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must be good from whence these bran-look and be saved. If he then, said ches come; and proceeded to show he, he a Saviour for all the world, how them how every man by nature was is it that the Europeans, who appear to averse from these righteous com- have had him revealed to them, did dmanments, and of course from the not all this time make him known to God who gave them; which state of us? I told him, this did not lessen the mind must be a state of wickedness, truth of my assertion; for that all the and of the utmost danger. They then Europeans whom he saw in India were shewed them how Jesus Christ came not Christians." into the world to deliver men both March 11. The Missionaries having from the guilt and the dominion of hearil that at Chagda, about 24 miles sin; and that their errand into this from Serampore, a large concourse of country was wholly to bring a message people would be asembled, sent thithof love, to make known these glad ti-, er Jonathan Carey, with the native dings to them, and beg them to come converts Deepchund and Vikoonthaz to Christ and share the blessings which They arrived there the next morning they themselves enjoyed, appeal- at seven. “Here,” the itenerants obing to them whether, in the twelve served," a spectacle was exhibited years that they had resided near them, which we seldom witness. The river, any thing had appeared in their con- which at this place is about three quarduct which could lead them to deem ters of a mile wide, was covered with them enemies instead of friends ?- men, women, and children, nearly to They answered, 'No;' and seemed the middle of the stream. extremely attentive to the discourse. place was a Brahmu and his train of

Feb. 23, 1812. “In the afternoon," followers, dipping themselves with the observes one of the Missionaries, "I greatest devotion in the sacred stream ; renewed my visit to the once harden- in another, a mother was seen drage ed prisoners in the house of correction. sing her shivering child into the river ; The women here are but little interes in another, a Gooroo instructing his dis ed; but the men, both old and young, ciples in the rites and ceremonies pracHindoos and Musselmans, when 1 tised on these occasions; in short, every compared their conduct towards God one, from the grey head to the youth to that of the prodigal, and set forth scarcely versed in idolatrous ceremohvis long-suffering and mercy through nies, rich and poor, Brahmuns, and the Son of his love, were so affected Shoodrus, all seemed intent on the that both they and myself found it a same object. The immense crouds painful task to part. They followed which thronged the shore seemed like me as far as they could, and when we a forest of heads. Some had travelparfed it was with tears. One of the led journeys of several days; some seapoys on the guard, a Hindoost'ha- had come from Chitagong, others from nee man, told me with tears also, that Orissa &from other parts of the country though I had spoken in Bengalee the 'not less than a hundred miles distant, words had pierced his heart. During About seven in the morning we went my address, an Inquisitive Hiudoo in- out, and Deepchund began to speak to terrupted me, by asking me where our the people; but so great was the press. Lord Jesus Christ the new Saviour that we were obliged to climb a boat that I declared to them, had been for which lay on the shore with its bottom so long a time, that he had only now upwards: from which place we declarheard of him? I told him that the ed to them the inefficacy of the act Saviour I preached was no new Sav- they were then performing to remove jour, but the only one appointed of their sins, and pointed them to the God, even that God against whom we Lamb of God. The people listened with had sinned; and that to him alone all the greatest attention. After preaching the ends of the earth are exhorted to for more than an hour, we brouhl


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from our own boat a number of scrip-, went to the market, and from thence to ture-tracts, but we were again obliged a place where two robbers were hung to ascend the boat, where the people in chains : here the people's aitention followed us, clambering up the sides was drawn off from our discourse, by till the boat stself was covered with a number of lewd fellows; and night the crowd, all eager to obtain books. coming on, we returned to the boat. Thinking our situation unsafe, on ac- In our way, we beheld a most. gratify. count of the pressure of the crowd, we ing spectacle: a number of people retired to our owu boat; but there al- were setting under a tree, growing so the people followed us for books; close to an old temple in ruins, dedisome up to their necks in water; some cated to Shiva;. and in the midst of even swam to the boat, and having ob them, a Brahınun who had obtained a tained the pamphlets, swam again to pamphlet, was explaining its contents the shore. After resting a few min. to the attentive croud. I could not utes, we landed a little way higher up help stopping to contemplate this scene and ascending a small hillock, where a for a moment-one of these images large number soon surrounded us, we of the divinity, with a poita hung again declared the truths of the Gos-round his neck who had just been pel. A young Brahmun, who said he bathing with the rest of the people in was acquainted with Mr. Carey, rais- the sacred stream, and from whose ed a shout among the people crying lips nothing had ever proceeded but out Huribul, * which was soon vocife- the praises of the gods, at the very rated by the whole croud, so that all door of the temple too, within whose our efforts to be heard, were ineffectual. walls he perhaps had been accustomed

