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BELIZE, HONDURAS.

Mr. Henderson, our laborious missionary at this station, having long wished for a colleague, and especially one practically acquainted with the art of printing, is about we hope to see the fulfilment of his desire. Mr. J. P. Buttfield was set apart for this purpose on the 23rd of September, at the Baptist Chapel, Box Moor, Herts. The services were conducted by Mr. Fraser of Lambeth, Mr. Gould of Dunstable, and Mr. Gotch, who had been Mr. Buttfield's pastor. Mrs. Buttfield is grand-daughter of Dr. Carey, being the daughter of Mr. Jonathan Carey late of Calcutta. They sailed on the 13th of Nov., in the Echo, Captain De Quetoville.

RETROSPECT OF HALF A CENTURY.

The following ingenious comparison between the comnencement of missionary exertions in this country, and the scenes which were taking place at the same time in a neighbouring land, was made by Dr. W. R. Williams of New York in a discourse delivered in June, 1842, at the close of the twenty-seventlı session of the Hudson River Baptist Association.

When the foreign missions of our British Reason was in preparation, intended to brethren commenced, the French revolution carry on the same work through the language had begun. The opening scenes of that fear- and literature of England. The privileged ful drama arrested all eyes. Its violent and and titled classes, who saw with horror the wondrous changes, and its terrific victories, political changes, were largely infected with were filling the civilized world with hope or ihe principles of this revolt again:t religion. alarm. The year of Carey's missionary dis. And many who might dread French de. course was that in which the September mas- mocracy, were but too partial to French sacres drenched the prisons of Paris with gore atheism. Then it was, w lien the people were by a series of butcheries more atrocious than thus “ imagining a vain thing," and saying of the judicial murders of the guillotine. Amid Him that sitteth on the throne, and of bis these sanguinary and frantic convulsions at anointed Son, “ Let us break their bands home, the French people were looking abroad asunder, and let us cast away their cords with undaunted mien ; and their National from us,” that He whose name and being Convention, in the same year, flung down the they would abolish, * laughed, and the gauntlet of defance to all the governments of Highest held them in derision.”. When the Europe, by pledging assistance and fraterni. pride of hell was thus assailing his church in zation to all nations who would rise and battle the west, he replied but by calling for a new for their own freedom. The following year, and vigorous onset upon the gates of the that in which the English missionaries set enemy in the ancient east. The times of the sail, was that in which France gave proof of ignorance there long winked at, were now to her stern abjuration of all monarchical go- end. He summoned to his service in the vernment by bringing her sovereign to the conflict a very poor, but a very learned and block, and the blood of the houses of Bourbon pious man. From the lap-stone and the awl and Hapsburgh, among the oldest of the he had called him. And he came.' He put royal lines of Europe, flowed on the scaffolds into the hands of him, and his humble assoof her capital. It was not a mere revolution, ciates, some £13, and bade them, thus fur. it was a war of opinions, upheaving the old nished, to assail the paganism of India, with foundations of society, and the most cherished its myriad gods, and its myriad fanes, enand venerated principles of antiquity. Not trenched in massive and time-worn fastnesses, only were the floods of change shaking the that centuries of power had built up, until base of each European throne, but the they they seemned impregnable. It was as if autoority of heaven was boldly questioned a grain of sand from the desert had been comand cast off. French infidelity was al eady manded to lift itself up on the wings of the maddening all Europe, and Paine's “ Age of wind, dash itself against the pyramids of Egypt, and shatter their mountain masses for far other destinies by that providence of into dust. But hopeless as was the task, and which he took little thought. The event is inadequate as were the means, at his bidding caught up by every gazette, and is the theme these pour but devoted men moved onward to of comment in every civilized land. On that the unequal enterprise. As soon as literature incident the destinies of the world seemed to could descry objects so insignificant, she over- hinge. Yet, four days after, in a far distant whelmed them and their enterprise with peals land nearer the rising sun, an event occurred of mocking laughter and heartless derision, of which no gazette, as we believe, took note But they held on their way in the serenest but which was scarce less significant in its meeh ness. What their God had commanded results. It was Carey desecrating,” to use they knew was right, what he had promised his own phrase, the waters of the sacred they felt was sure. There was

