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ACCOUNT OF TWO CINGALESE PRIESTS. for them. My labour is with the
Lord, and my recompense with my
God. “ Of the sincerity and purity of these “ If they be spared to get back to men's motives, I have the most satis-Ceylon, I believe they will carry the factory evidence: they have sacrificed pure light of the gospel to their bemuch in order to come and seek the nighted countrymen; and should they Christian's God in a Christian land. never see the land of their nativity, it They have lost, for ever lost their tem- will be still clear gain; for they will ple and its revenues; and that high have their own souls for a prey. Their honour and reverence which they had, expenses, I am satisfied, will never enas high-priests, and highly learned cumber the other parts of the Missioamong the highest orders among their nary work; for all who hear their countrymen: and although they doubt- story will rejoice to have the opporless have suffered many buffetings on tunity, by a little extra exertion, to this account, yet there is not the most cover every thing of this kind. And distant wish remaining to trace back they will, I trust, do what will be of their steps.
greater consequence, send up their “ Dherma Rama is a young man of heartiest prayers to God for these invery high integrity, of an ardent and teresting strangers, and for him to strong mind, wishing to sift every thing whom their instruction has been conto the bottom; and never to take a fided. stand any where till he is fully satis- “ Through the mercy of God we have fied the ground will bear him. What been enabled to bring them thus far, he gets, he keeps.
through our winter's cold; indeed it " Munhi Rathana has a fine mind; has been remarkably mild; and when truly spiritual, meek, and affectionate: they have heard us expressing our surseeks God, I believe, with his whole prise that we have had so little cold, heart; and enjoys many consolations frost
, snow, &c. they have said, “God from his Spirit. All that are acquaint- has sent this good weather on our aced with them, esteem Dherma, and love count, that we might not die.” InMunhi.
deed I often feared for their lives; and “ Were I hasty to catch at many my wife was frequently without hope; tokens of gracious influence which I our cares and anxieties were multisee, and draw those conclusions from plied on their account; and we were them which many others in my place obliged to deal with them as with chilwould do, I might make up a good dren born before their due time. I story, and perhaps as true as good. endeavoured to maintain the natural But I have always felt it my duty to be temperature of their bodies, as the cautious; and not to draw any conclu- cold increased, by a proper and grasions from evidences that appear to be dual application of calico, flannel, and at all equivocal, or that may be reason the warmth of the room. This attenably disputed.
tion was found to be indispensable. In as I believe God is at work on their their articles of food we were obliged understanding and hearts; and have to be equally attentive, and to provide never for a moment doubted the pro- them with the most easily digestible priety of their adoption by the Wes- and nutritive things. I trust we have leyan Missionary Society; but, on the succeeded. Munhi Rathana appears contrary, believe we should have sin- to have completely weathered the clined against God if we had hesitated mate. He has acquired even a stout to receive them. The expense, it is hardiness. Dherma Rama, who
grew true, must fall upon the Missionary very thin, and had profuse nightFund; for except their sacerdotal robes, sweats, and a bad cough, appears also their books, and seven rupees, (about to have doubled the cape. He is gain14s. English,) they have brought with ing flesh, ha. them no earthly treasure. Their ex- and pense, however, will be only their food and raiment; as to their education, the cares, anxieties, &c. of myself ar family, as no earthly good could duce me to undergo them, earthly good shall ever be
ever use the choicest L pretrtegn
“ Our schools in Ceylon will be if
of the religion of Christ, but eventu-
on the missionaries. When I toli
me time ago, atre in
.ch Henual to ont from
Account of two Canguiese Priests. 152 ** destitute of the means of educa- prekring with such velocity, literally
I may rest assured that this mangerted, and hanging upon nothing,
son its situation, but lieve or comprehend: I see, I see that
wmtal India. Of to turn round, and that it stands upon
un patron and nothing I had at that time said O, *******or. Nr Alexander nothing on the subject: but his good
in anul: ask him sense, from the principles before him, Essa ih listed import- led him to form the analogy, and make
toive Ceylon the deductioa. This was to them both, uni no man has another proof of the being and governpo pristocene highest ment of an all-wise and all-powerful
ene lirs zeal, in God. oma kadeti, let us light
" I have proceeded to a great length
with this letter; and can only be jus-
date to our jeet. Praying for the prosperity of
“ I am, your's truly,
“ ADAM CLARKE."
