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to Calcutta, through the Sunderbund route. We are very anxious to get home soon on account of our senior native assistant, who is seriously ill.

February 9th.—Sailed for eight days through the northern part of the Sunder bund, which not many years ago was all jungle, inhabited only by tigers and other wild beasts, but which now, in a great measure, is brought under cultivation, and reached home this day. We were on several occasions since we left Burrisaul, fearful that our poor sick friend Gobindo would have died ere we could arrive in Calcutta. He was, however, mercifully preserved, but was so extremely debilitated on landing, that he could neither walk nor stand. It is a comfort that he will now enjoy the attentions and care of his family and be under proper medical treatment. With all this, I regret to say, I am not sanguine as to his final recovery.*

CONCLUDING REMARKS. “Thus ended our tour of two months'duration, during which we experienced many tokens of the Lord's goodness and protecting

anything to say in reply. Some of the tenets and practices of the sect in question are so abominable and disgusting, that I am sure few persons in Europe could be brought to believe in their very existence. But is there a depth of turpitude into which men may and do not sink when they depart from the true and living God, and refuse to retain him in their knowledge ?

“ Among the articles exposed for sale in the bazar, we remarked a curious-looking copper vessel, exactly in the shape of the Mangoe fruit, hollow inside, and with an orifice at the top, closing with a stopper On inquiry into its use, we were told that it was appropriated for preserving the water in which Brahmins have washed their feet, or at least dipped their big toe, and which water is held in high esteem by the poor ignorant Hindoos, who ascribe to it all kinds of virtues, precisely as Roman Catholics do to • holy water!'

BAPTIST MISSION AT BURRISAUL. " January 30th. Arrived at Burrisaul, a large civil station, and the seat of a Baptist Mission. The Brethren Page and Sale, with their excellent wives reside here. We had some refreshing conversations with these dear friends, who, amidst many difficulties, are prosecuting their work with fidelity and no small share of success. At Burrisaul itself, there are not many converts; but spread over the country, in 20 or 25 villages, there are upwards of 1400 individuals, men, women, and children, professing Christianity, and among these, 200 church members. Most of these neophytes are Ryuts, or cultivators of the soil, and in general very poor ; but, in point of civilization and morality, exhibit. ing already an unmistakeable superiority over their heathen neighbours. Some facts were brought to our notice, which show several of them to be possessed of no small degree of Christian experience.

"I was personally extremely gratified by Mr. Page telling me that a great number of the women connected with his rural congre.

with his rural congre. gations have read with much delight and advantage my daughter, Mrs. Mullens' Ben. gali work for the benefit of native Christian females, called Phulmani and Karuna.'

RETURN TO CALCUTTA. « February 1st.-Left Burrisaul to return


“Our two native friends were of great assistance to us, and afforded us unmixed satisfaction by thcir uniform Christian de. portment, and the zeal they displayed in the great work for which we had left home. They always spent the evening with us in our boat, when, in order to refresh the memory of us all in regard to the contents of our tracts, and to guide us in making a proper selection of them, we read aloud together every one of the Bengali tracts we had brought with us for distribution. We found this a very profitable employment, and I would strongly recommend the practice to every Missionary similarly situated. At other times, they read to us their journals of every day's occurrences, which furnished matter for many remarks tending to encourage them, or to suggest improvements where we thought such were needed. We always ended the day with having worship together in Bengali, when both the assistants took their turns in conducting it. Tara's simple, childlike prayers were quite refreshing to

* Gobiudo has since died, in the full hope of acceptance through Christ.

Dy beart. I have the best hopes in regard yet (as the few extracts from this Journal to this young man, and doubt not, if spared, will have shown) the inbabitants are in many that he will become a valuable labourer in respects promising and very willing to hear the Lord's vineyard.

the Gospel ; and if Missionaries were per** The closing remark I shall make is one “manently settled among them, I cannot but Expressive of my deep regret and sorrow at believe that, with the Divine blessing, not a the paucity of labourers in the promising few might be led to embrace Christianity. feld, part of which I visited. In eight zil “Let me commend these multitudes, des. ahs of East Bengal, containing at the very titute of the bread of life, to the special least 6,000,000 of inhabitants, or three times prayers of the friends of Missions, that the the population of Scotland, there is not a Lord may graciously be pleased speedily to single Missionary; while, in the four other send forth more labourers to reap the fields Eastern zillahs, containing 3,000,000, there which are white for the harvest in East are only seven ; and of these one superan. Bengal. And is there no young servant of Deated and worn out with labour. * And Christ in Britain who, on hearing of the des.

