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the diffusion of Mahomedanism nearly co-incident with the rise. of the Papacy—there is scope for a peculiar line of exertion. By enlightening and exciting to holy activity, the yet-surviving Christian Churches, he may expect to bring the Jew and the Mahomedan to the confession of Christ Crucified. We may even confidently hope, that the beams of Christian Truth shall burst, under the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit, on these primaeval scenes, to an extent, and with a glow and lustre, of which past History gives no examples.
Recent and passing events have awakened in every humane heart warm sympathy with our suffering Fellow-Christians, within the sphere of this Mission; and the Committee feel, that, while it is the duty of the Members to pray that Almighty God would direct the interests and affairs of nations to the promotion of His own Glory, it is equally their duty to seize every opportunity which His Providence may afford by humbling the Members of fallen Churches through their sufferings, to pour in the instructions and consolations of the Divine Word: they now mark His overruling hand, in opening ways for its diffusion under apparent impossibilities; nor can they doubt but that a peculiar blessing will attend the patientand redoubled exertions of Christians, favoured as we are with light and security, to lead the Members of suffering and fallen Churches to hear the rod, and Him that hath appointed it. -
In mentioning the providential openings for the diffusion of the Scriptures, the Committee are reminded of a fact which has been reported to them from Malta—that the Vice-President of the Athens Bible Society had apprised the Malta Bible Society, that a number of eases of the Scriptures, forwarded by the British and Foreign Bible Society to Athens, had fallen into the hands of the Turks; and had been sold by them, by auction, to an Armenian Merchant, at three paras (about three farthings) per copy: so that these copies of the Scriptures would find their way into circulation, under authority and at a very cheap rate, at a time when their warnings and consolations would be most likely to be heard and received—at the charge, indeed, of that Institution which sent them forth on their errand of mercy; but which is never more nobly
expending its funds, than when it is freely breaking the Bread of Life to the hungry and the perishing.
The Fourth Report of the Society's Corresponding Committee at Calcutta, with some other communications from that quarter, furnish ample materials for a review of the Calcutta and North-India Mission.
The Corresponding Committee enter on their Report with the following remarks on the importance of diffusing Missionary Intelligence in India:—
Secluded as many Christians necessarily are in this countr from the sources of information, and hearing but little in detail of the progress of Divine Truth in the earth, the mind is too apt to become dispirited, as to any good to be expected from the efforts of a few individuals, on the great mass of a population so constituted as that of this country; and the necessity of encouraging Missionary Labours is rather assented to as a point of Christian Doctrine, than engaged in as a necessary part of Christian Duty.
To counteract a feeling so injurious to the Christian state, and with a view to the encouragement of Missionary Labours in India, the Committee some time ago contemplated the publication of a periodical work, of the nature of the Christian Observer: this design was abandoned for want of the assistance necessary to carry on a work of that kind in an efficient manner. To make up, in some measure, the defect, a Member of the Committee, with the consent of his colleagues, engaged to supply a compilation of Missionary Intelligence, from accounts connected with this country and places more immediately in communication with it, to be published quarterly. This undertaking commenced on a very limited scale; but it is hoped that as the subject attracts the attention which it deserves, assistance will be afforded which may render it more effectual to the purpose intended.
In adverting to the LA Boulters employed by the Society, the Corresponding Committee express their deep regret at the loss of Mr. Schroeter and the return of Mr. La Roche; and notice the appointment of Mr. Perowne to Burdwan and of Mr. Morris to Benares, with the arrival in Calcutta and subsequent Ordination of Abdool Messeeh.
On occasion of the admission of this faithful Native Labourer to the full exercise of the Christian Ministry, an Address was delivered to him by the Rev. Deocar Schmid; and he himself wrote a Sermon, as an exercise previous to Ordination". He left Calcutta, on the 3d of November, in company with Mr. and Mrs. Morris proceeding to Benares; but was obliged to leave them and push forward, his boat having received some injury. Mr. Corrie writes of him—
The old man, Abdool, is still alive; and seems to gather inward strength day by day. His Ordination appears to have been attended with happy effects, in respect of his former friends, who now consider him as an accredited character, and seem to think that the English do indeed regard him as a brother.
Mr. Jetter's brief account of the Ordination of this tried “Servant of Christ” will be heard with pleasure. He writes, on the 3d of October, 1820–
This morning we German Brethren went to Mr. Corrie's, where he examined Abdool Messeeh on the chief principles and facts of the Christian Religion. We were much satisfied with the knowledge of Christianity which he manifested. He gave ample proof of his fitness for the Ministry of the Gospel among his countrymen.
In the afternoon, a pretty large assembly met together. The Service was begun by singing the Psalm—“Jesus shall reign where'er the Sun” &c. A part of the Church Service was then read. After this the Ordination Service was performed ; and the whole concluded by singing the Hymn, “All hail the power of Jesu's Name.”
