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the people are absolutely destitute of nature and précepts of the Christian any kind of religion whatever. They religion. I intend to comply with are called by Burmans, “ Wild men," their request. I gave them a tract, because they have no written lan- and they engaged to get some person guage, no religion, avoid the cities, and to read it to them. somewhat like the Aborigines of Lord's day. May 4. Upwards of America, dwell in the wilderness, in thirty persons collected for worship tomountains and vallies. They are day. They listened, and appeared to averse to war, and in general are said understand a part of what I told them. to be a better race of people than the Several of them were persons who Burmese. One of their most common came last Lord's day, which is encoursins is intemperate drinking; and as aging. One of them was an aged they manufacture their own liquor, female religious mendicant. She listhis sin is very prevalent. The people tened attentively, and asked several live in small villages, five, ten or fif- questions. teen miles apart, but are all linked in Deputation from the Karen teacher. a sort of brotherhood. The following story, related by my visters to-day, May 13. The messengers from the will show the credulity of these people, Karen teacher (mentioned May 1st) and also suggest an idea of the facility arrived to day. They are all relatives with which alınost any religion, true or

of the old man, and are probably false, may be introduced among them. among the learned of his tribe. One More than ten years ago, a man in the of them reads Burman very well; a habit of a religious ascetic, visited one qualification which very few Karens of the Karen villages several times, possess, though many of them can and preached to the people that they speak it a little. In most cases, howmust abstain from certain meats_such ever, I am obliged to employ the Kaas pork, fowls, &c.—must practice cer

ren Christians, with me, to interpret.' tain ceremonies, and worship a book The messengers first exhibited their which he left with them. He also present, (14 duck's eggs) and then detold them there was one living and livered the following message: true God. About half of the villa

“ The Karen Teacher has sent us to gers, who were, perhaps, thirty in all, say that

and cannot visit believed the teacher, and espoused the English teacher at présent. After his religion. When he had gone, one

the close of the rains, he will come of the villagers, more devoted than the and bring his book to be examined. rest, and possessing a more retentive He desires that his relative, one of the memory, became teacher to his breth- messengers, may be allowed to remain ren, and although he cannot read a with the English teacher two or three word in the book which they so much years, to learn the western languages, venerate, and knows not even in what that he may become a skilful expound language it is written, he is their living er of the divine law. He has received oracle, and the defender of their faith. the tract which the English teacher In consequence of their devotedness to sent, and on hearing it read, he believ. this new religion, the poor villagers ed it heartily, and wept over it. With have suffered much persecution from his son, who understands Burman, he their Burman neighbors and oppressors, goes from house to house, and causes and their lives have been put in jeop- it to be read to the people. Several ardy. The teacher has ventured out others, also, believe. It would afford to the city only once since he embrac- great joy, if the English teacher or ed this religion. The persons who re- one of the Christians with him, could lated the story, said that as the English come out, and explain the Christian were now the inasters of the country, scriptures; many would believe.” the Burmans would not dare to offer I have conversed with my visiters them any violence, and accordingly at some length, and they profess firmthey promised to request their teacherly to believe our doctrine, and to worto bring his book out for me to ex. ship our God. They propose to spend amine. As one of the men was the chief three days with me, and then to reof the village where this sect resides, turn. Their village is_three days' I suspect I shall, before long, have an journey from Tavoy. They say that interview with the venerated man. my doctrine is much the same My visiters requested me to go out to theirs ; but I apprehend, that though their village, and if I could not go, they their great teacher told them of an begged I would allow one of the na- eternal God, the other things he taught tive christians to go, and explain the are very different from what I teach,

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I proposed to send out one of the ing worship. This encouraged me to Christians who are with me, as it is hope that my discourses are not so unimpossible for me to go, during the intelligible as I feared ; and also that rains.

truth may have a salutary effect on the

hearts of the boys. One of them also Baptism of a Karen.

related part of an address which I deMay 16. Repaired early in the livered at family worship three days morning to a neighboring tank, and ago. It was truly gratifying to per. administered Christian baptism to Ko ceive how correctly he remembered Thah-byoo, the Karen Christian who ac

even slight incidents and occasional alcompanied us from Maulamying. May lusions and references. The new we often have the pleasure of witness- Karen scholar, who is about 20 years ing such scenes.

