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"The Directors of the London Society have great satisfaction in being able to inform the Public, that means have been afforded which will speedily liberate the Institution from the pressure of its debt; and that the pecuniary aid which is now solicited, is for the sole purpose of carrying on its designs in future: the most effectual methods are also adopting to prevent the recurrence of debt.
"It should be further remarked, that although, for the preservation of unity of design and operation, the management of the Loudon Society has been placed in the hands of such of its members as are of the Established Church, yet the contributions of every denomination of Christians are earnestly invited and will be most thankfully received. *N. B. Pious persons exercising handicraft or other trades, such as Shoemakers, Tailors, Wrights, Smiths, Bookbinders, Bakers, &c. may aid this Institution effectually, by engaging to take Jewish youths from the School as ap. prentices.
"Ladies may also forward the cause by assisting in placing out the girls in service or business.
"It is earnestly requested, that any person who feels disposed thus to aid the Institution, will let it be known by a letter addressed to Mr. James Millar, London Society House, Spitalfields.
"The Public may further serve this eause by purchasing baskets, for ready money, at the Manufactory; and by giv ing work in the printing line, to the Office, where converted Jews are employed. Both these establishments are at the London Society House, Church Street, Spitalfields; where orders will be thankfully received, and punctually executed."
HIBERNIAN CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The following list of the officers of the Auxiliary Church Missionary Society recently established in Ireland, is Extracted from an account of its formation lately published.
Vice-Patron and President, Lord Viscount Lorton ;-Vice-Patrons, Earls of Westmeath, Desart, and Gosford; and
Viscounts De Vesci, Lifford, Northland/ and Valentia ;- Vice-Presidents, The Lord Mayor of Dublin for the time being; Mr. Justice Daly; Right Hon. David La Touche; Gen. Sir George Hewitt; Hon. James Hewitt; William Brownlow, Esq. M. P.; Blaney Townley Balfour, Esq.; Major-Gen. White; Major-Gen. Trotter; Peter La Touche, Esq.; Alexander Hamilton, Esq.; and Robert Perceval, Esq. M. D. ;—Trea surer, Right Hon. David La Touche ;Secretaries, Rev. R. H. Nixon, and Francis Corbet, Esq.:-Assistant-Secretary and Collector, Mr. William Heney.
To this we have thought it right to add, the eloquent speech of a gentleman not unknown nor unremembered on this side the water.
Rev. James Dunn, M. A., Rector of Delgany." I will not say much, my Lord, in seconding the resolution put into my hands, lest I should weaken the impression made on your minds by the proceedings of this day; for, judging by myself, I conclude that every understanding has been convinced, and every heart animated by what we have heard. But I may be allowed to pray that these truths may be engrafted in our hearts, and these feelings perpetuated in the constant tenor of our religious progress.-I see no objection to this Society. It seems most worthy of our holy church to take an active part in: this work. It seems most worthy of our holy religion, that, if we find it big with blessings for time and eternity, it should fill us with zeal to communicate those blessings to the heathen lands. It seems most worthy of the Great Author of our faith, who, from pure love to man, left the mansions of heaven, and ́ embarked on the waves of this troublous world, that he might turn men from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God. The Son of God himself was the first Missionary, if I may be allowed the expression; and, therefore, none, who bear his name, can be indifferent in a cause which attempts the conversion of millions of our fellowcreatures.
"It has been objected to such attempts, that the cause of the heathen is hopeless, and that we have not the means nor the power to produce great effects. But I would ask, if such cold calculations had formerly obtained, what would have been the state of our own country at the present day? Stilk
would druidical darkness have rested on our land, and the sacrificial knife been raised over our innocent offspring; and still should we have been taught to expect a heaven, where we should drink from the skulls of our conquered enemies! But the church then felt the spirit of her Master, and did not give up our case as hopeless; but, in the face of danger and of death, came over to us with the message of truth, seized the reluctant hand of our ancestors to lead them to the temple of Jehovah, and poured on their minds the glorious light of the Gospel. And yet the druidical superstition was far preferable to the base religions of the East, where the wretched Hindoo pays his homage to the impure and bloody idol of Juggernaut.
