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Dr. Duff's Institution, and was on the of my colleague and others in the town, point of embracing the Gospel, but and although they go away, and are his relations shut him up for three lost sight of, yet the seed is sown in days, and then his brothers secured many a heart, impressions are prohim an appointment far away from his duced which would, we might reasonformer Christian associates, where ably hope, issue in the salvation of they thought there would be no like some of the people could we follow up lihood of his having Christain society. the good done by continuously visiting He told me that he read the Testament, the people in their homes. and said he was a Christian at heart. When I urged on him the duty of
“THE SPEECHLESS ASCETIC. confessing Christ and being baptized, “ 24th.-We revisited Kawot Purea he referred to his mother and his wife and I met there the person whose and other relatives, but he does not intelligence and conviction of the seem to be happy in the neglect of the falsity of idolatry I have referred to, duty to make a public profession. He in the house of an ascetic who is obseemed remarkably humble and gentle. serving a vow of perpetual silence. I could not but pray earnestly for him. He has an attendant, a Brahmin, who that he may have grace to follow made up for the want of speech on the Christ fully.
part of this ascetic by the readiness
and force with which he expressed “EFFECTS OF BAZAAR-PREACHING.
himself. He argued with the colpor“ 20th-23rd. — Went to different teur with intense earnestness in favour villages. At one I found an elderly of Hinduism. He told me he had man at the head of a large household four or five of our books at his house. who freely confessed that idol-wor
I could not help thinking what a valuship was useless. He had heard the able acquisition to the Church such a Gospel preached in Allahabad, where man would be if his talents were Brother Bate preaches daily in the sanctified to the Saviour's service. I bazaar, and I was struck with the
was reminded of my former helper, amount of enlightenment which re
Ali Mahomed, of Jessore, whose acsults from this bazaar preaching. One
ceptance of the Gospel was followed and another whom I have met, speak by a large accession of converts.” of their having heard the preaching
A Few Words about our Zenana Work. M HE readers of the HERALD will be glad to receive some intelligence
1 respecting that very interesting department of missionary operations. now being carried on in the homes of India. The work has grown, and is. growing so rapidly, that it will be impossible to extend the effort, unless we can secure the co-operation and sympathy of our Christian friends all over this highly favoured land, and this, with the help of God, we must endeavour to obtain. A few extracts from letters lately received will report the progress that is being made.
Mrs. Robinson writes thus from Calcutta :
“I hope the friends in England will be stirred up more than ever to feel the importance of this quiet work in the homes of the Hindus, and judge from the slow but sure leayening that is taking place, of the great and happy results that may be hoped for in the future. Such cases as those of G- , and K- B- , must fill us with encouragement and hope. The change in their character, and the patient endurance, on their part, of much suffering for Christ's sake, prove the sincerity of their profession; and may we not look forward to many more who may testify to the truth of the Gospel in the same manner ? Yes, we have already most promising tokens that the seed has been sown in good soil, and is fast springing up to bear fruit in the life. In four Zenanas that I lately visited with Mrs. Saunders, I had the great satisfaction of seeing and hearing things that made me very thankful ; some believed in the Word, and were happy in the comfort and peace which it offers; and there were others most interesting, women who evidently felt that something very rich and precious was within their reach, and they must strive to attain it at any cost; there was an eagerness and a longing to understand the Word that was spoken expressed by their
looks, by questions put in now and then, and in their unwillingness to leave us even for a little while. These women who live in seclusion are far more sensitive and easily impressed than those accustomed to outdoor engagements. To me they appeared very sincere and genuine, and their sad and troubled lives in some cases claimed our tenderest sympathy. G- d wished me to tell you that she is very happy in mind since she. has trusted her all to Jesus. She read part of the 14th chapter of John to us, and paused and took comfort from the words, I will come again and take you to myself.' She can smile on her troubles now, for she understands the design of afflictions, and realises the good that has come from Christ. I think with much pleasure of these dear women in their heathen homes, and can hardly wish for any change in their circuinstances. They can be truer lights and shine more brightly for the deep darkness around them, than can many who are placed in more favourable circumstances. Yes! they are shedding a blessed influence in their homes, for we know of friends who come to them for guidance and instruction, and servants who are taught and led by them to the only Saviour.”
