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a deeper one than is made on others; “ who. EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. soever," said the Saviour, “shall not receive Our correspondents are particularly rethe kingdom of God as a little child, shall quested not to address their future communinot enter therein.” Wherever the gospel is cations to the editor at Acton Place, as he preached in simplicity, proofs are not wanting expects to have removed before they receive of the propriety and force of this allusion; this intimation, to 11, Smith Street, Chelsea. wherever so preached, children are among the This will be now the most convenient place first to be impressed by it; they receive it in to which to send letters or other articles the exercise of a simple, unquestioning faith, transmitted by post; though these, as well as and more completely than any others submit larger parcels, will be duly forwarded to him to its control. of the correctness of this if left at 65, Paternoster Row. statement countless illustrations might be supplied. I have now on my memory the
Intelligence has just been received from case of a little girl who died at the age of Jamaica of the death of Mr. Edward Knibb six years and a half, leaving unequivocal of Falmouth, brother of the late William evidence of sincere piety, whose first impres- Knibb, and an active promoter of the same sions were produced by a sermon from the interests to which he devoted his life. Mr. text, “ Fear not, little flock,” &c. The ex.
E. Knibb, two of whose children had recently perience of a dear boy also occurs to me, who died of a fever which had prostrated others at the age of eight described his being first of the family also, was attacked by the made acquainted with the way of salvation disease on the fourth of December, and on under a ser mon preached (I think) from the the tenth expired. text, By his stripes ye are healed.” Per
It will afford our readers pleasure, to learn haps I may be pardoned if, in further confirmation of the above sentiment I adduce thata sketch of the eventful life of the late Rev.
Thomas Burchell of Montego Bay, which the fact, that, during the nine years of my his brother, the Rev. W. ¥. Burchell of connexion with the church of which I am
Rochdale has long been busily engaged in now pastor, it has been my privilege to receive into its fellowship no fewer than sixty biographer informs us that he expects that it
writing, is now nearly completed. The individuals who, at the time of their admission, will be ready for delivery by the close of were pupils in the Sunday school. Of these March, and that he hopes that the price will some ascribe their conversion, under God, to
not exceed four shillings and sixpence. the instruction of their teachers; many to the public preaching of the gospel; and some to We never felt it so necessary as at the the conjoint efforts of preacher and teacher. present time to invoke the patience of authors That there have not been more cases of de- and publishers in reference to our review linquency among these sixty than would
department. In spite of our exertions to probably' have occurred among an equal prevent it, arrears have accumulated to a number of persons of maturer years, may distressing extent. Among many books nobe inferred from the fact that, after all de tice of which has been delayed, are some on ductions arising from removals and death, which we had fully hoped to have reported fifty of them are still in communion with us.
in our present number, but which, at the Many of my brethren could, I doubt not, close of the month, we found it necessary to supply much more striking facts illustrative postpone. There is one, which it may be of the truth, that it is to the very young the desirable to mention, of which we have not Holy Spirit most frequently renders the been able as yet to read a single page, and preaching of the gospel effectual. But, Sir, which relates to a subject on which we should I will not detain you longer, only let me say not think it proper to write anything without that there are few things I more deprecate much care and deliberation. We refer to a than the removal of the children of our volume of five hundred and forty pages, to schools and families from that ministerial the preparation of which our friend Mr. influence which has already proved highly Hinton has recently devoted much time and beneficial, and the exercise of which con attention, entitled, “ Athanasia : or Four stitutes one of the best grounds of hope in Books on Immortality.” It consists of “a relation to the virtue and piety of the suc- review of several publications which have ceeding generations. So far as my own issued from the press within the last fifteen congregation is concerned, I would not con
years, so far as they affect and impugn the sent to occupy my place in the pulpit except doctrine of man's natural immortality." The children, as well as adults, were both allowed writers to whom Mr. Hinton replies are, “A and encouraged to take theirs in the pew.
Clergy man of the Church of England”--the I am, my dear Sir,
Rev. H. H. Dobney-the Rev. E. WhiteYours very faithfully, the Rev, G. Storts and the author of an WILLIAM MIALL.
anonymous tract containing the substance of Dalston, January, 1849.
five lectures delivered at Bristol. Appended is a reprint of Mr. Hinton's recent pamphlet entitled, “Who will Live for Ever ?"
Kandy, a representation of which we have given this month, as most of our readers are aware, is the capital of that which was called till of late “the kingdom of Kandy," being the portion of the island of Ceylon which was governed by a native king till the year 1815, the rest of the island having been under British rule from 1796. The town of Kandy stands at the head of an extensive valley in the midst of wooded hills and mountains, and is more regularly built than most Indian towns. The palace is a square of great extent, built of a kind of cement perfectly white, with stone gateways. The temples of Bhudda are numerous, and that of Malcgana is the most venerated of any in the country, in consequence of its containing, what is considered a precious relic, as genuine a relic as many which the cliurch of Rome presents to its votaries, " the tooth of Bhudda.”
