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behalf of the denomination, William Bampton and James Peggs took possession of the province, inscribing on their banner-ORISSA FOR CHRIST. From that time to this your brethren-together with the few American brethren in the north-have remained in undisturbed
possession of the field; other denominations regarding Orissa as your share in the evangelization of India. But, after the lapse of fifty-seven years, what is the position to-day? It is this:-Jeypore, Goomsoor, Sumbulpore, with various native states as large as English counties, totally unoccupied, and without a single missionary to make known to their dying millions the only Saviour of the world.
Nor is this all. For, of the few brethren and sisters labouring in other parts of the vast field, six of their number have, on an average, been working on for the unusually protracted period of thirty-five years. In their case, therefore, the day of toil must soon give place to the night of death, or rather be exchanged for the rest of heaven.
To enter, therefore, apon extensive, inviting, and unoccupied fields of labour, as well as to prepare for the occupancy of spheres of holy usefulness that must soon become vacant, not without necessity do the Committee earnestly and anxiously inquire, “Who will go for us? And whom shall we send ?”
Now when the tale is told
His own anointed :
and do the part
Myriads of heathen lie,
From Jesus parted;
Poor broken hearted.
Want of space compels us to defer any account of the Annual Meetings at Halifax until next month. In the meantime it might be stated that they were highly interesting, and, it is hoped, of a stimulating character.
Death of Mrs. Bailey.
BY REV. J. BUCKLEY, D.D. The late Mrs. Bailey was a daughter of Unhappily our knowledge of tunes was the late Samuel Hague, Esq., of Man
too limited to admit of its being sung; chester. The writer of this first saw her but she remarked on some of the verses a babe of a few months old in her—now being altered in our collection from the widowed-mother's arms. More than form with which she was familiar; and thirty years passed, and I saw her again especially referred to the fifth versoon her arrival at Cuttack.
“Jesus, in whom I trust, towards the close of October, 1873. Not
Perfect my feeble faith, able to give a clear and connected account That I may calmly cross of the events of these years, so far as
The unknown stream of death." they affected our departed friend, I may
And with still more emphasis did she say that, trained in a Christian home, she
speak of the last impressive verse, was early brought to the knowledge of
"I may not now be far Christ, was baptized, and became a mem
From the dark river's brink; ber of the church meeting in Union
I may be near my home, Chapel, Manchester, under the pastoral
Nearer than now I think." care of the Rev. Dr. Maclaren. I have
On Sabbath afternoon, April 6th, she reason to believe that she was among the firstfruits of his memorable ministry at
gave birth to a fino little boy, and for a
little while the hope was fondly cherished Manchester.
that all was going on as favourably as On her arrival in Orissa sbe applied
could be expected; but suddenly an herself, with commendable diligence, to
alarming change occurred, and the worst the study of the language, rightly judg- was feared. Pollok's lines occur to using that a competent knowledge of the vernacular was necessary to fit her for
A child was born; and tidings came again usefulness in her sphere as a missionary's That she who gave it birth was sick to death. wife. Her success was in proportion to So swift trode sorrow on the heels of joy." her diligence. She was possessed of a
Early the next morning our brother cultivated mind, was fond of reading, and her knowledge of men and things had
came in from Piplee; but before he could
reach our door tidings that awakened been enlarged by travel and a residence
much anxiety were communicated to him. of three or four years in Switzerland and
For three days hope of a favourable issue Germany. Placed, in the providence of
was entertained, though shaded by grave God, at Piplee, more than twenty miles distant from any other Europeans-sho
anxiety; but on Wednesday evening the did not feel the loneliness of her lot so
symptoms were more unfavourable, and
littlo hope remained. At her request I much as many would have done: she found her happiness in domestic duties,
prayed with her; but at such seasons it in seeking to benefit the native Christian
is rather crying to the Lord than order
ing our speech before Him. The scenes community and the orphans committed
of the next day, especially between to her charge. In this way days and
eleven o'clock and one p.m., will not soon months and years happily and usefully
be forgotten by any of us. “This,” she glided away. Much to her satisfaction,
said, “is a dying scene”—and I felt that and to ours, she passed the last month of
it was so. As I have long thought that her life under our roof; and we fondly hoped that a life so precious to her family,
in speaking to the dying it is best to use
the words of Scripture, I repeated, slowly and to many others, might be long pre
and solemnly, some of the most precious servedbut such was not the will of the Lord : and a circumstance that occurred
portions of the divine word. The follow
ing were mentioned. “I give unto them the last time but one that she was able to unite with us at the family altar ap
eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of peared to show that she herself was con
my hand.” “I will never leave thee, nor templating the possibility of a speedy
forsake thee.” “As thy days, so shall and sudden departure from earthly scenes. I suggested that it was her turn to choose
thy strength be.” “The eternal God is
thy refuge, and underneath are the everthe hymn, and she mentioned hymn fifty
lasting arms.” “I know whom I have six in the Appendix
believed, and am persuaded that He is “One sweetly solemn thought
able to keep that which I have committed Comes to me, o'er and o'er,
unto Him against that day.” “ Whether I'm nearer home to-day Than I have been before."
