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involved in the fulfilment of these Mission to the Shyans. promises. I would not have you think that we are without our trials. Nowe sometimes find whole villages, who, though they assent to the truth and BROWN, DATED SADIYA, APRIL 5, 1836. claims of the gospel, yet, living under
We are occupying the house of Capt. the Burman government, dare not em- Charlton, who is absent in consequence brace it, lest they share the same fate of his wound received among the as their brethren in the region of Singphos last year, and who has generRangoon. They say that they will ously offered us his house till we are worship God with their hearts, but able to build for ourselves. This place to please the Burmans must now and is an excellent missionary station in then fall down and worship pago- many respects, and I hope that we shall das. This is the case with the village be able to occupy it during the remainnow before me. Our souls have been der of our lives, and that the blessing in bitterness, while we have been en- of God may rest upon our labors. The deavoring to publish salvation in the name of Jesus, to see how the fear population of Sadiyá is scattered, the
"; greater portion being Asamese, who of those “who can kill the body," speak a dialect of the Bangálí language. predominates over the fear of Him There are two or three villages of - who can destroy both soul and body Khamtis or Shyáns. But the great in hell.” Yet even in this region God body of Shyáns and Singphos lie to seems determined to raise up a seed to the east of us, and occupy the whole serve him.
Day before yesterday, Mr. territory between here and Barmáh. Vinton left me here to talk to those we intend to devote our principal efforts who should come here, and went out for the present to the Shyans, and into the mountains east, to spend the particularly to the acquisition of their day at a village, where two men had language, in which we have already promised to worship God. At night made some progress. There are two he sent me a note, saying, that the extensive races occupying the country Lord had opened a door for extensive north of us, extending from here to usefulness; that there were villages Bhútán;—the Mishmis, who reside in scattered all over the mountains, and the valley of the Dibáng river, and the people were listening with great inter- neighboring mountains, and the Albors, est, and that he should not return for who extend up the Diháng or Sánpú, a number of days. I have had some interesting visiters The latter people are savages, very
the great branch of the Brahmaputra. from the mountains on the west side much resembling the American Indians of the river, who not only promised to in their appearance and habits. We worship God, but, when I told them I had a visit from some of their warriors would have a season of prayer with last week, who came down to the them, two of the oldest men prayed cantonments with the hope of recoverwithout being asked. They are, how- ing soine of their slaves, who had run ever, extremely ignorant, having never
away and had taken refuge here. A heard the word of God before. One large number of the Abors have of them seeing one of the little cups recently come down from the mountains, the Board provided for us, begged it and have obtained permission to settle that he might offer rice to God. I within about a day's journey of this told him God did not want any of his place. We are extremely anxious to rice-but he must worship him as we
commence missionary operations among had done, and avoid sin; that would be them; but we shall not be able to do so, sufficient.--He assented.
as we have concluded on devoting ourThe Karens in all this region have selves to the Shyáns and Singphos. a tradition that God is about to visit this I hope that some missionary will come world in human form. Numbers have out expressly for the A'bors and Mishinquired if Mr. V. was not God. And mis, and I should hope also that one when told that he was not, they in- might be sent to labor among the quired if he was not his Son-one Asamese. The A'bors and Mishmis man even attempted to do him rever- have no written language, and probably ence. But soon, yes soon, this dark
no fixed religious system. The Asáness and ignorance shall be dispelled mese about Sadiyá are in nearly the before the beams of the Sun of Right- same state, as very few of them have
yet embraced the Hindu religion, and
not one in a hundred can read. The | Moutel, who resides at the same place, Shyáns have books, and can generally takes lessons with them. Another read. Their religion is the same as from Bertry, J. B. Pruvots, has just that of the Barmáns. The Singphos brought his family to Douai, for the have no written language.
purpose of pursuing the study of the
Greek with us. france.
Under date Sept. 6, Mr. Willard expresses much anxiety for the health of Mr. Willmarth,
which has become seriously impaired, and EXTRACTS OF LETTERS FROM MESSRS.
urges the necessity of his taking immediate WILLMARTH AND WILLARD.
measures for its restoration. According to previous arrangements, From the day of my arrival at Paris, Mr. Messrs. Willmarth and Willard, with their Willmarth has not actually been able to families, removed from Paris to the Depart- do any thing at all. I found him very ment of the North, early in June, with a feeble, his reduced condition being view to the establishment of a mission school probably the result of too great exertion, at Nomain, and the building up of the
and of exposures during his second
tour to this region. You are probably churches in that vicinity. Their residence for the present is at Douai, from which No acquainted with the object of that visi..
