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close of it, the remarkable circumgtance of the Comm'ttee having been called to witness the happy diss .lutioti of three young females, since the > recent commencement of their labours; and that they rauuot withhold their conviction, when coupling Lhcrewith the other favourable indications, that it is the work of God, to whom alone they ever desire to ascribe all the prase.
British And .foreign Bible Society.
Ow Wednesday, the 2' of May, (he British and foreign Bible Society held their Sixth Anniversary at the 01.-1 London Tavern, B snopsgate Street. The Right Hon. Lord Teignmouih, President of the Society, read from Ijts Chair a Hep rt of Proceedings during the ins! year, which contained a ■variety of interesting information relative to the success of the Institution, both at li.-i,;',.. uiid abroad.
It appears (hat it has now produced three Socielies on the Continent of Europe, and the same number in the United States of America, on a principle similar to its own: and that, as well through Llieseas through individuals and other bodies, it js largely promoting the circu:ation of the Scriptures in different parts of the world. lis success, within the United Kingdom has also been very considerable. Numerous Auxiliary Institutions, in aid of its funds, and in furtherance of its object, have been established in England, Scotiand, and Ireland. In England :—At Birmingham, Reading, Nottingham, Newcastle-upou-Tyne, Penryn, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol, Sheffield, Kendall, Huii, &c. In Scotland: — The Cireenock and Port Glasgow, the Edinburgh, the East Lothian, and the Scottish Bible Societies. In Ireland •• — The Hibernian, and the Coilt Bible Societies; and several branches from the .forjuer'in Limerick, Bel-' fast, Dungannon, New Boss, Tally more, &c. The Parent Institution has ■ also heen'greatly asssted by individual, congregational, and other contributions i among which more ttian £ 2,000 were enumerated, as I cans mist ted from Glasgow and other 'Presbyteries during the last year.
Some Extracts of Correspondence were read, conveying very affecting intelligencs respecting the successful-dispersion'of the Scriptures n.ilh by -»=a and land, and among Roman Catholics as well asProtesiams; but for these, and other particulars, we must refer to the Report'ilselt; which, •with the Correspondence, List of Subscribers, &c. will, a» speedily, as possible, be issued from the Depository, 169, Fleet Street., Vdy impressive Addresses were delivered by the President, the 3ecretariesvMr,. Wuberforce, and other GeoH-. m n. The attendance w as numerous beyond all former example, and truly respectable. Among the company present, and who took a share in the business of the day, were, besioe the President, the Bishops of Salisbury, ?t. David's, aisd "Cioyne, tiie Re\. Dr. Btackburne, Warden of Manchester, Lord Henniker, air Akxauder Johnston, Messrs. Wilberforce, Babinglon, &c. Th-j Bishop ot buriii.ni he- .j; prevented by indisppsiiio.i trom giving his usual attendance, expressed his regret in a Letter, whit?) was read from the Chair. The names of ihe Bishops of Clobber and of Cioyne were announced as additional Vice presidents.
On the whole, the transactions of the day excited and maintained a deep interest in.the numerous assembly, which appeared to be of one heart and of,one soul; and the Meeting terminated in a manner which prom ses to extend and cons didate tae influence of this uighly important and beneficial Institution.
The Annual Meeting of the Hibernian Society, for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge in Ireland, was lied at tdc New London Tavern, on Friday, May 11, at Seven in the Morniug. The attendance was very numerous aud respectable.
S52 RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
It appears, by the Report of the Committee, that they have begun t« carry into effect a Plan, suggested at the last Annual Meeting, to instruct the Irish in their Native Language. Dr. NeiUon, of Dundalk, at the request of the Committee, has compiled a Spelling-Book, for that purpose; a large edition of which has been printed, and is now in circulation. Ilia on the Plan of the Speliing-Buoksused in Sunday-Schools, the Heading Lessons being chiefly taken from (he Scriptures. The British and Foreign Bible Society having also undertaken to print the New Testament in Irish, from the authorized versiou of Bishop Bedell, it may be expected that much good will result from thess measures; especially when it is considered, that,- such is (he attachment of the Irish to their native language, that many thousands of them may be induced to receive religious instruction through this medium, who would neither hear a sermen nor read a book in English. . •
The Committee have lately sent over to a much-neglected and ignorant part of Ireland, whero little else is spoken except the Irish, a pious and zealous teacher, whose native language is the Gaelic. The Object of his, miss on is to teach the children to read cikher English or Irish, as their partnls shallchouse; aad to converse with thqss who understand the Irish only, on the concerns of,their souls. This experiment has fuliy answered the design of the Committee. Jn a-few weeks, on account of the affinity between the Gaelic and Irish languages, he was able to converse with the people; who were much pleased to hear him. He has commenced the •work of tuition; and has a considerable number of children under bis care, chiefly Roman Catholics. He says, in one of his letters,' It is greatly in our favour that we teach no religious book but the Bible. - Your Plan is much approved by many here; that ij, To have no respect of persons, ■whether Catholics or Protestants, and to interfere with no sentiments; but to teach all, old and young, as many as are willing to learn the word of Gou\ in both Irish and English.*
The Committee have also engaged Four Young Men, natives of Ireland, who are now in a course of tuition, under the superintendence of arespectable clergyman, for the purpose of being qualified to officiate as School-, masters, in different parts of Ireland. These, it is expected, will soon be fitted for occupying the important itatiens for which they are designed. The Committee have judged it expedient to continue to maintain a similar number at the Seminary, to he sent nut from tirrte to time, as they shall appear qualified for the instruction of youth. The most beneficial'results may be anticrpaled from this branch of the Society's operations.
