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it is said, than A 10,000a enough certainly to keep a Siamese princess in pin-money for life.
One cannot help remarking, How costly all these vain heathen superstitions ! and all this pomp and parade and immense expense and these wearisome ceremonies, cheerfully undertaken to avert from the king's daughter imaginary evils, from which, if they existed, God only could protect, and to induce prosperity which God only could give ! Sad indeed it is to reflect how completely, in this and in all the customs of this people, all reference to or thought of the Lord and Maker of us all, on Whom all creatures are dependent for every blessing, and Whose favour is life and true happiness, has been shut out.
Let us, 'whose souls are lighted by wisdom from on high,' pray earnestly for these boys and girls in Siam, who now trust in these foolish rites and offerings to spirits that do not exist, that, as they enter upon manhood and womanhood, the blessing of the Almighty OnA(c) may rest upon them, so that they, more favoured than those before them, may learn and believe and rejoice in the truth as it is in Christ the Lord.