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would be attended with beneficial influence on the condition, conduct, and morals of the European soldiery. The Directors, fully concurring in his opinion, have accordingly ordered, that seven sets of books shall be sent to Bengal to form soldiers' libraries at the principal stations of the army. The list comprises religious and moral works; instructive and amusing tales; abridg. ments of histories; travels and voyages; natural history; popular poetry; and miscellaneous works. The Court have also intimated their intention to forward from time to time such other books as may appear suitable to the object in view; and they authorise the addition of some Hindoostanee grammars and dictionaries to be made to the libraries. Most of the books selected are good and useful; but we doubt the propriety of including the whole of the Waverly novels, and one or two others.
A periodical work, entitled, "The Gospel Advocate,” conducted by members of the Episcopal Church, was commenced at Boston, Massachusetts in 1821. The Numbers, up to the present month, have reached this country; and I from the nature of their contents we most cordially wish success to the undertaking. There are one or two other monthly episcopal publications in the United States; but no periodical religious work of this description being in general circulation in the eastern diocese, it was thought necessary to commenee the Gospel Advocate. It contains 32 pages monthly; and the price has been fixed at the small sum of two dollars per annum, fine paper, and one dollar coarse, in order to admit of its
extensive distribution among the poorer classes. It is strongly recommended by the venerable Bishop Griswold, and the principal episcopal clergy of his diocese. A leading feature in the work, we are happy to perceive, is an ardent desire to extend the kingdom of the Redeemer among the heathen. Mach of its intelligence is devoted to missionary proceedings. The conductors are particularly anxions to avoid a controversial spirit.
Our own work, we learn from various American publications, as well as from private correspondence, continues to be widely circulated in the United States; and to be appealed to with far more courtesy and respect than we should feel ourselves entitled to hope for. We copy the following, from many other attestations, as a proof, that if our American friends, episcopal or otherwise, have erred in over-estimating our ability, they have at least given us more credit for our intention and spirit than some of our contemporaries at home.
"This highly valuable work,” it is remarked, "was commenced in England in the year 1802, and has been regularly continued to the present time. It has received the recommendatious of most of the episcopal clergy in the United States, and of numerous clergymen of other denomiuations. While the earnestness with which the doctrines of the church are inculcated and enforced upon its readers must render it of peculiar value to Episcopalians, the mild and catholic spirit which is displayed throughout its pages cannot fail of being acceptable to those of other religious denominations."
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
The Character and Happiness of them that die in the Lord; a Sermon on occasion of the Death of the late Rev. J. Owen; by the Rev. W. Dealtry, B.D. F.R.S.
Letters on Faith; by the Rev. J. Dore. 2s.
The Rev. W. Romaine's Treatise, on the Life, Walk, and Triumph of Faith; with an introductory Essay, by T. Chalmers, D.D. 98.
Genuine Religion the best Friend of the People; by the Rev. A. Bonar. 1s.
A Defence of the Deity and Atonement of Jesus Christ; in reply to RamMohun Roy, of Calcutta ; by Dr. Marshman, of Serampore. 8vo. 7s.
Supplementary Pages to the second Edition of the Rev. T. H. Horne's Introduction to the critical Study of the holy Scriptures; with a 4to. plate; so printed as to be inserted in the volumes towhich they severally belong; and containing all the most material additions in the third edition. 8vo. 3s.
The Bible Catechism, arranged in forty Divisions; with Answers in the Words of Scripture; by W. F. Lloyd. 28. The Abridged Bible Catechism; by W. F. Lloyd. 4d.
Speech of the Rev. Dr. Steinkopff, at High Wycombe, Oct. 1, 1822. 6d. Memoirs of the late Mrs. Catherine Cappe; by herself. 8vo. 12s. Memoir of W. Venning, Esq; by R. Knill. 8vo. 7s. 6d.
On the Corruption of Human Nature: a Charge delivered to the Clergy and Archdeaconry of Ely; by the Rev. J. H. Browne. 8vo. 3s.
Two Sermons preached at Preston Guild; by R. C. Wilson, M. A. 2s.
Charles Lorraiue; by Mrs. Sherwood. 18mo. 1s. 6d.
