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EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM REV. JON
ly employed in furnishing ourselves with articles necessary for us to carry to Rangoon, or any other place where divine
Calcutta, Feb. 26, 1826. Providence may cast our lot: Also, in
Rev. and business relative to the Dictionary, and
dear Sir, in studying the Burman language.
I have the pleasure of forwarding six The Dictionary, we are happy to
copies of the Burman Dictionary, to you
say, is now out of press, and two hundred
of Philadelphia, who is copies are put up in boards. We have
about to leave this port for America in
the ship Asia. I have the pleasure also just sent to Government, the 100 copies subscribed for by them, but have not yet
of informing the committee, that I have received any return. We have some
just received the sum of two thousand prospect of selling 100 more, for 1000 rupees from government, being the full
amount of the bill for the one hundred rupees, on condition that we shall sell no
copies subscribed for by its order. lu more in Calcutta In order to save the Board
subscribing this sum,
it must be remarkexpense, and ourselves much time and trouble in | ed, that according to my particular rehiring carpenters for every little repair or quest, the government took into considpiece of work, which will need to be eration the importance of my having the done when we return to our station, and assistance of a competent Burman teachto provide ourselves with a little bodilyer, in order to do justice to the work, exercise which is so necessary to our
and the expense of obtaining such a one health, we have purchased a few tools in Calcutta, at a time when on account for the Mission, the expense of which of the war few Burmans were in the does not exceed 35 rupees. This sum,
place, and in order to defray this expense, we are fully persuaded, the Committee exceeded in their subscription the mere
cost of printing. This was particularly will approve of our expending, under the circumstances we have mentioned. The stated in the correspondence with governbills for the tools, and other extra expen
ment. I afterward found this allowance as
I had expected, a very necessary one ; for ses, we shall send at the close of the
in order to obtain a competent teacher, year.
I was obliged for several months to pay Earnestly desiring to be employed as
20 soon as Divine Providence shall allow,
rupees, then 14, and at length I sucin labours of love among the Burmans, in the whole a bill of more than 200
ceeded in reducing it to 10, making to whom we are sent, we wish to com
rupees. mend ourselves to the protection and
I remain very sincerely and respectfully guidance of our covenant-keeping God,
J. WADE. and to the advice and intercessions of the yours,
Rev. Lucius Bolles, D.D. Committee. · Our hearts and those of our beloved companions are bound up in the cause, and we hope we may so live and act, as to show ourselves worthy of the confidence which the Committee have
ICAN GENTLEMAN, GIVING THE INTELréposed in us, and to obtain the testimo. ny wbich Enoch did, 'that he pleased God.' We remain yours in the service of Je
Philadelphia, Aug. 2, 1826. sus Christ.
We had a long passage to Madras,
where I found a letter waiting me from
Mr. Boardman, in which he states that Rev. Lucius Bolles, D. D.? Assist. Cor. Secretary. }
letters were received from Rangoon, that Dr. Price had been deputed by the Bur:
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM AN AMER
BRITISH AND THE BURMANS.
VIR HOLTON TO ONE OF THE EDITORS.
mans to sue for peace; that he had given | rey at whose house I have resided ever information of the others belonging to since I came to the Colony, attended me the mission being alive and well, but not with the affection and constancy of a at perfect liberty. At Madras, later ac- brother. I have not yet recovered more counts were received confirming the than half my usual strength, but have news, and that a treaty of peace was preached twice since my sickness: the ratified at the British camp a little below the last time, however, brought on a Ava. The terms were the same, or near slight fever. All the sick, as well as my. ly so, as the former unratified treaty, self, who are recovering or recovered, giving up some territory and paying | have experienced much delay in their reone hundred lacks of rupees. One ar covery, from the want of suitable proticle in the treaty is said to be that no
visions. Here there is no medium beforeigner shall be allowed to remain in tween salted and fresh provisions. To eat the Burman empire without consent of the former, even for one day, predisposes the company. Probably these accounts one to have the fever, or brings on may be new in America, and I hasten to cramp in the stomach, and if persistgive you the pleasing information. ed in, is almost certain death.
Yours, &c. We have some things of interest to
communicate to our friends in America; not indeed any revival of religion, but the recapture of more than 150 slaves,
the burning and blowing up, with 250 barAFRICAN MISSION.
rels of powder, of Trade Town, one of
the principal slave factories on this coast, EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM REV. CAL together with the capture of three
Spanish Slavers by two Colombian
privateers which are now lying with Monrovia, ( Cape Mesurado,) their prizes in our harbour, the imSir,
April 24, 1826.
