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not of this world. Carefully, then, abstain proper manner towards their civil governfrom every thing which might tend to lessen ors, showing by your own example that your usefulness, and teach those who hear Christianity is a system highly beneficial to you to conduct themselves in a peaceable and civil society.


CALCUTTA. Mr. Lewis, whose arrival in this city has already been announced, speaks cheerfully of his prospects. Writing on the 2nd of July, he says,

I am now giving all my time and strength ing. We greatly admire and love them all, to Bengali, and I hope, judging from the and we esteem it no small privilege to be pleasure with which I study it, and from the associated with men so truly affectionate and ease with which I have acquired the rudi- endowed with so much piety, and with such ments, that I shall soon master it.

prolonged experience. At present, the only assistance I am able We are at present well. Mrs. Lewis's to render to the brethren is in the way of health has been decidedly improved by the relieving them occasionally in English preach- change. Our little boy thrives very nicely.

BARISAL. The accounts which have reached us respecting this station have been of a mixed and perplexing character. Missionaries who have visited it believe that a very great number of the recent converts have been in truth turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God; but there are circumstances relating to Mr. Bareiro himself which are, to say the least, very questionable and suspicious in their aspect. Our most recent information is froin Mr. Thomas, who says, under date of July 2nd,

Brother Parry has been into a part of the native Christians of eight villages, to take Barisal station, and met with about 200 of them under his charge, and is very anxious the native Christians, who are desirous of that somebody should take charge of the religious instruction. In a letter received others, but to enable him to do anything for yesterday he gives a list of twenty-three vil. the religious benefit of the people of those lages, containing about 200 families, and eight villages, he will be obliged immediately comprehending about 900 individuals, who to select men from among bis converts to are said to have embraced the Christian labour there. This we shall encourage him name, and to be desirous of religious instruc- to do. tion. Of this number upwards of 200 bave been baptized. He gives a very distressing From other stations the intelligence is, on account of the sufferings of the native Chris- the whole, encouraging; and I begin to linus in some of the villages, where they have entertain the hope that the very painful been plundered of all the property they had, events which have taken place at the Barisal and driven from their houses, by their land- station will ultimately, and probably at no lords,

distant period, turn out to the real advantage Nr. Parry did not go so far as Barisal, of the cause. It is a time of reproof and having to appear in one of the local courts on reproach, but it is also a sifting time ; and behali of the poor persecuted people, with a although there is assuredly a good deal of view to obtain justice for them. He has chaff, I believe there is also a good deal of engaged to comply with the request of the precious grain.

JESSORE. During the month of April Mr. Parry had the pleasure of receiving seven converts into the church under his charge on a confession of their faith in Christ by baptism.


Mr. Smylie has also been encouraged by the addition by baptism of one hopeful convert to the church under his pastoral care.


On the 17th ultimo Mr. Small had the satisfaction of baptizing and receiving into the church one female convert, the wife of one of his catechists.


Mr. Heinig has recently visited a town named Aharora, about twelve miles from his station. It contains about three thousand inhabitants, carries on a trade in sugar, stones, wood, and iron, and is in a large valley extending many miles in length and breadth, which appears to be very fruitful, abounding in groves of trees, in whose shade weary travellers find protection from the burning sun. Giving an account of his journey, Mr. Heinig says

