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SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN The number of coinmunicants had greatly KNOWLEDGE.
increased. All of them had been fully inTse Report of this Society, for the year structed and those admitted for the first time ending at Ladyday 1811, has reached us. attended a special preparation of a month It contains an account of the Society's Pro or more, and were afterwards carefully exatestant missions for the year 1810, of which mined. If any of them had been at vawe purpose, as usual, to give an abstract. riance with others, and not fully reconciled
The Rev. Messrs. Kolhoff and Horst, in a (a case which did not often occur), they were letter dated Tanjore, January 30, 1810, re not allowed to partake of the Holy Sacraport, that they and their fellow-labourers ment. Whoever had turned his back on had had many opportunities of explaining this divine ordinance, when in health, was the important truths of our holy religion to seldom admitted to it on bis sick bed. Such heathens and papists, and of inviting them to a patient, however, was visited and exhorted accepi the grace of God shewed to us in unremittingly to cry to God for mercy and Christ Jesus. They had alsu inculcated on forgiveness through Christ. “Those who their congregations and schools the great had not received the sacrament for a year importance, the necessity, and the inesti- or upwards previous to their death, and died juable advantage of living according to the impenitent, were interred at a distance from Gospel of Christ ; and they pray that God Other Christians and without the burial sermay bless their poor labours, and render vice.” them effectual by animating every one of The missionaries acknowledge with gratitheir hearers to work out their salvation with tude the mercy of God in inclining the fear and trembling.
Court of Directors to raise their allowance Among the different casts, those called for the schools froin five hundred to twelve Telunger are more inveterate against Chris- hundred pagodas annually. The news had tianity than any other, except the 'Bransins. reached them when overwhelmed with anxA man of this cast, adınitted into the con- iety, and the supply relieved them from gregation some years since, had evinced the the necessity of contracting new debts, in sincerity of his professions, not only by lead- order to maintain the many native labourers ing a Christian life under many sufferings, in the Tinnavelly district, for which the anbat by his endeavours to convert bis family nual produce ot Mr. Swartz's legacy was into Christianity ; in which he has happily sufficient. succeeded. Among all the catechumens, The progress of Christianity, and the conthe family of this man bad given them the version of the heathens resident at a distance greatest satisfaction by their love of the from any of their congregations, having truth and their desout frame of mind. obliged them to increase the number of their
Among ihe deaths that liad occurred, native teachers, to enlarge the old places of and were greatly regretted, were two cate- worship, or to erect new ones, and to visit chists, Dhewaragayam and Areelappen. them from time to time, their funds were un They had both been converted from paganism, able to bear those expenses, but “ they and trained up and employed as teachers, trusted that the Lord of the harvest would inby the late Rev. Mr. Swartz. Although their cline the hearts of his servants, the Honourable talents were not so brilliant as those of some Society, if possible, to enable them vigorously other native labourers, they were faithful in to carry on his work in that nation.” On improving them, and had made themselves this account, they were anxious for a printa greatly esteemed by the heathens, as well as ing press at Tanjore. The brethren at Tranamong Christians, by their Christian dispo- quebar had assisted, as much as was in their sition, their unfeigned piety, and their pru- power
, but their supplies were utterly insufdence and zeal. “The country priest Sat- ficient. “ Their want of Bibles, Testaments, tianaden, who was still employed on the Psalters, and other religious books, was greater Tinnavelly province, as well as all the other than they could describe. If it were in their teachers, hud faithfully assisted them in power to furnislı at least every Protestant church and schools, and in going abroad and family with a copy of the Scriptures, and preaching Jesus Christ, among believers and other good books, numbers of infidels and unbelievers."
Roman Catholics would be benefited; “ the CHRIST, Observ, No. 121,
distance of most of their mission places from 38 baptisms, including heathens; 42 PortuEuropeans being of considerable advantage guese aud 206 Malabar communicants; the for the conversion of the natives. If Malabar number of the congregation being 168 Portutypes could not be procured, they might still guese and 304 Malabars; and at Dindegal, 17 do much good by printing Portuguese books, Portuguese and 28 Malabars. In the English there being great numbers of Roman Catho- garrison, there had been 44 baptisms and lics of that casi.”
70 communicants. His six native fellowA letter from the Rev. Mr. Kolhoff, dated labourers in the mission continued as heretoTanjore, 29th August, 1820), communicates fore, four as catechists and iwo as schoolmasthe death of Mr. Horst. The learning and Beside these, there were two English abilities of this wortlıy missionary, his ardent schoolmasters. All went on well. desire to prove useful, the fervour and de.
