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that an American vessel was leaving just | ved in peace at Marlborough, on the fonrth at the time, 10 wbich I was permitted to day from Padang, not a little gratified to attach my boat as far as our course was find all friends, particularly my dear wise the same. From the hospitable and home and babe, in good bealth. ly men who formed this ship's company, The new arrangements we found it ne. received the greatest possid. attention cessary to make on my return, you will and kindness. They took me into their have heard of, buth from Mr. Evans and vessel, and treated me with the best it af. Mr. Ward, long before you receive this ; forded, and on parting wished me to say, it is therefore unnecessary for me now to wliatever they had on buard which I enter upon a detail of the cause. In about thought would make me more comfortable, a week after this event, Mr. Ward left and I should have it. One of them gave Marlborough for Calcutta, putting me in me a volume of the Christian Observer. charge of the press. A few days after After sailing with them a day and a half, his departure, Mr. Evans went to Padang, they put me into my boat about four in the where, as you have most likely heard, he afternoon, and we parted with mutual re. has formed another station, gret, and not without many fears on their Since our friends left us, my dear Mary part, I am persuaded, for the fate of my and myself have been fully employed. poor bark. There was certainly good The first object that claimed our attention reason for apprehension, for we were forty was the Native School established here miles from land-raining-the wind had before our arrival from England. This blown strong from the n.w. all the day, School, for want of proper superintendand the heavens gathered blackness as the ence, was fast going to decay; we had it night came on—there was nearly as heavy therefore removed to our veranda, (which a sea, I think, as we had in any part of measures about 36 feet by 24,) where we our voyage from England--so beavy in. could have it under our own eye, and indeed that it was with the utmost difficulty, deed introduce it to the immediate atten. afier taking in most of the sail, they tion of the whole settlement, who in callcould bring my boat alongside their vessel. ing to see us, are obliged to pass through As every thing depended upon the stabi. the school to enter the house. I am lity of my own mind in these circum happy to add, it has since very much restances, I can ascribe it to nothing short of vived. an interposition of a kind Providence, that Having set this school in order we he. my courage still held out--but it did, gan to direct our attention to the surroundeven on being informed, immediately we ing villages, and soon discovered the way had left the vessel, that we had no fire in was open before us. the boat, nor the means of procuring a The head village in the neighbourhood, fight for the night. I had not been in the situated on the borders of a beautiful boat many minutes, when I became ex. lake, and distant from Marlborough about ceedingly sick, and vomited much, for the five miles, is called Dusum-bazar, or the first time at sea. I however took my seat great village. This was the first we visited at the helm, and steered the whole night; for the purpose of proposing a school. We in the morning we saw land, and found were received in the kindest manner by that our course had been perfectly correct. the head imum, or priest, who offered us The following day pleasant sailing-winds the Balli, or Town-ball, a very spacious light—but the next night was very alarm- room, for a school-room, and gave us the ing. Think of us in an open boat, 18 feet most encouraging promises, which he has long, close in to a reefy, and consequently since more than fulfilled. He shewed us a most dangerous shore, carried rapidly a Testament that had been given bim by along by fearful n.w. squalls, accompanied a gentleman at Marlborough, which bad with heavy rain our compass broken with evidently been very much used. When the tossing at the beginning of the night, we questioned him of its contents, he said nor any light to see it had it been in ør- he liked all he understood of it. I have a der, so dark indeed that we could not see full conviction (and it is a most encvurag. five yards before us, and you will not woning one, whilst engaged in the establishder that all courage failed. You inay ment of schools,) that, when the capacity form, perhaps, a faint idea of such a situa of reading is given to the Malays, the tion, but to enter fully into the feelings printed gospel will not want persons to we possessed when the storm was hushed peruse it: 'nor do I think the preached and the morning broke, discovering to us gospel will want hearers. It is surprising the footsteps of Him in the deep, who had how few, even of the priests themselves, guided us safely through the horrors of the know any thing more than the alphabet. miglit, almost in a direct course towards The necessary tables, sand forms, &c. our desired haven, is as impossible as for being prepared on the 22d of January, ine lo deseribe them. Through mercy I arri- the Dusum-bazar School was opened. Se
