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has established a shop on the same this purpose ; and will soon be principle. The same plan is in agi- printed in Hindostanee, (Nustaleeg lation at Liverpool and Bristol. character); in Hindooe, (Nagree);
The whole number of books and and in Bengalee, according to extracts issued during the year isting translations. A communicaamounts to 1,222,382. A propor- tion had been received from the tion of these has been granted for Bishop, in which he expresses an special purposes;-among others, to earnest wish that the schools in the African Colonial Tract Sociely; Bengal may be placed under the to the Rev. Mr. Hill, for the use of care of missionaries, as far better schools in New South Wales ; to qualified for the task of instruction Captain Owen, commander of an than ordinary schoolmasters. expedition of discovery to the west- In the early part of the year a ern coast of Africa, for his ship's highly interesting Report was recompany; to Bishop Skinner, for ceived from the District Committee the troops at Aberdeen ; to the Or- at Madras. It comprises a very dinary of Newgate, for the prison- clear abstract of the proceedings ers in Newgate; and to many other of the Society in the Carnatic, froin individuals, for the use of schools, the year 1710 to the present day. gaols, hospitals, and alms-houses It details, among other particulars, in various parts of the empire. the measures which have been
The Board next proceed to give adopted for restoring the missiona brief sketch of the Society's fo. ary establishment at Vipery to an reign operations.
efficient state. This establishBy the powerful and zealous aid ment has existed since the year of the late Bishop of Calcutta, the 1710. It has been discovered that labours of the Society in India the Mission is possessed of consiwithin the last year have been more derable property under the will of extensive, and it is humbly hoped Mr. Gerické, now yielding an anmore effectual, than at any former nual income of 3822 rupees ; beperiod. The exertions of the Dis- sides an additional sum of money, trict Committees have also been and some houses, in reversion. The materially increased.
church, the mission-house, and In the year 1821, the number of burying-ground, with a garden books received at Calcutta was adjacent, and the houses occupied 10,822; of which 5,885 had been by the schoolmasters, were also sold, or gratuitously distributed. reported as the property of the Lending libraries have been parti- mission; together with a library of ally established in this presidency, 900 volumes, machinery and maaud, it is stated, have given great terials for printing and book-bindsatisfaction to those wbo take an ing, church furniture, communion interest in the moral and religious plate, and other effects. An Engimprovement of the country. The lish and a Tamil school were also report of the schools in Bengal is attached to the mission; the former highly encouraging. The children containing sixteen scholars, the latmake much greater proficiency than ter thirty-three. On the strength formerly, and the value of instruc- of this discovery, the District Com. tion is now more duly estimated. mittee proceeded without delay to The Calcutta Committee have re- place ihe. whole institution in a solved to appropriate a part of their state of permanent efficiency. The funds to printing religious tracts in buildings have been enlarged; the the native languages, for the use of schools increased; and the printingschools. The Discourses, the Mi- press at Vipery, which for above a racles, and the Parables, of our Sa- century had contributed to the proviour, as extracted from the New pagation of religion in the East, Testament, have been chosen for but had almost fallen into decay, CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.
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complete y re-established. The to Colombo, for the immediate use congregation and schools, which of the Committee. This, it is were lately in a very distressed hoped, will prove a most effectual condition, have now increased means of promoting religious knowthree or four fold.
ledge in Ceylon; and when the A new church being much want- urgent demands of that island shall ed at Vipery, the Society have re- have been in some degree supplied, solved that a sum not exceeding the press will be transferred to the 20001, should be appropriated for Bishop's College at Calcutta. that purpose. It is hoped, how- The priuting of the Cingalese ever, that an object of such im- Prayer-book is at length finished. portance as the erection of a mis- One thousand copies have been sion church at the principal station printed, and there is little doubt in Southern India, will excite a ihat the whole impression is by this strong interest among the friends time distributed. of Christianity, and will ultimately Turning to the Western world, the be accomplished without any seri- Quebec Committee report that their ous encroachment on the Society's sale of books had greatly increased, funds.
Much attention has been paid, both In other parts of this presidency at Quebec and Montreal, 10 the estathe affairs of the Society are no blishment and regulation of schools less prosperous.
on the national system. Iu May From The letters which have been 1821, the number of children in received from Bombay during the the central school at Quebec was year, it appears that the friends of 268; and during the winter moulds ihe Church continue to prosecute an additional school was opened in their labours with unabated zeal. a barrack-room for the reception of The tracts stated last year to have such children of the emigranıs (by been translated into Guzerattee, whom the barracks are occupied) are now printed also in the Mah- as were unable to altend the cenratla tongue; and the District tral school. The number of these Committee are resolved to proceed children at one time amounted to in the work of translation to the about fifty, and ibey were supplied utmost of their power. Lending with books gratuitously from the libraries have been established in Society's depository. At Montreal, the oul-stations of this presidency, the number of children altending under the management of the chap- the school amounts to sisty-seven, lains.
