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store, and the crimes and vices of that class Mr. John King, in January last, saysof settlers who are reckless of the wrongs With thankfulness I can say, that the and injuries inflicted on them. It has Lord has spared us to complete our twenpleased God to enable the missionaries al- ty-fifth year in New Zealand, and that we ready to effect so much, as to show how are at this time in good health. It gives well advised was the original plan of the me satisfaction to be able to write to you Committee, and how certain and extensive of the favorable change which has taken would have been its success, under the place among the natives of Rangihoua: divine 'blessing, could it have been perse- some have been baptized, and others are vered in, uninterrupted by colonization. candidates. A good number visit us at Proofs of this are to be found in the latest | Tepuna twice a-week, to read the New communications of the missionaries, which Testament and converse on its truths, and attest the spread of the leaven of the gos- to inquire the way to Zion. Our place of pel in almost every district and almost worship is filled on Lord's day at morning every tribe of New Zealand. These cheer- service. Waikato and his family attend ing facts may well encourage all true friends divine service on Lord's days, and the of the Society to persevere in their exer means of grace during the week. I have tions in behalf of this mission, on which so in faith long been laboring and groping in large a measure of the divine blessing bas! the midst of gross darkness; believing that rested. It is true, indeed, that, instead of the gospel would break through, although being solely occupied in raising
up the New I might not live to see it. I had been Zealanders to the standing of a Christian praying particularly for a long time—sor people, they must now also direct their , although the natives heard the word, and efforts to the more difficult and less proin- attended to instruction, they did not seem ising task of preventing their utter extinc- ' spiritually to profit by it—that God would tion. Yet the glory of God is the more impress upon their hearts the word which manifested when the difficulties are greater; they had heard year after year, and cause and a spiritual work of a yet more won- them to remember the Lord's day, and derful character may still be achieved, if, rest from their common labor, that they through the grace of God, any considerable might have leisure to attend to their souls. portion of the natives should be preserved, In an unexpected manner, Waikato collectin the purity of the fuith and in holiness of ed all the people of this place; and told life, amidst all the snares and dangers to them, that he would leave off his old bad which they are exposed. With men, in. ' ways, and for the future observe the Lord's deed, this is impossible ; but with God day, and attend to the means of grace. all things are possible. It is our part to He also said, that the missionaries and nacarry on the work in the humble yet un- tive teachers might visit at his residence as doubting confidence of faith; and this must often as they would, to instruct him in the we do, notwithstanding that the mission is truths of the gospel. He requested the assailed on all hands by misrepresentations people to speak their minds without reof every kind.
Most of them had their names From despatches lately received, we written down; and he sent a copy of the shall extract some passages.
! paper declaring their intentions, to the Rev. The Rev. H. Williams, in a letter dated W. Williams at Paihia. This much enPainía, Jan. 23, 1840, writes as follows couraged those who had previously attendof the
ed to the duties of the Lord's day at this
place; having school at their dwellings, and State of the mission.
using their influence to spread the gospel It is a remarkable fact, that at this sin- ! among their neighbors. Their applications gular period of the history of New Zealand, for books and slates have been attended to. when the enemy is pouring in like a flood, | The work of instruction is comparatively the mission is in a more flourishing condi- easy: formerly, I had to follow them into tion than ever; nor could we reasonably the fields and woods; and then, while I desire stronger evidence than is shown at was urging upon their minds the great this time. In my recent long journey, truths of the bible, some would mock, every party of natives to whom I came, others crave property, while others would was a congregation, worshipping God in be careless or insolent: now, while my much simplicity; and their books bore evi- strength is abating, they come forward in dence of earnest examination. By a late an unexpected time and manner, to assemcalculation, the numbers who assemble with ble with us on Lord's days: and the gosus, and receive instruction every Lord's! pel is spreading far and near, and extendday, are not less than 18,000 souls. ing to every tribe.
American Board of Commissioners for | against missionaries and the means they Foreign Missions.
use to communicate a knowledge of Christianity. The people who live in our neigh
borhood were told, not to come to us, to A letter from Mr. Allen, dated Jan. 1, I have no intercourse with us, to receive no 1840, states that there are four schools for books from us, to listen to nothing we boys in Bombay, and four for girls, em- should say to them, and above all, never bracing 302 boys, and about 100 girls. to go into the chapel. The people whose About one third of the former and two children attended our schools were told to thirds of the latter can read intelligibly in withdraw their children immediately, and the scriptures. The family boarding school that fearful consequences would follow, if contains fourteen girls, exclusive of a few their children continued to attend. A day scholars. Of these scholars five are brahmin, well known for his zeal for the Africans, taken from a slave ship.
