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for the word of God; and it is worthy of notice, that the number of books put into circulation during that year was twice as great as in any preceding one. In 1830 two stated native ser. vices, on the Sabbath, were commenced ; one of them in Malayalim, and the other in Tamil, but the attendance was small. Various other opportunities, however, of exposing the errors of false religion, and exhibiting the excellence of the true one, were improved, particularly those afforded by the assembling of the people at the school-houses, and by occasional conversations with the natives generally. In 1831 the attendance of the congregation did not exceed that of the preceding year, but some of its members appeared to evince a scriptural conviction of sin, and were led to inquire what they should do to be saved, while others offered themselves as candidates for baptism. In the same year a bungalow, forming part of commodious premises, purchased on behalf of the Society for the use of the mission, was fitted up as a place of public worship. The expense of this alteration has been defrayed by means of subscriptions made for the purpose of providing a place of worship at Quilon, by respectable individuals on the spot, and at the Nilgiries, during the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson in that quarter. The place will accommodate 300 persons; the average attendance is about 80.
Mr. Crow, in 1822, commendably exerted himself for the purpose of providing a place of worship for English services, but the decline of his health, and his eventual return to Europe, prevented him from prosecuting the object. Subsequently to his departure, the English service, which had been instituted independently of the mission, was performed more efficiently than it had formerly been ; and Quilon having latterly ceased to be a military station, such service is now no longer necessary.
Several native schools were formed in 1821, the year in which the mission was commenced. In the following year their number was 6, two of them being supported by Colonel Newall, and the rest by the Society, as already stated. In 1823 they were increased to 8, and the Scriptures, as well as Dr. Watts’s Catechism, introduced into them. In 1824 the number of the schools continued the same; that of the scholars was 353, of whom 15 were girls. In 1827 the schools were increased to 9, containing 293 boys. Two native female schools were formed during this year, containing together 46 girls, who were instructed in the principles of Christian truth. In 1828 the schools were in number 11, containing 222 scholars. In 1829 the boys' schools were increased to 12, containing 274 scholars; and the native female schools to 3, containing 44. In 1830 the schools were in numbe ras in the preceding year, viz., 15, containing 397 children on the books; the attendance fluctuating between 260 and 340. In 1831 the schools increased to 20, of which 13 were boys' schools, containing 370 scholars, and 7 girls' schools, containing 140. By the latest returns from the station it appears that the number of the schools has been increased to 24, consisting of 14 boys' schools, containing 380 scholars, and 10 girls' schools, containing 190 ; making together a total of 570 native children and young persons, who receive, exclusively, Christian instruction, no heathen books whatever being allowed to be read in any of the schools.
A more ample supply of school-books, and a more vigilant superintendence than formerly, have been followed by evident improvement in the scholars, who advance with greater proficiency in reading, and better understand what they commit to memory. Many of them are able to repeat considerable portions of the New Testament; such as the Gospel by John, the Epistle to the Romans, and the First Epistle to the Corinthians. The missionaries re. ceive numerous applications for additional schools, which they are compelled to decline from the want of funds. It may not be improper to add, under this head, that the reason of the proportion of girls instructed in the mission schools at Quilon being so much greater than it is at other stations in the Peninsula, arises from the circumstance of the Malayalim people hav. iyg less powerful prejudice against the education of their female offspring than is prevalent among the Hindoos in general.
Distribution of the Scriptures and Tracts. Numerous portions of the Scriptures and Tracts in different languages, but chiefly in Ma. layalim and Tamil, have from time to time been circulated among the inhabitants of Quilon, and at the neighbouring villages. For the means of such distribution, the missionaries have been chiefly indebted to the Committee of the “ Madras Auxiliary Bible Society," and to the Committee of the “ Malayalim Tract Association;" and they have endeavoured, as far as possible, to supply every family in Quilon in which at least one member of it is able to read, and willing to receive it, with some book or other containing a statement of the essential truths of the Gospel.
In surveying the results of the niission of which they have now presented a brief summary, the Directors have the satisfaction to know that a greater or less portion of Christian knowledge has been disseminated in the minds of several hundreds of the young persons and children at the station, in some of whom the beneficial effect of religious instruction has been mani. fested ;-that the light of the Gospel has been diffused among not a few of the adult population ;-that some are desirous to become better acquainted with Christian truth ;—that others are dissatisfied with idolatry ;-that prejudice is dying away among many of the people; and that some perceive the evil and demerit of sin, and desire to participate in the blessings of salvation. Let us pray, that the light of the Gospel (the effects of which are beginning to appear, at this station, as at many other of the stations, of our own and other kindred Societies, like the “ morning spread upon the mountains”), may be as “ the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day;" and that in every realm and region of the globe, the pure light thereof may so shine and continue to increase, till the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord till all nations be blessed in Him, and all nations call Him blessed. Amen and Amen.