with every prospect of increase. It was stated in the last Report In Barbadoes a national school, that a great impulse had been given containing 120 children, is estato the operations of ihe Society in blished at Bridge Town. Seals are Ceylon, by the visitation of the provided for the children at church, late Bishop. His lordship spent aud constant attendance on public a month ai Colombo, in the Spring worsbip is observed. of the year 1821, and devoted bis District Committees have been es. whole aliention to the spiritual af- tablished at Gibraltar and in the fairs of that important station. He island of Jamaica. called a special meeting of the Dis- Such are the most important trict Committee, and presented them transactions of the Society during with 3001. from the King's grant, the last year. “The reports," it for the special purpose of trans- is remarked, " which have been Jating and privling the Society's received froin all parts of the kingtracis in the native languages of dom prove, that the labours of the Ceylon. At his suggestion a print- Sociely are in a state of gradual ing-press, with an ainple supply of extension, and are producing, unpaper and ink, have been sent out der the blessing of Providence, •
beneficial influence on faith and dividuals and associations, to lift morals. Animated by this per- up, to point, and to fix the eye suasion, the Board still venture to upon Him who is our great Model anticipate greater encouragement. and Patiern; who knew no sin,' They trust that those friends of who did all things well,' and in the Society, by whose judicious whom bis Father was always well zeal so much has already been ef- pleased.'' Measuring ourselves by fected, will still endeavour to ex- ourselves, and comparing ourselves cite among all classes of the com- amongst ourselves, we shall not be munity a more lively interest in its wise.' Human rules and human affairs. A wide field is open for examples must have their errors the exertion of all who are zeal. and defects: they will deviate from ously attached to the Church of the course ; they will fall short of England, and are anxious to com- the mark. municate to those around them the “But referring to the only perblessings of religious knowledge. fect standard, we cannot fail to Their time and faculties can never judge aright. And the contemplabe more nobly employed than in tion of this object will not only furthering the gracious design of rectify but elevale and spiritualize Providence, that all men should the sentiments and feelings. The be saved, and ould come to the image of the Saviour will cast a knowledge of the truth.''
light upon the whole scene of To the Report is prefixed a per. Christian duties, and infuse a spirit suasive and affectionate sermon, into their performance, which will preached before the Society at make each act of charity a true St. Paul's, by the lord Bishop of labour of love,' a tribute of gratiGloucester. We extract a part of tude, an acceptable sacrifice; and bis lordship’s introduction as il- give to it a claim, through free unlustrative of the motives and spirit merited mercy, to the recompence which should characterize all our of reward.' efforts to promote Christian kuow- “It is to a comparative blindledge.
ness or inadvertence to this blessed « The Divine Teacber of our Object that we must ascribe any religion invites us to come and obliquities of motive, any decline learn of him, and declares, through of exertion, and any failure of suchis inspired servant St. Peter, that cess. It is upon the direction of • He has left us an example, that a steadier and livelier regard to Him, we should follow his steps.' His who was 'lifted up to draw all most distinguished Apostle and men unto him,'that we must ground closest imitator exhorts us to look all our hopes of effectually prounto Jesus, the author and finisher moting Christian knowledge, and of our faith,' and ' to be followers bastening that time,
· when they of himself, even' as he also was of shall no more teach every man his Christ.'
neighbour, and every man his “ It well, therefore, becomes us, brother, saying, Know the Lord; whether we refer to the past or to for they shall all know Him, from the future conduct of Christian in the least unto the greatest.'"
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. In briefly recording the proceed- ed at Chichester, Sunderland, North ings of the Society during its twen- Shields, Retford, Harrow, Edmonty-second year, we feel much plea- ton, Taunton, High Wycombe, sure in reporting an increase in its Llanfyllin, Bromley, and Darlingfunds and an extension ofits labours. ton; besides some Ladies' Asso. New Associations have been form. ciations, and a Ladies' Society for
the especial purpose of supplying cipated Slaves have been recently suitable articles of clothing to the associated with their countrymen Female Negroes in the West-Afri- at Regent's Town, Gloucester, &c. can and West-Indian Missions of and are partaking with them in all the Society. There are also about the blessings of Christian instruc. a hundred friends, who have added tion. In addition to the affecting during the year by individual col- particulars recorded in our Number lections nearly 9001. to the funds,- for December on this subject, we and the total of whose collections, quote the following passage. from the commencement of their “ A similar scene took place on exertions, has been nearly 35001. the arrival, at Gloucester, of anoThe receipts of the twenty-second ther company of newly liberated year are nearly 33,0001., being an Slaves. When I got them all out increase of 20001. on the last. The of Freetown, on their way to Glousum expended has about equalled cester, 1 reviewed them; and soon the income. Various additions found that I had not brougbt men have also been made, during the enough with me, to help these poor year, to the number of missionaries afflicted people up the hill. Hapand students.
