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about 3,000 men to build a temporary thatched with a fulness of joy, and secured to his own church, which is expected to cover an area of name the undivided and everlasting glory. 19,440 square feet, i. e. 30 fathoms long and May the Lord of the harvest bless you 18 feet wide. A few days since, 2,000 men and your fellow-labourers, and graciously came in a train, each bringing from the smile on every association, and every effort, mountain, a distance of twenty miles or which has for its object this desirable end, more, a stick of timber on his shoulder for for which the Saviour executed his divine the church. While others are framing and mission on earth. Permit me now, dear fitting this timber, they bave returned for Sir, with sentiments of the highest esteem another load. The house will, we hope, be and love, to subscribe myself very affectioncompleted during this month. In the mean ately, yours in Christ our Lord, time, we meet for worship in an open area,

(Signed) H. BINGHAM between the tomb of their late majesties the late king and queen, and the stone mansion now occupied by the young king ;

EAST INDIES. thus, an altar appears to be created “between the living and the dead,” at the commencement of the present reign. Of a small tract of elementary lessons,

Letter of the Rev. Samuel Trawin, Misused for a spelling-book, which was put to

sionury at Calcutta, dated Kidderpore, press in April last, we have printed and dis

24th October, 1825, (including Extracts tributod about 13,000 copies: the number of those who have learned to read, therefore,

from his Journal) addressed to the Din

rectors. or who are learning, we estimate at 13,000; but the number is daily increasing.

Baptism of Five Hindoo Converts, Sc. The catechism which we printed in June HONOURED FATHERS AND BRETHREN, last, contains 71 questions and answers on Last Tuesday evening I had the unspeakthe most prominent doctrines of sacred

able pleasure of baptizing nine Hindoos,--scripture, has been with great cheerfulness

five adults and four children. Our chapel received and committed to memory by hun- was filled on the occasion, and the spectators dreds of the more forward learners, including seemed highly interested by the scene. Sethe young king, Karaimoku, and the prin

veral very respectable individuals of the civil cipal chiefs. With the same readiness they

and military departments were present: the are also committing to memory, of their own services of the evening were commenced by voluntary choice, the small tract of selected

singing that beautiful hymn of Dr. Watts', passages of scripture, which was published at

book i, hymn 39. the same time. While we have so much encouragement

“ God on his thirsty Zion hill, to labour, and whilo the work presses so

Some mercy-drops has thrown," &c. heavily on our hands, it is a great grief to us After singing, brother J. Hill read a chapto have another of our beloved fellow-la- ter, and engaged in prayer. Brother Warbourers called from the field. Brother den then gave us an excellent address from Stewart has the voice of the mission, and we Matt. xiii.

16, 17. We then sung a Bengalee think the pointing of Providence, to return, hymn; and I proposed the following queson account of the illness of his wife. They tions to the candidates, who stood up to are to sail in the Fawn, Captain Dale, by answer them in the midst of the congreway of England; and should they meet with gation: the friends of missions there, they are affec- Question 1. Why do you wish to renounce tionately commended to their fellowship and the Hindoo religion ? Christian kindness, in their present circum- Answer. The Hindoo religion enjoins the stances of affliction, as

strangers and worship of many gods, and proposes various pilgrims on the earth." Captain Dale has, modes of obtaining salvation: those gods I with distinguished liberality, generously of- have worshipped, their modes of purification fered them a gratuitous' passage to London, I have observed; but all in vain, therefore with their family. This we regard as the I wish to renounce it. more signally and happily providential for Q. 2. Why do you desire to embrace the them, because they will enjoy the assistance of religion of Jesus Christ? Dr. Short, on board the Fawn.