seen the Ganges by the immersion of his first Hindu mighty magnanimity of faith. It was amid convert. The chain of caste has been broken. such scenes of confusion and dismay, in such We fancy that the rabble of gods who crowd a day, dark with rebuke and blasphemy, that the Hindu Pantheon looked on, aghast at the Carey and his coadjuturs planned their mis- sight, feeling that the blow was one well sions for the welfare of the distant east. It aimed, and that struck at the very heart of was not for the want of objects requiring their their power. When we look at durable recare at home that tey went abroad. The sults, which seems the more eventful incident, labours of Wesley and of Howard, who had the escape of the great Captain, or that first but just then ended their race, had shown success of the lowly missionary ? The course how tearful was the mass of misery left un- of the soldier, after a series of the most splenrelieved, and of ignorance yet untaught, that did triumphs, in which, to use his own were to be found in Christian Britain. But favourite phrase, he seemed to chain victory there were many to whom these domestic to his standards, closed in defeat and capnecessities might be well committed; a heavier tivity. The career of the conquerer of Lodi, necessity was laid on them to heed the distant of Austerlitz, and of Jena, was terminated in cry of the dying millions of heathenism. In disaster and exile. The flames of Moscow December, 1793, the devoted preacher had and the rock of St. Helena were a melancholy but recently set foot on the shores of India. comment on the instability of all earthly As yet, ignorant of the language, we find him glory, and the utter impotence of all mortal in that month with a congregation composed prowess. The year in which your association only of his own family and that of his asso- was formed, 1815, was that which smote ciate in the mission, but he is anticipating down his power on the field of Waterloo. In much pleasure when he shall be able to vain was his gigantic genius, in vain the repreach in their own tongue to the benighted morseless conscriptions that drained France of Hindus. Little does he suspect that six weary her sons--in vain the energy of despair years are to elapse ere he -hall be allowed to wielding all the resources of his consummate welcome one sincere convert. In that same tactics. A few years after, the Great Captain month, when the cheerful missionary is thus died, on a lonely island in the ocean, his soul girding himself to the work, a lieutenant of seething impatiently with wishes never to be artillery is distinguishing himself by effecting realized, his mind teeming with vast projects for the French armies the capture of a besieged that perished in their conception ; with his sea-port on the southern coast of France. parting breath muttering indistinctly and de

The name of that young engineer is yet to liriously of armies which he no longer headed. resound through all lands. It is Napoleon, But the missionary said in his later years that the star of whose glory is seen skirting the he had no wish that was left ungratified. horizon and beginning to emit its first glim- Who was then the happier man? The brilmerings at the close of the year which brought liant victories of the one scarce kept pace, in Carey to India, and when the pious mission. their number, with the dialects into which the ary was labouring over the rudiments of the other translated the lively oracles of God. Bengali. How distinguished was the career Give to the mighty warrior the honours of an that soldier was to run! The instrument in exalted intellect, with which that of the the hands of providence for shaking the humble missionary can never be compared powers of Europe and bringing into a new give to him ihe unmatched influence he exshape the whole structure of its society, he went. ercised over the diplomacy and civilization of on winning battles, dictating treaties, putting all Europe-give to him the 2,200,000 condown kings, and overthrowing dynasties, until scripts that perished in his service, and the many were ready to deem him more than myriads that were sacrificed in the armies of

Some seven years after his success at bis adversaries. Set over against these the Toulon, that victorious general has become gates of eastern dialects opened to the schothe first consul of France. It is the 24th of lars of Europe by that missionary ; ChrisDecember, and he is driving through the tian churches planted, and the Christian streets of Paris, when a fearful explosion is scriptures translated ; and an impulse given heard behind his carriage. It was intended to the mind of heathen India, of which it is for his destruction, but he escapes it, preserved equally idle to dispute the present extent or

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to calculate the future limits. Does it not seem against us? The force of numbers is

as if each year is now effacing the not with us. The literature of the world is monuments of the one and expanding the in- not thoroughly with us. The laws of the fluenre of the other? Aud who shall show world are not with us. The fashions of the the field in which that missionary's fame and world are not with us. But if God be with his power were cloven down? His fame and us, it is enough. The prince of darkness, in his power we called them. They were not mustering all his hosts to the encounter, bears his.' The glory of his attempts and achieve- on his scarred brow the print of the Master's ments was Christ's ; and the power that avenging heel. Hell has been already foiled wrought in him mightily, and wrought with in that hour now past which was the true him effectually, was Christ's. You are en- crisis of the world's history; and prophecy gaged, my brethren, under the banners of the shows us the whole earth soon to be subdued same Captain of our salvation. Do the odds to the obedience of the faith.

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In a letter relating principally to business details, Mr. Thomas writes thus, September 21, 1844:

Brother Yates has been for some time very, in tolerable health. Makepeace has not yet unwell, but he seems improving. It will be arrived, but we are daily expecting him. necessary for him to try a little change during Brother Small is preparing to leave Calcutta the ensuing cold weather. Brother Pearce for Benaras. May the blessing of the Master has also been rather unwell; the rest appear go with him!

CEYLON.

