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« the superintending direction of Mr. Kolhoff,
Vellore, Pullicat, and other places, were
without a shepherd. They were addressed, “ on every side, as well as from their English
brethren, to support the poor, to instruct the youth, and to take charge of forsaken congrega
tions, but they were unequal to attend to these “ institutions. The Missionaries therefore had “ had it in contemplation to make six of the most “ able of the catechists, country priests, like " Sattianaden ; but not yet knowing what sup
port could be furnished for them, the matter “ remained in suspence. They conclude re“commending themselves and the Mission to " the further benevolence of the Society.
“ The Rev. Mr. Pæzold has transmitted let" ters, dated at Vepery in Feb. 1805, but they “ detail few or no particulars, relative to the “ state of the Vepery Mission, but refer chiefly " to the arrival of Baptist Missionaries, and
Missionaries from the London Missionary Society, at Tranquebar, the designs and destination of whom are not yet clearly known.
“ Mr. Pæzold reports that the legacy of the “ late Mr. Gerické to the Vepery Mission, was
15,000 star pagodas, besides the reversion of « another considerable sumn, and a large house, " after the demise of his widow, which, with “ the allowance given by the King of Tanjore,
« would be fully equal to the ordinary expences " of that Mission.
“ He also acknowledges the receipt of the “ stores and presents, salaries and gratuities, “ sent out the preceding year from the Society.
“ The usual stores and presents of books, stationary, and other articles of accommodation, together with the remittances, including
a gratuity of 501. to each of the Missionaries, " and 501. to Mr. Horst, in consideration of his " services to the Mission, as stated in the ac"count published last year, have been sent out “ this year, through the continued favour of the “ Hon. East India Company; to whom the “ Society thus publickly return their HEARTY
" It appears in the account for 1806, that “ since the publication of the last account, very
little information has been received from the Missionaries ; and of that little, some is of a a nature by no means satisfactory to the Society. A spirit of insubordination appears, to
have arisen in the Malabar congregations, both " at Vepery and at Tranquebar; which, at the “ former place, seems to have given much “ trouble and uneasiness to Mr. Pazold; and ag
„Tranquebar, to have occasioned the departure “ of the Danish Missionaries from their station,
" and from that territory. The documents bea " fore the Mission Committee of the Society are " quite insufficient to enable them to form a “ judgment of the true ground of these dis“ astrous circumstances. It appears, however, " that certain Missionaries, sent out by an Ana“ baptist Society, and by that called the London “ Missionary Society; had received a degree of “ countenance, from the Danish Missionaries at "" least, if not also from some of those more “ immediately connected with the Society, which “ tended to produce disorder in the established “ Missions, and could not but be very dissatis“ factory to the Church of England Society for • Promoting Christian Knowledge. How far “ these circumstances may have contributed to “ occasion the evils before-mentioned, it may be " difficult to say, without additional evidence
upon the matter, which may soon be expected " to arrive from India. It is certain, indeed, " that an unhappy discord subsists at Vepery, " between the Missionaries Pæzold and Rottler ;
and it seems more than probable that these " circumstances may at least in part have occa“ sioned that discord. Mr. Rottler, however, " who was appointed by the Society, from his " station at Tranquebar, to the Vepery Mis:
sion, under a proviso that the same sliould o meet with the concurrence of his superiors at Copenhagen, will, probably, soon remove
* again from the Vepery Mission, as the Danish a Mission College appear to be very unwilling " that he should altogether quit Tranquebar.”
! In the account for 1807, it is “ stated several " letters, from the Society Missionaries, have “ been received, since the publication of the « account for the year 1806.
The circum« stances adverted to in that account, have not
even yet been very explicitly clucidated, in the correspondence from India ; and perhaps it
may be very difficult, if not impracticable, r. to obtain such an elucidation of the occasions " and circumstances of the discords, which seem
to have subsisted in the Missions as should be o satisfactory, or even furnish to the Society's # Mission Committee, clear ideas upon the di matter. - It does' however appear, in one of o the letters from the Rev. Mr. Pæzold, dated
at Vepery, the list of October, 1807, that of the refractory party among the Malabar « Christians connected with the Vepery Mission,
had latelybeen considerablyhumbled andsilenced " by the Magistrates, to whom on several very * unpleasant occasions he had been obliged to a make application, to support his exertions in “ restoring harmony and good order amongst
them, and if possible to reconcile both parties to, each other, which he found to be. no. easy,
o-task - Five of the ringleaders of that re" 'bellious party, assuming a superiority of « understanding, had been desirous of estab
lishing at Vepery a tribunal independent of " that at Fort St. George, with a view to rule « over the congregation, and to settle all man(ner of differences amongst them, without the 6. interference of any Missionary ; but Mr. « Pæzold was happy in the thought; that “ neither the chief Judge there, nor the Hon. “ Society, (to whom these misled Christians ç had intended to write upon the matter,) would “ ever concede to them a power, which would " inevitably accelerate the ruin of the congre“gation :----their schemes however having been " frustrated, they seemed to be ashamed of " them, though but few of the party had yet appeared again at Church.'
« Mr. Pæzold, in a letter dated at Vepery, « March 1, 1807, acknowledges the receipt of stores, and presents sent out the preceding s year, from the Society; which, he com“ plained, had sustained, in the passage, cone siderable damage.' E" Mr. Pæzold reports, that Mr. Henry Horst,
who for many years had been employed in the Si concerns of the Mission, had' at length re$ ceived the ordination of the Lutheran Church, 6 from the hands of the worthy senior of the "Society's Missions, the Rev. Mr. Pohle, with