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statements; namely, that in sclect, I have now only to express my un. ing the schoolmasters.
feigned regret, and to assure them It is a great error, but one into that nothing was farther from my which benevolent persons are likely intention. Should that be the case, to be drawn by humane motives, to however, it will be no little consochoose for such a post any persons lation to my mind that my mistake whose health has not permitted has been the occasion of drawing them to follow the vocations to forth from your highly respected which otherwise they would, by the correspondent, Mr. La Trobe, so circumstances of their parentage, able an exposition of the valuable have been called. But if it be im labours of his missionary brethren, portant in any situation to have and of the blessing vouchsafed to a healthy person, it is, generally those labours by their Divine Masspeaking, in that of the master of ter. I have long been aware of those a charity or free school. If, looking labours, and a humble contributor at M. Vehrli, a fit individual were to to their cause. I trust his commube described, a man of a good con- nication will be an instrument, in stitution, and not of an over-anxious the Lord's hand, to increase the or ambitious cast of character, would, contributions which have been, and with other appropriate lineaments, will no doubt continue to be, so bebe pourtrayed. Invalids are apt to neficially and economically applied be alternately lenient and irritable; by them. and an irascible person, in his own I feel no anxiety to occupy your defence, will have recourse to per- reader's time by defending myself nicious expedients for the mainte- from the charge of any inaccuracies nance of that authority which irri. contained in my former statement, tability never fails to impair. One if indeed there are such ; my only should be chosen, not so much for desire being to arouse the attention his past quickness at learning, for of the supporters of missionary exthe recommendations of his man- ertions, to a subject, the importance ners, or for the interesting shades of which, though not very apparent in his character, as for being pious, to the casual observer, will be found, firm, cheerful, active, and kind, dis- I apprehend, by those who look posed strictly to adhere to sound deeper into it, most intimately con. regulations, and to be an exemplar nected with the future well-being of of the precepts he is to instil. all our missionary institutions. (To be continued.)
If your readers will give themselves the trouble of referring to my former communication (see Chris
tian Observer for Jan. p. 35), they MORAVIAN MISSIONS, AND PRO. will perceive that I did not presume VISION FOR MISSIONARIES. to discuss whether it was the duty of
missionary societies to provide, or Tothe EditoroftheChristian Observer. to pledge themselves to provide, for
the widows and children of their I SHALL feel much grieved, if in missionaries (a subject, however, my former communication, I have which I should much like to see used any expression calculated to discussed, by some of your able give a moment's pain to those highly correspondents); but merely stating valued individuals who so ably con. the different views and degrees in duct the missions of the United which this question appeared to be Brethren. I thought I had suffi. considered by different societies, ciently guarded my statement thence assuming that the general against such a consequence; but if impression was, that some sort of unfortunately I have been mistaken, provision ought to be made. I en. deavoured to enforce the necessity have so long continued to act ; for of immediately adopting some judi- it is brought into their very system, cious plan for that purpose, becasue and both must now stand or fall the neglect of doing so would ulti. together. That their Lord and mately prove a source of great em- Master, who has been with them barrassment to the future managers hitherto, may continue his blessing of our societies. This is the only in providing them help from other point at which I aim; and it appears quarters, when their own means fail, to me, that the statement of our is not only my prayer, but my trust. valued friend, Mr. La Trobe, has a I would, however, ask, Is their extendency to confirm, not to invalidate perience, in this particular instance it. My assertion was, that on every at least, to be taken by other sosound principle of calculation, the cieties as an example or as a warnclaims in question must go on in ing? I must be excused for conan increasing ratio, for an undefined sidering that it ought to be taken indeed, but yet for a long period of as the latter; I mean not in any time, until they absorbed a large unkind sense, but by making us portion of the annual funds of our acquainted with facts and consesocieties; and it happened that the quences, of which otherwise we only missionary society in exist- should perhaps have been ignorant. ence, which had subsisted long They have indeed found succour from enough to prove, or to disprove, the other bodies of Christians in their truth of such a statement, was that difficulties; but where will the more of the United Brethren, and its ex- extensive societies of this day find perience fully established the cor- other bodies of Christians to whom rectness of my assertion. Of the they can resort in a similar situthree corrections, also, which Mr. ation ? Our friend will perhaps Latrobe has made in my statement, answer, Let them have faith in God. the first gives additional proof of Far be it from me to limit the the truth of that assertion; for if Divine power: God can, if he the sphere of the activity of their please, bring us out of every diffi. missionaries has been lately en culty; and true Christians know larged, and of course the number that he will do so, if they proceed of missionaries increased, it will according to his revealed will. But follow as a necessary consequence, the question is, are not the manathat the time at which the claims gers of missionary societies bound, on its funds on behalf of its widows, as before God, to exercise that pru&c. shall have arrived at their great. dence and care, in managing the est amount must be deferred in pro- affairs of such societies, which indi. portion to such an increase, and that vidual Christians feel bound to ex. consequently such amount will yet ercise in their own private affairs ? go on increasing. The other cor. And if the answer is in the affirmarections, however they may affect tive, are they not therefore bound, my statement as referring to the on finding that the probable consemission itself, have no such material quences of a particular measure will bearing on the principle in question be injurious to their future efforts, as to justify me in further occupy- to endeavour to supply a remedy? ing your time, or that of your Although I may subject myself to readers.
