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dence has shut all others. Mrs. God in that place; and be assured of Nou's love and duty, with mine to the prayers of your brother and sister you, and to her parents. Remember for your own souls. I have every us to all the brothers and sisters. I thing to say; but can only add-Your am, my dear parents, your dutiful and dear sister,

R. NOTI." affectionate son, SAM'L Notr, JR.

From the same, to her sisters at home, Extracts from Mrs. N.'s letters. dated Calcutta, Sept. 5th. To a brother and sister at Coventry, "My beloved sisters, dated Calcutta, August 24th, 1812,

“How true it is that God is every she writes:

where, and that no place is beyond “My passage from the Capes of the the reach of his providence of his Delaware to the Isle of France, and watchtul care I can sing, both on the from lhence here, was more comfort. land and on the sea. Tuus has a kind able than I could have expected. Our Father been near all my steps, and captain was obliging, and the super guarded me even to this hour. I am cargoes, one thing excepted, were all now recovering from a stigbt attack of we could wish. They adopted no of a fever, and am but feeple yet. It is higher principles than those of gen.

this which prevents your having by tlemen, and their conduct was con

this ship, (the Tartar) every particusistent with these. My healik was

lar from the time I left the Capes of more than tolerable the greater part the Delaware to this date. But there of the time, so much so, that I was

will be other opportunities in the able to study to considerable advan. course of three or four weeks, and tage. We had regularly, morning and nothing but ill health will keep it evening, family worship, and preach- from you. Till then, let me add, I ing every Lord's day. Thurs:lay suffered not as much from sea-sick. evening was a season of prayer, for ne-s as I had reason to expect; and the special blessing of beaven on since at this plaee, less from the cliMissions and Missionary labors."

mate than I had even dared to hope.

It will be unnecessary to tell you how "Sept. 2d.

often and how tenderly I have thought My dear brother and wster,

of you. It my eyes have ever turned "How true it is, that man appoints,

a wishful giance towards any native but God disappoints! 1 wus rejoicing land, it has been to meet you and genin the prospect of writing all my ly press you to my heart. My be. friends long letters, with every par:

loved Sora,t then have I thought ticular of my voyage and present

of the sweet counsel we have had too prospects; when I was laid upon a

geiber, and how often we bave walk. bed of sickness, and rene wedly taughted to the house of God in coinpany. to lay all my plans in a realizing Let us look at these scenes till our sense that my Heavenly Father will

hearts burn for complete devotion 10 execute his own pians. The same

the cause of Christ. My kind Maria, band that laid me low, graciously I love to remember your sympathie smiled on the means used for my re.

sing care for me, in all my cares.

0 covery; and though not yet perfectly make Christ your hope of glory 2014 well, bare the prospect of soon being shelter during all the tempesis of

Mr Nott'has been on the borders life. He will never leave you, 178 of eternity, but is now mending. We

Melissa, to you lowe bave friends and home, with every

much. I love to feel my obligaiions, earthly comfort provided for us But

For all I have done for you my heart I am weary. God bless you, and your rejoices; and all the return I wists, dear litile ones: train them up to a

is, that you make choice of the "one glorious immortalı. y. Mr. Notiunies thing needful.” Repent of your sins, with me in an affectionale remem. brance to your widowed mother, your A sister of Mrs. Noti's, who made aged g and-moiher, your dear and rev- a pub.ic profession of her fuigh at the erend pastor and family, the church of same tim: with her.


forsake you





and believe on the Lord Jesus, as cessaries or comforts of life. It made your hope and Mediator before the my heart bleed 10 think of the horrid ihrone of God. Lucy, you have been traffic that led them to brave the dan. to me most kind. O live for eterniiy, gers of the deep. They were bound, and I hope and pray, God may fit as I said, to Africa, for slaves. both for his holy presence. Though could but say to myself-can you c: 13 I address this to my sisters, yet my yourselves Christians, and so wide; brothers are on my mind. Teil them depart from the precept and example I love them and pray for them, and of Christ? You can neither find it in hope to meet them where no sin or

