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one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him,' &c. The suggestion was well received, and we are now making the trial of monthly subscriptions. At present it is the day of small things, but I hope, iu time, when the people see fully its importance and advantages, we shall reap the benefit of the experiment. There is a scarcity now of cocoa-nut?, so that the first month we got no oil. The subscription for August was 13i. 6d.; September, 15 gallons oil, cash £ 1 3«. 6<£; October, 22 gallons oil, cash £ I 2s. 5.Vf.; November, 36 gallons oil, cash A'2 8*. 6-/.; December, 42 gallons oil, cash £2 12*. 104

"There is a good attendance of the people , on the public means of grace, and, also, at the day-schools for adults and children.

"Several church members have died during the year, most of them giving pleasing evidence of their interest in the Saviour and

their resignation to his will. One was the wife of a teacher; her disease pulmonary consumption. She sunk very gradually to the grave, and seemed daily to be waiting for the time of her departure with a mind submissive to her Saviour's will, and leaning upon him as her Guide and Deliverer.

"The chiefs have adopted a code of laws, and are making attempts to carry them out. Their ideas of legislation at present are not very clear. The Samoan custom of holding the persons of chiefs sacred makes it a difficult thing for them to bring their laws into operation, when chiefs happen to be tho aggressors. They are beginning, however, I think, to see and feel the benefit of the laws in the attempts they have already made to punish crime. If they succeed in carrying them out, it will be a blessing to the community at large, and greatly promote their moral welfare."

CHINA.
HONG KONG.

While the extensive spread of the Gospel iu China continues to ho opposed by many and all but insuperable obstacles, we arc from time to time privileged to announce the ingathering of one and another from among the native population to the fold of Christ.

Two additional converts have recently been admitted to the initial rite of the Christian church, at this station, and, in reporting the interesting event, the Rev. Dr. Legge, under date July 2'2nd ultimo, makes the following statement:—

BAPTISM OF TWO CHINESE. "I informed you that I was expecting on the last Subbath of tho last mouth to have the pleasure of administering tho ordinance of baptism to two Chinese. I did baptize them accordingly, in Union ('Impel, in thepresenco of tho usual congregation of our countrymen, and about an equal number of their own. The parties were a man between forty and fifty, and n lad of nineteen, one of my scholars iu the preparatory school. The former is at present employed as a writer at a good salary in one of the government offices in this place. For sono years lie was employed as a teacher by Dr. Hobson, and had applied to the church in Canton for baptism nearly three years ago. Ho first came to Hong-Kong last year as a

teacher in Bishop Smith's school, and, shortly after his arrival, wrote to me requesting that he might be baptized. I had then several interviews with him. Being a scholar, and having read much of the Bible, and enjoyed Dr. Hobson's instructions, his knowledge was of course very considerable; but I was not satisfied that he was receiving the truths concerning tho person and work of Christ as a little child. Now and then, in the courso of onr conversations, sparks were thrown out as from tho proud, unsubdued heart of a Chinese professor of literature.

"In the end of last year, ho went back to Canton, having given much satisfaction to Bishop Smith as a teacher. Four months ago he returned here and obtained his present

employment, shortly after which he renewed hia application for baptism. His views, which were previously defective, had become enlarged. He professed his entire dependence on the atoning death of Christ, avowed that Christ was the Son of God, and God over all, without whom there was no salvation, even for Confucius and the other sages of China, and declared that he was humbly seeking to cultivate religiou pure and undefined. Who conld forbid water that he should not be baptized? The Chinese brethren were unanimous in their suffrages that he should be received into their number. I baptized him, therefore, as I have told yon, ho witnessing at the time a good confession.

"From the case of the other party my pupil, C'liii A-luk, I shall take occasion to make some observations on the system which we have been pursuing here in the hope of being able to train up a native ministry.

