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- (Sodom and Samaria) — and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.'-The preacher first noticed the pleasing promise made to the Jewish nation, — that, notwithstanding their transgressions, God would remember his covenant, &c. ; 2dly, That they should painfully remember their former ways of sin and folly; 8dly, That Jew and Gentilo shall in due time be happily united in the Christian Church; 4thly, That there will be the nearest relation, as well as the closest union, between them ; 5thly, That some of the unworthiest and vilest characters shall be made partakers of pardoning mercy and gospel grace; and, lastly, That all these happy effects shall be produced by à New Covenant. The improvement of the subject included gratitude for the covenant of grace, - the encouragement it affords to back sliders, &c. - the motives it suggests, to mutual love among: Christian professors, and a powerful incitement to the Missionary Society to ths exercise of faith, prayer, and exertion, rį
inn í ST. BRIDE'S CHURCH. The use of this elegant and spacious structure was again kindly granted to the Society, by the Rev. Rector and the Officers of the parish. A very large congregation was early assembled ; when the prayers were read by Mr. Jones, the Curate. The sermon was preached by Mr. Martyn, jun.
xcvi. 10-18. Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth,' &c.-In discoursing on which, be considered, 1st, The nature and extent of the kingdom of God; 2dly, The duty and privilege resulting from them; and, 3dly, The encouragement afforded by the present times. The sermon concluded with an animated exhortation lo exertion and liberality.
On Friday afternoon, the usual business was transacted at the School Room of Sion Chapel, when thanks were voted to the Ministers who had preached the several sermons, with a request that they might be printed for the benefit of the Society ; thanks also were voted to the Ministers and Gentlemen who had granted the use of their several places of worship
The Sermons, we understand, are already in the press; and, it is hoped, will be published July 1.
ŞION CHAPEL. The last public Meeting was held in this place, for the commemoration of the death of Him, whose glorious gospel it is the sole object of this Society to promulgate. A vast number of communicants attended ; and in consequence of some new regalations, a greater degree of regularity was preserved than on some former occasions. Mr. Bogue presided, and gave an introductory address, &c. Prayers were ottered up by Mr. Hunt and Mr. Hill. Exhortations, during the service, were given by Dr. Smith, Mr. Roby, Mr. Cockin, Mr. J. Townsend, and Mr. Wilks. The elements were distributed, and other parts of the service conducted by Messrs. Evans, Edwards, Cloutt, Breecb, Hunt, Ball, T. Williams, Bannister, Da: vison, W. Hopkins, Hopkins, Griffiths, Dr. Winter, Messrs. Cobbin, Jackson, Smith, Lewis, Maslin, Raban, Sowden, W, Williams, Dupn, Platt, Buck, Meftin, Dryland, Gore, Sloper, Kirkman, and Hilliard. : The following Minister's also assisted in the devotional parts of the forme er services : - Messrs. Lewis, Griffith, J. W. Perey, Smith, Cobbin, Brooksbank, Mumford, Raffles, and Hyatt.
Thus concluded the fifteenth General Meeting of the Missionary Society, - a meeting which, we believe, afforded a high degree of gratification to the thousands who' attended its various services. No abatement of Christian zeal, love, and harmony, was observable; on the coutrary, the early and numerous attendance of the congregations, and especially the unparalleled liberality evinced by the collections, seem to indicate a growing concern to spread the name of Jesus to the utterinost ends of the earth.
A printed papër, giving a general statement of the various missions undertaken and supported by the Society, was distributed at all the places of worship. This not only presented a view of the multiplied engagements, of the Society, and the degree of success which has attended them, but exbibited also the present condition of its funds. For the information of our Readers who were not in town, we shall bere subjoin the latter part of it: A General Statement of Receipts and Disbursements, from May 1, 1808,
to May 1, 1809.