After having pitched my tent in a garden turned to my tent), my tent was continually abounding with mangoe trees which were in crowded from morning till ten o'clock at night. full bloom, and promised a plentiful crop, my They did not allow me time to get my meals, arrival was poised abroad in the town. Many and I did not ask them to leave me, because came to see me, and would at once have I wished to improve the opportunity as much entered my tent to engage in conversation, as possible, as my slay was very short, being but being weary from my long walk, I re- obliged to return on Friday evening to prequested them to leave me for a few hours, and pare myself for the sabbath ; however, my I would come to the city and deliver my mes- mind was so much worn out from much sage. With this they complied. In the talking, instructing, and endeavouring to afternoon I went into the bazar and pro- direct their minds from the worship of their claimed the message of salvation before a gods and idols to the only thing needful, that large congregation, who heard with great I felt a little rest quite necessary. attention and apparent delight. This was Intending to start the next morning early, not the effect of fear or reverence which the I thought a few hours' bodily rest would natives generally show when they first see a strengthen me for the march, but I was quite missionary coming amongst them, but which disappointed, for a henvy storm is soon succeeded by impudence. These about nine o'clock in the evening, when people formerly were often visited by Mr. those people who bad been with me hastened Bowley, and had heard and conversed much to their bomes. I was obliged to keep awake with him about salvation by Jesus Christ, the whole night on account of the vivid and therefore I brought no strange things flashes of lightning and the strong wind, before them, Crowds followed me to my which threatened to tear my tent every tent, where we conversed in a more quiet moment. I and all my things were comand convenient manner. They stayed with pletely covered with dust. 1 Weary from me till a very late hour. The next morning watching, I anxiously awaited the daybreak, I went early into the bazar, and preached and when the wind had a little abated í and conversed to a considerable length; and started, with many good wishes of the people, afterwards I went to some of their houses, who had again come to bid me farewell, and where I was welcomed by those who were arrived home about twelve o'clock. Though the teachers of the people; others of the very weary, yet I felt happy in my mind, and higher class also came and took their seats. though I cannot speak decidedly of any conThey evidently showed regard for the saving versions amongst this interesting people, yet I truths of the gospel, and if any made the do trust many of them were seriously im. slightest attempt to make light, or to mix his pressed. Since I have been engaged in misnotions with the explanation of Christ's sionary labour, I have never felt more plea. coming and his merits, the rest of the hearers sure and joy in the work, and the recollection inmediately prevented him interrupting the of this visit will continue to be sweet to my mind. conversation. After that time (having re. I distributed 150 gosptis an:1 abu::e 100 tracts.

came on

But one circumstance I have to mention, He generally remained two or three months that among the great number of children in the place, and after he would go again to there is no permanent teacher, consequently his field (labours; (consequently the children the children know not how to spend their forgot almost all they had learned, therefore time, and of course grow up in idleness and the people solicited me to commence a school; bad habits. "The people very earnestly en. but I have no funds for this purpose. How treated and begged me to establish a school. thankful should I be if some Christian friends I asked why the rich people, who have built would assist me in doing good among this tanks and groves, did not care for the youths people. The expenses are general in the of the city. The usual answer was, that beginning a little more as regards books, &c., they took no interest in them; and when I &c., than the support itself. If I had about inquired where some of them had learned to forty rupees for the first month, and for the read, they answered, that now and then a continual support say fourteen rupees, I might teacher came and taught them, but he only be able to establish two schools, one in which taught them according to what the children Sanskrit and another in which Hindi is could give him ; for instance, a boy that taught, and the children would imbibe a better could give him three annas per month ob- knowledge, and become useful members of tained a little more knowledge than those society. Cast thy bread upon the waters, and that could only afford two annas or six pice. it shall be found after many days.

AGRA. Mr. Williams, addressing the editor of the Calcutta Missionary Herald, says

Since I last wrote you," four persons have an absence of eighteen days, during which been added to the church by baptism, two of period brother Domingo and I preached in the European community, the others natives : fifty-three different places, some of them may they have grace given them to endure large towns and villages, where we had many unto the end, that they may be saved. Some large and attentive congregations. At Hatras time ago I informed you that we had land at we preached in several parts of the town to Madeká-magrá ; I had just then legally pur- great crowds of hearers. This, I think, is a chased land, and had the prospect of obtaining good place for a missionary to be located. immediate possession, but I am sorry to say, At Allygurh we had a good preaching in the that I have been quite disappointed, in con- town on two mornings; some hundreds heard sequence of the person to whom the land had attentively the word of life. I also preached been mortgaged having a claim, whether real once in English to a few of the residents of or otherwise I am not prepared to say; at the station ; this also presents a fine field for any rate it was deemed sufficient 10 prevent missionary labour, my being put in possession without a process At Bulandshahar I remained for three of litigation, which, under existing {circum- days with our most affectionate friend Mr. stances, I do not think advisable. However, E., where I had also the pleasure of meetI am glad to say, that we have succeeded in ing with brother Thompson of Delhi. Our securing some fifty bigahs of good land at the stay together was but short; I could have village of Hiner, two miles distant from wished it have been much longer, Chitaura, and we fully expect to secure more but circumstances did not admit of it. shortly. I am happy to state, the dwelling. On the Friday evening we had an English house for Mr. Smith and family is nearly service; brother Thompson preached. The finished, though we have not as yet realized next morning we went into the town, and the sum required for its erection; some preached to a goodly number of natives, who hundreds of rupees are still wanting—" the heard us pretty well. On the same evening Lord will provide."

