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The readiness and pleasure with which the Board listened to the application of this amiable and zealous missionary sister, is seen among their proceedings, page 65 of this Report. Also in the foregoing address, page 62, an account of the departure of the missionaries from Philadelphia, destined to Rangoon. On board the steam-boat, descending the Delaware, the piety and gratitude of one of them, [Mrs. White,] penned the following little elegant effusion:
Seest thou yon scroll by Angel borne,
Up to the azure gates of light?
He lays the scroll at Jesus' feet-
As far as Newcastle, 40 miles down the river, several friends from the city accompanied them. Capt. Whildin, of the steam-boat, generously refused to re. ceive any thing for their fare and accommodation. The missionaries seemed in excellent spirits, and happy in the blessed cause their hearts had been inHuenced to espouse. Captain Annsley, of the Benjamin Rush, and one of the supercargoes, Mr. Eaves, and Dr. Ferguson who also went down in the steam. boat, discovered an amiable resolution to render to our missionary friends every facility in their power, as did also the other supercargo, Mr. Rodman, who went to Newcastle by land. About the 20th of December, the ship left Reedy-Island, and with a fine wind put out to sea.
The Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, desirous of rendering every service in their power to those whom the Lord may introduce under their patronage, placed in the hands of brother Hough and family, the following
INSTRUCTIONS, as likely to conduce to their mutual comfort and prosperity : · About to sail in the Benjamin Rush for Calcutta, on the way to Rangoon, we would impress upon you the importance of a prudlent, harmonious, and godly de. portment on your passage. The exemplary conduct, and pious converse of those who bave given themselves up to the cause of Christ among the heathen, have in many instances at sea proved salutary; in some, they have been found the means of saving conversion to God. Such behaviour must always increase the facility of the Board in obtaining situations in merchant vessels for similar passengers. We hope you may be enabled so to conduct yourselves, as that your leaving the vessel may be a subject of regret, not of desire. Let the kind temper of the Redeemer be manifested to all the officers and all the crew. But while we wish you to walk in relation to all well pleasing, we hope you will combine with the endeavour a holy resolve to walk worthy of God. Maintain his blessed worship morning and evening. Discover your sacred regard to the day of the Lord. "If few unite with you in your early endeavours, the number may increase on your passage-if not, you will have fulfilled your duty. A course of well-doing is the most likely to put to silence the ignorance of mistaken men. The course you have been led to adopt is a self-denying one. Seek, therefore, the things by which you may not advance yourselves, but the glory of His sacred name, whose kingdom it is your avowed desire to see promoted.
On your arrival at Serampore, you will find holy brethren and beloved friends ready to welcome you. Cultivate their friendship. Listen to their advice., 0b. serve their order. Ever remember, that though national name and spacious oceans divide us, they, and we, and yourselves, have not only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism, but one great object,—the publication of Immanuel's Aame among the millions that are ignorant and out of the way. They are our elder brothers in evangelic enterprisc. The Saviour who has eminently seconded their endeavours, can crown with his blessings ours also. We are convinced
you will find them affectionate friends, and judicious counsellors. Nearer to the station to which you are tending, by several thousand miles, than we, they will rejoice to sympathize with your afflictions, to encourage you by their cor. respondence, and to aid you generally in the various and important services to which you are called. The opportunity afforded you of forming personal inti. macies in the Serampore family, may conduce to your consolation and advantage for years to come.
We would recommend you to obtain from Calcutta as early a conveyance to Rangoon as in your power. The government in India will expect this. The desirableness of assistance arriving as early as possible at our mission station, must forcibly strike you. Your coming will animate the hearts of our beloved brother and sister Judson who are already there.
We have no drubt, beloved friends, but that the experience of brother Felix Carey and brother Judson, will enable them to communicate many ideas of a lo. cal nature, which our distance from Burmah and partial acquaintance with the country, prevent us from conceiving. We trust you will, in such cases, welcome the wisdom that is profitable to direct you. Some general ideas, however, which may contribute to your felicity and usefulness, and, with a divine blessing, to the accomplishing of the end of your appointment, we esteem it our duty to suggest.
