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bagonam, about 40. In the Ta- and were instructed and baptized mulian school, consisting only of in them. For another new vilchildren born in the congrega- | lage, and church for Catechu-, tion, 33 seminarists were in train- mens, that lived dispersed, he ing to serve as catechists, besides had bought a piece of ground, whom, there were 85 charity and instructed and baptized in it, boys, 28 day scholars, and 36. under a temporary shade. On girls.

his departure from the TinnaThe Missionaries at Tranque- velly country, where this had bar, and Mr, Gericke at Madras, happened, messages were rehad kindly furnished them with ceived from many villages, reTamulian books, to the utmost questing him to stay a few of their power, but not adequate-months longer, and to do in their ly to their wants; and they had villages what had been done in been supplied with bibles from others. Not conceiving himself Tranquebar, for the Tanjore and at liberty to do so, he had rePalamcotta Missions.

commended them to Sattianaden, In the month of September, the old catechists, and the new they had been visited by Mr. assistants. By these means, there Pohle, of whose state of health had been instructed, and baptizthey gave a very indifferent ac- ed, about twice the number that count.

he had baptized, which were The Rev. Mr. Gericke, in a above 1300. But, extraordinary letter dated at Vepery, 14 Feb. as these conversions of several 1803, informs the Society that thousands were, no less extraorhe had recently been through dinary was the persecution sufthe Mysore country, and thence fered from their heathen neighto Palamcotta, visiting all their bors, and particularly from some congregations, and that it had men in office under the Collector. pleased God to awaken a sense The very night on which he reof religion in the inhabitants of turned to Vepery, he received a whole villages, insomuch that of letter on the melancholy subtheir own accord they had soughtject; and nothing prevented his instruction from the neighboring return to that part of the counChristians, and their catechists, try, but serious indisposition. and from Sattianaden, and had Mr. Kolhoff, however, had rewished anxiously for his coming, solved to visit the new congreto be farther instructed and bap- gations, and with the assistance tized. The first of these villa- of Mr. Gericke's letters, he trusges, to which he had been call-ted relief would be afforded ; and ed, was newly built by Catechu. the presence of so good a pastor mens, who had before lived in as Mr. K. would tend, by God's neighboring places, and their grace, to comfort them all, and church was finished when he to confirm and strengthen the arrived to preach and baptize in weak among them. Sattianaden it. In four other villages, the seemed to be quite depressed at inhabitants being unanimous in the cruelties exercised upon the their resolution of embracing Christians, and the reports daily the Christian faith, put away brought to him from all quarters. their idols, and converted their One of the congregations had temples into Christian churches, I lately written to Mr. Gericke,

that were it not for the fear of It has pleased God, Mr. G.ob. hell, and the hope of heaven, serves, to lead them these seysuch were their sufferings, that eral years, through great anxie, they should all throw them- ties with regard to the Mission, selves into the sea.

but they have observed and beIn the different congregations lieve, that a kind Providence under Mr. G. near Madras, a- watches over it; and such help bout 200 persons had been bap- as seemed absolutely necessary tized, of whom 43 were adults. for its preservation, has always

Mr. Gericke, in another letter, been furnished in due time. dated at Vepery, 7th May, 1803, This keeps their hopes alive, and states that he had made such ar- prevents them from losing their rangements with respect to the energy, stationing of the Missionaries, The Rev. Mr. Pohle, in a let, that he hoped Mr. Kolhoff might ter dated at Trichinapally, 10th be able to go through his various March, 1803, states that in the and arduous duties, until it should course of the last year, he had please God to send them help baptized 47, (including 5 Heafrom Europe.