brother Thompson left for Delhi. On the I have recently been on a missionary tour sabbath I preached twice in English. I trust to Allygurh and to Bulandshahar. I had the Lord was with us, and that the time was fully intended to go further up the country, a time of love. Blessed be the Lord, there but not feeling myself well, and the weather are some few in this place who serve him in being very warm, I did not deem it prudent spirit and in truth; may he pour out of his to do so, and therefore returned home, after Spirit upon them abundantly.


CEYLON. In a letter dated Colombo, July 10th, Mr. Davies says, “I am going to baptize two native converts to-morrow. I trust the work is reviving.”

From Kandy, Mr. Allen writes thus :

In the Kandian province there is little to and encouraged, sometimes treated with incheer and gladden the heart, whilst there is solence and contempt, and departing dismuch to depress and discourage; and yet I couraged, but still hoping and praying that would continue, if God give me strength to good may be done. A week at a time, as labour, in the hope that some good will arise ihe months roll round, I leave for the jungle, from the efforts that are made to turn the and dwell amongst the people, endeavouring idolatrous people to the one living and true to instruct them in the great things of the God. Since brother Dawson left Kandy my gospel; in their huts and by the wayside, in labours have perhaps been more abundant in their rest-sheds and temples, or wherever I some respects. At least I have done more of meet with them. I endeavour in such exwhat I deem missionary work to consist in. cursions to preach the gospel to every creaIn journeyings often, I have preached the ture, but with what success in many instances gospel to multitudes, who it is probable have the day of judgment will alone reveal. At but seldom if ever listened to it, and this with other times 1 do what I can in the language, varied experience. Sometimes listened to not without hope of becoming fluent in it.

AFRICA. We are happy to learn that Dr. Prince has arrived safely at Clarence, after an absence occasioned by the failing health of Mrs. Prince and himself. Mr. Newbegin, while supplying the Doctor's place, suffered severely from illness, of which he gives an account in a letter dated Bimbia, July 2nd.

The people were very kind, and, I believe, her soul took its flight, but from that time I appreciated the sacrifice I made in coming have been gradually giving way.

I did among them for that time. Dr. Prince's seriously think of going in the Dove, such absence was protracted beyond thirteen weeks, was the prostration that for weeks I suffered; and I began to fear much that he would be and withal I was then the subject of Asiatic unable to find any conveyance back. He dropsy and enlarged spleen. But I rallied returned on the 14th ult., in the vessel com once more, and after brother Fuller's death, manded by the individual whose castaway which gave me great anxiety, I returned to crew the Dove picked up about two years Clarence weak and exhausted, lying in my ago. The Warree had arrived the day be. bed all the day prior to my departure, and fore, so that for two days we mustered a there obliged to give directions concerning strong mission band. Mr. Waddell very the packing, &c., necessary for my expected kindly preached for me the sabbath on which sojourn. When I inform you of all this, you he arrived. A powerful sermon it was, and will not think me unreasonable in meditating the help very opportune, for I was then the a voyage home. I have great hopes that å subject of a tertian ague, and considerably visit in the cooler months, for a short time, weakened by it.

