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welcome the visits and instructions of Walter Buchanan, and the feeling with which they listen to his explanations of Divine Truth, frequently crying out, “We repent, we return to thee, O God i Cast us not away! Have mercy on us !" appear, indeed, to indicate the approach of some more general movements of the power and grace of Christ in their behalf.

It is not, however, among the poorer sort of them only, that interest appears to be excited in favour of the Gospel. In October last Mr. Fraser received a visit from the Chief of the horde who roam between the Uralsk and Astrachan, and entered into convere sation with him, when he seemed unwilling to mention the name of Mabomed even as a Propbet, and said that Jesus was the most excellent, earnestiy solicited Mr. Fraser to go along with him, and instruct his people, to which he assured bim they would most gladly attend ; took away with him a copy of the New Testament and Psalms; and promised to send him a supply of any thing in his power, which he might choose to request." It was with much regret

that Mr. Fraser was obliged to decline accompanying this Prince to wis borde. But how could be leave a Station at which he was the only Missionary, with the exception of Walter Buchans an, who himself needs both protection and instruction; and give up, not only the opportunilies which he enjoys of conversing with inquirers after the Truth among the Kirglisians around him, but the revisal of the New Testanient, which he is carrying on for their more general and permanent edification in godliness.

He, however, promised the Prince most cheerfully to comply with his request as soon as one or two companions should join him-a promise which the Directors trust þe will ere long be able to fulfil, For, not only has Mr. Fraser advanced in the revisal of the New Testament in the Orenburg. Dialect, as far as the 2d Epistle to Timothy, so ihạt in a short time this work will be finish

but the Directors have now to mention, that they have the prospect of being able, so early as next month, to send out THREE young men to this Station, who they hope and pray may go forth in the name and strength of the Captain of salvation, to unfurl the banner and proclaim the triumphs of his Cross to the still enslaved and deluded worshippers of images, or votaries of the False Pro phet, in that central district of Russian Asią.

After many other interesting details the Report thus concludes— Such is the statement with regard to their Foreign operations and plans, which the Directors have conceived it expedient to subinit to the Society at this Anniversary. At all the Stations at Karass, and Astrachan, and Orenburg, the light of day is breaking in on the darkened natives. The work of God is in progress. The means of commencing it have already received his approbation and blessing; and the means of carrying it forward are at this moment in operation. His influence appears to be descending on these means; and, if He wills it, the period is not far distant

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when a shout sball be heard from the mountains of Caucasus to the entrance of Siberia, and throughout all the intervening districts and all the regions around and beyond them, that the arm of the Lord is revealed, and the glory of the Cross displayed in the subjection of their scattered tribes, and settled villages, and moving tents, and populous cities, to its power, as the power of God unto salvation.

In conclusion, the Directors would only farther say, that, while times and events are in the hands of the Lord, the period in wbich it is our happiness to live, and the events which it has brought forth, and with which it is now teeming, appear to afford no unequivocat presages of its approach to the expected and promised revelation of that latter-day glory, in the brightness of which all nations shallrejoice, with all who dwell on the face of all the earth. The accelerating march of those godlike institutions, which commenced their career in this island of the sea within the memory of the present generation; and which, under the same divine influence that raised them into existence, have been every year advancing in the energy of their exertions, and extending the sphere of their movements, till the Word of the truth of the Gospel has, by its translation and distribution in a vast variety of languages, or by the voice of living instruments, been made to resound in countries and districts once deemed as inaccessible as they were remote; and till its power

has been seen and felt in the conversion and salvation of many who once were children of disobedience, and heirs of wrath, even as others :- this is the pledge that God is indeed remembering his covenant with Abraham, and his promise to bis Son, and the earnest of the approaching accomplishment of every word that hath proceeded out of his mouth as the Lord of Hosts and the God of Love, whose power will effect what his faithfulness bas declared; that nations shall be born in a day ; that the islands shall wait for his law; that the wilderness of Kedar shall become a fruitful field; that the cities shall no longer be termed desolate and forsaken

of his presence ; and that the knowledge of his glory shall cover and fill the whole earth, as the waters do the sea.

