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Fall,) On passing through Thyatira, the last stage of a consumption: I Mr. Hartley found a Greek who asked him if he felt willing to die : said, that two missionaries, who he should wish, he replied, to have were doubtless the Rev. Messrs, Fisk an opportunity, previously, of bringand Parsons, had visited Thyatira, ing some of his countrymen to the five or six years ago, and distributed knowledge of the truth.” He adds: books: they had presented him with “ I hear, at intervals, of different one, which he had lent to more than Jews, who appear to believe in two hundred persons.
the Messiah : they are, however, so From Therapia,asmall village near closely watched, that it is almost Constantinople, Mr. Hartley writes: impossible to have intercourse with “ I have found here, as elsewhere, them. A Jew cannot call once upon abundant opportunities of making a missionary, without danger of the known the truth to the Greeks, I severest pupishment.” have been in habits of daily in- The society has sent out several tercourse with five young men, and missionaries to Egypt and Abyssinia. have given them regular instruction The ancient church of the Copts in Christian doctrines, and on various will chiefly occupy the attention of other subjects. Beside them, there those who are engaged in the Egypare many other persons whom I have tian mission. had the means of inducing to at- CALCUTTA AND NORTH-INDIA tend to religion."
In allusion to the converted Jews In the last Report, an account at Constantinople, whose persecu. was given of the visits which the tions have so greatly excited the Bishop of Calcutta paid to various attention and sympathy of the Chris- stations of the society, during his tian church, Mr. Hartley writes: progress through his diocese; and “ It is almost impossible to conceive of the benefits which the missionaries the extremity of misery to which and their congregations derived from these persecuted individuals have the paternal counsel and affectionate been subjected - prison, stripes, exhortations of their ecclesiastical chains, threats, hunger, cold, sepa- superior. The joy which these cirration from friends and advisers, cumstances gave to the friends of the constant society with criminals and society, was soon, however, sucabandoned characters, severe sick. ceeded by feelings of an opposite nesses in consequence of their suffer, nature, by the arrival of intelligence ings, without physician and with that he, on whom the eyes and af, out medicines-confinement, in a fections of all who are interested in place, not only destitute of the com- the spiritual welfare of India were mon comforts of life, but disgusting intensely fixed, had, in the midst of from its want of cleanliness. What bis years and labours, been sum, renders their condition, the more moned from his Saviour's work on deplorable is, that they have no earth to his presence in heaven. Christian friend or minister to in- We pass over that part of the sostruct them, nor Christian example ciety's Report which alludes to this to direct them; and, from their painful theme, as our pages have al. previous circumstances, their know. ready recorded the chief particulars ledge of the doctrines and duties of connected with it. Christianity is but limited. I have We must again content ourselves had an interview with them once at with a few cursory notices of the the gate of the Arsenal, but I can- proceedings in this mission, not obtain such access to them as In Calcutta, the Rev. Mr. Wilson would give me an opportunity of and the Rev. Mr. Reichardt are exercising my proper duties toward each occupied three or four even, them. When I saw Jolin Baptistings in the week, in preaching to Castro, lie appeared like a man in and conversing with such as choose to attend in the Bungalow chapels the Bible Society. The press is of the society. - The attendance at beneficial to the society in a pecu. these places sometimes amounts to niary view. The tracts are eagerly 200 persons and upward, but usually received by the natives. averages from 30 to 80. The mis. We might apply to the society's sionaries express the encouragement proceedings, in its various stations, which they derive from the present the following remarks of Mr Tho. aspect of things, and the spirit of mason, relative to those at Burdwan: inquiry which the heathen are be. Those who are sanguine in their ginning, in some degree, to manifest. hopes of an extensive and rapid With these encouraging circum- conversion of the natives to Chrisstances, however, they are not for- tianity, will see nothing very encougetful of the difficulties with which raging in what has now been retheir work is attended. There are ported: but to us, who have watched in connexion with this station one the course of things from the very English and thirteen native schools: commencement of our missionary the native schools contain 812 labours, these openings cannot but scholars. “ The subject of native- be very cheering. We have felt the female education in this country strong prejudices which opposed the is becoming increasingly popular work, and the difficulty with which among all ranks of society; and is even a common school for the in. evidently gaining rapid accessions of struction of children could be esta. strength. Many were the difficul. blished: we found it necessary to be ties with which it was at first as- cautious and prudent, patient and sailed in its feeble career; yet per- persevering; and have seen the grasevering zeal has, by the blessing of dual progress of education, until a God, triuinphed over them. In the whole class of boys have grown up space of four years, above 500 na- under our eyes, preparing daily for tive females have been brought un- useful labour, and becoming inore der a course of instruction, and bave qualified and disposed to communi made fair progress in reading, cate instruction to their fellow writing, and needle-work. The se
countrymen. We now see these parate fund, opened by the society boys, some of them actually engaged in support of native-female educa in superintending schools, others tion in India, amounted to nearly about to undertake the work of 18001.: of this sum upward of 4001. translating, whilst all unite with the had been produced by a sale of la- Christian minister in his daily prayers, dies' work. The foundation-stone and even accompany him to native of a central school was laid on the villages, and open the service with 18th of May, by the lady of the go- a hymn to the honour of the Red vernor general. Many natives, par- deemer, in a chapel established at ticularly women, were present. The the request of the villagers them. liberal benefactor of the school, Bu- selves. In all this we must rejoice. dinath Roy, addressed Lady Am- We thank God, and take courage; herst, through his interpreter, in not doubting that He who hath beterms of deep gratitude for the gun the good work will carry it obligations bestowed on his coun. forward." trywomen. The press finds em- MADRAS AND SOUTH INDIA ployment for several converted natives. In a year and a half there were From Madras the missionaries printed fifty-two different books and write, -"It has pleased our heavenly tracts, forming a total of 123,344 Master
Master to give us much encourage copies, containing nearly six millions ment in the various branches of our of pages. More than one half con. mission. Our several congregations sisted of single Gospels, the Acts, are all on the increase. In the in and the book of Isaiah; printed for teresting work of female education,
we have unexpected success. Our harvest : they laboured, and others native-girls' schools are four in have entered into their labours. number, and contain 130 children : The stations occupied in Travanour English-girls' schools are three core are Cotym, Cochin, and Allepie. in number, and contain about 120. At Cotym, the college contained 47 The fields are already white unto the students. Most of the schools have harvest!"
