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One man,

last week, the minds of the natives was over, he made several remarks, have been taken up entirely with feast, which showed that he considered it a ing, making offerings of rice, fruit, &c. very solemn ordinance. to the priests, images and pagodas. Nov. 14. Renioved from Amherst Moung Myat-poo thought there was to Maulaming. Our removal was no merit in feeding the images and pa- sooner than we expected it would have godas, or in lighti up candles before been, ou account of Mrs Wade's illthem, inasmuch as they would neither Sir Archibald Campbell most eat the rice nor see the light; but,' generously and kindly favored us said he, would it not be a meritorious with the steam vessel, to remove Mrs act, to light up candles before the true Wade, as her health would have sufGod? I said, God is light, and with fered greatly from the inconveniences him is no darkness at all; the day of common open boats. and the night are both alike to him. Dec. 8. Since we removed to this Did he create the sun, and moon, and place, I have been employed principalstars! and can he need the glimmer- ly in superintending the building of a ing light of a taper! Instead of light. house for the accommodation of the ing up candles for his use, if you pray female boarding school, which I am that he would kindle a light in your happy to say is this day completed. own soul, you would worship him 9, Lord's-day. After the usual wormuch more acceptably.

ship in Burman, took Moung ing with 14, Lord's-day. On Thursday last, me and went to a zayat attached to a Moung Ing returned from Tavoy. I kyoung, some distance from our house; was very glad of his help to-day, in found one man in the zayat on my arconducting worship, as I was afllicted rival-commenced conversation with with a severe headache. We had a him-soon others came in to see and pretty full assembly, and Moung Ing hear what was going on. addressed them with much earnestness after listening a short time, said, ' Don't and propriety. In the close, after hav- preach any further. I dare not listen ing shown them the folly of worship- to heresy,' and was walking off. I ping idols, he said, in a very concilia- said, hear one word more; and that is, tory manner, it is not you only, who remember that whether you worship are thus ignorant: I, too, for ly, was the true God or not, you must be judgjust as ignorant; I worshipped these ed by him in the last day, and you idols and trusted in them; but the true cannot deliver yourself out of his hand; God has given me light, and shown therefore, if you reject the true God, me the way of life : I wish you also to consider what you do. This made him believe in Christ, that your minds may stay a while longer, and the others have light, and that you may find the seemed to feel more concerned to know

something about the eternal God. 21, Lord's-day. Had forty hearers • What God is this eternal God?' One in all. Among them was a person from asked. Moung Ing answered, • There is Rangoon, who listened with good at. but one God; why you dare inquire tention, and with whom I had a long what God? as if there were inany gods. conversation on the subject of religion When it is said the sun shines, nobody after worship At his request, gave asks what sun, because there is but one him a copy of those parts of the New sun,' &c. After talking about two Testament, which are printed, together hours, I was obliged to return home, with Mr Judson's tract. Moung Myat- to attend worship in English. Moung poo came this evening to the prayer Ing remained with them still. meeting

10. Commenced a zayat for preach28, Lord's-day. About forty per- ing; it is situated about half a mile sons at worship, two or three new from the house, on a road where there

Moung Yu-ai said his mind is inuch travel. Commenced, also, was becoming enlightened by degrees, the 30th year of my life. When I and he thought he should become a look back on the last ten years, and believer by and by; his case, however, reflect how suddenly they have passed I do not consider very promising. In away, there seems but a day as it were the evening had the sacrament of the between me and old age, and perhaps Lord's supper. Moung Myat-poo beg- still less between me and death. 0 ged the privilege of witnessing the ad- Lord, help me so to number my days, ministration of the ordinance; he was as to apply my heart unto wisdoin. allowed to do so. After the service I never before felt so much the imporMARCH, 1829.


way of life.


tance of properly spending time, as I and allow him to copy it.

Of course, have during the last year.

