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ed at the last day. Should a liuile church be gathered among those per

West Africa. manent inhabitants, it would be a centre of influence for the thousands who labor at the mills, and so far as we can

Since the publication of the last Annual Resee would open one of the most prom- port, Mr. Constantine and his lady have relurnising fields for missionary labor, known. ed 10 this country, in consequence of ill health; It would be sufficiently ample for one

so that our only missionaries, in this region wow, missionary, who might be assisted by are, Ivory Clarke and his wife, and Kong Koba, one or two native helpers. In Ameri- a native assistant, at Edina ; and John Day, ca, a territory of equal extent and pop- preacher and school teacher, at Bexley. Though ulation, supplied by ouly one or two laboring under many discouragements, the breibministers, would be considered ex

ren seem to be enjoying as large a measure of ceedingly destitute. Revivals of religion, and the building up of churches, nalives, it should be recollected, are much be

success as could reasonably be expected. The would scarcely be expected. If such would be the case in America, where low, in civilization, in imellectual and moral alal! persons have some acquaintalice tajuments

, the people in the other quarters of with the truth, how much more here, the globe where our missionaries are laboring. where profound ignorance, supersti

Mr. Clarke, in a letter dated Jan. 28. 1842, tion and prejudice prevail! On Sat- thus speaks of the prospects of the school, and urday they returned to Leng-keai-choo; of his intentions of future labors. found one man, somewhat in years, who professed to believe the gospel.

Our school at Edina is in a prosperHe received them into his house, ous state. Five of our largesi scholwhere, on the Sabbath, they had public ars we hope are Christians, and others worship, and also daily, morning and appear to be thoughitul alout their evening worship while they remained. state. One very encouraging feature His case, according to accounts, seem- in the piety of those who profess to be ed interesting; but we must not place Christians, is, that they sem to feel too much dependence on hasty profes- mueh for their people; they say that sions; they are often made with but they jutend to go and trach them, as partial knowledge of what they imply, soon as they are qualified. To-day, we and too ofien prove like the seed on

had a public examination of our school. stony ground. Yet we may be encour- The scholars were examined in rradaged and strengthened by such cases; ing, both in the Bassa and in the Eng. and we desire to cherish and assist lish languages—in Geography, Eugpersons affected by such favorable im- Tislı Grammar and Aritmetic. My own pressions, whenever we meet them. expectations, and I think those of all On Tuesday, they returned to this present, were more than realized. We place, in good spirits, encouraged by the have a vacation pow of about 10 days. good providenee of God towards them. Kong Koba is now our principal tenenWe hope that the visit will be repeat. er.

He does remarkably well, and is a ed soon, and frequently during the worthy man and a valuable assistant to

The expense for boninen, the mission. We have also one of the &c., besides the time of the assistant, citizens employed as a teacher in the is about 37} cents per day. This ju- school. He is a yonng man, who was eludes house-rent, for the boat is suffi- taught, to some extent, in this sehool, ciently large to answer for a house, by br. Day, and does well

. I have enwhen no better accommodations are gaged James Alexander, who was with offered. There are here in Bangkok br. Crocker, at Madebli, to assist me a few inquirers; one case seems quite in the secular business of the mission, encouraging; a man in middle age, of and in the study of the Bassa language, good education and talents

, partially I hope, by these arrangements, with lame. I came across him on one of the blessing of God, to be able to de. my visits, and froin the first he has vote a large portion of my time to the manifested an interest in the gospel. language, and the preparatiop of books. He now attends our worship regularly, Ever sinee I have been in the country, and I hope gi od things are io siore for I have considered this the most iniporhim; but none except the Holy Spirit tant business; and I am increasingly can renew his heart.

anxious to apply myself as assiduously as possible. Though my health is now good, I cannot expect to live long in a land where all die so sooli.

season.

more.

