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The whole area of this vast chapel in the Italian, and two in the German being devoted to communicants, a far languages. That since the last re. greater nuruber than on any former port, about 600,000 of the first series occasion united in commemorating the bave been issued from the deposito. dying love of that adorable Saviour, ry; and that the whole number is suwhose kingdom among men, it is the ed since the commencement of object of the Society to extend. the institution, in 1799, exceeds
The liberality of the religious pub. 2,700,000. lic has had another opportunity to That the committee have gratui: manifest itself. It was supposed, last tously distributed among the army year, that the novelty of the measure and navy, to foreign prisoners of war, of making collections, might occasion among the Roman Catholics in Ire a larger sum than could afterwards br land, and to other places where the expected; but experience has new necessity was urgent, 110,000 tracts. evinced that it was genuine philan- That the committee had commentthropy that opened the hearts and ed the important attempt, which was hands of our fellow Christians, so that sanctioned by the last annual meet. about one third more was produced ing, of subverting, the pernicious by the collections of the present year tracts, so extensively circulated by than of the past. The Directors of hawkers throughout the kingdom, by the Society derive no small encourage- the publication of a new series of ment from this circumstance ; as it tracts, peculiarly adapted for sale by affords additional reason to hope that, such persons ; designed to be both however widely the operations of the entertaining and instructive, having Society may be extended, and con. cuts, and being printed in the same sequently the expenditure increased, form as those usually sold by the the liberality of the church of Christ hawkers ; three of which have been will proportionally be enlarged. This translated and published in the circumstance, coupled with the great Welch language ; and, as an induce. increase of Missionaries, who have ment to such persons to engage in consecrated their services to this ob. the sale of them, the committee have ject during the year past, enlivens fixed the price so low as to yield to every heart with the most cheerful the venders and hawkers a profit su. hope, that the work of God among the perior to that on any other tracts Heathen will prosper yet more and hitherto published. more!
A very extensive correspondence has been opened for the furtherance the increased profit of two pence in ment, which is sold at the low price the shilling to be obtained by the sale of five pence each copy; the use of of them. As it must rejoice the standing types having enabled the soci. heart of every Christian to be able, in ety to supply New Testaments at this any degree, to eject the poison, or easy rate. It was afterwards propose to counteract its deadly influence, leted to print a complete copy of the every reader use immediate exertion Old and New Testaments by standfor that important purpose.
of this concern, and about 260,000 of RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY, the new series of tracts have been alLONDON
ready issued ; but as returns have MAY 15, 1806, this Society held not yet been received from many of their seventh annual meeting at St. the society's agents, the exact num. Paul's coffee-house, London, which ber sold cannot be ascertained. was more numerously attended than The committee strongly recomany formerone, and proved a meeting mend to their Christian brethren to of peculiar interest, from the extended consider the vast importance of subexertions and growing usefulness of verting the vicious tracts, and prothat institution.
fane ballads, which supply temptation The zeal for the diffusion of divine and corruption to the rising generatruth, which induced the formation of tion; and they earnestly entreat eve. this society, appears to increase in ry friend to religion and virtue to proportion as new objects present look around on the shops near his themselves, and as the means of at. residence, which are the depositories tending to them are afforded to the of such vehicles of vice, and to evert committee, from whose report it ap- his influence to introduce in their pears, that in the course of the last place the tracts published by this se year, seven new tracts, of the first se- ciety; and it is especially desirable ries, have been published. Five have that wholesale venders, who at presbeen translated and published by the ent supply the small shops and the society in the Welch language, one hawkers, should be made fully ac in the Geelic, one in the Spanish, one quainted with the circumstance of
ing types, and in an improved form ; The committee have recently pub- but although the expense was estilished a uniform edition of the first mated only at 10001. it was found dif. series of tracts in two handsome vol. ficult to collect so large a sum, in umes, the price of which is fixed ex. consequence of the calamities in tremely low; but as it has necessarily which Germany had been involved. occasioned a heavy expense to the The committee resolved to assist the society, they earnestly entreat every Nuremberg society by a farther dofriend to promote the sale of them, nation of 2001. This has enabled for the purpose of replenishing the them to proceed to the execution of funds, and promoting the interest of their proposal, only substituting for the institution.