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these Priests, are intended to speak the pre
sent language of their hearts.
Ileaven's joys I seek; the kingdom from above.
Nyrerevus paths henceforth I'll cease to tread;
Hv superstitious vanities abjure,
dilmad seek the God of gods, my ills to cure. S $111 Retud delusions can no longer please,
And Budhoo's priest falls down at Jesu's
Mitmtras and Tantrus* vanish! splendid lies ! 14 DIY
And Ceylon's mists give place to purer skies!
Utv country, parents, gods, I too forsake;
Ne more shall heathen rites my soul engross; distysten the Heaven's light has shone, and points me to the
I seek the Saviour who has died for ALL;
Renounce my errors at his gracious call,
* Charms and Incantations.
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY MEETINGS.
153 Missionary Meetings.- Curious Discovery. 154
sequent poverty which prevails, the
collections were not expected to be Chester.-On Monday, the 5th of large. But, even under these inauspiApril, 1819, a Missionary Meeting was cious circumstances, the readiness maheld at the Methodist Chapel, in the nifested by the people, to assist in city of Chester, when a large and truly sending the Gospel to the heathen, respectable company met together. produced a pleasing eflect, while their The business of the day was intro- united exertions more than equalled duced by public service at half-past the success that had been anticipated. ten. At two, a concourse of people It appears from the statements given again assembled. On this occasion, in several of these meetings, that, geseveral excellent speeches were deli- nerally speaking, the Methodist Misvered, and a detailed account was sions throughout the world are in a given of the Missions, interspersed flourishing condition. But few excepwith lively anecdotes, and some sin- tions to the contrary appeared. In gular narratives, which rendered the the West Indies, the prejudices that meeting highly interesting. The day had been entertained, seem evidently was concluded with public service. on the decline. Hence in many places, On each occasion a collection was from the sobriety and good behaviour made for the support of the Missions ; of the pious negroes, the planters have which, together with the sums collected found an interest in promoting the on the preceding day, amounted to Missionary instruction of their other upwards of £123.
slaves. In nearly all these meetings, Liverpool.-On the morning of Tues- the views of the speakers were prinday the 6th, at eleven o'clock, a Mis-cipally turned towards those parts of sionary Meeting was held in Bruns- the Eastern hemisphere, in which the wick Chapel, Liverpool. This spa- exertions of the Missionaries have not cious place was soon filled with a been obstructed by legal impediments. very respectable assembly, and many Hence Ceylon presents an interesting interesting speeches were delivered. scene; and the successes which have Among the speakers, were two minis- appeared, seem correspondent to the ters of different denominations, who favourable circumstances under which expressed their sentiments in a truly the efforts to establish the Gospel have Christian spirit, deprecating the per- been made. nicious effects of bigotry, party interest and feeling, and signifying their ardent desires that the principles A CURIOUS DISCOVERY RELATIVE TO of the Gospel might be disseminated among the heathen. The day con- PROFESSOR MALACHARME, of Pavia, cluded with public service. On these who has long employed himself on the occasions, and on the preceding sab- comparative anatomy of the Brain, has bath, the collections in all the chapels found the corpus callosum and pineal amounted to upwards of £200. gland in several birds. One discovery
Warrington.--A Missionary Meet- of importance he has made: this reing held at Warrington, on Good | Iates to the structure of the Brain, and Friday, was numerously and respect- its influence on the intellectual faculably attended. Much interest was ties. The lamina of the Brain he has evidently excited by the statements observed to vary in number from 600 which were given. Persons of various to 780; but in the brain of an idiot, denominations mixed in the congre- he discovered only 324; and in that of gations; and their satisfaction was a dumb person, only 362. Hence he attested by their readiness to assist in infers, that the extent of the intellecthe general contributions. The sum tual faculties is proportionate to the collected, far exceeded the expectation number of laminæ in the Brain. Mr. that had been entertained.
