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anxious to become acquainted with the principles of were satisfied that we had a right to enter ; after which, Christianity; and such was his progress, that in the we deposited a present for the private minister of state, month of June he was admitted publicly into the Moung Zah, and were ushered into his apartment in the Church of Christ by baptism, and in the following Lered us to sit before several governors and petty kings,
palace-yard. He received us very pleasantly, and orweek the Missionaries enjoyed the high privilege of who were waiting at his levee. We here, for the first sitting down at the Lord's table with the first-fruits of time, disclosed our character and object-told him, that their mission, a converted Burman. In reference to we were Missionaries or propagators of Religion ;' that this interesting young man, Mrs Judson writes :- we wished to appear before the emperor, and present “ Little did I think, when I last wrote, that I should
our sacred books, accompanied with a petition. so soon have the joyful intelligence to communicate, took the petition into his hands, looked over about balf that one Burman has embraced the Christian Religion, of it, and then familiarly asked several questions about and gives good evidence of being a true disciple of the our God, and our Religion, to which we replied. Just at dear Redeemer. This event—this single trophy of vic- this crisis, some one announced that the golden foot was torious grace, has filled our hearts with sensations, hard about to advance; on which the minister hastily rose ly to be conceived by Christians in Christian countries. up, and put on his robes of state, saying, that he must This circumstance has convinced us, that God can and seize the moment to present us to the emperor.
We does operate on the minds of the most dark and igno- now found, that we had unwittingly fallen on an unprorant; and that he makes his own truths, his own words, pitious time, it being the day of the celebration of the the instrument of operation. It serves, also, to encour
late victory over the Cassays, and the very hour when age us to tope, that the Lord has other chosen ones in his majesty was coming forth to witness the display made this place. As Mr Jadson has given some account of
on the occasion. When the minister was dressed, he just the first impressions of this man, and as I have had him said, “How can you propagate Religion in this empire? particularly under my instruction since his conversion, But come along.'
. Our hearts sunk at these inauspicious I will give you some of his remarks in his own words, words. He conducted us through various splendour and with which you will be much interested. “In our Res parade, until we ascended a flight of stairs, and entered ligion there is no way to escape the punishment due to a most magnificent hall. He directed us where to sit, sin ; but, according to the Religion of Christ, he him and took his place on one side, the present was placed self has died in order to deliver his disciples. I wish all
on the other, and Moung Yo, and another officer of the Burmans would become his disciples; then we should | Mya-day-men, sat a little bel The scene to which meet together as you do in your country; then we should
we were now introduced really surpassed our expectaall be happy together in heaven. How great are my tion. The spacious extent of the hall, the number and thanks to Jesus Christ for sending teachers to this coun- magnitude of the pillars, the height of the dome, the try! and how great are my thanks to the teachers for whole completely covered with gold, presented a most coming! Had they never come and built that zayat, 1 grand and imposing spectacle. Very few were present, should never have heard of Christ and the true God. and those evidently great officers of state. Our situaI mourn that so much of my life passed away before 1tion prevented us from seeing the further avenue of the heard of this Religion. How much I have lost!' It is hall; but the end where we sat opened into the parade, peculiarly interesting to see with what eagerness he which the emperor was about to inspect. We remained drinks in the truths from the Scriptures. Å few days about five minutes, when every one put himself into ago I was reading with him Christ's sermon on the the most respectful attitude, and Moung Yo whispered He was deeply impressed, and unusually so
that his majesty had entered. We looked through the lemn. These words," said he, “take hold on my very hall, as far as the pillars would allow, and presently heart; they make me tremble. Here God commands caught sight of the modern Ahasuerus. He came forus to do every thing that is good in secret, not to be ward, unattended_in solitary grandeur—exhibiting the seen of men. How unlike our Religion is this! When proud gait and majesty of an Eastern monarch. His Burmans make offerings to the pagodas, they make a dress was rich, but not distinctive; and he carried in great noise with drums and musical instruments, that his hand the gold sheathed sword, which seems to have others may see how good they are. But this Religion taken the place of the sceptre of ancient times. But it makes the mind fear God; it makes it, of its own ac- was his high aspect and commanding eye, that chietly cord, fear sin.'”
rivetted our attention. He strode on. Every head, Shortly after this period two more made a public pro- excepting ours, was now in the dust. We remained fession of their belief in the principles of Christianity. kneeling, our hands folded, our eyes fixed on the moThe Missionaries and their object now became well
narch. When he drew near, we caught his attention.
