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constitutes an education. There are , vantage of his absence to give themtherefore, many inducements for teach- selves up to all kinds of vice and folly. ing Chinese children, if for no other it is not to be inferred from this that purpose than for mental discipline, his fancied presence offers any very while they would thus secure a longer effective restraint to their conduct, time for religious instruction.

though there are degrees of wicked

pess, even among the heathen. We State of the school.

have reason to be grateful that the

people here are not given up to act 13. A small edition of the “ History

entirely without restraint. Public of Elijah,” compiled by Mrs. Dean, has opinion, the fear of their gods, and the been completed to-day. It is a free fear of their rulers, check to some extranslation of the scripture account of tent the overflowings of corruption Elijah, or rather the substance given in from the heart of a beathen ; still there lauguage adapted to the Chinese idiom, remains enough of superstition, deceit, so as to avoid the stiffness of a transla- and licentiousness to sadden the heart tion. Having been revised by two na- of every lover of virtue, and to call for tives, who are scholars, it promises the devout prayers and persevering to be intelligible to the native read-efforts of the friends of God. We need

The scholars are making encour- here a great increase of instrumentality, aging progress in reading and wri- according to the ordinary plan of God's ting English, as well as in Chinese; operation, to stay this desolating tide and we have reason to hope that the of iniquity. We feel also, to some exnew year, which with them com- tent, the need of more faith and heamences vext week, will open upon venly-mindedness, and more union of the school with more encouraging feeling and concert of action. prospects than any previous one. The

23. This being the Chinese new present terın is to close with this week, year, some of the members of the and the boys are to have a vacation of church, with others residing on the three weeks. Next term we hope to compound, bad of their own accord adopt some new regulations in the concerted to hold a prayer meeting, of school, which could not have been in- which we had no knowledge till they troduced in its earlier existence. Br. Goddard has the superintendence of chapel for that purpose.

came for permission to occupy the the school for the present; and is ex

24. Sabbath. Keok-cheng conductpected to continue the charge of the ed worship in the chapel this morning, English department. It is important and selected for a text 2 Cor. v. 17, that something) be done here for the

“If any man be in Christ he is a new instruction of girls, but for the present creature.” we are able to do nothing more than

Chek-kok, one of the members, who to adınit three or four to the boys' has been absent three weeks from school.

meeting in consequence of the preva

lence of the small-pox in his family, New year's holidayChinese supersti- was present to-day. He appeared tions-The small-por.

somewhat softened in his feelings, 17. This being the last Sabbath in while relating the fact that one of liis the Chinese year, I addressed the as- boys had died of this disease. lis sembly in the morning, from 1 Peter brethren congratulated him that he had iv. 7, endeavoring to apply the subject escaped by losing but one out of six, to the impenitent, the church, and the while a far greater proportion are exmembers of the school who are to re- pected to die of this complaint. It is turn to their parents to-morrow morn

a common notion among the Chinese, ing, for the vacation.

that their offspring are not to be conFeasting, and a variety of idolatrous sidered as their children, till after they rites, need especially to be guarded have had the small-pox—there being against at this present time, as the new so little prospect that they will survive. year's holidays are approaching. The We endeavored to improve the occapresiding deity is now, according to sior in reference to the father and the ideas of the Chinese, about to retire others present. from the superintendence of earthly affairs, and to enjoy for a few days the The remaining part of the journal is dated at happiness of heaven. He leaves his Singapore, and brings down our intelligence subjects here below to engage in dissi- from the mission to the date of Mr. D.'s letter pation and crime; and they take ad-I contained in our last number.

Health and other circumstances of mis-, be forwarded soon. We now wait for

sionariesChinese converts. the return of br. Jones, and hope be Singapore, Feb. 22. I left my family may bring a number of missionaries and the mission at Bangkok on the with him to reinforce the several defirst of the present month and reached partments of our mission. this place three days ago, with health Monthly concert— Return of missionaries. so much improved, that I expect to return to my usual employments in Siam

March 1. I have this evening enjoyby the first opportunity. I left the ed the pleasure of attending the monthschool and the church and other inter- ly concert of prayer with the missionests connected with the Chinese de- ary brethren here, and of taking a part partment of the mission, in charge of in the exercises connected with the Mrs. Dean, Mr. Goddard and Keok departure of Mr. and Mrs. Orr, of the cheng. The church numbered fifteen Presbyterian Board, and of others who Chinese ; and one Siamese had been are about to leave our missionary cirbaptized by Mr. Davenport.* The cle, and return to their native land. school was about to assemble after the We regret to part with them because new year's holidays. The members of their society is valued, and their labors the station were in usual health except much needed here; but we indulge br. Slafier, who had been unwell for a the hope that they may do much at few days before I left.

