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and Tract Societies, and a Reading Society, were established. In 1818 an Auxiliary Bible Society was added. In 1820 three stated native services were commenced, by which, and other means, much Christian knowledge was widely diffused among the people, several of whom afforded satisfactory evidence of the influence of divine truth on their hearts. In this year a printing-office was erected for the use of the mission. Mr. Joseph Taylor having, in 1820, removed to Belgaum, Mr. William Howell, who now labours at Cuddapah, joined the brethren at Bellary. The native services were in that year increased to five, all of them being well attended, and by many regular hearers. In the month of November of the same year, two Hindoos (a father and his daughter), the first-fruits of the Bellary mission, were baptized. In 1821, the late Mr. H. Chambers* joined the mission. In 1824 the number of native converts was increased to six, while others, beside acknowledging the sin and folly of idolatry, ceased, in part, to observe its rites and ceremonies. In 1825, in which year Mr. William Beynont joined the mission, the number was increased to seven, and in 1827 to nine, of whom one afterwards relapsed. In the latter year the number of native services was increased to six, and the Tamil congregation greatly enlarged by the accession of several families who had been led to renounce the communion of the Romish church, solely in consequence of reading the Scriptures. In 1828 the native services were increased to seven ; and eleven native converts, of whom some had formerly belonged to the native mission-church at Bangalore, were, in the same year, received into communion with the native church at Bellary, making the total number of its members eighteen. In 1829 they were increased to twenty-two.
This number varied, in the following years, by the addition, on the one hand, of six members, and the loss, on the other, of nine (five by death, and four in consequence of the exercise of church-discipline), so that, according to the last return from the station, the number of members in the native church was nineteen, all of whom afforded credible evidence of the sincerity of their Christian profession.
Native Schools, &c. In 1812 a school for native children was commenced, and a school-room erected for their accommodation. In 1816 three more native schools were established; in 1817 the number was increased to seven ; in 1818, to eleven ; in 1819, to fourteen ; in 1820, to fifteen; and in 1821, to sixteen. Between the years 1821 and 1826, the number of native schools fluctuated between fourteen and seventeen, and in the latter year advanced to twenty. From the commencement of the schools in 1812 to 1826, the number of scholars under instruction (of whom, in most of the schools, a small proportion were girls) gradually increased from 50, which was the first number returned, to 864, which is the highest to which they have attained. During this period much Christian and useful general knowledge was disseminated in Bellary, and throughout a tract of country surrounding it, embracing a circuit of nearly twenty miles.
In consequence of the advised relinquishment of the more remotely-situated schools, and the increase of private and free schools established at Bellary, the number of the native schools belonging to the Society's mission has been latterly reduced to twelve, and that of the scholars to between 300 and 400. In the remaining schools a great improvement has been effected, particularly in regard to the fitness of the masters, and the efficiency of the superintendence, which, it is hoped, will add greatly to their practical utility. The languages taught in the schools are chiefly Canarese and Tamil, and from their commencement they have been decidedly Christian schools. In 1819 a Sabbath school, and a school for adults, were established.
Mr. Hands, soon after his arrival at Bellary, encouraged by the British residents there, established a Charity-School, which has been ever since liberally supported by voluntary
After about eighteen months, Mr. C., on account of ill health, removed to Bangalore.
† Now at Belgaum.
contributions on the spot, and has afforded the means of education to several hundred boys and girls belonging to Indo-Britons, &c. Mr. George Walton, who was for many years usefully employed, as superintendent of native schools, in connexion with the mission at Bellary, and is now one of the missionaries at that station, received his early education in this school.
Translation of the Scriptures, &c. In 1812 Mr. Hands commenced a translation of the Scriptures into Canarese, which is the vernacular language of that part of India. In 1814, the Gospels by Matthew and Luke, and in 1817, those by Mark and John, were translated ; also the Epistle to the Ephesians. In 1818 several of the other epistles, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Book of Revelation, and various portions of the Old Testament, were in progress. In 1819 and 1820 the translation of the remainder of the New, and the whole of the Old, Testament were completed, and the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles printed. During several following years, from various unexpected and unavoidable occurrences, the revision of the work proceeded slowly, and was not finished till September, 1826. Shortly after this event Mr. B. H. Paine took charge of the printing-office. In 1828 the following books of the Old and New Testament were printed : of Genesis, 1500 copies ; of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, 1000 copies each ; and of the Psalms and Daniel, 2000 each ;-in 1829, of the books of Leviticus, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Proverbs, and Isaiah, 1000 copies each ;-in 1830, of 1st and 2nd books of Samuel, 1000 each ; of the two books, both of the Kings and of the Chronicles, 2000 each; and of the Epistle to the Romans, and the two Epistles to the Corinthians, 1000 each ;-in 1831, of the books of Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra, Job, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations, 1000 each; and of the Epistles to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, two Epistles to Thessalonians, two to Timothy, Epistles to Titus and Philemon, Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Epistle of James, three Epistles of John, and that of Jude, and the book of Revelation, 1000 copies each.
