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flowing lambas of pure white, or deep rich glowing colours, and who, except when clapping their hands or shouting for joy, bad been quiet gazers on the scene, were now seen moving in various directions until they were absorbed in the multitades that crowded the roads leading from the plain.
“I had noticed as the King approached that the members of his family, especially those connected with the first Radama and his father, turned their faces towards him and clapped their hands, and sang some of the native songs, as was the custom in ancient times.
“I now packed up my camera, took down my tent, and made the best of my way home. The heat had been intense, especially in the small tent, and I was glad of some refreshment, having been on the ground from seven until nearly three. But before I had changed my dress a messenger came from the palace to say that the company were all assembled, and I therefore hastened to the coronation banquet, which was held in the large palace of Manjakamiadana.
"So far as choice, variety, and abundance were concerned, it was a right royal banquet. The silver-gilt goblets and tankard presented by Queen Victoria, very appropriately graced the upper end of the table where their Majesties sat, supported by the chiefs of the French and English Missions. The table was spread for a hundred guests, and that number actually sat down to partake of the royal bounty. A calf roasted whole and garnished, was the principal dish at the upper end. On the side boards were piled large substantial portions of solid food; while poultry, game, and fish covered the table, which was ornamented with vases of silver, manufactured by native artists, after European models. There were ranged along the centre, with artificial flowers and sweetmeats, preserved apricots, and pine-apples, with plums and cakes intervening. The healths of the Sovereigns of Madagascar, England, and France, were drunk, with a few others, after one of which the King rose, drew his sword, and made an energetic speech as to the principles upon which he would exercise his authority, and which he considered would tend to the good or the injury of the country.
"Soon after sunset the Missionaries and myself retired. Dancing afterwards commenced, and continued for some hours. The King retired at half-past ten to his. private apartment."
CLAIMS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS TO EXTENDED EFFORTS.
The following interesting particulars afford conclusive evidence of the gratifying state of Christianity in the island, and the urgent demands for yet more extended labours, not only in the capital, but in remote parts of the country with which we have been hitherto unacquainted. The various statements subjoined are selected partly from letters from Mr. Ellis, dated September 26th, and October 6th, and partly also from his journal. These documents occupy many sheets, and the particulars which we now give are selected from different parts of these extended communications, and classified in order to render them more intelligible and interesting to our readers ENCOURAGING STATE AND PROSPECTS OF THE MISSION. "I can only state that everything connected with the progress of religion among the people, is, considering all the circumstances, most encouraging. I hear of scarcely any defections among them from the integrity and purity of the Gospel, or any abatement in their zeal and earnestness in bringing others to Christ. Their numbers continue to increase, and the most marvellous and gratifying accounts are received from distant provinces.
"I am informed that there are hundreds of believers in the Betsileo country, two hundred miles from the capital, and in the region to which some of the earlier Christians were banished. They carried and scattered the precious seed of the Word, and a wide and glorious harvest invites the reapers to the field. I hope you will be able soon to send a Missionary from England to this important province.
"I have also received visits from Christians who had come from Vonezongo to the coronation, They were anxious to obtain copies of the Scriptures. Received a letter from the Christians at Fianarantsoa, stating their wish to see me, and their urgent want of Bibles. There are several communicants at this remote military post, which is in the Betsileo country, seven or eight days' journey from the capital, and I have been told that there are there some hundreds of professed Christians. I hope to be able to go and see them.
"I received a visit yesterday (Oct. 5) from another party of Christians far to the sonth on the east coast. The Hova officers at the military post have been the Erangelists.
