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THE SOMNAUTH GATES AT AGRA. My dear Sir,—The India mail of April 1st, by extraordinary express, was published in London May 8th, and in the summary of its contents I observe a reference to the gates of Somnauth, which I doubt not will interest your numerous readers. The extract is as follows :-" The governor-general was at Agra, where he has taken up his residence in one of the palaces, and in which he held an investiture of the order of the Bath. He has ordered the celebrated Somnauth gates to be locked up there, and the officers employed in escorting them have been sent back to regimental duty !"
Had lord Ellenborough seen the discussions in parliament before he took the gates from the shoulders of his soldiers, or rather, “the weary beasts” that dragged them? Was the power of public opinion too strong for this modern Sampson, and made him “lock up his gates at Agra ? The fact is certainly very striking, and cannot be lightly passed over by the friends of missions. The discussion on the motion of Vernon Smith, Esq., M. P., was on Feb. 9th, which would give time probably for it to reach Agra by April 1st. The account of the temple of Somnauth, and the destruction of its idol, is thus described in Mr. Peggs's Letter to Sir Robert Peel, Bart., p. 19 :
“One of the greatest Turkish Princes,” says Gibbon, “was Mahmoud, the Guznebide. The principal source of his fame and riches, was the holy war which he made against the Gentoos of Hindostan. To the religion of Hindostan he was cruel-inexorable. Many hundred temples were levelled with the ground, many thousand idols were demolished, and the servants of the prophet were stimulated and rewarded by the precious materials of which they were composed. The Pagoda of Sumnal was situate on a promontory of Guzerat, in the neighbourhood of Diu, one of the last remaining possessions of the Portugese. It was endowed with the revenues of 2000 villages; 2000 brahmins were consecrated to the service of the deity, whom they washed each morning and evening in water from the distant Ganges; the subordinate ministers consisted of 900 musicians, 300 barbers, and 500 dancing girls, conspicuous for their birth or beuuty! The faith of Mahmoud was animated to a personal trial of the strength of this Indian deity. Fifty thousand of his worshipers were pierced by the spear of the Moslem, the walls were scaled, the sanctuary was profaned, and the conqueror aimed a blow of his own mace at the head of the idol. The trembling brahmuns are said to have offered £10,000,000 sterling for his ransom; it was urged by the wisest counsellors, that the destruction of a stone image would not change the hearts of the Gentoos, and that such a sum might be dedicated to the relief of the true believers. The sultan replied, “Your reasons are specious, strong ; but never, in the eyes of posterity, shall Mahmoud appear as a' merchant of idols!" He repeated his blows, and a treasure of pearls and rabies, concealed in the belly of the statue, explained in some degree the devout prodigality of the brahmins! The fragments of the idol were distributed to Guzna, Mecca, and Medina. Bagdad listened to the edifying tale, and Mahmoud was saluted by the Caliph with the title of guardian of the fortune and faith of Mahmoud. The name of Mahmoud, the Guznehide, is still venerated in the East."
The issue of this matter of lord Ellenborough and his gates, with his pompous proclamation, “From the Governor-general to all the Princes, and Chiefs, and people of India,” (every Mussulman in the country feeling it a national insult !) has ended in the shutting up of these gates very far from their intended destination. Truly as it is written, “He turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish. He confirmeth the word of his servants, and performeth the counsel of his messengers," or Vol. 5.-- N.S.
missionaries. The writer is reminded of the late Robert Hall passing the Socinian chapel at Brighton, with its imposing front. He inquired of his friend, What is this, Sir ? The Socinian chapel. To which Hall replied, “Just like the system, Sir! A pompous introduction to nothing!" Thus shall the Church of Christ prevail against the gates of Somnauth, the gates of Rome, the gates of Oxford, and the gates of hell." Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” “ His enemies shall be clothed with shame, but
himself shall his crown flourish." May 15th, 1843.
A FRIEND OF INDIA.
