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zeal. Some of the boys of the school are also engaged in this work. I look
-. , we can elevate the wives and mothers,
CONSTANTINOPLE. if necessary we could afford to let all
LETTER FROM MR. GOODELL, DECEMBER others go. May God bless this work.
27, 1856. The wife of the native helper who labors at Ekiz Olook, conducts a weekly | tions various incidents connected with the
This brief letter from Mr. Goodell men prayer meeting for the females, which is missionary work at Constantinople which well attended. This meeting has often will be noticed with interest. A paragraph. been attended by Armenian women, who in which he speaks of the abundant reason wonder what a woman has to do with they have to be grateful “ for the great magprayer. The work in the hamlets around
na charta which secures liberty of conscience,
for all who dwell under the shadow of the Kessab is going on encouragingly. Sev
Ottoman Porte,” and of the advantages they eral women at Ekiz Olook have com
derive from it, has already appeared in the menced to read. The school is flour Journal of Missions. ishing. The native helper resides per
Nestorians at Constantinople. manently at Kessab, but goes to E. O. Wednesday morning and returns Thurs Some weeks before the date of the letter, day afternoon, goes again Saturday several Nestorians were found at Constantiafternoon, returning Monday. He found nople needing assistance. “Among them
was John, the famous preacher at Geog: this arrangement hard at first, but he is
Tapa.” He was taken on the Sabbath to now getting used to it and is happy in
see the great congregation and hear the it. His family remains mostly in Kessab Turkish preaching,” and Mr. Goodell writes: for the sake of the work there. A
The native brethren and sisters at teacher takes care of the school. Be
Hass keuy became much interested in yond, that is south of Ekiz Olook, is a
him, and with great alacrity contributed small village of twelve or more houses, to his relief and to that of his fellow called in Turkish, Bagcheghaz, where the
sufferers. They listened with great gospel is now preached regularly, and apparent delight to his account of the several persons declare themselves open- work of God among the Nestorians ly Protestants. At another small hamlet and he appeared to be much encouraged in that direction, occasional labor is by what he saw of the reformation here, expended. At the little clump of houses
in the organization of evangelical churchnear the road to Antioch, about half an
es, - phase of the work which was hour this side of Kessab, I have engaged entirely new to him. To see converted a good old man to labor this winter. Turks, and to hear a real live Turk He will teach the children and as many publicly and with great earnestness of the men and women as can be induced preach the glorious gospel, made John's to attend his instructions out of the
very face to shine, and he verily thought Scriptures.
“ that the kingdom of God should immes At Antioch, Mr. Morgan says, there is diately appear.”
diately appear.” While he was here; nothing of special interest. He hopes soon
he found some thirty or forty of his to open a small book-store, in the charge of the native helper. From Bitias accounts are
countrymen living in various khans in encouraging. Tarsus, which I was obliged the city, all of whom were rejoiced to to deprive of its preacher last summer, is learn from him, that they could change now again asking for a laborer.” Reference their civil relation from the Armenian to is again made, as in a former letter, to the
the Protestant community, and could wide field around Antioch, the great amount
attend a church the services of which of labor and care which devolves upon the missionary, and his urgent need of an asso
they could understand, and which were ciate.
much more in accordance with the sim
plicity of their own worship, than the , in the Armenian church here, precisely Armenian ritual. Since his return to at the hour of my service. As the Persia, some thirty more Nestorians have | Armenians at the capital, both preacher been found at the arsenal, all of whom and hearer, understand Armenian much seem grateful for the privilege of at- better than Turkish, it is difficult to see tending our Turkish services on the what the object could be, except to preSabbath.
