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to a second place in public estimation, and likewise in real efficiency. I bid him Godspeed in his enterprise. There are many men among our constituents to whom it would not be any great sacrifice to give in one donation all the money which is required for the object. May God put it into their hearts to consider the claim, and have their names inscribed in the most commanding roll of India's benefactors !
We have our College in China. If we have dropped, indeed, that more ambitious name, we yet have the substance, the reality, in the “Theological Seminary of the London Missionary Society's Missions in China." The same Institution existed formerly in Malacca, “The Anglo-Chinese College," originated by the venerated Founder of the Chinese Mission, Dr. Morrison. When arrangements were made in 1843 to re-organize it in Hong-Kong, the Brethren thought that something would be gained by the quieter title which has since been adopted. It would appear to the world that our labours are all for one end-our aim quite simple. We hope to come behind none of our compeers in the literary and scientific education which we impart, and the general development which is given to the faculties of our students ; but it will be seen that the “one thing" which we “do,” is to train up servants for the Church of Christ. Young men of promise, converts to the truth, are to be sent to it from the various stations,- to be taught English, and to be generally instructed through the medium of the Mandarin dialect of their own language. Subsidiary to it, there is a preparatory Boarding-school in Hong-Kong; and, ere long, as our labours become consolidated, I hope to see a similar Institution at every station. A theological class, properly so called, will be commenced with those three young men, immediately on my return. I confidently expect that at least three more will be prepared to join them from the school.
But how are the expenses of the Seminary to be met ? An annual allowance is made by the Board of Directors of £150 to support the Boarding-school, which will barely suffice to give food and education to twenty boys. But the students will be young men. They will possess acquirements which would make them highly prized and liberally salaried, as interpreters, clerks, and in other services. They cannot and ought not to be treated on the same plan of rigid economy as mere boys. To insure the prosperity of the Institution, there ought to be an annual allowance of £25 each, to cover all necessary expenses, and support the young men in a manner respectable and befitting the position in life which they are intended to occupy. I would ask whether there are not many in our country, who will cheerfully devote such a sum annually for the training of a Chinese Evangelist? A few of the Directors might be associated as Trustees of a Fund for that object, and to guarantee the faithful application of the contri. butors' bounty.
I crave your indulgence for a few sentences more on the Library of our Seminary. It is large for that part of the world, but not select nor well proportioned. As to Religious Works, there is an abundance of such as were in print thirty or forty years ago, but few of a later date. As to works of History, Literature, and Science, the supply of them is very scanty ; and what we have, are, with almost no exceptions, of an inferior order. I earnestly crave the help of our friends to supply this want. Donations of good books will be of the greatest assistance. The object is surely one well deserving the exercise of liberality. We long to see our Missions self-sustained and self-propagating ; but to secure that we must commit the truths which we announce to “faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” It is our plan to train such-to raise up pastors for our infant Churches, who shall be able ministers--men spiritually enlightened in the knowledge of Christ, and with their general character so strengthened and expanded that we can look to them with hope and admiration, earnestly and wisely to carry on the wide evangelization of their countrymen.
In this work we are prepared to spend and be spent. We hope that very many will cooperate with us in the ways which we have indicated.
I am, dear Brother, ever faithfully yours, 27, Montpelier Square, Brompton, Nov. 15, 1847.
CONDITION AND CLAIMS OF THE MYSORE COUNTRY. In a recent communication, our brother, the Rev. C. Campbell of Mysore, makes an urgent appeal to the Directors to strengthen his hands by sending out another Missionary from England. In support of this request, with which it is the intention of the Directors to comply at the earliest practicable period, he adduces the facts comprised in the following statements; exhibiting on the one hand the extreme demoralisation and wretchedness of the people; and on the other, their growing conviction of the truth and excellence of Christianity, the candour and patience with which they generally listen to the voice of its messengers, and the unexampled facilities which exist for the spread of its doctrines and the enforcement of its claims. In directing our attention to these deeply interesting topics, our brother observes :
The work at this station is still in an in- other herald of mercy to these poor outcasts. cipient state : we have been chiefly employed I know that the same may be said of many in breaking up the fallow ground; and the other parts of the world; but into this part plan of our operations has been exceedingly of the field you have already sent us, and simple, consisting chiefly in the direct preach- we have found it everywhere open to our la. ing of the Gospel in the city of Mysore itself bours. We have also, in some measure, deand the surrounding country. I look with stroyed their confidence in their refuges of the deepest interest on this field of labour, lies, and disturbed their peace in the way of as a place where much precious seed has been sin; and you must help us to lead them to sown in the exercise of faith and prayer, and the sure refuge, and so direct them to the feel assured that, in the Lord's own time and proper source of abundant and lasting peace. way, that seed will spring forth to the praise You have also greatly increased the responand glory of his grace. Yes, I feel confident, sibilities of this people by affording them that come what will, the labour bestowed on some opportunities of hearing the Word of this part of the vineyard cannot be entirely God proclaimed ; you must, therefore, send lost. In the eternal world it may be seen more labourers, that we may give them no that our foolishness of preaching has led to rest till they close with the offers of mercy; the salvation of many a precious soul, and, lest, being allowed to let slip the things they in a variety of ways now untraceable by the have already heard, they should receive the eye of man, prepared for the glory of the grace of God in vain, and go down to the latter days.
