Εικόνες σελίδας
Ηλεκτρ. έκδοση
[ocr errors]

ed fe There are no military stores ; but great stores of grain. The grain junks were,

at this season, on their return home.

The features of the inhabitants of this district more resemble the Furopean than

those of any Asiatics I have bitherto seen. The eye had less of the depressed aptcurve in the interior angle, than what is common and so characteristic in a Chi

nese counte.:ance. And, as the countenance is often the index of the heart, so the character of these people is more congenial to the European, than is that of the inhabitants of the southern provinces. They are not void of courage, though they

are 100 grovelling to undertake any thing arduous or poble, and too narrow-minded is to extend their views beyond their own province and the opposite kingdom of

Corea. They are neat in their dress; the furs which they wear, are costly; their nd food is simple, and they are polite in their manners. The females are fair, and

a tidy in their appearance,-enjoy perfect liberty, and walk abroad as they please.” Supp: 111-113.

FEELINGS ON LEAVING TEEN-TSIN. “ As we had arrived here so late in the season, just : t the time when many of the junks were about leaving, it was necessary to shorie's our stay, lest the Pei-ho, freezing up, should detain us over the winter. On the l'1h of October, we began to move slowly down the river. Before leaving Teen i-in, I received numerous presents, which were accompanied with many wishes for my welfare. A great many persons came to take an affectionate leave of me, at our departure. At the earnest request of some individuals, I was constrained to promise, that, if God should permit, I would return the next year; and, in the case of such a visit, some of them engaged to accompany me to ihe capital, while others wanted to make with me a journey over land, from Teen-tsin to Hea-mun (Amoy.) I can scarcely speak in too high terms of the kindness I enjoyed, during the whole time I was at this place; and the reason for such unexpected treatment, I must ascribe to the merciful interposition of the Almighty, under whose banner I entered on this undertaking. The favor and kindness experienced in Teen-tsin, were a rich compensation for my former bereavements and trials. My health, also, was again restored, and I could cheerfully perform the duties devolving upon me.” pp. 116, 117.

The next extract is from the second voyage. llere, as their ohject was to establish trade with the East India Company, they were not so well received. We insert it, however, on other accounts.

“ We had now tried what could be effected by petition, and by unresisting submission; and were forced to give ourselves up to the mercy of these Celestials. After dinner, we took an excursion round an island, opposite to Amoy. All the surrounding country is barren rock, except some valleys capable of cultivation, where a few potatoes grow. These vales are tilled with the greatest care, and richly repay the labors of the peasant. The country has a romantic appear

There is something grand in the sight of those undulating, barren ridges of bills, along the Chinese coast. We have frequently gized, from the top of those hills, upon the tracts of land spread beneath us; and oft did I sing,

O’er the gloomy hills of darkness,

Look, my soul; be still and gaze.
All the promises do travel
With a glorious day of grace:

Blest jubilee!

Let the glorious morning dawn.' While musing thus, I turned, and saw a poor man carrying a burden, but willing to converse upon the things of eternal life. I felt consoled by this, and rejoiced that I was permitted to tread upon these barren hills. To-day we entered a village at the foot of a very high bill, and were gladly received by the inhabitants. They did not hesitate to converse freely upon any topic which we introduced. I had the pleasure to add a few books to the well-worn library of an old man, which

[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]

he carefully examined. The houses were built very substantially, and kept tolerably clean; but the occupants were very poor people, of whom the male part were either at work at Ainoy, or were gone to foreign parts. At the beach, we were shocked at the spectacle of a pretty new-born babe, which shortly before had been killed. We asked some of the bystanders what this meant. They answered, with indifference, " It is only a girl.” It is a general custom, in this district, to drown female infants immediately after their birth. Respectable faniilies seldom take the trouble, as they express themselves, to rear these useless girls. They consider themselves the arbiters of their children's lives, and entitled to take them away, when they can foresee that their prolongation would only entail mig ery. As the numerous emigration of the male population renders it probable that their daughters, if permitied to live, would not be married, they choose this shorter way to rid then selves of the incumbrance of supporting them.” pp. 152, 153.

We doubt whether this delightful hymn was ever sung under more interesting circumstances.

