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sionary societie's to ascend the worship him as their CREATOR and prophetic mount, to enjoy the REDEEMER. Amen.” vast prospect laid open to their
Such is the sermon, of which view, and to engage in strenuous,
we think it useful to exhibit thie persevering exertions to propa- particular review, Some parts gate the gospel. The close is of the discourse might, with adfull of rapture.
vantage, have been abridged, par,
ticularly the illustration, page 10, “We wait in confidence for the H, 12. An appendix of unu.. full accomplishment of the promise, sual length, made up of learned & and participate gladly in the triumph very useful notes,closes this valua: vision, we now behold an existing fact. ble pamphlet. The theme of this We see another angel flying in the discourse is judiciously chosen ; inidst of heaven, having the everlasting the division of the subject and gospel to preach unto them that dwell on
the arrangement of the parts the earth. With fervent prayers, and marked with natural simplicity raised affections we cordially bid hii God speed. Go, welcome messenger
and correct taste, and the whole of good tidings, bear the invaluable is evidently executed by the treasure to every nation, and kindred, hand of a master. But the and tongue, and people. Proclaim highest encomium, which can be with a loud voice that the hour of his bestowed, is found in the im; judgment is come; cry aloud, spare 'not, until the whole world shall learn pression, which the sermon has to fear God, to give glory to him, and made on devout attentive minds.
The Twelfth General Meeting of the testified their cordial approbation of
London Missionary Society, held the design,-and when, in a few May 14, 15, and 16, 1806.
months, many thousand pounds
flowed into the treasury of the socie"What hath God wrought!" Is ety, then, again and again, did the an exclamation, which has seldom pious exclamation proceed from a been uttered with more sensibility thousand tongues, “What hath God than by the members of the Mission wrought!" ary Society at their sucessive meet- But surely there is now more abundant ings, and especially at their twelfth cause than there was eleven years ago, meeting; the particulars of wbich we to admire the good hand of God in have now the pleasure to record. this matter. It is more than ever er.
“What hath God wrought !” said ident, that “the thing procecdeth our friends in 1795, when the mea
from the Lord;" and that he deigns sure of forming the Missionary Soci. to accept and prove the ardent deety was so unanimously adopted, - sires, the holy breathings, and the acwhen the solemn yote was passed on tive exertions of bis people, to diffuse the evening of September 21, “ It is the fragrant name of Jesus among the opinion of this meeting, That the those who never heard his fame, nor establishment of a society, for send- saw his glory. Every succeeding an. ing missionaries to the heathen, and niversary strengthens this confidence imenlightened countries, is highly de. in God, this lively liope of his effectu. sirable,"—when the places chosen al blessing; and, to say the least, no for the first public services were preceding Anniversary more than the crowdled with attentive bearers, - last. of this, we believe, none could when about two hundred ministers doubt who were present :-to other
Christian friends we can convey but Hall, of Edinburgh, delivered an ani. a faint idea of the general impression mated and impressive Address to the by the following detail:--:
Society, exhorting them to persevere On the evening of Tuesday, May ance in the good work, and suggesting 13, a considerable number of the min many encouraging considerations to isters who has arrived in town, as strengthen their hearts and hands. sembled at Haberdasher's Hall, when On Thursday evening, Mr. Bogue some arrangements were made re preached on the appointed subject, specting the public services of the from Rom. x. 1, “ Brethren, my following days.
