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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. ward the plans of this and other bene.

volent societies in behalf of that na. (Continued from p. 54.)

tion. Our last Number embraced the sub- Dr. Nandi bas continued the prepa. stance of that part of the Society's ration of tracts in Italian. Mr. Jowett Tweuty-first Report, which refers to the brought with him to England a tract West African Mission : we now proceed on Redemption, which had received the to the Mediterranean Mission, a pri benefit of revision by an accomplished mary object of which is the revival of the Italian scholar: he has carried this Christian churches bordering on the Me: tract through the press, and an edition diterranean,with a view to the extension of 2000 copies has been forwarded to of Christianitythronghont the continents Malta.. By the series of tracts now in of Africa and Asia. Many of the par. a course of preparation, “we shall be. ticulars of this mission bave appeared come,” Mr. Jowett says, "preachers of in our pages : we shall therefore con- the truth to many hundreds of thousands tent ourselves with a brief recapitula- who read the Italian language." tion.

Mrs. Jowett bas exerted herself with During five years' residence in the much success for the instruction of Mal. Mediterranean, Mr. Jowett's time has tese girls. Habits of order and neatbeen fully occupied in voyages and ness had been introduced; and prayer journeys, ia superintending the transla and the reading of the Scriptures, in tion of the Scriptures into Maltese, in Maltese, rendered familiar to the chilcarrying on much of the correspon- dren. dence and business of the Malta Bible Mr. Jowett bas accumulated a large Society, in assisting in the preparation stock of materials for communicating of tracts, and in promoting education. to the Christian world a view of the Whenever he was in Malta, and his moral and religions state of the Medihealth would allow it, he maintained terranean; and is occupied in digeating family prayers, in English and Italian, them for publication. on Saturday and Sunday evenings, ac- The Committee next report the proceed. cessible to such persons as wished to ings of the Rev. James Connor on the frequent them. There meetings were eastern shores of the Mediterranean; a the means of attacbing friends to the varrative of which has already appeared mission. So greatly, however, has the in our pages. Mr. Connor was enabled, work grown in his hands, that able co- in his journey, to open channels for the adjutors are required; and the Commit- circulation of the Scriptures, not only tee trust that his visit home will be the throughout the islands of Candia, means of procoring such assistants.

Rhodes, and Cyprus, but in all parts of The valuable manuscript of the Am- Syria. Hilarion, au Arcbimandrite of haric New Testament, our readers will the Greek Church, had engaged, before remember, was brought to England by Mr. Connor lett Constantinople, in a Mr. Jowett; that of the Old arrived translation of the New Testament into safely by a subsequent packet. Mr. modern Greek. On his return to that Jowett brought also a translation of the city, hic found that great progress had Gospels into Maltese, with a view of been made in the translation. Mr. Con printing one of them during his stay in nor availed himself of the opportunity this country.

of cultivating an intercourse with vari. Before Mr. Jowett 'left Egypt, he ous ecclesiastics of bigh station, who are made arrangements with Mr. Salt for friendly to the circulation of the Scripthe purchase of manuscripts of the, tures. Among these, Polycarp, Patri. Ethiopic Scriptures, more particularly arch of Jerusalem, had been apprised of those parts which are wanting or de- of his proceedings in the holy city, and fective iu tbe copies accessible in Eu• warmly approved of them. rope.

The recent melancholy events at ConMr. Professor Lee has turned his stantinople, wbich bave greatly imped. mind much to the subject of Abyssinia; ed the Society's plans for the present, and several other members of the Uni. are already known to our readers. versity of Cambridge are devoting The Committee next proceed to lay themselves, with his assistance, to forbefore their subscribers, the substance of their communications from the Northe respect to the pronunciation and mean. lodia Mission.

ing, which was creditable at once to them The Committee trace the proceed- selves and their instructor. They were ings in this Mission, under the heads of also made to repeat a large portion of Christian Labourers, Education, and the Hindoostanee Catechism,lately printthe Press.

ed by the Committee, for the use chiefly of In the stations in which these labour. the native Christians at Chunar. The ers are employed, no other change has result completely proved that nothing taken place, during the year, than a more is wanted than a suitable com. vacancy at Titalya, occasioved by the mand of leisure for the prosecution death of Mr. Schroeter. Of two of the of this work in a very efficient manner. Society's native missionaries, Abdool The Committee humbly hope, that perMesseeh and Mr. William Bowley, the severance in a course of Christian disCorresponding Committee thus speak : cipline and education, may, with the