Though unfit to do anything since the main is not far distant. It is their intention time mentioned, he has yet done much. to remove to the latter place as soon as the Uniil our arrival last fall he sustained requisite buildings can be prepared. Our the undivided weight of all the cares, first extracts are from a letter dated Douai, anxieties, and perplexities of the misAug. 9, 1836.
sion.--And since that, owing to his
acquaintance with all its concerns, he There has been little change in our has managed most of them though departinent since our last communica- frequently unable to go out, and often tion to you. The little which has oc- unable to sit up. He accompanied curred is of an encouraging character. br. Sheldon and myself, on our journey It relates, principally, to the church at hither last Spring, and acted a princiBertry, of which M. Dusart is pastor. pal part in all that was done. And up During the summer, there have been to the present moment, he has not two cases of proselytisrn from the resigned the care and superintendence catholics; they were two young wo of the mission affairs. But he must men. Their brothers, who are married, give them up, and attend wholly to treated them with the greatest barbari- himself, or there will be no hope of ty. One of them going to his mother's his life. He is no longer able to travel house, and finding his sister in bed, from place to place, visiting the churchdragged her therefrom by the hair of es. There are no travelling conveher head, and beat her most unmerci.. niences for invalids, in this country, fully with a cudgel in the presence of without great expense ;-public convey the mother and of the curate of the ances will carry a man over the ground village. The beating was inflicted by pretty rapidly, but without regard to his the brothers three several times upon comfort. And it is impossible for an each of the young women. Other se- | invalid to go arnong the villagers of vere means were ineffectually employ- this country, and be at ease, so little ed to reclaim them,—they continue, to do they generally attend to what is this day, to frequent the chapel of M. considered comfort in New England. Dusart, and one of them gives evidence They are always glad to see the misof piety. The brethren at Bertry are sionaries, and they always do their best now engaged in finishing the inside of for them. But it not unfrequently their chapel, for which object the two requires a truly heroic spirit, to pass girls above mentioned subscribed ten any time with them. A man in health francs. M. Dusart has baptized three can eat, for a day, what he does not or four persons during the summer. relish; he can sleep on straw for a
M. Thieffry hopes to be set down night, or he can pass a night without soon at Lannoy. He has been hitherto sleep. But a man of feeble health prevented by the impossibility of find- cannot, without serious disadvantage, ing a house for his accommodation.
encounter such irregularities. Br. W. Two of our students, Cretin and has already injured himself in this way, Caulier, are pursuing their studies at and we are fully convinced that he Orchies; they are doing very well. I must, for a time, entirely abandon
his labors, or never be any better. I find out the people, and to hold worteel very anxious on his account, and ship with them. `Aiter service, Mr. D. deem it my duty to urge bim to rest advised those present, to assemble for a season. Toe churches and breth- themselves as as possible, for ren must be contented with my visits the consideration of the subject. A and my French, instead of his, for day was accordingly appointed. It the present. While I write this, he
was thought a place for holding meetis obliged to keep bis bed. We re- ings could be obtained without diffiturned last evening from Lannoy, culty. We proffered our services, by where we passed the Sunday with the way of preaching. little church of that place. Although We are convinced, that as soon as as careful as circumstances would per- we shall be able to preach fluently, mit him to be, he caught a cold, and is in French, we can do as much for the now quite down with it. He could not mission, in that way, as in any other. preach, though he made a few remarks, We are not only gladly received by and broke bread to them, as it was them, but if it be known that we are their communion season. Though I present, there is always a greater feel quite unprepared to go forward, number out. ---And whatever is said owing to my want of readiness in the by br. Willmarth at any time, is reuse of the language, yet I shall not ceived with a fixed attention, and stop a moment. I can make myself exerts an influence over their minds, understood, and that must suffice till even inuch more powerful than if he time and practice render me more ex were a native. I have no doubt that pert.
