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house, and showed me the different apartments, but gave no chance to speak on the subject of religion. His

object was to get me alone, to ask my (Continued from p. 165.)

advice about a little difficulty which he

had. Without being aware of it, he Brahmins in Burmah and Kathay-Ma- paid a compliment to the Christian re

hometans- l'isit to a Monaslery. ligion. June 27. Some time since I wrote to 3. Two rather interesting inquirers. br. Pearce, of Calcutta, for a few copies They have read considerable, and so of the New Testament, and a few tracts far appear very well. in Bengalee. I was induced to this by 5. Lord's-day. Had but 13 at worthe urgent entreaties of a brahmin who ship. It is a very sickly time. Three secretly professes to be a disciple of of the native Christians are sick with Christ. Br. Pearce promptly forwarded, fever, and several of the school children under the care of Col. Burney, 25 copies with fever and measles. It is supposed of the New Testament, also 25 copies nearly as many are now dying, as in done p in parcels in the form of tracts, | 1834, with the small-pox. The whole together with three or four kinds of night, funeral processions are passing tracts. I sent for the brahmin, and our house, and there are three other when he saw the books he was quite gates, through which the dead are takovercome with joy. He said, “What en. In some whole streets, there is will not Christian love do to benefit not a house, where one or more have mankind?” I gave away ten copies not died. of the Testament, and 200 tracts, in 6. A mahometan from Ummerapooabout two hours. There are 200 brah- ra, called on me in great distress. mins in a village a little south of the He has a wife, and five children, and, city, besides about 3000 Kathay brah- in one short hour, through the intrigue mins, whose written language is the of some government man, is reduced same. Among the various classes of from opulence, to beggary and want. people that throng this city, after the The poor man wept and begged I Burmans and Shans, the brahmins are would intercede for him, said that the the most interesting. I have never governor would listen to me. I said to taken the least pains to introduce my-him--Surely among the 2 or 3000 musself among the Chinese, except on two sulmans in Ummerapoora, many of or three occasions, and, indeed, I could whom are men of wealth and influence, not, without leaving unoccupied a more you cannot want for friends. “Alas,” interesting field.

(he said,)“ now I am reduced to want, 30. But few visiters to-day, and I have no friend.” “ The people who these few not at all interesting. have always treated me as a brother,

July 1. Gave away fifty tracts, and now will not see me, and my children three books.

cry for rice, and no one pities them." 2. The Surrawa prince, (the king's I have often called on this man when in brother,) sent for me yesterday, and Ummerapoora. He lived in the largest again to-day. He treated me with and most costly house in the city, and much kindness--took me around his I always received from his hand a cup

of tea or coffee, while himself and of thesc cities are within four or five neighbors listened to the gospel, or, as days' march of China. sometimes was the case, disputed me 27. Col. and Mrs. Burney, accompa. and advocated the claims of the Impos- nied by an escort, reached Ava 10-day, tor. I felt distressed at the situation having been absent a year and three or of his family, and promised to do what four months. Noblemen from the palI could. The affair was soon arranged, ace are flocking in with congratulations, and the poor man, in an excess of joy, which is evident testimony of the good prostrated himself on the floor, and feelings of Government. Perhaps no would have worshipped me, had I not person in the world could manage the prevented him. I told him to worship Burmans more admirably than Col. the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of sin. Burney: he is both loved and feared ners. Here is an instance, (and I could by the officers of Government. All the mention several others,) in which the complicated affairs that were pending proud, vile, baughty mussulman ac- between the Court of Ava and the knowledges the superiority of the gos- Bengal Government, he has managed pel. Without intending it, they honor | in such a way as to give entire satisChrist.

faction to both powers. 10. But few people at the house, 28. Had several Burmans, brahmine, these few days past. Proclaimed the and mussulmans, all in it group to gospel to a crowd of men and women, whom I preached the gospel as plainly who were gathered round an old temple. as possible. All asked for books and

