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the army. The former consist of Mahrattas, Teloogoos, Canarese, i and Malabars; but the language most commonly spoken is Tamil. The town (or pettah) is embosomed amidst trees, and in the direction of the populous village of Shawpore the ground is rich and well cultivated; but the rest of the surrounding country has a naked and barren appearance. The climate is one of the first in India, and even in the hot season is mild and pleasant, the heat being mitigated, by the sea and land breezes, alternately.
About twelve years ago, the brethren then composing the Society's mission at Bellary, having received applications for missionaries, from several principal towns in that part of India, after due consideration, decided that Belgaum, which was included in the number, had the first claim on the Society's attention ; and, in consequence, Mr. Joseph Taylor, ode of their number, with the concurrence of his brethren, Messrs. Hands and Reeve, went over to Belgaum on a visit of inspection and inquiry. His report being favourable, it was agreed that he should forth with occupy the station; and he accordingly, accompanied by a native teacher, removed from Bellary thither, in September, 1820, at which time the Belgaum mission may be considered as having commenced. The missionary and his assistant were received with much kindness by Major-General Pritzler, the British officer commanding on the station, and by several other respectable Europeans, whose solicitations, with those of the General, had, among other causes, induced the brethren at Bellary to make the attempt.
Mr. Taylor, being a native of the East Indies, and acquainted with several of the Indian dialects, was enabled to commence direct missionary labours among the natives immediately on his arrival. In 1822 some of the first-fruits of those labours appeared, in the conversion of two Hindoos, and in 1823 stated services in Canarese were begun. . These services were attended by about 20 natives, who bore a decided testimony against idolatry. In the following year the number of native converts was increased to seven; in 1827 three more were added; and in 1828 (in which year a place of worship was built for the use of the mission) a native church was formed, composed of 15 members. In 1831 it received a further addition of four. Three natives, to whose conversion the missionaries at Belgaum were instrumental, now labour usefully, as assistants, in the mission.
In 1825, in consequence of the baptism of three of the Hindoo converts, a severe persecution was raised at Shawpore, which led to the discontinuance of the native services at that out-station. But latterly several young men, belonging to the place, who withdrew at the time of the persecution, have again come forward, and now statedly attend the native services of the mission, visit the missionaries at their own dwellings, and appear to experience the power of religion.
Native schools were formed shortly after the occupation of Belgaum as a missionary station, which, from 2, gradually increased to 8 or 9; which, although several fluctuations occurred during the intermediate period, is about the present number of schools connected with the mission. The number of youths and children under instruction in 1823 was 150, and in 1831 the schools contained about the same number ; but in the intervening years the number was considerably larger, and, for some time, was as high as 200. The schools, reckoning from their commencement, have embraced the Mahratta, Canarese, Tamil, and Teloogoo, but at present they include only the first three of those languages. In 1826 a native school, established at Shawpore, but suspended in consequence of the persecution, has been since resumed. The improvement of the scholars, in common learning and Christian kņowledge, has been, on the whole, satisfactory. The inhabitants of the country around Belgaum manifest an earnest desire to have schools established in their respective vicinities, and their children instructed under the direction of the missionaries, who, unhappily, are unable to meet the wish of the people, in these respects, for want of funds.
At Darwar, an out-station of the Belgaum mission, where one of the three native assist ants, before mentioned, labours, a native congregation has been formed, and two native schools have been established, one for adults, and one for children.
The missionaries* at Belgaum have widely dispersed numerous copies of the Scriptures and tracts, in five different languages; and have been delighted to witness many pleasing and useful effects of this happy mode of disseminating Christian knowledge. Beside frequently visiting the Hindoo fairs, in the country immediately surrounding Belgaum, for this purpose, they have also availed themselves of many opportunities for distributing books during the course of several extensive journeys. In these journeys they have derived much encouragement in their work, from their personal reception by the natives, the attention with which their addresses have been listened to, and the evidence which has been afforded, from time to time, that the Scriptures and tracts circulated are read by the natives. The number of portions of Scriptures and tracts distributed, during the year 1830-1831, exceeded 11,000.
From the commencement of the mission, Christian worship has been statedly performed in English, for the benefit of the Europeans. Services held on the Sabbath, both in the Fort and in the Camp, have been well attended by the military, some of whom have acknowledged the benefit they had received, and have adorned their profession of Christianity by a holy life. In 1822 twenty Europeans, chiefly belonging to the British army, were united together in church-fellowship. When the chapel was erected, in 1829, English, as well as native services, were performed therein ; but the European congregation, being composed chiefly of the military, still retained the fluctuating character by which it had been previously marked. If some, however, by removals, to which the military profession is constantly liable, were deprived, for a time, of the privileges of the gospel, others, who came to occupy their places, were admitted to the enjoyment of them.