thens) and had had 200 commu• It seems," Mr. G. observes, nicants, including 43 English. • that if we had faithful and dis- In the English school, there creet laborers, for the vineyard were about 50 scholars, and in of the Protestant Mission on this the Malabar school about 10. coast, to send, wherever a door The Malabar congregation ais opened unto us, rapid would mounted to 305, and the Portu. be the progress of the Gospel. guese to 77, all of them in and Our native teachers, though about Trichinapally. The catesome of them may not be infe- chists and schoolmasters conrior to us in the knowledge of tinued in the service of the Mis: the great truths of the Gospel, sion, and its concerns had been and in the manner of communi- fully attended to. Al had encating them, still their discours-joyed good health, excepting es carry not that weight with himself: he had been much inthem, that is felt when we speak disposed, but was then able to to the natives. They never gain resume his ministerial functions, that confidence that is placed in both towards the Mission and an European, when they are the garrison. The military were once convinced that he is ac- regularly at church, notwithtually what he exhorts them standing their residence at a conto be. Without good Mission-siderable distance from it. aries, true disciples of Jesus The Rev. the Danish MisChrist, from home, the work of sionaries, in a letter dated at the Mission, it seems, would lose Tranquebar, 9th Feb. 1803, acits respectability, even though knowledge the receipt of the sothe native teachers were good ciety's presents sent out to them men ; and Missionaries, without the preceding year, which they the spirit and mind of Christ, and consider as encouragements to a as full of the world as the natives perseverance in the faithful disare, would soon make the Mischarge of their duty, that the sion the most graceless thing spiritual misery of the natives, imaginable.'

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poor persons, may be lessened. however, at length checked, and
They express an anxiety for the the impostors punished by the
receipt of printing paper, as their Collector, and even by the pres-
press was constantly engaged in ent Rajah, Serfogee.
working off books, for the use of Mr. Cammerer has kindly
the Malabar Christians, and late- gone to Tanjore, to take care of
ly for the new congregations, Mr. olhoff's charge, wl

he which in great numbers had re- was with the new congregations, cently been baptized by Mr. Ge. to strengthen and comfort them ricke, many of whom, not hav- in their distresses, brought on by ing yet been able to get books some heathen enemies, who were enough for their instruction, had indignant that whole villages, written the Catechism and Pray- with their chiefs, had embraced ers on palmyra leaves, which the Christian doctrine, and conthey had rehearsed to Mr. Ge- verted their pagodas into Chrisricke, in a manner beyond his tian churches, after having broexpectation.

ken their idols to pieces, and buTheir hearts had been filled ried them deep in the ground. with praise to God, for the pro- Like Nero, and Dioclesian, these gress which the gospel of Christ heathens imputed every theft had lately made amongst the and mischief to the Christians ; heathen; and they considered it and, as heathen chiefs, averse as an extraordinary Providence, from Christianity, easily raised tending to the furtherance of every complaint against them, Christian knowledge, that the some had been chastised, and country was under a Christian treated in a pitiful manner. The government, which they trusted last accounts, however, they would lend its benevolent and thank God, had happily reported, protecting hand to lessen the that the collector was kindly disperils that had attended the re: posed to the Christians, and had ception of Christianity, and to put a stop to the injustice and encourage its introduction.-machinations of their enemies. Hence the natives would learn Catechists and schoolmasters, to how to fear God, to honor the a certain extent, with Malabar king, to obey the laws, and to bibles, catechisms, and other become industrious and faithful books, had been furnished, but subjects, as well as to reject their there was great need of other foolish and often most cruel su- Missionaries. perstitions. Of the latter, they The Tranquebar Mission had had had, within the last year, a last year been increased by 112 striking instance, when two wo children born of Christian pamen were suffered to be burnt rents, 11 converts from Heathenalive, with the corpse of the late ism, and 5 converts from Poper Rajah Amersing, a circumstance ry. In the Tamulian schools, 160 that afterwards produced a series, children were maintained, beof fantastic follies. Several wo- sides those in the adjacent villamen pretended to be possessed ges, and farther in the country, with the spirit of one of the In the Portuguese school, 40 orburnt women, and affected to phans were supported, and 48 produce wonderful cures among day scholars taught. Nineteen the sick. The imposition was, I couple had been married, 1290 had received the Lord's supper, / struction. Some appeared at and 72 had been buried.

