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ADDRESS OF THANKS.
O Lord ! thy goodness we adore,
And thankfully confess
The blessings of thy grace.
For habitation, food, and clothes,
For all the body needs; -
The nobler spirit feeds ;
For health and life preserved, though near
The sick and dead we see;-
Grateful we long to be.
We know the way of life, are taught
The road that leads to heaven;
To walk that road is given.
We first our praise address;
Our grateful thanks express.
Shew for us kind concern ;-
With strong affection burn;-
Or India's burning clime,
Their money, health, or time;
We never can repay;
Kindly accept, we pray.
With every good you need,
And then to glory lead ;
Who crowd the Saviour's feet,
In endless pleasure meet.
These blessings of a temporal kind
Excite to praise our tongues;
Which claim our noblest songs.
Dumb idols were our fathers' gods,
Their souls were dark as night ;
They see the Gospel's light.
A nobler state enjoy ;
Or happy Christian boy.
3.-BENGAL AUXILIARY MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Fifteenth Anniversary of this Society was held in the Union Cha. pel, on Wednesday the 6th November last. The chair was taken by the Rev. Mr. Yates, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. Winslow and Reid, American Missionaries, Rev. Messrs. G. Pearce, Lacroix, J. Hill, and Gogerly, and Messrs. Woollaston and Ferris. From the Report it appeared, that owing to sickness and death, the number of the Society's Missionaries in Bengal and Hindoostan had been reduced from twelve to seven, consequently the efforts made by the Society had been principally directed towards carrying on the work which was previously begun, rather than to extending its operations. The principal places connected with this Society where the Missionaries labour are situated as follows:
1. Calcutta. Here there is a native church, containing thirty adult communicants ; two Boys' Schools, (one English and one Bengalee,) i20 scholars ; and five Girls' Schools, 152 scholars; and three Native Chapels, in which service is performed five times a week for the benefit of the heathen. Missionary-Mr. Gogerly.
2. Kristnapore, E. from Calcutta, distant eight miles, is a station where is a Bungalow Chapel, a Native Church, &c. and a Boy's school. This is a branch of the Calcutta station.
3. Kidderpore, including Rammakal Choke, S. from Calcutta 12 miles, and Gungree, S. 18 miles. Missionary-Mr. Lacroix. In connection with these places are nearly 30 villages, in which the Native Christians reside. Formerly two distinct Churches were organized, but since the departure from India of Mr. Ray, they have been united. There are 70 communicante, and nearly the same number of inquirers. There are two Bengalee Schools, and a Christian Boarding School, which has been lately established, and is under the care of Mr. Campbell.
4. Chinsurah. Missionary—Mr. Mundy. At this station is an English Chapel, in which Divine Service is regularly performed. In 2 Bengalee Boys' Schools are 150 scholars, and in a Native Girls' School are 20. A Portuguese Girls' School is also superintended by Mrs. Mundy. Preaching to the natives in two Chapels and in the open air has been carried on as frequently as the health of the Missionary would permit.
5. Berhampore. Missionaries-Messrs. M. Hill and J. Paterson. In the English Chapel service is performed every Sabbath, and in the Native Chapels every evening. Mr. Hill itinerates in the villages about three months in the year. At this station is an Orphan Asylum, in which the children are taught various trades. There is a Native Church also, in which are — members.
6. Benares. Missionary-Mr. Buyers. The prospects at this station are rather encouraging. The Chapel is crowded with attentive hearers three times in the week. In several schools, Oordoo and Hindee, the lads are instructed in the Doctrines and Evidences of Christianity. We are happy to state that another Missionary, a Mr. Schürman, has arrived in Calcutta, and intends shortly to proceed to Benares to join Mr. Buyers.
4.-Rev. JAMES Hill. We regret to learn that the Rev. J. Hill, who for several years has been the Pastor of Union Chapel, is compelled from ill health to return to England. The Rev. Robert Cotton Mather, who has just arrived, will for the present undertake the duties connected with the Chapel. Mr. Hill will embark with his family on board the ship Duke of Lancaster in a few days, and we have no doubt but that he will be accompanied by the sincere prayers and best wishes of many who have been benefitted by his valuable ministry.
