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Our information from India, this month, is unusually scanty. Mr. Fink of Chittagong, who is sojourning at Serampore with the view to the improvement of his health, which has suffered periodically the last eleven years, has had a milder attack than usual, and says, " By the blessing of the Lord, I am at present pretty well, insomuch that I am able to go about among the heathen around, and last Lord's day morning I had the privilege of performing worship in the native chapel at Jannagur, and preached to a large congregation. I also preach every other Lord's day afternoon to a good congregation of natives in the college.”. Mr. Pearce says, “Pardon me for reminding you how earnestly I hare entreated the Committee to send out without delay men to be devoted entirely to natire work in the native language, missionaries to the heathen in the proper sense of the word.” Mr. Morgan, of Howrah, writes as follows:
Through the tender mercies of God, I am which was granted. A mob came to rescuehim. still permitted to work, although I am Hurrish told his relatives that he had eaten ploughing and sowing in hope, without much Christian food, and refused to go home with tangible success, yet there is cause for grati-them. After that men were set in all directude, for without cultivation there cannot be tions to take him, dead or alive, so that he any rational hope of harvest.
could "not go out unless I was with him. This week the Jubilee School must be During the first year I supported him at my closed, through want of funds. Those that own expense. Within the two years that he did support it are either dead, removed, or was with me, he went through a great portian changed in their circumstances, that ihey of Euclid, read the Greek Testament through, cannot any longer help us. I tried others, and could at last, with ease, bring up a and the answer was, that they could not do it hundred verses, and was, on the whole, a consistently because they are churchmen and promising lad. At this point he was enticed we are baptists : so it is better for the children away by the agents of the Propagation to grow up ignorant churchmen than to have Society with a promise of admission to the their minds cultivated by baptist missionaries. Bishop's College. I then addressed several
Since the commencement of the year many letters to the Bishop of Calcutta, through the persons belonging to our congregation have press, and Hurrish was not admitted io the either died or removed. Anong them there college, and came back to Howrah, and was were some whom we hoped would be soon received on trial. After some time a native numbered among the followers of the Lamb. Christian of some property offered him bi At present we have not a single candidate for daughter in marriage, which he accepted
. baptism in either the English or the native when he called the other day he informed church. In the latter there is much to com- me that he was in government employ, at : fort, though the poor people are much tried in salary of fifty rupees a month. He expressed his various ways.
gratitude to me in strong terms, and said that The native congregation on sabbath morn- though not now connected with the mission, ing presents a cheering aspect, through the yet he does not neglect the opportunities that presence of the teacher and a goodly number he has of making Christ known. Since his of the children from one of the schools a mile marriage, proposals were made to receive him off. These boys now come as a matter of into the church of England by sprinkling. course, and I really wonder that the parents His answer was, “ If you give me this church, let them come, for I repeatedly failed to set and all the property belonging to it, I never up a school in that place.
will be baptized again." A few weeks ago I received a visit from my first convert, Hurrish Chunder. A brief The heat has been most trying for Indiaaccount of him will give you some idea of 970 in the house, with closed doors and wine our trials in Indir. Hurrish was a brahmin dows. Brother Lewis
, with his family, has from a respectable family. At the age of arrived. They are a lovely pair, and truly sixtcen he sought protection at my house, glad we are to see them,
In this important city, which contains above 200,000 inhabitants, among whom superstition has long exercised a peculiarly despotic authority, our brethren are labouring with great diligence. As they receive assistance from local contributions, they have published for circulation in the district a “ Report of Schools and other Missionary Operations, carried on by the Agents of the Baptist Missionary Society at Benares, during 1846 ;" an abstract of which will be acceptable to many of our readers. After expressing their thankfulness to friends by whom they have been enabled not only to meet all the expenses connected with the educational and other schemes for usefulness commenced in previous years, but also somewhat to enlarge their sphere of labour, they say:
Another ground of thankfulness to the such a seminary. His other engagements, Author of life is, that neither by death nor by however, did not permit him to be present sickness has any member of the mission above three or four days in the week. He families been removed from the station, or had reason in general to be satisfied with the necessitated for any considerable period during progress made. the year to be absent from his post or alter
2.-Sudder Bazár Schools. bis usual course of occupation. Only one change of consequence to be recorded has These schools were commenced soon after occurred with regard to the disposition of the Mr. Heinig's arrival in Benares, and during forces, in the removal from Benares to Chunar the eight or nine months of his stay were of the Rev. Mr. Heinig and his family. This entirely under his superintendence. They latter place has bitherto, that is during the consist of an English, an Urdu, a Persian, last thirty years, been regarded as a sub- and a Hindi department. For these, as for station to Benares, having never till now the three departmenis at Bangálitolah, there enjoyed the benefit of a missionary of our are three teachers. The attendance on the Society resident on the spot. Mr. Heinig, whole has steadily continued to increase, the originally one of Mr. Start's missionaries, had, average at present being above 80. after labouring for several years at Patna,
3.-Chauhalla School, taken up his abode at Benares in the beginning of 1846, and entered with much zeal on being near Rájghát, where Mr. Smith resides, the duties of bis new station. But much as has been for the most part under his particular his active co-operation was there esteemed by charge. The attendance has been pretty his missionary colleagues, the strong claims uniform throughout the year, but on the of Chunar, backed as they were by a call whole the average is higher than at its comfrom the lively little baptist church at that mencement, being from 35 to 40. This, as station to Mr. Heinig to become their pastor, also the Sudder Bazár Schools, is used as a induced them to join in a recommendation to sort of preaching station whenever any conthe parent society to sanction his removal siderable number of persons gather about the thither, which took place the beginning verandah to hear the children catechized and of October last.
