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MR. JOHN VEROW.-Died, on Wednesday, for nearly three hours. A large number of

Oct, 29th, 1845, Mr. John Verow, of Hinck. friends were present, and we have great

ley, the brother of Mr. Robert Verow pleasure in being able to state that the ex

minister of the General Baptist church amination was not only highly satisfactory

at Earl Shilton, in his pinety-second year. throughout, but produced in the minds of

He was baptized at Barton-in-the-Beans, in many surprise and admiration. The colleclection at the close of the examination

the twenty first year of his age. Though he

stood a member with his brother, his death amounted to £5; and the proceeds of the tea, which was provided by a number of friends

was improved at Hinckley, on the 9th of Nov.,

from these words: “An old disciple.' For gratuitously, amounted to £10. An interesting public meeting was held in the evening;

several days before his decease, he endured and we are pleased to state, that, as the

great sufferings, which he bore with exemresult of the whole, there is a great increase

plary patience and christian resignation. in the number of scholars.

J. C. SAMUEL SPARKS was baptized and united

to the Union place church, July 30th, 1830, SAEFFIELD.-We are happy to learn that and belonged to the choir ; but now he is the liberal sum of one hundred and seventy gone to sing in the church above. After a pounds have been collected in Nottingham short illness, he died in the Lord, July 28th, towards he debt on the General Baptist 1845, much respected and lamented by his chapel in Sheffield. May the friends be re- wife (now widow) and children, and by the warded a hundred fold !

church of which he was an orderly member.

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MISSIONARY OBSERVER.

LETTER FROM REV. I. STUBBINS when we sent by the French ship, Signet," TO REV. J. G. PIKE.

bound from Mauritius to Nantes. Up to

that time I gave you the particulars of our On board the "Wellesley, Aug. 26, 1845.

voyage and proceedings generally.

For MY BELOVED BROTHER PIKE,-I have some time I had fears lest the packet should just been looking over again your last very not reach you, but captain Toller thinks we kind and affectionate epistle of June 13th. may make ourselves quite easy on the subIts first perusal I felt to do me much good, but ject. We have since signaled several ves. its reperusal still more—for then I had such sels, English, French, Dutch, and one a host of letters, at each of which I was American, viz., tbe Douglas,' from Boston, obliged to take a basty peep, and, as they but soon left them all behind. We have say on board, stow them away' till I could had a few squalls, but no storms, hurricanes, command more leisure. I feel most sensibly &c. In short, the voyage has been, upon your remark respecting the rapid flight of, the whole, as pleasant as it could possibly the twenty months I was at home. When I be. The captain said we might have a dozen look back it seems but like a dream-a

voyages without having one so pleasant. vision of the night: but ah! it was a reality of the Cape we had what they always hare, -the time is gone-near three months more a strong wind and rough sea, but nothing have followed. How soon will all that is to excite the least alarm. We constantly allotted to us pass away! Well, let it felt, what I believe we had good reason to speed its flight, if rightly improved its fast feel, that our friends at home loved us and fleeting moments but bring us nearer our prayed for us, and that the God who holds home-if the expression be allowable, to the the winds in his fists and the waters in the general assembly of all the followers of hollow of his hand,' is the hearer and the Lamb, of every nation, and kindred, answerer of prayer.

Brother Bailey has and people, and tongue.

suffered a great deal from sickness, but has I sometimes think what a rich source of generally so persevered with the language joy it will be when you—who have so long, as to be able to take lessons with brother laboriously and efficiently exerted yourself Millar, and Miss Collins. I feel I ought to for the mission—with its other officers and say they have all been really diligent stu. supporters, the missionaries and converts, dents, and that their proficiency is greater shall meet together at the right hand of our than I could have anticipated. They can Fatber! With what pleasure shall we then now translate with tolerable freedom. I be able to recount the mercies of God to believe the work in which they hope to be each other, and to reflect that through our engaged lies near their hearts; and is spared united instrumentality a work has been I trust they will be extensively useful. commenced in beatben lands which shall One very pleasing trait in their character is, never stop, till the wheels of time shall be

they are not only willing but anxious to be stopped in their progress by the mighty taught. Their conduct on board has not angel, who shall swear that time shall be only been consistent but amiable, so much no longer,' and immortal millions yet un. so indeed as to excite a general good feeling born shall rejoice with us in eternal triumph. in their behalf. This is the more gratifying O that all, and

tban all, we can as frequently pious people, and eren mis. possibly expect respecting the result of our sionaries, do not maintain that dignity and labours may be realized ! Surely none who respectability in their demeanour which behave been privileged to take part in this comes them, especially on board ship, where work will then think they have laboured, it becomes the followers of Jesus to act dis. prayed, or contributed too much. Every creetly, mingling, as they necessarily do, thing that we are now disposed to consider with persons of rank and influence, but in as a sacrifice for this cause will then ap- many cases, alas! of anything but correct pear contemptible; and instead of complain. habits. ing that we have been called upon to do In captain Toller we have met with the so much, we shall rather regret, if regrets kindness and attention of a brotber; and it were compatible with the heavenly state, has been gratifying to hear bim frequently that we did not cheerfully do more. of declare, there are no passengers he likes so how few can it be said, “They have done well as missionaries, and he has had at least what they could.'