Hindu religion, and for his hatred of
Christianity, prepared a tract, entreating Organized opposition to Christianity. all classes of the native population to with
The past year has been remarkable in draw their children from all the mission the religious history of Bombay, not so schools. This tract, signed with his own much for the conversion of the native popu- name, was printed and copies were freely lation to Christianity, as for their opposition distributed in Bombay. It was not easy to all measures connected with its propa- for parents or teachers to withstand such gation. In the early part of the year much influence and obloquy. The boys' and excitement was produced by the public girls' schools both suffered; the latter sufprofession of Christianity by two Parsee fered most. Female education was repreyoung men. They were baptized in May sented as an innovation, attempted by misby Dr. Wilson of the Church of Scotland's sionaries upon the good old way, and so Mission. They had for a considerable time was made the subject of special obloquy. previously attended the meeting of that One of the means at this time devised society in Bombay, and had acquired a to oppose the progress of Christianity, and knowledge of the English language. It is to secure the native population against the believed they are the first proselytes from influence of all means to impart a knowlthe religion of Zoroaster to protestant Chris- | edge of its truths, was the formation of a tianity in modern times. Their conversion society, called “ The Society for Protecting excited, first the surprise, and then the in- Hinduism.” The brahmin who wrote dignation of the whole Parsee communi- the tract above mentioned took a prominent ty in Bombay. The young men believ- part in forming this society. He apparenting, and not apparently without sufficient ly expected to become its general agent. reason, that their lives were in danger, All Hindus were called on to subscribe took refuge with the Scottish missionaries. liberally to the funds of the society, and to Their Parsee friends, finding it impossible exert their influence for the support of their to induce them to return to their former | own religion, now in great danger from the homes, and failing in several attempts to schools and other operations of missions. obtain possession of their persons, in the Some persons connected with this society hope of obtaining possession of them, and in were profuse in their promises of what they some way, of effecting their renunciation of intended to do for the support of the Hindu Christianity and return to the Parsee reli- religion by employing agents, supporting gion, instituted a legal process against Dr. schools, and publishing and circulating Wilson. But in this hope they were dis- books. The society occupied the attenappointed. The court decided against tion of the native community awhile. Bethem, and so they lost their cause. Still yond this it has not accomplished much, they resolved to use the most effectual nor is it likely to do so. We shall send means in their power to secure the native you a copy of the prospectus or constitupopulation, especially their own denomina- tion of this society. tion, against the future influence of Chris Another means they devised was for tianity.
themselves to become the assailants, and In this excitement and in these efforts to attack the Christian religion. They gome leading men of the Hindu and Mo- hoped in this way to occasion work suffihammedan population united with the Par- ! cient for the missionaries to defend their sees. Various ways were devised to ex- own religion, and by furnishing the native cite and prejudice all classes of people population with arguments and objections
against the truth of the bible, to remove vent others from entering in, reviling the the force of the argument of its being obli- only way of salvation, and blaspheming the gatory on all mankind because of its divine only name given under beaven, whereby origin. A Parsee, who has considerable men can be saved; we would yet, in view knowledge of English literature, was em- of what has occurred and of present apployed to prepare a work to be printed in pearances, rejoice and take courage. the native language against the divine origin of the Scriptures. The plan was to take Paine's “ Age of Reason” for the basis, June 24th, Doct. Parker, who had left but to incorporate reasons, objections, and Canton and come down to Macao, writes cavils from other infidel authors. The from the latter place just before the blockprospectus of this contemplated work was ade by the British squadron was expected published, the price was fixed, and patron- to be carried into effectage was earnestly solicited for it, as a I am constrained to look upon the work for which there is great occasion present state of things not so much as an The book was put to the press and was opium or an English affair, as a great deexpected long ere this to be published; but sign of Providence to make the wickedness it has not yet appeared. We are not in- ; of man subserve his purposes of mercy toformed whether the intention of publishing wards China, in breaking through her wall it is abandoned, or whether it is yet advan- of exclusion, and bringing the empire into cing toward publication, but more slowly more immediate contact with western and than was promised and expected. Such Christian nations. devices and efforts show the spirit of the Writing on the same day, Mr. Bridgman people, and the obstacles with which mis- remarkssionaries have to contend.
