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Hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer, from many of the nobility, clergy, and gentry; also from the National Society for the Education of the Poor. Thus encouraged by the favour of Divine Providence and the liberality of the public, our building is nearly completed, and an eligible person has been sent up, to the central school in Baldwin's Gardens, to be qualified to manage our institution on the plan of the National Society.—But there is another object in view : it is intended that the same building,which is employed during six days for the instruction of children, shall be used as a place of Divine wor
ship on the Sabbath day, and I hope I.
shall be able to obtain its consecration, or an episcopal licence for the exercise of the Christian ministry therein. But in order to this, and to perpetuate religious instruction among the foresters, I am anxious to endow the place both as an episcopal chapel and a school-house, and, when the means of such an endowment are procured, to vest it in trustees, who will feel for the salvation of these objects of my concern, and place among them a clergyman who will feed them, in their desert state, with the true bread that cometh down from heaven. I cannot entertain a doubt of being enabled to realize these pleasing hopes. The support I have already received is a pledge of their accomplishment. I accept it as such, and confidently appeal to the religious and patriotic feelings of the public; persuaded that while the inhabitants of distant lands are cared for, our own countrymen will not be neglected. The case is now made known, and I can leave the result with “ Him" who “ careth for the stranger.” I shall only add, that if any, who are disposed to assist in this good work, should wish for further information, I shall be truly happy and thankful to afford it, and shall be ready to receive advice as well as pecuniary aid. I am, &c.
Newland - Vicarage, P. M. PROCTER,
Critist. Obsery, App.
Evely ship in his Majesty's service, from a first to a fifth rate inclusive, is now allowed a chaplain. Every chaplain, after eight years (or if in a guard ship, ten years) actual service, during which period he shall not have been absent from his duty six weeks at any one time, except by special leave of the Admiralty Board, and who shall produce certificates of good conduct from the captains he may have served under, shall be entitled to half-pay of 5s. a-day. To this half-pay, however, he shall not be entitled, if he accept preterment with cure of souls during the specified period of service. In the event of peace, a rate of halfpay, proportioned to the period of service, provided it he not less than three years, will be allowed. Fvery year he serves more than the specified period, will entitle him, when placed on the half pay list, to 6d. per day additional, until the whole shall anonnt to 10s. per day. Naval chaplains alone shall be eligible to chaplaincies of naval establishments, according to their length of service and meritorious conduct; and when such preferment amounts to 400]. . a-year, the half-pay shall cease, as is also the case in the divided living of Simonbourn. The pay of a chaplain, when on actual service, shall be as follows, viz. One hundred and fifty pounds. per annum, and the established compensation of 111. 8s. a year for a servant, in each rate, and to have a cabin allotted for him, in the wardroom or gun room, where he is to mess with the lieutenants, and to be rated for victuals; and when the chaplain shall be willing to act as school-master, he shall be entitled to a bounty of 20l. a year, provided he shall pass an examination ; and he shall be further entitled to five pounds per annum, to be paid to him by every young midshipman and volunteer of the first class, as a remuneration for his education, the same to be stopped out of the young gentleman's pay. 3 S
Chaplains now serving, shall be allowed the time they may have served as part of that required.—The Rev. Archdeacon Owen is appointed Chaplain-General to the fleet, to whom all letters are to be addressed, under cover to the Secretary of the Admiralty. All applications for appointments shall be made, or will be referred to him, and no warrant will be granted by the Board of Admiralty to any candidate, “unless recommended by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the Bishop of London, through the Chaplain-General, as in every way properly qualified.”
At Christmas, 1812, and every future Christmas, 400l. will be distributed, under the will of Mrs. Jane Joy, of Hanover Square, deceased, by the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy, among 20 poor clergyman, curates only, in actual duty, resident in England or Wales, whose incomes do not exceed 50l. a year, except from keeping a school or teaching scholars. lank forms of petitions may be had of Mr. Grimwood, Register of the Institution, Bloomsbury Place, London, between 11 and 3, Sundays excepted.
-RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.
