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Committee - Rajah Kallikissen Bahadoor, Baboo Prosonnocoomar Tagore, Baboo Ramcomul Sen, G. Prinsep, Esq. W. C. Hurry, Esq, Moonshee Mohamed Ameer.

Mr. George Preston proposed at the last meeting, was unanimously elected a member of the Society.

The following gentlemen were proposed as members of the Society:

Proposed by a letter from T. Dickens, Esq., and seconded by Captain Vint,—Mr. Thomas, of Calcutta.

Member Capt. G. Vint.

Visitors-Baboo Bhubanychurn Mitter and Baboo meeting, and of which notice to be given by the circular. Resolved, that the petition be considered at the next Bindabun Bose. The following resolutions were agreed to:

Proposed by Baboo Prosonocoomar Tagore, and seconded by Mr. Prinsep,-Mr. H. Miller, of Goorka, Rajeshye, and Baboo Neelrutten Halder, of Calcutta.

Proposed by Captain Vint, and seconded by Bahoo Prosonnocomar Tagore,-Allan Gilmore, Esq. J. McKilligan and James Hastie, Esqrs. of Calcutta.

At a public meeting of the Calcutta Christian Instruction Society, held in the old church room, on Tuesday evening, the 8th May, 1838,

for all the above communication and presentations.
The thanks of the Society were ordered to be offered


Secretary. Town Hall, Calcutta, 9th May, 1838. [Hurkaru, May 10.

The Lord Bishop of Calcutta, Patron, in the chair, Moved by the Ven. the Archdeacon, and seconded by the Revd, F. Wybrow,

I. That this meeting feels thankful to hear of the gradual progress of the society, as manifested in the report just read, and recommends that the report be printed and circulated for general information.

Moved by the Revd. Mr. Norgate, and seconded by the Revd. Mr. Ruspini,

a vakeel of Shaha Woodaha ; and Moulavee Kurramut Ally, of Hooghly Emambarral.

II. That this meeting feels it to be the indispensable duty of every Christian to impart the knowledge of his religion to his fellow-creatures, and, especially, to the domestics of his own household, and that, as this society

Proposed by Baboo Ramcomul Sen, and seconded by Baboo Prosonnocoomar Tagore,-Kallikinker Paulit, of Calcutta.

Proposed by letter from Baboo Ramrutten Roy, and seconded by Moonshee Mahomed Ameer.- Baboo Essenchunder, Kanoongoe, heir of Baboo, Boydenauth, Kanoongoe, of Chittagong; Mouloavee Kurram Hussen, Hurkaru, May 10.]

trict of 24-pergunnahs was submitted to the considera. A petition to Government by a zemindar of the distion of the committee.


Proposed by Rajah Kallikissen Bahadoor, and seconded by Baboo Prosonocoomar Tagore, that the weekly proceeding of the meeting be published in Bengalli in the Chundrika and Durpun.

Proposed by Captain Vint, and seconded by Rajah Kallikissen Baladoor, that as the question of the vernacular language is important, the discussion be postponed, and notice to be given by circular, stating its taking place at the next meeting. Notice was given by Baboo the revenue and judicial system of Government, which Ramcomul Sen, that a list of subjects connected with involves the general interest of landholders, be submitted by him at the next meeting.

P. TAGORE, Hony. Secys.

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Revd. J. C. Thompson,
Revd. F. Wybrow,
Revd. K. M. Banerjea.

The Revd. II. S. Fisher,
The Revd. A. Garstin,
T. S. Kelsall, Esq.,

That the thanks of the meeting be offered to

the Lord Bishop of Calcutta for kindly presiding on the

present occasion.

REVD. T. SANDYS, Secretary.

in itself, and however proper, it may be for Europeans to receive, yet that it is not suitable for them as they are already in possession of a religion of their own.

Sheetol attends at present at only five houses in which about ninety natives assemble and hear him read the Scriptures, and concerning whom it is reported that they do so with attention, frequently holding disputations concern. ing the doctrines of revelation, and asking questions for the solution of their doubts.