Since the completion of this important work, the attention of the missionaries at this station has been more exclusively devoted to direct labours for communicating the Gospel to the heathen. In January, 1830, Mr. John Reid joined the mission.
Distribution of Scriptures, Tracts, 8c. The distribution of religious tracts, in various languages, by the missionaries at Bellary, has been very great, amounting to between 200,000 and 300,000.
The mission-press, which is under the direction of Mr. Paine, has rendered most valuable services in furnishing the means of promoting this object. The tracts have been extensively circulated, and, generally speaking, much and attentively read. Many thousands have been, from time to time, dispersed far and wide, by means of the people who assemble together at the celebration of the Hindoo festivals; by the Ryots, who periodically go up to Bellary, from all the surrounding country, to pay their rents ; by the brethren, during their missionary preaching tours, and on occasion of the monthly inspecting visits to the country schools ; besides those given away to persons at Bellary, the public roads, and to strangers visiting Bellary, who call at the Mission-house. Much Christian light has been, by this means, diffused among the people of Bellary and the inhabitants of the surrounding country, and much individual benefit received. Several officers in the army, by the perusal of the books and tracts of the mission, have been brought thereby to a saving acquaintance with divine truth. Besides the religious tracts, and larger treatises of the same general tendency, numerous copies of the Scriptures, and portions of the same, have been also distributed, and, there is reason to believe, with very beneficial effect.
English Services. The English services, instituted for the benefit of the European residents, and such of the military as were desirous of attending, and could attend, have been statedly kept up from the
commencement of the mission, and much good has resulted from these ministrations. In 1812, as many as twenty of the soldiers, then stationed at Bellary, received the truth in the love of it. On the 27th of June in that year, a Christian church, composed of Europeans, was formed, in connexion with the mission, on which occasion twenty-seven persons were united in the fellowship of the Gospel. In 1816, twenty-nine; and in 1817, twenty-seven were added to the church, from among the military. In 1818 it lost three of its members, each of them by a happy death; and in the following year the greatest part of the remaindo by the departu for England of the 84th Regiment, which had been for many years stationed at Bellary, Many of the vacancies thereby occasioned were shortly afterwards filled up. In 1822 the missionaries announced to the Directors, that at this station “many of rank and influence felt the power of the Gospel of Christ on their hearts, and manifested it by their exemplary deportment and benevolent exertions for the benefit of others." In October, 1824, a new chapel, built at the expense of friends to missions resident in India, was opened, the former having been incapable of accommodating the increased European congregation. During the subsequent years both the church and congregation have varied, as to number, in consequence of the changes to which military cantonments are unavoidably exposed. According to the latest accounts, the former contained eighteen members, while the congregation fluctuated between 300 and 500, and the attendance in the fort between 400 and 500,
The brethren at this important station, deeply impressed with the intimate connexion subsisting between exalted personal piety, on the part of the missionary, and the efficiency of his labours, are earnestly desirous that the members of the Society generally, when supplicating for blessings on the mission, of which a very brief sketch has been just given, would be importunate in prayer on their behalf, that through the Spirit of grace they may be kept free from the effects of surrounding temptations — that their Christian principles may be strengthened—that they may be adorned with all those evangelical graces which so greatly add to the efficacy of Christian example, and that they may be enabled to walk in all the commandments of the Lord blameless—being conscious that, in proportion as they are conformed to the likeness of their Divine Master, and tread in his steps, will be the probability that their own prayers for the mission will be answered, and their own labours for its advancement crowned with success.
Austin Friars, 22 August, 1832.
DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES.