the standing types, the stereotype, by Several very encouraging accounts which considerably more than 300,000 were related, by members present, of copies may be printed without renewthe coaversion of sinners to God bying the plates. A supply of cheap the reading of tracts published by Bibles will thus be afforded to the this society; some of which, we poor Protestants of Germany, probahope, will be made public, as an en- bly for some years to come. couragement to perseverance in the The expectation held out in the re. distribution ; and as a persuasive to port of last year, of establishing a those, who have not yet begun this Bible society at Berlin has been realwork, to delay it no longer, and to ized. It is under the direction of reflect how many opportunities they persons of rank, and bis Prussian have lost of putting tracts into the Majesty has not only signified his aphands of others, which might probation of it, but bas assisted the bave been instrumental in saving funds by a donation. In the prossouls from eternal punishment, and pectus of this institution, its forma. leading them to joys, which will nev. tion is expressly ascribed to the exer cease.
ample and aid of the society in Eng.
land ; and its objects are declared to BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE 50- be the gratuitous distribution to the CIETY.
Prussian poor, or the sale at very low The second report of the commit. prices, of Bibles and Testaments, and tee of this beneficent institution being the printing of a new edition of the published, we are enabled to lay be. Bohemian Scriptures. Another 1001. fore our readers a summary of its has been remitted to aid this last obproceedings during the last year. ject, and a farther donation of the
Great exertions have been made to same amount is promised to the Bergive it publicity and promote its suc- lin Society, in the event of their une cess, and the advantage of these ex- dertaking to print an edition of the ertions is manifested in the rapid in- Polish Bible. These transactions crease of the society's funds, by the were previous to the rupture between donations both of individuals and con- this country and Prussia. gregations, and by the enlargement In the last report mention was of the list of its members.
made of the anxiety manifested by The example of the society, as was some Roman Catholics in Germany stated in the report of last year, had to procure the Scriptures, and that extended its influence to the contin the Committee had agreed to distri. nent, and has, as now appears, pro- bute among them at the expense of duced there very beneficial effects. the Society 1000 copies of the Protest
The Nuremberg Bible Society, ant New Testament. This donation which owed its origin to the British has been thankfully accepted. A Bi. society, has printed a German Pro. ble Society has also been established testant edition of the New Testa. at Ratisbon, supported by Roman No. 6. Vol. II.
Catholics, for the express purpose of 1000 Testaments for distribution circulating the New Testament a. among the Roman Catholics of that mong their own poor, thousands of country, and they have agreed to furwhom have never had an opportunity nish the Association at Dublin for of reading the Scriptures. The trans. promoting the knowledge of the lation employed by them is said by Christian religion, with Bibles and competent judges to be unexception. Testaments on the same advantageous able.
terms, on which they themselves proA sum of twenty pounds has been cirre them afrom the University. It remitted to Dr. Knapp, of Halle, in clearly appears that Bibles may be Saxony, for the purpose of supplying circulated among the Roman Catho. the poor in Gallicia, who are in great lics with little difficulty; a Society want of the Scriptures, with Bibles has been formed for that express purfrom the Bible Institution, which has posc; and the admission of them inbeen established at Halle for more
to schools has been recommended, than a century.
even by a Roman Catholic Bishop. To the Bible Society at Basle 1001. The zealous exertions of the friends has been sent for the purpose of pur
of the institution in Scotland have chasing French Protestant Bibles to been continued with unremitted acbe sold or distributed among the tivity and great success.
