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take us away.
and we feel the reason that we have colony. To which may be added the to thank God and take courage. You assistance and protection offered to will doubtless have received accounts us by his Excellency the Governor of from brethren Newell and Judson, that Island, when we were there, before the arrival of this, and have provided we would undertake a mis learnt the course they were obliged sion to Madagascar. This circum. to take. Since we have been here,
stance had led our minds to consider we have been engaged in the process
this place while we there, as you with the government, through which will learn by our letter which we they have passed. We were yester.
then wrote; and we now think we day summoned to the police; and to
see in our being sent thither, in the day we obeyed, and received from various circumstances which attend. the government an order to leave the ed us, in the destination of the other country in the ship Harmony, in brethren, and in the immense diffi. which we came, and were informed culties which lie in the way of our that the captain would be refused a
former plans, the finger of Providence clearance till he had given the gove pointing us to a place which we had ernment satisfaction, that he would not chosen, necessitous in itself, and
About an hour after. opening to the view of Christian wards we handed to the officer of the benevolence, likewise, a much wider police the following paper:
scene of Pagan and Mahomedan
misery. ""To the Honorable the Governor
“Our reasons for making this General in Council.
choice and for giving up our former We the undersigned, passengers intentions, and those fields of labor, lately arrived in the ship Harmony,
wbich the Commissioners have more having received an order to depart particularly looked at, we shall here. out of the country on board the same
after more fully detail. ship, beg leave to state, that agreea.
“Should Providence on our arrival bly to our intention, stated at the at the Isle of France open a better police on our arrival, of leaving the prospect, than that which we have Company's dominions, we request
before us, (for instance, that of beginthe liberty to depart by the earliest ning to give the Gospel 10 Eastern opportunity for the Isle of France, Africa,) we shall feel free to decide, and that therefore the Harmony may
and shall be at the place from which, not be refused a clearance on our
of all others, it will be the easiest to account.
L. Rice, go to any part of ihe Eastern World.
At present we must wish you to
brethren at Serampore, by whom we "This petition, as far as we can
are treated in the most cordial man. judge, will be favorably answered,
We feel it necessary to men. so that you will perceive, that our tion the great expenses which in the first object will be the Isle of France, present state of our affairs we must whither brethren Judson and Newelí necessarily incur, and the need we had before obtained permission to
shall be in of remittances from Amergo. As to our future prospects, we
ica. The rout too, by which we shall have now time to say but little; and receive communications from Amer. hope in a few days to write you ica, will be long, as we must receive again. It will be sufficient at present
them through Serampore in our pres10 state, that our eyes fix upon Mada.
ent unsettled state. We trust that gascar, a field immense in extent, to.
whatever is sent forth will not be tally unacquainted with the Gospel, misapplied by us, and that the bounty 10 which no others are intending a of the people of God in our native Christian mission, (Dr. Vanderkemp land will be richly compensated by being dead,) and which is attended the success of his Gospel in the with many facilities from its adjacen. Eastern world. Pray that we may cy to, and constant intercourse with, labor with diligence, and wait with the Isle of France, now an English faith and patience. With the most
earnest prayers for you, Sir, and the parents; and do all you can for the Board of Commissioners, we remain, religious benefit of your beloved famRev, Sir, yours, &c.
"By the enclosed you will per Rev. Samuel Worcester, D. D. ceive, that we had been ordered by Cor. Seeretary". government to return to America in
the ship Harmony, and that we had The following extracts are taken petitioned for permission to go to the from letters written by Mr. Rice to İsle of France. We have since re. his brother.
ceived an answer granting our re
quest: consequently we are making "Calcutta, Aug. 21, 1812. our calculations and preparations for “Dear Brother,
that island; and, indeed, I hoped to From the Isle of France to this have sailed before now, but have not place I was most of the time slighịly been able to procure a passage. It is ill. Here I have been ill, and under said, however, to be very dangerous the hands of the physician; but am going from this place, at this season; now betier, and see nothing but that nor will it cease lo be dangerous till I may enjoy a tolerably good state of the monsoons change, which will not health. I wrote a long letter toyou from take place till the last of October. I the Isle of France, (which, however, wished to have gone before now, be. I suppose you have not yet received,) cause it is the unhealthy season here, in which I gave an account of our and the healthy season there, and be: passage to that place, and of the cause at that place I could be inprospects then before us.” [Mr. creasing my knowledge of the French Rice then gives the same account language, which, I think, would aid which is printed above in ihe joint me in acquiring that of Madagascar. letter of the brethren.]
