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in Bishopsgate-street, under the care of the hall-keeper, in order to receive and record their London address, whilst they shall remain in town, and thus to facilitate any desirable communication between them and the Missionary Committee and Secretaries.
PLAN OF ADMISSION
TO THE ANNUAL MEETING IN EXETER-HALL, ON MONDAY,
MAY 2d, 1842.
1. The mode of Admission will be that by Ticket. Each Ticket will admit one person only.
2. The Tickets will be divided into Three Classes ; admitting the parties holding them to the Platform,—the Central Seats,-and the Raised Seats and Western Gallery, -respectively.
(1.) The Platform Tickets (which are not transferable) will be sent by the Secretaries to the Speakers,—to the Committee and Officers of the Society,—to those Ministers in or near London who are Members of the Soci. ety,—to the representatives or leading friends of kindred institutions,— and to such other persons, in town and in the country, as it may be deemed proper specially to invite, with a view to the promotion of the Society's interests, or in respectful acknowledgment of particular services which they have rendered to it.
(2.) One Ticket for the Central Seats will be furnished on application, as hereinafter specified,
To any Lady or Gentleman who is an Annual Subscriber of not less tban Two Pounds, or who represents a family which annually subscribes not less than Two Pounds :
To any Lady or Gentleman who has collected not less than Four Pounds for the Society in the course of the year :
And One additional Ticket for these seats will be given to such Ladies or Gentlemen in respect of every additional sum of Two Pounds annually subscribed by themselves or by the family which they represent, or for every additional Four Pounds collected by them for the Society, in the course of the year.
N.B. These Tickets are to be presented at the Large Central Door, lead. ing to the middle part of the Hall, which will be opened for their admission at nine o'clock.
The number of Central-Seat Tickets, issued on the plan of former. years, having been greater than the space could contain, and much incontenience having thus been occasioned, especially to the Ladies, the Committee have been reluctantly compelled to alter the Regulations, by limiting the admissions to this portion of the Hall to those Ladies and Gentlemen only whose personal or family Subscriptions, or whose Collections from others, amount to the sum specified above.
(3.) For the Raised Seats, and for the Western Gallery, one Ticket will be given, on application, to all other Members of the Society, so far as the capacity of the Hall will admit. All Annual Subscribers of One Guinea, and persons collecting for the Society to the amount of Two Pounds Twelve Shillings per annum, are by the Rules of this Society constituted MEMBERS. The doors leading to the Raised Seats and Western Gallery will be opened at Nine o'clock.
3. Subscribers and Collectors, to the several amounts above-mentioned, belonging to Auxiliaries and Branch Societies, or other Associations, whether in Town or Country, connected with this institution, are entitled to the privileges already severally stated. Those resident in town are requested to apply to the Ticket Committee; who will attend for the delivery of Tickets, under the regulations above specified, at the Wesleyan Mission-House, Bishopsgate-Street-within, between the hours of Eleven and Four, from Monday, April 25th, to Friday, April 29th, inclusive. If such application be made through the Local Secretaries, it should be addressed to them on or before Monday, April 25th ; that they may have sufficient time to obtain the required number of Tickets at the Mission-House; and, for the satisfac. tion of the Ticket Committee, it is respectfully requested that a written Order, signed by the Parties, may be placed in the hands of such Secretaries.-For persons resident in the country, such Tickets as they may be entitled to claim will be reserved at the Mission-House, BishopsgateStreet-within, on their signifying to the Ticket Committee, by letter sent free of postage, and under their own signature, on or before Wednesday, April 28th, their intention personally to attend.
4. Benefactors of Ten Pounds have the same privilege as Annual Subscribers of one Guinea ; and in proportion for any larger donation.All Treasurers and Secretaries of Auxiliary and Branch Societies or Associations will be allowed to claim Tickets as Members, if not adınissible under any of the preceding regulations.
5. Collectors, actually entitled, by the amounts they have collected, to admission under any of the foregoing heads, but whose names are not found in the last Annual Report of this Society, must, on applying for Tickets, produce a note from the Local Treasurer or Secretary, to whom the required sum has been paid, stating that the party is now, on that ground, entitled to admission.
No Tickets will be issued by the Committee before the time mentioned above.
The Annual Meeting of the AUXILIARY Society for the London Dis. TRICT will be held in Great Queen-Street chapel, on Wednesday Evening, May 18th; and Sermons will be preached in various Wesleyan chapels in London on Sunday, May 15th, in connexion with that Meeting. The particulars will be announced on the cover of the Missionary Notices for May.