17. Visited a monastery this even- tracts, and all, except one brahmin, deing in company with two of the native clared themselves afraid to say one brethren. All the inmates, to the num. word against the doctrines I taught. ber of thirty or forty, with the Abbot Truth bears investigation. Trulh comat their head, seated themselves around mends itself to the conscience. But me in the great court. On one side of O, the power of tradition! the practice us, on an elevated platform, was a long of my fathers! Alas, what caŭ words row of neatly carved images, and, on do—what can truth do, against such a the other, a crowd of people, who came mountain? Oh, that we might erer in to hear what the “foreign teacher” feel that the Holy Spirit's influence had to say. I continued speaking till alone can make the truth effectual in dark, with no other interruption than removing darkness and in subduing the “ Yes, that is very true,” which occa- enmity of the heart. sionally fell from the lips of one and August 2. Lord's-day, after preachanother in the crowd. When it be- ing froin “This is a faithful saying, came dark, the Abbot said, “ We shall and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus need a light." I looked up among the Christ came into the world to save sinhighly polished images and said, Cer- ners,” we commemorated the Savior's tainly where the gods are it cannoi be death in the holy supper. Yesterday dark. The Abbot smiled, and said we had 150 or 200 visiters, and gave those things were of very little use, as away about that number of tracts. they neither imparted natural nor men.

Under the same date, Mr. Kincaid protal light. Mrs. Kincaid and myself left with many invitations to call again.

ceeds to give the following 26. Lord's-day, had our usual as- Summary view of the Station. sembly. For several days past, we A few days since I received 34,000 have had but few visiters; on an aver- pages of books and tracis, and a short age, 20 or 25 in a day. Several from time before about 12,000-during the Ummerapoora lately, both brahmins and two months now past, about 18,000 mussulmans. A few days since had a pages have been given away at the number from Bomau, a city near the house, and a few tracts besides have frontiers of China. Last year two or been given away by the native breththree tracts reached that city, and hav- ren among their acquaintance who ing heard these books were printed in wish to examine this religion. The the “ golden city,” all were eager to school continues about the same; 11 read and know more about that won have been dismissed, and 10 are now derful Being who made heaven and studying. They are boarding scholars, earth. Have had during the month and attend worship constantly. Mrs. quite a number of visiters from Mona, Kincaid has them formed into a SabLegare, Cheending, and other Shan bath school. One of them we hope is cities, to the north east of Ava. Some pious, and two others are serious, and

sinners to cry,

are often overheard in secret prayer. 16. Several of the church were not Every effort we make, appears to be present at worship, but sent word by blessed, and though only iwelve have their children that their houses were come out openly on the side of Christ, surrounded by informers, and they yet there are quite a number who own thought it most prudent to remain. To Christ as their only hope and Savior, those present, I preached from these who are afraid to take the last solenn words, “Grace be with all them who step of separation from the world in be- I love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerie iug buried with Christ in baptism. The ty." I believe we all had a comfortnumber of those who own Christ in se-able day. cret, is increasing.

17. Gave away more than a hun12. Several inquirers to-day, who dred books and tracts, to people who are apparently honest. They spoke called at the house. Had conversation like reasonable men, yet I fear have with some old inquirers. not much of that feeling which induces 20. Have made some little excur

“What shall we do to sions in different parts of the city, and be saved?"

find the people as much inclined to lis13. The head of a kyoung, (monas- ten as formerly. I do not perceive tery,) of whoin I have formerly spoken, any shyness, or fear of listening, to has become a believer in Christ, and is me in the street, zayat, or verandab, greatly distressed about his situation, wherever I choose to stop. us all his movements are carefully 21. Several of the native brethren watched. The native brethren think called to-day, expressing the hope that he is really "born of God," and I can- the threatening storm will pass away, not bitt hope this is the case ; however, and leave them undisturbed. So we I dare not be sanguine. He knows, hope, and unceasingly pray. and professes to love the truth. He is Burmans, mahometans, and braha man of great natural parts, well read mins from Ummerapoora, have been in all Burman books, and withal, a calling for books lately; I have given great orator.--I have visited the Tha-them about 300, 50 of which are in thit-na-ping, lord archbishop of the Bengalee. Empire,) gave him part of the New 28. Gave away 250 tracts and books Testament, and some tracts, all of to those who called at the house. This which he said he would read with is a much greater number of visiters care. By his request, I gave a con. than usual. Had some violent opposers, densed view of the Christian religion, and not indifferent reasoners. Opposithe being of God, the immortality of lion is better than indifference. Two the soul, the depravity of man, the re- persons appear to be right in heart, but <lemption by Christ, the Holy Spirit's as yet, they have not courage to be bapagency in changing and sanctifying tized. We long to see a time of rethe soul, the resurrection of the dead, freshing from the presence of the Lord; the judgment day, the eternity of future when the word shall be quick and happiness, and torture punishment, &c. powerful, reaching the inmost soul of

