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Missionary Retrospect and Foreign Jntelligence,
BAPTIST MISSION. | dabund, to Seeta Koond, a hot well, to
which there is a great resort at this sea.
son. He is very humble, and very deter. Extract of a Letter from Mr. Chamberlain
mined. Blessed be the Spirit of all grace to Dr. Ryland, dated Monghyr, March for this eminent instance of his power 26, 1817.
As it respects myself, I have not been I have lately been 'out on a journey
altogether so well in body as in former as far as Mirzapore, and was absent
years. At this time I have a nervous almost two months ; in which, to the
complaint, which unfits ine for almost praise of my merciful Master be it spo
every thing during the morning. ken, I was much employed both among
assumes an alarming position in my conEuropeans and natives. To the former
stitution in my fortieth year, and ought I preached at Dijah, Dinapore, Buxar,
to be regarded by me as a serious moand Ghazeepore; in all thirteen times:
nitor. I find that I can bear active, and among the latter I was variously
much better than sedentary, business. engaged. Sabbaths were field days.
My wife, blessed be the Father of mer. One I spent at Ghazcepore, and one at
cies, is in tolerable health. My little Benares, and two in the villages, with
daughter also is well. great delight. Every tract and gospel ! At Dijah, the brethren are in full emI look with me was given away. At
ploy. They preach at Dinapore to a Ghazeepore, Mirzapore, and Benares,
large congregation of the King's 24th, great was the attention of the people;
and others belonging to the Company's whole days I was in full employ among
forces; and things appear to be in a very them. Both Mussulmans and Hindoos
reviving condition. Brother Rowe writes heard with much apparent approbation,
| me that they have about 20 candidates bnt especially the latter. Upwards of
for baptism. When I was there several 200 gospels and 2000 tracts were left
natives appeared very hopeful, and among the people, to bear testi
those baptized last year remain steadmons of salvation to them for time to
fast, and two uf them are apparently come. It is wonderful to observe, how
useful in communicating the word to evidently an invisible hand is at work
others. I was greatly encouraged, froin amongst the people, and preparing them
observing the progress of the word of for the Lord. Some evident change
God on the minds of the enquirers. It is effecting in the spirit of the people,
is spirit, and it is life. and in their prospects, which augurs well.
It is certain now, that religion is on It can but be the most encouraging to +
the advance among our own countrya missionary. At Monghyr, however,
men all over this country. It is now this change is not so conspicuous; hither.
becoming common to hear of such and to the people appear hardened, and but
| such an one's having "taken a turn." little excited to attend to these things. The
| Verily Jehovah Jesus is on his way, and eneiny has been busy in his endeavours
| his work is before him. A few of the to frighten them; and to rouse up their
civil servants, and many of the military, prejudices; and, for the present, is but
are looking to Jesus. too successful. Ingham Misser, a per.
In the Translations, the Psalms and son who has for months afforded hope by
Genesis have been completed, and the his steady attachment to the gospel, re
works of Solomon and the Exodus, with mains firm, and is, I believe, sincere.
| part of Leviticus, and part of Isaiah have He is not yet baptized. He is employed
been gone through. The gospels of as a reader of the word, in which his
Matthew and Mark, in a refined dialect usefulness will, I doubt not, be appa.
of tlie Henduwee, are almost ready for rent. He is a man of respectability,
the press, and Luke is in hand. Hitherto has very respectable connections, but
the Lord hath helped me. is low in poverty, and has a family. Many people are daily calling upon him, to lear what he has to say for himself. He is gone out to day with Brin
Estract of a Letter from Mrs. Phillips to which we live. It it in a house pricá
some Relations in England, dated cipally constructed of bamboo, in March 29, 1817.
pleasant green lane, about three miles
from the town. It is about 44 We are now at Ryswick, near Bata- feet long, and 35 feet wide, with a vi. via, at the house of Mr. Robinson. It randa before and behind. The centre is situated about three miles from Ba- is a large hall, with folding doors op. tavia, which renders it more healthy, as posite each other, which adnuit a free Batavia is a very dangerous place, es- current of air.
