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attending it increases in proportion to the distance.
" 26th.—This morning we were forty miles from Bombay. Could our dear friends know, as they awake on this morning, that we are just approaching the termination of our long voyage in good health and possessed of many mercies and many blessings, hoping shortly to greet" the missionary brethren and sisters, it would, I think, give a new ardor to their morning sacrifice of praise.
“ 28th.—Scarcely had the ship come to anchor, when we had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Graves to our cabin. Through the kindness of some friends he had learned that the Milford, in which he knew we sailed, was approaching, and immediately came in a boat to conduct us home. Soon after, Mr. Garrett arrived. Our joy at meeting was sincere, I believe on all sides. We arrived at Mr. Graves' a little past noon, and met a most hearty welcome from Mrs. G. We soon after united in cheerful thanksgiving to that Being who overrules all human affairs, and who has caused us to meet under circumstances of so much mercy. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett joined us in the evening, and again we offered our united sacrifice of praise.
“29th.—Last evening was the weekly prayer meeting—this has long been observed statedly by this mission and that at Ceylon. They agree likewise in observing the Friday previous to the first Monday in each month, as a season of fasting. There are no public exercises—the time is devoted to improvement in family piety. Mrs. Graves does not neglect her schools, but goes out in the morning two or three hours.
“30th.--I have been with her this morning-called on two schools lately set up, and of course not far advanced. I was pleased with the lively and intelligent countenances of the children, and with the readiness with which they receive instruction.
"Dec. 2d.—The first Sabbath we spend in Bombay. Mr. G. preached at nine in the morning in Mahratta. At eleven an English exercise was held at his house. Mr. A. conducted this to-day, and preached from Num. X. 29, • We are journeying to the land,' &c. At 4, P. M. Mr. G. has a meeting at the chapel with the teachers and children of the schools, when he hears some of the children read in the Testament, and gives such instruction as he deems appropriate. Mr. Allen attended with him, and was much gratified with their appearance. :“ 30.-To-day the annual meeting of the • Bombay Mission Union' commences. It is to continue for four days. It consists of the brethren at Surat of the London Missionary Society at Bankote and Hurnee about seventy or eighty miles down the coast-those of the Scottish Missionary Society—of Rev. Mr. Mitchell of the Church Missionary Society at Tannah, the station formerly occupied by Mr. Nichols,—together with our brethren in this place. From the reports of the several stations, it appears that some advance is making, especially in instruction. Native female schools are receiving increased attention. At Ban. kote and Hurnee are several in a prosperous state. There are twelve here, -seven of them instructed by female adults, who have been taught for that purpose. Several of the same class are now attending of their own accord, probably with the design of qualifying themselves to become teachers.
“7th.—Last evening, we came into our - hired habitation. It is not very well furnished, but will answer our purpose, until we can obtain further necessary supplies. I am now twenty-seven years of age. I desire deeply to realize, that every passing year brings nearer the close of my early course, and to live daily as one who expects shortly to give an account.”
Mrs. A.'s Journal kept at Bombay.
“ Dec. 10th.--Yesterday I attended the Mahratta exercise at the chapel in the morning. At 7, P. M., Mr. A. preached, and Rev. Mr. Stevenson of Hurnee administered the sacrament. Rev. Mr. Clow, minister of the Presbyterian church in this city, with his lady, and two or three other gentlemen partook with us. It was the first time I have enjoyed the ordinance, since the Sabbath before leaving Westminster.
“I have to-day commenced studying Mahratta with a Brahmun teacher. I had before learned the alphabet principally, which consists of fifty-two characters. These are not more difficult to learn, 'than the sounds, many of which are very guttural, and hard to acquire correctly. However I am not discouraged, but rather the reverse, although it must take a long time to acquire a good knowledge of the language. i :
“Two funeral processions have just pass