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him why he read the Bible. Without the CONINGSBY.—The friends of the General least hesitation he replied, “ To teach me Baptist cause, and of missions generally, in the way to heaven, sir.” “Why, does the Coningsby, enjoyed a rich treat on Sunday Bible say anything about little boys going and Monday, Jan. 8th and 9th, in the visit to heaven?'' “ Yes sir : it says,
• Suffer of the brethren Stubbins and Buckley, on little children to come unto me, tor of such behalf of the mission. On Sunday each of is the kingdom of heaven.'" His replies to them preached an appropriate and excellent many more questions were equally appro. sermon, which was listened to by large and priate and sensible, and in Scripture lari- attentive audiences. On Monday, at two guage. It struck me, he must have been in and six o'clock, the missionary meetings a Sabbath school. I asked him whether he were held, which were addressed by friends had attended a Sabbath-school, and his eager from the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist reply was, “ Yes I have, among the Metho. bodies; after which the thrilling statements dists." Here was a sailor boy relieving the of the deputation were listened to with the tediousness of affliction by reading his Bible, deepest interest by overflowing congregations, and carrying into practice the instructions numbers being unable to find seats; every he had received in a Sabbath-school.
part of the chapel, vestry, and school.room, hin several times afterwards, but he was being filled. The meetings were considered always reading bis Bible. Sabbath school the best of the kind which have been held in teachers, take encouragement, and persevere. Coningsby for many years. Collections, “ Be not weary in well. doing, for in due £10. 10s.
C. season ye shall reap, if ye faint not.”
ISLEHAM.-On Lord's.day, Jan. 21st, Your affectionate son,
two sermons were preached by the Rev. I. J. BROOKS.
Stubbins, on behalf of our Indian mission,
missionary meeting was held on the following MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES. Monday evening, when addresses were de. ILKESTON AND NEWTHORPE.-On Lord's.
livered by the Revds. M. Slater, D. Rees, J. day, Feb. 4th, we were favored with the ser.
Cranbrook, and I. Stubbins ; J. Balls, Esq., vices of Mr. Stubbins at our missionary tions, &c., amounted to £13. 3s.
in the chair. Collections, weekly contribuanniversary. Mr. Peggs preached in the morning, from,“ He will famish all the gods HUGGLESCOTE, &c.-On Lord's.day, Jan. of the earth,” &c. In the afternoon Mr. 28, sermons were preached at Hugglescote, Stubbios preached, from,“ Blessed are the Whitwick, Coalville, and Ibstock; by Messrs. people which know the joyful sound;" and Stubbins and Buckley; and interesting pubin the evening, “Let this mind be in you lic meetings were held--at Coalville on Mon. which was also in Christ Jesus.” On Mon. day, and at Ibstock on Tuesday evenings. day evening a very interesting missionary They were addressed by the above brethren, meeting was held at Newthorpe; Mr. Barber, the Rev. J. Goadby, and J. G. Pike, Sec. of Babbington, took the chair, and the
MEASHAM. An interesting missionary meeting was addressed by brethren Brockle
meeting was held at this place, on Wedneshurst, (Wesleyan) Peggs, Smith, and Stubbins. Much interest was manifest in the
day, January 31st, when each of the abore
brethren delivered addresses. great object of the meeting. Collections, £1. 13s. 9d. On Tuesday evening a very
BARLESTON AND NEWBOLD. Sunday delightful meeting was held at Ilkeston. Mr. Scholars.-At the annual tea meeting of the Bailey, one of our manufacturers, presided, teachers and scholars of these schools, held and addresses were delivered by Messrs. in December last, which were addressed by Stevenson, Smith, Peggs, Brocklehurst, and Messrs. Derry, Cotton, and Stubbins, £1 16s Stubbins. Mr. S. spoke for about an hour were secured as' profits, to be devoted to the and a half. Great satisfaction and delight Orphan Asylum at Berhampore. have been expressed in the meeting. Collec
MARKET HARBOROUGH.-An interesting tions, £6. Os. 6d. The severity of the
public meeting was held at this place, on weather, and other collections in the town,
Monday, Feb. 12. The speakers were, Mr. were unfavorable circumstances. On Tues
Buckley, (their late pastor,) Mr. Stubbins, day morning Messrs. Stubbins, Smith, and
and other brethren, ministers in the town. Peggs, accompanied Mr. Barber into the coal pits at Babington, about 150 yards deep. They were much interested with the subter. raneous world, and held a religious service
PERSECUTION OF KAREN CRHISamong the colliers before they submerged to
TIANS. the light of heaven. The Babbington missionary meeting is deferred till the new The following is an extract from a letter chapel is opened.