, perishing

discussions is a novice, compared with |(Ava converts,) I am sending out on litmany others in the city.

ile excursions into the out-skirls of the 15. Ko Gwa and ihe native Chris- city and neighboring villages; and to lians who live in his compound, are make them more skilful in the word of thrown into consternation by the threats righteousness, I have thein spend an of some of their neiglibors and petty afternoon with me every second or officers, to report them to the officers third day, when I read one or two chapof the palace. Should this threat be ters critically. In this way they are executed, they will probably be thrown becoming more acquainted with the into prison, at least two or ihree of the Scriptures, and I trust are growing in most prominent men. Ko Gwa says, grace, and in the knowledge of Christ “Let us not be anxious, God will watch crucified. It is vastly important that over us." The merciful providence of native assistants should have a thorough God which has been around us for so Bible education. They are constantly many months, and amply provided for brought in contact with súbile, farus in every time of need, encourages sighted reasoners, and if their arguus to hope that the arm of persecution ments prove weak or indefensible, the will not be raised. Our refuge is the cause of Christ suffers in their hands. Rock of Ages.

I hope our dear friends in America will

not be discouraged because the work objection was made to his taking up goes on so slowly at Ava. Often I his residence in the royal city. The have felı very much distressed in view woon-gee then said, “ The owner of the of the difficulties to be overcome; the house has brought in a petition restern, jealous character of the govern questing that you should leave his ment; the influence of the priesthood; house immediately.” I answered, You the blind attachinents of the people to know we cannot endure this hot climate ancient customs, and above all the dark, if we live in a common Burman house. fearful depravity which reigns among When we can get a comforiable house, all classes and ranks. The depths of we will remove, though I am sure the satan can be understood, only by an owner does not wish us to leave his intimate acquaintance with the heathen. house on any other ground than that he However, we must not despair of pull- is afraid of government oppression. ing down every strong hold, and of be. The woon-gee said, " It is not proper ing able to carry the gospel triumphant- to speak in this way.” Thus the exly over the whole world.

amination closed, without one harsh, or angry word.

Not a word was said EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM MR. KIS- about preaching or giving books; not a CAID, DATED AVA, OCTOBER 9, 1835. word about our leaving the country. Mr. Simon's reception at Ava.

We are at liberty then to go on with The arrival of Mr. Simons and family at

our work. We have all the toleration

that is needed-al, that the gospel asks, Ava in September last, was mentioned in our number for June. The following brief notice of a heathen government, is, to let us

because the only favor that we can ask of the manner in which he was received by alone. It is true, the government at the government, encourages the hope that he times has been severish, and on three will be suffered to remain, and to labor in or four occasions, has put itself into a connection with Mr. Kincaid without moles- threatening posture ; yet all this has tation,

quickly subsided. Our Heavenly FaOn the twelfth of last month, the ther has set open the door of hope, and fifth day after br. Simons arrived, we the door of faith, so that, although there received a written order to appear be- may be much that is trying, and somefore the ministers of Government on times even perplexing, we cannot but the following day. I informed the feel that a foundation is being laid for messenger that the next day was the the introduction of great and manifold Sabbath, and we could not go, but if good into this benighted empire. The they should appoint any other day, we husbandman who enters a wild and should not refuse to appear before them. cheerless forest, is obliged to toil long Accordingly, on the fifteenth we were and painfully, before he can see a sinagain summoned before the lords of gle field whitening for the harvest : he the empire, and at 8 o'clock in the does not sit down, however, in hopeless morning we entered the palace enclo- sorrow. The hardy woodman's axe sures, and took our seat in the legisla- echoes thro the gloomy forest, and, tive hall. The woon-gees and woon- in process of time, there is an opening douks, were in the palace. The sa. made, through which the light of day dou-gees, (royal secretaries,) said we descends, and the fattening dews of must remain till their lordships should heaven distil; then comes the delightcome from the palace. I entered into ful labor of casting in the seed, and conversation with some of them on the gathering the joyous harvest. Shall subject of religion : if it had no other we be less patient, less laborious, less beneficial effect, it served at least to hopeful? Sliall we say this is the work of calm my own feelings. I felt that prob- many long and painful years, and thereably the well-being of millions might fore abandon the labor in despair? Many be suspended on the doings of ihis long years may pass, before the reaper's morning. After waiting about one song shall echo through these vallies; hour, the ministers came in, with the yet that day will surely come. queen's brother at their head, and we soon summoned before them.

