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MISSIONARY CHRONICLE

FOR-MARCH, 1826.

LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

SUBSCRIPTIONS and DONATIONS in aid of the Funds of this Society will be thankfully received by the Treasurer or Secretaries, at the Mission-House, Austin Friars, London.

The Directors have great pleasure in announcing to their numerous Friends, that they have engaged the following Ministers to preach on behalf of the Society, at the next Anniversary in London, on the 10th, 11th, and 12th days of May

Rev, R, S. M'ALL, A.M, Macclesfield. Rev. JAMES SHERMAN, Reading. Rev, DAVID RUSSELL, Dundee. Rev. T. MORTIMER, A.M, London,

TO AUXILIARY SOCIETIES. The Officers of the Auxiliary Societies are respectfully and earnestly requested to transmit their respective Contributions, on or before the 31st instant, together with correct Lists of Subscribers of Ten Shillings and upwards, alphabetically arranged, for insertion in the Annual Report, with a separate Statement of the sums collected from Congregations or Branch Associations, by Deputations sent from London. They are also requested to mention the number of large and small Reports that will be required for Subscribers respectively,

The Ladies' Auxiliary Societies in London and its Vicinity, are respectfully requested to meet at the Mission-House, Austin Friars, on Wednesday, the 29th instant, at Eleven o'clock in the Morning, to pay their Subscriptions, and the amount of their respective Collections, &c. After which an address will be delivered by one of the Directors.

The Committees, Officers, and Collectors, of the various Auxiliary Missionary Societies, both of Ladies and Gentlemen, in London and its Vicinity, will hold their Annual Meeting at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate-street, on Tuesday, April 5, when the sums contributed by the Societies respectively, will be reported; the said sums having been paid in, at the Mission-House, Austin Friars, on or before the 31st of March, William Aler. Hankey, Esq. Treasurer, will take the Chair preeisely at hall-past six o'clock; Hoveral Ministers, and Missionaries from diferent parts of the world, have kindly engaged to address the Meeting.

ULTRA GANGES.

temple ; that we wished to convert them by reason, not by force; and that if they could give us any other spot equally valuable, and

as suitable to our purpose, we would most PROPOSED CHAPEL AT MALACCA. gladly make the exchange. In order to pre

vent any misunderstanding on the subject, Letter of Rev. Messrs Humphreys, Collie, we addressed a letter to the captain of the

and Kidd, Missionaries at Malacca, dated Chinese, in which we assured him, that we 6th October, 1826, addressed to the Se

should feel extremely sorry to hurt the feel. eretury.

ings of our. Chiuese brethren; and that we

had rather build our chapel in some other DEAR SIR,

place, could it be procured, than close by We have the pleasure of forwarding to you their temple. In the mean time, we went to some papers relative to the erection of a see a spot of ground which they had selected Mission Chapel in the town of Malacca. for us, which being more central than that This mission has now been established for a which we had purchased, and on the whole à considerable length of time; the truths of good situation, we felt anxious to procure. revelation have been, to a considerable ex- We consequently expressed ourselves pertent, disseminated among the Heathen and fectly willing to accept of it in exchange for Mahommedan population ; our objects are the other. But the proprietors not being now pretty well known to the natives, whose inclined to dispose of it, we received a letter confidence we have in some measure gained; from Captain China, informing us that they and if we may judge from their willingness to had completely failed to procure a suitable read our books, we must conclude that they spot of ground; at the same time assuring us are in some degree inclined to listen to the that they felt highly pleased with the manner messages of mercy which we are sent to pro- in which we had conducted the business, and claim. The Roman Catholics, the Moham- commending our disinterested exertions in medans, the Clings, and the Chinese, have diffusing the knowledge of divine principles their respective temples, where they pay among the people. their adorations to their several objects of You will see from the accompanying papers worship; we alone, as yet, have no house with what readiness Mr. Cracroft, Acting erected to the honour of Him whose gospel Resident, sanctioned and supported our obwe wish to proclaim. Hence we have deemed jects. By bis recommendation, our subit our duty to adopt measures for the erection scriptions have been already increased, and he of a small and commodious chapel in the has voluntarily promised to recommend the town of Malacca, and thus ostensibly plant object to his frieneks. It is unnecessary to the standard of the cross in the very centre of say, that he merits the public thanks of the the camp of the aliens.

