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Arrival of the Missionary Party at Calcutta.


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in my back has returned with fear-, come in from all the brethren and ful force. It commenced directly sisters in Orissa. We do anxiously we got into the hot latitudes, was long to be among them but fear we better again when we got into cold shall not be able to leave Calcutta weather, and now again ever since before, at the earliest, the latter we got into the tropics it has been end of next week. Our bazaar most distressing. It makes me feel work here will be almost endless exceedingly low. I must have further and equally tedious, or we shall advice about it when I get to have to pay at least double price for Calcutta.

everything we purchase. There is Often, very often, have our minds nothing to be got at Cuttack, so that reverted to loved scenes and dear supplies, furniture, &c., must be friends at home. Never shall we taken from here. forget their kindness to us, and I As an illustration of the honesty am sure they will not forget us nor of the people, I should mention that our work in their sympathies and I brought on shore with me prayers. We seem to need them beautiful cash-box that I bought at now more than ever, and they will Birmingham. I placed it on the pardon us if we commend to their dressing table in our bed-room, and special prayers, our dear boys, the at night it was gone. The next eldest of whom, William Carey, is morning it was found broken to at Regent's Park College ; and the pieces near one of the outhouses. two younger, Thomas Kirkman, and They could not pick the lock as it Alfred Yates, are under the kind was a patent Chubb's. Fortunately care of our dear old friends, Mr. I had taken out my purse, so that it and Mrs. F. Ewen, of Birmingham. contained nothing but a few papers

And now dear brother, farewell. which were left. Present our kindest christian love You will have heard of the de. to Mrs. Pike and family, to Mr. cision of the Taylor's to return to and Mrs. J. J. Goadby, and to all England. Sister Buckley is better, the loved friends who think them the other friends all well. Excuse worth accepting. In the love of more now.

Will write to you again Jesus,

(D.V.) from Cuttack. We are all Ever yours affectionately, well, and as busy as any mortal

I. STUBBINS. could desire to be

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P.S. I should have mentioned

A few additional particulars are what an endeared friend we found especially in Mr. Wenger, and that given in the following extracts from in all the Particular Baptist Mis- a letter by Mr. W. Brooks. sionaries on board we found affec

On board the Shannon," tionate brethren and sisters. The

Nov. 15th, 1862. Lord be with them all in their

North Lat. 7.1-East Long. 89.39. various stations.

3rd December, Calcutta, 30, Lower It is high time I commenced to Circular Road. Here we are safely write to you, though I must confess and comfortably located with our that it requires some resolution to dear old friends, the Beeby's. Mr. bring ores mind to put pen to paper Beeby kindly met us at the ship on again. The captain hoped to have our coming to anchor about noon on fallen in with some homeward bound Monday the 1st inst. They have English vessels by which we could put themselves to immense incon- have sent letters, or by which we venience for our accommodation. I could have been reported, but this feel that a great debt of gratitude opportunity has not been afforded us. is due to them both from ourselves The voyage has on the whole been a and the Society. Very affectionate very pleasant though not a quick and congratulatory letters have one.

But for the influence of a very


few on board, who have no love for December 6th. Calcutta. We all us as Missionaries, or for religion, landed here in safety, and all in we should have formed a happy, good health, on Monday last, the 1st. united party. Not being allowed to We were obliged to get our luggage rule, and have everything their own away from the ship yesterday, to way, they have vented their spleen prevent its going to the custom on the captain, and have done all house. Our intention was to have they possibly could to annoy and sent all off to Cuttack direct from irritate both him and others. The the ship, but we could not get good ship “Shannon” has behaved ready. Formerly we had nothing well, and has proved her qualities to pay for duty, but they are very as a fast sailer by passing every particular now, and we should have ship we have seen. We have made had to pay more than we have but upwards of 1,800 miles in a week, but for the help of a friend at the custom have met with light winds and calms house. We are now making our which have stopped our progress. purchases, and shall leave for Very little water was brought on Cuttack as soon as we possibly can. board, but a machine has supplied Everything is fearfully dear in

wants by transforming salt Calcutta ; but purchase we must; water into fresh, and very good in- for in consequence of the influx of deed has it been. In fact we have Europeans in connection with the lacked nothing.

• Irrigation Company," at Cuttack, For the first month or more after scarcely anything is to be had. We coming on board I did not feel at all have letters from all our dear friends well, and began to fear that some- in Orissa welcoming us back. thing seriously was amiss. But I am thankful to say I have for some time past enjoyed my usual health.

Before leaving the “Shannon,”

the Missionaries addressed a letter Mrs. Brooks met with rather a serious accident on the evening of

to Captain Toller, of Messrs F.

