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and we cannot command the funds to pay
PASUMALIE. them, even if they could be obtained.
LETTER FROM MR. TRACY, DECEMBER 1, Besides, in the present state of progress,
1856. an additional supply of native help by no means lessens the demand for mis
The Seminary. sionaries. The larger the number of
MR. TRACY first refers to the class formerly soldiers and subordinates, the more cap- mentioned as having been admitted to the tains and generals are needed. We seminary, who were to pursue Tamil studies hope indeed that the time will come,
only. At the time of admission, this class
numbered thirteen. Three others were subwhen these also, if any are required, sequently received, and five left during the may be native born; but the time is not
year, two on account of sickness. “The hope yet. Native pastors of native churches
that some of these young men might soon be are beginning to appear among us, and
admitted to the church,” he writes, we hope that the day for native evangel- been realized, and I have been permitted to
welcome ten of them to its privileges.' One ists and native missionaries is not far
other, has expressed an earnest desire to be distant; but at present, and for some time
made partaker of the same privileges, but to come, there should be a strong body though I have been much pleased with his of foreign missionaries. The stronger earnestness, I have, for several reasons, our force and the more efficient our oper- thought best to have him wait a while longer. ations, the sooner, humanly speaking,
Another class, of smaller boys, has been
admitted from the boarding schools. Two or will the day come when the work may
three of these give pleasing evidence of seribe given over to natives.
ousness, if they have not, as they hope, The churches should consider this already chosen the Lord for their portion." matter well. This meagre support, this One young man, who had been in Mr. Tayfeeble mode of operation, is anything but
lor's employment for some years as a cateeconomical. It would be called by mer
chist, has been studying in the seminary for
several months with a view to the pastoral chants, if transferred to their mercantile
office. By his diligence in study, and his concerns, ruinous. Oh that we could unassuming character, he has secured the make Christians at home see, as we see, esteem of all who know him here; and by the wants of this mission field! How
his consistent and earnest piety, as well as by much is to be done here for Christ, and
his knowledge of divine truth, he gives prom.
ise of much usefulness as pastor of a native how little strength have we to do it!
church." Will you not-ye whose souls have been
Of the teachers, Mr. Tracy says, “they redeemed by the blood of the Son of have, as heretofore, been indefatigable in the God-send your sons and daughters to performance of their duties. Their labors in rescue from the world of perdition these
the seminary leave them but little leisure, but millions who, with a lie in their right ployed, in various ways, for promoting the
what they have had, has been diligently emhand, are wending their way thither?
cause of Christ.” Attempts have been Will not some of those just ready to gird made to unsettle their minds, and turn their themselves for the wholy calling," who, attention to more profitable employment in like Paul and with his spirit, are inquiring,
the service of government, but, I am happy “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ? "
to believe, without success." Five hundred
and sixteen portions of Scripture, and six respond to the call extended to them from
thousand four hundred and eighty-four tracts this needy part of Christ's vineyard, and
have been put in circulation by the students come over and help us ? " * * The and teachers during the year. world affords no scenery more beautiful subscriptions for evangelical objects have and sublime, no clearer skies, nor purer
amounted to fifty-six rupees, which, though
a small sum in itself, is not so when regarded air and water, nor richer fruits, than are
in connection with their circumstances." found here. « Only man is vile," and
The special presence of the Holy Spirit only the gospel can raise him from his
has not been so manifest in the seminary as deep degradation.
in some previous years, “but we have reason
to believe that he has been in our midst, con- missionaries and their native helpers with victing of sin, and perfecting the work of the influences of his Holy Spirit. His letter grace in the hearts of his children.”
will awaken like feelings in the reader.
