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Mr. Fink is at present at Serampore, having proceeded thither under medical advice, in consequence of the severity of a disease with wbich he has been attacked periodically during the last ten years, arising apparently from the unhealthy nature of the district in which he resides. At the meeting of the Association of Baptist Churches, held at Serampore in December last, be read a report, of which he has transmitted a copy, giving an account of missionary operations at Chittagong during the preceding year.
We have had the happiness of adding seven some years ago, has at length left all her relasouls by baptism, and we have a hope of a tions and friends, and at once decided for few more, who, we sincerely trust, will give Christianity, much to our joy and encouragethemselves up soon to the Lord. We have ment. She has three children with her, who not excluded any. We have to record the all attend to instructions daily. She has also removal of two persons by death, who died in three other song advanced in years, who have the faith of the gospel. We had in our last left her, but we entertain hopes of them, as report thirty-nine members. We dismissed they love their mother. two to Serampore church. We have now We feel confident that the good attempted forty-two members, showing an increase of among the villagers will spring up at a future only three during the year.
We have two period to the glory of redeeming grace. schools. The one at Chandgao contains about We have also regular services in the chapel fifty boys. The attendance during the rains on week-days, namely, twice on every sabis very irregular, and this is owing to the bath in English and twice in Bengalí, inundation of the surrounding lands. The among the members of the church and others town school contains about thirty boys, who who attend. Also we have service on Thurgare taught English. The blessed scriptures day evenings in English. On Tuesdays and are introduced in both the schools. We have Saturdays we have again Bengalí services preaching daily to the heathens, who flock to for our native Christians. hear us. There are two meeting-houses in We have extensively carried the gospel all the town for Bengalí preaching; one of them over the Chittagong district; visited the has lately fallen into ruins by a storm. There melas at Sittakund, Kattalyah Khal, and Hindoos and Mohammedans attend in numbers Soorjokhola, and whenever we have known to hear the blessed gospel preached to them people to assemble, we have made it our con. every day. The word of life is also preached stant and happy duty to carry the gospel on the roads, the ghauts, and all the markets thither. Scriptures and tracts have also been of Chittagong, near and distant. The people distributed extensively, yet demand for them around pay much attention to the gospel, and increases. We have applications for large light and knowledge are spreading in every books, and many have evinced much scripdirection. At Chandgao our native brethren tural knowledge when interrogated ; and these have meetings every day, and all our mem- prove that they have not made an improper bers, both men and women, are improving in ise of our gifts. There are few Roman divine things. The people, who seemed so catholics who love to hear of a crucified much embittered against us, appear friendly, Saviour residing Chandgao, but they are and they show less of that persecuting spirit, afraid to show themselves to us regularly. and gladly attend to listen to the word. Such is their dread of the priest whose in
Saroda, the widow mentioned in our report Auence is paramount.
From this city Mr. Dannenberg, who labours in connexion with Mr. Williams and Mr. Makepeace, writes as follows :
The heat is so overpowering here, as that Thanks be to God, my poor labours have not it is dangerous either for man or beast to be been in vain in this station. A Hindu, by out after nine o'clock in the morning. I caste a Rajput or Brahman, has been arrested have never felt the heat so much in my in his sioful career, and I trust brought to & former station, as I have felt it this year in saving knowledge of the Saviour. He had Agra. The thermometer, in the shade, is some seven or eight years ago beard the gospel from 130 to 140, and more, Farenheit. preached by brother Thompson in Delhi,
bring at the same time in the service of victorious over all its enemies, and therefore Sikandar Sahib. Shortly after this he left are encouraged to go forward in the name of his employer, and became a faqir, wandering the Lord," who wills that all men should be from one place to another, seeking rest for his saved." There is a very interesting Hindu sou); he spent some time in the jungles, after in Sainya, who has for some months been which he came to Matura, the famous holy thiuking seriously about his soul, and inquiring place of the Hindoos, but not being satisfied, after the way to eternal life. We trust that he he left
, and passing through Agra, heard me will soon confess Christ openly. He is very preach in the Tirpoliya, where he entered regular in his attendance at the prayer-meetinio discussion, and opposed me, but being ings. defeated, he quietly left us. He was, how In the month of November I made a tour ever, deeply impressed by what he had heard, in connexion with brother Makepeace, to and came the next day to our native preachers Bhuteshwar, distant about fifty-five miles from to inquire more concerning the truth. On Agra. It is a famous bathing-place of the another occasion, when I was engaged in Hindus, and we visited it at the period of its addressing a crowd in the market-place, he great annual mela. It is kept in commemopassed by, and hearing a man opposing me, ration of the marriage of Mehadewo, or "the he came forward, took my part, and confuted great god,” one of the most obscene of the the opponent. The following day he came heathen deities. When we arrived but few to me, saying, " that he had been deeply people were collected, but as the great day impressed, and was convinced of the truth of drew nigh crowds were pouring in for the Christiavity ; that our books