if we were able to enter the field with Jn regard to the general state of the mission the Irvingites, we could, in a few Mr. Willard writes,
months, chase them out of the realm. Owing to various circumstances, But br. W. has not the health, and I we have not as yet had any public am not yet a Frenchman.-In regard worship, in this city, though there are
to sending out another laborer, I would here many English, and a few French, observe, that some time must necessaprotestants. We have not found out rily elapse, before one can do anything these English people till quiie lately. in French. Under the most favorable We were introduced to them rather circumstances, a man can do but little, providentially about six days ago. Ao short of one year.-In that time a English woman was buried that day man possessing a tact to acquire lanand a Mr. Durelle, a national minister, guages, will begin to speak and write was sent for to bury her. We did not
to some purpose. If we meet with know of her sickness or death, till that no reverses, we shall need a man as day. About ten minutes before the soon as he can come,-at least if it be time of the funeral a Mr. Brown, who intended to prosecute the mission to was acquainted with br. Willinarth, advantage. called at our house to notify us of the
We were highly gratified to find service, thinking we might wish to be the little church at Lannoy on the present, as it would be a good oppor have no longer any unbaptized mema
foundation of the apostles. They tunity to the English people. We were out, and did not come in bers among them, and they commune soon enough to attend the funeral. with none who walk disorderly, The But early in the evening, our student, same is true of the church at Baisieux. br. Pruvots, who is personally ac
Br. Thieffry is making preparations for quainted with Mr. Durelle, came with removing to Lannoy. He will have an invitation from him, for us to attend those two little churches under his a meeting that evening, at the house immediate inspection continually. Br. of an Englishmall, where the woman
Dusart is not yet at rest.
It seems above mentioned hid died. We im- that the wicked member of whom we mediately decided to
go, and on wrote in our last, as having returned arriving, found a large room full of to the church with confession, was English people taking tea. After the not sincere in that act. He has since repast, Mr. Durelle, who is an Isle of disappointed the hopes of the brethren, Jersey man, and who speaks French by going after the Irvingites, and by better than English, proposed that finally joining them. Br. Dusart him. one of us should preach in English, self has been visited with affliction in that evening. We consented. Before his family, --having buried his only the service commenced, br. w. told daughter. He much needs the prayers Mr. D. that we had been wishing to of the faithful. His trials are at
présent great on every side. But we the heart and conscience-and prettily hope and trust he will come out of done up, they would be received by them, as gold out of the furnace, more people of any rank. The French think pure.
as much as any body, of appearance. I think good could be effected here by the circulation of tracts and by the sale of the Scriptures, or by the gra
Western Creeks. tuitous distribution of them. We have received from Paris, tracts to the EXTRACTS FROM MR.ROLLIN'S JOURNAL. amount of fitty francs at
(Continued from p. 224.) cost, and a number of bibles and testaments, with the privilege of re Repeated Baptisms- Progress of Creeks turning what we do not sell. On the
in learning to read. day of the funeral mentioned above, March 20, 1836. A large collection br. Pruvots distributed quite a number at worship. Good attention to the of tracts among the people at the word preached, by the whole assembly; grave;-they were very anxious to deep feeling manifested by some in have them, and almost forced them tears and sobs. The Lord water the from him, supposing, as he afterwards seed sown; may it spring up and bring ascertained, that they were a gift from forth an abundant harvest. the deceased. The next day others 26. The brethren met to-day accame to his house, to ask for tracts, cording to appointment. The individuin the name of the deceased. It gave als mentioned Feb. 27, were present, him an opportunity to make quite a and renewed their request. They distribution. On our late excursion were received as candidates for baptism. to Lannoy we took a bundle of tracts 27. Lord's-day. The assembly was along, and br. W. offered them to all solemn in the house of prayer, and at our company, of which we had four the river side where prayer was wont sets at different times. They all to be made. The two Africans were uniformly received them with expres- baptized in the name of the Holy sions of satisfaction, and in several | Trinity, by br. Davis. Returned to instances they at once commenced the house of hip, and the church reading them, and, having perused the sat down to commemorate the suffercontents, they would remark-c'est bien ings of Jesus. The scenes and duties interessant, c'est bien raisonné ; - and of this day have been impressive and other similar expressions of satisfaction deeply interesting. were frequent. They were also intel- April 3. A good assembly at worligent people. One of them was an ship. Br. Davis preached to an attenadvocate general, residing in this tive congregation in the morning. I city. After accepting and perusing preached to å listening audience in the one tract, he expressed so much sat- afternoon, isfaction that br. W. gave him another. 7. To-day visited some members of They frequently asked him if he made the church; found one of our Indian the tracts. I do not recollect one in- brethren sick, but enjoying a happy stance of sneering, on the part of those state of mind. In answer to questions to whom the tracts offered. which I proposed, he said, “It is my Whether their expressions of satisfac- choice to leave the world, if it is the tion were merely complimentary, or will of the Lord. I feel as though not, I cannot say ; but I should think some one has been teaching me of late, not: but still I do not know the exact I hardly know how. I have been value of such coin.-Br. Willmarth anxious to see you," &c. has long since distributed all the tracts 10. Our place of worship was nearly he brought from America. I wish we filled with attentive hearers. I was had a good quantity of first rate tracts, pleased to see, among others, an Indian nicely done up. Many of the French woman of the late emigration, who intracts are not very good; that is, they formed me she had a letter from the do not bave so much to do with reli- Baptist church in Concord, Alabama, gion as we could wish. The narrative and that it would be her privilege to of the burning of the ship Kent, is a fa- unite with us. Sickness has prevented vorite one, I believe, here,-but though her attending meeting before this. interesting as a narrative, it does not Some of the Indians appear much seem to be the thing: If we had some interested in the plan of reading in good tracts exhibiting sound reason their own language according to the ing—presenting affecting appeals to system introduced among them by br.
