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and of Mr. Taylor and Mr. Reeve, who now assist him, affords us great satisfaction. The ministry of the brethren among the British soldiers of the 84th regiment has been remarkably useful, 27 of that corps having been lately added to their society. “ Among the heathen in India,” says Mr. Hands, " our prospects are gradually brightening, and we hope you will, ere long, hear that the Lord is doing a great work. O send us more labourers, and let your intercessions on behalf of the poor Hindoos be fervent and incessant !"
Mr. Hands has, during the last year, paid a visit to Madras, and took with him the gospels of Matthew and Mark, which he had translated into the Canada language, ready for the press, and was in expectation of getting them printed by the Calcutta Auxiliary Bible Society, which is connected with, and assisted by, the British and Foreign Bible Society in England. The Gospels of Luke and John, the Epistle to the Ephesians, and extracts from other parts of the Scriptures, are also translated, and it is hoped that in the course of a year or two more the translation of the whole Bible will be accomplished. Our brethren have not yet obtained a press at Bellary, nor is it certain whether that privilege will be granted, although the publick authorities of India have every reason to be assured that it would not be abused.
Mr. Taylor is studying the Canada and Tamul languages, and has translated a part of the New Testament and the Tamul into the Canada, and several tracts. These with Dr. Watts' Catechism, our Lord's Sermon on the Mount, and other tracts, which have been distributed among the people, have produced a considerabļe sensation. Old and young apply for books, which they receive with great thankfulness, and many are beginning to express doubts about the verity of their own religion.
Mr. Reeve makes good progress in learning the language, and bids fair to be a useful Missionary. His labours in English have been greatly blessed. Mrs. R. is also a valuable acquisition to the Missionary family, among the whole of which the utmost harmony prevails.
The schools are carried on with spirit; there are at least seven of these seminaries in the town and neighbourhood, containing about 400 children.* It affords us great satisfaction to learn that the Scriptures are read in all the schools, and the catechism taught. Prejudi
* The schools at Bellary are as follows:
1. The Boarding School in Mr. Hands' house, 24 children, some of whom appear to be seriously inclined.
2. The Bellary Charity School in the fort, 34 children ; 5 of whom are boarded, &c. This semináry, in which 200 children have been educated, has been a blessing to many.
3. A Native School in the Mission Garden; 50 children instructed in the Scriptures and Catechism.
4. An English School for natives in the Mission Garden, in which 26 are learning the English language.
5. A Native School in the Coul Bazaar, about a mile from the Mission-house, in which 55 children are instructed in their own language, and in the principles of Christianity.
There are also Native Schools at Ruggool, Assoondy, Hurriall, and Paltoon, neigh bouring villages, in which about 150 children are instructed.
ces against this measure prevailed at first, but soon subsided; and there is great reason to believe that the instruction afforded has been blessed to many of the Children. The brethren feel much interest in this department of their work, and indulge the hope of seeing much good fruit of their labour.
The distribution of tracts, and portions of the sacred Scriptures, has been extensive. Thousands have been dispersed in town and country; and scarcely a day passes without applications for them : this afiords a good opportunity of conversing with the natives on their contents. The brethren are also informed that their Catechism is introduced and taught in many schools in the country besides their own.
An Auxiliary Missionary Society, and a Tract Society, are established, together with a Reading Society, composed of about forty members, in which many good books have been read, and more are wanted.
Mr. Hands, in his journey from Bellary to Madras, visited many schools, and distributed a number of Telinga tracts, but was not furnished with a sufficient quantity to gratify all the applicants; but he was delighted to observe the attention with which they were read. Mr. Hands, on his way home, distributed many Canada tracts, and preached frequently in the Ghauts, wherever he halted: great numbers listened attentively to him, while he taught them in their streets ; and many followed him to his lodgings, desiring him to explain more fully what he had delivered, and to prolong his stay among them. Surely these are fields already white to the harvest; and who does not wish that many more such labourers may be employed ?