we live we live unto the Lord, and
whether we die we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's.” “In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you.” She responded, “Mansionsmany mansions."
6. This God is our God for over and over: He will be our guide even unto death”—and she added, “unto death.” We afterwards found that this was the text for that day in her daily Text Book. “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”—and she repeated the latter part, “receive niy spirit.” She began to repeat, “Jesus Christ the same;" and we finished the verse, “yesterday, to-day, and for ever.” She felt that the prayer, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” was suitable at the last. “O my God, have mercy on me,” she said, adding, “He will have mercy on you all.” “ The Lord grant unto you, and to us, that we may all find mercy of the Lord in that day.” After being silent for a time she said, “O! I thought I had gone. I thought I had gone. Why did I not go?
Why are His chariot wheels so long in coming ?” I repeated the parting promise, “Surely I come quickly," and the prayer, " Amen; even so, come Lord Jesus." Tender thoughts of her children stole over her, and she said with deep feeling, “O my little ones.” We assured her that many prayers would be offered for them, and that the Lord would
take them up. She afterwards asked to see thom, and they were brought, but I was not present.
While feeling that the best words of uninspired men, even as expressed in devotional poetry, should be sparingly used in speaking to the dying. I felt constrained to repeat two lines from “Rock of Ages”—
“Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling." And surely none of us can over forget the emphasis with which she repeated, seven or eight times over, “Simply, simply, simply;" and three or four times over, with much feeling, “To Thy cross ; to Thy cross I cling.” In sending her love to her mother and sisters the day she died, she said, “ tell them it is far easier to die when the time comes that God calls us, than we are apt to think when in health.”
At seven in the evening she fell asleep. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” May the reader and the writer die as she did, clinging to the cross. The next evening we committed the precious remains to the cold grave “until the day break, and the shadows flee away.”
The following touching letter was sent by the orphan girls at Piplee to the bereaved husband on their receiving the sad tidings of Mrs. Bailey's death. It will, we are sure, be read with deep interest.