The late Mr. De Mattos, a native of Portugal, was a convert from Popery; soon after his arrival in this country from Lisbon under the ministry of the late Revd. David Brown at the Old Church; he was en

An unusually long time has transpired since the publication of the last report of this institution. The socie-gaged as a reader in 1835, with a view to his visiting ty was established in May, 1832, and the first report the numerous families of the Portuguese, with which was published at the end of the next year; the second this city abounds, most of whom continue to live in report also was published at the end of 1834, and very great darkness with respect to Scriptural truth; since that time no report has been published until the since the time of his appointment, about three years ago, present one. The reasons for this delay have arisen, to that of his death, he has been constantly engaged partly from the circumstance of the operations of the in going about from lane to lane and from house to Society being of a very simple and unobtrusive character, house reading the Word of God to numerous Portuguese and partly from the desire not very rapidly to increase families in their own language. During that time he the operations of the society, until such labourers might has read the Scriptures to about seventy different famibe available to carry on the work as could have confi-lies monthly, or, in other words, he may be said to have dence placed in them by the committee, both as to their held about seventy Bible class meetings every month own Christian character, and their capabilities of doing reading the Scriptures, and encouraging the hearers to their duties in such a manner as, with the Divine bles- hold conversation upon the truths of God's Holy Word, sing, to bring the truth of the Holy Scriptures to bear and concluding with prayer. It is sincerely hoped that upon the hearts and consciences of those who are visit- the seed of Divine truth which has been sown by this ed by them. labourer will prove a blessing to those families who have enjoyed the benefit of his visits.

The following communications received from some of

The readers who have been in the employ of the society since the publication of the last report, are Raja Aghaee, Joseph Russic, Lal Ghose, Jutti Ali Alu, Preme Mussee, Samuel Ombika Churn, Meer Jan Jane Sheeky, and Mr. De Mattas. Those just at present employed are Raja Aghaee, Samuel Ombika Churn, and Sheetol; of the rest Joseph is now engaged as a Catechist at Culna. Preme Mussee and Jane Sheeky the members, shew, that what is doing is at present only went to situations of usefulness up the country where the breaking up of the fallen ground of the heart, which the latter is still usefully engaged in connexion with a is pre-occupied by all the error and vices of Mahommeschool. Jutti Ali Alu and Meer Jan found other em- danism and Hinduism: they also shew, that there is reaployment more congenial to their feelings, and Mr. De son to hope that some of the seeds of Divine truth sown Mattas was attacked by cholera last March, and de- by the labourers of this society may find in some hearts parted this life in peace and in the steadfast hope of a soil in which it will germinate, take a deep and cortery entering upon a joyful immortality through the merits root, and eventually spring up and bring forth the of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, thereby proving fruits of righteousness and peace to the honor and glory that he himself was experimentally acquainted with of our God and saviour, and the salvation of immortal those truths which he had been going about to impress souls. If the husbandman wait for the precious fruit upon the minds of others. of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain, it surely becomes the spiritual husbandman to be patient, to be instant in sowing the seed of Divine truth, and to persevere in pray. er for the enlightening and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit to cause that seed to be productive of repentance, faith, and holiness, in the hearts of sinners of mankind, and be instrumental in preparing many an immortal being for the service and love of God, here below, and for the enjoyments and employments of the everlasting kingdom of heaven above.

Raja Aghaee attends at the houses of fifteen subscribers and reads the Scriptures therein on an average to about 150 natives weekly, who, in almost every instance, hear the Gospel with attention, very frequently ask questions upon what has been advanced, and, not unfrequently, hold disputations with the reader concerning those truths which are revealed in Holy Scripture. In only one or two instances can it be said that the people give no attention whatever. Portions of Scripture and of the Liturgy, Homilies, and Christian tracts, principally in Hindustani, have also been distributed to such persons as were able to read, and desirous or willing to receive the


All the readers are expected, when not engaged in visiting their stated hearers, to devote their time to endea vouring to draw the attention of their countrymen to the consideration of the truths of Holy Scripture.