Society for his liberality and patronage. We It was our wish to build in the centre of are bound likewise to mention, to the honour the Chinese town, in order to afford them the of our Malacca friends, that they most greatest facility of attending ; but after a cheerfully subscribed to our object. None long and fruitless search, we found it impos- refused on being applied to; but some who sible to find such a situation, but at an enor- were not applied to, begged to be permitted mous expense. At last we succeeded in to subscribe. purchasing a piece of ground, close by the The expense of erecting the chapel, inprincipal Chinese temple in Malacca. The cluding the purchase of ground, is estimated situation is at once retired, and yet in the at 7001.; rather more than the third of immediate vicinity of the Chinese and Malay which sum has been subscribed on the spot, population, although not so central as we and we hope to receive something more in could have wished. The ground is at present India ; so that we expect, with what our covered with fruit trees, some of which we friends at home may do for us, to be able to mean to let remain, to defray in part the present the projected chapel as a free gift to expenses attending the worship of God in the Missionary Society. If any of the Di. the chapel.

rectors, or any of their friends, will assist us No sooner had the Chinese heard that we a little, we shall feel very grateful; but we intended to build a chapel directly in front of do not wish to apply for any assistance from their temple, than they took the alarm, and the funds of the Society, until we see what a deputation waited upon us, begging that we

our friends do for us.' At the same time we would give up the ground to them, in ex- trust that, should we fail to raise the requichange for some other spot which they pro, site sum from other quarters, the Society mised to purchase for us. In reply we told

will make up the deficiency. them, that we had no wish to shock their We have purchased wood, and mean to prejudices; that nothing but our having fail. commence building in the course of a few ed to procure a suitable place elsewhere had days. When finished, the chapel will be Laduced us to propose building, so near their made over to the Society by legal deeis.

success.

Mrs. Humphreys and Mrs. Kidd unite with of a chapel in Malacca, in promotion of the us in kind regards to yourself and all the views of the London Missionary Society for Directors.

evangelizing the heathen, and preaching the (Signed) JAMES HUMPHREYS. doctrines of Christianiiy in the native DAVID COLLIE.

tongues. SAMUEL Kidd.

In reply to which, I have to acquaint you, that the permission requested by you is

granted, and to add my earnest wishes that To W. S. Cracroft, Esq. Acting Resident your exertions for the benefit of the inhabiof Malacca, &c. &c.

tants of Malacca may be crowned with The Petition of James Humphreys, David Collie, and Samuel Kidd ;

I am, Gentlemen,

Your most obedient servant, Most respectfully showeth,

(Signed) W.S. CRACROFT. That your Potitioners are Protestant Mis

Acting Resident. şionarieś residing in Malacca under the Malacca, 17th Sept. 1825. patronage of the London Missionary Society, whose sole object is the spread of the gospel amongst the heathen and other unenlightened Copy of a Printed Address, circulated at nations.

