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TAVOY.

sufferings and his word, foolishness. O when will the charm be broken,

REV. MR. MASON'S JOURNAL, with which the adversary hath bound these people, and they see things in

At our last dates, Mr. Mason was rethe light of eternity.

covering from a dangerous illness; and,

feeble as he was, had formed the intention Visit from the Karens.

of entering immediately upon the journey This evening, 14 Karens from which is detailed below. Mergui is about Manbee came in, three of them dis- 150 miles south of Tavoy. ciples, the others good inquirers, and who have asked for baptism.

From Tavoy to Mergui. Lord's day, 23. This evening, Paga ya. Jan. 14. In my presbr. Webb administered the Lord's ent excursion, I have a companion, Supper to 15 communicants, 11 of in a pious captain of the army, who whom were natives,-after which 4 cares for the souls of the heathen. Karen women were received to be We have made but a short stay tobaptized. Others presented them- day, owing to my want of strength selves for examination, but the late - from late indisposition. ness of the hour forbade their being

A Husband won. heard.

“How long have you felt thus ? " Preparations for Departure. I asked, addressing a travelling Ka25. Visited the Woongee, with ren, after worship this evening, who bro. Webb, to take my leave, as I

had been professing his attachment to Christianity.

. Ever since my expect to go on board ship tomorrow. wife died,” he replied. “She died We were well received, and I have always found him sociable and pleas- trusting so firmly in the Lord Jesus ant. I presented him a globe, which that ever since that time, * I have

Christ, and with such peace of mind, I had made, (though rather imper, believed and loved the Gospel.” This fect) the land laid over with gold leaf, and the water black, lettered was a case of which I had never bein Burmese characters. He seemed fore heard. God grant that there much pleased with the present. He may be many such. turned it round, so as to bring Amer

Stupid Hearers. ica on the under side, and then said, Wa-gung, 16. The Karens have “ Burmah is on the top, and America a scattered settlement here, among under." I replied, “Yes, but by- the mountains, of about ten houses, and-by, when night comes, then but inhabited by the most sottish, Burmah will be under, and America the most stupid, and the most wickat the top;" at which he burst into ed of their nation. The Gospel a hearty laugh, and was joined by does not appear to have made the those who were sitting around. Be- least impression on a single individing of rather a humorous disposition, ual, though they all, as one told me he made his remark evidently as a to-day, by way of apology for his joke, and seemed much pleased that inattention, “have heard Jesus the laugh was against him. He in- Christ's law from the first." quired which way the earth turned,

Singular Prophecies. and several other questions on Geography.

This region was formerly inhabit26. This evening, embarked oned by a wild tribe, called Wa; and board the Phaeton, for Maulmein.

hence the name “wa-gung, the hill March ). This evening, arrived of the Was.” They spoke a lanat Maulmein. Bro. Brown and Han- guage unknown to the Karens, and cock came off with the boat, and rehad no proper dress of their own, ceived us. We found all well.

but wore Burman or Karen clothes, C. BENNET. * Six months.

indifferently, as was most easily testify, beyond all dispute, that this procured. They were not numer- region has not always been a forest. ous; and, when the English came Tradition, confirmed by an old moat on the coast, they all fled into Siam, and wall, within which the present where they now dwell. The Ka- village is built, says that here was rens, on the contrary, hailed the sur. once a large city, and, not without render of Tavoy with joy. “We reason, may we expect that here will trust,” said they, “the prophecies be a large city again. We are in our fathers left us, are about to be about lat. 14° 12 nearly directly fulfilled.” It is beyond dispute, that west of Bankok, and on the best as they have had among them, for a suc- well as the nearest roads in the provcession of generations, the follow-inces to that city. The Tenasserim ing singular prophecy, “Children two or three day's journey below, and grandchildren! the powerful runs close to the mountains that will continue to demand of the weak. separate us from Siam, and that, too, When they come by land, mourn where there is the easiest pass in the when they come by water, laugh.” whole range. From the Tenasse“ Now," they observe," the prophe- rim, to the navigable waters of the cy is fulfilled. We still have to pay Meinam, is only one day's journey. taxes, but our situation under the Nothing is wanting, to make the English who came by water, is such, valley of the Tenasserim second to that we may laugh, while we ever none within the tropics, but a more had cause for weeping under our liberal policy in Siam, and we may oppressions, when governed by Bur- hope that the governments of desmans, Talings, or Siamese, who came potism, superstition, and ignorance, by land."

are not eternal. The Christian Village.

