« PoprzedniaDalej »
abominations with which we were surrounded | We returned to our tents wearied, not only were displeasing to God, that they should with our labours, but with the abominations speedily be brought to an end, with every we had witnessed. Surely Satan here reigns Satanic device, that every idol should perish, predominant. that Christianity should spread throughout the length and breadth of the land, and that
Principal bathing day. every pandit's shop should be closed. Num.
Salurday, 11th. We repaired to the river at bers of people laughed at the pujá and trickery which was going on, whilst others appeared day, and the scene which met our eyes was
an early hour, this being the principal bathing most sincere in every action.
one not soon to be forgotten. Men, women, Conversation with a Purohit. and children were rushing through the princiWe had a most interesting conversation that we found it difficult to count them.
pal temple with such violence and rapidity with a Purohit from a village near Mynpuri; Young men were leading their aged parents, he had received Wilson's Exposure of Hin and mothers their children, in order to save duism about six years ago, and read it with them from being trampled down by the crowd. such attention, that he had been led to re- Oye cold hearted Christians, come and learn nounce idolatry in every form, and he ap- zeal from these poor deluded worshippers of peared to have got much of the truth as it is stone ; think of their long journeys on foot in Jesus! He stated that he had been preach their sleeping nights on the cold ground in ing to the people in his village for years, that winter, almost without covering-their rising he had given up all the fees which as village at midnight by thousands to bathe-rushing priest he used to receive, and that the people into the stream like maniacs, and thence to laughed at him for his folly. He addressed the temple, where it required more than ordi. the people in our presence with boldness, and urged them to turn from their idols to the nary resolution to enter, and suffering all living. God. Here is an example of the sorts of inconvenience in order to their comsecret influence of book distribution, and who such a spirit of zeal and sacrifice in the Re
pleting their worship. When shall we see can tell how many such men may be scat- deemer's cause! We commenced preaching, tered throughout the wiilely spread agricul- but two policemen came and drove our contural districts of Hindustan, where the mis
gregations away, so that we were obliged to sionary's foot has never yet trod ? We retired for refreshments about three addressed crowds of attentive hearers, and
retire to a quieter part of the mela, where we o'clock, and then recommenced preaching, then returned to breakfast, after which we and continued until we were too hoarse to be kept up preaching without intermission until heard. Some of our native brethren were three o'clock, P.m. engaged all day in carefully distributing books to such as could read, and were anxious to
An interesting old man. obtain them. Applications were numerous, and many carried away with them the word I was speaking of the necessity of the Holy of life with evident pleasure and satisfaction. Spirit's influences in order to purify man and As soon as evening came on we took a boat fit him for heaven, when an interesting old and crossed the river, and here a view pre- man, who had been present for a length of sented itself worthy of the artist's pencil.' A time, repeated the following verse, line of pakká gháts, about a mile in length,
Alakh alakh sab koi kahe, and forming a strong embankment, by which
Alakh bi lakha no koi ; the stream of the river had been turned from its natural course, the whole surmounted by
Alakh swarup hi howen. upwards of thirty temples of various kinds of
Which may be freely translated thus : architecture, chiefly the common Indian style, and from each of these ghats the natives were him. If any one sees the invisible, then he becomes
Every one speaks of the invisible, but no one sees Aoating away thousands of little ghi lamps, changed into his image. placed on tattis of straw, the intention of which was to light their deceased ancestors to We had a long conversation with the old the abodes of bliss. This practice probably man, who appeared deeply interested in all he had its origin in connexion with 'Jumna's heard. He discarded idolatry in every form, reputed relationship with Jaur, the lord of and notwithstanding his retaining some popu. the infernal regions. The moon was just lar errors, he heard with a teachableness which rising with more than usual splendour, and proved that, like Cornelius, he only required casting her pale light over this vanity fair, to know, in order to his obeying the truth. and we could not help remarking how God's We gave him some books, and hope to hear best gifts are abused to the worst of purposes. of him again at some future time. Numbers The Giver is forgotten, neglected, despised, of others were evidently convinced in judgwhilst his creatures are reverenced and wor- ment, but require the Spirit's influences to shipped, with a blind superstition, which de- enable them to give up family and friends, grades man beneath the beasts which perish. and bear the scorn of the world.
