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several of the villagers had arrived of his death, when he went down to on the spot, and began to listen to his house at Ram-krishna-poora, and the conversation; when these bre: in a short time was removed from thiren 'sang'a hymn in Bengalee, this vale of tears." • Eternal salvation by the death of " Krishna appeared constantly to Christ,' which drew numbers around be a genuine Christian: he was cér. them; and at the close of the hymn tainly a fervent and impressive and of prayer, Dweep-chund got preacher. ' His conduct, from the up, and with the Testament in his time of his baptism to that of his hand, addressed them in a manner death, was in general quite consistent which astonished Küreem and the with his profession. He had an una other native brother, and excited derstanding superior to many of his the wonder of the listening strangers. countrymen occupying the same Such words from such a quarter! - rank in society as himself. He read A braħmun amongst the crowd, and understood the Bengalee Scriphowever, interrupted the speaker, tures, and, (though in an 'inferior and made use of some opprobrious degree), the Hindrost’hanee and language; and being enraged at the Ooriya. He had a convincing me. reply, he began beating Dweep. thod in stating and defending the chund, who received his blows with- Gospel, and in exposing the follies out resistance. One, however, who of the different seets of Hindoos, was less 'patient; was provoked to whose ways he abborred from his use threatening language; when soul. Dweep-chund restrained him by “ During his affliction, brother saying, “ Brother, we are the disci- Ward often witnessed how much a ples of Him who was as a famb led work of grace appeared to be deepto the slaughter; who, in the midst 'ened in him: he shewed great tepof his murderers, looked stedfastly derness of spirit, and child-like simtowards Heaven, praying that they plicity; much lervour of devotion, might be forgiven, when one look and a strong cleaving to the doctrine of anger on them would have re- of Christ, as all his salvation and all duced them 'to ashes. The Portu- his desire. In the midst of sleepless guese man at this, was ready to take nights, he would spend much time Dweep.chund into his arms; and all in calling on the Saviour, and singappeared to be much struck with ing Bengalee hymns; and he failed this new thing in the land-men not to exhort all around him to praying for their persecutors ! cleave upto the Lord with

purpose " During his last long continued of heart, and to depart from all 'affiction, Dweep-chund unceasingly iniquity. "testified his rejection of every refuge " Sebuk-rama 'was with him in but Jesus; and in his last moments, his last hours, and has transmitted when visited by brethren Marshman to brother Ward the following parand Ward, he appeared to beeminent. ticulars : – On the day of his death ly supported by his hope in Christ. The called for me, but his wife tola Many pleasing expressions dropped him I was not arrived from the other from 'bis lips during the last days side of the river. He then began to of his life, all tending to shew how praise God. At night I went to 'see much "he felt his obligations to a him, and asked him how *crucified Saviour."

on the smited, and said, 'I am well, "On the 20th of September, died but ám leaving this world and going : at Ram-krishna-poora, opposite Cal- to my Father's : stay with me; do

". Saying this, he dasa, late itinerant in Orisså. clasped his hands together, and re

"A few months ago, he left Bala- "mained for a short time in silent sore in a state of aMiction, and lin prayer. I then sang two Hymns sered at Serampore till near the time and prayed, which tre seemed to

enjoy. I then gave him a little, men by the way. The last time be water, and reminded bim, lhat our visited one of the schools about ten Lord Jesus Christ had given him miles off, so anxious were the people the pure water of life. He said, to hear, that neither he nor his com. Yes, brother, the Lord Jesus Christ panions were scarcely allowed time is truly the Son of God: this I be to eat or sleep duriog the greater lieve." I added, "Blessed, blessed part of two days that he spent with be the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour them.” of singers." He said, “ Yes, these "Whether any thing short of Di. are sweet words: he is my salvation," vine power will convince the op About five the next morning he de posers of the conversion of the parted. The last words he said, in Hindoos seems to be more than reply to a question of mine, were matter of doubt; but I think, couid « Christ alone is my light and sal, they have seen onr aged brotber vation.”

Vrinda-vuna last night, and could “ We bave now (at Agra) three their pride and enmity have given native schools containing about one way for a moment to the common hundred children; wbich schools are sentiments of liberality, the scene becoming very interesting, as they must bave convinced them that Hin excite the attention of the relatives doos can at least feel the Gospel, of the children, and afford them in and appreciate its value! The old struction in the first principles of man accompanied one of the native Christianity in an indirect way, schoolmasters, who came to read a even through their own children chapter with me after our family while they have a place to sit and worship. The chapter that came in read or hear the sacred Scriptures course was the 26th of Matthew, read to them. The three school with the latter part of which the masters that are now employed at old man was deeply affected. It this station appear to feel as much seemed to rouse all the feelings of interest in reading the sacred Scrip- a heart truly devoted to God. Sor. tures to inquirers, as though they row for the sufferings of bis Saviour, were real Christians. They do not disgust at the perfidy of Judas, con discover the least regard for their trition for his own sins, a lively shasters or ceremonies, even be. hope of pardon, gratitude for that fore their countrymen, though we hope, and admiration at the amaz have our fears relative to any sav. ing tove and mercy of God the Faing change in their minds, and have, ther and of God the Son, appeared therefore, never urged them to an by his conversation afterward to open profession of Christianity. have been alternately in exercise