C. Bonnet, of Geneva, whose correIn Manchester, and in several other spondence with the Professor on this large towns, similar meetings have subject is published, admitting the been held; and in all, the influence of premises, denies the conclusion; and a Missionary spirit has been decidedly supposes, that the number of lamina conspicuous. In some few places, in the Brain is increased by the exerthrough the stagnation of trade, the cise of the intellectual faculties. scarcity of employment, and the con
Grunwald Journ. de Méd.
THE FORMATION OF THE BRAIN.
were destitute of the means of educa- | volving with such velocity, literally tion. You may rest assured that this unsupported, and hanging upon nothing, is the most direct way to christianize Dherma Rama exclaimed, “ I now this important and valuable island, believe, what I never could before bewhich not only from its situation, but lieve or comprehend: I see, I see that on many other accounts, will ever be the earth is round; that it continues a grand key to continental India. Of to turn round, and that it stands upon these schools, the grand patron and nothing !” I had at that time said benevolent supporter, Sir Alexander nothing on the subject: but his good Johnston, is now in England; ask him sense, from the principles before him, concerning their necessity and import- led him to form the analogy, and make ance: no man can feel for Ceylon the deduction. This was to them both, more than he does; and no man has another proof of the being and governlaboured more to promote the highest ment of an all-wise and all-powerful interests of that people. His zeal, in God. this respect, is unbounded; let us light “ I have proceeded to a great length our tapers at his lamp.
with this letter; and can only be jus“ Before I conclude, I will mention tified by the importance of the subanother circumstance relative to our ject. Praying for the prosperity of priests, which though apparently sim- | Zion, and the salvation of the whole ple in itself, has led to some important | lost world, results. It is well known that in the
am, your's truly, Budhoo, and indeed Brahminical sys
“ ADAM CLARKE.” tem of philosophy, the earth is a vastly extended plain, ever at rest
, and im [Copied from the Wesleyan Missionary Notices.] moveable ; founded on an equal extent of waters, and these upon air, The following Acrostics on the Names of which is itself either infinite, or found these Priests, are intended to speak the preed on nothing! Over this prejudice, which has more serious consequences
sent language of their hearts. than you can well imagine, our poor Drawn by the lure of God's unbounded love, priests could neither leap nor climb. Heaven's joys I seek; the kingdom from above
. A simple circumstance, the other day; Erroneous paths henceforth I'll cease to tread; has quite dissolved the fabric, and nearly annihilated this Cingalese world. Religion's hopes to find in Christ their head: My son educates some young gentle- My superstitious vanities abjure, men :-previously to the vacation, I And seek the God of gods, my ills to cure. gave them some lectures, and, among Refin'd delusions can no longer please, the rest, one on Magnetism. While
And Budhoo's priest falls down at Jesu's describing the nature, properties, and
knees.action of the magnetic fluid, and illustrating the doctrines laid down by ex
Mantras and Tantras* vanish! splendid lies ! periments, the priests were greatly de
And Ceylon's mists give place to purer skies! lighted: a new world seemed literally My country, parents, gods, I too forsake ; to be opened to their view. They understand some little of our doctrine of Urg'd by Christ's love, to Christ my offerings gravitation, by which we endeavour to
make. explain so many phenomena. The fly- No more shall heathen rites my soul ing of the steel filings to the magnet, Heaven's light has shone, and points me to the and there adhering in an erect posture, surprised and confounded them. The I seek the Saviour who has died for ALL; course of the magnetic fluid, together with the attractive and repulsive influ
Renounce my errors at his gracious call, ence of the poles of the same magnet,
And dauntless cross the raging trackless food, did not less surprise them; but when To find redemption in th'atoning blood : I set the spinner in very quick motion, His life, His light, to irradiate my soul, and presented to it the end of a mag
And grace divine to make the sio-sick netized steel bar, by which it was in
whole.stantly attracted, because suspended,
Now perish Budhoo's praises from my song; and turned round its own axis with great velocity, they were fixed with
Adieu, ye idols, Christ inspires niy tongue. wonder. To see such a substance re
* Charms and Incantations.