pily, a man, while they were passMissions. - To the eight mis- ing, after liberation, through the sions of the Society which had been Court of the Mixed Commission, for some time formed, a ninth is had run up to Gloucester to fetch now added, among the Indians of more people to carry the sick home. North-West America. On these Ignorant of what the man had done, missions we shall briefly touch, in I went on slowly with them, almost the order in which they stand in the despairing of getting
them up: Report, beginning with Africa, and but I had not gone far from the passing by the Mediterranean, In- foot of the hill, before I was met dia, Ceylon, and Australasia, to by great numbers, who, as they America.
came up, took upon their backs West-Africa Mission.--The ex- those who were unable to walk ; tension of the government of Sierra and when I was half way up, I saw Leone has opened a wide field for almost the whole of them carried the Society's exertions ; besides by those whom we had met on the which, every year adds to the im- road. It struck me very much, portance of the colony of Sierra particularly when I compared ibis Leone, and to the prospect of its affecting scene with some which I becoming an efficient means of in- had formerly beheld. The Negroes tercourse with the interior of the then in the colony would somecontinent.
times slip out to see if any of their In compliance with the pressing respective countrymen were among demands in this quarter, tlie Com- the newly-arrived: if not, the mittee have been preparing a con- would take little or no notice of siderable number of missionaries; the unhappy sufferers : but now, keeping, however, in view that in all they sympathize with their disparis of the heathen world, and es- tressed fellow-creatures, io a manpecially in the more ungenial 'cli- ner the most striking. When we mates, the increase of native labour- reached home, I ordered victuals ers is an object of main importance. to be prepared for the new people; Some additional native teachers bave but, before this could be done, food been added to those alreadyemploy- came in from every quarler. The ed by the Society in Sierra Leone. women, and part of our school
Very considerable accessions girls, who had cooked. it, did not have been made to the liberated stop to ask, Who is of my couoNegroes under the Society's care. try?'— but the men and women Several hundreds of these eman- who were nearest to them were refreshed. The people were quite
In reference to the growing reeager to receive them, and make gard of the colonists to the mission, them comfortable in their houses. Mr. Johnson writesAmong the rest was a woman, one “ The gentlemen in Freetown of the communicants, who took are now so fully convinced of the one of the newly-arrived women success produced by the preachunder her care. She was asked by ing of the Gospel, that they pubMrs. During wbat she wanted to licly confess, that, above all other do with the new woman. She said, institutions, ours has proved the • Ma'am, that now almost two years most beneficial to the children of since me come this country. My Africa. They bave inspected the countrywoman take me: she do settlements in the mountains; and me good : she tell me of the Lord have been surprised on witnessing Jesus Christ; and that same they the order, industry, and piety of do to me that time, me want to do our people; and ackoowledge ihat same to this woman.'
the Gospel is the only, efficient How severe is the reproach which means of civilizing the beathen. this sympathy of converted Afri- Several have desired me to call on cans casts on their oppressors, who them for their contributions to the are an opprobrium to the Chris. Society. At the head of these is tian name! For such is the dread- bis Excellency the Governor.” ful effect of familiarity with the Another gentlemen, Captain TanSlave Trade in brutalizing the mind, ney, writes:"I visited the colony in that numbers of these people were the year 1817. My stay among the so injured by the treatment which recaptured Negroes in the moun ibey met with on board the slave- tains then was very short, but sufvessels, that no care or tender. ficient to ascertain that they were ness could recover them: they involved in heathen darkness and sank into the grave in the midst of barbarity. Having again visited their countrymen, rescued too late them in December 1821, I am able, from the hands of the barbarians in some measure, to estimate the who must one day answer for their great change since the former peblood. Mr. Johnson writes- riod, both in a moral and religious
" I regret to say, that we have point of view, through the exertions lost many of our people. The of your missionaries, and the blesspoor creatures were so much re- ing of Almighty God upon their duced, from being packed close on labours, without which all would board the vessel, that we have lost have been ineffectual. It has been nearly 50 out of 238; and I believe asserted by those interested in that this mortality has been exceeded inhuman traffic, the Slave Trade, in other places.''
that the Africans were born to There are some features of this slavery; that their intellects being cruelty, which are traced with weak, they are unable to comprehorror by the Missionaries.
hend the sublime truths of the “ Among the number of victims Christian dispensation ; and that, received by us at Regent's Town, consequently, an attempt to civilize were two women, who, becoming them would be vain. If such conpregnant by two White men, slave- clusions can be drawn from their dealers, were sold by these men present condition, it is because the
soon as they discovered the necessary means have been withsituation of the women, These held froin them : their capacities women suffered so much on board have never been cultivated; the the slave vessel, that they were sublime truths of Christianity have both delivered, soon after their ar- never been preached to them: facts rival, of still-born Mulatto children, now prove, that, when they have enand both the women died !" joyed such privileges, they neither