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56 The testimonies of esteem and affectionate regard bestowed on me, just previous to my leaving you, made an impression on my heart, which I trust I shall never cease to retain. The glow of affection will enkindle at every fresh recollection of them : and may I hope still to retain a place in your kind remembrance ? Will you remember me as a sister who will always feel a lively interest in your welfare? Will you follow me with your prayers, that my feeble efforts for the salvation of the perishing heathen through the blessing of heaven, may prove not in vain ?
“May we never forget each other, or cease to implore the God of all grace to sanctify our hearts for his service here, and for his praise in his kingdom of glory.
“And while we indulge the hope that 'guardian angels' will convoy our little band to our destined port in safety, we will hope too, that when the tempestuous sea of life is past, they will then be the convoy of each of our souls, to the haven of eternal rest, and that 'on Zion's hill we shall together swell the notes of that song that will never end.
“A tender, an affectionate farewell. May the grace of God in Jesus Christ abound to us all, and grant us an inheritance among them that are sanctified through faith in him. And then, with the multitude that no man can number, we shall unite in strains of immortal praise and everlasting love. With the most affectionate regard, Yours sincerely,
MYRA W. Allen.”
We fear that the following allusions to the condition of sailors have been realized in many other instances, and that they exhibit the true reason why missionaries have not been more useful to the ship's company with whom they have sailed.
6 The first part of our voyage, I had very little spiritual enjoyment, and I believe this was the case with all our company. No religious privileges were allowed us, no place of retirement that scarcely seemed like such, I felt almost as if deprived wholly of the means of grace. In addition to this, we were obliged to see the holy sabbath profaned, the authority of the scriptures disregarded, with no leave to raise the warning voice. Oft have our compassions been moved, and our jealousy for the Lord God of hosts has been roused. I had anticipated different things had hoped to see divine grace displayed as did those brethren and
sisters on their passage to Ceylon. But our faith is brought to a strong trial—hope it will prove a sanctified one. Mr. A. had proposed in his own mind to attend to a bible class among the sailors, but found it could not be permitted. They very much need instruction. Sad and wretched we fear is their case. Will not they who hinder their spiritual improvement have a solemn account to render? O that divine grace may yet interpose, and constrain them all to attend to the things that belong to their peace, before they are hidden from their eyes.”
Residence in Calcutta.—Passage to Bombay.
Many of the facts stated in Mrs. A.'s journal while at Calcutta, will serve to give the reader a concise view of the missionary operations in that city and vicinity. They will doubtless be perused with much interest and pleasure.
“ Mrs. Wilson, who came from England six years ago to engage in the instruction of native female schools, was invited to dine on Saturday ;-her husband also and Mr. Steward of the Church Missionary Society, recently from Bombay, and Mr. Bowley, a missionary at Chunar, who has come to C. for his health,—so that no less than nine missionaries were seated at the good Arch-deacon's table. We had a pleasant interview, and Mrs. W. made an appointment for us to visit her schools. We were also made acquainted to-day with a Mussulman convert, who was recently baptized by Mr. Bowley.
“On the Sabbath we were, after our long privation, again permitted to assemble at church. Dr. Corrie preached in the morning, and Rev. Mr. Goode in the evening. The evening service is not till dark-8 o'clock I think, so that when we returned from church, you were about assembling in the morning.
“ Monday.-Early this morning, went to Mr. Wilson's with Mr. Bowley and Miss Farrar. A chapel for the natives is near the house, and a bell raised in front to assemble them. We went in to attend morning prayers, which were performed in Bengalee. There were perhaps forty or fifty natives who have been baptized. They sung a hymn, not very melodiously to the ear, yet it was gratifying to see them singing the praises of Jehovah in their own language. After this, we breakfasted with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, and then went to an adjoining house to see some of the female scholars at their work. One was spinning on a singularly constructed wheel, made by the natives, some were knitting, &c.
“We then went to the schools. The first on which we called had several classes, and a teacher to each. We sat down, and Mrs. W. called a class to come aroundsome of them were not more than five or