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TRICHINOPOLY ;-Extract of a Letter from the Same, dated Trichinopoly,
October 19th, 1839.
On the 8th instant, I set out by way be founded on remarks made in my jour. of the Rajah's Satterani; a place which nal. I first visited in 1818. Here the Rajah Trichinopoly, Oct. 11th, 1839.-I arhas a butler and servants, with every rived at this place this morning, something necessary to entertain the English what exposed to the sun; yet, through traveller. It is fifteen miles from Mel mercy, my eyes have been kept from any nattain; we remained there till early relapse, which was on every account to be next morning, as our next stage was dreaded. Our Leader, belonging to Her through the jungle to Vellum, . fifteen Majesty's fifty-seventh regiment, came to miles farther. At Vellum we were hos. me in the evening; and I accompanied him pitably entertained by the Collector, Sir to an upper room, where divine service is Henry Montgomery, who succeeded Mr. held. He delivered a very good discourse Kindersley. The tents were pitched in English to a number assembled, chiefly near the old ruined Fort, in one of which country-born people. He was not aware I was accommodated : some other gentle of my arrival to-day, and had prepared men were present. This station was once to address the congregation; and as it of importance, and frequently visited by was well for me to hear him, before I the venerable Missionary Swartz from could fully sanction his labouring among Tanjore, seven miles distant. At pre- us, I made no alteration of the service, sent the village has a Catholic church, farther than by a few concluding obserand some Protestant schools which be- vations. long to the Tanjore Mission. The land 12th.- I preached in our chapel, near is high, and the soil red, mixed with the barracks, to our people of Her Ma. gravel; and the roads therefore are gene. jesty's fifty-seventh regiment; who rerally dry and good. The Collector resides quested that they might have the privilege here some months, the place being cen of hearing the Missionary, because, on tral for transacting business with the na. his last visit, they had been prevented by tives. Singepetty, eight miles farther, being on duty. They appeared to hear was the next stage, where there is a good as for eternity, and to join earnestly in rest-house. Here, on my last journey, prayer for an outpouring of the Holy (July 3d,) I had the company of a Jesuit Spirit. Priest. He was lately from France, and Sunday, 13th.--Again, at half-past a shrewd, clever man. We dined toge- six in the morning, I preached in the ther, (he accepted my invitation, as I same chapel. The service was solemn; had possession of the rest-house,) and a hallowed feeling seemed to pervade the had a very long and earnest conversation. assembly, while I set before them the Versed in all the presumption of the Ro. great work of redemption in and by man See, he spoke very confidently of Christ Jesus. A morning service in Inthe conversion of England, and the re. dia has ever had peculiar charms to my covery of that fine people” to the bosom heart. There, early in the house of God, of the mother Church of Rome! I was the soul melts with tenderness at the exceedingly close in speaking to him of “ tale of mercy ;" and there we have Dens's “ Theology,” Maynooth, &c., often proved, that by commencing the which raised a little colour in his face Sabbath by preaching and hearing his at times; yet he preserved his temper word, God has visited these earthly ta. very well. Towagoody, ten miles dis- bernacles with tokens of his favour. On tant, was the next stage, over very bad this occasion especially, we found it good roads, which in wet weather become to wait upon the Lord. nearly impassable. At present, my horse 14th.-I rode from the Fort to our got over the soft places very well ; and chapel, about three miles, and then the next morning I travelled thirteen visited some of the gentlemen of the miles to Trichinopoly, and took up my station. It was a very hot day; which residence in the Fort, near a house which caused severe headache, from exposure to I had occupied in May, 1818, upwards of the sun. At night, I renewed the sotwenty-one years ago! On looking ciety's tickets. On that occasion, two round me, what a change! How has gentlemen came in, thinking it only the death triumphed! What changes have usual service. They appeared greatly been made ! And scarce a wreck is surprised at the nature of the meeting ; left of what existed in society so long for I had in their hearing largely exago.
plained the Society's Rules. They exWhat I may hereafter put down will pressed great satisfaction on Icaving the chapel, which they did only when the ment; (the Romans here are said to be people retired.
eight thousand ;) and he (the Jesuit) To-day, I met with some who ap- is one of those who would compass sea peared to have imbibed the opinions of and land to make one convert. Judge, the “ Friend of India,” a Calcutta paper therefore, the danger of souls thus exnot very favourable to our Centenary posed to Heathenism, and to that which This we may expect amidst the mass of is perhaps, in some respects, worse. the community ; nevertheless, we can only pity thern, and go on with the noble Tanjore, October 22d.-Having left work, based as it is on love to God and Trichinopoly at day-light on Monday man. I regretted that I had not a copy morning, I may continue extracts up to of the Centenary volume, to put into the this date. hands of friends or foes : but we shall Sunday, October 20th.-At six o'clock have that help by and by, when we may in the morning, our people assembled at remove prejudice, and excite zeal in that the chapel, and I preached with much of noble work.
