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Of the blessing which attends their labours in the general state of the Congregation, the Missionaries thus speak:While we have cause to regret that no additions have been made to the Church during the year, it affords motives for joy, that, with one exception, the Members have conducted themselves with consistency, and, at times, manifested a i. ing degree of zeal and concern for the souls of their deluded countrymen. In the excepted case, that of a Youth, who, in attempting to excuse his conduct, had so prevaricated, that we felt it necessary to suspend him for a season from the Lord's Table, so much of sorrow and penitence have since been manifested, as to shew the salutary effects of the discipline enforced, and to encourage the hope of his return at no very distant period. - There are 12 schools in connection with this Station, containing 504 Boys and 40 Girls: satisfactory progress in the Boarding School, which is included in this number, appears to have been made. Mrs. Knight, while at Bombay, was much engaged in superintending Native Female Schools; and it was her hope, in coming to Nellore, that she might be employed in a similar manner; but severe indisposition has hitherto prevented. Mr. Adley's time has been much occupied in the management of the PRINTING DEPARTMENT ; , and the want of suitable help has led to the instruction of Young Men in this field of labour; who, there is reason to hope, will be useful to the Mission. The Press has been kept in constant work, during the former part of the year, in printing for the Society; and during the latter part of it, on account of the American Missionaries and the Jaffna Tract Society. The List of Publications is as follows:—
Copies. 1. The Soul Regained . . . . . . . . . 1300 2. The Negro Servant . . . . . . . . . . 2000 3. Christian Resolutions, No. 1. . . . . . . 2000 4. Christian Resolutions, No. 2. . . . . . . 2000
Of the following Works printed for the American Brethren, the copies mentioned have been struck off for the use of the Nellore Mission:—
5. A Doctrinal Catechism, of 36 pages, composed by the p Missionaries . . . . . . . . . . . . .300
G. A Tamul Primer, of 61 pages, containing Tables of Spelling, and Selections from Ancient Native Writings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500
7. A Tamul Hymn Book of 144 pages, being a Selection from the Old Hymn Book of the Tranquebar Mission.
THE Rev. James Norman and Mr. James Lisk, whose departure, with that of Mrs. Norman and Mrs. Lisk, was mentioned in the last Report, arrived in New South Wales on the 12th of February. They have been followed by the Rev. William Yate, and Mr. Charles Baker and his Wife, who, as has been stated, left this country on the 22d of July.
Mr. Norman's health not being considered sufficiently strong to admit of his itinerating among the New Zealanders, he has been placed by the Archdeacon in provisional charge of Launceston, at Port Dalrymple, in Van Diemen's Land, a Settlement of 5000 souls. By a Letter received in the Colony from Mr. Norman, early in November, it appears that his health was much improved, and he was fully employed : Mrs. Norman had undergone a surgical operation, but was doing well. .
NEW SOUTH WA LES.
Mr. Lisk, and an Assistant, Mr. R. Hill, had been appointed to Stations named Bon Bon and Limestone Plains, two places near each other, but 120 miles distant from Sydney; for the purpose of affording spiritual instruction to the long-neglected European Population, and of ultimately directing their labours to the benefit of the Aborigines: and the Corresponding Committee hoped to procure the discharge of a pious Soldier of the 3d Regiment, proceeding to India, to assist in their labours. This arrangement, so far as relates to Mr. Lisk, has been delayed by the illness of Mrs. Lisk, who has been compelled to remain at Sydney for medical advice, and was still there at the date of the last Despatches.
BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND.
The difficulties in which, as the last Report stated, this Mission was involved, induced the Rev. S. Mars– den to visit New Zealand, for the purpose of confering with the Missionaries on the trying circumstances in which they were placed, and of strengthening them with his counsel. He arrived in the Bay of Islands, in H.M.S. Rainbow, on the 5th of April, re-embarked on the 10th, and reached Port Jackson on the 18th. On his return he writes— - . .
It gave me much pleasure to find the Missionaries so comfortable, living in unity and Godly love, devoting themselves to the work. I trust that the great Head of the Church will bless
their labours. Rangheehoo.