length to get relief, that which The Rev. Mr. Holzberg, in a I trust is saving, and many more letter dated at Cuddalore, 12th were bowed down with fear and Oct. 1803, reports the much la- trembling before a holy God. mented death of the valuable and May 12th, I preached there, and excellent Mr.Gericke, at Vellore administered the sacrament. It on the 2d of that month.

was a very solemn season. Three The loss was sincerely felt by persons were admitted as memMr. Holzberg in particular, as bers of the Church, who had obhe had been accustomed to look tained hopes but a few weeks up to Mr. G. as a friend and a before. Several others were father. The Society, he ob- deeply impressed and very much serves, had lost a most faithful affected. In this place their servant; the mission its second have been no bodily affection.. pillar; and all India a benefac- The work proceeds like the stil!, tor, and an eminent example of small voice of Jehovah, carrying piety and virtue, whose right the clearest evidence to any obeous footsteps, he prays God serving mind, that it is verily that he may be enabled to follow. the work of Almighty God.

“ Divine Providence appears wonderfully to favor the cause

of truth in this country. Our Ectract of a Letter from the Rev. infant churches appear to stand

Thomas Robbins, Missonary in firm, to have the visible counteNew-Connecticut, dated June nance of the great head of the 8, 1805.

Church, and to promise to be

hereafter worthy members of “IT is with pleasure I inform the visible kingdom of the Reyou that the Holy Spirit appears deemer. in some degree to give us testi- “ Since the beginning of the monies of his blessed and holy present year, I have been taking presence. In Canfield, divine pains to make an actual enumegrace appears to have called the ration of the families in this attention of many to the inter county. The work I have just ests of eternal things. In the completed. There are families winter past, a very great degree in 64 Towns. The number of of stupidity and vanity possess families, the first of Jan. 1804, ed the minds of the people gen- was about 800. The first of last erally ; but early in the spring January there were a little more it appeared that several people than 1100 ; of these 450 are were under very deep concern from New-England. There are for the safety of their souls. I 24 schools, and 7 Churches, and went there soon after, and a ve- more than 20 places where the ry great earnestness was mani- worship of God is regularly fested in many to receive in- | maintained on the Sabbath.

Donation to the Missionary Society of Connecticut. July 9. From the sale of Summary of Christian Doctrines. $ 3 37

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the principal texts, which are cing the Christian religion. The brought forward by those who apostle Peter speaks of such a hold to a Universal Restoration, thing as wresting the scriptures, in support of their system. which is turning them out of

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to believe the Christian re- the Spirit of truth did not inligion, there exists quite a differ- tend. We know that the father ence of opinion, what this reli- of lies made such a use of 'scripgion is. By men, who all pro- ture when he tempted the Son fess to be Christians, very differ- of God, and it is not strange, if, ent opinions are entertained con- with our corrupt hearts, we thus cerning the character of God, corrupt the word of truth. It the person and offices of the must be wrong therefore to conMediator, the natural state of clude that men have scripture man, his duty here, and his on their side, because they bring prospects in the future world. scripture with a view to supIt is idle to say, that the matters port their sentiments. Their in dispute between the variou proofs must be examined in their denominations of Christians are connection, to see whether they trifling, and of no importance. communicate such ideas, as they This may indeed be the case in are said to do. And here I some instances, but often it is would remark, that there are quite otherwise, if the Christian commonly a few, which may be religion itself be of any import-called the principal texts, by ance ; for the things in which which any particular system is we differ are often the most es- supported. Now, if upon a caresential things in the system.

ful examination, it shall be But however great our differs found, that these principal texts ences are, we all pretend to be are wrested, and made to speak willing to have our sentiments a meaning foreign from what tried by the bible. If we did I they naturally speak, we shall Vol. VI. NO. 3.

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