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of missions greater liberality and zeal than ever; that they will stimulate them to be consiant and servent in prayer before a throne of grace, for a blessing to attend the means which are used for the conversion of the heathen; and that not only on the first Monday of every month, but every day, in the family and in the closet, for he thai seeth in secret shall reward openly. Let us contemplate these Christian preachers in Madagascar, who are like the prophet of old in the valley of vision, prophesying over the dry bones, and saying, Oye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord; yet, after all, destitute of life they will be until the breath comes from the four winds, and breathes upon the slain that they may live, and stand on their feet, an exceeding great army. Hence is to be seen the necessity of fervent prayer for the influences of the Spirit, as well as the providing and the using of means. Cast thy bread upon the wuleis: for thou shalt find it after many days. But though Paul planted, and Apollos watered, yet it was God that gave the in: crease. I'herefore let prayer be offered with every penny, shilling, and sovereign. Hoping the following will be acceptable,
I remain, my dear Sir,
Yours very truly,
DAVID JONES. (To be Continued.)
And whoever are directed hither under the providence of the great Head of the Church, may they be filled with the Spirit of bure, as well as of power and of a sound mind!
Union Chapel. A short time ago, I took a chart to point out the situation of Union chapel, which I for. warded to His Excellency the Governor, accompanied with a petition for a grant of the land"; His Excellency made some inquiries, and then wrote an order on the petition for a license of occupancy to be immediately granted. According to custom, it is published* for one month before the Secretary can give the written license; the time having nearly ex. pired I expect it in a few days. You will be much gratified to learn that, notwithstanding I have not been able to visit Fort Island more than once since brother Lewis left for Berbice, yet the little chapel has been con. stantly well attended, insomuch that many have not been able to get admittance on Lord's-days: this is the more gratifying, as they have not the excitement which a missionary's frequent visits might be supposed to inspire they have only one of themselves, a humble, meek, exemplary Christian, whose labours the Lord is evidently succeedingFoolish things hath God chosen, and things that are not! The Rev. Mr. Sting, (rector of St. Matthews,) on his way up the Essequibo river, called at Fort Island, and expressed himself as highly delighted. He calls them an excellent people, bringing to his mind the representations of primitive ages; and was highly gratified by their readiness to bring him on his way after a godly sort. He speaks in very high terms of Mr. Peters the teacher ; and, from his call, more than corroborates any thing I had ever told him of them. I feel additional encouragement by their being obliged to enlarge their chapel; they are adding two six-feet galleries, one on each side of the chapel, to aid them in which A. W. Pollard, Esq. has made them a present of 3000 shingles (that gentleman also was with Mr. Sting at Fort Island). In a week of two, I am expecting to go there for the puro pose of re-opening it; on that occasion 1 purpose to dispense with a Sabbath in town, as it will be most gratifying to the people residing at a distance from fort Island who are able to attend only on Lord'sdays.
I should not omit to mention also, amongst the pleasing intelligence regarding Fort 1s. land, that we have the prospect of opening e place for worship a little higher up the river Essequibo, which also the teacher will be able to supply, as a lady has expressed a wish to have the gospel nearer her. I hope to be able to furnish pleasing information on this head after my expected visit to the island.
dated George Town, Demerara, October 20,
It would afford me much delight to be able to furnish you with details more deeply interesting than any which have been formerly communicated; but I am sorry to say that, owing to sickness on the one hand, and dis. appointments from unfavourable weather or low tides on the other, my visits to the west coast have very frequently been interrupted,
ted. so that I fear that station may not again be looked upon as prosperous, until some one shall constantly occupy it. We have had dry weather for several weeks, and, should it continue, I have no doubt of being constant in supplying it, as I suppose my health may now be regarded as fully established. Be this as it may, He in whose service I am unworthily engaged, doeth all things well. Though the Directors hitherto have been frustrated in their endeavours to send help hither, their constant concern, and unremit. ting exertions for this end, make nie the more cheerful in my aitempts to meet the Directors' wishes, and the more patient in anticipation of realizing our mutual hope ; certainly it hath an expected end; and oh! may the missionary appointed to Guiana be indeed full of Jaish and of the Holy Ghost !
* In the Royal Gazettes
Infant School. Respecting the Infant school, I shall be much better able to write after having corresponded with brother Lewis on the subject : the manner in which the Directors have taken it into consideration is exceedingly delightful, and I trust something will soon be effected which will authorize our availing our. selves of their very liberal provision. I hope to see the Infant-school in a few days, which is established at Honiton. We have indeed cause to unite in devout thankfulness to the Father of mercies for his great goodness to our dear brother Wray and to us all. Should he be spared to return, we trust he will be fraught with every spiritual blessing; and, should our lives be continued, oh, may they
be more unreservedly than ever engaged for Him who died that we should not henceforth live to ourselves! All of us here have in turn been afflicted, but in every affliction we have had to rejoice.--My dear sister, Mrs. Lewis, is at present with us for her health's sake, which is better than it was, though I fear her complaint will long be a source of trial : it is wonderful to see her so ill for one day as to imagine her spirit would at once wing its way to glory--and the next day, and for several days together, so well, and cheerful, and active, that the past seems as a dream in the night. It is a most enlivening truth-All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
(Signed) Joseph Kerley.
