5000 dollars a year have been appro- the eighteenth ; several also of his othpriated for the support of another col- er works have gone through numerous lege, at Jacksonville, in the same State. editions. For many years past each

of these editions has consisted of six, Twenty-three millions of newspa- ten, or twelve thousand copies. Of pers are published every year in Great his “ Abridgement” alone it is calculaBritain. The tax on advertisements ted that not less than one million coproduces 170,000 pounds per annum. pies have been circulated. These is

sues are independent of the numerous Lindley Murray.--A memoir of Lind- editions in the United States of Amer. ley Murray, in the Christian Observer, ica, where Mr. Murray's publications contains the following statement re- are quite as popular as in Great Britspecting his works. “ His “ English ain. Grammar” has reached a fortieth edi. tion; his “ First Book" and his “Key" India. The absurd science of phrethe seventeenth; his Spelling-book and nology has been transplanted to India, his “Exercises” the thirty-fourth; and where it has found a soil in which it is his “ Abridgment" the ninety-second; said to flourish. Besides the lectures his “ English Reader” the nineteenth, at Calcutta, others have been deliverand the “Introduction” to it the twen- ed to crowded audiences at Madras. ty-second; his “ Power of Religion”




the Board of Trustees, with the DoSermon, delivered in Kennebunkings of the Board thereon. Amherst. Port, June 28, 1826, before the Maine pp. 22. Missionary Society, at their Nine

Brief View of the American Educa. teenth Anniversary. By Samuel John- tion Society, with an Appeal to the son, Pastor of the church in Alna.

Christian Public. Nov. 1826. pp. 24. Portland: Office of the Christian Mir- An Inaugural Address, delivered be

fore the Directors of the Theological The National Preacher, for Janua. Seminary of the General Synod of the

Sermon x.; by Baxter Dickin. Evangelical Lutheran Church; by S. son, A. M., of Long-Meadow, Mass.

S. Schmucker, A. M., at his IntroducA Discourse, preached at the Dedi

tion into the Professorship of Christian cation of the Second Congregational Theology, September 5, 1826; togethUnitarian Church, New-York, Dec. er with

the Charge delivered to him 7, 1826. By William Ellery Chan- by the Rev. D. F. Schaeffer, A. M. ning. New-York: Published for the Carlisle, Pa. pp. 40. Second Congregational Church. 1826.

An Address, delivered in Burlington, upon the Inaugaration of the Author

to the Office of President of the Univer. MISCELLANEOUS.

sity of Vermont, Nov. 28, 1826. By The Substance of two Reports of

James Marsh. Burlington. pp. 31. the Faculty of Amherst College, to

pp. 57.


Prize Essay.—The Committee of the Sabbath, have reported that fortyCorrespondence, appointed by the Sy- four essays have been received and nod of Albany, on the Sanctification of examined that many of them display

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great talent, industrious research, and month is expressed, the entire civil a pious regard for the sanctification of year is intended. the Sabbath ; but that two of the American Board Sept. $67,401 90 number in the opinion of the commit- Ain. Educa'n Soc. 1826 about 60,000 00 tee, stand prominent in point of excel. Am. Bible Society 1826 53,184 84 lence; one under the inotto “Remem- Am. Tract Society 1826 20,000 00 -ber the Sabbath day to keep it holy;" Am. Baptist Board April 17,770 36 and the other under the signature United F. M. Soc. May 14,199 39 Patriæ Amicus." The first of these U.D.,nowA.H.M.S.1826

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Presb. Ed. Soc. May about 8,000 00

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THOUSAND DOLLARS, only one of which disposal they feel themselves restrain

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1809, and that one the least productive They do, therefore, unanimously award the prize to the author of the of them all! Numerous other Socieessay, under the motto “ Remember in their results, are established in dif

ties, some of them not less important the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” But ferent parts of the land; and other whilst they do this, they earnestly charities are bestowed which are not recommend that the production of less noble, and tell not less on the in" Patriæ Amicus” should be published terests of the Redeemer's kingdom.” in connexion with the other, and with the real name of the author, should

Extending their view across the his consent be obtained.

