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now read to you, from God's word, that they do so.

C. But why do all our doctors despise the word of God 1

J. Because, if you believe God's word, and walk accordingly, they will lose all they gain from you by their imposture.

C. But how can men, for the sake of gain, despise the truth of that great word 1

J. There are men in all nations who do this, and often for the sake of lesser gain than that which your doctors obtain from their craft.

The dialogue ended, and the inquirer seemed satisfied and convinced of the truth.

June 26th, Saturday.—To-day I went again to Geeke's Kraals, at some of which the people were unwilling to hear the word, being angry on account of having been, some days ago, plundered of cattle by a Commando of the late King's people. So I was obliged to leave them.

June 27th, Sunday.—To-day I visited twelve of Captain Soko's Kraals. At the ninth I found a great number of men and women, who were busy eating meat. When I called them, the men came round me, with the exception of one. To this man an old counsellor said, "Has not Captain Soko said that we shall come together and hear the word of God 1 Why will you not hear?" I then called him again, and he came and sat down, apparently ashamed.

June 28ih, Monday Conversing with

our Finko, he expressed himself in a very comfortable manner, and gave evidence that the grace of Jesus had taught him to know something of his own heart. Some days afterwards I spoke, through Jan Tzatzoe, to a Caffer who resides at the station, and of whom the Finko informed us. This man is seeking the Lord, and upbraids himself, saying, "It is my guilt that I have not the Lord already." He told us that Matro's daughter (a Hottentot girl) is likewise an inquirer. At times, during the conversation we had with him, he was much affected, even to tears. I afterwards called the girl, and found that she was seriously concerned about her soul.


Ship, Diike of Northumberland, at Sea,

Near Madeira, Aug. 2, 1832. My Dear Brother, It is with much pleasure that I attend to the request you gave me at Portsmouth, to address a few lines to you; not that 1 have any immediate prospect of forwarding this to you; but, as it is possible that we may meet a homeward-bound ship, I wish to have a few lines in readiness, to inform you of our progress, and also to do, what in the hurry and pain of parting, escaped my memory—that is,

particularly to thank j ou for your great kind* ness in accompanying us to Portsmouth, and especially, seeing us on board the vessel, which is now bearing us away to the far distant shores of India. We derived real pleasure from your society; and the kind and affectionate manner in which you commended us in prayer to God, on the morning of our departure, will long be remembered. We did not seem to have finally left England, till we saw you and my sister step into the boat which bore you away from us; but the pain which, under other circumstances, we should have felt at that trying moment, was checked by the mind being for the moment absorbed in concern for your safety. We thought your little boat a very fiagile bark to carry so many as you had in her, and with trembling emotions we watched your progress until we saw you safe on board the Sloop. In reference to my own feelings on this occasion, perhaps I ought to say nothing; and yet, I can scarcely forbear:—the heart is relieved by communicating its sorrows ; and I am sure that I have required this relief; for, although I have passsed through many trials, and experienced many sorrows, in my past career of missionary exertion, yet this second leaving England, and especially leaving my beloved children, seems to be paramount to all that has preceded. Here all seem to meet in one focus, and I have been compelled to say, with David, "My soul is overwhelmed within me;" but God—the God who has led me all my life long—has supported me and my beloved partner; and being now separated from all that is dear to us on earth, it is our earnest desire to seek and to find our happiness in Christ alone, to keep our hearts fixed on the glory of the work in which we are engaged, and to look to him for all those mental and moral qualifications which are requisite to enable us to labour with acceptance and success. You will, I am sure, be pleased to hear that hitherto we have had a safe and pleasant passage, and are in the enjoyment of excellent health. Neither Mrs. JVI. nor myself have been in the least sick or ill, and have hitherto been enabled to pursue our studies with almost as much regularity as we even did on shore. This is a mercy, for which I desire to feel truly thankful, as all the females on board, except Mrs. M., have been sea-sick. We have, I fear, no truly pious people amongst our passengers ; but all are gentlemanly in their manners, &c. &c. and treat us with great respect. I never saw a vessel so well arranged as this—every thing moves on with the greatest order; our good Captain is kindness itself, so that hitherto we have been very comfortable, and have every prospect of being so the rest of the voyage. Should you see Mr. Pirie, I will thank you to mention this to him; as we owe some of our accommodations in a great measure to his kindness, I preached twice on board last

Sabbath—in the morning on deck, to all the passengers and crew, forming together a very good congregation; and in the evening in the cuddy, to the passengers and a part of the crew ;—and this, I believe, is to be the order every Sabbath. May the God of all grace help me to be faithful, and bless to the souls of some on board the message of his grace! We are well supplied with tracts; but in the hurry of packing, I have not left out a sufficient supply of such books as I think suitable to lend to the passengers.