home to aid us in our efforts. Having Mr. Orr of the Presbyterian Board, been eye witnesses to scenes among Mr. Travelli of the A. B. C. F. M. and the heathen, and having been engaged Dr. Diver from the Canton station, are personally in endeavors to preach the about to sail from here for America in gospel ; and going away with a lively consequence of ill health ; and Mrs. interest in the work which has engrossMcBryde of the Presbyterian Board ed their hearts and hands while here, here, is now suffering from small-pox. we depend upon them for a faithful The few remaining missionaries here representation of the mission cause, enjoy comfortable health. The Chi- and the state of the heathen. We folnese teacher employed by Mr. Goddard low them with our prayers, while we while in Singapore, has recently been desire to commend them to the symbaptized by Mr. Stronack of the Lon- pathies and kind attention of our chrisdon Missionary Society. Chu Tit tian friends at home. Capt. Codman Lang, the Chinaman who was baptized of the “Sarah Parker” is now here, in England and returned to Canton or and perhaps may go to Siam ; if so, Macao, with the prospect of usefulness I shall go with him; and if not, I exto bis countrymeri, has recently for- pect a Siamese vessel will be ready to feited the contidence and fellowship leave here in two or three weeks. of the missionaries by using opium, Perhaps br. Jones may arrive to go on and other unchristian conduct.

with me, as capt. C. informs me that You have perhaps heard of the death he was to sail in two or three weeks of Messrs. Evans & Henighs of Malac- after him. ca, who died about a month ago, with

My health is now very good-the in a few hours of each other. The change of air and the little sea voyage latest reports from China indicate that having done all that could have been the recent arrangement, for the Chinese anticipated in my favor. to pay to the Englishı six millions of dollars, and give them the Island of Hong-kong, will not be ratified by the EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL OF MR. Emperor; and that in consequence hostilities may again be renewed. Chinese trading vessels still come to

The subjoined extracts, though not of so rethis port to some extent About twen

cent a date as the preceding journal, are of inty had reached Bangkok from China terest, as referring to a particular department before we left, and others were seen

of labor. passing up the gulf of Siam. The par- Tract distribution-Siamese custoins. ticulars relative to the mission at Bangkok, including both the Chinese

Singapore, Sept. 9, 1840. A few and Siamese departments, will be days since I went out with the printing found in a report for 1810, which will office men, to distribute tracts. The

books being brought we started for a * See Mr. Davenport's letter, p. 280 of the place of Siamese exhibition. At the September number.

age of ten, twelve, or thirteen, the


Siamese lads have their cue of hair cut, | their neighbors, &c., each endeavoring and the hair trimmed like those of the to obtain as many as possible. men, and then they are regarded as The God of heaven claimed attenmen. When this is done, the wealthy tion for a short time, and the name of make a great parade. Play actors are Jesus, so sweet to a believer's ear, was employed, musicians called, and a repeated by many who now have his scene of merriment is enjoyed for sev- word in their hands; but alas! they eral days. The exhibition to-day was have not his love in their hearts. one of this kind. The performers were Having given away here about three all dressed in a habit which set tight hundred copies of the parables, with to the skin on the upper part of the explanations, we left the place, to finish vody, appearing as if the skin were our work among the market boats, and itself the only covering, and that of the merry, thoughtless company struck some was silver, and others gold. up their plays again. With their other clothes—some of Although the great mass, in the hunmen—some of women, and their richly dreds of boats through which we ornamented caps, they were equipped crowded our way, were females, most for their thousand strange pranks and of whom cannot read, yet compassion gesticulations. Most of these were for their souls and the souls of their performed in slow time. Masks were husbauds and children, who percbance used by some, but they were placed can read Siamese, seemed to dictate that upon the head like a cap-thus show they too should have their books. ing two faces, instead of being used to Thus we sow the precious seed in conceal one.

hope. The actors were located under a 0! for the Holy Spirit's influence to shed built upon a float in the river in bless the seed sown, and to cause it to front of a high house, in the verandah bring forth an abundant harvest. None of which were the family, the relatives but those shut out from the blaze of reand friends, for whom the scene was ligious light, and shut up amid the gloom got up. Thus situated they had a fair of idolatry, can realize our feelings view of the actors, and the multitude when we look and pray for the heavenof people thronging the crowd of boats, ly Comforter. through which ours with difficulty found its way.

