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it, will in all human probability result in the in durance, and with their hands and feet embracing of Christianity (at least outwardly tied. It is no use to think of their forsaking but nevertheless sincerely) by hundreds, if Christianity." Reasoning in this way, he not thousands of poor villagers.
thought it the wisest plan to give them their
liberty. Good News.
Unfortunately some of their friends, not Our association meetings were held last true converts of course, hearing of the treatweek, and very pleasant they have been ment they had received, had taken reprisals, Only brother Page came from a distance, and seized some of the zemindar's people. but he was as good as twenty, for he brought This spoiled the case so far as the law might good news. He has now 177 members in have remedied it. communion, and has long since seen sufficient reasons for adopting contrary to his first
A new thing in Colinga. impressions) the same view of the movement In the Colinga church, which is under my that was taken by brother Pearce and myself. pastoral care, we last month elected three We had about seventy native brethren (few brethren to be deacons, and immediately of them from any great distance), who at-before the celebration of the Lord's supper, tended the association. These, in addition to last sabbath, they were set apart for their our native brethren living at Calcutta, formed work by prayer and by the laying on of hands a pleasing gathering. A spirit of seriousness by myself and Sujaat Ali, my co-pastor, and love prevailed-remarkably so; all seemed The measure had been hitherto deferred by to enjoy the meetings, and were greatly en- me because the brethren most fit for the couraged to go on serving the Lord.
office were too young either as to their Including the General Baptist churches in natural or their spiritual age. But after Orissa (except Berhampore), the churches waiting nearly six years, I felt that there connected with the association were found to was no further occasion for delay. I trust contain about 1330 members, of whom say that the arrangement will work well; and I 1000 are bona fide natives. The baptisms have made up my mind to it that the brethwere 117; the clear increase 162, which is ren shall have the responsibilities and duties owing to numerous instances of restoration, as well as the name of the office. None of especially in the Barisal churches, where them are paid by the Society; they all have many baptized persons whose character had secular employment. Their election was appeared doubtful, have been admitted to made by what would, I suppose, be called fellowship.
secret ballot in England, so as to ensure the The following anecdote interested me very | absence of all appearance of personal inmuch when I heard it from brother Page : fluence. Christian Heroism.
Recently the Bishop's College clergy, who
are generally supposed-and so far as I can In the early part of the year some native see quite correctly—to be inclined to tractaChristians near Barisal were seized and im- rianism, have in an underhand way got up prisoned (illegally) by the agent of a hostile an agitation against our translation of the zemindar, who kept them for several days | New Testament in Bengali, with the intenlocked up, with their hands and feet tied, for tion, stated in so many words, “ to make out the purpose of inducing them to renounce a strong case to lay before the Bishop" (so Christianity, on which condition they were as to induce him to sanction the making of told they might have their liberty and favour another version by themselves). I have able treatment in other respects. They re- therefore been obliged to defend our version, mained firm. When the sabbath came, they and send you separately a copy of the first resolved to keep it, and to have worship, article published on that subject, which will notwithstanding their sad condition. They be followed by a “second” next month, prayed and sang hymns together.
Two will be sufficient. The missionaries of Upon hearing of this, the zemindar's agent the Church Missionary Society have formally lost all hope of reclaiming them. “ These declined acting with the Bishop's College people have the heart to sing even when kept people in this matter.
We learn from the Oriental Baptist that a Mahommedan has been baptized at Intally; also three believers, a young man and two elderly females, at Bow Bazar, and a European gentleman, who had long been a candidate, at Circular Road.
The following remarks we take from a letter by the Rev. J. Thomas, dated Dec. 8th. Our readers were informed in the last Herald of the expected return of Mr. MAKEPEACE. A station vacant.
| The increase in the churches has been very We have just had our association meetings, cheering, and the prospects of further enwhich were pleasant and I hope profitable. largement are encouraging, but their realiza
tion must to a considerable extent depend on has written saying he expects to reach Calmeans and agency being available for the cutta in the course of this month, and would prosecution of those labours which God has like his passage to be taken in some vessel 80 evidently begun to bless.