MISSIONS IN CONTINENTAL INDIA. MELNATTAM.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Peter Batchelor, dated
Melnattam, November 17th, 1841. During the last month, in conse it may be very imperfectly, is yet conquence of the very heavy rain which usu siderably, extended. It is unnecessary ally falls here at this season of the year, for me, however, to enter into a discus. our visits to the surrounding villages sion of this subject ; for I think very have been almost entirely interrupted. highly of Dr. Duft's system of teaching The weather, however, is beginning to as applicable to India ; but it can only clear up again, so that we shall soon be be very partially adopted in the interior; able to resume our labours among them. while the minor school-system can be Our schools in these villages continue in adoptel and carried into every village a prosperous state, and the Schoolmasters and hamlet in every distriet of India, appear to be more active and diligent than and will unostentatiously prepare the they formerly were, in consequence of a way for the general reception of Chrissystem which we adopted, about the close tianity. of last year, of paying them according to
“ God moves in a mysterious way, the nunber of boys they teach, and the
His wonders to perform." progress of their pupils in learning. Certain persons are inclined to attach During the past year we could have little or no importance to this class of established many more schools, but have schools; and if we were to judge of them not had the means of doing so. Some solely by the immediate results they pro- time ago a Mirasder presented a piece of duce, they might be regarded as of very ground to me for the building of a school, little utility. But I am persuaded they in a large village about a mile and a half will have a powerful influence upon the from Melnattam ; but of this act of belief and practices of the people in liberality we have not, for want of funds, coming years.
Though the boys do availed ourselves. leave the schools at an early age, which On Saturday last, at the invitation of Fe very much regret, but cannot prevent, Mr. Haswell, I went over to Manaar. still
, in most instances, they have had goody, and opened a new school-room, by their minds impregnated with the truth, preaching in it from Psalm cvii. 1: which, though it may not be very appa
« Praise the Lord, for he is good : his rent to a superficial observer, cannot fail mercy is everlasting." The place was to have an important bearing upon the crowded, and many stood outside who thinkings of the future man, and prepare could not get in. Mr. Haswell, I bethe way at least for their reception of lieve, intends to preach in it once a week the Gospel : “A little leaven leaven- in future. But, in such a place as Maeth the whole lump.” Besides, these naargoody, we ought to have something schools not only keep Christianity before better and more substantial than these the minds of the people wherever they school-houses to preach in. The natives are established, but also serve
attach great importance to their temples, preaching-places; and, in many in- and give vast sums of money for their stances, the parents, from the very cir- erection ; and when they see us worshipcumstance of their children being taught ping in places which cost not more than gratuitously by us, come to witness their £3 or £4, they, in their ignorance, are examination, when we visit them, and to apt to despise our holy religion, and hear us preach ; and, doubtless, the boys everything connected with it. hope themselves make known to their parents that our kind friends at home will put what they have learned ; and thus the the means into your hands of enabling us knowledge of the true God, and of the more efficiently to carry on the work of blessed Gospel of our salvation, though the Lord in this idolatrous land,
BANGALORE.—Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Garrett, dated Bangalore,
December 20th, 1841. I HAVE the pleasure of sending you a sion of the type, and to know that they copy of two little works called « First" are the first of a series of school-books, and “Second Books,” in Canarese, of which we have hitherto been almost which we have printed in the new type destitute. you sent us from England. I thought I have also sent, together with the you would be pleased to see an impress Canarese books mentioned, iwo Numbers
of the “ Native Interpreter,”—& paper years scattering "the good seed of the devoted to the defence of Hindooism, - kingdom,” without being permitted to and which is widely circulated among witness its taking root, and springing up the natives who can read English.
to the glory of God, will be able to form Our work is now carried on here much some idea of the relief afforded even by more quietly. A few, however, begin to the baptism of one sincere convert. I look with suspicion on our school-opera- do trust that those gracious influences tions; and we lately lost a Master and which have of late visited Ceylon, will the majority of the boys, because we re. be vouchsafed to us; and that the num. fused to allow the introduction of some ber of labourers will also be augmented. native legends, which the Master tried to Including some Tamul members smuggle into the school.
who live in this neighbourhood and atI rejoice that, under all our discou. tend our services, we have fourteen ragements and trials,—and they have in society. We have a service at the been many this year, we have some Compound-school every Sunday morning evidence that we are not labouring in at half-past ten. But at this hour I our own strength. I believe I men have always to preach in English, in the tioned in my letter to the Committee last Artificers' chapel, Fort; so that the namonth, that we had several hopeful in tives are then left to the Catechist. I quirers, whose attention had been drawn cannot make any arrangement for being to Christianity, and their own danger as present at both, by changing the time of sinners, by the simple preaching of the service, as half-past ten o'clock is the only Gospel. On Sunday last I baptized a hour at which many could attend. And, it. man, who has afforded satisfactory evi- deed, as I have also to preach every other dence of his sincerity. Indeed the losses Sunday evening in English in the Can. and trials to which he will in conse tonment, the three services would be quence be subject, would never be en more than I could manage in this cli. countered by one whose concern for his mate ; but on those Sundays in which I soul's salvation did not outweigh every have only to preach once in English, we other consideration. I may add, that I have a Canarese service at six in the hope very shortly to baptize his wife and morning in the Pettah. The English family.
duties at this station are rather heavy You who have been in India, and for two Missionaries ; but I do not see know how depressing it is to go on for how they can be abridged.