Barens. One of the woon-gees inquired about br. Sinops, who he was, and what be EXTRACTS FROM MR. VINTON'S JOURNAL. was. I replied, that he was a teacher Our last communication from Mr. V. (pp. of religion, and had come to be my 110–114,) left him at Tavoy, whither he associate ;-it appeared so reasonable bad repaired the 20th of March to pass the that I should bave a companion, that no I rainy season. He continued there, preacbing to the English congregation, distributing they be satisfied, till each one was tracts, arranging and copying the Karen Dic. furnished with a book. On my return, tionary, &c., till early in October, when he called at Mc C.'s, and attended the returned to Maulmein, (Oct. 12,), on his prayer meeting. A deeply solemn way to Chummerah. The extracts which time. 'Three individuals who have follow give some details connected with his never before manifested any concern labors at Tavoy, omitting such as have been


for their souls, at the close arose and heretofore published.

requested their Christian friends to pray for them.

One of them is a Tavoy, June 29. Blessed be God, Roman Catholic.--- Another has not one case of hopeful conversion, and two attended ineeting since I came into additional cases of awakening. Our the place, till last evening. meeting this evening was one of deep 15. Gave a way nearly three hundred solemnity, for God was there. I doubt tracts to-day. In my evening excurnot but every individual present felt sion went into a kind of public square, deeply concerned for the interest of and seeing a couple of men at a little his soul.

distance, I called to them, to know if July 3. Called at the hospital, and they wanted books. They immediately found a number of the soldiers in deep came running to ine, saying they were concern for their souls. But what en- from a neighboring village, and wanted couraged me still more, another indi- books for themselves and their neighvidual has begun to hope in Christ. bors. By this time there were seen Surely this blessed work of mercy is coming from every direction, men, going on.

women, and children, and in a few 6. A large lot of tracts have arrived moments, I was literally surrounded from Maulmein, and I have this day with applicants for tracts.

None were entered upon a course of liberal dis- willing to be sent empty away, nor tribution, resolved to give to all who could I find it in iny heari, to withhold can read, and can be persuaded to take. from their starving souls the bread of I bless God for the prospect before me. life. O, that their souls might be led No refusal to-day. All that could read to Jesus, the source of eternal life. received, and that, too, with many ex

16. Two more of the soldiers have pressions of thankfulness,

begun to hope in Jesus. Three came 11. In my evening excursion, gave forward this evening, and related what away a hundred and seventy-five tracts. God had done for their souls, with a It was truly cheering to my spirits, to view to receiving the ordinance of see with what interest the people re- baptism. I shall probably ba plize one ceived them. Some would come run- next Sabbath.-The other two have ning out of their houses to meet us ; concluded to wait a little. others not seeing us when we passed,

19. Commenced a Bible class towould coine running after us to beg day, among the soldiers. My object tracts. Some would say, When you is to bring the word of God in direct were along before, you gave me a contact with their consciences, with a small book; I have read that, and now view to their speedy conversion. Those want a large one ;' others, • You gave who are already Christians, need such one of my neighbors such a tract-I an exercise, to acquaint them more want that tract.'

thoroughly with the claims of God 13. In my excursion this morning, upon their services, and to call them out found twelve or fifteen women, collect into the field of action. One of them, ed at a kind of grocery, who all asked has already become my assistant in for books, saying they had either tract distribution ainong the natives, husbands or children who could read. says he has learned so much of the One said she wanted I should give her claims of God upon him, that he can at least two for her own family, and never again idle away his time as he four for her neighbors, (she lived at a had done. Baptized one of the English neighboring village,) who she knew soldiers. The

deeply would be glad to read them. This solemn,-God was there. Others I evenir.g brother Wade went out with trust will soon follow. me, when we were all but thronged Aug. 2. Baptized another of the with applicants for tracts. A company English soldiers,-a large concourse of from the kyoungs first came around us. people, consisting of Europeans, BurAs soon as they were supplied, they mans, Bengalese, and Karens. Scarce ran to call others, who immediately ever did I witness a came focking around us, nor would l solemn and deeply interesting.



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