Malacca to the Public, concerning the That your petitioners have been sent to Building of a Mission Chapel in the Town this place with a view to introduce the know- of Malacca. ledge of Christianity amongst its Chinese population, by those means which may ap

In the year 1815, the Rev. William Milne,

Protestant Missionary, under the patronage pear to them the most eligible; such as the distribution of tracts, the establishment of Malacca, with a view to introduce the Chris

of the London Missionary Society, arrived at schools, and the preaching of the gospel. That in pursuance of their object, they the colony.

tian Religion among the Chinese settlers of deem it their duty, in addition to the schools

Mr. Milne was most cordially received by wbich are established, and the instructions which are by other means conveyed to em

Major Farquhar, Resident of Malacca, and

by the other British authorities of the settlebrace opportunities of preaching the doctrines

ment. To those gentlemen, as well as to of Christi&nity. That although some years have elapsed granted a piece of land for the benefit of the

the Pinang Government, who most readily since this mission was first established, there has been hitherto no place of worship in

Mission, the Missionary Society is laid under which the natives could assemble for religious great and lasting obligations.

Mr. Milne opened his Mission, by estainstruction. That you, Sir, being the chief authority structing Chinese children in the principles

blishing Free Schools for the purpose of inin the settlement, your Petitioners, in hopes of their Petition being favourably received, culating small Chinese Tracts, explanatory

of Christianity, and by drawing up and cirhave resolved to solicit your sanction to the

of the nature and importance of the Chriserection of a small chapel in the town of

tian Religion. Malacca, for the purposes above specified.

On commencing these operations he found, Wherefore, your Petitioners pray that you

that among the Chinese Settlers there exwill take this case into your early considera

isted considerable prejudice against sending tion.

their children to his Schools. Their prejuYour Petitioners will ever pray, &c.

dices, however, have gradually subsided, and (Signed) JAMES HUMPLEI.

the number of Schools has, BY THE REQUEST DAVID COLLIE. SAMUEL KIDD.

OF THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES, been from time

to time increased, so that at present there are Malaoca, 15th Sept. 1825.

seven Chinese Schools, containing upwards of two hundred boys, connected with the Mission: and had we more funds, we might

still increase the numher of our Chinese No. 19).

Service.

Schools. In all these little Seminaries, the To the Rev. J. Humphreys, D. Collie, and principles of the inspired records are taught,

and the children are, we trust, undergoing S. Kidd, Protestant Missionaries.

that discipline, which will ultimately prepare GENTLEMEN, I HAVE had the honour to receive your preaching of the Gospel.

them for listening with advantage to the Petition, dated the 15th instant, soliciting

Mr. Milne and his brethren, who subsethe permission of government for the erection

quently joined the Mission, in addition to

the opening of Schools, and the circulation le. No commodious place for that purpose ber of Traets, likewise proclaimed the Gospel of longing to the mission --5,

pesce by the living solce. But to this page

COPY OF THE ANSWER.

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18 sent day no Chapel has been erected, where Chitty, Lieut.

50 either the Chinese, or Malays can assemble

Cuthbertson, R. J. Esq. Master Attendant
Colquhoun, Lieut. W.

20 for the purpose of hearing the Gospel.

Baumgarten, J. W. Esq. The way having been thus prepared by the D'Wind, J. W. Esq. above mentioned efforts, and a complete Chi

De Wit, Esq.
Friend, A

20 nese version of the Sacred Scriptures, baving

Henderson, W. Esq, Pinang been made by Dr. Morrison, assisted by the Hendriks, J. Esq. late Dr. Milne, we consider that the erection Jonkman, Mr. J. of a small Chapel in the Town of Malacca,

Irving, Mr. Wm., Hull, by Mrs. Kidd.

Irving, Mrs. ditto. ditto.... would, through the divine blessing, tend to

Irving, Mr. Wm. jun., ditto.. give much more efficiency to the Mission. Koek, D. Esq. Viewing the subject in this light, we, the Keun, Mr. Abra.

Kraal, H. Esq. undersigned, being Protestant Missionaries

Kraal, W. Esq. sent out by the London Missionary Society, Lindesay, S. K. Esq. having obtained the sanction of W. S. Cra- Lum, A. croft, Esq. Resident of Malacca, have re- Minjoot, A. Esq.

