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ground, as they contained the painful tidings that their beloved father died Oct. 2nd (the day after we left Plymouth), and that their widowed mother (formerly Miss Collins, of our Mission) was in Calcutta en route to England.
In conclusion I may just add that the journey to India, though more than ten days beyond the specified time, occupied forty-seven days, instead of one hundred and twelve, as round the Cape sixteen years ago. The distance round the Cape is nearly 15,000 miles, but viâ the Suez Canal the distance is as follows:
MILES. From Plymouth to Gibraltar 1000 Gibraltar to Malta
981 Malta to Port Said
919 Port Said to Suez (by Canal) 86 Suez to Aden
1308 Aden to Ceylon
2131 Ceylon to Madras
515 Madras to Calcutta
byes” we proceeded up the river. It was now about three o'clock, and the distance to Calcutta was forty-five miles, with the current and ebbing tide against us. The captain was very kind and agreeable, and placed any part of his vessel at our disposal. Brother Miller had met him in the time of the Orissa famine; and the chief officer he also knew well, he having resided in Cuttack. Not having dined, a small quantity of provisions was sent from the “Viceroy;" but to our great delight, the “Conqueror” had an ample supply of good cool water, a thing we had not had for six weeks. For our journey up the river we were favoured with a fine moonlight evening, and after a very pleasant trip we reached Calcutta about midnight. The steamer's whistle soon brought a lot of dhingys, or small boats alongside, and in the course of a few minutes we were again permitted to set our feet on the shores of India, gratefully feeling as we have often felt and said before, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." Yes ! HITHERTO, as regards place, and time, and circumstances-a point which enables us to look backward with thankfulness and forward with confidence. After some little delay in obtaining a gharry, we proceeded to the house of dear friends with whom we stayed on our arrival sixteen years ago, by whom we
were cordially received though aroused at midnight, and under whose hospitable roof we are kindly entertained. Several of our native christians who reside in Calcutta have already been to see us, and very pleasant it is again to hear and speak the Oriya. Letters of welcome have also been received from our brethren in Orissa, all of whom, we rejoice to learn, are well, and whom, in the good providence of God, we hope shortly to see. At Diamond Harbour a very affecting scene was witnessed on board the “Viceroy,” just before we left, in connection with the two Misses Supper, who had completed their education at the Mission school, and were going out to join their parents at Dacca. Right away from England they had been anticipating that their father would meet them in Calcutta, and truly delighted they were to receive letters at Diamond Harbour. On opening them, however, their fond hopes were dashed to the
7743 P.S.- We are to leave by steamer for False Point on Tuesday, the 28th, and hope to reach Cuttack in four days afterwards.
Cuttack, Dec. 14, 1871. You will probably have heard that, through the blessing of our heavenly Father, we reached Cuttack in safety about sunset on Saturday, Dec. 2od. We were delayed in Calcutta for ten or twelve days, but our time seemed fully occupied in making purchases and getting our baggage passed through the Cụstom-house, both of which operations were far from easy. One great difficulty as regards making purchases in an Indian bazaar is that the natives never will ask a proper price for their goods, they often asking five and even ten times the price they will be glad to take. Before a bargain, therefore, can • be completed, it is necessary to do an immense amount of talking in the shape of beating down, and even then there is often the feeling that after all you have been “taken in," and might have obtained the articles for a less sum. “Shall I tell master the proper price ?" is a question the natives often ask at the beginning of the bargain-making; and then, with the utmost gravity and assurance, will state a price which you
know is altogether improper. As re- of mosquitoes were perfectly ravenous; gards the Custom-house arrangements, buzzing and biting were kept up all it seemed as though the authorities had night long, and the next morning we determined to make the passing of were so disfigured that it would not luggage as difficult and disagreeable have required a great stretch of the as possible. According to orders, all imagination to have supposed that we packages had to be sent from the ship had had an attack of measles or smallinto the shed, where they were placed, pox. On Wednesday morning between or rather thrown, upon one another in five and six we re-commenced our jourthe utmost confusion. To the native ney down the river, but had not procoolies who have no knowledge of Eng- ceeded very far before the pilot, in lish, and no wish to regard if they had, order to avoid running down a native "directions" have no meaning; and it boat, ran our ship aground. This was often happens that a box having painted considered an act of great carelessness on it “This side up," is found with on the part of the pilot, but happily it that side down, and that a box marked was attended with no greater inconve“Glass, with care," seems to come in nience than the loss of a day, as when for the roughest usage. To pass through the tide had turned and the water had the ordeal of ships and Custom-houses, risen several feet, she was able to get boxes had need be of the strongest kind,
off. and even then they are often smashed On Friday morning, at daylight, we by the careless treatment they receive. anchored in False Point Bay; and we
Searching for a needle in a bottle of had not been at anchor long before we hay” is a proverb often in one's mind had the pleasure of seeing brother when searching for packages amid the Brooks coming in a boat from the confused mass of a Calcutta Custom's “ Teesta," a small river steamer, to shed. If the authorities were made to the " Satara," and who was quickly on perform these duties for a few hours a board, and welcomed us all back to day, there can be no doubt but that Orissa. With as little delay as possible measures would soon be devised for we proceeded to the “Teesta,” and removing an abominable nuisance and were soon steaming away up the noble effecting a much-needed reform. To Mahanuddy. For a considerable dissave themselves a little trouble, some tance the land on either side was low,
are utterly careless as to the and there was nothing to be seen examount of trouble they impose upon cept jungle; but after being so long at others.
