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gation. Many who have heard, not only approve, but talk of embracing the truth. Most of the School-people, viz: Pundits, Sircars, and Hurkarus, attend regularly in the Mission Chapel on Sunday Forenoon: three Men, four Women, and three Children have been baptized: three Marriages have taken place. Our little Native Church consists of ten Adults (5 Men and 5 Women), and 3 Children. In a word, the progress made last year calls for the most grateful acknowledgments to the Author of all good, and presents ground of great encouragement for the future.
Of the circumstances which have deprived this Station of the labours of its Minister, Archdeacon Corrie writes—
The necessity of Mr. Perowne's return is very painful to us: his removal from Burdwan, when his labours had made a sensible impression on the surrounding population, seems a mysterious dispensation; but He, who ordered it thus, has other means of accomplishing His own purpose. In another view, the expense absorbs funds which could be applied, humanly speaking, to great advantage; but may we feel, as well as own, that His will ought to be, as well as must be, done!
In December, Mr. Deerr writes—
I find great pleasure in having Daily Worship with the Christians here, on the premises, consisting of 9 Adults and 3 Children: about 8 of the School Teachers, now employed, attend on Sundays.
Of the schools, Mr. Deerr reports as follows:—
The Boys' Schools have been reduced to 14, on account of the limited means; and the Female Schools to 2, there being no person to superintend them after Mrs. Perowne left. The number of Boys is the same as mentioned in former Reports; and there is at present no difficulty in bringing them forward, nothing but superintendence being requisite for that purpose. The English School has been closed since Mr. Perowne's departure.
In reference to the Female Schools, which on Mrs. Perowne's departure were shut up, Mr. Deerr remarks—
Mrs. Perowne had met with good success in the Female Schools; but it having been uncertain whether we should be stationed here, and Mrs. Deerr having been poorly, she did not apply to the Ladies' Society to re-open them, but thinks of doing so. One of the Girls who was formerly in Mrs. Perowne's School expresses a wish to be baptized; she is now with Mrs. Deerr, and behaves very well: her father has expressed a similar wish; but whether his motives are pure is doubtful.
The Committee of the Ladies' Society thus express their sense of the value of Mrs. Perowne's services—
The Committee regret extremely the necessity of Mrs. Perowne's departure for England, on account of her husband's health; as it was entirely owing to her unwearied diligence and persevering zeal that the Female Children had been brought so forward: and it is with real concern that they will be obliged to shut up nine of the Schools which were under her superintendence.
The influence of the Schools on the minds of the
Natives generally, he thus notices— The supposition that the books which the Children read are hid from the Parents is unfounded: for, how could the Adults, as several have done to me, point out passages in the chapter in which they are written? . Thus far the Schools are the means of spreading Christian Knowledge, without being impeded by prejudice; yet I cannot venture to say that the knowledge which they have obtained is attended with conviction: they know it to be good; but that we cannot call conviction, or serious impression, which would be attended with conversion. Neither have I the satisfaction of saying that there is, in general, a sincere desire of inquiring further into the truth. We must go after them, and intreat them to be reconciled unto God. There is nothing so painful as the extreme apathy and indifference towards their spiritual welfare which prevail among them; and even, when some of them express themselves in the warmest and strongest manner, some interest and imposition is lurking behind. While the Servants of God are thus taught the real value of their exertions, and that it is His prerogative alone to turn the heart to Himself, He appears to be employing the means which are used as preparatory measures for the accomplishment of His work: and the reading of the Scriptures by some of the Natives, some degree of deference to their authority, and a somewhat clearer perception of good and evil, seem to have been effected through the instrumentality of these means. The following extracts from Mr. Deerr's communications will illus
trate this remark:— A Baboo, in connection with the Rajah of Burdwan, told me that he and his Brother read the Gospel, (I think, for the
sake of learning English;) and I was rejoiced to learn after
wards, from the Natives, that he defended the Gospel before the Brahmins. He remembered Mr. Perowne with kindness, and said that he gave him the books.
— Though many are not acquainted with the Bible, they have at least heard that it is a good book. A Brahmin told me once, when I was in Calcutta, “You speak very fair; but let me see your Bible, whether it contains such doctrines." — The most bitter enemy against Europeans that I have ever met with, said to me, a few days ago, “Your Gospel is good, but the Europeans do not keep it. When we Hindoos commit what you call sin, we do it in conformity with our Scriptures; but you do it against yours. Who are the worst 2" In concluding his account of Burdwan, Mr. Deerr writes— To all classes, from the lowest to the highest, from the ignorant to the learned, the Gospel has found its way. May the Lord please to prolong my life for future usefulness! My strength is very much reduced; and it is only by Mercy, that I am still in the land of the living. My time is now employed in the morning with the Schools, and in the evening with the Adults. Preaching and Schools are now going hand in hand. For the continuance of support, he makes the following appeal— In spite of many disappointments, we may hope for success. What a pity it would be if our Christian Friends should grow weary in well-doing, at a time when the preparatory work is in a great measure over, and our means and strength now only employed in proper Missionary Work! We have limited instead of extending our work, having been obliged to close several of the Schools on account of the want of means.