Please to remember ns very kindly to Mrs. and Miss Arundel. I have many other friends, whose names I should like to specify; but this would be imposing too heavy a task on you. I can only say,that the churches I have visited, and the friendships I have formed, whilst travelling for the society during my residence in England, have rendered my beloved native country dearer to me than it ever was

before; and if it will not be out of character, I should much like, through the medium of your Chronicle, to send to all, and to some in particular, my affectionate farewell, and Christian regards ; and to solicit, through the same medium, a special interest in their intercessions at the footstool of mercy.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you.

I am, my dear brother, With great respect and affection, Ever yours,

G. Mundv. To Rev. John Arundel.


August the 21st, the Rev. William Swan and Mrs. Swan arrived safely at St. Petersburgh in the ship Barossa.

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Names. Place. Date.

.. Rev. J. Smith Huahinc 14 and 28 December, 1831.

C. Barff Ditto 22 Ditto, anil 3 January, 1832.

King Maliine, &c Ditto • 3 January, ditto.

Mr. T. Blossom Eimeo 12 February, ditto.

Rev. D. Darling Tahiti 23 March, ditto.

VV. Henry Eimeo 22 Ditto, ditto.

J. Davies Tahiti 23 Ditto, ditto.

G. Prltchard Ditto 27 Ditto, ditto.

,. W. H. Medhnrst Batavia 13 February, ditto.

Dr. Morrison Macao 17 Ditto, ditto.

T. Brighton Pinang 31 January, ditto.

C. H. Thomsen Singapore 16 Ditto, ditto.

J. Tomlili Malacca 23 March, ditto.

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■Si^*—J^JTM* ^Ditto.ditto.

Rev. O. Gogerly Ditto 30 Ditto, ditto.

W. Howell Cuddapah 10 April, ditto.

J. Hands Bellary 31 March, ditto.

W. Miller Nagercoil 19 Ditto, ditto.

C. Mead Neyoor 20 Ditto, ditto.

W. Fyvie Kaira 2 April, ditto.

W. B. Addis Coimbaloor 10 Ditto, ditto.

J. Smith Madias 2S Ditto, ditto.

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Rev. G. Mundy At Sea 2 August, ditto.

. E. Stallybrass Khodon 8 May, ditto.

R. Knill St. Petersburg!! 27 June, 13 July, & 13-25 Aug.,do.

W. Swan Ditto 15-27 August, ditto.

.. J. Lowndes Corfu 24 May, 3 July, and 4 Aug., ditto.

. W. Elliott Paarl 14 May, ditto.

J. G. Mcsser Uitenhagc 19 Ditto, ditto.

Dr. Philip .....Cape Town 21 June, 3 July (3 letters), ditto.

R. Moll at Lattakoo 21 February (2 letters), ditto.

. Mr. E.Baker Madagascar 9 January, 26 March, ditto.

J. Canhaui Ditto 13 February, ditto.

Rev. J. Le Brun Mauritius 10 May, ditto.

* 24 Ditto, 16 June, 23 Ditto (2 letters), ditto.


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Bangalore is situated N. Lat. 13°. 0'., and in E. Long. 77°. 42'., in the territories of the Rajah of Mysore; and is distant about 215 miles from Madras, above the level of which it stands about 3000 feet. Its elevated site renders it highly salubrious, the cold being healthy and bracing, and the heat not, in general, too great for European constitutions. The country around is pleasingly wooded, and varied with sloping hills. Bangalore is one of the most extensive military cantonments in peninsular India; and the town, which is fortified, was founded by the celebrated Hyder Ali. The aggregate population of the place is computed to be from 50,000 to 60,000, of whom about a half inhabit the Pettah, and the rest the Malabar Town. The inhabitants of the former (of whom a small proportion are Mohammedans) chiefly speak Canarese. Those of the latter principally speak Tamil. The Mohammedans, among themselves, usually speak Hindoostanee, but they, also, generally, understand the languages of the people among whom they dwell.