The noise having in some measure to pay his idolatrous adorations, and subsided, we resumed our discourse. from which very likely he had all his At length, Vikoontha discovered some life received his maintenance-this people from his native village, whom man became an unwitting teacher of he addressed for more than an hour; is the Gospel! This sight was so new after which a Brahmun, whose house and so cheering, that it compensated lay at the entrance into the town of for all our trouble. Returning through Chagda, entreated us to come and ex- the Bazar, we saw a man, who hadi plain this new doctrine. We went, been disappointed in obtaining a pamand hither a croud followed us to phlet, buying a book of a boy who had whom we explained our message. Du- received it from us gratis. On the ring the discourse, ü lewd Brahmun whole, considering the vast concourse came up, and, insulting us, said, that if |of people, we have reason to bless we would bestow upon him the means God for what was done ; some thouof gratifying his lewd desires, he would sands of scripture-tracts were distribubecome our disciple. Upon this, the ted, many of théin to people who had Brahmun who had invited us took up come more than ten days' journey, the matter, upbraided him for uttering and who will carry them back into such vilc sentiments, and continued their own country; so that though they disputing with him a considerable time. went to Chagda to worship a river, I was glad to observe, that the people they may have found Him who is the scemed to exult at his being put to pearl of great price; and perhaps shame. Having unanimously driven others also may become inclined to him away, they entreated us to pro- read these painphlets, and may be conceed. After preaching for a long time, verted. Night coming on, and all our we distributed a number of tracts stores being exhausted, we took our which the people received with the leave, and arrived at Serampore on greatest eagerness. From hence we Friday night, where we learned that

A Sort of Huzza! as -Great is Diana of the printing office had been consumed The Ephesians.

two days before. To be continued.

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indamed, property dissipated, health TO THE CITIZENS OF ALBANT. undermined, reputation and cred t

The alarming judgments of Godblaster!, judgment impaired, and souls pouring on our contry are evidence of destroyed. The consequences vur guilt and his displeasure The pi-deplorable --Wives broken heartet, ous will observe and endeavor to - children in hunger, rags and igno. derstand these dispensations. The ranre. Self condemuation with want thoughtless and the wicked will dis- of resolution to amend! bloated pise them till hardened through the countenances, and bodies underved, deceitfulness of sin, they are over-dropsies, epilepsies, delirium, distracwhelmed in ruin and destruction. tion, despair; a midnight of misery,

Similar sins in every age are visited before the mid-day of life ; a death full with similar judgments. Swearing, of horror and pain; a grave unlamenprofanation of the Sabbath, drunken- tel. ness, lying and injustice, brought the From such scenes can honor, truth destroying sword on the flourshing na- and rectitude be expected. Promises tiga of Israel, and has made Judah va- are rashly made and never remembergabonds on the earth for nearly iwo ed. Engagements are entered into thousand years. These sias shame- j and never fulfilled.

