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months ago, and were observed to be diligent following the Lord Jesus Christ. Her husin attending on the public means of grace, band has been a member for several years. and to manifest an earnest endeavour to walk She came here some time ago, on a visit to in conformity to the commandments of God. her mother, and it pleased the Lord to make One of them, I am happy to add, can read his word instrumental to her conversion. I the scriptures in Bengali. Another of the hope and pray, that by the grace of our said number, the daughter of Christian Lord Jesus Christ each one of these disciples parents, can also read. She is a young will continue to glorify God to the end, and disciple, being about thirteen years of age. at last obtain eternal life. It is truly delightful to see young people |

DACCA. Our brother ROBINSON, under date of July 31, 1849, gives the following account of the labours of the native preachers, and the opening prospects of the gospel in India. In his desire we most fully sympathize, and would cordially urge it upon the disciples of Christ, “Oh! that our frinds at home could be persuaded to push on the work.” Let this cry for help be heard by all who love the cause of their Redeemer.

July 31st, 1849. Just after I had written, The labour, I fear, was too much for me, for at the beginning of this month, Mr. Atherton fever followed, and I was kept at home on called on me, and having seen how weak I the two following sabbaths. Last sabbath I was in the pulpit on the preceding sabbath preached in the evening; I did not feel much evening, offered me his boat for four days to fatigued, but I got a slight return of fever in go on the river. This was a very kind offer, the night. I am better to-day, but, of course, and the river air was just what I needed. weak. I hope I may continue better, but The next day, therefore, I was on the Suk- my hope is mixed with fear. heya, and, on the evening of the second day, I reached Kapashya-ganj, a village which I

Seed time and harvest. morning, before sunrise, Chand and I went Ramjibam returned from Tippera after into the bazar, and collected a few people being absent more than two months. He round us. I spoke to them for a little time, has much to say of an encouraging nature but I had neither energy nor strength, and about the people among whom he has been. was soon obliged to desist. Chand then Some of them have said that they will be commenced, and gave them a rather long Christians, and I hope that they will eventu

attentive, and he concluded by praying with I mean to send him again this month; and I them. We returned to the boat, and Chand wish him, if he can, to bring over two or soon went out again, and was well received. three of the best of them, that I may see and After breakfast, as our time was short, we converse with them. I cannot go to see were obliged to leave the place on our return. them; the expense would be too great, and In the afternoon, we reached a place called I am wanted here at Dacca. Sumbadarit, just at the time the market com- Chand and Jaynarayan have been to menced. Chand spent about three hours in Bikrampur. They speak well of their rethe market in preaching and distributing ception. God is working a change in the books. He was well received; the people native mind. Oh that our friends at home were much pleased both with his preaching, could be persuaded to push on the work ! and the books which he gave them. Gladly They helped us heartily to clear the forest; would I have joined him, but I was so weak but now the time is come for ploughing and that I was obliged to remain the greater part sowing, they seem to faint. The fields are of the time on my bed.

not white to harvest, but if you have passed

through the Sunderbans, you must have been Return home.

struck with the difference between the dense How much things are changed! Almost forest, and the lands which have been cleared every where now our preaching and books and subjected to the operations of the plough. are well received. There will be a harvest; Such is the state of things here; the forest, in due time we shall reap if we faint not. On once so dense and formidable, has disapthe next day, Saturday, I reached home, and peared, and we can drive the plough nowbeing a little refreshed by the trip, I engaged the gospel plough-just where we please. I in two services on the following sabbath. may not live to see the harvest, of which I

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 the 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

Native service and chapel. the teachers have been meeting together to 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 converchange has come over a certain portion of the sation, that if he could recover the sum due 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 manfelt, 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 further. wise 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 Ságor has not yet come ?

JESSORE. 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 months ago, and were observed to be diligent / following the Lord Jesus Christ. Her husin attending on the public means of grace, band has been a member for several years. and to manifest an earnest endeavour to walk She came here some time ago, on a visit to in conformity to the commandments of God. her mother, and it pleased the Lord to make One of them, I am happy to add, can read his word instrumental to her conversion. I the scriptures in Bengali. Another of the hope and pray, that by the grace of our said number, the daughter of Christian Lord Jesus Christ each one of these disciples parents, can also read. She is a young will continue to glorify God to the end, and disciple, being about thirteen years of age. at last obtain eternal life. It is truly delightful to see young people

DACCA. Our brother ROBINSON, under date of July 31, 1849, gives the following account of the labours of the native preachers, and the opening prospects of the gospel in India. In his desire we most fully sympathize, and would cordially urge it upon the disciples of Christ, “Oh! that our frinds at home could be persuaded to push on the work.” Let this cry for help be heard by all who love the cause of their Redeemer.

