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the Mysore Rajah, but the Teloogoo and Tamul are also extensively known in the surrounding country. The study of these in the Institution, whilst rendered necessary to supply the local wants, will, we hope, be the means of raising up many labourers to occupy very large districts adjoining the country of Mysore. The Portuguese language, which is spoken by numbers, will not at present be made a separate branch of study in the College, though pious young men who speak that language will be eligible, as students, to enjoy the benefits of the Institution.
The four Elementary Schools have been suggested to our minds as likely to insure a regular increase of pious, devoted young men as ministerial students. The school which was commenced in 1821 has been the means of imparting much useful and religious knowledge to many who have left the school and entered the service of gentlemen. Six, who are now students, received their religious impressions whilst they attended the school. One of the students died in July 1824, who commenced learning to read his own language in the school; he gave, during his last illness, a pleasing evidence of the power of divine truth over his mind. Some of the boys in the schools are promising as religious characters; nearly all of them make conscience of secret prayer. As the schools have been commenced avowedly for religious purposes, there will be no ground for complaint that we have made any departure from our original plan, and the alarms have already ceased to operate on the minds of the parents
who have sent their children. Many of the boys have now surpassed the difficulty of applying their thoughts to the proper pursuits of the schools.
The more we have considered the scheme projected, the more it appears to us, not only practicable, but likely under the blessing of God to insure the spiritual welfare of the people, and the extensive spread of divine and useful knowledge. The commencement of all great undertakings is attended with many and trying difficulties; and doubtless the projectors of the Mysore Mission College will have their share. But whilst we may be called to cope with them, we have the everlasting promises as an argument for perseverance, the power and grace of our Lord to support us, and that they will support us under every trial, and during the faithful discharge of our sacred engagements, we are encouraged to hope by what we have experienced of the divine faithfulness and goodness, and what our eyes have seen. Here do we leave our record.
SERVICE OF ORDINATION,
WHEN ISAAC DAVID WAS SET APART TO THE WORK
OF AN EVANGELIST;
THE INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS;
THE ANSWERS OF ISAAC TO THE QUESTIONS PROPOSED;
AND THE CHARGE:
AT THE MYSORE MISSION CHAPEL, BANGALORE,
ON THE 14TH OF MAY, 1826.
“ The setting apart of Isaac David took place in the Mission Chapel at Bangalore, on Sabbath morning, 14th of May 1826, when the service was begun by Mr. Massie; hymns from the Missionary Selection were sung—the first eleven verses of the 40th of Isaiah, and the 10th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans were read, and prayer offered. An introductory discourse was delivered explanatory of the Office and Ordinance, from Rom. X. 15. The questions were asked by Mr. Massie, and answers in Tamil, (which afterward were explained to the congregation in English,) were satisfactorily given by Isaac David. The Ordination prayer was offered up by S. W. Flavel, Native Minister, and the imposition of hands was joined in by Mr. Laidler and Mr. Massie. The charge was delivered by Mr. Laidler, founded on 1st Tim. iv. 16, first in English, and then, for the more clear explanation to the Congregation and to Isaac, by Samuel Flavel in Tamil. The service was closed by the administration of the Lord's Supper to the churches, English and Native, who all surrounded the same table. The service was preceded by fasting and prayer among those who were engaged.”—Extract from the Minutes of the Mission.