On each side is a sleeppecially for Europeans, who have been ing room and study. The walls are acsustomed to a more temperate climate, bamboo, the posts are of teak, the floor and a pure air. Its ensalubrity is conis pave i with square brick, and the roof sidered to be owing to the lowness of its thatched with the leaves of a species of situation, and the canals of stagnant palm. You will think it strange to bear water, into which many obnoxious ani- of a house without an up-stairs rooin, mals are cast after death. For my own withi neither a pane of glass, nor a single part, I must acknowledge, I have not felt chimney. Yet this is exactly the case, the heat more oppressive than on a hot and it wears a pretty appearance. The summer's day in England ; and, at some contrast of the white walls with the parts of the day, it is even cooler than green trees that surround it gives, as may that. This is owing to the west, or wet be easily conceived, a cheerful aspect monsoon, which generally commences to the whole : the centinel tree, which about the end of November, and con presides over our gate of bamboo, is a tinues till March or April. During this majestic tamarind, now loaded with season, the inhabitants are exposed to fruit; the front viranda looks into a sharp winds, and violent torrents of rain. garden, the back into a poultry yard. Thunder storms, accompanied with vivid My little Canary bird, which was my lightning, are very frequent, especially companion for 15,000 miles, hangs in towards the close of the nonsoon; very the front viranda, and has never ceased few days have passed without them since to warble, from the crowing of the cock We have been on the island.
to the setting of the sun. The value of There is one circumstance that ren- this one little bird is equal to that of ders Batavia pleasant. It is a very three horses in this country. fertile country; the whole year is one I am very thankful that both Mr. P. perpetual spring, and I understand the and myself enjoy as good a state of interior of the island is quite the garden health in the general way as before we of the east. Fruit is very abundant; left England! In this foreign land, but there are not many equal in favour though deprived of the society of our to those whiclı England produces. friends, though destitute of that religious
Our house is surrounded with cocoa. intercourse which lias often been the Ant trees and plantains, two of the delight of our souls, still mercy surstanding fruits of the country, and which rounds us; the same heavenly bounty are of great importance to the natives; supplies our returning wants, and lisas, with the addition of rice and salt,
tens to our prayers; and, if God see fit they furnish them with almost all that
to bless the endeavours of my husband they deem the necessaries of life. The in sowing a right seed in the minds of foriner of these grows in almost every the inhabitants of this dark land, and field around us, and the table of an teaching those who are now led astray European does not seem complete with by the delusions of Mahomet to serve out a dish of boiled rice and currie, both the living and true God, this will make for breakfast and dinner. We lately onr hearts rejoice indeed. purchased a milch goat, with a kid, for two rupees and a half; and eight fowls may be liad for a rupee. Purk is not difficult to be obtained, but other meat
Eatract of a Letter from Mr. Bruckner to is scarce, and not equal to what you
Dr. Rylund, dated Sumarang, June 22,
1817. have in England.
The cows are very poor looking animals, and yield very Being advanced so far in the Malay little milk. Guats are the substitute language as to understand it tolerably boili for sheep and cows. Butter is well, I have began more particularly to extravagantly dear, and good cheese is apply to the Javanese language, as it a scarce article. Wines are moderate; seemed to me to be of far greater imthe Cape wine may be bad for ninc portance for the spread of ihe gospel tupees per dozen. So much for eating among the geuuine inhabitants of this and drinking ; now for the situation in island, because it is the general lane guage of the nation; and though many ance, patience, and faith ; and that I of them understand a little of The Ma- may be found worthy by our Lord and lay, they are far from understanding it Saviour, to spread his knowledge among so as to hold conversation on religious the benighted inhabitants of this island, subjects. But I find, that the Javanese and to gain immortal souls for his healanguage is at least three times as diffi- venly kingdom. cult as the Malay ; because there are two dialects quite different from each other, called the higher and the lower; others add to these a middle and half | Extract of a Letter from Mr. Robinson to middle language, which lie between the
Dor. Ryland, dated July 16, 1817. two first. All these different dialects have words and sounds quite different
young man has offered himself for from each other, which are used and baptism, who is, we hope, a proper sub- , applied according to the different ranks ject for that ordinance, and we expect existing among that nation. From this you that he will join us next month. It apwill conceive, that the Javenese language pears, that he received his first religious is very copious. I have found already more impressions under my preaching about than twenty names for a king, upwards three years ago. There are one or two of ten for an elephant, five to express others who, we hope, will join us after the verb to sit down, and four signify- a time. ing to sleep, &c. Yet, for things of more Perhaps some persons may suppose that importance, they seem to have but few these native Christians only change their words or none at all; many have been sentiments relative to baptism when they borrowed from the Arabs; ihose for in- join us, and that my preaching anong stance concerning religion, a future them rather promotes the interest of a state, and the attributes of the divine party, than the general cause of Christie Being. Nevertheless, these different anity. This, however, is not the'case ; for dialects are found mixed together in I found these native Christians, as they their books, which makes it difficult to are called, deeply sunk in sin. Sabbath understand their writings.