the assistance and unction of the Holy 18th.-Having promised to meet all Spirit. Our members in Her Majesty's the children that might be assembled an fifty-seventh regiment are about thirty in hour before preaching in the Fort, a good number ; many of them are fine young number, neatly dressed, came together. men, and may remain, perhaps, a number They were children of English and of years in India. How important is it, country-born persons living near the therefore, to guide them into the way of place. I conversed with them ; some read truth, that they may become useful to out of the little books that I was about others, in stations sometimes, perhaps, to present to them; and, after singing far distant from Chaplains or Missionand prayer, they departed with counte aries! At this Sabbath-morning service nances enlivened by the useful publica we had evident manifestations of the tions which they bore away in their divine presence among us, and felt it hands. Some of them, especially the good to draw near to God. elder children, returned to the service with A t half-past four P. M. I preached in the congregation, to join in the worship the Fort just under the great heathen of God. I preached with much liberty, temple, which raises its guilty front to on the nature of that eternal life in Christ the skies as in defiance of the true God. which is commenced here, its consumma The Heathen, at this season, had been tion being in heaven. One respectable busy with attendance at the river, to and aged Englishman, or of that descent, wash and offer ablutions in the names of got hold of my hand, and very feelingly idols that cannot save; but our assembly wished my speedy return, that they seemed to bow their hearts in adoration might hear words whereby they might be of the only living and true God. saved. This man has lately been greatly R ain fell in abundance on the mornblessed under the discourses delivered by ing of the 21st, and detained us from our Class-Leader and Local Preacher in starting; and we began to think that we this upper room, which the people, de. had perhaps remained too long, and sirous of hearing of Christ, had them. might have a wet journey. We set out, selves prepared.
however, at day-break, and proceeded to 19th.--I visited some families of coun- the first rest-house, thirteen miles distant, try-born people, and endeavoured to and at night slept at the second stage, render that intercourse beneficial by seri. Singepetty, twenty-three miles from Trious conversation. Several mentioned the chinopoly. Without remaining at Velwant of Missionaries and Ministers in lum, I proceeded direct to this place, Trichinopoly, where a single Chaplain (Tanjore,) and was kindly entertained and one Protestant Missionary are left to at the house of the venerable Mr. Kohl. labour in a field so large : when compared hoff, who still remains in the Mission with Madras and Bangalore, this being the field, although it is now nearly twentyhead-quarters of the third division of the two years since I paid him a first visit at army, as well as of Heathenism at Lering. Tanjore. ham, very small indeed is the supply for Trichinopoly. Our occasional visit quar- Negapatam, October 25th.--I reached terly cannot add much to meet the wants this place yesterday morning, and found of the teeming population.
Mrs. Carver very weak in bed. She had The Jesuit Missionary, whom I men- suffered more than usual for a few days tioned in a former letter, occupies a sta. past, (from an attack of fever,) but may, by tion near the Goa Roman Mission at this divine goodness, soon regain her wonted place, between the Fort and the canton- state of health. In the next house, Mrs.
Best was residing, and was confined to her but had not regarded what I heard there. room, Mr. Best being at Manaargoody. The Lord had now laid his hand upon The brethren, Hardey and Griffith, are me; and one day, being very uncomfortwell. With as little delay as possible, I able in mind, I went, with others, to look mean to go to Melnattam ; but am not at the tomb of Bishop Heber; and while able to take my dear wife and child. looking at it, I knelt down near it on the They must remain a little longer, till we steps of the communion-table, and prayed know the arrangements which may be to God to help me. While there, my necessary, on Mr. Crowther's request to body was weak and my mind confused, change the place of the District-Meeting so that my companions did not know to Madras.
what was the matter with me. I went on We held a love-feast during my stay at some time in a miserable way, till the Trichinopoly; which I have not men- Lord's supper was administered by the tioned in my former communication. It Chaplain; and on the second occasion of was a time of spiritual refreshing from that kind, I had faith given me to believe the Lord. A Roman Catholic, who had that Christ died for me. To the astonishlately been brought to see the error of ment of myself and others, my mind was that people who deny the general use of healed, and my body was healed. I could the sacred Scriptures, and was desirous to rejoice then, and I rejoice now, that God join our society, spoke in a very humble applies medicine, balm to the wounded manner concerning the Lord's gracious conscience, and strength to the weak dealings with him. He rejoiced now to frame. By grace the Lord has kept me hear the word of God read and explained, hitherto ; and my prayer is, that he may and to receive the holy sacrament of the keep me to the end.” Lord's supper in a Protestant church. In conclusion, I may say a word or His conscience seemed very tender, and two on the loud call made, by our people in his present circumstances he saw need and others, to have one of us, at least, to be circumspect and diligent.
permanently resident in Trichinopoly. Another spoke nearly as follows :-“I Great is the necessity for such a measure. thank God that he brought me to see my It has been recommended by all the bresinful condition. When I came to Tri. thren in the south, and we shall consider chinopoly a few months since, I was quite the subject at our next District-Meeting. indifferent about my soul. By attending The Americans talk of sending two to preaching in the chapel and the church, that quarter soon. And shall we, who I became very unhappy. I recollected have had a chapel for twelve or fifteen that I had often sat near the pulpit-steps years there, and thirty or forty members, in a Wesleyan chapel in Manchester, be deaf to the people's entreaties ?
