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The following Extracts are from No. xVI of the Periodical Accounts retative to the Baptist Missionary Society, published May, 1807, from the journals of Messrs. Marshman, Ward, and Mardon.
Dec. 1, 1804. We learn that Sadatsa, brother to Boodwysa, is gone to live in the Sunderbunds, amidst the tigers, as a kind of ascetic, pretending that he is proof against all the attacks of wild beasts. Poor deluded, unhappy mortal He will probably soon fall a prey to his own deception. To what will not pride urge a man! Amidst these distressing circumstances we hear from Futteck, who has been treated with much severity by the little tyrant of the village where he lives. I hear he has tied him "p, and fed him with cow dung. Ramkanta and Kanaee, who brought the intelligence, say, that had not a domestic misfortune thrown their
persecutors into confusion, they would probably have been treated much worse. M
At the close of 1804, they speak of having baptised seventeen during the year; and though several had given them pain, yet Mr. Carey, in a letter dated Dec. 12, conceives the church, notwithstanding their various disappointments from individuals, to be upon the whole in a more promising state than it had been at any former period.
Jan. 1, 1805. A plan for a new place of worship at Calcutta having been agitated, a meeting was this day held on the subject, and subscriptions began. We do not wish to confine it to ourselves. The cause of God ought to be, and I trust is, our grand object. 4800 rupees were subscribed at this meeting. M.
Feb. 12. Mohun, Golook's husband, who has been a good deal at Serampore lately, has proposed himself for baptism, and talks much of his sin-in opposing the religion of Christ. He says he did not know that there was any thing really good in the gospel; but having been here some time, he is convinced there is A reality and an excellency in it.
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Mar. 21. We are much concern. ed respecting the state of the mission. Every inquirer that we have had for some time past has left us in a clandestine manner. M.
Mar. 28. The extensive premises to the east of ours have been on sale some time. They are walled round, and have many buildings upon them. The mission consists now of ten distinct families, including in the whole eighteen adults, and fourteen children. Looking forward seven or ten years, we shall probably be much more numerous, and require more room. On these considerations we have consulted about purchasing these premises. Several friends have strongly advised it ; but we have not a rupee to spare. After consulting however with all our brethren, who are unanimous on the subject, one of us went to the auction, and purchased the whole for 14,200 rupees. It seems strange for missionaries to have so many secular affairs to transact. How different is our employment from that of Brainerd and others! Yet is it not necessary to the object we have in view : , I sometimes examine myself on this head. Ah, were it neglected, how soon would the name of God be blasphemed! How soon would all our missionary efforts, printing, schools, &c. &c. . be stopped How soon should we with our families be compelled to return to England; unless indeed a few of us were detained in prison as hostages for debt These considerations convince me that in pouring instructions on the mind of a child, or balancing an account, I am as really employed in the cause of God, as when assisting in the translation of the word, or preaching to the heathen the unsearchable riches of Christ.
M. Apr. 7. Mohun, Golook's husband, has been some months with Krishno, and has appeared to lend a favourable ear to the gospel. Indeed he has publicly declared among Mr. Rolt's workmen (whose servant he has been for many years) that he will renounce hindooism, and embrace the gospel. His father-in-law, and our other brethren, whom we consult on every occasion of this nature, have
a favourable opinion of him. We had a meeting before breakfast this morning for humbling ourselves before God, on account of the deadness of the cause among stus. After this, Mohun, having previously made profession of his faith in Christ, was baptized in the river. He acknowledged his sin in his former violent opposition to the gospel, but said he did it in ignorance. His account of a change of mind was, upon the whole, pleasing and satisfactory; and if it be what it at present appears to be, it is amongst the wonders, of grace. Instead of his coupelling Golook to be an idolater, he himself is constrained to become a Christian After Bengalee worship, a native came to one of us, and with tears talked of what he had been hearing. This day has been a kind of refreshing after the many disappointments we have lately experienced. Oh that we may walk worthy' W. & M. Apr. 11. We have had considerable difficulty in obtaining the money for our late purchase : we are through , mercy, however carried through it. A friend has generously lent us 14,000 rupees at less than the usual interest. We have also let a warehouse belonging to it, for which at present we had no use, for a rent which will go far towards paying the interest. M. & W. May 13. Three native sisters called at our house this evening, and began to converse with a woman serwant about the sufferings and death of Christ. I knew the subject, though I could understand but }. of their words. One of them, looking on me, said, in broken English, “It is Jesus Christ that makes us brothers and sisters.” It affected me to observe that they were not only concerned to obtain an interest in Christ themselves, but to recommend him to their fellow sinners as they go from house to house. O that this were more the case in our native land. May 18. This day, after a short illness, our dear and highly esteened governor died, aged seventy five. . A ray of hope beamed forth at the last hour. His relations say that they heard him almost the whole night, receding his disease, praying most ervently to the Saviour. As a gov
ernor he was a worthy cluracter. His mind had been cultivated by a liberal education, and his sentiments were noble and enlarged. He revered a good man, and despised modern infidelity. M
May 19. About eight o'clock this morning Governor Bie was buried by brother Carey. We all attended, and so did almost all the Europeans in
the settlement. Minute guns were fired, and several vollies discharged over the grave. All the poor natives
lament his death, and say, “Never shall we see another such a master!” W.