Our missionaries of these stations are sur- | friend, who once lived quite near me, rounded by a large number of pelly, but inde- being injured by the Americans, as he pendent tribes, with whose chiefs they are on thought, has moved into Dye Dye's doterms of friendship, and are allowed free access minions, where he has carried much to their people. Mr. Clarke, in his journal, un

knowledge of divine things, and where, der date of Jan. 17, thus alludes to some of bis as a messenger of peace, I am joyfully Jabors as a preacher.

received. I was at Bob Gray's, and preached to sixty or seventy, who listened very at

Assam. teptively. He is building a house

JOURNAL OF MR. BRONSON. which, he says, is for a church, and wishes me to preach there every Sab It is stated in the Annual Report of the Board, bath. I already bave Edina and king published in the June number of the MagaJoe's place on my bands, and no one zine, that Sibsagor and Nowgong are vew slabut the Lord to belp me. My health is tions which had been adopted during the past good. My labors and cares are contin- year. We have already taken notice of the ually increasing; but I hardly know removal of Mr. Barker to Sibsagor, who was how it is possible for me to perform The same is true in relation to

soon followed by Mr. Brown. Mr. Cutler still Mrs. Clarke. We have now fifty-five remains at Jaipur, which is three days' journey fine native children in our school, and above Sibsagor, upon the bauks of the Dieight or ten Americans. The school hing. Nowgong is in Central Assam, and is never appeared so encouraging as at

the government station of a province of the present. The children seem perfectly same name. Capt. Gordon, the well known coutented, and are making good pro- friend of our missionaries, who, in addition to gress in their studies.

bis often repeated acts of generosity, is a

mouthly contributor to the mission of 30 ruOn the 27th of January Mr. Day's house was

pees per month, is the officer in command. consumed by fire, by which he lost all he was

He and his lady are both pious people. worth. This event somewhat discouraged him for a little season, and induced him to think of Sept. 22. The rains having subsidremoving 10 Tradelowu, a place which is ed, and the rivers a little fàllen-all thought to be a peculiarly interesting field for a things being in readiness, at 3 o'clock, missionary. By the advice of Mr. Clarke, P. M., we parted again with our dear bowever, and the dictates of his own judgment,1 missionary associates and friends at he has concluded to remain, as will appear from Jaipur, and set out for our new station the following extract of a letter from him, uuder in Central Assam. We have entrusted

ourselves and our "little all” upon rafts, date of Feb. 24. We make this extract, chiefly made by fastening two or three small for the purpose of describing to the minds of capoes or boats together. This is not such as desire to know, the comparative prom- a very safe method of travelling at this .ise of this foreign Geld.

season; but, as in this remote station I have had some thoughts of going we are unable to obtain suitable boats, to Tradetown; but having advised with we have no alternative. We could not Mr. Clarke on that subject, and as he but weep as we thought of the graves of disapproved of it, I have entirely given those who had been associated with

But it up, believing that few places can af- us in our missionary labors. ford better opportunities for me in this though now to be separated from the part of the country than the one I now spot that encloses their mouldering reoccupy.

maius, we were made to rejoice when Gosey's place is peculiarly inviting; we remembered that as more than half the congregation are, “They sleep in Jesus, and are blest." at times, from the interior. When Mr. Reached the old village of Tippling, Clarke and myself were on a tour thir- and stopped for the night, thankful to ty miles into the interior, we preached our heavenly Father for the blessings to persons to whom I had preached at bestowed upon us during the fatigues Gosey's. He is visited by many interi- and exposures to which we bave been or head men, who bring along with subject during our preparation for rethem larger retinues; besides, large moval. nurnhers flock in at all times for the 27. Find ourselves proceeding rapidpurpose of trade. There are also ma- ly on our way below the Dekkho Mukb, ny towns accessible within one day's which place we found had been entirewalk of this place. King Ben, my old ! ly under water : and the badness of the

