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that it is only necessary for the Committee In the native female schools, the Missito determine what number they shall be able onaries have succeeded beyond their most to support.

sanguine expectations. They had the boWith regard to the instruction of the nour of first entering into this field of larising generation in India, a plan has been bour, and that too at a time when almost discovered, which will save the Christian every one believed the attempt would prove public an immense expenditure. At first, abortive. They commenced with one school, all the schools to which Missionaries had and have now ffteen ; with the expectation access were supported by them, but when of raising several more, · Nor is it merely it was found that the Hindoos had no objec- in what they have been enabled to do that tion to pay the masters for instructing their they rejoice, but also in what others have sons, it was immediately perceived that been led to attempt and accomplish. · Many every object would be accomplished, if they of the highest rank in India now patronize could get proper books introduced into the these efforts, and ladies of the first respectHindoo schools, instead of the trash used ability are on the managing Committees ; by the natives. This impression being geeven the natives themselves begin to feel neral, two Societies were formed for this the importance of these exertions, and one specific purpose the “ School and the of them has come forward with 20,000 ru“i School Book Society." The one is en

pees, to erect a central female school for gaged in preparing books; and the other, the Church Missionary Society. From a purchasing them at half tire cost price, dis- review of the whole, therefore, you Mistributes them in such schools as they can sionaries bless God, that though it has bring under their superintendence. The pleased Him to exercise them with many inducement held out to the natives to place trials, yet it bath pleased Him also to crown their schools under the care of the School their feeble efforts with his blessing. Society is, that they shall be supplied with books gratis. The masters also receive a II. PLAN

FUTURE OPERAtrifling sum, according to the proficiency of TIONS OF THE MISSION IN CALCUTTA. their scholars, at the quarterly examinations

It is proposed that the Missionaries should held at some one of the Baboos' houses. be engaged, upon a more comprehensive and There are now in Calcutta more than 3000 enlarged plan, in carrying forward the folyouths under the influence of this Society. lowing branches of labour ; viz. the PreachThe books which they read being printed by ing of the Gospel ; the Translating and the School Book Society, all come under Printing of the Scriptures, Tracts, &c.; the the revision of the Missionaries, and are Instruction of young men for the work of printed at the Mission press. Still, how- the Mission; and the Superintendence of ever, as these Societies provide only for the Schools. moral instruction of the natives, it belongs to the friends of the Gospel to make more

PREACHING. decided efforts for their religious improve- Under this head there are three department. Under this conviction, the Mission- ments of labour :aries iu Calcutta formed another Society, 1. Native Preaching, To supply the nadenominated the “ Christian School So- tive chapels, and the wants of from six to ciety;" but it is to be lamented that they eight bandred thousand people, our Society have not obtained that support which the ought not to have less than two preachers ; importance of their object led them to anti- one for the Bengalee, and another for the cipate. There are, however, two schools of Hindoostanee; and each to be supplied a Christian character connected with the with a native assistant. In like manner a Baptist Mission in Calcutta. In these the preacher and assistant are necessary at boys learn the Scriptures, Catechisms, and Doorgapore. hymns, by heart, and receive religions in- 2. English Preaching.–An experienced struction. These are like Sunday schools and zealous minister, of superior education, in England, only that the natives, having ought to be engaged for the congregation in no sabbath, are taught every day, instead of the Circular Road; because the church is once a week. Whatever may be the result increasing in numbers, and in the possesof these attempts, as to the conversion of sion of those means by which it can serve individuals, there can be no doubt they will the Mission. exert a beneficial influence upon general so- 3. Itineracies.---The preceding departciety; nor can any one justly despair of ments being supplied, arrangements can be their being useful to individuals, when he made, without any additional strength, for is informed of the case of the Brahmin devoting about three months in every year Seeboo, at Cutwa, who, after having been to Itineracies among the natives, in parts educated in a school of this description, distant from Calcutta ; as this could be acbecaine a decided Christian, and an eloquent complished by an European brother, aocompreacher of the Gospel.

panied by one or two native assistants.


obtaining oomplete versions of the SoripUnder this head are included Versions tures in the Eastern languages. of the Scriptures, Tracts, and School-books. II. The means for its execution. Here it of these, the two latter being provided for is necessary to inquire, how far present by the Tract and School-book Societies, it means are inefficient, and what additional is necessary to notice only the former; and means are requisite. The following consiin doing so, there are two things which merit derations may serve to explain both these consideration - the work to be done, and points :the means to be used for its execution. 1. The advanced age of Dr. Carey, and