kept up their numbers; but several, The Church Missionary Society's which used to be well attended, are seminary, designed for training up now almost deserted. The schoolyoung men as schoolmasters and masters are, however, continued ; assistants in the work of missions, and there is no reason to doubt but was commenced, upon a small scale, that the people will send their chilin the beginning of the year 1822. dren again after a time. At Cochin The total number of boys now under there is a noble church; a congres instruction is 30; of which 23 are gation of about 200, who understand natives, and seven country-born. Of English; a school of 20 children, the elder youths four are now em- and the prospect of establishing ployed as schoolmasters and assist- other schools, amounting to about ants in the Madras mission.
1000 children. AtTranquebar the applications for BOMBAY AND WESTERN-INDIA new schools, by heathen natives, have increased. In the seminary at this The Bombay Committee report, station there are 14 youths. Much that on Sundays, the missionaries gratitude is evinced by many of have employed part of the day in the children for the opportunities of giving instruction to some native instruction which they enjoy. The youths who attend for the purpose. gentlemen who reside in this part of it cannot be said that any of these the country take a warm interest in are likely at present to embrace the society's school-establishment, Christianity; but there is a readiness and are always ready to aid the to receive instruction of a decidedly work.
religious nature. The contributions From Tinnevelly the missionaries to the Auxiliary Society have conwrite, that a new church has been siderably increased during the year. erected at Palamcottah;
CEYLON MISSION. amounted to 2000 rupees, of which During his visit to Ceylon, Bishop the Madras committee advanced Heber examined
the society's 800: the remainder was raised by schools, and expressed much pleacontributions from all classes of sure in the progress of the children. people in the neighbourhood, Euro- The printing department is coming peans, native Christians, Mohamme into action, and a second press has dans, and heathens. The spirit of been obtained. Several pieces, in inquiry after Divine truth is extend Cingalese and in English, have been ing among the natives: they are printed. St. Matthew's Gospel, of forsaking their idols and idolatrous Mr. Lambric's version, has been practices, and are enrolling them- circulated ; and he was about to put selves among the professed servants to press either the Book of Genesis of Christ. The district surrounding or the Acts of the Apostles. Palamcottah furnishes great encou
Twelve natives on one station em. ragement to the servants of Christ braced the opportunity afforded them to persevere and abound in their by the bishop holding a confirmation, work. In that field, Ziegenbalg and of making a public profession of Swartz, and their companions, sowed their faith in Christ, and of their de the seed, and followed it with many termination to devote themselves to 4 prayer for its increase;- but theirs his service. The missionaries state, was not the honour to gather in the that, on a brief review of the year, mi152,99
they have not been without some But it is not so now : 'it is very seltrials and afflictions ; but no heavy dom they molest us, except when calamity has befallen them,and great fighting-parties assemble together. and especial blessings have been I cannot but see a considerable imgranted to them.
provement in their outward conduct." AUSTRALASIA MISSION.
The Christian and persevering The committee state, that, besides spirit of the missionaries will appear the Auxiliary Church Missionary from the following passage from the Society, established in New South most recent letter contained in the Wales, a corresponding committee Report :-" Whatever may befal had been formed, to collect informa- our mission, we are now prepared to tion on subjects of a missionary na- depart or stay, according to the beture, to assist the society's mission- haviour of the natives; but it is, I aries, and to watch over the society's believe, our united determination to missions and schools, whether in remain until we are absolutely driven New South-Wales, New Zealand, or away. It may be the will of God any other part of Australasia. No that our work should be interrupted attempt had yet been made by the for a season, that it may be carried society among the Aborigines, no on with greater vigour hereafter. proper person having been found for We know that we are concealed in the purpose. But this want, it was the hollow of the hand of the Lord, hoped, would soon be supplied. The who will not suffer the enemy to do New Zealand seminary at Paramatta more than shall tend to the good of was completed. Mr. William Hall his people and the prosperity of his and his family, with four New-Zea. cause." landers and nine natives of New WEST-INDIES MISSION. Holland reside there.