streani so soon, as the strong winds 10. Having become a little settled,

road to Rungpur compelled us to aban- ; To the court are attached many very don the idea of visiting our missionary respectable natives, both Assamese and friends at Sibsagor. «We have passed Bengali; and as the busiuess of the several very darigerous places, where court draws ju people from all parts of the rapidity of the current was trightful, the district, it affords almost daily opand our boats became alınost unman- portunities for sending out tracts into ageable to our inexperienced boatmen. the country in every direction. As Still we have been preserved-blessed soon as niy object was kuown, my be tbe name of our heavenly Father. house was througed with people of all Have just heard of the death of br. Slaf- classes, who came for books; and I ter of Siam. May we hear the moni- bave seized upon the present opportu-, tory voice that is addressed to us in vity to explain the christian religion, this providence, and do with our and make known my intentions as far might what our hands find to do. as possible. At present I am talking,

29. Find ourselves at the mouth of and preaching, and distributing tracts the Kullung. We were greatly favor- from morning to night, to all who ed in getting to the mouth of this small come to my

house. that commenced blowing, made us I gave out that I would preach every very unsafe on the great river in our day in the hall, to all who pleased to floating ratts. The Kullung, which is attend. Accordingly, at 5 o'clock, P. only an arın of the Brahmaputra, we M., I had a gong struck, and all in my found rather larger than we had antic- own employ assembled. A respectaipated. We are now in the Nowgong ble number were present. I commencdistrict. We soon carne to a beautiful ed Matthew, read and explained for village, called Sonari Gaun, the head an hour. The people were attentive, man of which brought me a note from often responding to what I said, saying Capt. Gordon, who, in anticipation of that I spoke nothing but the truth. At my arrival, had very kindly ordered the ter this short exercise, gave opportunipeople of that village to render me any ty for conversation, and distributed assistance I might require.

books to as many as could read. Oct. 2. To-day, at 3 o'clock, P. M., 22. Having numerous calls for Benreached the zillah station of Nowgong. gali, Hindu and Persian books, I have The last three days we have been tra- ordered a small supply from Calcutta. cing the serpentine Kullung, enjoying The population is a reading one, and I the most deligbtful scenery, nearly the rejoice to find that I am inuch niore whole course of the river, being stud- favorably situated in this respect, than ded, on either side, with beautiful vil- | 1 ever was in Upper Assain. I shall lages, embowered with beautiful groves Dow be able to avail myself of all of trees. In fact, it may be said to be ove tracts and school books in Bengali, as continued village the whole distance. well as of all that may be issued from The population, I am told, extends in- our own press. to the interior, and is very dense. Tru 24. This being the last day of the ly the work of preaching the gospel in Doorgá Puoja, the crowd that has been all these villages is arduous. The har- gathering for several days preceding is vest, how plenteous! the laborers, how very great. It has been got up and few! Thus far, we see every induce carried forward principally by the Benment to establish a station here. Call- gali residents attached to the court. ed on Capt. Gordon, and after a short, The noise and parade for the last three and agreeable interview, proceeded to days have been distressing. Taking a make arrangements for removing to the few tracts, I went out and seated niycircuit bungalow, wbich has been self near the spot where the largest kindly offered for our present accom- crowd was gathered, and commenced modation,

conversation with a few who approachi3. Enjoyed a season of worship at ed me, upon the folly of the worship Capt. Gordon's.

of idols. Soon I bad the largest con4. Called upon the several gentlemen gregation I ever addressed, and spoke resident here, and obtained very satis- as long as I was able upon the sin of factory accounts relative to the dense- worshipping any except the Maker of ness of the population, and the health- all things. My congregation continued fulness of the district. On going over to increase until the last, even although the station, I find it very beautifully it was the time of throwing the idol laid out-streets running in all direc- into the river. After giving away a tions. There is a court-house and jail. I few tracts, returned again to my house,

where I found several servants waiting foreigners. He assured me that he had for tracts. During all my conversa- found the worsbip of idols useless, and tions with the people, thus far, I have had long since entirely abandoned had 110 particular opposition, except them, and told me that he desired to from several Musslemans, who were know what was truth.

