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minable for going about destroying peo. He was told, that faith was the only abple's cast, and turning things upside solute requisite to salvation; that bapdowa," and much more to the same ef. tism was the profession of that faith ; but fect; and all spoken with so much ra, where the opportunity was wanting of pidity and abuse, as hardly to deserve a making that profession, the Lord neverreply, or indeed to admit of one: yet theless accepted us. We trust that this such a man mars the fairest opportunity was the case with him. often of speaking to others, who, but for bin, would hear with pleasure. Yet to pass their observations without attempt. ing to say something, is supposed to pro HOWRAH (near Calculla.) feed from pride or anger. The great point to be gained at such a time is to seEare the attention of the people; and if this can be done, the less the factious ob The following letter, from Mr. jector is noticed, the better, as his pride Statham to Mr. Dyer, contains some is gratified if he can succeed in diverting the Missionary from his object, and the pleasing information of the progress people from a desire of hearing. The of the gospel at the station occupied former may be done in more ways than by him. The joyful experience of one. If you are altogether patient, and the poor woman, apparently on a continue silent, his design is accomplished : if you follow the objector, and answer dying bed, affords an additional all objections, you are led too far out of proof of the value of that “Benyour way, and the return to the subject is gallee Bible,” which some have been difficult. Besides, in that case, the ears

so eager 10 decry, as grossly erroof the people are occupied with what is false and injurious, but pleasing to their neous, and even unintelligible. minds, vitiated as they are. To call them back again, therefore, to attend to the

Howrah, May 26, 1824. gospel, is not easy : as you return to the Death has been making great ravages sabject of discourse, they turn off, and among the Enropean population of Calwith a significant throw, stroking their cutta, but all the labourers in the Lord's long black hair, and with a jerk of the vineyard have been mercifully spared. left arm, bringing their cloth'into closer The public mind is much agitated in contact with the neck and chin, exclaim, consequence of the war with Burmah; a “0, its late! we can hear no more, let us large expedition from the three presi. go.”—In going over the water this after- dences has sailed. Perhaps the terminanoon to preach at Sulkeah, we fell in tion may be a door opened for the gospel. company, at the ghaut, with Gunga Ram, We have been much in anxiety respecting a man of Barahnagore. He has been no the Missionaries there, but we now beticed in former journals. He is a man of lieve they are all safe. Whatsoever the no common shrewdness; but being for- enemies of Missions may say, it is my merly a man of loose habits, he has re- firm belief that never was there so bright duced himself almost to poverty by gam- a prospect of the fulfilment of that probling, a vice to which the natives are mise, which says, “ The beathen shall be very strongly and generally addicted, per- given unto thee,” as at the present mohaps owing to the quantity of time upon ment. A vast' deal of superstition and their hands. Gunga Ram was, five years prejudice has vanished—much anxiety is ago, a strong opposer. Now he always inanifested to hear the word, and the most either hears with silence, or advocates our respectful attention paid whilst it is cause. His brother, who died last year, preached. We had a very encouraging was still more favourably affected to scene here lately. I have built a neat wards the gospel, and there is some Bungalow chapel in the high Benares reason to believe he felt, in some de- road, near the spot where the native gree, its power. For some time previous schools are, and on the day it was opened, to his decease, he came frequently to con- (8th of May,) brethren Yates and Pearce Verse with Paunchoo. The last time he came over to my house, with our native came, a few days only before he died, he brethren Paunchoo and Bhagshee: and a inquired if it was possible for him to be very large congregation assembled. Two saved, if he believed, and was not bap- sermons were preached; after which tized, and publicly professed Christ, as brother Yates baptized a Mussulman he was very ill, and might not be bap- moonshee in the Ganges, before my door;

but that he believed in Christ, &c. it was a most delightful day, we all felt

tized;