Mr. Pohle mentions, that it was expected light with which he ever parsued his work, that tbe British and Foreign Bible Society and the essential services he had rendered 10 would establish a printing press at Tanjore. the mission, had given Mr. Kolhoff' great Speaking or the death of Mr. Horst, he obcause to lament so early and unexpected a
serves, that the senior judge, and the resideath, which had deprived the mission of a dent at Tanjore, had been making a confaithful pastor, and a numerous family of a tribution for the relief of the widow and kind parent and affectionate husband. It children. Mr. Pohle besought the Society was particularly afflicting, in the present to aid the same charitable design, Mr. Horst dearth of missionaries, to lose one who was
Irving been eighteen years a servant of the likely to prove a great blessing to the mis. mission, and four years one of the Society's sions. His suficrings had been very severe, missionaries. but he endured them with the patience and Mr. Pohle, after nuentioning with thank: firmness of a Christian. His humble sub
fulness the safe arrival of the annual stores mission to the will of God was truly awakene
and presents for the mission, acids, “ Would ing, and the peace he enjoyed to his last
to God that we could also receive new mis. breath was a lively exanıple of the inestima sionaries! I am upwards of sixty-six years ble happiness that altends a lite of godliness. old; my strength faileth me, and I may soorte The thought of his family, whom he should
be goue, and the mission be an improvided leave without any provision, was the only orphan, whereof 10 think only is painful to thing which afflicted liis mind. A few days me. May the Lord hear our prayers, and before his death, he requested Mr. Pohle and help us, for his mercy's sake.” Mr. Kolhoff to intercede with the Society in favour of his wife and six infant children. still to report, that llaey have not been able
It is with regret that the Society have The small property lett to his fainiiy was
to obtain airy suitable supply of new misinsufficient to provide the necessaries of life. sionaries. Hopes, nevertheless, are still en
The business of the mission continued 10 tertained, and efforts used, for the accombe carried on as usual. Sattianaden bad plishment of this design, in bebalf of their been visiting the congregations in the pro Indian missions *." vince of Palamnaita, where he had been of
Letters from Mr. Pæzold- at Madras state, mich service. His healılı, however, being that in the Malabar congregation at Vepery on the decline, new assigiance load becowe absolutely necessary; and Mr. Kolhoff, there
every thing was perfectly quiet. The Eu
ropean invalids at Trippatore having applifure, begged the Society to permit the ordi
ed to him for an English sckoolmaster to ionation of some of their native teachers, and
struct their children, he had sent one, toge. to grant them salaries.
ther with a suitable supply of books. He had The Society, having taken Mr. Kolhoff's
also sent a Malabar schoolmaster to the same suggestions into consideration, have agreed place, for the instruction of a considerable to grant Mrs. Horst and her family the fun sumber of native females, reported 10 bin dred pounds which they were about to send
as married to Christian soldiers. Some of to ber husband, “ trusting that God will be them had wished to erbrace the Christian pleased to furnish them with additional aid religion. fronı other quarters;" and also, that one or
The Danish missionaries, in a letter dates two of the native catechists should be ordained according to the rites of the Luthe * How is it that this Society should, for san church, when salaries should be given to
so many years, have boen unable to procure then also, as has heretofore been done.
a single missionary; while every Mr. Pohle, in a letter, dated at Trichino- missionary society in the kingdom has been poly, March 3, 1810, mentions, that in the able to procure as many as they can supa pseceding year there had been in jhat place poçt?
IIUNTINGDONSHIRE AUXILIARY BIBLE
at Tranquebar, March 27th, 1810, state, subscriptions for procuring books at the that Mr. John had lost his sight, but by the reduced prices of the Society. grace of God was still able to preach al Encouraged by the exertions, thus made ternately in the Portuguese and Malabar by the diocesan and district committees, to churches. The monthly allowance from Go promote the designs of the Society, the Board vernteent, of two hundred pagodas, liad been in London has established a Committee of found insufficient to support these charity Correspondence, which is to sit during the schools, deprived, as they still were, of re
Since the adoption of this mittances froin Denmark and Germany. new plan, that is, from July 1810, 10 Nov. They had therefore diminished the number 12, 1811, the Society has received an acof children in the Malabar schools, but re cession of not fewer than 1300 members; tained the usual number in the Portuguese and a hope is expressed, that a plan so well schools. They had, however, increased the calculated to furiker the designs of the Sochildren in the school at Velipattam, and be- ciety, may experience a much more consigun a new one at Porrear. Their we!l-in- derable extension. It is certainly very gra. formed and faithful senior catechist, Savary- tifying to witness the revival of zeal which ragen, as acting country priest, had been has taken place in ihis Society. sent to visit the courtry congregations, and In the course of the year, the Society has had given them much satisfaction by his distributed 10,224 Bibles, 16,242 New Tesreports. They had been much gratified by taments and Psalters, 20,555 Common a visit from Mr. Kolhoff ; and they had Prayers, 20,908 other bound books, and thereby liad the opportunity of an interest- 145,123 small tracts. ing conference with him, on the various and important affairs of their respective missions, and on the means of preserving unity among themselves.