some, and sometimes several on board every But I must not forget that you will want voyage except two. We have had regularly to know how we have been getting on. The three services every Sunday, viz., one on last time I wrote you was on July 11th, the quarter-deck, when the weatber perabout twenty miles north of the equator, mitted, when not, in the cuddy-one among

more

the soldiers, &c.—and one in the cuddy ex. been God's favours since bidding adieu to clusively for passengers and servants.

We

the land of our fathers ! The first feeling have seen no particular fruit, but have had of my heart as it bounded with joy was, some evidence that the services have not

'I would not change my blest estate, been in vain, and trust even yet that fruit

For all the world calls rich or great l' may appear, if not to ourselves, yet to others, -and so long as the work of the Lord really I felt that it was worth coming from Enggoes forward —so long as there is a harvest land to India to enjoy onr first emotions. from the seed we sow, we will rejoice even I could not indeed talk to the people, but though we ourselves reap it not. I wrote their appearance, habits, &c., were quite an appeal on behalf of our mission, and familiar. It seemed more like getting home sent it round among

the

passengers. than our landing at Portsmouth, near two This realized £12. 3s. This, I doubt not, years before, seemed like geuing to Eng. will be gratifying to our friends at home. land. Soon as we landed we were met by a There was, however, one thing about it on dear friend to all missionaries, and a bapwhich I should like to remark, viz., that tist, Mr. Van Someren, .whom I only knew some from whom we expected something by report. He took charge of our luggage, gave nothing, while others from whom we which had to go to the custom house, and could expect nothing, gave. Our dear and sent us all off in two carriages to his own devoted friends who collect for the mission house, where we were received with courtesy may surely learn a lesson from this. I and kindness, and glow of affection by Mrs. know their hearts have oftev been sorely Van Someren and family that could scarcely pained by the unceremonious rebuffs they have been exceeded by our dearest friends. have met with, not merely from people of the Before going on sbore, however, I received a world, but still more from some who pro- letter from brother V., enclosing others from fess to love the Saviour. Indeed, during

brother Sutton and Brooks. There we my rounds, I have been told by several that

learnt what could not but grieve our hearts, they were really insulted by members of viz., that brother Wilkinson's health was in their own church, and insulted in such a so precarious a state as to demand his imway as they never were by any who made mediate return to England. We have been no pretensions to christianity. Alas! for cherishing the fond hope of seeing him and such a mammon-god-worshipping spirit ! sister W. again, and uniting in their prayers How odious does it make christianity ap.

and labours, but the Lord has otherwise pear! How it sours the disposition of its ordained. It is indeed trying, both on their votaries, and makes them appear like the

account and the Society's account. concentrated essence of verjuice, and leads But our heavenly Father knows what is best; them to insult those whose persevering, self. and perhaps he has something for them to denying efforts secure the approbation and do for the benefit of the mission in England. smiles of their Redeemer and all in heaven, I trust it may be so, and that in due time and seek the present and eternal liberty and they may return, as we have done, refreshed happiness of unnumbered millions who have and strengthened, At present they are treat. been fast bound by Satan, lo! these many ing for a passage in the 'Minerva,' which is years. If I could address all these dear expected to sail next month, and is to touch friends, I would still urge them to persevere,

on the coast. Whether they go in her is whatever may be their difficulties. It is a not yet certain. At night a letter arrived light thing that frail men in some instances from brother Buckley. We rejoice to find impugn our motives; the more sensible and that all the rest of our mission party are pious will both commend and encourage; and, well. We learnt, loo, that Dr. Yates and what is best of all, our own conscience and Mr. Mack had finished their bright and our God will approve. I would not be the

blessed career. Both, but especially the man to meet converted idolaters in heaven, former, have been stars of the first magni. and think, here they are arrayed in full tude. How have the mighty cedars fallen! glory; but no thanks to me- they are here

