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that its constitution did not preclude him, as a Protestant Dissenter, from being numbered among its members.”

UXBRIDGE A Uxilia RY BIBLE society.

A meeting of the members of this Society was lately held at Uxbridge, and a report of the year's proceedings was made by the committee. It states, that 233 Bibles and 1251 Testaments had been distributed during the year, and that there were yet many deficiencies to be supplied. Besides the usual parochial distribution, the committee had passed a vote, by which a Bible of a large type is allotted to each of the barges navigating the Grand Junction Canal between Brentford and Rickmansworth, and is attached to the barge itself by a printed label, specifying its name, and inviting the crew to read it. This example is strongly recommended to all other societies within whose districts canals have heen cut.

The committee state the following important fact. “It might have been expected,” they say, “that in consequence of the recent circulation of the Scriptures in the neighbourhood, either gratuitously given or disposed of at reduced prices, the sale of Bibles and Testaments, on the usual terms, would be considerably diminished, if not altogether precluded; but this, it appears, is so far from being the case, that, since the institution of the Uxbridge Society, the demand on the trade, for the purchase of Bibles, has been increased in a threefold proportion; a circumstance which indicates a growing spirit of religious inquiry, and both rewards and stimulates exertious to spread the word of God.”

The sum remitted to the parent Society has been 6231.

south-west Essex Auxi I.I.A.RY BIBLE society.

A respectable meeting was held on Tuesday, the 28th of July, at the White Hart Ina, Woodford, for the purpose of forming a South-West Essex Auxiliary Bible Society; Admiral Harvey, member for the county, in the chair; who opened the business of the day in a neat and appropriate speech. The other speakers, on the occasion, were the Rev. Mr. Owen and Rev. Mr. Hughes, two of the secretaries of the parent institution; the Rev. Dr. Schwabe, minister of the German Chapel, Goodman's Fields, who attended for the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff, the foreign secretary; and various other gentlemen. The Right Hon. Lord Henniker was chosen president: Sir Robert Wigram, Bart.

M. P.; Sir David Wedderburne, Bart. M. P. Admiral Eliab Harvey, M. P.; John Maitland, Esq. M. P.; Rev. T. Layton, M.A.; Rev. E. N. Walter, B.A.; Philip Sansom, Esq.; Abel Chapman, Esq.; Charles Welstead, Esq.; Joseph Cockfield, Esq.; and James Gascoigne, Esq. vice-presidents: Wm. Masterman, Esq. treasurer; and the Rev. J. Bunyeats, Rev. H. Lacey, and Henry Cockfield, Esq. secretaries. The gallant Admiral, who filled the chair, observed, in the course of his speech, that as a seaman, he was not much used to public speaking, and his profession was not the most likely to lead him to speak on religious subjects; but he was convinced that the distribution of the Bible must be attended with the happiest effects; and he could add, from his own observation in the navy, that there was the highest state of discipline on board those ships in which the Bible was most read. A considerable sum of money was subscribed, and the proceedings of the day appeared to create a great interest in the minds of those who were present. This is the fourth Auxiliary Bible Society that has been established in the county of Essex.

In ell Gious LI e Erity.

We alluded, in our last, to the bill for extending the liberty of religious worship, which had obtained the concurrent sanction of both Houses of Parliament. It received the royal assent on the 29th of July. The following is an abstract of its principal provisions. It wholly repeals the acts of 13 and 14 Car. II. chap. i.”; of 17 Car. II. chap. ii. 1; and of 22 Car. II, chap. i.; It enacts, that all places, where assemblies for religious worship of Protestants shall be held, at which more than twenty persons are present besides the family and servants of the person in whose house or premises the meeting shall be held, shall be registered, as

* This act respected the Quakers.

f This act, the Five-Mile Act, forbad, under a penalty of 40l., any person who should preach in a conventicle from coming within five miles of any corporate town sending members to Parliament, unless in passing on the road, without taking a certain oath.

