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the Christian public would not bear establishment has devolved almost us out, without the prospect of an entirely upon me the last year, it adequate amount of good ; at any will be expected that I should make rate, my own conscience will not a statement of the result of our labors, allow me to incur the additional ex- which I will now do as follows: pense. The more I have thought of it, the less inclined I have felt to

Works printed. Cops. Pages. go home, and the fewer advantages Psalms, 156 pp. 5000 780,000 I have seen as the result of having Life of Christ, 192 * 5000 960,000 the work executed at home; and

Old Testament,
2d vol.

500“ 2000 1,000,000 hope the course I have taken will

Sermon on the Mt. 8 " 5000 40,000 give satisfaction, and accomplish the Miracles, 28 ~ 5000 140,000 object desired: viz. the securing of Sermon & Miracles, 36 “ 5000 180,000 good and complete founts of type, Parables, Christ's and eventually, the supply of the Last Discourse, 24 “ 10,000 240,000 vast multitudes of Karens and Ta- Memoir of Miss

Cummings, 16 « 3000 48,000 lings with the Scriptures in their

Karen Tract, 12 “ 1300 15,600 own tongues. Hitherto, comparatively nothing has been done to fur

Total, 41,300 3,403,600 nish books for these two nations.

None of these works have ever before Very many of the Talings and a few been printed. of the Karens do indeed read Burman, but they do not understand it:

It will be seen by the above stateand our Taling Christians, some of ment, that almost the whole of the whom understand both languages results of the last year's labor has pretty well, and who, being employed been the unadulterated word of God. as itinerants, are qualified to judge

Issues for the last year. of the wants of the people, are very Scriptures, 16,737 cops. or 1,460,408 pp. anxious to have the Scriptures Tracts,

59,914 “ 1,054,048 “ printed in their vernacular tongue. Total 75,651 2,614,456 “ Several books of the New Testament are now ready for the press, in being an increase over the preceding Taling. There are several villages year, of 11,476 copies, or 908,652 pp. in the vicinity of Maulmein, which I Besides the works printed, as menhave visited, composed mostly of tioned above, there was in press, Talings, where none of the women, Dec. 31, an edition of 40,000 of the and but few of the men can even Golden Balance with the Catechism read Burman; and this is no doubt affixed: Mee Shwa Ee was in type, true, to a greater or less extent, in of which 10,000 were to have been all Taling cities, towns and villages printed. The first volume of the throughout the country; therefore, Old Testament was ready for press, the only hope of benefiting them and the 1st signature had been at present, is by native itinerants. printed. Of the Awakener, InvestiVarious circumstances have con- gator and Three Sciences, there were spired to make us think that the time none in the depository, though I behas now arrived, when not only the lieve the stations were well supplied Burmans, but the Talings and Karens with these tracts. should have the Scriptures in their I have distributed but few tracts own language. We have taken one myself, as my time has been almost step towards the accomplishment of wholly taken up with the manage. this object, and we now look to our ment of the affairs of the office, and Christian friends to assist us. We are cannot say how they have been reconfident we shall not look in vain. ceived: yet, though I have not seen We need alms and prayers.

the effects produced by them, I feel Operations of the Press in Burmah in assured that so much seed has not 1834.

been scattered in vain. Persons As the management of the printing have often come to the office, and

some from a considerable distance, to for the delay, though easily made, procure tracts.

would only uselessly encumber my When I look on the vast multi-paper without instructing you. The tudes who are still groping in the spirit of your association pleases me darkness of heathenism, I sometimes much; and what is of infinitely greatask myself, Is it possible that these er consequence, I trust it pleases our nations will ever be converted? The blessed Saviour. That such associaconclusion, they will not, they cannot, tions will multiply and become more would be irresistible, if God had not and more efficient, I fondly hope; yet undertaken the work. But why is I fear that my desultory and necessathat glorious day, when the heathen rily hasty communications will conshall be Christ's, so tardy in its pro- tribute but little to your advancegress ?

