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BY JAMES EDMESTON.
My pensive spirit oft would go
And caused the Saviour's tears to flow; In the still silence of the night
Imagination there would fly, And with a solemn, sweet delight
Feel in my Saviour's company.
As if all conscious that arose
There the Redeemer's ardent prayer. What sacredness pervades the ground !
Methinks the light breeze scarcely stirs; Awe seems to rest on all around,
As if all things were worshipers. Tis good in thought to watch awhile
In such a solemn, sacred scene; Thus the rapt spirit to beguile,
Though seas and ages roll between; Tis good to journey with my Lord,
To Tabor, Bethlehem, Calvary, Till memory may almost record,
Saviour, I too have been with Thee.
Darkness, and Silence, and Repose,
Hold undivided kingdom there;
ON THE LATE MISS ANN HILL, OF NOTTINGHAM.
BY A FRIEND.
Dear shade, and hast thou left this changing scene,
O! I remember well one eventide,
A lowly flower just reared its modest head,
Ah! thought thy friend, in that sweet flower I see,
Thou, like that flower, hast passed thy transient day,
But thy Redeemer viewed thee with delight,
No longer now, thy gentle voice we hear,
There thou shalt gaze, and gazing evermore,
Berhampore, 1840. I LAST wrote you from Cuttack. You have doubtless beard that I now am living at Berhampore, another of our missionary stations in Orissa. I am still engaged in visiting poor, degraded, heathen females, and teaching school, In a former letter, I think I mentioned, that fourteen girls belonging Ber. hampore were, for a time, placed under my care at Cottark. They were intended as sacrifices by the Khunds; they came with me to Berhampore; and, also, I have since received eleven new girls into the school, most of them came to us on account of the famine, some of them had nearly lost their lives, living on a few handsful of rice, or a little bran which they begged as they wandered from place to place; several are orphans, and all are fatherlese. Besides learning to read and write, and committing portions of Scripture, hymns, &c., to memory, they are taught to cook, spin, sew, and other things, which may make them industrious in future life. Perhaps my little friends will be surprised to hear that in India we have no pump; that water is always obtained from ponds, or from wells; sometimes, as in the present dry season, the natives have to bring it from a distance; the round earthen pots they let down by means of a piece of rope, probably resemble the pitchers spoken of in the Old Testament, such as Rachael used. In this neighbourhood women carry them on the head. I must now tell you how the children are getting on as it respects their souls, as that is much more important than any thing I can speak of. Three girls are members of the churcb; several others profess to be inquiring the way Zion; one of these is especially hopeful, I believe she loves the Saviour and prays constantly in secret; she is quite a pattern to the rest; she is nearly twelve years old, ber name is Bame. The new girls know nothing of Jesus, heaven, or bell. When they enter the school, they have much to unlearn as well as learn. I will now try to give you an idea of the scenes of the past week; but I must first tell you that the dreadful disease called cholera, has been desolating ibis province. Tu some families, three, four, and sometimes six or seven persons have been removed in a few days. Up to the first Sabbath of this month, all our charge had been preserved in good health. On that day, we had the ordinance, and felt it to be a solemn time. In the afternoon, Mr. Stubbing addressed the native christians, and children, on the love of Christ, the uncertainty of life, and the necessity of being prepared for sudden death. Several of the girls who had hitherto appeared careless, listened with attention; and one or two wept much. After the meeting was over, I told the children, that if any wished to stay and talk about the state of their minds, I should be happy to converse with them. Four girls stayed, and all expressed a desire to forsake sin and give their hearts to Jesus without delay. I felt that though we were all well, we might never all meet together at public worship again; and so it proved: the next morning, about nine o'clock, a little girl who had been rescued from the Khunds was taken with cholera, we gave her medicine, but it was in vain, as she contrived to keep the pills in her mouth; and as soon as Mr. S. had left
her threw them away. As soon as we found it out we gave her more, but it was too late. She died about six hours after she was attacked, and was buried the same evening. Had she taken the first medicine, she might have recovered, as some have done. Learn from this, my dear children, to take the medicine which God has kindly given as a remedy for the diseases we are * liable 10. This little girl, though not more than seven years old, was old enough to know and do the will of God; she was a good girl, but did not give those decided proofs that she loved Jesus that I could have wished. In her last illness she was too ill to attend to any thing that was said. The next morning, a girl about nine years old, named Sala, was taken with the some disease; she swallowed her medicine, but could not keep it on her stomach ; she became worse, and died in a few hours. This child, I am sorry to say, had been less attentive to religious instruction than many of ber companions. Soon after she was attacked, I said to her, Sala, If you should die, were do you think your soul would go to ? She replied, To hell. I told her of the love of Jesus, bis willingness to save sinners, and begged her to pray for pardon. She repeated a little prayer, the purport of which was, that God would forgive her for Christs' sake. But, alas ! her body was suffering; she could do but little more than turn from side to side. Sometime afterwards I asked her how her mind was; her reply was, Unhappy. The other children seemed much impressed. I hope the solemn scenes they