Indeed, various considerations render "The missionaries at Serampore, ! it important to go soon; and I shall mean Messrs. Carey, Marshman, and endeavor to do so, not withstanding Ward, appear to be really most excel. the danger of the present season, ese lent men. Under God, they have teeming it always safe to be in the certainly done most wonderful things. path of duty. This mission promises most exten. “The natives of this country are sive and lasting good 10 all this east- really a most curious set of people. ern world. By these men, as instru- Whatever may have been said of ments, the Lord appears to be giving their supineness, or of their apparent his Word to many populous nations; want or debility of intellect, it is and who can say, how soon the com- granted on all hands, that no people puny of those who publish it will be equal them in cheating; especially in great?
“Of the idolatry of the natives I “I have seen but one instance of have little to say.
I am too much self-torture, and that of so moderate occupied about our own concerns to a character, compared with some pay much attention to it at present. Others, that here it would scarcely be I see their pagodas, or temples, as I noticed. It was a man lying with pass them. Sometimes I observe the his back on the ground, having one people performing religious cere- fist clenched and holding in the other monies.
hand a brick of the size of those in “Do not fail to write, if you hear your chimney, and smiting his naked of any vessel sailing to ihis place. breast with the brick and his fist al. Direct your letters to the care of Dr. ternately; and apparently with such Carey, Serampore, and they will violence as must put an end 10 his reach me in any part of this eastern miserable life. The sight was shock. world.
ing, and I passed on." “My dear brother, live to the Lord; "There are laborers, mechanics, take diligent and kind care of our &c. of almost every kind; but scarce.
ly any one can be found, who does by his medical skill, and though he several kinds of
business. Ser. had married a Burmah lady, very vants, as they are of particular narrowly escaped with his life, by casis, will only do particular things. fleeing on board an English ship. He One will not touch a tallow candie; has since gone on shore again, and another will not empty the water may possibly continue there; but can from a wash bowl; and so of all do nothing as a missionary except at other things: and none of them will translating the Bible.
Our narrow eat the provision which has been resources will not cover the expense, dressed for an Englishman's table."
nor will the responsibility of our "Sept. 2. It is now two days over present situation permit us to run the three weeks since I landed here, and hazard, of attempting a mission to though I have watched with brother such a place; especially while another Nott balf of each of the two last
field of more hopeful prospect is Dights my health is better, I think,
within our view. From all the terri. than when I came on shore. Brother tories of the East India Company we Nott has been sick about a week, and are shut out by government.”. has been brought pretty low; and, in
"Providence seems to have hedged my opinion, it was through the un- up our way in every direction but one, skilfulness of the physician who first and that appears to be perfecily open. attended bim. An able one now at.
The Isle of France bas much com. tends him; and we think him evi. munication with the other British dently getting better."
possessions, and some communication "It will probably strike you with
with America. It has, also, much surprise, and somewhat like a disap. communication with Madagascar. pointment, that we have fised upon
Considering the latitude of the island, Madagascar for the place of our mis.
between 12 and 26 degrees south, sionary labors; but the leadings of and that the interior is hilly, or even Providence are, I think, evidently to. mountainous, I have no doubt that wards that island. The Burmah ein. Madagascar enjoys a good climate. It pire, upon which we so much calcu. is one of the largest, and is said to be lated before leaving America, does
one of the finest islands in the world. not here present any promising as
The inhabitants are estimated by pect. The very possibility of our be. some geographers at 4,000,000. 1 ing able to live there in any character have no doubt this estimate is too whatever is extremely questionable. high. If hall, or even one fourth of It is said, that should we attempt to
that number should be found there, go up the river we should be imme. they must constitute an object worth diately taken up as spies, and put to the attention of Christians. So far as death. The English residents at we have been able to obtain informa. Rangoon, I understand, have mostly, tion, the same language is spoken or all, left the place. But without throughout the island. However, going into detail of their internal should it please God to carry is commotions, and the very sanguinary thither, we may find things very dif. nature of their government, it is suf.
