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The following extracts from Mr.
Thompson's letters to the brethren HULL.
at Scrampore, will give a general
idea of the manner in which the Extract of a Letter from Mr. Thomas Sykes, other places occasionally visited by
gospel is received in that city, and Secretary of the District, to Mr. Dyer.
Delhi, December 31, 1923. Tile labours of our highly esteemed You will be glad to hear that another brethren, the Rev. S. Saunders, of Frome, has been added to the church from ainong and the Rev. George Gibbs, of Norwich, the heathen. The good man mentioned have been very acceptable through the in my last as having returned from Bhurtwhole of the district, and the result of pore, came before the church last night, their exertions, when the account is closed, and having given an account of his faith will shew an increase on the last year's in the Lord Jesus Christ, expressed his amount. The public meeting was held in desire to unite with us in the observance George-street chapel, Hull, on Monday of his Saviour's commands. Believing evening, September 19, which was very that he has openly renounced Hindouism, well attended considering the wet wea. with every thing immoral in conduct and ther. The Chair was taken by Mr. Rust, conversation, and committing him to the and Resolutions expressive of gratitude compassionate Saviour of souls, we cheer. for the success the God of all grace has fully received him: and repairing this already given to the labours of the society, morning to Rauj-ghat with a few christian urging it as a motive to perseverance; friends, we had worship in Hindoost'ha, also the appeal which the deluded and nee and English, at the end of which, miserable state of the heathen world, as Mohun-sing the Khettree and myself went contrasted with the light and blessings down into the water, and I baptized him. which surround us, presents to our sym In the baptism of this man we see that pathies; together with the necessity of those labours from which we hope most, divine influence to render our endeavours are not the first to produce fruit; but that successful; were moved and seconded by sometimes souls are wrought upon by me the Rev. John Cockin (Independent) of thods little thought of. The preaching at Holmfirth; Harness, of Burlington; home, the endeavours used with inquirers, Saunders, of Frome; Boden, (Indepen- the discussions and preaching abroad, all dent) of Retford; Berry, of Bishops Bur. fail to yield immediate fruit; but an den ton; Thonger, and MPherson, of Hull; count of what is discussed at the ghat, care and Messrs. Henwood, (Methodist) and ried into different parts of the city, inGreenwood. Sermons were preached at duces one to listen to the gospel, works George-street, Salthouse-lane, and Fish in him a desire to einbrace it, and as I street chapels, Hull; at Scarborough, happen to pass througlı bis part of the Burlington, Hunmanby, Driffield, Beveró city one day, determines him to follow ley, Bishops Burton, and Cottingham. me for further enquiry. This illustrates The Rev. John Cockin, of Holmfirth, as- what the wise man says, “In the morn. sisted at Hull, Beverley, and Bishops ing sow thy seed, and in the evening with; Burton.
hold not thine hand; for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike
which advance the above doctrii
At the several melas or religi
MISSIONARY HERALD. good." Mohun-sing, the Khettree, is a plusion, that the kingdom of Christ will brazier by profession, and ahont twenty. increase.-A native of the Sikh dominions five years old.
has been frequently with me, hearing and
January 1, 1824. conversing about the salvation of his soul. I would mention with gratitude to the The man is a wandering viragee, and Redeemer his having opened a new
door therefore of all other men the hardest to of usefulness to me among several christian be made to quit an unsettledness of life
, families, at whose houses I have had wor. for serious research and fixed habits. ship. Eleven families have been thus vi. However, he attends worship occasion. sited. In one family the aged head has ally, which, with the love he manifests outlived his three-score years and ten, for the word, gives me some hope that he and has recently suffered from severe sick may yet become a changed man.- At my ness: he reads the New Testament, and suggestion he is learning to read, and patiently waits his Lord's coming. In says he will not read the Hindoos shas. another, God was not thought of, busi. tras, but our books. Dess swallowing up the whole of the Another brahmun, who has heard the heart; but first che affliction and next the word for some months and examined vadeath of their only child, made them seek rious parts of the New Testament with the ways of religion; and they, with o.