* Owing to the recent death of Mr. Robinson of titution described in this Journal, will reDaces, and the removal of Mr. Sale from Barrisaul

spond to the call, and say: "Here I am, to Jessore, the number of European Nissionaries

Lord, send me.'" in those four zillahs is reduced to five.

CALCUTTA. BAPTISM OF ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE BHOWANIPORE INSTITUTION.' Of the nine youths, students in this valuable Institution, formerly announced as having abandoned heathenism and embraced Christianity, it is most gratifying to report that, not only have they all remained firm and unwavering in their profession of the faith, but six of their number have spontaneously offered themselves as candidates for the office of Evangelists among their countrymen, and are now under the special training of the Missionaries for that important object.

In the following communication, dated Calcutta, 18th Dec. ult., the Rev. E. Storrow records the interesting circumstances connected with the conversion of another of the students, and his reception into the visible Church by the rite of baptism :

* You will be glad to hear that God has which forcibly struck him was the moral suagain been pleased to honour our labours by periority of Christianity to any other system. leading one of our most promising pupils to “After he had expressed himself convinced embrace Christianity.

of the divine origin of the Gospel, and we “Gopal Chonder Dutt is a Kaist-the chief had arranged to receive him, our pleasing an. Shudur caste. He is not more than seven- ticipations seemed likely to be disappointed. teen years of age, and has been for a consi. On the morning of the day when he intended derable time a pupil in our Institution. His to remain with us he did not come as usual diligence and superior abilities have placed to the Institution; this awakened our fears, him at the head of his class, and whilst his and during the day we secretly received a let. general good conduct has won our appro. ter from him stating that his wish to become bation, we have been pleased to observe a Christian had been discovered by his family, that it gained him more than the usual share and that consequently he was confined in his of influence with his fellow-pupils. About house. Happily, on the following day he nine monthsago he expressed himself in favour made his escape, and came to my house. In of Christianity, and began more closely to exa- the afternoon bis uncle came, and with tears mine its evidences and its doctrines. That besought him, in vain, to return home. Shortly after his mother came. The meeting mind between duty and affection was very between them was very affecting; he is her severe. After this interview I thought it only child, and they are tenderly attached best to take him to the house of a Christian to one another. He had dreaded the inter- friend, where he would not be exposed to a view, but He who was tempted as we are, repetition of a trial which could only affect sustained him in this bitter trial, and though his feelings but not alter his convictions. it was with the acutest grief, yet he was There he remained until the next day, when enabled to say to all her entreaties: 'I he was baptized by Mr. Mullens. Our other must stay here and become a Christian.' converts give us great satisfaction. Their The grief of his mother and uncle was zeal, consistency, and devoutness are a conextreme, and the conflict in Gopal's own stant cause for gratitude and joy."

By a more recent communication froin Mr. Storrow, we have the pleasure to learn that another hopeful youth, late a pupil of one of the branch schools in Calcutta, connected with the Institution, las renounced heathenism, and, on Christmas day, was admitted to the rite of baptism.


KURUMAN. SINCE the insertion of an article in our Number for April, 1853, respecting the health of our esteemed Brother, the Rev. Robert Moffat, many friends in this country have evinced deep concern and sympathy on his behalf, and a desire to receive further intelligence.

We are now enabled to submit a communication recently received from our Missionary Brother, from which it will be seen that while the state of his own health, and more particularly that of his devoted wife, is an occasion of solicitude, the claims of the Mission and the perils to which the Bechuana tribes are exposed from the hostile inroads of the emigrant Boers, continue to be regarded by him as subjects of paramount concern.

