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Report of Prudential Committee of the A. B. C. F. M.
VII. MISSION TO PALESTINE.
Wymai.On the island of Atoci. | sued here, as at the other stations, -Messrs. Samuel Whitney and Sam but no details have come to hand as uel Ruggles, Assistant Missionaries;
in preceding years. and George Sandwich, Native Assis
Station of Oodooville. tant.
The Charity Boarding School con
tains 11 boys and three girls. Five The first missionaries arrived at
native free schools contain 250 boys Smyrna in January, 1820.-Rev.
and six girls. Pliny Fisk and Rev Daniel Temple, Missionaries.
Station of Panditeripo. Most of the foregoing missionaries, George Koch, a youth of Dutch exand assistant missionaries have wives. traction, and a member of the church, At several stations among the Indi assists Dr. Scudder in his Medical ans, there are unmarried females, la services, as well as in communicating boring as teachers and domestic hel religious instruction. The Charity pers. Religious Int. Boarding School of Heathen children
contains 16 boys and two girls; and
three fre schools contain 125 boys Ceylon is a large Island in the In and four girls. One native convert,
besides Geo. Koch, is a member of dian Ocean, lying at the southern ex
the church. The last letter mentions tremity of Hindoostan. A mission
that a lad in the boarding school was was established in the district of Jaff a candidate for admission to the comna in this Island, by the American munion. Board of Commissioners for Foreign
Station of Manepy. Missions, between six and seven years
Five native schools contain 244 since. There are seven foreign min
boys and eight girls. isters and four native preachers, con
Thus it appears, that the mission
aries in Ceylon, besides performing nected with this mission, and they oc the general duties of evangelists and сиру
five different stations, as may be pastors, educate 87 heathen children seen from the 'brief view'given above.
in their families, and superintend Station of Tillippally.
24 free schools, containing i 149 chil
dren. The whole number of their The Charity boarding School for pupils is therefore 1236, of whom 49 Heathen Children, contains 23 boys are females. There is reason to conand six girls. There are seven feee clude, also, that the number of chilschools for heathen children, contain dren received into the families will ing 313 boys, and 14 girls. Five
be greatly increased, when the latest natives are members of the church, remittances and communications from having been admitted by baptism, this country shall have reached the after a public profession of their faith, place of their destination. and evidence of their having received the truth in love.
The great head of the Church, is Station of Batticetta.
evidently preparing the way for the The Charity Boarding School con establishment of the Gospel in this tains 22 boys and four girls; and four
Island. It is gradually working its schools for the gratuitous instruction of heathen children, contain 180 boys
way into the minds and hearts.of the and twogirls.
youth, and in the history of this misThe same course of labors is pur sion we are already permitted to see
Letter from Mr. Poor.-Niles's Letter.
LETTER FROM MR. POOR TO A GENTLE
a remarkable example of that proce That account was kept seperate. His dure of the divine wisdom and Sove- journal for November is much more reignty. “Out of the mouth of babes interesting than this which I send. and sucklings hath thou ordained Perhaps he thought I would substi
tute that for this; but for the reason strength, because of thine enemies, above mentioned, I have not done it. that thou mightest still the enemy and Since I began this letter, Niles has the avenger.” The following letter writing to you, and asked him if he
been to my room.
I told him I was of Mr. Poor, one of the missionaries
had any thing to say to you, “Tell in Ceylon, with the Journal trans- him,” he says in English, "I give him mitted with it, copied from the Mis thanks, and pray for him. God pity sionary Herald, published in Boston, him;" referring to your weak state. will doubtless prove interesting to
He has been giving me an account of
the manner in which he and John* our readers.
spent the forenoon. They went to one of the bungalows, at which Nicho
las or I usually preach. They heard MAN IN SALEM, MASS.
fifty or sixty boys, who belong to two Tillipally, Dec. 9, 1821. of our schools, repeat the catechism;
read two chapters in Matthew, one MY DEAR BROTHER,
respecting the birth, and the other, the For two or three years past, I death of Christ, to twenty-five men, have required five or six of the oldest who came to the bungalow; answered boys in the boarding school, to keep some questions and sung twice. One a journal, that they might acquire the man was disposed to interrupt them, habit of noticing passing events, and by asking foolish questions; but did the manner in which they spend their not succeed.-Niles will need Scott's time. As I was hearing their journ- | Bible by the time you can send it to als, a few days ago, it occurred to my him; also, some other books, such as mind that it would gratify you to have Baxter's Saints' Rest, Doddridge's a copy of Niles's journal translated Rise and Progress, Pilgrim's Prointo English. I accordingly send you his journal for the month of October,
Yours affectionately, translated and copied by Dwight. If
D. POOR Niles had had any idea that this part of his journal would ever been known
JOURNAL OF NATHANIEL NILES, FOR abroad, he would doubtless have writ
ONE MONTH. ten, in some respects in a different manner, and made it much more in
Translated by Dwight. teresting. But I chose that you should see him in his every day dress,
Oct. 1, 1821.-I began to-day to and not, (as he sometimes dresses,)
visit a school at a village called Punwith a painted cloth. From this spe
Ia:ly: cimen of his journal, you will form 2. About eight o'clock in the some idea of the assistance which he evening, Porter, Jordan, Onesimus, renders to the mission, and be able to and myself, went to Mr. Poor's room judge whether the money you have to be conversed with, as we are progiven for his support, has been profit- fessedly Christians. He read and ably expended, or not. In his journ-explained to us the first chapter in al he has said nothing of the state of the school which he has visited,
* John Lawrence.
