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ly as many sorts of articles as there mate, I have resorted to riding on were men in the company. The horse-back, for exercise. This afjunk was highly ornamented with. fords a healthful relief from the out and within with strips of gold confinement of study, and at the same leaf, and various kinds of images. time gives me an opportunity of seeIn the stern cabin, (if such we might ing the surrounding country. call it) were placed the pictures This morning, after riding about which secure their religious worship, half a mile from the sea-shore, I before which a candle is kept con- came to a winding foot-path, which stantly burning. The berths were a led to several Chinese gardens. The kind of bamboo crib, just large way was lined on each side by a bamenough for one to creep into upon boo thicket, growing to the height his hands and knees, and placed on of twelve or fifteen feet, and apdeck. Some parts of the deck are parently impenetrable by man two feet, some three feet, and some beast. After following this narrow ten or twelve feet above the rest. path, which is darkened by the hedge In some parts of the junk one side on either side and arched by its is raised three or four feet above the boughs over head, for the distance of opposite side. On one junk they twenty or thirty rods, I came to an were eating their dinner, which con- opening where a few bamboo houses sisted of rice and fish with tea. At were clustered together, inhabited their meals they occupy a stool or by the gardeners. The article chiefbamboo chair, sitting on their feet, ly cultivated in these gardens is the while they receive their food on a Serie leaf, used by the natives of all board about one foot and a half classes, with their betel-nut. This square, which serves the double pur-leaf is of an oval form, three inches pose of table and plate. Their only in length, and one and a balf in implements for eating are the chop- width. It grows on a vine which sticks, which are a couple of round winds round a pole to the height straight sticks of wood, of an inch in of eight or ten feet. It possessdiameter, and ten or twelve inches es a powerful astringent taste, and in length. Though it might seem is extensively cultivated. Acres that this is the last form of instru- together may be seen in different ments that utility would have sug- parts of the island, which yield the gested for this purpose, still the Chi- planters a handsome income, since nese use them with great dexterity it is not only used extensively here, and success. The use of tea is so but made an article of commerce. common among them, that they keep The natives think it as indispensait in constant readiness, and consid- ble to their support as rice, without er it a mark of common civility, to ask which no one thinks of making a their visiters to partake with them. single meal. It is used alike by both
Though unable to interchange but sexes. few words with them, and that in a
This afternoon, I had an interview broken manner, still I hope, the with the French Padre, who recenttracts which they were eager to re-ly made his escape from persecution ceive, and which they promised to in Cochin-China, to Siam, and from read, will be the means of leading thence arrived here last week.them to the true God and eternal He consoles himself with the thought life. I long for the time to come, that his banishment from the field when I may preach to them Jesus, of his former labors, is for "rightand to live in such a manner, that at eousness' sake," and it is thought the close of each day I may be ready that his Catholic brother of this to settle my accounts for life.
place will make an exchange with Chinese Gardens-Interviero with a him, by giving to his charge his own French Padre.
church, and going himself to Co14. Finding walking too debili- chin-China. May not the Christian tating to the constitution in this cli- I church derive a useful hint from this
circumstance, and put forth increas 27. We are now making arrangeed efforts to give the pure Gospel menus to leave for Bankok, expectto the perishing heathen? The day ing an opportunity in the course of in which we live is eventful, the the next month. The junks genertime we have to labor is short, and ally begin to run from here to Siam, the results concerned are infinite. in April. We shall secure the first
Missionary Hospital at Singapore. practicable opportunity to move on17. This morning I resumed my
ward. attendance at the missionary hospital, which has been suspended two
Indian Stations. or three weeks, owing to sickness and death in my family. This institution has been established since our arrival here, under the superin- LETTER OF MR. E. JONES tendence of Dr. Parker and Dr. BOLLES, DATED CANDY'S CREEK, Bradley. The building is located in CHEROKEE NATION, SEPT. 8, 1835. the most populous part of the Chi
Baptism of 22 Cherokees. nese settlement, being about one Rev. and Dear Sir, mile from our residence. There are
Since my last, our mail route ha two rooms occupied for the purpose. again been interrupted, and has oc In one of these, Drs. Parker and casioned some delay in my writing Bradley are stationed, who first re
In order to connect the chain o. ceive the patients, taking a register written communication, concerning of their names, diseases, &c., then the progress of the Gospel at this with a written prescription in their Station, I beg leave to mention here hands, send them into the other the baptism of five full Cherokees, on room, where br. Tracy and myself Sabbath, April 11, previously to my are employed in compounding med starting to attend the Convention. icines and making the application.
