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The mission circle here was in the enjoyment of a tolerably good state of health on the 7th of October, and looking forward with hope to the most pleasant season of the year. At that date, Mr. Thomas gave us an epitome of Indian intelligence in the following sentences: “At all the stations there is more or less to try, and I fear that, generally speaking, the good work is not so prosperous as it appeared to be a year ago. Still the mission is not without tokens of a cheering nature. On the last sabbath in August two persons were baptized at Agra, one of whom appears to have been brought under serious impressions by a sermon preached to the young by brother Makepeace in January last. At Patna brother Beddy states that he has recently received two into the church from the Orphan Refuge, and that some six or seven more are candidates for baptism, of whom several are inmates of the Refuge, From Chittagong I learn that seven persons have been baptized there since May last. At Bow Bazar I had the pleasure of baptizing two men on the last sabbath in September, and next Lord’s day brother Leslie expects to baptize a young man who is here from the Madras Presidency on his way to China. He was a ward of our late brother W. H. Pearce, and may be regarded as the fruit of his prayers. A few years ago he was a very wild youth, but he is now at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind! His conversion is a remarkable instance of divine grace."
A letter from Mr. Wenger to Dr. Cox, twelve days later, contains animating information of a character quite unprecedented in this region. He says :-“Very interesting intelligence has just been received from brother Bareiro at Barisaul. He has baptized, at one and the same time, one hundred and fifteen poor villagers
. That was, I believe, on the first sabbath of this month, ... The letter scarcely left a doubt on my mind that it was a work of grace, in fact, something very much like a revival such as used to occur some time since in America. It is as easy for God to convert hundreds of sinners as to convert one; and if, as I really am led to hope, most or all of these 115 persons have really been converted, it is only another proof that God chooses weak things to confound the mighty, for the people in question belong to the poorest and most ignorant class. Persecution has already commenced, Property in the shape of a boat, cattle, madder, &c., to the amount of Rs, 100 (£10) has been taken away from one of the people, who was perhaps best off, by the owner of his land, indignant at bis baying become a Christian.” Barisaul is about 185 miles east of Calcutta.
The following account of schools at Serampore will be read with pleasure by many of our friends. It is part of a report made to the “Serampore Ladies' Benevolent Society," whose funds are devoted to the Religious and Benevolent Institutions particularly, and to the purposes of charity generally, as circumstances may require, at Serampore.
The Asylum, or Christian Boarding School, admittance, continues, with some small exconsisting of the children or orphans of native ceptions, to be supported by collections made Christians, and any others who may desire in Scotland and elsewhere, by the zealous
exertions of its former superintendent, Mrs.lee Primer. The knowledge of the scriptures Barclay. It now contains thirteen children, evinced by the boys of the first class at their of whom two are the daughters of indigent annual examination was truly gratifying. Portuguese Roman Catholics. Eleven of
The Serampore Southern School. — The these read with ease and understanding. The native Christian teacher employed in this first class, consisting of four, have committed school, was, we regret to say, removed by the two first catechisms to memory, and are death towards the close of the year. He was conversant with the scriptures. They have a very able young man, and was an ornament likewise made some progress in geography to his profession and to the church with which and grammar, and write well. The second he was connected. But his career was short; class, consisting of seven, read the New Tes- he was removed after a long and painful illtament and other books with great facility. Dess, which he endured with much patience, One of these, the grand-daughter of Pran at the early age of twenty-six. His loss as Khrishnu, the late excellent native preacher an instructor of the scriptures was deeply felt; in the Christian village, who was sent from but his place has been supplied by his brother, Dacca six months ago, expressly to enjoy the a sedate and steady young man, who will, advantages of the institution, has made re- it is hoped, in a short time become equally markable proficiency, and gives the most efficient. pleasing account of what she reads. They The number of names on the reformed list are taught by a native Christian from the is 224. The school consists of twelve classes, Christian village in the vici of this town, of which seven classes are able to read in the and Mrs. Venis still continues to superintend books. The first class read the New Testatheir needlework and their occupations gene- ment and the book of Genesis, extracts from rally.