He stopped, partly turned towards us—' Who are these?' known in Rangoon. The people, however, seemed to • The teachers, great king,' I replied. be afraid of repairing to the zayat, lest the jealousy speak Burman—the priests that I heard of last night?" of the government should be excited. The attendance, When did you arrive ?' 'Are you teachers of Relitherefore, was daily diminishing. Mr Judson and his gion ?' 'Are you like the Portuguese priests?" • Are only remaining associate, Mr Colman, saw that no fur- you married ?" Why do you dress so ?' These, and ther attempts could with safety be made without the appeared to be pleased with us, and sat down on an ele
some other similar questions we answered; when he authority of the king. With the permission of the vated seat_his hand resting on the hilt of his sword, viceroy, accordingly, they set out to Ava, leaving their and his eyes intently fixed on us. Moung Zah now befamilies at Rangoon. Their first convert, Moung Nau, gan to read the petition. accompanied them. They took with them as a present “ The emperor heard it, and stretched out his hand. to his Burman Majesty, the Bible, in six volumes, Moung Zah crawled forward and presented it. His covered with gold leaf, in the Burman style, and each
majesty began at the top, and deliberately read it through. volumne enclosed in a rich wrapper. On the 25th Janu- of the tract, in which every offensive sentence was cor,
In the mean time, I gave Moung Zab an abridged copy ary 1820, they arrived safely at Amarapora, at that time rected, and the whole put into the handsomest style and the capital of the empire. The particulars of their inter- dress possible. After the emperor had perused the peview with the king are too important to be omitted :-tition, he handed it back without saying a word, and
“ We proceeded to the palace. At the outer gate took the tract. Our hearts now rose to God for a dis. we were detained a long time, until the various officers play of his grace. O, bave mercy on Burmah! Have
• What, you
mercy on her king ! But, alas ! the time was not yet “ Rangoon, from having been the theatre, in which
He held the tract long enough to read the two so much of the faithfulness, power, and mercy of God first sentences, which assert, that there is one eternal had been exhibited from having been considered, for God, who is independent of the incidents of mortality, ten years past, as my home for life--and from a thouand that, besides him, there is no God; and then, with sand interesting associations of ideas, had become the an air of indifference,- perhaps disdain,—he dashed it to dearest spot on earth. Hence, you will readily imagine, the ground! Moung Zah stooped forward, picked it that no ordinary consideration could have induced my up, and handed it to us. Moung Yo made a slight at- departure." tempt to save us, by unfolding one of the volumes which On her arrival in Calcutta, Mrs Judson was persuadcomposed our present, and displaying its beauty ; buted to change her intention, and to embark in a ship bis majesty took no notice. Our fate was decided, bound for England. On her passage she had a severe After a few moments, Moung Zah interpreted his royal attack of her complaint, which confined her to her cabin master's will, in the following terms :- In regard to the objects of your petition, his majesty gives no order. In for several days. During her stay in England, she reregard to your sacred books, his majesty has no use for sided chiefly in the house of the late excellent Mr them—take them away.'
Joseph Butterworth, member of parliament, a man of The next day they made some further efforts to ac- an admirable Christian spirit, and one who could so complish their object, but in vain ; and accordingly fully appreciate the worth of his guest, that at a meetwithout delay they returned to Rangoon. They imme- ing of the English Baptist Missionary Society, he statdiately called the three converts together, and stateded that Mrs Judson's visit to his family showed him the result of their visit, at the same time, expressing it more strongly than ever the effect of the apostolic adas their determination to forsake their present station, monition :-“ Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, and attempt the establishment of a mission in a popul- for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ous tract of country between Bengal and Arracan. After spending a few months in visiting various places, The converts remonstrated against their departure, and both in England and Scotland, she set sail for New York, as some favourable symptoms were beginning to appear where she arrived on the 25th of September 1822. I among the people, it was at length resolved that Mr and was during her visit to America, that she prepared fo: Mrs Judson should remain in Rangoon, and that Mr the press her “ History of the Burman Mission,” which and Mrs Colman should proceed to Chittagong.