great attention, said to me the other day, thers, regularly attend upon the word with some degree of feeling, “I am Another family, constrained by a sepse grieved, Sir, that you tell me I cannot be of the divine goodness to them, seem to saved." This man a few years ago rebe drawn by bands of love. In one in. nounced the worship of idols, and got his dividual in the family at least, I hope arm burnt at the instigation of a sunyathere is a work of grace begun.
ace, with a piece of heated silver as big In the beginning of last month I called as a rupee, having on it the impression of to see a Mr. S. who, as he owned, after a shunk and a chukra or circle. This he leading a very dissolute life, was, I considers as his righteousness before would hope, called by grace a year and à God; and the thought that this would half ago. He appeared to live near to avail bim nothing, and that after all the God, valued the means of grace very disgrace he endured for having burnt his much, and had public worship at his arm, he may be lost, appeared to affect house. He seemed greatly to enjoy my his heart. I was earnest with him, and last visits, and on the last day of his life, told him his danger in trusting to any said, that he felt great happiness of thing short of the atonement made by mind," very great, wo great," - said he, Christ's death, the only appointed way and could express no more. He said that for sinners.-There are two or three such his faith and hope rested on the whole persons, who appear to be pot without word of God, and that he did not depend convictions of their liability to perish upon any thing in himself for acceptance without believing in the Lord Jesus before God, but upon the sufferings and Christ. One of these said to me a few death of Jesus our Lord. During the days
ago, that my words
and prayers filed time of prayer, he often raised his eyes him with fear. I told him, that the words and his clasped hands to beaven. In a were God's, and He would fulfil both the few hours afterwards he quietly de threatenings and the promises. parted.
Some persons have called and stated, About a fortvight ago I was favoured that the distribution of the scriptures, with a visit from Captain
and the Divinity of our Lord, having be. Loodiana. He mentioned that among
come the subjects of conversation at a the property of Rajah Golab Sing of Tha. Persian school, this had induced them to neshwur, lately deceased, he saw the come to me to obtain the one and receive Sikh Testament with which he had pre discussions, I have reason to believe, are
satisfaction respecting the otber. These sented him, and that from the appear. ance of its leaves it seemed to have been pot rare. A Moulovee, who visits me, much used. The Kajah died rather sud. having been interrogated by one of his denly last year. It was in my journey to Majesty's physicians as to my sentiments Loodiana in 1818, that I presented to him on the Divinity of Christ, and being re. the life-giving volume. I lately also dig. quested to deliver a message to me as a covered a manuscript tract of dear brother reply containing a quotation from the Chamberlain's, in excellent order, though Koran, he refused to do it verbally; an ten years old. These are evidences that which the physician wrote it on a piece our books are not universally, if in any in. of paper, and referred me to it as the stance, destroyed.
Koran décision on the subject. Not sa. The last baptism seems to have led the tisfied with this, the physician sent to nie thinking part of the Hindoos to the con privately, desiring a sight of the books
had letters by post and by messi
February 2 Four persons have manifested ous spirit of inquiry; but you wi prised, perhaps, that one make dition of his baptism, that he partake of the Lord's supper, be bread is made by a Musselmar cup drank out of by all. But t be granted. This is the brah seemed so much corcerned abou ing to him, that he could not without believing in the gospel. that he believes and prays, and do I require of him? another, the viragee, wishes me to baptize rately, and skys, that he will our food, prirately, and openly the people. Two others have inquiring; but call only now
But the most interesting old grey-headed viragee of th punthees, who came to me a ago from a distance of thirty His inquiries and spirit are ver and I hope he may continue; I am not sure, as he talks of time to his village in Anopshi turning then to stay entirely,
The Christian drummers by anxions for the preaching of that when I, on seeing the ro ed with them and Hindoos ar mans, proposed their raising tion among themselves for a of worship, they offered each five rupees towards it; and eva doo and Mussulman drumur buted from four annas to a This, with other subscription ed a fund of fifty rupees for and ten more may be wanted. are raised; the roof, the do and bench materials are boug hope to have worship in it ten days.
