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In the absence of a profound vindication of tbe much-injured and philosophic observer, the cause of those missions should reviewer is

very glad to have fallen into the hands of have the picture of the New one who has assuredly an equal Zealanders drawn by the pre claim to veracity and indepensent author's ' animated pencil. dence of judgment, with Mr. “ Its tints are fresh and vivid, Earle and such like calumnialaid on boldly and roughly, like tors of the excellent men and those which he spreads over their labors in the mission in his panoramic canvas;" and New Zealand. Earle's book he has thus produced a volume, has appeared in England, and " at once extremely amusing I find has attracted considerable and full of information;" and attention ; and the Directors of

" considerable the Church Missionary Society portions of it, which require to have alluded to it in the numbe carefully sifted.” While we ber of the “ Church Missionary regret that the able writer of Record for last September. the Edinburgh has not “care These I had not seen until I fully sifted,as most surely he returned from New Zealand; ought to have done, the amus and in

my reinarks upon

what ing volume of Mr. Earle, we I saw, it is remarkable enough are happy to know that an that I should have noticed sevother of his majesty's subjects eral things which give the most has recently visited New Zea decided negative to

Earle's land, and that another volume is statements. I have upon subsoon to be before the public. sequent consideration resolved Personal acquaintance with the on sending my observations to gentleman

from whose lelter the press, and they will probawe are about to quote, enables bly appear in London in januaus to say confidently that his ry next, in an octavo volume observations will be worthy of under the ville ofthe fullest credit, though several Rcrollections of New Zealm of his statements will give "the lunil in 183:3, by a staff officer most decided negative” to those of the Indian Army.'--The of Mr. Earle.--The letter is entire proceeds (not profits) will dated Madras, 311 June 183; be appropriated to the publicareferring to New Zealand, the tion of the Holy Scriptures in the

New Zealand language. The “I spent eight months in work will be completed in about V:n Diemen's Land, and four 150 pages; and I hope and pray months and a half in New South it may be of use to the cause of Wales, including in this time a missions generally. visit of five weeks to Now Zea In the compass of a letter I land. You will recollect the cannot say much respecting anxiety which I expressed to the very interesting country you about this latter country, and people to which I have and will therefore be prepared alluded. Everything I witnessto understand the motives of ed far exceeded all my expec. my trip thither. It would real- tations. There is a growing atly appear providential, that the

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natives; their churches are lit- cleanse their temple from idols, erally crowded with most atten than their hearts. However tive, and apparently devout wor the former is a great step inshipers. The Sabbath is ob wards the latter; and we inay served as a day of rest and hope that is not all, yet some cessation from all labor, ge- of the people are, or will be, nerally in and around the mis- truly converted to God. The sion stations. In many of the divine word which they are native adjacent villages they now learning, will not be in vain. have established houses of pray “In the schools also, which er. Many come in from distant are nearly one hundred in numstations on purpose for reli- ber, we have much encouragegious instruction, saying they ment; the Lord is perfecting have heard the good news, and praise to

himself from the wish to know more about it; and mouths of these children. Remany there are who have been cently in one of our schools, a brought to repentance and a- boy about twelve years old, and mendment of life, and who are of a newly established congregiving most satisfactory proof gation, became very ill, and of their being personally and there was no fhope of his redeeply interested in the bless

His father asked him ings of the gospel." &c. &c. whether he wished to go to

Christ, or to stay here still longPALAMCOTTA.-The follow er. The boy replied ; 'I should ing short extracts are from a like to learn still more of the letter, dated Palamcolta, Feb. catechism, but I should like ruary 1st, 1833, which

also to go to Christ ;'-and written by the Rev. Mr. Rhe then addressed his father thus : nins, and addressed to Mr. Gutz • Father, have


any laff by whom it was put into idols in the house? our hands. With reference to have, get them all away, and the

progress of truth in Palam- keep to the gospel.' Agheathen cotta, Mr. Rhenius writes : physician refused to give him

The Lord's blessing still ac medicine, because the parents companies our labors. In the had become Christians; the boy last six months, ending with hearing of it, said, 'never mind, December, we have had an ad- I do not want his medicine, I dition to our congregations of have a heavenly Physician.'— 599 souls ---making the total of He died with joy, and the pathein 9302 souls. In the past rents instead of repining and month of January, at least 100 mourning, made a feast. When families more have "cast their the Christian and heathen neighidols to the moles and to the bors who came to visit them, bats.” In one new village alone saw this and expressed their are about seventy families which surprise, the father said: Why have cleared their temple of all should we mourn ? This is the their idols and destroyed them. marriage day of my boy; may One of their headmen is now we all die as this our boy did.' in my study. But you must

