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ask what they should do to be saved. I of stores, and after encountering the They felt that they were sinners, and peril of our lives in the midst of the waneeded the help of Christ. They had ters of the Umgeni, the mission recontrusted in serpents, and prayed to the sidered the matter, examined the country, shades of their fathers long enough. and advised to abandon the field, till some Now they saw that these were the ser-more accessible portion of it becomes so vants of satan, and that he had made populated as to call for the resumption use of them to entice the souls of men, of a station in another place, among that and entangle them in his meshes. But people. The natives there have forinerly said they, “Our purpose henceforth is to lived near the whites, and been subject serve only the true God, and do what we to those hardening influences so opposed can, though in the face of opposition, to to the influence of the gospel. To eat demolish the kingdom of satan and exalt flesh and drink beer, to marry wives, that of heaven.” They are lads of unu- to sing and dance-these things were to sual spirit, enterprise and decision; and to them more congenial pastime than the if they continue in their present purpose, humble worship of a crucified Savior. they will throw around them an influence for good, which their fathers, brothers. It will be seen, however, from the following and coinpanions, will be compelled to l paragraphs, that the m
paragraphs, that the missionary was not left to feel. They have taken part in a few of labor in a field so trying without evidence of the our religious meetings, and their prayers
presence and the favor of God. seem to come from hearts accustomed to the exercise.
Yet there were some more than mere idle hearers,-some who writhed as they
kicked against the pricks of the gospel. LETTER FROM MR, MARSH, AUGUST, 1849. / The indignant jealousy of their petty
chief led him to proclaim,-“Let him be MR. MARSH, who has been al Table Mountain, cast out and removed far from me, who writes now froin a new station, llafamasi. The becomes a Christian or learns a book ;" year of which he speaks in the commencement of and I doubt not that many, anxious to this letter, is the year from the time be went to learn, were restrained through fear. But Table Mountain. The reasons for leaving that even his own children would often steal location, after remaining there nine months, and
away, and ask to be taught. On our pitching his wagon in a new place in the wilder leaving, all pretended to be sorry, and ness, will be found in this communication, as
many, perhaps, were so at heart. And stated by bimself.
we regretted to leave them in those wild
and thorny pastures of sin, as sheep This closing year finds me in similar without a shepherd. circumstances as the last ; my wagon is pitched in the wilderness for my tent; a
Cases of Interest. few huts of thatched grass, for store. house and sleeping-place for my boys, There was one man, of more than ordiwould scarcely distinguish the spot from nary character, who had not a little exa hunter's lodge; and the continual cited our interest. He was regular in throng of traders which surround me his place under the tree where we worwith their thatch, their pumpkins and shiped, and a most attentive listener. corn, or their milk and eggs, each eager Though he had five wives, the laugh of for his sixpence, or the woman for her men and kings did not deter him from garden pick, or the girl for a bit of cloth, lingering on Sabbath evening, to learn or a few strings of beads, would lead more of God's word. Finally, he was the passer by to suspect me a country seen clad in a shirt, which may almost peddler.
be called the “anxious seat” of this Thus, with me, the year ends as it be-people. On the last Sabbath of our stay, gan, amid the labors and discomforts he remained sitting after others had left, always attendant upon establishing a and with a serious countenance asked, new station.
“ Where shall we find another teacher With the people of Table Mountain I who will tell us the news from God ? " spent nine months, and we deserted that we have usually had with us eight or station last May. After various mishaps ten natives, employed as laborers and in entering the place, such as upsetting taught as learners. Five of these, the ponderous Dutch wagon, detention of whom we have the highest hope, among rocks and pits and hills, too steep call themselves brothers. The eldest for twelve oxen to draw a small supply we believe to be a true child of God.
