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points, I know that he was on the very point the project does not argue a culpable de-
of being sent home to weep over his fallen ficiency in faith and patience ? Il you did
chapel, without the hope of being able 10 not despond relative to India, would you
erect another in its stead. In this crisis, think of a mission to China ? Your present
four of us, whose pockets were not over- means cannot support a mission both to India
fowing, said to our treasurer, “ Advance our and China ; and what will you gain by
poor brother the amount; if you meet so abandoning India, and commencing in China ?
severe a castigation for your transgression I say abandoning India, for if your resources
that you can by no means endure it, we will are not competent to the vigorous support of
pay twenty rupees each-eighty rupees,—and the Indian mission now, what can you do but
you will perhaps pay the other twenty your- abandon it when you have to bear the ex-
self," Agreed," said he, and our brother pense of a mission to China ?
was sent away with a glad heart to go and I am becoming too prolix, the subject is a
erect his new chapel. I suppose our treasurer prolific one, but I will now draw to a close.
has inet with no severe reproof, for my twenty Hear, then, in a few words, the real state of
rupees have never been demanded.

the case. You have, dear friends, sent men
We complain not, dear friends, of your to India to clear a dense forest, and prepare
liberality to our brethren in the West, we the ground for cultivation. And now I beg
know too well the feeling of a missionary to to inform you, and I am an eyewitness, that
envy them the support which you have af- the forest has been cleared; yes, the work of
forded them ; but is it not the duty of our clearing is now done, and the plough may
churches first to consider India ? and that not now be freely used in all directions ; but if
only because their support was first pledged you now refuse to cultivate the soil, the forest
to their missionaries there, and it cannot will grow again, and then the plough cannot be
therefore in good faith be withdrawn, but used without the labour and expense of another
chiefly because of the vast importance of clearing. I tell you, dear friends, a fact,
India? If you cannot support a mission both opposition and prejudices are fast dying away;
in the East and in the West, then we think preaching, and the liberal distribution of the
that the East has a prior claim, because of its scriptures and tracts, have had such an effect
superior importance. And how unbecoming, on the population of India, that, go wherever
in those who ought to be men of unshaken we may, the people will hear us. We now
faith and unsubdued energy, thus to faint in want men to drive the gospel plough through
the day of trial, thus to despair of India, and the whole length and breadth of India. But
turn their chief attention to another object, where are the men ? Where are the culti-
an important one we own, but light, yes ! vators? We have scarcely any, and some of
very light, when placed as a counterpoise to the few we have cannot labour much longer.
India. You despair of India, yet what have My poor old colleague, after serving the mis-
you done for India? Of late years, not, I sion more than thirty years, is quite laid aside
suppose, a thousandth part, the population by age, and my sinews are not iron and
considered, of what you have done for Jamaica. brass; and there are others, whose strength
You have, in one case, sown bountifully, and does not surpass my own. You must send
yon have reaped bountifully; in another case, men to India, you must, if you wish for suc-
you have sown sparingly, and, what wonder ! cess, do much for India. We expect a divine
you have reaped sparingly. And can you, blessing; we may reckon upon it; then send
dear friends, consistently with your acknow- men to India, and lose not the harvest for
ledged faith in the divine promises, and your want of labourers.
love to the Saviour, abandon India! Are Excuse, dear friends, my freedom of speech.
you so partial to easy undertakings and im. I am in earnest; send men to India.
mediate success, that you cannot undertake

I remain, my dear brother, any thing for Christ which will be a long

Yours affectionately, and heavy tax on your faith, your patience,

W. ROBINSON. and your resources? There must be something wrong where such feelings predominate. The above was originally appended to Mr. And now you talk of a mission to China. Robinson's account of the circulation of the We are sorry, very sorry, that you should at scriptures in 1846, and intended for publicapreseni entertain any such intention; we be- tion in the report on the translations, but lieve it to be wrong; you ought, we think, to being thought not quite suitable for that, it keep to India, and very greatly to strengthen was determined to print it separately, being a your mission here, before you think of China, document well worthy the serious considera. or any other new country. And oh! let the tion of the friends of the Indian mission and motive for a mission to China be carefully of the churches of the denomination generally. weighed. We do not wish to judge un

J. THOMAS charitably, but we beg leave to ask whether

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CALCUTTA.

