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pleasing to find that the Missionary cause in Travancore is countenanced by the native government, as appears from the following letters

South TRAVANCORE. Mr. Mead, in a letter dated Quilon, April 4, 1818, says, The

" South Travancore Mission is assuming a pleasing aspect. Many are continually for instruction and baptism. The former Christians feel their drooping courage revived, while others, undecided before, have come to the determination of declaring on the side of truth. In several villages persons have applied for schools to be established, and a Christian church to be built in their neighbourhood. A heathen, who lately found some treasure on the sea beach, has of fered one half of its value to build a better church than that now erected in Auticanda. Owing to the benevolent exertions of Col. Munro, and the favourable disposition of the native government, we hope the mission will soou be enabled to support itself.

'I am now about leaving this place for Nargarcoil, where a house, (formerly the residence of Col. Munro,) has been given to the mission.

The Queen's government have been pleased to appoint me to the office of Christian judge at the court of Nargarcoil.

• Having a comfortable house, I shall now take my dear infant with me to the southward. He is as well and as happy as a motherless babe can well be ; and while the Lord continues to afford so much of his gracious presence, I shall be enabled to bear the severe loss which I have sustained. The arrival of fellow labourers will tend greatly to strengthen my hands, and cheer my heart. I hope the Directors will request permission for two to come.* Here is a large and unoccupied field for their benevolent exertions.'

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From another quarter we learn, that the Rajah of Cochin has, in emulation of the Rannee, (the Queen,) presented 5000 rupees to the Missions.

A gentleman of great respectability, well acquainted with this district, says, "The small Protestant community formed by Mr. Ringeltaube in South Travancore, although still in a state of infancy, is much respected. Its Neophytes are called, “The Vadakans,' or • People of the Book ;' and sometimes. The people of the Suttee Vada'-an obvious allusion to the sacrifice of widows on the funeral pile of their husbands; and it receives more proselytes than all? the other sects of Christians in Travancore.

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AMBOYNA. A letter from the Rev. J. Kam, dated March 6, 1918, has just been received. He rejoices in the prospect of receiving the Malay New Testament, now printing by ihe British and Foreign Bible

* The Directors have appointed two Missionaries to join Mr. Mead at this station.

Society, vast quantities of which are needed by the inhabitants of Amboyna and other islands.

Mr. Kam, in the autumn of 1817, visited many of the Islands, particularly Ternate, Medado, Kama, Lokoepan, Bolam, &c. &c. as well as several of the little and the great Sangur islands, in most of which he found a deplorable want of Bibles. In some places even the schoolmasters had only a few leaves of the Scriptares remaining, and some were wholly destitute of them. Every where Mr. Kam was received as an angel from heaven, and multitudes heard from his lips the joyful sound of salvation. The kings and chiefs in general forwarded his pious endeavours in the most friendly manner.

In the course of his voyages among the islands, he sometimes encountered great dangers, and at Liou was attacked by a dangerous fever, which it was feared would bave proved fatal to bim; but he was mercifully restored, and baving finished his proposed tour, returned by a witaler to Amboyna. The people in the islands who professed Christianity, having been long without even the occasional visits of ministers, the ordinances had not been administered. Mr. Kam baptized, in the several islands, more than 5000 children, and nearly 500 adults. He also baptized in Amboyna, chiefly of those who had been Mahomedans, about 128 adults, besides children.

OTAHEITE. The following is a brief summary of the various accounts which have reached us of the success which has attended the preaching of the Gospel in the South Sea Islands, taken from a letter written to the Rev. John Hughes, minister of the Gospel in Montgomeryshire, by the Rev. John Davies, a missionary, who went from that neighbourhood.

I shall now give you a short account of the state of things with us in the South Sea Isles. The revival and reformation wbich commenced in 1813-14, continued and increased in 1815-16-17, so that the whole of the inhabitants of Taheite, Eimeo, Tapuamanu, Huaheine, Raiatea, Taha, Borabora, and Marua, have renounced idolatry entirely. The gods, altars, &c. are utterly destroyed. The offering of human sacrifices, and the practice of infanticide, are altogether abolished. The worship of the true God, and the profession of Christianity, are general throughout all the above islands. In Tabeite there are 66 chapels built,

and in Eimeo 16. The people assemble for worship thrice every Sabbath, and on every Wednesday evening. The Lord's day is strictly observed throughout the whole of the islands. Private and family prayer are general among the people. About 4000 persons have learned to spell and read, and many to write. In a word, the change far exceeds all our ex. pectation.

DEMERARA. Mr. Elliot, in a letter dated July 28, 1818, says, 'It is with peculiar pleasure I inform you that the Lord is carrying on his gracious work among the poor negroes. Many others are inquiring the way to Sion, I trust, with their faces thitherward. Since I last wrote to you I have baptized nearly 100, and married about 20 couples. They have made a public profession of their faith; may the Lord enable them to walk worthy of their vocation! One of those who were lately baptized was a head driver; he had been a very bad character, a great enemy to religion, and did all he could to prevent the negroes on the estate from holding their prayer meetings; but he is now, and for sometime has been, one of our most pious and zealous catechists. Many other negroes have offered themselves as candidates for baptism.

An estate in the neighbourhood, the slaves on which had formerly been prohibited from moeting together for prayer, has been sold to a gentleman who desires that they may be instructed, and it is

; hoped that a chapel will be erected.

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BAPTIST MISSION.