RETURN OF REV. I. STUBBINS. We were favoured by a friend with the perusal of a short note from Mr. Stubbins, dated in March, in which Mr. S. stated his expectation of setting sail in the beginning of April. Mr. and Mrs. Stubbins, and Mrs. Grant, are to form the party of returning missionaries. Mr. Stubbing was very reluctant to return, but the very decided opinion of the medical gentlemen, combined with the earnest entreaty of the missionaries, induced him, for the sake of preserving his life, and of invigorating his health, to relinquish for a time his chosen employment. He may be expected, therefore, to arrive in England about the end of July, or the beginning of August, that is, if four months be reckoned for his voyage. Let us hope that the visit of this devoted missionary to his native shores will result in the production of a more decided manifestation of a missionary spirit amongst our Churches.
THE MISSIONARY BAZAAR AT THE ASSOCIATION.
Tae Bazaar Committee begs leave to renew the request that all articles prepared or intended for the Mission Bazaar, may be sent to Mrs. Sterenson, Leicester road; or to Miss Owen, High-street; not later than the second week in this month. They also gratefully acknowledge the kindness, promptness, and generosity, with which some friends took the hint in the last notice, and they do it with a hope that what they have received will prove but an earnest of great things to come.
P. S. Admission will be quite free. Loughborough, May 22.
ÆNON CAAPEL, New CHURCH - STREET, fifth year of their labours; having vastly MARY LE-BONE.-On Lord's day April 30, exceeded their former efforts for the last three anniversary sermons were preached four years. In 1839, their collections on behalf of the Foreign Mission. In the amounted to £2 10s. 3d.; 1840 £9 14s. morning and evening, by our esteemed ild. ; in 1841 £12 68. ; in 1842 £18 6s. pastor J. Burns, and in the afternoon by 4d., making a total in the four years of £42 the Rev. J. G Pike.
178. 6d.; and in the present year, the large The sermons were faithful and edifying, sum of £57 7s. 104d. has been raised by and highly calculated to inspire the mind these youthful and persevering collectors, for with the great importance of missionary the spread of the Gospel in foreign climes. efforts. The attendance throughout the And truly gratifying and cheering is it to day was exceedingly good, and the collec. witness their readiness to re-commence for tious more than on any former occasion. the coming year, and we humbly hope some
With devout gratitude and pleasure, we are deeply impressed with the great work" record the great success attending the feeble, in which they are engaged. We doubt not efforts of our Sabbath school children on but our christian friends will earnestly de. behalf of the perishing heathen during the sire God's blessing to attend their present labours-that many may be inclined to ren. It is interesting to state, that from Swanton der them the helping hand; and above all, Novers, Mr. Peggs went to Northrepp's that their own souls may fully appreciate that Hall, near Cromer, to obtain an interview blessed Gospel, which ihey are instrumental with Sir T. F. Buxton, Bart., who kindly in sending to the benighted and idolatrous contributed ten guineas to the Mission to heathen.
China. "Smile Lord on each divine attempt,
CAATTERI8.-On Wednesday, the 12th To spread the Gospel ray's, And build on sin's demolish'd throne,
inst. our friends at this place held their The temples of thy praise." J. G. annual missionary services. An attack of
influenza prevented the revered secretary WAITTLESEA.— April 21st Mr. T. H. from attending and preaching to us as on Hudson preached in the afternoon from former occasions. We bad however an Phil. i. 21, “For me to live is Christ, and efficient substitute in brother Hudson, who to die is gain." The congregation was gave us a warm-hearted discourse from 3 good. In the evening the attendance was John 2nd verse, and deeply interested our very encouraging ; but we were rather short young friends at the missionary tea meetof help. Our tried friend, brother Halford, ing by telling them numerous West Indian was chairman, and made some appropriate tales. All the services were well attended, remarks. Mr. Rose, the minister of the and the missionary meeting in the Evening place, gave a good speech, and Mr. T. H. was full to overflowing. Mr. J. Leigh, Hudson warmly urged the claims of " India surgeon of St. Ives, took the chair; the and China." Much interest appeared to be meeting was addressed by Messrs. J Leigh, excited. May it increase and expand, un. J. Lyon, G. White, Fen Stanton, J. C. til all hearts are filled with compassion for Pike, Wisbeach, and T. H. Hadson. The the perishing millions! The collections, proceeds of the day, including a sovereign and subscriptions amounted to £5 10s. sent by Mr. Leigh, of Earith, and 18s. Ifd., 94d., being 10s. 9fd. more than last year. the contents of two missionary boxes, was The friends here have a neat chapel, upwards of £10.