He left Ahmednuggur October 17, and was Government Schools.
absent fifteen days. He was accompanied The interest excited by the action of gov
by two assistants, Rugooba, who was long a
companion of Mr. Munger on his tours, and ernment in regard to education has reached
Kassumbhai, the young Mussulman convert the seminary, and three of the boys have left
who, with Shahoo Dajee, united with Ramto join government schools. The school in
krishnapunt's church in June last. Their which one of these boys has become a pupil,
first stopping place was at Shingvaz, where Mr. Tracy says, “ has contained about two hundred scholars; but recently the admission
they met Shiveran (the deacon) and several
members of the church, for religious exercises. of a boy of the barber caste was the signal
They stopped for the night at Senda, a small for rebellion, and about eighty of the schol
village four miles from Shingvaz. The tent ars, mostly, if not entirely brahmins, left the
was well filled at evening worship, and at school. Some of these soon returned and
sunrise the next morning they met an attenapplied for re-admission; but they were in
tive company in the mahar quarter of the formed that they could not come in until the
village. They found the people of Senda very next year, and then only on condition of
friendly, and not wanting in hospitality. paying the tuition money for the time of their absence, with a fine equal to two months' tuition fees. On these conditions they might be
Religious Interest at Guhoo. Te-admitted to the school, but must take On the morning of the 18th (Saturday) their place in classes below those which they
we moved on to the village of Guhoo, left. This prompt and decided action will
twelve miles distant, in a north-easterly have a good influence, not only upon those immediately concerned, but upon many others
direction. There we found much to who will thus learn that government will not
encourage our hearts. A few mahars tolerate caste when it interferes with their from this place had been to Ahmednugplans for the good of the people.”
gur to ask for books and to request the “The use of th Bible in these schools is
mission to send them a teacher. From strictly prohibited, and no one would be allowed to address the scholars on the sub
this circumstance we had been led to ject of religion.”
The only influence mis- expect much there, but our expectations sionaries can exert upon the pupils, is that were far more than realized. I reached which they exert upon the community gen-Guhoo, on my horse, at nine o'clock, erally. This is true, however, only of schools
A. M., and nearly all the time until noon established and supported entirely by government. “In schools which receive grants
was spent in conversation with inquirers, in-aid, no restrictions are laid on religious while waiting under the grateful shade instruction, but so many conditions are of a tree for my baggage. They reattached to the grants, as to make it very ceived me with the greatest cordiality, undesirable that we should have any thing to and did everything in their power for my do with them."
comfort. In the evening, the tent was filled with a company of interested hear
When they arose to leave, at half Almednuggur Mission.--India.
past nine o'clock, they said they had KHO KAR.
not yet eaten their evening meal. After
supper they repaired to the chowdi, and LETTER FROM MR. BARKER, NOVEMBER
remained till midnight with the caté29, 1856.
chists, conversing on religious subjects. In this letter Mr. Barker gives some ac
The Sabbath (October 19) was count of a tour which he made among the deeply interesting day. I shall not soon villages of his field in October, during which
forget its labors and its joys. My soul he saw much evidence of growing religious did greatly rejoice in God at what we interest, which served to encourage him in his work and to call forth his gratitude to
were permitted to see. At sunrise, Him who is thus following the labors of the I thirty men and ten women assembled in
the chowdi to receive instruction. An | tiful Parah. This is a large village, occasional question was asked, but noth- (lying on both sides of the river,) and ing occurred to call off the attention of is the place of the great annual pilgrimthe people from the customary exercises age and hook-swinging, in honor of the of reading, singing, preaching and prayer. goddess Bhuwanee. Here also we were In the evening, a still larger company received very cordially, and were immet in the same place, and such was the portuned to send them a catechist or interest manifested, that the services teacher. They said, “We are ignorant, were continued till a late hour.
we are in the dark, and how can we The Spirit of God had evidently been learn without an instructor? You visit at work among that people. I found that us so seldom that we forget what you five or six of the most prominent men say
you come again.” Our hearts among the mahars had ceased to wor- were cheered by seeing many indications ship idols, and had for some time been of good in this important place. in the habit of meeting daily in the At Arnbee, six miles below Kolhar, on chowdi for reading the Scriptures and the Parah, we found several persons prayer. One of them appears to be a inquiring, and earnestly desirous to know young man of most lovely character. the truth. We met large companies of He reads very well, and his attention in mahars, in private houses, two succestime of worship was remarkably rever- sive evenings, as there was no public ential. I cannot doubt that some of place of gathering. It was good to be them have already passed from death there. Two or three persons manifested unto lise. We found at least one evi- quite as much interest as any we met at dence that they were living godly lives, Guhoo. With one consent the people for they have already begun to suffer urged us to come again. The Saturday persecution. They suffer much from following we arrived at Khokar, where the pateel of the village, (a wealthy and we spent the Sabbath. About forty-five
very wicked man,) and also from other persons assembled in the bungalow for of their own (the mahar) caste. In service, both morning and evening. reply to some persons who threatened On the night of the 26th we pitched them with violence in case they persisted our tent at Pimpulgaum, midway between in forsaking their old religion, they said, Khohar and Newase.