their lessons explained and impressed. In noticing further particulars concerning Mr. Smith's boarding school has gone on the mission, we begin with labours among as in former years. On the sabbath fore
noons Mr. Smith's son-in-law, a deacon of 1.-Bangálitolah School.
the church, has conducted a Sunday school,
consisting of about a dozen young people conIn this school there are three departments, nected with the church or congregation, Mr. the English, the Bengali, and the Hindustani. Smith's boarders, &c. About iwo-thirds of the scholars are Bengalis, Mrs. Small continued to take charge of her and of these nearly three-fourths are brah- little English school down to the end of mans. The attendance has fluctuated a good August last, when the misbehaviour of her deal during the year, but latterly the average female assistant (previously a member of the has been decidedly above what it was a church), the diminution in the number of her twelvemonth ago, there being seldom under pupils from the commencement of the hot 100 actually present. This school has con- weather, and the failure of her own health, tinued to be under the particular superintend- induced her to give up entirely for the preence of Mr. Small, whose previous residence sent this important means of usefulness. She for four years in Bengal, having the charge purposes however, God willing, to open a of the Intally Institution at Calcutta, pecu- native day school at Rájghát about the comliarly qualified him for taking the oversight of mencement of the coming year, for which
considerable extra funds will be required, with the schools, the study of the languages, and special contributions are respectfully and English preaching, he has been unable solicited.
during the year to engage to any great extent II.-PREACHING TO THE NATIVES,
in proclaiming to the natives in their own
tongues the wonderful grace of God. He which is undoubtedly the grand object for has, however, about once a week at an which missionaries are sent forth and sup- average, taken part in the services at the ported, has not been neglected in the midst' different preaching places in the city, and of the various other engagements with which, every Monday morning during most part as this report will show, the time and atten- of the year, he was in the habit of giving a tion of the missionaries are occupied. | short address, from some portion of scripture,
In this department Mr. Smith has con to a collection of mendicants, who then assem. tinued to be the principal workman. Born bled at his bungalow, and received each a in the country, intimately acquainted with small portion of grain. The average altend. the habits, feelings, and notions, as well as ance on these occasions was eighty, exclusive the language of the people, and having been of the members of his own household
. To for between thirty and forty years fulfilling these last Mr. Small has continued to read the office of an evangelist, he feels both and expound the scriptures in order, they thoroughly at home and indefatigably inter- being all assembled daily for family worship, ested in this important and blessed occupa. He has on several occasions also conducted tion.
native services at Mr. Smith's chapel on the Mr. Smith has furnished the following Lord's day, and taken his turn at the montbly brief account of his engagements generally missionary (Hindustání) prayer-meeting. during the past year :
Mr. Heinig, during his stay at Bepares, "The Lord has preserved me up to the was most regular in his attendance, almost close of this year, and has enabled me to daily, at one or other of the native chapels in make known the unsearchable riches of Christ the city. In this, his much-loved work, he among thousands of the deluded heathen and was indefatigable, being gifted with strength Mohammedans. At the Allahabad fair, in of lungs and physical constitution in no comJanuary, I, in company with brother Mack- / mon degree. “Much of his time, too, was intosh, and our late native preacher Bhagwán spent during the day in conversing with Dás, as well as several other missionaries of native inquirers; and twice a week at least other societies, declared the message of God he visited the Sudder Bazar Schools, for to crowds of people and distributed a large preaching as well as examining the scholars
. number of scriptures and tracts, in several In the evening he frequently visited the languages. On my way thither and return. Sepoys' Hospital, whither Mr. Small also ing, I also visited a good many villages, occasionally accompanied him or went alone. preaching the gospel and giving copies of ilie Much of Mr. Heinig's time has been occuword of God and tracts to those who were pied in carrying on translations of one or two able to read them,
valuable works. We specify particularly My little chapel and the verandah con. Wenger's Scripture Doctrine of the Church, tinue to be filled every Lord's day, when and Clark's Scripture Promises, both into about 150 natives, mostly Hindu beggars and Urdu, and part of the former also into Hindi. devotees, are present, and appear to listen always very attentively.