of age, seems determined to make up The three Karen visiters were preso in diligence and perseverance, what

They appear to be impressed is wanting in soundness and acuteness with the truth of our doctrine, and say of intellect. they are resolved to worship the eter

Lord's day. 20. Ko Thah-byoo nal God. I begin to feel almost per: finding the "rains very violent, and suaded to believe there is a spark of the brooks much swelled, was obliged sincerity in them, and that we shall

to abandon his plan of visiting the Kayet see them walking in the ways of

ren teacher's village. He returned truth. They have urged Ko Thah

last evening. During his absence, he byoo to accompany them, so that I have met several people, to whom he left it for him to choose, whether he spoke as he was able. Many of them will go or stay. He has concluded to heard with attention, and two of them go. Perhaps God has a work for him accompanied him on his return, in orto do among his countrymen. He is der to gain further instruction. They very zealous in the cause of declaring profess a readiness to receive the Goswhat he knows.

pel, and wish me to visit them after the The visiters say they are so persuad- rains. ed that we are right, that they are

28. Last evening, two respectable willing to leave the merits of their Karens,

whom Ko Thah-byoo saw in book to my decision. If I pronounce his late tour, called for further instrucit a bad book, they say they will burn tion. They live a day's journey from it. They also propose to erect a large Tavoy. They profess a full belief of zayat, and to invite me out after the the truth of the Gospel. May their rains, when they will call the Karens professions prove to be sincere. together from the various quarters, to hear the Gospel. I have a little hope Buildings, &c. in Tavoy. that God is about to do a great work among these sons of the wilderness.

June 2. In order to decide on the One of the Karens remains with me best place for building a zayat, and a as a learner. The rest leave this dwelling house, I have lately surveymorning. May the Lord go withoed the town, going through the length them.

and breadth of it.

My spirit has been Lord's day. 18. Fewer people than somewhat stirred at witnessing the usual at worship to-day; but one per idolatry of the people. A priest told son who has attended several times me the other day, that the city conbefore, said to the Siamese Christian, tains about 50 kyoungs, which are in“ I can see no benefit to be derived

habited by about 200 priests. To nearfrom. worshipping a dead god, likely all the kyoungs, one or more temGaudama; but from worshipping the ples are attached, which are stored living God, which you tell of, some

with images of Gaudama, and various benefit may arise. The Burman priests

relics of idolatry. Some of these imapreach the law of a dead god; this ges are 20 feet high, built of brick, man, (meaning myself) the law of the plastered and gilt throughout. Some living God.”

are of wood, and many of alabaster.

This beautiful stone is found in large Encouragement among Children, &c. quantities in the vicinity of Ava, and

After worship, in conversing with wrought hy the hands of the artificer the school-boys, I was surprised and into objects of worship, and sold into gratified to find that one or two of various parts of the Burman empire. them could repeat correctly a consid- Some of these images are larger than erable part of the remarks I made dur- the life, of one solid piece. In one of these temples, I counted 35 images, of rounded by a row of more than 40 which about one third were of alabas. small pagodas, about six feet high, ter.

It ought in justice to be said of standing on the same elevated base. the images of Gaudama, that they are In various niches round the cennot obscene and disgusting, as many of tral pagoda, are small alabaster imthe Hindoo images are, but though dif- ages. Both the central and the surfering in a few respects from a perfect rounding pagodas, are gilt from the human figure, they are neither gross- summit to the base, and each one is ly disproportioned, ugly or monstrous. surrounded with an umbrella of iron, In many cases, the idols with their which is also gilt. Attached to the thrones or pedestals, are set with an umbrella of the central pagoda, is a immense variety of ornaments, so as to row of small bells or jingles, which present a very dazzling appearance, when there is even a slight breeze, especially to the eye of an eastern keep a continual chiming. A low idolater. The furniture of the tem- wall surrounds the small pagodas, out ples, though ill arranged, is so set off side of which are temples, pagodas of with looking glass, gold paper, and various sizes, and other appendages other tinsel decorations, as to impose of pagoda worship, sacred trees or upon ignorant persons, and excite their thrones, sacred bells to be rung by highest admiration. No small degree worshippers, and various figures of of taste (oriental taste to be sure,) is fabulous things, creatures and perdisplayed also about the kyoungs and sons mentioned in the Burman sapagodas. The kyoungs are the largest cred books. Around these is a high buildings in the city, some of them wall, within which no devout worbeing supported by 120 or 130 posts, shipper presumes to tread without besides those connected with veran- putting off his shoes. It is considered dahs and stair cases. These kyoungs holy ground; outside this wall are as well as the temples, are filled up perhaps twenty zayats and a kyoung. with an immense variety of images, The whole occupies about an sacred relics, &c. &c.