Davis. We have of late made use of a peculiar privilege, to communicate some of his hymns in our seasons of the truths of the gospel to the precious worship. It is very interesting to see immortals, who assembled to hear the those who a few months since were word of God. unable to read, stand up in the soleinn 24. Visited several families. Felt assembly with their books in their sensibly impressed with the darkness hands, to sing the praises of God. Br. and ignorance of the minds of this Davis is much interested in introducing people: my heart sunk within me as the plan among his countrymen, and the evidence rose up before me. My in teaching them to read in their own only refuge was the word and promise language the wonderful works of God. of God; here I found relief. He will probably write you soon some
29. A full house at worship; some particulars about the number of those were affected even to tears, while instructed, &c. In connexion with br. listening to the word preached. Davis, or with his approbation, I have June 4. Yesterday and to-day were employed one of our young Indian spent in visiting and conversing with brethren for a month to assist br. Davis various individuals on the important in teaching, with the understanding, concerns of the soul, and in teaching the that if he succeeded well and devoted Indians to read in their own language. himself to the work, it would probably Found several individuals who expressbe the pleasure of the Board to employ ed a desire to walk in the footsteps of him several months.
Jesus. The interviews I have enjoyed Aster mentioning the departure of Miss have been precious and profitable to Rice, to join the Mission at Sault de Sie. myself, and, I trust, to others also
whom I have visited. Marie, Mich., (p. 225,) on account of long
5. Lord's-day. Our place of wor. continued ill health in so southern a latitude, ship was full of attentive listeners. I the journal proceeds, under date
trust a rich harvest of souls will be April 11. It may be my duty to re- gathered from among this nation to the move from this station at some future praise and glory of God's rich, free, and time. The fever and ague has hung sovereign grace. about me all winter, and thus far 12. A goodly number at worship. through the spring, notwithstanding ! The solemn countenance and the falling am unwilling to leave this dear church tear from many eyes, manifested the and this benighted people now. The deep feelings of the soul, and gave future I desire to leave with the Lord. evidence that the Holy Spirit was near, My own views of duty and those of my to impress the heart with the precious companion are the same. We feel it truths of the gospel. our duty to stay and make further trial 18. The church members, many of of the climate.
them, came together according to Mrs. Rollin recommenced her school appointment. We had a precious March 14. She has had from ten to interview. Three Africans offered fifteen scholars.
themselves for baptism. After hearing 23. Church meeting; a season of a relation of their Christian experiences, much interest. Some who had wander- the church unanimously received them ed from the path of duty, returned to- to become particular members after day, with weeping and confession. baptism. The relation of their exer
24. A goodly number attended cises was clear and very satisfactory. worship; much feeling manifested, One male and two females, all in the particularly during the afternoon ser- prime of life. vice.
19. Lord's-day. A full house at May 1. Not so many at worship worship. A solemn attention to the to-day as usual ; good order and solem- word, manifested by nearly all present. nity apparent.
the river side deeply filled with attentive hearers. The cises of the day, the church came around opportunities of the day were blest to the sacramental board to seat of that my own soul. The precious truths of bread, and drink of that cup,” designed God's word were sweet and refreshing to show forth the sufferings of our I felt some desire to be unreservedly great High Priest. Some of the specdevoted to the service of my Lord. Like tators appeared very, solemn.
The Paul, I desire to“ press forward." scenes and duties of this day have been
15. Lord's-day. A full house of deeply impressive and interesting. attentive hearers. Felt it a privilege, We have several interesting inquirero