(about 450 miles south of Madras.) We are happy to inform the Society, that the very important Missionary station in this country, which had been relinquished by Mr. Ringeltaube, and which was vacant for some time, is again occupied by Mr. Mead, who, with Mrs. M. and their infant, proceeded thither in September last, from Madras, where he had resided for about a year after his arrival in India.* He was kindly recommended, by the Rev. Mr. Thomson of Madras, to that distinguished friend of missions Colonel Monro, the British Resident at Travancore. We trust he will gather together again the scattered sheep, and bring many others into the fold of Christ; but it is necessary he should be joined by another Missionary as soon as possible.
SURAT, (a great city on the west coast of India, about 180 miles north of
Bombay.) We now cross the great peninsula of India to the populous city of Surat, on the north of the western shore. The brethren, Skinner and Fyvie, have devoted themselves to the study of the Guzerattee language, in which we believe they have made considerable progress, and in which they hope ere long to be able to publish the gospel of peace: they also intend to compile a Grammar and Dictionary, but not to attempt a publication of them until they are greater proficients in the language. They are, however, preparing for the press a small Catechism, and a few short Scripture Extracts, which they intend to print at Bombay, the Ainerican Missionaries having a press, with Guzerattee and Mahratta types. Those valuable men, who are now able to preach to the natives in their own tongue, have begun to print a correct edition of the Scriptures in Mahratta. Our brethren are in expectation of having a printing press at Surat, which they greatly need. They have publick worship in their own house, in English, on Sundays, and on Wednesday evenings, when some of the natives occasionally attend, and inquire into the meaning of their service: the Missionaries gladly embrace this opportunity of explaining to them the great things of God.
* We are extremely concerned to hear of the death of Mrs. Mead.
It is their intention to establish schools as numerously as they can with propriety and prudence, as they have many prejudices to combat. În their English school there are about 50 boys, and about half that number in the native school. We are glad to find that in Bombay, and we hope in Surat also, no objection is made to the use of the Scriptures as a school book.
Mr. Donaldson, who was sent out to aid this mission, informs us, in a letter dated Sept. 19, 1817, that he had arrived safely at Bombay, after a passage of eighteen weeks, and was graciously received by his Excellency Governor Nepean, who promised him a letter of introduction to the principal officers at Surat. Mr. D. was extremely affected with a view of the wretched superstitions of the heathen, of which he observes, that those who are not actual spectators can form. no adequate idea, and longed to proceed to his ultimate destination, where he might acquire their language, and be able to preach to them Christ crucified.
MAURITIUS, OR ISLE OF FRANCE. Mr. Le Brun, who has occupied this station about three years, persists in his labours, but amidst considerable opposition, arising chiefly from the dreadful state of morals in the island. He has, however, the satisfaction of perceiving a great change wrought in some by the instrumentality of the word. Twenty-five persons are united in a Christian society, and meet for social worship and conference. Mr. Le Brun was also employed by his Excellency Governor Farquhar, in giving religious instruction to the two brothers of a principal chief of Madagascar, and who made considerable progress in a short time. They have since returned to that island, and we may hope will be friendly to the Missionaries when they arrive at their station.
MADAGASCAR. To this very important station the Directors have long turned their attention, and are now happy to state that two young men, Mr. Bevan and Mr. Jones, who received the rudiments of their education under the Rev. Mr. Phillips of Neuaddlwyd, in Wales, and who have
since attended to Missionary studies at Gosport, sailed for the Mauritius in March last, intending to proceed from thence to Madagascar, where we hope a wide and effectual door will be opened to them for the promulgation of the everlasting gospel. The principal chief, who sent his brother to the Mauritius for instruction, and who is said to be anxious for improvement in the arts of civilization, will, we trust, patronise the efforts of our brethren, who will endeavour to impart to him, and to his people, the most important and useful kind of knowledge—that of the Saviour of the world.*
METHODIST MISSION IN CEYLON.
From the London Methodist Magazine. Extract of a Letter from Mr. W. M. HARVARD, dated Colombo,
December 8, 1817. I remember our respected Dr. Coke, when recommended by a worthy friend to take out materials for establishing Native Schools, replied, with his usual warmth, that his Missionaries should not become Schoolmasters.