I have never “Why should we fear you, who, at best, spoken to a more attentive company than can only injure our bodies? We ought we met there. The mahars presented, rather to fear and obey Him who can through their head men, an urgent redestroy both soul and body.” They are quest for a teacher. It was painful to enduring their trials without a murmur, feel obliged to go on our way and leave and even rejoice in tribulation. They men so anxious to hear the truth. importuned me to send them some one to instruct them and to teach their chil. Pleasing Indications at Newase - Ye
sooba. dren. Two days since, a teacher went there to establish a school, and I have You will rejoice to hear that there just received from him the names of nine are encouraging indications in the large men who are ready to embrace Chris- and wicked village of Newase. Maroti, tianity. Surely the Lord is at work who was for a long time teacher of the there.
school for catechists in Ahmednuggur,
moved to Newase last month and is doing Kolhar and Arnbee.
a good work there. Two or three brahOn the afternoon of the 20th, we mans, several Mussulmans, and one sonar pitched our tent at Kolhar, six miles (gold-beater) come to him daily for infrom Guhoo, on the banks of the beau-struction. The good influence of Ram
krishnapunt's teaching there, is very who are desirous to be admitted to the apparent. I trust God has chosen many church. We shall no doubt have a souls to salvation in that strong hold of large accession at our next communion Satan. May he speedily bring to nought season. The Lord is graciously granting the idolatrous worship in the great an abundant harvest. May he give us temple of Mohun Raj, which stands in wisdom to instruct and guide the increasthe centre of the town.
ing flock! The last place at which we gave instruction, was the village of Pimpulgaum, in the Chanday field. The Deputation Nestorian Mission.--Persia. will no doubt remember seeing Yesooba,
OROOMIAH. who then gave such a glowing account of his religious experience. He is a
LETTER FROM MR. COCHRAN, OCTOBER man of wonderful energy of character and
25, 1856. of uncommon devotion to the service of
In this letter, Mr. Cochran first gives an his Master. All the people of his vil- account of a young Mohammedan who had lage (both high and low castey respect recently been sent to the missionaries for him, and he is exerting a good influence
instruction and counsel, and in whom they
felt a deep interest. He came to them proover them.
He is training up his family fessing his full belief in the Christian religion in the nurture and admonition of the
and desiring baptism. Fully aware of the Lord. We spent a delightful evening danger he would incur, he declared himself at his house, where we met nearly all willing to profess Christ before the world at the mahars of the village. It rejoices the cost of his life. He has been sent to our hearts to find such burning and shin-Constantinople, "in the hope that, though
compelled for the present to seek a refuge ing lights scattered abroad among so
elsewhere, he will ere long be allowed to remany villages in the great valley of the turn and preach the gospel to his countrymen Godavery,
without hazard of his life." The interesting We returned home praising God for
narrative will be found in the Journal of MisWhat we had seen during those few days, sions for the present month. and feeling more desirous than ever
The attempted poisoning of the family of
Deacon Joseph, at Dizza Takha, in the spring before to engage in preaching to that
of 1856, will be remembered. The little son multitudinous and rural population. It of Deacon Joseph, who ate freely of the poiwas particularly encouraging to find so soned food, died in October, probably from the good a work begun in places that had
effects of the poison.