€. 8 d. Amount of Collections,
Disbursements made on Subscriptions, Dona
account of the sevetions, &c. .......... 3822 16 0 ral Missions, &c. .... 6871 15 3 Amount of Dividends
on Stock, &c. ...in 966 13 6
N.B. The expenditure within the past year, has exceeded the income of the Society £.2082 5s. 9d. ; part of which has been discharged.
By the Sale of Exchequer Bills, to the amount of .........1027 19 3 The balance remaining due to the 'Treasurer, May 1, 1809, is 1054 6 6
£.2082 5 9 From this statement of the accounts, is will appear that the most strenuous exertions of the friends of the Society are absolutely necessary to recruit its funds, that the future Directors may be enabled to support the Missions already established, and to commence others, in places to which the providence of God may direct their attention. "
This representation, enforced by the Ministers at the close of their gor: mons, called forth from a generons public new and unexampled efforts. The Collections were as follows:
Surry Chapel ........ £.386 15
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. On Wednesday, May the 3d, this Society held their Fifth Annual Meeting at the New London Tavera, Cheapside, wbich was most nu. merously and respectably attended. The Right Honourable Lord Teignmouth, the President, read the Report of Proceedings during the last Year. His Lordship then delivered a brief Address, which, by its simpli. city, energy, and piety, produced a sensation throughout the whole Assem. bly, which no description can represent. The Bishop of Durham, in movo ing the Thanks to the President, expressed in very emphatical and impressive language the satisfaction it gave him to be connected with the Socia ety, and to witness the happy effocts with which its exertions had been at. tended; and Mr. Wilberforce, in seconding this Motion, as well as afterwards in moving the Thanks to the Secretaries, delivered his sentiments to the same effect with his usual eloquence and feeling. After reading Extracts of Correspondents from different parts of the world, each of the Se
cretaries (viz. the Rev Mr. Owen, of Eulham; Mr. Hughes, of Battersea, and Mr. Steinkopff, of the Savoy) addressed the Meeting: as did several Gentlemen froin Ireland, Wales, and Reading. The Archbishop of Cashel and the Bishop of Salisbury expressed, through the President, their regret at being prevented hy urgent business from giving their visual attendance.. No language can convey an adequate idea of the union, cordiality, and devout gratification which distinguished this interesting Anoiversary.
When it is considered that this Society has appropriated already 30007. to translations of the Scripture in Bengal;-ihat it lias given birth to institutions siinilar to its own in Germany, Prussia, Sweden, Pennsylvania, and Nova Scotia, abroad; to five in different parts of Ireland, and to seréral in England;-that it lias printed, or aided the printing or translating of the Scriptures, either in wliole or in pari, in no less than 27 langnagcs; that is * has been the instrument (as the Report very-impressively stated) of communicating the words of Eternal Life to Cottages and Prisons, io Kindred and Aliens, to the Poor and Afflicted, in our own and foroign countries ;" and that in its administration and support, Christians of all denominations, who make the Scriptures the standard of their faith, mosi zealously and harmoniously co-operate, --- it will scarcely be thought extravagant to affiim, that no lostitution of a religious nature ever accomplished so much within the same period of time; or promised, under the divine blessing,lo produce so rapid, peaccable, and effeclunl a diffusion of the Christian faith over the habitable world.
Subscriptions are reccived by the Collector, Mr. Smith, 3.9, Lille Moore fields; Mr. Seeley, Bookseller to the Society, 169, Fleet-street; the Trčasurer, at Dow, Thoralon, apd Co.'s; and by the Secreliviez.
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. On Thursday morning, May 11th, the Religious Tract Society freld their Tenih Anniversary in the great room of the City of Londou Tavern. The attendance was numerous beyond all former example, it being supposed that 600 persons were present.
After the Secretary (Rev. J. Hughes, of Baltersca) had read the Re. port, several Gentlemen addressed the company, in a maumer calculated to affect every mind, with the excellence apd importance of the Institution. Various instances of benefit derived from the perusal of Tracts were specificd; and the whole iinpression was of the most encouraging nature.
