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ask relief; and often by a mode so concealed, that their benefactress could not be discovered. A school for about 600 children at Celbridge was supported entirely by her liberality. So constantly was she employed in doing good to others, and lessening the sum of human misery as far as she could ascertain, either by actual observation, or private information, its existence, and capability of relief, that it will surely not be too much to say, that she expended more in real charity annually than any prince or crowned head in Europe.—Sept. At Worsop, co. of Waterford, George Wragge, and Grace his wife, aged about 80. They both died within half an hour.–16. At Palmerston, near Limerick, Mrs. Buckvor, aged 112; retaining all her faculties to the last, and being able, until within a few days of her death, to attend to her domestic concerns. She had a perfect recollection of queen Anne, and lived to witness five reigns. Oct. At Dublin, rev. J. Waters.13. In Great Denmark Street, Dublin, sir Hugh Nugent, of Ballenbugh, co. of Westmeath, bart., 80.-16. At Tralee, aged 65, Jerry Sullivan, Esq., who, from an attorney's clerk, became a stock jobber and money lender, occupations in which he made a large fortune. Having no family, he bequeathed property to the ainount of £20,000. to the inhabitants of Tralee, to help 'defray the expences of a law-suit carrying on against the Dennay family, to open the borough of that town; the overplus, if any, to form a sinking fund to secure its independence, by defraying the expences of the popular candidates at a future contested election. In case the inhabitants decline prosecuting the suit, the legacy is to be applied in sapport of the different public institutions of the town, in such proportions as shall be fixed by the grand jury.—Nov. At Glenmore, co. of Kilkenny, rev. W. Grant.-At Cork, sir V. Peck, 78.
Ecclesiastical Preferment.-Rev. Denis Browne, Union of Loughrea, R. and V.
New Chapel.-June 2. A new chapel was opened at Londonderry, under the auspices of the Irish Evangelical Society; preachers, rev. Dr. Cope, and rev. W. Cooper, of Dublin.
SUMMARY OF MISSIONARY PROCEEDINGS.
We have nothing to report of the proceedings of the SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF CHRISTIAN Knowledge; except that it appears to be cordially co-operating with the SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE Gospel IN FOREIGN Parts; not only in an equal grant of £5,000. to the Mission College at Calcutta, but in forming its district committees into committees to obtain subscriptions on behalf of the sister, though younger institution, for whose union with the elder for their joint advantage, ineet. ings have, in some districts, been specially convened. Fron the report of the latter, it appears that the list of contributary and associated members have been increased, in the course of the last year, from 345 to 587 ; whilst the number of corporate members has experienced a dimninution of four. Including a parliamentary grant of £15,512. 10s. in aid of its expenses in the North American colonies, the receipts of the society during the same period, have been £17,235. 11s. 2d. a sum exceeded in its expenditure by nearly £300. Of the funds appropriated to the support of the East Indian colleges, a balance remains, however, in hand of £1625. Is. 10d. In British America, tbe society has an hundred and two stations, at which it maintains sisty-three mission vies, fifty-tive school-masters, eight schoolmistresses
and one catechist, besides a visiting missionary for each of the dioceses of Nova Scotia and Quebec. Nor need these numerous agents want employ, when it appears that many of the churches to which regular incumbents have been appointed, are left so destitute of spiritual instruction, that capcains, lawyers, and other civilians, are obliged to supply the lack of clerical attendance, by reading the prayers, and a printed sermon in the church. In a journey taken by the hon. and rev. Dr. Stewart, the visiting missionary for the diocese of Quebec, to the village of the Mohawk Indians, on the Grand River, he was much pleased by the attention and devotion displayed by this wild race to the public worship of the Sabbath, and holds out the most encouraging prospects for the settlement of regular instructors amongst them. Brandt, the only surviving son of colonel Brandt, of Mohawk notoriety, and his cousin Robert Kerr, another chieftain of the tribe, profess themselves anxious to protect them, as major-general Maitland, the lieutenant governor of the province, has also declared bimself to be.