Books were now freely given to the boat inmates, and a man was despatch

TT'est Africa. ed with his arms full, to act his part upon the stage, which he did most perfectly. For no sooner had he sup- CLARKE, DATED EDINA, MARCH 1,1811. plied the nearest lookers on under the sbed, than those on the stage, without Events of the year--Slate of the school. the least seeming confusion, one after another, stopped their play and applied The past year has been one which for tracts.

has put our faith to the test, but our At this moment I cast my eyes to the Heavenly Father bas sustained us. bouse above, to see, if possible, the Soon after its commencement, our dear effect this would have upon the gentry sister Crocker left this state of disapin that quarter. There seemed at first pointment and suffering for one of to be manifested rather a feeling of purity and peace. Br. C.* was brought surprise, which I was about to regard near the grave, and after his partial reas unfavorable. A man was just then covery, he found it necessary to take despatched froin thence to our boat- a short sea voyage. At the same time to beg us to leave, as I supposed—but br. Day's health was very feeble ; leavby this time a lad had reached the ve-ing only Mrs. Clarke and myself to do randah with some tracts, which were

what little we could. With much received with tokens of pleasure, just gratitude we are permitted to say, that as the messenger called on us saying, our health has been unusually good, so " the people of the house have sent me that the school at Edina has been conto beg ten tracts." Seeing the multi-tinued with very little interruption. tude, we gave him twenty. These Br. Day's health was soon much improved not to be enough, and he was proved; but as it was found impractiallowed twenty more.

cable for bim to reside at Bexley, six As a matter of course, every one begged a handful for the house and for

* Now in this country.





miles distant, and do justice to the | But alas! it was only the calm that school at Edina, and as the former ap- precedes the tempest." Exhausted napeared to be a desirable place for a ture began to give way; his strength school, we thought it best to make the departed; reason fled; and he left us experiment. It has thus far proved dismayed. I began to think that I had very encouraging. On an average before known nothing of the African about ten native aud fifteen American fever. I had lived in the midst of death children, have attended the school. and knew it not. How merciful has Bexley is a fine and comparatively the Lord been to me and my companhealthy place, and it may be thought ion! O that we could love and serve expedient, at some future period, to him as we ought! Poor neglected make it our liead quarters. The school | Africa, how few are laboring for thy at Made Bli bas been taught during br. good! Who will brave thy burning Crocker's absence and sickness, by a sands, and the dangers of thy climate, young man whom he has employed as to disperse thy darkness and carry the interpreter and school teacher. His lamp of life to thy dying sons ? education is limited, but we trust he is pious, and that he may be useful in the The good accomplished-Prospects of the mission. I think the number of chil

mission. dren at that station, during the past We all regretted that br. Crocker year, has been about eight. Their pro- was obliged to leave us, but we trust gress appears to bave been very good. he will soon return, even if his health

should not be fully confirmed. Arrival of missionariesDeath of Mr. Though the past year has been one and Mrs. Fielding.

of much affliction and trial, yet we hope

some good has been done. We have On the 3d of December, our hearts been atllicted, but not disheartenedwere gladdened by the arrival of breth-cast down, but not destroyed. Our ren Fielding and Constantine and their schools on the whole have afforded inwives. Though they were directed to creasing evidence of their usefulness. another field of labor, we thought it Much, we trust, has been done to secure advisable, as they had no experience the confidence of the natives. Two in relation to the African fever, that years ago we found it difficult to obthey should remain with us awhile. tain boys, and almost impossible to We thought our location nearly as procure girls for the school; now we healthy as any on this coast, and that, can obtain many more of either, than with proper care and precaution, there we can support. Wherever we go the was but little danger. After they had patives hear us attentively, and acbeen here about three weeks Mrs. knowledge the truth of what we say. Fielding was attacked with the fever, The colonists, we have reason to hope, but ber case appeared no way alarm- are beginning to feel more interest in ing at first. For some days her fever the salvation of the natives. A few was not bigh, and the symptoms ap- months since, societies were formed peared favorable until the eighth. Atat Edina and Basa Cove, for the exthat time we thought her much better, press purpose of aiding in the spread but during the day she grew worse, of the gospel among the heathen of and became deranged. We did all this land. The society at Edina, last we could do for her, but nothing seem- Monday evening, voted to support two ed to be of any service. On the teuth vative children at our school in this day of her sickness, she bade farewell place. to earth, and we doubt not ascended to her Savior. We can only say, God had deterinined to take ber to himself.