In this Swiss and French poor, at the discre- good work the Presbyteries of Glastion of the Basle Society:
gow and Edinburgh have signal. It having appeared that a great ized themselves. And the Society want of Bibles prevails in Esthonia, for propagating Christian Knowledge in Finland, and Sweden, the Committee Scotland have signified their willingresolved to grant a donation of 1501. to ness to unite their cordial efforts with promote the circulation of the Scrip- those of the British and Foreign Bitures in those parts, as soon as a Bi- ble Society. From the information ble Society shall have been establish- obtained by the Committee, there reed there.
mained no room to doubt, that alWith a view to supplying the though the Society in Scotland were French and Spanish prisoners of war
about to publish an edition of 20,000 in this country with the Scriptures, Gaelic Bibles, a great want of Gaelic a contract has been entered into for Bibles would still necessarily prevail. a stereotype edition of the French Bi. By this consideration, independently ble; and in the mean time 1001, has of the claim which arose from the been expended in distributing French liberality of the contributions received Testaments among them; and 2000 from Scotland, the Committee were copies of the New Testament have led to determine on printing forthwith been ordered to be printed in the another edition of the Gaelic Scrip. Spanish language, with 1000 extra co- tures of 20,000 copies. pies of the Gospel of St. Matthew on- To the Island of Jersey, where the ly. The bounty of the Committee has Scriptures in the French language, been gratefully acknowledged by the the common language of the island, prisoners, and a farther supply has were become very scarce, the Combeen solicited.
mittee have directed 300 copies of the The Committee have directed 1000 French Testament to be sent for German Bibles and 2000 German distribution. Testaments to be procured for the The publication of the proposed accommodation of the natives of Ger. edition of the Welch Scriptures has many residing in England.
hitherto been delayed, notwithstand. The edition of the Gospel of St. ing the anxiety of the Committee to John, translated into the Mohawk fulfil the just expectations of the peo-, language, by Teyoninhokarawen, a ple of that principality, chiefly by chief of that nation, and printed at the impediments connected with the me. expense of the Society, reached Mon. chanical process of stereotype printtreal at the close of last year. The ing.
The Welch New Testament Indian interpreters have declared the has however been at length complettranslation to be very correct.
ed, and the whole Bible, it is hoped, The Committee have furnished a will in no long time be ready for respectable clergyman in Ireland with distribution. 'Twenty thousand cowith joy, and cultivate it with profit; Bibles and Testaments are purchas- and that the beneficial effects of the ed by the Society at the wholesale price, institution will extend to generations from which, in selling them to mem
pies of the entire Bible, and ten thou- beneficial operations of the institution sand more of the New Testament in both at home and abroad, but what its 12mo. will be printed.
funds may prescribe. Much, it is ad. In Bengal a commencement has mitted, has been done towards accombeen made in translating the Scrip- plishing the Society's object; but that turcs into Chinese. In March, 1805, object inust be regarded as imper. the translation of the book of Genesis fectly accomplished whilst any naand the Gospel of St. Matthew was in tions remain, to whom the blessings a state of forwardness, and some of the Holy Scriptures have not yet chapters of each had been printed. been conveyed. “ And what object," And under the auspices of the col- the committee observe in conclusion, lege at Fort William, the Scriptures “can be more important; what more are in the course of translation into worthy the united efforts of all Chris. all the languages of Oriental India.* tians ? If the Scriptures contain the
Two editions of the English New doctrines of salvation ; and if there Testament, (8vo. and 12mo.) printed be thousands and tens of thousands, by stereotype, under the direction of even among those professing the relithe University of Cambridge, have gion of Christ, and capable of reading been printed for the Society, and the sacred records in which it is conmembers may now obtain copies of tained, who are yet prevented by povthem on applying to the Depositary, erty or other circumstances from 19, Little Moorfields. A large edi. possessing them, an institution, the tion of the complete Bible is in the sole object of which is to supply these press.t
wants, can stand in need of no An Association has been formed in commendation. Such an object will London, for contributing to the fund sufficiently account for the deep in, of the British and Foreign Bible So. terest, which the Bible Society has ciety, by small monthly subscriptions. excited in the United Kingdom, and
The different denominations of authorizes the fairest hopes that it Christians at Birmingham have unit will continue to receive the support ed their efforts in order to procure of the friends of revealed religion. subscriptions for the institution, and when we reflect on the alarming and a large contribution has been the afflictive dispensations of Providence, fruit of their zeal.