July 31st, 1849. Just after I had written The labour, I fear, was too much for me, for at the beginning of this month, Mr. Atherton fever followed, and I was kept at home on called on me, and having seen how weak Ithe two following sabbaths. Last sabbath I was in the pulpit on the preceding sabbath preached in the evening; I did not feel much evening, offered me his boat for four days to fatigued, but I got a slight return of fever in go on the river. This was a very kind offer, the night. I am better to-day, but, of course, and the river air was just what I needed. weak. I hope I may continue better, but The next day, therefore, I was on the Suk- / my hope is mixed with fear.. heya, and, on the evening of the second day, I reached Kapashya-ganj, a village which I

Seed time and harvest. had visited only once before. The next moming, before sunrise, Chand and I went Ramjibam returned from Tippera after into the bazar, and collected a few people being absent more than two months. He round us. I spoke to them for a little time, has much to say of an encouraging nature but I had neither energy nor strength, and about the people among whom he has been. was soon obliged to desist. Chand then some of them have said that they will be commenced, and gave them a rather long Christians, and I hope that they will eventuaddress, to which they became increasingly ally prové a people prepared for the Lord. attentive, and he concluded by praying with I mean to send him again this month; and I them. We returned to the boat, and Chand wish him, if he can, to bring over two or soon went out again, and was well received. three of the best of them, that I may see and After breakfast, as our time was short, we converse with them. I cannot go to see were obliged to leave the place on our return. them; the expense would be too great, and In the afternoon, we reached a place called I am wanted here at Dacca. Sumbadarit, just at the time the market com- Chand and Jaynarayan have been to menced. Chand spent about three hours in Bikrampur. They speak well of their rethe market in preaching and distributing ception. God is working a change in the books. He was well received; the people native mind. Oh that our friends at home were much pleased both with his preaching, could be persuaded to push on the work ! and the books which he gave them. Gladly They helped us heartily to clear the forest; would I have joined him, but I was so weak but now the time is come for ploughing and that I was obliged to remain the greater part sowing, they seem to faint. The fields are of the time on my bed.

not white to harvest, but if you have passed Return home.

through the Sunderbans, you must have been

struck with the difference between the dense How much things are changed! Almost forest, and the lands which have been cleared every where now our preaching and books and subjected to the operations of the plough. are well received. There will be a harvest; Such is the state of things here; the forest, in due time we shall reap if we faint not. On once so dense and formidable, has disapthe next day, Saturday, I reached home, and peared, and we can drive the plough now being a little refreshed by the trip, I engaged the gospel plough-just where we please. I in two services on the following sabbath. may not live to see the harvest, of which I

feel assured; but let me, while I do live, home, that in due time they will reap if they bear my testimony to the present encouraging faint not. My fear is, that they will live to state of things; let me tell our friends at mourn that they have sown so sparingly.

SERAMPORE.

In the November Herald we gave an interesting narrative of the awakening and death of a youth who had for some time been receiving the instructions of Mr. DenHAM, and promised to give an example of the class exercises he was accustomed to prepare for his tutor. The paper we now present to our readers, displays no common power of thought and expression, and at the same time exhibits his knowledge of the great features of God's plan of redemption. His heathen extraction, and consequent early initiation into Hindoo idolatry, must not be forgotten in its perusal, nor the fact that it was written, not in his native tongue, but in the language of Britain, which he had acquired.

sages of the earliest times. They failed to ON THE MERCY OF GOD.

solve the question satisfactorily. But is there Mercy is an attribute of God, distinct from no way of solving it,-no way of reconciling goodness, and opposed to justice. The disthese apparently conflicting attributes ? None tinction between mercy and goodness is, that but the plan laid down in the scriptures of the former consists in pardoning, the latter truth-He who is sent of God, and is able to does not; the goodness of God alone is not stand in the place of sinners, and endure the enough for the salvation of man, for he is a penalty due to them. This he did when he sinner. Many, even among good and learned died for them. The justice of God is seen in men, mistake in treating of this subject; they Messiah's obedience and sufferings, Jehovah's confound goodness with mercy, consequently mercy in his being sent. they have an imperfect idea of the grounds of The mercy of God, though pure mercy, is salvation ; but there are some who err still yet consistent with justice. God is righteous further, in professing that they can be saved in showing mercy to the most guilty, and by the performance of various duties, and appears as unimpeachably just in receiving affirm that mercy is not necessary to salva sinners of the human racé who were polluted tion. True, God is a just God; if there be with sin, as in conferring happiness on the nothing blameworthy in them, certainly they highest archangel, or confirming the blessed will neither incur, nor will He inflict, punish- spirits in their standing, because the debt of ment on them; but the question is, are their justice, if not paid by the saved sinner, has deeds blameless, perfect, such as God can been fully paid by Jesus the Saviour. . acknowledge? Take the best of them,- When the necessity of Divine mercy is instance their love to that God in whom we distinctly declared, some persons, though fully live, move, and have our being. Should not convinced of its truth, will rise in hostility the love wherewith we love Him be perfect? against it, and will declare it cannot be mercy Ought we not to love him with the whole unless extended equally to all. This is one of heart, and soul, and strength? But those the misconceptions arising from an improper men fail to love God even as they love the view of the nature of Divine mercy, to which world; how much more to love Him with a we before adverted; they want to bring those love corresponding to his goodness?

