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injured our things, the Roman Catholics were not afraid for what they had done to us, but in great anger they seized my two friends, and flogged them severely. Next morning we made our complaint to a magistrate, but no notice was taken of it. We then applied to the Christians at Seringapatam for advice what we should do; by their conversation we were taught much of the truth. We observed how the worship of God was conducted, and we became regular in our attendance every Lord's day on the worship of God at Seringapatam. The opposition became stronger and stronger at Mysore,
I now began to think that it was necessary for me to be baptized, but I knew no person to whom I could apply for that ordinance. A man came one day and told me that the Roman Catholics, the Heathens, and the Mahommedans, were preparing a petition to present to the magistrate, in which they entreated him to drive me from the place. The reason they gave for this was, that I had never heen baptized, that I was no Christian, but I had come only to trouble the people, and put them into confusion. I was afraid on account of my not having been baptized. I immediately wrote to the people at Cannanore, and the morning following, about three o'clock, I rose and proceeded to Cannanore, that I might be baptized. The Rev. F. Spring, Tillicherry, baptized me. I heard at Cannanore that missionaries had arrived from England at Bangalore. In November 1820 I came to Bangalore, and hoped that one missionary would go and live at Seringapatam; but I returned to Mysore disappointed. I and my two friends continued to meet, and converse and read as we did before. In a short time one of the missionaries sent for me to come to Bangalore, at which place I have remained till now.
Excuse me, my dear brethren, for this long account which I have given of myself. I have mentioned these things, because I have often looked back on the way God has been pleased to lead me, and have compared the past with my present feelings and views. When I was wondering in myself shortly after I came here why I could not see things more plainly than I had done, my mind was very forcibly impressed by reading Rom. x. 14, 15. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” These words made such an impression on my mind, that I preached from them to the congregation, and exhorted them to attend the preaching of the gospel wherever they had an opportunity. I was the more earnest in my exhortation, because I saw the many dangers I had so narrowly escaped, and my lifeless religion, which I considered was much owing to my want of public instructors. These words always affect my inind: even now I do not forget to warn the people and remind them of the importance of public teaching.
But what shall I say to the people leaving this place if they ask me, “Where are we to go to hear the gospel preached? where are the preachers of the gospel to be found?” O how am I to answer these questions? On one part of me I see large towns and villages, but no preacher is found to tell them of their miserable state, to arouse them to think, and point out to them the right way. I cast my eyes to another part, to a third, a fourth, and stil no preacher, no messenger of Christ; only the messengers of Satan deceiving the people, only the blind leading the blind.
I beseech you, my dear brethren of the British churches, to think of our condition. If he that gives a cup of cold water to a disciple of Christ, in the name of a disciple, shall not lose his reward; what then shall be the reward of those who send the bread of life, and the water of life, to a land of famine and of drought, where the inhabitants are dying in multitudes ? Need I tell you that Christ Jesus honours you, greatly honours you to put means into your hands, that you may assist others ? Why has he permitted you to send the gospel to this country? It is because he delights to honour you; and what you do you are doing for your Master. We shall all meet in the presence of our Master; this petition that I now send you will be read there in our presence, and we shall receive the blessing accordingly as we honour hinn here. He will carry on his workHe will give the heathen for the inheritance of his dear Son, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession. He is under no obligation to his church-He confers an honour upon his church when he calls upon her to assist in fulfilling his gracious purposes; therefore, my beloved brethren,“ be ye stedfast, unmoveable, alway abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.” The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, be with you. When we meet in our Father's house above, we shall rejoice in him, and in our Saviour, and in those who have been led from darkness to light through our instrumentality.