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MISSIONARY OBSERVER.

LETTER FROM THE REV. C. LACEY. and secondly a translation by myself of

Heber's hymu-
Cuttack, September 3rd, 1844.

* From Greenland's icy mountains, My very dear brother Peggs,

From India's coral strand,
Last evening I had to go to

Where Afric's sunny fountains
TAB BURYING GROUND,

Roll down their golden sand.' to inter a child, the daughter of Mr. Beet.

Such are the numbers who remain unin. son; and afte rthe funeral was over, I took

structed, that we are apt to overlook what a survey of the tomb of your little ones, as

God has done, what we have been favoured well as of the graves of my own.

While I

to effect, and I determined to break in stood surveying the ground which covers all

upon the service, and tell our native brethof their mortality dear to us, my thoughts

ren who were praying, that, in praying for a reverted to

the past.
The vista of the

flood of rain, they must not be forgetful of years past seemed but as yesterday, till I

the moistening drops of promise we had called up the various and important circum

obtained, especially as they must be understances which have transpired through the

stood as indicative of the coming plenuful period; and then a thought occurred for the

supply. The remark had the effect, and we sparing mercy of God, for the altered scene

separated cheerful and full of hope. The of things which our mission presents. How

day before was often I have been called to the spot, and on each visit have thought, I may next bo A SABBATH OF UNUSUAL PLEASURE, brought here ; but God has extended my though of rather heavy labour. I was al. existence for so long a period. O that my

most in raptures at the thought that the remaining period, be it long or short, may infinitely important institation of the last he devoted to the service of Christ, that

supper was attended to and understood by a when laid in this secluded place I may not chapel full of those who a little while ago have lived in vain. Many such meditations were all heathen. The thought was transcrowded upon my mind, and were broken porting, and strengthened as I perceived a only by the little inquiries of my little boy, sympathy rising in the close attention and who wanted to know all about his little

the moistening eyes of my sable but beloved brothers and sisters. I am certain that your and native christian audience. When I self and sister Peggs would bare enjoyed. am thankful for the encouragement God has though it had been melancholy, a stroll with given us, I often find many things to enme among the remains of mortality of those hance my feelings of pleasure. One oconce known to us both.

curred the other evening. I went down to Immediately after my return house from the graveyard, I had to hasten to

THE BAZAB, OUR MONTHLY MISSIONARY MEETING;

to preach, and my little boy wished to go

with me, and, as he said, give away some there I had much enjoyment. My colleague

books, that the people might worship God. was ill, and could not attend; but we had

We set out, and directed our course to the abundance of help in the persons of our na.

Boro basar; but when I got there, I found tive brethren. You would have been highly

the stand occupied by one of our native delighted to have met with us. Those who

brethren, surrounded by a large number of once were gross heathen, sat in good num

hearers. I would not interrupt him, and we re. bers, young and old, high and low, to be

turned, and went to Chowdry bazar, when lo! ready to assail the divine throne, with sin. cere and fervent prayers that the idols might addressing a congregation. I sought another

two other of our native brethren were there be overtbrown, and the Lord God be universally, worshipped. 0, while I listened, spot, where you and I have sometimes stood

-the bridge in Telinga bazar. Away we what did I not feel! what would not any

we passed down to the bridge, when, bebold! one hare felt! The whole service was in

there we found Ram Chundra and Bama. Oriya. The hymns we sung in that lan

dabe surrounded by a large number of guage on the occasion, were, first, a trans.

people, attentively listening to the gospel of lation by brother Sutton of,

the grace of God. I would not attempt Messiah, at thy glad approach,

another place, and so joined my native help. The howling winds are still

mates. They had spoken till their throats Thy praises fill the lonely waste,

were sore, and, when they closed, I resumed And breathe from every hill;'

the theme, and, under the figure of debtor

to my

LANDS.

and creditor, explained to the crowd their money, the pundahs are allowed to squeeze standing respecting God and his law; and from them; so that this festival the people thus prepared them to hear of Christ, who at Pooree have made many lackhs of rupees. came to deliver them that were appointed to However, we do hope that this unusual death. Many people conceived very correctly prosperity is no true sign of the idol's staof the plan of salvation by the death of Christ, bility, for the last overland announces that and went away with knowledge, which, by Mr. Poynder has received intimation from God's grace, may be to their everlasting sal- a member of the government here, that the vation. o may prayer and faith bring government concede that no pledge has down the Spirit from on high, that the seed been given, and no necessity consequently sown and watered may take root downwards, exists for the donation. Heavy will be the and give branches upwards, and abounding regret of Wilkinson and Rickets, who inwith fruit to the glory of God, add to the vented the fiction, to induce the government Saviour's satisfaction, and, in an enlarged and Lord Auckland to support the idol. degree, to our delight.

