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characterized the school to which allu-l hear. If he has not come among us sion has been made above. Funds will with all the divine power which he has ever be at hand for its support. From manifested in some other places, he has this school the Bible is excluded, and had mercy upon our low estate, and done the only prospect now is, that hosts of great things for us, whereof we are glad. young infidels will issue from it to op- | The first appearance of awakened pose us in our efforts to spread the gos- feeling occurred about two months since. pel. Hatred to Christianity is inter-One of the boys had, during the vacawoven with its very texture. It num-tion, witnessed the death of his mother, bers more than five hundred students, who though a nominal Christian, is said but it is a pleasing circumstance, that a to have been a woman of very bad charlarge amount of contra influence is at acter. Her death appears to have been work in the various mission schools in an awful one, and to have struck terror this city.
into the heart of her son. He said he could not bear the thought of dying as
she had died, and going down to hell with Mladura.
his sins aggravated by all the spiritual
privileges and temporal mercies he had LETTER FROM MR. TRACY, SEPTEMBER
enjoyed in the seminary. After his re29, 1849.
turn here he could find no rest, until, as
I hope, he found it in Christ.
The reader will not fail to notice, as he reads
the following paragraph, the widely extended inPasumalie, commected with the Madura mission,
Buence of one revival. This is not the first inand the Christian reader of this communication will find much cause for gratitude in the evidence
stance in which the work of grace among the
Nestorians has led to prayer, and has resulted presented that upon this seininary, as well as
in spiritual blessings in other missionary fields. others in the foreign field, God has looked in mercy.
An account of the recent revival The mission seminaries should be objects of lamong the Nestorians, excited in teachspecial prayer, that God will make them institu-ers and scholars, a desire for a similar tions in which many young men may be trained blessing among ourselves. Several of who shall be prepared, by the influences of the the church members seemed to have reSpirit, to be eminently useful among their coun-ceived a new spirit of earnest, iinportutrymen-faithful native preachers of the truth; nate prayer, and a day was subsequently and there is special cause for gratitude when set apart for special prayer and fasting. these institutions are visited with revivals. The The meetings were deeply solemn, and number of pupils in the semiuary under Mr. I never witnessed more earnest prayers Tracy's care is thirty. Their general conduct than were offered by some of the native has been good, he says, and they are attentive members of the church. The general to their studies.
feeling of solemnity was increased, and
several of the most hopeless of the stuOne person only, the wife of one of dents were brought under conviction, the teachers, has been added to the church and I trust were led to the foot of the since my last report. Early in the year, cross. Nine or ten are now indulging two or three of the students manifested the hope that they have been born again, some interest in religious things, and de- and several others, with a greater or less sired to be admitted to the church; but degree of interest, are inquiring what one of them fell into sin, and both lost, they must do to be saved. I trust the to a great degree, their religious feelings. Lord is yet in our midst, and that he The external conduct of church mem- will manifest his power and grace in bers was unexceptionable, so far as I the salvation of these dear youth. O know, but there was a great want of fer-for faith to wrestle with God, until not vor in religion. A death-like lethargy one of them shall be left out of the ark seemed to have seized upon the church of safety. as well as upon the impenitent, and I The goodness of God manifested in had almost come to the conclusion that saving some of the most hopeless youth the Lord had forgotten to be gracious, in the seminary, has strengthened a deand had cast us off forever. But he has termination, long since formed in my rebuked my unbelief, and has shown that mind, never to despair of the most abanhis hand is not shortened that it cannot doned. One of these young converts, save, nor his ear heavy that it cannot of whom I have the most confident hope, was for a long time apparently a confirmed He reached Madura in March, 1849. This comliar and thief, and was strongly suspected munication shows that he is interested and happy of grosser crime; but I trust the Lord in his work. has washed and sanctified him, and made him a vessel of mercy,
Labors for the Sick. I cannot help looking upon this visita- It is now six months since I entered tion of the Lord both as a token of his upon the pleasant duties of my departfavor to the seminary in particular, and ment, during which time I have enjoyed as an earnest of rich blessings yet in many tokens of love from the Giver of store for this benighted people. I am all good. It is his hand alone that has sure it will encourage you, and all who protected, guided and blessed. love the cause of Christ, to pray more Dr. Scudder left Madura for Madras earnestly and with more hope, for a three days after I arrived here, conseblessing upon our labors.