I gave him a copy as his own. 16. Though my zayat is not finish- Jan. 2, 1829. Since the last date, ed I went to it this morning, (being the number of hearers at the zayat has the Sabbath) and staid till time of Bur: increased, and among them are more man worship-had the opportunity of who appear to get interested in what preaching Christ to several-among they hear. the rest, an old grey headed priest, 5. Have daily more or less perwho paid very good attention. Ò that sons who hear with much apparent atthe grace of God might touch his tention, and doubtless feel something heart.

like conviction for the time ; but the 20. Went to the zayat this morn- strength of old prejudices, and the exing with the intention of spending a ample of their forefathers from generapart of the day, together with Moung tion to generation, choke the word, and İng, in solemnly dedicating it to the I fear it takes no root in their hearts. service of God by prayer; but before, 7. Had, on the whole, a pretty good the arrival of Moung Ing, eight or ten day at the zayat. But I am frequentpersons had gathered around me, to ly astonished to see with what indifwhom I tried to preach the word of ference some of these poor deluded eternal truth and life. Before these left creatures bear the solemn and awful me, others came, so that I had not a truths of the gospel, while, without the moment for retirement during the least evidence that the Butakat was whole day. Among others, the priest written by true men, they undoubtbefore mentioned, listened with good ingly believe the most unlikely and inattention.

credible things that could possibly be 22. Company at the zayat all day. written; things which, indeed, their At one time quite an assembly gather- own eyes contradict every day. Some ed and sat contentedly, about two of the poor creatures almost starve hours, giving the most profound atten- themselves, to gain a few rupees to tion; when they saw others passing by, make an offering, fully confident that they called them also to come and ten rupees thus disposed of in the preshear. I preached to them till I was ent state, will procure them a hunquite fatigued, and then gave them the dred in the next state. tract to read. Some said they wished To-day I had conversation with a they could stay all day and hear. Two number of persons who thought they or three expressed a strong desire to had laid up a treasure for the next world have the tract. I told them to take it, in this manner. They felt themselves and if they wished more, to go to the rich and increased in goods, and had house, where they would find another need of nothing. Surely nothing exteacher, who would give them. They cept the influences of the divine Spirit seemed pleased with the offer, and de- can convince such that they are poor, parted. When I returned home, I and miserable, and blind, and naked. found they had called and got the Some, however, listened with apparent tracts. The priest came and spent concern. most of the afternoon. For some time

{To be continued.) he seemed less hopeful than heretofore; but near night, he said, “To tell the truth, one half of my mind is on the side of the new religion ; but I cannot EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM REV. give up former sentiments, and the opinion of my foretathers, without much consideration.' 0


God change his heart. I have some hope

Maulaming, May 20, 1828. that the Holy Spirit has begun to en

Rev, and dear Sir, lighten his miod. Commenced copy

In respect to our missionary labors, ing that part of the New Testament

we are happy and thankful to God, in which is not printed.

being able to inform those who are 28. Yesterday Moung Ky-ah-ban, praying and longing for the salvation a new hearer, at first felt so contident of the heathen, that a number of preof the truth of the Boodhist system that cious souls have, we trust, been born he had no ear for the new religion ; but of the Spirit, and translated out of the at length I got his attention-and after kingdom of darkness into the kingdom making several pertinent inquiries, he of God's dear Son, since we came to begged I would lend him the tract, this place; six of whom have been given information of his readiness to wise to win souls to Christ.


то THE

my attach

baptized, five men and one female. THE NEW YEAR'S GIFT Among those baptized, we hope there

HEATHEN.' are two, at least, whom God has chosen to testify the gospel of his grace to

We recently published a proposal of two benero

lent individuals, to unite with eighteen others, others, and to be fellow laborers with and give each 50 dollars, to raise 1000 for pubus in our missionary work; one of these lishing the New Testament in the Burman is now at Tavoy with brother Board

language, provided the propositions were met

by the number required in 90 days from Jan. 1, man. Several who have not yet been 1829. We now with pleasure publish the baptized are hopefully pious. I long following communications. to see the people awake to the importance of examining the evidences of the edge the receipt of a letter through

The subscriber is happy to acknowltruth of the gospel; and to have them the post-office, dated Salem, February feel that it is a subject in which they 3d, covering fifty dollars for the Burare personally and deeply concerned.

man mission, and which, he presumes, Oh! it is painful to see what ascenden

was intended to aid the effort now cy Satan and the powers of darkness, have gained over their minds; and making to fill up a subscription, to with what confidence they believe the publish an edition of the Scriptures in most incredible accounts which have concealed his name; but there is One