With many loving salutations we, your his son was dead he arose and washed unworthy children, write this letter to himself, and ate and drank. Job also our dear papa. We are very distressed says, “ The Lord gave, and the Lord hath with the sad news contained in your last taken away: blessed be the name of the letter. The day our dear máma left us Lord.” As it was His pleasure to give we were happy in the hope that, ere long, her to you, 'so also, according to His she would return to us in health, and pleasure, she is taken away; and as Job that we should see her again face to face. was patient under the loss of wealth and The Lord has done what was good in His cattle, sons and daughters, so we trust sight; but that our dear máma would so that you will be patient in this time of quickly leave this fleeting world we could trouble; and if we have strong faith in not believe; and remembering her love, God we shall assuredly again see our and much valued instructions to us, we
dear mama in heaven. And “Now our are now exceedingly sorrowful. So long Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even as it was the Lord's will He spared her our Father, which hath loved us, and to be your companion; and now, accord- hath given us everlasting consolation, ing to His will, she has been taken away, and good hope through grace, comfort we hope you will remember that so long your heart, and stablish you in every as David's son was sick, David mourned good word and work.” for him with a great sorrow; but when
Mrs. Bailey's Last Letter to the Secretary
CONTAINS the following beautiful paragraph, which, in the light of her own removal, will be read with touching interest. Under date of September 4th, 1878, writing from Piplee, Mrs. Bailey remarks :
The great Reaper has been in our not speak to those around her; but midst once again. This time he has fully believe that she has gone to live for taken from as one of last year's brides; ever in her heavenly Father's home. she was a school girl, one of our cleverest From this sudden cutting off of a young and best, and married—“ in the Lord”- and happy life I trust that we may all a former school boy. Everything soomed learn the uncertainty of all that is earthly, to smile on their union; and the future and the solemn responsibility resting lay before them, apparently, bright and upon us to work with the greater dilijoyous. But, alas for human hopes ! last gence in the sphere allotted to us, so Wednesday she was seized with fits, and that when the call comes to us we, too, died on Saturday morning. The nature may be found ready. of her illness was such that she could
In the same letter Mrs. Bailey, referring to the trying weather and times through which they had passed, observes :
It is now some time since I last wrote the help, and freely confessed that they to you, but the heat has been very trying, must have starved had not something of and anything in addition to one's ordi- the kind been done for them. We used nary duties has been, perhaps, only too to call them the Piplee Famine Relief willingly ignored. The season, indeed, Works, and such they truly were for the has been so unusually hot that many time being. At last the longed-for rains natives as well as Europeans have suc- came, and soon the aspect of everything cumbed to it. The papers frequently was changed. There were work for brought accounts of one or more having needy mon, grass for starving cattle, and fallen victims to it in the way of heat, the prospect of the future harvest. apoplexy, or sunstroke.
The drought Through this trying time our children, was so prolonged that many large trees I am thankful to say, have continued were blighted, and the grass so scorched well—the little one being as strong and up that cattle died for want of nourish- merry as ever, and our eldest, though ment; and the wild animals were driven not so robust, is growing very fast. He from their lairs in the jungle to seek is learning, like the little ones in happy water in the villages. One day two England, to lisp his infant prayersleopards were brought to our house to be “Gentle Jesus,” and “Jesus, tender shown, which had been courageously Shepherd;” both of which my husband killed by some Mohammedans, who had has had translated into Oriya verse, and accidentally encountered them in a field supplied a printed copy to each of the near here. The tanks were completely little children in the villages and schools, dried up, and my husband employed the who are also now learning them with poorest of our people in excavating those great enthusiasm. We ought not to foron our Mission premises, and kept them get the little ones, for “of such is the at the work till the rains came—thus kingdom of heaven;" and how often furnishing them with the means of sub- cout of the mouth of babes and sucklings” sistence. They were very grateful for has God ordained prajno !
Minute of the Committee PASSED at the Annual Meeting held at Halifax on Tuesday, June 17th.
DEATH OF MRS THOMAS BAILEY.—The Secretary reported that Mrs. Thomas Bailey died unexpectedly at Cuttack on Thursday, April 10th, leaving three young children. The following resolution of sympathy with the bereaved husband and relatives of the departed was sorrowfully adopted :
That the Committee express their deep and tender sympathy with their brother, Mr. Thomas Bailey, under the heavy loss he has sustained by the removal of his beloved wife. Thoy wish to place on record their high estimate of the value of Mrs. Bailoy's services to the Mission; and hoped that a long course of usefulness lay before her. It having pleased the Lord, however, to call her away, they earnestly pray that Divine consolation may be richly imparted to the bereaved husband; that Heaven's choicest blessings may rest upon his motherless children, and that the solemn and painful event may be sanctified to the good of the sacred cause. The Committee would also express their deep sympathy with their friends in Orissa, as well as with the relatives and friends in England, under their afflictive loss.
Received on account of the General Baptist Missionary Society from May 16th,
to May 31st, 1879.
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