veral gentlemen from Marlborough, and quent speaker is much respected amongst the neighbouring plantations, counte- them, and the more sophistry be intronanced our proceedings with their pre-duces into his disconrse, the more it is ad
At half past seven in the morning mired. The Dupatty, or head man of a all the males of the Dusum were assem- village, is chosen from the best speakers. bled in the Balli, and we proceeded to bn. We can now understand most that is said siness. Mr. Hewitson, the superintend- in common conversation, but are not yet ent of the Marlborough School, arranged adequate to the communication of religithe boys into classes, and put down their
When we can mix more with names in an appropriate book ; after which the natives, their language will be easily I suggested to the gentlemen present a enough obtained. Every child learns it, plan for the future conduct of the school, and why should not we? But the difficulty which met their unanimous approbation. on a religious subject arises from the We first thought of selecting the most paucity of their ideas upon it. able of the Imums, and making him the We have never seen any thing like insuperintendent; but as they proposed that delicacy in either the males or females. the three persons of that order in the Du. They are very polite-10 Malay would som should take the superintendence of the think of seating himself in the presence of school in turns, we agreed. I believe I his superior till the latter had previously may say, all enjoyed the business of the
The state of society, religion day, and were pleased with the prospect excepted, quite accords with what we presented of one day ameliorating the imagine the Patriarchal to have been. spiritual condition of ihese quiet and hos- The history of Isaac and Rebecca, the pitable villagers. It would have been whole story of Joseph and his brethren, strange indeed if my own feelings bad are recalled vividly to mind by the actual not been at a high tone : I will not at Society here exhibited. Their dress much tempt to describe then I can only say, resembles that of the highlander. The I was happy. We have since formed three Malay cloth is just the highlander's kiit, more schools upon the same pian, and find and put on in the same way. As the it succeed beyond our expectations. One highlander would despise the plaid of of these is distant from Marlborough a neighbouring clan, so a Malay of Marl. three miles, another four, and one six borough could not be prevailed on to miles, at the opening of each of which we wear the stripe which is common at the þave not only been honoured with the northern parts of this island. The Malay presence of several gentlemen of the too, taking a long walk, always wears his place, but many of the ladies also. It has plaid over bis shoulder, the same as the been a great privation to my dear other. But to return to schools. Mary, that the English Schools have pre- In Marlborough and its immediate vented our ever both leaving home at the neighbourhood there are six large bazars, same time.
or a kind of market streets, numerously It is impossible to speak too highly of inhabited, from which the Europeans are the kind attentions of all about us. Fron supplied with fruits, &c. and the people of the bighest to the lowest of the European the interior with clothes, &c. In the mid. population bere, we have received con- dle of each of these, by the Governor's stant and warm support in all our plans. order, the people are now erecting a spaThey all shew us the greatest friendliness. cious school-room, which is to be finished I endeavour to visit each of the schools and opened before the 1st of next month, twice in the month, and some of them when Sir Stamford proposes visiting them much oftener; on which occasions I am
We are now more than a utten driven out by Mr. W- Dr. little busy in making the necessary prepaor some other gentleman, in his buggy. rations. As the children in our veranda Captain w
the Commandant are drawn from these several bazars, the bere, told me only a few days ago, that establishment of the new schools will newhenever I wanted a borse for the coun- cessarily supersede the old one-the try, his were at my service. I often think “ hum” of which we shall be sorry to lose. how different are our circumstances from Mrs. Burton will try to supply its place by those of Dr. Carey on his arrival in a girls' school, but I fear will not succeed, India!