His lordship's administration was, upon the

whole, one of much benefit; but it is stained THE LAST RUTH FESTIVAL

and deformed by the donation to Juggernath. was a time of awful mortality. It was one You, and our friends at home, have now of the surges of superstition, and bore on its nothing to do but induce the court of direcfoaming surface many thousands of poor tors to order the suspension of the donation, and destitute Bengalee females, whom it and hurled to destruction. The scenes of har. THE RENUNCIATION OF THE ENDOWED rowing misery which we witnessed, appear now more like some frightful dream which I Then, though Juggernauth will for some had some two months ago, than facts of real

time yet appear as firm as ever on his life. From the ordinary painful occurrences

throne, yet, at all events, we shall then be of life, in which a little, though it be a able to deny what I could not the other day, very little, of the sympathies of humanity, when charged with it amidst an hundred soften and alleviate the pangs of the dying people, that we support Juggernauth by a hour, we are tempted to suppose that such dokhena of 60,000 rupees a yeur. destitution as that seen in the high places

Brother Sutton bas been poorly for several of idolatry could not occur, much less could

days, and, though now better, he is not well. they be the triumphs of religion, the boasted

Otherwise, we are in good health. We are specimens of what a religious system pro- not making many additions to our numbers, duces, when it operates in perfection. But yet the good cause is proceeding; and I should it is true; and the sick, the dying, and the

not be surprised, if, ere long, you hear of dead, lay about in the streets and corners of additions. Please present my kind rememthe most holy places. The ties of nature

brances to sister Peggs, and the friends at and relationship dissolved, the sufferers were

Ilkeston. Much should I love to spend a left to their happy lot, to mingle with the day or two

I rejoice in your spirit of the universe, throwing off the dull

prosperity there. May it long continue, load of matter. So far from exciting sym

and greatly increase. I am, dear brother, pathy, they were said to be the only blessed ;

Yours affectionately, and jokes, and laughter, and frivolity,

C. LACEY. mingled in strange dissonance with the groans of the dying and deserted, the man. gled and the dead; the bloated corse and the

ABOLITION OF BRITISH CONNEC. fleshless skeleton, formed a strange contrast

TION WITH JUGGERNAUTH'S with joyful crowds, dressed in gay attire,

TEMPLE. bent apon their pleasures on a festive occa- The wishes expressed in the latter part sion. My heart sickened as I beheld a set of Mr. Lacey's interesting letter to brother of wrelches dragging a woman by the beels Peggs have been realized. At a quarterly to the next golgotha, through scenes of mu- court of East India directors, held Dec. 18th, sic, gaiety, and mirth. When the blood Mr. Poynder's motion for annulling the bursts from the veins of the victim under money payment of £6,000 to the temple of the wheels of Jugernath's car, he is reported Juggernauth, was rendered unnecessary, by to be so delighted, that smiles are detected the chairman stating that the necessary upon his face! and surely his worshippers documents had been forwarded to India, to have imbibed his spirit. But the Pooree complete the severance of the government people had this Fear unusual

of India from the idolatrous worship of the for joy, for, besides the government dona. natives in the temple of Juggernauth. One tion of about 60,000 rupees year, the tax of the directors, writing to brother Peggs on is abolished, and the pilgrims are allowed this subject, says, “I have been at the East to come in free with their money about India House, and the chairman has done them; and this money, and all their other me the favour to let me read the dispatch

with you.

reasons

about to be sent; and I am glad to find that Baptism of a youth saved from being murit goes to the full length of dissevering all dered in sacrifice.—On the first sabbath in connection with Juggernauth, restoring the February, 1844, was baptized, one of the lands, and withholding money payments, Khunds who had been saved from the mur. and that it has, already, been partly done.' derers' sacrifical knives. He had long been

In a letter dated Oct. 16, 1844, our beloved a candidate, and such was the satisfaction missionary Mr. Lacey states, “I have sent

expressed by Mr. Sutton and the native the parcel (books from brother Peggs) to christians, who know him, that his baptism Mr. Mills, the commissioner, who replies in could not be longer delayed. How different a very polite note.

