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Rev. William Nichols, Collingham. Rev. T. Horton, Devonport.
J. Kershaw, Abingdon.
S. Kilpin, Exeter.
C. Larom, Sheffield.
T. Middleditch, Biggleswade.
C. T. Mileham, Portsea.
J. Millard, Lymington.
W. H. Murch, Frome.
J. Payne, Ipswich.
R. Pengilly, Newcastle.
R. Pryce, Coate.
H. Russell, Broughton.
P.J. Saffery, Eye.
J. Singleton, Tiverton.
Mr. T. Thompson, Newcastle under Line.
Rev. T. Thonger, Hull.
W. Tomlin, Chesham.
T. Waters, Pershore.
J. Wilkinson, Saffron Walden."
treat me James Lomax, Nottingham.
On the motion of the Rev. J. Wilkin tend it Joba Marshall, London.
son, of Saffron Walden, seconded by the Rally she J. B. Wilson, Clapham.
Rev. John Edwards, of London,
It was resolved unanimously,
V. “That the cordial thanks of this
Meeling be presented to the Trustees of
this Chapel, and to the Rev. Rowland
Hill and the Trustees of Surry Chapel,
for their kindness in accommodating us
with their places of worship on the preThomas Griffin.
It was moved by the Rer, James Upton,
of London, seconded by R. B. Sherring,
Esq. of Bristol, apd
VI. “ That the next Annual Meeting
of the Society be held in London, op
Thursday, June 22, 1826."
On the motion of the Rev. F. A. Cor,
A.M. of Hackney, seconded by the Rev.
John Shoveller, of Poole,
It was resolved unanimously,
VII. “ That this Meeting respectfully
acknowledges the kind and
of Benjamin Shaw, Esq. Treasurer, as Corresponding Committee.
Chairman this day.”
0. Clarke, Taunton.
Extract of a Letter from Mrs. Rowe, dated
Digah, Oct. 1824.
The word of God bids us cast our
bread upon the waters, and after many
days we shall receive it again. I would boards with chalk water ; all the rest in apply this to native female instruction the alphabet and writing on the earth for the encouragement of all, by stating with chalk, and nearly all in Hindoo that out of the nine or ten of every age arithmetic. The similar classes in each collected, whom we commenced with in school were formed into one, and brougbt 1817, seven learned to sew, and have into the room, examined and dismissed since learned to read; and five have em- alternately, and all done quietly. The braced Christianity. Amongst the latter girls presented their needle-work, and only one discovered rly fruits, and she gained much praise, as well for that as died five years ago, in the full faith of their other performances, for they wrote, catering into the immediate presence of and read in print before the ladies and her Saviour Jesus Christ. The others gentlemen. After the work of examinacame forth in the Christian life, like wheat tion, the children were all called into in cold climates after a winter's frost upon the rooms, and brother Roop Das read to it. One of these teaches the Female them a few verses from scripture, and School in the Nabob's compound, to which explained them very clearly, respecting I now attach the name of Lady Town's what really defiled a man, and that knowSchool, as she furnished means to erect ledge which was necessary to their enit. The other three live at Monghir. If joyment, both in this world and that half of every school should thus become which is to come. And having sung a
converts, through Christian instruction, native hymn, in which many joined, broes late how great would be the rewards of those ther Hurree Das closed with prayer. The
who extend it to them! Although amongst children were then dismissed, with the the sixty girls who were taught to read triling reward of two pice, or a penny in 1821, 1822, and 1823, no fruits have each, to get themselves a morsel to eat as yet appeared unto Christ, still, I trust, on their way home, as many had come the seeds of instruction will, like the six miles,
sown wheat in frigid climes, gain a state de la of preparation by lying concealed (under = pars the felters of Hindoo prejudice), to spring
SUMATRA. rii forth vigorously, when the Sun of Righ
teousness shall shipe over these sown
Recent arrivals from this island
girls of whom are of the former schools. a journey into the interior of the 1. BS This number will probably be increased Baitak Country, undertaken, with
in the cool weather. Thus one hundred the sanction of the government, by and twenty native girls, and several wo.