1. The work to be done consists of two the number of new versions which he bàs parts—the improvement of versions which yet to complete, render it impossible for require new editions--and the completion of bim to pay much attention to the improvethose which have not yet gone through the ment of old ones; especially as death has first edition. The latter belong properly to long since deprived him of the assistance of Dr. Carey, who has commenced them; and his son Felix, who was a very good Oritbe former must devolve upon those who ental scholar, and rendered his father matesucceed him in this work. On this it may rial aid in preparing the last edition of the be remarked :

Bengalee Bible. 1. The improvement of the versions al- 2. This work cannot be entrusted to the ready executed, is a work which must ap- natives. It has been suggested that the pear obviously necessary and important in College students might be ultimately fitted the view of all who pay the slightest atten- for it, but this can never be, for two obvition to the subject. Every one knows that ous reasons : first, because they will never this has been requisite for the translations of be sufficiently acquainted with the original the Sacred Scriptures made iuto the Euro- languages ; and secondly, if they were, pean languages; and the Serampore Missi- such is the character of the natives, that onaries bave recorded their conviction of the most learned among them are not to be the same truth, in the seventh report of depended upon, without strict European their Translations, in the following terms : superintendence.

“Respecting the leading languages of 3. No person can be fitted for this work India, and those which are spoken through without going through several years of prethe largest extent of country, they appre- vious study and preparation for it. It may hend that there can be but one opinion on be set down as a general rule, that no perthe subject, among all those who feel inte- son ought to engage alone in a translation of rested in the planting of the Gospel in India. the Scriptures into any language, until he In these, not only should the whole of the bas studied that language with close attenScriptores be given, but successive and tion for at least seven years. improved editions of them be published as 4. The plan, therefore, which seems most they may be required, till the version be ren. desirable for the Society to adopt, is to endered complete, and the country evangelized.” courage all their Missionaries in this work.

2. Acting under this conviction, the for. Let any one who is possessed of suitable mer translators have already encouraged qualifications, and who has studied a lanothers to engage in this work, when they guage for a sufficient time on the spot where have found persons competent for it, as it is spoken, be encouraged to give in it an may be learned from the seventh memoir, improved version of the Scriptures, if he already quoted, in which it is stated— The thinks it absolutely necessary. This has edition of the Hindee New Testament being been done partially, and why should it not nearly exhausted, and the Rev. J. Chamber- be adopted as a general principle ? lain baving prepared another version in this 5. All the expence required of the Solanguage, for which his long residence in ciety, till any version was finished, would the western provinces of India, and his in- be the support of a learned native in contimate acquaintance with their popular dia- section with the Missionary ; and after it lects, eminently fit him, the brethren at was completed, if the Bible Society should Serampore bave resolved in this edition to not print it, it could be printed at the lowest print his version of the New Testament in- rate possible at their own press in Calcutta, stead of their own ; as a comparison of in- and the expense might be further lesdependent versions, made by persons long sened by their sending out a quantity of and intimately acquainted with the language, paper for the purpose. will be of the utmost value in ultimately forming a correct, chaste, and perspicuous


The great expense attending European 3. The Bible Society in Calcutta express- Missionaries, and the unfriendliness of the ed, in their last report, their willingness to climate to their constitutions, renders it encourage new translations undertaken by highly desirable that diligent attention competent persons, as the only means of should be paid to the caltivation of all such

talent as may be found on the spot, adapted 1. General schools :-In these religious to the purposes of the Christian ministry instruction is introduced. Their numbers among the heathen.

may be increased according to the contri. 1. All individuals of this description, who butions raised for them. They are most of have been received into church fellowship, them supported by small associations formed should be considered eligible for instruction, for the purpose in England and elsewhere. whether Natives, Indians, or Europeans. The sum furnished for each school, has been

2. In some cases the students may be saflicient for its support, but something furable, wholly or partially, to support them-ther is needed to meet the expense of ground selves, and then nothing would be required rent and building, which in Calcutta are gratis but education ; but more generally very great. tbey must be entirely supported, either on 2. Central school :--A central school is the Mission premises, or by allowing them a to be formed on the Mission premises, in sum şufficient to live upon among their which a number of girls taken from their friends, and requiring their attendance at idolatrous connections, are to be taught more stated hours.