Besides, breaking, drunkenness, gaming, fornicanearly all their books, historical as well tion, and (if I may credit report) cone, as others, are in verses or poetry, in juring, and almost all other gross sins which there are many repetitions, and
were common among them, and are comwords used merely to make up the mea. mon among the generality to this day. sure, or to improve the sound. And as Some of them pretend to believe the docno grammar or dictionary has yet been trine of the transmigration of the souls, compiled for the use of the public, this and others are deeply tinctured with the altogether makes the acquisition of that spirit of deism, through becoming aclanguage exceedingly difficult. I have quainted with the works of Voltaire, now applied nine months to it, Surely such characters are men of the and am not yet able to understand them world. when they speak; and I dare say, that at least another year will be required for me to converse in it.
Extract of a Letter from a Hanoverian of Their religion, as there are many Clergyman ; dated Hanover, November priests among them who have been edu.
3, 1817. cated in Mecca, and others are continually going thither.
For the re- During the three last days, the cele. mainder, they are given up to lying, bration of the third Jubilee of the Re. cheating, and all sorts of evil works. I forination took place in this city: upon think it will be alınost miracle if any the whole it was kept in a very solemn of these people should be brought to the and edifying manner. I was particu. knowledge of Jesus Christ.
larly affected by the administration of My health is improved in some mea. the ordinance of the l.ord's-supper in all sure, and I hope to improve more in it. the churches. His Royal Highness the I have lately begun to translate a little Duke of Cambridge set the example. I of Matthew's gospel, but feel my great rejoice, that notwithstanding the awful weakness in the knowledge of the lan- apostacy of our days, there are still Chris. guage. I recommend myself particu- tians among us who are deeply interest. larly to your prayers, that there may be ed in the momentous concerns of reli. granted unto me the spirit of persever- gion. VOL. X
Domestic Beligious Jntelligence.
ADDRESS TO THE PRINCE REGENT. | Source of all good, whose ways, though
mysterious, are always merciful, our On Monday, Dec. 1, 1817, a very prayers are addressed, that he will interesting meeting was held in the grant such portions of his all powerful Town Hall of Derby. It consisted of aid as may support your Royal Highthe ministers and members of the Pres. ness under this awful dispensation of byterian, Independent, and Baptist his power. congregations in Derby, and was called “We trust, also, that your Royal “ to take into consideration the pro- Highness will derive some alleviation of priety of presenting an Address to His your grief, from the assurance of the Royal Highness the Prince Regent on affectionate and loyal attachment whicle the late melancholy and lamented death pervades all ranks of people in these of Her Royal Highness the Princess United Kingdoms. Charlotte of Wales, and of dutiful and “ We offer it to the consideration of loyal attachment to the principles which your Royal Highness as a source of no placed the illustrious Family of His mean satisfaction, that a spirit of union Royal Highness on the throne of these and loyalty exists among the people of realms,"
these realms which cannot be exceeded, Copy of the Address.
and that every attempt to disturb the To His Royal Highness George Prince tranquillity of the empire has proved of Wales, Regent of the United King.
Addressing your Royal Highness dom of Great Britain and Ireland.
from a county which has been repre•May it please your Royal Highness, sented (unjustly as we believe) to be
We, the undersigned, the Ministers disaffected to the government of your of the Presbyterian, Independent, and Royal Highness, we have the highest Baptist Denominations of Protestant pleasure in congratulating your Royal Dissenters in Derby, on behalf of our Highness on the very decisive testimony selves and the members of our respective which was repeatedly borne by the congregations, approach your Royal Judges on the benchi during the late Highness with feelings of dutiful and trials for high treason, to the steady loyal attachment and of upfeigned sym- loyalty of the people at large, a loyalty pathy.
which no intimidation could for a mo" It would be vain to attempt the ex- ment shake. pression of that sorrow which fills our " It was with infinite regret that we hearts at the recollection of the irre. observed occasional statements of the parable loss which your Royal Highness transactions which have disturbed our has been called to sustain. That bea- county, in which it was attempted to venly Providence which rules over all, implicate the Dissenters in the recent and whose wisdom we can neither fa- outrages. That undeviating fidelity thom nor arraign, has removed from which the Protestant Dissenters have the world your illustrious Daughter; ever exhibited to the illustrious family and at a time, and under circumstances, of your Royal Highness, ought to have which to human apprehension rendered been sufficient to secure them as a body her continuance here the most to be from such unfounded insinuations. And desired.
