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earnest prayers for you, Sir, and the parents; and do all you can for the Board of Commissioners, we remain, religious benefit of your beloved famRev, Sir, yours, &c.
dug. 28. LUTHER Rice.
“By the enclosed you will perRev. Samuel Worcester, D. D. ceive, that we had been ordered by Cor. Seeretary". government to return to America in
the ship Harmony, and that we had The following extracts are taken petitioned for permission to go to the from letters written by Mr. Rice to Isle of France. We have since rehis brother.
ceived an answer granting our re
quest: consequently we are making "Calcutta, Aug. 21, 1812. our calculations and preparations for “Dear Brother,
that island; and, indeed, I hoped to From the Isle of France to this have sailed before now, but have not place I was most of the time slightly been able to procure a passage. It is ill. Here I have been ill, and under said, however, to be very dangerous the hands of the physician; but am going from this place, at this season; now betier, and see nothing but that nor will it cease to be dangerous till I may enjoy a tolerably good state of the monsoons change, which will not health. I wrote a long letter toyou from take place till the last of October. I the Isle of France, (which, however, wished to have gone before now, be. I suppose you have not yet received,) cause it is the unhealthy season bere, in which I gave an account of our and the healthy season ibere, and be passage to that place, and of the cause at that place I could be ine prospects then before us.". [Mr. creasing my knowledge of the French Rice then gives the same account language, which, I think, would aid which is printed above in the joint me in acquiring that of Madagascar. letter of the brethren.]
Indeed, various considerations render "The missionaries at Serampore, I it important to go soon; and I shall mean Messrs. Carey, Marshman, and endeavor to do so, not withstanding Ward, appear to be really most excel. the danger of the present season, eslent men. Under God, they have teeming it always safe to be in the certainly done most wonderful things. path of duty. This mission promises most exten. "The naiives of this country are sive and lasting good to all this east. really a most curious set of people. ern world. By these men, as instru Whatever may have been said of ments, the Lord appears to be giving their supineness, or of their apparent his Word to many populous nations; want or debility of intellect, it is and who can say, how soon the com granted on all hands, lhal no people pany of those who publish it will be equal them in cheating; especially in great?
litle things. “Of the idolatry of the natives I “I have seen but one instance of have little to say.
I am too much self-torture, and that of so moderate occupied about our own concerns to a character, compared with some pay much attention to it at present, obers, that liere it would scarcely be I see their pagodas, or temples, as I noticed. It was a man lying with pass them, Sometimes I observe the his back on the ground, having one people performing religious cere. fist clenched and holding in the other monies.
hand a brick of the size of those in “Do not fail to write, if you hear your chimney, and smiting his nak:d of any vessel sailing to this place. breast with the brick and his fist alDirect your letters to the care of Dr. ternately; and apparently with such Carey, Serampore, and they will violence as must put an end to his reach me in any part of this eastern miserable life. The sight was shock. world.
ing, and I passed on." "My dear brother, live to the Lord; "There are laborers, mechanics, take diligent and kind care of our &c. of almost every kind; but scarce.
ly any one can be found, who does by his medical skill, and though he several kinds of business. Ser.
had married a Burmah lady, very vants, as they are of particular narrowly escaped with his life, by casts, will only do particular things. fleeing on board an English ship. He One will not touch a tallow candle; has since gone on shore again, and another will not empty the water
may possibly continue there; but can from a wash bowl; and so of all do nothing as a missionary except at other things: and none of them will translating the Bible.
Our narrow eat the provision which has been resources will not cover the expense, dressed for an Englishman's table." nor will the responsibility of out
"Sept. 2. It is now two days over present situation permit us to run the three weeks since I landed here, and hazard, of attempting a mission to though I have watched with brother such a place; especially while another Nott half of each of the two last field of more hopetül prospect is nights my health is better, I think,
within our view. From all the terri. thian when I came on shore. Brother tories of the East India Company we Nott has been sick about a week, and
are shut out by government.”. has been brought pretty low; and, in
“Providence seems to have hedged my opinion, it was through the un up our way in every direction but one, skilfulness of the physician who first and that appears to be perfecily open. attended him. An able one now at.