The missionary station at Kandy in connexion with this Society, was formed in 1841, a printing press forming part of it; and the efforts of the missionaries have been greatly blessed among the Kandians, who are a distinct race from the Singhalese
, who form the principal population of the remainder of the island. The encouraging state of things at the present time our readers will learn from the letter of Mr. Allen in page 121.
A letter has been received from Mr. Thomas, dated the 7th of November, in which, after stating that Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have left for a season, having gone on the river in company with Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, the health of both, but particularly that of Mrs. Lewis, having suffered a great deal, as well as that of Mr. Morgan, he says, “I hope both families will derive much and lasting benefit from the change and relaxation they are now enjoying.
“ You will be pleased to hear that brother Leslie baptized four persons last sabbath day; at the same time two were baptized in the native chapel in Kalinga, and one in Intally. Thus at three places the sacred rite was administered on the first sabbath of the month. I hope we shall soon have to report other additions to one or other of our churches."
As the name of this place has not occurred lately in the Herald, it may be desirable to inform our readers that it is a military station about eight miles northwest of Calcutta, and ten north-east of Serampore, in which a church was formed at an early period of the mission, which has consisted of soldiers and their wives. Though many have been the subjects of decided conversion, the number of which the church has at any time consisted has not been large, its members being scattered, with their regiments, throughout India, where many of them have borne a pleasing testimony to the truth and power of religion.
Mr. Lewis, under date Calcutta, 6th November, says:
I had the pleasure in July last of baptizing afforded good reason to hope that they were three European soldiers at Dum Dum. They Israelites indeed. They are all now removed from the station, but I trust that wherever ber Dum Dum with affectionate interest as they go they will maintain their profession, the place in which they experienced the reand shine as the lights of the world. The newing grace of God. station at Dum Dum is in many respects an We are, as a family, in better health than interestiog one. Those who are added to the has been afforded to us during the last few church there are seldom permitted to remain months. We are this day going for a little loog, but are drafted off in various directions ; change of air on the river. We trust that, by and though the church is never large, I be the blessing of God, we shall come back quite lieve however that many of God's people in strong and well again. the various military stations in India remem
In a letter from Mr. Thompson he states:
From the middle of March (not including Europeans, including the members, have atthe time of my journey to Hurdwar) to the tended each season of worship, either at the time of my falling ill in the middle of this chapel or at my house ; while in the Drum. month, I have daily visited the people in a mers' lines some eight or ten have attended principal street of the city, with the word of once a week. The result of all the labours God, and addressed some 1300 of them, read- has been some five applications to unite with ing out of the scriptures and tracts, one to us on the condition of being supported in idlethree chapters of the former and the same ness. The parties showed no inclination to number of the latter statedly; and have given examine for themselves the evidences of our to applicants single gospels or tracts, and in faith, although three of them were very well very rare cases larger portions of the scrip- able to read,
and one man had read our books tures. The Hindu pupils of the Christian for some years. We must wait for those who school have been large applicants for our show an impression of divine truth on their Urdo gospels, and on one occasion the Eu- minds, and of a more disinterested character, ropean master applied to me for a dozen of each and till such shall apply for admission we of the gospels for his Urdu class. The Christian must labour in hope. The tracts distributed services have been attended to by me as usual, amount to about 2628, and the scriptures to excepting since my late indisposition, and about 375. from fifteen to twenty or more, natives and
CHITAURA, NEAR AGRA. Mr. Smith commences his letter by a reference to his last, which was printed in the October Herald, and proceeds with an account of the present state of things at this station,
Since my last every thing has gone on, he could find no rest to his soul until he had tolerably well with us. The two men returned to the Lord with weeping and supmentioned as having left us, have both re- plication. I believe his repentance is genuturned; one has been re-admitted to church ine, and he now appears to be growing in fellowship, and the other is very regular in grace and in that knowledge which maketh his attendance on all the means of grace, so wise unto salvation. His wife also, who was that we hope soon to see him reinstated in the the means of taking him away, and threatened church. Their going away was most unex- self-destruction if he did not leave us, has pected, and had a discouraging effect on us come with him, and is now amongst our most all, as we had never entertained a doubt of regular attenders at the chapel and prayeribe sincerity, especially of one of them. We meetings. The lion has truly become a lamb. Dow rejoice in their repentance, and feel en- Who could hope that this violent opponent of couraged in our work; the seed sown is not the truth should ever have become its admirer? thrown away; although it may produce no present visible effects, it shall accomplish