The Society's Catechist, Kurrum Messeeh, continues to afford instruction as usual to the Native Christians at this Station. The last Report noticed the commencement of a Subscription by a Sergeant's Widow for the erection of a Place of Worship; and the Calcutta Committee state, that a sufficient sum has been raised in the neighbourhood to complete the design.
Benares. It was stated in the last Report, that the Rev. Thomas Morris had wished to remove to a higher latitude, for the benefit of his health: he has since been settled at Chunar, to take charge of the Na
tive Congregation, and his salary is defrayed by the Government.
The Rev. John Adlington continues at the Station: and he, with Mr. Morris, made the following Report of it to the Auxiliary Committee:— The Congregation that assembles in the Chapel at Secrole consists of Indo-British Writers and their Families, together with Native Christians: many of these were brought up in the ignorance peculiar to the adherents of the Church of Rome; and much lasting good, we trust, has resulted from our labours; numbers of these Native Christians having been brought under the Means of Grace, who were, generally speaking, destitute of any saving knowledge of the Christian Religion. Benares being a Military Station, and fresh troops often coming to it, brings us in contact with a continual succession of new objects for instruction; who often carry the savour of what they hear to Stations very remote from Benares. During the last year, 4 Adults have been baptized: death has removed one of them. We have, at present, a Candidate for Baptism. Service is regularly conducted, as usual, in Hindoostanee, according to the Liturgy of the Church of England. A Missionary Prayer-Meeting is held on the first Monday of every month, alternately at Benares and Chunar. The Native à. who attend the chapel manifest a real regard for the religious privileges which they enjoy. There are 8 Hinduwee schools; in which, on an average, upward of 250 Boys are receiving instruction. Of these, and that for Girls, the Missionaries report— The Parents of the Children frequently come round us while we are examining them, and express their approbation of what they hear, especially when any reference is made to the Life of our Adorable Redeemer. We have been endeavouring, for some time past, to get good School Rooms; and have, in some measure, succeeded. The Girls' School in the City, which we were under the necessity of closing some time ago, has been re-opened by Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Adlington. The difficulties which we have to contend with, from the strong prejudices of the Natives and other causes, in establishing Female Schools, are very great, and can be understood only by those who are on the spot. The Female School connected with Secrole Chapel is still kept up. A Girls' School and two Boys' Schools have been lately established, which are supported by subscription, so that they are no expense to the Society. The number of Scholars in Jay Narain's School is not stated. The Calcutta Committee state, that the
Chaplain at Benares, with several other Gentlemen,
has kindly undertaken to assist the Society in the management of the School.
Mr. Morris's settlement at this Station has been just noticed. The Rev. William Bowley, who has been for some time assiduously labouring at Chunar, has been compelled, by an affection of the lungs, to visit Calcutta.
The following account is extracted from the last Report of the Auxiliary Committee:—
The effects of Mr. Bowley's long and diligent labours in this neighbourhood have appeared, during the past year, in a degree calculated to excite much hope. #. adult Converts have been added to the Church since the last Report. He
has lately baptized, also, Mirza Bagar, son of the well-known traveller Mirza Aboo Talib Khan.
In a recent Letter, Mr. Bowley mentions five other Converts whom he has admitted to the ordinance of Baptism, and of whom he writes—
very one of them has been called to suffer greatly for his profession.
The number of Communicants at the end of April was 73. Of these, 8 are Converts from the surrounding errors; and several of the recently baptized have not yet been admitted to the Lord's Supper. Four Communicants have died during the year, and one is suspended on account of immoral conduct. A Prayer Meeting is held every Saturday Evening, and usually attended by about 30 persons, for a blessing on the means of Grace, and for the propagation of the Gospel generally. In a recent communication received from Mr. Bowley, he mentions having baptized, on Whitsunday, 8 more Heathens, consisting of 4 Men, 2 Women, a Girl, and a Boy. His health of . to be suffering; but it is earnestly to be hoped that, if it be the will of God, he may be permitted to continue those labours on which such an abundant blessing has descended. Of the schools, Mr. Bowley states—
In the English School are 20 Boys—in the Persian 40—in Three Hinduwee, about 120–in the Christian-Female, 20