Mr. John King and Mr.James Shepherd, with their Wives, continue to occupy this Station. Mr. Shepherd, at the date of the last intelligence, had had a return of the complaint in his eyes, under which he had before suffered; which prevented his sleeping from home, when engaged in distant visits to the Natives, and rendered him apprehensive that he should be again compelled to go to the Colony. The other members of the two Families were well. The conduct of the Natives around Rangheehoo has been of late uniformly peaceable toward those who are labouring for their good, and who have suffered inconvenience only from those of other Tribes who have occasionally been passing through on their war expeditions. The following Extract from a Letter of Mr. Shepherd's in September will shew the improved character of the Natives:— e live in the enjoyment of much peace at Rangheehoo. I believe it is the most peaceable Settlement here. We find the Chiefs kind, and the inhabitants very quiet: though they do not receive our message, I believe they respect our persons, and would stand up in our defence. We have found a little difficulty in procuring working Natives here, in consequence of their having so much to do themselves: they are very industrious. In November, Mr. Shepherd writes— We have occasion for continual thankfulness to God, for the almost uninterrupted state of peace which we enjoy.
On the Sunday there is a Public Service in the School-House, conducted by Mr. King and Mr. Shepherd ; at which from 15 to 30 and sometimes more Natives attend, and, after prayer and singing, are addressed from a portion of Scripture. Mr. Shepherd employs the remainder of the day in visiting the Natives residing within two or three miles of Rangheehoo; and Mr. King conducts a second Service in the School-House, and afterwards visits the Natives at the Station. The secular concerns of the Mission necessarily occupy a considerable share of Mr. Shepherd's and Mr. King's time: they meet together twice in the week, for the purpose of translating portions of the Scripture; and a part of each of the remaining days is employed by Mr. Shepherd in itinerating among the Natives, and by Mr. King in instructing the Children and superintending the Adults. In November, Mr. King had 13 Men and Boys and 7 Girls residing with him; and Mr. Shepherd, 5 Men and Boys, and 3 Girls.
The Monthly Paper of February contained an instance of the encouragement which God has given to the labours of His Servants, in the conversion of a Native named Dudi Dudi, and his subsequent departure in the hope of the Gospel. The following extracts from Mr. Shepherd's and the Rev. Henry Wil. liams's communications will be read with deep interest.
When Mr. Williams visited him, the following conversation passed:—
“What do you think concerning God and Death?” “I have so much pain, that I am not able to give you a correct account of my thoughts”—“ Whither do you think that you shall go, when you die?” “To heaven”—“How do you ex
ect to get to heaven?” “I believe that God will take me to
i. ”—“How can you look for that, seeing that you are a sinner ?” “Jesus Christ came into the world, and died for sinners; and I believe in Jesus Christ"—“What do you think of your former state?” “I was once rebellious. I was a swearer, sabbath-breaker, and adulterer; a lover of play, and hater of good.”
Mr. Williams thus speaks of his visit—
I was rejoiced at witnessing what I did. He was very feeble; but related when his first religious impressions took place, after the return of the last fighting party—that he was then afraid to die—that he saw no hope, but in that Saviour of whom he had frequently heard—that he had prayed to Him, and felt his heart rejoice. He inquired of us to know if he was right—if he should go to heaven. We assured him of the love of Jesus—that He came down from heaven, to gather to Himself, and to purify from all sin, all persons from among every people who should flee to Him. He said, he was happy : that he knew he should soon die, but that he cared not for his body, only for his soul. I spoke to the Brethren as to his baptism; but, as that subject was new to the Youth, I proposed returning the day but one after; when, if it should be considered proper, he should be baptized. I have no doubt but that he is a brand plucked from the burning.
Mr. King reported of the Children in the Schools in July to the Quarterly Meeting, that he then had 8 Boys, 9 Girls, and 6 Adults under instruction, of whom he states generally—
They are increasing in the knowledge of Divine Truth, and other useful knowledge, and have attended the Means of Grace.
The encouraging circumstances of the Station are thus noticed by Mr. Shepherd in November—
It is very evident that a considerable change has been effected among the Natives: formerly they were like wild men, but now they are civil. I believe that they are not without convictions: some of them at times speak very sensibly, and evince that they are not altogether ignorant of Scriptural truths. I have often been pleased to hear some of those employed in our Settlement, before they have retired to rest, pray to God; not according to any form which they had learnt; the substance of their prayer has been Scriptural, and evidenced that they had obtained a knowledge of Scriptural Truth.
Mr. King and Mr. Shepherd are both urgent for additional Labourers.
Mr.James Kemp, Mr. George Clarke, and Mr. James Hamlin, with their Wives, were in good health at the date of the last despatches. The conduct of the