NOTICES. On Sunday, July 22nd, sailed from Portsmouth, on board the Duke of Northumberland, Captain Pope, Mr. and Mrs. Mundy, The Anniversary services of the Warwickfor Bengal. Mr. Mundy's health has been
shire and Staffordshire Auxiliary will be held, greatly improved by his visit to his native land, and he has gone forth, accompanied by Tuesday 11th, and Wednesday 12th, of Sep:
by divine permission, at Birmingham, on the prayers of numerous friends, to resume tember The Rev. H. F, Burder, D.D., of his important labours at Calcutta,
London, Rev. John Brown, of Cheltenham,
and the Rev. David Jones, missionary from On Wednesday, August 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Madagascar, are expected. Swan embarked at Leith, on the ship Barossa, Captain Sinclair, for St. Petersburgh, on their way to Siberia. Much interest has been felt in their mission in Scotland, as well as The services of the twentieth Anniversary in this country; and on Monday evening of the Bristol Auxiliary Missionary Society previous to their embarkation, a special will commence on the 16th September, and prayer-meeting was held at Rev. Mr. Cullin's be continued on the following days. The chapel, Leith, on their behalf, when they Rev. Messrs. Hamilton, of Leeds, Alexanwere affectionately commended to the divine der Fletcher, of London, and other ministers, blessing and protection,
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, The anniversary of the Gloucestershire Aux. The Anniversary of the Chester Auxiliary iliary Missionary Society will be held in the Missionary Society will be held in that city old chapel, Stroud, on Monday, September on Lord's day, the 21st October, and two 3rd, at half past five o'clock in the evening.' following days. Dr. Fletcher, of Stepney, Mr. Jones, of Madagascar, is expected to be London, Dr. Ross, of Kidderminster, and present. On the preceding day, and during other ministers, are expected to attend. the succeeding week, Mr. Jones will preach on behalf of the Society, at Rodborough Tabernacle, and other neighbouring places.
** 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.
[Collections, Anonymous Donations, and all other Donations of £5, and upwards, received
from 1st to 30th June, 1832, inclusive.] L.
.............. 400 0 Kirby Lonsdale and WrayP. B....
Collection, per Rev. Mr. Healy 5 3 4 Miss Sarah Powell ....(L. s.).... 10 10
Less Expenses.... 0 8 Mis3. Ann Powell... ·(l. s.).... 10 10 0
4 15 4 K.
10 0 0 M. E. 5 0 0
30 10 A Friend, per Rev. J. Arundel
15 0 0 Vauxhall Chape)- Rev. Mr. Moore
Collections after Sermons by Rev. W. Ellis 5 5 0 Suffolk-Needbam Market, Mr. L. Maw-
0 17 7
for the Russian Mission............... 5 0 0 Berkshire Auxiliary SocietyHenley-Rev. R. BoltonTown Hall-Collection ....... 13 14 9
Sussex-East Grinstead-Rev. W. Aldridge.. 8 00 A Friend, per Rev. Mr. Alexander
5 0 0 Collection after Sermon by
Yorkshire-Tickhill, per J. Tidd, Esq....... 5 9 7 Rey, Mr. Swan.
4 15 4 Collected by H. Knight
Low Road-Mrs. Knowles' Missionary Box 2 3 0
0 10 6
Per Rev. D. Davies
14 14 5 Per År. W. T. Batler-(Ón Account)
Abergavenny--Castle Street Independent
9 0 0
Collection, per Rev.
Less Expenses.... 0
7 0 7 0
New South Wales-Hobart Town
Mr. H. Hopkins..............(don.).... 25 0 0
Donations towards Relieving the Distress at Hankey (South Africa), occasioned by the late Inundation
, particulars of which were detailed in last Month's Chronicle, page 363. W. A. Hankey, Esq..
H. L. H....... Anonymous
Mr. Medwin Mr. J. C. Hailes
Une Bagatelle S. Robinson, Esq.,
0 100 0 10
The thanks of the Directors are respectfully presented to the following :
To a Welsh Lady, for an Amber Necklace, for the Queen of Madagascar, per Rev. David Jones. To Ladies at Macclesfield, at Miss Elliott's School, Doncaster, and at Hull, for a Case of Fancy Articles, by Mrs. Kidd, for the Female School at Malacca. To Mr. Ward, Mrs. Colley, Mr. Cassell, J. K., H. L. H., and G. P. B., for Evangelical and Tract Magazines, and Reports of various Societies. To Rev. J. Jerard, of Coventry, for a Parcel of Work Bags, &c. Per Rev. W. Ellis, Haberdashery, &c. To Rev. Mr. Bradabaw, for Six Copies of Outlines of Sermons.
ERRATUM in last Chronicle, page 369, line 3rd from bottom, article, “Belgaum," under the head "Monthly Prayer Meeting,” for ' E. by W.,' read “ E. by N.”
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