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think we ought to confine ourselves to boys' day-schools, and to female boardingschools.
The girls' school on our premises I am happy to say is prospering. There are 27
girls in it at present; some are the children of native Christians, others are orphans. As my time is wholly occupied with the boys' school, the care of the girls wholly devolves upon Mrs. Campbell and her sister.
DEATH OF THE REV. G. TURNBULL. In the Missionary Magazine for September, we briefly adverted to the afflictive tidings which had recently arrived of the death of the Rev. Gilbert Turnbull, late of Bangalore, in the Madras Presidency. Since that period the following deeply pathetic, but no less consolatory, account of his last illness and death, has been received froin Mrs. Turnbull, who writes from Sydney, under date 29th of March, at which period she was preparing to return to India, impressed with an earnest desire to devote herself afresh to the work of Christian education among the female natives at Bangalore. The latest earthly engagement in which her lamented husband employed his exhausted energies was an attempt to write to the Foreign Secretary, but he only succeeded in a partial fulfilment of his intention, when extreme debility obliged him to desist. The unfinished letter, the former part of which chiefly refers to the progress of his illness in the Madras Presidency, up to the period at which, in accordance with the united recommendation of his brethren and medical advisers, he came to the determination of proceeding thence to New South Wales, thus closes :
There being one vessel in the roads for ertion, he laid it aside, fully purposing to Sydney, we decided on embarking in it. I conclude it on another day. That day never had often heard much of the discomforts of arrived, each succeeding one found him a country vessel, but there appeared no al- weaker, and now the hand that penned it is ternative; and as Capt. S— was to be mouldering in the dust; but blessed be God accompanied by his wife, a member of our for the full assurance I have that my irreMission churcb, we did not doubt but we parable loss is his eternal gain, and that should be very comfortable. There were while my widowed heart mourns Do other passengers.
We had pineteen blighted hopes and prospects of usefulness, convicts on board, among whom I tried to his spirit is before the throne of God, and make myself useful. They were chiefly that with the heavenly host above he is Roman Catholics. I should have done tuning his harp to the praises of his Remore among them when my strength be- deemer who purchased him with his own came recruited, but, alas ! my hopes were precious blood, and who has taken him to again to
dwell with him for ever.
But I will endeavour to give you a con. Thus far, my Christian brother, (Mrs. nected detail of the Lord's dealings towards Turnbull observes,) had my beloved hus- us from the period of our voyage. band written, when overcome by the ex
After mentioning their arrival at Sydney, on the 18th of December, and the great kindness experienced from several attached friends of the Missionary cause belonging to that place, Mrs. Turnbull proceeds :
A Christian friend residing on the Surrey- and feeling his limbs totter, he said with hills being anxious that we should try the air much emphasis, " I feel that I am going, there, we decided on going for a few weeks, but it is all well." His countenance appeared and on Friday, the 15th inst., we rode over much changed ; and the agonising truth for a distance of four miles; the dear invalid the first time seemed revealed to my mind bore the journey well, and on entering the that we were going to part. As my day so house and looking round on the country was my strength. With a composure which said, “Oh, I think I shall soon get strong now appears to me surprising, I laid him here, the air feels so bracing." But our down, and gazed on his still fine countenance, Father in heaven, in infinite wisdom and unable to articulate a word, when he broké love, had otherwise ordained. He slept silence by saying, “ My heart and my flesh well all night, and the next morning rose at are failing fast, but God is the strength of his usual time, apparently refreshed, and my heart, and my portion for ever." while assisting him to dress he stood up, A great difficulty in breathing prevented him from saying more for upwards of an claiming, "Oh, my darling wife, what, hare hour, when he rallied a little, and his medi. I come back to you again? I thought I cal adviser calling soon after and seeing how should never more behold you in the flesh. very fast he was sinking, appeared mucli I have been to the gate of beaven, but the affected, and said, “Oh that I could indeed Lord has brought me back again ; I long to give you something to relieve you !" upon be gone, but I would wait my Father's will." which he looked stedfastly on him, and He then rose and walked alone to the next said, “Oh, Mr. W., no human means can room and partook of some food; after now avail any thing, I'm going fast; oh yes, which, feeling exhausted, he returned to his I