heart's desire and prayer to God for? On Wednesday morning, a great Israel is, that they might be saved." congregation was assemhled at Surry. Mr. Bogue considered the state of the Chapel, long before the time appointe Jews in three periods, viz. of past ex. ed for the commencement of the wor, cellence, present degradation, and fu. ship, and notwithstanding an incessant ture glory; the obligations under rain, which fell for several hours, Mr, which we are laid to seek the conver Charles, a minister of the establish- sion of the Jews, arising from the ment, resident at Bala, in Merioneth claims of gratitude, compassion, equi. shire, Wales, preached a sermon ty, justice, and benevolence :-tho from Isaiah x. 27, “And the yoke means to be adopted, in order to effect shall be destroyed, because of the this object:--and some encouraging anointing.” The preacher considered considerations by which the duty may the text as expressive of a distressing be urged. Mr. Frey, one of the
house Calamity, the bondage and slavery of of Israel, concluded the service by sibers; and of the means of deliver prayer. ance by Christ, the anointed Saviour: On Friday morning, a large con
In the evening the Rev. Mr. Brad: gregation assembled. Mr. Whittingley, of Manchester, delivered a dis, ham, of Everton (the successor of the course at the Tabernacle, which was memorable Mr. Berridge) delivered exceedingly crowded, from Psalm a discourse from Isaiah xi. 10, “ And lxxxiv. 20, “Have respect unto the in that day there shall be a root of Jescovenant, for the dark places of the se, which shall stand for an ensign of the earth are full of the habitations of people ; to it shall the Gentiles seck, eruelty.” After some general observa. and his rest shall be glorious.” Mr. tions on the Psalm, the preacher Whittingham considered the prophetthewed, by a detail of various particu- ical declaration concerning the Mesa lars, that the Heathen countries are siah, which the text contains,-the filled with cruelty,--that the great glorious effects arising from the full cause of this is moral darkness,-the accomplishment of this prophecy ; interest the church of God feels in the and he improved the subject by apstate of the Heathen,---the way in plying it to the design of the Mission. which it should be expressed, -that ary Society. God's covenant secures to the church The pleasing solemnities of this success in undertaking missions to the Anniversary were concluded as usual, Heathen.
by a Sacramental Communion; to On Thursday morning the Society which the friends of the Society were held their, General Meeting for the admitted by tickets, previously dis. Annual Business at Haberdasher's tributed by the Ministers among the Hall. Mr. J. A. Knight began with Stated Communicants, of various deprayer. The Minutes of last Annual nominations of Christians : so anxious. Meeting were read, together with the were many persons for accommoda. original Plan of the Institution. The tion, that they were seated in Sion Report of the Directors, containing Chapel nearly three hours before the an account of their proceedings dur. time fixed for beginning. Much care ing the last year, and the present state was taken by dividing the whole area. of the several missions undertaken by of this vast place into distinct com. the Society, was read; and, we be partments, marked with large figures, lieve, afforded much satisfaction to to facilitate the distribution of the the Members, of whom there was a elements by the ministers to the more numerous attendance than on great assembly, and to avoid confu. any former oceasion. The Rev. Mr. sion as much as possible.
The whole area of this vast chapel in the Italian, and two in the German being devoted to communicants, a far languages. That since the last re. greater nuruber than on any former port, about 600,000 of the first series occasion united in commemorating the bave been issued from the deposito. dying love of that adorable Saviour, ry; and that the whole number is suwhose kingdom among men, it is the ed since the commencement of object of the Society to extend. the institution, in 1799, exceeds
The liberality of the religious pub. 2,700,000. lic has had another opportunity to That the committee have gratui: manifest itself. It was supposed, last tously distributed among the army year, that the novelty of the measure and navy, to foreign prisoners of war, of making collections, might occasion among the Roman Catholics in Ire a larger sum than could afterwards br land, and to other places where the expected; but experience has new necessity was urgent, 110,000 tracts. evinced that it was genuine philan- That the committee had commentthropy that opened the hearts and ed the important attempt, which was hands of our fellow Christians, so that sanctioned by the last annual meet. about one third more was produced ing, of subverting, the pernicious by the collections of the present year tracts, so extensively circulated by than of the past. The Directors of hawkers throughout the kingdom, by the Society derive no small encourage- the publication of a new series of ment from this circumstance ; as it tracts, peculiarly adapted for sale by affords additional reason to hope that, such persons ; designed to be both however widely the operations of the entertaining and instructive, having Society may be extended, and con. cuts, and being printed in the same sequently the expenditure increased, form as those usually sold by the the liberality of the church of Christ hawkers ; three of which have been will proportionally be enlarged. This translated and published in the circumstance, coupled with the great Welch language ; and, as an induce. increase of Missionaries, who have ment to such persons to engage in consecrated their services to this ob. the sale of them, the committee have ject during the year past, enlivens fixed the price so low as to yield to every heart with the most cheerful the venders and hawkers a profit su. hope, that the work of God among the perior to that on any other tracts Heathen will prosper yet more and hitherto published. more!