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THE DEATH OF THE EMPRESS, on We subjoin the following short. the 10th of, June last, has been a translation of the order of rites frequent topic of conversation during observed in receiving the imperial the present month. The nature of mandate, raising lainentation, and her disease, and the length of her laying aside (the mourning) clothes, illness do not appear; but it seems on occasion of the grand ceremony, that she had long been in bad health. following the demise of an empress.' An imperial edict is before us, on It has been lately circulated in Canthe subject; in which formality and ton as a supplement to the daily court tenderness are strangely blended. His circular. majesty after mentioning the dates When the imperial mandate, writof his marriage with her, and of her ten on yellow paper, comes down elevation to the title of empress, the river, an officer is inmediately states the connubial affection which deputed to receive aud guard it, at has existed between them for twen the imperial landing place. The ty-six years, as being

known to all master of ceremonies leads the ofthe palace.” Then, unable to dwell ficer, and directs him to receive the upon the loss of this “interior as mandate with uplifted hands, land sistant,” he proceeds to appoint offi it, deposit it safely in the dragon cers to superintend all the necessary dome (a kind of carriage borne by rites of mourning. The principal of sixteen or thirty-two men); and these officers are his majesty's brother spread it out in 'proper form. The Tuntsin wang, and his brother-in civil and military officers, in plain law Hengan.

dresses, then kneel down in order, We should not have expected, in in the Sunny-side pavilion, and so such a country as China, to have remain until the mandate has passed. found any uncertainty as to the When they have risen, the officer mourning ceremonies to be observed. leads the procession to the grand In Canton, two or three different or gate of the examination court; ders have appeared on the subject. The and the civil and military officers final one was to this effect ;-that then first enter the most public no officer shall have his head shav. hall,' and there kneel down, the ed during one hundred days, nor civilians on the east side, and the have any marriage in his family dur. military on the west,-until the draing twenty-seven days, nor play on gon dome has passed; after which any musical instrument during one they rise and wait till the dome year; and that the soldiers and peo has entered the hall of the constella. ple shall not shave their heads for one tion Kwei.* In this hall an embroidermonth,

nor engage in marriages ed yellow curtain, and incense table, during seven days, nor play on any must previously be prepared, and an musical instrument during one hur) officer be sent to receive with redred days.--Other marks of mourn verence the imperial mandate and ing are the use of blue ink in the safely lay it on the table. When public offices, in place of red; this has been done, all the officers and the removal of the red fringe enter; upon which, the master of svhich usually ornaments the Chi ceremonies cries out, Range yourrese capis.

selves in order Perform the cere. Jullie milst of the seralio the constellations Kwei and Pcih shed a brilliantusere "-- Chinese classics

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mony of thrice kneeling, and nine gives the order—" take off mourn.
times knocking the head, -rise." ing-put on plain clothes-remove
The master of ceremonies then re the table of incense." All then re-
quests to have the mandate lead turn hoine, and the mourning cere.
aloud; and the public official reader inonies are at an end.
raises up the mandate to do so.

Must. of cer. “ Officers-all kneel INUNDATION.--Along the banks of -hear the proclamation read-(and some of the rivers of China, the when the reading is concluded he country is frequently deluged, and continues)-rise-raise lanientation." cattle, grain, and houses, with the The officers do so accordingly. inhabitants are swept away. In the

After the lamentation, the reader south of China, such inundations are places the mandate on the yellow not very frequent. Though consideratable, and the master of ceremonies ble part of the province of Canton calls out.--" deliver the imperial is low ground, yet the waters seldom mandate." An officer is then sent rise and break through the embank. to the yellow table, who raises up ments so as to destroy extensively the mandate, and delivers it to the the habitations of men or the progovernor, kneeling. The governor ductions of the soil.- Very heavy having received it, rises, and deliv rains began to fall early in this mouth, ers it to the pooching sze, also and on the 9th and Joth instant, the kneeling; and be, in turn, rises and water stood in some districts a few delivers it to his chief clerk, likewise miles west of Canton, more than kneeling. The clerk rises and takes ten feet above the ordinary mark. it to the ball of Tsze-wei (in the It was a very awful visitation. Ten pooching sze's office), to be printed thousand lives, it is said, have been on yellow paper.

Jost. This is doubtless somewhat Must. of cer.