sea the beautiful green shrubs and During our stay in Calcutta, Mrs. trees had a most exhilarating effect Hill, our little boy, and myself were upon our spirits. As we proceeded up most hospitably entertained by our the river we came to small, and then kind friends Mr. and Mrs. Beeby. Mr. to larger plots of land which had been B. is a deacon of the Baptist church, Cir- cleared and cultivated, and on which cular Road, and Mrs. B. is the grand- there were good crops of rice, oil daughter of Dr. Carey. On one Lord's- seeds, &c. By shortly after noon, the day evening I had the pleasure of steamer having proceeded as far up preaching in the above chapel, long the river as she was able, came to an the scene of the labours of Dr. Yates; anchor; but here we found boats, and on the other, brother Miller which brother Brooks had provided, and I attended the service of the to convey us to Cuttack-boats which Brahma Somaj, where we heard Baboo the kind hospitality of our friends had Kesheb Chunder Sen. An account not only supplied with food for the of this visit I must leave to the pen day, but with beds for the night. In of brother M.
addition to the Mission party we had We went on board the “Satara," a Mr. David Lacey, who was returning British India steamer, for False Point, to his appointment in Cuttack, and at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. As who left England nearly a month after we did not leave Calcutta till about we did; and also a young civilian who three p.m., we only proceeded that day caine with us in the “Viceroy," and a few miles down the river, and came to who was going to Cuttack. About an anchor for the night, and a most un- dusk we commenced our journey up comfortable night it was. The swarms the newly made canal, and which we
continued throughout the night, our fitted for the work, are to take the boats being towed by coolies. Our places of those who, according to prejourney on Saturday was most delight- cedent and probability, will soon be ful, the scene on every hand being removed from the field ? Surely this quite enchanting. If kept in an effi- aspect of the Mission should receive cient state, the canal will be of inesti- the serious and prayerful consideration mable advantage to the district through of all its true friends. “If we are not which it passes, as well as to the in- careful,” said a brother at a meeting terests of commerce. As before stated, held shortly before we left England, we arrived at Cuttack about sunset on we shall let the Mission slip through Saturday, or in sixty-two days after our fingers. What our hands, thereleaving England; and truly thankful fore, find to do, let us do it with our were we to find our brethren and sisters might. not only living, but on the whole looking as well as we expected. Upon those of us who met after the lapse of seven years, it was evident that the
ILLNESS OF REV. G. TAYLOR. hand of time had made an impression ; nor could we but think of those
Cuttack, Dec. 23, 1871. who, during this period—John Orissa
You will be grieved to hear that Mr. Taylor Goadby, Elizabeth Stubbins, Mary
is seriously ill, and will soon be on his way Derry Bailey, and Mary Guignard,
to England. This heavy trial has come on had been taken up higher beyond us unexpectedly; for though we knew that this world and time. During this he was far from well in the rains, and went period, too, the hand of time and death to Calcutta in consequence, we did not know has been busy among our native friends, that anything seriously was amiss, and and Gunga Dhor, Dunnai, Jagoo Roul, hoped that he would be all right in the and many others, have been removed cold weather. He left home on a mission. to the general assembly and church of ary journey about the middle of last month, the firstborn. As you have been told
but after reaching Russell Condah became before, great changes have taken place
so weak as to be unable to preach, and at since the famine; and as regards schools
the suggestion of the doctor returned to and orphanages, our missionary opera
Berhampore in the hope that the rest and
quiet of home might have a salutary effect. tions have assumed proportions which, After reaching home he saw both the civil seven years ago, none of us could have
and military doctors of the station, and they expected. Amid all these events and agreed in recommending an early return changes, it is a comfort to remember to England as necessary for his recovery. that the Lord reigoeth, and that years
One of them suggested that the voyage of plenty and years of famine shall be round the Cape would be better in his case rendered subservient to His glory. than going by the Suez Canal, but I can. Since our arrival I have spent two days
not yet say what may be decided about
this. He himself feels that he is altogether at Piplee and two days at Chaga; but about these visits I have not time to
unable to carry on, and is convinced that if
he were to remain it would be at the sacri. large in this letter. In conclusion I
fice of his life. I trust that all our friends may add, that if the Orissa Mission