Dr. Judson set off for America on accouut rather in spite of me, for I not only refused of his wife's health, but when they got 10 to give what I could well have spared, to send

the Mauritius she was so much better that them the gospel; but I positively slighted they agreed there to part-she and the family or insulted the collector. Should these lines to go forward, and be to return to Burmah. meet the eye of any such characters, let me Pikance, the renegade G. B. is no more. beseech him, or her, by the love of Jesus, Many changes have taken place since the worth of souls, and the solemnities of last I heard from India. Mr. and Mrs. eternity, to consider bis ways and be wise.' Cotton, (formerly Mrs. Grant), are returning

Sep. 6. Blessed be our God and Father, to England. But I must not enlarge. I we have again set our feet on India's shores! could write you a letter as long as a rail. O what goodness, mercies, and blessings have road, descriptive of scenes, places, persons, we to record ! How distinguished have engagements, &c., &c., in Madras, but. I

own

prefer leaving all this to brother Bailey, who this time my feelings are such as they hare has engaged to give you a full, true, and never been on any previous occasion. In particular account. Brother Millar is to my last, which I wrote from Ganjam ; I give particulars of Calcutta. This will be mentioned my improved state of health, it deeply interesting to our many friends in was then my hope that it would be speedily happy, happy Old England.

established. I little thought when I next I must, before concluding, beg of you to wrote it would be the opinion of the medical gire my name as an annual subscriber to men, as well as that of my brethren, that I our mission, £5. ; to the college at Leicester, cannot expect a perfect recovery without £2.; to the treasurer of the Association for returning to my native climate ; but such is Home purposes, £2.; to the school at Wal. now, I am sorry to say, the case. You will thamstow for missionaries daughters, £I; have heard from other sources the disasters making a total of £10. Please deduct this which attended our last visit to Ganjam. I annually from my salary, viz., £5. from each was attacked, among the rest, with what is half-yearly remittance. Glad am 1 to be here termed, the ‘Ganjam fever;' and as my able in this way, as well by my own constitution had not fully recovered from labours, to assist that cause of causes, former attacks of dysentery, to which it the cause of Christ. Deduct from the next. predisposes the system, I have not been I have received fifty rupees to-day for our able to shake it off, and have lately had, in mission from an officer in H. M. 84th regi. connection with it, a return of my former ment, in fort St. George, Madras, and shall complaint; so that the medical men who add it, and any other sums, to the collection have attended me on this and former occa. on board when I balance our accounts after sions, recommend my immediate return to our journeyings, &c. Brother B. will give Europe. I send you a copy of their opinion you an account of our visits to the Fort; la. on the case. The first is from Dr. Stevens, bours, excitement, &c., there. I scarcely the military surgeon of Berhampore. This know how to stop-but I must.

Give our

is contained in a note to brother Buckley. warmest christian love to Mrs. Pike and My dear Mr. Buckley, I was going to family, and our friends, whose name is speak to you to day regarding Mr. WilkinLegion, in all parts of England. Another son, in answer to your note. It is my donation to our mission, of 100 rupees, has opinion that Mr. Wilkinson is in & very just come in. Blessed be God for these bad state of health, and labouring under instances of christian liberality from perfect dysentery and fever, and which he has had strangers whom we have seen but once! continually for the last two years; and I While strangers evince such an interest in consider it most absolutely necessary that our mission, surely our own friends will not he should return to Europe, for the benefit be backward.

of his health ; and that the requisite ar. Mrs. Stubbins, the brethren, and Miss rangements should be made for his immeCollins, unite with me in kindest christian diate removal, or as soon as Mrs. Wilkin. love to thee and thine. Captain Toller, also, son should be able to undertake a journey. wished particularly to be remembered to you.

Yours, very truly, A letter, just arrived from brother Lacey,

J. B. STEVENS.' says, ' Poor Pooroosootum is a real peni. The other is from Dr. Bedwell, who was tent. O the bitterness of sin which he ex. my medical attendant at Berhampore, but presses ! I cannot but rejoice over him is now civil and military surgeon at Cuttack. again as recovered from the snare of the It is in answer to a note from brother Sutdevil,' &c. Rejoice with me, dear brother, ton, who has sent a copy to Berbampore. at this delightful intelligence.

The Lord *My dear Sir,-I am certainly of opinion be with you evermore is the prayer of Mr. Wilkinson should return to England

Yours ever, in Christ Jesus, without delay, and such was my opinion Sep. 13, 1845.

I. STUBBINS. two years ago. I trust Mr. Wilkinson has P. S. I have not time to correct mis- not put off the day too long. I return you takes. We sail, (D.v.), on Monday night Mr. Stevens's noie. for Calcutta.

Yours truly,

E. G. BEDWELL.' PROPOSED RETURN OF REV. H.

'A true copy.-A. SUTTON.'

