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Of Peter, I suppose you will hear through Mr. White : he and Ruth are at Cawnpore; and are, I believe, diligent and faithful. Of Mooneef, I have heard nothing : I fear that he remains obstinate in his apostacy. I have admitted to Baptism 3 Native Women; with whom I have reason to remain satisfied, as to their sincerity.
Kurnaul. Anund Messeeh, who for some time resided at Delhi, has, by the advice of Mr. Fisher and Mr. White, the Chaplains at Meerut and Cawnpore, removed to Kurnaul. With reference to this charge, Mr. Fisher writes
Circumstances induced me to attend to the solicitations of some of our pious friends, and to withdraw Anund Messeeh from Delhi for a season, and send him to Kurnaul : he has been there now above a month. I have long felt anxious that some more settled scene of regular labour should be selected for Anund; for however, in that desultory mode of instruction which he has, as it were, been compelled to adopt, he may occasionally do some good, it does not seem reasonable to anticipate much; or that permanent impressions should be likely to remain, without the benefit of permanent and laborious teaching, as a regular resident Missionary.
At Kurnaul, I am well aware, there is a very promising opening for our friend Anund; and that, more particularly, as he will be countenanced by valuable Christian Friends. The accounts received from him since his residence there are fully satisfactory.
Concerning his labours at Kurnaul, Mr. White makes the following communication :
I have seen a most satisfactory account of the proceedings of Anund at Kurnaul; which inclines me to hope that we may hereafter see a merciful end answered in the change of his destination. A friend writes, that, in the few days that Anund has been at Kurnaul, he has not been idle: many of the Sepoys assembled to hear him; and, after he had closed, requested him to preach again to them: when he attended at their Lines, their children thronged him, desiring him to give them an Ungeell (Gospel); and, of the people who came from the City to the Cantonment to attend his ministrations, one old man earnestly desired to be instructed in the Christian Faith.
MADRAS AND SOUTH-INDIA MISSION. This Mission has been strengthened by the accession of three Missionaries: the Rev. Paul Pacifique Schaffter, whose departure and arrival have been already mentioned; the Rev. John Kindlinger; and the Rev.J. C. F. Winckler. Messrs. Kindlinger and Winckler have been employed in connection with the Netherlands' Missionary Society : but that Society having resolved to discontinue its operations on the Southern Coast of India, and to transfer them to Malacca or some other Station under the Dutch Government, Messrs. Kindlinger and Winckler expressed a desire to labour in connection with the Church Missionary Society, and tendered their services ; which, after a satisfactory inquiry into their qualifications, the Madras Committee accepted. It was intended that Mr. Schaffter should proceed to Palamcottah, for the purpose of assisting Messrs. Rhenius and Schmid; but Mr. Winckler having been appointed to that Station antecedently to Mr. Schaffter's arrival, Mr. Schaffter's destination has been changed; and he is gone to Mayaveram, to share Mr. Bärenbruck's labours. Mr. Kindlinger remains at Pullicat, the Station which he has for some time occupied.
The arrival of the Rev. Thomas Norton and his Family at Allepie has been already mentioned.
The Committee are happy to state, that the health of the Rev. John Hallewell, the Secretary of the Corresponding Committee, has been much improved by his residence on the Nilgherry Hills; and that he was expected to return to Madras about the middle of October, and to resume his labours.
The best mode of providing for the Education of the Children of the Missionaries has been for some time under the consideration of the Committee; and measures are in progress, which will afford considerable facilities for the attainment of this object. The elevation of the Nilgherry Hills (from 6000 to 7000 feet above the level of the sea), and the consequent salubrity of the climate, greatly recommend thein for a residence, and they are annually becoming more frequented by the Civil and Military Servants of the
Company. The Committee have, therefore, on the representations which have been made to them by their friends at Madras, and by some who have returned to England, determined on the formation of an Establishment on the Hills, for the education of the Children of the Missionaries.
MADRAS, AND ITS VICINITY. The Rev. William Sawyer, and the Rev. James Ridsdale and Mrs. Ridsdale, continue their labours at Madras.
In the work of the MINISTRY, Mr. Ridsdale remains in charge of the English Department, and Mr. Sawyer of the Tamul ; Mr. Ridsdale preaching in English at the Mission Church in Black Town, and Mr. Sawyer in Tamul. Mr. Sawyer has also charge of Tamul Congregations at Poonamallee and at Tripasore, some distance from Madras.
Of the Natives and Country-born under his care, Mr. Sawyer writes
The Congregation in Black Town is regular, and but few instances of open sin have come under my notice this year : the average attendance is 160, and the Communicants are 26. At Poonamallee, the average attendance is 35; the Communicants are 6, and there have been 10 Adult Baptisms. At Tripasore, the people are growing, I hope, in the knowledge and love of God: the average attendance is 30; the Communiçants are 4; and two Adults have been baptized.