The next day she was interred on
the mission lot, near the grave of sister
Crocker. Her husband, although he

ONCKEN, DATED BERLIN, SEPT. 25, evidently felt her Joss very keenly, was

1841. much composed, and seemed to have strong confidence in God. He kept up

The particular object of Mr. O.'s visit to about five days after his wife's death, England, is stated at page 266 of the August and was then attacked by the fatal dis- number. In the same letter he mentions an

He had a high fever for four or intended missionary tour to Memel, and to the five days, when he appeared better, Menonites, on the banks of the Vistula. The and we thought he would soon recover.' following letter was written while on this tour.









Visit to England-Deputation to Den- and the government can retain them mark— Interviews with the king-De- in prison, it appears, until either the cision of the court.

matter be amicably settled, or security

given, (if it is insisted on,)that they will Let me now allude briefly to the re

not preach again, and administer the sults of my visit to England and Scot- ordinances. In the mean time the inland. Through the blessing of God, terest of the public in favor of our the objects I bad in view have been, 10 friends is on the increase, and in some a considerable extent, realized. 1. ob- of the papers they are abły defended. tained the necessary documents from The number of converts is also increasthe Baptist Union, for our brethren at ing, and everything warrants the hope Copenhagen--the Baptist churches in that the faith and steadfastness of our the West-riding of Yorkshire were in- brethren will be crowned with great duced to send a deputation to Denmark-a general interest was awak

As our dear brethren Peter and ened aniong the churches ! visited, for Adolph Munster have, through their the continent; and I obtained for the long imprisonment, been eutirely cut objects of our Tract Society, upwards off from all efforts to provide for their of $1300. The deputation consisting families, I have been under the necesof the brethren J. E. Giles of Leeds, sity of supporting them as far as possiand Dowson of Bradford, have already ble, and I hope when their case beaccomplished their mission to the

comes known to the friends of Christ coast of Denmark. They were per- in America, they will generously do mitted to see the king twice, and to

what they can for the support of brethplead the cause of our suffering breth

ren who have sacrificed thermselves for ren fully. They were also permitted Christ and his gospel. to read the memorials they bore, in his majesty's presence ; all of which pro- Additions to the Church in Hamburgduced a most salutary impression, as Persecutions-Tour to Memel and the you will see from the Baptist (Eng.) Vistula. Magazine, in which our brethren have

The cause at Hamburg is prospergiven an account of their visit and its ing. My stay at home before I leti on results.* The king has in consequence the present tour, was very short. I of these appeals, and especially also in

was occupied day and nigbi, for nearly consequence of the kind interference four weeks. Ten vew converts were of Mrs. Fry and Mr. J. J. Gurney, who added to our number, and several aphave evinced a deep interest in our per- plied for adınission, who, I hope, will secuted churches, -offered to release be received on my return. We conour brethren Munster immediately tinue to enjoy peace, and the meetings from prison, if they would desist from for preaching at my house, are crowdconducting religious meetings, at leasted to excess. Nothing seems more until the whole affair was settled. Or desirable for us than to have a larger he would grant them, besides the three place for worship, as to all appearance, places already appointed, where others vast numbers of attentive hearers besides the Lutheran sect may live, would listen to the gospel. I hope that another place, which they might prejudice against us is gradually subchoose, if

' that would satisfy them. siding, and that at no distant period we Our brethren, lave however, nobly re-shall have to rejoice in the conversion fused to accept these offers, as the of multitudes, and in the spread of churches in Langelarid and at Aalburg pure and undefiled religion on an exmust then be sacrificed. They are en- tensive scale. May God make us faithabled to exercise confidence in God, ful in the work and trials to which we that he will in due time prepare a way may yet be called, and encourage us for their deliverance. The court has hy what has already been accomplished, decided in their case, and I rejoice to but more especially by his promises ! say that though our brethren are by

At Marburg in Hessia, --at Oththat decision noi liberated, it is a inost fresen in Hanover, and at Oldenburg, favorable decision, and altogether our dear brethren have been exposed against the demands of the court of to severe trials. They have lost their Chancery. Our brethren have to pay property, and can only meet for prayer sixty dollars bavco, and the expenses, and mutual exhortation in the dead

hour of the night. Our brethren at See exiracts from the Magazine, in our pre- Othfresen have been treated with great

severity, and as they are all inexperi45

sent number.


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