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LETTER FROM MRS. STUBBINS.
My dear and much esteemed brother Pike,– We left in the Pekin, the vessel in which our last friends sailed, on the 4th instant, and have been for some days detained in the river by contrary winds. To day the pilot observed we must get our letters ready, as he boped to leave during the night. Mr. Stubbins fully intended writing to you to-day, but feels so unwell that he begged me to do so. He is now suffering from a severe return of his complaint, but we hope he will be benefited by a sea voyage. We pay for our passage 1575 company's rupees, which friends here consider very cheap, as passages just now are high. We occupy the cabin brother Grant had coming out, which you may remember is a side cabin below. I fear we shall not find it so comfortable as they did, as the vessel, owing to its being heavily laden, is much lower in the water, and we are often obliged to have our ports closed; this produces a sensation of heat and closeness, but I trust we shall not feel it so much in the colder latitudes. The Captain is very kind, and we have nine other passengers, several of whom are invalids. Four of the ladies appear decidedly pious, and with one other of whom we at present know little, unite with us at family worship. Last Sunday we had public worship, when several of the ladies expressed a desire to have extempory prayer.
It is rather a singular circumstance, that four out of the six ladies on board are widows; one, a very amiable and devoted christian, lost her husband about a month ago, and a few days after her confinement.
You will hear from brother Sutton, that Miss Derry, sister Grant, and Pooroosootum, are at present carrying on the cause at Berhampore. I believe brother Wilkinson has requested the advice of the home committee as to the propriety of making Berhampore his principal residence during our absence, but in that case his own promising station must be generally left with a native preacher. Oh! how much do we need more aid from our native land. Surely some will come orth to aid our languishing mission, and fill up the ranks thinned by death and disease. To leave Orissa in such a state is a more severe trial of our faith than we have hitherto been called to pass through. All that we can now do is to pray that God in infinite mercy may cause it to redound to his own glory, and in some way permit us to labour for the heathen. In case brother W. should reside at Berhampore, our Cuttack brethren are anxious that Miss Derry should unite with sister Sutton in her schools, as she is now scarcely equal to the fatigue of so large an establishment. Our beloved Miss Derry is anxiously watching the leadings of Providence in reference to her future labours. She is in a peculiar manner devoted to her work, and only requires to know the will of God in order to do it. As far as I am aware, all our missionary friends are pretty well.
I trust prospects in Calcutta are encouraging. During our short stay at Midnapore we were permitted to witness a decided improvement in the people of that wicked city. Instead of a persecuting mob, Mr. S. latterly preached to quiet and attentive congregations ; there were also several enquirers. Our American brethren seem desirous to occupy the station,
indeed I see no other party who can do so, as our Calcutta Baptist brethren have not men for their present field, and do not, as far as we can learn, seem disposed to add Midnapore to their list of stations.
Brother Sutton has advanced for our passage, &c., 1200 rupees, and will receive Mr. Stubbins' next remittance as payment in part; but I need not say more, as you would doubtless hear from him. I felt very anxious to take charge of several children going home, and in this manner hoped to reduce our passage money, but all our efforts have proved unsuccessful. One was promised, but from so singular a combination of circumstances was prevented going with us, that we cannot but regard it as an interposition of Providence. With our united and affectionate regards. In haste.
Yours' ever in Gospel bonds,
E. STUBBINS. LAST JOURNAL OF THE LATE gazed at the flames, and then retired to sleep MR. GRANT.
again, surely you would all be destroyed; (TRANSCRIBED BY MRS. GRANT.)
but, if you regarded what your friend told (Concluded from page 190.)
you, you would be saved. Just so it is as
to the words you have now heard. If Balaji also said, “Suppose a queen, you regard them, you will obtain ever
to leave her husband, the king, lasting salvation; if you disregard them, you and go to a low caste man, &c., and when will have to endure eternal death," &c., &c. she returned the king said to his wife, The people heard well all the time. In the • Why have you done so wickedly?' and she evening went into Govindopore, the place were to say, as an excuse, 'I went in your of the idul Govinda, where the Gospel was name; I gave him your name.' "What is listened to with much attention. this to me, you fool! you shall die,' and 20th.- Visited Ragannath, the town of the takes up a hatchet to cbop her down; but, god Ragaunath, or Rama Chundra. There just as the king was going to commit the we took our stand by the side of the well in awful deed, their only son sprang between the middle of the village. The Gospel was them, and thus addressed his father, 'O preached in Oreah and Telegoo, but princifather, I know that my mother has dove pally in the latter language, as the greater wickedly, but do not be so cruel. If thy part of them were Telegoos. What was justice and honour require that one should most pleasing, perhaps, about this opportudie, I will die instead of my mother.' Your nity, was, that about fifteen or twenty conduct has been just like that wicked women collected at the well, and heard at.