Providence and Grace, a Narrative, 12mo. 2s.
Veteran Soldier by the same Author, plates. 10d.
The Bible its Own Witness; illus trated in the Sickness and Happy Death of Thomas Rose, a Villager, with Portrait. 18mo. 3s.
A Metrical Version of the Lord's Prayer, for Children. 8vo. 2s.
Latin Grammar Cards, upon the Madras System; by the Rev. Harvey Marriott. 3s. 6d.
The Life of Mrs. E. Bennis; by T. Bennis. 12mo. 5s.
Cottage Dialogues, for the Poor. 12mo. 5s.
Sketches of celebrated Roman Characters. 2s. 6d.
A Letter to the Earl of Liverpool, in reply to that from the Rev. H. H. Norris, A.M. on the subject of the British and Foreign Bible Society; by the Rev. J. Scholefield, A.M. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 1s. 6d.
Bibliotheca Heraldica; by T. Moule 8vo. 36s.-Royal 4to. 31. 3s.
Guide to Fonthill Abbey. 3s. Guide to the Lakes; by J. Robinson, D.D. 8vo. 15s.
PROGRESS OF CHRISTIANITY IN
THE SOUTH-SEA ISLANDS. THE London Society's Missionaries continue to report most favourably of the progress of Christianity and its atattendant blessings in the South-Sea Islands. Their statements are fully confirmed by communications from the Rev. D. Tyerman, who went out to the South Seas on a visit of inspection. That gentleman writes from Taheite (Otaheite), November 24, 1821;" Had I opportunity to describe the former moral condition of this people, it would be unnecessary that I should do so to you: it was peculiarly the place where 'satan's seat was.' The details of wick edness given us by the missionaries since we have been here, fill us with horror. How many human victims almost daily bled upon their altars! Twothirds of the infants born were instantly murdered by the hands of their own mothers. I saw one woman the other day, who had destroyed eight of her own offspring: I have heard of another who killed nine, another seventeen, another twenty. The god of thieves, for there
was such a god here, was faithfully served, while crimes too horrible to be named every where defiled this beautiful land. All the worst passions of human nature were indulged in the utmost possible extent. But, where sin abounded, grace now much more abounds.
"God has done great things for this people. Where I have been, the Sabbath is universally regarded; not an individual is known, whether among the chiefs or the common people, who does not attend Divine worship on the Lord's day. The engagements of that holy day commence with a prayer-meeting, conducted entirely bythe natives themselves at sun-rise. What do you think my surprise has been, on going to these services, to find their large places of worship literally filled? This is the fact at all the situations which I have visited; the whole congregations indeed attend. At nine o'clock in the morning, and at three in the afternoon, there is public worship and preaching, when their chapels are crowded. The congrega. tions make a very decent appearance; all is solemn and becoming. They have congregational singing, which is con
ducted with great propriety. In the intervals of worship, there is catechising of both young and old. The natives dress all their food on Saturdays: not a fire is lighted, not a canoe is seen on the water, not a journey is performed, not the least kind of worldly business is done, on the Sabbath. So far as outward appearances go, this day is here kept indeed holy and by multitudes, I doubt not, it is kept really so.
"The Missionaries have already translated and printed the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John, which are in the hands of the people, and nothing could induce them to part with them. The word of God is indeed precions here. The Scriptures are the companions of the people wherever they go. Not a family, I am told, is known that has not domestic devotion, morning and evening, every day. At every missionary station there is a church formed; and though it is only between two and three years since that they were orga. nised, many real Christians have united to enjoy the benefits of the Lord's Supper, and many more at every station are waiting with eager desire to obtain admission. At one of these are 20 members, at another 62, at another 74, at a fourth 102.
"No public immoralityor indecency is seen. All drunkenness and profane swearing are unknown. All their former sports and amusements are completely put down. Their morais are almost all demolished; and chapels now Occupy the ground on which many of them stood. Never before did the Gospel obtain so complete and so universal a triumph in any country over heathenism, cruelty,superstition,and ignorance. I wish not to represent these people as perfect. No: alas, human nature is the same here as elsewhere: but I state facts, which speak for themselves.
