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** Survey the globe, each ruder realm explore ;

From Reason's faintest ray to NEWTON soar.
What different spheres to human bliss assign'd!
What slow gradations in the scale of mind!
Yet mark in each these mystic wonders wrought,
Oh, mark the sleepless energies of thought!"

ROGERK

By J. STATHAM.

LONDON:

SAMUEL BAGSTER, 15, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1832.

LONDON: S. BAGSTER. JUN., PRINTER,

14, Bartholomew Close.

PREFACE.

At a time like the present, when Missionary operations are regarded with so much interest by some, and so scornfully derided by others, the Author of the following pages thought his Recollections of India might not be unacceptable to the former, and at the same time not altogether useless in removing the prejudices of the latter. If but one friend be gained to the Missionary cause by the publication of this volume, the Author will abundantly rejoice.

Another reason which induced him thus to appear before the public, was, that in the course of his residence in India he met with several striking illustrations of the sacred Scriptures, which he did not remember to have seen noticed in the works of others. Some of these have appeared in the New Baptist Miscellany; but the whole are embodied in these Recollections.

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CONTENTS.

CHAP. I.-Arrival at Sand Heads-river Hooghley-va-

nous river craft and boatmen . . . . . .

CHAP. 11, Native costumes-auction rooms-borses-

destructive fires-ravages of white ants-palm trees-dange-

rous situation of a soldier-instinct of small red ants . . 16

CHAP. III.—State of religion in Calcutta-inattention to

the duties of the Sabbath-anecdotes chaplains-Indo-Bri-

tons—Mr. Kyd's work-indolence to be lamented-its evils

-native female schools—Bishop Heber's mistake-Rev. D.

Schmid's letter-anecdotes. . . . . .

CHAP. IV.-Hindoo religion-castes-Brahmins . . 65

Casp. V.-Influence of caste on agriculture various crops

-illustrations of Scripture-snakes anecdotes, &c. . .

CHAP. VI.-Mussulmans—their mode of worship-moulah

and disciplestwo Mogul merchants-native servants

their number petty thefts—fawning manners-barefaced

lies—anecdotes-waiting at the gates-curious petition
modes of building-illustrations of Scripture . . . 101

Chap. VII.-The Churruck Poojab-death of a devotee-

processions—police magistrate anecdote of a syce-origin

of the festival anecdote of a Brahmin-great superstition-

suttees . . . . . . . . . . 118

CHAP. VIII.-Ruth Jatra-car drawn—Mr. Stirling and

Dr. Buchanan-Juggernath's establishment-ironical poem

-tradition of the idol-affecting narrative. . . . 137

CHAP. IX.-Tuntra Shasters-Pran-Krishna Vishwasa-

doctrines and precepts of the sect . . . . 160

CHAP. X.-Hindoo temples—sacred monkeys, Ramayuna

festival-monkeys thieving-anecdotes-monkey and pig-

attack on a dog-rob a boy-mode of catching them mid-

night adventure-surrounded by them-escape with difficulty

-offerings to them-peepul trees-banyan trees-Brabminy

bulls

. . . . . . . . . . 180

CHAP. XI.-Mussulman enthusiasm—Mohurrum-Roman

Catholics—Mussulman burying grounds-Howrah and Cal-

cutta funerals—cholera morbus-ravages of small pox-me-

thod of inoculation . . . . . . . . 200

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