came in great numbers rather favourably, but a sudden stop was put every inorning from Marwar, and countries to them, and for seventeen long days and where no rain had fallen at the ploughing nights (the dry, hot, and parching west winds season, for their hopes of a harvest were blowing unintermittingly' for fifteen days of gone. The picture altogether of universal that time), the whole population suffered very suffering was dismal ; and the worst anticipamuch, and man and beast were panting, rest- tions of all, that to such a season of unexless, and uncomfortable, to a 'degree never ampled drought, & famine would succeed, known to have been experienced in former were, by a kind of wish not to know the years. Brahmins were consulted : their cal. I worst, concealed. culations failed; offerings were made, but to no purpose. The first half of the (otherwise) |
The people directed to God. rainy month of Shrában was passing away! In this state of geperal feeling, zemindàrs without a drop of rain. Muhammadans went and cultivators came flowing in every mora. ing to learn something of the opinion of the
Good effects produced, learned astrologers of Delhi, as to whether These hymns and suitable addresses, apthere would be any rain, and when. Seeing peared greatly to impress the minds of the me surrounded by attentive numbers, listen-l people, both of the city and the country, and ing to something, they have stopped, and in led a great many of them to hear statedly the midst of the reading asked me in a half what I read or said to them, and to desire the frantic manner, "Is there to be rain ? We hymns might be given them to read at home, are dying: we and our families, and young The reading of the ten commandments, with children must perish.” I have stopped and application to the circumstances of all, proreasoned with them on the Lord God of the duced a quickening effect, and under its salugospel being the ruler of the universe ; his tary effect an aged Hindoo, who could not having the day of one's birth and death, read, begged he might have a copy which he which he reveals to no one, in his hands; and would get another to read to him, " as,” he the time when it shall, and when it shall not added, " it makes me inwardly fear when I rain. That he is Sovereign in all he does, hear that tract." The reply to the frequently and does not impart his counsels to men. asked question, What is sin? excites fixed That his mercy, however, may be implored attention, and fifty to eighty every morning by us, pleading what his love and mercy stand in silence to hear it. One man, on have done for our souls, in giving his Son to going away, said, “ Of the many stripes laid shed his blood for our guilt, and beseeching upon the mind, a single one may some day him to have mercy upon our suffering bodies; take effect." The above two tracts, and that and leaving to his wise and gracious will " For all Classes,” now for the first time fix wben to show that mercy. This was done the attention of Muhammadans also, and they from morning to morning regularly for a appear equally attentive with the Hindoos ; number of days; and partaking of the general one man, however, yesterday morning went feeling of distress and anxiety, I had copied away murmuring, “Is there no other Sa. out and handed to the people (who eagerly viour !" This arose from the frequent menand with joy on their countenances accepted tion of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only them) a paper containing three hymns ; in Saviour, to whom every individual addressed, the first, stating the misery and universal of every occupation and caste, is referred, and suffering of man and beast from the want of called upon to believe in, and implore salvation rain, and beseeching God for Christ's sake to from. The season of drought was thus hapbestow the anxiously looked-for blessing : in pily improved by a great accession of hearers, the second, the promise in Genesis is pleaded and a more fixed attention. At length, on that as long as the earth lasts, seed time and the seventeenth day, the rain fell, and most harvest shall not cease; and deploring that heavily, and through much mercy, dissipated our sins and unworthiness had caused the every fear, and made every face to smile. rain to be withheld, intreating for the Re- The hymn, thanking for rain, now sounded deemer's sake, the blessing might now be most grateful to every ear, and gave an apgranted : in the third, blessing God for the propriate close to the feeling of the season. gift of his Son for the salvation of a guilty I should add about the blessing of the rain, world, trusting that no minor good would be that for six days consecutively we had most withheld, and praying that He who had not copious showers, and after two days' recess, withheld his Son for man's salvation, would clouds are still hanging over us, day and be pleased to vouchsafe the blessing of rain night. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and for man's bodily or temporal wants.
| forget not all his benefits!
SAGOR. In a communication to the secretary, dated September 7th, 1849, Mr. MakePEACE informs us that he has had the happiness of baptizing fourteen persons. Three others have been received as candidates, and may be baptized on the first sabbath in October, and there were several inquirers. From the Oriental Baptist we take a more detailed account of these additions to the church of Christ, and of the prospects of the mission at this station.
