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ral persons brought presents, and it was probable a goat was offered in sacrifice after we were gone. This subterraneous abode was cut very deep, and divided into three or four rooms; one to sit in, another to sleep in, &c. It was covered over with mats and soil, and the only opening into it was a hole at one end, two or three inches in die ameter; through which he was supplied with milk and fruits by a man who waited on him, and who had a hut by the side of the grave. This is a Musselman's custom ; and they say it has an allusion to the flight of their prophet. Perhaps it would not be continued, but that it is a qualification for receiving lands or offerings to canonized saints amongst them : many persons in this country have built places like raised tombs, in a hole of the centre of which a lamp is kept burning in the night : these are consecrated to some saint, and the person who tends the lamp has whatever is given or left to the place. Passengers make their salem, and throw down a few cowries as they pass. . In the above cave, some ground has been left to the place, and the man could succeed to it only by burying himself a month."

The following account of sacrificing aged persons and children to the Ganges, where they are devoured by sharks, is very affecting. These sacrifices are of two descriptions; first, of aged per. sons of both sexes, which are voluntary; and of children which of course are involuntary. The fixed periods for the performance of those rites are at the full moons in November and January. The custom of sacrificing children arises fronı superstitious vows made by the parents, who,

when apprehensive of not having issue, promised, in the event of their having five children, to devote the fifth to the Ganges.

“ The island of Sagar, where these inhuman rites are administered, is held to be peculiarly sacred, from its being considered as the termination of the Ganges; and the junction of that river with the sea is denominated The place of Sacrifice.

“So lately as November 1801, somie European seaman belonging to the pilot service of Bengal being on shore on the island, were witnesses to this horrid ceremony. The information they gave before one of the justices of the peace for Calcutta was on oath to the following effect :

That, on going on shore, they saw the en. trails of a human body floating on the water, and at the same time a great number of the natives assembled on the beach; as near as they could guess, about 3000 : that, on asking a Fakeer, why so many of the natives were put into the water, he answered, that the Head Fakeer had ordered'them to go into the water to be devoured by sharks, for the prosperity of their respective families; that they saw eleven men, women, and boys, thus destroyed; and it further appeared, by other incontestible evidence, that the victims destroyed in November amounted to 39; and, moreover, that a boy of twelve years old, who had been thrown into the river, having saved himself by swimming, a Gosayne endeavoured to extend his protection to him; but, singular and unnatural as it may appear, he was again seized, and committed to destruction by his own parents !!!”

How ought the recital of these dreadful customs to cherish in us a love for our own country, and gratitude for that gospel which is the glory of it! and how ought it to rouse us to the most ardent concern for the diffusion of gospel light where there is so much darkness! What a cold, yea, what a barbarous heart must that be which would ask, "What have Christians to do with this?" and how criminal those who refuse to lend a helping hand to so noble a work !

FINIS

INDEX

FOR THIRD VOLUME OF MISCELLANIES, BEING ALL

ANECDOTE

A

Blackstone Sir W., punctuality
A ARTGEN, poverty of 296.

of 282.
Abdalonymus, obscurity of Blount 83.
296.

Bogue Mr., quotation from 79.
Addison, honesty of 174.

Boileau's treatment of the Jesuits
Agathocles 181.

304.
Agesilaus, observation 100. Books, what ought to be proscri-
Alexander the Great 110.

bed 102.
Alleine's Vindicæ, Pietatis 290. Bougier, constancy of 61.
Anacrișa, anecdote of 297. Bourbon, Prince of 184.
Anaxarchus 129.

Bowles Mr., forbearance of 127.
Auger 122

Boys Dr. 260.
Animals, cruelty to 73.

Bradford 136.
Antipater 150.

Bramhall Bp. 304.
Antonius, Emperor 122.

Brewer Mr. punctuality of 282.
Aristippus and Aeschines 180. Brown Simon 136.
Ascham, quotation from 101. Budæus, wife of 116.
Askew, Mrs. constancy of 61. Burials, singular account of in the
Atheist convinced 47.