He says,

“ There is are his circumstances, and those of several nothing new respecting Juggernauth which others mentioned in the Report, as added we do not know. The endowment lands to the christian church, from what they have been given up.”'

would have been, had they remained among Thus, we trust, through the labours of the murderous Khunds; or had they never benevolent and zealous men at home and come under christian instruction ! abroad, not forgetting brother Peggs and our Peaceful death of Senjama.–Senjama, an missionaries, and Messrs. Poynder, Hankey, interesting youth, has finished his short &c., this abomination is put down. There is course. He was a candidate for baptism, not now a connection between idolatry and and died the very evening on which he was the government in Orissa. The idol left to the accepted for christian communion. Mr. cupidity of the natives will fall by its own cor- Sutton saw him, and gives an interesting ruption, and the British name will not be and encouraging account of his last interview sullied as the patron of the vilest idolatry. with him. His death was somewhat sudden,

hastened on by diarrhoea. He had been ENCOURAGING FACTS.

anxious to be baptized, and was received by Conversions at Choga.—Yesterday I visit

the church at the same hour he died. I ed Choga, and am encouraged, not to say had the following conversation with him delighted, with my visit. Just before I set during the day, which I penned down after off, Rama returned from his weekly visit to

I returned to the house. that place, and mentioned several persons

Well my boy, is your mind with Christ? who appeared seriously disposed, and to S. Yes. I have no hope but in Christ. those I found several more; there are in

He is the only Saviour. (After a pause,) fact about ten individuals more or less well

I should like to have received the sign of disposed towards christianity, and some of discipleship before I go away. But, in them appear not far from the kingdom of

this I shall sustain no loss. I wish my heaven. One man who has for years

brethren and sisters should know my deknown much of the gospel was some time

sire.-Sut. It was well this was in your since beavily afflicted, and he looked upon heart, that is much better than attending his affliction as a visitation from God to to the mere outward act.-S. Yes, so far pupish his disobedience; he resolved if as that is concerned, there is neither good God would spare him, to attend to the con.

nor evil in it, but I should like to have cerns of his soul. God has spared him,

made this profession.-Sut. You may be and raised him up from affliction, and now taken soon Senjama, are you aware of this ! he wishes to serve God. Another man,

-S. Yes, I cannot say how soon, it may who has for years been lingering on the

be to day suddenly, or a day or two hence. verge of christianity, and of whom I think -Sut. In that happy world there is no I bave written to you in past years, resolved

darkness, all is light. -S. Yes, all light, all now to decide. His wife baš left him in joy, here there is no joy for me, it is a dark, consequence of his determination, and is dark place, but there, ah! - Here he turn. irrecoverably lost. Besides these there are ed to an aged relation, weeping near him, two or three heathen who are earnestly

and said, Weep not for me Ma, weep not inquiring after the truth, and several no. for me, let no one weep for me. You will minal christians who appear very serious." not live long here Ma, I am going fast

Rev. Č. Lacey.

home, you will soon follow me. ( She is a Progress of Christianity.-Cuttack church christian.) The old lady could only weep. contained 140 members, of which eleven Sut. Yes, Senjama, thus we go home one bad been added during the year, and it is by one, it matters not who goes first, but a very gratifying fact that seven Christian to reach that happy home is the great con. locations, or small villages of professed cera.-S. Ah! yes that is all, that is all. christians, are already formed, containing

Rev. A. Sullon. in the whole fifty-four households. They

Short notice of Parasua, a native chrisare as follow : Christianpore, seventeen

tian, recently added to the number of native households; Laceycie, six; Societypore, six;

ministers. From an account written by Khunditta, eight; Bhogerpore, three, besides himself we extract the following: After six or eight who have detached dwellings; my father's death I pursued knowledge in Choga, six; Odyapoor, eight.