Austin Friars, 20th November, 1832.
Letter of George Bennet, Esq., to the Home.
Secretary, with particulars of some late col. lecting-tours in which he kindly engaged on behalf of the Society; dated London, Nov. 19, 1832.
Rev. AND DEAR SIR, Two days ago I was permitted to return to my London home loaded with many mercies, after a series of tours, during seven months, undertaken at the desire, and with the hope of promoting the cause of the London Missionary Society (which I cannot but regard as the cause of humanity and of true reli. gion), and I am happy to testify, that, in the parts visited, it seems to find increasing favour, both with ministers and people.
The counties, &c., visited, have been Suffolk, Staffordshire, Westmorland, Cumberland, Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, South Wales, with part of Montgomeryshire, &c.
You have already received accounts from
my respected coadjutors and myself, respecto ing the meetings in the above parts, except those in the county of Salop, and I now send you a brief notice of the visit to that county, though you will, doubtless, receive the details, as well as the proceeds, from the respected local Secretaries.
Agreeably to your request, I proceeded from Durham (through Sheffield and Birmingham) to Shrewsbury. The first meeting was held at Bridgenorth, on the 22nd of Oct., the Rev. J. A. James, of Birmingham, giving his valuable aid ; on the 23rd, at Newport, Rev. J. Whittenbury; 24th, at Whitchurch, Rev. Mr. Potter ; 25th, at Drayton, Rev. Mr. Barton ; 26th, at Wem, Rev. Messrs. Pattison and Mandeno; Lord's.day, 28th, morning service, at Clive, Rev. Mr. James, afternoon, at Had all, Rev. Mr. James, and again at Wem in the evening, to a crowded congregation ; Monday, 29th, at Prees, Rev. Mr. Minshall; 30th, at Whixall, Rev. Mr. Minshall; 31st, at Elesmere, Rev. Mr. Roaf;
Nov. ist, at Oswestry, Rev. Mr. Jenkyn; Sabbath, the 4th, at Welchpool, Rev. Šir. Morgan ; 7th, at Dorrington, Rev. Mr. Bey. non; 8th, at Shrewsbury, at the special request of the Rev. Mr. Weaver (the collection being to be added to a very liberal one made by his people the Sunday but one be. fore, after a sermon by their pastor).
Some very pleasing and numerously-attended meetings, composed of influential in. dividuals, and young persons attached to the missionary cause, were held in respectable private dwelling-houses at Wem, Oswestry, and Shrewsbury.
Some trials of little moment, a few exposures to danger, and some personal losses,* have attended these excursions ; yet the plea. sure enjoyed from intercourse with the valuable ministers and other Christian friends with whom I have been associated in travelling, and with numerous other pious and intelligent individuals I have met in the different counties visited, and especially from the hope that my feeble efforts have, in some small degree, aided the cause of Christ, is a sufficient remuneration.
To many families and individuals, both ministers and others, I feel much indebted for their hospitality and kind and liberal attentions, both on my own account, and on that of the Society on whose behalf I have travelled. · Trusting that God will continue to smile on a cause so manifestly his own, and praying that the requisite wisdom and grace for conducting the affairs of this important society may be granted to all who participate in its management, especially yourself and your immediate coadjutors,
SOMERSETSHIRE. Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, the twentieth general meeting of the Somerset Auxiliary Missionary Society was held at the Rev. John Gunn's Meeting-house at Chard; on which occasion the Rev. Samuel Thodey, of Cambridge, and the Rev. Edward Ray, (Missionary from Calcutta) kindly attended as the deputation from the Parent Society. In the morning the Rev. T.C. Hine introduced the services of the day by reading the Scriptures and prayer; after which the Rev. Mr. Thodey delivered a most suitable and impressive discourse on the subject of prayer, and its beneficial influence on the missionary cause; and the Rev. Edward Paltridge concluded. At the public meeting in the afternoon, after prayer by the Rev. Mr. Anstie (Baptist minister), the Rev. T. Luke was called to the chair; and the Rev. Messrs. Golding, Gurin, Hine, Ray, Jukes, Thodey, Buck, Lewis, Wright, and Wheeler, successively moved and seconded the resolutions. The evening service was begun by the Rev. Mr. Wright, of Honiton; when the Rev. Mr. Ray delivered an address of considerable length, detailing several most important facts relative to the deplorable state of the Indian population, which had come under his own observation when resident in India, which deeply affected and interested the assembly, and then concluded the business of the day. There was a respectable attendance through. out the day, especially in the evening, the congregation retiring from each service evi. dently gratified, and it is hoped much benefited, by the things which they had heard. Mr. Ray proceeded from this anniversary service to visit the different congregations throughout the county.