Niles's Journal, continued.
the first epistle of Paul the Apostle, talking to another company of men, to the Thessalonians.
one of them said, I was employed in 3. Though I did not feel much a that business with a view of supportbout the word of God, yet I talked to ing myself, and that should I carry twelve persons about Christ.
any books to them, they would take 5. I read a letter, which Mr. Poor them from me, and throw them into a wrote to the people, to nineteen per- well.
Mr. Poor wrote this letter be 14. I was happy in God to hear cause he could not personally talk the
that many of the inhabitants with the people at their houses. of some islands who were formerly
6. Having opportunity of talking idolaters, being convinced of their folwith two men about their souls, I gave ly, have received Christ as their Sathem of the letter to read. I viour.* then went to the village of Punnarly 15. When I was at the monthly and found there in one place about 17 meeting of the native assistants of persons,
with whom I talked a the mission at Panditeripo, having bout the salvation of their souls. But heard in their address, that, as our one of them blasphemed Jesus, who life is very short, we should all be humbled himself to be a man, altho' much concerned for our fellow-creahe is the King of kings, and Lord of tures, I was affected with the thought lords. I went with Mr. Poor to a of the importance of my attending to cock-fighting place, where a great the concern of my soul as I ought, number of people were collected, and and of the necessity of performing
my read to them the fifth letter which he duty to God, and to my fellow-creawrote to the people; but fearing that tures in regard to their souls. they would hurt me, I went and stood by Mr. Poor.
[On the five succeeding days he
conversed with 13, 20, 18, 10 and 14 8. After I read Mr. Poor's letter
individuals. On the 22d, he "talked to some persons, and gave a few copies to others, I talked with them con
to 25 persons about their souls.”
There is no abatement of his zeal and cerning their souls. 10. I had opportunity to talk with
industry.] twenty-four persons concerning the 24. When I was going to some salvation of their souls.
place, having met a man in the way, 11. I conversed with twelve per I asked him what would become of sons, and gave a copy of the letter for his soul when he dies, and several othem to read.
ther questions. He then said, that 12. I spoke with so few persons as the vegetables cannot grow without three, not exerting myself much. their sowing seeds. I asked him why
13. I had opportunity of speak- it was not in his own power to call ing about Christ to a number of peo rain upon them. He replied, that ple amounting to thirty-three. One they give their gods rice, plantains, of them speaking against Mr. Poor, cocoanuts, &c. and they make it rain. said that he ought never to speak to Finding another company of perthem, being a widower, but the rest of sons, I told them the importance of us might go and speak with them. their loving Christ. One of them askIn another place, when I was talking with some men, one of them * It is probable Niles refers to the said that he would persuade ma great moral changes in the Society Isny of the people to embrace our re lands, the account of which is not in ligion, if we would give them any our possession at present. thing for their support. When I was
Remarks on Niles's Journal
to so many,
ed me in what way they should love (which was written by a body only 13 Christ. I answered that they could years old, as furnishing a specimen not love him by their offerings of fowls, of what has been accomplished in the sheep, plantains, and rice; but by education of the youths, supported in repenting of their sins, and giving the charity boarding school in Ceylon themselves up to him. They got dis- by individuals and societies in this pleased, and went away mocking me. country. Niles seems to have become 25. When I
to a certain a faithful, active, and useful assistant. place, some, persons in the way de- Having enjoyed good instruction as to sired me to say to them something con the doctrines and duties of the Chriscerning their souls, and I talked with tian religion himself, no doubt he daithem. I went to another place, and ly imparts much of divine truth to read some of the letters to seven per
those with whom he converses. Nor sons, one of whom asked me, if there is it according to the ordinary course was any one on the earth that went
of divine providence, that the truths and saw heaven. I replied and told of the Gospel, imparted so often, and him, that our Lord Jesus Christ, when
should be wholly lost. he was in this world, revealed all The friends of missions should renthese things. They said they believ- der devout thanksgivings to God, and ed that Jesus Christ was one of their take courage, with respect to the misgods, and that they went to see him sion in Ceylon, when they see how he in their temples.