which advance the above doctrine. The
CEYLON. books have never been returned. Froni these and other instances we may hope
The following extract of a Letter that something connected with the gos. from Mr. Chater, dated the 2811 pel becomes the subject of discussion in of February last, forcibly depicts zot a few circles of the natives. At the several melas or religious Hin: which oppose the progress of the
some of the numerous obstacles tloo and Mussulman assemblies, at Hurdwar, Gurh-mook-teshwur, Nizam-ood. Gospel in that island. How much deen, and within Delhi, I have had op: practical absurdity is involved in portunities of making known the word ihe regulations of the Caste! extensively. The city itself furnishes constant inquirers after divine truth, and
We are leisurely going on with a reviat the melas fixed attention and deep insion of our new translation, but know terest are seen. From a Hindoo, who not when another edition will go to press. heard the word at Hurdwar, I have since Mr. Gogerly is become a very efficient had letters by post and by messcogers.
auxiliary in this labour. And though his
station is now at Negombo, he has en. February 2, 1924. gaged to come to Colombo as often as it Four persons have manifested an anxi. is needful for the translators to meet all ous spirit of inquiry; but you will be sur- together. We have scarcely completed prised, perhaps, that one makes it a con the revision of Genesis yet ; but whendition of his baptism, that he shall not ever it may be required for the press, we partake of the Lord's supper, because the pledge ourselves, (if life and health are bread is made by a Musselman, and the continued,) to furnish it as fast as it may cup drank out of by all. But this cannot be required. My Portuguese translation be granted. This is the brahmun that of the substance of Alleine's Alarm, is seemed so much concerned about my say- now going forth in different directions. ing to him, that he could not be saved that a divine blessing may accompany without believing in the gospel. He says, it! My times and places of preaching that he believes and prays, and what else have altered but little since last year. do I require of him? another, the Punjabee preach statedly the same number of times, viragee, wishes me to baptize him pri- only in Singhalese, on Lord's-day altereately, and says, that he will also eat of nately, at the Grand Pass, and Modera, our food, prirately, and openly unite with or New Road. Small as the congregation the people. Two others have long been is at the Grand Pass, I am sorry to have inquiring ; but call only pow and then. the place shut up a whole Sabbath day. But the most interesting of all is an But as tbere is a better congregation at old grey-headed viragee of the Kubeer. Modera, and the people earnestly request punthees, who came to me a few days a service on the Lord's-day, it appeared ago from a distance of thirty-six miles. to me a duty, so far, to comply with their His inquiries and spirit are very pleasing, requests, as to give them their turn with and I hope ke may continue ; but of this the other. Last month three were added I am not sure, as he talks of going for a to us by baptism. Several others are time to his village in Anopshur, and re waiting to follow them, who appear to be turning then to stay entirely.
earnest in making the important inquiry, The Christian drummers here are so “What must we do to be saved ?" Thus anxious for the preaching of the word, a little society, though mostly of the that when I, on seeing the room crowd poorer class, is gradually forming; some ed with them and Hindoos and Mussul- of whom, at least, we may hope, their mans, proposed their raising a subscrip- kind benefactors in England may meet tion among themselves for a small place with on the heavenly plains, to the everof worship, they offered each from one to lasting joy of their hearts, and as proof's five rupees towards it; and even the Hin- that the mission in Ceylon bas not been doo and Mussulman drummers contri. carried on altogether in vain. buted from four annas to a rupee each. As to our schools, I have bo very faThis, with other subscriptions, has rais. vourable reports to make of their pro. ed a fund of fifty rupees for the chapel, gress. In addition to the difficulty there and ten more may be wanted. The walls always is to get the children to attend are raised; the roof, the door, window with regularity; all of them suffered and bench materials are boaght; and we much last year from the wasting sickhope to have worship in it in a week or ness, which was more general and de ten days.