Jo alakh hi lakha
chases, we went through the melk, which I
think is becoming more mercantile in its Sunday morning, 12th. The sun arose with character every year. On our way we met his usual splendour, but alas ! there was no two naked fakirs, one carrying a skull, and sabbath for the poor heathen at Bhuteshwar. both wearing necklaces of human bones, Satan gives no day of rest to his servants; probably the back bones. The people are their greatest pleasures and enjoyments are much afraid of this class of beggars, and I but varieties of that toil of which his service saw them receiving, as they passed from stall consists. After breakfasting we crossed the to stall, nearly any thing they asked for. river, in order to attend a retired service in a They were most insolent in their demands, small mangoe garden on the opposite side, and few dared to refuse their requests. I where Mr. Schneider's family were encamped. met with three other men nearly in the same The sight of the massive gháts and beautiful state of nudity, who were cutting their foretemples suggested many painful comparisons heads with knives until the blood gushed out, to the mind. It must have required years of and flowed plentifully down their faces. We the most persevering labour, and many láks made another visit to the principal temple, of rupees, to complete these buildings, and all and found matters completely changed ; in. this labour and money was expended by a stead of the water flowing through it in one heathen in honour of his stone idols. Chris. continued stream, all was dry and clean; the tian, compare this liberality with thy own room was carpeted, and the idol dressed out covetousness! Think of the real and per- in his best clothes, his stone head being well severance of this idolater, and then consider wrapped up in a white pugri. The secret what thou hast done in the cause of truth. was that too much water and bel pattra had On our arrival we formed a small practical been offered, things of no value to the pujárís Evangelical Alliance. Episcopalians, Luther- and consequently they had carpeted the room ans, Presbyterians, and Baptists, each laying in order to obtain dry presents of rupees and aside their little differences, united together pice. On our visit to the temple, whilst the in the midst of a heathen melá in the praises deluded worshippers were pouring their offerand worship of God. Brother Phillips ings before Mahadev, I saw the pujáris nearly preached an appropriate sermon in English, fighting over the spoil. How blind must the after which we returned to the attack on people be not to see through such deception. Satan's fort with renewed vigour, and con
Encouragement. tinued our labours until evening, when we united with our native brethren in a service Tuesday, 14th. After having our tent struck, similar to the morning one, only it was Hin- and getting all into a proper train for return. dustani instead of English. Mr. Wilson ing home, we again preached to a large mul. preached, and besides our native Christians, titude, and this brought our labours in the several others attended, and paid the greatest melá to a close. We left in the afternoon, attention, especially a pilgrim, with whom I and arrived in safety at Chitaura on the folhad a long conversation during the day. This lowing morning, after an absence of eight man was seeking after the truth; the gospel had days, where we found our families in good sbed a new light on his mind; he said it ap- health, and all things going on well. On peared to him to be the truth for which he reviewing the circumstances of the melá we was seeking, but his mind was not quite find much to encourage us in our work. The satisfied. I had further talk with him after cause of the Redeemer is advancing; Satan's service, and found his convictions much grand device has received its death-blow. strengthened. I left him with regret, but Soon shall every idol perish, and the time with this consolation, “ The Lord knoweth spoken of by the Baptist be accomplished, them that are his;" and should this poor when “Every valley shall be filled, and pilgrim be one, he will certainly be brought every mountain and hill shall be brought to å full knowledge of the truth. On our low! And the crooked sball be made straight, return home I endeavoured to make a man and the rough ways shall be made smooth, break through his vow of silence, but in vain; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” be laughed, and motioned, and showed signs Several expressed their determination to join of pleasure when he approved of what I was us, and a general impression of the truth of saying, but nothing prevailed on him to Christianity was evident, speak.
“O see on both the Indian coasts Disgusting sakirs.
And Africa's unbappy shore,
The unlearned savage press to bear, Monday, 13th. Multitudes again heard the
And hearing, wonder and adore. word of life with apparent pleasure. We
Ah! why have ye so long forborne,
To tell such welcome news as this? preached as usual as long as we were able to
Go now, let every sinner hear, speak, and then wishing to make some pur. And share in such exalted bliss."
SAUGOR. Mr. MAKEPEACE, in a letter dated May 5th, furnishes us with a very encouraging statement of the progress of divine truth at his new station.
Six months have not yet elapsed since my faith in the Lord Jesus. I earnestly entreat arrival here, and twelve persons (most of your prayers that the work so auspiciously them converts of a recent date) have already commenced here may be carried on with been immersed upon a profession of their augmenting power to the glory of God's grace.
INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF MIR NISAR ALI.