“ Abdool Messeeh continues to ful. Divine blessing, enable them to furnish fil the atmost expectations of the Com- some useful labourers to the missionary mittee; and the testimony borne to the field.” excellency of his general deportment, is In the department of Education, prosuch as the friends of religion would viding suitable books is felt to be a point desire. He is now in Calcutta, where of prime importance in India. In addihe holds pablic worship in Hindoosta- tion to the valuable labours of the Rev. nee three times a week; and numbers of D. Schmid, on this point, assistance the native Christians attend."

had been derived from oilier quarters. Of Mr. Bowley, who has been ordain. The Corresponding Conimittee partica. ed as a Lutheran minister, the Commit- larly acknowledge their obligations to tee remark:

the Diocesan School Comınittee, for the “Mr. Bowley's labours are continned History of Joseph, in Bengalee; and to as formerly, to the native congregation, the Calcutta School-book Society. The and to the pative inhabitants of Chuvar, number of scholars under instruction and the neiglibourliood generally. His throughout this mission, probably exjonrnals exhibit instances of several cerds 2000. respectable natives, who, through their Of the works which have issued from intereourse with him, have been bronght the press, it is stated that the whole of to approve of Christianity-openly to Mr. Ellerton's Dialogues on the Book avow their disbelief of Hindoo books- of Genesis are now published, with an to read the Gospel io private---and to joiu English translation annexed. Abont occasionalls in Christian worship; yet 8000 copies have been .printed during the loss of property, and other inconve- the year. One thousand copies of niences involved in loss of caste, bave each dialogue have been printed sepahitherto deterred them from making an rately in Bengalee. The dialognes have open profession of Christianity. It is,how. been introduced at Burdwan with very ever, evident that this wearing away of good effect: and the Committee add, ancient prejudices and increasing fa. that the curiosity of the Natives to read vonrable disposition toward Christianity them is so considerable that Mr. Deer among the natives, in every place where las introduced them into the greater part missionaries are in habits of intercourse of his village scliools ; so that it has bewith them, is a preparation of the way come necessary to take measures for for the reception of the Gospel." printing a new edition in Bengalee

of the seminary of Hindoostanee alone, to meet the demand. - The Comé youths under Mr. Corrie, it is said: mittee have also pripted, during the

“ An examination of the Hindoosta- last year, 2000 copies of Mr. Bowley's nee boys took place, in the presence of Catecbism in Hindoostanee in the Perseveral members of the Committee, as sian character, and 500 in the Nagree well as others interested in missionary character; 200 copies of a hymn book ; objects. The boys were first exercised and 300 copies of extracts from ilie in reading out of the New Testament, Common Prayer, comprehending the Liin Hindoostanee; then in reading out tany in the Nagree character. In this of the English New Testament, and ex. department the Rev. D. Schmid has been plaining the meaning in Hindoostanee. diligently employed. He published a This part of the examination gave letter in Englisli, addressed to Baboo much satisfaction : as the pupils mani. Rammohun Roy; with a view to point fested a knowledge of English, both in out to inquisitive Hiudoos-wbo, re


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nouncing the idolatrons system of their adopted. On entering the honse of
Peorans, adhere to the Vedas as of Di. the next, I was particularly surprised
vine authority--the exclusive claims of to observe the exceediog cleanliness
the Bible to iuspiration. Soon after, and neatness of the house and all its
the school book called“Divine Sayings," farniture. We surprised the man at
in Bengalee and English, was brought his Bible : his wife came in, soon after,
through the press by the Committee. having been among those who were
Mr. Schmid lins now in band a work, of examined: she is, Mr. Bowley says, a
which the first part in Bengalee and pious woman. The whole appearance
Eaglish, containing 294 pages, bas just of the barracks, of the bouses of the in-
issued from the press : it is intended to dividuals, and those of the Native Chris-
be a snmmary of Christian doctrine and tian women, was such as reminded me
practice, and of charch history, drawu of a country village in Englaud on the
from the Scriptures, and expressed in Sabbath day. Some were sitting at the
the very words of the sacred text. Mr. doors, and others in the verandas read-
Schmid has devoted the whole of bis sav. ing; and the whole of then were so quiet
ings to the printing of tbis and other that ove conld not but be sure that the
Worka, and has given the profits to the Gospel of Peace was known there. I
funds of the mission.

have not seen any thing like it in India The expenditure of this mission for before; on which account, perhaps, it the year, amounted to about 31,890 was the more observable by me: but ropees, or 3986l., exclusive of the outfit the Natives themselves, Mr. Bowley and passage of missionaries. More than told me, say that the place has been a fourth of the amount of this expendi- quité altered since the Gospel has been ture was raised in lodia.

preached. The hawkers and venders It would be impracticable for us to of goods now vever think of going to enter upon the details of the several sta- the barracks on a Sunday; for they only tions connected with this mission; but meet with reproof or advice, instead of we shall extract one or two passages by selling any thing: and the very Coolies way of specimen.

