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or reed, by which they suck at pleasure, and contend with, conversion has not been heard talk or sing according as it may be.
of. They cast in the seed, but cannot produce Here, though missionaries have no caste to one drop of rain or even dew.
SUREY BIRBHOOM. The following detail of the state of things at this station is contained in a letter from Mr. Smitul, dated the 4th of November :
It is now more than four months since I pearance umong them, and especially the despatched my last letter to you, in which I curiosity excited by our addressing them on mentioned our having been favoured with a religious subjects, has long since, in a great small increase to our church of three persons, measure, passed away, we are still often heard by baptism. Since then, I regret to say that with a pleasing degree of serious attention by we have not been increased, but rather di- considerable numbers, who are desirous, as minished, by the death of one member and much as ever, of obtaining our books, which the exelusion of two others one of whom was are doubtless perused to some extent, though long employed as a preacher of the gospel; far less than is desirable, there being, with so that in regard to numerical strength, we rare exceptions, no apparent intention on their have not advanced since last year, though I part, either on hearing us, or in reading our sincerely trust, through the blessing of God publications, to embrace the gospel of their on our feeble efforts, to promote our spiritual salvation. improvement, some progress has been made in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord
Gratifying state of the schools. and Saviour Jesus Christ an object so de- The annual examination of our schools, sirable in itself, but hitherto so little realized which took place lately, presented, as usual, a amongst us. The peace of the church, thanks gratifying spectacle to all who were present be to God, has not been disturbed this year, on the occasion, and especially to our much and, we hope in God, will not be so again, respected Judge, F. Cardew, Esq., who takes though experience has taught us the necessity a lively interest in them, and who is one of of continual watchfulness and prayer to God, our best subscribers. Along with the imparthat we may be enabled to resist steadfastly tation of elementary tuition, instructors, gramin the faith the great enemy of our souls, lest mars, geographies, histories, introductions of we should be tempted again to dishonour that science, and the bible and other religious sacred name by which we are called, 10 injure books, are read and studied in them, so that our own souls, and to impede instead of pro- the scholars generally, and especially those moting the salvation of our fellow men. who remain till the completion of their educa
It may appear to some not a little surprising tion, must carry away with them a valuable that our number now is not much greater fund both of secular and religious knowledge, than it was some years ago ; this discouraging that cannot fail to be highly useful to them in fact, however, is not so much to be accounted after life, and may, we may not unreasonably for by the few additions that have been made hope, through the blessing of God, dispose at to the church during that period, nor by the least some of them to embrace the Christian exclusions that have also taken place from its religion, to which many are already favourcommunion, most of whom having been again ably disposed. restored, but chiefly to the dismissions to other churches that have occurred to a very con
Aid of Auxiliary Society. siderable extent, owing to the great difficulty It is now about three years since the formaof obtaining employment here beyond a very tion of our auxiliary society, which, though limited number. It is gratifying to reflect, feeble from its cominencement, has hitherto however, that those who have left us for other been upheld by the good hand of God, and stations, have been generally usefully employed we hope, through his continued aid, will not in the cause of God, being esteemed on ac- only be supported, but acquire increase of count of their intelligence and steady Christian strength with increase of age. Our Orphan deportment.
School, native preachers, and poor, have been Labours among the heathen.
maintained by it, aided by the monthly col
lections at the ordinance of the Lord's supper; Since the commencement of the hot weather and though the Parent Society may not from and during the subsequent rains, which have it derive much efficient aid, we trust notwithjust closed, our labours among the heathen standing that that aid, however little, will not have been chiefly confined to the bazar of this by unacceptable. Our funds being nearly place, and neighbouring villages and markets exhausted, 'I was lately under the necessity of around, and although the novelty of our ap- applying to the public for further support, who have responded to the call beyond my We entreat your prayers that a more expectations, so that we are again provided abundant blessing than hitherto may be for by a kind Providence for at least one year vouchsafed to this and to all our stations, nay more. Our subscriptions are chiefly from the to every part of God's vineyard, that the members of our church, and donations from heathen may be speedily given to his Son for others. The amount of both will be found in his inheritance, and the uttermost part of the tabular statement enclosed in this letter, earth for his possession.
From the Calcutta Oriental Baptist we extract the following gratifying information of additions to some of the churches.
LAL BAZAR. A lady, formerly connected with the Church of England, was baptized on a profession of faith in Christ on the last sabbath in September, and on the following Babbath received to the communion of the church.
KALINGA. Three converted natives were baptized by the Rer. J. Wenger, and added to the church under his care, on the first Lord's day in October.
AGRA. Two Europeans 'publicly professed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by baptism on the 1st of October.
