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their European Soldiers; and, through the liberality of those under whose charge the School is placed, Native Lads are also admitted to learn English. Of these, 10 Youths also attend Mr. Bowley, to read a Chapter in the Hindee Gospels, and to repeat a couple of verses out of the Old or New Testament: in this way, they have committed to memory the whole of the Book of Proverbs; and are now employed on the Psalms. In the Christian-Female School, 35. Adult Women and 11 Girls receive instruction, both in English and Hindoostanee. There are 40 Boys in the Persian School, and about 60 in the Hindee School; and another School has been established in a neighbouring village, containing about 40 Scholars. . In all the Schools, some parts of the Scripture are committed to memory. *
A number of Heathens attend on the Hindoostanee Worship on Sunday Afternoon, together with the Native Christians. Of these, some appear promising, while several, Mr. Bowle writes, who promised well, have been laughed out of their Church-going, and attend but seldom.
Mr. Bowley continues to itinerate frequently in the neighbourhood of Chunar ; and, in the months of May and June, made a long journey to the eastward, where he had not before preached the Gospel”. The interest, excited among the people whom he visited appears to have been very great. Many copies of single Gospels, and some entire copies of the New Testament, with many Tracts, were distributed among them; and the bread thus cast upon the waters may be found, though it be after many days.
Mr. Bowley has continued the preparation of Martyn's Hindoostanee Testament for the use of the great body of the people, his entrance on which work was stated in the Twenty-first Report. It has been printed, by the Calcutta Bible Society, as far as the end of the Acts of the Apostles.
The Rev. Thomas Morris, with Mr. Adlington and Mr. Stewart, and the Native Assistants, continue their labours at this Station. The Native Teacher, Fuez Messeeh, who was for some time at Bareilly, has been placed under the direction of the Missionaries at Benares; the School at Bareilly having fallen to decay, from the return of its patron to England.
* Extracts from some earlier Journals of Mr. Bowley were printed at pp. 191–197 of the Missionary Register for April.
After much delay, a piece of ground near Benares has been obtained, and suitable buildings begun for the residence of the Missionaries. The Boys in the City School had increased to 141. A fact stated by the Corresponding Committee strengthens the suggestion of Mr. Perowne, mentioned under the head of Burdwan:— The allowance for subsistence made to a certain number of Boys, according to the Will of the Founder, has the good effect of retaining them longer in the Schools, than they have been found to remain in the other Schools of the Society. It is added— The Superintendant expresses much satisfaction with the effect evidently produced on the minds of several of the Scholars from reading the Scriptures. They generally prefer the New Testament to any other English Books; and, on Sunday Mornings, several of the Elder Boys go as far as Secrole, in order to read and receive instruction in the Old Testament. There are some other Native Schools at Benares; and a few Girls are instructed there, and also at Secrole. A Chapel has been erected at Secrole, on the representation of the Chaplain of the Station, for the use of the Native Christians: about half the expense was borne by friends at and near Benares, and the other half by the Society. It was opened in May, when the Chaplain, the Rev. Mr. Fraser, baptized a man descended from Christian Parents, and a Hindoo Woman who had been previously under a course of instruction. About 50 Native Christians usually assemble; and, occasionally, a few Hindoos and Mahomedans attend.
An opening for a Mission has occurred at Goruckpore, about 100 miles northward of Benares, of which the Corresponding Committee give the following particulars:–
Some leading members of the European Society at Goruckpore, having long, desired the presence of an English Missionary at that Station, and having engaged to provide a house, and also to supply a considerable proportion of the necessary expense, the Rev. Mr. Morris, after consulting the
Committee, proceeded from Benares to Goruckpore in March last, with a view to ascertain, from actual experience, the openings for Missionary Usefulness at that place. The difficulties which have usually opposed themselves, from the misapprehension of the Natives, at the commencement of Missionary Labours in this country, were here also met with. Mr. Morris, however, succeeded in establishing a Boys' School, and Mrs. Morris collected a few Girls around her. The following extract of a Letter from Mr. Morris, dated June 30th, exhibits his views of Goruckpore, as a Missio
nary Station, and also his feelings as to remaining there:— The town of Goruckpore contains, probably, about 70,000 inhabitants;
extremely ignorant, as must be supposed. The Tracts, which I brought with me for distribution, are, in a great measure, useless, as the people do not understand the Devanagari Character; and it is to be lamented that we have nothing, as far as I know, printed in the Kythee. If we may make a comparison, this place is certainly much INFERIok to Benares: the inhabitants are years in knowledge behind those of Benares, and other large cities: this, however, is a strong reason why they should be instructed. In order to see what impression could be made, and to turn our time to some advantage, a School was commenced shortly after our arrival here; and which, though small, comparatively speaking, yet at some future day may rise into importance.