A FRIEND. recently received by the missionary Kincaid,
now in America, from his associate in mis. they escaped over the fronters in parties in sionary labour, Mr. Abbott. The letter was the night: whole villages, men, women and dated Sandoway, April, 1843.
children, buffaloes and dogs, and bringing as “ The poor Karen Christians have suffered much of their goods, and chattels as they persecution again since you left. More than could; and all these 200 families escaped twenty were imprisoned for two months, without the cognizance of the officers of the among whom were women and small chil. land. Of course the government at Bassien dren. They were apprehended on their are aware that if they persecute the
Christians, return from a great meeting, on the hills they will leare the country. These emi. this side the frontier. The men were beaten, grants have settled in this province, in two * tonnzed, the meaning of which you well villages ; and our very good friend, Mr. understand, as you have been in Burmah. Shayre, according to his usual kindness, After they were dragged to prison, they were supplies them with rice for a year, and they put to servile labour, and did not suffer more pay him as soon as they can. than prisoners usually do in Burmab, except “ The ordained pastors live in these new from hunger. Being Karens, the Burmans villages, and I am now training school. in the city were either afraid or unwilling teachers for them, and hope to have dayto give them food, and you know how schools soon, as it is impossible to get one in prisoners fare in Burmah!
When they ten of the children into a boarding school.” were apprehended by inferior officers and beaten, an effort was made to extort from them some retractation, or an agreement that they would no longer embrace and follow
CAREFUL REVISION OF THE the new religion. They were a few leading
HOLY SCRIPTURES. men among the prisoners, upon whom these attempts were made. But the Karens bore The following will interest our readers. It a most honourable testimony to the truth, shews the great care bestowed on the transand declared their determination to worship lation of the word of God. It is from Mr. Jesus Christ, in the most fearless manner. Wenger, bearing date November 14, 1843 :When they were being examined before the To the Old Testament in Bengali, now Bassien, 'Myoo Woon,' another attempt was in course of publication, daily devote made to frighten them into some compromise ; sereral hours. The selection of the references they were threatened with being buried alive, devolves upon me exclusively. The share I and with other Christians, which you are take in the other parts of this work is the well aware the Burmese government know following. When a page, or rather a long how to practice. But they did not swerve slip amounting to about a page, has been from their integrity in the least thanks be
read it, with a view to ensure & to the grace of God. 'Kill us,' say they, correct pointing and orthography. This
if you like.' 'If we live, we shall worship done, Dr. Yates compares it with the Hebrew, God.' So bold were they that the Myoo and makes the necessary alterations accord. Woon said, ' These Karens are rery bold.' ingly. Then it is corrected at the press, after “ And all through their imprisonment, which it returns to me.
I compare it with their steadfastness and fearlessness of death the Hebrew, and write my observations on were remarkable, and sent surprise through the margin. In these I propose emendations, the land. Many of the common people are and state the reasons which lead me to favourable to the 'Religion of the Karens.'