the charge of being tedious, I must, I fully agree with Mr. Latrobe, notwithstanding, add one more rethat even if it were desirable (which mark on the general subject. In however I am by no means in my former communication I only clined to assert), it is now hardly mentioned one side of the question, possible, for his society to depart that referring to the well-being of from the principle on which they the societies in their aggregate ca
pacity, and their power of carrying it is for the stability of the societies, on their work. I would now call that mature consideration should be the attention of the friends of mis- given to this subject : and, as it sions to the subject, as it refers to respects the former, it would unthe missionaries themselves, to their doubtedly be more desirable for hopes and fears in regard of those them to have something like a cer. that are dear to them. Societies of tain prospect of even a limited and the present day depend for their inadequate support for their families support on the annual contributions in future, than to have a pledge of of the benevolent and religious pub- entire support without any security lic; which contributions are subject, that such pledge will be redeemed. of course, to all the contingences of I hoped, when I first addressed public opinion : they are continually you, that this matter would have liable to a change of sentiment in been taken up by some abler cor. the persons who manage them; the respondent than myself; and I trust pledges of one body of individuals that this will yet be the case, con. may, perhaps, not be considered vinced as I am that it is a question binding on a succeeding body; and that might well occupy the attention it is most clear that the contributors of some of those valuable writers, of the present day cannot pledge who have so often edified and dethe contributors of a future one. It lighted your readers. also is not probable, if, at any future time, a society should be obliged to apply all the larger portion of its funds to the maintenance of its wi. UNITARIANISM IN INDIA. dows and children, and thereby be rendered unable to prosecute with Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. effect its proper missionary objects, that the same support will be given For the first time these sixteen to it as before it was reduced to that years, and I trust it will be the last, situation. Supposing, therefore, the I have received your valuable mismanagers of any given society were cellany from a periodical book so. now to pledge themselves to support ciety, instead of having it sent me, the families of their missionaries, as usual, by my bookseller ; which what security can these missionaries I mention merely to account for my have, that, when the time of neces- not before replying to an article in sily arrives, the managers of that your Number for March, which has day will be willing, or, if willing, only just reached me in the course will be able, lo redeem their prede- of circulation. I allude to the cessors' pledge. If I am rightly in- article entitled, “ The Christian formed, one valuable society, which Observer on Unitarianismı." " A formerly gave a pledge of the nature lover of truth and fair play,” it alluded to, is now convinced of the seems, rebukes you for asserting that impropriety of so doing; and al- the Unitarians (so-called) are withthough the present committee feel out a missionary in India, and conthemselves bound to fulfil their past siders your error the more inexengagements, they decline to enter cusable from your neglect to notice into any such for the future: con- their Indian preacher, William sequently they will bave two classes Roberts. You very fairly demand, of missionaries, with different de- “ Who is he? Who sent him out ? grees of claims, arising from the In what part of India is he stamere circumstance of the different tioned ?” In reply, I will tell you periods of their engagements. It is, what I know of him. therefore, as much for the interest W. Roberts is a native of the and comfort of the missionaries, as lowest caste, a Parriah: he was
formerly in the service of a gentle. man at Madras, and some years ago ON THE PROPRIETY OF CHARITY accompanied his master's family to Europe. While in London, he strolled into a Socinian chapel, and I'othe Editorofthe Christian Observer. was noticed by some of the congregation. Pleased with the attentions This address will reach you towards he received, and being persuaded the expiration of the benevolent to embrace the notions of his in- season; which, like the rain of some structors, he engaged to propagate tropical countries, comes on perio. them on his return to India, and to dically, and is succeeded by intercorrespond with the Socinian mis- vals of comparative dryness and sionary society at home. After his sterility. From the close of April, return to Madras, be continued till nearly July, we have about some time in bis master's service; I three months of this fertile season, think, till that gentleman died. His with various alternations of heavy master was greatly concerned to dews, vernal zephyrs, genial rain, find that he had adopted so heart. sudden showers, and perhaps occaless, so paralysing a heresy, and sional inundations, and thunderendeavoured to convince him of his storms, or hurricane. Charity error, but without avail. He was bazaars have their share in protoo wise in his own conceit pa- moting these things; and although I riently to receive instruction, and presume not to decide against them he returned every book that was as being in themselves essentially lent him with an air of self-suffi- wrong, it is yet safe to argue, that ciency, that left little hope of re- they are capable of very serious claiming him.
