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persons intended for Asiatic missions, or other zealous Christians, shall endeavour to acquire a knowledge of the languages in which these strangers may be addressed; and if their labours should conduce, through the Divine blessing, to the conversion of any of them, it is impossible to calculate the extent of good which may flow from such an occurrence. Every real convert will prove a missionary to his countrymen, on his return to his native home. It is unquestionably a subject of regret and astonishment, as the address to which we have alluded pointedly states, that “notwithstanding all the exertions made by the Christian world, and the many societies purposely formed for propagating Christianity abroad, all of which have sprung up within these twenty years, within that time more than forty rhousAND of these unenlightened strangers have come to this country, and returned again, and yet until now nothing whatever has been attempted to afford them religious instruction. And what must the enemies of Christianity, and of Christian societies, have had to say on this subject Why this, these willing objectors said:—‘It may be very laudable in you to expend thousands in sending missionaries abroad, but really it appears irreconcileable, that you should not first look to the heathen , who by hundreds are daily found at your very doors, and who by thousands visit your metropolis year after year.’” Donations and subscriptions are requested by the Missionary Society for this specific object.
UNITED STATES-FOREIGN MIS. - SIONS.
Several societies, for the support of foreign missions, have recently been formed in the United States, and considerable sums have been raised for that purpose. On the 6th of **bruary last, five persons were or.
dained at Salem, in New England, intended to go out as missionaries to the heathen in Asia. They took their departure for India in about a fortnight after. Their names are Messrs. Newell, Judson, Nott, Hall, and Rice. The three first are married, and are accompanied by their wives. We extract from the Panoplist, the following pleasing account of the missionary zeal which has been exerted in America. “The Christian zeal which has been exhibited in the numerous donations, to support foreign missions, and to aid the translation of the Bible into the languages of Asia, is truly admirable, and has excited lively emotions of joy and gratitude in the minds of many. The cheerfulness and alacrity with which many persons offered their money, has rarely been paralleled, even in the annals of religious beneficence. The poor were eager to share with the rich the pleasing satisfaction of contributing to send the Gospel to the heathem. Several instances deserve particular notice. A man in quite moderate circumstances gave a fivedollar bill; his wife, wishing to give her offering also, and not having money in her possession, immediately devoted her gold necklace to this best of causes. A hired girl in Boston gave, without the least solicitation, ten dollars, which she had saved from her wages. She only inquired, if the money would certainly go to the missionaries; and, on being assured that it would, inimediately requested her employer to pay it. Several other hired girls, in country towns, gave three dollars each ; and others less, according to their ability. “The Prudential Committee were agreeably surprised to find the donations greatly exceed their most sanguine expectations. Within three weeks, including the day on which the missionaries were ordained, not far from 6,000 dollars were received in donations, the greater part of which was altogether unexpected.”
METHODIST CONFERENCE. By the minutes of the last Conference, it appears that the Methodist Societies contain the following members : —
Great Britain . . . . 155,124 Ireland . . . . . 27,823 Gibraltar . . . . . . 127 Sierra Leone . . . . 60
Nova Scotia & Newfoundland 1,225
West Indies . . . . 13,042 United States . . . . 170,000 367,401
In an address from the Conference to the great body of the Methodists, after pointing out the grounds of thankfulness afforded by the late parliamentary extension of their privileges, and the additional motives to loyalty which arise from that event, they advert to the disturbances which have occurred in the northern counties, in the following terms. “We must now turn from the contemplation of the benefits with which we are favoured, to the consideration of a state of society which has existed, and we fear still exists, in some of the northern counties. We look at the principles which have given birth to this state of things with the utmost horror; principles which are alike destructive to the happiness of the poor, and of the rich. And although we are well assured that our societies are uncontaminated with that spirit of insubordination, violence, and cruelty, which as caused so much distress and misery, yet we cannot but dread the operation of its insidious and infectious nature, and the speciousness W; which it aims to seduce the with ous and simple. We there..". faithful ministers, cannot oil. from sounding a solemn A. m. lest, any of our dear people should be drawn away by the dissimulation of evil-disposed men. We roclaim loudly and earnestly, Fear the Lord and the king : and meddle not with them that are given to change.’ Avoid them. Come not near them. Say of them, , () my
soul, come not thou into their secret: unto their assembly, mine honour be not thou united.” Destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known. O brethren, what would be our grief and distress, if after all our labours, publicly and from house to house, and after having in the face of the world vouched for your loval, your peaceable, and your honest deportment, we should be deceived in any one of you. We can scarcely think this ; but forgive our godly jealousy, and justify our expectations, and ye shall be the crown of our rejoicing when these times of delusion shall have passed away. We know well and feel for the situation of the poor, their want of employment, and the dearness of provisions: but murmuring and dis
content will not alleviate their sufserings: they will rather aggravate
them. Be ye therefore patient. Let the richer brethren assist those who are poor, and let all hope and
trust in Him, who hath said, I will
never leave thee nor forsake thee;
and in due time you shall reap, if you faint not.”
