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To the Editor of the Missionary Observer. SIR,-1 was gratified by the announce. ment in your last number of the intention of the Leicester friends, at the approaching Association, to make preparations for a bazaar. I was much grieved to find that at the last Association a: Wisbech the proceeds, without a bazaar, only reached £13. 18s. 5 d., whereas when there was a bazaar in 1828, it realized £50. I think every place that is of sufficient importance to have the Association should not lose sight of this very efficient means of aiding the missionary cause. I would also beg to add a few suggestions for future occasions. If a provision stall could be arranged, it might meet the views and circumstances of many persons attending the association, and be made a source of profit. Let the wealthy, and such as prefer a respectable and sumptuous feast, enjoy themselves at their "inns," but let those who wish to economize, that they may be liberal, have facilities for so doing A book and print stall might, I think, be supplied by many friends who could better afford to give such things than money. Some may have duplicates of works which they would like to part with to aid the cause. Any old and rare Connexional works might here find willing purchasers, which, if sold to an ordinary bookseller, could only make waste-paper price. Might not some of our tradesmen also, select from their stock some articles which have been long on hand, and which they cannot very readily dispose of, that would here either find purchasers or might be of use to send out to the missionaries. If these hints in any way aid the mission cause it will be gratifiying to Yours, in gospel bonds,

E. A.

pro tem.

In the first trip, I went eastward, to a place called Burada, but had scarcely reached it hefore an express came to fetch me home; so that I could do little more than explore the neighbourhood of Cuttack eastward, for about twelve or thirteen miles. I found, however, many villlages which seemed to invite attention. As soon as I could secure another day, I again visited Burada, by a somewhat different route, having previously sent forward Doytari and Damuda. They were about a week exploring the neighbourhood of Burada, and found a vast many places of considerable size for Oriya villages. Burada itself is a large village, surrounded by others, at half a mile to a mile distant from each other, on the north and eastern sides; westward is the road to Cuttack, where there are many hamlets, and some large villages; and southward is the Katjoori river. At Burada is a large salt depot, to which numbers of people flock from the surrounding country.

Our native brethren found good employ among them during part of two days they remained. The day I was there a market also was held, close to where we stopped. It was but a small one, but we preached the Gospel for hours, to from ten to forty men, that is, to a fluctuating congregation, averaging that number. The place is rendered more important by its being the high way to all the south-eastern part of the province, and, consequently, many people are constantly passing and repassing to and from Cuttack. The distance being about as far as I could hope to visit, we looked about for a spot on which to build a small hut to accommodate us, or perhaps to form a per. manent residence for a couple of native preachers. Such a spot we selected near the market, and obtained the promise of it from a native official. Dwarkanath Tagore is the zemindar of all this part of the country though he has never seen it, and manages it by native agents.

I found, however, by the next time I visited the place, that they did not intend I should have the piece of ground if they could help it; so have written to the Baboo himself. Whether we make it a sub-station or not, it is a place we shall probably visit; and a spot of ground that will cost a shilling or two a year for rent will be worth securiug.

To-day, July 27th, I have just returned from a more extended trip into the Hurrihurpoor Purgunnah. By travelling at night in a palke, I reached Teen Teer, or Tribena, upwards of twenty miles, by morning, a place we have several times visited at an idolatrous festival. The native preachers, however, Doytaree and Damuda, were about


RIHURPOOR. (From Mr. Sutton, August 12th, 1844.)

IN pursuance of the plan adopted by brother Lacey and myself, of dividing the Cuttack section of the province into five distinct fields of labor, namely, the central station to be Cuttack, embracing the city and country ten miles round it, and four others nearly at the cardinal points, extending to about fifty miles from Cuttack, making the whole area about 100 miles in diameter, I have lately paid three visits to the eastern field, which falls under my charge

a koss further on, at Hurrihurpoor village; shores of the Katjoora, some ten miles below so, after getting some refreshment, I started Tribena, where it also turns southward and after them. But a mile and a half on this is bounded by the Alankar, and the southside, as I passed a native market, I saw ern banks of the Katjoora ; on the western them under a tree, just commencing opera

side of the Alankar are the Purgunnahs, tions. I took them by surprise, but it was a Sibeer, and Syboo, also in my division. The mutually agreeable one, and we had a very whole division embraces five or six of these good opportunity, in a large market and countries, or purgunnahs; of the four among many hearers, who behaved very nearest Cuttack, or western part of my di. well. The rain however came down heavily vision, I have obtained a tolerably accurate at times. There being a small bungalow map, with the principal villages. In belonging to the superintendent of the em- Kodindah, the most westerly Purgunnah bankments near Tribena, we retired early in through which I pass, there are nearly sixty the afternoon, and took up our abode in the villages and hamlets, varying from ten to verandah. The owner, though an English. two hundred houses, put down. man residing at Cuttack, is not favourable to