Two hopeful Cases. Ma-ta-myee. 17. Seventeen or

Among the people at worship, toeighteen houses have been crected night, were tivo' persons from a in this new village, the present time expressed hope in Christ, and re

neighboring village, who, for the first season, embracing, among their in

quested admission to the ordinances. mates, nearly a hundred members of the church. My companion is

They give good evidence of having much pleased with the place, as ev

passed from death unto life, receivery one must be.

It is a place, thật they are from a neighborhood of

ing conformation also from the fact, where, by a slight change in the drapery, a mere matter of fact man

opposers to religion. might be supposed to write “Thala

Hot Springs. ba's house in the desert.” It stands 18. To-day, we went down the on a plain, at the confluence of two Tenasserim, four or five miles, to large streams, with mountains, in all visit a hot spring, whose waters are the ruggedness of uncultivated na- strongly impregnated with sulphuture, piled upon the landscape in retted hydrogen gas.

The nuevery direction. On one side of the merous hot springs in the province village, the river Ben is heurd, mur- are rather a remarkable feature in its muring over a bed of pebbles; on topography. They are found from the other, the K’hwa Moun r-thwa fifty miles north of Tavoy, to a hunis seen sleeping at the foot of a dred miles souil; but it is worthy precipice of rocks, a hundred feet of remark, that all except this one high; while their united waters, the are found on the west side of the Tenasserim, stretches in the eastern mountains; and the two or three perspective, smooth as a lake, and that have fallen under the writer's

wing as a mirror for the heavens. observation, are totally different in

The unequivocal remains of three their character from the one near walled towns within two days' walk, here, giving no indications of sul

phur, but are strongly impregnated in this colony, both in this village, with some saline matter, but what, though members of the first church for want of proper tests, has not been are spread over the colony; the satisfactorily determined.

second is composed of twelve memSiamese Karens.

bers, under the pastoral charge of A Siamese Karen was at worship brother Teague. There are ninetyto night,-one of a large party of one members, of the first church at Siamese now in the province. I saw New Georgia or Carey Town, dishim here two years ago, and several tant four miles from this place, all of the Christians have visited himn in recaptured Africans, and exhibiting his own village, where he is head a glorious evidence of what Divine man. He says there are inany Ka- Grace can do, in subduing the heart rens in Siam, who are believers in and removing idolatrous superstiChristianity, and that they are anx- tions from the mind. At Caldwell, iously hoping to see the teacher distant 8 miles, there are 21 memcome among them. Twenty persons bers of the same church; at Millsburg in his neighborhood have abandoned there are 11 members ; at Big Town offering to Nats, through the preach- near Cape Mount amongst the Veys ing of a prophet that has lately arisen two, one an exhorter, both natives among them. They cannot come where brother Revey has taught a here, he added, because the Siamese school, for a considerable time, and governors compel all the people on numbers have learned to read. The the frontiers to swear most solemnly Vey language is extensively underthat they will not leave the country stood. The Bassau language still without permission; and the oath is more so. It is believed, that more repeated every three or four months, than an hundred thousand underto keep its penalties fresh in their stand this language. King Boatminds.

swain wishes a school in his terri(To be continued.)

tories, distant from this one hundred

and fifty miles. I shall visit him, if Liberia.

my life and health are spared, when Intelligence from Liberia.