“We hope to see all the islands which have embraced Christianity before we return. Thirteen are known where the people have abandoned their idols and received the truth. Others are petitioning for missionaries. Indeed, if missionaries could be found, there is every reason to hope that all the islands in this vast ocean would immediately embrace the truth."
LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. The following are extracts from recent commmunications to the Society, by its inspectors, readers, and schoolmas
ters in Ireland. They will amply prove the utility of the Society's benevolent labours.
From R. C, an Inspector. 1822.
"I find, in my present tour through these counties, that an increasing interest is excited in favour of the Scriptural education of the poor; which makes me look forward to the most pleasing results. If the funds of the Society admitted of it, I have no doubt but an entrance could be made into those counties where the operations of the Society have not yet extended." From the Same. 1822.
"Mr. P-, an agent of the Marquis of
has made the following state
ment in my inspection-book :—
"A very considerable improvement is already perceptible in the manners and morals of the children; for we no longer hear them brawling, and cursing, and swearing. They have also made a considerable progress in their education. An examination of the plan of education adopted by the London Hibernian Society, is calculated to remove the prejudices of its most determined enemy.""
From W. A--, a Local Reader. 1822. "I am happy to have it in my power to inform you of the peaceable state of this part of the country, which was at one time given to all manner of evil practices. The dissemination of the Word of Life, has wrought an evident change among them; aud they are heard returning their thanks to God for raising up the London Hibernian Society, as an instrument in his hand of dispensing the knowledge of the Scriptures; whereby they have been restrained from those acts which many others
have committed." From D. B--, an Irish Reader. 1822.
"This day I travelled three miles over a shaking bog, to visit J—C—'s school, I was astonished at the large number of poor naked children, who, notwithstanding the severity of the weather, had assembled. The happy results of disseminating the Scriptures, and of education, are truly manifest here: many individuals assembled where I stopped in the evening, expressly to return their thanks to the Society for establishing a free school among them. I was much affected at the remarks of a poor man, with a family: My father,' said he, neglected my education in my youth, which has left me as ignorant as a brute ; and from what I feel in myself, I am
much concerned about the education of my three children who attend this school. May the God of heaven protect and prosper the individuals who are the promoters of such institutions; for my desires for the education of my children would never have been accomplished, had not Providence sent a free school to my very door.'"
From D. B-, an Itinerant Reader. 1822.
The schools I visited on my way to S-, are going on well. Mr. H-, of B-, has, as usual, a good school. I found his house crowded with pupils, who are truly instructed in the ways of God; and notwithstanding the many attempts made, in the commencement, by the enemies of truth, to put a total stop to the proceedings of this school, yet it stands as firm as a rock. Upwards of 90 pupils daily attend; the principal part of whom are Catliolics, whose improvement in know ledge manifests that the labours of the Society are not in vain. In this house I saw the poor distressed inhabit ants of the town, and its vicinity, re lieved. This is the storehouse for the poor; and the gentlemen of the neigh bourhood have appointed Mr. H- to distribute meal and potatoes. It was truly pleasing to behold the temporal wants of the adults relieved, and, at the same time, their little ones receiv ing spiritual food from the Word of God."
From J. B-, a Locul Reader. 1822.
"On the 31st ultimo, I went to a place called G-, and read the Scriptures to many individuals who were assembled there. They were very attentive, and expressed their gratitude for the opportunity of hearing the Word of Life. One of them said, I am satisfied that the reading of the Scriptures inakes a great change in people for the better; two of my children, when I lived in B-, attended the free school: before they went, they were very disobedient and stubborn; but they had not been six months there, before a very great change was seen in their conduct. They each obtained a Testament, which they read to us of an evening while attending to their tasks; so that they were a blessing
in it, that he did not confine himself to one chapter, but read on, and conversed about Jesus Christ, and what he accomplished for sinners, as revealed in the Scriptures. I trust this man, and part of his family, have experienced a real change of character, and are delivered from the power of sin."
