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for salvation from sin here and sorrow hereafter. All these require considerable support. At this station, within eighteen months, have two widows expired on the pile of their husbands ;-in all India during that time, perhaps not fewer than nine hundred have expired on the same bed of murder and suicide. This is a call for the urgent and humble exercise of the spirit of prayer wrestling with a waiting faith for the fulfilment of Jehovah's word: and is it not a powerful appeal for liberality, such as was displayed by those Christians who lived under apostolic instruction and influence? Did their singular devotedness arise from an over-abundance of love, and zeal, and liberality? Was the world then more in need of such exertions than now ? had they fewer family demands for their present property ? had they more scriptural means of appropriating their energies, or was their zeal frenzy? was their anxiety for the spread of the gospel overstrained ? and did the Holy Spirit sanction profusive waste, and uncalled for sacrifices of property and time? Thus it is written: “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul .... And great grace was upon them all, neither was there any of them that lacked; for as many as were possessors of lands, or houses, sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostle's feet: and distribution was made to every man according as he had need.” Religion was made by them the business of their lives, “ so mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed.” Doth the blessed Spirit testify unto our consciences, “ Go ye and do likewise”?

I remain, my dear friends, affectionately, and with a sincere and constant regard,

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THE

PLAN OF A COLLEGE,

COMMENCED AT

BANGALORE,

UNDER THE DESIGNATION OF

THE MYSORE MISSION COLLEGE,

INTENDED TO BE IN CONNEXION WITH

The London Missionary Society.

BANGALORE.—1826.

“ The works or acts of merit towards learning are conversant about three objects; the places of learning, the books of learning, and the persons of the learned. For as water, whether it be the dew of heaven or the springs of the earth, doth scatter, and lose itself in the ground, except it be collected into some receptacle ; 80 this excellent liquor of knowledge, whether it descend from divine inspiration, or spring from human sense, would soon perish and vanish into oblivion if it were not preserved in books, traditions, conferences, and places appointed as Universities, Colleges, and Schools, for the receipt and comforting of the same."-BACON, Advancement of Learning.

“ A Briton knows, or if he knows it not,
The Scripture plac'd within his reach, he ought,
That souls have no discriminating hue,
Alike important in their Maker's view;
That none are free from blemish since the fall,
And love divine has paid one price for all.”

CowPER.

LETTER

TO MARK CARMICHAEL SMYTH, Esq. MADRAS CAVALRY. DEAR SIR,

It is no difficult matter to speculate and to theorize on the best means of promoting education and moral improvement among a people greatly destitute of both: and a great and wide field is open for the agents of moral enterprize and intellectual adventure in the yet unexplored tracks of human existence; nor can bounds be set to their sphere of operations in the regions of unenlightened India. It is the part of the curious, the admirer of the picturesque, and the lover of self-gratification, to pass from one object of grandeur and beauty to another, and to dwell with ecstasy on the canvas of the painter, or the descriptive strains of the poet, and to indulge exquisite sensibility in delineating the towers, the castles, the mountains and the vales; but the moral state, the hopes and fears, the eternal realities connected with their inhabitants are transcendental topics, and are seldom reached

The part of the moral—the practical philanthropist is, to descend into the vale of poverty, mental degradation and thraldrom, to lay hold of the object of commiseration, and by the efforts of a well-timed and judiciously-applied generosity to elevate him into a station of social comfort, intellectual energy, and moral worth.

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