ferent from what we now expect. It ficient take the single fact of the Bap. is extremely difficult to obtain satis. tist mission at Kangoon. After an factory information respecting things effort of four or five years, involving at a distance, Nor is it easy for an expense of at least 25,000 rupees, strangers to judge correctly upon a it has entirely failed. One of the short or superficial acquaintance." missionaries, Mr. Chater, has left the “To endeavor to extend the knowl. place, and is gone to Ceylon. Though edge of Christ among the heathen is he bad the language well, he never undoubtedly right. It is the Lord's, dared to preach a single sermon to not mine, to determine, whether such the Burtnahs. The other, Mr. Felix endeavors shall be successful, or not. Carey, though long endeared to them To Him would I cheerfully comunit
myself, my brethren, and the mission• A rupee, at the common rate of ex. change, is worth 23. 3d. sterling.
"Sept. 5. My health now appears
to be pretty good. Brother Nott is communicated his viesys on that sub. getting better. I hope we shall be ject to the Baptists, for the first getting away to the Isle of France time, on the 27th of August, and at before long
Remember me very the same time, requested baptism affectionately to our parents." for himself and wife; that an answer
was received from which they er. In a letter to Mr. Armstrong, writ. pected to be baptised at Calcutia, on ten by Mr. Rice, dated September the first Sabbath (the 7th day) of 4th, it is stated, that Mr. Thomp- September; tbat on consulting his son, a chaplain at Madras, was at the brethren, they gave it as their opinIsle of France for the benefit of his ion, that his change of sentiments health when the brethren were there rendered it incompatible, that he on their outward passage, and that should be their fellow laborer in the he strongly recommended Madagasnew mission which they contemplat. car to them as a missionary station. ed; that he, also, considered it incomIt will be recollected that the vener. patible that he should continue in the able Dr. Vanderkemp was earnestly service of the Board, and supposed desirous, for several years before his the Board would consider it so too, death, of establisliing a mission on as he could not comply with the inthat island. For his judgment in structions of the Prudential Commit. this case we entertain a profound re- tee, by administering baptism to spect; though at this distance we "credible believers and their house cannot pretend to judge with confi- holds." dence, as to the relative claims of From the same source we learn, different countries in the heathen that Dr. Marshman had obtained world. Doubtless they who estab- leave of government for the two Baplish, or endeavor to establish, a mis. tist brethren, (Messrs. Johns and sion by which the true Gospel shall Lawson,) who sailed from Philadel. be preached in any of these countries phia in the Harmony to reside at Ser. will do an acceptable service to God. ampore until the will of the Directors What part each mission is hereafter should be known. As this will cannot to take in the great work of evangel. be known under a year or two, and as izing the world cannot be known to the charter of the East India Compa. men, till after his Providence shall ny must, in the mean time, either be have developed his holy counsels. renewed by act of Parliament, or ex.
We are still unable to conjecture pire, this temporary admission may be the reason why the letters, which the considered as pretty nearly equal to brethren are now known to have writ- unqualified admission. The ten by the Francis, bave never arrivo words printed above in Italic are thus ed. Many letters, which were sent marked in Mr. Judson's letter. Mr. from Calcutta by that ship, were re. May, a missionary from the London ceived by merchants in Salem, Bos. Missionary Society, who also arris. ton, and other places, at the time ed in the Harmony, was under or stated in our last. Since that time, ders to return; but had made no apo the cargo and part of the crew of the plication to government. Dr. Marsh. Francis have reached Salem, in the man hud obtained ihe liberty of resi. brig Levant. Still the letters from dence above described, even before the missionaries have not been re. the arrival of the Harmony. Mr. Jud. ceived.