"I feel, therefore, happy, my Lord, to see my countrymen assembled on this occasion. We have many objects of charity at home, but they will not be sufferers by our contribution to this Society. For this effort will serve to cherish the life of religion in the soul, and thus swell the true source from which charity must spring. There is, indeed a spurious benevolence, whose objects must not be multiplied; but true 'charity never faileth:' it will rather grow upon every exertion, and still bear abundant fruit. Like the golden branch of the poet, when one is plucked away, another will spring forth,
Uno avulso, non deficit alter.' "It is true that he that provideth not for his own house is worse than an infidel;' but will any one say, that a man is not to extend his care beyond his family? Why then does public praise rest, as it does, on the name of Wilber force-a name, not so much that of an individual, as of every generous purpose and high resolve-a name, connected with humanity and religion; and the memory of which will be embalmed with the blessings of his fellow-creatures? Why? because his heart swelled beyond the narrow circle of personal regard; and felt, wit tender sympathy the sufferings of his brethren in every quarter of the world: because he could not suffer one fellow-man to remain in ignorance or slavery, while he could raise his voice to break his bonds, or remove and dissipate his errors. Let his final triumph animate us to the same perseverance. Our charity should have no bounds, but those of our power, Wherever there is a creature capable of
receiving happiness, charity should be active in bestowing it. It will first, indeed, fill with its warmest beams, the centre at home; but, in proportion as it kindles with Heaven's pure fire, it will spread till it warms and enlightens the whole human race. I consider this meeting as an evidence of the enlargement of our minds, of a progress in the Christian life, a rise in the scale of being.
"The times, moreover, my Lord, call us to new exertions. But this is too large a field. I will only, therefore, recal to your memories those prophecies which predict the rapid spread of the Gospel in the latter days. I will only point out to you my country, which stands on such an eminence, that she will be answerable to that Providence which has given her peace, for the right use of the blessing. I would call on her to unite the cause of religion with the fame of her deeds. I would bid her inscribe on the temple of British glory, the name of her God. I would exhort her to give a new permanence to her wealth and authority, by making them the handmaids to religion. darkest times I always thought, my Lord, that my country would be reserved as a blessing to the world. I have been accustomed to regard her, preserved amidst the convulsions of Christendom, when the flood-gates of anarchy had been opened, and were covering the earth, as borne, like the ark on the waters, and containing within its narrow limits, all that was most dear and valuable to man. Now we see the waters beginning to subside. Now we have sent forth the gentle messenger of peace, and hail his return, bearing the friendly olive-branch; and we shall now behold those favourites of Heaven, social order, public freedom, and pure religion, descending from this Ark to replenish and adorn the earth. I trust, my Lord, we shall rise to the dignity of the station to which we are called, and rejoice in being allowed to co-ope rate with God in the great design of covering the earth with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.""
It must be a matter of the most lively satisfaction to every Christian, to observe, that Ireland is beginning to cooperate in the plans of piety and benevolence. Such efforts will be the most formidable foes to Popery, by exalting the character of the Protestant Church in Ireland.
The Edinburgh Missionary Society have six Missionaries in Russian Tartary, of whose proceedings we subjoin the following brief statements.
For several years, owing to the situation of the country, with the plague, and the perpetual irruptions of the hostile Tartars, the Missionaries were almost constantly obliged to confine themaelves within the walls, or rather, palisadoes, of the settlement; and even then, were scarcely free from danger, though protected by a guard of Russian Cossacks. They had repeatedly to take refuge in Constantinsgorski (a Russian fort in the neighbourhood) or in Georghievsk, a fortified town about thirty miles distant from Karass; to which last place, most of them with their families removed in 1813, and continued there till the end of last spring.
The printing of the New Testament, however, having been providentially finished before they were forced to flee from Karass, they went on with the binding of it at Georghievsk; and, though greatly retarded for want of proper instruments and materials, they succeeded in finishing a very consider able number during the winter months. At Georghievsk, besides, they enjoyed much more favourable opportunities both of conversing with the natives, and of distributing copies of tracts and of the New Testament than at Karass; and these they diligently and earnestly embraced.