Then I write the references I really suspected they would suffer martyr- at the bottom, after wbich the proof goes to dom. But it seems there was a disagreement Dr. Yates. He reads it, weighing my suggesbetween the officers and Bassien, by which tions, and either adopts or rejects them. means they were liberated—not, however, Then the proof is corrected, and returns to without being obliged to pay the jailor and me in the shape of a page, regularly set up, his underlings, some 600 Rs. It was well with the references, &c. below. This page I for them, I think, that no missionary was compare either with Dr. Carey's version, or near at the time, as, if one had been there, else (and this I have commenced since we he would have probably interfered in some came to the prophets,) with De Wette's Ger. way; and you know the extreme jealousy of man translation, the best in the world, as far the Burmese government in such cases, as I know, except in the passages which
“Notwithstanding word was given out by refer to the atonement and the divinity of the government, that all the disciples of Christ. The margins of such a page are Jesus were to be buried alive, still the threat again bestudded with suggestions. Dr. remained unexecuted—and will I think; for, Yates next reads four pages (a form,) again before these Karens were liberated, 200 considering my previous remarks. In this Christian families had congregated, forsaking proof he corrects chiefly the style. When all their rice, which they had just harvested he has seen it, it returns to me for correc—but bringing with them some 400 buffaloes, tion. Another proof of four pages is usually
the last Dr. Yates sees: I read that also, seeing others with something good in their and a subsequent one, in which I chiefly mouths, snatch it from them and fight, so we pay attention to the typographical correct. fought and killed each other. When a ness, which being satisfactory, the proof is woman was found guilty of adultery, the ordered for press. This is for the quarto tribes to which the parties concerned beedition.
I am also responsible for the longed made war, and killed the innocent as correct reprint of it in the octavo form, well as the guilty. When any one broke the although I confess that the pundit alone tapu, murder was committed ; . when our usually reads the eight pages when put women were confined, we put up a sort of together. I only glance over it cursorily, tapu, and if any man approached, we allowed before it goes to press. This, you will him to come near, and when he retired, we acknowledge, is tedious work, though by no pursued and killed him. In our wars in means uninteresting. We are
former times we were not satisfied with the advanced in Jeremiah. You can easily death of a few of our enemies, but sought for imagine that sometimes much time is spent the entire destruction of the tribe to which over a few verses. Occasionally Dr. Yates they belonged, that we might take possession and I meet personally to discuss some par. of their land. If murder was committed, we ticularly difficult passage.
Although our sought revenge for generations on the children progress, in this way, is but slow, yet we and children's children of the murderers. If hope it is sure; and the work, when com. our friends and children died, we considered pleted, will stand for a considerable time. them as gods, and looked to them for support That it will be the final or standard version, in war, and supposed they came and whistled I do not expect; for the language is still in
Our priests said they could see these & transition state, and forms an awkward gods, and from their appearance could tell medium of expressing true and Christian whether we should be successful. We used ideas on religion. When Dr. Carey came, to make as many mounds of earth as we he found the language scarcely so far ad- wished to represent tribes, over which the vanced as the Greek was in the time of priests prayed; and at night they said the Homer. All the literature was of a poetical gods came, and so marked them as to inform nature- and poetry, not like Homer's as to us what would be the fate of each tribe. the ideas and the colouring, but like the Those who were slain in battle were cut up, poorer parts of the Odyssey as to versifica- as we cut up pigs ; to each man was given tion, Dr. Carey was the first Bengali prose his share. We then made a fire, burned off writer of any note. Since then the language the skin, and when the flesh was cooked, has made rapid strides; but when it has beat it with a stick to make it soft, and ate become thoroughly Christianized it will be it with potatoes. The heads we stuck upon something very different, I expect, from what posts. I asked him if he had eaten any: it is now. Take, as an instance, the word He replied, “Yes; and we used to think it rain-bow. The real Bengali word for it sweet, like pork.” Pursuing his narrative, means Ráma's bow; but to avoid the he said, “ Our attention was first drawn from heathen term, Christian writers use a word these things by European articles. This comwhich means cloud-bow, a word which may menced at the north, and afterwards found be justified by passages, I believe, from its way down here. The articles were axes, Sanscrit authors, but which the natives, as guns, spades, and pipes. We supposed the long as they are heathen, will not understand musket to be a god, and were much delighted so well as they would Ráma's bow. A when we got one. We thought it would go standard version of the Bible will, I think, off by blowing into the touch-hole; but when be executed some ages hence, by native we found it would not, we applied a piece of Christian scholars: but it is of the highest burning stick. It went off immediately; and importance, in the mean time, to supply the we were sure it was a god. When the musbest temporary version that can be made.- kets came, we began fighting with them from
Baptist Magazine. this place to Kawia and Teranaki, killing all
we met with. As the thing just named came from the north, so did the good things. We
heard, that while we were fighting, mission. NEW ZEALAND.