A. Because, by embracing it I shall obWe grieve to lose them ; but He wbose tain the salvation of my soul. is the harvest field, and with whom is the Q. 3. Do you know that you are a sinner ? appointment, the continuance, and the re- A. Yes, I know that I am a sinner; I am moval of the labourers, will, we trust, carry a great sinner, I have many times broken on his work in his own sovereign way, until God's laws. it is consummated, until he has spread his Q.4. Without the pardon or removal of gospel through the earth, raised his church sip, can you gain admittance into heaven to spotlou perleotiqh, and Afled his kingdom Nos } pannat ; for henyon in a holy

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MADAGASCAR.

place, and unless I am purified, I cannot greatly refreshed, and now, say among the enter therein.

heathen, the Lord hath done great thing's Q.5. Has God provided any remedy to for us, whereof we are glad. take away our sin ?

It is pleasing to remark, that a lady, to A. Yes, God has provided a remedy ; he whom the Society is greatly indebted, sent sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world for S. R. 55, the day the natives were baptized, the purpose of taking away our sins.

for the purpose of building a school-room in Q. 6. Who is the Lord Jesus Christ ? their village. A gentleman also, who was A. He is the Son of God, and the Saviour present, explained the next day to his serof the world.

vants what he had witnessed in the KidderQ. 7. How did Jesus Christ come into the pore Chapel the preceding evening. Three world ?

days subsequently, his servants sent for RamA. He came in human form,

hurree, the native preacher, and observed, Q.8. What did he give to save sinners ? that though they had been disposed, on forA. He gave bis blood.

mer occasions, to persecute and injure him, Q. 9. Do you then now, in this assembly, for his profession of Christianity, now they with one accord, before your own country- were willing to give him a deliberate hearmen, and strangers, and especially in the ing, that they might judge for themselves as presence of the great God, solemnly renounce to the propriety of embracing the religion of all false modes of obtaining salvation, and do Christ, you cordially embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as the only true refuge ?

AFRICAN ISLANDS, A. We do, we do; we renounce all other refuges, and cleave to Christ alone.

After answering the foregoing questions, with a simplicity which was highly gratifying, they all kneeled down, and in their de.

Extracts from a Report of the Public Exavotional attitude, were commended to God

mination of the Mission Schools in Madaby prayer, and received into the visible gascar, in the presence of King Radama, church by the instituted rite of baptism. A

on the 17th of March, 1825; drawn up few observations were then offered, to enforce

by James Hastie, Esq. the British Agent

Tananarivou. upon their attention the obvious duty of Christian parents dedicating their children to The visit of Radama in last April to the God.

Seminary superintended by Messrs. Jones These new disciples then presented their and Griffiths, brought to his notice that sedear little ones for baptism, observing, that veral of the first pupils of the Missionaries the children were not their own, for they were fit to aid their Preceptors, and make had given them to God; and that they would, the diffusion of instruction more general; divine assistance being granted, train them and, as it was then anticipated, the King up in the nurture and admonition of the took an occasion of making his desire Lord.

to that effect public amongst his subThus, dear and honoured Directors, have we jects, who were acquainted therewith at an again seen the door of faith opened to the Gen- assembly of the heads of tribes and chieftiles: thus have we seen one whole house- tains of the province convened in May to rehold, and parts of others, all baptized in the ceive the royal commands, previous to the name of our adorable Lord : thus have we celebration of the annual feast, which was beheld the branches, and their little buds, cut last year held on the 26th of May, and alout of the olive tree, which is wild by na- ways commences on the Wednesday or Saturture, and grafted into the good; where, ac- day preceding, or the expiration of the lunar cording to apostolic testimony, they will year, these having been considered lucky together partake of the root, and fatness of days by Radama's ancestors. the root. And now, bless the Lord, Oh our Such is the avidity with which the people souls, who remembered us in our low estate, of Imerina endeavour to obey the commands for his mercy endureth for ever.