No persons can be called to greater circumspection in relation to those " that are without” than persons in your situation. The eyes of thousands in America, Europe, and Asia, who are friends, or who are adversaries to missions, will be upon you. The christian race, and still more, the missionary, is run before many witnesses. Inure yourselves to the maintenance of a holy watchfulness, tha! nothing may occur which may obstruct your usefulness, produce pleasure in the ungodly, and distress to the friends of Zion. Particularly the eyes of the hea. then will be upon you. Strangers to the gospel of Christ, they will judge of its value and influence by the effect it produces on your life and conversation. We exhort you then " by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering ; by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth ; by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report, as deceivers and yet true,” to adorn the doctrine of the Saviour in all things.
With a view to your profiting others you will, we hope, labour to acquaint yourselves as soon as in your power with the language of the natives. Be not dismayed at difficulties in commencing. These will gradually subside, and finally vanish.
We think it of importance that schools, as extensively and as early as practi. cable, be established. At first they can of course be only elementary ; but the sphere for tuition will widen with time. The minds of children are not like those of the parents wedded to superstitious rites. Children from their com municative temper will impart to their parents what they learn, and may in this way become serviceable. The attachment they feel to faithful instructors, may be over-ruled to producing regard for the mission, and a desire to defend and promote it ; and who can tell but that native missionaries, through the blessing of God, may by this means be created.
The Mahometans, by schools, have extended in Africa the doctrines of the Koran, and it cannot be doubted that such institutions may be greatly profitable in diffusing information and diminishing prejudice. Females in this department may become useful; and in this sphere we think our sister White may be enabled materially to serve the common cause. In schools set up by the disciples of Christ among heathen, religion more than literature should be the aim of the instructors. Let the young natives learn to read the word of the Lord, and to read and sing, translated, suitable hymns. Let cat-chisms be put in their hands of the kind of Watt's elementary ones ; and care be taken to impress the contents fully on the memory, and to have them frequently repeated, it will be of advantage to offer questions not in the catechism, to ascertain whether the sense be comprehended. The benefits of catechising may not immediately be seen, but it will lay an excellent foundation for those who labour in the ministry al. ready, and for such as sball succeed them. The distribution of premiums on coloured paper, impressed with some text of Scripture, to be redeemed when
the little tickets have become numerous, may excite ambition while it diffuses information.
We hope you will at no time interfere with the political establishments of the country where you shall reside. The kingdom you wish to see promoted is not of this world. Many and serious evils have resulted from the imprudent interference of missionaries in the concerns of government. Take the Lord Jesus and his apostles for your example.
As to you, dear brethren, who are called to preach the truth as it is in Jesus, we trust, that while you diversify your subjects as occasion may demand, the cross of Christ will be your favourite theme. This is the power of God unto salvation. This illustrates the character of Jehovah, the history of ages, the hatefulness of sin, and the beauty of holiness; and affords the most animating encouragements in affliction and death.
Perhaps Mr. Felix Carey, may have been assisted to complete a translation of the Scriptures in the language of Burmah. If so, you will find it facilitate your work-if not, and you be called to the task of translators, we pray you be faithful to the holy oracle. Aim to come as near to the meaning and spirit of the Scriptures as possible. Let truth and duty shine out in ali thcir importance and grandeur.
As for aught we know Rangoon promises to be the station of the mission, we advise all our dear friends under the patronage of the Board, to constitute there one affectionate family after the manner adopted by the brethren and sisters at Serampore. Their “ FORM OF AGREEMENT” we think excellent. It, or something of the same nature, we would have you adopt. The spirit of the last article in that “ FORM" we cannot but admire. “Let us,” say those excellent men, “ let us give ourselves up unreservedly in this glorious cause. Let us ne. ver think that our time, our gifts, our strength, our families, are our own, Let us sanctify them all to God and his cause. Oh! that he may sanctify us for his work. Let us for ever shut out the idea of laying up a cowry* for ourselves or our children. If we give up the resolution which was formed on the subject of private trade, when we first united at Serampore, the mission is from that hour a lost cause.