"I went with the Missionaries to the morning service at Amparibe, where a vast number partook of the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. When the usual congregation had dispersed, others flocked in and nearly filled the chapel, silently seating themselves on the matted floor. There appeared to be about eight hundred. Great part of them were neatly, some of them tastefully dressed in clean European or Native dresses, and their calm, quiet, cheerful aspect, was deeply affecting. More than once during the service I was almost overcome by my feelings, especially when I reflected that little more than thirty years before there was not a single believer in Christ-scarcely a single hearer of His Gospel. I could not help exclaiming more than once to the Missionaries, What hath God wrought ?' They were all much affected, and said they never expected to witness such a sight in Madagascar, and that they had never seen so many communicants together in England. An address was given at the close by one of the pastors of Analakely, and one of the pastors of Ambotonokanga closed with prayer. We had entered the chapel at nine, and it was twelve before we came ont. I was tired and faint, for I had not had time for more than a cup of coffee before I went.
In the afternoon I went to the service in the King's house as usual. His Majesty had sent a message to say that he wished the service to be as usual, though he could not attend, as a meeting had been appointed with the French Commodore. The general and other officers, together with the Missionaries, had assembled, when the King came in, and after shaking each one by the hand apologized for being obliged to leave us. We then proceeded with the service in the usual way, and after a short address in Malagasy, I preached from, ‘I will be as the dew unto Israel,' closing with an address in Malagasy. The Missionaries then took refreshment at my house, and we spent this, our first Sabbath evening passed together in Madagascar, in deTotion and reading the Scriptures.
flowing lambas of pure white, or deep rich glowing colours, and who, except a clapping their hands or shouting for joy, had been quiet gazers on the scene, now seen moving in various directions until they were absorbed in the multitro that crowded the roads leading from the plain.
“I had noticed as the King approached that the members of his family, especin 4 those connected with the first Radama and his father, turned their faces towards and clapped their hands, and sang some of the native songs, as was the custom ancient times.
“I now packed up my camera, took down my tent, and made the best of my home. The heat had been intense, especially in the small tent, and I was gi.. some refreshment, having been on the ground from seven until nearly three. But I had changed my dress a messenger came from the palace to say that the cou. were all assembled, and I therefore hastened to the coronation banquet, which w in the large palace of Manjakamiadana.
"So far as choice, variety, and abundance were concerned, it was a righ banquet. The silver-gilt goblets and tankard presented by Queen Victori" appropriately graced the upper end of the table where their Majesties sat, sur by the chiefs of the French and English Missions. The table was spread for a hı guests, and that number actually sat down to partake of the royal bounty. roasted whole and garnished, was the principal dish at the upper end. Ou boards were piled large substantial portions of solid food; while poultry, fish covered the table, which was ornamented with vases of silver, manufu native artists, after European models. There were ranged along the cei artificial flowers and sweetmeats, preserved apricots, and pine-apples, with cakes intervening. The healths of the Sovereigns of Madagascar, France, were drunk, with a few others, after one of which the King sword, and made an energetic speech as to the principles upon wh exercise his authority, and which he considered would tend to the injury of the country.
"Soon after sunset the Missionaries and myself retired. D commenced, and continued for some hours. The King retired at private apartment."
CLAIMS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS TO E
The following interesting particulars afford
Ir. Stagg the school-house, built of stone, where his band truments sent from England. I have learned that the King ors for School-houses to be erected in the villages of the ducation as widely and rapidly as possible.
& TRAITS IN THE CHARACTER OF BADAMA II.