This re

waters, they state that the receipts of commendation is given under a lively fifteen of the benevolent societies of sense of the importance of the matter ced in their Reports for 1825, amount

Great Britain, during the year embra. it contains, the style in which it is composed, and the impression it is cal- ed to ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED AND culated to make. The above report having been read and probably those of the last year

AND TWENTY-SEVEN DOLLARS ; and accepted, the envelope having the have been at least equally great. motto referred to was opened, when

To show that these sums have not the author to whom the premium is been given or applied in vain, we have awarded, was found to be WILLIAM the following animating summary: Jay, of Bedford, Westchester county.

" It is the result of careful investi

gation, that during the past twentyChristian Benevolence. The New- five years, more than five millions of York Observer has given the public Bibles and Testaments have been a very interesting “retrospective sur- distributed over the globe, in about vey,” of Christian enterprise, from one hundred and fifty languages and which we take the following items. dialects: that there are now, in difIn the subjoined table are exhibited ferent parts of the heathen world, "the receipts of several of the most about 300 missionary stations; not important benevolent institutions in less than 1,000 missionaries, 400 of our country during the year embraced whom are native converts; 40 print. in their last Reports, except in the ing-presses; 150,000 children under case of those concerning which we instruction; and, including those in have more recent information. The the West Indies and Society Islands, month shows the time in 1826 when at least 40,000 converts who give evithe year terminated to which the re- dence of a saving change. ceipts respectively belong; but if no Vol. I.--No. II.



Burmah.—The following account tone, issued an order for the immediate from the London Missionary Register, arrest of Dr. Price and Mr. Judson. of the sufferings and deliverance of the And now commenced a series of missionaries at Ava, is contained in a oppressive acts, which we shouid, beletter from Mrs. Judson, to an English fore, have thought human nature incagentleman, dated 12th of March. pable of committing.

“Knowing your interest in the Bur- On the 8th of June, a City Writer, man Mission, and assured of personal at the head of a dozen savages, with sympathy and regard, I will endeavor one whose marked face denoted him to give you, in my usual way, a gener- an executioner, rushed into the house, al relation of events for the last two and demanded Mr. Judson. " You years.

are called by the King," said the WriIn my last to you, I mentioned that ter, (a mode of expression when about everything had a warlike appearance. to execute the King's order,) and inThe Burman government, however, stantly the small cord was produced had no idea that the English were in by the spotted face, who roughly seizearnest in their communications: con- ed Mr. Judson, threw him on the floor, sequently they heard the report that and tied his hands behind him. The Rangoon was taken with surprise and scene was now dreadful. The little amazement. No preparation had been children were screaming with fearmade at that port, for the reception of the Burmans in our employ running strangers; and even the Viceroy was here and there, endeavouring to esabsent. An army was iminediately cape the hands of those unfeeling raised, and ordered to march under wretches—and the Bengal servants the command of the Khgee-Woongyee, mute with amazement and horror, at who was to be joined on his way down the situation in which they saw their by Schagah-Woongyee, he having Master. I offered money to the exebeen recently appointed Viceroy of cutioner, and entreated him to untie Rangoon.

Mr. Judson; but in vain were my tears As soon as the first force was des- and entreaties: they led him away, I patched, the Government had leisure knew not whither: and I was left to look round, and inquire into the guarded by ten men, who had receiv. cause of Rangoon being taken, and ed strict orders to confine me close, the probable intentions of the arrival and let no one go in or out. I retired of those strangers. It was at once to my room; and attempted to pour concluded, that spies were in the coun- out my soul to Him, who, for our try; who had communicated the state sakes, was bound and led away to exof things, and invited the foreignersecution : and even in that dreadful over: and who so likely to be spies as moment I experienced a degree of Rogers, Gauger, and Laird, who, un- consolation hardly to be expected. der the garb of Merchants, had plot- But this employment was of short ted so much evil! They were all three duration. The magistrate of that part accordingly arrested, and put in con- of Ava in which we lived was in the finement. We now, more than ever, verandah continually calling me to began to tremble for ourselves, and come out, and submit to his examinahourly to expect some dreadful scene. tions. Supposing that all our letters In examining the accounts of Mr. and writings would be examined, and Gauger it was found that Mr. Judson feeling conscious of having noted and Dr. Price had taken money of down every occurrence since my arri. him; which circumstance, to the un- avl in Ava, I instantly destroyed every informed mind of a Burmese, was suffi. thing of the kind, having no time to cient evidence that they also were make a selection; and then went out spies, and in the employ of the English to receive the officer. This Writer Government, as they received their was ordered to write down my name, supplies from an Englishman. The age, and country, with the names of King had, before, been advised to put my four little