(To be continued.) missionaries, and we dared not seek an entrance. The verandah, however, answer. ed our purpose.

Here we had some profit- LETTER FROM MR. WILKINSON, able talk with an individual or two. And in the evening Damuda and Doytaree each

Gopalpore, near Berhampore, preached nearly an hour in the neighbouring

June 5th, 1844. large village (while I stood by them) called

MY DEAR SIR.-We have been spending Nooa Patna. I was obliged to start off to. a short time at this place for the benefit of the wards home after dark, but my bearers were sea air: the very great heat of Berhampore fagged, and the rain was heavy, so that it during the last month brought on a slight rewas nearly noon to day ere I reached Cuttack. turn of dysentery. Mrs. Wilkinson's health The part of the country I have now visited has very much suffered, and Miss Derry has presents a wide, populous, and convenient been unwell; I am thankful to say are we all field. There are many large markets, the

much improved; Miss Derry and the girls best preaching places in Orissa, at the pre

school returned a few days ago, and we sent stage of missionary operations, situated

return this week. We have had some rain, at a very easy distance from Tribena; and so we hope to have cooler 'weather. altogether the district seems strongly to plead As Mrs. Wilkinson is writing this month, for a missionary able and willing to labor. in answer to your kind letter, dated February Many of these markets have been visited by 29th, I only think of sending a few lines with brother Lacey in his former missionary tours, my accounts, which I am sorry I have not and appear in his journals as affording his been able to get off earlier. most encouraging opportunities.

Our new chapel is almost finished ; I hope Doytari and Damuda I have sent into to be able to send a drawing of it when comanother part of the purgunah, or country of plete. We have been fortunate in getting Hurrihurpoor, and when they return, after the roof on before the 'commencement of the two days, will be able to give me about all rains; I am sorry we have obtained very few the information needed respecting it. This subscribers yet. will probably be the field where I shall form We hope soon to see Mr. Buckley: I am a station, in hope of the society placing a sorry no more like him can be found.

We missionary brother there; and Burada will are about to have a prayer-meeting that the form a good halting place about half way in Lord of the harvest may send more labourers tbe direct road towards it from Cuttack. into the field. I should much like to see India being so large a country, the maps


engaged in translations in are usually on so small a scale that no idea Orissa. of the extent of particular districts can be Our young friend Lieut.

-still continues gathered from them; the names, even of to aid us in our duties; his progress in the purgunahs, or small countries, are not often language is most astonishing; he is now mentioned. The location however is as fol- translating two books for the use of our lows. The Katjoora river runs to the south schools, one is the “ Peep of day," the other, of Cuttack toward the sea eastward ; after “ The Hindoo Traveller.” We have lately throwing off the Sarah, Daib, and Mooha, had some conversation on the probability of branches, it divides at Tribena, or three his being entirely employed in seeking the streams; the largest branch, which runs spiritual good of the natives ; his present towards the black Pagoda, is the Alunkar, duties are far from being in accordance with and the other, still called Katjoora, turns to either his taste or the desires of his heart; the north east and rejoins the Mahanuda. but there are many openings in the civil The Hurrihurpoor purgunnah commences service for young men of talents. He has at Burada, and runs along the northern applied to be employed in such a way as will enable him to possess more influence Jugapa,* believing in Christ, have recently over the natives, and means of doing them been baptized, and are now members of the good, than if he were engaged as a mission. church. O my dear parents, remember that ary He is expecting to be engaged in in this country there are few christians, and stopping the human sacrifices among the very many heathen: pray much to the Lord Khunds, when he hopes to arrange their that there may be many christians, and his language and introduce among them a writ. churches continually increased; that as in ten character, and ultimately the Word of heaven so on earth his will may be done. life, in their own tongue; for this I do not Here our dear and honored Miss Derry, think any one could be better fitted than with greater love than our parents cherished, himself. He is now unwell, and is spending instructs and takes care of us; our parents a few days with us at this place.

were sinful, and could give us no good in. With kind regards, believe me

struction, but because the love of God has Yours cordially, filled the heart of this our dear teach er, she H. WILKINSON. is exceedingly kind, and has conferred all

these favours upon us.

