FAILURE OF THE MISSIONARIES.
reprobates every kind of innovation, as insolent and dangerous; and the a Lord of Life and Propertya cannot endure that any subject should have the presumption to differ with him in opinion.
Neither the Christian missionary nor the Mahommedan propagandist has made any progress with the Burmans, if we except a few timid and uncertain converts made by the American missionaries, who have long frequented Ava, and have laboured hard to acquire the language and obtain a knowledge of the country and people. There is no popular bigotry to stand in the way of conversion, but this is checked by popular indifference. There appears to be no corner of the Burman mind into which the seeds of belief and devotion can be cast. At the termination of our first war great numbers of the people retired, and established themselves in the territories ceded to the British. Here they have been relieved from all fear of their tyrannical government, and left perfectly free to follow the dictates of their own conscience; but although missionaries have remained among them, and books have been printed and schools erected for them, we have not yet heard of any important result. Let us, however, entertain better hopes for the future.
Burmese Chapel.Burmese Chapel.