Mr. Thomas, writing on the 7th of August, speaks of the intelligence from the stations generally as encouraging, and adds, “ I hope ere long to report additions to several of the churches. Brother Leslie baptized three persons last sabbath, and brother Pearce one on the previous Saturday. He is now gone to the villages to open a new chapel. I am not able to give you any definite information respecting Barisal, except that the dark clouds seem to be dispersing, and we hope ere long to report that missionary efforts are resumed. Through brother Parry, a beginning has been made at Degalia, one part of the district, and he has just written to say that some of the people at Dhan Daba have written expressing their desire of receiving religious instruction from the Society's agents. We must see what can be done, but we are sadly in want of a suitable person to go there."

DINAJPUR.

Mr. Smylie, who is persevering in his labours here, preaching on Lord's days and teaching heathen children in the week, writes thus, July 26th :

Since I last wrote you several young men enough to ask how he could become a Chris. have been bold enough to throw off caste, and tian, when he might have been better in a join us. Two of these left us almost imme. worldly way had he become a true believer. diately for other stations, the employment However, they never ask the second time, as they received calling them to do so. The they soon find that he is able to give them a difficulty in obtaining employment for Chris- reason for the hope that is within him, the tian converts renders it impossible to get same party never venture to assail him together a large church. At present we have again. Bats can only make headway in the two young men whom we hope to baptize dark ; when they try it in the sunshine they shortly.

are sure to dash their heads against a stone A young brahman of more than ordinary wall, or something of the same hardy nature. promise in lively zeal and courage for the The history of this youth is interesting: I Christian cause, made his escape from a con- should say he is not more than sixteen or finement of more than two years. On his seventeen years of age, and must therefore arrival here he was examined in a variety of have been about fourteen when confined. ways. As soon as he found there was a hope This indeed is the day of small things. At of his being received, he pulled off his sacred times the mind sinks, but God is a present thread and tied it to a post, and immediately help to lay hold and bear us into the vessel. cast in his lot with us, eating and drinking of I am inclined to think the word of God is our cup and board as if he had been among making its way quietly to the heart of the us from his infancy. His progress in the natives. For two months I had a time of knowledge of divine truth has been great for great refreshment. A very worthy brother the short time he has been with us, and he of ours who is settled at Dargiling (the Rev. continues to hunger as if he had only received G. Neibel) came down here, and during his the taste of the first crumb. 0 that all stay at Dinajpur we travelled and preached in were such! for the public bazar, scorn, ridi- many villages to the east and west of this cule, and contempt, and he has had his share station. Brother Neibel labours among the of it, only serve to increase his boldness and Lepchas in the hill country with Mr. Start. love of the truth. Some of the Muslems have been seen looking at him with a degree of I have but one request to make. Remember wonder and disgust; they have been hardy in prayer all who labour in a strange land.

BENARES.

An account given by Mr. Small of a native assistant, though intended for a specific purpose, will probably interest the readers of the Herald generally.

I sit down to give some account of our but to us unknown friend, has liberally subnative teacher, or catechist, Jacob, alias John scribed £10 per annum. It would be much Burringer, for the support of whom some kind, more agreeable and convenient if I could

to my

communicate directly with the said generous no longer, however, associated much with friend, and I hope, after a while, this privi. Hindoos, and seem to have been convinced of lege may be vouchsafed, but in the meantime the folly of their idolatrous system. They I have no alternative but to make you the embraced the opportunity, therefore, of permedium of intelligence,

suading their Hindoo relative to become like I had intended to have forwarded by this them. They taught her what they knew, mail a brief history of the man, drawn up by and the ten commandinents especially seem himself, in Hindi originally, but translated by to have made an impression on her mind. Mr. Smith. The paper, however, containing She felt and confessed her sinsulness, and after the translation has somehow got out of sight, a little further instruction from the chaplain and the original has been destroyed; so, as I would have been baptized, but that he advised think it scarcely worth the trouble of doing her to wait till she obtained the consent of all over again, I shall on this occasion set her husband. down any particulars that occur