In 1821 an institution was established in Belgaum, called the Belgaum Association ; the object of which was to aid the funds of the Society, in conjunction with those of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and the Religious Tract Society. The sums contributed to the Association, and annually distributed among these different institutions, have been on the aggregate considerable, the contributions having been well kept up, year after year, from the commencement to the present time.
As the general result of the labours of the missionaries in this part of India, we are able to state the conversion of not a few to Christ—the moral and spiritual benefit of many—the extensive diffusion of Christian truth--the decline of prejudice among the people-that even the Brahmins and Gooroos themselves shrink from argument, and cease to defend their system-conceding that Hindooism does not provide for the pardon of sin, and is not fitted to become an universal religion:
In considering the results of this mission, thus briefly described, may the members of the Society be led, while they offer praise to God for what, by his providence and his grace, has been already effected, earnestly to supplicate the continuance of his blessing, so that this people of many languages may, like those assembled at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, become, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, united in mind and heart, “in one accord;" the Lord adding daily to the church at Belgaum, as he then did to the church at Jerusalem, such as shall be saved! Amen.
Austin Friars, 9 July, 1832.
* During the last two or three years, Mr. Beynon, who was at first stationed at Bellary, has laboured in connexion with the mission at Belgaum, to which place he finally removed in about June, 1830.
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mon in the morning, Mr. Bennet spoke at some length, and produced a highly favour. able impression. In the evening, Dr. Mor. gan was once more called to the chair, and the chapel soon became crowded with a very attentive audience. Mr. Bennet's communications were then resumed, and chiefly occupied the time of the meeting. On bis account, indeed, the customary resolutions were generally dispensed with, that more time might be given him, under the impression that an opportunity of listening to so extensive a voyager and traveller was not likely to occur again. The whole of the above meetings, it may be truly added, were such as to exceed the expectations of those concerned in the arrangement of them; and it is hoped that the good feeling excited will not speedily subside.
The anniversary meetings of this Society tommenced at Haverfordwest and Milford, on Sunday, the 10th of June, when the cause of missions was ably pleaded by George Bennet, Esq., of London, and the Rev. S. Curwen, of Frome, aided by the Rev. W. Warlow, of Milford, and the Rev. E. Shadrach, of Aberystwyth. On the following Tuesday a public meeting took place at Milford, where J. L. Morgan, Esq., M.D., of Haverford. west, presided. On Thursday the public meeting at Haversordwest was held in the Tabernacle, when Mr. Bennet was called to the chair. On the preceding Monday and Wednesday, Messrs. Bennet and Curwen, accompanied by the secretary, visited Rosemarket, and Tiers Cross, and Keyston, and Walfsdale, where, notwithstanding the very unfavourable state of the weather, and with the exception of one of the morning services, the places of meeting were well filled, and the country people much impressed and gratified with Mr. Bennet's communications. On the following Friday evening a public meeting was held at Pembroke Dock, when John Lewis, Esq., of Henllan, took the chair ; and though this meeting was thinly attended, in consequence of an illumination in the town, the liberality of the people, in the cause of missions, exceeded that of former years. On Sunday, the 17th, sermons were delivered at Pembroke, by the Secretary, Rev. J. Bulmer, of Haverford west ; after which Mr. Bennei addressed the congregation, morning and evening. At the same time, the Christian liberality of the friends at Tenby was excited by the appeals of Mr. Curwen, which were renewed at a public meeting, held on the Monday evening, at which Mr. Bennet presided. On the following morning Mr. Bennet met a considerable number of ladies, and some gentlemen, at Pembroke, who were gratified by the inspection of seve. ral curiosities relating to missionary enterprise, and in listening to descriptions and remarks connected with them. In the evening the public meeting was held, as usual, at the Town Hall, where Dr. Morgan again presided. On this occasion, the Missionary Association, recently formed at Pembroke, was recognised ; and, in addition to the other speakers, the meeting was addressed by the Rev. Thomas Harries, the Rev. Mr. Smith (Wesleyan Minister), the Rev. Mr. Warlow, and Mr. Joseph' Thomas. The concluding services took place on Wednes. day, at Narberth, where, after a Welsh ser
On Sabbath-day, June 17th, sermons were preached in behalf of the Nottinghamshire Auxiliary Society, at Castle-gate, Friar-lane, James'-street, and Barker-gate Chapels, by the Rev. Dr. Wardlaw, J. Clayton, Jun., and W. Scott. On Monday morning, about two hundred friends of the Society breakfasted together in the Exchange Hall ; and on Monday evening the anniversary meeting was held in the same place; after prayer by the Rev. R. Weaver, of Mansfield, the report was read by the Rev. R. Alliott, Jun., from which, and from a very interesting statement afterwards made by the Rev. J. Clayton, it appeared that there are 144 different stations and out-stations where missionary operations are carried on; that 54 Christian churches have been formed, consisting of 4,771 communicants; and that 391 schools have been established, in which about 22,000 children are educated. The various resolutions were moved and seconded by Rev. R. Alliott, J. Clayton, Jun., J. Gawthorn, Dr. Wardlaw, W. Scott, J. Edwards, W. Pickering, and Messrs. Boothby and Wilson. On Sabbath afternoon, the members of the different religious societies celebrated together the ordinance of the Lord's supper, on which occasion the Rev. Dr. Wardlaw presided, and the Rev. J. Clayton, and W. Scott, addressed communicants and spectators. On Tuesday evening, the peculiarly interesting services connected with this anniversary closed, when the Rev. J. Gawthorn and J. Gilbert prayed, and Dr. Wardlaw preached in Castle-gate Meeting-house. The collections after the various services amounted to £137, being $37 more than on the last occasion.