Many respectable Gentlemen from Ireland were present at this Meeting; 'and it was highly gratifying to hear them express their gratitude for the lively interest felt on this side of the water, for the welfare of their native country ; encouraging the Society to puisue their labours of love, notwiths.anding remaining impediments, with the confident expectation, that (hough their pro^re* ior a time may be slow, their success will be ultimately conpiete. .•..'...
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. Thf Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Religious Tract Society was held on Thursday, the lo'h of Maj, at' the City of' London Tavern, in Bishop ate Street; when, ij is computed, thai upwards of 600 persons as'» semhled; and iln season «as peculiar!) interesting, from the Beportand Correspondence which were read, and the communications made by several gentlemen present.
The extended and increasing operation and influence of this Society mnst be gratifying, in the bight si decree, to the mind which is expanded by the benign influences of diviue grace. About 12 years ag;>, some individuals alte,opted the Uili'usion of [iivine truth., by the prinl.u'g aud distributing ol siv tracts, under the denomination of' Yillage Tracts ;' which shortly after gave occasion lo the formation of the Religious Tract Society, whoss distribution now extends to about a million and a half of tracts per annum, f ura sh'irig supplies of religious instruction not only lo Borland, Walos, aud Ireland, but to the interior of France,—to the islands of the Medilerraaean,—to Italy, Spain, Portugal,—to Germany, Russia, Sweden, Denjmark, and Iceland, — to the islands in the West In..its and North America, — to St. Helena aud the Cape of Good Hope.
When we reflect on thes? things, may we.u«t truly say,' What hath God wrought!' — and, in the.exercisj of faith, entertain a confidence that the seed of divine truth thus extensively sown, will not bj inwain; hut that many a tract, like the little maid in Naaman's house, may point the forlorn enquirer in a remote nation, to that prophet, whose words ' are spirit and life.'
The influence and example of the Society has proved the happy occasion of tile formation of a Religious Tract Society at Stntgard, iu addition -to those noticed in former Reports, as having been formed on the Continent, and in the United Kingdom; each of which continues actively engaged in the distribution of Religions Tracts to a very considerable extent.
The expenditure of the Society during the last year, notwithstanding the strictest attention to economy in the management of its concerns, has amounted to the sum of £ 2452; and, in the current je.tr, it cannot lie estimated at a smaller sum; to meet which, extraordinary means are necessary, as well as.the ordinary supplies by Subscription or Donation. The Committee have, thcrefoie, very properly recommended the formation of Auxiliary Societies in different parls of the country, which might appropriate a portion of their funds to the distribution of tracts in their respective neighbourhoods; r»*d at the same time assisl the Parent Society, bjr Contributions to its funds, for the general purposes of the Institution.
GENERAL CONGREGATIONAL UNION.'
Ox Wednesday, May 16, was held the Third Annual Meeting of the Members and Friends of this Institution, at the Rev. Mr. Wall's Meetinghouse, Moorfielus; when an excellent discourse was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Winter, on the Union of Congregational Churcliej. After the .service, the Report of the Committee, detailing the importan V/bjects which liave occupied their attention during the past year, was read, aud the regular business of the Institution transacted. ,
The Committee's Report, with an Appendix, containing some interesting particulars, and a List of Members, are in the press; which, together with Or. Winter's Sermon, will soon be ready for publication i and may be had, by application to the Secretaries, Rev. T. Hill, Homerton, and Rev. C. Buck, Primrose Street, Bish.ops.jate Street, London.
Society for Missions to Africa to which theattcnt'on of the Society
and the Hast. — On the J2lh of June is directed, are, Profanations of the
( Whit Tuesday) being the Tenth Lord's Day,— (lie Frnuds and Abuses
Anniversary of this Society, a Ser- practised in selling by Faiss Weights
man will be preached at Blackfriars <and Measure, — blasphemous, li
Church, by the Rev. Dr. Buchanan, editions, and obscene Books and
who was, for several years, resident Prints,— illegal Insuran.es of Lot.
in India.—A collection will he made tery Tickets, — riotous and dis
for the Institution. Service to be- orderly Houses, &<*.
gin at II o'clock. Tlie effects u' this society have
- been considerable: the proseru
Sbcielyfor the Supprest'on of Vice. tions* TMl»cla»l > rroMed to, have
J rr J amounted to nearly 000. At the
This Society has lately circu- s iggcsiion and by the influence of
lated (gratis) an Occasional Report tne society, the Master Butchers of
of their Proceedings. The objects SSveral of (he principal markets in
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London, have formed an Association, for the purpose of preventing the Sale of Meat on Sundays ; whereby some of the most obstinate delinquents have been brought to obedience.