of their King, that previous to the end of the A hymn of thanksgiving was then sung, month, in conformity with his wishes, ten and brother Ray concluded the solemnity by schools were established in the vicinity of commending the new converts to the grace the capital, and the principal persons of of God, who is able to build them up, and some villages, to which teachers were not give them an inheritance among them who sent on the first distribution, made applicaare sanctified. The European part of the tion that they also should be favoured with congregation having dispersed, the natives means to prepare their children for the still remained, and Ramhurree conversed King's service : hence the number of out, with them more at large on the impor- schools was subsequently increased to 23, tance of what they had seen and heard. and the total number of children under inn Thus closed the most solemn and interesting střuction to upwards of 2,000, Aay have ever seen, Indeed we aro all Radama having given two days natle of his intention to visit the Seminary, the so- of th) distinctly, which is most difficult of nior classes of the Country Schools were all the English sounds to be pronounced by directed to attend; and the young students, them, as it is a sound which is not found in attended by their parents, or some other their own language. They can spell any branches of their family, crowded that part English word, and their answers to quesof the town where the school-room is si- tions from Goldsmith's Geography evinces tuated.

that care has been taken to give them the The inspection commenced by Mr. Grif- first rudiments of a correct knowledge of fith's reading some verses of those parts of that science, for their advancement in which, the Scriptures which have been translated they attend occasional lectures on the use of into the Madagasse tongue by Mr. Jones the globes. and himself, to be written on slates by all Radama being satisfied with the profithe children of the Parent Seminary; and ciency of the children of his Vourouna this was done with such celerity and correct- Muhery, the great supporters of his dignity, ness, as greatly surprised Radama, who was they were permitted to make room for their soon convinced on his dictating some diffi- pupils, the students at the Country Schools,* cult sentences, which were with equal who, on entering, bounded over the seats in speed submitted to him in writing, that the the same way that they are accustomed to boys were so far advanced as to be well ca- pass the craggy rocks adjacent to their pable of either transcribing from a copy, dwellings, which are mostly situated on emiwriting what might be dictated to them, or nenees. A little order being restored, the committing their own ideas to paper. Their King dictated several sentences, which were copy-books were exhibited, and Radama re- committed to slates with readiness; several marked, that they were clean, in a tone that answered questions in the first Rules of could not fail to give pleasure to his audi- Arithmetic without hesitation; and some tors; and their ready answers to questions made calculations to such extent as the lanin arithmetic, put to them in their own lan- guage does not afford a term for. guage, afforded him much satisfaction, and They all spell well in their vernacular was a source of no little amusement to his tongue; and their knowledge of the Cateattendants, who, within a short period, chism, wbilst it proves the advantages of the would have attributed the solution of such Sunday-school and the Sunday visits of the mysterious problems to a deep knowledge of Missionaries, testifies that the Instructors sorcery. The questions in arithmetic were placed over them by these Gentlemen have generally answered so far as the Rule of been duly impressed with the necessity of Three, and some boys appeared anxious to instilling into the minds of their pupils such exhibit their acquaintance with more ad- principles as may lead them to a knowledge vanced rules. All were found well acquainted of themselves and their weakness, and give with the Catechism, which has been framed them some idea of the unbounded greatness in the Madagasse language by the Missiona- and benevolence of their Maker. ries, after the plan of Dr. Brown's Catechism, An investigation of the progress of the with three appendixes annexed to it, together female scholars came also under notice. with Watts's Catechism of Scripture Names; They were all found to have advanced in and it was noticed, that when the senior boys reading, spelling, and writing ; the neatness were answering questions, the junior classes of their dresses served as an ample testimony always repeated them, and were very ready in of their improvement in needle-work. Their replying to such as, in course, fell to them. general conduct and knowledge of the CateThe Monitor who put the questions, by di- chism proves that the lessons afforded them rection, varied widely from the regular order, are not of a limited nature, and that the care and every instance proved that the children of Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Griffiths materially were so well grounded in the instruction given tends to advance them equally in book inthem, that they cannot be surprised on any struction, cleanliness, and correct demean. inquiry connected with the translation from Indeed, the number of clean-washed wbieb they had been taught.

faces and hands and well-clothed persons Some of the boys read passages of the who attended the inspection, gave the ca: Madagasse translation of the Scriptures, pital quite an air of festivity, which in past which has been made into their own tongue, days was seldom witnessed there, except and their proficiency in its orthography also when preparations were making for maraudexcited the particular attention of Radama, ing excursions—a ruinous system now no who liberally approved of the method in longer pursued. which they have been instructed, although On the conclusion of the girls' lessons, it differs from that which he himself has practised.