quently the labors peculiar to his depart
ment immediately devolved upon me. Faithful Efforts of Nalive Christians. He extended the blessings of his pro
One of the most pleasing effects of fession to those beyond the mission this revival in the seminary has been
circle, “until his great compassion was its influence upon the members of the
well known among this people.” A church. They have, almost without ex
large number of the sick daily assemception, been stirred up to new activity
bled on his compound, for medical treatin the cause of their divine Master, and
ment; to all of whom he first gave rethis has been manifested not only in their
ligious instruction, and afterwards premore earnest prayerfulness, and in their scribed for their maladies. If any came endeavors to do good to their fellow stu
after the hour appointed for religious indents, but in their increased anxiety for struction, they were deprived of medithe salvation of the heathen. Besides cine for that morning; the object of daily circles of prayer for the impeni
such a course being to prevent tardiness, tent students, they have a weekly concert
and bring all within hearing of the truth. of prayer for the heathen. These meet
He has prepared the way for similar ings have all been commenced, and car
labors among this people to be continued. ried on, without any suggestion or assist
Knowing that, with little expense of time ance on my part. But their efforts for
and money, a great amount of physical the good of the people have not been
suffering can be relieved, and good seed confined to their prayers. I have often
be sown, (although much of it falls on seen them, during the hours of recess
stony ground and by the way side,) I from study, conversing with people pass.
can conscientiously pursue no other ing on the road; and most of the church
course. members, as well as those who we hope
Since the first of July, (the time I have been recently born again. spend opened a register,) I have entered beevery Saturday afternoon in visiting, and
odtween six and seven hundred names. distributing Scriptures and tracts, in all During the thre
mal During the three months previous, the the villages within reach. From the re-atte
attendance was somewhat greater. The ports which they bring back to me I have truth has been read to more than two pleasing evidence, not only that they are
thousand souls, including the children faithful in declaring the truth to all to
and those who accompany the sick, whom they can gain access, but that, in
during the six months of my labors, in a general, they are very kindly received, place retired from the noise and confuand listened to by the people. In seve
sion of the city, and under such circumral instances, brahmins have invited them
stances that the speaker gains a quiet, into their houses, have conversed freely
and apparently an interested hearing. and kindly with them on the subject of What amount of good may result from religion, and on their leaving. have urged scattering the truth in this manner, none them to return again. May all the seed
can tell. If one soul even shall at last thus sown spring up and bear fruit an
be found at the right hand, the labor will hundred fold, to the glory of God.
not be in vain. No cases of special religious interest have occurred among the sick. As a people, the natives are at
heart very ungrateful. They eat their LETTER FROM DR. SHELTON, OCTOBER 5, 1849,
medicine and go away without any sense
of obligation or gratitude. The diseases Dr. SHELTON, it will be remembered, has are much the same as in America among been but a short time connected with the mission. the lower orders of the people, excepting
that they are somewhat modified by a new church. The brethren of the Longreater degree of moral depravity, and don Society kindly suspended their own a want of early medical treatment. The services and united with us. The introevil and melancholy effects of the latter ductory exercises were conducted by cause, could not be more clearly exhib-brother Young, and the sermon was
preached by brother Stronach. After
wards I presented the design of the or. Advantages of the Pulneys.
dinance of baptism, with the duties and All the brethren at present are enjoy
obligations of those receiving it, and ing such a measure of health as to per
asked various questions, calculated to mit each to labor in his own field, and to
in elicit the motives of the candidates in accomplish a good amount of labor.
| asking baptism, their belief in the funThe members of this mission, in seasons
damental doctrines of Christianity, and of debility and partial loss of health,
their faith in Christ. These were an. have resources for recruiting, which
swered by each individual, in an audible, those in other missions have not? When unhesitating, and fearless manner; evifears begin to arise as to their health. I dently with the design, that as the assemthey can turn their eyes to the blue bled congregation had heard the quesPulneys, which, but a day's journey dis- tio
tedavis urnov dis tions, so they should hear their answer, tant, tower among the clouds, and take and know, and witness to, their firm pur. courage. I have not yet had the plea-pose to cleave to one God, Father, Son, sure of visiting them; but from the ac-a counts of those who have. I think they obey him, with their positive and unalare properly called the “life-preserver terable determination to have no more of the mission.” Affections of the liver fellowship and connection with their forand jungle fever, are the only two dis
iner idolatry and superstitions. The eases in which missionaries may not
church was filled with an attentive and hope to receive benefit from a visit to apparently interested congregation. All thein. General debility is one of the the services passed off in a most pleasant first precursors of disease, which can and orderly manner; scarcely less s0 generally be removed by a short resi-l than in any well-instructed and Christian dence among the Pulneys, as well as in congregation. New England.