Ancient History, Anecdotes of Celebrated The Preparatory Village School contains Characters in Ancient History, Pearson's ten young children, and is held in the Chris- Geography, and Keith's Bengalee Grammar. tian village of Jannugur. The children are The second class read the New Testament, draughted from this school into the Asylum, the extracts from Ancient History, Keith's as their proficiency and age appear to render Bengalee Grammar, and geography. The it expedient.
third class read the New Testament, the The attendance in the Adult School of the Bengalee Grammar, and a Bengalee CateChristian village is subject to considerable chism on Religion. The fourth class read the variance. Occasionally it wears the character New Testament and the History of Joseph. of a simple Sunday school, as the Christian The fifth class read the History of Joseph and women, owing to domestic engagements, and Moral and Religious Anecdotes. The sixth other causes, are frequently unable to give and seventh classes read the Bengalee Primer. their attendance on week days. The pumber The Serampore Western School. — This who assemble to receive instruction on the school numbers 158 boys, divided into seven Sunday often amounts to fifty.
classes, of which the first four are able to read The Central School, situated in the town, in books. The first class read the books of consists entirely of heathen children, and con- Genesis and Proverbs in the Old Testament, tains forty-eight girls. The three first classes, and the New Testament; the Gyanoroonodoy, including twenty children, read fluently, are Lessons in Morality, extracts from Ancient conversant with the scriptures, and have ac- History, Stewart's Oopodesh-Kotha, and the quired some knowledge of geography and History of the Bible. "The second class read grammar. At an examination beld towards the Gospel of Matthew, Brief History of the the end of December, their answers on these Bible, Kalkromic Itihas, the History of Josubjects, and particularly on questions based seph, Bible History, Anecdotes, and the on the scriptures, were exceedingly pertinent, catechism, in two parts. The third class read and did the greatest credit to their teachers. the Parables of Christ, two parts of the Neeti
The boys department of the schools is Kotha, and the first part of the catechism, highly interesting. The three schools have the fourth class read the Bengalee Primer altogether five hundred and thirty-seven on ard the first part of the Neeti-Kotha. their list, and enjoy the superintendence of On the 19th December, 1845, an examinathe Rev. Mr. Robinson, who renders the fo!- tion was beld in the hall of Serampore Col. lowing account of their progress :
lege, of all the boys instructed in the schools The Isherah School contains on its list 155 supported by the funds of the Ladies' Beneboys, who are divided into eight classes. The volent Society and the Serampore church. boys of five of these classes are able to read The number of boys in all these schools books. The first class read the New Testa- amounted together to 737. The examination ment, Pearson's Geography, Extracts from was conducted principally by the Rev. J. Ancient History, and Keith's Bengalee Gram-Weitbrecht, of Burdwan, assisted by the Rev. mar. The second class read the History of H. Smylie, of Dinagepore, who expressed Joseph, and have learned Watts's Divine and themselves gratified with the attainment of Moral Songs. The third, fourth, and fifth the boys and their knowledge of the scripclasses read in various portions of the Benga- tures.
Mr. Morgan remarks, in a recent communication, that before it would reach us he should have served an apprenticeship to the mission in India, and that during that term he has not been laid aside a single week, though his path has been anything but flowery. He has had to contend with difficulties and with much opposition, for the endurance of which he thinks God had graciously prepared him in early life.
When we contemplate the materials that Follow the missionary in his labours we have to work upon, and our peculiar posi- among the heathen, und see him standing on tion, it is not surprising that our success is so the roadside, in a temperature of from ninety small. Of the English population, many are to a hundred degrees, in the hot season suffothe slaves of branily, others glide into the cated with dust, and in the rains assailed with abominations of heathenism, while others are smells from every stagnant pool ; bathed in absorbed in making money, and regard neither perspiration, addressing the most depraved sabbath nor religion. Add to this, the con- people on earth until his voice fails and his stant removal of families, vicious systems of head reels ;-this is a work of faith. religion which lull men to sleep in iheir sins, The natives have a great disinclination to the small number of truly good men, and the go inside of a chapel, and besides, if we canweak tone of morality; so that there is but not get a congregation in one place, we change little resistance to the torrent of wickedness. our position, that is one reason that we take We sow in tears, and pray in tears, and the road. mourn over dying men. Do I ask for too much, when I ask our brethren at home to Of personal news I have but little to come pray for us and with us? So thoroughly municate. I have suffered much from the do I feel at this moment, that I am not climate this year. Our schools, preaching, ashamed to ask you to put a card over every &c., have proceeded as usual. Since my last pulpit in the land, and on it written, “ Breth. I have baptized two young lads, both of whom ren, pray for India."
The ground is well have been in the Jubilee school. We have cultivated, the seed is sown in the hearts of three candidates from among the heathen rethousands, and we are anxiously waiting for ceiving instruction; how they will turn out, the former and the latter rain.
time will tell,
A specimen of the itinerating excursions of Mr. John Parsons and his fellowlabourers in this district is contained in a letter from him which arrived a few days ago.
