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val of religion among its students. A considerable number of them just before its course was arrested, made a public profession of their faith in Christ; and most of these are expected to go into the world as ministers of his gospel.
At present, there are between thirty and forty students. A class of eight will take their first degree in December. Several instructers are arduously engaged; men who have the fairest claims to our confidence and encouragement. Standing in the nation's eye, as this college does, and capable of effecting so much in the cause of man; holding, too, such peculiar relations to the Denomination which gave it birth, it cannot be abandoned. But a question of almost equal importance with its existence is to be decided. Shall it remain afflicted and fallen; or shall it be efficiently sustained ? Shall it be lelt so embarrassed and limited in its means, as to be incapable of accomplishing the objects for which it was founded ? Shall it be made to advance in a career honorable to all concern. ed, or sink into obscurity, eclipsed by the superior light of the rival and the Roman Catholic Institutions which surround it? A speedy and right decision of this question must have an important bearing on the patronage which the public may extend to the college. Its friends who have sons to educate, in the middle and southern states, may, while gaining for them an accomplished education, contribute very essentially to its support.
It should not be overlooked that while the day of its emancipation is put off, there is danger, or almost certainty of stamping upon it a character of inefficiency, and of a doubtful existence. Its more immediate influence will undoubtedly extend to the south and the west. But no one who takes large views of the consequences which flow from the founding of such an institution, will fail of seeing that the great interests of Learning and Religion, throughout our country, will be advanced by it. Who that throws a glance over the vast regions south and west, does not see that the moral destinies of millions are to be affected by the rise or fall of this college, and their intellectual character also influenced for innumerable generations to come? And may we not hope that, under God, it will prove a key-stone to the arch that supports the union of our Denomination from north to south ? All other Denominations in our country are founding and strengthening their public Institutions, upon our right hand and upon our left; and shall the only college which we hold beyond the limits of NewEngland, be contemplated with indifference? Their experienced eye is not deceived. They know the immense accession of moral power which they gain by every college they found and properly support. They know that it is not only an additional fountain of light, but a mighty engine in their hands to advance the cause they have espoused.
Our limits compel us to cut short our remarks. But we hope, at some future period, to call the attention of our readers more particularly to the momentous subject of President Chapin's Inaugural Address.
FOR AUGUST, 1829.
SUBSCRIPTIONs and donations to the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States, for Foreign Missions, &c. should be transmitted to Heman Lincoln, Esq. Treasurer, Boston. Persons visiting the city, to whom it may be more convenient to call at a central place, can lodge their communications with E. Lincoln, No. 59 Washington-Street, who is authorized to receive moneys for the Treasurer.
BURMAN MISSION. speaking to Burmans on the compas
sion of Christ. May the Holy Spirit As the Burman Mission possesses a
bless the word.
17. Four persons called early in deep interest in the minds of Chris
the moroing, with whom I conversed tians, we present continued and copi- on the compassion of Christ and the ous extracts from Mr Boardman's being of God. One of the men lisjournal at the station of Tavoy. The tened with attention.
22. My thoughts are continually statements which follow, evince that employed about the people here; how a spirit of inquiry has been awakened, I shall address them, bow I can perwhich promises the most happy results. suade them, how I can recommend
In A considerable degree of opposition ex
Christ and his gospel to them.
prayer, I feel a degree of fervor quite ists to the progress of divine truth.
unusual with me. Sometimes I feel a Efforts are made by some, to diminish rising hope that God is about to display the spirit of inquiry, and to prevent his grace. May the Lord's name be the natives from attending at the glorified, if mine is trampled in the
dust. Night and day, sleeping and zayat; but the illustrious doctrines of waking, I am thinking of this people. revelation, which bring life and im- When shall the Sun of righteousnes mortality to light, present such an
arise to enlighten this dark and remote
corner of the earth ! overwhelming contrast to the darkness of heathenism, and the cheerless pros
Consoling Views. pect of annihilation, that where this
June 28. The past light is breaking forth, all attempts to
has been one of the happiest weeks I arrest its progress will be fruitless. have felt more joy in thinking of God
have enjoyed for several months. I We look forward with pleasing antici- and his infinite perfections, his moral pations to the period, when the Bible excellenccs, his precious promises, and will be given to the Burmans, that his unparalleled compassion for sineach one for himself may read its
ners, than all the world, in all its glory, can afford.