which will be likely to leave about the end The present mail, however, will bring you of the month. Our friend Mr. Rae, who has heavy tidings of the death of Mr. Davies of so generously contributed fifty rupees a month Ceylon, of which we have received informa- during the time brother Makepeace has been tion through the papers, and the illness of at Sagor, has sent me the doctors' certificates, brother Makepeace at Sagor, who has been This appears a very remarkable dispensaordered home immediately. He appears to tion. Our brother has been favoured with a have had repeated attacks of a serious cha- very unusual amount of success; a goodly racter, but hoped to get over them, and number of converts have been baptized, labour on. It is not a month since he wrote several candidates were waiting for baptism, me to ascertain if I could assist him in build- and others were inquiring. Every thing, in ing a house to reside in, as his present, or short, appeared to say that he was in the rather late, abode was required by the mili- place where God wished him to be, and where tary. He had scarcely finished the letter his labours would be crowned with increasing when he was taken very ill, and for some success, but in the midst of all he is suddenly days his life was considered to be in imminent arrested and sent away! and who is to supply danger; he, however, survived, but the phy- his place ? Alas, who? Perhaps Mr. Wilsicians who were called in decided that he liams or Phillips will pay a visit to the ought to leave the station immediately, and station; but how it is to be provided for with as little delay as possible embark for during Mr. Makepeace's absence I cannot England. He is now on his way down, and conjecture.
At Chitoura, our missionary brother, Mr. Smith, is labouring with a most encouraging degree of success. In the following extract of a letter to Mr. ThoMAs he earnestly presses the wants and claims of the district in which he labours. Greatly would it rejoice the hearts of the Committee could these importunate appeals be responded to.
I have just got a letter from that worthy | disheartened by the appearance of our misbrother, Mr. Smith of Chitoura, near Agra. sions generally. Brother Makepeace is gone He urges the claims—strong claims—of his to England, brother Phillips is bent on the own station, one of the most prosperous, or same course, brother Thompson is old, and rather I believe the most prosperous in there is no prospect of a successor, and thus Upper India; also the claims of Agra and of we appear to be on the eve of relinquishing Cawnpore. I cannot do better than intro- Upper India altogether. As to Agra and duce an extract from his letter.
Chitoura, the Society have I fear long since “ I regret much that nothing can be done relinquished both places so far as interest for Cawnpore. I believe they have never goes. May the Lord once more shine upon had a sermon since I was there. Never us, and support us by his presence. “Rewere such brilliant prospects sacrificed, I turn, O Lord, how long, and let it repent think, in a station before. A beautiful thee concerning thy servants." I fear we chapel, and an income larger than most mis- must discharge some of our native labourers sionary societies give to their agents, the con- in January, as there appears no possibility of gregation and church continually increasing, increasing our subscription list, and I underbut alas the demon intemperance has marred stand the allowance for native agents is to all, scattered all. The church would even cease. We should never have to trouble the now raise 100 rupees per month for a good Committee for money for local purposes pastor, and within one year they might sup- under any emergency if my salary was not port him altogether. In connexion with the partly to be paid from local subscriptions. church a mission would be established, and Brother Williams's salary, with fifty rupees the heathen would thus be benefitted without for myself, is more than can be procured any permanent expense to the Society. Can independently of buildings and native catenothing be done ?" The longer the station is chist and teachers' salaries. neglected the weaker our cause must become.
An inspection. and it appears to me that if our mission is kept up in India, it must be by taking ad- “Dr. Duff was here last week, accompanied vantage of such stations. We are almost by William Muir, Esq. He catechised our people and inspected the Christian village. Il by another missionary. In this matter I also gave him an account of our general plan fully agree with him, for he justly remarked, of labour, and he expressed himself pleased where God has given a measure of succese, with the whole. He gave me some useful we ought to pay all possible attention, folhints, by which I hope to profit, and he said lowing it up by increased labour." the Chitoura station should be strengthened
MONGHIR. Our dear brother PARSONS continues actively to labour in the extension of tho gospel, and in the following letter, from Dinapore, dated November 20, addressed to the new Secretaries, he details his late visit to the Hajeepore mela.
I now address myself to what cannot but afford time to tarry much in the villages for be, on some accounts, a painful task, viz., to fear of being too late at the fair. We spent, reply to our late esteemed Secretary's last however, an active day at Bar, on Lord's official letter, which I have been prevented day 21st, having many hearers in the streets from doing hitherto, first, by preparations for and markets, to whom the gospel was provisiting the great annual mela at Hajeepore, claimed, and the folly of idolatry exhibited. and, secondly, by my having been there at It was at Bar that brethren Nainsookh and the time last month's letter should have been Soodeen last year heard from the dying lips despatched. My fervent prayer to the of a Hindoo such confessions of Christ as Giver of every good gift is this, that in the seemed to them some ground for hope that onerous responsibilities you have assumed for he was a true though fearful disciple. But, the promotion of our dear Saviour's cause, alas, for the present the enemies of the cross you may ever enjoy his guidance and sup- seem to have the pre-eminence, for just near port, and see your anxious and laborious the house, now desolate, where the messenduties so owned by his blessing, as that the gers of truth used to receive a polite and fruits of past exertions shall ever be present even affectionate welcome, was rising a to encourage you in regard to the future, or, showy fabric, erected by the mistaken piety if that species of encouragement be wanting, of a shopkeeper in the bazar to the may be fully sustained by a sense of our honour of that most licentious object of great Captain's all-sufficiency, and an appre- Hindoo worship, Krishna. In another part hension of his all-comprehensive promises ! of the bazar we saw a small square shrine of And one more petition that you may never masonry, about two feet square and three have the pain of repeating any such proposal feet high, with a toolsee-tree planted on the for the curtailment of the Society's labours top, and a small wooden door facing the as, to I am sure, his deep regret, our late street. This door was readily opened by. esteemed Secretary has felt compelled to some boys, at the request of Nainsookh, and enclose in his final communication. May I, disclosed a hideous red figure of Hunooman, and my dear wife with me, be permitted, the monkey-god, raised in mud on the back through you, to reciprocate his expressions of wall. The sight of the Christians looking at Christian friendship and esteem, and to assure the idol soon attracted a crowd, to whom him of our fervent desires that he may be first Nainsookh, and afterwards myself, spoke abundantly blessed and prospered in his new on the folly and mischief of idolatry, Nainand important situation.
