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PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY
IN ENGLAND FOR PROMOTING
been employed in the concerns of the mission, had at length received the ordination of the Lutheran church, from the hands of the worthy senior
of the Society's missions, the Rer: The subscribing and corresponding Mr. Pohle, with the consent and apMembers of the Society are now up- probation of the brethren Kolhoff and wards of 3174; of which number, Holzberg, and himself. 194 subscribing members were cho- Horst,” he observes, “certainly desen since the publication of the last serves it, being a man of considera. account; and 71 ladies have likewise ble literary attainments, as well as been admitted on the list of annual of good moral character, for which subscribers.
he is greatly esteemed at Tanjore. The receipts during the year
have Our excellent brother Kolhoff" beamounted to 13,9231. Is. 5d, of which stoweth great praise on him, and upwards of 5,0002. is derived from seems to be of one heart and one soul dividends of funded property.
A with him. They are now labouring great part of this sum, viz. 8,0001. together, in the vineyard of the Lord, has been expended in Bibles and oth- with an exemplary zeal and activity." er books for distribution ; about The notitia transmitted by Mr: 2,0001. in stores, salaries, and gratui. Pæzold for 1806, are as follows. ties for the East Indian Missionaries ;, At Vepery, in the Malabar congres and about 1,2001. in printing an edi- gation, 25 infants and 9 adults baption of the Welsh Scriptures. tized, 4 marriages, and on Easter
In the course of the year, 1689 day 102 communicants : In the Eng. packets were sent to subscribing and lish and Portuguese congregation, corresponding members, consisting 36 children baptized, 17 marriages
, of 4,476 Bibles, 12,930 New Testa- and 96 communicants. At Negapa., ments and Psalters, 17,867 Common tam, 15 children of European extracPrayers, 19,572 other bound books, tion, 1 Malabar child and 2 Malabar and 120, 157 small Tracts, some in adults, baptized ; 12 marriages, 65 half binding, and others stitched. Portuguese and 19 Malabar commu.
nicants. At Sadras, &c. 7 children The number persons baptized by of European extraction baptized, and the baptist missionaries in India down 7 communicants. to November 1807 was 123, near a The Rev. Mr Pohle, in a letter da hundred of whom were natives, ted at Trichinapally, the 16th of Febchiefly Hindoos, with a few Mahom- ruary, 1807, states, that in the course
Nine were of the Brahmin of the preceding year there had been cast. This conversion of learned in that mission, and at Dindegal, 21 Brahmins, this triumph over men in baptisms amongst which were 5 of the most elevated cast, must afford adult heathens, and 3 converts from great encouragement to the pious popery, 4 marriages, 159 communi, persevering missionaries.
cants, about 50 English scholars, and about 30 Malabar scholars.
The Trichinapally congregation of SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRIS
Portuguese and Malabars amounted to 334 souls, which together with about 30 at Dindegal and Madura,
made 364. As officiating chaplain of The following is an abstract of the the garrison of Trichinapally, he Society's account.
had had.32 baptisms, and" 18 mar. Mr. Pæzold reports, that Mr. Hen. riages, the communicants having ry Horst, who for many years had been 13. Since the departure of the
ments had been made to encourage dreds of poor children, whom they industry,and civilization amongst the had vaccinated, had been brought to Christians and school children. The the missionaries, and in no instance latter were directed to occupy their does the experiment appear to have minds by learning in the forenoon; failed. and in the afternoon, their hands and The cultivation of potatoes having feet,bycultivating the schoolyards and been very successfully introduced in grounds adjacent with different vege- some of the more remote and inner tables, which heretofore were bought parts of the country, and a trial also at the market. The several Chris. having been successfully made neartian families were encouraged to do er the sea-coast, they entertained the the same on the spots next to their hope that similar attempts amongst houses, and were assisted, as far as other Christians, which were to be possible, by having wells dug for pursued when the hot season and the them, and by being furnished with rains were over, would not fail of the necessary utensils. The catechists and Christians in the country They would not cease to shew and were continually directed and en-' testify to the public, that the mission couraged to make the best use possi- and christianity were not hurtful to the ble of the ground granted by govern- interest of the country, but beneficial in ment to the chapels and houses, every respect, and worthy of being pre. through the generous endeavors of served, encouraged, and promoted. that inestimable friend of mankind, They observe, that if the Indian na. and of his country, Mr. Charles Har- tions were to be blessed with the Holy ris; whose removal from the collec. Scriptures, or at least with the New torship they, with the inhabitants in Testament, aud some parts of the Old, general, and particularly the poor, in their different languages, the fruits most keenly lament. Ofthe charac- of this charity would be inestimable. ter of this gentleman, they speak in They had themselves lately published the highest terms. The catechists in Malabar, the Proverbs of Solomon had been encouraged to practise vac- and the book of Ecclesiasticus separatecination, which they had done gratu- ly, and it was surprising with what eaitously to a great extent in various ger desire Christians and heathens apdistricts, looking for their reward plied for copies. from above. The names of many hun.