shall quickly be with Jesus, and see him bed again, and slept peacefully throughoat as he is! Oh the blessedness of having sought the night. him in health! his blood alone cleanseth On the following morning he asked what from all sin : I feel it has cleansed me, the day it was, and when I told him the Sab. chief of sinvers." Then he appeared to doze bath, he smiled sweetly and said, “Ab, I a little, and on awaking and seeing dear shall be with Jesus before it closes ; hor Christian friends in the room, and me weep- delightful to go home on the Sabbath and ing, he said tenderly, “Don't grieve, love, commence one which will never end." His our union has been short, and marked by mind was very wandering during the mora. much affliction and trial, but I'm going to ing, but at noon it became more collected; my precious Saviour, and there we shall and on seeing Mrs. Hunt (in whose family soon meet never more to separate ; live near we first remained after our arrival) in the to God, and work for him, and he will be room, he looked pleased, and takiog ber your husband, and will greatly bless you." hand with mine in bis, said, “I commit my He then spoke of distant beloved friends, dear wife to your care while she remaies of Mr. William Campbell, and of the ni. here, I know you will be a mother to her tives, and begged of me to write to you, as you have been to me;" and being assured saying, “Ah, the Directors anticipated by her I should want nothing during my much from me, having lived so long in India, sojourn here, he thanked her, and prayed but the Lord only permitted me to work for the Lord to bestow on her, her dear partner him a few months. How mysterious has and children, every spiritual blessiog, that been my career-so long silenced ! but I shall they might rejoin him above, an undivided soon know wherefore it was thus ; oh yes, family, Then looking stedfastly on me, and knowing I shall adore and praise him he said, " Remember, you are a disciple of for it bas all been in love-oh what a glo- Christ's, you have given yourself apreserrious band of Missionary brethren will wel- vedly to him ; for him, and his blessed cause, come me above !"
you gave up your home and your country. He then again for some hours seemed Oh return to India, and labour for him while fast sinking, but he spoke a little at inter- health be spared, and if the spirits above vals; once he said, “I'm in the dark are permitted to behold the work of Ged valley, but I fear no evil, Jesus is with on earth, with what delight will mise watch me, his rod and his staff support and your efforts to promote the salvation of the comfort me; oh, nothing will do for a precious souls of the poor degraded Hindoos. dying sinner but Jesus-he alone-how In health the cause of Missions was dearer often have I been tempted to think I am to my heart than any thing; I desired to not a sinner, my pride revolted from the live only to promote it, and it adds comfort thought, and had he cast me off then, what to my last moments to feel assured your should I now do ? my own righteousness heart is interested in it too. The Lord is indeed but as filthy rags, but Jesus has give thee grace to fulfil it." clothed me with His, and my Father bas After this he appeared to be engaged in accepted me.” Then, raising his arms, he prayer for some time; the motion of his said with a loud voice, “ Witness, ye be- lips was perceptible, but from his extreme lievers, what it is to die in Jesus—all peace lowness we could not catch a single word; -all safety-all joy. His dear precious it appeared to be for me, for after some blood alone can cleanse from sin, can give time he opened his eyes, rested them on comfort in the hour of death ; live near to me, and then bid me farewell, saying, “Oh him in health, and he will be near to you, blessed assurance that we shall soon meet and will be your support in sickness and above, never more to sorrow nor separate." death." Then, extending his arm towards In the afternoon, he again rallied and longed heaven, he exclaimed, “Come, Lord Jesus, for his dismissal; his extreme weakness come quickly, I long to see thee as thou would not allow of any connected conversa. art-why tarry thy chariot wheels? I am tion, but his mind was not only peaceful, ready; oh take me to thyself." In the but triumphant at the prospect of death. afternoon he revived considerably, sat up At various intervals he exclaimed, “ Blessed in bed without assistance, and seeing me by Saviour, precious Jesus, I long to see thee, his side he threw his arms round mo, ex- to be with thee, why tarriest thou? Ob
hasten thy chariot wheels, and set me free from this body of sin and death. I feel thee supporting me, thine everlasting arms are underneath me. Oh take me hence to dwell with thee for ever; thou hast prepared a mansion for me above, my spirit pants to inhabit it.” Several times he at. tempted to sing, but found himself unable. He begged me to repeat to him the hymn commencing, “There is a land of pure delight," and when I had finished, he said, "Oh I am almost there, I can already see the delectable mountains, and ere long shall eat their precious fruits."
