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six districts; and I have peculiar collectors and officers exceeds four satisfaction in stating, that more hundred and fifty; and although than three hundred and fifty
ladies some of the associations have been have already engaged as collectors, only partially visited, the amount and that this number is daily receive collected within the month exceeds ing an accession.”
2081., while the aggregate number From the Report of the Blooms. of subscribers already obtained is bury Auxiliary Society.—"The sim- five thousand two hundred and fourple testimony of a poor woman, in teen; of whom more than three reference to the salutary effect pro- thousand are subscribers for Bibles duced on her husband after ob- and Testaments. We find, in one taining a Testament, is very please of the most highly privileged towns ing: the individual had been ad- of our country, and after repeated dicted to slvearing; but since he and long-continued efforts to supply received the book, the wife with the destitute, at least ten thougratitude declares, that he has not SAND individuals without a leaf of suffered an oath to escape his lips; the Holy Scriptures. Blessed be and he never retires to bed till he God! the means are now provided has spent some time in reading his for their effectual supply : and the Testament.”
reports of the collectors bear ample “ The attention of your committee testimony to the delight and gratitude has recently been directed to a very of the labouring classes. Among interesting description of persons, the subscribers for Bibles there are whose misfortunes and sufferings several Jews; and one collector have justly excited a considerable states, that the first person who share of the public sympathy :
entered her name as a subscriber, , they allude to the Spanish Re- was a venerable woman who has fugees, a great number of whom entered the hundredth year of her are residing within the district of age! She has never possessed a this auxiliary society, in Somers copy of the Scriptures, and is exTown. On being informed of the tremely anxious to be supplied, sayextreme distress to which they have ing, she 'can find a person who unbappily been reduced, many of will come every day and read the them individuals who filled stations Book of God to her. of rank and authority in their own
From the Seventeenth Report of country, your committee considered the Bristol duxiliary Society. it to be very desirable to circulate “ Your committee rejoice that the the word of God amongst them, as statement they have to make of the best source of relief and con- their last year's receips will prove solation to which their minds could highly satisfactory. The total be directed. The feeling of res- amount has been 17091. Os. Id., of pect and gratitude with which the which the sum of 9481. 15s. 90. Scriptures were received by these, has been remitted to the parent sofor the most part accomplished, ciety. The number of books isbut, at present, deeply-suffering sued from your depository has been individuals, was well calculated to 3362; of which 650 copies have render it' a matter of thankfulness been granted to schools and other that the existence of the Bible So- institutions, and the remainder have ciety had placed the word of God been purchased by individual subwithin their reach.”
scribers and the several branches From Mr. C. S. Dudley.---“I of your institution. The total numhave this day received a statement ber of copies issued by your auxiliof the partial results of the twelve ary, from the commencement of its Birmingham associations, during career, has been 92,722." the first month of their existence. From the Hibernian Bible So. The number of ladies engaged as ciety.—" During the year, (besides.
several new societies mentioned in their still further extension, by the the Annual Report for 1826,) one remarkable fact, that the issues of hundred and twenty-nine auxiliary Bibles and Testaments during the institutions were established, and past year had exceeded those of the many of them in most destitute preceding, by more than 500 copies; districts; and the issue of the sacred making the total number distributed Scriptures amounted to 40,058 by this auxiliary nearly 29,000. copies, being an increase, above The collection at the close of this the issues of the preceding year, of truly interesting meeting was, I above 4700 Bibles and Testaments. apprehend, unprecedented on any
“Upon a review of the present similar occasion, amounting to 104l." state and prospects of our society, From Mr. R. Hodgson.-“We the desire for the sacred Scriptures proceeded to Durham, where the which so remarkably prevails, and Rev. Mr. Prebendary Sumner took the new channels which are every the chair, supported by the Rev. day opening to facilitate their circu- Mr. Prebendary Gilly, and many lation, there is abundant cause to other clergymen and gentlemen : thank God and to take courage. the meeting was held in the assemWe are now given to see, as it bly-room, and was most respectwere, the fruits of the labour for ably attended. In his opening admany years past bestowed upon this dress, the Rev, chairman stated, country. May God grant that it that he had been, for twenty years, may prove to be the first-fruits of the friend and supporter of the an abundant harvest! The steady Bible Society; and that he saw no advancement which the cause of reason, from any thing he had obour Society is making in the coun. served in its proceedings, to withtry will be abundantly evident, by a draw that support: he vindicated comparison of the issues of the last the committee of the society, in a four years ; 1824, 21,873; 1825, very able and masterly manner, 27,067; 1826, 35,324; 1827, 40,058. from the aspersions thrown upon it Within the last fifteen months, above in an article recently published in 120 clergymen of the Established the Quarterly Review. The Rev. Church have given their active co- Mr. Gilly moved the adoption of the operation, in connexion with new Report, in a very eloquent and auxiliary institutions, in carrying impressive address. He said, that he forward the society's operations." had long watched the proceedings
From Mr. Dudley.-“I had the of the society with a jealous and pleasure of attending the Sixteenth attentive eye; fearing that a society Anniversary Meeting of the Derby possessed of such vast resources and Derbyshire Auxiliary Society. and extensive influence might be The chair was taken by the bishop found prejudicial to the Established of the diocese, who took occasion Church : these fears, however, bad to express, in strong terms, his un- been happily removed; and the shaken and increased regard for the Church of England appeared to him society, and his full and confirmed to have been increasing in strength confidence in its conductors. His along with the growth of the solordship was surrounded by more ciety; and therefore he now came than twenty of his clergy, the high- forward as its friend and supporter, sheriff of the county, and many other being convinced that it was calcuhighly-respectable individuals; while lated to do much good to mankind the spacious room in which we as- in general, and that it could not sembled was crowded in every part. possibly be injurious to the Church The Report of the committee bore of England. testimony to the value of the asso- “ A tradesman living in Durham, ciations recently established; while finding, from his books, that it had it demonstrated the necessity of pleased God to bless his honest industry in a remarkable manner bats, and embraced Christianity. during the past year, thought it was Thus, through the whole of our tour, his duty to give part of his gains as a we were continually reminded of the thank-offering to God : he therefore triumphs of the Bible, and the blessinclosed in a letter a bill for twenty ings it has conferred and is still pounds, to be added to the funds of conferring on mankind. the Bible Society.