The letter of Mr. MAKEPEACE to the editor of the “Oriental Baptist" contains some particulars of one of the converts baptized at Saugor, which, notwithstanding the pressure of other articles, we feel constrained to insert. His name is Mir Nisar Ali. He was private tutor to the rajah of Tehri. It appears that twentyseven years ago be became firmly attached to the method of salvation as revealed in the scriptures, and that this becoming known to the then rajah, he was cast into prison, where he remained sixteen years and seven months, during seven years of which his allowance of food was below that considered absolutely necessary for the preservation of life, the rajah ordering that no one should be allowed to bring him more, as it was his wish that he should die. Having lately avowed his attachment to Christianity, a deliberate attempt was made to poison him. A learned man, who was embittered against him on account of his conversion, invited him to a feast, and on his declining to attend, a present of sweetmeats was sent to him, two of which the servant was directed to say were of a very choice kind, and especially intended for himself. These, on pieces being thrown to dogs, were discovered to have been poisoned for the purpose of making him pay for his Christianity at the expense of his life.
On his asking permission to visit Saugor, it was refused by the father of the rajah, who is hostile to Christianity, and orders were given that he should not be allowed to pass the city gate, and that no means of conveyance should be placed at his disposal. He was, however, enabled to make his escape by a by-road, with an adopted son and the messenger sent by the missionary, and under the protection of that Providence which had in former instances so evidently appeared on his behalf, after travelling all night on foot, he arrived in safety at the inissionary's tent, leaving behind him property to the amount of about 1500 i upees, and abandoning claims on the rajah to the extent of 2400 more, and a situation worth sixty rupees per month, but as the missionary exclaims, " He is clean escaped out of the hands of his enemies, for which deliverance we are bound to ascribe all praise to a gracious and overruling Providence. Since his arrival he has almost constantly accompanied Domingo and myself to the city or elsewhere, and being a well read and intelligent man, as well as a sincere Christian, he may soon render material service. so far as his age will permit, in the work of proclaiming salvation by Christ
We stated in the Herald for March last, that Mr. Fraser of Lambeth, and his friends, were supporting a native assistant selected and superintended by the American missionaries, and we feel no doubt our readers rejoiced at finding that, while the state of our funds debarred the Society from undertaking a mission to China, members of our body were taking a part, though but a small part, in the work. A letter from Mr. Johnson to Mr. Fraser, dated Hong Kong, 27th March last, contains the following information :
In my last letter to you I mentioned anxious inquirer. He manifested his sincerity Si-ki-bu as the agent employed by your fund. by a punctual attendance upon all the reliHe was employed in your service till the gious services, bringing with him on the close of December. As he was desirous to Lord's day all the men in his employ; a visit his native district on private business, it most interesting instance of self-denial and was not thought consistent to employ him moral courage, continuing this after his conlonger as your agent until he could again version and connexion with the church as give himself “wholly to the work.” He is long as he had men in his employ. He was still absent. The agent now employed is one of the first members of the church here, T'an Tui, aged forty-three, a widower. His and has continued from the first one of the family connexion is highly respectable. His worthiest. He is a man above the average of father was a "literary man." Of his family his countrymen, both in intellect and educa. connexions there is but one besides himself a tion. Christian. A cousin (son of a mandarin) He is stationed at Tany Chin, an island was baptized by Mr. Dean, and is a member fifteen miles distant, between this and Macao, of the mission church here. Brother Dean population about 6000. Several of our church first met with Tan Tui in 1842. He was at members reside there, most of whom heard the the time a contractor, and had a number of story of Calvary's bleeding Sufferer first from men in his employ at work upon the public his lips. We have established a school there, roads. The acquaintance was made on a having commenced with twenty scholars. It visit for tract distribution to the shed in is a part of his duty to have with the boys which he was living with his men. He at daily religious services. This is a very imonce became an attendant upon both the portant and promising station. daily and Lord's day services, and soon an
ADDITIONS TO VARIOUS CHURCHES.
We extract from the “Oriental Baptist " for May, the following information, which will be interesting to our readers.
Saugor. Two believers were immersed in Cuttack. Mr. Lacey, of the General Baptist the lake at Saugor on the 20th Dec. last, in Missionary Society, in a letter dated 23rd the presence of many witnesses. On the 25th March, says, “ We have added eleven at July two more, and on the 18th three more Cuttack during 1848, and thirteen at Choga. in like manner owned their faith in the Lord Our interests at Choga are growing stronger Jesus Christ. One of the latter was a private and fairer. Light has sprung up in darkness, tutor to the rajah of Tehri. He is a convert the desert has become a sweet garden. The from Mohammadanism, and is now adorning brethren Bailey and Miller will baptize their the doctrine of God his Saviour.
first candidate and convert at Paphlee next Benares. Mr. Swall had the pleasure of Lord's day. We have had sixteen who baptizing Serjeant-Major Davis and his wife I joined the Christian community at Choga on the 25th of March.
during the past year, besides those baptized, Serampore. Our friends at this station had and now one of the rajah's foster sons has the pleasure of receiving three into their com- come out, and a very interesting and promunion by Christian baptism on the first mising youth he is, but the old man will not Lord's day in April. Two were youthful give us any more building ground, so we are candidates, granddaughters of the late Mrs. going to build without leave. If he likes he Dr. Carey, and a European attached to the can burn down the houses, but I hardly think college school as second master.
will do that; the commissioners would Barisal. Our esteemed brother, Mr. Page, hear of it. had the satisfaction of baptizing two converts from heathenism in March last.