By the appavery violent; and I cannot but hope, rent sincerity of his remarks, I felt my that the people of this long neglected heart drawn out toward the venerable valley will yet be brought to receive the old man. He is now 76 years old, and truth in the love of it.

what is remarkable, bis eye-sight is Nov. 10. Having succeeded in pur- perfect, bis wird vigorous and his chasing a bungalow and grounds for health excellent. In explaining the plan the mission premises, I shall be able to of redemption, I taught him and all in save nearly all the present cold season his house; and on taking leave of him, for travelling over the country. The presented him the only New Testagrounds are ample for preseut and fu- ment in Chinese I they had with me. ture operations, even should they be He seemed really grateful, and accomextended. The bungalow, though panied me to the door, expressing his small, will answer our purpose for a warnest thanks for the book,and for the few years, and I am happy to state that words of instruction which I had spokafter the necessary improvements are en. I feel prayerfully interested in this made, the expense will not greatly ex- case, and am more than ever impressceed the amount obtained for my bun. ed with the fact, that the more intimate galow at Jaipur. As soon as I can my intercourse becomes with the Chileave my family confortably settled on nese in their own vernacular language, the missiou premises, I shall devote the more frequent are the incidents I my time to travelling and preaching; meet with, which encourages nie to And I feel as much as ever the need persevere. of an associate, now that I am so far On returning from Canton I made a removed from all our missionary short stay at Whompoa, where the forfriends. I do sincerely trust that the eign shipping lies, 12 niiles from CanBourd will not forget, that while their ton. Accompanied by an English phymissionaries are nominally taking pos- sician and two pious Englisli cnptains, session of Assam, aside from this sta- | I visited one of tlre large rural villages tion, there is the whole of lower and near by. On entering a spacious temple central Assam lying unoccupied. And in the village, we found many persons that, until quite recently, only the ex- assembled to celebrate a marriage treme points of Upper Assam have re- feast, having all the viands spread out ally been occupied. May it please the in due order. Making a bench my pulLord of the harvest to send forth more pit, I addressed an attentive congregalahorers into these parts. And may tion of about seventy persons. After I the time speedily roll onward, when had concluded, several of them carne the name of the adorable Saviour shall around me and solicited further explabe praised by the long neg peo- nations; and all appeared friendly and ple of Assam.

respectful. Being in Canton on the Sabbath, 1 preached in English, near

ly all the foreign residents being presMacao.

5. To-day, I had the bappiness of baptizing Capt. T. Rogers, of Philadelphia,

commander of ship Henry Pratt. AfJan. 1, 1842. Having commenced ter appropriate services on board the this year amid many encouraging cir- ship, we both went down into the wacumstances, as it regards my Jabors ter, and in presence of the officers and among the Chinese, I have determined, crew, and others, 1 bad the bappiness by the help of the Master, to be still of burying him with Christ in baptisin, more diligent in preaching and teach-in the great long-boat as she floated ing the heathen publicly, from house full of water along-side. to house, and from street to street. Be 10. To-day, I addressed nine differing in Canton for a few days, a week ent Chinese congregations, varying or two since, I took occasion to address from ten to seventy persons, besides many crowds of the Chinese on the the Chinese services held in my own subject of the great salvation. I fell in house. At 12 o'clock, we surrounded with a merchant nanied Woyuve, who the table of our risen Saviour, and has long bad extensive dealings with Capt. Rogers joined wtih us in this de

ent.

JOURNAL OF MR. SHICK.

lightful feast. At night attended Eng., Patricbios* Kyriakes, Kyrkos. Joannes, Lisb preacbing.

