« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »
plore advantageous to the stations, to List of Stations will show an addition to which they must ultimately return on the number of labourers. Our interests the completion of their education. My are placed in great jeopardy by the preschools and congregations are very en sent scanty supply. Mr. Stott's health couraging. During the recent session of has been so feeble for some months, as the Supreme Court, Sir Anthony Oli. to threaten his removal from the Disphabi, the Chief Justice, has visited us, trict. Nothing but the most imperious and expressed his very high approbation necessity would lead him to abandon his of the plans we have in operation on this post, I am sure ; yet, in case that nestation. On Friday evening last, Sir cessity should arise, we could not supAnthony presided at a public meeting, ply his place. And, on the supposition held at S. Paul's, for the formation of that some one were sent out, he could an association to be called “ The Jaffna not be qualified to enter fully upon Mr. Nasve improvement Society.” It has Scott's labours for a long time to come. been mainly originated by my young But why should I occupy your time and Den, some of whom spoke admirably on my own by any attempt to elucidate the occasion in English. Mr. Gabriel what is so obviously clear? Mellookishna, whom I have often men. The question respecting the appointtioned in my communications, is the ment of an agent for our female school, Secretary. Some of the most respect has been before me almost constantly able and influential natives in the pro since I last wrote; and I am inclined Tinde vere present. I trust it may sti. to think that Mrs. Percival, with her Dulate the young men to diligence in the present helpers, can conduct our female cultivation of their minds.
establishment efficiently. Had we a lady Mr. Stott is now quite well. Mr. Ather from England at the head of our schools, ton, from whom I heard yesterday, says, we could not maintain the subordinate *Our prospects are still good. Opposi. agents now employed, nor could she, as tion has ceased on all sides, and the way a stranger, fill up their places. Under all of the Lord is being made plain all over circumstances, I think it would be the the country. No doubt there will be a most advisable to make the best of local gaand 'Come over' in a short time: help, and thus improve it. The advanbut the vant of the second Missionary at tages in point of economy, and the supeCarrerigo is felt. There are forty or rior acquaintance with the state of things more baptized : there are already two in the country, possessed by those raised dasses; and every thing seems ready.” up on Mission-stations, are very great We trust, on their arrival, that your new recommendations.
Extract of a Letter from the Same, dated Jaffna, October 14th, 1843. THE overland which arrived yester One of the measures would be, day brought us the “Stations ” and a obtaining aid from Her Majesty's School letter, dated August 31st. Gratifying Commission for the Point-Pedro, Cattaindeed is the announcement they convey. velly, and Jaffna English Schools. The Mr. Stott will be able to prosecute his Rules they have recently adopted to enlabours at Batticaloa under very favour courage co-operation in this department able circumstances; and the Missionary are liberal, and will allow of a full exerwho comes to his help will have his cise of the influence we now exert over
entrance among us” under auspices our schools. If the English schools were that fall to the lot of but few. We may adopted by the Commission on our four hope that proportionable advantages will stations, we should have a surplus of result to the great cause. Mr. Stott is £150 per annum. With this we could now recovered; but I am informed that afford another man, including his travel. he is still feeble.
ling, &c. Could you have sent us another man, Had we a young Missionary of good Point-Pedro might be made more of, abilities at Jaffna, Point-Pedro could be than under present circumstances. It made much more efficient than at preis to be regretted that you have to com sent, and every department of our work plain of the want of funds, and that the would be strengthened. Puttoor, men. deficiency involves such consequences to tioned in my last, is advancing favourthe work. I am seriously meditating on ably. The school is increasing in numthe expediency of doing something that bers, and contains also a few girls. The shall, if possible, enable us to sustain inhabitants have contributed, for the another man with the amount you allow roofing of the old church, about seventy
palmira-trees. The building is about men of great promise ; but I am one hundred and five feet by twenty- afraid, such are the circumstances of five. It is my intention to arrange it this country, that I shall have to mourn so as to accommodate the Schoolmaster over failures among them. The tempand the school, &c., under the same tation to leave Mission-school work for roof. The garden, as I before re that of Government is just in the ratio ported, is large, and available for plan- of qualification for either. Governmenttation. The gardens of this place, service is, in many cases, preferred, Cattavelly, and Wannarponne, ought to not only on account of the greater yield sufficient to maintain jointly one emoluments that can be obtained, but Catechist and one Schoolmaster. I because it implies no particular moral have now under my care several young restraint.