were true, and purpose of bathing and making offerings to that his were false, and the invention of man; the idol. What a painful ibing it is to see that he had been practising austerities for man, created at first in the likeness of his many years, and had also visited several Maker, bowing before a lifeless stone! Alas, famous places of pilgrimage, but his mind was how much is his understanding darkened ! not at ease ; he now believed Christ Jesus to Yes, it is a beart-rending sight to see them be such a Saviour as he needed, and had rush for a drop of Ganges water for the purisought for. I explained to him the way of fication of their hearts. In that place is a salvation by Christ more fully, and he was so temple in which there are figures of Mahumuch struck by what be heard, that he at dewo, his wife Parwatti, and their son Mahes, once, without besitation, gave up his shasters, cut out of stone. I have seen the poor Hiu. or sacred books, to me, and accepted in return dus gazing on them with the deepest adoration a New Testament. He soon after renounced and astonishment, bowing down and making caste, and has ever since continued with our their offerings before them; and more sad lo native brethren, and appears to be a genuine think, that they bring their little children convert. He is of a very willing disposition, with them, who are taught to do the same, reads his Testament very diligently, and 1 and when leaving the temple they, with their trust that "the love of Christ constraineth” children, cry out, “ Bam Mahadewo! bam him, and that he is daily " growing in grace Mabadewo !” Seeing all this, a missionary and in knowledge of the Redeemer.” For in India may lose all his courage, and well two months past he has accompanied the might be say, “ Who is sufficient ” for such a native preachers and myself on our preaching work as to put down the kingdom of Satan, excursions, and will be baptized (D.V.) on the who is leading these poor people captive at first sabbath of next month. Pray for him, his will ? But “the Lord is with us," who dear brother, that he may be kept through has said, “I will do it." Had the missionary faith unto salvation, and become a “shining not the word of God on his side, had he not light” to his benighted countrymen. The his promises, which give him vigour to proLord has also blessed our humble labours in secute his work, and had he no grace, which the villages. A Hindu in the village of does support him, he would soon throw down Sainya has also been added to the church, his arms and abandon the field. At the end and I have good reason to think him sincere of the fair a very interesting man, of high He has been tried much on account of the caste, came to me expressing his belief in religion of Christ, but be has come out of the what he had heard, and seemed much affected. fire as gold well purified. Since the 5th of He visited our tent for three nights, and the October last my labours have been chiefly day he was leaving the fair be came, assuring directed to the district which we have par- us of his sincerity, promising that he would ticularly under our cultivation. This district, not forget what had been declared to him, of which has been allotted to brother Makepeace the truth of which he was quite convinced. and myself, has not been cultivated so much We had more hearers than we were able to as that which is under brother Williams's address. We preached as long as our voices
In some of the villages we have been could be heard ; we also distributed many very kindly received, and have much encour-books, which were gladly received, and reagement; but I am sorry to say that we have turned home quite fatigued and exhausted. also many opponents. But we have the pro- May the Spirit of God, accompany the mnise that the gospel shall conquer, and he word which has been preached
weakness, with demonstration and power, and where the raja lives, and his troops are simany, many thousands come forward to le-tuated. This place is larger than that por. clare themselves on the Lord's side!
tion of Gwalior denominated the city. On We have just returned from another excur- the morning of the day on which we comsiun to Gwalior. I had cherished a desire menced our preaching I went a little before for some months past to visit that place, as my native preacher, who was bringing scripwe bad been meeting with many of the in- tures; I took as many as I could put in my habitants of that city, who seemed very favor- pockets, and soon reached a large open place, ably disposed, and desirous of reading our where I began to read a part of the fifth books. We left home on the 28th of Decem- chapter of Matthew, for the purpose of col. ber, 1846, and returned on the 14th of lecting a crowd, and in less than five minutes January, 1847. It took us five days to reach I was surrounded with not less than from Gwalior. We preached in all the villages three hundred to four hundred people, who through which we passed, and many heard heard very attentively. All were serious, and the gospel with great attention. On the 3rd many seeined to feel the power of the truth. we began to preach in the city of Gwalior. After having preached as long as I was able, Many hundreds heard from our lips the I distributed the books I had with me, and gospel of Jesus Christ, and sometimes my returned to look for my native preacher. I congregation consisted of more than four soon found him, and took our stand in the hundred persons, who listened with the utmost principal street. We had splendid congregaattention. We had but very few objectors. tions, and preached till we were quite exMany seemed struck with the truth, and were hausted, and then distributed a large number obliged to say that their gods were not the of books. We coutinued for three days our true God, and their religion not divine. We preaching in the Lashkar, and were kindly preached for three days in the city, and also received, and had as many hearers as could distributed many hundreds of gospels and conveniently stand in the street. May God tracts !
bless our poor and humble labours, and may On the 6th we went to the Lashkar, they not be in vain.