the way my father did; but about this time affectionate tokens of remembrance from Sundera-babajee * sent me a tract called the beloved friends. I was also greatly re“ Jewel Mine of Salvation," and with it freshed by their interesting letters. this sentence,“ Parasua, you must read this,

Nothing could be more as you will have to answer for it." I read suitable and acceptable than the presents ; this book, and my own shastras began to they were just the kind of things I now appear confused and contradictory by the think I needed, though, had not dear friends comparison; they appeared like a wilder. thought of them for me, I should probably ness, or a cow.pasture separated into a have remained ignorant of my wants. This thousand paths. I soon looked upon the time last week, (Oct. 9th, 1844) arrayed in whole system of worship connected with the the becoming garments sent me, I walked idols as a tissue of deception and falsehood. with brother Wilkinson to our new chapel, I ascertained from the christian books that to promise, with divine assistance, to be upto there was no salvation from those shastras. John Buckley a loving, faithful, and obedi. I learned that God in mercy sent his Son to ent wife.

We enjoyed the be the Saviour of a sinful world. He suf. spiritual presence of Him, whose we are, and fered, the innocent for the guilty. He be. whom, to the end of life, we desire to serve; came a sacrifice. That believing on him and, giving ourselves to each other, renewed would secure salvation was a conviction in our engagement to our gracious Redeemer. which my mind became confirmed. I In the evening, after the native christians talked to my wife of these things, but she and children ad enjoyed a cheerful repast would not listen. I instructed my son, but in their own way, we all assembled in he said, “My mother will not regard.' I brother Wilkinson's house, and sung a said to him, it must not be that on your suitable hymu: then our long-tried and account my soul must sink to hell. I cer- valued friend, Mr. Frye, who, with his tainly will worship Jesus Christ. About amiable parlner, were the only Europeans this time I had an interview with Mr. present, gave an address to the children, Lacey, at Cuttack, in the place of worship. calculated to make them feel grateful for the After some conversation, he said to me,“ Ah! many mercies which God had bestowed upon brother! I know you.

You are one of them. Brother W. added a few words, and God's people. How can you remain in the then concluded with prayer. communion of devils, in idolatry. Come With our united love to yourselves, broquickly! Come quickly! Some danger thers and sisters, and all inquiring friends, may occur to you if you delay. The people

Your affectionate daughter, may do you harm." After my dismissal I

SARAH BUCKLEY. returned to my own house. The rajah said to Berhampore, Oct. 16th, 1844. me, “ It is a great pity you should become of that hateful caste. See, I will give you some good land, at a cheap rate, and do you MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES. worship the gods, count your beads- wear

LONDON. Juvenile Missionary Meeting, your mala, and use your marks; don't give

Enon chapel, St. Mary.le-bone.-On Wed. up your caste.” I said to him, No man is great by birth or caste, but by good works, nesday, Jan. 8th, a social and highly interand I wish to be of a good caste by good

esting meeting was held in the girl's schoolworks. He replied, “I find you mean to

room, Enon chapel, when between sixty and become a christian. Well, if you do, I

seventy girls met at four o'clock to partici. shall seize every thing you have, and give provided for them by a friend.

pate in the new year's entertainment kindly

At six you punishment into the bargain.” Never. theless in a little time, I was baptized, and

o'clock the missionary meeting was held. in a few months also my unwilling wife and

After singing they were addressed by the son became willing, and we all fled to the

elder teacher of the school, upon the value fear-dispelling feet of Jesus Christ. They

of time, and the necessity of improving the were baptized, and now we are all settled in

means and opportunities possessed. The our faith and devotion to Jesus Christ.'

subject of the foreign mission was affectionately urged upon their attention, illus. trated with facts, and several urgent reasons

were adduced why we should 'not be weary EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OF

in well-doing,' in such a greut and glorious MRS. BUCKLEY TO HER

cause, which were practically responded to PARENTS.

by a collection being made, when all asI could not help shed- sembled cheerfully contributed. ding tears of gratitude on receiving the

WINESWOULD. Missionary Tea-meeting. * A Hindoo teacher, who though not a chris

-On Monday evening, Dec. 23rd, 1844, tian, had acquired some knowledge of the su.