From Mr. Dudley.-" The Six“ Within the walls of the cathe- teenth Anniversary Meeting of the dral of Durham we recollected that Bridlington Auxiliary Society was the ashes of the venerable Bede, held yesterday (Sept. 16); when the wbo translated some parts of the committee had the pleasure of reScriptures into the Saxon language, porting, that their income had inand for a time shone as a star amid creased from 401. to 3601.; and the surrounding darkness, had re- that, by means of two ladies' asposed in peace for nearly eleven sociations, more had been effected hundred years. At a small village within the last year than during the in this neighbourhood also lived the preceding nine years ! So attractive ancestors of Wickliffe, who first gave an example was not lost on the us a translation of the whole Bible neighbouring districts: and I have into the vernacular tongue; and now the pleasure of announcing the who, by his preaching and writings, establishment and organization of prepared the way for the glorious Re- three other ladies' associations; the formation, of which he might be con- whole population included by this sidered the herald and precursor: he auxiliary being about 1500. Among was indeed permitted to die in peace the collateral benefits already proat his living of Lutterworth ; but, in duced, I may instance the formation the year 1438, his bones were dug of a flourishing and very interesting up, burnt, and thrown into the ad- infant school, which may be traced joining brook, by order of the Bishop directly to the establishment of the of Rome, executed with alacrity by Bible association." the blind and bigotted monks who Numerous such incidents occur then inhabited many of those noble as the following, taken from the ecclesiastical residences and palaces Eleventh Report of the Southampwhere we now found residing the ton Ladies' Bible Association :learned and enlightened and liberal One poor woman said, “ I feel it to ministers and dignitaries of our na- be the greatest privilege of my life tional church; who are encouraging to be able to help in my little way; the free circulation of the Holy and though it is not much, yet if Scriptures and the diffusion of Chris. that be the means of putting the tian knowledge, as the best and Bible into the hands of one poor surest support of that establishment creature who never had it before, which is founded on the Bible. At and it should prove a blessing to his a small village in Cleveland, we soul, I ought to be thankful for the were reminded that the celebrated opportunity.” Another said, “When navigator, Captain Cook, was born; I was hearing of the dreadful superand that it was at Whitby be first stition of the poor things in the heaentered on that career of naval en- then world, I resolved I would do terprise which led to the discovery what I could to help send them the
of those numercus groups word of God; and I should think it of islands in the Pacific Ocean— wicked not to do something while I then inhabited by a race of men am able.” “Many of those who are sunk in ignorance and idolatry, but already subscribers, and liberal acwho within these few years, through cording to their means, wished it was the preaching of the Gospel and the in their power to increase their subcirculation of the Bible, have cast scription ; but justice to others fortheir idols to the moles and to the bids them to do more."