Burman Girls, and those the Missionaries in confinement; but of the two Bengalee Servants; and his reply had been, “They are true then pronounced us all slaves of the men: let them remain.” He was now, King, again ordered the guard to however, informed of the abovemen. watch me closely, and departed. It tioned circumstance; and, in an angry was now near evening: with what

anxiety I waited the return of our tion presented to the Queen; but as faithful Moung Ing, who had followed a personal interview was impossible, Mr. Judson at a short distance, to see on account of their being prisoners, what became of him! I had then no she was obliged to address her through doubt but I could procure the release the medium of her brother's wife, from of Mr. Judson if he had not been exe- whom in better days she had received cuted, by getting a petition presented distinguished favours. This interview to the Queen: but I was also a pris- is related as follows. oner, and could not move out of the “She was lolling in state, and hardhouse. After dark, Moung Ing re- ly deigned to raise her eyes on my turned, with the intelligence that he entrance into her splendid hall. I saw Mr. Judson conducted to the took my seat, not at a respectful discourt-house, and thence to the death- tance or at her bidding, but as near as prison, the gates of which were closed I could well approach, that she might and he saw no more. What a night not lose a syllable of what I had to was now before me! The uncertainty communicate. I waited not for the of Mr. Judson's fate, my own unpro- question usually asked, “What do tected situation, and the savage con

you want?"

Grief made me bold; duct of the ten Burmans, all conspired and, at once, I began a relation of our to make it the most dreadful night wrongs.

I stated to her that Dr. that I ever passed. I barred the doors, Price and Mr. Judson were Ameriand retired with the four Burman cans--that they were Ministers of Rechildren into the inner room. • The ligion—that they had nothing to do guards were constantly ordering me with war or politics—and that she to unbar the gates and come out, as well knew that even their residence in they could not be assured of my safe- Ava was in consequence of the King's ty, if I remained within. They next command. In vain I strove to work threatened to go in, and inform the on her feelings, by requesting her to magistrate that I had secreted myself; imagine herself in my situation—a and that they must not be blamed if stranger in a foreign land, and depriI made my escape: finding themselves ved of the protection of an only friend, unsuccessful in their demands, they who, without any alleged crime, was took the two servants and made their thrown into prison and fetters. She feet fast in the stocks : as I apparently unfolded the present, and coolly said, took no notice of this, they ordered “Your case is not singular: the other the stocks to be raised, which makes white prisoners suffer equally with the situation of the person confined your husband. I will however present extremely painful: this I could not your petition to her Majesty the bear to see, and promised them all a Queen: come again to-morrow.” present in the morning, if they would She went away, to use her own release the servants. The next morn- words, with little hope, and that was ing I sent Moung Ing with a piece of diminished, when on the following silver

, in order to gain admission to day, she was informed that her pethe prison to ascertain the real situa- tition had been presented to the tion of Mr. Judson. Dr. Price and the Queen, and that her reply was, “ He three Englishmen were all confined in is not to be executed: let him remain the inner prison, each with three pair where he is.” And when Mrs. J. afof iron fetters, and fastened to a long terwards repeated her solicitations, pole."