A worldly spirit, quarrels, and every evil work, will succeed the moment it is admitted that each brother may do something on his own account. Woe to that man who shall ever make the smallest movement towards such a measure.” They add
“ If in this way we are enabled to glorify God with our bodies and spirits, which are his, our wants will be his care. No private family ever enjoyed a greater portion of happiness, even in the most prosperous gale of worldly prose perity, than we have done since we resolved to have all things in common, and that no one pursue business for l.is own exclusive advantage.” May you be enabled to think of these things, and ever be followers of that which is good.
We affectionately recommend your forming yourselves into a church as early as convenient, giving up yourselves to one another as you already have unto the Lord. Thus related, we trust you will be assisted to walk together in the fel. lowship of the gospel; administering the ordinances as they were delivered, and maintaining that pure discipline which Jesus has appointed. We pray the Lord may swell your number with such as shall be saved. Brother Felix Carey will no doubt take pleasure in becoming a member with you; and perhaps brother and sister Judson and yourseives may find others like minded.
You are about to bid adieu to your native country, and earthly and spiritual relations ; yet you will each often feel as Cowper describes Selkirk
“ When I think of my own native land,
In a moment I seem to be there ;" Though Providence may forbid earthly interview, we hope to meet you often at the throne of
grace, and frequently to receive communications from you. It will greatly aid you in writing, and supply us with much useful intelligence should you severally, and particularly our brethren, keep journals. Many useful facts and anecdotes will by this means be retained which might otherwise be forgot. ten. We shall be happy to become better acquainted with the soil, productions,
Or, as we would say, a cent or a farthing.
customs, mythologies, animals, plants, literary works, &c. that prevail in Burmah; but still more to learn that the Lord employs you for bringing many from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. We hope you will omit no opportunity of writing to us.
Finally, beloved friends, be of one mind, walk in love, and may the God of love and peace be with you. Believe us your affectionate, and, we trust, faithful brethren. Signed by order of the Board,
WM. STAUGHTON, Cor. Secry. November, 1815.
NATIVE INDIAN TRIBES IN AMERICA,
The General Committee of the Charleston Association Fund still continue their missionary among the Catawbas.
How soon the Almighty may open the way for dispensing more largely the gospel of grace to the benighted heathen of the west, is known only to linself. The prospect, however, appears increasingly favourable.
The Rev. Mr. Ellrod after having visited some of the natives in the northerly parts of Ohio, thus writes :
“ Before I went among them, I sent a big Bible to a man of colour wito hal been taken captive, and was, I understood, of note among them, and could read the Scriptures. I hope he is a christian. By him the Indians have obtained some knowledge of the Scriptures ; so that when I went among them I was re. ceived very affectionately. They are the remnants of several different tribes. Their chiets have all along been friends to America, but ar: very suspicious. They are a cunning, docile people, and very inquisitive. They came in compa. nies to see me, and let me know by their interpreter, that they came to know what that book said, and what it meant; and would ask how the great Spirit made it-how it was kept ever since be made it-and if white people haul not altered it since it was made. They asked all important questions about crea tion; and the fall of man ;--and about the good Spirit, and the bad spirit ;-and how jesus Christ was the son of God, and salvation by him; and how he was one with the good Spirit; and what effect it would have on their nation if they received this book ;-whether there was not danger of white people cheating them in this book. Several seemed to approbate the doctrines of grace, and expressed a desire for goud men to come among them to teach them; but still expressed their fears of being cheated. One old lady of note in her tribe came about six miles with her son, who, as it appeared, had been under trouble a length of time about her future state, and begged that I would not cheat her. She professed that she had believed there was a way the good Spirit could save her, but never knew until now. She was very particularly inquisitive in the doctrines of Christ's righteousness for our justification-his atonement for our sins--of faith in him-of repentance for sins and knowledge of forgiveness-resurrection of the dead-eternal judgment-and life everlasting. And while I endeavoured to explain these things to her from the Scriptures, she rose and took me by the hand, saying in her own tongue, for she could not speak a word in English, and the tears rolling down her checks, “I love the good Spirit for so good salvation_I love his son, he is sweet to my heart, he is all good-I love you, not bad love, but good love-I can now die happy--if I never see you again here, I shall see you in the good place." Still wetting her cheeks with tears, and the appearance of joy, she added, "I know the good Spirit sent you here."