has been read with no small interest by Christians on Thus were Mr and Mrs Judson again left alone, but both sides of the Atlantic. The labour connected their hearts were cheered by the evident spread of a with the compilation of this work, tended not a little spirit of enquiry among the natives. From the extent to retard her restoration to health. By the care and of her exertions, however, in imparting instruction to kindness of her friends, however, and particularly of the native females, as well as from the effect of climate, her brother-in-law, Dr Elnathan Judson, she had so far Mrs Judson's health began to yield. The disease, which recovered as to set sail from Boston in the summer of was an affection of the liver, increased to an alarming 1823, along with Mr and Mrs Wade, who had been degree, and it became necessary that she should repair set apart as Missionaries for Burmah. without delay to Bengal. Mr Judson thought it right During the absence of Mrs Judson, the members of to accompany her. But before setting sail, they had the Church at Rangoon had increased to eighteen, and the satisfaction of seeing the Christian Church at Ran- Mr Judson's hands had been strengthened by the arrival goon increased to the number of ten individuals, in- of Dr Price, as a coadjutor in the mission. No sooner, cluding one female. On the 19th of July 1820, Mr however, did the king hear that a Missionary had come and Mrs Judson embarked for Bengal. They were ac- to the country, possessed of medical knowledge, than companied to the vessel by all the native converts, and he instantly gave orders that he should be brought by nearly a hundred other individuals, who testified to the capital. Dr Price, accordingly, obeyed the sumsincere grief at their departure.
mons, and Mr Judson also, a few days after his wife After spending a few months at Serampore, Mrs Jud. reached Rangoon, set out with her for Ava, the residson found her health considerably improved, and she ence of the king. resolved to return with her husband to the scene of their At this time, in consequence of repeated encroachlabours. Their return was hailed by the converts with ments of the Burmese government on the British pose the utmost satisfaction. It was soon but too apparent, sessions in India, a war was proclaimed, and in May however, that Mrs Judson's disease had been merely 1824, an army of nearly six thousand English and mitigated by her stay at Serampore, not totally eradi. native troops, under the command of Sir Archibald cated. It was at length resolved, therefore, that she Campbell, arrived at Rangoon. The Missionaries who should visit America; and on the 21st of August 1821, had remained after the departure of Messrs Judson and she embarked for Bengal. Her feelings on parting Price were for some time in imminent danger, until the from her husband, and from the little Church in Bur- capture of the town by the British, secured for them mah, will be best described in her own words :- liberty and protection. News speedily reached Ava
“ Those only who have had to pass through a variety that Rangoon had been taken, and the court was thrown of toil and privation, to obtain a darling object, can rea- into the greatest commotion. A suspicion arose, and lise how entirely every fibre of the heart adheres to
was quickly propagated, that the foreigners residing in that object, when secured. Had we encountered no difficulties, and suffered no privations in our attempts
the country must have been conveying to the British to form a Church of Christ, under the government of a
army secret information, and orders were issued for the heathen despot, we should have been warmly attached apprehension of all foreigners then in the capital. The to the individuals composing it, but should not have scene which ensued is graphically delineated by Mrs felt such tender solicitude and anxious affection, as in Judson, in a letter to her brother-in-law in America :the present case,
“ On the 8th of June, just as we were preparing for
dinner, in rushed an officer holding a black book, with “ The next morning I sent Moung Ing to aseertain a dozen Burmans accompanied by one who, from his the situation of your brother, and give biin food is still spotted face, we knew to be an executioner, and a ‘son living. He soon returned, with the intelligence, that of the prison.' Where is the teacher?' was the first Mr Judson, and all the white foreigners, were contined inquiry. Mr Judson presented himself. • You are in the death prison, with three pair of iron fetters each, called by the king,' said the officer; a form of speech and fastened to a long pole to prevent their moving! always used when about to arrest a criminal. The The point of my anguish now was, that I was a piri, spotted man instantly seized Mr Judson, threw him on soner myself, and