About two or three years since, he account of the natural features of the field to came out from the darkness and deg- which he has removed. May the moral aspect radation of the Zulu land. On his way of that particular field, and of the whole region, hither, he met with a man who, in a pro- become ere long, as interesting as the natural fane oath, swore by the Almighty God. scenery. He inquired who that was by whom he swore ? and was answered, it was the The new field which has been selected, great King in heaven, by whom all where I am now making the beginnings things were made. He ridiculed the of a station, is east of Table Mountain, idea, and said there was no such King. the place we left. It is about forty But he was assured that the missionaries miles east of Pietermaritzburg, thirty taught these things to the people in Na. miles from the bay, in a direction betal. On his arrival here, he soon sought tween north and north-west; ten miles opportunity to hear for himself. He mar- about north from Inanda, and the same veled at the strange things he heard, and distance west of Umsunduzi. It is the wished to hear again and again. Having basin containing the branches of the obtained a book he commenced learning, Umhloti river. This tract of country is that he might read the news for himself. about ten miles in diameter, and is nearly He soon drew forth the jeering rebukes surrounded by mountains. Some of of his friends, as a treacherous believer; these are mere peaks, some ridges, and but he told them he cared not for their others spreading off in level lands far mockery, for he was resolved to learn of beyond; but their sides are walled up God. He sought employment of the so steep that out of three hundred and missionary that he might be taught sixty degrees which surround, there are daily, and most eagerly did he snatch my not even sixty which either man or bundle and run before my horse, when I beast would venture to climb; and but told him he might go with me. From two or three narrow passes where a that day to this, (now nearly a year,) he wagon could possibly find its way. Uphas lost none of his zeal to embrace ev- on these heights, this whole country is ery opportunity to learn more of God's presented to the eye in a moment of word. We soon had hope of him as a time. It is a huge basin with a rocky praying Christian. Though a dull schol- brim, and filled with ten thousand verar, he has learned to read; which was so dant hills and valleys, whose mellow earnestly desired by him that he said it scenery strangely contrasts with the wild was his king. I have been anxious to battlements around. From these valleys learn his thoughts before the first ray of issue fountains, and rills, and brooks, and revelation entered his soul, but he assur- rivulets, the numerous ramifications of ed me he had no thoughts, he " was a which, like leaf and twig and bough and mere thing"; that he never even sus branch, form one trunk; uniting to form pected there was a Creator of himself or the Umhloti, which flows out through its the things around him; that all was dark, rocky portals and winds its way to the and he just lived and walked like the sea. In the centre of this basin, among cattle. He was at once anxious for his the sources of these infant streams, the friends, and four of my younger boys are country rises several hundred feet. This with me through his intluence; and as I elevation is ascended by following up hear their praying voices, from behind between the streams, upon the interventhe hill, in the cold dew of the morning, ing ridges, to their common juncture. I too am encouraged to pray, with more Here is formed a plot of an hundred hope that they also will become the chil- acres, which we hope and pray may one dren of God. One of them I cannot but day become the site of a Christian vilconsider an uncommon boy. He has lage. The native name of the place, been with me but about three months, adopted for the station, is Itafamasi, (the and is now able to read the translated plain of milk.) We hope the results of portions of the Old and New Testament future years will constrain us to believe without aid from a teacher; and after thus that God designed this spot to be consereading the story of Joseph, be rehearsed crated to his worship, and that he left to me the particulars, from beginning to these narrow avenues to this wonderful end, better than I have ever heard a Sab- country, that his gospel might enter in bath school scholar of his age before, and dwell here. For a station, it has
decided advantages over the place left. Itafumasi, the New Slation.
The people are far more numerous, and
less sophisticated by foreign influences. Mr. Marsh certainly gives a very interesting It is not so remote from other stations,
and yet not so near as to interfere with tion to the truth, and shows that so many obstaother fields; and it can be reached, if cles are in the way of those who would obey the not without difficulty, yet without incur- gospel May desires and prayers be directed to ring the actual danger which existed be- Him in whose hand are all hearts. fore. Characteristic Believing.
A Young Man Baptized — Opposition.
I wrote you in July, giving some little Many such instances of believing as the one
| account of the religious interest in the bere given, are met with hy missionaries, not in
seminary. The correctness of what I Africa alone.
then stated, in regard to the extreme The people hail the arrival of a anxiety we are compelled to feel, about teacher among them with apparent joy, all good caste youth who begin to manibut for the most part it is, I fear, an ig. fest concern for their souls, has since norant, selfish joy. On my second visit been painfully verified. During our rehere, I spent the night at the kraal of cent meeting, it was thought advisable to the chief. I was entertained with unu-baptize one of the young men to whom sual kindness. In the morning, his son I then alluded. His case is mentioned approaching me said, “ We are believ- in the minutes of our meeting. He is a ers." I asked what he believed. To Roonbe of respectable talents, and we which he replied, “I wish to work for hope that God will make him greatly vou ;” and this is a specimen of the joy- useful to his countrymen. His father is ful belief of many. They rejoice and connected with the army, and all his believe, because they wish to work for friends, just now, are several hundred you, or wish you to make them a present, miles distant. On this account, we had or wish to trade with you, or for some reason to expect less excitement at his other reason equally showing the de- baptism, and besides, he was received praved worldliness of the human heart. into the church in the middle of a vacaBut God can change boisterous igno- tion in the seminary. From both cirrance to humble faith. We will not cumstances combined, we hoped the faint, for in the very midst of these dark- event might pass without causing so minded savages God can build a church much alarm as usual, to the seminary firmer than these everlasting hills, and scholars. But such events do not take more beautiful than these green valleys, place without being known, and exciting where sweet waters gently flow.