aries and their followers were praying. By BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF MISSIONARY
and by Mr. W. came here, weut to Kawia, TEACHING.
and returned by way of Waipa, leaving two
native Teachers. Another Teacher came Dec. 4th and 5th.-I met the brethren in from Mangungu. Through their instruc. the District Committe, and on the evening of tions a young Chief embraced Christianity; the latter day I held several interesting con. and at length a number of others. After versations with the natives. Aporo, (Apollos) wards Mr. Woon came, and then Mr. a native teacher, said, " In our heathen state Whiteley and Mr. Wallis; and by their we sat like beasts in ignorance; and as dogs, means a great number embraced the Gospel,
Then the Missionaries left: I did not turn some future period the brahmans expected to Christian when they were here; but I went reap their usual gain in the devotion of these to look on, while a native Teacher was alienated disciples. But when a course of addressing the people. I saw myself a sin. vigorous effort was adopted-when five her. ner, and thought I should be left behind alds of the gospel-three not unlike them as many were turning to God. I felt sorry (save in their religious views) were senton account of my sins, and had great distress prejudice took alarm; Satan would not allow of mind. . I thought of my friends long an easy conquest over his once faithful and since dead, and prayed to God, and said, warm votaries ; but stirred up many to op'Though my friends are hidden or lost, God pose the progress of the work. The poor shall be my friend. I found relief, not by simple weavers, who never knew what persegoing back to my old practices, but by cution was, began to feel the effects of it. looking constantly to God, and remembering Their zemindars, relatives, friends, neighthat Christ, the Son of God, made the pay. bours, and gooroos all rose against them. ment for my sins. Then peace was made Accustomed to visit their heathen neighbours, between God and my heart. If old things to eat and drink with them, now they were come upon me and throw me down, my peace forbidden; their pipes' fire was not given will be broken ; but if they do not, my peace them. They were not allowed to drink out will not be broken, and I shall get to heaven. of the same lota. The barbers objected to
Hoani Piba (John Fisher) said, “ I was shave them. Their children were not allow. first led to the house of God by two native ed to mingle with them or play. They were Teachers, who were left at Waipa by Mr. W. viewed as pests in the community. Under When I heard them preach, it deeply affected circumstances of so trying a nature, strong my heart, and made me weep much. I faith was required; much of the principles of heard a great deal about repentance. My the gospel to animate and buoy them up. If heart was very dark, and I was very unbappy: notwithstanding the example and presence of I wept, and prayed to God to forgive my the Saviour many apostatized, in reference to sins, for the sake of Jesus Christ. After I whom he addressed his weak disciples, " Will had prayed a long time, I felt joy spring up ve also go away?" what could be expected in my heart, and it was all light. By the from this weak unlettered people, who with a living word of God I first found pain of little glimmering light of Christianity could mind and darkness of heart, and then the only see men as trees walking ?" To us Spirit of God came to my heart, and gave these things did not seem strange. The more me peace and joy. By the living word of trial to a Christian, the more gain, more de. Christ I was born again."-Wesleyan Notices. votedness of heart to God, more zeal, more
dependence on God, more abhorrence of self, more appreciation of all works, services, and
endeavours, strong sense of unprofitableness, BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. clinging, trusting more in Christ and him
crucified. We knew the efficacy of faith CHITTAGONG, INDIA. — Persecution and which overcomes the world. We knew to perseverance.--Mr Johannes gives the follow- whom belongs the exclusive work of conver. ing interesting account:~"Not long ago I sion, and his pledged word to keep all whom mentioned our prospects as bright and cheer- the Father has given him, faithful and per. ing, and so we were warranted to conclude severing to the last. In humble dependence from hopeful and encouraging appearances. upon God we abated not in our zeal, nor Our labours at first were well received and slackened in our exertions. While almost all appreciated-every visit made and received had deserted us, one man stood firm in his afforded mutual encouragement. Our kind - adherence. Ramcharan, a middle-aged man, ness was reciprocated and acknowledged. who had heard the gospel for three years, and Our presence amongst them was hailed with