could make no effort for the release of the floor, and produced the small cord, the instrument the Missionaries. I begged and entreated the magistrate of torture, I caught hold of his arm ; 'Stay, said I, to allow me to go to some member of government to I will give you money.' Take her toa,' said the state my case, but he said he could not dare to consent, oficer; she also is a foreigner.' Mr Judson, with an for fear I should make my escape. I next wrote a note imploring look, begged they would let me remain till to one of the king's sisters, with whom I had been infurther orders. The scene now was shocking beyond timate, requesting her to use her influence for the re. description. The whole neighbourhood had collected lease of the teachers. The note was returned with --the masons at work on the brick house threw down this message_she' did not understand it;' which was their tools, and ran the little Burman children were a polite refusal to interfere; though I afterwards screaming and crying-the Bengalee servants stood in ascertained, that she had an anxious desire to assist us, amazement at the indignities offered their master--and but dared not, on account of the queen. The day dragthe hardened executioner, with a kind of hellish joy, ged heavily away, and another dreadful night was bedrew tight the cords, bound Mr Judson fast, and drag- fore me. I endeavoured to soften the feelings of the yed him off I knew not whither. In vain I begged and guard, by giving them tea and cigars for the night, so entreated the spotted face to take the silver, and loosen that they allowed me to remain inside of my room, with. the ropes, but he spurned my offers, and immediately out threatening as they did the night before. But the departed.' I gave the money, however, to Moung Ing idea of your brother being stretched on the bare floor, to follow after, to make some farther attempt to miti- in irons and confinement, haunted my mind like a spectre, gate the torture of Mr Judson, but instead of succeeding, and prevented my obtaining any quiet sleep, though when a few rods from the house, the unfeeling wretches nature was almost exhausted. again threw their prisoner on the ground, and drew the " On the third day I sent a message to the govercords still tighter, so as almost to prevent respiration. nor of the city, who has the entire direction of prison
“ The officer and his gang proceeded on to the court-affairs, to allow me to visit him with a present. This house, where the governor of the city and officers were had the desired effect; and he immediately sent orders collected, one of whom read the order of the king, to to the guards to permit my going into town. commit Mr Judson to the death prison, into which he vernor received me pleasantly, and asked me what I was soon hurled; the door closed, and Moung Ing saw wanted. I stated to him the situation of the foreigners, no more, What a night was now before me! I retir- and particularly that of the teachers, who were Ame. ed into my room, and endeavoured to obtain consola- ricans, and had nothing to do with the war. He told tion from committing my case to God, and imploring me it was not in his power to release them from prison fortitude and strength to suffer whatever awaited me. or irons, but that he could make their situation more But the consolation of retirement was not long allowed comfortable ; there was his head officer, with whom I me, for the magistrate of the place had come into the must consult, relative to the means. The officer, who verandah, and continually called on me to come out, proved to be one of the city writers, and whose counand submit to his examination, But previously to going tenance, at the first glance, presented the most perfect out, 1 destroyed all my letters, journals, and writings assemblage of all the evil passions attached to human of every kind, lest they should disclose the fact, that we nature, took me aside, and endeavoured to convince had correspondents in England, and had minuted down
me, that myself, as well as the prisoners, were entireevery occurrence since our arrival in the country. When ly at his disposal ; that our future comfort must dethis work of destruction was finished, I went out and pend on my liberality in regard to presents, and that submitted to the examination of the magistrate, who these must be made in a private way, and unknown to inquired very minutely of every thing I knew, then any officer in the government ! What must I do,' ordered the gates of the compound to be shut, no per- said I, 'to obtain a mitigation of the present sufferson to be allowed to go in or out, placed a guard of ten | ings of the two teachers ?' Pay to me,' said he, two rufñans, to whom he gave a strict charge to keep me safe, hundred tickals, (about a hundred dollars), two pieces and departed.