will remember our afflicted brother and his ever worthy of the sympathy
beloved partner in this day of trial. and support of the General Baptists of I know that these unexpected tidings England it is now; and if, as a denomi- will be very painful and disappointing to nation, the friends would only employ all the friends of the Mission, but we can. the ability which God has given, not not resist dispensations of Providence; and only would they be able to support,
I hope our friends will remember that, but largely to augment, their present
however painful it may be to them, we who staff of missionaries. An infusion of
are in the field feel it far more deeply. On
the 2nd of this month we welcomed with young blood is very much required. Of the brethren and sisters now in the
thankfulness and joy our dear friends who
left their native shores two months before, field the majority are nearer fifty years and now before the month is closed we are of age than forty, and the Mission
expecting that very shortly our number possesses only one agent under forty will again be reduced. Changes of this years of age. Whence, then, are we kind are among the conditions of christian to look for the men and women who, labour in this country; and if we really
mean to carry on the work of God in Orissa we must be prepared for them, and not grumble at the expense or complain of the disappointment when they occur. In the wars of the Lord in olden time, the officers were directed to say to the people, " What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted ? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart;" and in the holy war now waging against the powers of darkness in Orissa I am confident that the “fearful and fainthearted” will only be an incumbrance. Let them keep at home, as directed by the lawgiver of Israel, and not discourage and dishearten their brethren. I was struck two days ago with a text in a proof that I was revising: “The people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits ” (Daniel xi. 32). If our trials drive us more and more to the throne of grace, we shall“ be strong" in the strength of our God, and “ do exploits” in His holy warfare. It will be to us according to our faith.
Your readers will be glad to know that in another month or two the printing of the Old Testament in Oriya will be finished. It is more than eight years since I began the revision, and it has occupied many of my best hours during this lengthened period. The revision was happily completed before dear Jagoo was taken away, and only four or five proofs now remain to be printed. I shall be devoutly thankful to see it finished. JOHN BUCKLEY.
there has even been an opportunity of con. sidering it either by the Missionary Com. mittee or the Connexion at large.
So far we confess to a feeling of disappointment that Mr. Cook's letter has not excited a greater amount of interest in the body. We have been favoured with the sight of a letter from Frederick Stevenson, Esq., of Nottingham, to the Editor of the Magazine, but want of space prevented its insertion this month, in which he says it seemed as though & locomotive engine entered his study, and screamed by a rail. way whistle into his ear, “Send the Gospel to Rome also !" He hoped it would be seen that the heroic age of the denomination is not for ever passed away.
We are authorized to state that: Romo be adopted in the Mission programme, Onesimus will subscribe five pounds the first year; also the Rev. J. Clifford, LL.B., and Mr. J. M. Stubbs, of London, a guinea each extra per annum.
Just as we we were going to press we re
ceived the following letter from Mr. T. Cook:
PROPOSAL FOR A GENERAL BAP.
TIST MISSION TO ROME.
We were rather startled to find, the other day, the following statement in the Freeman:-“The General Baptists, too, are contemplating a Mission in Rome, supported by the generous help and counsel of Mr. Cook, of excursionist reputation.”
We can only suppose that the writer caught the title of the article in last month's Observer, without reading it, or he must have seen that it was simply a letter from a much esteemed correspondent calling attention to the subject, and that, so far from the “General Baptists” being com. mitted to the project, as The Freeman would lead its readers to infer, the matter had never been under their consideration, and the letter of Mr. Cook was the first suggestion that had reached them about it. We yield to none in our hearty sympathy with the object of Mr. Cook's letter, but we are extremely anxious that the minds of our own friends should not be prejudiced against it by the impression that a step of the kind has been decided upon before
To the Editor of the Missionary Observer.
DEAR SIR, -I had thought that I would leave to other pens the pleadings on behalf of the proposed Mission to Rome, as I have no desire to occupy an unseemly prominent position in the Missionary 06. server. But I am just about starting on & four months' tour to Italy, Egypt, and Palestine, &c., and I may not have another opportunity before May or June to revert to the subject in your pages.
