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Missionary Work in India.
237 Why ? Not because the Hindoo thought country are distinguished and dignified; them wrong, but because the Govern- so that to forsake it is to prove a traitor ment made them penal. How can he to one's own country, and to bring pabthink that wrong which his god practises, lic disgrace on one's own nation and which his holy religion sanctions, and people. Hindooism appeals to the dawhich the Brahmins say is good and just ? tional pride of its votaries. Again, the The great difficulty is to persuade the outward pomp and grandeur of Hinpeople that sin is sin, that every moral evil dooism tell in its favour. It is a religion is a curse, that it cannot escape the captivating to the senses. It can boast righteous punishment of God. One of gods by millions; of holy books the thing that tends to foster this moral most venerable; of a divinely-appointed apathy is the strong belief of the Hindoo priesthood; of temples most gorgeous ; in destiny. This sets him free from all of rites and ceremonies most grand and restraint or responsibility. If he sins, imposing; and most of all is it rendered he cannot help it. He says it is not his popular to the people on account of its fault; it was so ordained, and he has no peculiar adaptation to the corrupt concontrol over his destiny. If he lives a dition of human nature. It not only holy and pious life, what will he gain by admits the practice of everything that that? His answer is, “What is to be is evil, but it fans into a flame the worst will be, despite all that I can do." Thus passions of the soul, and makes its be holds up destiny as a shield to protect votary seven times more the child of him against all blows aimed at his im- hell than he was before.
Man is a morality, and all admonitions to a life of religious being; but if he can get hold of virtue and holiness.
a convenient counterfeit, it is not easy HINDOOISM, THE STRONGHOLD or to persuade him to forsake it for the SATAN IN INDIA-Again, my Lord, the truth. The truth is not flattery, it will missionary in India has to contend not take from him anything less than a against an organized system of idolatry, full and complete surrender of himself; the most shrewdly planned and cun- and this man does not like. He likes a ningly devised, to meet and gratify all religion that tallies with bis wishes and the evil passions of man's heart. Hin- desires, a religion that will foster his dooism may, indeed, be regarded as the pride and feed his passions; and such a stronghold of Satan in India. It bas religion is Hindooism. And as if all been strongly and skilfully fortified at this were not sufficient to protect the all points. It has been rendered sacred fortress of Satan, he is bound firmly and venerable by the air of antiquity with the chain of caste. The people of which it assnmes. That the religion of one are superior or inferior as you , Vedas and Sbastres is ancient, is doubt- ascend or descend in the scale; and this less true. According to the ancient distinction between men they believe to authorities, it precedes the Christian era have been made by divine authority, so by a thousand years. But the Brah- that to break the rules of caste is to mins claim for their holy religion an revolt against a divinely instituted law. antiquity which startles Christian chro- According to their account of creation, nology. They go back, not thousands, the Shastres take for granted that the but millions of years, and say that their buman race is confined to the Hindoo time-honoured religion has stood the nation ; for we read of no other buman test of ages; that it has stood the test of beings but those who are in Hindustan. all the revolutions that have taken place Wbo, then, according to orthodox Hinfrom the golden era to the present day. dooism, are the Europeans, or ChrisAnd this balo of antiquity, it assumes, tians ? We are closely allied to Satan, renders it popular with the people. the descendants of evil spirits, the haters Again, the national character of Hin- of the gods, the eaters of men, and candooism makes it attractive to the people. nibals of the worst sort. It is, indeed, thoroughly national in every easily suppose from this, that a Hindoo respect, belonging exclusively to the of the lowest class thinks himself infiHindoos as a nation, and to Hindustan nitely superior to the most high-born as a country, exercising a mighty influ- Englishman. His origin is Divine. ence on their habits aud customs, looked What wonder, then, that people imupon by the people as a great and glo- pressed with such ideas as these should rious badge by which their nation and abominate our country, should hate our
society, and should flee from our instruc- country. There is Rajpootana, with tions ? To become a Christian is to 15,000,000 people, and not one misbreak caste; and to break caste is to sionary; and there is Hyderabad, with become everything that is mean, and 10,000,000, and only one missionary. vile, and execrable in the estimation of Can we reasonably expect the converthe Hindoo. It requires a great deal of sion of a country a large portion of moral courage to withstand the obloquy which has never heard the Gospel ? of society, the hatred of friends, the Can we expect to reap where we have enmity of relatives, and oftentimes the not sown the seed of the Gospel ? In loss of property, to which every high-estimating the amount of work done, I caste Hindoo is subjected when he be- ; would ask you to take into consideration comes a Christian.