desirable an object. In one instance, From the Speech of a Gentleman, a dignitary of the church came and inserted in the Proceedings of the purchased of me thirty Testaments, American Bible Society.—“Through- for a school of which he was a diout the long road from Buenos Ayres rector; and then requested me to to Chili, excepting a very few in present him with as many more for Mendoza, not a solitary copy of the another school of poor children.” book of God was found; and I more From the Committee of the Paris than once presented copies to aged Bible Society." The result of our priests tottering over the grave, who proceedings this year, throughout told me they had never before seen the whole extent of our country, is it in their native tongue. North of well calculated to animate our hearts this road, in the great towns of Cor- with gratitude to the Author of every dova, Tucuman, Salta, Potosi, La perfect gift. Our society has expePaz, Santa Cruz, Charcas, Cuzco, rienced a very considerable augmenArequipa, and many others, I learned tation; and we are already reaping that scarcely a single Bible in their the fruits of that holy seed which we own tongue had yet found its way: have scattered abroad and watered, and coming down the coast of Chili
, and to which the Lord has given the Peru, Colombia, and Mexico, a few increase.” copies were met in the large towns From a Gentleman in Germany. on the Pacific, and were useful; but I
gave you some account, in my the great mass, even there, are yet last, of the distribution of the New destitute; and, generally, in the in- Testament among the Catholics ; terior, they never saw, and in some but I can now, from experience, instances told me they never before speak more strongly of the prospect knew, that the Scriptures existed in than before. I cannot precisely their own language! Even in the ascertain the number of Testaments capital of Mexico, a city more po- we gave to the Catholics; but I pulous, and, in some respects, more suppose there were forty or fifty magnificent, than New-York, I have distributed, chiefly to children, and reason to believe there is not one also to several grown persons, all of Bible to two hundred families ; and whom were most eager to have them, that the other great cities of that and thankfully received them. I have republic, cities containing from also the satisfaction of saying there thirty to eighty thousand inhabi- is great hope that the pious priests tants, are still more destitute ! would not object to the distribution
“ But what gives such a peculiar of Leander Van Ess's translation.” interest to this subject is, that From a Clergyman in Norway:now, under their new liberal sys- “A desire to possess and to read the tems, the way is open to supply this word of God manifestly increases lamentable deficiency of the word every day among us; and we are of life. The Bible is there no longer thankful that the British and Foreign excluded by royal mandates and Bible Society is anxious to satisfy papal bulls; the houses of inquisition the same. Oh! how richly shall I have lost their terrors; for they are scatter, during the present summer, converted into the peaceful halls of the good seed abroad in these parts! legislation, and into school-houses, The Lord himself will prepare the where the Bible itself may be daily soil, and give the increase." read. Those new governments are
From Mr. James Thomson, at not only willing, but, in some cases, Mexico.-" In my last, I said that anxious, that the Scriptures should our concerns were going on well : a have a general circulation. Some month's more experience enables me of their most intelligent statesmen to confirm this opinion; and to add, and influential clergy are ready to that my hopes of success, in the cirlend their personal aid towards so culation of the Scriptures here, are
strengthened. I mentioned to you, Gospels, and other small portions of that the 300 Bibles and 1000 New the Testament, your committee have Testaments sent here some time disposed of no less than 2181 copies. ago, were in my possession, and that Nearly all these Gospels have been they were on sale. I have now the placed at the disposal of missionapleasure of saying that the whole of ries and superintendants of native the Bibles are sold, and at a price schools, for distribution among the equal to the original cost and all natives, and for the use of the chil. expenses. Of the New Testaments, dren in the schools under their su380 have been sold on the same perintendence. It has been to your terms. Of the above, fifty Bibles committee one of the most pleasing and fifty New Testaments have been occurrences during the past year, sent to Puebla, a city three days' that they have been enabled to journey from this, containing about supply their native brethren in Cal80,000 inhabitants: these, I expect, cutta and the neighbourhood, whose will prepare the way for a more vernacular language is Bengalee, ample supply on a future occasion." with a most valuable portion of the
From the Fifth Report of the Cal. Sacred Volume--the Psalter." cutta Bible Association.-"Of single
SCOTTISH CAFFRE MISSION. The missionaries and conductors now beads and baubles have fallen of the Scottish Mission among the in the market, and old clothes are Caffres give the following interesting in demand. The bullock's skin statement of the results of this yet dress is laid aside. Others of the incipient undertaking.
people begin to imitate our people « At first, I had all to do with my in their building, gardening, dress, own hands; and many a night have and manners. If you except the I lain down with an aching heart, black faces, a stranger would almost wearied limbs, and a frame worn out think that he had dropped into a with fatigue, but now many of the little Scotch village. people have acquired a little practi
same improvement in cal knowledge in various branches civilization is going on at Lovedale. of labour, though still I require to The people bere have of late besuperintend them; and they are come very desirous of clothes to beginning to turn that increase of wear. The women and girls have knowledge to an increase of their worked for articles of clothing, but own comfort and decency. It is a I have great difficulty to keep them comfort to me that I can shew brick- at work. It is agreeable to see makers, thatchers, sawyers, plough, them adopting the dress, as well as men, and jobbers at ditching, hedg- the thoughts and feelings of civilized ing, and field work, who do wonder- life. fully well considering the master “ That you may have some idea they had to instruct them.
of the steady energy which has been • Where formerly a wilderness of imparted to the wild Caffre characlong grass was, and the soil never ter, as well as of the powerful hold turned up since the flood, we have which religion has taken of their now growing many of the neces- minds, we would refer you to the saries and even some of the luxuries fact that they have begun to build of life. A neat little village has for themselves at Chumie a large been formed, inhabited by those who and substantial place of worship. a little while ago roamed the world Last year an attempt was made to at large, as wild and savage as their induce them to commence the underold neighbours the lions and tigers taking; but religion and civilization of the forest. They imitate us in had not yet sufficiently bound them all things-even in their dress; and together and taught them to labour
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