“Office'small put above the truth; though the real numon mourning dresses.” The officers ber cannot, we think, be below five then retire; when they have chang or six thousand. A native Christian ed their dresses, the master of ce whose house and paddy were washed remonies leads them back, and gives

away thus writes: the order, "arrange yourselves, thrice “I find on my return that my kneel and nine times knock head family, old and young, have been rise-raise lamentatation-(after la. preserved in safety by the care of our mentation)-eat." The officers then heavenly Father. But one of our mud go out to the hall of abstinence! houses, and part of another have where they eat a little, the civil and been washed away. The other little military each taking their respective houses are much injured by the wasides. The master of ceremonies ter. In this world, bodily afflictions then cries-“retire.” They retire to or mental anguish are the lot of men; the public place,' and in the evening but those of us who know somereassemble, and perform the same ce thing of the mysteries of the gospel remonies. At night, they sleep in the can cast our cares on the Almighty public place, separate from their fam Father, and wait for his help. It is ilies. The same ceremonies are per ours to be watchful and persevere formed in the morning and even in adherence to the Gospel even ing of the two following days, after unto death. which the officers l'eurn to their “By the recent inundation, (the ordinary duties.

natives call it shwuy-tsae--water-judgWhen the mandate has been co ment) upwards of a thousand perpied, an officer is sent with it to sons have been drowned at Fuhshan. the hall of the constellation Kwei, to At Shuntih district I do not know cerplace it on the yellow table, and an tainly how many have been drownother is sent to burn incense and keep ed, and how many houses have fallen. respectful charge of it for twenty. Althe western plantation and mulberseven days, after wbich it is deliver ry gardens in Nanhae districts, five or ed to the pooching sze, and sent six hundred were drowned: and of hack to the Board of Rites. On the houses, great and small, about eight 27th day, the officers assemble as hundred fell. At the villages on the hefore, and, after the same ceremo right and left of my home, about a nies of lamentation have been gone thionsand fell, and about a hundred throngh, the master of ceremonies people

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escaped to an adjacent hill). Although on the coast of Cochinchina, and now this is a calamity sent from heaven, brought back. as mentioned in the yet it must be traced to the rebel last number, has not, it appears, lion and wickedness of man as a come emply, but are accompanied cause. When I see those who have by two large junks, fully laden. They suffered, my mind is increasingly fill have therefore moved their quarters ed with awe; and I would cherish a from the Hovan temple to one of the sear of offending the living and true houg-inerchant's warehouses, and God. Pray for me, Sir, that God the governor has written to Peking, may preserve me from sin, and from to ascertain whether or not the dudisgracing the religion of vur Sa ties shall be reinitted, in return for viour, and then I shall be happy. their kindness to the wrecked mari.

• I have heard that the fooyuen hers. The officers forming the escort and the leäng-taou (superintendent are six in number, and two of thens, of the grain departinent] have suh. we lear, are no new travelers, having scribed a few hundred dollars, and sailed, in his Cochinchinese majeshave sent a few officers with cakes ty's vessels, to Calcutta, the straits to distribute to the distressed suffer of Malacca, and Manila :-yet they ers in Nanhae and Shuntih districts: are mere staumerers except in their but at Kaouyaou and Kaouming, the own language. districts where I live, (the land be The cominercial business of junks ing higher) no assistance has been trading between Cochinchina or Sisent, and the distress of the people am and Canton is conducted by two is truly great."

of the hong-merchants, in annual

rotation. It is this year the turn of RETIREMENT OF AN AGED STATES. the two junior hongs, established MAN.-Iu China the officers of go only last year, to conduct this trade; vernment are regarded as hond-ser the governor has therefore ordered vants of the emperor, to be kept as the two senior merchants to assist long as he pleases to retain them. then in attending to the wants of He shows tenderness as much in the Cochinchinese visitors. permitting them to resign, as in employing and promoting them. Loo INSURRECTION IN SZECHUEN.-There YIN-F00, the fourth in order of the has of late been some insubordinacabinet ministers, has been ill for tion on the part of the foreign tribe some months hack, and, his health called Tsing-ke, attached to this pronot improving, has presented a very vince: which has occasioned a large earnest request to be allowed to re expenditure of treasure on the part tire. This request is often a mere of the imperial government. Nayen. matter of form, when an officer has

paou, (a brother of the disgraced been long indisposed; but in the statesman Nayenching, lately depresent instance it appears to be of ceased,) is Mantchou general of the a more serious nature; and his ma province, and has at present direcjesty has reluctantly granted it, lest tion of the war. The Chinese comthe anxieties he must feel respecting mander-in-chief Kwei-han, a general the duties of his office, should prove of 30 year's standing, has died in detrimental to his l'ecovery. He is consequence of cold taken during a therefore allowed to retire with the successful campaign in which he title of 'guardian of the heir appar: was engaged against the insurgents. ent,' and the allowances and full His majesty confers posthumous ti. salary of his office.

tles on bim accordingly, and also

commands particular attentions to The CochivCHINESE ESCORT of the be paid to the members of his surman-of-war junk, driven last February viving family.

THE WEATHER, during several days near the close of this month, has been unusually hot. On the 25th the ihermometer stood at 93°; it rose to 95o the next day; and on Saturday the 27th, it stood for five hours at 96o. During those three days, a scorching wind blew almost incessantly from the north and west. To-day, (July 31st,) as on the two preceding days, rain has fallen in plentiful showers; and the therinometer stands at 83".

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