* Amongst the losses I have met with is, that of my pocket-book, on the 10th of June, as Dr. Morgan was driving me in his single-horse chaise from Haverfordwest to Milford, where I was to hold a Missionary service that morning.
This pocket-book contained valuable papers, documents, tabular statements, and memorandums ; also a Bank of England Note for
Twenty Pounds, No. 1860, dated December • 26, 1831. On the back was written my name in Greek letters, and the day on which I received it, viz. January 12, 1832.
This notice in the Chronicle may possibly lead to the recovery of the pocket-book and its contents, in which case I shall present the money contained in it to the Society.
ORDINATION OF MISSIONARIES. On Wednesday, October 10th, Mr. James Mirams, Missionary appointed to Berbice, in the colony of British Guiana, was ordained at Sheerness. The Rev. Joseph Slatterie, of Chatham, commenced by reading portions of the Holy Scriptures and prayer ; Rev. Robert Halley (one of Mr. Mirams' tutors) delivered the introductory discourse ; Rev. W. C. Loveless, of Herne Bay, asked the usual questions and received the confession of faith, &c.; Rev. J. Prankard (Mr. Mirams' pastor) offered the ordination prayer; Rev. John Clayton, jun., of London, gave the charge; and the Rev. Ed. Jinkings, of Maidstone, concluded. Several of the neighbouring ministers were present; the congregation was large ; and it is hoped that the impression made, and the feeling excited, as to the great objects of Christian missions, will be lasting, and productive of the most beneficial results.
The Anniversary of this Auxiliary Missionary Society was held October 30th, and two following days.
At the Public Meeting, which was held in the Assembly Rooms, the chair was taken by James Hammet, Esq., and the cause of Missions was effectively pleaded by the Rev. G.. Clayton ; W. Ellis ; Edward Ray (the deputation from the Parent Society); and James Doney, of Trowbridge. Also by J. C. Hartsinck, Esq.; W. Stroud, Esq., M.D.; W. T. Blair, Esq.; T. Kingsbury, Esq. ; and W. Kent, Esq.
Sermons were preached by the members of the deputation, and the devotional services were conducted by the Rev. W. Jay, J. J. Richards, T. Eastman, and John Owen.
The divine presence and benediction appeared to attend the several services, and circumstances have resulted which raise the hope of increasing zeal and liberality in this great cause.
been stated by the Rev. John Arundel, Home Secretary, the Rev. Henry Townley read appropriate portions of Scripture and implored the divine blessing; after which the Rev. Dr. Bennett delivered an appropriate address from Acts xxviii. 15.; and the Rev. E. Cas.' salis, one of the missionaries, in a very touching and interesting manner, addressed the numerous assembly, and traced the progress of the Paris Missionary Society; the Rev. George Collison, by solemn prayer, then commended our beloved brethren, and their mission, to the care and benediction of God.
On the Sabbath following (Nov. 1lth) our dear brethren sailed from Gravesend in the ship “ Test,” Capt. Browne, for the Cape of Good Hope, where they will be cordially received by the Rev. Dr. Philip, and from thence proceed to join those brethren from the Paris Society who went out under his charge in the year 1829, and who are now labouring, in connexion with that Society, among the Zoolas, a people still further in the interior of South Africa than Lattakoo.
FORMATION OF NEW SOCIETIES.
NOTICES. was held, for the purpose of forming a Mis
On Wednesday morning, December 12th, sionary Society, at Bridgenorth, Salop, in aid of the London Missionary Society. Rev.
Mr. John Evans, Missionary, appointed to Samuel Barber, the pastor of the church, was
the Ultra Ganges' station, will be ordained at called to the chair. The Rev. Mr. Clark
Hertford (Rev. Isaac Anthony's). The (Baptist) implored the divine blessing; and
Rev. Dr. Bennett, Rev. Dr. Fletcher, the addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. Roaf,
Home Secretary, and others, are engaged to J. Whittenbury, J. A. James, and George
conduct the service. Bennet, Esq. The whole of the proceedings were highly gratifying and interesting, and the sum collected was upwards of £15.