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A letter has been received from Mr. Dawson, dated Colombo, September 25, containing the following cheering particulars :My last letters have been of a melancholy and a great blessing to the land. It is mutu.

It now falls to my lot to communi- ally agreed for them to stop at Colombo till cate things of a very joyful kind.

more help arrives, and then to proceed to First, though not first in order of time, I Kandy, must acquaint you with the safe arrival of Second. It is extremely gratifying to know Mr. and Mrs. Davies. For many days pre- that the death of our dear brother Daniel has viously had our eyes been wishfully directed been the means of seriously impressing the along the horizon (our house being at the sea- hearts of many who were unimpressed by his side) in search of the “ Brunette," and now living voice. The natives in many villages that our dear friends are safely lodged under appear sensible of the loss they have sustained, our roof, we know not how to feel sufficiently and some are alarmed lest be should hereafter grateful to the Preserver of men. Mrs. Davies be a witness to condemn them. was confined to her cabin nearly the whole The 8th inst. was a day long to be rememvoyage with sickness, and consequently arrived bered. After preaching in English in the in a very weak state. It is our happiness, morning at Colombo, I visited the station at however, to see her daily gathering strength, Kottigahawatta, where brother Nader has been and our hope that she will ere long be perfectly labouring with great success. After preaching well. Mr. Davies is also slightly indisposed, in Singhalese to a large and attentive congre but thinks a few days will set him right. gation, I administered the ordinance of bapneed not say to any who know them, that they lism to twenty persons, fifteen of them females. are lovely and amiable persons. They will They had all been candidates for many months doubtless be a bright ornament to the mission, -some for eighteen. Their regular attendance,

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consistent conduct, and earnest expressions of the care with which he has collected what attachment to the Saviour, seemed to render appears to be all that is requisite for its effecfurther delay improper. In the presence of tive operation. I long to get it fixed, and see Mrs. Dawson and Miss Wells (a lady con- the beautiful Singhalese and Tamul characters nected with the Female Education Society), I printed from its stones. put to them many searching questions, which Fourth. Our devoted brother Garnier, who they answered to our satisfaction. The cases labours on the estates near Kandy, having been of several were extremely interesting. Five laid aside a short time by weakness, brought were from village schools - the fruit of the on by over-exertion, the planters, to show labours of pious teachers. One lad, about their personal regard for him, and their estithirteen, discovered much shrewdness. When mation of his labours, have raised nearly £20 he applied for baptism, his pastor said to him, to buy him a strong horse. He will thus, I “ You are too young, and too small.” Sir," trust, soon be able to visit more estates at the said he, “my body is small, but my soul is expenditure of less bodily strength; at least, not.

And though I am young in years, I his bodily strength. Missionary horses are know that I am a great sinner, and that no very needful here, as they enable one missionone but Jesus Christ can save me.” Some ary to do the work of two. time after, on again applying, he was asked Fifth. On Saturday last a meeting was held why he was so anxious to be baptized. He in our Pettah Chapel, at which Sir Anthony replied, "I know baptism will not save me, Oliphant presided, to determine on the manner but Christ has commanded it, and how can I of appropriating the sum collected to perpetucall him my Saviour if I live in disobedience to ate the labours of Mr. Daniel. It was resolved his commandments ?" “ But were you not unanimously, “ That a sum not exceeding £20 baptized in your infancy?” “I have been be applied to the erection of a tablet in the told so,” he said, “but know nothing about baptist Pettah Chapel, to perpetuate a rememit. The scripture says that those who repent brance of the labours of the Rev. E. Daniel, should be baptized, and as I have repented I and that the remainder be remitted to his wish to do all that my Saviour has com- orphan children through such channel as shall manded.” At the close of the ceremony appear most advisable.” Dr. Elliot, Lieut. ninety-five of us partook of the Lord's supper, Maberly, and brother Davies are appointed a and sweetly realized his presence in our midst. committee to carry the resolution into effect. Brother J. Melder lately baptized six persons, The subscription list is not closed, and it is one of them a native man, aged ninety-three. expected that £300 will be raised. In his latter days he found the pearl of great Sixth. It looks grateful for me to notice price, and though subjected to much scorn so low in my letter the vote of £400 for and persecution, he patiently bore it all, re. Kandy Mission Premises, made by the Jubilee joicing that he had found that happiness in Committee. Be assured we feel truly grateful believing in the Saviour, to which he had for it, though much more will be needed to been all his life an utter stranger. His complete the object. daughter, aged fifty-four, was baptized at the On Friday next we are to open a new same time.

chapel at Matakooly, three miles from CoThird. The lithographic press has arrived, lombo. The cost of its erection is £70. and many thanks are due to Mr. Haddon for Already the sum of £40 has been collected.