The Isle of France bas much com. tends him; and we think him evi. munication with the other British dently getting better."
possessions, and some communication "It will probably strike you with
with America. It has, also, much surprise, and somewhat like a disap. communication with Madagascar. pointment, that we have fixed upon Considering the latitude of the island, Madagascar for the place of our mis. between 12 and 26 degrees south, sionary labors; but the leadings of and that the interior is hilly, or even Providence are, I think, evidently to.
mountainous, I have no doubt that wards that island. The Burmah em. Madagascar enjoys a good climate. It pire, upon which we so much calcu. is one of the largest, and is said to be lated before leaving America, does
one of the finest islands in the world. not bere present any promising as
The inhabitants are estimated by pect. The very possibility of our be. some geographers at 4,000,000. 1 ing able to live there in any character
have no doubt this estimate is too whatever is extremely questionable. high. If balf, or even one fourth of It is said, that should we attempt to
that number should be found there, go up the river we should be imme. they must constitute an object worth diately taken up as spies, and put 10 the attention of Christians. So far as
The English residents at we have been able to obtain informa. Rangoon, I understand, have mostly, tion, the same language is spoken or all, left the place. But without throughout the island. However, going into deiail of their internal should it please God to carry us commotions, and the very sanguinary thither, we may find things very dif. nature of their government, it is suf
ferent from what we now expect. It ficient take the single fact of the Bap. is extremely difficult to obtain satis. tist mission at Rangoon. After an factory information respecting things effort of four or five years, involving
at a distance. Nor is it easy for an expense of at least 25,000 rupees, strangers to judge correctly upon a it has entirely failed. One of the short or superficial acquaintance." missionaries, Mr. Chater, has left the “To endeavor to extend the knowl. place, and is gone to Ceylon. Though edge of Christ among the heathen is he had the language well, he never undoubtedly right. It is the Lord's, dared to preach a single sermon to not mine, to determine, whether such the Burmahs. The other, Mr. Felix endeavors shall be successful, or not. Carey, though long endeared to them To Him would I cheerfully compit
myself, my brethren, and the mission. A rupee, at the common rate of ex. change, is worth 23. 3d. sterling.
“Sept. 5. My health now appears
to be pretty good. Brother Nott is communicated his views on that sub. gelling better. I hope we shall be ject to the Baptists, for the first getting away to the Isle of France time, on the 27th of August, and at before long
Remember me very the same time, requested baptism affectionately to our parents.”
for himself and wife; that an answer
was received from which they ex. In a letter to Mr. Armstrong, writ. pected to be baptised at Calcutta, on ten by Mr. Rice, dated September the first Sabbath (the 7th day) of 4th, it is stated, that Mr. Thomp- September; that on consulting his son, a chaplain at Madras, was at the brethren, they gave it as their opinIsle of France for the benefit of his ion, that his change of sentiments health when the brethren were there rendered it incompatible, that he on their outward passage, and that should be their fellow laborer in the he strongly recommended Madagas. new mission which they contemplatcar to them as a missionary slation. ed; that he, also, considered it incom. It will be recollected that the vener. patible that he should continue in the able Dr. Vanderkemp was earnestly service of the Board, and supposed desirous, for several years before his the Board would consider it so too, death, of establisliing a mission on as he could not comply with the inthat island. For his judgment in structions of the Prudential Committhis case we entertain a profound re tee, by administering baptism to spect; though at this distance we "credible believers and their house. cannot pretend to judge with confi holds." dence, as to the relative claims of From the same source we learn, different countries in the heathen that Dr, Marsbman bad obtained world. Doubtless they who estab leave of government for the two Bap; lish, or endeavor to establish, a mis. tist brethren, (Messrs. Johns and sion by which ihe true Gospel shall Lawson,) who sailed from Philadel. be preached in any of these countries phia in the Harmony to reside at Ser. will do an acceptable service to God. ampore until the will of the Director: What part each mission is hereafter should be known. As this will cannot to take in the great work of evangel. be known under a year or two, and as izing the world cannot be known to the charter of the East India Compa. men, till after his Providence shall ny must, in the mean time, either be have developed his holy counsels. renewed by act of Parliament, or ex:
We are still unable to conjecture pire, this temporary admission may be the reason why the letters, which the considered as pretty nearly equal to brethren are now known to have writ unqualified admission. The ten by the Francis, have never arrive words printed above in Italic are thus ed. Many letters, which were sent marked in Mr. Judson's letter. Mr. from Calcutta by that ship, were re. May, a missionary from the London ceived by merchants in Salem, Bos. Missionary Society, who also arriv. ton, and other places, at the time ed in the Harmony, was under orstated in our last. Since that time, ders to return; but had made no ap the cargo and part of the crew of the plication to government. Dr. Marsb. Francis have reached Salem, in the man had obtained the liberty of resi. brig Levant. Still the letters from dence above described, eren before the missionaries have not been re. the arrival of the larmony. Mr. Jud. ceived.