who reject the word of God to stand on the Man, moreover, is a sinful creature; no same level with those who are accepted by works of his own can be the meritorious cause Him. Men naturally wish that kind of of his salvation ; surely, sinners need mercy. mercy in God, which they imagine will allow But in what way can God show his mercy, a portion of human merit to be blended with without violating the harmony of his other Messiah's obedience, or their sincerity. This attributes ? If a man be brought before a cannot be. Others would have God all judge, and his crime be fully established by mercy. These should look around them; the testimony of competent (witnesses, should how often do they see their fellow-creatures the judge forgive, instead of decreeing sentence suffering, and the sufferings they undergo to the criminal, -nay more, set him free,- beyond the reach of human control. There would not justice be outraged and violated ? are many ills of life which arise not from the If man, sinful man, feel it to be a sin, how imprudence of those who are the sufferers ; must God, who is a boly Being, regard it? nor are they ascribable to the individual, but The great difficulty, how can God be just to causes above and beyond him—the cholera, and yet merciful, exercised the minds of the 'the pestilence, hereditary sufferings, and the like. If God be all-merciful, why are such | above the earth. But how wonderful is it things permitted to exist? Neither do these that the mercy of God may be obtained, even agree with Divine justice abstractedly. Tell at the last moments of the life of the most the man who has violated God's laws by guilty ; still none can guarantee a single day folly or constant dissipation-tell such people or hour; none therefore should delay. “Bethat God is all-merciful, and mark the reply. hold, now is the accepted time; behold, now It is not because their sins are too great to be is the day of salvation; to-day, if ye hear His forgiven by God, but because of their unbelief voice, harden not your hearts.” My earnest and impenitence. Faith is the medium desire for myself, and all my fellow.creatures, through which sinners approach God; by is, that they trust not to themselves, but faith in the Redeemer they obtain mercy; all entertaining a lowly opinion of themselves deserve to die, but mercy declares he who before God, and being deeply humbled with a believes shall be saved.

sense of their need of his grace, seek after that Fellow-traveller to eternity, a Hindoo asks satisfying blessing which can be had without you what are your views of God's mercy ? money and without price. C. P. C. It is as far above the mercy that could be Died April 20th, 1849, aged 19, or 20. anticipated by the human mind, as heaven is' Serampore College.

It is with great pleasure we announce that the Government of India has issued the draft of an Act, designed to extend the just and humane principle that no man shall be deprived of his rights and property on account of any change in his religion. Native converts to Christianity, whether Hindoos or Mohammedans, will not therefore, as hitherto, be called upon to sacrifice their earthly possessions in making a profession of attachment to the gospel of Christ. This anomaly under a professedly Christian government has too long been suffered to prevail. The abrogation of the laws of Menu and Mahomet will be hailed by all the friends of the missionary cause with gratitude and joy, as another obstruction removed to the prevalence of the gospel in Hindostan.

CEYLON.

COLOMBO.

The following letter, dated November 8th, addressed to Mr. Angus, from our esteemed missionary, Mr. DAWSON, conveys the very afflicting intelligence of the departure into the rest of God, of our worthy, tried, and excellent brother, Mr. DAVIES. He has long delivered his Master's message of peace with fidelity and zeal, and not without many tokens of that Master's approbation. Now, his labours ended, he is for ever with his Lord. But, who shall take his place?

You will, I am sure, be exceedingly, any longer in the island. Dr. and Mrs. Elgrieved to hear the intelligence which it is my liott, with their usual kindness, invited him, painful duty to communicate. Our greatly with Mrs. Davies and the children, to spend esteemed brother Davies is no more. His the last month at their house. They went long affliction, after baffling all available on the 27th ult., but on the same day our medical skill, had led him to determine on lamented brother was attacked with dysengoing home, but infinite wisdom ordered tery, or rather the symptoms of that disease, otherwise, and removed him to his home under which he had for some time been above. In connexion with the late reduction | labouring, then became very decided, and in the grant to Ceylon, arrangements had soon assumed so severe a form that it became been made for brother Allen to come to evident his end was near. Brother Allen Colombo. He arrived about a month ago, informed me of his danger, and I went down and in consideration of brother Davies's weak to Colombo just in time to have the mournful state of health undertook at once the prin satisfaction of attending him in his dying cipal part of the duties of the station. Brother hours. You will not be surprised to hear, Davies hoped to be able to do a little, but that through the whole of his affliction his finding himself get worse, he was reluctantly confidence in the Redeemer never for a compelled to give up the idea of remaining moment forsook him. He was “strong in

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