And shall we be lifeless and inert ?-Wbile we lift our eyes to contemplate this scene of attractive beauty and commanding interest, should we not likewise open our hands and stretch them forth, to be fellow-workers with God in producing it?--raising our hearts, with our voices also, to the throne of His glory, in fervent, and unremitting, and persevering supplications for the universal diffusion of that spirit of inquiry, of faith, and of prayer, which must precede, and which will usher in the recall of the outcasts of Israel from their long-cherished and deep-rooted unbelief; the subversion of Mahomedan delusion and Antichristian Superstition, wherever they exist; the emancipation of every slave of fearful, or frantic, or licentious idolatry; and the general subjugation of the world to the rightful authority and peaceful rule of Him, to whom every knee shall at length bow, and every tongue confess, that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Amen and Amen.

Amen and Amen. [Boston Rec.) ]


MISSIONARY PERILS. Extracts from a Letter written by Mrs. Richards, wife of one of the Mission

aries at Ceylon, dated at Batticotta, in Ceylon, June 21, 1818, to a brother and sister, with reference also to other brothers and sisters, from whom she had received no letters since she embarked for India, in consequence of a packet of letters having been lost on the passage, or in some other way failed of reaching her.

After an introduction she says, "Could I have believed that I should have remained so long in Ceylon before any others of my brothers and sisters would have written to me? Have sisters L. and L. and A. forgotten how much they once loved me? Have brothers S. and D. and C. ceased to care for me? You seem to be all in one society; you can see each other almost any hour you wish ; and when one suffers affliction the others are at hand to comfort and soothe by their sympathy and love ; our dear dear mother is your counsellor and comforter. But look at Sarah ; see her in a land of heathen strangers, berest of every one with whom she was conversant in the loved land of her nativity ; see her for a long time entirely, confined to a sick bed; then her first returning strength is spent in nursing her sick husband, who is labouring under a dangerous complaint; in a few weeks he begins to amend, and she is again thrown upon her couch, on which she is obliged to lie more than two thirds of the time for seven or eight months; besore the termination of which, her husband is again declining under symptoms more alarming than before. Then see her watching, night and day, the pale countenance and thin visage of her sickly infant, whose life, for more than two months, was hardly expected; and at the same time, the husband of her youth apparently fast approaching to a seated consumption. She at length persuades him, as soon as the child begins to recover, to take a short voyage, and to reside, for a few weeks, in another part of the Island, where the air is more healthy: but in a few days after he arrives there ber ears are saluted, and her heart torn, by the intelligence that the physician, to whom he had applied, (a gentleman of talents and respectability,) had pronounced him

far gone in a consumption.He does, however, gain a little, and bis pliysician indulges a hope that he may finally recover, in case he takes a voyage immediately :-and when on the eve of sailing for Bombay, brother Warren, who was to have accompanied him, is suddenly brought to the gates of death. As soon as the Lord opened ber way Sarah hastens to their abode to take charge of her sick brother, that her husband may be at liberty to travel. Knowing that she is on her way to brother, Warren, and having a good opportunity to take a short voyage, he thinks it his duty to improve it--and she rejoiced that he did, though not a little disappointed at not meeting him after an absence of nearly three months. No sooner had he returned than she was employed in preparing him and brother Warren for a voyage to the Cape. The time of parting, a dreaded time, at length arrives. Then see her with her infant son, returning home, nearly three hundred miles, in an uncomfortable native boat ; the child is taken ill of a fever-and she, helpless through sea-sickness, is obliged to land for a few days, that she may take care of the child---no physician but a native-a house that will not shelter her from the rain, without floor, windows, or furniture nothing for her own or the child's comfort but what she had taken with her and not a friend to whom she could speak in her native tongue. Then, my dear brother and sister, then did your sister Sarah feel that she was " a wanderer in a strange land.” But she found it sweet,

all her burden on Him, who, when here on earth, had “not were to lay his head.” Now, indeed, she is quietly seated in her own habitation, with kind and sympathizing friends ; but yet she must feel, that, in an important sense, she is alone. Whether she shall ever again enjoy the society of the best of husbands, is known only to Him who holds the secrets of futurity; and she hopes He will prepare her for every event. Do you say that had you known all this, you would have taken more pains to comfort her. by frequent testimonies of your affectionate remembrance? I will answer, I have not experienced greater trials than I had reason to expect when we mutually gave and received a parting kiss; indeed I anticipated, and do still anticipate, greater trials than any I have yet experienced; then, if you wish to comfort me, as I have no doubt you do, send me now and then a letter.