Mr. Ridsdale’s Ministry in the Mission Church has been so well received, that it has become necessary to enlarge the accommodation, and the Government has readily contributed its aid toward this object.
Mr. Rhenius, after visiting Madras early in last year, thus speaks of his Brethren
It gave me much pleasure again to have personal intercourse with our dear Brethren Ridsdale and Sawyer, and other old and beloved friends in Madras—to take sweet counsel together about the work of the Ministry among the Heathen-to relate what the Lord has done for us at Palamcottah--and to hear what is going on in Madras. I have preached several times to the Tamul and English Congregations, and sown the good seed as the Lord enabled me : may He abundantly bless it, and make it helpful to the labours of the Brethren! It was truly pleasing to see Brother Ridsdale's English Congregation on the Sabbath Evening, when the Church is quite filled: when I began this Service, eight or nine years ago, the attend
ants were but about 50: now they fill a pretty large Church. He evidently labours with acceptance. From the Returns of the scHOOLS,
appears that those for Boys are 17 in number, containing 748 Scholars : of these, 128 are Christians by profession, 73 Brahmins, 417 Soodras, and 130 Parriars : the average attendance is 650.
The number of Students in the SEMINARY is 37.
The last Report stated the FEMALE SCHOOLs to be 7 in number; the 4 Tamul containing 130 Children, and the 3 English 120: no Returns have since been received.
The Auxiliary Committee plead urgently for a Printer from England to take charge of the PRESS, the care of which interferes with Mr. Ridsdale's important functions as a Missionary; and an additional number of Presses is required to meet the wants of the Mission in this growing department of labour. Mr. Rhenius, when in Madras, presented seven new Tamul Tracts to the Committee.
Pullicat. The connection between the Society and the Rev. John Kindlinger, which has been already adverted to, has led to the occupation of this new Station. Besides Mr. and Mrs. Kindlinger, there is an English Schoolmaster, Mr. T. Meyers, a Portuguese Reader, and several Native Assistants. A Place of Worship erected by the Dutch Government, with a small Mission-House and three School-Houses which were built by Subscription, were transferred to the Society on the 1st of March in last year.
From an account of this Station, transmitted by Mr. Kindlinger to the Madras Committee, it appears that the Congregations consist of about 300 souls; namely, Dutch and English descendants, about 50; Portuguese, 120; and Tamulians, 130. The greatest part of the Dutch Community having left Pullicat, and most of those who are now there understanding English better than Dutch, Divine Service is conducted in English. The English Congregation meets on Sunday Morning, and has an average attendance of from 35 to 40 persons—the Tamul on Sunday Afternoon, when 70'attend; and on Wednesday Even
ing, when about 40 are present—the Portuguese, on Thursday Morning, when the Catechist reads a Sermon to 25 or 30 persons; but Portuguese also are present, both at the English and Tamul Services.
Though his MINISTRY has not met with much encouragement, Mr Kindlinger remarks
I must however state, to the glory of the Lord, that hitherto my endeavours have not entirely been without success.
Of the schools he writes
In Pullicat and its vicinity, as far as six miles, there are 10 Tamul Boys' Schools, in which there are 336 Boys under Christian Instruction, and which I visit two or three times a month. The prejudices were so strong two or three years ago, that I experienced very great trouble in erecting the second School (the first being chiefly for Christians); but now, the people themselves beg for Schools; and I could erect several more, but I do not wish to have Schools at a great distance, as they must be visited frequently if any good is expected. There is also one English Boys' School of 30 Boys, one English Girls' School of 15, and three Tamul Girls' Schools in which there are 56 Native Girls: the Girls' Schools are under the superintendence of Mrs. Kindlinger, and are maintained by local subscriptions. With regard, also, to the instruction of Adults, the prejudices are decreasing ; and there is a field open for disseminating Christian Knowledge among both Christians and Heathens.
Mayaveram. The circumstances which led to the appointment to this Station of the Rev. Paul P. Schaffter have been already stated; and the persons now labouring here, besides Mr. Schaffter, are the Rev. G.T. Bärenbruck and Mrs. Bärenbruck, and John Dewasagayam. Towards the close of 1826, Mr. Bärenbruck's health had suffered; but at the beginning of last year it was improving.
Mr. Bärenbruck has been able to continue the exercise of his MINISTRY, as was stated in the last Report, having Tamul Services on the morning and afternoon of Sunday, and English in the evening; and, on several evenings of the week, there are expositions in a small building open to the road, and easy of access to all who pass by. Daily FamilyPrayer, with exposition of Scripture, is held morning and evening. From Mr. Bärenbruck's Journal, it appears that the public Services excite increased atten