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The Rev. W. Burke, of Lucea, in the district of Hanover, writes as follows:
“I am glad in being able to report societies interested in the work of some degree of progress. We had an negro education. There are two addition by baptism of twenty-two largely populated districts, in each of and by restoration of eleven to this which I should like to attempt a day Church on the 23rd August, since school; but from want of money capital which our inquirers' class is again I cannot. At Fletcher's Grove, the increasing.
little cause is looking up. The Church “I have opened a new day school numbers over 100 members, with some here also, which promises well. As fifteen inquirers. We shall in all yet, however, the entire burden of likelihood baptize them about Novemkeeping the teacher falls on me, till ber or December. Our Sunday schools the school arrives at inspection stage. are, on the whole, well attended, and The day school at Mount Moriah has give cheering promise of future inpassed third class for three years now, crease to our churches. but the amount of Government grant “We have been much tried this year being under £19, is small and insuffi- by a sharp and long drought, resulting cient to meet the demands of the in scarcity of native produce (i.e., school, and I have an additional bread stuffs), followed by the ravages expense of £5 per annum to enable me of the small-pox. In this place we to keep the teacher. This I find diffi. have had but two cases of the fell cult, as the people still treat the subject disease yet. Latterly, we have had of the education of their children with our usual showers. And so all around considerable indifference. I should be and beneath us, Nature is clad and very thankful could I get a little carpeted in her sweet soft green." pecuniary assistance from any of your
Missionary Notes. SONTHALISTAN. -The good work extends among the Sonthals. Six chiefs from thọ vicinity of Pachumba, where the Scotch Mission exists, came to Ebenezer, and were so impressed that they decided on their return to become Christians. Two of them have induced their villages to follow their example, and it is hoped that the other four villages will come to the same decision.
ALLAHABAD.—The Rev. J. D. Bate is engaged in the preparation of a Missionary's Vade Mecum, in which he proposes to take up the objections raised by Mohammedans against Christianity. He says:--"Each objection will be stated in the exact form in which Mohammedans themselves present it in the bazaar, and under each objection will be arranged all the replies which might most fittingly be given in refutation of it. My hope is that I may be able to prepare a small book which shall both forewarn and forearm a new Missionary. The book is not intended to displace personal study, but rather to constantly suggest the need for it and to give direction and point to it."
CALCUTTA.-The Rev. G. H. Rouse, since the 1st February, has had charge of the Circular Road Church, in the absence of the Rev. A. Williams. He is
very busy in the preparation of tracts and Scriptures, preaching in the bazaars, and other works of usefulness. He reports that a most interesting work of grace is making progress among the sailors of the port, and that the influence of the Brahma Somaj is declining among the native population. He also mentions two or three very interesting cases of baptism.
SOUTH VILLAGES.-A year or two ago a small society was formed of members of the Mission, and others of the London Missionary Society, who were to go from village to village singing and speaking of Christ. It is self-supporting. Hymns are distributed and sung to native tungs. There has been, Mr. Rouse reports, an increase of right feeling among the Churches, the careless have been revived, and two Hindus have been baptized.
HOWPAI, – The Rey. E. C. Hallam reports that his work is very encouraging. The congregations are good, several inquirers have come forward, a few have professed their conversion, and two persons were about to be baptized. Preaching in the bazaar is carried on by the native preacher and his father, and about sixty heathen lads attend the school.
Dacca.–From Mr. Bion we hear of the arrival in Dacca of a young convert from Mohammedanism, a native of Ispahan, who attracts great crowds in the bazaar by his warm and fluent addresses to the Moslems, in Hindustani.
BENARES.--Mr. W. Miller writes us, that after a calm voyage he reached Calcutta on the 3rd February, and after a short stay proceeded to Bepares, where he arrived on the 9th. He has taken up his abode with Mr. Etherington, under whose guidance he has begun the study of the Hindi language.
DELHI.-Owing to great weakness and severe attacks of illness, the Rev. ames Smith has been obliged to go to Landour for a change. Meanwhile Mr. Guyton, whoso health is good, has kindly taken charge of the station. There has been much in the recent progress of the Mission to awaken gratitude and joy. From later letters we are happy to learn that Mr. Smith's health is better.
MUTTRA.-Mr. and Mrs. St. Dalmas have settled at this station, and Mr. St. Dalmas reports a favourable reception of his ministry among the people. He has already had the pleasure of baptizing a Hindu, a Yogi, or travelling mendicant. In the presence of the people he laid aside his Brahminical thread, and confessed his attachment to Christ.
Poosan.—The Rev. E. B. Francis informs us that he has commenced a school for native boys, and has also a class of some 14 young men, to whom he teaches English and communicates the knowledge of Christ. There seems to be abroad among the young men a general spirit of inquiry. Mr. Francis also gives his attention to the acquisition of the Mahratta tongue, which he finds to be a difficult language to acquire.
