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EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OF MR. DAV- | printing hands, as he was desirous to
ENPORT, DATED BANGKOK, DEC. 8, exhort and instruct them as far as he 1840.
I said to him, suppose you should The first Siamese convert-Application be persecuted by your countrymen, for baptism.
and they should even proceed to inI rejoice with trembling to commu- prison you aud threaten you with death nicate to you the fact, that there is one for changing your religion ; how would Siamese willing to break loose from the you act? He replied, I would endeavidolatrons religion of his forefathers or to submit to it quietly. and his countrymen, and to connect We all feel much interested in this himself with the church of Christ. case. Sabbath next is appointed for His name is Soot; and he is a young bis examination; after which I hope man, about tweniy two years of age. to have the pleasure of baptizing him He has been in our einployment more in the name of the blessed Trinity. than a year. Soon after entering it, We ask the prayers of the Board in he began to make inquiries relative to behalf of ourselves and the poor heathe Christian religion, and afterwards then about us, and especially for this appeared to take an uncommon interest individual, that he may be blessed and in the daily and Sabbath exercises. made a blessing to the benighted SiAfter this time he expressed bis belief amese. in the truths of christianity, and asked to be admitted into the church by baptism. I thought it best to act cautious
et est Africa. ly in regard to this case, and requested
THE BA'SA TRIBE. him to persevere in the course he was pursuing. When we felt fully satisfied
The subjoined sketch of the character and that he was willing and anxious to obey trabits of this people, is from the pen of Rev. Christ, we should with much pleasure w. G. Crocker, missionary of the Board, who receive him into the church. I have conversed with him at jutervals for a
is now on a visit to this country. He has renumber of months past, and he has sided for several years among them, has acgiven evidence that he has been a man quired their language, and has had ample opof prayer ever since his first applica- portunities for acquaiutance with their charaction. Recently he has been exerring ter and condition. himself in behalf of his fellow-laborers in the printing department, and seeins
The Bása country- Agriculture, Social extremely desirous that they should
economy. engage in the service of the irue God. The Bása people extend from Junk A most prominent object in his private river to the river Cestres, about 90 miles supplications of late, he says, bas been on the coast; and from all the inforto ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. mation I have been able to gain, I Upon being qnestioned closely in re- think they occupy most of the country ference to the exercises of his mind between those points, and for about concerning sin, as having been con- seventy miles back from the sea. Their mitted agaiust God, a good and holy number was estinated by Mr. Ashman Beiug, he says he has not only besought at 125,000. As this would give about Him to forgive the sins which he still twenty to a square mile, it probably is remembers to have committed, but not far from the truth. The language also those wbich he bas long siuce of this tribe seems to be understood forgotten, including the sin of idolatry. pretty extensively, and by those among But with regard to idol worship, he ihem also, who speak another lansays he never engaged in it because he guage. fully believed in it, but simply for the The Básas seem to be as ignorant sake of doing as others did. For sev- and degraded as any other tribe on the eral days past he has given every indi- western coast. They are a timid, incation of a mind at ease and joyful; dolent, and unambitious people. Not and upon being questioned as to his having had any written language, they feelings, he said he was in the enjoy- have no knowledge of the arts and ment of much happiness. We have a sciences, and seem to have gone on meeting for conference and prayer ev- for ages in the same track, following ery Wednesday afternoon; and he in- implicitly the customs of their ancesquired if I would permit' hini at the tors. They seem, indeed, to regard same hour to have a meeting with the lany innovation almost as a crime.
