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is a more populous neighbourhood; we can work our press without fear, and pursue our work with security. People also hear us with considerable attention, and in considerable numbers; so that we are not discouraged, but trust that our Lord will appear, at length, and set up himself over this part of the earth.

• I have been much distressed because of the great expense to which we shall necessarily subject our dear brethren in England, especially as it will so far exceed their calculation. Yet I really think it to be impossible to pay more attention to economy than we do, for all our brethren and sisters are of one heart in this respect. We have bought a house for six thousand rupees, which is not more than the amount of about four years' rent for houses. Our regular expenses, including servants for the printing, will be four hundred rupees per month, or four thousand eight hundred a year. To answer this we have given notes to several persons on the house of Pinhorn, Weston, and Co. But the precise sum will be ascertained to-morrow. We have, in drawing so great sums, exceeded the powers given us; but I trust we shall be excused when you are informed that we had tried every quarter we could think of to negociate bills, for the last three months, but to no purpose :

it therefore was necessary to draw to the greatest extent that we could procure cash for, that we may not be involved in distress for want of money. Perhaps we may not be able to negociate another bill these many months; but should an opportunity present itself, it would be highly imprudent not to embrace it. We wrote to you, to brother Ryland, and to the society, requesting you to place your money in the company's funds in this country. I again recommend it very earnestly to your consideration, on the following accounts:

•1. I fear dear brother Pearce is dead. You, brother Ryland, and a few of the most active to provide funds for the mission may also soon die; and the work may fall through for want of active persons who will feel interested in it as you do.*

• 2. The public mind may tire soon, especially if success is much longer delayed. In that case the mission must be broken up for want of funds to support it, and then all that is done will be lost.t

“Now, if you can send out all your funds to this country, say £5000, it would pay all our debts and be a fund for our support. Nay, I cannot say that £4000 might not suffice; for the difference between drawing for £4000 at two shillings and eightpence per rupee, the present rate of exchange, and receiving that sum in dollars, will be at least £700 sterling ; so that, now we have paid for the house, we should be nearly able to put out the £4000 after our debts were paid, which would be £480 per annum, without touching the principal ; which, with our school and the profits of our printing-press, would, I trust, be

* Dr. Ryland has written here : *This hardly corresponds with Carey's usual faith.'

+ He also writes here : 'Quite as much room to say, if the company's fund fails, who shall take up the mission again?'

sufficient for us. I think this would establish the mission, so far as pecuniary help would be requisite; and you might then turn your thoughts to a new mission, or to the enlargement of this, as it might appear eligible.

• I have written so much about our temporal concerns in all my letters, because I fear some of them may miscarry, and also because I much wish to see this mission settled on a permanent foundation. The situation we are in is eligible, and you may send missionaries here without fear; so that if what I have mentioned can be accomplished, this mission may be reckoned an established one. We can also itinerate from this place to any part of India without fear, the governor having promised to furnish us with passports at any time.

• Our brethren, who have written to many of the ministers, will furnish you with news respecting our labours, I suppose pretty copiously. They can do it with a better grace than I can; and every thing, being in a manner new to them, may be expected to strike them more forcibly than it does me.

We have lately had frequent conversations with the Hindus; nay, we are seldom many days without something of this sort. I believe brother Ward has given accounts of several.

• You will, no doubt, wish to know my opinion of the missionaries, and I give it with great pleasure. Brother Brunsdon I have not yet seen ; he went with brother Thomas to Beerbhoom some time ago, on account of Mrs. B.'s ill health, and they are not yet returned, though I hear her health is much restored : all concur in the highest encomiums on him and her. Brother Ward is the very man we wanted : he enters into the work with his whole soul. I have much pleasure in him, and expect much from him. Brother Marshman is a prodigy of diligence and prudence, as is also his wife in the latter: learning the language is mere play to him; he has already acquired as much as I did in double the time. I believe all their hearts are entirely set on their work. Brother Brunsdon writes that brother Thomas preaches very frequently in the district of Beerbhoom, and is much followed ; and, indeed, after all the very distressing disappointments which we have met with, I entertain a hope that the day is not far distant, when light will most powerfully break forth, and spread over this very

dark part of the earth.

• I received another letter, in December, from Mr. Gericke, which I intended to transcribe for

you; but this paper will not hold it, and I intend to write to dear brother Pearce in a day or two, when I shall send it to him. Lest he should be no more, I shall send my letter to the care of Mr. King. I however hope he still lives ; his monthly correspondence has filled me with gratitude, love, and genuine delight. I love him more and more. I hope he still lives to declare the works of the Lord.

* I am deeply in debt to you, and shall, I fear, prove insolvent. You have written me six or seven letters, which I received last year, and I have not written more than three to you in return, and those all about our temporal concerns. I am ashamed; but what can I do more now? I will endeavour to be more regular and more interesting, when we have gotten through all our hurry of settling, which I hope will not be long.

“Give my warmest christian love to all your friends. Remember me to all the ministers. I have received many letters by the missionaries; I will try to reply to as many as I can. Brother Marshman has had a son born since he has been here. My christian love to Mrs. F. Is your book published ? Pray send a few copies of it.

* I am, indeed I am,

• Affectionately yours,

· W. CAREY.' * I have no copy of this.'

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