catholic feelings toward other denominations, though themselves attached to the Church of England.

“Called this morning on Mrs. Hough, who is residing with Mrs. Ward, the widow of the late missionary of that name, who visited America and England a few years since. Mrs. G. has kindly suggested visiting Serampore with us and Mrs. Hough.

6 Oct. 12.–We went to Serampore on Wednesday, in Mr. G.'s boat. The next morning there was a prayer meeting in the chapel, after which as is their practice once a week, the missionaries breakfasted at Dr. Marshman's. Dr. M. is now absent in England. Dr. Carey was there,-just recovering from a dangerous illness. This is really a delightful situation, having the appearance of a pleasant country village on the bank of a fine river. We visited the College and the paper manufactory. We called on Dr. Carey and Professor Swanin the evening went to Aldeen, where is the pagoda in which H. Martyn resided as mentioned in his life.

“This morning we returned to Calcutta. Mrs. H. gave me some account of their sufferings in the Burmese war. She and Mrs. Wade saw their husbands led to be

executed,* without the least expectation of ever seeing them again. No one can have the least idea of what she felt, she says, unless brought into like circumstances. She has two pretty children, a son and a daugh ter.”

Thursday, the 18th of October, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, after spending near four weeks very pleasantly in Calcutta, took passage for Bombay. Concerning their departure Mrs. A. writes :

66 We find our hearts cemented in cordial affection to those Christian friends, with whom we have become acquainted. After receiving many tokens of affectionate regard and friendly solicitude for our comfort on our voyage, we took an affectionate leave of Mrs. G., whose excellent husband accompanied and assisted us with his carriage

and boat quite to the vessel, which we i found twenty or thirty miles down the river.

With the returning tide, he then bade us i an affectionate adieu, wishing us every

blessing, and leaving our hearts much af| fected with his Christian generosity and kindness. We hope a better reward than earth affords, is reserved for him and his family; and surely our prayers and best wishes attend them.”

* Just at this crisis, the British troops entered the town in triumph, and liberated these missionaries from their perilous situation.

Only a few extracts from the journal during this voyage will be made. These will serve to show how carefully Mrs. A. observed all which was taking place around her.

October 5th.-On Saturday evening there was an eclipse of the moon, almost total. We accidentally discovered it, when the moon was about half shaded, and watched it from our window till it was almost wholly obscured, which was at 11 o'clock. On looking this morning in the • Christian Almanac,' I find it given for Boston, at half past 12, P. M., of course invisible, which gives the exact difference of time between that place and this, 10 1-2 hours. When it was 11 at night here, it was half past twelve, P. M., there.

“ Yesterday we witnessed a scene, which was to us novel, animating, refreshing. It was the eighteenth Sabbath we have spent at sea, and the first in which we have, in such circumstances, enjoyed public worship Mr. A. had previously proposed the subject

to the captain, who received it with much politeness, and said he should be highly gratified. Accordingly at 10 o'clock, an awning was spread to secure us from the sun, and a very convenient place was prepared. The soldiers all came out, neatly dressed in clean white clothes; the captain, officers, and passengers mostly attended, and gave a very respectful attention. We shall probably enjoy the same favor during the remainder of the voyage, as often as the Sabbath returns. We have since learned that two or three soldiers are pious. Mr. A. gave them some tracts, and has obtained leave and approbation from their officer to give them further religious instruction. These are privileges great indeed.

Passing near the island of Ceylon, Mrs. A. notices the American Mission at that place, and expresses an affectionate wish to os exchange Christian salutations with countrymen, who were there laboring for the salvation of the heathen.” This, however, could not be enjoyed.

Respecting the island, she writes, “ We could clearly discern cultivated fields,groves of cocoa-nut, &c. The island appears very mountainous. The jungle (the common name for woods) abounds with wild ele

phants, tigers, rhinoceros, &c. The gales from the shore are frequently perfumed with spicy odors, from the groves of cinnamon, cloves, &c.

Letters had been forwarded by land to Bombay, and we have the following account of their conveyance by dawk, as it is called, or mail.

[ocr errors]

“A native takes the bag containing them, and goes as far as his strength will permit, a fixed distance; when another takes it, and carries it another stage, and so on till it reaches its destination. Time, or weather must not hinder. If a person wishes to travel in this way, he must apply to the post master, a few days previous, and arrangements will be made for a palanquin to accompany the dawk, and bearers to carry it. In a palanquin, a person sits in a reclining posture, and he can lie down as on a bed. When the traveller is ready, he gets into it, and often stops not for night, until he arrives at his journey's end. This is called travelling by dawk, and a person may proceed one hundred miles per day, that is, in twenty-four hours. But the conveyance is very expensive; often a rupee a mile. Letters are carried a few hundred miles about as cheap as in America, but the expenses

« VorigeDoorgaan »