On my return I found, to my great We spend from half past five to satisfaction, that our native brethhalf past eight, A. M. in this way; ren had been laboring faithfully, then return to our breakfast, and during my absence, and that good spend the remainder of the day in order and attention continued in the study. We have now on the regis; congregutions. I found br. Sturgis ter more than 300 patients, and here also, and that on one occasion he about 30 or 40 on each day. This had baptized eight Cherokees, and on morning there were eight new cases. Sanother occasion one. Brother Wick
21. Saturday. The number of liffe had baptized seven: in all, sixpatients is daily increasing, though many are daily discharged. This
On Sabbath, August 22, I had the morning we received and treated 52. The business is now systematized, pleasure to baptize one Cherokee
who has, I trust, been renewed so that it is performed with despatch, by the influence of the Holy Spirit. and the Lord has rendered our efforts very successful. We have a visit to our vicinity, during my ab
Brother Bushy head had made one few cases of intermittents, besides which we have no fevers in the place, meetings, which I hope will be pro
sence, and had We have, during the week, taken
ductive of great good. several large tumours from different
I am now at Candy's Creek, in parts of the body, and treated some amohee district, about seventy miles cases of cancer.
from home. Brethren Wickliffe, The patients flock to the hospital Danenole and myself reached this as soon as day-light.—The lame, the neighborhood last Friday, to attend halt and the blind are seen together. the Some come on their hands and
knees, and others are “borne upon men's Constitution of a Church at Amohee. shoulders,"
Our Cherokee brethren had given
evidence of their love and zeal in
Printing department. the cause of the Redeemer, far be
In a letter dated the following day at yond my most sanguine expecta- Valley Towns, C. N., Mr. J. writes,tion. They had commenced building a good hewn log meeting.
The subject of the printing press house, 35 ft. by 25. It was covered being a matter of great importance, in, and a loose floor laid, so as to be I have taken special pains to obtain quite comfortable to hold our meet the opinion of the principal men in ings in. They contemplate finish- the Nation, and those possessing the ing it before winter.
best judgment ; and the unanimous A series of meetings commenced voice is in favor of the measure. on Friday, and continued till Mon I called on the Principal Chief. day morning We were favored He said he was decidedly in favor of with the aid of Elder Brewer from oor having it in operation, as speedTennessee, who appeared much in- ily as possible, and he had no doubt terested, and expressed great satis- good to the Cherokees would grow faction at the indications of the grace out of it. of God, which he witnessed among
The prospect of usefulness is certhe Indians. The church was con- tainly quite encouraging. The destituted on Saturday, with twenty- mand for the Scripture is increasing, three members. Brother Bushyhead and the advancement of the people was chosen pastor.
On Sabbath in civilization, will soon demand oihmorning, one female gave a satisfacer useful books. tory relation of the exercises of her We contemplate preparing a few mind, and was baptized in the pres- tracts, which I hope will be useful, ence of a large congregation of and would be approved by the Am. solemn spectators, by br. Bushyhead. Tract Society. Of these, I shall, of The sacrament of the Lord's supper course, give you a particular account was administered, and much serious as we proceed, and shall expect to be ness was manifested on the occasion. guided by your instructions. The meetings were well attended, especially on Saturday and Sunday; Xndia within the Ganges. and after a discourse on Monday morning, we parted, in the confident GENERAL KNOWLEDGE SUBSERVIENT hope that this small commencement will be blessed, to the advancement
From the communications of the Rer. of the glory of the Redeemer.