This Society was instituted in 1799, and since that time, according to a Report made in May, had issued more than fourteen millions and a half of tracts; and in the year inmediately preceding the date of the Report, had issued two millions nine hundred and sixty-seven thousand. There are 122 tracts on the Society's list in English, and 38 in different languages, viz. Welsh, Manks, Gaelic, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Danish, consisting chiefly of short expositions of religious truth, earnest appeals to the conscience, biographical sketches, addresses, or dialogues, adapted to different occupations or
situations in life, interspersed with a few tales. Besides these, they have published, for circulation by hawkers and other venders, a number of tracts, which are less directly religious, but which yet have it in view to furnish not only innocent, but useful reading to the poor, the children of Sunday schools, &c. Many of the tracts are only re-publications of former works, or extracts from them; the rest, which are the greater number, are original. The price at which tracts are sold to the public is low ; but subscribers obtain them at a considerably lower rate. During the past year “gratuitous supplies of tracts have been furmished to Gibraltar, Lisbon, and Cadiz ; to Malta, Sicily, Naples, Zante, Constantinople, the Greek Islands, Halifax, Prince Edward's Island, and St. John's, Newfoundland ; to Jamaica, Bermuda, St. Kitt's, and other West India islands; to the Bay of Honduras; to Buenos Ayres ; to South Africa and Batavia; and to New South Wales, by a colonial schoolmaster; to convicts going out to that settlement, and those in the hulks ; to the foreign prisoners of war in different parts of
the country; to seamen on board
the tenders; to hospitals, workhouses, and jails; and for various other objects which appeared to have peculiar claims on the Society's bounty. The expenditure occasioned by the gratuitous issues of tracts, during the last year, has been upwards of 360l.” An edition of the French Spelling-book has also been printed, for the children of French prisoners of war. In imitation of this Society, one has been established at Stockholm, about four years, which has printed several tracts in Swedish, Finnish, and Lapanese, and has circulated since its formation to the amount of upwards of 400,000. The Swedish Society has been supplied with sums of money by that in England. Another Religious Tract Society has been established at Philadelphia.
Many local Tract Societies have been formed in different parts of England, which make occasional contributions to the funds of the Society in London, and assist in the diffusion of its tracts. The Report concludes with calling on the members of the society to use their utmost efforts to give efficacy to this mode of instruction, by which they may be made the means of saving souls from death. “A principal purpose of the tracts is to excite attention and inquiry. The Bible, thanks be to God! will soon be every where at hand. If the indifferent can be rendered solicitous for its instructions, by these silent monitions of a tract, the best wishes of the Society are satisfied. It aspires, however, not unreasonably to something more. Wherever it can introduce a tract, it considers itself as having paid a charitable visit, and delivered an impressive discourse. Destitute, as a tract is, of some advantages which attend upon living instructions, it is also exempt from many of the difficulties which preclude or defeat their success : it gives less offence; it meets with a less virulent repulse; it is not so likely to produce ridicule; and if dismissed till a more convenient season, it can remain at hand till that season arrives.” The Appendix to the Report contains a variety of communications, specifying the benefits derived in particular instances from the circulation of tracts. We shall select a few of the cases. The first is a letter from Stockholm, dated August 19, 18 1. “We are, time after time, gratified with pleasing accounts of the success of our labours. A few weeks since, I was visited by an old man from Dalecarlia, who informed me that the tracts we distributed on our journey in 1808, have been the means of much good. We have had reports of a similar nature from Pitca. I have had some very pleasant conversation with one of those
who were awakened, who has for
some time attended the University
uncommon expressions of gratitude I ever witnessed. “Yesterday, I was called to witness a most pleasing scene; a short account of which I shall take the liberty of presenting you with. About three o’clock in the afternoon, two cartels sailed from this river, with 135 prisoners; chiefly invalids and aged men. Mr. T. and myself attended them all the day, and presented each individual with a parcel, containing a bible or a Testament, • La Fille du Laitier,’ and other tracts ; and I can assure you, Sir, that it was highly gratifying to see the avidity and gratitude with which they received the present. Speaking of “La Fille du Laitier,’ one said, ‘ I have seen this pamphlet before, and was very much gratified with what I read of it; and am now overjoyed to have one for myself, to take home with me, to my family. Another said, “This book is highly entertaining ; and I am glad to have a copy of it, to take home with me.” “ Indeed, Sir, I am at loss to express my feelings, while on board of the cartels. Had we never seen any fruit of our labours, before this day, I am sure we have now witnessed a scene, sufficient to encourage our hope of future success, and to stir us up to a more vigorous activity than ever. While many expressed their gratitude, in the most animated manner, others, with tears in their eyes, could only utter a few broken sentences; but we could read the mute language of the heart.”