What but the the paucity of labourers, the extent of mighty grace of God alone could enable the field, and the huge difficulties to be men to make such a sacrifice for the surmounted. To those who think that sake of the Gospel.
little or nothing has been done, I would THE WORK
ACCOM- say, judge not before the time, nor by PLISHBD.—That God is able at any time outward appearance; and never forget to arrest the progress of idolatry, I that though the husbandman laboars admit—that he may speedily cause a hard and long, he does not labour in grand moral revolution to take place, I vain. It must never be forgotten that think very possible—that he will ulti- hitherto mission work in India has been mately destroy the idols, and cause the chiefly preparatory, and the measure of very Brahmins to proclaim the triumph work done and success achieved in this of Christianity, I very believe. At the respect may well inspire with joy the same time, for any one to suppose that most gloomy heart and the most dethe task is nearly accomplished, is jected mind. Yes, blessed be God, we nothing but a pleasant dream; and how have abundant reason to thank God and can we expect to see India forsake her take courage. William Carey said, “I idols, while Christian people spend their will go down the pit if you in England pounds on luxuries, and give only their will hold the rope." When he got to pence to missionary societies, or while India he found that the pit was blocked there is only one missionary in propor- up, and his first work was to prepare tion to 400,000 of the inhabitants? The the necessary instruments to dig, and it Government finds it necessary to send was years before he got a single jewel. 70,000 British soldiers, besides having a You who are bolding the ropes, wondernative army in order to maintain its ing that you have to hold so long and temporal authority, and how can we why there is comparatively so small a expect to conquer the country for Christ return, must not forget that if many with 500 European missionaries, aided jewels are not found a great part of the by 1000 native brethren ? Not even pit has been opened, and that you have the large cities of India are efficiently only received an earnest of the fruit of occupied, and our agents must, of the mine. May God hasten the great necessity, confine their attention to a ingathering in His own good time! comparatively small portion of the
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. RECEIVED with thanks from Miss Cole, March, for the Mission Library, two old Latin books, and one of the Rev. J. G. Pike's small works; also some other small books, patchwork, pinafore, knitted articles, &c., &c., with two shillings for new type. The ietter in relation to these articles was received by Rev. I. Stubbins, but through some inadvertence the parcel was not received till the return of Mrs. Goadby.
Foreign Letters Received.
BERHAMPORE.-W. Bailey, April 2 & 4. CUTTACK.—Miss Guignard, April 2.
I. Stubbins, April 4.
Mrs. Goadby, March 15, April 1.
From April 20th to May 20th, 1864.
s. d. By Mr. Job Smith:£ s. d. Mr. Hinton
0 5 0 A Friend 1 0 0 Mr. Sprigens
0 5 0 Mr. Job Smith 0 10 0 Mrs. Margrove
0 5 0 Mrs. Jos. Barnes.
0 5 0 1 10 0 Mrs. Jos. Birch
0 5 0 BERKHAMPSTEAD.
Mrs. F. Payne
0 5 0 Collections and Subscriptions 20 8 9
Mr. Puddephatt, Sén... 0 5 0
Mr. Puddephatt, Jun... 05
0 5 Public collections
4 6 5
0 Collected by Miss E. Atkin:
Mr. Harding, Sen.