Difficulties profully prevail in our land, and for these duce falsehood and evasion, and teri: now mourns.

minate in fraud and dishonesty. That profanation of the name of Is this picture overcharged ? Listen God, fearful imprecations, and lan-to the language of our streets-visit guage blasphemous and obscene, families of dissipation in the severity abound among all ranks, and contam- of winter-attend the Police officeinate our taste and our youth, impu- examine the calendars of dram-shops, dence itself will not deny. In meet- and listen to their annals, and you ings for social and civil purposes, in will be compelled to exclaim, the half our streets, in commun conversation, is not told. and in the sacred bosom of many fam- Have we no laws to restrain such ilies, language is frequently heard that vices, and to punish such offenders ? would cover a heathen with blushes. We have, and the 34th chapter of the The ear of hoary age and female deli- laws of our state, an aci for surpresscacy is not respected; nor does rising ing immoralily, is clear and applicable. modest youth escape the foul assault. Have we no magistrates to enforce

Profanation of the Sabbath as might these laws, and carry them into exebe expected, accompanies contempt cution ? We have magistrates, virtuof the name of God. Sabbaths are ous, vigilant and discreet; but the ofhardly enjoyed by our cattle and our fences and offenders rarely fall under servants, through feasting and dissipa- their eye ; and citizens who daily are tion. Our streets, our taverns, and insulted by them are loath to comour drawing rooms, are inore frequen- plain and unwilling to prosecute. ted than our churches.

The friends of humanity and morals The use of ardent spirits prevails in might form voluntary associations, our laod to a disgraceful extent, and when by their numbers and their influin the most dangerous excess. In the ence they might claim respect to aid hours of labour, and in the hours of magistrates in detecting and prosecurest, in society and solitude, by day ting offenders. apd by night, in the bosom of domes- In London, and the principal cities tic retirement, as well as in the tavern, of Britain, men of prudence, temperthis deleterious, this impoverishing ance and fortitude, have entered into cup incessantly circulate3 without such associations with uncommon suc. moderation. In this inglorious man- cess, and annually receive from their ner tempers are corrupted, passions fellow-citizers the applause which

their exertions, and impartiality merit. this place. I mentioned in that, that

Under these impressions, and anim- the Bengal Government had advised ated with such examples, several citi-| that we should not be allowed to rezeps, though conscious of their own main here, and my fears that we should insufficiency, yet conscious of the up-ultimately be sent to England. The rightness of their intention, have resol-explanation of our conduct, which we ved to attempt the formation of a so-made to the government here, prodų. ciety of this nature, and they earnest-ced so favorable an impression, that we iy invite, and fondly hope, that every had begun to entertain great hopes of well-wisher to the prosperity of morals || success in our attempt, when a new in our city, and whose circumstances difficulty unexpectedly arose ;-a disiinay permit, will hasten to join them. culty which makes our present situa

The object of the society will be, tion very doubtful. The Aligator from to engage the members themselves to Salem put into Calcutta from stress of greater circumspection in their own weather, and was taken possession of conduct and conversation, and to dis- by government, because she had viocountenance and discourage impiety lated, her privilege with which she and immorality by christian exhorta- left your country, by cruising about tion-to devise the most prudeat and the Cape of Good Hope to give inforeffectual measures for the detection ination of the war to American ships. and prosecution of public offenders, That the Governor has informed us, and to aid magistrates and the officers he fears he shall be under the neof the police in reclaiming them by cessity of sending us to England, confine, or otherwise-to give aid and fa- sidering the fears which the General cility to constables and other officers | Govermment manifest that political and when employed in the faithful dis- missionary purposes are or may be mincharge of their duties. In fine, that gled in the American mission. What as inuch as possible they may pro- will be the event, God only knows.scribe from our streets filthy and im- The Governor here expresses his firin pious language-the reeling drunkard, confidence in the integrity of our deand the noisy salbath-breaker without signs; and we yet indulge much hope, respect to persons.

and particularly, because we have not A meeting of the friends of this been ordered to go by the ships which measure is , requested at Mechanic will carry this letter. We know that Hall, on Tuesday the 27th day of the same God who delivered 118 once September inst. at 6 o'clock in the before, and brought us safely to this evening, when the plan of a constitution place when every arrangement had will be laid before the meeting for been made for carrying us on board a their consideration, and ulterior meas. ship for England, is able to deliver us ures taken for the organization of the now.

