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have been fixed upon, we shall be willing to recommend, or forward, as far as may be in our power, any approved Histories that may be accessible to us. There have been ordered from England large School Maps, in setts of five each, containing Europe, Asia, Africa and America, and the World, which it is hoped will reach this country soon, in the usual course of com. munication.

We trust that the above list will furnish evidence, that our Society has not been inactive during the past year;—and that its actual position is not to be judged of by the amount of notice it has claimed or received. A foundation has been laid, in an elementary form ; and we trust that the receipts of the second year may enable us to build largely upon the basis of the first.

Attention has been directed also to the preparation of Vkrnaci L»r School Books ; and, lately measures have been adopted for the commence. ment of this object. Great obstacles in this department remain to be overcome, from a deficiency of translators—at least of persons who will undertake speedily to perform a work, in which they must necessarily be interrupted by many more claimant duties.

We are desirous of adopting, as a sort of regulator in our vernacular efforts, the principle of maintaining a measure of literary identity in our works, English and Native :—so that the former and latter may, mutatis mutandis, in substance be the same, as far as practicable. We do not mean, that an English work shall be literally and wholly, the sole subject of translation for vernacular use ;—but, that whilst alterations and additions from original resources of the country may be made, yet that which shall constitute the basis of these operations shall be one of the fundamental English series.

On this "life and consistent principle, we shall be glnd to receive proposals, and (if necessary) to enter into pecuniary arrangements, for the translation of any of our series into any of the principal languages of India.

We would take this opportunity of counselling the friends of Christian Education, who agree with us in believing that without the Gospel of Christ there can be no regeneration of man, to unite together, and by per. sonal intercourse and co-operation, strengthen themselves and others in this work of God. Local Committees can much help this good cause; and their corporate existence gives an embodiment to principle which cannot be supplied by any number of secret convictions, or anonymous donations. Little communities of principle are like heaps of fuel, that protect the latent spark, and feed the lambent flame.

We shall be glad therefore to correspond with individual friends of Christian Education throughout the country, who may desire to communicate with us on this subject:—and it will afford us much pleasure to forward their views of benevolence in any form that comes within the range of our constitution as a Society.

In conclusion, we would urge on all who support Christian EducaTion, (comprehending both Evangelical and General Instruction) as the grand hope of the Youth of India, to help us in our embodied form and in our concentrated effort. The expence incurred, in the publication of new books, is great; and full returns cannot be expected for two or three years to come, ns whole editions cannot be rapidly disposed of. Immediate remittances too will be expected from our Committee for works procured from England;—whilst the proceeds from the sale of those works, can come in but slowly. It is at the beginning of such a Society as this, that the most vigorous aid is needed; and we therefore throw ourselves on our Christian Friends for such contributions as are necessary for carrying out our object. Our basis is "Love thy neighbour as thyself." Our warrant, " Go and tench all nations." Our directory, " Train up a child in the way in which he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."—But our very law of existence is this Canon of Christianity: " Whatsoever Therefore Ye Do, Whether In Word Or


God, Even The Father, Bv Him." By this Canon we are forbidden, on pain of sin, to enter into any scheme from which those venerated names, (one or either of them,) are excluded by express convention; and by this Canon we see what is that whicli alone God will ultimately bless, even what is simply performed in Jesus' mime, and thankfully ascribed and devoted to the immediate glory of the One Living And True God! Come then and help us, in the name of our common Lord, to bless India with that knowledge with which we ourselves have been blessed—that know, ledge which hath made Britain to be Britain!—And may that Eternal Spirit, the Divine Regenerator of man, who changed the dark, inhuman superstitious Druid into the enlightened, merciful and holy Christian, work on this vast Continent, as he once wrought on that far off, but beloved Isle of the Sea 1

J. Macdonald, Corresponding Secretary.
J. Campbell, Minute Secretary.

August, 1840. J. W. Alexander, Cash Secretary.

#« The Society's Depository, 99, Dharamtala :—Agent for Books, Mr. G. C. Hay, at the Depository. Subscriptions to be forwarded to the Secretaries.

6.—Union Of The Evangelical Mission At Tinnevelly With The MaDras Church Mission.

From the following our friends will gather that the German Tinnevelly Mission has again united with the Madras Church Mission. We trust that the blessing of the Lord will abundantly rest upon the Union, and that all past differences may be so healed that the heathen shall say—" Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."

