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BAZAAR AT NEXT ASSOCIATION. tables, fruit, &c.; these, in addition to our

various proper duties with our own large To the Editor of the Missionary Observer.

family, press, &c., keep us pretty busy. DEAR SIR,–We beg through the A letter just before me reminds me that medium of the Repository, to in- perhaps a little account of our schoolform the friends of the mission, that ly, may not be uninteresting. Last July I

chapel, and the subscriptions for it especialwe intend opening a Bazaar at the published a brief account of the first seren ensuing association, in aid of that

years of our orphan asylum in the Calcutta institution. Articles both of a useful

Christian Observer, and in a postscript gave and ornamental description,

a hint that assistance towards building a will

chapel for the use of the Institution, would therefore be gratefully received, by be acceptable. Our first contribution was the Rev. S. Wigg, New Walk, and from Mr. Alexander, our generous Calcutta Miss Fowkes, Pocklington's Walk, friend, 100 rupees; Col. Eckford, who was Leicester.

baptized at Cuttack, fifty rupees; J. W. Skipworth-now a pious magistrate, but when I was at Balasore a wild young

man who, with three others, used to turn LETTER FROM REV. A. SUTTON. their hounds loose to hunt close at our

Cuttack, July 8th, 1844. door nearly every Sabbath. Three out of the MY DEAR BROTHER GOADBY, *

four, I have heard, have become changed I sit at my desk from early morn till dewy

men,-100 rupees; Anonymous 100 rupees; eve, and only on rare occasions go out of Capt. H. Lyall (perfect stranger), 50 rupees; the sight of home. I sometimes sigh for a

George Thompson, Esq., sent to me from

Delhi with a little commission. I saw Mr. little of the old campaigning work, though on the whole I am well satisfied that I am

Thompson in the United States of America, in my proper place.

twenty rupees ; James Alexander, twenty

Mr. Robert Trotter, says he Yesterday, was however a pleasant day, and ished somewhat of an excepti

saw that Mr. Skipworth had given and

therefore he sends 100 rupees; Captains to my last remark. We had just finished a new hymn book in the Oriya language, con

Martyn, Townshend, and Mac Cleghan,

from the banks of the Indus, 50 rupees. taining 310 hymns and an appendix for children. It was the ordinance Sabbath, and

A reply to my note thanking these gentlethe chapel was crowded with our town and

men brought another which led me to copy

these subscriptions; the note being short I country members; but when the latter saw

copy it. Enclosed was a draft for fifty rupees. the new hymn books in the hands of the more fortunate town brethren and sisters, receiving a very nice letter from you en.

“My dear Sir,—I had the pleasure of their eyes danced, and they seemed to

closing one to Col. Eckford, which I forwonder where the new hymns and sweet melodies came from, for they really sung

warded to Sheh jehan.poor. The Lord has very well yesterday.

been very bountiful to me, and I would There have been

humbly present the enclosed for his service, many eager applicants this morning and within the past few days. One of the

and place it at your disposal. Let us return

thanks for his goodness. country christians has left his mark on the

I am, dear Sir, corner of my letter, but whether I shall ever be able to finish it,

&c., &c." a question, for they

I apprehend the gentleman and his keep coming in all day, and a Hindoo has

brother officers, who united in sending the no notion that time is of any value. Το

first contributions have passed through the please them right well, a missionary should have nothing to do, and a very large

dreadful Affgban campaign. Col. Eckford

was shut up with the illustrious garrison at stock of patience, and let them sit and

Jellahabad, there also was Dr. Marshman's chat, just as long as they please, -two or three hours at least. This, however, does

youngest daughter's husband, the gallant

captain Havelock, a pious man. Col. E. not exactly square with my pursuits. Ours is a regular house of call; this morning

was very busy in his attempts to do good. some have been for physic; some for money;

Mrs. E. in a note lately received speaks of

his collecting a large company of officers some for books; some waiting still; two

and men, and reading my sermons to them, deputations have been to ask for wives for

(forgive this personality*) and goes on to a couple of country swains; some to sell their country produce, usually oil, vege- * I had to make the same apology in my last.