There has of late years been much interThese events show the effects which the cession made to God in behalf of China. progress of the truth is adapted to produce And we know he will, in his own time, on the conduct and feelings of the native and in his own way, bring the Chinese to population of different classes. When acknowledge his supremacy, and to bow to missionaries first arrived in India, consid- his peaceful and holy commands. I cannot erable excitement was produced by the for one moment entertain the idea that Chinovelty of the work in which they engaged, na is to be closed like Japan, and for cenand of the doctrines they inculcated. But turies, or even for tens of years, exclude the native population seeing no marked the light of God's glorious gospel. Neither effects immediately following such labors, can I believe that those who bring glad tisoon began to regard all means to convert dings and publish peace are much longer to the people of the country to the Christian be hindered from their work. The pride religion as unavailing, and many believed and the haughtiness of man, God will humthat such means would soon be relinquish- ble. The mountains shall be levelled, and ed. For a few years past, however, this the rough places be made smooth. Jesus subject has been assuming a more impor- shall reign. More and more do I long for tant aspect in the minds of intelligent na the time when I may go among this people, tives. They saw that these means were and, day after day and hour after hour, not wholly unavailing, bu were attended discourse to them about the things of God by some success in the conversion of india and heaven. viduals and families. They saw these We are on the eve of a new era, and a efforts persevered in, and missionaries not great revolution has commenced. We have only increasing in number, but locating long mourned over the evils and the desolathemselves in other places. They saw that tions around us. For these the gospel is the professedly religious part of the Euro- the only remedy. And now we trust the pean community regarded the conversion | God of nations is about to open a highway of natives to the Christian religion with for those who will preach the word. feelings of deep interest, and in various
[Miss. Herald. ways encouraged those engaged in this
They also saw in some places a decreasing regard to the rites and ceremo Baptist (Eng.) Missionary Society. nies of their own worship. The apprehensions of such persons have been greatly increased by the events of the past year. From the last Annual Report of this mission, Painful as it is to see many of them en we make some interesting extracts. gaged in opposing the progress of truth, endeavoring to take away the keys of
The state of education—Preaching. knowledge, not entering into the kingdom During the past year our Society has of beaven themselves, and striving to pre- / had, in different parts of the island, 29
schools, containing 1050 children; 2 in
Interesting fact. Colombo, 6 at Hanwella, 4 at Byamville,
Another interesting fact connected with 7 at Kottighawatta, 8 at Matelle, and 2 at this place we cannot forbear relating, if it Aloot-gama.
he only to say to others, 6 Go thou and do The small number of our schools in Co- likewise." lombo arises from the greater lack of instruction which is discernible in the vil- of twelve miles, to hear words whereby he
A poor native, who had come a distance lages. We cannot extend our labors with might be saved, obtained all for which he out some limitation: would to God that was anxious, by bis journey. He repented nothing could stop us, but a cessation of of his sins, was baptized, admitted into the ignorance and miseries of man! This Christian communion, and bidden to come will one day be the case.
as often as he could, that he might get We come now to the more direct object nourishment for his soul, and so be prepared of our society,—the preaching of the gos- for death. He found it difficult to attend pel to the heathen nations.
every Sabbath, and so confined his visits And, to begin at Colombo and its vicini- to the first Sabbath in the month, when ty. In ten different places the religion of the Lord's supper is celebrated; taking the cross has been regularly published and care, in the interim, to open his house for explained, and this in four different lan- the worship of God in his own village, and guages,—the English, the Portuguese, the to get together as many of his neighbors as Singhalese, and the Tamul. The latter he could, to join him in his humble attempts was undertaken by solicitation, and a bless- | to praise God for his manifold mercies in ing seems to rest on the result.
Christ Jesus our Lord. About twelve of The places are Slave Island, the Fort, his neighbors were wise enough to listen to two in the Pettah, one in Chequo-street, his voice, and to be influenced by his exthe Grand Pass, the Leper Hospital, Mode- ample. He has had the satisfaction, to see rah, Matakooly, and Hendella. At most them cast idolatry behind their backs, and of these places sinners have been brought they are now candidates for baptism. to abandon their evil courses, give up their
How might the practical effects of the false hopes, and take refuge in the sacri- gospel be increased, did all imitate the fice of Christ, and shape their lives agreea- conduct of this humble disciple, who proved bly to his laws and example.
himself indeed “a light shining in a dark The number of persons admitted to the
place!” privileges of the Christian church by us, after a minute examination of their cases,
Kottighawatta. and a diligent inquiry into their lives, amounts, during the past year, to one hun- tive to the office of the Christian ministry.
Here, likewise, we have ordained a nadred and thirty-one. These have been Like all of us, he itinerates; but he has his baptized, on a public avowal of their faith, stated place of worship, his flock, gathered and are considered by us members of the respective communities to which they be- every Sabbath, and his fixed place of resilong. This observation, of course, includes he lifts up his voice like a trumpet, to warn
dence. In no less than seventeen villages all our stations.
his fellow-men of the error of their ways. Byamville.