STATISTICAL REPORT OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS IN THE BAPTIST WESTERN UNION, 1848.
Annotto Bay, Metcalfe Mrs. Jones....
43 30 73 441 Samuel Jones Port Maria, St. Mary's Mr. E. Williams
60 20 80
38 David Day. Oracabessa.... Mr. W. Montgomery
5 4 9 45 28 73 35 Jericho, St. Thomas in the Vale
8 71 15 90 60 150
P. H. Cornford Ocho Rios, St. Ann........ Mr. Malcolm Johnson..... 19 3 22 149 104 253
Benj. Millard St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann Mrs. Millard & Mr. Higgin 15 14 29 270 234 504 Sturge Town, St. Ann Mr. J. P. Mills
20 11 31 210 114 324
Sam”. Hodges Salem, St. Ann........ William Carr
3 17 158 63 221
11 10 21 160 120 280 175 Clarksonville, St. Ann Mr. T. G. Wisdom
12 9 21 119 901 209 89 Francis Johnson Dry Harbour, St. Ann Mr. Thomas Tucker
2 ] 3 18 16 34 Thomas Smith Content, St. Ann.. Mr. Peter Marshall
3 2 5 22 17 39 Coultart Grove, St. Ann... Mr. Thomas Gould
4 1 5 30 20 50 Thomas Gould Staceyville, Clarendon Mrs. Gould
12 10 22 105 55 160 80 Emmaus, St. Ann Mr. E. Clark...
5 2 7 65 45 110 45 Benj. B. Dexter Stewart Town, Trelawney Mr. George Samuels
6 9 15 93 62 155 110 New Birmingham, Trelawney Mr. George Milliner
2 ] 3 79 41) 120 49 Olney, Trelawney.
Mr. Thomas Ferguson 3 0 3 31 14 45 19 Rio Bueno, Trelawney Mr. Lawrence Smith
8 6 14 85 58 143 Joshua Tinson Refuge, Trelawney
Mr. Robert Munroe....... 13 10 23 190 146 336 96 W. Claydon Kettering, Trelawney...... Miss Knibb
8 6 14 160 148 308 130 Falmouth, Trelawney Mr. J. Kitchen
23 15 38 162 121 283
Robert Gay Salter's Hill, St. James ... Mr. Angus Duckett.... 10 5 15 152 111 263 78 Walter Dendy Adult Mr. Henry Hunter
7 0 7 76 13 89 32 Maldon, St. James
Mr. John Armstrong 10 0 10 99 41 140 Adult
Mr. James Lovemore 4 3 7 40 58 98 32 Mount Carey, St. James... Mr. Alexander Houghton 8 5 13 181 250 431 201 Edward Hewett Shortwood, St. James...... Mrs. Whitfield.
10 4 14 292 219 511 220 Bethel Town, Westmoreland..... Miss Ann Reid...
13 17 154 140 294 205 Watford Hill, Hanover Mr. W. Irving
3 1 6 57 52 109 40 Gurney's Mount, Hanover Mr. C. E. Skeyers
4 2 6 63 49 112 32 Chas. Armstrong Lucea, Hanover Mrs. May
4 2 6 62 411 103 30 John May Mount Moria, Hanover ... Miss Davey
6 5 11 43 21 64 30 Savanna-la-Mar,
Mr. James Valentine...... 5 3 8 32 53 85 ...... John Hutchins Fuller's Field, Westmoreland.. Miss Hutchins ....
4 4 2 6 51 29 80 26 Sutcliff, Westmoreland Miss Chambers........... 6 3 9 64 46 110 Bunyan's Mount, West. moreland Mr. J. McPherson
3 2 6 19 29 48 Providence, St. Elizabeth Mrs. Henderson
6 3 9 54 35 89 G. R. Henderson
ERRATUM. We fear that the Herald for May may have misled some of our readers. It is there stated that the Educational Committee of the Society of Friends had aided the Jamaica Educational Society last year. It seems, however, that no grants have been made for 1848; though in 1847 some most acceptable grants were made,