grave with an accumulated load of guilt upon Our claim for more help in this part of the their heads. Mission-field, is not because we have a large The general state of the Mission is much and interesting church that requires to be the same as when the last report was written. edified, instructed, and comforted, or that we The boys in the day-schools are making good have many flourishing schools demanding progress in the simple branches of education vigilant superintendence; but it is because which are likely to be useful to them in their the number of those who are perishing in rank of life, and many of them have as much heathenism, and to whom we have daily ac- scriptural knowledge as would not only sare cess, is very great. Darkness covers the their souls, but make them very useful mem. earth, and gross darkness the people; and bers of the church of Christ, if the Lord were their case is all the more wretched and awful, pleased to convert them from the error of because they love the darkness and refuse to their ways. Mrs. Campbell has had four open their eyes to receive the light. And the girls lately added to her school. She feels whole country is before us: Mysore itself, grateful for even this small increase, and with its 60,000 or 65,000 inhabitants; the po- somewhat encouraged by it. She earnestly pulous towns of Seringapatam, Ganjam, and desires to see greater things, but rejoices to Nunjengode; and many, very many, largerand have an opportunity of regularly instructing smaller villages and towns a little more re- even a few in the knowledge of Christ. Some mote, but still within a reasonable distance of the dear little girls give her much satisfacfrom this station. In all these places there are tion, both in their attention to their lessons multitudes of men, women, and children, with and in the general temper and spirit which immortal spirits, exposed to the wrath of they exbibit. Almighty God on' account of their rebellion Our street-preaching in Mysore is often against him. There are multitudes of them rather discouraging. A great many of the daily passing for ever beyond our reach. But, people have heard the Gospel so frequently alas! how seldom are we able to go to each preached, that they cannot fail to know it in place to make known the salvation of the its leading features. But, alas! they seem Gospel! and how many places are never to be in a very hardened state, wedded to visited at all! We wish you could send an. their idols, and either awfully indifferent or
violently opposed to the saving truths of swering questions regarding the things of God. Christianity. I can see no disposition on the In some of the villages I felt peculiar delight part of any of them at present to unite them and satisfaction in detailing the miracles and selves to the people of God, though I have no sufferings of our Divine Saviour, and dwelldoubt many of them have convictions which ing on the circumstances of his death and they find it not easy to resist.
resurrection ; and was not a little pleased and I feel very deeply impressed with the im. encouraged with the favourable impression portance of going out frequently into the which these great facts seemed to produce on country, in obedience to our Lord's com the minds of the hearers. I wish I could mand, *. Preach the Gospel to every creature,” say that we witnessed any indications of the to gather into the fold of Christ those whom hearts of a few being disposed to turn to God has chosen, and who may now be scat God. But this, alas ! I am unable to do. It tered about in various places far removed is very apparent, however, that there is in from the ordinary scene of our labours. As many minds a great dissatisfaction with Hinwe do not know where it may be said, “The
dooism as a system of religion, combined Lord has many people in this place," it is with a desire for something better to form a desirable to lift up the standard of the Cross ground of hope for eternity. The superiority in as many places as we can, that the people of the Gospel, in every respect, is also reamade willing by the Redeemer's power may dily acknowledged by many; and I feel perspeedily gather round it. The multiplicity suaded that nothing but the fear of persecuof duties connected with our central station, tion prevents a large and increasing class from and various other circumstances, prevent us making an open profession of the faith of from itinerating as often as we could wish; Christ. This halting between two opinions but in the month of June I was able to inake is a very critical and perilous state. They two short tours in different directions, both know enough of the Gospel to render it imwhich were exceedingly interesting. On the possible for them to derive any comfort from first occasion I was accompanied by our as the absurd rites and wicked practices of heasistant Mr. Jelly, whose help in preaching thenism, and yet they have not received grace and talking with the people was very valuable; to enable them in the face of danger and opand on the other by Mrs. Campbell, whose position to betake them to Jesus, the only state of health was not a little benefited by refuge from the wrath to come. Oh! that the change. The principal places visited on Christians were stirred up to pray more earthese two occasions were, Tyaar, Narsipora, nestly for the heathen in this condition ? Maogoar, Comatoor, Nunjengode, Yedato They have a strong claim on our sympathies rah, Cutty, Palhully, Seringapatam, and and intercessions ; for their trials and tempGanjam.