Their manners are simple and their exception of the head man, builds his wants few. They depend upon the own house. These houses are of varicultivation of the soil, and raise barely ous sizes, from six or eight feet square, suficient to supply their pecessities to twenty feet long and a dozen wide. froin year to year. As there is no in- The usual size is not far from eight dividual property in land, each person feet square. The sides consist of poles selects some spot which, by not hav- thrust into the ground perpendicularly, ing been cultivated for several years, and plastered with a kind of clay, or has grown up 10 trees and bushes. covered with a mat. The roof is covThese trees and bushes he, with the ered with thatch, whicb, when well aid of his wife, or wives, cuts down in put on, effectually sheds the rain. This the dry season, and after burning them, roof projects two or more feet beyond just as the rainy weather sets in, puts the sides of the house, and generally bis rice and cassada into the ground. comes down to within about four or As soon as the farm is burned, almost five feet from the ground. By this all the rest of the work devolves on the means the sides of the house are thorwomen. The time occupied by the oughly secured from the rain. The men in farming, is not far from three interior is principally occupied by a months in a year. The remainder of bed. This is formed of a nat restthe year is spent chiefly in idleness. ing on a kind of framework, which is Sonie however are more industrious raised from the ground about eighteen than others, and employ a portion of inches; or it is frequently made of their leisure time in making canoes, earth, elevated above the rest of the puddles, rice mortars, &c. Some are foor about six inches, and covered employed by the colonists to bring with a mat. A portion of the floor (or cainwood from the interior, and others ground) is left for a fire. The natives sre hired to work on their farms. always have a fire at night. They have Though they are generally averse to no chimney, but the smoke finds its labor, and always call their farming way out at openings left for this purseason a time of trouble, yet for the pose under the eaves. sake of reward, they can he induced An inventory of the domestic utento work for a short season with some sils of the natives, would illustrate the degree of diligence. They are eager adage, to acquire money, but have very little
“ Man wants but little here below." disposition to hoard. Indeed there is but little encouragement for a common A pot or two for cooking, a wooden individual to lay up wealth. The mo- bowl or a wash-basin, and sometimes, ment one gets a little more than his (not always) a wooden spoon for eatneighbors, he is the object of envy, ing, comprise all that many a native and subject to heavy exactions from family owns of these articles. Their the head man of the town. If he is wardrobe consists of a few yards of known to have any thing valuable, the different kinds of cloth, cut up into bead man will frequently ask it as a pieces of one or two yards in length. present. If he refuses, he is liable to One of these pieces, without the aid be bronght into a difficulty which will of needle or scissors, fornis the robe of cost hiin twice as much as the value their most respectable females. The of the article desired. Besides, the cloth is, by fernales of the Basa tribe, sensuality of the patives is frequently wrapped round the body, so as to lap bringing them into difficulty with their in front; the width of the cloth (which neighbors, or with the head man, is usually from three quarters to a yard) who has often twenty or thirty wives, forming the length of the garment. of all ages. In such cases, the damage The men use generally about a yard of sustained is estimated very much ac- cloth, and put it on as best comports cording to the pecuniary resources of with their sense of decency. Some of the offender. Sometimes, when the the tribes on the coast differ from these criminal has nothing to pay, nor any in their mode of wearing cloths. The friends to redeem him, he is sold as a Grebo men, at Cape Palmas, dress like slave.
the Bása women, and their wonen
like the Bása men. Houses of the natives—Domestic habits—, The food of the natives is usually Amusements.
simple, consisting of rice, cassada, The people of this tribe live in small palm oil, banana, plantains, green villages containing from twenty to two corn roasted, and such animal food as huodred houses. Each man, with the l they can obtain. They eat cats, dogs,
LETTER FROM KONG KOBA.
The writer of the following letter is a youth Their principal amusement is dan of much promise connected with Mr. Clarke's cing to the sound of a drum, accompa- school at Edina. He is a son of the late nying their instrumental with vocal king Koba, "Father of the land," a powerful music. The children are taught to chief whose jurisdiction extended over many dance as soon as they can walk. Such native towns. He is now about 17 years of is their attachment to this amusement age, possesses a strong and vigorous mind, that they frequently keep it up most a docile disposition, and exhibits a consistent of the night, for many nights in suc- christian character. The letter is addressed cession. Both sexes, and almost all
to the Secretary of the Board, and dated Ediages, participate in this sport. Upon almost every occasion of joy, however
na, April 20, 1811. trivial, the drum and song of the dan-Dear Sir, cers are heard. But at the burial of a I was very thankful when I received head man, great preparations are made; those things you sent out to us;* 10t I natives flock in from all around, and only, but all the rest of the boys were several days and nights are spent in very glad also. By this reason the nadancing. This ends with a feast. tives of this country know that there is a
reality in the religion of Jesus Christ. Religious notions—Ideas of futurity. You were not our relations, neither our The Básas seein to have no system parents, but for your kindness' sake of religion. Indeed their ideas are so you sent out these things to us. Wben vague on this subject, that it is exceed- Mr. Crocker and Mr. Mylne first came ingly difficult to ascertain what they to this country my father thought, after really are. They are, however, much we were taught, they (the parents) will under the power of superstition. Their pay them; but Mr. Crocker and Mr. belief in witchcraft is amazing. Their Mylne told them that they want no grigri men, who are generally from pay at all. They were astonished, and some distance or of another tribe, be said among themselves, these people ing shrewd men, and capable of per- came here to steal our children away; forming some juggling tricks, are view- therefore when they first came to this ed with a kind ofawe, and impose most country they did not liave many boys; astonishingly upon their credulity. but afterwards they said, these people They live in much dread of being are good people, then they sent their poisoned; and as they seem gener- children. Another (reason) was, they ally to connect this poisoning with thought when a person gets a knowlwitchcraft, they wear on their bodies edge of books he will soon die. But something furnished by their grigri when they saw we staid here and went men, to guard them against that and to school, and none of us has died yet, other evils. They profess to believe then others sent their children to that their grigris will protect them school. from bullets, but they rarely put them I want to come here (to America) selves in a situation to test their vir- very much to see you, because my tue.