witnessed, will be blessed to their souls. The same week, on Friday morning, or late on the previous night, a dear little girl, named Julia, and about eight years old, was seized; she had been with us some time, and we loved her much; but in the evening of the same day, she was snatched away by death; and is gone to give an account of herself to the Judge of all ihe earth. I could hope that she had thought more seriously than usual of death and eternity, during the week; for she knew that Jesus alone can save sinners. She did not seem to fear death. A lille before she died, she said to her schoolfellows, who were weeping around her, Do not weep for me, I am going to the Lord. The four girls who stayed to converse about religion on ihe previous Sabbath night, escaped the dreadful disease. Three or four of our native christians and children bad an attack, but recovered. A native female who lives with the children, was very ill, and at one time we despaired of her recovery; but she is now, through mercy, nearly well. She was very happy and resigned during her illness--said she had no fear of death ; that the Saviour was her only hope. She was, a few years ago, a wicked woman; but is now a consistent christian. We feel thankful her life is spared, as I know not how her place could at present have been supplied.
I trust my young friends at Barlestone, Barton, &c., are not weary in subscribing to save the poor perishing orphans, and destitute children of Orissa. Though some are taken, others come to us. Since I commenced this letter, a little girl has come alone, and begged we would take her in the school. She said her father was dead, and her mother had gone and left her. She appears to be about six years old. I shall call her Lucy, as her heathen name is not a good one. At present we have not heard of any friends at home who subscribe to Berhampore school.
My dear young friends, in conclusion I would ask, Are you prepared for death? you may, like the children I have mentioned, be cut off in the morn. ing of your days; or as the early bud, you may be nipped by the chill hand of death in the form of cold, or consumption. Permit one, who still
loves you and prays for you, to intreal you to flee without delay to the outstretched arms of Jesus: now he offers you mercy; now you may repent and believe on bim: but on a death-bed it will probably be too late. Oh! that I could persuade you to choose religion without delay; till yon do, you cannot be bappy.
From your affectionate Teacher,
E. STUBBINS. BAZAR AT ASSOCIATION.
To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository. Dear SIR,-Having been informed, that owing to an observation on the cover of the last Repository, we are likely to be some bams minus, the Ladies' Committee have reqnested me to slate, that whatever others may think, they shall be much obliged to any of their friends who will send them such useful articles, as hams, &c. The Committee being quite persuaded, that they will meet with a ready sale, without either injuring, or interfering with the order of the Bazar.
In behalf of the Committee,
M. A. P. P.S. The Committee will feel obliged, by all friends sending their artieles at least a fortnight beforehand; direct to Messrs. Wilkins and Son, Queen Street, Derby.
MISSION TO THE JEWS. has been a blessing to us, so would a Jew. To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository. ish mission; and no one will admit, that all
the energies, of all the Churches, have been Dear Sir, I have for some time been brought out in that cause. May we say anrious to direct your attention, or some of that all the energies of any Church has been your valuable correspondents, to the subject brought to bear on that point? We have, I of a mission to the Jews. It appears strange understand, one of the sons of Abraham a that among the various points of missionary member of the Church at Louth. He way, exertion by protestant dissenters, the an. or may not, be a suitable person for the cient, ebosen people, have been passed over. work ; yet if the attention of the connexion We are, I feel, among the least of the tribes was directed to the subject, suitable persons of the spiritual Israel, and are but a small would offer; and though on a small scale, people; but I humbly conceive that nothing a mission to the Jews would meet with tends to increase and strengthen more than support from many a praying mind amongst holy exertion in the Mission field. I am us. I should be happy to name an amount well aware that it may be said, that all our to commence with, and an annual subscripenergies are required for India. I believe tion; and so, I believe would many others. it; and on the same ground, all our energies The more we do for the cause of Christ, on are needed for England; yet few will deny right motives, the more we are enabled to do. that the mission to India has been a great This is a period for increased exertion, as blessing to us as a connexion. It has awaken. regards the increase of the heavenly kinged our sympathies, drawn out our best dom; and at this time of the year the diffeelings, brought as nearer to God, and, ferent religious communities review their therefore, increased our spirituality and past exertions, and plan future operations. usefulness. And so would a mission to the Let our minds go into this very interesting Jews. Let us remember that God gives the subject, and speedily act, in humble assuenergy and the means; our part is only to rance of the Divine blessing. go forward in the path of duty, the bless
Yours cordially, ing must follow. If the mission to India
GENERAL MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE. RECEPTION OF MR. KNIBB AND his 7th, the coast of the eastern side of our COMPANIONS AT FALMOUTA.--Very early island became distinctly visible to our friends on the morning of Thursday, January the on board the Reserve, who had, for the last
five or six days, been anxiously waiting the WE FOUND thou wast not slow to hear, approach to the scene of their future labours.
