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returned, not being able to find any LETTER OF MR. MASON TO DR. house, after following the path a long distance. We had nothing
Tavoy, Oct. 13, 1834. left but to move on, breakfastless,
Dear sir, which we did by moving back to
I send a brief notice of my prowhere we had seen the road divide, musing on the waste of time, and ceedings, during the last three
months, classed as usual into three wondering in what way I could turn the circumstances we were in, to
departments. advantage, unless by deriving a
English. lesson of patience from them, which The congregation is small, but seems to be in a good degree thrown favorable changes have occurred in away upon me. A few hours walk one or two persons, and I had the brought us to a Karen house, from pleasure of baptizing one on the which we were induced to come to fourth of this month. He is an East this village. Here I found a com- Indian, connected with the Medical fortable zayat just finished for my service under the superintendence reception, where I had not the least of the Surgeon; and having charge idea of being known, and where I of the jail, with all the Burmans that should never have come had I not apply for European Medical assistbeen lost. It seems the old man, ance, his opportunities for usefulwho invited me to Pyee-cha, had ness to the natives are frequent, and, been here and told them it was prob- it is believed, not more frequent than able I should visit them; so they improved. He is acquainted with erected a zayat at once. He him the Burman language, and as the self has taken materials from here to case requires, exhorts, reads, and build one for me at Pyee-cha. distributes tracts. There is some
The people here give wonderful reason to believe that his labors have attention to the Gospel. About | been blessed to the conversion of a thirty assemble for worship, and we very intelligent prisoner; but as his have had it twice. One man, an in- period of punishment has nearly extelligent one too, formerly the head pired, he will soon be better able to inan under the Burman government, prove his sincerity. A Portuguese was a disciple of the conjurer* there, member of the congregation, a and for his heresy condemned to leading man in the Catholic church, death, but he bought his life for a has lately exerted himself among hundred rupees.
On asking one the Portuguese, recommending to man if he believed—“ Believe," he them to read the Scriptures. The replied, “not I alone believe, but all consequence has been a great dethe Karens will believe." Thank mand among them lately, for the God for being lost last night. Burman Testament. All under
stand the Burman, though but few It matters not, if storm and sunshine'be can read it, and a young man, who My earthly lot-bitter or sweet my cup;
was out of work for some time, went I only pray, God tit me for the work,
round from house to house among God make me holy, and my spirit nerve the Portuguese, reading the New For the stern hour of strité. Let me but Testament and tracts for his board, know
it being understood, that wherever There is an arm unseen that holds me up, he read a couple of hours, he was An eye that kindly watches all my path, entitled to a meal. Till I my weary pilgrimage have done, Let me but know I have a friend that waits
I have also the pleasure to add To welcome me to glory,--and I joy that the missionary society, in addiTo tread the dark and death-fraught tion to supporting two native assistwilderness."
ants, voted, at the last meeting, to
pay the expense of printing the * The man that brought the book to Karen tract, * The words of the br. Boardman.
ancient fulfilled,” now in the press.
I hear a good report of the inquirers. The two persons mentioned in my Tsau-tu-pau, who with his family last communication, were baptized has been studying here this season, July 16, and at nó period, since I intend to establish on the Charawa the station was occupied, has Chris- as a school-master and preacher, tianity been more the subject of at- when I renew my visit down the tention than within the last three Tenasserim this season. I hope to months, although as yet the blessing obtain one or two others at Mata-myo is withheld. Three or four inquirers, to establish in like manner at Pyuhowever, still afford us encourage- cha and Pla. A Siamese Karen ment, though hope is mixed with young man, of great promise, has fear. One respectable, well-educa- been studying at Mata-myo this ted young man gave great promise. season. He was in town a few days He attended worship regularly, re- ago, and I find him completely masquested baptism, and gave some evi- ter of reading and writing his own dence of genuine repentance; but language, os he previously was of he has fallen into sin, though not the Taling. He professes to believe into idolatry. Another individual, the truth, and wishes to be baptized; who was formerly a head man under should he return to his own people the Burman Government, from being he may, with the blessing of God, a great opposer, has been brought be an instrument of great good. to approve the Gospel, and finally to There are inany persons favorable to declare publicly his full belief of the Gospel there, but I am forbidden Christianity, and rejection of Boodh- by the Government under which I ism. But there is some reason to live, to enter the Siamese Territory, fear, after all, that he loves the praise and the Karens are not allowed by of men more than the praise of God. theirs to come over to us. Time will prove him.