C. B. Leupolt, it will be seen with what The prospect here is very encour- advantage Christian Education may be aging, and it can only be ascribed to employed, for the overthrow of the abthe operations of divine grace, that surdities of Idolatry, and for the introamid the political excitement which duction of true and pure and holy ideas exists through the nation, so much concerning God, and Jesus the Mediator, attention should be paid to the Gos- and things invisible and eternal. The pel. I trust the Lord will effectual- following extracts are from a Journal, ly establish his kingdom among the written expressly to illustrate this prinCherokees.
ciple, as working in a school of 150
boys; of whom 50 are acquiring EngN. B. If you have on hand, or our lish; 30, Persian; 27 read Hindoostanee; kind friends should be disposed to 24, Hinduwee; and 21, Bengalee, unfurnish them, we shall be mich ben- der Mr. Leupolt, in the Benares free
school. efited by some clothing for the children, especially such as are suitable this month, at the suggestion of the
Dec. 8, 1833.–At the beginning of for winter. We are also, very short venerable Archdeacon, I began to introof bed-clothing.
duce more Geography into my school, Tracts, and temperance reports, and have spent two hours every week &c, will be useful to us,
for the purpose of instructing the boys in
it. One day, having given the general “ And do you really believe that?" I proofs of the earth being of a spherical asked. Some said, “No :” others form, and having mentioned its magni- were silent; and once more repeated tude, I asked one of the boys to seek for their question, what I thought the true the sea of honey and milk, and the place caases might be. I began to explain where it rested upon the head of the old them; and showed, by an experiment, serpent. He, turning the globe round, how an eclipse comes to pass. They all and looking here and there, said, at last, admitted that my explanation of what “ I can find nothing of either.” Others caused an eclipse was much more reahearing this, burst out into laughing, say- sonable than theirs, and were very sorry ing, “ You cannot find it, because there to be so deceived by their Brahmins and is no such thing.” Another day, I hap- Shasters. pened to mention the name of Ceylon. The day after this, the Teacher of the One boy asked, “ Is not that Sanka?” Hindoo Class, a man who is convinced “Yes,” I said. “To whom does it be- of the truth of Christianity, and most long ?—the English ?-" To the Eng- gladly would avow and confess Christ lish," I replied. “What,” said he, bad he not so much to hazard, put the “have the English been able to conquer same question to me respecting the cause Sanka, where the people are said to be of an eclipse. I asked his opinion; and of so prodigious a size, from 50 to 180 he repeated the story of Rah and the yards tall ?” “They have taken it,” moon. I told him plainly, that he was Í said; “ but as to the people, they are mistaken; and explained to him the such as you are, and none five yards true causes. He, having heard my extall.”—“But it is written,” the boy planation, replied, " Then are our Shascontinued, “ in our Shasters, that there ters mistaken in this point ?" I said, is Ravun's grave in Sanka, burning with Yes; and not only in this, but altofire, and no man can go near it; that gether.” He was silent for a while; there are streets of gold and silver; and I and then repeated an old question, viz. that if any man approaches the isle, those / " What is the state of a man who sees monsters of men swallow him up in the beauties and suitableness of Chrisstantly." I told them there was no such tianity; who believes in one God, but thing to be found at Ceylon; that there is not entirely convinced that there is were schools at Sanka as there were at only one way of obtaining salvation ?" Benares, in which the boys read the I showed him, that it was easy for a Scriptures. Upon which, the monitor sincere mind to ascertain this point, it of the first class, a Brahmin, replied, being plainly revealed in the Holy Scrip“Look, Sir ! our Shasters tell us great tures; and added, that many alleged, Tics."