MISSIONS IN CEYLON. The readers of the Monthly “Missionary Notices," we are persuaded, must have perused with great interest the letters from the Rev. Ralph Stott, published in the Number for November, 1841, and the extract from the “Ceylon Herald,” in the Postscript of that Number, respecting the remarkable opening for the preaching of the Gospel which has presented itself among the Veddahs, or “Wild Men of the Jungle,” in the neighbourhood of the Batticaloa station. The hopeful character and prospects of this “ work of God,” (for such we believe it is,) were confirmed by the testimony of the Rev. Jonathan Crowther, whose account was inserted in the “ Notices " for February. We have now the great pleasure of adding to these statements a subsequent letter from Mr. Stott; which strengthens our hope, in humble dependence on the divine blessing, that the results will be cheering and important. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Ralph Stott, dated Batticaloa, July 29th, 1841,
The work of God has been gradu. About ninety of those who have been ally increasing since I last wrote to you, baptized are Veddahs and Singhalese, rewhich was April 21st. We have had siding in Bintenne. The rest live in one hundred and forty-six baptisms with Batticaloa and the neighbourhood. in three months; and a few have embraced One of the persons lately baptized is Christianity who were baptized when a Vannien, or Head-man of a province. children, but brought up Heathens. He and his son have embraced Christian.
ity, in the face of much opposition ; but Moormen have just returned from Binthey stand firm, and exhort others to tenne, and say that the Christian follow them. I trust they will be the Veddahs now wash themselves, and pray instruments of converting the whole vil. together under the trees; and that when lage in wbich they live.
they wished them to clear jungle, they I have reason to believe that those said, “ We are now the Queen's people, who have embraced Christianity in Bin and worship the true God; and except tenne are doing very well. You may you will worship with us, we cannot conclude, from the description I have work for you.” I have been nine days already given you of them, that they in the jungle since I last wrote, and are extremely ignorant. In knowledge hope to go again as soon as the Districtthey are children, and I receive them as Meeting is over. We cannot yet supply such in some respects. But then in de these poor wild men with regular instruceeit and lying, and every other vice, they tion; but we hope we shall be able to do are also children, when compared with the inhabitants of the sea-coast. There The Legislative Council has granted is a simplicity and honesty about them, £200 towards settling these Veddahs, which gives me reason to believe that who live in the caves and rocks of the they will become sterling Christians. mountains ; and forty families have al. Nay, it is not unlikely that they may ready come down, and are building yet come out of their mountains and houses. A considerable number of them jungle, and preach Christ to the Hea are Christians; and the rest are anxious thens and Mahometans of the maritime to be baptized. Mr. Atherton, Governprovinces. They have already begun to ment Agent, has just returned from Binmeet together for prayer; and one has tenne, where he has been to fix their become an Exhorter. The Moormen are settlements, and gives a very good ac. trying to keep them from becoming count of the people. He states that they Christians, but without much success. pray daily, conduct themselves with the They have told one party, that we wish greatest propriety, and refrain from all to make them Christians for the purpose labour on the Sabbath. of taking them to China to fight. Others On the whole, I have reason to bless they have tried to keep back, by telling God on their account. Twelve months them that we intend to send them to ago they had never heard of God; now England whe we have baptized them. two hundred have been baptized, and The object of the Moormen is to keep many more are earnestly desiring to em. the Veddahs in their former ignorance, brace the Christian religion. that they may cheat them better in that God may baptize them with his bartering with them. Some of the Holy Spirit.
MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES.
AMONG the many recent indications, that, especially, in some of our older West India Missions, the congregations and societies are making great and
creditable efforts to diminish the amount of their claims on the parent Society, by increasing their own local contributions, we gladly insert the following letter. These Negro Christians, who thus laudably help themselves, are surely well entitled to further help, when needed, for the support of their Missionaries, from Christians at home.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. William Ritchie, dated Grateful-Hill, Jamaica,
July 30th, 1841. In this place
increasing congregations; so that num
bers had to sit outside, and, whilst listen“ Our conquering Lord hath prosper'd his word,
ing to the word of life, had to endure all Hath made it prevail."
the inconvenience of the “ teeming
shower,” or the burning rays of a tropical In the beginning of the year our chapel sun. How to obviate this, became a matwas found to be far too small for the ter of serious consideration. We all saw