Is it because we are soment. faithless ? Our feeble, sleepy efforts Let me remark, however, for the too plainly indicate the state of our benefit of those who contemplate hearts. God has determined that a missionary life, that, judging from his church shall be gathered in from my limited experience, such a life the four corners of the earth; he has is very different in realily froin any also determined that his church shall conceptions that are ever sormed of be the instruments of doing it; and it before it is commenced. It has triwhen the same degree of holy de- als which cannot be described, or votion to the cause of Christ prevails adequately contemplated till expeamong the Christians and mission-rienced. Many of the circumstanaries of our day, as there was among ces attending it may be definitely the Christians and missionaries in known, but those circumstances are the days of our Saviour and his so modified by counteracting or conapostles, we may expect to see the curring causes, that their real effect same results attending our labors as cannot be foreseen. These circumattended theirs. We want more stances, also, will vary with every Bible enthusiasm on the subject of individual, even of the same country. the conversion of the world: we They relate to his living, bis health, want more of the spirit of our Mas that of his family, his acquisition of ter, or the world will never be con- the language, his reception among verted by us ; the work will devolve the people, his having books preupon our successors, and our crowns pared for him, or his preparing will be starless.

books for others, his means of inter

course with other stations, or the soLETTER OF REV. J. T. JONES TO THE ciety which sustains hin, his safety,

or perpetual exposure, his servants,

and, in fine, to every thing. To give, The following letter first appeared in / of what each will be called to expe

therefore, a full and correct account Zion's Advocate of August 12, and to rience, is utterly impossible. some of our readers may have lost the llence, 2d. the idea that a freshness of novelty. But the suggestions young man must be accurately inwhich it embodies are so just, and 30 formed in regard to every thing he worthy of the regard of all who are anti will be likely to meet in a missionacipating missionary labors, as to call for ry life, before he resolves to engage its insertion in the Magazine.

in that life, is preposterous. It can

not be—the mariner might as well Brethren of the Boardman Missiona-wait till he had ascertained precisery Society,

ly what gales and calms should atA communication received from tend his whole voyage, before he an association bearing the sainted unfurled his banners to the breeze; name of Boardman must not go un or the merchant wait till he could answered, though the answer has ascertain precisely to whom, and on been so long delayed. An apology what conditions he could dispose of



every article of merchandise, before ception of the Burmans (who are he could venture to commence his but few) and the Chinese, none of business.

them have any adequate supply of Hence, 3d. every young man Christian books. Most of them who resolves on a missionary life, have none at all. Who shall break should come to it prepared for every the slumbers of moral death with thing. He may not actually be called which these millions are bound ? to endure every thing: he should Who shall tear the bandage from have a heart ready for it, if it should their eyes, that they may see ; above come. The specific trials which will all, who shall soften their adamantine assail him cannot be pointed out, hearts, and teach the vital current to and he cannot therefore brace up glow with holy love to Jesus? If his mind to meet them. It is alto- God spares us and blesses our efforts, gether more probable than other we may ultimately spread before wise, that the trials he most dreaded them the leaves of the tree of knowlwill be little felt, while those which edge and of life; but who can give he has not contemplated will press their perverted taste a relish for on him with a mountain's weight. such heavenly food? You, ChrisLet him come, therefore, girt with tian brethren, if you have ever imstrength and an irrepressible ener- | bibed this relish, can tell whence it gy of holy resolution; but let his is derived; and as that fountain is strength be drawn from above. Let exhaustless, can implore it for those him be “strong in the Lord,” and he dying millions. need “ fear no evil.”