cousin, Peter Harris jr., been there, In regard to futurity, they manifest and when he got home Abraham Milastonishing blinduess and ignorance. ler, my other friend, go there also ; Indeed, such is their fear of death, that and he came back. And the other they will rarely suffer themselves to reason is, when I tell the natives, when think long enough upon it to form any a person go to America he must idea of what lies beyond. They have cross this ocean, they ask me how I some vague notion of existence beyond know it? “ In geography," say ), and the grave, and frequently carry food, they don't believe me ; iherefore I want and throw it upon ihe grave of a de- to come there. I wanted to come with ceased relative, years after his death. Mr. Crocker, but he said he cannot I have seen Sante Will talking, profes- take me ; but he will ask you, and if sedly, to his son's body, years after it you will, he will send a letter that I was put into the grave. Some believe may come and see the country. that ihe person who dies comes back Your unworthy friend, an infant. It is the province of the
Kong Koea, grigri man to say who it is that has
or Lewis K. Crocker. thus come back. The child is then * Articles of clothing, &c., sent out by the called by the name of this person. Board, for the boys of the school.
April 5. I have just returned from Shawanoe.
the Delaware station, (br. Blanchard's,)
where I assisted in organizing a church, EXTRACTS OF A LETTER FROM MR. BAR- according to previous arrangement. It KER, DATED
SHAWANOE, IND. TER. was a solemn service; in one sense JULY 9, 1841.
painful, to have our brethren separated
from us; in another sense pleasing, as This mission, as now organized, consists of
we hope it will be for the advancement four stations, which, as stated in the last aunu- of the cause, and for our mutual good ; al Report, are in a prosperous condition. At and we know that in every important the two stations referred to below, Sbawanoe sense we yet are one. After service and Delaware, in particular, there have been we proceeded to the water side. Three received special tokens of the Divine favor du- were baptized; two of them members ring the past year. The formation of a church of br. Blanchard's school. at the latter place, as mentioned in the letter,
June 5. Last week there was a was the constitution of a branch which had ex- church meeting at the Delaware staisted there for sone time, and which in March tion again. Christian union seems Jast consisted of 26 members, into a separate abundantly manifested. We hope the church. The history of these several stations
cause may be revived there. for the past two years, is very interesting, and
To-day, church meeting at this staaffords much encouragement to those who feel tion. One Indian of some influence a special interest in the progress of the gospel dealings of God with his soul. Defer
present, with the view of relating the among the aborigines of our country.
red his case until morning. We had Course of missionary labor-Baptisms.
some devotional exercises, which it is
hoped, were profitable to all. Feb. 27. I find it difficult to main
6. The Indian, (Yitie) above refertain an abiding and consistent interest red to, was received and baptized. for the Indians. Sometimes I think Hope the glory of the Lord will be inno means will avail for their salvation; creased among the heatben. and then again I seem to see evidence
27. Church meeting at the Delathat the time is not far distant when ware station again. Three Indians there will be a triumph of the gospel. were baptized. One, the wife of the I doubt not a wise providence will interpreter, of whose piety the brethoverrule all things for good.
ren have for some time had evidence. 28. I endeavored to preach upon The other two, a man and bis wise, christian duties. Had an attentive au- whose conversions were more recent. dience of Iudiavs, though the number A case of discipline, commenced at a was small compared with those who previous meeting, terminated happily attend worship in christian lanıls. One to-day. young man was present with his fam
July 8. Attended meeting at an Inily, who has been inquiring, of late. dian bouse. I have been trying to susHad conversation with Blackfeather, tain such meetings for some tinie. It one of the chiefs who has for two or proves a very laborious task, owing to three months past indulged a hope in the distance I have to travel in order the Savior. Have been gaining confi- to render them profitable to the Indence in him almost daily. How pain. dians in various places. I am encourful, if at last I should be disappointed! aged to hope, however, that they will March 6. Church meeting at this
prove the means of good. How cheerstation. Blackfeather, mentioned above, ing amid the darkness to behold the presented himself as a candidate for glimmerings of light! At one meeting baptism. He appeared clear in his I was unable to arrive until sometime views of the gospel for one of the after the appointed hour. Coming near benighted Indians.