Samuel Ombika Churn attends at the houses of twelve subscribers weekly, and therein reads the Scriptures to about one hundred and twenty persons during the week. This reader also attends weekly at a benevolent institution, in which are usually congregated about fifty natives from all parts of the country, to whom he reads the Word of God. From the report of this reader's visits, it appears, that most of the hearers listen attentively; some hear but do not consider, some question with a view to obtaining a soJution of their doubts, and others, with a desire to confound and refute, and to make it appear that which is

One writes, "In reply to your note, I am sorry I cannot bear testimony to any good result as yet produced upon the minds of my servants, who are in the habit of hearing the scriptures read once a week; but as they shew a willingness to listen, some more than others, there would seem reason to hope for the Spirit's influenobstruct the immediate conversion of adults?" ces, notwithstanding the difficulties which apparently

Another writes, "The servants still continue to give us a great deal of trouble in summoning to assemble, which, if left to themselves, they would never think of doing; there is, consequently, no spirit of enquiry or any visible change of sentiments, but we hope for better times, and, therefore, desire to labour humbly under that

A third states, "I am happy to say the servants at The society must, I think, commend itself to every tend to the instruction, with care, and acknowledge Christian heart. The recollection that we are daily the truth of the doctrines preached to them; but, receiving attention and service from those who are pethat is all. One man, a Hindoo, who has left Cal-rishing for lack of knowledge, is most painful. cutta for his country, I had great hope of, and this constant habit showed in any degree, renders us How sad if it please the Lord, I trust he will come back, he indifferent to such a state of things, yet we all feel that altered his conduct, and improved in every respect; it does, without great watchfulness. This society and not only acknowledged but felt the truth of Chris- reminds us of our responsibilities, and tends to keep tianity, and plainly told me his intention of embracing alive our sympathy for the stranger that is within our Christianity on his return. One of my servants is gates, and I have found it useful in this respect even to learning the English language of his own free choice, pray to our soul." I trust it will be blessed to him. Upon the whole, they seem to be more willing to hear now than they were about two years ago, and more attentive: they prefer being spoken to in the Hindustani language. One of my women servants related the explanations she had heard here to some of her acquaintances at the house of a friend of mine, and those servants entreated to be spoken to also; they were so, and they seemed highly gratified."

Another writes, “I am sorry I have nothing particular to mention respecting the Christian Instruction Society: most of my servants are Christians, and they appear glad of every opportunity afforded them of hear ing the Scriptures read, and I am thankful to find them attentive and consistent."

Another communication is as follows: "I regret to state, that little or no effect appears to have been made on the minds of my servants as respects the Christian instruction they receive on the Sabbath day. I have endeavoured to encourage them to put any questions they thought proper to the reader, and to enter into discussions relative to the truths of Christianity and the tenets of their own belief. For some time they availed themselves of the privilege; but, latterly, they appear contented to attend, listen, and go away unconcerned; and, it appears to me, that several of them would attend, but from the fear of incurring my displeasure. not Our only comfort under this discouragement is, that we are doing our duty in holding forth the light of truth to a very ignorant portion of our fellow-creatures, leaving the result to the All-Wise disposer of events."

Another member writes, " I have received your note inquiring what effect has been produced on the natives in my house from reading the Scriptures in their hearing by the agents of the C. C. I. Society. I am sorry I cannot give you satisfactory information on this subject, because of my inability to converse with them, unable as I am to speak in any of the native languages. All I can say is, that during the reading of the Scriptures in their hearing they listen respectfully, and often with apparent interest, and I should regret if the practice of reading to them were discontinued."

tion of the second report is Rs 2,410 4 annas and 0 pie, Funds. The total amount received since the publicaand the amount expended during the same time is Rs 2,367 8 annas and 0 pie : there is, therefore, a balance of Rs 42 12 annas O pie, in hand.

The experiment of reading the Scriptures to the docarried on for the last six years, the committee feels conmestic servants of Christian families having now been vinced that it is now time to attempt to bring the labours of the society to bear more extensively upon those individuals for whose benefit it was established. They, therefore, now beg to invite the more especially heads of Christian familes to follow the example of these who have attempted to bring their domestic servants, so far as circumstances would admit, within the sound of the blessed Gospel, and for that end to obtain the services of a Christian reader, for the purpose of meeting their domestics at a certain conventing hour, once, twice, or oftener per week, as circumstances may suggest, and of reading to them, in a language which they can understand, the Gospel of our Christ. There is one point to which the committee Lord and Saviour, Jesus would especially vite the kind attention of those persons who are desirous of benefitting their native demembers of the family kindly devoting the hour of the pendants, and that is, the desirableness of one of the readers visit to the object of that visit, and as frequently as possible remaining present during the reading of the Scriptures and the discussion which usually takes place, subsequently, as it has been found, that in those cases where this practice is followed, the servants feel that their employer takes an interest in their welfare, and, consequently, are in luced to listen with more attention than they would otherwise bestow.