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say, “I doubt not at the last great day of Oreah tracts. I believe these are all we when we shall see clearly all the way the have in hand at present. Lord has led us, we shall then bless him for

A. SUTTON. sending my dear husband to Jellahabad.” He then was in daily attendance upon the sick soldiers in the various hospitals, and I LETTER FROM MISS DERRY TO rejoice to say many heard him gladly. One

HER SISTER. man, who died, wrote to his wife in the provinces to tell her, if she was ever near the

Berhampore, May 8th, 1844. 6th regiment, to go to it and tell the good MY DEAR ANN.-The great motive for colonel “what joy and peace he had been exertion should be the love of Christ. If the means of imparting to him."

this is indeed our motive, it will bear us man died soon after leaving Jellahabad. up under disappointments, and support us

You will forgive my quoting these letters, when we walk in darkness. Since I last notwithstanding personal allusions, as they wrote you, my experience has been marked seem to show something of the liberal spirit by peculiar trials and peculiar mercies. It of christianity in India; for all these dona. is not possible for those who are brought up tions were voluntary, and most of them in a christian land, and favored with a refrom perfect strangers; while the quotation ligious education, to conceive of the depravity referring to Col. Eckford will, without I and degradation of man in an heathen state. hope trespassing too far upon private com- The noble faculties of the soul appear to lie munications, show how widely christian in. dormant, and you see him bent only upon the fluence may be spread, and that even amidst gratification of his animal propensities, and the most appalling wickedness (for such yet capable of wearing such a fair outside, surely was the Affghan war) there may be that, without close intercourse with them, an under current of good.

you would not imagine them 80 wicked as I have run so far away from my subject they are. Of course I am now speaking of that I have hardly room to say that we such as have a motive for this deception; have built our school cbapel on the mission where there is no object to be gained, they premises, and have built a wall all round. are not concerned to hide from you their Our chapel bas no pews, but a series of broad real character. steps rising up from the centre on three sides, Mrs. Grant's giving up the school at the each step nearly a yard broad, on which a mat time she did, and my dear friends, the Wilis spread, and thus our children and adults kinsons, not wishing to interfere at all with too, in fact, sit orientally, alias, tailor fashion. my plans, only to aid me with their kind

We are glad to hear the Academy goes on and useful advice, rendered it easy for me well. In our discussions at our round table to have the requisite alterations made in as tu who was to be tutor, fearing brother the school premises, for the carrying out of John Stevenson's strength would not hold a plan which had long appeared to me highly out, we had settled that brother Wallis was important; but one which I feared to atthe man.

I hope, however, you will infuse tempt, while so many difficulties lay in the the missionary spirit into the academy. Our way. To conduct a school of native children American friends think differently on this without native aid, is, I believe, an experiment point, from what we do. I was again and that has not been tried before by any in the again invited to address large bodies of missionary field; and it was certainly one students; to persuade them to become mis. which I entered upon with much fear and sionaries, and in one academy, received the trembli ; but I felt that I would rather names of twenty-three, most of whom are sacrifice health, or even life, than leave any now in the field. I do not mean to say all means within my reach untried, that might these became so through my persuasion, but tend to root out vice, and implant virtue. gave me their names to hand in to the board. Experience daily confirms my conviction,

Evening. Have just had worship with that, to benefit the Hindoos, we must embody our assembled schools in the chapel, and our precepts in our actions. But, to do this in now finish my letter. I see, among others, a climate so uncongenial to European constituwaiting for correction, a proof of Ezekiel, tions, amongst a people so demoralized, and which reminds me that thus far we have so incapable of appreciating your efforts to proceeded with the Old Testament. My promote their present and eternal welfare, proof is from the thirteenth to the sixteenth and who often, if you reprove them in the chapter, inclusive. Also a proof of an most affectionate manner, only reward you Oreah vocabulary for government schools, with ingratitude, requires more, much more and a proof of the Oreah introductory les- self.renunciation, than do the first steps in sons in progress, nearly completed however. the missionary career. Still, whilst we feel We are also carrying through the press a weak in ourselves, if we can but feel strong translation of Barth's Church History, by in the Lord, and in the power of his might, brother Lacey; and finally, a third volume we can count all our trials light afflictions,