The season has been unusually Another man gave hopefu! atten- unhealthy ; several remain sick, and tion for several weeks, and, like the three men have died, all useful two former, attended worship regu. members of the church, and one a larly on the Sabbath, which the care- pillar in it. We are consoled by less never do. But two or three the reflection, that none have died weeks ago he decidedly rejected the
without a sign." The language Gospel, declaring "If Gaudama can- of prayer, and the name of Jesus not save me, I will go to hell with have hovered around their lips in him," and forsook us altogether. I their last faultering accents. was pleased to learn, however, that
In the Karen school in town, I he was at worship again last night. have lately, required exercises in Besides these, we have two or three composition in the form of letters. others that give encouragement, and The following is the last received they may be the chosen ones. We from Tsau-tu-pau mentioned above. pray they may, but so faintly that we It must be borne in mind, that five cannot prevail with God, even when or six months ago he could not read the blessing seems to be within our a syllable of his own language, while reach, and here is no one to hold up he is now complete master of readour hands. Imperative duty now ing, and writes a very legible hand. requires me to leave the Burmans, “ Teacher, the warm season has and turn to the Karens.
arrived. I have given attention to
what you have said, and thought on Karens.
all the words of God; but I am as a The season has precluded all con- child. The parents say to it, Art nection with the Karens, other than thou able to travel or not? If thou occasional visiters. The schools art not able to go, thou must stay in have prospered, and from Toung- the house. The child being anxious byouk-ga-la and the neighborhood, to go, replies, . Yes, I can go,' and where Moung Tsek-kyu is teaching, teasing his parents for permission
they say, If thou canst walk, come think of it, and remember it with along. In going he perhaps falls a affection continually.” long way behind, and were his I have devoted considerable time, parents to go on he would be left these rains, to writing Karen, and alone in the jungle; but they have have two more tracts ready for the affection for him, and wait for him, press. One, " Salvation,” a dialogue and let him go before, and watch in verse, being with slight alterations him; for were they to leave him to a translation of the Burman Catehimself he would perish in the jun. chism, and another, the “ Vade gle. (a)
Mecum," a large tract consisting of “When I dwelt in darkness I heard a portion of Scripture, reflections and the word of God; my heart rejoiced, remarks thereon, accompanied by my soul was happy, and following an appropriate hymn, for every day after him my heart was light, and my in the month, intended primarily for mind at ease. I thought on all the family worship, but serving at presin and iniquity that had thrown me sent for Bible, hymn book, and body down, and I followed God, as a child of divinity. his parents ; but when I remember the sins I have since committed, my heart is troubled, my mind is uneasy. Then I think of God, his great goodness, his unspeakable kindness, his MESSRS. COMSTOCK & HOWARD. great power and glory. He governs all things ; adversity and prosperity from letters addressed to the Correspond
We give the following brief extracts are dispensed by him. He casts to hell, he raises to heaven. He gives ing Secretary, that we may not only the new heart, he gives the new furnish our readers with distinct views of mind. He has power for all things. the doings of our missionary brethren, buc I think too that the Lord Jesus Christ promote, as far as possible, a personal achas power to overcome all things, quaintance with each individual engaged and my heart rejoices, my mind is at in the service of the Board. In this way
Now I go in the trail of the we hope, aside from the gratification it Lord Jesus, and tread in his path ; I
may afford to particular friends, to foster follow after him. If he rejects me on account of my sins, I must dwell the interest felt in missionary objects in darkness; but if he saves me, I generally. In a letter dated Maulmein, shall dwell with him. The Lord Dec. 3, 1834, Mr. C. writes, knows the heart, and when he de
“ The service which we believe scends to judgment, if he saves me our blessed Master has assigned us, I shall be happy, but if rejected, 1 has lost none of its interest in our shall be miserable. I meditate on view. We would not be back in Jehovah, who is able to accomplish America if we could. No, we feel all things, and feel very happy.
thankful that we may wear ourselves "I have learned to read with the out in the service of Christ, and for teacher in the city, and when I re- the good of the poor heathen. We turn to the country, 0 teacher and have already been in sight of the teacheress, I shall remember you shores of Burmah, and our language with affection. Should I be sick in still is, the jungle, I shall remember the time
• In those deserts let us labor, I dwelt with you, and shall think of
On those mountaios let us tell the time when we were sick at the
How he died- the blessed Saviourteacher's. By day the teacher came
To redeem a world from bell.' and saw us, and by night the teacher came and visited us. O teacher, I Mrs. C. and myself are now waiting
with not a little anxiety for an op(a) Meaning to imply his need of the portunity to take our place at Arteacher's care and advice.
racan. We rejoice in the provi
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM
JONES TO DR. BOLLES.
dences of God in relation to us, thus duly received, and it is pleasing to far, and are willing to go forth to our have this proof, that this department work, trusting him for the future.” of labor is regarded with so much
interest at home. Such articles as The following is from a letter of Mr. will be useful in the native schools, Howard, bearing date, Rangoon, Jan. 17, I have given over to the sisters at 1835.
that station, to be disposed of at
their discretion. There is, at preI left Maulmein on the 22d, and, after a passage of four days, arrived sent, no English school at Tavoy at Rangoon the 26th of Dec. where mission, and it is still quite uncer
under the superintendence of the we had the pleasure of meeting br: tain whether such a school will be and sister Webb, whose hearts and
revived. The English books, house were open to receive us. We are now in our field of labor, and, tained at this station, till something
microscope, magnet, &c. I have delooking back on the period that has elapsed since we left our dear friends more definite can be ascertained. in America, we can but exclaim, the cloth, clothes, &c. for native
The slates are sent to Tavoy, with What hath God wrought for us? While travelling several hundred
schools. miles by land, and 17,600 miles by
Siam. water, not a hair has fallen from our heads, nor have we suffered any loss in our temporal effects, not even so much as is often realized by the removal of a few miles in America. Dear sir,
Bankok, Jan. 18, 1835. The climate here is now delightful,
While Mrs. J. was on a visit to and both myself and Mrs. H. are en- the Burman village this P. M., she joying as good health as when we learned that one of the poor women, left America.