Your prayers for them will, I This leads me to say, the pleas. humbly hope, eventually lead some ures of a missionary life are as little of you to labor for them. Come, understood by those who have not and we will welcome you to our actually experienced them, as its tri- joys and our sorrows; and when als; but, instead of attempting to you have served him faithfully here, describe them, I invite you to par- Christ will welcome you to joys untake of them. They flow through mingled with sorrow. various channels; and doubtless one of the principal of these channels is the prayers of Christians. And the thought that thousands and thou Messrs. Crocker and Mylne, whose des. sands who have access to the throne ignation as missionaries to Africa was of God, and are welcome there noticed in our last number, took passage through Jesus our Saviour, are daily with Dr. Skinner, in the brig Susan and invoking blessings on us and our Elizabeth, for Liberia, July 11. A corwork, gives us thrills of “joy unutterable." I would rather know that respondent of the Board writes: five humble individuals, whose souls The missionaries for Africa sailed glow with love to Christ and his on Saturday. Their minds appearcause, were earnestly invoking a ed to be calm, cheerful, and decided; blessing on me, than to learn that and the Lord, I trust, will grant them ten thousands of the worldly wise years of usefulness in the long neg. were admiring my disinterestedness. lected land of Ham. Their visit We need the prayers of saints; we to this city has certainly produced need their presence and co-opera- much good already. The hearts of tion too. There are only three many have been stirred up to fervent Christian missionaries here, with a prayer, for their preservation and population nearly as great as Bur- success. Several hundred dollars mah, and where at least a dozen lan- have been raised for our feeble guages are requisite for access to churches in Liberia ;

and many kind all the people. None of us are as and generous feelings on the subject yet thoroughly acquainted with any of missions have been elicited, that of these languages. With the ex- I will not, I think, prove evanescent.




Operations of other Societies. of Christianity in India, leads me most

respectfully to recommend them to

Missionaries of all denominations."

The church now consists of sixty-two

members, but probably more than one Auxiliary to the Baptist Missionary distinct churches under the superintend

half will soon be dismissed to form two Society in England, formed in 1792.

ence of Mr. G. Pearce and Mr. Ellis, in We have just received the Fifteenth the villages to the south of Calcutta, and Annual Report of this Society, read at its at Chitpore, respectively. Annual Meeting in Calcutta, Feb. 12, department of labor in Calcutta and

Preaching to the Natives. In this 1835. It gives an account of the opera vicinity, there have been employed, for tions of the Society during the twenty-two a greater or less portion of time, Messrs. preceding months. The following is an G. Pearce, Aratoon, Thomas, De abstract of its most important particulars. Monty, and Shujaatale, assisted oc

casionally by one or two other native CALCUTTA. Native church-Mr. preachers. The society's bungalows, W. H. Pearce, pastor. This church or native chapels, at the date of the last includes baptized Christians at the vil- Report, were four, two of which have lage stations as well as in the city, and been since relinquished, chiefly on achas been gathered, for the most part, count of the low state of the Society's from the grossest idolatry, ignorance and finances. The chapel in Jan Bazar and superstition. Since the last report three the one at Syam Bazar are still occupied, have been excluded, six have died, and and the congregations, whether by day eighteen been added by baptism, beside or by night, are of a very encouraging two previously baptized. Of these, six character, both as to number and attenwere from Calcuita and its vicinity ; tion. A moderate calculation will give eight from the neighborhood of Luck- from 12,000 to 15,000 for Calcutta yantipore, and six from the Christian alone, who have heard the words of boarding school at Chitpore. Several eternal life from the agents of this others, it is expected, will soon make a Society within the last twelve months. public acknowledgment of their faith in Christ. “In announcing the recep CHITPORE. Mr. J. D. Ellis, and tion of so many new members into the a native assistant. Mr. Ellis gives church,” observes the pastor, “I beg the following account of this station. it may be fully understood, that to the “ We have had, at different times, since labors of my esteemed European asso. the last Report, several inquirers, two ciates and native assistants, quite as much or three of whom continue to seek a as to my own exertions, so pleasing knowledge of divine things, and of one an event is, under the blessing of God, particularly, I have every reason to hope to be ascribed. Much of the good, es- ihat he has passed from death unto life. pecially in the most distant villages, Schools. “ The schools under our is certainly to be attributed to the active care are well attended. Mrs. E.'s and pivus labors of the native brethren. Native Girls' school has had an averWhile it must be acknowledged, that age number of a hundred daily ; but in native preachers are seldom fit to be left consequence of a decrease in the amount alone, yet when diligently instructed of funds appropriated to female cducaand vigilantly superintended, they form tion, that number is now of necessity invaluable agents in the propagation of reduced to twenty-five. The Hindoo the Gospel ; and, perhaps, there is no English school contains a hundred and department in which a European mis- twenty youths, whose progress in useful sionary will be found eventually to have knowledge, as well as in an acquaintance labored with so much permanent and with the evidences and doctrines of extensive success, as in the diligent and Christianity, is every way gratifying. prayerful attempts he makes to elevate The effect of a religious education on io a higher standard the Christian and their minds is very apparent, loosening ministerial character of his native as- them from the sinful and superstitious sistants. A deep sense of the impor- bands of Hindooism, and at least, intance of such efforts in the establishment spiring them with a respect for the re