The committee cannot but feel that sufficient atten

tion has not yet been paid by Christians to improve the of their servants, and, it is feared, that many individuals, who do not think seriously of their dependants, that as influence they possess for promoting the best interests they are not desirous of seeing the light of truth, they may be left to themselves in quiet possession of their prejudices, and in ignorance of the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he hath set forth to be the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. The committee feels also that on Scriptural ground, it is the indispensable duty of Chris tians not only to attend to the spiritual interests of

"I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 25th April, requesting a communica. tion on the subject of the effect that the regular reading and expoundnig of the Scriptures have had on my servants, and in reply I regret that I have nothing to report, themselves and their own relatives and friends, but also (I wish I had) beyond regular and apparently willing to those of the strangers who are within their gates. attendance. Some of them acknowledge what they If it be the command of God that the privileges of the hear to be truth, but, as far as I can judge, their hearts Sabbath be extended to all such strangers as are brought appear untouched!" within the sphere of Christian influence, as, from the Fourth Commandment, it evidently is, it undoubtedly is whom he obtains any influence, to use that influence, a duty also which every Christian owes to those over

"Though I cannot see any fruits, I am glad to have the blessed Word read to my people, and the Gospel accompanied by his best endeavours, and by his prayers simply preached in my family of dependants, and I trust at the throne of grace, for the Divine blessing, to bring to have the regular attendance of the men you now them to an acquaintance with that Gospel which re send, as it may not be always in vain that these priveals the way of salvation through faith in our Lord vileges are imparted to my poor servants.” and Saviour, Jesus Christ.-Hurkaru, May 11.

11th May.


No. 1.


Secretary Australian Saciety.

Dear Sir,-As a further proof of the light manner in which the charges have been brought against the qualities of the stores laid in for the Emerald Isle, we request you will lay before your Committee the enclosed letter from Messrs. Haworth and Hardman regarding the biscuit.

Yours faithfully,

No. 3.

Extract from a letter, dated Bombay, April 6, 1838,

My dear Hardman,-" You desire me to inform you, if, amongst the general complaints on board the Emerald Isle, there were any upon your cabin biscuit, marked W. H., H. and Co., in reply to which, I must tell you, that I heard none; but, on the contrary, on one occasion, your mark, and, of course, your bread was brought to my notice at table by one of the passengers, before I had observed it myself, and, upon informing him that it was the produce of the new mills at Cossipore, he expressed himself how good it was; and, I do not assure you, it was good, and I did not see a weovil in any of the bread all the while I was on board: in short, I did not hear a single complaint about the biscuit in one shape or other, nor would I ever wish to eat better. The complaints seemed to be respecting the wines, of which I partook ex-very little, and confess myself no judge of quality. Beer is my only beverage, and I took more than enough of my own; but that belonging to the ship was good beer also."


No. 2.


Dear Sirs, We have the pleasure to hand you (annexed) an extract from a letter received yesterday from a friend at Bombay, who was a passenger on board the Emerald Isle to Madras, to whom we wrote immediately on receiving your note of the 5th ultimo, advising us of a complaint that the bread supplied by us to that vessel was bad and uneatable. We addressed him to ascertain if there was any real ground for complaint, as we ourselves felt confident that our stores were most cellent.

We will feel obliged by your forwarding our extract to the Committee, of the Australian Association, with a request, that they will give the same publicity to it that was given to the protest of the passengers received from Madras, as we find that parties now, who are in the habit of supplying ships with such stores, do not hesi

Proceedings of a meeting of the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta, held at the Asiatic Society's apartments, the 15th May, 1838.

Letters from the following gentlemen were read : From W. Michelson, R. B. Penningion, A. Ross, J. Innis, M. D. Esqrs. Bengal Medical Service; Hamilton, Esq. H. M.'s 17th Regt. and J. Murray, Esq. Bombay Service, requesting to withdraw from the Society.