as the people are averse to the instruction These visits to the country schools are of their girls. The reason they give is a generally very interesting, and will be little ludicrous : they say, “ If we teach still more so ere lung, when I trust to be our girls to write, they will do nothing able to tell among these villagers the won- but write letters to their lovers." ders of a Saviour's love. They always We are honoured with frequent visits receive us with great cordiality, and are from the native Chiefs and Imums. Two very ready to enter into conversation, at days ago seven of them were at our house which they are great masters. An elo- at once, consulting about the new schools
all in person.
in the bazars. The head of the Nias We are now of opinion with Mr. Prince, people of this place, a venerable old man, that the people of this island ought to have reminded me much of the revered Fuller. the preference of the Battas. I was so struck with the resemblance that fewer ubstacles in the way of their converI brought out Dr. Ryland's Life,” to sion, and not the same ground of apprecompare the portrait there given, and on hension, in trusting ourselves wholly to shewing it to the chiefs they were much them. Both, however, are highly interest. amused - the old man particularly so, to ing stations. I informed you before of see something which he was sure very the application which the Nias people had much resembled himself. One of the made to Sir Stamford, to know of what Imums of Dusum-bazar has just brought religion he would wish them to be; and my dear Mary a present of four doves. when two hundred and thirty thousand
We are now beginning to expect Mr. persons say, " Come over and help us," Ward by the first vessel from Calcutta, shall they not be heard? What sort of and shall be very glad of bis arrival ; for Missionaries should we be, did we not with all the schools, and the press fully long to live and die, pointing them to occupied, we begin to find our lime suffi. " the Lamb of God ?” ciently engaged. Nothing, however, is so conducive to health in this country as exercise, as long as the sun is avoided ;
JAMAICA, and, through mercy, we are both quite as adequate to that as when we left England.
The accounts received from We shall be particularly pleased if Mr. Ward succeeds in procuring us assistance
our friend Mr. Coultart present in the English Schools, that we may be many gratifying proofs that the able more fully to devote ourselves to the gospel is known and felt in its natives. We are much in want too of the Malayan types.
sanctifying power and influence Surrounded as we are at Marlborough among the degraded population with kind friends, whose opinion of us to whom it is his principal employ we fear is much better than we deserve, to declare it. Some striking inand honoured with the co-operation of stances of this kind will be found persons of the first distinction and respect in the Report. We subjoin two ability, you may suppose that my dear Mary and self have fixed upon this as our
or three others of a similar despermanent residence, and that we now cription. look to the country round Bencoolen as the ultimate field of our future exertions.
Under date of 16th April, Mr. C But this is not the case. Whilst we trust
writes :-“If God should spare me until we are not ungrateful for tbe ipnunierable next Lord's-day, I expect to baptize 80 favours which our heavenly Father has
persons. Of these we have good reason scattered around our path in this strange to hope well, though some after the strict
est examination deceive us. I think I do land, nor ignorant of the importance of Bencoolen as a Missionary station, we
not exaggerate when I say, these have yet have our preference for the northern been selected from twice that number, parts of the island, where we can be al- who have, even with tears and prayers,
intreated us to receive them. I often feel most entirely excluded from European society, and immediately connecied with it painful indeed to refuse then, immediate the heathen. We had this preference sent of their owners, and to have as exten
admission ; but we wish to obtain the conwhen we agreed to remain here for a time, and we hope to be heard when we
sive a knowledge of their characters as earnestly request you to supply our place, possible, before we receive them. Some of and to permit us to proceed, according to
them weep when they are told to stop a our first plan,
little longer, and say, · Massa, suppose
dead take me, how me die, when we In telling Mr. Prince of the alteration in our arrangements, I expressed a hope that know dis my duty, an me no do it! I I should still see him in twelve or eigh.
can only say, I wish to know that it is teen months, and wished him to proceed their duty, and then I shall not object.” with the house as far as possible, before
Again, June 18.-"A poor' female neour arrival. I have heard from him seve. gro called upon me a few days ago from a tal times since, and from one or two of his distance of fifty or sixty miles. Here she letters, which I inclose, you will find is, dressed in a clean little jacket, as they what he has done and expended, as well
are called in Scotland, and such as servant as bis sentiments respecting the small is- / girls wear there, without stockings or shoes, land of Nias, which he has visited since though in the last stage of pregnancy,
• She has come to hear some word about
I saw him.