You have left the true God, and tentively. They came to the well apparently done wickedly; and when he was about to for the purpose of drawing water, but redestroy you, his only son has given himself, mained till the addresses were finished, and and died in your stead. You know he gave immediately dispersed. It was very pleasing you life, and when you are hungry he sends indeed to see so many women hearing the you food; when thirsty, drink; when naked, Gospel, as they scarcely ever hare an opclothes; and when you are panting with portunity of doing so, except they can do the heat, he sends the cold refreshing winds so by standing behind the doors of their to cheer and cool you; and yet you act so huts, peeping through some bole, or round wickedly; yet you go after other Gods, and, a corner. After leaving Ragannathpore we which is worse than all, give his name to went to Jagannathpore. There the news them. O what wickedness is this! What of salvation by Christ was preached, for the people are you like, to give the name of most part, in Telegoo. We returned to the the great God, and only true God, to idols! tent, where I found my dear wife, &c. The O forsake such wicked ways, and believe in people made a few objections that were Jesus Christ" &c., &c. Brother Wilkinson easily answered, and upon the whole heard said, “ Very good, brethren. Suppose, at very well. night, when you were all asleep, and your ŽIst.-Arose about five this morning, and houses, by means, were to take fire, took down tents, and left for Munselcotta. and a kind person were to come to tell you Two or three miles before we arrired we your houses were all on fire, and if you did passed three large villages, but the sun had not quickly arise and Alce for your lives, become too hot to allow of our remaining to you would all be lost, and you arose and deliver the news of salvation, bat intend, D. V., to visit them before we remove from abominable idols, but none to the Lord of Munsacoota. In the evening went to hosts. In the centre of this village there is Hurepore. At this place most of the people also a large rut (carriage) for the purpose of are fishers, as it is just upon the coast. annually taking these idols on their excur. Brother Wilkinson began his address by sions. In the evening returned home for saying, “You are fisher people. I am also a day, when we hope to take a tour between a fisherman." He then showed the differ. the Chilka lake and the sea. ence between the objects they searched for, 26th.-Went to the Berhampore bazaar and the objects he sought for, &c. He this afternoon, in company with Pooroosoo. further said, “Suppose a person to have a tum and Seboo. The Gospel was faithfully pice and a diamond. When he rises in the preached, but it is a matter of regret that morning he feels in his cloth, and says, few heard; still those who did hear were " Hare I my pice? Yes, I have it;" and very attentive. As we went in one of the so he does day after day; but, not under. bazars, saw a brahmin sitting in a verandah, standing the value of the diamond, be is with a large concourse of people round him, not careful whether he has it or not. It is He was singing to them the shastras. O just so with you. The pice may be com. that the time may soon come when all the pared to your bodies, the diamond to your brabmins of this country shall be the priests soals. About your bodies you are concerned of the most high God, singing to their daily, but, not knowing the value of your fellow.men the praises of the Almighty. spirits, you are entirely careless about them." 27th.-At the bazar this evening. At He then besought them to be more con. first but few heard, and they not well, for cerned about their souls than their bodies, they were very noisy. After Pooroosootum as the latter would soon die, but the former had spoken some time, about forty people would exist for ever, &c. The people collected, all of whom heard remarkably heard well.
well, while be preached most eloquently 22nd.-Started the way I expected brother upon the sufferings and death of Christ; Wilkinson and the native brethren were after which he said, “ Where is there any. going to a village, but took a wrong turn, thing like this? Is there anything like it and lost my way. After wandering some in your shastras, or any other books but the time, met with a man, and, as he was not christian books ? No, no! Where is there able to read, read to him a little of the a brahmin who would have done, if he could, “Jewel Mine of Salvation," which he said what Christ has done for the world! Where he understood, and acknowledged its truth. is there a Gooroo, or a Boisnob, or any In conversation with him upon the evil of among you? You know there are none. sin, and the awful state of all on account of You need one to take away your sins; you being sinpers, he very readily admitted the must die for ever if they are not taken truth of what was said, and mentioned a away; but no one comes forward to offer variety of sins of which men generally are himself. Believe, therefore, in Christ; guilty. But, ah! I fear he saw not the evil pray to him. Here a man interrupted him of sin, nor his condition in consequence of by saying, "Where must we pray to Jesus being a sipper. Al Linde, in the evening, Christ?” Pooroosootum replied, " In your about a hundred heard attentively, while bouse, or under a tree, or anywhere." the Gospel was preached by brother Wil. “What must we say?" Here he told them kinson, and the native brethren. This, in a very impressive and solemn manner, I think, was the largest congregation we how they must address the Saviour of the have had since out in the country. Burna, world, and concluded. A good number of a smaller village, some objections were tracts were distributed. They went into made, but generally met by satisfactory the town to purchase some things, and I answers. After the preaching the people returned home. Half past six. Poorooreceived tracts very eagerly.