possibility of any slave traders landBy the good Providence of God, while | ing their goods for the purchase of many have been taken, I have been left. slaves from Gallinas to below Trade Of the colonists that came out in the Town, may be considered as giving a Vine, eleven or twelve are removed to deadly blow to the horrible traffick in the land of silence, among whom were this vicinity. Mr. Force, the printer, the two deacons Much, under present circumstunces, of the Union Church formed in Park can never be done in the Missionary street, as well as several other aged and
cause, in my opinion, till a school youthful members. The death of most house be built, of proper size, and with was, however, owing to old age, or im- desks for writing, &c. and the children prudence, or want of suitable stores. be where their deportment can be looked The fever brought me very low; so that after, in some such way as the Cherokee my life was despaired of by some. For | youth are at the Valley Towns, little a week ortwo I was weak as an infant. But need be expected. A vigorous Missionprayer was made for me by the Baptist || ary establishment here will be attended, Church here almost without cessation, at first, with considerable expense. I and a number have since stated to me know not what can be done without a that, at particular seasons, they were en dwelling-house for one Missionary or abled to plead with the Lord of Hosts more residing in this Colony. Emi. for my recovery, so as to rest entirely as grants come out so frequently as to occusured of an answer to their petition. py every space which can be occupied From the first of my sickness I felt a
Mr. Ashmun, governing very good degree of confidence that God Agent of the Colonization Society, has would preserve my life in answer to the thus far endeavoured in vain to procure prayers of these dear brethren. Dr. Ca- for me a room, convenient either to me
or to the person with whom I might || for the wages we were giving to other be located.
hired men. The Mission not being in As was expected before I left Boston, | want of his services, we advised him to I have engaged to take charge of the improve a farm near to us on the Indian schools in the colony, and to instruct a || lands, in the hope that a reservation class of the most advanced.
would be allowed him when the Indians place can, at present, be found for the should sell the surrounding country. He two schools, which are most pressingly had partly acceded to our proposals to wanted. Till a house be obtained for aid him in this measure, when, I suppose, this purpose I expect support from the viewing himself so much alone in the Colonization Society, and yet can ren- | thing, the task appeared too great. He der them little or no service. I shall seemed much cast down on account of probably be employed a part of the time his forlorn condition, and yesterday was in the native Missionary School. Broth discovered weeping like a child. This er John N. Lewis, a Missionary, sent out morning he informed us of his embarby the Richmond African Missionary So rassments, and we encouraged him by ciety, but who from want of adequate our counsel, and by going out with him, support, had been obliged to turn his at and selecting a place for his farm, &c. tention to other business, and a lad of We hope that he will yet do better than 14 years, are the present teachers. to wander without a home, unfit for the
Were it not for the ensuing rainy sea- l) society of Indians generally savage in son, I should, for the present, visit Sierra habit, and not allowed, on equal terms, Leone, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, the society of the whites. Sisters, the interior, &c. but the season If a country were set apart for an Inwill render it impossible.
dian Colony, under proper assurances of Yours, &c.
protection, all the anxiety occasioned by C. HOLTON. such circumstances as the foregoing
would be avoided.
Dec. 25. Were permitted to partake
of the Lord's Supper. The time was CAREY STATION.
melting, sweet, and awful. All our Indian converts appeared to sensibly real
ize the importance of the occasion, and EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL AT CAREY.
to feel, and mourn under a sense of unDec. 23. The condition of the poor
NIndians is pitiable in the extreme! To
had informed us yesterday that wander and to waste away with the ma his mind was very dark, and much disjority, is dreadful; and a few instructed || tressed. He thought he was worse than in letters and the arts of civil life, feel at any other who professed to be religious. a great loss in making a better choice He could not feel happy in prayer. He than that of mingling with the great feared that he was not a christian, &c.; mass and perishing. They know not yet he desired to be good, and would to what place to go, or with whom to as like to partake of the Lord's supper if he sociate !
were worthy. D was the first Indian He was pensive, and inclined to be scholar admitted into our school, then in alone; a tear rose, and then stealing operation on the Wabash river. About | down his cheek, which he hastily wiped, a year and a half since, he left the insti. as he discovered any one passing near tution to shift for himself. Since that ) him. But to day he ventured forward to time he has been wandering partly the table. Two other Indian boys felt among the Indians, and partly among themselves unworthy to sit down with us. the whites. In November I found him They seemed to be very humble. Three at Fort Wayne, and at his particular re
of the females did not appear in our
Mrs. qyest, we employed him as a labourer, meeting at its commencement.
M'Coy stepped into the house of K getting rid of an ill-disposed Indian who to inquire the reason. B-began to has been hanging about our house for weep and said she was not fit to partake some days. On our desiring him to of the Lord's supper. K— said she leave, he became quite angry, and threatwas ashamed of herself because she was ened us with his knives and his tomano better, &c.; and M was in simi- hawk, which be carries about himn. lar troubles. All three, however, were Jan. 19. A son of Porcupine Moccaencouraged to celebrate the sacrifice | son, who was formerly a poor offcast made for Indians as well as for others. among his people, has, for a considerable
Jan. 16, 1826. I left Carey in com- | time, been a member of our family and of pany of eight Indian youths, whom I am our church, and has in many respects beconducting to the eastward, with the
come a very different person from what view of placing them in an institution in he was on his reception. This change which they may pursue their studies
was strongly manifested to-day in a spirwith greater advantage than at Carey ; | ited and manly effort, by which, at the and one Indian not connected with our
risk of his own life, he saved the life of school, whom we allow to accompany a younger brother, and prevented the horus, in order that he may, on his return, rid crime of murder. report to his people the situation of the
Porcupine Moccasin determined to boys.