LETTERS RECEIVED FROM MISSIONARIES, &c.
aTahiti .............. 7 April, 1831.
Ditto ...............10 Ditto, ditto.
Ditto .............. 3 and 30 June, ditto.
....18 June, ditto. C. Bartt.
.17 April, ditto, ULTRA GANOES ..
.... 1 July, ditto.
( 24 June, ditto. C. H. Thomson ........ Singapore
16 and 28 July, ditto.
( 15 March, ditto.
( 9 July, ditto.
523 April, ditto. - G. Gogerly .............D
.Ditto........... 2 July, ditto.
..11 Ditto, ditto.
1 July, ditto.
1 Ditto, ditto.
( 12 Ditto, ditto. Secretary to the Madras Dis- Madras......... 1 August, ditto. trict Coinmittee.........
15 Ditto, ditto.
| 23 May, ditto. Rev. W. Taylor ............ Dilco..........
12 July, ditto, J. Smitb................ Ditto........... Ditto, and 7 September, ditto, - J. Dawson
3 September, ditto.
( 27 June, ditto.
: 10 September, ditto.
1 August, litto.
E. Crisp ...............Combaconuin .......12 July,ditto.
Neyoor ............20 Ditto, ditto.
.Ditto ...............12, 20, and 22, Ditto, dilles
Messrs. Mault & Thomp- Onilon ..............10 and 11, Ditto, ditto.
$ 19 July, ditto.
31 August, ditto.
(23 October, ditto. Russia ......... --- R. Knill................. St. Petersburgh....
27 November, ditto. R. Yuille .............. Selenginsk.......... 1.13 October, ditto. MEDITERRANEA..- J. Lowndes.............Corfu ..............28 Ditto, ditto.
511 June, ditto. S. S. Wilson ..........Malta .........
31 October, ditto. ( 18 June, ditto.
5 August, ditto, SOUTB AFRICA:,... - Dr. Philip .............. Cape Town .....
23 September, ditto. (8 October, ditto..
T. Atkinson ............Bethelsdorp ..4.... 27 November, 1829.
26 August, ditto.
(21 and 22 December, 1830. AFRICAN ISLANDS.. mam J. Le Brun ......... ..Mauritius ........
10 September, 1831.
6 October, ditto.
1 1 and 2 September, 1830,
12 and 13 April, ditto.
S On board the Conch.. 2 August, ditto.
Tamatave ...........31 Ditto, ditto,
. 1 September, ditto.
1 and 2 September, 1830.
6 February, 1831. - E. Baker ..............Madagascar ...
5 April, ditto. 27 June, ditto.
29 September, ditto. SOUTH AMERICA ... Rev. J. Ketley..............Demerara ..... 20 October, ditto,
8 November, ditto. M. Lewis .............. Berbice
..22 October, ditto.
DOMESTIC MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.
MONTHLY MISSIONARY PRAYER-MEETING.
· VIZAGAPATAM. The town of Vizagapatam is situated on the sea-coast, in one of the northern Circars, about 480 miles (travelling distance) northward from Madras, and contains between 30 and 40,000 inhabitants, principally consisting of Gentoos (or Hindoos). Teloogoo (or Telinga) is chiefly spoken here; also throughout a wide extent of country, in this part of India, and in the province of Mysore.
The Society's mission at Vizagapatam was commenced in 1805, by the Rev. Messrs. Cran and Des Granges, both of them men of deep piety, and eminently devoted to the cause of Christ among the heather. After labouring with great diligence and zeal for a few years, they were both called to their rest and their reward. The mission has also subsequently suffered much by circumscribed or suspended labours, resulting from the inroads of disease and the ravages of mortality.
In a comparatively short time the missionaries were capable of conversing with the natives on the great principles of the Christian revelation, and constantly availed themselves of opportunities of so doing; which practice has been constantly kept up by the brethren who have subsequently laboured at this station. They have not, however, been able to go forth into the Bazaars, and other places of public resort, as the brethren at many other stations have been enabled to do; but they have assiduously availed themselves of opportunities of addressing the natives who occasionally assemble at the school-rooms, both in the town and neigh. bouring country.