the divine law or common sorrow shall enter. I hope this, be. "'Tis sordid interest guides you." cause they have the revealed will of in the day of judgment it will be God in their lands, and every mean more tolerable for the oppressed than for gaining religious instruction. Of the oppressor: If there be those that all my friends none are forgotten, but can leave all that is dear in their nativ: none remembered with so much affec. land; all that is dear in the love of par. tion as my lovely children't they are ents, brothers and sisters, for the gain with me sleeping or waking. But I of gold, shall there not, among Chrisam weary and must leave you. Our tians, be found those that can make the united respects to our dear parents. same sacrifices to gain souls for Christ? Tell all my sisters, they will hear My healtla never was better, and but from me as God may give me health., rarely so good. We are now so sit. - With increased love, yours,".

uated as to have every thing com“R. N."

fortable. Our room is so large, and

well furnished with windows, that In a letter to her parents, dated,

ever enjoy the soft Port Louis, Isle of France, June freshing air of this Isle. From the 26tb, she writes.

trial I have had here, and during my Dear Parents,

voyage, it appears my constitution is "We arrived here the 8th of this well adapted to a warm climate. I month, after a passage of 105 days.

cannot iell you much of this place No imminent danger lay in our way.

but what will make your hearts ache My health was better than I dared io to hear. Slavery has been counte. hope; it was so good as to enable me nanced here by government, till the to pursue something almost all the late capture of it by the English, time. There was quite a sameness Slaves can no longer be imported; but in my life, as must necessarily be the thuse ihat were in bondage at the The little variations we

time the Isle was taken, remain so, had, interested me much. We saw with this provision—they are to be some land, and spoke two or three clothed by their masters, or their vessels, one, a Spanish brig, bound masters are 10 pay a fine. These poor to the African coast for slaves. Two creatures are subjecied to every bard. officers from lier c me on board our sbip that beasis of burtben are in my ship-and, on the whole, it made one own country. Yes every thing that I of the most novel scenes of my voy have been used to see performed by age. My fears for some time bad the brute creation, is here done by been quie awake, noi by understand. creatures made of the same maierials ing the movements of the then mys. as myself-bound to the same eterterious brig, but by the concern man. nity-having the same common Parifested in the countenances of those eni-and who, to be made fit for that were more used 10 sea eti. heaven, must be washed in the same quelle. Our visitors, however, soon Savior's blood. The state of society relieved my mind, and altered the is wretched. The form of religion is

koman Catho. visage of others very materially. hardly to be found. They politely offered us any thing lies bave a place of worship, and some they might have on board, of the ne. resort to it to buy a pardon for their

sins and a privilege to commit more. Referring to the young ladies who It is the nature of depraved man to had been under her care as pupils. perverı every thing. The best things

casc at sea.

are from that source, the most liable come of us, the missionary cause is to it. My mind often dwells upon certainly a good cause, and must fi. the changes that may have visited rally prevail; and all Christians are my native place in the last four bound by infinite obligations to help months. They whom I now address, it forward.” may be beyond receiving it. But Oh, Afier speaking of the loss esperi. may the day that calls you back to enced by the Baptist missionaries, in dust be remote, and come when it the burning of their printing office, may, a day that you shall welcome, Mr. R. says, “But their prinung goes and through the mercies of God in on again." Christ Jesus, crown you with eternal blessedness."

Since the foregoing letters were in type, more recent intelligence has

been received from India, by the Extract from a letter written by Caravan, which left Calcutta about Mr. Luther Rice, one of the Ameri. the 1st of October, and the Reaper, can missionaries, to a friend in Boston. which sailed froin the same port at The date is at Calcutta, Sept. 5, 1812. the end of the same month. By

these arrivals we learn, that all the After stating several facts, which missionaries, except Mr. Newell and were contained in other letters, and his wife, remained at Calcuita so published in our number for Jan. p. late as the 23.1 of October; that they 374, Mr. R, observes:

were deliberating upon a missionary “In regard to one particular,-that station, and obtaining all the infor. of endeavoring to fix a permanent