About nine o'clock he begged the family might be called, and when Mr. and Mrs. Wright entered the room, the former said, “Ah, my dear brother, you will soon be home now." When the dying saint replied with joy, “Oh yes, very, very soon; the Spirit is calling me to come away; I shall be asleep in Jesus before morning, how sweet that will be !" Wishing our friends to retire to rest, he bade them fare. well, thanked them for their kindness to us, and said, “ Now I'm going to sleep, and shall wake with my dearest Saviour." But the spirit was yet to struggle a time ere it was set free. That night he slept well; in the morning it was but too evident his dis. missal was near ; even then, he spoke only of Missionary operations, of dear Mission.
ary brethren, of schools, translations, &c. At noon, hearing that Mr. Joseph was below, he begged to see him, and asked him to commend his soul to God in prayer. Being asked if he felt happy, he replied, “Oh yes, the Lord is taking me to him. self, and by a pleasant path.” He begged him to give the address at his grave. Again his mind wandered until eight o'clock in the evening, when he revived for a few minutes, and said, “ I'm just at home ; oh, I shall soon be with my Saviour." Again he relapsed, and remained unconscious till about twenty minutes before 12 o'clock,P.M., when, perceiving his breath much altered, I called up Mr. and Mrs. W. For about ten minutes we stood watching the increased difficulty of breathing in solemn silence, when he said faintly, "My heart and my flesh faileth." Then, rousing all his remaining strength, he uttered in a loud and distinct voice, “ But thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." These, his last precious words, were a tes. timony to the power and goodness of God to support, even in the hour of death ; a few minutes more difficulty of breathing; and we thought he was dozing, he breathed so gently ; it at length became fainter, and five minutes before twelve o'clock he sweetly, calmly, peacefully, without a struggle or a movement, fell indeed “asleep in Jesus."
CONVERSION OF A BRAHMIN IN TRAVANCORE. Selvom has an instance of conversion been communicated to the churches at home from this part of the world, more distinctly exhibiting the marks of that Divine power which alone is adequate to renew the heart, than that which it is now our grateful satisfaction to present. The account has been received in a letter from the Rev. Charles Mault, of the Nagercoil station, under date of July last. Such are the events by which the hearts of our brethren are cheered amid the toils and trials they experience in pursuing the ministry of reconciliation among the heathen ; and by these, fresh assurance is given to all the friends of Missions, that He without whom they can do nothing, is, indeed, working with them for the furtherance of that kingdom which, it is declared, shall be the joy of the whole earth. With reference to the encouraging event to which attention is now invited, Mr. Mault thus writes :
A circumstance has lately occurred in this his mind to brother Miller, but at the same Mission of a very pleasing nature, which I time requested that it might be kept secret. shall briefly relate for the information of The spark, however, would not be smo. the Directors. Three weeks ago a young thered, but was fanned to a flame, which Brahmin of about 24 years of age made an constrained him about a month ago to open open profession of his faith in Christ, and his mind more fully to brother Russell, re. is now residing with us pursuing a course questing that he might be sent to some of instruction. He has been employed as other station in order to make an open a schoolmaster in the Mission about four profession, as he feared the consequences years, the duties of which station he has of doing so among his own people. From discharged to our entire satisfaction. For this however he was dissuaded, and an asy. some time past he has been the subject of lum was offered to him at Nagercoil. deep convictions, which he concealed till Previous to his leaving his village he about six months ago, when he first opened
called his scholars and friends together in
the school-room, and told them that he intended to become a Christian; and to show them that he was in earnest, he broke off the sacred string, the mark of his caste, and threw it from him, after which he knelt down and prayed with them. This took place on Saturday night, and early on Sab. bath morning he came orer to Nagercoil. When he arrived he was in such a state of excitement as caused me to fear he would lose his reason; all that he could say was that he had done all for the glory of God. As I was on the eve of visiting a congregation in a village a short distance from Na. gercoil, I took him with me. Soon after our arrival I was glad to find that he be. came quite composed, and gave me a very interesting account of the state of his mind and of the means of his conversion.