Mr. Stoddard has furnished a full account been so seldom visited, and some of
of the tour referred to below by Mr. Cochran, which had scarcely been visited at all
for which room can hardly be found at present except by our native catechists. This is
in the pages of the Herald. a fact that argues well for our future The inquirers at Guhoo and
Visit to Koordistan and Amadiah. Arnbee said they had gained their Mr. Stoddard, Miss Fisk and myself knowledge of Christ chiefly at the pil- have just returned from a tour of three grimage at Kolhar, whither missionaries
weeks in the mountains of Koordistan. and native helpers had gone from time to From Gawar we were accompanied by time to give instruction. “Not by Mr. and Mrs. Rhea. We visited the might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, districts of Ishtazin and Bass together. saith the Lord of hosts."
From that point Mr. Rhea and myself Since we arrived at Khokar, (Novem- extended our journey to Amadiah, and ber 14,) we have received urgent re- joined the party on our return a week quests almost daily, to visit villages in after, at Tekhoma. From Tekhoma we the vicinity; and from many of them I passed through the districts of Tâl, and have received the names
of persons up the Zab to Gawar. We were rejoiced
that the ladies felt disposed to undertake the public profession of religion on the the tour, and their successful experiment part of the three eldest children of our will give great encouragement to native mission. Their names are, Henry Marhelpers with their wives, who may be tyn Perkins, Harriet Munroe Stoddard, called to locate in those remote and and Lucy Myers Wright. The two comparatively inaccessible regions. But first are in their thirteenth year, and the such tours, so fatiguing and trying to the last, in her twelfth. These lambs of the nerves, will not probably be often re- flock are, as we trust, fruits of the prepeated.
cious revival with which our mission and The object of our visit to Amadiah the Nestorians were graciously visited was further to explore the district in last winter. It is with unspeakable joy reference to the formation of our con- and gratitude-in some respects, I think, templated station on that side of the peculiar—that the missionary parent is mountains. For a long time I have felt, permitted to recognize the covenant in common with my brethren, the exceed faithfulness of God, in a land of darking importance of commencing opera
And such are the intimate and tions there as soon as the government endearing relations of the different memshould be sufficiently settled to allow it. bers and families of our mission, that the The mass of the people are on that side, interest of this occasion was by no means and can never advantageously be reached limited to the parents of the dear chilfrom this. The plain of Oroomiah is dren who have thus avowed the Lord to fast becoming supplied with pious help-be their God. Their joy and gratitude ers, and maturing for important changes were largely shared by our entire circle. of civil and ecclesiastical relations, and Some of the younger children of our it seems extremely desirable that that mission cherish the hope, that they too portion of the people should share to are lambs of Christ's Aock. Time will some extent in this initiatory work, before test the validity of their hopes. any change shall take place which may trust that they also, at no distant day, tend to increase prejudice or bar those may come with their parents to the table districts from our approach. The visit of the Lord. How faithful is God, to has greatly increased my own convictions fulfill his promises to his servants-nor of the desirableness of speedily com- least of all to his missionary servants. mencing missionary operations there.
The death of Mrs. Stevens, “the wife of Mr. Cochran proceeds to urge many reasons
our kind friend, the English consul at Teh. for the speedy occupation of the field, offer
ran," is mentioned. She died of cholera. ing his own services for that purpose, if the Committee approve. The mission has also Unfriendly Altitude of the Government. passed a resolution, “strongly in favor of
The agent of the Persian government, occupying Amadiah, or some point in that vicinity, at as early a day as practicable."
in charge of the Nestorians, is becoming more troublesome to us and our helpers,
not only in attempting to enforce the LETTER FROM MR. PERKINS, NOVEMBER
definite orders of his government in re21, 1856.
gard to our labors, but also in carrying
out the informal instructions, (as he now Children of the Mission Professing
avows them,) to annoy us all in his powChrist.
er, by stirring up our eneinies, who have MR. PERKINS writes_and many will re- influence among the masses, to oppose joice with these missionary parents as they us and worry and oppress the evangelical read:
Nestorians in every possible way.
In The present month was ushered in by accordance with a suggestion from Mr. an event deeply interesting to us, viz. Khanikoff, Dr. Wright and Mr. Stoddard