Mrs. Saunders also writes very encouragingly of her work in Calcutta :“I believe I mentioned in my last courteously welcomed me, and called letter that a family residing in Comar to his sister to conduct me to the Durgah, had invited me to their house female apartments, where I was reto tell them more of Jesus. I used to ceived very warmly. The mistress of meet the lady occasionally in N--'s the house said, on seeing me to-day, house, and she became quite interested Will our house become sanctified ?' in Gospel truths; various things I said to her, “Why do you use that hindered me from going there before expression ?' She said, 'Are you not yesterday. God led me there then. I one of God's people ?' 'Yes,' I remet the Baboo at the entrance; he very plied, 'I have that honour.' Then she
said, 'I have a great desire to know Poojah she was invited by two fami. more of the religion of Christ; as you lies to go and witness the annual have come to-day, I wish you to re- celebration of the great goddess main a long while to speak to us and Doorgah, but she declined, on the plea teach us.' We had a nice time. N--. that she did not believe in it, and did spoke of what Jesus had done for her, not care to witness the obscene sights that she never experienced such that are too common in Poojah houses. peace and joy till she found Him. I Wonderful to say, that her husband next called on K- B- It does approved of her refusal, but from what one's heart good to see how she is bear motives I could not tell.” ing testimony for Christ. During the
Mrs. Trafford, from Serampore, has sent us the following appeal on behalf of the work which was under her superintendence :
“For the last five years an earnest her conveyance, entreated that she Christian lady has been working in would come to her small home; she the homes of the poor women in Seram. assured her that if she would, she pore. She gained admission which had could bring others to learn too, and been denied to others, and, until her that she would give part of her house own resources failed, laboured without as a place for their instruction. The remuneration of any kind. Her work teacher's hands were already full, but has now increased, and she is aided by she could not refuse this poor woman. native helpers and by funds from the She went, and found seven or eight Zenana Society. The work of the gathered together; it was indeed a Zenana teachers is for the most part pleasure to see their earnest faces. among the wealthier classes of Bengal They learnt to read the New Testasociety, and hers has been chiefly ment, the Peep of Day, and committed among such; but she has also a school texts to memory. The result now has of poorer women, begun through the made it necessary to hire a hut, and importunity of one who, longing to be the teacher longs to build a small taught more than her priests could tell room, which might cost £20. Will not her, stopped the teacher as she was some kind friends enable her to do riding to her work, and, getting into this ?”.
Did space permit, similar accounts could be given from friends who are labouring in Delhi, Benares, Soorie, Allahabad, and other stations. We may just quote the remark made by one, " That the women are getting more earnest in their inquiries, very eager for religious teaching, and bolder in avowing their belief in the truth.”
Our dear friend, Mrs. Lewis (whose ill-health prevented her accompany, ing Mr. Lewis to Calcutta, as she earnestly wished, had it been the Lord's will), has awakened great interest in the work of the Society by the accounts she has given at meetings which she has been specially invited to attend. The result of such an effort at Bristol has been that the ladies have resolved to hold a bazaar in the spring, and it is earnestly hoped that contributions of all kinds will arrive from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. As far as health and strength permit, Mrs. Lewis will be happy to visit other places, and tell of what God has done, and of the great and blessed work that is yet before the church, in answer to faithful prayer and efforts. *
A Visit to the Out-islands.
BY THE Rev. W. LITTLEWOOD, OF INAGUA. TROM time to time Mr. Littlewood continues to visit the various islands I of the district of the Bahamas, where he has now laboured for many years. Inagua is the largest of them, and there he usually resides. These visits are often attended by considerable peril, from the sudden storms which arise amidst the numberless coral reefs which have grown up on the great Bahama bank. Twelve or thirteen times has Mr. Littlewood suffered shipwreck, but the Lord has preserved him until now.