structive than fevers are known to hare been in Ceylon in the memory of the old. est inlabitants. On my dismissing the
probably not much known in Engl
low caste, were to invite a poor m
Singhalese schoolmaster last year, many fore to obtain a person who bad bere of the boys left the school, and we have educated, from another place, and to since that had scarcely two-thirds of the unite with him a person of the village number we formerly had in that school. who could afford bim some assistance, Many of them, however, were of that and wbo could. collect children. The class, of which I wish to see very few in person first chosed for this, though he our school; children, whose parents are got a good number of boys logether, was well able to pay for their education, but so careless and indolent, that it was who will not supply them with a copy. found needful to dismiss him. Two others book or a pen. We have now thirty-five were then proposed, and the fatber of the on the list, who are nearly all of them one who was not accepted, it seems, was the children of poor parents, and with displeased that his son was not preferred, children of this class we are now trying and he and those under bis influence bave to fill up the school. If the Committee in consequence of it, kept their children approved of our having a native boarding- from the school, and do not conie them. school, similar to those of our American selves to hear preaching. This is one brethren, I am inclined to think we might cause of the school having decreased. obtain as many children for that purpose Several children of Roman Catholic paas we could superintend. The expense, rents, bave also been removed, through I think, of boarding them, would be fear that they may become (as we say about £2 108. per annum, But till I here) reformadoes. The boys that do have a colleague, I cannot take the attend, however, are well instructed ; charge of such an institution upon me, and, probably, when others hare oppor. even if the Committee conld engage to tunity to observe how much better it is furnish funds for the purpose. The Kat. for children to possess a little knowledge, too-pellella-watte school keeps up its than to be brought up in profound ig. numbers pretty well: thirty-four is the norance, they may overcome their sera. number now on the lists, and the progress ples, and send their children to the school. they make is satisfactory. The master of In some way, I trust, it will appear, this school was one of the three persons that the good resulting from imparting I baptized last month, and his senior pu. knowledge to such a small number, will pil, who assists him in his school, an extend further than to the children them. other; and a servant in my employ was selves. Whenever I can go to preach at the other. Kalany school I fear is dwin. Dalloogama, I have a decent little com. dling to nothing; formerly it contained pany of hearers. Last month I had benearly forty boys, now only twenty-two. tween twenty and thirty females, besides It is true this small number are well at men and boys. The present second school. tended to, but there seems po prospect of master's father is an intelligent man, and the vacancies being filled up. At the seems to have considerable influence in last-mentioned school, and at this, no per- the village. With him and several others, sons besides the children, can be col. I always have some serious and close con. lected to hear preaching. Dalloogama versation. Himself and one or two more, school has also much decreased: the felt what I said in this way, on my last number of children at first collected was visit, so much as to shed tears. At Matmore than fifty, at present it is but twen- tackooly I have to encounter another ty-four. It is discouraging to discover the kind of difficulty: many of the children different and numerous obstacles that have left the school, and none come to present themselves to a Missionary in fill up the place; and, it seems, in order every part of his work in this island. to prevent the school from dwindling to Dalloogama is a populous village, and nothing, I must dismiss the Singhalese though there is a Roman Catholic church, master, not on account of any fault or de and many of the inhabitants belong to it, ficiency, but on account of his caste. He there are many also who call themselves is of the washerman caste, which is a Reformadoes. It was needful, in the very low one, and none of the higher commencement, to appoint two school. castes will send their children to him for masters. Two qualifications are required instruction. Another person in the vilto enable a person to establish a school : lage, of a higher caste, well qualified to he must of course be a man of some edu- teach, and much respected by the inha. cation ; but in addition to that he must bitants of the place, can be obtained; be a person of some infuence in the vil- and in order to keep up the school, I esa lage, otherwise he can collect no chil. pect I shall be obliged to dismiss the predren. At Dalloogama there was no one sent schoolmaster and engage him. He who could teach reading and writing, says he can not only collect a good num. that had any influence in the village to ber of boys for the school, but also a collect scholars. It was needful there. congregation to hear preaching It is
Our readers will percei the following extract from a of Mr. Burton's, dated Map last
, that we have ground 10 lend be may be obliged to interesting station among Bataks.