The generous donor has come down to them by tradition. But it is only the grace of God which has the largest and the smallest gifts, dic

who knows itwho takes an account of made us to differ; we have nothing tated by love to Him, and will not sufbut what we have received, and there- fer them to go unrewarded. fore have nothing to boast of, except

L. BOLLES. the grace of God which has revealed to Salem, Feb. 4, 1829. us the truth. I can sincerely say, that

ENCOURAGING CO-OPERATION. ment to a missionary life has increased much within a few months, and that

The Corresponding Secretary of the I never before realized, as I now do, Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, has the state mentioned by Paul, viz. received a letter from Mr Thomas W. “The world is crucified unto me, and Merrill, dated Sedgwick, Maine, JanI unto the world.” God has stirred up ary 28, 1829, from which the followmy mind to desire this state, and tó ing is an extract. Encouraged by a press forward unto the attainment of it. proposal, published in the Baptist Pray for us, and for the poor heathen. Magazine and Christian Watchman, a Yours, very respectfully,

subscription paper was prepared in fa

vor of the Burman mission; and by a J. WADE. few individuals in the First Baptist So

ciety in this town, it has been nearly The pleasing prospect, which the filled. Should nineteen papers of fifty above letter presents, of several addi- dollars each be filled, fifty dollars may tional native preachers being called be expected from this place. I arinto the field, cannot fail to awaken dently hope that publicity will be giv

en to efforts of this kind, and that a gratitute, and to inspire confidence in deep interest in favor of the Burman the ultimate triumph of the Mission. mission will secure to it all requisite The native preachers are inured to the pecuniary aid to cheer the hearts of

missionaries, and to disclose to idolaclimate, are intimately acquainted with trous Burmans the highway of holithe customs and habits of the communi- ness. Should a failure, as to the one ty, and can be supported at a very small thousand dollars, be feared, another expense, and therefore will be most paper may perhaps be filled in this

section of the state of Maine." efficient auxiliaries in evangelizing the

The Rev. Mr Loomis, of Hudson, Burman empire. Let prayers ascend has given notice to the Treasurer, that from every pious mind, that the Lord he will constitute one of the number will be pleased to thrust many such to give fifty dollars to this interesting

object. into his harvest, who shall be intelligent, zealous, and persevering, and be

Mr Probyn, of New York, has also

furnish fifty dollars for the object.


Rev. Jesse Mercer, in a letter to the resources which the accomplishthe Editors, Jan. 29, 1829, remarks, ‘I

ment of the object requires. have seen a proposition to raise one thousand dollars for the translation and publication of the New Testament in Burmese. You will do me the goorln DEFECT ness to say to the Treasurer, that I will be one of the number to raise the

Messrs Editors, sum for that purpose.'

I have long thought that there is a seREMARKS.

rious deficiency in the plan upon which What can be more gratifying to most of our Missionary Societies are conthose who love the Scriptures and stituted. The rate of contribution from the souls of men, than to anticipate dollar a year. Without stopping to show

the members is usually fifty cents or a the period when the sacred pages will that this measure of giving, is exceedbe spread open for the inspection of ingly meagre, compared to the immense the millions in Burmah ? Let this ob- importance and necessity of mission

ary work, it is easy to see that it is ject, which is now distinctly before very unequal in its application.

On the churches, be prosecuted with zeal- this plan the good sister, (and we have ous perseverance, and its success will many of them,) who gains a support by

her needle, and earns at most, one or be secured. When individual Chris

two dollars a week, is required to give tians, who possess property, read the the same amount as a brother, whose Divine Word to their families at the income is from $500 to $5000 a year. domestic worship, let them be deeply will not give less, but all should con

The comparatively poor, ought not, and penetrated with the thought, that mil- tribute as of the ability which God lions in Burmah are destitute of its giveth. I am fully persuaded, that heavenly light, strangers to its illus- our missionary operations will never trious doctrines, and unacquainted obtain that support and enlargement,

which they should have, until all our with its precious promises. While fer- brethren estimate and fulfil their duty vent prayer is offered at the family altar, in this matter, not by what others do, let also benevolent and Christian res- but by what the Lord requires. Some olutions be cheerfully and promptly and the result is, that twice the amount

of our Churches have adopted this plan, adopted to become subscribers to for- is sent from them into the treasury, ward this most important and interest that there would be if they followed

Witness one of ing design. While it is anticipated the former method.

the churches in New York; they that many individuals, both in the

have, for several years, raised more cities and in the country, will cheer- than double the sum for the support fully enrol their names for the amount of our Missionaries, that a dollar a of fifty dollars, let churches also con

year from each member would make.