“A gracious Providence watched pursue our voyage. It was on the over me in niy voyages and long reef of which this Cay forms a part, or travels. My health remained good, lies near by it, that I was near ending and although the rain fell heavily my mortal career, rather abruptly, and many times, I suffered very little in- was not a little glad when our vessel convenience. A ride of many days again rolled freely in the deep blue over very bad roads would not be pre- waters. Only two weeks before my ferred, but it has its advantages as arrival the other day, a large steamer well as its drawbacks.
with an assorted cargo and a few “At Long Cay and Crooked Island passengers, were in great danger of I had an opportunity of meeting our being lost on this terrible barrier. people, but Brother Green, their Much of the valuable cargo was thrown excellent pastor, was absent on a visit overboard to lighten the ship; finally to the Church on Mayaguana, he is she floated, and she was sayed. doing some good work-marrying, baptizing, &c. At Bird Rock, Crooked
“AT LONG ISLAND. Island, I found a new substantial “At Long Island I was anxiously chapel; the Sabbath school had been expected ; several letters had reached discontinued, but would be reorgan- me urging me to come as early as ised and started afresh. We visited possible. Brother Essex Wilson, our Little Bird Rock Cay, a small islet native pastor, had felt it his duty, where there is being erected a fine through illness, to resign the pastorate lighthouse. Here I had a good con- . of the churches on the islands, and gregation and a happy service, and a some confusion had arisen. My warm shake of the hand as we took arrival, therefore, gave great satisfacour departure at about 9 P.M. to tion, and I could hear the warm
• Any communications will be gladly received by the Secretaries, Mrs. Angus, The College, Regent's Park, and Mrs. Smith, 16, Highbury Grange, N.
expressions around-'I knew he would come,' 'I told you he would soon be here,' &c. My first service was held on the evening of the day of my arrival. I had come to work, and at once commenced. The Saturday following I was at · Molly Well,' at the south end of this island, near 100 miles long by land. On Sunday we saw the Sabbath-school, which gave much satisfaction; preaching and the Lord's Supper followed. Immediately after dinner, I started on a ride of thirteen miles, to be in readiness to preach the evening sermon at the harbour. Monday was a busy day, preaching, ordinance of baptism, and Lord's Supper, and the day brought to a close by á church meeting.
“PLEASURES OF THE MISSIONARY LIFE.
“Tuesday, commenced the long, wearisome journey to the north end of the island. Slept at Brother Mears'. Wednesday, recommenced the journey halted at Brother Bethel's, and took a cup of coffee, and proceeded to the chapel at the Cay, preached, and took leave of the warm-hearted folks ; continued my journey to Brother Essex Wilson's. Enjoyed a comfortable night in a cot he swung for me, and started on a fiery steed the next morn. ing. Twenty-five miles over a pretty rough road both cooled and heated him. A night's rest at McKinnen's was very acceptable, and the next morning, not wishing to have my neck broken, I changed my horse for a more sober-going animal, and so hastened to Sim's; and on Saturday, not having better employment, I strolled into a pine apple field, and as I cut the luscious fruit from the tree, and ate as I never ate pine apple before, I thought of you and my good English friends, and said to my com. panion, 'If they who send us here could
only see us feasting on this delicious fruit, they would forget to pity the poor missionary, and I fancy many would be inclined to change places with him.' Well, we could not eat pine apples all the day, and so returned to my friend's comfortable house, where, after tea, I swung my hammock and soon forgot my fatigues and comforts. Sunday was another working day, and, after breakfast, I mounted my horse, who began to know I was not to be thrown off his back easily; so I started, and soon lost my friends, lost the road if there were any, and lost myself and horse in the bush. However, I suddenly came up by a cottage, and the good boys who were preparing for chapel set me right, at least they said so, but it seemed rugged, full of bush, and altogether wrong for a while; but suddenly I came again upon my stray friends, who, with wonder and astonishment, inquired where I had been ; they thought I was well on to the chapel. It was a puzzle to answer their questions, and so I said I turned this way, and that way, and last of all I have come here. You are pretty guides in thick bush !'
“The chapel was crowded by the time we reached it, and I had to go to work. Preached and felt happy; the Lord's Supper followed, and a little rest; then a church meeting, plans proposed and considered, and adopted, and lastly a pastor chosen. I did not even name any one, it was their own act, and perfectly unanimous. Brother Robert Knowles is the man of their choice, and it is supposed they could not have done better. An excellent Christian man, who has been better educated than most of his class, and possesses fair abilities for his duties, he is quite a business man, and is highly respocted in the community.