June 1. This evening Caleb Hitons and Kangalee gave in their experience, and were accepted. Poor Kangalee spoke with many tears. He lives at Cutwa, where another or two gave brother Chamberlain some hope. They seem to be the fruit of Bydenaut's labours in that neighbourhood. W.
Kangalee has been very earnest for baptism. All our friends think favourably of him. In giving in his experience, I think I never saw a native more affected. By his account it appears that he had heard of the new way a long time ago, and had been seeking in vain for some one to give him farther information about it. At last he met with Bydenaut, who told him all he wished to know. and brought him to . Serampore. When we asked him whether he renounced his former hopes in his goroo, and in the debtas, and depended alone upon Christ, he wept abundantly, and answered in terms which implied that he made him his all. Caleb Hirons has been six months at our school, and we hope that a work of grace is begun in him. M.
GENERAL LETTER to the socrer Y. Aug. 6, 1805. Very dear brethren, We are aware that many missions have been established for a time, and then given up; and that others have been continued, which yet have never made a powerful impression on the body of the people. We pray God that neither of these events may be the result of our labours; but that we may be instrumental in so putting the gospel into the hands and hearts of the Hindoos, as that they may not very long stand in need of the assistance of foreigners. In order to ensure, as far as our powers extend, the universal diffusion of gospel light, we have, as you know, been long employed in translating, printing, and circulating the oracies of God, knowing that this is a seed which can never perish, be the soil ever so barren, and the seasons ever so unfavourable. The progress made in this work calls for many thanks to HIM who is eminently styled rhe worp or Gop. By these means, and the circulation of tracts, knowledge spreads wide and fast. Further to accomplish this great object, we are now forming subordinate stations in different parts of the country, that, should any thing happen to the work at Serampore, the cause may live and spread from other quarters. With this object in view we also encourage the gifts of our native brethren, and to put them forward in publishing the word of the Lord. We inculcate upon them that this is their cause, and that it is their country which is sinking into ruin beneath the load of abominable idolatry. Further: We have done as much as in us".lies to promote a disposition to read among the natives at large, by establishing schools; and in this part of our labours we have been assisted by several benevolent Europeans.
We have begun to translate the sacred scriptures into the Orissa, Mahratta, Persian, and Hindoostanee languages. A beginning is made in printing the Mahratta New Testament, and a fount of types for the Orissa is partly cut. We have long had it in mind to station a brother in Orissa, near to the temple of Juggernaut. We think of doing this in a short time. These types will then be of great importance. Since the 25th of March, five per-, sons have been added; and though we have not been without trials respecting our members, yet we have had less necessity to exercise painful discipline, than in some former periods. We have all had our health in a great measure preserved. In those cases in which it was affected for a short time, God graciously interfered, and removed every complaint. Signed by all the brethren present. To be continued.
MAssachusetts. The Female Charitable Society as Whitestown, (N.Y.) have voted their second annual collection of $130, to be added to the funds of the Hampshire Missionary Society. The late Richard Devens, Esq. of Charlestown, bequeathed to this Society ten shares in the Fire Insurance Company in Boston ; and an equal amount to the Connecticut Missionary Society, and the Massachusetts Missionary Society.
FRAN ce. Return to the ancient regime in Paris. The streets of Paris are resuming their former names. The saints are established in their dignity; and many famous apostles, some years back, are reduced to their original nothingness. St. John, St. Paul, St. Augustin, had given place to Brutus. Anaxagoras, Publicola, &c. The taverns had even changed the names of the fruits of which they formed the des
sert, the bon-chretien pears, were call. ed bon-republicain. The names also of persons were changed, from King, Duke, Earl, Marquis, &c. to Tenth of August, Mountain, Right Side, Equality, &c. All those, also, who began their name with Saint ,—Saint Laurent, Saint Martin, Saint Clair, were ordered to call themselves plaim Laurent, Martin, and Clair. The churches, also, are undergoing repar. ations, and restorations from the ef: fects of the revolution. Several pictures have lately been painted for churches: and an artist has avowedly set apart his residence, for the convenience of repairing pictures, &c. which have been damaged. He has several young men engaged in this branch of art solely; and he has received many commissions as well for new pictures, &c. as for repairing old ones.
INDIE's, EAST. Death of the Great Mogul, Shah Allum.