will do much for me, by restoring my liver My residence at Clarence was a time of and allaying the irratibility of my nervous considerable suffering in health ; often so system, which suffers sometimes very sadly. weak as to find the performance of duty an Greater constitutional strength would be obexceedingly difficult task. I preached two ser- tained, because of the necessary cessation of mons on one sabbath, after a night of fever, these prostratiug causes. At present, although but was obliged to leave the preliminary parts better, I am very weak in muscular strength, to the people to conduct. I have written and unable to apply my mind closely to any thus much, I believe a fuller account than I work for any length of time. I have written have before done, because I think such in- to Dr. Prince concerning his opinion about a roads have been made on my health that a voyage home, and shall consult with all the few more such as the last will place me by brethren here before I decide, but I think it my sainted wise, and I think the time is come is right to inform you of what passes in my for me to seek a rest from their repetition by mind at present. I have no wish to enter leaving the coast entirely for a senson, that 1 any other field, but to occupy this usefully as may be built up and established. I do not long as my appointed time lasts. think such a trip as Dr. Prince's, which is I have passed through deep waters only palliative, will affect what I require. here such as I never knew till here I Let it be remembered that from the time of came. I desire not to be moved by such my dear wife's death, I have been constantly things, but to spend my life for the good of the subject of some attack. I had strength unhappy Africa. I have strong hope that mercifully given me to attend upon her until a visit home will effect what I desire.

Mr. Walker, at Gaboon, suffered much has passed through much such an ordeal, and as I have done. After two years and hall's is gone home expecting the like benefit. I residence he returned to the States, and is out fear I tire you with so much of myself, but I again and strong.

Mr. Ashwall in the think I have a cause. I desire to be directed Cameroons for a year and a half suffered by unerring wisdom and counsel from on very much. He went to England, and since bigh, and whether my life, be protracted or his return for three years has enjoyed excel shortened, to live to the glory of God. lent health. His brother ceme since I did,

Since the foregoing paragraphs were in type a letter has been received from Dr. Prince, containing the following passages :

The afternoon I returned from the Gaboon, a journey home, but there were arguments in Mr. Newbegin became so sick I feared a few the soul which stilled those in the affections hours thereafter he would die. When be of the parent and son ; wherefore I am truly boarded us to welcome our return, he had the thankful for the little remitting the Lord has aspect of a man with black jaundice, or granted, and for the sincere will I have to as if his face had been exploded by gunpow. expend it in his cause amongst this people. der, the particles of which had embedded in He is honoured by making me useful in my his skin. He has determined to turn home double capacity at the Gaboon. He brought wards, and asks for my certificate. I mean me back to save Newbegin and our highly to seal it with a recommendation for him valued deacon Wilson, and I hope he'll cause never to adventure back. He wants the testimonies to be seen that he has brought physical qualities for a labourer in this me amongst the people to bless them. My country.

prayer was never to be returned for any lower Thankful I am I went to Gaboon. The purpose. Our new chapel is commodious. condition of my body called loudly for change. There is no jarring amongst us. I could fairly have put you to the expense of


JAMAICA. Mr. Abbott sailed from Falmouth on the 1st of August. In a letter written three days previously he says, “My medical attendants urge immediate rest and change, and recommend my leaving in a sailing vessel for the sake of a long seavoyage. I have therefore taken my passage in the 'Calypso,' which vessel lcaves this port the day after to-morrow, and we may hope will reach London, D.v., between the 15th and 20th of September. I suffer from extreme debility and loss of voice, from which, the doctors say, there is no hope of my recovering in this climate, but they are sanguine as to the beneficial effects of a long seavoyage.” ...

Mr. Abbott requests that he may not be asked to take any public service till he has had some rest, and the sanction of experienced medical men.

BELLE CASTLE. Mr. Jones, writing August 5th, says, “On the 9th of May I baptized twenty persons, who were added to the church. Four have been restored during the last two months. Since I came here there has been a clear increase of about sixty persons, and new inquirers still join us now and then. To the Lord be all the praise.”

Mr. Burchell, of Rochdale, is about to prepare a memoir of his brother, the late Rev. T. Burchell, and will be happy to be entrusted with any letters or documents which may aid him in his work.

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