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Queries respecting Augustine Thynne, Trish inside their doors. Two families who were
and English Scripture reader to the Bap- very determined against, are now his most tist Society for promoting the Gospel in eager hearers, and there is every reason to Ireland.
hope, that some of them have profited much.
The priests are violent in their opposition 1. What is the character of the Itinerant ? | as ever.
He brought with him from bis former 7. How many have separated from poabode, a certificate of bis honesty, sobriety, pery through the means of the reader? diligence and general good conduct, signed But one amongst his hearers has done so, by Rev. F. Blood, T. Mahon, Esg. and Sir and that inan had I believe already some A. Fitzgerald and others, gentlemen well idea of the errors of popery, but was still known to the Society's agent in Limerick, regular at mass, &c. till he came here. The as men who would not lightly afford their society may not be aware of the difficulties signatures to any document, of whose truth a poor man has to encounter here in leaving they were not well assured. Since his ar- the Romish Church. Not only all his neighrival at Ballycarr, he has been under the bours dre stimulated by the priests, to avoid immediate and constant inspection of Mr. all communication with him, except to andoy Colpoys, who looks on him as a man of a him, but his own family become his bitterest pious disposition, sincerely devoted to, and enemies. If he be a labourer or tradesman zealous in the cause in which he has engaged, he will obtain no employment from his Roand though by no means so gifted in talent man Catholic neighbours, nor has he much as sume others of the Society's readers in chance of it from the Protestant gentry, for Clare and its neighbourhood, yet winning they are thinly scattered through the counbis way gradually amongst the people (even try, and many of them insensible to the disthose who dared not at first, admit him into tresses of a man so situated, and careless their houses wlien threatened by their priests) abouf their canse. by his mild and conciliatory manners and Tbynne has given instructions in reading disposition..
the Irish language to twenty-four people. 2. Whether wholly employed or on Sabbath days only?
To the Rev. William Thomas. Wholly employed itinerating in the day time, and at night teaching those boys, who
Muynoe Scariff, Dec.4, 1827. (now grown up and obliged to labour, with Rev. SIR, or for their parents,) cannot attend the SINCE my last, I have endeavoured upon school in the day, and also assisting at the every opportunity, to spread abroad the Sunday school at Mr. Colpoys'.
knowledge of the glorious Gospel amongst 3. What the extent of his circuit? my own poor benighted countrymen, and,
His circait is very irregular. He goes blessed be God, I have been well received in one line eighteen Trish miles from home ; considering the great opposition manifested viz. to Mr. Synge's tenantry and others; but against, me by the Romish priesthood, who in no other direction does he go above five have used every influence in keeping their and a half Irish miles direct from home, flocks in the grossest darkness and most quite far enough in my opinion. His dis- abominable superstition. trict is thickly peopled, containing two mar
I have seen the queries which you sent ket towns, one large village and several to be answered. very populous hamlets.
Query 1. I extend my labours to the ex4. How many people is he in the habit of tent of ten miles, and go into distant and reading to ?
different houses in the great mountains of About 250 families, consisting on an Capabawn, in the parish of Menoe, and Turaverage of five persons each.
kena in the parish of Feacle, O’Gonally, 5. Are there any evidences of real piety Enniscaltra, &c. &c. in the persons to whom he reads ?
2. As Sabbath and evening reader. There are appearances, (God only knows 3. I read generally to fourteen families, how deep or how lasting the impression) in containing I believe seventy persons, who several. Some have purchased Testaments listen with the greatest attention, and eviwith a view to study the word themselves, dence in their lives and conversation that and see " whether these things are so;" the word of life has in a great measure and many declare their confidence and trust wrought on them, by their openly disapin the blood of Christ alone for pardon and proving, and discountenancing, even in others salvation.
those sins which were once their own dar6. Whether the influence of the priests ling sins. has diminished ?
4. Indeed, there are none, who have aeConsiderably: many persons now gladly tually relinquished the Popish masses, receive Thyone, who would not (when threa- through my immediate agency; yet there are tened by their priests,) at first admit him very many who openly evidence that they
no longer look on the popish priests as in- rid of it until I can reach home, and obtain fallible, neither do they believe in the saints' a little rest. The personal kindness that I confession, nor are they in dread of their have experienced in every place, demands curses ; but yet there is such a cross in my grateful recollection, and the houses of coming out from popery. Nothing less all denominations of Christians (including than the influence of divine love can bring in some instances the Parish churches) have them from among the world of the ungodly. been opened to me, and I have enjoyed con
JOHN Bushe. siderable enlargement in my work, so that
I would fain hope my labours have not been To the Secretaries of the Baptist Irish
in vain. The weather has been for some Society.
