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some even of the same kind as those included, such particularly as the Missionary and School Societies of Scotland, &c, But suppose

this were all-what country in the world, except Great Britain, could produce such a list and such an amount as this? no less than £ 351,987 178. 1]d. ! British and Foreign Bible Society,

£ 97,062 11 9 Hibernian Bible Society,

4,343 0 11 Naval and Military Bible Society,

1,926 2 9 - Merchant Seaman's Bible Society,

648 10 2 Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, 57,714 19 11 Society for propagating the Gospel, about

20,000 0 0 Church Missionary Society,

32,265 4 9 London ditto,

31,266 1ļ 11 Wesleyan ditto,

30,252 6 7 Baptist ditto,

14,400 0 0 Moravian ditto, ...

2,691 8 3 General Baptist Society,

1,200 0 0 Home Missionary Society,

4,311 00 Baptist Home Missionary Society,

1,059 18 8 Hibernian Society,

8,984 13 6 Sunday School Society for Ireland,...

1,883 17 2 Irish Evangelical Society,

2,275 2 3 Irish Religious Book and Tract Society,

3,750 7 7 Irish Society of London,

403 6 7 National Society, about

2,500 0 0 British and Foreign School Society,

2,053 16 11 Sunday-School Society,

540 4 6 Sunday-School Union Society,

1,746 19 2 „Soc. for promoting Relig. Knowledge among the Poor, 825 15' 7 Society for the Conversion of the Jews,

11,400 9 10 , Prayer-book and Homily Society,

2,082 96 Religious Tract Society,

8,809 13 7 Church of England Tract Society,

636 8 8 Continental Society,

1,536 7 2 African Institution,

1,134 2 1 Society for the Relief of Poor Pious Clergymen, 2,282 8 2

£ 351,987 17 11

BEDFORDSHIRE PETITION

Against the Burning of Hindoo Widows. We are exceedingly happy to see that the question respecting the suppression of Suttees is beginning to be publicly agitated by the British Parliament and the Nation at large. It is not to be expected that immediate success will be obtained : but knowing, as we do, the store of facts which are ready to be brought to bear upon the subject-the fundamental principles of justice and humanity to which the appeal is made—and the character of the people to whom it is addressed, we cannot for a moment doubt, that the desired object will eventually be gained, nor that this new victory of Christian philanthropy will soon be accomplished. In this case, the abolition of the slave trade affords, in many respects, a most encouraging precedent. There is now no room for fear as it regards the manner in which the public mind will be affected. In Great Britain humanity must triumph. The public opinion will be ex. pressed as on former occasions. Parliamentary hesitation and opposition, should it continue long to exist, will be overwhelmed by petitions from the Counties, Cities, and Towns of Britain. We have seen the effect of these not only in different stages of the Slave question, but likewise at the late renewal of the Honorable Company's charter, when an open door was given to missionary exertion in this country. Other cases too might be quoted, were it necessary. The people of Great Britain' have a right to be heard on such occasions, and the British government rejoice in having a people to rule, who are worthy of their rights.

But it must be evident to every one that this struggle ought not to be left to the unaided efforts of philanthropists at home. Much may be done in India, and with perfect propriety. Not indeed by taking any public measure, nor by heaping imputations of blame on the Government-All that will be required, is, that each European resident in India should frequently introduce the subject into his private correspondence with the cire cle of his acquaintance at home, mentioning every well-authenticated fact respecting it which comes to his knowledge.

If this plan were adopted, even in a small extent, there would soon be no corner of our native land in which the question would not be agitated: there would be few members of Parliament elected, upon whose attention it might not be press. ed by some of their most strenuous supporters: and there would be no periodical publication, which would not endeavour to give fresh interest to its pages, by facts and discussions so interesting. Should any person meet with incidents so important, that he would, wish to communicate thèm directly to those who bave it most in their power to render them useful, there are now members of Parliament who would feel a pleasure in receiving their communications. Without being at all authorized by them, we venture to assure our friends, that, on this subject, they may address themselves with the greatest confis dence, either to Mr. Wilberforce, Mr. F. Buxton, or Mr. Butterworth. We would however add, that in all statements given of facts, the most scrupulous caution should be used not to exceed the exact bounds of truth. And assuredly there is no need of exaggeration ; the most bare and simple annunciation of the truth is perfectly sufficient. We haye been led to these reflections and suggestions by the following notice in the Missionary Register for June 1823,