vent people from coming to our chapel. We have now Turkish preaching at It was said, that he preached evangelifour different places every Sabbath day. cally; and that on one Sabbath, he Two Mussulmans, of some distinction, preached not only at the same hour, but were recently baptized at Bebek. One from the same text I did, and moreover
of them was from the ancient Philippi, divided his subject precisely in the same and, strange to say, his young wife and way. As I preached the same sermon her mother have recently joined him. I on the previous Sabbath in Constantinohave more or less of the Mussulman ple, it is supposed he must have had a population of the city to hear me nearly reporter there to take notes;
my every Sabbath,
treatment of the subject was not such
as an Armenian bishop would naturally Progress-Additions to the Church.
fall upon. But, however this may be, Our place of worship in Constantino “Christ is preached; and I therein do
is already quite too small, and we rejoice, yea, and will rejoice." are now enlarging it to its utmost capacity. We are also engaged in securing a LETTER FROM MR. BLISS, JANUARY 16, place of worship at Samatia, and another
1857. at Balat, both of which places are within the walls of the city itself, and at each
Progress at Marsovan and Baghchejuk. of which there is already a nucleus for MR. BLISS naturally feels a deep interest a church organization; for some of our
in Marsovan, his former station, and in the
commencement of his letter mentions some brethren and sisters “were born there," facts respecting that place which had recently and are still living there. Mr. Pettibone
come to his knowledge. He then speaks of will probably reside in one of the places, a visit to Baghchejuk and of the good work and Mr. Trowbridge in the other. It of grace which is going forward there is our intention to occupy, as
The last report of the Marsovan stapossible, all the principal posts in Con tion spoke of a promising religious movestantinople, and summon the whole city ment outside the ranks of the Protestto fall down and worship the Lamb. ants. The result of that movement was Spare not to send us your very best just what might have been expected.
It spread quite extensively till it came to Two women were added to the church the test of rather sharp persecution ; in Hasskeuy last Sabbath, both of whom but when ecclesiastical rulers began to were awakened by the Holy Spirit about summon the followers of the new doca year ago. Thirteen individuals have trines into their dread presence, and to been added to this church during the command them to give up their books year 1856, four of whom were from the under penalty of being disowned by female: boarding school. Others from their parents and being dismissed fromi this school joined the church in Con- employment by which they earned their: stantinople, or in Pera.
bread; and when these threats, in a num*News Movement by a Bishop.
ber of cases, were put in execution, one
portion of the newly awakened turned About two months ago, the bishop of back, while another portion were led to Hasskeuy commenced a Turkish service take a more open and decided stand on VOL, LIII.
the side of the truth. The result was ceived to the church at Smyrna, and Mr. the addition of thirteen names to the Dodd communicates some interesting parProtestant roll. Most of them are heads
ticulars respecting the individuals. Two of families, substantial men, intelligent the other a young married man, named
were Armenians,—one an old man of sixty, mechanics. The whole aspect of the Hagob, “ of quite a respectable family and work in Marsovan is promising. So engaged in a profitable business.” To him, many and pressing are the calls for labor since he joined the Protestant community, there, that we have recently, in answer
several months since, “the truth has seemed
to be as cold water to a thirsty soul. He has to Baron Hohannes' earnest entreaty, sent
seemed to receive it as fast as he heard it, on a native brother from this place, to
his heart being opened, as was Lydia's, from help him in the work. The place of wor the first. He is likely to be a strong and ship now in use, though one of the larg- useful Christian.” est rooms in all Marsovan, is quite too strait for the audience. They much need
An Albanian Convert. a church edifice.