While I sincerely rejoice in an opening like this, and earnestly pray for the kind people and their good cause here, I must beg to be excused from giving any further opinion on the subject of settling permanently here, till I shall have again visited Benares; and till I shall have seen how the work is likely to succeed at that place, of which, as a MissioxARY station, I have formed the highest expectation.
The Committee are concerned to learn that a sewere attack of fever greatly debilitated Mr. Morris, soon after writing the above Letter, which required a temporary cessation from all labour.
The Rev. Michael Wilkinson and Mrs. Wilkinson were about to proceed to Goruckpore.
On the School which had been, for some years, maintained in this place, it is said—
Respecting Lucknow, the Committee have to report, that it has pleased God to remove Mr. Hare by death; so that the School, which he conducted for the Committee at that Station, no longer exists. On many accounts, the Committee consider this a subject of regret: many Native Christians, as well as European Adventurers, resort to that city, in search of employment, under the King of Oude; and children of persons of this description are often left destitute, and even during their parents' life-time are not unfrequently without the means of education. In consequence, it is apprehended, they are under great temptations to renounce the Christian Name altogether; and certainly grow up in ignorance of the principles of the Christian Religion. For the sake of this class, as well as in order to the gradual introduction of education into that quarter, it would have been desirable to keep up the School; but no person could be found to undertake the charge.
Several Christian Natives are here labouring under the direction of the Chaplain, the Rev. H. Fisher, who thus speaks of them, in a Letter to the Corresponding Committee:—
Behadur and his wife and family are here; and he acts as Reader in my Native Congregation, visiting the sick, reading the Scriptures to different hearers in the week-days, and occasionally visiting the neighbouring villages: he is an industrious, sincere man. Oomeed is still exercising his labours among the barrack-people; and Matthew Phiroodeen, the steady, consistent, and upright Christian which he has ever been since his conversion, remains, as described to you in my last Letter:
— rejected, by his earthly Commander, as a Soldier, because HE is a chaisrian ; but a Champion, fearless and faithful, notwithstanding, under the Cap. tain of Salvation.
I have baptized several Natives in the course of last year; among them, one whole family—Peter Dilsook, his wife Ruth, and three children, fine boys, from eight to eleven years old. He has been employed by me, now some months, to teach a School, consisting principally of the country-born Drummers and their “ ld children, and he is diligent and successful. The wome. , stitute my choir in the Native Congregation; and sing Abdool's Hymns, translated, I imagine, from ours. Peter has 18 scholars. I have reason to entertain a very high opinion of him. He and Matthew are intimate friends. Many of my Native Congregation, by Peter's diligence, have learned to read well.
Anund Messeeh continues to labour at and near Delhi. He sends his Diary to Mr. Fisher, at Meerut. He accompanied Mr. Principal Mill in visiting the Saadhs. On the opinion which that Gentleman formed of these people, Mr. Fisher, to whom he communicated his views, remarks—
I perfectly coincide with him, that these people, however interesting, and however promising of a productive harvest if the reapers were among them, are sadly too much entangled by peculiarities and fancies of their own, to possess sufficient simplicity and teachableness: although they cannot be considered equally indisposed as the rest of the multitudes of Asiatic Heresies and Superstitions, to the reception of the truth; for they have renounced caste, and are curious to read and understand our books: yet, it is obvious, they highly estimate their own creed; and are anxious to establish and to conciliate from us a concession to that effect, that there is a great RESEMBLANCE between Christianity and its Divine Author, and their own traditions and fabulous records of Satgur Uddeas.
Mr. Fisher adds—
I still think that great good might be done among them, ifa regular system of uninterrupted Missionary Labour was established, at least among those simple villagers whom I have seen at and around Kowabee.
The School at this place has been relinquished. Mr. Fisher writes—
David, the converted Saadh, is no longer in the list. The poor old man has been for some time incapable of doing any thing in his School from weakness in his eyes, and is now quite blind. His friends at Henreepore take care of him. I have not heard of him, or from him, for some months; but Anund told me he is well in every other respect, save the loss of his sight.
Of the venerable Abdool Messeeh and his labours, the Corresponding Committee thus sneak—
The most satisfactory testimony is borne, , , , , Chaplain at the Station, to the character of Abdool Messeeh; but he is understood to be in so infirm a state of health, as obliges him greatly to circumscribe his labours. Public Worship is carried on as usual at the Kuttra; and, recently, Abdool Messeeh has officiated at the Military Cantonment, on Sunday Afternoon, to the Native Christians connected with the Native Regiments. The last account received stated the addition of seven men and three women to the Church by baptism.
The English School in the Kuttra has been given up, from want of a suitable teacher; but the Native-Christian Children are still taught the native languages, and instructed by their venerable Pastor in the principles of religion. The loss of the English School is, in a measure, made up, by the establishment of a School for all classes at the cantonments by the Chaplain.
On a review of the different Stations of the NorthIndia Mission, it appears that there are now emK