The Society's mission at Bangalore was commenced in 1820, by the Rev. Messrs. Forbei and Laidler.* They were received, on their arrival there, with much kindness by Major Mackworth, who zealously engaged in the promotion of their object. The missionaries immediately commenced the work of Christian instruction, according to the attainments which they had made, and the means then at their command. In the following year (1821) a small chapel was built for the use of the mission, for which the Society was chiefly indebted to the active zeal and liberality of Major Mackworth.

Native Services.

Stated religious services, for the benefit of the natives, were then commenced, and were usually performed by Mr. Samuel Flavel, who is, now, labouring in connexion with the Society's mission at Bellary. The attendance fluctuated between 25 and 50. To these stated services, were added occasional conversations with the natives on the subject of religion, and the public reading and explanation of the Scriptures; which awakened among some of the people a spirit of inquiry, and induced them to apply for the mission publications. In 1822, nineteen adult natives were baptized, and three converts from heathenism placed under preparatory instruction for the office of native teacher. In 1823 seven more adult natives were baptized, and thirty-one admitted to communion. In the same year the native congregation in the cantonment considerably increased. In April, in that year, Rev. Hiram Chambers t joined the mission. In 1824, in which year a church was formed among the heathen in the Fort; where the preaching of the Gospel wa3 statedly attended by a numerous, but fluctuating, congregation. The number of adult natives baptized in the course of that year was 15. In May, this year, the Rev. William Campbell joined the mission. In 1825 a spirit of religious inquiry was more extensively excited, both among the Canarese and Malabars, many of whom were led to express their decided disapprobation of idol-worship, whether pagan or papal. While, also, some of the people renounced Hindooism and embraced Christianity, others rejected Popery, and professed themselves Protestants. The number baptized by the missionaries belonging to each of these classes having become considerable, persecution was directed against the native converts, which, however, they were enabled to suffer with Christian fortitude and

* The former laboured at this station till towards the middle of 1823, and the latter till 13 December, 1826. t Mr. Chambers died on the 7th of June, 1825, on a proposed return to Europe, for health, patience. In 1826 the attendance of the Canarese congregation underwent considerable reduction. During the first eight months of that year 17 adult natives were baptized, and the number received into church-communion, during the same period, was 13. In 1827, 1828, and 1829, the native congregations fluctuated considerably. In the latter of those years, in the course of which 7 more adult natives were baptized, the attendance averaged about 80. In 1830 it fluctuated between 40 and 60; the number composing the native church being 18. In 1831 the number in communion was 25. During that year stated social meetings, for prayer and religious conversation, were commenced among the natives, by many of whom they seem to have been carefully improved. In the same year the native Christians, connected with the Society's mission at this station, erected, at their own expense, a convenient place of worship in the Choola, capable of accommodating upwards of 100 persons.

While the means of grace were thus afforded to the inhabitants of Bangalore, those in the villages around (of which there are about 20, containing not less than 7000 inhabitants) were not neglected by the missionaries. So early in the history of the mission as 1825, an earnest desire to receive Christiao instruction was manifested by the latter, and from that year the Gospel has been occasionally proclaimed to them, either by the missionaries themselves, or by native converts prepared by the missionaries for the office of teacher. Those native teachers who commenced the work in the villages suffered much persecution, but the results were the strengthening of their attachment to the Gospel, and their advancement in personal religion. The benefits of the Bangalore mission have been also extended to more important places, and situated at much greater distances from it than the surrounding villages—viz., Mysore, Seringapatam, Hontoor, Commonellee, Kingerre, and Beggoor. The seminary for preparing native teachers was commenced in 1823.