men at their homes, have, since the com- Mr. Burton and Mr. R. Ward. The bas mencement, been under instruction in this official report of ibis expedition ex
district. Half as many more I do not tends to forty-four folio pages, and reckon, as they have acted more like
boreuke comprises much information on a 11 spectators than scholars. The whole num.
ber of boys now learning is one hundred variety of points connected with the and sixty-four. I purpose having a pub. civil and political condition of the lic examination every year at least, if not people. The following is extracted every six months: the European inhabit. from Mr. Ward's account: ants else will never believe that schools exist; and it is of importance to excite “ We had to pass a mountainous distheir interest in favour of them. As that trict, ahout fisty miles wide, covered with which took place on Saturday last was a wood, ere we came to the chief populanew thing, and I had every thing to ar. tion. This distance must have been more range, I invited only a few persons to be than half doubled by the crookedness of spectators; and those were much sur. the way. The road was too rugged to prised to see such a number of native admit of the use of horses, and we there children brought under order, and having fore performed the journey on foot, chiefly made pleasing progress.
There were without shoes and stockings. The fifth thirty-five in one syllable; twenty-five in day after our departure, we entered the two syllables ; fifteen in three and four district of Silindung, whence we were syllables, and' in grammar and full read. obliged to return eventually without peing; twenty-two in Watts's Catechism Detrating farther. During our stay here, and the ten commandments; twenty in we were daily attended from morning till writing on paper, fifty in writing on night by crowds of people from every
quarter. They were universally civil, and ance to all men-that we wished to ae. appeared to form a high idea of our cha- quaint them with the contents of these, racter. A disposition to avarice, how. and if they should be approved, send up ever, discovered itself with much shallow supplies, free of expense, after our recunning and artifice. They displayed turn to the coast-that these books would great simplicity as it respects an advanc- teach all men to be happy—that if any ed stage of society, but were extremely person embraced their instructions, and inquisitive. Every article we carried with conformed his life to their precepts, be us became an object of their anxious cu- would lose all the dread of Bogus, and riosity. We were asked by some, if we Saitans, and every evil spirit, by which were not invulnerable; by others, if we they were so perpetually harassed, and should ever die, &c.
be placed under the immediate protection “ On our first arrival we were so much of the one great God. In fact, that they pressed by the crowd, that it became ne. would be made happy in this life, and cessary to take shelter in the house of happy for ever after death. Mr. Burton the chief. We afterwards exhibited our then stood forth, and read with a loud selves for several 'hours from an elevated voice the ten commandments, commenting : loft at the end of the house, answering as he proceeded. A Batak man succeedsuch questions as the multitude chose to ed him, reading another tract, I think, a put. At night the house was filled to portion of the gospel. After this, the excess, and Mr. Burton read some of his Bechara proceeded, with a good deal of tracts, especially the ten commandments, order, each speaker standing up as he with which they were much gratified. He spoke. Speeches were made from various then opened to them the great truths of parts of the circle, affording interesting Christianity; and when he came to speak specimens of savage eloquence. Some of the resurrection, the future judgment, spoke with great fluency, some with great and a final state of immortality, no words bodily action, and some with much can express the interest excited, the warmth, wit, and sarcasm, endeavouring astonishment painted in every counte to move the feelings of the audience. nance. For a moment all was profound Some maintained that they ought not to silence, every one looking on his neigh- allow us to pass on to the lake without bour, not knowing what to say or what first ascertaining the will of Singa Manga to think. We were ourselves as much at Raja, the great chief. One very aged a loss to see the unexampled effect of man arose, and leaning on his staff, de. these wonderful truths on their first re. clared that he had lived a long time, and velation. The scene at Athens, when had ever found their ' Adat,' their laws St. Paul preached on the same subjects, and usages good, and that they ought occurred as precisely the same, except not to change them ;-that if we wished that certain men clave unto him and be. to introduce any thing affecting these, lieved.' This practice of reading and they ought to reject it; but if we could conversing with the multitudes, who re- teach them any thing that would make sorted to us in the evenings, was conti- them more rich or happy, they ought to nued all the time we remained, and the embrace it cordially. This speech ex. gospel was received generally as the most cited much applause; and after assuring interesting subject we could introduce. them that what we wished to teach, would