son will probably siay at Serampore, All the brethren, it seems, went to His letters are dated Aug. Si, and Serampore, immediately on their ar.
Sept. 1. rival, as was expected. They were The other brethren make not the received very cordially by the Bap- slightest mention of Mr. Judson's tist missionaries. From letters writ. change of sentiments. The causes of ten to the Rev. Dr. Worcester, as this silence we can easily conjecture; Corresponding Secretary of the they will doubtless appear hereafter. Board, by Mr. Judson, we learn that Two American vessels were at a complete change had taken place in Calcutta about to sail soon, and as the his sentiments, and those of his wife, brethren had written by the Francis, on the subject of baptism; that he and probably by the Monticello,
(which sailed 14 days before the beneficent 'effects had followed. Tarlar,) they wrote less by the lat The poor Greenlanders, the enslaved ter ship, than they otherwise would Africans in the West Indies, and the bave done
debased Hottentots were mentioned On the whole, the friends of mis. as affording prospects far from en sions may, in the language of 'the couraging, at first, to the laborious brethren, “thank God and take cour: missionary: yet among these several age." No disappointment has occur. classes, the most ignorant and hupe. red, but such as is common to huo less that could be selected from the man affairs in this uncertain world. human race, the preaching of the Christians will feel grateful to God cross had been the power of God and for kis protection afforded to the the wisdom of God to the salvation of brethren and will contribute that pe.
The experience of the cuniary aid, which will hereafter be past, therefore, as well as the Di. necessary to furnish them with a com vine promises with respect to the fu. forlable support in their arduous em jure, afford abundant encouragement ployment.
to support missions. : Mr. Judson has written to the Rev. That she translations of the Scrip. Dr. Baldwin and the Rev. Mr. Bolles, tures now carrying on in the East, requesting a support from the Bap. it was stated, will be of immense tist churches in this country. Dr. benefit to mankind, we have the fulMarslinan has writien seconding the lest reason to believe. Among many request; and, we understand, it will other witnesses, on whose testimony be promptly complied with.
the fullest reliance might be placed, Lord Teignmouth and Dr. Buchan.
an were mentioned as conspicuous. SOREIGN MISSION SOCIETY
The former had spent twenty years BOSTON AXD THE VICINITY. in Bengal; and had risen by his own
merit till he was appointed, without Tue second annual meeting of this his knowledge or solicitation, Gov. Society was held at the hall of the ernor General of the East India Com, Massachusetts Bink, on the Ist pany's possessions in India, the instant. By the annual account of greatest delegated government in the the Treasurei, examined and approve world. He must certainly be aced by the Au litor, it appeared that quainted with india, and must be the soc.e'y, wihin a year afier is able to judge whether good would be formation in Dec. 1:11, had paid over likely to follow from the publication to the American Board of Commis. of the Bible a:nong the Hindoos. He sioners fr Foreign Missions the had decided that point, so far as his sum of $1,175.99 The following opinion and example could be al. gen·lemen were unanimously re eleci. lowed to have weight. As Presi. ed the officers of the Society, viz.
dent of the British and Foreign BiHis Hon. WILLIAM PHILIPS, Esq. ble Society, he had been laboriously
Pres. attentive to the duties of his office; SAMUEL SALISBURY, Esq. V. Pres.
and it was doubtless with bis appro. Rev. Joshua HUNTING ION, Sec. bation, and probably much owing to JEREMIAH Evarts, Esq. Treole. his influence, that the institution BENJAMIN GREEN, Esq. Aud. over wliich he presides had already
After the usual business was ac• remitted more ihan $70.000 to im. complished, several gentlemen ad part the Scriptures to the heathen in dressed the meeting on the subject Asia of missions and translations of the It was said, that though we migh Scriptures; and on the call which is be disappoined in one object of our made upon Christians of the present hopes, This was no reason why our day to lend their aid in the great exertions should be slackened; but work of sending the Gospel to the
rather of the contrary
The mer heathen.