NEW C. STI.P. BRANCII BIBLE SOCIETY. A RESPECTABLE meeting was held in the town-hall of Newcastleunder-Line, on Tuesday the 26th of Mlay last, to establish a Branch Bible Society, for that place, the Potteries, and neighbourhood. The chair was taken by John Smith, Esq. and the business of the day ably opened by the Rev. C. Leigh. The other speakers were, the Rev. T. Cotterell, the Rev. W. Moseley, the Rev. J. Sutcliffe, and the Rev. T. Sleigh, who delivered their sentiments in a striking and judicious manner. The Right Hon. Lord G. L. Gower, was chosen president of this Society;-Sir J.Chetwode, Bart.; Admiral Child; E.W. Bootle, Esq.; J. M'Donald, Esq.; Rev. J. Barner; Rev. W. Corser; W. Clowes, isg.; R. T. Gowland, Esq.; W. J.
SUFFOLK AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. A very numerous meeting of the friends of this society was held at Bury St. Edmund's, on the 20th of October last, the Rev. Mr. Cobbold, in the chair. It appeared from the report which was read, that since the formation of the society, in December last, the Committee had been enabled to distribute 25 14 Bibles and 1431 Testaments in English, and 5 Bibles 255 Testaments in foreign languages. The receipts of the Society in the same time amounted to 25 131. 9s. It d. The Rev. Chairman observed, that the good effects of the society had already been experienced in a considerable degree. “In many a cheerless cottage in our county, has the word of God found its way, where before it was a stranger, and where probably it never would have gained admission but by means of our institution; and it must be pleasing to know, that wherever it goes, it meets with a welcome reception, and a blessing is bestowed on the author of the gift.” “We are told indeed,” observed this venerable minister of Christ, “ that it is a dangerous instrument in the hands of the members of our church, without a Common - Prayer - book accompanying it. As a churchman, and a minister warmly attached to the Establishment, I acknowledge the excellence of our Liturgy, and sincerely wish that every member of our church was in possession of it; but at the same time that I acknowledge its excellence, I cannot put it in competition with the Bible. I cannot but confess, that the very excellence it possesses is derived from the Bible, and can be admitted
on no other ground. The Church
of England itself, the first Protestaut churcu in Christendom, and the main pillar, I may say, of Protestandsm, stands upon the Bible as its foundation; and snail it wits, old the contents of that Book, pure and unadulterated, from its members, lest its own existence should be endangered What inconsistency is this! The Bible is the MagnaGharta of Protestants—it contains all our title deeds, and should be placed in a situation where every one may read its contents.”
Many other excellent speeches were delivered on the occasion, but we find it impossible to give even a sketch of them.
EDINBURGH BIBLE SOCIETY.