Mutala Naikey solved to erect a small Chapel to be exclu

Neubronner, Thomas, Esq. sively devoted to Missionary purposes. Neubronner, J. Esq,

Although intended principally for the be- Overree, P. Esq. nefit of the Chinese population, yet in the

Overree, J. J. Esq.

Rodyk, A. Esq. event of the Missionary Society sending out

Rappa, Jacob, jun. Esq. Malay Missionaries to this station, the pro- Shand, R. Esq.. jected Chapel, if deemed expedient, might be Van Angelbeak, E. Esq.

Valberg, Mr. John H.. employed ifor the purpose of conducting di

Vanderbeek, Mr. A. vine worship, both in the Chinese and Malay Wilkinson, E. Esq. Bengal languages.

Williamson, T. Esq..

10 It is only necessary to add, that we must Westerhout, J. J. Esq.. look to the friends of Christianity for pecu

Wiggins, Serjeant Major
A few Friends

200 niary aid towards the erection of the proposed

The above sums, with a few exceptions, have been House of Prayer. Nor can we doubt for a

Subscribed in Malacca. moment, that those who wish to see the principles of Christianity triumphing over the Sums received since the publication of the abominations of idolatry, and the delusions

printed Circular. of Mahomet, will deny themselves the plea

Mr. Sub-Assistant Surgeon Harris..

10 sure of lending their assistance to the erec- Captain Sutherland.. tion of the first Protestant Chapel built in

Captain Barney

Samuel Garlins Malacca for the exclusive benefit of the

32 native population. Signed JAMES HUMPHREYS, DAVID COLLIE.

EAST INDIES,
SamueL KIDD,
Malacca, Sept. 19, 1825. -

MADRAS.
N.B. Donations will be received by Tho.

Extracéed from the Printed Report of the Dent, Esq. and Co. China ; Rev. C. H.

Madras Auxiliary Missionary Society, for Thomsen, ingapore; Rev. T. Beighton,

1825. Pinang; W. Chalmers, Esq. and G. H. Huttmann, Esq. Calcutta; W. A. Han

The importance of this station is great. key, Esq. Treasurer to the Missionarysity of character, and the extended nature of

The number of the inhabitants, their diverSociety, London; Rev. W. Thorpe, Bristol; James Bowden, Esq., W. Gibson,

their connexions, the facilities there are of Esq., and W. Irving, Esq. Hull; Rev.

access to them, and the great influence it

would have upon the surrounding districts, if R. Burns, Rev. W. Smart, and Mr. G.

the inhabitants of Madras were generally and Cuthbertson, Bookseller, Paisley; Rev. J. Murray, and Rev. Mr. Thomson, Aberdeen;

in sincerity to embrace the doctrine of the Mr. Dugdale, Dame-street, and Messrs. world, not possessed by many other cities.

Cross, give it a prominence in the moral Wood and Yates, College Green, Booksellers, Dublin ; and by the Missionaries, Ma

And when we remember the very long pelacca. Donations made in Great Britain

riod, during which the Gospel has been and Ireland may be remitted to W. A, Han..

held up to the view of the natives, when we key, Esq. No, 7, Fenchurch-street, London,

consider the supineness and apatby evinced

by them concerning eternal things, the little Subsoribers' Names,

interest with which they generally regard

instruction when imparted, and the inditter.

Dolle. COMPANY, HONOURABLE EAST INDIA, (subject to

ence with which they behold any contrast the approbation of the supreme Government.) 300

exhibited between their own religion and Cracroft, w. 8. Esg. Resident of Malacca 100 what the Bible inculcates, we cannot but

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view them as real objects of pity, as calling