"I never administered baptism to any one with more satisfaction and confidence than to A-luk. He is a son of the colporteur of the same name, and has been in the school for about six years. His abilities are not above mediocrity, and till within the last twelve months he U6ed to give me a good deal of trouble, being noisy and inattentive. A great change gradually took place in his conduct. He grew quiet and diligent, thoughtful and reserved. Mrs. Leggo and others took notice of the change, and spoke of it. Ho was evidently revolving a great purpose in his mind, and I was pleased but not surprised, when in the beginning of this year he told mo that he was anxious to declare his faith in the Saviour and to be baptized. His piety appears to be based on a deep conviction of his sinfulness and weakness. I fear it will not be possible to make him a scholar, either in Chinese or English, but I expect that in his own walk he will adorn the gospel of our Saviour."

CONVERTS IN TnE NATIVE HOARDING
SCHOOL.

"A-luk makes the tenth of our scholars who have been received into the church of Christ within the last five years. We do not plume ourselves on this success, but we ought to be grateful for it. I do uot know if there are many boarding schools, even in England, taught by God-fearing masters, which could

show an equally gratifying result. The number of our pupils has never been more than fifty, and for the most part they come to U3 quite young and entirely ignorant of ail Christian and Divine truth.

"It is, I think, in connection with Mr. Moffat's school or schools in Africa, that Mr. Freeman remarks with regard to the training up a native ministry among the heathen, that we should have that object in view from our first commencing to instruct their children. Let a good general Christian instruction be given, and the teachers be ever on the watch to cherish the sympton.s •.: nascent piety, and when pupils have really become pious then carry on their education so as best to fit them to be evangelists and* preachers among their countrymen. It is oa this plan that we have proceeded here sine* 1844, and especially since 1848. We are net yet in a position to judge truly of its result', hut so far as we can ascertain them we ban no reason to be discouraged.

." Among the young men who aro converted, there will always be a proportion— more than half—who, from mental or i bysical infirmities, will bo unapt for the office if teachers. Others again may be expectoi ti yield to opposing influences, and, withcn". making shipwreck altogether of faith and c* a good conscience, prefer easier and more remunerative courses of life to the arduotutoils, and in a heathen country dangers, of the Christian ministry. 'ihe mysterious providence of God, moreover, may lay low ti; native student, as it does the foreign Missionary, when the hopes of the church of Lie and from him are nt the highest.

"It may bo observed, that none of ts* ycung men have apostatized. It mar be tl-it one has turned aside from the path in which we wished him to walk, and that in ton.. others the growth of the spiritual life has r.c. been so continuous and vigorous as we bor«» and prayed; but I do not know that then young men would be lowered in our estimation, if a comparison could be drawn between their history and that of as many yocn; members of any Congregational church i: home.

"Of the ten there are only four in thi position of students, and it may be double4, whether all the four will be able to finish the term of stndy, or that I shall be so satisfied with their profiting as to be able at the close of the term to recommend them all to the service of the churches. Still they will all be witnesses of the truth in their several spheres, and if only two go forth as scribes well instructed for the kingdom of heaven, there will bo grounds for congratulation. Such a production of native ministers is slow, but it is faster than the formation of native churches. I think I speak tho truth when I say, that no one Chinese Mission has added

to its communion fifty members during the last five years. So far then as the establishment of the kingdom of Christ in this part of the world is concerned, it is yet the day of small things. If this one department of operations seems to advance slowly, its advance is quite equal to that made in other departments, and when on all our fields of labour the Spirit shall be poured out from on high, this also will receive blessing from God."

INDIA.

CUDDAPAH.

Our Number for July contained an article from the pen of the Rev. Edward Porter, showing that in the various departments of evangelical effort at this station, the Lord had vouchsafed the tokens of his presence and blessing. The additional particulars given in the subjoined letter afford gratifying proof that, in the villages around Cuddapah, the gospel has come with light and power to many hearts.