J. L. and have lately built a Lord's day school, with an upper room opening into the chapel. 20th, Mr. Hudson preached from Galatians
Gepney Hill.-In the afternoon, April Brother Rose has been useful. They have
iii. 28. improved. May they prosper more abun- sions was advocated by brethren Maddeys,
In the evening the cause of mis. dantly in the Lord !
Pentney, Taylor, and Hudson. In the even"Assist us Lord, thy name to praise, For this rich Gospel of thy grace;
ing the chapel was crowded to excess. The And, that our hearts may love it inore,
people seemed deeply affected and highly Teach them to feel its vital power.
delighted with missionary services. The With joy may we our course pursue, Chinese Mission was approved, and much And keep the crown of lite in view; interest appeared to be excited on behalf of That crown which in one hour repays, the perishing millions of “the celestial emThe labour of ten thousand days.
pire." The friends in this place seemed to NORWICH.—Three sermons were preach. be lively and anxiously concerned for the ed in the General Baptist chapel, St. James, spread of the Gospel, both abroad and in this city, on Lord's day, April 9th, by at home. The collections, subscriptions, Messrs. Peggs, of Ilkeston, and Yates, of and boxes, amounted to £3 10s. 44d., being Fleet. Mr. Yates preached in the morning, rather more than last year. May they go from Isa lvii. 15, and in the evening from on and prosper ! James v. 20; after which Mr. Peggs gave some Barby, near Fakenham.-On Thursday, missionary information. Mr. P. preached in April Oth, our missionary friend, Peggs, the afternoon, from Rom. i. 11. The anni. paid us a visit this year, on his way to Norversary meeting this year was held in the wich, and preached to our friends in the Orford Hill chapel, kindly lent for the Wesleyan chapel, in our village, which is occasion. The chair was taken by T. larger than ours. The text on the occasion Bignold, Esq., and the audience, which was was Rev. xvi. 12, on the preparation of the numerous, was addressed by the Rev. way of the kings of the East. The attend. Messrs. Brock, Alexander, Peggs, Yates, ance was very good. Collections and sub. New, Puntis, and Scott. A resolution was scriptions £3 9s 8d. This is our first passed expressive of deep sympathy with the attempt. We have not had missionary missionaries in Tahiti, on account of the services at Castleacre, and the neighbourunconstitutional assumptions of the sove. hood, as the hands of the brethren are reignty of the island by the French, and fully engaged. We trust the cause of the consequent propagation of popery, with Christ is progressing in this part of the. its pumerous orrors. Collections £7 78 0fd. county of Norfolk.
BIRMINGHAM.On Lord's-day, March times in the right way, and at others 0019th, two sermons were preached by Mr. consciously going astray, like lost sheep, E. Stevenson, of Loughborough, in Lom. we reacbed the tent, which was pitched in bard-street meeting-house, for the benefit the vicinity of Bugupore, the city or town of the mission. The public meeting was of the king. At sunrise this morning we held on the following Tuesday evening, the left the tent, and walked to Bepalinga, a minister of the place presided, and the village about three or four miles from our claims of the heathen were advocated by encampment. All the village came together. Messrs. Hammond, Morgan, Raven, Pike, We took our stand, and Balaji commenced Stevenson and Swan. Collections and sub. by singing, and then spoke of the sufferings scriptions for the year upwards of forty- and death of Christ. Some appeared four pounds.