The agents of the CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY in Western Africa, still go on prosperously in their work. Tamba, one of its native teachers, bas visited the Sherbo country, where he has been kindly received, and entreated by the natives and many of their chiefs to procure them instructors in the doctrines, which, with much simplicity, but no small effect, he himself proclaimed amongst them. He has since paid them a second visit, and the society are taking measures for sending a resident missionary into a country so willing to receive him; and are in the meanwhile preparing his way, by a plentiful distribution of the morning and evening service of the Anglican Church, in the Sherbo translation of George Caulker, the native chief mentioned in our last. The schools are every where flourishing, the chief delight of the children consisting in their attendance in them; and both young and old are most willing, and considering their means, most liberal contributors to the funds of the society, by whose instrumentality they themselves have been taught the blessings of civilization, and the richer hopes of Christianity. The women are now to be seen in the different villages, busily engaged either in domestic employments, planting, or weeding their little farms, or attending the markets to sell their produce — thus affording every day a practical refutation of the gross calumnies advanced by its opponents against Christianity, that it encourages either sloth or licentiousness. Mr. Connor, the active agent of the society in the East, has returned home for a while, and held a most interesting conference with Dr. Pinkerton and Mr. Jowett, on the best means of promoting the object which led them into the same distant regions, especially under the disasterous change, which, since their departure from the Holy Land, has happened to the Greeks. To assist in carrying on the extensive operations which the dignitaries of the establishment seem to be contemplating in India, this society, in addition to its grant of £5,000. towards erecting the Calcutta college, has voted an annual subscription of £1,000. to aid the object of that institution. At Cheenar, a church has been opened, erected partly at the expense of the society, and partly from a subscription raised in India, to which the governor-general contributed a thousand Sicca rupees, and many of the soldiers, native Christians, and some of the heathen, lent their aid. Fifty native Christians are here regular communicants, and live very consistently with their profession. Several of the Hindus are also openly disavowing their belief in the writings of their pundits, and other sacred books, privately read the gospel, and occasionally join in Christian worship; though the fear of loss of property and of caste deters them from an open and public profession of the faith to which they are thus secretly inclined. Through the manifest change which has taken place amongst the pative Christians at his station, since the establishment of the mission here, the hawkers and venders of goods never go to the barracks ou a Sunday, as they are sure, if any do, to meet with admonition instead of encouragement. Similar success amongst this long neglected class of our fellow.creatures has also been experienced at Micrut; and there a soldier of high Brahmin caste bas, in spite of the threats and temptations of bis order, renounced Hiodooism, and been publicly baptized, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Delighting in few things more than in the union of Christians of various denominations, in promoting the great missionary work of preaching to the - heathen the upsearchable riches of Christ, we have great pleasure in recording the success of a joint effort of one of the agents of the LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY, and two of those sent out by the society attached to the established church, in distributing tracts at a fair in the suburbs of Benares, at which crowds of devotees, Hindoos, and, strange to say, Mahommedans, make their sacrifices and offerings at the shrine of the Indian goddess Doorga, at the very portal of whose temple in the sight of whose officiating priest, these ambassadors of Christ dispersed, without interruption, their short introductions of the religion of Christ Jesus; and, we rejoice to add, that the people received them gladly. Another missionary of the latter society has been as far into the interior of Hindostan as Mougher, distributing tracts and preaching the word, sometimes with mucb acceptation, but at others, through the influence of the Brahmins, who feel that their craft is in danger, with so little encouragement as scarcely to be able to collect half a dozen auditors, or to induce a single individual to accept a tract. We rejoice, however, to find, that the prejudices even of the Brahmins, those selfinterested worshippers of dumb idols, are gradually giving way, and that some of them are ready to throw off the intolerable yoke of castes, and profess