From the London Baptist Magazine, Nov. 1818. Extract of a letter from Mr. PHILLIPS, at Samarang, a populous town on the

eastern part of the Island of Java, dated Jan. 2, 1818. "I am now at Samarang, where I arrived on the 9th of November. I spent nine months at Batavia in learning the Malay lan guage, and set sail on October 2d for Samarang, and after a tedious passage arrived in safety with my family,

I have begun to preach in Malay, in my own house, and have also English worship on Sunday mornings. I have begun the Jayanese, and this will furnish employment for some years. Mr. Bruckner informs me that he has a collection of 25,000 words, and that in every new book he reads he meets with a great number of new ones.

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pant to preach to the Musslemen in Javanese, I long to establish schools for the youth, since it must be by the dissemination of knowledge among the rising generation, that the almost unlimited power of the Musslemen priests must be destroy. ed. The work is great and arduous; outward circumstances appear forbidding; but an unshaken confidence in the power of diyine grace forbids me to despair, Though fast bound by the prejudices of superstition, and in the fetters of delusion, the Javanese appear to furnish little ground to hope for their conversion, it is not our province to be dismayed, for “the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall perform it.”

Wherever I have been I have found the natives entirely under the controul of their priests and teachers, so that they have not dared to read a tract unless they had first shewn it to them, and received their opinion on its contents. These teachers are for the most part very ignorant ; their knowledge, in many instances, exa tending little further than the ability to read the Koran in the Arabic character without understanding the ineaning of twenty words in it. There is a numerous class of persons who have performed the pilgrimage to Mecca. These men are held in great respect, and live upon the credulity of the people. I asked one of them what good he had obtained by so long and painful a journey ?!he replied, that God had commanded it, and he hoped to obtain salvation by it.' I endeavoured to convince him that his hope was false, and that a work of that nature could not reconcile

a God to a sinner. He agreed to every thing I said ; still I could not forbear lamenting, that his ideas of the character of God were so incorrect as to lead him to hope for safety in him as á merciful Being, without once thinking of his justice: Men are ruined in their eternal interests by ignorance of God.

We are all now tolerably well; death has carried off scores of Europeans of late, but a merciful Providence has preserved us. I am now writing at the table at which Mr. Trowt often sat when lingering under the dreadful dysentery which carried him off. that I may follow him in his zeal and devotedness to the cause of God!

DEATH OF AN AGED MAHOMEDAN CONVERT. Spadilie, an aged convert from Mahomedanism, died last week. I baptized him about three years ago, and be grew in knowledge and grace. He died triumphantly at the age of about 78. God wonderfully brought this man, at the age of 72, to renounce the errors of the false prophet, and to bear testimony to the holiness of the Christian faith for nearly five years. His body was interred in the public burial ground, attended by many respectable and pious men, a circumstance unknown before. He was born in Ceylon, and had been a slave till within 19 years of his death. [Mr. Thom.

TOLERATION IN PERSIA. It is well known that the Mahometans profess to believe that Jesus Christ is a great Prophet; that he performed miracles; that he ascended up into heaven; and that he will judge the world. They in general, however, treat Christians with great contumely and cruelty. We are happy to hear that the Prince Royal of Persia is attempting to protect the Christians in that kingdom. He has lately assembled at Tauris, a city of Persia, containing about 209,000 inhabitants, a Divan, composed of the SheickalSellaum, (or head of the faith,) an office answering to that of Musti in Turkey, and the principal doctors of the law, and proposed the following questions for their determination. 1. Was Jesus Christ a true prophet sent from God? 2. Are the laws contained in the Gospel just ? 3. Is it lawful to blaspheme these laws ? The first two questions were answered in the affirmative; the last, in the negative. These decisions have received a legal form. The Prince Royal bas in consequence punished one of his domestics for insulting a Christian.

RESISTANCE TO THE MANDATE OF THE POPE. On the death of the late Primate, who was also Bishop of Con. stance, the Baron Von Wessenberg, his General Vicar, in the dia ocese of Constance, was nominated to succeed him. The Pope refused to confirm the nomination, but the Grand Duke of Baden, his Sovereign, maintains him in his situation, in defiance of the Pope's authority; and in so doing he is supported by all the sovereigns in Germany. The Grand Duke of Baden contends, that as sovereign, he is entitled to nominate to the vacant diocese, and that such nomination ought to be held good, till it be ascertained by competent judges, in partibus, that an improper person has been chosen. In ihis case, aster the most rigorous inquiry, he has found the Baron Von Wessenberg's qualifications of the highest kind, and his conduct to have always been most exemplary; he contends, therefore, that the refusal on the part of the Pope is an arbitrary act, to which no deference ought to be paid.

The whole case is laid before the public, in a memorial from the court of Baden, accompanied by a number of very curious documents.

It appears that the Baron Von Wessenberg, in his capacity of Grand Vicar of Constance, being sanctioned by the Prince Primate and the Chapter, has been the author of many important reforms in the church, that have long given great umbrage to the court of Rome.

Among his other reforms, it appears that he absolved monks from the oaths of celibacy, quoting the well known language of the apostle Paul on the subject; that he caused the service to be translated into, and celebrated in the mother tongue ; that he dispensed with the use of the Breviary; that he altered a number of inconvenient forms with respect to baptism, &c. : that he appointed stated examinations of the clergy; that he abolished all but a few festivals, and prohibited all ringing of bells on the days and eves of those abolished ; that hę, with the consent of the civil au• thority, converted monasteries, &c. into places of education, and hospitals; formed a new and more commodious division of parishes, and distributed the livings into classes, which were bestowed according to merit, and in which all extremes were avoided ; and that he discouraged pilgrimages, &e. It appears also, that he protected a professor who had distinguished himself by his skill in fiberal learning, after a mandate had been issued against him by the Pope, on the ground that he ascertained the accusations in the mandate to be unfounded. The bishop is supported by all the clergy of his extensive diocese, and indeed by nearly all the cler

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