son will probably stay at Serampore, All the brethren, it seems, went to His letters are dated Aug. Si, and Serampore, immediately on their ar. Sept. 1. rival, as was expected. They were The other brethren make not the received very cordially by the Bap- slightest mention of Mr. Judson's tist missionaries. From letters write change of sentiments. The causes of ten to the Rev. Dr. Worcester, as this silence we can easily conjecture; Corresponding Secretary of the they will doubtless appear hereafter. Board, by Mr. Judson, we learn that Two American vessels were at a complete change had taken place in Calcutta about to sail soon, and as the his sentiments, and those of his wife, brethren had written by the Francis, on the subject of baptism; that he and probably by the Monticello,
(which sailed 14 days before the beneficent 'effects had followed. Tarlar,) they wrote less by the lat- The poor Greenlanders, the enslaved ter ship, than they otherwise would Africans in the West Indies, and the bave done
debased Hottentots were mentioned On the whole, the friends of mis. as affording prospects far from en sions may, in the language of 'the couraging, at first, to the laborious brethren, “thank God and take cour: missionary: yet among these several age." No disappointment has occur. classes, the most ignorant and hupe. red, but such as is common to huo less that could be selected from the man affairs in this uncertain world. human race, the preaching of the Christians will feel grateful to God cross had been the power of God and for kis protection afforded to the the wisdom of God to the salvation of brethren and will contribute that pe.
The experience of the cuniary aid, which will hereafter be past, therefore, as well as the Di. necessary to furnish them with a com- vine promises with respect to the fu. forlable support in their arduous em jure, afford abundant encouragement ployment.
to support missions. : Mr. Judson has written to the Rev. That she translations of the Scrip. Dr. Baldwin and the Rev. Mr. Bolles, tures now carrying on in the East, requesting a support from the Bap. it was stated, will be of immense tist churches in this country. Dr. benefit to mankind, we have the fulMarslinan has writien seconding the lest reason to believe. Among many request; and, we understand, it will other witnesses, on whose testimony be promptly complied with.
the fullest reliance might be placed, Lord Teignmouth and Dr. Buchan.
an were mentioned as conspicuous. SOREIGN MISSION SOCIETY
The former had spent twenty years BOSTON AXD THE VICINITY. in Bengal; and had risen by his own
merit till he was appointed, without Tue second annual meeting of this his knowledge or solicitation, Gov. Society was held at the hall of the ernor General of the East India Com, Massachusetts Bink, on the Ist pany's possessions in India, the instant. By the annual account of greatest delegated government in the the Treasurei, examined and approve world. He must certainly be aced by the Au litor, it appeared that quainted with india, and must be the soc.e'y, wihin a year afier is able to judge whether good would be formation in Dec. 1:11, had paid over likely to follow from the publication to the American Board of Commis. of the Bible a:nong the Hindoos. He sioners fr Foreign Missions the had decided that point, so far as his sum of $1,175.99 The following opinion and example could be al. gen·lemen were unanimously re eleci. lowed to have weight. As Presi. ed the officers of the Society, viz.
dent of the British and Foreign BiHis Hon. WILLIAM PHILIPS, Esq. ble Society, he had been laboriously
Pres. attentive to the duties of his office; SAMUEL SALISBURY, Esq. V. Pres.
and it was doubtless with bis appro. Rev. Joshua HUNTING ION, Sec. bation, and probably much owing to JEREMIAH Evarts, Esq. Treole. his influence, that the institution BENJAMIN GREEN, Esq. Aud. over wliich he presides had already
After the usual business was ac• remitted more ihan $70.000 to im. complished, several gentlemen ad- part the Scriptures to the heathen in dressed the meeting on the subject Asia of missions and translations of the It was said, that though we migh Scriptures; and on the call which is be disappoined in one object of our made upon Christians of the present hopes, This was no reason why our day to lend their aid in the great exertions should be slackened; but work of sending the Gospel to the
rather of the contrary
The mer heathen.
It was observed, that chant who had lost a ship, the manuwherever missions had been instituted facturer who had lost his buildings and persevered in by pious and zeal and apparatus by fire, did not foid ous men, there the same glorious and his hands, and give over all further Vol. V. New Series.