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I say more, it must either be a dull recital of our journeying to one place or another to preach the gospel, or something else relating to our felves, of which I ought to be the last to speak.' Bap. Mif. I. p. 488. Extracts from Mr Ward's Journal, a new Anabaptist Missionary
sent out in 1799.
Mr Ward admires the Captain. . Several of our friends who have been fick, begin to look up. This evening we had a most precious hour at prayer. Captain Wickes read from the 12th verse of the 33d of Exodus, and then joined in prayer. Our hearts were all warmed. We shook hands with our dear Captain, and, in defign, clafped him to our bosoms. Ibid. Vol. II. p. 2.
Mr Ward is frightened by a Privateer. June 11. Held our conference this evening. A vessel is still purRuing us, which the Captain believes to be a Frenchman. I feel some alarm : confiderable alarm. Oh Lord, be thou our defender! The vefsel seems to gain upon us. (Quarter past eleven at night.) There is no doubt of the veffel being a French privateer: when we changed our tack, the changed hers. We have, fince dark, changed into our old course; so that poflibly we shall lose her. Brethren G. and B. have engaged in prayer : we have read Luther's psalm, and our minds are pretty well composed. Our guns are all loaded, and the Captain seems very low. All hands are at the guns, and the matches are lighted. I go to the end of the ship. I can just see the vessel, though it is very foggy. A ball whizzes over my head, and makes me tremble. I go down, and go to prayer with our friends. Ibid. p. 3, 4.
Mr Ward feels a regard for the Sailors. July 12. I never felt so much for any men as for our sailors ; a tenderness which could weep over them. Oh, Jesus ! let thy blood cover some of them! A sweet prayer-meeting. Verily God is here.'
Ibid. p. 7. Mr Ward sees an American Vessel, and longs to preach to the Sailors.
• Sept 27. An American vefsel is along-fide, and the Captain is speaking to their Captain through his trumpet. How pleasant to talk to a friend ! I have been looking at them through the glass : the failors fit in a group, and are making their observations upon us. I long to go and preach to them.' Ibid. p. 11.
Feelings of the Natives upon hearing their Religion attacked.. 6 1800. Feb. 25. Brother C. had fome conversation with one of the Muffulmans, who asked, upon his denying the divine miffion of Mahommed, what was to become of Muffulmans and Hindoos! Brother C. expressed his fears that they would all be lost. The man seemed as if he would have torn him in pieces.' Ibid. p. 51.
• Mar. 30. The people seem quite anxious to get the hymns whicke we give away. The Brahmans are rather uneasy. The Governor advised his Brahmans to send their children to learn English. They replied, that we seemed to take pains to make the natives Chriftians; and they were afraid that, their children being of tender age, would make kem a more eafy conqueft.' Ibid. p. 58.
April 27. Lord's-day. One Brahman said, he had no occasion, for a hymn, for they were all over the country. He could go into any house and read one.' Ibid. p. 61.
May 9. Brother Fountain was this evening at Buddabarry. At the close, the Brahmans having collected a number of boys, they set up a great shout, and followed the brethren out of the village with noise and shoutings.' Ibid.
O 16. Brother Carey and I were at Buddabarrý this, evening, No sooner had we begun, than a Brahman wént round to all the rest that were present, and endeavoured to pull them away.' Ibid. p. 62. *
30. This evening at Buddabarry, the man mentioned in my journal of March 14th, insulted brother Carey. He asked why we came ; and said, if we could employ the natives as carpenters, blacksmiths, &c. it would be very well; but that they did not want our hom linefs. In exact conformity with this sentiment, our Brahman told brother Thomas when here, " That he did not want the favour of God.” Ibid. p. 63.
• June 22. Lord soday. A brahman has been several times to dif. turb the children, and to curse Jesus Christ ! Another brahman complained to brother Carey that, by our school and printing, we were now teaching the gospel to their children from their infancy.' Ibid. p. 65.
