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PORT OF SPAIN.
We present our readers this month with a view of Port of Spain, the capital town of the island of Trinidad, a town containing, probably, 20,000 inhabitants, the population of the island consisting of about 80,000. The Mico Institution being compelled to close its schools in 1813, this Society forme a station at this place, purchasing the premises which belonged to the Mico Institution, and Mr. Cowen, who had been their agent, becoming our first missionary. It has been said of this island, that its climate and productions have obtained for it the title of "the Indian Paradise," but when Mr. Phillippo visited it a few years ago he declared that, as compared with the peasantry of Jamaica, the lower classes were awfully demoralized, and it has been found that the difficulties of the missionary were increased by the prevalence of popery, combined, as is frequently the case, with the worst forms of African superstition. Up to the year 1797, the island belonged to Spain. It was then taken by a British force, and was ceded to Great Britain by the treaty of peace in 1801, and much of the leaven of false doctrine still remains; but the field was felt to be a very important and interesting one, and already the clouds which hung over it are beginning to disperse, and we feel sure that our readers have been gratified by the intelligence conveyed through this medium, from time to time, of the progress of the mission.
A letter has been received from Mr. LAWRENCE, dated 29th November, expressing his regret at having heard of the depressed state of the funds of the Society, and stating that the friends there felt deeply concerned, and had all given their mite towards the liquidation of the debt. He proceeds to state that no conversion had taken place of late, but that he was labouring in hope, and that in the meantime it was gratifying to reflect that the church continued in peace, and that there was much unity and good feeling among the members; that there had been comparatively little illness and no death, and that there had been a valuable addition to the congregation by the removal of a family from Benares, two of whom were members of the Baptist church in that place. He then states, Brother Hurler has removed to Bhagulpore,
Native assistants. where he has built himself a comfortable
It is cause for thankfulness that our native house, all at his own expense. We have ! assistants have been favoured with good health been able to send him an excellent native throughout the year, and have been permitted Christian as an assistant in the mission work to pursue their labours without interruption. there. He draws no support either from our They have been much employed this year in or any other society, but depends for support visiting the villages and towns around Mon. on his own resources. We have promised to ghir. Nainsutch takes great delight in itinhelp him from our local funds to sustain a erating, though advancing in years, and by school as soon as he shall be able to undertake no means so strong as he was, yet his zeal the superintendence of it. This is all the and diligence is nowise diminished. He assistance he expects of a pecuniary kind. I continues to Jabour to the utmost of his pray that the Lord may bless his labours there strength, and sometimes beyond his strength, as well as ours here. 'lle purposes making a for the salvation of his countrymen. tour on the hills, in the month of January en uing. Dear brother Parsons will accompany
Basar Schools. liin.
We liave been compelled to dismiss one of
the teachers (a heathen) for bad conduct. engage in business; still many of the children This occasioned the breaking up of the school do every year learn something of the gospel for a time, but we have succeeded in re- which ihey never can wholly forget, and establishing it. The chief object I seek to which may, through the divine blessing, prove attain by these schools is the teaching the of the highest benefit. I am thankful to say children to read, and the making them ac- that the members of our mission families have quainted with the gospel. In this we succeed enjoyed, with the exception of Mrs. Lawrence, but imperfectly, for as soon as the boys can pretly good health. On the whole, I think read pretty well, they are taken away to her health is not worse than in former years.
The Committee bave had the pleasure of receiving a letter from Mr. Page, dated the 10th of December, stating that Mrs. Page, who had been ill with fever, was better, and that they were both in good health, and conveying the following information.
I am happy to inform you that we have ning of the year, and have put forth an adverhad some additions since I last wrote, and are tisement that a class will be formed in January expecting others. Two persons, a respectable for young persons of fifteen years of age and tradesman and his wife, were baptized on the upwards, who may desire to devote themselves 3rd ins'. The wife of the young man whom to native female education. I intend to have I first baptized, has also been received by the them meet every morning from seven to nine. church, together with a young person residing Three days in the week I shall teach them with them. In the latter I gather the first myself, the other three days I shall employ a fruits of my bible class in the Sunday school. Moonshee to teach them the Tamil grammati
cally. They all speak the language in common Sunday Schools,
use, but cannot read it. I shall be well You will, I am sure, rejoice to hear that The expense, I calculate, will be for Moonshee
satisfied if I get half a dozen to begin with. our friends are maintaining two Sunday
For this I of schools at Madras, and that we have in both book;, &c., about £20 a year. upwards of a hundred children, many of whom course am responsible. "I look upon the are the children of Roman catholics. I am should fail I shall not be either surprised or
movement as an important experiment. If it only waiting for suitable premises to commence a day school. Where the support of discouraged; if it succeed I shall then aim at it is to come from I am not quite clear, but I the establishment of a large training instituhope to make it nearly self-supporting,
tion on a broad catholic basis.
