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I have been influenced as much by the consideration of the work in which you are engaged as by other motives.
“I thank you for so readily accepting the small assistance I tendered you; and I hope that on all future occasions, when exposed to inconvenience from the same cause, you will accept any assistance I may be able to afford
you. * By the bearer I have the pleasure to send you twelve and a half gold mohurs, which is, I believe, equal to the sum of two hundred rupees.
Wishing you every happiness and success in your labours,
• I remain, dear sir,
· W. CUNINGHAME.'
The newly arrived missionaries not being allowed by the government to join their brethren up the country, no course seemed open to the latter but the breaking up of the new undertaking at Kidderpore, and removing to Serampore. The difficulty in the way of this conclusion arose from the recent and necessary outlay of property, which had absorbed all, and more than all, Mr. Carey's little accumulations at Mudnabatty. But the success of the attempt, if persevered in, was very problematical; for if, with all the advantages of abundant capital at command, the owner was compelled to break up that establishment; and if the superintendent, with two hundred rupees per month, could save but little from his stipend, it is im
probable he could realize any ultimate advantage from a small factory, having to borrow part of the capital required for its working, and being dependant exclusively upon its proceeds for his subsistence. It was wise in Mr. Carey, therefore, to relinquish it. In doing so, he made a present, but in all probability prevented a future sacrifice more heavy, and escaped the mortification and inconvenience which secular disappointments infallibly procure.
Mr. Carey was always known to be eminently diligent, persevering, and undeviatingly punctual in all his worldly engagements; and yet nothing worldly ever prospered in his hand. His first business at Hackleton hardly saved him from starvation ; a second attempt in the same line, and keeping school in addition, when at Moulton, served him as ill a turn ; for both would, sometimes, not furnish him with animal food for a month together. And, last of all, the indigo business, though called to it most opportunely, and deriving from it for a season the supply of his daily necessities, yet at length proves a failure, and, if he had not escaped from it, might at no distant period have involved him in perplexity.
The facts which concurred in calling Mr. C. from his rustic retreat, and which settled him in the vicinity of the Indian metropolis, with the important consequences issuing from the event, may be gathered from the ensuing letters. The two first are from the hands of Messrs. Fountain and Brunsdon, brethren ardently devoted to the work of the Lord, tenderly beloved, and who gave promise of extensive usefulness; but
whom a mysterious providence removed from the vineyard,—the one after very few years' labour, the other just as he had entered it.
FROM MR. FOUNTAIN TO Mr. FULLER.
* Moheepal, September 5, 1799. « MY VERY AND EVER DEAR BROTHER,
• Though most of your letters, like those of other ministers, are addressed to my colleague, I cannot cease to think of you, to love you, or to write to you. If, indeed, communication with me is not desirable, do but mention it, and I have done. The last dawk brought seven letters for brother Carey ; for me not one! Think how many I have written to you, and have received but two in return! I have also received two from brother Pearce. To brethren Ryland, Blundell, Sutcliff, Hogg, Morris, Rippon, &c., I have written, but none of them all have deigned to give
I know the labours of these dear brethren are great, and they may all have correspondents more worthy of their notice than I. But after all, I think it hard that not one of them, in the long space of three years, should devote a single hour to convey intelligence, instruction, or comfort to the least of their brethren, labouring in a heathen country, so far removed from all he once held dear.
* Ten days ago I closed a letter to brother Pearce. Since then, nothing has transpired respecting ourselves; but every thing that concerns the public cause in which we are engaged must, and ought to
me an answer.
be, far more interesting to you than any thing that merely affects us as individuals. When we die, that shall live. When we, resting from our labours, shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in our Father's heavenly kingdom, myriads and millions of gentile sinners shall come from the east, as well as from other quarters of the world, to share our bliss, augment our joy, and join the everlasting song of praise to Him through whose name remission of sins was preached to them. Wishing, my dear brother, to excite your gratitude to God, who shows us at least some tokens for good, I cannot refrain from acquainting you thereof.
• You will remember we have often mentioned our dear Cuninghame, as a hopeful character. In my last to Pearce, I spoke of him as one growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ : the two letters of his which I have now the pleasure to inclose, appear to us as good and indubitable proofs of it. He knows not how to compliment. The first was written in consequence of hearing that Mudnabatty factory was broken up, and our support from thence cut off. After receiving it, and reading it with tears of sacred joy, I sent for brother Carey. We wrote to him jointly as follows :
Moyheepal, August 29, 1799.
. Very dear sir,
5. Like him who before us was a missionary to the heathen, we can say, with sincerity, “We have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.' We came not to seek wealth, but to win souls to Christ. We bless God that hitherto he hath provided for us beyond our expectations when we left England. Our salaries you have undoubtedly learned from the periodical accounts of the society, which have to the present been sufficient for us, with the assistance of Mudnabatty. In this time of straitness, we cordially thank you for your kind offer of two hundred rupees, which we shall be glad to receive by the bearer of this. We look upon it as an expression of your love, not only to us, but to Christ; at the same time assuring you that all the wealth of India would not have given us so much satisfaction as to hear that our ministry has been beneficial to your soul.
Very affectionately yours,
6. WM. CAREY.
*His second letter, as you will see, accompanied his pecuniary donation.
* Next morning, just as brother Carey was leaving me, a note was brought in from Mr. Parr, the judge, written in the name of the gentlemen there, requesting that a charity sermon might be preached the next time we go to Dinagepore Mercy upon mercy! Praise ye
the Lord ! This latter instance of favour seems to have originated with our very hopeful young friend, Webb, whom I mentioned in my letter to brother Pearce. The last time he was with me, he inquired pretty much respecting the school, and how we sup