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for his glory. Brother Pearce wrote to me, wishing me to advise how they should be sent out. There are no difficulties here, except at their first landing, and 1 know of no serious ones then. But I advise that they come out cabin passengers, in a foreign ship; and immediately on their landing at Calcutta, to procure a boat, and a servant who understands English, and, having purchased a few necessary articles for the journey, such as bread, wine, biscuits, beds, mosquito curtains, &c., to proceed immediately to Mudnabatty, without saying any thing to any person about why they came into the country. They will get all necessaries in one day, and must be very careful not to put any confidence in their servant, who will infallibly cheat them. They should send a letter up to me the moment they land (by post), and I would take care for them. Every difficulty with government will be got through afterwards, if they behave peaceably and well. Missionaries ought to follow some secular employ, both for their own support, and also for the following reason : The governor-general in council annually issues an order to the magistrate of every district to make a return of all Europeans in his district, not in the service of the king or the company, specifying their names, time of arrival, ship in which they came, employment, &c. Was any one on this occasion to avow himself to be a missionary, government must come to a point whether they would permit persons to remain in the country who were avowed missionaries. But we have no need to conceal our real work at any other time, or on any other occasion;
and were I to be in company with Lord Mornington, I should not hesitate to tell him that I am a missionary; though I should not profess myself so to be to the governor-general in council, unless I was driven to it to preserve an unblemished conscience.
* 2. I submit it to the consideration of the society, whether we should not be furnished with medicines gratis. No medicines will be sold by us, yet the cost of them enters very deeply into our allowance. The whole supply sent in the Earl Howe, amounting to £35, besides charges amounting to thirty per cent., falls on me; but the whole will either be administered to sick poor, or given to any neighbour who is in want, or used in our own families. Neighbouring gentlemen have often supplied us. Indeed, considering the distance we are from medical assistance, the great expensiveness of it, far beyond our ability, and the number of wretched, afflicted objects whom we continually see, and who continually apply for help, we ought never to sell a pennyworth. Brother Thomas has been the instrument of saving numbers of lives. His house is constantly surrounded with the afflicted; and the cures wrought by him would have gained any physician or surgeon in Europe the most extensive reputation. We ought to be furnished yearly with at least half a hundred weight of jesuit's bark. Other medicines we have plenty of for some time to come.
*But I finish, by expressing our hope that the society will not be discouraged by our want of success. Consider, brethren, that that depends on the divine blessing. My-I may say our, for were brethren Fountain and Thomas with me, they would join me in-love to you all, to all our beloved brethren in the ministry, and to all the churches ; also to our Scotch brethren who have shown themselves so ready to assist you ; and believe me to be your affectionate brother in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ,
· W. CAREY.'
TO THE BAPTIST SOCIETY.
Mudnabatty, April 1, 1799. DEAR BRETHREN,
• By the last newspaper, I see that there are two ships under dispatch for Europe. I therefore stop translating a day, to get time to write a letter or two.
• I wrote to you, date Jan. 10, current, on my journey to Calcutta, and now inform you, that I fully succeeded in accomplishing the end of my journey thither, which was to get types cast for printing the bible. The types are now casting. A gentleman in this neighbourhood has already advanced two thousand four hundred rupees, for the expense ; and I have drawn a set of bills in triplicate, dated March 19th, current, on Mr. Thomas King, of Birmingham, for the amount, in favour of George Udney, Esq., at two shillings and sixpence per rupee, viz. £300 sterling, which I hope will be duly honoured. I shall have occasion to draw for £200 more to finish the furniture of the printing-house, besides what I shall want for workmen, paper, &c.; which, I suppose, will make the
whole expense about £2000, or sixteen thousand rupees. The whole Bible and New Testament will be printed in four volumes, octavo; and if I can perform it for the sum I have mentioned, it will be the cheapest work that was ever published in India by one half. I propose to print one thousand copies, for it will not be in our power to buy more paper, unless the society should anticipate our wants. Of this, however, if five hundred copies can be disposed of at thirty-two rupees each, it will pay the whole expense; and we shall have five hundred copies to give away. I think this may probably be done.
• You, my dear friends, must expect nothing but what relates to the immediate business of the mission, in so short a letter as I must be forced to write at this time. The translation is going on. There remains to be done now from 1 Samuel to Job, which brother Fountain is hard at work on, only I shall correct the copy, and Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Zechariah, and Malachi, which I shall translate. We now have the end of this part of our labour in view, and feel much animated thereby, and induced to labour with more diligence. Our friends in England, however, must be contented to receive fewer letters till this important work is finished.
“Our school is considerably increased, and there is a pleasing improvement among the children. We are enabled this year to carry it on upon a rather enlarged scale, by a voluntary contribution thereto, made amongst a circle of our friends in this neighbourhood.
· Of our labours in preaching I wish to say nothing, till I can say, without a doubt, that we have wrought some deliverance in the earth. We preach at Malda and Dinagepore regularly once a month, and at home as we have been accustomed to do. Appearances are much as when I wrote to you before. .
· Brother Thomas is somewhere in the neighbourhood of Calcutta with his family. Brother Fountain is with me, and is indefatigable in his attention to improvement: he improves much in the language. • A Mr. Forsyth is lately arrived in this country,
I suppose from the London Missionary Society; but it is uncertain, as he has brought no letter to any one that I know of. I was several times in his company, and think him a valuable man. He is at Calcutta.
'A Calcutta paper also mentions that all the missionaries are come from Otaheite, and the neighbouring islands to New Holland. This is a singular providence, but the ways of God are inscrutable.
* You, as a body, are not forgotten by us in our addresses at the throne of grace. We also have confidence that we are not forgotten by you. Brethren, pray for us.
“Thus I have written a mere letter of news. I hope the society will not be discouraged by the little positive success that has hitherto attended our labours; but rather consider it as a call to persevere, to double exertions, and to send out more missionaries. God may refuse to succeed our attempts, and yet may greatly bless those of others. At any rate, Hindusthan