A very extensive correspondence has been opened for the furtherance the increased profit of two pence in ment, which is sold at the low price the shilling to be obtained by the sale of five pence each copy; the use of of them. As it must rejoice the standing types having enabled the soci. heart of every Christian to be able, in ety to supply New Testaments at this any degree, to eject the poison, or easy rate. It was afterwards propose to counteract its deadly influence, leted to print a complete copy of the every reader use immediate exertion Old and New Testaments by standfor that important purpose.
of this concern, and about 260,000 of RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY, the new series of tracts have been alLONDON
ready issued ; but as returns have MAY 15, 1806, this Society held not yet been received from many of their seventh annual meeting at St. the society's agents, the exact num. Paul's coffee-house, London, which ber sold cannot be ascertained. was more numerously attended than The committee strongly recomany formerone, and proved a meeting mend to their Christian brethren to of peculiar interest, from the extended consider the vast importance of subexertions and growing usefulness of verting the vicious tracts, and prothat institution.
fane ballads, which supply temptation The zeal for the diffusion of divine and corruption to the rising generatruth, which induced the formation of tion; and they earnestly entreat eve. this society, appears to increase in ry friend to religion and virtue to proportion as new objects present look around on the shops near his themselves, and as the means of at. residence, which are the depositories tending to them are afforded to the of such vehicles of vice, and to evert committee, from whose report it ap- his influence to introduce in their pears, that in the course of the last place the tracts published by this se year, seven new tracts, of the first se- ciety; and it is especially desirable ries, have been published. Five have that wholesale venders, who at presbeen translated and published by the ent supply the small shops and the society in the Welch language, one hawkers, should be made fully ac in the Geelic, one in the Spanish, one quainted with the circumstance of
ing types, and in an improved form ; The committee have recently pub- but although the expense was estilished a uniform edition of the first mated only at 10001. it was found dif. series of tracts in two handsome vol. ficult to collect so large a sum, in umes, the price of which is fixed ex. consequence of the calamities in tremely low; but as it has necessarily which Germany had been involved. occasioned a heavy expense to the The committee resolved to assist the society, they earnestly entreat every Nuremberg society by a farther dofriend to promote the sale of them, nation of 2001. This has enabled for the purpose of replenishing the them to proceed to the execution of funds, and promoting the interest of their proposal, only substituting for the institution.
the standing types, the stereotype, by Several very encouraging accounts which considerably more than 300,000 were related, by members present, of copies may be printed without renewthe coaversion of sinners to God bying the plates. A supply of cheap the reading of tracts published by Bibles will thus be afforded to the this society; some of which, we poor Protestants of Germany, probahope, will be made public, as an en- bly for some years to come. couragement to perseverance in the The expectation held out in the re. distribution ; and as a persuasive to port of last year, of establishing a those, who have not yet begun this Bible society at Berlin has been realwork, to delay it no longer, and to ized. It is under the direction of reflect how many opportunities they persons of rank, and bis Prussian have lost of putting tracts into the Majesty has not only signified his aphands of others, which might probation of it, but bas assisted the bave been instrumental in saving funds by a donation. In the prossouls from eternal punishment, and pectus of this institution, its forma. leading them to joys, which will nev. tion is expressly ascribed to the exer cease.
ample and aid of the society in Eng.
land ; and its objects are declared to BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE 50- be the gratuitous distribution to the CIETY.
Prussian poor, or the sale at very low The second report of the commit. prices, of Bibles and Testaments, and tee of this beneficent institution being the printing of a new edition of the published, we are enabled to lay be. Bohemian Scriptures. Another 1001. fore our readers a summary of its has been remitted to aid this last obproceedings during the last year. ject, and a farther donation of the
Great exertions have been made to same amount is promised to the Bergive it publicity and promote its suc- lin Society, in the event of their une cess, and the advantage of these ex- dertaking to print an edition of the ertions is manifested in the rapid in- Polish Bible. These transactions crease of the society's funds, by the were previous to the rupture between donations both of individuals and con- this country and Prussia. gregations, and by the enlargement In the last report mention was of the list of its members.