On the 31st of December, at the townWe have omitted, for the present, all no hall at Huntingdon, in a numerous and retice of what is inserted in this Report on spectable assombly, the president, his Grace the subject of the Syrian Christians. The the Duke of Manchester, being unavaidably reasons for this omission may appear here- absent, Lurd Viscount Hinchinbrook was after,
called to the chair, and opened the business The plan which we announced, in our by declaring his firm conviction of the magvolume for last year, p. 58, to have been nitude and importance of the object for adopted by this Society, of forming diocesan which they were asserubled. and district committees, has been attended Thc meeting was enlivened not only by with considerable success; thirteen diocesan the eloquence of the three Secretaries of the and thirteen district committees having been parent institution, but by the animated adformed; which, it is stated, have proceeded to dresses of Lord Carysfort, S. Koight, Ese pursue the methods reconwended by the and J. Hammoud, Esq.; of the Reverends. parent board, for extending the usefulness Pope, Bourdillon, Longmire, and Martyn, andincreasing the influence of the Society, and of the established church ; of the Reverends. for promoting the co-operation of the clergy Arrow, Morell, and Crisp, dissenting miniand other friends of the church throughout sters ; of the Rev. F. Calder, of the methe kingdom. It has been resolved by then-- thodist connection; and of Mr. Wm. Brown, to apply to the neighbouring clergy who are of the society of Friends. More than 7001: not members of the Society, and also to the has been already received. opulent lails of the Established Church, requesting them to become members;-10 re. quest the officiating clergy to make annual In our number for November, p. 751, we collections for the Society;--to request the noticed the orders which had been given by clergy and others to inquire into the state of the Commander in Chief for the iustitation, instruction of the poor in the prisons, hos- universally throughout the army, of Regia pitals, work houses, and almshouses in their mental Schools for the instruction of the respective parishes, and how far there exists children of the soldiery, to be conducted on in them, or among the labouring poor gene- Dr. Bell's plan, as exemplified at the Milirally, any want of Bibles, Testaments, and
tary Asylum at Chelsea. On the 1st instant, prayer-books, and where any such want is the following additional General Orders on found, to supply it gratuitously ;-and with a this subject weie issued from the Horseview to defray the expense of supplying Guards : Eucb wants, to promote parochial and other " With a most earnest desire to give the
fullest effect to the benevolent intentions of ing the success of these institutions, by freGovernment in favour of the soldiers' chil- quently visiting the regimental schools of dren, to which his Royal Highness the their divisions and garrisons; by diligently Prince Regent bas, in the rame and behalf scrutinising the conduct of the serjeart of his Majesty, given the royal sanction, schoolmasters; examining the progress and the Commander in Chief calls on all general general behaviour of the children; and reoficers, colonels of regiments, and command- porting the result of their observations to ing officers of corps, to take under their the commanding officer of the regiment. special superintendance the regimental " It must ever be remembered, tbat the schools belonging to their respective com
main purposes, for which the regimental mands; and his Royal Highness is per- schools are established, are, to give to the suaded, that, bearing in mind the important soldiers the comfort of being assured, that benefits which these iustitutions, under pro- the education and welfare of their children per guidance and management, are calculated
are objects of their sovereign's paternal to produce to the individuals themselves, to solicitude and attention; and to raise from the army, and to the nation in general, they their offspring a succession of loyal subjects, will consider them as deserving their con. brave soldiers, and good Christians." stant personal care and attention.
These General Orders are followed by in"]t will rest with the children themselves, structions with respect to the details of Dr. when arrived at a proper age, to adopt the Bell's system, which we may take another line of life to which they give the preference; opportunity of inserting. The whole closes but it is extremely essential that their minds with the following injunction : “ The attenshould be impressed with early habits of tion of every person directing and superiuorder, regularity, and discipline, derived tending the school is particularly called to from a well-grounded respect and venera watch over the moral and religious conduct tion for the established religion of the coun of the children ; and to implant in them, as try. With this view, the Commander in well by daily practice as by perfect instrucChief directs, that the regimental schools
tion in the books recommended for that shall be conducted on military principles; purpose, such habits as may best conduce and that, as far as circumstances will permit,
to guard them against the vices to which their establishment shall be assimilated to
their condition is peculiarly liable : in partithat of a regiment, and formed on a system cular, the most rigid observance should be invented by the Rev. Dr. Bell, which has enforced of the grand virtue of truth, both been adopted with the most complete suc- for its own sake, and as supplying one of cess at the Royal Military Asylum.