1 very deeply feel that the condi- to whom she has been accustomed tion of this place demands the la
to communicate Christian instrucbors of pious, persevering and ex. She was aged and ignorant, but often
tion, had died since her last visit. perienced missionaries. But how can it be thus supplied? If it can
professed an entire renunciation of not be otherwise, I am willing to live idolatry, and the daily worship of and labor and die here in Burmah Boodhists usually pay great regard
Jesus. In her dying moments, when Proper, if the kingdom of the Redeemer may be advanced by it.
to images and superstitions, she I know not how a missionary, with declined them, and said she was the condition of these heathen and going to a “happy home.”-A few his Bible before him, can be discour is impossible for us to form a very
others make similar professions. It aged in regard to his labors.
definite opinion of their state. But
“the Lord knoweth them that are EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM MRS. His.” During Mrs. J's. absence, Bun S. JUDSON TO DR. BOLLES, DATED
Ty came in, and informed me that JAN. 3, 1834.
he knew two or three aged women, My ácar Pastor,
the wives of Chinamen, who appear On the 6th of last month, the to give considerable evidence of American ship Cashmere anchored true faith in our divine religion, and at Amherst, and shortly after, we express a determination to come and had the happiness of welcoming our join in the usual public worship, as dear brethren and sisters who have soon as practicable. The assembly come to aid us in the great work to hitherto has consisted only of males. which we have devoted our lives. Bun Ty says also that Chek Eet,
The articles sent for the schools at Chek Haw, and one other are seTavoy from various places, have been riously looking forward to a connec.
FROM MR. HANCOCK TO DR. BOLLES.
tion with the church. In view of husband's heart riven, and the fond these circumstances and my con- hopes we had entertained of long templated absence, I have suggested enjoying her society and efficient the propriety of his being formally co-operation dashed. The particudesignated as the pastor of the little lars of this mournful event br. Dean church. The duties he has long' will soon forward. discharged except the administration of the ordinances; but the public designation he declines—because, EXTRACT OF A LETTER he says, of his limited knowledge and capacity.
It will be perceived by the following It will soon be necessary to pro- extract, that Mr. H. has repaired to Cal. vide some more commodious place cutta, for the purpose of procuring addiof worship. All natives of this
tional country have a prejudice, at present
apparatus for printing in the Bur. almost insuperable, to worshipping man, Karen and Taling languages. This in an under room, and it is not im- was in consequence of a letter of the Board probable that some building must be i addressed June 30, 1834, to the missionaerected for that special purpose. ries at Maulmein, and recommending to It may be used for a school also, if their attention the expediency of designawe are so fortunate as to succeed in ting one of the printers to return to this getting one. A Catholic Chapel country, and superintend the preparation which stands near us, and is a large of new founts of types, &c. Mr. H. was substantial brick building,
accordingly depuied for this ohject, with erected at the sole expense of a single lady in Europe. Perhaps
the understanding, however, that if it some of our good friends at home could be advantageously prosecuted at may derive a useful bint from this. Calcutta, he should proceed no further.
He lest Maulmein Jan. 4, 1835, and arSingapore, March 11, 1835. rived at Calcutta Feb. 11. I forwarded you one letter, via
Calcutta, March 18, 1835. St. Helena, Feb. 1, and as the Cash- Rev. and dear Sir, mere will not sail under 2 or 3 weeks In my last to you, which I think I send another by the same route. was dated Feb. 12, I stated the obOne tract in the Siarnese language ject of my visit to this city, and menis printed, and 1,000 copies covered. tioned the possibility of my return Matt. is printed as far as 5th chap: to America. Since that time, how30 v. Edition 1500. Chaps. 5, 6, and ever, I have made such arrangements 7, I shall have struck off separately with Mr. W. H. Pearce, as will sefor a tract, 1,500 ;—1,000 done up cure all the advantages which could with the tract, and 500 alone: tract be realized by the execution of the 2,000 copies. If I have not an op- work in America, and save much portunity of getting back to Siam time and money. As you are well when Matthew is done, I shall print acquainted with the subject, perhaps another tract of 16—20 pp.
it will not be necessary or desirable
for me to say more, than that I have Death of Mrs. Dean.
taken measures for the completion
of a set of matrices in the three lanIn communicating the news of this afflictive event, Mr. Jones, under the same to be finished in the same manner as
guages, Burman, Karen and 'Taling, date, thus writes:
at the English and American Foun“ You will learn with grief of dries. The whole cost, I think, will heart, that br. Dean has been called not cxceed $2,000 ; whereas, I am to resign back to God his beloved quite sure, froin estimates I have wife. She died here on the 5th inst. made, that the same work could not leaving an infant daughter, now be done in America, for less than about a month old. Thus is her $5,000 ; an expense, í fear, in which