“ Our aged brother Vrinda vuna while the chapter was reading, and is most actively and faithfully en. during which time bis furrowed: gaged with inquirers, with very cheeks were plentifully bedewed 1 little intermission, from Monday with tears. Such tender emotions morning to Lord's-day evening. I would not have been so remarkable

believe him to be a man of great in a younger man. From V.'s phy's faith, unaffected humility, with a siognomy, one would be ready 10% sincere desire to benefit bis coun. conclude he was anotter stranger trymen. Cowper's description of to the finer feelings of the heart or the simple, humble Christian, is if he ever had, or could have pas truly applicable to him: he feels sessed them, that fifty years familie his Bible true. He never needs an arity with the tortures and croelties exhortation to diligence. Tbough of Hindogism would have been quite. an aged man, perhaps more than enough to efface themy, but true inseventy, he has several times walks deed it is that if any mag be in ed more than twenty miles a day. Clirist, he is a new creaturedded This and addressed many of dis country has seldom been more conspicuous

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The mode of burning the that it became imprudent for both dead in this neighbourhood. (Di. at once to quit them for our break- gah, in Flindoost'han,) differs from fast; we continued with them as that which I have seen in Bengal. long as we could, and then perceiy. Instead of wood, wbich I suppose is ing there was no apparent inclina- much dearer here than in Bengal, tion in them to disperse, I persuaded they get a few bundles of long grass, Brother S. to go on board and par. such as poor people use for building take firsts, which, when he and their houses; and after placing the myself had done, we began to give body on a kind of stage about a foot books to such of the anxious multi- and a half from the ground, with tudes as could either read or bad some of the grass over and some unteacbers in their neighbourhood; der it, they set fire to the heap, let it and thus we employed ourselves till flame for a minute or two perhaps, two o'clock, preaching to them the and then quench it, and throw the glad tidings of the kingdom. Early, singed body into the river. This on Monday we proceeded to another ceremony I have several times witspot, and continued with the people, nessed, and the persons employed conversing and giving books, till appeared to be as much diverted ten o'clock, when we returned with the act of kindling and extinhome." how os bespeab viure 1789 guishing the flames as boys in Eng

We have lately been making land are at bonfires in fields in the a monthly subscription for the relief country.”

Bagitong last 9796 of the poor starving natives here- Dr. Carey to Mr. Fuller, Janu. abouts (at Agra),whose case is indeed ary 25, 1814,--" The present year very deplorable on account of the opens with some remarkable circums great scarcity of grajn; many have slances in the Mission. The first, died for hunger in the streets of (which, indeed, belongs to the past Agra. We daily find here and there year, though intelligence, of it

. one starved to death. We were reached us in the present,) is, the coming home one evening lately fixing of the Burman Mission at through the wheat bazar, and in the Ava, the capital of the empire, and midst of the sellers of wheat and the establishing of a printing-press other grain lay a poor man who had there by order of the Emperor. just breathed his last among the Felix, was some time ago ordered heaps of the grain. He had picked to Ava, to vaccinate some of the up a few husks of pease and grain, younger branches of the royal family, which it appeared he had been ate. He went, and was received, with tempting to eat, but was too far gone, rather

more honour than he would Not a single man ined the sbazan, have wished foreld He had none of would give this poor creature one, the yaccine virus, but a ship was handful of wheat to save bis life e ordered to be engaged to bring him This is not the only instance of the to Bengal, to fetch sone. ad hadi hardness of heart of this peoples, the mean time sent some thithens they have no more feeling for the which arrived the day, he was to bave poor that if they were dogs. They embarked, and prevented his.com shew.no mercy, no pity. Our plan ingrau de requested leave of the CARIST. OBSERY, APP.

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Emperor to set up a printing-press, I and two of my sons, Felix and wil. which was granted ; and he was ljam, uuited with brother Ward in required to reside at Ava.”

laying hands on Jabez. To me the * I wrote you in my last, that Go- circumstance was bighly gratifying, vernment had applied to us to send and will, I trust, be a matter of men to Amboyna, to superintend everlasting praise." the schools there; and that my son A respectful application was Jabez had offered to leave the pro- lately made to the Court of Direcfession of the law for the ministry of tors of the Honourable the Eastthe Gospel. The offer was gladly India Company, for permission to accepted by us, and last Saturday send out Mr. Yates as a missionary; we wrote in to Government to offer but, potwithstanding the facilities his services. The same day an ade provided by a late Act of Parliaswer was given, assigning him a ment, they peremptorily refused it; passage thither in the Streatham la- and when the application was re. diaman; the packet for which, we peated, the refusal was also repeated, were informed, would be sent on On application being made, however, Monday. Jabez was to be married to his Majesty's Government, per: before his departure, in addition to mission was immediately granted, which he had every preparation for A letter of ibanks was sent to the the voyage to make in one day. Right Honourable the Earl of Buck. The captain, however, allowed two inghamshire, President of the Board days more, and he will go off this of Controul, for the candid and li. evening or to-morrow morning. Go- beral treatment received from vernment pays the passage of them his lordship relative to this busiboth. I trust that the Lord, who ness. Mr. Yates left England has thus auspiciously opened a way in October, in the Earl Moira, be, for this Mission, will graciously longing to Captain Kemp, a member make it effectual. Jabez was lately of the church at Serampore, and baptized, and is deeidedly serious, who generously furnishes him with Mr. Thomas, to whom he was arti