Some time after, the brother bad to acmemory concerning him, and should the said company his regiment to Cawnpore, in rorthdocument again cast up, it can perhaps be west India, and John Burringer's wife, of forwarded hereafter.

course, went with him, her husband being Jobn Burringer (for by that title I shall stationed, as she had heard, somewhere in the in general speak of him in my future com- neighbourhood of that town. On reaching munications with home, though here we must the vicinity of the locality where he was, a continue to give him the name by which he message was sent to him from the boat, and has hitherto been known) was born at Juttey- he immediately repaired to the banks of the ghur, in Central India, about forty years ago, Ganges to meet them. He was greatly surof heathen parents. His father died while he prised to find that his wife as well as brother was yet a child, his mother only about ten hud become Christians, and at first was months ago, both of them continuing idolators disposed to be angry, though he himself had to the last. He had two brothers and a slready son etimes medituted such a step. sister, the former of whom are both alive, and, However, after a good deal of conversation like himself, nominally at least, Christians; and argument with his brother, he resolved the latter died young, an unconverted Hin- to throw up liis situation that he then held doo. The brothers are hoth in the army, under some native raja or king, and to one now in Burmah, the other in Arracan.

accompany the party to Cawnpore. He did The subject of this memoir entered the so, and atier some time he was convinced by army as

a band-boy, or drummer, when the arguments of his brother and the chaplain, about eleven years of age. One of the officers and won by the good conversation of his wife, of the regiment (the colonel, I think) seems who seems to have been a truly pious to have been very kind to him, and had him woman, and resolved to be baptized. taught to read and write, and otherwise was something, however, prevented this taking useful to him. He continued in the army place at that time. He removed to another about seventeen years, and at the time he left part of the country, and was employed for it was a drum-major, which rank he had held some time by a pious civilian to collect native for six years before. Being brought much in boys to a vernacular school. From thence contact with Roman catholic and church of he went to Dinapore. There he got acEngland nominal Christians, he frequently quainted with some Roman catholics, who had conversations on the distinctive doctrines persuaded him that there was little or no of these and the Hindoo and Mohammedan difference between their system and that of religions. But it was not till shortly before the church of England, and at last both he he left the army, I believe, that he was led to and his wife were sprinkled by the popish renounce the religious creed of his forefathers, priest, whose name was Jacob, and after and embrace that of the Christians. This whom the subject of this notice was then was mainly through the instrumentality or called. Their three children had, however, influence of his wife, and in this way :-- On been christened by the same about seven the regiment to which he was at first attached months before, the priest maintaining that being broken up, he left bis wise for a time to they being so young (the oldest about ten go and seek for some employment in a distant years only!), were fit for the ordinance, but part of the country. Meanwhile she repaired that the parents must have a little further io the house of his elder brother, a married instruction in the prayer book before they man, with whom she lived for several months. could be admitted into the holy mother This person and his wife had some time church. before adopted the Christian profession. They Some time after this (a year or two perhaps), had been taught the Lord's prayer, the Jacob, as he was then called, became acapostles' creed, and the ten commandments, quainted with the Rev. Mr. Start and some and this seems to have been, as usual in that of his missionaries, for as you are aware, that class, the sum total of their religious know- devoted servant of God has brought out and Jedge, and the only requisite for baptism and supported at his own expense, a number of communion with the episcopal church. They missionary labourers to the Indian field,