Nor impotent to save." The beautiful foliage of the rising grounds, The singing of this hymo occupied the and of the richly wooded estates adjacent time required for the boat to reach the to the ocean, presented a most lovely and shore ; there a most interesting sight preinteresting appearance, as seen beneath the sented itself. Hundreds of the black and silent grandeur of a tropical sky, from which coloured population were standing, their the moon and stars shone in their brightest faces beaming with the most lively joy and lustre, and shortly afterwards, as these fad. gratitude, or streaming with tears, their ed away, through the brief twilight which hands clasped to heaven, in rejoicing praise preceded the beams of the rising sun. to the Father of mercies, or eagerly stretch
Many a silent prayer was offered that ed ont to welcome him, their beloved friend that island of the western seas, which had and minister, who had so long been absent already been so highly favoured by the God from them, and for whose safe and happy of providence and grace, might, while re. returu they had for so many months fer. ceiving an accession to the number of its vently prayed. teachers, be yet more richly endowed with Although, before the boat neared the the blessing of heavenly light and truth, shore, the most tumultuous feelings of joy so that from every mountain top, shore, had been manifested, all was now subdued and valley, the varied shades of error and and silent. As soon as the voices of the superstition might depart before the speedy missionaries, in their hymn of praise, had rising of the Sun of Righteousness, and this ceased, their African brethren and sisters island, filled with the sound of His praise immediately struck up in delightsul and and glory, be for salvation unto the ends of heart-thrilling response, a few verses of af. the earth.
fectionate welcome, written for the occasion. As the misssonaries passed, at five and The voices of young children (of whom six o'clock in the morning, Port Maria and there were very many) were particularly St. Ann's Bay, two guys were fired at each discernible aud interesting. As the whole place, the signal previously agreed on to company then walked up to the house of a acquaint the Rev. Messrs. Day and Abbott, friend on the shore, expressions of heart. the ministers of those stations, of the arri. felt pleasure became numerous and audible, val of their friends. The latter gentleman, many exclaiming in the simple, joyous in company with the Rev. J. E. Henderson, manner of the country, “ Neber see sich a soon joined Mr. Knibb on board the Reserve sight before." “ Neber hear of sich a ting and letters were brought containing the before.” The worthy captain they would welcome and long-looked for intelligence not allow to depart, but held him fast, ex. that all the mission band on the island were claiming, “ Hi! neber hear of such a ting! living, and in the enjoyment of tolerable bring dem all out safe, and den go away, health. Thus, through the tender mercy and leave dem!” and kindness of their heavenly Father, po After an interval of a lew minutes, the cloud of distress was allowed to shade with concourse of Christiav friends assembled in its gloom the minds of those who now pre. the chapel, when a most interesting meet. pared to quit the vessel, in which, with ing for thanksgiving and prayer was held, watchful care, they had been preserved in which the deacons of the church, several amidst the perils of the deep.
of the missionary brethren previously on At four o'clock in the afternoon the whole the island, and those now arrived, took part. missionary party (sixteen in number) with All appeared rejoiced at once to give uttertheir esteemed friend, the captaio, entered ance to those feelings which could only be the long boat, while crowds of the natives, suitably expressed in adoring worship before in eager expectation, lined the shores of the Him whom they delighted to acknowledge as beautiful harbour of Rio Bueno. Two guns, the Author and Giver of all good. At the fired from the vessel before the boat quitted close of this service, the new missionaries it, were answered at once by a shout of rap. were dispersed to the houses of several es. turous exultation from those on land. teemed friends residing in the country. The Rev. William Kuibb then gave out Many accompanied Mr. Knibb to Mount the hymo
Carfax, an interesting spot, on which a “How are thy servants blest O Lord,"
township is being formed, and where Mrs.
Knibb and his beloved family were waiting altering slightly the second verse, in re- to receive him, and to give the most affec. membrance of the circumstances attending tionate welcome to those whom they met the early part of the voyage.
for the first time. “When by the dreadful tempest driven
During the whole of the next day crowds High on the broken wave,
continued to pour in from various distances