* The Officers of Auxiliary Societies are earnestly requested to accompany their Remittances with correct Lists, having the Names of Places and Persons alphabetically arranged, as in the Society's Annual Report.
Mr. Smith .........
Collections, Anonymous Donations, and all other Donations of £5, and upwards, received
from 3rd April to 31st May, 1832, inclusive.] sonymous-Bank of England Note,
| Cambridgeshire-North East AuxiliaryNo. 11,588 ...
Mr. P. Smith, Treasurerhouymous, for the Widows Fund ......
Collection at Annual Meeting.. 13 17 3 G. S.. .........
40 00 Soham-Independent Chapel.. 3 5 0 W. T.:
Newmarket-Collected by Mr. S. M.............
Pettit ..................... 1 19 0 Y. Z....
Missionary Boxes of 1. George Harris..............(DON.)...
........ 084 Priend, per Rev. W. S. Palmer .........
Mrs. May .................... 0 6 8 ratitude-(G. J.)
19 16 roceeds of a French Watch, &c., Sold .... issionary Box-The Servants of J. Puget,
Dorsetshire-Wareham-West Street MeetEsq. .........................
0 8 5 Immanuel Chapel Sunday School
7 ing-Rev. R. Harris.................... 0
06 0 Miss Davidson.......
1 4 0 Collected by Misses Smith and Hernage .... i i Durham-Sunderland-Mr. Thackray, Friend, towards the Support of Chinese
46 8 1: Female Schools........................ 6 10 vegacy by the late Mrs. Hannab Whynn.... 19 19 0 Rev. W. Smalle........ 10 0 0
Devonshire-Barpstaple Association "hapel Street, Soho-Rev. J. Robinson
Rev. B. Kent
17 0 0
................ 14 14 7 - fate Street Chapel-Rev. T. Stevenson
Missionary Boxes............ 1 9 0 Subscriptions ....... ...... 11 3 0
Collection .................. 4 13 2
Miss Sollected ;;...
Miss Stower ......... ... 5 12 7 - Mrs. Stevenson...
1 12 9
- 18 8 4 lewin Street-Welsh Calvinistic Methodists
-Per Mr. E. Cleaton .. London Road Street-Rev. T. Harper...... 167 Tottenbam Court Chapel-Male Branch
J. H. Mann, Esq., Treasurer - Subscriptions ............... 38 11 0
1 13 0
07 Mr. Nodes ..........
15 7 6 Mr. Preece........
0 120 Mr. J.G. Pockett ............ 3 3 0 Collected at Prayer Meetings.. 1 6 7 Collection after Public Meetings 13 13 10
3 15 10
Andover, per Miss Godden
1 1 4
1 16 10 Miss Deering ................
0 13 2 Miss Humphreys ............
2 16 1
Missionary Boxes of
s Darby................... 0 12 0
S . Ning .............. 0 8 11
Odiham-Rev. W. Roberts,
Lloyd Street Cbapel-Rev. Dr. Jack, and
Rev. Mr. Mc Kerrow-Collection after
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Ross ............ 38 Mrs. Grenville......
2 12 8
Rusholme Lane Chapel-Rev. J. Griffin Miss A. Hewett.
. 1 19 0
Collections after Sermons by Rev. D. 13 17 8
Jones, and Rev. J. Thorpe .......... 88 06 Salford-Chapel Street,
Rev. J. A. Coombs-
Collections after Sermons by
Rev. Dr. Fletcher and Rev.