time very inclement, and I am disappointed
in conseqnence of it, in my expectation to Greenock, Jan. 17, 1828.
leave Scotland to day; I hope, however, to MY DEAR SIRS,
leave to morrow, and in a few days to reach I am happy to inform you that my exer- Clonmel, once more to erect my glad Ebetions for the Society in Scotland during the nezer. O for the blessing of God to attend present visit, have been much more produc- all our exertions. I am yours very affec. tive, than when I visited it four years ago. tionately, The following is the amount which I have
STEPHEN DAVIS. obtained. The particulars must be reserved for the 14th report. Edinburgh.
184 11 01 Cupar
5 6 0
Erratum.-In the list of Contributions in Aberdeen
1 10 the Chronicle for last month, for George Dundee
18 1 59 Lister, Esq. read Daniel Lister, Esq.
4 4.1 Irvine
14 5.0 Glasgow
5 102 Paisley 12 2 0
CONTRIBUTIONS. Greenock 12 12
By Mr. Ivimey. £404 10 2
£ s. d.
From the Crayford Ladies' AuxIn addition to the above, the Edinburgh iliary Society, by the Rev. Mr. Bible Society granted to my application 501.
3 0 worth of Testaments, wbich is the second Collection at Collingham
4 1 grant of that amount within three months ; and the Perth Bible Society, had just be
- Clark, Esq. Nottingham... fore sent 501. to Mr. West for our Society ; Auxiliary Society, Potter-street, so that Scotland has this year contributed by Rev. John Bain
4 13 7 5541. 10. 2d. which I believe is a greater
By Mr. Burls. amount than upon any former oecasion. Some of our esteemed friends were very ap- Collected at Rev. Mr. Jarman's, prehensive there would be a great falling off Nottingham, by the Rev. Mr. in our subscriptions, on account of the times,
24 0 0 and the numerous applications for Ireland ; but they are highly gratified to find their apprehensions were anfounded. I have preached twenty-six sermons for the Society, besides others upon ordinary occasions, and
Suvscriptions received by W. Burls, Esq. have had to endure considerable fatigue, especially for the last month, during which 56, Lothbury; Rev. J. Ivimey, 51, DevonI have had a severe cold that is still very shire Street, Queen Square ; and Rev. G. heavy upon me, and I do not expect to get | Pritehard, 16, Thornhaugh Street.
MISSIONARY HERALD .
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of this Society will be thankfully received at the Baptist Missionary House, No. 6, Fen_Court, Fenchurch Street, London : or by any of the Ministers and Friends whose names are inserted in the Cover of the Annual Report.
BAPTIST MISSION. them to form an Auxiliary Missionary so
ciety, by whose assistance they were enabled
to raise one chapel; and this, upon trial, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.
succeeded far beyond expectation, as crowds flocked to hear the word whenever it was
opened. The plan proving successful, was CALCUTTA.
extended, and has since been adopted by
all denominations of Christians in Calcutta; The Committee have availed so that there are now many places raised by themselves of the visit of Mr. the liberality of Christians on the spot,
where the Gospel is faithfully preached, and Yates to this country, to obtain where a number have been brought to the more ample information respecting knowlədge of the truth. Five such places the progress
and prospects of the are now connected with the Baptist Society, Mission in Calcutta. The account in one or other of which there is preaching
every day. Besides the assistance which which he has kindly furnished the European brethren are able to render, comprises a Review of proceed- Carapeit, Kirkpatrick, and Pauchoo are conings up to the present time, and a stantly employed in preaching in them to
numerous congregations. Plan for future operations there.