East Indian society.
I should have no doubt of success if there I am very anxious to do something for the were a greater number of pious East Indian education of the female portion of the East families, but, as you may suppose, it is not to Indian community, many of whom are sadly be expected (perhaps not to be desired) that Deglected, and my reason for this is not only any would give themselves to so self-denying the benefit they would themselves get, but the a work as the education of the poor native tenefit they might confer on the down-trodden girls who are not moved by the love of Christ. natire women of India. I am anxious to have that God would raise up devoted Christian an East Tadian girls' school, from the elder young men and women from the descendants scholars of which young persons might be of the British parents settled in India. What selected and trained (as in the Borough Road a noble work would be belore them! Well, institution) for the general education of the with God all things are possible, and why native female community. I have been think- may we not pray, and labour, and hope for ing very much on the subject, and am most that blessing. 'I think if I could see an active decidedly of opinion that the great desideratum East Indian church taking up the work of is a band of well trained female teachers, and evangelizing India as if there were no Christhat they cannot be supplied so advantageously cians in the world to toil for it but themselves, from any community as from the East Indian. I should bless the day that I lost sight of old I am going to make an attempt at the begin- England as the happiest of my life.
SAUGOR, CENTRAL INDIA.
By letters from Agra, which came to hand three months ago, the Committee were informed of a missionary tour which Mr. Phillips and Mr. Dannenberg had made to this place, the expenses being defrayed by an excellent friend residing there, and who had offered a contribution of 600 rupees (about £60) per annum towards the support of a missionary at Saugor, besides other sums for missionary objects. On their return, the matter was deliberately discussed, and the brethren in Calcutta were consulted, and the result was, that it was felt to be expedient that Mr. Makepeace should proceed to that place, which is at the distance of 275 miles from Agra. A letter has now been received from Mr. MAKEPEACE, dated Saugor, 23rd November, stating that he had set out on the 16th of the previous month, the benevolent friend referred to having remitted funds for the conveyance of his family, &c.; that he considered the arrangement as for twelve months, leaving the question of this becoming permanently his station to be decided by the appearance of usefulness it presented. He proceeds to say,
Our journey hither was, on the whole, very their religious books, and compared them with agreeable, thùugh not very favourable to some of ours, he must be pretty well acpreaching among the heathen. Soon after we quainted with the arguments against their left Agra I was attacked by fever, which was system and in favour of Christianity. He is succeeded by such a hoarseness as thoroughly very much esteemed by the friends who know to unfit me for duty. I have, however, two him in Saugor. very pleasing incidents to record. At a place There is another pleasing occurrence to called Khié a venerable old man visited our which I may refer. When halting one morntent after nightfall, presenting me with a letter ing at a village while Mrs. Makepeace's of introduction from our friend brother Rae, bearers went to Riahunta, a buneya (a shopfrom which I found that though once a Mus- keeper) accosted me, opening at the same sulman, he was now a sincere and humble dis- time one of the gospels, and pointing to the ciple of the Lord Jesus. He is private instructor following passage, inquired the meaning of to his highness the raja of Tehri. It appeared our Saviour's words when he declared, “I ain from his conversation with me, that he had in the Father, and the Father in me.” Mrs. long been an anxious inquirer. He had read Makepeace said she felt as though she would much, " searching diligently” into the Ma- have stopped at the village the whole day, so homedan and Hindu systems of belief for the that the poor inquirer might be instructed means of pardon and peace, but after toiling more thoroughly, and the real state of his through a long night of darkness and distress, inind after the perusal of the gospel be ascerhe found none. Last year, however, he visited cained. Thus much has come to light in relaour brethren when halting at Tehri, and re- tion to the result of the brethren's labours last ceived from Bernard (brother Phillips' cold weather, and who can tell to what extent agent) a copy of one of the Rev. G. P. the leaven of divine truth has already opePfander's works, and he procured also a copy rated ? Surely it was an interesting and heartof the four gospels. By reading these he stirring thing to be solicited thus by a simple found that there was no salvation but in villager in the midst of a dark and benighied Christ. Brother Phillips recommended him population. to go to Saugor for advice, which he did, and gave full proof that the root of the matter was