sookh arguing the impotency of the idol to
aid its worshippers from its manifest inability The great festival.
even to open or shut the doors of its own On the 15th of last month I and my be-shrine, and solemnly warning the hearers of loved family left Monghir for the mela, the displeasure of God which would assuredly Nainsookh and other native Christians ac- be manifested towards the perpetrators of companying us. Nainsookh had but par- such folly and impiety; and myself following tially recovered from a fever, in consequence up the warning with an appeal whether they of which he was but weak, and it was a had ever found or could believe that there matter of great regret to us, as well as a existed any deficiency in God's will or power severe disappointment to him, that having on to assist them, which they could urge as a the way gone out in a village to preach, and pretext for turning away from him to dumb not returned to the boat till about ten o'clock, idols. he suffered a relapse of fever, which continued on him so long, and reduced him
A sign of mental life.
so much, that he was unable to take part in During the day I was once invited by our labours at the mela. Having the wind a Mahommedan to his courtyard for convermuch against us on our way, we could not sation, but found little profit in acceding to
his request. Among the vain arguments, or to in their native villages, and of the few rather shifts and cavils, urged by him and books which were distributed, some have his companions, was a tale to the effect that found their way, I trust, to distant parts of in Calcutta Mahommedanism and Christianity the country. Many were shown that their had been put to a test, in which the former superstitious views and opinions are untenable, had been found triumphant, which was this, unreasonable, and sinful, and it was explained the distinguishing maxim of each religion had to them that the way of salvation through been written on two slips of paper, which Christ is the only one in which the justice had been thrown into the fire, and Christianity and mercy of God can appear in harmony, was consumed, while Mahommedanism stood and be consistently developed in the redempunhurt. I heard this asserted again at the tion of fallen and guilty man. And is not mela, and suppose it to be one among this the gospel, which the apostle tells us is hundreds of silly, lying fables, which are “hid only to those who believe not, whose much circulated among Mussulmans in books minds are blinded by the god of this world ?" printed on lithographic presses, and sold at They who perceive not its glories, convict every station, a mode of opposition to Chris- themselves, by that very fact, of being the tianity which I observe to be in increasing blinded slaves of Satan, and in a lost condiuse among this class of our deluded fellowtion. How solemn to think of this being the creatures.
sad, but necessary, effect of our labours in so
large a proportion of our hearers; but then The constant sameness of effort a reason for what a serious subject for self-examination continued sympathy and prayer,
to missionaries and their supporters also,
whether this lamentable fact does not arise From Patna, which we reached on the in part from our faintness and unbelief in Tuesday after leaving Bar, being joined by our prayers for the aid of the Divine Spirit, brother Kalberer and family, we went over to who alone can give sight to the spiritually the mela on Thursday, the 25th October. At blind, and bring the spiritually dead to life! that time comparatively few people were on On Thursday, the first of the present the spot, but their numbers continued steadily month, we came over to this station, Dinato increase on the following days, on which pore. Brother Brice, the minister here, has our missionary band was also augmented by gone to the hill sanatarium, Darjeeling, to the arrival of brother Ziemann of Mr. Start's bring back Mrs. Brice and family, who have mission, from Mozufferpore, and brother been there for some time for their health. Sternberg from Dinapore. Aided by four During his absence brother Sternberg minisnative brethren, we continued to cast the tered to his congregation for some months, gospel-net every day, allotting the various but he being desirous to proceed to his own portions of the day to the various classes station, at Mr. Brice's request I have come which were most accessible at those periods. to supply a few weeks till his return. But Our work did not differ from that usually few of the residents of this station attend the prosecuted on such occasions, nor had we Baptist chapel, the remainder of the congreany circumstances to note beyond the usual gation being composed of soldiers from the routine of missionary labour. Indeed our regiment stationed here, which at present is preaching, and still more our distribution of the 80th. Of this regiment there are five scriptures and tracts, was impeded on the brethren and one sister in church fellowship. day preceding the full moon, by the whole The hearers vary in number from about concourse of people being thrown into a panic | twenty to fifty. The amount of impiety to by the fury of an unmanageable elephant, be witnessed here is very appalling, though and on the day of the full moon by the not, I suppose, greater than at military staheavy rain which fell, putting quite a stop to tions generally. Besides attending to the our efforts after ten or eleven o'clock in the English services, I go as often as I can to day. Still the precious news of gospel grace the bazar, in which engagement, the Monghir was proclaimed to multitudes in the course native brethren having returned home, I am of those days, whom it would have been accompanied by Kasee, our native preacher difficult, if not impracticable, to gain access Nainsookh's brother.
