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that he was sorry he had nothing else to East India Company, that now ruled over offer me.
all India. The Hon. East India Company
was therefore Ram in a different form, and Nalive ideas of the incarnation
was consequently entitled to the homage due At another place I visited the house of to Ram. And," said the chief speaker, “I a respectable zemindar, or landholder, and believe Ram is in every sahib (or European); as I approached it I feared that I might and since Ram has given them the sovereignty be driven away with abuse, but to my sur- of the country, of course it is my duty to prise I was most politely received, and treat every sahib with profound respect.” after being seated, between twenty and thirty The poor deluded man was so very conpersons came together, who all listened very sistent with his profession, that he received attentively while I spoke to them of man's us with all honour, but it was not for Christ's ruin by sin and the way of salvation by sake, alas ! it was for Ram's sake, whom the Christ. No interruption was offered until poor deluded man believed to be in us. We they found that I insisted on Christ's being laboured long and hard to dispel some of the the only Saviour. This they were unwilling darkness from his mind, but all our efforts to admit. “They would not deny that were apparently fruitless. He tried to behave Jesus Christ was an incarnation of the Deity, with all deference, but he still retained his but so was Ram, and therefore Ram and awful opinions. From this case you will Jesus Christ were the same, only differing in perceive what fearful ignorance, error, and the time and manner of the incarnation. obstinacy we have often to contend with. The Deity had become incarnate at various What can be done without Divine help! times and in various modes, and in these last How much do we need that our dear Chrisdays, in this dark and evil age, he had be- tian friends should strive together with us in come incarnate in the person of the Hon. prayer to God that this help may be granted.
Acting upon the peremptory advice of the physician, our brother MAKEPEACE is on his way to England. His health has for some time been failing, and he is at last constrained to leave his station for a more invigorating clime. He leaves at a most interesting moment. “On the first sabbath in October," he says, “it was my privilege to baptize an interesting young man on a profession of his repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Another excellent individual had been accepted by the church, and would have been baptized, had not indisposition prevented. This is truly an exciting time with me. Though so many have been baptized, yet there is a greater number of individuals upon whom we can look with interest and hope, than at any previous period.” Thus our brother is laid aside, in the all-wise counsel of God, at the season his labours are bearing richest fruit. Their very toilsomeness and success involving the decay of the labourer.
COLOMBO. Our last Herald conveyed the afflicting intelligence of the decease of our esteemed missionary Mr. Davies, in a letter from our brother Dawson. Mr. ALLEX, under date of the 15th November, has communicated some further particulars of his last days. A month previous it had been arranged that brother ALLEN should remove to Colombo to assist Mr. Davies, and to carry out the reductions proposed by the Committee. Mr. Allen therefore now occupies the station.
One of our little band is no longer an has said to him, “It is enough, come up inhabitant of this lower world. The Master hither, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Our brother Davies, as you are aware, had through the blood of the cross. His resigbeen long labouring under disease, evidently nation to the will of God most high, was the effect of a climate unsuited to him, and instructive and impressive too. He found five short years have laid low one who was support and consolation in the doctrines an able minister and missionary.
and promises of the gospel, which he preached When I came to Colombo, about six to others, and which he held in faith and in weeks ago, on finding him no better for his righteousness of life. I had opportunities, residence in the cooler regions of the island, when alone with him in the day, and in the I urged him to leave whilst a probability dead of the night, of asking him how he felt of his reaching England remained, but it was in reference to eternity, and it was more than too late. Finding him utterly unable to do satisfactory to hear him, with his dying breath, anything, it was arranged that I should take tell me that he had no fear or anxiety, that the duties of the station, and he prepared to his hope was sure and stedfast, founded on leave by the Garland Grove, about to sail, the rock of ages. At no time had he a but it was ordered otherwise. On Saturday, single doubt with respect to the future. All the 27th of October, he, with Mrs. Davies was calm, peaceful, and joyful. Once indeed, and the children removed to the residence he told me that he felt distressed concerning of Dr. Elliott, for the sake of a little change, his family, but on directing his attention to and that the Dr. might have him more im- the promises of our God concerning the mediately under his attention. He was then widow and the fatherless, his faith grasped suffering from acute dysentery, which had them, and he resigned them to him. been long feared as the climax of the disease On asking if he had any thing to say to which had prostrated him for nearly two me and the native preachers and churches, he years, and which baffled alike medical skill, breathed a prayer that I might be blessed in and the colder climate of Newera Ellia, until my labours, and be more successful in turning it brought down the poor clay tenement. sinners to God than he had been. Tell the All that kindness and skill could do was Pettah people, he said, that I feel grateful done, but in vain. His work was done, and for all their personal kindness; that I should he went to live in a higher scale of existence, like to speak to them once more, but I canand amid higher scenes of enjoyment. not; that I intended to write them a letter
for you to read from the pulpit, but I am too His death and funeral.