she became irritated, and warned her Mrs. Judson, soon after, by impor- against making any farther effort. In tunate solicitations, and the offer of the mean time her trials were increaspresents, obtained permission to visited, if possible, by the loss of most of the governor and lay before him the their possessions, which were taken by relation of the brutal manner of the the king's officers. The letter continarrest of her husband, and his dreadful situation : and by the payment of a

“For the next seven months, hardly considerable sum, had the satisfaction a day passed in which I did not visit of being assured that he and Dr. Price some one member of Government, in should be removed to a more comforta. order to interest their feelings on our

behalf. The King's mother, sister, Her next object was to get a peti- and brother, each in turn, exerted


ble prison.

their influence in our favour; but, so days together, I was not allowed to see great was their fear of the Queen, Mr. Judson; and even then could gain that neither of them ventured to make admittance only after dark, when I a direct application to his Majesty ; was obliged to return to our house, two and, although my various efforts were miles, without an attendant. useless as to their grand object, yet The means which we invented for the hopes which they exerted kept our communication were such as necessity minds from sinking, and enabled us to alone could have suggested. At first, endure our long, imprisonment better I wrote to him on a flat cake, baked than we otherwise could have done. for the purpose, and buried it in a

The last person to whom I applied, bowl of rice; and, in return, he comwas the celebrated Bundoolah, just municated his situation on a piece of previous to his departure for Rangoon. tile, on which, when wet with water, He had gained some advantages over the writing became invisible, but when the native soldiers at Arracan, 200 of dried perfectly legible. But, after whom he had sent as prisoners to Ava: some months' experience, we found this, together with the circumstance of that the most convenient as well as his having obtained two or three thou- safest mode of writing, was to roll up sand English muskets, gained hiin a a chit, and put it in the long nose of a most favourable reception at Court; coffee-pot in which I sent his tea. and every honour, in the power of the These circumstances may appear tri. King to bestow, was heaped upon him. vial; but they serve to shew to what He had the entire management of af- straits and shifts we were driven : it fairs, and in fact was the real King of would have been a crime of the highthe country. With fear and tremb- est nature, to be found making com. ling I presented to him a written petí. munications to a prisoner, however tion for the liberation of Dr. Price and nearly related.” Mr. Judson : he listened to the peti- Bundoolah departed from Ava with tion attentively, made some inquiries an army of 50,000 men: and their relative to our coming to Ava, and minds were ultimately excited by hope then said that he would reflect on the and fear, as they received the uncersubject--" Come again to-morrow.” tain intelligence of the various success My hopes were now more sanguine than of the contending parties; for, in the ever; but the morrow dashed them arrival of foreign troops consisted their all, when the proud Bundoolah utter- only hopes of deliverance. ed" I shall soon return from Ran- " The news at length came, that the ġoon, when I will release the Teach- English Army were advancing, and ers, with all the other prisoners." that they were within 20 miles of Don.

The war was now prosecuted with aboo. T'he town was all confusion, all the energy of which the Burmans and the Queen began to send away, are capable. Their expectations of to a more secure place, her immense complete victory were high; for their treasure. It was now the first of General was invincible, and the glory March, the commencement of the hot of their King would accompany their season; which, in Ava, is peculiarly armies. The Governmnnt talked loud

The white prisoners were all ly of taking Bengal, when they had put inside of the common prison, in five driven the presumptuous creatures pair of irons each; and where they from their own territories; and of de

were so crowded with Burman thieves stroying from the earth every white- and robbers, that they had not suffifaced stranger. So great was their cient room to lie down. There were hatred to the very appearance of a at the time near a hundred prisoners, foreigner, that I frequently trembled all in one room, without a window or when walking the streets; and, that I hole for the admittance of air, and the might not immediately be recognised door half closed. I again applied to as a stranger, and sometimos gain ad- the Governor of the city to allow the mission to Mr. Judson's prison, I Missionaries to be removed to their adopted the Burman dress altogether. former place, or at least to let them

Extortion and oppression had now remain outside of the door during the become so familiar to us that we daily day. I offered him money, and proexpected their appearance in some new mised to reward him handsomely when garb or other. Sometimes, for ten in my power; but all in vain. The


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