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CHINA.

of their very deep poverty they subLETTER from the Rev. Carstairs

scribe nearly a dollar a month towards his support.

Their choice fell almost Douglas to Mr. George Barbour :

unanimously on the man doubtless best Amoy, 9th October, 1861. fitted for the work, by name Song. He DEAR MR. BARBOUR, — Since last is one of the four first-fruits of Anhai, writing I do not think I have been one that were baptized in the Gospel Boat Sabbath at Amoy, having (as usual) been before the chapel was recovered; he moving about among the surrounding had already been the means of the stations. Of these visits, Anhai has had conversion of his mother, his brother, and two. In the former í baptized one his sister, and, probably, to some extent, woman and two children. The woman also of others. It was he who accomis the wife of Twan, who was himself panied Mr. Mackenzie and me when we baptized by Mr. Swanson several months spent last New Year's day at Chin-chew ago; and in the intervening time their city. May the Lord of the harvest infant child had also been baptized. She abundantly bless him in this special is the first young woman who has come service for the salvation of many souls ! forward decidedly; the youngest of the Last Sabbath I spent at Chang-chew, female members at Anhai (before her) where we are at present working along having reached the age of fifty. Since her with our American brethren and the baptism several more young women have assistants maintained by their station of ventured to come to the meetings ; she is Chroh-bey. The opposition at Chang.chew from the same village where the old has now become much less, and the small Christian woman died lately. By a place of meeting which was torn to curious coincidence, the two children are pieces two or three months ago is now the children of Jiong, who was himself in process of being slightly repaired, baptized the same day with Twan. Jiong without any hindrance. I held worship lives at a village fully three miles from this time on board a new boat which the the chapel ; on the Sabbath forenoon, he American brethren have lately built. I carried his two infants in two large examined fifteen male candidates, several baskets, slung from the ends of a long of whom seem very decided cases of real pole on his shoulder, as the Chinese heart-work; but it is well to try very commonly carry burdens; I should carefully the first stones that are laid on rather say, on the one end was a basket, the one only foundation in a new place, in which a little boy sat, and on the and especially in such a city as Changother a cradle, holding an infant of two chew. There are two or three women months. His wife, who is not yet even who could not come to the boat; and an inquirer, came along with him to see there are also several other persons the infants dedicated to the Lord. On somewhat interested who do not yet my second visit to Anhai (Sabbath week), decidedly keep the Sabbath-the great we celebrated the ordinance of the Lord's outward sign, as of old, between the Supper for the third time in that place. world and the Israel of God. May the On the Saturday evening before, we God of all grace soon magnify the riches received news from Chin-chew that the of his grace in that populous city, and high mandarins there had been notified the wide country to which it is the doorof the Emperor's death; we were just way. meeting for worship when the news

Believe me, yours as ever, came, and one of the first things said

CARSTAIRS DOUGLAS. about it was the question, “ Was he a believer?" Following the example of the other

Swatow, China, Aug. 19th, 1861. stations, the Anhai members have chosen

MY DEAR DR. HAMILTON,— It is rather one of their number to assist in pro- from a sense of the duty of writing more claiming the Gospel in the villages in or less statedly to the friends and suptheir own neighbourhood; and out porters of our mission than from having

anything very special or encouraging to The school at Tat-how-po continues to report, that I now write. During the half occupy our attention and prayers, and the year that has passed since I left Amoy for few boya attending it are daily instructed the Tie-Chin mission field, my time has in the Scriptures, and have already learned been chiefly occupied in acquiring the dia- the hymns composed by Mr. Burns during lect spoken here. I find, however, that I his sojourn in Tie-Chin. I regret to say cannot here, as at Amoy, secure much un- that in Swatow, and in the villages near it, broken time for study. The many things there is still a bitter and hostile feeling to be attended to in connection with our towards foreigners. Foreigners have but two or (including Yam-chan) three stations little right to complain, for they are but here, and the occasional visits for preaching reaping in some measure the fruit of what and tract distributing which I feel con- they have sown. But we are very hopeful strained to make to the foreign ships that that ere long there will be freer access to all come to this port, so break in upon my parts of Tie-Chin, and then we hope to find time that I find it very difficult to engage that our labour in the meanwhile in this in systematic and consecutive study of the place, the resort of people from the whole language. Yet I am thankful to say that country round, has been in some degree I am not without encouragement as to preparing the way for the entrance of the progress, and already I find that I can Gospel. make myself understood to the few native I was much encouraged by the arrival Christians connected with us, in explaining here in the beginning of July of one of the the Scriptures and in prayer. Let me re- converts connected with our mission in peat the request that you and others in Singapore, the fruit of Si-Boo's labours and terested in the mission would pray for my prayers in that place. His name is Bungreater and speedier progress in this strange Leng: and as, since his arrival, he has been tongue, that in due time, if the Lord will, in his native town, about ten or ofteen I may be able to preach the glorious Gospel miles from this, a solitary professing Christo this benighted and idolatrous people. tian in the midst of the heathen, we are