III.-ENGLISH PREACHING. “At present I preach at the Blind Asylum The English services continued as last every Monday morning, where I have a very year to be held on sabbath and Thursday attentive audience of from forty to sixty infirm evenings at Mr. Small's bungalow, near or destitute natives. On Tuesday morning I Secrole, till on his removal thence to Rájghát visit the Bangalitolah School. On Wednes- about the end of the year, the Lord's day day preach at a chapel in the city: on Thurs- services connected with the church were all day visit the Chauhatta Bazar School: Friday transferred to Mr. Smith's chapel there, preach at another chapel (Britkal): Saturday and the Thursday evening meeting to the visit the schools at Sudder Bazar, Secrole"; newly openeds chapel connected with the and on the Lord's day preach, once or twice, London Mission at Secrole, where Mr. Small in my little chapel at Rájghát.”
will continue to officiate alternately with one Mr. Smith, in the evenings, usually walks or more of his brethren of the London Misalong the banks of the river, and preaches or sionary Society. It may be mentioned here engages in religious conversation with the that this week-day service had for several natives that constantly frequent that place of years previous to år. Small's arrival in Beuniversal resort. And in the course of the nares been wont to be held at the London day he often spends hours in conversation Mission House, and it was only from circumwith natives of all grades and creeds, who stances making it more convenient that during are in the habit of visiting his well known the last two years the meeting took place at domicile.
Mr. Small's bungalow in the immediate Mr. Small's time being chiefly occupied neighbourhood. The attendance on the whole,
on these evenings, has been encouraging, there force:l to lave reco:arze from their great being generally from thirty to forty persons deficiency of funds, sent out instructions in present. But the parties for whose benefit the beginning of the year, that in future all particularly it was originally instituted, viz., travelling expenses must be defrayed from those connected with the army, formed gener. the private finances of the missionaries or ally but a very small proportion of the local contributions, Mr. Smith was obliged, audience. This arose chiefly from the cir- from want of pecuniary means, to forego his cumstance of by far the greater number of usual missionary tour this year, and to be the soldiers in the station being papists, and absent for the first time during the last thirty also, it is to be feared, from the paucity, even years from the annual mela at Dudderi, among professing protestants, of persons well which occurs generally about the commencedisposed. There were generally, however, ment of the cold season. On this account two or three officers present, and occasionally alone the distribution of tracts and portions of some of the artillerymen, and it is hoped that the scriptures has been much smaller than the labours of the missionaries on these occa. during the previous year, it being chiefly on sions have not proved in vain.
these occasions that any considerable number IV.–Tue CHURCH
of such portable, and often very successful
little evangelists, are sent forth amongst the at Benares now consists of twenty members, deluded qatives, to accompany them, it may of whom only five are pure natives, the re- be, hundreds of miles, and enter and find a mainder being European or East Indian. hearing in houses and hovels where foot of This is an increase on the whole, compared missionary never trod nor light of revelation with the returns at the end of last year, of ever shone. four. The church had the painful duty in It has already been stated, however, that the course of the year to excommunicate, at Mr. Smith was enabled to vist the Allahabad distinct periods and for different offences, mela, in January, and a number of others first the native catechist, afterwards his wife, occurring in the course of the year in the and lastly his step-daughter, who had acted immediate neighbourhood of Benares, at all of for some time as assistant to Mrs. Small in which, along with the other occasions in the her little female school. The catechist sub- course of his ordinary ministrations, he calcusequently obtained employment in connexion lates (at a very moderate computation) that with another mission at a station at some he has given away about 500 portions of distance, and from all accounts appears to be scripture and 700 tracts of all descriptions. giving satisfaction.
It is to be regretted that neither Mr. Smith The members added to the church by nor Mr. Heinig kept an accurate account, baptism are a son-in-law of the Rev. Mr. during the past year, of scriptures, &c., given Smith, and an East Indian gentleman who away, but the following statement may be had long been an attendant at the Circular received as a near approximation to the Road Church in Calcutta, but who has spent truth :the last two years at Benares.