of fine cloth, and two pieces of handerchiefs.' i bad “ It was now dark. I retired to an inner room with taken money with me in the morning, our house being my four little Burman girls, and barred the doors. The two miles from the prison ; I could not easily return. guard instantly ordered me to unbar the doors and come This I offered to the writer, and begged he would not out, or they would break the house down. I obstinately | insist on the other articles, as they were not in my posrefused to obey, and endeavoured to intimidate them by session. He hesitated for some time, but fearing to threatening to complain of their conduct to the higher lose sight of so much money, he concluded to take authorities on the morrow. Finding me resolved in dis-it, promising to relieve the teachers from their most regarding their orders, they took the two Bengalee painful situation. servants, and confined them in the stocks, in a very “ I then procured an order from the governor, for painful position. I could not endure this ; but called my admittance into prison ; but the sensations prothe head man to a window, and promised to make them duced by meeting your brother in that wretched, horall a present in the morning, if they would release the rid situation, and ihe affecting scene which ensued, I
After much debate, and many severe threat- will not attempt to describe. Mr Judson crawled to enings, they consented, but seemed resolved to annoy | the door of the prison (for I was never allowed to enme as inuch as possible. My unprotected, desolate state, ter), gave me some directions relative to bis release; my entire uncertainty of the fate of Mr Judson, and but before we could make any arrangement, I was orthe dreadful carousings and almost diabolical language dered to depart, by those iron-hearted jailors who could of the guard, all conspired to make it by far the most
not endure to see us enjoy the poor consolation of distressing night I had ever passed. You may well meeting in that miserable place. In vain I pleaded imagine, my dear brother, that sleep was a stranger to the order from the governor for my admittance ; they my eyes, and peace and composure to my mind. again harshly repeated, Depart, or we will pull you
out. The same evening, the Missionaries, together “ Notwithstanding the order the governor had given with the other foreigners, who paid an equal sum, were for my admittance into prison, it was with the greatest taken out of the common prison, and confined in an difficulty that I could persuade the under jailor to open open shed in the prison enclosure. Here I was allow the gate. I used to carry Mr J.'s food myself, for the ed to send them food, and mats to sleep on, but was sake of getting in, and would then remain an hour or not permitted to enter again for several days,
two unless driven out. We had been in this coinfort. My next object was to get a petition presented to able situation but two or three days, when one morning, the queen ; but no person being admitted into the pa- having carried in Mr Judson's breakfast, which, in conlace who was in disgrace with his majesty, I sought to sequence of fever, he was unable to take, I remained present it through the medium of her brother's wife. | longer than usual, when the governor, in great haste, I had visited her in better days, and received particu- sent for me. I promised him to return as soon as I had lar marks of her favour. But now times were altered : ascertained the governor's will, he being much alarmed Mr Judson was in prison, and I in distress, which at this unusual message. I was very agreeably diswas a sufficient reason for giving me a cold reception. appointed, when the governor informed me that he I took a present of considerable value.
She was wished to consult me about his watch, and seemed lolling on her carpet as I entered, with her attend- unusually pleasant and conversable. I found afterants around her. I waited not for the usual question wards, that his only object was to detain me until the to a suppliant, 'What do you want ?' but in a bold, ear- dreadful scene about to take place in prison, was over. nest, yet respectful manner, stated our distresses and For when I left him to go to my room, one of the our wrongs, and begged her assistance. She partly rais- servants came running, and with a ghastly countenance, ed her heuil, opened the present I had brought, and inforined me, that all the white prisoners were carcoolly replied, • Your case is not singular; all the ried away. I would not believe the report, and instantly fureigners are treated alike.' . But it is singular,' said went back to the governor, who said he bad just heard l; the teachers are Americans ; they are Ministers of of it, but did not wish to tell me, I hastily ran into keligion, and have nothing to do with war or politics, the street, hoping to get a glimpse of them before and came to Ava in obedience to the king's command. they were out of sight, but in this was disappointed. They have never done any thing to deserve such treat- I ran first into one street, then into another, inquiring ment; and is it right they should be treated thus ?' of all I met, but no one would answer me. At length, • The king does as he pleases,' said she; ' I am not the an old woman told me, the white prisoners bad gone king, what can I do?' • You can state their case to towards the little river; for they were to be carried the queen, and obtain their release,' replied I.