East Indies 333.
Atheist's creed 48.

Borroughs Mr. quotation from
Athenagoras 99.

290.
Athenian laws 102.

Burgundy, Duchess of 234.
Atterbury Bp. 286.

Burford, Countess of 158.
Augustine 180.

Burkitt Mr. 124.
Augustus Cæsar 109, 299.

Burnett Bp. 170, 269.
B

с
Bacon the artist, forbearance of Cæsar Julius 122.
126.

Campbell Dr. quoted 253, 305. ^
Berkley Bp.' 223, 286.

Cartwright W: 286.
Beveridge Bp. 224.

Caviller reproved 59.
Bible valued 50, best book 54, re- Charles V, 169, 207.

solution to burn it defeated 54. Charles IX, cruelty and death of
Bigotry 55.

65.
Bilney Mr. fortitude of 134. Cheynel Dr., bigotry of 57.

Mr. Buck had not prepared an Index for his first volume of
Anecdotes, a part of which is in the second volume of Miscellanice.

Chilo 233.

Elizabeth, Queen 111.
Children prohibited from cruelty Elliott Mr. 239.
74.

Empty church, the 103.
Chillingworth's religion of the Epaminondas 204, 297.
protestants, anecdote of 57.

Epictetus, saying of 122.
Cicero quoted 170.

Equity 201.
Clark Rev. Mr. 129.

Erskine Mr. anecdote of 307.
Clergyman, dissolute, reclaimed

F
90.

Fairclough Mr. S. anecdote of 289.
Collins 84.

Faith, the farmer's 105.
Commodus, cruelty of 67.

Faith implicit 191.
Comprehension bill 211.

Family expositor, the 104.
Conder Dr. robbery of 166. Farmers, the pious 105.
Constancy 60.

Fashion 106.
Converted inn-keeper 64. Fearful turned courageous 160.
Cowper's Bp. patience 236. Feasting 148.
Cranmer Abp. 138.

Females, learned 111, industrious,
Croesus 300.

114, useful 116, advice to 119.
Croke Judge, wife of 116.

Fielding, Justice, singular remark
Cromwell T. 154.

of 103.
Cruelty 66.

Fienus, quotation from 185.
Cunitz Mary, learning of 112. Fletcher Rev. Mr. 181, 240, 266,
Curate relieved 76.

295.
Custom 77.

Fool's reproof 121.
D

Forbearance 122, 239.
D'Alembert 84.

Fortitude 129.
Deaf woman a constant atten- Frank, Professor 261.
dant 159.

Frederic the Great 169.
Death, contempt of 129.

Frescobald 153.
De Bayard 131.

Friar and night whisper 145.
Deism, deists 79.

Frugality 147.
Diagora's three sons 233.

G
Dieneces, saying of 129.

Gam Captain, saying of 130.
Discontent 88

Ganges, river, aged persons and
Disguised and dissolute clergy- children sacrificed to the 335.
man reclaimed 90.

Gibbon's memoirs of pious women
Dissipated club 97.

121.
Dodd Dr. 259.

Gilpin Bernard 266.
Doddridge Dr 182, 253.

Glanvil, Sergeant 142.
Doubis removed 98.

Gluttony 148.
Dress 109, 216.

Goldsmith Dr. 173.
Du Moulin Lewis, acknowledg- Gouge T. 221, 237, 270.
ment of 287.

Gratitude 153.
Dwight Dr. discourses on infidel- Gray, Lady Jane 112.
ity 84.

Gregory the Great 181.
E

Grierson Constantia, learning of
Education 100.

113.
Edwards Mr. G. 259.

Grief 88.
Edward III, 123, queen of 117. Gustavus Adolphus, king of Swe-
Edward VI, anecdote of 51.

den 254.
Egerton, Chancellor 197.

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