had profited thereby, came forward and de. delight. Their houses were open to us at all clared his renunciation of all his former sin. times, and prejudice did not bar the entrance. ful ways and pursuits, and avowed his attach. Their communication by letters and their ment to Christ. Our joy at this juncture was personal visits to us proved their attachment great in proportion to our disappointment, to us and the gospel of the ever blessed God. and we knew this was the Lord's doing; for But our horizon was soon overcast for a time. such an open account of his belief in Christ, Our books, our conversations, and instruc- in the teeth of persecution and hostility, could tions wrought no small change in their never originate with man. We welcomed minds. This was apparent to all. As him, quoting the heart-cheering words of long as they did not publicly declare them. Jesus, “Every one that hath forsaken houses, selves for Christ and Christianity, hostility or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, was asleep. Hopes of their returning to or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's their gods, gooroos, and people, were strongly sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall entertained, at some favourable time. At inherit everlasting life.
When famine invades a city, and only a few of its inhabitants have food to dispense to the hungry, it is not seemly for them to minister relief to those at the outskirts, whilst their near neiglıbours, with whose wants they might be more accurately acquainted, are passed over. We should feel in such a case, that their conduct was unkind, and that their charity was rendered somewhat suspicious. Be kind to all, we should say; but do not, whilst dependents upon your bounty are at your own doors, pass them by to seek out the miserable at a distance.
Every reader will at once understand the object of our illustration. We do not wish the claims of India, or Africa, or any other country, to be overlooked by English Christians; but we do protest against the claims of Ireland being weil nigh forgotten in the distribution of their bounty. That this is not an over statement of the case, former papers in the Chronicle have proved. Compare Calcutta and Dublin, Jamaica and Ireland ; and then say whether our words be not true.
It often happens that benevolent individuals are far better acquainted with the objects of charity at a distance from their house, than with those wbo are within a few doors of them. Who has not seen the look of surprise with which information of a neighbour's poverty has been received by persons who had hunted for cases to relieve out of their own district? The incredulous look, the hasty exclamation, have exposed and condemned their ignorance ; condemned it, because they might have been aware of it had they done rightly. But this, too, applies to Ireland. Talk to English ministers and English Christians about our foreign missions, and they can enter into the conversation readily, can expatiate upon the ignorance and the cruelty inseparable from superstition, can insist upon the necessity to send more missionaries to this or that station, and the duty of increasing the means for their support. But, speak of Irelandthey are dumb! Mention her wants—and they start with surprise! Summon them to exertion, and they are motionless !
Now," be neighbourly,” British Christians. You send your money to the ends of the earth, in the hope of thereby relieving the wretchedness of men. Come with us, and visit your neighbour, your sister land! Let us point out her wants and display her wretchedness to you; and we are then sure your eye must “affect
Here are nearly seven millions of men held in bondage by the galling fetters of Romanism. But though they are slaves to a spiritual despotism, they use the language of freemen. They are unacquainted with their own degradation, and therefore use no exertion to attain their proper position. They are laid prostrate in reverence, or thrilled with delight, by ceremonies which only awaken your pity or your contempt. They have clear heads and vigorous imaginations; but they have been for ages familiar only with falsehood, and have been the dupes of impostors. They have been sick; but the medicine prescribed for them has increased, instead of removing, the malady. And their very sickness has excited the derision, and provoked the taunts, of her professed friends. Every insult which malice could devise, and every wrong which fraud could inflict, have been the portion of Irish roman catholics from their so called protestant friends !
Look at yon Irishman. His wretched appearance bespeaks your sympathy. But his broad, good-humoured countenance for a moment makes you forget his rags. You speak to him. His wit amuses and his shrewdness instructs you. His