we had our annual tea-meeting for the benepreme God, and despised idolatry,

fit of the foreign mission. The weather was remarkably fine. The attendance was and two young females, natives of Sierra quite equal to former years. Upwards of Leone; one male from Biung, one from two hundred sat down to tea. The tea was Bendov, countries far into the interior from provided in the infant school, kindly lent for Bimbia, and a Dutch lad, converted to God the occasion. From the school we adjourned on his voyage from England with us, in the to the chapel, where we had a most delight- Chilmark. The effect on many in this ful meeting. It was characterized by that town has been groat; may it be lasting. seriousness which always becomes the houso

THE MISSIONARY VESSEL, 'the Dove,' of God, and pleasure beamed on every coun. tenance. The impressions produced by

is about to be sent as a sailing vessel for

the use of the mission in Western Africa. brother Stubbins' ministrations on the pre

After a careful and protracled inquiry, the vious evening, were rendered more perma. Dent, and the two services, we trust, will be

committee are fully satisfied of her fitness

for the service for which she is designed, connected with the most glorious results. The speakers were Mr. Marshall, the Rev.

and of her sailing qualities. The vessel is Messrs. Stevenson, of Loughborough, Hoe,

at present in the East India Export Dock, of Spalding, Hudson, and Stubbins. The

and is expected to sail for Africa early in entire proceeds of the meeting, about £10., Jamaica, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, and

January.

Mr. and Mrs. Newbegin from will be devoted to the missionary cause.

their families, and Miss Vitou, are expected LEEDS.-Our first missionary meeting to sail in her for Africa. -Bap. Mag. was held in the Byron-street chapel, Leeds,

CAPE Town.- Our quarter-day closed in November last. Brethren Stubbips and

with an increase of eighteen members, Hudson were with us, and several other brethren of the town. Brother Earp occu.

fourty-two on trial and twenty-nine can

didates for baptism, and an increase of con. pied the chair. After addesses from breth.

tributions. Our congregations are excellent, ren Tunnicliffe and Morgan, brother Stub.

prayer meetings well attended, a most bins, in a speech remarkable for length and

gracious influence in the classes, peace in delightful interest, addressed the meeting. Brother Hudson spoke for a short time, and

the society throughout; six have found peace

during the last ten days, numbers are closed the meeting. Our congregation was

known to be under conviction of sin; our good; our collection exceeded £3. Many plans are more regularly followed up, and regard this as one of the most interesting meetings they have ever attended.-J. T. L.

our prospects of great and effectual good are most cheering.-Wesley. Miss. Not.

JUBILEE SERVICES have been held in the

north of India, at the several stations of the MISCELLANEOUS MISSIONARY

London Missionary Society. They were INTELLIGENCE.

very delightful seasons. The collections at

them amounted to £769. 8s. THE JESUITS are making great efforts to DEMARARA. -Mr: Rattray's premises, and undermine the progress of pure religion in other properties, having been consumed by India. They are attempting to vilify the

fire accidentally, in October last, the editor Baptist missionaries, and delude their con. of the Royal Gazette represents it as having verts. Popery does not seek so much to been caused by the population around, with convert the heathen, as to corrupt the chris- a view to cast odium upon the London tians. The scenes of Tahiti, however, are Missionary Society. These falsehoods have not likely to be repeated in Hindostan.

been effectually refuted to the governor, who FERNANDO Po.- Mr. Clarke writes, July, repudiates all connection with the paper, 1844. Last Lord's day we had a baptism and condemns and exposes the evil calumny in the rivulet near the town, at which three

of its editor. men and five women were baptized. Mr. Merrick began the service, Dr. Prince read and prayed; I proached from Mark xvi, 15,

NOTICE. 16, (by the water side,) to a most attentive and large audience, and brother Sturgeon An individual who professes to lecture on gave an address to the persons to be bap. missions, and to exhibit missionary scenes, tized, and baptized them in the name of the having been supposed to have some connecThree One Jehovah. The morning was tion with the General Baptist Missionary very favourable, and two hours and a half Society, it is judged necessary to state that were occupied in the open air. Captain the Society has nothing to do with him, Becroft, and several other white persons, or his receipts, which are merely for private were present; and many of our sable friends purposes. were melted to tears. Those baptized were

J.G. PIKE, Secretary. as follows: two Eboe women, one Moko, Derby, January 22nd, 1844.

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