cheered, and much refreshed. He (the derful things he hath done for me, convert) appears indeed to be a new wbereof I have reason to be glad ! creature; he possesses the spirit of hu I cannot conclude without telling you mility in a great degree. He came to my that this morning I have seen a whole house constantly prior to his baptism, as family of natives, consisting of grandwell as attended the brethren in Calcutta, father, father, mother, and three sons, alles zu den and Paunchoo at Doorgapore. I cannot evidently seeking the way of salvation. 1933 describe the looks and amazement of the They were first aroused to a sense of 108 T1 Mussulmans, who crowded the water their condition by a tract left at the house pulau side, when they beheld one of their of a neighbour, which he threw indigo 21 teachers come down to the water to be nantly into the road, and one of the boys and baptized. They expected it was an about fifteen years of age, carried it ul cel de Hindoo. It has caused a great deal of home. They read itcame for nore;- [ ze ma inquiry amongst them since, and I hope gave them the four gospels-and I do 2 * tęta this will be the first fruits of a plentiful hope that time will shew it has not been told be harvest. I am now building another na. in vain. tive chapel at the back of the English chapel here, for the convenience of the patives in this part of the village, as Howrah and Sulkeah extend more than two miles in a line, and contain a KINGSTON, (Jamaica.) crowded population; but this latter place of worship will be peculiarly suited to the accommodation of a number of Portuguese temales, who can speak only Bengallee, and who are averse to mixing

A letter lately received from Mr. with our English congregation. There Coultart mentions that one hundred iza arhited are some amongst them with whom I am and thirty-three persons were bap. , 1 peculiarly pleased. One poor old woman tized and added to the church was sick a few days ago, and sent for under his care, on the 25th of De tweed bir his me; she appeared to be very ill indeed, yet calm and resigned. On my asking cember last. He was then in hopes her how she felt with regard to entering of being soon permitted to resume on an eternal world, she said, “It will the weekly service in his chapel, be a happy change for me." I asked the which had been forbidden for some grounds of such a hope. She clasped her Bengallee Bible, which lay by her cot, months, during the late period of and said, " I find Christ here, Christ in agitation and alarm in the colony. my heart, and Christ is in heaven. He

Mrs. Elizabeth Knibb, widow of at tina died for poor sinners like me. I know he is able to save me. I believe he will;"

our late friend Mr. Thomas Knibb, and then she prayed so sweetly, that I died at Northampton on the 31st sem hann could not forbear crying out, Oh that of January last. In her last bours de prese my latter end may be like hers!” She has she felt the value and sweetness of since, however, been mercifully restored, those truths wbich the gospel only and is now able to attend worship on the Lord's-day; she said, as she had no reveals. One little orphan, not yet friends or relatives living, she wished to a twelvemonth old, survives ; to remake her will, to prevent the little pro- ceive that care and instruction from of the Zemindar, and

wished to leave it to others, which, in the mysterious I told her, as that was the case, and providence of God, his parents she felt so much of the value of the gos. have not been permitted to afford to be pel, it would be well if she would be him. queath it for the purpose of aiding in the

We add to this brief notice a spread of that gospel. She was much pleased with this, and gave directions slight sketch of the character of the accordingly to leave it to the Baptist late Mr. Knibb, as given in a letter Missionary Society. My English congre. to a friend in Bristol; not merely as gation is very encouraging-many appear to be seeking the way to him-others ap

an act of justice to a departed ser. pear under conviction ; 'three have been vaut of Christ, but as it suggests baptized. Blessed be God for the won. some useful cautions to others wlio

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may be engaged, now or hereafter, most, or all of the children, loved him in the same honourable labours. greatly; they met around the bed before

his remains were placed in the coffin, and * There are some important bequests wept over his altered face as though their left by the pious dead on their ascent to hearts had turned to tears. They brought glory, as a common right to survivors, to mind that affecting lament of the especially to those who accompany them favoured prophet's disciple, "My Father, to the place of their departure; they, I my father! the chariots of Israel, and the think, should be anxious to obtain the horsemen thereof !” descending blessings, and exemplify their His impression in the pulpit was evi. power. If I could say the departed spirit dently (I'must please myself with his of the deceased had fallen upon me, and image which is still before me) that of a rendered me an equal savour of God in man who had left the world behind him, Carist, I should be glad: his Christian eternity fall in view, his spirit ready for temper, his strong attachment to his its flight, but longing and pleading like Maker, his entire devotedness to his Abrahan for a guilty population. cause, and his unwearied zeal and great When he arrived here he was in excel. bumility, I would esteem more highly lent health ; his mind had acquired new than all terrestrial things. I feel how vigour and his zeal new energy, from the much it is my duty to be in earnest with change of country, and from the scenes God until I be clothed with the same which were presented to his view. He mind, and glow with the same fervour, perceived the condition of the people, and illustrate the Divine example in an their moral condition I mean, and wishequal, and if possible, in a still greater ed, and hoped, that the whole of what degree than the deceased.