and rejoice that we are counted wortby to neat check; over their shoulders is thrown suffer for Him, and to bear witness to the a piece of coarse white country-made calico; riches of his grace. The Hindoos are not the little girls wear pinafores, but no yet a people hungering and thirsting after cloth. This dress is really neat, and knowledge; even when we hope they are strongly opposed as the natives are to any turned from darkness to light, and from the alterations in their customs, I find the napower of satan unto God, there is yet ap- tive christians are adopting this dress for parent in them such a degree of apathy as is their children. I always express my dislike very painful to the minds of all who long to to seeing their children naked, because I am see them “ shine as lights in the world.” sure it has a very demoralizing effect; I usuLet me now, however, turn from this gloomy ally spend two hours with them giving in. subject, and record some of the special mercies struction. At ten they come to the mission my Heavenly Father has graciously bestowed house, and continue till twelve at their knitupon me; not the least of which is an almost ting. The ladies' society have just sent out uninterrupted state of health, energy, and ten sets of beautiful knitting pins, just suffispirits; so that, notwithstanding the domes- cient for the first class; I have given the tic cares of a family of twenty children, to old pins to the little girls, all of whom are instruct, provide for, and train to habits of beginning to knit. The little creatures are industry, I get through my different duties troublesome enough at present, but in the with some degree of comfort, and fancy it course of another week they will be less so, may afford you some degree of satisfaction and not require so much of my attention. to know how I spend my time. Well, now If the hot weather does not waste my you may, if you please, fancy you see me strength too much, I mean to spend somo sitting in a large airy room at a desk; to the time in teaching the native christian boys. right of me is a long form, on which stand A rich native has asked me to teach his boy the elder girls' work.boxes, made of bamboo; also; I told him if I did, I should certainly on the left is another long form, and a tam- try to instruct him in the christian religion, bour frame, kindly given me by a friend, for and he was quite willing I should. If he the use of the school; there is also a respect. comes I mean to charge his father for his able looking clock. This is the room in which instruction, and tell him to what purpose I I teach not only the girls, but as many of intend to apply it. On Mondays I spend an the adult females as wish to be taught sew. hour with those who profess to be enquiring the ing, &c. The school premises have a neat way to heaven, and on Wednesdays another appearance, but I wish they joined the mis. with the female members of the church. sion house, my work would then be less la- The elder girls have been taught to cut out borious.

and make up the dresses worn by the natives. I have recently had a covered way made One clever girl I am teaching to make to them to shelter me from the burning rays European dresses. We have family worof the sun.

I find early rising essential to ship at half-past eight, after which I leave my health, and during the hot season I usu- my charge and continue till eleven with my ally rise at half-past four. I go out early much loved friends the Wilkinsons, often each morning. It is not quite light when I discussing plans of usefulness for the benefit commence my morning journey, so that I of the poor Oreabs; Mr, Frye is usually have a little time for quiet reflection. On with us on these occasions; he is a sharor reaching home, day has begun to dawn, when both in our sorrows and our joys. He is I read some good book, which prepares the now translating two useful books for children, mind for closet duties. I usually reach home one called “ Peep of day," the other, “ Sin by half past five, at six I ring the bell to let upon sin.” These books you should have in the girls know it is time for them to com. your day school at Barton. You will promence their morning's work. After this, pre. bably have heard that two of our children paration is made for breakfast; then, if time have lately been married. I was pleased to will admit, I go to Bogapore, and spend half hear the other day that one of them spends an hour in the day school. There are thirty an hour each day with one of the nominal boys in that school, five of whom read nicely. christian females, teaching her to read; this My own school is opened at seven, but I like she commenced doing of her own accord. to go ten minutes before time, to see if each Two of the school girls have lately been girl has done her appointed work. The first baptized, and there are four more who are class have obtained wooden boxes, in which desirous of being united to the church. Ono to put their clothes, as a reward for industry. of them told me that for a long time, All the girls have brass vessels out of which wbilst hearing the gospel preached, she had they eat their rice. These are thoroughly strong desires to yield her heart to God, but cleansed every morning, the compound and during the week the Sabbath impressions all the rooms are well swept, and their per. wore away, till within the last few months; sons made neat and clean for school. All the but now, she said, I have an abiding sense girls past ten years old wear skirts, made of of the evil of sin, a hatred to it, and I feel the Lord Jesus Christ more precious to me longer say to the churches at home, 'ye than every other object. I have hope that are straightened in us.' The fields, the through his blood my sins are forgiven. villages, the junks, the shops, the crowded She referred to one of Mr. Wilkinson's ser. streets, the numerous temples, are all open mons, as having aided her in deciding for

to us.

Hundreds of thousands are acces. the Lord. The other girls do not appear to

sible. We can with difficulty escape them. have felt the cleansing efficacy of the blood If we have no leisure to visit them, they of Christ applied to their souls, but still feel come to us. Many a time have I returned sin to be a burden. Besides these girls wearied and exhausted, but their voices have there are three adults, two females, and one rung in my ears, and I have found little or male, all I believe approved candidates ; no relief. And yet I fear the hearts of our there are also several interesting youths churches are not prepared to send the who attend the means, and who are anxious men and money which are needful to supply to learn to read, in whose eternal welfare we these millions with the bread of life.” feel much interest. The interesting female British christians, read these facts, and I named in my letter to dear Mary, is not study these remarks ! The way is open. with me, she wept much when she took her The people are evidently anxious to hear leave. I have heard pleasing accounts from what you have to communicate. The bread her several times; so that I hope a real of life is prepared in the translation of the work of grace is begun in her heart. Mary, word of God, and religious tracts are ready the interesting brahminee, is returned a for circulation. The harvest is great, the widow, with a sweet little boy. I am much laborers are few. Send, then, the mossengers pleased with her; she is become very indus. of evangelical truth to explain the way of trious, and appears affectionate and mild. salvation, and souls will be saved from she came into my room, and seeing death. China must be regenerated, and her me busy writing, she said, “Give my love to millions be brought to Jesus ! all your beloved friends."