tations are greater than it is easy to estimate, In all these and other places there were and the Spirit of God alone can give them many people ready to give, at least, a patient strength to overcome them. It is greatly to hearing to the Gospel-message. Mr. Jelly be feared, that at the present time many who and I had thought it better not to enter much have often heard the Gospel preached, and into discussion ; but we had many long and felt some of its power, are striving hard to interesting conversations with the people, and stifle their convictions, and are preparing enjoyed a few delightful opportunities of set. themselves for a dreadful end ; not, indeed, ting forth the leading facts and principles of so dreadful as that of many who have been the Divine Word. Some days we were almost born in a Christian land, but far more so than constantly engaged from morning till evening, that of their heathen neighbours who have instructing and exhorting, hearing and an- been less enlightened.
(To be continued.)
TAHITI.--STATE AND PROSPECTS OF THE MISSION. The state and prospects of our Mission in this island are clearly exhibited in the subjoined communication received from one of our Missionary brethren under date of June last. The prejudicial influence of French authority and interference on the aspect and operations of the Mission is painfully apparent from these statements, but it will also be seen that the zealous and persevering endeavours of our brethren to re-organise the stations, and recover the ground which had been lost, have, through the Divine favour, been partially successful ; and, amid many discouragements and obstacles, there is reason to hope that the work of God will be gradually restored to order and efficiency. In referring to the present circumstances and anticipated improvement of the respective stations, our brother writes as follows:
Ar every place there are two parties,-one from all parts of the island collect at Papeete, consisting of those who had formerly joined but the greater part of the people resort the French; and the other of those who came thither for worldly and vicious purposes. out of the camps at the time of the betrayal. Bunaania.—The French destroyed all the
Nearly all of the old native governors have bread-fruit trees and many of the cocoa-nut been laid aside by the French, and new ones for miles on each side of the Point, at the created from among the young chiefs, who time the first attack was made upon the never made any profession of religion. This camps : it was said that the object was to has greatly discouraged the people. Many prevent the Tahitians from collecting again of the old chiefs were consistent members of as an army at this place. And now, having our churches; but those now in office would, made it a military station, they have sucit is believed, turn to Popery, or anything ceeded in driving nearly all the people away: else, if the French Governor should express only a very few families remaining as residents a wish or issue a command to that effect. in the neighbourhood. Utami, our oldand tried “ The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice." chief, has also been deprived of his office as We live in the hope of better times yet for governor, because he did not come out of the Tahiti.
valley and join the French. He had held this Point Venus.-I have visited this station office more than thirty years: it has been several times, and on each occasion found it given by the French to a young person of in a discouraging state: it is a military sta. another family. There is a pretty good contion, and many of the French troops are gregation on the Sabbath forenoon. Paaea, posted there. The young chief of the district our out-station, is visited in the afternoon : has been one of the most zealous on the we have succeeded in erecting a new chapel; French side all through the contest. Go. the old one having been burnt down by vernor Bruat has taken him, with five or the French. We have also a chapel at Atuie, six other youths, to France. There is a a mile and a half towards Papeete, where chapel, which was built before the camps prayer meetings are held. There has been an submitted ; but not one-third of the people addition of five new members to the church of the district come to worship in it. They since the people came out of the valley to hold prayer meetings at different places under reside at the sea-side. trees, or anywhere as it may suit them. We P apara.- I have been several times at have not been able to re-establish the church, this station since peace was established. Very as yet, at this place; but we hope, by con few of the people who were in the camps tinuing to visit them, an improvement will have taken up their residence at Papara, al. be manifested ere long
though many of them belong to the place. Papaoa.--This station is still in a very I have visited them once, and intend in a unsettled state. Prayer meetings are held short time to go again, and form into a church at various places in the district; and, when those members who have stood fast in the we visit them, the people assemble on the faith and profession of the Gospel. The last spot where the former chapel stood, and we time I was at Papeuriri, the station formerly preach to them under the trees. The French occupied by Mr. Joseph, I was well received. interest is very strong over the district. A new There is a considerable school for children native governor, not agreeable to the wishes kept up at this station : the congregation is of the people, has been appointed ; and all are good, though not so large as in former years. obliged to submit to whatever the French The same obstacles exist here as everywhere require of them. There are very few at Pa. else. Fareahu, the chief, who has long paoa station who were of the French party stood as a good man and a deacon of the previous to the time they were brought to church, has been laid aside by the French, submit. The church has not yet been re-or- and a young man of no character put in his ganised at this station. The house formerly place as governor of the district. The peooccupied by Mr. Moore was destroyed by the ple in general feel this more than anything French whilst the people were in the camps. else that has been done to them. Fareahu We have no Mission House in this district, resides at a place between Papara and Panor at Point Venus, at present--all have been peuriri, called Atimaono; and he has erected entirely destroyed.