Nicholast and a certain stocking wea15. Preached to a number of the ver in town, whoin Kyriakes brought people jo their own houses this after. These seven assembled themselves tonoon, and had good attention, and ma- gether at my bouse, and after a full ny encouraging questions were asked. i expression of our views and sentiments,

20. Two interesting young men we came to a unanjinous decision in called, and in a respectful manner respect to the following particulars. made many inquiries about the new 1. That we assemble ourselves toreligion. No event of the kind has be- getber every Lord's-day for worship. fore taken place here within my know 2. That we pray kneeling ;1 for, that ledge, inasmuch as they caine of their this was the ancient attitude in prayer, own aceord, without any solicitation is very evident, both from scripture from me or any one else. They remain- and other bistory. ed inore than an hour. Yang Seen Saug 3. That in praying, we use no form read and explained to them the ac- except the Lord's prayer;(for this praycounts of the birth of the Saviour, aud er is unquestionably the words of our many other points, and I also labored Saviour.) Moreover, that we supplicate with them for some time. They de- Almighty God for whatever we need, clared their detestation of idols, and the through the Mediator that has been folly of idol worship. When they left, sent us; according to bis own declarathey promised to come again on the lion, “ whatever ye ask the Father in Sabbath. One of them is a merchant, my name, I will do it.” and says he has seen me several times; 4. That we sing a hymn of praise to the other is a decent looking young God. man, but I did not ask bis einploy 5. That we read one or two chapters ment. I trust that God will commence of the New Testament, and expound and complete a work of grace in their whatever is difficult in tbem contained, hearts. This being the regular day for only that we do not prolong the sermy teacher, Yang Seeu Sang and my- vice beyond the hour of ove, in the afself, to have private prayer together, ternoon. we locked the door, read, bowed toge 6. That we interpret no scripture by ther, and both of us prayed. This is allegory.ş Whoever is a Cbristian must decirledly the most interesting and en believe the New Testament exactly as couraging case of inquiry I have it says; for allegory is beresy, which among the Chinese. Oh for the Spirit also corresponds with the words of of the Lord God!

Chrysostom. 21. Went, this forenoon, to see a 7. The sum of the gospel is, “ to young man, keeper of a paper estab- love the Lord thy God and thy neighJistiinent, who told me, not long ago, that he did not worship the gods of his *Patrichios was our teacher in the language heathen countrymen. I met him go- the year before Mr. Pasco returned. ing out on business, and on telling him

t'i'bis is the man (mentioned in one of my that I was on my way to see him, to carly letters) who sent his servant to gather up, speak to him about Christ, he politely corn up scriptures and tracts, when about three

“that he might preserve as a memorial," the told nie that any tiine I chose to come, years ago the priests endeavored to get up an he would gladly hear me.

uproar agamist us at Patras.

1 Kueeling.” The Greeks have many su.

perstitions in respect to the posture in prayer, Creece.

most of which are regarded as essential to sal.

vation. But to pray“ kneeling,” is not ouly an The station at Patras is becoming increasing. open disregard of all these superstitious, but it

is doing that which the church does not allow, ly interesting. The following is a translation excepi on a particular day of the year. Refrom a communication made by Apostolos, the garded in this liglie, therefore, the resolution of native assistant to Mr. Love, dated March 15.

this hitle band is most valuable. It shows the power of truth on

consciences, as well as I wrote you in haste this morning, a determination to regard in matters of faith, (Monday) for I did not write Saturday, only what the scriptures sanction. in order that by deferring I might await passes any thing of which ove cam scarcely form

Ộ The allegorizing of the Greek Church, surthe event and give you, with certainty, a conception. Not only is the divine teaching the joyful news of yesterday, the Sab- of our Saviour and bis A postles, in general, thus bath. And here you have the state- lortured into nonsense, but a greai part of the ment of the same.

scriptural bistorical events, even, can be made

to subserve no better purpose than to become N. Kyriakedes, a professor in the maller for the mock iheatricals of priests and gymnasium of this town, (Patras) M. I prelates in their annual idolatrous festivals.

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