In ten of these he preaches regularly, viz. Since our last annual meeting we have once every fortnight; in the other seven, ordained over this church a pastor, keep- only occasionally. ing in mind the apostolical direction that On Wednesday last, eleven additional such an one “ought to be an ensample to
members were added to this church, makthe flock.” His labors have been very ing a total number of thirty-six communisuccessful. Twenty-three natives have cants, all of whom (with one exception, by humbled themselves under the mighty band reason of sickness,) sat down, on the occaof God, and sought refuge from the storm sion, to celebrate the Lord's supper. of divine anger in the atoning blood of the It is pleasing to be able to state, that Son of God. Of these, some were Budhists; since the foundation of this interesting stasome nominally Christians, but ignorant of tion not one instance of immorality or inthat faith which they professed, and ene- consistency has occurred, among those mies to God by reason of their wicked deemed fit for baptism and the communion works. One, an aged woman, having lived of the Lord's people. nearly seventy years in the world, was an
Matelle. obstinate persecutor for some time after this branch of our mission was established, Matelle is one of the most delightful parts and strove to hinder its growth, and render of the island of Ceylon. Its lofty mounits members contemptible.
tains and picturesque scenery make one
devoutly and earnestly wish that all its in- telle, and dwelt on the road to Trincomahabitants knew and adored the common lee; where, having no opportunity of atCreator; and bringing them back to this tending public religious ordinances, they happy state is not so difficult a task as kept up private religious exercises, family many imagine. They attach much less prayer, and the observance of the Sabbath; importance to Budhism than the residents and by their growth in grace evinced that of the maritime districts; and have escaped, the sanctifying power of God's spirit is not in a great measure, the contagion of Euro- confined to fixed rules of action, but that pean evil example. Never, amidst all he can suit bis benevolent agency to the their labors in England, did the missiona- | wants, the circumstances, and the destituries discover so much readiness to receive tion of man. divine truth in the love of it, nor so much On the Sabbath day upwards of 200 thankfulness for the least ray of heavenly people attended at Matelle to hear the light darted into the mind.
word of God; and in the evening, a mixed On a recent visit there, the missionary congregation of English descendants and went from village to village, into places native Singhalese, when alternate services almost inaccessible, over craggy, rocky : were carried on by Mr. Silva, the pastor, mountains, up steep places, down declivi- , and the visiting missionary.—Bap. (Eng.) ties, through the thick overgrown jungles, Mag. and through the rapid streams which poured down from the heights above; and in
Bildaie-Place Society, (Zondon.) all the places, when he gained access to the inhabitants, they left their agricultural This Society has now for nearly thirty employments, came in multitudes to hear years labored with unabated zeal and perthe intelligence that “ unto them a child severance to promote the moral and spiritwas born, that unto them a Son was given, ual welfare of the Irish people. that he should be called the Mighty God, There are at present in connection with the Everlasting Father, and that the govern- it 1097 Schools, containtng 81,178 children, ment should be upon his shoulder.” Con- about one-half of whom are Roman Cathovenient places were fitted up for the mis- lics. sionary's reception, fancifully adorned, The Model School in Dublin contains after the native fashion; while the rites of 465 boys and 436 girls. There have been hospitality were performed with a glow of trained in it 1997 Schoolmasters and 693 gratitude that showed that spiritual bless- Schoolmistresses. The numbers received ings were highly appreciated. Every place into it for that purpose last year were, eighwas crowded with hearers; and in some teen Schoolmasters and sixty-three Schoolplaces people went away without hearing. mistresses.
Candidates for baptism were examined Nearly 3000 Lending-libraries, including with care and scrupulosity; and fifteen one in each school, were established for the were admitted, by that holy rite, into the poor, and more than a million and a-half of fellowship of the Christian church. Of cheap publications, compiled by the Society, these one was formerly a Budhist priest, have been issued from its depository; by or rather high priest. He exercised bis which a vast number of pernicious books impious functions at Matura, and there led have been put out of circulation. The multitudes the downward road that endeth number issued last year was 18,234. in destruction. Convinced of his folly and From 1815 until 1831 it enjoyed an anwickedness, he most resolutely threw aside nual Parliamentary grant, which in the his robes of office, gave up his calling, which latter years amounted to 30,0001. This was somewhat lucrative, and embraced, grant was wholly and suddenly withdrawn, with zeal and eagerness, the sublime and because it was a fundamental rule that the saving truths of Christianity. Now he is Holy Scriptures should be read in the schools endeavoring to counteract the mischief he by all who had attained a suitable proficienformerly did, by teaching his pupils, by cy. letter, and orally, the worth and precious The contributions to the Society amountness of the gospel; and along with him ed last year to nearly 25,0001. This inwere baptized two, who had formerly been cludes 18,0001. contributed by parents of misled by him in his inculcation of Budhis- pupils, at rates varying from 1s. ld. to 4s. tical tenets.
per quarter. Nearly the whole income is In another instance, two persons, who raised in Ireland; the amount received from had heard of our proceedings, and that we England having scarcely ever exceeded were about to baptize, came eighty-six | 10001. in one year. Great exertions are miles, so to fulfil the law of Christ. They now making, by the visits to England of the had been awakened to a sense of their sin- Secretary, the Rev. James Graham of Lonfulness some months before, had left Ma- donderry.—Miss Reg.