which have visited foreign nations, In closing the report, the commit whilst we have been blessed with an lec wish to guard the friends of the exemption from them, gratitude to society against relaxing their exer- the great Disposer of events in every tions to procure contributions to its possible way is more than a common funds, under an idea that they are duty; and in endeavouring to prosufficiently ample. The completion mote his honour by the diffusion of of the various works already resolved the Holy Scriptures, we discharge on, will require large disbursements: þut a small part of those solemn obli. The extent to which the Scriptures gations, which his singular favour so are circulated will materially depend peculiarly imposes on us. What ef. on the moderation of the price at fects may flow from the most success. wluch they can be sold : and the re- ful labours of the Society, is not duction of price inust be regulated within the limits of human foresight: by a regard to the society's funds. Paul may plant, Apollos may water, It would be highly desirable that the but it is God alone, who giveth the price could be so reduced as to suit increase. But we may be allowed to the circumstances of the lower class- entertain a reasonable expectation, es. In short, there is no limit to the that the seed of the word will not be
sown in vain ; and that amongst the • We understand that a donation of numbers to whom it will be conveyed 10001. has since been voted by the Com- by the Society, many will receive it mittee in aid of this grand design.
Ch. Observ. bers, there is a deduction made of 20 per cent.
The Bristol Society, for promoting praise to the great Lord of the vineReligious Knowledge among the yard, and to persevere in prayer that Poor, have published a Third Annu. showers may descend in plentiful ef. al Report, stating, That, since their fusions." commencement, they have distributed 110,000 Religious Tracts ; and en. A committee was appointed to con. couraging their friends to new and sider whether it would be regular to increased exertions.
exchange ministerial labours with any
one, who openly denies the divinity At the late Anniversary of the Mag- and atonement of Christ, and made the dalen Charity, which was the forty- following report, which was accepted. eighth, it was reported, That since the “ Whereas a few individuals in the commencement of that institution, no ministry have openly denied the di. fewer than 2,400 young women, a con- vinity and personality of our Lord and siderable majority of whom were under Saviour Jesus Christ, Voted, That twenty-one years of age, have been this association, feeling it a duty to rescued from the vices and miseries bear testimony against principles so of prostitution. The evil, however, subversive of the pillars of gospel still continues to a most alarming ex- truth, of vital piety and morality, do tent; and additional remedies are recommend to their brethren in the imperiously demanded. Another in- State, earnestly to contend for the stitution of a similar kind, conducted faith once delivered to the saints ; to by pious persons of evangelical prin- hold no communion, and to form no ciples, and under the direction of exchanges in ministerial duties with Christian Ladies, would do honour to preachers of this character." the sex and to the nation. Ev. Mag.
The following motion was made and approved :
“Whereas the relation between a CONNECTICUT.
minister and his people is one of the At a meeting of the General As. most solemn that can be formed in sociation of Connecticut in Weathers- this world, Voted, That this body do field, June 17, 1806, “ Inquiry was disapprove of the growing usage in made with respect to the state of re- the churches, by which this relation ligion, in the churches with which we is dissolved, without making public have connexion, from which it result the true reasons of discontent in the ed, that although much coldness and parties, as tending on the one hand, lukewarmness in spiritual concerns, to shield the immoralities and erroappear in many places, yet in others, neous opinions of a minister, and on the spirit of vital piety eminently pre. the other, to gloss over the unreasonvails; and various parts of the vine- able discontents and vices of a peoyard are watered and enriched with ple." heavenly dews. The friends jof real Attest, John ELLIOT, Scribe, religion have much cause to render
Con. Evan. Mag.
“ Sansanding, Bamboura, As there have lately appeared va
Nov. 10, 1804. rious accounts of Mr. Parke and his “ My dear friend- We left the fellow-travellers in Africa, the follow. Gambia in good health and spirits, ing extract of a letter from him to his and continued travelling with the friend at Goree, being the only au- greatest and most flattering prospect thentic information received since he of success, till we had crossed the reached the river Niger, will no doubt Falam River, and entered Minskoodo: prove acceptable to those who fecl an here, alas! the rainy season cominterest in the fate of that enterpris- menced, and the soldiers were affecting man :
ed with fevers. The fever had at the