As soon as the weather permitted, Messrs. Dickson and Galloway were sent from Georghievsk on an itinerating excursion to Astrachan, for the purpose of circulating the New Testament and tracts among the Mahometans residing in that city, and those of the same religion who are accustomed to visit it, and of endeavouring to excite their attention to the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour. Having remained there about two months, diligently labouring in the field allotted them, and not, it may be hoped, without some effect; though the visible fruits of the seed of Divine Truth which they were engaged in scattering, have not yet appeared in any very remarkable degree; they returned in the month of June to Karass, whither their brethren had by that time removed from Georghievsk.
Scarcely had they got home, when, in consequence of the urgent request of the Minister of the Interior, at the ex
press desire of the Emperor, who has uniformly, and particularly of late, shewn the most cordial interest in their welfare and success, they determined to send other two of their number toward Orenberg, on the lines of Siberia, with the view of looking out for a more eligible missionary station; where they may enjoy greater personal security from the wandering Tartar tribes, and at the same time, turn their knowledge of the Tartar language to the best ac count among the Mahometan population, whether stationary or erratic, in the surrounding country.
Messrs. Mitchell and Fraser were fixed on for this expedition, and set out from Karass at the end of June. They reached Orenberg in safety about the beginning of August, and were received with the greatest kindness by the Lieutenant-General of the province, who had been directed to shew them every attention, and give them every encouragement and assistance in his power, by letters from the Imperial Court, transmitted immediately to himself. Under his direction, they at last fixed on a piece of ground very near the city, of which a free grant will be given to the Mission, by Government, if the Directors shall, after receiving the journal of these two Missionaries, judge it expedient, in the present circumstances of the Mission, to establish a permanent station or settlement in that part of the Russian empire.
From the preceding statement it will be perceived, that, by the last accounts, Messrs. Fraser and Mitchell were at Orenberg. The other Missionaries are resident at Karass.
In the Journals of Abdool Messee already given, our readers have seen the rapid growth of Christianity in Agra, and its diffusion round that city. Copies of the Scriptures have been sent to many places; and inquirers after truth have visited Agra from various and distant quarters. Talib Messee, Fazil Messee, and other native teachers of great promise, have been raised up to support and extend the efforts of Abdool Messee. At Lucknow, at Delhi, and at other places of importance, there are many inquiries into Christianity, and opportunities are opening for the establishment of missionary stations English residents at Meerut, at Muttra, and elsewhere, are diligent in the sup
port of schools, and in the diffusion of Christian truth.
Other journals have arrived in this country, for the months of January, February, and March, of last year, in which it appears that the prospect is still brightening, and the view more extended. Other native labourers are in training, and the word of God is breaking forth on the right hand, and on the left. In some instances, indeed, old superstitions appear to have, for a time at least, regained their power: but this will serve to excite the Missionaries and others, it may be hoped, to watchfulness and prayer.
We are prevented by the want of space from transcribing these journals.
From letters received by the Committee of the Church Missionary Society, it appears, that the Missionaries Schnarrè and Rhenius landed at Madras on the 4th of July.
The Missionaries were received, as might be expected, with Christian cordiality by the Rev. Marmaduke Thompson, Chaplain of the Honourable EastIndia Company. They were very kindly entertained in his own family, during their stay at Madras, and experienced uniform regard from him and Mrs. Thompson. "We thank the Lord," they say, "for his good providence, in bringing us acquainted with one of his most faithful and zealous servants in promoting his everlasting kingdom."
Here they were met by the afflicting intelligence of the death of Dr. John; and with the news, still more afflicting to them, of the decease of the Rev. Mr. Jacobi. With him they were personally acquainted; and they had all anticipated great pleasure in labouring together in the same field.
They express themselves, however, as animated and encouraged by the tidings of the great work which is taking place among the Mahometans; in particular, at and near Agra; Mr. Corrie's Journal of Abdool Messee's Proceedings having reached Madras.
They reached Tranquebar on the 28th of July, and were very kindly received by Dr. Caemmerer and his coadjutor Mr. Schreivogel.