their abhorrence of idolatry, though not yet separated froin idolators. One of them, a man of wealth and influence, has felt so strongly the cruelty aud absurdity of female immolation, as to offer gladly to assist, even with his property, any attempt that may be made to induce the government of India to abolish this horrid rite. Shame, we cannot but exclaim, to the government of British India, that Christians, as they profess to be, they need this excitement from an Hindoo. The South "Travancore mission goes on prosperously. Two and twenty congregations are already collected, aud very earnest applications are daily made from the different villages of the country, for the establishment of schools and the stated ministry of the Gospel, though we regret to add, that the gratification of those wishes is prevented, for the present, by the want of funds. Through the liberality of private Christians in Britain, ten readers of the Scriptures are about to be employed in this populous region of India, in whose capital schools are ere now established, and a printing-press is set up for the dissemination, in the vernacular language of the country, of the living oracles of God. The resident at the court of the - Rannee has most cordially seconded the views of the inissionaries, given thelu a donation of 200 rupees for the erection of a school-room, and even engaged to support two of the mission schools from his private purse. In this kingdom upwards of five thousand bave renounced heathenism, and many of thein, we trust, instead of sacrificing to devils, as they once did, now offer unto God that reasonable sacrifice of a broken and a contrite spirit, which he will not despise. In Surat the people also hear the word gladly, the missionaries having been kindly received in all the villages which they have visited. In Bellary, during the concourse of Ryats, and others, to settle their rents, &c. with the collector, the viranda of the mission-house was crowded from ten in
the morning until five at night, with natives listening to the word of life. At Calcutta, a large chapel,
called Union Chapel, has been opened, and a collection, amounting to £ 150, was made upon the occasion, raising the sum subscribed in the town, for the erection of this place of worship, which missionaries supply, to about 30,000 rupees, or £3,750. In the Mauritius, the work prospers, the church increasing in the number of its members, whilst the congregation is highly respectable. Three schools are established, under the immediate patronage of governor Farquhar, one of the hest friends the missionaries ever had abroad, one for boys, and two for girls. Madagascar presents one of the most gratifying spectacles ever witnessed by the friends of missions to heathen lands one of the most gratifying, perhaps, exhibited since the apostolic days. The slave-trade has been completely abolished, we had almost said, by the stroke of a pen, and the heir apparent to the throne, two nephews of the king, and thirteen of the children of his nobility or chiefs, are placed under the tuition of one of the missionaries of this society, and can already read portions of the Scriptures in the English tongue. They sang also some of Dr. Watts's hymns, to the great delight of the inonarch of this populous country, who often comes to witness the rapid progress of their education. From the missionaries of the society, in the deserts of Siberia, most gratifying intelligence has recently been received. Tracts in the Mongolian language have been plentifully circulated amongst the Lainas and their people, advantage having been judiciously taken of their assembly at the temple, on some of their great festivals, to put into their hands these unassuming but efficient harbingers of the glad tidings of great joy that shall be proclaimed, -that are, we had almost said, proclaiming, to all the nations of the earth. At present, even their priests are so ignorant of the God whom they teach the people to worship, that one of thein publicly declared that a man's shadow is God going with him every where, though ever making himself visible but when the sun shines. Mr. Knill is about printing, at St. Petersburgh, two thousand tracts for the Finns, who manifest the greatest anxiety to be instructed in the truths of the Gospel. The emperor of Russia, hearing that this indefatigable missionary was anxious to establish a charity school in connexion with his church, with that princely liberality by which he is so distinguished amongst the sovereigns of Europe, has given 5000 roubles to commence the school, appointed Mr. Knill its superintendent, with a salary of 2000 roubles, and allotted half that sum as an annual stipend for the master. What a lesson of Christian liberality might our Protestant ministers learn from the conduct of this temporal head of the Greek superstitious and corrupted church! The inissionary prayer-meetings in this modern capital of the Russian empire, are generally well attended, and but very recently a gentleman was so delighted