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pied by Mr. Lambrick, has been covered with tiles and is appropriated to Public Worship on Sundays.
The Rev. Thomas Browning still remains without an associate; the debilitated state of Mr. Ward's health rendering it expedient that Mr. Trimnell, who was originally designed to assist Mr. Browning, should remain at Baddagame. Mr. Browning has also been for some time burdened with additional duties, from the want of a Chaplain at Kandy; and in June thus expresses his need of assistance— No Chaplain has yet arrived for this Garrison. I endeavour, as far as I am able, to discharge the duties of Chaplain and Missionary; but they are far too numerous and important for one individual to attend properly to them. In the exercise of his MINIsTRy, Mr. Browning has met with some encouragement among the Soldiers, whom he occasionally assembles for spiritual instruction: he writes concerning them— It is indeed difficult for them, surrounded with so many temptations, to maintain their ground; and they need all the consolation, counsel, and admonition which can be afforded them. There are a few of them who are ornaments to their Christian Profession, and who shine as lights amidst the darkness that envelopes most of their comrades, and amidst the still grosser darkness of Heathenism; whose experience is a proof that the grace of God is sufficient to keep men in any situation or circumstances. I had great satisfaction lately in visiting the dying bed of a Soldier's Wife of the 83d Regiment. Having lived at an out-post for a considerable time, she had been deprived of the Means of Grace; but she had enjoyed the benefit of a religious education, and had learned to value the Bible, which her Husband told me she was in the constant habit of reading. She felt a peculiar interest in the words of consolation and peace which I endeavoured to administer to her, and died relying on the merits of Christ her Saviour. Among these is a Modeliar, who is thus noticed by Mr. Browning— An instance has come under my observation, of benefit received from the Word preached in the Native Congregations, in the case of a Modeliar, who has long been a constant attendant, and who listens with great seriousness: he came to me some time since, and wished to be admitted to the Lord's Table; which request. I readily granted, when I heard the state of his mind, knowing that his moral conduct was consistent. He stated that he had felt great concern for the salvation of his soul, had read and heard the Word of God with deep interest, and had obtained comfort in humble and earnest Drawei'. | #. Modeliar has been very earnest in endeavouring to persuade his relations and neighbours to attend the Means of Grace.
In September, Mr. Browning reported— The Congregations are, on the whole, encouraging; in that the Word is attentively heard. Among the Portuguese and Cingalese there are 8 Communicants, whose moral conduct, as far as I know, is consistent. Of the Portuguese Congregation, Mr. Browning States— - It is still small, but a few appear sincere. We have lately been favoured with the Portuguese Prayer Book from the Prayer-Book-and-Homily Society; which is a great comfort, and which is likely to prove very beneficial. The style is rather high, as the Portuguese is spoken here, but not so much so as to render it unintelligible to the generality of the eople; and it is, perhaps, more suited for general circulation in India than a version would be which is exactly conformed to the usage of this island. The schools in connection with the Station are 9 in number ; 7 for Boys and 2 for Girls: in the Boys' Schools there are 221 on the List, with an average attendance of 124; and in the Girls', 26, with an average attendance of 17. Of this department of labour, Mr. Browning made the following report at the Annual Meeting:The Schools are promising, especially those in Kandy: the last Monthly Examination was very satisfactory. In the English School there are three or four hopeful Youths, whom I hope, by the blessing of God, to recommend in time to the Christian Institution: I much regret that I have not more leisure to devote to their religious instruction. They have learnt by heart the Sermon on the Mount, the Parables, Miracles, Discourses, and History of our Saviour, the Gospel of St. Luke, and part of St. John; besides which, with several others, they learn, daily, Murray's English Grammar, write Ixercises, and occasionally have a Lesson in Geography. The Children in the Country Schools do not learn so many Lessons as those in Kandy: and, during the last two months,
the cultivation of their paddy-fields has so much occupicil their atténtion, that they have gone to school very irregularly. Still we are not left without encouragement, either in the progress of the Children in learning to read, or in the portions of Scripture committed to memory. In one or two places opposition has been made; and the Priests have endeavoured to ersuade the Children and their Parents not to read Christian }. but, notwithstanding, the books given as rewards are received with thankfulness; and the desire to learn to read is on the increase. During the last week I have had applications from two Villages not far distant from Kandy, to establish a School in each; but the present number is quite as much as can be well visited, with our present means. Indeed my own visits to the Schools out of Kandy are necessarily very few, on account of my other numerous engagements. Mr. Browning greatly feels the need of a fellowlabourer in the Ministry; and the Committee would gladly send him an associate, if circumstances permitted : he has obtained some assistance from a Native, whom he has employed as a Scripture Reader, and whose labours have been the means of inducing some to attend the preaching of the Gospel.