G. C. B. anxious to hear, while a few were determined GREAT DUNHAM.-We held a Home
not to hear themselves, nor allow others to Missionary Meeting at Great Dunham, on
Brother Wilkinson, in addressing February 6th, which, considering the in. them, showed them that they were sinners, clement weather, was well attended. Bro.
and the utter insufficiency of all their cere. ther Ratcliffe preached in the afternoon.
monies to remove their sins, and besought In the evening addresses were delivered by Saviour. For a time they heard better, but
them to believe in Jesus Christ, the true brethren Ratcliffe, Dennis, Wherry, Griffiths, (Particular Baptist,) and Townsend at length began to dispute with each other, and Baker, (Wesleyans ;) brother Brock in and we thought it best to distribute tracts, the chair. Collections £1. 2s. 82.
and leave the result of our visit to Him,
without whose blessing a Paul may plant, YARMOUTH.-On Tuesday, a missionary and an Apollos water, in vain. A goodly meeting was held in this town. The chair number followed us. We stayed while was taken by Mr. C. Barber. The meeting brother Wilkinson addressed them. was addressed by Messrs. Ratcliffe, Meffin, This alternoon, Pooroosootum and Seboo Scott, Yates, Peggs, Pike, town missionary, arrived from Berhampore, and at half past Hitcham, Goss, and Liboll, Collection three, p. m., we went to Conshure, a village £1 4s.
two miles from the place where we are
staying. Before we reached the place we LAST JOURNAL OF THE LATE had considerable difficulty in crossing a MR. GRANT.
river, but at length succeeded, and arrived (TRANSCRIBED BY MRS. GRANT.)
at the little village. Balaji, Pooroosootum,
brother Wilkinson, and Seboo, addressed Berhampore, March 16th, 1813.
them. Was struck with the manner in My dear Sir,-You hare, I believe, al. which Pooroosootum commenced his ad. ready been made acquainted with my afilic. dress, which was as follows:-“O brethren, tive bereavement. The loss of my beloved cease to chat, and hear what I have to say ! partner so unexpectedly must have over. Why? Because I may never visit you whelmed me with sorrow, bad not the Lord again.” Brother Wilkinson, in his address, been unto me a very present help in my showed them how difficult it was to procure season of severe trial. The sudden removal a true friend, mentioned some of the charac. of one just entering upon his work in this teristics of a true friend, and then pointed heathen land is to us truly mysterious; but to Jesus Christ as only bearing this mark, God cannot err, and, while bleeding under and invited them to him, saying, “Como the stroko, I would desire to say, “ Not my to Jesus, with your sins, troubles, and fears, will, but thine, be done.”
and he will remove them all; come to him, My object, in attempting to address you, and he will give you the water of life, which, is to furnish you with the journal which my if you drink, you shall live for ever," &c. beloved husband kept during his journeys Tracts were given away, and we returned. in the country. When confined to his bed, Bugupore, near where we are encamped, he appeared to reflect with much pleasure and the two villages visited to day, brother on these journeys, and more than once ex. Wilkinson tells me have never been visited pressed his hope that the tracts which had by our missionaries before. This fact ought been distributed, and the many opportunities certainly to excite those in the field to they bad been favoured with for preaching greater diligence, and it most assuredly the Gospel to the heathen, would not be cries aloud for more help from the land of lost upon them.