On our return several of his relatives, with others of his caste, were waiting for him with an intention to take him away by force if he refused to accompany them. After many angry words on their part, he distinctly told them that he had made up his mind to be a Christian, and as a proof of it he had cast off his Brahminical string, and eaten in my house. When they found they could not prevail with him, they wanted to carry him off by force, but as they were not allowed to do so they gradually left. Since that time they have made several other attempts, but with no better success.
We have reason to hope that the young man is sincere, and that the step he has taken is the result of conviction. For in the first place, the change has not been sudden, but gradually produced by the perusal of the Scriptures, and a regular attendance on a course of instruction weekly given to the schoolmaster, where it was noticed he was sometimes deeply impressed. He is a person of good abilities, and his si. tuation has given bim an opportunity of becoming acquainted with the truth, of which he has availed himself with much diligence. Again, he was fully aware of the danger, contempt, and scorn to which he would be exposed by an open profession of Christianity. This made him long conceal the state of his mind, and threw him into the greatest excitement when he determined to join us. There is something so decided in what he has done as to give us the greatest hope that he is sincere. By entirely abandoning caste, by eating and mixing with those who are considered the offscouring of all things, he has sacrificed all those things that his countrymen, and especially
those of his own caste, consider as dear as life. What has God wrought!
When the conversion of an individual connected with a Mission station is nentioned, it is apt to excite a suspicion in the mind of some that an undue influence has been exerted, or that a pecuniary consider. ation has been the moving cause. I shall not stop to notice so unworthy an insinua. tion, but state that he was well aware that his situation did not depend on an open profession of Christianity. And as it regards money he has been in the receipt for some time of a better salary than is paid to most of the Christian schoolmasters em. ployed in the Mission. The truth is, I have never observed that the love of money was a predominant passion in his nature. In a word, his decision of character, his good sense, his desire to know and to do the will of God scarcely leave a doubt in my mind that the change produced is the work of God. Nevertheless, I would rejoice with trembling, and commit the young man to God who is able to keep him from falling.
His conversion has made a great stir in the neighbourhood. Some of the heathen say he is mad, some that the decision he has manifested is the result of deep reflection, and others that it is the work of God; and is wonderful. We hope and pray that some good will arise out of the present excitement, and that many will be induced to examine the merits of Christianity for themselves. Some hopeful impressions ap. pear also to have been made on several other schoolmasters; one, a high caste man, with his family, began a few months since to attend regularly on Christian worship.
I would observe before I close, that we have much encouragement in every part of our labours. Our congregations are increasing, especially in the eastern part of the Mission. Many of the people are at. tentive and fast improving in knowledge, and others are giving themselves up to the Lord and to his people. The schools are well attended, the children are making considerable proficiency in the knowledge of the best things, and a few seem in a hopeful state. This department of our work affords us great encouragement. Additional read. ers, of which we have been advised during the past year, have all been appointed, and are diligently and usefully employed. We are proceeding in erecting the chapels so kindly subscribed for by our friends in England with all possible speed.