From W-C-, a Local Reader. 1822. "On the 16th instant, I set off early to a village called C—; and on my way. met with a man who invited me to his house, where a pilgrim had lodged the preceding night, on his way to LOn my arrival, I found the pilgrim preparing for his journey. In the course of conversation, I asked him how he expected to get to heaven. He gave me a long account of his works; that he was to fast on one meal a day till he arrived at the holy Lough, and was then to punish his body by fasting and performing stations, and that this was the only way to everlasting life. answered, that if this was the only way of salvation, Christ in his word had uttered an untruth. He replied, that he was ignorant of the Scriptures, and he could not read Irish. I then read to him such portions of Scripture as were calculated to inform his judgment, which appeared to produce a good effect; for, on my closing the book, he, with tears in his eyes, inquired where he could purchase an English Testament; that he came from a remote part of the C- of M-, and never heard a word of the Testament before. I presented him with my English Testament; on which he lifted up his hands and eyes to heaven, and thanked God, the Society, and me, for the book, which he said he esteemed the greatest treasure in the world. He proceeded no further in his intended journey, but returned home rejoicing, with his Testament in his pocket."
From P. C. an Itinerant Reader. 1822.
"Sunday, the 16th of June, I travelled through the country, reading the Scriptures: I was warmly received by most of the people. The 30th, I entered into the next parish with my Bible. I tra velled a great deal, and read to many. They are particularly fond of the Irish here. I was received very kindly by them, although they are supposed to be a cruel and wicked people. They gave me an invitation to come again to them. Superstition prevails very much among them, and the most evil practices are indulged in. Most of those now under
sentence of death in Sligo, are from this parish. I read to some of the aged parents of these unhappy individuals, who were very much affected; saying, if their children had followed the advice of my good Irish book, they never would have been brought to their present untimely end."
From P. K-. 1822.
"On the 15th, I visited the county jail, and heard the Testament classes in different wards read ; in number, 54. It is gratifying to the Society to find, that through their means are diffused the blessed fruits of education among such a circle of adult peasantry, who come here from time to time, and who acquire such considerable improvement in their morals from reading the Scriptures, as to dispel the mist of discord and igno. rance, with their attendant train of vices and of crimes, and to elevate them to a moral practice of good order and harmony. There is, also, much reason to hope, that those criminals who are discharged from this place, instead of a curse, will prove a blessing to their families and neighbours, in reading their Testaments to them, which they are allowed to take with them on leaving prison."
From T-P-, a Local Reader. 1822. "When I take a view of this county, at the present period, and compare it with what it was when I first came to it, I am lost in astonishment at the progress which the word of God has made. Every day's experience affords fresh encouragement to continued exertions.
Ireland, is of the greatest importance to both countries. It is to be hoped that the two parts of the empire are now bound together by the strongest and most affectionate ties-the pleasure of relieving, and the gratitude with which relief has been received. The acknowledgments of the Irish people have been as warm and as sincere as the British subscription has been liberal. Correspondence has been opened between the charitable and benevolent on both sides of the channel; the nations have been made better known to each other, prejudices have been forgotten, new sources of sympathy are opened, enlarged powers of usefulness are created. This kind spirit of benevolence will, it may be hoped, long survive the calamity which gave it birth; and Ireland may perhaps find, in her season of adversity, not only lessons of virtue, but the spring of permanent improvement. Indeed the present opportunity is one so peculiarly suited to the commencement of the great work of im proving the condition of the Irish Poor, that it would be lamentable if it were to be lost. The hearts of the peasantry are now opened by kindness, and their minds are now softened to receive any impression made upon them by intelli, gence and experience. A moral impulse may now be given; advice and assistance may now be offered; and the be. neficial effects produced on the peasantry may be rendered both strong and permanent.
"English ladies are endeavouring, by providing supplies of clothing, to mitigate the misery which, to a peasantry forced to sacrifice clothes and bedding for food, the approaching winter can. not fail to produce. But they do not wish to confine their efforts to this temporary benefit. Without overstepping those bounds of reserve which duty and inclination prescribe to their sex, and without undertaking a task which belongs to the more powerful part of society, it has appeared to them, that if they can unite with the countrywomen of the unhappy sufferers, they may as sist in the great work of general im provement in Ireland. Among the female peasantry of Ireland is to be found the greatest anxiety for occupation, combined with almost a total want of employment; hundreds and thousands of hands are idle for want of means of working; poor females, who, if possessed of a spinning-wheel, would be ena