several of whom, like himself, adopted bap- come up to Benares, offering to take him on tist sentiments. With these Jacob had a trial as a teacher, with the prospect, if his good deal of religious conversation, and, future conduct gave satisfaction, of his being among other topics, on the nature of the received again into church communion, and sacraments. One passage of scripture referred employed as a catechist by us. to particularly impressed his mind, viz., the Accordingly he and his wife arrived here account in Matthew of the baptism of our in September last, and after two or three Saviour. After mature consideration he and months' probation and further correspondence his wife felt it their duty to be immersed in with friends at Patna, Jacob was received the name of the Trinity, and accordingly the again into full communion. Once or twice ordinance was administered to them both by we have had to admonish him on occasions of Mr. Brice at Dinapore. He was then em- misunderstandings with his wife (they are in ployed for about two years under Mr. Brice, general a most loving couple), but with this receiving his salary from Mr. Start, as the exception, however, he has given us for the teacher of a native day-school. On this most part entire satisfaction. He is of an being broken up he was engaged for several active, cheerful disposition, and evidently has years as a catechist in connexion with Mr. his heart and mind much engaged in his work Kalberer, another of Mr. Start's missionaries as an evangelist. His educaiion is not such at Patna. Along with him and Mr. Beddy as to fit him for the highest grade or offices of be frequently attended several melas (fairs) a Christian teacher, but he exhibits considerin the neighbourhood, besides preaching able skill and readiness in the use he makes regularly in the city of Patna. He attended of what he does know in preaching and Mr. Beddy's church, of which he and his arguing with the natives. wife became members. About this time his first I have lately suggested to him the prowife died in childbirth, full of triumphant priety of keeping a journal, in which to mark faith and a blessed hope. Her sufferings for down occasionally notices of his ministrations, some days previous to her spirit's release were wbich may be interesting and satisfactory to of the most excruciating kind, occasioned by his anonymous patron, as illustrative of the the death of the infant in the womb and the character of his work and of his mind. Not natural consequences, but she endured all being much accustomed to writing, at least with exemplary meekness and resignation. of that sort, his very brief records give but a Among the last words she spoke were these feeble idea of these, but I may as well make to her husband, “I know ihat I shall not a few extracts, as a specimen, from his inci

I am going to God. To Him and pient attempts at formalizing. They show a you I commend these little ones. Take care considerable acquaintance with the Hindoo of them."

mythology, which may be turned to good A Christian lady, a member of Mr. Beddy's account in argument. church, for some time supported Jacob as a preacher, and he lived on her premises.

Journal of John Burringer. This charitable lady had in her household 15th June, 1847. I went to Purlad Ghat several orphan (or slave) girls, whom she (on the Ganges), and on my reading a Hindu had undertaken to bring up and provide for. Tract a crowd soon assembled, to whom I One of these, Jacob was induced to take as spoke for a considerable time. On my conhis second wife about a year and a half ago. cluding, a brahman said, " If Ram were not She was not at that time a member of any God, how could he collect bears and monkeys church, but was a candidate for baptism, and and fight with Ravun and kill him?" I it was thought at the time was a subject of replied, “ Without the assistance of Soogreen, divine grace. Afterwards, however, on ac- Hunooman, and Babec Khan, Ram was not count of some charge of untruthfulness or able to do any thing wondersul; and when prevarication, the pastor thought fit to decline Maignuth killed Luchman with a rocket, Ram administering the rite of baptism to her at that began to cry very bitterly ; by this I know time. Not long afterwards Jacob and his young that he was not God, but a man.". wife (she is much his junior) left Patna for 16th. As I was going to Rajghat, a man Benares, on account of some slight misunder- asked me if eating animal flesh was not a standing between him and a brother catechist. great sin. I replied, “No, but to kill a Jealousy on account of his wife, who is good human being is a great sin, and also to com. looking, led him to suspect and accuse her mit self-murder, as Ram did, by drowning and other parties without good ground, and himself at Surjoo Nuddee." He answered, for this and certain wrong expressions used in " There is no sin attributed to an all-powerful anger, he was suspended from church com- being.” To which I replied, " There is no munion by Mr. Beddy. About this time he partiality with God Almighty." This conwrote to Mr. Heinig, with whom he had versation caused a crowd of people to assernlaboured for some time at Patna, &c., but ble, to whom I read a portiou of scripture, who was then stationed at Benares. Mr. and spoke to them for a considerable time. Heinig, after consulting with me and his 28th. Went to Rajghat, and read a Hindi brother missionaries at Patna, invited him to tract to a crowd of people. A Mussulman

