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trust which secured the edifice for ever to the service of religion. In this evident manner did the God of mercy watch over his cause to save it from ruin, and provide a pastor for the few who feared him, whose labors he was pleased afterwards to bless in a considerable de. grée : and thus was the dishonor brought on religion in a great degree removed, and the heart of the aged Kiernander relieved of that, which from his letter, appears to have formed the heaviest part of his sorrows.
We have thus traced, though very imperfectly, the footsteps of Religion in Bengal, through a period of nearly forty years; and a line or two more will comprize the few events which bring us to the end of the century. It has been already hinted that Mr. Carey arrived with Mr. Thomas in Calcutta in the year 1793, where he preached regularly in his own hired house as long as he remained in Calcutta. In 1797 Mr. Brown received an accession of strength in the arrival of the Rev. Claudius Buchanan, who was first stationed at Barrackpore, and afterwards at Calcutta. And in 1798 the Rev. Nathaniel Forsyth arrived, whom Dr. Dinwiddie for above a year, accommodated with his lecture room for the purposes of Divine worship. In the last year of the century, four of Mr. Carey's brethren not being able to proceed to him at Mudnabaty, he with Mr. Fountain joined them at Serainpore ; and in the first year of the present century, being called to fill a station in the College of Fort William, he opened a house for preaching in Calcutta, which lecture has been continued in different places to the present time. The events which have happened since, are far too recent to need or to become suitable subjects for detailed narration. In our next number we shall attempt some account of the various Societies and Institutions now formed at this Presidency for the advancement of knowledge and religion : after which we hope occasionally to give short Biographical Sketches of such persons as have particularly promoted or sought the welfare of India, that the remembrance of them may not be wholly lost.
(To be continued.)
On Tuesday the 13th of January departed this life, Mrs. Moore, the wife of the Rev. William Moore, of Digah. The circumstances of her death were peculiarly affecting. She was considera. bly advanced in a state of pregnancy; but not contemplating inmediate confinement, she pressed her husband, who had been ill for some time with an intermitting fever, to go on the river for a few days in the hope of his receiving that benefit, without which she feared his disease might terminate fatally. To this he at length yielded, though not without great reluctance. On the fourth day after he had left Digah, Mrs. Moore was unexpectedly confined, and delivered of a daughter, still living ; but notwithstanding every aid from the medical gentleman who attended her, as well as from her friends present, she expired in about two hours. It was not till the fourth day after her death that the news reached her afflict. ed husband, whose feelings on the occasion can be more easily conceived than described.
Mrs. Moore was a woman the sincerity of whose piety was evine ced by an undeviating rectitude of conduct, and the most exemplary discharge of the relative duties of life. She had been twice married. Her first husband, the Rev. John Biss, she accompanied to Bengal in 1805; and on his being seized with the liver complaint nearly two years after, she with her children accompanied him on i voyage to America. Within five weeks after their de parture, it pleased God to take her husband to himself; which melancholy event left her a widow with four children, the eldest not seven years old, the youngest only five months. On the ship’s arriving in Philadelphia, the friends of religion in that city received her with great kindness, and manifested particular tenderness towards her infant family. Here, in a few months however, she lost her eldest daughter in the croup, a fine child then in her eighth year. On its being-submitted to her own choice, either to proceed to England with her family, or remain in America, she chose to return to Serampore, whither she arrived in August, 1809, and re
inained in the Mission family there about two years.
In Febru ary, '1812, she married the Rev. Mr. Moore, in which relation her conduct has been such as to leave a lasting remembrance of her in the minds of the family there, and of all who were acquainted with her. She has left five children, a daughter and two sons by her first, and two daughters by her last husband.
Mr. Moore, thus a second time bereaved, is now left with six motherless children, including the daughter of his first wife. Mrs. Moore was about forty years of age.
