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We have received a letter from Mr. Page, dated the 8th of June, containing further intelligence as to the premises purchased for the use of the English church of which he is pastor, and also service among the natives. It is gratifying to learn that the members of the church which provides for his support independently of the Missionary Society, has also arranged to provide the funds for this purchase, amounting, with an enlargement of the principal room, converting it into a commodious chapel, to above £800. A few friends in this country have kindly authorized Mr. Page to expect donations towards the purchase of the proposed chapel. As these will not now be required for that specific object, Mr. Page proposes, with the consent of the donors, that they shall be applied to the providing school rooms for native girls' schools, and a preaching place for the use of Mr. Mills, who is labouring in connexion with the church, and whose labours are impeded by the want of a proper room. Ground has been promised for this erection whenever the funds shall be provided, and we feel assured that it will afford pleasure to every donor to devote the money to missionary objects promoted by a church which has displayed a spirit so honourable to their Christian character.

We regret to find, from a postscript added on the 27th of June, that the health of Mr. Page was impaired in consequence probably of the intense heat, more intense than had been ever experienced by the oldest inhabitants. He was about

means have been blessed to the recovery of his health. We will add one or two extracts partaking of a missionary character.

If I thought there was the slightest proba-cially to the younger members. No particular bility of success, I would plead for a mission way of usefulness has at present suggested ary for Madras who should be wholly devoted itself to my mind in which the young men of to the natives, but as I feel this is almost the church may be employed for the benefit hopeless I will content myself with pointing of the natives, but it does seem to me that out what I would hope is practicable. Our native female education presents a wide and present premises are large enough for all we most suitable field for the exertions of the have strength to do, consisting of the regular female portion of it. Here they are in a land duties connected with the English church and in which they are the only women against congregation, and the charge of a girls' day whose education there exists no prejudice, a school. This seems little enough on paper, land containing I suppose fifty millions of and is little enough with the extent of one's women who cannot read a word of their will, but it takes up the whole of our strength mother tongue, and are therefore totally inac(I mean of Mrs. Page and myself). We both cessible to many of the efforts of Christian feel thut no more labour can be undertaken benevolence,' namely those put forth by the by us personally, yet there is an immense work Bible and Traet Societies. Possessing, too, a to be done, and a good portion might be done knowledge of the English language, and to in connexion with us if we had but a suitable some extent of the native, they have qualifihelper. There is just one simple thought cations which no other persons in the land which is ever before my mind, and which I have for the work. I feel, therefore, intensely am most anxious to work out into practical desirous of directing their energies into the results. It is to bless the Hindoos by means channel, and purpose having native girls' of the East Indian community. I am most schools, to be under the superintendence of anxious that the East Indian church should some of the female members of the church. be a thoroughly missionary church. Mis- We have one young person, a member of the sionary not only by its contributions and church, now living with us, who is earnestly prayers, but by the personal labours of its desirous of giving herself to the work, and members. In order to this, however, it is whom, after a course of preparatory instrucabsolutely necessary that suitable modes of tion, we hope to see engaged in it. Other operation should be open to them, and that cases of a similar character there are in prose facilities for self-improvement, in order to pect, so that I hope it will not be long before greater usefulness, should be presented, espe- all ihe means collected by our friends in England will be needed in order to find room before the church with a view to baptism, and for the efforts of a working church. But we I have had three applications besides. The do require one teacher from Europe, whose last person who was baptized has been a conheart shall be set on blessing the native girls, sistent Christian for many years, and has for one acquainted with the best modes or system a long period held a service in the Fort of instruction, but not slavishly attached to among the soldiers every other week. Our any one so as to be incapable of accommo- brethren at Secunderaband have several times dating herself to altered circumstances. Can- | in their letters to me expressed their thanknot the Society give help in this, or procure fulness for his services amongst them. Until it?

recently he was a deacon in the congregaI have mentioned a day school. This wetional church, but he has now joined us. commenced in February, chietly with a view His views on the subject of baptism were first to the children of our own members. It is shaken about twenty-five years since at a supported by the payments of the children. reform meeting at Camberwell, at which a Mrs. Page and I take the elder classes ex- Roman catholic pressed the question, “ Where clusively, and we employ a teacher for the did you get your infant baptism from? Did younger. A moonshee attends three days in you not get it from us?" His union with us ihe week to give instruction to a few in will, I hope, be for good. It is pleasing to Tamil.

find the views we hold to be scriptural and We have had some additions to the church highly important to the purity of the church, since I wrote last. Forty-two members have thus gaining ground, but it is yet more dejoined it since its commencement about lightful that sinners are converted to Christ. eighteen months ago, of whom thirty-nine I trust I shall never put the joy of the two now remain, three having been removed to on the same level. other churches. We have now two persons

ADDITIONS TO VARIOUS CHURCHES. The following information, which we extract from the “ Oriental Baptist " for June and July, will afford pleasure to our readers.