The Doctor was right, according to his then views; but had he seen India, he would have changed as we have done: I have great pleasure in acquainting you how gracious the Lord has been to us with respect to our Schools; and lest any of our dear people should think that we are losing sight of conversion, and getting into a mere worldly-wise system of education, it is to be noted as a remarkable fact, that our second School for the Natives has already produced us a most zealous local preacher, a charming Cingalese lad, as simple as Nathaniel, and as zealous as Peter. His talents were brought into exercise by being made Master of Colpetty School. He is truly converted to God, and walks in the comforts of the Holy Ghost. I have a great affection for him, and so would you if you knew him.
Here is one important effect of our Schools; another is no less important. By his zealous and pious spirit, several of his scholars have been convinced of sin, and brought into the ways of piety. He meets a class of more than twenty Cingalese children, in the Schoolhouse, every Wednesday evening; all these children lead Christian lives. Many of them are already in a measure enlightened in the knowledge of Divine things : some of them pray extempore in Cingalese with artless fluency, and some enjoy the consolations of religion. Neither brother Clough nor myself have thought it prudent yet to interfere with them, lest they should be tempted to spiritual pride by being noticed above their school-fellows. But they go on; and I have the pleasure to inform you, that these boys have, of themselves, established three prayer-meetings in this village, at three of their parents' houses; where they go and sing and pray together with the utmost simplícity; and the change in their spirit and conduct is so evident to their parents, that they do not oppose their proceedings, though completely novel to them; and some even join with them in their little meetings.
* This island is said to contain four millions of inhabitants, and is in a partial state of civilization. Governor Farquhar, of the Mauritius, has taken much laudable pains in preparing a Vocabulary, Grammar, and Dictionary of the language, collected by a French gentleman, by many years' labour. Three places, Fort Bourbon, St. Luce, and Tamataff, have been occupied by the English; and from these places the Mauritius and Bourbon receive supplies of cattle, &c. The island produces food in abundance: the lower lands near the coast are said to be unhealthy, but not so in the interior. The English claim the east side of the island: the king of Ova is a powerful prince on the western side ; but as he is reported to be on good terms with the English, it is hoped he will protect the Missionaries. There are however difficulties and dangers in the attempt, but God is all-sufficient.
This, I think, is remarkable. If, after labouring at our schools for three or four years, we had begun to observe the minds of the natives open to the things of God, it would have been as much as we could have rationally expected; but the Lord has exceeded, and even anticipated our expectations ; it is not yet nine months since the school was begun, and the Lord has put his seal of approbation to the work, and out of the mouths of babes and sucklings he hath ordained and perfected praise. Shall I surprise you still more? The school-mistress of the same school, though before likewise a very virtuous and upright young woman, has imbibed the spirit of piety ; and a few of the girls are under the same influence. They meet in a class on Monday nights regularly; and I cannot doubt that what little they have of religious principle is truly genuine. Much, of course, cannot be expected from such young Christians; but we see enough to recognise the hand of God, and adoringly to persevere in his work.
BAPTIST MISSION IN BURMAH.
From the American Baptist Magazine. Extract of a Letter from Mrs. Nancy Judson to a Lady in the
vicinity of Boston, dated Rangoon, Aug. 20, 1817. It is now four years that we have resided in this country; and though no Burman has renounced idolatry and embraced the religion of Christ, yet the seed is beginning to be scattered in a still
, quiet way, which may spring up and bear fruit in some future time. Burmah presents a field for vasi, unbounded usefulness ! But neither revelation, nor the experience of ages, warrant us to expect immediate success. What nation has changed their gods in a day? What nation so far advanced in civilization as the Burmah, has renounced their system of religion at the first mention of a new one? not to look for miracles; but we are warranted to expect the accomplishment of those ends, which God, in his wise providence, has connected with a steady, persevering use of means. firmly persuaded that the country of Burmah will eventually become Christian-that the way is now preparing, the seed sowing; but how long before the harvest will be ripe, we leave for God to determine.
It has been Mr. Judson's object to get well grounded in the language, and to do some preparatory work for the benefit of future missionaries, before he made a formal disclosure of his design to the