a small chapel there. Here we call, on our Papeete.The church at this station has way from Papeuriri to Papara, and preach. been kept up during nearly all the time of Tahiti, at present, appears like the trou. our troubles; but although it may be termed bled sea. But the Lord is at the helm of the central station, yet the attendance at affairs ; and in Him alone we trust for all chapel, and the other means of grace, is not that will be most for His own glory, and the by any means numerous. It is true many good of the people.
THE MARTYRS OF THE NEW HEBRIDES. The following statements from our devoted brother Mr. Murray, of the Samoan Mission, will revive in the minds of our readers the painful but tender reflections associated with the history of our Mission to the New Hebrides. Since the death of our lamented brother, John WILLIAMS, at Erromanga, several devoted Native Evangelists have also fallen sacrifice to their godly zeal, in attempting to plant the Gospel among these barbarous islanders. The testimony which Mr. Murray bears to the Christian character and labours of these native brethren is equally gratifying and affecting, while it inspires the hope that many others of like mind may speedily be raised up in the Samoan Mission, to enter the field which their memory has rendered sacred, and to improve the opening now presented for enlightening it with the knowledge of salvation. Mr. Murray, writing in February last, observes:
Of these belonging to the church who have nor do we mourn as those that have no hope. finished their course during the past year, On the contrary, we look with more earnest three died on the Missionary field. Two, desire toward those regions of the shadow of Vasa, and the wife of Petelu, died on Tanna; death that are being thus, as it were, conseand the wife of Vasa on Nina. You will crated by the blood of the saints. Errohave learned the tragical circumstances rela- manga has the blood of our beloved Williams; tive to the death of Vasa before this reaches Tanna has that of poor Vasa ; Fotuna has that England. It occurred in August, 1846. He of Samuela and Apela. And, besides these, was a sincere and devoted Christian, as was how many have fallen by the stroke of disalso his wife. The career of both was very ease, and now sleep on the different islands short; and they were able to accomplish but awaiting the resurrection of the just! Surely little in that work to which they had devoted these tender considerations should powerfully their lives : still, with regard to themselves, affect our hearts; surely they should give adas we have reason to believe, the great end of ditional fervour and earnestness to our praylife was secured ; and their desire to glorify ers; and lead us to more determined efforts their Saviour among the heathen has doubt- for the evangelization of these degraded and less been approved, and is being gloriously miserable tribes of our fellow men. rewarded. There is something tenderly inter- Let no one be discouraged at the disastrous esting in the fact, that, when Vasa was met circumstances that have attended our first by the assassin's club, he was just returning efforts. No strange thing has happened to from the bush, where he had retired to seek us-nothing but what has been common from communion with God. How suitable an em. the beginning. Let us but have faith in God ployment to form the concluding act of his and go forward, and ultimate success is sure. life, and immediately to precede the painful If a footing cannot be obtained on one and affecting event which ushered him into island, it may on another, The great thing the presence of God, and united him, as we wanted is suitably qualified men in sufficient trust, to the glorious company of saints and numbers. martyrs before the throne.
From all that appears at present, the finger We cannot but drop a tear over our de- of Providence seems to be pointing our way voted Evangelists who fall a sacrifice to the to Sandwich Island as a centre of operations. savage prey of the deluded men, whom they But I need not further enlarge. You are acseek to save; as well as over those whose quainted with the state and claims of these lives are cut short by disease, induced by un- interesting islands, and doubtless will do what congenial climates, want of proper food, me- you can to furnish us with the means of meetdicine, &c. Still we are not discouraged, ing these claims.
ANTICIPATED EXTENSION OF THE GOSPEL. A few days before the MissionARY SHIP set sail for England, an interesting circumstance occurred at the Island of Upolu, where the vessel was then at anchor under preparation for her voyage to this country. The incident is stated in a recent letter from the Rev. William Harbutt, who expresses his belief that it will prove the means, through the Divine favour, of introducing the Gospel to a group of islands as yet comparatively unknown to the friends of Missions. They are recognised by navigators under the designation of the Union GROUP, and their position in the Pacific is North of the Samoas, about midway between that group and the Equator.