I remain, yours truly, And now, dear Ann, my paper is full. Sep. 16th, 1844.

PHILANTHROPOS. The natives all send their love to you, and wish you would come and live with me. With more love than I can express to all

CEYLON. my relations and beloved friends, I remain,

Your ever affectionate sister,


Our beloved brother Daniel has closed his life of toil, and entered into his heavenly

rest. His illness was short—his sufferings CHINA.

were not severe—his death was peaceful INTERESTING FACTS.

and happy-and, I need not say, his reward

is great. He was taken unwell on Sunday To the Editor of the Missionary Observer.

evening, the 26th of May, while preaching in MY DEAR SIR.—The two following items the Pettah chapel. Sir Anthony Oliphant, were published by the “ American Messen. with his accustomed kindness, had him re. ger," a journal printed by the American moved to his own house, where he and lady Tract Society. The latter of the two, though Oliphant continued unremittingly to supply brief, is powerful in weight of fact and argu- his wants till death removed him from their ment. The friends of the mission will rejoice

It was not until the Thursday preto see the change produced in the chinese ceding his decease that his symptoms were mind, since peace has been proclaimed, and considered dangerous, and even on Saturday the ports have been opened to European it was confidently hoped that his life would intercourse.

yet be spared. The affection of his stomach " An example for christians.

and bowels, however, superinduced dysen. “ A chinese, who a year ago was a wor.

tery, and on Sunday morning at ten o'clock shiper of idols, and had never heard of the

his spirit joined “the spirits of the just made

perfect." Mr. Daniel arrived in the island gospel, has been present at the last seven monthly concerts for prayer, and has given

in August, 1830, and his labors there have one dollar each month. He gains his sub.

been unremitting and successful. The com.

mittee are affected with the most lively sistence by working for twenty-cents a day.” May the zeal of converted pagans

gratitude at the information communicated

to them of the kind and assiduous attentions call forth more extensively the benevolence

paid to their late lamented missionary by the of British christians.

hon. sir Anthony Oliphant, chief justice of The changes in China.

Ceylon, and lady Oliphant; and under a deep The Rev. Dr. Abeel says :-" The China sense of obligation for their christian symI knew a few years ago is not the China in pathy, offer to them their sincere and respect. which I am now residing

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In our last Chronicle some suggestions were thrown out on the subject of “ Efficient Support” to our missionary institutions. They must have commended themselves to all our readers. If they were generally adopted, great good would result to them all. We beg to call the attention of our friends to the following letter, which is so important, so kind, and so much in accordance with the design of our last paper, that we print it here, that it may secure the notice it deserves. It is not pretended that the course taken by our esteemed friend, and the church of which he is pastor, originated in our remarks; but it is a most pleasing coincidence : and while tendering to him our warmest thanks, we earnestly beseech other churches, of similar ability, to go and do likewise. The letter is as follows:

Rochdale, September 11, 1844. “My dear Brother, “ Last evening I submitted to the church bere a proposition to the following effect :—that we open a correspondence with some half-dozen of the adjacent churches, with the design of engaging them to concur with us in sustaining a ministerial agent in Ireland, in connexion with your Society. The proposal, I am happy to say, was cordially approved and adopted. But before it was carried into effect, it was deemed desirable I should communicate with you, to ascertain some few particulars on the following points. First, what is the salary you allow a ministerial agent? Second, do you know any active, good brother, whom we could take under our special patronage? Third, have you any important station presenting itself to attention, and for which provision is not yet made? Fourth, supposing two such 'agents, and two such stations could be adopted, could you furnish them?

“ I have inquired for an important station, that is, a large town, rather than a rural district. Our attention would be fixed on the former, rather than on the latter. This is the principle on which we are acting in connexion with our County Home Mission, and find it most advantageous; we would therefore adopt it in any other sphere of Christian operation. If "the high places” can be subdued, the less potent and defensible will soon submit. Let me hear from you immediately, and believe me, my dear brother,

“ Yours very affectionately,

“ W. F. BURCHELL." The information desired was sent off at once, and we hope ere long to communicate the results, which we cannot but hope will be most gratifying. It is encouraging to see these tokens of a growing interest in the operations of the Irish Mission,

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