Think not that I have given you such a picture because I think I have a hard lot, or that I repent having engaged in the missionary cause; no, neither. Never, for a moment, since I first made up my mind to accompany Mr. Richards to this country, have I felt any inclination to give up the object, the importance of which is daily more and more impressed on my mind, and my attachment to it is. constantly strengthening. So long as I have any evidence that I can be useful here, though I labour alone, and in a humble way, I will spend the remainder of my time and strength here; unless the providence, of God should plainly call me away. I feel an attachment and love for this people which I did not expect; especially for my school. It is a pleasing sight to behold forty or fifty heathens present at our family worship; but, that they are heathens, we are constantly reminded by the ashes on their foreheads, breasts, and shoulders. We sometimes think it best to ridicule some of their foolish notions; and they seem to be ashamed of their nonsense ; but their plea is, “Such was the custom of our forefathers.” This they seem to think a sufficient argument in favour of worshipping idols, and of performing innumerable other ceremonies. Their hearts seem to be callous to all good impressions ; but it will not always be thus. These heathens shall be given to Christ for an inheritance. Do you pity these miserable wretches ? so you ought, for their state is truly deplorable. But, those who harden their hearts under gospel light will find a more dreadful doom than the poor heathen.

How are all your dear little ones? I should love to think that some or all of those dear ones might follow us to the heathen. What an awful responsibility, my dear brother and sister, rests upon


parents ! May the Lord assist us to bring up these precious ones committed to our care, for Him. I am often comforted when James is ill, by reflecting that he is not ours, but the Lord's.' 0, a bitter thought, that in his little heart lies such deep-rooted enmity to all good! (Signed)


The following extract is from a letter written by Mrs. Richards to a

female friend. You ask, my dear Miss M. " whether I do not frequently see souls passing unprepared into eternity?” O yes ! Almost every day do we hear the voice of howling and lamentation from our neigibours' houses, occasioned by the death of some relative. Many times am I awakened in the night by those doleful sounds. The only method of manifesting grief, is by tearing their hair, beating their breasts, throwing themselves upon the ground, and howling more like dogs than like human creatures. We sometimes hear them a mile. I have visited these dreadful places, and sometimes endeavoured to quiet them a little, but all to no purpose. These extravagant noises and gestures are frequently more the effect of custom than of grief. As soon as a person dies, all the friends are employed in this way, with short intervals, until the dead is either buried or burnt; and until this is done no one of the friends eats, drinks, or sleeps ; and as soon as their dead are out of their sight, we hear nothing more of mourning. Those who are able to procure wood, burn their dead; but nothing is seen of burning the living with the dead in Ceylon,


IMMOLATION. The following account of burying a woman alive with her deceased busband is from the Calcutta Gazette, of 9th July last. **

"A hole being dug for the purpose, about 8 or 9 feet deep, and 3 in diameter, the bodies were placed upright therein ; upon which their relations threw in the earth, and the eldest son, about 19 years of age, dancing over the bodies in the hole, and treading the earth down as it was thrown in, until it came above the heads, when a general shout closed the monstrous and horrid ceremony. No complaint or cry was uttered by the patient sufferer. The above shocking instance of superstition and depravity took place about 10 miles from Calcutta, and in the same place, during the preceding year, 26 widows were burnt alive with their deceased husbands.


BRAINERD. October 1, 1918. Having failed in several attempts to dig a well last year, and for the want of one, being obliged to bring all our water from the creek, or from a small spring under its bank, about 70 rods from the mission house, we deem it worthy of notice in our

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