Green and September 27th. When closing the

Co.'s, London, the cabin door, she was thrown by a

owners of the ship, referring in the lurch of the ship with very great

most gratifying terms to the kindforce to the opposite side, and one

ness and attention they had received of the lower ribs was fractured. As during the voyage. By the kind the ship was pitching fearfully, the permission of that gentleman we suffering was intense; but the are enabled to give a copy of the

letter. steward kindly lent us a swing cot, which was a great comfort. The doctor was both skilful and kind; and friends were very kind in offer.

From the Mission party on board ing to give or to do anything they

the Shannon." could for my dear wife's comfort. Dear Sir,-As by the good ProShe was confined to the cabin for vidence of God, we are now drawing nearly a month, and suffered greatly near the end of our voyage, we feel from colds and the severe weather. that we cannot leave this noble ship Our dear children have enjoyed very without expressing in strongest good health. Indeed this may be terms our gratitude for the uniform said of most on board, passengers, kindness and attention that we have officers, and crew.

received from her excellent captain. We are hoping to get letters off Before we left England, you kindly Kedgeree; and after being shut out expressed your hope that we should from the world, as it were, for so be comfortable on board.

We now long, who can tell what tidings they beg to assure you that everything may communicate ? What has been that could be done by a captain and going on in the world during all a gentleman, to make us so, has this time?

been done by Captain Daniell.


Letter from the Rev. W. Bailey.


Mrs. Daniell too has by her affable | Lancashire Distress, and partly beand unassuming spirit secured our cause it seemed undesirable to highest respect, and has materially divert even in the slightest degree contributed to the comfort and en- the stream of christian liberality joyment of the voyage.

from the general funds of the We shall take our leave of these Society. Collections have, however, friends, for such we must now claim been received from a few churches, the right to call them, with regret, and some others are intending to and shall cherish their memory with make them. lasting esteem.

We have preferred communicating Berhampore, Dec. 3, 1862. this expression of our feelings to you, to the more common mode of | At our last annual Conference I was sending it to a newspaper, partly requested to convey the thanks of because you are the personal friend the brethren to all those churches of several of us, and partly because that have so generously contributed we design it as a special acknow- to the fund for the support of widows ledgment from our large mission and orphans in connection with the party.

Orissa Mission.
We beg to remain,

As I was prevented by repeated
Dear Sir,

attacks of fever from attending Very truly yours, to this duty at the close of our I. Stubbins.

cold season labours, I resolved to E. Stubbins.

defer writing for a few months that H. N. Stubbins.

the communication might appear in Eliza Hough.

the Observer about the time when L. F. Kälberer.

the collections are made. M. J. Kälberer.

Dear brethren and sisters, we do M. J. Kälberer.

most sincerely and heartily thank J. A. Kälberer.

you for this expression of your kind. A. C. Williams.

ness. Separated as we are from the J. Wenger.

homes of onr childhood and the F. Süpper.

friends of our youth, and living as Jemima Süpper.

we do amid the dark and depressing William Brooks.

influences of heathenism it is to us Eliza B. Brooks.

all a source of the greatest comfort M. E. Brooke.

to know that we live in the warmest E. A. Brooks.

and best affections of our friends at Edmund Edwards.

home. Wm. Etherington.

Every brother (without excepA. L. Sykes.

tion I believe) has borne the ShipShannon,"

strongest testimony to the uniform 29th November, 1862.

kindness that he has received from the various members of our churches.

We have had one and all abundant FUND FOR THE WIDOWS AND proof of the thorough warm-hearted

ness of our own people. The agents ORPHANS OF MISSIONARIES. of some of the larger societies may

perhaps bave more advantages LETTER FROM THE REV. W. BAILEY. than we have; but it has been

often said in Orissa that The letter that follows will explain Missionaries are treated with greater itself. No circular on the subject candour and consideration than those of Sacramental Collections has been of our own Society. We know that sent out for the present year, partly you love us for our work's sake, and because of the efforts making in all rest assured that we cherish tho our churches for the reliei of the fondest affection towards you for

no own

your love to us and to the great were they sent? They were sent cause to which we have given our under the auspices of our lives.

Society it is true, but with two The provision you have resolved exceptions the Ladies' Society paid to make for widows and orphans is for their outfit and passage ; yea, not only in accordance with the more, they did something consider. custom of other Missionary bodies, able towards their support, and the but in our judgment is in strict support of the schools over which accordance with the teachings of they presided. And our Society bas Scripture. And there is, we think, been relieved from all pecuniary a special pleasure in doing anything responsibility in connection with the to help the orphan or relieve the cares two female teachers now in the field. and sorrows of widowhood. God is the Were it needful we could give God of the widow and the friend of many other instances of help and the fatherless, so that in giving to sympathy we have received from such a fund we are acting in the those that are in no way identified spirit of our Father in heaven. with us as a religious denomination.