They are not the poorer for it; nor sider how easily many of them may con

will any others be, who may follow tribute the sum, and enable their minis- their noble example. I hope this subters to become subscribers in their be- ject will engage the attention of your half. The printing apparatus will be correspondents, and of the Missionary

Convention, during its meeting at shipped in a few months; and it will Philadelphia in April next. be necessary to purchase paper, to be forwarded by the same conveyance. The funds, only, are necessary to give the Bible to the Burmans. A number of ladies, connected with Let, then, individuals and churches, the Baptist Society, South Boston, conby the consolations they have derived vened on the 24th of December last, from the Word of Life, and from grati- formed a Primary Foreign Mission So. tude to their ascended Lord, be con- ciety, and chose the following persons strained without delay, to furnish managers.





Mrs Fanny G. Flinn, Pres.

supplies of tracts, however small their J. Emerson, Vice Pres.

supplies may be. The Tract MagaMary B. Hill, Sec. Sarah F. Harding, Treas.

zine, published monthly by the SocieMiss Elizabeth L. Brown,

ty, at 50 cents a year, is a valuable Mrs Margaret Locke, Collrs. work, the profits of which will be apCatherine Clarke,

plied to the publication of the ScripThey have remitted to the Treasurer, tures and Tracts in Burmah and other eighteen dollars and fifty cents.

foreign countries. We most cordially

recommend the interests of this Tract BAPTIST GENERAL TRACT Society. Society to the attention and patronage

This Society held its Fifth Annual of the Baptist Churches. Meeting at Philadelphia, Jan. 7, 1829,

U All the tracts published, may be at the First Baptist Meeting House. obtained of Lincoln & Edmands, Agents:

The following officers were chosen: in Boston.
Elisha Cushman, President.
William T. Brantly, Vice President.
Noah Davis, General Agent.

Samuel Huggens, Treasurer.

Our pages have frequently delinea. Morgan H. Rhees, Secretary.

ted the successful operations of our The Report of the Board of Direc- English Baptist brethren at Jamaica, tors wears a most encouraging aspect

, among the colored population; and

it must gratify every benevolent the progress of the Society having ex

mind, to witness efforts made for the ceeded the most sanguine expectations of its friends. The amount of funds benefit of the deeply injured, and received the last year, is $5256,76,

much neglected sons of Africa. Mr

and the number of tracts published 428,500. Tinson, one of the Missionaries who has The tracts printed, are now extend

been laboring at this place, and whose

name our former communications have ed to 62 Nos. Remittances have been

rendered familiar, is now in Boston, received from 136 Auxiliary Societies;

on a visit to the United States. And and nearly all those which have been recently organized, make a donation of having been requested to furnish a

condensed account of the mission, for one half of their funds, which is neces

the American Baptist Magazine, he sary to give efficiency to the operations of the Parent Society. One of the

has obligingly presented us with the most successful methods of raising

annexed statement, which our readers tunds has been by churches or indi will peruse with a lively interest, and

with grateful emotions. viduals presenting their ministers ten dollars to constitute them life members.

Boston, Jan. 19, 1829. We hope this plan will yet be greatly

Messrs Editors, extended through the United States,

In this day of Missionary enterprise,

when the church of Christ is concenas it is very easily accomplished, is trating her forces for the evangelizing little felt by any individual, and so of the world, and exerting such a powhappily aids in accomplishing a most erful moral influence over those parts important object. It is, also, indispen. of the earth, which have long been the

habitations of cruelty,-it may gratify sably necessary greatly to multiply some of your readers, to learn through Auxiliary Societies, as these are de- the medium of your Magazine, what signed to furnish streams for the con

God has been doing in one of the isl. stant and regular supply of the Treas. It has frequently been asked, and

ands of the West Indian Archipelago. ury. Let every church constitute an

sometimes even now the inquiry is Auxiliary Society, and procure regular proposed — What good has resulted

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