The committee are happy in beOur readers are aware of the ing able to state, that a correspond. many vicissitudes which have been ing committee has been formed in permitted to visit the New Zea- the island of Jamaica, whose object land mission. The missionaries, it will be to obtain and circulate inpreviously to those calamities, had formation, and to recommend such written to the following pur- measures as may tend to promote port: -“ The natives at Rang. the society's plans for the spiritual heehoo continue to behave quietly benefit of the slave population of towards us : the scholars, and those the West-India Islands. The comwho live in our houses, are increas- mittee have placed the sum of 2001. ing in knowledge: they attend Di- at the disposal of the Bishop of Javine service, and are fond of singing maica, for promoting the establishhymns. Their parents are much ment of schools. The society ocpleased to see them write and to cupy five stations in the West hear them read, and say that they Indies, having nine schools, eighteen are missionaries, and employ them to teachers, and 1400 scholars. write to me for any thing they may NORTH-WEST AMERICA MISSION. want. It is pleasing to visit the In the midst of much distress, other settlements, and see so many occasioned by a destructive inunda natives, young and old, assemble tion, the ministerial labours of the together to sing and pray with their missionaries have been attended teachers."
with many encouraging circum And again, “On our first coming stances. The Sunday services and here, it was with great difficulty that the prayer meeting in the week, are we were able to live among the na- well attended, , At Christmas 1825, tives ; who, at one time, hardly ever Mr. Jones had the happiness of ad. ? came to our settlement without mo- mitting to the Lord's Supper the first lesting us in some way or other. native Indian. The Sunday and
week-day schools were in a flourish- 13,447 scholars; 9479 of whom are ing state in the winter ; but in the boys, 3086 girls, and 882 adults. spring the settlers were so dispersed Many churches have been built, that it was impossible for their chil- in which the Gospel is faithfully dren to attend them. The Indian preached, and the ordinances of God boys are making considerable pro- administered ; and at some of the gress in knowledge, and some of principal stations printing-presses them seem to attend with a great have been established, from which deal of sincerity when religious in- the Scriptures, liturgy, and relistruction is delivered. Some of the gious tracts are issued in large Indians evince a great desire for the numbers. instruction of their children.
of the success which God has In concluding the Report of their given to the society in the use of proceedings, the committee give the these means, the committee ac following summary of the society's knowledge, with devout gratitude to operations :—In its nine missions God, that they have been permitted there are 54 stations, with which to gather some fruit from among the are connected 286 schools. All heathen : but theyregard the present these different stations are employ- only as the seed time; and scattering 458 labourers; of whom 124 ing, as God enables them, the inare Europeans, and 334 born in the corruptible seed of his word, they respective countries where they are would wait in faith and patience for employed. In the schools there are the promised harvest.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE. In the course of the year, the So- The society has always been ciety for promoting Christian Know. anxious to diffuse its benefits in ledge has distributed to its members every part of the British empire. and the public 54,896 Bibles, 75,547 Ireland, in particular, has particiTestaments and Psalters, 146,668. pated largely in its bounty; and, Books of Common Prayer, 91,897 during the past year, fresh exertions bound books, and 1,092,844 tracts. have been used to meet the demand The receipts of the society have which has arisen for the word of amounted to 70,0001. and its ex- God in the Irish language. The penditure to 65,645. Of the latter society has made a considerable sum 54,652, have been paid for grant of Bibles and Books of Combooks and tracts issued from the so- mon Prayer, in English, to the Dubciety's stores; and 7,2381. for grantslin Association for discountenancing in aid of the foreign operations of the Vice, for the use of schools, hospisociety. This large income is not tals, workhouses, gaols, and for gemore than sufficient to defray the neral distribution. It has also reincreasing demands upon the so- newed its endeavours to complete ciety's funds; so that no material the edition of the Irish Bible, as well extension of its designs can be safely as to commence the reprinting of the undertaken without a still further Book of Common Prayer in the same increase of disposable means. The language. The portion of the Old society is well aware that such an Testament already printed has been increase can only be expected from transmitted to Dublin, to be exa=" a general conviction of the utility of mined by a competent Irish scholar, its services; and in the humble bope and the university of Dublin has that such a conviction may be consented to allow the Book of strengthened by an account of its Common Prayer to be printed at its proceedings during the last year, press. The very limited number of it submits the following outline of biblical scholars who are critically them to the consideration of the acquainted with the Irish language, public.
has thrown great obstacles in the Christ. Observ. APP.