I think the Bible, sent as a present to their Chiefs by some one, with a letter that would let them know that the good peuple would send them a true man to teach it them, would be an acceptable thing to them-I have no doubt but the Lord is about to open a door of faith to them."
STATE OF RELIGION IN OUR UNION. The increase of the church on the earth is a source of joy, not only to the Saints in this world, but to the Angels in Heaven. The triumphs of the cross have been multiplied the past year in a manner calculated to awaken the most devout aspirations of gratitude and praise. Very extensive and most happy revivals have been realized in various parts of our country, and among yarious denominations of christians. In Maine, showers of divine mercy have been shed forth to water and revive the vineyard of the Lord. To one church there have been added 75, to another 58, to another 51, to another 50, to another 112, 10 another 39, and to another 33. Elder Pilsbury of Nobleboro thus writes-“We have had a most blessed season with us the summer past. I have baptised 114 that have joined our church, and 24 that have joined the church in Jefferson. I have baptised about 70 of our youth. What a precious sight it is to see so many in the bloom of life engaged in religion.” To several churches of the New. Hampshire Association, as appears by the minutes of last year, between 20 and 30 were added. In Alstead and Westmoreland, N. H. and in several places in Vermont, as at Cavendish, Brandon, Georgia, Orwell, St. Albans, and Swantony, the Holy Spirit has been shed abroad, and many sinners converted.
In Boston, Massachusetts, considerable additions have been made to the churches during the year past. In Attleborough and in Frarninghain the work has been great. Elder Nelson of the former place has baptised as many as 60, or 70; perhaps more. Also in the western parts of the state, not confined to the baptists, the influences of grace have abundantly prevailed; as in Hadley, Amherst, Northampton, Westhampton, Whately, Ware, Sunderland, Williamstown, Sheffield, Becket, and Sandisfield. In Pawtucket, and in Providence, R.I. the work has been very powerful, and the manifestations of mercy divinely glorious. Some parts of Connecticut have also been graciously visited. In Colcbrook near 100 have been added to the Baptist church, and about 80 to the congregational. Hariland, Norfolk, Canaan, and Norwalk, have also shared in the blessed work, besides Salisbury and several other places.
New York state has not been passed without refreshings from the Lord amid these effusions of divine and saving influences. In Troy a blessed revival has been experienced. In Greenwich, in Jay, and other places in that quarter, the good work is stated to bave been considerable. Elder Osgood of Henderson, on the 26th March last, thus wrote—“Since the first of October last, there have been 62 added to this church, 52 of them by baptism ; and the glorious work is still going on. In Ellisburgh there have been about 80 added to the church. The work began there in July. There is a favorable prospect in some other places.” In sereral towns between Cayuga and Seneca lakes, the mercy of the Saviour has been glorified. More than 200 were baptised in Ovid. The churches in Madison Association have enjoyed some of the displays of divine grace. To the church in Cazenovia 65 have been added ; in Eaton 38; Honier 24, and Pompey 24. Sherburne, Sangerfield, and perhaps others in that quarter, have been mercifully visited. In Delaware county, we may notice Franklin, Mere. dith, and Roxbury, in the last of which the triumphs of the Cross lave been great. In Greene county, Lexington, Hunter, and Windham have been watered from on high. More than 130 were baptised in Lexington and vicinity the last winter. Greenville and the neighbouring towns in the same county have also shared in the mercy. In the western bounds of the Warwick Issociation, the work of God has been gloriously displayed, both among our own denominacion ard others. In Brookfield 143 have been baptised the year past.
Amidst these kind remembrances and tokens of our heavenly Father's love, Philadelphia has not been overlooked. Several of the baptist churches, besides some others, have experienced the gracious outpourings of the Holy Spirit.
In a part of the Russell's Creek Association, Ken. something of a revival took place in the course of last year. Lately a very happy work has commenced in Nelson county, as appears by the following extract of a letter from Elder J. Vardeman, recently received. He thus writes : “In my former letter you have a short account of my first tour to Nelson. I