Under date August 13th nit., Mr. Porter writes:—

"I am thankful in being able to report favourably of the prosperity of the Mission. During the current year, I have baptized no less than eighteen adults, upon a credible profession of their faith in Christ. Some of the number have already undergone a considerable storm of persecution from their heathen neighbours, but I am thankful to say, that they have hitherto remained stedfast in the faith, and that, through their instrumentality, others are now willing to join our Christian congregations. You will be glad to hear that the work of conversion in tho village to the north-west of Cuddapah appears to be steadily advancing. There are now upwards of forty candidates for Christian baptism in five different villages, who have already renounced all idol-worship, and have placed themselves under Christian instruction. In one village, which we have now adopted as an outstation, some of the people have surrendered their idol, with the temple, into our hands. The former (a large flat stone, with a little colouring upon it) is now used as a seat for the schoolmaster, and the latter is employed as a schoolroom, in which to teach their children the word of life

and peace. It is, however, far too small for the numbers who come to hear the word of God on the Sabbath, so^hat I fully intend to build a good-sized chapel, which may serve the double purpose of a school-room in the week-day, and a place of worship ou tho Sabbath. I expect it will cost about fifteen or twenty pounds. Should any friends of Missions be inclined to help us in this good work, we shall be most happy to receive their subscriptions. Tho people will, I have no doubt, help us to some extent; but, as they are very poor, they will not be able to do much towards defraying the expense. In this place (Ubdlmlupooram) there are upwards of twenty adult candidates for Christian baptism, and n considerable spirit of inquiry is excited amongst the villagers in the neighbourhood. In a village near this station, called Korennupully, they have surrendered their idol to our native catechist, and aro now earnestly seeking a Christian teacher. Whilst our catechist was staying at Yeyparala, a man from Oopulapadoo came to him, and said, 'Sir, we have heard your preaching, and have believed the truth which you declared to us. We now hate our idol

atry, and have rejected our heathen ways; hut where is the schoolmaster to teach us and our children?' The catechist replied, that 'our master will come and visit you, and send you a Christian teacher.' There are now no less than five or six villages, where they are earnestly desiring a Christian schoolmaster to teach their children and adults the way of salvation.

"Wo hope to supply their wants as far as we are able; in the mean time we must intreat the earnest prayers of the friends of Missions at home, that the Lord would raise up and send forth more labourers into this large and interesting tield. We want men full of zeal for Christ, and of tender compassion for perishing souls; men who will be willing to spend and be spent for the glory of the Redeemer in this vast heatheu laud. Should tho Lord, in answer to our many

prayers, pour out his Spirit extensively on {he hearts of this people, so as to lend them to coir.e mf.ochs to the standard of the Price; of Peace, we fear the present state of Missionary zeal in the churches at home is so low, that we should nut be able to find spiritual shepherds for them to lead them into the paths cf truth and salvation. Oh! it is grievous to think of Missionary zeal and Missionary contributions declining, when the I-ofd is setting before his church so many wide and effectual doors, and bidding them go up and take, pessession of the land. The churches of Great Britain must nut think of rtanting, or of beisg stationary, in that great work which the great Head of the church has committed to their charge, but must press forward to plant the standard of their great King in the midst c' tho citadels of heathen idolatry and supt;stition."

BANGALORE.

THE "SECRET DISCIPLE."

In our Number for September we gave a communication from the Rev. 13. Rice, of the Bangalore Mission, containing, besides other interesting matters, a notice of the death of a respectable and intelligent Brahmin, who lmd long known, and apparently loved the truth as it is in Jesus; but who, to the last, shrunk from making an open profession of his faith.

The following additional particulars respecting this hopeful, but timid disciple, are from the pen of our respected friend, the Rev. John Hands. formerly of the Bangalore Mission.

Under date, Lower Abbey-street, Dublin, September 13th, Mr. Hands writes :—

"In the last Chronicle I have read with deep interest the account of 'A Secret Disciple,' from the pen of my esteemed brother the Rev. Mr. Rice. Should you deem it worth insertion in your next month's, it will, I doubt not, bo interesting to our friends to know something more of my departed ftiend Snncharappa.