Agra. "I had,” writes Mr. Williams, relatives. May he, as well as his fellow con“ the pleasure of baptizing a young man, the vert, have grace to be faithful to the end. son of brother Penhearon of Dinapore, on Jellasore. Mr. Phillips states that in April the 1st of April."

l last they had the privilege of baptizing 'six Jessore. Mr. Parry informs us that four believers. “ The candidates," he writes, native converts were baptized and added to “ were our young friends Mary Sutton, three the church at Sátberiya in March.

girls from the boarding school, and the HinCalcutta, Bow Bazar. Two Jewish con- dustani and his wife who accompanied Dur. verts were baptized on the last sabbath in gáprasad when he returned. May, and on the following sabbath were Orissa Cuoga. On Lord's day the 13th received into the communion of the church. of May two persons were baptized at Choga. Solomon, the younger of the two, has been The Lord continues to prosper bis work at called to endure sharp persecution from his this interesting station.



Letters have been received from Mr. MERRICK, dated the 28th of June, and Mr. NEWBEGIN the 3rd of July, in which it is stated that a storm of persecution appears to be gathering over the Jubilee Station, that Inangge, who is referred to in the Missionary Herald for March last as one of four whom the missionaries believed to be hopefully converted, and who it was stated had refused to become one of the wives of King Bell, has been dragged away from the place and carried to Cameroons, where she has been shamefully treated,- that threats have also been held out of wresting from them Fanny Watson, of whom an interesting account is given in the Juvenile Missionary Herald for the present month,—that she had refused to become one of the wives of King Josh, and he had in consequence given her up to the missionaries, and that, to save her from personal violence, it has been found necessary to remove hier to Fernando Po. Mr. NEWBEGIN writes as follows:

A storm is gathering over us, and we by sending her to us, surrendered all right; cannot yet tell what may be the result to but might is right here. Even the poor slave ourselves; but Jehovah reigneth. I am de- Moindu suffers persecution from her husband lighted at having returned and seen what I and her country people, but she is a good now see-that our doctrines and preaching Christian, and lovely in her deportment. It are now so far understood to cut at the most must do good, however, and although our fearful vices; that the instant a timid woman first converts suffer, that will make others believes in Jesus, she asserts her rights and think, and convince them also of the power refuses to be sold as a slave by her brethren, of the gospel. and will not submit to the frowns of the Mr. Merrick adds : We shall keep Fanny great. Inangge has been dragged away from at Clarence till the storm is over. May our us, and carried to Cameroons, where she has gracious God preserve her as He has hitherto been shamefully treated by King Bell. We done from the jaws of the lion. Our Bimbian shall prevent Fanny being so treated by convert, Moindu, is also suffering persecution sending her away to Clarence. King Josh, for righteousness' sake.

In another letter we are furnished with more ample particulars respecting Inangge:

I have in my late letters spoken of an Inangge, but returned sometime last week for Isubu young woman called “ Inangge," the her. Last Monday morning (1lth inst.) sister of King William's eldest son, and ex. Inangge's brother, Nggombe, came to our pressed hopes that she was a real convert to village for her. As soon as I heard this I Christianity. I am happy to inform you that sent for Inangge, and gave her the best advice events which have recently transpired, and I could, after which Fanny and myself are now transpiring, have all tended to con- prayed with her in Isubu. (She hears very firm my hopes. The history of Inangge's little English.) On her return to Mr. Chris. case is briefly as follows. She was many tian's house, her brother urged her to acyears ago, when a child, betrothed to King company him to his house, but she would Bell of Cameroons by her brother“Nggombe.” not consent, declaring that she would rather Some time last year she was placed under die than go to Cameroons. Finding that he Mrs. Christian's care (the wife of Christian) could not prevail, he took her by the hand, to learn to wash. From that time she regu- intending to drag her away, but Mr. Christian larly attended the means of grace both on recommended him not to treat his sister so Lord's days and week days. Finding her roughly. Shortly after King William sent rather attentive in chapel, I often desired her to call Inangge, saying that he wished to bear to come to my house for private instruction, from herself whether it was her intention to and during the last seven or eight months we go to Cameroons or not, and that if she did have observed such a change in her conduct not wish to go, they would pay King Bell for and deportment as to lead to the conclusion her. Inangge therefore left the village for that she is the subject of divine grace. King William's house in the hope of return. Knowing the precarious position in which she ing, but William's message was only & stood, I often questioned her respecting her stratagem to get her away from us. On purpose in reference to King Bell. She in- reaching King William's house she was put variably replied that her mind was fully made in a corner to sit down. All that William up not to become King Bell's wife, and that said to her was, that she wanted to ruin his she would rather die than yield to him. On town. In the afternoon William went to the Saturday forenoon the 26th ult., we heard opposite island, and Inangge was sent to the that a canoe had arrived from Cameroons to house of one of William's women, called take Inangge. I requested the Christian “ Asimweni," where I met her the same friends in the village to assemble with Inangge, afternoon, and read, conversed, and prayed and we held a special prayer meeting, at with her. I found her calm and composed. which I read and expounded the 10th chapter and quite stedfast. She was ready to die, of Matthew to Inangge, after which we com- she said, and would rather die than do what mended her to the care of our divine Shep- her friends desired. In the evening, at our herd. After a few days the canoe left for public prayer meeting, we prayed specially Cameroons with plantains, without taking for Inangge. Next morning (12h inst.) Mrs.