Native Schooli,

In consequence of the strong prejudices of the people at Bangalore, this branch of the mission was, for several years, in a far less flourishing state than the same department at many other of the Society's stations. In 1822 the number of boys instructed, under the wing of the mission, was, at one time, between 200 and 300; but, an opposition to the schools having been excited among the people, a very considerable reduction, in consequence, took place. From 1822 till 1826 they were in a languishing state; but in 1827 they revived, and several new schools were established. In 1827 and 1828 the number of the schools was 10, of which 5 were under the superintendence of Rev. Mr. Reeve, who joined the mission in the former of those years, and 5 under that of Rev. Mr. Campbell. The former consisted of one Tamil, two Teloogoo, one Hindostanee, and one Mahratta. These schools had to struggle with formidable obstacles, from the violent prejudices of the people, who objected to the introduction of Christian books into them. The latter were Canarese schools, and all the books, used therein, Christian. The number of boys in these schools (of which one is a kind of preparatory school to the seminary for teachers) was, in the lastmentioned year, 164. In 1829 the schools, generally, were in a prosperous state, and the prejudices of the people, against the introduction of Christian books, greatly abated. In 1830 one of the Teloogoo schools was relinquished, and, in the following year, the schools were reduoed to 3—viz., one Canarese, one Teloogoo, and one Mahratta, containing, in all, 92 scholars. The progress of the children educated in the several schools has been, generally speaking, good, and the benefits resulting to them, from the instruction (especially the Christian instruction) received therein, important. Many of the boys have exhibited satisfactory evidence of genuine piety; and from the Canarese preparatory school, in particular, several have been received into the Seminary for native teachers who do honour to their Christian profession by their consistent conduct, and render valuable aid to the mission in the proclamation of the Gospel, the superintendence of schools, and the distribution of the Scriptures aud tracts, of which latter, numerous copies have been, from time to time, dispersed at the mission station, and ih the surrounding country. The number of native females who have received Christian instruction at this station has been but small, owing to the strong aversion prevalent among the Hindoos against the education of their women.

English Services.

Stated English services were instituted shortly after the commencement of the mission. In April, 1821, a Christian church was formed, composed of 31 members, chiefly consisting ot soldiers. In the following year there was an addition of 40 members, of whom 8 were converts from Popery. In 1823 a Sabbath-school was commenced. From this year till 1830, with some intervening fluctuations, the congregation increased, till, in the latter year, it was found necessary to enlarge the chapel. This chapel, which is called the Mission Chapel, u usually crowded with attentive hearers; and the preaching of the Gospel therein, we are happy to say, has been blessed to the conversion of many, especially among the military. la 1830 the number of communicants was 33, and, in the following year, the church received an addition of 3 members.

We cannot conclude this article without observing, that the missionaries who have laboured, and still labour, at this station, have done and now do so, under peculiar local restrictions, and other disadvantages, resulting, chiefly, from the circumstance of the station not being under the British Government, but under that of the Rajah of Mysore. "The difference of feeling (says the late Deputation of the Society to live stations in this, and other remote parts of the world,) shown in those provinces which are under the English Government, from what is seen within the territories of the independent Rajahs, cannot but excite the fervent prayer, that the time may soon come when the yet independent provinces of India may be added to the English dominions. In the one case, every facility is given to missionary efforts, and, in the other, every obstacle is opposed to the propagation of the Gospel." The members of the Society will unite in praying that, either by means of the triumph of that Gospel over the native princes, and other native authorities in the East Indies, or by the beneficent operations of Providence, or by both, all obstacles to the dissemination of Christianity in India may be speedily removed; and that the labours of the missionaries at this station, and all the other stations in that part of the world, may be prosecuted free from all political restrictions, and with extensive and still-enlarging success.

18 September, 1832.


ANNIVERSARIES, &c. and the following gentlemen delivered ad

__ dresses on the occasion :—Revds. Dr. Wardlaw, John Clayton, A.M., Calvin Colton, A.M., James Parsons, Samuel Kidd (Mis

The anniversary services of the Hull and sionary from Malacca), J. Mc Pherson, C. East Riding Auxiliary Missionary Society Daniel!, and E. Morley. On Tuesday evenwere as follows:— ing, June 12th, Mr. Clayton preachedxin

On Friday evening, June 8th, a prayer- Hope Street Chapel, after which the Lord's meeting in Hope Street Chapel. On Lord's- Supper was administered to stated communiday, June 10th, sermons in Fish Street, cants of different denominations, when Mr. Hope Street, Holborn Street, and Nile Clayton presided, and the following minisStreet, Chapels, were preached by the Revs. ters took part in the distribution of the eleDr. Wardlaw, John Clayton, A. M., Calvin ments :—Revds. J. Wilkinson, J. Mather, T. Colton, A.M., and James Parsons. On Hicks, G. Flocker, J. Sibree, and J. Sykes. Monday, June 11th, the public meeting was The whole of the services were considered held in the morning, and, by adjournment, peculiarly interesting, and the collections in the evening, in Fish Street Chapel. In amounted to upwards of £20 more than the absence of William Lowthrop, Esq., the those of the preceding year, chair was taken, in the morning, by the In connexion with the above auxiliary, the Rev. E. Grindrod, of the Wesleyan Society, following services have also been held :— and, in the evening, by the Uev. J. Morley; At Beverley, on Eord's-day, June 10th, in

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