"About twelve mouths before I left Bangalore, in the close of 1840, one of the Canareso boys, who had been taught in our Mission School, was taken into this Brahmin's service as a cow-boy. One day, before he went to the field with his cow*, he sat down in his master's yard to read his Canarese

Testament, and accidentally dropped a loose leaf without observing it. Shortly alter, Sunchanippa passing that way, and seeing this paper lying on the ground, took it up and read it, (it contained part of the ninth chapter of tho Gosrel by Mark). Struck with what he had read, he inquired what it was, and how it came there; some one told him, they supposed it txlonged to the little cow-boy. 'Ah!' said he, 'call him.' Tb„boy came. 'What paper is this?' 'It belongs to my book, sir.' 'What book?' 'A book I got at tho Mission School.' 'Can I get snch a book?' 'Ybs, sir, you may g*; one at the Mission House.' He cauic and

asked for such a book as the boJ-4 read in our school. Having ascertained from his account of it what book it was, the Gospel by Mark was given to him, and, I believe, I.nke also, with an earnest exhortation to read them with serious attention as a part of onr Holy Scriptures, and containing the history and words of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, and he was1 requested to come again when he had read them, and we would give him more, and explain to him anything ho did not understand. He came again, expressed the satisfaction he had experienced in the perusal, and requested explanations of some passages ho did not quite understand. Tlicso were given with the remainder of the New Testament. This he also soon read through, and appeared much Impressed by what he had read, and asked for more. The translation Of the Old Testament Was then given to him, and much interesting conversation passed.

"Soon after this, he began occasionally to attend ourCanarese family worship, and then onr public worship, in the Pettah Native Chapel. This Was soon noised abroad, as he was a man of some note among the Brahmins, inld exposed him to no little persecution from his family and others, so that, he considered lils lift was in danger, and felt it necessary to discontinue his open communications frith us. When I was leaving the station I called upon him to bid him farewell, and also again to urge him to follow out his convictions mul publicly avow his faith ia Christ, in whom, to me, ho had repeatedly

declared he did believe. I found him in his verandah with a little compahy of native* around him, with whom he was reading the New Testament. After I had given them an address, he took mo up alone to a little upper room, where I found the whole of the Canare«e and Teloogoo books and tracts I had given him, with a little book Of prayers in English, of which language he had acqnired a little. He then snid, Since I have become acquainted with you and your holy books, I have spent a large portion of my time in this little private room, reading them and offering up my prayers to God through Jesus Christ; then, putting into my hand a little bamboo box, he said, This box contains my household gods; I want not these now, and I give them to yon; take them to your country, arid let the Christian people in England see what despicable things we poor ignorant Hindoos have been accnstoirted to worship. I again besought him to give himself fully and openly to the Saviour. He said, I must wait a little longer. Having prayed with him, we parted with not a little mutual emotion. He promised he would write to me, but no letter have I received from him, and I had many fears that liis convictions had died away: However, from my frequent intercourse with him, while at Bangalore, and the interesting account which Brother Rice has givtn us of his latter end, I Teel strotig ground of hope that I shall meet him in heaven. Many such secret discipies, I have no doubt, are to be found in India.

NAGERCOIL.

THE LAMBS OF THE FLOCK.

For several years past Mrs. Lewis, the wife of the Rev. Ebenezer Lewis, of Santbapoorani,—a branch of the Nagereoil Mission,—has, with unremitting zeal and encouraging success, devoted herself to the charge of a large Native Girls' School; and the following Letter, addressed by Mrs. L. to a venerable and excellent friend in this country, affords pleasing evidence that the main object of the writer's care and solicitude is to win souls for Christ.

Under date Santbapoorani, 30th April ult., Airs. Lewis observes:—

"Again and again, dear Madam, I have to my heart with feelings of tliankfnlness, not acknowledge your Christian liberality and only to yourself but to God, tho Dir-poser of kindness, every fresh instance of which fills the hearts of men. I know not how to cx

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