To the Rev. T. Iiouz. Dear Sir,

It is with peculiar feelings I address the friends and supporters of the German Evangelical Mission in Tinnevelly. It will be remembered that it was in April, 1839, when we were by the Providence of God led to carry on this extensive Mission, in humble faith and reliance on the Lord and his promises, looking to him and his people for support. When we thus cast ourselves upon the Lord, we felt at the same time, that without being ultimately connected with a Mission Society, the G. E. Mission could hardly exist for any length of time. The London Missionary Society, having, as they expressed it," from a regard to general principles, the violation of which would have occasioned serious injury to the Missionary cause generally," declined to afford us official assistance and support; we indulged the hope that, in the course of time, some Mission Society, on the Continent of Europe, would come forward and afford the Mission, not only the necessary pecuniary support but also supply the need of labourers. To effect this desirable object, 1 addressed last year a letter to that effect, to the Mission Society in Basle. Month after month rolled on, and the Lord graciously supplied our wants, though we, (1 mean particularly the Catechists, School-masters, &c. &c.) had not every month our full, yet we can say that the Lord granted us our daily bread ; for which we would be truly thankful. Though by the mercy of God 1 enjoyed pretty good health during the last year, so as to be able to attend to the various and arduous duties which devolved upon me, yet I could not but at times deeply feel, that as much as I wished it, I could not do justice to the great work, in properly superintending so many Catechists, Congregations, School-masters nnd Schools. However circumstanced as 1 was, I felt I could not go a step further for the good and future welfare of the G. E. Mission, until I had received an answer from the Committee in Basle, and therefore I went on patiently in my work, watching the leadings of a gracious providence. In the course of last month the long-waited for letter from Basle arrived, and the nature of its contentH, together with some other circumstances, left very little doubt in my mind as to the path of duty I had to choose in respect to the G. E. Mission. The Rev. Mr. Hoffmann, principal of the liasle Missionary institution, stated, in the name of the Committee, that the same reasons, which prevented the London Mission Society to receive the G. E. Mission into their Connexion, prevent also the Basle Mission Society from affording us the asked for assistance and support. He moreover stated for my encouragement that he had corresponded with the Church Mission Committee in London respecting my application to them; and finally he makes such suggestions, and gives me such advice, as I thought altogether worthy of serious consideration. Having therefore, as far as I was able, considered the subject in question in all its bearings, I thought it my duty to address a letter to the Madras corresponding Committee of the Church Mission; the result of which was that myself with the Mission ha.'e been united with the Church Mission Society, with such an under. standing, as under existing circumstances is so far satisfactory to both parties.


Thus the German Evangelical Mission in Tinnevelly has, as such, ceased to exist, with which circumstance, 1 beg herewith to acquaint our friends.

But though the G. E. Mission as such, has ceased, to exist, yet the work, among the Congregations and Heathen, is the same. I would, therefore hope, that the friends of this work will not be less zealous in giving that assistance which they have so kindly and liberally afforded us during the last thirteen months, and for which 1 beg them to accept of our sincere thanks. I would, with particular thankfulness to God, record the success which has attended the appeal, contained in our last Report, for means for the establishment of a Boarding School for Girls on the premises. Mrs. Muller lust no time in commencing to build in the first place a Schoolroom and out-houses. These, we are happy to inform our friends, are now finished, and the School was opened during last month. Mrs. Muller was however obliged to begin her work with a very limited number of girls, viz. from 10 to 15, owing to the small balance in hand. We would therefore entreat the friends and promoters of female education in India, to continue to lend us a helping hand, in order not only to carry on, but also to increase the blessed work which by the goodness of God, and the liberality of Christian friends, we have thus been permitted to commence. A summary account of the income and expenditure for the female Schools is annexed. It remains for me only to give an account of the income and expenditure of the German Evangelical Mission during the last thirteen months, of which I subjoin particulars.

From the Balance remaining, it will be seen, that as our days have been, so has the Lord also caused our strength to be. To Him therefore be glory for evermore. Amen. Suvesashapurum, Tinnevelly, June ?Qlh, 1840. J. J. MULLER.

We have been obliged to adopt our accounts of the London public meetings in the month of May as well as some items of intelligence this month almost exclusively from the Friend of India and the Christian Advocate: while many subjects have been unavoidably postponed. The causes are such as Editors are often subject to, and towards which we

trust our readers will be “a little kind," viz. indisposition—promises broken to the ear, at the latest possible date, &c. &c. We need not enumerate more.

7.—A New PERIonical.

The following Prospectus of a new bi-monthly periodical has been forwarded to us. We have not time this week to do more than wish every success to the project. Such a periodical has long been a desideratum in Calcutta. The only suggestion we would offer to our new brother, is to make the price of The Telescope so low that every young native may be able to purchase it. We should say, if the educated native community be prepared to sustain a large circulation, that one anna per number would bring it within the reach of all; while the larger circulation it would doubtless obtain would make it a remunerative publication. The Gyananeshan states, that the Telescope is to be under the superinteudence of Rev. Messrs. Duff, Ewart, and Smith. Our contemporary is in error on this subject; the sole responsibility and conduct rest on the Editor who will, we doubt not, make the publication in every way worthy the interests it is intended to advance. We wish every success to the undertaking.