Several bass impostors, pretending to be fortune-tellers, have been brought to punishment. The Society has taken pains, with good effect, to prevc'.t the manufacture of obscene and blasphemous toys and drawls, made by French prisoners at Norman Cross. A man has been convicted of exposing a very pernicious work to sale at his stall; and sentenced to two years imprisonment, and to stand in the pillory.
A person has been convicted at Horsham, for indecently exposing himself at a bathing place (Brighton); and obliged to find security for hi* good behavie-ur for two years, with a fine of .£20 if he commits the same crime again. The public ought to be acquainted with this decision, no person having a right to bathe in the front of a house or road, so as to offend against decency.
The Report contains a vindication of the Society against some misrepresentations which appeared in the Edinburgh Review fur Jan. 1809, and in another publication; while they quote the far superior authority of the Lord Chief Justice, who said, That 'the Society appeared to him to discrve the thanks of all good men.'
Those who wish to promote similai exertions, may avail themselves of the knowledge and experience of this Society, by corresponding fpost paid) with the Secretary, No. 34, Ussex Street, Strand.
We are glad to see that a second edition is announced of a book published by the Society; and which we conceive may be ot very material use: ' A Compendium of the Du< ies and Powers of Constable*,' chiefly as they relate to the apprehending iof offenders, and laying informations before Magistrates.
By the Report of' the Society for the Kelief of Poor,Pious Clergymen of the Established Church,' we find
that the sum of £1310 has been distributed among many worthy men of that description, daring the year 1809. The Extracts from Letters received l>y the Committee, are very affecting, as they disclose the heavy trials to which many of the clergy are subjected Uy the narrownessol" their income; and at the same time that submission to the divine will, and gratitude for the donal ions of this Society, which do honour to their Christian character and ministerial calling.
One clergyman writes, ' My salary, from-three laborious curacies, which I continually serve, is, as usual, £45 per annum. We have now nine children,' and expect an increase.'
Another says, he has a wife and nine children, and his salary does not exceed £ 25.
Another has a wife and fifteen. children; ten of whom are at home, and his salary for serving three churches i« £ 75.
This excellent Institution well deserves the support of the religious public of all denominations. In the List of Subscriber!, we are glad to see the names of s me liberal Dissenters. — Mr. Smith, Little Moorfields.
Hibernian Bible Society.
This Society, which was instituted in 1806, has lately published their Report for the year 1809. Three new branches of the institution have been formed, viz. in Oungannon, in New Ross, and in Armagh. During the last year, the issue of Bibles and Testaments amounts to 4234; which is nearly double that. of the year preceding. A desire to read the Scriptures is prevalent, and widely extending through the island.
Kendal Auxiliary Bible Society.
On the 12fh of January, 1810, a respectable Meeting was held at Kendal, in Westmoreland, for the purpose of aiiling the British and Foreign Bible Society in London; when several Resolutions to that effect were unanimously passed ; and more than £ 300 have been collected for the object.
(£f- The Report of the Sunday School Society, with many other Articles of Home Intelligence, are unavoidably deferred.
AFRICA. Bt a vessel lately arrived from the coast of Africa, information has been received, which seems to deserve credit, That Mr. Mimgo Park was alive in January last. Information to that effect Had been received by the Governor of Senegal, who had ordered a boat to be immediately s-nt up the river Senegal for his assistance in pursuiug his exertions.
It is stated ia another account, That the Kng of Se«o had shewn Mr. Park much favour: that he had passed very far along the Niger; and iutended'to proceed eastward, if possible, as lar as the Red Sea.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
Tbis List contains only Public Collections, Legacies, and Occasional The Names of Annual Subscribers will appear in the List annually with the Report.
P. H. by Mr. Forbes — —
A Friend, for the South African Mission, by the Rev. R. Alliot
Rev. Mr. Saltren and a few Friends, Bridport
A Lady at Silver Street Chapel —
Aberdeen Missionary Society, for aiding or co-operating in Foreign
Britain, by the Rev. J. Philip — *
From the Church of Cabrack and Rynie, under the pastoral care of
the Rev. G. Cruckshaoks, with Contributions from other Friends
thereof, by the Rev. J. Philips — — >
From a Praj ing Society in the Parish of Old Machar, by the Rev.
J. Philip — —
T. B. by the Rev. Mr. Wilks — —
Collection by the Congregation of the Rev. G. Gill, Market Harborough, on occasion of a Sermon preached by the Rev. A. Fuller Contribution of a Young- Person, by the Rev. G. .B. •
It. S.-G. — — —
P. W. S. by the Rev. Mr. Burder —
Rev. Mr. Rerry and Congregation, Warminster —
Rev. It. Herdsman and Congregation, Souti Petherton >
■W. K. H. [Donation] — —
"W. H. [ Donation] — —
Miss Chubbs sf Chester, by the Rev. Mr. Foster
L. i. d.