extensively, and fitted to become teachers 3. The expence must devolve entirely of the general schools. on the Society, but perhaps benevolent individuals may be found, in England and in The preceding plan has been carried into India, who would be disposed each to sop- active operation in most of its parts ; to port an individual student at their own ex. complete it, the following additional aid pence; in which case, the student so sup- will be needed. ported might correspond with his patron. 1. A person who can officiate as minister

4. The plan of studies should include, of the Circular Road Chapel, and as Dibesides the ordinary branches of scientific vinity Tutor to the young men. information, a regular and diligent attention 2. An allowance for yearly itineracies to theology ; the English, Sanscrit, Benga- among the Natives. lee, Arabic, Hindoostanee, Latin, Greek, 3. A sum for translation sufficient to enand Hebrew languages; and an examiuation able the Missionaries to print some imporof the Hindoo sacred literature. By the tant parts of the Scriptures, which might be last, the students will acquire a knowledge turned into immediate use, and serve as of all the ideas of the natives on the most specimens of what a complete edition would important subjects of religion, and of the be, and what it would cost. After this, it hest modes of combatting the popular ar- is probable that the Bible Society might guments in favour of the Shastras, and print the complete edition. against Christianity.

4. Support for a certain number of Stu5, A select library will be required for dents. Supposing the expense for each, the use of the students, and they may be taken one with another, to be the same as engaged in useful preparatory labours among in England, what shall the number be, and the natives, and otherwise, during the period | what period of time shall they continue their in which they are receiving instruction.

studies ?

5. A small annual contribution of books

to the Library These necessarily divide themselves into 6. Something under the head of Female two branches, Boys and Girls.

Education, to support the Central school, I. Boys Schools :—These may be classed and to assist in the erection of that and under three distinct heads.

others. 1. Common schools : -- These are supported by the Natives, and partially by the

JAMAICA. Government and the Indian public. They need no more support.

We informed our readers last 2. Christian schools :-Or these there are at present too few, but they may be in- month, that his Majesty's Governcreased, provided the religious public will ment had refused their sanction to encourage them.

the Consolidated Slave Act, passed 3. Private instruction :-Some children by the House of Assembly at Kinghave been given up by their idolatrous pa- ston. By advices just received rents entirely, and educated privately under the immediate superintendence of Mission from Jamaica, we learn that this aries. This plan has been adopted with measure has excited a most violent success by the American Missionaries in sensation among the · Colonists. Ceylon ; but has not yet been tried in Cal- The reading of Mr. Secretary

II. Girls' Schools :--Those in Calcutta Huskisson's dispatch in the Asa will in future come under two heads. sembly is said to have been re




peatedly interrupted by violent tated to insert in your valuable paper, our bursts of indignation, and public deliberate and united sentiments on No.4. of

these resolutions. meetings have been held at King

We respectfully state to all concerned, ston, and in various other parishes that we are fully sensible of every kindness of the island, in all of which strong shown to us or our mission, by gentlemen resolutions have been passed on

of influence and respectability in different the subject. We observe that the parts of the Island, and that we highly ap

preciate all snch kindness. That we have clauses infringing on religious li- ever evinced great anxiety to avoid obtrudberty, which are commented upon ing ourselves on the public attention by enby Mr. Huskisson in a manner gaging in discussions not within our province which entitles him to the warmest have studiously kept aloof from all inter

as Christian ministers, and to this day we thanks of every friend of Missions, ference with every party in politics, whether seem peculiarly dear to the Colo- here or at bome. We have corresponded nial Legislators, as means of with no such party, nor has any sach party defence from “ the spurious tenets ourselves, as the public must know, to teach

corresponded with us. We have confined of sectarians," and of preserving ing the doctrines and precepts of Christianity, - the religion which has been in the most simple and unsophisticated manhanded down to them from their ner. forefathers, and which is the key, being designedly and unjustly made a party

We therefore feel ourselves aggrieved by stone of their religious, civil, and in politics, as in the 4th resolution. We political liberties."