commotion, among these hosts of idola
ters. The young men themselves are On the 17th of September, Mr. Marsh adds, at not alarmed; but their parents are, and Ifumi, where the mission, as appears, had been wish to remove them, at once and entireholding its annual meeting :
ly, from our influence. The scholars are
unwilling to leave us, and resort to enI have only time to add that we are treaty, and sometimes deceive their panow separating to return again to our rents, and continue to come under false labors, and I think we all feel that it has pretences. In the present case all have been good for us to be here. God has returned with the exception of three : been with us, and we go away with new but the only condition of their doing so, zeal and more brotherly love, and more is that they be allowed to come as dayjoy in our work.
scholars. Not one remains in the compound. The parents of some are sadly
alarmed; but we are much gratified to Ahmednuggur.
see the scholars appreciate their privi
leges and anxious to improve them. LETTER FROM MR. WILDER, OCTOBER | The religious interest among them in13, 1819.
creased steadily to the close of the term ;
and though they are now more reserved The letter to which Mr. Wilder refers in the land cautious, yet I have good evidence following extract, will be found in the Herald for that four or five still retain their convicDecember last, page 417. The recent meeting tions, and I trust they will, ere long, gain spoken off, was the annual meeting of the mis- courage to give up all for Christ. sion. The statements made below will awaken both pleasant and painful interest-joy, that one Certainly prayer should be offered by Chrisof good caste at Ahmednuggur has recently been rians, not only for these young men, but for the found ready to confess Christ before men-and missionary who, at a time so critical, is their pain, that this event develops so much opposi-l instructor,
at the gate of the rock, and in other Madras.
parts, to prevent the mob ascending.
The field officer of the day, and the col-
lector, came up with all possible baste.
In a few minutes afterwards, they were DR. SCUDDER speaks, July 7th, of having just followed by the Brigadier and several allended the examination of Mr. Winslow's school physicians. But, alas! human efforts at Chintadrepetlah. He was much gratified with availed not. The dead were found heaped what he saw. One of the pupils has been bap- on the steps, grappling each other, and tized, and hope is entertained that he is a Chris. in frightful attitudes. In a family contian. Another, who seemed to be taught of the sisting of six persons, but one child surSpirit, and who wished to be baptized, was taken vived to tell the tale. In another, the away by his relatives; but he escaped from them husband, wife, sister, brother, have all after a lime, and went to the brethren of the Free perished. In a third, mother and child; Scotch Church, by whom he was baptized. He in a fourth, father and son, &c. From is now preparing to preach the gospel. Others, five in the evening of the Alst, and all some time since, became anxious with reference the next day, the interior of the fort and to their spiritual interests, and were taken away
its immediate vicinity, presented a sad, and cruelly treated by friends.
gloomy spectacle. In whichever direc
tion we turned our eyes, we saw dead Melancholy Loss of Life.
bodies, carried like dead sheep in carts
and litters, surrounded by relatives and August 31. A most melancholy event, friends absorbed in grief. the result of the worship of idols, lately Sept. 11. Relative to the sad catastrotook place at Trichinopoly. Within that phe which lately took place at Trichicity, is a rock quite wide at its base, but nopoly, it is said that there are some tapering off towards the top until it suspicious circumstances. The Hindoos comes almost to a point, on which there attend their festivals attired in all their is a small temple of Pulliar. Part of the jewels, and perhaps there may have been ascent of this rock is dangerous, espec- a conspiracy at the bottom of this horriially in cases where the least thing occurs ble affair, to obtain possession of these to disturb the foothold. The catastrophe valuables. This case may be similar to just alluded to, took place a little before one which took place several years ago, sunset. At six o'clock, or thereabouts, when hundreds of natives, likewise from the dense masses ascending and bound for a pagoda, or a festival, arrayed descending, some confusion and jostling as usual in jewelry, were purposely capseem to have taken place, when, in an sized from boats, in crossing the river at instant, a column of the topmost wor- Cuddalore, and their persons stripped of shipers fell on those immediately below all their treasures. The conspirators were them, and these again on others occupy the native officials. The design was ing a lower position on the rock, until, subsequently divulged, through a squabfrom confusion, and running, and press- ble that arose among the plunderers in ing, and suffocation, upwards of two dividing the spoil, which induced one or hundred individuals lost their lives, in more of the conspirators to inform against the vicinity of the shrine of the idol. the others. The 21st was the day on which the Pulliar feast was celebrated; and according Decline of an Anti-missionary College at to a custom which has existed from time