The large gratuitous distributions of the Society havin: exhausted its funds, many additions were made to the List of Subscribers, — much assistance is still wanled; but its friends have had too many procfs of the Divine Favour to doubt, for a moment, respecting the means of ensuring adequate support.
HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. The General Meeting of the Hibernian Society, for the diffusion of refi. ious knowledge in Ireland, was held at the New London Taverii, or Fri day, May 12, at seven o'clock in the morning. The meeting was much more nuinerously attended than on any former oceasion; and we were bappy to see niany gentlemen from Ireland present.
The report which was read from the chair contained pleasing intimatious of the increasing usefulness of that infant Society. The Conmittee have lately particularly directed their attention to the establishment of schools upon the plan recommended by Dr. Bell and Mr. Lancaster. These promise to be of peculiar advantage to the lower orders of Society in lieland.
"They have also some laborious preachers of the gospel in that country, whu not only preach wherever Providence favours them with an opporld nity, but also go froni house to house instructing the people.
Having sent over a person well acquainted with the Gaelic, to ascertain the affinity between that language and the Irish, they find that the two Janguages are not only originally the same, but continue to this day to a considerable extent alike ; so that a preacher from the Highlands of Scotland, by residing in those districts where the Irish is spoken, would soon be able to preach intelligibly to the people.
The Committee reported, That they had also directed their attention to the supplying of the poor in that country with copies of the Scriptures ; among whom it may be truly said, • There is a famine of the word of life." That in consequence of the liberal Donations of the Scriptures, forwarded to the Committee from various parts of England, they have been enabled to transmit to Ireland 1964 Bibles, and 3326 New Testamen's. .
The Rev. Mr. Shaw, with his usual animation, gave a detail of the pro. gress of religion in Ireland; which excited considerable interest in all present.
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY. THË Second Apngal Meeting of the Subscribers to this excellent Instiiu. tion, was held on Monday, May 16th, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, SAMUEL Mills, Esq. in ihe Chair.
The Report of the Committee contains very interesting and encouraging matter ; and, considering that the Penitentiary has not been opened much Jonger than 17 months, we think the Institution appears already to have been highly beneficial. There have been within the year 125 applications, 31 of which only, for want of room, have been received in addition to the former number. ---Of these, 7 have been placed out to service, and 5 hiave been reconciled to their friends, aod sent home; one only of the latter excepted, who, from illness, canuot undertake the jouruey. There are now in the house 48 females.
The Report presents a very favourable expectation, as to those who have quitled the house, as they have exhibited striking indications of ge. nuine repentance towards God ;--and, of those who remain in the house, it speaks in terms of approbation.
A very interesting and affecting correspondence, forming a part of the Report, was read, which had passed between the parents of one of the ob. jects and herself, previously to her return home. Superadded also, is an aecount of one who had died within the year, and who, as well as the one mentioned in the First Report, left behind her an encouraging hope, That it is well with her for ever!' She had been observed by a Gentleman, on a cold rainy night, in January last, thinly clad, who expostulated with her as to her wretched way of life. --She, with tears, lamealed her hard lot, that, destilute of food and fuel, in debt for her lodging, and without a friend in the world, she was necessitated to adopt so miserable an alternative. She ob. tained admission into the Penitentiary; but, her having frequently, for days together, existed only on water and a scanty supply of bread, she had laid the foundation of a consumption, which terminaled her existence. She expressed herself much comforted in her last days, from the prayers of three of the other females, who watched over her dying bed. She was full of gratiiude to those worthy Gentlemen for being the means of bring. ing her within those • blessed walls,' breathing out in her last words, Glory, honour, praise, and power he unto the Lamb for ever.'