The following letter was written by Mr. Davies a week after his arrival :

After a favourable though not a rapid pas-, With some of them I have been highly pleased. sage of 116 days, we arrived at Colombo on Some of the stations, I understand, are in a the 16th instant, when we heard the unex- very encouraging state; others greatly need pected and painful in elligence of Mr. Daniel's the quickening influences of heaven, and much death. Never was the removal of any one self-denying and wisely directed labour. The more generally and deeply felt and regretted. Academy, of course, has suffered through Mr. It presented the dark scenes of heathenism to Daniel's death. This institution seems to me us in shades of deeper gloom. We were to claim special attention, as under well con. heartily welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Dawson sidered and well adapted arrangeinent, carried and Dr. and Mrs. Elliot, whose extreme kind- on with energy and perseverance, it will beness and value cannot be too highly estimated. come, under God, a means of incalculable Since then Mr. Dawson and I have been benefit. I hope the committee will consider trying to arrange things so as to meet present the necessity of sending out two suitable men difficulties. He will return to Kandy after a for Ceylon; for Kandy must have two, and so short time, and I will remain here until we must Colombo. It is quite impossible for one hear from you. I have seen most of the native to do the work efficiently at either place. At preachers, and many of the schoolmasters. Colombo the village stations have suffered under NIr. Daniel (who in habits and constitution found one to-day in most respects eligible for had become so thoroughly naturalized), owing ourselves and the students, but requiring a to his not being able to visit them except very little alteration and expense. The rent is £5 occasionally, since he commenced the Acade per month ; and here I would suggest what my. If I could transfer to England the scenes every one here would most strongly recomof idolatry, debasement, and wretchedness mend, on principles of economy as well as which I have already witnessed, I think they convenience, the desirableness of the Society's would move our churches to send us help securing some permanent missionary residence, through mere compassion ; but I trust higher as rents, and all other things in Colombo, have motives will prevail. Oh, that almighty God donbled within the last few years, and are would eminen ly qualify us to pull down these expected to go on increasing in value in the strongholds of Satan, and in some humble same proportion for some time to come. This degree advance his glory.

house can be leased at the specified rent for It would be madness to think of living in not more than four years, or it can be purMr. Daniel's late residence, for all agree that chaser.. Will you be kind encugh to say a it greatly accelerated his end. The house word on this head in your next, as houses where we now are, with Mr. Dawson, cannot here are so very scarce, and as it will be a be occupied more than a week or two, so that suitable place for any one who may come out. we have been under the necessity of looking My own health is good, and Mrs. Davies is out another. After much inquiry and toil we much improved since our landing.

AFRICA

FERNANDO PO.

Letters have been received from Mr. Sturgeon, written in July, from which we give copious extracts, principally on account of the illustration they furnish of the difficulties and perplexities surrounding those who labour among uncivilized tribes. It is on many accounts desirable that these should be understood; and the following details will at once show that faith and patience are needed by those engaged in the work, and that others should count the cost before they offer themselves for so arduous and important an undertaking.

I am interestingly engaged at the present belonging to the young, is but too prevalent time in examining the candidates for baptism, even now among the less informed of our eight in number; three males and five females. people, though so much has been said upon Two of them are promising girls, who two the subject, both in public and in private

. years ago were fast ha-tening to ruin. The Yet it was truly encouragirg at our last pleasing change wrought within by the gospel church-meeting to witness the tender mauner is observed by all who know them. They form in which many of our friends spoke of receive part of my juvenile class, and are ranked ing the youthful followers of the Saviour into among the teachers of our sabbath-school. the church. The regularity of their attendance at the

Old Habits. school, the simplicity and ardour with which they instruct their classes, lead me to conclude I have seen too much of the deceitfulness that they will be made eminently useful in of the human heart in Africa to be overour neighbourhood. A young man from sanguine in my expectations respecting them; Holland is also one of the candidates. The but so exemplary has been their conduct, that labours of brother Clarke were blessed to his on no former occasion of a similar kind have conversion on board the “ Chilmark," on her I been more confident that the work is of the way to Fernando Po. As he bas only been Lord; to whom, through Christ, be all the in Africa a few months, my knowledge of his the praise. We have a church-meeting on the character is imperfect; but he appears to be second Wednesday in the month for prayer, a diffident, affectionate, zealous, and truly the special object of which is to promote a pious youth. I shall baptize (D. v.) on the revival of the good work of the Lord; and on

We anticipate a refreshing the fourth Wednesday we meet to transact the The absurd' notion of religion not affairs of the church, to appoint sick-visitors,

21st instant. season,

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