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF THE REV. DANIEL
M'CALLA, D.D. LATE PASTOR OF THE INDEPENDENT OR CONGREGA. TIONAL CHURCH AT WAPPETAW, IN THE PARISH OF CHRIST'S CHURCH, SOUTH CAROLINA. DR. McCALLA was born at Nes. ing, which did honor to his preceptor haminy in Pennsylvania in the year and displayed the opening of a refin1748. Blessed with most excellented and manly genius. At this place and pious parents, he was early in. he was also distinguished for early structed by them in the principles of piety and was admitted to the comthe christian religion, and attended inunion of the church in the thirteenth on this species of instruction with year of his age. uncommon expansion of mind, and When properly qualified he was great seriousness of reflection. He removed to Princeton, where, by in. received the rudiments of his educa- tense application, his constitution was tion at the grammar school in Foggs- endangered, and parental interfermanor in his native state, under the ence became necessary to prevent direction of the Rev.John Blair, where his falling a sacrifice to the ardor of he acquired a taste for classical learn. bis mind
In 1766 he finished his course at was permitted to return to his friends College, and was honored with the on parole, and was restored to his degree of Bachelor of Arts, with congregations in the latter end of the reputation of extraordinary at- 1776. But the tranquillity he enjoytainments.
ed here was not long , it was inBeing now only in his 19th year, terrupted by an order issued by the Mr. McCalla was prevailed upon, by commander of the British army then the solicitation of several respectable in Philadelphia, for apprehending and literary characters in Philadel. him on a pretence of his having vio. phia, to open an academy in that lated his parole in praying for his place for the instruction of youth in, country. He had timely notice of languages and sciences. In this use- this order, and retired to Virginia. ful employment he acquitted himself Here having received information with honor, and with general appro- of his release from parole by an exbation. In the mean time, in addition change of prisoners, he returned to to his favorite studies of Theology the uncontrolled office of his minisand Belles Lettres, he made himself try,and at the same time took charge acquainted with the science of medi.
of a respectable academy in Hanover cine and the collateral branches of County. But it pleased the Head of literature, and obtained a critical the church by a train of providences knowledge of the French, Spanish, to remove him once more to a situaand Italian languages.
tion better suited to his inclinations On the 29th of July, 1772 he was in Christ's church ; where, in undislicensed to preach the gospel, and re- turbed retirement, he could pursue ceived testimonials of the first Pres- his beloved studies and indulged his bytery of Philadelphia, of their high ample mind in inquisitive research, approbation.
It has often been considered by His popular talents soon attracted some of Dr. Mc Calla's friends, as a the attention of several vacant con- subjectof regret, that his useful talgregations, who wished to obtain his ents were confined to so limited a residence among them, as their pas- sphere. He was himself of a differtor. He gave the preference to the ent opinion. His predilection for united churches of New Providence solitude for the sake of study was and Charleston in Pennsylvania, and such that nothing but a strong conwas ordained their minister in 1774. viction of ,
In this situation he preached to have drawn him out of it comedy in great acceptance till the commence- the affections of a beloved congrega. ment of the American Revolution, tion among whom he enjoyed alterwhen a new field opened for the ex- nately the advantages of public useercise of his eloquence, and he be fulness and retirement, no inferior came peculiarly useful in directing consideration could have induced the views and in inspiring and con- him to desire a change. firming the patriotism of many others, In retirement he possessed a tran. as well as those of his own congre- quillity little known in the miscellagations.
neous throngs of populous cities, After the commencement of hos. which he would not have bartered tilities, when troops under the com- for any flattering encomiums in the mand of General Thomson were or- roll of Fame. Rather avoiding than dered to Canada, at the solicitation of courting public notice, he never several of the officers, he was appoint. sought, nor willingly consented that ed by Congress to a chaplaincy to his friends should seek for him a more attend that corps.