mation on that subject in their pow. footing somewhere, and concer.trating er; that they had experienced severe our whole strength in one object, I trials on account of the change of have no hesitation. But in effectuat. opinion professed by a part of their ing this, if we succeed at all, a print. number with respect to the ordinance ing press will be highly important, of baptism, Mr. Rice having also not to say indispensable. To diffuse become a Bap:ist; that this change the Bible among a people without rendered a separation expedient, in printing is impossible; and if we fix their future operations, as it appear. the mission, as it appears at present

ed to them all; that Messrs. Nott probable we shall, upon Madagascar, and Hall, and Mrs. Nott expected to a press will be all important in a sail soon for Ceylon, with a proba. short time. We shall want it for our bility of fixing themselves at or near own assistance in advancing in the lan. Bombay; and that their views of the guage, and to enable us to throw importance of sending missions to small portions of Scripture into the the Heathen became more impres. hands of the natives, as soon as we sive, in consequence of what they become able to translate."

heard and saw. It is also stated, by “By the time a printer and press one of ihe brethren, that the Rev. are in readiness, or can be got in Dr. Brown, senior chaplain at Cal. readiness, for the mission, I hope we cutta, departed this life a few months shall be able to say to what place before the date of the letter; a cir. they may be sent. Indeed our dis. cumstance deeply to be regretted, tance from America is so great, and as the influence of that good man communication so uncertain, that I would doubtless have been exerted, sometimes fear we may be long in had he been living, in favor of the want of a press, before it will be missionaries. It gives us great pleas. practicable for one to be conveyed to ure to learn, however, that the Rev.

Mr. Thomason of Calcutta, an Epis. “I hope the missionary spirit con- copalian clergyman, is earnestly en: tinues to increase. Even should the gaged in promoting the evangelical present mission fail, Christians ought cause in India. The following er. not to slacken their exertions, or a. tracts from letters need no expla, bate their zeal. Whatever may be.



Calcutta, July 31, 1812. there is no possibility of residing ei. Rev. and dear Sir,

ther in Macao, or Canton, without I wrote you about a fortnight some office, such as Mr. Morrison since by the American ship Francis,t fills. and enclosed in one of my letters an “There are many circumstances extract from the second order of which discourage a mission to Birebe Governor in Council, requiring mah. Without any inquiry respecting our immediate return to America that country, there is this discour. in the Caravan, or our departure to agement to meet in the outset. The some place beyond the territories of London Society have tried that coun. the British and their allies. By the try, and given it up; the Baptist mis. intercession of our friends, however, sionaries too have tried it, and all of we have obtained permission to go to them but one have quitted the field;-the Isle of France. The Government and this after they had resided sev. have no right to say, that we shall eral years in the country, had acnot go to any place, which is not quired the language, and expended under the Company's jurisdiction. thousands of dollarst on the object, Ceylon, the Isle of France,and Bour. We have no reason to think that we bon belong to the Crown, and not

have more ability or perseverance, to the Company; and the Company's than some of the missionaries whó government has no kind of connex. have abandoned Birmah for other ion with these local governments." more promising fields. Brother Jud.

“Considering the present state of son and I have concluded, that it is the Chinese and Birman empires, the not expedient to make trial of Bir. only exiensive fields of missions east. mah in the face of these discour. ward of this country, the only places, agements, and many more, which indeed, in this part of the world, to time will not allow me particularly which the Company's government to mention. In view of these cir. will permit us to go, and being ex- cumstances I have made up my mind cluded from the whole of British In- to embrace an opportunity which dia, our only alternative seems to now offers of going directly to the be, either to return to America, or Isle of France, not so much with go to the Isle of France. The state the view of settling on that island, of China and Birmah is such as for. as of getting out of the Company's bids our attempting a mission to ei jurisdiction, so that I can be at libther of those countries for the pres- erty to go from thence to any place ent. There is, indeed, one mission- where Providence may open the ary in each of those places, but their door for missionary work. Brother prospects are very unpromising, and Judson would do the same; but the ther situations extremely dangerous. Vessel in which I go cannot accomMr. Morrison is allowed to reside modate us both." only half the year in Canton. He is "My things are on board, and I Chinese interpreter to the E. I Com. and Mrs, Newell go on board this pany. He goes up with the feel, evening. We pay six hundred ru. and, when the trading season is pees (three hundred dollars) for our closed, relurns to Macao, where he passage, and expect to be out two spends the remainder of the year. inonths. He is obliged to keep his object a "The Harmony is every day exprofound secret. If it were known, pected. The brethren wrote he would no doubt be put to death, twice from the Isle of France. The in the most cruel mannet, He occu.