abuse; and to confess at the same He has now been living some time, that they are not favourite years at Madras, endeavouring to modes of Christian kindness among propagate his notions among the such persons as are afraid of worldly native Christians of that presidency, infection, and think they discern in but with very partial success. One them an alliance between the friends of his disciples entered my service and the enemies of pure Christianity. about four years ago, under the dis. It is part of my own system, that guise of Christianity, professing to all compliance with the world in be attached to the Vepery mission. matters ascertained and owned to
The deception was soon detected : be indifferent-such as were the when I endeavoured to convince him adiaphora of the early ages of the of the error and danger of the no. church-is more than lawful; it is tions he had imbibed. He soon an act of duty. For the genuine professed a conviction of the truth exercise of principle is not exhibited as inculcated by our church, and by the affectation of superior strict continued his attendance at our do- ness in minor things, but by abstimestic and public devotions ; but a nence from what a Christian knows few months after, I was under the to be contrary to the Spirit of the necessity of dismissing him from my Gospel, and has felt to be injurious service for dishonesty.
to his own spiritual progress. It is I am, sir, with many thanks for not, for example, wearing a handthe instruction and refreshment you some dress, provided that dress be have often sent me to the other side suitable to his rank and possessions, of the world,
but the vanity and absorption of Your constant reader, mind connected with the arrangeCLERICUS INDICUS. ments of fashion, which is the true
conformity to the world; while it is equally certain, that there is no
religion in vulgarity and bad taste. 'the benevolent season, they must A gentleman, who is a Christian, needs take into their account what and one too of an elevated character the world will most like, and conamong his fellows, does not retire struct new modes of attraction; or from his spiritual station, because his otherwise all their labour will be habiliments and manners are those lost. It has, indeed, been alleged, of his equals. Of such a person, that we are so infected by our perwell writes Cowper,
petual intercourse with France, as Not that he peevishly rejects a mode, to have thence degenerated into Because the world adopts it. If it bear a nation of triflers; and that while The stamp and clear impression of good
government spends its hundreds of sense, And be not costly more than of true worth,
thousands in such pillars of cement He puts it on, and for decorum sake and circular brick as decorate WaterCan wear it e'en as gracefully as she loo place, and the grand avenues
The mischief of bazaars is, not leading out of it to Regent's Park, that elegant ottomans and beautiful and every where else, it indicates examples of graphic skill are for a certain loyalty of disposition to bidden articles of furniture or luxury make every habitation above a farmin the houses of the affluent, and house into a little Paris, or an therefore that their appearance and asylum for fugitive baubles from sale at a lady's stall are positively the metropolis of vanity. But it so indicative of the seller's passion for happens that in the very capital of fine things, but that the previous la belle France the bazaar system attention and study in contriving commenced under unusual circumnew bagatelles for triflers has die stances of sobriety and of secular rected her mind into the channel of nonconformity. In the “ Archives triling; and made her bend before du Christianisme,” is the following the gales of fashion, as they sweep grave account of a sale held at Paris, along that channel in its long and in 1828, for the benefit of the Prosinuous course. In order that things testant Missionary Society, and may be sold, they must be made to translated into our own Missionary sell. And when Garrick, in 1747, Register for May 1829.-" During opened Drury-lane theatre, a saga- the 26th, 27th, 29th, and 30th days cious friend of his gave him and of December, a large assortment of Christians too-a wise lesson on the articles of every description, with ways of the world, when he made prices affixed, chiefly women's work, the manager of a play-house say on were offered for sale in a spacious that occasion :
public place, situated in one of the Hard is his lot that here, by fortune plac'd, most delightful parts of Paris, where Must watch the wild vicissitudes of taste; multitudes asssembled with eagerWith every meteor of caprice must play, ness. And chase the new-blown bubbles of the "In this new bazaar, friends, rela
day. Ah! let not censure term our fate our
tives, and persons who frequent our choice,
churches and pious societies, with The stage but echoes back the public's the English, whose number nearly
voice; The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, egy
equalled that of the French, were For we that live to please must please to united by one common interest and live.
by Christian brotherhood. Many Were I to venture on a parody, copies were sold of a hymn, enI might convert Dr. Johnson's ac- titled, · Les Missionnaires Chrétiens knowledgment of the dependence recommandés à Dieu ;' several seof a theatre upon the taste of the rious works, also, were sold, which persons who pay a shilling for en- were sent by their editors for that tering it, into a concession, that purpose; and a great number of when Christian ladies spend the tracts. Some ladies happily thought winter months in making toys for of making childbed linen for the Christ. Observ. No. 342.