the readiest means of correcting vice of "His Ruyal Highness has directed, that every kind. On this ground, a lie should extracts shall be made from Dr. Bell's In
never be excused; and a fault, aggravated structions for conducting a School, through by a lie, should always be punished with the Agencyof the Scholars themselves,' which, exemplary severity. Those portions of their having received Dr. Bell's approbation, are religious books should be strongly riveted subjoined, as the best directions his Royal in their minds, which warn against lying, Highness can give for the conduct of the swearing, theft, idleness, provoking conduct, regimental schools of the British army. and the use of improper expressions oue to
" It is necessary to observe, that although, wards another; and which are fitted to imin the instructions, boys only are mentioned, press on them, from their earliest years, the yet tbe female children of the soldiery are principles of our holy religion, as establishalso intended to partake of the benefits of ed in this kingdom, being the surest means tbis system of education, wherever the ac
of promoting iheir success in their various commodations, and other circumstances, pursuits in this world, and of insuring their will permit.
everlasting happiness.” * " The Commander in Chief considers it peculiarly incombent on the chaplains, and
• Viz-Ostervald's Abridgments of the other clergymen engaged in the clerical Bible, 'The chief Truths of Religion, The duties of the army, to give their aid and Catechism, Prayer-Book, and Bible. assistance the military officers in promot
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
Our review of Public Affairs for the present forced the Spanish lines before Valentia, mronth must be much more brief than we dispersing the army of Blake, who, with kad intended. We liad hoped, by throw- part of it, has taken refuge in that city. No ing a quantity of matter into the Appendix, account has yet been received of its fall.-
bave brought up our arrears, particularly The Guerillas are still active, and, in many under the head of Religious Intelligence; a instances, signally successful. department of our work which we know to be particularly interesting to our readers in
RUSSIA, &c. general; and thus to have obtained space for It has been confidently stated, that peace a more extended consideration of general po- has taken place between Russia and the litics. But the events in the religious world Porte; but no official intelligence has been are so important, and follow each other in received of that event. The Government of such rapid succession, that we have been Sweden seems disposed to maintain friendly obliged to give to them the room we had ala relations with us, if possible. Lotted for Public Affairs.
The proceedings of Congress, relative to On the Spanish Peninsula, there have the differences between Great Britain and been some very important occurrences. The the United States, are marked by conarmy of Lord Wellington has made a for- siderable violence. War is loudly talked ward movement; and, on the 9th instant, ic of, in case we do not iinmediately repeal our invested Ciudad Rodrigo, after having car obnoxious Orders. Our Government says, ried, in a most gallant style, a strong redoubt “ Shew us the proof that Bonaparte has rewhich had been thrown up for the defence pealed his decrees: shew os even the official of the place. It is expected that Ciudad act of repeal : you may then, but not till Rodrigo will fall before any force can arrive then, call upon us to repeal ours.” This, to its succour. General Hill, with his co- however, does not satisfy America ; and, if lumn, has driven the French every where we may judge from the tone of their probefore him, and entirely cleared the country ceedings, war is now scarcely to be avoided. in the neighbourhood of Merida.--A force of 10,000 men having laid regular siege to
JAVA. Tariffa, garrisoned only by about 1000 Bri Intelligence has been received of the tish and 800 Spanish troops, under Colonel complete conquest of the island of Java, Skerrett, a practicable breach was soon ef- after a succession of very brilliant and alfected, the place being defended only by most chivalrous exploits on the part both of an old wall. The enemy twice advanced to our army and navy. General Jansens at the assault, but were repulsed on both ocea- length capitulated, witlf the residue of his sions with considerable loss; and on the force, and obtained terms for that part of night succeeding the last assault, they silently the island which was not already in our posdecamped, leaving their cannon, and a great session. These terms are so little disadpart of their stores, behind them. Our loss, vantageous to us, that we presume they will has been small. To counterbalance these be extended to the whole of the island. brilliant exploits, it appears that Sucher had
GREAT BRITAIN. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS. his illness, and means taken to preserve to PARLIAMENT met on the 7th inst. The him a facility of resuming his royal funcPrince Regent's speech was read by com tions, in the event of recovery. The speech anissioners. It begins with lamenting the then adverts to the effectual defence of Porcontinuance of his Majesty's indisposition, tugal, and the brilliant enterprise of General and the disappointment of the hopes that Hill in Estremadura ; and extols the valour of had been cherished of his recovery; and the Briuish and allied forces, and the conTecommends that a suitable and ample pro summate judgment and skill displayed by yision should be made for the King during Lord Wellington in the conduct of the cam