Mr. Moffat's letter, from which the subjoined extracts are taken, bears date, Kuruman, 12th November, 1853. ., FAINT, YET PURSUING.

call me hence to give an account of my stew. “I feel deeply thankful to the Directors ardship, He will carry on his own work. It is for their sympathy and anxiety to meet my for us to work hard while it is day, for after a case, so as to prolong my services to the few rolling years shall have passed, many of Mission. It is with heart-felt gratitude to us shall have ceased to live for others, and be God, the Father of all our mercies, that I gathered to our fathers.' Though the affec. am able to say, that through his good hand tion in my head continues, I am not, nor are upon me, I continue to the present without others aware that it impedes my progress in being compelled to relinquish any duty con- the duties which devolve on me. As long as nected with my charge, and I cannot help it leaves me unshackled in my pursuits, I desiring, if it be the will of Him whom I am shall feel happy, and if otherwise, I hope endeavouring to serve, that I might be per. contented. And should it more seriously mitted to remain a few years longer in the affect me, I may take to the wagon and a field to accomplish the work which lately has gipsy life, and scatter the seed of the blessed engaged so much of my attention. But I Gospel' among those who are afar off, and know and am assured, that if it please the the dwellers of the desert; and should that All-wise Disposer of events to lay me aside, or fail, I may then have recourse to the breath

of old Ocean. A change of climate might be unoffending tribes of Bakhatla, Bakuena, . beneficial. My ailment has not been aggra. Barolong, and Bangwaketse. From their vated by sedentary habits, for though fre. well-known hostility to the natives, and their quently compelled to very close application, hatred to Missionary operations, it was the I never want exercise for any length of time. general impression that they would carry on I could do with less. Our station comprising the work of extermination among the inhaan increasing and scattered population, se. bitants of this quarter. Having failed in verely taxes the efforts of the body as well as their attempts to reduce the above tribes to the mind. Besides the itinerant labours vassalage, and convinced from the repulse which devolve alternately upon Brother Ash. they got at Sechéles that tribes possessing ton and myself, there also numerous secular a few fire-arms were not to be mowed down duties which require superintendence. It like those they had before vanquished, the was a frequent remark of the late Mr. Ha late commandant Pretorius bethought himself milton, and it will hold good in our circum. and addressed a letter, &c., to the chiefs of stances for a long time to come, “ If you wish the Batlapees, copies of which have been a job well done, do it, or see it done, your forwarded to you. Circumstances connected self.” In the early years of this Mission, we with the interviews the bearers of these were, from necessity and example, compelled documents had with the native chiefs, conto work a great deal harder than we could vinced the latter that all was not gold that have desired ; because we could get no one glittered. These despatches were translated, to work for us, and we saw plainly that if and a few hundred copies printed in the ever the natives were to be civilized they Sechuana language for distribution, that the must have example after example. So far natives might at least see what were the as my own health is concerned, I have yet professions of the president of the Republic. good hope of holding out some time, but since that time, there has been a lull, for latterly I have begun to fear for that of Mrs. past experience prevents us giving it a better M., who, after having weathered a long and name. I may add, a laborious career in the Bechuana OTHER CAUSES OF ANXIETY AMONG THE Mission, bas, during the past year, felt her

NATIVE TRIBES. strength giving way, and with unmistakeable “From various causes, the minds of the signs of latent disease, so that she greatly principal men among the natives had become dreads the summer heats now set in. But soured against the English as well as against we are in the Lord's hands, and He will do the Boers, whom dear-bought experience had all things well which concern our temporal taught them to abhor. A law having been as our eternal welfare.

passed prohibiting all natives of every de. APPREHENSIONS OF FURTHER OUTRAGES scription beyond the Vaal River from obtain.