July 4th, 1849. It is my pleasing duty however, must, I believe, be attributed, under again to communicate to you intelligence of God, to the instrumentality of one of our baptisms at Ságor. On the first sabbath of brethren in the church. Fourteen individuals the present month I baptized two young men, have thus, through the abounding goodness of wbo are under instruction in our sabbath | our God, been admitted to the fellowship of school. Their awakening and conversion, the church; and others, I am thankful to
add, are standing at the threshold. One of church an unbroken harmony prevails. In our number has recently been removed by our congregation, aye, and at our communion death-an aged brother who was formerly table, you will see not only baptists, but also connected with Mr. Williams' church at friends belonging to the Wesleyan, IndeAgra. His end was peace. Though one has pendent, and Episcopalian bodies, and yet fallen, yet our ranks again appear unbroken there has been no clashing of parties. These and entire, for the place of ihe veteran has various shades of religious belief appear to been more than filled up by the stepping have harmoniously blended like the diverse forth of others with the dew of their youth colours in the rainbow. Remember us now fresh upon them. The church triumphant in and again in your prayers, that the operations heaven has received an accession to its glori- thus auspiciously commenced may be vigorfied legions, but the church militant upon ously prosecuted and sustained that our earth has in point of numbers, been doubly infant community may be augmented rapidly compensated for her loss.
in numbers, and be beautified with every The Sabbath School.
heavenly grace—and that our “ peace may
flow like a river, and our righteousness as the The attendance at the sabbath school has waves of the sea." lately been more numerous than usual, and the teachers have been meeting together to
Native service and chapel. deliberate on measures whereby to secure It remains for me to write a few lines remore effective and systematic operation. Into garding our native service on Lord's day, and details I need not enter. Suffice it to say in reference to which I desire to make an that among the objects proposed, and in the appeal for aid to the friends of missions in carrying out of which a commencement has India. The average attendance at the service been made, is the establishment of a library has, in favourable weather, been encouraging. for the benefit of the elder scholars and of About eighty natives have assembled, but I those parents who may be disposed to avail wish to make it known that for their accomthemselves of the advantages it will undoubt modation we have nothing more than the edly afford.
open verandah of a private dwelling. Efforts The English residents.
have been made to procure assistance towards
the erection of a chapel, and in a few cases You will naturally suppose that our opera- the call has been handsomely responded to. tions here must be telling upon the character About 1200 rupees will be required, of which of the residents. I mention it with gratitude amount about 300 rupees only have been to God, that I have been told on unquestion- realized. Our venerable brother from Tehri able authority, that since my arrival a great told a friend the other day in private conver
community. There is less of unbecoming to him from Tehri he would give 500 rupees comment upon the character of others, and a in aid of the building. It was of course a manifest improvement in respect of religious noble resolve, and eminently worthy of that conduct and feeling. The doctrine and pre- Christianity for which he has, to a great cepts of the gospel have been freely discussed, extent, “suffered the loss of all things." He the claims of religion have been enforced and is debarred the privilege of helping in a man. felt, the theatre has been denounced as a ner commensurate with his wishes; but if place of evil, and the bible has been made the each reader of the Herald would kindly forcompanion of the pillow. Prejudices like- ward the small sum of two rupees in furtherwise have been rapidly on the wane; ex-ance of the object, the work would be done pressions of goodwill towards us have been and the claim abundantly satisfied. And uttered in the higher circles of society ; who can draw back, and say the set time to whilst amongst the various members of the favour Sagor has not yet come?
In the last Herald our brother PARRY intimated that he was hoping to baptize other converts to the faith of Christ. In the following extract he gives the fulfilment of his hopes.
August 10th, 1849. You will be delighted Three of these renounced Mohammedanism to hear that I have again been baptizing a many years ago, but were content in being few believers. On the first Lord's day of merely nominal Christians. They attended this month four disciples made a public pro- my ministry for about a year, and by the fession of Christianity by undergoing the grace of God they were awaked to feel a sacred rite of baptism in Kusha Sahib-ganj. concern for the salvation of their souls some