After some time, the Missionaries com
menced worship in their own private house I. REVIEW OF THE BAPTIST MISSION IN
on a Sabbath evening, the day being em
ployed in preaching to the beathen. Having The Missionaries now resident in Cal- formed themselves into a small charch, they cutta commenced their united operations continued gradually to receive additions, till there in the year 1817; a course which they it was thought necessary to build another felt themselves constrained to adopt, in con- English place of worship. A'spot of ground sequence of their conscientious disapproval having been obtained about two miles from of the sieps then taken by the Missionaries the Bow (or Lal) Bazar Chapel, the baildat Serampore, in asserting their independ- ing was commenced, which, including the ence of the Society in England, as expressed ground, cost 26,000 rupees. By the strein their letter of that year. There was then nuous exertions of the church, and the geno place in the metropolis of the East, or nerosity of the public, this sum was raised indeed in all India, devoted to native wor- in Calcutta, and the place is now out of ship; they, therefore, like their predeces. debt. The church consists of about ninety sors, began their work by going into the members, and though the majority of them streets and highways to preach to the va- are poor, they willingly contribute, accordtives. Having persevered in this way for ing to their ability, to the spread of the some time, with great inconvenience, they Gospel. Rent in Calcutta being exceedingly thought it would be desirable to raise sheds high, they had no prospect of supporting a in different parts of the city, to which they minister, unless they conld surmount this · could constantly resort; which led to the obstacle ; they have therefore lately purbuilding of the native chapels. At first, chased a piece of ground adjoining the however, they had no means of building a chapel, for which, and building a wall rouod place, nor were they certain, if one were it, they have already paid, and their next built, that the natives would enter it to hear effort will be to raise the dwelling-house. the Gospel. The first consideration led In addition to these exertions, they defray
the current expences of their own chapel, | Natural History, in Bengalee, and also in and of the native places of worship in the Bengalee and English. city. They have also lately formed a La- 2. Elements of Ancient History, includdies' Association, which it is expected willing Egypt, Assyria, Persia, Greece, and be able to maintain the station at Doorga- Rome. pore.
3. A new Translation of the Psalms of When the Missionaries had entered on David. their labours among the natives, they found
ARABIC. the great need of a press, to print tracts and 1. The Arabic Reader; being a Selection various portions of the Scriptures for distri- of Pieces from different Arabian Authors, bution. They had, however, then no means designed as au Introduction to the Lanof getting one, and still less prospect of
guage. obtaining a printer; but it was not long
HINDOOSTANEE. before Mr. Pearce, having found it imprac
1. Introduction to the Hindoostanee Lanticable to remain at Serampore, came down to Calcutta and joined them. This enabled guage, in three parts.
2. Idiomatic Exercises, or Student's Asthem to commence their operations in the
sistant. printing department. Their beginning was
3. Harmony of the Gospels. indeed a small one, their whole establishment consisting of only one press, and one
4. Pleasing Instructor. fount of Bengalee types, with three or four
ENGLISH. natives to work them. Having no prospect 1. Life of Chamberlain. of assistance, either in India or England, 2. Essays on Important Subjects. they were left entirely to their own re- 3. Lawson's Funeral Sermon and Mesources, which, under the blessing of God, moir. were gradually enlarged, so that there are
4. Three Essays on the Burning of Wiin the office now as many presses as employ dows. seventy-four men, and as many types as are sufficient to print in forty* languages or
The above were prepared by Mr. Yates, dialects. In addition to these a foundry is and to them may be added the following connected with the office, capable of sup
works in Bengalee :plying its increasing demands. The Har- 1. A Geography, and Geographical Copy mony of the Gospels has been printed and Books, by Mr. Pearce. widely circulated in the Bengalee and Hin- 2. Natural History of remarkable Anidoostanee languages. A new version of the mals, by Messrs. Lawson and Pearce. Psalms has been prepared and printed for 3. A Commentary on the Epistle to the the Calcuita Bible Society, and the Secre- Romans, by Mr. Carey. tary of that Institution at the time expressed 4. Harmony of the Gospels, chiefly by his hopes that these labours might be ex- Mr. Carey. tended to the other parts of the sacred vo. 5. A number of Tracts, in wbich all the lume, the Society being desirous of procur- Missionaries have taken a part. ing improved versions of the Scriptures in Besides preparing the preceding, the Misthose languages in which their circulation is sionaries have had also to edit a considerextensive.
able number of other works. The following is a complete list of the Being furnished with the means requisite works hitherto published at this press : --
for carrying on their work amongst the na
tives, the Missionaries now began to think SANSCRIT.
of extending their labours from the city to 1. A Grammar of the Sanscrit Language the suburbs of Calcutta. Their first aton a new plan.
tempts were made by going out a week at a 2. Vocahulary, with Interpretations in time in rotation. Finding by this experiBengalee and English.
ment that the plan afforded great opportuni3. Sanscrit Reader.
ties of usefulness, they became anxious to 4. Elements of Natural History.
find out a spot where they could reside and 5. Harmony of the Four Gospels. contione their exertions for a longer period. BENGALEE.