a free passage. cled, generously set him at liberty, and gave a very honourable testi. mony of his diligence and ability.

LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. He will have five or six islands un. der his care.-We have just printed the Report made to this Society by

The following is an abstract of off the first sheet of an edition of the Malay Bible for Amboyna. The the Directors at its Twentieth And resident there was one of my pu.

nual Meeting, on the 11th of May

last. pils, and is friendly to attempts to

I. OTAHEITE. spread the Gospel.

“ January 26.--Yesterday I begun The Directors commence their this letter. Last night Jabez was so- Report with stating the conversioa lemnly set apart for the work to which of king Pomarre to the faith of the he is going: he went from the chapel Gospel. The Missionaries had faithto the boat, in which he set off to fully persisted for many a long year; Saugur Island, to join the ship. and after they were driven from the About half an hour before we went scene of their labours by civil war, to withip, in came Felix from Ran- they readily returned at the invitagoon, sent after all for vaccine virus, tion of the king, and with pleasure that which I had sent having lost its renewed their work. In the course virtue in the passage. It was a most of a few months after their return, gratifying event that we should all their hearts were cheered with the thus providentially meets for we pleasing appearance of the effects can scarcely expect to meet again. of Divine Grace on the heart of tho king. On the 18th of July, 1812, lations for their improvement; and Pomarre declared to the Mission- has fixed upon several new places, aries his full conviction of the truth in which missionary settlements of the Gospel, as the result of deli- may probably be established. After berate consideration, his determi- a careful examination of official nation to worship Jehovah as the papers relating to the Missionaries, only living and true God, and his with which he was indulged, and desire to make a public profession obtaining passports from the Goverof his faith by being baptized. The nor, Sir Joho Craddock, to the LandMissionaries greatly rejoiced, but rosts of the districts through which thought it prudent to defer his bap- lie was to pass, he left Cape Towa tism until, by a careful observation on the 31st of February, 1813, and of his conduct, they should be fully reached Bethelsdorp on the 20th satisfied as to the reality of his con- of March. He was received by version. In this advice he calmly Mr. Read and all the Missionaries acquiesced. Subsequent letters af- with the most cordial affection, and ford increasing evidence of Po- by the Hottentots with the liveliest warre's sincerity. The Mission - expressions of joy. At Bethelsdorp, aries state, that when at a distance he witnessed a greater degree of from them, and amidst very impor. civilization than he was led to ex. tant engagements, he regularly obe pect, from the reports in circulation, served ihe Lord's day ; that he la. on his arrival in South Africa. He boured to persuade his relations to found there many natives exere, embrace Christianity; that he has cising the trades of smiths, carpenentirely abandoned his idols; that ters, sawyers, basket-makers, tur, he entertains very clear and consisa ners, &c. He saw cultivated fields tent views of the principal doctrines extending two miles in length, on of the Gospel ; and, above all, that both sides of a river. Their cattle he expresses the most deep contri- had increased from two bundred and tion on account of his former vicious eighteen to two thousand two huolife, and a most humbling sense of dred and six : from three hundred to kis native depravity.

four hundred calves were produced But Pomarre appears not to be in a year, not more than fifty of the only fruit of the labours of the which were in that space of time Missionaries : “ there are others," allowed to be slaughtered. The they say, “whom we trust the Lord blessed effects of religion were disis drawing to himself from among played in benevolent institutions this people."

formed among them : they bad a The Missionaries bad come to a fund for the support of the poor and determination to form a mission sick,which amounted to two hundred on another of the Society Islaods; and fifty rix.dollars; and they proand they had fixed upon Reiatea, posed to build a house for the recepas the largest or most central, of tion of part of their poor. They had the group. They were about to also a common fund for the purpose of build a vessel of about fifty or improving the seulement, amountsixty tons, as strenuously recom. ing to one hundred and thirty dollars nended to them by his Excellency and about thirty head of caitle; and Governor Macquarrie and the Rev. they contributed, during the last Mr. Marsden, to both of whom the twelve months, seventy rix-dollars. Society is much indebted for their in aid of this Society, Such are the kind attention to the Missionaries. powerful effects of Divine Truth

among the most degraded of our II. AFRICA.

species, in their civilization, as well Mr. Campbell has visited the various as in the more important concerns missionary stations in South Africa; of religion. Thus, we see a Chris has suggested many excellent regué tian church; cultivated fields and

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