Seventh Meeting of the Calcutta Bible Society. On Saturday, Feb. 21st, was held at the Town Hall, the Seventh Anniversary of the Calcutta Auxiliary Bible Society. The Presi. dent, J. H. Harington, Esq. having been constrained to go to Saugur for his health, George Udny, Esq. the Senior Vice-President, was called to the chair. The Report was read by Mr. Udny, amidst evident expressions of approbation. The contents of this Report it would be improper for us to anticipate, as it is now in the press*. Suffice it to say, that the state of things which it presented, diffused general satisfaction throughout the assembly, and seemed to excite the most lively feelings of gratitude to the Giver of all good, for having thus provided supplies of the Sacred Scriptures for those called indeed Christians, but who without such a supply of the word of life, (the support of the religion of the heatt,) inust soon have sunk into a state scarcely superior to the paganism they had renounced. Among the various versions of the Scriptures for which the eastern world is indebted to the exertions of this Society, we notice two as worthy of peculiar attention ; a complete edition of the Scriptures in the Armenian, and another in the Malay lan. guage.
The former of these had become so scarce in this * The Report has been published since this was written, and will be cov. sidered in our next number.
country, that a copy of the whole scriptures sold in Calcutta at the enormous price of a hundred and sixty Rupees, and was scarcely procurable even at that price. The Committee of the Society, taking this into consideration nearly six years ago, procured a new fount of Armenian types to be cut, the first evi'r seen at this presidency, and have now happily completed this edition of the whole Scriptures. The Old and the New Testaments form a handsome quarto volume of 1300 pages; and in so economical a manner has the whole been conducted hy the Society, that including the expense of the new fount of types, this quarto v0. lume, on English paper, has cost the friends of religion only Eleven Rupees the copy. Thus has a supply of the Sacred Word been provided not only for the Armenian Christians in Calcutta, but for those at Madras, Bombay, Surat, and various other parts of India; while another version printed at Petersburg, supplies the wants of those of that nation who are found in the extensive dominions of Russia.
The Malay version is printed in the Roman character, which, however, from the many additional combinations requisite to express the various Malay vocables, appears almost like a new character, and of which a fount has been prepared for this work alone. The last edition of the Scriptures in this language was printed at Batavia, in 1758, at the expense of the Dutch East India Company; so that nearly sixty years have since elapsed, which has left the Christians 4n Java and the other islands of the Indian Archipelago, who depend on this version for the whole of their know: ledge of true religion, almost completely destitute. This edition of the whole Scriptures, together with a separate edition of the New Testament, which the Committee of the Society wisely ordered to be first printed as an immediate supply, will therefore be of the utmost value to them. The Society have also in the press, another edition of the Malay Scriptures in the Arabic character, undertaken for the sake of the Mussulman Malays to whom this character is most
familiar. of this e'tion in octavo, the New Testament was laid hefore the Society at this meeting; and the thanks of the Society were, with the utmost propriety, voted to the Rev. Mr. Hutchings, for his labor in correcting and bringing it through the press. Mr. Hutchings is now devoting himself with the same laudable care to the revision of the Old Testament. Thus, in the course of Divine Providence, a highly useful version is rescued from oblivion, corrected, and brought into circulation ; and thus, while those who seek to found kingdoms and dynasties, are left alone in their work, and in the day they die their thoughts perish with them, Divine Goodness suffers no attempt to promote the best interests of mankind to fall to the ground: another is stirred up to carry into effect the unfinished design of a former labourer; and thus fruit is gathered unto life eternal, that" hereafter 6 both he that soweth and he that reapeth, may rejoice together.”
The thanks of the meeting were unanimously voted to the President, the Vice-Presidents, the Secretaries, and the Treasurer. John Fendall, and C. Lushington, Esqrs. were added to the Com, mittee, and Dr. Bryce having resigned the Secretaryship on account of ill health, the Rev. H. Townley was chosen in his place. We rejoice to add, that the funds of the Society are in a highly pleasing state, the sum collected the past year, above Twenty-two Thousand Rupees, exceeding by Seren Thousand Rupees that collected in the preceding year.
Arrival of the Rev. Messrs. Sutton and Adam. On Wednesday, the 19th of March, arrived in Calcutta, the Rev. Messrs. Sutton and Adam, late from the Baptist Academy in Bristol, of which the Rev. Dr. Ryland is President. They came out with the approbation of the Honourable Court of Directors, Mrs. Sutton has accompanied her husband to India.