Schools.. for our efforts and our prayers, and emphati- The state of the general schools is in appearcally dependent upon the agency of the Holy

ance very much improved, and seems to proSpirit, to convince them of the error of their

mise that ere long they will open a wide field ways. Among the villagers and inhabitants of for the immediate exertions and religious in

structions of the Missionary. There are at country-places, there are seen a simpli

present ten Town schools and four in the city of character, a curiosity of dispo- country, containing 600 children, who attend sition easily excited, and an ingenuous- regularly. Three schcols have been relinness of mind all highly favourable to the

quished, principally because of diminution preacher who would declare to them the

in numbers, which was to be traced to the tidings of salvation; but among the inha

carelessness or inefficiency of the teachers. bitants of the city there is a willingness of

These were those of Davidson-street, Nurcharacter, an apparent pliancy of disposi- singapooram and the Choolay Bazar, the tion, and a very thorough knowledge of the

teachers of which have been discharged. defects of merely nominal Christians, wbich

The plan which was adopted previous to the are calculated to obstruct the unbiassed re

last meeting, of paying the school-masters, ception of divine truth. The difficulties in

according to numbers has rendered it necesthe latter case are great, but not more so sary and advisable also to adopt the principle than may be overcome, and that Spirit who

of regulating the pay according to the adbrooded upon the waters, and brought order

vancernent of the children attending. The out of chaos, and beauty out of confusion, is introduction of this method has been delayed Omnipotent and able to give a new heart to

till the proper degree and kind of improvethe very chief of sinners, and to convert the

ment can be fixed upon, so as not to injure most hardened characters. We have, there

the teacher and yet to secure the proficiency fore, encouragement, and, if our difficulties

of the pupil. The schools are regularly vibe great, the more incitement to labour.

sited by the Assistant and the Catechist. Nor are appearances altogether nnpropitious. They are examined not merely as to the There are many very encouraging circum

number and the regularity of attendance but stances to be found, in the unity of effort

also the attention which has been given to in the missionary body here, and the simul

the subjects of study. The Missionaries also taneous operations they are carrying for

occasionally visit them, but from various cirward, in the increasing spheres of usefulness

cumstances we have not been able so reguwhich are occupied, in the efficiency of the

larly to do it as is our desire, and as we have means put into our hands, in the inquiries

soon to do. The Missionaries maintain the made and the desire to be taught evinced by not a few of the inhabitants, in the spirit of whatever books they may approve or con

full power of introducing, or of prohibiting prayer, and of humble waiting for the oper

demn. We do not restrain the use of books ations of the Holy Ghost, which is pervad- by native authors, either historical or moral, ing those who labour for the good of their or books of arithmetic or grammar, &c. The fellow-creatures.

Christian books which are read in the schools, The Missionaries of this station have been

are the New Testament, and Abridgment of called to sympathise with each other in per

Sacred History, Spiritual Instruction. The sonal and domestic affliction. Some of them

Way of Prayer, and a Book of Prayers. have had to experience trials and bereave- Portions of the New Testament are comments of a very peculiar nature. They be

mitted to memory in all the schools, and lieve and even rejoice that these afflictions

two Catechisms on Scripture Doctrine by the were intended for their good and the glory Rev. C. Rhenius. Several petitions have of their God. The infant son of Mr. Mas

been presented for an increase of our School sie died in the month of October, after a Establishment, but we have deferred comlingering illness. Mr. Crisp was laid aside plying with them at present. from labour for nearly five months by severe

Central School. affliction, in which he was brought to the verge of the grave. The other Missionaries The Central School has, during the year, have severally experienced bodily affliction occupied a great share of our time and attenduring the year, but gratitude demands from tion, and has been the subject of our prayus the song of praise that so great a measure ers, our fears, and our hopes. It more and of good health is enjoyed at the present time. more assumes an importance in the Mission Some of the circumstances above alluded to

peculiar to itself and which we trust will be have obstructed to a considerable extent the sustained and warranted by the results. The progress of the work in this station but it

first report has lately been issued, which deis hoped that we have all, as Christians, tails the general circumstances and the inderived benefit from these afflictive visita- ternal transactions connected with it. By tions,

that report it will be seen, how very liberally and generally it has been supported by friends in this country, and that the

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