with the intelligence communicated there, that he has engaged to support a reader of the society in Travancore. So strongly indeed is the missionary spirit excited in these distant regions of the north, that very handsome contributions have been forwarded thence, to assist the missionaries at Astrachan, and amongst the Mongolian Tartars. Princess Mischertsky, an accomplished English scholar, who has translated a great number of our tracts into her native tongue, most generously supplies all the missionaries in the empire, without distinction of sect or party, with Russ tracts, hundreds of thousands of which have been circulated, and still are circulating through this channel. The mission to the South Sea islands is still honoured of God with extraordinary success. ' At Huaheine, the natives contribute most cheerfully to the funds of the society, from which they themselves have derived so much and important benefit, civilization advancing rapidly amongst them. A new station has been opened at Raivairai, or High Island, situated about 400 miles S. E. of Taheite, the sovereignty of which Pomare has taken upon himself, at the solicitation of two contending parties, whom he happily reconciled, in a visit to this islaud, about three years since. Wishing to promote the instruction of the people, he left behind him a native teacher to undertake the work, until proper persons could be sent out as missionaries from Taheite. By the instrumentality of this humble individual, the natives have been induced to mutilate their idols, to remove them from their Morais, and convert them into stools, at the entrance of a church, which they have neatly built, to contain 700 people, and which, on a ship lately putting into the island for provisions on the sabbath, was found completely filled, with at least a hundred crowding around the door. Para, the Taheitan teacher, conducted the service of the day, but he, the chief of the island, and the people, were very urgent for missionaries being sent to them, as two native teachers whom the last accounts lest Taheite were about to be. By a providential dispensation the Gospel has also been introduced into another of these islands called Rierata, whose chief, with thirty of his people, being drifted ashore at Rarvia, continued there three months, during which time the chief applied himself
, with great diligence, to learn to read, and also paid serious attention to the preaching of the Gospel. Expressing very strongly his unwillingness to return home without instructors for bis people, two native teachers accompanied him, his word being given to the missionaries before he left the island, that he would send all his gods to England. At Taheite about 350 adults and 250 children have lately been baptized at two of the stations, at one of which the Gospel of St. John has been printed and distributed amongst the people in their native tongue. At the other (Burder's Point) a large place of worship has been built in the English style, in the erection of which the natives laboured most cheerfully. In Eimeo, Huaheine, and Raivairai, pious natives endowed with gifts for the work of the ministry, seem to be raising up for missionary labours in other and still destitute isles. By another of those dispensations of Providence, which a reader of the missionary proceedings of the present day must be wilfully and obstinately blind, not to mark; and as awfully insensible to the best interests of his fellow-creatures, marking, not gratefully to acknowledge them, the eldest son of the king of Joanna, one of the Comero islands, situated be tween Madagascar and the eastern coast of Africa, opposite to Mozambique, at which our Indiámen frequently touch, in a voyage undertaken with a view to a pilgrimage to Mecca, with his suite, were wrecked in the Red Sea, and in their way home, touching at the Cape and being detained there, earnestly besought the colonial government to let them be instructed in the English language. They were accordingly introduced to Dr. Philip and Mr. Campbell, made considerable progress under the instructions of the former of these gentlemen, and at their own earnest solicitation, and in compliance with the wishes of the principal persons in the colony, were accompanied to Joanna by Mr. Elliot, a teacher of languages at the Cape, and a person anxious and qualified to become a missionary, as we trust that he will be an honoured one, in introducing the knowledge of Christ and his Gospel into a range of islands, pointed out by the American missionaries, in their very interesting pamphlet, « The Conversion of the World,” as a most desirable spot for erecting the standard of the cross. Thus have we much good and some unexpected news from far countries; and turning somewhat nearer home, from East to West, we have great pleasure stating, that in the island of Demarara much good seems to have been effected during the past year. The missionaries of the London society, in that period, have baptized 451 negroes there, three-fourths of them adults, all of