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Ambatonakanga, 14 Adizaozam
i. e. May 24th, 1832. This is what we, husband and wife, have to tell you, viz. :—that we both desire to be admitted into your church at Ambatonakanga, that we may commemorate the death of Jesus Christ; for it is through his name alone we have hope of obtaining life ; and we pray that he may be ours, for the end that we both may rejoice together there in the presence of Jesus, Saith R
Husband and wife. (To be Continued.)
ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES OUTWARDS.
regard to the Sabbath day, * that there is nothing now in the way to hinder us from becoming members of the church of Jesus Christ, unless it be our wicked hearts. We know that we were born in sin, and that we have always sinned from our birth until now. But we hope that we repent of our sins, if our hearts do not deceive us ; and blessed be God that Jesus Christ came not into the world to call the righteous bat sinners. We therefore desire to approach him as sinders, and to give up ourselves to serve him all the days of our life. It is our wish to be received members of the church which assembles at Ambatonakanga, and we beg of you therefore to make known our wish to the church. We hope that God will guard us against the temptations of Satan, and help us to glorify Him, and walk worthy of the gospel of Christ until we die,
(six names subscribed). Antananarivo 20, Adizaoza
i. e. May 30th, 1831. To Rev. David Johns. May you, Sir, live long, and be never ill, saith your son R
This is what I have to say to you, viz. :--that I rejoiced much when I heard the word of the queen, the permission mentioned underneath} so ihat the way is now free to receive baptism, and to commemorate the death of Christ. Í am traly very glad to find there is nothing now to prevent or hinder any at all who has examined and tried himself: therefore it is my wish to be a partaker of these. I devote myself both soul and body to Jesus, that I may serve hiin in all according to his will; and I pray to God, after this giving up of myself to Jesus, to assist me by his Holy Spirit, that I may love Jesus with all my heart, with all my spirit, and with all my strength, and that I may not be made to stand any longer in doubt by any thing whatsoever. Having thus given myself up to Jesus, both soul and body, I now ask permission of you to join the church, and unite in commemorating the death of Jesus ; and that I may also join you to sing and to praise, and to give glory to God as long as I shall live. And now, after this, pray for me unto God, that I may be assisted to fulfil what I have said, and serve Jesus faithfully all
my days here on earth. I myself pray unto God to assist me by his Holy Spirit to fulfil my vows, that I may serve Jesus even
Extracts of a Letter from Rev. William Harris,
dated Quilon, 1st October, 1831 ; addressed to the Home Secretary.
MY DEAR SIR, With devout gratitude to God, I inform you of my arrival at Quilon, after the lapse of nearly a year since my departure from England. My detention at Bombay was for nearly four months. I had there valuable opportunities of acquiring information, of holding Christian intercourse, of obsery. ing Missionary operations, &c. ; but still I was unable to free myself from a growing anxiety to reach my station. We left Bombay for Allepie on the 18th ult. and arrived at the latter place on the 26th. The last night of this voyage we had squally weather, which, had it continued, would have rendered landing impossible. Mercifully, however, it abated a little towards morning; it was nevertheless amidst a storm of wind and rain that we effected a landing, which, in the small canoes, the only conveyance used for that purpose, was by no means free from danger. We remained three days at Aleppie with Mr. Norton, of the Church Society, and two days ago we arrived here, after a delightful day's sail on the Back-water, a fine inland stream, not unlike some of our Scottish lakes. Upon our arrival, we were most kindly received by Mr. Thompson, in whose house I now write.
As soon as I can get an instructor, I intend to begin the study of the Malayalim.
During my residence in Bombay, I experienced much kindness. The house of the Rev. Mr. Wilson, of the Scottish Mission, was our home till we left Bombay. My intercourse with Mr. Wilson I shall always remember with pleasure, and the kindness experienced under his roof with gratitude. To Dr. Maxwell, too, of the Medical Board, and Dr. Bell, I must express my obligations for professional aid during a time of severe domestic affliction. The Lord reward those individuals for their kindness towards,
My dear Sir,
until I die,
This is in allusion to the queen's permission to any of her subjects to apply for baptism, and be received into church fellowship, and to attend divine worship, yet forbidding any compulsion.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. James Scott,
dated George Town, Demerara, January 3, 1832, addressed to the Home Secretary.
