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Strenuous as our endeavours have been to point out what we conceive to be errors of the Bible Society in the way of translation, we cannot suffer such a scandalous passage as this to go forth without the most severe reprobation.
If any one, (adds Pope Leo,) seeks the true source of all the evils we have enumerated, he will convince himself that it was always thus; and that it is the obstinate contempt of the authority of the church of that church which acknowledges Peter in the apostolic chair, and sees and honours, in the PERSON OF THE ROMAN PONTIFF, him, in whom ever dwells the anxiety of all the pastors, and the care of souls which are committed to him; him whose dignity is not weakened even in an unworthy heir .... &c.
We may say of the entire Romish Church what the Bishops of Bologna said, in the sixteenth century, of Spain in particular, “ NIHIL INNOVAT, NIHIL MUTAT.” And we defy the legal quirks of a Jesuitical barrister, or the apostacising officiousness of a ministerial convert, to deny, or, what is more difficult, to disprove, the testimony which the Church of Rome has given against herself.
We have now not time sufficient to examine the Concilium more minutely; but we shall close our remarks by stating that ample provision is made in it for the sale of indulgences; and the necessity enforced of naming only ignorant persons, and such as are devoted to the Church of Rome, for bishops (“rudes ac literarum ignari, et ceterarum rerum curæ peritissimi, ut familiæ tuæ studiosissimi sint"); of keeping Lutherans away from the councils, and of considering certain observations relative to the religious community in Germany. We repeat, that if the signatures which we shall now quote did not contradict the assumption, we should conclude that this was the production of some enemy in disguise, and a bitter and cutting satire on the Romish hierarchy. But the experience of all ages since the domination of Rome over Christianity, amply attests the truth of the statements made therein. The date of this precious article is “Bononiæ, 20 Octob. 1553:” the subscription of the three episcopal counsellors as follows:
VINCENTIUS DE DURANTIBUS, Episc. Thermularum Brixiensis ;
GERHARDUS BUSDRAGUS, Episc. Thessalonicensis. One of the Right Rev. Members of the House of Lords, in the late sham-fight' in honour of the Prince of Waterloo, expressed a hope that the measure which has disgraced our country might excite the guardians of Protestantism to a stricter vigilance in this time of desertion and double-dealing. If our readers receive this paper as a proof that we are willing to do our duty to the utmost, they will afford us the only satisfaction we seek in putting into their power one of the most extraordinary weapons ever employed against the bewitching wiles of the seven-hilled pontiff.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURAL FACTS AND CUSTOMS,
By analogous Reference to the Practice of other Nations.
CATTLE ASCENDING FROM THE RIVERS. Gen. xli. 1, 2.-" Behold, he stood by the river ; and, behold, there came up out of the
river seven well-favoured kine, and fat fleshed; and they fed in a meadow.” At Molubis, on the east bank of the Nile, I observed a cattle fair. Several buffaloes were swimming from the opposite side, across the water. Their unwieldy body sinks deep into the water, so that only a part of the neck is level with the surface; while their uplifted head just raises the snorting nostrils above the water. Often a little Arab boy takes his passage across the Nile upon the back of this animal ; setting his feet on the shoulders, holding fast by the horns, and thus keeping his balance. As the buffaloes rose out of the water on the bank, I was struck with their large bony size, compared with the little that had appeared of them while in the water. Their emerging brought to mind the above passage in Genesis. It was the very scene, and the very country.Jowetts Researches, 166.
LEAVING GARMENT-PROOF OF GUILT. Gen. xxxix. 12.—“And he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”
In Abyssinia it is always the custom to secure an offender by tying his garments to those of another person; and, according to the established rule of the country, it is always considered as a sure proof of guilt, which requires no further evidence to be adduced, if a man, when once laid hold of, runs away, and leaves his garment behind. The apparent coincidence between the customs may be offered as a justification for Potiphar, who, on such proof exhibited by his wife, at once decided upon his (Joseph's) guilt, and committed him to prison.-Salts Journey, p. 410.
INSCRIPTION PROPOSED FOR A MONUMENT TO The Rev. H-D
I N R- Church, Hants. “ Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”-Mark x. 15.
From murmur free, as void of fears,
His victim death beguild;
In gentleness, a child.
Nor lightly pass his sod,
Prepare to meet thy God.