It is now more than forty years My object in referring to these since the first Missionaries arrived things is to cheer and encourage our in the province, and it is certainly a friends at this important crisis in remarkable fact, that with one ex. the history of our Mission. ception, no demand has been made We were all grieved indeed to hear on the funds of the Society, either that the funds are in such a de. for widows or orphans. What, bow. pressed state. Let us have faith in ever, the future may reveal it is God and He will appear for us. impossible to say. Our earnest God will help us in this the bour of prayer is that the Lord may pre- adversity. He who is faithful to a serve useful lives.

thousand generations, will not for. If we study the history of our sake His cause and His people in Mission we shall find much to con- Orissa. vince us that from the beginning of the work even until now, the favour of God has been upon it. God in His great mercy has given

BAPTISM AT CUTTACK. us favour too in the eyes of other Societies both in England and LORD'S-day, November 2nd, was an America. Our friends have again interesting day with us at Cuttack. and again seen that we have put in the morning after a sermon by into circulation amongst the heathen Mr. Buckley, I had the pleasure of 50,000 tracts in a single year; from baptizing ten candidates. The whence do they think that the funds baptism should have taken place in have been obtained for so important the chapel, but as we were on our a work ? From our worthy Treasurer way thither we met the hearers in a at Derby? Not so. But from the state of excitement coming to inform Religious Tract Societies in England us that something had happened to and America.

the baptistry, and that the water To translate and print the various was all running out. Had such a editions of Oriya Scriptures, and thing occurred in many chapels the separate portions thereof, for dis baptism must have been postponed, tribution amongst the heathen, no but fortunately we have a tank with small amount has been expended, “much water there” in the chapel From whence did this come? From compound, so all we had to do was the British and American Foreign to adjourn from the chapel to the Bible Societies and the Bible Trans- | tank and there administer the sacred lation Society.

ordinance. Of our native christians Several devoted female teachers there was an unusually large attend. have been sent to Orissa. By whom ance, and as they stood alongside Meaner for God than the Devil.



the tank clad in their white robes,

OUR ONE LIFE. the sight was particularly interesting. Not & few of the heathen 'Tis not for man to trifle !

Life is brief,

And sin is here. stood on the road to witness the

Our age is but the falling of a leaf, administration of the ordinance.

A dropping tear. Duringits administration the greatest we have no time to sport away the hours, order and stillness prevailed, Six All must be earnest in a world like ours. of the candidates were from the Not many lives, but only one have we, Girls' Asylum, and one from the

One, only one; Boys'. The latter is the son of the How sacred should that one life ever be,

That narrow span! respected deacon of the church at

Day after day filled up with blessed toil, Piplee, and is a quick promising Hour after hour still bringing in new spoil. youth. Among the girls was one

Our being is no shadow of thin air. whose parents perished on the

No vacant dream, Juggernath pilgrimage, and she, No fable of the things that never were, when quite a child was rescued and

But only seem. placed in the asylum, about thirteen Tis full of meaning as of mystery, [be. years ago. When conversing with Though strange and solemn may that meaning her on the state of her mind, I took Our sorrows are no phantom of the night,

No idle tale ; the opportunity of reminding her of God's goodness to her in saving her No cloud that floats along a sky of light,

On summer gale. from a premature death and affording They are the true realities of earth, her saving knowledge which her Friends and companions even from our birth. parents never possessed. By such O life below! how brief and poor and sad ! à reference tender cord was

One heavy sigh. touched, and tears rolled down her life above ! how long, how fair, and glad!

An endless joy. cheeks. She, we hope, has become

Oh, to be done with daily dying here; &“ pilgrim for Zion's city bound," thus differing from her parents who Oh, to begin the living in yon sphere ! were pilgrims to wicked and hateful day of time, how dark ! O sky and earth, Pooree. In the afternoon we had day of Christ, how bright! O sky and earth,

How dull your hue! a precious season around the table

Made fair and new! of the Lord, when the newly baptized Come, better Eden, with thy fresher green; were received into the fellowship of Come, brighter Salem, gladden all the scene!

Dr. BONAR. the church; and in the evening we meditated on Luke xv., 10., when reference was made to the joy which MEANER FOR GOD THAN THE angels would experience in witness. ing the transactions of the day.

DEVIL. * This is something like the day of Pentecost, observed one of the A gentleman of wealth, who had native brethren, and ardently do we been much addicted to frolic and desire to see such days occurring sports, was converted, and became more frequently. Oh for an out- a member of one of our congregapouring of the Holy Ghost similar tions. This congregation had adopted to that enjoyed in apostolic days. the ad valorem principle as a means The longer we live in India, and the of defraying its expenses. In a few more we see of the depravity of the months after this gentleman's conhuman heart, the more do we feel version the deacons waited on him that it will not be by human might, in order to make their assessments; but by the Spirit of the Lord, that and knowing that he was rich, and India will be converted to Christ. that his proportion of the expenses Among others a good work seems would amount to a pretty handsome to be going on, as we have ten more sum, they feared that he would not candidates.

be willing to bear it, and their W. HILL. demand might give him serious

offence, and prove an injury to him.


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