The Report contains higo encomiums on the sedulous attention of Mrs. Stibbs, who is the gratuitous Matron, assisted by Mr. Stibbs; also on the Committee of Ladies, for their excellent management of the internal economy of the Institution; and on the Physician and Surgeon, whose gratuitous services could not be exceeded, even under the circumstances of the most ample remuneration.
The Rev. Mr. Willcox stated to the Meeting, that his inind had been, some time since, prejudiced against the Institution, by evil reporis, which had determined him to enquire for himsolf; and the result was, his iniud had been most completely satisfied that they were without' kc least foun. Eation.
In respect to the very excellent manner in which the Asylum, as to its domestic economy, is managed, Mr. Blair, the Surgeon, who was present, and who has for years past seep inuch of similar Institutions, bore his un. equivocal testimony,-- and that no Institution with which he was acquaint. ed, was better conducted than this.
From the want of sufficient funds, and other causes, the Committee have not yet proceeded to enlarge their building. They have a building fund, amounting to above 11001. in hand; but from the Report of the cash cons cerns, it appears, that except with the reservation of such building fund, the Society stands indebted to its Secretary in above 3501. We are, however, firmly persuaded, that the Public will only need to be informed of thais, in order to prompt them to renewed exertions. The Report will be printed in a few days, and will be very interesting to those who were necessarily absent from the Meeting.
Subscriptions received by William Alers, Esq. the Treasurer, No. , Fenchurch-street; T. Pellatt, Esq. the Secretary, Ironmongers' Hall; and the following Bunkers : Messrs. Hankey and Co. Fenchurch-street; Downs Thornton and Co. Bartholomew4ane; Fuller, Chatteris and Co. Lombardstreet; Hoares, Fleet-street; and Davison and Co. Pall Mall.
. GENERAL CONGREGATIONAL UNION. On May the 17th iostant; the Annual Meeting of this Society was held at Mr. Wall's Meetiog-house, Moorfields. A sermon; appropriate to the occasion, was preached by the Rev. Mr. Bogue, of Gosport, on Jude 3. The Report of the Committee was read, and appointed to be printed for gratuitous circulation; and other general business transacted. The audience was very respectable and attentives and great concern for the juler: ests of this important Institution was manifest.
At , 7 o'clock of the same morning, the members and friends of the Union, which formed a numerous and respectable Meeting, assembled at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, when several members were admilted; and much interesting conversation was had on the nature, objects, and advantages of the Union.
We are assured that his Majesty, is, however, no sinall consolation to in Council, has been graciously them and the religious public, that pleased to DISALLOW that cruel reguhe is to be succeeded, at Midsummer lation made at Kingston, in Jamaica, next, by the Rev. D. Wilson, M. A. against the religious instruction of Vice Principal of St. Edmund's Hall, the Negroes, by Dissenting and Me. Oxford, who was originally ordain. thodist Ministers.
ed to Mr. Cecil's living in Surry. We understand, that the Anniver
Mr. Cecil has taken an affectionate saryof the opening Lewisham Chapel,
leave of his congregation by a (cirthe property of the London Itiner
cular) letter, recommending Mr.W. ant Society, will be held on Monday, Hoxton ANNIVERSARY. - StuJune 5 ; when two serinons will be dents exereises on Wednesday afterá preached that in the morning by noon, June 21, at Half past Three, the Rev. Matthew Wilks; and that Mr. Slatterie, of ehatham, to preach in the afternoon by the Rev. John on Thursday evening, June 22, On Townsend. - Service at 11 and 3. the Trust committed to Gospel MiSt. John's Chapel, Bedford Row..
nisters. The Rev. Mr. Cecil, after nearly
Provincial Intelligence. 30 years faithful and useful labour's At Reading; on the 28th of March, at this place, has becn obliged, by a respectable Meeting of the inhalong-continued illness, to desist from bitants was held; when a Society his public work : a providence sin was formed in aid of the British cerely regretted by a very numerous and Foreign Bible Society. The and respectable congregatiou. It colleaions since made at the several