O how pleasant to elevating truths.
think, to be assured that the Gospel will spread over the whole world, and
that the name of Jesus will be as ointMR BOARDMAN'S JOURNAL.
ment poured forth' among all nations.
Yes, even idolatrous Burmah shall (Continued from p. 246.)
become a scene for the display of the
divine glories. But while I have felt June 16. 1828. My mind has been an unusual degree of reliance on the occupied all day in thinking of di. divine promises, I have felt an unusuvine things, and in prayer for this people. al sense of my own weakness and inTowards evening, three men came on competence to perform the great work business, with whom I conversed before me. How precious is that awhile on religion. They were atten. promise, “my strength shall be pertive. I never felt more freedom in fect in thy weakness,"
Visit from Karens.
ly. On leaving, he said, “I must see Lord's day, June 29.
you again." ning, six Karens from a distance of three days' journey, arrived at the
Moung Bo's decision. house. They stated that the Karens July 4. Moung Bo, mentioned Juwho had been sent to me by the Karen ly 1st, came in, and declared before all teacher, (mentioned in my journal for present that he was determined to emMay) were travelling from village to brace the new religion. He had been village, showing and reading the book reading the Christian books, and had I had given them, and that many peo
conversed with me, and he was deterple had embraced the gospel. They mined to cleave to the gospel till life's said that although themselves had not end. Some were angry, some mockyet seen those persons, yet having ed, some were astonished. I said, It heard of them and of me, they had is no small thing to renounce the recome to see my face, and to hear the ligion of one's ancestors, and to emlaw from my mouth. They propose brace the gospel. I don't wish you to stay two days, and then to return. to do it without due exainination. They pay a very respectful attention Can you adhere to Christ through to the word spoken. Two respectable life? He is no disciple who believes persons from town, natives of Rangoon, to-day and denies to-morrow. Do were also at worship to-day. Whether you think you can endure to be revilthey will listen further or not, I can- eil, cursed, persecuted, calumniated, not tell. They asked some pertinent disowned by your countrymen, your questions. A young man desired me neighbors, and even your relations ? to give him a book, and I gave him Can you endure death for Christ's Matthew's Gospel.
sake?” He replied, “I have exam30. A zayat is nearly completed, ined, and my mind is decided. I will and I propose to sit in it the begin- no longer worship the pagodas or the ning of the month ; and my prayer images; and if my countrymen, my is that God in infinite mercy will make neighbors, my relations revile me, let it a Bethel ; that I may be assisted by them revile; if they will kill me, let divine grace to recommend the dear thein kill. I shall go to God and be Saviour in such a way, that multitudes with Jesus for ever. The present shall love him, and trust in him. O life is short, the future is eternal." Lord, revive thy work. In the midst " Then,” said I, “you are willing of the years make known, in wrath that this assembly, and myself, and remember mercy.
even the all-seeing God, should bear witness against you,
you should ev. New Inquirers.
er go back ?” “I am,” was his reJuly 1. Moung Bo, a Burman ply. The people were so urgent in whom I have employed to repair their inquiries and opposition, that I the zayat, has lately, and especially could not leave till dark. to-day, expressed to me soine doubts 7. Early this morning, Mouag Bo respecting the religion of Gaudama. come to the house, and I had an hour's He is a man of good understanding, and conversation with him. I tried to great powers of speech; is extensive. sound him to the bottom of his heartly acquainted with the Pali or sacred told him not to expect me to conser on language of the Boodhists, and has him the least worldly advantage-reworn the yellow cloth,* several years. minded him that if he should join us,
2. Ko-moung called and spent a he must expect scorn and reproach. few hours at the zayat. He seemed He calmly said, “ I fear them not. I captivated by my description of heav.
am afraid of hell; but I put my trust “ All the "Burmans,” he said, in the Lord Jesus Christ, in hope that “pray for annihilation as the chief when this short life is over, I may engood; but if there is a place of ever- joy everlasting peace with him in lasting happiness, without any inter- heaven," I inquired whether he atmixture of misery, it is preferable to tached any merit to his former strictannihilation.” When he first came
ness in keeping the laws of Gauda. in, he made some display of his learn- He replied that, as the religion ing, by rehearsing certain passages of Gaudama was false, so all who obfrom Gaudama's scriptures; but after served it got to themselves only sin an hour or two, he talked very quiet and demerit-that his sins were in* Been a priest.
numerable, &c. Whether he is
sincere in all this, a future day will I have made some further inquiries disclose.
i respecting Moung Bo's general charConversation with sundry persons. though formerly an opium smoker, he
acter, and am happy to learn that, alAt the zayat I had about fifty per- is now temperate. sons, among whom was an old man, who had been a priest several years.
The Love of Christ. With him I had a long and deliberate discussion, in the hearing of the rest.
July 8. After considerable desultoHe frankly acknowledged he could ry conversation, I had the pleasure of not answer my arguments, and that if an hour's candid discussion with a rewhat I stated of Christ's doctrine and spectable and learned old gentleman, practice was true, he thought it pref- who had been a priest; and I have erable to Boodhism. He promised to some hopes that he felt the force of examine the subject farther.
Ko truth. He acknowledged that GaudaMoung was at the zayat nearly all
ma did not keep the law of love, enday, and seems to have acquired an joined in Rom. 12th and Luke 6th. attachment to He enjoys my
This gave me an opportunity to dwell remarks, and expresses a pleasure somewhat largely on the meekness, when the people cannot answer, my compassion, and love of Christ; and I arguments. He said he wished to teel persuaded from the experience of go to America with me. I said, yesterday, as well as to-day, that there * There is a better country than A.
is no subject on which I can touch merica.” And when he perceived I their hearts so quick, as by leading meant “the heavenly," "Oh!” said them to the cross of a compassionate, he, “I want to go with you, most of dying Redeemer. all, to that happy place.”
9. A respectable man from Ava In the afternoon, Moung Bo came
came in, and was soon after joined by in, and again avowed himself a disci- about twenty others.
Soon as practiple. He was more modest and cau
cable, I introduced Christ as coming
into the world on the kind errand of tious than yesterday, at which I was pleased. Another person accompanied man's salvation. They listened attenhim, who seems disposed to embrace tively, and manifested some emotion. the Christian doctrine ; but his case is doubtful. As they both expressed a
Visit of Moung Bo, &c. disposition to embrace the Gospel, one July 10. Moung Bo came to the of the assembly who, when alone with house this morning, and expressed a
had spoken favorably of Christ, deep sense of his sinfulness, and inawas so enraged that he broke out in a bility to save himself, or even to do severe reproof of Moung Bo, before any thing towards his own salvation. all, saying, “ I think it folly and mad- When I unfolded to him the Christian ness to renounce the religion of your doctrine of loving others as ourselves, fathers, just because a foreigner comes he said, “There is not a single Burand undertakes to propagate a new re- man who keeps that law. Even Gauligion. Think a little before you take dama did not keep it. O, how excelsuch a step. It is no mark of a wise lent it is!” I begin to hope divine man to dishonor his ancestors by de- grace has reached this man's heartclaring that they were all in a fatal but I hope with much trembling. He
Moung Bo calmly replied, is a good scholar, and it is said there is that he was not acting without consid- not his equal for eloquence in the eration. He knew what he was do whole place. If he is converted, we ing. His great inquiry was, not what may hope God has designs of mercy to his ancestors believed, but what was execute through his instrumentality. true. This he wished to embrace, 11. Burman worship-day. Moung whether his ancestors embraced it or Bo called at the house, and conversed not. His reprover then left the zay- in a way much calculated to convince
me that he is a real Christian. After Another man going by, and seeing repairing to the zayat, he again boldly a large company in the zayat, cried engaged in recommending the Gospel out, "What are you all there for? Do to about twenty persons. In a little you not know it is a great day, and while, a young man came in, who, on the priests hold a great preaching to- entering the zayat several days ago, had day?” But the people still kept their given me much encouragement. I am seats.
in hopes that this youth will be another
Nathaniel. He appears really thought then,” he said, “let them persecute ful, and remarkably guileless.
me, let them kill me. They cannot
injure my soul. I fear God, but I do Statement of a Chinese.
not fear man. The present state is Afternoon. A respectable young but momentary—the future is eterChinese, named Kee Keang, entered nal.” I asked how he would feel in the zayat, and said that he wanted to his heart toward his persecutors. “I learn English more perfectly. He pro- could not hate them,” he said, “ for fessed to believe in the true God, and the same God that made me, made in Jesus Christ. I supposed it was a them also—they are my brethren. mere pretence, but requested him to I should beg of God to forgive their call at iny house in the morning, when sins as well as my own." I inquired I would converse more fully with him. if be thought his sins were many. July 12. The Chinese came this
Very many,” was his reply. “Would morning according to appointment, and it be just in God to send you to hell in answer to my questions, he related
on account of your sins?"
“ Certainthe following account of himself. He ly. He cannot do wrong.” I asked left China at the age of eleven years, him which he would choose-to be a in company with his father and elder rich man, or to go to heaven. He, by brother, in whose employment he has joistake, supposing that I inquired if lived at Penang, Sinepore, and Ma- he would be rich in heaven, said, lacca. At one of these places he met “ Not rich but holy, like God. I hope with a young man from Madras, who
to see God and enjoy him.” On my taught him to read English, and gave repeating my inquiry he said, he only him a part of a Bible. It was the Old wanted enough to eat and to wearTestament, from Genesis to Proverbs. he had no desire to be rich. The young man used sometimes to pray you aware,” I said, “ that God is a with him, and to speak to him about witness to all you say; and knows the Christ. He says the young man had very thoughts of your heart ?” “I the appearance of a Portuguese; but am; and I dare not lie before him.” whether he was a Roman Catholic or Our conversation lasted several hours; not he could not tell. From the Bible and I feel constrained to say that, so he learnt about the true God and Sa- far as meekness of demeanor, serious. viour; and for two or three years he Dess, words, and outward appearances has forsaken the worship of images, in general are concerned, he gave and worshipped orly the true God. His most ample evidence of true piety. father is now dead; and his brother, But I must see him more, and make knowing him to be a Christian, has re
some inquiries about him, before I can fused to employ him any longer. He think of baptizing him. is now seeking for some employment. He had, for some time past, felt it his
The Children at School. duty to be baptized, and thought of go
Lord's day. In teaching ing to Penang for the purpose. He Christian duties and doctrines to the did not know that I was a Missionary, boys of the school, I have taken great or that I could baptize. His object in pains to inculcate the sentiment that studying English is, that he may bet- neither the practice of the one, nor ter understand the Scriptures. He the belief of the other, can be real, or reads tolerably well, but says he does will be acceptable to God without a not understand all he reads; and his radical change of heart. And I am countrymen call him a fool for being sure they distinctly understand that 80 much more anxious to study Eng- a new heart is essentially requisite to lish than Chinese. He appears to any right action whatsoever. But have read the Scriptures carefully, contrary to the apprehensions of many as he gave me a very consistent ac- pious persons, this sentiment, SO count of what he understood to be its early and so firmly instilled into fundamental doctrines. He professes their minds, does not hinder their to believe from his heart, and desires praying in secret, or reading the Scripto be baptized. When I reminded tures, or attending to any of those him that should he be baptized, his things commonly called the means of countrymen would persecute, and per- grace. They are not unfrequently haps kill him, he said at first, “They overheard praying extempore, and rewill not know it.” I told him that if peating portions of Scriptures at the he lived according to the Gospel, they midnight hour. That I might know could not avoid knowing it. “Well, whether they pray with any sense or