In the first year of the mission, English preaching was commenced for the benefit of the military stationed, and the Indo-Britons resident, at the place; by which means good seems to have been, from time to time, effected, and an evident change of character in some. Connected with the Indo-British congregation, a church was formed in 1810. In 1830, the number of members was eleven, and there were eight candidates for communion.
From among the native, or lindoo, adult population no stated congregation has been as yet collected. Indeed, such is the versatility of their character, and so insensible are they to the solemnities of Christian worship, that it has not been yet found practicable even to bind them to the observance of the usual order of a regular Christian service.
It was at an early period of the mission, also, that the establishment of native boys' schools commenced, which have been, from that time, gradually increasing in number. For several years past these schools have amounted to about 12, and the number of boys under instruction to between 300 and 400. In 1824, after several abortive attempts, a native female school was formed, which was followed by another of the same description shortly afterwards. The number of native females instructed in these schools is from 60 to 70.
The direct utility of the boys' schools has advanced with their increasing number and attendance. The successive reports of the missionaries, corroborated by the statements of other respectable individuals who had inspected them, have been uniformiy favourable in regard to these schools. Indeed, such is the reputation in which they are held, that, could the Society place increased pecuniary means at the disposal of the missionaries, and an adequate superintendence could be provided, the number of ihem might be greatly increased. The Scriptures--an earnest desire to become acquainted with which has been manifested by many of the boys--have been uniformly taught in all the schools. Not a few of the boys daily read the Teloogoo New Testament, and commit portions of it to memory. In this way much Christian knowledge has been attained by them, so that the missionaries have been led, not unfrequently, to express a high degree of delight while describing their progress, and more than once to intimate, that they could not but regard those seminaries as preparing the seed of a future native church, and as constituting the hope of the coming generation, at Vizagapatam.
The teachers in the schools have, generally speaking, a good knowledge of the Scriptures, and are exemplary in their conduct. The Teloogoo and English school, which the missionaries are of opinion bids fair to become a seminary for native teachers, has already supplied the mission with two useful assistants.
Of the numerous youths instructed in the several mission-schools, of which some are situated in the town, and some in the neighbouring country, many assemble on the Sabbath in two different parts of the town (sometimes to the number of 80 or 90), for the reading of the Scriptures, and for catechetical exercises.
Numerous copies of the Teloogoo New Testament, translated by the missionaries who have laboured at this station, and of tracts in various languages, have been from time to time distributed among such of the natives as manifest a desire to read them, and to understand the meaning of what they read; and, as the missionaries have endeavoured to regulate the distribution generally on this principle, they are disposed to conclude that the books have usually turned to good account. The principal part of the books distributed have been conveyed, eventually, to places distant from Vizagapatam. In many instances, they have been given on the application of individuals, who have been led by the perusal of them to further inquiries after the truth.
On the Teloogoo New Testament being distributed and publicly read and explained, a spirit of inquiry was excited among the people as to the nature of the Christian religion; and the immediate effect was, that prejudice visibly declined.
It would be gratifying to state, that, at this station, as at many others in India, a number of the Hindoos had embraced the gospel, and turned with purpose of heart unto the Lord. While many from among the English and Indo-Britons have received decided spiritual beneht from the labours of the missionaries, and been united in church-fellowship, we are not aware that, connected with the mission at Vizagapalam, more than one Hindoo has been baptized.
Nevertheless, the operations of the mission have been attended with considerable benefit to the Hindoo population; and when we recal to mind the gross darkness in which they were llivolved at the time the mission was commenced, we find much cause for gratitude to God, for what, under his blessing, has been actually achieved; for the awful saperstition in which they are more or less involved, not only darkens the mind to a degree deplorable beyond all that can be conceived by those who have not had frequent intercourse with the people, and conversed with them on religious subjects, but mingles with and influences all their civil and social relations; chaining them to the most slavish and melancholy subjection to it. In 1816, however, the missionaries were able to write that many of the natives had then acquired “correct ideas of God,” and were no longer “involved in their former state of dark. ness.” We are able to add, that the mission, since that time, has been gradually exerting greater influence over the native population, not only by means of the increase of schools, and the distribution of the Scriptures, but in consequence of the increased attendance, and less prejudiced attention, of the adults, who bave assembled to hear the gospel.
Incontestible evidence has appeared of the partial decline of Hinduism among the people here. Several of them long ago cast away the visible symbols of their idolatry. Some of their idolatrous ceremonies have fallen into comparative disrepute and neglect. A relaxed attachment to their superstitions is exhibited by inany of the people, with diminished reverence for the Brahmins, and less deference to their authority and opinions. On the other band, the Brahmins are, apparently, actuated chiefly, if not altogether, in their efforts in support of Hinduism, by the motive of supporting themselves, and a desire to retain their reduced portion of importance and influence among the people. When they enter into dis. cussions with the missionaries in the presence of the natives, they not only give proof of ignorance of their own system, but involuntarily show that they are conscious of the great superiority of Christianity.