MY DEAR SIR, Through the tender mercy of God, I arrived here in safely on the 31st December, 1831, after a passage of 53 days from London, and 32 from Portsmouth. Since clearing the channel, I have enjoyed perfect health, with the exception of a few days' sickness during a gale in the Bay of Biscay. I experienced a most hearty welcome from Mr. and Mrs. Ketley, under whose roof I continue to reside. Last Sabbath, I heard Mr. Ketley all day, and, after eight silent Sabbaths, it was a season of refreshing to my soul; and, as it was the first Sabbath of the new year, I had the unspeakable pleasure of sitting down with the church under his care at the table of our Lord Jesus Christ. To see Negro slaves, free people of colour, and white people, all surround the same table, was a sight the most interesting I ever beheld. Since the Lord's-day, I have seen and conversed with several of the members
of the church, and found every reason to be satisfied with their knowledge and Christian experience. I have been specially pleased to find, that among the candidates for membership and the persons lately received, are several young men of colour chiefly, who, I trust, will soon be useful teachers in schools and Bible classes. Mr. Ketley's labours appear to be very abundant, and to be emi. nently countenanced by God. It appears he had been long in delicate health but all who pray for the coming of Christ's kingdom have cause to bless God in his behalf, for his health appears now to be confirmed.
I trust, my dear sir, I shall .continue to have an interest in your prayers, in the prayers of the Directors generally, and in the prayers of all who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity and truth, that I may be enabled to take heed to myself and to the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, and be rendered instrumental in promoting that kingdom which is not of this world.
1 am, my dear Sir,
(Signed) JAMES SCOTT.
LETTERS RECEIVED FROM MISSIONARIES, &c.
Eimeo..... 16 July, 1831.
...17 May, 10 July, ditto. G. Platt
Borabora ............ 1 and 10 August, ditto. ULTRA GANGES....
.............26 September, ditto.
.Malacca............. 1 July, ditto.
..Pinang ............. 5, 12, and 17 August, ditto.
...27 May, 28 June, and 7 Sept. ditto. East Indies, ....... Secretary to the Calcutta
.23 July, ditto.
.30 October, ditto. W. Fyvie...
.26 August, ditto. J. Smith...
20 September, ditto.
Cuddapah ...........20 Ditto, ditto,
Madras .............30 Ditto, ditto.
1 Ditto, ditto.
3 August, ditto.
Bangalore ..........16 September, ditto.
.Neyoor... ...10 and 16, Ditto, ditto.
.29 August, ditto. RUSSIA
St. Petersburgh. 5 and 21 January, 1832.
8 November, 1831, MEDITERRANEAN... J. Lowndes....
| 30 December, ditto.
28 January, 1832. S. S. Wilson
S 1 January, ditto,
2 and withont date. SOUTH AFRICA..... Dr. Philip
| 15 August, 18 and 26 Nov, 1831. ..Cape Town
11 and 15 December, ditto.
12 December, ditto. AFRICAN ISLANDS.. D. Griffiths.
.Madagascar .........23 August, ditto.
DOMESTIC MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.
MONTHLY MISSIONARY PRAYER-MEETING.
CUDDAPAH. Cuddapah (or ('udapah) is situated in the Peninsula of India, in north latitude 14° 28', and east longitude 79o ; being about 152 miles (travelling distance) from Madras. For many years it was the seat of an independent Patan state, which had survived the destruction of the kingdoms of the Deccan. At present, it forms the chief town, or city, of one of the iwo great districts (or collectorates), into which the Balaghaut ceded territories were divided ;
Cuddapah being the capital of the eastern, and Bellary (another of the Society's stations,) being the capital of the western, division. Cuddapah is supposed to contain a population of 60,000, of which about two-thirds are Gentoos (or Hindoos), and the rest Mohammedans, Indo-Britons, &c. The name of the place is sometimes written. Kirpa, but both Cuddapah and Kirpa are corruptions from the Sanscrit word Cripa, which signifies MERCY. The language chiefly spoken throughout this collectorate is Teloogoo.
