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cissitude. May it place us individually in that blessed land, where employment never tires, pleasures never satiate, where sin is banished, and “joys unwithering grow.'
“ September 3d.—The time of the monthly concert again returns,—the third since we came aboard. Sweetly animating are promises of the approaching set time for Zion to appear in her glory; and he who promised will assuredly fulfill.
- Her foes in vain against her strive,
For God will help and triumph bring.' 6 Sth.—We crossed the equator again on the afth instant, and to-day the sun will be nearly vertical to us. The monsoon began to blow on us two or three days since. It is now a westerly breeze,--in some parts of the year, north-eastwardly. The present direction is the most favorable for us. We have sailed more than 14,000 miles ; about 9,000 from the equator in the Atlantic to the same in the Indian Ocean.
« 9th. We are probably within one hundred and fifty miles of Ceylon. My sensations, on approaching a heathen land, I know not how to describe. The thought of beholding so much wretchedness and degradation is often affecting. It is cheering however to think, that light is beginning to
dawn on this moral darkness. “How beau-
Immanuel's kingdom shall extend ;
Shall meet a brother and a friend.' “15th.—Yesterday, a little before noon, land was discovered. It was a place called Point Palmiras, about 230 miles from Calcutta. They were afraid to go further without a pilot, and turned about in search of one. The approach to Calcutta is one of the most dangerous in the world. The East India Company keep pilot vessels anchored or cruising about for the purpose of aiding vessels into port.
“ 17th. The captain concluded to take a circuitous course to gain one of the pilot brigs, as we could not approach it directly. We are yet tossing about in the bay-lost
sight of land yesterday—have not yet advanced so far as we went back. This is a trial to our patience, and an occasion for self-examination. The vessel is so impregnated with the damp sea air, that our clothing begins to gather mould, particularly woolen articles, and some others that have been worn, and contracted moisture. How long we shall remain here is uncertain. It is sometimes several days before a pilot can be found, and frequently it takes a week to ascend the river. Calcutta is 100 miles from its mouth. It is now near the close of the rainy season, so that probably the cur,rent will be quite strong. But when the best time arrives, we shall be permitted to land. What a comfort to feel that a gracious, all-wise Providence overrules every event!
“18th.Succeeded in obtaining a pilot, whose name is Richardson, and with whom we are very much pleased. He is an intelligent Englishman, and decidedly favorable to Christianity. He gave us a very interesting account of the native schools last evening, being himself one of the inspectors. He speaks in high terms of the native intellect; thinks nothing but cultivation is wanting to give them a respectable standing in society. He brought with him the Annual Report of the Female Na
tive School Society, and speaks very encouragingly respecting its object and operations. He brought also several numbers of a religious periodical work, published by the Calcutta Auxiliary Church Missionary Society. Among other things, we find the address of Dr. Beecher on the facilities for spreading the gospel now, compared with those in the apostolic age, which appeared in the Recorder and Herald, about a year ago. He brought also a collection of hymns, used at the Bethel meetings. We have been entertained and delighted, have had a rich mental repast after such a season of fasting, and feel grateful for such a providential favor.
6 20th.-We have advanced rapidly today. Weighed anchor at five this morning, and proceeding up the river, the scenery soon became delightful. Ladies, however, could not go out to enjoy it, on account of the heavy rain. This was a severe selfdenial to us, but in the midst of it we had occasion to be grateful. The lightning was very vivid, the thunder heavy, and the electricity once descended into the river, very near us, but we were spared.
6 About noon the weather became pleasant, and could you know how much we enjoyed, you would rejoice with us. You could
“ Sept. 22d.--Mr. S
waiting which conveyed us to It is a splendid edifice, fitted convenience for this sultry cl trasted with the close air and ment of our late prison, you m