BENARES. In the Benares Recorder of the 24th of November, 1846, we observe the fol lowing statement :-. An examination of the English and Ver
Bazar Schools. nacular Schools, connected with the Baptist 1. Sudder bazar, Secrole, English, and Urdu Mission at Benares, took place on Saturday departments morning last, at the house of Rev. G. Small, Urdu and Persian ditto......... one of the missionaries. We were present on 2. Hindi ditto, about.... the occasion, and were much interested by
Total the very satisfactory exhibition made. The 3. Chowhatta, Rajghat, Hindi, and Urdu, about 45 number of scholars being greater than could be all accommodated at once in the hall, the Grand total of scholars in attendance different bazar schools were first examined one by one, giving place to each other in Studies completed by the first class of succession; and then the several classes of
Bengalitolah School. the principal school in Bengalitolah) stepped forward and gave pleasing proofs of their half in English, by most of the boys. Matthew, the
1. Holy Bible, all Genesis in Bengali, and about attainments in general, but especially religious whole : translating from English into Bengali
and knowledge, through the medium of the Eng- Urdu, and half of Sermon on the Mount by heart.
2. Catechism (Keach's), first fifty questions. lish, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali tongues, all
3. English Instructor, No. 3, to page 115. of which are taught at that institution.
4. Ditto, ditto, No. 4, to page 25. We bave been favoured with a statement 5. Geography (Clift's), all Asia. of the number of boys attending the several
6. Grammar (Lennie's), to 10th rule of syntax.
7. Arithmetic, to simple rule of three. schools, along with a list of the studies com 8. Composition and dictation, spelling, &c. pleted during the year by the highest class of 9. Poetry, several pieces committed to memory. ibe English department in the last-named school, which may serve as a specimen of the
From this outline of studies, as well a system there pursued :
from the general intelligence and proficiency Bengalitolah Central School.
exhibited by the scholars (especially of the English department
higher classes), we think there is much Bengali ditto
51 ground for congratulating the missionaries on
13 the success of their Jabours, and for encourHindi ditto
agement to the public to continue and extend their liberality in aid of such educational schemes.
ANNIVERSARY SERVICES. A Meeting for Special Prayer will be held in the Library of the Mission House on the morning of Thursday, April 22nd, at eleven o'clock.
ANNUAL SERMONS, APRIL 22nd & 28th.
The Committee have pleasure in announcing that a sermon on behalf of the Society will be preached (p.v.) by the Rev. T. WINTER, of Bristol, at Surrey Chapel on the evening of Thursday, April 22nd. Service to commence at half
A sermon will also be delivered (d.v.) at the Poultry Chapel on Wednesday morning, April 28th, service to commence at eleven. The Rev. Josias Wilson of the Presbyterian Church, River Terrace, had kindly engaged to preach, but serious illness having disabled him, the name of the preacher cannot be announced at present.
SERMONS, LORD'S DAY, APRIL 25th,
The afternoon services marked thus are intended for the young.
... ... ... ... ...
Rev. B. Evans
Rev. W. B. Bowes
Rev. T. Wheeler
Brixton Hill (Salem Chapel)... Rev. W. Fraser......
Rev. J. P. Hewlett Rev. J. Branch*
Rev. R. Roff
Rev, T. Swan
Rev. I. Lord
Rev. Jas. Edwards
Chelsea, Paradise Chapel Rev. E. Carey
Rev. C. E. Birt, M.A.
Rev.J.H.Hinton,m.a Rev. J. Curwen*
Rev. J. Sprigg, m.a. Rev. S. Higgs *. Rev. J. Stock
Rev. C. E. Birt, M.A.
Rev. D. Curtis
Rev. J. Bennett, D.D.
Rev. J. Sprigg, M.A. Lambeth, Regent Street......... Rev. T. Winter
Rev. J. Bird* .........
Rev. W. Fraser Mason's Court, Shoreditch...... Rev. W. H. Elliott
Rev, J. Peacock Maze Pond
Rev. J. Acworth, LL.D. Rev. W. Fraser* Rev. E. Carey
Walworth, Horsley Street ...... Rev. W. Miall
Rev. W. Miall Lion Street, Walworth Rev. J. M. Daniell
Rev. G. Clayton Waterloo Road...............
Rev. J. Branch Wild Street, Little Woolwich, Queen Street ...... Rev. John Cox
Rer, John Cox Collections will be made after the above services.