: The well-known Conventicle Act; an act founded on the most intolerant principles, and full of harsh and revolting provisions; but which had, in a considerable degree, been disarmed of its severity by the Toleration Act (1 William and Mary, c. 18), and some subsequent acts.

directed in former acts of Parliament, and certified to have been so to the bishop, or the archdeacon, or the quarter-sessions (the certificate of registry to cost no more than 2s. 6d.); under the penalty, for every time of meeting, of not more than 201. nor less than 20s. to be paid by the person knowingly permitting such assembly in a place occupied by him; and that if the assembly be held without the consent of the occupier, the person teaching or preaching shall forfeit, for every such offence, not more than 30l., nor less than 2. It further enacts, that every person teaching, or preaching, or officiating in, or resorting to, any religious meeting of Protestants, awhich shall be duly certified, shall enjoy an excumption from all the penalties of tormer acts, provided only that those who preach or teach shall, when required by a justice of the peace, take and subscribe a certain oath and declaration; and no one refusing to do this when called upon, shall be allowed to preach or teach, until he shall have taken such oath, &c. on pain of forfeiting, for every offence, not more than 10l., nor less than 10s. : no one, however, shall be required to go more than five miles from home, for the purpose of taking this oath : any Protestant may, at the same time, require a justice of the peace to administer to him the oaths under this act, and also to gran a certificate of the saune, for a fee of not more than 2s. 6d. It further enacts, that every teacher or preacher, who shall employ himself solely as such, and not engage in any trade or business except that of schoolmaster, shall be exempt from certain civil oices, and from serving in the militia or local militia; but that every person producing a false certificate, with a view to such exemption, shall forfeit 50'.; that the doors of places used for religious meetings shall not, during the time of meeting, be fastened, so as to prevent persons from entering, under a penalty of not more than 20l. nor less than 2i. ; and that persons wilfully disturbing a religious meeting, or modesting any person officiating there, may be held to bail, and, it convicted, shall forfeit 40l. It is provided, that nothing in this act shall affect the celebration of Divine Service according to the rites and usage of the Established Church, or the jurisdiction of archbishops, bishops, or other ecclesiastical authoorities; or shall extend to the people called Quakers. Offences, liable to penalties under this act,when not otherwise specially provided for, may be tried before two or more justices, who shall have power to levy the penalties by distress, one half being paid to the in

former, and one half to the poor of the parish; or failing distress, to imprison the offender for a time not exceeding three months; a right being reserved to the person convicted of appealing to the quarter sessions. The penalties must be sued for and prosecuted within six months. It will be seen, from a perusal of the above abstract, that the policy of the legislature towards all classes of religionists has been highly liberal : and we hope and pray that a corresponding liberality may manifest itself in the ministrations of the various denominations of Christians, and in all the walks of private life. We trust especially that the members of the Established Church, who have never shewn themselves the least loyal part of the community, will deem it their duty to promote the declared views of every branch of the government, by studiously cultivating every lawful method of conciliation towards those whose religious sentinents differ from their own. The spiritual rulers of the Church have set us an example in this respect, which is highly worthy of our imitation. The Archbishop of Canterbury, and all our other prelates, concurred in the measure; and his Grace, to mark still more strongly the fiendly sentiments which he entertained towards his Christian brethren of every class, sat as one of the commissioners for signifyiug the royal assent to this bill. All descriptions of Methodists and Dissenters have expressed, in the very strongest terms, their obligations, not only to his Grace and the other prelates, but to his Majesty's ministers, whose proper act it was to frame, propose, and conduct to its consummation, this wise and healing in casure. The provisions of this new toleration act have not been confined to Protestant Dissenters, as that of William and Mary was, but extend to all Protestants, including, of course,

members of the Church of England.

ly Aptist MISSIONS IN INDIA. (Concluded from p. 472.) Extract of letters from an officer in the army stationed near the borders of the Mahratta country, to Mr. Ward, one of the Misshonaties. Nov. 7, 1840. “Your kind letter I received, and the Hindoost'hanee Testament a week before it. In that you have indeed sent me a most valuable present, for which accept of my sincere thanks. I have now begun to read it on a Sunday to the few Christians who always meet on that day at my bungalow. It is listened to with an attention

and apparent pleasure that gives me great * Jan. 23, 1811. “I wrote you of late of