Some Account of the Persons Baplized.
As you have been already made acmon.
quainted with the principal points of in
terest in the history of the experience of LETTER FROM MR. DOTY, SEPT. 15, 1849. these individuals, it is now needless to
go over this history again, During the last Additions to the Church.
five months, I have held various private The family spoken of in this letter will be re interviews with them, both for instruccognized as the one in regard to which interest
tion and examination. Mr. Talmage was ing cominunications have been published in pre
still here during several of these examivious numbers of the Herald,
nations, and I believe was well satisfied
of the propriety of their admission to the I wrote briefly in July, and now I church, for which they had voluntarily write again, to record the continued made formal application. Mr. Young, favor of our God; especially in the reali- whom I invited to attend one of these zation of the anticipated privilege of interviews, was also of the same opinwelcoming an increase to the number of ion. professed disciples in our little church. It is true there still exists with them On Sabbath afternoon, July 29th, the or- much ignorance of many doctrines of dinance of baptism was administered to the Christian religion. They are not Hông-sin-si, the aged mother, and to her strong men, but mere babes. Their protwo sons, Ong-chieng-chôan, and Ong-gress in knowledge is necessarily slow, chieng-hong, of whose interesting cases as only one can read, and he only very you have been at various times informed. imperfectly. Hence they cannot search The occasion was one of deep interest the Scriptures with that profit with to every one here, who takes pleasure in which the better educated could, and the prosperity of the Lord's work among must depend for their learning almost this people. It was also the first cele- entirely upon what they hear. In the bration of any Christian ordinance in our case of the old mother, there is also a
disposition to place too great a value commands respect, though perhaps he upon externals, not, however, in any may not so powerfully influence those degree, undervaluing the absolute ne- with whom he comes in contact. He cessity of heart-work. This however can read some; and as by birth, so by can hardly be thought strange, when we qualification, he is the family patriarch, remember that never had an idea of any taking the lead in the reading of the thing else than ceremony in religion Scriptures and family worship. entered her even now but partially en- The younger son partakes of the dislightened mind, until, in old age, and position of both mother and brother ; steeped in superstition, she came in con- possessing much of the boldness and tact with the gospel.
talkative powers of the one, with the In conversation on Christian experi- mild and unassuming bearing of the ence, it was always delightful to find other. He can read but very little ; but how their views and feelings agreed is applying himself to the acquisition of with Scripture declarations and exhibi- such ability with evident success. He tions of character, of the existence of discusses truth and argues well; and which they could have had but a very urges home the consideration of these imperfect knowledge. Without the the things with a good degree of tact and ory they possessed the feeling, without effect. All manifest a serious, honest the knowledge, the experience; while and active earnestness, which makes their practice, for months past, has been them lights, which we are encouraged a pleasant exhibition of the transforming to hope will shine brighter and brighter efficacy of the religion of Jesus. Their unto the perfect day; and which will, thirst for instruction, and delight in the we trust, enlighten many dark minds, Word read and preached, has ever been and enliven many dead souls around great, and knows no satiety.
them. From pointed and close inquiry it appears, that previously to their attention The Communion Service. having been arrested by the gospel, the idea of the guilt and punishment of sin, On the Sabbath following the baptism, had never entered their minds. Though they took their seats with the other disthey knew well the difference between ciples around the Lord's table, and comright and wrong, yet it would seem memorated his dying love. This was really as if there was no conscience ap- the first celebration of the Supper in our proving or disapproving, and no anxi-church edifice. Heretofore, the other ety about any hereafter. It was quite brethren and ourselves had united in the enough to pass respectably through this celebration of the ordinance in a private life, avoiding the punishment of human dwelling. The time had now come for law, and not subject to the reprehensions us to adopt a separate course. Besides of neighbors.
the manifest propriety of observing all The natural dispositions of the mother church ordinances, as far as practicable, and her sons are quite different, and in the house of God, it became needful strikingly manifested in their Christian for the convenience of one of our memdeportment. She is very bold and free-bers, the old woman, who otherwise spoken. What she thinks, she is likely would necessarily be deprived of the to say ; what she believes to be right, privileges of a part of the public worshe does not hesitate to proclaim, and ship on the day of the celebration of this seems deterrnined to practise. Her ordinance, as, with her small, cramped whole soul appears stirred up with a feet, she could not walk to both. sense of the wicked folly of idolatry, On this occasion, we had a large and and excited with an abhorrence of it. pleasantly attentive congregation, there It makes little difference who may be being now, as at the baptism on the prepresent, she announces with boldness ceding Sabbath, a goodly number of her convictions, and exhorts them to cast women also present. Never before in away their senseless idols and worship Amoy, nor probably in any other place the one living and true God. Her man- in China, had so many Chinese assemner however is not offensive, and she bled at one time and in one place, to usually secures a hearing.