PATRONAGE OF IDOLATRY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON.
CEYLON.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Robert Spence Hardy,
dated Negombo, June 3d, 1843. I HAVE requested Mr. Anthoniez to that, although the interference of Go. send you, by the present overland, a vernment in heathen festivals has been proof of the first sheet of “The Friend” prohibited in India, it should be per. for this month; which, you will see, mitted to continue in Ceylon. The contains an account of an exhibition in apathy which exists on the subject Kandy, that is likely to do immense in among the churches here is yet more jury to the cause of God in this island, surprising : it makes me sometimes as well as in the more distant countries think that I must be indulging in some of Burmah and Siam. It is surprising,
TIIE DALADA RELIC, OR THE TOOTH OF BUDHU.
There is at Kandy a piece of ivory, King of Siam. The narrative of the or some similar substance, said by the ceremony is as follows:Budhists to be a tooth of Budhu. This “ His Excellency the Governor and relic is under the care of the Government several ladies and gentlemen appeared at Agent of the central province. The the shrine, in the Malegawa, about three tooth, enclosed in a splendid shrine, is o'clock, when the Dewa Nillema, the guarded at night by a sentinel from the principal Chief of the temple, requested Ceylon rifles, a regiment which is prin the acting Government Agent, Mr. Bul. cipally composed of Malays, (who, it is ler, to hand over the key of the shrine needless to say, are Mahometans,) under to the Nayeka Unanse, or Chief Priest ; European officers. The principal ser which he (the Government Agent) did, vants in charge of the temple, as well as after receiving His Excellency's permisthe Priests who officiate, are appointed sion : both the Chief Priests of the by our Christian Government; and one of Malwatta and Asgerie handed the key to them at least, Don S. Perera, an aratchy, Kobakkadowa Anunayeka Unanse, and is paid for the services he performs out directed him to open the shrine ; which of the colonial revenue. Thus the Go he did, assisted by the Dewa Nillema vernment is to all intents and purposes and Kareyekorenerallees. The outerthe grand patron of the temple; the most cover of the shrine was removed by keys are under the care of its servants; the Chief Priest of the Asgerie W’ibara; the doors are opened and shut at its the third by the Chief Priest of the command; it appoints the person who Malwatte Wihara; the fourth, fifth, has charge of the relic; and the place is and sixth by Kobakkadowa Anunayeka guarded by one of its soldiers, in the Unanse ; when in the seventh, which same way as the pavilion of the Governor, was left open, appeared the relic, tied to the commissariat stores, or any other the stamens of golden flowers, which building belonging to the Queen,
was taken by Kobak kadowa Anunayeka On the 27th of March last there was a Unanse, and placed upon a tray made of public exhibition of the tooth, in conse gold, held by the two Chief Priests, and quence of the presentation of offerings by brought to the hall of the temple, when a number of Siamese Priests, who have it was laid by them upon a table. recently visited the island on a kind of The Government Agent, Mr. Buller, pilgrimage, as a deputation from the then standing upon the threshold of the
temple, directed the Dewa Nillema to the truth of revelation, and has attencall the Priests who had come from Siam, tively studied it in all its parts, can read and allow them to pay their respects ; even this very guarded account of the he also directed that the peace-officers ceremony, without feelings of poignant should see that the crowd be kept off, lest grief. There is evidently an unnatural any danger should happen on account of connexion between our Government and the press of the people. Silence being the idolatry of the land ; and the church proclaimed, the Siam Priests had ample is called upon to expose the evils resulttime given to pay their adorations; and ing therefrom, until they have ceased to His Excellency the Governor, the ladies, exist. The whole system is essentially and other gentlemen, soon retired, being wrong; and so long as it is permitted to unable to remain any longer at the spot, continue, scenes like the present will be owing to the smallness of the room in exhibited from time to time, the rememwhich the relic was placed. His Excel brance of which may pass away from the lency the Governor, on seeing the relic, mind of the individuals by whom they observed to a gentleman of his suite are carried on, but the event will be that it resembled a piece of carved ivory, written in God's book, never to be erased and that it was his firm belief that it was until a severe penalty has been exacted not the identical tooth of a human being, for the transgression. We have argued hut a piece of ivory carved so as to re the general question in the pamphlet on semble a tooth; and jocularly cautioned “ The Government of Ceylon and IdolaMr. Buller to be careful that it did not try," and shall therefore not again enter fly off to heaven.