murder one of his sons, and after an unIf the Indians are to be raised to an successful attempt with a glass bottle, beequality with other nations, they must took himself to his gun. The youth se. be put in possession of information and creted himself in a neighbouring house talent similar to that possessed by others. | about half a mile distant from his father's. These are select Indian youths designed | The mother came running to our house for superior usefulness among their na to inform the elder son that the father tions, in either the church, the schools, or was then on the way towards the younger the state ;' and, that they may be qualifi- son with the determination to murder ed to aid in lifting up their fallen and de- him. Our youth hastened to intercept graded tribes to a level with surrounding his father, and found him in the act of States, they are sent abroad into those searching for his victim. NotwithstandStates, that while they are pursuing their ing the young man had been taught from studies they may become acquainted with || infancy to dread his father's presence, the manners, customs, laws, civil and re
and knew that a failure in his effort ligious institutions, of their white neigh-would turn his father's vengeance upon bours, and, by mingling suitably with men
him, yet he did not hesitate for a mo. of business, they may receive those neces
ment, but on coining up with his father sary impressions which cannot be taught | seized the gun, and by a most desperate in theory.
effort, forced it from his father and disJan. 20. Şeveral persons who have charged it. Then boldly called up his been in our employ are returning with || brother, and gave him the gun and sent me to the settlement. Our company | him home. consists of 15 persons. The weather is
Jan. 20. Two Ottawas from Grandextremely cold, the ground frozen, and river, one of them a chief, arrived this lightly covered with snow. We have evening. They came with the design of slept in the woods, without a house, five accompanying brother M'Coy to Washnights since we set out, and now have ington, and seemed much disappointed halted at a little hut in the wilderness, in
on learning that he had set out. . They which we expect to remain over the sab- talked of following after him, but we disbath.
suaded them from it. They regretted
the disappointment very much. The Extracts from the Journal of brother || Chief is a smart looking Indian, and says Lykins, during my absence.
he wishes to see the President on busiJan. 16. We found some difficulty in
March 18. Our smith from Thomas, || With the close of the day I terminated and one of the farmers for the Ottawas | my journey. have come in hither for supplies. They
It is due to the missionaries who were have brought us a message from sundry | at Carey during my absence to say, that Ottawa chiefs, in which they express the whole establishment, and every demuch friendship, and very pressingly partment of the concern, appears in good urge us to open school at Thomas, and order, and manifests a promptitude, and to put our affairs there into more exten a judicious management of affairs, highsive operation. Our family are so much ly creditable to them all. Several new afflicted with influenza, that it is with dif- || scholars have been admitted in lieu of ficulty we can proceed in our business. those I took away, and the school is well March 28. Started a periogue to
attended. Thomas with supplies for that station. For two days the family had experienc
April 12. Sent two other men on ed great anxiety on account of two little business to Thomas.
Indian girls of our school, one about
five, and the other about six May 28, 1826. On my way home age, who had wandered off into the ward from the east, I left Detroit on the woods and could not be found. Dili24th instant, accompanied by Gosa the gent search was made for them; and after Ottawa, who had been with me on the they had been in the woods two days tour, and a sub-agent of Indian affairs, and one night, brother Mecker, and one lately appointed, and who will reside at of our hired men found them about two .our place. Gosa being on foot we left miles from our house. They came in him in the afternoon, expecting him to
with the children on their backs at the lodge at some camps of white men, moment of my arrival. while we proceeded until it was night, for June 5. Many of our neighbouring the sake of finding accommodations for Indians assemble at our house to smoke our horses. We expected that he would and to talk. We renewed to them exovertake us early next morning. We pressions of our friendship, and informed waited for him until about 10 o'clock; || them that the youths taken to the eastand then went in quest of him, and as ward were well situated, &c. All apcertained that he had taken another peared to be well pleased. small path, and had passed on. We June 6. Under a full conviction that it proceeded after him, discovering his would be an important measure in the track in the road ; but after proceeding a
business of Indian reform, to impart to few miles we perceived that he was not some of our promising Indian youths, before us.
We had four days' journey now in our family, a thorough knowledge before us, and the whole distance a wil of the science of medicine, we have selectderness. Having depended on Gosa to ed two in the hope that God will provide be our guide and assistant through this them friends who will take charge of them, desert, we could not but regret to find and of their education. Conauda, or ourselves deprived of his company, and Thomas Baldwin, is about 14 years of he of ours.
age, and Soswa, or Francis Barron, is This morning we had more than an or about 16 years of age.
Francis is a dinary day's ride before us, but we hoped || pretty good shoe-maker, and Thomas is by a forced march to reach Carey. We || beginning to learn the same business. had proceeded about ten miles when we As it must be several months before we were met by our dear brother Lykins, can hope to find for them a situation, we and one of our Indian boys. Having intend to make them acquainted with the overstaid my time, the family, who had | business as far as practicable, during not received my later communications, || their continuance in our family. The had become uneasy, lest some accident boys are both well pleased with these had befallen me on the lake, or in the arrangements. wilderness, and brother Lykins was on June 9. Brother Lykins sets out for his way to Detroit to make inquiry. Il Thomas, by way of the lake.