as the cause of their unbelief, their not 28.-On the 26th instant, there was
being fully convinced; while it was, in an eclipse of the moon. Thousands of fact, nothing but either a fear of mian or people came, from all directions, to the love of sin, both being inconsistent Benares, to bathe in the Ganges, and to with a believer in Christ. With this give alms to the Brahmins. My boys
man I had many an interesting conversaalso asked for liberty; which, being as- tion. I hope that the Lord will continue sured that none would come to school, I the work which He has, 1 humbly trusi,
Ch. Miss. Rey. was obliged to give. The next day I begun in him. went to school; and having heard them That the dissemination of useful knowl read a chapter, the boys begged permis- edge, is a powerful auxiliary for the oversion to ask a question. Well," I said, “what is it?" “ An explanation,"re
Throw of idolatry, and opening a “ free plied they, " of the true causes of an cuurse" to the Gospel of Christ, is con. eclipse.”—“You should know them,” lirined by the following brief extract from I said. “ Yes,” they answered, “ wel a speech of Rer. Alexander Duli, late know two; yours and ours; but which missionary of the church of Scotland at is the true one, we do not know."-I asked them, “ What do you suppose
Calcutta. them be?" They answered, “ You “ If you look to the mere magnitudo know that the Brahinins and our Shasters of the thing, they (the Hindoos) have Bay, that Rah swallows the moon up.”- i stupendous systems of learning. Even
their very geography is a stupendous sys- hideous fabric of their systems, and tem. If you take the globe, and sup- dasbing them to atoms—you would not pose an island surrounded by an hundred leave a shred behind. It is this that thousand miles of ocean, and that, by gives to the mere dissemination of human three continents with alternate oceans, knowledge, in this case, such awful imtill they reach five times the distance portance, and makes it such an engine between the earth and the sun-oceans in breaking down these idolatries and of sugar-cane juice, and wine and milk, superstitions. and what not-compared with our puny geography, is not this a stupendous sys
Domestic. tem? It is only about two years ago tbat, in one of their newspapers, the
PENOBSCOT BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. editor began to give literary and scientific, as well as political intelligence; but he
From the Minutes of the Tenth Adoj. gave their own, not ours; and at the end versary of the Penobscot Baptist Associaof the article he says, “ Look and judge tion, we learn that the number of churches between them and us;”—and the climax comprised within its limits, is 35, ordained was, that the whole system of European ministers 22, pastors 7, licentiates 4, comlearning was a single drop somehow surreptitiously drawn from the great municants 1896. The spirit exhibited in the ocean of Hindoo literature. But now following Resolves in the Report on For. a gleam of hope strikes in, when you eign Missions adopted by the Association, find what reverence they pay to these will commend itself, we trust, to the bearly systems of learning, and discover that
concurrence of all their Christian brethren. they are all with them sacred, as sacred as their theology. All their systems,
Resolved, That while this Associagengraphy, astronomy, metaphysics, and tion render devout praise to God, in view law—the whole of them are conceived of the unprecedented facilities existing in their sbasters, their books of divine at the present day for making known authority. They all claim the same the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and rejoice divine origin—the same infallibility. in the success of all right means, by So that, if you could prove to them the whomsoever applied, to effect this Glofalsehood of any of these systems, you rious end, we deeply feel the correctwould thereby shake their confidence in ness of the sentiment expressed by the the whole.
Baptist General Convention at its last Let it then be understood, and forever Session, “ that it is the duty of the remembered, that in India all these sys- American Baptists to engage in far more tems are strictly theological; so that, if enlarged and vigorous etioris for the conyou can demolish their geography, it is version of the whole World.” not the demolition of a physical error,
Resolved, That we hail with lively and the substitution of a physical truth; joy, and unhesitating trust in God, the but, in their apprehension, it is the de- measures recently adopted by the Board molition of a theological error, and the of Foreign Missions to enlarge their opesubstitution of a theological truth ; and rations ; and especially to establish new this gives a sanctity to all learning, Missionary stations in India and Chinawhich it has not in any other part of the countries embracing more than half the world. I crave your special attention heathen world; and that we hold ourto this peculiarity, that if you only give selves pledged, as followers of Christ, useful knowledge, you are thereby de- to sustain the board, as God shall eninolishing what with them is regarded able us, in all their beneficent exerus sacred, so that the education thereby tions, by our counsels, our alms, and our given is strictly a religious education, all prayers. education being regarded as religious or Resolved, That as the universal reign theological ; and, therefore, if you could of Christ on earth is pre-eminently the comununicate but general knowledge, grand object of Christian desire and you would sucreed in demolishing and effort, it is the duty of all Christians to upsetting the whole, so that, by the time know accurately and fully the means, you had conveyed an extensive range of modes, and degrees of its advancement, useful knowledge, you would have and to promote, as extensively as may wrought the effect of throwing down the be, the diffusion of authentic Missionary