of ground. The north-east corner of the city is The whole number of pagodas in appropriated almost exclusively to sa- Tavoy is incalculable. Large and small, cred edifices. Mango, jack, and other they probably exceed a thousand. Befruit trees, are thick set throughout the fore leaving America, I used to pray town, so as to present the appearance that pagodas might be converted into of an extensive grove, with a few Christian churches. But I did not scattering huts; but in the north-east know that they were solid monuments corner the grove becomes a forest, in- of brick or stone, without any cavity tersected by innumerable paved foot- or internal apartments. They can paths leading to various sacred spots. become Christian churches only by Alinost every object the visiter be being demolished and built anew. holds the wells, the walks, the build- Besides the pagodas in town, there ings—all exhibit marks of idolatry are vast numbers in all the surroundemblems of the deity whom the city ing regions. Almost every mountain, worships. Even many of the trees, and hill, and rising ground, is tipt with especially the banyan, have thrones a pagoda. The Burmans seem to deof brick six or eight feet square, and light, like the worshippers of Baal, in four or five feet high, inserted under groves and high places. They build them; and on worship days, the sacred on high mountains and places difficult trees and thrones are loaded with of access, that the merit of the buildlilies and flowers offered principally ers and the worshippers may be the by females, in hopes of obtaining an- greater. nihilation. The pagodas are the most When I look at all these strong holds prominent and expensive of all the of sin and idolatry, my sinking heart sacred buildings. They are solid says, “ Baal's prophets are many, and structures, built of brick, and plastered. I am alone. What can I do against so Some of them are gilt throughout, many ?” whence they are called golden pago. But the Scriptures sustain my spirits, das. The largest pagoda in Tavoy, is, by assuring me, that more are they I judge, about 50 feet in diameter, that be with us, than they that be and perhaps 150 feet high. The pa- with them. Relying on the divine goda inost frequented is not so large. promises, I can rejoice in the full It stands on a base, somewhat elevated conviction that ere long the praises above the adjacent surface, and is sur- of our God will be sung over all these


idolatrous plains, and on these moun- would enter the field, who might be tains and hills, and the echo shall more useful than we have been. I resound from hill to dale, nor die have ardently desired and fervently away till every vestige of idolatry shall prayed for the salvation of the poor be swept away to be seen no more Creeks—for some unknown cause the forever.

blessing has been withheld. Yet the [To be continued.]

Lord has in a sinall degree blessed our poor efforts. To his name be all the


Mr Compere has purchased a quar. We are happy to state, that contri- ter section of land near Montgomery,

where we shall reside for a season. butions for publishing the Scriptures in Mr C. and Charles D. Mallary and our Burmah continue to be made in all two servants left here on Monday last parts of the United States. Those for that place, with the intention of whose love to the divine word urges pleted we shall be obliged to bid adieu

raising a log cabin ; when it is comthem to take a part in the pleasing ser

to this cultivated spot, where we have vice may still aid the object, and are enjoyed a sweet mixture of joy and requested to forward their contribu

The Indian children are gotions.

ing with us. We are resolved to work

hard and to fare hard for their benefit. We announced that friends in the And O may the divine Being bless our Oliver-Street Baptist Church in New- feeble endeavors and provide for them York proposed to furnish 500 dollars. and us.

John Davis is too much grieved to The following were the sums contrib

occupy these buildings after we leave. uted:

It is a matter of deep regret that nothing William Colgate, . - $50

farther can be done for the improve

ment of him and Charles. The latter Bolles Colgate,


is an industrious and worthy youth. George Colgate,

50 Mr C. is endeavoring to obtain a situaThomas Purser,

50 tion for him near to our new home, to James Wilson,


which he can resort on the Lord's-day

and at other seasons. Garrat N. Bleecker, . 50

Capt. Walker returned from the ArJoshua Gilbert,

50 kansas about a month since. His ac. Ebenezer Cauldwell, 50 count of that country is very favorable.