FROM THE TRANS-VAAL BOERS. ing ammunition while the Boers might get “I fear I have said too much about self, what they wanted, confirmed them in the and will now turn to that which most con belief that the English nation went hand in cerns us all. Under any circumstances, it is hand with the Boers in the work of plunder, . gratifying to feel the assurance that we are slavery, and extermination. No argument is not spending our strength for nought, and necessary to show that this state of things on that account we can refer with pleasure was most unfavourable to our objects among to the continued prosperity of this mission, them, and our only wonder is, that it did not though by no means to the extent we could operate in a more tangible form than it has wish, or even what we might reasonably done. expect. For a considerable time past, the THEIR UNSHAKEN CONFIDENCE IN THE public mind had been kept in an unfavoura

MISSIONARIES. ble state of excitement, expecting an attack “We are thankful to see that the spirit of from the Trans-vaal Boers. These, during the Gospel has been so far diffusive as to the past year, had availed themselves of their surmount these untoward obstacles. Notconceded independence, by perpetrating bru. withstanding the mal-administrations on the tal outrage of plunder and bloodshed on the part of the government authorities, calculated

to excite the worst surmises respecting every white man, the native chiefs still confide in the sincerity and truthfulness of the Missionary character; for those who have been the greatest sufferers have expressed an earnest desire for the return of their Missionaries. This speaks for itself. In reply to those applications, it has been stated that under the present very unsettled state of the inte. rior, it would not be advisable for Missionaries to resume their work among either the Bakuena, Bakhatla, Bakmutse, and Bang. waketse tribes—that during a long season of service among them, they had not profited by instruction, and that it would be too great a waste of life and expense to resume those missions among people who, as yet, were entirely unsettled. We nevertheless most gladly encourage their hopes that the present state of things will not always continue, and that they shall not be forgotten by those whose only object is, to make them happy both in time and eternity.

NOTICES OF THE MISSION. “During the past year we have had the pleasure of seeing a very considerable in crease to the population of this station, as well as on our out station farther down the river. This addition, I am glad to say, tells very sensibly on our public services as well as in our schools. There have been twelve added to our church, and we have the pros. pect of selecting more from among the can didates. The appearance of the people, as well as that of the station, continue to improve. They get precept on precept-re. quire constant watching and constant stirring up in their Christian profession. It would of course be vain in us to expect, among our converts from pagan darkness, that advance and uniformity of deportment we look for among British Christians, though even there I perceive from periodicals, that pastors have to be, like ourselves, instant, in season and out of season,' even to an extent we scarcely conceive of. Sometimes we think we are too strict, and at other times the same mea. sures appear not sufficiently severe. The native mind has from infancy been accus. tomed to take things easy, and the moral atmosphere which surrounds them has its influence. It is extremely difficult to get them to value time, and therefore a genera.

tion or two must pass before their teachers can expect to see in them that anxiety to

redeem time' which we so much desire, The people in general, though not possessing the imitative power to the extent of many nations of which we read, have made praise. worthy exertions towards the comforts of civilized life. On a sabbath the congrega. tions have an imposing appearance, which invariably strikes strangers; we nevertheless, as well as our wives, find it necessary to be always admonishing on the subject of cleanliness. The facility with which a number of the young women commit large portions, --whole books,- of the New Testament and Psalms to memory, shows they possess valuable powers of mind which can be turned to the best purposes. Mrs. Moffat lately appointed a number of her Bible class to learn the 119th Psalm, which they mastered in a short time, and answers frequently elicited on various doctrines and duties of Christianity, indicate that they understand the sub. ject. Lately a treat of tea and biscuit was given to the school children on this station, whose steady attendance had recommended them, when 150, in their best attire, enjoyed the feast, and the more so at a season when food is scarce. Books were also presented to those who had excelled in diligence. They were exhorted and encouraged to persevere, and become wiser than their parents, most of whom were looking on. In the evening they all attended an exhibition of the phantasmagoria, when a variety of pictures, chiefly scriptural, interested the old as well as the young.

“The frequent visitation of immense swarms of locusts continues to be a subject of anxiety. Last year the gardens in the Kuruman district were mercifully preserved while other portions of the country suffered terribly from their ravages. More ground has been brought under cultivation this year on the station than at any former period, and the prospects are fair; but a visit from the locusts, which occasionally pass in clouds, would blast our prospects, and therefore we exhort our people that, while they sometimes pray for rain, to seek also protection from locusts, which are one of Jehovah's ar. mies !

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