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came to disturb me by making use of wicked John Burringer's wife (who expects soon and funseemly expressions, and, thinking it to become a mother), on her arrival here, best to withdraw, I left the place.

renewed her application for admission into 29th. Went to Purland Ghaut, and read a the church, and after several months' probaHindi tract. A crowd assembling, I addressed tion, her conduct appearing consistent with them at some length on the depraved and her profession of faith, and giving hopeful ruined state of man, and of salvation by Jesus evidence of a change of heart, I had the Christ. The people appeared to listen with pleasure of baptizing her on Monday evening, attention, till a brahman came and disturbed the 17th of May last. the assembly by making use of obscene lan

They at present occupy a rented house in a guage, which I took no notice of, but went village midway between Mr. Smith's and my away.

abode at Rajghat. On four mornings in 30th. Went to Trilochun, and read a por- the week he visits our different vernacular tion of scripture and spoke to a crowd of schools, and on Wednesdays and Fridays attentive people. A Mussulman coming up, accompanies Mr. Smith and me to preaching asked me, " Who is Jesus Christ ?" I replied, stations in the city. In the afternoons he “The Son of God.” To which he objected. goes out, either alone or with me, to preach I told him, “ A voice came from heaven, say- in the villages or at the ghauts near Rajghat. ing, *This is my beloved Son, in whom I am I must now conclude this, I fear, tiresomely well pleased.""

| long account of our native catechist, by exI need not give any more extracts at pre- pressing a hope that his kind but unknown

These are taken just as they occur, patron will continue, as doubtless he has done consecutively at the commencement of his hitherto, to be much mindful both of him and journal. Ram, to whom he refers more than of Mr. Smith and myself, in his supplications once,

is one of the chief deities, or incarnn- to the God of grace, that we may all be kept tions of deity, in the Hindoo system, the from falling, or from growing weary and faint subject of one of their most popular religious in our hitherto very fruitless labours, as far poems, called the Ramayan, wherein it is as man can see, and that more and more declared that by repeating his name at death grace may be imparted to us all, and that the the vilest sinner will be saved, and get to converting and sanctifying Spirit may be heaven. He is reputed to have conquered poured down upon the preachers and the the island of Ceylon at the head of an army of hearers --whether heathen or Christian promonkeys, &c. There is no species of wicked- fessors, so that our labours in the Lord may ness almost, of which he is not said to have not prove ultimately in vain; that the church been guilty while on earth, consummating his here may grow in numbers and in grace, to career by suicide. Such is their own history the glory of our Redeemer God in the salvaof most of their gods.

tion of many sinners.

sept.

PATNA.

From Mr. Beddy a letter has been received, dated August 1st. Adverting to some native agents at other stations, who have not proved themselves worthy of confidence, Mr. Beddy observes :

Defection is always painful, deceit however out what kind of an answer will please you, is the native character, and in my humble and accordingly answers. There is nothing opinion a more unwise measure never was on the part of a missionary that requires more put in practice than that of making a native prudence than his intercourse with the natives, pastor of a church, except very conditionally, and nothing he requires to be more guarded and under strict European superintendence in than an over sanguine state of mind relaTrue it is that every European has not got the tive to appearances around him. There is tact for governing, and that many of them are much, it is true, on first impressions to miseasily imposed on, not being able to discrimi- lead, and our brethren on their first arrival in nate, and being tardy in discovering charac- this country are too apt to be imposed on, ters who, under a pretence of spiritual. and to allow appearances to have an undue mindedness, cover a heart of great deceit- influence on their youthful and buoyant fulness. Deceit is the ruling character of the spirits, which not unfrequently lead them to natives, and being deficient of that noble write what after a short residence here they quality, disinterestedness, they cannot ap- would willingly unwrite; hence all new comers preciate its existence in foreigners. In asking should refrain from expressing their opinions, a question a native never thinks of giving you at least till experience has shed its influence an honest and direct answer, but tries to find lover them.

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