5.- AMERICAN MISSION, BURMAH. We are happy to find, that Mr. and Mrs. Wade, with the two native converts and the children of Mr. Bennett, who accompanied them, are safely arrived in the United States. The health of Mr. W. is materially improved, and he fully hopes to be able in due time to return to his work in the East. Several Missionaries are already engaged to proceed to Burmah; but instead of leaving America immediately, it is proposed that they shall reside with Mr. Wade in the State of New York for 12 months, and with his assistance and that of the Burman and Karen teachers who accompanied him, secure a tolerable knowledge of one of these languages ere they embark. The plan appears feasible and important, and we trust will on trial be found to answer.
6.--SOUTH AFRICA. The following extract exhibits so pleasing a specimen of that unanimity and friendly co-operation which ought to exist among Christians of all de nominations, that we are persuaded it will interest and gratify our eraders.
Baptist Missionary Meeting, Graham's Toron. On Monday, a meeting, numerously attended, was held at Union Chapel, Graham's Town, for the purpose of forming an auxiliary branch to the Baptist Missionary Society. The Chair was taken by the Rev. J. Heaviside, the acting Chaplain of Graham's Town.
The Report, which was read by the Secretary, gave a lucid but succinct account of the rise and progress of the Baptist Mission, particularly in the East and West Indies.
Several addresses were made to the meeting in the course of the evening, by those who had actually visited the scenes of the most interesting Missionary labours in both hemispheres ; and we regret that a press of matter will not permit us to do justice to statements, which were listened to with much interest.
The unanimity evinced at this meeting, as prevailing among different religious bodies, must be received as one of its most pleasing and encouraging features ; and furnished to most of the speakers a fertile subject of congratulation. It was certainly satisfactory to find united in the promotion of one great object, Episcopalians, Independants, Baptists and Wesleyans, all waving the little differences of opinion, and meeting on the same platform as Brethren engaged in the same interesting and important work.
Towards the close of the meeting, the Treasurer announced that the subscriptions and collections to this Auxiliary Society amounted to the sum of one hundred and thirty-five pounds.-Graham's Town Journal.
MARRIAGES. 6. At Cawnpore, Lient. V. Eyre, Artillery, to Emily, only daughter of the late Col. Sir James Mouat, Bart. Bengal Engineers.
16. Mr. J. Theophilus Plomer, to Miss Caroline Phillips. 18. Mr. H. T. Mansell, to Miss Sophia Caroline French.
At Poona, C. A. H. Tracy, Esq. of the Bombay C. S., to Eliza Ann Creckitt, daughter of the late Major,Tyler, Royal Artillery.
23. At Cannanore, C. D. c. O'Brien, Esq. H. M. 48th Regt., to Emma Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Col. E. W. Snow, C. B.
24. At Benares, Mr. W. Bryant, to Miss Catherine Maria Morgan.
30. At ditto, George Poyntz Ricketts, Esq. Ist Regt. Bengal Light Cavalry, to Isabella Victoria, youngest daughter of the late P. Begbie, Esq. Ост.
5. Mr. J. Ridley, Junior, to Miss Ann Elizabeth Sealy.
7. At Dinapore, Lieut. J. G. Gerrard, European Regt., to Mary Ann, second daughter of Captain M. A. Bunbury, 40th Regt. N. I.
9. Mr. R. H. Scott, Miss Theresa Keating. 10. H. A. Poulson, Esq. of Nundunpore Factory, Nuddeah, to Miss S. A. Dann. 13. At Poonah, H. Hebbert, Esq. H. C. C. S., to Marian, youngest daughter of T. Abbott Green, Esq. 19. Mr. Sweedland, to Miss Hester Steel Templeton.
Lieut. W. P. K. Browne, H. M. 49th Regt., to Miss Eliza Gibbons.
At Madras, E. Chamier, Esq. Bombay C. S., to Frances, eldest daughter of the late R. Sewell, Esq. of Oak End Lodge, Bucks. 2). Mr. G. W. Bartlett, to Miss Mary Bateman.
At Sylhet, Ensign W. J. Bennett, B. European Regt., to Sarah, fourth daughter of Mr. G. Inglis.