September 12. Five weeks of the time slandering brahmans, and others whose litiwhich has elapsed since writing the above, I gious disposition finds them employment in have spent pleasantly, and I trust the great the courts of Monghir or Mozufferpore. day of decision will show it to have been Their reports of Christianity had excited such profitably also, in a tour among the villages fears and prejudices in the minds of the on the banks of a small stream, called the people that we found it impolitic, except in a Balan, in our neighbourhood. I have before few instances, to enter into the villages at all, informed you repeatedly of my being employed but we usually took our seats under the shady on the banks of the river Gunduck. The trees we mostly found on the bathing-ghauts stream now mentioned runs into the Gunduck, near the - villages, and good congregations at a considerable distance from the junction would come out to hear us, frequently inof the latter with the Ganges. It is a stream cluding nearly the whole population of the possessing great natural advantages, and village who were at hund, and they heard us hence is most populously bestudded with with the greater candour because they pervillages. Moreover, although the villagers ceived we did not intend to enter the villages were not unacquainted with the name of in order to feed them by force with Christians' Christ and Christianity, yet we have reason to food, as they had been told we should do. I believe that no missionary had ever visited should have mentioned that I was accompamany of the villages in person, and so the nied by our dear brethren Nainsookh and acquaintance which the people had with the Shujatali, the latter of whom, indeed, did not gospel was only such as they could obtain from accompany us so much with the hope of the distorted representations of interested and being able to proclain the gospel, as with the
intention of visiting his step-son and daughter- read thirty-five pages of a Kythee tract, rein-law, Samuel and Rebecca, of whom the marking on it as we proceeded. former is a member of the church here, and the latier, if I mistake not, of the church at Friday, July 31. Left Jookkiya early in Patna. Samuel is employed as a writer by the morning, and after proceeding till noon, & firm of sugar-refiners, whose factory is found ourselves at the back of the same situated on the banks of the Balan. However, village. After eating our noon-day meal, we our dear agerl, truly pious, and zealous bro- came on to a village named Burreepoora, and ther was only about nine days at his son's, spoke to the people on the ghaut under the and the remainder of the time on the boat shade of a fine peepul-tree, which was dis. with us, and though in weakness, had frequent graced by a finely carved image of black opportunities of speaking the word. The stone, placed underneath it for worship. In character, walk, and conversation of these the evening, proceeded across the inundated two brethren, the one formerly a brahman, land to Bhugwanpore, to put brother Shujathe other of an equally honourable rank tali down at his son's house. among the Mahommedans, aftords a pleasing and cheering testimony to the power of the 'Saturday, August 1. Came back to the gospel, and does honour to the holy name village of Burreepoora, which we had left, which they profess. We left home on Thurs. and reached it about ten o'clock, when we day, July 23rd, and after visiting several went into the village, and spoke at the zeminvillages on the Gunduck, about noon on dar's house. Afterwards, about noon, went Wednesday, 29th, reached the mouth of the across the nullah 10 a small village, called Balan pullah, or rivulet. I will copy soine Junaidpoor, where we took our seats under a parts of the journal I made of our labours. peepul-tree on the ghaut, and Nainsookh and
myself spoke to the people who came in suc" Wednesday, July 29. Entered the Balan cession and sat to hear, until we had reason nullah about noon, and put on at the village 10 believe that nearly all the inhabitants who of Bheet, but were unable to go into the were at leisure had heard, and then we went village inmediately on account of a strong across to the village of Beerpoor, and spoke wind. Early in the afternoon, however, we to two large assemblies, the first in a part of commenced speaking 10 the people, and being the village inhabited by fishermen, the second joined by Shujatali, we continued our dis- near a zemindar's house, where upwards of a course, with the exception of a short interval, hundred people must have been present. The till after dark, having successively two or people of this village are much more quiet three different congregations.
ihan those of some others, and do not manifest
any objection to our going where we like in “ Thursday, July 30. In the morning went their village. to the village of Nowia. The people seemed much vexed at our going into the midst of Sunday, August 2. Went again into their village, and gave us no peace until we Beerpoor, and had again large assemblies of went to a shed, where nearly or quite 200 attentive hearers, and those who were able to persons assembled, and heard quietly for a read received books with apparent pleasure while, and then took us to the zemindar's and determination to read them. Afierwards verandab, where Nainsookh spoke and read we proceeded to the village of Jugdur, and for a while, and afterwards at a goldsmith's our 'mat being spread under the shade of a shop, and then we returned to our boat. large old mango-iree, a goodly number assemAfterwards proceeded to a large village called bled, and listened attentively for a long Jookkiya, and spoke under two fine trees on time. A man, somewhat better read than the the ghaut, and after a time, when the people generality, who was passing that way, conwho were present left us, we returned to our versed and discussed for å time, and then boat, and the people expressed their dislike to received a gospel and two tracts.