CHITAURA, NEAR AGRA. An African'female was baptized on the 14th of August, and one aged Hindu convert followed her example on the first sabbath in October.
CUTTACK. Four young men ere baptized at Chugar on the 27th of August, on the 3rd of September a female convert was immersed on a profession of her faith in Christ at Cuttack, and two young men made a similar avowal of their love to Christ on the first day in October.
JESSORE. In September Mr. PARRY had the pleasure of immersing three believers, two of whom were young females belonging to Mrs. Parry's school.
In the Herald for October last reference was made to the serious illness of Mr. Davies, which had compelled him to leave his station, and it was stated that he was about to avail himself of the kindness of the Queen's Advocate, Mr. Selby, who had offered him the free use of his cottage at Newera Ellia, the highest and coldest district in the island. In a letter dated Newera Ellia, 13th November, we have the gratifying intelligence,
My health is gradually improving, and we In consequence of the great difficulty in obporpose leaving this place for Colombo about taining accommodation here, had it not been the end of the next month. We have been for Mr. Selby's kindness we should have had accommodated here by the kindness of the to pay, in all probability, not less than £50 Hon. H. C. Selby, Queen's Advocate, free of for the time we have been here. In addition rent. I inclose his note to me, not only to to this, Mr. Selby has given £5 to the mission show our personal obligations, but to acquaint this year, and Mrs. Selby supports a girl in you with the saving it has been to the Society. Mrs. Davies's school.
We cannot deny ourselves the pleasure of inserting an extract from Mr. SELBY'S letter. It is highly honourable to himself, and not less so to our missionary, showing the estimation in which he is held by one whose good opinion is worth possessing. The letter is dated Colombo, 17th September.
We were very glad to hear of the improve that your residence under my roof has prement of your bealth, and trust that a further vented the necessity of your departure from the residence at Newera Ellia will permanently island, for “ the harvest truly is great and the restore it. It affords me much pleasure to labourers are few." I hope you will not have it in my power to give you the occupa- refuse me this gratification. 'I trust you find tion of the cottage during the period of your things tolerably comfortable. Mrs. Selby proposed stay at Newera Ellia, and it will be joins me in kind regards to Mrs. Davies. quite a sufficient recompence to me to know
KANDY. Mr. Allen, in a letter received from him, dated Nov. 14, 1848, gives a pleasing account of the stations with which he is immediately connected.
Since my return from Colombo things have | allowed to go amongst them in the barracks ; assumed a more cheerful aspect. I preach in so I meet them in the chapel on Wednesday the morning and afternoon to the Singhalese, evening. I hope before long to tell you of and in the evening to English, and others who some putting on Christ. The truth is evi. understand it. There has certainly been an dently at work, and I assure you it is cheering awakening amongst all. The congregations, to one in this land of apathy and indifference. especially the native, are larger than I have On the whole it appears to me that the claims ever seen them. The chapel is filled to the Kandy has to importance are rather on the extent of its seats. There seems to be a spirit increase than otherwise. A larger sphere of of hearing, and in the Eaglish congregation labour might be found, but something surely there is evidently an awakening, especially may be done here. Indeed, I can find plenty amongst the soldiers who attend. Many have to do. All that is wanted is the outpouring been to me of late expressing their anxiety of the Spirit, without which nothing will be about salvation, and have asked me to meet effectual. them privately for instruction. I am not
MATELLE. Matelle is likely to become a more impor- In consequence of the court, more people tant place than it has been. The rebellion will resort to Matelle as residents, and there has injured us, but still I hope good will come is probability of a better congregation. It out of it. Thomas Garnier lost about £150, is perhaps one of the best locations for a and the chapel £15 or £20. He is gone back missionary to the Kandians, being surrounded again. I was there last week. The people with villages and more densely populated are more tractable. A district court is esta- than other districts about Kandy. blished there. It is now a military station.
STEWART TOWN. In a letter from Mr. Dexter, dated the 13th November, he says, “In the church things remain much as when I last wrote. On Saturday next I hope to baptize thirty at New Birmingham, and there are still a few hopeful cases here."
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TRINIDAD. Mr. Cowen, under date, Port of Spain, 20th November, 1848, says, last we have received some additions to our New Grant church, but though I have again and again proposed it, the people will do little in the way of giving money. I hope, however, by and bye this duty will be better understood and performed by them."
The following letter has been received from Mr. Law, dated Port of Spain, 21st November, 1848.