It was observed, that chant who had lost a ship, the manuwherever missions had been instituted facturer who had lost his buildings and persevered in by pious and zeal and apparatus by fire, did not foid ous men, there the same glorious and his hands, and give over all further Vol. V. New Series.
efforts. He rose to more vigorous wards the translation of the Scrip. and often to more successful, enter. tures into the languages of the East; prise. So Christians should never Voted, that a committee of twelve be relax their benevolent attempis, appointed to wait on such gentlemen while a single field within their as they see proper for the purpose of reach demands moral culture; espec soliciting them to join this Society, and ially while unnumbered millions of of soliciting donations to this Society, the human family lie in moral dark- buiparticularly with aview to facilitie ness, unenlightened by a single beam the translation of the Scriptures into of the Sun of Righteousness;-by the languages of the East, and that a single ray of the true light which said committee be requested to make shines from heaven.
return of their doings to the Treasur. The attention of the meeting was er; it being understood, that the doturned to the increased and increas. nations for translating the Scriptures ing exertions of good people, in this be committed to the Hon. John Her. country, and in Great Britain, to ex. bert Harrington, Esq. the Rev. David tend the knowledge of the Gospel. Brown, and the Rev. William Carey, The first institution of this kind, D. D. in India. which was established in our country, The committee were appointed in is the Society for propogating the Gospel pursuance of the above vole, and are among the Indians and others in North now engaged in waiting on gentle America, over which the President of men to solicit subscriptions. this Foreign Mission Society so wor. In the evening an able and judi. thily presides. The institution alluded cious sermon was delivered before to was formed in 1787; since which the Society, at the Old Souih Church, time nearly twenty societies have been by the Rev. Dr. Holmes, from Mal
. formed for the purpose of causing the i, 11, For from the rising of the sun Gospel to be preached in the desti. even unto the going down of the same, tute parts of our country, and among my name shall be great among the the natives on our borders. Within
Gentiles, and in every place incense shall less than five years upwards of twen, be offered unto my name and a pure of. ty Bible Societies liave been formed fering: for my name shall be great a. in the United States, and within the mong ine heathen, saith the Lord of year past twenty Foreign Mission So hosts. After sermon a collection was cieties have risen up to aid the Amer. made, which amounted to $166,45. ican Board of Commissioners for For. The Society voted thanks to the eign Missions. Yet there is room preacher, and requested a copy of his enough for the exertions of all these sermon for the press. We are happy Societies to be indefinitely increased, to state, that this request will be comand for their number to be indefinite. plied with. The Society also voted ly multiplied.
ihanks to the singers for their servi. It was staled, that the declaration, ces on the occasion, and to the com• He that watereth shall be watered also mittee of the Old Sou;h Society for himself, was confirmed by observation the use of the church, and experience. God prospers those who honor Him with their substance. An appeal was inade to those who have been most constantly and liber. ally engaged in this kind of benefi- This Society held its second annual cence; and they were asked, whether meeting on the 6th inst. The followthey considered themselves as in ing gentlemen were unanimously reworse circumstances as to properly elecíed otlicers of the Society for ile on account of having given a portion year ensuing; viz. to promote the knowledge of Christ EBENEZER Beckford, Esq. Pres. among men.
Rev. KUFUS ANDERSON, V. Pres. The late loss of the Mission Print. Rev. SAMUEL WALKER, Sec. ing Office at Serampore was stated, Mr. JOHN JENKS, Trens. and a vote to the following effect was Mr. E1.1 PHALET KIMBALL, Aud. passed.
In the afternoon of the same day, «Whereas the late loss, &c. furnish. the Rev. Dr. Worcester delivered # as a new reason to contribute to. sermon before the Society from Dan
FOREIGN MISSION SOCIETY OF SA
LEM AND THE VICINITY.