THE EMPEROR DESIRES CHRISTIAN BOOKS. “ April 26. Mr. L. and the Captain took proper care that the unjust punishments of the natives, who might approach us, should not be repeated here, as at Amoy. We were visited by the mandarin of this district, a civil and sagacious old man. He had received orders from the deputy-governor of Puhkeen province to procure a certain number of our Christian books for the inspection of the emperor. I gave him, accordingly, one copy of · Scripture Lessons,' a tract on gambling, • Heaven's Mirror,' a full delineation of Christianity, besides a few other books of which he had copies before. I was highly delighted that God, in bis wisdom, was sending his glorious Gospel to Peking, that it might be fully examined and krown in the palace. Taou-Kwang has never shown himself an enemy to popery. In all his edicts against the sects and heresies in his dominions, he does not even mention the naine of Christian. Though I know nothing of his character, except that he delights more in pleasure thin in business, I huinbly hope that the perusal of the word of God will impress his mind favorably towards the Gospel. It is the first time that the Chinese government has taken the trouble, to examine the oracles of God. The depravity of the burnan heart, which is as great in the rulers of China as anywhere, I fear will not permit them to perceive the glory of God in a crucified Saviour. Yet it is the cause of God. The mighty God and Saviour will advocate his own cause, and defend it by his omnipotent

His mercy embraces China as well as enlightened Europe. The Chinese are his creatures, as well as ourselves, and the Gospel is given for their salvation likewise. His wisdom will find ways to convey it to their minds. Though we are unable to fathom his parposes, we wait for the glorious day when the door will be thrown open, and the Gospel ride triumphantly through the land.” pp. 180, 181.





HIM GLADLY.' * We received, to-day, a paper written with red ink, from a person pretending to be very anxious for our welfare, because some of bis ancestors had been saved from a watery grave, by people of our nation. He had heard that we were in imminent danger of death, if we were so daring as to advance farther, and so pertinacious as not to retire out of the river; that our destruction had been agreed on, but the Tartar general, who was to have executed this bloody work, not agreeing to it, we were still permitted to breathe. Whoever originated this plot, (and we strongly suspect the mandarins,) ought to have been surprised at the consternation which our entrance into the harbor immediately threw among all our adversaries, not even the most feeble resistance was offered. The mandarins were humble and kind ; the soldiers withdrew every where from our path, and the most perfect tranquillity reigned every where. The people rejoiced at this happy change, and improved the opportunity to secure our friendship. Their letters of friendship and advice were nginerous, and their demonstrations of kind feeling still manna frequent.,

To receive such treatment from the people, and then to read, what has so often been repeated, that the Chinese nation detest foreigners and are averse to all intercourse with them, led us to doubt this assertion. My little experience rather leads me to think then a most social people, whenever free from the immediate influence of the mandarins. But to say that the Chinese government discountenances and severely prohibits intercourse with strangers, is strictly true. In general, the oticers were never more annoyed, than when the people showed themselves our friends, and we returned their kind feelings. They frequently endeavored to give as the worst ideas of the stupid and treacherous natives, while trying to prepnssess them against us also by the most abusive edicts ; but on each side unsuccessfully, for the veil was too ihin to hide their palpable falsehoods.” pp. 186, 187.

WILLINGNESS TO RECEIVE TRACTS. “ This wis to me one of the most happy days spent in China. There was a real desire for books : and the applications for them were in so earnest a manner as to preclude a refusal. I am ignorant of the effect produced by their perusal, but some of the blessed effects of divine truth upon the hearts of the readers, will remain. Considering it as the work of God, and as the salvation of son's from eterdal condemnation, I am prepared to hope and believe that our Almighty God will give growth to the good seed own. There are great obstacles to the eficacy of the divine word, but it is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, and is a di cerner of the thoughts of the heart. Occasionally I sat down with the people, and spoke : bout their eternal peace. Though these words sounded strange io their ears, sitive every thing beyond the reach of sense is strange and unintelligible to a Chinese mind, yet the words will not be entirely lost. I have often, by: comparisons, made the doctrines palpable to their comprehension. They will listen for a time, but after this it is quite useless to recommence ; for they generally withdraw their attention and turn their conversation to other topics.” p. 188.

CHRISTIAN PROFESSION IN CHINA. * Hitherto we had never seen any native Christian; but to-day we perceived a man with a p per rolled up in his hand, which he was anxious to hide from the other people. He asked me whether I knew the objects there represented. lpon examination, I found it a representation of the Trinity, erecuied in Spain. From his conversation, ' perceived hiin to be very ignorani of Christianity, but he addured decisive proof of being a real believer. He showed me the cross which his wise wore around her neck, with a rosary. Yang, the mandarin, had previously informed us that the number of native Christians, in his district, was very great, especially among the boat people. This man confirmed Yang's information, said they were all very poor, and had no European among them. He could give me no account of the rise and progress of Christianity here, neither did he seem to be aware of the extent to which it was known in other countries.