VADRAS.—The Rev. W. Money mentions that Mr. Chowrryappah has commenced work in Madras in connection with his congregation and in his neighbourhood. He has begun a service in the chapel on Sunday mornings, after the Eaglish service, and gets a very fair attendance. He is assisted by an East Indian brother, who has been for some years engaged in Tamil work.
Contributions: We are requested to insert the following list of Contributions for the Zenana Mission.
Sums received since April. Joseph Tritton, Esq............
Cleave Hooper ........
Don. 1 1 0 Mrs. McLaren, Kensington .. 100 Mrs. John Haddon ...
..Sub. 1 0 0 Mrs. Steane, Rickmansworth 2 2 0 Richard Johnson, Esq. .
.Don, 1 1 0 Mrs. Short, Salisbury ...., 100 Mrs. and Miss Johnson
10.0 Mrs. Hill, Harrington Square ....... 2 00 John Outhwaite .............
100 By Mrs. Chedburn, Berwick-on-Tweed... 15 6 Smaller Sums
5 4 6 At the Breakfast Meeting
Ladies of the Committee Joseph Tritton, Esq.
By G. H. Leonard, Esq., B Mrs. J. Tritton.
J. P. Bacon. Esq. .......
....... Subs. 5 0 0 Mrs. J. Gurney ....
J. W . B. ...................
100 Sir R. Lush ......
.., 10 10 0 1 Bazaar at Clifton, by Mrs. Glover .........786 9 3 John Barran, Esq. .... 10 0 0 By Mrs. Frost, Beverley........
2 2 7 James Benham, Esq.
5 0 0
Mr. and Mrs. J. Gurney, Wimbledon...... 5 0 0 John Cunliffe, Esq. ........ 2 2 0 Miss J. Morley, Tuxford ....
... 1 0 0 O. E. Webb, Esq.......
2 2 0 By Mrs. Shippey, Cambridge ............... 10 12 6 J. L. Worth, Esq. ...
1 1 0 By Miss Dicker, Liverpool, Special DonaLady Havelock ......
1 1 0 tions for DaccaThree Friends ...
3 10 0 Late N. Reyner's Estate, by Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Bacon........... 2 0 0
20 0 0 Dr. Gotch 1 0 0 Miss Grant, Downing
5 0 0 A. M. Ferguson, Esq., jun. ...... 100 Misses Dicker .....
5 0 0 Miss James 100 John Houghton, Esq.
2 2 0 Mrs. Young 1 0 0 Miss Houghton ...
2 0 0
W. B. Glifton, Perley.mble
FOREIGN LETTERS RECEIVED. AFRICA
| INDIA-Continued. Bonjongo, Thomson, Q. W., Apr. 5.
Monghyr, Evans, T., Apr. 2, 10, 23; Jones, Cameroons, Saker, A., Mar. 3, 23, Apr. 2;
W. H., Mar. 3; Williams, A., Mar. 4.
Muttra, De St. Dalmas, H. G. E., Apr. 22. Fernando Po, Smith, R., Apr. 20.
Ootacamund, Pearce, G., Mar. 23, May 13 Mortonville, Fuller, J. J., Mar. 5, 26, 28, Poona, Francis, E. B., Mar. 15, 31, May 8; Apr.
Pestonji, H., Mar. 5, May 8.
Serampore, Martin, T., Mar. 19; Thomas, AMERICA
J. W., Apr. 15. HONDURAS
AUSTRALIA Belize, Henderson, A., Apr. 13.
Hobart Town, Tinson, E., Mar. 19. ABLA
St. Brieuc, Bouhón, V. E., May 19, June 2. Grand Pass, Silva, J., Apr. 8.
Tremel, Lecoat, G., June 11. Kandy, Carter, C., Mar. 4.
Rome, Wall, J., Apr. 30. Hiroshima, Hack, W., Feb. 11.
Bergen, Hübert, G., Mar. 23, Apr. 15, May 19, Barisal, Brown, C. C., Mar. 15, 20, 30;
June 2, 14, 15.
San Salvador, Nabbic, J. A., Apr. 3.
Jacmel, Gummer, J. E., May 8; Rudd, D. Calcutta, Kobiraj. R. K., Apr. 15; Lewis,
Annatto Bay, Jones, S., Apr. 28.
Brown's Town, Clark, J., Mar. 10, 30, May 22 Dacca, Allen, I., Mar. 25; Bion, R., Apr. 22,
Clarendon, Gummer, J. E., Feb. 23.
Falmouth, Kingdon, J., Mar. 23, Apr. 23 Delhi, Smith, J., Mar. 5; Smith, Mrs., Apr. 9.