ligion of the Bible, and a willingness to HOWRAH and SULKEA. Mr. James advocate its divine authority. More Thomas, and a native assistant. or than this, perhaps, cannot safely be said; the church at this place, which is partly but I am sure, that their remaining in English and partly native, two have Hindooism arises from custom, and not died, five have been excluded, one refrom faith in its merits ; while the stored, and two dismissed. Five have difficulty of forsaking all for the Gospel's been added, three of them by letter. sake has hitherto prevented their pro- Several inquirers have appeared among sessing the Christian name.

the native population, and several ap“ The last, though I trust not the plicants for baptism. The word of God least useful part of our engagements here, has been extensively made known among is the Native Christian boarding the inhabitants, and a considerable nomschool, containing fifty boys and girls. ber of tracts been put into circulation, The boys are instructed in English and not only at festivals, but by distribution Bengalee, while the girls, until March at the shops and residences of the people, last, learnt Bengalee only. The limited wherever the inmates were able to read, amount of knowledge attainable through and willing to receive them. their native language, suggested the propriety of teaching them English. The

LUCKYANTIPORE and KHAREE. experiment was made through the kind Messrs. W. H. Pearce and De Monty, aid of a valued friend of education, C. and three native assistants. Since E. TREVELYAN, Esq. who generously the date of the last Report, a consideraoffered to defray the increase of expense, ble change for the better, has taken It succeeded beyond expectation, and place at this station and in the surroundwithin eight months, six of the girls had ing villages. Many families have abanacquired such a knowledge of English as doned idolatry, and united themselves to read with ease, and answer questions to the Christian population, and have with readiness and propriety. In the thus come under constant religious inboys' department, respectable progress. struction. Mr. De Monty bas furnishhas been made in different branches of ed a list of 52 persons, exclusive of useful knowledge, and particularly in children, who have within the last six the History and Doctrines of the Bible. months renounced caste. In the early We also desire to feel deeply thankful

part of Dec. last, eight persons were for that divine blessing which has at- received into the church by baptism at tended the institution, in bringing many Luckyantipore, beside three at Kharee. of its members to a saving knowledge of "

Upon the whole,"


the Report, the truth as it is in Jesus. The six !" the state of the villagestations, whether youths, who a year and a half since made it regards the increased number or ima public profession of their attachment proved moral and spiritual character of to the Saviour, have continued to walk ihose who have embraced Christianity, as it becometh the Gospel of Christ ; or the prospects of further additions and two or three others have given those to the number which are every where evidences of piety which will warrant opening around us, seems to demand our their being soon received into the fellow-grateful acknowledgments to God for his ship of the church. Regarding this in- ibundant mercy, and our most earnest stitution as a promising means of raising endeavors that opportunities so favorable up holy and intelligent men to preach should not, through our want of zeal, the Gospel in their own tongue, we de- liberality or exertion, beunbappily lost.” sire earnestly to recommend it to the attention and liberality of the friends of Translation of the Scriptures. the Saviour, that the number of its in- The Bengalee translation of the Testamates may be increased, which the pre- ment, undertaken by the missionaries of sent low state of the funds alone pre- the Parent Society, and but partially

executed at the date of the last Report, A few weeks before the annual meet- has since been entirely printed. The ing of the Society, the Christian board- edition consisted of 2000 copies of the ing-school had been removed from Chit- four Gospels, 1,500 copies of the Acts, pore, to Sibpore, where it is under the and 1000 copies of the remainder of the management of Mr. and Mrs. Pearce. Testament." A second edition has been


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