i delight. Some of my servants, and a few other boys also, attend and hearit with some attention; and I am in hopes that its pure ... doctrines, with, the sublime, and interesting account of qur Saviour, and the salvation he ... hath wrought sqr us, will gradually work its benign effects in their minds, and produce an inquiry, which I shall take every proper opportunity of improving.—The present Raejah appears to be of a quiet and peaceable disposition, and might tolerate a new religion, especially as the Mahrattas I am told are not very tenacious of their casts, and generally speaking are a quiet well-disposed people, mostly employed in cultivating the soil. The brother of the Rajuh, and his son, who is considered as the heir apparent, are much more attached to Brahmanism." Jan, 5.1811. “The Hindoost'lianee Ne Testament has proved a very great blessing, and is listened to with great attention by the several poor Christians here; and I am happy to add, that the conduct of some of them is altered for the better. Besides this, from one to three o'clock every day I have begun to read it to a Jemadar of our escort; also to a Mussulouan priest, a man of some distinction here, and who lives on a hill not far from my bungalow... He is accounted by his own cast a very, great devotee. His native place is Delhi, but he lived a long time in Arabia. An old Brahman Pundit also attends. They all three hear with delight and astonishment, and speak much in praise of the New Testament. When I speak of our Saviour, and the important purpose for which he was born and suffered, they seem very much impressed. As we read, I point out some of the most useful parts, and we converse on them; but I refrain at present from speaking of their religion, lest I should discourage their attention by giving them of. fence. When I have read all through the book to them, I will then endeavour to point out the necessity of their quitting the false and absurd doctrines of Paganism and Mahometanism, and laying hold of that of Jesus Christ.—There was another person of good family and education that began to hear; but I am sorry to say he has been dissuaded from attending, lest his friends, and the people of his own east (Mussulmans) should persecute and bring him into trouble. He, as well as the others, are very earnest that I should get up the remaining part of the New Testament, and also the Old Testanent as far as it is translated. The two Mussulmans are very desirous of reading it in the Persian language and character.” Christ. Observ, No. 128.

, the three to whom I was daily reading the

Scriptures. If I can judge by their professions public and private, two of them, namely, the Mussulman priest, and the Brahman, are sincere, and really see the folly of their own belies. The Jemadar, although he says

he believes in our Saviour, and seems to admire our Testament extremely, is, I am afraid, them three or four of the Psalms,&c. and sixty or seventy tracts. They wanted more Tes-" taments, but I had no more to spare. In the evening four Brahmans returned me one of the Testaments, and a few of the tracts. "Dec. 4th, we marched to Dhainnugur. Here I talked with about sixty Brahmans. They acknowledged their gods could not save them. On the 5th, we marched to Jajpoor, where I talked with eight or mine Brahmans, and several others, and distributed a number of tracts. We had worship the evening that we halted at Jajpoor, and in the morning I talked with a few persons, and gave away a Testament. In the course of the day I went with brother B. to eight different places in the neighbourhood to make known the word. We gave away a Testament, and about one hundred tracts, all of which were received with thankfulness. On the 7th, we marched to Burumburda, where I talked with a number of people, among whom were three Brahmans. I gave these Brahmans some tracts. One of them came again in the evening with five or six others. I talked to them with tears about Christ, and gave them some tracts. I was much encodraged. On the 8th we marched to Urukpoor, where I talked with a number of people, and gave away some tracts.

as yet very insensible to its spiritual ineauing and beauties, and to the great importance of what our blessed Redeemer has done for us. It is as you say: we should labour at . , their consciences, shewing them that, without sincere repentance and faith in Christ, they cannot be saved. This weapon was powerful in the days of the Apostles, and will prove so now, if we who preach Christ are ourselves sincere; as God will sooner or later most assuredly own the labours of lis sincere servants.”. *- : * * A person belonging to the army, who appears to be descended from an Englishman by a native woman, and who has been converted by ineans of the Missionaries, thus writes to one of them from Cuttack, Dec. 14, 1810: “I am happy to iuforin you that on my journey I was refreshed by the consideration that the Spirit of God is working in these heathen lands. I see plainly that the missionaries are, not working in vain. God hears their prayers for the success of his cause, and it shall prevail. “On the 29th of Nov. we marched to Kushai-tola, where I had an opportunity of talking of Christ to a few Byraggees. On Dec. 1, we came to Suro, where I conversed with forty or fifty persons, and gave three Ooriya New Testaments, and some tracts, to three Brahmans. Lord's-day the 2d, we came to Seemuli. Here we had worship twice, and at the close of one of the meetings brother B. engaged in prayer. I made known the word of God to a few men, and distributed a few tracts. On the 3d, we marched to Bhudruck. Here two of the Brahmans, to whom I gave Testaments at Suro, returned them. In the course of the day five or six Mussulmans came to hear, and I gave them a Testament. In the evening, sixty or seventy Brahmans, with several others, caume to me. I endeavoured to convince them of sin, and to lead them to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. I got one of the Brahmans to read the 14th chapter of John, and I endeavoured to explain what they did uot understand. All the rest paid great attention. When he bad read the chapter they asked me for some Testaments. I gave