to Amarapora. I then ran to the banks of the little yourself in my situation,ếwere you in America, your river, about half a mile, but saw them not, and conhusband, innocent of crime, thrown into prison, in irons, cluded that the old woman had deceived me. Some and you a solitary, unprotected female,—what would of the friends of the foreigners went to the place of exe. you do?' With a slight degree of feeling, she said, I cution, but found them not. I then returned to the gowill present your petition_come again to-morrow.' I vernor, to try and discover the cause of their removal, returned to the house with considerable hope, that the and the probability of their future fate. The old man as. speedy release of the Missionaries was at hand. But the sured me, that he was ignorant of the intention of governnext day, Mr Gouger's property, to the amount of fifty ment to remove the foreigners, till that morning; that thousand dollars, was taken and carried to the palace. since I went out he had learned, that the prisoners The officers, on their return, politely informed me, they were to be sent to Amarapora, but for what purpose should visit our house on the morrow. I felt obliged he knew not. I will send off a man immediately,' for this information, and accordingly made preparations said he, 'to see what is to be done with them. You can to receive them, by secreting as many little articles as do nothing more for your husband,' continued he,' take possible, together with considerable silver, as I knew, care of yourself.' With a heavy heart I went to my if the war should be protracted, we should be in a state room, and having no hope to excite me to exertion, I of starvation without it. But my mind was in a dread- sunk down almost in despair. For several days preful state of agitation, lest it should be discovered, and vious, I had been actively engaged in building my own cause my being thrown into prison. And had it been little room, and making our hovel comfortable. My possible to procure money from any other quarter, I thoughts had been almost entirely occupied in contriva should not hare ventured on such a step."
ing means to get into the prison. But now I looked The conduct of this heroic female, during her hus- towards the gate with a kind of melancholy feeling, band's imprisonment, is surely sufficient to impress but no wish to enter. All was the stillness of death; even the most thoughtless mind, with the vigour and
no preparation of your brother's food; no expectation efficacy of Christian principle and feeling. No steps ployment, all my occupation seemed to have ceased,
of meeting him at the usual dinner hour; all my emwere left untaken, no means untried, to promote the and I had nothing keft but the dreadful recollection comfort, and, if possible, to effect the deliverance of that Mr Judson was carried off, I knew not whither, the persecuted ambassadors of Christ. Time after time, -It was one of the most insupportable days I ever she made application to various members of the king's passed. Towards night, however, I came to the dehousehold; and amid all her discouragements, she still termination to set off the next morning for Amarapopersisted in presenting petitions, in making urgent per
ra, and for this purpose was obliged to go to our house
out of town, sonal entreaties, and devising new schemes for the re
“ Never before had I suffered so much from fear in. lease of the prisoners. “ For nearly a ycar and a half,'
traversing the streets of Ava. The last words of the says she," so entirely engrossed was every thought governor, Take care of yourself,' made me suspect with present scenes and sufferings, that I seldom re- there was some design with which I was unacquainted. flected on a single occurrence of my former life, or re- I saw, also, he was afraid to have me go into the streets, collected that I had a friend in existence out of Ava." and advised me to wait till dark, when he would send me Heart-rending, indeed, is the account of the sufferings three trunks of the most valuable articles, together with
in a cart, and a man to open the gates. I took two or which the Missionaries endured ; and did our space the medicine chest, to deposit in the house of the gopermit, we could give a plain unvarnished tale, which,
vernor: and after committing the house and premises nevertheless, would be enough to melt a heart of stone. to our faithful Moung Ing and a Bengalee servant, who One or two passages will suffice,
had continued with us, (though we were unable to pay
his wages,) I took leave, as I then thought probablė, of to consent, hoping much from Mr Judson's assistance our house in Ava for ever.”
in making peace. And a short time after this, when she had reached “We now, for the first time, for more than a year Oung-pen-la, where Mr Judson was confined, she and a half, felt that we were free, and no longer subthus remarks:
ject to the oppressive yoke of the Burmese. And with
what sensation of delight, on the next morning, did I “ Our dear little Maria was the greatest sufferer at
behold the mast of the steam-boat, the sure presage this time, my illness depriving her of her usual nourish
of being within the bounds of civilized life. As soon ment, and neither a nurse nor a drop of milk could be
as our boat reached the shore, Brigadier A. and another procured in the village. By making presents to the officer came on board, congratulated us on our arrival, jailors, I obtained leave for Mr Judson to come out of and invited us on board the steam-boat, where I passed prison, and take the little emaciated creature around the
the remainder of the day, while your brother went village, to beg a little nourishment from those mothers down to meet the General, who, with a detachment of who had young children. Her cries in the night were heart-rending, when it was impossible to supply her ther down the river. Mr Judson returned in the even
the army, had encamped at Yandaboo, a few miles fur. wants. I now began to think the very afflictions of Job ing, with an invitation from Sir Archibald to come imhad come upon me. When in health I could bear the mediately to his quarters, where I was the next mornvarious trials and vicissitudes, through which I was calling introduced, and received with the greatest kindness by ed to pass, but to be confined with sickness, and un
the General, who had a tent pitched for us near his own able to assist those who were so dear to me, when in dis
took us to his own table, and treated us with the kindness tress, was almost too much for me to bear ; and had it of a father, rather than as strangers of another country. not been for the consolations of Religion, and an assured
“ We feel that our obligations to General Campbell conviction that every additional trial was ordered by in
can never be cancelled. Our final release from Ava, finite love and mercy, I must have sunk under my ac
and our recovering all the property that had there been cumulated sufferings. Sometimes our jailors seemed a
taken, was owing entirely to his efforts. His subselittle softened at our distress, and for several days to. gether allowed Mr Judson to come to the house, which quent hospitality, and kind attention to the accommodawas to me an unspeakable consolation. Then, again, impression on our minds, which can never be forgotten.