Through the influence of one of their Pun
dits, tbey succeeded in renting of a pative a 1. Epitome of Natural Philosophy and large piece of ground at Doorgapore, for
200 rupees a year, on which they immedi* In explanation of so large a number, it ately commenced building a bungalow for may be necessary to state, that one fount of the residence of the European Missionary, types will in some instances serve for .se- a house for the native preacher, and a chaveral of the dialects. In a few instances pel near the road. Besides its local advanagain, however, several founts of different tages, this place is contiguous to several sizes are needed for one language.
others of importance, particularly Bureh
nugur and Chitpore; in the former place a / whom it was proposed that the missionaries chapel has been built, and in the latter a should devote the 20,000 rupees which they congregation can almost at any time be ob- had acqnired to this object, and that to this tained under a tree. The method of sup- sum they would add 10,000 more. These plying Doorgapore at first, was by each instructions being received, the brethren brother going thither in turn for six months : proceeded immediately to look out for a but this afterwards being found inconvenient, convenient site, and through the kind Brother Carey occupied it altogether, bav- offices of Mr. Jonathan Carey, they were ing Panchoo for lis assistant, and it is now enabled to obtain of a Native four beegahs occupied by Mr. G. Pearce. That interest- of ground adjoining the English chapel to the ing young Brahmin, Anunda, who it is con- South: which cost between 19 and 20,000 ru-' fidently hoped is now in glory, was one of pees: a sum which, considering the extent and the first fruits of the Gospel at this station; situation of the ground, was reckoned very and while it can supply some pleasing in reasonable. After employing an architect, stances of conversion, it has also for some aud receiving an estimate of the expense of time past exhibited av appearance of gene- the proposed buildings, they found that, ral improvement. The neighbours were including the ground, they would come to heretofore much addicted to intoxication and between 50 and 60,000 rupees. They proquarrelling, but they have latterly been posed, therefore, to the committee, that inmuch reformed, and many of them have, at stead of 10,000 rupees, one halfof the aggretheir own request, had preaching in the gate expense should be furnished by the chapel once a week, in the evening, after Society, leaving the Missionaries to pay the they had finished the labours of the day, other. Not doubting that this proposal and have paid the expence of lighting the would be acceded to, the building was complace themselves. At Borehnugur, too, menced, and a large house and printing the word is heard with great attention, office have been erected. The deeds of this
Not long after the Missionaries had esta- property are now in the hands of the comblished the station at Doorgapore, a new inittee, who will of course, adopt such meascene of labour presented itself to their sures as they may deem necessary to secure view at Howrah ; which being the great it to the use of the Society in perpetuity. thoroughfare between Calcutta and the up- Another object of importance which occuper provinces, afforded the best opportuni- pied the attention of the Calcutta Missionties for diffusing religious knowledge, and aries was the education of young men for the for the exercise of talent, both native and work of the Mission in India. They deemed European. Messrs. Townley and Keith it unadvisable to send out young men as used to go over and preach there on the Missionaries, who had received no previous Sabbath to the English, while they them- instruction for the work; or to educate selves frequently went over in the week to youths for this important office who were address the natives. But neither the Inde- not members of a Christian church. They pendent Missionaries nor themselves were chose, therefore, for several years, rather able to continue these labours. About this to attempt nothing than to act on either of period Mr. Statham came down to Calcutta, these plans. For the last three years, howand the Independent brethren having stated ever, they have bad opportunities of engagthat they did not intend further to occupy ing in this work, upon a system altogether the station, it was agreed, at the particular compatible with their own views, and have request of a number of friends at Howrah, now a prospect, with the assistance of the that he should reside there. By his exer- Society, of carrying it to a much greater extions an English chapel was raised : a large tent. It is true, that had they possessed barying-ground was also procured, which more time and strength, they might have has since been walled in, at considerable extended their labours in this department; expence, by the Government, A church because the committee engaged, that if the was formed, of which he became the pastor, 20,000 rupees, the interest of which the and which is now supplied by Mr. G. Pearce Missionaries had appropriated to this oband Mr. Kirkpatrick, though both of them ject, should be expended on missionary are more particularly devoted to the natives, premises, they would support any young for whose use two places of worship have men as students that were members of a been raised.
Christian church, and appeared to possess While their prospects of usefulness were abilities for the work of the ministry. One thus extending, it appeared to the Mission- such young man (Mr. Kirkpatrick) has aries desirable that the Society should have been educated, and is now settled at Howsome fixed establishment in Calcutta, parti- rah; another is under a course of instruccularly as great inconvenience was experi- tion, and several more have offered themenced in the printing department for want of selves as candidates : indeed, there are so room. This subjeci therefore, was pressed many pious youth now in Calcutta, capable upon the attention of the committee, by of being employed in the Society's service,