SOCIETY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS. This Society has lately circulated a paper containing some interesting information respecting the state of the Jews in foreign countries, to which they have subjoined an account of the conversion of two Jews. We will lay the first of these before our readers, as tending to strengthen the view we have been disposed to take of the obligation we are under as Christians to put
the Christian Scriptures into the hands of the Jews in the Hebrew language. “A poor student, who studied divinity at the University of Leipsic, having occasion to undertake a journey to his distant friends, was in want of the necessary money for that purpose. He therefore was induced to go to a learned Jew to pawn his Hebrew Bible and Greek Testament. The latter contained the Greek and German text in opposite columns. The learned Jew, little as he valued this book, was, however, prevailed upon to take it, and to give the student half a rix-dollar for it. During the absence of the student he undertook to read it through, with a view to confirm his mind in enmity against Jesus; to ridicule his person in the synagogue, and to be better prepared to testify his zeal for the Jewish faith. His wife and children were not permitted to see the book: he was determined to read it alone, as a sworn enemy of Jesus, and to discover the falsehood of the Christian religion in all its parts. As the student was absent for about seven weeks, the Jew had sufficient leisure to perform his task. But as he proceeded to read, his surprise increased, and a sacred awe pervaded him. In reading some impressive passages, he could scarcely refrain from exclaiming, Ah, that Jesus were my Saviour! Having completed the reading, he was astonished at himself, and exceedingly perplexed, that, in spite of his earnest desire to find fuel in the New Testament for the increase of his burning enmity against Jesus, he had discovered nothing of hatred, but on the contrary much that is great, sublime, heavenly, and divine. At length he charged himself with silly simplicity and blind folly, and resolved to open the book no more. In this resolution he persisted some days. But the consolatory and heavenly instructions which he had read, and which left an indelible impression upon his mind, and the glorious prospect of life eternal which had opened before
him, did not suffer him to rest either day or night. Now he resolved to read the New Testament a second time, fully determined to be more careful in ascertaining that Jesus and his Apostles had justly deserved the hatred of all Jews in all ages. But again he was unable to discover any thing that is absurd or bears the stamp of falsehood; but much wisdom, inexpressible comforts for an afflicted mind, and a hope of immortality, which seemed to rescue him from that dreadful anxiety with which the thoughts of futurity had often filled
him. Still he could not divest himself
of his prejudices, but read the New Testament a third time, with the following resolution: If I discover nothing the third time why Jesus and his Apostles and their doctrine should be hated by the Jews, I will become a Christian ; but if my wish in first opening the book is now gratified, I will for ever detest the Christian religion. During the third reading of the history of Jesus, his doctrines and promises, he often could not refrain from tears; his soul was asjected in a manner which no pen can describe. Now he was quite overcome; the love of the most holy and the most lovely of the children of men filled his very soul. Being fully determined to become a Christian, he went without delay and made his desire known to a Christian minister Now the student returned from his journey, and brought the borrowed money with interest, to redeem his two books. The Jew asked him if he would sell the New Testament. The student was unwilling to part with it, but after some persuasion yielded. What do you demand for it? asked the Jew. A rixdollar will satisfy me, was the reply. The Jew opened a chest, and laid down one hundred Louis - d'ors. Take that, said he: gladly will I pay more if you desire it: and if at any time I can be of use to vou, only apply to me, and I will be your friend to the utmost of my power. The student was surprised, and supposed that the Jew made sport of
AN address has been circulated, calling upon Christians to turn their attention to the religious instruction of the Asiatic sailors, who assist in navigating our ships from India, and of whom not less than two thousand annually visit this country. A few of the Lascars call themselves Christians, but have nothing of Christianity but the name: the rest are either Mahometans or Pagans. With a view to their instruction, the Religious Tract Society has ordered a fount of Ben galee characters to be sent to this country, with a view to printing to octs for their use. The London Missionary Society h is also engaged two pious young men to learn the B ngaice language, in which they have made such progress that in less than three months they were able to read the New Testament in that language. Their teacher is a Lascar, oud onth his assistance they are employed in translating Dr. Watts's First Catechism into Bengalee. A third person is endeavouring to acquire the Chinese language, with a view to the seamen of that nation. It is intended also to procure a supply of the Bengalee Scriptures, through the British and Foreign Bible Society. Many of the Lascars can read that language, and manifest no indisposition to reading the Bengalee New Testament, which has been put into their hands. As these men have no employment during the four, six, or nine months they remain in this country, it is presumed that tracts, or the Scriptures, if furnished, will be generally read . by them. It is also proposed, that