0 Mrs. Henry Allen (for Orphan) 2 10 0 Mr. Warner
0 5 0 Mr. W. Fox ..
1 10 0
0 0 Miss Atkin
0 10 0
0 5 0 Miss E. Atkin
1 0 0
0 5 0 Proceeds of Needlework made
0 5 0 and sold by Miss Atkin's
Mr. G. Lewis
0 5 0 Pupils
1 15 0
0 5 0 Sun. Schol. Miss. boxes
0 5 0 Mrs. C. Bunker
0 5 0 12 001 Mrs. Carter, Ashridge
0 5 0 Less Expenses
0 5 0
0 7 6 Mr. D. H. Creaton ..
Forty-two Subscribers of Sums
6 7 11 Balance of Subscriptions by the
69 18 0 Misses Hawkes
1 12 0
0 12 6 CHESHAM.
13 5 7
23 1 11 J. Garrett, Esq.
22 0 0 Juvenile Association:
FORD. Collected in Sabbath School 7 15 101 Public collections
2 17 9 Cards-Dawson Preston 0 10 2 Collected by Mr. R. Saunders :Amelia Staple.. 0 7 0 Rev. W. Hood
0 10 0 Ellen Mary Payne.. 0 6 6 Mr. Tapping, Kimble Wick 0 10 0 Sarah Ann Reading 0 6 1 Mr. Clarke, Moreton Farm 0 10 0 Julia Reading.. 0 6 2 Small sums
1 0 6 John Long
05 0f Collected by Miss Humphreys :-
5 0 0 Sums under 5/- 0 18 11 Mr. and Mrs. Dover
0 10 0 Profits of Tea Meeting 2 16 3
0 18 0 Collected by Miss Ware :
Collected by the Misses Hood :Mrs. F. Butcher, Tring 0 10 0 Mr. J. Hood ..
0 5 0 Mr. & Mrs. Batchelor.. 0 5 0 A Friend
0 5 0 Sams under 5/0 11 6 Small sums
1 4 10 For Schools-J. Garrett, Esq. 1 0 0 Collected by Miss Rogers :Mr. & Mrs. Batchelor 1 0 0 Mrs. Kingham
0 5 0 Mr. & Mrs. Deeley 0 5 0
1 6 0 Collected by Mrs. Preston :
Collected by Miss Kingham :-
1 0 0
0 12 7 Mr. Harris
0 10 6 E. Walker, instead of sugar Miss Harris ..
0 12 6
0 2 6 Mr. Butcher.. 0 10 6
15 17 2 Mr. J. Reading
0 10 0 Mr. Scott
0 10 0
GOSBERTON. Mr. E. Hailey, Amersham.. 0 10 0 Public Collection
1 8 93 Mr. Banker ..
0 10 0 Collected by Mrs. Jones :Mrs. Bunker 0 5 0 Mr. Butterfield
0 10 0 Mrs. Andrews 0 5 0 Small sums
0 15 0
Collected by Miss Muxlow :- £ s. d.
NORTHWOLD. £ s. d. Small sums 06 01 Miss Graves (for Orphan)
2 10 0 Sunday School box ::
1 11 61
PETERBOROUGH. The Misses Wheat's do... 0 19 3
Cash on account
20 0 0 Walter E. Jones's do.
0 3 15
PINCHBECK. Thomas E. Long's do.
0 1 3
Collected by Misses Stubley and S. S.
5 5 0 Staddon :
0 10 0 A Friend, by Mrs. Bottomley
Mr. F. Squier
0 10 0 LEICESTER, Dover-street.
Mr. and Mrs. Staddon
2 10 0 Mrs. Levy..
0 10 0
2 0 0 Friar-lane.
5 0 Rev. J. & Mrs. Taylor, Kegworth 1 0 0
0 11 9 1 95 Mrs. Richards (for Orphan)
2 10 0 LONDON.