For more than a month I was left in sole anxious regarding him: may the Good charge of our stations at Swatow and Tat- Shepherd daily care for him! We look how-po, Mr. Burns having suddenly, and forward to having the communion at Tatto my keen regret, left for Foo-chow on the how.po on the first Sabbath of September, 2nd of July, and Mr. Smith being then and we trust that Bun-Leng will be able to still at Yam-chow. Most of that time I unite with us then. spent at Tat-how-po, there being more there There are at present one or two who seem than here requiring direct overseeing. In to be hopefully interested in the truth, and Tat-how-po itself there is at present seem who first heard it here in Swatow about a ingly little interest in the Gospel

, though month ago. They have now left for places crer and again one and another has listened at some distance from this; but from the with seeming interest and encouraged us day they first heard until they left, they still to work on and look up in the faith came almost regularly to morning and erenthat showers of grace will yet come down. ing worship. In such our hearts become In the villages around the town our native deeply and tenderly interested, and we brethren always enjoy good opportunities would bespeak for them the prayers of all of preaching, and in one of these especially who desire to see our work in the Gospel there are several men and women who seem prosper. really desirous to know more of the Gospel. Our brethren of the American Baptist

I am but beginning to learn some of the Mission have secured good premises in countless prejudices and prepossessions Swatow, and will doubtless ere long have which, in addition to the native hostility of their various agencies at work: they have every natural heart to the law and the also a station at Tat-how-po. I regret ta Gospel of God, hang as dead weights, and say that Mr. and Mrs. Sawtelli, of their entangle as in the meshes of a strong net mission, who but lately came to Tie-Chin, the Chinaman who would receive the truth have been obliged to decide on returning to as it is in Jesus. So cunningly has the America, the climate here being too trying father of lies worked among his children in for them. Mr. Smith is, I understand, this land! But He who came to destroy writing by this mail, and giving some inthe works of the devil has begun his blessed formation as to the hopes and the difficul. work of deliverance in China, and ere many ties connected with our work at Yam-chan. generations have come and gone there shall He returned on the 14th, after nearly four be multitudes of the “freemen whom the months' stay, truth makes free;” thousands upon thou. I must now conclude this hurried letter, sands of the sons and daughters of China but not without saying that the news from rising to call him blessed! Cheering pros. the Synods and Assemblies in England and pect this !

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full of interest and of refreshment to our Tie-chin. With affectionate regards to all spirits. Continue, dear friends and brethren, our friends, and to those who pray for the to hold up our hands in the work we seek coming of the kingdom in China, to maintain, on your part, against the ene

I remain, &c., mies of our Lord and Master, in this dark and most wicked and unhappy region of

H. L. MACKENZIE.

Correspondence.

OUR CHURCH'S MISSION TO will find them an immense facilitation to
INDIA.

all his labours, and a delightful sphere in

which to carry forward the direct work To the Editor of the English Presbyterian Messenger of his ministry; but, as the circumstan

48, Euston Square, London, N.W., ces of Beauleah are altogether different Dec. 16, 1861.

from those of Calcutta, no attempt will Dear Sir,-As you are aware, a few be made to teach its peasant population zealous members of our Church, con.

our language, or to impart anything more nected with India, have offered to com- than the elements of a plain and usesul mence a mission there.

The locality education. The time of the European which they have selected is the district missionary will thus be entirely free for of Rajshye, lying on the banks of the evangelistic and pastoral labours; and Ganges, a hundred miles north of Cal. for these he will have boundless opporcutta, and containing the great city of tunity in a region so thickly peopled, and Moorshedabad, where the representative where there is no one at present proof the former Mohammedan rulers of claiming the message of mercy: Bengal still has his palace. In this dis

It may be added, that all through the trict, although not in this city, our district are scattered many of our counfriends propose to establish a vernacular trymen, who are at present as sheep mission; and for its immediate field they without a shepherd. Some of them have selected the civil station of Ram- would welcome at once a Presbyterian pore-Beauleah, near to which there is a minister, and others would no doubt, by large population employed in cultivating affectionate and persevering efforts, be and manufacturing silk and indigo. Here brought to attend on the means of grace. they are prepared to expend at once a

I need scarcely add, that it is our thousand pounds in erecting schools for anxiety to conduct this mission in the boys and girls; and they have guaran- closest co-operation with those of the teed three hundred pounds a-year for Free Church; and it will be felt as no the support of a native evangelist and small advantage by the missionary in teachers. Following up this munificent Rajshye, that he has so near at hand offer, at its meeting in April last, the friends and counsellors in the venerated Synod agreed to send out to the same fathers and brethren beloved of the Callocality an ordained European mission cutta Institution. ary; and it is in the hope that some one

When our laity are devising liberal of the probationers, or younger ministers things, the ministry is surely prepared of our Church, may be induced to volun- for noble deeds. A similar appeal has teer on this service, that I put forth this been already put forth through The appeal through your columns.