“At a Public Meeting of the Gentry, Clergy, and other Inhabite .ants of the County of Bedford, convened by the High Sheriff pursuant to a Requisition, and held in the County Hall at Bedford on the 28th of April, it was unanimously resolved, on the motion of the Rev. T. S. Grimshaw, seconded by John Foster, Esq. to present the following Petition to the House of Commons, for the prohibition of the practice of burning Hindoo Widows alive on the Funeral Piles of their Husbands :

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To the Honoarable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in Parliament assembled.

“The humble Petition of the Gentry, Clergy, and other Inhabit-, ants of the County of Bedford, here undersigned

Shewetu, ** That your Petitioners contemplate, with extreme concern, the practice existing in British India, of Immolating Widows alive on the Funeral Pile of their Husbands. That, from Official Returns, now before the public, it appears that the number so immolated, in the Presidency of Calcutta alone, in the years 1817 and 1818, amounted to upward of 1500. That, assuming this calculation to be a standard whereby to judge of the extent of the practice throughout the whole of Hindoostan, the total number may be computed at upward of 2000 in every year.

That it further appears, by the Regulations passed in India in the year 1815, that an attempt was made to diminish the frequency of this ceremony, by restricting its use within the limits prescribed by the Shaster, which limits had, in a variety of instances, been exceeded; but that, so far from having the desired effect, this act of interference had contributed to increase the practice, by giving to it a character of legality, in all cases specified by the Shaster. That your Petitioners would respectfully submit, that to allow a Custom in any form or under any modification whatever, which may be justly chargeable with the crime of murder, is to violate the principles on which all Civil Law can alone be founded and maintained ; and no less involves a breach of those laws of God, which demand respect from every country professing Christianity.

• That, under these circumstances, your Petitioners earnestly implore your Honourable House to adopt such measures as may be deemed most expedient and effectual for putting an end to a practice, which, so long as it is suffered to continue, cannot but be considered as 'an Anomaly in the administration of Civil Law, authorising a wasteful expenditure of human life, and highly injurious to that character of humanity and of veneration for the laws of God, which they trust will ever distinguish the Government and People of this country".

SCOTTISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The indefatigable Missionaries of the Scottish Society are proceeding in their arduous undertaking of converting the Tartars to Christianity, amidst alternate discouragements and hopes. At one village they are derided, insulted, driven away, and threatened with expulsion, and even death ; whilst in another, the bigotted Mahomedan inhabitants, after listening to them for a while, turn away from an evident fear of the impression these strange doctrines might make. They will not hear, lest they should repent and be saved; yet in some few places, the people hear them gladly, and evidently remember what they heař. Among the Persians, the prospect of success seems not quite so distant, as the scriptures are very widely circulated amongst a people who can read them, which few of the Tartars

The exertions of the mission attract considerable notice, pot only at Astrachan, but throughout Persia, for whilst priests and laymen visiting the former place, frequently seek out its agents, to dispute with them on the comparative merits of the Christian and Mohamedan systems, they were lately surprised at a request made through a merchant for a copy of the scriptures in Arabic, for the use of one of the chief Mollahs of Is. pahan. This request was of course gladly complied with as far as they were able.--Investigator.

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NEGRO SCHOOL BOY. A negro Boy who attended a Sunday-school, thrcugh some quarrel with another boy ran away. On the evening of the third day he came back, and begged to be forgiven. Being asked what brought him back, he replied, “Massa, that school fetch me.

Suppose me go to school no more—that make me afraid : me know nothing if me go no school.” Being told he might seek another school, his reply was, Massa, me can't leave this school. S’pose, Massa, you whip me ?--put me in black hole; that right, Massa-do me good-me run away for nothing—but me can't leave dis school here."

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