Collected by Mrs. Spencer 0 12 8 Major Farran 2 0 0
4 5 5 Public collections
6 19 11
3 0 0
1 17 6 Mrs. Pegg..
2 2 0
0 10 0 Rev. T. Goadby
1 0 0 Mr. Pettit
1 1 0
1 0 0 Mr. Attersley... To bodo 0 10 6
Rev. J. Cholerton
0 10 0 Mr. Mills
0 10 6 Mr. Hough w 0 10 6
4 17 6 Mr. Webb.. YAPH.D. OB 0
TRING. Missionary Boxes :--VOTEBI
4 19 1 Mrs. Walden 197...
0 6 2 Mr. Henry Ranson wat *
0 19 10
Collections and Subscriptions 2 10 6 Miss Hickinbotham
O 16 01
8 7 3 Mr. Gower V
od 0 7 3 Collections and Subscriptions Master and Miss Goadby 0 5 3
WHITTLESEA, Small sums 0 4 10
1 3 6 Sunday School Contributions 5 12 31 Rev. G. Towler..
0 10 0 2010 200m
1 18 10 24 10 3 Less Expenses
3 12 4 Less expenses
0 4 0 NOTTINGHAM, Stoney-street. JON
DONATIONS FOR MISSION DEBT.
CASTLE DONINGTON. £ s. d. Mrs. Wilkins's card 4 4 0 Mrs. Elliott's card ..
5 0 0 Mrs. Thompson's card
5 0 0
1 5 0
3 3 0 10 9 0
0 5 0 Miss Johnson's card
7 6 0 Miss Swingler's card
0 15 4
Total received on account of 8 1 4 debt since Midsummer .. 550 3 10
!! Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the General Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by Robert Pegg, Esq., Treasurer, Derby; and by the Rev. J.C. Pike and the Rev. H, Wilkinson, Secretaries, Leicester; from whom also Missionary Boxes, Collecting Books, and Cards may be obtained.
OUR ANNUAL ASSOCIATION.
The annual Association of our Denomination was held in Boston, Lincolnshire, on Monday, June 20, and the three following days. Boston, or St. Botolph's town, is a place of considerable antiquity. St. Botolph, according to the Saxon Chronicle, built a monastery on the site of the present town in the seventh century, which was, however, destroyed by the Danes two centuries after, together with the town which had grown up around it. There is no reference to Botolph's town in the Domesday Book, but early in the twelfth century a considerable place had sprung up on the site of the old monastery, and its inhabitants were famous for the manufactory of two kinds of woollen cloth-russets and halberjects. As a proof of its size and importance at this period, we may mention that King John levied a tax on a fifteenth part of the goods of the merchants there, and that Boston paid the largest amount of tax of any town next to London. It came to be one of the chief seaports of the kingdom, and could boast of nearly a score secular and ecclesiastical guilds. Fox, the Martyrologist, who was born in this place, tells us that at the time that Pope Julius II. sat in the papal chair, St. Mary's Guild “ thought good to send up to Rome for renewing of their two pardons, one called the great pardon, and the other the lesser pardon.” He adds that this cost a great sum of money, but “the Pope's merchandise is alwaies deare ware.” The town was once nearly wholly destroyed, first by fire, and then by a great flood, in the latter part of the thirteenth century. Quaint old Stowe tells us “that an intolerable number of men, women, and children were overwhelmed” by this last calamity. Boston now numbers upwards of 18,000 inhabitants, and has no large manufactories, except the one for making engines be so accounted. But we do not purpose to write a history of the town of Boston. Our main business is—with our Association. It is now sixteen years since a similar gathering at this place. Of the ministers who were then present, and took part in the business and services, many are gone to their reward. Among these were brethren Derry, Peggs, Amos Sutton, J. G. Pike, Fogg, Wigg, Goadby, Staples,
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