The last Report stated that the persons engaged at this Station were, the Rev. Robert Mayor, Rev. Benjamin Ward, and Rev. George S. Trimnell, with Mrs. Mayor, Mrs. Ward, and Mrs. Trimnell. Mr. Ward visited Bombay the beginning of last year, but derived little benefit from it: and the Committee regret that the state of his health and that of Mr. Mayor, at the time of their Annual Meeting, induced the Brethren to recommend their return to England.
Besides the exercise of their MINISTRY among the Natives, the Missionaries, in the absence of a Chaplain, have officiated at Galle once a fortnight: of the effect of their labours there they report—
The Morning Congregation is large; and we have reason to hope that our labours have not only been thankfully received, but that the Divine Blessing has not been wholly withheld from our endeavours to promote their everlasting welfare: and we feel assured, that though the influence of Truth may not have been felt in the manner we could wish, the preaching of the Gospel has checked the progress of sin, and strength
oned the weak hands of those who might otherwise have sainted.
With reference to the Native Services, the Mis
sionaries write— The Congregation attending the Church at Baddagame continues much in the same state as last year: the greater part appear to listen with attention, and some occasionally seem to be affected by what they hear; but these impressions are, for the most part, soon obliterated by their intercourse with the things of time and sense; and we have little evidence of any of our stated hearers having so received the Truth in the love of it, as to be savingly converted and sanctified by it. "We have 8 Natives attached to the Mission, including three of the Boarding Boys, who regularly partake with us of the Lord's Supper. The 4 Boys' schools contain 134 Scholars: in the Boarding School there are 15 Youths; but the number in the Girls' School is not mentioned. The state of the Schools out of Baddagame has been discouraging; partly owing to the irregularity and want of zeal in the Masters, and partly to the inability of the Missionaries to visit them as often as is desirable. Of the Boarding Boys the Missionaries state— They have made satisfactory progress in their studies. We cannot say that they manifest that earnestness about eternal things which would evidence their having been very powerfully awakened and quickened by the Spirit; but, judging from their general conduct, we have every reason to cherish the hope that they habitually live under the influence of that fear of the Lord which is the beginning of heavenly wisdom. Their number is the same as last year. One of the youngest of those in the list then has been obliged to leave on account of ill health; but the vacancy has been filled up by the admission of another. Some of them are now growing §. to manhood; and it seems desirable that measures should adopted to render their talents available to the service of the Society.
The following view of the Mission is extracted from a Letter written by Mr.Trimnell in December:–
Our labours among the people, though not so abundantly blessed as we desire, are not without some evidence that the power and blessing of God have attended them. Of sudden, or very decided conversions, we have no instance; but we hope the Divine Light, like the rising sun, is gradually dispelling the darkness of ignorance from the minds of some who have heard from our lips the Gospel of God. Prejudice is departing; Divine Knowledge is spreading: and when the
Spirit from on high shall enlighten and change the heart, the Kingdom of God will come; and we have great hope that with a few this has been the case. Since I wrote last, seven of the Youths that have been brought up in the School have been admitted to the Table of the Lord, four of whom are still boarding with us: their conversation is orderly and consistent; and I have no doubt but that they have from their hearts renounced the errors and superstitions of their forefathers; and we entertain strong hopes that they are part of the flock of Him who said, My Sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. NELLORE.
The Rev. Joseph Knight, whose absence from his Station was noticed in the last Report, returned in January of last year, having married the Widow of the late Mr. Nichols, American Missionary at Bombay. The Rev. William Adley and Mrs. Adley are fellow-labourers with Mr. and Mrs. Knight in the Mission. Besides the Sunday Services at Nellore, the Wednesday-Afternoon Service at Nellore, and the English Service on alternate Sunday Afternoons at the Fort, have been continued. The Church is regularly filled on the Sabbath, and nearly so on Wednesday Afternoons; which last Service, Mr. Adley states, has been a means of Grace and benefit to many. In their Report to the Annual Meeting, the Missionaries state, that they had recently commenced an Evening Service, at a place little more than a mile from Nellore, which is attended by from 50 to 70 Heathens and Professing Christians. The number of Native Communicants is 13. The temporal and spiritual concerns of the Station were a heavy charge on Mr. Adley, during Mr. Knight's absence; but he now anticipates an enlargement of them. On this head he writes— We hope now to be able to extend more widely around the system of Day Schools; and, by this means, the light and instruction of the Holy Gospel. I am also endeavouring
to make arrangements to enable us to enter on an early Sabbath-Morning Service with the Prisoners in the Fort Gaol.