witness this simple and solemn ordiThe elder son is quite the opposite ; nance. Many of those present had quiet and meditatively thoughtful, and doubtless never previously witnessed it. not disposed to much talk. What he Among numbers of my frequent or condoes say, however, is usually with much stant hearers, there seemed a solemnity point. His mild and retiring manner of feeling that indicated much thought
fulness. It seemed a pleasant, and I ren, and held alternately in our church trust it was a profitable day to the little and the chapel of the London Society's band of disciples, whose hearts appear mission. It is well attended. truly knit together, as members of one Tuesday, afternoon. — Bible class on family, and partakers of like hopes and the New Testament. The regular class interests.
is composed of from nine to twelve indi
viduals, with a number of other regular Account of Labors.
attendants. It is not unfrequently that Some of the readers of the Herald are doubt thirty, forty, fifty, or more, convene and less pleased, occasionally, to follow a missionary quietly listen to our scriptural investigathrongh such an account as Mr. Doty here gives
tions and explanations. At present we of his labors and the employment of his time,
are engaged on the Epistle to the Hethus gaining a more intimale knowledge of his
| brews. I have adopted the plan of mak
ing this lesson of the Bible class the << manner of life.”
subject of discourse the following SabA succinct sketch of our various la- bath morning. bors and services may be acceptable. Wednesday. I preach, on this afterPerhaps the best method will be to begin noon, in the school-room, to the scholars, with our great day, and run through the and a few women who assemble from week. I say our great day-for our the immediate neighborhood. Sabbath is not only the “ day of all the Thursday, afternoon.— Bible class on week the best,” but our great working the Old Testament. Prosecuting the day also.
study of the Old Testament in course, On this day there are three services in we have advanced to the second book of the church.
Kings. 1. At half past nine o'clock, morning, Friday, morning.-A family meeting when I invariably preach.
in the house of the old woman and her 2. At half past eleven in the forenoon. sons, for expounding the Scriptures and Service conducted by the evangelist. prayer. Usually a number of the neigh
3. At three o'clock in the afternoon. bors, chiefly women and children, conBrother Young assists me in preaching vene. I generally alternate with the every alternate Sabbath.
evangelist. The attendance on our Sabbath ser- Saturday.-On every Saturday mornvices continues to be much as heretoforeing preceding our communion, every two reported. If there be any change it is months, we have a preparatory meeting. on the side of encouragement. The This service consists in reading and exaverage attendance at the morning ser-pounding an appropriate portion of Scrip. vices, I judge to be from one hundred ture, social and free interchange of and fifty to two hundred, while that in views and experience, instruction and the afternoon is usually considerably exhortation, singing and prayer. This greater. Of females too, we always is usually a pleasant, profitable and intehave a representation. One thing which resting exercise, I regard as indicating advance, is the On days not otherwise occupied by more frequent, and more attentive at- public services the church is opened, tendance of men of character and re. when the native evangelist is present for spectability. It is a much more common conversation and free discussion with thing to see such scattered among the any who may come in, and the distribucongregation, easily recognized by their tion of tracts to those who can read and dress and manner.
profit by them. The evangelist also reAt the opening of the church in sides in a building of ours connected February last, I adopted the following with the church, where, in a more prias a formula of public worship, and adhere vate way, he converses with and into it, viz: 1. Invocation. 2. Reading
structs those who may call. It is quite the Decalogue. 3. Singing. 4. Readimpossible for me to attend these sering a portion of Scripture. 5. Prayer. Ivices. My time and strength are re6. Sermon. 7. Prayer. 8. Singing. 9. quired, if not exhausted, in study to Benediction. In the afternoon the order prepare for and in performing the other is the same, except the reading of the labors, of a more public and formal charDecalogue, which is omitted.
acter. Monday.Each first Monday after- ! In addition to the above, every morning poon of the month, we have our Chinese at half past eight o'clock, I meet with monthly concert. This service is con- a number of Chinese in my own house, ducted alternately by each of the breth- for reading the Scriptures and prayer,