of the place have learned something of A gentleman in the East India Com Jesus Christ ; for the women talk of pany's service, who visited Chunar, Him to all who will listen." bears the following testimony to the ex- Mr. Fisher thús speaks of the Natire emplary state of the Native Christians. Cbristians at Meerut:

“It was delightful to witness the • "My Native Christiansare, at present, beautifal order and decorum of the all with me. We have the sacrament on Native women. The first sight of such the first Sunday in every monthy at i congregation of worshippers is the which they regularly attend and partimore striking, because one has hitherto

cipate. Every Sunday, at eleven o'clock, been accustomed 10 see the women of they all assemble in my study, to read this country under such very different the Gospels. If I were to write down circumstances. I went with Mr. Bow their conversations, they wonld furnish ley to hear him catechize the Christian interesting subjects for correspond. women in one of their houses, and was ence." indeed gratified. I was more particu- Of one of these conversations, Mr. larly struck by their behaviour and Fisher gives the following account. deportment. They read too, very well; “ Last Sunday, we were conversing and seemed well to understand the ques. on the universality of the feeling that tious and answers of the catechism : they prevails in all nations, that some atonethen sang. I cannot tell you what I felt meat for sin is necessary. I related to in hearing them sound the praises of Je. them what my three sons had seen, as sus Christ. They seemed also to feel as they returned with me from Hardwar. they sung. I went afterward 10 see A Fakeer was observed by the road-side, two of the European invalids, whose preparing something extraordinary ; wives were among the Christians. The whiclı, having never observed before, Arst was an old invalid soldier, nearly excited a curiosity to draw near and exdeaf; and I was accosted, on enter. amine his employment. He had several ing his door, by a native girl, neatly Hindoo Pilgrims round him, all on their dressed, saying in English, Good morn- way from the holy Ghant; who assisted ing, sir :' there was another little black in preparing the wretched devotee for creature running about: these are two some horrible purpose, to which he had native orphans, waom this man has , voluytarily bound himself, in order 1


-expiate the guilt of some crime which poverty constrained me to appeal to the he had committed long ago. His at- compassion of your Committee. I say tendants literally worshipped bim; kiss. similar, though not exactly in all points, ing bis feet, calling him God, and invok. for a gracious God has sent me ad ining his blessing. A large fire was kindled crease of family. Though Mrs.. under the extended branch of an old tree: has been the mother of thirteen, I corto this branch the Fakir, fastened two dially welcome the last ; and as it is strong ropes, having at the lower end of a boy, I give him to God in siocere each of them a stuffed noose, into which prayer, to make him a truly christian he introduced his feet; and thus being man, and if it be his will, a laborious snspended with his head downward over preacher of righteousness. - Without the fire, a third rope (at a distance to- some charitable aid I cannot clear off the ward the end of the branch) was fixed, arrears of the last year. In my present by which he succeeded with one hand rather expensive situation, how is it por to set himself in a swinging motion, sible that 1301., the amount of my in. backward and forward through the come, can supply 80 large a family as smoke and Aaming fire, which was kept eleven persons, with the most comblazing by a constant supply of fuel, mon comforts of life? Your repeated ministered by many of his followers: bounty has enabled me to be useful, with the other hand he counted a string and respectable, and comfortable, in a of beads, a fixed number of times; so situation certainly of some importance." as to ascertain the termination of the 7.“ Happy sbonld I be were my pe. four hours, for which he had doomed euniary circumstances such as would himself daily to endure this exercise for render another application on my part twelve years, nine of which are nearly unnecessary; bat baving had for many expired. A narrow bandage is over his yearsto labour among a verypoor people, eyes, and another over his mouth, to my family having been very large, and guard against the suffocating effects of my necessities compelling me to por. the smoke. By this means he says he chase many articles on disadrantageous shall alone for the guilt of his sins, and terms. I have not known for several be made holy for ever. The last half years what it is to be free from difficul. hour of the four hours, bis people say, ties; and snch is 'my state at present, he stands upright and swings io a cir. unless I can obtain some speedy assist colar motion round the fire. ance, that my credit mast fail, and in ing down, he rolls himself in the hot that case an end will be pat to my miashes of the fire. The boys went to see nisterial usefulness. In addition to my bim again in the evening, when he was other barthens, I have latelyexperienced engaged in his prayers, but to what or considerable affliction in my family, and whom they could not tell.