On Thursday evening, December 20th, Mr. John Campbell, Missionary, appointed · to Bengal, will be ordained at Kensington
(Rev. Ř. Vaughan's). The Rev. Dr. Smith, PARIS MISSIONARY SOCIETY
Rev. T. Binney, Rev. Henry Townley, and Departure of Missionaries.
others, are expected to engage. On Tuesday evening, November the 6th, a special public meeting was held at the Poultry Chapel (Rev. J. Clayton's), of the members
SOCIETY'S PUBLICATIONS. of the London Missionary Society and others, for the purpose of testifying their cordial ap
Should there be any surplus copies of the probation of the objects and operations of
Society's Annual Report for 1832, or of any The Paris Missionary Society, and of express
former years, remaining with any of the Offic ing their fraternal love and Christian sympa
cers of the Auxiliaries, or friends of the thy to three additional brethren, who were on
Society, or any odd Numbers of the Quartheir way from that Society to South Africa,
terly Publications, it is respectfully requested namely, the Rev. Thomas Arbousset, Rev.
that they be forwarded, with as little expense Eugene Cassalis, and Mr. Constant Gossilen, as possible, to the Rev. J. Arundel, Home Seartisan. After the object of the meeting had cretary, Mission House, Austin Friars, London.
** 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 September to 31st October, 1832, inclusive.]
es... 12 16
Miss Ware.......................(dox.).... 10 oo, Wimbourne Association-Rev. S. Spink
Mr. Hodges ................. 111 2 A Lady, by Master Treble ................
Miss Bonfield ..
. 0 13 3 Thank-offering-H. .......................
Miss Long ...
0 14 11 Peter O'B...............................
11 6 Legacy by the late Mr. James Haynes
Miss Reeks ..............
011 11 Mr. W. Haynes, Executor-(Less Duty).
0 10 3 - David Niven, Esq.-Mr. 0. Robin
- 5 13 0 son, Mr. J. North, and Mrs. L. Niven,
300 0 0 Essex Auxiliary Society -T. Hodges, Esq., -- Mrs. Mary Robinson - Mr. F.
Treasurer-On Account................10525 Clement, and Mr. S. Edwards, Executors. 10 00 Stratford-Rev. J. Emblem and Friends.. 16 8 2 Albion Chapel Missionary AssociationRev. J. Young ...........
......... 25 0 0 Gloucestershire-Wotton-under-EdgeAldermanbury- Female Association
Tabernacle-Rev, T. Jones ... 1 Mrs. Dean, Treasurer ................... 8 19 11
Mrs. Smith .......(DON.).... 5 0 0 Bedfordshire-Roxton-Rev. H. Winzar
Workmen at Messrs. Long's Subscriptions ................ 8 14 6
Factory .................. 27 7 0 Mrs. C. Metcalfe, for the Sup
45 3 6 port of a Native Child in
Hertfordshire Auxiliary Society
G. Starkins, Esq., Treasurer-
Bishop's Stortford-Rev. W. Chaplin-
Subscriptions................ 46 17 8
Missionary Box.............. 10 0
Collection at Annual Meeting.. 26 10
75 18 8 Cambridge-A Lady, by Rev. J. Arundel i. 100 Buntingford -Rev. T. Q. Stow
Subscriptions.......................... 12 0 0
Hadham--Rev. W. Foster-
Subscriptions................ 4 1 9
Collection after Sermon by For the Anglo-Chinese Cole
Rev. Mr. Jarratt.......... lege ....................... 10 0 0 For the Widows' Fund ..... 5 0 0
- 7 12 7 Hertford-Rev. J. Anthony-
2000 Tavistock-Rev, W. Rooker
Subscriptions................ 28 2 1
Collection after Sermon by
Rev. J. Campbell.......... 11 13 9
- 39 15 10
Hitchip-Rev. J. W. Wayne-
Mr. Langford, Treasurer-
Subscriptions................ 14 9 6
Back Street Meeting House Rev. T. Stenner ..
2 11 0
Female Association......... On board the “Susan and
Missionary Boxes............ 30 Mary" ..................... 0 9 2
Whitwell - Young Gentlemen at " Alpha" ..... 0 10 0 Collection after Sermon by
Rev. R. Elliot's School..... 1
Collected at Wymondley-
By Mr. Lloyd................ 15 0
By Mr. H. Toller............ 2 5 0 Tor Cross Sabbath School ............... 2 10
15 15 9 33 8 0
Collections by the Rev. J.
At Baldock.................. 2 13 6 Dawlish-Rev. T. Collett-Collected by
Wymondley.............. 5 I 6 Rev. Messrs. Thodey and Ray ......... 5 8 4 --- Hitchin .................. 7 15 6
- Walkner, by Rev. W Dorsetshire-Charmouth-Rev. B. Jeanes
........ 1 2 3 Subscriptions ................ 8 0 6
- Villages, by the Secretary.. 2 2 0 Mrs. Kennaway....(von.).... 5 0 0 Collections .................. 7 19 6
47 0 5 21 00
Less Expenses.......... 1 6 5 Wareham-West Street Meeting,
45 14 0 Rev. R. Harris ......
3 10 10