Dr. Ross ..................101 11 6 A Friend .................... 0 5 0
Juvenile Association .......... 34 100
-- 136 16 Standon-- Mrs. Parker's Missionary Box.. 1 261
New Windsor-Rev. G. Taylor-
Rev. J. Ely and Rev. D.
16 96 Rev. J. Jefferson... 0 14 6 Juvenile Association.......... 15 18 10.
_ 3284 Kent-Blackheath
Tyldsley-Friends, by Rev. Mr. Langrish.. 500 John Paynter, Esq. ........(DON.).... 10 10 01
Stockport-Orchard Street Chapel--Friends 18 00
. 4 15 6 Collected by Mrs. Holmes ............ 11.00 Greenwich Road Chapel Auxiliary Society
Rusholme Road Juvenile Association
By Rev. J. Griffin .. -Rev. W. Chapman
............ 10 10 0 Male Branch -Collected by Mr. Corder................ 2 9 0
1151 94 Mr. Atkins ..... 100
Less Expenses.... 16 Il 0 Mr. Goldfinch .....
1 19 3 Mr. Armitage...... 1 9 0
1134 18 € Mr. Simpson ...
1 6 5 Masters Ritchie
0 19 2
Lancaster Auxiliary Society-
E. Dawson, Esq., Treasurer
11 06 Subscriptions ............... 10 19 0 Female Branch-Collected by
Ladies' Association .......... 14 19 9 Miss Bosher.................. 1 4
.......... 6 2 7 Miss Benwell
2 0 8
Missionary Boxes...... .. 098 Mrs. Chapman ... 3 10 9
32 11 0 Misses Haycraft ............ 6 7 8
Liverpool-W. Kay, Esq., for the Support Mrs. Kemp................. 2 15 2
of the Native Teacher, Glass Kay..(a) 1000 Mrs. Marshall ......
096 Mrs. Major.
0 6 0 Mrs. Ricbie ...
2 8 7
Lincolnshire Swineshead Misses Richie...
1 1 0
Rev. W. Bolland. Mrs. Shipman ............... 2 2 8 7
Spalding-Rev. W. Hewlings-
................ 3 13 Miss Suter's Young Ladies.. 1 1 0
Norfolk- WymondhamMrs. Trill .....
1 18 1
Collection after Public Meeting
1 1 0
3 0 0 Miss Wright ...............
3 18 0
Sabbath School.............. 1 100 Sunday School Children...... 0 10 6
4 10 6 35 0 0 1
a Northamptonshire-Weldon Penny Society
46 0 6 Less Expenses.... 0 7 2
-Rev. J. Philip.........
T. Nubneley, Esq., Treasurer
Ashby de la Zouch-Rev. W. TaitMilton-Legacy by the late Mr. Edward Lark.
Collected by Friends ......... 1 0 0 -Messrs. M. Troughton, J. Troughton, and
Missionary Boxes of
........... 100 0 0
0 15 3
Mr. Goodman .... Lancashire-East Auxiliary Society
Mr. W. Cbeatle.
06 0 J. H. Heron, Esq., Treasurer
0 10 6 Grosvenor Street Chapel
Small Sums .....
.. 0 3 11 Rev. R. Fletcher
3 1 8 Collection after Sermon by Rev. J. Ely ............170 3 9
East Shilton-Rev. J. Birkby - Rev. Dr. Fletcher ..196 7 9
300 at the Public Meeting 64 6
Hinckley-Rev. J. BuckhamYouths' Auxiliary Society .... 35 00
Collections .................. 3 100 Subscriptions ................ 26 14 9
Collected by Mr. James Sanders...(Don.).. 10 10 0
Miss Parsons .......
1 2 0 A Friend.................... 100 0
Mrs. Barfoot .....
. 1 3 0 A. B.-(By Post)............ 10 0 0
Mrs. R. Brown....
0 17 0 -- 523 3 0 1 Mosley Street ChapelRev. R. S. Mc All
Kibworth-Rev. E. Chater-Contributions 300 Collection after Sermon by
Kilby-Rev. E. Chater-Contributions .. 400 Rev. Dr. Ross ............. 40 14 0
Latterworth-Rev. Mr. HewlettRev. J. Thorpe ...... 61 11
.... 16 00 Rev. Dr. Fletcher ... 50 5 3
Leicester-Gallowtree Gate ChapelJuvenile Society ............. 45 0 0
Collection after a Sermon by 297 10 6
Rev. J. Campbell .................. 15 00