sootum has just come in, bringing the 23rd - In the village where we are stay. heart cheering news, that a man from the ing, the Gospel was treated with indiffer. vicinity of Ganjam sat at a distance while ence, and the name of the Saviour of the they were preaching in the bazar this world repeated with much lightness and evening, and heard, and was so impressed contempt. When the name of Jesus Christ with what he heard, that he followed them is treated with scorn, it requires some down the town, and spoke to them. They patience and grace to preserve that love and had a good deal of conversation with him, anxious desire for the salvation of those and he cried much, and said, “ Where is who act thus foolishly. The greater part the way to heaven? My sins are very of the inhabitants of Munsellcotta are Te- great; how shall I find a deliverer! What legoos. In this village there are three or must I do to be saved ?" and much more in four temples erected for the worship of the same way. Pooroosootum says he never Vol. 5.-N.S.
saw any one like him. This is indeed good Dear Sir,- I have only had time to copy news; but we must rejoice with trembling. hall the journal, but I hope to be able to O that the Lord may give him that repen. send the other half next month. With kind tance which is unto life, that needeth nnt to regards to Mrs. Pike, and the Miss Pikes, be repented of.
believe me, yours affectionately,
GOSBERTON.- June 1st. On Lord's day, berton, brother Bampton laboured in the brother Everard prepared the minds of the early part of his ministry. Until the resur. people for missionary services. In the af. rection of the just, he sleeps on the burning ternoon, on Thursday, Mr. T. H. Hudson plains of India. The last day will re-unite, preached for the mission from John viii. 36, and make elernally happy, all the friends “ If the Son make you free, ye shall be free of our blessed Lord. In the evening we indeed." In the evening a meeting was had a good missionary meeting, though the held, at which brother Everard presided, and weather was very unfavourable, and congremade some appropriate opening remarks. gation rather small. Brethren Gelsworthy, Mr. Gallsworthy, (Independent); Mr. Gols. Mathews, and Hudson, addressed the meetworthy, Sutterton; and T. H. Hudson, ad ing. They want more collectors for the vocated the claims of a guilty world. The mission. Spoke to some of the young attendance was very good, and much mis. friends, and hope all will be pious and acsionary feeling was manifested. The col- tive. The collections and subscriptions un. lections and subscriptions amounted to £6, known to the writer. 12s. 2d., being more than last year. The effort is a credit to this ancient General
TIDD GOAT, OR ST. MARY'S. - June 5th. Baptist Church. Brother J. Binns, from The friends at this village had not had a Qneenshead, Yorkshire, commenced his meeting for some time. Being at liberty ministry at Gosberton; and here the rener
on Monday evening, sent word to them, and able D. and J. Taylor, in their visits to they gladly embraced the opportunity. Mr. Lincolnshire, frequently preached. The
T. H. Hudson preached in the afternoon righteous shall be had in remembrance.
from James v. 20. In the evening had an
excellent meeting. Brother Easome was SUTTERTON.-June 2nd. Here, when chairman; and the meeting was addressed there was not a single dissenter, brother J. by brethren Bardett, Taylor, and Hudson. Bissil commenced preaching the Gospel, The collections amounted to £1, 6s. to aid and raised a General Baptist interest. His the cause of missions. Let all be active name will be long remembered and revered. and united. The friends have a neat chapel, and a good
“Wake, congregation. Brother Golsworthy is the And be your thoughts to work divine address'd; respected minister of this
secluded seat of an angel's wing would droop, if long at rest, truth, liberty, and piety. Here, and at Gos. And God himself, inactive, we're no longer blest.
ANNIVERSARIES OF RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE the same successes, the same resistance of SOCIETY.
man, and the same blessing of God. There
were about fifteen communes in which a reThe thirty.ninth anniversary of this markable religious movement had taken institution was held May 3rd. The Right place, in the midst of a Roman Catholic Honourable Lord Bexley, the president of population, a portion of whom had decidedly the society, occupied the chair.