was necessary to enlighten and evangeMr. Knibb arrived here in the begin. lize them, could be speedily set on foot ning of January, 1823. We were total at least; if not so speedily accomplished. strangers but for a few minutes: during His benevolence misled him. He was his residence with us, I was delighted induced tounder take tow much; conseand beneitted by his example. I feel quently his energies were detached to. justified in saying, I never saw a more the setting on foot and carrying on of amiable Christian or a man with fewer too many things at once. Thus he de. faults. I always felt grateful to God for stroyed his strength by dividing it, created seading him among us, and I fear I too many sources of care, and when de-. shall regret his removal as long as I oc- bility came upon him, was additionally. capy this station.

fretted by being compelled to relinquish, The school and the duties of the church, a great portion of the labour he had unwhich for some time devolved entirely dertaken. No doubt in all he did he, upon him, required a very peculiar cha- aimed at the glory of God. God grant racter; and every one who knew the de- us such another, a better I think we canceased, allowed that he had been formed not have.” by the Divine préscience for his last important occupations. The school pros. pered under his superintending care, although made up of such rough and tangled materials; and no wonder, for he

American Baptist Mission. noarished it with his own life, and nursed it with holy and incessant solicitude and prayer. His affection for his numerous

BURMAN EMPIRE. little culprits was too strong to allow him to inflict any severe punishment upon their bodies; he aimed to effect a reformation in their souls; and though per

OUR readers will have observed, seetly inaccessible, except from above, though formidably mailed in sin, yet by the interesting letter from Mrs. these difficulties only acted upon him, as Hough, inserted in our pumber for they should act upon all others, as excite- January, that she and her comparemitting labour. It was a pleasure to nion in tribulation were comforted see him in the school; no one could sup- by the attachment and piety of pose his labours, though excessively Moung-shwa-ba, one of the Burman fatiguing, were irksome to him; he was converts; whose name is familiar performing no task, all was delight; all full of bliss to him. It was obvious that to all who have read Mrs. Judson's

valuable account of that Mission. desire and heavenly desire being contrary, From an American publication the one to the other, and the desire or which has lately reached us, we invisible things, I am as a dead man.

visible things counteracting the desire of insert the following letter, addressed However, He quickens the dead. He by this intelligent disciple to the awakens those that sleep. He lists up venerable Dr. Baldwin of Boston. those that fall. He opens blind eyes. From the date at the close it will lamp in the great house of darkness.

He perforates deaf ears. He lights a

He be seen, that it was written some relieves the wretched. He feeds the months previous 10 the commence. hungry. The words of such a benefactor, ment of hostilities,

if we reject, we must die for ever, and

come to everlasting destruction, which Moung Shwa-ba, an inhabitant of Ran- circumstance considering, and meditating

goon, a town of Burmah; one who ad. also on sickness, old age, and death, inlieres to the religion of Christ, and has cident to the present state of mutability, been baptized -- who meditates on the I kneel and prostrate myself, and pray immeasurable, incalculable nature of before God, the Father of the Lord Jesus the divine splendour and glory of the Christ, who has made atonement for our Invisible, even the Lord Jesus Christ sins, that he may have mercy on me and and God the Father, and takes refuge pardon my sins, and make me holy, and in the wisdom, and power, and glory give me a repenting, believing, and loving of God, affectionately addresses the mind. great teacher, BALDWIN, a superin

Formerly I trusted in my own merits, tendant of Missionary affairs, in the but now, through the preaching and incity of Boston, of America.