From Messrs. Leckie and Co. of Bombay, forwarding their account-current with the Society, shewing a ba lance in favor of the latter of 514 rupees.

From J. H. Stocqueler, Esq., offering to act as agent for the Society here and in England, and stating that the Society in accepting his offer would only be required to contribute as a single subscriber at 10 rupees per

tate to state that our future supplies will be found (as
in the case of the Emerald Isle) of inferior quality.
We are,
dear Sirs, yours faithfully,

Calcutta, 8th May, 1838.


On the motion of Dr. O'Shaughnessy, seconded by Mr. Egerton, Mr. Stocqueler's offer was accepted.

Dr. Goodeve then stated, that in the last monthly report the mention of an operation for scrotal elephantiasis similar to his own, performed by Dr. D. Stewart, had been inadvertently omitted to be noticed.

Mr. Richard O'Shaughnessy then communicated to the meeting an account of two operations performed

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tarsus after Chopart's method upon a native, with canser of the forepart of the foot, extending over the metatarsus, and destroying the 1st and 2d toes.

The patient had recovered perfectly complete, union having taken place rapidly, although a large articular surface had been exposed by the operation, and the man was beginning to walk well with the remaining portion

of his foot.

The 2d case was one of amputation of the right half of the lower jaw for hollow exostosis of that bone. The bone was divided a few lines to the right of the centre of the jaw, and turned out of the socket after separating the soft parts. About 16 ozs. of blood was lost during the operation, but no untoward symptoms had since occurred, and the wound was healed within a fortnight after the operation, leaving scarcely any deformity of the face.

The tumour had been the growth of some years, and had acquired considerable magnitude. The case was accompanied by a beautiful preparation of the bone and drawings of the patients before the operation.

The discussion upon these two cases being continued
for some time, prevented any further business being
commenced during the evening.

Secy. Med, and Physical Society.

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Rajah Radhacaunt Bahadoor; Rajah Kally Kissen Bahadoor; and Baboo Ramcomul Sen.

Read a letter from Mr. Marshman, stating his consent to publish the proceedings of the committee in his paper gratuitously.

Ordered, that a letter of thanks be addressed to that gentleman.

Read a letter from Cooar Suttchurn Ghosaul proposing to establish a branch society at Backergunge, and other suggestions.

Resolved, that it be taken into consideration at a future meeting.

A letter from Baboo Mothooranauth Mullick, with a list of subjects requiring consideration, was also read.

Resolved, that it be laid before the society, with a translation at the next meeting.

Proposed by Rajah Kally Kissen Bahadoor, and seconded by Rajah Radhacaunt Babadoor,

That a seal be engraved, bearing the name of the society in English, Persian, Bengally, and Debnagur characters, in order to seal the letters and other papers relating to the society, and that the copies of all letters that shall be written by the corresponding members addressed to, and received from, be kept in the records of the society for references. The revised list of the corresponding committees pass. ed as follows:

A Table shewing the distribution of districts of the lower provinces
The Land-| The Go-
The names of the spe-
cial Corresponding mem-
bers of the respective

holders So

vernment ciety's Di Division vision No No.

A meeting of the above Society, established by a respectable body of educated Hindoos, was held in the Sanscrit College Hall, on Wednesday evening last. The rules of the Society requiring some member to deliver a discourse on the subject chosen for discussion at each meeting, the Rev. Baboo Kisna Mohana Banerjee delivered one, on the advantages resulting from the study of history. The discourse was good and well calculated to rouse a desire in young minds for the acquisition of a historical knowledge, as also to teach how to select the kind of histories fit for study. The speech was a lengthy one, and it is impossible to do justice to its







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P. TAGORE, Hon. Secy. Resolved, that a few copies of prospectus be sent to the members for distribution.

The list to be published and letters to be addressed
to the members, informing them of their appointment.

Hurkaru, May 17.]

Honry. Secretaries.


cluded, certain resolutions were passed for the guidance of the Society. The meeting broke up about half-past nine o'clock.

There were about a hundred Hindoo youths present on the occasion ; but, we believe, the attendance would have been much greater, had not the weather worn a threatening appearance that evening. Two European gentlemen honored the meeting with their presence, namely, that zealous and unwearied friend, and originator of native education, Mr. David Hare, and another, whose name we had not an opportunity to learn.-Hur

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