Bibles. Dec. 1842.-Left Ganjam last evening, 14th.--Went to Beempore this morning, in company with brother Wilkinson; and, a large village, beautifully situated upon after walking some distance by the side of the banks of a small lake, surrounded with a high hill, by the light of the moon, some. sugar cane; with some fine hills at a short distance, which added to the beauty of the we very hungry. A little bread and meat scenery. A good number of people came having just arrived from Berhampore, we together, when they were addressed by the sat down under a tree to partake of it, but Dative preachers, and brother Wilkinson, found our knives and forks had not come who spoke at some length of their ceremo. up; still our appetites were too keen to pay nies, and then told them that ceremonies so much respect to politeness as to wait an somewbat similar existed in Europe, but hour or two, and therefore we amused our. had been banished by the christian religion, selves by pulling a loaf and some meat into which was the only true religion. Pooroo- pieces, and thus enjoyed our breakfast very sootam's address was upon the near approach much. In the evening visited Lockhmee. of death, and many inquiries as to where pore, the place of the goddess Lockhmee, the they expected to go after death. The people wife of Jaganath. But few people came; made many objections. When on the way Balaji and Seboo addressed them, but they from the village we met a man with a little treated the news of salvation with scorn and milk in a leaf, and a branch of one of their contempt, and we came away low-spirited sacred trees, going to offer them to the God and discouraged. of the earth, that he might have a good har.
18th.--At Banabolapella, Balaji spoke in vesl. Reached the tent about half past ten, Telegooo ; Seboo and brother Wilkinson in when it was very hot.
Oreah. The address of the latter showed 16th.-Spent yesterday at home. Rode that England and India were two different this morning to Chatterpore, where I found countries, yet there was only one true God, my tent, &c. Went in the evening into he was worshiped in the former place by how the town. Balaji commenced his address solemn and suitable services, but here they by telling them there was one God, one worshipped their idols by a number of filthy religion, and therefore one holy book. A ceremonies, crying, “Ram, ram, ram," &c., man who went away three times, ashamed &c. About fifty or sixty people heard very of himself, asked many questions, and made attentively. The meaning of Banabolapella a number of objections. Balaji told him is, the place of jungle wanderers! This his books were lies, and quoted some parts name is not only characteristic of their emof them to prove it, when the man said, ployment, which requires them to be much "Why, then, do you make use of them ?" in the jungle; but it is awfully descriptive “Why,” says Balaji
, “ I am like a man who of their spiritual condition. They are wan. goes to cut down the jungle with a hatchet derers in the dark and abominable jungle of without a handle, and takes one out of the sin and idolatry, without one ray of light, jungle to cut down the jungle; so I take a or one path that directs to him who came part of your shastras to cut down the other, to seek and to save that which was lost. It or prove they are all lies." He spoke a being the Sabbath, we did not go out in the little in Telegoo, when a man asked him afternoon, but remained in our tents, to what colour water, fire, and earth, were? have an opportunity of meditating upon He said, “ Water is water colour,” &c," what God, and holding communion with him. Would you have it?” The man still per. I thought how much I should enjoy myself sisted in his question, when brother Wilkin. to meet with christian friends in my native son, seeing the man was a little intoxicated, land, in the house of prayer, and hear and told Balaji to ask him what was the colour sing the songs of Zion with them; but was of the words of a drunken man, He could comforted by the conviction that I was not reply, and felt it so much that he asked about my master's work. no more questions. A few tracts were
19th. - Just a year to-day since we reached distributed.
Cuttack. Went this morning to two villages. 17th.-Left Chatterpore this morning for The name of the first was Kurupola ; Kura Gonbindarpore.
On the way called at two is the name of a tree that grows near, bearsmall villages. At the first, the name of ing bitter fruit; and pola, a small place. which is Kulubulee, (black sard) Pooroo- At this village Seboo spoke to about thirty sootum scattered a handful of Gospel seed, people, as follows:-“O brethren, there is and we travelled on. O that heaven's dew only one true God, and only one holy book. may gently fall upon it, and cause it to In ihat book there are two ways mentioned, bring forth fruit to the glory of God. At a broad and a narrow way.
In the former the second, Balaji and brother Wilkinson nearly all the people walk, rejoicing; but it delivered short addresses, which were lis- leads to hell, to everlasting misery; but few tened to with much attention. The people people walk in the narrow way, as it is bit. said, " Truly these are very good words,” ter, and difficult to their evil natures; but &c. We reached Goliendapore about ten it affords those who do go in, satisfaction o'clock, by which time the sun was bot, and here, and conducts them to heaven at last,"