struction of teacher Yoodthan, I trust in

the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Beloved Elder Brother.-Though in teacher, therefore, is the tree; we are the the present state, the places of our re. blossoms and fruit. He has laboured to sidence are very far apart, and we have partake of the fruit, and now the tree never met; yet by means of letters, and begins to bear. The bread of life he has of the words of teacher Yoodthan, (Jude given, and we eat. The water from the son) who has told me of you, I love you, brook' which flows from the top of Mount and wish to send you this letter. When Calvary, for the cleansing of all filth, he the time arrives in which we shall wholly has brought, and made us bathe and drink. put on Christ-Him, in loving whom we The bread of which we eat, will yet fer. cannot tire, and in praising whom we can ment and rise. The water which we find no end; and shall be adorned with those drink and bathe in, is the water of an unornaments which the Lord will dispense failing spring; and many will yet drink to us out of the heavenly treasure-house and bathe therein. Then all things will that he has prepared, then we shall love be regenerated and changed. Now we one another more persectly than we do are strangers and pilgrims; and it is my now.

desire, without adhering to the things of Formerly I was in the habit of conceal- this world, but longing for my native ing my sins, that they might not appear; abode, to consider and inquire how long but now I am convinced that I cannot I must labour here; to whom I ought 10 conceal my sins from the Lord, who sees

show the light which I have obtained ; and knows all things : and that I cannot when I ought to put it up, and when atone for them, nor obtain atonement from disclose it. my former objects of worship. And accord.

The inhabitants of this country of ingly, I count myselfto have lost all, under Burmah, being in the evil practice of the elements of the world, and through the forbidden lust, erroneous worship, and grace of the faith of Christ only, to have false speech, deride the religion of Christ. gained the spiritual graces and rewards However, that we may bear patiently pertaining to eternity, which cannot be derision, and persecution, and death, for lost. Therefore, I have no ground for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, pray for boasting, pride, passion, and self-exalta

us. I do thus pray. For, elder brother, tion. And, without desiring the praise I have to bear the threatenings of my of men, or seeking my own will, I wish to do the will of God the Father. The say, “We will beat, and bruise, and

own brother, and my brother-in-law, who members of the body, dead in trespasses pound you; we will bring you into great and sins, displeasing to God, I desire to difficulty ; you associate with false peomake instruments of righteousness, not ple; you keep a false religion ; and you following the will of the flesli. Worldly speak false words.” However, their

false religion is the religion of death. will not listen, but run away. Some do The doctrine of the cross is the religion listen and adhere to him; and that our of life, of love, of faith. I am a servant numbers may increase, we mect together, of faith. Formerly I was a servant of and pray to the great Proprietor of the Satan. Now I am a servant of Christ. sheep. And a good servant cannot but follow his Thus I, Moung Shwa-ba, a disciple of master. Moreover, the divine promises teacher Yoodthan, in Rangoon, write, nast be accomplished.

and send this letter to the great teacher In this country of Burmah are many Baldwin, who lives in Boston, America. strayed sheep. Teacher Yoodthan pity. N. B. Translated from the Burman ing them, has come to gather them to- original, Sept. 23, 1823. gether, and to feed them in love. Some

Contributions received by the Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary Society, from

January 20, to February 20, 1825, nnt including Individual Subscriptions.

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Esq. Executor (£100 late Navy 5 per Cents. Duty deducted).
Legacy of William Creighton, Esq. late of Kilwinning, by Rev.

George Barclay
Legacy of Miss Child, late of Blandford-street, London, by Miss

Child
Legacy of the late Mrs. Anna Maria Cooper, by Mrs. Balfour, Dublin

(£20 Irish)
Kingsbridge, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. John Nicholson
Shortwood, Provisional Fund, by Mr. Blackwell, 1823 and 1824....
Essex Auxiliary Society, viz.-
Loughton Association, Midsummer 5 6 10

Christmas 5 10 3

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Harlow, Collection, by Rev. S. Sutton £18
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Martham, Baptist Church, by Rev. George Gibbs.
Dartmouth, Auxiliary Society, by Mr. Larwill..
Coleford, Collection and Subscriptions, by Mr. R. Winterbotham....
Bluntisham, Donations, by Rev. Samuel Green.....
West York Assistant Society, by Michael Thackrey, Esq. :
Bramley

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