I have selected a place for a medical

and high school. It is calculated LETTER FROM DR. EZEKIEL that the people who understand this SKINNER, TO REV. DR. BOLLES.language, are about thirty thousand. Monrovia, August 22, 1934.

I have forwarded to you a copy of Dear Sir,

the Liberia Herald, where you will I arrived at this place on the first see what ought to be done, without day of this month, and you are aware delay-this field is an important one of the appalling intelligence we met, in every point of view. There are when we arrived, in the death of three ordained ministers here, of our the missionaries, who were on the denomination, and three licentiates. ground before us. Since our arrival The morals of Monrovia, are not so brother Waring is dead; he died on bad as I anticipated. I have not the 13th and was buried on the 14th heard a profane word, since I have of the month. In him, I have lost a been here, nor seen a drunken man, friend, his family an affectionate nor had a drop of spirit offered me, husband and father, the poor a bene- nor seen it used by others. There factor, the First Baptist Church a is a general and strict attention to beloved pastor, and Monrovia one the Sabbath, and as good society of her most active and valuable here, as in New England; the excitizens. Ile died, after an illness travagance of this place, has eviof fourteen hours, of cholera morbus dently decreased, at which I sinor ebolera. I preached on the oc- cerely rejoice. I bless God I am here casion, from Hebrews Oth, and two and that at present I enjoy good last verses.

health. I do not believe that the atThere are two Baptist churches mosphere of this place is less salu

brious than India. You may inquire | America, should help us in this work then why has it been more fatal ? and do something towards building I answer, there they bleed and treat this house. Dear brother, I am sure the disease (which is precisely the rounded by intelligent beings, bound same as we have here) with calomel to the bar of God with me, who are and the antiphlogistic course. Here literally worshipping the devil, a Bad they give opium and bark, and thus Spirit; as they believe the Good help on the fatal effect of the con- Spirit to be so good, that they need tagion. I bleed without fear, and not regard him. All their acts of with uncommon success. May God homage are designed to make the send a host of laborers into this field Bad Spirit good-natured. To him and our denomination not be behind they otřer pipes, tobacco and rum, hand. There are of the Baptist when any adverse fortune attends denomination in this colony 243. I them, or they get into any difficulty. think that the advancement of the It is but a few miles to where they cause of truth requires that there worship sharks, and yearly offer up should be as many Baptist churches a child to them of 9 or 10 years old, bere, as there are villages. That a who is devoured by them. My God, union should be effected between shall Christians be idle in such a the two churches in this village, and case? Shall money and men be they become one. That an associa- wanting?. May God help us to do tion of these churches should be what our hands find to do, with our formed; and that such as God has might. I feel as though I wanted called to the work of the ministry to be at the Bight of Benin, preachshould be set apart, without any un- ing the gospel, and to stop it possinecessary delay. That the meeting- ble, the sacrifice of another human house of the first church in this vil. being to the voracious sharks. lage should be finished. To bring Yours, in the fellowship and truth about these objects, I shall spare no of the Gospel, pains on my part. I have agreed to

EZEKIEL SKINNER. pay ten dollars, towards the completing the house here. The walls are

Oct. 10, 1834. laid of stone up to the roof. It is de Since writing the above, I have signed to continue the gable ends visited Millsburg and find it a healthy with stone. The building is 34 by location for a Medical and High 44 feet. It is calculated that it will School. The brethren at Millsburg cost $1200 to complete the house. have obtained a letter to be organized I believe that duty to God and his into a Church, which will be done cause, requires that our brethren in the week after next.

Operations of other Societies.

