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500 Hints on Prayer for the Out-pouring of the Holy Spirit.'
950 Dialogue between a Mother and Daughter; Bengalee. 4000 Mr. Jetter's Spelling-Book, ditto. 2000 Bengalee First Book. 4000 Ditto ditto; 2d edition. 2000 Ordoo Spelling-Book; Persian Character. 1700 History of Abraham; Hindoostanee. 1000 Poem on Regeneration; ditto. 1000 Sin no Trifle; Sanscrit. '
It had long been felt desirable, that a chunch Mission ARY Association should be formed at this Presidency, as has been at Madras, for awakening more general interest in the objects of the Society, and obtaining both contributions and personal assistance. Such an Association was happily formed, on the Evening of Thursday, the 28th of August, in the Old Church Room, after a Sermon preached on the occasion by the Rev. Isaac Wilson. The establishment of Mr. Wilson in the Calcutta Mission offered facilities, from his being an English Clergyman, for forming the Association. The Rev. Daniel Corrie was appointed President of the Association; and the other Members of the Corresponding Committee for the time being, Vice-Presidents; G. Ballard, Esq. Treasurer; and the Rev. Isaac Wilson, Secretary. Nearly 3000 rupees were contributed at the Meeting". From communications subsequent to the Report of the Corresponding Committee, your Committee have the gratification to state, that the Society's af. fairs in the North of India have been recently placed under the charge of an AUxi LIARY soci Ery. The Bishop of Calcutta, on his arrival, very early lent his powerful sanction and aid, in placing the Society's concerns in that state of organization, and in that relation to the Episcopate, which give the best promise of extensive and permanent usefulness. This Society was formed at a Meeting held on the First of December, the Lord Bishop of Calcutta in * The preparatory measures for forming this Association, and the Rules for its government, will be found in Appendix II. The views of the Corresponding Committee on the nature and advantages of
such an Association have been printed, since the Anniversary, at Pp. 229, 230 of the Missionary Register for May.
the Chair". His Lordship was pleased to accept the office of President; and the Archdeacon to continue in that of Secretary, which he had held under the Corresponding Committee, which Committee have transferred to the Auxiliary the powers heretofore vested in themselves.
The Committee of the Auxiliary, at a Meeting held on the 3d of December, adopted such Standing Regulations as appeared best adapted to promote the efficiency of the Society; and, more especially, that of obtaining the Bishop's Licence for every Episcopal Missionary of the Society.
The Rev. John Perowne, the Rev. W. Deerr, and the Rev. Jacob Maisch, have continued their labours at this Station. Their work increases and prospers. Two more Adult Youths have been added to the Church during the past year. The blessing of God has manifestly rested on the religious instruction which has been afforded to the Elder Youths f.
To fourteen Bengalee Schools, containing about 1000 Boys, under the more particular care of Mr. Deerr and Mr. Maisch, on the western side of the town, Mr. Perowne has added two on the eastern, one containing 80 Boys, and the other about 100. An Examination of these Schools was held, in March of last year, by the the Rev. Mr. Thomason, in which there was a much wider range, than at former Examinations, of subjects purely religious: the Boys continue to manifest the same zeal and interest in the books which they read; and their sensible
* For the Proceedings on this occasion, see Appendix III. ; and pp. 230, 231 of the Missionary Register for May.
+ See these Regulations in Appendix IV.5 and at pp. 231, 232 of the Missionary Register for May. In the Missionary Register for September 1823, at p. 396, an important Parliamentary Regulation is printed, which facilitates, in several respects, the admission to Holy Orders in the Diocese of Calcutta. -
f A proof of this may be seen at pp. 189—191 of the Missionary Register for April, in a Letter written by one of these Youths to two of his School-fellows who had left Burdwan.
and pertinent answers to the questions put to them were highly gratifying to the Gentlemen who attended. The Committee state, in reference to these Schools— Since the Examination, the Boys have continued to advance in reading the Bengalee Scriptures; and are at this time engaged in reading the Epistle to the Romans. it will be recollected, by those who have attended to the Committee's former Reports, that the Rev. Mr. Deerr prepares a comment on the portion of Scripture which the Boys are reading, in the form of Question and Answer, which he supplies them with in writing. Thus the difficult passages are explained as they occur; and these commentaries are carefully learned by the Boys, and copied out and carried home, which must be a means of conveying much of divine truth to their minds. The English School has laboured under various disadvantages, but is now in a more prosperous state than at any former period : it contains 55 Boys; about 32 of whom, at an Examination in March, passed very satisfactorily. Mr. Perowne writes— In point of numbers, the School is as large as I wish to see it, and the Boys are as regular in their attendance as their wretched religion and customs will allow them. It was stated in the last Report, that Mrs. Perowne had succeeded in forming one Female School. On this subject, it is remarked in the Report— The Committee have the gratification to state, that Five Schools for Female Children have been recently established at this Station, containing upward of 100 Girls. This has not been accomplished without much perseverance, under frequent disappointment, on the part of Mrs. Perowne. The Schools have been too recently formed, for any account to be given of them ; but the patient labour by which Mrs. Perowne has been enabled to succeed thus far, will no doubt, through the Divine Blessing, be rewarded, in due time, with appropriate fruit. The Corresponding Committee find great difficulty in inducing Native Youths to pursue their studies further than may be necessary to enable them to gain a livelihood; and seem to have little hope of materially improving the Native Character, till the Youths shall become influenced by religious principle. Christianity alone can furnish an adequate corrective to the defects of the Native Character. As it respects the English School, the evil of this premature close of education is very great; as the chief design of that School is to prepare a body of competent Instructors of their countrymen. It has been, therefore, in contemplation, on the suggestion of Mr. Perowne, as the inducement for the Boys thus prematurely to leave school is to earn a pittance for their families, to give a small monthly allowance, of from two to five rupees, to such as have made a certain proficiency; and, to employ those, who may become duly qualified for the work, in the service of the Society. On this important subject, Mr. Thomason writes— Employed on monthly salaries of from 20 to 40 rupees, and considered as the regular servants of the Society, it being their profession to employ their time and talents in what may be .. literary works, a succession of such labourers would indeed be a great advantage to the country, and would mightily contribute to the dissemination of useful knowledge. It must be many years before such a body can be formed; but, when fairly established, they must constitute such a focus of strong light as must illuminate the districts around to a great distance. Having at their command all the treasures of the English Language, and understanding it to be their proper office to unlock those treasures to their countrymen, a multitude of useful books would in due time be accessible to the Natives: and how great may be the benefits, in a Missionary point of view, if, while the Bengalee Schools are constantly pouring forth their Youths, all of whom are competent to read and understand their native language, another body of Labourers should be growing up for the express purpose of supplying them with useful reading, whether translations or original works, on all the various subjects which tend to form the mind, correct the manners, and meliorate the condition of man! The finding of proper employment for Native Converts is a difficulty much of the same nature as that which has just been noticed. Major Phipps, who acted, when in India, as a Member of the Corresponding Committee, and assisted at the Examination of the Burdwan Schools in 1822, has, since his return, communicated to the Committee his thoughts
on the subject. He recommends the formation, near
* These remarks are printed in Appendix V.
+ Details on these and other topics in reference to Burdwan have appeared, since the Anniversary, in the Missionary Register for May, pp. 232–238.