| weak even for that. Tell them while I
thank them for their kindness, that I mourn On the following Friday, November 2nd, ha
1: because of their carelessness and indifference on the seventh day from his removal to to
Oto spiritual things, and that I have been so Dr. Elliott's, he breathed his last, in the
discouraged as to think that my preaching presence of the Dr., brother Dawson, and was vain. Tell them these things, and bemyself. On the Saturday we laid the body seech them to be reconciled unto God, and in the grave, surrounded by a vast concourse
embrace the gospel-perhaps your voice will of spectators who came to pay the last token
move them. of respect to the remains of him, who was
As his end drew near, he said but little, held in high estimation by all ranks and
a when sensible, except occasionally, “ Allen, classes of society, from those high in authority | Dawson. Elliott are you here, do not leave me. to the humblest inhabitant; and on the next | The pain is dreadful. but it will soon be evening,—the sabbath,—and his first in the
over.” When it became generally known assembly that ne'er breaks up, I had the lih
that he was ill, the inquiries that were made melancholy duty of preaching his funeral
proclaimed the estimation in which he was sermon, to an assembly that more than filled the chapel, many, if not all of whom were it funeral showed that his loss was felt as a
held, and the immense gathering at the is hoped profoundly impressed with what
hat public one. they heard.
You, dear brother, and the society have We watched him night and day during his lost an able man and missionary, and the last illness, which though short, was severe. two surviving missionaries have lost one, who, He had been so reduced by the old com- though cut off in early life, at thirty-four plaint, that it was manifest he had not years of age, was mature in mind, sound in strength to grapple with so fearful an enemy judgment, and wise in counsel, and an able as dysentery, and we saw his strength dimin- fellow-labourer-God's will be done. We ish, and his pains increase, until death made thought we could ill spare him, but God him to bow himself. It was painful at times would teach us perhaps that he could do to behold him in such circumstances, and without him, and that we should submit yet it was good to be there, to mark the without a murmur. triumphs of grace over every weakness and Is it quite beyond the means of God's infirmity of human nature, and at last over people in our fatherland to send another to the great enemy, death. He triumphed occupy the place of him who has just fallen
on the high places of the field ? It was hearts in England that can be touched by painful to leave Matura, and painful for us the cry, “ Come over and help us?" "The all to abandon the poor people there; and it people need the missionary among them; is painful here to look on multitudes who they are perishing for lack of knowledge. are without instruction of a religious kind, We ourselves die daily, and are willing to die and equally painful to know that even our with the harness on; and as we fall one by own people cannot have as much attention one, are there none to be found who will step from the European as they need, though the into our places, and maintain the battle, and native assistants do well. Are there no achieve the victory in the name of the Lord ?
The high estimation in which the Christian character and abilities of our departed brother were held, may be gathered from an obituary notice which we extract from the Ceylon Overland Observer.
The deceased missionary was cut down to a passage in the Samaritan Pentateuch, a early in his career, his age not exceeding version as old as the days of Rehoboam, thirty-four; a fact which struck with surprise nearly 1000 B. C., in which there occurs the many who had long admired the maturity of ancient name of Ceylon, Sarandib.' This his judgment, the expansiveness of his mind, led to a discussion in which he poured forth the largeness of his views, and the extent of such a flow of learning as I had seldom his acquirements. Conscientiousness was listened to before. Our conversation, and the leading feature of his character. He much subsequent correspondence, turned on never received a statement, an opinion, or a these subjects the identity of Ophir with doctrine upon trust. All were submitted to Ceylon; the knowledge of the Hebrews conthe patient and industrious scrutiny of a cerning India and China and their producmind naturally acute, and which had been tions; the probability that traces of this trained and disciplined to the severest princi- knowledge were to be found in the Hebrew ples of the science of reasoning. The Chris- term for cinnamon;' the early trade of the tianity which he professed and preached, he Phænicians and Arabs with countries still lived up to. Its precepts were his guide futher to the east; these, and a multitude of through life; its promises his support in similar inquiries, called forth almost unconaffliction and in the solemn hour of death. sciously his vast stores of information. And A closing scene more replete with calm they were displayed not merely in his critical triumph has seldom been witnessed. It was familiarity with Hebrew and its cognates; his last seal to the truth of a system—the with the dialects of modern India and their reality of doctrines which, having thoroughly ancient roots; with Greek, both Hellenic examined, he sincerely believed.