Jlay it be the earnest prayer of the members of the Society, that both the Brahmins and people of India on the present occasion, at this station, particularly-may be speedily turned froma dumb idols to serve the living God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come! Amen.
· PROM MISSIONARIES ON THEIR PASSAGE
OUTWARDS. Letter from Rev. 0. T. Dobbin and Rev. J.
Paterson, dated on board the H. C. Ship Asia, Plymouth Sound, February 9th, 1832; addressed to the Home Secretary.
REV. AND DEAR SIR, When we last addressed you, on the 31st ult., we did not expect that we should so soon be called on to write you again, espe. cially from an English port. We had hoped, by this time, to have been far advanced on our voyage, busily engaged in our private studies, preparatory to usefulness at the respective places of our appointment, and in such exertions for the spiritual welfare of our present companions, as the peculiarity of our circumstances might admit. It is not, however, in man that walketh, to direct his steps. The truth of this remark of the sacred writer is, perhaps, no where more observable than in the vicissitudes and frequent disappointments to which life on sea is subject. We have seen it exemplified in the events of the last fortnight; but we are enabled to rejoice that the heavens do rule the affairs of men, and that, however our expectations may be frustrated, and our plans deranged, the pur. pose of the Lord 'standeth firm; that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Shortly after the pilot left us at Ports mouth, the wind set in from the south-west, accompanied with frequent squalls and continued foul weather. Notwithstanding these untoward circumstances, and the rough seas which we encountered, by dint of tacking when we could, and heaving to when it was found impossible to make head against the wind, we succeeded in making our way into the Bay of Biscay, as far as the 47° of latitude. Here the wind increased so much in violence as to render all efforts to proceed, or even to keep our ground, utterly hopeless; we there fore put about early on Sabbath morning, and made all sail for some sheltered port in the west of England, where we might remain till the weather should become more favourable. The general sickness of the passengers, and the bustle and confusion which prevailed on board, prevented us from having divine service, but we consoled ourselves with the hope of once more being permitted to worship in the land of our fathers, and to go that evening with the multitude to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise. In this again we were disappointed, for we did not come to anchor here till seven o'clock on Monday morning, when we found our companion, the “Sir David Scott,” riding quietly by our side; she also having been obliged to put back from the same causes. During these uncomfortable days, Mrs. Dobbin and Mrs. Paterson, and nearly all the other passen. gers, suffered much from sea-sickness. We
ourselves were permitted to escape it altoge. ther. Through the. merciful providence of our heavenly Father, we were saved from every real danger, and are now, with recruited health and spirits, proceeding once more on our long voyage, with the hope of not again setting foot on shore till we land at Madras.
The captain, officers, and passengers in general, continue kind and friendly; and we are not without hope of finding some among them who will enter into our views, and second our exertions for the religious improvement of the soldiers and crew, though we have not yet had any decided evidence of their personal piety. Hitherto our efforts have necessarily been confined to the distribution of tracts, and private serious conversation with passengers and others; but we do not anticipate any obstacle to more public exertions, when weather and other circumstances will permit.
While we cannot but regret (if in any case the Christian be allowed to regret the arrangements of an all-wise Providence,) that we have been so long prevented from prosecuting our voyage, we record with gra. iitude the opportunity which this delay has afforded us of once more enjoying the religious privileges of highly-favoured England, and of again having our hearts warmed by the simple but ardent piety of our English brethren in the Lord. We congratulated ourselves that we had been obliged to enter Plymouth rather than any other port in the channel ; for we well recollected the pressing invitation which, at one of the late anniversaries in London, the excellent Mr. Hatchard, vicar of St. Andrew's church, gave to missionaries of all denominations to resort to his house whenever the providence of God should bring them to this place. Little did we then think that ever we should be in circumstances to avail ourselves of this generous offer, but we now regarded it as the finger of God, and gladly sought out the hospitable dwelling of that most worthy clergyman. He received us with much kindness and Christian love, and while our vessel lay in the sound, he continued to interest himself on our behalf in every way he could think of. Nor was Mrs. Hatchard less kind and attentive. It is not in our power to make any adequate return to them ; but He who suffers not even the gift of a cup of cold water to a disciple to pass unrewarded, will cause their kindness to return in showers of blessings on their heads.
As the pilot is just about to leave us, (11 p. m.), we have only time further to entreat a continued interest in your prayers. Remember us kindly to our dear brethren at college, and present our best respects to our honoured fathers and brethren, the Directors of the Society. We remain, dear Sir,
In the bonds of Christian love,