Two persons baptised. that whereunto it is sent. One of the above On Monday, the 4th August, I had the mentioned individuals tried all means to shake pleasure of baptizing one of our servants, an off Christianity and forget what he had heard, áyá, by birth an African. She has, I have no but in vain. The more he strove to obliterate doubt, been admitted to the household of faith. his convictions, the deeper they became, and I have frequently found her in her little hut,
engaged in prayer, and her walk is consistent, , have no heathen schools, having neither time so that we hope she may be useful among our nor means to spend on them. poor women. On Sunday, the 1st of October, I baptized another, an old man a convert
Preaching among the heathen. from Hinduism ; an inquirer for some time, Our preaching to the heathen has been he has become proverbial amongst us for most regular. We daily form two parties, simplicity and straightforwardness. I have one on horses for the more distant villages, every reason to believe him truly a changed and the other on foot for those near at hand, character, a disciple of the meek and lowly and in this manner during the last three Jesus. At my last interview with him before months we have preached in upwards of 200 his baptism, on being asked as to the state of villages to attentive crowds, varying in num. his mind, he replied, “I am very ignorant ber from five to sixty. There are numbers and very sinful, but I believe Christ Jesus around us almost persuaded to be Christians ; came to save such.” During the address at several have attempted to join us, but have the water side, he appeared much affected; I been induced to postpone the important step saw he had repeatedly to wipe away the fall
. by the importunities of their friends and famiing tears. May the Lord keep these two lies. lambs of his flock faithful to the end. We
Caste undermined. look upon them as valuable additions to our little band. Having stability of character and Caste is however by this means being una good deal that is amiable in a Christian, dermined, as several men of high caste have been they will draw others to Christ, rather than received into their families and former society hinder, as many native converts have done. again, notwithstanding its being well known My prayer is that the Lord may preserve us that they had eaten with Christians, so that from empty professors, and make the little many readily acknowledge that there is no church formed in this wilderness shine on all caste remaining in our neighbourhood ; and around us as a garden, though small, yet several have refused to enter into marriage consisting of nothing but fruiters, without one contracts with families totally unconnected cumberer of the ground.
with us, simply because they lived near to us. A new labourer,
A banyá who was long connected with us has
been again received into caste, and at a marBrother Williams informed you that I had riage in the village cooked puris for some got another labourer. His name is Mohan, hundreds of the most respectable zamindars by which his character is not badly expressed. in the neighbouring villages. Another indi. With a blessing on bis labours, I trust he will vidual, a brahman, after being with us some be the means of drawing many from heathen-time, returned home, and is now with his ism to God. He is one of the most zealous family in caste. A third, a rajput, being native agents I have met with, and I think he asked in the public market if he had not eaten possesses genuine piety. His advance in Christians' food, replied, “ Yes, I feasted with knowledge has been most rapid ; in a com- them on puris, and what of that?”. I give paratively short time he has learned to read these examples to show that links in the monHindi and Urdu, in Nágri and Persian cha- strous chain have been severed, and that caste racters, with Auency; he is also getting on is not, at least in our neighbourhood, what it with English. Since he joined us I have had was some time since. the pleasure of marrying him to an excellent
Christian Village. young woman, brought up with the greatest care by our friend Mrs. Reed. Perhaps this, Our services are better attended than ever, of all others, is the most valuable addition to As the number of nominal Christian residents our mission. With her assistance Mrs. Smith in our village increases, so does our congregahas been able to commence a prayer-meeting tion, for none are admitted except on condifor females only, and so much interest has tion of their renouncing caste, sending their been taken in it by our poor women, that children to school, keeping the sabbath, and there is seldom one absent,
attending all our services. Our village conFemale community improved.
tains about fifty inhabitants, and these form
our congregations for the most part, and this A new day has, I trust, dawned on our is a most interesting feature of our mission. female community—a visible improvement In the midst of a number of villages, where has taken place, which augurs well for the the sound of the church-going bell was never future prospects of the Redeemer's cause heard, and the sabbath brought no smile, no amongst a class of immortal beings whose rest-on that holy day, to see men, women, condition has hitherto appeared almost hope- and children, neatly dressed, wending their less. She assists also in teaching the girls way to the house of God, to celebrate his belonging to our people, so that our female praises and hear of that Saviour of whom school has been provided for, and now all Moses and the prophets spake-frequently our children are under tuition. Our boys' drives away gloomy doubts, cheers our hearts, school consists of about ten scholars — we reminds us of the happy sabbaths of our own