Shah Allum, the Great Mogul, or Emperor of Delhi, died on the 19th of November, 1806. Aged 82. His reign was long and disastrous, having lasted 44 years. The *† Empire was, indeed, decayed, and decaying, at the accession of Shah Allum, but during his reign that decay has been so total, as to leave nothing more than the title of Emperor. History can scarcely furnish a parallel to the rapid deterioration of the Mo dominion, and the cities of Delhi and Agra, the seats of its former splendour and power. The rise of this Empire was sudden ; from the accession of Akber in 1555, to the Persian invasion under Nadir Shah in 1738; a space of 283 years. The Emperor's remains were interred with great funeral pomp and splendour, in the vault of his ancestors. He is succeeded by his eldest son, Mirza Akber
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oured to lay hold of him. He replied that he was really alive; that he spoke to him; but that having repeatedly endeavoured to lay hold of him, he had never been able to succeed. He added, I told him yesterday, that I was going to a Catholic priest, who would force him to let me alone. I blessed him, according to the form of the ritual, and gave him two images of St. Ignatius, one to carry about him, the other to fasten to his door : nothing has appeared to him since. “Our colonies have laden more than sixty vessels with wheat and tobacco on the northern districts of the Wolga, because it has rained three times. Last year's harvest was very abundant. It sometimes happens that the land, though very fertile, but dried by the ardent heat of the sun, hardly returns the seed sown ; nor even bad grass. Tobacco and wheat, which form the riches of the country, are bought by the rich merchants of our city, who sell it again to the Russians, to be sent to Moscow, Petersburgh, Astracan, and even to England. “Our colonists, forced to sow and to reap within the short space of three months, labour night and day : and as there are vast districts rendered barren by saltpetre, those which are fertile are sometimes at great distances from the people's habitations. They therefore set off on a Monday for the scene of their labours, in waggons which serve them as tents for the purposes of a little repose during the night. They take with them whatever they expect to want, to last them till They convey in this manner the children at the breast, which they place in their little beds; and afterwards in pretty little covered vehicles, because the waggons are too rough, and would expose them too severely to joltings. “There is nothing astonishing in the devil's desire to preserve some part of his dominion in this country, where he was adored not thirty years ago, by the Ojergisians, the Calmucs, &c. in the idols which still exist. Our people place them at the corners of their wooden houses, to keep the waggons oft. They are large blocks of a reddish coloured marble, extremely hard, which is brought from
a great distance : for there is no kind of stone in the country. It cannot be guessed whether their formless figure represents, or is intended to represent, a man, a beast, or a devil. If you wish to have some of them as ornaments to your garden, I can send you three or four, which lie about the fields: but these gods are so heavy that two strong men can hardly set them upright. Those elderly Germans, who beheld the idolaters before the government sent them off, a hundred leagues distance, assure us that those ideots beat their deities heartily with blows from a stick, when they did not immediately obtain what they had petitioned for.” [Panorama.
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The supreme court of justice at Copenhagen, lately laid before the king an account of all criminals in the Danish dominions, (including Iceland and the Indian colonies) on whom sentence has been passed in the year 1806; in which it is stated that 205 criminals, 18 of whom were foreigners, were in that year sentenced to corporeal punishment, 5 for murder, 8 for other capital crimes, 7 for forgery, the rest for inferior offences, and that the number of criminals bears a proportion to the whole population of the kingdom and colonies, as one to ten thousand.
Wols. I. and II. of the Life of Samuel Johnson, L. L. D. comprehending an account of his studies, and numerous works, in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent Persons; and various original pieces of his composition, never before published. The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain for near half a century, during which he flourished. By James Boswell, Esq. 1st American from 5th London edition. In 3 volumes. 8vo. Boston, published by W. Andrews and L. Blake, and Cushing & Appleton of Salem. Greenough & Stebbins, Printers. 1807. Vol. I. pp. 500. Vol. II. pp. 512.
The Child's Assistant in the art of reading. Being a collection of pieces, suited to the capacities of children, in the early stages of education. Designed as a Medium between the Spelling Book, and the American Selection of Lessons, American Preceptor, and other books of a similar kind. By Samuel Temple, A.M. author of an Introduction to Arithmetic. Third edition. Boston. Lincoln & Edmands. 1807.
A compendious system of Universal Geography, designed for schools. tompiled from the latest and most distinguished European and Ameri
can travellers, voyagers, and geographers. By Elijah Parish, A. M. minister of Byefield, Massachusetts. Newburyport. Thomas & Whipple.
Elements of Natural Philosophy, arranged under the following heads : matter and motion, the universe, the solar system, the fixed stars, the earth considered as a planet, the atmosphere, meteors, springs, rivers, seas, fossils, plants, animals, the human frame, and the human understanding. Philad. J. P. Parke, price 50 cents.
The Christian Ministry, the qualification requisite for it, in duties, difficulties, encouragements, &c. considered in two Sermons, delivered before the Church and Society, in the East parish of Bridgewater, Nov. 9, 1806, the second Sabbath after the author's ordination. By James Flint, A. M. pastor of the church in that place. 8vo. Boston. Russell & Cutler.
Letters of the late Lord Lyttleton, only son of the venerable George Lord Lyttleton, and chief justice in Eyre, &c. &c. The first American edition, complete in one volume, 8vo. To which is now first added a memoir concerning the author, including an account of some extraordinary circumstances attending his death. Troy, N. Y. Wright, Goodenow, & Co.