Merrick and myself, accompanied by our Newbegin and myself, in returning from child Rosanna, went to see Inangge. I again Dikola, called to see Inangge, and found her read, conversed, and prayed with her, and in chains. I recommended her to cast her was glad to find her strong in the Lord. In cares on the Lord, and assured her that she returning home, after we had passed King would eventually find that greater were they William's house a few yards, he looked who were for us than they who were against through a window, and sent forth a volley of us. Her chain, we told her, was her greatest coarse and obscene abuse, both in English honour, and that when the people of God and Isubu. I cannot commit all that he said in England heard that she had been chained to paper, but among other things he called us and persecuted for righteousness' sake, they deceivers and thieves; that we had come to would glorify God in her behalf, and pray Bimbia to deceive and rob the people. Of much for her. She told me that her heart course I did not notice him. We walked was strong, and she was ready to die for on as if we did not hear him. In the after- Christ's sake. A Cameroons man, called noon Mrs. Merrick and myself, accompanied “ Bottle of Beer,” who had been sent by by our child and Fanny, went again to see King Bell to fetch Inangge to Cameroons, Inangge. She told us that during the day put bis fist in my face several times while Í King Bell's woman, that had been sent to was speaking to Inangge, reviled and abused take care of her on her way to Cameroons, me, and said that he would mark me, and came to see her, and endeavoured to turn her when I came to Cameroons he would know mind, but she told her that she could not what to do with me; that I professed to be listen to her, and was determined not to be- King Bell's friend, and then wanted to take come King Bell's wife. The following morn. away his wife. He concluded by saying that ing I called again to see Inangge, and read, they would seize a God-man at Cameroons, conversed, and prayed with her. In the and put him in chains on account of our inafternoon Mrs. Merrick and myself visited terference in the matter. Of course we did her, and found her still strong in her determi- not say a single word in reply. We remained nation to resist sin even to death. Next silent while he raved, and whenever he stopmorning (14th inst.) brother Newbegin and ped we embraced the opportunity to exhort I called to see her. I read and conversed Inangge to steadfastness and constancy. As with her, and both brother Newbegin and brother Newbegin shook Inangge's hand in myself prayed. In the afternoon Mrs. Mer- leaving, " Bottle of Beer" seized his other rick and myself called, and spent some time hand, and attempted to pull him away. in conversation with her in the midst of a Brother Newbegin reached out his hand great deal of noise made by King William's again, which Inangge eagerly grasped, showwomen. This morning, when brother New- ing that she was as forward in sympathizing begin and I reached the house where we with us as we with her. On reaching my usually found Inangge, she was not there. house, Mrs. Merrick informed me that, in my King William came to his window, and de- absence, they heard that Inangge had been sired a girl we bad sent to call Inangge not put in chains, and therefore went with Fanny to do so, but Inangge hearing we were there, to see her, in order to speak a few words of rushed out of the opposite house, and came to comfort and encouragement. When she got us. Only a few months ago Inangge would to Nggombe's house, “Bottle of Beer" stood as soon think of facing the mouth of a cannon at the door, shook his fist in her face several as to do any thing 'contrary to William's times, and would not permit her to enter. orders, but she has all at once lost her natural They pushed Fanny about, and said it was timidity, and is remarkably brave. She tells she who had advised Inangge not to go to me that she does not feel the slightest fear of Cameroons. Inangge hearing that Mrs. Merman, that she fears God alone, and knows rick was at the door, attempted to get up to that he is strong and powerful to save. When see Mrs. Merrick, but they immediately drew brother Newbegin and I called yesterday her down. This morning brother Newbegin morning, Inangge was not at King William's and Mrs. Newbegin, Mrs. Merrick and