Of the third individual, who seems to give I have lately returned from a visit to promise of much usefulness, Mr. Dodd writes: Baghchejuk. The scenes
witnessed IIe is an Albanian by birth, named there-religious conversation on every Christophor, and we hope the Lord has man's tongue; frequent meetings char-called him to be useful in his vineyard. acterized by most earnest and solemn He was born and brought up on the attention; and new cases of religious shores of the Adriatic, in the ancient awakening and conversion reported from Illyricum. At the age of sixteen, he time to time-strongly remind one of an went to the university at Athens, where American revival. The coffee shops, those he spent six years, after which he was notorious haunts of the careless and the nearly ten years in government employworthless, are turned into bethels. Even ment at Trieste, whence he came hither there the word of God is publicly read, nine months ago. He was brought up, and the voice of prayer is heard. All in the Greek faith ; but while at Athens, this is in a place where but yesterday, as his education not agreeing well with, it seems to us, no man dared, by word belief in such superstitions, and knowor sign, to intimate any fellowship with ing nothing more reasonable, he became Protestant doctrine or Protestant men; an infidel, a deist, and so remained durand where the few whose hearts God had ing his academical course. While at touched, were obliged to go out into the Trieste, however, his conscience did not forests, on the mountain's side, to hold let him rest. His soul was feeling after communion with each other and with the something better than cold theism. He Master, in social prayer; and were fol- began first to read Greek theological lowed even then by enemies armed, and writers, hoping to find some reason for determined (as has since been confessed) their faith, but could not. The books to put them to death if they were found. were filled with abstractions. He then Some of these men now preach the gos turned to Roman Catholic writers, and pel which they once sought to destroy. searched them, but found them still more Such evidences of the power of the divine unsatisfactory. At last, after years of Word and Spirit may well put fresh cour- melancholy, he found Protestant books, age into our hearts, if at any time they and reading them, began to hope that he become faint.
had secured some food for his hungry,
soul. When he came here, he was SMYRNA.
pretty well satisfied as to the authority LETTER FROM MR. DODD, JANUARY 7, of revelation and the truth of Protestant 1857.
doctrines, and soon after deliberately THREE new members had just been re and seriously determined to adopt the
Protestant faith. This was before see sionary of the cross and a translator of the ing the face of a missionary, or convers
Bible for the millions who use the Arabic Ing with an evangelical Christian. He language, to higher joys and higher service.
The mission mourns; the Christian commusoon came to see Mr. Ladd, had many
nity of the world is afflicted; for not only has Conversations with him, began to attend a good man been removed from earth, but a qur service, and after several months, work which seemed, to human view, of the
desired to make a public profession of utmost importance, is interrupted ; a transhis faith and be admitted to the ordi
lator of God's word, whose place it will be by hances of Christ's house. After some
no means easy to supply, has been removed
in the midst of his labors, and when many delay, and a full examination, being well
were looking with the deepest interest for the satisfied of his piety, we received him last completion of his most valuable work. But Sabbath.
God himself has taken him, and he makes no For several months he has expressed mistakes. Over all the interests of his word
and his work on earth he watches, and for all & strong interest in the salvation of his
he will provide. x people, the Albanians; desiring missionaries to be sent to them, and expressing
Letter from Mr. Ford. readiness to accompany them in any
It is remarkable that no extended commucapacity in which he could be useful, nication in regard to Mr. Smith's sickness though he is now profitably and honora
and death has been received at the Missionary bly employed in the Austrian consulate
House from the Syria mission. Some notice
of his life and labors, and a letter from Mr. here. These missionary desires have Dwight, of Constantinople, respecting him, seemed to grow upon him, affording no will be found in the Journal of Missions for little evidence that it is the call of God. this month. Mr. Ford, of Beirât, in a line They have lately taken the definite form dated January 24, accompanying the annual of a desire to prepare himself to trans
report of the station, says: late the Scriptures for the Albanians. We must allude to the great change There is no version in the ordinary lan which has taken place since the date of
guage of that people, and yet they are the report, whereby we are bereaved of much like the Bulgarians in their desire the chief pillar in our station, not to say
hear the word of God for themselves. in our mission. We are sorely smitten; Christophor is perhaps peculiarly adapted but it is the Lord, and we know that all such a work. Having
good uni- is right. In making this great breach, versity education, by which a naturally God is assuredly calling upon the church strong mind has been trained to habits and the Board to come up to his help by of study, which habits he has kept up sending forth new laborers. Mr. Smith
since, the addition of a theological course filled, substantially, the place of two would prepare him for great usefulness men, one a translator and editor, one in that or some other department. After preacher and general missionary; and correspondence with the Constantinople his place cannot be made good in the station, it has been determined to send mission even by two, were they sent. him to that place to pursue theological We seem likely to be much straitened
for some time to come. We have no doubt the Committee are fully alive to
the wants of the field and the work, nor Syria Mission
do they need an appeal from us; but we BEIRUT.