Portions of scripture distributed by Mr. Connected with the church, besides the
500 English and native services already referred Ditto, by Mr. Heinig, ditto to, there has been a prayer-meeting on Satur- Ditto, by Mr. Smith and native catechists 600 day evening (originally on Monday) either English scriptures ditto, by scripture
readers, &c. at Mr. Small's or Mr. Smith's abode. And on the first Monday of each month the mem- Tracts in vernacular languages, by Mr. bers of the mission families and church have
Ditto, by Mr. Heinig been in the habit of uniting with those of the Ditto, by Smith and native catechists London Society in their chapel at Secrole to English ditto, by scripture-readers, &c... 2500 implore the blessing of the God of missions on the labours of his servants. On this occasion
Total tracts and scriptures the missionaries of the two societies take their turn in conducting the service and delivering VII.- PROPOSED New Mission CHAPEL. a suitable address.
The following is a statement of the increase It was intimated in our last report that a and decrease of the church at Benares during commodious chapel in connexion with the the year :
mission, and the property of the society, was Baptized 2. Restored 0. Received by felt to be a great desideratum. During the dismission 7.
past year a subscription has been set a going Died 1. Excluded 4. Dismissed 3. io enable the missionaries to supply this
Total number of members 20,-viz., native deficiency, and through the liberality of 5. European, &c., 15.
friends, upwards of 1000 rupees have already V.-DISTRIBUTION OF TRACTS, &c.
been put in their hands for this object; but
about twice as much again will be required. The Baptist Missionary Society, having, In the appeal put forth some time ago it was among other expedients to which they were stated that 2000 rupees would be quite suffi
500 400 1000
cient, but the missionaries have since been from any other place of Christian worship, disappointed with regard to a piece of ground would be exceedingly convenient for the for a site which was then expected to be numerous passengers by water who generally available free of purchase. They find now put to at, or anchor off, that ghát. that in all probability they will have to pay Special contributions towards this object are between 500 and 800 rupees for ground alone earnestly solicited, and it is hoped that the in the locality where it is desirable the chapel requisite sum may be obtained in the course should be built.
of the present year. The baptist is the oldest mission at Benares;
VIII.-Funds. but while the London and Church missions have just completed two large and expensive Including an annual donation of £10 edifices for the worship of God—both of them froin a friend in England, upwards of 1400 at a considerable distance from the intended rupees have been obtained by private contrisituation of the baptist chapel-the only place butions during the year. To this being added of meeting connected with our body hitherto the balance in hand at the close of last account set apart for the purpose has been a small and the interest on unemployed funds, &c., room, the private property of Mr. Smith, con- the total amount to he accounted for appears tiguous to the compound of his dwelling to be rupees 1690 14 3. house. It is in this neighbourbood (viz., The expenditure has been rupees 978 towards Rájghát) that it is proposed the new 11 7, leaving a balance of 712 28 for the chapel should be erected, which, while far exigencies of the present year.
Mr. Dawson, now of Matura, having been staying about a fortnight at Doudra Head, with his family, for the benefit of their health, writes thence, June 9th :
On the setting in of the rains our house The Walgama School contains thirty boys, became so excessively damp that we all suf- and is visited every Monday. fered from it, and consequently were glad to The Polhena School has just been disconembrace the offer of the Wesleyan catechist tinued for want of attendance, but is still visited to let us occupy his bungalow here for a few every Tuesday. weeks. It is in a dry situation, and close to Kamburugamua School consists of thirtythe sea, the breeze from which is very refresh- six boys, and is visited every Wednesday. ing. Its short distance from Matura (three Kotawatta School, twenty-five boys, visited miles) has enabled me to attend to the usual every Thursday. services. We intend returning home in a Weeangoda, also visited every Thursday. few days, but shall have to look out for Gandurawatta School, forty boys, visited another house, as ours is at all times too every Friday. damp to be healthy.
At all these places congregations, collected The plan which I enclose will show you by the schoolmasters, are preached to. the locality of all our village stations and The St. Alban's School, and that on our schools, except the two at Tangalle, a distance own premises, examined occasionally. Tan. of twenty miles.
galle, and its schools, are visited once a month. In our chapel we have Singhalese services The attendance of children in nearly all at 11 a.m. and 6 P.M. every Sunday, and one the schools is improving, and of adults, in on Friday evening at 6. In the Jail a service most places, encouraging. The people, how. at 8 o'clock on Sunday mornings. In the ever, besides being professed Buddhists, are Wesleyan chapel a service in English at 3 P.M. extremely addicted to gambling and demon every Sunday:
DEATH OF MR. FULLER. Of the illness of this worthy man-a native of Jamaica, but in parentage and complexion an African, himself a fruit of missionary labour-our readers have