It was, indeed, a very solemn occasion; and I felt, in a very lively manner, that the Lord was in the midst of us. Some Mussulmans were present, and seemed to be very much affected: one, in particular, came forward, and shook hands with Abdool Meseeh–heartily wishing him the blessing of God.
The Corresponding Committee add, in reference to a Student—
They have much pleasure in stating that a Youth of seventeen years of age, the Son of an Officer, has, with his Father's consent, devoted himself to the work of a Missionary; and, for these six months past, has been pursuing the previous necessary
* An Extract of this Sermon is printed in A pendix VI. : together with Extracts of Mr. Schmid's Address on his Ordination,
classical studies under the Rev. Mr. Perowne, with good hope that he is under the influence of right motives.
The Committee think it a fit occasion, while speaking of the Society's Labourers, to convey its grateful thanks to Mr. Corrie and other Members of the Corresponding Committee, for the kind and liberal hospitality which they have so often manifested in receiving these Labourers, whenever it might seem to be desirable, under their own roofs.
Under the head of EDucation, the Corresponding Committee remark, in reference to the School of Hindoostanee Boys under the care of Mr. Corrie—
Of the elder three, who were learning Hebrew, one died in October last, one has had much ill health and made but little progress, the third continues to pursue the Hebrew and other branches of learning with every hope of good success.
The deceased Youth was of Hindoo §. and was purchased by an Officer from his parents at Hurdwar, in a time of scarcity, about 1807; soon after which, he was received into this School. He died of consumption; and, during a long illness, exhibited a satisfactory evidence of the effect of Christian Education on his mind. He repeatedly expressed his firm conviction, that the principles in which he had been instructed were true, and expressed his thankfulness to God for having brought him under Christian Instruction.
Another of the Youths proceeded to Agra with Abdool Messeeh, to assist in the Society's Schools there; and the Committee have determined that the remaining Boys shall return with Mr. Adlington to Benares; where t ey will be useful in the enlarged sphere of operations contemplated at that Station, or j be disposed of as may be deemed advisable by the Society's friends on the spot.
Of one Youth, newly admitted into the Seminary, it is said— During the last six months, a Young Man, formerly servant to Moonshee Mooneef Messeeh, who was baptised at Chunar in 1818, has been receiving instruction in the Hindoostanee School in order to baptism. He is of the class of Hindoo Cultivators of the Ground. When he was on his return home from a pilimage to Muttra, he accidentally fell in with Mooneef Messeeh. e was then full of the idea of making the pilgrimage of Juggernaut; and took the opportunity of a free passage, to accompany Mooneef Messeeh as far as Benares. By the time he arrived there, he had heard so much of Christianity as to damp his hope of good from Juggernaut. He finally resolved on remaining with Mooneef Messeeh; and accompanied him back to Delhi. He was still far from being resolved on embracing Christianity; and, eventually, to avoid the scoffs to which he was exposed as the Servant of a Christian Convert, he left his employment. He was, however, haunted by the conviction that his Master was right, and the fear lest he should fail of future happiness; and resolved on a journey to Calcutta, whither he knew his Benares' associates had proceeded. His conversion, so far as human judgment reaches, is sound; and, though of small capacity and attainments, his simple apprehension of the peculiar truths of the Gospel afford every reason to hope that he will continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. He was baptised in the evening of Whit-Sunday, in the Old Church; the Annual Sermon having been preached by the Rev. J. Parson in the morning.
Under this head, the Committee are happy to state that the Society has been enabled to enter, with good prospect of success, on the instruction of Hindoo Girls. This will appear from the following extract of a late Quarterly Circular:
When Schools for the education of the rising male population were first projected at this Presidency, the state of society seemed to preclude Females from the immediate benefits of such exertions: yet, in the progress of the experiment, it has been found that the Female Mind also can be roused to seek after the blessings resulting from education; and the success of the Female Branch of the Calcutta *: Society, in establishing Native Female Schools, justifies the friends of religion in endeavouring to extend the means of instruction, as far as possible, to the FEMALEs of India, as well as to the other sex.
While the way for the education of Native Females was thus preparing here, the friends of education in England were also devising plans for accomplishing the same end. The British and Foreign School Society, in concert with some Members of the Calcutta School Society, now in England, had solicited and obtained from the public, funds for the sending out a suitable Female Teacher from England, who might devote herself exclusively to the education of Native Females in India. Such a
rson was soon found; who, to a sincere love of her sex and ervent piety toward her Saviour, united long acquaintance with the work of education. This Lady, accordingly, sailed from England in the ship Abberton, recommended more especially to the Calcutta School Society. The Committee of that Society, finding that their funds were not adequate to the due support of the plans contemplated by the British and Foreign School Society in sending out this Lady, have resigned their claim on her services to the Corresponding Committee of the Church