made of the anxiety manifested by The example of the society, as was some Roman Catholics in Germany stated in the report of last year, had to procure the Scriptures, and that extended its influence to the contin the Committee had agreed to distri. nent, and has, as now appears, pro- bute among them at the expense of duced there very beneficial effects. the Society 1000 copies of the Protest
The Nuremberg Bible Society, ant New Testament. This donation which owed its origin to the British has been thankfully accepted. A Bi. society, has printed a German Pro. ble Society has also been established testant edition of the New Testa. at Ratisbon, supported by Roman No. 6. Vol. II.
Catholics, for the express purpose of 1000 Testaments for distribution circulating the New Testament a. among the Roman Catholics of that mong their own poor, thousands of country, and they have agreed to furwhom have never had an opportunity nish the Association at Dublin for of reading the Scriptures. The trans. promoting the knowledge of the lation employed by them is said by Christian religion, with Bibles and competent judges to be unexception. Testaments on the same advantageous able.
terms, on which they themselves proA sum of twenty pounds has been cirre them afrom the University. It remitted to Dr. Knapp, of Halle, in clearly appears that Bibles may be Saxony, for the purpose of supplying circulated among the Roman Catho. the poor in Gallicia, who are in great lics with little difficulty; a Society want of the Scriptures, with Bibles has been formed for that express purfrom the Bible Institution, which has posc; and the admission of them inbeen established at Halle for more
to schools has been recommended, than a century.
even by a Roman Catholic Bishop. To the Bible Society at Basle 1001. The zealous exertions of the friends has been sent for the purpose of pur
of the institution in Scotland have chasing French Protestant Bibles to been continued with unremitted acbe sold or distributed among the tivity and great success.
In this Swiss and French poor, at the discre- good work the Presbyteries of Glastion of the Basle Society:
gow and Edinburgh have signal. It having appeared that a great ized themselves. And the Society want of Bibles prevails in Esthonia, for propagating Christian Knowledge in Finland, and Sweden, the Committee Scotland have signified their willingresolved to grant a donation of 1501. to ness to unite their cordial efforts with promote the circulation of the Scrip- those of the British and Foreign Bitures in those parts, as soon as a Bi- ble Society. From the information ble Society shall have been establish- obtained by the Committee, there reed there.
mained no room to doubt, that alWith a view to supplying the though the Society in Scotland were French and Spanish prisoners of war
about to publish an edition of 20,000 in this country with the Scriptures, Gaelic Bibles, a great want of Gaelic a contract has been entered into for Bibles would still necessarily prevail. a stereotype edition of the French Bi. By this consideration, independently ble; and in the mean time 1001, has of the claim which arose from the been expended in distributing French liberality of the contributions received Testaments among them; and 2000 from Scotland, the Committee were copies of the New Testament have led to determine on printing forthwith been ordered to be printed in the another edition of the Gaelic Scrip. Spanish language, with 1000 extra co- tures of 20,000 copies. pies of the Gospel of St. Matthew on- To the Island of Jersey, where the ly. The bounty of the Committee has Scriptures in the French language, been gratefully acknowledged by the the common language of the island, prisoners, and a farther supply has were become very scarce, the Combeen solicited.
mittee have directed 300 copies of the The Committee have directed 1000 French Testament to be sent for German Bibles and 2000 German distribution. Testaments to be procured for the The publication of the proposed accommodation of the natives of Ger. edition of the Welch Scriptures has many residing in England.
hitherto been delayed, notwithstand. The edition of the Gospel of St. ing the anxiety of the Committee to John, translated into the Mohawk fulfil the just expectations of the peo-, language, by Teyoninhokarawen, a ple of that principality, chiefly by chief of that nation, and printed at the impediments connected with the me. expense of the Society, reached Mon. chanical process of stereotype printtreal at the close of last year. The ing.
The Welch New Testament Indian interpreters have declared the has however been at length complettranslation to be very correct.
ed, and the whole Bible, it is hoped, The Committee have furnished a will in no long time be ready for respectable clergyman in Ireland with distribution. 'Twenty thousand co