renounced the superstitions of popery for The report, read by the Rev. A Brand. the pure creed of the Gospel of salvation. ram, stated, that a larger distribution of the From the Frankfort depôt, Dr. Pinkerton sacred Scriptures had taken place during the reported a distribution of 68,525 copies. past than in any former year, and that it From Berlin Dr. Pinkerton wrote that the amounted to nearly 1,000,000 copies, bring. issues of the past year had amounted to ing up the grand total circulation since the 14,000, of which only about 700 were formation of the society, to 15,000,000. The Testaments. At Hamburgh 500 copies report of M. de Pressence, the society's had been distributed to the sufferers by the agent in France, presented the same features late conflugration in that city. In Hun. as on former occasions--the same obstacles, gary 57,247 copies had been distributed since 1837, and 17,086 during the past mittee rejoiced at the recent results of the year. In Belgium, the society's agent, last three years of hostility, and had passed Mr. Tiddy, reported that the numbers dis. a resolution, that it be communicated to the tributed amounted to 12,546 volumes, being directors of the London Missionary Society, 3,000 copies more than in the preceding that their missionaries were at liberty to year. In Belgium a deeply interesting draw upon the depôts of the British and series of Bible meetings had also been re. Foreign Bible Society in Canton and Macently held, which had been attented by lacca for such copies of the Chinese ScripM. de Pressence, of Paris, and the Rev. tures as they may require, &c. Special Dr. Malan, from Geneva. With regard to subscriptions had been kindly given by Prussia, his majesty the king of that several friends of the society, for the benefit country, had transmitted, through the hands of China. Several remittances bad been of Chevalier Bunsen, a donation to the received from Sydney, New South Wales, society of £100, and had become an annual and from other parts of Australia, by the subscriber of £25. The issues of the society. At the request of the Church Prussian Bible Society, and its auxiliaries, Missionary Society, 20,000 copies of the made a grand total of 1,091,321 copies. At New Testament had been provided in the Stockholm, during the year 1842, 10,000 native language of New Zealand; of which Bibles, and 15,000 Testaments, in Swedish 10,000 had been placed at the disposal of and Finnish, had been received into the that society, and 5,000 at that of the Wesdepôt; and 19,935 had been issued from it. leyan Missionary Society, in consequeace To the agency at St. Petersbarg there had of the earnest demand for them in New been supplied 1,918 copies, and their entire Zealand. Five hundred reams of paper issues for the past year had been 25,160. had been granted for printing the Old Forty thousand poor families in Finland Testament in the language of Rarotonga. had received through the hands of their The committee regretted that, with one or clergy, and chiefly by the help of this two exceptions, South America presented society, a copy of the New Testament. In a very painful blank. Mr. James M’Mur. south Russia 12,356 copies had been issued ray, the new agent in the West Indies, had up to April, 1842. In Spain and Portugal arrived on the 20th March in Jamaica, and the committee regretted that they had been had met with a most cordial reception. One disappointed in the hope that the door would of his first movements was to establish a have been opened ere this for the admission depôt at Kingston. Large supplies had of the Scriptures. The society regretted been forwarded to Jamaica, amounting to that the Church Missionary Society had more than 25,000 copies. The expediency been led to break up its missions in Malta. of adopting a similar course at Antigua and From that spot, as a centre, 3,522 copies of Barbadoes was also suggested. Supplies of the Scriptures had been issued in various Bibles had been forwarded for all these languages to Egypt, Abyssinia, Corfu, &c. places. From Greece, the Rev. H. D. Leeves re- Under the head of domestic affairs tbe ported an issue, during the year, of 8,428 Rev. Dr. Daly, now bishop of Cashel, had copies. From Mitylene 4,417 copies of the been added to the list of vicepresidents. Scriptures were distributed last year to The entire receipts for the past year had Smyrna, &c. There prevailed an increasing been £92,476 28. 8d., consisting of the two demand for the Turkish New Testament in items of £39,821 78. for the general Syria, Trebisond, and elsewhere. In India, objects of the society, and of £52,654 158. the labours of their valued agent, Dr. Hæ. 8d., received for Bibles and Testaments, berlin, had been seriously interrupted by including drawbacks, the expenditure repeated attacks of illness during the past amounted to £86,964 108. 6d. There year. He had, however, been enabled to had been 101 new societies formed; making leave Calcutta in December last, to com. 2,870 in this kingdom. Grants of copies mence a lengthened journey on the part of of the Scriptures had been made to the the society. Dr. Hæberlin had taken with amount of 13,000 to the London Hiberian him 60,000 volumes from Calcutta. The Society; to the Sunday School Society for issues of the Calcutta Auxiliary had been, Ireland, 23,750; to the Church Scriptural in the past year, 25,032; and the Calcutta School Committee (Clogne) 1,000; to the Bible Society continued its very useful Irish Society, 2,000; the Baptist ditto, labours. The total issues in Madras for 1,250. the past year bad been 23,968. In Jaffna The resolutions were moved and seconded 50,250 portions of the Old Testament had by the bishop of Winchester, and Professor been issued, and 20,651 volumes of various Sack (Bopn); the Dean of Salisbury, Rev. portions of both the Old and New Testa- A. Tidman, and Rev. P. Jacobs (Canada); ment. With respect to China, the com- Rov. F. Close, and Rev. Dr. Hannah;