This Society held its third annual meeting on the 22d of May. The Report stated, that, during the year, donations of Bibles, both in English, Gaelic, and French, had been made to various charitable institutions and schools, to the children of soldiers in different regiments, to various districts of the Highlands, to the convicts lately sent to New South Wales, and to the prisoners of war, at Cupar and Kelso, and at Pennycuick and Greenlaw; that additional donations of fifty pounds had been presented to the Naval and Military Bible Society, of one hundred pounds to the Hibernian Bible Society, and of two hundred pounds to the British and Foreign Lible Society; that several small sums have been received, raised by contributions of a penny weekly; and that an auxiliary Bible Society has been formed in the Orkney Islands, comprising the most respectable gentlemen in that quarter, which has already remitted one hundred pounds.
NORTIT LONDON AND ISLINGTON AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. Os Saturday the 19th Dec. a numerous and respectable meeting was held at the Albion House, Aldersgate Street, for the purpose of forming an Auxiliary Bible Society for the above district, W. Mainwaring, Esq. in the chair. The business was opened by the chairman, in a short address expressing the fullest conviction of the importance and beneficial effects of the British and Foreign Bible Society; after which the Secretaries of the Parent Institution gave a sketch of the object and principles of the Society, and a statement of the want of the holy Scriptures both at home and abroad. The various resolutions were moved and seconded by several magistrates, clergymen, dissenting ministers, and other gentlemen of the district, and adopted unanimously. It appeared from the inquiries that had been made, that nearly three fifths of its poor inhabitants are absolutely destitute of either Bible or Testament. The total number of families visited was 1964, of which only 823 were possessed of any part of the sacred Scriptures. Painful as this statement is, the information obtained from particular parts of the district warrants a representation still more distressing. In one quarter, among 111 families, only eight copies of either the Old or New Testament were found. The Marquis of Northampton was chosen president;—Lord Ossulston; George Byng, Esq. M. P.; W. Mellish, Esq. M. P.; S. Whitbread, Esq. M. P.; the Rev. Archdeacon Nares; Rev. Thos. Farmer, M. A.; W. Mainwaring, Esq.; J. Bacon, Esq.; AE. Barkly, Esq.; Edw. Boodle, Esq.; R. Capper, Esq.; T. Collins, Esq.; E. Cottrell, Esq.; W. Hood, Esq.; S. Mills, Esq.; W. M. Sellon, Esq.; H. Smith, Esq.; J. C. Tufnell, Esq.; J. Wilson, Esq.; and W. Wilson, Esq.; vicepresidents;–G.B. Mainwaring, Esq. treasurer;-and the Rev. T. Sheppard, the Rev. J. Clayton, sen. and Mr. G. Ellerton, secretaries.
HACKNEY AND NEWINGTON AUX-
ing of the inhabitants of Hackney, Newington, and the vicinity, was held on the 22d. instant, for the purpose of forming a Bible Society. T. F. Forster, Esq. was called to the chair. The Secretaries of the Parent Society explained the nature and object of the institution. The speakers on the occasion were, W. Alers, Esq.; J. W. Freshfield, Esq.; Dr.Townley; Rev. J. Clayton; Rev.T. Burmet; Rev. G. Hodgkins; Mr. Le Froy; the Rev. H.F. Burder; the Rev. Mr. Cox; E. Forster, Esq.; the Rev. Dr. Smith; the Rev. T. Sheppard; the Rev. S. Palmer; the Rev. J. Hill; the Rev. C. W. Le Bas; and the Rev. T. Jones. The Marquis of Downshire was chosen president;- the Hon. Mr. Baron Graham ; W. Mellish, Esq. M. P.; George Byng, Esq. M. P.; S. Tysson, Esq. lord of the manor of Hackney; W. Willau, Esq. lord of the manor of Broadswood; J. Beddington, Esq.; T. F. Forster, Esq.; E. Forster, Esq.; J. W. Freshfield, Rsq.; J. Heygate, sen. Esq.; J.Smith, Esq.; J. Stonard, Esq. and C.Townley, Esq. LL.D. vice-presidents;— W. Alers, Esq. treasurer;-and the Rev. T. Burnet, Rev. Dr. Smith, and Mr. Wenham, jun. secretaries.