The mission at Cuddapah was commenced in 1822, by Mr. William Howell, who had préviously laboured for several years, chiefly in the capacity of superintendent of native schools, in connexion with the Society's mission at Bellary. Mr. Howell was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1824.
Being already acquainted with the Teloogoo language, he was enabled, immediately on his artival at the station, to take charge of two native boys' schools, on the invitation of F. Lascelles, esqı, registrar of the Zillah court, by whom they had been previously established to which he himself shortly afterwards added two other boys' schools (of which one was an Hindoostanee school), and one for native females ; all of them being supported by the liberality of respectable Europeans resident on the spot. These schools have been since much increased. According to the returns of 1830, the number of schools was seven, ånd that of the children instructed therein 193 ; of whom 164 were boys, and the rest girls. The Scriptures have been uniformly taught in the schools, and the progress of the children has been very satisfactory. Some of the native youths, who had received their education in these seminaries, have been, from the reading of the Scriptures, so deeply impressed with the wickedness and folly of idolatry, as spontaneously to express their desire that it might be entirely banished from the earth, and the Christian religion be universally established. One of the useful results (remarked by the missionary) from these schools is, that the children in general, who have been educated therein, grow up with less prejudice against Christianity than those Hindoo youths who have not participated in the same advantages.
From the commencement of operations at this station, the missionary haš preached the Gospel to the natives with much encouragement and success; and, in 1824, had established four stated weekly services for that purpose. A considerable number of the natives have made an open profession of Christianity, and have been baptized. In the last mentioned year, a native Christian church was formed, consisting of 10 members, which number has been since increased to nearly 30, but with intermediate fluctuations, chiefly occasioned by removals to other places.
The good attendance of the native congregation, and the earnest attention paid to the reading of the Scriptures by many of its members, have been a source of great encouragement to the missionary; and the benefits thence derived by the people have been further increased by the opportunities they have enjoyed of assembling, from time to time, for religious conversation at his house, on which occasions he endeavours, as far as possible, to ascertain their advance in spiritual attainments, and to explain to them the word of God more perfectly.
The itinerant labours of the missionary belonging to this station have been very extensive, and not unfrequent; sometimes embracing circuits of 100, 150, 200, and even 250 miles, performed chiefly within the limits of the collectorate. In the course of these missionary tours, he has preached the gospel in numerous places, and, in the more populous towns and villages, to crowded congregations ; beside conversing with small groups of the natives, and with individuals, as opportunities have offered. He also, at the same time, distributes numerous copies of the New Testament, and smaller portions of the Scriptures, in Teloogoo, together with tracts in that language. The books distributed are usually received with eagerness, and apparently read with pleasure. To the Scriptures and other books heretofore put into circulation, has been lately added Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, a translation of which into Teloogoo has been made by the missionary, and printed at the sole expense of a respectable Earopean lately resident at Cuddapah. On one of the more recent excursions of the missionary, he was accompanied by one of the native teachers (several of whom have been raised among the Hindoos at this station,) who, in every village through which they passed on their tour, earnestly exhorted the people to put away their idols, and to receive the gospel; and, in his capacity of Reader, read aloud to them out of a work lately composed by the missionary, entitled Criticisms on the Shasters, which excited great attention and inquiry.
Christian knowledge is likewise disseminated, in various and distant parts of the collectorate, by means of the distribution of the Scriptures, and other religious books, at the Hindoo festivals ; and also among the natives who are summoned every half year to attend the court of sessions, at Cuddapah, together with others who, on those occasions, go there to renew their leases. The people who are thus, periodically, brought up from the country to the capital of the district, remain there, in a greater or less number, for a term of nearly two months, during which many of them have the privilege of daily hearing the word of life dispensed by the missionary. Each of them also receives from him a copy of the gospels, or some other portion of the Scriptures. For the means afforded him of making this distri. bution, the missionary is indebted to the liberality of the Madras Auxiliary Bible Society.