He is numbered at length, I heard the sound of prayer among the first who learned to read in and praise in the Indian tongue. On his native language. The next Sab- entering, I found the house filled with bath is appointed for the ordinance.
attentive worshippers. My spirit was 14. The Indians assembled at an melted within me. I could not but exearly hour to witness the baptism. We press the gratitude of my soul that the sung a translation of the hymn, “ Chil- | Lord had given so much of success to dren of the heavenly King.”. Felt di- his word. Surely “The solitary places vine assistance in pleading the cause shall be glad for them." of the Savior, and in the ordinance of baptism.
NATIVE SCHOOLS IN CALCUTTA.
with the Christian Institution, assemble
here, and it will be a convenient spot for There is an English school for native youths holding annual or occasional meetings of the at Entally, a district in the suburbs of the city, different native churches in and around contiguous to the Circular Road. This insti. Calcutta. tutiou is under the direction of the English bap
There is another native institution under the tist mission, and is in a very flourishing stale.
patronage of the Scottish mission, the following Large and commodious buildings bave been notice of which is from a letter of Rev. Joseph recently erected, for which a donation of £1,000 Owen, in the July number of the Foreign Miswas presented by an unknown friend to the late
sionary Chronicle. Mr. W. H. Pearce. A late number of the Baptist (Eng.) Magazine contains the following
The most interesting object, by far, that remarks, in a letter from Rev. F. Tucker: I have yet seen in Calcutta, is the Institu
tion of the General Assembly of the Kirk I mentioned Mr. Ellis's Native Institu- of Scotland, under the superintendence of tion : it is the most interesting object I the Rev, Alexander Duff, D. D. This have seen in India. It contains fifty-four school was formed a little more than ten boys, children of native christians. They years ago, and has now about six hundred are kept apart from the corrupt heathen pupils. It stands near the centre of the around them, and lodged in neat straw huts, native town, in an extensive open place, within the walls which inclose the mission and is advantageously situated for coolary's house. They are assembled every ness, the greatest object for comfortable day for family worship, and instructel in living to be attained, in the selection of religious as well as secular learning. Of building locations in this country. We these, twenty-one give evidence of real first entered the library, which is not very piety, and are members of the church ; large. The one at the Bishop's College, and seven are studying for the christian by the way, is excellent. It is select, and ministry. I wish you could see these contains many works that are rare and very seven young students ; they cannot speak valuable. It has copies of nearly all the English very intelligibly, but can give most fathers, some of the best editions of the intelligent answers to many a puzzling classics, the most valuable biblical and question. And then they are truly pious. theological writings of the sixteenth and Oh! I have looked down upon them on a seventeenth centuries, and many producLord's day evening, (for several of them tions of the most noted popish authors. attend my ministry,) and my heart has been They have not more than ten or eleven ready to leap at the thought that some one students at that Institution. It was deof them may prove, through the grace of lightful on entering the school room of Dr. God, a Whitefield or a John Knox among Duff, to cast the eye on five hundred Hinhis countrymen, and be honored to turn du children dressed in the native costume, many to righteousness. Mr. Ellis has also arranged in classes, each of which was just opened a day school.
formed into a square, with a monitor standThe school-room is lofty, spacious, and ing within, proposing questions and hearwell ventilated. It measures inside 90 feet ing the recitations. The appearance of by 40, with a verandah the whole length, inost of their countenances was remarkaffording an agreeable shelter from the ably sprightly and intelligent. We were burning rays of a tropical sun. At the first taken to the lowest class, and went east end are two large and commodious from that up. These were most of them class-rooms, measuring 26 feet by 16. The very young children, say from five to eight school-room will accommodate from 400 to years of age, all learning the English alpha500 pupils. It was opened on the 3d of bet, through the medium of the Bengali, February, 1840; and there are now in at-their native tongue, and taught by natives. tendance hetween 200 and 300 native The next two or three classes were small youths. Many of these belong to the higher grades higher, consisting of those who had classes, to whom the school affords the learned to combine the letters into syllables only opportunity of hearing the gospel or short words. clearly explained and faithfully applied. A little further on were classes Jearning
The chapel adjoining, calculated to seat Scriptural truths, in the way of question 300 persons, is neatly fitted up. The na- and answer, as, · Who made all things ?' tive church and congregation, connected God.' • In how long a time did he make