Wesleyan Mission-House, 77, Hatton-Garden, London,
February 17th, 1840. From various circumstances, we are as yet unable to furnish the amount of the Society's income for 1839 in such complete detail, as would be necessary to any exact or useful comparison of the several items with the receipts of the previous year. But we have the high satisfaction of stating, generally, that the aggregate income of the year lately closed exceeded that of 1838 by several thousands of pounds; -an increase which calls for lively gratitude to God and to the Christian public; and which, though it may not fully realize the anticipations of some of our sanguine and liberal friends in the country, is, under all the circumstances, quite equal to any expectations which the Committee ever felt themselves authorized to indulge. They “ thank God, and take courage ;” regarding the very considerable advance of 1839 as an evidence of regular and healthy progress, and as a pledge of still greater effort, and, therefore, of a still greater augmentation of contributions, in the year on which the Society has just entered.
That the Committee are able to make so gratifying a report of the receipts of the last year, is a circumstance for which they are very largely indebted, under the blessing of God, to the extraordinary munificence of one generous individual,-Miss Birch, of Brereton, near Stafford ; who, to her many former instances of Christian liberality, in favour of this and other pious objects, has recently presented to the Society, as will be seen in this month's list of contributions received at the Mission-house, the noble sum of £1,500. The Committee most respectfully tender to her their warmest thanks; and venture to express their persuasion, that such exemplary liberality, in this season of the Society's peculiar exigency, cannot fail to be influential in “ provoking” other affluent persons “to love and good works.”
The Committee take this opportunity of entreating their friends, in every part of the country, to make early and zealous efforts in behalf of the special subscription, lately commenced, for the establishment of the proposed Mission to Ashantee, &c. A list of the contributions already received, for this deeply-interesting enterprise, will be found below. We trust that another month will enable us to make large additions to it. If the Ashantee Mission is to be undertaken at all, arrangements should be made for it without loss of time. The Committee anxiously await the arrival of the special supplies which are indispensable to that purpose.
List of Contributions already received towards the Special Fund for
- the Mission in Ashantee, fc.
Thomas Farmer, Esq., Gunnersbury-house ...............
• 10 10
............ 12 0
............. 10 0 A Friend, Leeds .........
........... 10 0 Right Hon. Thomas Grenville......
5 0 “ A Thank-offering, by one who rejoices in the increased suc.
cess of the Female Branch Society at Stoke-Newington "...... 5 0
5 0 Miss M‘Cullock, Guernsey, by the Rev. W. Burt
5 0 A Friend.............. Mrs. B. Job, Truro ............
1 10 A Friend at Penrith ...........
1 1 Mr. John Darley, Dunstable .........
1 0 Mr. Spanton, Mallon ...........
1 0 Small Sums .......
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
£ 8. d.
............ 250 0 0 Miss Parr, Nottingham; Legacy Residue....................... 1600 0 The Honourable The Hudson's-Bay Company, towards the
Outfit and Passage of three Missionaries for their Territory
100 00 A. P. Z., by James Nisbett, Esq. ...........
20 00 Legacy of Hannah Preston, Servant of Thomas Marriott, Esq., by the same ................
19 19 0 A Friend, Doncaster, by the Rev. Thomas Garbutt ........ 15 0 0 Thomas Marriott, Esq. (Annual) ....... ..
10 10 0 Legacy of Robert Lawrence, Esq., Reading ; Thomas Rick
ford, William Heelas, and R. Billing, Esqrs., Executors... 10 10 0
the Debt of 1838 ................................................... 10 0 0
2 2 0 Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley (Annual) ............................ 2 2 0 Rev. George Marsden (Annual) .......................
2 0 0 John Ware, Esq. (Annual) ................................
2 0 0 Sums below £2 ............. ............................
18 18 0 BEDFORD AND NORTH. YORK DISTRICT.
PORTSMOUTH DISAMPTON DISTRICT.
TRICT. £ s. d.
£ $. d.
Ripon ......... 94 95 Chatteris ...... 40 0 0
Scarborough... 2 15 0 Portsmouth ... 31 18 Leighton Buz
Ringwood .... 10 3 9 zard ......... 129 0 0
97 4 5 Isle of Wight 121 13 11 Northampton,
Salisbury ...... 85 0 3 &c............120 17 1
Poole............ 77 1 0 Kettering ...... 61 19 3
Portsea ......... 35 15 9 Stamford ...... 51 2 0 DEVONPORT DIS
Southampton 55 19 Peterboro'...... 81 5 0
Andover ....... 45 0 5 Biggleswade... 124 15
Chichester .... 20 0 Luton ......... 223 19 Plymouth......117 5 8
7 Cambridge ... 63 16 6 Tavistock ...... 52 19 5
462 12 5 Huntingdon ... 66 97 Holdsworthy... 25 0 0 District ......... 242 2 4 Kilkhampton 53 11 9 Market Har.
ABERDEEN DISTRICT. District ........387 9 10 borough...... 18 15 3 Ashburton .... 95 13 8 Inverness ...... 21 0 0 Newport ....... 520 0 Liskeard ...... 17 14 6 District .......112 4 1 . 1276 17
133 4 1