The brethren at Cuttack, and brother WILKINSON.

Buckley at Berhampore, as well as all the (We are truly sorry to have occasion to insert Europeans whom I know at this station, the following

afflictive intelligence. Mr. Wilkin. son's health has been doubtful for some time;

are of opinion it is my duty to leare without but now his return is inevitable. Probably be

delay; and as a ship is expected to call fore this he is on the homeward voyage. May at Munsoucotta, near Ganjam, they advise his, visit to this land be overruled for good !--Ed.] me to avail myself of the opportunity of

Berhampore Sep. 3, 1845. avoiding a long land journey, to which MY DEAR SIB,-In addressing you at neither myself, nor Mrs. Wilkinson, are at

present equal, as we have an infant only equally abhorrent to all who have the real three weeks old.

welfare of India at heart; and that it will To be obliged to leave the scene of our do every thing in its power for the purpose, labours, where the Lord has blessed our not calculated to endanger the general tran. unworthy efforts, and where the prospects quility. The progress of education will no are now so promising, is to us far more pain doubt admit of much more being done than ful than I can express, and we have passed has yet been possible ; but any steps for through a most anxious time before our which the people are not prepared would minds were made up to take our departure. only retard the accomplishment of the object I trust the hearts of all our friends will be in view. lifted up to the Lord of missions, that the The eminent individuals to whose writings step may be overruled to the advancement you allude (Heber and Wilson) lament, in of his glory.

common with other friends of India, the Though in our return there is much that existence of such abominations, and think is discouraging, still, when it is remembered they may be put down; but they have not that Ganjam is known as one of the most ventured to suggest any measure for the unhealthy stations in India, it will be matter purpose.' of thankfulness that we were enabled to Under date Nov. 3rd, - I return you my remain there so long. Of five medical men, best thanks for the publications wbich you one magistrate, and one merchant-three have been so kind as to send me. They are have left India with broken constitutions, deeply interesting, especially your letter to one died, and two left the place because of the Earl of Ripon, to which you particularly its unhealthiness, after a short residence : drew my attention. I should sincerely the one that remains was born in the rejoice to bear that means had been fouud country; so that we have been enabled to

to put a stop to the practices you refer to. stand the climate longer than any other I shall be happy at all times to answer any European who has resided there.

inquiries on the subject which you or others We hope to write to you again before we may wish to make, in the mode I before leare Berhampore.

pointed out; but the question is one of so Yours, very sincerely,

much delicacy and importance, and involves H. WILKINSON.

so many points requiring to be taken into

consideration, that I must decline stating LETTER FROM THE LATE GOVER

my views in any other way than by private

conversation.
NOR OF BENGAL, W. W.
BIRD, ESQ.

I remain, dear Sir,

Yours very faithfully, MY DEAR SIR,-The friends of our Mis

W. W. BIRD.' sion have great cause for thankfulness, in We have much pleasure to add, that John common with all who are interested in Poynder Esq. has been solicited to bring the welfare of India, for the suppression of the whole subject before the court of direct. various rites opposed to our common chris- ors and proprietors of the East India Com. tianity. It is deeply to be regretted that pany. Happy day when they shall neither the exposure of the sick on the banks of the hurt nor destroy’ through every part of Ganges still prevails. The following letter our eastern dominions. has been received from the late governor of Bengal, and may interest the numerous readers of the Missionary Observer.

THE LARGEST CHURCH IN THE must not rest till this "abomination that

WORLD. maketh desolate' is abolished. Yours in Christ,

A letter from the Rev. Mr. Coan, of Hilo,

J. PEGGS. Hawaii, Sandwich Islands, contains the fol. * 24, Cambridge Square, Hyde Park, lowing graphic account of a communion

October 16, 1845. scene of the largest church in the world, • Dear Sir, I have had the pleasure comprising more than seven thousand mem. to receive your letter of the 2nd inst., and

bers :beg to say in reply, that I shall be happy, • Once in three months the whole church whenever an opportunity may offer, to

meets at the station to eat the Lord's supper. explain to you in person my views on the Our last communion was on the first Sabbath important points therein referred to, (rela in April ; perhaps five thousand were present, tive to the exposure of the sick and infirm.) and for the want of a convenient house for In the mean time, I must in justice observe, the occasion, we meet in a grove of cocoathat I believe the local government is sin- put trees, on the sea shore. The assembly cerely desirous to get rid, as soon as practi. was immense, and the scene overwhelming. cable, of the abominations in question, Before us was the wide Pacific, heaving its together with many other observances broad chest to the breath of heaven. Be.

We

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