22. At Ahmednuggur, C. S. Stewart, 4th Regt. N. I., to Elizabeth Anne, youngest daughter of Col. R. A. Willis, of this Establishment.
23. Mr. R. J. Rose, to Miss Anne Clarke.
25. At Serampore, A. D. hnson, Esq. of Bhangulpore, Amelia, daughter of the late Francis and Sister of H. L. V. Derozio, of Calcutta.
20. Mr. J. Cordoza, to Miss Matilda De Gracia.
28. C. R. Hogg, Esq. of the European Regt. eldest son of Col. Hogg, Bombay Establishment, to Helen, third daughter of the late Col. Cotgrave, Madras Engineers.
Edwin Chs. Cotgrave, Esq. 20th Regt. N. I. second son of the late Col. Cotgrave, Madras Engineers, to Anna Maria, third daughter of the late C. Hooke, Esq. of Brighton.
30. Mr. J. Dunsmere, to Miss Mary Ann Thomson. 31. At Mazagon, Bombay, Lieut. F. Bristow, H. M. 6th Warwickshire Regt., to Miss C. Pollexfen.
At St. George's Church, A. Venour, Esq. Superintending Surgeon, to Anne, daughter of W. Laing, Esq. Collector of Castoms. Nov.
6. Mr. J. Roach, to Miss Marian Naries. SEPT.
BIRTHS. 3. At Moulmein, the lady of Lient. Tallan, H. M. 41st Regt., of a daughter.
At Rajcote, the lady of Captain D. Shaw, 20th Regt. N. 1. of a son. 9. At Bareilly, the lady of Captain Wake, 44th Regt. N. I. of a daughter.
At Almorah, the lady of Captain Buttanshaw, of a daughter ; still born. 11. At Ahmednugger, the lady of Captain
J. Swainson, of a daughter. 13. At Bombay, the lady of J. S. Unwin, Esq. of a daughter,
The lady of Lieut. Harris, 7th Regt. of a son.
At Dinapore, the lady of Lieut. McGeorge, 7th Regt. N. I. of a daughter. 15. At Seetapore, the lady of Asst. Surgeon J. Dalrymple, of a son. 19. The lady of Captain G. Hogarth, of H. M. 26th Foot, of a still-born child. 20. Mrs. M. A. D'Silva, of a son. 21. At Bogwangolah, Mrs. Thomas Rose, of a daughter. 22. At Nagercoil, the wi of Rev. W. Miller, of a son.
At Dhurumherpore, the lady of M. J. Lemarchand, Esq. of a daughter. 24. At Jounpore, the lady of G. F. Brown, Esq. C. S. of a daughter, 25. Mrs. M. E. Ross, wife of Mr. T. Ross, H. C. Marine, of a daughter.
and the labour appalled them, as being perfectly insuperable. When their pastor first advised them to construct the canals necessary for the purpose, they absolutely refused to attempt it, and he was obliged to tell them, that they were equally deaf to temporal and spiritual counsel. Pointing to the rushing waters, which were capable of being diverted from their course to the parched and sterile soil, which he wished to see improved, he exclaim. ed, * You make as little use of those ample streams, as you do of the water of life. God has vouchsafed to offer you both in abundance, but your pastures, like your hearts, are languishing with drought.'
“ After much conversation, and offering many obstacles to the work, some of them agreed to commence operations, and on an early day, all were busy, some digging and excavating, others clearing away.
The pastor himself was at one time plying his pickaxe, and at another moving from place to place and superintending the progress of others.