The fourth are not nor can we be, approvers of religious resolution passed at the Kingston restrictions, however peaceably we submit meeting, states,

to such as are imposed on us by powers une - That it has ever

friendly to the doctrines and precepts of the been our most anxious desire to redeenier. promote, by every possible means, We firmly assert that none feel more the moral and religious improve- anxious than ourselves to promote the best ment of our slave population ;” interests of the colony, and of all its inhabiand immediately subjoins, “yet feel, and act as shall most conduce to the

religion teaches us to we are convinced, from our own welfare of the government under which we experience, as well as from the live.

We individually disapprove of every practestimony of the sectarian minis

tice among slaves and others in our churches, ters themselves, that the restrictions that can be judged, by discerning and licontained in our Slave law, with beral men, to be inconsistent with the dignirespect to Dissenters, 'arè indis- fied, equitable, and peaceable ductrines taught

by the Saviour. pensable.” On what shadow of foundation the most extraordinary strictions in the New Slave Law respecting

We are decidedly of opinion, that the reclause we have marked in Italics dissenters are not " indispensable,that they can rest, we are not fully informed ; are not calculated to promote the welfare of but all our brethren on the island the colony, and that they are strongly ophave united in publishing the follow- posed to the equitable and peaceable doc

trines of Christianity, to the liberties of good ing advertisement in the Jamaica and loyal subjects, and to the rights of ChrisCourant of Dec. 3,which sufficiently tians. explains their views on the subject.

We therefore feel ourselves under inA similar article, from Messrs. creased obligations to his Majesty's minis

for disallowing the restrictions respectBarry and Kerr, Wesleyan Missi- ing dissenters, contained in that law. onaries, appeared in the preceding JAMES COULTART, number of the same Journal.


November 30, 1827.

Baptist Having seen the resolutions passed at a WILLIAM KNIBB,

Missionaries. meeting couvened by bis Honor the Mayor of Kingston, for the purpose of taking into consideration the rejection of the Slave Law by his Majesty's Ministers, we feel necessi





Just as the letters were dispatch-of causes; the God whom they ed from the island, our Mission-serve will not forsake them, and aries were officially summoned to we are fully assured the British the bar of the House of Assembly, Government will not allow them to then and there to answer such in- be the victims of a blind indignaterrogatories as might be addressed tion, stirred up by the line of policy to them. What the result may be, which that Government has adoptin the present inflamed state of that ed, and which will secure for its body, it is somewhat painful to advisers the respect and admiration conjecture. Our beloved friends of every true friend of his country are engaged, however, in the best and of the human race.

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Contributions received on account of the Baptist Missionary Society,

from December 20, 1827, to January 20, 1828, not including individual Subscriptions. FOR THE MISSION.

£ s. d. Tooting, for a Female School in India, by Mrs. Thomas.

20 Jersey and Guernsey, Collected by Rev. P. Saffery and C. Evans..

34 Bridgnorth, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. Thomas Morgan.. 24 11 Hebden Bridge, Female Association (and Subscription £1 1 0), by Rev.

J. Jackson Falkirk, Society for diffusing Religious Knowledge, by Rev. D. B. M'Kenzie 5 Dundee, Chapelsbade Association, by Mr. Easson, for Female Education.. 3 5 Paisley, Youth's Society for Religious Parposes, byMr. Brough (Translations) 10 0 Middle Parish, Female Bible Association, for Bibles

7 0 Otley, Penny Subscriptions, &c. by Mr. Alfred Catt.

5 14 Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Balance of Auxiliary Society, by Mr. Cowell. Wigan, Female Association, by Mrs. Brown (for Translations)..

0 Nairnshire Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, by Rev. W. Barclay 0 Ross, Contributions for Female Education, &c. by Mr. Lewis...

12 14 6 Oxford, Female School, by Samuel Collingwood, Esq. Treasurer..... 17 10 0 Leeds and West Riding Auxiliary Society, by Rev. James Acworth, M.A.: Bramley

1 15 Preston

3 10 Leeds

.......... 28 17 Ditto, for Female Education.

....... 23 4 10

57 7 4 Glasgow Auxiliary Society, by Mr. James Deakin, viz.Translations

297 19 6 Mission..

16 16 8 Schools

32 3 College

4 3 0

351 Anonymous (Matt. vi. 3, 4.) by the Secretary

3 Salome, “part of a ring sold,” by Do......

0 10 0 JAMAICA SCHOOLS. Miss Wildman, Clifton, by Mrs. Coultart...

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Our esteemed Correspondent, W.H.A. is perfectly correct in the remark he has made on our notice of his communication in the Herald for October.

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