In 1825, an attempt was made to form, under the wing of the mission, a Christian Village at this station, which, in a pleasing degree, has succeeded. The population of this village, according to the latest returns, comprises about 150 souls, every family subsisting on the produce of their own labour. Some of the people are spinners, others weavers; some are engaged as paper-manufacturers, and some in agricultural labours. No one (with the exceptions of children and infirm persons) is allowed to reside in the village, who does not contribute, by his own industry, to his own support. Those admitted as members of this interesting community, beside making a credible profession of Christianity, are required to conform to certain prescribed regulations. They must agree, for instance, to unite in settling all differences and disputes by arbitration. Again, they are required to keep their dwellinghouses in good repair at their own expense ; a regulation which must tend at once to render them careful of their residences, and to attach them to the place. A chapel was erected in the village in 1826, the whole expense of which was defrayed by the liberality of European residents on the spot. The stated preaching of the missionary here has been attended with pleasing results.
The families inhabiting the Christian Village have gradually acquired settled habits, and now show no inclination to quit the place; and, what is far better, they begin to prize the gospel, and to show, by their lives and conversation, that they have experienced its benefits. of the native schools already mentioned, one is situated in the Christian Village ; and it is important to state, that the improvement in it is greater than in any of the other schools. “ All the children (says the missionary in his journal for 1830,) make good advances, but most in the Christian Village." It may be proper to add, also, that some of the families are now able, from the profits of their labour, to provide more than the means necessary for the mere sustentation of life, viz. those of comfortable subsistence.
We cannot allow ourselves to conclude this brief sketch of the mission at Cuddapah, with. out more distinctly noticing, and gratefully acknowledging, the great liberality uniformly manifested by the more respectable European residents at this station, in aiding the operations of the mission, but particularly in the support of the native schools in connexion with it, no part of the expense of which has fallen on the Society.
May it be the prayer of all the members of the Society, that the Almighty, who has already conferred on this mission many distinguished marks of his goodness, would be pleased to regard it, in future, with an eye of favour, and to bestow upon it abundantly the blessings of his grace. As the city bears the name of mercy, may the spiritual results of each successive year of missionary labour therein still add to the appropriateness of this original designation. Contemplating the impression already made, by the dissemination of Christian truth, on the population of this part of India, the missionary has been led to the inference, that things there cannot long continue in their present state ; while some of the natives themselves express their expectation that great changes will shortly come to pass, and even particularize the subversion of idolatry as one of them. May this anticipation be realized, and the whole earth be speedily filled with the glory of the Lord! Amen and amen.
19th March, 1832.
January, 1832. MY DEAR SIR, It is my painful duty to communicate to you the heart-rending intelligence of the decease of my very dear brother Lewis. A pilotboat has just arrived from Berbice on purpose to convey me thither, by which I have received a letter written by Miss Rebecca Wray, an extract from which will afford you a better idea of the death that he died, and of the high esteem in which he was held, than under present sensations I may be able to give. My heart aches, and is well nigh
failing me, for alas! alas !---oh, shall I tell it !-or shall I forbear? My hands tremble, and my fingers almost refuse to hold my pen! O, that it should fall to my lot to inform you of the death of our friendour beloved pastor-Mr. Lewis ! His happy spirit has winged her flight to that land where the inhabitants shall no more say, I am sick, and where all tears shall be for ever wiped from his eyes. And dare we mourn? Oh, thanks be unto God! though we mourn, yet it is not as those who have no hope. But we must weep, for he was very dear to us all, and, alas ! he is gone! This day, this Sabbath day, at exactly 12 o'clock to-day, he breathed his last! All hearts are breakingdo come, come quickly; we have sent the pilot-boat on purpose for you.