Though we are weak in the faith, God has

until this day preserved us in one place, in LETTER FROM AN OREAH GIRL.

one house, in one church. The following letter, addressed to Mr. and

On March 7th, our school. fellows Jamine Mrs. Stubbins was received a short time

and Juggernauth, also Hurry and Bam. ago, from Maria, a girl in the Berhampore

adabe's daughter, were married ; it was a day Asylum; she was baptized about three

of great festive enjoyment; it seemed a type

of the feast in heaven, only that will be im. years ago, and has adorned her profession

mortal. by her consistent and amiable deportment.

O that we may ever be able so to

live as to be prepared to enter upon that Berhampore March 17th, 1844. feast. “To you, O my very beloved parents, I

The children all unite with me in many sending loving salutations, write this letter. loving salutations and kisses for dear Through the mercy of God, the brethren, sis

Harriet and Carey. ters, and children, are all well. My anxious

Your affectionate daughter, desire is again to see you; but what shall

MARIA. we say ? God has separated us; and it is because his love is within you that you have not forgotten us. My earnest hope is that,

THE CLAIMS OF INDIA UPON should we not see you again in this world, we shall certainly meet you in heaven.

CHRISTIAN PHILANTHROPY. This hope delights my soul! The will of

From the Calcutta Christian Advocate," the Lord be done! The letter that you

August 10th, 1844. wrote to Pooroosootom we all heard, and

We have received, as we are accustomed were filled with pleasure, because we found

to do annually, a packet of pamphlets from that papa was so much improved in his health. Our earnest prayer is, that the

that indefatigable friend to the amelioration

of India, the Rev. J. Peggs, formerly conLord may ever continue to bless you abun.

nected with the General Baptist Mission in dantly. In your letter you said you should leave dear Harriet and Carey behind you,

Orissa. Mr. Peggs deserves the warmest

thanks of all who wish well to India, for his when you returned; hearing this my mind was much distressed; but again I thought

zealous and persevering labors over a long it will be for their welfare, and it will be

period of years; amidst difficulties and

trials which would have served to deter right. The Lord in mercy has preserved us

ordinary men from the prosecution of their

labors. from accident and danger, and not leading

He is to be found addressing min

isters of state, at home and abroad, editors us into temptation, he has kept us to this day, and has given us grace to continue in

equally of religious and secular periodicals,

ministers of religion and laymen; warning his service, in which we hope to remain till

exhorting, and entreating all, according to Our prayer is, that he will enable us to continue the faithful desciples of the

the peculiar circumstances in which they Saviour, and after death receive us into

are placed, or the influence they possess, to

do good to India. glory. The Lord grant this, the desire of

The subject on which Mr. Peggs has long our heart.

been seeking to awaken and inform the We were formerly ignorant and wretched, but the Lord had mercy upon us; and now

mind of the British parliament, the court that we have believed upon Christ, he will not suffer us to lack any good thing.

* The three first are children in the Asylum,

the latter a Telinga who has been an inquirer Darlimbo, Juggernauth, Negare, and

three years.


we die.