is raising up and qualifying young, in27. When I was speaking with telligent, enterprising natives for some persons about the character of preachers of the Gospel to their counJesus, one of them said, that before I tryinen. The fact of his providing was a boarding scholar, under the care such laborers, at so early a period, of the missionaries, I was a heathen, (only four years from the opening of and believed that their god Caderay- the school, and in such numbers, andavee had made them. They then there are at least eleven males, and asked me if their god Caderayandavee several females, hopefully pious,) was not their creator. I denied, and seems to indicate that he has designs said he was not the being that made of mercy towards the whole people. us; and that I would never speak any The mission has indeed been signalthing against their pretended god Ca- ly blessed, and the missionaries are derayandavee, if I believed on him. pursuing their work, with increasing They all, as though it was a strange zeal and animation. thing, put their hands on their faces, We cannot close our remarks, withand exclaimed three times in succes out directing the attention of our reasion, "alas!” and mocked at me. ders to the translation of Niles's jour
28. I found about twenty-eight nal by Dwight. It should be remempersons, and spoke to them concern bered that this boy, on entering the ing the character of Christ, and what school, commenced the study of Enthey must do to be saved. One of glish, as a foreign language. What them said, that, by only feeding a attentions he must have received from cow, they could be saved.
his instructors, and with what assiduThe editor of the Missionary Her- himself, those can best judge, who
ity and success he must have applied ald makes the following very pertin- have attempted the acquisition of a ent and judicious remarks upon the language as unlike to the English, as above journal.
the English is to the oriental languag
Dwight was 15 or 16 years of age, We have given the above journal,' when he made this translation, and
Renunciation of Idolotary in the Island of Rurutu.
ISLAND OF RURUTU.
we have no hesitation in saying, that bor; when they arrived we found they but very few youths of his age, in this were natives of Rurutu. They had country, can write so correctly in a come from Maupiti, touched on their forejon language; and that compara- voyage at Borabora, but could not tively few can write so much English get in for the contrary wind. They as this journal contains, with so few had been drifted about the sea for
three weeks, and laterly, without food
and water, except sea water, which [The following statement is from they were obliged to drink. Contra
winds drove them from their own the missionaries at Raiatea, employ- Island; but the Lord, to whose mercied by the “London Missionary So- ful designs, winds and waves are subciety,” and communicated by them servient, protected and guided them to the Society. All the facts are to these Islands. Maupiti was the
first Island they could make. deeply interesting to the Christian
They were exceedingly astonished world. It being lengthy, we are un at the difference of customs, men and able to present it all to our readers women eating together; the Areoi Sothis week. The remainder will ap- ciety, their dances, and every lascipear in our next.)
vious game completely put away.
When they heard of the new system From the Missionary Magazine. of religion, and saw the people wor
shipping the living and true God, they RENUNCIATION OF IDOLATRY IN THE
were convinced of its propriety and
superiority, and immediately began An account of the renunciation of 1- to learn to read. dolatry, and of the reception of
The Chief, with his wife and a few Christianity by the natives of Rurii- others, went ashore at Berabora. Mr. tu, an Island in the South Seas. Orsmond, the Missionary of that sta150° 51' E. long. 22° 29' S. lat. tion paid every attention to them ducalled in the charts, Oheteroa. ring their short stay; gave them books,
and began to teach them to read; but RAIATEA, Oct. 18, 1821.
as the canoe and the greater part of The whole of the circumstances the people were at Raiatea, they soon relating to this event having been pe followed. They were 25 in number, culiarly interesting and encouraging men and women. We set apart a certo us, we are desirous that all who tain time for their instruction, supare anxious for the universal spread plied them all with elementary books, of divine truth, and feel interested and gave them in charge to our deain the success of Christian Missions, cons, who were very much pleased may be acquainted with it, that they with, and delighted in the discharge may be partakers with us of our joy. of their new office. Their language
On March the 8th last, we saw a being somewhat different the deacons strange sail at sea, which made to could make themselves understood wards the reef, and appeared to be better than we could. determined to hazard running on it Auura, their Chief, paid particular instead of bearing up for the proper attention, as well as his wife; the harbor, a practice resorted to by the greater part of the others were rather natives, when in extremity. Perseiv- slothful. He appeared to appreciate ing their imminent danger, the chiefs the worth of knowledge, and the vamanned our boats and went off to pi- ' lue of good tidings of salvation; his lot the strangers safely into the har- attention was great and his questions