Calcutta. immemorial, people of all classes, indiscriminately, were allowed, on the occa- ! Oct. 10. Nearly three years ago, the sion, free access to the summit of the conversion of a native student of the Free rock, where an offering of plantains, Church Institution in Calcutta created cocoa-nuts, &c. is usually made by the an extraordinary sensation in the Hindoo Hindoo portion of them to the Pulliar, or community. The excitement extended the elephant faced god. The report of to the inmost recesses of native society. the accident was no sooner spread than The rich and the great gave vent to it excited a general alarm. The whole their exasperated feelings in the most town was up; people thronged to the violent anathemas against the missionafoot of the rock; whole families repaired ries; and it was resolved that any man thither uttering heart-rending cries, anx- who ventured to send his child to the ious to know the fate of such of their missionary institutions should be expelled members as had gone up. The main from all the privileges of caste. At the guard turned out. Sentries were posted same time it was resolved to establish &
magnificent anti-missionary college, and scription which commenced with four the sum of three hundred thousand ru- hundred and thirty-six rupees a month, pees was promised by the wealthy Ba- has, in the course of three years, dwinboos, as an endowment. The men who dled down to the sum of seven rupees. professed so deep an anxiety to rescue Is this the result of the conspiracy their children from the jaws of destruc- against the efforts of the missionaries? tion, might have quadrupled the amount, Are the missionary schools abolished ? without feeling the loss of the money. The result of this magnificent effort to Those who considered the intensity of subvert all the educational institutions the excitement and the means of the ex- of the missionaries in Calcutta, and to cited, might have been led to think that establish a large and permanent semithe end of all missionary institutions nary on Hindoo principles in their stead, was at hand. But those who were better affords an additional illustration of the acquainted with the feebleness of the native character in Bengal. It has no native character, felt no alarm for their strength, or stability, or stamina. Whatstability. They knew that all native ever improvement depends solely on feeling was transient in exact proportion native agency, must as a matter of to its vehemence, and that the movement course decay. But the failure, in the would end, as every other effort of a sim- present instance, is by no means to be ilar kind during the last twenty years traced to mere niggardliness. Since the had ended, in smoke. The result has Hindoo Charitable Institution, as the not disappointed their expectations. In- anti-missionary college was designated, stead of 300,000 rupees, not 40,000 were was established in 1846, the sum exsubscribed, of which a little more than pended by its managers and subscribers, 32,000 were realized. This was put at in their poojahs and marriage and funeinterest, and the sum of 108 rupees a ral festivals, in idle shows and pernimonth was the result. This was the cious gifts, has amounted to a sum, the great capital with which it was intended mere interest of which would have to extinguish all the missionary institu- placed this institution beyond the reach tions in Calcutta. At the same time a of accident. But the man who will sum of 436 rupees was put down as a cheerfully lay out two or three thousand monthly subscription, by the Baboos, rupees in having the Muhabharut read, Rajahs and others.
will begrudge the small pittance of five The school was opened in February, or six rupees a month, which he may 1846, and seven hundred boys were ad- I have put down to the school. There is mitted within the first two days. The nothing so intangible as a native subindividuals who had taken it in charge scription. Like the rainbow, it wears a were among the most wealthy and pow- lovely aspect, but while you are contemerful in Calcutta, and fully competent, plating it, it disappears. The man who by their substance and influence, to builds his hopes on the continuity of carry it to a successful issue. At first, native liberality, leans on a broken reed.
visited it every hour; the teachers were A Funded Hindoo Institution at Madras. regularly paid, and "everything was orderly." But the visits of the mana- 1 But at Madras, it appears, an institution likely gers were gradually discontinued; the to exert much influence adverse to Christianity, teachers were kept two and three months has been established on a more permanent basis. in arrears, the best of them left the in- it may be God's design, however, yet to make stitution, and the establishinent was re-use of this institution as an instrument to promote duced to 222 rupees. In the month of the cause of truth. December, last year, the teachers of the school were informed that some of 13. An institution, very adverse to the them must be dismissed, as it had not spread of Christianity, has, within a few bufficient funds for their maintenance. I years, been established in this city. It The house which had been rented for is called Patchayappun's school. Patchforty-five rupees a month, was given up, layappun, a Hindoo, died about fifty years and another, in an infamous locality,) ago, and left a large amount of properrented at twenty-five rupees monthly. ty, which, by a late act of the Supreme Soon after, the establishment was re- Court of this Presidency, was devoted duced to one hundred and twenty-nine to the founding of this school, or is to rupees a month, as the managers had be devoted to its support. There is nothing to trust to but the interest of therefore but little danger of its failure the vested funds. The monthly sub- from such instability as that which has