tions for our passage to Rangoon, have left an indelible they would be as iron-hearted in their demands, as
We daily received the congratulations of the British though we were free from sufferings, and in affluent officers, whose conduct towards us formed a striking circumstances. The annoyance, the extortions and op
contrast to that of the Burmese. I presume to say, that pressions to which we were subject, during our six
no persons on earth were ever happier than we were, months residence in Oung-pen-la, are beyond enumera
during the fortnight we passed at the English camp. tion or description."
For several days this single idea wholly occupied my At length the approach of the English army towards mind, that we were out of the power of the Burmese the town convinced the government that some decisive government, and once more under the protection of the steps must be taken to arrest their progress. Hitherto English. Our feelings continually dictated expressions they had trusted to force, now they began to think of like these, • What shall we render unto the Lord for endeavouring to procure a peace.
At length it was re
all his benefits towards us?'" solved to send to the English camp Mr Judson, along
It was chiefly in consequence of the eloquent, forcible with one of two English officers who had been taken appeals of this wonderful female, that the Burmese goprisoners. Dr Price, however, being anxious to go, vernment were persuaded to submit to the terms of peace. Mr Judson remained behind. The court waited with But such were the extreme sufferings through which she the utmost anxiety for the return of the ambassadors ; | had passed, that her frame, already weakened by frequent and at length Dr Price arrived, bringing the terms of attacks of disease, could not long survive the shock. peace; one part of which was, the immediate surrender And, accordingly, during the absence of Mr Judson, on of the prisoners, particularly Mr Judson, his wife, and an exploring expedition with Mr Crawford, the Comchild. With considerable hesitation, the terms were missioner of the Governor-General of India, Mrs Jud. agreed to, and Mr Judson and his family set out to the son, having been attacked with a severe fever, was cut
Their departure is thus described in the off, after eighteen days' illness. It would be consoling glowing language of Mrs Judson :
to know something of the state of her mind in her last “ It was on a cool, moonlight evening, in the month moments, but this cannot be discovered. She died in of March, that, with hearts filled with gratitude to God, a land of strangers; and to the few friends who surand overtlowing with joy at our prospects, we passed rounded her dying bed, the severity of her disease predown the Irrawaddy, surrounded by six or eight golden vented her from saying much. But her life speaks voboats, and accompanied by all we had on earth. The
lumes in favour of Christianity, as not merely impelling thought we bad still to pass the Burman camp, would sometimes occur to damp our joy, for we feared that
to all that is amiable and excellent, but to all that is some obstacle might there arise to retard our progress.
heroic and magnanimous, and truly sublime, in the charNor were we mistaken in our conjectures. We reached acter and actings of the human being. the camp about midnight, where we were detained two hours; the Woongyee, and high officers, insisting that
DISCOURSE. we should wait at the camp, while Dr Price, (who did
BY THE Rev. J. A. WALLACE, not return to Ava with your brother, but remained at the camp,) should go on with the money, and first as
Minister of Hawick. certain whether peace would be made. The Burmese “ And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when government still entertained the idea, that as soon as the thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto English had received the money and prisoners, they him, verily I say unto thee, to-day shalt thou be with would continue their march, and yet destroy the capital. me in paradise.”—LUKE xxü. 42, 43. We knew not but that some circumstance might occur to break off the negotiations ; Mr Judson, therefore, the power of divine grace, than that which is
We are not aware of a more striking instance of strenuously insisted that he would not remain, but on immediately. The officers were finally prevailed on brought before us in the conversion of the male