The work of our Baptist brethren in Rome assumes most important dimensions, and all the help possible to obtain is needed. Good Mr. Wall writes me that a few days since he had sent out by post 8,000 copies of Gospels and other parts of Scriptures, and that he was then engaged in sending a copy of the New Testament, as far as possible, to every family in Rome. My appeal to the Sunday School Union for aid has been responded to by a grant of five pounds worth of cards, tickets, and illustrated papers, with five pounds more for schools in the East; and the committee have engaged to print a special series of tickets and reward cards in the Italian language. The selection sent to me is most beautiful. The Secretary of the Religious Tract Society has promised to give me an open letter to all their agents abroad, authorizing them to supply me with whatever tracts, &c., I can usefully circulate. Mr. Smithies, of tbe British Workman, aided by his influential co-adjutors, has printed a splendid sheet almanack
in the Italian language, with a fine engrav- “I have had the pleasure of going over ing of an Italian woman and child in the the native christian villages, schools, and centre, and of this 5,000 copies have been orphan asylums, with the exception of entrusted to me, with 8,000 other illus- those at Piplee, and was very much pleased trated Italian publications, the nett value with them indeed. There are about 600 of the whole being over £20. All these girls and 400 boys, all famine orphans, good things I have to present to the who are cared for in the most kind and friends at Rome a week hence. Would loving manner by the missionaries, and that I could add the assurance that a living receive a plain sound education, besides teacher was following as the result of my being taught to make themselves useful. .. feeble but earnest appeals!
" The orphanages are kept in the most Various suggestions have been made to admirable order, and all the childrenme for the attainment of the object. At relics of Orissa's great calamity-have a the Archdeacon Lane anniversary & warm well-fed, clean, and happy look that does feeling was elicited, which must lead to
one's heart good. the realization of funds when the appeal “I was struck with the cleanliness and is tangibly presented. One suggestion is neatness of the houses of the native that a collection should be made in each christians—such a pleasing contrast to congregation on a given day, and thus some that I have seen in other parts. accomplish the object at a stroke. Others They are delighted if you pay them are offering money individually. Two friendly visit, and press you to go into guineas have been placed in my hands for their houses, bringing out carefully dusted any object to which I may appropriate it. chairs or morahs (stools) for you to sit Dr. Burns offers two guineas a year for upon, and entering into conversation with three years, “Onesimus” will give £5 the you in the most intelligent and sociable first year, and I pledge my tourist friends way". to the amount of £10, which I engage to Such a testimony from a casual and collect. I hope the February magazine observant visitor is eminently gratifying to will give other indications of response. the friends of the Mission at home, and This is the moment for action: the long- can hardly fail to stimulate them to in. prohibited Bible and christian teacher are creased interest and consecration to the now eagerly appreciated the more in- good cause. tensely because of their former prohibi
Yoars very truly, tion. Let us have a share in this glorious
I. STUBBINS. work of Roman evangelization.
The Holly Hayes, Fosse Road, I call at Rome this week on my way to Leicester, Jan. 8, 1872. Egypt; and in returning from Palestine, in April or May, I shall again call there to see what is doing, and “report progress" on my arrival in England. In the meantime let our friends be “ up and doing."
THE INDIAN MISSION REPORT. I am, dear Sir, yours truly,
We extract the following reference to the THOMAS Cook.
Indian Report of the Mission from the Leicester, Jan. 22, 1872.
Friend of India of 24th August last, and P.S.-Mrs. Gould writes me that her
believe that it will interest our readers :school now, contains 100 scholars, and another school is being opened under her
“We have received the Indian Report of arrangements.
the Orissa Baptist Mission for 1870–71. It says that fifty years will have passed in
February next since the first missionaries THE CUTTACK ORPHANAGES. of this society began their work at Cuttack,
and the review of the past shows that much Po the Editor of the Missionary Observer
work has been done, and done well. The Dear Sir,-the following extract from a report is well executed and full of interest. communication from my excellent son-in- ing details. The account of Jagoo Roul, law (G. S. Sykes, Esq.) will not be unin. who died during the year, and who .for teresting to the friends of the Orissa twenty years was an able and faithful naMission.
tive preacher,' is worth reading and think. The latter half of October being a general ing about. The Orphanages, male and holiday in Calcutta, ho determined to take female, are most interesting institutions, a little rest and change by visiting Cuttack, and seem to be accomplishing great good. and after a tedious voyage from Calcutta, A considerable majority of the baptisms owing to sundry mishaps to the steamer, -forty-nine in number-at the Mission was heartily welcomed by our brethren. church at Cuttack were female orphans. He writes :
The particulars and incidents of several