the great clemency of the King, and am not surprised 28 with which he is regarded by the people. I have been nows him well that, while Prince of Madagascar, he used he suffering and misery inflicted on the people, and the they were often ensnared to their ruin. Some officers, his have told me of many of his attempts to mitigate the sevement. They said that when they first united themselves great object must be to lessen the sufferings of the people, to ons, and undeserved and excessive punishments ; to rescue, if a to death, and to do all we can to save the lives of the tis, for it is right to do it, and God will protect us. In poses of justice and benevolence, they had often been in great
been apprehended. The Prince said also, We must study ings, and the habits of the people, that, while we try to do good, pped, and put to death. We must not make any boast or stir Toing; let the people find out what our motives are by our always do good-all kinds of good. These officers said that, by
arkness, storm, and rain, the Prince would be with them, sharing Never deterred by any difficulty from either going to the high ending for the prisoners and the oppressed, or to favour the escape re sentenced to death. His great wish was that the people should aed, and prosperous. He had, therefore, on his accession to the all from banishment, abrogated all cruel laws, given liberty of conet free all the prisoners taken in war, and sent them home with
i struck with the increased sagacity of the King, with regard to any res submitted to his consideration, and with the progress he has made
visit, in general information, and in the power of judging of men and cordiality to myself is unabated, though it is often severely tested. the French and English embassies were on their way to the capital,"it uced to the King that General Johnstone, the head of the latter, had set amatave, and was coming to put the crown on the head of the King at the it. The King said, “ The French say they are to put the crown on my head he English say they are coming for that purpose. They can't both do it, for not got two heads for each of them to crown. Go and ask my father, Mr. what I am to do. I was obliged to attend this summons. Though very in the morning, I found the King, as usual, consulting with some of his officers, e rises early and transacts a great amount of business before breakfast. I envoured to explain the mistake which had arisen from the expression, assist at e coronation.' But I also said I thought the coronation was a great national act, appertaining in its responsibilities to the Malagasy alone, and should from first to last be performed by themselves. The King said that was his own view of the
FAVOURABLE RECEPTION AND GRATIFYING PROSPECTS OF THE NEWLY ARRIVED
“ August 30th.—The King sent off early in the morning four officers of the palace to welcome the Missionaries, and conduct them up to the capital. General Johnstone called and said he would go with me to meet them, and Captain Anson also went to invite them to take refreshment at their quarters. The Christians were busily preparing their houses for them. They had made them look very comfortable, and had provided a most abundant supply of provisions. I went to the brow of the hill, and saw them in the distance. We descended, and at the bottom of the hill on which the city stands, met and welcomed them—that is, the first detatchment of their party, consisting of the two married couples and Mr. Stagg. I hastened to prepare them some tea and other refreshment, after which they appeared quite recruited, and pleased with their accomodation.
"I saw them again early on the following morning, the Sabbath, when all but Mr. Davidson, who had been ill, went with me to Analakely, where above 1000 persons were assembled for worship, whose countenances brightened as we entered. When I introduced the Missionaries to the King and Queen, they both expressed themselves much gratified by their safe arrival, and by the prospect of instruction and improvement to their people. They also expressed much pleasure at the arrival of English ladies, and more than once said, “May God bless you, and preserve you in health and comfort here.' The General and the other English officers also publicly congratulated the Missionaries on their arrival.
“September 4th.— Accompanied the Missionaries to the Prime Minister, who received them very courteously, and expressed himself much gratified at their arrival. He inquired about the respective branches of improvement which they would endeavour to promote among the people. He expressed his wish to give Dr. Davidson a honse for his residence, and another house close by for an hospital, and to render him every possible assistance in his work. We thanked him for his kindness, and when we left, he sent his aide-de-camp with us to shew us the premises, which consisted of a spacious court or compound now occupied by the houses of the minister's dependents, which he said would be cleared for the erection of a house and offices for the doctor. The site and space appeared most eligible. The residence is in the midst of a dense population, easily accessible to the Missionaries and the chief nobles of the capital. I cannot but feel grateful to the Most High for this fresh evidence of His favour towards the Mission.
"5th. After the King had read in the Bible to-day, Mr. Toy, who had accompanied me, and who is acquainted with singing by notes, exhibited his books, and the modulator, or key to the new mode of singing on Mr. Curwen's plan. He explained the new method of notation, and sung several new tunes. The King sent for his best singers, and they were all delighted with the simplicity and distinctness of the new mode. The King expressed his wish that Mr. Toy should come and live near him, and be the minister at Ambohipotsy, and that Mrs. Toy should teach the girls needlework, &c.
" 6th. Mr. Stagg, who had been ill with the fever, came to see my school, and was pleased with the attention and attainments of the pupils. I afterwards introduced him to the King, who made many inquiries about the progress of education in England, and seemed interested in the accounts of the efforts to raise the education of females, and promote the welfare of women by extending the range of their