• A considerable number of the youths Their reading-lesson in English was the educated at the Royal School, or College at fifth chap. of John. It was pleasing to find Tananarivou, have been appointed to the their diphthong sounds improved, and that charge of Schools in various parts of the they endeavoured to pronounce the (sound country.--Ed.

our.

the boys were re-admitted, and a hymn and of a pripting-press, to enable the Missionaa translation of God Save the King was ries to publish lessons, the bymns which they sung by the whole; after which, Radama have composed, and such of the many parts of addressed the children, saying, that what he the Scriptures which they have translated. had this day witnessed, put him in possession Of the boys under instruction, and those of the present state of the Schools, and from sent out as Teachers, eighteen have lately the observations he had made he would, on been selected for military service by the ora future occasion, be enabled to judge of any ders of the King, wbo finding his best improvement the scholars shall have made ; endeavours for the good government of the he therefore called the attention of all to country cramped, and sometimes paralyzed emulation, declaring that those who made for want of agents capable of communicating most progress in learning would find most with him in writing, is now well convinced favour with him; and, ordering those who that it is necessary that he should use every had come from the country a present of means in his power to forward the instructwelve bullocks and some fruit for their sup- tion of his people, and advance in bis service pers, he told them that they might return those who acquit themselves to his satisfacto their homes at their own convenience, tion. It may, therefore, reasonably be exbearing in mind that it was his desire they pected, that the prejudices of the people, and should pay attention to the instruction af- the evil effects of the malicious tales which forded them. The few words permitting have been related to them, will yield to the their return wore received with loud and long perseverance of the King, and that, at no reiterated acclamations of joy,* and but a distant period, missionary instruction will be little time elapsed when the parents sent to more eagerly sought after. the King a tribute of uncut money in token Of the artizans, Mr. Chick, the smith has of their acquiescence with his orders for the most constant employ, and has found it expromotion of knowledge amongst their chil- pedient, now his apprentices have become dren.

useful, to extend his establishment, that he It was noticed, that in the month of May may be enabled to have an opportunity of last year ten Schools were established, and giving the natives that instruction in his thirteen villages subsequently supplied with trade which he purposed on his embarking Teachers from the Parent Seminary, which for this country. still labours under much difficulty for want Mr. Canham, though not without some

employ in his trade, might undertake much * In 1820, when a treaty was entered more work than he has orders for, and the into by Sir R. T. Farquhar, M.P., late Go- want of lime still prevents him from introvernor of the Mauritius, &c. on the part of ducing the art of tanning ; he has for some His Britannic Majesty, with King Radama, time been superintending a School at a little for the purpose of putting a stop to the slave distance from the capital. traffic in Madagascar, some of the persons It has been found advisable that Mr. Rowinterested in the traffic falsely affirmed, that land should also devote his time to school the object of the Governor, in the treaty, instruction, as the demand for native growth was to bring the people of Ovah under Bri- and manufacture, which is sold at a price tish influence, in order that their country materially lower than the purchaser of the might more easily fall a prey to British raw article can afford, does not permit of power; insinuating, at the same time, to his attempting a competition. the people, that their children would, in that case, be taken away from them, and, with the consent of King Radama, be re- • A printing-press has been sent out for duced to slavery.-ED.

the use of the Madagascar mission.