and medieval; with German and a variety The large concourse at his funeral, of per- of modern languages, but with the literature Bons who came to pay the last token of in which these are preserved; the coliations respect to his remains, was such as is seldom of the Septuagint and the early versions; the witnessed save on the occasion of what is Greek, Roman, and Arabian geographers, the deemed a public loss. Amongst those who early travellers who after the revival of learnstood round the grave we noticed the Ho-ing brought back to Europe the lost knownourable the Chief Justice, the Honourable ledge of the east; and the works on natural the Colonial Secretary, the Honourable the science compiled or illustrated from their reQueen's Advocate, &c.
searches. His attainments as a scholar.
“All these, from early study, he seemed
as familiar with as though his later years had In accordance with the permission con- been spent in the luxuries of a boundless ceded to us, we append the following testi- library, instead of being passed in the jungles mony to Mr. Davies's character and attain- of Ceylon. ments, especially as a scholar, from the pen " And what was most charming in all these of one occupying a high position in the disquisitions, was the singular modesty of this government of this colony, and in the ranks highly cultivated mind. His clearest views of literature. It says all that we could wish he always put forward as suggestions;' his to say, and much more gracefully than we soundest conclusions as probable 'conjeccould say it. The tribute is alike creditable tures;' and I possess now some of his valuable to the living and the dead.
dissertations elaborated with the utmost care * Such was his singular diffidence as to and inquiry, but all sent to me not as essays, himself and to his own attainments as a or treatises, or comments, but as noles, or scholar, that it was not till some time after thoughts, or ideas of his own. our first acquaintance that I almost acci- “In all this, and throughout his whole dentally discovered the profundity of his demeanour, there was apparent the gentle érudition, and the vast extent of his reading spirit of that Master whom he so faithfully and research. It arose from a casual allusion served. His was indeed the charity which suffereth long and is kind, which envieth not, those who crowded there, to pay that last and vaunteth not itself. And when, a few unavailing tribute to their friend and beneevenings ago, I turned homewards from the factor, I remembered the touching words spot where I had seen the sun setting on the which I had heard himself repeat but a few green turf where his poor remains had been short weeks before, ' multis ille bonis flebilis lowered into the grave, amidst the regrets of occidit nulli flebilior quam mihi.'”
Our readers will already have learnt the decease of our dear and esteemed brother MERRICK. As we have not yet been able to obtain any detailed account of his last days, the following affecting letter, written shortly before his death, will be read with deep interest.
Out at sea. Ito be showed to our Committee, or any other MY DEAR MOTHER AND SISTERS,
And now, my dearly beloved wife, the It is uncertain whether I shall reach land. wife of my joys and sorrows, of sickness and I am so weak, so feeble, a watery grave may health, I leave, I bequeath thee to Christ thy be mine. All is right. I commend my dear Saviour; to Christ, too, I bequeath my beElizabeth and Rosanna to your constant loved Rosanna, and mother and sisters, and attention, and hope you will love and do all all that are near and dear to me. I can you can for them for me. I cannot write leave them to none more precious, more dear, more. All my books and private property I more faithful, more covenant keeping. And leave to my dear Elizabeth; she is to order now, dear mother and sisters, dear wife and them to Jamaica. All my private papers child, and all that are near and dear in Christ, are at Jubilee, and to be sent to Jamaica to I commend you to God and his grace, who is my dear wife. I commend my dear wife able to build you up, and give you an inheriand child to the care of our Committee, and tance among them that are sanctified. Amen. hope they will remember them in all their
Yours ever in Christ Jesus, cares and troubles. I leave this letter open
To this we append an impressive letter from Mr. SAKER, dated October 3rd, 1849. Mr. MERRICK sailed from Clarence on the 6th. The apprehension expressed by Mr. SAKER was realized in fifteen days from the time of Mr. MERRICK's embarkation.