It is indeed a long time since I had the request, has come from Demarara to reside in pleasure of writing to you, but my silence has this island. They are both baptized Chris. not been the result of negligence or of want of tians, and have taught a school in Demarara love to yourself and the blessed work in which for some years. Mr. Best has taken charge we are engaged. Lately I have been fully of the Dry River school, and has already a occupied in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. good attendance. Besides, he is able to act I am preacher, schoolmaster, and printer, or as a local preacher. He preaches and keeps any thing, as the case may require. 'The a school at Cocorite on the sabbath forenoons, Haverfordwest press has given much trouble as also at Dry River. His assistance is of and labour. It is now in working order. A great value to me on the Lord's day. Foryoung man has been printing for us constantly merly my work on the sabbath was almost for the last three months. I have printed a killing to the body, and now I have as much Portuguese hymn book, and have also com- work as I can undertake with comfort. I menced a series of “ Tracts for Trinidad.” have still every Sunday three preaching enThe sixth number is just from the press. gagements, two in English and one in Por, They all treat on the subject of popery, the tuguese; but the whole of the afternoon I great curse of this land. I have just written have for the Sunday school, which is a source and published my first letter addressed to the of great delight. At present we have four Roman catholic bishop of Trinidad, exposing the Sunday school teachers and nearly fifty fearful errors contained in a catechism which he scholars. Since I last wrote to you two causes to be circulated among his people here. individuals have been added to our little " Woe is me if I preach not the gospel ” to church by baptism. all to whom I can have any access either by the living voice or the press. May the Lord
Deficiency of supplies. add his rich and effeclual blessing.
There is one thing to which I would direct Need of aid for printing tracts. your special attention, and that is the insufAs to meeting the expenses connected with ficiency of £50 to meet all the expenses of the press, I do not know what to say. I have the schools connected with this station. Just this year expended fisty or sixty rollars in think, there are four schools, five teachers, printing, and from no one have I received any dollars to pay every month for school rent at
very little obtained froin the children, four assistance in money except from a Portuguese Corbeau Town, and only £50 to defray all Christian and an African brother, whose united contributions amount to four dollars. By the expenses. Some of our teachers are often in first vessel from this to London, I shall send want of daily bread. What am I to do? I you specimens of the tracts printed, in the cannot give up any of the schools. Rather, hope that the friends at home will procure the I am almost determined to commence a day necessary funds.
school at Cocorite, if the Society of Friends
could place at my disposal £75 instead of Satisfactory state of the schools.
£50, our schools would be in a far more comAs to the schools at the station, I can report fortable and prosperous condition. The box favourably. Mr. Best, with his wife, at our of clothing which we this day received from
the kind friends at Amersham, will be dis- of Britain to do what they can for the cause posed of to assist in commencing a school at of Christ. Your missionaries in their work Cocorite.
of faith and labours of love look to the friends Dear brother, continue to urge the churches of Christ for support.
We are permitted to take the following extract from a letter from Miss Vitou to Mrs. Lepard Smith, dated Clarence, October, 1848.
“We heard from Bimbia a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. Merrick, with the dear children, are well, and their hearts are cheered by seeing a movement among the dark inhabitants. The attendance on sabbath days is increasing, and King William has given orders that no canoes go out on that day.
“Our friends at Cameroons have recently suffered much, but are mercifully restored. We hope that good is doing there. Sad accounts reach us from Old Calabar. Twenty-four persons were sacrificed a week or two ago on the death of a chief; but Mr. Goldie, from whom we have just heard, says, “Wo labour on in faith and hope.'”
A short letter has just been received from Mr. Saker, dated the 28th of October, saying, “I write a few lines to-day just to report all well. I forward, also, letters from Bimbia, by which you will learn, as I have done by others, that all is well there. Of Cameroons, the news is, as usual, grateful to my spirits ; all well, peaceful, and the brethren hard at work. Oh, that God may pour out plentifully of his grace, that these desert lands may become fruitful.”
BRITTANY. A letter has been received from Mr. Jenkins, dated the 6th of January, giving the following account of his labours, and of the opposition of the Roman catholic priests. Preaching excursions.
strong hold on him, and they and some in.
tolerant persons threatened to take all their I have just made another excursion to work from him unless he would stop our preach the gospel. I left home on the 20th having the room. In consequence of this the December, and returned on the 26th. As I poor man came and begged me to annul the informed you in a former letter, I took a room bargain, which I thought it right to do after at Louargat at thirty-three francs per annum. considering the case. The poor man received The priest were strongly opposed to my having nothing for his house last year, nor has he any this room, and told the man they would have chance of having any thing for it this year, preferred giving sixty or seventy francs for it and it is possible the priests will not give bim rather than we should have it. The owner is any thing to make up his loss in consequence a tiler, who depends on the priests for much of annulling his bargain with me. The priests of his labour, having to keep in repair the are great oppressors. But I do not think this church and seven chapels ; thus they had a will be any loss to us.
I know that many