on mature inquiry, we have a confident “ To dwell on the virtuous and amiable satisfaction irrassuring your Royal Highcharacter of Her Royal Highness, would ness, that not an individual connected be only to repeat the praises which fall with any religious society of the Three from every tongue; and we fear to Denominations of Dissenters was in any dwell on a subject which, in the poig- degree implicated in the disgraceful nancy of your Royal Highness's afflic. occurrences so proniptly and so happily tion, might tend rather to renew your suppressed. sorrows than to alleviate them. If effec- “In veneration of those principles of tual consolation were in our power, it civil and religious liberty which we have would be our greatest happiness to open ever been foremost to avow, principles every source of it to your Royal High- which seated and maintain the family ness; but He alone can bind up the of your Royal Highness on the throne heart who has broken it, and to the of these United Kingdoms, and in zea.
lous attachment to the venerated insti- | been appointed. I told this to Col. P. tutions of our country as secured by our who related to me the following anec. invaluable constitution, we trust we dote of a conversation which he had shall steadily persevere.
with the same priest. The Colonel “ To defend the land of our birth told the priest that he had heard that he against foreign aggression, its tranquil. (the priest) had burnt the Bible. No,' lity against the efforts of faction, its said the priest, I give you my word institutions against the encroachments that I never did; and am ready and of power, are our duties as patriots; to willing to give you my oath ; for let us yield a ready submission to the laws and say what we will, the Scriptures are the constituted authorities of the State, is Word of God. The Colonel would not the first lessou which we learn as sub- suffer him to swear it, saying, his word jects; to embrace every fit opportunity was sufficient; and added, that be was of expressing our dutiful attachment to sorry that his request for a school could our Sovereign and his family, is our not be complied with. privilege as Britons. In these charac. “ I have had a great desire, for more ters we now address your Royal High- than two years past, to go to the west of ness, beseeching your Royal Highness the county of Mayo, where I lived at to receive our professions of loyalty and the time the French landed in that affection, and our assurances that your country. The reason I wished to go Royal Highness will ever find us among was, because I was intimate with many the most faithful of his Majesty's sub- of the people, and there is nothing to be jects.”
done unless there are some acquaintWe understand, that this Address ances; of which I have many from this has been very graciously received by his part to that. I was kindly received Royal Highness the Prince Regent.
every where; but could not remain more Õur readers will perceive, that this than one night in a place, as the fever is loyal and constitutional Address com
raging in every direction: I hope the pletely removes the unfounded calumny word will have free course in future in cast upon the Dissenters of Derby, viz. that some of the persons lately tried for
“ In my journey I visited O. G-'s high treason belonged to their congre- have imagined there would have been
school. Twenty years ago I could not gations.
either house or inhabitant in this place; and now he has on his list 120 scholars;
among whom (a circumstance I never BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY.
saw before,) there is not one Protestant,
nor one reader, that has not less or more Extract of a Letter from Mr. W. M. one
committed the scriptures to memory, of the Readers and Expounders of the both in English and Irish. There were Irish Testament, to the Secretary, dated ten children who repeated to me twelve October 16, 1817.
chapters each, six in each language; “ DEAR SIR,--I lay before you the the Irish they spoke fuently, but the state of the schools, which I have lately English with the tone that might be ex. visited. They are in the highest degree pected. There was not, however, one of prosperity that can possibly be ex- verse that was not correctly repeated; pected, and I inay add, (what I never and what made it so gratifying to me expected to see in my day,) that there was, when I considered that they would is not the smallest opposition that I repeat those chapters at home to their can learn from any of the priests; but parents, many of whom do not under. on the contrary, many of them are re- stand a word of English! In my last questing schools for their friends and short letter I mentioned some of the cirfavourites. An instance of this kind has cumstances which have taken place on Jately occurred. You know that the the mountain called Shrone Cham Cróparish of B. was the first place in which han, relative to Mary Ropposition was made to the schools : " What I then wrote was but little of during the last two years, two priests the wonderful work of the Lord ; I hope, bave exhausted themselves in their at. that through her instrumentality, that a tempts to suppress them. The present congregation of believers will be colpriest, who succeeds the other two, has lected upon that mountain. She never applied to me, requesting a school for read or spoke one word of English, and his nephew; and promised that he would but seldom has heard the scriptures engage for the propriety of his conduct: read; yet the Lord has enlightened her this is considered here almost a miracle. understanding, and sealed the truth I am sorry that his application was too upon her heart, and given her a great late, as all the additional schools had memory and ready utterance; for as