“ It was a toilsome undertaking. In some places they had to elevate the floor of the main channel to the height of eight feet, and in others to lower it as much. In the course of the first day's labour, it was necessary to carry the construction across the rocky beds of three or four torrents, and often when the work appeared to be effectually done, Neff detected a default in the level, or in the inclination of the water-course, which obliged him to insist upon their going over it again. At four o'clock, the volunteers were reward. ed by seeing the first fruits of their labours : one line of aqueduct was com. pleted ; the dam was raised, and the water rushed into the nearest mea dow amidst the joyful shouts of workmen and spectators. The next day some cross-cuts were made, and proprietors, who were supposed to be secretly hostile and incredulous, saw the works carried over their ground without offering any opposition to the measure, for who could indulge his obstinate and dogged humour, when the benevolent stranger, the warmhearted minister, was toiling in the sweat of his brow to achieve a public good which could never be of the least advantage to himself? It was the good shepherd, not taking the fleece, but exhausting his own strength, and wearing himself out for the sheep. On the third, and on the following days, small transverse lines were formed, and a long channel was made across the face of the mountain, to supply three village fountains with water. This last was a very formidable enterprize. It was necessary to under. mine the rock, to blast it, and to construct a passage for the stream in granite of the very hardest kind. I had never done any thing like it before,' is the pastor's note upon this achievement ; but it was necessary to assume an air of scientific confidence, and to give my orders like an experienced engineer. The work was brought to a most prosperous issue, and the pastor was thenceforward a sovereign, who reigned so triumphantly and absolutely, that his word was law.”
Attentive, however, as Neff was to the social comfort and temporal prosperity of his charge, he never lost sight of that which should be at all times the simple object of the Pastor and the Missionary. The welfare of their souls was his high desire. He had now been with the inhabitants of Val Queyras and Fressinière about two years, and unceasing labour and the severe climate of the Alps had so shattered his constitution, that it became evident he could not long bear up against his numerous toils and exposures. This impaired state of health led the pastor to one of his most interesting engagements. The origin of Neffos establishment of a Normal School is best told by himself. He says
“I foresaw with sorrow that the Gospel, which I had been permitted to preach in these mountains, would not only not spread, but might even be lost
, unless something should be done to promote its continuance. I bethought how it might be preserved in some degree; and after mature deliberation, I determined to become a training-master, and to form a winter school, composed of the most intelligent and well-disposed young men of the different villages of my parish.”
The place chosen for the institution was the village of Dormilleuse. This spot was selected on account of its seclusion, as during the five winter months it is walled in with ice and snow, and nothing could consequently tempt the youths to forsake their studies and return to their homes. The scholars were 20 young men, who met as the pastor directed, bringing with them a store of salted meat and rye-bread, sufficient to serve them for the five months' term of their studies. Having secured the attendance of an assistant teacher, Neff commenced operations, and has left the following interesting account of their proceedings:
“ The short space of time which we had before us rendered every moment precious. We divided the day into three parts: The first was from sun-rise to eleven o'clock, when we breakfasted; the second from noon to sun-set, when we supped ; the third from supper till ten or eleven o'clock at night, making in all fourteen or fifteen hours of study in the twenty-four. We devoted much of this time to lessons in reading, which the wretched manner in which they had been taught, their detestable accent, and strange tone of voice, rendered a most necessary but tiresome duty. The grammar, too, of which not one of them had the least idea, occupied much of our time. Arithmetic was another branch of knowledge which required many a weary hour. Geography was considered a matter of recreation after dinner; and they pored over the maps with a feeling of delight and amusement which was quite new to them. I also busied myself in giving them some notion of the sphere, and of the form and motion of the earth; of the seasons and the climates, and of the heavenly bodies. Every thing of this sort was as perfectly novel to them as it would have been to the islanders of Otaheite; and even the elementary books, which are usually put into the hands of children, were at first as unintelligible to them as the most abstruse treatises on mathematics. I was consequently forced to use the simplest and plainest modes of demonstration, but these amused and instructed them at the same time. A ball made of the box-tree, with a hole through it, and moving on an axle, and on which I had traced the principal circles ; some large potatoes hollowed out, a candle, and sometimes the skulls of my scholars, served for the instruments by which I illustrated the movement of the earth and of the heavenly bodies. Proceeding from one step to another, I pointed out the different countries in the chart of the world, and took pains to give some slight idea, as we went on, of the characteristics, religions, customs, and history of each nation. Up to this time I had been astonished by the little interest they took, pious-minded as they were, in the subject of Christian Missions; but, when they began to have some idea of geography, I discovered that their former ignorance of this science, and of the very existence of many foreign nations, was the cause of such indifference. As soon as they began to learn who the people are who require to have the Gospel preached to them, and in what part of the globe they dwell, they felt the same concern for the circulation of the Gospel that other Christians entertained. These new acquirements, in fact,