To second childhood grown,
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
Report of the Liverpool District Committee, for the Year 1829. The Society for Promoting Chris It is with peculiar satisfaction, theretian Knowledge has, from its first fore, that the Liverpool District Comestablishment in the year 1699, been mittee refer their friends and the progressively extensive in its endea- public to the Report of the Society vours to diffiise the blessings of Chris- for the year ending in April 1829. tianity among the lower orders of the In that year the expenditure, it apcommunity ; until, at length, it has, pears, has amounted to 72,2121.4s. 9đ., under the Divine blessing, so far which considerably exceeds that of succeeded in the prosecution of its the preceding year. But, at the same benevolent designs, that its salutary time, it is of importance to know, influence has been felt and acknow " that the statement put forth last ledged, not only throughout every part year by the Society has, in a great of the United Kingdom, but, in conse measure, answered its intended purquence of the aid it has given to Fo- pose, the subscriptions received in the reign Missions, nearly throughout the year ending at the audit for 1829, whole habitable world.
having exceeded those received at the
previous audit by upwards of a thousand pounds, and the benefactions and donations from Committees have also been increased during the same period by about the same amount.” To this augmentation the Liverpool District Committee have the satisfaction to state, that, by the unanimous vote of its members, the sum of Two Hundred Pounds was contributed, in consideration of the loss of 2881. 9s. 6d. which had been sustained by the Society, on the books which were supplied to the Liverpool District Committee during the foregoing year.
In the following detail of their proceedings, during the past year, the Liverpool District Committee are anxious to shew that they have not
relaxed in their exertions to carry into effect the benevolent designs of the Society, and thus to fulfil their duty to the public. And they gladly embrace the opportunity again afforded them, of expressing their obligations to the Board in London, for the kind and ready attention which has, at all times, been paid to their applications for the Society's publications, by which they have been enabled so promptly to answer the numerous demands hitherto made upon the Depository. The extent to which these demands have already risen, will be seen in the subjoined account of the number of books which have been dispersed by the Committee since its first formation in the year 1816.
Summary. Account of Books, fc. issued from the Liverpool Depository.
From the foregoing Summary, it will appear that the Committee, since the establishment of their Depository in May 1816, have distributed no less than four hundred and thirty-two thousand, five hundred and sixty-seven of the Society's books, tracts, and papers.
A decrease in the number of the minor tracts of the Society issued from the Depository during the preceding year, having occurred, the Committee deem it proper to observe, that this circumstance is to be attributed to the extraordinary supplies of the elementary tracts which had been previously called for, and furnished by the Committee to several new establishments within the district, parti
cularly to the two great National Schools which have been recently erected, and are now supported by the munificence of the corporation. But, notwithstanding this deficiency in regard to number, the Committee have the satisfaction to state, that there has been an excess of 260 in the number of Bibles beyond the issue of the former year, and that the demand for Prayer-Books has hitherto undergone little or no abatement.
The religious education of the infant poor has, from the very commencement of its operations in the year 1699, occupied a principal share of the Society's attention. The District Committee, therefore, feel great Nearly fifteen years have now elapsed since the first establishment of the Liverpool District Committee; and they are happy in being able to state, that each succeeding Report which they have given to the public, has borne ample testimony to its great, extensive, and still increasing utility. At the commencement of its operations in 1816, the number of the Society's publications dispersed by the Committee during that year, was 11,453 ; in the following year 13,400; and the number has since progressively increased, until at length it amounted, in the year 1828, to 53,135, which exceeds in nearly a fourfold proportion the number dispersed at the first opening of the Depository. A more striking and more gratifying proof of the efficiency of the Institution, cannot well be adduced.
satisfaction in being able to announce to the public that, during the last year a considerable progress has been made, within the district, in this most important and leading branch of the Society's designs: of the extent of which some judgment may be formed, when it is stated, that the number of schools attached to the establishment amounts to forty-six, making an addition of four to those included in the former Reports; and that a considerable increase, of not less than one thousand six hundred and twentynine, has also taken place in the number of children taught in them; so that, at this present time, nine thou sand and sixty-nine of the infant poor are receiving, through the aid of the District Committee, the inestimable benefit of a Christian education, the only sure foundation of future peace and comfort.
The customary gift of a Bible and Prayer-Book to each of the children educated in the Blue Coat Hospital, was this year received by 56 boys and 19 girls, who, by their good behaviour, had recommended themselves to the notice of the Governors of that most excellent Charity.
In the course of the year, the following grants were made by the Committee.
In compliance with the request of James Pownall, Esq. as one of the Visitors of the Lunatic Asylum, two copies of “ Hall's Contemplations," were granted by the Committee for the use of the inmates of that Establishment.
And in consequence of an application made by the Chaplain of the Infirmary, 500 copies of a “Serious Address to Persons recovered from dangerous Illness," were granted to him, for the use of the patients in that Institution.
The Secretary of the Mechanics and Apprentices' Library having applied to the Committee for a grant of books; it was resolved, “ That books to the amount of ten pounds be granted; the selection of which was left to a Sub-Committee to be appointed for that purpose."
South STAFFORDSHIRE District COMMITTEE.— The numbers of children educated in the Sunday, National, and other schools in this district, in the course of being supplied either wholly or in part with books from the depository of the Committee, are as follows: Bilston, 670; Darlaston, 409; Kingswinford, 660; Penn, 76; Sedgley, 600; Tettenhall, 190; Tipton, 1100; Wednesbury, 250.
The amount of Bibles, Testaments, and Prayer Books, circulated by this Committee from March to December 1829, are as follows :