His opportuni. conspicuous station, than the one he ties for ministerial usefulness how occupied. In retirement he indulged ever were not equal, in this station, his taste for elegant literature on to his wishes : for soon after his arri. every subject; through his whole 21 val in Canada, he was made prisoner years residence at Wappetaw, his with General Thomson and seve- attention was principally directed ral of his officers at Trois Rivieres. to the sacred Scriptures. He read
After several months confinement them diligently in the originals, and on board of a loathsome prisonship, he in the several languages into which
they have been translated, collected He was a profound scholar combi. and compared the various readings ning the wisdom of antiquity, with from many quthorities, and had it the refinements of modern literature. in design, had life been spared, to In biblical learning, criticism, and have digested his remarks and ar- sacred history he was exceeded by ranged them in an order which would have rendered them useful to As a divine his theological opinions posterity. But infinite Wisdom deter- were founded solely on the Scrip. mined otherwise. An afflictive prov- tures ; a strong advocate for the pe. idence, bythe death of a most amiable, culiar glory and divinity of the Son of excellent, and dutiful daughter, an. God, and zealously inculcating the only child, accelerated anevent, which obligation on all men to worship him; frequent attacks of sickness, on a he professed without servile attachconstitution alreadyalmost exhausted, ment to party distinctions of any must soon have brought to pass. He name, to be a moderate Calvinist. bore the affliction with exempla. On the subject of church government ry resignation, and while he felt with he was liberal, but thought the popsensibility, he blessed the hand that ular plan of congregational churches inflicted the stroke. In religion he the most consonant to apostolic and found resources sufficient to support primitive practice, and best suited to his spirit, but not sufficient to for promote the interests of piety and tify his enfeebled frame against the virtue. power of disease. In calm submis- As a preacher the elegance of his sion to the paternal will of God, he manner, the perspicuity of his style, met the king of terrors with the com- the abundant variety of his informaposure and magnanimity of a Chris- tion, enforced by a manly and almost tian, and on the 6th day of April unrivalled eloquence at once charmed, 1809, in the 61st year of his age convinced, and instructed. sweetly resigned his soul into the The subjects of his pulpit addres. arms of the Savior in whom he had ses,never uninteresting, seldom speca long placed an unwavering confi- ulative, were always calculated to indence.
form the understanding and improve Dr. Mc Calla was in persona
the heart. To have been languid or graceful figure, polite, easy, and en- unbenefited under his ordinary gaging in his manners : entertaining preaching would have evidenced great and improving in conversation, of insensibility or depravity. a lively fancy, and a generous heart, As a teacher of youth he had a peof unfettered liberality, and undis- culiar facility of communicating the sembling candor.
knowledge with which he was so He was easy of access, a friend to
copiously endowed, and the peculiar human nature, but peculiarly attached happiness of commanding obedience to men of science and religion. and respect without severity or hau
With powers of mind equal to his teur. piety and benevolence, he justly held As a man of piety and virtue, with a place in the foremost ranks of emi. as few infirmities as usually fall to the nent and good men.
lot of good men in the present world,
his example in every department * It ought to have been mentioned be- life was worthy of imitation, and disfore, that when in Virginia Mr. Mc played a rectitude of mind, which Calla was married to Miss Elizabeth could only result from perfect integTodd, third daughter of the late Rev. rity of principle. Fohn Todd of that State.
His loss to the church, to the partLady he had only one child to live, who ner of his life, to his friends and bis became the wife of Dr. John R. With- country, is unspeakable: “Well done erspoon, and died in the 27th year of her good and faithful servant" and a man. age, leaving one son.
sion in heavenwe trust,are his reward.
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