cannot do less than refer to this, now
more imperative necessity, which must DEATH OF REV. ELI SMITH.
make itself felt far and wide. The readers of the Herald have already learned that Mr. Smith, of Beirût, whose
We are not without evidence that this health had long been feeble, has been called
solemn providence has impressed many away from his very valuable labors, as a mis
minds in our community, and recalled
the instructions and example of our family, and left but little to say to them brother, vividly to their recollection. afterwards. He had prayed that he This is doubtless one of the many small might be spared to finish the translation and silent influences whose aggregate of the Scriptures into the Arabic tongue, effect is seen when one and another and when he had asked his brethren to comes out on the Lord's side. But how pray for him, it was that he might comoften are we reminded, that much as we plete that work; and I may here say, need men, we have far more need of the that his desire to live was more with refHoly Spirit, to visit our stations, our erence to that work than to the welfare: families and our hearts.
of his family. He often said, that he
could submit to the will of God concernLetter from Mr. Wilson to Dr. Robinson.
ing him; yet even this submission was, On the 12th of January, Mr. Wilson, of till within a day or two of his death, acthis mission, wrote to Dr. Robinson, of New companied with “a strong desire" to reYork :
cover and finish the work which he had Mine is the melaneholy pleasure of begun. He forbade the publication of fulfilling a promise made to our common the translation in his name and as his friend and brother, Eli Smith, but two work, with the exception of Genesis and days before he died, to write to you. You Exodus and the first twelve chapters of have not been ignorant of the state of Matthew, all of which are now printed. his health during the year now past, and He did not regard the other portions of of the expedients he adopted to regain what he had translated as finished, and his strength and vigor. On the last day said that to publish them in their present. of the old year, I was requested to come state, would be doing injustice to God's to Beirût, from Abeih, to aid in taking word as well as to himself. The portion care of our afflicted brother. I came the in print he regarded but as a specimen of next day, and found him confined to his what the whole work would have been, bed, unable, indeed, to turn himself with had God prolonged his life and given out aid. From that time till the hour of him strength to finish it. his death — yesterday morning, a few He remarked, that it was possible some minutes past nine o'clock-I was scarce of his friends might wish to publish a ly away from his bedside. From the memoir of his life and labors; but he time of my coming, his decline was grad- | said such works had become very abunual, though the were seasons when he dant of late, and that he did not leave could hardly be persuaded that he was materials for a memoir. He had never not decidedly better. On the second in- kept a journal, and was very decided in stant, he was told that neither his physi- his opinion that no attempt of this kind cian nor his other missionary brethren should be made. In case, however, any had, longer, any hope of his recovery. one of his friends should prepare such a He received the intelligence with com work for the press, he would insist that posure, yet with evident feeling. His the manuscript should be subject to the family were called in, and though it was revision of Dr. Anderson. He made no late at night, he spent an hour and a half | disposal of his library, but made suggeswith them, delivering what we may prop- tions to his wife in reference to the trainerly call his dying charge. His “dear ing of his children, &c., which no doubt wife and those sweet, sweet children” will be religiously carried out. he commended to the great Shepherd of On Friday, the 9th inst., but two days Israel, and invoked the choicest of bless- before his death, the steamer came, which ings upon the head of each. The next he had supposed would bring a box from day, which was Saturday, he had fuller his friends and copies of your
6 Reopportunity to speak to his brethren and I searches." He had set his heart upon