We trust it will yet appear to society.

be His sovereign will; that we shall endeavor to be prepared for the worst, and it would not be surprising if we

should be sent to England by the next RET, SAMUEL NOTT, MISSIONART IN IN- ship. I am happy to tell you that God DIA, TO HIS FATHER.

has given us a little daughter, born the Bombay, July 28, 1813. 24th of May,--a proper and healthy My dear parent,

child. May she be the Lord's from My last letter was written from infancy to age, and through eternity. this place in March last, and sent by We have determined to call her the way of England.

Ilarriet, after our deceased sister NewThat letter, which I hope you will ell, whose early death we most deeply have received before the arrival of regret. The circumstances of that this, stated to you our situation in distressing event you will probably

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have heard, before you receive this. Spirit:-and yet dying every day The LORD confort her friends. going to the bar of GOD!

Mrs. Nott enjoys very good health In the midst of these things and I may say the same of myself. heart is often insensible; but We live quietly in our own house with must beg you to feel for them and brother Hall, and have the common for them:

them blessings of life in sufficient abundance; carnestness and faith. also, kind friends to add to our com- We long to hear from you. fort. We have heard nothing from not yet despair of hearing by the you since we left America. We have lem Schooner. Oh, that we ce been expecting to receive letters by have news of your prosperity, and the American vessels mentioned|pecially, that the church prospers, above, but as yet we have received the midst of the calamities which none. Ever since our last letter, broth-falling on the land. If the unhap er Hall and I have been studying the war should cease, you would ha Mahratta language, under the tuition many opportunities of sending to C of our Bramin, with whom we con-cutta to the care of the Baptist bre verse considerably; and have read aren. part of a book. This language is spo- August 15. I am happy to say th ken by the inhabitants of this Island, we are all well to this date. We hay and the neighboring Island and counljust heard that brother Judson ha trý. This Island contains 220,000 gone to Rangoon. Brother Newell inhabitants,—all buried in gross igno- at Ceylon waitiog to join us. rance and stupidity : surely a number

Your dutiful Son, worthy of our exertions and prayers,

SAM'L. NO IT. if souls are truly valuable. I suppose that this Island with two arljacent ones

BOMBAY, Dec. 220, 1813. contains more inhabitants than our My Dear Parent, native state. Oh, how different their This morning I directed to you a moral condition ! In the one there are half sheet of paper written partly by hundreds of thousands of Bibles ;-in-myself, and partly by Mrs. Nott, and numerable books to explain and en- sent it off for the packet, which was force its doctrines anti present its then closing; but understanding that hopes ;-multitudes of Ministers labor- the ships will not sail till to-morrow ing, instructing, and awakening; saints morning, I began a new letter.* I living upon the word ;-obeying their seem, my dear parent, in a kind of Heavenly Father; receiving their com amazement. I wonder and adore all fort from his presence: and above all God's gracious deliverances in such the Holy Spirit teaching ministers and an hour of distress as ours was yesterchurches to cry, Abba,Father, and fre- day. Our going to England seemed quently shedding down his influences, then absolutely certain. Think of ue and bringing sinners froin darkness to packing up with all our might; laying light. Here there are some who are in stores for a sis months' voyage; called Christians. Among the few settling our accounts; receiving letters English there are, perhaps, none that for England ! parting with our friends ; love the Lord. There are 30,000 Rosending our baggage out of the house ; man Catholics, but as ignorant as the and then consider how strange-how heathen. The remainder are heathen marvellous—how worthy of gratitude or Mahomedans. No Bibies; no reli- | to find ourselves seated writing, instead gious books;--no knowiedge of the of going, and indulging the hope of bedoctrines of the gospel ;- no minis- ing allowed to remain in this place.ters giving them line upon line and Thus GOD has delivered us now.urging them to their happiness ;-10 *The intelligence contained in the letter saints living upon the word-no Holy here alluded tu is comprised in this

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