When our our going into the village, but said that in the congregation had dispersed to their labours or evening the people would come from the their homes, we came forward to the village fields, and assemble on the glaut. Accord- of Puonunda, about four o'clock, where ingly about four o'clock, we went again; Nainsookh addressed the people until sunset; many poor people from their labour assembled, and after sunset, when we sat on the bank and we had an attentive congregation till near our boat, several of the villagers came, after sunset. Nainsookh and myself, in turn, I and I and Nainsook spoke to them till late.
Thus they continued from day to day, sowing the good seed of the kingdom ; but many equally interesting passages it is necessary to omit.
Thursday, August 13. Early in the morn. | villagers, who heard, for the most part, attening came to the village of Munnunpoor, and lively, while we all three addressed them. about sunri-e had a good congregation of the Then went across to the village of Malaypoor,
where we had a large congregation, whom terest had cooled, or that they were awed by Nainsookh addressed, but they were not atten- the fear of man. About noon, on the 19th, tive. Afterwards proceeded a short distance having spoken in several villages as we to Mahaisbpoor, where Nainsookh and myself passed, we reached the terminus of our tour, addressed a more attentive congregation ; the populous market-town of Dulsing-serai. then went across to a brahmin village, called On our first appearance in the bazar, the Gownee, and a large number of people, per-whole town seemed moved, and a vast crowd haps 150, soon assembled, but after they had assembled round us, and followed us. On heard a little, some aged brahmans came and, subsequent days the interest declined; still after interrupting our discourse by discussion, we remained five days, three of which we drove all the people away from us like a fock spent in visiting every part of the town, and of affrighted sheep, though some few returned preaching to the various congregations, and to listen. Thence we proceeded to two oppo- iwo in sitting on the ghaut, where we were site villages, Kudderabad and Hurpoor, in able to secure hearers from ten or eleven in the former of which we began to speak, till a the morning till sunset, comprising not only ferry-boat full, chiefly brahmans and Ma- the inhabitants of Dulsing-serai itself, but also hommedans, came over from the other side, of many villages round. From this town we and interrupted us with boisterous and violent returned to Monghir in four days, not by the language, driving away the people from way we came, but over the inundated land, listening. We continued sitting on a piece having only opportunity to preach in two of timber on the bank till after sunset; and villages by the way. Through the kind hand very late, after I had gone into the boat, some of the Lord upon us, we were enabled to poorer people came to Nainsookh, saying, declare his precious gospel in about sixty“ The brahinans do not allow us to hear; they seven villages, and distribute about 120 por
and abuse us if we listen ; but now tions of the word of God, and somewhat more they are gone, have the kindness to tell us than that number of tracts. If this seem but your message." One of them also told Nain- a small number, the reason is, that but a sookh that the report of our coming had small proportion of the villagers can read, reached them eight days before.
and we are not accustomed to give to any
besides. And now, dear and respected On the 14th and 15th we had good oppor. brother, the seed is sown, will you join with tunities for speaking in several villages, and us in earnest prayer that the indispensably in the afternoon of the latter day reached a necessary influence of the Holy Spirit may large village, called Munsook-chuk, which cause some to take root, and bring forth fruits has a large bazar, where the first time we of holiness, and wheresoever we have gone, preached, we had a quiet, attentive congregation may we be, through the love of God in of three or four hundred persons. Here we Christ, " a sweet savour unto God” of Christ, stayed till the 17th, having large congregations and a witness in every man's conscience in in the bazar, numerous visitors to our boat, the sight of God ! and a clamorous demand for books, which, however, we did not feel it right in many I have now to acknowledge (and I do it instances to satisfy, as the parties requesting with much pleasure) the receipt of your kind could not read. Here there were also some letter of July last, for which accept my best particular individuals, whose earnest inquiries, thanks, as well as those of my beloved brother patient hearing, and apparent sincerity, Lawrence, with whom the longer I have the awakened some hope regarding them, and privilege to be associated, the more I love therefore when we left the village we deter- and esteem him, and regard it as a peculiar mined, the Lord permitting, to spend another favour of God to his unworthiest child to be day there on our return, but I am sorry to allowed not only to be engaged at all in the have to say that on our return those very mission field, but also to be in conjunction individuals gave us evidence that their in- ' with such a lovely brother.
Though neither this immense city, nor tine presidency which derives its name from it, bave had any place in our annals hitherto, we trust that the time is not far distant when we may expect to receive from it regular communications. In a very remarkable manner, the way has been providentially opened, and a loud call made to send thither a missionary. A regiment in her majesty's service which left England in 1842 was stationed in Maulmein. One of its officers bad been baptized in Jamaica, we believe by Mr. Phillippo, and there was in it one private soldier who was known to be a pious man. The preaching of the American