FETTER LANE AUXILIARY MISSIONARY SOCIETY. On Wednesday evening, April 5, the annual meeting of this Society was held in Fetterlane chapel; the Rev. G. Burder, pastor of the congregation, was called to the chair ; the Rev. J. Morison, of Brompton, supplicated the blessing of God. After the chairman had explained the object of the meeting, and read extracts of letters from Mr. Blossom, missionary artizan at Eimeo, who was sent out by the congregation in Fetter-lane ; the Secretary, Mr. Baugh read the report of the Committee for the year, and the Rev. Dr. Mor. rison, H. F. Burder, J. Arundel, Home Secretary of the Parent Society, Rev. W. Reeve, and S. Curwen, successively addressed the meeting.

It is probable that many of our readers may have seen a report of the above meeting which appeared in The Times newspaper of the 7th of April. As that report contains several inaccuracies, some of them contradictory to common sense, and as it has been copied verbatim into several other public journals, we consider it proper to afford our friends the means of correcting the mis-statements alluded to, by laying before them, in two opposite columns, the statements made at the public meeting, and those made in The Times newspaper. Statements as in The Times Newspaper.

Actual Statements. that in the island of Ceylon the exertions That the American Board of Missions has of the Missionary Societies have been so formed a plan for the establishment, in successful, that a college has been built on Ceylon, of a native college for both Oriental that island, where no less than 10,000 per- and European literature. It was also stated, sons are at present in progress of education, that 10,000 native children are receiving not only in religion, but in the arts and Christian instruction in that island. sciences, and in general literaturo.

In Hindostan, not less than 100,000 per. That not less than 100,000 children have sons have embraced Christianity; and at been already brought under religious instrucCalcutta, five Indian chiefs and their atten- tion in the various missionary institutions dants have undergone the Christian ceremony throughout the heathen world ; and that a of baptism.

letter has been recently received containing an interesting account of the baptism, at Calcutta, of five Hindoos (together with their children) on a public avowal of their abandonment of idolatry, and their faith in the gospel of Christ.

That some time ago a number of, or at That some natives on the eastern part of least several, missionaries were sent to New the island of New Zealand, some time ago Zealand, on a converting expedition. (such is seized an English boat's crew, whom they the language employed, in a country called killed and devoured. Christian, to describe a Christian mission to the heathon.] Having arrived on the coast of that savage country, they disembarked, but had not proceeded but a very short distance

up the country, when they were attacked by an army of cannibals, who, after putting the whole party of missionaries and their attendants to the most cruel and horrid deaths, made a feast of their bodies, every one of which they devoured, except one; and in this one the well-known cannibal chief, Chingoo, cut a large circular hole in the centre, through which he put his own head, and thus, carrying the dead body on his shoulders, marched triumphantly at the head of his devouring army.

We are happy on being enabled to assure our readers, that the above statements in TheTimes, so far as they relate to missionaries in New Zealand, are entirely without foundation, not one missionary having lost his life while endeavouring to benefit the natives of that barbarous country. Such instances, however, of wanton barbarity as that erroneously ascribed at the meeting to the New Zealand chief, however apparently incredible, have formerly happened in a neighbouring groupe of Islands, and, as well as the above-mentioned statement as to the seizure, by natives of New Zealand, of an English boat's crew, rest on the authority of individuals whom the speaker regarded

as worthy of implicit confidence. On the appearance of the report in The Times to which this article relates, a corrected statement was immediately sent to that paper for insertion, but was refused.

NOTICES.

CÁMBRIDGESHIRE.
The Fourteenth Anniversary of the Cam-

bridgeshire Auxiliary Missionary Society will SOUTH BUCKS.

be held on Tuesday, the 30th inst., at the

Rev. T. Hopkin's Meeting-house, when The Annual Meeting of this Auxiliary two sermons will

be preached; that in the will be held at High Wycombe on Tuesday, morning by Rev. Richard Elliot, Eversden ; 23d inst., at which the Rev. William Orme, and that in the evening by Rev. Henry and Rev. J. Arundel, London, with the Rev. Townley, from Calcutta. The Meeting for W. Ellis, Missionary, are engaged to attend, business in the afternoon.

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