The return of our brother Merrick is a deep we are too weak, we cannot spare him, he is affliction to us. But I am quite apprehensive a faithful man, devoted to his work, to the that you will not see his face again. His salvation of souls. We cannot spare him ! stay of four weeks here, waiting for a passage, we cannot spare him! If he goes hence, has been a severe trial to his constitution. who is left ? who will work? who will pray ! He has gradually declined every day, and I Truly we are worms and not men! And almost fear he will be prevented from em- yet, sad truth! we must part. Our choice is barking. His lungs are thought to be dis- to send him to you when there is hope, or lay eased ; his sleep is broken by a painful cough, him in the grave, where he will rest from all his energy is gone; his debility is so great, toil. In such a dilemma we cannot hesitate, he cannot walk but for a few seconds; he and yet we grieve. Oh! that some faithful cannot ride. We fear he cannot live many heart may soon supply his place. days, but our hope is in God.
Can we hope for another man of faith and He will, if spared go from us, with the deep labour? Clarence has called for a pastor for sympathy of every heart. The prayers of three long years, yet who responds ? O ye the church will daily ascend to God on his men of God! is there not among your ranks, behalf, and we shall hope, against hope, young men, whose hearts beat high for the that he may recover, be strengthened, and Saviour's glory, who can lay down those return to bless this dark land. His going hearts, yea, their whole lives, at the Saviour's hence we can scarcely endure, and we are feet? Must Clarence call for ever in vain for ready to say our strength is departed. Indeed a man of God, capable of leading and instruc
ting them in the way to life? And must the good and faithful servant?" Be it, there is continent sink into the pit of irreparable woe no ambition ! yet is compassion quenched ? for lack of teachers ? Must we let go our Is mercy overwhelmed in the turmoil of hold, and let the machinery rust? Must we Europe? Must these myriads of souls sink leave the lever on which is poised the destiny, down to death, and none to help? will you the eternal destiny of souls! O ye men of withdraw the hand that only can save. BrethGod! where is the spirit of our fathers ? ren, brethren, in eternity what thoughts will where is the faith, the devotedness, the wrest- fill your spirit ? Realize it now, and if you ling prayers of the generation gone? where is cannot come to us, plead with God, daily the devotedness of the churches to Jesus, plead, that men of faith and patience may be which ought to glow in every heart? Is the sent; and sent speedily. Spirit of God! fear of fever, of prostration, of a premature descend upon us. Descend upon our churches! grave, so terrifying? Is the love of life, of churches, which sent forth, a Carey, a Chammoney, of ease, of home, of comfort, so strong berlain, a Burchell, and all that host of war. that you cannot move? May these things riors who now wear the robes of conquest. bind you in this world, without binding you Descend, 0 Spirit! to raise up men of like in the world to come. Is there nothing faith and patience, that souls may be saved, alluring in the crown of life suspended o'er and Jesus loved. Spirit, descend and dwell the path of devoted holy labourers? Is there with us! no bliss in the master's welcome, “ Well done,
We earnestly entreat the prayers, sympathies, and aid of the disciples of Christ, at the present important juncture in the affairs of our African Mission.
The following long and interesting letter from our missionary brother, W. W. WEBLEY, dated December 8th, 1849, will give a succinct and clear view of the work in which he is engaged, and the various obstacles to success that present themselves among the turbulent and licentious population of Haiti.
Nearly three months have now elapsed | joy and thankfulness, though the causes for since I had the pleasure of communicating discouragement and depression seem often to with the Committee of our Society. My have preponderated. Three young persons long silence has been occasioned by pro- were baptized in February last. The first tracted and dangerous illness. During an of these was, and is still, a most useful and interval of three months I have suffered at devoted female assistant in the school. The one time from diarrhæa, at another from in- second was a young man of promising ability termittent fever, and at another from irrita- and piety. The third was a daughter of one tion of the lungs. The last letter addressed of the members of our little church, who, to you from this station was written by my with his wife, was baptized last year. This dear wife at the time when I was most dear child is one of our first fruits from the severely indisposed, and when the greatest school. Two other children, still younger possible repose was required both for mind than this one, have also given evidence of and body. Through much caution and conversion. One of these is still, I trust, clerer medical aid, and above all, through growing in the grace and in the knowledge the divine blessing, I am now nearly restored of God. The other, though only about five to health, and for some weeks past have been years of age, has, I do not hesitate to say, able to resume my labours almost without been gathered to her rest in heaven. We intermission.
have also two other persons, one who is very
young and another who is a married female, Joy and thankfulness.
who are waiting to be baptized. The conMy letter will contain a sort of summary duct, too, of many of the children of the of events that have transpired, and of diffi- school has recently given us much encourculties that have happened to us in con- agement. Many of them for some time past nexion with the mission during the year that seem to have been labouring under religious is now drawing to a close. In reviewing that convictions, whilst the views and feelings of year we have certainly had some causes for many have indicated the existence of at least