He informs us that there are
Theodore Clark,


about 1400 emigrants, from this nation, Wm. D. Murphy,


settled in the west. If provision is

made, it is supposed that a large num$500 ber will move there this spring. You

will be gratified to hear that John Reed

and Richard Furman,* bear a good INDIAN STATIONS.

character. They are both in the west.

It is said they conduct themselves with EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM MRS propriety, particularly R. F. This af

fords us much satisfaction.

The case of our colored friends deWithington Station, Apr. 4, 1829.

serves compassion. Anxious to enjoy

gospel privileges, their spirits are much We have declined going to South Carolina, and I am glad to say the way These youths were pupils at the appears lighter and plainer. To give missionary station about three years, up the mission entirely; to leave our and are able to read the word of God little church in this land where the intelligibly. It must be encouraging heathen rage and imagine a vain thing; to the friends of missions to hear that and to abandon the few dear children, the labor and expense bestowed upon who are too much civilized to be hap- them have not been entirely lost. R. py among their savage relations; are Furman was supported by a Society difficulties to which we cannot be in the Baptist Church in Charleston, wholly reconciled. We entertained a S. C. and bears the name of their late hope that some more active missionary venerable pastor.

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depressed at the idea of our leaving • Eliza Greene, a full Cherokee, them. They would rather submit to fourteen years of age, can read, write, any thing than lose the word of God. and cast accounts, works well at the Pray for these few Ethiopian brethren needle, is able to cut out and inake up and sisters, that the Holy Spirit, the any garment worn by Indian men or Comforter, may dwell with them to es. women, can knit, spin, weave, and tablish their minds and direct them in cook well. She learns readily when the midst of much darkness. I hope at school, but is 100 much attached to Mr C. and John Davis will be able to the old Indian customs when she gets visit them sometimes after we leave home, which greatly retards her prohere.

gress.' The Indians of the Ufalee Town much regret our departure from the

It must gratify all those who are Nation. We are much attached to contributing to the reformation and them. They are worthy of attention. conversion of the Indians, to know Should nothing prevent, Mr C. will oc

that education, the arts of civilized life, casionally visit them. May the Lord reconcile us both to his will. Mr C. and the Gospel of Christ, are making is endeavoring to do the best he can progress among these untutored tribes. with the property at this place. The school at present contains twenty.

one pupils.

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We have been favored with the perusal of a brief sketch of the pupils from November to February, last, is

Mr Bingham's journal, at St. Maries, at Valley Towns School, from Sept.

received. He continues to preach 1, 1827, to Dec. 31, 1829. In this

to the Indians, and to the United States sketch are'étaibited the names, charac

garrison, with interesting prospects ; ter, and proficiency, of nearly 50 stu

and the school contains on an average dents. Many of the pupils have been about 30 pupils. We extract the folnamed after their patrons. Several of the children have learned to speak ercises of one of the Indians.

lowing statement of the religious exEnglish, and have made encouraging

Jan. 17, 1829. This evening progress in writing, reading, and arithmetic; and the females have acquired Shaw came in to relate to me the

while engaged in my studies, Thomas a knowledge of domestic duties. Some, state of his mind. He said he had forafter exhibiting a gratifying progress in merly lived in sin. That after some their studies, have been clandestinely death of his little child, and for a short

time his inind was arrested by the taken from the school by their rela- time he felt concerned about himself;

but evinced their attachment but these impressions soon wore off, to their studies, by again returning to and he pursued his former course, the school, when opportunity present here, when his mind was again awa:

until a few weeks before my arrival ed. Some have given pleasing evi- kened by the death of another child; dence of Christian character, and made his former life was then laid open to a profession of religion. We extract his view, and his sins appeared like a

heavy burden; while laboring under a description of two individuals.

this burden, it was innpressed on his * Ann Judson, a Catawba, is just mind that God designed it for his good, removed from us. She is a member and that it was intended to reclaim of the church, can read, write, and him from sin. He said he was also cast accounts, work well at her needle, led to think, that is the child had lived, can spin and weave, and is ready at he should have placed his affections house work. We are well satisfied upon it, and not on his Maker. He with her experience and conduct, and said it was not only the case with quite sorry to part with her; but her himself, but also with the other Indians, father expects to leave the nation, and that since they had attended our meetwishes to take her with him.'

ings, a little light began to dawn into


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