Jesus,' she says ' for she has seen no ser- | spread it here!' • massa,' she replied,
mentions, that an unusual morestate, where ' nothing but badness is to
tality had occurred among
his be seen_dere me hear no good wordme see no good work.-0 massa, me poor Hock-no less than nine of his soul quite perish, him quite sick for de members having been removed word.' When she went first to the estate, by death in seven or eight days : her owner asked her if she prayed? Yes,
interesting account of one was her reply. :0 that is had," he said, of whom will be given in our next
you will spoil all my negroes. Your re-
List of Contributions received by the Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary Society, from
October 14, to November 14, 1821, not including Individual Subscriptions.
FOR THE MISSION.
£ s. d. Arnsby, Baptist Church, by Mr. Carter......
2 Birmingham, New Hall.street, Sunday-School Children.
1 13 A Bequest by the late Miss Hannah Cave, aged 17
1 0 0 Cannon-street, Collection
28 11 Bond-street, Auxiliary Society, by Mr. Lowe
7 11 6 Banbury
12 0 Bloxham
0 0 Bourton
18 8 0 Ensham
4 10 Evesham
7 14 Fairford
7 14 1 Farringdon
2 13 0 Hooknorton
12 0 6 Middleton Cheney
50 13 0 Shipston
4 9 7 Stow
1 16 2
266 14 Newbury, Collection and Subscriptions, by the Rev. Thomas Welsh 40 Plymouth Dock, Church at the Square, by Mr. Batten
17 18 Nottingbam, Collection and Subscriptions, by Mr. Lomax
93 7 Boston, Friends, by Mr. Marston.
5 0 Derhy, Penny-a-Week Society and Friends.
7 11 6 Isleham, Collection, by the Rev. James Hoby
18 Suffolk, Collections and Subscriptions, by the Rev. Messrs. Dyer and Upton
128 3 0 Burton-street, a few Friends in, by the Rev. 'John Edwards
d. 6 0
£ Missionary Subscriptions at 9, Wardrobe-place, by Mr. Mundy... 1 Rawdon, Subscriptions, &c. by Rev. J.!Mann.
7 16 Huntingdonshire Society in Aid of Missions, by R. Foster, Esq. Jun. 79 10 Auxiliary Society for Part of the Western District, by Rev. R. Horsey 48 15 Norwich, Auxiliary Society at Rev. J. Kinghorn's...
Rev. George Gibbs
0 3 0
FOR THE TRANSLATIONS.
Edinburgh, Baptist Church in the Plea sance, by Mr. W. Braidwood 40
FOR THE SCHOOLS.
Hackney, Society for Native Schools, Third Annual Payment, by
25 James Gorst, Esq. Somers Town
Donation 30 Norwich, St. Clements, Auxiliary Society, by Rev. George Gibbs... 15
FOR FEMALE EDUCATION.
Birmingham, Auxiliary to the Calcutta Institution for Female Schools,
by Mrs. Blakemore, Treasurer... Contribution from three Motherless little Girls, by the Rev. J. Upton
FOR THE COLLEGE.
Rev, J. M. Longmire, Winkfield, by Dr. Ryland
5 0 Miss Hassard ......by Ditto
1 0 0 Whenever our Friends find it more convenient to pay their Contributions at the Banking House of Sir John Perring & Co. than at the Missionary Rooms, they will be pleased to mention by whom and on what account Payment is made. The Sum of £40 was paid there on Account of the Society on the 6th of November, but as no Name was given with it, the Secretary finds himself, of course, unable to acknowledge it till he receives the requisite Information.
N.B. The Committee thankfully acknowledge the Receipt of several Parcels of Magazines, &c. for the Missionaries.