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“ Lord's-day the 9th, we marched to Lukshmanpoor, after which we had worship twice, and I conversed with a number of persons. Ou the 10th we marched to Pudmupoor, where brother B. conversed with several persons, and gave away some tracts. In the evening I and brother G. talked with a great number of people, among whom were about eighty Brahmans. we gave them fifty or sixty tracts: they wanted some Testaments, and I was sorry that I had noue to give them.”

Mr. Ward, by way of reflection on the above, says, in this instance, as in many others, we see how much the parable of our Lord respecting the leaven is fulfilled: one man is converted; his wife and children gaze and admire; his neighbours also say one to another, Come and see this new thing that the Lord hath done. He writes to one and talks to another of Jesus the Saviour. He removes to another place of residence; he talks to those whom he meets with on his way, and puts into their hand the book of God; he thus scatters blessings on his journey, and on his arrival makes known in his new situation the words of eternal-life. In this way the blessing of Abraham came on the Gentiles; ‘I will bless thee, and make thee a blessing!'"

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st. Alsans an Anch Bible socierry On the 16th of April, a numerous and respectable meeting of the inhabitants of St. Albans assembled at the Town-hall,"for the purpose of forming a Bible Society for that town and neighbourhood, Lord Wiscount Grimston in the chair. The cause of the Bible was pleaded with irresistible energy and effect by the Rev. Professor Dealtry, the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff, the Rev. Joseph Hughes, and the Rev. Johti Owen; and the proposed Society was formed, of which Lord Wiscount Grimston accepted the office of president. The vice-presidents are, Joseph Halsey, Esq. M. P.; Daniel Giles, Esq. M. P.; G. Watlington, Esq. Recorder; W. Brown, Esq. Mayor; Robert Clutterbuck, Esq.; James Brown, Esq.; David Haliburton, Esq.; William Griffin, Esq.; James Timperon, Esq.; Francis Sapti, Esq.; and Samuel Maxey, Esq. :-the treasurers, John Boys, Esq. and W. Trelss, Esq.:—and the secretaries, the Rev. A. W. Roberts, the Rev. T. A. Warren, and the Rev. J. H. Cox.

CLA PRAM Aux11.1.A.RY BIDLE society. A general meeting of the inhabitants of Clapham, Nine Elms, South Lambeth, Stockwell, Brixton, Streatham, Balham Hill, Upper and Lower Tooting, Wandsworth, and Battersea, was held at the Horns Ta

vern, Kennington, on Tuesday, the 4th in

stant; Samuel Thornton, Esq. M.P. in the
chair; for the purpose of forming a Bible
Society in that populous neighbourhood. The
usual resolutions were unanimously adopted,
and upwards of 600l. have been subscribed
by the persons assembled on the occasion.
Samuel Thornton, Esq. was appointed pre- .
sident;—the Eart of Aylesbury; Sir R. Bur-
nett; H. Thornton, Esq. M. P.; W. Wilber-
force, Esq. M. P.; C. Noel, Esq. M. P.;
C. Grant, Esq. M. P.; C. Grant, jun. Esq.
M. P.; W. T. Astell, Esq. M.P.; W. H.
Hoare, Esq.; James Newsone, Esq.; W.
Nunn, Esq.; Col. Fleming; Charles Elliott,
Esq.; Joseph Benwell, Esq.; Ebenezer Mait-
land, Esq.; and Henry Waymouth, Esq.vice-
presidents:-Joseph Bradney, Esq. treasurer;
—and the Rev. H. Laing, and the Rev. J.
Phillips, secretaries.”
city of Londos Auxilian r arals
society. --
A large and overflowing meeting, the
object of which was to establish an Auxiliary
Bible Society for the City of London, was
held on the 6th instant, in the Egyptian
Hall, at the Mansion Ilouse, which had
been promptly and liberally granted by the