“May 12. The native Christians caune in greater numbers. One of them handed a paper, to prove that popery was the same as our religion. He claimed fraternity with us, and used every means of persuasion to convince us, that as our religion was the same, we ought to show benevolence towards our pour brethren. Another handed us a piper, expressing his great surprise that we should be in possession of the holy book, wbich contains the relation of the Saviour's life ; the more so, because they themselves had begun only last year to print this holy book ; and how it could so soon have reached us, he was unable to explain. At the same time, he warned us against giving this holy book to any people afflicted with the blindness of heathenism, because they would not understand its contents. He also requested soine prayer-books, which he might study privately. I was anxious to see those parts of the holy book which his friends had already printed ; but he refused to produce them. After receiving a manual for prayer, he departed, highly gratified. I do not know how far he was interested in the sprend of the Bible ; bat his objections to the distribution of it anong the heathen, are light, and unworthy of a Christian. Yet I should rejoice if they would print the Bible, or the New Testament only, and circulate it among themselves at least, if they are too narrow-minded to impart it to the heatben.

“I have been very desirous to converse with some of the native priests ; and to day, was rejoiced to see a well-dressed young man introduce himself as a Christian teacher. Whilst all the other Christians were rude and illiterate, he exhibited much polish in his manners, and was well versed in Chinese literature. Yet his knowledge of Christianity was very superficial and unsatisfactory ; but be promised to study diligently, to become acquainted with the heavenly doctrines. I supplied him amply with Christian books.” pp. 189, 190.

We here close our extracts, which might easily have been multiplied. We hope that these, however, will be sufficient to awaken an interest in behalf of China, in the minds of our brethren. The facts seem to us, to say to the Christian world, - Thrust in the sickle and reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.


Oh, there are lovely lights, that rest

On Nature's varied scene 1wow,
When the broad sun has gained the west,

And sheds from thence his softest glow.

Oft have I marked the lingering gleam,

On village bright, and woodland brown,
As if from heaven a glorious stream

Of molten gold were rolling down!

And I have seen the dewy cloud,

Hung loosely o'er the a r're sky,
Like regal robe of monarch proud,

Tinged with the richest Tyrian dye.

I've watched till all these tints would fade,

The golden light—the mellow glow-
And evening, in her tranquil shade,

Klad wrapt the varied scene below;

And thought, as Day's departing beam

01. lovelier far than all the rest, Its voice was ás a gentle dream ;

Man, thy last days should be thy best!


Subscriptions and Donations to the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination, in the United States, for Foreign Missions, &c., should be transmitted to Heman Lincoln, Esq., Treasurer, at the Baptist Missionary Rooms, No. 17, Joy's Buildings, Washington Street, Boston. The communications for the Corresponding Secretary hould be directed to the same place.



which I think it is impossible for man to keep; yet if they were kept, the world, I know would be free from

violence and crime." I said, then The intelligence which follows from the you acknowledge that if the law of capital of Burmah, is of the most encour. Christ were observed, crime would aging aspect. Notwithstanding the late entirely cease; the laws of Christ, severity of the Government at Rangoon, then, is perfect and holy; are not there seems great reason to believe that men guilty for transgressing a law

that is perfect and holy? Yes, yes, the Gospel will be tolerated and triumph



see the difficulty is, we have in Ava.

sinful natures. Is there any way to MR. KINCAID'S JOURNAL. be free from this sinful nature ?"

Yes; he who believes in Christ, re(Continued from p. 285 vol. xiv.)

ceives a spiritual disposition, and Nov. 6, 1833. For several days that faith which he has, works by past, have had but few inquirers at love, and purifies the heart, and the house, though the few that do overcomes the world. come, appear to be honestly inquir

It melts the soul in tenderness, to ing after truth. One man is a phy- hear a pagan of sense, of learning, sician of considerable celebrity. Ile and one who stands high among the has been an inquirer, for about two people, after reading and investigamonths. He says the more he reads ting for two months, acknowledge our books, the more fully he is con- frankly, I do believe in Jesus Chrisi. vinced that they teach the true

Various Inquirers. religion. We begin to hope that he is taught by the Spirit of God, and

Nov. 12. A female, who has been will, at length be brought into the an inquirer for some time, called

this afternoon to hear the Gospel. liberty of the Gospel.

In the course of conversation, I said, Confession of an Oficer of Government. you know all have sinned, and there

Nov. 8. A Government man, who fore deserve the punishment of hell. lives but a few doors from us, has She started at the idea, and said, “I become an attentive listener. This did not think all people were sinevening I put the question direct to ners.” The natives seem to have no him. Do you believe in Jesus idea of the natural depravity of the Christ? He was silent for some heart. One of the four cardinal time, and then said, “ I do believe. virtues which they are constantly All other religions appear foolish extolling, is indifference. This feand absurd when compared with the male says she is convinced that religion taught by Jesus Christ. there is an eternal God, who made There are,

however, commands | all things, and it seems impossible

« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »