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custom of his country, set fire to the funeral pile, which consumed his livin mother with the corpse of her i: husband. Ram Mohun, accompanied by Henry, preached with pleasing success at N re, and the surrounding country, and distributed the Scriptures and tracts very largely. He had a peculiar gift for prayer and preaching, and I have often seen his audience in tears. “In 1818 I left Nagpore with a military force, to proceed to Chutturghur, 220 miles to the eastward; and when the country, which had been in a state of open warfare, was again settled, I sent for Ram Mohun and his family; but he was taken very ill soon after his arrival, and died at my house. His conversations with the natives, and the happy and peaceful way in which he departed, impressed them very deeply. I buried him in my own garden, ..". great many attended, to whom I read a portion of Scripture, and spoke to them; and I have seldom seen more attention and feelin than they shewed. It was as if they said, ‘Let my last end be like his.' “Some time before I left Nagpore, Mr. Jenkins, the British resident at that court, very kindly took Henry into his employ, as a writer, a situation he has held ever since, highly respected for his steady and o conduct. Aided by subscriptions on the spot, he has kept up the school establishment to the present time, and his correspondence continues to show his genuine piety and zeal. A few extracts may not be unacceptable. “Jan. 23, 1824.—You will be happy to hear that I have formed a native school in a house within my compound, and I have now between 30 and 40 native scholars, and six English. Most of these boys can read the Scriptures very well; they always carry them home to read to their parents after school hours. On a Sabbath day, when I am at Nagpore, I spend it amongst the boys, and you cannot conceive what inward pleasure I feel to hear them read the Scriptures, repeatin the Lord's prayer and the ten commandments, as well as many passages from the Bible, in which they seem to take great delight. To encourage them, a few pice (or halfpence) are distributed amongst them, particularly to such as have been good boys, and repeat their lessons correctly. In the evening I distribute among the whole the produce of my garden, which is in a very flourishing condition. The schoolmaster is a Brahmin—a very civil and good-natured old man, and has a great regard to the Bible.”
“Bombay, Jan. 17, 1825.-I have ever reason to be thankful to God for his goodness towards me. I often feel I have neglected him in thousands of instances, but his mercy and kindness have been ever the same, and more than I deserve. Oh, that he may evermore make me sensible of his love, and his care and protection in saving me from everlasting death! In my last letter I mentioned Mr. Hall, American Missionary at Bombay; I have often seen him since my arrival here, and heard him preach in Mahratta, the best of Mahratta, to the poor R. heathen about him, in a most striking an impressive manner; and I have found much benefit in his conversation, which is that of a true Christian. His translations of the catechisms, &c. are of great use to me in my infant school. He sincerely labours for his heavenly Master. My school at Nagpore is getting on moderately —about 30 to 40 attend regularly.”
In October following he states, “Sabbath days, the forenoon is spent in my own house in reading, and in the afternoon among the boys... We have our fa. mily worship twice a day, when three or four of the family attend. I have often written to Mr. Lawson for a native
reacher: I pray the Lord to send more f. into this forlorn part of his vineyard. How happy should I feel to see the Mahrattas and Brahmins ioin in singing the songs of Zion, and with contrition of heart kneeling down before Jesus their only Saviour. You would be delighted to hear some of my boys saying by heart, on Sundays, Mr. Chamberlain's Hindoo hymns; and sing, when I give out the verse, and lead off the tune. It is a new thing to them and to me likewise. Frequently I ask them if they understand what they sing, and whether the o: they sing before their Deos (idols) are like then. They readily answer that they understand this, and they are good words, but their own they do not, as they are in Sanscrit. The boys pay great attention when any thing is read to them.”
The last extract, dated from Nagpore, Oct. 8, 1826, merits peculiar attention, as recording a noble act of enlightened liberality on the part of the native sovereign of that district. The provision thus made for public instruction by this heathen prince, is equal to £6000 per annum; and it appears highly probable that its origin may be traced to the generous jour; of Henry and his pious master.
“The rajah's attention has been called on for establishing schools for the education of native children, to which his consent has been confirmed. In each pergunnah (district) there is to be one public school, and in the city five or six, including one of English, one of Persian, and one of Sanscrit. The rajah is to pay 5000 rupees monthly, to cover the whole of the expenses of this establishment. There are other schools to be established, where the arts and sciences are to be studied in all their branches by pundits. Printed books have been already sent for from Bombay; and the schools are to be formed on the Lancasterian system. Mr. L. W. is, I understand, to be the superintendent over all these schools, as he is a ve
clever scholar in Sanscrit. My school is also to be reformed on the same pian; they will commence the buildings for the schools next month. We have not had a chaplain appointed in the room of the Rev. Mr. Arnold, and no religious society; but blessed be God he has not left us altogether without some comfort, as I am happy to say that on every Lord's
day we make a practice of worshipping
God publicly, in our own house, with our own family and servants, about ten after breakfast, as I am always allowed to remain at home without any public business, when the whole of the presidency writers attend on the means of grace. We sing four hymns, read a chapter in the Bible, and a suitable sermon is read from some good author, and conclude with singing and prayer. They have attended regularly for the last two months, and generally not less than twelve or thirteen, including children, four of whom daily come to learn English at our house... I still keep up my correspondence with the Missionaries, Messrs. Pearce and Yates, in Calcutta.”
How beautifully do such instances exemplify the cheering prediction: The remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dete from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of anaea.
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The PRivilege AND DUTY of CoMM U. Nio N with God. By the late Rev. Robert HALL, of ARNsby.
CoMMUNIon and fellowship are frequently used as synonimous terms, conveying the same idea, both in scripture and in common speech; but we apprehend they are not always to be considered as exactly of the same import. They seem to originate from, and to be expressive of, that which is of a complex nature. As the word faith is used to express the act of believing, and likewise the matter believed; so what the terms communion and fellowship are designed to explain, seems to include mutual interest, and friendly converse; the word fellowship may more aptly express the first, and communion the last. Fellowship consists in voluntary connection, and a joint participation of things, or the union of persons in affection, interest and design. Fellowship therefore implies communion, as it necessarily calls for, and leads to a communication between the parties so united; in order to accomplish the ends for which such a connection is formed. True believers thus have fellowship in the gospel with God and one another, Phil. i. 5. With what fervent affection does the apostle John speak of this wonderful privilege 1 1st Epistle i. 3. “That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us ; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” This being a peculiar source of ChrisWol. II. 3d Series.
tian consolation, he therefore adds, “these things we write unto you, that your joy may be full.” True Christians have fellowship with God the Father, by whom they are “blessed with all spiritual blessings.” These riches, as a common stock, in which all the family of heaven and earth have a joint personal interest, were deposited in the hands of Christ Jesus for their use and benefit “before the world began,” Eph. i. 3. Divine love and fidelity are gloriously displayed, in bringing the chosen of the Lord, in due time, to an acquaintance with Christ, as the head of the whole connected body; and in making them joint partakers of his mediatorial fulness. Yes, brethren, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord ;” 1 Cor. i. 9. you being made willing in the day of his power to embrace the Saviour and espouse his cause. Preaching the “unsearchable riches of Christ,” was designed to discover, and “make all men see, what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the beginning of the world, hath been hid in God :” that in pursuance of his gracious and eternal purpose “the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel,’ Eph. iii. 6—11. We read likewise of the “fellowship of the Spirit,' as a privilege well known and highly o by holy men in the apostoic age; and urged by the apostle to excite the saints at Phillippi, to b B