of directors, the public, and the Indian au- the mask of religion, murdered on the banks thorities, are all of the most humane and of the Ganges, from Hurdwar to Calcutta ! christian character, viz., the government con- The ten thousand desperate motives which nection with idolatry, infanticide, ghaut mur. would impel, in all countries, the wicked to ders, slavery. The pamphlets on these impor- dispatch, unrepented and unprepared, those tan subjects are usually accompained by who are in the way of their ambition or small tracts, on the best means of preserving desire, find an ample cloak in India in the health in tropical climates—directions for professed offices of religion for the dying! recovering apparently drowned persons, and Here all suspicion is lulled under circum. on the duty of Sabbath observance. These stances which in Britain would move a pamphlets and papers would appear to be country. despatched almost annually, and are usually Added to these evils, are the manifold accompanied by a brief, faithful, and christ. disabilities of our native christians. The ian exhortation to be watchful and active laws of inheritance, the loss of wives and in endeavouring to sever entirely the govern. children, homestead and status in society, the ment connection with idolatry, to effect the fearful oppression of the zemindary system, complete suppression of infanticide, the and the degraded state of the ryots; all these practical abolition of slavery, and to subjects, and more of a similar nature, de. attempt the suppression of that most di- mand the attention of all who wish to see abolical practice of ghaut murders. We India what she has been declared to be, but understand that he is aided by christian which as yet she is not, but may be, the men in these efforts. We would render all brightest gem in the British crown. praise to him and his friends, for they have These are all subordinate to that subject, lived and laboured for India, at a time when in our estimation paramount to them all, the her enslaved thousands, her ghaut murders, religious education and conversion of the ber infanticide, * and her other myriad natives, in heart and life, to the faith of crying disabilities—religious, moral, and Christ. Whatever other things be done, this social, were not enough fully to awaken must not be left undone, but, in concert with the sympathies and efforts of even the it, and with the same agency, may be accom. religious public of Britain. Notwithstand. plished, as far as legal measures are coning the comparative unpopularity of their cerned, the other important, but subordinate, cause, these true friends of India continued yet great objects, to which we have referred. to hold her up in all her wants, and with all The radical cure for all the ills under her claims upon British charity and justice. which India suffers, morally and spiritually,

Nor have they labored in vain. Slavery is the conversion of the hearts of the people has been abolished by the legislature. Let to Christ, the bringing the natives under the the friends of the oppressed see that the saving influence of the truth, doctrinal and law be not a dead letter. Slavery is now practical. Purify the heart with heaven's a crime in British India, as well as in the truth, and all the streams which flow from crown colonies. Infanticide has been ren. it, as the fountain of Achon, will be puro dered in most parts of India a crime. It is and holy ; and then will India not only bestill, however, practiced to a fearful extent come the brightest gem in the crown of by many of the natives, especially female Britain, but in the diadem of him who is infanticide. This is a subject which should the King of kings and Lord of lords.” engage the efforts of the friends of humanity. Let them seek to complete a work already well begun, and, to a great extent, accom.

MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES. plished. The government connection with idolatry is generally severed. The annual LONGFORD, Union Place.—The first pub. stipend to the horrid rites at Juggernaut, lic missionary meeting in connection with is yet continued ; we trust it will soon cease. the second General Baptist church Longford, The friends of christianity and of the was held in their chapel, Union Place, Oct. people, have but to put their shoulders to 7th, 1844. These delightful services comthe wheel, to help the India government to menced a little after three o'clock in the relieve itself of this remaining blot upon its afternoon, The minister of the place gave christian character in this matter.

out the hymns, the Rev. T. H. Hudson, Ghaut murders. This fearful subject has missionary for China, read a portion of the as yet engaged but little of the public atten- scriptures and engaged in prayer, and the tion; but what a vast field does it open for Rev. J. G. Pike, secretary to the missions, the benevolent and well-directed efforts of all preached a very solemn and impressive prewho profess and call themselves christians !

paratory sermon, to a tolerably good con. How many a fellow.creature is daily, under gregation, from the important and incom

prehensible word “eternity.The friends * We are surprised the writer has not dis

adjourned for tea, and the services were tinctly refered to the Suttee.-ED.

resumed at half past six in the evening. The Rev. Dr. Hewlett, of Coventry, occupied the ing was held at this place, which was adchair, and the following ministers took their dressed by Messrs. Ingbam, Hardy, Gill, seats on the platform to address the meeting. Butler, and Stubbins. Collections, £2. 2s. 03. T. H. Hudson, I. Stubbins, (missionary LINEHOLME. On the Ilth, a similar from India,) J. G. Pike, F. Franklin, J. Weigham, J. Shaw, W. Chapman, J. Leviti, meeting was held at this place, and the same J. Goadby, and G. White.