into it at present. “ The Siam Priests were allowed to The occasion on which the relic was view the relic for about half an hour, exposed is cause of additional regret. during which time they took a model of The evil that has been produced will its form in wax. After this the Dewa not be confined to our own subjects alone; Nillema requested that Mr. Buller it will spread to another and more numewould allow the eager multitude, who rous population. The banks of the Irawere standing below, to pay their adora- waddy, as well as the palaces of Bankok, tions also; which was granted. But it will re-echo the intelligence, that in Ceyappeared to Mr. Buller that on account lon Budhism is patronized by the British of the lateness of the hour, the relic Government. The King of Burmah will could not be kept out so long as to allow rejoice in the decree he has sent forth the whole multitude to come and adore that no Missionary operations shall be it : so he called the Chiefs and Priests, allowed in the country over which he and told them that it would be entirely reigns; the Monarch of Siam will regard impossible for him to remain there, as he with still greater indifference the meswas unwell, and that the relic should be sage of the servants of the Cross. Nor immediately encased ; but the Chiefs let it be supposed that these are imagiand Priests begged that they might be nary calamities. Not many days gone allowed to take it to the outer verandah by, a Priest said exultingly to the Miof the temple, and place it upon a table, nister at Seedua, “In these parts Budso as to allow the whole multitude to hism is neglected ; but it is not so in gaze at the wonderful tooth. To this Kandy; there it receives the respect of Mr. Buller consented ; and the relic was English gentlemen high in office." The So removed by the Chief Priests, and importance attached to these things by kept there until half-past five o'clock, all the natives may be further learnt from the time the people crying Sādu, and the fact, that the address of the principal making offerings of money, &c.
Chiefs and Priests of the Kandian pro“ About half-past five o'clock, Mr. vince to J. Layard, Esq., on his resignBuller (who was all the time in attend- ing the office of Government Agent to ance at the place, and together with se C. R. Buller, Esq., contains the followveral other gentlemen diverted himself ing passage :-“Your acquaintance with with the curious workmanship of the the customs of our country, and the rites cases of the shrine) ordered Dehegama of our religion, enabled us to maintain Ratte Mahatmaya and the Dewa Nille them without any degree of unnecessary ma to cause the Chief Priests to remove trouble and labour." What has a Chris. the relic, and place it in the shrine as it tian agent to do with enabling heathen was formerly, and to lock it up, delivere Priests to maintain the rites of their reli. ing the keys into his hand; which was gion ? We are not here blaming the inaccordingly done. Mr. Buller, with the dividual, but the system. On the same others, then retired.”
occasion, the address to C. R. Buller, Esq., We think that no one who believes in was commenced by the following avowal :
-“ We have had an auspicious omen of jesty of tbe British empire stoop to so good things to come; and that is, that low a degradation, as to allow it to be soon after Mr. Buller's arrival we have imagined for a moment, that we can only had the privilege of seeing our holy relic, retain possession of Ceylon so long as which indeed is precursory of many for this relic is in our hands? The sooner tunate events, and from that we infer so absurd an idea is annihilated the that your administration will prove alike
better. We must at the same time exauspicious.”