Saugor as a station. in him. He has already introduced the gospels Regarding Saugor itself, I regard it as a into the palace, having read in the hearing of fine sphere for missionary operations. Thouthe raja five chapters of Matthew's gospel. sands upon thousands crowd its territories and He will probably visit Saugor in the course of those of the Nerbudda, and yet there is not a a few days for further instruction, and perhaps solitary messenger of the cross to proclaim in baptism. I mentioned his case to brother their hearing all the words of this life.” Williams in a letter I wrote shortly after my The clinate is exceedingly favourable to misarrival, and his opinion, which I give, is in sionary operations, being much cooler than perfect accordance with my own. He writes, that of most of our stations. I hope by next * It strikes me that the Mussulman of whom mail to be able to prepare a detailed statistical you speak may, with some training, prove account of the station and surrounding dis. useful to you in the great work of preaching." trict. At present appearances are cheering, He may be of great use indeed, in silencing and there are baptisms in prospect, and if the and subduing his benighted brethren, for state of my health be allowed to weigh, you having examined so closely and intensely could not do better perhaps than fix me at Saugor, in accordance with the wish of my my servants is apparently beginning to walk brethren. Before I left Agra I was, in con- in the right way. Before leaving Agra a sequence of my last severe attack, in a very sermon which I preached on a baptismal emaciated and pitiable state. Friends at Agra, occasion was blessed to a young lady in the though sorry to part with us, yet thought that congregation, who decided upon making a the trip might prove beneficial to me and Mrs. public avowal of her faith in Christ. I send Makepeace, who had also been suffering. a copy of the Report of the Benevolent InstituYou will be glad to hear that we are now in tion, from which you will see we have been the enjoyment of excellent health. One of well supported.
AGRA BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION.
The Committee advert with pleasure to the Report transmitted by Mr. MarePEACE, who had filled the office of cash and corresponding secretary to the time of his removal to Saugor, by which it appears that donations had been received from Europeans resident in the neighbourhood to the amount of 3553 rupees, and subscriptions to that of 139 rupees; that a commodious building had been erected, and that during the year forty children of both sexes had been admitted to the privileges of the Institution.
ADDITIONS TO VARIOUS CHURCHES.
We extract from the Oriental Baptist for December last the following interesting facts.
Calcutta. On the first sabbath in Novem- | our native brother, Shujaatali. About the ber the ordinance of baptism was administered same hour another native convert was in the in three of the chapels in Calcutta. At the same manner avowing his faith in Christ in Circular Road Chapel four believers were im- the Native Chapel in Intally. He also was mersed in the name of the divine Three. One of baptized by a native brother. them had for a considerable time been a Dinajpur. Two brethren belonging to her member of the church meeting in Union majesty's 80th regiment were baptized here Chapel, another had been a member of the on the 13th October. Wesleyan body, the other two are young men Mr. Smylie writes that he baptized two of the East Indian community. While these young females on the 12th November. They were thus professiog their faith in the Lord were formerly scholars in Mrs. Smylie's school. Jesus Christ, two persons were making a Jessore. At this station Mr. Parry baptized similar profession in the Native Chapel in another convert, over whom he hopes he will South Kalinga Street. They were baptized by long have to rejoice.
In a letter from Mr. Sarer, dated 20th October, he communicates the following pleasing intelligence.
We are, through mercy, spared to continue the members give us real joy by the earnestour labours here. Our health has been re- ness of their spirit and their efforts to be markably good for many weeks, and we have useful. Our classes and schools continue to not been called to relinquish aught of our be well attended, and the two additional tasks. Our sabbath services continue, and we classes we have formed since the Doctor's believe not without evident manifestations of departure, promise well. They add to our God's presence. There are many seriously work, but we willingly engage in it in the hope inquiring the way to heaven, and many among of qualifying the children to be teachers among