Prospectus of a new Periodical to be published under the title of “THE TELESCOPE,” a miscellany of Literature, Science and Religion. There are in Calcutta and throughout India many various classes of persons, and for most of these classes there are suitable periodical publications. There is the European class, who have their daily and weekly Newspapers, and their monthly and quarterly Magazines, filled with matter suited to the several tastes of individuals, and furnishing to the Religious, the Scientific, the Literary, the Political, the Medical and the Sporting Communities, information and instruction regarding their favorite pursuits. Then the Native Community have their daily and weekly Newspapers, filled with discussions on every kind of subject, conducted in a manner suited to the tastes of their readers. Again the East-Indian Community have swarms of periodicals furnishing them with occupation for leisure hours—occupation, it is to be presumed, suited to their tastes and habits. But there is a large and constantly increasing community in Calcutta and many other parts of India, for whose instruction and entertainment no adequate provision in the way of periodical publication at present exists, the various journals that have been established for their use having been discontinued. We refer to that class of natives who have received an English education, and have become, to a greater or less extents, imbued with the feelings and sentiments which may be generally expected to result from an acquaintance with European literature and science. The productions of the Native Press cannot generally have much attraction for those whose minds have been trained to correct habits of thought. The European periodicals must be, in a great measure, destitute of interest to those whose associations and feelings are Eastern; while the East-Indian press has not, so far as we know, given issue to any periodical that is better fitted than either the European or Native publications to attract the attention, improve the minds, or elevate the characters of the class to whom we refer. It is proposed to make an attempt to supply this defect by the establishment of a periodical to be entitled The Telescope, a Miscellany of Literature, Science and Religion. This title will in a great measure explain the intended character of the publication. It will hold no subject unworthy of its examination that may tend to instruct and improve. It will freely and candidly examine and discuss literary, scientific and religious questions, and will endeavour by uniform camlour nnd uprightness to attain the high and responsible situation of a help to the educated portion of the native community in their acquirement of knowledge and truth.

Its object will be twofold,—to afford to the native community matter of instructive and entertaining reading, nnd to furnish a field for exercising' their faculties of thought and diction: it is hoped that a considerable per. tion of it may be written by the more advanced of the natives themselves, many of whom have cheerfully volunteered their aid. Thus they will have an opportunity of putting to practical use the education they have received, of contributing to their mutual improvement by making their sentiment* public. A large quantity of matter is every year written by the very par. ties in question in the shape of Prize Compositions. Now although there may be few or none of these which it would be desirable to publish entire, yet it is believed that from many of them such extracts might be made, u would be well worthy of being published and preserved.

The Editor will explain more at large the nature of his undertaking in his opening paper; meantime he submits the present Prospectus and soli, cits the support of all that class whose interests he has chiefly in view, as well as of all those who are desirous to promote the great work of Native improvement.

At present he only thinks it necessary to add, in order to prevent the possibility of misconception, that the Telescope is completely unconnected with any Educational or other Institution in Calcutta. It is designed for the benefit of all educated natives, without reference to the institutions in which they may have received their education.

It is proposed that the Tei.e-cope shall be published twice a month, on the 1st and 15th days of each month, unless when these days fall on the Sabbath, in which case the publication will be either a day earlier or later. The abundance or deficiency of matter may make it expedient at a future period to increase or diminish the size of the publication; hut at present each number will contain 1G pages demy 8vo. and will be printed on good European paper and in good type.

The price will be 5 Rupees per annum paid in advance, or four annas fur a single number. This, it is believed, is a price scarcely sufficient to defray the charges of printing, &c. but the work is not undertaken for the sake of pecuniary profit.

It is proposed that the first number shall appear on the 1st of September. Orders for the work and communications to the Editor to be addressed to him and sent to the care of Mr. Hay, 99, Duaramtnla.

Calcutta, 10M August, 1810. {Christian Advocate.

8.—The Sandwich Islands. We have just received our numbers of the Hawain Spectator, a most excellent literary and religious periodical published at Hanonulala, Oohu, Sandwich Islands, from which we may make some excerpts. The same opportunity has put us in possession of a pamphlet respecting the popish tricks and visit of La Arternise to those islands which our Romanist brethren need not be anxious that we should publish, but which we shall nevertheless do. Protestantism in its Missions has nothing to fear wbea brought to the light, especially when contrasted with such miserable ecclesiastical chicanery as that of popish priests aided by the cannon of semiInfidel France.—Ibid. •%

9.—Corresponding Society Op The Friends Op India. We have been favored with a Circular containing proposals for the f tion of a new Society to be designated " The Corresponding Society of the Friends of India." The object of the proposed Society is to fococize



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