INDIA.-BAZAAR AND STREET-PREACHING AT COMBACONUM. The following passages occur in the last report received from Mr. Nimmo, the Missionary at this station. The facts which he mentions are strikingly illustra
tive of the excited state of the native mind in relation to the subject of Christianity, and serve to show that while the greater part of the people still love the darkness rather than the light, and therefore raise their voices in opposition to the Gospel of salvation, a few are found not only impressed with the validity of its claims upon their belief, but honest and bold enough to avow in the presence of the less candid multitude, the convictions which they feel of its being a message sent from God. That such individuals may speedily be led to the fountain open for sin, and be made partakers of the riches of Divine grace, will be the prayer of all who feel concerned for the promotion of the Saviour's glory in the spiritual regeneration of India. Mr. Nimmo writes :
Bazaar and street-preaching has been at- sistant, and another that stood by him, tended to as before. Having now stated inquired if repentance in itself was enough preaching almost every afternoon in the for salvation ; and looking up to me, said, week, it is but seldom I am enabled to go “Sir, surely you will not say so. You will about the bazaar streets myself ; but I have assert that a Saviour is needed, and which made it a rule that all my assistants should also I approve." At Swamy Malai, a poor on certain days of the week regularly at. miserable man, evidently not far from death, tend to this important work, and I trust we came to me and acknowledged he had too have not been labouring in this department long neglected my advice to drink of the altogether in vain. All the heathen festi- water of life, but he was very sorry for it vals here have been, as usual, regularly visited by myself and by my assistants. At Mayaveram, a young Brahmin, after Among these festivals the late great Mo- hearing me for some time, expressed him. hammedan festival should be particularly self nearly as follows, “I am convinced noticed. During this festival, we were en- that idolatry, with all we do to atone for abled to preach almost incessantly for six our sins, is insufficient; but what can I successive days to some thousands of the do ? Were I to forsake all these things and poor heathen that were collected from al. become a Christian, I shall be immediately most all parts of India, and to distribute exposed to persecutions, and to death too, upwards of 3000 tracts, and several copies perhaps.” Another Brabmin, in reply to of the Gospels.
one of my opposers who maintained the I shall however conclude this part of the pernicious doctrine, that God is the author report by adding a few extracts from my not only of good but evil, said, “ Never say journal, bearing on public preaching among so, God is the best of beings, and can therethe heathen.
fore be the author of good only." After preaching at Combaconum, I heard At Vullungaman, I was latterly very much a Brahmin warmly contending with an. annoyed by two men, who beside abusing us other Brahmin in defence of what he heard most shamefully, dispersed all my hearers, me assert, and calling Seven a madman, and would if they could have beaten us. In and Brahma a liar; a short distance from the midst of all this unpleasant noise and this, a respectable Brahmin followed me, insult, I am thankful to say an old and inand addressing me he spoke thus: “Sir, I teresting man stood up, and addressing our come from Trichinopoly, the other day I opposers, spoke nearly as follows: “Why saw the tract, “Duties of Parents,' and like make all this noise? Why abuse these it very well. It is a very good book. good people? Tell me, my friends, are not Please give me a copy of it." At Comba- all our idols useless and lifeless things ? conum, after preaching for some time, I What good have we reaped by them? Surely desired one of my assistants to read and es. nothing at all. Jesus Christ is the only plain the parable of the prodigal son. А Saviour of the world.” On hearing this, man of much learning, and who had not one and all opposed and abused him awfully, long ago disputed with me about the Sa. calling him a pariah, a Christian, a lost viour, and who partly admitted the neces- caste, and many more other names. sity of such a Saviour, addressing the as
A LIBERAL CONTRIBUTION. The Directors have lately received a donation of five pounds in aid of the funds of the Society, accompanied by the brief letter which is given below. They are desirous to hold up the example to the view of the humbler classes, to which the writer acknowledges himself to belong, not for the purpose of eulogising the worthy individual who has made this liberal offering, but with the hope that it