having myself at times been so indio " I asked my little congregation what posed as to be incapable of discharging they thonglat of all this. They sat silent, my duty; the consequence has been an with their eyes castdown and sighinghea- unavoidable increase of expenditurevily. At length, Anand turned to Matthew and although the congregation I serve Phiroodeen, and passiog his arms round is so considerable id number, many of his neck;exclaimed,

with the most touch- them being in low circumstances, and ing expression of affection as well as of not a few of them total strangers, that gratitude to God Ah, my brother! degree of assistance is not afforded my brother ! such once were we! but which might otherwise be expected. dow (and he lifted up his eyes to hea. My income is about 1471. I have ten ven, and elevated his whole person)- childreo, five of whom are wholly do. Jesus ! Jesus! my God! my Saviour!'" pendent upon me for support. It is con

puted that the congregation may averSOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OP age a thousand persons; the communi

PUOR PIOUS CLERGYMEN. cauts a hundred. The sacrament is ad. The following are a few extracto ministered monthly." from the letters received by the Com. 3." I am still curate of , have a mittee in the course of the last year. wife and ten children,seven of whom are These afford ample proof of the neces- wholly dependent on me ; and my cura. sity and utility of the institution, aud ey is no more than fifty pounds per an. are its best recommendation.

num for our support. Five of my chile " 1." I still remain in circumstances si. dren have been afflicted with the typhas milar to those of the last year, when real fever, and doctors', bills must be very


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considerable for attending them these plish many of my wishes for the serthree months. I hope that the worthy vices of my children, and which could gentlemen will look upon this my humble not hare been done but through this aid. petition with tenderness and compas. It will prevent many a heart-ache, and sion: and may the God of mercy re- cause, I hope, my soul to be lifted up. ward my kind benefactors !"

to God in gratitude and thanksgiving." 4. (From a Clergvman's Widow.)

“My income, que hun. “In deep distress and heartfelt sorrow, I dred pounds........No fees wliatever. acquaint you and the worthy Committee My family consists of nine persons. I of the death of my dear husband, after buried a child nine months ago, and a painful illness of ten months, which my eldest son has been put apprentice he bore with a steady, composed, and by some pious christian friends. The Christian fortitude, truly edifying to congregation from twelve to fifteen his religious friends I feel greatly hundred, often two thionsand. The obliged for the last liberal supply, in communicants monthly from one to two feeliug consideration of his supposed hundred." expense- - I have three children de. 8.

-“ My scanty stipend will pendent on me, or rather on Provi. too well convey. a sense of my need, dence. The medical bills, and se- which is pressing ; but I wish to converal other necessary expenses, are duct myself with resignation. My yet unpaid. I pray to be enabled to salary is twenty pounds. I have no put my whole trust in the Lord. . My other income I have a wife and three son, who is come to us, and bas succeed children. The average of the congreed in having his father's curacies, is the gation abont one bundred and fifty only earthly support I have to look to. sacrament administered four times a . In laying this before the Committee, ycar. My own poverty, and that of the you will oblige your afflicted but grate people, have " hitherto prevented me t'ul servant."

from doing any good further than by 5.“When I review the dealings of God my public and private labours." with us. I am constrained to say, that

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“Thongh poverty pinches .mercy and goodness have abounded to. very hard, more particularly in cases wards us- - Though the merciful-Lord where the petitioners may have been was pleased to cloud his favours brought up in affluent circumstances, with afflictions, yet I trust all was in and educated as gentlemen nsually are love to our souls I have forly-fire at our universities, yet, when continued pounds per annum from the chapel, and illness, with numberless concomitant have received forty-six pounds, from expenses is taken into consideration, other sources. We are six in family. his sufferings become far greater; to From six to seven hundred in the con- this add a further source of grief;-a gregation, and “about thirty communi- poor sick wife, near ber confipement is canis. We have Sunday-schools attach. ,wholly unable to provide the many ed to the chapel : I superintend them little necessaries requisite. You may myself.”

hence form a fair opinion of my present 6." I beg leave to acknowledge in the state. My income is under sixty-five most grateful manner, the receipt of pounds. I have a wife, and at present your kind letter, with the inclosed three children, all

young, and wholly bank post-bill. It is impossible for wie 'dependent on me for support." to describe, within the compass of a letter, tlie joy which the receipt of this By reference to the accounts of the va.uable present bas created in the Society, it appears that the Committee bosom of my poor wise and myself. It have been under the necessity, for the came just in time to rescue us from the last two years, of selling ont part of greatest misery, and to afford us where their funded property; althongh by the wiih to obtain those. necessaries re.

dividends arising from it, the grants quired for ihe sustenance of man, which made by them have been in a consideraI am sorry to say we were almost des- ble measure supplied. The Committee titute of.”

therefore hope, that as the claims on 7.“ I received your kind letter yester. the Society's benevolence are yearly day, enclosing -; I have to thank increasing, the friends of religion and the Committee for the favour conferred the church will exert themselves to inupon me. It will prove highly bene- crease the list of donations and ab ficial to me; as it will help to accome scriptions,


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