DATED

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AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSION- | view a new world for their enterprize. ERS FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS. The immense population of the mari

time provinces, afiords the promise of a EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OF MR. vast and profitable trade. These porTRACY,

CANTON, tions of the Chinese need and will purAPRIL 15th, 1834.

chase immense quantities of foreign Importance of exerling an immediate goods, cloths especially; and the pro

ducts of their own industry, becoming Christian Influence on China.

cheaper by being purchased at the doors But the great—the one thing, remains of the manufacturers or growers, will be to be mentioned. We want men— exported in greater quantities than ever men to publish salvation to the Chi- before to Europe and America. This nese. A crisis in the history of this great and promising field for enterprize people is fast approaching. Our brother mercantile men will not neglect, and Gutzlaff bas directed the attention of com- Christians should not. I consider it mercial men, as well as Christians, to certain that trade will be carried on exthe coasts of China, and opened to their tensively soon. Vessels will visit every

A war

part of the coast, and wherever they go will they not come to our aid? The will do something towards breaking ships that go up the coasts will carry down the wall of separation between life or death with them. Which shall China and the rest of the world. The it be? government must yield to the people, I know not whether you are fully and permit them to trade. Intercourse aware what prevents our distributing with Europeans will work a change in books in Canton. You know there are the people ; their stagnated intellects laws against it; and so there are against will begin to act, and society assume our walking in the streets forty rods new forins. All this I consider certain. from our factory, which law I transgress But I tremble when I think of the dan- every morning. But should complaint gers that now surround this my adopted be made to the mandarins, and they nocountry. I tremble when I think of the tice our proceedings, our comprador consequences, should the trade and in- might be seized, bambooed, sent to the tercourse of nominal Christians have the cold country, or strangled ; the hong same lamentable effects here, which merchant inight be punished in the same have followed them in most other hea- way ; or the business of Mr.

's then countries, and prejudice-fatally house might be stopped. All these stand prejudice these millions against the re- between us and the officers of the Chiligion we profess. I tremble also when nese; and our distributing books would, I think of the danger of some rash act if noticed by the officers, result in the giving rise to bloodshed, and leading to severe punishment of one or both of the all the evils and horrors of war.

persons

above referred to, who are held here now would probably be more ter-responsible for our conduct. For one, I rible than any the world has ever wit- do think, if the danger were all my own, nessed, if carried to any extent-the I should have fewer fears than I now people so numerous, in so peculiar a have, and should distribute the word of state, and under such a government. life far more liberally. But perhaps the

Writing on this subject, Mr. Bridgman day of trial would find me wanting remarks

We must soon have missions estab- MURDER OF TWO MISSIONARIES IN lished in a long line from Kamskatka to Cainbogia. We have every reason to Intelligence has been received by the suppose that Cochin China is suffering Secretaries of the American Board of by civil war, doubtless to prepare the Commissioners for Foreign Missions, way of the Lord. We must soon find that two of the Missionaries of that some way to reach the Coreans and Ja- Board in the Indian Archipelago, the panese. How would it answer for you Rev. Messrs. SAMUEL Munson and to appoint a missionary to Japan ? Henry LYMAN, were murdered by And until he can reach that country, the Battas, while on their way from employ himself in Chinese, and among Tappanooly into the interior of Sumathis people.

They had recently visited Pa

dang, and the island of Pulo Nias; and, Distribution of Books, and their

at Tappanooly, after diligent inquiry, effects.

they were encouraged to believe their I have said nothing of the immediate contemplated journey might be performinfluence of the books distributed, on the ed with safety. On the fifth day, howsalvation of souls. You see by Gutz- ever, after leaving Tappanooly, June 20, Jati's accounts, and by Afa's, ihat the coming unexpectedly upon a fort, they word of life meets with a welcome re.

were suddenly beset by armed natives, ception; and withholding it, may be and their interpreter taking immediately to withhold that, which, is given, would to flight, they were murdered before save the soul. I have said this much they could make known their pacific on the need of men for this work, and designs. Their widows were at BataI have said it now, hecause I feel that via, in September, under the kind care the subject is indescribably important of the Rev. Mr. Medhurst, of the LonA crisis in the moral history of one don Missionary Society.

They had third of mankind, is approaching—- , ample provision for their pecuniary how can I but speak? Tell the young wants, but were of course, very deeply men at home the state of our case, and afflicted.

SUMATRA.

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