The following are extracts of a letter from the Rev. Marmaduke Thompson to the Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, dated Madras, Sept. 30, 1814.
In reference to a request of the Com. mittee on the subject, Mr. Thompson states; "At the time this reaches you, you may be assured that you have, if not an Auxiliary Society, at least a Corresponding Committee, in existence and active service in Madras," and then adds,-"I have my papers prepared for them to enter immediately upon business
the first of which will be to take into consideration the fittest station for your two Missionaries—and particularly how far they may be qualified and desirable for either of two stations which now offer the two important Stations of Madras itself and Travancore: and to these two let me entreat the particular
Their continuance in this station, attention of your Committee. Madras however, is very uncertain.
being the great port and chief town of
We subjoin an account of the state of the whole Peninsula, its importance as the Schools of the late Dr. John.
a missionary station is most obvious: and Travancore is scarcely less so from
the number of nominal
"I am myself the distributor of the Scriptures in the Native Languages in Madras; and I assure you the applications to me are incessant, and that hundreds, I believe I may safely say, are at this time reading the word of God in Madras, and longing for some one to guide them, and declare unto them the way of God more perfectly An intelligent native, who has been baptized, but who through a false shame conceals it, and pretends to be only a diligent inquirer after truth, (no uncommon character among the natives,) assured me lately, in bringing some people for the Tamul New Testament, that he often had near a hundred people at a time to hear him read and converse upon it; and seems to encourage a hope of having in a little time, a sufficient number of disciples to countenance and support him in an open profession of Christianity.
"In Travancore the Resident, Col. Munro, not only assures us of his patronage of Missionaries, but has actually
written to have two sent to him.
"Again let me most respectfully and earnestly recommend these two important stations to your Committee, as stations promising a rich harvest of souls to the praise and glory of God!
"North Malabar also presents a very desirable station; and there also we have a friend to the great cause of the Lord, who would thankfully receive, and greatly help our Missionaries.
"In a word, could you send me a dozen Missionaries by the very next fleet, I could dispose of them instantly, I trust, to the entire satisfaction of the Committee."
The exertions of the different Missionary Institutions, and those of the Bible Societies, will, in Ceylon, as elsewhere, mutually aid one another.
The immediate objects of the CoJumbo Bible Society, which is patronised by the Governor and all the principal authorities in the Island, were, to ascertain the number of persons in Ceylon professing the Christian Religion, and the languages most familiar to them, in order to form a judgment of the number
An attempt was made to correct the old Cingalese version of the New Tes tament, in order to have 5000 copies printed; but it was found very imper. fect, and an entirely new translation was determined on. In the mean time, the Calcutta Bible Society have put to press, at Serampore, an edition of 2000 copies of the old version for present use. The new translation has been undertaken by W. Tolfrey, Esq. who is well skilled in Cingalese, Pali, and Sanscrit: the Gospels are finished; and the types for printing this new version, purchased of the Baptist Missionaries at Serampore, are arrived at Columbo.
The Pali is the learned language of Ceylon, and varies but little from the Sanscrit. A translation of the Scriptures into this tongue has been begun by Don M. de Thomas Mohaudriam, of the Governor's Gate. Two priests of Buddha have readily afforded their
assistance to the translation!
The Society intends to circulate familiar essays and dialogues illustrative of the Scriptures; the same reasons not existing in Ceylon as in many other places, for the exclusive circulation of the Bible by such institutions. It is observed, that "next to the fervent zeal and indefatigable labour of the venerable Swartz, the conversion of so many thousands in Tanjore was owing to the circulation of familiar dialogues, and short easy treatises upon the subject of Christianity."
It appears, on investigation, that the native Protestants of Ceylon are about 150,000, and the Roman Catholics about 50,000. Of these, the great majority This report of numbers falls far short speak Cingalese, and the rest Tamul. of former representations: nor can it be doubted that multitudes of the inhabitants have of late years relapsed into idolatry. In the time of the Dutch Go vernment, there were between 300 and 400 temples dedicated to pagan deities: In 1663, the Christians in the district of in the year 1807, they amounted to 1200! Jaffna alone, were 65,000: by the last returns it appears that there are not 5000.