IIIBERNIAN BIBLE SOCIETY.
The annual uneeting of this Society was held in Dublin, on the 28th of November, 1811, Mr. Shaw, M. P. for the city, in the chair. The Report of the Committee stated, that there existed in the country a great and increasing demand for the Scriptures; and that great efforts of industry had been made use of by some of the lower classes to obtain the means of procuring them. Instances had not been wanting of females in that rank of life, dispensing with the merely ornamental parts of their dress, to lay out the price of them in the purchase of Bibles. Another fact which the Report stated, must give universal satisfaction, viz. That there is a growing desire for the Scriptures is, “he sol5 T
*iery in Ireland; and, as a proof of this, it was mentioned that thirtynine men of one company, belonging to a regiment quartered at Island Bridge, near Dublin, had presented a memorial, accompanied by a recommendation from their officers, Praying to be supplied with Bibles at the reduced price. To meet these increasing demands, the Committee, it was stated, had imported, in the course of the year, more than 20,000 Bibles and Testaments; and that there were issued from the repository, during the last twelve months, 6,379 Bibles and 6,405 Testaments; in all, 12,784Bibles and Testaments. This Report was received with loud applauses, and appeared to excite the most pleasing sensations in the members and friends of the institution. Several very animating speeches were delivered; Rev. B. W. Mathias and Dr. Thorp, secretaries; Mr. Singer, Rev. Peter Roe, Rev. Robert Shaw, Rev. George Hamilton,’ &c. severally addressed the meeting ; and one determination seemed to pervade the whole, that *finever relaxing in exertion till the Bible was put into the hands of every individual in Ireland who can read. In fine, their meeting bore resemblance to that held annually in, the metropolis of the empire, when nearly two thousand persons assemble, and engage in the great work of sending the Bible to every quarter of the globe. Various resolutions were passed; by one of which the new Committee is instructed to apply to the clergy, and also to the ministers of dissenting congregations in Dublin, to make collections for the Society, in their respective places of worship.
SUSSEX AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. The first annual meeting of this society was held on the 27th of August, at Brighton; T. R. Kemp, Esq. M. P. in the chair. The as: semblage was, numerous, compris. "g nearly all the talent, conse
quence, and respectability of the
county. From the Report it appear
ed that the receipts of the Society
had been 9131. 14s. 2d. of which
700l. had been transmitted to the
Parent Society. The number of Bibles and Testaments which had
been distributed was 2296. Wery eloquent and animated addresses were made to the assembly, by the Chairman, the Rev. John Styles, W. Wigney, Esq. Rev. H. Palmer, Mr. Marten, Mr. Glasyer, Mr. Harrison, the Rev. Joseph Hughes, the Rev. J. W. Cunningham (who attended on the part of the Rev. J. Owen), the Rev. J. Serjeant, the Rev. Mr. Gillard, and C. N. Noel, Esq. M. P.
HENLEY AUXILIARY BIBLE SO. CIETY. The friends to the design of forming an Auxiliary Bible Society in Henley, for that town and neighbourhood, and the eastern part of the county of Oxford, met, according to advertisement, in the town-hall, on Friday, October 2, 1812. Colonel Tilson, of Watlington Park, was in the chair, and opened the business in a manner highly honourable to his benevolence and Christian principles. The Rev. Mr. Hughes, after perspicuously and eloquently describing the object and constitution of the British and Foreign Bible Society, proceeded to lay before the assembly much interesting information, lespecting what the Parent Society had already accomplished. In the course of his speech, he expressed his admiration of our excellent Liturgy, and his concurrence in the eulogy which had been bestowed upon it by the Rev. Robert Hall. The Rev. Mr. Townshend, the Rev. Mr. Joyce, William Combes, Esq., the Rev. Mr. Fisher, the Rev. William Marsh, the Rev. Mr. Churchill, John Reade, Esq. and the Rev. Mr. Cunningham (who attended on behalf of Mr. Owen), severally addressed tho meeting; but it is impossible to do justice to the eloquence which was