“ A considerable portion of the second not interfere with their laws, they er: day was consumed in a public bechara, pressed themselves much pleased, and or consultation, attended by the chiefs of showed great willingness to receive the the neighbouring villages, and about two books. thousand people. It was held in the “ After this we exhibited and explainopen street, and the chief, our host, took ed the use of a telescope, a mariner's a seat, as a kind of president, on a stone compass, and such articles as we bad placed in the front of his own door. The with us, all of which were carried round multitudes seated themselves in a large for particular inspection, no one being semicircle around him. The conference suffered to leave his place. The telecommenced by a public declaration, that scope and the compass excited much wonwe had arrived on a friendly visit, and der: with the former, one asked us to intended to proceed in a few days on our spy out his enemies, another to discover journey to the great Lake of Toba, the the evil thoughts of any bad person in the residence of the principal chief of the assembly, and so forth. It was the geBataks, whom we wished to see-that nera) opinion respecting the compass, we had brought with us certain bouks, that it enclosed a spirit, which moved revealed by the only true God, a know. the card to whatever place we wished to jedge of which was of the utınost import, discover.
“Finally, our host arose, and declared “ After the feast we were occupied in that since the gods had sent us to visit visiting various parts of the district, and them in peace, and with good intentions, in viewing the face of the country, but they ought to receive us in friendship, for further particulars I must beg to refer, and treat us with kindness, and return you to the Report itsell. thanks to the gods, by a feast, in honour “ This journey will immediately an. of the messengers whom they had thus swer one important object, and, I trust, sent, and with this the assembly dis- will eventually lead to a wide and effecpersed.
tuai entrance for the gospel, which, not“Two days afterwards the feast was withstanding the unspeakable debasecelebrated, and occupied a space of near. ment of the Bataks, can make them wise ly six hours. About seven thousand to salvation, and meet to be partakers of people were present. A pig, fowls, and the inheritance with the saints in light. a variety of sweetmeats, were prepared. From mistaken notions of their character The ceremonies consisted in a succession and dispositions, occasioned by their of dances, devoted to some particular ob- cruel practice of cannibalism, and by their ject, or person, or spirit, to which the aversion to visiting the sea, there had ex- . leader generally made some appropriate isted an inseparable barrier to every kind address. They had a band of music, con of direct intercourse with them. We sisting of drums of various sizes, gongs commenced the journey partially under and cymbals, and a pipe somewhat like the general apprehension, but confidence the clarionet, but small and without keys. in the great Being, in whom are all our We were seated on an elevated stage, ways, enabled us to surmount every oberected for the purpose of exhibiting us. stacle, and so to conduct ourselves as to The English flag was suspended from a leave the most favorable impression of pole projecting over the street. The man the European character wherever we ner of dancing was either by a slow mo.
We were frequently invited to tion of the feet without moving from the take up our abode in Silindang, and bespot, or by one in which they advanced come their instructors; and although the about half a foot at a time. The hands number who can read is so small, that were employed in supporting the offer. the demand for books will not be very ings presented to the objects of their re. extensive at present, we have the satis. spect. Our host led the way, accompa- faction to learn, that those who can read nied by his younger brother, both bearing will receive books cordially, and that the dishes of sweetmeats. They were suc. way has been opened for mutual confi. cessively joined in new dances by his un. dence and a free communication, with. cle, the aged orator, by his two sons, his out which nothing could have been efwise, his two daughters, and ultimately fected. by all bis kindred. Afterwards the chiefs “ From the various particulars thus and respectable people engaged, making laid before you, I think you will readily perhaps twenty separate dances, in com- draw the following conclusions :- That panies of from three to a dozen each, bear. from the extreme ignorance and intellecing presents, and distributing them at tual debasement of the people, an effec. the close to the spectators. One man tive system of general education is of the using more activity than the rest, soon utmost importance.—That besides preach. found himself possessed by a spirit, and ing and oral instruction, which should falling down senseless was carried away. never be neglected, the cultivation of the Towards the conclusion, the chief deputy language and a version of the scriptures of Singa Manga Raja in Silindung, step- are indispensably necessary.—That the ped forth and performed a dance singly, Batak Mission is of a most arduous na. addressing first the gods, then the Eng- ture, and if any thing permanent is exlish flag with much respect and at copsi. pected, should be supplied with more derable length, and then ourselves. In labourers. one of the dances the ten commandments “ Relative to our affairs at Bencoolen, were borne round and presented to the I have a mixture of good and evil to mengods, with an appropriate speech. In tion; although we should remember that conclusion, a pig was killed, and served all events, whatever aspects they may to feast the particular friends of our host. assume in our distorted sight, are in the I forgot to mention, that in the midst of hand of Him whose appointed designs of these festivities the cry of the enemy' mercy must be accomplished, and whose Was given out, when all who had arms own unsuffering kingdom still must come. in their hands, ran promiscuously out of “ The new version of St. John in Malay the village to meet them, but it happened you will bave heard, has been completed to be a false alarm.