You will be happy to hear your dear, dear sister bears up surprisingly. God is indeed a very present help in time of trouble. I have not time to give you any particulars; all I can say is, his end was peace. Let me die, O
Father, the death of the righteous, and let who, perhaps, would not be unwilling to my last end be like his! He retained his adopt my method of aiding its funds. senses to the last. At one time he wandered I move in the humbler walks of life, and a little ; he thought himself in his much. have for years contributed to an auxiliary loved pulpit, and with much animation ad- society, and at public collections, &e. Some dressed his weeping friends on the important years ago I began to lay by a part of my theme, salvation. It is indeed a dark, earnings to support me in the "evil days.” dark providence, but we would say, 'Not When I commenced doing so, I entered into our will but thine be done!' Our loss is an engagement, and which I formally transhis gain. God does, indeed, move in a cribed in a book, to pay into the treasury of mysterious way.'
the Lord, for the spread of his holy word, Thus, then, my dear sir, my dear brother the exact tenth part of the interest of my has entered into his rest, and doubtless his stock. I have three columns ruled in my works will follow. His dear widow, my book, and headed thus :beloved sister, will become one of my family, Stock ). Interest | Tenth and will, I trust, be useful in the mission at Through the blessing of God, this year my George Town, should it please our heavenly third column produces £1 4s., and to which Father to spare my life yet to labour in his I have added 8s. 60 , making together the vineyard, weak and unworthy as I am. sum of £1 12s. 60.- the first remittance I
How gracious was he to send Mr. Scott be- have had the honour of making to the Parent fore he removed my dear brother !--else what Society. The setting apart this tenth does should I have done alone in the midst of not supersede my re, ular subscription. &c., four stations, each one of which holding a but I give it over a id above, as a thank claim to my attention, though in different offering to the Lord for his goodness towards degrees ! How mysterious the dispensation that removes young, and vigorous, and effi- Now I think ther are many mechanics cient labourers, while we are crying. Help--- and servants who annually lay by a little help! The cry, my dear sir, is now still money. Let me req.uest them to adopt my Jouder and still more urgent, and 0 that plan. From experieice, I can assure them, it may not be unheard nor unheeded ! that it was not said in vain, “ Honour the
Brother Scott I leave in George Town at Lord with thy substance, and with the firstpresent, but when I have arranged matters fruits of thine increase, so shall thy barns be at Berbice, if the Lord will, he will take the filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst charge of Berbice until Mr. Wray's return,
out with new wine." and then he cannot be spared from Deme- To wealthy professors I will not presume rara, until another shall come to supply his to suggest. Many of them manifest, by their place. We were consulting at Berbice about liberality, that they feel their responsibility. brother Scott's final sphere of labour; but I hope, at the “last day,” it will be declared the providence of him who cannot err has that every one of them has done what he rendered all unnecessary.
To his decision could. we bow. “He gave and he hath taken Feb. 8th, 1832.
P. W. H. away,”—what more becoming than to add, " and blessed be the name of the Lord!" From a country Minister to the Home Secretary. I remain, my dear sir,
REV. AND DEAR SIR,
The Lord has lately . done great things (Signed) Joseph KETLEY. for me, whereof. I am glad." No mind
without feeling it can conceive the trouble of Sundry Communications in reply to the Direc
soul which I have for some time experienced. tors' Circular respecting the Funds.
But “ I waited patiently for the Lord, and
he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Having, with much concern, observed, in
He brought me up, also, out of an horrible your Magazine for February, the diminution
pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet of the Missionary Society's income, I take
upon a rock, and established my goings. this opportunity (though an annual sub
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, scriber for many years to the society,) of sending you £l'lš. on its behalf, hoping it
even praise unto our God.” After the Lord
had thus manifested himself unto me, and will be followed by many others, who have
“ restored unto me the joy of his salvation," the interest of the society at heart. I con- I had such a discovery of the world's vanity, elude with sentiments of esteem towards the
and the infinite importance of divine things, agents of the society, begging them to request that I was enabled, in such a way as I had the people to go forward.
never felt before, to cast myself on the pro16th March, 1832.
H. R. F.
vidence of a good and gracious God. And
when I was completely divested of all worldly I love the missionary cause, and wish to solicitude respecting the future, to my astodo what I can to assist it. There are many nishment, an anonymous letter came, conreaders of your magazine who love it too, and taining £20.; but from whom it came I