MADRAS In a brief note our brother Page gives the following sketch of the labours in which he is engaged, and of the manner in which, through the Divine blessing, the church is able to sustain various agencies for aiding in the progress of the kingdom of God. It is dated December 14th, 1849.
The cool weather has, I am very thankful now feel as well I ever did in my life. Our to say, quite restored my health, and I little church grows steadily, and is I trust becoming useful in this dark land. God is! These cost not less than £140 per annum. raising up in our midst brethren who have Add to these various other items, such as the the power of making known the great salva- support of a Sunday school, a Dorcas society, tion to the heathen in their own tongue, and&c., and our friends will see that we are they have begun to do this in a way that has exerting ourselves to the utmost, and that we most cheeringly shown their love of Christ need all the help they can give us. In and of souls.
taking the responsibility of the payment for Many thanks for your kind hint to friends our chapel, &c., on ourselves, we were inin the Oetober Herald. I hope that they fluenced by a simple desire for the good of will remember that the arrangement made the heathen around us, to whose benefit, for paying for our place of worship is one rather than to our own comforts, we were that requires us to raise amongst themselves anxious to appropriate all the money raised £70 a year for the next five years, and that in England. I shall feel extremely discourin addition to this we stand responsible for aged if our having done this should cause the support of an East Indian girls' school, our English friends to relax their efforts on and an East Indian and native Christian our behalf. Though it may appear unseemly boys' school, both in Madras, a native school for me to say it, yet in justice to the people for heathen boys at Arnu, also for the support here it may be affirmed, that if any people of a native preacher in Madras, and an East deserve to be helped, they do. Indian preacher at Arnu.
We had the pleasure of reporting to the Committee last week, at the request of Mr. Boves of Camberwell, that through the liberality of the Treasurers, and other friends, the £200 needed to pay off the debt on Mr. Page's chapel, had all been received by him, and would be forwarded to Mr. Page in due course
To our brother SMYLIE we are indebted for the following interesting letter and journal of recent itineracy to spread the gospel of Christ. His letter is dated November 29, 1849. A specimen of a missionary's labour. 1000, but more than half a century elapsed
before paganism was abandoned in the reign In all probability I shall be from home, of Ingi. Should Bengal continue to refuse that is, wandering in the solitary places of the greatest of all God's favours for the next this land, during the months of December forty or fifty years, which I hope it will not, and January, I therefore send you my state- yet we would have no cause for wonder, imment earlier than were I at home. I enclose patience, or childish discontent. Oh, would a copy of my journal for eight days; it will to God that we could flee from zillah to show you the state of the minds of many. zillah as if by steam, planting churches and The welfare of their souls is what we labour appointing elders. for, and what we are most anxious to know At present it is a stand up fight, a and see.
hand to hand struggle, in which neither
party appears to gain ground, yet those Struggles and successes.
who can see the kingdom of God on earth, To our brethren at home it may appear see that the enemy and their objections strange that so many Hindoos and Musal- are melting away. They see that the Hinmans acknowledge the truth of the gospel, doos are very many of them ashamed of the yet not embrace it. Let such look around gods in which they once gloried, and for them, and they will find it to be the same at years past no one has been so foolish as to home. No, not to such an extent as here. say that if a man spoke contemptuously of Thousands at home believe the gospel to be the gods, or if any one heard them despised, God's word, yet never think of obeying it. or listened to such language (i. e., the gosOthers seem to have no idea how long some pel), their heads would that moment fly off of the nations of Europe heard the gospel ere themselves; and we have seen them put their they fully received it. God forbid Bengal hands to their ears, and run to save their should hear it so long before they bow to heads. But where, at the present time, from Jesus Christ. Instance Sweden. This na- one end of the land to the other, will you tion was partially converted to the Christian see folly so gross and stupid? No where. faith in the reign of Olaf III., in the year Where, throughout the millions of Bengal,