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Lord Mayor for that purpose. The hall was crowded at an early hour, and it is supposed that there were not less than from 2000 to 2500 persons present on the occasion. The persons who addressed the assembly in succession, were the Rev. Dr. Brunnmark; the Rev. Mr. Hughes; Mr. Rowcroft; Mr. Favell; the Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. R. H. Marten; Mr. J.Thornton; the Rev. Mr. Hatch; the Rev. Mr. Wilson; Alderman Scholey; Alderman Wood; Mr. B. Neale; Mr. G. Barclay; Mr. W. Allen; and the Rev. Mr. Owen. A detailed account of the proceedings of the meeting will be published. In the mean time we will only remark, that there was much powerful eloquence displayed on the occasion; that the harmony and cordiality which pervaded the assembly were in the highest degree gratifying; and that the conduct of the Lord Mayor in the chair was such as fully entitled him to that warm homage of applause which he received from the multitude that surrounded him. The Lord Mayor for the time being was chosen president of this society. The vice-presidents are—the Right Hon. N. Vansittart: Aldermen C. S. Hunter; H. C. Combe, M.P.; Sir J. Shaw, Bart. M. P.; Sir C. Flower, Bart.; Thos. Smith; J. Sylvester; G. Scholey; S. Birch; M. Wood; J. Atkins; C. Magnay; W. Heygate; and J. Ansley; Sir Thos. Baring, Bart. M. P.; Samuel Whitbread, Esq. M. P. : Joseph Marryatt, Esq. M.P.: W. Manning, Esq. M. P.: John Maitland, Esq. M.P.: S.Thornton, Esq. M.P.: Edward Parry, Esq: T. Rowcroft, Esq.; and R. Clarke, Esq. Chamberlain:—the treasurer is D. Bevan, Esq.;-and the secretaries are, the Rev. D. Wilson, the Rev. H. F. Burder, and Gurney Barclay, Esq. We congratulate the Christian world on the formation of a society, so supported and so patronised, whose attention is to be directed to supplying that grievous want of the Holy Scriptures, which is found to prevail among the poor of the metropolis. We trust that the powerful example of the first city in the world, thus recognising, almost in its corporate capacity, the paramount importance of the word of God to the happiness of man, will be felt, not only in every part of the British empire,' but in every corner of the globe.

NAVAL AND M1LITARY BIBLE society.

This Society held its annual meeting on the 2d of April last. The Report of the Committee on that occasion detailed the means which had been cmployed during the year to

replenish the exhausted funds of the Society, which are still very inadequate to the object it has in view, viz. the supply of the Navy and Army, of Naval and Military Hospitals, and Regimental Schools, with Bibles. In the preceding year, 2135 Bibles, and 518 Testaments, had been distributed. The applications since made by officers, on behalf of their men, amount to no less than 26,827 copies of the Scriptures, which applications are stated by the officers transmitting them to have been made by individual sailors and soldiers. The Committee being wholly unable to meet this demand, have confined their supplies to such ships and regiments as were almost or altogether (as several were) without a single Bible. They call loudly on their members, therefore, to exert themselves in improving the funds of the institution.” How much may be done in this way is evident from this, that, the Bishop of London having benevolently sanctioned an appeal to the clergy of his diocese in favour of the Society, collections were made for its benefit on the last Fast-day amounting to upwards of 2,000l. The Committeethus close theirReport, “During the correspondence of the past year, your Committee have met with instances wherein the necessity and utility of this institution have been questioned on the one hand by persons conceiving that no good is likely to arise from the distribution of Bibles anongst our Sailors and Soldiers, and ou the other by those, who, though friendly to that measure, are uot satisfied as to the * necessity for the continuance of a separate society for the purpose. Your Committee, therefore, feel it incumbent on then, in concluding their Report, to remark briefly, that with respect to the former objection (which happily is now but rarely advanced), the testimony this day brought before you from Naval and Military Officers in favour of the perusal of the Scriptures by their men, ought to be deemed sufficient to confute so erroneous an opinion. As to the latter objection, which is more common, your Committee must be allowed to observe, that they are persuaded there are many and weighty reasons for its not being consolidated with any other institution: it possesses high and honourable patronage, and pecuniary support, which it is of the greatest importance should not be relinquished; and as many of its beInefactors do not unite with institutions engaged in the distribution of the Scriptures to other classes of society, it is evident that the aggregate good done is considerably augmented by the continuance of this institution.

Your Committee ruight adduce many other

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