After singing

brethren were again engaged. Collection, £3. and prayer the chairman in bis opening BURNLEY.-On the 12th the same minis. address, very beautifully explained the ob- ters went to hold a meeting at this village, ject of the meeting, and then called upon and were assisted by Mr. Crabtree, and Mr. J. Shaw, the pastor of the church, to read Abrahams, (Independent). Collections at the the report, wbich stated that this auxiliary meeting, and on the previous Lord's-day, society commenced with the minister and his £6. 7s. friends, only a little more than six months ago, and in the character of a gleaner, or of

QUEENSHEAD.—On Lord's-day. Sep. 15,

Mr. Stubbins preached a sermon at this one that “gathereth up the fragments that

place, in behalf of the mission, and on nothing may be lost.” Messrs. Hudson

Monday evening a missionary meeting was and Stubbins very highly interested the

held, which was addressed by Messrs. Hardy, meeting with their speeches; and the heart

Smith, Ingham, Bradford, and Stubbins. rending accounts which they gave of the de.

Collections, £6. 16s. ld. luded heathen, to the listening multitudes who had crowded the chapel to excess, we doubt

HALIFAX.-On the 17th, a missionary not, will long be remembered to the benefit service was held at this place; Messrs. of the missionary cause. Monies raised for Smith, Ewen, (Indep.) Whitewood,(P. B.), this object by missionary collectors, mis

Stubbins and Hardy, were engaged. Col. sionary boxes, donations, and public collec- lection, £3. 17s. tions, £13. 6s.

Meetings more interesting than the above,

which have been noticed with as much BRADFORD.-In the evening of Lord's

brevity as possible, it is thought, were never day, Sep. Ist, 1844, Mr. Stubbins preached

held in this district. Of the addresses of a sermon in the Independent chapel, Hor

Mr. Stubbins it would be difficult to speak ton Lane, Bradford, in bebalf of our Foreign

too bigbly, and the least that can be said Mission. On Monday evening a mission.

respecting them is, that they produced an ary meeting was held in the Particular

extraordinary effect, and gave universal satisBaptist chapel, Westgate, which was ad- faction. Should the interest thus created dressed by Messrs. Ingham, Hardy, Tun.

be sustained, a great deal more will be done nicliffe, Butler, and Stubbins. Collections, by our churches here for the mission. £10. 13s. Ozd. The above chapels were kindly lent, because the General Baptist

STALYBRIDGE.-On Lord's day, Sep. 22, chapel was undergoing repair.

our beloved brother Stubbins favored us

with a visit, and preached in the afternoon CLAYTON.- On Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, a

to a very attentive congregation, and in the missionary meeting was held at this place.

evening addressed the Sabbath-school chil. After a hymn had been sung, and prayer dren, on the horrid nature and effects of offered, Mr. J. Ingham, Allerton, was called

idolatry in Orissa. Collections, £8. 8s. 3d.; to the chair, and the meeting was addressed

collected at the prayer meetings, £1. 0. 60.; by the brethren named above. Collection,

collected at Sabbath school, £1. 15s. 10 d.; £1. 12s.

private subscriptions, £1. 5s. 6d. Total, ALLERTON.-On the 4th, a similar meet

£12. 10s. 2 d.

J. S. ing was held at Allerton; J. Ingham, R Long WHATTON.-An interesting misIngham, and I. Stubbins, were engaged in sionary meeting was held in this place on pleading the cause of the poor heathen. Wednesday, Oct. 16th. It was addressed by Collection, £2. 2s.

Messrs. Stubbins, Hudson, Derry, Cotton, E. BIRCHCLIFFE.—At this place, on Lord's.

Stevenson, and Ball. Collections, £3. 4s. day, Sep. 8th, the sum of £4. Is., was col

7{d. This is the first missionary meeting in lected for the mission, after a sermon by

this place for many years. It is hoped, that Mr. Stubbins. Mr. S. also preached a

the missionary spirit will revive in this place. sermon at Heptonstall Slack on the 8th, NEWTON NETHERCOTE. - A missionary and on the 9th a missionary meeting was

meeting was held in the Independent chapel held at that place. Speeches were delivered

in this place, on Thursday, Oct. 17th. Mr. by W. Butler, I. Stubbins, and two brethren

Derry presided. Addresses were delivered of the Methodist persuasion, whose names by Messrs. Mac Donald, minister of the are not retained by the writer.

Collections, place, Stubbins, Smith, of Measham. This £12. 7s. 4d.

is the first missionary meeting ever held in SHORE.--On the 10th a missionary meet- this village.

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