Witness newspaper ; but it would be I venture to hope that this mission very gratifying to the committee if the will present some attraction to those who first response came from amongst ourwish to give themselves to the work of selves. A letter, addressed to our Secrevernacular preaching. The schools will tary, “The Rev. W. Ballantyne, the be speedily organised by the Rev. Behari Manse, Church Road West, London, Lal Singh, whose services, meanwhile, N.” or to myself, will receive immediate the Calcutta brethren have kindly spared attention. for this purpose, and they will be entirely

I remain, dear sir, conducted by native teachers. Of course,

Your's truly, just as in the schools connected with our Churches at home, an earnest minister

JAMES HAMILTON.

anything very special or encouraging to The school at Tat-how-po continues to report, that I now write. During the half occupy our attention and prayers, and the year that has passed since I left Amoy for few boya attending it are daily instructe the Tie-Chin mission field, my time has in the Scriptures, and have already leari been chiefly occupied in acquiring the dia- the hymns composed by Mr. Burns dari lect spoken here. I find, however, that I his sojourn in Tie-Chin. I regret to a cannot here, as at Amoy, secure much un- that in Swatow, and in the villages near broken time for study. The many things there is still a bitter and hostile fee' to be attended to in connection with our towards foreigners. Foreigners have two or (including Yam-chan) three stations little right to complain, for they are here, and the occasional visits for preaching reaping in some measure the fruit of: and tract distributing which I feel con. they have sown. But we are very hús strained to make to the foreign ships that that ere long there will be freer access come to this port, so break in upon my parts of Tie-Chin, and then we hope : time that I find it very difficult to engage that our labour in the meanwhile in systematic and consecutive study of the place, the resort of people from the language. Yet I am thankful to say that country round, has been in some I am not without encouragement as to preparing the way for the entrance progress, and already I find that I can Gospel. make myself understood to the few native I was much encouraged by the Christians connected with us, in explaining here in the beginning of July of or the Scriptures and in prayer. Let me re- converts connected with our mi. peat the request that you and others in Singapore, the fruit of Si.Boo's labı terested in the mission would pray for my prayers in that place. His name greater and speedier progress in this strange Leng: and as, since his arrival, he tongue, that in due time, if the Lord will, in his native town, about ten. I may be able to preach the glorious Gospel miles from this, a solitary profes: to this benighted and idolatrous people. tian in the midst of the heathi

For more than a month I was left in sole anxious regarding him: may charge of our stations at Swatow and Tat- Shepherd daily care for him! how-po, Mr. Burns having suddenly, and forward to baving the communi to my keen regret, left for Foo-chow on the how-po on the first Sabbath of 2nd of July, and Mr. Smith being then and we trust that Bun-Leng w still at Yam-chow. Most of that time I unite with us then. spent at Tat-how-po, there being more there There are at present one or two than here requiring direct overseeing. In to be hopefully interested in tl. Tat-how-po itself there is at present seem- who first heard it here in Swa! ingly little interest in the Gospel, though month ago. They have now le ** crer and again one and another has listened at some distance from this; to with seeming interest and encouraged us day they first heard until the still to work on and look up in the faith came almost regularly to mom that showers of grace will yet come down. ing worship. In such our ).. In the villages around the town our native deeply and tenderly interes: brethren always enjoy good opportunities would bespeak for them the of preaching, and in one of these especially i who desire to see our work i there are several men and women who seem prosper. really desirous to know more of the Gospel. Our brethren of the Am

I am but beginning to learn some of the Mission have secured goo. countless prejudices and prepossessiong Swatow, and will doubtless which, in addition to the native hostility of their various agencies at way every natural heart to the law and the also a station at Tat-how-p Gospel of God, hang as dead weights, and say that Mr. and Mrs. Saw entangle as in the meshes of a strong net mission, who but lately cair the Chinaman who would receive the truth have been obliged to decide 1 as it is in Jesus. So cunningly has the America, the climate here father of lies worked among his children in for them. Mr. Smith is, this land! But He who came to destroy writing by this mail, and a the works of the devil has begun his blessed formation as to the hopes a work of deliverance in China, and ere many ties connected with our wor generations have come and gone there shall He returned on the 14th, a be multitudes of the “freemen whom the months' stay, truth makes free;" thousands upon thou- I must now conclude this sands of the sons and daughters of China but not without saying tha: rising to call him blessed! Cheering pros. the Synods and Assemblies

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