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near us. A distinguished person has been buried there, and over him a little mosque or Durga is built. Connected with it are one or two little buildings for the resort of pilgrims. They consider it a sacred place. To-day another person of some distinction, a priest I am told, was brought and laid as near it as he could be. The corpse was brought in much native pomp, attended with music and a large concourse of mourners, three or four hundred perhaps. They tarried about the place an hour or two, performing ceremonies.
" 22d.-Miss Farrar and I this morning visited each a school, so near as to admit of our walking. Although we can speak very little, yet we can hear a report concerning the scholars, and thus, it is thought, be of some use. It serves also as a powerful impulse to our own diligence, since it impres, ses very deeply our need of language to express what we wish.
“ 26th.--This morning, Mrs. Graves and ! I called on the lady of the owner of the Je house in which we live. He is a person of
distinction, and truly well bred and gentle* manly in his appearance. He had previous
ly given us an invitation to call, and we felt Po inclined to go, not only from a sense of pro
priety, but from curiosity. They are from
Persia, of the Mohammedan religion, and live in splendor and opulence, with a train of servants. They frequently have visitors, who with him ride out for pleasure, but no females are ever seen in the carriage. We had but a few steps to walk, and at the door were met by a lady of good appearance, and cordially welcomed. She was well dressed, somewhat after the native style, and was quite interesting. She took her seat near us with her daughter by her side, but we were unable to converse much, as she spoke Hindostanee, and understood not much Mahratta. She can read Persian, and appears to possess a well cultivated mind. When we were about to retire, she wished us to stop that she might show us their custom. Her daughter brought two silver vessels in which were perfumes. In one was a little spoon, smaller than I can describe, and with this she dipped out the liquid into our hand. In the other was rose-water, from which she sprinkled our handkerchiefs. When asked to return the call, she said, it was not their custom for ladies to go out. She wished us to call again with Mrs. Graves' babe and an interpreter, which we engaged to do. We were served with fruit, and a present of some was sent home before us. I believe we parted mutually gratified. 1' “31st.—The female schools came to
gether as the first step towards regular public examination. More than one hundred and fifty children were present, but the present being the season for weddings, which it has hitherto been impossible to i prevent the children from attending, a large i proportion were absent. For three or four į months the wedding celebrations are almost I incessant. On these occasions, they feast I many days, and we have been told, it is fre
quently the case, that they spend more than : they can ever after acquire. The din of
their music, if such it may be called, breaks I on our ears in the hours of worship, and freFi quently, for a few moments, interrupts the i speaker, and almost takes away the power e' of hearing. It is heard at the hour of midE' night, disturbing our repose, and sometimes v almost stunning us. Could I describe some
of their customs with the color of life, sure-1 ly your hearts would yearn with compassion.
« Feb. 11th.-Called again on the Persian lady. We were received with kindness as >> before. A sister of her ladyship was pres
ent. We had an interpreter, and Mrs. G. i gave her some account of the native female i schools, and inquired if their people sent d instructors to the ignorant. She replied none but those who had the true love of God in their hearts. She was told, that we 1 came to this people to instruct them about God and the way to heaven. Her sister laughed, and inquired if there were not ways enough here already,- for which she rebuked her. When I look around on this ignorant multitude, madly bent on their idolatrous, superstitious practices, I am ready to exclaim, When will their minds be enlightened—when will they worship the only true God, and become his obedient, docile children ? Never, never can it be accomplished without an Almighty energy. But the heathen shall be the inheritance of our redeemer,--sin and hell cannot prevent, because eternal truth has thus declared. His name shall be glorified and all the ends of the earth shall rejoice in Him. O haste the glorious day!
“March 1.-The present is a time of an annual festival, in which the people seem to exert themselves to see which shall excel in ludicrous behaviour, and polluting practices. They walk the streets in large companies, drumming and hallooing, and sometimes dancing as they go. Night and day they riot and revel, and think they are pleasing their deity. Indeed their shaster re-i quires it. They throw dust and colored liquid at each other, thus getting themselves ? bedaubed with filthiness. Brahmins and lower castes all agree in this. To-day our pundit came all besmeared with yellow and red. I conversed with him on the wickedness and shamefulness of the practice, but he pleaded custom as a sancțion. I told him brahmins should teach better customs. He appeared a little mortified and appealed to the practice of the English in betting and horse-racing, as if to balance the conduct of his people, and perhaps excuse it. I told him there were wicked persons among the English, that we were all sinful by nature, and without repentance and renovation, none could please God, or obtain final salvation. He was in some degree silenced, and departing I charged him never to wear such looking garments here again.
“2d. This holy Sabbath has been polluted by the constant abominations of this Di people. Large companies of two or three
hundred march together, occasionally stopi ping and behaving, it would seem, as bad It as possible. My heart is almost ready to i faint at the sight. Here we may see some
of the obstaeles to Christianity. Every thing 74 their religion inculcates is congenial to depilt praved nature, while true religion requires ei self-denial and mortification of corrupt prorei pensities. But their hearts are in the hands