press our gret at seeing in our other When we have asked the reason of colonial print an article headed, “Gothe anomalies that are presented by the vernment Idolatry, forsooth !” Though Government, in its patronage of Bud the act may not, in strictness of speech, hism, the reply has been, “ The treaty ; be “ Government idolatry,” we must the treaty ;
15 but when we have further warn the servants of Christ against allow. asked, “What treaty ? " no answer has ing their minds to be carried away from been given. No treaty that we have ever the real culpability of the transaction by seen binds the Government to the course a war of words. After all the apologies it at present pursues.
that have been made in its extenuation, By some, it is said, that the Tooth is with every palliative that can be imakept in our possession, because it is gined in its defence, the recent Dalada supposed by the natives that the Govern. exhibition is still presented to the world ment which retains it must infallibly be as a flagrant offence against the supreme masters of the island. And can the ma Ruler of the earth.
London, December 18th, 1843. JUVENILE CHRISTMAS AND NEW-YEAR'S OFFERING. We very earnestly commend to the kind attention of the officers and friends of the Society, and especially to our young friends, the Circular, Addresses, and Cards relating to the effort now to be made in behalf of the Wesleyan Missions. The past year has been one of much encouragement and success, as recorded in our monthly “Notices ;” but the support of our Missions has occasioned a great additional expenditure; and now that we look at our accounts with a view to their close for the year, it becomes evident that unless a very great effort be made, which shall be at once general, liberal, and successful, the serious calamity of a new debt is unavoidable. There is yet time to do much: let not that time be lost ; let each make the cause his own; and, by the blessing of God, the income of the year may be made to meet the expenditure of the year.
SUSPENSION OF THE MISSION AT CLOUDY.BAY,
NEW-ZEALAND. We regret to say, that the letters of Mr. Ironsides confirm the statements made in the public papers concerning the sad and fatal consequences of the conflict which has taken place between a party of Europeans and the native New Zealanders at Cloudy-Bay. Mr. Ironsides had the melancholy task of interring nineteen Europeans who fell in the struggle. The Christian natives, it is said, abstained from shedding the blood of their fellow-creatures : but, as was to be expected, the whole tribe have disappeared from the neighbourhood where the unhappy affair took place; and the Mission, for the present, is suspended.
DEPUTATION OF THE REV. ROBERT YOUNG TO JAMAICA,
AND DEPARTURE OF MISSIONARIES FOR THAT ISLAND, It will be learned with pleasure, that, at the request of the General Missionary Committee, the Rev. Robert Young has proceeded to Jamaica, in order to attend the approaching Annual Meeting of the Missionaries; and, by personal inspection of the affairs of that most important Mission in its various departments, to afford himself and the Committee the opportunity of offering to the Missionaries such help and counsel as may appear necessary. He embarked at Southampton on the 2d of December. He will shortly be joined by the Rev. Messrs. Hornabrook, Manly, and Stedman, who embarked at Cowes on Tuesday, the 12th of December. Mr. Britten, it is expected, will shortly embark for the same island by another vessel. These valuable Missionaries, together with Mr. Young, are commended to the prayerful remembrance of our friends, that they may be preserved on their respective voyages; and that they may successfully accomplish the work to which, by the grace of God, they have been called and separated. Mr. Young's return to this country is expected in the month of March.
Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by the
General Treasurers, since our last announcement, to the 18th
£. S. d.
20 0 0 Mrs. Sarah Kempster, Ditto, for Ditto
20 0 0 Master W. J. Kempster, Ditto, for Ditto...
20 0 0 Dr. Darling, Bedford-Square, in aid of the African Missions
under the superintendence of the Rev. T. B. Freeman 10 10 0 Sir Thomas D. Acland, Bart., for West African Missions, by the Rev. C. Cooke
10 0 0
10 0 0
8 11 0 Lewis F. Bellot, Esq., for Dahomi A Friend, by the Rev. John Scott, for the Understone Mission 5 Mr. Thomas Killick, Groombridge, for Abokuto Josiah Iles Wathen, Esq., Bedford-Square, for the Badagry and Dahomi Missions ; by P. B. Hall, Esq.
5 0 0 John Sillifant, Esq., jun., for African Missions ; by the Rev.
5 5 5