Governor is favorable to missions, pies the only place where it is pos

wishes a mission to be sent to Mad. sible to attempt a mission to China. agascar, and has even made applica. His office conceals his real object; tion to the London Society for the butlle can have no associate, because purpose.

“Brother Judson thinks, ibat he † The letters by the Francis have not met come to handa

Another letter says 25,000 rupees.


shall embrace the next opportunity France, and not oblige us to go back of getting to the Isle of France. The to America. That petition they grantother brethren will probably be ed. Accordingly we have engaged obliged 10 take the same course, on our passage, and expect to sail in a their arrival here. They may possi

few days. As to the field of our fa. bly get leave to go hence to Ceylon. ture labors, we are now entirely un. If they can, they will probably do it, decided. We have already mention. as that island affords a very favorable ed our views of Madagascar. Our opening for missionary exertions, and subsequent researches into the state they have already begun to turn their of that island do not enable us to add attention to that place. Whether ! to our former remarks any thing mashall continue on ibe Isle of France, terial, or go from thence to Ceylon, or at. “Recently some faint hope has tempt a mission to Madagascar, must been excited in our mind's respecting be determined by circumstances with Bombay. It rests principally on this which I am at present unacquainted. -the present Governor of that Presi. I shall endeavor to follow the leadings dency, Sir Evan Nepean, is said to be of Providence I shall embrace every a pious man; and therefore would opportunity of informing ou respect. probably throw no more obstacles in ing my situation and prospects. We the way of Missionaries, han his offi. have received 710 rupees ihrough ihe cial duties should oblige him to do. hands of the Kev. Mr. Tbomason, “Could we once ger into Bombay, whom I mentioned to you in my last. we are almost inclined to hope, that This money, which was intended for they would not force us from the broher Judson and myself, we have country. We are, a! the same time, divided equally between us."

inquiring into the state of Java, his "I have taken a letter of credii from m.jesty's colony, and by appoinment Dr. Carey to a house in the Isle of the residence of the Governor Gen: France, lest my resonrces should fail eral of all his majesty's possessions before I can receive any supplies from to the cast of the Cape of Good America. I shall certainly use all

Hope. Gen. Maitland, [the present possible economy, and endeavor, as commander in chief] when Governor soon as possible, to find some way of of Ceylon, showed the missionaries contributing to my own support. particular favor. We regret that we

“The discouragemenis we liave canuoi write more definitely; but, in met with bave not yet caused me to our present undecided state, we feel repent of my undertaking. On the a reluctance in attempung to write. contrary, I feel more and more at. “Brother Judson and his wife have tached to the work. My wite enjoys changed their sentiments on the subexcellent health, and good spirits." ject of baptism. They were bap

“We go hence in a greater hurry tized in Calcutta, on the first Sabbath than we left America. We had but in this month. In consequence of three days notice of the opportunity. this trying event, it has appeared to This circumstance must apologize him and to us, and to those with for the shortness and other defects of whom we have conversed upon the my lelier, and for neglecting alto. subject, expedient that we should gether to write to several others, 10 separate, and labor in different fields. whom I made promises

"As to our pecuniary concerns.Rev. and dear Sir, I remain, &c. though God has provided Christian

SAMUEL NEWELL. friends, who have generously taken Rev. Dr. Worcester,

us in, yet a variety of unavoidable Cor. Sec.

charges makes our expenses rery

considerable. But of these we sball “Calcutta, Sept. 26tb, 1812. remit a more particular account.

It Rev. and dear Sir,

has pleased God more or less to afflict In our last letter we inserted us all with the fever of the country: our petition that Government would but through his wonderful mercy and permit us to return to the Isle of forbearance we are happily recover

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