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€ my native country, from relations, from friends, " from advantageous prospects; and said, in “this inclination of mind, If thou, O my God! o hast designed me for this duty; then here: I
am ; send me! I trust in thee, that thon wild “ assist me; I collect my wishes together in this " one, to do thy will!
My confidence to fol'ow herein increased to “ that degree, that I thought I could never be "happy, nộr profitable, if I declined this call. «*. Therefore I aimounced this my intention, and « forthwith received a formal vocation from the
Rev. Dr. Schultz: 'After this I went in coma ro
pany with him to Wernigerode; the usual place on such occasions, where, after exami
nation, I received the solemn ordination for o that purpose. From thence I prepared to set " out for England; and you, Reverend Sirs, “ have been pleased to confirm the acts of the « Reverend Dr. Schultz, and acknowledged me os as your Missionary.
Now, by Divine Providence, I stand in your presente for the last time, receiving your “ best wishes, and parental admonitions: Oh, “s that I could but utter the feelings of my
heart according to my wish; but I am so pressed, “ that even if I was master of the English tongue, · I should lack words. I cannot, according to
my wishes, express my gratitude this day,' * which I owe to God, and to this Honourable
" Society. I have no words to extol your mé. “ ritorious exertions in caring for the immortał « souls of the Heathens, and to describe how « sensible I am of the honour to be connected “ with such a Society. I want expressions to “ relate unto you, how well I am convinced of " the importance of my duty on the one hand, " and the various difficulties on the other; how “ I therefore only trust in my Saviour, who “ said: “ Without me ye can do nothing." ". And again : " Behold I am with you to the " end of the world." I cannot this day sufficiently convince you, that it is
resolution faithfully to discharge my duty, and to keep a “ clear conscience, but must perhaps leave you “ between fear and hope.
sincere wish however is this, that you' may not only in time to come never have “ reason to repent having sent me, bit that
you may rest also now in confidence on my ac"count: for, your zeal in behalf of the Mis
sion, your labours without self-interest, pour " pious prayers to God will be animated, and employed the more joyfully the more you can “ be sure that they are not in vain.
“How glad should I be if I could remove ... any doubts, and raise your hopes with this " upright assurance, that I undertook not this " office to maintain my life; but rather lost 5 thereby, in my native country prospects and
" offers of more profit and advantage, because I “ was convinced, that preferring this task is ac
cording to the will of God; that therefore, " having a good conscience, I can and will trust *** in God, and pray to him with full assurance “ for his gracious assistance and support; that I
am resolved, not only to do the will of God, “ but for his sake not mind even the danger of “ death, neither pain, nor poverty ; that I do * not shun working, but it is rather my purpose,
dutifully to employ always all the gifts and abi“ lities, which I have received by the grace of of God.
Now, Reverend and Honoured Sirs, I am going, accompanied with your good wishes,
and also with those of many others, to the “ place God and you have called me; remem
bering all the exhortations wliich I have re" ceived at my examination and ordination, and *c in particular from the Reverend Chairman, in
your name. To conformn my life to them shall “ be my sacred obligation. I shall live punctu" ally, supported by the power of God, accord
ing to my instructions. The example of our “ Lord Jesus Christ, and of St. Paul the
Apostle, shall be my pattern therein. But I « shall not onnit my subrnission unto you, and
my regard to my fellow-labourers: I'shall * never do any thing of consequence without
your advice, or without their consent. I shall
bestow my labouras much as I can on Heathens " and Christians, old and young: May God
give me health and wisdom, together with • harmlessness, so that I may be another Swartz! © May my God bless my labour, and the labour !" of my colleagues ! May he support me on my “ passage across the ocean! May he let me sce ", some fruits even on board, but many more in
India! May he give me grace to let my light s shine, that the inhabitants may see in me, that “ tliere is a difference between them that fear
God, and them that fear him not ! May he at " the same time give you, by good success, com" fort and hope for the time to come, and per“ severance in your zeal! May he crown your
noble work with a great reward in everlasting life, where the fruits of our labour for the good of souls will surely follow us...!
is a ',. . Dixi.'' In the account for 1783, it appears that the
Rir. Mr. Kiernander, of the Calcutta Mission, “ liad been obliged from age and infirmities to fi relinquish the service of the Mission, and to
transfer the property of the Mission Church
School and burying-ground to the Rev. Mr. “ David Brown, William Chambers, Esq., and 1: Charles Grant, Esq., who had provided for the " usual duty of the English and Portuguese ser ” vice, till proper measures could be taken by
the Society to send out a new. Missionary,':
The Rev. Dr. D. Brown mentions, that on the translation of Mr. Owen, from Fort William to the Presidency, he had been appointed to suc. cced liim. He observes, that “ever since his * arrival in that country, he had diligently en
quired into the state of the Society's Mission “affair in India, that he had corresponded with « the Missionaries on the Coast, and had had
op" portunities of hearing concerning them from " Mr. Wm. Chambers, who had long resided " there. From all he could collect, he liad rea
son to believe, that they were faithful men, “ full of zeal and good works: his observations “ respecting the Calcutta Mission are less flatter
ing; and he mentions, that with the sole view " of preserving a foundation for a Mission, “ Messrs. Chambers and Grant had united with “ him, and purchased of Mr. Kiernander the “ Mission Church, School, and burial-ground.
- The Rev. Mr. David Brown, William “ Chambers, and Charles Grant, Esqrs. in a
joint letter, dated at Calcutta, March 7, 1788, " think it necessary to inform the Society of * some particulars respecting the Bengal Mis“ sion, and of the part they had taken in order to "prevent its total subversion. They mention, " that on the 31st of October, 1787, they had
purchased the church, school, and burials ground, for the sole purposes of religion, and
they hope that this act will be approved by the