Four Paths, Gummer, J. E., Mar. 23. Ebenezer, Skrefsrud, L. O., Mar. 18, May 19,
Jericho, Clarke, J., May 20.
Kettering, Fray, E., Apr. 23. Howrah, Hallam, E. C. B., Mar. 5, May 6.
Kingston, East, D. J., Jan. -, Mar. 9, Apr. 1 Intally, Kerry, G., Mar. 19, Apr. 9; Robinson,
May 10; Roberts, J. S., Mar. 10.
Mandeville, Williams, P.Mar. 10.
Montego Bay, Henderson, J. E., Apr. 22. Landour, Smith, Mrs., May 27.
Zoar, Duckett, A., Mar. 20.
Port of Spain, Gamble, W. H., Mar. 24.
THE MISSIONARY HERAL D.
Appeal from Jamaica. TARLY in the year 1871 the Committee issued an appeal for the U formation of a fund by which a few European brethren might be sent out, and supported for four years, to labour in the more destitute portions of the Island of Jamaica. From the contributions thus obtained, two missionaries, the Rev. P. Williams and the Rev. T. L. Rees, were engaged. At the end of this year the term of their engagement will reach its close, and the moneys in hand will be exhausted. In the report of their labours furnished by the Committee of the Jamaica Baptist Missionary Society, an earnest appeal is made for the continuance of this fund, and the friends who have so kindly and liberally contributed are urged to renew their gifts for a further term of two years. The Committee havo much pleasure in publishing this interesting document, and will be happy to apply to the support of Mr. Williams and Mr. Rees any further sums with which they may be entrusted :
TO THE COMMITTEE OF THE Baptist MissioNARY Society. DEAR BRETHREN,—The Committee of the Jamaica Baptist Missionary Society feel it right to make known to the Home Committee, as briefly as possible, the results of the labours of the two brethren sent out to Jamaica under the Appeal Fund, and also to make a statement of the additional responsibilities assumed by the committee in their home mission work, and to found on their statements an earnest request for an extension of aid for two years longer to the brethren referred to, that the work so auspiciously commenced may not be abruptly hindered for the want of further fostering care. The fourth year of aid to Mr. Rees will expire in September next, and the fourth year of similar aid to Mr. Williams will be completed at the close of the current year.
1. WALLINGFORD.—This station was in a very low state when Mr. Rees took charge of it. For years it had been very inadequately supplied with religious services, the minister in charge having two or three other stations under his care. At the present time there are 131 members in the church, and 24 inquirers. There is a day-school and a very flourishing Sundayschool, the latter conducted by Mrs. Rees. Since Mr. Rees' location there a substantial stone chapel has been commenced, and is now more than half finished. When completed, the church will be nearly or quite self-supporting; but during the erection of the building the funds brought in by the people are largely absorbed for this purpose. Hence it is desirable that the salary of the minister should be provided until building operations are completed. A large amount of voluntary effort has been put forth by the people to the extent of more than 1,000 days of free labour, and several gentlemen in the neighbourhood have contributed both money and materials, as well as the use of cattle and carts for the carriage of timber and stone.
2. SANTA CRUZ.-Shortly after Mr. Rees' settlement at Wallingford, he visited a populous district, and was able to begin a new station at Santa Cruz. Here a piece of land was given by a resident in the locality, on which a substantial rustic chapel has been built. A church has been formed, which consists of forty-nine members and twenty-four inquirers. A day-school has been opened, and a Sunday-school is in full work. But inasmuch as the distance betwixt Wallingford and Santa Cruz is so great (eighteen miles), with a wide, and sometimes impassable, lagoon betwixt them, the latter station has been placed under the care of the Rev. W. N. Brown, who will make Santa Cruz his head-quarters, and, as an agent of the Jamaica Baptist Missionary Society, will work the populous and destitute outlying districts.
3. HECTOR'S RIVER.-- In the place of Santa Cruz, Mr. Rees will supply Hector's River (eight miles from Wallingford), a station lately under the care of Mr. Omeally, but to which sufficient attention could not be given. This station at present is comparatively small.
4. MANDEVILLE.—This was a station formerly associated with five or six others, and for years only enjoyed very partial ministerial oversight. When Mr. Williams took charge of it in 1872, as a basis from which to work the surrounding districts, the church was in a very declining state; but now, though comparatively small, it is both healthy and flourishing. It numbers ninety-six members and twenty-six inquirers, and there is also a good Sunday-school in connection with the church. The chapel has been put into a good state of repair, and the people are now building a dwelling-house for the minister who may be resident, which will cost, before it is completed, at least £300. Mandeville is regarded by us as an important centre, from which is being now exerted a considerable influence for the