ABOUT the close of last year I yourself, Dr. Ryland, and Mr. very fully of our situation and p At that time, things seemed, whole, very encouraging. The heard with more than usual a and my principal sedentary eng the translation of John, wa brought to a close, I then s however, that we had many F the impending political chang spread a cloud over our future These changes bave not yet bees but troubles bave arisen from we little expected, which see threaten our total expulsion interesting and important field Those Mahomedan fanatics, inany years, have been deso Malayan countries in the inter dang, on pretence of reforming lays in religious matters,
probably not much known in England to the last two years, have been threatening what a degree caste exists in Ceylon: the Company's station at Nattal, obliging there are many of them, and persons of the Company to support a large military the high castes, would rather lose their establishment there, have at length comlives than have the rights of their castes menced upon the conversion of the Bataks invaded by persons of a lower caste. to the faith of the Prophet. Having sub. Some time ago, at a village near Colom- daed and stripped the rich Malay country bo, some of the washer-caste obtained an of Raw, they imposed, as a farther penal. order from the collector, to wear some ty upon the inhabitants of that province, articles of dress or ornament not belong. the conquest and conversion of the Batak ing to their caste : but they paid dear for District of Menddling. Having accomit. A great number of persons of the plished this, and levied a heavy fine upon higher castes assembled, attacked the the Bataks, payable in gold dust, the procession, and beat some of them in the Raws told the people of Mendàling to re. most unmerciful manner. An action was munerate themselves, during the follow. brought against some of the ringleaders, ing seaso!), from the Ongkolo District. and they had to pay 400 rix dollars : but This province was accordingly invaded that they regarded but very little, and in January last by the Bataks of Mendà. said they would act just the same again liog, headed by a few of the Padri chiefs, if occasion required. I understand that and as their previous exploits had spread if a rich Modeliar, of what is deemed a universal terror, they met with scarcely low caste, were to invite a poor man of a any opposition. We knew nothing of this higher to dine with him, he would bring last movement till their head-quarters an action against him for the insult. And were reported to us as fixed on the banks among the nominal christians in this of the Batang Tara river, (which bounds island, this regard to caste reigns in its the Oagkolo District,) not more than two full strength,
days journey from Sebolga. The Batak chiefs in our neighbourhood told us, that it was their intention to fly to the adja.
cent islands, as soon as the invaders SEBOLGA,
should cross Batang Tara river, and all the people, for a time, seemed to Jabour
under the most serious apprehensions of Our readers will perceive, by approaching ruin. The storm, however, the following extract from a letter only threatened: for the present it has of Mr. Burton's, dated March 30, the body of the invaders have returned
heen mercifully averted, We hear that last, that we have ground to appre- from Ongkolo to Mendàling, and here all hend he
nay be obliged to quit this is again quiet. This, we fear, however, interesting station
the will not last long. There can be no doubt
but that the Ongkolo people have come Bataks.
under similar engagements on embracing ABOUT the close of last year I wrote to the faith, as to future conquest, to those yourself, Dr. Ryland, and Mr. Ivimey, their invaders had previously entered very fully of our situation and prospects. into; for this is their invariable policy. At that time, things seemed, upon the Against which of the Batak Provinces whole, very encouraging. The word was their arms may next be directed, is yet heard' with more than usual attention, uncertain; but we have good reason to and my principal sedentary engagement, fear, that the timid inhabitants of the the translation of John, was nearly beautiful District of Toba Silindong, will brought to a close. I then suggested, soon fall a prey to these lawless deprehowever, that we had many fears, lest dators. When this happens, our Sebolga the impending political changes should station will be no longer tenable; for the spread a cloud over our future prospects. inhabitants of that District are now fully These changes have not yet been effected, apprised of our intentions and endeavour but troubles have arisen from a quarter to propagate a religion to which they we little expected, which seem bow to must individually swear enmity, on em. threaten our total expulsion from this bracing Mabomedanism. Our expulsion, interesting and important field of labour, therefore, will be an act of considerable Those Mahomedan fanatics, who, for merit, and recommend them to the favour many years, have been desolating the of their new masters. Malayan countries in the interior of Pa. We have, therefore, many fears as to dang, on pretence of reforming the Ma. what may await us; but we endeavour, lays in religious matters, and who, for by prayer and faith, to cast all our care