my: town. We were informed that she was gone self, went to see Inangge. We found her in to a neighbouring village to collect presents, chains, sitting on a mat. There was not so a practice among Isubu young women when much opposition as yesterday; chairs were they are going to be married. The truth is, immediately handed to us, and a few women Inangge was carried away by her brother came up and shook bands kindly with us. I against her will to collect presents, and when seated myself near Inangge, and read to her she got to the village, instead of doing what iu Isubu the 15th chapter of John, to which he desired, she ran away in the bush. She she listened with great attention. « Bottle of was soon pursued by her brother and others, Beer” could not endure this. He arose from opprehended, and carried again to King Wil. his seat, put his face in mine, and threatened liam's town, who declined receiving her. to take the book out of my hand, and tear it Her brother then took her to his own house, to pieces. He next shook his hand in my and chained her by the left foot to a post of face, and threatened me. The women around the house. That same afternoon brother desired him not to make a noise, and after a time his passion subsided. I exhorted Inangge am not going to run away. I will walk down to faith in the promises of Christ, and spoke myself." We all accompanied her to the particularly to her about abiding in Christ's beach, and said much to comfort and strengthen love. On leaving, Inangge informed us that her. She was put to sit under a sort of roof they intended to carry her away to Came in the canoe, to protect her from the rain. roons on the morrow. In the afternoon 1 We could manage to see her under the roof, called again to see her. The Cameroons but to deprive us of this pleasure they covered people were much more quiet and respectful the opening. We stood at the beach till the than they have been since Inangge has been canoe left. As soon as they paddled off, taken to Nggombe's house. A few of them several Bimbia young men shouted aloud, came very near to hear what I was saying to “Mr. Merrick teaches lies; Mr. Merrick is Inangge.

a thief.” On our return home we comLord's day, 17th. I called this morning mended poor Inangge to the divine care. to see Inangge, and was treated kindly by Her relatives were exceedingly anxious that she several of the Cameroons people. I said all í should throw off her clothes, and resume could to build up Inangge in her most holy again the native dress, but she would not faith. I found her strong in the Lord, and listen to them. When she reaches Camehave every reason to believe that she will die roons, King Bell, instead of greeting a cheerrather than dishonour her Saviour by be- ful bride, will meet a mourner with deep coming King Bell's wife. On leaving she grief portrayed in her countenance. Oh, told me that they intended to send her to that she may be faithful unto death! My Cameroons when the canoes returned from hopes are that all that has transpired will market.

tend to the furtherance of the gospel. What After our afternoon service we were in- is to become of poor Inangge at Cameroons formed that the Cameroons people were we cannot tell. Her brother has sent to tell making preparations to leave. All the Chris- King Bell that if she will not consent to be tian friends in the village, with our servants, come his wife, he must sell her in some as well as the native converts, turned out distant country. Our hope is in God. to see Inangge, and to express sympathy “Greater is he that is for us than they that with her in her troubles. When we reached are against us." I trust that all our friends Nggombe's house, we found Inangge in great in England will be instant in prayer for agony of mind. I spoke to her of the necessity Inangge, and for the mission in general. of keeping her mind stayed on Christ. She Moindu is still stead fast, and Fanny gets on wept, and said that her heart was peaceful. well. Clara, the wife of my old interpreter, On my inquiring what she intended to do is also, I hope, walking in the narrow way.

that she was ready to die. I stood near her, comes with the other converts for private conversing with her, till “ Bottle of Beer" instruction. I send by Captain Milbourne a came into the house, and in an authoritative few copies of the Gospel of John, printed on tone commanded her to get up and go down the Tract Society's paper. The little school to the beach. She arose, and walked out of hymn book I sent you some time ago was the house. “Bottle of Beer,” fearing she also printed on their paper, as well as the would run away, wanted to lead her down to Isubu lesson book which I now send by Capthe beach, but she would not allow him to tain Milbourne. put hands on her. “Let me alone, "said she,“I|

CLARENCE. A letter has been received from Mr. YARNOLD, dated the 12th of June, stating that in the day school there are eighty-four on the books, that his superintendence of the school has been much interfered with, as well as his preaching, by repeated attacks of fever and ague, that the superintendence of the Sunday school has now devolved on him, that of the thirty-two teachers, all but two are members of the church, that he has formed classes for the improvement of the teachers, meeting those of each sex once in the week; that the health of Mrs. Yarnold, as well as his own, being affected, they had taken a voyage in the Dove for its restoration, but that when at Calabar an attack of fever compelled Mrs. Yarnold's being carried ashore, where she was kindly received by the Rev. Mr. Anderson of the Scottish Mission ; that she was prematurely confined, and that the child bad died after a few hours, and that since their return her health had greatly improved.

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