and printed ; and I have now to commu.
wicate, that the edition has been almost I beg further to offer my own opinion, il bir bal exhausted, and that I am about to reprint it can be of any service. it in a larger type. About a thousand “ You are aware that he was troubled copies of a new scripture catechism hare with an affection of the head before he been printed and disposed of, and the left Java, which sometimes disqualified for work reprinted on English paper. A him for labour: this he ascribed to the used small edition of eight short sermons, united influence of fever and hard study. The data making forty pages, translated freely, During the former part of his residence and adapted to the state of the Malays, here, his avocations were more light and from the excellent little tract, No. 38, desultory, and recovered bis strength second series, of the Religious Tract So- and spirits ; afterwards, when he came ciety, has been prioted, and nearly all to be engaged in the work on orthography, en andre. distributed.--I am now about to revise and the new version of St. John, which and reprint a larger edition of it. A required more mental exercise, the mor. school book, of one hundred and seventy bid tendency to the head returned with pages, called Selections from the Crown greater violence than ever, and he was of all Kings, a translation from an Ara. frequently obliged to resort to the means bic work, of a moral nature, in great re. requisite for preventing apoplexy.—He si ce bat quest, is just completed. I have conti was then directed by his medical attend. zman, s nued to go out amongst the natives for ants to adopt a vegetable regimen, from conversation and the distribution of books which he found much benefit
, as long as as usual, and have generally met with as he abstained from study; but this course much attention and success as could be appears to have induced such a state of expected. The circulation of books, as general debility, that an attack of fever well as the influence of the schools, evi- a few months ago almost carried him off. dently tends to increase the demand, From this, however, he was mercifully numbers being thus enabled to improve recovered, but his mental powers rethemselves in the art of reading, which mained in a state of great imbecility, and is seldom unaccompanied by a growing it became vain to hope he would be again thirst for knowledge.
serviceable without a change. “ So far all is encouraging. You will “ This result, added to his experience observe from what I hare said respecting at Batavia, afforded him sufficient evi. the school system and the general plan dence that he was not qualified for a life for translations, that our objects have of mental application; and, from my own been gradually increasing in magnitude acquaintance with him, I am satisfied his and importance, and it is hoped would conclusion was just. As this course of have eventually extended to every recess life is the only one in which he could be of the island. It is most distressing to truly useful here, I have not besitated to me, in the midst of these, to have to, approve his proposal to remove to Bengal
, advert to the necessity of brother Robin. where the climate and his knowledge of son's removal to Bengal. I inclose a the language, will render him almost imletter from himself, which, I trust, will mediately useful in that particular line, satisfy the Committee of the propriety of which alone he is able to occupy with the step he has been obliged to take, and advantage.”
Contributions received by the Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary Society, from
May 20 to July 20, 1825, not including Individual Subscriptions.
FOR THE MISSION.
Dover, Female Society, by Mrs. Wright
and Houghton regis, Pendy Society, bs Mr. R. Guiteridge, Jan.
9 7 10
7 19 6
110 1 3