« June 29. Lord's-day. This evening, a brahman went round a. mongst the people who were collected to hear brother Carey, to persuade them not to accept of our papers. Thus “ darkness struggles with the light.”. Ibid, p. 66.
• It was deemed advisable to print 2000 copies of the New Teftament, and also goo additional copies of Matthew fot immediate diftribution; to which are annexed, some of the moft remarkable prophecies in the Old Testament respecting Chrift. These are now distributing, together with copies of several evangelical hymns, and a very earnest and pertinent address to the natives, respecting the gospel. It was written by Ram Boshoo, and contains a hundred lines in Bengallee verse. We hear that these papers are read with much attention, and that apprehenfions are rising in the minds of some of the brahmans whereunto these things may grow.' Ibid. p. 69.
• We have printed several small pieces in Bengalee, which have had a large circulation.' Ibid. p. 77.
Mr Fountain's gratitude to Herveys . When I was about eighteen or nineteen years of age Hervey's Me. ditations fell into my hands. Till then I had read nothing but my bible and the prayer-book. This ushered me as it were into a new world ! It expanded my mind, and excited a thirst after knowledge : and this was not all; I derived fpiritual as well as intellectual advantages from it. I shall bless God for this book while I live upon earth, and when I get to heaven I will thank dear Hervey himself;' Bap. Mil. II. p. 9o. L 2
Many begin to wonder that they never heard thefe things before, fince the English have been so long in the country.' Ibid. p. 223.
• Many of the natives have expressed their astonishment at seeing the converted Hindoos fit and eat with Europeans. It is what they thought would never come to pass. The priests are much alarmed for their tot tering fabric, and rack their inventions to prop it up. They do not like the institution of the college in Calcutta, and that their sacred fhal. ters faould be explored by the unhallowed eyes of Europeans.” Ibid. p. 233.
• Indeed, by the distribution of many copies of the scriptures, and of some thousands of small tracts, a spirit of inquiry has been excited to a degree unknown at any former period.' Ibid. p. 236.
. As he and Kristoo walked through the street, the natives cried out, • What will this joiner do ? (meaning Kristno.) Will he destroy the caft of us all? Is this brahmàn going to be a Feringa ?” Ibid. p. 245
Account of success in 1802-Tenth year of the mission. ! Wherever we have gone we have uniformly found, that so long ai people did not understand the import of our message, they appeared to laften: but the moment they understood something of it, they either become indifferee, or began to ridicule. This in general has been our reception.' Ibid. p.273
Hatred of the natives. . Sept. 27. This forenoon three of the people arrived from Ponchetalokpool, who seemed very happy to see us. They inform us that the hrahmans had raised a great persecution against them; and when they
set out on their journey hither, the mob afsembled to hiss them away, · After brother Marsham had left that part of the country, they bung him in effigy, and some of the printed papers which he had distributed amongst them.' Ibid. p. 314. Difficulty which the Mission experiences from not being able to ga
the converts shaved. · Several persons there seem willing to be, baptized; but if they
should, the village barber, forsooth, will not have them! When a sa.tive loses caft, or becomes unclean, his barber and his prief will not come near him ; and as they are accustomed to have the head nearly a over, and cannot well perform this bufiness themselves, it becomes a les rious inconvenience. ' Ibid. p. 372.
Hatred of the natives. Apr. 24. Lord's day. Brother Chamberlain preached at home, and Ward at Calcutta : brother Carey was amongst the brethren, and preached at night. Kristno Prisaud, Ram Roteen and others, were at Buddabatty, where they met with violent opposition. They were fet upon as Feringahs, as destroyers of the cast, as having eaten fowls, eggs, &c. As they attempted to return, the mob began to beat them, putping their hands on the back of their necks, and pushing them forward; and one man, even a civil officer, grazed the point of a spear again the body of Kristno Prisaud. When they saw that they could not make our friends angry by such treatment, they said, You fulla ; you will do